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Friday, April 6, 2018

6 April - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2

11:00 pm MDT

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Another Realm”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 minutes ago
Kevin Kern, “Another Realm” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a2JtNQublQ

"This Is A Choice..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 minutes ago
“To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind - this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.” - Henry Van Dyke

Free Downloads: Carl Jung, "The Undiscovered Self"; "Modern Man in Search of a Soul"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 minutes ago
"The plight of our civilization, accurately diagnosed by Jung in "Modern Man in Search of a Soul", is here presented as a specifically individual struggle for moral and spiritual integrity against the ‘mass psychology’ generated by political fanaticism, scientific materialism and technological triumphalism on a global scale. Ultimately, this is a religious as much as a psychological problem, which is not solved by passive adoption of some established creed, but by opening oneself up to the ‘religious instinctive attitude’ and inner symbolic vitality possessed by each and everyone of... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 27 minutes ago
US flag is being removed from the building of the US consulate in St. Petersburg which was shut down in response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the United States. © Sputnik/ Alexei Danichev *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from the photo-gallery .... *This Week in Pictures: March 31 - April 6 *(Sputnik)

U.S. Navy To Shock Test It's Newest Aircraft Carrier

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 28 minutes ago
Tug boats maneuver Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), into the James River during the ship’s Turn Ship evolution on June 11, 2016. US Navy photo. *Diplomat*: *US Navy, Pentagon Agree to Shock Test $13 Billion Supercarrier* Shock trials for the U.S. Navy’s newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier will proceed as planned. U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan endorsed shock testing the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), the lead of ship of the U.S. Navy’s latest class of carriers, in a March 26 letter to Senate Armed Services Committee... more »

Oh Dear: Sex, Lies & Democrats

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 34 minutes ago
FBI nails a sex and prostitution ring... donors to Democrats and Madam Hillary. Continue reading →

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall Who's The Trumpiest GOP Imbecile Of Them All? On Staten Island

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 59 minutes ago
*Now where, oh where, could Grimm have ever gotten the idea to tar Donovan?* You expect crazy shit coming out of Staten Island-- but not crazy shit the effects anyplace else. Staten Island is its own world-- we leave them alone; they leave us alone. At least that’s the way it’s always been. However… as we said a few days ago, the relatively sane mainstream Republican congressman, Dan Donovan, a law and order guy, is in a fight to the death GOP primary with Mafia thug and former congressman and recently-released prison inmate, Michael “Mikey Suits” Grimm. As we said Wednesday, Donova... more »

“How To Recognize When Your Society Is Suffering A Dramatic Decline”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“How To Recognize When Your Society Is* * Suffering A Dramatic Decline”* by Brandon Smith “When historians and analysts look at the factors surrounding the collapse of a society, they often focus on the larger events and indicators — the moments of infamy. However, I think it’s important to consider the reality that large scale societal decline is built upon a mixture of elements, prominent as well as small. Collapse is a process, not a singular event. It happens over time, not overnight. It is a spectrum of moments and terrible choices, set in motion in most cases by people in pos... more »

The Incredible Life Of Anna Chennault .... Power Broker And Unofficial Diplomat

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Mrs Chennault was a journalist in her early years in China *BBC*:* Anna Chennault: 'Steel butterfly' who charmed US and China* When Anna Chennault died last week at the age of 94, the world lost one of the most influential powerbrokers it had never heard of. Also known by her Chinese name, Chen Xiangmei, she was a stylish fixture on Washington DC's political circuit - but also an unofficial diplomat who skilfully navigated the currents and eddies of 20th Century politics. She met former US presidents John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon, and former secretary of state Henry Kissinger. ... more »

Will India Become a Naval Superpower Thanks to Aircraft Carriers?

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, Asia* Maybe. With one large carrier in service and another on the way, India has become one of the world’s pre-eminent naval aviation powers. How did the program come about? Where is it going? And what is the strategic rationale for India’s massive investment in aircraft carriers? *The Origins of India’s Carriers* Despite considerable economic challenges, India took carrier aviation very seriously in the years after independence. Unlike China (or even the Soviet Union), India focused on carriers instead of submarines. INS *Vikrant*, a Majestic-class ... more »

Hitler's Monstrous 'Jagdtiger' Tank Destroyers Were a Colossal Failure

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *History, Europe* And a complete waste of time. To some minds, bigger is always better—but size can create is many new problems as it solves. Midway through World War II, Nazi Germany decided to take its huge 128-millimeter antiaircraft gun and stick it on its biggest, baddest tank. The result was the monstrous *Jagdtiger *(“Hunting Tiger”), then heaviest tank to see action in World War II—and *still* heavier than modern M1 Abrams and Leopard 2 tanks! But the vehicle’s terrifying bulk proved to be its own worst enemy. During World War II, German factories chu... more »

Why This Green Beret Sharpshooter Team Might Have the Best Snipers on the Planet

Task and Purpose, Jared Keller at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Task and Purpose, Jared Keller* *Security, North America* And there skill set is much more practical than killing the enemy two miles away. A two-man Green Beret sniper team emerged victorious at the elite U.S. Army Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition at the end of March, distinguishing themselves as among the most lethal sharpshooters in the special operations community. Master Sgt. David and Sgt. 1st Class Cuong from the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), whose full names were withheld by officials given the sensitive nature of their assignment, bes... more »

Why the A-10 Thunderbolt Might Be America's Best Weapon of War

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, North America* Cheap, heavily armed and a cannon for the ages. One of the most iconic airplanes in the U.S. Air Force’s flying inventory is the A-10 Thunderbolt, also affectionately known as the “Warthog.” Designed to mow down rows of invading Soviet tanks during an anticipated World War III, the A-10 has served in most of America’s post–Cold War conflicts, from the Balkans to Afghanistan. A new Pentagon contract to manufacture new wingsets promises to keep a minimum of 280 aircraft flying into the foreseeable future, even as questions persist whether ... more »

Russia's Su-35 and Su-34 Nuclear Bombers Just Practiced a War with NATO

Nicholas J. Myers at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Nicholas J. Myers* *Security, Europe* The big event the media missed—until now. Just when it seemed that *Zapad-2017* was finally moving into the rear-view mirror, it came back to life. Unlike in September 2017, when the whole world was watching (and counter-exercising), this time it passed by virtually unnoticed. Russia has a long history of breaking up its strategic-operational exercises to give its commanders the opportunity to practice General Staff plans in real time and so it is no surprise that more *Zapad* activities were added later; however, controlling the amount of ... more »

Trump's Trade Wars Could Get Very Ugly

Milton Ezrati at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Milton Ezrati* *Economics, Americas* [image: Soybeans are harvested on a farm on the outskirts of San Jose, Uruguay, April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Andres Stapff/File photo] Both sides stand ready to inflict considerable pain on the other—even as they talk about talking. President Trump has started a dangerous game with these tariffs. Rather than use more quiet means to move China from less-than-fair trade practices, he has chosen to play an all or nothing game—or what looks like one. It may yet yield positive results. But China’s leadership is no less afraid of risk than Trump. While... more »

Is the Trump Administration Sabotaging the Planned Summit with Kim Jong Un?

Doug Bandow at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Doug Bandow* *Security, Asia* Pyongyang is unlikely to abandon its nuclear weapons unless it believes that the regime would survive the aftermath. President Donald Trump is set to meet North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. The summit looks more serious after the latter’s surprise visit to China. It was Kim’s first meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping. That would not have happened if Kim and especially Xi were not taking the prospect of negotiations with America seriously. However, is the Trump administration equally serious? The president’s recent appointments suggest ... more »

Could Mike Pompeo’s Nomination Actually Be Shot Down?

Curt Mills at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Curt Mills* *Politics, Americas* [image: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo (C), U.S. President Donald Trump's designee to serve as Secretary of State, sits in with White House senior advisor Jared Kushner as U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst] The secretary of state-designate is as pedigreed they come, but the GOP could be operating on an airtight margin in the Senate. Is his nomination actually in peril? A recen... more »

NY Times Op-Ed: Chappaquiddick is ‘Character Assassination’

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 1 hour ago
*WFB -* In a New York Times op-ed published Friday, a liberal journalist and film critic complained the new film Chappaquiddick was a "character assassination" of its central character, Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy. In "*How ‘Chappaquiddick’ Distorts a Tragedy*", Neal Gabler, who is working on a biography of Kennedy complained the film, released in theaters Friday, has been "heavily promoted by conservative media outlets, and reviewers across the political spectrum have praised what they deem its damning but factual approach. Damning it is; factual it is not." "There actually wa... more »

Fake Fake News Is a Danger to Our Fake Democracy

Activist Post at Activist Post - 1 hour ago
By Truthstream Media Our upside-down world is increasingly on full display as critical thinking is labeled fake news, and proven orchestrated mainstream news scripts are... more »

When The President Wants To Leave Syria And The Deep State Doesn’t

Brandon Turbeville at Activist Post - 1 hour ago
By Brandon Turbeville Just over a week ago, US President Donald Trump addressed supporters in Ohio largely focusing on economic issues. As a sidebar, he... more »

Colombia’s Murder Rate Is At An All-Time Low But Its Activists Keep Getting Killed

Activist Post at Activist Post - 1 hour ago
By Fabio Andres Diaz, International Institute of Social Studies and Magda Jiménez, Universidad Externado de Colombia A 2016 peace agreement between the Colombian government and... more »

Which State Will Be The First To Suffer Fiscal Collapse?

Activist Post at Activist Post - 1 hour ago
By Daniel J. Mitchell Tax-motivated migration may put fiscally irresponsible states at risk of financial collapse. Which will be first? I’m a big fan of federalism because... more »

How Gun Control Laws for “Mentally Ill” Could Disarm Those Who Question Authority

Activist Post at Activist Post - 1 hour ago
By John Vibes In the growing debate surrounding the natural right to self-defense, one of the most popular proposed methods of gun control has been... more »

Activists Successfully End “Urban Shield” Military/Police War Games Training

Activist Post at Activist Post - 1 hour ago
By Joe Wright It appears that the world’s largest police/military expo will no longer have a home … at least in the San Francisco Bay... more »

“Syrian Showdown: Trump vs. the Generals”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Syrian Showdown: Trump vs. the Generals”* by Patrick J. Buchanan “With ISIS on the run in Syria, President Trump this week declared that he intends to make good on his promise to bring the troops home. “I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home,” said the president. We’ve gotten “nothing out of the *$7 trillion* (spent) in the Middle East in the last 17 years. So, it’s time.” Not so fast, Mr. President. For even as Trump was speaking he was being contradicted by his Centcom commander Gen. Joseph Votel. “A lot of good progress has been made” in Syria, Votel conceded,... more »

Nelson Report, latest Taiwan comments

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 2 hours ago
*Drying millet in Chenggong on the east coast.* From the Nelson Report... the first set of comments are Chris Nelson's own on the Stimson Center Lunch. After that a short excerpt from the Asia Times piece, I removed the rest. Speculation is that the high ranking official will be Bolton. Finally, Dave Brown's comments. +++++++++++++ US/CHINA/TAIWAN...we noted the excellent Stimson Center lunch discussion yesterday with valued Loyal Readers and co-chairs for Asia Yuki Tatsumi and Yun Sun, with CSIS's Bonnie Glaser joining. Strong emotions at the realization that Alan Romberg, the lo... more »

Eva Bartlett tells the truth about Syria [VIDEO]

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 2 hours ago
As Bartlett reveals in this interview, there is a geopolitical dimension to America's involvement in Syria More The post Eva Bartlett tells the truth about Syria [VIDEO] appeared first on The Duran.

Skripal case: Russia counter-attacks; Britain responds by tightening access to Yulia Skripal

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 2 hours ago
Britain struggles to respond to Russia's diplomatic counter-offensive, stonewalls all Russian attempts to gain access to Yulia Skripal More The post Skripal case: Russia counter-attacks; Britain responds by tightening access to Yulia Skripal appeared first on The Duran.

Native Women to Receive Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
Native Women to Receive Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence Native Women to Receive Frank Blythe Award for Media ExcellenceBuffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) and Harriett Skye, Ph.D. (Hunkpapa Lakota) will receive the Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence on Friday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Van Brundt Visitors Center during the opening reception for the Seventh Biennial Vision Maker Film

Is The U.S. Navy’s The USS Lewis B. Puller About To Become A Hospital Ship?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*The Warzone/The Drive:* *The Navy's Giant Sea Base Is In The Middle East And Could Get Serious Medical Capabilities* *The service is still exploring what the ships can do as it considers retiring at least one of its dedicated hospital ships.* The U.S. Navy’s new giant sea base, the USS Lewis B. Puller, is now on duty in the Middle East and the service is already experimenting with what the ship might be able to do. Currently, this includes acting a launch pad for boarding parties and special operators and serving as a platform for counter-mine operations. The ship might even even... more »

U.S. Homeland Security Wants To Track Journalists And 'Media Influencers'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Despite what some reporters may suggest, this is nothing more than the standard practice of monitoring current events in the media. Any suggestion otherwise is fit for tin foil hat wearing, black helicopter conspiracy theorists. https://t.co/XGgFFH3Ppl — Tyler Q. Houlton (@SpoxDHS) April 6, 2018 *CBS*:* Homeland Security to compile database of journalists, media influencers* The Department of Homeland Security posted a contract request this week for "Media Monitoring Services," which will compile a database of hundreds of thousands of journalists, bloggers and "media influencers"... more »

Lisa DeVille Welcomes Zinke to Mandaree, to Breathe Oil and Gas Flaring

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
Ryan Zinke (U.S. Secretary of the Interior) Visiting North DakotaBy Lisa DeVillePresident, Fort Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights (POWER) Censored NewsSecretary Zinke, welcome to North Dakota! My name is Lisa DeVille, and I'm a citizen of the Mandan, Hidsatsa, and Arikara n ation located on Fort Berthold, located in the heart of the Bakken oilfields.I hope that you take this

Musical interlude

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 2 hours ago
The Pretty Reckless - Take Me Down

This Is Spring? Snow Forecast Map

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 3 hours ago
The Intellicast Snow Forcast for 8 April 2018 does not look a whole lot like spring to me. Continue reading →

Lynette Zang: Gold Still Rises In Price Even AFTER The Reset

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Lynette Zang: Gold Still Rises In Price Even AFTER The Reset by https://www.silverdoctors.com/ Lynette has new information on the coming reset based on happenings in Venezuela and the proposed legislation in the U.S. Congress. Here’s the details… from Lynette Zang of ITM Trading: – Question 1: Venezuela has done the reset of its currency to gold. Does this means that […]

China Ready to Defend Own Interests ‘At Any Cost’ as Trump Threatens $100Bn More in Tariffs

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
China Ready to Defend Own Interests ‘At Any Cost’ as Trump Threatens $100Bn More in Tariffs by https://www.rt.com/ Responding to Donald Trump’s threat to impose an additional $100 billion in tariffs on China, Beijing said it did not want a trade war, but was not afraid to “follow suit to the end” to protect its core […]

US Deploys Three Carrier Battle Groups To Face-Off Against Chinese Aircraft Carrier In South China Sea

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
US Deploys Three Carrier Battle Groups To Face-Off Against Chinese Aircraft Carrier In South China Sea by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ Last week, we reported that satellite images had captured China’s only aircraft carrier in deployment, the Liaoning, flanked by 40 other warships and submarines, conducting unprecedented live-fire drills in the South China Sea. This massive Chinese naval exercise was […]

Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva Defies Court Order To Turn Himself To The Police

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Defying Arrest Deadline, Brazil's Ex-President Dares Police to Come Get Him* SÃO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, Brazil — Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil defied a Friday deadline to report to prison to begin serving a 12-year corruption sentence, daring authorities to haul him away from a union headquarters thronged by his supporters. As the 5 p.m. deadline neared, Mr. da Silva’s supporters counted down the last five seconds. Then they began chanting: “There is no surrender!” Mr. da Silva’s decision set the stage for a heated confrontation between the m... more »

A Dialogue of Three Presidencies: Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe Toward Justice

David at LaRouchePAC Feed - 3 hours ago
Classical Renaissance World Land-Bridge New International Economic Order Stop WWIII Video of 90SAushN6qs *Join us LIVE at 12pm EDT on Saturday, April 7, as Helga Zepp-LaRouche delivers her keynote address to an audience in Manhattan.* American President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Russian President Vladimir Putin could together, in the next months, make the most important set of decisions to affect humanity since the Renaissance of the fifteenth century. The right decisions made by these three nations and their allies in the next weeks, could begin, in the near t... more »

WATCH LIVE: Robert King and Albert Woodfox in Los Angeles on April 9, 7:30 pm

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 4 hours ago
The April 9, 7:30 pm event with Robert King and Albert Woodfox in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Auditorium - Central Library will be streamed live for those who can not attend in person. *Robert and Albert are also be speaking in Los Angeles at an April 7 event hosted by The Main, which will be moderated by artist and longtime A3 supporter Rigo 23.*

X22 Report, “The Economic Collapse Fight Has Just Gone To The Next Level”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
X22 Report, “The Economic Collapse Fight Has Just Gone To The Next Level” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCs5uxwigm0 *Related followup report:* X22 Report, “The Economic Collapse Fight Has Just Gone To The Next Level” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCs5uxwigm0

10,000 Black Holes ????

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 4 hours ago
Nouveau Pseudoscientist reports: As many as 10,000 new black holes have been discovered buzzing around in the centre of the Milky Way galaxy. Black holes are points of infinite density attracting all matter around them by gravity./ Points are not … Continue reading →

Tonight's Movie Is 'The Ugly American' (1963)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
From *Wikipedia:* American ambassador Harrison MacWhite (Marlon Brando) travels to a Southeast Asian country beleaguered by rival factions but MacWhite views the political situation only in the simplest terms: as a struggle between communism and democracy. By the time the ambassador finally sees the resultant political upheaval as a something more complicated, it may be too late.

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Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 4 hours ago

Wait, people still interview Sarah Palin?

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 4 hours ago
Courtesy of Fox News Insider: *The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate said she sees "hypocritical double standards" when it comes to the left's push for more gun control measures. * *She said all Americans have the constitutional right to protect themselves and their families in the same way celebrities and politicians are protected. * *"We have every right, we have a God-given right that’s codified in our Bill of Rights to protect ourselves and to protect our property and our families. It’s not just a select few that government will choose who gets to be protected. The ... more »

Breaking: Russian Air Force launches several airstrikes over Douma

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 A.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces unleashed a flurry of airstrikes, tonight, over the strategic town of Douma in the East Ghouta region. According to a military source in Damascus, the Russian Aerospace Forces have already conducted ten airstrikes in the last hour, with their primary focus being Jaysh Al-Islam military sites. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Shiite group announces new operation in eastern Syria

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Shiite militia, Liwaa Al-Baqir, announced through their official Facebook page on Friday that they will be starting a military operation in eastern Syria. The Iranian-supplied militia stated that this operation will concentrate on eastern Syria, with a strong emphasis on the US-controlled areas in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Mysterious pro-Syrian Army group claims attack on US base in Raqqa (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – A group calling themselves “The Popular Resistance Forces of East Syria” have claimed a new attack against the U.S. Coalition in the Al-Raqqa Governorate tonight. According to the group’s statement, their fighters targeted the U.S. military base at the French Lavarage Cement Factory that is located in the northern part […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israel murders 8 and injures 1000 Palestinians in Gaza

Robert Inlakesh at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:21 P.M)- Israeli forces once again opened fire on peaceful Palestinian demonstrators, this Friday. Eight Palestinians have died as a result of Israeli fire today, including one man who died in hospital of his wounds sustained last Friday. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, more than 1,350 people were injured, as demonstrations took […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Jaysh Al-Islam wants to restart peace talks in Douma

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 A.M.) – The political official of Jaysh Al-Islam told Al-Hadath TV on Friday that his organization is not looking to close the door on peace negotiations in the East Ghouta town of Douma. “We don’t want to close the door that can lead to sparing the blood of civilians and reaching a […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

State of Palestine: Disabled protester slingshots stones at Israeli positions (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 A.M.) – Palestinians continued protesting on Friday along Gaza’s border with Israel, as part of the ‘Great March of Return’ movement. Mohammad al-Ashqar, a disabled man with no legs was seen throwing stones in the direction of Israeli forces. Groups of women and girls also participated in the rally. Israeli border forces deployed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

NATO chief says US Coalition will remain in Syria until ISIS is completely destroyed

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 A.M.) – The US-led International Coalition will remain inside Syria until the Islamic State (ISIS) is defeated, the Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, stated during a meeting with students in Dallas. “NATO units are not present in Syria ‘on the ground’ but the Alliance is part of the international coalition,” Stoltenberg added. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Melkite Catholic Patriarch commends Syrian Army in East Ghouta visit

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Gregorius III Lahham, deemed Friday during his visit to the town of Ein Tirma in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus that “the Syrian Army’s civilized and exemplary approach in the Eastern Ghouta is a model for dealing with crises and wars and protecting the lives of civilians.” “The Syrian solidarity […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Over 12,500 Russian troops participate in Victory Day rehearsals featuring tanks, missiles (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – Russian troops geared up for this year’s Victory Day parade by conducting a rehearsal at the Alabino training ground in the Moscow Region, Friday. Officers, NCOs and soldiers, as well as cadets from military schools were among the 33 ceremonial divisions taking part in the rehearsal. More than 12,500 service […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

General reveals why Turkey exposed French troops in Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
Shortly after a delegation of Syrian Kurdish militia was received by the Elysee, Turkish media released detailed information about alleged French Special Forces positions in northern Syria. The move prompted Paris to ask whether the revelations endangered French troops fighting Daesh and Ankara to accuse the French of supporting “terrorists.” Speaking to Sputnik France, retired […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Gaddafi ‘donated €20m’ to Sarkozy pres. campaign – Ex-Libyan leader’s adviser

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Former interpreter and trusted aide of Muammar Gaddafi, Moftah Missouri, revealed that the Libyan leader donated €20 million ($24.5m) to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s election campaign, speaking from Tunis on Thursday. “After Sarkozy announced his presidential ambitions, I heard that representatives of Sarkozy’s election headquarters met with Libyan officials,” […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source


sue at Is the BBC biased? - 4 hours ago
I don’t usually listen to the World Tonight, but I happened to turn the radio on tonight in time to catch Chris Mason introducing the BBC’s version of what’s been happening on the Gaza border. His introduction took me aback. This is a late-night post, written in haste. Make allowances. “When you hear, or use the word smokescreen, the chances are the speaker is indulging in a spot of imagery about a ruse designed to disguise someone’s real intention. But along the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip today a smokescreen was a literal description of the tactic deployed by Palestinians;... more »

Democracy? Paper Ballots

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
On Thursday the non-partisan Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, condemned Señor Trumpanzee’s latest statements promoting false claims of widespread vote fraud— but not the real widespread vote fraud Trump and the Kremlin engaged in. Instead of talking about what the Russians were up to, Trump-- at event in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, claimed that in many places, such as California, individuals cast multiple votes, once again claiming that there are "millions and millions of people" engaged in vote fraud. The committee’s response: President Trump's false and... more »

Manbij Quandary- US Turkish Tensions to Worsen & Mattis set to go

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
*You better believe the Manbij situation and the possible kicking to the curb of Mattis are connected! Flashback: Jim Mattis- His alleged appeasement of Turkey is pretty questionable however it may have been too much for the superhawks in the Trump Whitehouse. FrontPage Magazine: Time to Get Tough With Turkey* * “There can be no doubt that the appeasement policy carried out by the outgoing national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, and Rex Tillerson, has failed miserably. How deeply SecDef Jim Mattis buys into that policy could be a factor in his survival on the Trump team”* *Ji... more »

In Wake of Stephon Clark Shooting, Calif., Considers Law That Would Handcuff Cops

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: in-wake-of-stephon-clark-shooting-calif-considers-law-that-would-handcuff-cops] In the wake of the officer-involved shooting death of Stephon Clark in Sacramento last month, some California legislators are seeking to change the law regarding when officers can use deadly force. The bill would also make it easier to prosecute officer-involved shooting cases.

Swamp Critter Chosen by Trump

John F. McManus at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: swamp-critter-chosen-by-trump] Donald Trump loves catchy phrases. Most Americans have heard him insist on the need to “Make America Great Again.” But that means strict adherence to the still-standing U.S. Constitution. That's not John Bolton's style.

Con-Con Effort Fails in Nebraska

Steve Byas at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: con-con-effort-fails-in-nebraska] Nebraska's senators defeat yet another Con-Con effort, thanks to the work of their informed constituents.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 6, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Israeli soldiers are seen next to the border fence on the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border as Palestinians protest on the Gaza side of the border April 6, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen *Joshua Keating, Slate:* *Has the World Given Up on the Palestinians?* International attention briefly returned to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after 18 Palestinians were killed and at least 750 wounded by Israeli fire during mass protests on the Gaza-Israel border Friday, according to Gaza authorities. It was the worst day of violence in the enclave since the 2014 Gaza war. *Read more* .... ... more »

World News Briefs -- April 6, 2018 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Israeli troops kill seven Palestinians on day of heightened Gaza border protests: medics* GAZA BORDER (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead seven Palestinian protesters and wounded at least 200 along the Israel-Gaza border on Friday, Gaza medical officials said, raising the death toll to 27 in the week-long disturbances. They said the demonstrators, including two teenage boys aged 16 and 17, were killed at protest sites along the frontier during a round of daily demonstrations that has been dubbed “The Great March of Return”. The day of violence, which saw bigger Pa... more »

NASA GISS Practicing Political Science, Not Atmospheric Science; Why Doesn’t NASA Rely on Satellite Data?

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 6 hours ago
Now what we have always known to be true is official, NASA is essentially a Political Action Committee for the Political Left. How else can you explain NASA using highly flawed and “adjusted” NOAA data when they have their own state of the art Satellite Temperature Data? The Answer: because the highly accurate satellite data … Continue reading "NASA GISS Practicing Political Science, Not Atmospheric Science; Why Doesn’t NASA Rely on Satellite Data?"

Rachel Maddow is killing it.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
Courtesy of Forbes: *In March, The Rachel Maddow Show finished as the highest-rated show in cable news, with an average total audience of 3.058 million viewers--the show's best-ever performance in the 9 p.m. ET hour. FNC's Hannity was second, with 3.000 million viewers. Maddow also won among viewers 25-54, the demographic most valued by advertisers, finishing March with an average audience of 671,000 compared to Hannity's 616,000. CNN finished a distant third in the hour, with 382,000 viewers 25-54. * *MSNBC has been experiencing a dramatic rise in ratings, finishing the first q... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Loving Touch”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Deuter, “Loving Touch” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0aDAdxt0ls

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“You may have heard of the Seven Sisters in the sky, but have you heard about the Seven Strong Men on the ground? Located just west of the Ural Mountains, the unusual Manpupuner rock formations are one of the Seven Wonders of Russia. How these ancient 40-meter high pillars formed is yet unknown. *Click image for larger size.* The persistent photographer of this featured image battled rough terrain and uncooperative weather to capture these rugged stone towers in winter at night, being finally successful in February of last year. Utilizing the camera's time delay feature, the photogr... more »

Chet Raymo, “Wooing The World”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Wooing The World”* by Chet Raymo “...Thisby knows so little of the world as yet: the bit she can see through the chink in the wall has made her heart beat faster in its cage...” "A few lines from a poem of Linda Gregerson. Never mind the context; the image is arresting. Beautiful Thisbe is confined by her parents' to her high-walled house in Babylon, with only a crack in the wall through which to communicate with her forbidden lover. And, of course- as so many parents discover- the restriction makes her passion all the more intense. We look out at the universe through a metaphor... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “Sunrise”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Sunrise”* “You can die for it - an idea, or the world. People have done so, brilliantly, letting their small bodies be bound to the stake, creating an unforgettable fury of light. But this morning, climbing the familiar hills in the familiar fabric of dawn, I thought of China, and India and Europe, and I thought how the sun blazes for everyone just so joyfully as it rises under the lashes of my own eyes, and I thought I am so many! What is my name? What is the name of the deep breath I would take over and over for all of us? Call it whatever you want, it is happiness, it is another one ... more »

"And This Is The Weaving Of Human Living..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"And this is the weaving of human living: of whose fabric each individual is a part; each is intimately connected with the bottom and the extremist reach of time: and not one of these things nor one of these persons is ever quite to be duplicated or replaced: but each is a new and incommunicably tender life, wounded in every breath, sustaining for a while, without defense, the enormous assaults of the universe." - James Agee, "Now Let Us Praise Famous Men"

"If My Answers Frighten You..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions." - Samuel L. Jackson as "Jules Winnfield", "Pulp Fiction"

"Memory, Meanings, Moments and Madness: Wanderers In No Man's Land"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"Memory, Meanings, Moments and Madness: Wanderers In No Man's Land" by Chris Floyd "Zachary Mason's remarkable novel, "The Lost Books of the Odyssey," is based on a grain of fact. Before the stories of the Iliad and the Odyssey were crystallized and canonized in the books of Homer sometime in the 8th century B.C., various (and often conflicting) tales of the Trojan War and its heroes had floated around in various forms for hundreds of years. Some of these variants survive in fragments of other ancient works, like ghostly echoes of alternative universes. Mason's intriguing fictional c... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by!

"When Life Itself Seems Lunatic..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams - this may be madness. To seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness - and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!" - Miguel de Cervantes in "Man of La Mancha"

"His Own Easiest Dupe..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true." - Demosthenes

"Paying Attention to Red Flags: Warning Signs"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Paying Attention to Red Flags: Warning Signs"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Red flags often come in the form of feelings urging us to pause for a moment, listen to our intuition, and reconsider. Just as the universe wants to provide for our needs, it also seeks to protect us from dangerous situations, destructive relationships, and even minor inconveniences. Frequently in our lives, perhaps everyday, we encounter psychic red flags warning us of potential problems or accidents. We may not always recognize the signs. However, more often than not, we may choose to ignore our intu... more »

“Dow Drops Over 700 Points; Stocks Extend Selloff”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Dow Drops Over 700 Points; Stocks Extend Selloff”* by Anora M. Gaudiano and Barbara Kollmeyer "U.S. stocks fell sharply, extending their decline in afternoon trade Friday as investors continued to fret over a deepening China-U.S. trade fight and fresh concerns about inflation. The main indexes sold off in early trade following President Donald Trump’s proposal of fresh tariffs against China. The afternoon selling pressure followed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s speech in which he backed a “patient” approach to raising interest rates. *What are main benchmarks doing?* •T... more »

What Has Changed In The Past Year After U.S. Missile Strikes In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *ABC News*: *What's changed 1 year after US missile strikes in Syria* Exactly one year ago, on April 6, 2017, between 8:40 and 8:50 p.m. EDT, 59 U.S. Tomahawk missiles rained down on a Syrian airbase. The missiles -- launched from U.S. Navy destroyers in the Mediterranean Sea -- were the Trump administration's direct response to a Syrian sarin gas attack the U.S. says was perpetrated by Syria's President Bashar al-Assad days earlier that killed more than 100 Syrian men, women, and children. President Donald Trump said the strike was in the “vital nati... more »

Pentagon Tells Lockheed To Cut The F-35's $1.1 Trillion Support Bill

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Air Force F-35s fly in formation over Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Photo: Air Force *Bloomberg:* *Lockheed Gets Edict to Cut F-35's $1.1 Trillion Support Bill* * Air Force could be forced to cut purchases if costs remain * Company says it is taking steps to lower some estimated costs Lockheed Martin Corp. must find ways to reduce the Pentagon’s current $1.1 trillion estimate to own and operate the F-35 jet, the world’s costliest weapons program, according to the Defense Department’s latest annual program overview. According to the document, Lockheed “must embrace much-needed su... more »

Gov. Doug Ducey signs into law, June 2 as Native American Day, an official Arizona holiday

White Wolf at White Wolf - 7 hours ago
It’s been a good couple of weeks for Arizona’s Native Americans, at least symbolically. Last Thursday night, Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB 1235 into law, establishing June 2 as Native American Day, an official (if unpaid) Arizona holiday. On March 27, legislation to name three Arizona highways after Native American veterans unanimously passed the senate. Since the actions were in the form of memorials rather than bills, their sponsor, State Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai (D-Dist. 7) can immediately petition the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names to designate the sections of ... more »

Air Force Restores Officer Disciplined for Same-sex Marriage “Discrimination”

Dave Bohon at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: air-force-restores-officer-disciplined-for-same-sex-marriage-discrimination] The Air Force has reversed its decision against an Air Force officer wrongly disciplined for declining to officially commend the same-sex spouse of an airman under his command.

Confidence in Government on National Security Matters: March 2018

meoyang at Lawfare - 7 hours ago
Photo: Architect of the Capitol/Wikimedia In July, we began a polling project to measure public confidence in government institutions on national security matters on an ongoing basis. This post provides our data for the month of March. It includes perceptions about government institutions and about the two major political parties’ handling of national security; about the president’s handling of key national security issues; about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation; and ongoing military operations. *Confidence in Institutions to Protect U.S. National Security Remains S... more »

First Case Filed Against Administration’s National Security Motivated Tariffs

ttucker at Lawfare - 7 hours ago
On April 2, China hit back against the Trump administration’s recently announced steel tariffs, announcing duties on 128 different U.S. products. Despite hand wringing over the nationalist tenor of Trump’s trade rhetoric up until this point, this latest tit-for-tat escalation is the first sign of conflict actually escalating into a classic trade “war.” While it didn’t attract quite the same media attention, in recent weeks a related kerfuffle made its way quietly through U.S. Court of International Trade. On March 22, Severstal Export, a two-employee Miami importing firm, and its ... more »

Is Homeland Security Working to Compile a Database of Journalists and Bloggers?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
A solicitation put out by the United States Department of Homeland Security seeks a contractor to collect data on social media influencers and media outlets.

Was a Marine Told He Can’t Fly U.S. and Marine Corps Flags at the Same Time?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
A meme circulating on social media is based on a years-old dispute over a retirement community's rules about flags.

Was Arnold Schwarzenegger Forced to Sleep Outside a Hotel He Had Helped Open?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
A viral Facebook post fabricates a false backstory to what appears to have been a simple joke by California's former governor.

It Is Time to Decrease the Influence of the CIC Swamp Dwellers, Not Scott Pruitt

Alan Carlin at Carlin Economics and Science - 8 hours ago
The Climate Industrial Complex (CIC) to play dirty. They obviously do not like Scott Pruitt and apparently decided that since they cannot win on the doubtful merits of their arguments or their standard media scare tactics, the best way to proceed was to attack any and all perceived ethical and excessive cost problems they could […]

A Jacksonian Moment in U.S. Foreign Policy: Will it Last?

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
I had the good fortune during my brief appearance at ISA to take part in a roundtable on “Jacksonianism” in U.S. foreign policy. Organized by Jon Caverley, the roundtable sought to assess whether the Trump presidency represents a new equilibrium in which a Jacksonian foreign policy orientation has if not pride of place a more […]

I hope you are proud Mr Corbyn

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
This from Harry's Place http://hurryupharry.org/2018/04/03/i-hope-you-are-proud-mr-corbyn/ is a must read and sums up how I feel and fear about my future and that of all Jews in Corbyn's Britain. 'In all of the media coverage and reporting it can be hard to cut through all the noise. But let me tell you what you will find once you do. You will find a small community that is scared to death and fearful of what Jeremy Corbyn's leadership has brought and what him becoming Prime Minister might bring. Perhaps the fear is irrational, perhaps it is all an overreaction, but good-luck telli... more »

Syria and Donald Trump's Impulses

Paul R. Pillar at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Paul R. Pillar* *Syria, Middle East* Impending decisions about U.S. troops in Syria will be the next significant outcome of the continuing tussle, between a president’s urges and his appointees, that constitute Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Given Trump’s limited attention span and the erratic way in which he allows others to influence his decisions, however, policy on Syria will not necessarily reflect a larger pattern extending to other issues. A dominant theme in much current commentary about Trump’s presidency is that, after more than a year in office, he at last feels comf... more »

Will Russian Police Files Link Russia To Last Month's Salisbury Nerve Agent Attack In The U.K.?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *UK and US given case file on 'nerve agent made in Russian lab'* Exclusive: Papers may shed light on Russia’s production of chemical used in Salisbury spy poisoning British and American authorities have been given several chemical analyses of a substance believed to be a novichok nerve agent produced in Russia’s closed Shikhany military facility, a Russian lawyer has told the Guardian. Boris Kuznetsov, who fled Russia in 2007, said he had handed British diplomats the police case files from the 1995 murder of a Russian banker and his secretary with a toxic substanc... more »

CDC Researcher Found Dead

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 8 hours ago
As theories of the mysterious death of a CDC epidemiologist swirl, I cannot but marvel at the expediency of the autopsy that concluded within 24 hours of the body being found that no criminal activity is believed responsible: Bever, L. & Horton, A. (2018, April 5). The CDC researcher who mysteriously vanished in February has been found dead. The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/04/05/timothy-cunningham-the-cdc-researcher-who-mysteriously-vanished-in-february-has-been-found-dead/?utm_term=.3e3f624bdd48&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1 “Tim Cunningha... more »

Game Changer? Brewing Fuel

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 8 hours ago
There’s been a lot of crazy talk regarding energy coming from the Golden State, but there are also serious scientists in California, especially at Cal Tech, where Steven Koonin studied, taught and served as Provost. This recent announcement caught my eye: Scientists breed bacteria that make tiny high-energy carbon rings. Text below with my bolds Caltech scientists […]

Kentucky Legislature Passed A Tax Hike For 95% Of Kentuckians-- But At Least The Rich Get Cuts

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Beshear and Bevin* A Democratic campaign operative friend of mine does so well that he generally gets to pick any race he wants to run and he can avoid races that have been infiltrated-- even body-snatched-- by the DCCC or EMILY’s List. And unlike them, he wins, even in long shot match-ups. He loves Kentucky-- it must be the bourbon-- and he may run Andy Beshear’s campaign for governor in 2020. Lucky for him-- and Beshear-- the Republican-dominated state legislature just handed the Democrats a winning issue. The new tax cut they passed on this week and sent to the Republican govern... more »

UAH finds a warming error in satellite data, lowers “tropical hotspot” temperature trend, contradicts IPCC models

Hifast at Climate Collections - 9 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: From the University of Alabama, Huntsville via email from Dr. John Christy. Weather Satellite Wanders Through Time, Space, Causing Stray Warming to Contaminate Data In the late 1990s, the NOAA-14 weather satellite went wandering through time and space, apparently changing the record of Earth’s climate as it went.…

Heavy clashes continue into the night as Syrian Army troops attempt to enter Douma

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Jaysh Al-Islam are currently involved in a violent battle for the strategic town of Douma in the northern part of the East Ghouta region. Led by their Tiger Forces and Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army has advanced further into the Douma Orchards, seizing […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Thousands rally against Saudi-Arabian-led coalition (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – Thousands took the streets of Sanaa on Friday, to protest against the Saudi-Arabian-led coalition’s bombing of the country and to condemn the raping of a Yemeni girl by one of its soldiers. The angry crowd chanted and carried banners that called for “the liberation of the land.” “We will not retreat. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US will discuss Manbij with Turkey once Pompeo takes office: report

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The U.S. will discuss the situation in the Syrian town of Manbij once Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially takes office, the Turkey-based Daily Sabah reported on Friday. Citing diplomatic sources, the Daily Sabah report claimed that the high-level talks about Manbij’s future had been temporarily suspended; however, lower-level meetings […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Air Force launches unprecedented amount of airstrike over Douma

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:55 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) launched a large number of airstrikes over Douma, today, hitting several areas under the control of Jaysh Al-Islam inside the town. According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Air Force conducted dozens of airstrikes over Douma in a bid to pressure Jaysh […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Assad’s fate should be decided by Syrian people – Turkish Foreign Ministry

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
Whatever Ankara’s attitude toward the Syrian government of President Bashar Al-Assad is, it is up to the the Syrian people to decide on its future fate, an official of the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Friday. On Wednesday, a trilateral meeting of Iranian, Russian and Turkish presidents on Syrian settlement was held in Ankara. “Iran […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army’s elite forces launch new assault on Douma

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) elite Tiger Forces have just launched a big assault in the Jaysh Al-Islam held town of Douma this evening, a military source told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the Tiger Forces are attacking the western axis of the Douma Orchards, which is the same […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Putin, Macron discuss Syrian war

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron spoke about his recent meetings on Syria with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Kremlin press service said in a statement. “Putin informed Macron about the decisions made at the April 4 Russian-Turkish-Iranian summit in Ankara, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Developing: Syrian Army scores big advance against Jaysh Al-Islam in Douma

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – At approximately 5:45 P.M. (Damascus Time, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) kicked off their long-awaited operation in the East Ghouta town of Douma, following the collapse of peace talks with Jaysh Al-Islam. Led by their Republican Guard forces (104th, 105th, 106th brigades), the Syrian Army stormed the Douma Orchards from […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Tear gas deployed as up to 50,000 gather on Gaza border (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
Israeli border forces deployed tear gas against Palestinians who had gathered in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday for the March of Return. The Israeli military expects some 50,000 to gather for protests along the border, compared to 35,000 a week ago. The six-week long rallies demand what Palestinian protesters say is […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Syrian Army begins storming Douma after failed talks with Jaysh Al-Islam

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army began their assault on the strategic town of Douma after peace talks with Jaysh Al-Islam fell through. According to Al-Masdar’s field correspondent in Damascus, the Syrian Army stormed the Douma Orchards from all axes; this resulted in a series of intense clashes that are […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Jaysh Al-Islam strikes back at Syrian military by attacking Damascus

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Jaysh Al-Islam has launched retaliatory strikes against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian military, following their attacks on the militant-held town of Douma in the East Ghouta. According to an Al-Masdar field correspondent in Damascus, Jaysh Al-Islam fired several artillery shells into Damascus this afternoon, killing one civilian and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

BREAKING: Salem Village never dies!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018No one escapes corporate cable:* No one escapes "cable news" with his or her soul intact. Or at least, so we thought as we watched Lawrence last night. The show opened with 34 (34) unbroken minutes concerning Donald J. Trump and The Sex. As the marathon finally neared its first commercial break, Joy Reid—who used to be smart before cable—ruminated as shown below. Reid was speaking with the slimy barrister, Michael Avenatti. With apologies, we're clarifying the transcript as best we can. We can't check it against videotape: REID (4/5/18): *There are two reaso... more »

Majestic dad eagle loses cool in front of his family as earthquake hits

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
This family of eagles was having a typical eagle day, with daddy eagle watching protectively over his little eaglets, when a 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck near their island. The nest shakes and A-40 flies off the nest in momentary terror, before quickly returning to the nest to protect his children. A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck near the Channel Islands off the Southern California coast early Thursday afternoon, jolting residents — including a male bald eagle watching over his young. A Channel Island National Park live nest cam captured the moment the bird felt the quake, sta... more »

Pueblos 76: Tratados comerciales, ofensiva contra nuestras vidas

bilaterals.org - 9 hours ago
06-Apr-2018 El objetivo de este monográfico es el de contribuir al debate sobre el significado e intensidad de esta nueva oleada, tratando así de entender en qué proyecto se inserta; qué objetivos persigue; cuáles podrían ser sus principales impactos sobre nuestras vidas; quién la protagoniza e impulsa y qué se puede hacer para enfrentarla.

No change in India's position on China's Belt and Road Initiative: MEA

bilaterals.org - 9 hours ago
06-Apr-2018 India's Ministry of External affairs on Thursday said there is no change in its position on China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the signature connectivity project of President Xi Jinping.

Free trade talks between Indonesia, Australia expected to complete by August

bilaterals.org - 9 hours ago
06-Apr-2018 Negotiation of free trade agreements between Indonesia and Australia is expected to be completed by August of this year, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution said here on Friday.

US needs China more than China needs the US

bilaterals.org - 9 hours ago
06-Apr-2018 Not one to be outdone by any adversary, Donald Trump has upped the ante in a rapidly escalating trade war with China, threatening an additional $100 billion of tariffs on top of the initial round of $50 billion. In doing so, the Trump administration is failing to appreciate a crucial reality: The United States needs China more than China needs the US.

Chinese Sperm Donors Must Now Answer The Communist Party’s Call

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Photo courtesy of Peking University No. 3 Hospital's WeChat page *Radio Free Asia:* *Chinese Sperm Bank Seeks Donors 'Loyal to the Communist Party'* Sperm donors in Beijing should "love socialism and the motherland, and uphold the leadership of the [ruling] Chinese Communist Party," according to a recent hospital advertisement. The requirements are "top of the list" for attributes required for successful donation of sperm, according to the No. 3 Peking University Hospital, which wants to "improve ... [and] optimize" those applying to become donors. Applicants should be under 20 ... more »

The largest block of voters in America isn’t Democrats...

Robert Reich - 9 hours ago
The largest block of voters in America isn’t Democrats or Republicans. It’s the people who don’t vote. Our latest video with voting rights expert Heather McGhee looks at what we could achieve if everyone voted.

Wait, people still interview Sarah Palin?

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 9 hours ago
Courtesy of Fox News Insider: *The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate said she sees "hypocritical double standards" when it comes to the left's push for more gun control measures. * *She said all Americans have the constitutional right to protect themselves and their families in the same way celebrities and politicians are protected. * *"We have every right, we have a God-given right that’s codified in our Bill of Rights to protect ourselves and to protect our property and our families. It’s not just a select few that government will choose who gets to be protected. The ... more »

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to prosecute whistle blowers, while EPA chief Scott Pruitt is punishing high ranking officials who question his decision making.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 9 hours ago
Courtesy of WaPo: *Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asked her department’s Office of Inspector General whether grounds existed to prosecute employees who leaked budget data to The Washington Post and unclassified information to Politico, according to an internal department report. * *The response: It would be challenging, because the department has “little” written policy or guidance on how employees are supposed to handle information. * *“While evaluating the . . . incidents of alleged unauthorized releases of non-public information, we identified challenges to criminal prosecuti... more »

Number of Illegal Aliens Granted California Driver’s Licenses Passes One Million

Warren Mass at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: number-of-illegal-aliens-granted-california-driver-s-licenses-passes-one-million] The California Department of Motor Vehicles announced on April 4 that more than one million “undocumented immigrants” — illegal aliens — have received driver’s licenses.

Musical Interlude: The Traveling Wilburys, “End Of The Line”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
- The Traveling Wilburys, “End Of The Line” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMVjToYOjbM

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago

"Anyone Who Isn't Confused..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation." - Edward R. Murrow

“Why Systems Fail”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“Why Systems Fail”* by Charles Hugh Smith "Since failing systems are incapable of structural reform, collapse is the only way forward. Systems fail for a wide range of reasons, but I'd like to focus on two that are easy to understand but hard to pin down. *1. Systems are accretions of structures and modifications laid down over time.* Each layer adds complexity which is viewed at the time as a solution. This benefits insiders, as their job security arises from the need to manage the added complexity. The new layer may also benefit an outside constituency that quickly becomes depen... more »

"The Next Crisis Will Be The Last"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"The Next Crisis Will Be The Last"* by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com "It is an interesting thing. Throughout the last four decades there is a direct link between the actions of the Federal Reserve and the eventual economic and market outcomes due to changes in monetary policy. In every case, that outcome has been negative. *Click image for larger size.* The general consensus continues to be the markets have entered into a “permanently high plateau,” or an era in which asset price corrections have been effectively eliminated through fiscal and monetary policy. The lack o... more »

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Thinks The CIA Wants To Assassinate Him

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
The US refused to provide assault rifles amid concerns over the Philippines' human rights record. Pictured, President Duterte on Thursday *Al Jazeera*: *Duterte: If my plane explodes, you can ask the CIA* In an expletive-filled tirade, Philippine president also accuses the US government of lacking 'word of honour'. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a fresh expletive-filled tirade against the United States, accusing one of the country's closest allies of lacking "word of honour", while suggesting that the CIA is out to get him. In a speech in Manila on Thursday, Dut... more »

Will China Use 'Rare Earths' In Its Trade War Against The U.S.?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Jeff Spross, The Week:* *How China can win a trade war in 1 move* China will not be easily cowed in a trade dispute. Chinese President Xi Jinping is now exchanging threats of tit-for-tat tariffs with President Trump, who announced Thursday he's considering raising the stakes another $100 billion. China vowed to defend itself "at any cost." Compared to the scale of the U.S. economy, the numbers are still relatively trivial and mostly theoretical. But if things do spiral into all-out trade war, it's worth noting China has a nuclear option. I'm referring to rare earth metals. These... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
The Federalist's Ben Domenech hears the march of liberal jackboots: *Firing Kevin Williamson Is Just the BeginningWhen contrarian voices are elevated to publications once viewed as places where contending ideas shared space, organized online backlash is now inevitable.* ... [Kevin] Williamson is not a figure so prominent nor The Atlantic a brand so ubiquitous as to graduate [his firing] to a national story, in the way that the situations of Brendan Eich at Mozilla or James Damore at Google became national cable news stories. But they really are the same story.... This story is a ... more »

Did a Young Woman Deliberately Infect 324 Men With HIV?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
A dubious story is based on a baseless, unverified, and anonymous Facebook post.

Russia Demolishes UK Poisoning Hoax During Emergency Security Council Meeting

Alex Christoforou at 10 hours ago
[image: undefined] Russia’s UN envoy blasted the UK’s attempt to blame the poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal on Moscow, describing the entire hoax as a “theater of absurd.” The extraordinary UN Security Council meeting was requested by Russia, following the announcement made by the secretive British Porton Down chemical laboratory, that it had not established that the Novichok nerve agent used in the poisoning was of Russian origin. According to RT, top British officials explicitly cited the Porton Down laboratory when pinning the blame on Moscow, so following this revelation the... more »

Ron Paul: Bring troops home from Syria now

Ron Paul at 10 hours ago
[image: undefined] I was disappointed to hear President Trump so quickly reverse his position on removing U.S. troops from Syria. “We’re going to get back to our country, where we belong,” he told an Ohio audience just a week ago. That sounded refreshingly like candidate Trump’s promises of no more nation-building. Then he flipped his position and announced we’d stay. I do think Trump understands that our interventionist foreign policy is a massive waste of money and lives. He said in February, “As of a couple of months ago, we have spent $7 trillion in the Middle East. … What a mi... more »

Syrian Showdown: Trump vs. the Generals

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: syrian-showdown-trump-vs-the-generals] If U.S. troops do remain in Syria, the probability is high that Trump, like Presidents Bush and Obama before him, will be ensnared indefinitely in the Forever War of the Middle East.

China’s Trump Card: $1.1 Trillion in U.S. Treasuries

Bob Adelmann at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: chinas-trump-card-1-1-trillion-in-us-treasuries] By using American dollars, Communist China has for decades been waging economic, political, and military war against the United States. Trump is correct in adding in his tweet: “We cannot let this continue!”

Mohawk Nation News 'Overwhelming Response Postpones Gathering'

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
OVERWHELMING RESPONSE POSTPONES GATHERING Posted on April 5, 2018 Mohawk Nation News MNN. Apr. 5, 2018. There was an overwhelming response by sovereign people to discuss the attempted fraudulent municipalization of our communities, unconscionable taxation and the false representation of our people by puppets of the invaders. Read article at Mohawk Nation News: http://

No one needs a high capacity gun...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*blah, blah, blah.* Don't fall for it. The gun control fools say they don't want to take your guns away - they only want "common sense" gun laws. That's a lie. Their favorite argument is "no one needs an assault rifle to hunt." It has nothing to do with "need" and nothing to do with hunting. The next time someone says that to you, look them straight in the eye and say: "It has nothing to do with need and it has nothing to do with hunting. It only has to do with my constitutional right to own a gun. When you've confiscated the guns from every low life mook who wishes to do harm... more »

Treat and even prevent diabetes with ginger: Study finds it improves several markers of the disease

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 10 hours ago
Are you doing everything you can to avoid diabetes or control it if you already have it? It’s a frightening illness that can severely impact a person’s quality of life and even lead to death, so it’s only natural that … Continue reading →

No rush to label teens as having PCOS, says expert

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 10 hours ago
Dr Veronique Celine Viardot-Foucault. Diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is challenging, and there should be no rush to label an adolescent as having the condition before a thorough evaluation of symptoms, according to a leading endocrinologist who was speaking … Continue reading →

Comparing the Accuracy of My Blood Glucose Meters

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 10 hours ago
I was first introduced to the One Touch Verio IQ when I began using an Animas insulin pump in May 2016. The sales rep gave me a rave review of this blood glucose meter, telling me that it was one … Continue reading →

Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes Show Abnormal Brain Activity

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 10 hours ago
Having diabetes may affect the way our brains work. Research is taking place to find out exactly how this occurs. In a recent study, researchers describe how tying diabetes to cognitive impairment is tricky because many people with diabetes have … Continue reading →

Here’s How Much Caffeine Is in a Cup of Coffee

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 10 hours ago
The answer may change depending on the cup. Knowing how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee can be really helpful when you’re trying to limit your caffeine intake. While being dependent on the stimulant isn’t exactly life-threatening, it … Continue reading →

Exercise an Antidote for Aging

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 10 hours ago
If you want to counter the physical costs of getting old, regular exercise might be your best option, researchers report. The findings “debunk the assumption that aging automatically makes us more frail,” said researcher Janet Lord. She is director of … Continue reading →

U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Russian Oligarchs And Russian Government Officials

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Acting against Putin, U.S. imposes sanctions on businessmen close to Kremlin* WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed major sanctions on Friday against 24 Russians, striking at allies of President Vladimir Putin in one of Washington’s most aggressive moves to punish Moscow for what it called a range of “malign activity,” including alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. The action, taken under pressure from the U.S. Congress, freezes the U.S. assets of “oligarchs” such as aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska, a close associate of Putin, and lawmaker Suleiman... more »

What is your question to the general?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
Suzanne Hedrick last night had the audacity to make a statement about US endless war at an event where retired Lt. Gen. Castellaw was on a panel at the University of Southern Maine. The general is obviously not used to old women challenging the imperial project - which he says he was proud to serve - and you can see he had to work hard to keep his trigger finger in check as he berated her for daring to challenge the three-stars that used to sit atop his shoulders. But congratulations to Suzanne - we need alot more citizens to rattle their chains against the profit making war indus... more »

A Global Response to Climate Change: In, through, and for Cities?

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
This is a guest post from Sander Chan[1], David Gordon[2], Emma Lecavalier[3], Craig Johnson[4], Angel Hsu[5], Fee Stehle[6], Thomas Hickmann[7], Jennifer Bansard[8], Paty Romero-Lankao[9] Cities have been wildly successful over recent years in positioning themselves at the center of the global conversation on climate change. For example, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently […]

UK Lemmings Charge To The Front!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 11 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/uk-climate-act-not-tough-enough-say-krebs-and-haigh/ As I noted yesterday, Lord Krebs and Joanna Haigh are wanting the UK to meet a zero emission target by 2050. As UK emissions are two fifths of naff all, they admit that such a commitment, to be enshrined in law, would only be of symbolic value, to show […]

The UK Disarmed Its Citizens, Murders Now Skyrocketing as Police Fail to Protect Defenseless Populace

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: uk] Thanks to their government disarming them, the citizens of the UK are helpless against the massive spike in violent crime that has plagued the city of London of the last two months, surpassing that of even New York. The post The UK Disarmed Its Citizens, Murders Now Skyrocketing as Police Fail to Protect Defenseless Populace appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Did a Sick Child’s Classmates Refuse to Wish Him a Happy Birthday?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A photograph of young child with a rare disease was exploited for likes and retweets on social media.

Did Donald Trump Say Community College Is ’13th Grade’ for ‘Dummys’?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
An image suggesting that the president called community college "13th grade ... for dummies" is fabricated.

Can Facebook Users Receive $17,500 Each Over a ‘Data Breach’?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Facebook users everywhere are not entitled to collect cash in compensation over the Cambridge Analytica user data controversy.

"I Am Quite Sure Now..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
“I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's.” - Mark Twain

“Another Mighty Conundrum”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“Another Mighty Conundrum”* by James Howard Kunstler “The sanctuary city movement, and all its baggage, terminates in one troublesome idea: that the USA should have open borders and that anyone from a foreign land who manages to get here by whatever means is home-free-all. The most recent Democratic nominee for president said just the other day that she dreamed of open borders. The much-abused word dream has been at the center of our discourse about immigration, a purposefully sentimental manipulation of language for a culture struggling to ascertain the boundaries of reality in a... more »

A bald eagle landed on the pitcher at a Major League Baseball game

White Wolf at White Wolf - 11 hours ago
A bald eagle landed on Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton before his side's MLB game against the Minnesota Twins. The biggest challenge for Seattle left-hander James Paxton at Minnesota’s home opener came even before he started pitching on the 38-degree afternoon. Paxton was standing alone in left field at Target Field, taking a break from his warmup throws for the pregame ceremony Thursday. That’s when a bald eagle, brought in for a flight over the playing field prior to the national anthem, apparently became confused. Rather than soaring to the mound to reach his summoning h... more »

Power of Israeli Control On Display As Video Critical of Israel Blocked by YouTube in 28 Countries

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: israel] A peaceful video that simply called out the militarism in Israel, has been blocked by YouTube in 28 countries, including the United Kingdom showing the power of their information control. The post Power of Israeli Control On Display As Video Critical of Israel Blocked by YouTube in 28 Countries appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

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