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Thomas Paine

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

Sunday, July 9, 2017

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Giant Sequoias Threatened By Trump, Including The Over 2000 Yr Old Boole Tree, One Of Largest In The World, Comment Deadline 11.59 pm Monday July 10th

Giant Sequoia NPS gov photo There are 22 US National Monuments on the chopping block by Trump. Comment Deadline for them is July 10th 11.59 pm ET: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001 It can be anonymous and is easy. There are at least 5 Marine National Monuments threatened as well. Even ancient trees alive in Biblical times are threatened … Continue reading Giant Sequoias Threatened By Trump, Including The Over 2000 Yr Old Boole Tree, One Of Largest In The World, Comment Deadline 11.59 pm Monday July 10th

Framing the challenge for the climate red team

Hifast at Climate Collections - 51 minutes ago
Originally posted on Climate Etc.: by Judith Curry There is an opportunity to steer the proposed red team exercise in a useful direction. The first step is to frame the problem to be addressed. The climate red team continues to be discussed in the media and by scientists, a few examples: Leading climate scientist: debate…

Editor`s Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 53 minutes ago
This blogger is tired. Blogging will return tomorrow morning.

More On A 2018 Role For Hillary-- In Pennsylvania's 7th District

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Earlier today we ran a post about Hillary's promise/threat-- depending on your point of view-- to campaign for Democratic candidates next year in the districts she won. She did relatively well in the suborn collar counties around Philly-- although her coattails were... nonexistent and all three Republican districts are still represented by Republicans. Of the 3, Hillary did best in the ridiculously gerrymandered PA-07, Pat Meehan's district (formerly Joe Sestak's district). In 2008 Obama beat McCain there 53% to 46% but 4 years later it was Romney's win-- 50-49%, less than 7,000 v... more »

After 1,379 Days, NYTimes Corrects Bogus Claim Iran ‘Sponsored’ 9/11

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
After 1,379 Days, NYTimes Corrects Bogus Claim Iran ‘Sponsored’ 9/11 by ADAM JOHNSON, http://fair.org/ In its reporting on a dubious lawsuit alleging Iranian meta-involvement in 9/11, the New York Times badly misunderstood the case and maintained for more than three years, in the paper of record, that the government of Iran “sponsored” the September 11, 2001, attacks. The belated […]

Politico Op-ed Welcomes New Era of Biased Media

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on Jul 7, 2017 In a recent opinion article entitled, “Goodbye Nonpartisan Journalism. And good riddance,” Politico asserts that our media is becoming more and more partisan thanks to our new President. The article also asserts this is a good thing. The Resident breaks it down. end

Empire Files: Israeli Army Vet’s Exposé — “I Was the Terrorist” Oppressing Palsetinians

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on Mar 6, 2017 In a rare, candid conversation, Abby Martin interviews a former Israeli Army combat soldier who served as an occupier in Palestine’s Hebron City. Eran Efrati spent years as a sergeant and combat soldier in the Israeli military, but has since become an outspoken critic of the occupation of Palestine and […]

The NSA Is Still Spying On All Americans …

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Who is in charge of the Beast ‘666’ Network? In charge of the Global Surveillance Militarized-Police State? No Such Agency! – The NSA Is Still Spying On All Americans … by George Washington, http://www.zerohedge.com/ The man who designed the NSA’s electronic intelligence gathering system (Bill Binney) sent us an affidavit which he signed on the Fourth of July explaining that the […]

More and More Talk of New Mystery Object That Is Not Planet 9

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on Jul 8, 2017 If you were still getting your head around the concept of the mysterious Planet Nine potentially tracing its elusive orbit somewhere around the fringe of the Solar System, try this on for size. A team of astronomers has performed new calculations on the data that originally gave rise to the […]

The End Of The Cycle: “The Government Will Gladly Enter A War To Cleanse The Balance Sheet And Cull The Herd”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
The End Of The Cycle: “The Government Will Gladly Enter A War To Cleanse The Balance Sheet And Cull The Herd” by Jeremiah Johnson, July 7th, 2017, SHTFplan.com In the days following the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the country is in an even more precarious position than it was in 1776. We face a […]

More CNN Lies: Poland’s First Lady Did Not Ignore Trump’s Handshake As Twit Cillizza Bleats

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on Jul 8, 2017 Poland’s first lady never snubbed President Trump on Thursday, but you’d think otherwise based on the U.S. press’ sloppy and overeager coverage, especially Chris Cillizza, the twitter twit. end

“God” Wannabe: The Demonic Possession Of Emmanuel Macron?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on Jul 8, 2017 http://www.stevequayle.com/ Steve Quayle talks about the newly elected President of France, Emmanuel Macron who posed in front of Illuminati eye proclaiming he will govern France like Jupiter, the Roman king of the gods. Steve Quayle believes this is coming from a non-human entity possessing him. ** end

What India Just Did Will GUARANTEE A Global Cashless Society!

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on Jul 7, 2017 Josh Sigurdson sits down with author and economic analyst John Sneisen to talk about the ramped up efforts by India towards a centrally planned cashless system following their past moves towards eliminating 86% of cash and coin in circulation. – India has already desecrated (free) black markets, shoved countless individuals […]

Musical Interlude: Neil H, “At Peace With The Forest”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Neil H, “At Peace With The Forest” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD_cJXxIN8w

“A Celestial Journey”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
urdivine, “A Celestial Journey” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0O4rxBp858

How Long Did President Trump Press Russian President Putin On Electnno Hacking?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*The Hill: **Trump pressed Putin over election interference for 40 minutes: report* President Trump pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin on his state's alleged interference in last year's presidential election for about 40 minutes during their more than two-hour meeting, The New York Times reported Saturday. The talks became heated between the two world leaders at times, a senior White House official who was briefed on the closed door meeting by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the newspaper. Putin at one point reportedly called on Trump to provide evidence to support t... more »

Graphic images: ISIS decapitates rival Taliban members as jihadist infighting peaks in Afghanistan

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 A.M.) – New photos have emerged showing the Islamic State purging the Taliban amid a bid to expel the latter group from the eastern Nangarhar province. In late May, the Islamic State announced it had killed 115 Taliban fighters in the year of 2017 alone. This death toll has likely moved closer […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

U.S. Senator John McCain: 'I Regret Voting For Rex Tillerson As Secretary Of State'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Two senior Republican senators criticize Tillerson comments on Russia* Two senior Republican U.S. senators criticized Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday for saying that Russia may have the "right approach" on Syria and for what they called his lack of focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan. "His statements about Syria really disturb me. No, (Russian President Vladimir) Putin does not have it right when it comes to Syria," Senator Lindsey Graham said. In separate television interviews, Graham and Senator John McCain, prominent Republican foreign policy voices, took... more »

U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson Says Russia Must Restore Ukraine Territory Or Sanctions Will Stay

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*New York Times*:* Tillerson Says Russia Must Restore Ukraine Territory, or Sanctions Stay* KIEV, Ukraine — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson assured Ukraine’s leader on Sunday that the United States would not lift economic sanctions against Russia until it “reverses the actions” that prompted them and restores the country’s “territorial integrity,” appearing to set the same high bar for sanctions relief that the Obama administration did. Mr. Tillerson’s strongly worded statement, issued at a news conference in Kiev alongside President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine, seemed to i... more »

SAS Soldier Admits That Illegal Killings Were ‘An Unwritten Rrule Of The Job’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Pictured: Afghan and Western Special Forces in Helmand Province Afghanistan fighting the Taliban. A former SAS soldier has admitted to The Mail on Sunday that illegal killings were 'an unwritten rule of our job' but strongly defended the regiment's actions *Daily Mail*: *The truth about SAS shoot-to-kill night raids, by the hero of 200 secret ops: Soldier breaks ranks to defend elite unit from witch-hunt but says illegal killings were ‘unwritten rule of our job’* * A former SAS soldier has admitted to The Mail on Sunday that illegal killings were 'an unwritten rule of our job' but ... more »

U. of Michigan Implementing Free Tuition Program for Some In-state Students

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus has implemented a free tuition program, called “Go Blue Guarantee,” for in-state students and applicants with families earning up to $65,000 a year.

Guillermo: U. of California Achieves Diversity Despite Prop. 209

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
In 1996, Californians passed a law written and supported by right-wing zealots trying to stop diversity and affirmative action efforts throughout the state.

Law Enforcement Violence for 2017 ‘Normalized’

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
Police abuse remains pandemic in this country with no signs of abating and with no signs of accountability. This, in an era of video recordings of killings that go viral, with little, if no effect, in the courtroom.

Mills College Faces Layoffs, Restructuring Programs

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
The venerable Oakland, California-based, all-women’s school is faced with a growing deficit of more than $9 million out of an annual operating budget of $57 million.

"It's a Secret Program'

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
From director Sonia Kennebeck and executive producers Wim Wenders and Errol Morris, NATIONAL BIRD follows the harrowing journey of three U.S. military veteran whistleblowers determined to break the silence surrounding America’s secret drone war. Tortured by guilt for their participation in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, and despite the threat of being prosecuted under the Espionage Act, these three veterans offer an unprecedented look inside this secret program to reveal the haunting cost of America’s global drone strikes. Also featuring famed defense attorne... more »

The Wanderers

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

Why Exactly Does Turkey Need an Aircraft Carrier?

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Middle East* Does this make sense? Turkey is embroiled in Syria, at odds with Saudi Arabia and Iran, and beset by internal ferment—including an alleged military coup attempt last year. So how does the Turkish government plan to solve these problems? With an aircraft carrier! “We will build our own aircraft carriers,” declared Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Turkish press. Erdogan spoke during the launch of the corvette *Kinaliada*, Turkey’s newest warship and a symbol of the country’s defense manufacturing capability. Turkey is al... more »

Yes, the CIA Flew U-2 Spy Planes From U.S. Aircraft Carriers

Steve Weintz at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Steve Weintz* *Security, * Big-wing spy planes once operated from America’s flattops—but not easily. On May 1, 1960, the Soviet Union shot down a CIA U-2 spy plane and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers. It was an international crisis for America’s intelligence agencies. A planned summit between Pres. Dwight Eisenhower and Premier Nikita Khrushchev was scuttled, much to Eisenhower’s embarrassment and to the fury of the Pakistanis, from whose territory the flight had been launched. First flown in 1957, the 63-foot-long, jet-powered U-2—capable of flying as high as 70,000 fe... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“What's all of the commotion in the Tadpole nebula? Star formation. Dusty emission in the Tadpole nebula, IC 410, lies about 12,000 light-years away in the northern constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga). The cloud of glowing gas is over 100 light-years across, sculpted by stellar winds and radiation from embedded open star cluster NGC 1893. *Click image for larger size.* Formed in the interstellar cloud a mere 4 million years ago, bright newly formed cluster stars are seen all around the star-forming nebula. Notable near the image center are two relatively dense streamers of materi... more »

Paulo Coelho, "Heaven and Hell"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Heaven and Hell" by Paulo Coelho "A man, his horse and his dog were traveling down a road. When they were passing by a gigantic tree, a bolt of lightning struck and they all fell dead on the spot. But the man did not realize that he had already left this world, so he went on walking with his two animals; sometimes the dead take time to understand their new condition… The journey was very long, uphill, the sun was strong and they were covered in sweat and very thirsty. They were desperately in need of water. At a bend in the road they spotted a magnificent gateway, all in marble, w... more »

Albanian Proverb

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"When you have given nothing, ask for nothing." - Albanian Proverb

Ask Me Anything, I Dare You... Oh, No-- That Was Last Week

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Just over 10 years ago I started a series of on-line interviews for candidates Blue America was working with and it went for several cycles until I just became too bored with it to continue. But in its heyday it was a blast and an opportunity for Blue America donors to ask questions of the candidates we were asking them to contribute to. A few weeks ago the folks at Digital Left and the Sanders For President reddit asked me to be the guest for an AMA-- Ask Me Anything. At first, I didn't realize it was pretty much the same thing as the interview series we used to with our candidat... more »

G20 Hamburg: Leaders fail to bridge Trump climate chasm

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 4 hours ago
By Paul Homewood From the BBC: Leaders of 19 nations at the G20 summit in Germany have renewed their pledge to implement the Paris deal on climate change, despite the US pulling out. Deadlock over the issue had held up the last day of talks in Hamburg but a final agreement was eventually reached. It […]

America's Secret Plot to Nuke Japan’s Fleet

Steve Weintz at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Steve Weintz* *Security, * The Pacific atoll once known as Truk might have been the atomic bomb's first target Less than a year after the formal end of World War II the United States tested its new superweapons in peacetime. Operation Crossroads in 1946 at Bikini Atoll tested the effects of nuclear weapons on naval fleets and harbors. While burrowing through the vast Manhattan Project archives historian Alex Wellerstein turned up evidence that Bikini wasn’t the first Pacific island in the atomic crosshairs. Another atoll may have been the earliest target considered by the Manh... more »

Lawmakers Are Ready to Rip the Defense Budget Apart

Daniel R. DePetris at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Daniel R. DePetris* *Security, Americas* The congressional armed services committees have earned a reputation for marking up defense policy bills as if sequestration never happened. Scroll through that remarkable document called the U.S. Constitution, and you’ll quickly find Article I, Section 8. Scroll down further, and you’ll discover one of the most important responsibilities of the legislative branch: “The Congress shall have Power . . . to raise and support Armies . . . [and] To provide and maintain a Navy.” It sounds like a simple prescription, guidance that the U.S. Congr... more »

Three PLAN Officers May Have Just Revealed What China Wants in the South China Sea

Ryan Martinson, Katsuya Yamamoto at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Ryan Martinson, Katsuya Yamamoto* *Security, Asia* [image: China's aircraft carrier Liaoning sails into Hong Kong, China July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Greg Torode] Chinese strategy in the South China Sea is expansionary in aim, incremental by design and realist in orientation. Earlier this year, Kyodo News published a tantalizing summary of a Chinese article that seemed to offer rare insights into Beijing’s intentions in the South China Sea. Unfortunately, Kyodo’s report was too vague to be fully appreciated, or long-remembered. We have tracked down the original. It is well worth a clos... more »

Everything We Know about China's Secretive State Security Bureau

Peter Mattis at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Peter Mattis* *Security, Asia* [image: A projection of cyber code on a hooded man is pictured in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017.] And it’s not much. China’s sprawling Ministry of State Security (MSS) presents difficult challenge for foreign counterintelligence and security services. Although the bureaucratic center of gravity may reside in the ministry’s Beijing headquarters, the ministry’s thirty-one major provincial and municipal sub-elements probably have most of the people and conduct most of the operations even if they perform mostly surveillance and domest... more »

How Foreign Leaders Are Navigating the Trump Era

Mohamed Zeeshan at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Mohamed Zeeshan* *Politics, Americas* [image: French President Emmanuel Macron reacts as U.S. President Donald Trump looks on next to Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto as they prepare for a family photo at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay] Many emerging powers around the world see Trump’s anti-globalist tendencies as an opportunity to press their own global agenda. These are tough times for state visits to the United States, particularly if you are the Indian prime minister. Apart from the ... more »

5 Ways America Can Improve Its Relationship with South Korea

James Jay Carafano at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*James Jay Carafano* *Security, Asia* [image: South Korean President Moon Jae-in looks at U.S. President Donald Trump after delivering a joint statement from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria] And it’s not all about North Korea, either. By most sober accounts, the recent meeting between the presidents of Republic of Korea and the United States went pretty well. At least for now, both sides look to continue to work on the issues that perennially dominate bilateral relations—North Korea and trade. That’s not enough. Seoul ... more »

And finally leave it to an Australian journalist to perfectly sum up Trump's trip to the G20 Summit. Update!

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
What did we learn about @realDonaldTrump at this #G20? @CUhlmann explains. #Insiders pic.twitter.com/TGOXdiFWhB — Insiders ABC (@InsidersABC) July 8, 2017 I wish that OUR journalists would be as frank when discussing Donald Trump's bullshit. Update: Here is the transcript. *What we already knew is that the President of the United States has a particular skill set, that he's identified an illness in Western democracies, but he has no cure for it and seems intent on exploiting it – and we've also learned that he has no desire and no capacity to lead the world. * *The G20 became th... more »

REAL climate science shows Trump was right to Exit Paris

CFACT at CFACT - 5 hours ago
Eight top scientists responded to complaints by Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Rafael Reif and others condemning President Trump for withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accords, stating strongly that he had done the right thing for America. The authors cite temperature and other climate data that are at odds with the computer modeling upon which the global warming theory is founded -- and show that myriad claims by warmists are either false or misleading. Number one with a bullet is that carbon dioxide is a killer when in fact is is the life-giving catalyst f... more »

PKK/YPG To “Impose Tax System” in Rojova aka Annexed Syrian Territory

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
*Link* *The Rojava self-administration in the Cizire canton in northern Syria has started to implement a tax income law to support public services in the region, local sources reported.The tax income will go to support institutions and public services in Cizire canton–Hasakah province.According to the pro-Rojava administration news agency ANHA, the tax income will be used in support of the health and education services, and to enhance the local security system and to back women rights.The move only includes the Hasakah province, in northeastern Syria.According to the loca... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Port-of-spain, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and TobagoThanks for stopping by!

"Imperial Crime and Complicity In Ancient Rome and Modern America"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Imperial Crime and Complicity In Ancient Rome and Modern America"* By Lew Rockwell "The punishment of the criminal is measured by the degree of astonishment of the judge who finds his crime incomprehensible." - Friedrich W. Nietzsche "You would think that if those in power are going to rule by the Machiavellian code, as outlined in the ‘The Prince,’ they would at least take to heart the admonition that "as princes cannot help being hated by someone, they ought, in the first place, to avoid being hated by every one, and when they cannot compass this, they ought to endeavor with the... more »

X22 Report, “The Next Economic Crisis Will Crush The Working Class, Jobs Will Be Scarce”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
X22 Report, “The Next Economic Crisis Will Crush The Working Class, Jobs Will Be Scarce” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DTlfH0ydH0 *Related followup report:* X22 Report, “Did Putin And Trump Just Signal The End Of The Globalists?” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jinTBGK0SM0

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

Quote of the Day: On ideas being immune to criticism

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*"The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible.”* ~ Salman Rushdie Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

In pictures: Egyptian Army succumbs to humongous ISIS offensive in the Sinai Desert

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:00 A.M.) – On Sunday, the Islamic State unleashed its largest offensive ever in Egypt after assembling a variety of firepower against government soldiers in the northern parts of Sinai province not far from the Gaza Strip. 21 images released by Amaq Agency shows ISIS militants storming and overrunning Egyptian military bases south […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS carries out rare successful counter-offensive in eastern Homs

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 A.M.) – On Sunday evening, Amaq Agency published 17 images depicting an Islamic State attack from earlier in the day targeting the government-held hill of Al-Mashirfah near the junction town of Jubb Al-Jarrah. The batch of photos shows ISIS militants preparing for the attack only to deploy a suicide bomber, tank and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Syrian Army deploys dog to hunt down jihadist militants in Damascus

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:00 A.M.) – A series of photos have been obtained by Al-Masdar News depicting a deadly battle that took place on Monday between Failaq Al-Rahman and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ayn Tarma. The skirmishes initially saw the SAA’s 105th and 106th Brigades of the Republican Guard […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Aid pours into southern Damascus pocket after rebel commanders agree to evacuate

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:00 P.M.) – On Sunday afternoon, a convoy of 27 Red Crescent lorries carrying aid, medicine and food entered rebel-held neighborhoods in southern Damascus after being given the green light to bypass Syrian Arab Army (SAA) checkpoints in the capital. The humanitarian aid poured into the rebel-held Babila, Yalda and Beit Saham suburbs […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Pro-Syria forces smash key ISIS defense line before Sukhnah, capture strategic high-ground

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – Reports have just come in from the front in eastern Homs that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies, in their ongoing advance towards the strategic town of al-Sukhnah, have captured most of a key mountain chain which overlooks areas of the al-Hayl gas field that have thus far […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Car bomb strikes Al-Qaeda militants at rebel stronghold in southern Idlib

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:45 P.M.) – On Sunday evening, a car bomb hit a Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) checkpoint in downtown Maarat Al-Numan, a strategic town on Idlib’s M5-highway which witnessed a major crackdown on rival rebel groups last month. A brand new picture of from the site of impact: Although Al-Masdar News was unable to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

International Bison Conference announces goal of 1 million bison

White Wolf at White Wolf - 6 hours ago
National Bison Association and a handful of other organizations worked together to unveil a new goal: growing the North American bison herd to 1 million by 2027. Ranchers, conservationists, tribal members and bison enthusiasts gathered in Big Sky Wednesday for the 2017 International Bison Conference, where National Bison Association executive director Dave Carter announced the new “Bison 1 Million” campaign. Representatives of the National Bison Association, Canadian Bison Association, Intertribal Buffalo Council and Wildlife Conservation Society participated in the announcement t... more »

"British Young People Find Out Who the Real Jeremy Corbyn Is"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
https://youtu.be/BbI7ZnDeWdY Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit

"Antifa Cheers Speech Made Up Entirely From Hitler Quotes"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
https://youtu.be/derHRFGZ4NU "Antifa Cheers Speech Made Up Entirely From Hitler Quotes" - top trolling of people so stupid that they'd cheer almost anything that was said by someone purportedly on their side.

Law professor says that obstruction case against Donald Trump is a slam dunk.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
Courtesy of Business Insider: *In the weeks since the New York Times reported that President Trump allegedly asked James Comey to drop a pending criminal investigation of Michael Flynn, there has been much debate about whether the president committed obstruction of justice. * *Looking at the entire affair from the standpoint of strict legal analysis, there's just one conclusion: All available evidence says he did. * *Under such a plain legal analysis, of the sort my students and I conduct in the law school classroom, it is highly likely that special counsel Robert Mueller will fin... more »

Exclusive video of Putin, Trump meeting

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 7 hours ago
A transcript of the top secret meeting between Donald Trump and Vlad Putin on the sidelines of the G 20 has fallen into my hands, althought I cannot vouch for the source or for the Russian translation… To me, it looks suspiciously like a scene from the Godfather. Putin: Where’s the hurry? Trump: The hurry? […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 7 hours ago
Whenever the Globalists have met widespread resistance from within a nation state, they have used the same tactic as Adolf Hitler used in the Night of the Long Knives, and sought to remove a large number of opponents simultaneously. In 2010, 96 opponents of the New World Order in Poland, including the then President Lech Kacynski, seem […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 7 hours ago
From Huffpost After President Donald Trump on Sunday said he discussed “forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, lawmakers of both political parties wasted little time trashing the proposal, given Russia’s cyberattacks against the U.S. during last year’s election. When asked for his response on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Lindsey […]

Ivanka Trump takes over US president’s seat at G 20 summit as Trump leaves to have four eyes chat with Putin

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 7 hours ago
Ivanka Trump replaces her father and takes his seat among world leaders at G-20 summit Kate Taylor Jul. 8, 2017, 9:10 AM 50,779 Ivanka Trump sat in as a replacement for President Trump at a G-20 Summit working session — putting the first daughter alongside heads of state such as Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa […]

Yvette Cooper's "Alternative Vision"

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
That's a bit embarrassing. There you are, the personnel are appointed and your team is ready to go. And then the Labour leader goes and spoils it by defying expectations, winning extra seats, throwing the Tories into their most wretched state for 20 years and surges ahead with poll leads last seen since before the Iraq War. What can you do? If you are Chuka Umunna, you can stir the pot to remind the world (and yourself) that you're still a player. Or you can proceed as if nothing happened and turn your campaign-that-never-was into a profile raising exercise. Entirely ... more »

Hillary Back On The Campaign Trail?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
This morning I mentioned in passing that candidates have been clamoring for visits to their districts from candidates with brands that voters admire-- Bernie, first and foremost, but also Elizabeth Warren in a major way and a small number of House members who have been prominent in Resistance against Trump, Ted Lieu, for example. But no one wants public events in their districts with congressional big shots like Pelosi, Hoyer, Crowley, Lujan or Wasserman Schultz... nor with Hillary Clinton. Right after I finished writing that, *The Hill* published a piece by Amie Parnes, Hillary Cl...more »

Happy Full Thunder Moon 2017: What You Need to Know About July's Full Moon

White Wolf at White Wolf - 8 hours ago
The full moon of July is called the Thunder Moon or Buck Moon. Tonight, the moon is about 250,000 miles away from the Earth. Three planets are prominent now…Venus shines brightly before sunrise in the east. In the evening, you can see Jupiter to the southwest and Saturn to the south. When the winds of hot summer days collide in July’s sultry afternoons, thunderclouds tower overhead and rain comes down to cool the Earth, hence the name thunder moon. A full moon occurs each month when the sun, Earth, and moon line up. At this time, the Earth-facing side of the moon is completely li...more »

X-Zone Broadcast Network - Mark O'Connell

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 9 hours ago
This week I spoke with Mark O’Connell about his authorized biography of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, called *The Close Encounters Man*. It is a work that not only spanned his career as an astronomer, but his association with the Air Force as their scientific consultant dealing with UFOs. You can listen to it here: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/12291049 Although I had lots of questions, as usual, the time got away from us. We talked about how Hynek ended up as the scientific consultant to the Air Force’s various projects and his evolution from arch-skeptic to a point where he began to th... more »

Sunday Night Quiz

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
It is funny how different media outlets report the same story. Here's a Sunday night quiz... Guess which UK media outlets used the following headlines based on Labour education spokeswoman Angela Rayner's Andrew Marr interview today. And which one is the BBC? (Clue: You have eight media outlets to choose from. In alphabetical order: BBC News, The Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Telegraph, HuffPost UK, The Independent, The Sun and The Times). (a) Labour aim of abolishing student debt 'would cost £100bn', party admits (b) Labour's plan to scrap student debt would cost £100b... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 9 hours ago
Above, at the Kikcudbright Country Fair, we see Sandy Mair (left), and some of the family's steam traction engines. One of Sandy Mair's steam traction engines at the Kirkcudbright Fair. Grand-daughter is driving. The Country Fair (above) is one of Kirkcudbright's Summer Festivities. Above, we see the climbing wall at the Kirkcudbright Country Fair. The Kirkcudbright Country Fair. The Kirkcudbright Country Fair. The Kirkcudbright Country Fair. Kirkcudbright Country Fair. In the background is the Arden House Hotel. Kirkcudbright is a fishing port. ~~ Many th... more »

Loukie Lofchie Presente!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
*Loukie Lofchie (right) with her friend Debbie Leighton* Some of you know that Loukie Lofchie has been some days at the Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough. This is the note I just read from her dear friend Caroline Clavell: *Loukie went out with the full moon at 11:52p.m. [Saturday July 8]. Stan [Lofchie] called us just after midnight. [My husband] Glenn and I got there soon after. The nurses were very kind and gentle and gave him plenty of time. We brought Stan home around 2 a.m. and are heading back to our house now... I am so glad for everyone's help. - Caroline* Martin McDo... more »

ISRAEL: The litmus test for the new Russia-US-Jordan ceasefire

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 9 hours ago
The location of the new US-Russian-Jordanian ceasefire is a key element of the deal. It covers the parts of Syria that Israel has been bombing almost continuously over the last weeks. Israel's response is therefore the litmus test for the ceasefire's material success. The post ISRAEL: The litmus test for the new Russia-US-Jordan ceasefire appeared first on The Duran.

People are responding to Trump's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity request for information by withdrawing their voter registration.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 9 hours ago
Courtesy of The Hill: *Hundreds of voters are responding to the possibility their information will be shared with President Trump’s election integrity panel by withdrawing their voter registration, according to a Friday report. * *In Colorado, one of the states that is complying with part of the commission request, two clerks have seen a significant increase in voters withdrawing their voter registration, Denver’s ABC affiliate reported. * *In Denver, one clerk has seen a 2,150 percent increase in people withdrawing as voters over the past since July 3 compared to the first non-h... more »

VIDEO: Syrian Army becomes the target of two guided missile attacks in east Damascus

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:00 P.M.) – With the intensity of clashes reaching an unprecidented peak on the eastern fringes of Damascus, the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Failaq Al-Rahman launched a failed counter-attack on Sunday, resulting in the death of approximately 20 rebel militants. Meanwhile, FSA anti-tank units conducted two consecutive strikes earlier in the day. The […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

20 Syrian soldiers killed in suicide attack as ISIS retakes important hill in central Syria

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:30 P.M.) – On Sunday, ISIS insurgents launched a localised counter-attack in the eastern countryside of Homs, targeting the newly liberated Al-Mashirfah hill that overlooks the long-standing government fortification of Jubb Al-Jarrah. Preluded by a succesful suicide bombing, an elite ISIS Inghimasi unit assaulted the government-held hilltop which is located some 60 kilometers […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Islamist rebels unleash longe-range rocket on residential area in Latakia

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:00 P.M.) – Late on Sunday afternoon, a handful of local residents on the outskirts of Latakia city were bombed by a lone GRAD rocket launched from the rebel-held countryside towards the provincial capital. The rocket struck the coastal town of Qantarah barely five kilometers from the northern suburbs of Latakia. At least […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Astonishing failure for Islamist counter-attack in east Damascus

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – After a major advance by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) today in the district of Ayn Tarma, whereby the SAA attacked the suburb from four axes capturing large parts of its southern and western areas, Faylaq al-Rahman militants launched a counter-attack in a bid to retake the areas wrestled from […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Al-Qaeda insurgents capture loads of weapons from Nigerian Army

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:00 P.M.) – The official Al-Qaeda branch in West Africa, a franchise group known as ‘Support of Islam and Muslims’ (JNIM), has conducted its first attack against the Nigerian Armed Forces, claiming it to be an act of retaliation. JNIM, which operates almost exclusively in Mali, said it had conducted the rare raid […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syria: liberation of gas fields to ease the country’s crippling economic crisis [+ Pictures]

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6: 25 P.M.) – With the Syrian Armed forces – supported by Russian Air Force – liberating more of the gas-rich territories from the Islamic State deep in the Syrian Desert, the Syrian government is quick to rehabilitate the wells to be productive again. Today, the Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources officially […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Islamist snipers pick away at Syrian Army ranks (Graphic 18+)

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Ahrar al-Sham Islamist faction has released a 9-minute propaganda video showing its sniper service in action against pro-government forces throughout several embattled regions of Syria. Based on the footage shown, it appears that the favored weapon of choice for Ahrar al-Sham’s snipers is the Soviet-built, semi-automatic Dragunov design which […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
A lot of right-wingers are angry about this *Washington Post* story by Peter Holley because, as they see it, the story blames the shooting of several GOP members of Congress by a left-winger on the rants of a racist right-wing radio host from the shooter's hometown. I have problems with the story, too, though not exactly the same problems as its conservative critics. BELLEVILLE, Ill. — It’s not yet 11 a.m., and Bob Romanik, sitting behind the microphone at his radio station in a rundown strip mall in the middle of America, already has said the “n-word” out loud — and on air — at lea... more »

‘Unauthorized Disclosure’—Episode 24: Best Of ‘Unauthorized Disclosure’

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 11 hours ago
For this week’s episode, hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola revisit clips from some of the most listened to episodes since ‘Unauthorized Disclosure’ started in January 2014. The clips represent some of the show’s better moments. Four of the top five episodes are from the current season. They are the The post ‘Unauthorized Disclosure’—Episode 24: Best Of ‘Unauthorized Disclosure’ appeared first on Shadowproof.

Radio 4 goes it alone

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
As today is one of those days where I pour out post after post like an over-eager host at a party (or like* me *at *any* party to be even more precise), here's another random blurt... This morning's *BH *on Radio 4 kicked off with an interview with a lawyer talking the Government to court over their deal with the DUP. It was a BBC 'exclusive'. The lawyer in question, David Greene, had previously played a big part in Gina Miller's court case against the government over Brexit, so I'm assuming it's another cunning indirect plan to thwart Brexit. This lunchtime's *The World This W... more »

Why is West Cumbria Coal Mining Advisor Hiding Down Under In Oz? Earthquakes, Sellafield Nuclear Site and Methane Mix?

Comment deadline is July 10th. For more info: https://keepcumbriancoalinthehole.wordpress.com Donald Anthony Carroll is listed as a Company Director/Advisor for WEST … Continue reading →

Was Amelia Earhart Executed by the Japanese in Saipan?

Lisa Shaw at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: was-amelia-earhart-a-u-s-spy] One of America’s most notable historic mysteries has once again gained the spotlight, as the History Channel will be airing “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence.”

A brickbat and a bouquet

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Yalda Hakim Following up on some of your earlier comments... It really is the case - as Alan noted at B-BBC - that the BBC has been unusually reluctant to report the latest political pronouncements of Bill Gates. Usually, they have been very supportive of Bill Gates, favourably reporting his campaigns, asking him to give their Richard Dimbleby Lecture, letting his wife guest-edit *Today*, etc. But his criticisms (in the German media) this week of Angela Merkel's open door policy and his calls for the EU to make it much harder for migrants to come into Europe *haven't* been taken u... more »

Baylor Settles Lawsuit with Woman Who Alleged Sexual Assault

cmaadmin at Diverse - 11 hours ago
AUSTIN, Texas — Baylor University has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit with a former student who accused the nation’s largest Baptist school of fostering a “hunting ground for sexual predators” and mishandling her alleged attack in 2015. A settlement notice was filed in federal court in Waco, Texas on Thursday. No details were released, […]

Protesters: Rehire Adjunct Fired for Fox News Commentary

cmaadmin at Diverse - 11 hours ago
LIVINGSTON, N.J. — Activists are imploring New Jersey lawmakers to demand a college rehire an instructor who was fired last month after officials said she made racially insensitive remarks during a Fox News interview. About a dozen protesters, including members of Black Lives Matter, showed up at a Thursday night meeting of county legislators to […]

When Study Abroad Ends in Death, U.S. Parents Find Few Answers

cmaadmin at Diverse - 11 hours ago
NEW DELHI — When Elizabeth Brenner’s 21-year-old son died while hiking during a study-abroad trip in India, she began searching for other cases and found only partial data and anecdotal records. “Nobody was keeping track of this at all,” she said. Brenner’s son, Thomas Plotkin, was one of the millions of American students who have […]

Judge Tosses Texas Professors’ Lawsuit Over Guns on Campus

cmaadmin at Diverse - 11 hours ago
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit by three University of Texas professors who argued that a new state law allowing concealed handguns on campus could have a “chilling effect” on classroom debate. Sociology professor Jennifer Lynn Glass and English professors Lisa Moore and Mia Carter sued last summer, before the law […]

Alabama Program Aims to Recruit Hispanic Nurses

cmaadmin at Diverse - 11 hours ago
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama is launching a program to increase the number of Hispanic nurses involved in health care. The Capstone College of Nursing has received a $1.7 million grant for the Bama-Latino Project, which aims to recruit Hispanics into baccalaureate nursing programs. Alabama nursing professor Normal Cuellar says in a statement […]

Samford to Forego Funds from Baptist Group After LGBT Flap

cmaadmin at Diverse - 11 hours ago
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Samford University will refuse an anticipated $3 million annual budget allocation from the Alabama Baptist State Convention next year, university officials said. The university’s Board of Trustees executive committee approved the decision Friday after consultation with state convention leaders. The move is effective Jan. 1. “I believe the action taken by our […]

How Do Candidates Afford To Run For Congress?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
As you know, both the DCCC and the NRCC-- if anything, the DCCC is even worse than the Republicans on this-- look for rich candidates who don't have to worry about the financial repercussions of not working for 12-18 months during an election cycle. That might help explain why the *majority* of congressional seats are now held by members of the multimillionaire class-- often people with very different priorities and perspectives than those held by their middle and working class constituents. Union members and just plain regular folks are given short shrift by the congressional rec... more »

Donald Trump tweets about meeting with Putin and it is just as bad as you might imagine.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 12 hours ago
I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I've already given my opinion..... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2017 Yes he did, and that opinion was that the Russians "probably" hacked computers during the 2016 election, but that it might have been "other people in other countries" as well. ...We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2017 Wait, so that's it. He "strong... more »

"I will always be a supporter because of its values and commitment to impartiality"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
Just to emphasise the point (as noted by Robin Horbury on an earlier thread), Downing Street's new director of communications, the BBC's former Westminster head of operations Robbie Gibb, announced his career move on Twitter. For those wanting to see action on BBC bias, his pair of tweets *won't *have quickened the heart: *P.S.* I used to have a dog called Robbie. He looked rather like this: He was a huge fan of Andrew Neil. Used to wag his tail every time he came on the TV. And he got *very* excited by Jo Coburn. (Or was that just me projecting?) He ignored Michael Portillo tho...more »

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