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Thomas Paine

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Friday, April 27, 2018

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Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 48 minutes ago
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea, April 27, 2018. Korea Summit Press Pool/Pool via Reuters *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *Leaders of two Koreas meet at historic summit* (Reuters).

China Intermediate Range 'Guam Killer And Aircraft Carrier Killer' DF-26 Missile Into Service

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Photo: Military vehicles carrying DF-26 ballistic missiles travel past Tiananmen Gate in Beijing. (Reuters: Andy Wong) *ABC News Online*: *China puts intermediate range 'Guam killer' DF-26 missile into service* China has confirmed that it has put into service a new missile that local media has dubbed the "Guam killer", for its ability to hit the US Pacific Ocean base with a conventional or nuclear weapon. China is in the midst of an ambitious modernisation program for its armed forces, developing stealth fighters, aircraft carriers and advanced missiles as it strives to become a w... more »

Mankind Has A Long History Of Violence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
This May 10, 2011, photo provided by National Geographic shows that the face of this child was painted with a red cinnabar-based pigment, at the Huanchaquito-Las Llamas site near Trujillo, Peru. *CNN:* *Largest child sacrifice in history discovered in Peru* Scientists have unearthed a dark secret in Peru. The skeletal remains of more than 140 children and 200 baby llamas were found on the country's northern coast. It may be evidence of the largest child sacrifice in history, according to an exclusive report by National Geographic, released Thursday on its website. The remains of a... more »

Protecting Mueller From Trump-- McConnell, Still Senate Leader

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*Robert Mueller: Into The Swamp by Nancy Ohanian* When people were asking me yesterday if it really makes that much of a difference who the Senate Leader is, McConnell (R-KY) or Schumer (D-NY), I was able to point to the vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance the bill to protect Mueller from the Trumpanzee depravities. All the Democrats voted yes-- and so did 4 Republicans: *•* Chuck Grassley (IA) *• *Lindsey Graham (SC) *•* Thom Tillis (NC) *•* Jeff Flake (AZ) (Note: cowardly loudmouth Ben Sasse of Nebraska, as well as John Neely Kennedy of Louisiana both voted No.) I... more »

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Oltremare”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Oltremare” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8MzHqkNBwo

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Stars are sometimes born in the midst of chaos. About 3 million years ago in the nearby galaxy M33, a large cloud of gas spawned dense internal knots which gravitationally collapsed to form stars. NGC 604 was so large, however, it could form enough stars to make a globular cluster. *Click image for larger size.* Many young stars from this cloud are visible in the above image from the Hubble Space Telescope, along with what is left of the initial gas cloud. Some stars were so massive they have already evolved and exploded in a supernova. The brightest stars that are left emit light s... more »

"Your Time, Your Mind, Your World..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Who owns your time owns your mind. Change your time and you change your mind. Change your mind and you change your world." - Jose Arguelles

"Playing The Game"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Playing The Game"* by Think or Be Eaten "Playing the game called "America" is a long standing, popular phenomenon. Most everyone chooses to play. You can play "America" or you can play other games, or you can choose not to play any games in particular. Playing the game is optional and you are free to leave the game at any time; though relatively few do leave the game once they begin playing, regardless of lack of personal reward and in spite of great personal losses, up to and including their own lives. For those who play "America", nothing else matters. To them, non-players and ... more »

"A Grindstone..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us." - L. Thomas Holdcraft

"The Champ"; "Something You Already Know..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"The Champ"* by CP Ding, ding, ding... you hear the bell for the start of the fight, hear the crowd, noisy, excited to see this rematch between you and Life. You’re here, and still the Champ, right? Fought this guy many times before, always beat him, too, though you took many a beating yourself in the process, each fight a little tougher, taking a little more out of you each time. You meet in the center of the ring... damn, has this guy grown somehow? He looks bigger, more muscled, and has a real confident look in his eye. So what? You’re the Champ, still standing, right? Let’s g... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

X22 Report, “The Plan To Bring Down The Economy And Blame It On The Central Bank”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
X22 Report, “The Plan To Bring Down The Economy And Blame It On The Central Bank” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxwLbZavqOw *Related followup report:* X22 Report, “The Setup Is Almost Complete, Preparing To Move In On The Deep State” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yG8J7wfijw

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis Comments On Yesterday's Korean Summit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis talks to the media before welcoming ceremony of Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas *CNN: **Mattis says there's never been more optimism on North Korea* US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Friday that there is more optimism than ever before when it comes to dealing with North Korea. "I don't have a crystal ball. We are optimistic right now that there's opportunity here that we've never enjoyed since 1950," Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon immediatel... more »

Kim and Moon KOREA

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 2 hours ago
Why renewed peace now, after decades? Here is my tentative answer: USA global hegemony is visibly eroding. Nations have less and less incentive to be oppressed servants of USA domination. The new multi-polar world (with an emerging Eurasia, etc.) has many more advantages than servitude to USA human and natural resource extraction, including stability, security and peace. Kim has the

“A Most Sordid Profession: Sanguijuelas, Garrapatas, Piojos, Capulinas, Lampreys”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“A Most Sordid Profession: * *Sanguijuelas, Garrapatas, Piojos, Capulinas, Lampreys”* by Fred Reed "A few thoughts on our disastrous trillion-dollar military: It is unnecessary. It does not defend the United States. The last time it did so was in 1945. The United States has no military enemies. No nation has anything even close to the forces necessary to invade America, and probably none the desire. A fifth of the budget would suffice for any real needs. “Our boys” are not noble warriors protecting democracy, rescuing maidens, and righting wrongs. They are, like all soldiers, ob... more »

Germany slams Syrian President Assad’s rebuilding plan as ‘perfidious’ – Report

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
Syrian refugees may lose their property under a recently issued decree, according to which they have only 30 days to register their ownership after any new urban rebuilding plan is made public. Germany has severely criticized Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s new regulation, providing that property may be confiscated from exiles unless they document their ownership […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

U.S. Secretary Of Defense Mattis: 'I Ordered The Annihilation Of Russian Mercenaries In Syria'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Washington Free Beacon*:* Mattis on Russian Mercenaries in Syria: I Ordered Their Annihilation* Secretary of Defense James Mattis explained Thursday why he directed a strike that reportedly killed hundreds of Russian mercenaries in Syria back in February. Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the U.S. has a deconfliction line with Russia to ensure that the two countries can communicate in order to avoid direct conflict with one another in Syria. He said that a group of "irregular forces" were in conflict with U.S. forces, and once it was ascertained that those for... more »

Did Hillary Clinton Smash Her Phone with a Hammer?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
According to FBI documents made public in 2016, one of Clinton's aides twice disposed of her old mobile devices by "breaking them in half or destroying them with a hammer."

How Climate Science Undermines Democracy

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 3 hours ago
During a line of questioning from Pingree, Pruitt took a different tact. He focused on the process through which the EPA enacts regulations and the extent of the EPA’s authority. “What’s lost in this discussion is what authority does the EPA have to regulate,” Pruitt said. “I can only take the steps that Congress authorizes … Continue reading "How Climate Science Undermines Democracy"

Amature Climatoligists Destroy the Climate “Experts”

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 3 hours ago
We are CO2isLife pride ourselves in not being climatologists. We have not had our minds rotted by the “consensus,” “pal review,” and liberal educational bias. We don’t have a dog in this fight, we don’t rely on outcome dependent funding, and our jobs don’t depend upon towing the party line. We have always maintained that … Continue reading "Amature Climatoligists Destroy the Climate “Experts”"

While Obama was Pouring Trillions Down the Climate Science Sewer, The Black Community Suffered

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 3 hours ago
Chance the Rapper: Generations of Chicago Democrats Had ‘No Regard for Black Schools, Neighborhoods, or Lives’ Continue Reading Report: Kanye West to Launch Star-Studded Initiative to Restore Poor Chicago Communities Continue Reading More on this topic Click Here Please Like, Share, Subscribe and Comment

10 Ways to Strengthen Your Heart

thedrswolfson at The Drs. Wolfson - 3 hours ago
It goes without saying that your heart is one of the most important organs you’ve got. It is responsible for pumping life-sustaining nutrients and oxygen to the rest of the body, while sending body waste to the liver and kidneys for disposal. Without a strong heart, you cannot have a strong body. A weak heart […] The post 10 Ways to Strengthen Your Heart appeared first on The Drs. Wolfson .

RIP: Russia and India Had Big Plans to Build a Deadly Stealth Fighter. What Happened?

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Asia* So what happenned? In April 2018, India’s Defense Secretary Sanjay Mitra met with a Russian delegation to announce that India was withdrawing from its joint development of the FGFA stealth fighter. This rupture was years in the making, and does not constitute a surprise—but finally clears the air for the Indian military to explore a different path to acquiring stealth aircraft. Back in 2007, India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) entered into a partnership agreement with Russian aviation manufacturer Sukhoi to jointly invest in the fift... more »

China Has a Plan to Turn Old Planes into Stealth Fighters

Eugene K. Chow at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Eugene K. Chow* *Security, Asia* Using a neat trick, some older fighters could get some very stealthy properties. Chinese researchers are hard at work on an “invisibility cloak” that could turn older jets into stealth planes. The “cloak” consists of a coating of metamaterial, which is made up of microscopic structures that can bend light or electromagnetic radiation to help planes evade radar. According to the *South China Morning Post*, a research team from the Southeast University State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves is currently testing the metamaterial on aircraft at a... more »

How Taiwan Is Planning to Stop an Invasion by China

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Asia* Taipei is training for war with Beijing. Taiwan’s military is scheduled to simulate defending the island from an invasion by mainland China. The simulation will be part of Taiwan’s annual Han Kuang drills, which begin next week. Citing a statement by the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense, the* Japan Times* said that “Taiwan will simulate repelling an invading force, emergency repairs of a major air base and using civilian-operated drones as part of military exercises starting next week.” Although the exercise begins then, the Defense Ministry said th... more »

5 Best .357 Caliber Guns on the Planet

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, North America* The best of the big guns. One of the most persistent handgun calibers of the past one hundred years, the .357 Magnum (9x33mmR) cartridge was for decades the most powerful commercially available round. Invented in 1934, the cartridge was developed by leading firearm authorities and quickly became the round of choice for revolver enthusiasts, law enforcement and military forces worldwide. The .357 Magnum was originally developed from the .38 Special round and was the first “magnum” round ever invented. While the two rounds are dimensional... more »

Could China Build Aircraft Carriers for Russia?

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, Asia* Now that's an idea. Could it happen? The Russian aircraft carrier *Admiral Kuznetsov* has entered what is expected to be a substantial refit. Its performance in a recent deployment off Syria was not adequate; in addition to engine problems, it suffered flight-deck issues that contributed to the loss of two fighters, a substantial portion of its flight group. The readiness of *Kuznetsov* has suffered across its entire career, in large part due to a lack of experience and maintenance funding. As it is already nearly thirty years old, it is unclear ... more »

What Makes a Good Grand Strategist?

James Jay Carafano at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*James Jay Carafano* *Security, North America* [image: Jordanian and U.S. soldiers take part in Exercise Eager Lion at one of the Jordanian military bases in Azraq, east of Amman, Jordan] When it comes to strategy, there are foxes and hedgehogs. *John Lewis Gaddis*, *On Grand Strategy *(New York: Penguin Press, 2018), pp. 368., $26.00. *On Grand Strategy*, by the distinguished historian John Lewis Gaddis, includes remarkably little on grand strategy. Just as well. Writings on strategy has become as weighted down as the cement-sneakered former associates of Tony Soprano. Gaddis ... more »

The Kim-Moon Summit Was All Sizzle and No Substance

Doug Bandow at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Doug Bandow* *Politics, Asia* The only summit that really matters is between Trump and Kim. The meeting between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un was picture perfect. Their objectives promised cooperation and peace. The symbolism of the summit could not have been better. But what the two leaders decided matters little until they act on their promises. And that won’t happen unless President Donald Trump and Kim reach a symbolic and practical agreement. While that is possible, it won’t be easy. The good of the Korean tete-a-tete is ob... more »

U.S. And European Police Forces Move To Shut Down ISIS Websites

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *ISIS propaganda machine is crippled by European and US police forces as they seize servers around the world* * Cyber attack and sever swiping shut down ISIS propaganda distribution * Agencies from eight countries combined to 'punch a hole' in terrorist capability * Mouthpieces like Amaq news al-Bayan radio, Halumu and Nasher dealt big blows * ISIS will now find it much harder to distribute vile execution videos A massive cyber attack has crippled ISIS' ability to spread vile propaganda and execution videos across the internet. Agencies of seven European countries and... more »

'No Attacks, No Victims': Syria Chemical Attack Video Participants Speak At OPCW Briefing

Tyler Durden at 4 hours ago
[image: undefined] Russian officials brought fifteen people to The Hague from the city of Douma, Syria, said to have been present during the alleged April 7 chemical attack - including 11-year-old Hassan Diab, who was seen in a widely-distributed video taken by the controversian NGO organization known as the "White Helmets," who filmed themselves giving Diab "emergency treatment" after the alleged incident. “We were at the basement and we heard people shouting that we needed to go to a hospital. We went through a tunnel. At the hospital they started pouring cold water on me,” sai... more »

La agenda de comercio electrónico y la brecha de género

bilaterals.org - 5 hours ago
27-Apr-2018 ¿Qué podemos esperar las mujeres de los cambios que se gestan en el mercado de trabajo y en la economía en general? ¿Se presenta una nueva ventana de oportunidad? ¿O simplemente es más de lo mismo?

Petrolera estatal de Venezuela deberá pagar $2.000 millones a ConocoPhillips

bilaterals.org - 5 hours ago
27-Apr-2018 Tribunal de arbitraje condena a PDVSA por violación de contratos al expropiar activos de esa firma estadounidense.

Russian lawyer involved in Trump Tower meeting admits that she was an informant for the Kremlin.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
Courtesy of the NYT: *The Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower in June 2016 on the premise that she would deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton has long insisted she is a private attorney, not a Kremlin operative trying to meddle in the presidential election. * *But newly released emails show that in at least one instance two years earlier, the lawyer, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, worked hand in glove with Russia’s chief legal office to thwart a Justice Department civil fraud case against a well-connected Russian firm. * *Ms. Veselnitskaya... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'Away All Boats'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
From *Wikipedia*: Away All Boats is a 1956 American war film produced by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Joseph Pevney and produced by Howard Christie from a screenplay by Ted Sherdeman based on the 1953 novel by Kenneth M. Dodson (1907–1999), who served on the USS Pierce (APA-50) in World War II and used his experiences there as a guide for his novel. He was encouraged in his writing by Carl Sandburg, who had read some of Dodson’s letters, written in the Pacific. The book (and film) is about the crew of the Belinda (APA-22), an amphibious attack transport.

Macron Says There Is No Planet B-- But I Think Republicans Should Launch Themselves Into Space And Look For It

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
I lived in Europe for over 6 years, mostly in Amsterdam. But I had already spent a lot of time driving all around France and then settling down in Aix-en-Provence. My best friend was half French and half Dutch and I was the only one in our circle with a car... so we visited her mother, a renowned and brilliant painter, frequently. I grew to love Paris over the years and later was thrilled when I became the president of a big international company with a very active regional headquarters in France I was expected to visit. I took every opportunity. So maybe *that's* why I thought a... more »

Okinawa: April 28 Day of Humiliation

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
Today will be the biggest day of protest at Camp Schwab (that sits on pristine Oura Bay) during this week called ‘500’. The goal was to have 500 people come each day to join construction gate blockades outside US Marine Base Camp Schwab where twin-runways are being built on top of the bay under US military orders. Millions of truckloads of huge rocks and gravel are brought each day and are being dumped in the bay. It’s an insane project and the people are angry and heartbroken as they know the beautiful nature of their sacred bay will be forever changed. April 28, 1951 is k... more »

Unauthorized Disclosure—Ep. 13: Interview With Ryan Cooper

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 6 hours ago
Our guest this week is Ryan Cooper, a national correspondent for The Week. He’s also the co-author of a policy paper for the People’s Policy Project called “Foreclosed: Destruction Of Black Wealth Under the Obama Presidency.“ We talk about the exuberance and reverence for former FBI director James Comey and The post Unauthorized Disclosure—Ep. 13: Interview With Ryan Cooper appeared first on Shadowproof.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 27, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Reuters *Andrew Salmon, Asia Times:* *Leaders agree to end Korean War: ‘We have become friends’* *After a day of upbeat optics and good vibes, the Koreas agreed to cooperate and reduce tension, but details on denuclearization must await the North Korea-US summit in May or June * After a day-long summit, leaders of the two Koreas hugged one another, opening “a new era of peace”. They pledged that there would be no further conflict on the peninsula and vowed to upgrade relations in multiple spheres. But while they agreed on “total denuclearization,” no details of steps to achieve ... more »

Musical interlude

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 6 hours ago
Big Sugar - Better Get Used To It

Trump Goes on the Offensive

Jacob Heilbrunn at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Jacob Heilbrunn* *Politics, North America* [image: U.S. President Donald Trump and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a joint news conference at the White House in Washington] For an embattled president seeking foreign policy success, Korea looks increasingly enticing. German chancellor Angela Merkel was no sour Kraut when she visited Donald Trump on Friday afternoon. It was all smiles on both sides. Trump gave her a kiss on the cheek as she emerged from her limousine and referred to their “great relationship.” Trump veered off in a variety of directions at their press con... more »

Trump Should Not Trust North Korea

Adam Cathcart at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Adam Cathcart* *Politics, Asia* [image: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk together at the truce village of Panmunjom] North Korea is no stranger to statements of intent with respect to dialing back their nuclear weapons programs, particularly when more food, fuel and economic aid might be on tap. Did Kim Jong-un win the summit in Panmunjom? It helps to remember that in North Korea’s own “guerrilla state” narrative, survival itself counts as victory. Watching the inter-Korean summit today, one was left left with the feeling that Kim Jon... more »

Could Mattis Be Out by Year's End?

Curt Mills at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Curt Mills* *Politics, North America* [image: U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis waits to welcome Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak at the Pentagon in Arlington] Knifefighting with the National Security Council and public dissention on the Iran deal have many questioning Secretary James Mattis’ future. Is James Mattis, secretary of defense, the deputy president of the Trump administration? Other operators have occupied this *ex-officio *role in this still-young administration: Steve Bannon in the early days, John Kelly at the height of his power. The former was ousted ... more »

Phony Anti-discrimination Law: Judge Rules That Bar Can Kick Out Trump Supporters

Selwyn Duke at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: phony-anti-discrimination-law-judge-rules-that-bar-can-kick-out-trump-supporters] It’s a ruling making clear that we should drop the pretense: Anti-discrimination law does not eliminate discrimination. It simply enforces a standard of political correctness.

U.S. House Intel Committee: ‘No Evidence’ of Trump-Russia Collusion

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 6 hours ago
*21WIRE* | Expect more media meltdowns and grandstanding from Schiff in the coming weeks.

Breaking: Syrian Army’s elite Tiger Forces to swap south Damascus operation for north Homs offensive – here’s why

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:37 A.M.) – According to Al-Masdar News sources, the Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces Division is not to be involved in any operation against ISIS in southern Damascus despite earlier plans for such an undertaking. Instead the elite formation is to be deployed to the northern countryside of Homs province where it will lead […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Gaza death toll 45: Three dead and 800+ wounded today

Robert Inlakesh at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:00 P.M)- Three have been killed and 833 wounded, today in Gaza, as the ‘Great Return March’ demonstrations continued. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 174 of the 833 wounded, were shot by Israeli Snipers with live ammunition. Six Journalists and four medics were also injured by Israeli forces. Notably a child was […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Graphic video: ISIS blows up building full of Jaysh al-Islam fighters, beheads rebels during March offensive in south Damascus

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:50 P.M.) – Islamic State media has released an 18-minute propaganda video (below) showing ISIS forces engaging rebel fighters during the terrorist group’s March offensive in southern Damascus. As with all ISIS videos, the footage shown is extremely violent, showing the aftermath of close quarter firefights and the beheading of captured enemy fighters. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

World News Briefs -- April 27, 2018 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Korean leaders set 'denuclearization' goal, Trump says will maintain pressure* The leaders of North and South Korea pledged at a historic summit on Friday to work for “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula, but U.S. President Donald Trump said he would maintain pressure on Pyongyang through sanctions ahead of his own unprecedented meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. The meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in produced a day of dramatic images and a sweeping declaration of goodwill. But it was short on specific commitments and faile... more »

The MFNS News Photo of the Day

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 7 hours ago

U.S. House Republican Intelligence Report Released: 'Donald Trump's Election Campaign Did Not Collude With Russia'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Republicans on House Intelligence Panel Absolve Trump Campaign in Russian Meddling* WASHINGTON — Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee found no evidence during a monthslong investigation that the Trump campaign aided Russia’s election meddling, the lawmakers concluded in a 250-page report released on Friday that assails President Trump’s political rivals and criticizes the F.B.I. and the intelligence community for their responses to Moscow’s interference. But in a dissenting document, Democrats on the committee accused the Republicans of prematurely c... more »

BREAKING: The column you should read today!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 7 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018Also, grass-court tennis clubs:* Yesterday, we directed you to "the news report you should read today," a news report about the viciousness lurking in Us and Them. The *column* you should read today was written by Jessica Valenti. It explores a version of the same phenomenon, this time involving some men's hatred or loathing of women. Next to Valenti's column was a column by Paul Krugman. It bore the headline, "Trump's War On the Poor." This is the way it ended: KRUGMAN (4/27/18): *Seriously, a lot of people both in this administration and in Congress simpl... more »

A movie for the #metoo movement

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 7 hours ago
The Bill Cosby trial and #metoo movement brings to mind a great movie to watch this week-end, just as a refresher in guilt and complicity almost 60 years old. The Apartment (1960). Jack Lemmon (Baxter) hands over his apartment key willingly to lechers in the firm so he can curry favor and advance in the company. Shirley MacLaine (Miss Kubelik) is the boss's mistress hoping to move up from elevator operator to being Mrs. Sheldrake, for whom Baxter provides the apartment for servicing Miss Kubelik. Fred MacMurray (Sheldrake) has no intention of leaving his wife and 2 kids as he make... more »

Interesting finding: coral bleaching less where ocean temp variations are large

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Bleaching of coral reefs reduced where daily temperature changes are large By taking a closer look, UCI scientists find resilience in face of heat stress By analyzing data collected at more than 100 reefs around the world, UCI researchers found that some corals are more resilient to heat…

Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 116 – 2018

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on sunshine hours: South / North

Polar bear habitat update early spring 2018

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on polarbearscience: Spring in the Arctic is April-June (Pilfold et al. 2015). As late April is the peak of this critical spring feeding period for most polar bear populations, this is when sea ice conditions are also critical. This year, as has been true since 1979, that sea ice coverage is abundant across…

Donald Trump is finally scheduled to visit Britain.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
Just make sure there are no protesters. I hate protesters. Courtesy of The Guardian: *Donald Trump will make a “working visit” to the UK on Friday 13 July, the UK and US have both confirmed, with the US president set to meet the Queen during the trip. * *The visit, which will take place immediately after a Nato summit in Brussels, will include bilateral talks with Theresa May, according to Britain’s ambassador to the US.* *It will not, however, be the full state visit the US president was promised when May visited Washington last year, meaning he will not be honoured with an off... more »

Did Rep. Mike Kennedy Say ‘Access to Hospitals’ Was Responsible for Deaths?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
According to rumors, the Utah Republican says access to hospitals killed a million or more Americans a year — but is that true?

CNN: A surprising victim of the opioid crisis

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 8 hours ago
Police dogs are the newest victim of the seemingly, never-ending opioid crisis. Because these sweet pups use their noses to do their jobs, ingesting an amount as small as just a poppy seed can kill a dog: “Fentanyl, 50-100 times stronger than morphine, and carfentanil, a tranquilizer used on elephants that can be 10,000 times

Local Council By-Elections April 2018

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
This month saw 15,888 votes cast over 10 local authority (tier one and tier two) contests. All percentages are rounded to the nearest single decimal place. 12 council seats changed hands in total. For comparison with March's results, see here. Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Mar +/- Apr 17 Average/ Contest +/- Seats Conservative 10 6,186 38.9% +4.5% -0.3% 619 -3 Labour 8 1,594 10.0% -15.2% -20.6% 199 0 LibDem 10 3,843 24.2% +14.1% +8.0% 384 +4 UKIP 2 117 0.7% ... more »

California: No Opt Out From LGBT Indoctrination at School

Alex Newman at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: california-no-opt-out-from-lgbt-indoctrination-at-school] Education officials in California have determined that as long as human reproduction is not discussed, students and parents trapped in government schools may not opt out of mandatory indoctrination on homosexuality or gender confusion.

UN Food Program Director Warns of ISIS Joining African Militants to Promote Migration to Europe

Warren Mass at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: un-food-program-director-warns-of-isis-joining-african-militants-to-promote-migration-to-europe] David Beasley, of the UN World Food Programme, said that ISIS commanders from Syria are conspiring with extremist groups in Africa to send a wave of jihadists to Europe.

Have You Spiritually Outgrown the Matrix Yet?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Dylan Charles* - When you're distracted from creating and living a meaningful and positive life, the matrix wins.

Did a Man Receive a $153,000 Hospital Bill After a Failed Selfie With a Rattlesnake?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
Venomous rattlesnake bites can be notoriously expensive to treat, thanks mainly to high drug costs and arcane insurance-hospital negotiations.

Fascism, Corporations, and Merriam-Webster

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
A popular meme quotes confused and inaccurate claims about the purported links between fascism and modern corporations.

Armenia on my Mind

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 9 hours ago
As the Armenian identified driver of the Ryder van attacked - Coincidentally, or not so much, Armenia had a coup *on the very same day.* It's pretty clear there was western involvement in the coup. *I've drawn a few comments out from Arevordi's blog- Heralding the Rise of Russia (always linked here) Arevordi is from Armenia. And you can avail yourself of additional commentary at his blog.* Arevordi*April 23*, 2018 at 12:23 PM *Today I woke* up to learn that one of Levon Petrosian's smut-peddlers has succeeded in ousting Serj Sargsyan. This morning I was reminded again of the saying... more »

Korean Summit Commitments Are Short On Details

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters: **Korean leaders hold historic summit, but pledges are short on detail* SEOUL (Reuters) - The leaders of North and South Korea embraced on Friday and pledged to work for the “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” on a day of smiles and handshakes at the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade. The two Koreas announced they would work with the United States and China this year to declare an official end to the 1950s Korean War and establish a permanent peace agreement, removing an important vestige of the conflict. But their commitments were short ... more »

Gov’t Just Gave Foxconn License to Drain 7 Million Gallons a DAY from Lake Michigan to Make iPhones

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: foxconn] The technology manufacturing giant, Foxconn has been given permission to drain 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan to use for free in their factory. The post Gov’t Just Gave Foxconn License to Drain 7 Million Gallons a DAY from Lake Michigan to Make iPhones appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Every Passing Day Looks Worse For Republican Prospects In November

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
So it turns out that when all the votes were counted, Lesko did even worse than what was reported Wednesday morning. The official website of Arizona's Secretary of State has Lesko with 95,499 votes (52.4%) and Tipirneni with 86,771 votes (47.6%). Lesko leads by 8,728 out of 183,118 votes cast. The *Arizona Republic* called it a glimpse of a coming blue wave and reported that the election results have "triggered new anxiety about the GOP's party leadership, direction and message in the traditionally red-leaning state... Republicans expected Democrats to perform well in the special e... more »

Why Pruitt’s Decision to End EPA “Secret Science” Is So Important

Alan Carlin at Carlin Economics and Science - 9 hours ago
This week EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt banned the use of “secret science” in EPA regulatory decision making. The

EPA science transparency rule a positive step

drinkingwateradvisor at The Drinking Water Advisor - 10 hours ago
“Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule on Tuesday to prevent the agency from relying on scientific studies that don’t publish the underlying data.” click here

Press freedom: getting darker

Katharine Quarmby at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - 10 hours ago
Journalism is under attack across the world - including the UK

President Trump Responds To The Korean Summit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Please do not forget the great help that my good friend, President Xi of China, has given to the United States, particularly at the Border of North Korea. Without him it would have been a much longer, tougher, process! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2018 KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2018 After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place. Good t... more »

Just in case you are still not aware of how badly Donald Trump crashed and burned during his Fox and Friends interview yesterday, I present this tweet as proof.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 10 hours ago
As a citizen you should know how much the president really lost it by the end of this interview today... pic.twitter.com/3cnueHZl45 — Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) April 27, 2018 Keep in mind that was just one small piece of a rambling 30 minute interview, during which Trump seemed to be purposefully committing political and legal suicide. Here are some other highlights (Or if you prefer, lowlights.). On his, at the time, pick to head the VA Ronny Jackson: *"(Jackson) has a perfect record. He's got this beautiful record unblemished."* Boy that worked out well didn't it? Decision to ... more »

Comey Leaked Classified Information

Willis Eschenbach at Skating Under The Ice - 10 hours ago
In March of 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey testified under oath to the House Intelligence Committee. The full transcript of his testimony is here. I want to discuss the following excerpt of a discussion between Representative Peter King and FBI Director James Comey during that testimony. All emphasis is mine: KING: I fully understand the…

Japan And China Respond To Today's Korean Summit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
China welcomed what it called "an important consensus" between the two Koreas *The Korea Herald/Yonhap:* *Japan, China welcome inter-Korean summit agreement* Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday welcomed a surprise set of inter-Korean summit agreements to build peace and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula but urged the North to prove its commitment with action. "I welcome and take them as positive moves," the prime minister said in a press conference televised live following the summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "I want to praise the... more »

Summary: Supreme Court Decision in Sessions v. Dimaya.

ekim at Lawfare - 10 hours ago
On April 17, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in *Sessions v. Dimaya*, striking down a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act that virtually guaranteed the deportation of an immigrant convicted of an “aggravated felony,” including “ a crime of violence.” Writing for the majority, Justice Elena Kagan compared the definition of “crime of violence” to the similarly phrased definition of “violent felony” within the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), a provision that the Supreme Court struck down in *Johnson v. United States* for being unconstitutionally vague under the... more »

There’s Nothing here that Matters. It Matters not at All…

Les Visible at The Truthseeker - 10 hours ago
What many people do not realize about Karma is that you can meet it before it arrives, you can dispose of it through credit. Les Visible explains

The First Ladies Of North And South Korea Meet For The First Time

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Kim Jong-un's wife Ri Sol-ju (left) was pictured holding hands with the wife of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Kim Jung-sook (right) as they walked together during a farewell ceremony after the summit *Daily Mail*: *The second most important Korean meeting! Kim and President Moon's wives come face to face for the first time - and the pair get on brilliantly* * The first ladies of North and South Korea came together and met for the first time at today's summit dinner * Historic meeting was between Kim Jong-un's wife Ri Sol-ju and Kim Jung-sook, wife of President Moon Jae-in * ... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
Jonathan Chait misses the point: *Firing the House Chaplain for Dissing Tax Cuts Is Fine* Suppose Democrats were running the House of Representatives, and before they passed a health-care bill, the House chaplain delivered a prayer asking members to safeguard the free market and the bountiful prosperity it provides. And suppose House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked the chaplain not to insert political comments into his remarks, but the chaplain kept doing it, and Pelosi fired him. Would you be outraged? I would not, and neither, I suspect, would any liberals. Yet the firing of House Cha... more »

CFACT’s letter to the White House: Keep Scott Pruitt and reform

Craig Rucker at CFACT - 10 hours ago
"The President should stand behind loyal public servants like Scott Pruitt or suffer a chilling effect on his Administration's ability to recruit and retain talented Americans with the courage to make positive change."

Green non-profit tied to big left-wing money

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 10 hours ago
“The group has deep ties to the legal activists and wealthy donors who are executing a coordinated and well-funded campaign against the energy industry. These connections raise a number of unanswered questions; and as the litigation continues, it’s likely that there will be even more sunlight on EarthRights International.”

A Look At North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un's Sister Kim Yo Jong And The Important Role She Played In The Summit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is assisted by his sister Kim Yo Jong as he signs documents at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas *Daily Mail*: *Kim's sister is the only woman at the summit table as North Korean leader keeps his trusted sibling close during historic meeting* * Kim Yo Jong, 30, is the younger sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un * She acts as de-facto chief of staff advising on policy and reviewing intelligence * At Friday's historic summit she was the only woman at the negotiating table * Most of her consid... more »

Will India Soon Build F-16s (Armed with F-35 Technology?)

Asia Times at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Asia Times* *Security, Asia* F-16 production might be moved to India. *Lockheed sees huge potential for the company’s business in India, plans for which dovetail with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Made in India” campaign.* American defense contractor Lockheed Martin is sweetening a potential deal with India, offering to fork over the latest fighter jet technologies in a bid for the world’s largest aircraft order. India is seeking proposals for a total 110 aircraft, totaling a reported minimum of US$15 billion. Advanced radar fitted on their fifth-generation F-35 combat jets w... more »

China's Guam Killer (and Aircraft Carrier Killer) Missile Is Ready for War

Asia Times at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Asia Times* *Security, Asia* Carrier killer missiles are now operational along China's coastal provinces and possibly on South China Sea atolls. *Chinese military observers have also been hailing the DF-26’s anti-ship capabilities against US aircraft carriers and amphibious assault vessels.* China’s defense ministry confirmed on Thursday that high-tech DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missiles have been deployed with the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force. The DF-26 is tailor-made for precision offensives as well as swift nuclear counter-attacks – with its nuclear-tipped v... more »

Why Russia and China Should Fear America's Zumwalt 'Stealth' Destroyer

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, Asia* Navy program managers now say fast-progressing technology will enable Zumwalt destroyers to win major surface wars. *A Zumwalt’s shallow draft, littoral mission abilities and long-range precision fires could, in tandem with air power, help soften land targets in preparation for an amphibious landing. In a manner not entirely unlike an LCS, a Zumwalt could access shallow water ports and other coastal areas currently inaccessible to deeper draft vessels; this changes the combat calculus in that brings substantially enhanced surface firepower to litto... more »

No, North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site Wasn’t Destroyed in an Earthquake

David Axe at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Asia* There are other reasons for Pyongyang's willingness to talk. *While it’s hard to know for sure what’s really going on in North Korea, one of the most secretive countries in the world, Pyongyang’s underground nuclear test facilities are probably intact, and the regime is likely still capable of testing its rudimentary atomic warhead designs.* Major media outlets reported on April 25, 2018 that large portions of North Korea’s underground nuclear test facility had collapsed and were unusable. The stories in *The Wall Street Journal* and other newspapers ... more »

Millions of Tons of Sewage Sludge are Being Used to Grow Food in the U.S. – Here’s How to Avoid It

Nick Meyer at AltHealthWorks.com - 10 hours ago
Despite the fact that we’ve all long been removed from the true sources of our food in the past few decades, most of us are aware of the use of animal manure on farms. But did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency also allows the use of sewage sludge including human waste and harmful chemicals from waste water, which it qualifies on its website as being part of a “natural cycle?” An estimated average of four million tons of treated sewage sludge, cleverly reworded through the use of the PR industry term “biosolids” after it’s been treated, is used on farms across the coun... more »

Interesting Moments During The Korean Summit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Daily Mail:** Move over Trump and Macron! A new bromance blossoms as Kim and Moon hold hands and listen to K-pop to cap off their historic meeting as they vow 'there will be no more war'* * North Korean dictator greeted by President Moon after crossing military demarcation line on 38th parallel * Leaders met at Panmunjom, the truce village where the Korean War armistice was signed in 1953 * South Korea praised 'sincere, candid' talks and said leaders spoke about issues including denuclearization * They later embraced before signing a declaration that 'there will be no more war o... more »

Korean Summit Ends. Agreement Reached For Complete Denuclearisation

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *'We are going to be one again': Two Koreas to seek peace 'regime' to end the Korean War after 68 years as Kim Jong-un agrees to 'complete denuclearisation'* * North Korean dictator greeted by President Moon after crossing military demarcation line on 38th parallel * Leaders are meeting at Panmunjom, the truce village where the Korean War armistice was signed in 1953 * South Korea praised 'sincere, candid' talks and said leaders spoke about issues including denuclearization * They later embraced before signing a declaration that 'there will be no more war on the Kor... more »

World News Briefs -- April 27, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*DW: **North and South Korean leaders end summit with nuclear pledge* After a historic summit, Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in have committed to achieving "a nuclear-free Korean peninsula." The two plan to meet again in May to further discuss reducing tensions. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed his country's militarized border with South Korea on Friday for the first intra-Korea summit in more than 10 years. Following two meetings between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the North and South released a joint statement that the North had agreed to work towards ridding... more »

BREAKING: Court decision "a win for Cohen?"

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018Watching cable, who knew?* In this morning's Washington Post, Barrett and Helderman report on yesterday's court hearing in the Michael Cohen case. The hearing was endlessly discussed on cable, especially with respect to Donald J. Trump's phone call to Fox & Friends, which was widely described as disastrous. After watching partisan cable all day and all night, we were struck by the highlighted assessment, right at the very start of the Post's report: BARRETT AND HELDERMAN (4/27/18): A federal judge on Thursday appointed a special master to review material se... more »

A Most Sordid Profession: Sanguijuelas, Garrapatas, Piojos, Capulinas, Lampreys

Fred Reed at 11 hours ago
A few thoughts on our disastrous trillion-dollar military: It is unnecessary. It does not defend the United States. The last time it did so was in 1945. The United States has no military enemies. No nation has anything even close to the … Continue reading →

It’s a Slow Burn Cultural Revolution

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 11 hours ago
*The Famous Statue of The Father of American Music - Stephen Collins Foster* The Marxist Cultural Revolution is alive and well in America, and has claimed another victim. The city of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania's iconic monument to native son *Stephen Collins Foster*, the Antebellum songwriter widely acknowledged as the Father of American Music has been deem offensive and the 117 year old statue removed from public view. At morning' first light, the 1,000-pound 10-foot-high bronze statue that stood at the entrance to Oakland's Schenley Park for 74 years, moved from its original location... more »

Chilling Video Shows Police Shoot, Kill TV Crewman While Filming Episode of ‘COPS’

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: COPS] After keeping the video secret for four years, a judge has finally ruled against the city and allowed its release, showing police officers gun down a TV crew member as they filmed an episode of COPS. The post Chilling Video Shows Police Shoot, Kill TV Crewman While Filming Episode of ‘COPS’ appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

VIDEO: Syrian Army deploys new, very destructive weapon against ISIS forces in south Damascus

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – Video footage (below) has emerged showing the Syrian Army deploying a new never before seen weapon system against Islamic State forces in southern Damascus. The weapon system (shown at time 1:29 onwards) in question appears to be a DIY-modified UR-77 explosive line charge thrower mounted on the back of truck. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking reports: Russian military reaches new agreement to immediately evacuate rebels from south Damascus

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:47 P.M.) – Reports (not yet confirmed) are emerging that Russian military negotiators have reached a new agreement regarding the evacuation non-ISIS armed rebel groups from southern Damascus. Sources reporting on the matter state that the evacuation deal is to go into effect immediately – quite literally in the next several hours. The […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Qatari FM denounces Saudi calls to send troops to Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
The Saudi Foreign Minister had announced on April 23 that Riyadh was willing to send troops to Syria as part of a wider international coalition if it receives an invitation to do so. Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani has branded Saudi Arabia’s demands for Qatar to pay for US troops to remain in Syria and the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US claims 26 strikes conducted against ISIS since April 20th

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition carried out 26 strikes consisting of 34 engagements between the dates of April 20-26, the U.S. Department of Defense reported on Friday. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, their forces and allies conducted at least four strikes near the border-city of Albukamal on April 25th, destroying […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Developing: Syrian Army isolates ISIS terrorists into multiple pockets in key south Damascus district amid front-shattering advance

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:17 P.M.) – The Syrian Army and allied Palestinian forces have isolated Islamic State militants in the southern Damascus district of Al-Qadam into multiple small pockets. Specifically, the dislocation and shattering of the terrorist group’s frontline in Al-Qadam has taken place in the neighborhoods of Al-Mazaniyah and Al-Assali at the northern end of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

French troops enter Syria from Iraq: report

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – French troops entered Syria’s Al-Hasakah Governorate on Thursday from their former positions in Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate, Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency reported today. Citing a source in Syria, the Anadolu report alleged that the French troops reached the YPG-held town of Rmelan, where a large U.S. military base is currently located. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkish FM says plan in motion with US to force YPG to withdraw from Manbij

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – Turkey is working with the U.S. to get the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) to withdraw from the key town of Manbij in northeastern Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on Friday. “If the [determined] plan is actualized, the YPG terror group will withdraw from Manbij,” Çavuşoğlu stated. Cavusoglu’s […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Pictures: Syrian Army breaks through ISIS lines to seize industrial area in south Damascus

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 P.M.) – On Friday, the Syrian Army and allied Palestinian forces scored a key breakthrough against Islamic State defenses in southern Damascus’ Al-Qadam district. The advance saw Syrian pro-government forces capture the local industrial area of the Al-Mazaniyah neighborhood, located in the northern part of Al-Qadam. Here a scrapyard and surrounding factory […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

French military deployed at 5 bases in northern Syria – report

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – French military personnel are currently deployed at five bases in northern Syria, Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency reported this afternoon. Citing their sources in Syria, Anadolu claimed that the French personnel are present at five military bases operated by the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria. The Anadolu report […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian Navy conducts military drills (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The Pacific Sea Fleet conducted a series of drills in the Sea of Japan, as shown in video released by Russia’s MoD on Friday. Exercises included missile launches, as well as underwater and surface target practice. Around 30 vessels and 20 aircraft took part. Video credit: Ruptly Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Syrian opposition declares ‘state of emergency’ in Idlib after mysterious assassinations

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian opposition’s “National Rescue Government” announced a state of emergency in the Idlib Governorate after several mysterious assassinations took place inside the province. According to this opposition group, the state of emergency was declared after the assassinations took the lives of tens of civiians and fighters in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian military prepares for upcoming west Idlib offensive (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian military is making preparations to launch their long-awaited west Idlib offensive that will target the jihadist stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour. Video footage of the Syrian Marines training for this upcoming battle was leaked on YouTube recently – please see below: In the footage above, the Syrian Army is […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Lebanese intelligence forces arrest ISIS terrorist near Syrian border

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Lebanese intelligence apparatus arrested a wanted Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist in the ‘Akkar District, Thursday, a military communique reported this morning. According to the report, the Lebanese intelligence forces arrested Walid Mohammad Beiruti (nom de guerre “Abu Dujana”) in the northern part of the ‘Akkar District. d. “He belongs […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Jihadists attempt to sneak towards Syrian military positions near occupied Golan Heights

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 P.M.) – A group of jihadist rebels are attempting to sneak towards the Syrian government stronghold of Khan ‘Arnabeh near the occupied Golan Heights, a military report claimed this afternoon. According to the military report, the militants were spotted moving towards Khan ‘Arnabeh in the Al-Quneitra Governorate, prompting the Syrian Arab Army […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army, Palestinian forces score new advance along Yarmouk Camp axis

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside their Palestinian allies, scored a new advance in southern Damascus this afternoon, a military source told Al-Masdar News. According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army’s Republican Guard forces and their Palestinian allies were able to capture several buildings along the Yarmouk Camp […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Weekly podcast: Could Nicaragua become the next Venezuela?

James Coney at Blog Posts – Page Array – UnHerd - 12 hours ago
This week, Ayesha Hazarika is joined by Institute for Economic Affairs News Editor, Kate Andrews, and journalist and author of ‘Hired’, James Bloodworth, to discuss their under-reported stories, as well as their heroes and villains of the week. (You can listen to James discuss his book on low wage Britain with Tim Montgomerie in an […] The post Weekly podcast: Could Nicaragua become the next Venezuela? appeared first on UnHerd.

Ethnicity vs. nationality

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 12 hours ago
Sunday we celebrated with the Oromo Evangelical Church, which is part of our Lutheran synod. They had recently occupied a church building near Baltimore, Ohio with the financial help of our congregation and other Lutheran churches in central Ohio. The Oromos are from Ethiopia. I saw many different skin tones and hair styles (and lovely Ethiopian fashions). In this YouTube video the speaker says her parents and grandparents are Ethiopian. But when she referred to herself as African in her video, she got push back from people who said she was too light. Her brother Noah is very dar... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'AFN 'Hit and Run' Killers!'

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
AFN “HIT AND RUN” KILLERS! Posted on April 27, 2018 Please post & distribute. MNN. APRIL 26, 2018. The illegal government of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations, band and tribal councils, national, provincial and territorial organizations get their kicks from the sadistic pleasure they enjoy by mistreating us. They rubber stamp the government’s hit and run atrocities and then they

The Blowback Against Facebook, Google and Amazon Is Just Beginning

Activist Post at Activist Post - 12 hours ago
By Charles Hugh Smith This is how we end up with a neofeudal society that benefits the Protected Few at the expense of the powerless,... more »

A US Ally Is Literally Beheading People Over Nonviolent Drug Charges

Activist Post at Activist Post - 12 hours ago
By Carey Wedler Saudi Arabia, the United States’ main ally in the Middle East, has executed 48 people so far this year, half of them... more »

Company develops revolutionary way to create leather, wood, and bricks from mushrooms

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 12 hours ago
(Editor’s note: I love what we do here at HNN but once in awhile, we share a story that blows my mind and really excites me. This is one of those stories. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.) In a world where the average person consumes more resources than could possibly

21 reasons to use shea butter and a recipe to make your own lotion

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 12 hours ago
Very recently I stumbled upon the YouTube video below about making shea butter lotion and was fascinated. Really. (Once you watch it you will wish the internet had some kind of “touch” vision!) But, not satisfied with just watching the video, I started to do a little research and found that shea butter is not

Official Canadian data show that there is more autism in regions where vaccine coverage is highest

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 12 hours ago
By the World Mercury Project Team Rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continue to soar worldwide, with average prevalence estimated to be around 1.5% in developed countries. This estimate appears to be spot-on for Canada, which reported in March 2018 that autism (as of 2015) affected 1 in 66 children and youth (1.52%). These numbers place Canada among the “top

Is one of the most effective natural painkillers about to be outlawed?

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 12 hours ago
By Dr. Mercola Todd Harrison is a partner in the legal firm, Venable LLP — one of the “white hat” legal firms that helps defend us and many other companies against overreaches by federal regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In this interview, he discusses

Our police had a wild time yesterday

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 12 hours ago
As I was filling our vehicle with gas before we left for our road trip yesterday, Miss D. and I witnessed an absolute flood of police vehicles charging through surface streets in our area, all ending up on Highway 287 heading east. I personally counted no less than 15 cars and SUV's, all with lights and sirens, from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Wichita County Sheriff, a couple of local police departments, and a few unmarked units for good measure, all tearing up the tarmac. Turns out they were involved in a very nasty incident involving a man and woman from Oklahoma. Th... more »

Senator completely debunks Macron’s Paris Climate Accord claims

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 12 hours ago
Exempting China and India from abiding to the non-binding deal is one of the main reasons why greenhouse gas emission are pitching upward, Environmental rules in the U.S. are causing companies to shift production to countries not tethered to the accord’s strict provisions.

Summary: Denial of Motion to Dismiss in 9/11 Military Commission

sgrant at Lawfare - 12 hours ago
On April 25, Col. James Pohl, the presiding judge in *United States v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad et al.* (commonly called the “9/11 case”), issued a ruling denying defendant Mustafa al-Hawsawi’s motion to dismiss all charges against him for lack of personal jurisdiction. Al-Hawsawi filed the motion to dismiss in April 2017, asserting that he does not meet that statutory criteria in the Military Commissions Act of 2009 defining who may be subject to trial by military commission. Co-defendant Ammar al-Baluchi (also known as Ali Abdul Aziz Ali) joined the motion, but in October the comm... more »

Summary: Supreme Court Rules in Jesner v. Arab Bank

csharma at Lawfare - 12 hours ago
This Tuesday, the Supreme Court held in *Jesner et al. v. Arab Bank**, PLC* that the federal courts are not available to aliens in actions against foreign corporations. In a 5-4 vote, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the majority opinion, the court affirmed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s dismissal of the case and held that aliens cannot bring suit under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) against foreign corporations. *Procedural History* Petitioners originally brought five suits under the ATS in the Eastern District of New York between 2004 and 2010 on behalf of... more »

Camels Crossing the Sea?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
A video showing a group of camels swimming through ocean waters doesn't show what it claims — but what it describes is real.

Feds seized as many as 16 cell phones from Donald Trump's lawyer, who once bragged that he was part of the Russian mob.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 12 hours ago
Courtesy of The New York Post: *Manhattan federal prosecutors seized as many as 16 cell phones when the FBI raided the home, office and hotel room of President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. * *Prosecutor Thomas McKay made the ​astonishing revelation wh​ile telling a judge ​Thursday ​that the feds are on track to hand over seized​ ​materials to Cohen’s lawyers by May 11. * *In explaining the process, McKay said the feds have already turned over the contents of four phones and one iPad. * *McKay said the feds will turn over the “remainder of the phones seized” on Friday ... more »

Restaurants Calm Customers, Say Their Romaine Lettuce Is Safe

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
The government is still investigating how romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, apparently became contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

German Solar Industry Runs Out Of Steam

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Repost from NoTricksZone: Michael Kruger at German skeptic site Science Skeptical here writes about how solar energy indutry in Germany has disintegrated spectacularly. What follows are 4 charts that show us some shocking trends, and how in reality the German solar industry has seen a bloodbath that can be rated […]

GAPS AND STANDARDS: The kid who couldn't pass Algebra 1!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018Part 5—The largest achievement gaps yet:* Some people are going to say that we saved the most daunting for last. That wasn't part of a plan! That said, we're going look at the largest achievement gaps yet today—and we aren't going to burden ourselves with invidious, artificial comparisons. We won't be comparing a high-income county in Massachusetts to a low-income midwestern city. We won't be reporting scores by different "racial groups," or by kids whose families have different incomes. We're going to do something much simpler today. We're going to see how ... more »

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