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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

23 July - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

12:33 am MDT  July 24

Richard Dolan - hard historical researcher - unleashes on ISIS i.e. the USA war machine.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 14 hours ago
usually associated with the subject of UFO-research, Richard Dolan unleashes MERCILESSLY upon ISIS and proxy wars i.e. the USA war machine. Really, unless this guy is a placed media stooge by Alphabet Agency Friends, you gotta fear for his life as he appears to be critically 'on target'.

Leadership 2017 Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 14 hours ago
The latest from the federal NDP's leadership campaign. - Alex Ballingall reports on Niki Ashton's environmental platform which identifies corporate greed as a major obstacle to environmental justice, and proposes a new Crown corporation to ensure public investment in response. Manishna Krishnan examines Jagmeet Singh's plan to end racial profiling, while Doug King comments on the mechanics of fulfilling the promise. And Angella MacEwen offers her take on the debate over universality and means-testing of transfers. - Bill Tieleman offers his support to Charlie Angus while interviewi... more »

Syrian Al-Qaeda founder discovered dead in Idlib city

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:15 P.M.) – On Saturday, the dead body of Abu Muhammad Al-Shuhayl was found in downtown Idlib in what most local sources claimed was an assassination by poison. While other reports claimed illness or a heart attack, Abu Muhammad Al-Shuhayl was nevertheless proclaimed dead after being found lifeless in his home. Abu Muhammad […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ahrar al-Sham fights among itself following shaky Idlib rebel truce

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:35 P.M.) – Early yesterday, the emir of Ahrar al-Sham’s ‘Manufacturing Workshop’, Abu Raed Al-Jee, announced his and his crew’s defection to the Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) jihadist group. This development occurred not long after a truce was agreed on between the HTS and Ahrar al-Sham in Idlib Governorate. The Manufacturing Workshop in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Roadside bomb kills 2 rebels in Syria’s Daraa

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:00 P.M.) – Two rebel fighters – one of them is a senior field commander – from the FSA-affiliated Ahfad al-Rasol Brigade were killed as a roadside bomb hit their vehicle in the southern province of Daraa. Mowafak and Mousa Mahammed were traveling on Gharz Highway to the east of Daraa city when […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Saudi Arabian oil refineries set on fire by longe-range Yemeni missile

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:30 P.M.) – Late last night, Houthi-led forces launched a longe-range ballistic missile towards the western coast of Saudi Arabia. Striking a couple of Saudi Arabia’s oil refineries in Yanbu province, the longe range-missile traveled some 1,100 kilometers undeterred by anti-aircraft defenses before hitting the oil-rich area, starting a large fire. The type […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ceasefire announced in eastern Damascus

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:05 P.M.) – A new de-escalation zone agreement was announced yesterday in regards to the East Ghouta pocket. The arrangement was signed-off by the Russian military and Syrian opposition representatives in Cairo. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) also announced that they signed the agreement and will stop all operations in certain parts of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Hezbollah makes fresh gains as Arsal offensive continues

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3: 15 P.M.) – The Lebanese Hezbollah fighters resumed their offensive against Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham along the Lebanon-Syria borders after negotiations with the terror group failed. According to field sources, Hezbollah fighters stormed HTS command center in Haqa bal-Khayl located to the east of Arsal barrens, in addition to making significant advances in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian War News Updates -- July 23, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *Al Jazeera:* *Syria truce crumbles as air raids hit Eastern Ghouta* Monitoring group says air strikes hit rebel-held towns just 24 hours after a ceasefire was agreed. Syrian government forces have carried out several air strikes in the Eastern Ghouta area outside of Damascus, a day after the Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities in the area, according to a UK-based monitor. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Saturday had been relatively calm after the ceasefire took effect with isolated incidents of shellfire. But on Su... more »

If the Teens Who Filmed the Disabled Man Drown Were Cops, They Would Not Be Charged

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: drown]Here's proof that if the five despicable teens who taunted and filmed drowning man were cops, they would not face charges.

'I never said we'd write off student debt' per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-40696974/jeremy-corbyn-i-never-said-we-would-write-off-student-debt 'Jeremy Corbyn: I never said we would write off student debt Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that his party did not make a commitment to write off existing student debt during the general election campaign. Mr Corbyn was responding to a question from the BBC's Andrew Marr about an interview he gave to music paper the NME before June's general election, in which he had said he was "looking at ways" to reduce the debt burden. Mr Corbyn said that shadow ch... more »

Post Mosul Liberation Day 12 Jul 22 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Civil Defense teams are still recovering bodies from the rubble in west Mosul. A family of eight was discovered in a basement after their house collapsed on top of them two weeks before. A girl was found after she got trapped looking for her family. Two other families were uncovered in their destroyed homes. The Mosul Morgue is still receiving30-40 corpses a day. This will be a long and arduous operation as so much of west Mosul was damaged in the fighting. An unknown amount of people died in the process, and they have yet to be dug out. During his Friday Sermon Grand Ayatollah A... more »

The Islamic State Did Have The Ingredients To Build A Crude 'Dirty Bomb'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Washington Post: **How ISIS nearly stumbled on the ingredients for a ‘dirty bomb’* On the day the Islamic State overran the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, it laid claim to one of the greatest weapons bonanzas ever to fall to a terrorist group: a large metropolis dotted with military bases and garrisons stocked with guns, bombs, rockets and even battle tanks. But the most fearsome weapon in Mosul on that day was never used by the terrorists. Only now is it becoming clear what happened to it. Locked away in a storage room on a Mosul college campus were two caches of cobalt-60, a meta...more »

‘Unauthorized Disclosure’ – Episode 25: Malik Mujahid on Muslim Ban, Rania Khalek In Syria

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 14 hours ago
Host Kevin Gosztola welcomes Abdul Malik Mujahid, imam and founder of Sound Vision, who is based in Chicago. He also is an executive producer for the daily Radio Islam program on WCEV 1450 AM. Mujahid warns the Supreme Court’s supposed benevolence toward American Muslims over the issue of “bona fide The post ‘Unauthorized Disclosure’ – Episode 25: Malik Mujahid on Muslim Ban, Rania Khalek In Syria appeared first on Shadowproof.

Mainstream Media Admits CIA Not Only Armed ‘Moderate’ Rebels It Paid them Monthly Salaries

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: CIA]The CIA reportedly paid monthly salaries to the “moderate Syrian rebels” it was training and arming in an attempt to overthrow Assad in Syria.

Man Sues After Dash Cam Shows Cops Handcuff Him, Allow K9 to ‘Eat’ Him

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: dash cam]Gruesome dash cam video shows cops sic a K9 on a man for not exiting his car fast enough. After he was handcuffed, the dog continued the attack.

WATCH: Jay Leno Test Drives A Car Made Out Of Cannabis

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: leno]Jay Leno tested out a "Cannabis Car" made out of 100 pounds of non-psychoactive hemp plants. Future models could retail for around $40,000.

Indonesian President on drug dealers: “GUN THEM DOWN”

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is following Rodrigo Duterte's lead against narcotics. The post Indonesian President on drug dealers: “GUN THEM DOWN” appeared first on The Duran.

Palestine on brink of new Intifada

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
The United Nations Security Council will meet on Monday to address the rapidly escalating tensions in Palestine. The post Palestine on brink of new Intifada appeared first on The Duran.

Sunday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 16 hours ago
This and that for your Sunday reading. - Martin Lukacs discusses the need for collective action to fight climate change - and the dangers of allowing ourselves to be distracted by calls to focus solely on individual choices: These pervasive exhortations to individual action — in corporate ads, school textbooks, and the campaigns of mainstream environmental groups, especially in the west — seem as natural as the air we breathe. But we could hardly be worse-served. While we busy ourselves greening our personal lives, fossil fuel corporations are rendering these efforts irrelevant. Th... more »

ABC invites Eric Bolling of Fox News to join Sunday panel, because apparently journalism is dead.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 16 hours ago
Courtesy of Media Matters: *Fox News host and Trump shill Eric Bolling is scheduled to appear as a panelist on ABC’s This Week. Aside from cheerleading everything President Donald Trump says and does, Bolling was a prominent birther who challenged former President Barack Obama’s legitimacy, as well as a racist, sexist and Islamophobic conspiracy theorist. Bolling has been one of Trump’s most outspoken media sycophants, even on Fox News. * *He’s dismissed Trump’s lies, downplayed the controversies surrounding the president, and deflected blame from Trump and his allies. Even his co... more »

Nothing new under the sun

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
As regular readers will know, however variable the levels of bias might be on *some* BBC programmes, there's one programme that can pretty much always be relied upon to be biased, particularly on the issue of Brexit: Mark Mardell's *The World This Weekend.* I can't think of a BBC programme that's even comes close to being as relentlessly biased in one direction over such a long period (except for *Today*, the *World Tonight*, *Newsnight* and *PM, *etc). It's pretty much guaranteed that whenever Brexit is a featured topic, *TWTW* will find a negative angle about it and proceed to ...more »

Taliban Seize Two Districts In Central Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*VOA:* *Taliban Captures 2 Districts in Central Afghanistan* ISLAMABAD — Heavy fighting is raging in central Afghanistan where officials say the Islamist Taliban has captured two key district headquarters and is assaulting government outposts in nearby areas. Insurgents stormed Taywara district in Ghor province early Sunday, after seizing control of the border district of Kohistan in the adjoining northern province of Faryab, according to Afghan and Taliban officials. *Read more *.... *More News On The Afghan War* The Latest: Taliban stalk hospital killing wounded police -- AP Of...more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago

New Analysis Kills DNC Hacking Narrative, Shows Russian Data Trail Was Forged

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: hacking]Kim Dotcom tweeted out an extensive analysis showing evidence of DNC/Crowdstrike planting fake hacking evidence to push fake Russiagate narrative.


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 16 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Palestinian President Cuts Off Diplomatic Ties With Israel US Drops Criminal Charges Against JPM "London Whale" Traders As It Is "Unable To Extradite Them" 9/11 Experts Called In to Assist in Grenfell Tower Investigation The army has stepped in as severe storms cause chaos in New Zealand Pentagon: 12 Afghan National Police personnel killed by 'errant' US airstrike How cows are helping researchers fight HIV There's enough unrecycled plastic to bury Manhattan under 2 miles of garbage Amazon is building another multibillion dollar business in the UK that you probably have... more »

Who's Heard of UnHerd?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 16 hours ago
Unless you're totally plugged into the circuits of the Westminster world and its media bubble, you may have missed the soft launch of Tim Montgomerie's latest venture: UnHerd. Befitting a super serious outfit with offices in The Shard no less, it's pitched at "readers who choose the important to the new". This is reinforced by the pun-tastic monicker hung on the blog. In the bedazzling mediascape of the disposable hot take, UnHerd is opposing itself against the grain and offering what largely goes *unheard*: decent analysis backed with evidence and good writing.... more »

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

LL at Virtual Mirage - 16 hours ago
I know, it's a song. It's also true. The Russians have been scrupulous in their control over nuclear weapons, even when the Soviet Union fell. Iran, like North Korea, promises to use them to wipe out their neighbors and everyone else who pisses them off. While I can appreciate that general sentiment, it's problematic. The US can turn Iran, the Norks and pretty much everywhere else into a sea of radioactive glass with the push of a button. We don't have to get close. We can do it with submarine launched ballistic missiles or land based weapons. So can the Russians. Which is why I... more »

Reality Catches Up With All Of Us

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
Benjamin Hart writes that Republican propaganda against the Affordable Care Act has turned out to be what it always was -- hot air: Once a Republican Congress and president possessed the power to actually destroy Obamacare, the party’s health-care hypocrisy was finally revealed for all to see. With its bumbling, bad-faith effort to take away health care from millions, the GOP has managed to do what Democrats never could — make the Affordable Care Act popular. Ever since health-care legislation leapt to the front burner in 2009, Republicans have chosen to oppose the law in almost c... more »

World News Briefs -- July 23, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *More Jerusalem clashes feared as Israel searches for way to secure holy site* Death toll of violence over access to compound housing al-Aqsa mosque reaches seven, bringing global calls for restraint Israeli officials insisted on Sunday they will not remove the metal detectors from outside a major Jerusalem mosque, whose installation triggered rapidly escalating confrontations with Palestinians, will not be removed. Amid a mounting toll of deaths and injuries in the crisis, Israelis and Palestinians are braced for weeks of confrontation, as both sides appeared ... more »

Andrew Marr, BBC bias and Brexit - A Short Study (Part Two)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Last Sunday, *ITBB *carried out a short analysis of the Brexit-related questions/comments put by Andrew Marr during all of his one-to-one political interviews over the previosu three editions and found, though if wasn't entirely black-and-white, there was a clear and significant anti-Brexit bias taken overall. It's only right-and-proper then to round that off by subjecting these weeks questions to exactly the same scrutiny. So, do these show a pro-Brexit or an anti-Brexit bias, or no bias either way? As before, I'll add my own verdicts in italics after each list and ask again, "... more »

Trump Isn't The Only One Who Isn't Normal-- Ryan Gets A Much-Needed Bipartisan Slapdown

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
*Nancy Ohanian's Speaker Paul* Thursday, Paul Ryan told reporters that the CBO analysis of Trumpcare is "bogus" and thereby bolstered the Trump Regime's relentless campaign to undermine and destroy American institutional norms. Congress created the CBO in 1974 in legislation then signed by President Nixon, although the legislation stemmed from a dispute between Congress and Nixon over whether Congress would maintain the power of the purse granted it very specifically in the Constitution and on which Nixon had been encroaching. The purpose was to generate a source of budgetary expert... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Schools Spice Up Student Lunches with Restaurant-Quality International Dishes Designed to Boost Enrollment* On Wednesday, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue attended the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) annual conference in Atlanta, promising to enable nutrition professionals to prepare meals for students that are more culturally-diverse, appealing and nutritious. In an effort to combat students’ rebellion against the skimpy, tasteless lunches schools mandated by the Obama administration – which resulted in declining enrollment, wasted food, and tighter budgets – school... more »

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, "Brothers"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, "Brothers" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvECLvD9nNw


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
"People have scars in all sorts of unexpected places like secret road maps of their personal histories, diagrams of all their old wounds. Most of our old wounds heal leaving nothing behind but a scar. But some of them don’t. Some wounds we carry with us everywhere and though the cut’s long gone, the pain still lingers. What’s worse? New wounds which are so horribly painful or old wounds that should have healed years ago and never did? Maybe our old wounds teach us something. They remind us where we’ve been and what we’ve over come. They teach us lessons about what to avoid in the fu... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

"Surely, You Did Something..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
"It's 3:23 A.M. And I'm awake because my great great grandchildren won't let me sleep. They ask me in dreams, 'What did you do while the planet was plundered? What did you do when the earth was unraveling? Surely you did something when the seasons started flailing? As the mammals, reptiles and birds were all dying? Did you fill the streets with protest? When democracy was stolen, what did you do once you knew? Surely, you did something...'" - Drew Dellinger

"The Hound In The Kennel"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"The Hound In The Kennel"* by John James "In my experience most of us take whatever frightens us or makes us uncomfortable and push it out of sight. This puts it into the unconscious. It does not disappear, but just lies in waiting like a faithful hound until let out. Meanwhile the conscious part can go on living as if nothing had happened. But as Carl Jung pointed out so perspicaciously, the hound keeps howling from the depth and thereby influences all that we do. So we can’t go on as before. We may try to carry on as always, but in truth everything we do is influenced by the un... more »

"I Learned This At Least..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the univ... more »

“A Brief And Crucial History of the United States”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“A Brief And Crucial History of the United States”* by Information Clearing House "Nightmare and insanity are akin: mysterious and involuntary states that skew and distort objective reality. One wakens from nightmare; from insanity there is no awakening. Whether Americans live in the one state or the other is the paramount question of this era. For two hundred years Americans have been indoctrinated with a mythology created, imposed and sustained by a manipulating cabal: the financial elite that built its absolute control on the muscle and blood, good will, ignorance and credulity... more »


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
"Truth is like the town whore. Everybody knows her, but nonetheless, it's embarrassing to meet her on the street." - Wolfgang Borchert, “The Outsider”


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Tesla battery, subsidy and sustainability fantasies * *More subsidies from exhausted California taxpayers cannot compensate for hard realities* Paul Driessen The first justification was that internal combustion engines polluted too much. But emissions steadily declined, and today’s cars emit about 3% of what their predecessors did. Then it was oil imports: electric vehicles (EVs) would reduce foreign dependency and balance of trade deficits. Bountiful oil and natural gas supplies from America’s hydraulic fracturing revolution finally eliminated that as an argument. Now the foc... more »

From the Theatre of the Absurd...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Rob Burley As the summer silly season is soon to be upon us, it's time for another selection of Twitter exchanges between *Andrew Marr *editor Rob Burley and his critics. I always enjoy these, and transcribing them as if they were dialogues from a play only brings out their comedic value even more (I hope). Enjoy! ***** *Rob Burley*: #marr line-up taking shape - our main guest, he's had a big year, the Labour leader @jeremycorbyn. *Michael Liddle*: At what point in the show will Marr be sucking up to the tories? *Rob Burley*: Strange reaction to news that we are interviewing Jer... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 23, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gives a speech during a meeting of Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 21, 2017, during which he announced freezing all contacts with Israel. (Flash90) *Times of Israel:* *In first, Abbas halts security cooperation meetings with Israel* As part of general freeze of contacts with Jerusalem over Temple Mount metal detectors, Palestinian sources say PA president suspending security ties for first time since he took office a decade ago Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has canceled security coordin... more »

Kentucky Republican chairman exposes himself in department store bathroom.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 18 hours ago
Courtesy of Kentucky.com: *A Kentucky Republican Party county chairman has resigned after he was arrested in Tennessee on charges of indecent exposure and resisting arrest in a department store, the GOP and police said. * *David Narramore, 54, of Whitesburg was arrested Saturday night in a Belk department store in Kingsport, Tenn., according to police there. * *A store employee told officers that he was in a bathroom stall next to Narramore when Narramore began rubbing his foot against the employee’s. Narramore then exposed himself to the employee, according to police. * *Narramo... more »

Pro-Syria forces close in on strategic town in east Homs amid heavy ISIS losses

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – With the Tiger Forces scything their way through ISIS in southern Raqqa Governonate and today unofficially entering into Deir Ezzor Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in eastern Homs Governorate continue to roll back the terrorist group also. Today the SAA – led by the 5th Assault […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: Tiger Forces within 40 km of Deir Ezzor city

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:35 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Tiger Forces are within 40 kilometers of the strategic city of Deir Ezzor according to a high-ranking commander within the elite formation. Over the last several days, the true nature of SAA advances on the ground in southern Raqqa Governorate has been shrouded in secrecy […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Native American veterans of all wars and of all tribes gather at Cantigny

White Wolf at White Wolf - 18 hours ago
Dozens of veterans processed into the main tent while musicians played traditional music on drums and chanted. Most of the veterans were dressed in a combination of military and tribal attire, and many carried eagle staffs -- large sticks decorated with beads and feathers that carried special significance to the holder. Linda Woods of the Traverse City, Michigan, area, said she carries her staff for all of the women who've served in the military. She said one of the 45 feathers on her staff, which is topped with a real eagle's head, is dedicated to Lori Piestewa, a Hopi woman and a...more »

Consolidating the alliance: Chinese navy arrives in Baltic for joint exercises with Russian navy.

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 18 hours ago
In a strong sign of support for Russia in a flashpoint region China's navy takes the unprecedented step of joining Russia's navy in joint exercises in the Baltic Sea. The post Consolidating the alliance: Chinese navy arrives in Baltic for joint exercises with Russian navy. appeared first on The Duran.

Moscow And Baghdad Agree To A Huge Arms Deal Involving Tanks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
T-90 tank © Alexey Kudenko / Sputnik *Strategic Cultural Foundation*: *Moscow, Baghdad Sign Huge Arms Deal* It was reported on July 20 that Russia and Iraq have struck a deal on supplying a large batch of T-90 tanks. Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian president’s aide for military technical cooperation, confirmed the agreement but declined to provide details, saying only «the number of tanks is substantial». Russian military analyst Ruslan Pukhov told Russian newspaper Izvestia that the deal might cover deliveries of several hundred T-90 tanks, and that the contract may exceed $1 billion... more »

Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Joseph Dunford Speaks At The Aspen Security Forum (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*WNU Editor: *Key points from General Dunford's remarks at the Aspen Security Forum .... Dunford: Military option for North Korea not 'unimaginable' (Politico) Top U.S. General Says Russia Just One Of Many Security Threats Facing Country Today (RFE) Joseph Dunford says Russia most military capable country of those posing threat to US (TASS)

Linda Moulton Howe - Gobekli Tepe - how's your Katakana, mate?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
the Katakana font Linda Moulton Howe is renowned for her decades of dedicated research into UFOs and things of an esoteric nature, so what's this post about Katakana? *KATAKANA* is a special writing font the Japanese use when describing objects and concepts of a western nature like milk (mi ru ku) and television (te re bi). These 'katakanic' symbols, or versions of, are what Linda Moulton Howe suggests are stenciled onto UFOs or UAV i.e. unmanned alien vehicles, in the following youtube presentation. Go to 50 mins or so to get to the nitty gritty of the 'alien' or 'katakana'-like ... more »

Japan, China, and South Korea violate Paris agreement by funding coal in Indonesia

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 20 hours ago
By Paul Homewood From Christian Science Monitor: July 19, 2017 Bangkok—Japan, China, and South Korea are bankrolling environmentally destructive coal-fired power plants in Indonesia despite their pledges to reduce climate-changing emissions under the Paris climate deal, analysts told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Australia-based environmental finance organization Market Forces said it analyzed 22 coal power […]

Inside Edwards Air Force Base (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago

The Daily Show creates video homage to the now departed Sean Spicer.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 20 hours ago
Oh that was.....let's just say beautiful. But I think we all know what we will miss most about Spicey leaving. Oh yeah, I feel a hole in my heart already.

Remembering Dan – Six Months Later

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
By Cathy Jameson The kids and I celebrate half birthdays. We don’t do them up like we do a regular birthday but six months after a birthday, we commemorate the day with an extra hug and a half a gluten-free...

6 events which mark America’s climb-down in Syria

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 21 hours ago
While the US presence in Syria is illegal and has been admitted as such by a top US General, the overall trajectory of US policy in Syria under Donald Trump is one that increasingly acknowledges Russia's role as the dominant super-power acting in the country. The post 6 events which mark America’s climb-down in Syria appeared first on The Duran.

Meanwhile In Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago

Well, everyone else has had their say, so...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
Top talent The BBC 'top talent' salary thing has provoked a right old rumpus. Everywhere I look people have been writing about it. I haven't had the time to look into it very deeply myself, so I probably shouldn't say *anything* about it (and don't have much to say anyhow) - but, as this is a blog, *that*'s not going to stop me! So what's the scandal? Is it the gender disparity thing? Or is it that the salaries of men* and* women at the empire-building BBC are over-high, with overall pay rates 40% above commercial-sector pay for equivalent jobs? Or maybe the real scandal is the f... more »

Open Thread

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
This is the best video ever pic.twitter.com/K065H6RJfQ — Keith (@lad) July 20, 2017

Palestinian heroism?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
PA TV Host and Released Terrorist, Murderer of 16 People, Reminisce about the Days of the Intifada *Baydaa' Mu'ammar, a host on the official Palestinian Authority TV channel, interviewed terrorist Abd Al-Hadi Ghneim, who in 1989 forced a bus traveling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem into a ravine, killing 16 people, and who was released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap. Mu'ammar said that "we long for the days of the Intifada" and told Ghneim that "we always salute this heroic role." The interview aired on May 22.* *Baydaa' Mu'ammar*: "Today, as the (prisoners' hunger) strike is esc... more »

Cartoon Round-Up

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago

Donald Trump insists he has 'complete power' to pardon per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
The BBC are outraged http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40692709 that President Donald Trump has the power to pardon people... 'Presidents can pardon people before guilt is established or even before the person is charged with a crime.' I don't remember the BBC getting similarly outraged when President Bill Clinton pardoned some very questionable people at the end of his Presidency. But that's the joy of the BBC: no moral compass, just sheer bias.

After Mosul Iraq's Special Forces Are Struggling To Regroup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Iraqi special operations forces advance during a field training exercise in Baghdad in May. (Sgt. Mitchell Ryan/U.S. Army) *Washington Post: **Iraq’s elite special forces struggle to regroup after bloody fight for Mosul* When the Iraqi government launched an online recruitment drive for its elite counterterrorism forces in May, a startling 300,000 men applied. Of those, 3,000 passed a preliminary screening. Only about 1,000 are expected to be accepted into the rigorous joint American-Iraqi training academy, an American military trainer said. The staggering response points to the p... more »

BBC journalists rush in...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 23 hours ago
Oh dear, how easily BBC types fall for fake news about Donald Trump! This is supposedly part of a transcript of a *New York Times *interview between President Trump and Maggie Haberman, and it's apparently 'gone viral' on Twitter: I spotted it because Rob Burley, editor of *The Andrew Marr Show*, tweeted about it, advising us to consider it as a Trump quote worth reading - and the balloon stuff certainly *sounded* like something worth 'filing for future reference': A US president asking, "How does a balloon even stay in the air? Nobody knows". The snag is that it's fake. Rob ha... more »

Cognitive Scarcity and Artificial Intelligence: How Assistive AI Could Alleviate Inequality

Ethical Technology - 1 day ago
*By Miles Brundage (FHI, Oxford University) and John Danaher (NUI Galway)* (Be sure to check out Miles’s other work on his website and over at the Future of Humanity Institute, where he is currently a research fellow. You can also follow him on Twitter @Miles_Brundage) https://ieet.org/images/uploads/Cognitive_Scarcity.001_.png

Protests Continue In Venezuela As The Currency Collapses

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Bloomberg*: *The Meltdown in Venezuela's Currency Is Deepening* The black-market rate for the bolivar plunges beyond 8,700 per dollar for first time The meltdown in Venezuela’s currency is deepening as a crippling dollar shortage and a threat of oil sanctions take their toll on the economy. The black-market rate for the bolivar traded weaker than 8,700 per dollar for the first time, according to dolartoday.com on Friday, compared with the official rate of around 10 and a more widely used alternative rate of 2,757. That’s creating an illusion for foreigners observing the country’s... more »

Is Vegan A White Thing? That’s what the new movie asks called “The Invisible Vegan”

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 1 day ago
Check it out and feel free to give your thoughts! Ironically, the longest term vegans I know happen to be African American! All thoughts are welcome https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u83rjLqDmhk Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Trump commissioned the Navy’s new aircraft carrier. Here's our 360 interactive from onboard the USS Gerald R. Ford. https://t.co/pGnHW76Plp — The Associated Press (@AP) July 22, 2017 This is a kindergarten graduation ceremony in Gaza, held 2 days ago: toddlers brainwashed & trained to become ISIS-like killers. Horrific. pic.twitter.com/ooRITwrVR8 — Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) May 31, 2017 UAE minister: no dialogue with Qatar until it revises policies https://t.co/NOIyxGJJxB pic.twitter.com/bm7sb0UbHo — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 22, 2017 French grape harvest heading to... more »

Al Gore explains why he keeps comparing global warming activism to freeing the slaves

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 1 day ago
“When Al Gore, Jr. associates these moral movements of history with one grounded in questionable data, he gives climate change activists unearned moral credibility they haven’t earned and don’t deserve.”

Watch: Morano on Fox slams Bill Nye for wanting skeptics dead

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 1 day ago
Older people are ‘less susceptible to Nye’s propaganda.’ WATCH NOW

Dunkirk: A Must See Movie

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail:* *Sacre bleu! French complain that their brave sacrifice at Dunkirk has been written out of new blockbuster movie (while the Russians say it celebrates cowardice)* * Christopher Nolan's film has received a rapturous reception from critics in UK * But French journalists have criticised Nolan for not including their compatriots * And some Russian took to social media to mock British for celebrating a defeat It is one of the most hotly anticipated blockbusters for years - boasting a swathe of star names and receiving a string of glowing five star reviews. But while Chri... more »

Film Festival Opportunity

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
Guanxi Media sent this around: Opportunity: In December 2017, Taichung will host an international film festival(WOFFF). There will be hundreds of films from talented filmmakers from over 40 countries. Guan Xi Media will produce an introduction video that will be played at the beginning of each film. We’re looking for some quality video footage to include in our video. This video will be a collaboration of several different videographers and different types of footage. If you have anything to contribute, that shows how beautiful and fascinating Taiwan is, please send it to the bel... more »

Pro-Islamist Berkeley hosts banned Richard Dawkins' talk

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
*The atheist icon is politically incorrect among the true grass roots "progressives" now* In the morning, I saw a two-day-old tweet by Steve Pinker: The Left continues its slow suicide by intolerance, emboldening the right: Richard Dawkins deplatformed in Berkeley. https://t.co/IE07fzsB7B — Steven Pinker (@sapinker) July 21, 2017 The article that Pinker linked to reveals (see also other outlets) that a radio station disinvited Richard Dawkins who was supposed to give a talk at the First Congregational Church on August 9th. The talk should have followed the August 8th publication... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Response Leader* U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andres Gomez, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialist, leads a group of U.S. and South Korean Marines into a CBRN response scenario during Exercise Program 17-7 in Pohang, South Korea, July 3, 2017. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andy Martinez *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo gallery .... *U.S., South Korean Marines Fight Unseen Enemy *(US Department of Defense)

Topless Woman in Disney’s ‘The Rescuers’?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
A hidden image of a topless woman appeared in the initial home video version of Disney's animated feature 'The Rescuers.'

Russian President Putin: 'I'm Not Made Of Sugar'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*RT:* *‘Not made of sugar’: Putin shrugs off badass downpour pic* It was a memorable day for Russian social media when Vladimir Putin went out to lay a wreath at a WWII memorial near the Kremlin. In a massive downpour and without an umbrella, photos of the drenched Russian leader flooded the internet. And people only had one question… “Why didn’t he have an umbrella?” Not surprisingly, the children he was speaking to in Sochi brought this up. With all the judo and bare-chested horse-riding, most would agree that the Russian president is made of tough stuff. *Read more* .... *WNU... more »

Russian Air Force destroys ISIL operations base in east Hama

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force’s bombing campaign over east Hama has been incredibly effective in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIL), as these nonstop attacks have badly crippled the terrorist group’s movements around the province. Earlier this week, the Russian Air Force carried out another powerful attack against the Islamic […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

The Republican Party's Unspeakable Pig-Sty Of Terrible Ideas

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
John Calhoun came from a southern colonial family that opposed the federal constitution. He was elected to Congress from South Carolina in 1810 and immediately joined the ranks of the most hawkish, pro-war elements and he was instrumental in dragging the U.S. into the War of 1812. He was named Secretary of War-- the 5th choice-- by James Monroe in 1817. In 1824 he ran for president but found no support but was chosen vice president to John Quincy Adams by the Electoral College. in 1828 he betrayed Adams and ran as vice president on Andrew Jackson' ticket, which won. What Calhoun i... more »

With Presidential Elections Only Eight Months Away, Russian Voters Are Facing No Good Alternatives To Putin

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny (left) and Igor Strelkov (right), a former pro-Russia separatist commander who took part in the military conflict in eastern Ukraine, attend a broadcasting debate in Moscow moderated by journalist Mikhail Zygar (center). *Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg:* *Putin's No Good, But Where's the Alternative?* No opposition leader can muster a vision inspiring enough to compete. No wonder it's so difficult to imagine Russia without President Vladimir Putin: Even his most vehement opponents can't seem to offer an alternative vision for the country. T...more »

Russia Prepares For Cyberwar

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Meduza*: *Moscow's cyber-defense How the Russian government plans to protect the country from the coming cyberwar* Allegations that Russian hackers stole emails from top Democrats in the United States, in an effort to influence the results of America’s presidential election, are now more than a year old. Last November, Meduza published a detailed look at the operations of Russia’s cyber-soldiers. But a country’s cybersecurity is only as good as its cyber-defense, which is why Meduza’s special correspondent Daniil Turovsky returned to the subject, interviewing dozens of cybersecuri... more »

Everything You Need to Know about North Korea's Navy

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* It might be old but it can kill. The Korean People’s Navy—what North Korea calls its naval force—is one of the most unusual navies in Asia. Starved of funds by Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs, the country’s conventional forces have taken a backseat to the dream of an nuclear-tipped ICBM that can reach all of the United States. As a result, the KPN has devolved into an antiquated, ramshackle fleet . . . but one that may someday soon control nuclear weapons. The KPN consists of approximately sixty thousand personnel, including conscripts ... more »

How Japan Could Sink China's Navy in a War: Ramjet Missiles

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* Tokyo could really bring the thunder. A new anti-ship missile promises to give a tremendous boost to the Japan Self Defense Force's ability to deter naval aggression. The missile, known as XASM-3, can travel at speeds of Mach 3, evading missile defenses to sink enemy surface ships. The missiles will be a significant worry for China, whose navy will have to sail within range of the missiles in order to reach the North Pacific Ocean. Traditional anti-ship missiles such as the U.S.-made Harpoon and French Exocet use rocket motors and turbojet engine... more »

China's Strategy in Asia Is Simple: Kick America Out

Robert Sprinkle, Bradley Thayer at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Robert Sprinkle, Bradley Thayer* *Security, Asia* [image: Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 fly in formation during an air power demonstration over USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) on April 25, 2016.] China wants the United States to know its place, go home and stay there. China, manifestly formidable, is still typically analyzed as a “rising power” or an “emerging power,” one challenging “established powers.” Connoted by these terms is a ridiculously unhistorical image: China-as- *parvenu.* A longer look back may better name—and explain—what the world now sees. From th... more »

Top general admits Russia could easily kick the US out of Syria

Ricky Twisdale at The Duran - 1 day ago
General Raymond Thomas, who heads the US special operations command, says the US is in Syria illegally and could be forced out by Russia The post Top general admits Russia could easily kick the US out of Syria appeared first on The Duran.

Russian President Putin Hints He May Stay As President For Life During A Question-And-Answer At A Sochi School

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Guardian*: *Vladimir Putin: 'I may not leave Russian presidency'* A question-and-answer session at a Sochi school was designed to make Putin seem youth-friendly after recent youth demonstrations Asked what he plans to do when he leaves the presidency, Vladimir Putin paused and smiled. “But I haven’t decided yet if I will leave the presidency,” the Russian leader replied, to laughter and applause from an audience made up almost entirely of Russians who were born after he first became president in 2000. A month after thousands of young Russians took to the streets to protest a... more »

All Tesla Seat Options Are Now Vegan!

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 1 day ago
Overnight, Tesla made some changes to their available options, making some options standard, and notably eliminating one thing: leather seats. As of now, Tesla only sells vegan seats. While this lack of leather is not made explicit on the Tesla configuration page, any mention of leather has been removed, and all upgraded interiors are now referred to with

Musician makes lip synching mock rock video to Alex Jones “Bon Iver style” and Jones loves it

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 1 day ago
Whether you love or hate Alex Jones, you can’t help but think the creator has some talent and a sense of humor. This brilliant piece (whether you love or hate Alex Jones, Jones loved it!) is the creation of musician and music extraordinaire Nick Lutsko. Nick is kind of like what children’s writer Roald Dahl

Trump Asserts All Agree He Has ‘Complete Power’ to Pardon

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
President Donald Trump said that he has "complete power" to issue pardons, an assertion that comes amid investigations into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.

Sunday school: Explaining so-called ‘intelligent design’

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
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Moore's Law's demise and the crisis of expertise

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 1 day ago
As hort one, this weekend... I'll have much more to say about the demise of Moore's Law... and the simultaneous sudden surge in *software* innovation, soon. Here’s a deeply thoughtful and well supported missive on expertise, especially scientific, and the troubled way in which expert views are often over- or under-appreciated: The Crisis of Expertise by Tom Nichols, author of The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters. Tom Nichols doesn’t address vexatious issues like the War on Science, a politically propelled vendetta that has metastaciz... more »

Who Runs U.S. Foreign Policy? The U.S. President Or Congress?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New York Times:* *Congress Reaches Deal on Russia Sanctions, Setting Up Tough Choice for Trump* WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders have reached an agreement on sweeping sanctions legislation to punish Russia for its election meddling and aggression toward its neighbors, they said Saturday, defying the White House’s argument that President Trump needs flexibility to adjust the sanctions to fit his diplomatic initiatives with Moscow. The new legislation would sharply limit the president’s ability to suspend or terminate the sanctions — a remarkable handcuffing by a Republican-led ... more »

Sean Spicer Quits. Bring On The Next Goon!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*-by Noah* The world’s most famous, amazing, and, tremendous insane asylum, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, announced Friday that Sean Spicer would be leaving his podium to spend more time with his imaginary playmates, … or something. Bye, Bye, Spicey. Even you just couldn’t take it anymore. So, he’s gone. So what. Seems he left his job as Press Secretary because he just wasn’t gonna report to Senor Trumpanzee’s new, slick, “communications” director, Anthony “Mooch” Scaramucci, no how, no way. Scaramucci is a Wall Street hedge fund guy through and through; a... more »

In defiance of Donald Trump Congress crafts bill which places tough new sanctions on Russia for interfering in our election, and military aggression.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
Courtesy of the New York Times: *Congressional leaders have reached an agreement on sweeping sanctions legislation to punish Russia for its election meddling and aggression toward its neighbors, they said Saturday, defying the White House’s argument that President Trump needs flexibility to adjust the sanctions to fit his diplomatic initiatives with Moscow. * *The new legislation sharply limits the president’s ability to suspend or terminate the sanctions — a remarkable handcuffing by a Republican-led Congress six months into Mr. Trump’s tenure. It is also the latest Russia-tinged... more »

U.S. Director Of National Intelligence: 'Agencies Agree On Russian Meddling'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*NBC:* *Intelligence Director Says Agencies Agree on Russian Meddling* ASPEN, Colorado — Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, said Friday there is no dissent inside U.S. intelligence agencies about the conclusion that Russia used hacking and fake news to interfere in the 2016 presidential election — despite comments by his boss, President Donald Trump, that have seemed to cast some doubt about the unanimity. In an interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt at the Aspen Security Forum, Coats said that the reason only four of 17 intelligence agencies signed o... more »

Musical Interlude: Neil H, “The Remembering”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Neil H, “The Remembering” - https://www.youtube.com/

Rump Lies, Hypocrisy Know No Bounds

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 1 day ago
By Manifesto Joe Resident Donald Rump declared this week "Made in America" week, again showcasing the lies and hypocrisy on which his entire political career has been built. In his alternative universe, Obama was born in Kenya, a record crowd attended his inauguration and at least 3 million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. Now he has the nerve to declare "Made in America" week when his daughter's products are made 100 percent in the Third World by 6-year-old girls operating dangerous machines for 50 cents an hour. Rich! *Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writ... more »

Wildlife Park Celebrates First Wolf Cubs Birth In 47 Years

White Wolf at White Wolf - 1 day ago
A wildlife park is celebrating the birth of a litter of Eurasian wolf pups - the first to be born at the park in 47 years. The curators at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire recently welcomed the surprise arrival of five mischievous pups and have released a heart-warming video of the adorable fluffballs frolicking in the woods. The park's mammal keepers weren't expecting a breeding success quite so soon as wolves can take a long time to bond and females only come into season once a year. Wolves generally pair for life. After a gestation period of approximately sixty-two days, ... more »

VIDEO: Syrian Army uses all types of firepower in east Damascus, watches rebels flee

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 A.M.) – Fresh footage emerged on Saturday depicting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) using all its military resources against insurgents in the embattled Ayn Tarma district. The video features a SAA command center, machine-gun, rocket launcher, artillery gun, drones monitoring rebel fighters retreating, an airstrike, a tank and a bulldozer. Although advances […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army within reach of Euphrates River in southeast Raqqa: map

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:55 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive operations in the southeastern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate, Saturday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) positions near the Euphrates River. Led by their Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army scored another advance in the southeastern countryside of Al-Raqqa, capturing a number of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syria: SAA captures hilltops near border with Lebanon – video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops stormed a series of hilltops in the Falita Barrens region, near the Syrian-Lebanese border, Friday. Government troops were seen engaging in fire fights with opposition militants and moving supplies and armoured vehicles into position. Hezbollah fighters took part in a simultaneous operation on the Lebanese […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Al-Qaeda consolidates power in Idlib after three more rebel groups join its ranks

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:30 P.M.) – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) is becoming stronger than ever before, expanding its control over Idlib and browbeating all rival groups into submission. One day after signing a new peace treaty with Ahrar Al-Sham, forcing it to leave the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing after capturing a dozen towns in rural Idlib, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iran Launches A New Missile-Production Line For Missiles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Iran announces new missile production line: state media* BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran announced the launch of a new missile production line on Saturday, according to state media, against a backdrop of tension between the United States and Tehran. The Sayyad 3 missile can reach an altitude of 27 km (16 miles) and travel up to 120 km (74 miles), Iranian defense minister Hossein Dehghan said at a ceremony. The missile can target fighter planes, unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles and helicopters, Dehghan said. Last week, the United States slapped new economic sanctions ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Bright sunlight glints and long dark shadows mark this image of the lunar surface. It was taken July 20, 1969 by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first to walk on the Moon. Pictured is the mission's lunar module, the Eagle, and space suited lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin unfurling a long sheet of foil also known as the Solar Wind Composition Experiment. *Click image for larger size.* Exposed facing the Sun, the foil trapped particles streaming outward in the solar wind, catching a sample of material from the Sun itself. Along with moon rocks and lunar soil samples, the solar ... more »

Manhattan Town Hall event with Diane Sare and Thomas Wysmuller

David at LaRouchePAC Feed - 1 day ago
Fusion Economy New International Economic Order Video of Sfw58V-uRpg Watch this week's Manhattan Town meeting featuring Diane Sare and Thomas Wysmuller.

Baltimore Cop Shown on Body Camera Planting Drugs. Now What?

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 1 day ago
[image: baltimore-cop-shown-on-body-camera-planting-drugs-now-what] A drug case in Baltimore illustrates both the value of police body cameras and how far some bad cops are willing to go to make an arrest. A recently released video from a body camera worn by a Baltimore police officer shows him planting drugs seconds before “finding” them. Two other officers look on as he violates both the law and due process.

Why Does Seoul Ban Another Korean-American Trying to Come Home

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
*ACTION ALERT: Email South Korean President Moon Jae-in to lift the ban on Korean-American peace activist Juyeon Rhee from entering the country* Juyeon Rhee, a member of the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea’s (STIK) peace delegation to South Korea was blocked from boarding a Delta Airlines flight today on her way to South Korea. At approximately 9:00 AM at the LaGuardia Airport in New York City, Rhee, the STIK peace delegation coordinator, was told by Delta Airlines that she could not board the plane. Last year, Rhee was blocked from entering South Korea by the previous right-win... more »

Leadership 2017: The Quebec Question

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 1 day ago
Don MacPherson has joined the many commentators whose main take on the federal NDP's leadership race is to zero in on how Quebec voters might react to Jagmeet Singh's Sikh background and head covering. And Adam Radwanski has rightly challenged the pundits' consensus to some extent. But (as noted in part by Ian Capstick) the narrow issue of Singh's religion misses a much bigger picture as to the considerations facing the NDP in Quebec. And there may be a case for any of the four candidates in the race as the best-positioned to build support. With that in mind, let's take a look at a ... more »

'Aggressive' Chinese Spy Ship Is Off The Coast Of Australia Monitoring Current Australia-US War Games

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The vessel is fitted with communications systems designed to eavesdrop on other militaries. (ABC News) *ABC News Online*: *Chinese Navy spy ship rattles Talisman Sabre war games off Queensland coast* A high-tech Chinese spy ship has been spotted off the Queensland coast monitoring joint military exercises between Australia and the United States, in what Defence officials have described as an "unfriendly" and "provocative" act. The ABC can reveal the Auxiliary General Intelligence (AGI) vessel from the People's Liberation Army was sighted by the Defence Force in international wate... more »

According to Twitter tirade Donald Trump is fairly convinced he can pardon ANYBODY caught up in this Russia probe. Even himself?

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017 Actually we don't ALL agree. In fact legal experts are divided over this possiblity. What they are less divided over however is that doing so would be a REALLY bad move on Trump's part. Once he did that he would completely delegitimize his entire presidency and then it would only be a matter of time until he was impeached. Of course this was only one of the bizarre, and arguably insane, tweet... more »

"Common Sense..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

Chet Raymo, "The Song of Amergin"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Song of Amergin"* by Chet Raymo "It is commonly called "The Song of Amergin," and it is reputed to be the first poem composed in Ireland, by one of the "Milesian princes" who colonized the island several hundred years before the birth of Christ. *"The Song of Amergin"* "I am the wind on the sea. I am the ocean wave. I am the sound of the billows. I am the seven-horned stag. I am the hawk on the cliff. I am the dewdrop in sunlight. I am the fairest of flowers. I am the raging boar. I am the salmon in the deep pool. I am the lake on the plain. I am the meaning of the poem. I am the ... more »

"We Are All Students..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Beethoven said that it's better to hit the wrong note confidently, than hit the right note unconfidently. Never be afraid to be wrong or to embarrass yourself; we are all students in this life, and there is always something more to learn." - Mike Norton Walter Murphy, "A Fifth of Beethoven"

The Poet: Dylan Thomas, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"* "Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night. Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night. Grave ... more »

Lakota Tonia Stands on Makazita White River: Crow Butte Uranium Poisoning Water

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Lakota Tonia Stands on Makazita White River -- Crow Butte Uranium Poisoning Water Article and photos by Tonia Stands, Lakota Copyright Tonia Stands Censored News Published with permission Yesterday I got to go to a place of happiness and fun made me cry. I could still hear everyone laughing and swimming. It was a hot day, it gets well over 100 this time year. I got to go along side


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 day ago
If this Mike Allen report is correct, Donald Trump has found the meaning of his presidency: It's all about ... himself. When President Trump makes more changes in his West Wing (insiders suspect August or September, but who knows?), any new faces are likely to be in the mold of Anthony Scaramucci, age 53, the pugilistic Wall Streeter known as "Mooch" who was named White House communications director, beginning Aug. 15.... The President is building a wartime Cabinet, for political and legal war.... One West Wing confidant says Trump really might dismiss [special counsel Robert] Muel... more »

Autopsy Of An Excuse

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Well, Dr. James Hansen, the man who invented the global warming scam and our favorite failed serial doomcaster, recently addressed the cratering of a 30-year prediction he made in 1988. Back then, he said the globe would warm up by two to five…

Did The New York Times Foil An Attempt To Kill Or Capture Islamic State Leader Al-Baghdadi?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Failing New York Times foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist,Al-Baghdadi.Their sick agenda over National Security — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017 *CBS:* *Trump accuses New York Times of foiling plot to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi* President Trump weighed in on a number of hot-button topics in a string of tweets Saturday morning, the day after naming a new White House communications director and accepting the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer. The president took aim at some familiar targets: the "Amazon Washington P... more »

An Occasional Curmudgeon (Sunday Sermonette)

LL at Virtual Mirage - 1 day ago
Yes, it's Sunday in some part of the world. I've been very busy with several things in the life-changing department. Ok, not that life changing, but change and moving means that I couldn't find the toothpaste. And the work schedule tilted this way and that irritating me as I tried to stuff 30 hours into 24. "LL, I need to move the meeting on Friday to Monday (Friday morning), that won't be a problem will it?" "Not a problem at all, let me kidnap your children and hold them for ransom so the thing works out on Monday." I sat down to write a blog and it turned out to be mean and *po... more »

Who Wants More Republican-Lite Candidates? The DCCC Has One For Minnesota

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
There are six counties that make up MN-02 but the vast majority of voters are in the suburbs and small towns just south of Minneapolis and St Paul in Dakota County. Obama took Dakota County both times he ran and won MN-02 both times as well. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken won those suburbs as well-- and the congressional district. But in 2003 a right-wing crackpot and ideologue, Kohn Kline, won the district and represented the area in Congress until last year, when he finally retired. The Democrats picked a wealthy self-funder Angie Craig as their candidate. She has a somewhat compe... more »

Donald Trump Orders DOJ To Takedown Darknet Markets

Aaron at Activist Post - 1 day ago
By Aaron Kesel During a press briefing at the Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed that president Donald Trump ordered the... more »

Business Climate Advice

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 1 day ago
It’s not only big oil companies under siege from anti-fossil fuel activists. All businesses, small and large, private and publically traded are in the crosshairs. Robert Bradley has a recent post directed at leaders of businesses, both large and small with respect to global warming/climate change. The article is Climate Alarmism and Corporate Responsibility at […]


Anon at Aangirfan - 1 day ago
Kampung Pelangi in *Indonesia* has discovered how to become a tourist attraction and make money. Kampung Pelangi: Indonesia's Rainbow Painted Village - Vogue . A local headmaster, called Slamet Widodo, made a request for money to transform Kampung Pelangi, in Java. He was inspired by the painting of similar villages elsewhere in Indonesia. Read more: http://www.traveller.com.au The village has become a top place to visit. Above we see what the village used to look like. Above we see the new look. .. *Rengasdengklok, a hidden gem.* If Indonesia can keep out the Islamists,... more »

UK Girl Left in Tears After She’s Fined for Selling Lemonade

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention for being fined 150 pounds ($195) for selling lemonade without a license near their home in London

There Are No Urinals Aboard The U.S. Navy's Newest Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald Ford

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Photo*: Aboard the USS Gerald R Ford -- (July 10, 2017) Onboard the $12.9 billion aircraft carrier Gerald R Ford, all the ship's "heads," which is Navy for bathroom, are unisex. The Navy says it makes it easier to move people around in the ship as no modification is required. Photo Credit: Mark D. Faram/Staff *Navy Times*: *Why the Navy's newest aircraft carrier has no urinals* The new aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford has all sorts of high-tech gear equipped for 21st century naval warfare. But there is one thing that male sailors will notice is no longer available: Urinals. For t... more »

How the U.S. Navy Is Waging War on ISIS

Nolan Peterson at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Nolan Peterson* *Security, * From aircraft carriers. USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, Mediterranean Sea—During the early days of World War II, the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill made a memorable comment about British pilots’ defense of their homeland from Nazi Germany. “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” Churchill said in an August 1940 speech. Seventy-seven years later, U.S. Navy aviators and sailors have their own singular burden to bear as they support Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic St... more »

Afghans Don't Know Why U.S. is at War with Them

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
And neither do most of the American GI's deployed in Afghanistan..... more »

Both Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort have managed to weasel out of testifying in a public hearing. At least for now.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
Courtesy of CNN: *The leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee have cut a deal with President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to avoid being subpoenaed for a high-profile public hearing next week, with the two men agreeing to provide records to the panel and to be privately interviewed ahead of any public session. * *In a joint statement, panel Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein said, "(W)e will not issue subpoenas for them tonight requiring their presence at Wednesday's hearing but reserve the right... more »

Cops Turn Off Body Cams, Knock Man Unconscious, But Street Cams Busted Them

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 1 day ago
[image: cams]An innocent man is suing police for turning off their body cams just before they violently slammed him to the ground knocking him unconscious.

Five Weird Conspiracy Theories from CIA Director Mike Pompeo

Adam Garrie at - 1 day ago
[image: undefined] In a tirade against Russia based news outlets RT and Sputnik, Donald Trump’s CIA Director Mike Pompeo blasted Russia for interfering not only in the 2016 US Presidential election but “the one before that and the one before that”. This would imply that Russia helped install Barack Obama in the White House even after his severely anti-Russian foreign policy became well known. These statements are blasted by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the following way: If (Pompeo’s) statements mean that we interfered in the elections in 2008 and 2012 that means th... more »

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