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Saturday, February 18, 2017

18 February - Blogs I'm Following

11:33 pm MST

The Ongoing Saga 78: News, Updates, Tidbits & Trivia

Last update Sunday 19 February 2017, UTC Most recent updates are on top, after image-intro commentary, so that routine readers will not have to scroll-down far. Time is UTC-GMT. Updates as frequently as possible (recently around once per week; in the past daily; the future is unwritten). This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/the-ongoing-saga-77-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ Just As […]

Tensions Grow Between Russia And Belarus

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 minutes ago
The battles over oil and gas have unexpectedly led to an excessive list of complaints from Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Source: Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti *FOX News/AP*:* Russia-Belarus rift grows as Putin loses patience* MINSK, Belarus – In more than two decades in power, the autocratic leader of Belarus has cast his nation as Moscow's closest ally, securing tens of billions of dollars in Russian subsidies. At the same time, President Alexander Lukashenko has skillfully exploited Russia's security fears by occasionally reaching out to the West to win concessions ... more »

Dissecting This Week's Unfolding Events

Joachim Hagopian at American Empire Exposed - 27 minutes ago
I got the chance to dialogue with Don Grahn from Seattle Community Media again over the major events unfolding this past week, from the Fukushima radiation disaster to the Oroville Damn potential disaster to the current takedown of the treasonous anti-Trump coup after the political assassination of Michael Flynn as his now former national security advisor. The consequences of this subversive overthrow in process has Trump now succumbing to the larger diabolical systemic forces that are the predatory vultures circling around him as they move in for the kill. The outcome appears to ... more »

This Country Is Leading The Robot Revolution

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 27 minutes ago
Reports show that more than half of the world’s workforce could be replaced by robots in the next five years. How do robots take human jobs?

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 41 minutes ago
*Venom View* Marines ride in a UH-1Y Venom over New Orleans, Feb. 16, 2017. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha K. Braun

Why Vegetable Farmers Aren't On Board The No-Till Train

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 46 minutes ago
No-till farming uses cover crops to conserve soil and suppress weeds but many vegetable producers haven't embraced it yet. The reason is simple; small-seeded vegetable crops struggle to emerge through thick cover crop residues. A recent program sought to see how it might work better with string beans, a common staple of many dinners, and possessing larger seeds. In both Illinois and Washington, USDA-ARS agronomist Rick Boydston and University of Illinois ecologist Marty Williams grew vetch, rye, and a combination of the two cover crops before killing them with a roller-crimper—a ma... more »

British Intelligence: Russia Plotted To Overthrow Montenegro's Government Last Year By Assassinating Its Prime Minister

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Photo: Montenegrin Parliament. *The Telegraph:* *Russia plotted to overthrow Montenegro's government by assassinating Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic last year, according to senior Whitehall sources* Russia plotted to assassinate the prime minister of a European nation and overthrow its government last year, according to senior Whitehall sources. An election-day coup plot to attack Montenegro’s parliament and kill the pro-Western leader was directed by Russian intelligence officers with the support and blessing of Moscow, to sabotage the country’s plan to join Nato. The plot was fo... more »

Black Lives Matter? Ice-T And Body Count Have Something To Say About That

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Body Count's new album, *Bloodlust*, will be out March 31 but yesterday, the band's new single was released. You can hear it-- and watch the provocative new video-- above; please do. It's special for me, mostly because Bodycount is a band I worked with when I was general manger of Sire Records. Seymour Stein had signed Ice-T to the label and he was a star-- a successful star who sold a *lot* of albums. In 1990 Ice asked me to come see his metal band, Body Count, play. Their music and stage show were right up my alley and they were a big hit at Lollapalooza in 1991. It's nice when ... more »

Norma "Jane Roe" McCorvey Dies at 69

Lisa Shaw at rss - 1 hour ago
[image: norma-jane-roe-mccorvey-dies-at-69] Norma McCorvey — also known as Jane Roe of *Roe v. Wade* — died Saturday in Katy, Texas at the age of 69. McCorvey spent much of her life working to undo the damage of *Roe v. Wade*.

White House Fires Senior National Security Council Aide After Criticising President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Politico*:* White House dismisses NSC aide after harsh criticism of Trump* *Official complained about the president at a closed-door think tank gathering.* The White House abruptly dismissed a senior National Security Council aide on Friday after receiving reports that he had publicly laced into the president and his senior aides, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump at an event hosted by a Washington think tank. The aide, Craig Deare, was serving as the NSC's senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Earlier in the week, at a private, off-the-record... more »

A Look Inside Crimea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*FOX News*: *Crimea under Russia: Locals fear more mayhem if forced to return to Ukraine* SIMFEROPOL, Crimea – It has been almost three years since Russia annexed the Ukrainian-governed Crimea, to the outrage of many leaders across the world. But for many who remain in the Black Sea peninsula, the thought of being returned to the Ukraine is both unthinkable and frightening. "We are neither Russian nor Ukrainian. We are Crimean. America, the EU, everyone needs to leave Crimea alone!" Olga Borodina, 32, owner of a PR analytics firm, told Fox News from the Crimean capital of Simferop... more »

Dasani Products Recalled Due to ‘Clear Parasite’?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
Reports that Coca-Cola is recalling Dasani water products after a "clear parasite" was found in bottles in the United States are fake news.

Ungrateful Elephant Kills Man

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
A legendary but false story about a man killed by an elephant he mistook for one he had aided years earlier.

Russian President Putin Signs Decree Recognising Passports And Documents Issued By Separatists In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Local police officers arrange passports during a ceremony to issue the first passports of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic to residents in Donetsk, Ukraine, March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko *BBC:* *Russia accepts passports issued by east Ukraine rebels* President Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia is temporarily recognising passports and other identity documents issued by the self-proclaimed rebel republics in eastern Ukraine. Clashes between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian army flared up again in recent weeks, leaving many dead. Ukraine's Presi... more »

Let's Slow Down the Faster Future

Susan O at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
*Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future*, Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab & Jeff Howe Grand Central Publishing 2016 Kirkus calls this book “exhilarating and authoritative,” two cybergurus offering a “user’s manual to the twenty-first century.” As a longtime teacher, I find the manual to be flawed. I was interested in the authors’ observation that the failure of Microsoft’s professionally designed *Encarta* encyclopedia contrasted with the success of Wikipedia’s amateur-led platform as examples of push-pull consumerism, with suppliers “pushing” goods toward consumers and co... more »

New Ceasefire For Eastern Ukraine Will Start On Monday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*DW:* *Tentative ceasefire agreed for eastern Ukraine* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said a truce between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine's army will start on Monday. But Kyiv has said it is "not at all" happy with the deal made at the Munich Security Conference. Lavrov told reporters in Germany on Saturday that the recent uptick in violence in eastern Ukraine would come to a halt within two days. "On February 20 the ceasefire regime will start and withdrawal of heavy military hardware will also start ... We have actively supported this decision and obviously expressed... more »

Sex Crimes And The Orangeman, 2.0

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*-by Helen Klein* Once he was elected, Trump must have taken a deep sigh of relief, thinking that his past sexual escapades were behind him and no longer worthy of scrutiny. Although the press has unfortunately left this topic alone for a while, this is likely to change very soon. In light of the Russian brouhaha going on, this aspect of Trump’s background now deserves focus under a microscope. Surely there is plenty more fodder along this vein to support the case for Russian blackmail, and it would be unfathomable for the media to ignore any aspects of Trump’s history that would ... more »

Why Trumponomics Fails

Robert Reich - 4 hours ago
When Donald Trump gave a speech last Friday at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina... more »

"White Helmet" Terrorists Get Visa for Oscars. Trumping the Travel Ban

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
* The White Helmets musta' played their "Trump" card! to get in to the US* *a decisive overriding factor or final resource —called also trump card* *After all they are such trump like people * *a dependable and exemplary person* * Is the nomination for special effects? After al*l* the White Helmets cinematographer is attending! * *Cinematography = Special Effects= Fooling the audience* *Here's a cinematographer who has made a series of brief video demonstrating the ease with which it's done 1st & 2nd * *White Helmets Get Visa to Travel to US for Oscar Psyop* *The White Helmets g... more »

Can President Trump Be Impeached Or Removed From Office? Many Are Hoping That The Answer Is Yes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
President Donald Trump, then a presidential candidate, speaks at a rally in Dallas, Texas, Sept. 14, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Stone *Byron York, Washington Examiner: Byron York*:* 25th Amendment chatter: Dems, pundits mull ways to remove Trump* As President Trump finishes his fourth week in the White House, a number of opposition lawmakers, political commentators, and self-styled members of The Resistance are discussing ways in which the president might be quickly removed from office. Some have talked about impeachment for quite a while, even before the Trump inauguration. But th... more »

Mainstream Media vs Trump

LL at Virtual Mirage - 5 hours ago
President Trump took his case to the American people today and the corrupt, progressive, elite, smug, nasty, deceptive, hostile, mainstream media was forced to be his punk, and broadcast it live. Officially paid for by Trump 2020 as a campaign rally, the President took his case to the public, explaining what he's been doing and outlining his successful first month in office. Usually, in less adversarial situations, the press feels the Obama tingle running up their legs. That's not true now and rather than letting the press offer up outright lie-after-lie, the President decided to ... more »

Does Planned Parenthood Enforce ‘Abortion Quotas’?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
An anti-abortion activist revived claims that Planned Parenthood maintains "abortion quotas."

Initial results of “Gradient test”

Scottish-Sceptic at Scottish Sceptic - 6 hours ago
In the last article I asked people to undertake a quick test (see here). A typical test was as follows: The graph consists of 51 points. The graph scales are -1 to 1 (x-axis) and 1.2 to 1.2 (y-axis). The … Continue reading →

Free Trade 65, On the US withrawal from the TPP

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 6 hours ago
Last month, US President Donald Trump issued this Memorandum to the US Trade Representative. Part of it said, *“it is the intention of my Administration to deal directly with individual countries on a one-on-one (or bilateral) basis in negotiating future trade deals. Trade with other nations is, and always will be, of paramount importance to my Administration and to me, as President of the United States.* *Based on these principles, and by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct you to withdraw the U... more »

BWorld 110, Should we go federal or not?

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 6 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last February 02, 2017. Whether to move from devolved unitary to a formal federal state, this is among the big political questions in the Philippines today. There are two related questions here: (1) If federalism is the answer, what is the question? (2) if federalism is not the answer, is a reformed devolution the solution? The first question I borrowed from a big forum several months ago from my alma mater, the UP School of Economics. The second question is my reformulation of the arguments by the anti-federalists. By definition, federal stat... more »

What Do Technoprogressives Believe in 2017?

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 6 hours ago
In December and January we surveyed the IEET audience about a wide range of topics, and 455 of you responded. This was a follow up to a 2013 survey we conducted (for instance “Who are the Technoprogressives?” “Who are the IEET’s audience?”). As we continue to focus the IEET on building the emerging technoprogressive ideological current, we are again looking at what the self-described technoprogressives believe.

UN “Together” Propaganda Bid Seeks to Flood West With Migrants

Alex Newman at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: un-together-propaganda-bid-seeks-to-flood-west-with-migrants] The United Nations has launched a tax-funded propaganda campaign, dubbed “Together,” aimed at changing people's views and perceptions. The goal, essentially, is to persuade increasingly uneasy Western voters to embrace the tsunami of Islamic migrants being pumped into Europe, Canada, the United States, Australia, and other nations by the UN and its agencies. Any opposition to the massive influx of immigration from foreign cultures is to be dubbed “hate speech,” the propaganda campaign's materials suggest. Top UN o... more »

U.S. Senator McCain Tells European Leaders That the Trump Administration Is In Disarray. Implies Trump Is Becoming A Dictator

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Trump's team in disarray, U.S. Senator McCain tells Europe* Republican Senator John McCain broke with the reassuring message that U.S. officials visiting Germany have sought to convey on their debut trip to Europe, saying on Friday that the administration of President Donald Trump was in "disarray". McCain, a known Trump critic, told the Munich Security Conference that the resignation of the new president's security adviser Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russia reflected deep problems in Washington. "I think that the Flynn issue obviously is something that show... more »

San Francisco Says Pet Stores Can Only Sell Rescue Animals

White Wolf at White Wolf - 6 hours ago
“We really do believe that it will send a great message not just in San Francisco but across California, nationwide and hopefully worldwide.” The city of San Francisco has voted to ban the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats at local pet stores in a move to combat so-called “puppy mills” and help find homes for the thousands of animals that shelters take in each year. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, under a proposal from District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang, unanimously voted to amend the city’s health code on Tuesday. The new rules will only allow the sale of dogs and cats from an... more »

ALF 9, Conference 2017 in Mumbai, India

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 6 hours ago
The Asia Liberty Forum (ALF) is an annual 2-days conference jointly sponsored by the Atlas Network (US), Center for Civil Society (CCS, India) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF, Germany). Five ALF events so far from 2013-2017 and I have attended the last 3 -- 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal; 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and 2017 in Mumbai, India. Some photos of the ALF 2017 last week, February 10-11 held at The Leela Mumbai Hotel. Below, Baishali Bomjan, a superwoman at the CCS, formally opening the conference on Day 1. Speed networking, a traditional Atlas confer... more »

DEEP THOUGHTS FROM DONALD TRUMP ON COUNTERTERRORISM AND INTERIOR DECORATION

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 6 hours ago
Politico acquired an audio recording of Donald Trump speaking to the assembled guests at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, back in the early days of the transition. The key revelation -- that Trump invited guests to "come along" while he was interviewing potential cabinet members -- is unsettling enough: “We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything,” Trump told the crowd, according to an audio tape of his closed-press remarks obtained by POLITICO from a source in the room. “You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working to... more »

Tiny BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
Brand new story on the BBC World page - the fifth most important story in the world apparently, *if *the BBC's news priorities are correct: It's presently the second most-read story on the BBC website (alternative headline: *Internet memes mock Donald Trump by making him look small - literally*). The article largely consists of mocking photos from opponents of Mr. Trump. At the very bottom of the article, however, in the final paragraph you'll feel the 'balancing' bit - some anonymous commenter saying it's "just idiotic".

Trump Makes Cover of Time Again!

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 7 hours ago

NATO Leaders Say No To President Trump's Ultimatum That They Must Increase Defense Spending

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *The Telegraph*:* Angela Merkel and European leaders resist Donald Trump's ultimatum to increase defence spending or risk losing US commitment to Nato* European leaders have pushed back at Donald Trump’s ultimatum that they increase defence spending or risk America scaling back its commitment to Transatlantic protection. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said her country would not accelerate existing, long-term plans to ramp up the military budget by 2024 despite a demand by the US this week that countries increase spending by the end of the year.... more »

Photos Oak Flat Runners Today

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
Oak Flat Runners Today at the Apache Stronghold Weekend Gathering. Thank you to Lee Ann Labar for sharing your photos with Censored News.

BG Schulgen and His Memo

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 7 hours ago
The other day Fran Ridge who hosts the NICAP web site, posted the following to members of the list: I just wanted to ask all of you if you consider the ACTUAL Shulgen memo as indicative of Roswell knowledge. 3. *Items of Construction* a. Type of material, whether metal, ferrous, non-ferrous, or non-metallic. b. Composite or sandwich construction utilizing various combinations of metals, plastics, and perhaps balsa wood. c. Unusual fabrication methods to achieve extreme light weight and structural stability particularly in connection with great capacity for fuel storage. It is a c... more »

Did Thousands of Muslims Leave the United States After Trump’s Election?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
We found no evidence that President Trump's election has sparked a massive wave of self-deportation by Muslims.

Musical Interlude: Kitaro, “Celestial Harmonies: Breezing Universe”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Kitaro, “Celestial Harmonies: Breezing Universe” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwP8EN6dsvw

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“The spiky stars in the foreground of this sharp cosmic portrait are well within our own Milky Way Galaxy. The two eye-catching galaxies lie far beyond the Milky Way, at a distance of over 300 million light-years. Their distorted appearance is due to gravitational tides as the pair engage in close encounters. *Click image for larger size.* Cataloged as Arp 273 (also as UGC 1810), the galaxies do look peculiar, but interacting galaxies are now understood to be common in the universe. In fact, the nearby large spiral Andromeda Galaxy is known to be some 2 million light-years away and ... more »

Chet Raymo, “At Home In An Infinite Universe”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“At Home In An Infinite Universe”* by Chet Raymo “They are questions that bedeviled thinkers for thousands of years: Is the universe infinite or finite, eternal or of a finite age? It is certainly hard to imagine a universe that extends without limit in every direction, or a universe without a beginning or end. It is equally difficult to imagine a finite universe; what is beyond the edge? Or a beginning or end in time; how can something come from nothing? how can what is cease to be? The problems are so intractable philosophically that their resolution has generally been left to ... more »

"The Tree Was So Old..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"The tree was so old, and stood there so alone, that his childish heart had been filled with compassion; if no one else on the farm gave it a thought, he would at least do his best to, even though he suspected that his child's words and child's deeds didn't make much difference. It had stood there before he was born, and would be standing there after he was dead, but perhaps, even so, it was pleased that he stroked its bark every time he passed, and sometimes, when he was sure he wasn't observed, even pressed his cheek against it." - Karl Ove Knausgård

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

Zeek

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago
IF ONLY

German Chancellor Angela Merkel At The Munich Security Conference Says Europe Must Take More Refugees And Islam 'Isn't Source Of Terror''

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Independent: **Angela Merkel calls for cooperation with Russia in fight against Isis amid tensions over alleged election interference* German Chancellor says terrorism is ‘one area where we have the same interests’. Angela Merkel has called on Europe and its allies to cooperate with Russia in the fight against Isis in spite of tensions over Syria, Ukraine, alleged cyber attacks and the propagation of “fake news”. “The joint fight against Islamic terrorism is one area where we have the same interests and we can work together,” the German Chancellor told the annual Munich Secu... more »

Chris Hedges: The Dysfunctional U.S. Health Care System Can Be Fixed + Republicans Lead In Obamacare Replacement, Act Now by Margaret Flowers

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 8 hours ago
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges and Margaret Flowers RT America on Feb 18, 2017 On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses how the dysfunctional U.S. health care system can be fixed with Dr. Margaret Flowers, a pediatrician and leading advocate for a single-payer system. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the soaring […]

Can Foreign Leaders, Outside Of Putin, Trust Anything Trump Or His People Say?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Trump's fascinating hour and 17 minutes performance art piece Thursday-- one Republican senator, not amused suggested he should have done it privately, with a therapist, not on live TV-- was unmoored from objective reality. Subject by subject, getting at any semblance of The Truth was not on Trump's agenda. Instead, he sent the fact checking services into a flurry of overtime activities. One particularly bizarre lie he harped on-- perhaps forgetting the campaign (in which nearly 3 million more people chose Hillary Clinton than himself-- was an old right-wing gem about Hillary giv... more »

Philip Larkin

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago

Live Stream: Trump Rally in Melbourne, Florida...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*taking it to the people.*

The Islamic State Is Almost Broke

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Republic/AP:* *Islamic State group’s ‘business model’ near collapse* The Islamic State group is hemorrhaging money with every piece of territory it loses, according to a new analysis that found that the group’s “business model” is on the path to failure. The analysis released Saturday by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence and the accounting firm EY found that the self-proclaimed caliphate’s financial resources have been drained substantially since the days beginning in mid-2014 when it captured banks, oil wells and entire warehouses of... more »

"France is burning"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
(The title of this post is an echo of very similar {possibly identical} phrases I've seen elsewhere). Over the past week I've read, again and again, complaints from commenters (on various sites) that the BBC has been seriously downplaying (to the point of ignoring) the violent riots in Paris and other French cities over the past fortnight, since the alleged assault/rape of a black man by French police. After a few days of such complaints, someone spotted that the BBC website *had* reported the story but observed that the coverage had been hard to find. Googling confirms that the... more »

Bill Introduced in California Legislature to Allow Eagle Feathers on Graduation Caps

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
Bill will finally permit students to wear religious, ceremonial, and cultural adornments during high school graduation ceremonies Working on behalf of American Indian students who are denied the right to wear eagle feathers or other cultural adornment on their high school graduation cap and gown, California Indian Legal Services has successfully intervened in many of these cases. In some cases, schools have reversed its denial. California Indian Legal Services brought this cultural issue to the attention of California lawmaker, Assembly member Todd Gloria, from San Diego, who intr... more »

The Latest Press Gurgle

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 9 hours ago
Seriously, folks, I tried to write about this public jerk off from last Thursday in a timelier manner. I had thought and thought in between my other duties and responsibilities, wondering how I'd approach this in a fresh and engaging way. I have to say, even though I saw the entire presser from a local coffee shop, Trump defeated me this time. I'm speechless. It's like the deathly silence that follows the first few seconds after a mortar or bomb blast, that blessed second of painlessness just before your nerve endings register a severe burn. You could do one of three thing... more »

"Gone..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"You're dying right now. Right this minute.' He looked at his watch, said, 'Right this second,' then tapped it with his finger. 'See there? That second passed. It's gone. Not gonna come again. And while I'm talking to you, every second I'm talking, a second is passing. Gone. Count them up. Count them down. They're gone. Each one bringing you closer to your dying time." - Billie Letts "If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?" - Stephen Levine

Musical Interlude: Simon & Garfunkel, "A Hazy Shade Of Winter”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
Simon & Garfunkel, "A Hazy Shade Of Winter” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnZdlhUDEJo

Predictive Linguistics Web Bot Report February 16, 2017: "Antarctica, Coming Economic Depression, More"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"About Predictive Linguistics And Our Methods"* by Clif High "Predictive Linguistics is the process of using computer software to aggregate vast amounts of written text from the internet by categories delineated by emotional content of the words and using the result to make forecasts based on the emotional 'tone' changes within the larger population. A form of 'collective sub-conscious expression' is a good way to think of it. Predictive linguistics can be used to forecast trends at many different levels, from the detail of sales to individuals, all the way up to forecasts about e... more »

Oliver Stone Produced Film on Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
This film is very thorough and tells the full story about the US sponsored coup in Ukraine in 2014. Watching this will give you a much better understanding of the current US bi-partisan demonization of Russia and Putin. English subtitles are included.

Earth to Sheeple: Why IS the Russian spy ship 'loitering' off Virginia near world's largest naval base?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*DAHBOO77 reports on Russian Spy Ship* USrael Main$tream Media is going bonkers today over the newz that a Russian Spy Ship is "loitering" off the coast of North Eastern United States. Here is the report from Fox News and I will have my thoughts in comments to follow: *Russian spy ship 'loitering' off Virginia near world's largest naval base, officials say* From Faux Newz The Russian spy ship Viktor Leonov is currently “loitering” off the coast of Norfolk, Va., home to the largest naval base in the world, two U.S. officials tell Fox News. KREMLIN REPORTEDLY ORDERED STATE MEDIA... more »

First of Its Kind Study: Pot NOT a Gateway Drug, Can Treat Tobacco & Opioid Addiction

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: opioid]A groundbreaking study concluded not only can cannabis substitute for dangerous prescription opioids, but that weed is not the gateway drug prohibitionists have claimed it is.

What’s the gradient (Fun test)

Scottish-Sceptic at Scottish Sceptic - 10 hours ago

Poll: Voters Trust President Trump More Than The Media

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*FOX News:* *Fox News Poll: Voters divided over trusting Trump or the media* Slightly more voters find the White House more truthful than the media, according to the latest Fox News Poll. In addition, most feel the press is tougher on President Trump than it was on President Obama. But that may be a positive development, as a majority thinks aggressive coverage of the presidency is good for the country. By a slim 45-42 percent margin, more voters say they trust the Trump administration to “tell the public the truth” than the reporters who cover the White House. Ten percent say n... more »

Vermin and scum

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
I've always rather liked the philosopher A.C. Grayling, and have one book of his on my shelves. Alas (unlike Zeno of Citium) he's no Stoic, and his tweets, in particular, have manifested a massive lack of stoicism in the face of recent events (since Brexit). Today the great man gave forth the following Epicurus-like epigram in reply to someone tweeting that "Trump is unfit to serve": Alas, pretty much every response he's received on Twitter so far has been negative. It's as if he's Thrasymachus and dozens and dozens of Socrates-like gadflies have all suddenly descended upon his lu... more »

Federal Judge Orders Bail Hearing for Detained ‘DREAMer’ Immigrant

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Immigration officials argued that Daniel Ramirez Medina should be deported because of alleged gang ties.

Did Scientists Discover a “New” Continent?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A recent paper creates the first detailed argument in favor of considering the submerged land surrounding and including New Zealand to be Earth’s eighth continent.

The Future of Warfare Is Happening Now

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Colin Clark, Breaking Defense:* *A Glimpse Of Warfare’s Future, Today* WASHINGTON: Building seamless ties between US and allied forces is a dream long held and oft delayed. Allowing a friendly foreign commander to call in pinpoint US airstrikes simply, reliably and quickly with a phone is exactly the kind of military miracle science fiction and military visionaries have dreamt of since at least the late 1990s. The current edition of PRISM, the official publication of the National Defense University’s Center for Complex Operations offers this intriguing example of what will doubtl... more »

Ode to Obama: Time to Say Goodbye...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*because we can all use a break today.* *Amazon: Great Deals in Home Organizing and Storage*

The 'Blind Sheik Convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing Has Died

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Egyptian Omar Abdel-Rahman speaks during a news conference in this file still image taken from a February 1993 video footage released on January 18, 2013. (REUTERS TV/REUTERS) *NBC*: *Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, Convicted in 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, Dies: Law Enforcement Sources* Law enforcement officials say Sheik Rahman died in a prison hospital in South Carolina. Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, who was convicted in connection with inspiring terror plots in New York City, has died in a prison hospital in South Carolina, senior law enforcement officials said Saturday. Rahman was c... more »

The Republican Tax ShamWatch your wallets. Republicans are...

Robert Reich - 11 hours ago
*The Republican Tax Sham* Watch your wallets. Republicans are pushing a new corporate tax plan that will end up costing most of you a bundle. Here’s what you should know about the so-called “border adjustment tax." The U.S. imports about $2.7 trillion worth of goods a year. Many imports are cheap because labor costs are much lower in places like Southeast Asia. Our current tax code taxes corporations on their profits. So, for example, when Wal-Mart buys t-shirts from Vietnam for $10 and sells them for $13, Wal-Mart is only taxed on that $3 of profit. But under the new Republican... more »

Viking Hoard Treasure Found at Site of Proposed Nuclear Power Station in Cumbria UK Now on Display

Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : Colleagues in Cumbria UK have passed some interesting information on, which has not yet been published…

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago

The Economy: "Cometh Inflation the ‘Exterminating Angel'"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"Cometh Inflation the ‘Exterminating Angel'"* by Bill Bonner "Amid all the sound and fury of the Trump news cycle, hardly anyone noticed. There is a specter haunting this economy. It is the specter of inflation… *Exterminating angel: *Bloomberg has the report: ‘The U.S. cost of living increased in January by the most since February 2013, led by higher costs for gasoline and other goods and services that indicate inflation is gathering momentum. The consumer-price index rose a larger-than-forecast 0.6% after a 0.3% gain in December, Labor Department figures showed Wednesday. Compa... more »

A shower of sarcasm

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
*The Spectator *has a BBC foreign correspondent embedded with them, namely Paul Wood. You might remember him from the BBC's Trump 'Golden Shower' coverage (where he lent credibility to the allegations on BBC One's main news bulletins) or, if you're a *Spectator *reader, you might recall his unpopular piece speculating on whether Donald Trump might be assassinated (a piece entitled *Will Donald Trump be assassinated, ousted in a coup or just impeached? that *had all manner of *Speccie *commenters saying they were cancelling their subscription forthwith). His latest *Speccie *pi... more »

Drax Biomass Subsidies Rise To £558 Million

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Drax have just published their provisional annual accounts for 2016. Underlying earnings have fallen from £46m to £21m. Once again, the figures show just how dependent the whole Drax operation is on biomass subsidies. Year on year, sales of ROCs have increased by £96m to £548m. http://www.drax.com/investors/results-and-reports/#investor-relations-presentations Just […]

WATCH: Teen Permanently Disabled, Loses Half His Skull Because Cops Thought He Had an Illegal Plant

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: skull]Police thought this innocent teen had marijuana so they smashed his skull into the concrete leaving him permanently disabled.

Wildlife Team Rescues Fox With Its Foot Stuck In A Fence

White Wolf at White Wolf - 12 hours ago
The fox was believed to have been hanging by its back leg for at least 12 hours before being set free by the rescue team. Trevor Weeks MBE, founder of East Sussex WRAS, said “The caller did exactly the right thing in leaving the fox caught. Many people rush out and think it is simply a case of cutting them free and releasing them when in fact that is actually the worst thing you can do.” The charity says it has dealt with over 25 cases of wild animals and birds being caught or entangled in everything from stock fencing to football goal netting over the past month. On several occ... more »

Trumpspeak: Remixed Weekly Address For February 17

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 12 hours ago
“Trumpspeak” juxtaposes the words of President Donald Trump with images of reality to show what Trump’s remarks and policies mean for citizens, especially those who are vulnerable and live on the margins. It is produced with the subversive spirit of culture jamming. Last week, we started this series. It continues The post Trumpspeak: Remixed Weekly Address For February 17 appeared first on Shadowproof.

Trump Was In Charleston Yesterday-- The Area's GOP Congressman, Mark Sanford, Is No Fan

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Early yesterday morning Señor Trumpanzee tweeted "Going to Charleston, South Carolina, in order to spend time with Boeing and talk jobs! Look forward to it." There was a big demonstration against him when he arrived at the North Charleston Coliseum, although the state's moron governor, Trumpist Henry McMaster, was quoted as saying "This may be the single best day in the history of South Carolina, and we have a great and distinguished history." For those who think of South Carolina as a backward red hellhole... well, Charleston is different. Just watch an episode of Bravo's *Souther... more »

"Surely a badge of honour"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
*That* was literally tweeted just a minute ago (at the time of typing). Meanwhile, just a few minutes earlier, Joe was alluding to Brexit on BBC One's *Weekend News *bulletin and tying it to the word "problem": So, Joe, what are Peugeot hoping to get from the Prime Minister? Quite simply, they will be hoping to get at least as good a deal as Nissan acquired from the Prime Minister last autumn. Back then, the Prime Minister promised Nissan that they would get investment in electric cars and local components, as well as free and unencumbered access to European markets. *The problem ... more »

Dutch populist Geert Wilders calls some Moroccans 'scum' per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
The BBC seem to be trying to mislead people with this piece of news. The lead in to this story on the BBC home page is 'Dutch populist calls Moroccans 'scum'' The headline on the article page is: 'Dutch populist Geert Wilders calls some Moroccans 'scum'' Was there really no room for the word 'some' on the BBC home page or were the BBC deliberately trying to mislead people as to what Geert Wilders actually said? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39016179

Still dumbest show after all these years!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017Abby on Fox & Friends:* We did something today we hadn't done in some time. We watched maybe forty minutes of the cable news show, Fox & Friends Weekend. Near the start of the century, we described Fox & Friends as the dumbest show in TV news history. Today, with Abby Huntsman cast as the conventionally good-looking youngish woman positioned between the pair of male chimps, the show presented a truly impressive array of propaganda and dumbness. Was that [Name Withheld] to Huntsman's right? Good God, he was egregious! That said, Huntsman's willingness t... more »

My today's list of Trump PROS AND CONS

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 12 hours ago
I get a lot of heat for seeing positive signs in Trump. But I do. It's what I honestly see. I may be totally wrong. If his actual acts contradict the positive indicators after we have had time to see statistics, then I will certainly admit my error. Why does Trump-hate have to be a religion that we all follow? (I reserve the emotions of love and hate for the people I know personally.) I

Amnesty International has discredited itself more than usual with its Syria propaganda

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 13 hours ago
How easy is it for the US regime to buy out parts of Amnesty International for use in its war propaganda against Syria? Answer: This easy! SEE THESE MANY LINKS CRITICAL OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL'S RECENT WAR MONGERING PROPAGANDA, BELOW. Amnesty International has the resources to send crews of young workers into Ottawa (Canada) neighbourhoods for door-to-door propaganda just prior

Are Submarines Becoming Obsolete?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*James Holmes, National Interest*: *Is the Age of the Submarine Over?* *How can the silent service stay in tune with the times? First and foremost, by acknowledging the danger posed by foreign navies toting gee-whiz gadgetry. Clark hints at how hard adapting to more transparent seas could prove: “unless U.S. forces adapt to and lead the new competition, the era of unrivaled U.S. undersea dominance could draw to a surprisingly abrupt close.” That’s a grim prognosis in itself. Abrupt change begets major traumas in big institutions like navies. It’s hard to get ahead of the process.*... more »

Should The U.S. Ignore That Russian Spy Ship Off Its Coast?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*NBC*: *Ignore That Spy Ship Off the Coast. The Russians Aren’t Coming* Russia remains a threatening adversary of the U.S., but the country's recent aggressive military actions aren't signs of an imminent conflict, U.S. officials told NBC News Traditional media and social media have been atwitter with reports of a Russian spy ship off Connecticut, the "buzzing" of a U.S. ship by Russian fighters and reports of new cruise missile deployments by Russia. But U.S. military and intelligence officials said concerns about these incidents are, in the words of one, "highly overstated." "T... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 123, Feb 17, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
The Islamic State made another attack upon the Hashd in western Ninewa. This time they assaultedthe area around Ain Hassan. The press is reporting less on the insurgents’ attacks inside Mosul. After the huge increase in such incidents over the last month the drop in coverage may be due to government pressure on the media. Baghdad does not like negative news about the war and security and has gone after sources as a result. Previously they ended embedded reporters in the Mosul battle, and said they would not allow journalists near the frontlines when west Mosul is attacked. Ther... more »

The Leadership Moral Qualities of President Donald "So-called POTUS" Trump

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 13 hours ago
The new US president, Donald Trump, has now been in office for some – very brief – time. Mostly these beginning days of a new presidency – or a new cabinet in a parliamentary democracy – are ones of relative calm and ease; of settling in and attending to the formalities necessary to, thereafter, be able to rule for real and do one's best to realise whatever political program one has been elected on. Not so this time. Donald Trump has in a very short time managed to (I'm not giving any specific links here – all you need to do is to do a bit of Googling): a) ... issue an unlawful (a... more »

Hey hey, ho ho, Christy Clark has got to go

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 13 hours ago
Better audio in this Youtube version.... *"hey hey, ho ho, Christy Clark has got to go"..."shame, shame, shame"* *______________* Thanks for the link... The Straight Goods Ears Wide Open

SILLY LIBERAL -- NOTHING IS LEGITIMATE UNLESS A REPUBLICAN IS ON BOARD (updated)

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 13 hours ago
I have mixed feelings about this *New York* magazine cover story: How many chances do you get to be an American hero? Our cover story by @GabrielSherman https://t.co/QV34Ly4g2s pic.twitter.com/z2LaMJDzw2 — New York Magazine (@NYMag) February 18, 2017 To some extent, it's the usual breathless worship of McCain: It was not yet two weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, and McCain had already become the fiercest Republican critic of the new administration. While party leaders like Paul Ryan were contorting themselves to defend even Trump’s most ill-conceived executive orders, McCain ha... more »

Saturday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 13 hours ago
Assorted content for your weekend reading. - Jordy Cummings exposes the shady side of Justin Trudeau's shin persona. Dimitri Lascaris interviews Nora Loreto about Canada's relationship with the U.S. And Michal Rozworski challenges Trudeau's decision to serve as a prop for Donald Trump rather than defending Canadian values: The point to remember is that there would be intense pressure from within the US business world to prevent a trade war in the first place. Given today’s highly integrated supply chains, even a proportionately small volume of trade can still be crucial. It matters ... more »

Japan Is Rushing To Build Frigates To Reinforce Its East China Sea Defenses

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
FILE PHOTO. © Toru Yamanaka / AFP *Reuters:* *Exclusive: Japan to speed up frigate build to reinforce East China Sea - sources* Japan plans to accelerate a warship building program to make two frigates a year to patrol the fringes of the East China Sea, where it disputes island ownership with China, three people with knowledge of the plan said. Japan previously was building one 5,000-ton class destroyer a year, but will now make two 3,000-ton class ships a year, beginning from the April 2018 fiscal year, the people said, declining to be identified as they are not authorized to tal... more »

The Battle For The Iraqi City of Mosul -- News Updates February 18, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters*: *U.S. coalition says Islamic State command center destroyed in Mosul; IS says civilians killed* The U.S.-led military coalition on Saturday said its forces destroyed a building in the main medical complex of western Mosul, suspected to house an Islamic State command center. The militant group disputed the assertion, saying in an online statement that Friday's strike killed 18 people, mostly women and children, and wounded 47. Independent media have no access to western Mosul or other areas under Islamic State control in Iraq and Syria. The militants are essentially un... more »

Return Crimea to Ukraine? Return to Earth, please

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
In the first month of his presidency, Donald Trump did many things that were nice surprises to me – because I was far from certain that the campaign pledges could have been taken seriously. He basically does what he promised when it comes to immigration from the Middle East and Mexico, the wall, trade deals, climate hysteria, and other things (which will hopefully include tax cuts in the next two weeks). However, his relationships with Russia are disappointing so far. Days ago, his guy Flynn was basically professionally assassinated by the intelligence services for some probable con... more »

Euler's disk on TBBT

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
If you're watching the tenth season of The Big Bang Theory, you must know that the latest episode started with Euler's disk, a supersized spinning coin. Here's a very helpful 2016 video about Euler's disk: The disk is usually sold as a big and heavy cylindrical steel with chrome on it along with a mirror that has a shallow hole so that the "big coin" stays near the center. You should definitely buy the bestselling $35 Toysmith Euler's disk – which has 251 reviews (it almost looks like the heroes of The Big Bang Theory were using this exact shiny $35 product) – and also the #1 best... more »

Dangerous Precedent — Bill to Allow Churches to Establish Their Own Police

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: police]A request by a Birmingham church to establish its own police force has advanced through the Public Safety Committee of the Alabama legislature.

Yes, Trump is Dangerous, But the Unelected Deep State Trying to Overthrow Him Is Far Worse

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: deep state]A dangerous situation is unfolding in DC as the deep state attempts to maintain control and people's blind hatred for Trump is fostering it.

Govt Exposed for ‘Ignoring’ Child Rape Cases — Prosecuting Pot Instead

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: child]Many of these child rape cases involved actual confessions from the suspects. However, they were ignored by prosecutors.

“Flynn's Gone But They're Still Gunning For You, Donald”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*“Flynn's Gone But They're Still Gunning For You, Donald”* By David Stockman "I said the other day that Gen. Flynn's tenure in the White House was only slightly longer than that of President William Henry Harrison in 1841. Actually, with just 24 days in the White House, Gen. Flynn's tenure fell a tad short of old "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too." Gen. Harrison actually lasted 31 days before getting felled by pneumonia. And the circumstances were considerably more benign. It seems that Gen. Harrison had a fondness for the same "firewater" that agitated the Native Americans he slaughtered a... more »

"Fukushima Update: 13,912.65 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”* - Shiva *Publishing Note: *Due to Bob Nichol's other commitments the city-specific radiation reporting will now be published every 2 weeks until further notice. The next such report will be on February 25, 2017. I will update the weekly Hiroshima bomb equivalents information. This is to keep you as aware and informed as possible, not alarm you, though you should be alarmed, and is scientific *FACT*, not sensationalistic nonsense. Everything here is active-linked for your own verification, or not; I encourage you to do so. The rad... more »

Maher: "While you're watching the clown screw the pony, they're breaking into your car."

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Maher's opening monologue is worth 7 minutes: The rest of the show I can't recommend, except for the part where Larry Gilmore tells gay nazi, Milo Yiannopoulos, to "go fuck yourself." Yiannopoulos breaks many molds that shatter at least two expectations of white liberals, who would rather see this sad, self-hating dude disappear from the Earth: first, white gay guys aren't supposed to parade Hitlerian ideology and attack the LGBT community. Second, alt-right media outlets are not supposed to hire gay ideologues. I don't see why people are surprised, really. If the Third Rei... more »

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Is Calling For A 'Post-West World Order'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*The Independent*: *Russia's foreign minister calls for ‘post-West world order’ in speech to global leaders* *Sergey Lavrov denies alleged Russian interference in US elections: ‘I've seen no facts’* Russia’s foreign minister has called for a “post-West world order” while addressing global leaders at an international security conference. Sergey Lavrov accused Nato of being a Cold War institution and accused its “expansion” of sparking unprecedented tensions in Europe as both sides expand military deployments and drills. He said he hoped “responsible leaders” will choose to create ... more »

Breaking news...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Just breaking onto my Twitter feed within the last minute... Do you get the impression the impartial BBC doesn't like the new US president?

Transpicuous News, Feb 18 2017:Fake Sperm, Fake Bees & Trump's Fake News

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 14 hours ago
Transpicuous News, February 18th, 2017. The Wild the Weird and the Wacky just seems to be a continuing meme these days. In Today's report I discuss genetic manipulation, gene splicing, artificial wombs, SpaceX, Russia's Antarctica vacation, Trump's "Fake News", ....and of course, I make fun of NASA. Go figure. d News Links for This TN Episode: http://tass.com/defense/928781 http://www.southerncaliforniaweatherforce.com/2017/02/16/major-pacific-storm-lucifer-impacts-southern-california-on-friday-upgraded-to-category-five/ https://futurism.com/scientists-made-artificial-... more »

Missing Israelis

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Talking of *Dateline London, *today's edition featured a section on Israel, the Palestinians and, of course, President Trump. It was a curious affair in which the pro-Palestinian *Guardian *writer Rachel Shabi made her usual attacks on Israel, while the rest (including Janet Daley and Gavin Esler) pretty much contented themselves with having pops at the new US president. Whether most of the 'pops' were justified or not, it made me realise, in passing, that *Dateline *hasn't had an Israeli regular (or *any* Israeli) for ages now, while its most regular guest remains the hardline ... more »

Encore Presenation:The Weapon of Mass Migration- RCMP aids illegals/McDonalds Cares?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*This lecture and PDF were first posted here December 1/ 2015*- *Nearly one and a half years later the topic has become that much more pressing. Ever more relevant. We're being played folks. In Canada and the US. Wake up to the division being created. Wake up to the destruction being planned. The 'refugee crisis' is a plan. The news today of the RCMP- the Royal Canadian Mounted POLICE breaking Canada's laws at the border to assist illegal entry to Canada simply left me flabbergasted! It was the impetus for the repost! This news is surreal. To say the least. We Canadians need to und... more »

German Chancellor Merkel Will Lose To Martin Schulz When Germans Go To The Polls Six Months From Now

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
New Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz addresses a news conference at their party headquarters in Berlin, Germany, January 30, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch *Spiegel Online*:* Merkel Might Lose After All* With just six months until Germans go to the polls, Angela Merkel's re-election is looking less certain by the week. Martin Schulz is a dangerous adversary and his Social Democrats are full of the kind of enthusiasm that the chancellor's party lacks. In November 1998, Angela Merkel gave an interview to the photographer and writer Herlinde Koelbl. It was a moment o... more »

On non-solutions

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 14 hours ago
Tammy Robert thoroughly documents how Brad Wall's billion-dollar deficit has nothing to do with either resource revenues (being Wall's primary excuse for blowing up the budget), or public services (which are his first target for attacks): I can’t consider the way the Saskatchewan government has handled the prospect of streamlining public service – or even this deficit – credible, because all they’ve demonstrated so far is that they’re primarily interested in brazenly protecting their political tails by dividing and confusing the narrative, instead of even pretending to consider wel... more »

President Trump Hints That The Pentagon May Buy A Large Number of Super-Hornets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
F-18 vs. F-35: Why Is Trump Talking Up the Super Hornet? *Defense News*: *Trump flirting with big Super Hornet order* WASHINGTON — At the rollout of Boeing’s newest commercial airliner, President Donald Trump indicated his administration could be looking at a large Super Hornet order. Huge, even. “We are going to fully rebuild our military. By the way, do you care if we use the F-18 Super Hornets? Or do you only care about—what do you think?” Trump said Friday, addressing veterans and servicemembers in the crowd at a Boeing plant in North Charleston, S.C. “We are looking seriously... more »

Is This The Pathway For The Military To Build A Robot Army?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Ars Technica:* *How do you build a robot army?* A deep dive into building robots from scratch and their controlling hive mind. Depictions of the future in books and film are usually influenced by what’s going on at the time, reflecting social malaise, impending armageddon, or economic anxieties. The robots in classic sci-fi usually resembled humans, as most authors assumed they would eventually assist us in the same tasks humans did. Instead, however, today we find artificial intelligence doing some of our thinking for us, but it’s more often solving problems that don’t need in... more »

These Two Maps Show The U.S. Strategy In The Asia-Pacific

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*(Click to Enlarge)* *(Click to Enlarge)* *Mauldin Economics*: *2 Maps That Show The US’ Strategy In Asia-Pacific* Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently wrapped up his first international trip whose purpose was to “listen to the concerns of South Korean and Japanese leaders.” The two countries are crucial US allies in Asia, and both face serious threats in their near abroad. Discussing security threats, though, wasn’t the main goal of Mattis’s trip. He was there to assure both countries that the Trump administration will not abandon the US alliance structure in the Pacific. ... more »

Enemy of the BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
The BBC News website has recently published a piece headlined: In it, historical uses of the "chilling phrase" - from Hitler and Stalin to Mao - are detailed and a series of hostile criticisms of the President are quoted. (There are no balancing defences of the President). Echoing David Willis and Justin Webb this morning, the article says: The anonymous BBC reporter's description of the man who opened fire in a pizza restaurant last year (Edgar Maddison Welch) as "a Trump supporter" is something I've not been able to verify. (Can any of you find proof of this? You may succeed ... more »

Disturbia

LL at Virtual Mirage - 15 hours ago
*Civil Society* In a more reasonable age, the officer would simply push the obnoxious citizen back - or if the citizen grabbed his badge, he'd rotate the wrist, snap the arm at the elbow, handcuff the broken arm, to the good one behind the citizen's back and pass the person to the officers standing behind him, who would transport the suspect to jail and then treat them for the broken arm. *Aftermath*: The elbow/bone would never heal correctly, the suspect would do three months picking peas or cotton once the injury healed somewhat and then they'd be released having learned a valua... more »

Secret Recordings Expose Crooked Cops Taking Bribes for Illegal Gun Sales

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
A Brooklyn gun dealer secretly recorded on audio and video nearly 70,000 conversations he had with NYPD officers whom he bribed.

Weekend reads: The upside of predatory publishers; why no one replicates; the pain of manuscript submission

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
The week at Retraction Watch featured a retraction of a state senator’s paper, and an editor busted for citation boosting. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: “Predatory journals are not desirable, it goes without saying, but the fact that they come about is a sign of a developing market, and a true market in scientific publishing services […] The post Weekend reads: The upside of predatory publishers; why no one replicates; the pain of manuscript submission appeared first on Retraction Watch.

The Nasty Party

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
The Conservatives' reaction to Resolution M - 103 reveals a lot about the Post Harper Party. Alan Freeman writes: Some Conservative MPs have suggested that adoption of this non-binding motion will somehow constrain free speech by condemning hatred of Islam. Leadership candidates Kellie Leitch and Kevin O’Leary have, as usual, been trolling well beneath contempt. “No religion should be singled out for special consideration,” said Leitch. “A slap in the face to other religions,” said O’Leary, ignoring the motion’s condemnation of systemic racism and religious discrimination. Chris ... more »

The BBC misleading its viewers on a matter relating to Israel?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
https://youtu.be/wnNeKaSWG3g The BBC's institutional anti Israel coverage is so clear that I wonder just how damming the Balen Report was.

BIA, Police, Stationed at Entrance to Sacred Stone Camp

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
BIA and other law enforcement positioned at the entrance to Sacred Stone Camp Video livestream by Digital Smoke Signals. Screen captures by Censored News. . Video by Digital Smoke Signals Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- BIA officers and other law enforcement were stationed at the entrance to Sacred Stone Camp on Friday afternoon, Feb. 17, 2017,

"Buy the t-shirt"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
I see a lot of BBC types (Katty Kay and Paul Adams among them) are presently busy re-tweeting or tweeting about the following from Simon Wilson, "Editor, BBC Europe Bureaux": The BBC are certainly pleased with themselves.

U.S. Going Over the Cliff

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
Viareggio is a city in northern Tuscany, Italy, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. You can see what they think of the US today - and they've pretty much got us pegged about right. The Native American in the cage and the rotating ethnic shooting gallery says it all. This should be a warning to the world - don't follow the US over the cliff. Whether Bush, Obama, Clinton or Trump - the world should avoid hanging onto Washington's bloody coattails. Banga! Banga!

The Snow Culture is Changing

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
Since returning home from the recent Nordic trip I've been working to get caught up with office details and shoveling snow. Even before I returned Maine was hit with a massive snow dump - about two feet of snow. Mary Beth did alot of the cleaning up and we have a big house and driveway that require much care after a big snow. The buildup on the roof had to wait for me to come home and try to rake some of it off. It's amazing the weight that snow can put onto a roof. Instead of going to the local YMCA I get alot of good aerobic exercise shoveling and I love doing it. Likely all... more »

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Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 16 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin *Finland will boost its army by over 20% amid heightened tensions with Russia The Pentagon said it wouldn’t use depleted uranium rounds against ISIS. Months later, it did — thousands of times Judge orders Trump's EPA pick to turn over more than 3,000 emails with fossil fuel companies the night before his confirmation The Antarctic ice sheet is the smallest it’s ever been Wikileaks Exposes CIA Involvement In French 2012 Presidential Election Shaky Dams Are Just The Start; 56,000 Bridges Are Also In Trouble 48 Questions the FBI Uses to Determine if Someone Is a Li... more »

Susan Collins Voted Against Confirming Pruitt To The EPA-- But Only After She Voted To Make Sure He WOULD Be Confirmed

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Thursday, the Republicans invoked cloture to shut down the debate over the qualifications of one of Trump's Pence's worst nominees, Oklahoma's corrupt Attorney General Scott Pruitt, with whom they hope to destroy the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The vote was 54-46, the Senate's 2 most right-wing Democrats, Joe Manchin (WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND) crossing the aisle to go with the Republicans to end the debate. (This went down even as EPA employees were taking the extraordinarily courageous step of organizing opposition to Pruitt. *NY Times*: "Many of the scientists, env... more »

Two Physics Blogs You Should Not Miss

Tommaso Dorigo at Science 2.0 - Physical Sciences - 17 hours ago
I would like to use this space to advertise a couple of blogs you might be interesting to know about. Many of you who erratically read this blog may probably have already bumped into those sites, but I figured that as the readership of a site varies continuously, there is always the need to do some periodic evangelization. read more

Miraculous Reunion of Leopard Mama and Her Missing Cubs

White Wolf at White Wolf - 17 hours ago
Within hours, the mama leopard’s instincts led her to her crying babies, and their miraculous reunion was caught on camera! The expansion of human the population is a leading cause of deforestation and habitat loss for countless plant and animal species. Between the greed of industries and the booming demand for increased housing and farmland, humans are expanding on natural habitats at an astonishing rate. As people move in closer to native animal habitats, human conflict is inevitable. Since 1995, Wildlife SOS has been actively protecting India’s wildlife and conserving its en... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Crooked Kerry Returning to Yale to 'Empower the Next Generation of Idealists and Diplomats'* *Has he still got the hat?* Former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator John Kerry is joining his alma mater, Yale University, as the school's first-ever Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs. Yale announced on Thursday that Kerry will "oversee the Kerry Initiative, "an interdisciplinary program that will tackle pressing global challenges through teaching, research, and international dialogue." Yale said the Kerry Initiative advances its "long tradition of preparing the next generation... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Sea ice around Antarctica hits record low as NASA captures the moment massive iceberg the size of Manhattan breaks away from giant glacier* *Once again a single event is being hailed as proof of global warming. But you cannot logically do that. A global theory requires global evidence. You can have warming in one place while it is cooling elsewhere -- for no net effect. And it IS cooling elsewhere. I repeat once again the graph showing ice GROWTH in Greenland. The authors below slide around the Greenland data by saying: "At the other end of the planet, ice covering t... more »

In unison

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
*Dateline London* may have had a broader spread of guests today (with a right-winger on the panel in the form of Janet Daley) but the unison chorus of disapproval for Donald Trump and all his works seemed fiercer than ever. Surely it's now time (as I may have said before) to find some new guests for the programme (even if just a couple) who actually *support *Donald Trump. This programme goes out to the world and is one of the BBC's flagships (even if few people in the UK might watch it), so it *surely *needs to take its 'BBC impartiality' responsibilities more seriously? *****... more »

Best of Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: An Absolutely Shocking Statistic From England

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
Note: Dan wrote this piece last May about the wringing of hands of childrens' diminution of skills in the UK, and here in America. By Dan Olmsted I met a friend for lunch this week. He was fresh off the...

Robert Kennedy on the Science: Quotes from Press Conference

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
By Anne Dachel This is what was said by RFK Jr at the National Press Club on Feb 15, 2017. He was specific about lack of any credible science supporting the use of mercury in vaccines. (This is totally different...

The push back begins

Scottish-Sceptic at Scottish Sceptic - 18 hours ago
House Republicans demand climate documents from state attorneys general — again For years, the Glassy-Eyed Cult (GECs) have been able to use their huge power in the US, backed by the huge FAKE news press, to assault and silence any … Continue reading →

China Electricity Stats For 2016

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 19 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://edmhdotme.wordpress.com/comparing-electricity-generation-statistics-in-six-nations/ Ed Hoskins has prepared a neat summary of electricity generation data for 2016 here. It’s a useful go to site for up to date info. In particular, he has found a site which provides data for China, which I normally have to wait for BP to publish in June. […]

Views left at the door (yeah, right!)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
Katty Kay, the BBC's main public face in the US, is sharing her pain with us on the BBC News website. She "wakes up anxious" for starters, wondering who's going to be on the end of the President's latest "tirade". And: Opinions pour forth there - and there are more to follow: BBC impartiality gets weirder by the week.

Natural gas leaking from pipeline in Alaska's Cook Inlet

White Wolf at White Wolf - 19 hours ago
Shutting down the pipe is not an option; divers can't reach the leak because of ice Natural gas for at least 10 days has leaked from an underwater natural gas pipeline in Alaska's Cook Inlet and floating ice has prevented divers from reaching the site. The gas is bubbling from a 20-centimetre pipeline in 24 metres of water about six kilometres off shore. The pipeline belonging to Hilcorp Alaska, LLC, moves processed natural gas from shore to four drilling platforms in the inlet. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating the leak. In an email response t... more »

Is Donald Trump literally putting journalists' lives at risk?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
Another snapshot (from this morning's *Today*): *JUSTIN WEBB*: Donald Trump is on the campaign trail. That's what they're calling his event in Florida, "a campaign event" - which has some scratching their heads as the campaign. *[John Humphrys laughs].* Isn't the campaign over? Our Washington correspondent is David Willis. *DAVID WILLIS*: He's on a roll following Wednesday's rather adversarial press conference, despite the fact that it struck many people as pretty chaotic. He believes he got his message across, he regained control of the narrative, if you like, after weeks of bad ... more »

Giving yourself the last word

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
As I was driving to work yesterday I heard Jon Sopel telling the *Today * boys (Justin and John) about his big moment with Donald Trump. The lads were all agog. Then on came Peter Oborne and complained about BBC bias and how smug Mr. Sopel had sounded just then, and the *Today* boys sniggered and fell about laughing at every one of his accusations. Justin then gave himself the last word (defending the BBC against Mr. Oborne). Such larks! And talking about giving yourself the last word, Jon repeated his own 'last word' from yesterday's *News at Ten* in a BBC website article, which clo... more »

Trump to the Media: 'The Public Doesn't Believe You People Anymore'

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
There is a serious problem with our media right now and it has been building for at least a decade. They were paid or in some way persuaded to actively back the Global Warming Hoax and this appears to have extended to shilling for the shadowy New World Order. Both where inherently dishonest enterprises which largely depended on shouting down opposing critical thinking. This came to a head during this past election although it was obvious for both Obama elections. Trump's seminal achievement is that he channeled the American people to by pass the media and elect him to stop w... more »

The Raven Haired Lady

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is an extraordinary report. It is not unique seen as a lucid dream. Had it been merely a dream of one man, he would have dismissed it soon enough. what makes it unique is both the content and the repetition down through a human lineage. That powerfully confirms a spiritual interaction with an unique entity. However, i also suspect that the time aspect is completely different for the receivers as for the sender. The sender is likely to have made this a one time event in her perspective and then shed a number of aspects down through the time line itself somewhat like shuffl... more »

Perovskite Material Generates electricity from Light, Heat, and Movement

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Rather interesting. Early days but all three energy sources are engaged and it is easy to imagine a transparent panel with small particles of this stuff embedded. Definately a fruitful line of enquiry. All good. *Triple threat: Perovskite material generates electricity from light, heat, and movement* *Colin Jeffrey* *researchers from Finland have created a material that harvests energy from light, heat, and mechanical force simultaneously, which could make batteries for small devices obsolete(Credit: Colin Jeffrey/New Atlas)* * newatlas.com/perovskite-energy-harvesting-multip... more »

Long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is very promising. We need flow batteries for all power systems merely to cheaply store power. Even extent power production needs this. surplus power gets dumped into tanks during the hours of operation and thereafter you draw from the tanks. It is the single largest source of efficiency loss in the grid protocol. you can never match output to load perfectly. this makes it plausible.It also does not seem to be too far away either. We will need this to support the electric car business. Imagine tanks of charged fluid leaving a dam for market.All good. *Long-lasting flow... more »

On aquatinting

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
Under this blog's 'and any other matters that take our fancy' remit, here's a transcription of the lovely section on the artist Norman Ackroyd from last week's *Countryfile*: *ELLIE HARRISON*: For those looking to the landscape for inspiration, winter can be one of the most striking times of the year. *NORMAN ACKROYD*: This is nice, here. Where you've just got a sparkle on the top of the lake. That is good. *ELLIE HARRISON*: Norman Ackroyd is one of Britain's most celebrated artists. He uses an unusual process called aquatinting, a pre-photographic technique that etches with ... more »

Mammophants

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
fake Newsnight footage And now for something completely different... Last night's *Newsnight*, besides interviewing the *Guardian *columnist Simon Jenkins and *Guardian (US)* writer Jill Abramson, also interviewed a scientist who occasionally writes for the *Guardian *and who the *Guardian * interviewed about the story under discussion - which is doubtless where Ian Katz & Co. got the idea to interview him from in the first place. Sometimes you wonder if the ex-*Guardian* editor of *Newsnight *might still have a thing for the *Guardian*! - though, in fairness, he did also have John... more »

Brien Foerster - new Nazca organic finds - small alien skull and long three-fingered hand

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 22 hours ago
a three fingered (six bones per finger!) alien hand and a small alien skull, once again Brien Foerster delivers the most discussion-worthy material from his continuing insistence that the Viracocha might have been some alien race not-necessarily-from some other planet or realm or dimension. Is this material from the Children of this elongated-skull Viracocha or another 'alien' species entirely? Or maybe just another type of nocturnal animal? Very strange and alluring evidence, pity Brien didn't include X-rays of the head as he did with the hand. *OTHER INTERESTING MATERIAL:* *v... more »

Russian Nuclear Threat on Multiple Fronts – Landsbergis to Lukashenka: Noose Is Ready For You On Kremlin Chimes

The Belarus nuclear power station, under construction by Russian state owned Rosatom, sits on the Lithuanian border, as does the … Continue reading →

"Imaginary News"; A Comment

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"Imaginary News"* by Scott Adams "I think we can all agree that there has been plenty of fake news coming from both sides. Fake news is usually intentional, although in some cases it is the result of honest mistakes. But lately we are seeing an entirely new type of untrue news. I call it Imaginary News. Here’s a good example from the Huffington Post. I watched President Trump’s press conference with the alleged “meltdown,” and all I saw was Trump talking the way he normally talks. The Huffington Post watched and apparently saw some other set of circumstances. That means we have th... more »

TRUMP HAS SYPHILIS?

Anon at Aangirfan - 23 hours ago
Dr. Steven Beutler, Redlands, CA, has written in the New Republic that *Donald Trump exhibits signs of having syphilis.* *A Medical Theory for Donald Trump's Bizarre Behavior | New Republic*. Christopher Columbus is believed to have brought syphilis to Europe. Adolf Hitler had the symptoms of advanced syphilis. According to Abraham Lincoln's close friend and law partner, William Herndon, Lincoln has syphilis. Friedrich Nietzsche is believed to have had syphilis. ... *Dr Beutler says that symptoms of syphilis include:* Irritability loss of ability to concentrate delusional thin... more »

Is The US Air Force's X-37B Space Plane About To Return To Earth After Completing A Secret Two Year Mission?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
© Flickr/ US Air Force Daily Mail: *Is the US Air Force's X-37B space plane finally set to land after secret two year mission?* * X-37B drone blasted off on a mysterious mission on May 20, 2015 * Theories range from it being a space bomber to destroying satellites * The flight is testing a system that makes satellites easy to manoeuvre * This is probably a small part of the vehicle's true mission, say experts One of the most mysterious craft ever to be flown by the US military has been in orbit for almost two years. The X-37B space plane, an experimental program run by the Air Force,... more »

Reports speak of horrific abuses against civilians in Myanmar, but the world keeps turning away

Tom Coburg at The Canary - 1 day ago
Genocide is not infrequent. And when it makes the news, it doesn’t take long for viewers or readers to become immune to the horror. But we must not just ignore what is happening. In the case of the Rakhine province of Myanmar (Burma), the Rohingya ethnic minority group has suffered persecution for decades. And recent reports from […] The post Reports speak of horrific abuses against... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
New Zealand is part of a sunken 'lost continent', scientists say https://t.co/KsnM8IDXc3 pic.twitter.com/ft8AoeWmNj — AFP news agency (@AFP) February 17, 2017

Is Class War as Inevitable as the Return of Karl Marx?

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 1 day ago
I’ve long written how we should envision America as a continuing revolution against the failed feudal model that crushed human hope in 99% of human societies, across 6000 years. Indeed, our major issues today have little to do with the hoary, lobotomizing “left-right axis.” Not when Enterprise, markets, entrepreneurship and national defense all do vastly better across Democratic administrations, and the state gathers more power into its hands, across Republican ones.

The Dark History Of Immigration Bans In The U.S.

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 1 day ago
President Trump’s immigration ban has brought to light the U.S.’ history of restricting refugees. What’s the history behind this policy?

Ecuador Goes To The Polls On Sunday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Guillermo Lasso, presidential candidate from the CREO party, talks to Reuters in Guayaquil, Ecuador February 16, 2017. Picture taken February 16, 2017. To match Interview ECUADOR-ELECTION/LASSO REUTERS/Guillermo Granja *Reuters*: *Ecuador opposition candidate vows to remove Assange, denounce Venezuela* Ecuador's lead opposition candidate is offering a sharp break with ten years of leftist rule in the Andean country, vowing to remove Wikileaks founder Julian Assange f