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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

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"Autistic" Children Everywhere

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Yesterday while waiting at a car dealership for an oil change I overheard a woman on the phone who was stating that she had two grandchildren under 3 with autism. When she got off the phone another woman of the same age range approached the first and said that she too had a grandchild with autism. Since I have published in this area (see here) and had a child diagnosed with autism almost two decades ago, I listened to these conversations closely. Autism diagnoses continue to increase despite the efforts of medical authorities to narrow the diagnostic criteria. A few days ago I pos... more »

Millions of Minnesota taxpayer dollars defrauded every year?

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 12 hours ago
A news report suggests that there's an organized racket in the Muslim immigrant/refugee community in Minnesota to defraud that state's government. For five months, Fox 9 has been investigating what appears to be rampant fraud in a massive state program. This fraud is suspected of costing Minnesota taxpayers as much as $100 million a year. The Fox 9 Investigators reporting is based on public records and nearly a dozen government sources who have direct knowledge of what is happening. These sources have a deep fear, and there is evidence to support their concerns, that some of that ... more »

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

Activist Post at Activist Post - 12 hours ago
By Rachel Blevins Austin, TX – When a SWAT team initiated a no-knock raid in search of cannabis, they were met with gunfire, and while... more »

US Praises Israeli “Restraint” After It Uses Chemical Weapons on Civilians in Gaza

Activist Post at Activist Post - 12 hours ago
By Carey Wedler A powerful government’s military unleashed chemical weapons on a crowd of protesters in Gaza this week, but Team America-World Police is nowhere... more »

US State Passes Law Defining Any Criticism of Israel as “Anti-Semitic” Just As They Kill 60 Civilians

Activist Post at Activist Post - 12 hours ago
By Rachel Blevins The news that Israel killed more than 60 Palestinians on Monday alone, has sparked criticism from Americans who are frustrated with the... more »

Study: The Most Harmful Addictive Drugs Worldwide are Alcohol and Tobacco

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 12 hours ago
The World Health Organization has released many reports in the past fingering alcohol and tobacco as two of the biggest causes of illness and death worldwide.

A 1958 Speech Exposing “A Small Clique of Power Lusting Conspirators” & Their Plan For America

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 12 hours ago
Today, things don’t seem much different.

Service is the Path for This Age

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 12 hours ago
Everyone has their part, known only to you.

Reconfirmed: Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat and Sick

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 12 hours ago
If you’re still holding out hope that science will eventually prove artificial sweeteners to be beneficial, or at the very least harmless, you’re likely to be disappointed.

March Against Monsanto 2018 Global Protests – Be There This Weekend

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 12 hours ago
Hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens will hit the streets May 19th, 2018 for the 7th international March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign.

Kilauea’s south flank slumping is “normal” – I’m so much relieved now…

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 12 hours ago
The south flank of The Big Island's volcano, Kilauea, is NOT going to slide off into the ocean making a tsunami, it's only slowly "slumping" into the ocean. I'm so relieved... Continue reading →

Mixed Messages From China On Korean Peace Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd right) and wife Peng Liyuan (right) are seen with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol Ju in Beijing on March 27. The North Korean leader received a warm welcome during a secretive trip as both sides sought to repair frayed ties ahead of landmark summits with Seoul and Washington. Photo: AFP/ via North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency. *Xuan Loc Doan, Asia Times:* *China’s contradictions over the Korean Peninsula issue* Commenting about Kim Jong-un’s “surprise” trip to Beijing in March, a scholar of international relation... more »

Bill Bennett: Teachers, Know Your Place

Peter Greene at CURMUDGUCATION - 12 hours ago
EdWeek ruffled some feathers and reaped some clickbaity hate read traffic this week with a piece of concern trolling from Bill Bennett and Karen Nussle. Bennett was Reagan's USED secretary, and Nussle is the chairman of Conservative Leaders for Education, a group that Bennett launched two years ago and still serves as-- well, actually the website says that Nussle is president and Bennett is chairman. Nussle's actual background is running a "boutique" PR firm. CL4E lives up to its name by favoring school choice and not being fans of unions, so nothing in the EdWeek piece is exactly s... more »

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Gentrification’ By Ry Cooder

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 12 hours ago
For more than a half century, Ry Cooder has been making music. He is highly regarded for his slide guitar work as well as the affinity he has for roots music and collaborations with musicians throughout the world. “Gentrification,” which appears on his latest album, “The Prodigal Son,” is a The post Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Gentrification’ By Ry Cooder appeared first on Shadowproof.

Are Independent Voters The Future Of The American Political System?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
*Preet and Tim, better than garden variety Democrats* In 2016 Gallup reported that 42% of Americans identify as independens compared with 29% who say they are Democrats and 26% who say they are Republicans. That's pretty overblown *but*, no one doubts that the two major parties have called into a bad odor and the number of independents has grown. I've seen countless congressional campaigns that claim between 30-35% of voters in their districts are independents, even if there's a distinct lean among many of them none direction or another. At best, an independent is a voter who votes ... more »

VIDEO: Civilians in liberated north Homs pocket welcome Syrian Army

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:30 P.M.) – Hundreds of civilians took the streets of the recently-liberated Rastan city in north Homs countryside to welcome the Syrian troops following militant evacuation. The Syrian Army officially took over several towns and villages formerly held by rebel groups in north Homs and south Hama countryside. Earlier today, the General Command […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

More families return home in liberated East Ghouta towns

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:35 P.M.) – Hundreds of civilians who currently live in a temporary shelter center prepare to return to their homes in liberated towns and villages of East Ghouta region. The return of families comes as the Syrian Army concluded an all-out mop-up operation, coupled with tremendous efforts by the government to rehabilitate the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

VIDEO: Rebel rocket attack on Damascus kills 2 civilians

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:15 P.M.) – A homegrown rocket fired by the Islamic State in southern Damascus hit a crowded district in Damascus, killing and injuring scores. The bloody attack comes as thousands of people went out shopping to prepare for the holy month of Ramadan which begins tomorrow. Panic prevailed as a huge thud rocked […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Health Benefits of Borax

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 13 hours ago
*To learn more, click on the link below:* *http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm* *Note: I have not taken this remedy myself but comes highly recommended from two sources that I believe to be reliable. As with any remedy, my advice would be to research it first before trying it.* *The product used in the remedy is easily obtainable and inexpensive in the States. **As to availability in Europe, Africa, South America or Oceania, I have no idea. *

Syria's Christian Leaders Condemn U.S. Intervention

Alex Newman at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: syria-s-christian-leaders-condemn-u-s-intervention] ISTANBUL — In a joint statement, top Christian leaders across the war-ravaged nation of Syria condemned recent attacks on their nation by Western powers, calling last month's airstrikes “unjustified aggression” and questioning the narrative surrounding alleged chemical-weapons use. The church leaders, who represent various Christian denominations in Syria, also urged their brothers and sisters in the United Kingdom, France, and the United States to stand with them in condemning the attacks against Syria unleashed by their g... more »

Irish to Vote May 25 on Repealing Pro-life Amendment

Raven Clabough at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: irish-to-vote-may-25-on-repealing-pro-life-amendment] On May 25, the people of Ireland will be voting on whether to retain their Eighth Amendment, which protects the right to life, or repeal it. The vote is the result of intense pressure from pro-abortion advocates.

Is Trump’s Prescription Drug Plan Really “Market-based”?

Michael Tennant at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: is-trump-s-prescription-drug-plan-really-market-based] HHS Secretary Alex Azar says the Trump administration's plan to reduce prescription-drug prices is "market-based." But is it?

Scientists Look to Create a Hybrid Mammoth to Help Stymie So-called Global Warming

James Murphy at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: scientists-look-to-create-a-hybrid-mammoth-to-help-stymie-so-called-global-warming] Looking to revitalize grassland in a Siberian steppe region, scientists there are hoping that geneticists at Harvard can create a mammoth-elephant hybrid — a “mammophant” — in the hopes of reinvigorating the permafrost, which will slow down supposed global warming.

Why North Korea's Worst Nightmare is the B-21 Stealth Bomber

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* Coming soon to a war near you? *For conventional missions, the B-21 will carry the JASSM-ER conventional cruise missile and two-thousand-pound GBU-31 Joint Directed Attack Munition satellite-guided bombs. The B-21 could use these weapons in a similar manner as its nuclear weapons, blasting its way through the enemy’s defenses before dropping JDAMs. Alternately, the B-21 could be used as a missile truck, launching up to sixteen JASSM-ERs at enemy targets from a distance, or penetrating less sophisticated enemy defenses to deliver JDAMs on target.... more »

How China Plans to Win a War Against the Navy: Sink Its Aircraft Carriers

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* History tells us so. *After the missile tests, the carrier USS Nimitz left the Persian Gulf region and raced back to the western Pacific. This was an even more powerful carrier battle group, consisting of the Aegis cruiser Port Royal, guided missile destroyers Oldendorf and Callaghan (which would later be transferred to the Taiwanese Navy), guided missile frigate USS Ford, and nuclear attack submarine USS Portsmouth. Nimitz and its escorts took up station in the Philippine Sea, ready to assist Independence. Contrary to popular belief, neither ca... more »

Why The Abrupt Threat From North Korea To Walk Away From The Korean Peace Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Kim Jong-un of North Korea, left, and President Moon Jae-in of South Korea at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone last month.CreditPool photo *New York Times*:* North Korea Revives an Old Tactic in Threat to Cancel Talks* SEOUL, South Korea — After presenting himself as a statesman, and changing his role from tyrant to moderate on the world stage, Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, has revealed his bottom line: He will not give up his nuclear weapons as President Trump has demanded. In warning on Wednesday that Mr. Kim could withdraw from his planned June 12 summit meeting with Mr... more »

‘Being Naked Does Not Remove a Threat’: Says Chief as Cops Kill Unarmed Naked Teacher

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: naked] An college honors graduate and high school science teacher was shot and killed by police this week while he was entirely unarmed and naked. The post ‘Being Naked Does Not Remove a Threat’: Says Chief as Cops Kill Unarmed Naked Teacher appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Were we wrong about fiber?

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 13 hours ago
Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on May 15th, 2018 In my video Is the Fiber Theory Wrong? (see below), I present that fiber-containing foods may not only help prevent heart disease but also help treat it as well. Heart patients who increase their intake of fiber after their first heart attack reduce their risk of a second and live longer than those […] The post Were we wrong about fiber? appeared first on Health Nut News.

HPV vaccine’s likely contribution to Sweden’s spike in cervical cancer

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 13 hours ago
By the World Mercury Project Team When the U.S. introduced the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in 2006, cervical cancer rates had been steadily declining for several decades, in large part due to successful and routinized cervical cancer screening. A similar trend also was underway in Europe, including in Scandinavia. Within that region, Sweden stood out as having the lowest levels […] The post HPV vaccine’s likely contribution to Sweden’s spike in cervical cancer appeared first on Health Nut News.

World’s largest pork producer hit with manure lagoon lawsuit

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 13 hours ago
By Dr. Mercola People who live near industrial pig facilities, or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), are bombarded with noxious smells, polluted air and water and noise, to say nothing of their plummeting property values. The industries running these facilities often get off scot-free, destroying families’ lives and finances while padding their own pockets. In […] The post World’s largest pork producer hit with manure lagoon lawsuit appeared first on Health Nut News.

Why do it?

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
I just watched an extraordinary performance by Andrew Neil. First, he interrogated Stephen Crabb of CFOI. His questioning was repetitive, and his approach was impatient and unoriginal, namely that Israel is guilty of ‘disproportionate use of force against unarmed civilians'. “Social unrest” he called the riots. “Sixty people shot dead, most of them unarmed” he repeated. “Why do it?” It was perfectly obvious that he and the rest of the BBC can see no justification whatsoever for Israel’s actions. He kept saying, irritably, “so you refuse to condemn Israel” and constantly reinte... more »

Trump Homeland Security Cybersecurity Strategy Arrived 14 Months Late; Is Incomplete, And Fails To Mention Election Security

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 13 hours ago
“Unfortunately, the Strategy arrived 14 months late and primarily identifies policies and procedures the Department needs to further develop and … Continue reading →

US Congressman Bennie Thompson Calls On House Republicans To Treat Election Security Seriously – Election Security Briefing Insufficient

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 13 hours ago
The House Republicans sitting in the US Congress appear to want to avoid addressing election security! Why? They don’t think … Continue reading →


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 13 hours ago
Nail biting. Especially important will be making provisions to ensure the value of the currency remains reasonably stable to avoid inflation etc Bet the speculators will be out in force trying to destabilize the franc and scare voters off a yes vote. From Vollgeld Initiative Campaign for Monetary Reform – News from Switzerland On 10th […]

From an info war, to a spiritual war

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 13 hours ago
My mirror selfie for the week. Donald Trump and co won’t be happy about my blog posts about the latest Ebola outbreak and, who knows, they might even be scheming on a way to get hold of my anyway hacked blog…. The ruthlessness with which Trump fired America’s pandemic expert Admiral Tim Ziemer just as the […]

The Geopolitics Of The Macedonian Ethnogenesis

Vladislav B. SOTIROVIĆ at OrientalReview.org - 13 hours ago
The territory of geographical-historical Macedonia has been for the last 150 years one of the focal apples of discord in South-East Europe. A stable prosperous country of Macedonia, however, can serve in the future as a bridge between all of her four neighbors under one condition: to relinquish its territorial irredentism. The post The Geopolitics Of The Macedonian Ethnogenesis appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

Serious Re-enacting

LL at Virtual Mirage - 14 hours ago
Neustadt-Glewe is a small German town, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, in the district of Ludwigslust-Parchim. Last year, some serious re-enactors gathered together with seriously authentic arms and armor to relive the bloody past of that area in the age of Vikings. Live steel re-enactment is not a high school prom - not in the least. The armor used by Vikings was no different than that used by English or German warriors of the same era. There were no horns on the helmets, and the blades were similar. Armor went from padded gambesons, to chain male, to laminar, to boiled leather c... more »

US-UK FTA could 'destroy large parts of British farming', report warns

bilaterals.org - 14 hours ago
16-May-2018 A new study has highlighted major concerns surrounding a potential UK and US free trade deal, saying it could "destroy large parts of British farming".

S. Korea, Mercosur to launch FTA negotiations in late May

bilaterals.org - 14 hours ago
16-May-2018 An official at Seoul's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said the government will actively push for new free trade deals to expand its trade relations with emerging markets.

Doctors to go on strike tomorrow against FTA with Singapore

bilaterals.org - 14 hours ago
16-May-2018 Government doctors are to stage a token strike tomorrow against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and Singapore.

Trump threatens to use US trade talks to force NHS to pay more for drugs

bilaterals.org - 14 hours ago
16-May-2018 Donald Trump is ready to use trade talks to force the National Health Service to pay more for its drugs as part of his scheme to "put American patients first”.

Iraq Election Results All 18 Provinces

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Iraq’s Election Commission finished reporting its early returns for all 18 provinces. Sadr’s Sairoon list remained in the lead with 6 first place finishes and 4 2nd place ones. The pro-Iran Hashd list Fatah had five 1st place finishes and now has 8 second place ones adding Kirkuk. (There is a recount going on in that province so the standings could change). Prime Minister Haidar Abadi’s Nasr only won Ninewa, but otherwise finished third in seven governorates. Vice President Iyad Allawi’s Wataniya could only pull three 2nd places and two 3rdplaces. The two main Kurdish parties the K... more »

£23bn goes up in smoke! Chris Huhne’s pet scheme to fit ‘green’ energy boilers is open to fraud and makes pollution worse!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Harrabin rather glossed over the report by the Public Accounts Committee on biomass boilers, in his article today. The Mail tells the full story: Billions have been wasted in a drive to fit green boilers in homes which could have made air pollution worse, MPs warned last night. The scheme […]

MPs criticise government clean energy policies

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public Heavy criticism has been levelled at UK government energy policies by two separate parliamentary committees. The Environmental Audit Committee says ill-thought out policies caused a dive in clean energy investment, which fell 10% in 2016, and 56% last year. And the Public Accounts Committee says a […]

This Day In Iraqi History - May 16

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement broke up Ottoman Empire into British and French Spheres Basra and Baghdad to England Mosul to French France was to be buffer with Russia (Musings On Iraq interview with Princeton’s Sara Pursley on Sykes-Picot and creation of Iraq) 1941 While British planes bombed Iraqi column outside Rutba, Anbar English ground forces were attacked by German planes 1941 German commander in Iraq agreed with Baghdad’s plan to retake Habaniya but didn’t have forces to do it 1941 German planes attacked Habaniya base British destroyed 10 German planes i... more »

EU and Iran to Keep Nuclear Deal in Place

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 14 hours ago
America and Europe are heading towards conflict. The Europeans are breaking away. – RT Published on May 15, 2018 The EU is insisting that the Iran nuclear deal remain unchanged. The bloc’s foreign policy chief made that announcement after talks in Brussels between UK, France, Germany and Iran. That’s despite Donald Trump pulling the U.S. out […]

US Putting Serious Pressure on Iran Nuclear Deal Participants – Moscow

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 14 hours ago
US Putting Serious Pressure on Iran Nuclear Deal Participants – Moscow by https://sputniknews.com/ Earlier, following his presidential campaign promise, US President Donald Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and vowed to re-impose economic sanctions against Iran. – Russian acting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the US is exerting […]

Europe Is Seeking “Practical Solution” To Salvage Iran Deal

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 14 hours ago
Europe Is Seeking “Practical Solution” To Salvage Iran Deal by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ Much to President Trump’s chagrin, The European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, said on Tuesday that the bloc would seek avenues for protecting businesses operating in Iran – even as the US threatens to impose tighter sanctions on any company that dares to […]

"U.S. Healthcare Isn't Broken - It's Fixed"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"U.S. Healthcare Isn't Broken - It's Fixed"* by Charles Hugh Smith "If you want to understand why the U.S. healthcare system is bankrupt, financially, morally and politically, then start with this representative anecdote from a U.S. physician. I received this report from correspondent J.F. on the topic of direct advertising of pharmaceutical products to the public (patients). As background information, pharmaceutical companies were not allowed to advertise directly to consumers (patients) in the good old days. Now, as we all know, half the adverts on TV are for pharmaceutical prod... more »

Trump’s enemies in the media

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 14 hours ago
Yesterday it was reported that Kim was unhappy about the U.S.-South Korea military drills, which as I understand, happen every year. Chuckles and jeers from the Left. Does it seem to you that the MSM are cheering for North Korea just so they can poke fun at the President who's come further in ending the Korean War than all the presidents since the mid-50s? Really? They want more nukes from North Korea and more from Iran it seems. Whose side are they on? Has their hate for Trump overflowed to hate for Americans? The fall out will be on their supporters, too, because when bombs fal... more »

Military Intervention in Rio de Janeiro Enters New Phase

Lise Alves at The Rio Times - 14 hours ago
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Three months after the start of the federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro the mega public security operation is about to enter a new phase, with more military agents and police patrolling the streets, say officials. “After three months of intervention, the population will […]

Shell Open Air Returns to Rio this Week with Outdoor Movie Nights

Beatriz Miranda at The Rio Times - 14 hours ago
By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This Wednesday, May 16th, Shell Open Air opens its 2018 edition at Marina da Glória, in Glória. Until June 3rd, the event will promote outdoor movie sessions to the Carioca audiences from Wednesdays to Sundays, bringing a selection of classics and recently released blockbusters that […]

Armenia’s Pashinyan meets Putin: pledges continued Russian-Armenian friendship

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 14 hours ago
New Armenian leader installed following protests reaffirms Armenia's ties with Russia; calls Russia-Armenia "allies" More The post Armenia’s Pashinyan meets Putin: pledges continued Russian-Armenian friendship appeared first on The Duran.

A Zen Master Explains Why “Positive Thinking” Is Terrible Advice.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 14 hours ago
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GAPS AND SCHOOLS: The river is wide!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018Part 3—The size of the gaps inside Gotham:* What will happen at School 54 if the plan goes into effect? Quickly, let's review: The plan to which we refer is the proposed "desegregation plan" for middle schools in Manhattan's District 3, one of the 34 districts which constitute New York City's humongous public school system. (Over one million students!) School 54 is one of District's 3's "sought-after" middle schools. Last September, at least 88 percent of its incoming sixth-graders had passed the state of New York's fifth-grade math exam. If the proposed... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin A former Facebook and Google exec explains why Amazon is a 'silent assassin' that could one day threaten Facebook Russia looks like it's about to make it illegal for its own people to observe US sanctions Erdogan: Cyprus Oil Drilling Is A Security Threat To East MediterraneanWHO Prepares For "Worst Case" As Congo Ebola Outbreak SpreadsUS, Sweden, And Finland Boost Military Cooperation To Form New AllianceUsed Needles Littering San Francisco Streets As Heroin Crisis Grips NorCalGoogle Employees Revolt, Refuse To Work On Clandestine AI Drone Project For The PentagonRi... more »

Is North Korea Trying To Hide Its Nuclear Arsenal?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A satellite photo of the Punggye-Ri nuclear test site in North Korea May 14, 2018. Planet Labs Inc/Handout via REUTERS *Reuters*:* North Korea is dismantling its nuclear site, but is it abandoning its arsenal or hiding evidence?* SEOUL (Reuters) - Satellite imagery shows North Korea dismantling facilities at its nuclear test site, but experts say the images can’t reveal whether it is the first step toward full denuclearization, or an attempt to cloak nuclear capabilities from outside observers. North Korea’s intentions were thrown further into doubt on Wednesday, when it abruptl... more »

Is China And Russia 'Fudging' Their GDP Numbers?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Photo: NASA-The Washington Post *SFGate/Washington Post:* *Satellite data strongly suggests that China, Russia and other authoritarian countries are fudging their GDP reports* China, Russia and other authoritarian countries inflate their official GDP figures by anywhere from 15 to 30 percent in a given year, according to a new analysis of a quarter-century of satellite data. The working paper, by Luis R. Martinez of the University of Chicago, also found that authoritarian regimes are especially likely to artificially boost their gross domestic product numbers in the years before e... more »

US CEO Pay has reached epic differential

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 15 hours ago
As reported in The Guardian today, US CEOs now make in pay 339 times the pay of the average worker according to a Bloomberg study of 225 companies. In retail companies, the ratio is 977 to 1 on average. Let … Continue reading →

How the Navy Sent 4 of Its Most Powerful Battleships to Attack North Korea

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * A forgotten story. *The Iowas will not, of course, participate in any future conflict on the Korean Peninsula. However, in the event of conflict USN surface ships will undoubtedly contribute significantly to the conflict by means of land attack cruise missiles. Moreover, the navy may yet provide USS Zumwalt and her sisters with the means to provide gunfire support against land targets. In such a case, North Korean coastal installations would become very vulnerable, indeed.* In the final months of the Second World War, the battleships of the U.S. Na... more »

In 1970, a Russian Atomic Submarine Sank. It Was Armed with Nuclear Weapons.

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * They are 15,000 feet below the waves. *The Soviet Navy (which did not have much interest in the strategic mission at that point) reconfigured the 627 class for a more conventional anti-ship role. Despite their noisiness, the Novembers had the range to threaten NATO surface vessels, especially transport convoys. A small number of nuclear torpedoes (configured with smaller warheads compatible with conventional torpedoes) could wreak havoc on such a convoy, despite the likely loss of the sub to any surviving escorts. The 627s were never regarded as par... more »

There's Enough Bullets for Everyone - What Lies Ahead for Gaza

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 15 hours ago
With tensions between Gaza and Israel ramping up yet again, recent comments from an Israeli politician provides us a pretty good sense of where this conflict is headed. As background, 65-year old Avi Dichter is a Member of the Knesset, representing the Likud Party and currently is a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee. He has also served as the Director of the Israeli Security Agency also known as Shin Bet/Shabak which functions as Israel's internal security service, Minister of Public Security and Minister of Home Front Defense. As you can see, he has a long t... more »

Pax Americana and the weaponization of space

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
See the entire documentary where the above was taken from *here* Also check out an excellent new article entitled: Trump and Corporate America Are Dead Serious About Plans to Conquer Outer Space. Like any military effort, the establishment of the U.S. Armed Forces in space is meant to ensure the expansion of capital, the protection of corporate property and investments on or off the globe

Flipping Michael Cohen

hlitman at Lawfare - 15 hours ago
A meme has taken hold that President Trump and his circle are comparable to a mafia family, with Trump himself as the “Don.” In his memoir, “A Higher Loyalty,” former FBI director James Comey fleshes out the analogy. Comey, who made his name as a mob prosecutor, recognizes in Trump’s rule some key features of mafia life: ”The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.” And when Tr... more »

"The CIA Asked Me About Controlling The Climate"- We Should Worry!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*I'm trying to clear up some bookmarked pieces- So it's a diversity of topics for today:* *From earlier today: Have We Already Slid Into A Tyranny of Good Intentions? * *For your consideration:* * The CIA Asked Me About Controlling The Climate.. This is Why We Should Worry* * Brief digression: Personally, I believe weather warfare aka geo-engineering aka “climate intervention” is a big part of the AGW psy op. To put it another way the AGW/global warming hoax gives cover to the long desired, likely some what successful attempts at weather warfare.* *Oh and the CIA as our only hope sp... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Military and Intelligence News Briefs and World News Briefs will be posted later today.

Russian Military Has An Ammunition Reliability Problem

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
(Pinterest) *War Is Boring*:* Russian Soldiers Are Complaining About Exploding Guns* *Modern weapons with ammo problems.* 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 be... more »


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 16 hours ago
From Defenceweb The World Health Organisation has been given the go-ahead by officials in Democratic Republic of Congo to import and use an experimental Ebola vaccine, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “We have agreement, registration plus import permit, everything formally agreed,” Tedros told reporters. “All is ready now to really use it.” Vaccinations could […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 16 hours ago
From the CNBC Health officials are in a different position to respond to the current Ebola outbreak than they were during the last one, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday. Democratic Republic of Congo has 39 suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola since April, including […]

Austrian newspaper drops ball and admits Ebola vaccine bio engineered

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 16 hours ago
Der Standard newspaper has admitted that the Ebola vaccine is bio engineered, and, of course, it was bioengineered in a US bioweapons lab. “The vaccine consists of VS Viruses which have been artificially weakened by mutation, and which also carry piece of protein on the Ebola virus. VSV is primarily an animal pathogen, which hardly […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 16 hours ago
From BBC Africa Deux cas d’Ebola ont été confirmés dans la ville de Bikoro, dans le nord-ouest du pays, a déclaré un responsable de la santé en République démocratique du Congo à Reuters. Jean Jacques Muyembe, qui travaille pour l’institut de recherche biologique de la RDC, a déclaré qu’il y avait au moins 10 […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 16 hours ago
From Science Mag with a running commentary inserted. By Jon CohenMay. 15, 2018 , 3:30 PM The first ever effort to use a vaccine to stop an Ebola outbreak in its initial stages is taking shape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). … Virologist Yap Boum, who works with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 16 hours ago
RDC-Ebola : Arrivée ce mercredi du vaccin à Kinshasa Le vaccin pour lutter contre la propagation de l’épidémie d’Ebola arrive ce mercredi 16 mai 2018 à 10h40′ à l’aéroport international de Ndjili. Il sera stocké à l’Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) jusqu’à son envoi à Mbandaka et à Bikoro, renseigne le ministère de la […]

Unapproved Merck Ebola vaccine still needs to obtain importation license and agreement on research protocols, says WHO spokesman Tarik Jašarević

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 16 hours ago
From Fierce Pharma As the death toll mounts in a new Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, health officials are preparing to deploy Merck & Co.’s experimental vaccine against the virus. The pharma giant revved up the development project amid a major Ebola breakout in 2014 and 2015. The new outbreak—so far limited […]

Merck’s Ebola vaccine has passed key regulatory milestones in the USA and Europe, Bill Gates funds stockpile

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 16 hours ago
From Fierce Pharma While much of the world has moved on to the latest headline-grabbing outbreak in Zika, Merck continues to press on with its Ebola vaccine candidate. On Monday, the New Jersey pharma announced its rVSV-ZEBOV has won the FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation and the EMA’s Priority Medicines status. With both designations, the vaccine […]

New Ebola test could falsely classify healthy people as Ebola positive

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 16 hours ago
A new rapid diagnostic kit which could be deployed in Congo to detect Ebola could generate false positives, fuelling a fake Ebola outbreak. The researcher Ameh James states in a study published in Virology that a positive marker for Ebola also appeared when a control assay had no Ebola. “We note that a faint band was sometimes observed in […]

One stockpiled Ebola vaccine can be given to Americans with no proof of safety or effectiveness under the Animal Rule and Accelerated pathway

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 16 hours ago
The NCBI on two of the stockpiled Ebola vaccines Merck’s V920 (rVSVΔG-ZEBOV-GP) and Janssen Vaccines & Prevention B.V.’s Ad26-ZEBOV/MVA-BN-Filo prime-boost vaccine, both nearing consideration for licensure. Janssen Vaccines & Prevention B.V. will get a licence without any need to demonstrate clinical efficacy in human beings (that although four years have passed since the Ebola outbreak giving […]

EPA IRIS Program Is Hardly The “Gold Standard”

Angela Logomasini at Science 2.0 blogs - 16 hours ago
Don’t be fooled by those who say the U.S. read more


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
Interesting item from Axios's Sara Fischer about the right's media strategy: Pro-Trump media is spreading across the U.S., disseminating Trumpian rhetoric about fake news and mainstream media bias through every medium. The big picture, from Rodney Benson, chair of NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication: "Many of the media moving toward subscriptions have disproportionately left-liberal audiences. ... While liberal media draw their circles ever tighter around themselves (via paywalls, high-level content, etc.), conservatives are fighting to extend their mass reach." Th... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Federal officials curtail probe into fraud at for-profit colleges* *They were subject to much hostile targeting under Obama so DeVoss may feel that they need a break* Members of a special team at the Education Department that had been investigating widespread abuses by for-profit colleges have been marginalized, reassigned, or instructed to focus on other matters, according to current and former employees. The unwinding of the team has effectively killed investigations into possibly fraudulent activities at several large for-profit colleges where top hires of Betsy DeVos... more »

International Analysis

LL at Virtual Mirage - 16 hours ago
*An End to Talks?* North Korea suspended high-level talks with South Korea and is threatening to reconsider the US summit. On 16 May, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published a report that cited joint US-South Korean air exercise Max Thunder as the reason for the suspension. The talks were supposed to be follow-up discussions on denuclearization. “Public opinions at home and abroad comment that the maneuver is the largest-ever and a reflection of the invariable stand of the U.S. and south Korea to persist in the ‘maximum pressure and sanctions’ against the DPRK.” “The DPRK-... more »

U.S. Intelligence: Russia's New Hypersonic Weapon Will Likely Be Deployed By 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
MiG-31 jet with the Kinzhal hypersonic missile © Iliya Pitalev / Sputnik *CNBC: **US intelligence reports: Russia's new hypersonic weapon will likely be ready for war by 2020* * Russia has successfully tested a hypersonic weapon the United States is currently unable to defend against, according to sources with direct knowledge of U.S. intelligence reports. * The Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle is expected to enter Russia's arsenal by 2020. * The weapon could be outfitted with a nuclear warhead but would be able to create destruction even without explosives. A Russian weapon the ... more »

Russian President Putin: Russian Navy Will Now Be Permanently Based In The Mediterranean

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
© Sputnik / Denis Abramov *TASS:* *Putin: Ships armed with Kalibr missiles to be permanently on duty in Mediterranean* A total of 102 voyages by surface ships and submarines are scheduled for this year, according to the Russian president SOCHI, May 16. /TASS/. Russian naval ships armed with cruise missiles Kalibr will be permanently on duty in the Mediterranean, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his opening remarks at a meeting with top officials of the Defense Ministry and defense-industrial complex on Wednesday. "A total of 102 voyages by surface ships and submarines are ... more »

Wednesday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 16 hours ago
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. - The CCPA offers some questions and answers on the problems with "social impact bonds" designed to turn the delivery of needed programming into a source of corporate profits. And Andy Blatchford reports on the Trudeau Libs' secretive attempt to undermine any prospect of prosecutions for corporate crimes. - Mike De Souza exposes the existence of a "mystery safety gap" in the Trans Mountain expansion which the Libs are concealing from the public. Mitchell Anderson examines the environmental time bomb of unfunded oil sands tailings po... more »

Hell Hath No Fury

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Lately, Stephen Harper has been showing his true colours -- he's a nasty conservative who is equal parts bully and bile. Andrew Cohen writes: In February, he was elected chairman of the International Democratic Union (IDU), an organization of ”centre-right” parties. In April, he saluted the re-election of Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, the most authoritarian of them. This month, he applauded U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran anti-nuclear agreement, isolating the United States and alienating its allies. While in office, he restrained himself. Now he ... more »

Trump Eliminates White House Cybersecurity Coordinator; US Congressmen Langevin & Lieu Intro Legislation To Re-Establish It

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 16 hours ago
US Congressman “Thompson Statement on White House Elimination of Cyber Coordinator May 15, 2018 Press Release (WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. … Continue reading →


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Who Turned Off the Lights?* Is anyone paying attention to the crisis that is going on in our electric power markets? Over the past six months, at least four major nuclear power plants have been slated for shutdown, including the last one in operation in California. Meanwhile, dozens of coal plants have been shuttered as well — despite low prices and cleaner coal. Some of our major coal companies may go into bankruptcy. This is a dangerous game we are playing with our most valuable resource outside of clean air and water. Traditionally, we've received almost half our electric pow... more »

Russian President Putin: New Russian Missiles, Bombers To Be Deployed This Year

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
A Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental-ballistic-missile system is seen in the Victory Day military parade in Moscow. *RFE*: *Putin Says New Russian Missiles, Bombers To Be Deployed This Year * Russian President Vladimir Putin has touted new weapons that he says are ready for deployment, stating that they will significantly increase Russia's military capabilities and "ensure a strategic balance for decades." Putin was speaking at a meeting with Russian defense officials in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on May 15. As relations between the West and Russia have plummeted to post-C... more »

Journal says it will correct three papers by prominent psychologist for duplication

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
Some heavy criticism of a high-profile scientist has prompted one journal to announce it plans to correct the record. Following a series of allegations about the work of psychologist Robert Sternberg at Cornell, a journal has declared it plans to correct three of his papers. Last month, Inside Higher Ed reported that critics have raised … Continue reading Journal says it will correct three papers by prominent psychologist for duplication

Russian President Vladimir Putin Boasts That New Weapon Systems Will Maintain Russia's Nuclear Might For Decades

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin, background center, leads a meeting with the top military brass in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, May 15, 2018. Putin says the new weapons presented this year will ensure Russia's security for decades to come. RT: *Russia’s new nuclear & other deterrence ensures strategic balance for decades to come – Putin * New weapon systems being developed and put into service would ensure the balance of power in the world for decades, President Vladimir Putin told top generals, outlining the priorities of Russia’s deterr... more »

Have We Already Slid Into A Tyranny of Good Intentions?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*This is an older editorial from 2010- The title is the question: Are we sliding into a tyranny of good intentions?* *While reading this piece, I realized we're already in that tyranny. * *We slid right into it with nary a bump impeding our ride. * *The saying “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” comes to mind. * *Our society, today, is that hell. It's absurd to the nth degree. The enforced political correctness, for some, so obvious in it's hypocrisy. Cognitive dissonance is rampant. Drug use and deaths from big pharma are rampant- Society is sick. People are sick and unh... more »

Why Is Venezuela Buying Foreign Oil To Be Shipped To Cuba?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Exclusive: As Venezuelans suffer, Maduro buys foreign oil to subsidize Cuba* HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela’s state-run oil firm PDVSA has bought nearly $440 million worth of foreign crude and shipped it directly to Cuba on friendly credit terms - and often at a loss, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters. The shipments are the first documented instances of the OPEC nation buying crude to supply regional allies instead of selling them oil from its own vast reserves. Venezuela made the discounted deliveries, which have not been previously reported,... more »

DCCC Falls Flat On Its Face Again-- When Will They Ever Wake Up And Smell Their Own... Waste?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
*Progressive champion Kara Eastman defeats the DCCC, the Blue Dogs and the New Dems-- our hero* All across the country there are counties and districts where Bernie beat Hillary in 2016 (and many where Bernie got more votes on primary day than Trump as well). But the Democratic Establishment-- including the DCCC, their overpaid consultants and contractors and the lazy, feebleminded "reporters" who reprint their press releases-- repeat, *ad nauseum*, that only right-wing candidates (they call them "moderates, which they aren't) can win the general elections. The DCCC then tries pushi... more »

Rio Nightlife Guide for Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Beatriz Miranda at The Rio Times - 17 hours ago
We have the top three picks for this Wednesday, and below is a list of bars and pubs that are always a good option. PARTY: Latin Party (Copacabana) – It claims to be the most famous Latin party in the whole of Rio de Janeiro! The Latin Party in Copacabana will take place tonight in […]

Biofuels Looking Worse, Not Better, Over Time

CFACT at CFACT - 17 hours ago
More than a decade after the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act imposed mandatory biofuel requirements on the American economy, even biofuel apologists acknowledge biofuels are falling far short of industry promises.

Ex-Pakistani Prime Minister puts Pakistani military and China on the spot

James M. Dorsey at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
Ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif kicked up a storm when he earlier this month seemingly admitted that Pakistan had supported militants who attacked multiple targets in Mumbai in 2008, killing 166 people. Mr. Sharif’s admission, which he has since tried to walk back, put a finger on Pakistan’s controversial policy of selective support of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US State Passes Law Defining Any Criticism of Israel as ‘Anti-Semitic’ Just As They Kill 60 Civilians

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 17 hours ago
[image: israel] As many Americans criticize the number of civilian deaths on the Gaza Strip, a state has passed a measure labeling criticism of Israel as "antisemitism." The post US State Passes Law Defining Any Criticism of Israel as ‘Anti-Semitic’ Just As They Kill 60 Civilians appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

A Comparison Between Schiller and Kant

Anoop Verma at The Verma Report - 17 hours ago
In *Schiller as Philosopher: A Re-examination*, Frederick C. Beiser is making the case that Friedrich Schiller’s achievements in philosophy are as important as his achievements in literature. From the book’s Preface and Introduction, which I read today, it seems that Beiser’s agenda is to build up Schiller’s reputation at the cost of Immanuel Kant. In the Introduction, Bieser compares Schiller’s philosophy with Kant’s. He summarizes the chief merits of Schiller’s philosophy vis-à-vis Kant’s in the following six propositions: Schiller’s philosophy retains the rational core of Kant’s... more »

Privacy? What privacy?

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 17 hours ago
Yet again, we're reminded that we live in a *de facto* surveillance state. It's just been privatized. The digital privacy world was rocked late Thursday evening when The New York Times reported on Securus, a prison telecom company that has a service enabling law enforcement officers to locate most American cell phones within seconds. The company does this via a basic Web interface leveraging a location API—creating a way to effectively access a massive real-time database of cell-site records. Securus’ location ability relies on other data brokers and location aggregators that obt... more »

Are Facebook’s Ads Controlling Us? A New Version of an Old Question.

mgodwin at Lawfare - 17 hours ago
Credit: Flickr/Anthony Quintano In the heat of today’s debate about the ethics—and possibly anti-democratic effects—of targeted advertising on Facebook and on other internet platforms, it’s easy to forget that this debate about advertising is an old one. Do commercial or political advertisers aim to push our psychological buttons in ways we’re unaware of? Does advertising really have the power to compel us to buy products or to choose candidates? In their modern manifestations, these questions hinge on the power of big data, operating together with the presumed accuracy with which... more »

Michael Cohen ‘asked Qatari investor for millions of dollars’ which he said he would ‘pass to Trump family members’

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 18 hours ago
From The Daily Mail EXCLUSIVE: Michael Cohen ‘asked Qatari investor for millions of dollars’ which he said he would ‘pass to Trump family members’ at Trump Tower meeting – and Qatar’s foreign minister was there too Donald Trump’s personal attorney is facing new claims that he asked for millions in cash after the president’s election […]

Mueller’s own Russian conflict? FBI under his watch once asked oligarch at the center of jailed Kremlin escort’s collusion claim to spend $25million to help rescue ex-agent held hostage in Iran

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 18 hours ago
From The Daily Mail Mueller’s own Russian conflict? FBI under his watch once asked oligarch at the center of jailed Kremlin escort’s collusion claim to spend $25million to help rescue ex-agent held hostage in Iran When Mueller ran FBI, agency asked Oleg Deripaska to rescue hostage in Iran Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson was believed […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 18 hours ago
http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/387625-mueller-may-have-a-conflict-and-it-leads-directly-to-a-russian-oligarch … The FBI had three reasons for choosing Deripaska for a mission worthy of a spy novel. First, his aluminum empire had business in Iran. Second, the FBI wanted a foreigner to fund the operation because spending money in Iran might violate U.S. sanctions and other laws. Third, agents knew Deripaska had been banished […]

Trump’s mega inauguration fund was filled by foreign donations

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 18 hours ago
From Rolling Stone Interest in the inauguration money was reinvigorated last Friday, when ABC News revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating foreign donations to Trump’s inaugural fund, particularly those coming from individuals with ties to Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/trump-inauguration-money-w520327


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 18 hours ago
China seems to have paid Donald Trump a bribe of hundreds of millions of dollar to move him to intervene on behalf of a Chinese smartphone maker ZTE, which has been accused of spying by the FBI, CIA and NSA officials and has been sanctioned. Excerpts Within three days of the Chinese government agreeing to provide $500 […]

Sri Lanka FTAs: stupidity or treachery?

bilaterals.org - 18 hours ago
16-May-2018 The President of Sri Lanka expressed that his government will safeguard the local industrialists. In several occasions, he has mentioned that the government does not want to go for trade agreements that are deleterious to the country's economy. However, in January this year, the president was seated in the high chair clapping when the bilateral trade agreement with Singapore is signed, which liberalized the country's service sector effectively for the first time.

Look to India for returns, not China's Belt-and-Road, Funds say

bilaterals.org - 18 hours ago
16-May-2018 Some of Asia's biggest infrastructure investors are seeing plenty of opportunities in India. In China's mammoth Belt-and-Road initiative, however, not so much.

8 Conseils pour préparer son séjour aux Etats-Unis

bilaterals.org - 18 hours ago
15-May-2018 Partir aux Etats-Unis, c'est bien.

Brazilian candidate still crushing his rivals from jail

Fabio Kerche, Political science researcher, Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 18 hours ago
Leftist former President Lula da Silva is the clear favorite in Brazil's 2018 presidential race, leading his closest rival — a firebrand conservative — by 15 points. The only problem: He's in jail.

US and Europe face an 'increasingly loveless marriage' after Trump's Iran deal withdrawal

Garret Martin, Professorial Lecturer, American University School of International Service at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 18 hours ago
The Iran nuclear deal will struggle to survive the damage done when Trump pulled the US out on May 8. So will US-Europe relations.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche Calls for New Paradigm of Diplomacy for Peace and Development; Israeli Gaza Border Assault Was an Atrocity

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 18 hours ago
[image: May 14, 2018 at the Gaza Border. (IDF Spokesperson office/ Twitter)] The death toll from the Israeli violent assault on Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border May 14 now stands at 61 people killed, with 2,700 wounded, nearly half of them from live fire. This occurred on the same day as the ceremonial opening of the new U.S. embassy, moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in what was known to be a provocation, given the history of the region. The lines of conflict were originally drawn in blood in Southwest Asia by British geopolitical interventions a century ago, to create arb... more »

Study Says Parents Fail to Notice Regression 98% of the Time

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
Note: Like you, we find this rather hard to believe. Many children eventually diagnosed with autism lose social skills between 18 months and 3 years of age. But few parents notice this trend, according to data from a large Norwegian...

DoJ Summons Aquino Over Dengvaxia Mess

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
Note: While we're glad to see repercussions, the fact that children were injured and died means there is no joy in this post. Just an obligation to share with readers. From the Manila Times: The Department of Justice (DoJ) has...

All About Chelation Therapy for Heart Disease

thedrswolfson at The Drs. Wolfson - 18 hours ago
Chelation is a buzz word in holistic health circles. Natural doctors have used chelators for over 50 years to bind metals in the body and promote their excretion through urine and feces. But is chelation beneficial? We will look at the data. First, let’s discuss define chelation. What is Chelation? The Greek word for “claw” […] The post All About Chelation Therapy for Heart Disease appeared first on The Drs. Wolfson.

Bog Standard Midweek Mid May Open Thread

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
New open thread.

Gaza violence and the BBC

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
Are we a Muslim country now? Genuine question, as they say on the interweb. As I write this, Revd Angela Tilby, Canon Emeritus of Christ Church, Oxford, is extolling the virtues of Ramadan on TFTD. I had a look at Hansard. Gaza border violence debate. A quick look at the list of contributors tells you almost all you need to know. One does wonder where these self-styled experts on the Middle East get their information? Only, they seem so sure of themselves. Of course, some of them have been to the region on sponsored parliamentary trips to be educated by the people involved. Others ... more »


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 20 hours ago
North Korea has said it could cancel a summit with Donald Trump if Washington insists the country give up its nuclear arsenal unilaterally beforehand. “In a statement issued by the North Korean Central News Agency [KCNA], Mr Kim took issue in particular with Mr Bolton’s references to the so-called Libya model of nuclear abandonment and […]

Sergei Skripal’s niece again denied visa by Britain to visit relatives amid abduction fears

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 20 hours ago
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says Russia suspects that Yulia Skripal is being "held against he will"

North Korea says it could reconsider Trump summit if US insists it give up nuclear weapons

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 20 hours ago
Negotiations in jeopardy as Kim Jong-un's officials say they are not interested if talks mean North Korea has to abandon its entire nuclear arsenal

Ricardo Duchesne Resists “Ethnocide of Euro Canadians”

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 20 hours ago
Westerners have been duped into replacing themselves with other races and cultures

US and Israel Will Not Rest Until Iran Is Totally Disarmed and Primed for Regime Change

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 20 hours ago
The endgame for the US and Israel regarding Iran has always been total domination, followed by total destruction. In other words, regime change, Libya-style

Two huge vaccine scandals the press is ignoring

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 20 hours ago
Two giant vaccine scandals are unfolding and while mainstream press is reporting them, here and there, it is avoiding sounding alarms or investigating too deeply.

The Age of Petty Tyrannies

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 20 hours ago
With such laws in the statute book, it's clear that by degrees America is becoming a totalitarian regime

Scientists: Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Acting ‘Weird,’ We Could Experience A ‘Shutter’

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This all remains hopeless speculation. The news is that the magnetic field continues to vary as it has varied forever. Go back to sleep. THe hot dynamo theory is a really bad idea and let us leave it at that. The actual behavior conforms well to my own work using Cloud Cosmology but then is so bizarre it is better not to say much without the preparation. Recall though that a dynamo will not allow a drifting field and that is that. *Scientists: Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Acting ‘Weird,’ We Could Experience A ‘Shutter’Mac SlavoMay 1st, 2018SHTFplan.comhttp... more »

It's Ridiculous Just How Much More the Russians Get for Every Billion Spent on the Military

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
The Russians have always made a virtue of mass manufacturing last generation hardware and using scale. That is a sound strategy on the face of it and allows transfers into heavy industry. Yet so what? At the same time the USA has diverted the bulk of their financial resources into their black programs and what you see is the minimum necessary to give this Russian approach pause. Our tech is always slightly better which is quite enough to destroy Russian supplied army after army. What no one understands is that our capability is now an order of magnitude beyond what you see.... more »

Stunning finding reveals autism is highest in areas with the highest vaccination rates

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
When it comes to making scientific conjectures from empirical data, there is nothing more important than looking closely at the meta statistics. That is what killed the cigarette trade long before we understood just what was happening to our lungs or at least long before anyone was allowed to report on it. That is why I am no fan of Round Up or the recent crop of pesticides collapsing our bee industry. Statistics now have a long history of deliberate manipulation when it comes to ordinary small data sets and must not be used to make broad claims because of this, although that ... more »

Bill Gates Opinions on Pandemics

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
Ill-considered of course but then he has drunk the Koolaid. This article makes the case for a complete overhaul of our whole vaccination meme and the sooner the better. Right now our population takes the whole vaccination meme on faith originally built knocking out childhood diseases that were vulnerable to this approach. None of that really applies to what has been added on. Vaccination is a useful tool against an incipient epidemic where the opposing risk is acceptable. Against no such situation, you produce an epidemic of vaccine injury. Recall that apparently the 1918 ep... more »

Syrian military begins moving troops from Latakia to Aleppo for upcoming offensive

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The Syrian military’s offensive in northern Latakia has been postponed due to the recent developments in the northern part of Aleppo city. According to a military source, the recent attacks by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in Aleppo city has forced the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Russian counterparts to beef […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russia preparing to add 4 high altitude jets to air arsenal

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
Four high-altitude MiG-31BM interceptor jets will go under the state defense order to the armament of the Central Military District (TsVO) before the end of the year, the press service of the district announced this morning.. “The new technology will be added to the air fleet of the 14th Air Force and Air Defense Army, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Happening now: Massive attack by Syrian, Russian forces on ISIS-held Yarmouk Camp (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Syrian and Russian forces unleashed a powerful assault over the ISIS-held areas in southern Damascus this morning, an Al-Masdar field correspondent reported. According to the correspondent, the Russian and Syrian forces utilized both airstrikes and surface-to-surface missiles against the Islamic State terrorists inside the Yarmouk Camp, Hajar Al-Aswad, and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Haley blames Hamas for Gaza violence, walks out amid Palestinian UN envoy speech

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
The US ambassador left the Security Council chamber Tuesday at the start of a speech by Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour, who sharply criticized Washington’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in defiance of the international body’s resolutions. Haley defended Israeli troops’ actions and blamed Hamas and its Iranian backers for the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Russian forces unleash largest assault on last ISIS bastion in southern Damascus

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces unleashed a massive assault over the southern part of Damascus this morning, targeting several terrorist positions belonging to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). According to a military report from a source on the ground, the Russian and Syrian forces launched their biggest attack of the offensive […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Residents in western Raqqa town protest US-backed forces

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
Residents of the village of al-Jarniyeh located in Syria’s Western Raqqa took to the streets to protest against “forced recruitment and brutal measures” employed by Kurdish militias controlling the area, Fars news agency reports. The protesters allegedly called for the Kurdish forces to complete their withdrawal from the area. According to local sources cited by […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours 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 - 22 hours 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 - 22 hours 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 - 22 hours 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 - 22 hours 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 - 22 hours 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 - 22 hours 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 - 22 hours 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 - 22 hours 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 - 22 hours 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 - 22 hours 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 - 22 hours 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 - 23 hours 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 - 23 hours 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 - 23 hours 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 - 23 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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

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War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago

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

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
*Azriel ReShel* - Simple wisdom for life.

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

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

Europe Tries To Save The Iran Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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