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Thomas Paine

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

17 April - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2

11:17 pm MDT

Dine' CARE 'The People's Convention' June 2018

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 1 minute ago

Whales Prove Climate Change Caused By Ocean Currents

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 11 minutes ago
What can whale fossils tell us about Climate Change and the role of ocean currents? Continue reading →

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 minutes ago
US Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Melissa Karnath *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *Striking images of the US military training at night reveal the surreal colors of war* (Business Insider).

Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Plan: Arab Occupational Force and Arabs Will Pay for It – Report

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 30 minutes ago
The whole thing is illegal and an Act of War. Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Plan: Arab Occupational Force and Arabs Will Pay for It – Report by https://www.rt.com/ Washington reportedly wants Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar to replace the US in terms of troop deployments and funding in “stabilizing northeastern Syria,” according to the Wall Street […]

Trump Announces New Plan To Pull Out Of Syria?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 30 minutes ago
The Alex Jones Channel Published on Apr 17, 2018 Alex Jones breaks down how President Trump plans to build an Arab Army in the middle east, trained by U.S. soldiers, that can then handle the region and provide stability as the country is returned. end

‘Assad Apologists’: UK Media Attack Academics Over Dissenting Posts

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 30 minutes ago
RT Published on Apr 17, 2018 The information war over Syria has taken a vicious turn, with dissenting voices now facing furious attack from UK mainstream media. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/93h3 end

Gaza Protests: Will Israel Stop Using Deadly Force?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 30 minutes ago
Video here. Gaza Protests: Will Israel Stop Using Deadly Force? by https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/upfront/ Yousef Munayyer and Danny Ayalon debate Israel’s deadly tactics against Palestinian protesters in Gaza. – In the past two weeks, more than 30 Palestinians have been killed and over 2,700 injured along the border between Israel and the occupied Gaza Strip. Tens of thousands have […]

Pentagon: ISIS Regaining Control Of Some Areas Of Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 53 minutes ago
*Task & Purpose: **ISIS In Syria Is Not Destroyed Yet, The Pentagon Just Admitted * ISIS is like a plantar wart on your toe: If you don’t cut all of it out, it will come back and start spreading again. That appears to be what’s happening in Syria, where the terrorist group has surged attacks into areas that the Syrian regime and its Russian allies had controlled, a U.S. military spokesman said on Tuesday. Previously, government officials confidently asserted that ISIS has lost 98% of its caliphate in Iraq and Syria since U.S.-led military operations began in August 2014 Now that ... more »

Transparency and independent verification necessary to restore confidence in climate science

drinkingwateradvisor at The Drinking Water Advisor - 58 minutes ago
“Half the results published in peer-reviewed scientific journals are probably wrong. John Ioannidis, now a professor of medicine at Stanford, made headlines with that claim in 2005. Since then, researchers have confirmed his skepticism by trying—and often failing—to reproduce many … Continue reading →

The NRA And Two GOP Governor Scotts-- One In Florida And One in Vermont

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Vermont's PVI is D+15 and Hillary beat Trump there 178,573 (55.72%) to 95,369 (30.27%). Trump won just one of Vermont's 14 counties (Essex, the least populated). Florida is a more swingy state, although the PVI is R+2. Although Obama won Florida both times he ran, Hillary gave up on the state's crucial 29 electoral votes. Trump beat her (narrowly)-- 4,617,886 (49.0%) to 4,504,975 (47.8%). Of the state's 67 counties, she won 9. Both states have Republican governors named Scott-- Phil Scott in Verment, who is running for reelection, and Rick Scott in Florida, who is running for the ... more »

Even western main stream media is reporting that no chemical attack took place in Douma, after visiting the site

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 1 hour ago
Medical personnel on the ground in Syria give testimony that those videos show people suffering from hypoxia – not gas poisoning More The post Even western main stream media is reporting that no chemical attack took place in Douma, after visiting the site appeared first on The Duran.

Cyber-weapons as a form of magic, and why we can’t code our way to a safer internet

Ethical Technology - 2 hours ago
Mainstream language about cyber-security, specially at the political and military level, is divorced from reality to the point of nonsense.

Was Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafra Sued By His Bandmates Over a Levi’s Commercial?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
Biafra has long claimed that an acrimonious lawsuit over royalties stemmed from his former bandmates' desire for advertising revenue.

Sandy Hook Parents Sue Conspiracy Troll Alex Jones for Defamation

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
For years, Jones and his conspiracy-mongering network InfoWars have trolled grieving parents, accusing them of faking the deaths of their own children.

Is a Popular Teen YouTuber Planning ‘Live On-Camera Abortion’ for Bitcoin Donations?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
Several popular trolling elements — YouTube, Abortion, Bitcoin, Planned Parenthood — rolled up into one fake news piece.

IRS Gives Taxpayers Extra Day to File After Website Issues

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
Americans are getting an extra day to file their taxes after key elements of the IRS website crashed on deadline day.

Ralph Zurmühle, "Sonora In My Heart"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Ralph Zurmühle, "Sonora In My Heart" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YK-Zd_fPQs&feature=watch_response

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Drifting through the one-horned constellation Monoceros, these dusty streamers and new born stars are part of the active Monoceros R2 star-forming region, embedded in a giant molecular cloud. The cosmic scene was recorded by the VISTA survey telescope in near-infrared light. Visible light images show dusty NGC 2170, seen here just right of center, as a complex of bluish reflection nebulae. *Click image for larger size.* But this penetrating near-infrared view reveals telltale signs of ongoing star formation and massive young stars otherwise hidden by the dust. Energetic winds and r... more »

"I Think It's Unfair..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"I think it's unfair, but they have the right as fallible, screwed-up humans to be unfair; that's the human condition." - Albert Ellis There's a phrase in universal use that's always amused me, and it's always used as an excuse for some wrongdoing... "I'm only human..." And I'm always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?"

Israel Releases Satellite Images Showing Iran's Massive Involement In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Maharabd base, one of the Syrian airfields where Iranian personnel are stationed, according to the IDF. (IDF) *FOX News:* *Israeli army reveals images allegedly showing Iran's involvement in Syria* JERUSALEM – Satellite images released Tuesday by Israeli Defense Forces show the scope of the military relationship between Iran and Syria. The satellite images show several Syrian military bases that are used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces, which the IDF's said helps illustrate the threats imposed by the Iranian ability to send weapons to Syria from Tehran. The Guard's air... more »

"Human Existence: Our Story in One Minute"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Could you tell the story of human existence in a minute? This thrilling video culls together multiple teasing snippets in an attempt to do just that. And sets it to music. Briefly depicted, from start to finish, is an artistic animation of the Big Bang, a trip across the early universe, the formation of the Earth and Moon, the emergence of multi-celled life and plants, the rise of reptiles and dinosaurs, a devastating meteor strike, the rise of mammals and humans, and finally the rise of modern civilization. The minute movie ends with a flyover of the modern skyscraper and a human... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Robertson, New South Wales, Australia. Thanks for stopping by!

The Poet: Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“The Road Not Taken”* “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim Because it was grassy and wanted wear, Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telli... more »

Yemeni Tribal Council protests against US-led airstrikes in Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
The Yemeni Tribal Council held a protest in Sanaa on Tuesday, where they expressed “full solidarity” with Syria against airstrikes conducted by the US, UK and France. “Full solidarity with Syria and non-Syrians from the axis of resistance and we are ready to recruit to support our brothers in Lebanon, Syria and Palestine as soon […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israel hints it can hit Iran’s forces in Syria they retaliate for T-4 strike

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
Israeli media released aerial photos of alleged Iranian air bases on Syrian territory early on April 17. Sky News Arabia reports, citing an IDF official, that Israel is determined to strike back if Iran decides to retaliate for its attack on the T-4 air base. Roni Daniel, military editor for Israeli TV station Mako, told […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

‘No military solution’ to Syria conflict, stresses Mogherini

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 A.M.) – The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said that the Syrian conflict could only be solved politically, not militarily, in Strasbourg on Tuesday. “Now more than ever it is clear that the only sustainable, only pragmatic, only possible solution to the war […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Syrian Army launches big offensive in eastern Qalamoun after rebel group refuses to leave

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:55 A.M.) – Following an agreement with one of the rebel groups to surrender the town of Dumayr in the eastern Qalamoun, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a big offensive to force the remaining militants to surrender their positions. According to a military source in Damascus, the militants of Jaysh Tahrir Al-Sham […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Armenia: Mass rallies continue as ex-President Sargsyan elected PM

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Yerevan again to denounce the election of former President Serzh Sargsyan as Armenia’s Prime Minister with 77 votes to 17 on Tuesday, amid several days of protests. The mass demonstrations started in Yerevan last week following Sargsyan’s nomination for the Prime Minister’s post by the ruling Republican […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Jihadist rebels launch major counter-offensive in southeast Hama

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:15 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a major offensive in the southeastern countryside of Hama, tonight, targeting several areas under the control of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Faylaq Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels stormed the Syrian Army’s positions at the recently captured town of Qabet Al-Kurdi […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Rebels surrender heavy weapons before departure from Dumayr (photos)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 A.M.) – The Free Syrian Army (FSA) surrendered their heavy weapons to the Syrian and Russian military police in Dumayr, tonight, before departing from the town, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reported. According to the Syrian Army, the FSA rebels surrendered the following to the military police in Dumayr: 5 technical vehicles […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Airstrikes on Syria were ‘for the honour of the international community’ – Macron

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that the recent US-led air strikes on Syrian government targets were conducted “for the honour of the international community,” while taking part in a debate on the future of Europe organised by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Tuesday. The French President went on to say that the operation was conducted […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Massive explosion rocks northern Hama after Syrian military storage explodes

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – A massive explosion could be heard throughout Hama, tonight, after a Syrian military weapons storage exploded in the northern countryside of the province. According to a military source in Hama, the weapons storage was located between the Syrian Army strongholds of Taybat Al-Imam and Qomhana. The explosion was reportedly due […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian Air Force bombs jihadists as they fight each other in Idlib (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 A.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces unleashed a flurry of airstrikes over the Idlib countryside on Tuesday, targeting several towns with a Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham presence. According to a military source in nearby Latakia, the Russian Aerospace Forces launched more than 20 airstrikes over the Idlib countryside, tonight, hitting several targets near […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

"The Duty..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
God help them...

Saudi Arabia Ready To Send Troops To Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Saudi Arabia says open to sending troops to Syria under wider coalition* RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia would be prepared to send troops into Syria as part of the U.S.-led coalition if a decision was taken to widen it, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday. “We are in discussion with the U.S. and have been since the beginning of the Syrian crisis about sending forces into Syria,” Jubeir told a news conference in Riyadh with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He said Riyadh had expressed its readiness while Barack Obama was U.S. President to send grou... more »

‘European Civil War’ – Macron Criticized after Going Full Napoleon in Strasbourg

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
‘European Civil War’ – Macron Criticized after Going Full Napoleon in Strasbourg by https://sputniknews.com/ The French President has been widely criticised after his call for pan-European unity provoked division and dissent. Emmanuel Macron has laid out his vision for the future of the EU at Strasbourg in characteristically contradictory fashion. While praising the EU’s “unique model” for pan-European unity he also described […]

Syria, Chemicals Weapons and Missile Strikes: FAKE NEWS Theater at Its Finest… You Are Being Subjected to an Elaborate Psyop

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Syria, Chemicals Weapons and Missile Strikes: FAKE NEWS Theater at Its Finest… You Are Being Subjected to an Elaborate Psyop by Mike Adams, https://www.naturalnews.com/ (Natural News) By now, you are aware that President Trump ordered a “precision strike” against Syria’s so-called “chemical weapon sites” run by Assad. The strike was deployed in response to an utterly false, absurd narrative […]

Syria: What Just Happened

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Syria: What Just Happened by ERIC ZUESSE, https://www.strategic-culture.org/ What happened right after the second direct US-missiles invasion of Syria, which had occurred on the night of April 13th, could turn out to have momentous implications — far bigger than the attacks themselves. – The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons headlined on April 14th, in the […]

Professor Boyle: ‘Completely Bogus’ — Syria Strike Indefensible Under US, International Law

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Professor Boyle: ‘Completely Bogus’ — Syria Strike Indefensible Under US, International Law by https://sputniknews.com/ US missiles raining down on Syria last Friday night were fired in violation of not only international legal precedents, but also in flagrant disregard for the United States’ own constitution, a Harvard-trained lawyer and renowned professor of international law told Radio Sputnik […]

Famed War Reporter Robert Fisk Reaches Syrian ‘Chemical Attack’ Site, Concludes “They Were Not Gassed”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Famed War Reporter Robert Fisk Reaches Syrian ‘Chemical Attack’ Site, Concludes “They Were Not Gassed” by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ Robert Fisk’s bombshell first-hand account for the UK Independent runs contrary to nearly every claim circulating in major international press concerning what happened just over week ago on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has […]

Reality Check: Lies Justify U.S. Air Strikes on Syria?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Ben Swann Published on Apr 17, 2018 Our government and our media have been peddling lies to justify war, from WMDs in Iraq to humanitarian intervention in Libya. The latest? A U.S.-led missile strike on Syria for the alleged use chemical weapons on civilians. This, just a week after President Trump said we were ready to […]

President Trump: Direct Talks With North Korea Have Already Started

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Business Insider:* *Trump says direct talks with North Korea have already started* * President Donald Trump confirmed on Tuesday that the US had started talking with North Korea. * Trump said the talks were happening at "extremely high levels." * Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are expected to meet later this year. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the US had already started speaking with North Korea ahead of a proposed meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this year. "We've also started talking to North Korea directly," Trump said, a... more »

Alarmists Fret, while Farmers Adapt

Hifast at Climate Collections - 3 hours ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: ? https://www.gannett-cdn.com/media/2018/04/13/USATODAY/USATODAY/636592138171261668-041318-weather-line-shift-Online.png This latest alarm is about the eastward shift of the above climate zone boundary, which historically was located upon the 100th meridian. The narrative by alarmists is along the lines of “OMG, we are screwed because drylands are replacing wetlands. There goes our food supply.” Some of the…

Cedella Marley: Stop Holding Yourself Back

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 3 hours ago
Instead of giving power to your limitations, give commitment, action and persistence.

How To Balance Your pH Levels And Find Out If You Are Too Acidic

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 3 hours ago
The emphasis on the importance of the bodies pH might seem like a new fashion, but the science and art of pH balancing have had a long tradition.

Sweden Launches World’s First Electric Road That Charges Cars As They Drive

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 3 hours ago
Sweden is now the first country in the world to have an electrified road that recharges the batteries of vehicles driving on it.

Understanding the Chakras and How They Impact Our Outer Life

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 3 hours ago
You cannot simply divorce inner chakra work from outer behaviours — because the two are seamlessly related.

No War With Syria: List of Emergency Protests Happening Now in the United States

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 3 hours ago
This is a list of local emergency actions compiled by Women’s March on the Pentagon in response to US military aggression on Syria.

Chet Raymo, “Updike”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Updike”* by Chet Raymo "Ancient religion and modern science agree: We are here to give praise. Or, to slightly tip the expression, to pay attention." I am quoting John Updike, who probably understood science better than any other major literary figure. He had an oarsman's grip on religion, too. Add women - their unaging beauty, their desirability - and you have the Holy Trinity of his work. I don't believe I took note here of Updike's passing in 2009, at age 77. I should have. We were near enough contemporaries. We shared foibles, frailties and preoccupations. Our geographic tra... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 3 hours ago
Barbara Bush has died, and among Breitbart commenters, her passing has inspired a period of solemn reflection: I was hoping she would outlive the Hillda-beast Clinton. Mrs. Bush had more class in her pinky toenail than Clinton and moochelle could have in a lifetime. **** REPUBLICAN FIRST LADIES are nothing but class who know their place in History. DONKEY First Ladies act like JackAsses consumed with HATE. Yes, all the Bush's are still BITTER that Little Jeb didn't win. **** Republicans know their place and ride off into the Sunset. Democrats have an ego that demands the never-e... more »

The Navy's F-35 Has a New Weapon (To Strike Deep Into Enemy Territory)

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * The United States Navy and the Raytheon have completed integrating the AGM-154C Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) onto the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter. The United States Navy and the Raytheon have completed integrating the AGM-154C Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) onto the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter. The addition of the 70-nautical mile standoff range JSOW paired with the stealthy F-35C will afford the Navy the ability to strike targets deep inside even the toughest enemy air defenses. "With JSOW-C in its internal weapons bay, ... more »

JASSM-ER: The 'Stealth' Missile Fired from a B-1 Bomber That Struck Syria

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * Everything you need to know. Lockheed Martin’s stealthy new AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) made its debut on the raid on Syria on April 13. A pair of U.S. Air Force Rockwell International B-1B Lancer strategic bombers launched 19 of the new air-launched cruise missiles against the Barzeh Research and Development Center near Damascus. “The B-1s employed the JASSM, our joint-standoff missile,” Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. told reporters at the Pentagon on the morning of April 14. “So ... more »

Containment and China: What Would Kennan Do?

Paul Heer at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Paul Heer* *Security, * Kennan would recognize that China does not merit a containment strategy as he originally conceived it, nor could any such strategy succeed against China. GEORGE F. Kennan did not consider his original concept of containment to be applicable to China. But if the legendary Soviet expert were alive today, he might well endorse a strategy aimed at limiting Chinese influence in East Asia relative to that of the United States—which is what Chinese leaders today call “containment.” In Kennan’s formulation of his doctrine, containment was aimed exclusively at p... more »

Back to Brinkmanship

Jacob Heilbrunn at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Jacob Heilbrunn* *Security, Eurasia* [image: Policemen stand guard as Russian Air Force Sokoly Rossii (Falcons of Russia) aerobatic team on their SU-27 jet fighters perform during a demonstration flight at the Moscow International Air Show (MAKS) in Zhukovsky, Moscow region, 23 August 2009. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov] Can a new Cold War be avoided? Containment, not rollback, is what’s needed. AT THE heart of the original Cold War was nuclear confrontation. In his 1945 essay “You and the Atomic Bomb,” which he wrote two months after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, George Orwe... more »

Libyan Refugee Crisis—EU Must Take Responsibility and Alter Its Migrant Policy

Sajid Farid Shapoo at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Sajid Farid Shapoo* *Security, Middle East* [image: The world seems to be slowly coming to terms with the Libyan refugee crisis. Despite the loss of over five hundred migrant lives in the Mediterranean sea in the first three months of 2018, the issue has failed to occupy the media spaces in the way it had in the previous years. The appalling revelations of torture, slavery, and exploitation of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained in Libyan immigration camps in horrific conditions in November 2017 caused an international outrage. These migrant] The European Union's ... more »

Is This the Future of Russia's Anti-Submarine Weapons?

Lyle J. Goldstein at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Lyle J. Goldstein* *Security, Eurasia* [image: Russian sailors stand at attention on board a vessel during their departure to return to Russia at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, April 27, 2012. The Chinese and Russian navies announced on Friday the conclusion of a six-day joint naval exercise. A total of 16 surface ships, two submarines from the Chinese navy and seven Russian ships, led by the flagship Russian cruiser Varyag, participated in the war games. The six-day maneuvers focused on joint maritime air defense and the defense of marine traffi] Russian strategists appea... more »

Scholars: Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer is a Sign of Hip-Hop’s Impact

Tiffany Pennamon at Diverse - 4 hours ago
While the announcement of Kendrick Lamar’s selection for a Pulitzer Prize came as a surprise to some, it confirmed what many African-American and hip-hop studies scholars have known for years: that hip-hop and rap have had a profound social impact on the Black community and broader society.

Barbara Bush has died.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 4 hours ago
Courtesy of the NYT: *Barbara Bush, the widely admired wife of one president and the fiercely loyal mother of another, died Tuesday evening at her home in Houston. She was 92.* *On Sunday, the office of her husband, former President George Bush, issued a statement saying that after consulting her family and her doctors, Mrs. Bush had “decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.” * *The Bushes had celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in January, making them the longest-married couple in presidential history. * *Mrs. Bush had been ... more »

"The Reality Of Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Despite my firm convictions, I have been always a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth." - Malcolm X

CIA Director Mike Pompeo Met With North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Over Easter

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Leah Millis/Reuters *FOX News:* *CIA Director Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un over Easter, report says* CIA Director Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea over Easter weekend to meet with dictator Kim Jong Un, The Washington Post reported Tuesday night. The White House and the CIA declined to comment to Fox News on the report. "The administration does not comment on the CIA Director’s travel," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. The Post report cited "two people with direct knowledge of the trip," which occurred soon after President Trump nominated Pompeo to b... more »

"How It Really Is: Tax Day, 2018"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
○ ○ ○ ○ Same as it ever was...

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 17, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017. Photo: KCNA via Reuters *Bertil Lintner, Asia Times:* *Why the Trump-Kim talks will fail* Denuclearization summit fits a pattern of past failed agreements and overlooks the Kim dynasty's long obsession with acquiring nuclear weapons If US President Donald Trump is to be believed, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un may be interested in giving up his nuclear arsenal. “For years and through many administratio... more »

"The Truth..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"The truth is painful. Deep down, nobody wants to hear it, especially when it hits close to home. Sometimes we tell the truth because the truth is all we have to give. Sometimes we tell the truth because we need to say it out loud to hear it for ourselves. And sometimes we tell the truth because we just can’t help ourselves. Sometimes, we tell them because we owe them at least that much." - "Dr. Meredith Grey," "Grey's Anatomy"

Post-surgical opioids can, paradoxically, lead to chronic pain

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 4 hours ago
Medical Xpress: Post-surgical opioids can, paradoxically, lead to chronic pain https://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2018-04-post-surgical-opioids-paradoxically-chronic-pain.html Advertisements

Stormy Daniels releases sketch of thug who threatened her life if she did not "leave Trump alone."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
Stormy Daniels releases sketch of man who allegedly threatened her https://t.co/rLi7VZt4Aq pic.twitter.com/zkU9pbRzha — POLITICO (@politico) April 17, 2018 Courtesy of Politico: *Adult film actress Stormy Daniels and her attorney released a composite sketch of the man they say threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot to “leave Trump alone” in the wake of an interview she had given about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.* *Daniels and Michael Avenatti, her lawyer, appeared Tuesday on ABC’s “The View,” where they released the sketch publicly for the first time. Aven... more »

How Are Arizona And New Jersey Shaping Up For The Republicans This Cycle?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
When Trent Franks retired in December after a sexual harassment scandal, I told a friend of mine to calm down, saying that the district is so red that if it flipped-- or even got close to flipping-- the GOP would have to pack it in and forget the idea of even an effective minority next year. The PVI is R+13 and Trump beat Hillary 58.1% to 37.0%. Romney and McCain even did slightly better than Trump did. This is really Republican district in the suburbs and exurbs west and northwest of Phoenix. It includes Sun City, Peoria, Litchfield Park and Surprise. In 2016 Franks beat Democrat... more »

Consideration Being Given to Officially Recognize Crying Babies In The Senate Chamber

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 5 hours ago
The present Congressional Democrats have proven to be useless muttering whiners, obsessed with non- existent scandals instead of addressing serious needs facing the country. They also like to try and move the goal post or change the rules just for themselves in the middle of the game. In this latest example, it's pure privileged being showcased. Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth is the ultimate token for the Dems, she's Asian born, a women, and she is a military veteran who lost both of her legs in combat while serving in Iraq. Unfortunately, she is constantly trotted out by the De... more »

Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dead at 92

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
The New York native was also the mother of former President George W. Bush.

Egypt’s Mufti Issues Fatwa Against Buying Facebook ‘Likes’

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
Egypt's top mufti has issued a fatwa, or a religious decree, saying that buying Facebook "likes" is prohibited under Islam because it's a form of fraud and deception.

Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 5 hours ago
Cuddling cats.

President Trump defies his own hawkish administration, refuses new sanctions against Russia

Seraphim Hanisch at The Duran - 5 hours ago
President Donald Trump has made a new move, which is simply NOT to move in pressing new sanctions against the Russian Federation in regards to their support of the Syrian regime under President Bashar al-Assad. This move came as a surprise, because only hours before the US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was […] More The post President Trump defies his own hawkish administration, refuses new sanctions against Russia appeared first on The Duran.

Hoy #17Abril: Exigimos que se garanticen los Derechos de lxs Campesinxs ¡Basta de TLC, basta de impunidad!

bilaterals.org - 5 hours ago
17-Apr-2018 La Vía Campesina llama a resistir de manera organizada a los tratados que intentan apoderarse de nuestros bienes naturales y mercados locales, para beneficio del capital transnacional y del agronegocio con el encubridor silencio de los Estados.

Preocupación y pedidos de suspensión de las negociaciones arrojó la realización del foro “Acuerdo Mercosur-Unión Europea: riesgos y amenazas para la producción y el trabajo nacional”

bilaterals.org - 5 hours ago
17-Apr-2018 Una gran preocupación colectiva por las consecuencias económicas para la producción nacional y el pedido de que las negociaciones en marcha sean suspendidas fue el denominador común manifestado por los representantes de las entidades gremiales empresariales y de trabajadores

What a Even a Small Scale Nuclear War Would Do to Planet Earth

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Vic Bishop* - If we are to stop this before it happens, we need to be aware of what we are facing.

Climate Alarmists Use Children to Sue Florida Governor Over Climate Change

James Murphy at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: climate-alarmists-use-children-to-sue-florida-governor-over-climate-change] Liberal lawyers are using a group of children as human shields by filing suit against Florida Governor Rick Scott because of Scott’s “deliberate indifference to [the children’s] fundamental rights to a stable climate system.”

Do We Need Tariffs To Attack Foreign Trade Problems?

C. B. Thorington at A Divided World - 6 hours ago
U.S. Trade Balance as a percent of GDP and Trade Policies from 1895 to 2015 Wikimedia Commons / James4 The plot above is highly suggestive of what has caused our trade difficulties. It is a plot over time of the difference in the dollar value of all American exports and imports as a percent of […] The post Do We Need Tariffs To Attack Foreign Trade Problems? appeared first on A Divided World.

"Winter Is Coming", Part 2

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Winter Is Coming", Part 2* by Jim Quinn “Don’t think you can escape the Fourth Turning the way you might today distance yourself from news, national politics, or even taxes you don’t feel like paying. History warns that a Crisis will reshape the basic social and economic environment that you now take for granted. The Fourth Turning necessitates the death and rebirth of the social order. It is the ultimate rite of passage for an entire people, requiring a luminal state of sheer chaos whose nature and duration no one can predict in advance.” – Strauss & Howe, "The Fourth Turning" ... more »

From Microhills to Mountains

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 6 hours ago
The standard astronomical model of planet formation has to be interpreted as a fantasy where terrestrial planets are formed by the accretion of tens of Moon-to-Mars sized planetary embryos through energetic giant impacts, Cf. A large planetary body inferred from … Continue reading →

Maryland Begins Search for New Athletic Director

cmaadmin at Diverse - 6 hours ago
Speculation over the Terrapins’ search for the next athletic director has intensified following the resignation of Kevin Anderson last Friday.

Supporting the Entry of Older Adult Students into College Classrooms

cmaadmin at Diverse - 6 hours ago
In 2015, at the age of 99, Doretha Daniels earned her college degree. She is the oldest of a new minority of students who are earning their college degrees much later in life.

Tokyo’s Awakening on Trump

J. Berkshire Miller, Irina Angelescu at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*J. Berkshire Miller, Irina Angelescu* *Security, Asia* [image: U.S. President Donald Trump greets Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their bilateral meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida U.S., April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque] Shinzo Abe will clearly be doing damage control during his U.S. visit, careful to make sure that Japan is not sidelined again. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe will visit the United States on April 17–20 for a critical summit meeting with President Donald Trump. During the summit with Trump, Abe will primarily look to coo... more »

X22 Report, “Was This Part Of The Plan, Dump Treasuries To Destroy The Central Bank Economy?”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
X22 Report, “Was This Part Of The Plan, Dump Treasuries To Destroy The Central Bank Economy?” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO9dzyqJm2k *Related followup report:* X22 Report, “Behind The Scenes There Is Secret High Level Negotiations Between Syria & The US” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQsVt-6465M

IRS E-File and Payment Systems Crash Hours Before Tax Day Deadline

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 6 hours ago
With less than 12 hours to go until the Tax Day deadline, The IRS's E-Filing system and "Direct Pay" systems are unavailable. The post IRS E-File and Payment Systems Crash Hours Before Tax Day Deadline appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Alarmists Fret, while Farmers Adapt

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 6 hours ago
This latest alarm is about the eastward shift of the above climate zone boundary, which historically was located upon the 100th meridian. The narrative by alarmists is along the lines of “OMG, we are screwed because drylands are replacing wetlands. There goes our food supply.” Some of the story headlines are these: As World […]

US Grasping At Straws In Syria

Daniel McAdams at Peace and Prosperity - 6 hours ago
Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton was on the phone with Egypt's intelligence chief trying to organize a Arab army to take over US duties occupying northeastern Syria. The Trump Administration's big idea is to have the Saudis lead the occupation to "prevent ISIS 2.0 from emerging in the area." That doesn't make a whole lot of sense considering the fact that the Saudis were behind the creation of ISIS 1.0! As media arrives on the ground in Syria begins looking into US claims of a Syrian government gas attack in Douma, they are finding the US narrative does not match the fac... more »

False Flags are Real – US Has a Long History of Lying to Start Wars

Danielle Ryan at Peace and Prosperity - 6 hours ago
[image: undefined] Use of the term "false flag" is often met with raised eyebrows and accusations of conspiracism. But false flags are a very real and very present feature of geopolitics — and denying that is simply denying reality. Last week, the United States, along with the United Kingdom and France, bombed Syrian government targets, ostensibly in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack which was carried out one week before in the city of Douma. The story we’re told is simple: Syrian President Bashar Assad is an evil maniac who uses poison gas on his citizens for the sheer ent... more »

World News Briefs -- April 17, 2018 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Trump says U.S. having direct talks with North Korea about summit* PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump disclosed on Tuesday that the United States is having direct talks at “extremely high levels” with Pyongyang to try to set up a summit between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump made the acknowledgement during a picture-taking session with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as they opened two days of talks at the president’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, which is to include a round of golf. Abe obtained an agreement from Tru... more »

LIVE: Zapatistas 'Watch, Listen, Speak: No Thinking Allowed?'

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
Watch now LIVE Day 2 above and below. April 15 -- 25, 2018 -- The Sixth Commission of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation convokes a ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION (or seedbed, depending on who you ask): “To Watch, to Listen, to Speak: No Thinking Allowed?” Watch Day 1 at https://www.facebook.com/EnlaceZap/videos/2329833713712124/

Social Media Now Being Used by Police and Intelligence Agencies to Collect Biometrics

Activist Post at Activist Post - 7 hours ago
By Nicholas West Amid the ongoing Facebook/Cambridge Analytica debacle over their general surveillance and misuse of users’ private data, there is an emerging trend that... more »

Bill Maher on How Every Generation Could Be Called the “What Were You Thinking?” Generation. Cell Phones in Pockets Included In Current List of Senseless Behavior.

Activist Post at Activist Post - 7 hours ago
By B.N. Frank On April 13, 2018 Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO), Bill provides the audience with a long list of what was once... more »

Russian military finds alleged chemical weapons lab in Douma (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) – An alleged chemical arsenal was discovered by Russian servicemen in the basement of a high-rise apartment building in the Eastern Ghouta city of Douma on Tuesday. A statement by the Russian Ministry of Defence reports that chemicals such as chlorine, thiodiglycol and diethylamide were found. According to Douma resident Radwan […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian choppers drop leaflets over southeast Daraa calling on residents to kick out rebels

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Air Force dropped thousands Syrian helicopters drop thousands of leaflets on Monday over rebel held towns in the southeast Daraa countryside, a military report stated this morning. The leaflets called on civilians near the Nassib border-crossing to kick out the militants in their towns and reconcile with the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Gaza, West Bank and Jerusalem protest for Palestinian prisoners day

Robert Inlakesh at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:00 P.M)- Demonstrators took to the street in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem today, to show their solidarity with the thousands of political prisoners held by the Israeli regime. Israel currently holds 6500 Palestinians inside military prisons, 350 of those held are children and 62 are women. Approximately 500 Palestinians are […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Saudi Arabia ready and willing to send forces to Syria pending US-led coalition request

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – Saudi Arabia is willing to send its military to areas of Syria under the control of US-backed forces according to the country’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir. Speaking in front of UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday, Adel al-Jubeir stated that Saudi Arabia has been in discussions with relevant authorities to send […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Sandy Hook parents are suing Alex Jones for accusing them of being "crisis actors."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
Courtesy of HuffPo: *Alex Jones has spent years claiming the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School ― where a shooter killed 20 small children and six adults ― was faked. He has claimed the parents of these dead children are liars and “crisis actors.” * *Now, those parents are coming after him. * *In a pair of lawsuits filed late Monday, the parents of two children who died in the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, say Jones’ repeated lies and conspiratorial ravings have led to death threats. The suits join at least two other recent cases accusing the Infowars host... more »

The BBC are very careful how they report the speeches by Luciana Berger and Ruth Smeeth re anti-Semitic abuse

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
The BBC report www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43795854 very carefully the speeches made today by Luciana Berger and Ruth Smeeth regarding the antisemitic abuse they have received. The BBC quote Luciana Berger: 'She said she had received abuse from both the far-left and far-right of politics, and that the abuse had become more "commonplace and corrosive" in the past two years.' And report that: 'The Labour leader, who was present in the chamber for much of the debate, is due to hold talks next week with leading Jewish groups amid criticism of his handling of anti-Semitism cases.' ... more »

Israeli Intelligence: President Trump's Syria Strike Accomplished Nothing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Business Insider:* *Israeli intelligence reportedly says Trump's Syria strike failed, didn't take out much of anything* * Israeli officials cited in a Ynetnews report characterized the missile strike on Friday by the US, the UK, and France on suspected chemical weapons facilities in Syria as a failure. * Multiple Israeli government and military sources suggested the strike was not effective in hurting Syria's ability to conduct chemical attacks. * These officials also criticized President Donald Trump's talking about the strike beforehand. * The latest strike most likely didn't cha... more »

China’s Strategic Ambiguity and Shifting Approach to Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

ekania at Lawfare - 8 hours ago
On April 13, China’s delegation to United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on lethal autonomous weapons systems announced the “desire to negotiate and conclude” a new protocol for the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons “to ban the use of fully autonomous lethal weapons systems.” According to the aptly named Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, the delegation “stressed that [the ban] is limited to use only.” The same day, the Chinese air force released details on an upcoming challenge intended to evaluate advances in fully autonomous swarms of drones, which will also explor... more »

Applause in the HoC

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
I watched Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons this afternoon. No, not the emergency debate secured by Corbyn ..... “calling for a new War Powers Act that would require Parliament to be consulted on military intervention”. As it happens, I *did *watch that one (which seemed to be eating into the time allocated for the following one) while waiting for the advertised business, the debate about antisemitism. (Click to view the whole thing) Many of the most significant speeches are on Youtube already, and Guido has some of them on his site, where I notice the comments are disabled. T... more »

New School History Book Paints Trump as Racist and Extremist

Gary Benoit at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: new-school-history-book-paints-trump-as-racist-and-extremist] The new Advanced Placement U.S. History book is under fire across America for, among other scandals, portraying President Donald Trump's supporters as ignorant old racists.

Trump: Prisoner of the War Party?

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: trump-prisoner-of-the-war-party] The War Party that Trump routed in the primaries is capturing and crafting his foreign policy.

Starvation, Suicides Increasing Under Venezuela's Hyperinflation

Bob Adelmann at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: starvation-suicides-increasing-under-venezuelas-hyperinflation] Once South America's most prosperous country, Venezuela has now been suffering in dire misery for many months under hyperinflation brought on by its leaders.

California City Votes for Second Time to Exempt Itself From State's Sanctuary Law

Raven Clabough at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: california-city-votes-for-second-time-to-exempt-itself-from-state-s-sanctuary-law] After an intense five-hour debate on Monday, Los Alamitos council members voted in favor of an ordinance that opposes the state’s sanctuary laws. The 4-1 vote marks the second time council members voted in favor of the ordinance, as city law requires the council to read the measure a second time before officially approving it.

Company Develops Revolutionary Way to Create Leather, Wood, and Bricks from Mushrooms

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Phillip Schneider* - We need natural materials to replace plastics.

Claflin President Set to Retire Next Year

Jamal Watson at Diverse - 8 hours ago
Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, president of Claflin University—the oldest historically Black college or university in South Carolina—has announced that he will step down from his post next year.

Trans Mountain Oil Company Blocks Eagle Nesting Perch

White Wolf at White Wolf - 8 hours ago
A cone Trans Mountain installed in a nesting tree to prevent eagles from nesting at their work site, near the Westridge Marine Terminal A local environmental organization is concerned about Trans Mountain’s approach to dealing with wildlife after the company blocked access to an eagle nesting perch on its Westridge Marine Terminal property by installing a silver cone over it. Eagles — an iconic species in Canada — have used the nest for more than a decade, said John Preissl, a Burnaby resident and local streamkeeper who has been monitoring the eagles in the area for 25 years. “It... more »

60 Countries Around the World Go to War with This Gun For 1 Reason

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * There is nothing like it. *In 1989, the Swedish Army placed the first military order for the Barrett Model M82A1, ordering 100 rifles. In 1990, the U.S. Marine Corps placed an order for 125 M82A1s and the rifles participated in Operation Desert Storm, the campaign to liberate Kuwait. The Marines bought 400 more rifles in the 1990s, and the U.S. Army finally came onboard and purchased the rifle as the M107 in 2002. The utility of the heavy caliber sniper rifle, which as Ronnie Barrett once pointed out can disable a multi-million dollar jet on the gro... more »

Revealed: The Shocking Way America Would Have Invaded Cuba (And Killed Millions)

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * It might have gone nuclear. *More ominously, it wasn’t until 1992 that the United States learned what else awaited an invasion force. “Soviet officials also disclosed that they had sent Havana short-range nuclear weapons and that Soviet commanders there were authorized to use them in the event of an American invasion,” according to the New York Times. There were nine short-range tactical missiles with small six- to twelve-ton nuclear warheads. The missiles didn’t have the range to reach the U.S. mainland, but they could have devastated an assault for... more »

The Sneaky Way Russia Could Win a War Against Great Britain

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * Cut 'the cable'. *As with landlines, breaks in underwater cables are not uncommon, especially close to shore. But as the New York Times noted in 2015, "what worries Pentagon planners most is that the Russians appear to be looking for vulnerabilities at much greater depths, where the cables are hard to monitor and breaks are hard to find and repair." If anything, the danger is only likely to increase. The proliferation of unmanned underwater vehicles—sea drones—has opened a new horizon of robots that can stealthily and cheaply destroy or eavesdrop on u... more »

Navy to Get Second Stealth Destroyer This Month

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, North America* The U.S. Navy is finally getting another Zumwalt. *Much like the lead Zumwalt-class ship, the 2nd is envisioned as a stealthy, multi-mission land and blue-water attack platform armed with long-range precision fires, a wide range of offensive and defensive missiles, faster computer processing speed and an electric drive Integrated Propulsion System with 78-megawatts of on-board electrical power.* Beneath the highly visible shadow of the now commissioned first-in-class stealthy USS Zumwalt destroyer, the Navy has been quietly making rapid pr... more »

IRS Payment Site Fails on Tax Day, But You Still Have to Pay

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
Last-minute filers got a rude surprise on tax day: The IRS website to make payments and access other key services is down.

Starbucks to Close Stores for an Afternoon for Bias Training

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
Starbucks, trying to tamp down a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours to conduct racial-bias training.

Man with Three Faces: Frenchman Gets 2nd Face Transplant

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
In a medical first, a French surgeon says he has performed a second face transplant on the same patient.

Israel Is Expecting A Direct Retaliatory Attack From Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
An old military vehicle can be seen positioned on the Israeli side of the border with Syria, near the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel February 11, 2018. REU\ AMMAR AWAD/ REUTERS *Jerusalem Post:* *Israel planning for direct retaliatory attack from Iran* The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is believed to be planning an attack in retaliation for alleged Israeli strike on T4 airbase in Syria last week. Israel is preparing for a crossborder attack from the Revolutionary Guard Corps, in response for a strike allegedly carried out by the Jew... more »

Yes, As You Already Know, Alan Grayson Is Running For Congress Again... Thank God

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
*DWT* readers who pay attention-- even a little attention-- are aware that Alan Grayson is running for Congress again. For one thing, Blue America endorsed him and has been raising money for his campaign. So far 77 Blue America members have contributed. I hope more start doing so when Alan makes his official announcement in a couple of weeks. Yesterday, though, *FloridaPolitics.com* did some sleuthing and announced that he definitely is running and raised $192,000 in the first quarter. They even quote Grayson: "I am running for the U.S. House of Representatives." Grayson, who ser... more »

10 Tips for Saving the Earth on Earth Day

thedrswolfson at The Drs. Wolfson - 9 hours ago
Did you know there are healthy things you can do every day to make a less harmful impact on our planet? Taking care of the Earth is our responsibility. We need the planet to sustain life and thrive for future generations. In honor of Earth Day April 22, we offer these 10 healthy tips to […] The post 10 Tips for Saving the Earth on Earth Day appeared first on The Drs. Wolfson.

Citations Needed, Episode 33: Liberals' Obsession with the Phantom Reasonable Republican

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 9 hours ago
Jeffrey Goldberg, Leon Wieseltier, and James Bennet The unlikely rise of Trump in the past three years has created a chasm in the Republican party: those who embrace the President’s wild, unorthodox, nativist style and those who––with much posturing and self congratulation––reject his brand of conservatism. The latter group, generally called “NeverTrump” Republicans occupies a special,

Durham Becomes First City in US to Ban Cops From Going to Israel for ‘Military-Style’ Training

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: israel] Cops across the country routinely participate in a program in which they travel to Israel to receive training in policing tactics. To prevent the militarization of their police force, the city of Durham has banned this practice. The post Durham Becomes First City in US to Ban Cops From Going to Israel for ‘Military-Style’ Training appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Germany Moving Ahead with Plans to Restrict Weed-Killer Glyphosate

Sustainable Pulse at Sustainable Pulse - 9 hours ago
German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner on Tuesday said she was finalizing a draft regulation to end use of the weed-killer glyphosate in household gardens, parks and sports facilities, and to set “massive” limits for its use in agriculture. Source: www.reuters.com Reporting by Hans-Edzard Busemann and Andrea Shalal; Editing by Edmund Blair The chemical, made by Monsanto, […] The post Germany Moving Ahead with Plans to Restrict Weed-Killer Glyphosate appeared first on Sustainable Pulse.

Q: Is Trump’s Brand Ayn Rand?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
It's said that Donald Trump got his narcissistic, winning-at-any-cost philosophy from reading Ayn Rand’s books. We are told that by former US Labor Secretary Robert Reich, among others, who reckons “Trump’s brand is Ayn Rand.” But, explains Johan Norberg, nothing could be farther from the truth. Reich et al are Dead Wrong®. . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with link and attribution.

The Threat of UFO Invasion

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 9 hours ago
*The Threat of UFO Invasion* *By Scott Corrales © 2018* *"A communication disruption can only mean one thing: Invasion."* --Sio Bibble, Queen Amidala’s prime minister in Star Wars Episode I – Attack of the Clones Despite the sage courtier’s assertion in the first installment of George Lucas’s second round of space epics, we might sooner believe that a planet-wide interruption of communications, or a collapse of the power grid, was due to a Carrington-level event more than an alien attack. Unless cloaking technology really exists, an alien fleet would be visible to our telescopes a... more »

Censorship at Fazebook

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
I often share things on Fazebook. I learned in an English class during college that we should always 'compare and contrast' our sources of information. Especially when we are already controlled by an armed corporate state.Having grown up in-part overseas at US bases in Germany and England I learned to take the wider view. I still remember seeing a 'Yankee go home!' message spray painted on a Wiesbaden city wall I passed while walking to school from the heart of town apartment we rented for a year before moving into base housing. There is too much on my mind so I want to share... more »

Passenger Dead After Jet Blows an Engine; Woman Nearly Sucked Out

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
A Southwest Airlines jet blew an engine at 32,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window, setting off a desperate scramble by passengers to save a woman from getting sucked out.

Peru: Final statement from the people's summit

bilaterals.org - 9 hours ago
17-Apr-2018 The representatives of social and popular organizations of Peru, Latin America and the Caribbean, met in Lima, Peru from April 10 to 14, 2018 to discuss the political, social and economic reality of Our America.

WhatsApp ‘Martinelli’ Phone Virus Warning

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
One of several similar WhatsApp malware hoaxes warns that a "Martinelli" video could "hack" your phone.

Was a Statue Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Knocked Over by Vandals?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
A photograph of a toppled statue is real, but the incident took place in Texas, not the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Virginia, and is no longer being investigated as vandalism.

Rather than softening Donald Trump's rhetoric on Twitter, Hope Hicks added her own brand of venom.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 10 hours ago
Courtesy of Business Insider: *Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director and President Donald Trump's longtime aide and confidante, was known among reporters for softening her boss's sharp edges and relaying his strongly-worded messages in more pleasant terms. * *But according to a New York Times report, Hicks, who exited her White House position on March 29, regularly conceived of some of the sharpest personal attacks in Trump's Twitter feed. * *Hicks, along with White House director of social media Dan Scavino, helped the then-presidential candidate craft many... more »

Israel Is Expecting A Direct Retaliatory Attack rom Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago

The Truth Behind Frack Off

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://www.eckingtonagainstfracking.com/ I was at the Mall last weekend, and came across this local anti fracking group holding some sort of a workshop. One wonders if they realise where the energy they use every day comes from? https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-energy-statistics-statistical-press-release-march-2018 I am pretty sure the residents of Eckington would not want […]

President Trump Meets Japanese Prime Minister Abe At Mar-a-Lago

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*USA Today:* *Trump meets anxious Abe at Mar-a-Lago, with North Korea and trade on the agenda* PALM BEACH, Fla. — Amid tensions over North Korea, trade policy and investigations of their administrations, President Trump began meetings Tuesday with the leader of an anxious ally: Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate seeking an exemption to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, and assurances that the president will take Japanese security into account when he meets with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. Abe is also losing political support at ho... more »

The Importance Of Keeping Shadowproof Afloat

Shadowproof at Shadowproof - 10 hours ago
We're dedicated to providing more of these opportunities to journalists. But now we're low on funds and can't keep publishing without your help. The post The Importance Of Keeping Shadowproof Afloat appeared first on Shadowproof.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
The point Gwenda Blair is trying to make in this Politico piece is that Donald Trump has always relied on thuggish lawyers to strong-arm those who get in his way, which is obviously true. She thinks this M.O. isn't working for Trump in Washington: ... whenever Trump has seen anything that he thinks poses the slightest risk to his business or his reputation, he has sicced a lawyer on the offending party. Often such threats arrive in the form of a letter on heavy, cream-colored stationery, adorned with an embossed gold T and declaring that unless the addressee ceases and desists from... more »

Star Citizen - IFS or Intentional Flight System - theblindmanshandsout control prototype

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 10 hours ago
I realise Star Citizen's all about the machine I'm driving, currently... but that's because Star Citizen is still suffering from the legacy of its narrative-game military-cousin, Squadron 42. In S42, as it's abbreviated, the player flies the status-relative ship and shoots the shit that the game throws at him. The story-machine knows where you are and can offer you timer'd events to deal with. It's all basically scripted, even getting into and out of the cockpit of your various vehicles is cinematically rendered, barring a little A.I. to add flavoursome richness to any generally v... more »

Times, New Yorker Win Pulitzer for Weinstein Scandal

cmaadmin at Diverse - 10 hours ago
NEW YORK — The New York Times and The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for breaking the Harvey Weinstein scandal with reporting that galvanized the #MeToo movement and set off a worldwide reckoning over sexual misconduct in the workplace. The Times and The Washington Post took the award in the […]

Supreme Court Says Sotomayor Breaks Shoulder in Fall at Home

cmaadmin at Diverse - 10 hours ago
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke her left shoulder in a fall at her Washington home. The court says the 63-year-old Sotomayor will wear a sling for several weeks and undergo physical therapy. She is not expected to miss any time on the bench. The justices are hearing arguments this week […]

Binghamton Student in Custody in Fellow Student’s Death

cmaadmin at Diverse - 10 hours ago
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — After a daylong search by multiple police agencies, a Binghamton University student was taken into custody as a suspect in the stabbing death of a 19-year-old freshman, police said Monday. Authorities did not disclose the name or any other information about the suspect at a 5 p.m. news conference, other than to […]

Hannity in the Cross Hairs...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*as expected.* The commie/progressive/libtard left will stop at nothing to destroy anyone they deem an enemy. I'm not quite sure how it could be legal to *force an attorney to disclose his client *list as they've done with Trump's personal attorney. It's way past time for the conservative peeps to start speaking up. One of the things Upon Hope recommends in their article *Fighting Back* is: *Tell people how you feel * Are you sick of immigration? political correctness? homosexual marriage? global warming? transgender issues? Does anyone apart from you know that? You don't have t... more »

Jeremy Hunt: A Very Qualified Defence

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 10 hours ago
No, I haven't lost my mind. And no, I'm not soft soaping his failure to register a 50% stake in his wife's property company. I mean, come on, who hasn't done this? Instead, it's the other story that has excited the press this last week: his expenses claim for a 27p car journey. Not only am I going to explain how such an apparently absurd claim is possible (the *Indy* notes another Tory MP put a claim in for 9p also), but *I'm going to defend them*. The first thing to remember is MPs expenses are not what they used to be. Before the scandal blew up in 2009 the expenses system was us... more »

April 17: Very, very bad...

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 11 hours ago
We are trained by our news media and political leaders to see war as a virtuous excercise when it is practiced by us, evil when it is practiced by others. That is what makes it okay to torture, starve and execute people on the other side. I don't know how often I have read that Sadat is evil, just as we read that Kim jong-un is evil and 'unpredictable'. Oh? Is Kim Jong more unpredictable than Bush or Obama or Trump? And tell me about the evil Sadat has done. Has he practiced mass torture like the'good' US? Has he murdered millions like the 'good' US? Has he starved millions like th... more »

“Youth Guru” loses turkey-neck paper that overlapped with book chapter

amarcus41 at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
A prominent cosmetic surgeon and his daughter have lost a 2017 paper on treating men with excessive neck flab — otherwise known as “turkey neck” — because much of the work appears to have duplicated a book chapter he co-authored about the topic. The first author of the retracted article is Ronald L. Moy, a … Continue reading “Youth Guru” loses turkey-neck paper that overlapped with book chapter

Errr . . . oops?

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 11 hours ago
I bet the pilot and weapon system operator are answering some tough questions about this incident. A military fighter jet has dropped a replica bomb on to the roof of a working factory during a flight in Loiret (Centre-Val de Loire), injuring two people. The Dassault Mirage 2000D jet *[an example of which is shown below]* had taken off from an airstrip in Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle), and was flying over a factory in Nogent-sur-Vernisson at around 15h20 on Tuesday April 10, when witnesses heard a loud bang. It later emerged that a replica “bomb” had fallen off the plane and hit th... more »

Turkish Drone Manufacturer Claims To Have Developed A 'Mobile Naval Mine'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Defense News:* *This remote controlled ‘naval mine’ attaches to ships, explodes on command* ANKARA, Turkey — A leading Turkish drone manufacturer says it developed a “mobile naval mine” that can blow up warships of all types. The Wattozz program has been jointly undertaken by Albayrak Savunma, a drone maker, and Karadeniz Technical University in Turkey’s Black Sea region. Wattozz is named after “vatoz,” which translates to stingray. The Wattozz features the shape of a stingray and is made of titanium and aluminium. It has two cameras fitted into the eye sockets of the “stingray” ... more »

Barbara Bush Death Hoax

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
The former First Lady was the subject of two stories reporting her death not long after announcements appeared that she was in failing health; one was a mistake, the other deliberate.

The people who voted Brexit didn't know that meant leaving The Single Market

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
The remoaners including the BBC are pushing the lie that voters didn't know that a vote for Brexit meant leaving the Single Market. Apparently this was kept secret from the voters. Watch this from one interview with David Cameron before the referendum, he wasn't exactly hiding that a vote for Brexit meant leaving the Single Market. https://youtu.be/zNnh-KhiLm0 Somehow I doubt that the existence of evidence such as this will stop remoaners and the BBC from continuing to push their lies.

BREAKING: Imagine all the information!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018Kevin Drum passes it on:* Kevin Drum, our favorite fraught blogger, has passed some information along. The information in question concerns public schools. More specifically, Drum follows up on yesterday's post, right here at this site, about Naep reading scores. Drum notes the fact that these scores have improved in the past twenty years. He provides data for all U.S. schools, public as well as private. We don't care that much about Hotchkiss and Choate, so the data we posted covered public schools only. That said, Drum notes the gains in reading scores o... more »

577,The Unluckiest Number,Ten years out......The British Columbia Diluted Bitumen pipeline disaster

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 11 hours ago
(I wrote this story in 2010....I wrote it in response to the proposed Enbridge northern gateway pipeline.....nothing has changed, big oil will never go away, the fight to save B.C. goes on...is no world Eden safe, can't we as a species strive to save what little clean environment that's left...Kinder Morgan is not our friend...however, KM is not our worst enemy..it's Trudeau, Notley and PostMedia's entire corporate newspaper chain..add in CKNW which is wholly owned by corporate propaganda central Global B.C.....*we're alone on this one people*...Horgan won't stop Kinder Morgan, n... more »

NASA Confesses to Dosing Americans with Air-borne Lithium & Other Chemicals

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
NASA Confesses to Dosing Americans with Air-borne Lithium & Other Chemicals http://www.wakingtimes.com/2016/04/07/nasa-confesses-to-dosing-americans-with-air-borne-lithium/ Advertisements

Strong carbon fiber artificial muscles can lift 12,600 times their own weight

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
Strong carbon fiber artificial muscles can lift 12,600 times their own weight https://m.phys.org/news/2018-04-strong-carbon-fiber-artificial-muscles.html

Scientists develop ‘mutant’ enzyme that eats plastic

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
Scientists develop ‘mutant’ enzyme that eats plastic https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/17/scientists-develop-mutant-enzyme-that-eats-plastic.html?__source=Facebook%7Cmain

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Autism, and Maternal Thiamine Deficiency- Hormones Matter

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Autism, and Maternal Thiamine Deficiency- Hormones Matter https://www.hormonesmatter.com/sudden-infant-death-syndrome-sids-autism-maternal-thiamine-deficiency/

NASA’s Got a Plan for a ‘Galactic Positioning System’ to Save Astronauts Lost in Space

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
NASA’s Got a Plan for a ‘Galactic Positioning System’ to Save Astronauts Lost in Space https://www.space.com/40325-galactic-positioning-system-nasa.html?utm_content=buffer6eb9d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

Microsoft Creates Its Own Version of Linux For The First Time, Launches Azure Sphere OS

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
Microsoft Creates Its Own Version of Linux For The First Time, Launches Azure Sphere OS https://fossbytes.com/microsoft-introduces-azure-sphere-customized-linux-kernel/

FDA quietly bans powerful life-saving intravenous Vitamin C.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
FDA quietly bans powerful life-saving intravenous Vitamin C – NaturalNews.com https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-02-01-fda-quietly-bans-powerful-life-saving-iv-bags-with-vitamin-c.html

The Left's All-or-Nothing Mentality

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 11 hours ago
*Pretty Much My Attitude About Leftist Protest These Days* *PJM* - These days we've almost become immune to the stunts that members of the left in this country pull to get attention. Nothing liberals do seems far-fetched anymore. That's what made the suicide by immolation of *attorney David Buckel* so shocking. Buckel set himself on fire and ended his life not over the issue of gay rights, but as an environmental protest. His suicide note stated that he had burned himself with fossil fuel to serve as a metaphor for the destruction of the planet. Buckel is one more example of the a... more »

Pink Floyd Frontman Stops Concert To Explain False Flag Chemical Attack in Syria

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By John Vibes During a solo concert this week in Barcelona, Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters took a moment to address the audience about the... more »

David 'we know our history' Lammy

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
https://youtu.be/PJc3IpF9LBc I suppose you might think it a little unfair to take the piss out of David Lammy so much today but there's so much material out there and he really does deserve to be taken down a peg or three.

LIVE: Indigenous Protest U.S. Bank Investments in Pipelines in Albuquerque

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
LIVE: Indigenous Protest U.S. Bank Investment in Pipelines in Albuquerque -- Stop Energy Transfer Partners based in Texas, owners of Dakota Access Pipeline and more pipelines Photos and video by Red Nation Below: Joye Braun, Lakota, live at U.S. Bank shareholders meeting in Albuquerque. April 17, 2018 US Commercial Banks In For a Spring of Fossil Fuel ResistanceDavid Turnbull,

WATCH: Pink Floyd Frontman Stops Concert To Explain False Flag Chemical Attack in Syria

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: Pink Floyd] "What we should do is go and persuade our governments not to go and drop bombs on people," Pink Floyd's Roger Waters said. The post WATCH: Pink Floyd Frontman Stops Concert To Explain False Flag Chemical Attack in Syria appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Did Bill Nye Say We’re Made of ‘Copper, Nitrogen, Terbium and Silver’?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Most good jokes are funny enough in their own right without the need for them to be attributed to a celebrity.

Flag Controversy at Jaguar Power Sports in Florida

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
City of Jacksonville employee Melinda Power was targeted by Jaguar Power Sports after citing the store for violating local signage codes.

Journalist Melanie Phillips warns of ‘perfect anti-Jewish storm’

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Are you British and Jewish? Then you need to read this article http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/journalist-melanie-phillips-of-perfect-anti-jewish-storm/ and prepare an exit route from the UK, because if the Labour Party win the next General Election then it will be time to leave. 'Journalist and author Melanie Phillips has warned of a "perfect anti-Jewish storm" in motion during a powerful Yom HaShoah lecture. Describing interconnected threats to British Jewry as existing "on the left, right and in the Muslim community," Philips argued there were "unmistakable echoes" of the 193... more »

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