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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

5 July - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:31 pm MDT

Sex and Drug Ring Raided at Apartment of High-Ranking Vatican Cardinal

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: vatican]Only days after the third highest-ranking member of the Vatican was charged with raping children, another scandal has been uncovered in Rome.

U.S. General: The Only Thing That is Stopping War On The Korean Peninsula Is 'Self Restraint'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks takes the U.S. Forces Korea colors from Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command during a change of command ceremony at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, in which Brooks took command of United Nations Command, Combined Force Command and U.S. Forces Korea, April 30, 2016. Photo by Army Sgt. Russell Youmans *New York Times:* *‘Self Restraint’ Is Only Thing Stopping War in Korea, U.S. General Says* SEOUL, South Korea — The top American general in South Korea said Wednesday that self-restraint was all that kept the United States and Sout...more »

U.S. And China Divided On How To Deal With North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
This image released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency shows the launch of the Hwasong-14 ICBM.Photographer: KCNA *CNN:** US, China divided over how to deal with new North Korean ICBM threat* (CNN)A paradigm-changing North Korean missile test has left the United States and China split over how to deal with the aggressive rogue state. While China and Russia have called for concessions on both sides, the US so far has made no public move to open talks, instead opting to engage in a renewed military show of force with its South Korean ally. North Korea announced Tue... more »

July 5: Should North Korea have nuclear weapons?

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 13 hours ago
No. Nor should anybody else. To get all mad at North Korea is silly when the far greater dangers are the U.S., China, and Russia. (And the U.S. would never use such weapons? It is the only country in the world that ever has. I shall be away about a week seeing relatives - so this blog will be a little different. The first half will be about something that annoys ( infuriates) me. So skip it if you don't like fury. This began with a poll that recently appeared in my local paper. It said that something like 97% of all Canadians see religion a a major concern. American polls show ... more »

President Trump: Trade Between China And North Korea Grew Almost 40% In The First Quarter

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2017 *Reuters*:* Trump denounces China trade with North Korea, casts doubt on cooperation* U.S. President Donald Trump denounced China's trade with North Korea on Wednesday and cast doubt on whether Beijing is working with Washington to counter the North Korean nuclear threat. "Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40 pct in the first quarter. So much for China working with us - but we had... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 261 Jul 4 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Red shows the area remaining under Islamic State control in Mosul (Ninewa Media Cell) The Iraqi forces (ISF) were fighting in the center and southern sections of the Old City. The Rapid Reaction Division was operating in Bob al-Tob one of the southern entrances to the district. The Golden Division and 16th Division were in Maidan, Kawazin, Qalahat, Barka, and Ras al-Koor, that was declared freedyesterday, in the middle of the Old City. Roughly 40% of the district remains to be freed. That area stretches from the Tigris River down to the southcentral neighborhood of Bob al-Tob. Some... more »

Plus-sized model speaks out after confronting a body-shamer on a plane

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 13 hours ago
Regardless of how you feel about what a healthy body should look like, it’s NEVER acceptable to shame anyone. EVER. We love healthy bodies here but our desire to educate people on healthy living and lifestyles comes from a place of love. We want people to be their best. For themselves. RELATED ARTICLE: NBC: Snow White

Heal your gut to reverse Autoimmune Disease

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 13 hours ago
Health Begins In the Gut. From a clinical standpoint, insofar as functional medicine is concerned, whether you present with rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, or systemic lupus erythematosus—the fundamental objective is the same: heal the gut. Hippocrates understood the inextricably intertwined relationship between the systemic health of the organism and the nine-meter tube from

How to remove pesticides from your produce

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 13 hours ago
Pesticides are everywhere. According to the EWG, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s tests have found widespread pesticide contamination on popular fruits and vegetables. At least one pesticide was found on nearly three-quarters of the samples analyzed by the US Department of Agriculture in 2014, the most recent year tested. Pesticides can lower the intellectual availabilities of

American Heart Association renders itself obsolete with 1960s dietary advice on Coconut Oil

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 13 hours ago
By Dr. Mercola For well over half a century, a majority of health care officials and media have warned that saturated fats are bad for your health and lead to obesity, high cholesterol, and heart disease. The American Heart Association (AHA) began encouraging Americans to limit dietary fat in general and saturated fats in particular

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un: 'Nuclear Weapons Are Not On The Negotiation Table'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) watches a long range rocket launch into the air in North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo February 7, 2016. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo *The Hill:* *N. Korea’s Kim: Nukes not negotiable* North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday reportedly said his country's nuclear weapons programs are not up for negotiation. In the wake of a high-profile North Korean missile launch, Kim said his country would "demonstrate its mettle to the U.S.," The Associated Press reported. A state media report said Kim told “scientists and technicians that the ... more »

World News Briefs -- July 5, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters*: *North Korea says its ICBM can carry nuclear warhead; U.S. calls for global action* North Korea said on Wednesday its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) can carry a large nuclear warhead, triggering a call by Washington for global action to hold it accountable for pursuing nuclear weapons. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Defense Department said it had concluded that North Korea test-launched an ICBM on Tuesday, which some experts now believe had the range to reach the U.S. state of Alaska as well as parts of the mainland United States. U.S. Secretary... more »

TPPF Participates in Media Call Urging Repeal and Replace of Obamacare

Content Multimedia - 14 hours ago
By Chip Roy Texas Public Policy Foundation participated today in a media conference call urging Republican leaders to repeal and replace Obamacare. The call, hosted by ForAmerica, featured the following members, in addition to others:

Historian returns prize for high-profile book with 70+ corrections

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
A historian based at Columbia University has returned a 2014 prize after criticisms prompted him to issue more than 70 corrections to his prominent book about North Korea. Charles Armstrong told Retraction Watch he returned the 2014 John K. Fairbank Prize he received for “Tyranny of the Weak” due to “numerous citation errors.” The book has […] The post Historian returns prize for high-profile book with 70+ corrections appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Italy Openly Discusses Euro Exit in Parliament: Debt Restructuring or “Italeave” on the Way?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 14 hours ago
Italy Openly Discusses Euro Exit in Parliament: Debt Restructuring or “Italeave” on the Way? by Mish, https://mishtalk.com/ In Europe, where it is essentially taboo to publicly discuss anything deemed politically incorrect, some interesting conversations are taking place in the Italian parliament regarding the future of Italy in the eurozone. Via email, Eurointelligence asks Is Italy heading for debt […]

ITALY CRISIS: EU Bails Out Italy’s Struggling Bank Monte dei Paschi for a Whopping £4.7BN

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 14 hours ago
ITALY CRISIS: EU Bails Out Italy’s Struggling Bank Monte dei Paschi for a Whopping £4.7BN by VICKIIE OIIPHANT, http://www.express.co.uk/ ITALY’S failing Monte dei Paschi bank has been granted a whopping £4.7billion bailout from the European Union in the biggest handout since the financial crisis. – More than £17.5bn of Italian taxpayer funds has now been sunk into […]

North Korea's ICBM Test Isn't a Game Changer

Robert E Kelly at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Robert E Kelly* *Security, Asia* [image: The intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 is seen during its test launch in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, July 4, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS] America will soon confront a choice: learn to adapt to North Korean nuclear deterrence, or strike. On July 4, doubtless to provoke the Americans on their Independence Day holiday, the North Koreans claimed to deploy an intercontinental ballistic missile. The missile launch was a “lofted” shot, meaning it was fired at an angle greate... more »

Emmanuel Macron refuses to hold a Q and A with reporters

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
Macron's spokesman claims that the French President's thought process is "too complex" for journalists to handle. President Putin has no such problems. The post Emmanuel Macron refuses to hold a Q and A with reporters appeared first on The Duran.

Spain: Possible UFO SIghting in Lorca

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 14 hours ago
*Source: PLANETA UFO and El Lorquino (Spain)Date: July 4, 2017* *Spain: Possible UFO Sighting in Lorca* A case similar to so many others that occur throughout the planet on a daily basis, involving unidentified flying objects, has reached our newsroom. The difference is that it happened in Lorca. Witness Alvaro Molina Sanchez, a resident of Lorca, had just arrived home to have dinner with his family on 27 May 2017 around 00:30 hours in the evening. The video's author states the following: "upon reaching a clearing that separates the railroad track from the Francisco Ibanez Martin... more »

Wednesday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 15 hours ago
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. - Danny Dorling writes about the connection between high inequality and disregard for the environment: In a 2016 report, Oxfam found that the greatest polluters of all were the most affluent 10% of US households: each emitted, on average, 50 tonnes of CO2 per household member per year. Canada’s top 10% were the next most polluting, followed by the British, Russian and South African elites. In more equitable affluent countries such as South Korea, Japan, France, Italy and Germany, the rich don’t just pollute less; the average pollutio... more »

Watch Donald Trump exit plane and then wander away until directed back to his waiting car.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 15 hours ago
I swear to God Trump is sundowning. Here he is, confused, wandering away from his limo. He had to be redirected.#25thAmendmentNow pic.twitter.com/0ZZOMTMd1k — Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) July 4, 2017 So now on top of every other worry we now have to consider that Trump might be senile or suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer's. And remember this is not the first time we have seen this. President Trump forgets to sign executive order, walks out of ceremony. Pence remembers, grabs executive order from desk. @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/h1kDBvwcP5 — Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerI... more »

Trump Budget Inadequate For Hanford Nuclear Site Cleanup; Nuclear Waste Tunnel Collapsed; High Risk of Second Tunnel Collapse; Comment on Cleanup Priorities July 7th Deadline

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 15 hours ago
Hanford Cleanup Priorities July 7th Comment Deadline: Trump Budget Wouldn’t Fund All Legal Requirements Even Prior to the Nuclear Waste … Continue reading →


bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017Part 2—Les Crane invents a world:* At the time of his death in 2008, Les Crane was hardly a household name. Despite this fact, the New York Times published an obituary which ran almost 900 words. Les Crane had "predated Howard Stern as a 'king of all media,'" the piece somewhat obscurely said. Three weeks earlier, the Times had published a scathing critique of its own Maureen Dowd. The piece was written by Clark Hoyt, the Times' public editor at the time. Hoyt savaged Dowd for her gender-driven attacks on Hillary Clinton all through the 2007-2008 Democrat... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 5, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A United States-South Korea joint live-fire military exercise in April. Analysts say it could take American and South Korean forces three to four days to overwhelm North Korea’s artillery. Credit Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters *New York Times:** In North Korea, ‘Surgical Strike’ Could Spin Into ‘Worst Kind of Fighting’* SEOUL, South Korea — The standoff over North Korea’s nuclear program has long been shaped by the view that the United States has no viable military option to destroy it. Any attempt to do so, many say, would provoke a brutal counterattack against South Korea too bloody and dam... more »

KIPP Houston Forces Parents to Pay $2.3 Million in Unallowable Fees

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
While the KIPP Foundation has hundreds of millions of dollars in banks and investments, KIPP's individual schools are forced to send the Foundation $30,000 per year for using the KIPP name. Where does the fee collecting stop? With the parents of disadvantaged children, who are forced to pay thousands of dollars in fees that are illegally collected? Did the State of Texas sanction KIPP? Of course not. Did KIPP agree to repay the parents? That's not part of their social justice mission. From the Houston Chronicle: Mary Courtney was one of KIPP Houston's biggest advocates, even ... more »

Cops & CPS Caught Torturing Toddler with Forced Catheterization to Look for Drugs, ACLU Files Suit

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: ACLU]The ACLU has filed two lawsuits after multiple victims were found to have been forced catheterized by cops and social service in a sadistic search of urine.

the great whole foods experiment of 2017

laura k at wmtc - 15 hours ago
In our home, shopping at Whole Foods was once reserved for special dinners or used a stop-gap during an extremely busy week. Then slowly, over time, it became habit -- and a big one. For a long time now, we've had two regular shopping days each week, one at Loblaws and one at Whole Foods. Sometimes we end up at Whole Foods multiple times in one week. This has been expensive, of course, but I felt it was worth spending more for better quality, and even more so for convenience. Because of Whole Foods' prepared food, we've been able to spend less time on food preparation, but still eat... more »

Time to End Our 14 Year Middle East Misadventure

James W. McConnell at 16 hours ago
[image: undefined] The United States invaded Iraq in March, 2003. Over the ensuing fourteen years we’ve done nothing of significance that hasn’t proven counterproductive. None of this should have been a surprise. Prior to invading Iraq, Lieutenant General Bill Odom, the Director of the National Security Agency under President Reagan, made it clear in every forum that would carry his opinion that if America invaded Iraq it would be the greatest strategic blunder in the nation’s history. Those of us with any knowledge of the region shared his opinion. Unhappily, the nation’s elected ... more »

Russia optimistic about de-escalation zones at Astana peace talks

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4: 25 P.M.) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said his country hopes that the negotiating parties will reach an agreement about the borders and parameters of the de-escalation zones in Syria. “We hope that a real progress will be reached in terms of designating certain parameters, including geographic ones and those linked […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Top YPG commander accuses Syria, Russia and Turkey of conspiring over Afrin issue

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The general commander of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Sipan Hemo, has accused the governments of Damascus, Moscow and Turkey of conspiring against the YPG over the Afrin issue. The accusation comes amid escalating tensions between the Syrian-based YPG militia and Ankara over whose sphere of control the region […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

CNN Promised Not To Identify Pro-Trump Reddit User If He Apologised

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*RCP*: *CNN 'New Day': CNN Promised Not To Identify Pro-Trump Reddit User If He Apologized; "A Nice Thing"* On Wednesday's edition of CNN's New Day, hosts Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota addressed the apology the network was able to get from the Reddit user behind the gif of President Trump wrestling a CNN image superimposed on WWE founder Vince McMahon. Trump tweeted out the gif and received widespread condemnation from the mainstream media. "Something remarkable I thought happened yesterday, I thought it was remarkable that CNN found the Reddit user who created the gif of Donal... more »

These Are The TV Channels That Guantanamo Detainees Are Permitted To Watch

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
The Guantánamo, Cuba, prison where the American government holds dozens of terrorism suspects. Credit Bryan Denton for The New York Times *Spencer Ackerman, Daily Beast*:* Gitmo Detainees Get Russian Propaganda From U.S. Military* The detention facility’s most notorious terror suspects have only one option for English-language television news: RT, the Kremlin-backed network. The secretive wing of Guantanamo Bay reserved for the highest-priority terrorist suspects is an unlikely place for Russian propaganda. But letters from one of its long-term residents indicate that for at least ... more »

Katharine’s Imaginary Extreme Rainfall & Droughts

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Let’s look at some more pearls of wisdom from Katharine Hayhoe, in her interview with Yale 360: Our weather is becoming much more extreme, where it’s either feast or famine. I’ve been here [Lubbock] for five years and in five years we’ve had the longest dry period on record, we’ve had […]

Presidents Xi and Putin Meet on the Eve of the Group of 20 Summit

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 16 hours ago
Helga Zepp-LaRouche had said that the July 4 Moscow summit of China's President Xi Jinping and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, would in effect be the first event of the forthcoming July 7-8 Group of 20 Summit. In fact, yesterday's Moscow summit began the Group of 20 meetings on an incredibly high level. If the Group of 20 summit and its many side meetings could succeed in maintaining the high level of Presidents Xi's and Putin's meeting today, then the G20 leaders would have virtually insured a flourishing and peaceful future for humanity. Putin, Xi and their delegations conclu... more »

The NY Times Sounds The Alarm: Trump's Voter Suppression Efforts Have Begun

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
It's been reaffirming seeing Secretary of State after Secretary of State-- and not just from normal states but from deep red states like Mississippi and Louisiana-- standing up to Trump and pet fascist anti-democracy activist Kris Kobach and telling them to go jump into the Gulf of Mexico. The Trumpists want the voter roles and the Secretaries are protecting them from him and Kobach. It may not be the same as blowing up a Nazi troop train, but that's what I call Resistance! In an OpEd for the *Times* yesterday, Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, warned American... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
I have some qualms about this: The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump's tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted -- one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him.... The apology came after CNN's KFile identified the man behind "HanA**holeSolo." Using identifying information that "HanA**holeSolo" posted on Reddit, KFile was able to determine key biographical details, to find the man's name using a Facebook search and ultimately co... more »

Qatar gas production boost challenges Trump’s plan of US dominance

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
Qatar has announced plans to increase natural gas production by 30 percent thus effectively challenging US President Donald Trump’s goal of “energy dominance.” State-run Qatar Petroleum CEO Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, told reporters on Tuesday that Qatar Petroleum intends to raise production from 77 million tonnes of natural gas to 100 million tonnes a year by […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

For the first time: Militants in Idlib give up weapons, leave for government-held Hama

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3: 20 P.M.) – Up to 11 rebel fighters who were active in the northwestern province of Idlib have surrendered their weapons to the Syrian authorities and left the rebel bastion to government-controlled city of Hama. Informed sources reported that the rebel fighters – who belong to FSA-affiliated factions – first contacted the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Field report: The battle for Jobar in eastern Damascus – Why it is so important

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The operation by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to liberate Jobar District in eastern Damascus from Islamist militants is, after three weeks, still ongoing. Only now are cracks beginning to appear in rebel lines. Compared to other Rif Dimashq operations that have taken place since 2012, the battle for Jobar […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO (Graphic, 18+): Brutal aftermath of failed ISIS attack against Iraqi PMU near border of Syria

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – As reported several hours ago, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) earlier today repelled a massive ISIS offensive on their positions near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The attack by ISIS resulted in massive manpower and equipment losses for the terrorist group (see linked article above for details). Within hours of beating-off […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Arab League chief points to Russia as region’s influential player

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
(TASS) Russia is one of the major forces in the international and regional arena, Secretary General of the League of Arab States Ahmed Aboul Gheit said at talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday. “The Arab League believes that Russia is one of key forces on the international and regional arena,” Aboul Gheit […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Nowhere to run for ISIL terrorists as Russian jets hunt them down in east Syria

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has been relentlessly targeting the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists in eastern Syria, inflicting heavy damage on their defenses and harassing their convoys in the Deir Ezzor and Homs governorates. On Wednesday morning, the Russian Air Force continued their aerial campaign, striking several Islamic State installations around […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army overruns jihadist forces to score new gains in east Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:05 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, Wednesday, striking the jihadist rebels at both Jobar and ‘Ayn Tarma. Led by their elite 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army broke-through Faylaq Al-Rahman’s front-lines in the western part of ‘Ayn Tarma, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Unintended consequences: How authorship guidelines destroyed a relationship

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
It started as a simple email exchange over authorship. But it angered one researcher so much that it ended a 20-year collaboration. In January 2017, a chemist based in Mexico had finished writing a paper describing the structure of a molecule. Sylvain Bernès, at the Instituto de Física Luis Rivera Terrazas, asked his co-author—the head […] The post Unintended consequences: How authorship guidelines destroyed a relationship appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Bill Gates: Germany's Open Door Policy To Migrants Will Overwhelm Europe

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks during a discussion on innovation hosted by Reuters in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo *Daily Mail*: *Bill Gates warns that Germany's open door policy to migrants will overwhelm Europe and urges leaders to 'make it more difficult for Africans to reach the continent via current routes'* * Bill Gates warned of 'huge' number of migrants waiting to come to Europe * He said generosity of European leaders will only encourage more to come * 61-year-old said Europe must make it more diff... more »

John Galt Come To Life

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Jill Abramson writes that we are witnessing the final stage of Baby Boomer dominance, which has been defined by the ascendancy of Ayn Rand. Rand's fingerprints are over the Senate health care bill: It should be called The John Galt Bill after the hero of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, the doorstopper of a novel that is akin to the Bible for certain conservative politicians, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who hands out copies of the book to newly elected Members (The House version of the health care bill is even more Galtian than the Senate’s). It’s the only book I’m aware of that ... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 16 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin EXCLUSIVE: Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Which Lands In Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone French Police Foil Plot To Assassinate Macron "It seems that any reference to military suicide — even an off-hand remark in a superhero action-comedy adventure — is something the DOD’s Hollywood office will not allow. It is understandably a sensitive and embarrassing topic for them, when during some periods of the ever-expanding and increasingly futile ‘War on Terror’, more US servi... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Teachers Are Now Performing Monthly Mental Health Exams on Your Child* On paper it reads like a not-so-vague attempt to socially engineer your child’s behavior. In reality, teacher-led mental health assessments coming to a growing number of public schools are a bureaucratic nightmare. One that will no doubt further clog our nation’s public education system with increased paperwork and administrative costs while putting your child's future at serious risk. Thanks to Dr. Aida Cerundolo's piece in The Wall Street Journal, we are beginning to understand the real-life ramifications of... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*New model of global temperature is highly explanatory without Warmist assumptions* *This should spark a revolution in climate science but it will of course be ignored. I have long said that the surface temperature of the planets is explainable as degree of insolation plus an adiabatic effect and nothing more. Good to see that rigorously demonstrated* New Insights on the Physical Nature of the Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect Deduced from an Empirical Planetary Temperature Model Ned Nikolov and Karl Zeller Abstract A recent study has revealed that the Earth’s natural atmospheric... more »

North Korea and the USA: Two countries separated by the same attitude

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 17 hours ago
While both North Korea and the USA have exhibited a "Fu*k you" attitude to the wider world, North Korea's attitude is a symptom of a war which technically continues to this day. America by contrast has no justifiable excuse for its attitude nor its behaviour. The post North Korea and the USA: Two countries separated by the same attitude appeared first on The Duran.


Anon at Aangirfan - 17 hours ago
Above we see Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and his son Prince Sverre. *Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway with her son, Marius Borg-Hoiby.* Crown Prince Haakon, the heir to the throne, married Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby, a single mother with a son called Marius. Marius's father is a convicted drug-dealer. Mette-Marit's father married a stripper half his age. *Crown Prince Haakon and the son that he gained when he married Mette-Marit.* In recent times, Crown Princess Mette-Marit is suspected of having been involved in an affair with a wealthy, married, Norwegian-American busi... more »

Colorado man shoots and kills intruder, who turns out to be his son.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Courtesy of HuffPo: *A man in Colorado allegedly shot his adult son dead over the weekend after mistaking him for an intruder, authorities say. * *Frank Leo Huner Jr., 58, faces a second-degree murder charge over the death of his 33-year-old son Nicholas Huner at his Sedalia home on Saturday night. * *Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said via a statement on its website that Huner Jr. called dispatchers shortly after 10:15 p.m. to say “he had just fatally shot what he believed to be an intruder breaking into his home.” * *“During the call, Frank Huner identified the intruder as his... more »

China, Taiwan and the Danger of the U.S. Arms Deal

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 17 hours ago
The recent announcement that the Trump Administration is going ahead with the sale of $1.42 billion worth of arms to Taiwan has definitely not gone unnoticed by China. According to Donald Trump's favourite media outlet, CNN and the U.S. government, the sale will include advanced missiles and torpedoes including the MK 48 6AT Heavyweight Torpedo and the AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon. By supporting Taiwan, Washington is definitely inserting itself into the Mainland China - Taiwan geopolitical standoff that has been simmering for decades. Let's take a quick look at the two aforementi... more »

How the U.S. Air Force Is Planning to Use the F-35 to Fight China's J-20 and Russia's PAK-FA

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * The Air Force is accelerating development of a special, high-tech, on-board threat library for the F-35 designed to precisely identify enemy aircraft operating in different high-risk areas around the globe. *The idea with having an advanced threat library is to enable F-35 pilots to see and destroy enemies in the air, well in advance of a potential dogfight scenario.* *This can be explained in terms of a well-known Air Force strategic concept pioneered years ago by air theorist and pilot Col. John Boyd, referred to as the "OODA Loop," --- for observe,... more »

This Is How U.S. Navy Plans to Dominate the Wars of the Future

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * Russia and China should worry. *Using underwater acoustic signals, a surface buoy, beacon or “node,” and GPS signals in a coordinated fashion, the Positioning System for Deep Ocean Navigation is able to quickly relay location coordinates from undersea drones on patrol to command and control systems on board a ship or submarine.* The Pentagon’s research entity and BAE Systems are working together to develop a next-generation undersea drone communications technology to help identify mines, find enemy submarines and surveil many items relevant to combat... more »

Ankara's Offer to Moscow or Vice Versa: Afrin for Idlib/Idlib for Afrin

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 18 hours ago
* I find this a very interesting read... The premise seems quite plausible. * *What do you think about this scenario?* *Link * Tension is escalating rapidly west of the Euphrates River, especially in the area of Syria's Afrin canton controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), and at Idlib, controlled by a motley collection of outfits mostly* (but not entirely)* backed by Turkey. Last week, as the Turkish army continued to amass forces in the triangle of Kilis in Turkey, and Jarablus/al-Bab/al-Rai in Syria, Turkish 155 howitzers began shelling YPG targets southwest of... more »

Fourth of July Fab Fireworks?  (North Korea in Sights)  Sarin Gas Attack Attacked?  (Trump's Staged TV Propaganda)  White Helmets Follies  (Won't Read President Risk Taker)  More Fake Attacks Planned?  (What Justifies Downing Syrian War Plane)  Trump M-I-C Prisoner?  (Neanderthals Sighted)  Sy Hersh Speaks Internationally

Gee - if only it didn't look like this Fab Fireworks Fourth was planned to be coincident with the start of the next world war (see North Korea coverage on Fox News, etc.). And who paid for that million-dollar fireworks display? And why? (Surely not the country already in trillions of dollars of debt, which evokes almost instantaneous explosive anger in every so-called conservative in

PKK/YPG Smash Through Raqqa's Ancient Walls To "Fight" ISIS

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 18 hours ago
As the American's were celebrating their 4th. Terrorist forces backed by the US military smashed through the ancient city walls of Raqqa. Because it isn't just ISIS that destroys antiquities... Of course the necessity to blast the walls was due to their being mines along the wall.. Wondering how it is the US knew just the right places to blow the ancient wall and avoid the land mines and IED? Ancient City Walls of Raqqa Raqqa walls Aljazeera US-backed forces in Syria have breached the wall surrounding the Old City of Raqqa as they try to retake the city from the ISIL, the US Cen... more »

Colleges: Islands of Intolerance

Walter E. Williams at rss - 18 hours ago
[image: colleges-islands-of-intolerance] Is there no limit to the level of disgusting behavior on college campuses that parents, taxpayers, donors and legislators will accept? Colleges have become islands of intolerance, and as with fish, the rot begins at the head. Let's examine some recent episodes representative of a general trend and ask ourselves why we should tolerate it plus pay for it.

Judge Declares Florida’s Expansion of “Stand Your Ground” Law Unconstitutional

Bob Adelmann at rss - 18 hours ago
[image: judge-declares-florida-s-expansion-of-stand-your-ground-law-unconstitutional] Judge Hirsch's decision raises important constitutional questions about the granting of judicial power.

CONFIRMED: CNN threatens to put US citizen’s life in danger for revenge

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 19 hours ago
CNN has behaved in a manner that crosses the line between petty and criminal. Blackmailing a private citizen, no matter how upset he collectively made a multi-million dollar corporation, is just plain wrong. The post CONFIRMED: CNN threatens to put US citizen’s life in danger for revenge appeared first on The Duran.

China joins Russia in calling for ‘investigation into alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria’

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 19 hours ago
Russia and China form a united front of support for Syria. The post China joins Russia in calling for ‘investigation into alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria’ appeared first on The Duran.

Woman Valiantly Braves a Roaring Fire to Save Her Trapped Dog

White Wolf at White Wolf - 19 hours ago
“I ran through the flames and found her in the farthest corner under pillows, shaking. I couldn’t even see her though the smoke, I just felt her,” Cassandra explained. “They aren’t exaggerating when they use the term ‘roaring fire’ – the sound of the flames consuming everything was deafening. “I wrapped my arms as tightly around her as I could and ran back through the fire… When I hit the ground outside, I thought for a minute that I was on fire, but quickly realized that my back was just burned, not burning.” “Little Dog was flipping out and I had to catch her. (It only took a few ... more »

The Notion of Historical Neurodiversity Hurts Autistics

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
NOTE: Below is a insightful piece from an adult with autism that's a great read in advance of Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted's new book, Denial:How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our...

Offit and Critics - Part Five

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
NOTE: We're bringing you this series, re-crafted for 2017, by Richard P. Milner of Public Affairs Media. Dr. Paul Offit has led the charge against any and all in our community, doctors, scientists, parents, educators, film makers, who question vaccine...

How Americans respond when they see the People's President.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
Former Pres. Bill Clinton, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton cheered while attending theater performance in NYC. https://t.co/c8WxE0BwjS pic.twitter.com/NSXYgt2k8G — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 3, 2017 Go ahead, try to imagine Donald Trump getting a spontaneous standing ovation when HE showed up to an event. Couldn't do it, could you?


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
“Humanity, I love you because when you're hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink.” - e. e. cummings

U.S. And South Korea Show Of Force After North Korea's Latest Ballistic Missile Test (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Here's the video of US-South Korea show of force responding to the North's latest ballistic missile test pic.twitter.com/T7p0vAhfbD — Andrew deGrandpre (@adegrandpre) July 4, 2017

Free Syrian Army launches new offensive in southwest Daraa

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – The Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a new offensive operation in the southwestern countryside of the Dara’a Governorate, Wednesday, targeting the Islamic State (ISIL) militants in the Yarmouk Valley. Free Syrian Army fighters that are part of “‘Umliyat Al-Saff Al-Wahid” stormed the Yarmouk Valley of southwestern Dara’a this morning, where […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian opposition joins Astana Peace Talks

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
(TASS) Syria’s armed opposition members, including representatives of the Northern and Southern fronts, have decided to take part in the second day of talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Anuar Zhainakov said on Wednesday. “The talks and meetings are also attended by the representatives of the Syrian armed opposition. They […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraqi PMU repels massive ISIS offensive near border with Syria, huge terrorist losses

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:11 A.M.) – The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have repelled a massive ISIS offensive near the Iraqi-Syrian border. The attack by ISIS was a cross-border operation, being launched out of Syrian territory towards PMU forces in the area of Tal Saffuq. ISIS appears to have undertaken the offensive against the PMU at […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army, Hezbollah resume offensive to capture gas rich city in east Homs

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – alongside Hezbollah and Liwaa Fatemiyoun (Iranian-Afghani paramilitary) – resumed their offensive operations in the eastern countryside of Homs, Wednesday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) last positions before the Al-Hayl Gas Field. Backed by Russian and Syrian airstrikes, the 5th Corps and their allies stormed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Kurdish police forcibly detain Syrian military personnel in Hasakah

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:55 A.M.) – Kurdish police units forcibly detained a number of Syrian military personnel in the Al-Hasakah Governorate this week, a source in the provincial capital told Al-Masdar News this morning. The Syrian military personnel were traveling from the Al-Qamishli District to the provincial capital, when they were detained for unknown reasons by […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Free Idlib Army releases 5-min special forces training video

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – The Free Idlib Army, a break-off franchise of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), has released a 5-minute propaganda video showing the training of storming troops. Despite being a short video, it covers all aspects of the training course required to create shock troops (or ‘Inghimasi’) by the most primitive infrastructural […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Auto bomba u Idlibu ubila i ranila veliki broj džihadista

Davor M at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
Damask, Sirija (08: 00) – Najmanje osam ljudi poginulo je a 20 ranjeno, kad je automobil bomba eksplodirao juče ispred institucija šerijatskog centra u severozapadnoj sirijskoj provinciji Idlib. Eksplozija je prouzrokovala znatnu materijalnu štetu u gradiću Hafasraja koji se nalazi u zapadnom delu pokrajine Idlib. Prema lokalnom izvoru, većina ubijenih bili su pobunjenici i zvaničnici […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Expedition Retrospective (Part 2)

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
This is a continuation from this blog post (Part One) In the San Juan Mountains of ColoradoI never want what I'm writing to turn into a polemic, but sometimes it does...almost on its own. The only way to get to the road less traveled is to get out and travel. It sounds trite, but it's true. I would like to tell you that I love setting up camp and sleeping in a tent, but I most often sleep in the rig. And while I am a fan of the Toyota FJ as a good 4x4 solution (when modified properly), it's not comfortable to sleep in. However as a minimalist camper, I don't work as hard on person... more »

"And What Now?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
"Hope is always about the future. And it isn't always good news. Sometimes, hope can imprison us with belief or expectation that something will happen in the future to change our lives. Similarly hopelessness isn't always about despair. Hopelessness can bring us right into this very moment and answer all of life's most difficult questions. Who am I? Where am I? What does this mean? And what now?" - Daniel Gottlieb

"They Got What They Wanted"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"They Got What They Wanted"* by Robert Gore Maybe it was the proposal at work you knew was wrong, but didn’t fight. Maybe it was the argument on principle you knew you had to have, but avoided to keep an unsatisfactory peace. Maybe it was the jerk who berated and humiliated a store clerk who wasn’t at fault, and you didn’t challenge him. Battles that were never fought - surrender and capitulation without resistance. A handful, the scrupulously honest with themselves, identify the ensuing inner darkness, that collapsing sensation, as self-betrayal, breeching personal standards of r... more »

CNN sees its TV viewers in June collapse after having its “fake news” propaganda exposed

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 21 hours ago
CNN’s TV viewership numbers are tanking. The post CNN sees its TV viewers in June collapse after having its “fake news” propaganda exposed appeared first on The Duran.

Native North American Indian Fry Bread Recipes

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
FRYBREAD RECIPES FROM VARIOUS TRIBES! *Old Fashioned* 4 cups flour 2 tbsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1/2 cup shortening 1 cup warm water Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add in the shortening and water. Add only enough water to make dough stick together. Knead dough until smooth, make into fist-sized balls. Cover them with a towel for 10 minutes then pat them out into circles about the size of a pancake. Fry in hot cooking oil in cast iron skillet until brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels, serve with jam. *Traditional* 1 pkg. dry yeast 3 cups warm water 1 tbsp... more »

Vietnam Has Started To Drill For Oil In Waters Claimed By China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*BBC*: *Vietnam drills for oil in South China Sea* Vietnam has begun drilling for oil in an area of the resource-rich South China Sea also claimed by China. An oil industry consultant told the BBC that a drilling ship on contract to international firm Talisman-Vietnam was working off Vietnam's south-east coast. This appears to be why a senior Chinese general cut short an official visit to Vietnam last month. China claims almost all of the South China Sea, including reefs and islands also contested by other nations. According to Ian Cross, of Singapore-based Moyes & Co, the drills... more »

"Hollywood celebrities caught on hidden camera accepting money from "Middle Eastern oil interests"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
https://youtu.be/KOX5ehfFF7I Hollywood lefties are money grabbing hypocrites? I'm shocked.

Illegal Mammoth Tusk Hunt In Siberia

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Wonderful series of photos here. Mammoth tusks will be on the market for a long time and i sort of wish that they could add mammoth bones as well to all that Chinese medicine. That would at least slow down the harvest. You get the point. Better this than hunting the living. Look at the mosquitoes. Black flies are worse. Thus wearing screens is almost mandatory. It also informs what is needed to ultimately tame the Boreal forest. Forest grooming will need this kit as well as heavy lake stocking in order to suppress larvae. *. * *Photographer Joins Illegal Mammoth Tusk Hunt... more »

Chain Mail for the Future

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This innovation and the 4 D manufacturing technique is wonderful. We know we need these combinations but have never been able to do anything except work arounds. This changes all that. Now imagine all this printed out in nano scaled fabrics made of say titanium that only weighed a few grams. That could be a perfect space suit. The point to consider is just how fast this is advancing. First 3 D printing machines are less than a decade old. Now we can imagine an industrial grade cloth making device. . *NASA'S WILD FABRIC IS BASICALLY CHAIN MAIL FROM THE FUTUR... more »

Drink This Alkaline Water

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is actually a very sound idea. I like it. Please note that it is really two liters of good water and I would not get too carried away if tap water is good. After all you are putting salt into it. Then you cut in a lemon along with the salt and leave it in a glass jar to soak for a whole day at room temperature. .Refrigeration is not your friend. I think this protocol provides an excellent drink to be consumed all day that will be completely safe and healthy as well. Have two jars going so one is setting up whil the other is been consumed. *Drink This Alkaline Water to... more »

Kolbrin - Book of Scrolls - Chpt 33 - Scroll of Herakat

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
An interesting teaching and again names we no longer know. Recall that the bronze Age had the entire Sahara to draw names from as well. That and the Atlantean world have all disappeared. As well the desiccated middle east has surely lost many place names. Then there are the thousands of names in the americas. You get the point. So far i have Ithaca and that may just be luck.. *CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE * *THE SCROLL OF HERAKAT * *Great God of Wisdom, help me in my transcription of these writings, that they may be a true record; for I am not learned in letters, as was Sopher. I ... more »

Special Counsel Mueller Has Assembled His Legal Team

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Washington Times:** Mueller’s all-star legal team in Russia probe signals direction of investigation* As a federal prosecutor in the 1990s, Andrew Weissmann persuaded mobsters to break the Mafia code and testify against their brothers in crime, winning a conviction against Genovese family boss Vincent “the Chin” Gigante. Later, as he headed the Justice Department’s Enron task force, his ability to persuade key witnesses to testify about what they saw on the inside helped secure a series of convictions. Now Mr. Weissmann is part of the all-star team that former FBI Director Robe... more »

U.S. Senators Are Demanding A 'Coherent' Afghan Policy From President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
U.S. Senator John McCain speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan July 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail *Reuters:* *In Afghanistan, U.S. senators call for coherent policy from Trump* A bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators visiting Afghanistan on Tuesday called for a new strategy from the Trump administration to turn the tide against an increasingly strong Taliban insurgency and end the longest war in U.S. history. The delegation led by Senator John McCain was in Kabul on a regional trip that included two days in neighboring Pakistan. The visit preceded an expected ... more »

Visegrád-Egyptian friendship and its possible consequences

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
*Will Northern Africa stage a proxy war between V4 and Western European PC loons?* The Soros-style Western media outlets often like to paint the countries of the Visegrád Group – Hungary, Poland, Czechia, and Slovakia – as racists who must have some uncontrollable hatred towards the Arabs or something like that. Well, say it to the president of the most populous Arab country, Egypt's Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi: Relationship between Egypt, Visegrad Group historic: Al-Sisi As you may remember, Egypt has been stable and promising under Husni Mubarak before he was charged with corruption.... more »

Saudi Arabia has 'clear link' to UK extremism - No Shit Sherlock

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
Saudi Arabia is the chief foreign promoter of Islamist extremism in the UK, a new report from the Henry Jackson Society has said. The report states that there was a "clear and growing link" between Islamist organisations in receipt of overseas funds, hate preachers and Jihadist groups promoting violence. The foreign affairs think tank called for a public inquiry into the role of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations. Saudi Arabia having clear links to Islamist extremism in the UK - No Shit Sherlock Of course the UK's Saudi Arabian embassy says the claims are "categorically false... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Americans celebrate 241st US Independence Day on July 4, 2017, in Washington, DC pic.twitter.com/OFA9TwCxWf — AFP news agency (@AFP) July 5, 2017 #HappyIndependenceDay #USA pic.twitter.com/9pfqnRsh1Z — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2017 Why North Korea could now threaten the U.S. https://t.co/w9BMbbdPaJ pic.twitter.com/ZLAICFhZOw — Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 5, 2017 North Korea new missile test: A game-changer?https://t.co/CY6s8NNPxF pic.twitter.com/95PuvDdgEK — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 5, 2017

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

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Neil H, “An Enlightening Dream”, Playlist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_7SoMRwQVk Simply beautiful...

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
“Connecting the Pipe Nebula to the colorful region near bright star Antares is a dark cloud dubbed the Dark River, flowing from the picture's left edge. Murky looking, the Dark River's appearance is caused by dust obscuring background starlight, although the dark nebula contains mostly hydrogen and molecular gas. *Click image for larger size.* Surrounded by dust, Antares, a red supergiant star, creates an unusual bright yellowish reflection nebula. Above it, bright blue double star Rho Ophiuchi is embedded in one of the more typical bluish reflection nebulae, while red emission neb... more »

"What We Might Have Been..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
“No star is ever lost we once have seen, We always may be what we might have been.” - Adelaide Anne Procter

President Trump Calls For An Emergency U.N. Meeting On North Korea's Latest Missile Test

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail*: *Kim Jong-un riles Trump on the Fourth: US President calls emergency meeting to formulate 'measured response' to North Korea's record-breaking missile test amid fears one could hit Alaska* * U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed North Korea’s latest missile test was with an intercontinental ballistic missile * The North revealed it had successfully built the intercontinental ballistic missile * The 'landmark' test of a Hwasong-14 missile was overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un * It was fired from a site in the North Phyongan province into the Sea of Japan * It i... more »

Car bomb kills and injures scores in jihadists-held Idlib

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8: 00 A.M.) – At least 8 people were killed, 20 others wounded as a car exploded yesterday outside the Sharia institution center in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib. The blast, which rocked the village of Hafasraja town located in the western countryside of Idlib, have also cause a substantial material damage. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian-Iranian coordination will prevent US from interfering in Syria: official

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – Greater coordination between Iran and Russia will prevent the United States from interfering in Syria, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani stated on Tuesday. Shamkhani told his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, during a telephone conversation on Tuesday that Iranian-Russian coordination is necessary to protect Syria’s territorial integrity […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Israel conducts mock raids over Hezbollah’s positions in southern Lebanon

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – Israeli warplanes carried out mock raids over the Nabatiyeh Governorate of Lebanon, Tuesday, flying over several localities that have a Hezbollah presence. According to Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA), Israeli drones carried out mock raids above the Lebanese localities of Nabatiyeh, Iqlim Al-Tuffah, Marjiyoun, and Khiyam. Israeli warplanes have constantly […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US, South Korean armies perform missile drills after DPRK missile launch: video

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – The United States and South Korean armies fired precision missiles into South Korean territorial waters, near South Korea’s East Coast, on Tuesday, in a so-called “deep strike”, as a response to a missile launch by North Korea earlier in the day. The joint army drills used the Hyunmoo Missile II and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russia mulls sending military police to Syrian buffer-zones

(TASS) Russia’s military police may be deployed in buffer security zones in Syria, Russia’s chief negotiator at the Astana talks and Russian president’s envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said on Tuesday. “So far, it is difficult to speak about the presence of Russian monitors and defense ministry representatives, but, in general, it is supposed that […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob M. Milham/Released *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *18 of the best photos from around the US military* (Business Insider)

Burundi's Government Is Descending Into A Violent Dictatorship

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*South China Morning Post/AFP*: *Burundi descending into violent dictatorship, as president purges Tutsi minority from army: report* Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza and his ruling party have moved the country toward violent dictatorship, rights groups said Tuesday in a report that slams the international community for inaction. A “purge” of minority ethnic Tutsis from the army, a crackdown on opposition and media and a bid to change the constitution to allow unlimited presidential terms are signs of an “increasingly violent dictatorial regime”, it said. The tiny central Afr... more »

Will Trump's Claim That Frederick Douglass "Is Being Recognized More And More" Inspire His Followers To Read Douglass' Work?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Frederick Douglass was born in Maryland on February 20th-- my birthday too, but 1818-- and a slave. He taught himself to read and write-- writing later that "knowledge is the pathway from slavery to freedom." He escaped from Maryland at the age of 20 and went immediately to New York and then to New Bedford, Massachusetts. He became a preacher, a powerful orator and one of the country's foremost abolitionists. He became a national figure in 1845 with the publication of his first autobiography, *Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave*, a best seller. It's wor... more »

MSM ‘Isn’t about Informing You, It’s about Them Making Money’ – Jesse Ventura

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jul 1, 2017 Undercover videos from Project Veritas have lent credence to President Donald Trump’s assertion that CNN is “fake news.” Footage of a producer candidly disparaging journalistic ethics and admitting the Russiagate narrative is more about ratings than journalism, however, will not result in discipline from the company, CNN has said. Former […]

North Korea Says It Successfully Fired New ICBM

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jul 4, 2017 North Korea says it has successfully test-fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile. The launch was overseen by the country’s leader Kim Jong-un. Pyongyang says the Hwasong-14 missile flew over 900 kilometers before hitting its target precisely. The missile was fired from a site in North Phyongan province and landed in […]

Russia, China: “US – South Korea Drills Must End”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jul 4, 2017 Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow and Beijing are working together to freeze Pyongyang’s military program but believe that Seoul and Washington must also put an end to their joint war games on the Peninsula. Putin made the remarks while hosting his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The 2 leaders also […]

Saudi Arabia V Qatar Conflict May Trigger ‘Mother of All Wars’ – World War 3 Threat Issued

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Saudi Arabia V Qatar Conflict May Trigger ‘Mother of All Wars’ – World War 3 Threat Issued by ALETHA ADU, http://www.express.co.uk/ QATAR’S swiftly shrinking relations with its Gulf neighbours could result in World War 3, a think-tank has claimed. – The Gefira foundation said the rivalry, if left unsolved, could result in a “mother of all wars” […]

Central Banks Are Purchasing Large Amounts Of Assets! WHY? – Steve St. Angelo Interview

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jul 3, 2017 http://crushthestreet.com Steve St. Angelo of srsroccoreport.com is our guest today, we will be covering some important topics and gaining some fascinating insights. We discuss Gold’s potential to surge just like the Crypto Currencies and also the manipulation in the Precious Metals overall, Steve gives his insights and analysis regarding the […]

‘Didn’t Feel Bullet’: Palestinian Teen Shot by IDF & Denied Medical Entry to Jerusalem Tells Story

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jul 4, 2017 A 17-year-old teen was refused entry to Jerusalem for medical care after he was critically injured by Israeli soldiers during a protest at the border between Israel and Gaza. The government rejected his request due to him being a ‘main inciter.’ end

‘Thankfully We Left!’ EU Negotiator Reveals Brussels Plots to Force Euro on ALL States

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
‘Thankfully We Left!’ EU Negotiator Reveals Brussels Plots to Force Euro on ALL States by OLI SMITH, http://www.express.co.uk/ ANDREW Neil took an Italian MEP to task after he revealed that the EU plans to make every member of the bloc adopt the euro in the next eight years – and raise taxes across the union. – Andrew […]

PBOC Hires Blockchain Engineers Who Will Oversee Creation Of The “Digital RMB”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
PBOC Hires Blockchain Engineers Who Will Oversee Creation Of The “Digital RMB” by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com For those who can’t quite reconcile the Chinese government’s tentative acceptance of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with the inherently anarchistic principles espoused by bitcoin’s creator, here’s yet another clue to support the theory that the Chinese government has decided […]

Italy Angry at Austria Decision to Deploy Troops & Armored Vehicles to Border

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jul 4, 2017 The Italian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Austrian ambassador over Vienna’s decision to re-introduce border controls. The move comes as Austria announced it was ready to deploy troops and armored vehicles to the Italian border over the growing migrant inflow. end

US Won’t Leave Syria After ISIS State Defeated, Says Commander of US Forces in Syria, Iraq

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
US Won’t Leave Syria After ISIS State Defeated, Says Commander of US Forces in Syria, Iraq by http://russia-insider.com/en Commander of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition anticipates a lengthy occupation of Syria – The three-star US general in command of American forces in Syria and Iraq says the US will leaves Syria as soon as ISIS is defeated, but not really. […]

‘Independence Day Launch’: US & S. Korea Fire Missiles to Demonstrate Capabilities to Pyongyang

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jul 4, 2017 The American and South Korean militaries have conducted live fire exercises, launching surface-to-surface tactical missiles into neutral waters as a show of force against the latest North Korean ballistic test that coincided with American Independence Day. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8h0s end

‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ Author Addresses CIA Drug Smuggling Comment

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jul 3, 2017 During an interview with Infowars at the Red Pill Expo in Bozeman, MT ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ author Robert Kiyosaki confided to Millie Weaver that he “knows a little bit about the CIA” because as a Marine pilot he was “recruited by them to fly drugs”. He was approached and […]

Is Working With Russia The Best Path To Peace In Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) welcomes US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before a meeting in Moscow on April 12, 2017. Tillerson meets Lavrov as Washington confronts Moscow about its support for the Syrian regime. / AFP PHOTO / Alexander NEMENOV *David Ignatius, Washington Post*: *Working with Russia might be the best path to peace in Syria* When Donald Trump meets Vladimir Putin this Friday in Hamburg, the two presidents should have in the back of their minds the insignia worn by the Syrian Democratic Forces militia, which is the United States’ main ally here. The ... more »

memories of bacon

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
Do you watch Aziz Ansari's show "Master of None"? I like it. It's not zany or wacky; it doesn't try so hard to be funny, which I find annoying in so many TV comedies. Parts of the show are funny, but parts are earnest, and interesting. It's not sappy, but it's not afraid to be a bit serious. In the episode we just watched, we see Dev, the main character played by Ansari, as a child, encountering bacon for the first time. He's at the home of a friend, and when his mom calls, he innocently tells her that he's eating bacon. Mom reminds the young Dev that Muslims don't eat pork -- and i... more »

Climate chaos – the once and future dragon-king

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on Terra et Aqua: Suppose for a moment that the unthinkable happens and the planet doesn’t warm for another decade or two – and then cools. The ramifications for carbon mitigation politics would seem obvious. Of course people have been saying this for some time now – and it usually leads to the…

EIA data shows wind & solar provide only 3.2% of U.S. 2016 energy

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Submitted by Larry Hamlin A recent EIA report on energy production shows that wind and solar despite receiving tens of billions in government subsidies provided only 3.2% of U.S. energy in year 2016. The EIA energy data shows that fossil, nuclear and hydro provided more than 90% of…

RSS and UAH used to track closely

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood It has been suggested that the UAH and RSS datasets were not in close alignment prior to the latter’s recent massive adjustments. These are needless to say fake claims: http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/gistemp/from:1998/plot/rss/from:1998/plot/uah6/from:1998 UAH anomalies consistently run slightly below RSS, because of the different baselines…

A New Round Of Syria Peace Talks Have Resumed In Kazakhstan -- News Roundup July 4, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Al Bawaba*:* Fifth Round of Syria Peace Talks Begins in Astana Amid Doubts Over Regime Ceasefire* A fifth round of talks to end the devastating six-year Syrian war began in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, with the Syrian regime announcing a ceasefire in the country's south ahead of talks. A three-way meeting of the talk's co-sponsors – Russia, Iran, and Turkey – was underway in the Kazakh capital, Astana, aimed at finalising four so-called de-escalation zones, Russian news agencies reported. The two days of meetings will involve bilateral talks before a plenary session bringing togethe... more »

An American Paradox: Pillorying Fake News while Promoting False Flags

Activist Post at Activist Post - 1 day ago
Op-Ed by Mathew Maavak The United States is a schizophrenic asylum of extreme paradoxes: While its internal politics reverberates with fake news-mediated recriminations, Americans yet... more »

US-Backed Forces Have Breached The Old City Walls Of Raqqa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN*:* Raqqa: US-backed forces breach Old City's wall* (CNN)US-backed rebels have breached a strategic wall surrounding the Old City of Raqqa in ISIS's self-declared capital on Monday, US Central Command has said in a statement. Breaching the Rafiqah Wall means the Syrian Democratic Forces will be able to penetrate Raqqa's Old City, the last redoubt of ISIS defenders in the city. The ancient wall -- first constructed in the 8th century by the Abbasid dynasty and stretching around the Old City on three sides -- has provided important fortification for ISIS. The operation was "a... more »

Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates July 4, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post*: *Islamic State mounts final stand for Mosul as bloodied and dazed civilians flee* MOSUL, Iraq — Iraqi forces edged through the final roads and alleyways of Islamic State territory in the city of Mosul on Tuesday as dazed and malnourished civilians were evacuated to safety. The militants are cornered in a sliver of land in the western Old City, and commanders say they expect to declare victory against the Islamic State here by the end of the week. Gen. Sami Al-Aridhi, a commander with the Counter Terrorism Service, said his troops were advancing on foot throug... more »

Heartwarming moment a dolphin enjoys a belly-rub from a nature photographer

White Wolf at White Wolf - 1 day ago
This friendly dolphin just wanted a cuddle. This is the heartwarming moment a dolphin enjoys a belly-rub from an obliging snorkeler. Rare footage shows the bottle-nose dolphin - called Dusty - rolling over in the water as a woman on a boat gently pats her. It was filmed by nature photographer Elaine Farrell in Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands in western Ireland while she was waiting for a ferry. Ms Farrell said the dolphin had been following the woman while she was snorkelling. 'I was the only person on the harbour when I noticed someone snorkeling in the water with ... more »

24 U.S. Military Movies To Watch On The Fourth Of July

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
20th Century Fox *Business Insider: **24 military movies to watch over the 4th of July* The US will celebrate its Independence Day from Great Britain on Tuesday. America's initial split from the British crown, which was codified in the Declaration of Independence, took a lot of political will and negotiation by the members of the Continental Congress, since many states were not open to the split at first. But it was the Continental Army, and the militias that took up arms in support, that would go on to win the war — not to mention a little help from the French Navy. In honor o... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 4, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Kim Jong-un may fire nuclear weapons at South Korea and Japan during a war with the US. (Supplied: KCTV) *Matthew Carney, ABC News Online:* *North Korea: How will Donald Trump respond to the intercontinental ballistic missile claim?* If North Korea has really developed an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), this is a game-changer and it will force US President Donald Trump to act. It would mean US bases in the Pacific and Alaska could be hit and — with more development — cities such as Seattle, San Francisco or Los Angeles could be devastated with a North Korean nuclear bom... more »

Why Bombers Were the Kaiser's Secret Weapon in World War I

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* They did not change the outcome of the war, but gave a glimpse into the future of air power. On May 25, 1917, a fleet of 21 bombers lumbered in a line at 12,000 feet over the English coast. The biplanes, each carrying 13 bombs, had wingspans exceeding 70 feet, immense for World War I aircraft. German military leaders called the planes Gothas, hoping the name would add an element of terror to English citizens in their homes below. Earlier that day the Gothas, a top-secret weapon carefully concealed at Belgian airfields, had taken off an... more »

Why Iraq Needs a Cultural Surge

Bartle Bull at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Bartle Bull* *Security, Middle East* [image: A man reacts near the coffin of a member of Iraqi security forces, who was killed during clashes in Mosul, at his funeral in Najaf, Iraq June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani] Iraq needs a new surge—one that is focused on the reconstruction of the country's cultural heritage. *IT IS* no secret that the Islamic State brought many tragedies. Potentially the most consequential of these is that in Iraq the rule of the erstwhile caliphate encompassed perhaps the world’s single richest trove of cultural heritage. Now, as ISIS territory di... more »

What Both Sides of the Sharia Debate Are Missing

Mohammed Ayoob at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Mohammed Ayoob* *Politics, * [image: A Muslim man kneels on Broadway Ave. as he takes part in afternoon prayers during an] Sharia today is perfectly compatible with the U.S. Constitution. Islam’s defenders should say so. The past few years have seen a plethora of articles on the subject of sharia and its conformity or lack thereof with American law. Islamophobes have been busy whipping up emotions against Muslim Americans by arguing that the latter are engaged in imposing sharia law on an unsuspecting populace and that, therefore, sharia law should be banned in the United State... more »

4 Ways America Can Fix Afghanistan

James P. Farwell at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*James P. Farwell* *Security, Middle East* [image: Afghan National Police cheer for their commander after training during a heavy snow.] America must privately quash any expectation by the Afghans that the West will stand by it should its government fail to make necessary reforms. As the U.S. government considers whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, the real issue is what political outcome we’re plausibly trying to achieve? Military force is useful only as a means to achieve a political end. Today, the Trump administration is debating whether to send four thousand additi... more »

Why Russia's Military Is Bringing Back the World's Biggest Hovercraft

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Europe* While Russia is turning back toward Cold War hovercraft, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are looking toward the future. Russia will procure more Zubr (“bison”) hovercraft, a sixty-two-foot-long, 555-ton air-cushioned behemoth that can ferry three tanks, ten smaller armored vehicles or five hundred troops. Construction of the first vessel is slated to begin in 2018, according to Russian news site *Sputnik News*, which did not indicate how many Rubbers would be built. By way of comparison, the U.S. equivalent is the Landing Craft Air Cushion, or LC... more »

Is Terrorism Transforming America Into a Police State?

Ted Galen Carpenter at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Ted Galen Carpenter* *Politics, * [image: A Maryland State Police officer watches a man shout into a megaphone during a May 2012 G8 Summit protest in Thurmont, Maryland. Briefing Room Art/Maggie Ybarra.] The militarization of America’s local police proceeds unabated. For at least three decades, experts have noted the growing militarization of America’s police forces. The proliferation of Special Weapons and Tactics forces, or SWAT forces, is the most obvious example of that trend. Originally, such units were designed to deal with exceptionally dangerous situations (such as mass... more »

Follow Beijing's Lead on Defusing the Volatile North Korea Crisis

Lyle J. Goldstein at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Lyle J. Goldstein* *Security, Asia* [image: North Korean leader Kim Jung Un guides the test fire of a tactical rocket in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 15, 2014.] Washington now may confront the last possible window of opportunity to arrest the further escalation of the Korean crisis. The able skeptic and realist Ted Galen Carpenter has recently counseled that “if Russia wants the Syria mess, let them have it.” One would think that after three failed wars in the Middle East (Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya) that st... more »

America's Insane Plan to Survive a Russian Nuclear Attack

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, * But would it have worked? America emerged from World War II as the most powerful nation on earth. Not only did it produce half of the world’s economic output, but it was also in sole possession of the most devastating weapon ever created. Initially, U.S. officials believed America’s nuclear monopoly would endure for some time. After the war, Gen. Leslie Groves, the brilliant manager of the Manhattan Project, predicted the Soviet Union would not explode its first atomic bomb for two decades. The United States was therefore shaken when the Soviet Union ... more »

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