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Thomas Paine

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Monday, July 17, 2017

17 July - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:25 pm MDT

WATCH: Woman Brutally Assaulted for Allegedly Selling Flowers With No Permit

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: flowers]A disturbing video shows a Perris police officer assaulting a woman for allegedly selling flowers without paying the state first.

In 6 Months, Trump’s Passing Obama’s Murderous Record of Killing Innocent Civilians in ISIS War

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: civilians]Trump's war on ISIS has resulted in the deaths of almost as many civilians in just a few months, as Obama's war on ISIS killed in several years.

Kurdish And Iraqi Intelligence: ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi Is Still Alive

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would have been his first public appearance, at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on... REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV/File Photo *Reuters*: *Exclusive: Islamic State leader Baghdadi almost certainly alive - Kurdish security official* Sulaimania, IRAQ (Reuters) - A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was a... more »

"How It Really Is"

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


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*“Boomerangski”* by James Howard Kunstler "What goes around, comes around." - Urban Proverb "The strenuous effort of “Resistance” passengers in the Limousine-of-State to shove Donald Trump out of the driver’s seat continues into what would normally be the news-wasteland of midsummer. Last week it was the smoking popgun of Trump Junior’s meeting with a Russian lawyer purported (by British music promoter Rob Goldstein) to be associated with the “Russian Crown Prosecutor” (no such office in a country without a monarch). The news caused the usual commotion among the very media mouthpie... more »

"The Immutable Laws of Nature, and Murphy's Other 15 Laws"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"The Immutable Laws of Nature, and Murphy's Other 15 Laws"* by Peter McKenzie-Brown *"The Immutable Laws of Nature"* *•Law of Mechanical Repair:* After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee. *•Law of Gravity: *Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place. *•Law of Probability:* The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act. *•Law of Random Numbers:* If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers. *•Law of Variable Motion:* ... more »


Lisa Gaufman at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
Three years ago, on this day, Malaysian Airliner MH17 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur was shot over Ukraine. 298 people died. In October 2015, the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) concluded that the airliner was downed by a Buk surface-to-air missile launched from pro-Russian separatist-controlled territory in Ukraine. These findings were also confirmed in September 2016 by Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT). Russian […]

Longest Walk 5 Reaches End of Journey -- Photos by Bad Bear

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Longest Walk 5 reached the end of their journey, Lincoln Memorial, on July 15. Thank you Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson for sharing your photos from the journey across this land with Censored News. Walkers carried the message of halting alcohol and drug abuse, and domestic violence from coast to coast. Thank you Bad Bear!

NIH neuroscientist up to 19 retractions

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
The string of apparent bad luck continues for Stanley Rapoport. Rapoport, a neuroscientist based at the U.S. National Institute on Aging, has lost three more papers in three journals due to the misconduct of his co-authors. By our count, these retractions bring his tally to 19 — and tie him for 21st place on our leaderboard. […] The post NIH neuroscientist up to 19 retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Hacked for sure but the truth is always near

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 13 hours ago
If you have to ask its Monday and GOT season 7 premiere was on last night and in my time we would gather in groups and chant awesome or blew my mind. I swear to the lord of light I watched completely au natural and the time distortion effect was in overtime that show listed at 55 mins only lasted a second GOT is Gulliver s travels for the ultra and complete illiterate it forces one to think even if its hard and uncomfortable and just like a high level slasher movie it has moral equivalents like the children of incest no matter how Royal are going to di... more »

Post Mosul Liberation Day 6 Jul 16 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Heavy clashes continued in the Old City of west Mosul, but with little to no coverage within Iraq. The Golden Division’s General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi repeatedthe government’s story that the Iraqi forces (ISF) were simply hunting down sleeper cells in the district. The Iraq News Center however reported heavy fighting was going on in Qalahat and Shahwan, which are two neighborhoods along the Tigris River. The Islamic State fighters are hiding in basements and tunnels in the Old City. In one of those twenty IS women were capturedwith different nationalities. Five of them were suicide ... more »

Finkel Report Fails Science, Fails Consumers, and Fails Australia

admin at The Carbon Sense Coalition - 13 hours ago
Dr Finkel, grandly titled as “Australia’s Chief Scientist”, was paid by tax payers to produce A Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market. This report has been studied and is rated “FAIL”. It Fails in Science It Fails Electricity Consumers It Fails Australia But Green Energy Promotors are Delighted. Substantiation of this […]

Jordanian Soldier Sentenced To Life For Killing 3 US Military Trainers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Newsweek:* *War on ISIS: Jordan Soldier Sentenced To Life For Murder of Three US Special Forces* A military court in Jordan on Monday gave one of its soldiers a life sentence for shooting and killing three American special forces at a base near the capital Amman in November. The court in the Jordanian capital found that 39-year-old Maarik Al-Tawaiha was guilty of shooting dead the military trainers as they waited at a checkpoint in vehicles at the King Faisal base in southern Jordan. It demoted him, removed him from military service and handed him a sentence of "hard labor for ... more »

Woman eats only meat and cheese for 7 years and looses 130 pounds doing it

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 14 hours ago
This story is hard for me to type, not because I’m angry but because I’m utterly shocked. Kelly Hogan claims she eats only meat (and very little cheese) and has done so for the last 7 years. She claims that she’s not only lost weight (by staying away from carbs like vegetables and sugary fruits)

Nicola Robinson warns fans to remove their breast implants as they cause ‘debilitating illnesses’

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 14 hours ago
In June, Nicola Evans the 40-year-old former British “glamor” model went under the knife to remove her breast implants. And this week she begged her fans to follow her lead in an emotional essay about the dangers of breast implants. On Tuesday, Evans wrote on her Instagram, saying : She assured her fans that even though

This miraculous potion reduces appetite, lowers blood sugar and aids in weight loss

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 14 hours ago
Flaxseeds are rich in vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and fiber. They help to cleanse the body of toxins, reduce appetite and blood sugar levels, too. Lastly, those fatty acids trigger the sebaceous glands in the body and that helps to melt excess fat in the body. RELATED ARTICLE: Is Your Flaxseed Rancid? While there are many ways

7 effective herbs to help you get a good night’s sleep

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 14 hours ago
By Dr. Mercola Nearly 60 million Americans struggle with insomnia. Doctors are still not sure how to treat this disorder that may have devastating effects on your daily routines. Chronic lack of quality sleep has been associated with reduced memory and learning, increased risk of dementia and type 2 diabetes and an increased risk of

Most U.S. apples coated with chemical banned in Europe

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 14 hours ago
According to a new analysis by the EWG, a chemical widely used on non-organic American apples was banned in the European Union in 2012 because its makers could not show it did not pose a risk to human health. And this pesticide, in particular, is found more often and in greater concentrations than most other

Never use these 5 dangerous carcinogens around your pet

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 14 hours ago
By Dr. Becker This is an important heads-up for all of you who put chemical pest repellent collars on your pets and/or use pesticide sprays in and around your home. In March of this year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), reported that glyphosate,

Vitamin K2 effective in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 14 hours ago
(Note from the Editor: I would encourage you ALL to watch the video below.) Introduction: Just as there has been an explosion of positive science on the importance of vitamin D3, another nutrient, vitamin K2, is showing tremendous promise in the treatment and prevention of a wide range of health conditions. A new study, set to

UFC fighter blames DTaP on son’s sudden death

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 14 hours ago
UFC fighter, Nick Catone’s sweet son recently died and now he’s talking about it on Facebook. Apparently, the father said that his son would routinely get sick following vaccines and he’s now putting it all together and challenging his son’s autopsy report: “The more I think about the final results of my sons autopsy report

Garbage Men Being Trained to Spy on Customers

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: garbage-men-being-trained-to-spy-on-customers] Waste Management Corporation, in cooperation with city governments, is training trash collectors to keep customers under surveillance and to report anything suspicious to the police.

The rise of the "mega-farm": How British meat is made

Andrew Wasley at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - 14 hours ago
A major Bureau investigation reveals the changing face of farming in the UK.

Intensive farming in the UK, by numbers

Madlen Davies at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - 14 hours ago
The number of intensive farms in the UK has risen by a quarter with many so big they fit the definition of a US mega-farm

Trump attorney suggests that Donald Trump Jr. meeting with Russians was not nefarious because Secret Service did not interfere. SS crushes that argument.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 14 hours ago
So this is the argument put forward by Trump attorney Jay Sekulow on various Sunday news program yesterday. On its face it is kind of ridiculous since the Secret Service is supposed to protect candidates and their families from physical harm, not stupid choices. However as it turns out the SS has an even better reason why they did not protect Junior from himself. Courtesy of The Hill: *The Secret Service responded on Sunday to President Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow’s claim that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign would not have happened if... more »

Saved By the Clot

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
Despite its best intentions, a Congress stuffed with aging millionaires does provide the occasional benefit for the downtrodden rest of us. We should probably thank Senator John McCain and the surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain for our latest reprieve from getting our crappy health insurance coverage slashed into worse than nothing. Because of McCain's illness, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to delay voting on his cruel plan to punish the strapped and the ill for the benefit of the richest of the rich. And especially for those of us who personally rely upon,... more »

Racist Sofa Label

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
A Chinese-made sofa set sold in Canada back in 2007 bore a label with a racial pejorative.

Concrete Arrows Across the U.S.

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
The U.S. landscape is still dotted with enormous concrete arrows that guided early airmail pilots across the country.

BREAKING: Iraq says Al-Baghdadi ‘still alive’; ‘hiding in Syria’

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 14 hours ago
Iraqi authorities cast doubt on claims ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi is dead. Russians admit they do not know for sure. The post BREAKING: Iraq says Al-Baghdadi ‘still alive’; ‘hiding in Syria’ appeared first on The Duran.

Can U.S. Missile Defenses in Asia Stop a North Korean Nuclear Attack?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* The only question worth asking these days. The recent test of a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile has thrust America’s ballistic-missile defenses in the spotlight. The new missile, known as Hwasong-14, can theoretically reach Alaska or Hawaii. At the same time, there are several U.S. military bases abroad, especially in the Asia-Pacific, vulnerable to North Korean missiles. How does the Pentagon plan to defend American territory and installations abroad? The Hwasong-14 missile is a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Bein... more »

Why America Needs as Many Nuclear Attack Submarines As It Can Get

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Americas* Thanks, China. The U.S. Navy wants to buy a lot more of its most advanced stealthy nuclear-powered attack submarines. In a small note in its Fiscal Year 2018 budget request, the Navy revealed that Allison Stiller, the assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, has approved an update to the Virginia-class submarine program's Acquisition Program Baseline. The update, which was approved back in February, extended the Navy’s acquisition target from thirty to forty-eight submarines, a whopping 60 percent increase. ... more »

Speaking Tour in Minnesota

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
I arrived in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday and was taken to the community of Red Wing early Saturday morning to attend the 17th annual Peacestock day-long gathering sponsored by a couple different Veterans For Peace chapters in the state. Over 100 people turned out and my presentation entitled 'US First-Strike & NATO Expansion: Preparing for War with Russia and China' went over well. The hour-long question and answer period following my Powerpoint was quite stimulating as the very sharp audience came up with many great comments and inquiries. My host Craig Wood took me for a... more »

UN Report: Civilian Deaths Hit New High

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Civilian casualties persist at record highs. More than 5,000 killed and injured in first half of 2017. More at https://t.co/HRU3yuGPGX. pic.twitter.com/xgLuQhzSM3 — UNAMA News (@UNAMAnews) July 17, 2017 *DW:* *UN reports increase in Afghanistan civilian deaths* Civilian loss of life has gone up in comparison to last year, the UN reported. As attacks by anti-government forces persist, humanitarian leaders urged people not to forget the "national tragedy of Afghanistan." According to a mid-year report released Monday that includes figures from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanist... more »

World News Briefs -- July 17, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri. Tasnim *Reuters:** Iran's Revolutionary Guards warn U.S. against terrorist designation, new sanctions* BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned the United States on Monday that if it designated the group a terrorist organization and applied new sanctions its action could be perilous for U.S. forces in the region. U.S. officials said earlier this year that President Donald Trump's administration was considering a proposal that could lead to potentially categorizing ... more »

Tiger Forces continue to steamroll ISIS in southern Raqqa, new strategic site liberated

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:35 P.M.) – The elite Tiger Forces of the Syrian Arab Army continue to purge ISIS from the southern countryside of Raqqa Governorate, liberating one strategic site after another. Reports have just come in that the Tiger Forces managed to liberate the Deilla oil field, located southwest of the town of Resafa, from […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Syrian Army tank crashes into river after being attacked by militants in east Damascus

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:50 P.M.) – An astonishing four T-72 tanks were watched from afar by Failaq Al-Rahman (Free Syrian Army branch) as its militants struck the front end of the convoy with a guided anti-tank missile, causing one of the armored vehicles to plunge into a nearby river. According to a military source based in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS counter-attack in Deir Ezzor crushed by Syrian Army stand-off fire: video

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – After suffering a tactical reversal at the hands of an ISIS counter-attack in the area of Hamimah (west of the T-2 pumping station) earlier today, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) appears to have stabilized its lines and crushed the offensive momentum of the terrorist group’s pursing forces. Recently, pro-government media […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army scores new advance in east Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive operations in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, Monday, targeting Faylaq Al-Rahman’s positions inside ‘Ayn Tarma and Jobar. Prior to launching the assault, the Syrian Arab Army received a major boost from their air force, as they launched at least five airstrikes over […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Russian airpower blasts ISIS targets in eastern Homs

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces (RuAF) have recently delivered a number of precision strikes throughout the countryside surrounding the strategic town of al-Sukhnah in the Homs Governorate, destroying key military infrastructures belonging to ISIS. Footage of these airstrikes has now been released to the public. Reports say that the airstrikes targeted […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Massive blast wounds 17 Turkish soldiers in Hakkari province

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:25 P.M.) – A massive explosion occurred in southeast Turkey, today, resulting in 18 soldiers being wounded in the Hakkari province. According to Turkish state TV, a roadside bomb hit a military convoy in the Yuksekova District of the Hakkari province, which both Iran and Iraq. All of the wounded soldiers have been […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Monday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 15 hours ago
Miscellaneous material to start your week. - The Guardian's editorial board weighs in on the undue gains going to the 1% while everybody else faces stagnation or worse: While the rest of society have shared in an equality of misery following the crash, the top 1% – households with incomes of £275,000 – have now recovered all the ground they lost during the world’s worst post-second world war slump. The share of income going to the very richest is now 8.5%. That’s double their share in 1985. The question has to be asked: has the value of the 1% in society doubled in the last 20 years... more »

THE RELIABLE ABSENCE OF BASIC SKILLS: Dead German scientists and the AP!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017Part 1—The AP's basic skills:* Last Thursday morning, the New York Times dropped a dime on those misfiring German scientists of the late 18th century. The topic even made page A3, home of Noteworthy Facts: *Of Interest* *NOTEWORTHY FACTS FROM TODAY'S PAPER* [...] *In the late 1700s, German scientists blamed the occurrence of arson on the traumas of menstruation,* a theory that had to be discarded when it was determined that most arsonists were men. Oof. That fact was drawn from a book review by Jennifer Senior, whose work for the Times has been superb. The ... more »

Photos Of Aleppo Rising: Swimsuits, Concerts And Rebuilding In First Jihadi-Free Summer

Tyler Durden at 15 hours ago
[image: undefined] *Aleppo orchestra concert, Summer 2017/via Sarah Abdallah* When taxi and bus drivers take journalists into Syria via the Beirut-Damascus Highway these days, there's a common greeting that has become a kind of local tradition as the drivers pull into their Damascus area destinations. They confidently tell their passengers: "welcome to the *real* Syria." Local Syrians living in government areas are all too aware of how the outside world perceives the government and the cities under its control. After years of often deceptive imagery and footage produced by oppositio... more »

Big Military Spending Boost Threatens Our Economy and Security

Ron Paul at 15 hours ago
[image: undefined] On Friday the House overwhelmingly approved a massive increase in military spending, passing a $696 billion National Defense Authorization bill for 2018. President Trump’s request already included a huge fifty or so billion dollar spending increase, but the Republican-led House found even that to be far too small. They added another $30 billion to the bill for good measure. Even President Trump, in his official statement, expressed some concern over spending in the House-passed bill. According to the already weak limitations on military spending increases in the ... more »

Flash Flood Kills 5 Children, 4 Adults at Arizona Swim Hole

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 15 hours ago
Search crews recovered the bodies of children and adults after flash flooding poured over a popular swimming area inside the Tonto National Forest.

Janet Yellen on the Federal Debt

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 15 hours ago
In Janet Yellen's most recent testimony before Congress, a little-covered comment gives us a sense of warning about where Washington's fiscal policies are leading us. Here's the exchange: Unfortunately, Ms. Yellen's comments are cut off before they are complete. As such, here's the transcript of the exchange: Mr. Steven Pearce (R - NM 2nd District): *I'm going though the Monetary Policy Report here and I'm going through your comments and I almost don't see anything about that number on the screen behind you that's just constantly rolling there and it's the debt . Maybe it does ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 17, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Endgadget:* *US and Australia finish a key round of hypersonic missile tests* One step closer to a weapon that can strike anywhere within minutes. The US and its allies are determined to be first out of the gate with hypersonic weapons, and they've just taken a big stride forward in that regard... not that they're saying much about it. Both the US and Australia have confirmed that they recently completed a series of mysterious hypersonic missile tests. All the countries will say is that the flights were successful, and that they represented "significant milestones" in testing ev... more »

ESSA Goes After NY Community High Schools

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
There are 51 of them in New York City, and they serve transfer students whose circumstances made it impossible to work through a regular high school. Students receive counseling, career guidance, and other social services that allow students to actually learn while finish high school at a decelerated pace. Now those schools are under threat from ESSA, which could have never passed without the support of corporate reform protection units of NEA, AFT, NPE, and FairTest: The schools are small, and many of them work with community-based organizations to offer counseling, college and ... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 16 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Chemotherapy may spread cancer and trigger more aggressive tumours, warn scientists Deceptions and Disguises of Noam Chomsky A surprisingly subtle force may have broken off one of the largest icebergs ever recorded Antarctica's new 1.1-trillion-ton iceberg is already breaking into enormous pieces Mysterious Hacker Leaks Emails Of Top US State Department Expert On Russia Italy Threatens EU With "Nuclear Option": Give 200,000 Migrants EU Visas, Sending Them North Friend Insists Death Of Republican Operative Behind WSJ Collusion "Bombshell" Wasn't A Suicide Goo... more »

Video of TSA Molesting Man’s Wife, Exposes What Americans Will Endure for False Sense of Safety

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: tsa]A man filmed TSA feel, quite literally, every single inch of his wife's body. This molestation was all carried out, of course, to keep you safe.

Venezuelans Vote 98% Against Plans To Rewrite The Constitution

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*CNN:* *Venezuelans reject constitutional rewrite in non-binding referendum* (CNN)Millions of Venezuelans have voted to reject President Nicolas Maduro's controversial plans to rewrite the country's constitution. Nearly 7.2 million Venezuelans took part in the non-binding referendum organized by the country's main opposition parties, with the overwhelming majority of voters coming out against Maduro's plan. Venezuela is in the grip of social unrest, which has paralyzed the country amid violent protests seeking government reform. The government has condemned the referendum as illeg... more »

Until Democrats Can Start Winning Seats In Kansas Again, They'll Never Be A National Party Again

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Trump won Kansas' 4th district-- around Wichita-- by a big margin: 60.2% to 33.0%. But KS-04 isn't really Trump country. In the caucuses, Cruz came in first 7,963 (58.3%) to Señor Trumpanzee's 3,012 (22.0%). That same day Bernie swept every district in Kansas. He won the 4th with 69.8%-- 6,588 votes to Hillary's 2,846-- but with more than twice as many votes as Trump got! Think about that for a moment. Many in Kansas saw Bernie as the answer to their hopes and their fears... but by November they ultimately judged Hillary as the greater evil compared to Trump. While Trump was coming... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
Hi, I'm back. Thank you, Yastreblyansky, for filling in while I was away. This morning, Axios's Mike Allen tells us what ten Washington journalists think is the most surprising thing about Donald Trump's first six months as president. A number of the surprises aren't particularly surprising. *NBC's Chuck Todd:* "I guess I'm surprised he didn't make more of an effort to develop a personal relationship with Schumer and Pelosi. Culturally, he's more familiar with them and knew the two of them more superficially than any of the GOP leaders. I didn't expect much of a Democratic outreach,... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Sexism in alive and well among Leftist women* Two feminist geographers are encouraging their colleagues to be more mindful about citing the research of white males because doing so contributes to “the reproduction of white heteromasculinity of geographical thought and scholarship.” Writing in “Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography,” Carrie Mott and Daniel Cockayne argue that considering an author’s gender, race or sexuality prior to citation can be an effective “feminist and anti-racist technology of resistance that demonstrates engagement with those authors and... more »

LAVROV: US seizing of Russian embassy property “DAYLIGHT ROBBERY”

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 16 hours ago
Russia is getting increasingly fed up with the protracted situation. The post LAVROV: US seizing of Russian embassy property “DAYLIGHT ROBBERY” appeared first on The Duran.

JERUSALEM: Protests and anger as fortress like security surrounds al-Aqsa Mosque

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 16 hours ago
al-Aqsa Mosque and the surrounding Nobel Sanctuary reopens as tensions continue to run high. The post JERUSALEM: Protests and anger as fortress like security surrounds al-Aqsa Mosque appeared first on The Duran.

South Korea’s new administration seeks dialogue and reconciliation with the North

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 16 hours ago
Under President Moon, South Korea is clear that it seeks no hostility and dialogue whenever possible with its northern neighbour. The post South Korea’s new administration seeks dialogue and reconciliation with the North appeared first on The Duran.

Canada's 1%

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Doug Saunders has written an interesting column on what he calls the most ghettoized community in Canada: My colleague Tom Cardoso and I recently published a set of interactive maps of Canada, drawing on a huge new database assembled by economist Miles Corak, which charts the country’s districts by their level of income mobility – the chances that people born in one circumstance will end up living in a better or sometimes worse, income level. What stood out, visually, were the patches where intergenerational poverty is the norm – places where people born poor are likely to stay po... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Boston wants to fight climate change. So why is every new building made of glass?* *It's the little people who have to make sacrifices, not the Boston Brahmins* If architects, planners, and public officials in Boston mean everything they say about sustainability and climate readiness, why is the city’s latest construction boom filling the skyline with so much glass? From the shimmering height of the Millennium Tower to the waterfront views of 22 Liberty, and a boxy office and condo complex going up at Pier 4, glass exteriors have become a major feature of today’s urban landscape.... more »

Israel denounces anti democratic Globalist George Soros, should help me jail him

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 16 hours ago
He is a former Nazi collaborator without a shred of remorse. He is a hedge fund manager in the process of trying to destroy the German, and European, economy by loading it with debt through a wave of migrants and by speculating against Deutsche Bank. He is a eugenicist Globalist, trying to launch mass vaccination campaigns […]

The Roland Freisler of Greece now trying to scape goat minor prosecutors in vain bid to avoid jail for herself and her new boss Alexis Tsipras

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 16 hours ago
It did not take long. Ten days after retiring, Vasiliki Thanou, the Roland Freisler of Greece, has just beeen appointed the head of Alexis Tsipras’s legal office, fuelling fears she has been in his secret accomplice in destroying justice for a long time. http://www.ekathimerini.com/219971/article/ekathimerini/news/opposition-criticizes-ex-supreme-court-presidents-posting-to-pms-legal-service Facing years in jail for her role in the perversion of […]

UK Citizens Will Now Be Forced to Identify Themselves Online Before Viewing Porn

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: porn]The UK will now require internet users to verify their identity before they can access 100% entirely legal online porn. Civil liberties be damned.

The US Deep State: Sabotaging Putin-Trump Ceasefire Agreement in Syria

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 16 hours ago
Emphasis mine: The US Deep State: Sabotaging Putin-Trump Ceasefire Agreement in Syria by FEDERICO PIERACCINI, https://www.strategic-culture.org/ … The most important agreement concerned a ceasefire in southern Syria along the border with Israel and Jordan. This is a very active area of fighting, and so the ceasefire obviates the possibility of dangerous confrontations between the United States and […]

Diabetes researcher who sued to prevent retractions now has 13

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 17 hours ago
A diabetes researcher who sued a publisher to protect several papers from being retracted recently received his 13th, in a prestigious gastroenterology journal. Mario Saad, based at the University of Campinas in São Paulo, Brazil, has had a string of retractions over the past few years, including four in Diabetes after he lost a legal […] The post Diabetes researcher who sued to prevent retractions now has 13 appeared first on Retraction Watch.

'Tis Passing Strange

LL at Virtual Mirage - 17 hours ago
*Tomatoes* I don't read most of the studies on this or that curative for cancer. A balanced diet is usually a common sense approach to life. This time it's different because I really like tomatoes (hot/cold/fresh/cooked/in salsa/in just about everything) and it plays to my bias. The new study of how nutritional interventions can alter the risk for skin cancers appeared online in the journal *Scientific Reports*. Jessica L. Cooperstone, Kathleen L. Tober, Ken M. Riedl, Matthew D. Teegarden, Morgan J. Cichon, David M. Francis, Steven J. Schwartz, Tatiana M. Oberyszyn. Tomatoes protec... more »

Donald Trump sets a new record by having the lowest six month approval ratings of any president in the last 70 years.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Courtesy of ABC News: *Americans give President Donald Trump the lowest six-month approval rating of any president in polls dating back 70 years, punctuated by questions about his competence on the world stage, his effectiveness, the GOP health care plan and Russia’s role in the 2016 election. * *Just 36 percent of Americans polled in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll approve of Trump’s job performance, down 6 points from his 100-day mark, itself a low. The previous president closest to this level at or near six months was Gerald Ford, at 39 percent, in February 1975.* The poll... more »

Kurdish Official States Baghdadi Alive- Win/Win for the Coalition

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 17 hours ago
*Couldn’t have the Russian claim of killing Baghdadi stand!* *Russia : We Might Have Killed Baghdadi * *Public Relations and Perception Management...........* *Previous commentary “The US is investigating Russia's claims? I would think the US should have no doubt that Russia didn't kill Baghdadi because the US has already killed him several times.”* *And sure enough some mouthpiece for the coalition is claiming that Baghdadi is still alive. He's 99% sure. Can’t have Russia usurp the psyop game. * *I’ve not changed my mind on Baghdadi, the man doesn’t exist, however the mythology l... more »

Trump’s Growth Target Reduced to 3 Percent

Bob Adelmann at rss - 17 hours ago
[image: trump-s-growth-target-reduced-to-3-percent] David Stockman, Reagan's OMB director, had a difficult time in getting Congress to pass Reaganomics. Mick Mulvaney's task imay be even more difficult.

War on Cash 2.0 — Visa Now Paying Businesses to Stop Taking Cash

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 17 hours ago
[image: visa]Visa has officially announced that they intend to snub out cash and create a world in which all transactions are monitored and tracked.

Revenge Of The Slimeballs: When US Labs Competed For Leadership In HEP

Tommaso Dorigo at Science 2.0 - Physical Sciences - 18 hours ago
*The clip below, together with the following few which will be published every few days in the coming weeks, is extracted from the third chapter of my book "Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab". It recounts the pioneering measurement of the Z mass by the CDF detector, and the competition with SLAC during the summer of 1989.* read more

This Nuclear-Armed Leader Was More Terrifying Than Kim Jong-un

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Asia* It could only be Mao. North Korea’s July 4 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) has forced Americans to confront a possibility that was once unthinkable: Kim Jong-un armed with nuclear weapons and the ability to use them against the United States. While the spread of nuclear weapons is always a bad thing, it’s the nature of the North Korean regime that is truly terrifying. As one observer recently put it: “It isn’t the nukes that ought mainly to worry us. It’s the hands that hold them.” These concerns are hardly unreasonable. After... more »

Why the Dream of Bringing Back the Battleships Still Won't Sink

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * This debate won't end for a very simple reason. No one expected the battleships to leave so quickly. The U.S. Navy reactivated the four battleships of the Iowa class in the mid-1980s, equipping them with sea- and land-attack missiles, as well as modern electronics and similar facilities. The drive to reactivate the battleships came from a strategic interest in increasing the size of the Navy, as well as concern over the construction of the Soviet Kirov-class nuclear battlecruisers. But in 1992, less than ten years after *New Jersey* had returned to ... more »

Why Aircraft Carriers May Soon Be Obsolete

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
In this file photo, ships and submarines participating in the U.S. 3rd Fleet-coordinated Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise sail in formation in the waters around the Hawaiian islands, July 27, 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Devinney) *Michael Peck, National Interest:* *New Study Warns Aircraft Carriers May Be Obsolete (Thanks to Russia and China)* Inexpensive Russian and Chinese weapons, such as cyberwar and antiship missiles, threaten the West’s reliance on expensive arms such as aircraft carriers. “China and Russia appear to have focused m... more »

US art dealer agrees to pay $3 million and hand over stolen Iraqi artefacts

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 18 hours ago
US arts and crafts dealer Hobby Lobby must pay a fine and hand back artefacts stolen from Iraq during its long war. The post US art dealer agrees to pay $3 million and hand over stolen Iraqi artefacts appeared first on The Duran.

Where Have all the Young Men Gone? Long Time Passing.

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Anne Dachel I came across several discussions on the shortage of male workers in America, and I found headlines like: “Millions of Men Missing from the Labor Force,” (Fox News). Naturally we should all be asking why men are...

EU continues to support Al Qaeda and ISIS. Places sanctions on 16 Syrian scientists

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 19 hours ago
EU is ready to sanction 16 Syrians it blames for chemical attacks. The post EU continues to support Al Qaeda and ISIS. Places sanctions on 16 Syrian scientists appeared first on The Duran.

Israel U-turns on Syrian ceasefire as Russian troops arrive

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 19 hours ago
Israel's opposition to the Russian-US-Jordanian ceasefire is worse than much ado about nothing, it is much ado about a positive development for regional security. The post Israel U-turns on Syrian ceasefire as Russian troops arrive appeared first on The Duran.

Russia paranoid Congressman admits that Hillary Clinton and DNC colluded with Ukraine (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 19 hours ago
Adam Schiff is troubled by the collusion between the DNC and Ukraine. The post Russia paranoid Congressman admits that Hillary Clinton and DNC colluded with Ukraine (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

In pictures: Rebels rebuff Syrian Army assault in east Damascus

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Jaysh al-Islam militant group, a coalition of Islamist and jihadist fighters, has repelled an attempt by pro-government forces to capture the entirety of the Hawsh Al-Dawahra area in East Ghouta. Yesterday the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) made a significant advance towards the village of Hawsh Al-Dawahra by crossing the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army suffers heavy casualties in failed offensive near Deir Ezzor border

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a big assault in the eastern countryside of Homs, Sunday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) positions in the Hamimah area, which is located west of the strategic T-2 Pumping Station. Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Corps and 18th Tank Division […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Syrian Army demining teams clear 11 villages in Latakia for civilian re-settlement

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – Demining teams of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have cleared eleven villages in Latakia’s Rabia subdistrict of hidden explosive booby-traps. The demining effort is part of a plan to resettle internally displaced Syrians in the locality. The town of Rabia, which represents the administrative center of the subdistrict, was liberated […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Russian forces deploy to southern Syria

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – The Russian military has deployed to the Dara’a Governorate today to begin their indefinite operation to monitor the ceasefire in southern Syria, a military source informed Al-Masdar News. According to the military source, the Russian military will be specifically headquartered in the Dara’a Governorate city of Izra’a, as they serve […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

SDF seizes large suburb from ISIS in southwest Raqqa: reports

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M.) – Reports are coming in from a number of sources claiming that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have achieved a significant advance against ISIS in southwestern Raqqa city. The reports say that the SDF captured the neighborhood of Yarmouk from ISIS. One Kurdish media source claims that sixteen fighters belonging […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Fierce battle breaks out in east Damascus as Syrian Army troops attempt to advance

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – An intense battle broke-out today between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Faylaq Al-Rahman inside the ‘Ayn Tarma Triangle of east Damascus, a military source told Al-Masdar this morning. Backed by heavy airstrikes from their air force, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard launched a powerful […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Egypt: Clashes with police ongoing on Nile island after death of 2 protesters

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Police clashed with residents of al-Warraq island who came out to protest the death of two people earlier in the day on Sunday. Police were attempting to evict residents from homes deemed illegal when the violence broke out. Police fired shots into the air and used tear gas on the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian jets raid Lebanese border towns

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 A.M.) – The Syrian Air Force conducted at least a half dozen raids over the Qalamoun Mountains this morning, targeting the Al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in Jaroud Faleeta. Syrian jets pounded Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions, while the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah shelled the latter in the Qalamoun Mountains this morning. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Putin, Macron make headway on Syrian issue

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
Negotiations with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Versailles helped Russia and France make progress on the Syria issue, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche weekly on Sunday. “After the negotiations with the Russian president in Versailles, I state that we are moving forward on both these issues. Cooperation […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

More government reinforcements deployed to southeast Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15) – Another large batch of government reinforcements have been deployed to the southeastern countryside of Damascus to participate in a future operation near the Iraqi border, a military source told Al-Masdar News on Sunday. Reinforcements from the pro-government Palestine Liberation Army (PLA), Fatah Al-Intifada (Palestinian paramilitary), and the Shadi Regiment (NDF unit) […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

A whimsical moment.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
So much bad news these days, a little of this is certainly a welcome respite.

The Birth Of Laser Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Shawn Martin, Electronics 360:* *The Birth of Laser Weapons* Research and development of laser weapons began in the mid-20th century. Countless failed attempts ensued, and for quite some time the only suitable military tasks for lasers were for range-finders and target acquisition. As technology breakthroughs brought forth the anticipation that lethal lasers could soon be commissioned, Protocol IV of the Geneva Convention, adopted on October 13, 1995, in Vienna, established a pre-emptive ban on blinding laser weapons. Development of energy-directed weapons, however, continued wit... more »

Are Drones A Priority For The U.S. Marine Corp?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
MARINE INFANTRY LEADER INSPECT RAVEN DRONE The hand-tossed Raven is a small scout drone. Keenan Zelazoski, USMC, via Wikimedia Commons *Ben Brewster, War On the Rocks*: *Lady Gaga's Air Force and the Grunt-Angel for Marines: An Infantry Officer's Unlikely Exploration* If you can remember back to the Super Bowl halftime show, it was spectacular, but not because of Lady Gaga’s vocal dexterity or choreography. The constellation of LED drones that appeared to hover over NRG stadium stole the show. However, this impressive technological display also served as a dire warning to an unlikel... more »

A new kind of doctor's office charges a monthly fee

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
*[image: IMG_0803 (2).JPG]* It is going to be this or outright single pay for all. Anything else you end up paying at least $2.00 in order to pay $1.00. This obviously nonsense that the insurance industry refuses to give up on. Go to single payer and competing jurisdictions will tend to drive prices down across the board. State control is wonderful for exactly that. This approach is actually promising. Better yet i want to see healer's circles created. The trained doctor remains the principle diagnostician but also the expert in medical language itself. This matters when s... more »

Human Emotion Physically Shapes Reality!

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This is extemely good news. in fact it is huge. It allows us to ceate a contrivance that exchanges information throughout the universe. Nature has already done all this for us through our spirit bodies. Thus our starships can communicate with home base throughthe simplemedia of having a DNA sample of every crew member. It also applies at home as well. We can track soldiers and know instantly when things go bad. This will be the ultimate communication breakthrough andcould easily lead to accessing the internet through our brains as well. *New Research Shocks Scientists: Huma... more »

Saudi Arabia Has Handed the Emir of Qatar an Opportunity to Redirect History

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
A thoughtful item here. I do not understand the sudden confrontation with Qatar of all places. This is at least an explanation. What were these folks thinking? The Deep State has long ago wrested US foreign policy out of the hands of the president. Trump is trying to take it back and they are obviously fighting just this. Their rush to war with Russia is absurd. He has had to back off a couple of times and they are trying to precipitate their agenda in opposition to him. His opening conversations with Putin who is his natural ally against the Deep state is promising. It ... more »

Kolbrin - Rolls of Record - Land of White Copper

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
Today we discover pay dirt. This expedition began on the west coast of Europe and then crossed the Atlantic to come to the Mississippi and then sailed up river to arrive at the copper fields there. This can be no other place on earth. What this also establishes is that the assumption that the Kolbrin left Egypt to end up in England is quite wrong. What this confirms is that a library from Egypt found its way to the established colonys along the Mississippi. There additional reports were added over a number of lifetimes until these colonies needed to be abandoned for a return... more »

Civilian Casualties Have Increased Under President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Samuel Oakford, Daily Beast*:* President Trump’s Air War Kills 12 Civilians Per Day* The president promised to ‘bomb the sh*t’ out of ISIS. But an Airwars investigation reveals that more and more innocents are being killed in American-led attacks. Civilian casualties from the U.S.-led war against the so-called Islamic State are on pace to double under President Donald Trump, according to an Airwars investigation for The Daily Beast. Airwars researchers estimate that at least 2,300 civilians likely died from Coalition strikes overseen by the Obama Wh... more »

Musical Interlude: Neil H, “An Enlightening Dream” (Playlist)

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
Neil H, “An Enlightening Dream” (Playlist" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_7SoMRwQVk&t=2364s

"America’s First ‘Declinist’ President"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"America’s First ‘Declinist’ President"* by Bill Bonner "Public figures and public events are almost always fraudulent in some way. France’s Bastille Day is no exception. It is hailed as a landmark of liberty. But the storming of the Bastille prison by revolutionaries, on this day in 1789, led to the liberation of only seven miserable perverts and half-wits. And it was followed by the mass murder of thousands in The Terror - the bloodiest period of the French Revolution - and the deaths of five million more in the Napoleonic Wars. *Drugs and video games: *But today, we turn away f... more »

X22 Report, “The Economic System Has Failed,The Fed Will Hide It All By Pushing Markets Higher”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
X22 Report, “The Economic System Has Failed, The Fed Will Hide It All By Pushing Markets Higher” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQAFiTtcKFI *Related followup report:* X22 Report, “The Crack Down Continues, These Individuals Need To Be Investigated” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxG8qpO5kak

Nature Unbound IV – The 2400-year Bray cycle. Part B

Hifast at Climate Collections - 21 hours ago
Originally posted on Climate Etc.: by Javier In Part A, we established the existence of a ~ 2400-year climate cycle, discovered in 1968 by Roger Bray. This climate cycle correlates in period and phase with a ~ 2400-year cycle in the production of cosmogenic isotopes, that corresponds with clusters of solar grand minima at times…

Why You Shouldn’t Trust the Medical Advice Given by Medical Associations

thedrswolfson at The Drs. Wolfson - 21 hours ago
As a cardiologist, it might be natural to assume that I support the American Heart Association (AHA). After all, what cardiologist wouldn’t support an organization whose stated purpose is to reduce death caused by heart disease and stroke? Well, I’m that cardiologist. In this post, I’m going to outline why I don’t support the American […] The post Why You Shouldn’t Trust the Medical Advice Given by Medical Associations appeared first on The Drs. Wolfson.

Italy plans an act of war: 200,000 EU visas for free

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
According to the existing laws as well as common sense, Italy is one of the countries on the border of the EU visa realm – the Schengen Area – so it has the same duty as separate countries in most cases: It has the duty to make sure that no illegal immigrant gets to the space where he doesn't belong. I think that the Italian prime minister and the most relevant minister should be abruptly tried in the court as soon as they fail to realize this duty and one or two illegal immigrants makes it through the EU border. Instead, they have allowed – well, they have really assisted – hundred... more »

The Stuff That Soldiers Had To Carry To Battle From 1066 To 2014 (Photo Gallery)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
1066 – Huscarl, Battle of Hastings *Vintage: **Soldiers' Inventories: Incredible Images Showcase All the Stuff Soldiers Have Carried in Battle, From 1066 to 2014* Thom Atkinson, a U.K. photographer, spent nine months working on an incredibly detailed and interesting project, titled Soldiers’ Inventories. It consists of 13 photographs, each depicting the weapons, clothing, armor, and personal items that British soldiers have worn in battle over the course of 1,000 years. The series starts with the Battle of Hastings, which took place in 1066, and ends in 2014, with the gear of the ... more »

The continuing settlement of Europe by, mostly, North African young males?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
https://youtu.be/G8LGX8o2fw8 Lauren Southen there reporting from Paris which is more than the institutionally pro Islamic immigration BBC will do.

Holistic Healer/Dr Justine Damond killed by police in Minneapolis

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 22 hours ago
On Saturday night, Dr. Justine Damond, 40, a well known Australian healer and former veterinarian from Sydney, was shot by police in her pajamas outside her home. Justine had made a call to police to report a disturbance she heard in the alley way outside her home. At the time of the shooting, which happened in


Anon at Aangirfan - 22 hours ago
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A Comedy of Errors

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
BBC Watch has an absorbing piece on the BBC News website's reporting (or misreporting) of Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Paris, and the evolution of one article in particular. The BBC was evidently copying and pasting from the AFP news agency but still managed to misspell the name it was copying, putting "Elie Barnav, a former French ambassador to Israel" when it should have been "Elie Barnavi, a former French ambassador to Israel". And the "former French ambassador to Israel" bit was wrong too. AFP's original French copy had it right, but their English translation got it wrong a... more »

South Korea Proposes Military Talks With North Korea Later This Month

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Reuters:* *South Korea proposes military, family reunion talks with North Korea* SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Monday proposed military talks with North Korea this week, the first government-level talks since late 2015, in an effort to halt hostile activities near their joint border and after a series of missile tests by the North in recent weeks. The proposal is the first formal overture by the government of President Moon Jae-in, who came to power in May pledging to engage the North in dialogue, as well as to apply pressure on Pyongyang to reduce tension on the Korean penin... more »

"Earth's Economy Glorifies Waste, Exploitation, Debt, Expediency and Magical Thinking"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"Earth's Economy Glorifies Waste, Exploitation, * *Debt, Expediency and Magical Thinking"* by Charles Hugh Smith "Humanity appears to default to magical thinking when faced with untenable situations that demand systemic change. How would extraterrestrial anthropologists characterize Earth's dominant socio-economic system? It's not difficult to imagine their dismaying report: "Earth's economy glorifies waste. Its economists rejoice when a product is disposed as waste and replaced with a new product. This waste is perversely labeled 'growth.' Aimless wandering that consumes fossil fuel... more »

“The Pension Collapse Is Starting in Illinois”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*“The Pension Collapse Is Starting in Illinois”* by Birch Gold Group After degrading for decades, America’s public pension system is finally at its breaking point, and the first shoe is about to drop in Illinois. Is this the beginning of the end? Illinois isn’t the only state underwater. New Jersey, California, and several others are close behind. And when one falls, the rest could quickly follow. When that happens, we’re poised for a vicious chain reaction that could decimate our economy. Americans everywhere will feel it - young or old, pension holder or not. Here are the risks, ... more »

McDonnell Backtracks on Vow to Write Off Student Debt per Guido Fawkes

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
Guido Fawkes reports: 'Today John McDonnell u-turned on that key election promise which won the votes of so many students and young people, telling Marr it was just "an ambition" and conceding for the first time "it's very difficult" to do. All those who voted Labour to have their debts written off should watch this interview. It was fantasy politics, a pack of lies all along…' More here https://order-order.com/2017/07/16/mcdonnell-backtracks-on-labour-vow-to-write-off-student-debt/ but not on the BBC where getting the Labour Party into power is far more important than reporting... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
#Russia/s #Arctic #military build up. pic.twitter.com/seuqcuLu81 — (((JésusFromMars))) (@JesusFromMars) July 16, 2017 North Korea states it can "annihilate" the U.S. if new UNSC resolution adopted https://t.co/gmIq5n84vi pic.twitter.com/iqaDqY2fRN — NK NEWS (@nknewsorg) July 16, 2017 Trump’s political base is sticking with him, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll https://t.co/BkReAF9jpS — Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 17, 2017 Three years after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, families to unveil 'living memorial' https://t.co/9iLv4LS... more »

VIDEO: US-backed FSA mercenaries fight to hold corridor open in Syrian desert

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The US-backed Jaysh Osoud al-Sharqiyah mercenary faction, a sub-militia within the Free Syrian Army (FSA) franchise, has released a video showing its fighters engaging forward elements of pro-government forces in Syria’s southwestern Badia region. The skirmishes depicted in the video are believed to have taken place in central Rif Dimashq […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Tiger Forces liberate key gas fields from ISIS along Raqqa-Homs border region: videos

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:25 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Tiger Forces have rolled on to the provincial borders between Raqqa and Homs, securing a number of key gas fields along the way. These most recent gains come as the elite formation now begins to shift the full weight of its strategic reserve into the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Israel opposes ceasefire in southern Syria: Haaretz

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 A.M.) – Israel opposes the ongoing ceasefire that was brokered by Iran, Russia, Jordan, and the U.S. in southern Syria, Haaretz newspaper claimed on Sunday, citing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. According to the Haaretz, Netanyahu views the ceasefire as an opportunity for Iran to spread their influence in the region. This […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL’s Baghdadi is still alive and in Syria: Iraqi Intelligence

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
(TASS) The leader of the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) Abu Bakr al-Baghdidi is alive and and is hiding in Syria, Al Arabiya television channel said on Sunday, citing director of Iraqi interior ministry’s intelligence and counter-terrorism operations service, Abu Ali al-Basri. According to Al Arabiya, al-Basri refuted reports about al-Baghdadi’s death, saying […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL launches counter-assault against Kurdish forces in southeast Raqqa

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:50 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) launched a counter-assault southeast of Raqqa City, Sunday, targeting the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) base near the town of Al-Akirshi. ISIL began their assault using a suicide bomber to penetrate the SDF’s defenses at the base; this attack was followed by their forces storming the installation. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Elite SAS Troops Take To Facebook To Post Incredible Pictures Of Some Of Their Deadliest Missions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Crack SAS squad members deployed to social media where more than 2,000 incredible snaps have been posted *Daily Mail:** Who Shares Wins! Investigaton after elite SAS troops take to Facebook to post incredible pictures of some of their deadliest missions* * Crack members of the world's deadliest special forces unit shared pictures from front line operations online * They show elite SAS solders kitted out with state of the art combat equipment, vehicles and lethal weaponry * Senior military bosses are annoyed because the pictures have been shared to a dedicated SAS Facebook page * T... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Photo: A Sukhoi Su-35S jet is about to fly at the second qualifying stage of the Aviadarts 2016 regional aviation competition at the Tsentralnaya Uglovaya airfield outside Vladivostok. © SPUTNIK/ VITALIY ANKOV *WNU editor*: The above picture is from this photo gallery .... *New Aircraft in Service With Russia's Veteran Air Wing* (Sputnik)

Musical Interlude: 2002, “An Ocean Apart”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Pamela and Randy Copus are the duo known as 2002. Randy Copus plays piano, electric cello, guitar, bass and keyboards. Pamela Copus plays flutes, harp, keyboards and a wind instrument called a WX5. Both musicians also provide all of the vocals on their albums, recording their voices many, many times and layering them to create a "virtual choir" with a celestial, angelic quality.” 2002, “An Ocean Apart” - http://www.youtube.com/

Setbacks And Hidden Charges Have Pushed The Cost Of Britain's F-35 Stealth Aircraft To £150m Each

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
F-35A Lightning II fighter jets from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. Pentagon officials announced April 14, 2017, that the Air Force is deploying a small number of F-35A fighters to Europe for training. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw) *The Times:* *Britain spends billions on flawed fighter jets* *Setbacks and hidden charges push cost of F-35 stealth aircraft to £150m each* Britain is paying hundreds of millions of pounds in hidden costs for a next-generation warplane that will be u... more »

Many "Trump Counties" Are Filled With Voters Who Oppose A Status Quo That Hasn't Worked For Them

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The big takeaway from the new NBC/*Wall Street Journal* poll is that Señor Trumpanzee's job approval rating in the counties that fueled his 2016 victory stands at 50%. That's true... but out of context and irrelevant when you scratch the surface just a little tiny bit. Who cares that the reddest hellhole counties in Wyoming and Mississippi still support Trump. That's what they do. What's important here is that the counties that Obama won in 2008 and 2012 and then flipped to Trump in 2016, are the ones with the big buyers' remorse now-- and eager to flip back... as long as the Demo... more »

Monsanto’s Roundup Can Alter Your DNA/Cause Cancer: Glyphosate

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jul 15, 2017 Mike then speaks to Farron Cousins, Executive Editor of The Trial Lawyer Magazine, about California’s battle against Monsanto’s cancer causing ingredient in Roundup. end

‘Peace Sentinel’: Over 1000 Soldiers Take Part in NATO Drills in Bulgaria

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jul 16, 2017 Over 1,000 soldiers took part in the ‘Peace Sentinel’ NATO drill at the Novo Selo military camp near the village of Koren, Bulgaria end

Gaza Living Conditions Rapidly Deteriorating. Genocide & Ethnic Cleansing by Israel

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jul 13, 2017 The UN has warned that Gaza is becoming unlivable faster than expected. Many crises have been gripping the tiny coastal enclave in recent years under the Israeli siege. “In 2001, Dr. Ariella Oppenheim, of Hebrew University, a biologist, published the first extensive study of DNA and the origin of the […]

Exposing the Holocaust 6 Million LIE: Auschwitz 4 Million Dead Reduced to 1-1.5 Million

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Exposing the Holocaust 6 Million LIE: Auschwitz 4 Million Dead Reduced to 1-1.5 Million by D. Cassidy, Memorial Day, 2007, http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/ How will history remember the Holocaust, historic horror or historic hoax? It depends on whether or not World Zionism controls the history? – For decades, most people accepted the Holocaust as true. There were some doubters. […]

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

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jul 14, 2017 79-year-old retired CIA agent, Malcom Howard, has made a series of astonishing claims since being released from hospital in New Jersey on Friday and told he has weeks to live. Mr. Howard claims he was involved in the “controlled demolition” of World Trade Center 7, the third building that was […]

Italy Threatens EU With “Nuclear Option”: Give 200,000 Migrants EU Visas, Sending Them North

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Italy Threatens EU With “Nuclear Option”: Give 200,000 Migrants EU Visas, Sending Them North by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com Two weeks after Italy reacted with anger to Austria’s deployment of troops and armored vehicles to the border between the two nations, while reactivating border controls at the Brenner Pass over concerns that Italy will be unable to handle the […]

Jim Willie: Global Reserve Currency at Risk

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Jim Willie: Global Reserve Currency at Risk by Jim Willie, http://www.goldenjackass.com/, via http://www.goldseek.com/ Within the US borders, the population remains largely ignorant of the true significance of the global currency reserve concept. It is of paramount importance, yet almost never discussed in the financial press. The public within the United States simply assumes the country operates […]

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

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Are There Patents To Manipulate The Human Nervous System Using Electromagnetic Frequencies? by Catherine J. Frompovich, http://www.activistpost.com/ With all the “fake news,” propaganda and scares to taint impressionable minds with, one has to wonder is there any real news fit to print, to know or to do something with or about? – Well, I just happen […]

100% Cashless Society Almost Here – Mega Corporations Implementing Mark of the Beast Mandate

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jul 15, 2017 Visa Pushing Cashless Society Big Time, Even offering Digital Money http://pressreleases.visa.com/phoenix… Visa offers Benefits for Going Cashless http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/14/news/… http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/03/start-… https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi… https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi… end

CNN Pays US Airports for Broadcast at Over 2000 Gates

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jul 14, 2017 If you’ve ever been to the airport and wondered why all they play is CNN, the answer is: CNN Airport Network. end

Clinton/Lynch Pilot Breaks His Silence on What Was Said?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Reports that a pilot named Dimitri Noonan broke his silence about a secret meeting between Bill Clinton, Loretta Lynch, and Paul Ryan are fake news.

Congress Agrees To Keep The Pentagon's Secret Chemical Weapons Tests From The 1960s and 1970s Classified

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Sergeant Juan Deguzman and Sgt. Corey Thompson from Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Ga., prepare for chemical warfare while completing the Army Warrior Tasks course on day three of the Southern Regional Medical Command Best Medic Team Selection Competition. (Photo Credit: Michelle Gordon) *McClachy News:* *Lawmakers agree to keep Pentagon's secret chemical weapons tests on US troops secret* WASHINGTON: Details about Pentagon biological and chemical weapons tests involving military personnel during the 1960s and 1970s – some involving lethal nerve agents – have ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“While hunting for comets in the skies above 18th century France, astronomer Charles Messier diligently kept a list of the things he encountered that were definitely not comets. This is number 27 on his now famous not-a-comet list. In fact, 21st century astronomers would identify it as a planetary nebula, but it's not a planet either, even though it may appear round and planet-like in a small telescope. Messier 27 (M27) is an excellent example of a gaseous emission nebula created as a sun-like star runs out of nuclear fuel in its core. The nebula forms as the star's outer layers are... more »

"A Long, Melancholy Roar"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"A Long, Melancholy Roar" by Olivia Judson "On a recent evening at twilight, I was sitting on the grass in Regent’s Park - one of London’s most manicured public spaces - when I heard the fierce, melancholy sound of a lion’s roar. I wasn’t dreaming: it was coming from the zoo. Listening to it, I began to reflect on predators - and us. On returning home, I did some reading. I discovered that between 1990 and 2004, lions attacked 815 people in Tanzania, killing 563. Some of the victims were pulled out of bed during the night after lions forced their way inside huts. Between January 20... more »

Chet Raymo, “Cuddle And Cudgel”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Cuddle And Cudgel” * by Chet Raymo "Click on the image above to make it as big as you can on your screen. It's pretty, is it not? It is, in fact, an image of something invisibly small, so small and so beyond apprehension by the unaided senses that it can only be represented schematically, in his case as a TinkerToy construction of balls-and-sticks (upper right) and, more abstractly, as a multicolored ribbon (left). What is it? The stick-and-ball construction is the "cuddle" hormone, oxytocin. 43 carbon atoms, 66 hydrogens, 12 nitrogens, 12 oxygens, and 2 sulfurs: the basic Tinke... more »

The Poet: May Sarton, "Unison Benediction"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Unison Benediction" * "Return to the most human, nothing less will nourish the torn spirit, the bewildered heart, the angry mind: and from the ultimate duress, pierced with the breath of anguish, speak of love. Return, return to the deep sources, nothing less will teach the stiff hands a new way to serve, to carve into our lives the forms of tenderness and still that ancient necessary pain preserve. Return to the most human, nothing less will teach the angry spirit, the bewildered heart; the torn mind, to accept the whole of its duress, and pierced with anguish… at last, act for love.... more »

NATO Chief Advises Germany And Turkey To Resolve Their Differences

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Germany moved troops from Incirlik to Jordan earlier this year *DW*: *NATO head Stoltenberg advises Germany and Turkey to resolve issues* NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has urged the Turkish and German foreign ministers to resolve their differences over visits to Turkish military bases. The dispute is part of a wider row between the two allies. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called the Turkish and German foreign ministers last week in a bid to intervene in a diplomatic standoff that has seen Ankara refuse German lawmakers access to two air bases, the alliance says... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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Sacramento, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by!


Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 1 day ago
It's increasingly clear that Trump was compelled by his Russian "Partners" to run for office, as the Intel Community was picking up chatter about supporting a Trump run in the spring of 2015, before he'd even declared his candidacy. When Trump declared he'd finance the campaign out of his own pocket, paying for all that jet fuel, it now appears evident that money from Russian sources was flowing through Trump Properties to help fund the effort (tax returns would reveal). Foreign Money Laundering funded the vast scheme to inject chaos into the US electoral process and sow negative ... more »

Digital database captures voices from inside America's prisons

Doran Larson, Wolcott-Bartlett Professor of Literature & Creative Writing; Director of the Program in Jurisprudence, Law, and Justice Studies, Hamilton College at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a return to a pre-Obama policy of seeking maximum penalties for all drug crimes, including low-level, nonviolent offenses. Criticism from politicians, criminologists, lawyers and others was swift and unambiguous. Based on a discredited belief in a zero-sum relationship between crime and incarceration rates, the thinking behind this policy was called “one-dimensional,” “archaic,” “misguided” and “dumb.” America’s unprecedented attempt to jail its way out of crime long ago passed the point of diminishing returns. Drug trafficking in... more »

Why police reforms rarely succeed: Lessons from Latin America

Yanilda González, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Riot police in Buenos Aires, Argentina. AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano President Donald Trump’s appointment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions has led people to speculate about the fate of recent police reform efforts. Early into his tenure, Sessions said he intended to “pull back on” the Justice Department’s investigations of police department abuses, saying they diminish effectiveness. Americans have mobilized extensively in the past three years against police brutality, militarization and corruption through the Black Lives Matter and related movements. Government officials at the fed... more »

Ahrar Al-Sham breaches ceasefire to attack Syrian Army troops in Latakia

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 A.M.) – Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham launched an attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northeastern countryside of Latakia, Sunday, violating terms of the ceasefire that was mediated between Russia, Turkey, and Iran. According to a military source in Latakia, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham fired a barrage of Katuysha missiles and artillery […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army within striking distance of key ISIL-held town: video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 A.M.) – Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops have seized control over Al-Hayl Field and its oil pumping station in the suburbs of Homs, Sunday, after regaining control over several locations between the cities of Al-Sukhnah and Palmyra. An SAA military commander said that Syrian troops were able to repel militants of the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russia's Cold War Super Weapon (Put Lasers on Everything It Can)

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * Yes, this was a thing. After more than a half century of development, the U.S. military is finally close to fielding an array of laser weapons for defense against missiles, drones and small vehicles. However, the Soviet Union also researched laser weapons for decades, and developed an astounding variety of them, ranging from laser pistols, three different laser tanks and a laser-armed spaceship. Lasers direct photons (light particles) into a coherent beam, and though most military lasers today are used to designate targets and measure distances an... more »

One of America's Most Legendary Generals Had a Terrifying Plan to Win the Korean War

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Warfare History Network* *Security, * Nuclear weapons. In his 1964 book Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Gold Medal Books, Greenwich, Conn.), Bob Considine writes, “MacArthur’s final plan for winning the Korean War was outlined to this reporter in the course of an interview in 1954 on his 74th birthday. … ” “Of all the campaigns in my life—20 major ones to be exact—the one I felt the most sure of was the one I was deprived of waging properly. I could have won the war in Korea in a maximum of 10 days, once the campaign was under way, and with considerably fewer casualties than were suff... more »

Why the French Army Loves Rifle Grenades

Robert Beckhusen at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Robert Beckhusen* *Security, * France has kept shoulder-busting muzzle launchers alive. More than four years ago, French troops dropped into Mali to fight back Islamic militants. While in combat, the French soldiers with their bullpup FAMAS rifles lobbed rifle grenades — a relatively rare weapon in the 21st century and distinguished from modern grenade launchers by being launched from a rifle’s muzzle. Rifle grenades still show up in wars, but they’re less common than they used to be. The French Army — along with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force — are two regular armies whi... more »

Is America On the Verge of Another Debt Ceiling Crisis?

Romina Boccia at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Romina Boccia* *Economics, Americas* [image: A stack of money. Pixabay] Donald Trump will need to tackle this head-on. The Congressional Budget Office now projects that sometime this October the U.S. Treasury may be unable to continue borrowing on the credit of the American taxpayer. In short, the debt ceiling is back and so is the largest, most predictable crisis in U.S. history. The debt ceiling is both a signaling device, pointing toward a much greater challenge, and an action-oriented, fiscal tool to bring Washington’s unsustainable spending and borrowing under control. Th... more »

Don't Let Political Correctness Obstruct the Fight Against Extremism

Robin Simcox at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Robin Simcox* *Security, Europe* [image: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to faith leaders in Finsbury Park Mosque, near rthe scene of an attack, in London, Britain June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/Pool] Wrapping up competing ideologies in one counter-radicalization strategy undermines their complexity and variety. All terrorist threats must be dealt with, but should they all be dealt with in the same way? This dilemma gets to the heart of creating an effective Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) policy. The Department of Homeland Security defines CVE as the “pr... more »

Why Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal Will Live On

Farhad Rezaei at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Farhad Rezaei* *Security, Middle East* [image: Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei ahead of a summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum.] The Trump administration should focus on pressuring Iran on missiles and support of terrorism. On July 14, 2015, Iran signed the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement along with P5+1 countries China, France, Germany Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. After an unprecedented lobbying campaign, Congress approved the deal following an acrimonious debate between Republicans... more »

Why America's Army Is Falling Apart

Douglas Macgregor at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Douglas Macgregor* *Security, * [image: A U.S. Army Soldier, assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fires an M4 carbine rifle during partnered live fire range training at Tactical Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, May 29, 2015. Flickr / The U.S. Army] It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that qualified, fresh blood is desperately needed in the Army’s general officer ranks. Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told President Trump's nominee for Army Undersecretary, Ryan McCarthy, a Lockheed Martin Executive and former aid to S... more »

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