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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.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

12 May Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:08 pm MDT

Two US F-22 jets escort Russia’s Tu-95 aircraft – Russian Defense Ministry

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
Russia’s Tupolev Tu-95 aircraft were escorted by two F-22 jets of the US Air Force at some section of the route, which did not approach them closer than 100 meters, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Saturday. He noted that “the Tu-95MS strategic bombers operated by the [Russian] Aerospace Forces and the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US-led Coalition strikes 2 Syrian villages, up to 17 civilians killed – reports

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
According to reports by the Syria Satellite Channel, 17 people have been killed due to two airstrikes conducted by the US-led coalition against the villages Hidaj and Hamadi in the south of the Al-Hasakah region. Previously, state TV had reported that 8 people were killed during the incident. Previously this month, 25 civilians were killed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Largest rebel convoy leaves north Homs to Syria’s north

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:15 P.M.) – Rebel fighters in north Homs continue to hand over their weapons before embarking in a one-way trip to the country’s north as per a deal with the Syrian government. Up to 140 buses entered the insurgent-held pocket to carry out the evacuation of thousands of militants and their families who […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

VIDEO: Car bomb rocks Kurdish-held Raqqa in northern Syria

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:35 P.M.) – A booby-trapped vehicle left by the defeated Islamic State exploded today in the Syrian city of Raqqa, killing and injuring several people. A bulldozer was cleaning rubbles when it hit a VBIED buried under the wreckage of a bombed-out building. The blast killed 2 and 3 others in the Kurdish-controlled […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

South Damascus Map Update: Syrian Army makes fresh advance in ISIS enclave

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:15 P.M.) – Heavy artillery and rocket shelling, as well as precise airstrikes has propelled the Syrian forces to score another advance inside the last ISIS-held pocket in southern Damascus. According to a military source, the government troops managed today to liberate several building blocks, including the Educational Development Center, located in the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian air defense system destroyed by Israel was allegedly unarmed

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
During an overnight raid on purported Iranian positions in Syria, Israeli rockets hit a Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery system. A Russian military correspondent, Alexander Kots, has uploaded a picture of a Syrian air defense system, a Pantsir-S1, eliminated by the Israeli airstrikes. “It’s written here that all the missiles had been fired (this […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian strategic bombers conduct flights over Arctic Ocean

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
Russia’s Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers and Tupolev Tu-142 anti-submarine aircraft have conducted routine flights over the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. “The Aerospace Forces’ Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers and the Navy’s Tu-142 anti-submarine aircraft have conducted routine flights over the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

UK’s Erasue to Perform at Vivo Rio Arena on Saturday, May 12th

Contributing Reporter at The Rio Times - 12 hours ago
By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Fans of pure eighties pop music will be rubbing their hands together in glee as legendary London two-piece Erasure are playing a midnight show on Saturday, May 12th, at Rio’s Vivo Rio Arena. Andy Bell and Vince Clarke are making a stopover in Rio de […]

Rio Nightlife Guide for Saturday, May 12, 2018

Beatriz Miranda at The Rio Times - 12 hours ago
We have the top three picks for this Saturday, and below there is a list of bars and pubs that are always a good option. LIVE: Academia da Berlinda + Los Sebozos Postizos (Lapa) – Tonight, two great bands from the Brazilian independent music scene will be starring at Circo Voador, at 10PM. Los Sebozos […]

Palestinians Are Now Launching Waves Of Kites With Molotov Cocktails Across The Gaza Border Into Israel

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
A kite marked with a swastika carrying a petrol bomb flying across the Gaza border into Israel on April 20, 2018 (IDF spokesman) The Warzone/The Drive: *Palestinians Now Sending Waves Of Incendiary Kites Across Gaza Border* *The asymmetric warfare tactic may look laughable at first glance but it's proving to be devastatingly effective against Israeli farms and forests.* As part of the latest flare-up (literally) in the never-ending Palestinian-Israel conflict, kites carrying incendiary payloads are being sent from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, setting off a scourge of hig... more »

North Korea invites journalists to witness closure of nuclear sites

Matfey Shaheen at The Duran - 12 hours ago
This comes in advance with Kim's meeting with Trump More The post North Korea invites journalists to witness closure of nuclear sites appeared first on The Duran.

John Simpson's Point of View on Iran

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
Those cavorting Iranian conservatives in "their robes" Here's a sighing op-ed from from the BBC's World Affairs Editor on *Today* this morning. In it John Simpson (for it is he) expresses his view that the picture of Iran as painted by Donald Trump and the Israelis "in particular" is partial; that media coverage of Iran has been poor; that President Rouhani of Iran is essentially a good thing; and that President Trump's decision to drop the Iran nuclear deal is very much a bad thing: *John Humphrys*: With the aftershocks of President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iranian n... more »

More than half of smart meters ‘go dumb’ after switching

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood The smart meter programme stumbles from crisis to crisis: Hundreds of thousands of people with smart meters have been unable to switch supplier without their meter “going dumb”. The £11bn smart meter roll-out was meant to make things simpler for customers and reduce energy usage, but many of those […]

WATCH: Cop Savagely Beats His Own Daughter at School, and No One Tries to Stop Him

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: daughter] A police officer was caught on surveillance camera beating, slapping, and whipping his teenage daughter at her school, while office employees watched and did nothing to intervene. The post WATCH: Cop Savagely Beats His Own Daughter at School, and No One Tries to Stop Him appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

It’s 2018, and Only ONE State in the US Has Outlawed Grown Men Marrying Little Girls

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: child] There is now a law in one state that bans child marriage, seeking to end a disgusting trend that has impacted children as young as 10 years old. The post It’s 2018, and Only ONE State in the US Has Outlawed Grown Men Marrying Little Girls appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Chinese President Xi's Book On His Remarks On 'National Security' Has Been Posted

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Chinese President Xi *New York Times:* *What Keeps Xi Jinping Awake at Night* BEIJING — As the leader of the world’s most populous country and biggest communist party, China’s president, Xi Jinping, has plenty to worry about, and a new book sheds light on what probably keeps him up at night. The recently released 272-page book of Mr. Xi’s remarks on “national security” includes previously unreleased comments that give a starker view of the president’s motivations than found in most Communist Party propaganda. Here is a selection. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor:* President Xi's 272-... more »

Kanye, Candice Owens, Diamond and Silk are the Best Weapons Against Climate Change Folly

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 12 hours ago
We at CO2isLife have always maintained that CO2 driven Climate Change isn’t a real scientific issue, it is a classic Progressive Political Campaign. CAGW is red meat for the environmentalist wing of the Democratic Party, a wing that has far more clout than the most import wing of the Democratic Party…the black vote. Misguided environmental groups fund … Continue reading "Kanye, Candice Owens, Diamond and Silk are the Best Weapons Against Climate Change Folly"

Swamp Times A Billion: Michael Cohen + Nicholas Mastroianni, The Worst Of Long Island

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
*Mastroianni* In 2016 *DWT* looked closely, over the months, at a vile character named Nicholas Mastroianni, a real crook. He was the biggest financier of Patrick Murphy's ill-fated campaign-- other than Murphy's own father-- for Senate. Mastroianni contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars to both parties, especially to the most corrupt politicians, Debbie Wasserman Schultz being one of his favorites-- as well as Charlie Crist, Chuck Schumer, Donald Trump... he always manages to find the worst of the worst. These corrupt politicians continued backing pay-for-play with him, even ... more »

Should America Be Blamed For Iran's Aggression Towards Israel?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
"It's unbelievable that some would try to blame the United States for Iran's actions," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert says when asked about the purported Iranian strikes on Golan Heights https://t.co/3xFAPdBInr https://t.co/7vEFYKf0wD — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 11, 2018 *PJ Media:* *CNN's Cuomo Asks if America Should Be Blamed for Iranian Aggression Toward Israel* If you have to choose one aspect of the liberal worldview to hate the most, it should be that impulse to blame bad, negative reactions to sound policy on the sound policy, rather than the bad actor.... more »

BREAKING: Chozick addresses Chelsea's hair!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018The Dowdism crept, then took hold:* In recent weeks, we've done a series of reports about Amy Chozick's horrific but revealing new book. Chasing Hillary. The book is gruesome, but it provides a fascinating look at the intellectual and moral horizons of the Hamptons-based coven which produces the New York Times. Just consider the last pair of questions Isaac Chotiner posed. Isaac Chotiner's aim was true when he interviewed Chozick for Slate. He zeroed in on her remarkable portrait of the Times politics editor, Carolyn Ryan, who would leap across her desk in ... more »

Verizon’s Oath to Read All Your Yahoo and AOL Emails

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 13 hours ago
*21WIRE + PJ Media* | Here's the worst part, if that wasn't bad enough... more »

WSJ: FBI Stonewalled House Intel Committee to Cover Up a Spy in the Trump Campaign

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: wsj-fbi-stonewalled-house-intel-committee-to-cover-up-a-spy-in-the-trump-campaign] In the midst of the ongoing strategy of delay and obstruction on the part of Deep State operatives in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI — which bent rules well past the breaking point to keep the House Intelligence Committee in the dark about facts relevant to its investigation of DOJ and FBI handling of alleged Trump/Russia collusion — the other shoe has finally dropped. It appears the FBI had a spy in the Trump campaign.

Review Shultz Jr., Richard, The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
*Review Shultz Jr., Richard, **The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda**, Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2013* *The Marines Take Anbar*is a good read on the struggles the Marine Corps went through in Anbar from 2004-2008, but it is not without faults. The book starts with the Marines first several years in Iraq where they had a hard time finding the right tactics, doctrine, and manpower to deal with Anbar. It wasn’t until 2006 that the Corps was able to turn things around by embracing a strategy focused upon protecting the population. That coincided with som... more »

Saturday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 13 hours ago
Assorted content for your weekend reading. - Alan Freeman discusses the U.S.' decline based on anti-tax dogma - and warns of the same result in Canada if we don't stand up for our collective interests: The U.S. has always been a capitalist society but it always believed in meritocratic principles, allowing smart, hard-working individuals to advance through strong public schools and publicly-funded state universities. That’s all but disappeared now as is social mobility in the U.S. Better chance of getting ahead if you’re a child of immigrants in Canada than south of the border. I’... more »

This Day In Iraqi History - May 12

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
1920 US protested to UK about San Remo agreement that divided up Iraq’s oil between UK and France saying London promised open door policy in region 1941 Soviet Union recognized PM Gaylani’s govt 1941 British reinforcements from Palestine and Transjordan attacked by a German bomber 1941 German air force liaison officer killed while trying to land in Baghdad during dog fight between Iraqi and British fighter planes 1941 PM Gaylani told German ambassador to Turkey made offer to be middleman with England Gaylani feared Ankara would interv... more »

EU Statement Opposing U.S. Embassy Move Is Blocked By Hungary, Czech Republic, And Romania

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Reuters *Axios:* *EU statement opposing U.S. embassy move is blocked* Hungary, the Czech Republic and Romania, in coordination with Israel, today blocked a joint EU statement criticizing the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli officials and European diplomats told me. Behind the scenes: The initiative to publish the statement was led by France and several other EU member states. Israeli officials say the goal was to present to the U.S. a common position against the move by all 28 member states, and to embarrass and isolate the Trump administration ahead of Monday'... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin All 3519 Ads Russia Used to Troll US Election Great Green Wall of Africa News that's a little more encouraging than banning plastic straws Trump's legal team thinks unlikely developments in Paul Manafort's case could flip Mueller's investigation on its head Elon Musk Releases Video Of First Completed "Loop" Tunnel Under Los Angeles UK Proposes Prison Time For Offensive Online Posts "Hate crime relates to the perception of victims or other individuals when the motivation for criminal offences has demonstrable hostility towards a person’s ‘protected characteristics’ ... more »

Report from Russia

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
By Regis Tremblay Six days in Moscow. Watching the news from over here. Very discouraging. From the EU comes news how they are angry that Trump (US neocons) pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement. They are figuring out 1) they can't trust their American masters, 2) they must take their own interests first, 3) they have to avoid war. 4) because of US wars of regime change in Iraq, Libya, and Syria, millions of "immigrants" have flooded the EU and are causing havoc and chaos. In Sweden they are experiencing a 160% increase in violent crime over one year. The same is true in German... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Here's a transcription of part of last night's *Newsnight*. As well as (hopefully) being interesting in itself (if you like that kind of thing), I think it shows Emily Maitlis tripping herself up, with help from a Polish politician, over the issue of BBC impartiality. The central exchange went as follows: *Emily Maitlis*: When you talk about clarification, *the European Commission have said your reforms mean the judiciary is now under political control of your ruling party*. They can't tolerate that. *Krzysztof Szczerski*: That was not the aim of the reforms, to make it politici... more »

Members-Only Newsletter Preview: The Way Violence Engulfs Us

Shadowproof at Shadowproof - 14 hours ago
In this edition of Shadowproof’s weekly member newsletter, we highlight Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay’s film, “You Were Never Really Here,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, which was released in April. Joe (Phoenix), an Afghanistan War veteran, works as a hitman while taking care of his elderly mother. He is offered a job The post Members-Only Newsletter Preview: The Way Violence Engulfs Us appeared first on Shadowproof.

Open Rebellion? Europe Signals Patience Drying Up as US Re-Imposes Harmful Iran Sanctions

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 14 hours ago
Open Rebellion? Europe Signals Patience Drying Up as US Re-Imposes Harmful Iran Sanctions by https://www.rt.com/ Europeans are angry over the latest US-imposed set of sanctions harming EU interests in the wake of Donald Trump quitting the Iran nuclear deal. The EU needs to decide whether to finally stand up for itself, analysts told RT. – Aside […]

‘Goodbye Europe!’ Der Spiegel Depicts Trump as Middle Finger Flipping Off EU Amid Iran Deal Tensions

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 14 hours ago
‘Goodbye Europe!’ Der Spiegel Depicts Trump as Middle Finger Flipping Off EU Amid Iran Deal Tensions by https://www.rt.com/ German magazine Der Spiegel has released its new issue, with a cover featuring Donald Trump on a middle finger, flipping the bird. It comes just days after the US angered Europe by walking away from the Iran nuclear […]

EU Wants to Keep Iran Nuclear Deal in Place — Europe & USA Heading for Showdown

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 14 hours ago
I am not so sure that the JCPOA agreement is contractually valid any more as the main/major signing party USA has refused to abide by it. Contractually, I do not believe Iran is obligated to fulfill the conditions in the JCPOA. Ie. There is no legal case for saying Iran must abide by the JCPOA. […]

To cover a protest or not to cover a protest....

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
The BBC News website currently has a UK political protest as one of its lead stories: What protests, marches and demonstrations the BBC chooses to cover is a hot issue these days. Those whose protests don't get reported can become very angry at the BBC, and the BBC is facing more and more accusations of 'BBC bias' as a result - especially when other much (like this one) are given ample coverage? Back in March the BBC's almost non-existent coverage of a day of anti-Brexit marches provoked a social media storm (starring Lord Adonis). And a couple of weekends ago a pro-Scottish ind... more »

"But it isn't looking good Caroline"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Barbara Plett Usher Here's the very start of BBC Radio 4's *PM* on Tuesday: *Carolyn Quinn*: Will America stick with the Iran nuclear deal? In two hours time we'll find out from President Trump. Reporting live from Washington, Barbara Plett-Usher: *Barbara Plett Usher*: We don't know exactly what the President is going to say, but it isn't looking good Caroline. The latest reports say he's told the French president he'll withdraw from the accord. "...but *it isn't looking good* Caroline* (sic)*" isn't looking particularly impartial either, is it?

The Coming War Against Iran

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
By John Kiriakou I spent nearly 15 years in the CIA. I like to think that I learned something there. I learned how the federal bureaucracy works. I learned that cowboys in government – in the CIA and elsewhere around government – can have incredible power over the creation of policy. I learned that the CIA will push the envelope of legality until somebody in a position of authority pushes back. I learned that the CIA can wage war without any thought whatsoever as to how things will work out in the end. There’s never an exit strategy. I learned all of that firsthand in the run-up... more »

For Sale: Cliff-Top Boutique Spa-Hotel in Rio R$9.5MM

Classifieds at The Rio Times - 14 hours ago
Fabulous New Cliff-Top Boutique Spa-Hotel in Rio R$9.5M This stunning boutique hotel is located just 80kms from Rio de Janeiro in the Ponta Negra neighborhood of Marica. It is a 1hr 20 minute drive from the capital and the resort is very popular for middle class Cariocas during the summer season. This Spa Hotel and […]

Guys, I have an idea where that money may have come from

Yastreblyansky at No More Mister Nice Blog - 14 hours ago
Doonbeg Golf Course, County Clare, via RTE. Among all the week's crazy news stories, this one, from Jonathan O'Connell, David A. Fahrenthold and Jack Gillum at the Washington Post last Saturday (and reinforced by the WNYC/Pro Publica Trump Inc. project), got a little lost: In the nine years before he ran for president, Donald Trump’s company spent more than $400 million in cash on new properties — including 14 transactions paid for in full, without borrowing from banks — during a buying binge that defied real estate industry practices and Trump’s own history as the self-described ... more »

Open Source Science is an Idea Whose Time Has Come

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 14 hours ago
I’m glad to see the spotlight being shown on the problem of “secret science” and “data sequestration.” I have personal experience with this issue. I once questioned Dr. Lonnie Thompson as to why he wouldn’t release his data to Steve McIntyre of Hockeystick debunking fame. I naively thought that any real scientist would appreciate the ruthless … Continue reading "Open Source Science is an Idea Whose Time Has Come"

NFL Proves Loyalty to Big Pharma, Forces Players to Use Opioids Instead of Cannabis

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: nfl] The NFL has denied a player's request to use medicinal cannabis, forcing him to use highly addictive opioid painkillers to treat his chronic pain if he wants to continue playing football. The post NFL Proves Loyalty to Big Pharma, Forces Players to Use Opioids Instead of Cannabis appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Churches Across US Make Pact To Stop Calling The Police—Showing They Don’t Need Them

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: churches] A growing number of churches are refusing to call the police, choosing instead to seek to de-escalate situations with nonviolent alternatives. The post Churches Across US Make Pact To Stop Calling The Police—Showing They Don’t Need Them appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Weekend reads: Vaccine-neurological damage paper retracted under protest; buy a PhD thesis for $10,000; retraction by press release?

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
Before we present this week’s Weekend Reads, a question: Do you enjoy our weekly roundup? If so, we could really use your help. Would you consider a tax-deductible donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured a three-part series about what happened when a team tried … Continue reading Weekend reads: Vaccine-neurological damage paper retracted under protest; buy a PhD thesis for $10,000; retraction by press release?

Is China's Tech Giant ZTE The First Victim Of The U.S. - China 'Cold War'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Seattle Times/New York Times*: *Chinese tech giant ZTE may be 1st victim in a new cold war * The Chinese firm ZTE said it had ceased “major operating activities” after the Trump administration banned the company last month from using components made in the United States. Not Apple. Not Huawei. The first casualty of the high-tech cold war between the United States and China might be the biggest electronics maker you have never heard of. The Chinese firm ZTE said Wednesday it had ceased “major operating activities” after the Trump administration banned the company last month from... more »

China And Russia Are Rushing To Build The Next Generation Of Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A MiG-31 interceptor equipped with the supersonic Kinzhal missile. © Yevgeniy Biyatov / Sputnik *USNI News:* *Pentagon Research Chief Nominee: China, Russia Racing to Develop Next Generation Weapon Technology* The nominee for the Pentagon’s first research and engineering chief warned a Senate panel that China and Russia risk outpacing the U.S. in key technology areas like artificial intelligence and hypersonic. Former defense executive, DARPA program manager and NASA associate administrator Lisa Porter told the Senate Armed Services Committee said platforms like U.S. aircraft car... more »

Two Russian Strategic Bombers Escorted By U.S. F-22s Off The Coast Of Alaska

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
FILE PHOTO: A 3rd Wing F-22 Raptor escorts a Russian Air Force Tu-95 Bear bomber near Nunivak Island, 2007 © U.S. Air Force *CNN:* *US stealth fighters intercept Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska* Two Russian TU-95 "Bear" bombers were intercepted by US F-22 stealth fighters in international airspace off the coast of Alaska on Friday, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command. The Russian long-range bombers flew into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends approximately 200 miles off Alaska's western coast. "At approximately 10 a.m. ET, two Alaskan-bas... more »

France Is Building a New Nuclear Powered Submarine. Here Is What It Can Do.

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Europe* Your guide to this new sub. France has ordered a new nuclear-powered attack submarine. Following a May 2 ministerial investment meeting presided over by Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly, Paris announced that it was purchasing a fifth *Barracuda* nuclear attack submarine, *Defense News* reported. The decision came after the French Navy Chief of Staff Adm. Christophe Prazuck told parliament last October that he expected the fifth submarine to be ordered sometime in 2018. In addition, the draft 2019–2025 military budget plan that was released ... more »

China's Laser Guns: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Them

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Asia* But were afraid to ask. The Pentagon announced earlier this month that it had issued a diplomatic demarche in response to multiple incidents in which Chinese personnel had directed high-power “military grade” lasers at U.S. aircraft operating around Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, which is located less than a mile away from a new Chinese base. One of the attacks had caused “minor eye injuries’ to two C-130 Hercules transport pilots, who experienced dizziness and continued to see ‘rings’ well after they had landed. A new policy requires pilots wea... more »

How the Allies Bombed Nazi Germany Back to the Stone Age

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* Some thought of it as revenge. Some felt it was immoral. Behind the strategy that governed the American air war in Europe during World War II lay events and ideas that dated back to World War I and the 1920s. The first strategic bombing raid in 1915 deployed not airplanes but German Zeppelins, rigid airships that dumped ordnance on the east coast of Great Britain. Two years later Germany’s Gotha bomber, a machine capable of a round trip from Belgian bases, struck at Folkestone, a port through which British soldiers embarked for the fro... more »

Is China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Training to Fight the U.S. Navy?

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Asia* Recent reports suggest it might be possible. China has sent its most advanced fighter jet on a new kind of training mission. This week Chinese state media reported, citing a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force spokesperson, that its J-20 is undergoing an at sea training program. “The J-20 has conducted a combat training mission in sea areas for the first time, and this has further strengthened the comprehensive combat capability of the PLA Air Force,” Shen Jinke, the PLAAF spokesperson, was quoted as saying. He added that the J-20 has alrea... more »

Connecticut votes to end costly solar subsidies

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 15 hours ago
Despite vehement opposition from the solar industry lobby, the bill sailed through both chambers of Connecticut’s legislature, passing the state Senate by a vote of 29-3 before passing the House 100-45 in the same week. Malloy, the state’s outgoing Democratic governor, is widely expected to turn the bill into law given his office introduced the measure.

Letter Attempting To Seal Information Offers Hints That Allegations Against NY Attorney General Schneiderman Were Trumped Up

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 15 hours ago
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was one of the only people willing and able to protect the environment, including … Continue reading →

U.S. Central Command General Votel: Taliban 'Cannot Win Militarily' In Afghanistan. Iran's Strukes Against Israel Dangerous

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*RFE:** U.S. General Says Taliban 'Cannot Win Militarily' In Afghanistan * The leader of the U.S. Central Command says the Taliban in Afghanistan “cannot win militarily” despite an uptick in attacks launched by the militants. General Joseph Votel made the remark during a visit to Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, on May 11. "The message I would send to the Taliban is that they cannot win militarily. The international coalition, led by the United States, is focused on providing the military pressure, in conjunction with social pressure and diplomatic pressure, that will force them t...more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Horrifying video shows daycare teacher instructing kids to THROW ROCKS at their 4-year-old classmate 'to teach him a lesson'* *Not a good lesson to teach* Shocking video shows a teacher ordering six of her students aged 4 to pelt another student with rocks to ‘teach him a lesson.’ The horrifying incident allegedly took place at the Teach N Tend Daycare in Forrest City, Arkansas on or around April 26. Police say they received an email with cell phone video showing about a half-dozen children pelt another student with stones at the urging of their teacher. The video was sent to p... more »

He's A Fraud

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Efficiencies. That's the word Doug Ford is using instead of "cuts." That's because he -- or his party -- have learned something from the last time around. Linda McQuaig writes: Former Conservative leader Tim Hudak went into the last Ontario election humming the familiar right-wing refrain about government waste and inefficiency. But he made things specific: he said he'd eliminate 100,000 public sector jobs, thereby cutting government spending by $2 billion, allowing him to lower corporate taxes. The private sector, brimming with confidence, would then create one million jobs, Hud... more »

Plutocracy IV - Gangsters for Capitalism

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
Plutocracy IV - Gangsters for Capitalism from Scott N on Vimeo. Scott Noble writes of Part IV: "More than any other entry in the series so far, this film is directly relevant to current events. With some notable exceptions, most of the strikes I covered in parts 1-3 merely set the stage for the next phase of labor struggle -- they didn't usually result in triumphant victories. Oftentimes it was more a case of one step forward, two steps back. Here, I cover a number of militant, highly organized and often ingenious labor actions that collectively compelled great changes at the stat...more »

Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 16 hours ago
Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things https://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2016/08/09/why-you-should-spend-your-money-on-experiences-not-things/?utm_source=FACEBOOK&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Malorie%2F#7786a7c16520 Advertisements

Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of Congo.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 16 hours ago
Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of Congo – CNN https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/08/health/ebola-outbreak-who-bn/index.html?sr=fbCNN050818ebola-outbreak-who-bn0101PMVODtopLink


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*When the rich are GOOD for wildlife: The "luxury" effect * The ecological dynamics of cities are influenced not only by geophysical and biological factors, but also by aspects of human society. In cities around the world, a pattern of higher biodiversity in affluent neighbourhoods has been termed ‘the luxury effect'. The luxury effect has been found globally regarding plant diversity and canopy or vegetative cover. Fewer studies have considered the luxury effect on animals, yet it has been recognized in the distributions of birds, bats, lizards and indoor arthropods. Higher soci...more »

From a man of peace to a fanatical terrorist torturer and murderer

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 16 hours ago
The BBC has a chilling article about "a man of peace" who was radicalized into terrorism, torture and murder. [Khaled] told the BBC [that], when the Syrian revolution drew its first breaths in 2011 he was a man of peace, "a bit religious, but not too strict", with a job organising pilgrimages. "It was an amazing feeling of freedom mixed with fear of the regime," he says, recalling the first day he joined the anti-government protests. "We felt that we were doing something to help our country, to bring freedom and to be able to choose a president other than Assad. We were a small gr...more »

Feynman 100: some links

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
Yesterday, we remembered the 100th anniversary of Richard Feynman's birth. Due to his numerous influences on science and myself, I found this topic too big to grasp. Instead, let me be a linker-not-a-thinker this time. Lots of people have created some material for the occasion. *A timelapsed genesis of a tribute to Feynman drawn by a Slovak artist, Ms Daniela Lieskovská.* First, here is an ordered Google search of Feynman articles on this blog – and an anti-chronological one. About 500 articles on this website contain his surname. Caltech event: 2.3 hours of video from an ev... more »

Thomas Carlyle on Schiller and Kant

Anoop Verma at The Verma Report - 16 hours ago
Portrait of Schiller by Ludovike SimanowizIn the *Life of Friedrich Schiller*, Thomas Carlyle goes into raptures about Friedrich Schiller's noble life and achievements in literature, but his account of the development of Schiller’s philosophical beliefs is tasteless. This, I think, is because Carlyle is not ready to acknowledge the debt that Schiller owes to Immanuel Kant. Carlyle allows his own biases to creep into the biography, and devotes several pages to attacking Kant’s writing style and philosophy. He briefly mentions that Schiller was enthusiastic about Kant’s aesthetic phi... more »

Ko-DPP Negotiations: DPP Pressure forces Ko Apology *sigh*

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
*Another field lost to developers* Mayor of Taipei Ko Wen-je, First of His Name, is angling for DPP support in the upcoming mayoral elections... first he has apologized for remarks he really never made. From TT: Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲) apology for a controversial remark on cross-strait relations and his support for President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) re-election bid were yesterday met with a lukewarm response from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Ko on Tuesday said on a radio talk show that *he supports Tsai running for re-election in 2020 and apologized for saying that t... more »

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon – The Hendry Report

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood With Swansea Bay tidal lagoon back in the news again, it is worth revisiting my post from last year, which took a close look at the Hendry Report. To all intents and purposes, little has changed since then: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38571240 As expected, Charles Hendry’s supposedly independent review has come out […]

The “Settled Science” Moves the Goal Posts Once Again

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 16 hours ago
“Originally 350 PPM CO2 was going to kill us. Now it is 410 PPM.” Continue reading More on this topic: Settled Science is “Adjusting” their Estimates Downward How Can Uncertainty Exist in a “Settled Science?”: Dogma isn’t Science Please Like, Share, Subscribe and Comment Advertisements

Seen in a Walmart Parking Lot: Nature Is My Church

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 16 hours ago
It’s official, environmentalism is a religion. Climate Change is Dogma, not Science. Other Examples of the growing popularity of this Religion. More on this Topic: Bumper sticker seen today – I call it ‘fracktarded’ Please Like, Share, Subscribe and Comment

An Image You Won’t See on Sierra Club Fund Raising Brochures

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 16 hours ago
When I was young, environmentalists were on a campaign to end the baby seal hunts in Canada. It was highly effective and used very graphic images of men with clubs beating the baby seals to death. Today environmentalists have effectively used photos of starving polar bears as their poster children. The problem is, Polar Bears, … Continue reading "An Image You Won’t See on Sierra Club Fund Raising Brochures"

Building A Bigger And More Powerful Swamp In The Age Of Señor Trumpanzee

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
Yesterday *Politico* began the day with couple of paragraphs detailing how normalized corruption has become in The Swamp. And, yes, of course there's never been as huge and as toxic a swamp as the Trump swamp. "YES, guys like Michael Cohen routinely get paid amounts like $1.2 million to offer insights about their boss or former boss. Yeah, it’s crazy. But many readers of this newsletter would not have their McMansion in McLean, their BMW, their membership at Army Navy, second homes in Delaware, cigar lockers and endless glasses of Pinot Noir at BLT Steak and Tosca if that kind of ... more »

QAnon - Black Hats & White Hats by Praying Medic

cefrith@hotmail.com at Charles Frith - 17 hours ago
I've been working my way through the entire QAnon archive which stands at a couple of hundred pages of a self created pdf document, although it is abbreviation dense and somewhat cryptic to the... Although no trees were harmed during the creation of this post, a large number of electrons were greatly inconvenienced

California new home solar panel mandate a “feel good” action with no impact on climate changes

drinkingwateradvisor at The Drinking Water Advisor - 18 hours ago
“California will mandate solar panels on new homes out of concern for climate change, a policy that will raise prices in the most expensive home market in the country and does little to decrease the state’s carbon footprint.” click here

If You Knew a Train Was Coming, Would You Get Off The Tracks?

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
Note: This post is from the TACA blog. If you could halt the processes that result in an autism diagnosis, would that be considered preventive medicine? A cure? By Gita Gupta What if you could detect #autism risk at birth?...

US Regime Change Targets Thailand

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 20 hours ago
*May 12, 2018* (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - While US-led regime change in Syria continues to make headlines, it is important for the public to be aware and stay ahead of other US-led campaigns to target, destabilise and overthrow the political orders of other nations around the globe. Observers of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine have warned about potential violence as the US continues arming its proxies and their dangerous ultra-right militant groups in Kiev. Analysts have also been covering US-sponsored political destabilisation being fomented in Armenia. US funding and support alongside... more »

Thoughts for a Saturday

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
*The Way-Back Machine (6 years ago)* Some of you with short memories, may have forgotten the ObamaNation. You may have moved on to winning and you forgot those dark days when the government weaponized the IRS against patriots. You may have forgotten the Tea Party demonstrations when Americans gathered peacefully together to protest - took time off work and showed up clean, neatly dressed, and distressed. The left said that it was fake because nobody bussed the protesters in, paid them, and provided them with signs and a box lunch. It's easy to 'move on' and accept low unemployment,... more »

The Chaotic Emperror And The Empire In Chaos

Gulam ASGAR MITHA at OrientalReview.org - 20 hours ago
War is an option for America to be rescued from plunging into an economic disaster and the monopoly of its currency. It may be an option for America to retain its pre-eminence but it’s certainly not an option for this civilization to be plunged into darkness. The post The Chaotic Emperror And The Empire In Chaos appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

Corbyn must change Brexit stance - Kinnock

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44092538 Neil Kinnock's pro EU stance: 'Jeremy Corbyn will commit "a serious evasion of duty" if he does not change his stance on Brexit, former Labour leader Lord Kinnock has said. The peer told the Independent that Labour should endorse the UK staying in the European Economic Area (EEA) or risk "sacrificing thousands" of jobs. Staying in the EEA would mean the UK retained key aspects of the single market after leaving the EU.' Oddly the BBC find no space to report the conditions under which Neil Kinnock, his wife and other fami... more »

Cunk Click On Every Trip - on the road to Amarillo, or to nowhere in particular

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
*A guest post by Loondon Calling...* The Bolton dialect features strongly in both of two recently broadcast BBC scripted comedies - Peter Kay in *Car Share Unscripted* and Philomena Cunk (whose alter-ego is actor Diane Morgan) in *Cunk on Britain*. Morgan tells us that initially she had intended to use an affected posh accent, but after trialling this technique, she had opted for her native purer Northern dialect. What is it about this regional characteristic form of speech that is of significance? Yes, it has a clarity - it’s easily understood when scripted in plain English and... more »

FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 20 hours ago
FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic https://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/08/fda-finally-admits-chicken-meat-contains-cancer-causing-arsenic.html?m=1 Advertisements

Lebanese-Israeli border is quiet after Syria strikes

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 A.M.) – The United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) stated on Friday that the Lebanese-Israeli border was ‘quiet’ after the Israeli strikes in Syria. “We are monitoring the overall situation, but in relation to our area, the situation has been quiet,” said Andrea Tenenti, spokesman for the U.N. Interim Force in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Palestinian leader Abbas meets Cuban president in Havana

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 A.M.) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel in the final leg of his Latin American tour, Friday. Following a military welcome ceremony, the two leaders held private talks. During the talks, Diaz-Canel reportedly expressed Havana’s support for the Palestinian cause, while condemning Washington’s decision to recognise […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army, Palestinian forces make big push into Yarmouk Camp

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside their Palestinian allies, resumed their offensive operations inside the Yarmouk Camp District on Friday evening. Backed by heavy airstrikes from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF), the SAA and their Palestinian allies scored a new advance along 30th Street’s southeastern axis. The Syrian Arab […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Displaced civilians begin returning to Palmyra after 3 months of reconstruction

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – Thousands of displaced residents of Palmyra have begun returning to this historical city, following the Syrian government’s announcement encouraging people to return. According to a communique from the Syrian government, the construction projects in Palmyra have been completed and its now safe for residents to return to the city. Much […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Lebanon: Hariri holds victory rally despite electoral disappointment

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – Thousands of Future Movement supporters gathered outside Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Beirut residence on Friday, for a post-election victory rally. “Beirut today says in the loudest voice that it is the capital of loyalty to the [path] of martyr Rafic Hariri,” Hariri said, referring to his father, the former prime […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Thousands of Syrian soldiers training in Latakia for upcoming offensive near Turkish border

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 A.M.) – Thousands of soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Marines are training in the Latakia Governorate for their upcoming offensive along the Turkish border. According to a military source in Damascus, the soldiers are completing a rigorous training regimen in the mountains of eastern Latakia before they depart […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russia calls on Britain to join Syria peace talks

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:55 A.M.) – Russia has called on the British regime to stop “pointing” fingers at others, and to independently join the diplomatic process to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria, the Russian embassy in London said. Earlier, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called on Russia to use its influence in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

To become an adult we must let go of our childish memories

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
All those childhood memories properly belong to the attending adults and not the child who will forget. However, i do recall specific incidents, so it is certainly not a complete erasure at all. I think that you consciously choose to retrain specific memories and this really continues throughout your life. More pointedly, pleasant experiences appear to be always edited to recall at most the relief when it ended. The best memory of a week at sea on the storm swept waves will be stepping on the dock. So it is a bit more than all that and it is not even trustworthy. Now does ... more »

Capitalism Can’t Work Without Losers

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Complete rubbish of course. Economic exchange by definition means each party improves his position. The simplest consideration confirms that and i will not belabor the obvious. Assigning losers is merely a political tactic. Our problem is that no one truly understands economics well enough to properly optimize it which would naturally produce a happy and healthy population. My own thinking has advanced mightily to the point where it is time to allow serious empirical lab runs to work out a fine tuned protocol. It is one thing to state that the natural community applying th... more »

A nutritionist shares the best natural foods to eat for better sleep

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: Image: A nutritionist shares the best natural foods to eat for better sleep] I knew a bit on some of these but never have we had it all put together in one place. The take home for all of us is to have a small bowl of porridge with some cinnamon for flavor. This is not obvious but combines a lot of nutritional and digestive value as well. Without question our knowledge of diet is becoming progressively deeper and wiser. Shutting down your appetite before you go to sleep is a common problem. A measured bowl of porridge may just do it. My own approach includes long fast ... more »

Frightening Bat-Winged Humanoid Encounter in Wisconsin

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Extremely important. recall star skull.This creature is either an intelligence alien or alternately a Earth developed intelligent creature now showing more of its presence. What is most important is that the creature stepped out of our time frame in order to leave or escape. There was no attempt to even unfurl those wings. We can not do this YET. Alien like creatures are presently on Earth and allowing some interaction. Surely to educate us. At the same time Earth produced creatures appear to also exist in the form of the reptilians at least. We have also heard of the Nordic ... more »

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
*by Noah* There are more than a few memes that make points similar to tonight's. There's one comparing Trumpanzee's admitted pussy grabbing to the now out of work, persona non-grata Harvey Weinstein. There are also Trump-Cosby memes but I chose this one just to illustrate that the difference in how the two parties deal with such issues go way back to a time before Señor Trumpanzee's brand of sleaze and slime coated the walls of the White House. House Republicans even started the impeachment of Bill Clinton rolling before they even knew anything about Monica's dress. And, of course... more »

Horrifying Beauty: Indonesia Volcano Erupts with Smoke

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
RT Published on May 11, 2018 Indonesia’s most active volcano, Mount Merapi, erupted early Friday, spewing sand and pyroclastic material and sending an ash column as high as 5,500 metres (18,045 feet) into the sky. People living within 5 kilometres (3.11 miles) of the crater evacuated to barracks set up for the displaced or left for […]

Protests Return To Nicaragua

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*BBC: *Nicaragua protests: Tens of thousands in new anti-government rallies Tens of thousands of Nicaraguans have taken part in fresh anti-government protests in the capital, Managua, and in Matagalpa y Chinandega. Wearing the blue and white of the flag, Wednesday's protesters held pictures of people reportedly killed in last month's demonstrations. Government supporters held a smaller rally in another part of the capital. Last month's unrest began after President Daniel Ortega approved cuts to pensions and social security. Read more .... More News On Protests Returning To Nicara... more »

Russia, EAEU draft free trade deal with Iran

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 23 hours ago
Meanwhile, the US continues to break its agreements, politically and economically isolating itself More The post Russia, EAEU draft free trade deal with Iran appeared first on The Duran.

Saudi Arabia would develop nukes to counter Iranian ones “without a doubt” – Foreign Minister

Matfey Shaheen at The Duran - 23 hours ago
ISIS with Nukes: Will Saudi Arabia soon begin their own nuclear program? More The post Saudi Arabia would develop nukes to counter Iranian ones “without a doubt” – Foreign Minister appeared first on The Duran.

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
US offers to help rebuild N Korea economy if it denuclearises https://t.co/hadxAvxXlf — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 11, 2018 VIDEO: With just over a week to go before Venezuela's presidential election, residents in a Caracas slum are torn over whether they should vote pic.twitter.com/Vq6kc3atHp — AFP news agency (@AFP) May 11, 2018 If Hawaii's Kilauea volcano blows its top, as experts fear, it could hurl ash and boulders the size of refrigerators into the air, shutting down airline traffic and endangering lives in all directions, scientists say. https://t.co/g3tXWC4EMN — NB... more »

"Taxed to Death"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"Taxed to Death"* by Brian Maher "If taxes are the price to pay for civilization... we begin to suspect civilization nears perfection in the United States of America. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates Uncle Samuel hauled aboard a record $515 billion in taxes last month. April tax receipts alone ran as much as $40 billion higher than CBO projections. Individual income and payroll taxes rose $73 billion - or 20% - over last April. Meantime, the federal government “only” expended $297 billion last month. The happy result is what is known as a budget surplus - a record $... more »

A Look At What Life Is Like Aboard The Aircraft Carrier USS Harry Truman

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail: **On board the $4.5billion US carrier Harry S Truman which is as long as the Empire State Building, houses more than 5,000 people, and can launch two fighter jets every 40 seconds against the Islamic State* * US carrier Truman been supporting attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria under Operation Inherent Resolve * Ships this size are designed to 'project American presence and power off any coast' according to the US navy * Working together, the crew can fire off two planes every 40 seconds during daylight, or 60 seconds at night * Crews work 12-hour shifts and the ... more »

51 School Children Hospitalized After Mass Poisoning in Ukraine

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 1 day ago
*Dilyana Gaytandzhieva* | Why are these outbreaks becoming more prevalent in Ukraine?

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Turkish Army helicopters take part in a live fire drill. REUTERS/Osman Orsal *WNUJ Editor: *The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *Turkey holds military drills* (Reuters)

Did Trump Scrap the Nuke’s Deal to Pay Back His Pro-Israel Campaign Donors?

Mike Whitney at The Truthseeker - 1 day ago
Who did Trump rip up the nuclear deal with Iran for? Not the American people, who have now been pushed closer to conflict with Iran

Trump Has No Plan Left on Iran Other Than War

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 1 day ago
The Iran nuclear agreement has been a great success over the last three years. The IAEC, the Europeans and the UN all say Iran is fully compliant. Tearing up the nuclear accord can only mean one thing: Trump wants war with Iran

Israel’s claims vs Reality

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 1 day ago
Ryan Dawson on what we are not being told about the latest clashes between Israel and Syria and Iran

Russia Says No S-300 Missiles For Syria After Netanyahu Visit

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 1 day ago
Did Netanyahu persuade Putin to withhold support? Or does Russia feel Syria has successfully established a new air defence network?

Kanye and Danielle do Tango for Two in the Ballroom of the Overlook Hotel

Les Visible at The Truthseeker - 1 day ago
Reflections in a Petri Dish is upbeat, although we don’t know why, as he reflects on popular culture

The Babylonian Talmud’s hateful attitude toward non-Judaic women

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 1 day ago
The Talmud’s rulings on what it refers to as menstrual filth, slaves, heathens and whores and how the IDF's chief rabbi is ready to allow the rape of gentile women during war

A Look At How The U.S. And China Are Actually Financing The Other Country's Military Build-Up

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Chinese aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. VCG *Jonathan Russo, The Observer:* *China Is Basically Paying for the US Navy’s Build Up in the South China Sea* “Build the wall” was the Trump crowd’s rallying cry during his campaign. To further rile up his supporters, Trump would retort, “And Mexico is going to pay for it.” But over a year and a half later, it appears that Mexico paying for the wall was nothing but a pipe dream and a marketing scheme to mobilize immigration hardliners. Worse yet for Trump, of the $33 billion he requested to secure the border, Congress has only au... more »

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, "Divenire", Live At Royal Albert Hall, London

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Ludovico Einaudi, "Divenire", Live At Royal Albert Hall, London - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1DRDcGlSsE

"That One Sentence..."

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

"How to Get Ahead in the Swamp”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"How to Get Ahead in the Swamp”* By Bill Bonner "It is more proper that law should govern than any one of the citizens." Aristotle, "Politics, Book III" "Yesterday, we took a look at what was happening in Argentina. A shorthand version: Argentina seems like it is on the way up…President Mauricio Macri really is draining the swamp - or is trying to. But after 70 years of Peronism, there is a lot of swamp to drain. And the slithery creatures don’t like to see the juice dry up. *Rising waters: *Meanwhile, the media yesterday reported on rising water in Washington. Among the news item... more »

ISIS in Syria nearly cutoff from Iraqi border (map)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 A.M.) – The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) is nearly on the verge of collapse in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, as their forces have lost a large chunk of ground in the Euphrates River Valley. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) scored a big advance in eastern Deir Ezzor on Friday, seizing several […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Yemeni journalist claims Saudi cluster bombs dropped on Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:25 A.M.) – Yemeni journalist Hasan al-Buhaiiti revealed on air from Sanaa on Friday, what he claimed are cluster bombs dropped by Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen on May 10, in the Hamdan district of Sanaa province. The journalist claimed that the actions of the Yemeni rescuers were hindered by a military aircraft of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian airstrikes target former US-backed rebels in northern Hama (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 A.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces continued their air campaign over the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate, Friday, targeting several areas under the control of the Islamist rebels. According to a Syrian military report from nearby Latakia, the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out more than 20 airstrikes over northern Hama, hitting […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian jets hammer positions of foreign jihadists along Turkish border

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 A.M.) – For the second night in a row, the Russian Aerospace Forces have launched several airstrikes over the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate. Russian jets flying out of the Hmaymim Military Airport in southwest reportedly carried out several airstrikes over the Jisr Al-Shughour District last night, causing many explosions at […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israeli weapons among arms handed over to Syrian Army by militants in southern Damascus

Militants in the south Damascus towns of Babila, Yelda and Beit Sahem handed over their “medium and heavy weapons” to the Syrian Army on Friday, according to reports by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA.) The militants will now be transported to the Idlib governorate as part of the agreed transfer deal. A local SANA […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Over 3,000 rebels, family members leave northern Homs for Idlib

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 A.M.) – A large number of rebel fighters and their family members departed from the northern countryside of Homs to the Idlib Governorate in northern Syria on Friday. According to a military source in Damascus, at least 71 buses filled with 3,000 rebels and their family members departed from the Al-Rastan Crossing […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israeli minister lauds Russia for not negotiating S-300 deliveries to Syria

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz has told Sputnik that he considers Russian Presidential Aide Vladimir Kozhin’s remark that there were no negotiations on the supply of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria to be a demonstration of Moscow’s respect toward Tel Aviv. “I see here another manifestation of mutual respect, which our countries have toward […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

How The GOP Hopes To Save Their House Majority-- Trumpanzee Jr, Adelson's Gambling Money And... Not Much Else

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
When people wanted to think Trump could turn into a normal president after the election-- fools-- there was speculation that he would put together an awesome, historic, bipartisan infrastructure plan that would unite the country. Instead, Trump, Ryan and McConnell decided to go for the tax scam for GOP donors, something that certainly killed any chance for a significant infrastructure effort. The tax scam also turned out to be a blow to the GOIP's slender hopes to holds onto power in Congress, something an infrastructure bill might have helped them accomplish. Señor Trumpanzee's c... more »

The U.S. Army Is Testing a Bigger (And Deadlier) Bullet

Task and Purpose, Jeff Schogol at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Task and Purpose, Jeff Schogol* *Security, North America* Washington's enemies won't be happy. *The round itself is not the biggest technical hurdle to be overcome, Donahue said. Both the automatic rifle that will replace the SAW and the new carbine will have increased chamber pressure and digital sights that “are probably a bigger deal” than the bullet that they will chamber.* For decades the U.S. military’s rifles and machine guns have chambered either 5.56mm or 7.62mm rounds. Now, the Army’s newest weapons are being tested to fire a new caliber bullet that’s faster and more ... more »

Why Russia Can't Build a Stealth Fighter (And Might Not Have To)

TNI Staff at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*TNI Staff* *Security, Europe* Moscow has its own security needs—and stealth isn't high on the list. A pair of Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA fifth-generation fighters flew over Moscow’s Victory Day Parade on May 9, demonstrating the technical capabilities of the Russian military. An interim version of the Su-57—which incorporates stealth technology—is expected to complete development in 2019. The Russian Air Force hopes to take delivery of a dozen pre production version jets for operational testing that same year. However, it is not clear how many of the current version of the Su-57—which... more »

5 Worst Military Rifles on the Planet

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, North America* The worst of the worst. Military rifles were for decades the primary weapon of an army. Wielded by the largest fighting branch, the infantry, rifles were used in both attack and defense. Because of their importance and the slow march of technological innovation, rifles were upgraded conservatively, with some armies, such as the the German and British armies, using the same rifle for fifty years or more. Rifles simply had to work, and it was better to stick with an older one that was a sure thing than a newer rifle that was less than per... more »

Russia's Most Deadly Fighter Ever Is Ready for War (In China's Air Force)

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Asia* Yes, this happened. China has officially commissioned its most advanced Russian fighter jet into service. Late last month, Chinese state-run media, citing Wu Qian, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, reported: “The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has commissioned Su-35 fighter jets.” Wu added: “As a multi-role fighter jet, the Su-35 is capable of precision strikes on ground and sea targets.” The news hardly comes as a surprise, but it has huge implications for the region. China signed a $2 billion agreement with Russia to purc... more »

A Step-By-Step Plan for Denuclearizing North Korea

Michael O'Hanlon at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Michael O'Hanlon* *Security, Asia* Trump should be armed with a conceptual framework before he gets on his plane to meet Kim next month. The recent news about the upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore is exciting and encouraging. It would not have seemed remotely possible a year ago—or even six months ago. Back then, war seemed much more likely. It is impossible to know whether the decision to hold a summit is primarily due to Kim’s newfound confidence in his missile and nuclear capabilities, or his fear of Trump’s military threa... more »

Sunset at Peace Camp, Nuclear Test Site, by Bad Bear

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Photos by Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Western Shoshone The Western Shoshone Prayer Walk and Run is camped across from the Nuclear Test Site and Yucca Mountain tonight. It is also called Mercury, Nevada -- Buck Sampson, Paiute


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Some people have facts; these can be proven. Some people have theories; these can be disproven. But people with opinions are mindless and have their minds made up about it." - P. J. O'Rourke

"Huxley vs. Orwell"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Huxley vs. Orwell"* by Neil Postman “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one... Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism... Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance... Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial cult... more »

What Will Be The Impact Of Sanctions On The Iranian Economy?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Jo Harper, DW*: *How will Iran's economy hold up if sanctions return?* Trump’s decision to end the Iran nuclear deal will hit the Iranian economy, although with China and the EU not on board the impact may be less severe than some fear. How Iran's banking system fares could tell us more. President Hassan Rouhani sought this week to reassure Iranians that their country's economy could withstand the likely reimposition of sanctions. after US President Trump's nuclear deal pull out. But opinions differ on the extent to which Rouhani's words are bravado. "The sanctions could signific... more »

“Bread, Circuses and Bombs - Decline of The American Empire” Part 1

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Bread, Circuses and Bombs - * *Decline of The American Empire, Part 1”* by James Quinn "Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions- everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses." - Juvenal, “Satire” (100 A.D.) “Roman satirist and poet Juvenal was displaying contempt for a degraded Roman citizenry that had shunned civic responsibility, shirked their duties of citizenship within a republic, and... more »

"Bread, Circuses & Bombs – Decline of The American Empire, Part Two"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Bread, Circuses & Bombs – * *Decline of The American Empire, Part Two"* by James Quinn "In Part One of this article I discussed the similarities between the Roman Empire and the American Empire at a high level. In this article I’ll delve into some specific similarities and rhymes between the fall of the Roman Empire and our modern day empire of debt, decay and decline. I’ll address our expansive level of bread and circuses and how defects in our human nature lead to people willingly sacrificing their liberty for promises of safety and security. All empires decline due to the same ... more »

"Back to the Dark Ages of Feudalism"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Back to the Dark Ages of Feudalism"* by Gilbert Mercier "History never repeats itself, but from time to time, consciously or not, some influential men attempt to force us into the monstrosity of their imaginary time machines to try to reverse decades, and in the case of feudalism, almost a millenium of social progress. The mid-20th century brought the years of collective psychosis of Adolf Hitler’s “thousand year Reich,” and more recently what can be viewed as the United States of America’s imperialist manifesto or so-called “Project for the New American Century”, concocted in 19... more »

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