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Thomas Paine

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

14 May - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:16 pm MDT

LaRouchePAC Monday Update - May 14, 2018

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 12 hours ago
LaRouchePAC Friday Webcast - May 14, 2018 Video of LaRouchePAC Friday Webcast - May 14, 2018 Join us LIVE at 12:30pm Eastern with our host, Matthew Ogden for the LaRouchePAC Monday Update.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Admits That The Islamist Militants Who Killed 166 People In India In 2008 Had Crossed The Border From Pakistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Sharif was dismissed as prime minister by the Supreme Court in July over corruption allegations [Faisal Mahmood/Reuters] *Reuters*: *Pakistan condemns ex-PM Sharif over comment on attack on India* ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan’s top civil and military leaders on Monday condemned a suggestion by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that Islamist militants who killed 166 people in India in 2008 had crossed the border from Pakistan. The comments - in which Sharif implied he was removed from office by the Supreme Court last year for trying to end military support for anti-India milita... more »

BREAKING: Yale kids taught to play more, worry less!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018Times, Post broadcast message:* Last Monday, Kevin Drum told the kids to get off his lawn when they engage in their juuling. Well, that isn't exactly what he said, along with which you may not know just what this "juuling" is. But after he finished his juuling chunk, Drum expressed his main point. His main point concerned the young people whose lives and interests actually count within our upper-end press corps. He said that, when it comes to the youth, the press corps [HEART] the elite: DRUM (5/7/18): I don’t actually have any comment to make about Juuling. B... more »

70th anniversary celebrations

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
This is Melanie McDonagh in the Spectator. Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations ignore an inescapable fact. I think she meant ‘inescapable *fiction*’ unless she had the same history teacher as Ken Livingstone. “The founding of Israel was the consequence of an historic injustice to the people already living there. Look at that sentence. Does it make sense? It’s as if she’s seen something on a pro-Palestinian forum - say: *“The consequence of the founding of Israel was that those already living there suffered a historic injustice.”* then decided to chop it up with scissors and reas... more »

Government hones in on revamped China FTA

bilaterals.org - 12 hours ago
14-May-2018 The Government hopes to start the next round of talks on the upgrade of the China Free Trade Agreement in the next few weeks.

Peru wants to conclude FTA with India at the earliest

bilaterals.org - 12 hours ago
14-May-2018 Peru is keen to conclude a comprehensive free trade agreement with India and wants it to be signed for mutual benefit.

Reko Diq damages claim ‘exaggerated'

bilaterals.org - 12 hours ago
14-May-2018 The company exaggerated its future profits by underrating tax and royalty obligations by as much as 61 per cent, officials said.

NAFTA math may not add up to more US auto jobs

bilaterals.org - 12 hours ago
14-May-2018 Trump administration demands in NAFTA trade negotiations meant to push auto jobs back to the United States may not be enough to spark a shift in where automakers build cars and trucks.

Swiss farmers' group disappointed with China free trade deal

bilaterals.org - 12 hours ago
14-May-2018 Four years after a landmark free trade agreement between Switzerland and China came into force, Swiss farmers' hopes for a boom in agricultural exports have not been met.

South Carolina College Tops Fundraising Goal

cmaadmin at Diverse - 12 hours ago
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A college in South Carolina has topped its goal for a fundraising drive. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that The Citadel Foundation has raised $250 million in the six-year campaign. The Citadel had hoped to raise $175 million for its 175th anniversary. The school said Saturday that nearly 21,000 donors […]

A Courageous Cheerleader

cmaadmin at Diverse - 12 hours ago
Dr. Ric N. Baser, President of Northwest Vista College, has moved the needle on student retention and graduation rates and has made diversity a top priority.

Will Ecuador ‘Exit’ Assange from its London Embassy?

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 12 hours ago
*Stephen Lendman* | If Assange and WikiLeaks are silenced, it’ll be another blow to truth-telling on vital issues at a time it’s vitally needed.

Deep State Subversion: “A Murderer Is Less to Be Feared”

William F. Jasper at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: deep-state-subversion-a-murderer-is-less-to-be-feared] “A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within,” the great Roman statesman Cicero opined before the Senate. That warning is as applicable today as it was 2,000 years ago.

UN Attempting to Create a Legally Binding Climate Change Pact

James Murphy at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: un-attempting-to-create-a-legally-binding-climate-change-pact] The UN globalists have taken a first step toward making their international climate regulations enforceable by the UN.

Shia Leader Muqtada al-Sadr's Coalition Set To Win Iraq Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Cleric Sadr, in surprise comeback, seems set to win Iraq election* BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States, led in Iraq’s parliamentary election with more than half the votes counted on Monday, the electoral commission said, in a surprise turn of fortune for the Shi’ite leader. In the first election since Islamic State was defeated in the country, Shi’ite militia chief Hadi al-Amiri’s bloc, which is backed by Iran, was in second place, while Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, once seen as the front-runner, trail... more »

Gaza Protests -- Live Updates

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Gaza Protests -- Live Updates* Gaza protest violence: Live -- BBC U.S. Embassy opens in Jerusalem amid Palestinian protests – live updates -- AP Israeli troops kill dozens of Palestinians protesting against US embassy move to Jerusalem – live updates -- The Guardian Protests in Gaza as US embassy moves: Live Updates -- CNN Gaza protests: All the latest updates -- Al Jazeera LIVE UPDATES: Dozens of Gazans dead in clashes ahead of US embassy move -- Jerusalem Post

A Regime of Heedless Extraction and the Hope for a Better Tomorrow

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
The Trump administration represents a regime of heedless extraction. His administration is heedlessly unleashing the extractive industries. I cannot understand the RISK-BLIND logic that drives decision-making to deregulate finance, big oil, nuclear, big ag, etc (even education under deVos) (see De-Regulating the Would-Be Masters of the Universe...) There will be no hopeful tomorrow if we discount it so fully in our disregard for effects on biological and social environments. That said, I do hold out hope that the increasingly visible clash between nihilism and human survival will... more »

Time to Pay Attention: The US is Playing Right Into the Hands of Israel’s Plan for War With Iran

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: iran] The United States' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal pushes the situation from a diplomatic solution to a posture of military brinksmanship. The post Time to Pay Attention: The US is Playing Right Into the Hands of Israel’s Plan for War With Iran appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

London cops are using an unregulated, 98% inaccurate facial recognition tech per Boing Boing

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
'The London Metropolitan Police use a facial recognition system whose alerts have a 98% false positive rate; people falsely identified by the system are stopped, questioned and treated with suspicion.' More on this reassuring news here at Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/05/14/beijing-envy.html


Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 13 hours ago
Computer in for repair.

Ecuador Hints It May Hand Over Assange

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
*Part of the "Collateral Murder" video that Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning gave to WikiLeaks. It's worth watching to the very end. Two staff members from Reuters news were among those murdered on the street, along with others from **a van shot up while trying to collect the wounded. Visible in the van were two children, who were also wounded. "Well, it's their fault for bringing their kids to a battle," says one of the Americans doing the shooting. The Americans were the only ones shooting.* *by Gaius Publius* Ecuador may hand over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the British, a... more »

Tropopause Rules

E.M.Smith at Tropopause Rules – Musings from the Chiefio - 13 hours ago
Why the Tropopause matters and what it has to say about CO2 and heat radiation.

Why the Glock 17, Sig P226 and CZ 75 Are 3 of the Best Guns on the Planet

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * We break down the top 5. *The P226 was an evolution of the Sig P220, a postwar favorite of Western and Western-oriented (such as Japan) armies worldwide. The pistol is a so-called double-action design, meaning a single long pull of the trigger will both cock the pistol and release the firing pin, firing the pistol. Users can also operate the Sig in single action mode, in which the pistol is manually cocked and a shorter trigger pull releases the firing pin. The pistol is equipped with a side-mounted decocker for lowering the hammer without firing.* ... more »

Iran Still Uses Navy F-14 Tomcats (And Is Making Them Even More Deadly)

David Axe at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * Five decades in, Iran’s F-14s are only getting better and better. And more and more important to the Persian state’s defense. *Tomcats have led the effort to intercept these drones. In the early 2000s, the Iranian air force stationed an F-14 squadron in Bushehr, the site of Iran’s first nuclear reactor. That squadron eventually disbanded as its Tomcats fell into disrepair, but other F-14 squadrons maintained vigil over Bushehr and two other atomic facilities as U.S. spy flights continued to probe the sites, trying to glean intelligence on Iran’s nuclear e... more »

China’s Air Force Circled Taiwan with Bombers and Fighters

Bertil Lintner at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Bertil Lintner* *Security, Asia* The military drill aimed at intimidating pro-independence government ahead of live-fire drills in June. The Chinese air force conducted military drills around Taiwan on May 11, according to Focus Taiwan’s website. It was the first time China’s Su-35 fighters and H-6K bombers flew through the channel that separates Taiwan from the Philippines. The aim of the drill could have been designed to intimidate Taiwan’s independent forces. Observers note that Chinese military patrols near Taiwan have become more frequent since Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-inde... more »

China’s First Homemade Carrier Is Conducting Sea Trials

Frank Chen at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Frank Chen* *Security, Asia* Delayed sea trial being conducted in the Bohai Sea with the vessel expected to be delivered by the end of the year and fully commissioned by 2020. The first aircraft carrier made in China’s headed into open waters on Sunday morning for its first sea trial, away from prying eyes in the Bohai Sea, a gulf surrounded by Chinese territory. The new carrier embarked on its maiden voyage after weeks of preparations as rumors spread about the vessel’s first sea trials. State broadcaster China Central Television confirmed that the 55,000-ton carrier, which ha... more »

All S-400 Parts on Order from Russia Reportedly Delivered to China

Asia Times at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Asia Times* *Security, Asia* Beijing will soon have the deadly air defense system online. Russia may have just finished shipping its ace S-400 Triumf self-propelled anti-aircraft systems to China, after three Russian vessels carrying what were believed to be S-400 regimental core components including a control station, radars, fuel, launch-silo parts and other auxiliary equipment sailed into an unspecified Chinese port last month, according to Russian news agency TASS. A third and final ship recently arrived in China as well, an unnamed military diplomatic source told TASS. Ja... more »

Will Xi Jinping Join the Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore?

Asia Times at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Asia Times* *Security, Asia* The Chinese leader may well make a visit. Rumor has it that Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in Singapore at the same time US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are holding the first-ever summit between the leaders of their respective nations. The summit is set to take place on June 12, in Singapore. Last Friday, Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun’s Washington correspondent cited a National Security Council source saying “there is a possibility” of a third country’s leader taking part, and identifying that leader as China’s presi... more »

Why India Should Fear China’s Growing Naval Power

Abhijit Singh at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Abhijit Singh* *Security, Asia* Beijing has raised its strategic stakes in the Indian Ocean. *As things stand, the Indian Navy is intent on emphasising its pre-eminent status in the Indian Ocean. Even so, the task of constantly patrolling the South Asian seas is imposing a heavy burden on naval frontline assets. The sheer magnitude of the task has led Admiral Sunil Lanba, head of the Indian Navy, to observe that even though Indian warships were monitoring the pattern and periodicity of extra-regional deployments, it is clear the People’s Liberation Army Navy is here to stay in t... more »

The Reason the Navy Is Exploding Bombs Near Its New Nuclear Aircraft Carrier

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, North America* Will the new USS Ford carrier be able to withstand major underwater explosions? *However, despite the emergence of weapons such as DF-21D, senior Navy leaders and some analysts have questioned the ability of the weapon like this to actually hit and destroy carriers on the move at 30-knots from 1,000 miles away.* The US Navy is planning to finalize weapons integration on its new USS Ford carrier and explode bombs in various sea conditions near the ship to prepare for major combat on the open seas, service officials said. Service weapons te... more »

WATCH LIVE: The Vin Armani Show Returns to Discuss Bitcoin’s Impact on Culture

ActivistPost at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By Vin Armani Watch Live at 1pm EST (10am PST). The Vin Armani Show returns from Spring Break with guest Chris DeRose. Chris DeRose is... more »

Rio Nightlife Guide for Monday, May 14, 2018

Beatriz Miranda at The Rio Times - 13 hours ago
We have the top three picks for this Monday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option. PARTY: The Glow Party (Copacabana) – It is time to get the party mood started all over again as “The Glow Party” returns to New Mariuzinn Copacabana tonight. DJ Guga […]

Trump and Jerusalem...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*as expected the pagan/commie/marxist/muslim/libtards are outraged and declaring death to America.* Are we surprised? This is like expecting the yellow jackets buzzing around my back deck to suddenly become peace loving honey bees. You don't negotiate with yellow jackets - you kill them. President William J. Clinton, President George W. Bush, President Barack H. Obama kicked the embassy can down the road. *President Donald J. Trump did what was promised - by law.* And for anyone who is believing the MSM, including Fox, when they tout this as "Trump's decision" understand this: T... more »

Avengers: Infinity War – Esoteric Hollywood’s Revelation – VID

Jay Dyer at 21st Century Wire - 13 hours ago
*Jay Dyer* | Based on my previous analysis and recent viewing of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, Doctor Strange and the latest installment of Avengers, the Infinity War – replete with gnostic, Luciferian and cabalistic themes.

Iran President: EU’s Time to Preserve Iran Deal is Limited — New Iran Nuclear Deal, Peace Treaty Coming: Covenant of 1 Week?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 13 hours ago
PressTV Published on May 14, 2018 The European Union’s time to preserve the nuclear deal is limited, says Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. “The Islamic Republic of Iran is following its own national interests by honoring the JCPOA, unfortunately other parties have not carried out their obligations in a satisfactory manner,” said Rouhani on Sunday, during a […]

Iran Threatened To Name Politicians Who Took Bribes To Pass Nuclear Deal

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 13 hours ago
Iran Threatened To Name Politicians Who Took Bribes To Pass Nuclear Deal by Joe via ILoveMyFreedom.org, via https://www.zerohedge.com/ President Trump announced early this week that the US will withdraw from the deceptive Iranian nuclear deal. President Trump made his position on the terrible Iran deal clear during his 2016 campaign. – This didn’t stop former Secretary of […]

Where the Heck is Nauru?

LL at Virtual Mirage - 13 hours ago
...and why should you care? Essentially, it's an island near Australia which declared its independence. The island was covered in guano (bird crap) which was strip mined. Nauru boasted the highest per-capita income enjoyed by any sovereign state in the world during the late 1960s and early 1970s. When the phosphate reserves were exhausted, and the island's environment had been seriously harmed by mining, the trust that had been established to manage the island's wealth diminished in value. The birds shat elsewhere and it would take 10,000 years or so of flocking there to restore wha... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin An "Audible Gasp" Was Heard When The Chicago Fed Unveiled Its "Solution" To The Pension Problem German Bank Allows Users To Transfer Loans Anywhere In The World Using Bitcoin "We Are Telling People To Plan For The Worst": Hawaii Braces For Explosive New Eruptions Army's New Weapon: Special Goggles Allow Soldiers To Shoot Around Corners Kansas Police No Longer Allowed To Have Sex With People They Pull Over UN Chief Nuclear Inspector Abruptly Resigns As Iran FM Embarks On Global Tour To Salvage Deal The Latest: UN found no traces of Iran nuclear arms programCongress Is ... more »

Explaining Iraq’s 2018 Election Campaigns Interview with IRIS-Chatham House’s Renad Mansour

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
May 2018 Iraq held its fifth election for parliament. All of the political parties talked about some manner of reform, many attempted to run candidates across ethno-sectarian lines, and there was a return of Iraqi nationalism, which had largely been absent since 2003. At the same time, those same parties still largely relied upon identity politics. The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) recently released a report “Iraq Votes 2018, Election Mobilization Strategies” breaking down these different campaign strategies. This is an interview with Renad Mansour, one of ... more »

This Day In Iraqi History - May 14

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
1941 Churchill authorized British air force in Iraq to attack German planes in Syria 1941 2 British fighters flew out of Iraq and attacked 2 German bombers in Syria damaging them 1941 German war planes began landing in Mosul Were attacked by British planes 1941 Iraq Fin Min Suwaidi met German amb Told to take up Turkish mediation offer to stall for time until Axis aid could be organized 1941 German ambassador promised Iraq German planes were arriving and military aid coming from Syria 1959 Gen. Qasim withdrew Iraq from anti-Communist E... more »

Dozens Killed In Palestinian Protests On The Israel - Gaza Border

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Israeli snipers kill 37 Palestinians and wound 1,300 as 35,000 protesters rally against the US Embassy opening in Jerusalem overseen by Trump's Middle East envoy Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka* * US moving embassy from Tel Aviv today after Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December * Israeli snipers have killed dozens of protesters near the Gaza border with more than a thousand more injured * Mass protests taking place with Palestinian government accusing Israel of committing a 'terrible massacre' * Comes after al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri call... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'North American Rape System'

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
NORTH AMERICAN RAPE SYSTEM Posted on May 12, 2018 Mohawk Nation News MNN. 12, 2018.The rape culture of Canada, US and worldwide spits at us, chokes us, kills us, openly denies us justice and human rights. They keep demanding everything we have. Blatant emotional and verbal abuse like threats, lying and false promises are bad as ever. This evil corporate system protects government

France Is Trying To Cast A “Hex” On China’s South Pacific Plans

Andrew KORYBKO at OrientalReview.org - 14 hours ago
Ironically, while France is trying to cast a “Hex” on China’s South Pacific plans, it might end up being New Caledonia that curses Paris’ if it ends up breaking free and disrupting the strategic axis that Macron bragged about during his recent trip to the region. The post France Is Trying To Cast A “Hex” On China’s South Pacific Plans appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

Contacteeism: New UFO Sighting Over Rosario de la Frontera

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 14 hours ago
*Source: PLANETA UFO and El TribunoDate: 5.10.2018An Article by Ivana Castillo* *Contacteeism: New UFO Sighting Over Rosario de la Frontera* "For 20 days now, there have been five extraterrestrial craft hovering in the vicinity of Rosario de la Frontera. These are beings of light that are saying hi to humanity and want some sort of contact with us." These were the worlds of José Exequiel Alvarez, fire chief of the Ciudad Termal Volunteer Fire Brigade, to El Tribuno. We must bear in mind that last month's UFO sighting and the alleged contact experience between residents of Rosar... more »

Surrendered Ghouta militants join FSA faction in Hama

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:35 P.M.) – A group of rebel fighters who had been evacuated from the East Ghouta region last month joined a leading FSA-linked faction in the central province of Hama. The spokesman of ‘Jobar and Ghouta Rebels’ Brigade announced they are joining Jaysh al-Izza rebel group in order to carry on the ‘revolution’ […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Scores of ISIS militants escape their prison in north Idlib

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:15 P.M.) – Scores of ISIS militants held prisoners by a rival rebel group in north Idlib have managed to escape amid rising tensions in the jihadi-controlled province. The fugitive jihadists turned themselves in when the terror group had surrendered its last positions to other jihadi factions last February. According to local activists, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russia to supply Egypt with 50 Ka-52 helicopters

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
The military cooperation between Moscow and Cairo is steadily expanding, and obvious progress has been noted in bilateral relations, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday. Egypt is one of Russia’s main partners in the sphere of military-technical cooperation in the Middle East region. Today, Moscow is implementing a large-scale contract to supply Cairo with […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

ISIS holds on for dear life as Syrian, Palestinian troops press further in Yarmouk Camp

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) is suffering several setbacks inside their last pocket in southern Damascus, thanks in large part to the nonstop attacks from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Russian and Palestinian counterparts. Backed by a plethora of Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army and their Palestinian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Palestinian protests underway ahead of US embassy opening in Jerusalem

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Thousands of Palestinians are protesting on the Gaza-Israel border as the US prepares to relocate its embassy to the contested city of Jerusalem. The Israeli military says it has set up several layers of security around the Gaza border in case of a massive breach by Palestinian protesters and said it would block a breach […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Satellite images show alleged aftermath of Israeli attack on Syria

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
The Israeli Air Force hit multiple targets in Syria late last week in what it said was a ‘retaliatory’ measure amid an alleged Iranian military buildup in the Arab Republic. The images provided by satellite imaging company ImageSat International (ISI), yet to be independently verified, offer an overview of some of the damage caused by […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Houthis launches ballistic missile at Saudi Aramco oil tanks

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The Houthi forces announced on Monday that their forces fired several short-range ballistic missiles at several oil tanks inside Saudi Arabia this afternoon. According to the group’s official media wing, their rocket battalion targeted the oil tanks of Saudi Aramco in a bid to hurt the Saudi economic setor. The […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iraqi Air Force eliminates ISIS command center in Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Amid the ongoing offensive against terrorists in Syria, Iraqi air forces have destroyed a Daesh command and logistics support center in the country, state media reported Monday. The strike was ordered by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Last month, the Iraqi Prime Minister vowed that the country would “take all necessary measures if they threaten the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

North Homs pocket to be soon liberated as more rebels evacuated

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:05 P.M.) – The 6th batch of rebel fighters and their families is expected to leave north Homs pocket to the country’s north under a surrender deal with the Syrian government. Scores of buses will carry thousands of militants and their families who refused to reconcile with the Syrian government to jihadi-held areas […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkish military enters Syria’s Hama to set up observation point

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:40 P.M.) – A convoy for the Turkish Army has made it into the northern countryside of Hama province to establish a new observation point as per an agreement with Russia and Iran. Local sources confirmed the military convoy arrived at Midan al-Ghazal town located near Shashao Mountain. Weeks ago, the Turkish military […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Yemen: Saudi military sustains heavy losses in failed attack [+Video]

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
An assault launched by the Saudi military and its proxies against positions for the Houthi rebels in northern Yemen has been foiled as the Saudi-led coalition intensify airstrikes on the war-stricken country. Houthi fighters ambushed a convoy for the Saudi Army and its backed militants while attacking their positions in al-Talaa area and the surrounding […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
The Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo is following an unusual pattern, suggesting it may well have been caused by the deliberate use of bioweapons. According to the latest WHO update in French, the government of DR Congo first registered an Ebola outbreak on 3 May 2018. It registered 17 deaths and 21 cases in […]

Trump’s Plan for Iran: Put Terrorists in Charge

Daniel McAdams at Peace and Prosperity - 15 hours ago
[image: undefined] Back in the 2008 presidential race, I explained to then-candidate Rudy Giuliani the concept of “blowback.” Years of US meddling and military occupation of parts of the Middle East motivated a group of terrorists to carry out attacks against the United States on 9/11. They didn’t do it because we are so rich and so free, as the neocons would have us believe. They came over here because we had been killing Muslims “over there” for decades. How do we know this? Well, they told us. Osama bin Laden made it clear why al-Qaeda sought to attack the US. They didn’t like t... more »

World News Briefs -- May 14, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*The Guardian*:* Dozens of Palestinians killed in US Jerusalem embassy protests* *Deadliest day in Gaza since 2014 war as US prepares for controversial opening of diplomatic mission* Israeli forces have killed 37 Palestinians and wounded at least 500 in Gaza, health officials said, as troops fired bullets at residents rallying against the Monday opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Tens of thousands of people turned out at locations across the coastal enclave in what was the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 war. Residents ignored warnings from the Israeli military that Pal... more »

NY AG Schneiderman Accuser Michelle Manning-Barish Linked To Trump And Trump Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 15 hours ago
Michelle Manning Barish’s ex-husband and father to her daughter, Chris Barish, opened “Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer” at Trump … Continue reading →

GAPS AND SCHOOLS: One school is the "good school" of the piece!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018Part 1—But what would a "good school" look like?* As presented, it was a tale of two middle schools—one a "good school," one not. It was also a tale of three parents. We refer to a fascinating news report by the New York Times' Elizabeth Harris, a report we cited last week. Harris was reporting on a "desegregation plan" for a fairly small number of middle schools in Manhattan's District 3, one of 34 different districts within the giant New York City school system. Her report appeared in the hard-copy Times on May 2. In the main, Harris' report is a tale of ... more »

A former employee admitted to scientific misconduct. His new institution likely doesn’t know. What should you do?

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
A few years ago, Richard Miller of the University of Michigan had a serious dilemma: He discovered a former researcher in his lab was doing research somewhere else. Normally, that would be fine — except this research had admitted to committing misconduct in Miller’s lab. Should he tell the researcher’s new employer? This turns out … Continue reading A former employee admitted to scientific misconduct. His new institution likely doesn’t know. What should you do?

Iran's International Trading Partners and Washington's Decision Without A Plan

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 15 hours ago
In Donald Trump's recent pronouncement regarding Iran's nuclear program and its alleged breaching of the JCPOA, he made the following remark: "*In a few moments, I will sign a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating U.S. nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime. We will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction. Any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States." *(my bold) This statement could easily be subject to a wide variety of interpretations, for example, any nation that does any trade with Iran ... more »

The Milky Way’s Speediest Stars Could Solve a 50-Year-Old Mystery

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 15 hours ago
Stars traveling more than 1,200 kilometers per second hint at a new mechanism behind cosmos-spanning stellar explosions. A remnant of a nearby Type 1a supernova that flashed in Earth’s skies in November 1572. Today, astronomers use Type 1a supernovae to … Continue reading →

What’s Involved in Vetting a Security Protocol: Why Ray Ozzie’s Proposal for Exceptional Access Does Not Pass Muster

slandau at Lawfare - 16 hours ago
For almost a decade, the FBI has been stating that law enforcement is “going dark"—meaning it is increasingly unable to listen in to communications and, more recently, to open locked devices in which important evidence lives. The bureau has sought legislative solutions for exceptional access—law enforcement access to encrypted communications and locked devices—while computer security experts have repeatedly warned that such a requirement will make an already-bad cybersecurity situation far worse. Law enforcement’s response has been to say that they were sure that the smart enginee... more »

When Constitutional Rules May No Longer Be Law: A Response to Goldsmith and Glennon

jdehn at Lawfare - 16 hours ago
In his April 16 post on the similarities between American constitutional and international laws regulating the use of war powers—an analysis similar to but narrower than his 2009 law review article written with Daryl Levinson—Jack Goldsmith suggests that these rules may no longer be law. Michael Glennon’s May 1 post challenging Goldsmith’s comparative analysis and its premises inspired me to share a few thoughts on the topic of when constitutional and international rules may no longer be fairly called “law.” In short, I agree with Goldsmith’s overall approach but subtly disagree w... more »

Introducing Sourcelist: Promoting Diversity in Technology Policy

SHennessey at Lawfare - 16 hours ago
I am delighted to announce the launch of Sourcelist, a database of experts in technology policy from diverse backgrounds. Here at Brookings, we built Sourcelist on the principle that technology policymaking stands to benefit from the inclusion of the voices of a broader diversity of people. It aims to help journalists, conference planners, and others to identify and connect with experts outside of their usual sources and panelists. Sourcelist’s purpose is to facilitate more diverse representation by leveraging technology to create a user-friendly resource for people whose decision... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
Thank you, Yastreblyansky and Tom, for some great posts while I was away. I know that both of you covered the recent ] liberal-bashing *New York Times* pieces by Bari Weiss and Gerard Alexander, but I wanted to make a few more points about them. Weiss, Alexander, and others say lefty language is so intemperate that conservatives inevitably gravitate toward right-wing extremism in response to being called extremists. I just want to point out that one of the most widely read *conservative* essays written during the 2016 campaign compared the Democratic candidate for president to the ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 14, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*SCMP:* *China ‘ready to build bigger warships’ as first home-grown carrier starts sea trial* New vessel is an upgrade to the Liaoning, a retrofitted Soviet-era aircraft carrier China is ready to build bigger warships, its naval shipyard said as the first domestically built aircraft carrier began a sea trial early on Sunday. The new warship was a collaboration between civilian contractors and researchers and the defence industry, Hu Wenming, chairman of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, told state television on Sunday. He said more than 70 per cent of the companies inv... more »

Innocent Couple Raided by Cops for Facebook Post of LEGAL Morel Mushrooms

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
Only hours after posting a photo of the morel mushrooms they found foraging earlier in the day, a couple was raided by police who thought they caught a pack of hardened criminals who'd dare to expand their minds—but they were wrong. The post Innocent Couple Raided by Cops for Facebook Post of LEGAL Morel Mushrooms appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*NJ: Hamilton teachers union prez resigns over Project Veritas fallout* The Hamilton teachers union boss who got suspended for making inappropriate comments to an undercover Project Veritas newswoman has stepped aside. “I can confirm that David Perry resigned as HTEA president effective Thursday, May 3,” a spokesman for the New Jersey Education Association said Friday via email. The spokesman, Steve Baker, did not give any insight on who is holding down the fort at the Hamilton Township Education Association now that Perry has jumped ship. The HTEA website as of Friday afternoo... more »

'Deals' Or Wars? — Trump Joining Economics With Xi, Meeting Putin, Will Decide

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 16 hours ago
[image: President Trump's Trip to Germany and the G20 Summit President Donald J. Trump and President Xi Jinping | July 8, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)] A Japanese newspaper has raised the prospect that President Donald Trump's crucial June 12 summit with D.P.R.K. leader Kim Jong-un may be joined by China's President Xi Jinping. This report, sourced to an unnamed American official, is not at all confirmed. But the potential of the leaders of the three Armistice countries of the Korean War meeting, with the included goal of ending it with a treaty, is a very ... more »

The ethanol gravy train rolls on

Paul Driessen at CFACT - 16 hours ago
Opponents make compelling case but can’t derail or even slow this well-protected industry.

New Zealand signs side letters with five CPTPP members to exclude compulsory investor state dispute settlement

bilaterals.org - 16 hours ago
14-May-2018 New Zealand has recently signed "side letters" to exclude compulsory Investor State Dispute Settlement with five members of the CPTPP – Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Peru, Viet Nam and Australia.

UA-ZLECA : le Ghana et le Kenya, les premiers à faire le pas décisif

bilaterals.org - 16 hours ago
14-May-2018 Le Kenya et le Ghana ont déposé cette fin de semaine leurs documents de ratification de la Zone de libre-échange continentale africaine auprès de l'Union africaine.

Conoco authorized to seize $636 million in Venezuela PDVSA assets

bilaterals.org - 16 hours ago
14-May-2018 The legal action was the latest in the Caribbean to enforce a $2 billion arbitration award by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) over the nationalization.

Govt. responds to Sri Lanka-Singapore FTA detractors

bilaterals.org - 16 hours ago
14-May-2018 In response to concerns raised by some professional associations last week concerning the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA), the Development Strategies and International Trade Ministry in a detailed response said the movement of natural persons from Singapore has not been opened except for intra-corporate transferees in senior management and business visitors linked to investments.

Reject Trump's threat to affordable medicines through TPP

bilaterals.org - 16 hours ago
14-May-2018 Government should reject Trump's threat to affordable medicines through TPP and other trade deals.

Brazilian Government Request CIA Reports on Dictatorship

Lise Alves at The Rio Times - 16 hours ago
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Foreign Ministry in Brazil announced that it will ask the United States to release documents produced by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) related to the torture and assassination of opponents to Brazil’s military regime in the 1960s and 1970s. The request comes after […]

Rethinking reporting on polls in time for midterm elections

Stephen Utych, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boise State University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 16 hours ago
A scholar offers advice to voters who are leery of polling after the 2016 election.


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*AND PIGS MIGHT FLY* *I follow the report below by the underlying journal article. It is under the lead-authorship of none other than that dedicated Warmist Kevin Trenberth. The article is actually a retreat. The latest schtick from Trenberth and other Warmists is to admit that hurricanes have NOT become more frequent but have become stronger. Global warming sure is selective in its effects!Some comments from meteorologist Joe Bastardi offering another interpretation of what happened:The counter to this was written last year, because it was just a matter of time be... more »

Nobels Are For Noble People

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Residents of the Right Wing Looney Bin -- like Nigel Farage -- are trumpeting the suggestion that Donald Trump should receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Michael Harris writes: You know Farage. He’s the bloviating bigot who served as “the racist shitetrump” of the United Kingdom Independence Party, according to one Twitter wit. Of course, UKIP is the political party that led Britain out of the European Union to save it from immigrant hordes — only to have its leader resign more or less immediately after the deed was done. And before the multiple lies he told about the benefits of Brex... more »

The Growing Threat Of Nuclear Annihilation

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*New York Times:* *‘This Is Not a Drill’: The Growing Threat of Nuclear Annihilation* If you were in elementary school in the early 1950s, chances are that you had the fear of nuclear holocaust drummed into you with fair regularity. Children were taught “duck and cover” techniques, which typically meant hiding under their desks as if that would save them from an atomic bomb landing nearby. In big cities like New York, many pupils received military-style dog tags bearing their names and addresses — to help parents identify their bodies, they were told. (Of course, Mom and Pop had... more »

Monday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 16 hours ago
Miscellaneous material to start your week. - The Equality Trust highlights the perpetual concentration of wealth among an extremely privileged few in the UK. LOLGOP points out how U.S. Republicans would rather let people die than see them adequately sustained by a fair minimum wage and secure social supports. And Paul Solman writes about the effects of poverty on cognitive function in light of research showing how a lack of income consumes mental resources. - Tom Parkin warns that both Doug Ford and Jason Kenney similarly want to similarly take away from nearly everybody to furthe... more »

Ivanka & Jared In Israel for US Jerusalem Embassy Opening: Palestinians Die

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 17 hours ago
*The intentional provocation, inherent in this move is already seeing the desired results..* *What may yet come is anyone's guess, really. Might Israel take the opportunity to take still more shots at Syria? I wouldn't doubt it!* * How about all that Israeli violence against unarmed protestors in Palestine/Gaza/West Bank? NO calls from the anglo zionist toadies to save them from the Israeli tyrant. Macron? May? Trump? All Quiet. Israel live fire sniping at random Palestinians at Tear gassing. Lots of confusion. Beware.* *The Forward* * Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner and the rest... more »

Can Trump's Compulsive Lying-- And The Consequences-- Ever Really Be Normalized?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
Yesterday Axios published some advise by Jim VandeHei: How to be the next Trump which starts with an assertion that may or may not be partially true: "Most coverage of President Trump focuses on the negative aspects of his style: the making-it-up-as-he-goes, the lying, the management-by-chaos." Maybe on Chris Hayes' Lawrence O'Donnell's, Rachel Maddow's and Jake Tapper's shows. Most of the mainstream media does not focus on that. And in any case, VandeHei insists it doesn't matter anyway... for 5 simple reasons: *1- People are sheep:* Reversing one of the basic assumptions of po... more »

"The Stones of Silence" is now available!

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 17 hours ago
After several months of hard work, I'm delighted to announce that *"The Stones of Silence"*, the first volume in the "Cochrane's Company" trilogy, is now available in e-book format on Amazon.com. All three books will be published in print format in about three months' time. The blurb reads: The secret is out - the Mycenae system is the hottest new mineral find in the spiral arm. Now it's about to become ground zero in a gold rush by every crooked company and asteroid thief in the galaxy. Andrew Cochrane, with his crew of the finest veterans and cunning rogues, have an even bet... more »


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 17 hours ago


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 17 hours ago
In the past few days, it has emerged that Donald Trump has been corrupted by hundreds of millions of cash that he has been receiving secretly for his real estate empire as well as by bribes paid through his lawyer Michael Cohen. The cash money seems to have been coming from Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, […]

Palestinians killed in protests against US embassy’s move to Jerusalem

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 17 hours ago
Israeli forces kill at least 12 Palestinian protesters in the latest shootings

North Korea Won't Fall for the Libya Disarmament Trap

Daniel R. DePetris at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Daniel R. DePetris* *Security, Asia* If John Bolton is looking for a workable framework for the upcoming nuclear talks with Pyongyang, then the Libya model isn’t it. The Trump administration may or may not have a negotiating strategy with the North Koreans in the works. The amount and extreme pace of diplomatic activity on the Korean Peninsula over the past four months (Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just returned from his second trip to North Korea with three American prisoners in tow), coupled with President Trump’s acceptance of Kim Jong-un’s offer to meet, has forced the Whi... more »

4 Soldiers Fought to Their Deaths in Niger Ambush, Pentagon Now Says

Task and Purpose, Jeff Schogol at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Task and Purpose, Jeff Schogol* *Security, Africa* We now have the facts. Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, and Sgt. La David T. Johnson died after their convoy was ambushed by a large force of ISIS fighters, which “began to envelop” the U.S. and Nigerian troops near the village of Tongo, according to a new unclassified Pentagon summary of the investigation into the Oct. 4, 2017, ambush in Niger. When the team leader ordered the combined force of U.S. and Nigerian troops to withdraw, the convoy lost sight of a vehicle with ... more »

Flanker: The Russian Jet That Spawned Many New Versions (And Lots of Dread)

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Europe* And it can take on the world's best. Four decades, Flanker jets have served as Russia’s top fourth-generation fighter—and *also* that of the world’s two most populous nations, China and India. The large twin-engine fighter is the Russian counterpart to the F-15 Eagle—boasting long range, high speed, heavy weapons loads, advanced avionics and superior maneuverability. But telling apart the literally *dozens *of different Flanker models that have been built can be confusing—a problem worsened by the fact that creative marketing has led differ... more »

The Way Navy Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups Are Deployed Could Change

Task and Purpose, Kyle Gaffney at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Task and Purpose, Kyle Gaffney* *Security, North America* And that is big news. Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently hinted at major changes to how aircraft carrier battle groups are deployed, saying that the current eight-month deployment cycle is “no way to run a Navy.” Instead, the order of the day is preparation for peer conflict. Deployments scheduled years in advance may be replaced by flexible 90-day tours. “They won’t spend eight months at sea,” Mattis continued in his remarks to the House Armed Services Committee last month. “We’re going to have a force more pre... more »

The Kremlin Is Deploying Cossacks To Moscow For The First Time In A Century To Suppress Protests

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Cossacks are being used by Russia’s president to enforce his will (Reuters) *The Independent:* *Vladimir Putin deploys Cossacks to Moscow for first time in a century to suppress protests* 'Cossacks in southern Russia is one thing, but they have a bad reputation in the capital. People remember how they were used against students and the intelligentsia in the run-up to the revolution'. Russia’s minority opposition is by now used to many things – but few of its members were prepared for the scene that greeted them last Saturday. Instead of arriving at an anti-Putin rally, demonstrator... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 18 hours ago
*Sir Frank Twiss.* *Roddam Twiss* is the son of *Admiral Sir Frank Twiss*, who was an important official (Black Rod) in the UK parliament. Roddam Twiss has been questioned by police investigating the UK parliament's 'child-sex abuse ring', which may have links to Sir Frank Twiss. Two retired policemen have revealed that, in the 1970s, they were banned from investigating the situation. *dailymail* *Sir Frank Twiss and his son Roddam Twiss * Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith, a top child-sex abuser, was reportedly 'seen taking a rent boy to Twiss's London home'. The two retired policem... more »

U.S. Service Members Are Now Dying More From Training Than From Being At War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
The B-52H Stratofortress bomber is part of the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, the Air Force said. KUAM-TV * Erika I. Ritchie, Task & Purpose/The Orange County Register:* *More US Service Members Die Training Than At War. Can The Pentagon Change That?* One Marine was killed and 11 others injured when a CH-53 E Super Stallion helicopter made a hard landing near Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Sept. 2, 2015. The incident was one of five aircraft training mishaps that year that left 15 Marines dead. It was the first year since 2011 that on-duty deaths e... more »

The Gestics of Power: Barcelona Artist Luis Quiles Destroys Appetites for Consumption and Obedience

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
(A Spanish translation is at the end of this post.) By Adriana Gamondes Age of Autism is honored to announce the release of a new book by Barcelona artist Luis Quiles titled The Antisocial Networks which Quiles describes as a...

Los Gésticos del Poder: el Artista Barcelonés Luis Quiles Destruye los Apetitos por el Consumismo Obediente

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
(An English translation is at the end of this post.) Los gésticos del poder: el artista barcelonés Luis Quiles destruye los apetitos por el consumismo obediente Por Adriana Gamondes Age of Autism tiene el honor de anunciar el lanzamiento de...

Rooting Out Bedhead by Maurine Meleck: Autism and Other Brushes with Chaos

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
Join us in congratulating our dear friend, autism Grandmother extraordinaire Maurine Meleck on the publication of her poetry book. We have a copy for two lucky readers. But we'd love you to buy a copy! $16 includes shipping. Please use...


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 19 hours ago
WHO reports new Ebola case in DR Congo, vaccine this week Monday May 14 2018 Ebola virus. It is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected persons. PHOTO | BBC In Summary •It brings to 35 the number of reported cases, including two confirmed, according to the WHO […]

A Good Monday Morning

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 19 hours ago

The Pentagon Wants Its Special Forces Equipped With Small Missiles That Pack A Bigger Punch Than Hellfires

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
The Salute to the Warfighter toast #smdsymposium #DyneticsByDesign pic.twitter.com/gFOOoBMaUM — Dynetics (@Dynetics) August 17, 2016 *Breaking Defense:* *Commandos Buying Thousands of Small Missiles That Pack A Bigger Punch Than Hellfires* *As counterterrorism missions show no signs of slowing down and civilian casualties always a worry, the commando command is turning to a light, guided munition to chase down fast-moving targets. * WASHINGTON: Small insurgent groups have long used speed and distance to try and outrun American precision-guided weapons launched from loitering dron... more »

Netanyahu: “Let’s You and Him Fight”

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 20 hours ago
When the US government, or those controlling it, wants a war, it invents a frightening danger and warns of it over and over until a poorly educated public believes it

America Helped Jump-Started Iran’s Nuclear Program

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*History.com:* *How America Jump-Started Iran’s Nuclear Program* For several decades now, the U.S. has sought to deter Iran from developing nuclear weapons. But ironically, the reason Iran has the technology to build these weapons in the first place is because the U.S. gave it to Iran between 1957 and 1979. This nuclear assistance was part of a Cold War strategy known as “Atoms for Peace.” The strategy’s name comes from Dwight Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech, given before the United Nations General Assembly in 1953. In it, he suggested that promoting the non-military use of n... more »

q anon Secrecy Prevails

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
It is noted that we have commentators riding along on the Q feed who claim to have excellent connections. It is important to understand that the ongoing operation is under military level security and loose mouths are long since eliminated. Thus no person is going to have knowledge at all outside the operation. Any such person would also be instantly imprisoned No one is playing games here and there is no hiding it. My own approach is informed by basic knowledge of procedures and mentality and ultimately knowing that a game is afoot and checking the edges. We have exactly one... more »

Beetroot juice found to decrease blood pressure

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Image: Beetroot juice found to decrease blood pressure and could be a great alternative treatment for people with cardiovascular disease] This serves as a reminder that beet juice really does trick. I often put together a borsch that includes all my favorite health vegetables. That includes turmeric and ginger and parsley and cabbage of course along with beets. I suppose the real take home is to eat a mostly vegetarian diet strong in those ingredients. Plenty fail to include those vegetables. *Beetroot juice found to decrease blood pressure and could be a great alternativ... more »

Cruising the jet stream

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This makes clear that viruses, in particular, penetrate the upper atmosphere well above the active zone.. All historic thinking has assumed that gravity prevented these from rising at all. That is nonsense. Better yet it provides feedstock for larger lighter than air large slime molds that form foraging methane sacs and may also include some portion of hydrogen as well. Thus the highest near space regions may still have significant life.. *Cruising the jet stream: Surprising study reveals how bacteria and viruses from the planet’s surface end up in different environments*... more »

Extreme measures rarely work: You don’t have to quit all sugar to be healthy

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Our real problem is that virtually every food we consumed that must be processed ends up going through a heat treatment which usually denatures flavoids leaving a tasteless product. This gets fixed easiest by throwing in some good old sugar. Thus sugar avoidance is terribly difficult unless you eat only fresh foods, frozen foods and dried foods. All processed foods sooner or later will have to fix a flavor problem. Thus in goes the sugars. From the above it is clear that there is plenty of sugars in fresh food in particular and we also know that they are handled well. Thus we n... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 21 hours ago
*fitzinfo.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/trump-controlled-by-mossad-part-iv/ * ~~

Jerome Corsi and Alex Jones Outed by Q

cefrith@hotmail.com at Charles Frith - 21 hours ago
It's a great comfort that Q indirectly called out the parasite alt-media shills Alex Jones and Jerome Corsi. I judge people on whether they have the correct enemies, and in this respect Q has blown... Although no trees were harmed during the creation of this post, a large number of electrons were greatly inconvenienced

"Good Week for the Deep State"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*Click image for larger size.* *"Good Week for the Deep State"* By Bill Bonner "It’s been a good week for stocks…and a good week for the Deep State. On Wall Street, it almost seemed like the good ol’ days, as the Dow rose to a seven-week high and inflation readings remained low. Investors thought they saw more good things coming. Deep State stocks were winners. Bank of America rose nearly $1.60 during the week, as of this morning. General Dynamics went up more than $6.50. Raytheon made a $10 gain. *Swamp deals: *Up on the Hill, meanwhile, Gina Haspel managed to dodge questions abou... more »

Beware Of The Guru That.....Sound Advice from Sir Albert Holmes

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
*Note: **I could not agree more. Beware of those who sell themselves or try to convince you that they are the only way to freedom or enlightenment. That person is seeking to fulfill their own ego needs and profit in their need for power, money or control over another. This is so common amongst spiritual people, shamans and light workers. I have seen people on their own path who were solid and self-reliant become emotionally weak and parroting words that are not their own. * *Beware of the goo-gooru in gurus' clothing. Use your own discernment and trust in your own in... more »

President Trump's Instincts On Leaving Afghanistan Are Right, So Why Are U.S. Forces Still There

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump announces his strategy for the war in Afghanistan during a speech from Fort Myer, Virginia, on August 21. *Daniel L. Davis, War On The Rocks:* *Trump’s Instincts on Afghanistan Are Right, So What Happened?* Before agreeing in April to support President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, Sen. Rand Paul said Trump “told me over and over again in general we’re getting the hell out of [Afghanistan].” Based on my experiences during two combat deployments to Afghanistan in 2005 and 2011, the president’s instincts are spot-on correct. ...more »

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
*by Noah* Weep not for Rudy Giuliani. He's had it coming for decades. In the end, he embarrassed himself into deserved oblivion. Poetic justice. Ironic justice. Months ago, FOX "News" had stopped putting him on camera when they realized that his bug-eyed demented old man ravings were pushing the envelope of sanity too far even for them, but, when fellow dementia case Señor Trumpanzee hired him... well, of course FOX was gonna go with the program. Now, it's hopefully, over, at least until Rudy announces that he's running for president again. Rudy on Hannity was a freakshow for our ... more »

Predator Is Back

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Task & Purpose:* *I Have No Idea What’s Happening In The New Trailer For ‘The Predator’ And I’m Totally Fine With That * The first trailer for The Predator is trailer is here, and it looks like the latest installment in the franchise about our favorite man-skinning extraterrestrial will line up perfectly with the last four — which is to say the plot will probably make zero fucking sense, but it should be fun to watch: *Read more* .... *WNU Editor:* Guess where I will be on September 14.

Hanging Upside Down and Bat Shit Crazy in Soft Stool Guano Land.

Smoking Mirrors at The Truthseeker - 22 hours ago
Slowly and deliberately they render their celebrities, more and more stupid, looking for a genuine reflection of the public, Jennifer Lawrence watching the Kardashians

John Bolton Once Sabotaged A Deal With North Korea – He Will Try To Repeat That

Moon of Alabama at The Truthseeker - 22 hours ago
Grim news as it emerges that John Bolton may have far more influence in the White House than previously supposed

Chuck Baldwin: Israel Has Been a Disaster for Mankind

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 22 hours ago
Zionism isn't about sharing with Palestinians. It's about world conquest. And ordinary Jews were not consulted.

Trump’s national security advisor says ‘it’s possible’ US will sanction European companies that do business with Iran

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 22 hours ago
John Bolton reportedly told Macron and May they should "take all the money you can get from Iran"

Trump Holocaust Law Pisses Off Poles

Brother Nathanael Kapner at The Truthseeker - 22 hours ago
I grew up as a Jew in the 50’s and nothing was ever said to us about “gas chambers” or a “holocaust,” writes Brother Nathanael. It was still to be invented

Murals in hall outside cafeteria of Ottawa High School

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 22 hours ago
As the correspondent who sent this in noted, Canada may be worse off than we are. These murals are aimed at children but they explicitly promote homosexuality

Proof that Sweden — and the rest of the West — is Ruled by a Hidden Elite

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 22 hours ago
The proof comes as the Swedish prime minister is quizzed about the migrant rape crisis. Instead of answering the question he babbles about incoherently labour laws. As the correspondent who sent this in asks: how could such a man become prime minister, unless he was chosen?

The Story Behind The Pilot Who Did This Incredible Flyby

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*The Aviationist:* *That time an F-14 Tomcat pilot made a super low flyby on USS America* In 1988 a naval aviator performed a remarkable flyby with his F-14 Tomcat The stunning image in this post will probably remind our readers the famous scene of Top Gun (when Maverick buzzes the tower with his F-14 Tomcat during a high speed flyby): Maverick: “Tower, this is Ghostrider requesting a flyby.” Tower: “Negative Ghostrider, the pattern is full.” Goose: “No no, Mav this is not a good idea.” Maverick: “Sorry Goose, but it’s time to buzz the tower.” But the true story behind the picture... more »

The Polish-American Statue Spat Might Tip The Midterms In Trump’s Favor

Andrew KORYBKO at OrientalReview.org - 23 hours ago
The situation around the Jersey City’s 1991 Katyń monument is important because many Polish-Americans are Democrats and live in Midwestern swing states like Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan, and with the November midterms their votes might influence on the fate of Trump’s domestic agenda during the rest of his first term. The post The Polish-American Statue Spat Might Tip The Midterms In Trump’s Favor appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

Migrant worker abuse is a feature, not a bug

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 23 hours ago
Taiwan Reporter, Klaus Bardenhagen, shared this post on Facebook. The English is his. LINE conversations of Taiwanese ladies who are boasting about not giving their (South-East Asian) domestic caretakers any days off. One writes the helper has been at their home for 10 months and only got a free weekend for her birthday 🤬, one writes her helper has been living with them for six months and not requested any days off, since she would not know where to go anyway. 😡 The lady asking the original question plans to have her caretaker look after small children, which is illegal AFAIK. Ca... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Paris knife attack: what we know so far https://t.co/LU6QCNynxe pic.twitter.com/S84B5EW6B9 — AFP news agency (@AFP) May 13, 2018 Caracas, Venezuela, long an urban gem, is unraveling, with scarce water, hyperinflation, and shotgun-toting troops https://t.co/zX6JtlZwef — The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 13, 2018 Trump seeks to save Chinese jobs at ZTE ahead of trade talks https://t.co/1kF35fRTp6 — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 13, 2018 Malaysia's opposition win shakes up Southeast Asia.https://t.co/adigjB3Cd9 — Nikkei Asian Review (@NAR) May 10, 2018 VIDEO South Koreans cele... more »

US Embassy in Israel will open Jerusalem office today

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
The US Embassy in Israel will officially open in Jerusalem on Monday after its controversial relocation from Tel Aviv that sparked widespread concern, as the city of Jerusalem is contested by Israel and Palestine as their capital. US President Donald Trump announced the decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem and thus recognize it as […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian jets attempt to pummel ISIS into submission in southern Damascus

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 A.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces have been launching nonstop airstrikes over the southern part of Damascus this morning, hitting several Islamic State (ISIS) targets in the Yarmouk Camp, Hajar Al-Aswad, and Al-Tadamon. According to Al-Masdar’s Ibrahim Joudeh in Damascus, the Russian Aerospace Forces began their assault last night, when they unleashed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Remains of Coptic Christians executed by ISIS in Libya will be returned to Egypt

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – The remains of the 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians executed by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) will be returned to Egypt, Al-Youm Al-Sabe reported on Monday. “The Office of the Prosecutor General in Libya’s Foreign Ministry in Tripoli, will monitor the transportation of the remains of the victims who were executed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russia unveils new supersonic cruise missile

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 A.M.) – The Russian military’s Bastion coastal missile system unveiled their new supersonic self-guided anti-ship cruise missile known as the “Onyx” this past weekend. The Onyx’s complex design is used to destroy surface ships of various classes and types, ship and carrier-bearing strike groups, as well as terrestrial radio-contrast targets in conditions […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Battle map update of southern Damascus

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Palestinian allies scored a big advance in the southern part of Damascus on Sunday, forcing the Islamic State (ISIS) to abandon several areas inside Hajar Al-Aswad and Yarmouk Camp. Led by their 42nd Brigade of the 4th Division and 105th Brigade of the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A demonstrator uses a racket to return a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during a protest where Palestinians demand the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, May 11, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa *WNU Editor: *The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *Palestinians protest ahead of Nakba Day *(Reuters)

The U.S. Navy Wants Its Non-Combat Warplanes To Be Able To Shoot Down Missiles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Wikimedia Commons *Popular Mechanics: **The Navy Wants to Give Its Bigger Planes a Way to Shoot Down Missiles* *Small interceptors, perhaps on a drone wingman, would keep big planes safe from air-to-air threats.* As the U.S. Navy reorients towards powers such as Russia and China with their own large air forces, the sea service wants to outfit its larger, non-combat warplanes with small interceptors meant to shoot down incoming missiles air to air missiles. The technology would be the first active defense system operating in the skies. The interceptors would be carried by the plan... more »

Has Putin Managed To Rupture The Western Alliance?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Der Spiegel*, the German equivalent of *Time* has never exactly been a fan of Señor Trumpanzee and he has adorned their covers very frequently. I can't imagine he has any of those covers adorning the walls of his golf clubs. The newest one, Time for Europe to Join the Resistance expresses a sentiment widely shared by most of the world (outside of Russia, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oklahoma, Hungary and other fascist-oriented countries). The *Spiegel* editors assert that Trumpanzee's "decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal marks the temporary suspension of the trans-Atl... more »

Musical Interlude: Neil H, “The Remembering”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Neil H, “The Remembering” - https://www.youtube.com/

Free Download: Eckhart Tolle, “The Power of Now”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Power of Now” (Excerpt)* by Eckhart Tolle • "Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not. • Is it not possible to attract only positive conditions into our life? If our attitude and our thinking are always positive, we would manifest only positive events and situations, wouldn't we? Do you truly know what is positive and what is negative? Do you have the total picture? There have been many people for whom limitation, failure, loss, illness, or pain in whatever form turned out to b... more »

"The True Dream..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Maybe we accept the dream has become a nightmare. We tell ourselves that reality is better. We convince ourselves it’s better that we never dream at all. But, the strongest of us, the most determined of us, holds on to the dream or we find ourselves faced with a fresh dream we never considered. We wake to find ourselves, against all odds, feeling hopeful. And, if we’re lucky, we realize in the face of everything, in the face of life the true dream is being able to dream at all.” - Dr. Meredith Grey, "Grey's Anatomy"

Is Eugenics Alive, Well And Actually Thriving Today?

Activist Post at Activist Post - 1 day ago
Op-Ed by Catherine J. Frompovich What is eugenics, you may be wondering. There are confused interpretations of that term, especially when it is not recognized... more »

ISIS Fighters Tried To Steal Fallen Soldiers’ Bodies In Niger

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A combination photo of U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson (L to R), U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Bryan Black, U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Dustin Wright and U.S. Special Forces Sgt. La David Johnson killed in Niger, West Africa, Oct. 4, 2017, in these handout photos released October 18, 2017. *Task & Purpose: **ISIS Ghouls Tried To Steal Fallen Soldiers’ Bodies In Niger. They Failed* The ISIS bastards who killed four U.S. soldiers in Niger last year were thwarted in an attempt to steal at least three of their bodies, an investigation has determined. Staff Sgt. Bryan C. B... more »

"Kanye Is Right: Slavery Is A Choice And We're All Slaves Today"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Kanye Is Right: * *Slavery Is A Choice And We're All Slaves Today"* by Jeff Berwick "I generally ignore pop culture. It is almost completely controlled propaganda from the Powers That Shouldn’t Be. But, now and then some celebrities break from their MK Ultra mind control programming and say something I can’t ignore, like in 2005 when Kanye West went on live TV programming and said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Most recently, Kanye seemed to “lose it” during a concert performance and was taken offstage and then put into a mental facility where he was likely reprog... more »

Israel Sends Troops Reinforcement to West Bank, Gaza

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
PressTV Published on May 13, 2018 The Israeli army has sent more soldiers to the occupied territories ahead of the opening of US embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds. Palestinian leaders have called for mass protests this week that has also been coincided with Nakba Day. Mona Kandil reports. end

Will Trump Torch the Global Economy on the Bonfire of his Vanity?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Will Trump Torch the Global Economy on the Bonfire of his Vanity? by TOM LUONGO, https://tomluongo.wordpress.com/ At least it is confirmed for us. Donald Trump wants regime change in Iran. His cancellation of the JCPOA was a decision born his myopia. He has surrounded himself with people who reinforce his view and manipulate him via his vanity. […]

Worried Juncker Attacks Nations Not 100% Wedded to EU Superstate as “Part-Time Europeans”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Worried Juncker Attacks Nations Not 100% Wedded to EU Superstate as “Part-Time Europeans” by LAURA MOWAT, https://www.express.co.uk/ THE European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has attacked countries he describes as “part-time” Europeans revealing ongoing divisions within the bloc. – Juncker said that the EU’s next long-term budget must “mirror great ambitions and European solidarity”. In his speech at […]

Macron, Merkel Call for ‘Full Force’ EU Integration, Vow Brussels Won’t Tolerate Resistance to Migrant Quotas

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Macron, Merkel Call for ‘Full Force’ EU Integration, Vow Brussels Won’t Tolerate Resistance to Migrant Quotas by VIRGINIA HALE, http://www.breitbart.com/ Emmanuel Macron has demanded closer and faster EU integration towards a superstate, in a speech where he vowed to “yield nothing” to conservative eastern members which believe in a Europe of strong nations. – Speaking in Aachen, […]

Dave Janda: Global Criminal Syndicate Stripping Us of our Freedoms and Money. Iran Nuke Deal — Bribes, Treason and Fraud

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Dave Janda: Global Criminal Syndicate Stripping Us of our Freedoms and Money by Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (Early Sunday Release) Dave Janda, host of the popular radio show called “Operation Freedom,” says the Iran nuclear deal (also known as the JCPOA) is an unsigned scam with huge implications of “treason and fraud.” Janda says, besides the public not being told it […]

Europe to IGNORE Trump’s Decision to Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Europe to IGNORE Trump’s Decision to Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal by ALAHNA KINDRED, https://www.express.co.uk/ EUROPEAN powers are prepared to ignore Donald Trump’s recent decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal and to reimpose sanctions by introducing their own measures. – French finance minister Bruno Le Maire suggests that Mr Trump’s […]

Israeli Airstrikes Hit North Gaza Strip

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT Published on May 12, 2018 Israeli fighter jets reportedly launched eight airstrikes on Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday. Footage shows a series of explosions and a heavy smoke filling skies, as firefighters attempt to put out fires erupted as a result of the airstrikes. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/954t end

Lavrov: Transfer of US Embassy to Jerusalem Stalled Settlement Negotiations

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Lavrov: Transfer of US Embassy to Jerusalem Stalled Settlement Negotiations by https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/ Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the United States’ decision on Jerusalem has brought the Israeli-Palestinian settlement to a standstill. – During his meeting with Nickolay Mladenov, the UN coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Lavrov said “this impasse is […]

France’s Macron Warns Trump of Mideast Tensions Over Nuke Deal Pullout

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
What we are seeing appears to be staged psychological warfare against the sheeple. USA-Trump playing the antagonist while France-Macron plays the peace-maker. The psyop is: “If we don’t have a PEACE TREATY ie. Iran nuclear deal, war will breakout in the middle east.”. Is this the endgame for the “Covenant of 1 Week”, Daniel’s prophecy? […]

‘Open War Between Israel, Iran Would be a Regional, Global Disaster’ – Professor

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
‘Open War Between Israel, Iran Would be a Regional, Global Disaster’ – Professor by https://sputniknews.com/ The United States aims at toppling the country’s clerical establishment, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami claimed during Friday prayers, as quoted by Iranian TV. Sputnik discussed the escalation between Israel and Iran with Anoush Ehteshami, professor of International Relations at Durham University. – […]

US Wants to Work with Europeans on New Iran Deal: Pompeo

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
US Wants to Work with Europeans on New Iran Deal: Pompeo by AFP, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington still wants to work with its European partners on an agreement to counter Iran’s “malign behavior” Sunday despite its withdrawal from a landmark nuclear deal. – President Donald Trump’s announcement last Tuesday that the US […]

French President Emmanuel Macron Says He Called Trump about Iran Nuclear Deal Withdrawal

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
French President Emmanuel Macron Says He Called Trump about Iran Nuclear Deal Withdrawal by https://www.cbsnews.com/ , 12 May 2018 PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron has called his friend and ally U.S. President Trump to say he’s very worried about tensions in the Middle East, after Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord. Macron’s office said […]

Iran Nuclear Deal Not Dead Despite Trump Move, France Says

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Iran Nuclear Deal Not Dead Despite Trump Move, France Says by http://www.bbc.com/news, 9 May 2018 France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the Iranian nuclear deal is “not dead” despite US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw. The 2015 agreement curbed Iran’s nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions that had been imposed by […]

Why Is Twitter Permitting The Afghan Taliban To Have An Account On Their Platform?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Twitter *Task & Purpose*: *The Pentagon Run-Down: Twitter Gives Taliban Free Rein * Shortly after the Marine Corps commandant declared, “We’re the Mujahideen,” Task & Purpose’s Pentagon correspondent went full Charlie Wilson by calling out the Taliban on Twitter, but Twitter doesn’t seem to care that it is giving a platform to a violent extremist group. The U.S. government has classified the Afghan Taliban as a “Specifically Designated Terrorist Entity” since 2002, a State Department official told Task & Purpose. “As a result of the designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisd... more »

Russia Makes Some Dangerous Guns. But the Ammo Is a Big Problem.

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Europe* What can be done to fix it? Russian infantry weapons have a reputation for reliability. The AK and PKM are renowned for enduring through adverse conditions, powered by their powerful long-stroke piston actions. However, a recent report by warhead.su suggests that when these weapons do fail in Russian service, the problem is often not in their design, but rather in the Russian ammunition they fire. This is not a new phenomenon. Russian imported ammunition to the United States has always been regarded as “budget” brands, with inconsistent quality.... more »

Big Bombs: 5 Biggest U.S. Nuclear Weapons Tests Ever

Steve Weintz at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Steve Weintz* *History, Asia* And why America turned away from massive nuclear weapons yields. Recent reports of collapse at the North Korean nuclear test site under Mt. Mantap provide a sobering reminder of the sheer power of nuclear weapons. North Korea’s sixth (and final?) test had a likely yield well above one hundred kilotons, enough to corroborate the regime's claim of thermonuclear capability. Really big nuclear explosions require the lightest elements rather than the heaviest. Fission explosions rely on the energy released by splitting heavy atoms of uranium or plutoni... more »

Nazi Germany Had Its Very Own 'AK-47' Rifle

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* Or something close to it that may have inspired it. With the conflict in Iraq, combat photography is once again prevalent in the media, and it would be impossible to miss images of U.S. soldiers toting the omnipresent M4 weapons system. Based on the venerated M-16 assault rifle (now redubbed the M2), this “system” provides the infantryman with a versatile set of interchangeable assets, which augment his weapon’s mission—eliminating the enemy from the battlefield. This system is state-of-the-art, but its origin dates back nearly 60 year... more »

France's Exocet Navy-Killer Missile Is Getting an Update (But Russia and China Don't Care)

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Europe* Game-changer or fiction? France's famous Exocet anti-ship missile is about to become more deadly. The Exocet, which became famous for sinking several British ships during the 1982 Falklands War, will be getting an upgraded guidance system, according to the naval website Navy Recognition. The current MM40 Block 3 will be modified into the Block 3C, with a digital seeker to home in on enemy vessels. "While the missile range or speed are unlikely to change compared to the existing Block 3 variant, it will be upgraded with a new IIR (imaging infra ... more »

Stealth Fighter War: Russia's Su-57 vs. America's F-22 Raptor (Who Wins?)

TNI Staff at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*TNI Staff* *Security, * The best of the best go to war in the sky. The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is the king of skies—it combines stealth and eye-watering kinematic performance with a power array of sensors weapons. For over a decade since the Raptor was declared operational in December 2005, the F-22 has been unquestionably the best air superiority fighter ever built. But challengers are starting to appear. After emerging from its post-Soviet doldrums, Russia has developed a challenger to the mighty F-22 in the form of the Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA, which is scheduled to enter li... more »

The True Consequences of America's Withdrawal from the Iran Deal

Michael Breen at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Michael Breen* *Security, Middle East* [image: Trump delivers remarks on his intentions regarding the Iran nuclear deal at the White House] Regardless of the fact that President Trump is playing to a domestic audience, his action will have consequences the world over. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that he was withdrawing the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more commonly known as the “Iran Deal.” Now, we must see if this international agreement to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon can survive without the backing of t... more »

America Should Open Up the Saudi Arabian Nuclear Energy Market

Katie Tubb at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Katie Tubb* *Economics, Middles East* [image: U.S. Secretary of Energy Perry testifies to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington] Will Secretary Perry prevent the pending closure of American nuclear reactors or try to open Saudi Arabia to U.S. commerical nuclear technology exports instead? Times are tough for much of the United States nuclear energy industry. Decades of overzealous regulation, tough competition abroad, inexpensive natural gas, and exorbitant subsidies for renewables—all combine to make these very hard times. As American Secretary of Energy Rick Pe... more »

China Wants 'Transformer' Drones (And It's More Likely to Happen Than You Think)

Lyle J. Goldstein at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Lyle J. Goldstein* *Security, Asia* [image: Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech as he reviews a military display of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in the South China Sea] Chinese military scientists are working on an unusual project: a single hybrid aerial-underwater drone. Drones of all types are leading a revolution in military technology. Originally spurred on by the battlefield imperatives of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, unmanned aerial vehicles are now emerging at the heart of future warfare plans; not just at the low end, but increasingly to ad... more »

Why Trump's VA Pick Got Torpedoed

Lawrence J. Korb at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Lawrence J. Korb* *Politics, North America* [image: Ronny Jackson, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to be U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, on Capitol Hill in Washington] The accusations against Admiral Jackson were very serious. Why didn't they come out out years earlier? At about the same time that Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the now former White House physician and former combat medic in Iraq, was forced to withdraw from consideration to be the next secretary of the Veterans Administration, CIA Director Mike Pompeo was confirmed as the second Secretary of State in the Tr... more »

Why a Trade War Shouldn't Wreck World Markets

Todd Royal at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Todd Royal* *Economics, North America* [image: An investor looks at the screen at the Dubai International Financial Market in Dubai] Investors should choose clean financial statements over attempting to predict geopolitics. Geopolitical spats taking place in Syria, tensions over China’s militarization of the South China Sea, nuclear threats from North Korea, and daily tweets from President Trump have caused market turbulence in 2018. Yet the ten-year United States Treasury yield reached 3 percent for the first time in ten years, which is a sign of investor confidence and stable... more »

Press Release on New Research Report Showing CO2 Has No Significant Effect on Temperatures

Alan Carlin at Carlin Economics and Science - 1 day ago
As discussed last week, several reports have shown in the last year or two that carbon dioxide (CO2) does not significantly affect global temperatures, contrary to endless repetitions to the contrary by climate alarmists and the mainstream press. Today some of the same authors of the reports discussed last week have released a new report […]

Is North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un Playing America And China?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un *Doug Bandow, National Interest:* *Kim Jong Un is Playing America and China* Lest anyone imagine that Kim Jong-un is an international ingénue, consider how well he played the People’s Republic of China. Long on Beijing’s as well as Washington’s naughty list, North Korea forced the PRC to come calling, finally inviting Kim to visit more than six years after he took power. Two months later Kim made a second visit, and this one to the northern city of Dalian rather than more distant Beijing. He explains that he came to... more »

Voting For Torture For Electoral Expediency

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
John McCain is probably dying. And from his death bed he's talking about torture and why his colleagues in the Senate should reject "Bloody Gina" Haspel to head the CIA. This weekend the second Democrat worried about his reelection prospects, Joe Donnelly of Indiana (following Joe Manchin of West Virginia) announced that he would vote to confirm "Bloody Gina." Trump just got the guarantee he needed to confirm his torture princess. How could it *not* have been a Democrat? Donnelly, one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate: "I believe that she has learned from the past, ... more »

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