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Thomas Paine

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Friday, May 25, 2018

25 May - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2

11:05 pm MDT

"Read It and Weep"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 minutes ago
*"Read It and Weep"* "And people ask why newspapers are going out of business." - http://johnsville.blogspot.com/

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 29 minutes ago
Lava flows near a house on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, on May 19, 2018. © REUTERS / Terray Sylvester *WNU Editor*: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *This Week in Pictures: May 19 - May 25 *(Sputnik)

Israel Might Have the Ultimate Weapon: Custom-Built F-35 Stealth Fighters

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 53 minutes ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Middle East* And its enemies should be afriad. On May 22, Israeli Air Force commander Amikam Norkin announced that its F-35I stealth fighters had flown on two combat missions on “different fronts,” showing as proof a photograph of an F-35 overflying Beirut. While details on those missions have not been released—apparently, they were not deployed in a massive Israeli air attack on Iranian forces in Syria that took place on May 9—this nonetheless apparently confirmed the first combat operations undertaken by any variant of the controversial stealth je... more »

China's Nuclear Weapons: Everything You Always Wanted to Know

Steve Weintz at The National Interest - 53 minutes ago
*Steve Weintz* *Security, Asia* But were afraid to ask. With its first nuclear test on October 16, 1964, China joined the other victorious allies of World War II in the nuclear club, both cementing and unsettling the postwar order. Hard experience of the American nuclear threat during the Korean War and the divorce from the Soviet Union, propelled China towards the bomb in ways familiar to those observing North Korea's current quest. Mao Zedong himself said in 1956, "…if we don't want to be bullied, we have to have this thing." But China for all its size has made itself a limit... more »

NATO's Worst Nightmare: Russia's Kaliningrad Is Armed to the Teeth

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 53 minutes ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Europe* The biggest threat Russia poses from Kaliningrad is its deployment of Iskander-M ballistic missiles. Since the accession of the Baltic nations into NATO, the region of Kaliningrad has been considered a strategic hotspot. Sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland, it is one of the major Russian ports that has access to Baltic Sea. Due to its location, Russian missiles and ships stationed in the region have the capability to deny significant areas of operation to American or European forces. Russian units stationed in Kaliningrad have a very strong p... more »

Japan's Secret Plan to Win World War II: 'Underwater' Aircraft Carriers?

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 53 minutes ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Asia* Is that even possible? Lieutenant Commander Stephen L. Johnson had a problem on his hands; a very large problem. His *Balao*-class submarine, the *Segundo*, had just picked up a large radar contact on the surface about 100 miles off Honshu, one of Japan’s home islands, heading south toward Tokyo. World War II in the Pacific had just ended, and the ensuing cease fire was in its 14th day. The official peace documents would not be signed for several more days, on September 2, 1945, aboard the battleship USS *Missouri* in Tokyo Bay. As John... more »

Why the Glock 18 Might Be the Most Deadly Gun on Planet Earth

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 53 minutes ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, North America* Here is what you should know. In December 2003, soldiers of the U.S. Special Operations Command captured the Ace of Spades himself, Saddam Hussein. The former Iraqi president, on the run since the capture of Baghdad, had appeared in a deck of playing cards with the profiles of other fugitive war criminals and naturally was the top card. Hussein, bedraggled and bereft, was armed with one of the rarest of handguns: the Glock 18, the full auto Glock. In February 1980 the Austrian Army issued a requirement for a new handgun. Gaston Glock, a... more »

The Pompeo Plan: Present Iran With Hurdles It Won't Jump

Doug Bandow at The National Interest - 53 minutes ago
*Doug Bandow* *Security, Middle East* Pompeo presented an offer that Tehran cannot accept: surrender your sovereignty and defense and the United States will end sanctions. Washington’s fixation on Iran, exhibited by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Monday speech, has prevented U.S. policymakers from developing a less toxic relationship with Tehran. The current Iranian regime will never be a friend of America, but neither nation benefits from a state of permanent hostility. And contrary to administration claims, Tehran poses little threat to the United States. Despite Washington’... more »

20 U.S. Military Service Members Responsible For Guarding Nuclear Missiles Bought, Distributed And Used LSD

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 58 minutes ago
*The Hill:* *Security forces guarding nuclear missiles used LSD: report* Several U.S. military service members tasked with guarding nuclear missiles in recent years bought, distributed and used LSD, The Associated Press reported Thursday. The news outlet reported that members of the Air Force’s nuclear missile corps used LSD, cocaine and other drugs off-duty in 2015 and 2016. No service members were accused of using drugs on duty. Investigators discovered the existence of the drug ring at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming in March 2016. Six airmen were convicted in courts mar... more »

FL-26-- Steve Machat Withdraws From The Race To Topple Carlos Curbelo

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*The DCCC & EMILY's List has their candidate and there is also a progressive running* Steve Machat is a guy I knew from the music business who, in one way or another-- attorney, publisher, manager, etc-- worked with Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Leonard Cohen, Phil Spector, ELO, Snoop Dogg, New Edition, Bobby Brown, etc. He also wrote *Gods, Gangsters and Honour*, a book that is basically an insider's guide to the music industry. Until a couple of weeks ago he was seeking the Democratic Party nomination too run for the very blue seat occupied by Republican Carlos Curbelo. Th... more »

"The Greatest Curse Of The Human Race..."

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

"America 2018: Dicier by the Day"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"America 2018: Dicier by the Day"* by Charles Hugh Smith "If we look beneath the cheery chatter of the financial media and the tiresomely repetitive Russian collusion narrative (that's unraveling as the Ministry of Propaganda's machinations are exposed), we find that America in 2018 is dicier by the day. The more you know about the actual functioning of critical subsystems, the keener your awareness of the system's fragility, reliance on artifice and an unceasing flow of "free money." Keynesian economics boils down to a very simple premise: a slowing or stagnant economy can be goo... more »

Eva Bartlett blows the lid on staged chemical weapons attack in Syria (VIDEO)

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 1 hour ago
Eva Bartlett describes her recent tour of Douma and her interactions with the locals about the alleged chemical weapons attack More The post Eva Bartlett blows the lid on staged chemical weapons attack in Syria (VIDEO) appeared first on The Duran.

MAJOR: 15 Civilians wounded in Ukrainian shelling of Gorlovka, Donbass – Mayor reports

Matfey Shaheen at The Duran - 1 hour ago
This comes not long after US-Ukraine Representative Kurt Volker visited More The post MAJOR: 15 Civilians wounded in Ukrainian shelling of Gorlovka, Donbass – Mayor reports appeared first on The Duran.

China Continues To Fly Its Bombers Around Taiwan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Chinese H-6K Bomber being watched by a Taiwanese fighter. (File photo Taiwan MND) *Reuters:* *SCMP: Taiwanese aircraft tail Chinese bombers on flight around island* Long-range mission comes a day after Taipei loses another diplomatic ally. Taiwan’s air force scrambled aircraft on Friday as mainland Chinese bombers flew around the self-ruled island, just a few hours after Taiwan vowed not to be cowed having lost another diplomatic ally amid growing pressure from Beijing. Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue and a potential dangerous military flashpoint. Beijing claim... more »

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Alpha”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Vangelis, “Alpha” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jG--3elufo

Iran Expects Economic Package from European Powers

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
PressTV Published on May 25, 2018 Signatories to the Iran nuclear deal are holding a meeting in the Austrian capital, Vienna, to discuss the future of the agreement after the US withdrawal. Members to the Joint Commission of the nuclear deal, namely China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Iran, are attending the meeting. The […]

Iran’s Leader to Europe: Fulfill Demands or Nuclear Deal is Dead

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Al Jazeera English Published on May 24, 2018 Iran’s supreme leader has set out conditions for Tehran to stay in its nuclear deal with world powers, including steps by to be taken by European banks to safeguard trade with Tehran after the US withdrawal from the deal. European powers must continue buying crude oil, protect Iranian […]

EU Finance Ministers ‘Regret’ Trump’s JCPOA Move

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
PressTV Published on May 25, 2018 The EU’s finance ministers express regret over US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement. In a meeting in Brussels, the ministers said they fully support moves to ensure companies in the 28-nation bloc can continue doing business with Iran. end

Iran Pushes for EU Guarantees as Diplomats Meet in Vienna

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Iran Pushes for EU Guarantees as Diplomats Meet in Vienna by http://www.presstv.com/ Top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi has said Iran will decide soon whether to stay in the 2015 nuclear deal as he urged the Europeans to guarantee Tehran’s interests under the accord after the US withdrawal. – Araqchi arrived in Vienna on Friday to meet his counterparts from […]

Iran Deal Crisis Leaves Transatlantic Alliance in Tatters

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Iran Deal Crisis Leaves Transatlantic Alliance in Tatters by John Wight, https://sputniknews.com/ The prospect of German, French and British companies being hit with US sanctions in the wake of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Deal carries with it an element of poetic justice. – Over the past few years each of the aforementioned governments have been slavish […]

Israeli Court Approves Demolition of Palestinian Village

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
PressTV Published on May 25, 2018 Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of demolishing a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank. In its ruling, the court said there is no legal justification to prevent the demolition of the village which is home to around 180 residents. It noted that the village was built […]

Ron Paul Liberty Report: Trump Yields To Bolton, Cancels Kim Summit

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
RonPaulLibertyReport Streamed live on May 24, 2018 President Trump has yielded again to the neocons, announcing this morning that next month’s historic summit with the North Korean leader is off. Trump was upset that the North Koreans got upset by the repeated threats of a “Libya model” for North Korea coming out of the White House. […]

Putin Welcomes European Efforts to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Putin Welcomes European Efforts to Save Iran Nuclear Deal by Michel Rose, Denis Pinchuk, https://www.reuters.com/ ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia appreciated efforts by Europe to save the Iran nuclear deal despite the withdrawal of the United States and warned of “lamentable consequences” if it was not preserved. – Putin made […]

Was There Ever an Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Was There Ever an Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program? by GARETH PORTER • May 14, 2018, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/ A review of the evidence points to Israeli and MEK disinformation, not an open-and-shut case. – Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which has set the stage for another Iran crisis, has opened a new […]

‘There Will Be CONSEQUENCES’ Macron Meets Putin to Salvage Iran Deal After US Quits Pact

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
‘There Will Be CONSEQUENCES’ Macron Meets Putin to Salvage Iran Deal After US Quits Pact by ROMINA MCGUINNESS, https://www.express.co.uk/ EMMANUEL Macron has met Vladimir Putin in Russia in a bid to salvage the Iran nuclear deal abandoned by Donald Trump earlier this month, a decision the Russian President said will bear “lamentable consequences”. The French leader will […]

North Korea Destroys Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
RT Published on May 24, 2018 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish his country’s nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a group of foreign journalists looked on. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9610

Police Accuse BBC of Breaching Own Guidelines While Covering Manchester Bombing

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
RT Published on May 25, 2018 The BBC is accused of breaching its own guidelines and ‘wholly inaccurate reporting’. Greater Manchester Police, in north-west England, slammed Britain’s national broadcaster after it aired a documentary about the Manchester Arena terror attack. The programme was shown last Tuesday, on the first anniversary of the bombing. end

Saudi Arabia Has Stopped Doing Business With Germany Over Its Support To Save The Iran Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
King Salman, right, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a visit to the kingdom in 2017, via Reuters. *Spiegel Online*: *Reception Grows Frosty for German Firms in Saudi Arabia* Detlef Daues is a pioneer of the German small- and medium-sized companies that have made Germany what it is today: a prosperous nation with good international relations that stretch to even the farthest-flung corners of the world. His Hannover-based virtual department store for original replacement parts, V-Line GmbH, services customers in countries like Mexico, the United States, Qatar and Oman in ... more »

Good News! Skeptical Ontario.

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 3 hours ago
Ontario provincial elections are June 7, and a recent poll illuminates how liberals intent on saving the planet have turned the electorate into single issue voters. The story comes from Global News: Climate change is the issue of our times — unless you’re an Ontario voter This site has several posts describing how the electrical system […]

Iran Gives The European Powers Powers One Week To Salvage The Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
European and Iranian officials attend a meeting on the nuclear deal in Vienna on Friday. AFP *Reuters:* *Iran pressures Europe to speed up plans to save nuclear deal* VIENNA (Reuters) - Major powers and Iran agreed on Friday to move quickly to offset the U.S. pullout from its nuclear deal and Washington’s renewed sanctions, with Tehran pressuring Europe to come up with a package of economic measures by May 31. The 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers lifted international sanctions on Tehran. In return, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear activities, increasing the ... more »

Musical interlude

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 4 hours ago
CHVRCHES - High Enough To Carry You Over

"APOD: Astronomy Picture of the Day"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer." ○ "This stunning group of galaxies is far, far away, about 450 million light-years from planet Earth and cataloged as galaxy cluster Abell S0740. Dominated by the cluster's large central elliptical galaxy (ESO 325-G004), this reprocessed Hubble Space Telescope view takes in a remarkable assortment of galaxy shapes and sizes with only a few spiky foreground stars scattered through the field. *Click image for larg... more »

"Internet Sacred Text Archive"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"About Sacred-Texts"* "All ancient books which have once been called sacred by man, will have their lasting place in the history of mankind, and those who possess the courage, the perseverance, and the self-denial of the true miner, and of the true scholar, will find even in the darkest and dustiest shafts what they are seeking for,--real nuggets of thought, and precious jewels of faith and hope." - Max Müller, Introduction to the Upanishads Vol. II. "This site is a freely available archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteri... more »

FBI Warns Internet Users to Protect Routers from ‘VPNFilter’ Cyber-Attack

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Security experts said the malware has already infected more than 500,000 devices in over 54 countries.

Did Christopher Columbus Seize, Sell, and Export Sex Slaves?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
A Facebook meme accurately describes some of Columbus's most brutal practices in the Caribbean.

Syrian ARmy uncovers large weapons depot in northern Homs

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a large weapons depot, today, that previously belonged to the Islamist rebels that once controlled this part of northern Homs. According to a military source in Hama, the Syrian Army uncovered this weapons depot while clearing IEDs and mines inside the town of Al-Ghanto. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Tensions remain high in northern Latakia as Turkish troops dig in

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The situation in northern Latakia has remained very tense after several hours of sporadic missile and artillery strikes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish-backed rebels. Earlier today, a Turkish military convoy entered the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate, which is a clear violation of the Astana peace […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian companies begin oil, gas restoration in Syria

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
Russian companies have already begun to restore the Syrian oil and gas industry, Economy Minister of Syria Mohammad Samir Khalil told the RIA Novosti at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). “Our cooperation with Russian companies in this area goes in two directions: first, the development of the oil and gas industry through the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Tonight's Movie is 'Hitler's S.S.: Portrait of Evil'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*From YouTube: *The story of Helmut and Karl Hoffmann. Both come of age at the start of Hitler's power in Germany. Helmut joins the SS and eventually becomes a successful flag rank officer. Karl joins the SA and experiences the darker side of Nazism after the SA is disbanded and Karl is thrown into prison and later conscripted into the German army. Brother is pitted against brother until their relationship, and the Third Reich, stands in ruins.

Centrists-- The Real Bad Guys

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
*American fascist, Matt Gaetz* There really *are* right-wing extremists in Congress-- Jim Jordan (R-OH), Brian Babin (R-TX), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Pete Olson (R-TX), David Kustoff (R-TX), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Austin Scott (R-GA), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Diane Black (R-TN), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Joe Wilson (R-NC), Mike Conaway (R-TX), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Jody Hice (R-GA), John Fleming (R-LA), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA)... I don't want to call anyone a Nazi. But someone *could*. But there really *aren't* any left-wing extremis... more »

"Internet Radio: Music from 37,364 radio stations!"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*Music from 37,364 radio stations!* Tune in to thousands of internet radio stations live right now!" *Click image for larger size.* - https://www.internet-radio.com/ *Enjoy!*

"The Web Gallery of Art"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"The Web Gallery of Art" "The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 45,400 reproductions. It was started in 1996 as a topical site of the Renaissance art, originated in the Italian city-states of the 14th century and spread to other countries in the 15th and 16th centuries. Intending to present Renaissance art as comprehensively as possible, the scope of the collection was later extended to show its M... more »


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Luminarium"* by Anniina Jokinen “This site combines several sites first created in 1996 to provide a starting point for students and enthusiasts of English Literature. Nothing replaces a quality library, but hopefully this site will help fill the needs of those who have not access to one. Many works from Medieval, Renaissance, Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries can be found here. The site started in early 1996. I remember looking for essays to spark an idea for a survey class I was taking at the time. It seemed that finding study materials online was prohibitively difficult and... more »

"Choose A Side..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"We Americans have a saying: "It's more important what you stand for than who you stand with." I do not rely upon peer opinion to decide what is right and what is wrong. I make those decisions for myself, and even if I discover that every other human alive chose differently, that doesn't mean I was wrong. There comes a time in every person's life when they have to choose sides. I have chosen my side. I am comfortable with my decision. I do not think everyone on my side is a saint, but I know that those on the other side are much, much worse. Sometimes a man with too broad a perspe... more »

ESPN Doubles Down: Brings Back Keith Olbermann

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 5 hours ago
Just a day after the Wall Street Journal published an article titled, “How a Weakened ESPN Became Consumed by Politics” the sports network announced they were raising the profile of the self-aggrandizing blowhard, a man reviled by his past co-workers, the one known as Keith Olbermann. Olbermann, sports correspondent for CNN, host of ESPN's SportsCenter, political commentator at MSNBC, chief news officer of the Current TV network, host at ESPN2 and TSN2, fresh from his gig doing a little known political web series for GQ.com from a cheesy set that looked like it was rescued from a du... more »

Safe Suncreen

thedrswolfson at The Drs. Wolfson - 5 hours ago
If you are friends with The Drs. Wolfson, you probably know that we LOVE the sun. Naked in the sun is one of our favorite backyard activities. We embrace the power of sunlight to prevent illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, auto-immune and everything else. Sunlight makes vitamin D, normalizes cholesterol, increases nitric oxide, produces […] The post Safe Suncreen appeared first on The Drs. Wolfson.

X22 Report, “The Transition Away From The Dollar Has Just Become Easier”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
X22 Report, “The Transition Away From The Dollar Has Just Become Easier” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov3_mvv7ZIo X22 Report, “The Trap Was Set, The Trap Has Been Sprung” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv7YmBvkPfA

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Mandelieu, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France Thanks for stopping by!

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 25, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Fred Lucas, Daily Signal*:* What’s Next: 3 Possible Scenarios on North Korea After Cancellation of Trump-Kim Summit* While North Korea remains unpredictable, lawmakers and foreign policy experts see a narrow way forward after President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled a planned summit with dictator Kim Jong Un. The summit was set for June 12 in Singapore, but Kim for weeks had threatened to cancel it, and more recently a North Korean official personally insulted Vice President Mike Pence. A senior White House official told reporters Thursday that the North Korean government’s “... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 5 hours ago
*The Washington Post* reports on the level of discourse in the White House on the subject of immigration: The night before Trump delivered his first speech to Congress in February 2017, he huddled with senior adviser Jared Kushner and [Stephen] Miller in the Oval Office to talk immigration.... Trump reminded them the crowds loved his rhetoric on immigrants along the campaign trail. Acting as if he were at a rally, he then read aloud a few made-up Hispanic names and described potential crimes they could have committed, such as rape or murder. Then, he said, the crowds would roar whe... more »

World News Briefs -- May 25, 2018 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:* *U.S., South Korean top diplomats commit to keep working on North: U.S. spokeswoman* WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As President Donald Trump scrapped plans for a summit with North Korea, the top diplomats for the United States and South Korea spoke on the phone about continuing to work closely on having talks with Pyongyang and thwarting its nuclear ambitions, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Friday. “They committed to remaining closely coordinated in all of their efforts to create conditions for dialogue with North Korea and agreed that must continue until North ... more »

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2018 : The amazing tales challenge Episode 10 “The temptation”

noreply@blogger.com (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 6 hours ago
It is time to continue our tale for this year, the tale of the Amazing tales challenge. Tonight we will listen to episode no.271 of the Egyptian State radio show” One Thousand and one nights”, I would like to hint to an important thing. Our radio show continued through the 1950s and 1960s, the epic age of Nasserite propaganda and Egyptian radio stations played a huge role in spreading that propaganda whether locally or regionally. Our show was not an exception Despite based loosely on the original One Thousand and One Nights book, writer Taher Abu Fasha was also inspired by current... more »

Boys and their Portuguese Rally toys

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 6 hours ago
Here's some spectacularly good soft-dirt-road driving from this year's Rally de Portugal, held last weekend. These drivers are probably the best in the world on such surfaces, and it shows. Stellar driving indeed! Peter

Damascus- Gaziantep: Restoring Relations/Economic Interests or Both & More

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
*Damascus-Gaziantep Road … Restoring Relations or Economic Interests? * - *Reopening these major roads will help restore neighbourly relations* - *Reconnect families* - *Ease the import of food, reducing prices* - *Give the populace more confidence in nation rebuilding* *"The reopening of major roads in Syria will not only be good for relations with other countries, but will also come with major economic benefits reports Enab Baladi * Ambiguity continues surrounding the outcomes of the most recent session of Astana talks which were held last week, especiall*y with regards... more »

School District Teaching Biological Sex Is Meaningless

Alex Newman at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: school-district-teaching-biological-sex-is-meaningless] As if to prove that the looniest lunatics are really running the asylum, policymakers with the far-left school board in Fairfax County, Virginia, voted overwhelmingly to teach children that their biological sex is meaningless.

Good Guys With Guns Stop Shooter in Oklahoma City

Steve Byas at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: good-guys-with-guns-stop-shooter-in-oklahoma-city] The adage that what is needed to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun was proved once again at an Oklahoma City restaurant.

Is US Bellicosity Backfiring?

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: is-us-bellicosity-backfiring] U.S. threats to crush Iran and North Korea may yet work, but as of now neither Tehran nor Pyongyang appears to be intimidated.

W.O.O.D. – 25 May 2018

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 7 hours ago
Weekly / Occasional Open Discussion page for 25 May 2018 Continue reading →

Forget Caloric Restriction - Gene Switching May Be A Better Route To Healthier Aging

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 7 hours ago
There are numerous proponents of caloric restriction as a way to achieve longevity, and the belief has a kernel of truth - you don't often find obese centenarians - but what they leave out of the narrative is that these are mice, and they were weaned on a starvation diet. We're not going to wean human babies on a starvation diet and then expect them to do it for 110 years. They will discover In-N-Out Burgers somewhere along the way. But while aging is going to remain the biggest risk factor for diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, type II diabetes and Alzheimer's disease... more »

Dwarf Planets.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 7 hours ago
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Why Pluto is no loner a planet?

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 7 hours ago

Addressing China’s Technology Policies: Beyond the Whiplash of a ZTE Deal

ssacks at Lawfare - 7 hours ago
Among the many crises that have defined this last week has been the whiplash over whether or not the United States and China can come to a deal to avert a trade war. Optimism rose last weekend when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that tariffs on as much as $150 billion in Chinese goods would be put on hold while the two sides negotiated a framework with unspecified* “structural” reforms *for protecting American technology and to help American companies compete in China. But by Wednesday, hopes were dashed when President Trump *announced*, “There is no deal.” Meanwhile, ... more »

It's Time to Explain the 'Libya Model'

Paul R. Pillar at The National Interest - 7 hours ago
*Paul R. Pillar* *Security, Americas* The already existing arsenal of nuclear weapons in North Korea presents greater challenges than Muammar Qaddafi’s nascent nuclear program. It will take some time to piece together the strange story of the U.S.-North Korean summit that has been on, then off, then maybe on again. President Trump laid down a smokescreen by speaking, including in his letter announcing his cancellation of the meeting, as if it were the North Korean side that bailed out. Trump referred in his letter to “the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most... more »

NPR Continues Coverage of Wireless (WiFi) Radiation Health Risks and How “Big Wireless” Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe.

Activist Post at Activist Post - 7 hours ago
By B.N. Frank On May 22, 2018, NPR featured another program about the April 2018 article by The Nation about how “Big Wireless” has made... more »

Donald Trump Says ‘Our Ancestors Tamed a Continent' and ‘We Are Not Going to Apologize for America’

White Wolf at White Wolf - 7 hours ago
President Donald Trump said at a Naval Academy commencement address Friday that “our ancestors tamed a continent,” adding that “we are not going to apologize for America.” "Together there is nothing Americans can't do, absolutely nothing," Trump told 2018 graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy. “In recent years, and even decades, too many people have forgotten that truth. They've forgotten that our ancestors trounced an empire, tamed a continent, and triumphed over the worst evils in history." He added: "America is the greatest fighting force for peace, justice and freedom in the hi... more »

When physics is on the line, face-palm edition

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 7 hours ago
Via a correspondent who asked to remain anonymous and unquoted, I received some screenshots of panels from a brand-new comic called Alt*Hero. Story authorship is "Vox Day", the pen-name of one Theodore Beale. He claims to have a 150-ish IQ and refers to Aristotle regularly. I'm passingly familiar with this guy; he comes up with clever expressions. He used to get held up as an example of

More Details Emerge On A 4-Hour Battle That Killed Hundreds Of Russian Mercenaries And Syrian Soldiers Against U.S. And Kurdish Forces In February

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*SBS/New York Times:* *How a four-hour battle between Russian mercenaries and US commandos unfolded* The details of the February 7 firefight were gleaned from interviews and documents newly obtained by The New York Times. The artillery barrage was so intense that the US commandos dived into foxholes for protection, emerging covered in flying dirt and debris to fire back at a column of tanks advancing under the heavy shelling. It was the opening salvo in a nearly four-hour assault in February by around 500 pro-Syrian government forces — including Russian mercenaries — that threate... more »

More Vindication of CO2isLife; Clean Air Act is Causing Global Warming

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 8 hours ago
The oceans are warming because more visible radiation is reaching them. If that is the case, I would stop looking at CO2 and try to discover if anything has happened that would allow more visible radiation to reach the oceans. Has the frequency of volcanic eruptions slowed, has there been any changes to the Hadley … Continue reading "More Vindication of CO2isLife; Clean Air Act is Causing Global Warming"

Hide the Decline Part Deux; NASA is Using Fraudulent Statistical Techniques

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 8 hours ago
Just two days ago we made a post highlighting how NASA was using statistical techniques used by the widely discredited Hockeystick Chart. Published on CO2isLife 04/07/2018 Not only are the “adjustments” suspect, the temperature reconstructions are a complete and utter joke. Just look at the “Hockeystick” graph. The thing “dog legs” 2 times EXACTLY when … Continue reading "Hide the Decline Part Deux; NASA is Using Fraudulent Statistical Techniques"

Chicxulub asteroid Apocalypse? Not so fast.

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 8 hours ago
The Daily Mail would have you believe Apocalyptic asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago triggered 100,000 years of global warming Chicxulub asteroid triggered a global temperature rise of 5°C (9°F). This notion has been around for years, but dredged up now to promote fears of CO2 and global warming. And maybe […]

Two years after student loses PhD, ORI concludes he committed misconduct

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 8 hours ago
The U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) announced today that a former graduate student committed research misconduct — nearly two years after his institution stripped him of his degree. The ORI concluded that Shiladitya Sen committed misconduct in a PNAS paper (retracted six months ago), his PhD thesis, a poster presentation, and two grant applications … Continue reading Two years after student loses PhD, ORI concludes he committed misconduct

Russian President Putin Warns Of A Financial Crisis That The World ‘Has Not Yet Seen’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Putin says the US could cause a global economic crisis because of Trump's trade wars and new era of 'protectionism'* * The Russian president was speaking at an economic summit in St Petersburg * Also attending was Emmanuel Macron and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe * Putin said new era of protectionism was emerging, threatening global prosperity * The French leader said he had a duty to keep working with the U.S. president Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the world could be heading for an unprecedented economic as a result of Donald Trump's trade polic... more »

Why Proposed Wind and Solar Power Projects Should Be Rejected Nationwide

Alan Carlin at Carlin Economics and Science - 8 hours ago
While USEPA is trying to reduce the number of regulations it has, the climate industrial complex (CIC) is busy making use of Federal and other subsidies to promote their inefficient, unreliable, and expensive “renewable” sources of electric power. America, however, is more and more dependent on reliable and inexpensive electric power for almost everything it […]

Russian President Putin Announces That He Will Not Run For President In 2024

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin works at his desk in the Kremlin. / Global Look Press *RT: **‘Two terms in a row. That’s it’: Putin on the future of his presidency * When Vladimir Putin was asked if he’s planning to run for office again in 2024, he said he always follows the country’s Constitution that says only two terms in a row are possible. “I always strictly followed and will follow the Constitution of Russia. The Constitution clearly states – no more than two terms in a row,” Putin said during a meeting with media heads as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic... more »

Double amputee who lost his feet climbing Everest 43 years ago finally scales world’s tallest mountain

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 8 hours ago
This month, Xia Boyu, the 69-year-old Chinese climber, made history when he became the first amputee to reach the peak of the world’s tallest mountain from the Nepal side. This climb was his fifth attempt and came 43 years after he lost both his feet climbing the mountain. RELATED STORY: Chair-bound 78-year-old grandmother changed her life and can […] The post Double amputee who lost his feet climbing Everest 43 years ago finally scales world’s tallest mountain appeared first on Health Nut News.

Watch for FREE: Life Off-Grid (Documentary)

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 8 hours ago
Living “off-grid” is not about being out of touch or living in a remote place. It’s not even about turning off phones, laptops or other electronics. No, according to those who live this way, it’s so much more. It’s a choice to purposely live without a connection to the electric and natural gas infrastructure. It’s […] The post Watch for FREE: Life Off-Grid (Documentary) appeared first on Health Nut News.

You Haven't Heard The Last Of The Pork Bill They Call A Farm Bill

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
You probably read that the GOP failed to pass their Farm Bill last week. Even though every Democrat voted against it, the GOP should have been able to pass it with just their own members. But Ryan and his team have lost control and the extremists from the Freedom Caucus decided to hold the bill ransom to get a floor vote of their anti-immigrant vote. Ryan, now a lame dog with no leverage, had no choice but to make a deal to allow a vote of the far right immigration bill a couple days before the newly rescheduled Farm Bill (June 22). Writing for TruthDig, Teodrose Fikre, reports th... more »

Study: Black and Hispanic Students Get Lower Return on Higher Ed Investment

cmaadmin at Diverse - 9 hours ago
Black and Hispanic graduates would have received 1 million more bachelor’s degrees between 2013 and 2015 if the share of their credentials were at parity with their White peers, according to a recent analysis by Center for American Progress.

Hits keep coming for HTS as another jihadist commander is assassinated

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – At least four members of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham were killed along the Idlib Highway, today, pro-opposition activists reported via social media. According to the reports, the four Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham fighters were traveling down the Ma’arat Masreen-Idlib Highway this afternoon, when a group of unknown assailants began opening fire on […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

One Death and 109 Palestinians injured by Israeli Sniper fire

Robert Inlakesh at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:50 P.M)- Over 100 Palestinians have been injured in Gaza today as Israeli Snipers yet again shoot at Palestinian demonstrators, prior to this another man died of his previously sustained gun-shot wounds. The Spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qadra, announced that 109 have been confirmed injured as Israeli Snipers […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkey renews vow to counter possible non-delivery of F-35s over S-400 purchase

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hami Aksoy has warned that Ankara “will have to respond” to Washington’s possible suspension of delivery of the F-35 strike fighters to Turkey, according to the Hurriyet Daily News newspaper. Aksoy slammed a recent US bill endorsed by “some US Senators” which specifically stipulates steps to keep Ankara from buying the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Syrian Army starts attacking northern Latakia after Turkish troops enter

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:55 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has begun attacking the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate, following the entrance of the Turkish military into the Jabal Al-Akrad region. According to a military source in Latakia, the Syrian Army fired several missiles towards the jihadist positions in Jabal Al-Tuffahiyah, scoring several direct […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army calls on militants in southern Syria to surrender ahead of offensive

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
Helicopters dropped leaflets over parts of northwest Deraa today, calling on militants to lay down their arms and reconcile with the Syrian government, or, alternatively, continue to “gamble their lives” and face “inevitable death,” according to circulating reports by pro-opposition military monitors. “Your life and your children’s future is more important than your stubbornness. Dear […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Belgian military carried out secret missions in Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The Belgian military conducted two secret missions in Syria in 2016, the VRT reported on Friday. According to the VRT report, the Belgian military conducted two “very short reconnaissance missions, something like one day long.” These military missions were reportedly carried out in the areas controlled by the predominately Kurdish […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

ISIS attempt to reach Al-Mayadeen falls short

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – For the second time in two days, the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) has attempted to advance against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Badiya Al-Sham region of western Deir Ezzor. ISIS began today’s assault by storming a checkpoint controlled by the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) in an area […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian military modernizes 10+ types of aircraft used in Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
More than a dozen types of aircraft and helicopters are being modernized on the basis of combat use in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a meeting today. “Based on the data received, 11 types of aircraft and helicopters are being modernized,” the minister said. According to him, at the present, the collection […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Sprinkling On Official 1st Summer Holiday

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 9 hours ago
Why is it sprinkling on me in California on Memorial Day weekend? Why is snow forcast for the Sierra Nevada mountains? This is the official first outdoor holiday of the summer season. This is NOT "global warming". Continue reading →

European Study Projects World Obesity Crisis

Warren Mass at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: european-study-projects-world-obesity-crisis] A recent report from the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna warns that in 27 years — 2045 — 22 percent of the world’s population is expected to be overweight.

Senator Elizabeth Warren Pledges to Take “No NRA Money,” Despite Never Having Received Any

Bob Adelmann at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: sen-elizabeth-warren-pledges-to-take-no-nra-money-despite-never-having-received-any] With a 30-point lead in the polls over her GOP opponents, Senator Elizabeth Warren can afford to be cavalier with her anti-gun, anti-NRA rants.

A lesson that continues to evade someone

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 9 hours ago
A certain man in a global leadership position continues to avoid learning an important lesson. Not only does it hurt his efforts, but it is harmful to this country’s relationships around the globe and within its leadership ranks. The lesson … Continue reading →

BREAKING: Gene Robinson's total tribal war!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018You aren't allowed to know:* What did Stefan Halper do? At this point, we the people have no ultimate way to know. We *do* know what the Washington Post and the New York Times have *reported* that Halper did—unless we're liberals, that is. We liberals aren't allowed to know what Halper apparently did! This has been going on for a week. The deception is just getting deeper. We liberals are now engaged in a great semantic war. Their team says that Halper "spied," and ours says "not so." But we aren't allowed to hear what Halper actually did, as reported by the ... more »

Commentaries And Analysis On The Cancellation Of The Singapore Summit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*James Jay Carafano, National Interest*: *So Much for North Korea Summit. Now What?* *The cancellation of an iffy summit does not trigger Armageddon.* The saga of the U.S.-North Korea talks resembles a soap opera with nuclear weapons. But in following the unfolding relationship between The Donald and the Rocket Man, anyone who expected anything other than a roller coaster bought a ticket to the wrong ride. Today, the whole world will be on spin cycle, as commentators assess the implications of Trump’s letter canceling the talks. But, as was the case in 1986 when Reagan walked awa... more »

China Responds To President Trump's Cancellation Of The Singapore Summit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*DW:* *China urges US, North Korea to remain calm, 'show goodwill'* US President Trump's decision to scrap his planned summit with N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un could hurt Washington's ties to Seoul and damage Trump's credibility and reputation, say Chinese analysts. William Yang reports. On Thursday, US President Donald Trump surprised the world by announcing his decision to suspend the proposed historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which was scheduled to take place on June 12 in Singapore. The decision came after officials from both sides exchanged a series of h... more »

Police Investigate How a Handgun Ended up in Driver’s Bumper

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
The weapon was embedded in his bumper, barrel-end first, with the trigger sticking out just below the driver's-side headlight.

Obituary: Tornado Chaser Wants Ashes Launched into a Twister

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
A Missouri storm chaser told friends in his obituary that he wants them to launch his ashes into a tornado, adding: "That'll be fun!!!!"

Homeowner Trying to Kill Weeds Ends up Burning Down Garage

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
Authorities say a homeowner trying to kill troublesome weeds with a torch has burned down his garage.

Former NAACP Leader Exposed as White Faces Fraud Charges

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
Nkechi Diallo, known as Rachel Dolezal before she legally changed her name in 2016, was charged with theft by welfare fraud, perjury and false verification for public assistance.

Was a German Football Club Banned After Failing to Give a Nazi Salute?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
News reports of a German football club's getting banned in 1934 after failing to give the Nazi salute are real, but the team's actions were not in protest of the Third Reich.

Sarah Knapton’s White Weasels!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 9 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Chris Lynch/Patsy Lacey The latest nonsense from Sarah Knapton, who is supposed to be “Science Editor” at the Telegraph! White-furred animals are in danger of dying out because climate change is causing a fall in snow cover, leaving them exposed and vulnerable, a new study suggests. Scientists […]

MH17: Russia Rebuts Dutch & Aussie Accusations for Downing of Malaysian Flight in 2014

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 9 hours ago
*21WIRE* | Moscow neither accepts nor trusts the results of the NATO-aligned investigation into the MH17 crash.

New PC Revolution? Inside Britain’s New Tech Sector

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 9 hours ago
*Ashlee Vance* | Where is the new emerging computer innovation sector in Britain today?

South Korean Officials Shocked That President Trump Cancelled The Singapore Summit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
South Korean government emergency meeting after President Trump cancelled the Singapore summit. South Korea Blue House *Reuters: **Perplexed and disappointed: South Korea's Moon regroups after mediation failure* SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel next month’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un came as shock to South Korean officials, who only days ago were publicly predicting a “99.9 percent” chance the meeting would proceed as scheduled. Already on shaky ground amid stalled talks with North Korea, South Korea’s ability to fulfill its self-ass... more »

Your Tax Dollars Bankroll Afghan Child Molesters

James Bovard at 9 hours ago
[image: undefined] Donald Trump was hailed by the media last August when he announced he was sending more US troops to fight in Afghanistan. A Washington Post editorial praised his “principled realism” and saluted “a rare but welcome story of self-correction” (since Trump had portrayed Afghanistan as a lost cause when he was a presidential candidate). A New York Daily News op-ed praised the president because “Trump said ‘win’ and ‘victory’ more times in 15 minutes than President Barack Obama did in eight years.” CNN cheered that expanding the Afghan war allowed Trump to “stake out a... more »

For US Congress, Running a Torture Prison Is a Good Career Move

Philip Giraldi at 9 hours ago
[image: undefined] Gina Haspel has now been confirmed as the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by a Senate vote of 54 to 45. She had previously been approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee by 10 votes to 5, with six Democrats joining all but three of the committee’s Republicans. Haspel seems fully qualified in terms of her experience to do the job, though it is admittedly difficult to make that judgement because her full professional biography has not been revealed by CIA. Claims by supporters seeking to enhance her record that she was “under cover” for 32 ... more »

Attacking Our Civic Faith

prosenzweig at Lawfare - 9 hours ago
Former Obama administration solicitor general Don Verrilli gave a commencement address this week. His topic was President Trump. He has it exactly right, and all those conservatives who’ve sold their souls should hang their heads in shame. An excerpt of the address is below and this link is to the full text. As we look to Memorial Day and remember those who have died to defend America’s exceptional system of government, let us resolve to do better. Let’s not mince words. Our civic faith is undergoing an extreme test. I am not talking about disagreements over policy. In our democra... more »

Steve Bannon Is Embracing European Populism

Curt Mills at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Curt Mills* *Politics, Europe* [image: Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon gestures as he speaks during a conference of Swiss weekly magazine Die Weltwoche in Zurich] Populism may be gathering steam in Europe, but its future in America remains an open question. The *coup de grace *of Steve Bannon’s second sojourn to Europe of the year transpired earlier Friday: a handshake and chat with Viktor Orban, the longtime Hungarian premier and world populist icon. Bannon’s trip to friendly territory—the illiberal democracies of the Visegrad Group (Hungary and the Czech Repu... more »

President Trump Says North Korean Summit May Be Back On

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters:* *On again? Trump says still chance of June 12 North Korea summit* WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump dangled the possibility on Friday that a June 12 summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un could still take place, just a day after he canceled the meeting citing Pyongyang’s “open hostility.” Trump indicated the summit could be salvaged after welcoming a conciliatory statement from North Korea saying it remained open to talks. “It was a very nice statement they put out,” Trump said as he left the White House to deliver a commencement address at... more »

North Korea Says It Still Wants To Meet President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*DW:* *North Korea still open to speaking with US after Donald Trump cancels summit* North Korea says President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "extremely regrettable." China has also called for continued dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington. North Korea said on Friday that it regretted US President Donald Trump's decision to cancel a June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but that it was still open to talks with the United States. "The abrupt announcement of the cancellation of the meeting is unexpected f... more »

While Teachers Have to Beg For Funding, Police Caught Stealing Millions From Public Schools

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: public] After police seized more than $19 million in property, less than 2 percent of the proceeds were sent to public education. The post While Teachers Have to Beg For Funding, Police Caught Stealing Millions From Public Schools appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Witnesses Turn in Uniformed Cop After Watching Him Beat His Girlfriend in School Parking Lot

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: girlfriend] While attending their son's graduation from elementary school, a uniformed police officer and his girlfriend got into a verbal argument that ended with the officer's arrest after he allegedly beat her in front of witnesses. The post Witnesses Turn in Uniformed Cop After Watching Him Beat His Girlfriend in School Parking Lot appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Wealthy Businessman Rapes 5yo Girl, Gets NO JAIL as Dad Gets Years in Prison for Selling a Plant

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: plant] Showing the backward nature of the US justice system, a wealthy business owner was spared time behind bars after pleading no contest to the rape of a child, while another man was sentenced to prison for selling a plant. The post Wealthy Businessman Rapes 5yo Girl, Gets NO JAIL as Dad Gets Years in Prison for Selling a Plant appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Climate scientist: air pollution cleanup may be major driver of global warming

Hifast at Climate Collections - 10 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Observations during lunar eclipses show how Earth’s atmosphere has cleared, letting in more sunlight Strange but true: You can learn a lot about Earth’s climate by watching a lunar eclipse. This week at the 46th Global Monitoring Annual Conference (GMAC) in Boulder, CO, climate scientist Richard Keen of…

Dusty rainfall records reveal new understanding of Earth’s long-term climate

Hifast at Climate Collections - 10 hours ago
Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop: Antarctic sea ice [image credit: BBC] Have scientists been looking through the wrong end of the telescope, so to speak, regarding ice ages theory? Ancient rainfall records stretching 550,000 years into the past may upend scientists’ understanding of what controls the Asian summer monsoon and other aspects of the…

U.S. government research watchdog pulls newsletter without explanation

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
The U.S. Office of Research Integrity has removed an issue of its quarterly newsletter, without including a public notice explaining why. The main website for the newsletter — published since 1993 — is now missing the March 2017 edition. A spokesperson for the agency told Retraction Watch: ORI discovered that some of the figures in … Continue reading U.S. government research watchdog pulls newsletter without explanation

Pro-life Activist Falsely Accused of Making Terrorist Threats Found "Not Guilty"

Raven Clabough at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: pro-life-activist-falsely-accused-of-making-terrorist-threats-found-not-guilty] On Wednesday, a Missouri state court jury found pro-life activist John Ryan not guilty of what appeared to be false charges that he made a terrorist threat against a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Ensuring Rural Students Succeed

cmaadmin at Diverse - 11 hours ago
Raised in rural central Illinois, my adjustment from rurality to a university campus packed with national and international diversity was eye-opening. As I acclimated to my alma mater, I noticed some of my early collegiate experiences differed from my suburban and urban classmates. The cosmopolitan environment subliminally told me my ruralness was inadequate compared to my non-rural peers, thus sparking my interest in how individuals from rural America transition and succeed in higher education.

A Memorial for the War in America

Emil Guillermo at Diverse - 11 hours ago
When I think of graduation time, I don’t think about my own crossing the stage in cap and gown drag. Nor do I think of my kids. I think about my cousin Stephen, who I saw as the second coming of my father. Stephen came to the U.S. an immigrant when he was eight-years old from the Philippines. He practically traced my father’s foot steps and then exceeded them. He received his B. A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University in 2014. But there is a digression. The degree came a few weeks after his violent gun death.

Lingering Accusations of Discrimination Haunt Community College of Philadelphia

Tiffany Pennamon at Diverse - 11 hours ago
Former and current faculty members of color at the Community College of Philadelphia describe a disturbing pattern of systemic racial discrimination, particularly in hiring. In some instances, they contend, minority administrators themselves have served as “gatekeepers” in a system that maintains a majority White faculty over a majority non-White student body.

University of Utah to Become Tobacco-Free

cmaadmin at Diverse - 11 hours ago
SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah soon will be a tobacco-free institution. KSL-TV reports the mandate, effective beginning in July, will prohibit smoking and the use of any tobacco products on campus grounds at any time. A release from the universitysays the tobacco-free effort is part of the university’s commitment “to creating a […]

Governor Appoints State Superintendent of Public Instruction

cmaadmin at Diverse - 11 hours ago
RICHMOND, Va.— The superintendent of Virginia’s fifth-largest school system has been appointed state superintendent of public instruction. News outlets report James Lane was appointed Thursday by Gov. Ralph Northam, who said Lane’s experience as superintendent, school administrator and teacher has given him “deep grounding” in education. Lane has been superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools […]

American Evil: A Response to Kleinfeld on Punishment

Andrew Koppelman at Balkinization - 11 hours ago
I've just published, in the Arizona State Law Journal, a response to recent work by my brilliant colleague Joshua Kleinfeld. It is available on ssrn, here. Here is the abstract: Joshua Kleinfeld argues that American moral understandings are reflected in its system of criminal justice. Far more than Europeans, Americans regard those who have committed crimes as irretrievably defective people whom it is appropriate to lock away for many years. American law regards even minor and first-time criminals as having an unchangeable disposition of hostility or depraved indifference toward a... more »

Friday Webcast

Alicia at LaRouchePAC Feed - 11 hours ago
Friday Webcast Video of Friday Webcast Join us live at 2:00 pm eastern for our weekly Friday webcast with Matthew Ogden.

Sweden Now Waging ‘Russian Invasion’ Psy-op on its Own Population

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 11 hours ago
*ICYMI* | It seems that Sweden is the latest country to fall off the edge of reality due to Russian fearmongering.

Explosion at Indian Restaurant in Canada Wounds 15 People

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Officials said three Indian-Canadians suffered critical injuries and were taken to the hospital while the remaining 12 victims suffered what Evans described as minor and superficial injuries.

Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Rape, Criminal Sex Act Charges

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Harvey Weinstein surrendered to face rape and other charges from encounters with two women, wearing both handcuffs and a strained smile as officers led him from a police precinct to court.

“Active Shooter” Taken Into Custody at Indiana Middle School

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Authorities have detained someone in an "active shooter" scene at middle school in an Indianapolis suburb.

Police: Armed Citizen Stops Shooter at Oklahoma City Restaurant

Snopes Staff at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Oklahoma City police say an armed citizen killed a gunman who opened fire at a local restaurant.

Conspiracy Hoaxer ‘Side Thorn’ Arrested on Federal Weapons Charge

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Roberty Ussery, who has for months harassed victims and loved ones of the Sutherland Springs church shooting, was once again taken into custody.

Trump Administration Seeks Reversal of National Park Service Rules Banning ‘Extreme’ Hunting Practices

David Emery at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
If the Interior Department proposal is authorized, Obama-era regulations banning sport hunting practices such as bear-baiting in Alaska's national preserves will be rolled back.

Did a Gay Baboon Terrorize an African Village?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Rumors about a gay baboon's "terrorizing" a village and raping five men can be traced back to a homophobic fake news article.

Did California’s Governor Sign a Law Requiring All Students to Learn Spanish?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A notorious producer of fake news provokes yet more outrage with another fabricated meme.

Was a Muslim Educator Named Superintendent of Atlanta’s Schools?

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A "satirical" blog's Facebook page used an actual news outlet's photo to make a stinker of an Islamophobic "joke."

Officials: Weinstein to Surrender in Sexual Misconduct Probe

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to surrender to face criminal charges in a months-long investigation into allegations that he sexually assaulted women.

The North Korea Summit: Is It Back On?

TNI Staff at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*TNI Staff* *Politics, Asia* [image: A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] Jacob Heilbrunn and Harry Kazianis discuss whether Trump will actually meet with North Korea's Kim Jong-un. *Editor's Note*:* In our latest Facebook Live interview (please like our **Facebook page** to see more of these events) Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest, and Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, **discuss whether Trump will actually meet with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.* *Harry Kaziani... more »

American Diplomacy Towards North Korea Must Be Backed by Missile Defense

Ariel Cohen at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Ariel Cohen* *Security, Asia* [image: The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the U.S. ballistic missile defense system launches during a flight test from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California] Diplomacy needs an insurance policy—and missile defense fits the bill. The planned United States–North Korea summit ended abruptly Thursday morning with President Trump’s official withdrawal from talks. In his announcement – which came in a formal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – Trump lamented the cancellation as “a detriment to the world,” but insisted that a con... more »

China Touts 5G Network Speed of 20G Per Second

Asia Times at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Asia Times* *Security, * And one of the first 5G smartphones is expected to be launched in the second half of this year by Huawei. China says the average transmission speed of its 5th-Generation Wireless Systems already doing pilot runs can fetch 10 gigabits per second, almost 100 times faster than the speed of the current 4G network, with the maximum speed capable of being “turbocharged to 20 Gbps.” So it merely takes the blink of an eye to download a HD movie, according to Xinhua. In addition to its high speed, 5G internet also boosts high throughput, low latency, high mobil... more »

US House Overwhelmingly Passes $717 Billion Spending Bill to “Rebuild Our Military”

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By Jason Ditz In a 351-66 vote, the House of Representatives has passed their version of the 2019 military spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. The... more »

Taxes increase cost for Texas Travel

Content Multimedia - 11 hours ago
By Carine Martinez-Gouhier Texans and out-of-state visitors must pay exorbitant taxes for overnight stays in hotels or short-term rentals. As visitors seek to experience the beauty of the Lone Star State, they are required to financially ‘enhance and promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry’ through the hotel occupancy tax, but it really hurts local businesses instead. Without the tax, visitors could stay longer and spend more instead.

Top black Harvard economist was inconvenient, is attacked by far left through harassment

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
*I know Roland Fryer rather well in person* Roland G. Fryer Jr (*1977, pics) is a top economist. He's received the MacArthur Fellowship, the 2015 John Bates Clark Medal (second most prestigious economics prize after the memorial Nobel), and in 2008, he founded the EdLabs at Harvard – where they investigate the roots and economics of the race gap. That institution has been funded by Melinda and Bill Gates, the Ford Foundation (now a top left-wing foundation), and by Condoleezza Rice, among others. *Certain people find Fryer's conclusions such as this one inconvenient.* He has also... more »

Ghostly ‘Lightning’ Waves Discovered Inside a Nuclear Reactor

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
Ghostly ‘Lightning’ Waves Discovered Inside a Nuclear Reactor https://www.space.com/40677-whistler-waves-nuclear-fusion-reactors.html?utm_content=buffer45774&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook Advertisements

The importance of stupidity in scientific research.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
The importance of stupidity in scientific research | Journal of Cell Science http://jcs.biologists.org/content/121/11/1771

Quote of the day

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 11 hours ago
From Paul, blogging at Hawsepiper, talking about driving a very upmarket rental car: *Driving a Jaguar on the highway is like wiping your ass with silk. OMG.* Er . . . I don't think Jaguar is likely to use that phrase in their advertising, but I have to admit, it's very descriptive! (I would, however, like to know how he came up with the comparison. Was it based on personal experience?) Peter

A Primer on Sen. Merkley’s Proposal to Replace the AUMF

sanderson at Lawfare - 11 hours ago
On Wednesday evening, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D.-Ore.) introduced new *draft legislation* to repeal and replace the 2001 authorization for use of military force currently used to authorize *most* U.S. counterterrorism operations. His proposal builds on a “*statement of principles*” he released last week following a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the other such proposal currently being debated, a replacement AUMF co-sponsored by Chairman Bob Corker (R.-Tenn.) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D.-Va.) along with a bipartisan coalition of other influential senators. In his statement, Mer... more »

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