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Thomas Paine

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

1 May - pm - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2

11:02 pm MDT

A Look At The U.S.-Led Coalition Bombing Campaign In afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 minutes ago
An Air Force B-1B Lancer flies over northern Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria against ISIS targets, Sept. 27, 2014. (Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Air Force) *Defense News: **How many bombs have been dropped in Afghanistan?* Just how many munitions have been released in Afghanistan and Iraq/Syria during the past few years? Well, a lot. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor*: Yup .... they have dropped a lot of bombs in Afghanistan for the past year.

NASA: Sunspots Vanishing Faster than Expected

Hifast at Climate Collections - 4 minutes ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: by Dr. Tony Philips, NASA Spaceweather Sunspots are becoming scarce. Very scarce. So far in 2018 the sun has been blank almost 60% of the time, with whole weeks going by without sunspots. Today’s sun, shown here in an image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, is typical of…

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 28 minutes ago
People attend a May Day rally at Red Square in Moscow. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov *WNU Editor: *The above icture is from this photo-gallery .... *May Day around the world* (Reuters). *Update:* May Day parades of the past .... *These photos show how crazy May Day used to be during the Cold War* (Business Insider).

Russia's Newest Sukhoi Su-57 Being Prepared For Moscow's Red Square during the Victory Parade on May 9 (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Business Insider:* *Watch the Su-57 stealth fighter flap its wings before its debut in Russia's massive Victory Day Parade* * The Su-57 will partake in Russia's annual Victory Day Parade for the first time this year. * The parade celebrates the capitulation of Nazi Germany in World War II. * This year's massive fly-over will include 63 Russian aircraft, including, among others, the Su-30SM, Tu-160, and of course, the Su-57, according to The Aviationist. * Recent video shows Russian airmen prepping the Su-57s for the show. The Su-57 will partake in Russia's annual Victory Day Parade... more »

Dirty Money, Dirty Politicians... We Need To Rid The System Of BOTH

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Since Kirsten Gillibrand first ran for Congress, joined the Blue Dogs, got appointed the the Senate and kept making nice with Wall Street all the way through, she's taken $9,148,338 from the finance sector. Among sitting senators who have not ran for president, only notorious bankster whores Chuck Schumer ($26,775,768), Mitch McConnell ($12,339,704), Rob Portman ($10,861,584) and Pat Toomey ($9,303,550) have solicited and accepted more in bankster bribes than Gillibrand. So far, during the current election cycle Kirsten Gillibrand is #2-- at $1,413,818... and she has a safe coast ... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Waves of Light”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Deuter, “Waves of Light” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYWtEvE7Ugo

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“M13 is one of the most prominent and best known globular clusters. Visible with binoculars in the constellation of Hercules, M13 is frequently one of the first objects found by curious sky gazers seeking celestials wonders beyond normal human vision. *Click image for larger size.* M13 is a colossal home to over 100,000 stars, spans over 150 light years across, lies over 20,000 light years distant, and is over 12 billion years old. At the 1974 dedication of Arecibo Observatory, a radio message about Earth was sent in the direction of M13. The featured image in HDR, taken through a s... more »

"A Tiny Ripple Of Hope..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of o... more »

Chet Raymo, “Moments of Being”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Moments of Being”* by Chet Raymo “A passage from the "Pensees" of Teilhard de Chardin: "Though the phenomena of the lower world remain the same- the material determinisms, the vicissitudes of chance, the laws of labor, the agitations of men, the footfalls of death- he who dares to believe reaches a sphere of created reality in which things, while retaining their habitual texture, seem to be made out of a different substance. Everything remains the same so far as phenomena are concerned, but at the same time everything become luminous, animated, loving..." Whatever we think of Te... more »

Zuckerberg unveils plans for Facebook dating service (Update)

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 hour ago
Zuckerberg unveils plans for Facebook dating service (Update) https://m.phys.org/news/2018-05-zuckerberg-facebook-dating.html Advertisements

WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research (WPI-AIMR), Tohoku University, Japan.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 hour ago
WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research (WPI-AIMR), Tohoku University, Japan | Institution outputs | Nature Index https://www.natureindex.com/institution-outputs/japan/wpi-advanced-institute-for-materials-research-wpi-aimr-tohoku-university/52454c4e140ba02826000004?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=RH_test&utm_content=GreenerMaterials#highlight

A deep-learning classifier identifies patients with clinical heart failure using whole-slide images of H&E tissue

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 hour ago
A deep-learning classifier identifies patients with clinical heart failure using whole-slide images of H&E tissue http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0192726

Free Download: "Anthem: Ayn Rand’s Dystopian Masterpiece"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Anthem: Ayn Rand’s Dystopian Masterpiece"* by Roderick Long "In a Leningrad university classroom in the early 1920s, as the professor drones on about orthodox Marxist theory, a young woman with an intense gaze is writing furiously in her notebook. The woman is Alisa Rosenbaum, later to be famous as Ayn Rand, and her jottings do not concern the relationship between dialectical materialism and the dictatorship of the proletariat; they are notes for a play to be called Ego, about the rediscovery of individuality in a totalitarian society based on the worship of the collective. Over... more »

"A Stick-in-the-mud..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“At this point I reveal myself in my true colors, as a stick-in-the-mud. I hold a number of beliefs that have been repudiated by the liveliest intellects of our time. I believe order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven’t changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must try to learn from ...more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

The Poet: Robert Bly, "Things to Think"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Things to Think"* "Think in ways you've never thought before. If the phone rings, think of it as carrying a message Larger than anything you've ever heard, Vaster than a hundred lines of Yeats. Think that someone may bring a bear to your door, Maybe wounded and deranged; or think that a moose Has risen out of the lake, and he's carrying on his antlers A child of your own whom you've never seen. When someone knocks on the door, Think that he's about To give you something large: tell you you're forgiven, Or that it's not necessary to work all the time, Or that it's been decided that if ... more »

"The True Measure..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Place yourself among those who carry on their lives with passion, and true learning will take place, no matter how humble or exalted the setting. But no matter what path you follow, do not be ashamed of your learning. In some corner of your life, you know more about something than anyone else on earth. The true measure of your education is not what you know, but how you share what you know with others." - Kent Nerburn

"Scientists: Earth's Magnetic Field Is Acting 'Weird', We Could Experience A 'Shudder'"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Scientists: Earth's Magnetic Field Is Acting 'Weird', * *We Could Experience A 'Shudder'"* by Mac Slavo "Scientists are saying that the Earth’s magnetic field is acting strangely, and at some point, we could all experience a shudder. Although we are being told we won’t experience a magnetic pole reversal in the near future, something incredibly strange is going on. "The Earth is showing signs that the poles will flip, yet scientists are denying it will happen soon.The Earth has a fierce molten core that generates a magnetic field capable of defending our planet against devastati... more »

"Taking A Drink..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago

The AP Looks At Mossad's Biggest Successes And Failures

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*WNU Editor: *The AP story is here .... *Israel’s Mossad spy agency shrouded in mystery and mystique* (AP).

X22 Report, “America Has Been Sold Out And These Are The People Who Did It”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
X22 Report, “America Has Been Sold Out And These Are The People Who Did It” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW2FGRwJcAs *Related followup report:* X22 Report, “Both Sides Wait For The Other To Make A Move On The Economy” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46FU_ciD-0w

Report: Israeli Jets Flew Over Jordan And Iraq To Conduct Their Air Strike Against Syria On Sunday Night

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Here’s how #Israel attacked #Syria on 29/4/2018 using the Coalition fly zones against the #SAA Israel after many attempts to penetrate the Syrian airspace from the west, they’re now using the east, which is poorly covered by radars, where they can blend within the Coalition jets pic.twitter.com/hKr5IEZaj6 — Wael 🇸🇾 (@WaelAlRussi) May 1, 2018 *WNU Editor:* If this is true, you have to wonder if Jordan and Iraq knew what was happening .... and did they permit these overflights. Also .... the U.S. coalition must have known that these were Israeli aircraft and what they were doing ... more »

Is a Neo-Nazi Running as a Republican For the U.S. Senate in California?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
Patrick Little has repeatedly expressed white supremacist views in his campaign, including calling for a United States "free from Jews."

Wood Frogs’ No. 1 Option: Hold in Pee All Winter to Survive

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
Scientists have found that wood frogs, which don’t urinate in the winter, recycle urea into useful nitrogen which keeps the small animals alive as they hibernate and freeze.

Kanye West Calls Slavery a ‘Choice’

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
Before the last one had a chance to simmer down, Kanye West caused another stir, calling American slavery a "choice" in an interview.

‘Either a Liar or an Idiot’: Netanyahu’s Iran Claims Insult Integrity of IAEA

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
‘Either a Liar or an Idiot’: Netanyahu’s Iran Claims Insult Integrity of IAEA by https://sputniknews.com/ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that his country has a trove of secret documents detailing Iran’s continued expansion of the range of its nuclear-capable missiles – a display insulting to the international inspectors who have consistently found no evidence […]

Pat Buchanan Blasts Bibi: He’s “Been Crying Wolf For Decades” About Iran

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
“The reason Iran doesn’t have a bomb is because they don’t want it. They could have built a bomb.” – Buchanan – Pat Buchanan Blasts Bibi: He’s “Been Crying Wolf For Decades” About Iran by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s powerpoint presentation Monday evening – allegedly demonstrating captured evidence, documents, and computer disks, […]

Iran Vows ‘Surprising’ Response to Israel Amid Nuclear Deal Tensions

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Iran Vows ‘Surprising’ Response to Israel Amid Nuclear Deal Tensions by https://sputniknews.com/ Iranian Defense Minister Amir Khatami has commented on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement that Israel’s intelligence had obtained thousands of documents proving that Tehran has been secretly developing a nuclear weapons program. – On Tuesday, Khatami slammed Netanyahu’s speech as “Israel’s provocative actions” and […]

Israeli PM Given Power to Declare War With Only Defense Minister’s Approval

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Israeli PM Given Power to Declare War With Only Defense Minister’s Approval by https://sputniknews.com/ The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, as well as the Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee originally decided against the proposal, but it was later passed in the Knesset during a second and third reading, Haaretz newspaper reported. – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

U.S., Israel And Saudi Arabia Want Muslims at War, Iran Says

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
U.S., Israel And Saudi Arabia Want Muslims at War, Iran Says by TOM O’CONNOR, http://www.newsweek.com/ Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia of conspiring to divide the Muslim world as further violence erupted in Syria over the weekend. – Khamenei addressed a crowd of laborers gathered Monday, a day before workers in Iran and […]

US Officials: Israel Preparing For War With Iran, Seeking US Support — Confirmed Israeli F-15s Bombed Syria 2 Days Ago

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
US Officials: Israel Preparing For War With Iran, Seeking US Support by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ Not that there was much doubt who was behind it, but two days after “enemy” warplanes attacked a Syrian military base near Hama on Sunday, killing at least 11 Iranians and dozens of others, and nobody had yet “claimed responsibility” the attack, US […]

Skripal case: British confirm they have no suspect; Yulia Skripal vanishes, no word of Sergey Skripal

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 3 hours ago
Amidst speculation that British government has imposed reporting restrictions, British authorities admit they have no suspect in Skripal case More The post Skripal case: British confirm they have no suspect; Yulia Skripal vanishes, no word of Sergey Skripal appeared first on The Duran.

Israel doesn’t seek war with Iran – Netanyahu

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 3 hours ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday defended his dramatic “revelation” regarding Iran’s “lies,” dubbed “old news” by former CIA Director Michael Hayden, while asserting that he does not seek a military confrontation with the Islamic Republic. In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Netanyahu reiterated his claim that Iran was “brazenly lying” about its […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas: The Nazi Mass Murder Of European Jews Was The Result Of Their Financial Activities, Not Anti-Semitism

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Child survivors found in Auschwitz death camp by advancing Soviet troops in 1945 *BBC:* *Holocaust row: Abbas accused of anti-Semitism* Remarks by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas about the Holocaust have been condemned as anti-Semitic by Israeli politicians and rights activists. Mr Abbas told a meeting in the West Bank the Nazi mass murder of European Jews was the result of their financial activities, not anti-Semitism. He described their "social function" as "usury and banking and such". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman said the remarks were "anti-Semitic a... more »

Iran And Israel Are Preparing To Fight One Of The Worst Wars The Middle East Has Ever Seen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
© AFP 2018 / JACK GUEZ *Alex Lockie, Business Insider:* *Israel has been punishing Iran in Syria and looks to be preparing for a massive war — but it's surrounded by rockets* * Israel appears to be readying for a big war with Iran, US officials reportedly said. * Israel stands accused of a series of airstrikes against Iranian forces in Syria, and Iran is expected to strike back. * Israel hasn't gloated about the attacks, and reportedly hopes Iran will back down, but the conflict could erupt. * Israel has been pounding Iranian forces at will lately, but they're surrounded by Iranian... more »

Some of Russia's Most Deadly Military Gear Could Be Coming to India and Turkey

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * And sanctions could be coming. The Pentagon is pressing for a national security exemption for sanctions on countries purchasing Russian military hardware but which are also U.S. allies. Under the current sanctions law against Russia, American allies—and countries Washington is courting—such as Turkey and India could face penalties for purchasing weapons from Moscow. The imposition of those sanctions could torpedo budding relationships such as the one between Washington and New Delhi and threatens to unravel the alliance with Turkey. “Look, the ques... more »

Why It Might Be Impossible to Stop a Cruise Missile Attack (For Now)

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * The U.S. military might have something to say about that. Is there a way to defend large swaths of land against a cruise missile attack? Right now, there is no operational weapons system that can provide area air defense against terrain-hugging cruise missiles over land—only point defense is possible. However, there are systems and technologies under development that could one day provide some measure of protection. These systems would not be a single surface-to-air missile battery, but rather a network of sensors and computers that would be able to... more »

5 Things to Watch For in North Korea's Peace Negotiations

Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi* *Security, Asia* [image: People watch a TV showing a live broadcast of the inter-Korean summit and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at a railway station in Seoul] Kim Jong-un has come into the negotiation process well prepared and with a strategy. The question is, are we? On April 27, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held the third inter-Korean summit that issued a joint declaration promising their commitments towards the complete denuclearization of the peninsula a... more »

Trump's Foreign Policy Plans Put America First

Raymond Tanter, Ivan Sascha Sheehan at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Raymond Tanter, Ivan Sascha Sheehan* *Security, North America* [image: Mike Pompeo arrives at the State Department in Washington] Trump is strengthening his “America First” platform by addressing those who threaten the United States—namely Pyongyang and Tehran. Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has accused Iran of having secretly pursued a nuclear program amid rising tensions. Unveiling a treasure trove of files that showed Iran “brazenly lied” when Tehran said it did not have a nuclear program, Netanyahu claimed to have “conclusive” evidence of the “secret program.” ... more »

Why NATO Needs a Streamlined Decisionmaking Process

Elisabeth Braw at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Elisabeth Braw* *Security, Europe* [image: NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reacts during a meeting at the Alliance’s headquarters, which will be used for the last time, before the headquarters moves, in Brussels] When it comes to NATO, political speed is of the essence. “The prime minister is accountable to this parliament, not to the whims of the U.S. president,” thundered UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn during a parliamentary debate immediately following the air strikes in Syria by the United States, Britain and France. “We clearly need a War Powers Act.” Corbyn ... more »

Netanyahu Makes a Case for the JCPOA

Paul R. Pillar at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Paul R. Pillar* *Security, Middle East* In continuing his agreement-killing campaign this week with another prop-dependent show-and-tell, Netanyahu has abandoned any effort to be logical in arguing against the JCPOA. Benjamin Netanyahu’s display of a cartoon bomb before the United Nations General Assembly nearly six years ago received much ridicule but at least was grounded in some facts about uranium enrichment levels and how they relate to the ability to make a nuclear weapon. These days, Netanyahu doesn’t reprise that part of his General Assembly speech, and it’s not because... more »

The First Step to Peace in Korea Has Been Taken—Now the White House Must Follow

Ted Galen Carpenter at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Ted Galen Carpenter* *Security, Asia* The United States is the 800-pound gorilla with respect to peace prospects on the Korean Peninsula. The global reaction to the dramatic reduction in tensions between the two Koreas is one of profound relief. That response was evident regarding the cordial atmospherics at the Winter Olympics, and it has grown more pronounced since then. The sight of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stepping across the de facto border at the Demilitarized Zone was powerful symbolism. Perhaps even more important was the agreement that Kim signed with South Kore... more »

Paul Quinn College President Makes Fortune Magazine List

Jamal Watson at Diverse - 4 hours ago
Sandwiched between Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase and actress Reese Witherspoon, Dr. Michael Sorrell was named 34 on The World's 50 Greatest Leaders published by Fortune magazine.

Predominantly White Institutions, Black Women Grad Students and a Sense of Belonging

cmaadmin at Diverse - 4 hours ago
While predominantly White institutions should make deliberate efforts to address issues of a lack of sense of belonging among Black women graduate students, there are several strategies that the students themselves can use.

Fix Yo’ Face: Angela Rye, Me, and Cardi B

Nichole Margarita Garcia at Diverse - 4 hours ago
Over the years, I have heard comments about how I need to control my “emotions” because they are “too expressive,” “offensive” and “disrespectful.” Historical amnesia has stricken the United States regarding women-of-color bodies as objects to be controlled.

Group Addresses Incarceration Among Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders

cmaadmin at Diverse - 4 hours ago
Contrary to the stereotype of Asians as the model minority in America, mass incarceration of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in California spurred the formation of an organization devoted to addressing the issue.

In The National Interest Asking US Officials to Change the Way they Talk about Taiwan

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
*A smoggy day in Taichung...* The National Interest published me today: At present, searching U.S. State Department texts, it is nigh impossible to find a clear statement of the U.S. position on Taiwan. Washington officials respond to queries about U.S. Taiwan policy with a string of historical references: the Communiqués, the Taiwan Relations Act, the Six Assurances, peppered with words like “consistent” and “status quo.” Outsiders receiving this catechism are like medieval peasants hearing the Catholic mass in Latin: enthralled by the ceremony, but fundamentally lost. If the Uni... more »

Veterinarian Implanted Heroin in Puppies for Colombia Drug Ring

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Veterinarian Andres Lopez Elorza used the puppies to smuggle packets of liquid heroin on commercial flights to New York City, where the heroin packets were eventually cut out of the puppies.

"What does one do in politics if one has discarded the whole realm of ideas? One fights men." [Repost, with only the names changed]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
The #DirtyPolitics saga has begun again, the scotching of rumours by the Police Commissioner this morning serving only to magnify their spread. But as one twitterer asked: the government has numerous policy failures already. Why not go after those instead of the Prime Minister's partner? Perhaps, I answered (and as I've suggested before), because the policies of this government and the last are so similar, and their loudest critics have so little in the way of ideas, they have little else left to go after. So, because all that's changed since is a change of the people in governmen... more »

American Civilization Is Fighting An Uphill Battle Against white Evangelicals' Tendency To Choose Make-Believe As A Self-Justification For Well-Honed Ignorance

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
*-by Frank Schaeffer* White evangelicals grew up on a theology that trains people to be those who can’t tell the difference between reality and make-believe. They then opt for make-believe again and again because fantasy is kinder and more malleable than reality. No wonder they embraced Trump’s lies. White evangelical Trump supporters are now addicted to their ignorance, doubling and tripling down on it, digging in their heels, unwilling to surrender their inner fantasy-land and clinging to fantastical certainties utterly unarmored from any verifiable reality. Here’s what is at s... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 1, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar, National Interest*:* Everything You Need to Know about the Cruise-Missile Strikes in Syria* Russia continues to insist that Syrian forces shot down a majority of the allied cruise missiles launched against the Assad regime by the United States, France and the United Kingdom on April 13, 2018. However, Moscow’s assertions are extremely dubious because low-flying cruise missiles are extremely difficult to intercept, particularly over land. The Pentagon maintains that all of the missiles launched against Syria hit their targets. Russia claims that only twenty-two of t... more »

‘Harvest of Greed:’ Provocative New Film Exposes True Dangers of the Monsanto-Bayer Merger For the World to See

Nick Meyer at AltHealthWorks.com - 5 hours ago
The Monsanto-Bayer merger could be the biggest development in the world of health and agriculture since the introduction of genetically engineered crops and seeds hit the market over 20 years ago. But despite the pending tsunami about to be unleashed, coverage in the American media has been spotty at best, especially when it comes to looking at the highly controversial new partnership in-depth and with a discerning eye. While much of the developed world is increasingly falling in love with organic food and focused on supporting the natural food revolution with their wallets, the b... more »

“A Huge Loss for Monsanto:” California Takes Down GMO Giant in Court, Wins Right to Add Cancer Labels

Nick Meyer at AltHealthWorks.com - 5 hours ago
As busy as Monsanto has been in the world of chemicalized agriculture, gene-spliced seeds and other endeavors, the company has also been just as busy in the legal arena. It all started when Monsanto began suing farmers for patent infringement for cases in which farmers replanted their genetically engineered seeds (even in times where farmers claimed they didn’t know and/or farmers whose crops were damaged by accidental pollen drift). Now, the company is being forced to defend itself in multiple legal arenas over everything from cancer cases in humans to the carcinogenic nature o... more »

Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

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

A couple of tax truths get revealed

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 5 hours ago
Long before the Tax Plan was passed in December, I have shared my concern about our runaway debt problem. So, I am none to thrilled by a Tax Plan that will make it worse. Yet, that is not my only … Continue reading →

Budget and school finance expert Kara Belew joins TPPF

Content Multimedia - 5 hours ago
By Kevin Roberts Attracting the top talent in the policy world has long been a staple of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Hiring Kara Belew continues that tradition, as she is a leading authority on school finance reform, innovation in education, and making good policies for what is most important — our 6 million Texas schoolchildren. Kara will make a huge difference on policy, and therefore, on the lives of our children. We are privileged she has joined our team.

Save the Reef.....give generously

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 5 hours ago
Image: Whitsunday Holidays *Open Letter by Peter Rees* Hi All, Josh Frydenberg has decided to give $500 million of taxpayers money to “save the reef". The money is for improving water quality, “tackling” the crown of thorns starfish, expanding reef “restoration” and developing coral that is more resistant to high temperatures. Of that money *$45m* is for “Community engagement such as Indigenous traditional knowledge for sea country management”. “*Traditional sea country management”.* LOL! Words really fail me about just how stupid this whole AGW/Indigenous scam can get. So what ... more »

Questioning Why U.S. Pregnancy Death Rates Are So High

Activist Post at Activist Post - 5 hours ago
By Catherine J. Frompovich “More women in the U.S. die from complications related to pregnancy than in any other developed country. To address this alarming... more »

Mueller’s questions to Trump: more those of a prosecuting attorney than of an impartial investigator

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 5 hours ago
Mueller's proposed questions to Trump show that Trump remains Mueller's ultimate target More The post Mueller’s questions to Trump: more those of a prosecuting attorney than of an impartial investigator appeared first on The Duran.

A Real Missile Gap Is Looming In Hypersonic Weapons

Dan Goure at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Dan Goure* *Security, * In a speech on the Senate floor on August 14, 1958, then-Senator and aspiring presidential candidate John F. Kennedy proclaimed the existence of a “missile gap” between the United States and Russia. Kennedy went on to warn that unless this gap was immediately addressed, the result would be the erosion of the U.S. strategic forces’ ability to deter the Soviet Union. It later became apparent that the balance in nuclear-capable ballistic missiles decisively favored the United States. A new “missile gap” is emerging, one that is based in fact. This is the di... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 6 hours ago
*National Review*'s Kyle Smith's assessment of the new campaign memoir by Amy Chozick of *The New York Times* is marred by some reading comprehension problems: One intriguing aspect of Amy Chozick’s reporting in *Chasing Hillary* is that Chozick wrote a story for the *New York Times* that never ran that celebrated Clinton’s convivial spirit (or, if you like, her boozing).... The attentive reader will wonder whether Clinton has a drinking problem. Chozick says that Clinton would have been “the booziest president since FDR” and “enjoys a cocktail — or three — more than most previous ... more »

Do ‘Liberals’ at the University of Texas Want to Designate Masculinity a Mental Illness?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
Conservative web sites grossly misrepresented the provisions of an initiative by UT's Counselling and Mental Health Center.

World News Briefs -- April 20, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
South Korean soldiers dismantle loudspeakers that were set up for propaganda broadcasts near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Pool *Reuters:* *North and South Korea start to dismantle border speakers, fulfilling summit pledge* North and South Korea began dismantling loudspeakers that blared propaganda across their heavily fortified border on Tuesday, South Korea’s defense ministry said, fulfilling a promise made at last week’s historic summit. The moves are the first practical, if small, steps toward reconcilia... more »

Worse than we thought

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 6 hours ago
"The wreckage of Barack Obama’s foreign policy is coming into focus. Syria: the “red line” fiasco, with hundreds of thousands killed. North Korea: a do-nothing policy that brought America’s West Coast perilously close to coming under nuclear threat. Iran: a deal that would have been foolish even if the mullahs hadn’t cheated, $100 billion and sanctions relief now, in exchange for promises that Iran could walk away from at will. We now know that the deal was even worse than that." John Hinderacker, Powerline http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/04/the-obama-disaster-and-the-tw... more »

Outta the way, human!

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 6 hours ago
This made me laugh - a surf traffic incident off Australia. "Coming through!" - or, Mother Nature always has the right of way! Peter

University of Minnesota Settles Harassment Claims for $300K

cmaadmin at Diverse - 6 hours ago
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota paid nearly $300,000 to settle sexual harassment complaints related to former athletic director Norwood Teague, newly released documents show. Teague resigned in 2015 after two high-ranking administrators said he sexually harassed them at a senior leadership retreat at Breezy Point Resort in Pequot Lakes. He apologized for what he […]

Connecticut University Officials Charged with Assault

cmaadmin at Diverse - 6 hours ago
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — The official who oversees student conduct at a Connecticut university has been charged with choking, threatening and using duct tape to bind a woman in his home. Christopher Dukes, director of the Office of Student Conduct at Central Connecticut State University, is free on $450,000 bond after his arrest last week […]

Report: Koch College Donation Came with Teacher Firing Rights

cmaadmin at Diverse - 6 hours ago
FAIRFAX, Va. — Virginia’s largest public university granted the conservative Charles Koch Foundation a say in the hiring and firing of professors in exchange for millions of dollars in donations, according to newly released documents. The release of donor agreements between George Mason University and the foundation follows years of denials by university administrators that […]

Is the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, applying for membership of the British Labour Party?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
Is the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, applying for membership of the British Labour Party? '(Palestinian leader Mahmoud) Abbas told a meeting in the West Bank the Nazi mass murder of European Jews was the result of their financial activities, not anti-Semitism. He described their "social function" as "usury and banking and such".' Antisemitism and previous holocaust denial, membership of the Labour Party must be imminent. Even the institutionally anti Israel BBC have difficulty in spinning this news http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43967600 but I'm sure they'll fi... more »

The Coyne Helicopter Encounter - Explained?

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 7 hours ago
For the last several days I have been engaged in a conversation with someone who identifies himself as Parabunk. He analyzed the Coyne helicopter encounter and provided what he believed to be a terrestrial solution for the case. You can read his long report here: https://parabunk.blogspot.com/2018/04/the-1973-coynemansfield-helicopter-ufo.html You can read my original post which inspired his (well, maybe not inspired to write his report, but certainly inspired to mention it on this blog), and read our discussion in the comments section here: http://kevinrandle.blogspot.com/2014/08/t... more »

Aquatic Farming Can't Be Labeled Organic, But It Will Save The Land

News Staff at Science 2.0 - Earth Sciences - 7 hours ago
If you offer a wealthy elite any fish that is not gathered by depleting the oceans, they will recoil in horror. It is unclear why they recognize that farms are essential for growing vegetables but think farmed fish should only be for the poor. The science says otherwise. Aquatic farming -- aquaculture -- can help feed the future global population while substantially reducing one of the biggest environmental impacts of protein production -- land use -- without requiring people to entirely abandon protein as a food source. read more

Earth's Magnetic Field Is Not Reversing

News Staff at Science 2.0 - Earth Sciences - 7 hours ago
The South Atlantic Anomaly has people concerned, but if Earth's magnetic field of the past is any indication, and it is, the anomaly is not a precursor of a switching of the poles. *What is the South Atlantic Anomaly?* read more

Website is a success!

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
For those of you wondering, the Wordpress website went offline due to an overabundance of traffic. My web designer, who builds websites for a living, told me that he has NEVER seen that happen before, and certainly never on the first day! We have already hit numbers that make the performance here on Blogspot pale by comparison. Not in the old days perhaps, but at least for the last year or so. Having said that I want to thank all of you for your many years of support, and for the incredible success of today. Even with all of those setbacks. We are still tweaking the new site, and ... more »

Smut Night at the Press Dinner

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: smut-night-at-the-press-dinner] Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, billed as a celebration of the First Amendment and a tribute to journalists who "speak truth to power," has to be the worst advertisement in memory for our national press corps.

House of Lords Tries to Block Brexit

Steve Byas at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: house-of-lords-tries-to-block-brexit] Brexit was a huge defeat to the hopes of globalists, and the British House of Lords (an unelected group) is trying to circumvent the will of the British public to leave the European Union.

More Fake News: NRA Bans Guns at Its Own Convention!

Bob Adelmann at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: more-fake-news-nra-bans-guns-at-its-own-convention] The mainstream media's self-immolation continues as it issues fake news about the NRA.

White House Correspondents’ Association "Apologizes" for Michelle Wolf

James Murphy at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: white-house-correspondents-association-apologizes-for-raunchy-performance] After a vulgar performance by Michelle Wolf at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the White House Correspondents' Association has offered a half-apology.

Tesla Burning Cash

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 7 hours ago
From Bloomberg: Tesla Doesn’t Burn Fuel, It Burns Cash By Dana HullDana Hull and Hannah RechtHannah Recht 15-19 minutes A complete guide to how Elon Musk has raised, and then spent, billions of dollars. The company that Elon Musk built to usher in the electric-car future might not have enough cash to […]

What Can We Say About Mueller’s 49 Questions?

bwittes at Lawfare - 7 hours ago
Flickr/The White House There are reasons to be cautious about the 49 questions that Robert Mueller wishes to pose to President Trump in an interview, as the New York Times reported Monday evening. Most important, the list of questions did not come from Mueller. By the Times’s account, the questions were “read by the special counsel investigators to the president’s lawyers, who compiled them into a list. That document was provided to The Times by a person outside Mr. Trump’s legal team.” In other words, the questions as the Times lists them are the Trump legal team’s account of th... more »

Neoliberalism and Human Rights

eposner at Lawfare - 7 hours ago
PDF Version A review of Samuel Moyn’s “Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World” (Harvard, 2018). *** Egalitarian modes of political argument, which flourished in the first half of the twentieth century, lost traction in the 1970s and 1980s. In those decades, according to Samuel Moyn, they were overtaken by an odd couple: “neoliberalism,” or market-oriented economic policy, and human rights, which, he thinks, embraced a politically libertarian view along with a sometimes-vacillating commitment to meeting basic needs. The story of the rise of neoliberalism is familiar. Social... more »

Did a Man Discover He Was Paying a Bridge’s Electric Bill?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
A man’s nightmare fight with an energy company to get them to stop charging his business for a Kentucky bridge’s electrical usage is true.

Were Over 500 ‘Migrant Caravaners’ Arrested with Suicide Vests?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
"ISIS soldiers" armed with suicide vests and disguised as caravaning asylum seekers are the product of a clickbaiter's invention.

Sean Hannity’s Battle of Sourcing with The New York Times

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
Sean Hannity urged his viewers to put a New York Times article on the special counsel investigation of President Donald Trump "in your fireplace and burn it."

"How It Really Will Be"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

"It Is Only When..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"Happily men don't realize how stupid they are, or half the world would commit suicide. Knowledge is a will-of-the-wisp, fluttering ever out of the traveller's reach; and a weary journey must be endured before it is even seen. It is only when a man knows a good deal that he discovers how unfathomable is his ignorance. The man who knows nothing is satisfied that there is nothing to know, consequently that he knows everything; and you may more easily persuade him that the moon is made of green cheese than that he is not omniscient." - W. Somerset Maugham

Theorising Conservative Catastrophe

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
As you may or may not know, I'm interested in and presently reading around the political sociology of the Conservative Party, a pursuit that has earned me a few funny looks on the train to and from work. Long time readers will also know I'm particularly concerned with thinking about the possibly of a terminal crisis facing the party. With membership below 100,000, an appeal largely confined to older and declining sections of the electorate, it's difficult *now* to see how they can reinvent themselves without serious bloodletting and splits. None of this was inevitable, but their st... more »

ISIS terrorists carry out gruesome execution of Syrian soldier in Yarmouk Camp

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) continued their reign of terror in the Yarmouk Camp this week, as their terrorists carried out another ruthless execution of a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldier. Using similar tactics deployed in Iraq, the Islamic State strapped the Syrian soldier with explosives around his helmet and then […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Armenia: Yerevan awaits as parliament votes for new PM

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
Thousands gathered outside of the Armenian parliament in Yerevan during the vote for a new prime minister in an extraordinary session on Tuesday. People flooded the streets of the Armenian capital carrying national flags and posters. Head of the opposition ‘Way Out’ [Yelk] Fraction Nikol Pashinyan had been nominated for the post of Prime Minister, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iran vows ‘surprising’ response to Israel amid nuclear deal tensions

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
Iranian Defense Minister Amir Khatami has commented on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement that Israel’s intelligence had obtained thousands of documents proving that Tehran has been secretly developing a nuclear weapons program. On Tuesday, Khatami slammed Netanyahu’s speech as “Israel’s provocative actions” and promised that Tehran would take actions in response. “This is our […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Fresh footage shows Syrian Army troops liberating Hajar Al-Aswad’s western farms

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Palestinian allies scored a big advance in Hajar Al-Aswad on Tuesday, liberating several areas that were under the control of the Islamic State (ISIS). Led by their 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard and 9th Division, the Syrian Arab Army liberated all of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian, Palestinian forces push into the heart of ISIL’s southern Damascus stronghold

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Palestinian allies continued their large-scale offensive inside the key town of Hajar Al-Aswad today. Backed by heavy airstrikes from the Russian Aerospace Forces, the Syrian Arab Army and their Palestinian allies managed to liberate the Al-Alaf area and Al-Bassel Garden, which are both […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syria: Convoy of evacuated militants en route from Yarmouk to Idlib (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Footage filmed from the village of Al-Eisin the southern country side of on Tuesday showed buses carrying militants and their families as their evacuation from the Yarmouk camp to the Idlib province began hours earlier. The evacuation follows the Syrian government’s evacuation deal with the Hayet Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) militant group. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Morocco severs ties with Iran over support for Polisario Front

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Morocco has decided to sever ties with Iran over their alleged support for the Polisario Front, the Moroccan Foreign stated on Tuesday, as reported by the Reuters News Agency. Morocco will be immediately closing their embassy in Tehran and expelling the Iranian ambassador in Rabat, the Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

UC San Francisco Tobacco-Funded Researchers Argue Cigarette Addiction Is More Social And Less Physical

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 7 hours ago
Many people are addicted to a stimulant. Lawyer-driven groups like Center for Science in the Public Interest have long wanted to sue coffee companies over caffeine but haven't gained much traction despite their efforts to claim it causes things like breast cancer. read more

James Comey’s Forgotten Rescue of Bush-Era Torture

James Bovard at 7 hours ago
[image: undefined] “Here I stand, I can do no other,” James Comey told President George W. Bush in 2004 when Bush pressured Comey - who was then Deputy Attorney General - to approve an unlawful antiterrorist policy. Comey, who was FBI chief from 2013 to 2017, was quoting a line reputedly uttered by Martin Luther in 1521, when he told Holy Roman Emperor Charles V that he would not recant his sweeping criticisms of the Catholic Church. Comey’s quotation of himself quoting the father of the Reformation is par for the self-reverence of his new memoir, *A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and... more »

Netanyahu's Iran Nuke Show: Should We Believe Him?

Daniel McAdams at 7 hours ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a dramatic presentation yesterday purporting to demonstrate that Iran is still at work on nuclear weapons despite being given the "all clear" numerous times by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The only problem with Netanyahu's "evidence" is that it was all from before the 2007 US National Intelligence Estimate which concluded that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program. Was Netanyahu lying to us? Tune in to today's Liberty Report:

The Coming Of An Apocalyptic Disease?

Activist Post at Activist Post - 7 hours ago
By Catherine J. Frompovich Since another journalist has ‘broken the ice’ about a matter I’ve been tracking for a while, I now feel obligated to... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 1, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., Apr. 9, 2018. (DoD/Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith) *Military.com*: *Mattis Says US Troops Will Remain in Syria, Afghanistan for Long Haul* Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that U.S. troops are in Syria and Afghanistan for the long haul to leverage a diplomatic solution to the ongoing conflicts in both countries. At an off-camera session with Pentagon reporters, Mattis strongly suggested that President Donald Trump had put aside his initial impulse for quick with... more »

Can Justice Be Blind, But Not Illiterate?

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 8 hours ago
Previous posts have discussed how the Judiciary seems unprepared for the mounting caseload of climate legal actions. Some background links are at the end, but this post is an update on two important court proceedings, thanks to Manhattan Contrarian Francis Menton. The essay is Complete Polarization In The World Of Politics: Climate Change Edition Excerpts […]

European Commission Press Release Celebrates Neonics Ban to Protect Bees

Sustainable Pulse at Sustainable Pulse - 8 hours ago
European Union Member States’ representatives in a Standing Committee on Friday backed a proposal by the European Commission to further restrict the use of three active substances (imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, known as “neonicotinoids” or “neonics”) for which a scientific review concluded that their outdoor use harms bees. Source: europa.eu The protection of bees is an important issue […] The post European Commission Press Release Celebrates Neonics Ban to Protect Bees appeared first on Sustainable Pulse.

India Could Have 120 Nuclear Weapons

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* Pakistan is worried for a reason. *India’s nuclear buildup has been relatively responsible, and the country’s No First Use policy should act to slow escalation of any conventional conflict into a nuclear one. As long as India’s nuclear deterrent remains credible, it should cause rational adversaries to think twice before edging to the nuclear threshold.* India, the world’s most populous democracy, occupies a unique strategic position flanked by powerful adversaries. As a result, its 1.3 billion people are guarded by an arsenal of approximately on... more »

There Is Only One Nation That Built Its Own Nuclear Weapons (and Gave Them Up)

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, Africa* Could it be done again? *But the case of South Africa is deeply idiosyncratic. The core national security threats to the state disappeared simultaneous to a change in the nature of the regime, making large-scale shifts in national security policy much easier than they otherwise would have been. These conditions are unlikely to be replicated in many situations involving nuclear-armed powers.* The Republic of South Africa is the only country in the world to build a nuclear weapons program, then unbuild that program after domestic and internation... more »

Russia's Deadly Su-27: The Plane That Terrifies NATO (and Buzzes Its Fighter Jets)

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, Europe* From Russia with love. *The original version of the Flanker has enjoyed tremendous export success, and still flies in eleven air forces around the world. The bulk of aircraft fly in Russian (359) and Chinese (fifty-nine) service. In some smoldering conflicts (Russia-Ukraine, Ethiopia-Eritrea, Vietnam-China) both sides fly Su-27s. Overall, 809 Flankers have entered service, plus large production orders for several variants.* To the West, most of the legendary Soviet aircraft of the Cold War came from the design bureau Mikoyan Gurevitch, which sp... more »

Pompeo All But Explicitly Attacks Tillerson in First State Department Address

Curt Mills at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Curt Mills* *Politics, North America* [image: U.S. President Donald Trump presents the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to the U.S. Military Academy football team during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington] He also announced that President Donald Trump will make his first trip to Department headquarters in Foggy Bottom on Wednesday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave short remarks to State employees Tuesday afternoon. It was his first formal address to staff as secretary, and his comments were clearly intended to contrast himself with his short-lived pred... more »

Why North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Proving Ground is Still Usable

38 North at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*38 North* *Security, Asia* 38 North looks into the issue with analysis by Frank V. Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Several media reports continue to misconstrue the meaning of “cavity collapse” and “chimney collapse” at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, concluding either that the entire test site has collapsed or that radiation is leaking into the atmosphere as a result of the September 2017 nuclear test. However, neither a “cavity collapse” nor a “chimney collapse” equates to a test site collapse, as explained in a recent *38 North* article. More importantly, neit...more »

"America's Prescription Drug Epidemic"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"America's Prescription Drug Epidemic"* by Adam Taggart "The United States has one of the highest rates in the world of prescription drug use, especially for the psychiatric and anti-anxiety drug classes: •1 in 6 Americans takes a psychiatric drug •Over a 130,000 U.S. toddlers, children between zero and five years of age, are prescribed addictive anti-anxiety drugs including the wildly-addictive and difficult to stop using benzodiazepines •A very high proportion of the school shootings in the U.S. were committed by young adults on such drugs. •The benefits of these drugs ar... more »

White House Statement Claims 'Iran Has A Robust, Clandestine Nuclear Weapons Program.' Changes It To 'Had' A Few Hours Later

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
White House published a statment in which it claimed Iran has a current clandestine nuclear weapons program. A short time later, without explanation, they released a new statment changing the tense to “had.” Here’s the original. pic.twitter.com/6ebOzyDH9u — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 1, 2018 *CNN:* *White House claims 'clerical error' led to drastic change in Iran statement* Washington (CNN)A one-letter mistake on an official White House statement led to consternation and questions about official US policy toward Iran on Monday, and a quiet correction did little to quell the ma... more »

Persisting Arctic Ice April 30

Hifast at Climate Collections - 8 hours ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: ? In April, Arctic ice extent showed typical losses, with two exceptions. Bering Sea has melted out ahead of schedule, while Barents Sea Ice is remarkably high this Spring. The image above shows Barents ice extents on day 120 from 2012 to 2018 (yesterday). Note how both shelf ice and…

Mohawk Nation News 'AFN Dance of Death Begins'

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
AFN “DANCE OF DEATH” BEGINS Posted on April 30, 2018 Please post & distribute. MNN. April 30, 2018. Carolyn Bennett, our great white auntie, is at the Hull casino feeding her spring chickens for the attempted onslaught of neo-colonial missiles against the natives. Read article at: http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2018/04/30/afn-dance-of-death-begins/

The Hill: No More Democrat Correspondents Dinners For Them

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 8 hours ago
While many continue to use the standard talking points and applaud Michelle Wolf’s vile performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner, *The Hill* reports that they are pulling out of future Correspondents Dinners saying the events cast journalism in a "poor light" and that "major changes" are needed. "We hope the dinner can get back to talking about the importance of the Fourth Estate without the kind of ugly sideshow that completely overshadowed the event this year......." "Along those lines, we will happily donate in the future to the WHCA scholarship program and hope ... more »

Trump's former doctor gets raided by Trump's former bodyguard. Feels "raped."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 8 hours ago
Courtesy of NBC News: *In February 2017, a top White House aide who was Trump's longtime personal bodyguard, along with the top lawyer at the Trump Organization and a third man, showed up at the office of Trump's New York doctor without notice and took all the president's medical records. * *The incident, which Dr. Harold Bornstein described as a "raid," took place two days after Bornstein told a newspaper that he had prescribed a hair growth medicine for the president for years. * *In an exclusive interview in his Park Avenue office, Bornstein told NBC News that he felt "raped,... more »

Reaction, Commentaries, And Analysis To Yesterday's Revelations From Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu On Iran's Nuclear Program

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*BBC*: *Iran nuclear row: Tehran says Israel's Netanyahu lied* Iran has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "liar" after he accused the country of deceiving the world about its nuclear intentions. Mr Netanyahu produced what he said were copies of Iranian files detailing a project to build nuclear weapons, which was reportedly mothballed 15 years ago. Iran said it had never sought to build a bomb when it signed an international deal to curb nuclear activity in 2015. US President Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the deal. American allies like the UK and Fra... more »

Here Are The 44 Questions That Special Counsel Robert Mueller Wants President Trump To Answer

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *REVEALED: The 44 questions Robert Mueller has handed to Trump's lawyers as part of Russia-inspired obstruction of justice investigation – as president rails against 'disgraceful' probe of 'made up, phony crime'* * Mueller recently sent the list of nearly four dozen questions to Trump's lawyers * List is a result of negotiations over topics for a potential interview with Trump * Asks about campaign 'links' with Russia, and Trump's actions after election * Focuses heavily on firing of Comey and Mike Flynn, and recusal of Jeff Sessions * Hints that a major focus of th...more »

Ohio Special Election A Week From Today-- Trump's GOP Civil Way Is Screwing It All Up For The Republicans

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
*Trying to out wing nut each other in a moderate district* On Saturday we took a look at one of the districts Republicans in the Ohio legislature has effectively gerrymandered to protect their own party, OH-12. As we said, the central Ohio district spreads out from Columbus' northern University District and the suburbs north and east of the city-- Worthington, Dubin, Westerville, New Albany, Gahanna to Delaware County in the north and way up to Mansfield and Bellville and as far east as Newark, Zanesville and beyond. The PVI is R+7, safe for the GOP in any cycle except one with a Tr... more »

As Caravan Members Await Processing, Some Charged With Entering U.S. Illegally

Warren Mass at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: as-caravan-members-await-processing-some-charged-with-entering-u-s-illegally] As members of the migrant caravan waited to be admitted for asylum processing, the DOJ issued complaints against 11 individuals accused of crossing the border illegally.

James Comey, Deep-state Operative

William F. Jasper at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: james-comey-deep-state-operative] James Comey and the higher powers in the shadows to whom he is loyal are not only morally unfit, but are an existential threat to our nation and our liberty.

Falling From the Faith

James Heiser at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: falling-from-the-faith] A much-cited research scientist relates his experiences after finding abundant evidence that his religion — atheistic evolution — doesn’t explain the origins of life.

Whispers on India joining China's Belt and Road initiative

bilaterals.org - 9 hours ago
01-May-2018 Did Prime Minister Modi and China's President Xi Jinping agree at Wuhan that India would quietly join projects linked to China's Belt and Road Initiative, while formally opposing the China Pakistan Economic Corridor which cuts through PoK?

The Second Republican Revival

Guest Blogger at Balkinization - 9 hours ago
K. Sabeel Rahman and Ganesh Sitaraman As questions of economic inequality have taken center stage in American politics, there has been a growing interest among public law scholars in questions of power, institutional design, inequality, and political economy. Scholars like Zephyr Teachout, Larry Lessig, Yasmin Dawood, and others have used concepts like domination and corruption to diagnose problems of oligarchy, inequality, and the failures of our campaign finance system. Professors Joey Fishkin, Willy Forbath, for example, have explored the concepts of domination and power through... more »

Did Paul Ryan Nominate Joel Osteen for House Chaplain?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
Rumors about the outgoing House Speaker tapping the televangelist originated with a satirical post on a message board.

Was Hillary Clinton Killed Filming a Documentary in Missouri?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
Hillary Clinton is being killed at an alarming rate, by many different means in a variety of locations.

QotD: On giving 'offence'

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
*“Those who are determined to be ‘offended’ will discover a provocation somewhere. We cannot possibly adjust enough to please the fanatics, and it is degrading to make the attempt.” * ~ Christopher Hitchens . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with link and attribution.

BREAKING: Tampon-based insults produce hot debate!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018We simply aren't up to this task:* Michelle Wolf's string of sex-based insults has generated a fascinating discussion about the role of comedy, and its near imitations, within our failing culture. Might we note an unfortunate anthropological fact? As a species, we simply aren't up to the task of running a modern democracy. We may seem equipped to handle that task when things are going reasonably well. At highly tribal times like these, our fundamental lack of skill may start announcing itself. Tomorrow, we want to take a look at some of Wolf's specific remark... more »

April 31: Very Dangerous Times

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 10 hours ago
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/caravan-migrants-central-america-legal-counselling-1.4640333 Wars, poverty, imperial exploitations have created tens of millions of refugees and immigrants. And we are going to see many, many times that as world starvation and climate change kick in even more seriously. Climate change is already causing disastrous food shortages. And those are going to get much, much worse as our tens of millions of refugees become hundreds of millions and even billions. It's already causing water shortages, too, including some in the U.S. which will almost certainly g... more »

Happy May Day, Especially for K-12 Teachers

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
May Day is an ancient holiday commemorating spring that was appropriated by American workers in the nineteenth century as their International Workers' Day. Today on May 1 I would like to acknowledge and honor all those workers, especially teachers, demonstrating for fair pay and working conditions in an environment of declining living standards for the vast majority of the workers in industrialized nations. Teachers everywhere who strive to enlighten and support their students deserve recognition and honor, but in the US we compensate our teachers less on average than just about e... more »

Dissent Over Results Of Federal CLARITY-BPA Study

Geoffrey Kabat at Science 2.0 blogs - 10 hours ago
Last week, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina held a meeting to discuss the results of a 30-million-dollar fede read more


Anon at Aangirfan - 10 hours ago
Above, we see Sajid Javid, from Rochdale. *Sajid Javid is now the UK government minister responsible for the security service MI5.* *Sajid Javid, from Rochdale, the base of Cyril Smith.* In April 2018, Sajid Javid became the UK Home Secretary. *Sajid Javid, Rothschild's man?* At a Conservative Friends of Israel lunch in 2012, Javid said that "if he had to leave Britain to live in the Middle East, then* he would choose Israel as home*." Only there, he said, would his children feel the 'warm embrace of freedom and liberty'".[32] *Home Secretar Sajid Javid.* Sajid Javid was ... more »

Teen’s Chinese Prom Dress Sparks Firestorm as Americans Stay Silent on Killing of Kids in Middle East

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: prom] What if Americans were as outraged about their government disrespecting cultures in the Middle East by killing innocent civilians as they were when they believed a teenage girl was disrespecting Chinese culture with her prom dress? The post Teen’s Chinese Prom Dress Sparks Firestorm as Americans Stay Silent on Killing of Kids in Middle East appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Propane, Global Warming & Corruption

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 10 hours ago
The individual propane tank lets small entrepreneurs bypass some of the attention of governments as applied to utilities. Is this part of the reason we see so many propane tanks used for cooking fuel in the middle east and other 2nd / 3rd world places? As electricity costs reach crazy levels, will we see that in The West too? Continue reading →

The Unconstitutional Attack on Syria

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 10 hours ago
Trump did not seek a congressional declaration of war, nor did he comply with the U.N. Charter, a treaty to which both the U.S. and Syria are signatories.

Bill Cosby Convicted: Are We Seeing A Shift In What The Powerful Elite Can Get Away With?

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 10 hours ago
Are recent awareness movements such as #MeToo emblematic of a larger shift in our consciousness?

Heavenletters: Anything is Possible Right Now

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 10 hours ago
You fear you will not be what you call realistic.

Have You Spiritually Outgrown the Matrix Yet?

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 10 hours ago
The crux of the matrix is distraction.

Internal Emails Show FDA is Withholding the Fact that Foods in Your Pantry are Laced with Toxic Weedkiller

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 10 hours ago
Glyphosate has been found in a wide array of popular foods.

What will the U.S. do at the UN’s climate “semi-summit”?

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 11 hours ago
The question is what, if anything, will Pompeo do about the Bonn semi-summit? So far the answer is nothing. The US negotiating team is still basically unchanged from the Obama era. It is led by Obama appointee Trigg Talley.

Russian Fighter Jet Buzzes US Spy Plane Over The Baltic Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*FOX News:** Russian fighter jet buzzes US military spy plane over Baltic Sea, officials say* A Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. military spy plane in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday morning, two defense officials told Fox News. The Russian Su-27 jet performed a “safe” but “unprofessional” intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane while flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. The Russian jet came within about 20 feet of the U.S. Navy aircraft, but the American pilots told officials they never felt threatened or unsafe. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor:* Being 20 feet ... more »

Dennis Rodman Comments On Current U.S. - Korean Relations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Newsweek:* *Dennis Rodman Says Kim Jong Un Had 'Change of Heart' After Reading Trump's Book* Former NBA star Dennis Rodman—the unsanctioned, amateur American ambassador to North Korea—said his meetings with Kim Jong Un brought “awareness” to the U.S. which has helped usher in the upcoming nuclear talks. Although Trump has previously ridiculed both Rodman and Kim Jong Un, the U.S. president's most recent comments suggest he wants to help lead a proposed nuclear meeting. Speaking with TMZ Monday, Rodman said he gave the supreme leader of North Korea a copy of President Donald Tru... more »

Did the NRA Ban Guns at Their Own Leadership Forum?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Some gun control advocates misrepresented security measures imposed by the Secret Service, not the NRA, at a May 2018 event.

Was a Hearse Towed Away During the Middle of a Funeral?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
An image purportedly showing a depressing event actually shows a group of actors filming a scene for a television show.

CEO Caught on TV Singing ‘We’re in the Money’ After Takeover

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
The CEO of British supermarket chain Sainsbury's has apologized after being caught on camera singing 'We're in the Money' following the purchase of Walmart's British unit, Asda.

Latest Poll Shows Millennials Turning Away From Democrats

Bob Adelmann at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: latest-poll-shows-millennials-turning-away-from-democrats] A Reuters/Ipsos poll of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34 showed their support for the Democrat Party slipping by a significant nine percentage points, to 46, down from 55 two years ago.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 11 hours ago
Remember Harold Bornstein, the long-haired doctor who told us all during the campaign that Trump's health was "astonishingly excellent"? NBC News reports that Trump thugs raided his office last year: *Trump doc says Trump bodyguard, lawyer 'raided' his office, took medical files* In February 2017, a top White House aide who was Trump's longtime personal bodyguard, along with the top lawyer at the Trump Organization and a third man, showed up at the office of Trump's New York doctor without notice and took all the president's medical records. The incident, which Dr. Harold Bornstei... more »

A Story of Anxiety

cmaadmin at Diverse - 11 hours ago
Asian Americans are the least likely student group to seek mental health care on college campuses.

Bibi baby

Gilad Atzmon at The Truthseeker - 11 hours ago
Yesterday PM Netanyahu provided a fascinating glimpse into a psychotic tribal mind.

Pizza gets complicated sometimes

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 11 hours ago
Received via e-mail, origin unknown (clickit to biggit): The Texas pizza illustration is a dead libel, I'll have you know. There are a couple of pizzerias within striking distance of my home where the pizza is to die for. I don't know about Boston, though . . . do they serve baked beans with their tacos? Peter

"I Hope I End Up..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
"I don't want to pass through life like a smooth plane ride. All you do is get to breathe and copulate and finally die. I don't want to go with the smooth skin and the calm brow. I hope I end up a blithering idiot cursing the sun- hallucinating, screaming, giving obscene and inane lectures on street corners and public parks. People will walk by and say, "Look at that drooling idiot. What a basket case." I will turn and say to them, "It is you who are the basket case! For every moment you hated your job, cursed your wife and sold yourself to a dream that you didn't even conceive. For... more »

Facial Recognition For ALL International Inbound and Outbound Passengers Begins at Orlando Airport — Data Retained for “75 Years”

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By Nicholas West It’s a trend that is quickly becoming accepted reality – biometric identification at U.S. airports. However, until now, it has been marketed... more »

Businesses Will Use Facial Biometrics to Create Their Own Watch Lists

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By MassPrivateI All across the country businesses are being encouraged to use facial recognition to identify everyone. Companies like DeepCam, have been been secretly working for three years,... more »

Police Cadets Quit, Expose Dept. for Training Cops to View Public as “Cockroaches” They’re at War With

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By Jack Burns It takes at least four years of college for an enlisted person in the military to become a military “officer,” which is... more »

Dial T for Tyranny: While America Feuds, the Police State Shifts Into High Gear

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By John Whitehead “Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates... more »

US Claims of “Russian Meddling” Exposes Its Own Global Meddling

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By Tony Cartalucci After well over a year of accusing the Russian government of interfering in the 2016 US presidential elections, the Federal Bureau of... more »

The Last Days of the Iran Deal?

dstuster at Lawfare - 11 hours ago
*France, Germany, and Israel Make Closing Arguments to Trump on Iran Deal* With Donald Trump’s May 12 deadline for deciding whether or not to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action closing in, advocates and critics of the agreement are making their case to the president. Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the White House to encourage Trump to remain in the agreement. Neither came away optimistic about the deal’s prospects: Merkel said that after she presented her arguments Trump responded “exactly as she expected” ... more »

Dear Media: Stop Turning Every Twitter Flame War Into National News

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 11 hours ago
A few days ago a girl in Utah posted some pictures of her prom night on Twitter. She was wearing a red Cheongsam, a beautiful traditional Chinese dress that she had found at a vintage store in downtown Salt Lake City. Naturally, someone dimwit with no social life on Twitter (a male at that) just had to *say something about it*: “My culture is NOT your …. prom dress,” a man named Jeremy Lam tweeted days later, sharing the photos she posted. “I’m proud of my culture, including the extreme barriers marginalized people within that culture have had to overcome those obstacles,” Lam als... more »

South Korean Reports: North Korean Leader Kim Has Reportedly Agreed To Meet President Trump At The DMZ

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*CNN:** Kim Jong Un agrees to meet Donald Trump at DMZ, source says* South Korean President Moon Jae-in has convinced North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to hold his upcoming meeting with US President Donald Trump at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, a source tells CNN. Moon and Kim met at the same location in Panmunjom last Friday, a historically significant event that was televised worldwide and led to an agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and formally end the Korean War. There is a "strong possibility" the summit will be held at the site, with some even... more »

BREAKING: Japanese breasts and Hawkeye hookups!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018Chozick's hymen repair:* Long ago and far away, the Wall Street Journal assigned Amy Chozick to cover the Clinton campaign, starting with the Iowa caucus. It was October 2007. Chozick, 28 at the time, didn't know what a caucus was, or at least so she says. More remarkably, she says the name Barack Obama "sounded only vaguely familiar." In her new book, Chasing Hillary, she claims that she actually stood and applauded when Candidate Clinton came on stage at the first town hall she covered. A reporter for the Chicago Tribune dragged her back into her seat. We'r... more »

“’Big Mac Index’ Suggests America in Decade-long Depression”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“’Big Mac Index’ Suggests America in Decade-long Depression”* Written by Peter Diekmeyer “U.S. GDP grew at a 4.6% clip in current dollar terms during the first quarter, according to U.S. Government officials at the Bureau of Economic Analysis. On the surface, the data makes sense. Businesses across the country saw sales rise. Workers got salary increases. Trump must be right, America is becoming great again, the experts seem to suggest. But are they right? Not if you measure U.S. economic output based on the number of Big Macs the country’s annual GDP can buy. Measured that way, A... more »

The most unlikely animal to lead a food revolution

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 11 hours ago
By Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, with editing support from Ronnie Cummins The chicks have arrived! A 6 a.m. phone call from the Northfield, Minnesota, post office alerted Eric Foster and others at the Main Street Project to the arrival of the first training flock of 2018. A new cohort of aspiring Latino farmers from the south-central region of

Armenia's "Velvet Revolution": Rockers and Revolutions

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
I’d been hoping to get to this sooner but time wasn’t on my side the last week. So here it is, finally. After taking a bit of time to conduct varying searches connected to the Armenian coup- it was hard to not notice that was a certain NGO that kept coming up. *The NGO known as the Union of Concerned Citizens* *“The Union of Informed Citizens cooperates with all the well-known media and human rights organizations in Armenia.Independent Media outlets are our most important partners. We distribute our studies and publications through them to the wider public.”* Keeping the abov... more »

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