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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 8, 2017

8 July - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2

11:51 pm MDT

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 minutes ago
"She works at the White House & is engaged in certain initiatives" - Angela Merkel on Ivanka Trump at leaders' table https://t.co/1UvsKIrTu9 pic.twitter.com/SNRSdbzV01 — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 8, 2017 #POTUSatG20 in Photos: https://t.co/Aa8thAbZzm pic.twitter.com/dR4ET7WPai — The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 8, 2017 Mosul battle: Iraqi forces anticipate IS defeat https://t.co/bCg08QdHX9 — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 8, 2017 Now *this* is how you sell Lego. pic.twitter.com/zSTjKv0jIX — Andrew Ellard (@ellardent) July 6, 2017

Syrian Army scores big advance in Golan Heights

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 minutes ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF), launched a surprise attack in the Golan Heights on Saturday, striking the jihadist defenses in the town of Al-Samdaniyah Al-Gharbiyah. Led by the 90th Brigade, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies attacked the Red Villa area at the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US encouraged by de-escalation progress in Syria reached with Russia

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 minutes ago
(TASS) The US Administration believes an agreement on the establishment of a de-escalation zone in southwest Syria is an important step towards settlement of the conflict in this Arab nation, national security advisor to the US President Herbert McMaster said in a statement released on Saturday. “The United States remains committed to defeating ISIS, helping to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Tensions rise between jihadists in Idlib as Ahrar Al-Sham’s base is blown up

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 minutes ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:55 A.M.) – A powerful explosion was reported by opposition activists in the jihadist stronghold of Binnish, Saturday, causing several casualties as a result of an IED (improvised explosive device). Opposition activists claimed an IED was planted at Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham’s headquarters in Binnish prior to its detonation by an unknown assailant. At […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Turkey will not allow the establishment of a Kurdish state in northern Syria: Erdogan

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 minutes ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that Ankara would not allow the establishment of a Kurdish state in northern Syria, making the statement on the second day of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Saturday. Erdogan said that “if there is an effort to establish a so-called Kurdish state in northern Syria, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL suffers heavy casualties in another daring Deir Ezzor offensive

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 minutes ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:35 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) launched a new offensive in the Deir Ezzor Governorate this week, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s positions along the western bank of the Euphrates River. ISIL began their offensive, Saturday, by storming the Syrian Arab Army’s positions near the Heart Hospital and Furat Al-Sham Hotel; this […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

This Drone Will Revolutionise Urban Warfare

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 minutes ago
The TIKAD armed drone from Duke Robotics. Duke Robotics *Defense One*: *The Israeli Military is Buying Copter Drones With Machine Guns* A breakthrough in drone design gives a glimpse into the future of urban warfare. The Israeli military is buying small multi-rotor drones modified to carry a machine gun, a grenade launcher and variety of other weapons to fight tomorrow’s urban warfare battles. Their maker, Florida startup Duke Robotics, is pitching the TIKAD drone to the U.S military as well. Lt. Col. Raziel “Razi” Atuar, a 20-year veteran of the Israeli military and a reservist... more »

"'Ready To Blow' - National Geographic's Guide To The Yellowstone Supervolcano"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"'Ready To Blow' - * *National Geographic's Guide To The Yellowstone Supervolcano"* by Tyler Durden "Amid a growing 'swarm' of over earthquakes (now over 1000), and Montana's largest quake ever, scientists are growing increasingly concerned that the so-called 'super-volcano' at the heart of Yellowstone National Park could be building towards a Category 7 eruption. So what is a 'super-volcano' and what does its explosion mean for life on earth? NatGeo explains: As National Geographic details: Think of Yellowstone as a gigantic pressure cooker, fueled by a massive supervolcano. Water... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Members of the Emergency Response Division break into buildings during a fight with Islamic State militants in the Old City of Mosul on July 3, 2017. Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters WNU Editor: The above picture is from this incredible photo gallery .... *Mosul in Ruins* (The Atlantic)

Another Night Of Rioting And Destruction In Hamburg (Update)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Daily Mail:* *Anti-capitalists branded 'insane' by Arab refugees for destroying a 'beautiful country' as internet mocks G20 rioters for sending snapchats from their iPhones* * Riots continued in the streets of Hamburg as Black Bloc militants scuffled with police during the G20 summit * Refugees from Syria and Egypt looked on at the carnage from a falafel joint and 'couldn't believe their eyes' * Violence broke out for a second night as world leaders congregated in the city to discuss global problems * Police were pelted with Molotov cocktails and petrol bombs thrown from rooftops ... more »

Russia, 2017: Greed, Money And Murder

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
"They chained him to a bed and 8 riot guards with rubber batons beat him to death... That's what they do in Russia." Putin, the richest man on earth, is a murderous thug, who has his political opponents killed-- including journalists. So when he turned to the moron who he helped get into the White House and said, pointing menacingly to members of the press, "These are the ones who insulted you?" it shouldn't necessarily be taken as a joke. Trumpanzee, of course loved it. *Nick Kristof this morning: "It’s particularly problematic that Trump is continuing his crusade against the n... more »

Is Now The Time To Shoot Down A North Korean Missile?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Washington Examiner:* *Time to shoot down a North Korean missile, former top US general says* It's clear North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is neither impressed nor deterred by recent displays of U.S. military might, so it's time to up the ante, says a retired American four-star commander. Rather than flying American bombers over the south, or firing missiles into the sea, the U.S. should target the next intercontinental ballistic missile North Korea launches, said retired Air Force Gen. Chuck Wald. "I would try to shoot one of their test missiles down instead of just firing missil... more »

The Pentagon Just Got A $28.6 Billion Blank Check

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Breaking Defense:* *House Appropriators Give SecDef Blank Check For $28.6B* WASHINGTON: In a sign of how strange the budget process has become, the House Appropriations Committee has approved a defense spending bill that basically gives Secretary Jim Mattis a $28.6 billion blank check. Scattered across seven different accounts in the base and Overseas Contingency Operations budgets, it’s called the National Defense Restoration Fund, and it makes up 4.3 percent of the bill’s $658.1 billion Pentagon budget. That percentage may seem small, but it’s more than any previous SecDef has h... more »

MUFON Blowback

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 2 hours ago
There are those who don’t seem to understand that I have nothing against MUFON and that I have great respect for the thousands of members who volunteer their time, resources, effort, education and experience to the organization. I certainly understand that when you have a full-time job, a family, and all sorts of other obligations, it is tough to find time for UFOs. I get all that. And, I understand the First Amendment. It allows us to say any damned stupid thing we want. It just doesn’t guarantee freedom from consequence. If you post a racist rant to your Facebook page, you can exp... more »

Russia's Supercarrier Is a Pipe Dream

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Eurasia* It’s never, ever going to happen. Russia has confirmed that it plans on building a new super aircraft carrier despite cuts in the defense budget. “Yes, the Navy will build an aircraft carrier, for sure,” Vice Adm. Viktor Bursuk, the deputy commander-in-chief of Russia’s navy, said last month, according to Russian state media. “Different bureaus are hammering out an image of this ship,” he added. The new aircraft carrier Bursuk was referring to is the so-called Project 23000E Shtorm. The proposed carrier will be powered by two RITM-200 nuclear ... more »

North Korea Isn't the Only Korea with Killer Missiles

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Asia* And don't you forget it. Over the past two years, North Korea has been testing missiles at an unprecedented rate. During this time, it has unveiled a host of new missile systems, culminating in the July 4 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. While Pyongyang’s provocations have rightly dominated global headlines, far less attention has been paid to the other side of the thirty-eighth parallel where South Korea has quietly been bolstering its own missile arsenal. Seoul’s interest in missile technology dates back to the 1970s. Much like it... more »

Take It from 3 Former Ambassadors: Neglecting Diplomacy Will Hurt America

Frank G. Wisner, William Luers, Thomas Pickering at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Frank G. Wisner, William Luers, Thomas Pickering* *Security, Middle East* [image: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks flanked by (L-R) Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (2nd R) and Secretary of Defense James Mattis (C) as he meets with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria] The military can't solve all of America's international problems. *“Our military leaders a... more »

"Unless Someone Like You..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

Donald Trump Jr. And Jared Kushner Meet With Russian Lawyer During The 2016 Presidential Campaign

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Jared Kushner, left, and Donald Trump Jr. are seen during inauguration ceremonies swearing in Donald Trump as U.S. president in January. Representatives for both confirmed a June 2016 gathering of the men and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower. (Rick Wilking/Reuters) *New York Times: **Trump Team Met With Lawyer Linked to Kremlin During Campaign* Two weeks after Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination last year, his eldest son arranged a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan with a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin, according ... more »

CONFIRMED: Victory in Mosul: last districts of the city liberated from ISIS

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 4 hours ago
In the greatest defeat so far inflicted on ISIS the Iraqi army confirms the complete end of ISIS resistance in Mosul. The post CONFIRMED: Victory in Mosul: last districts of the city liberated from ISIS appeared first on The Duran.

Slave State

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago

Video footage of the Syrian Army liberating new town in east Homs

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:55 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured a new town in the eastern countryside of Homs, Saturday, following a swift counter=assault against the Islamic State (ISIL) at Jibab Hamad. Units from the 18th Tank Division, alongside the National Defense Forces, managed to break-through the Islamic State’s defenses and establish full control […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Putin and Trump agree on ceasefire in Syria

(TASS) Russia and the United States have agreed on a ceasefire in the southern part of Syria that will begin at 12:00 A.M. Damascus time on July 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday after the talks of Russian and US presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. “A ceasefire will come into force […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

House Republicans Are Getting Some Dangerous Signals About Their Career Viability

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Axios had a very popular little post yesterday about how *un*popular TrumpCare is among voters: the most unpopular bill in three decades . Not only is TrumpCare more unpopular now than Obamacare was when the Tea Party was rampaging through the streets (and airwaves) lying about death panels, it's more unpopular than Bush's TARP bailout bill-- and by a lot. Before passage, at it's worst, the Affordable Care Act was only supported by 38% of Americans, a far cry from the 12% who back Paul Ryan's and Mitch McConnell's TrumpCare legislation. Axios asserts this is important because "it... more »

France To Make Vaccinations Mandatory From 2018

Ceribalius at OYE Alternative News - 4 hours ago
France is the latest European Country to announce they will make Vaccinations 'Mandatory' as according to there false belief it is 'Unacceptable for children to be dying of Measles' The post France To Make Vaccinations Mandatory From 2018 appeared first on OYE Alternative News.

Monsanto’s Weed Killer Dicamba Now Banned In Two States

Ceribalius at OYE Alternative News - 4 hours ago
Two states across the US have now banned the use of Dicamba because it is drifting and damaging crops. Reuters reports: Missouri joined Arkansas on Friday in banning the use and sale of the weed killer dicamba after a rise in complaints that the agricultural chemical is drifting into neighboring fields and damaging crops, the states agriculture departments said on Friday. The post Monsanto’s Weed Killer Dicamba Now Banned In Two States appeared first on OYE Alternative News.


Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 5 hours ago
AUDIT OF 'FINKEL REVIEW' REVEALS DEVASTATING HITS TO ECONOMY FULL REPORT - http://ow.ly/3T5230dkTm5 Dr Alan Moran, a world expert on electricity market regulations has conducted an independent analysis and report on the Finkel Review. Released today, Dr Moran’s report reveals that the Finkel panel's recommendations are based on unreliable and unrealistic assumptions and forecasts. 20 minutes of devastating destruction of the Finkel Review.

The Science of Curing Cancer and Other Diseases with Sound and Resonant Frequencies

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - Modern science builds upon the work of Tesla and Rife to shatter cancer with sound. The post The Science of Curing Cancer and Other Diseases with Sound and Resonant Frequencies appeared first on Waking Times.

The flaw in Trump’s energy plans

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 5 hours ago
Continuing to view carbon dioxide as toxic is a mistake Analysis by Tom Harris Executive Director, International Climate Science Coalition There is a fly in the ointment Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times President Trump’s energy policies are, mostly, a beautiful thing to see. In line with his America First Energy Plan, Mr. Trump has ended the Obama administration’s war on coal, America’s least expensive source of electricity, by rescinding the Clean Power Plan and other burdensome and unnecessary regulations. He has fast-tracked the approval of the Keystone XL pipeli... more »

Donald Trump's lawyers are desperately trying to get the Summer Zervos defamation case thrown out.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
Courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter: *Donald Trump is looking to end a defamation lawsuit brought by season-five Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos — or at least delay it until he leaves office. * *The dispute arose after tape was published of Trump boasting to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush about grabbing women's genitals. As Trump was under fire for his comments, Zervos came forward to accuse him of kissing her twice in 2007 and attacking her in a hotel room. “I never met her at a hotel,” responded Trump, who would also attack allegations from his accusers as "100 percent fabri... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
Roswell: The UFO cover-up

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Lady Labyrinth” and “Nightbook”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Lady Labyrinth” and “Nightbook” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1XbYeNeBGo

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Similar in size to large, bright spiral galaxies in our neighborhood, IC 342 is a mere 10 million light-years distant in the long-necked, northern constellation Camelopardalis. A sprawling island universe, IC 342 would otherwise be a prominent galaxy in our night sky, but it is hidden from clear view and only glimpsed through the veil of stars, gas and dust clouds along the plane of our own Milky Way galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* Even though IC 342's light is dimmed by intervening cosmic clouds, this sharp telescopic image traces the galaxy's own obscuring dust, blue star c... more »

“The Old Man And the Sea"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“The Old Man And the Sea"* by James Quinn “Ernest Hemingway is one of the most renowned writers in American history, with classics such as "A Farewell to Arms," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," and "The Sun Also Rises" to his credit. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. He constructed a new literary style characterized by lean, hard, sparse dialogue. He influenced literature and young authors for decades. As a teenager I was immediately drawn to his gritty realistic novels. There was no nonsense to his novels. They always involved man’s struggle against death and hardship. Mos... more »

The Reason..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"The reason that truth is stranger than fiction is that fiction has to have a rational thread running through it in order to be believable, whereas reality may be totally irrational." - Sydney J. Harris

Chet Raymo, “Strange”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Strange”* by Chet Raymo “In a review in the “New York Times” Book Review, Daniel Handler writes: “And strange? Well, let's get this straight: All great books are strange. Every lasting work of literature since the very weird "Beowulf" has been strange, not only because it grapples with the strangeness around us, but also because the effect of originality is startling, making even the oldest books feel like brand new stories.” Strange: Out-of-the-ordinary, unusual, curious. "The strangeness around us," says Handler. There is a paradox here. What could be less strange than the w... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia. Thanks for stopping by!

Arab Refugees In Hamburg View G20 Rioters As Crazy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
German riot police officers walk in front of protesters during demonstrations at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer *Reuters:* *Hamburg's G20 rioters are 'crazy' in the eyes of Arab refugees* Arab refugees watching anti-G20 riots in Hamburg from the relative safety of a falafel joint said on Saturday the rioters were insane for destroying their tolerant adoptive city and were astonished by what they saw as the police's restraint. "If people did this in Egypt they would be shot," said Ibrahim Ali, a 29-year-old Egyptian who came here in 2011. "T... more »

The crisis of integrity-deficient science

Paul Driessen at CFACT - 6 hours ago
CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen calls out Duke University, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and the British Center for Ecology and Hydrology for falsifying or fabricating data, ignoring critical data (and thus cherry-picking data for the "right" result), and other egregious sins -- with a special emphasis on how these and other institutions conspired to make neonicotinoid pesticides into bee killers rather than bee life savers (which they often are).

Did President Trump Hand Russian President Putin A Stunning Victory?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as Russian President Vladimir Putin stands nearby during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017 Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS *Molly K. McKew, Politico*:* Trump Handed Putin a Stunning Victory* *From his speech in Poland to his two-hour summit in Hamburg, the president seemed determined to promote Russia’s dark and illiberal view of the world.* President Donald Trump needed to accomplish two things this week during his visits to Poland and... more »

Russian President Putin: Trump On TV Is 'Very Different From The Real Trump'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*RT:* *Putin: Trump different than on TV, we can restore relations with US* The Donald Trump seen on television is different from the one in real life, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the G20 summit, adding that after his meeting with the US leader in Hamburg, he felt like relations between the two countries could at least partially be restored. “As for personal relations, I think that they are established,” Putin said of his Friday meeting with Trump. “The Trump we see on TV is very much different from the real person.” “I think that if we continue building our relation... more »

O - Ren

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

The crisis of integrity-deficient science

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 6 hours ago
Falsifying or ignoring data that don’t support conclusions or agendas is worse than junk science Paul Driessen The epidemic of agenda-driven science by press release and falsification has reached crisis proportions. In just the past week: Duke University admitted that its researchers had falsified or fabricated data that were used to get $113 million in EPA grants – and advance the agency’s air pollution and “environmental justice” programs. A *New England Journal of Medicine* (*NJEM*) article and editorial claimed the same pollutants kill people – but blatantly ignored multiple st... more »

Canada: The Serial Apologizer - And Harbourer of Criminal Bureaucrats

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 6 hours ago
*Canada Sheds Crocodile Tears over Yet Another * *Compensation Package Paid to a Canadian Patsy* Canadians have a reputation for saying "*I'm sorry*" at the slightest chance they may have offended someone. Two Canadians collide getting off a bus and the "I'm sorry's" ring out for a block. My mother used to say to us, after we'd done something wrong and apologized, *"Don't say you're sorry unless you mean it...and the only way you'll show you mean it is by NOT DOING IT AGAIN!"* Today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the G20 podium to grandstand, appear heartfelt, magna... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 6 hours ago
The First Family continues to elevate the discourse: Donald Trump Jr. shared a video meme Saturday portraying President Trump shooting down a fighter jet that included CNN's logo. “One of the best I’ve seen,” the younger Trump wrote in a tweet, which included laughing emojis and American flags. Here's the tweet: One of the best I've seen. 😂🇺🇸😂🇺🇸 https://t.co/rqCplijJ57 — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 8, 2017 Which links to this: Hey @CNN we heard you like memes 😎👌🏻🐜🌶🔥 s p i c y b o i pic.twitter.com/324hKyg4yW — Old Row (@OldRowOfficial) July 8, 2017 As y... more »

"Oh my God, it is Obama!" In Alaska?

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
"Oh my God, it is Obama": Alaska mom, baby meet ex-president https://t.co/hig00Hf1uQ pic.twitter.com/zKhxy7oWnw — ABC News (@ABC) July 8, 2017 Courtesy of the Star Tribune: *An Alaska mother is cherishing cellphone photos she snapped of her wide-eyed 6-month-old baby in the arms of former President Barack Obama. * *Jolene Jackinsky was at Anchorage International Airport on Monday looking for an airline when she ended up in a waiting area for private flights where a man she thought looked like Obama was sitting. * *"As I got closer, I thought: Oh my God, it is Obama," she recalle... more »

Could Trump’s Media Trolling Spark Laws To “Protect Journalists”?

ActivistPost at Activist Post - 7 hours ago
By Vin Armani In this video, Vin Armani explains the potential danger wrapped up in the whole “fake news” narrative that appears to be intensifying... more »

CERN To Deploy Advanced A.I. To Protect Secret Network

Activist Post at Activist Post - 7 hours ago
By Joe Joseph Machine learning just entered the realm of cyber warfare with secret A.I. sentinels that monitor networks to ensure active/real-time cyber combat against its... more »

After Trump Bows to Saudis, Decision to Release Evidence of Saudis Funding 9/11 Gets Reversed

Activist Post at Activist Post - 7 hours ago
By Rachel Blevins President Trump’s change in attitude towards Saudi Arabia has apparently had a trickle-down effect, as a federal judge in Miami has reversed... more »

Chicago’s Terrible New Plan to Force High School Kids Into the Military

Activist Post at Activist Post - 7 hours ago
Op-Ed by Alice Salles Chicago, Illinois, has a chronic inflated state problem disguised as a schooling problem. In order to eradicate the symptom, Mayor Rahm... more »

The Islamic State Does Not Follow The Rules Of War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
An Iraqi woman carrying an infant flees from the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the Iraqi government forces' offensive to retake the city from ISIS fighters. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP *Micah Halpern, Observer*: *Rules of War? ISIS Doesn’t Care.* The first rule of war—avoiding civilian casualties—is the terror group’s primary attack strategy. General Sherman famously proclaimed, “War is hell!” as Atlanta burned to the ground during the Civil War. Imagine what he would have said had he met ISIS fighters, who take war to a new low. ISIS does not subscribe to the fundamental rul... more »

Battle For The ISIS Capital of Raqqa -- News Updates July 8, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*VOX:* *The war for the capital of the ISIS “caliphate” has begun* *But ISIS will likely persist around the world even if Raqqa falls.* The fight against ISIS has entered one of its most important phases yet: the battle to retake Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital in Syria. Victory there would be a major milestone — but it wouldn't be a knockout punch. When most people think about Syria, it’s cities like the capital, Damascus, or war-battered Aleppo. That makes sense — Aleppo, for example, was the most important city held by the rebels before it was largely flattened by Syrian tr... more »

The Islamic State Is On The Verge Of Complete Defeat In Mosul -- News Updates July 8, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Iraqi army says Mosul victory imminent, Islamic State vows 'fight until death'* Islamic State militants vowed to "fight to the death" in Mosul on Saturday as Iraqi military commanders said they would take full control of the city from the insurgents at any moment. Dozens of Iraqi soldiers celebrated amid the rubble on the banks of the Tigris river without waiting for a formal victory declaration, some dancing to music blaring out from a truck and firing machineguns into the air, a Reuters correspondent said. The mood was less festive, however, among some of the near... more »

Egyptian Army eliminates 14 terrorists attempting to join ISIL in the Sinai

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The Egyptian Army continued their anti-terror operations in the Sinai Peninsula, Saturday, striking many Islamic State (ISIL) hideouts in the region. Backed by their air force, the Egyptian Army targeted a group of militants attempting to join their Islamic State comrades in the Sinai Peninsula. According to the Egyptian Ministry […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army launches big assault in Golan Heights as Israel watches from afar

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a big assault in the Golan Heights tonight, targeting Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s defenses at the town of Al-Samdaniyah Al-Gharbiyah. Backed by Liwaa Suqour Al-Quneitra and Fouj Al-Joulan of the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Arab Army attempted to advance west from the town […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Germany: Putin and Erdogan discuss bilateral relations and Syria in Hamburg

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed bilateral relations and the situation in Syria with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Saturday. “Lately, much has been done both for the full-scale development of bilateral relations and in solving a number of problems that […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army expels ISIL from rural town at Homs-Hama border

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF), launched a powerful counter-attack against the Islamic State (ISIL) terror organization, Friday, targeting the rural town of Jibab Hamad in the eastern countryside of Homs. Led by the 18th Tank Division, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies resumed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Houthi forces unleash vicious assault against Saudi-backed units in north Yemen

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Houthi forces carried out another powerful assault in the northern province of Mareb this week, utilizing guided missiles to inflict heavy damage on the enemy defenses. Video footage released by the Houthi media shows their personnel firing an ATGM (anti-tank guided missile) at a vehicle of Saudi-backed fighters in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Krugman On Paul Ryan And The Post-Truth Party

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Friday Paul Krugman was reminiscing in *The Times* about the promise the Ryan-led Republicans would "move their party off its cruel and mindless agenda of tax cuts for the rich and pain for the poor, bringing back the intellectual seriousness that supposedly used to characterize the conservative movement." He points out that not only did that never happen but that "what we got instead was the (further) rise of the decepticons — not the evil robots from the movies, but conservatives who keep scaling new heights of dishonesty in their attempt to sell their reverse-Robin Hood agenda.... more »

Summing up the Trump-Putin meeting: good bonding; limited progress on Syria, Ukraine and cyber security

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 8 hours ago
Effective Russian diplomacy meant that the first Trump-Putin summit though leading to no breakthroughs made important if limited progress on a number of topics whilst establishing a genuine connection between the two Presidents. The post Summing up the Trump-Putin meeting: good bonding; limited progress on Syria, Ukraine and cyber security appeared first on The Duran.

It's Alaska: Curious bear calmly sits down next to photographer

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
Bear Sits With Photographer In Frightening Up-Close Encounter. Incredible Up-Close Encounter With Alaskan Brown Bear Drew Hamilton, a tech worker with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, was photographing brown bears in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary and Refuge when he captured the shot of a lifetime. Some people would need a new pair of underwear after an encounter like this one, but Hamilton remained cool as a cucumber. The sanctuary is home to the world's largest concentration of wild brown bears, who take advantage of the area's abundant salmon population. Toward t... more »

Libraries Closing - Save Net Neutrality

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
*Mark Twain Branch Detroit Public Library* This photo above speaks to me for several reasons. The most obvious is the lifetime of care put by authors into their works that were published and stored in libraries and bookshelves in our homes. I think of the librarians who love books and love to share them with the public. This library most surely was closed due to local budget cuts - the government deemed that libraries were not a top priority as their community collapsed along with the US automobile industry. But why were the books just tossed aside - literally wasted? Why were... more »

3,230 Dead, 1,128 Wounded In Iraq June 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 9 hours ago
There were 3,320 reported deaths and 1,135 wounded in Iraq in June 2017. Almost all of those casualties occurred in Ninewa because of the Mosul battle. Violence in the rest of the country remains at an all-time low. The press had 533 incidents during the month. Violence has slowly decreased over the first six months of the year. In January there were 712, 620 in February, 715 in March, before levelling off with 586 in April, 521 in May, and 533 in June. When averaged out by incidents per day Iraq has reached another nadir in violence. Starting in 2016 the number of incidents stead... more »

Is She Thinking Of One Day Running To Be The First Women President Of The United States?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Ivanka Trump takes her seat at the beginning of the third working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ludovic Marin/POOL *WNU Editor:* No one that I know or read has brought this up .... but you have to wonder .... in the years to come will she run for President .... *At G20, Ivanka Trump takes the spotlight - and a seat* (Reuters). *Update*: I have just learned that the media are posting stories where they are concerned that she sat in for her father when he had to leave the conference room. See the links below .... Ivanka Trump takes her father’... more »

Motorcycle - As the Rush Comes

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
Something in the works on capitalism and social media, and have a heavy editing session tomorrow. In lieu of anything else here's some great choonage.

John Simpson's response to "anti-BBC bores"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Ian Katz, Rob Burley and Andrew Marr appear to be attempting a charm offensive at the moment with regards to BBC bias. Other senior BBC journalists, however, are sticking with good old-fashioned BBC arrogance (out with the charm, in with the offensive). Take the BBC's World Affairs Editor John Simpson for example: My answer to anti-BBC bores from https://t.co/85AEKvhK3n: The BBC is accused of having a lefty, right-wing, pro-Remain Brexit agenda.... — John Simpson (@JohnSimpsonNews) July 8, 2017 ...that brainwashes viewers into questioning opposing points of view. I'm sending this ... more »

US Laws Have Legalized Pedophilia With Children As Young as 10 Yrs Old And No One is Stopping It

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
No less than 207,000 children — some as young as 10 — have been allowed to marry adults in the US in just the last 15 years.

New York Times comes out hard for dismissal of Sarah Palin's frivolous defamation lawsuit.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 10 hours ago
Courtesy of the New York Law Journal: *Lawyers for The New York Times came out swinging on July 7 in Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against the paper over an editorial linking her to a mass shooting, arguing the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate could not show The Times acted with actual malice. * *Palin filed her suit against The Times last week, alleging that she was defamed by a June 14 editorial called "America's Lethal Politics," which she said ties her to the 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that resulted in six deaths and a gunshot wound to the head ... more »

Syrian Army liberates most of Al-Hayl Gas Field

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside Hezbollah and Liwaa Fatemiyoun, scored decisive gains on Saturday when their forces liberated most of the strategic Al-Hayl Gas Field in the eastern countryside of Homs. Backed by heavy Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Corps and their allies penetrated through the Islamic […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Triumph of the Trump? Be afraid of the manic "will"

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 10 hours ago
While the president himself has probably never heard of Leni Riefenstahl, it’s a dead certainty that the authors of his G-20 speech have watched the Nazi propagandist director’s opus, ‘*Triumph of the Will,’* scads of times. Chief Strategist Bannon has said so, admiringly. And hence it became a matter of note and worry, when POTUS’s speech used the word “will” as a meaningful noun, almost a dozen times, declaring that only great focus and assertiveness can save western civilization. Mind you, I have been hardly any less dramatic in my own declarations of determination to defend our... more »

Behind the Facade.

Anon at Aangirfan - 10 hours ago
- ‘A Pretty Classy Piece Of Operation’July 7, 2017 - Don’t Be Silly, He’s NiceJuly 6, 2017 - More Post-Waterhouse Glittering CareersJuly 5, 2017 - ‘Ain’t Nothing Clean’ – Not Even The Welsh Calvinistic MethodistsJune 26, 2017 - Tower Hamlets, Paul Boateng And Tessa JowellJune 24, 2017 - This Is What Happened To Nicola, Niclas, Merfyn, Joan and KathrynJune 23, 2017 - So Who Was It Exactly Who Appointed The Corrupt Old Bastard?June 22, 2017 - A UK NetworkJune 21, 2017 - A Stalker’s NetworkJune 20, 2017 - Top Of The CopsJune 18, 2017 - Top Doct... more »

ISIL’s three year reign over Mosul finally comes to an end

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:55 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) suffered their greatest defeat in Iraq this week after conceding the final neighborhoods they controlled to the Iraqi Armed Forces in the city of Mosul. For nearly two weeks, the Iraqi Armed Forces and ISIL were engaged in a bloody battle for several buildings in Mosul’s […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Homs hit by missile fired from Rastan jihadists, SAA responds

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:57 A.M.) – Jihadists of the Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist group based in the Al-Rastan pocket in the countryside of northern Homs Governonate have breached the de-escelation agreement established for that area by firing a missile at the city of Homs. The missile landed in the Al-Arman District and resulted in the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Veteran pro-Syria militia group thrown into Jobar battle as all reserves are called on

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:05 A.M.) – With the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) nearing the breakthrough phase of its offensive on the Islamist-held salient of Jobar following a series of successes in the Ayn Tarma District yesterday, the Syrian High Command is now calling on all available reserves to exploit the small, but nonetheless slowly-widening, cracks in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Video footage of HTS militants raiding ISIL base in west Idlib

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham published video footage of their forces cracking down on an Islamic State (ISIL) base in the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate this week. The video footage shows explosives and weapons seized by the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham fighters while they conducted their raide […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraq: Battle rages to take an IS-occupied building in Mosul

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 A.M.) – Intense fighting occurred on Mosul’s Al-Najafi street on Friday afternoon, as Iraqi forces sought to take over the Al-Shawaf building, a stronghold of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) within the city. While most of the city has been liberated from the terrorist forces, small pockets of resistance still […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US, Russia agree to ceasefire in southwest Syria

(RT) The US and Russia have agreed on a ceasefire in southwest Syria, set to take effect on July 9 at noon Damascus time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced. Lavrov was speaking following the landmark meeting between the Russian and US presidents on the fringes of the G20 summit. “In this zone [in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

X22 Report: “The World Is Changing,The US Will Collapse As A Civilization Unless We Change: Harley Schlanger”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
X22 Report: “The World Is Changing,The US Will Collapse As A Civilization Unless We Change: Harley Schlanger” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xg8iWNFNBc

"Major Mistake Found in Congressional Creation of Space Army"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Major Mistake Found in Congressional Creation of Space Army"* by David Swanson "Even CNN struggles to stay solemn, neither laughing nor vomiting, at news of Congress creating a new branch of the U.S. military to fight wars in space. Of course, one purpose of militarizing space, which other nations have long supported banning by treaty, has for the United States long been to facilitate more unstoppable attacks on various corners of the little planet earth. But another stated purpose of this legislation is to “guard the galaxy.” Here’s where a massive miscalculation has been found i... more »

The Unspeakable Crime of Viktor Orban

F. William Engdahl at - 10 hours ago
[image: undefined] The past year has been a tough one for the Brussels’ EU political correctness Supremos. First Mr Orbán insisted on going through with a national referendum. How anti-European! Letting citizens vote on issues affecting their lives in their own countries! What a dangerous idea if that ever spreads. Next thing you know women might demand genuine equality and to be taken seriously as human beings. Horror! Last October 2016 Viktor Orbán’s government organized a referendum vote on whether to let the faceless, unelected EU Commission of President Jean-Claude Juncker (or... more »


brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
HAUL NO! TOUR REPORT BACK PART 1Home / Blog / Haul No! Tour Report Back Part 1Building Momentum in Resistance to Grand Canyon Uranium Mining & TransportPhotos by Dustin Wero | Instagram: darth_wero In late 2016 Indigenous anti-nuke & sacred sites organizers decided something had to be done to confront the threat of radioactive uranium ore transport from the Grand Canyon to the White Mesa

CNN's Relentless Drumbeat of Fake News

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: cnn-s-relentless-drumbeat-of-fake-news] CNN is on the fast track to losing what little is left of its credibility. In a perfect storm of embarrassing revelations, retractions, “resignations," and missteps that would make the Three Stooges look coordinated by comparison, the network is poised for self-destruction. Rather than taking a step back to evaluate and adjust course, CNN is doubling down on its stock-in-trade: fake news, fake news, and more fake news.

Former Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore Leads GOP Race for U.S. Senate Seat of Jeff Sessions

Dave Bohon at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: former-ala-chief-justice-roy-moore-leads-gop-race-for-u-s-senate-seat-of-jeff-sessions] Twice suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore appears to be leading all Republican candidates in the GOP primary race for the Alabama U.S. Senate seat Jeff Sessions left to become President Trump's attorney general.

Putin Notes Serious Headway On Syrian Settlement, Thanks To Turkey

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
I've mentioned on more then one occasion the cooperation between Turkey and Russia with regard to Syria- Most others have not.* Relinking a number of posts regarding the cooperation between Russia and Turkey *with regard to the taking back of Aleppo and other cooperative endeavours, not including Astana specifically. Though there are posts here covering Astana talks *1-Russia and Turkey Plot The Endgame in Aleppo * 2-This Is The End Of Syria (?)*3-You may also want to look at the article written by Ollie Richardson from StalkerZone.orgsubject of the post before this one: Erdogan De... more »

Jimmy Dore blasts media silence on Trump-Putin agreement for Syria ceasefire (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 11 hours ago
Russia, Syria, & U.S. Declare ceasefire ad the media remains silent. The post Jimmy Dore blasts media silence on Trump-Putin agreement for Syria ceasefire (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Trump on meeting with Putin: “Tremendous!” (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 11 hours ago
‘Tremendous meeting with Putin,’ Trump says during talks with UK PM May. The post Trump on meeting with Putin: “Tremendous!” (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Trump publicly denigrates Canadian prime minister at G20 (VIDEO)

Ricky Twisdale at The Duran - 11 hours ago
Canada's Justin Trudeau doesn't seem to command much respect from Donald Trump - or for that matter from anyone else The post Trump publicly denigrates Canadian prime minister at G20 (VIDEO) appeared first on The Duran.

Tick Eggs Photograph

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A photograph supposedly shows a clump of tick eggs found along an outdoor path, but its details are questionable.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Loses Multiple Fingers in 4th of July Firework Accident?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Reports that Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lost several fingers in a 4th of July fireworks accident are fake news.

July 15th Film festival makes it possible to meet native actors Wes Studi, Martin Sensmeier...

White Wolf at White Wolf - 11 hours ago
Acclaimed Native American actors Wes Studi and Martin Sensmeier, along with award-winning director Chris Eyre, are among the featured participants at the annual Native Film Festival. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 15, in the Anoli’ Theater at the Chickasaw Cultural Center. Studi, Sensmeier, filmmaker Kyle Bell and actor John Gibbs will take part in a panel moderated by Eyre revolving around the festival theme “Tour de Force in Native Cinema: We are One.” Eyre is a director and producer best known for the films “Smoke Signals” and “Edge of America.” His m... more »

Weapons Delivery

Bill Robertson at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago
Unforeseen Consequences American political leaders call for military action because it seems like a decisive and strong thing to do. But restraint often takes greater resolve. Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu once wrote: *“Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance by clever means ...before fighting. If you know neither your enemy nor yourself, you will be defeated in every battle." *By repeatedly engaging in interventions without a proper understanding of our enemy ...and without a better understanding of the consequences of our own actions (*stabilizing the ... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 11 hours ago
Fox News reports: Outspoken former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos has filed a $10 million lawsuit against publishing house Simon & Schuster after it canceled his book deal. You know you've burned a lot of bridges when you're a right-winger and even Fox is questioning your motivation: Yiannopoulos announced the lawsuit Friday in New York, just days after he self-published the Simon & Schuster-canceled memoir, “Dangerous.” The controversial writer told Fox News that the timing of the lawsuit aligning so close to the release of his book is “largely coincidental” and that “any sug... more »

The G-20 Ends With Concerns On The Future

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
REUTERS/Tobias SCHWARZ *Washington Post:* *Trump leaves leaders fearing the future as G-20 summit closes* HAMBURG — President Trump and other world leaders on Saturday emerged from two days of talks unable to resolve key differences on core issues like climate change and globalization, fueling worries that global summits may be ineffective in the Trump era. The divisions at the G-20 summit were most bitter on climate change, where 19 leaders formed a unified front against Trump. But even in areas of nominal compromise like trade, top European leaders said they have little faith t... more »

Bullies on the Block Declar Eternal Opposition to Nuclear Weapons-Free World

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Over 120 nations recently signed a treaty banning nuclear weapons. However, the bullies on the block - US, Britain, and France (among others!) - refused to sign it and declared their eternal opposition to a nuclear-weapons free world: Over 120 nations adopt first treaty banning nuclear weapons (July 18, 2017). The Mainichi, https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170708/p2g/00m/0in/001000c More than 120 countries approved the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons Friday at a U.N. meeting boycotted by all nuclear-armed nations…. None of the nine countries known or believed to p... more »

Congress Must Reclaim War-Making Authority

Marjorie Cohn at Marjorie Cohn - 12 hours ago
The House Appropriations Committee unexpectedly passed an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations bill last week that would repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. If this effort to revoke the AUMF proves successful, the repeal would effectively limit Donald Trump’s ability... Read more »

Tensions Continue On The India - China Border As Their Leaders Meet At The G20

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met President of China Xi Jinping today on the sidelines of an informal BRICS meet and they shared a warm handshake with big smiles on their faces. (ANI) *DW*: *India, China ties strained as militaries stand off near border* India and China have been caught in a lengthy confrontation along their shared frontier, spiking tensions and allowing a rabidly jingoistic press in both countries to aggravate the already deep-seated mutual distrust. For nearly three weeks, Chinese and Indian border troops have confronted each other close to a valley controll... more »

Good News For Michigan: Paul Clements Is Running For Congress Again

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
On Thursday, Kalamazoo professor, Berniecrat and environmental activist, Paul Clements, announced that he's going to seek the Democratic nomination for the southwest Michigan congressional seat that's been occupied by hereditary plutocrat Fred Upton since... wait for it-- 1986! This is a swing district Obama won (53-45%) in 2008 and lost narrowly (50-49%) to home-stater Mitt Romney in 2012 but which the DCCC never contests. Last cycle Clements managed to raise $1,151,980 to go up against the $2,497,208 Upton raised. The DCCC pretended to back Clements to keep grassroots activists... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 264 Jul 7 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
Smoke rises from fighting in west Mosul’s Old City (AP) The Islamic State is now down to three neighborhoods in the Old City of West Mosul. July 6, they held Bab al-Tob in the south, Qurnish, Shahwan, Maidan, and Najafi Street along the Tigris River. The Iraqi forces (IFS) announced Maidan and Najafi Streetwere seized. The insurgents were still desperately fighting, and launcheda counter attack with 50-100 fighters into Bab al-Lakash, which was recently freed, Bab al-Tob, and Maidan, throwing the ISF back on their heels in some of those areas. Still the end is in sight, and Iraqi... more »

Saturday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 12 hours ago
Assorted content for your weekend reading. - Michael Rozworski discusses the importance of workers exercising power over how our economy functions. Robert Booth reports on a forthcoming UK study showing the desperate need for improved quality of work and life among low-income individuals. And Lana Payne writes that a strong labour movement is essential to fair and sustainable economic development: (W)hile bankers bemoan “soft wage data,” in the real world workers can tell you exactly why wages are stuck. Too much of the gross domestic product — the economic pie — continues to be hoa... more »

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