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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

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11:49 pm MDT

World News Briefs -- August 3, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
© Adnan Abidi / Reuters *Reuters:* *China says India building up troops amid border stand off* BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday said India has been building up troops and repairing roads along its side of the border amid an increasingly tense stand-off in a remote frontier region beside the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighbors, who share a 3,500-km (2,175-mile) frontier, large parts of which are disputed. "It has already bee... more »

Judge blocks Sarah Palin's plans to perform opposition research on two dozen reporters for the New York Times.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 13 hours ago
Courtesy of the New York Post: *A Manhattan federal court judge will decide by the end of this month whether to dismiss a defamation lawsuit Sarah Palin filed against the New York Times for accusing the former Alaska governor of inciting gun violence. * *In the meantime, Judge Jed Rakoff suspended discovery, blocking Palin’s lawyers from grilling two dozen Times reporters to prove the Gray Lady is biased against her. * Clearly the judge recognized this as a fishing expedition and that the entire point of this case is to embarrass and bully the New York Times and its reporters. ... more »

Milk-Bar Clausewitzes, Bean Curd Napoleons: In the Reign of Kaiser Don

Fred Reed at - 13 hours ago
Why do those inadequate little men in Washington and New York dream of new wars? Because the empire is near a tipping point. Washington must either either start a war in Korea, or gets faced down by the North, its … Continue reading →

Syrian opposition group unveils details of deal on de-escalation zone in north Homs

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
(TASS) The Syria’s Tomorrow Movement (Al-Ghad Al-Souri) has unveiled in Cairo the main points of an agreement reached in the Egyptian capital between the Syrian opposition and the Russian military on a de-escalation zone in the north of the city of Homs. Some points of the deal were published on the website of the newspaper […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army cuts off key ISIL supply line in Deir Ezzor

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has cutoff an important Islamic State (ISIL) supply line to the village of Thardeh in the Deir Ezzor Governorate’s southwestern countryside, a recent military report stated. Led by the Al-Qassem Group of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army launched a special operation on Thursday […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Lebanese Army destroys several ISIL sites near Syrian border

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – The Lebanese Army carried out a vicious attack against the so-called Islamic State (ISIL), Thursday, targeting the terrorist group’s positions along the Syrian border. Lebanese Army units pounded the Ras Ba’albak area of the Beqa’a Governorate, hitting several of the Islamic State’s trenches that were built over the last two […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Elite Syrian security troops preparing to protect Damascus

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Photos have been released showing a class of special-purpose interior ministry troops of the Syrian Armed Forces undergoing their final training program before officially graduating and being pressed into service. According to sources, the final training course for interior troops is a team-level coordinated shooting drill as the images below […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

China: Turkish FM Cavusoglu vows security cooperation with China

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu pledged security cooperation with China, adding that it treats China’s security as its own, at a press conference held alongside his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, in Beijing, Thursday. Cavusoglu noted that Ankara would “treat threats to China’s security as threats to ourselves” and that it […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Al-Qaeda leader urges unity among jihadist factions in Syria

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The leader of Al-Qaeeda, Aymen Al-Zawahiri, released a new video that touched on a wide variety of topics, including the situations in both Pakistan and Syria. The terrorist leader urged the jihadist factions in Syria to end their internal strife before they destroy one another and lose the war. “Beware […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS calls on full mobilization in Deir Ezzor to fight Syrian Army

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:30 P.M.) – The Islamic State has disseminated leaflets in the city and villages of Deir Ezzor, calling on male citizens to fight the Syrian Army alongside the group’s militants. According to the statement, all male aging between 20-30 years must enlist themselves at any of the group’s security points. Those will be […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iran reserves right to respond US anti-Iran acts: FM spox

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
Iran reserves the right to respond to the anti-Iran actions taken by the administration of the United States, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Bahram Qasemi announced here on Thursday. ‘Iran with due patience and wisdom will take measure toward [its] national security and people’s interests,’ Qasemi said while condemning the US President Donald Trump’s signing […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Kurdish forces unleash hail of Grad fire on Turkey-backed militants in northern Aleppo

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have, in response to incessant Turkish artillery attacks against their positions in Aleppo Governorate’s Afrin region, unleashed a hail of retaliatory rocket fire on Turkey-led forces. Today, the YPG Press Office released footage showing BM-21 Grad rocket launcher units of local Kurdish forces in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Combat Footage: Moments Syrian Army takes over two buildings in northeast Damascus

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4: 30 P.M.) – The Syrian Army troops conducted a daring operation against Islamist rebels in the northeastern suburb of Ayn Tarma a part of a wider offensive to fully re-take the rebel bastion. The government forces have launched a full-scale assault in Jobar and Ayn Tarma; two long-lasting strongholds for the Syrian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Governments should withdraw support for terrorists in Syria: Russian diplomat

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Russia’s newly appointed Permanent Representative to the UN Vasili Nebenzia stated that resource base of terrorist organisations “still remains at unacceptably high level” commenting on terrorist attack of Russian Embassy in Damascus during his first address to the Security Council in his current capacity in New York, Wednesday. “This is […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

8-min video of Tiger Forces fighting ISIS in southern Raqqa

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The ANNA media agency has released an 8-minute video on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) elite Tiger Forces battling ISIS terrorists in southern Raqqa Governorate. More specifically, the footage recorded by ANNA shows segments of the Tiger Forces’ most recent engagement to secure the hilltops west of the strategic crossroad […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Al Gore: "Truth to Power" - Carrying Propaganda to the Great Unconscious

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
* I'm dedicating this to Al Gore:* *Al Gore- Truth to Power. Really? Yup, Truth to Power! Al Gore & Truth to Power??* *I'm scratchin' my head! That title, alongside the very concept of Al Gore speaking truth to power, is preposterous. And yet many people will be enamoured of this very idea. * *Choosing to ignoring the FACT that Al Gore has long been a part of the very power problem the rest of us have had to deal with. The very idea/ concept of Gore as a speaker of “Truth to Power” is so absurd. So inconsistent with reality, Truth &common sense that it can only be concluded the ... more »

America uses North Korea as a transparent excuse for meddling in South Korea and provoking China

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 13 hours ago
The US has shown its cards to China while China has acknowledged that the US is trying to provoke Beijing. Furthermore, US meddling in South Korea continues to test the patience of Korans living south of the 38th parallel. In all of this, Pyongyang is simply a poor excuse for continued US provocations of China and meddling in South Korea. The post America uses North Korea as a transparent excuse for meddling in South Korea and provoking China appeared first on The Duran.

Putin’s grey eminence, Sergei Ivanov, could be making a comeback

Ricky Twisdale at The Duran - 13 hours ago
The Russian delegation on last week’s trip to Finland included Sergei Ivanov, a longtime Putin ally who a year ago fell from grace The post Putin’s grey eminence, Sergei Ivanov, could be making a comeback appeared first on The Duran.

Trump sidesteps impeachment trap in sanctions law and prepares challenge to Supreme Court

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 13 hours ago
President Trump's Signing Statement makes clear he regards sanctions law as unconstitutional and will challenge it in the Supreme Court rather than have his veto overridden and risk impeachment by trying to veto it. The post Trump sidesteps impeachment trap in sanctions law and prepares challenge to Supreme Court appeared first on The Duran.

Billy Meier and Planets Beyond Pluto

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 13 hours ago
The other night, August 1, I appeared on the Rob McConnell’s X-Zone radio show and in the course of the conversation, I mentioned that it was strange that Billy Meier’s Pleiadian pals had not mentioned the large planet out in the Kuiper Belt that was being postulated by our current astronomical community. I figured that if they were flying around the Solar System they would have a good idea of what was out there, outside the range of our capabilities. But in the world of the UFO, as I often say, nothing is ever quite as simple as that. Wendelle Stevens, who was among the first Ameri... more »

Another Transgender "Man" Gives Birth to Baby

Raven Clabough at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: another-transgender-man-gives-birth-to-baby] The mainstream media, pushing the normalcy of transgenderism, will even create its own science. The mainstream media is reporting that another "transgender man” just gave birth to a baby boy.

Seattle Mayor Ordered Rushed, Biased Report to “Prove” $15 Minimum-wage Success

Michael Tennant at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: seattle-mayor-ordered-rushed-biased-report-to-prove-15-minimum-wage-success] Seattle Mayor Ed Murray coordinated with a Berkeley economist to release a report favorable to the city's $15-an-hour minimum-wage hike in hopes of discrediting an unfavorable report, recently released e-mails show.

Trump Slams “Unconstitutional” Sanctions Law, but Still Signs It

Alex Newman at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: trump-slams-unconstitutional-sanctions-law-but-still-signs-it] Facing a veto-proof super-majority in Congress, President Donald Trump reluctantly and privately signed H.R. 3364 on August 2, piling more sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea. But despite trying to put a smiley face on the developments, Trump made his displeasure known publicly in a series of statements. And in a message to Congress, the president even suggested — without actually saying it — that he may consider trying to get around lawmakers' “unconstitutional” “preferences” as expressed in the sanctions mea... more »

Graphic Body Cam Shows Cop Walk Into Family’s Backyard, Kill Dog in Front of Everyone

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: dog]Graphic body cam footage of a Texas cop walking into a family's back yard during a party and killing their dog was just released — after the cop was cleared.

The Chemistry of Addiction and The Gateway to Freedom

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Melissa Joy Jonsson* - Addiction is rooted in bio-chemical reactions in our body that act to reinforce and ingrain certain behaviors. The post The Chemistry of Addiction and The Gateway to Freedom appeared first on Waking Times.

Bad Writer? Blame a Teacher, Says Goldstein

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
As journo-author of numerous pieces in her series, "Educational History for Dummies Who Want to Remain That Way," Dana Goldstein has another gem of a piece in the *New York Times*, where she regularly brings to light the corporate education perspective on education issues. This time Goldstein brings her corporate lens to examine the problem of bad writing among school children, and it takes just a few five-sentence paragraphs for Goldstein to get to the root cause of the massive deficiency: The root of the problem, educators agree, is that teachers have little training in how to tea... more »

GOP Plan to Slash Legal Immigration Wins Trump’s Support

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
President Donald Trump embraced legislation that would dramatically reduce legal immigration, placing merit and skills over family ties.

1,459 Killed, 636 Wounded In Iraq July 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Casualties and security incidents reached the lowest monthly totals of 2017 in July due to the end of the Mosul campaign. Before, the battle for the city was driving violence across the country. Now they will be heading downwards until the next offensive begins. There were 477 incidents reported in the media in July 2017. That was the lowest monthly total for the year. The year started at 712 incidents in January, then 620 in February, 716 in March, 569 in April, 522 in May, and 533 in June. The vast majority of incidents have been in Ninewa province due to Mosul. Now that the ba... more »

A Dead Russian Submarine Is Sitting on the Bottom of the Ocean (Armed with Nuclear Weapons)

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * What could go wrong? *Unfortunately, the loss of power onboard and the difficult weather conditions were too much for the crew to overcome. On April 12, K-8 sank with some forty crew members aboard, coming to rest at a rough depth of 15,000 feet. The depth made any effort at recovering the submarine, and the nuclear torpedoes, impractical.* The Bay of Biscay is one of the world’s great submarine graveyards. In late World War II, British and American aircraft sank nearly seventy German U-boats in the Bay, which joined a handful of Allied and German s... more »

The Shocking Reason China's Military Is So Powerful

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, Asia* It stole lots of military technology from Russia and America. *The United States has become increasingly aggressive about slowing down or halting China’s industrial espionage efforts. This has included indictments of PLA officers, broad condemnations of Chinese spying, and targeted reprisals against some Chinese firms. But given the extensive commercial contacts between China and the United States, stopping the flow of technology is virtually impossible.* As the People’s Republic of China (PRC) emerged from war and revolution in 1949, it became ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 3, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Servicemen take part in Zapad exercises in 2013 RIA Novosti / Reuters *Newsweek:* *Russian Military Jets and Warplanes Alarm Latvia, Estonia and Finland as Europe Prepares for Potential Attack* Russia’s air force sent seven military jets zooming past Latvia Tuesday, before forces in Estonia and Finland scrambled to intercept three Russian warplanes further north in the Baltic Sea. In different incidents, Latvia’s armed forces reported observing two Russian Su-34 fighter jets, two Su-27 fighters, two MiG-31 fighters and one An-26 cargo jet, announcing it on Twitter. Shortly after, ... more »

Hero worker saves kangaroo stuck in a trench

White Wolf at White Wolf - 14 hours ago
Sometimes you need a hero. Like Fritz White from Goondiwindi, Australia, who helped fetch this poor kangaroo that was stuck down a trench. White was at work when he spotted the roo lying face up in the hole, so decided to give it a hand by lifting the animal out by its arms. This could be the most Aussie thing you see all week - a Darling Downs man rescuing a kangaroo stuck in a narrow trench. Goondiwindi man Fritz White came across a kangaroo lying face up in a trench yesterday while at work. The footage, shot just south of Goondiwindi, shows him reaching down into the hole to gr... more »

We are sick of the shit and being stuck in the suck

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 14 hours ago
My lord fancy pants president do you remember Vietnamm a summer vacation for the draft warriors put into [image: Image result for charlie sheen in platoon]an actual video game in the homes of real actors and predictably the forced sell swords failed as they alway will when it comes to occupying territory can you change my mind one bit maybe with thousands of hours of gigabit but when your on the sand in a sandbox over which you dont understand and opon which you have not control you are just in real time going to get sniper fire from which there is no logarithm that can be bought which wil... more »

Carbon Brief’s Attempt To “FactCheck” The Telegraph Backfires Badly!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Carbon Brief have been up to their tricks again: Several newspapers, most prominently the Daily Telegraph, are pointing the finger at “green taxes” today, after British Gas blamed policy costs for its latest energy bill price rise. The UK’s largest utility is raising its electricity […]

The build up to war with North Korea has begun.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 14 hours ago
Courtesy of Vox: *“There is a military option: to destroy North Korea’s nuclear program and North Korea itself,” Graham told the Today show’s Matt Lauer. “He’s not going to allow — President Trump — the ability of this madman [Kim Jong Un] to have a missile that could hit America. “If there’s going to be a war to stop him, it will be over there,” Graham continued. * *“If thousands die, they’re going to die over there. They’re not going to die over here — and he’s told me that to my face.” * *Graham’s press office confirmed that the senator was, in fact, reciting the details of a ...more »

Karl Marx predicted Fenantly all

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 15 hours ago
It sounds all Greek tragedy if you say it that way but even Zeus would have to put his back into this one for a resolve that was not scorched earth and then when will you get followers after the flamethrower fries the worshipers industrial style like a God wants frys with that Well I have a T Shirt that can Change the world or at the very least bring a wry smile to those who walk the line Fentanyl Opiod is not a *crisis* Nihilism is I do drugs of all kinds and some changed my mind but I found that valuable and maybe it made me so cynical I cant roll a big bankroll because I want to... more »

Kidd Creole Awaits Arraignment in NYC on Murder Charge

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 15 hours ago
Police say 57-year-old Nathaniel Glover, also known as The Kidd Creole, was arrested on 2 Aug 2017 on murder charges after a deadly argument.

New column day

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 15 hours ago
Here, on what the Wall government means when it talks about entering into "partnerships" with the corporate sector - and why Saskatchewan's citizens shouldn't stand to be cut out of the Crown assets now owned for public benefit. For further reading... - Others have also noted the "partnership" phrasing used by the Saskatchewan Party in identifying the future beneficiaries of its largesse. - Bil 40 is found here. And its effect on existing Crowns has been identified as both SGI and SaskTel have been looking to cede operations to private businesses. - The "partnership" phrasing for ... more »

Trump SLAMS Congress–says US-Russian relations at “DANGEROUS all-time low”

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Congress is engaged in a cold war against Donald Trump that is disguised as a cold war against Russia. The post Trump SLAMS Congress–says US-Russian relations at “DANGEROUS all-time low” appeared first on The Duran.

Vladimir Putin’s 5 largest presidential grants

Anna Lutskova at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Originally appeared at RussiaFeed.com The full list of 1,023 projects from 970 non-commercial groups that will receive state funding was … The post Vladimir Putin’s 5 largest presidential grants appeared first on The Duran.

US interferes globally but Russia is not allowed secure borders

Shane Quinn at The Duran - 15 hours ago
From Vietnam to Venezuela, the US constantly interferes in the sovereign affairs of nations. Russia by contrast simply wants security on its borders. The post US interferes globally but Russia is not allowed secure borders appeared first on The Duran.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has wines named in his honour

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Filipino entrepreneurs in Spain are about to launch a line of wines and cava named for Rodrigo Duterte with proceeds benefiting rehabilitation and community charities in Philippines. The post EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has wines named in his honour appeared first on The Duran.

India’s road games will always flounder compared with China’s One Belt–One Road

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
By seeing its ambitious trading links as an alternative rather than an implicit part of One Belt--One Road, India will only ever attain second best via-a-vis the far larger Chinese initiative. The post India’s road games will always flounder compared with China’s One Belt–One Road appeared first on The Duran.

Thursday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 15 hours ago
This and that for your Thursday reading. - Charles Mathewes and Evan Sandsmark write that it's long past time to start treating the excessive accumulation of wealth as something to be questioned - rather than accepted as an inevitability, or worse yet admired: The idea that wealth is morally perilous has an impressive philosophical and religious pedigree. Ancient Stoic philosophers railed against greed and luxury, and Roman historians such as Tacitus lay many of the empire’s struggles at the feet of imperial avarice. Confucius lived an austere life. The Buddha famously left his opul... more »

Are We Becoming Western Money Slaves?

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 15 hours ago
*Most Recent Show: Peter Koenig: Are We Becoming Western Money Slaves?Show link https://www.patreon.com/posts/peter-koenig-are-13599843* Also check out: How and Why WWI Was Planned and Prolonged http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/08/01/ww1/ Saudi Regime on Very Shaky Ground http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/03/530565/Saudi-Arabia-Awamiyah-discrimination-clash-Saudi-troops-residents Iran files complaint on US violations of nuclear deal http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/08/02/iran-files-complaint-us-violating-nuclear-deal/ * * * *Another Recent Show: Charles Upton: Can Covena... more »

Call the British Bluff: They Are Bankrupt, and They Are Lying About Trump and Russia-gate

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 15 hours ago
From Seattle to Greenwich, from France to Spain, the international LaRouche movement is hammering away at the British Empire's plot to topple the Trump government, a plot premised entirely on the Big Lie that Russian President Vladimir Putin hacked DNC computers to throw the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Trump. That mobilization is drawing blood, but it must now be escalated on a foreshortened timeline, before the British Empire succeeds in their attempted coup, which would bring the world to the brink of thermonuclear war. We are in a position to break the situation wide ope... more »

Is The U.S. Congress Working On A New Authorization For U.S. Military Operations In The Middle East?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
The U.S. Capitol Building is pictured in Washington, February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed *Politico: **Administration sends mixed signals on Trump’s war powers* The Trump administration sent mixed messages Wednesday about a new authorization for U.S. military operations in the Middle East, encouraging senators to work on one while also deeming it unnecessary. The administration first asserted in a letter to lawmakers that Congress' 2001 war authorization covers its current military presence in the region, including the U.S. airstrikes against Syrian government-backed forces in Ma... more »

Is War Fatigue Setting In Washington?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Stratfor:* *In Washington, War Fatigue Is Setting In* As the newest administration in Washington hammers out a strategy for the war in Afghanistan, a rift has opened among U.S. policymakers about how to proceed. On one side is the Pentagon, which has proposed sending up to 3,900 troops to the conflict-ridden country. If approved, the move would escalate the United States' involvement in the war, which began over 15 years ago. On the other side of the debate is the White House, where reports have emerged of calls to draw down the U.S. troop presence in... more »

Scientists know about climate change

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
As I sit in London watching the rain fall as it has for most of July, indeed as it did for much of many recent summers, I remember the certainty with which The Guardian reported in 2006 as fact that: "Scientists know a lot about how events will unfold...which means that whatever we do, our climate destiny is fixed for the next few decades... Rainfall will decline in the summer and the increased deluges in winter will struggle to replenish thirsty reservoirs because much of the water will run off the baked ground." Scientists know... climate destiny is fixed... Rainfall will decline...more »

Why America's A-10 Warthogs Need More Laser-Guided Rockets

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, Asia* One word: ISIS. *Consisting* *of a rocket motor, seeker, warhead and fuze, APKWS rockets can attack targets at ranges up to 3 miles, according to BAE Systems information. BAE developers also report that the weapon has an 90-percent probability of hitting a target within two meters per single shot.* The Pentagon is fast-tracking new orders of laser-guided precision rockets needed to attack ISIS as US Coalition aircraft maintain an extremely high op-tempo of offensive operations in Iraq and Syria. A-10 Warthog attack planes, and other aircraft, have... more »

Can Regime Change In North Korea Make The Situation Worse?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
US intelligence assessments say Pyongyang still faces hurdles in creating a nuclear capable missile [Reuters] *Richard Sokolsky & Aaron David Miller, RCD/38 North*:* Regime Change in North Korea: Be Careful What You Wish For* Is the Trump administration seriously contemplating changing the regime in North Korea? Frankly, the signals are mixed. Ten days ago, at the Aspen Security Forum, CIA Director Mike Pompeo intimated as much, saying that he and other senior officials were ordered by President Trump to find a way to “separate the North Korean regime from its missiles and nuclear ... more »

Russian Prime Minister: 'US Has Declared Full-Fledged Trade War On Russia'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*BBC:* *US sanctions are 'trade war' on Russia, says PM Medvedev* Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said new sanctions imposed by the US are tantamount to declaring a "full-scale trade war" against Moscow. He said the measures, signed by Donald Trump, demonstrated the complete impotence of the US president, who he said had been humiliated by Congress. The law aims to punish Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 US elections and its actions in Ukraine. Mr Trump accused Congress of overreach on the legislation. *Read more *.... *WNU Editor:* It is a declaration of a ... more »

Palestinians can never be held to account

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
The Palestinian Authority’s Ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, refusing to condemn the brutal jihadi slaughter of three Israelis during their Shabbat dinner. Instead, he preferred to justify the murders, answering a reporter's question by saying that you shouldn't “expect all Palestinians to be angels” and adding “If people think that the Palestinian people are going to live in that situation without any form of resistance to it, that is not realistic and that is not fair.” I wonder if the institutionally anti-Israel BBC would agree with those sentiments. They certainly didn't ... more »

OMG! Ben Ray Luján Hasn't Resigned As DCCC Chair Yet!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Many progressives are sickened by DCCC chairman Ben Ray Lujan's (and the increasingly senile Pelosi's) decision to recruit and fund Blue Dogs and other anti-Choice candidates and pass them off to unsuspecting voters as real Democrats. One top Democratic candidate in one of the country's swingiest districts told me, on condition of anonymity and in fear of DCCC retribution, that he is "seeing the results of their active support of Blue Dog candidates right here in [his state]. People want authentic candidates who actually know the voters and care about their communities. National p... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Some charter school leaders’ pay far outpaces their public rivals* The median pay package for the top leaders of the 16 charter schools in Boston was $170,000 last year, making most of them among the highest-paid public school officials in Boston, according to a Globe review of payroll data. One charter school leader, Diana Lam of Conservatory Lab, earned more money than Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang, even though she oversaw a school of just 400 students. Lam, who retired in 2016, collected $275,000 in salary and an additional $23,000 for unused personal time off. Chang rece... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 17 hours ago
On Tuesday, we read this at the Daily Beast: ... White House aides are signaling newfound openness to working with congressional Democrats—or, at least, to alleviating some of the toxic partisan differences that have marked their tenure. Sources in the administration say an outreach campaign by newly minted Chief of Staff John Kelly is in the works to rebuild some bridges and, potentially, chip away at the unified Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump’s agenda. Even before he formally started the job, Kelly was reaching out to top Capitol Hill Democrats in hopes of regaini... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*We only have a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global warming, a study finds* *This is just prophecy. And we know how good Warmist prophecies are. They haven't got one right yet. Note some other prophecies following the one below. They can't all be right but they could all be wrong* In recent years, it has become increasingly common to frame the climate change problem as a kind of countdown — each year we emit more carbon dioxide, narrowing the window for fixing the problem, but not quite closing it yet. After all, something could still change. Emissions could still ... more »

Newspaper series prompts CDC to correct paper on Legionnaire’s disease

amarcus41 at Retraction Watch - 17 hours ago
Post-publication peer review isn’t just for scientists. Newspaper reporters can help correct the scientific record, too. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has corrected a journal article on Legionnaire’s disease after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette revealed what seems to be efforts by the researchers to misrepresent their data. In a series of articles […] The post Newspaper series prompts CDC to correct paper on Legionnaire’s disease appeared first on Retraction Watch.

The End Of Democracy

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
Across the globe, democracy is in trouble. Paul Mason catalogues the places where authoritarians are waging war on democratically elected governments: A rough inventory of July’s contribution to the global collapse of democracy would include Turkey’s show trial of leading journalists from Cumhuriyet, a major newspaper; Vladimir Putin’s ban on the virtual private networks used by democracy activists to evade censorship; Apple’s decision to pull the selfsame technology from its Chinese app store. Then there is Hungary’s government-funded poster campaign depicting opposition parties ... more »

Silly Season

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Should ITBB have a celebrity sidebar to attract more readers? When you’re looking at the Daily Mail online to read Peter Hitchens or a bold expose of something disturbing to do with Islam, your eyes slide sideways all by themselves and you absent-mindedly click on something just to see what some scantily dressed celeb has gone and done now. Trivia about reality TV personalities you’ve never heard of is of zero interest but stuff about Victoria Beckham or Mariah Carey, 47, who is allegedly starting to look like a whale has a certain pull. ITBB’s sidebar would consist of pictures of... more »

VIDEO: Russian jets pummel ISIS in Syrian Desert

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3: 15 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force continue to conduct effective airstrikes against ISIS targets in the Syrian Desert to shore up the Syrian ground forces which advance toward the group’s stronghold of Sukhnah. A video has been released showing a Russian SU-35 fighter delivers a direct hit against a machinegun-fitted vehicle […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army launches potentially the last assault to capture Al-Sukhnah

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive inside of Al-Sukhnah, Thursday, striking the Islamic State’s (ISIL) defenses in the southwestern corridor of the city. Backed by heavy airstrikes from their Russian allies, the Syrian Arab Army attempted to expand on the gains they made yesterday, pushing towards the city’s […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

At least 113 buses carrying jihadists cross Lebanese border for west Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 P.M.) – At least 113 buses carrying jihadists from the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham group and their families arrived in the Faleeta Barrens of west Damascus, Thursday, after crossing over from the ‘Arsal Barrens in east Lebanon. The 113 buses have made a brief stop in the Faleeta Barrens before they make the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Russia deploys anti-aircraft missiles in Damascus

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:13 P.M.) – A video has been released showing Russian security forces operating in the city of Damascus receiving and deploying 9K333 Verba shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles. The deployment of these systems by Russian security forces in Damascus is undoubtedly linked to the recent shelling attacks on Russia’s embassy in the city. These mortar […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Turkish Army attacks Kurdish forces in northern Aleppo

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The Turkish Army has once again targeted the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Aleppo, striking their positions near the Mennagh Military Airport and key town of Tal Rifa’at. According to Kurdish activists, the Turkish Army heavily shelled Tal Rifa’at and the village of Mennagh this morning, prompting the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Third de-escalation zone established in northern Homs: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Russian Ministry of Defence spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said that Moscow and Syrian opposition have agreed to create a new de-escalation zone in northern Homs, speaking in the Russian capital, Wednesday. Konashenkov stated that the parties agreed that on “August 3 starting at 12.00 local time (9:00am GMT), the moderate opposition […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: Russia reaches major de-escalation agreement with northern Homs militants

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has just announced a new ceasefire agreement that Russian mediators in Syria reached with rebels in the countryside of northern Homs Governorate. The new de-escalation zone agreement is large, including up to the 87 rebel-held towns and villages in a besieged region known as […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper attack drone spotted over Idlib

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:07 P.M.) – According to pro-opposition media, a US Air Force (USAF) MQ-9 Reaper attack drone, armed with munitions, has been spotted patrolling the skies over the Syrian province of Idlib. A picture (shown above) of the alleged drone – released on social media – appears to support his claim. If the picture […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

One of the Largest Banks in the World Just Accused of Laundering Millions for Drug Cartels

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 17 hours ago
[image: bank]Commonwealth Bank is in hot water, as civil penalties proceedings begin after an investigation found tens of thousands of violations of money laundering and terrorist financing laws.

Cop Tickets Man in Wheelchair for Not Crossing Street Fast Enough—After an SUV Ran Over Him

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 17 hours ago
[image: wheelchair]A Denver cop issued a ticket to a man in a wheelchair because he didn't make it across the street in the time allotted by the signal and got hit by an SUV.

Brazil's President Michel Temer Survives Congress Corruption Vote

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*New York Times*:* Brazilian Lawmakers Reject Bribery Prosecution of President Michel Temer* CURITIBA, Brazil — Brazilian lawmakers voted on Wednesday to spare President Michel Temer from standing trial on corruption charges, choosing to keep the deeply unpopular leader in place and avoid yet another round of political turmoil. Mr. Temer needed at least 172 lawmakers to back him or abstain from voting to avoid prosecution. In a marathon congressional session that underscored Brazil’s polarization, 263 deputies supported him and 227 voted against him. The remaining 23 lawmakers ab... more »

Canada's Intelligence Agency Calls Russian Hackers Morons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Sam Biddle, The Intercept:** White House Says Russia's Hackers Are Too Good to Be Caught but NSA Partner Called Them “Morons”* THE HACKERS BEHIND the dump of Democratic Party emails in the midst of last year’s presidential race left apparent evidence of their identity — a breadcrumb trail winding from the stolen files back to the Russian government, according to assessments from the U.S. intelligence community. Some of this evidence was there from the beginning, embedded inside the first documents to hit the web, raising a niggling question: Why would diabolically skilled Russian ... more »

Donald Trump's approval numbers hit a new low, but the good news is that his disapproval numbers hit a new high.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
#Trump Drops To New Low, Close To 2-1 Disapproval, National Poll Finds; 71 Percent Say President Is Not Levelheaded https://t.co/jYLZddx1e7 — Quinnipiac Poll (@QuinnipiacPoll) August 2, 2017 Courtesy of CBS News: *A poll from Quinnipiac University found that only a third of American voters, 33 percent, approve of his performance in office, while 61 percent disapprove of it. This marks his lowest approval and highest disapproval number since he was inaugurated, Quinnipiac said. * *His latest approval rating is down 7 percentage points from the 40 percent approval rating Mr. Trump ... more »

5 unintended consequences of US sanctions

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 18 hours ago
When it comes to sanctions, the law of unintended consequences works in Russia's supreme short and long term favour. The post 5 unintended consequences of US sanctions appeared first on The Duran.

‘Attempts to oust Russia from Europe’s energy market failed in 1970s, they will also fail now,’ says AmCham in Russia

Vladimir Rodzianko at The Duran - 18 hours ago
The signing of the US anti-Russian sanctions bill into law has not affected the work of US business in Russia, Alexis Rodzianko, President and CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (AmCham), told Sputnik on Thursday. The post ‘Attempts to oust Russia from Europe’s energy market failed in 1970s, they will also fail now,’ says AmCham in Russia appeared first on The Duran.

ČNB finally notices that the Czech economy is overheated

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
*Europe's first rate hike in many years* Since the November 7th, 2013 anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, the Czech National Bank (ČNB) artificially weakened the Czech currency and kept it weaker than 27 crowns per euro. During the 3+ years up to April 6th, 2017 when the cap was finally abandoned, the Czech National Bank quadrupled its Forex reserves so right now, Czechia's $143 billion of foreign reserves make us the 18th "most reserved" country in the world, almost tied with Italy, and safely beating the likes of the United States of America or Europe (ECB). ;-)... more »

Big America - The Growing Health Care Crisis

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 18 hours ago
With healthcare regularly commanding the headlines in the American mainstream and non-mainstream media, there is one related topic that gets almost no attention - health, particularly health as it relates to body weight. A recent updated analysis by the OECD looks at one key measure of health, that of obesity. Here is a summary of their findings. The study looked at the obesity rate in the 35 nations that make up the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and then compared the most recent obesity rates to those of the past. *The study found that, across the OECD, ... more »

‘We Are Ready’: If US Sanctions Hurt European Interests, EU Can React ‘Within Days’ – Juncker

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 18 hours ago
‘We Are Ready’: If US Sanctions Hurt European Interests, EU Can React ‘Within Days’ – Juncker by https://www.rt.com/ Europe will come up with an “adequate” response and “within days” if the newly-signed US anti-Russian sanctions law hurts the interests of European companies working with Russia, European Commission Head Jean-Claude Juncker has warned. – European interests should […]

China Threatens India Over Border: “Leave Chinese Land Or Face War”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 18 hours ago
China Threatens India Over Border: “Leave Chinese Land Or Face War” by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com While the world’s eyes are focused on Syria, Russia, Ukraine, and North Korea; there is another – much more tense – fight between two nuclear powers that is getting far too little attention. The world’s two most populous nations, China and India, […]

Oops, Republicans Did It Again

Veronique de Rugy at rss - 18 hours ago
[image: oops-republicans-did-it-again] With the GOP's retaking control of Congress and the White House, I actually thought Obamacare could be repealed and maybe even replaced with free market health care reforms. But though the night is still young in terms of the GOP's latest return to power, Republicans have quickly demonstrated that I should have trusted my usual pessimism, because it's clear that they're not guided by any principled support for limited government.

Lies, Damnable Lies and Downright Dangerous Lies

Activist Post at Activist Post - 18 hours ago
By Janet Phelan The founders of the United Nations would be heaving convulsively in their graves. A vision, forged out of the carnage of WWII... more »

"Where Were They" The Ten Year Wait to See a Patient with Autism: Denial by Blaxill & Olmsted

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
Note: Denial How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future is now available from Skyhorse Publishing. No matter your position on causation, the fact that the rate of autism continues to climb...

The Vaxxed Bus (like a rolling Vietnam Veteran Wall) is Coming to Burlington, VT

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
NOTE: If you have not seen the VAXXED bus, and are within driving distance of the beautiful city of Burlington, Vermont, please plan a trip on September 8. I was fortunate to be in Tampa, Florida last year when the...

Special Counsel Robert Mueller adds prosecutor who specializes in illegal foreign bribery to his team.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
Courtesy of Reuters: * A former U.S. Justice Department official has become the latest lawyer to join special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, a spokesman for the team confirmed. * *Greg Andres started on Tuesday, becoming the 16th lawyer on the team, said Josh Stueve, a spokesman for the special counsel. * *Most recently a white-collar criminal defense lawyer with New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, Andres, 50, served at the Justice Department from 2010 to 2012. He was deputy assistant attorney general in th... more »

Russia’s Range Of Responses To The Soviet Monument Row With Poland

Andrew KORYBKO at OrientalReview.org - 20 hours ago
it should be known that Russia believes that Poland’s actions violate two bilateral agreements from 1992 and 1994 dealing with the preservation of monuments in each other’s countries, and Moscow justifies any of its potential asymmetrical responses based on these grounds. The post Russia’s Range Of Responses To The Soviet Monument Row With Poland appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

Solar Panel Economics

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 20 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Dave Ward Dave tells me E.ON have been trying to sell his mum solar panels! Given that we are being encouraged to use solar panels (which we have not got), to charge batteries (which we have not got), in order to charge our electric cars (which we […]

China Update

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
The standoff near Bhutan continues, but several new things happened that are worth discussing. On 3 August, the Chinese Foreign Ministry published a 15-page statement with maps, photographs and documents. It said the "illegal action" by "trespassing" Indian soldiers "not only violated China's territorial sovereignty, but also challenged Bhutan's sovereignty and independence". The Chinese later stated that India reduced its military presence to just over 40 soldiers by 31 July, down from 400 earlier in the 45-day standoff. On the 3rd, India denied that it withdrew any of its troops a... more »

Australian dig finds evidence of Aboriginal habitation up to 80,000 years ago

White Wolf at White Wolf - 21 hours ago
Researchers are now systematically surveying the surrounding area to find additional sites, to see if even older evidence can be found. The findings on about 11,000 artefacts from Kakadu national park, published on Thursday in the journal Nature, prove Indigenous people have been in Australia for far longer than the much-contested estimates of between 47,000 and 60,000 years, the researchers said. Some of the artefacts were potentially as old as 80,000 years. The significant trove of thousands of artefacts was buried in 2.6 metres of sand and sediment on the western edge of the Ar... more »

The Gaian Dragon I Ching : The Week of Light - A Guest Post by James Clair Lewis

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
The Gaian Dragon I Ching : The Week of Light The Gaian Dragon Blog. 1 August 2017 * Brilliance 45 The Gaian Dragon I Ching* *Happy Lammas* *The Gaian Dragon I Ching Calendar* *#45 : Light* *Light the Way with Brilliance* *Develop Character. Light complements itself. Reflect Light into the world. Be at Peace. Do not give Trouble power over you. Stay on the Path* *Prepare before you Travel. Encourage Success. Have no fear. Be flexible. Care for Friends. * *Generate sustainable Wealth* *Let Intuition guide you* *The Imag... more »

Footage of SDF special forces training in Afrin

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The pro-Kurdish Rojava News media outlet has released footage showing a unit within the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) undergoing special forces training. The unit in question belongs to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) linked Jaysh al-Thuwar militant group which currently serves within the ranks of SDF. Furthermore, the recorded […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Elite Republican Guard unit infiltrates ISIS lines in southern Raqqa

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The elite 124th Special Forces Brigade of the Syrian Arab Army’s Republican Guard has carried a out a raid deep behind ISIS lines in southern Raqqa Governorate. The infiltration attack was carried out almost two days ago and involved the 124th Brigade’s al-Kawaser unit. The operation was approved by two […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Houthi forces capture a Saudi base

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – Recently Houthi rebels, backed up by pro-Saleh factions of the Yemen Army, captured a number of military bases of the Saudi Army on the territory of Saudi Arabia itself. Houthi media recorded footage showing the aftermath of a successful storming of one these bases. The Saudi installation in question is […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Tiger Forces liberate 7 towns, villages from ISIS in southern Raqqa: Map update

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – Yesterday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), led by the elite Tiger Forces and supported by pro-government tribal militias, liberated seven towns and villages along the western bank of the Euphrates River after an important operation that started two days ago. In this engagement, the Tiger Forces – striking east out […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

3 Examples That Show How Common Core Is Destroying Math Education In America

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I am not sure what exactly they are tying to do here, but the mere fact of falling performance makes it a serious mistake. So stop already. I do want to say that teaching the very necesary skill of arithmatic is completely different than developing skill in mathematics. Sort of learning how to write longhand is somewhat related to writing a novel. What is certain is that we are taught algorithms and not mathematics in order to master arithmatic. Those algorithms always depend on the memorization of the steps involved completely independent of mathematical subtlety. It als... more »

Remarkable Conclusions Kolbrin Bible

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The Kolbrin is a collection of books and scrolls whose physical remains have not yet been made available for investigation. Yet the traditions reported around its provenance suggested a genesis conformable to other such collections known and lost. Better yet it appeared from interpretations of other readers that it may well predate the Hebrew Bible. For that reason we dove into it the way we have by reading a short part of it every day in the hopes of picking up aspects that we could recognize. This stops us from reading over material and missing the obvious. I also add th... more »

There Has Been Just One Buyer Of Stocks Since The Financial Crisis

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This makes complete sense and yes the only place lenders have left in order to earn real profits will be lending to management in order to buy shares of successful companies. It is not the fed that is buying as some have suggested but successful companies buying in the equity. Who would not do this when you have great credit, cheap loans and no better place to invest. It is also a surprise only because i had not been looking for a long time. It is nice to not care. Cheap money is completely changing the corporate landscape as well as the housing market... *There Has Been J... more »

A puke bucket and an ancient drug: is ayahuasca the future of PTSD treatment?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The good news is that science is starting to roll out. The reports have been excellent regarding PTSD. And it would be best administered in a hospital fully up to speed. That is surely coming. The actual therapy does take several days to be properly applied for maximum effect. That also supplies ample recovery time to overcome any unwelcome fears. I do expect this and cannabis to fully enter the mental health industry and soon.. *A puke bucket and an ancient drug: is ayahuasca the future of PTSD treatment? * *I visited Peru to find out more about an intriguing ayahuasca stu... more »

Massive eruption of the 'Mountain of God' volcano in Tanzania is IMMINENT -

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
*[image: A massive eruption of 'Mountain of God' volcano is Tanzania (pictured) is imminent - and it could wipe out key sites in hominin history]* Well maybe. No history of eruptions is offered. It looks to produce plenty of ash, but it does not look like a volcano likely to blow apart. There is no surround evidence of past such events. It will certainly begin to dump ash for a while at least. By now we should all know to ignore local fears. Most of these events are often thousands of years apart and far less than anticipated. We need to learn how to measure deep lava movemen...more »

10 Life Changes You Can’t Avoid On The Path To Awakening

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Sound advice. When you are young to the path, it is easy enough to procrastinate or simply ignore aspects of your future life. But that is actually okay. There simply comes a time and place when those changes becomes easy. The key spiritual insight we all must achieve is to understand we are on a path of our own choosing, done just before we were born. My own path is amazing but then so is yours as well. If a global awakening is underway then all will experience that awakening and surely be better for it. Those who led will expect to teach. . *10 Life Changes You Can’t Av... more »

Navy SEAL Explains Why You Should Always End a Shower with Cold Water

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
. Skip the shock therapy approach as that only applies to those who can tolerate it. What you need to do instead is begin with a normal warm shower and complete your business. This allows the skin to acclimatize to water drawing off heat. Then notch the warm tap down in steps, each time showering fully to let the skin adjust. It quickly becomes tolerable. Do this until you have eliminated the warm water. I learned a long time ago that cold water is unpleasant only until your skin adapts. Then you can spend a long time there so long as you do not push it and jump into ice ... more »

Black Salve: The Magical Cancer Cure That’s Been Hidden From Us For Decades

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I have heard of black salve and had no idea what it was. However its genesis in South America is very promising because all such knowledge there is most certainly informed by an Ayahuasca trance. What i do know is that one friend used it to resolve a skin cancer lesion. It did not resolve the underlying internal cancer but i do not think he took it internally. At least we now understand what it is and internal applications need to also be checked. . *Black Salve* *The Magical Cancer Cure That’s Been Hidden From Us For Decades* * livetheorganicdream.com/b... more »

In High-Tech Japan, the Fax Machines Roll On

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
It appears that the transition to keyboard remains seriously difficult. I am not sure where this will end up. Actually switching to a keyboard friendly system is surely the best option and has already been developed. One will still master the usual system but also master the alternative. This is particularly practical for keyboard teaching while traditional ideograms are best done as a hand craft. It will also facilitate study in other languages as well. Yet the mere idea that thermal roll fax still sells 1700,000 is amazing.. *In High-Tech Japan, the Fax Machines Roll On... more »

War Crime and Vietnam.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I never quite knew the back story to this particular distressing photograph. The back story is worse. this man is in fact a bona fide war criminal who broke military discipline and becomes subject to summary judgement. In the same circumstances, as an officer on what is essentially an active battlefield, I too would have shot him then and there. Sorry snow flakes. Question of guilt was never an issue here. Yet this photo, because it was so compelling, was used to demonize the South Vietnamese who were suddenly fighting for survival and did indeed win the battle of the Tet offe... more »

Jurassic's low oxygen oceans

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I do question whether this was a global event. It is completely plausible for shallow seas to be chemically altered and ruinous to life. It is a completely different matter to say the same about the global deep ocean which holds most of the water and life itself. What is critical is that biological oxygen was sharply reduced and that really needs to happen in a bounded environment. The condition of surface life will also have been affected but not necessarily by oxygen problems. In short, there is plenty of controversy here and no firm conclusions should be taken except that h... more »

A Geologist’s Adventures with Bimini

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This item pretty nicely disposes of the problem of solid structures here. That is a good start in the right direction. I really doubt that actual ruins exist here at all. Bimini is not a place to obviously build anything, acquire fresh water for a real population or grow things either. That does not totally prevent building and other good reasons could well have existed. what we do know is that this was the ideal place to gather and protect the Bronze Age trading fleet making its annual run to Ireland and the Irish Sea. However Ialso suspect that this land dropped significa... more »

The New NAZI Threat

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
First off, the person establishing this threshold is completely able to make the correct calculations and to understand a non linear process. Something seriously lacking in the so called climate debate. Thus over the next decade autism will become epidemic. It also clarifies another issue. The resurgent NAZI clone known as the NWO ( New World Order) has been floating the MEME for a huge reduction in global population as well as the actual (revenge ) destruction of the USA and the West. To this end they have facilitated massive Islamic migration into the West by payoff... more »


arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The reason i am interested in this is strictly esoteric. And a strange story that is. What does waiting for Pilar actually mean? We were told to in fact wait for Pilar and that led to mostly a nothing burger. Lots of allusions in the spanish world not withstanding that Maria del Pilar is a common female name there. Other strains in this esoteric led adventure includes the Navigator and a Templar all pointing back now to Columbus of all people. Read this and it all gets stranger. as said i have no idea where this might lead at all except to understand the reral importance o... more »

Real X-Men? Psychic Captives Used In Government Operations

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
. Here is the problem. I know that this deep secret program exists and it has existed for a long time as back to the fifties. In this case, his friend was uniquely strong enough to stop someone's heart. I do not think they would have had him do this otherwise. I am also surprised this report came out, but it may also be part of a deliberate release. It is thus possible to warn off bad boys long before they become a threat. It is clearly a powerful weapon that can fall into bad hands. however also consider that this makes criminal leadership highly undesirabl... more »

Study Blows Greenhouse Theory Itself into the Dustbin of History

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Yes it really does. We now have a nicely testable model that applies to all planets including our own that can be tweaked and corrected for altitude and as new information arrives. This means a real high confidence baseline to measure variations and other putative theories. This reshapes the whole science of climate as local results can be now measured as plus or minus such a baseline. The whole tale is so over. Of course we will see no end of apologists attempt to hang on to the old. Hopefully this is faster than what we have dealt with in the past. Teachers need... more »

Mars covered in toxic chemicals that can wipe out living organisms, tests reveal

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Mars is bathed in ultra violet light which turns the Martian soil sterile.] Unsurprisingly the planet needs a foot or two of water. Pretty unlikely unless we impact a wet comet if such actually exists. This is also likely on other planets with atmospheres and scant water. Yet i do think that the planet has plenty of water deep down. Sublimation has built up those ice caps from somewhere. . *Mars covered in toxic chemicals that can wipe out living organisms, tests reveal* *Discovery has major implications for hunt for alien life on the red planet a... more »

Pope Francis: World Government Must Rule U.S. ‘For Their Own Good’ July 9, 2017

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The horrible flaw in everyone's brain is the idea that civilization can be ruled through a hierarchical structure when all the evidence says otherwise. In fact it chokes decision making . Yet the 'kings' still dream and it is nonsense. Capitalism works because power must be distributed in order to buy performance and failure to do so destroys the entity. The only way forward is to end poverty via the natural community.. *Pope Francis: World Government Must Rule U.S. ‘For Their Own Good’* *July 9, 2017* * Pope Francis told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that the United ... more »

Fibromyalgia Mystery Finally Solved! Researchers Find Main Source of Pain in Blood Vessels

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
There are no end of doctors who will argue imagination to rationalize their real ignorance. It is very annoying. Doctors must stop doing this and learn to acknowledge ignorance and that we lack successful protocols. Now we know something about our nervous system we did not understand and from that we get the basis for the pain. It is not going to be easy to resolve but now we have a real starting point and we may get lucky too. . *Researchers Find Main Source of Fibromyalgia Pain in Blood Vessels.* *by Donna Ker Leesley,* *http://medicalhealthnews.info/fibromyalgia-myster... more »

Biochar could be a game changer

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
First, i want to say that it is great to see this in such major industry magazines. All tells me that the long process of education is truly taking hold. I got on board back in 2007 when my own researches had made me aware some fifteen years earlier of carbon's potential for agriculture. Soil is the main event but also as a feed additive similar in effect to zeolites. Right now, the real science is taking off. This is wonderful Better yet they are monitoring the effect on manure as well. This important because it offers an effective way to introduce bio char into a f... more »

Fairbanks scientists stunned to find intact 40,000-year-old steppe bison

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This discovery is wonderful. The whole site may well be super productive. It is easy to forget just how large the ice age Mega-fauna became. The whole Northern Hemisphere was dominatrices deep into the lower latitudes by these creatures. As well the five degree climate temperature variation meant that a heavy fur was necessary almost year round. The end came with the polar comet impact around 12950 years ago. This also shifted the crust in such a manner as to end the Ice Age and usher in the olocene with its two degree variation. *Fairbanks scientists stunned to find intac... more »

Why education, healthcare and some other things cost ten times more than they used to and ten times more than elsewhere

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Most of that money has gone to wealth extraction systems added into the mix, most of which is directly or indirectly subsidized by government cash. Our politicians are typically too stupid to even understand what is been done, or more likely too well rewarded to look too closely. And just how stupid and lazy can you be to allow a prime beneficiary to write a law. as in KPG? Curiously this is one gag that Trump is likely to quash as he certainly knows better and understands the thinking. After all, it is much easier to put up with writing lines on a black board for hours on end ... more »

Religious leaders get high on magic mushrooms ingredient – for science

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
We know that this drug opens access to the spirit realm. As does ayahuasca as well. That access needs to be carefully monitored and guided in order to have the best effect. The best folks available to provide that guidance should be our actual religious leaders. The reality is that all religion is built on the impulse produced by successful meditation and prayer which opened the so called third eye and the light and sound currents. These drugs do promise to help all immensely along their path. Yet we are mostly babes at the moment and really need capable support. I also thin... more »

Chemotherapy May Spread Cancer and Trigger More Aggressive Tumours, Warn Scientists

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The news for chemo has always been bad and this now makes it far worse. Chemo actively makes changes that promote proliferation. Today there are multiple protocols available to deal with cancer generally, not least simple surgery which certainly buys time. Combining that with chemo is now contra indicated. What that means is that all other modes should be applied first as the risk of spreading is actually advanced by chemo.. . *Chemotherapy May Spread Cancer and Trigger More Aggressive Tumours, Warn Scientists* *By Sarah Knapton* *The Telegraph* *July 7, 2017* *http://w... more »

U.S. Government Anti-Gravity Fleet is Operational Today

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This document provides extensive disclosure regarding our present space craft and advanced air fleet craft that are already been used. It is interesting that the laser weapons used to form crop circles were used in Desert Storm to eliminate waves of attacking Iraqi soldiers. The capability certainly existed and its been used was never hinted at until now. Yet it certainly explains the Iraqi inability to use manpower in any effective manner. No wonder the remaining force in place was only looking for a way to surrender. The sheer extent of our technology is breath... more »

'We've Got To Lie' – BBC Dr. Who Producer Wants To Insert Black People At Points In History

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
This is from last year but does sum up the BBC's preference for political correctness over the truth. 'It's hugely important, and it's not good when we fail on that. We must do better," he said. "We've kind of got to tell a lie. We'll go back into history and there will be black people where, historically, there wouldn't have been, and we won't dwell on "We'll say, 'To hell with it, this is the imaginary, better version of the world. By believing in it, we'll summon it forth'."' More here at Breitbart More BBC brainwashing all over the BBC.

Jill Stein slams the “demonization” of North Korea in MSNBC interview (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 22 hours ago
Jill Stein also shared her thoughts on Russia to MSNBC as well. The post Jill Stein slams the “demonization” of North Korea in MSNBC interview (Video) appeared first on The Duran.


Anon at Aangirfan - 22 hours ago
In the UK, on 2 August 2017, the '*Three Musketeers*' were *found guilty of planning a UK terror plot* 'Vincent' is an MI5 officer involved in the case. On 24 February 2016, Vincent wrote to a colleague: 'It's nothing we ain't seen before … usual bollox *we planted it all and fitted em up*!' dailymail Defence lawyers, having discovered Vincent's message, claimed that the Three Musketeers were framed. In 2010, Rahman, one of the Three Musketeers, was approached by MI5. dailymail ... The Three Musketeers case was a False Flag? In 2011, two of the 'Musketeer plotters' travelled t... more »

Mark Of The Beast Pushed Here In America

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on Aug 2, 2017 Alex Jones premieres John Bowne’s report on the newly unveiled microchips that are being implanted into peoples’ hands between the thumb and index finger. Could this be the mark of the beast? end

‘It’s a Terrible Thing’: Ron Paul on Newly-Signed US Anti-Russian Sanctions

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on Aug 2, 2017 US President Donald Trump says the Russian sanctions law he signed into force is “seriously flawed” and includes unconstitutional provisions that usurp presidential authority. end

‘Trump is Forced into Trade War’: Virginia State Senator Richard Black

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on Aug 2, 2017 US President Donald Trump has signed legislation that imposes new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea and limits his ability to ease sanctions without approval from Congress. end

Jodi Rudoren Admits Palestinians Experience ‘Apartheid’ – But Not in NYTimes

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Jodi Rudoren Admits Palestinians Experience ‘Apartheid’ – But Not in NYTimes by http://www.jonathan-cook.net/ Mondoweiss – 1 August 2017 Guess who said this recently: Israel’s treatment of Palestinians looks “a lot like apartheid” – and not just in the occupied territories, but inside Israel too, where one in five citizens are Palestinian. – “I actually think the […]

North Korea or Iran…Where Will President Trump Attack First?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
North Korea or Iran…Where Will President Trump Attack First? by ron paul, http://ronpaulinstitute.org/ President Trump seems to be impatiently racing toward at least one disastrous war. Maybe two. The big question is who will be first? North Korea or Iran? – Over the past several days President Trump has sent two nuclear-capable B-1 bombers over the Korean […]

EU Ready to Take ‘Retaliatory Countermeasures’ Against US Over Russian Sanctions

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
EU Ready to Take ‘Retaliatory Countermeasures’ Against US Over Russian Sanctions by https://sputniknews.com/ In the latest signal of a potential trade war between the US and Europe, German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries has once again lashed out at the US anti-Russian sanctions program, stating it violates international law and punishes European firms, and called on the […]

Russia, Belarus Joint Drills Used As Pretext For NATO War Preparations

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Russia, Belarus Joint Drills Used As Pretext For NATO War Preparations by PETER KORZUN, https://www.strategic-culture.org/ «Zapad-2017» is a joint strategic military exercise of Russia and Belarus scheduled for September 14-20, 2017. NATO, the United Nations, the OSCE and other countries have been invited to send their observers. In compliance with provisions of the Vienna Document, Russia presented detailed […]

War Is Right Around The Corner: Russia Mobilizes Three Motorized Rifle Division “Strike Forces” In Preparation For Rapid Offensive Assault On Ukraine

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
War Is Right Around The Corner: Russia Mobilizes Three Motorized Rifle Division “Strike Forces” In Preparation For Rapid Offensive Assault On Ukraine by Jeremiah Johnson, July 31st, 2017, http://www.SHTFplan.com “Signing a bill that sanctions Russia would mark a significant shift for Trump. He’s repeatedly cast doubt on the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia sought to […]

Australia “Weather-Experts” Falsify Climate Change

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Australia “Weather-Experts” Falsify Climate Change by Jon Rappoport, https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/ “Global warming is a non-problem…I say this to Obama: Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong. Dead wrong.” (Dr. Ivar Giaever, Nobel-Prize winner in physics) – “The computer models just weren’t reliable. In fact, I’m not sure the whole thing isn’t crazy, this climate change.” (Green Guru […]

Deep State Regime Change Operation Exposed — Harley Schlanger

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on Aug 1, 2017 “We’re dealing with a coup, a regime change operation run by the same people who have done this over and over in Libya, in Ukraine, in Central America, these so called banana republics. They’re turning the United States into a banana republic.” — Harley Schlanger end

‘Deep State’ Likely to Force Trump’s Hand on Anti-Russia Sanctions

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
‘Deep State’ Likely to Force Trump’s Hand on Anti-Russia Sanctions by https://sputniknews.com/ If President Donald Trump signs the anti-Russian sanctions bill sitting on his desk it likely indicates that the US foreign policy and national security establishment prevailed in their bid to renew the Cold War, former adviser to Senate Republican leaders Jim Jatras told Sputnik. […]

Trump Planning to Sign Russia Sanctions ‘Signals Dysfunctional President’ – Ron Paul Institute

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on Aug 2, 2017 The U.S. Secretary of State says both he and Donald Trump are unhappy about new anti-Russia sanctions, but will still follow through with the decision of Congress. end

Flashback 1933: The Great Meteor Shower of Draco The Dragon (Draconids or Giacobinids)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Draconids From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The October Draconids, in the past also unofficially known as the Giacobinids, are a meteor shower whose parent body is the periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. They are named after the constellation Draco, where they seemingly come from. Almost all meteors which fall towards Earth ablate long before reaching its surface. The Draconids […]

Get Ready! The Brightest Meteor Shower in The Recorded Human History is Happening

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Meteor shower, “stars falling from heaven” is a sign of the coming of the fallen angels. The Perseid meteor shower will be followed by the Draconid meteor shower in September/October 2017. The 2017 Draconid meteor shower is expected to reach its peak on October 8. The Draconids owe their name to the constellation Draco the Dragon. – […]

Judge Napolitano: Awans Had Access To Email Of Every Member Of Congress, Sold Information

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Judge Napolitano: Awans Had Access To Email Of Every Member Of Congress, Sold Information by zeropointnow, https://ibankcoin.com/ The rapidly unfolding case against Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Pakistani IT spy ring already had huge implications for National Security. Now, the story apparently goes beyond just the Democrats the Awan family was working for… – Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on Fox Business Network on Monday where he […]

AUDIO: Seymour Hersh Claims Seth Rich Was DNC Email Leaker

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on Aug 1, 2017 Wikileaks just tweeted out an audio recording of journalist Seymour Hersh who claims his sources told him evidence was found on DNC IT employee Seth Rich’s computer linking him to DNC email Wikileaks dump. end

Ranking The World's Deadliest Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*CNET*: *The deadliest weapons on Earth, ranked* A common thread through human history is the constant development of deadly new combat technologies. The US Army and Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists have completed research on weapons used throughout history, using real-world data from battles to calculate their "lethality index," a numerical way to show how deadly each weapon can be that accounts for weapon range, rate of fire, accuracy, radius of effect and battlefield mobility. Here's how the US Army's rankings fell. *Read more *.... *WNU Editor: *Not surprising .... hydrogen... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Falling Through Time”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
2002, “Falling Through Time” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8Qa02s34Hc


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
"If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
China-India border spat casts shadow ahead of BRICS summit https://t.co/iOuC6X4xyd pic.twitter.com/5YTqTWBbsf — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 3, 2017 In rare bipartisan display, Democrats back Trump on China trade probe https://t.co/Cl1TY0RpAh pic.twitter.com/nQuBFhtSNV — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 3, 2017 'The biggest concern is retaliation, [since] China now has the second-largest economy in the world'https://t.co/2BQmT1ytL6 — Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) August 3, 2017 https://t.co/6RHebeNTmQ — Chuck Yeager (@GenChuckYeager) August 2, 2017

Leaders Turning to Data, Cultural Strategies to Boost Tribal Students’ Success

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the American Indian College Fund hosted Tribal College and University (TCU) presidents this week in the first TCU Presidents’ Convening in Princeton, New Jersey.

Spelman Scholar Extending Trailblazing Author Butler’s Reach

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
Spelman College offers a course within the English major, which is taught by Dr. Tarshia Stanley and focuses on the work of speculative fiction author, Octavia E. Butler.

I Failed the System: Representation, Meritocracy and Changing Education from the Top Down

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
I couldn’t fit the “college mold”, so I just gave up. I thought I failed the system and not the other way around. And, there are many first-generation, working-class youth giving up every day because they feel the same way.

Experts: Intimidation at Heart Department of Justice Plan

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
The U.S. Department of Justice’s recently revealed plan to investigate and sue colleges that wrongly use race in college admissions is a scare tactic meant to dissuade colleges from using race as one of many factors, as permitted by the U.S. Supreme Court.

China Threatens South Korea Over THAAD Redeployment

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© Missile Defense Agency *Sputnik:** Beijing Bares Teeth, Threatens South Korea Over THAAD Redeployment* Beijing has made no secret of its displeasure with South Korea’s deployment of the American-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system - and now that the deployment has resumed, China may seek to retaliate against Seoul. When liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office in May, Chinese leadership likely breathed a sigh of relief, as he announced a forestalling of the THAAD deployment for up to 15 months while the South Korean government undertook an envi... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Russian Airborne Troops’ reconnaissance squadron performs tasks on Lynx Light Multirole Vehicles. © PHOTO: RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY *WNU editor*: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *'Nobody But Us!' Russian Paratroopers Celebrate Professional Holiday* (Sputnik).

White House Purging Key Officials In The National Security Council

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Joshua Roberts / Reuters *New York Times: **White House Purging Michael Flynn Allies From National Security Council* WASHINGTON — The White House has engaged in a slow-motion purge of hard-line officials at the National Security Council in recent weeks, angering conservatives who complain that the foreign policy establishment is reasserting itself over a president who had promised a new course. The latest to go was Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who ran the N.S.C.’s intelligence division and, like others who have left, was originally appointed by Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first nat... more »

China Colonel Warns India: 'If You Don't Want War, Get Out Of Chinese Territory,'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Shanghaiist*: *WATCH: 'If you don't want war, get out of Chinese territory,' China colonel warns India* As the standoff between India and China continues in the disputed border region of Doklam, a heated exchange on a Chinese TV news show has gone viral, providing a nice encapsulation of the thinking on both sides of the dispute. In a debate show on CGTN, the English-language arm of China Central Television (CCTV), a retired Indian Army major general, Ashok Mehta, squared off against Chinese Ministry of National Defense Senior Colonel Zhou Bo. Mehta started things out by accusin... more »

Nancy Pelosi, Like Paul Ryan, Needs A Serious Reelection Challenge-- Meet Stephen Jaffe

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Nancy Pelosi used to be my own member of Congress. She was a lot more progressive-- even forcefully so, back then-- than my current member of Congress, her New Dem ally and former Blue Dog Adam Schiff. I used to vote for her regularly. Except for the first time he ran, I never voted for Adam. I never thought the day would come when I would urge my friends in San Francisco to vote against Pelosi. But this anti-Choice, pro-Blue Dog stand of hers and her puppet Ben Ray Lujan's was the last straw for me. And she happens to have an excellent primary opponent this time in Stephen Jaffe... more »

Russia retreats on claims of Al-Baghdadi’s death

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 1 day ago
Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service admits no proof Al-Baghdadi is dead. The post Russia retreats on claims of Al-Baghdadi’s death appeared first on The Duran.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 day ago
I'm running into a lot of people who assume that America will recoil from the newly announced Trump administration policy on immigration, and that the man tasked with defending it today, White House adviser Stephen Miller, repulsed the vast majority of Americans, especially in his heated exchange with CNN's Jim Acosta: ... Acosta asked a question about a policy to only let in English-speaking immigrants. He quoted “The New Colossus,” the famous poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty, before saying, “It doesn’t say anything about speaking English or being able to be a computer progra... more »

Imagining Russia post-Putin

Peter Rutland, Professor of Government, Wesleyan University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the students on July 21, 2017. Alexei Nikolsky/via AP On July 21, Vladimir Putin was asked at an audience with schoolchildren what he will do when he retires. He replied, “I haven’t decided yet if I will leave the presidency.” While everyone is obsessed with following the twists and turns of the ties between Putin and President Trump, it is important to bear in mind that the relationship between the two countries will long outlast these two men. Putin will run again in the March 2018 presidential election, and he is sure to win. His appro... more »

China's Anti-Satellite Missile test Fails

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Free Beacon: **China Carries Out Flight Test of Anti-Satellite Missile* DN-3 missile highlights growing space warfare capabilities. China recently carried out a flight test of a new anti-satellite missile that highlights the growing threat of Beijing's space warfare capabilities. The flight test of the Dong Neng-3 direct ascent missile was tracked by U.S. intelligence agencies on July 23 from China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia, in northwestern China, said U.S. defense officials familiar with reports of the launch. The officials said the launch wa... more »

Jim Marrs December 5, 1943 - August 2, 2017

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
Jim Marrs at the podium. Photo copyright by Kevin Randle For those of you who haven't heard, Jim Marrs had died. He was famous for his book, *Alien Agenda *and his book on the Kennedy assassination, *Crossfire*. That book became the basis for Oliver Stone's movie, JFK. Personally, I meant Marrs only twice and both times at UFO symposium or conferences. We disagree on several cases such as the UFO crash at Aurora, Texas in 1897, but that didn't mean that we argued loudly or attacked each others research techniques or beliefs. He was always cordial and answered the questions of his fa... more »

Why South Korea Needs THAAD

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, Asia* North Korea makes this missile defense system a must have. The United States’ top military official in South Korea is expressing his confidence in Lockheed Martin’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system. Washington has deployed the THAAD to the Korean peninsula to deter North Korea, which has stepped up testing of its ballistic missiles. The THAAD is designed as a theatre missile defense system but has a limited capability to defeat even intercontinental ballistic missile in the terminal phase of flight. “This most recent i... more »

Why Russia's New ICBM Might be the Real Nuclear Missile America Should Fear

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, Europe* Or not? More details are emerging about Russia’s new RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile. According to Russian media, the weapon is being developed to replace the massive but ageing 210-ton R-36M2 Veovoda (SS-18 Satan) missile which has a throw weight of roughly 8.8-tons. However, most Western experts believe the weapon is more likely a replacement for the smaller 106-ton UR-100N —also known as the SS-19 Stiletto. In fact, there are conflicting reports about the size of the RS-298, which has been given the NATO designation SS-X-30... more »

The Iran Deal Is Not Perfect—but Its the Only Option We Have

Daniel R. DePetris at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Daniel R. DePetris* *Security, Asia* [image: A military truck carrying a Raad missile drives past a picture of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) during a parade marking the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran September 22, 2015.] Iran hawks may not like to admit this, but the JCPOA is the best outcome. When President Donald Trump certified Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement earlier this month, the decision came with a potent amount of anger and resignation. It became abundantly clear almost immediately that Trump didn’t want to provide... more »

America Should Not Cheer on an India-China Fight

Lyle J. Goldstein at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Lyle J. Goldstein* *Security, Asia* [image: Soldiers drive Pakistan's Al Khalid tanks during Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood] Playing geopolitics in South and Central Asia can have disastrous consequences for U.S. national security. Tensions have been building on the Himalayan frontier that separates China and India, even as a new round of political instability roils Pakistan. A recent skirmish in Kashmir, moreover, raises the stark possibility of a South Asian conflagration that involves not just two nuclear powers, bu... more »

Inside Washington's Soft-Power Sanctions War

Doug Bandow at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Doug Bandow* *Security, Americas* Washington’s promiscuous bullying via soft-power sanctions is increasingly resented by friend and foe alike. Congress voted to tighten economic sanctions against Russia. Embargoes once were imposed only occasionally and after serious debate. Today legislators and presidents think nothing of banning investment, trade and other contacts with foreign peoples and nations. They punish people and companies from other countries—such as Europe in the case of the anti-Russia legislation—for not following America’s rules. Of course, sanctions are suppose... more »

What Donald Trump Can Learn from Dunkirk

Douglas Macgregor at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Douglas Macgregor* *Security, Americas* [image: U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division engage their targets during a Live Fire Exercise for United Accord 2017 at Bundase Training Camp, Bundase, Ghana, May 26, 2017. ​Flickr / U.S. Department of Defense] For anything to change for the better inside the army, Trump must do what the British did not do: decide what’s most important. President Trump understands that American society is above all the idea it forms of itself. Trump’s grasp of this truth expl... more »

This Congressional Bill Could Corrode America's Relationship with China

Quinn Marschik, Bill Bray at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Quinn Marschik, Bill Bray* *Security, Asia* [image: Honour guards march during a welcoming ceremony attended by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter] It could lead to an arms race in the Asia-Pacific region and heighten the chance of military conflict. Fresh off aggressive action against Russia, the U.S. Congress is turning to Asia and America’s increasingly precarious strategic position. After the Obama administration’s underwhelming follow-up... more »

Quote of the Day: On happiness

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*"Man's happiness or well-being, which in Aristotle's system also is regarded as the supreme end of all endeavour, is, indeed, dependent in part upon external fortune; it is not complete until this has afforded its good things; but ethics has to do only that which stands in our power, only with the happiness which man gains by his own activity. Every being, however, becomes happy by the unfolding of his own nature and of his own peculiar activity -- man, therefore, through reason. The virtue of man is, accordingly, that habitude or permanent state of mind through which he is made... more »

Italy seizes the first NGO ship of human smugglers

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
Czech readers were somewhat pleased by the news that at least some sanity is returning to Italy. A Sicilian prosecutor has ordered to confiscate Iuventa, an NGO ship that has been shown to "cooperate" with the human flesh traffickers. Iuventa belongs to Jugend Rettet (Young Saviors), a German NGO originally founded by some high school students in 2015. The prosecutor announced he has serious evidence of repeated encounters between Jugend Rettet and the recognized traffickers close to the Libyan border. Well, you may see it – a video of June 18th and June 26th incidents. On the... more »

Beyond the West Horizon

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

President Trump: U.S.‘Losing’ Afghan War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*NBC*: *Trump Says U.S.‘Losing’ Afghan War in Tense Meeting With Generals* WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has become increasingly frustrated with his advisers tasked with crafting a new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and recently suggested firing the war's top military commander during a tense meeting at the White House, according to senior administration officials. During the July 19 meeting, Trump repeatedly suggested that Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford replace Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in A... more »

Better Deal?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
I spend half my day talking to candidates and congressional incumbents. I haven't heard a single one mention the new Papa John's Pizza slogan Pelosi and Schumer are pushing on Democrats. A crew of top *Politico* reporters found the same thing. One congressmember told me, on the condition of anonymity, that Pelosi "is a leader with no following. They've all died, retired... or largely evaporated." *Politico* talked with rotgut California Blue Dog, Jim Costa, who doesn't like any national messaging since he has little in common with normal Democrats and nothing at all with anything t... more »

Donald Trump finally, begrudgingly, signs Russia sanction bill into law.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
Fine, I'll sign it. But I am not happy about it. Courtesy of NPR: *After being approved by overwhelming majorities in Congress, President Trump begrudgingly signed into law new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday. The move is in contrast with his frequently stated desire to improve relations with the country. The president also issued a signing statement where he declared that the legislation has a number of what he deems to be "unconstitutional provisions." * *The sanctions bill targets Russia's mining and oil industry, and aims to punish the country for interfering in the 201... more »

Afghanistan Is Getting a Lot Worse

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*War Is Boring: **Wow, Afghanistan Is Getting a Lot Worse* *More civilians and troops are dying as government funds dry up* Militant attacks are escalating. Afghan military casualties are high. Deserters number in the thousands. Kabul’s coffers are depleted. American officials are cowering in their fortified compounds. That’s the dark picture that the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction — the U.S. government’s watchdog agency for the Afghanistan war — painted in its July 2017 quarterly report. Since invading Afghanistan in late 2001 in retaliation for the 9/11... more »

SS Normandie

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Port Sidney Harbour, Vancouver Island, BC

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*greencrow explains 2 hour delay leaving* *Ganges* Trouble in paradise this morning, folks. We couldn't get Limerence to start. Tried everything. I must have turned the key a dozen times. Captain pulled the whole boat apart trying to access various engine and gizmos in an effort to fix the problem. Finally, it getting hot, I took the dogs and went to get breakfast at a local restaurant famous for breakfasts. Sat there for an hour, shot the above video, then got a phone message from the Captain. The boat was fixed and he was waiting for me. We grabbed our breakfast "to go" a... more »

X22 Report, “It's Not The Stock Market Bubble You Need To Worry About It's The Everything Bubble”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
X22 Report, “It's Not The Stock Market Bubble You Need To Worry About It's The Everything Bubble” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqR3ic0VDmA *Related followup report:* X22 Report: “The Bad Guys Believe They Have The Upper Hand, Wait For It...” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=798bvyASgS8

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Is there a monster in IC 1396? Known to some as the Elephant's Trunk Nebula, parts of gas and dust clouds of this star formation region may appear to take on foreboding forms, some nearly human. The only real monster here, however, is a bright young star too far from Earth to hurt us. *Click image for larger size.* Energetic light from this star is eating away the dust of the dark cometary globule near the top of the featured image. Jets and winds of particles emitted from this star are also pushing away ambient gas and dust. Nearly 3,000 light-years distant, the relatively faint I... more »

Father Knows Worst

nonnie9999 at HYSTERICAL RAISINS - 1 day ago
From CBS News: Following a report that President Trump dictated a statement to his son Donald Trump Jr. regarding his meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asserted that Mr. Trump only “weighed in” and “offered suggestions” … Continue reading →

Are People in Brooklyn Refusing to Vaccinate Their Pets Over Autism Fears?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
This viral story has its origins in a neighborhood paper, but it is based entirely on the vague comments of two veterinarians and the musings of seemingly random people on the street.

Does a Meme Accurately Advise Sexual Assault Victims?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
A meme posted to Reddit made statements of mixed accuracy about the rights of victims of rape and sexual assault.

2 US Service Members Killed In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Afghan suicide bomber kills two U.S. soldiers in NATO convoy* KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A suicide bomb attack killed two American troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday as they were traveling in a convoy near the airport in the southern city of Kandahar, the U.S. military said, in a strike claimed by the Taliban insurgency. The attack was a reminder of the dangers posed to the 8,400 U.S. forces in Afghanistan as President Donald Trump weighs sending thousands more troops to America's longest war. The goal would be to better assist Afghan forces, who are locked in a sta... more »

34 Russian soldiers killed-in-action across Syria since intervention began: Kremlin

(TASS NEWS) Only official information from the Russian Defense Ministry regarding the number of casualties among the Russian military in Syria can be trusted, Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. Reuters news agency reported earlier that the number of casualties among Russians in Syria was much higher in comparison with the officially provided figures. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS forces kid to become suicide bomber in Raqqa

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:10 A.M.) – ISIS commanders appear to have reached new levels of desperation in the battle for Raqqa, now turning on the very young to fend off Kurdish forces. Abu Hurirah Al-Halabi, an indoctrinated child originating from Aleppo, faced his last moments due to this Islamic State policy, having been deployed as suicide […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Syrian Army holds parade in Qamishli, shows off military power to rival Kurds

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:20 P.M.) – Tanks and armored vehicles patrolled Qamishli on Wednesday afternoon as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) sent a clear message to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that government troops refuse to tolerate the establishment of Rojava, a self-proclaimed Kurdish federation spanning across much of northern Syria. Although cut off from the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Trump Effectively Admits To Being Putin’s Boy Plus Appears to Regret That The US Isn’t A Dictatorship in Statement Re Sanctions Bill

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
Trump’s complaints regarding the US Sanctions Bill, which it would have been futile to veto because the US Congress would … Continue reading →

Mueller’s Role in Delivering Uranium to Russians Raises Questions

Steve Byas at rss - 1 day ago
[image: mueller-s-role-in-delivering-uranium-to-russians-raises-questions] The cable unearthed by WikiLeaks raises doubts about the objectivity of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

President Trump Signs Russian Sanctions Bill But Criticises Congress For It

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post*:* Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, but makes clear he’s not happy about it* President Trump on Wednesday signed into law a bill that imposes new sanctions on Russia, but he immediately expressed doubts about its constitutionality and criticized Congress for giving itself greater powers to prevent him from rolling back penalties aimed at Moscow. Trump's reluctant signing of the legislation came nearly a week after it was approved by overwhelming, bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate that assured any veto could be overridden. Trump’s statement, how... more »

Maybe The U.S. Navy Should Build Some Smaller Ships?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
US/South Korea exercises in March. (US Navy) *James Seddon, Task & Purpose*: *The Navy Needs To Stop Buying Big Ships To Do All Its Small Jobs* As a Navy “blackshoe” surface warfare officer, I saw firsthand how our fleet’s leaders have more missions than they have ships to fill them. I watched flag staff in a command center wrestle with operational problems that would have been easier if they’d had more hulls, more ships, of just about any kind of surface combatant. The Navy’s go-to workhorse destroyers are too expensive to fill the gap, and its recent small-ship programs have bee... more »

Morris Brown Appoints 4 New Board Members

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
Morris Brown College, a historically Black college in Atlanta, has appointed four new members to its Board of Trustees. The new appointees come from diverse backgrounds in business, education and government. The new trustees are: Clarence Ogletree, a Morris Brown College alumnus and retired General Motors Corporation executive and business consultant; Dr. John Foster, a […]

Judge Dismisses Most of Title IX Lawsuit Against Haskell

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
LAWRENCE, Kansas — A federal judge has dismissed most of a Title IX lawsuit filed against Haskell Indian Nations University by a former student who says she was treated unfairly and ultimately expelled after she reported she was raped in a dormitory three years ago by two football players. In his decision, U.S. District Judge […]

SMU Group Unhappy About 9/11 Memorial Relocation

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
DALLAS — A group at a Texas university is angry they have to move a 9/11 memorial to a less-prominent part of campus. The Young Americans for Freedom group has set up nearly 3,000 flags on Southern Methodist University’s Dallas Hall Lawn annually since 2010, The Dallas Morning News reported . But university officials recently […]

Australia “Weather-Experts” Falsify Climate Change

Activist Post at Activist Post - 1 day ago
By Jon Rappoport “Global warming is a non-problem…I say this to Obama: Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong. Dead wrong.” (Dr. Ivar Giaever, Nobel-Prize... more »

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