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Thomas Paine

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Monday, March 12, 2018

12 March - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:01 pm MDT


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 12 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Larry Kudlow "Leading Contender" To Replace Gary Cohn: Report Goldman Names David Solomon Sole President, Next In Line To Replace BlankfeinThe Mysterious Chinese Company Looking To Buy RosneftQatar says it has unearthed damaging information on Jared Kushner — but reportedly decided not to give it to Mueller because they're scared of Trump 5 Of The Most Violent Cities In The World Are Right Here In AmericaSierra Leone Holds World's First "Free And Fair" Blockchain-Backed ElectionMusk Predicts First Mars Short Space Trip In 2019; Sees Martian Colonies With "Pizza Join... more »

Pinker’s Enlightenment and Liberal World Order

Dillon Tatum at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
“There is not one civilized nation in the world that ought to rejoice in seeing India escape from the hands of Europe in order to fall back into a state of anarchy and barbarism worse than before the conquest.” ~Alexis de Tocqueville, in correspondence with William Nassau Senior in 1857, regarding the Sepoy Rebellion in […]

Trump Administration decides to address school shootings by arming teachers and appointing Betsy DeVos to head up commission. Following the NRA's blueprint to a "T."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 12 hours ago
Courtesy of Politico: *The White House on Sunday night announced backing for a new Justice Department program that would aid states that seek to train teachers and other school personnel to carry firearms, as part of a package of steps to curb school violence. * *In addition, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will chair a government commission exploring steps to prevent school violence, following the Parkland, Fla., shooting last month that left 17 dead, the Trump administration said. * *“We are committed to working quickly because there’s no time to waste,” DeVos said on a confer... more »

Tariffs Are Not the Answer

Ron Paul at Peace and Prosperity - 12 hours ago
[image: undefined] President Trump’s planned 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports may provide a temporary boost for those industries, but the tariffs will do tremendous long-term damage to the American and global economies. Tariffs raise the price of, and reduce demand for, imported goods. Tariffs ensure the preferences of politicians, instead of the preferences of consumers, determine how resources are allocated. This reduces economic efficiency and living standards. Some justify these economic inefficiencies as being worth it to save Americ... more »

Wars And Conflicts Are Fueling Arms Imports To The Middle East And Asia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
The trend in international transfers of major weapons, 1978—2017. Data and graphic: SIPRI *SIPRI:* *Asia and the Middle East lead rising trend in arms imports, US exports grow significantly, says SIPRI* Continuing the upward trend that began in the early 2000s, the volume of international transfers of major weapons in 2013-17 was 10 per cent higher than in 2008-12, according to new data on arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The flow of arms increased to Asia and Oceania and the Middle East between 2008–12 and 2013–17, wh... more »

Misconduct investigation reports are uneven at best. Here’s how to make them better.

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Retraction Watch readers may have noticed that over the past year or so, we have been making an effort to obtain and publish reports about institutional investigations into misconduct. That’s led to posts such as one about a case at the University of Colorado, Denver, one about the case of Frank Sauer, formerly of the … Continue reading Misconduct investigation reports are uneven at best. Here’s how to make them better.

IDF Launches 7-Day Drill For a ‘Possible Major War’

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 12 hours ago
IDF Launches 7-Day Drill For a ‘Possible Major War’ by https://www.albawaba.com/en The Israel Defense Forces launched a large-scale military drill Sunday evening, which will continue seven days throughout the country, in order to prepare for a “possible major war”, according to the local media report. – The local media reported citing a military statement that the […]

The Racial Dimension of Student Debt

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
*Compare the two charts above. They show median wealth of households headed by black individuals (top chart) and white individuals (bottom chart) **between the ages of 25 and 40 **in successive waves of the triennial Survey of Consumer Finances, with and without student debt. (Credit to Matt Bruenig for preparing these data from the SCF.)* *by Gaius Publius* *Student debt is increasingly burdening everyone, but that burden disproportionately weighs on black households.* *—Marshall Steinbaum (source) * As an interim addendum to our short series, "Killing a Predator — Cancelling Stu... more »

1968 Los Angeles School Walkout Protesters See Link to Parkland Teens

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
Parkland students have held rallies, confronted elected officials and are promising to mobilize eligible youth to register to vote in an effort to push lawmakers for tougher gun-control laws.

Investigation of Massive Child Trafficking Ring Exposes Police Facilitating Horrific Abuse of 1,000 Kids

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: child] In what is being called the biggest ever child abuse scandal, more than 1,000 children are alleged to have been brutally beaten, drugged, and raped for decades as authorities let it happen. The post Investigation of Massive Child Trafficking Ring Exposes Police Facilitating Horrific Abuse of 1,000 Kids appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Insulin Goes Viral?

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 13 hours ago
New study shows some viruses produce insulin-like hormones that have potential to cause disease Every cell in your body responds to the hormone insulin, and if that process starts to fail, you get diabetes. In an unexpected finding, Harvard Medical … Continue reading →

Curbing Gun Violence

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 13 hours ago
HMS internal medicine physician discusses gun reform and health care AR-15 rifles. Having undergone her training as a medical student on the South Side of Chicago, Chana Sacks thought she understood the ramifications of gun violence. Then, in December 2012, … Continue reading →

Trimethoprim Is Associated with Excess Risk for Acute Kidney Injury in Elders

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 13 hours ago
In this cohort study, higher odds of hyperkalemia and kidney injury with TMP weren’t dependent on drug interactions. Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX) use is associated with excess risk for hyperkalemia and related adverse events in patients who take angiotensin-converting–enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin-receptor … Continue reading →

Tenofovir to Prevent Perinatal Transmission of Hepatitis B

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 13 hours ago
A 36-year-old pregnant woman, originally from Southeast Asia, presents to her family medicine physician for prenatal care in the first trimester. She has had no history of medical problems. On family history, she reports that her mother recently died of … Continue reading →

Elephants Are Strangely Resistant to Cancer – And We May Finally Know Why

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 13 hours ago
The genetic clues could help humans, too. A research team peering into the relatively underexplored “junk” DNA of mammals has found more clues as to elephants’ extraordinary ability to evade cancer – and determined that the genes responsible for mitigating … Continue reading →

A Strange Quantum Effect Could Give Rise to a Completely New Kind of Star

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 13 hours ago
A near cousin to black holes. We might have to add a brand new category of star to the textbooks: an advanced mathematical model has revealed a certain ultracompact star configuration could in fact exist, when scientists had previously thought … Continue reading →

Scientists Just Discovered a Strange New Type of Ice Inside Deep-Earth Diamonds

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 13 hours ago
We’ve never seen ice-VII in nature before. Thanks to the discovery of water trapped inside diamonds from deep underground, geologists are thinking our planet could have much more water inside than we ever knew. Not only would this require a … Continue reading →

These Are The Five Most Addictive Substances Ranked by Psychiatrists

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 13 hours ago
Pleasure, cravings, and dependence. As anyone who has drunk a cup of coffee knows, not all drugs are equally harmful. Caffeine, the most widely consumed psychoactive drug on Earth, is not a danger to human health. To give people an idea … Continue reading →

11 Times The Experts Say You Should Skip Your Regular Workout

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 13 hours ago
That whole “no excuses” thing isn’t always entirely true. Confession: I ask myself should I really go work out? at least once a week. And 90 percent of the time, I end up telling myself to suck it up, buttercup—and … Continue reading →

A scientist explains how he can believe in God and be a scientist at the same time

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 13 hours ago
Have you ever wondered whether a scientist can believe in God? While studies have found that scientists tend to be much less religious than the general public, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & The Press found … Continue reading →

Premature Arctic Ice Fears

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 13 hours ago
The alarms are sounding about lack of ice extent in Bering Sea, studiously ignoring what else is happening in the Arctic. For instance the above image shows the last 10 days on the European side, with Barents Sea on the right growing steadily to a new maximum. On the left, Gulf of St. Lawrence ice […]

Plan a vacation with these colorful quality widgets

Linda Fleit at start.me - 13 hours ago
It’s almost mid-March, but it feels like deep December outside. The northeast U.S. is bracing for its third nor’easter in as many weeks – this one is predicted to bring at least 10 inches of snow. It’s time to plan a vacation to the sun! I’m sitting back with my laptop and a warm cup of… Read More Read More The post Plan a vacation with these colorful quality widgets appeared first on start.me.

Commentariat Central: Trumps and Tramps Edition

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
The theme of this week's corporate media Narrative is *Liberal Fire and Brimstone.* Donald Trump's old tryst with a porn film actress and his subsequent, pre-election attempt to shut her up with hush money have brought forth whole legions of "woke" Cotton Mathers. If you thought that the *#RussiaGate* hysteria was overwrought, then you aren't caught up on the feverishly manufactured outrage over *#StormyGate*. Democratic Party hacks are shocked that right-wing political evangelicals are not sufficiently shocked that Trump cheated on Melania when his little son was angelically asleep... more »

World News Briefs -- March 12, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters:* *North Korean 'caution' seen in announcing stance on upcoming summits: Seoul* North Korea’s silence on its upcoming summits with the United States and South Korea is probably due to caution over organizing its stance on the meetings, the South said on Monday, as China’s leader urged patience. North Korean media mentioned a visit by a delegation from the South last week, but no coverage has been seen of leader Kim Jong Un’s invitation to meet U.S. President Donald Trump or the South Korean president to discuss the future of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. “We ha... more »

New details on Hypersonic Kinzhal missile – Capable of destroying aircraft carriers

Seraphim Hanisch at The Duran - 13 hours ago
Report and video released just after successful flight-testing of hypersonic missile from MiG 31 fighter-bomber aircraft More The post New details on Hypersonic Kinzhal missile – Capable of destroying aircraft carriers appeared first on The Duran.

American Fighter Jets II: The F-22 Raptor – Air Superiority, but is the niche too thin?

Seraphim Hanisch at The Duran - 13 hours ago
The substantially more functional F-22 is also incredibly expensive but has a deficit in close air-to-air combat against the advanced Russian fighter planes More The post American Fighter Jets II: The F-22 Raptor – Air Superiority, but is the niche too thin? appeared first on The Duran.

LaRouchePAC Monday Update - March 12, 2017

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 13 hours ago
Video of m17snMr8-dU Join us at 2pm Eastern with our host, Matthew Ogden.

Here is Trump talking about doing away with Russian sanctions back in 2015.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 13 hours ago
Courtesy of Mother Jones: *While researching the strange story of two Russian gun aficionados who cultivated Donald Trump’s presidential campaign via the National Rifle Association, we came across a little-noticed but noteworthy episode concerning Trump and US sanctions against Russia. Sanctions have been a source of extraordinary conflict between the president and Congress and a matter of clear significance to special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation. * *Just a month after Trump announced his campaign for the White House, he spoke directly to Maria Butina, the pro... more »

James Howard Kunstler: “The Coming Economy Of ‘Less’… Society Is Approaching A Breaking Point”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*James Howard Kunstler: “The Coming Economy Of ‘Less’…* * Society Is Approaching A Breaking Point”* by Adam Taggart "Author and commentator James Howard Kunstler returns as our podcast guest this week for an update on where we are in The Long Emergency timeline. In this wide-raging discussion ranging from the pervasiveness of propaganda in today’s media to the risk of nuclear war, Kunstler also re-news his warnings of a current secular economic slowdown. After too many years of market interventions, magical thinking, racketeering, and bleeding the 99% dry, he warns that our culture ... more »

COAST SALISH: 10,000 March to Protect the Inlet -- Vancouver B.C.

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Protect the water, land, and climate#ProtecttheInlet On March 10th Coast Salish spiritual leaders and members launched an ambitious project in Metro Vancouver to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline. They raised a traditional Coast Salish Watch House near the pipeline route which will act as a base for resistance to the project. 10,000 people in Metro Vancouver marched in solidarity.

BREAKING: Blow doesn't care about the sex!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018Slimes Melania instead:* As it turns out, the New York Times' Charles Blow doesn't care about the sex. Well—he doesn't care about it *that much.* He tells us this at the start of his new column, unfortunate headline included: BLOW (3/12/18): *Melania Knew* Dear America: Come on, you can’t be serious. The ongoing saga over a president, a porn star and a payoff is so lewd and tawdry that it can’t simply be added to the ever-expanding list of horrible misbehaviors of a womanizing misogynist. *It’s not even the infidelity that most bothers me. I view that as an... more »

Review: Brigham, Robert, Ed., The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
*Review: Brigham, Robert, Ed., **The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents**, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014* This is meant to be used as a college textbook on U.S.-Iraq relations. It briefly goes over the history of America’s ties to Iraq starting with the Cold War up to the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. It then has chapters from the Gulf War up to the Obama administration. After the war, the first President Bush and Clinton both wanted regime change and backed various coup attempts all of which failed. That led to containment via U.N. sanctions and i... more »

Partial Review: Blum, William, Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II,

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
*Partial Review: Blum, William, **Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II**, Monroe: Common Courage Press, 1995* I originally purchased this book when it came out in 1995 after having read a previous book by William Blum on the CIA. Recently I re-read the three sections on Iraq. The first is on the 1950s when the Agency asked Iraq for help to overthrow Gamal Abdel Nasser. Iraq refused to act without England. Eventually the U.S. agreed to work with Iraq, England, Jordan and Lebanon to plot against the Egyptian leader. From July 1957 to October 1958 Na... more »

Trump-Hitler comparisons too easy and ignore the murderous history

Sylvia Taschka, Senior Lecturer of History, Wayne State University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 14 hours ago
Whenever we apply that political or moral comparison, we set the bar for inhumanity as high as possible. Should the abyss of World War II really be the main measure for all things political?

Is the NRA an educational organization? A lobby group? A nonprofit? A media outlet? Yes

Samuel Brunson, Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 14 hours ago
The nation's biggest gun advocacy group operates as a bundle of distinct organizations. It's a fairly common arrangement, followed also by the likes of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

Is South Korea Dying?

Asia Times at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Asia Times* *Security, Asia* South Korea’s demographic nightmare is in full effect. Before focus shifted to China’s looming demographic crisis, and years after the issue had already thrust uncertainty on the prospects for Japan, South Korea was busy becoming the poster child of aging populations. Some unsettling developments last year, reported over the past couple of weeks, indicate South Korea is not getting closer to a solution. In December the country for the first time reported more deaths than births amid a plunging fertility rate. The Financial Times reported Sunday: *“U... more »

The Army Wants a New Tank to Take On Russia and China

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, North America* The Army is massively speeding up its early prototyping of weapons and technology for its Next-Gen Combat Vehicle. The Army is accelerating plans to build early prototype components for its futuristic Next-Generation Combat Vehicle for the 2030s and beyond – a lighter weight, deployable high-tech armored vehicle platform to control nearby robots, fire new weapons and outmatch future Russian and Chinese tanks. While the particular configuration and technology woven into the new combat vehicle is in the early phases of conceptual exploration... more »

Can Military Might Alone Stop a Resurgent Russia?

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, Europe* America’s top military officer in Europe believes it will take more than just military power to combat a resurgent Russia. While out of area operations were in vogue for U.S. European Command and the NATO alliance during the previous decades of the post-Cold War era, Russia once again the single greatest threat American forces in Europe face. Indeed, America’s top military officer in Europe believes it will take more than just military power to combat a resurgent Russia. “Our highest strategic priority as a Combatant Command is to deter Russia ... more »

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 12

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
1921 Start of Cairo Conference where Britain decided on its future Middle East policy with Mesopotamia being a centerpiece (Musings On Iraq article on Cairo conference) 1921 Colonial Secretary Churchill’s main concern at Cairo Conference was cutting costs for London 1921 Colonial Secretary Churchill said British troops would be withdrawn in Mesopotamia as quickly as possible Air power would be used for control 1921 Sir Percy Cox and Gen Haldane objected to Churchill’s troops reduction plan saying soldiers still needed in Mesopotamia ... more »

CIA Whistleblower Exposes Clinton Foundation as “Global Financial Criminal Syndicate”

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: clinton] A former CIA official turned whistleblower has come forward with damning allegations against the ostensible "charity" known as the Clinton Foundation. The post CIA Whistleblower Exposes Clinton Foundation as “Global Financial Criminal Syndicate” appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

"Prepper" foods: you may not like what you eat

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 14 hours ago
A news report last weekend mentioned that a major retailer is offering various "package deals" on freeze-dried foods, designed to provide nutrition for up to a year for individuals or families. It's not a bad idea, albeit rather expensive . . . but there are other factors to consider. Such foods offer a number of advantages; light weight, ease of preparation (usually, just add hot water), and a certain variety. However, they also rely on additives such as salt, spices and preservatives to provide or enhance flavor. These can get very monotonous after a while. If you doubt that... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 12, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*SCMP*: *China’s arms sales rise as it vies with US for influence on the world stage* Research group highlights Beijing’s growing share of global arms trade as it tries to strengthen ties with key allies The rivalry between America and China has seen both sides step up international arms sales and transfers as they seek to strengthen military ties with key allies, according to a report published on Monday. The study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which examined the volume of international transfers of major weapons between 2008 and 2017, showed C... more »

Are Tariffs Good for America?

Steve Byas at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: are-tariffs-good-for-america] Trump's announcement of protective tariffs for steel and aluminum has resurrected the old arguments over the subject — arguments that go back to the earliest days of the republic.

One common mistake that will foil your Vitamin D supplement benefits

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 14 hours ago
By Dr. Mercola I’ve previously written about the importance of taking vitamin K2 when you’re taking high-dose supplemental vitamin D to avoid complications associated with excessive calcification in your arteries. Now, research highlights the vital importance of taking magnesium in combination with vitamin D as well. Magnesium, the fourth most abundant mineral in your body,


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 14 hours ago
In *The Washington Post,* Anne Applebaum warns us that leaders often get a pass on corruption if they combine it with populist demagoguery: The former Venezuelan dictator-president Hugo Chávez won office on an “anti-corruption” ticket and then proceeded to rob the state on a massive scale, using government contracts to keep friendly business executives on board, turning the civil service and the state oil company into machines for rewarding supporters, even buying a luxurious plane from the ruling family of Qatar for his own use. ... During its previous turn in power, Austria’s “pop... more »

Don't sign CFTA, Labour; ex-NACCIMMA boss, others beg Buhari

bilaterals.org - 14 hours ago
12-Mar-2018 Organised labour pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign the African Continental Free Trade Agreement CFTA.

African trade ministers approve Free Trade Area in Kigali summit

bilaterals.org - 14 hours ago
12-Mar-2018 Africa Ministers of Trade have approved an agreement to give local traders access to the continental trade market.

Winning In Red States With Marijuana Legalization

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Remember a couple weeks ago there was an amazing legislative seat flip in Kentucky? Democrat Linda Belcher beat Rebecca Johnson for the open state House seat (49th district). On February 20th, Belcher won 68.4% to 31.6% in a district Trump had won 72% to 23% (and which Romney had won 66-33%). That's a really red district and Belcher's 45-point improvement on Hillary’s performance was engineered by a legendary Kentucky political figure, Mike Ward. Ward was Belcher's campaign manager. He had served in the state legislature himself, from 1989 to 1993 when he confounded a GOP wave el... more »

Bureau Local up for Innovation Award at the European Press Prize in Budapest, Hungary

Charles Boutaud at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - 15 hours ago
This one-year-old project has built a 650-strong network collaborating on a wealth of local stories across the UK

Ethics, authorship concerns sink homeopathy paper by researchers arrested last year

Andrew P. Han at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
For a host of reasons, a journal has retracted a paper co-authored by a researcher who reportedly once faced charges of practicing medicine without proper qualifications. According to the retraction notice for “Psorinum Therapy in Treating Stomach, Gall Bladder, Pancreatic, and Liver Cancers: A Prospective Clinical Study,” published Dec. 8, 2010 in Evidence-Based Complementary and … Continue reading Ethics, authorship concerns sink homeopathy paper by researchers arrested last year

Willy Loman In The White House

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Arthur Miller's play, *Death of a Salesman* goes to the core of the American character. Willy Loman, the chief protagonist, fervently believes in the American Dream. And he believes that the key to that dream is being "well liked." E.J. Dionne writes: All presidencies are shaped by the personal proclivities of the occupant of the Oval Office. But we have not had a president who focused so much energy on appearing to be strong and who, like the playwright Arthur Miller’s salesman Willy Loman, so desperately wants to believe he is “liked.” These drives are the biggest threats to Tru... more »

Houthi sniper takes down 3 Saudi soldiers in one shot

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
Houthi rebels continue to thwart attempts by the Saudi troops to infiltrate the borders as the Saudi-led coalition intensifies airstrikes. Footage posted by pro-Houthi media features a sniper killing three Saudi soldiers in just one shot. The footage was filmed somewhere in northern mountainous area near Saudi borders. Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Turkish helicopter hunts down Kurdish fighters in Syria’s Afrin

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00) – The FSA rebels – backed by Turkish military – are steadily gaining ground against the Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. More villages and towns have been recently seized by the Syrian rebels in the southern axis of Afrin, thus endangering the city to be fully besieged in a few days. The […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking map: Syrian Army snatches two-thirds of militant-held areas in east Damascus after 2-week operation

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:29 P.M.) – Two weeks after the Syrian Army kicked-off its operation to clear armed rebel groups from Damascus’ East Ghouta region, government forces have seized about two-thirds (conservative estimates say 60 percent) of all areas controlled by militant factions prior to the offensive. In the process of doing this, the Syrian Army […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Afrin Map Update: Turkish forces gain ground against Kurdish fighters

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:05 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed factions managed to score major advances in the Kurdish region of Afrin, inching closer to the provincial capital. Several towns located between Afrin city and Jandaris including Kafr Batrah, Ain Dara, Kobla, Talaf and many more have fallen to the FSA-affiliated militants, thus almost reaching the outskirts of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Syrian Army seizes key town in east Damascus after days of battle

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:25 P.M.) – After days of battle, elite storming forces of the Syrian Army’s Republican Guard have managed to impose full control over the town of Aftris in Damascus’ East Ghouta region. Syrian troops were faced with many difficulties trying to overrun Aftris’ defenses – the town possessed a wide anti-tank ditch and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking video: Syrian Army besieges major Islamist stronghold in Damascus, slices East Ghouta into three

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:05 P.M.) – According to video-evidence based reports, the Syrian Army has completed its encirclement of the jihadist stronghold town of Harasta in Damascus’ East Ghouta region. Sources say that storming troops from the 4th Mechanized Division broke through the last several hundred meters of Islamist defenses across the Harasta orchards and along […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Russian jets unleash huge air attack across Idlib to protect besieged Shiite-majority towns

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:41 A.M.) – Over the last several hours, Russian warplanes have been in the midst of a major bombardment operation against Islamist forces across Idlib province’s northern countryside. The strike mission by Russian airpower is reportedly targeting artillery units and fighter gatherings of Al-Qaeda affiliate group Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (better known by its […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

My mirror selfie for the week as media peddle idea world is heading for an epidemic catastrophe

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
I would like to just a wave to my discontented readers, George Soros and Alexis Tsipras and draw attention to my predicament and your predicament, dear readers, as the Globalists seek to remove you, in your millions, yes, billions from the planet earth, now by floating a “disease X.” I wonder if Donald Trump knew about […]

Disease X hype signals more false flag epidemics coming

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
‘Disease X’ could be the world’s next epidemic By Eileen AJ Connelly | New York Post The World Health Organization has added a mysterious, yet-to-exist new malady to its list of nine diseases that may cause a worldwide epidemic. As if Ebola, Zika and SARS aren’t enough to worry about, The World Health […]

Greece and Turkey. Arena for next WW3 false flag?

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
Now that North Korean appears to be ready to denuclearize, the Globalists may be trying to get a false flag going between Turkey and Greece. George Soros’ fixer and US ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt seems once more to be playing a key role. One day after meeting the Greek Chief of Staff, the army promoted the two […]

EU privatization process has led to rise of lawless oligarchs in Greece personified by Putin crony Ivan Savvidis

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
Friend of Alexis Tsipras and Vlad Putin, oligarch Ivan Savvidis, stormed onto a football field in Greece with a gun when a referee declared a goal offside in a sign of the growing power of a clique of oligarchs and the collapse of law and order. http://news.in.gr/english/article/?aid=1500205390 http://news.in.gr/english/article/?aid=1500205389 http://greece.greekreporter.com/tag/ivan-savvidis/ “Under the guise of performing a […]

WHEN STORMY MET NOBBY: Plus Gennifer Flowers!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018Part 1—Nobody cares about sex:* The headline on Colbert King's new column struck us as a provocation, perhaps as an incitement. It certainly posed a challenge: "Why the Stormy Daniels Case Matters." In our hard-copy Washington Post, that's what the headline said! In our view, the so-called "Stormy Daniels case" *doesn't matter at all.* Indeed, that assessment ginormously understates the nature of the problem. In our view, attention paid to the Daniels matter undermines the future of the republic, if we still maintain any hope for the nation's future at all.... more »

The Next Recession

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 15 hours ago
Given that the current economic expansion is one of the longest on record, one has to wonder when the next recession will occur and what will trigger a cooling of what can only be described as a relatively lukewarm economy. A recent CRS insight by Marc Labonte at the Congressional Research Service provides us with historical background on the economic cycles that have taken place since the end of the Second World War and how the current economic scenario compares to past pre-recession events. At 105 months (including March of 2018), the current economic expansion is the second-long... more »

Was a Pedophile Found Dead in His Prison Cell with His Penis Chopped Off?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 15 hours ago
A man convicted of sex crimes against children died in prison, but not in the grisly manner claimed by fake news purveyors.

Some Realism about Internal and External Points of View

Guest Blogger at Balkinization - 15 hours ago
Charles Barzun Ordinarily there would be little profit in writing a reply to a reply to a reply to an article, but I thought it would be useful to revisit an exchange between myself and Jeremy Kessler & David Pozen on the subject of legal theories. (For earlier installments, see their “surreply” to my Response to their article, “*Working Themselves Impure: A Life Cycle Theory of Legal Theories*,” which I recently learned appeared last year as a post on this blog. ) This exchange exemplifies a point I’ve made previously, namely that distinguishing between “internal” and “external” “p... more »

Monday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 15 hours ago
Miscellaneous material to start your week. - Rochelle Toplensky reports that ten years after a financial meltdown based on the instability of top-down economic structures, multinational corporations are paying substantially lower effective tax rates than they did before. And Jim Tankersley and Alan Rappaport follow up on how the Trump tax giveaway to the wealthy is riddled with mistakes and unintended consequences even on its own terms due to the Republicans' desperation to further enrich those who already have the most. - Thomas Walkom writes that Donald Trump's blackmail shows ju... more »

North Korea Has Gone Silent On Talks With The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
No word yet from Mr Kim on details of the summit *DW: **North Korea stays silent on Donald Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un* Seoul has "not received" an official response from North Korea after it passed on an invitation to the US for talks between its leaders. A South Korean official said Pyongyang likely "needs time to organize its stance." South Korea's Unification Ministry on Monday said North Korea had yet to provide an official response to a proposed meeting with US President Donald Trump. "We have not seen nor received an official response from the North Korea regime regardi... more »

The West Has Been Outwitted, But the Warmongers Are Panicked and Pushing for War

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 16 hours ago
The West has been "sleepwalking, in their arrogance," said Helga Zepp-LaRouche this weekend, first missing the boat on China's New Silk Road, and now outflanked by Vladimir Putin's dramatic announcement on March 1 that Russia has successfully developed weapon systems based on new physical principles which render the entire missile defense system deployed around Russia and China to be useless, obsolete. The pathetic effort to discredit the Putin announcement as a hoax, based on the fact that he used animations to demonstrate the new hypersonic missile rather than videos, fell flat ... more »

Graphic Video Shows School Cop Slam 16yo Girl Like a Rag Doll, Elbow Her in the Neck

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: school] Yet another video has surfaced of yet another school police officer violently taking down a child during an altercation with another student. The post Graphic Video Shows School Cop Slam 16yo Girl Like a Rag Doll, Elbow Her in the Neck appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

China Raising Concerns Over U.S. - North Korean Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*CNN:* *South Korea moves to ease Chinese jitters over US-North Korea talks* South Korean officials will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, as part of an effort to bring jittery regional powers on board with US President Donald Trump's stunning decision to accept a face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Seoul's lead envoy, National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong, will meet Xi in Beijing, as a parallel delegation heads to Tokyo to brief Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the attempts to open talks with Pyongyang on its nuclear and missile program. ... more »

Close U.S. bases on Okinawa

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
All three of these peace movement leaders in Okinawa were arrested for leading the 13-year daily non-violent protests against US base expansion on their beleaguered island. There are presently 32 US military bases scattered throughout Okinawa taking up about 20% of the total land mass on the island. And the US wants to take even more land due to Obama's 'pivot' of 60% of US military forces into the Asia-Pacific region to encircle China and Russia. Trump is now continuing that policy which means more ports-of-call are needed for Navy warships, more runways are need for US warplan... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*The Elimination of Higher Education* "You're going to see, over the next five years, a real increase in the number of schools in serious trouble." In less than a week, Americans will be exposed — with practically wall-to-wall coverage at that — to 68 of our institutions of higher learning as they take part in the annual NCAA basketball tournament. Teams that outperform expectations will benefit from an uptick in applications, and although many of the schools participating are already household names, who doesn’t take pride in seeing their alma mater in “The Big Dance?” Unfortuna... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Wake up Britain or perish a starving shivering death* John A Brown writes from Scotland: Although this is nothing compared to what some less fortunate than myself had to and who are still enduring I had to make a 16 mile round trip for milk. Putting this into perspective there is a convenience store just 75 yards from my back door, a supermarket 200 yards from my front door, another 10 supermarkets along with countless convenience stores along the way yet I had to drive out 8 miles for milk and even then I was lucky to get it. Thankfully the direction in which the snow showers w... more »

“The Race for 5G” Includes Bailing Out the Telecom Industry and Allowing Them to Install Small Cell Towers Everywhere. Ain’t That America, For You and Me.

Activist Post at Activist Post - 16 hours ago
By B.N. Frank If you weren’t aware of it already, “The Race for 5G” promotes state and federal legislation that allows for small cell towers... more »

Japan Is Stunned By President Trump's Announcement That He Will Enter Into Talks With North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint news conference in Tokyo in November 2017. (Asahi Shimbun file photo) *The Asahi Shimbun*: *Japan shocked to be left out in cold by Trump on North Korea* The U.S. president trumpeted during a March 9 phone call with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he had "good news." It was anything but. The U.S. leader's announcement of a planned historic summit meeting by the end of May with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un caught Japan off-guard and dismayed as Tokyo had stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Washington on maintaini... more »

80 percent of mass shooters showed no interest in video games.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 16 hours ago
Courtesy of CBS News: *President Trump met with video game industry representatives Thursday, after saying last month violent video games may play a role in mass shootings. * *The president met with parents like Melissa Henson. "The kind of messages and images that they are putting in their minds, I think they're nightly dress rehearsals for huge acts of violence," she said. * *But psychologist Patrick Markey's research shows 80 percent of mass shooters did not show an interest in violent video games.* *"It seems like something that should make us safer so it's a totally underst... more »

America's Greatest Challenge Since... The Civil War

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
Does anyone doubt the news reports that Putin is about to "win" a landslide reelection? Of course not; he counts the votes and sets the rules. And Trump must be seething with jealousy. Last week, Annie Linskey, writing for the *Boston Globe*, reported that Señor Trumpanzee "would be able to dispatch Secret Service agents to polling places nationwide during a federal election, a vast expansion of executive authority, if a provision in a Homeland Security reauthorization bill remains intact. The rider has prompted outrage from more than a dozen top elections officials around the cou... more »

Doofus Of The Day #1,000 - our Millennial Doofus!

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 17 hours ago
When I started this blog, a little over 10 years ago, I could hardly imagine that it would be happily chugging along, with several thousand readers each day, long enough to reach a thousand in my "Doofus Of The Day" series. Well, here we are at last. I wonder if the blog - and its author - will still be around for #2,000? (If you'd like to read all the other 999 Doofi of the Day, in reverse chronological order, see here.) At any rate, today's Doofus is from Melbourne, Australia. The 37-year-old Yallambie man bought the 2013 Porsche Cayenne and filmed himself driving more than do... more »

How Wolves Change Rivers Video

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
*Youtube link below:* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=237&v=ysa5OBhXz-Q*

Is A Dollar Funding Crisis Imminent: Libor-OIS Blows Out The Most Since 2012

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 17 hours ago
Is A Dollar Funding Crisis Imminent: Libor-OIS Blows Out The Most Since 2012 by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ Call it the latest paradox of bizarro centrally-planned markets. On the same day when the Nasdaq hit a new all time high, when the Dow soared and when the payrolls report reincarnated the Goldilocks narrative with one flashing red […]

Evidence of water deep within the earth’s crust

drinkingwateradvisor at The Drinking Water Advisor - 17 hours ago
“A UNLV scientist has discovered the first direct evidence that fluid water pockets may exist as far as 500 miles deep into the Earth’s mantle.” click here

Big Pharma Paid Millions in Secret Settlements After Antidepressants Linked to Mass Murder

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 17 hours ago
[image: antidepressants] Major pharmaceutical companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars covering up lawsuits over suicides and mass murders caused by popular antidepressants. The post Big Pharma Paid Millions in Secret Settlements After Antidepressants Linked to Mass Murder appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Japan Is Quietly Expanding Its Military Might

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
PACIFIC OCEAN (December 10, 2010) - U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships steam in formation as part of a photo exercise on the final day of Keen Sword 2011. The exercise enhances the Japan-U.S. alliance which remains a key strategic relationship in the Northeast Asia Pacific region. Keen Sword caps the 50th anniversary of the Japan-U.S. alliance as an "alliance of equals." (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob D. Moore) *Strategic Culture:* *With World Focused On North Korea, Japan Quietly Expands Its Military Might* Washington ... more »

Another Video Released By The U.S. Navy Of A U.F.O. Encounter

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *'What the f*** is that thing?' Shocking moment Navy pilot spots a mysterious object streaking across the Atlantic - and a former White House official says it could belong to Russia, China or ALIENS* * Two-minute video captured a foreign object streaking about the Atlantic Ocean * A Us Navy F/A 18 jet flying 25,000 was able to lock onto the foreign object * Former defense officials implore government to fund research into UFOs A pilot of a United States Navy jet was shocked after he witnessed a mysterious object streak across the sky just above the Atlantic Ocean. T... more »

Is The U.S. Reducing Operations At Turkey’s İncirlik Base Due To U.S. - Turkish Tensions?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Ahval:* *U.S. military is reducing presence at Turkey’s Incirlik air base* The U.S. military has sharply reduced combat operations at Turkey’s İncirlik air base and is considering permanent cutbacks there, reports the Wall Street Journal. The U.S. officials told the WSJ that this shift was driven by tensions between Washington and Ankara. The U.S. has used the base to conduct airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq since 2015, but the deteriorating relations between the U.S. and Turkey have made it challenging for the U.S. to operate at Incirlik. Turkish government see... more »

10 Charts That Show How Much Life Has Changed For Russians Under Putin

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Despite -- or because of -- his reputation abroad, Vladimir Putin is widely popular in Russia and is all but guaranteed to win the presidential election with a landslide https://t.co/MucDOa8Bxv pic.twitter.com/DE0hlJq358 — AFP news agency (@AFP) March 11, 2018 *BBC:* *Life in Vladimir Putin's Russia explained in 10 charts* Vladimir Putin has dominated Russian politics as its undisputed leader for almost two decades. Over successive terms as president and prime minister he has overseen an economic boom, military expansion and the re-establishment of Russia as a major power. Livin... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Stella Maris”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
2002, “Stella Maris” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HRk1nz5rds

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago

"What Must We Do?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"We stand on a mountain pass in the midst of whirling snow and blinding mist, through which we get glimpses now and then of paths which may be deceptive. If we stand still we shall be frozen to death. If we take the wrong road we shall be dashed to pieces. We do not certainly know whether there is any right one. What must we do? Be strong and of a good courage. Act for the best, hope for the best, and take what comes... If death ends all, we cannot meet death better." - Fitzjames Stephen

"Truth Is Always Stranger Than Fiction..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"Truth is always stranger than fiction. We craft fiction to match our sense of how things ought to be, but truth cannot be crafted. Truth is, and truth has a way of astonishing us to our knees. Reminding us, that the universe does not exist to fulfill our expectations. Because we are imperfect beings who are self-blinded to the truth of the world's stunning complexity, we shave reality to paper thin theories and ideologies that we can easily grasp – and we call them truths. But the truth of a sea in all it's immensity cannot be embodied in one tide-washed pebble." - Dean Koontz

Greg Hunter, "Former CIA Officer Exposes Clinton Charity Fraud As Biggest Scandal In US History"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"Former CIA Officer Exposes Clinton Charity Fraud* * As Biggest Scandal In US History"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Former CIA Officer and whistleblower Kevin Shipp says the reason for all the crime and treason at the FBI and DOJ all boils down to one thing – the Clinton's so-called “charity.” Shipp explains, “Hillary Clinton was running and is running a global financial criminal syndicate. She was using these secret servers to conduct Clinton financial money laundering business." "The shocking thing about that is all the former directors of the CIA that have come out to sup... more »

A Good Monday Morning

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 18 hours ago

A Gringo Loose in Cuba: Notes on the World’s Most Useless Embargo

Fred Reed at - 18 hours ago
This from a while back, but perhaps of interest: The American Conservative, December, 2007 On Havana’s malecón, the seawall that parallels the shore, the waves roll in and hit the sudden obstacle, sending towering explosions of bright white spray far into … Continue reading →

DSM V Replacing ABC In Schools

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
By Anne Dachel We’ve been told for the last twenty-five years that all the kids everywhere with autism were nothing new, that all the features of autism—being nonverbal, stimming, obsessing, having anxiety and meltdowns, and wandering—are just things that come...

"What Organization in America Has Used Fear Better Than the NRA?"

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
AAP. Pharma. CDC. Drops mic. Kim

Opponents to Burying Nuclear Waste in Clay Atop a Geothermal Source Raided By French Police – Eviction-Arrests

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 18 hours ago
Residents near the proposed French nuclear waste facility in Bure France have demonstrated that within 16 minutes the “argillite” clay … Continue reading →

Britain’s Ruling Conservatives Under Pressure to Return Russian Donations

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 18 hours ago
“Contributions have also been given to the Conservatives by British lobbyists and PR firms working for Russian oligarchs and even … Continue reading →

Sri Lanka president on China's Belt and Road plan

bilaterals.org - 18 hours ago
12-Mar-2018 Sri Lanka's president has warned that China's Belt and Road economic initiative should not be allowed to pose a threat to the international community.

Minister assesses trade motives of China, US

bilaterals.org - 18 hours ago
12-Mar-2018 China's top commerce official said on Sunday that it has no intention to start a trade war with the United States and will not initiate one, but the country can cope with any challenge and will defend its national interests.

South Korea, Israel to hold 6th round of FTA talks

bilaterals.org - 18 hours ago
12-Mar-2018 South Korea and Israel are set to hold a sixth round of free trade agreement (FTA) talks aimed at boosting bilateral economic exchanges and investment, the government said today.

Mustapa: After CPTPP, Malaysia's focus now on RCEP

bilaterals.org - 18 hours ago
12-Mar-2018 Following the signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) last week, Malaysia is now shifting its focus to conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

EU, ASEAN ministers call for greater efforts to advance trade talks

bilaterals.org - 18 hours ago
12-Mar-2018 Officials from the EU and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) pledged on Friday 2 March to speed up their efforts to negotiate free trade agreements, both at the bilateral level and eventually at the region-to-region level, following a meeting in Singapore.

‘Disease X’ could be the world’s worst nightmare.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 19 hours ago
‘Disease X’ could be the world’s worst nightmare | New York Post https://nypost.com/2018/03/10/disease-x-could-be-the-worlds-worst-nightmare/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPFacebook&utm_medium=SocialFlow&sr_share=facebook Advertisements

I never thought I would follow an adult film star on Twitter, or that it would offer such comedy gold.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
I actually took a screenshot of my favorite troll a couple days ago. I laughed so hard I couldn't even respond. When someone can't even insult you correctly ( you're all welcome. Enjoy) pic.twitter.com/KcTGns82xw — Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 9, 2018 Now I don't know if this guy was simply making a funny, or if he was actually confused about who Trump calls his wife, but either way it's kinda awesome.

Breaking: Elite Syrian Army forces deploy to Afrin border – reports

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 A.M.) – Forces of the Syrian Army’s Republican Guard are deploying to the border of government and Kurdish controlled territory in Aleppo province’s Afrin region according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). The SOHR report claims that Republican Guard units are reinforcing Syrian Army positions along the Zahraa-Nubl axis. Here, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian warplanes pummel jihadist forces in east Damascus just ahead of Syrian troops advancing to encircle key rebel stronghold

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – Elite assault units of the Syrian Army are throwing in all they have into what is now a day-long battle aimed at fully encircling the jihadist stronghold town of Harasta in Damascus’ East Ghouta region. Amid the relentless attacks by the Syrian Army along the Harasta-Douma road, Russian warplanes are […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Big ISIS cross-border night attack on Iraqi forces from Syria ends in total failure

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – Iraqi pro-government forces stationed along the country’s western border with Syria have fended off a big cross-border night attack conducted by Islamic State militants. According to sources, ISIS fighters unleashed a technical-borne assault against positions of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) in the area of Aj-Jughifi via the Syrian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Rebels ready for massive offensive against Syrian Army across Daraa, possibly in next 48 hours

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:14 A.M.) – Rebel militias based in the Syria’s southwestern province of Daraa are gearing up for a massive multi-axis offensive against government forces according to opposition sources with close ties to Syrian insurgent groups. Citing one high-ranking rebel commander by the name of Khalid al-Faraj, The New Arab news group reports that […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Syrian Army tank takes out Islamist car bomb amid close-call attack in east Damascus

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – On Sunday, a camera team from the Russia 24 news agency embedded with Syrian forces in Damascus’ East Ghouta region caught the moment a jihadist car bomb (often given the abbreviation VBIED for ‘vehicle-borne improvised explosive device’) was neutralized by a government main battle tank. The engagement (show below – […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

"They're Here, Aren't They?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*Deep Throat:* “Mr. Mulder, why are those like yourself, who believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life on this Earth, not dissuaded by all the evidence to the contrary? *Mulder:* “Because, all the evidence to the contrary is not entirely dissuasive.” *Deep Throat:* “Precisely.” *Mulder:* “They're here, aren't they?” *Deep Throat:* “Mr. Mulder, they've been here for a long, long time.” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph74FgtnBZ4 See post below...

Asteroid discoveries in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter 1980-2011

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 20 hours ago
the red ones cross the Earth, but for me the better ones are the Greeks and Trojans placed 60 degrees either side of Jupiter on the far side of the 'martian' asteroid belt. You'll notice that we're the third dot from the sun and most of the asteroidal discoveries are made with the sun behind Earth (the periodic white conical flashes through the growing-discovery system..

"'What The F— Is That Thing?' Fast Moving UFO Stuns U.S. Navy Pilots"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"'What The F— Is That Thing?' * *Fast Moving UFO Stuns U.S. Navy Pilots"* by Tyler Durden "Stunning video captured by U.S. Navy pilots in 2015 shows a mysterious object with "no obvious wings or tails," and "no exhaust plume" traveling at a high rate of speed over the Atlantic Ocean "very low over the water." The declassified Department of Defense (DoD) video was released by analytics firm The Stars Academy of Arts and Science - whose advisory committee includes former Clinton and Bush Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Christopher Mellon. “What the f— is tha... more »

Inflation Has Been Contained — But Not Because of a Liquidity Trap

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
The big risk will be asset price declines. Yet the USA has not really had a mature build out of prices once you take the exceptions out of the equation. It turns out we can build a lot of million dollar shacks with cheap money. So long as we have cheap money it is hard to see real inflation. Yet two things can drive prices. One is the cost of money but that is often short term in its effects. After all, businesses quickly pay down unnecessary debt as happened in the late seventies. More critical is the price of energy which is still tied closely to oil. The world continue... more »

Curcumin reduces muscle soreness and injury pain after physical activity

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
[image: Image: Curcumin helps reduce muscle soreness and injury pain after physical activity, according to study] This is really good news for sportsmen and justifies switching from all pain killers immediately. For the less serious sportsman,, Do what i do. Brew up turmeric root in a tea or vegetable stew amd enjoy it as a restorative. My own concoction now includes a matching amount of raw ginger and pepper as well to ease uptake. That is for the tea. I then take the remains and cook up a beet cabbage stem as well. I also add shredded parsley as well and boil away to extra... more »

A Review of 6,000 Studies Across Two Decades Delivers Its Verdict on GMO Corn

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This is really good news inasmuch as the overall effect of the GMO protocol is well justified through this analysis. What remains is the problem of insect control itself on the environment and on human health. The effects takes years to properly manifest in the form of cancers. This is something this package cannot uncover but can be uncovered in the meta stats on evolving cancer and fertility curves. Again time and science will overcome even that. A larger problem that remains unaddressed is the excess of corn product in our diet for which we are not evolved for to begin w... more »

Creating Water in the desert

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This catches us up on this type of technology. Folks are getting serious and it is turning out to be real easy. This is in the Atacama desert. Add those passive pots and cone shaped rigs in the Sahel and we have a really neat tech that asks for nothing. These are all demonstrations so far, but it is just too easy to set these out on a field in row formation with planting on either side and using the produced water to support drip irrigation as well as crop line under the edge of the collector. I would plant a row of beans directly under simply because the plants will climb... more »

Did US Election Equipment Vendors Share Source Codes Or Other Sensitive Or Proprietary Details With Russia? US Senators Klobuchar-Shaheen Inquire

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 20 hours ago
The US needs to use hand counted paper ballots made with recycled paper, in duplicate, and with poll watchers and … Continue reading →

Public Health England Statement Regarding Events In Salisbury: Wash Clothes, Spectacles, Wipe Phone, Etc., If At The Mill Pub Or Zizzi Restaurant In Salisbury On Sunday 4th or Monday 5th March 2018

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 20 hours ago
Salisbury Cathedral, consecrated in 1258 – 760 years ago this year. Stonehenge is not far away. “You will be aware … Continue reading →

Explainer: What Is VX Nerve Agent And How Does It Work?

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 20 hours ago
From “The Conversation”: Explainer: what is VX nerve agent and how does it work? February 24, 2017 2.08am EST By … Continue reading →

Presidential Math 101

Brother Jonah at Not My Tribe - 21 hours ago
And here I was thinking Bush couldn’t count past ten without taking off his boots. Trump in Pennsylvania stated he created 300,000 jobs. The number of American People is 330,000,000. More or less. Aside from his not having any of his economic agenda accomplished, 330,000,000 ÷ 100 =3,300,000 three hundred thirty million divided by one […]

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
*by Noah* A few days ago, non-Republicans celebrated International Women's Day (Wednesday, March 8th). I think it's reasonable to assume that most Republicans ignored the day. Hey, call me cynical, but I have a feeling that Oklahoma state Representative Justin Humphrey's attitude were pretty typical of Republicans everywhere on Wednesday, just as they are on any other day. If you're like me, you look at the Republican Party and the things that come out of republican mouths and ask, "Where do they find these people." Well, the truth is that people like this assclown just naturally... more »

Let's Make Sure Astronauts Won't Extinguish Native Mars Life - To Titan And Beyond - Op Ed - Shorter Version

Robert Walker at Science 2.0 blogs - 22 hours ago
Lisa Pratt, the new planetary protection officer for NASA takes up her job at a challenging time for astrobiology. We are approaching a major decision point for Mars. If Elon Musk succeeds in his ambitious plans, then some time in the next couple of decades we may introduce trillions of hardy microbial spores to the planet. Not deliberately, but just because we can't help but take them with us wherever we go. This is a major quandary for astrobiology, and for anyone who is fascinated by questions about the origins of life as well as those who would benefit from those discoveries i... more »

Congo Mining Code: Kabila vs. Cobalt Companies

Andrew KORYBKO at OrientalReview.org - 22 hours ago
Western interests in the Congo are premised on cheap access to strategic minerals, not humanitarian concerns, cynically suggesting that this might horrifyingly be the US’ fallback strategy if Kabila goes through with his mining code reform. The post Congo Mining Code: Kabila vs. Cobalt Companies appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

South Korea Media Is Reporting That North Korea Wants Full Diplomatic Relations With The U.S. And A U.S. Embassy In Pyongyang

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
SK media report the special message from KJU conveyed to Trump via SK envoys involves setting up US embassy in Pyongyang as part of normalizing US-NK relations. "It's much bigger than releasing 3 US hostages. KJU wants full diplomatic relations with US."https://t.co/jqh9gfrUYx — Noon in Korea (@NoonInKorea) March 12, 2018 *WNU Editor:* It makes sense what the North Koreans want U.S. diplomatic recognition .... it will be the first of many steps to downgrade tensions. But before that happens .... IMHO .... what everyone should first do is to officially and formally end the first Ko... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
North Korea seen 'cautious' in announcing stance over upcoming summits: Seoul https://t.co/BcCMwwuQm3 pic.twitter.com/I9bCdUySI5 — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) March 12, 2018 South Koreans skeptical that Trump-Kim summit will deliver peace https://t.co/QkaMz6I5mp — NBC News (@NBCNews) March 12, 2018 Catalonia "Republic Now" march draws tens of thousands https://t.co/gUoKGPAoxH pic.twitter.com/y0b0pWFHCc — AFP news agency (@AFP) March 11, 2018 The current rate of technological change is leaving the U.S. in its dust. https://t.co/nHqYLKQE9Z — Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) March 1... more »

44 Things You Didn’t Know About Oil

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*OilPrice.com:* *44 Things You Didn’t Know About Oil* Whenever you see a headline like this, you know it will go along the lines of “did you know that petroleum stands for rock oil?” Yes you did, goes the reply of an overwhelming majority of readers. For this reason, the list below is one which holds the reader in high esteem, as a dear colleague on the road to broaden our knowledge of the oil industry. So here we go… *Read more *.... *WNU Editor*: I know that this is not a military/weapon/defense/intelligence/war/etc. post .... but a lot of wars have come about because of oil.

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14, in this photo released July 4, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *North Korea's nuclear ambitions* (Reuters)

Green Swamp is Draining from the White House

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
Opinion: *Bob Brock* James Delingpole wrote this on Breibart: Delingpole: Slowly, the Green Swamp is Draining from the White House… Bob Brock replied: Delingpole’s comment in the article should be echoed again and again by Australia’s political commentators because it shines a light on our energy policies: *“That’s because, apart from being a Democrat, Cohn – as former COO of Goldman Sachs – is a Vampire Squid man through and through.* *Goldman Sachs, like most of the financial sector, is aggressively pro-climate change action.”* Why do I say this? As has been pointed out pre... more »

"Picked Out a Coffin Yet? Take Ibuprofen and Die"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Picked Out a Coffin Yet? Take Ibuprofen and Die"* by Mike Whitney "Today we know that the risk of heart attack and stroke may occur early in treatment, even in the first weeks. There is no period of use shown to be without risk," says Judy Racoosin, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of FDAs Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products. - FDA website In case you missed it: The FDA issued a warning in 2015 on various prescription and non-prescription drugs that Americans ingest by the boatload. As it happens, these seemingly benign pain relievers can kill you even if you s... more »

Syrian Army unleashes all-out assault to split militant-held East Ghouta into 3 pockets – Map update

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:55 A.M.) – Following the split of rebel-held areas across Damascus’ East Ghouta region into two along the Masraba-Arbeen axis on Sunday afternoon, the Syrian Army is now making an all-out assault to force a third isolation of militant-controlled territory. Since midnight on Monday until right now, assault units of the Syrian Army’ […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Syrian Army just several hundred meters from isolating major jihadist stronghold in east Damascus

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:41 A.M.) – Amid heavy round-the-clock clashes between government troops and Islamist fighters, the Syrian Army is now to within just several hundred meters of isolating the jihadist stronghold of Harasta from the rest of Damascus’ East Ghouta region. Despite earlier reports (and map releases) stating otherwise, Syrian government forces have not yet […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian Navy could deploy 15 vessels to Syria at moment’s notice

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 A.M.) – According to a recent statement released by the Interfax news agency, the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet currently possess fifteen warships and support vessels. Virtually all of the warships in the fleet carry land-attack guided missiles and already have some form of experience with Syrian operations since the time of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Masses of Syrian Army battle tanks pour into Damascus’ East Ghouta region like a flood

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 A.M.) – In a fashion all to typical of major government offensives when reach their peak, the Syrian Army is now unleashing its main armored reserve against militant groups across Damascus’ East Ghouta region. Yesterday, the Syrian Ministry of Defence (MoD) released a video of 4th Mechanized Division and Republican Guard main […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian military demands Al-Rahman Legion group to cut ties with Nusra Front

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation demanded that the Faylaq al-Rahman militant group in Syria cut ties and separate from the Jabhat Fatal al-Sham terror group as a condition for its withdrawal from the besieged East Ghouta, the center’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Vladimir Zolotukhin said on Sunday. “A working meeting between representatives of the center for Syrian reconciliation […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Survey Ranks the U.S. Health Care System Lowest in Performance.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago
Survey Ranks the U.S. Health Care System Lowest in Performance | Time http://time.com/2888403/u-s-health-care-ranked-worst-in-the-developed-world/ Advertisements

Moringa – The Herb That Kills Cancer And Stops Diabetes

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago
Moringa – The Herb That Kills Cancer And Stops Diabetes http://www.organichealthuniverse.com/2016/08/31/moringa-herb-kills-cancer-stops-diabetes/

Vitamin D Is More Effective Than Flu Vaccine

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago
Study: Vitamin D Is More Effective Than Flu Vaccine http://healthimpactnews.com/2017/study-vitamin-d-is-more-effective-than-flu-vaccine/

New method identifies splicing biomarkers for liver cancer.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago
New method identifies splicing biomarkers for liver cancer – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory https://www.cshl.edu/new-method-identifies-splicing-biomarkers-liver-cancer/

What You Eat Affects Your Body Odor

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago

U.S. Navy's Hybrid Program Has Been Cancelled

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) transits the Atlantic Ocean. Truxtun will be the sole hybrid destroyer in the fleet for the time being because the Navy is moving to cancel the program aimed at making destroyers more fuel efficient. (MC3 Danny Ray Nunez Jr./Navy) *Defense News:* *US Navy canceling program to turn gas-guzzling destroyers into hybrids* WASHINGTON — The Navy is canceling a program to install fuel-efficient hybrid electric drives in 34 destroyers, leaving only one destroyer with the technology, the Navy confirmed in a statement. Citing “department pr... more »

Cubans Participate In A One-Party Vote As The Era Of The Castros Come To The End

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Cuba holds one-party vote as post-Castro era looms* Cubans went to the polls on Sunday in a one-party vote, the last step before a new president is selected next month, as the Communist-ruled island prepares to be led for the first time since the 1959 revolution by someone whose last name is not Castro. Cubans are asked to endorse two official lists of candidates for the national and provincial assemblies. The government depicts the vote, which takes place every five years, as a symbolic show of unity in the face of U.S. hostility. This year, though, the new national... more »

Fearing Sharks, Trump Doesn't Like Water Skiing Or Surfing... But Water Sports Is His Thang

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Helen's son, a top-notch international arbitration expert, is taking some time away from being a lawyer by spending a year or two communing with nature. Rather than turning to Maureen Dowd about the legalistic intricacies of how Señor Trumpanzee can keep the fact that he has serially hired prostitutes to urinate on him-- and , no, not *just* in Moscow-- away from his credulous fan-boys, we turned to our own expert about Stormy Daniels and the arbitration deal. He said it was somewhat complicated but suggested there are two main things we should keep our eyes on: Even if a contra... more »

Israeli-Egyptian Security Cooperation on the Sinai Peninsula as Seen by Egyptians on Social Media

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Emphasis mine: Israeli-Egyptian Security Cooperation on the Sinai Peninsula as Seen by Egyptians on Social Media by Michael Barak, https://dayan.org/ Michael Barak analyzes the reaction in the Arab world to reports of military cooperation between Israel and Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula, which some Egyptian social media users consider being in the interest of their country’s security. […]

Watch: Colonel Says Israel Is Dragging the United States Into World War III

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Watch: Colonel Says Israel Is Dragging the United States Into World War III by Darius Shahtahmasebi, http://theantimedia.org/ (ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) — Israel is in the process of plunging America into a war with Iran that could destroy what’s left of the Middle East and ignite a third world war, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin […]

Congrats CNN, You Finally Caught Russians Swaying Millions of US Voters with this 3-Level Game

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT Published on Mar 11, 2018 Many tried… many failed… but the folks at CNN have finally done it – undeniable proof of how the Russians convinced some 60 million people to vote Trump in 2016. end

Trump Tells Netanyahu: US To Withdraw From Iran Deal Unless “Significant” Changes Made

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Trump Tells Netanyahu: US To Withdraw From Iran Deal Unless “Significant” Changes Made by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ It has been nearly six weeks sine Vice President Mike Pence surprised Israeli lawmakers during a speech at the Knesset by declaring that the US would not recertify the Iran deal when it comes up for renewal again in May – leaving open […]

New Israeli Law on Al-Quds / Jerusalem Residency Sparks Criticism Worldwide

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
New Israeli Law on Al-Quds / Jerusalem Residency Sparks Criticism Worldwide by http://www.presstv.com/ A controversial law, which allows Israeli authorities to strip Palestinians living in East Jerusalem al-Quds of their right to live in the city, has sparked outrage worldwide. – In a statement released on Saturday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the Israeli legislation, saying the […]

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