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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.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

16 May - am - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2

1:18 am MDT

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 minutes ago
*by Noah* How does one explain Trumpanzee's Chief Of Staff John Kelly? Mentally defective? Obviously. Bigoted to the core? That too. He met the qualifications for the job. When Kelly made the following statement about immigrants last week, Kelly was demonstrating both characteristics: They're not criminals. They're not MS-13. Some of them are not. But they are also not people that would assimilate into the United States, into our modern society. They're overwhelmingly rural people in the countries they come from- fourth, fifth, sixth grade educations are kind of the norm. I not... more »

Here’s Why Those 30 Countries Attended The US Embassy Opening In Jerusalem

Andrew KORYBKO at OrientalReview.org - 33 minutes ago
Israel showed the world that it’s been able to cultivate a lot more indirect international support for its claim to Jerusalem as its capital than might have initially been expected. The post Here’s Why Those 30 Countries Attended The US Embassy Opening In Jerusalem appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

North Korea Cancels Talks with South, Threatens to Call Off US Talks Over Military Drills

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 58 minutes ago
North Korea Cancels Talks with South, Threatens to Call Off US Talks Over Military Drills by https://www.rt.com/ North Korea has canceled a summit with South Korea and has threatened to call off a summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un over American military drills with South Korea, according to South Korean media reports. – […]

US Weighs Withdrawing B-52 Bombers From Joint Military Drills As Koreas Suspend Talks

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 58 minutes ago
US Weighs Withdrawing B-52 Bombers From Joint Military Drills As Koreas Suspend Talks by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ Update II: North Korea’s decision to suspend talks with the South after abruptly cancelling an inter-Korean summit set for Wednesday has apparently rattled the US. – In what appears to be a concession to North Korea – or at least, […]

World Leaders: ‘Israel Must Stop Killing’ Palestinians

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 58 minutes ago
RT America Published on May 15, 2018 The international community is condemning Israel’s deadly force reaction along the Gaza border, where over 50 Palestinians were killed during protests against the official opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. RT America’s Dan Cohen reports. end

Examined: Gaza Massacre Media Bias

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 58 minutes ago
RT America Published on May 15, 2018 Following the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 Gaza war, many media outlets are finding themselves at the center of criticism for coverage that many are calling biased in favor of Israel. RT America’s Anya Parampil analyzes this coverage from the US Capitol, where demonstrations took place to […]

Are Bibi and Bolton in the Wheel House Now?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 58 minutes ago
Are Bibi and Bolton in the Wheel House Now? by Patrick J. Buchanan, http://buchanan.org/blog/ Brushing aside the anguished pleas of our NATO allies, President Trump Tuesday contemptuously trashed the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions. – Prime Minister Theresa May of Great Britain, President Emmanuel Macron of France and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were put […]

Mueller Indicted A Russian Company That Didn’t Even Exist, Court Transcripts Say

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 58 minutes ago
Better IDEA: “Let’s indict special counsel Mueller for Russian Collusion!” Mueller Indicted A Russian Company That Didn’t Even Exist, Court Transcripts Say by RYAN SAAVEDRA, https://www.dailywire.com/ This week, one of the Russian companies accused by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of funding a conspiracy to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was revealed in court to […]

Kaggle: reconstruct tracks from 75 GB of point data

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 59 minutes ago
Fartel Engelbert has told me that there is a new CERN-sponsored machine learning contest at Kaggle.com: TrackML Particle Tracking Challenge To make the story short, the data you will have to download include 5 times 15 GB train files plus 1 GB train sample and 1 GB test file. A sample submission has 30 MB, detectors.zip have 175 kB. Well, readers whose infrastructure is similar to mine have already given up. I don't know what to do with 75 GB. On Windows, there's no trouble to store this much data but I would have to manipulate it with Mathematica and that would clearly be too s... more »

Kim Jong Un slams American unilateralism, to reconsider talks only if US is willing to negotiate

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 1 hour ago
Kim isn't playing by the 'America First' doctrine More The post Kim Jong Un slams American unilateralism, to reconsider talks only if US is willing to negotiate appeared first on The Duran.

Should The U.S. Government And The Pentagon Put Its Secrets (Including Nuclear Secrets) Into The ' Cloud'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Wikipedia *NextGov: **Pentagon Wants Cloud Secure Enough to Hold Nuke Secrets* *The Pentagon’s JEDI cloud will be designed to store the government’s most sensitive classified information, including nuclear secrets.* The Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud will be designed to host the government’s most sensitive classified data, including critical nuclear weapon design information and other nuclear secrets. The Pentagon is expected to bid out the controversial JEDI cloud contract this week, and new contracting documents indicate the winning company mu... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
N Korea threatens to cancel Trump summit https://t.co/W5n9SFsudW — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 16, 2018 #UPDATE The Scottish Parliament formally rejected legislation for taking Britain out of the EU, in an unprecedented move that sets the scene for a constitutional crisis https://t.co/wOYNldnMWg pic.twitter.com/KiQmO8v5gn — AFP news agency (@AFP) May 15, 2018 'No deadlock': Paris ready to discuss lifting #Russia sanctions – official https://t.co/R2X7LpyZj4 #France pic.twitter.com/1OhzUGvny0 — Sputnik (@SputnikInt) May 16, 2018 Russia’s military intervention in #Syria increas... more »

It is all about the wind…

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 1 hour ago
In the San Francisco Bay Area / Silicon Valley it is rather like it was in the late '60s and early '70s. No need for A/C. Wind more blustery. Nights so cool tomatoes will not set fruit (below 50 F). I suspect the PDO flip that caused the Great Pacific Climate Shift has flipped back. Continue reading →

Palestinian ambassador to the US withdrawn in response to embassy move

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 1 hour ago
As the new embassy opened, dozens of Palestinians were being gunned down, and over 2,000 were injured by 'defending' IDF More The post Palestinian ambassador to the US withdrawn in response to embassy move appeared first on The Duran.

Japanese Nationalists Are Demanding That U.S. National Parks Commemorating The Development Of The First Atomic Weapons Put Displays Saying That Their Use Against Japan Were War Crimes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*SCMP: **US remembers top-secret ‘Manhattan Project’ at special parks. Japanese nationalists say they glorify war crimes* Japanese nationalists take exception to US historical park that commemorates the project that developed the atomic bomb. Japanese nationalists are demanding that displays at national parks in the United States commemorating the development of the first atomic weapons state that the subsequent attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were war crimes. A number of facilities that make up the Manhattan Project National Historical Park are already open to the public, inclu... more »

Greg Hunter, “Climate Engineering a Grand And Lethal Experiment”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Climate Engineering a Grand And Lethal Experiment” * By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Geoengineering researcher Dane Wigington’s sole mission is to warn the world about extreme weather modification to cool the planet, but Wigington says it’s having the opposite effect. It’s commonly known as “chemtrails,” and it’s destroying the earth’s ability to sustain life. Wigington contends, “We are asking everybody to help us to sound the alarm. We can bring this issue to light, and populations all over the globe will be forced to realize they have been part of a grand and lethal experimen... more »

A3 Newsletter: Kiilu Nyasha Remembered, Eric Brown, and A3 in Santa Cruz

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 2 hours ago
(*PHOTO:* *King, Ida, Marina and Kiilu at Expressions Gallery in 2001, just months after King's release from Angola.*) *A3 Newsletter, May 15, 2018: Paying It Forward* Albert and Robert continue on their epic journey, sharing their stories of solitary and false imprisonment, bringing attention to yet unreleased prisoners as in Los Angeles where they met with members of the Committee to Free Leonard Peltier, forging bonds with Native groups working on prison issues. At Princeton the following week they met with students in African American studies and shared their experiences. Ne... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Su-30SM fighter of the flying team "Russian Knights". © Photo : Russian Defense Ministry *WNU Editor:* The above picture is form this photo-gallery .... *Twelve O'Clock High: Russian Aerobatic Teams Perform Stunts* (Sputnik).

Korean Peace Talks On Verge Of Collapse Over North Korea's Refusal To Give Up Its Nuclear Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*The Hill*: *North Korean official says country will rethink US summit if pressured to abandon nuclear program* North Korea will reconsider a planned summit with President Trump if it continues to be pressured to "unilaterally" abandon its nuclear program, according to a senior North Korean official. Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday that North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan says the country will not accept a U.S. deal that will force the country to abandon its nuclear program in exchange for the relaxation of economic sanctions. Trump accepted an offer for a mee... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Icarus”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“Daedalus fashioned a pair of wings of wax and feathers for himself and his son. Before they took off from the island, Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea. Overcome by the giddiness that flying lent him, Icarus soared through the sky curiously, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms. And so, Icarus fell into the sea in the area which bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an isla... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“Rich in star clusters and nebulae, the ancient constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer, rides high in northern winter night skies. Composed from narrow and broadband filter data and spanning nearly 8 Full Moons (4 degrees) on the sky, this deep telescopic view recorded in January shows off some of Auriga's celestial bounty. The field includes emission region IC 405 (top left) about 1,500 light-years distant. Also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, its red, convoluted clouds of glowing hydrogen gas are energized by hot O-type star AE Aurigae. IC 410 (top right) is significantly more ... more »

"All Man Can Do..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“All man can do is lose one life, but also keep in mind that all we have is one life, so that the longest life and the shortest life amount to the same thing. Our only loss is the passing minute which is every man's equal possession for he cannot lose what is already passed nor what he does not possess in the future. Only the present can be lost for this is all that is man's. Also remember that the cycles of the world exhibit the same recurring pattern, so it makes no difference how long you watch them repeat.” - Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Diana DeGette-- Smug And Out Of Touch After Too Many Years In Congress

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Perhaps you noticed that Blue America is raising campaign contributions for Denver progressive Saira Rao this week. On Saturday Rao and DeGette debated. In the photo up top, the DeGette supporters-- old white people-- are on the right and the Rao supporters-- everyone-- else, is on the left. Our sources in Denver who went told us that DeGette noted she didn't regret taking corporate money, including from AT & T or being a Super-delegate who voted at variance with her constituents. Apparently the candidates' supporters got into, yelling at each other during the debate, another sign ... more »

The Poet: Aldous Huxley, "Lightly"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Lightly"* "It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig. Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me. When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic. No rhetoric, no tremolos, no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell. And of course, no theology, no metaphysics. Ju... more »

"The Pig Farmer"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"The Pig Farmer"* by John Robbins "One day in Iowa I met a particular gentleman—and I use that term, gentleman, frankly, only because I am trying to be polite, for that is certainly not how I saw him at the time. He owned and ran what he called a “pork production facility.” I, on the other hand, would have called it a pig Auschwitz. The conditions were brutal. The pigs were confined in cages that were barely larger than their own bodies, with the cages stacked on top of each other in tiers, three high. The sides and the bottoms of the cages were steel slats, so that excrement from... more »

"Sometimes You're Just Outnumbered..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“So, how do you beat the odds when it’s one against a billion? You’re just outnumbered. You stand strong, keep pushing yourself against all rational limits, and never give up. But the truth of the matter is despite how hard you try and fight to stay in control, when it’s all said and done, sometimes you’re just outnumbered.” - "Meredith", "Gray's Anatomy" In the movie “The Lion in Winter”, when the sons, in the dungeon, think they hear Henry coming down the stairs to kill them: *Richard:* "He's here. He'll get no satisfaction out of us. Don't let him see you beg...Take it like a man...more »

“The Nature of Courage”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“The Nature of Courage”* by ClassicLit “Tolkien had experienced war and violence first hand in World War I. Like many of the writers from his era, his world could never be the same, after seeing his best friends die, and his land in ruin. Shippey writes, “The life experiences of many men and women in the twentieth century have left them with an unshakable conviction of something wrong, something irreducibly evil in the nature of humanity, but without any very satisfactory explanation for it.” Defeat seems inevitable. The forces of evil are strong. And, the quest isn’t really a qu... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Dublin, New Hampshire, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

Israel massacred 62 Palestinians in one day including an 8 month old child

Robert Inlakesh at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 3 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:00 P.M)- The death toll on Gaza, from Monday’s massacre, has been confirmed to have reached 62. This Monday, on the 14th of May, Israeli Snipers massacred 62 peaceful protestors in Gaza, injuring nearly 3,000. Amongst the dead were 7 children, who were specifically targeted and executed by Israeli Snipers. An 8 month […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

north korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago

Iran, Russia, Turkey issue joint statement following peace talks in Astana

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 4 hours ago
Moscow versus Washington: Who is upholding multilateralism? More The post Iran, Russia, Turkey issue joint statement following peace talks in Astana appeared first on The Duran.

Israel intentionally targeting journalists, reporters say

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 4 hours ago
US and Israel are very clear: international law doesn't matter, unless it allegedly involves WMDs More The post Israel intentionally targeting journalists, reporters say appeared first on The Duran.

"Yellowstone Geyser Erupts For 5th Time In Months, Prompting Supervolcano Concerns"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Yellowstone Geyser Erupts For 5th Time In Months, * *Prompting Supervolcano Concerns"* by Tyler Durden Via Intellihub.com "Does the USGS, NASA, and other government agencies know more than they are leading people to believe when it comes to the Yellowstone supervolcano? The largest active geyser in the world has erupted for the fifth time this year, prompting the general public to wonder if an eruption of the supervolcano is imminent. Scientists from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have been trying to quell peoples fears that the magma chamber may explode by producing a... more »

"I Am Wiser..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do. In this trifling particular, then, I appear to be wiser than he, because I do not fancy I know what I do not know.” - Socrates, Plato's “Apology”

Why Should China Change Its Successful Trade Policies Just To Please The US?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
US President Donald Trump has frequently accused China of undermining the US economy [Reuters] *Dani Rodrik, SCMP:* *Why should China change its successful trade policies just to please the US, given America’s own history of violations?* Dani Rodrik says when crafting a global trading environment, it’s important to realise that all nations have different political and social settings, and so will not play by the same ‘rules’. A high-profile United States trade delegation appears to have returned empty-handed from its mission in China. The result is hardly a surprise, given the sca... more »

Lao Tzu’s Four Rules for Living

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Azriel ReShel* - Simple wisdom for life.

A Pet-Free, City Upbringing May be Harmful to Children’s Health

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Anna Hunt* - More than 50 percent of the world’s population now lives in a urban areas.

Meanwhile, Back at Starbucks......

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

Europe Tries To Save The Iran Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*New York Times*:* Allies at Cross-Purposes: Trump Puts Europe Into Damage-Control Mode* BRUSSELS — After a series of decisions by President Trump that have split the trans-Atlantic alliance, European foreign ministers have begun a scramble to contain the fallout to their own interests, global institutions and stability in the Middle East. But even the initial steps of Europe’s effort to devise a separate strategy and save the nuclear accord with Iran showed that the allies might now be working at cross-purposes with the United States, further straining years of international c... more »

Iran, EU Aiming to Keep the Nuclear Deal Alive

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 5 hours ago
Will Europe enforce US sanctions on Iran? If they do, all the talk about continuing with the JCPOA is Baloney. If they tell America to “go jump into the lake”, it is the end of US hegemony over Europe. IMO, a ‘fatal’ blow. It also means the western Illuminati’s plan of a limited nuclear WW3 […]

US Blocks UNSC Call for Independent Probe Into Gaza Deaths – Reports

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 5 hours ago
Zionist ‘666’ Israel is a Satanic counterfeit, it is NOT the Israel of the Bible. The Bible states conclusively that: modern Ashkenazi Khazar Jews (90+% of modern Jewry) are NOT semitic people. They are NOT the descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel. They are NOT Jews. Even their own historians admit this publicly in […]

Gaza-Israel Border Deaths & Chaos: Massacre or Self-Defense? Genocide & Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 5 hours ago
RT Published on May 14, 2018 The opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem has been marred by deadly violence on the Gaza border. The United Nations condemned Israel’s use of lethal force, after the largest single-day loss of life since 2014. end

US Imposes New Sanctions on Iran as ‘Part of Aggressive Campaign’ Against IRGC

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 5 hours ago
I believe Trump has made a ‘fatal’ mistake. He thinks Iran will bow to threats of war like North Korea. I don’t think so. Trump has overlooked the possibility that Europe may abandon US hegemony. This is a game over moment for America. This will also setup the coming war of Revelation 17 – Revelation […]

Putin, Macron Reaffirm Commitment to Implementation of Iran Nuclear Deal

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 5 hours ago
Russia, France reiterate commitment to Iran deal: Kremlin by http://www.presstv.com/ Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, have confirmed their commitment to preserving the 2015 multinational nuclear deal with Iran despite the US withdrawal. – In a phone conversation on Tuesday, Putin and Macron “paid special attention to the situation surrounding Washington’s unilateral […]

Ron Paul Liberty Report: Trump’s Plan for Iran — Put Terrorists in Charge

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 5 hours ago
RonPaulLibertyReport Published on May 14, 2018 Guess who the “regime changers” want to rule Iran? end

"Are We About To Reach That "Margin Call" Moment, Again?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Are We About To Reach That "Margin Call" Moment, Again?"* by Mark St.Cyr "Over this past weekend the movie “Margin Call” (2011, Lionsgate™) made its way back into the rotation on my cablebox. For those who have never seen this movie, regardless if you are involved in stock trading, it is a must watch on so many levels, be it general business, corporate leadership, department interactions, skullduggery, familial, as well as personal backstabbing, the list goes on. It is absolutely loaded with a plethora of take-aways of the real-life-lesson variety. I say this because I have been ... more »

Why There Is No Gun Like a Glock (And Why the World's Militaries Love Them)

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * We break it down. *In the intervening thirty-five years, the Glock has become the dominant handgun in a crowded field of competitors. Despite stiff competition from countries emulating his polymer design, Glock 17 handguns serve with such diverse forces as the British Armed Forces, the Swedish Armed Forces, Indian special forces, the Iraqi military, the Israeli Defense Forces and the Yemeni military. The Glock 17 outfits dozens of armies and hundreds of police forces worldwide. U.S. Army Rangers and Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command use... more »

Tank War: America's 'New' M1 Abrams vs. Russia's Deadly Armata (Who Wins?)

TNI Staff at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*TNI Staff* *Security, * Ultimately, it is likely that the T-14 and Abrams offer comparable performance—neither is likely to have insurmountable advantage over the other. If tensions between Russia and the United States spill over into open warfare in Europe, the conflict would inevitably escalate into a nuclear war. But even during a potential World War III, there might be a gradual escalation into a nuclear Armageddon. In the unlikely scenario of a future conflict in the late 2020s for example in the vicinity of Kaliningrad, perhaps sparked by some sort of unintentional clash,... more »

A Russian View on America’s Withdrawal from the Iran Deal

Andrey Sushentsov at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Andrey Sushentsov* *Security, Middle East* [image: Dmitry Medvedev, who was nominated as the candidate for the post of Russian Prime Minister, and President Vladimir Putin attend a session of the State Duma in Moscow] Moscow sees the move as a harbinger of what's to come: a return to multipolarity. Russia is acting deeply disappointed in public. In response to Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement blaming the United States for “intractable” actions based on “narrow and opportun... more »

America Should See Saudi Arabia's War on Yemen for the Horror It Really Is

Doug Bandow at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Doug Bandow* *Security, Middle East* What could justify U.S. complicity in another state’s war? The U.S. is at war in Yemen. Special Forces are on the ground in Saudi Arabia assisting the oil giant against its impoverished neighbor. Washington also is providing Riyadh’s military with munitions, targeting assistance, and aerial refueling. All to bomb a nation whose people have done nothing against Americans. Although President Donald Trump once criticized the Saudi royals for trying to “control U.S. politicians with daddy’s money,” he has continued to support Saudi Arabia’s war ... more »

The Iran Deal Didn't Change Tehran's Behavior

Edward Chang at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Edward Chang* *Security, Middle East* [image: Iran's President Rouhani speaks about the nuclear deal in Tehran] America has options that do not involve taking a hands-off approach to Iran or invading and occupying it. It is often argued that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal has not constrained the Islamic Republic’s destabilizing activity in the Middle East or stopped its ballistic missile testing. When responding to this argument, one of the oddest rebuttals is the claim that such destabilizing activity and missile testing were not a part of the agreement and therefore are irrelevan... more »

Trump's Plan for Selling Weapons to the Middle East

Shimon Arad at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Shimon Arad* *Security, Middle East* [image: Members of Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca] While most Obama-era sales to the Middle East were fighter jets and helicopters, air defense systems and munitions top the list so far in the Trump presidency. The Trump administration has set its sights on expanding America’s substantial arms sales around the globe. The United States is already the world’s leading arms exporter, accounting for 34 percent of total arms exports in the world between 20... more »

The Russian-German Relationship Is in Free Fall

Lyle J. Goldstein at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Lyle J. Goldstein* *Security, Europe* [image: German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen meets soldiers during a visit to Kaserne Hochstaufen (mountain infantry military barracks) in Bad Reichenhall, southern German] The vital Germany-Russia relationship is badly adrift and European security is imperiled as a result. There are numerous tensions roiling U.S.-German relations at present, not least the oft-mentioned lack of personal chemistry and contrasting leadership styles among the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump. Foremost now on the agenda, of cour... more »

X22 Report, “The Indicator Of Indicators Is Flashing Red”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
X22 Report, “The Indicator Of Indicators Is Flashing Red” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQhFAr5AhNw

U.S. Foreign Policy Cannot Be Built By Executive Orders

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza *Eliot A. Cohen. The Atlantic*:* A Reckoning for Obama's Foreign-Policy Legacy* *Veterans of the last administration are learning a hard lesson: Policies constructed by executive order and executive agreement are just as easily blown up by them.* Embedded in any policy is some theory of victory—some explanation, no matter how inchoate or ill-considered, that explains why this might work. So too with President Trump’s decision to walk away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the agreement with Iran so ungainly that even the acronym... more »

European FMs commit to save Iran deal, counteract US sanctions

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 6 hours ago
'American extraterritoriality' is like a 'live wire' More The post European FMs commit to save Iran deal, counteract US sanctions appeared first on The Duran.

Why walking is good for you

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 6 hours ago
Weight loss, toned muscles, better than running, helps the brain, stronger bones, relief from back pain, a calmer mind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ka7B3hCg08 [image: walking]

Polar bear habitat update mid-May: little change since 1989 despite CO2 increase

Hifast at Climate Collections - 6 hours ago
Originally posted on polarbearscience: Sea ice habitat for polar bears has not become progressively worse each year during their season of critical feeding and mating, as some scaremongers often imply. It’s true that absolute extent of Arctic ice is lower this spring than it was in 1979. However, according to NSIDC Masie figures, polar bear…

From Egyptian Chronicles : Ramadan Kareem 1439

noreply@blogger.com (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 6 hours ago
From Egyptian Chronicles to all the Muslims around the globe, Happy Ramadan or as we say in Egypt “Ramadan Kareem”. Ramadan of Hijri year 1439 will officially commence in Egypt on Thursday. According to calculations, the Holy month will be 29 days. “Ramadan Kareem” means literality Ramadan is generous in reference to its blessings. Usually, when you greet someone with this phrase during the Ramadan, the answer will be automatically “Allah Akram” which means “Allah or God is more generous”. This is our Ramadan greeting in Egypt. It is different than Ramadan Mubarak. Ramadan Kareem and... more »

U.S.Senator Rand Paul Asks CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel If She Knows Of Any CIA Surveillance Of Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Earlier today, I sent the @CIA a letter inquiring about Ms. Haspel’s involvement or coordination in possible surveillance of then-candidate @realDonaldTrump. I await a response. pic.twitter.com/BncHW1KJvY — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 15, 2018 *Politico:* *Rand Paul asks Haspel if she knows of any CIA surveillance of Trump* Rand Paul has one last question for CIA director nominee Gina Haspel: Was she at all involved with any surveillance of President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign? The Kentucky senator sent Haspel a letter on Tuesday laying out his susp... more »

Tomorrow-- Big Vote On Net Neutrality

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
As you probably know, Senate Democrats are going to force a vote of new neutrality tomorrow> The goal is to repeal anti-neutrality changes recently adopted by the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission. CNN reported that the repeal is backed by all 49 Democrats and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and that it's expected to pass in the Senate tomorrow. The problem, of course, is in the GOP-led House. And even if it were to pass the House, Trump would never sign it. Democrats argue the new rules give too much power to Internet service providers, whom they fea... more »

Deep State Operatives in DOJ Attack House Intel Committee Investigator in Fake News Leak to NYT

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: deep-state-operatives-in-doj-attack-house-intel-committee-investigator-in-fake-news-leak-to-nyt] House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) have accused the Department of Justice (DOJ) of being behind “anonymous attacks” in the media on a House Intelligence Committee GOP staffer. The staffer was named and raked over the coals by an anonymous source in a *New York Times* hit-piece over the weekend.

Millions in Tax Dollars Stolen Via Welfare and Sent to Terrorist Group

Selwyn Duke at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: millions-in-tax-dollars-stolen-via-welfare-and-sent-to-terrorist-group] It sounds like something from a movie: A man is caught at an airport with one million in cash in a carry-on suitcase. Yet in what some have called the “worst scandal in Minnesota history,” this scene plays out weekly at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, with more than $100 million leaving the country and ending up in the Middle East and North Africa just last year.

Where Is the Center of the Universe?

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 7 hours ago
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‘Refreshing Breath of Truth’ on Gaza Massacre, Palestine Allowed On-Air

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 7 hours ago
*21WIRE + CBS News* | Something you almost never see on a major news network -- truth-telling about Israel and Palestine.

Some background to Hamas's riots

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Elan Journo, author of the upcoming book *What Justice Demands: America & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict*, offers some relevant background to understand what you see in the news from the Gaza border. Israeli citizens, he argues, have a legitimate right to self-defence, which the Israeli Defence force is protecting. Just like us, acknowledges Journo, "Israel has flaws and shortcomings. Yet, also like our society, it protects the freedom of individuals." So on the one side you have this semi-free society trying to protect itself and its citizens, on the other an Iranian-backed org... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 15, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Galen Guengerich, Reuters:* *How to avert more death and despair in Gaza* Scores of Palestinians killed. Thousands wounded. That’s the toll exacted over the past seven weeks by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) against protesters along the security fence separating Gaza from Israel. Unless the situation gets defused quickly, the carnage is likely to get much worse. Since early April, weekly “Great March of Return” demonstrations have focused on the plight of more than 700,000 Palestinian refugees driven from their homeland in 1948. Exacerbated by the Trump administration’s move of th... more »

Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 8 hours ago
Floored cats.

Syrian choppers drop thousands of leaflets demanding rebels surrender in Daraa

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:55 A.M.) – Syrian choppers dropped thousands of leaflets over the provincial capital of Dara’a and its countryside on Tuesday, demanding the rebel forces surrender to the government. The leaflets specifically called on the rebels to lay down their weapons and seek reconciliation with the government. The government warned the rebels that they […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkey: Palestinian supporters beat Trump effigy to a pulp

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 A.M.) – An effigy of US President Donald Trump was ripped to shreds at a pro-Palestine demonstration in Diyarbakir, south-eastern Turkey, on Tuesday. The protest was called to denounce the relocation of the US embassy to Israel. International condemnation followed recent bloodshed at the border fence, when Israeli fire killed 60 Palestinians, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

High ranking FSA commander defects to Syrian Army in northern Homs

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 A.M.) – A high ranking military commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) has defected to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) after years of war in the northern countryside of Homs. Manhal Sallouh of the Free Syrian Army’s Al-Tawhid Brigade, which is one of the largest rebel faction, announced his defection from […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

North Korea abandons talks with South, Trump amidst US and ROK joint military drills

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 8 hours ago
After all, how are you bolstering your sincere intention for seeking peace, when you're practicing killing them? More The post North Korea abandons talks with South, Trump amidst US and ROK joint military drills appeared first on The Duran.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 8 hours ago
I agree with Paul Waldman that Democratic efforts to win the respect of Trump voters are futile: ... the mistake is to ignore where the belief in Democratic disrespect actually comes from and to assume that Democrats have it in their power to banish it. It doesn’t come from the policies advocated by the Democratic Party, and it doesn’t come from the things Democratic politicians say. Where does it come from? An entire industry that’s devoted to convincing white people that liberal elitists look down on them. ... The right has a gigantic media apparatus that is devoted to convincin... more »

Lawmakers Introduce Farm Bill Amendment to Prohibit Federal Government Interference in Raw Milk Sales

Derrick Broze at Activist Post - 8 hours ago
By Derrick Broze A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced an amendment to the House Farm Bill designed to make it easier for consumers to... more »

Silver’s Long Consolidation Looks Like a Launching Pad

Activist Post at Activist Post - 8 hours ago
By Stefan Gleason The primary trend for gold and silver over the past year and a half has been the absence of any clear direction... more »

JAMA Links Doctor Payments To Opioid Prescriptions

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 8 hours ago
Pharmaceutical industry marketing of opioid products to physicians through non-research payments, which can include speaking fees and meals, was associated with greater opioid prescribing in a recent JAMA Internal Medicine article. read more

IMP-1088: Finally, Progress Toward A Cure For The Common Cold?

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 8 hours ago
There is no existing cure for the common cold. The reason is simple: it is caused by a family of viruses with hundreds of variants, making it nearly impossible to become immune to or vaccinate against all of them. On top of that, the viruses evolve rapidly, meaning they can quickly gain resistance to drugs. But there may be some new hope. A paper in *Nature Chemistry* discusses a new molecule, IMP-1088, that dual inhibits human N-myristoyltransferases NMT1 and NMT2 protein. Viruses 'hijack' NMT from human cells to construct the protein 'shell', or capsid, which protects the virus ge... more »

Oh My! (Where Net Wanders Lead…)

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 8 hours ago
A visit to halls of macadamia is well worth it. Continue reading →

World News Briefs -- May 15, 2018 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*New Your Times:* *North Korea Postpones Talks With South, Hinting Kim-Trump Summit Is in Peril* SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea abruptly postponed high-level talks with South Korea on Wednesday to protest a joint South Korean-United States Air Force drill, and warned that the historic summit meeting between North Korea’s leader and President Trump next month could be jeopardized. The news injected sudden tension and uncertainty into what had been months of warming relations on the Korean Peninsula. It came weeks before North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, who has raised the possib... more »

Cyber Incoherence

prosenzweig at Lawfare - 9 hours ago
Last week, Megan Reiss and I mocked the silliness of the National Security Advisor Bolton's idea to eliminate the cyber coordinator role. Proving that Lawfare has little influence and that the White House has little coherence, today the NSC announced a reorganization that killed the coordinator position. The White House says, the cyber team has two senior directors and a coordinator is not needed. It also argues that eliminating a layer of bureacracy would make things move more smoothly, as if coordination were achieved by eliminating a coordinator. This is not just nonsense. ... more »

Tweet of the day: "Seeing Jews & Muslims fighting over the shittiest piece of land on Earth makes me realize how privileged I am here in Canada."

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
*"Seeing Jews & Muslims fighting over the shittiest piece of land on Earth makes me realize how privileged I am here in Canada. When you don’t have a hard-on for divinely sanctioned real estate allotment, the world is so much more beautiful. Burn your holy books & open your eyes."* ~ Ali A. Rizvi‏, author of *The Atheist Muslim: A Journey From Religion to Reason* Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with link and attribution.

Nakba; expurgated

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
I receive frequent messages from CUFI, which I assume is because Google tracks my search habits. In case you aren’t familiar with that acronym, it stands for Christians United For Israel. Funny thing is, I assumed (too much assuming?) that Christians were basically rather opposed to Israel. * Think Lucy Winkett Rector of St James's Church, Piccadilly, she of the Christmas “Tear down that Wall” stunt, “Bethlehem Unwrapped”. * Think - TFTD regular, John Bell of the Iona community who, only the other day, reflected somewhat critically upon prejudice and bigotry, somehow overlooking hi... more »

Interviews from Creation Conference in Turkey

TNA Video at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: alex-newman-creation-conference-2018-collection]VIDEOS - The 3rd International Conference on the Origin of Life and the Universe took place in Istanbul, Turkey on April 28, 2018

Colombia Overwhelmed With Venezuelan Refugees, Deports Some

Warren Mass at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: colombia-overwhelmed-with-venezuelan-refugees-deports-some] Thousands of Venezuelans fleeing unbearable conditions are fleeing to neighboring Cúcuta, Colombia, which has become overwhelmed and forced to deport some of them.

Why The Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly

David Stockman at 9 hours ago
[image: undefined] Like the case of Rome before it, the Empire is bankrupting America. The true fiscal cost is upwards of $1.0 trillion per year (counting $200 billion for veterans and debt service for wars), but there is no way to pay for it. That's because the 78-million strong Baby Boom is in the driver's seat of American politics. It plainly will not permit the $3 trillion per year retirement and health care entitlements-driven Welfare State to be curtailed. The Trumpite/GOP has already sealed that deal by refusing to reform Social Security and Medicare and by proving to be ...more »

Raccoon helps to cheer up depressed pets at Russian veterinary clinic

White Wolf at White Wolf - 10 hours ago
Adorable little raccoon Yasha from the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don does not spend all his time washing stuff - he prefers social work. His main task is to calm down canine patients before their visit to the vet, and he is definitely great at it! His owner, veterinarian Alexei Krotov, who noticed how good Yasha was in communicating with dogs, surely values his little buddy's help. However, this fluffy employee is not over popular with the feline visitors to the clinic. Doctors sometimes need an assistant who can help them do their work in the most efficient way. Turns out, Aleks... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago

BREAKING: Anthropology powers ahead!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018Depressing new findings emerge:* As happenstance would happen to have it, we clicked to The Daily Beast at almost exactly the moment when this childish headline appeared as top item on the Beast's ten-item "Cheat Sheet:" UNCOVERED *Anne Frank Made Dirty Jokes in Newly-Revealed Diary Pages* Experts tell us that this Daily Beast headline constitutes a major anthropological find. Beneath the headline, The Beast provided a childish summary of this New York Times report, to which a link was provided. As we've told you, "it's all anthropology now!" It no longer mak... more »

The great beyond...

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 10 hours ago
The Dark Energy Survey (DES) has discovered 11 new streams of stars that originate from outside of our galaxy. These “stellar streams” (Asimov's "Currents of Space"?) are made up of the remnants of nearby clusters or dwarf galaxies, which were ripped or altered or destroyed by the gravity of the Milky Way. There are about 1,000 to 10,000 main sequence stars in each stream. Yes, this is another review of recent news about SPACE! So cool. A video dive down into the Mutara… I mean, Orion… Nebula. Lower shields and enter at your own risk. The Age of Amateurs at its best. An amateur a... more »

Turkey's Currency The Lira Continues To Crash

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters:* *'Disbelief': Investors in Turkey stunned by Erdogan's fight with markets* LONDON (Reuters) - “Shock and disbelief” - that’s how global money managers reacted to an attempt by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to re-assure foreign investors about his economic management as the lira went into tailspin. Fund managers who met Erdogan and his delegation in London on Monday, part of a three-day visit to Britain, were baffled about how he plans to tame rising inflation and a currency in freefall - while simultaneously seeking lower interest rates. Some said that while Erd... more »

Correcting Flaws in Global Warming Projections

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 10 hours ago
Thanks to GWPF for publishing posthumously Bill Gray’s understanding of global warming/climate change. The paper was compiled at his request, completed and now available as Flaws in applying greenhouse warming to Climate Variability This post provides some excerpts in italics with my bolds and some headers. Readers will learn much from the entire document (title above is […]

Newfoundland and Labrador Religious Groups Get Canada Summer Jobs Grants

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 10 hours ago
Newfoundland and Labrador Reminders: I was going by name only, quite literally. All (known) religious groups got tagged. Others that sounded "churchy" got checked. Caps and quotation marks from original document. Where "no website" is noted I could not find a website for that particular group. (Obviously there is a website for "United Church of Canada" but sometimes I couldn't find one specific to that riding.) Where a link is not provided, it is elsewhere in this blogpost. I haven't done the hyperlink thing, because there are too many. Sorry, you'll have to copy and paste. Asteris... more »

BREAKING NEWS: North Korea Suspends Talks With South Korea. Warns President Trump That The Summit May Be Cancelled (News Roundup)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Daily Mail: **BREAKING NEWS: North Korea threatens to CANCEL nuclear summit with Trump because it believes 'provocative military ruckus' of joint U.S.-South Korea drills are rehearsal for invasion* * June 12 Singapore summit between Trump and Kim is suddenly in jeopardy * North Korean government blames joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises * Pyongyang sees the drills as a rehearsal for a full-scale invasion * Kim also canceled meeting with South Korea's president on a few hours' notice North Korea's government says it is considering calling off a planned nuclear summit between... more »

Correcting Flaws in Global Warming Projections

Hifast at Climate Collections - 10 hours ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: William Mason Gray (1929-2016), pioneering hurricane scientist and forecaster and professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University. Thanks to GWPF for publishing posthumously Bill Gray’s understanding of global warming/climate change. The paper was compiled at his request, completed and now available as Flaws in applying greenhouse warming to Climate Variability This…

Study: variations in global warming trend are caused by oceans

Hifast at Climate Collections - 10 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: More vindication for Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. who has said that global ocean heat content is the best metric for tracking global warming. From the University of Southampton: When the atmosphere gets extra warm it receives more heat from the ocean. New study finds variations in global warming…

New study finds variations in global warming trend are caused by oceans

Hifast at Climate Collections - 10 hours ago
Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop: The headline from the source should perhaps mention that those ‘variations’ can include ‘no global warming trend’, or hiatus, as explained below. New research has shown that natural variations in global mean temperature are always forced by changes in heat release and heat uptake by the oceans, in particular…

U.S. had its coldest April in more than 20 years

Hifast at Climate Collections - 10 hours ago
Originally posted on Sierra Foothill Commentary: Below-average temperatures spanned the Rockies to the East Coast May 8, 2018 Everyone seems to be wondering, “What happened to spring?” Last month, a persistent flow of Arctic air blanketed the eastern two-thirds of the nation. Record cold, and even snow in some areas, delayed the onset of warm…

Jerusalem and Gaza : A bloody tale of two cities with occupation

noreply@blogger.com (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 11 hours ago
Jerusalem and Gaza made titles around the globe on Monday as expected. US First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner inaugurated the new US embassy in East Jerusalem in a big celebration whereas at least 58 Palestinian protesters were killed and over 2700 others were injured by the live ammunition of the Israeli forces at the Israeli Gaza borders in the Great March of return at the same time. There are lots of scenes that we need to think about on that day The day started with that US embassy inauguration that most foreign diplomats boycott including the Egyptian ambas... more »

Why Doesn't Gwen Graham Just Switch Parties And Run As A "Moderate" Republican-- Which Is What She's Always Been?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Bipartisan love-- And #MeToo Graham* Gwen Graham is eating Patrick Murphy's lunch... again. When they served in Congress together, briefly thankfully, Murphy was always the *second* worst Florida Democrat-- in a delegation filled with garbage like Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alcee Hastings and Corrine Brown, currently serving in a federal penitentiary on basic corruption charges. Murphy (a New Dem) and Graham (a Blue Dog) never rose beyond their "F" ProgressivePunch ratings, not ever. Murphy came up with a superficial gimmick torun as a team with one of the MSNBC Republicans, former ... more »

The Neonic Ban: A Scientific Fraud Becomes Enshrined In EU Regulatory Law

Henry I. Miller at Science 2.0 blogs - 11 hours ago
Five years after the European Union imposed a temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, an “experts committee” of the member states has now finally voted to make the ban permanent. This was hardly a surprise. The vote followed shortly after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published their advisory opinion that neonics “represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees,” a finding that got banner headlines across Europe and the U.S. read more

Environmental Trial Lawyer Groups Go To Court To Preserve Obama EPA Regulations

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 11 hours ago
The litigation group Earthjustice, the sue-and-settle arm of Sierra Club, has joined other controversial environmental trial lawyer groups, such as Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Union of Concerned Scientists, in a lawsuit to try and force EPA to keep Obama-era standards that environmental lawyers helped write. The now discarded additional regulations would have further limited carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light trucks for the model years 2022-25. read more

CIA Director Nominee Committee Vote Scheduled For Wednesday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*USA Today*:* Senate Intelligence Committee poised to endorse Gina Haspel as next CIA director* WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee is poised to advance Gina Haspel's nomination Wednesday to be the CIA's first female director, setting up a close confirmation vote in the full Senate amid questions about her role in the agency's now-outlawed torture program. The vote, which will take place in closed session and then be announced publicly, comes just one week after Haspel promised senators during a contentious confirmation hearing that she won't try to revive banned tortu... more »

Teen Sent to Prison for Defending Home from Intruders—Because The Intruders Were Cops

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: raid] A man was sentenced to 13 years in prison when he attempted to defend his family by shooting intruders who turned out to be police officers carrying out a no-knock raid. The post Teen Sent to Prison for Defending Home from Intruders—Because The Intruders Were Cops appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Declassified DoD Report Warns US at Risk of Total Collapse, Millions of Deaths from EMP Attack

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: EMP] A shocking report, commissioned by Congress and carried out by the Department of Defense on Electromagnetic Pulse, has just been declassified showing the extreme threat the US faces from an EMP attack. The post Declassified DoD Report Warns US at Risk of Total Collapse, Millions of Deaths from EMP Attack appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

WATCH: USMC Vet Pulled from Car, Mauled by K9 Over Stop for Missing Front License Plate

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: license] A Marine veteran, who had harmed no one, was pulled from his car and severely mauled by a police K9, over a stop for a $200 license plate violation. The post WATCH: USMC Vet Pulled from Car, Mauled by K9 Over Stop for Missing Front License Plate appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Brazil Announces Seleção to Play 2018 World Cup

Lise Alves at The Rio Times - 11 hours ago
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With a little over two months before their first game in this year’s World Cup in Russia, Brazil has announced its 23-player team. Brazilian soccer coach, Tite, read off the names on Monday afternoon to a room full of reporters of those who will […]

I may resemble that remark

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 11 hours ago
Miss D. and I have been absent from the gym for several weeks, due to minor health issues that are rapidly being resolved. Yesterday was our first day back . . . and today, we're so stiff it hurts! That made yesterday's Pearls Before Swine cartoon particularly appropriate. (Click the image to see a larger version at its Web page.) What can I say but "Heh (Ow!)"? Peter

Running for Maryland Governor, Ben Jealous Puts Focus on Education

Jamal Watson at Diverse - 11 hours ago
At 45, Ben Jealous is looking to make history by becoming Maryland’s first Black governor, making access to higher education a central tenet of his grassroots campaign.

Using markdown to markup bookmarks and pages: Part 2 – Bullets and headings

Michiel de Wit at start.me - 11 hours ago
Some time ago, we posted a blog about marking up your bookmarks and pages using Markdown. That blog covered the basics, such as making text bold and using a fixed width font. In this second blog, we will continue to explore the possibilities of Markdown. We will show you how you can make use markup… Read More Read More

More Than 40 Million Americans to Travel on Memorial Day Despite Higher Gas Prices

Bob Adelmann at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: more-than-40-million-americans-to-travel-on-memorial-day-despite-higher-gas-prices] Despite higher gas prices, most Americans won't even feel the increase in gas prices on their vacations this summer.

States and Their Proxies in Cyber Operations

vweber at Lawfare - 11 hours ago
PDF Version A review of Tim Maurer’s “Cyber Mercenaries: The State, Hackers, and Power” (Cambridge, 2018). *** An ancient saying goes that whoever hires Swiss mercenaries wins the war. While Swiss mercenaries are nowadays not as feared as they once were, the Swiss Pontifical Guard still reflects the splendor of Renaissance warriors for hire. Yet the history of mercenary engagement in conflict is not only confined to land warfare. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the high seas were roamed by privateers who deployed their capabilities in favor of states that were unable to realize ... more »

Last Week at the Military Commissions: The 9/11 Case is Back in Motion

sgrant at Lawfare - 11 hours ago
The military commission in *United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed et al.* (the “9/11 case”) reconvened for pretrial proceedings last week, meeting in open session on April 30, May 1, and May 3, in addition to closed sessions on May 2 and May 3. The commission covered a wide variety of topics, including several motions related to government efforts to withhold or disguise government witness identities; motions related to defendant access to laptops, defense team members, and medical testing; and two motions to dismiss for unlawful influence, the first challenging Defense Secretar... more »

Student Indicted in Fatal Stabbing of University Freshman

cmaadmin at Diverse - 12 hours ago
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — A Binghamton University student has been indicted in the stabbing death of a fellow student in a campus dormitory. The Press and Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton reports 20-year-old Michael Roque was indicted Monday on a charge of second-degree murder. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison. Roque […]

PETA Lawsuit Says Texas University Hid Facebook Comments

cmaadmin at Diverse - 12 hours ago
AUSTIN, Texas — An animal rights group is accusing Texas’ largest university of hiding Facebook comments in a First Amendment lawsuit. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claims in the lawsuit filed Monday that Texas A&M University hid Facebook comments that contained words associated with the group’s protests over animal research. Free speech […]

Civil Rights Investigation Into Northwest College Concludes

cmaadmin at Diverse - 12 hours ago
CODY, Wyo. — Northwest College in northern Wyoming has agreed to implement a number of policy revisions and changes as a result of a pair of federal civil rights investigations. The Cody Enterprise reports the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights recently concluded its investigations stemming from a 2016 complaint alleging the school […]

New Book Explores Unsung Black Women Freedom Fighters

cmaadmin at Diverse - 12 hours ago
The title of Dr. Keisha Blain's critically acclaimed new book about Black nationalist women may portend her own future as a scholar and historian. "Set the World on Fire" and her other projects reveal a woman ablaze with momentum.

How to Not Kill Our Sons

Nichole Margarita Garcia at Diverse - 12 hours ago
This is a call to action. Stop killing our sons, literally and metaphorically. Make a connection, be an ally. The best allies are the individuals who listen, advocate and empower others to do the same.

US security experts warn against all-out war against Iran

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – US security experts warning about the serious consequences of carrying out regime change in Iran and the Middle East, at the New Horizon international conference in Tehran on Tuesday. Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Military Intelligence officer Philip Giraldi did not think that the United States’ exit from the Iran […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israel demands Turkish Consul General leave country

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
The Israeli Foreign Ministry demanded that the Consul General of Turkey in Jerusalem leave the country, the Jerusalem Post reported this afternoon. “The Consul General was invited to return to Turkey for consultations for some time,” the representative of the diplomatic department said. Earlier on Tuesday, similar measures were taken by the Turkish authorities against […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: US imposes fresh sanctions on Iranian individuals, bank: Treasury

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
The US has imposed fresh sanctions on an Iranian bank and individuals, the department of the treasury has announced. In a release on its website, the department listed four people added to the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s Specially Designated Nationals List. Those individuals are Aras Habib Kareem, the chairman of Al Bilad Islamic Bank […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army takes control of 14 towns in northern Homs (map)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has taken control of several towns in the northern countryside of the Homs Governorate this week, following the departure of many rebels from this large pocket in central Syria. According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Army is now in control of 230 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Palestinian ambassador accuses Israel of working with Al-Nusra Front

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
Israeli intelligence is in contact with the representatives of the Syrian al-Nusra terrorist group, Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Abdel Hafiz Nofal said at a press conference in Moscow. “There is a certain communication between the Israeli intelligence service and some representatives of the al-Nusra* group, for the assistance and treatment of the wounded,” the ambassador […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Things to Consider

LL at Virtual Mirage - 12 hours ago
*Food - for thought* *Age*

CawRANT Events #64

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*CawRANT Events #64* Good morning Everybody! It is a blazingly hot and sunny day on the West Coast. We've had unprecedentedly warm weather for a week now and it seems like mid-summer. Even the forest fire situation is getting serious! I have not been able to blog for about the same amount of time...due to a confluence of several unsettling factors more or less out of my control. Firstly, one of my three small dogs, Daisy, broke her right foreleg just below the shoulder. It has been back and forth to the vet. She had a small operation where a pin was inserted. All went well... more »

Reversing Aging of Mouse Blood Vessels & Muscles

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 12 hours ago
Vascular aging in mice is shown to be reversible. Exercise and Dietary Restriction help change particular metabolic signalling molecules (NAD+-H2S) and a particular adjunct is shown to enhance this reversal of vascular aging. Continue reading →

No End-Game In Sight In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Phillip O'Neill, National Interest: **America's Exit Strategy for Afghanistan is Flawed* It is time for America to end a militarized process that had its inception with the reaction to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan decades ago. As the United States enters its seventeenth annual fighting season in Afghanistan, the endgame seems no closer. America continues to try to club the Taliban into talking; they endeavor to expel us. America ratchets up financial coercion against Pakistan seeking fuller cooperation; Pakistan hedges its bets in facing existential threats. Since continui... more »

Schools are removing analogue clocks from exam halls as teenagers 'cannot tell the time' - File under #ffs

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
'Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers' union has said. Teachers are now installing digital devices after pupils sitting their GCSE and A-level exams complained that they were struggling to read the correct time on an analogue clock. Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said youngsters have become accustomed to using digital devices. "The current generation aren't as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations," he told... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 12 hours ago
John McCain was a brave POW who became a fair-weather maverick in Congress, a senator who was never particularly courageous, his press clips notwithstanding. But now he's gravely ill and I don't feel qualified to judge him in matters of health. However, Gateway Pundit's Kristinn Taylor isn't being quite so fastidious. *Melania Trump and Harry Reid Both Had Surgery on Monday, Guess Who John McCain Offered His ‘Prayers and Best Wishes’ To?* First Lady Melania Trump had surgery on Monday for a benign kidney problem that will keep her hospitalized for several days. Also on Monday, retir... more »

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