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Thomas Paine

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

Saturday, July 29, 2017

29 July - Blogs I'm Following - 1 of 2

11:38 pm MDT

Foxconn cashes in for $3 billion plus - analysis

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 7 minutes ago
Foxconn hit the jackpot with Wisconsin on Wednesday, when CEO Terry Gou and Governor Scott Walker signed a memorandum of understanding for the company to invest $10 billion in southeastern Wisconsin in return for $3 billion in state subsidies and an undetermined amount of local incentives in the form of tax increment(al) financing (TIF).* The basic outline of the deal, sent to me by John Haynes of the *Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel*, is pretty simple: Foxconn is required to invest $10 billion and employ 13,000 workers within six years at an average pay rate of $53,875 a year plus benef... more »

Manhattan Town Hall event with Elliot Greenspan and Diane Sare

David at LaRouchePAC Feed - 32 minutes ago
Video of X1Ed8QVHLu0 This week, Manhattan Project leader Elliot Greenspan and LaRouche PAC Policy Committee member Diane Sare detail the historic implications of "blowing up" the Russia-gate attempted coup against the U.S. Presidency.

"The Illusion Of Freedom..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 33 minutes ago
“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.” - Frank Zappa

“Could You Pass This 1912 Test For Kentucky 8th Grade Students?”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 33 minutes ago
*“Could You Pass This 1912 Test For Kentucky 8th Grade Students?”* by Joe Dan Gordon “So, do you believe American children are smarter than their counterparts in 1912? And forget about computers—most of these kids didn’t even have electricity. The following Eighth Grade Exam is from the Bullitt County (KY) Schools in 1912. Note that there are several typesetting mistakes on the test including a mistake in the spelling list. The word “eneeavor” should be “endeavor.” No Googling! Begin... NOW.” *Larger sized original is here:* - https://intellectualfroglegs.com/

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 57 minutes ago
*WNU Editor*: My cousin's daughter who lives in Miami emailed me these pictures of her at the beach this evening. Sighhhh .... I so need a summer vacation.

Apple Has Just Removed VPN Apps In Its Store That Allowed Users In China To Skirt The Country's Great Firewall

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Reuters:* *Apple is removing VPN services from China App Store: providers* BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is removing virtual private network (VPN) services from its app store in China, VPN service providers said on Saturday, accusing the U.S. tech giant of bowing to pressure from Beijing to comply with stringent cyberspace regulations. VPNs allow users to bypass China's so-called "Great Firewall" aimed at restricting access to overseas sites. Beijing has shut down dozens of China-based providers and it has been targeting overseas services as it bids to tighten its contro... more »

Will The DCCC Preference For Filthy Corrupt Blue Dogs Prevent A 2018 House Takeover?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Earlier this week, Heather Caygle, writing for *Politico*, reported about the Blue Dogs-- the most right-wing and pro-GOP wing of the Democratic Party-- it trying for another comeback. Beltway reporters have bought into the Blue Dog propaganda that describes them as "moderates" (rather than conservatives), which says what about normal Democrats? That they're socialists? Communists? The Blue Dogs can't accurately be described as "moderates," only as conservatives and the most far right part of the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. They share at least as many values with Repu... more »

A Video On China's Special Operations Forces (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*WNU Editor*: From *CGTN *.... The People's Liberation Army Special Operations Forces, or the SOF, is a branch of the PLA Ground Force. It is the biggest active military in the world, also among the world's best. Chinese SOF are tasked with commando operations, counter-terrorism, and intelligence gathering. They can trace their history back to scouts who conducted reconnaissance missions during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, the Chinese Civil War and the Korean War.

Biofuel justifications are illusory

Paul Driessen at CFACT - 2 hours ago
CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen explains why the renewable fuel standard is out of touch with today's energy realities -- the ethanol mandates, including for cellulosic ethanol -- far exceed even the perceived need. Ethanol ruins gasoline mileage, and gasoline cut with 15% ethanol ruins older automobile and truck engines (pre-2007) and almost all small gasoline-powered engines (including outboard motors, lawnmowers, and more).

Top U.S. Diplomat In Charge Of The U.S. War Against ISIS: 'Trump Tactics Are Working'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Retired Gen. John Allen (2nd left), Brett McGurk, and President Obama. Reuters *Patrick Tucker, Defense One: **Flow of Foreign Fighters to ISIS Stopped, Trump Tactics Working, McGurk Says* In four key areas, the Trump administration is taking the fight to ISIS in a way that Obama did not, to great effect according to the policy head who worked under both. The flow of foreign fighters trying to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria has stopped completely. “They can’t get in now and the foreign fighters that did get in, they will die in Iraq and Syria” according to the top U.S. official coor... more »

The AH-64 Apache Helicopter Helmet Is Getting A Major Upgrade

Jared Keller, Task and Purpose at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Jared Keller, Task and Purpose* *Security, North America* Some of the most talented pilots in the U.S. armed forces are getting a major helmet upgrade. Contracting firm Defense Corporate on July 24 announced on Soldier System a $13 million contract with the Army to produce a new Apache Aviator Integrated Helmet (AAIH), a piece of hardware critical to the legendary AH-64 Apache helicopter. The face-enveloping new helmet — which appears to be built on the HGU-56/P rotary wing helmet system that Gentex initially designed support the Army Air Soldier Program, and gives me the creeps... more »

Is China Getting Ready to Create Its Very Own DARPA?

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Asia* Could this happen? China has created a high-tech military research agency modeled on an American organization, state-television revealed this week. According to the Hong Kong–based *South China Morning Post,* Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported that Beijing has established the Scientific Research Steering Committee to help it develop cutting-edge military technology. CCTV also suggested that the new body will be modeled on America’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which was set up after the Sputnik launch in 1957 to spearhea... more »

Jim DeMint Wants to Save the Republican Party—from Itself

Curt Mills at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Curt Mills* *Politics, North America* [image: U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) (R) and Representative Mike Pence (R-IN) attend a news conference about their goal of permanently extending Bush-era tax rates at the Capitol in Washington, December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst.] The former South Carolina senator and Heritage chief is back with a new venture, just as national politics get even more wild; Republican divides on foreign policy are unlikely to escape his gaze. Jim DeMint is back. You’d be forgiven for not hearing much about his new venture, the Conservative Partnership ... more »

In a World of Disarray, Africa Is Taking Steps Forward

Michael O'Hanlon, Emily Terry at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Michael O'Hanlon, Emily Terry* *Security, Africa* [image: A Mozambican soldier takes part in exercises as part of the African Union's African Standby Force (ASF) at the South Africa National Defence Force's Lohatla training area October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings] The Middle East should not be the sole focus of America's foreign policy. At this juncture in mid-2017, while the Middle East remains highly turbulent and global security challenges remain acute from Korea and East Asia to Ukraine and Afghanistan, what is the state of security in Africa? A continent of fifty-four... more »

Members And Associates Of Russian Crime Syndicate Arrested For Racketeering, Extortion, Robbery, Murder-For-Hire Conspiracy, Fraud, Narcotics, And Firearms Offenses

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 3 hours ago
“The Shulaya Enterprise was an organized criminal group operating under the direction and protection of RAZHDEN SHULAYA a/k/a “Brother,” a/k/a … Continue reading →

Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Wants His Brother To Replace Him

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif lines up brother to take over* ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced plans on Saturday for his brother Shahbaz to take over as leader of the country and lashed out at the Supreme Court ruling that barred him from office. Shahbaz must contest a by-election for parliament to become eligible to take the reins, so the outgoing Sharif also nominated staunch ruling party ally Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to serve as interim prime minister for at least 45 days. Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party has a... more »

The original immaculate birth

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
[image: Image result for images of immaculate birth] What kind of birth control can prevent immaculate birthToday we would not blink an eye at seeing a young person emerge from a swollen womb without the entry and exit been penetrated by a human penis In Jesus day they must have had the same technology and it was a one timer or the whole idea has to go down in logical flames So talk about Jesus in the real world and you get the fumes of] holy gasoline as the advocates speed off in their SUV and glance at the Rolex to see if they are on time for the next miracle of funding Even the ... more »

Silva Bay, Gabriola Island, BC

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 3 hours ago
*Silva Bay, Gabriola Island, BC* Here we are at the second stop on our sailing trip...Silva Bay, Gabriola Island. Back in the 70's this was a real party harbour. All the sailboats used to rendezvous here for the weekend as it is just a 6 hour sail from Bowen. There are about three times as many boats in the harbour as this photo shows ...just couldn't get them all in. This is an entry point to the more sheltered routes to the Gulf Islands without going back out into Georgia Strait. As you can see from the video below, Georgia Strait was a bit choppy and gusty during our cross... more »

Trump’s Big Loss

Robert Reich - 4 hours ago
The demise of the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is hardly the end of the... more »

Venezuela On Edge Ahead Of Sunday's Controversial Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*CNN: Venezuela: **Protesters, troops clash ahead of Sunday vote* (CNN)Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro are calling for continued protests ahead of Sunday's controversial election, a day after demonstrators clashed with national guard troops in the capital in defiance of a protest ban. Opposition leaders have vowed unrest before the election of a "constituent national assembly" that would rewrite the constitution at Maduro's request -- a move that the leftist leader's critics say could consolidate his power and lead to a dictatorship. *Read more* .... *WNU editor... more »

How The DCCC Has Ruined-- And Continues To Ruin-- The Democratic Party

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Yesterday I got a letter from a *DWT* reader asking me if I had ever "summarized the typical interaction between the DCCC and Democratic congressional candidates? I know," he wrote, "you have written about these interactions often. I think it would be helpful for candidates to have a realistic view of the DCCC and what they should expect over the course of their candidacy." That's a good idea. And he already had more than a passing acquaintance himself with what the DCCC is up to. He has been working to persuade progressives who back Medicare-For-All to run for Congress. Remember... more »

Countdown To War On Venezuela

Moon of Alabama at 4 hours ago
[image: undefined] On Sunday Venezuela will hold an general election of participants of a constitutional assembly. Half of the representatives will be elected from regular electoral districts. The other half will be elected from and by eight special constituencies like "workers", "farmers", "employers", etc. The second part may be unusual but is no less democratic than the US system which gives voters in rural states more weight than city dwellers. The new assembly will formulate changes to the current constitution. Those changes will be decided on in another general vote. It is lik... more »

Donald Trump relents, says he will sign Russia sanctions bill.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
Here's the deal, I own you. I say jump, you say how high. Clear?Courtesy of TPM: *President Donald Trump will sign a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia that passed Congress with overwhelming support, the White House said Friday. Moscow has already responded, ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and closing the U.S. Embassy’s recreation retreat. * *Trump’s willingness to support the measure is a remarkable acknowledgement that he has yet to sell his party on his hopes for forging a warmer relationship with Moscow. His vow to extend a hand... more »

Australian Prime Minister: 'Police Arrest 4 In Terror Plot To Blow-Up An Aircraft

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*ABC News Online:* *Sydney terror raids 'disrupted' plot to bring down plane, Malcolm Turnbull says* Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says anti-terrorism raids carried out in Sydney yesterday "disrupted" an alleged plot to bring down an aircraft. Four men were arrested after the Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police and ASIO raided homes in the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills, and the south-western suburbs of Lakemba, Wiley Park and Punchbowl. The AFP said the operation related to information about the use of an "improvised device". "We don't have a great deal of info... more »

Major Problems for the Republican Party

C. B. Thorington at A Divided World - 5 hours ago
The U.S. Senate voting NO on repeal of Obamacare on July 27, 2017. Screenshot of ABC News coverage. Everywhere the leaders of the two major American political parties look, insuperable political problems threaten to overwhelm them. As long-time assumptions about the capabilities of government unravel and the electorate itself is fragmenting into new coalitions, driven […]

The U.S. Sanctions Bill Against Russia May Have Unintended Consequences

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Russian president Vladimir Putin participates in an April 2016 live broadcast on Channel One, Rossiya-1 and Rossiya-24 TV channels, and Mayak, Vesti FM and Radio Rossii radio stations. President of Russia's Official Site *Angela Stent, National Interest:* *The U.S. Sanctions Bill Is a Win for Russia* *The U.S. sanctions bill, designed to hurt Russia, may have unintended consequences for the United States.* The surprise about the Russian Foreign Ministry’s announcement of Russian sanctions on U.S. diplomats and embassy properties is that they did not come sooner. The usual practic... more »

What Mark Esper’s nomination tells us about Trump’s administration

Brad Blankenship at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
The Trump administration has had a tough time filling key vacancies, notably in the defense sector, owing to the nomination of controversial candidates who have been suspected of having unsavory business ties or have documented histories of discriminatory behavior. The final service secretary position to be filled, following the approval of Air Force Secretary Heather […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Samir Geagea takes a shot at Hebollah, blames group for a weak Lebanon

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The Chief of the Lebanese Forces, Samir Geagea, verbally attacked Hezbollah on Friday, blaming the group for ruining Lebanon’s ‘legitimacy.’ “A capable strong state will not emerge as long as there are armed groups lingering outside the framework of legitimacy and as long as the decision of peace and war […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Above The Clouds”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Kevin Kern, “Above The Clouds” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgdjnK6I2u0

"A Look From the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Like salsa verde on your favorite burrito, a green aurora slathers up the sky in this June 25 snapshot from the International Space Station. About 400 kilometers (250 miles) above Earth, the orbiting station is itself within the upper realm of the auroral displays. Aurorae have the signature colors of excited molecules and atoms at the low densities found at extreme altitudes. Emission from atomic oxygen dominates this view. The tantalizing glow is green at lower altitudes, but rarer reddish bands extend above the space station's horizon. *Click image for larger size.* The orbital ... more »

How Will Trump Enforce Sanctions on Russia?

Nikolas K. Gvosdev at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Nikolas K. Gvosdev* *Security, Americas* [image: Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump meet at the 2017 G-20 Hamburg Summit. Wikimedia Commons] New sanctions on Russia are not a “fire and forgot” tool. They must be accompanied by a more comprehensive approach. What is Russia’s likely reaction when new U.S. sanctions are imposed? This is a difficult question to analyze, because much depends, first and foremost, on what the Trump administration is prepared to do. Congressional legislation in the area of foreign policy is always tricky, because while Congress can mandate and fund, it is ... more »

Charlie Gard Dies: Victim of Culture of Death

Lisa Shaw at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: charlie-gard-dies-victim-of-culture-of-death] After months of a desperately tiring battle, baby Charlie Gard’s life has come to a heartbreaking and disconcerting end.

Did President Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal Ignite An Midle East Arms Race?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Austin Bay, The Observer*: *Obama’s Iran Deal Didn’t Halt Aggression—It Ignited an Arms Race* Regime uses sanctions relief to beef up weaponry, leading their neighbors to do the same. On July 25, the latest battle in the Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution’s long war on America occurred in the northern end of the Persian Gulf. When a speedboat manned by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) personnel approached American vessels operating in open water, the U.S. Navy patrol craft USS Thunderbolt issued a series of warnings, all translating as “stay away, keep safe distance... more »

"The Life Of The Mind..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“All of the available data show that the typical American citizen has about as much interest in the life of the mind as does your average armadillo.” - Morris Berman Apologies to armadillos for the comparison...

“A Dying Civilization: The Moral Order”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“A Dying Civilization: The Moral Order”* by Morris Berman “The notion that there was a way of life characteristic of modern (or industrial) societies that was qualitatively different from the way of life found in pre-modern (or folk) societies goes back, at least, to the German sociologist Max Weber. Modern societies, said Weber, are governed by bureaucracies; the dominant ethos is one of “rationalization,” whereby everything is mechanized, administered according to the dictates of scientific reason. Weber famously compared this situation to that of an “iron cage”: there was no wa... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Keauhou, Hawaii, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

Cannabis Ruderalis – The Often Overlooked Third Species of Cannabis

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Vic Bishop* - Ruderalis is a true weed, growing in abundance in the wild. The post Cannabis Ruderalis – The Often Overlooked Third Species of Cannabis appeared first on Waking Times.

Moby - Go

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
This evening finds me penning a pondersome screed in response to Richard Seymour's piece on class, race and capitalism looking at, well, those things. As the eyelids droop with the promise of sleep, I'm surrendering to sleep's embrace. Just so the cupboard isn't bare, here's one of the greatest house records ever written.

Donald Trump spent morning pushing hard for Senate Republicans to use "nuclear option."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
Republican Senate must get rid of 60 vote NOW! It is killing the R Party, allows 8 Dems to control country. 200 Bills sit in Senate. A JOKE! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017 The very outdated filibuster rule must go. Budget reconciliation is killing R's in Senate. Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT'S TIME! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017 Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don't go to a 51 vote majority NOW. They look like fools and are just wasting time...... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017 Actually there W... more »


Adam Garrie at The Duran - 8 hours ago
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said the sanctions bill was "completely weird and unacceptable". The post RUSSIAN DEPUTY FM: retaliation against US “LONG OVERDUE” (VIDEO) appeared first on The Duran.

More Democracy in Caracas than in Washington

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Why does the U.S. and Venezuela's opposition feel so threatened by the National Constituent Assembly? Nothing has drawn more ire, condemnation and panic from imperial powers and the opposition than this proposal. There can be no doubt that the CIA is behind this attempt for regime change in Caracas. Have you noticed that we now have a retired Marine Corps General as Chief of Staff in the White House. Could we call that a coup d'etat?

Iran Condemns New U.S. Sanctions. Vows To Develop Missile Program At All Costs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi *Radio Free Europe:* *Iran Condemns Sanctions, Says It Will Pursue Missile Program 'With Full Power'* Iran has condemned new sanctions passed by the U.S. Congress over its missile program and vowed to continue it. "We will continue with full power our missile program," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted as telling state-controlled television on July 29. "We condemn the hostile and unacceptable action," he said of the sanctions. Ghasemi said Tehran considers consider the action by the United States as “hostile, re... more »

Anybody But Cuomo? Well Almost Anybody

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
The 2020 presidential election is a long way off. Trump could be in prison by then-- or living in a dacha in Rublevka or perhaps the "golden ring" northeast of Moscow. The Democrats may be preparing to run against him but may have to face a more conventional Republican like Pence, Rubio, Cruz, Kasich-- is there another Bush yet?-- or even, by then, former Congressman Paul Ryan. All the excitement on the Democratic side is for Bernie and Elizabeth Warren... but don't expect the Republican wing of the Democratic Party to just role over and die; the establishment will do anything in i... more »

Despite Media Spin, Canaanite-Lebanese Study Doesn't Disprove Bible

Steve Byas at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: despite-media-spin-canaanite-lebanese-study-does-not-disprove-bible] Predictably, some secular media sources have taken a DNA study, and attempted to argue it somehow disproves or contradicts the biblical account. It doesn't.

Bipartisanship! The Evil Party and Stupid Party Team Up to Cripple Trump, Subvert the Rule of Law, and Put the US on a Road to War

James George Jatras at 8 hours ago
[image: undefined] The overwhelming approval by both chambers of the US Congress of a bill imposing new, permanent sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea puts President Donald Trump in an impossible position. He can either sign the bill or allow it to become law without his signature, in which case he has acquiesced in the Legislative Branch’s usurpation of what is supposed to be among the Executive’s primary constitutional responsibilities, the conduct of relations with foreign states. Or he can veto it, but with a total of only five votes against it in both the Senate and the... more »

Would President Trump Go To War Against North Korea Or Iran?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
President Donald Trump discusses current military operations with Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command Commander, and Gen. Raymond A. "Tony" Thomas, U.S. Special Operations Command Commander at MacDill, AFB, FL, Feb. 6, 2017. (DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen/Released) *Christopher A. Preble. National Interest*: *Trump's Love of 'Winning' Could Lead America into a Costly War* *A grim reality is sinking into the minds of the average American—“We don’t win anymore.”* This notion doesn’t sit well in a country that bested Nazi Germany and the Empire of the Rising Sun, put ... more »

Was a Musician Deported for Attacking a Los Angeles Street Vendor?

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
A dubious web site exaggerated the outcome of musician Carlos Hakas' encounter with elote seller Benjamín Ramírez.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: 'Russia And China Are North Korea's 'Enablers'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*FOX News*: *Russia, China are North Korea's 'enablers,' Tillerson says* U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lashed out at Russia and China early Saturday, following North Korea’s second test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile – and reports that Kim Jong Un’s regime was now capable of striking cities on the U.S. mainland. Tillerson labeled the two U.S. rivals the “principal economic enablers” of North Korea’s weapons programs, and called on them to ramp up efforts to curb the growing nuclear threat from Pyongyang. “All nations should take a strong public stance agai... more »

Electric Universe - Peter Mungo Jupp - Electric Transmutation

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 10 hours ago
PART ONE: *instantaneous water to calcium carbonate transformation...* that's what happened around these ancient fossilized lifeforms, according to Peter Mungo Jupp in this two-part investigation. Jupp's is a plasmoid-positive re-appraissal of the whole 'fossilization' process, as seen through the filter of the Electric Universe. PART TWO:

People used to be ashamed of racism.

Brother Jonah at Not My Tribe - 10 hours ago
Until the Idiots decided that being nice to people and recognizing their common humanity was “politically correct”. Politeness and at least an attempt at being correct, those are admirable and noble goals, yes? Until the advertising divisions of many corporations, like FOX for instance, conditioned the least educated and most simple minded Socially Retarded Animated […]

In pictures: ISIS launches sudden shock attack against army forces in western Raqqa

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The ISIS terrorist group has launched an early-dawn raid against positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Raqqa Governorate’s western countryside. Based on the photos below, the raid appears to have been carried out by between forty to eighty ISIS fighters mounted into Toyota pickups. The jihadist faction […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Large number of Syrian Army reinforcements head to central Syria

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – A large number of reinforcements from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) traveled from the eastern countryside of Al-Sweida to the outskirts of Palmyra in order to take part in the upcoming Deir Ezzor offensive, local journalists reported on Saturday. Several battalions from the Syrian Arab Army’s 1st Armored Division made […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Huge artillery bombardment laid down on ISIS by pro-Syria forces in eastern Hama: video

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – Footage has been released of a large artillery bombardment being carried out by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and other pro-government forces in the region of eastern Hama Governorate. The video renders justice to reports that massive numbers of pro-government forces (including their fire support assets) were being relocated from […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Exclusive: Tiger Forces deploy to east Hama for next big battle

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the eastern countryside of the Hama Governorate will be receiving a major boost in the coming days, as reinforcements from the Al-Raqqa Governorate pour into eastern Salamiyah. Several units from the Syrian Arab Army’s elite Tiger Forces have been redirected from the Al-Raqqa Governorate […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army’s special operation decimates ISIL’s HQ in Deir Ezzor

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:35 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a special operation in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, Saturday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) command-and-control center inside the provincial capital. According to a military source in Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Arab Army dug a 40 meter long tunnel under the Islamic State’s command-and-control […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Turkish warplanes bomb northern Iraq

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Turkish Air Force resumed aerial bombardment of northern Iraq, Saturday, targeting the alleged positions of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Duhok region, the Bas News Agency reported this afternoon. According to a resident that spoke to the Bas News Agency, the Turkish jets specifically targeted the PKK’s […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US continues training Syrian rebels in Jordan

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 P.M.) – The U.S. military is still training Syrian rebels at their base in Jordan, the spokesman for the Al-Umari Brigade said on Saturday, as quoted by the Smart News Agency. Despite some rumors that the U.S. had completely scrapped this program, it appears they will continue training Syrian rebel groups to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Syrian Army gathering hut in Latakia mountains blown away by rebel TOW strike

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – Today, Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants of the 1st Coastal Division have attacked and destroyed a field hut of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northern Latakia Governorate using a US-built TOW anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system. The attack is reported to have occurred in Latakia’s Turkmen Mountains region. According […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Britain’s £246m battery challenge won’t solve energy storage problem

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Renewable energy’s share of British electricity generation from wind and solar technologies reached record levels of 26% in the past year. This is excellent news for our national carbon emissions, but the grid is under increasing pressure to manage this intermittent power supply. The on-and-off nature of renewable energy means that to […]

Renters Struggle As California Home Prices Climb Faster Than Official Inflation Rate

ActivistPost at Activist Post - 10 hours ago
By Jeff Paul The US government likes to pretend that the rising cost of living is under control. People in Southern California know better. According... more »

Mainstream Media Goes Tinfoil in Timely Conspiracy Theory — Russia Killed JFK

Activist Post at Activist Post - 10 hours ago
By Matt Agorist “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” — George Orwell Shortly after noon... more »

Tensions With Russia Reach New High as Putin Retaliates Against US Sanctions

Activist Post at Activist Post - 10 hours ago
By Julia Conley Members of the U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia will be expelled in the coming weeks, following an order on Friday by the... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 10 hours ago
Many thanks to the people who sent us photos of this parade.

The Mooch's wife files for divorce. Tired of his "naked political ambition."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 10 hours ago
Courtesy of Page Six: *Anthony Scaramucci, the White House’s potty-mouthed new communications director, has been dumped by his beautiful blond wife because of his “naked political ambition,” multiple sources exclusively tell Page Six. * *Deidre Ball, who worked as a vice president in investor relations for SkyBridge Capital, the firm he founded in 2005 and sold to ascend to the White House, has filed for divorce from “The Mooch” after three years of marriage after getting fed up with his ruthless quest to get close to President Trump, whom she despises. * *One source told Page Si... more »

Five Minutes Five Issues: Russia Sanctions, Veterans Marijuana, DOJ Policy, Colin Kaepernick, RPI Conference

Adam Dick at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 11 hours ago
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues is out. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Listen to the new episode here: Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here: *The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues. Starting in five four three two one.* Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow. Let’s start. *Issue one. *In a December 31 intervie... more »

Five Minutes Five Issues: Russia Sanctions, Veterans Marijuana, DOJ Policy, Colin Kaepernick, RPI Conference

Adam Dick at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 11 hours ago
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues is out. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Listen to the new episode here: Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here: *The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues. Starting in five four three two one.* Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow. Let’s start. *Issue one. *In a December 31 intervie... more »

Five Minutes Five Issues: Russia Sanctions, Veterans Marijuana, DOJ Policy, Colin Kaepernick, RPI Conference

Adam Dick at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 11 hours ago
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues is out. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Listen to the new episode here: Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here: *The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues. Starting in five four three two one.* Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow. Let’s start. *Issue one. *In a December 31 intervie... more »

Five Minutes Five Issues: Russia Sanctions, Veterans Marijuana, DOJ Policy, Colin Kaepernick, RPI Conference

Adam Dick at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 11 hours ago
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues is out. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Listen to the new episode here: Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here: *The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues. Starting in five four three two one.* Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow. Let’s start. *Issue one. *In a December 31 intervie... more »

The Release Files: Partnership Helps Egrets and Herons Fly Free

Bird-Rescue at International Bird Rescue – Every Bird Matters - 11 hours ago
This week we celebrate the partnership that helped rescue and release 20 Egrets and Herons in Oakland, CA. Among the bunch, a Black-crowned Night-Heron that came into International Bird Rescue with a broken leg after a tree split in two June 19th in downtown Oakland. The Snowy Egrets and Black-crowned Night-Herons were set free at […]

Report: 594,000 and 5.7 million Noncitizens Voted in 2008. But How About 2016?

Warren Mass at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: report-594-000-and-5-7-million-noncitizens-voted-in-2008-but-how-about-2016] The president of a research institute issued a report in June indicating that between 594,000 and 5.7 million noncitizens voted in the 2008 presidential election.

Trump's Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus Out, John Kelly In

Bob Adelmann at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: trump-s-chief-of-staff-priebus-out-john-kelly-in] This isn't so much a cleansing of Republican establishment types as it is bringing in heavier artillery to face the enemy.

Canada To Investigate Saudi Arabia's Use Of Canadian Made Military Against Its Own Citizens

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
خبر عاجل من القطيف | دبابات الجيش تجتاج المدينة وتقصف منازل المواطنين الشيعة. pic.twitter.com/gKqqMQi1qc — ساحة البلد (@SahatAlbalad) July 26, 2017 *Globe and Mail:* *Ottawa calls for investigation into Saudi Arabia’s apparent use of Canadian-made armoured vehicles against citizens* Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s department says she is “deeply concerned” that Saudi Arabia’s rulers appear to be deploying Canadian-made armoured vehicles in an escalating conflict with Saudi citizens. Ms. Freeland has asked officials to investigate the matter. Global Affairs Canada rele...more »

Comments on the Myth of the World-Class Cuban Medical System

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 11 hours ago
Michael Moore in Sicko, Jimmy Carter, Obama, and CNN, PBS, and ABC News reporters have all praised the Cuban medical system as one of the best in the world. Most recently, Representative Keith Ellison, also Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee, has made the same claim. An article by Humberto Fontova addresses these evaluations of the Cuban Medical System with some interesting observations. In summary of the most interesting of these: - According to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, more than 75% of doctors with Cuban medical degrees cannot pas... more »

Science Fictional News & Updates

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 11 hours ago
*Coming events! * I'll be keynoting at the coming Interstellar Conference, in Monterrey California on August 7. Headlining along with warp drive inventor (or at least the least implausible version) Miguel Alcubierre. A few days before, I'll be attending the annual Science Foo camp at the Google Campus. *Recent events!* July 13 I gave the dinner keynote at "Realizing the Future: Genome Engineering 2017," in Minneapolis. At San Diego's *Comicon* International, I was on a July 21 panel about alien civilizations with Jimmy Diggs and Mark O'Bannon and others. The next day I was on a coup... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "One"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"One"* "The mosquito is so small it takes almost nothing to ruin it. Each leaf, the same. And the black ant, hurrying. So many lives, so many fortunes! Every morning, I walk softly and with forward glances down to the ponds and through the pinewoods. Mushrooms, even, have but a brief hour before the slug creeps to the feast, before the pine needles hustle down under the bundles of harsh, beneficent rain. How many, how many, how many make up a world! And then I think of that old idea: the singular and the eternal. One cup, in which everything is swirled back to the color of the sea and s... more »

Settled Science?

LL at Virtual Mirage - 11 hours ago
A rigorous and comprehensive meta-analysis of data collected between 1973 and 2011 finds that among men from Western countries, sperm concentration declined by more than 50 percent, with no evidence of a 'leveling off' in recent years. These findings strongly suggest a significant decline in male reproductive health that has serious implications beyond fertility and reproduction, given recent evidence linking poor semen quality with higher risk of hospitalization and death. Hagai Levine, Niels Jørgensen, Anderson Martino-Andrade, Jaime Mendiola, Dan Weksler-Derri, Irina Mindlis, Ra... more »

Leadership 2017 Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 11 hours ago
The latest from the federal NDP's leadership campaign. - Alex Ballingall reports on Guy Caron's infrastructure and jobs plan which features both a large investment in public works, and substantial improvements in both wages and working conditions under federal jurisdiction. - Thomas Walkom criticizes Singh's plan to roll Old Age Security into a means-tested benefit. And Stephen Tweedale responds to Walkom directly, then takes a more general look at the politics and economics of universal vs. targeted programs (while recognizing that a fully functional social safety net requires a ... more »

Mainstream Media Caught Exploiting Children in Psy-Op to Sell War to America—It Worked

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: war]The vile manipulation of children to promote pro-war propaganda is easily exposed in the case of Bana al-Abed — and the fame of a 7-year-old in American mainstream media.

Free Download: Orison Swett Marden, "An Iron Will"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
"An Iron Will" by Orison Swett Marden "Orison Swett Marden (1850 - 1924) was an American writer associated with the New Thought Movement. He also held a degree in medicine, and was a successful hotel owner. Marden was born in Thornton Gore, New Hampshire to Lewis and Martha Marden. When he was three years old, his mother died at the age of 22, leaving Orison and his two sisters in the care of their father, a farmer, hunter, and trapper. When Orison was seven years old, his father died from injuries incurred while in the wood, and the children were shuttled from one guardian to anot... more »

Rat Meat Sold as Chicken Wings?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
Reports that a large quantity of rat meat was sold as chicken wings in the U.S. originated as fake news.

Control Knobs, Rick Perry and AMS

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 12 hours ago
A great post by Ross McKitrick at the Hill (H/T GWPF) In the fight between Rick Perry and climate scientists — He’s winning Excerpts below (my bolds) Policy makers and the public need to understand the extent to which major scientific institutions like the American Meteorological Society have become biased and politicized on the climate issue. […]

Is The U.S. Military Able To Adjust Its Readiness In The Face Of Climate Change?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Roger-Mark De Souza, The Cipher Brief*: *Climate Change: A Real Challenge to U.S. Military Readiness* When President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement this June, it confirmed the administration’s intent to pull back on international efforts to combat global climate change. The Cipher Brief’s Fritz Lodge spoke with the Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience at the Wilson Center, Roger-Mark De Souza, about what practical effect this decision will have on efforts to combat global climate change, and how this affects U.S. nation... more »

Will Economic Populism Work In Western Maryland? Meet Andrew Duck

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Maryland's 6th congressional district used to be Republican territory. Maryland Democrats are as prone towards partisan gerrymandering as the GOP sleaze bags in North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania. In 2011, the 6th got a big chunk of blue Montgomery County and suddenly the 6th was less like West Virginia and more like the DC suburbs. The following year crooked multimillionaire Democrat, John Delaney, ousted longtime moderate GOP incumbent, Roscoe Bartlett. Obama won the district by over 10 points both times he ran and even Hillary managed to beat Trump in the district, 55.... more »

ZHIRINOVSKY: Russian opposition leader warns US is building “iron curtain” around collapsing Dollar

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 12 hours ago
LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky blames the US banking system for the current crisis and not Donald Trump. The post ZHIRINOVSKY: Russian opposition leader warns US is building “iron curtain” around collapsing Dollar appeared first on The Duran.

President Xi rejects western political models in speech praising Chinese traditions

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 12 hours ago
Xi Jinping's speech is indicative of China's commitment to her sovereign minded political system and unique "market socialist" economic system that have guided China to becoming a world class economic powerhouse. The post President Xi rejects western political models in speech praising Chinese traditions appeared first on The Duran.

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