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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.

Friday, May 4, 2018

4 May - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

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Federal Judge Slams Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Aim Is To Get President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters:* *U.S. judge questions special counsel's powers in Manafort case* ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday sharply criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal case in Virginia against President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and openly questioned whether Mueller exceeded his prosecutorial powers by bringing it. “I don’t see what relationship this indictment has with anything the special counsel is authorized to investigate,” U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis in the Eastern District of Virginia said. At tense hearing at the federal c... more »

The Binnall Initiative

Alfred Lehmberg at alienviews - 12 hours ago
*Binnall's America* *The Binnall Initiative* by Alfred Lehmberg Tim Binnall, host of the hugely popular *Binnall of America,* is sadly winding down in excess of a decade's worth of stellar initiative regarding what future times could celebrate as a *singular achievement* in popular, if arcane, culture. That's the gist boiled down to the fecund succinct. This *initiative *alluded to would be Binnall's massive, if credible, aural observance of what sleeps in paradoxical *shadows*, lurks beneath unkicked *stones*, and haunts our dreaded *self-aware* with truths more real than the m... more »

2005: CNN Host Christiane Amanpour Tells Assad US Looking For New Syrian Leader, Supporting “Opposition,” Preparing Coup

( That would not be telling Assad anything of which he is unaware. The examples of Qu'adaffi and Saddam Hussein strongly suggest he should hold on to power like grim death - as that is sure to follow.  )
Brandon Turbeville at Activist Post - 12 hours ago
By Brandon Turbeville By now, it is common knowledge among researchers and journalists focused on the Syrian crisis that the plan to destroy the Syrian... more »

The Cohen Reimbursements and ‘Retainers’: Tall Tales and Other Possibilities

bbauer at Lawfare - 12 hours ago
Through the thick fog of inconsistent and peculiar explanations, it is close to impossible to penetrate to the truth behind the payments by President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen to Stormy Daniels, now apparently reimbursed by Trump. Rudy Giuliani, now a member of the president’s legal team, announced that Trump chose to repay Cohen in order to ”negate” any campaign finance issues. But this reasoning is muddled and unconvincing, and we may discover in time that this dubious explanation of the reimbursements masks concerns more serious in the long run than an illegal contr... more »

Don’t Subpoena Testimony from the President

kwhittington at Lawfare - 12 hours ago
Discussions between the president’s legal team and special counsel’s legal team about whether the president will sit down to answer questions have apparently gotten serious—serious enough that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has discussed an extensive list of possible questions with the president’s attorneys. Unsurprisingly, the questions range from what the president knew about the relationship between his campaign officials and Russian operatives to what the president was thinking when he fired FBI director James Comey. Mueller apparently thinks his investigation will not ... more »

Will Machines Eliminate Us? – MIT Technology Review

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 12 hours ago
Will Machines Eliminate Us? – MIT Technology Review https://www.technologyreview.com/s/546301/will-machines-eliminate-us/?utm_campaign=social_button&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2018-05-04 Advertisements

A New Hypocrisy for the Left on Criminal Justice

Content Multimedia - 12 hours ago
By LTC Allen West (Ret.)

The costs of carbon taxes are real and crippling

Content Multimedia - 12 hours ago
By Vance Ginn, Megan Ingram

Out of Control: Netanyahu’s Theatrical ‘Iran Lied’ Dossier

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 12 hours ago
*21WIRE* | It had all the trappings of a man out of control and bloodthirsty for war with Iran.

On World Press Freedom Day – ‘Media on Trial’ Event is Cancelled by Leeds City Council

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 12 hours ago
*21WIRE* | Leeds City Council censors independent Media event on World Press Freedom Day.

The DCCC Electoral Philosophy Is Entirely Based On Pushing The Lesser Of Two Evils

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
*The DCCC and the New Dems* No one in their right mind is ever going to call Rick Santorum a liberal, or even a moderate, but he can't fool himself any longer about Señor T having any kind of relationship with Truth. The day after the *Washington Post*'s Fact Checker announced that Trump had told 3,001 lies since taking office Santorum told CNN that Trump's a liar (but that Obama was a worse liar). Republicans don't like going on record pointing out that Trump is an inveterate, compulsive liar. But it's getting harder and harder for even them to deny it. Santorum said that Trump "ce... more »

Dogfight: Here's What Would Happen if an 'Old' F-15 Battled a 'Stealth' F-35

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * You might be suprised. *But is that enough to compete with the F-35 on the open market place? Longer-term, it looks like the F-35 will be the dominant player on with fighter market—at least in parts of the world aligned with the West. Stealth is a major selling point with the inevitable proliferation of advanced Russian and Chinese-built surface-to-air missile systems. Further, the F-35 has the backing of the United States government—which is a huge trump card for the program. In the short-term, Boeing may have opportunities to sell the F-15 to weal... more »

1,000,000 People Would Become Casualties if North Korea Nuked Washington D.C.

Daniel R. DePetris at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Daniel R. DePetris* *Security, * That would be World War III. *There is no evidence that would suggest that Kim Jong-un is a crazy, sociopathic nutcase who is spending billions of dollars and years of investment just to nuke an American city or kill hundreds of thousands of Americans. The only thing he values on about the same wavelength as himself is the regime that his family has built over seven decades. If Kim wants to be the man presiding over the deaths of millions of his citizens and the elimination of his country, then sending a nuclear ICBM towards Washington is the b... more »

200,000 Special Forces Troops: How North Korea Would Wage War

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * Something to keep in mind if peace does not break out. *In the event of war, North Korea would likely launch dozens of separate attacks throughout South Korea, from the DMZ to the southern port of Busan. Whether or not these forces can make their way through Seoul’s considerable air and sea defenses is another question. Valleys, passes and waterways that could be used by low-flying aircraft and watercraft are already covered with everything from air-defense guns to antitank guided missiles. Given proper warning, South Korean defenders would inflict h... more »

Forget North Korea: The Real War Threat In Asia is over Taiwan

Robert E. McCoy at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Robert E. McCoy* *Security, * And millions could die it it happenned. While the media continue to focus on developments from the recent summit between Pyongyang and Seoul and the upcoming meeting between Pyongyang and Washington, Beijing has taken advantage of the diversion to increase pressure on Taiwan. Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a highly-charged speech before the National People’s Congress, warned that Beijing was ready to fight its enemies in a “bloody battle” to regain its past glory and preserve its empire. Subsequently, an editorial in the Global Times, a state-ow... more »

This Picture Is a Clue on How China Plans to Dominate the South China Sea

Asia Times at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Asia Times* *Security, * Think missiles. Beijing has installed cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles on man-made islands throughout the South China Sea, according to a report on Wednesday, a move one US security analyst described as “a clear offensive threat.” CNBC first broke the story, citing sources with direct knowledge of US intelligence reports who said the missile platforms were deployed on the outposts within the past 30 days. The news comes less than a month after The Wall Street Journal reported that “military jamming equipment” had been installed on the Sprat... more »

The U.S. Air Force Will Deploy It's B-21 Bombers To Three Existing Bomber Bases In The Mid-2020s

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Excellent Syria map from ETANA: pic.twitter.com/ZvVRovQHbc — Tobias Schneider (@tobiaschneider) May 3, 2018 *U.S. Air Force Link:* *Air Force selects locations for B-21 aircraft* WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force announced that the B-21 Raider will replace B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit aircraft at three existing bomber bases beginning in the mid-2020s. The Air Force selected Dyess Air Force Base, Texas; Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, as reasonable alternatives to host the new B-21 aircraft. Using the current bomber bases will minimize operational impact, re... more »

Brazil’s Supreme Court Limits Lawmakers’ Jurisdiction Privileges

Lise Alves at The Rio Times - 13 hours ago
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court (STF) decided on Thursday to restrict privileged forum for federal representatives and senators. By seven votes to four, the Justices decided that federal lawmakers can only have a case heard in the STF if the criminal offense is related to […]

Lavradio Street Market to Honor Mother’s Day this Saturday in Rio

Beatriz Miranda at The Rio Times - 13 hours ago
By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This Saturday, May 5th, Rua do Lavradio street, in Lapa, will host another edition of the “Rio Antigo” street market, popularly known as “Feira do Lavradio”. Happening from 10AM to 7PM, May’s edition will be dedicated to the Mother’s Day, which will be celebrated this […]

Rio Nightlife Guide for Friday, May 4, 2018

Beatriz Miranda at The Rio Times - 13 hours ago
We have the top three picks for this Friday, and below there is a list of bars and pubs that are always a good option. LIVE: Fundição Brasil Jamaica with Israel Vibration (Lapa) – Tonight, Lapa will emanate the good vibrations from reggae music with the “Fundição Brasil Jamaica” show, in Fundição Progresso. Starting from […]

Just as Witnesses Expose Staged Chemical Attack—US Freezes Funding for White Helmets

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: white helmets] Just after multiple witness traveled to the Hague to testify against the White Helmets, explaining the the Douma chemical attack was staged and never happened, the US has reportedly frozen their funding. The post Just as Witnesses Expose Staged Chemical Attack—US Freezes Funding for White Helmets appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

World News Briefs -- May 4, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his speech at the National Assembly hall in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. REUTERS/Lee Jin-man/Pool/File Photo *Reuters*: *Trump says date, place set for North Korea summit* President Donald Trump on Friday said the date and location have been set for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which would be announced soon, and hinted at progress in winning the release of three Americans held in North Korea. The White House has said the first meeting between sitting U.S. and North Korean leaders could take place in the comin... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 4, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
The deployed surface-to-air missiles could target aircraft, drones and cruise missiles. (China Ministry of National Defence) *ABC News Online:* *China 'deploys missiles' in South China Sea, US, Australia warn of consequences* Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned Beijing against militarising the South China Sea following reports that China has installed missile systems in the Spratly Islands for the first time. US news network CNBC reported yesterday that China had installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three outposts in the South China Sea, c... more »

Indigenous Women Call for Justice During Meetings with Fossil Fuel Funders in Europe

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Calls For Justice Raised By Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation During Meetings With Fossil Fuel FundersCONTACT: Emily Arasim - emily@wecaninternational.org, +1(505) 920-0153Michelle Cook - divestinvestprotect@gmail.com By WECAN International Censored News ZURICH, Switzerland (May 3, 2018) - Over the past week, the third Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation to Europe was present

Mohawk Nation News 'Twisted Git-Git Coming Home to Roost'

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
TWISTED GIT-GIT COMING HOME TO ROOST Posted on May 4, 2018 Mohawk Nation News MNN. May 3, 2018. Bad deeds always come back to destroy the perpetrator. The invaders mass murdered us. This curse hangs around their necks. Read article at: http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2018/05/04/twisted-git-git-coming-home-to-roost/

Iraq’s Parties Complain About New Electronic Voting Machines

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
In May Iraq’s Election Commission will be using new electronic machinesto record people’s votes and collate the results. Citizens will use a stamp to make their selection, and then the results will be sent electronically to the Commission. The devices were introduced to increase the speed of determining the totals and to avoid fraud. Many parties and lists are upset with the change. Some have claimedthat the results could be manipulated or that foreign countries could use satellites to intercept and change the information being transmitted to the Election Commission. State of Law ... more »

This Day In Iraqi History - May 4

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
1941 British bombed Iraqi air bases in Baghdad and Baquba 1941 British bombers arrived at Habaniya airbase from Egypt while Iraqis continued to shell base 1941 British dropped leaflets on Baghdad saying war was with Gaylani govt not Iraqi people 1941 Regent broadcast radio message asking people not to follow Gaylani govt 1941 PM Gaylani sent diplomat to Tehran to contact Germans and ask for military aid 1941 UK Chiefs of Staff told Mid-East commander Gen Wavell he had to take action against the Gaylani govt 1966 Iraqi troops started military campai... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'AFN Give-Away Party Crashed'

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
AFN GIVE-AWAY PARTY CRASHED Posted on May 2, 2018 Mohawk Nation News MNN. May 2, 2018. The crashers of the Assembly of First Nations AFN private party at the casino in Hull was a corporate meeting. At the front sat the main shareholders and microphones on the floor for a few predetermined questions from sell-out chiefs. Read article at MNN: http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2018/05/02/

Democrat Nightmare: Black Approval of Trump Almost Doubles After Kanye West’s Comments

Selwyn Duke at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: democrat-nightmare-black-approval-of-trump-almost-doubles-after-kanye-west-s-comments] Democrats have for decades captured upwards of 90 percent of the black vote every election. But rap star Kanye West's recently expressed support for President Trump may be changing this.

Oklahoma Senate Sends Constitutional Carry to Governor for Signing

Steve Byas at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: oklahoma-senate-sends-constitutional-carry-to-governor-for-signing] If Governor Mary Fallin signs the constitutional-carry bill, Oklahoma will become the 12th state to recognize that a citizen has a constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, without first obtaining a costly permit from the state government.

Hawaii Volcano Forces 1,500 from Homes as Lava Bubbles Up

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted, sending lava shooting into the air in the residential neighborhood and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for nearby residents.

Gigi Hadid, Vogue Italia Apologize for Darkened Skin Tone

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
Gigi Hadid and Vogue Italia have separately apologized for the May 2018 Vogue Italia cover showing the top model with a darker skin tone and hair color.

Swiss farmers dig in against South American trade deal

bilaterals.org - 14 hours ago
04-May-2018 The Swiss Farmers' Union, on the other hand, has made its position very clear: it is against a free-trade deal.

Paul Reiter Debunks Malaria Scare Stories

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Talking of malaria, it is worth revisiting one of my posts from last year on the subject: Prof Paul Reiter I briefly mentioned the other day BBC claims climate change would lead to the spreading of malaria: One argument is that the risk from permafrost pathogens is inherently unknowable, so […]

Afghanistan's First Female Military Pilot Flees The Country After Taliban Death Threats

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Afghan air force 2nd Lt. Niloofar Rhmani and Capt. Aaron Marx preflight a Cessna 208 at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan. On this day, Rhmani became the first woman to fly a fixed wing combat mission. Marx hails from San Antonio, Texas, and is deployed from RAF Mildenhall, England, were he pilots KC-135R Stratotankers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Ben Bloker) *The Independent*: *Afghanistan's first female military pilot granted asylum in US after fleeing Taliban death threats* 'I can finally live my life in peace,' says Niloofar Rahmani. 'Now all my worries are about ... more »

What’s The Meaning Of Morocco Cutting Off Ties With Iran?

Andrew KORYBKO at OrientalReview.org - 14 hours ago
Morocco is trying to present itself as a quadri-continental pivot state with the potential to become a regional trendsetter, hence why its decision to cut off ties with Iran is thought by the Saudis to be the first step in a forthcoming “chain reaction” of other African countries distancing themselves from the Islamic Republic too. The post What’s The Meaning Of Morocco Cutting Off Ties With Iran? appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

Collision Reported Between Greek Navy Ship And A Turkish Ship In The Aegean

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Turkey has for decades disputed Greek sovereignty over Aegean waters close to Turkish shores *AFP:* *New collision between Greek, Turkish ships in Aegean* Greece on Friday said one of its warships had collided with a Turkish ship in the Aegean Sea, the latest in a series of terse encounters between the regional rivals and NATO allies. The Greek navy said the Turkish merchantman ship had "approached and touched" one of its gunboats, which was taking part in a NATO exercise. After the collision the merchantman fled back towards Turkish waters, the navy said. "Nobody was hurt and no... more »

U.S. Freezes Funding For Syria's 'White Helmets'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A member of the White Helmets is pictured in Eastern Ghouta, Syria. © Abdulmonam Eassa / AFP *CBS:* *U.S. freezes funding for Syria's "White Helmets"* Less than two months ago the State Department hosted members of the White Helmets at Foggy Bottom. At the time, the humanitarian group was showered with praise for saving lives in Syria. "Our meetings in March were very positive. There were even remarks from senior officials about long-term commitments even into 2020. There were no suggestions whatsoever about stopping support," Raed Saleh, the group's leader, told CBS News. Now t... more »

Syrian Air Force begins launching airstrikes over strategic Daraa town

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – For the first time in months, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) has begun bombing the strategic town of Tal Al-Harrah in the western countryside of Dara’a. According to a military source in Dara’a, the Syrian Air Force launched at least five airstrikes over the town of Tal Al-Harrah, causing […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Egypt does not plan to send troops to Syria: FM

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Egypt does not plan on sending its troops to foreign countries, including Syria, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said amid plans by Arab countries to deploy their forces in the country. According to earlier reports from Al-Ahram newspaper, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that Arab countries were considering the possibility of sending a joint military […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Armenia: Pashinyan ‘very happy’ after opposition gathers signatures to support PM bid

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan said he is “very happy” following news that the opposition had gathered enough signatures to support his nomination as the next prime minister, speaking in Yerevan, Thursday. “I am very happy that this understanding which exists in all the political forces has been finally expressed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Syrian Army reaches central district of ISIS stronghold

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is steadily advancing in the southern part of Damascus, today, liberating several areas from the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). Led by their 105th Brigade of their Republican Guard, the Syrian Army launched a big attack on the central district of Hajar Al-Aswad this afternoon. Following […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iraqi journalist who threw shoe at Bush reveals why he’s running for office

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former US President George W. Bush in 2008 commented on his running for parliament in the upcoming elections in Iraq, during an interview in Baghdad on Wednesday. Muntadhar al-Zaidi explained how he was forced into exile after the incident, then returning to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Erdogan says over 4,700 YPG, PKK fighters ‘neutralized’ during Operation Olive Branch in Syria, Iraq

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on Friday that his forces had ‘neutralized’ over 4,700 ‘terrorists’ since the start of Operation Olive Branch in late January. “Since the onset of Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, 4,376 terrorists have been neutralized,” Erdoğan stated in regards to Syria. Erdogan would later add […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Dozens of French military personnel spotted on Syria’s Manbij border (photo)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Amid reports coming from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) about the growing French military presence in the area of Manbij in Syria, Sputnik has received a photo providing further evidence for the report. Sputnik has received a photo showing two armored vehicles with military personnel in the area of the Sajur River in the territory of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

ISIS building up forces to breakout of west Deir Ezzor: report

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) has heavily concentrated their fighters in the western part of the Badiyya area they control in the vast Syrian Desert, a military source told Al-Masdar. The source told Al-Masdar that the Syrian military believes the Islamic State is going to attempt to breakout of this large […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Developing: Evacuation of northern Homs rebels delayed until Monday

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The evacuation of the rebel forces and their family members from the northern Homs countryside has been officially delayed until Monday, a military source told Al-Masdar News this afternoon. According to the source, the evacuation was delayed due to the lack of buses available to transport the rebels from the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Syrian, Palestinian forces launch potentially last assault to liberate Hajar Al-Aswad

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Palestinian allies launched what is potentially their last assault on Hajar Al-Aswad this afternoon, targeting the town from three different axes in a bid to eliminate the last remnants of the Islamic State (ISIS). Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army seizes militant weapons depot and field hospital southern Damascus

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized a weapons depot and field hospital that previously belonged to the militants in the southern part of Damascus this week. According to local reports, the weapons depot and field hospital belonged to the rebel forces that were previously in control of the Al-Ma’daniyah Sub-District […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Tensions rise in northern Hama as Syrian, Russian forces hammer militant positions

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces continued their heavy bombardment of northern Hama, today, targeting several areas controlled by Jaysh Al-Izza. According to a military source in nearby Latakia, the Russian jets specifically targeted militant bases in the small towns of Al-‘Abeen and Zakat in the northern countryside of Hama. In addition […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Erdogan hopes US will take ‘necessary steps’ to clear Manbij of Kurdish groups

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on Friday that he hopes the U.S. will take an active approach to clearing the Kurdish-led YPG from the northeastern Aleppo town of Manbij. “The operation in Afrin is not yet complete. We have obtained great results regarding the clearing of improvised explosive devices. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Rebels surrender heavy weapons to Russian police in northern Homs (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The rebels in northern Homs handed over more of their heavy weapons to the Russian military police recently, as they fulfill their obligations for evacuation from this large pocket. According to a military report, the rebels handed over their heavy weapons to the Syrian Army and Russian police at the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army divides IS stronghold south of Damascus

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) said it had made a significant gain in al-Hajar al-Aswad on Thursday by splitting a pocket of so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters from a key strategic point just a few kilometres south of Damascus, according to Syrian State News Agency SANA. The army […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Mahmoud Abbas apologies for his comments on Judaism

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has offered an apology after he was criticized for anti-Semitism in a speech where he implied that historic persecution of European Jews had been prompted by their conduct, not by their religion. “If people were offended by my statement in front of the PNC, especially people of the Jewish faith, I […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: ISIS, Syrian Army reach deal to exchange dead, prisoners in southern Damascus

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Islamic State (ISIS) have agreed to a deal that would have the latter exchange the bodies of dead SAA soldiers for their family members in government prisons, a military source told Al-Masdar News today. According to the source, the Syrian Army will receive […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

OPCW inspectors to exhume bodies of victims of chemical attack in Douma

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Inspectors of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW] plan exhuming the bodies of victims of the presumed chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, the OPCW Director General Ahmet Uzumcu said in an interview published on Thursday by The Financial Times. “From the bodies already buried we are looking for ways […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian Air Defense intercepts spy planes near border

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Russia’s air defense jets flew ten sorties in one week to intercept spy aircraft near Russian borders, the Defense Ministry’s daily Krasnaya Zvezda said on Friday. “Seventeen aircraft were conducting air reconnaissance along Russia’s borders. Air defense planes on duty flew ten sorties to intercept and escort them. There were no violations of Russia’s airspace,” […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

VIDEO: Saudi military vehicle set ablaze in Houthi ambush near Jizan

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Houthi rebel fighters ambushed a military vehicle for the Saudi Army in the country’s northern borders amid intensifying airstrikes by the Saudi-coalition. The ambush, which took place in al-Deba Saudi military base in Jizan region killed and injured several Saudi personnel after their vehicle was set on fire. According to sources, Houthi rebels used anti-tank […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Official talks on deployment of Arab forces to Syria underway – Egyptian gov’t

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
The idea of deploying a military contingent of Arab countries to Syria is being discussed officially, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Friday. “The idea of replacing one type of forces with another, possibly Arab, is being discussed. This proposal is not only being mentioned in the media but is also being considered at talks […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

VIDEO: Russian airstrikes pound jihadists in Syria’s Hama

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:40 P.M.) – Russian fighter jets have recently intensified airstrikes against jihadi groups in north Hama countryside. The precise airstrikes targeted bases for Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham jihadi group and US-backed Jaysh al-Izza near Lataminah and Kafr Zita towns. The aerial bombardment destroyed 3 buildings used by rebel groups as armories. Huge quantities of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

White Helmets legitimacy CRUMBLES after Douma false flag, US ‘freezes funding’ for group

Matfey Shaheen at The Duran - 14 hours ago
Tweets from former US officials reveal what a media blackout is hiding More The post White Helmets legitimacy CRUMBLES after Douma false flag, US ‘freezes funding’ for group appeared first on The Duran.

Friday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 14 hours ago
Assorted content to end your week. - Terry Schwadron writes about Donald Trump's war on the poor, while Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson highlight how U.S. businesses and their political pawns have undermined the labour movement. And David Climenhaga and PressProgress point out that we should expect exactly the same from Jason Kenney should he get the chance to make life worse for Albertans. - Meanwhile, Matt Bruenig suggests that workers learn from the corporate consolidation of power to push for coordinated wage levels: In theory, setting wages across the economy in a coordinated... more »

Law and Public Intuition on the Use of Force, Part 1: An Introduction

sanderson at Lawfare - 14 hours ago
Tensions with North Korea have reinvigorated long-standing debates over when and how the United States should use military force. Legal experts have offered sometimes conflicting views on how domestic and international law limit potential military action against the Kim Jong Un regime—but expert legal opinion is only a small part of the overall policy debate surrounding the use of force. Among other factors, the elected political leaders who make such decisions are likely to be sensitive to public opinion. Indeed, research has shown that public opinion can have a substantial impac... more »

Lebanese Elections: Good for the Country, Warts and All

hamrguest at Lawfare - 14 hours ago
Photo Credit: via The Carter Center *Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on *Order from Chaos*.* With much of the Middle East either in violent conflict or undemocratic, one Arab country is holding genuine elections this week: Lebanon. Barring some last-minute black swan event like the outbreak of war—always possible in that part of the world—elections should indeed be held this Sunday, May 6. And if the vote happens, there’s plenty of good in that. Foremost of which is that Lebanon will again have a more legitimate parliament—elections were due in 2013, but have been... more »

Should Interagency Vetting of Defense Department Cyber Operations Be Reduced?

RChesney at Lawfare - 14 hours ago
Credit: Wikimedia/Pentagon To what extent should other agencies have the chance to object on policy or legal grounds when the military wants to conduct a cyber operation that will have effects outside of the Defense Department’s own networks? That’s the question at the heart of a fascinating story by Chris Bing at CyberScoop on Wednesday. Bing reports that unidentified personnel within the National Security Council “are pushing to rescind Presidential Policy Directive 20” (issued in May 2012 in order to ensure interagency coordination in cyber matters) as part of a larger effort “... more »

GAPS AND INDIFFERENCE: It's all about The Sex and The Chase!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018 And the criminal indifference:* Today, we interrupt the real world to bring you news of your "press corps." Also, we continue our anthropological studies. Putting Aristotle's dreams to the side, what sort of creature *is* Homo sapiens? What are we humans *actually* like? The news there isn't good. At this site, we've been speaking all week about some of the people we have to waste. At the same time, our "press corps" has lost itself in dreams about sex with Stormy. It's as we told you long ago: Once you give them permission to talk about sex, they'll end up d... more »

Ain’t no witch hunt, but this witch better watch out for falling houses

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 15 hours ago
President Richard Nixon resigned in August, 1974 because his Republican confidantes said he would be otherwise impeached. He said two things over and over before his demise. The first was “I am not a crook.” He was. The second was … Continue reading →


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 15 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Geothermal Plant Linked To South Korean Earthquake Judge Who Gave Saudis a Free Pass Orders Iran to Pay $6 Billion to 9/11 Families Wearing certain sunscreens in the ocean could kill sea life — here's what you should look out for In his first TV appearance as Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani made a bombshell admission about why Trump fired James Comey Pentagon Accelerates Testing Of New B61 Nuclear Gravity Bomb Russia Kills Jihadists With Weaponized Robot Ahead Of World Cup 20,000 Indian Troops Engage In War Drill Near Pakistan Border Economist Predict The US Dollar Colla... more »

No Breakthrough After Two Days Of Talks In China-US Trade Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*SCMP: **No breakthrough but some consensus in China-US trade talks, Beijing says * Beijing and Washington agree only to keep talking after two days of dialogue China and the United States have wrapped up their first round of trade talks with no breakthrough, agreeing only to have more dialogue to ease tensions. A short statement released by the state-run Xinhua news agency said both sides were still “very divided” on some issues and “more work needed to be done”. The two sides “reached some consensus” and exchanged views on expanding US exports to China, bilateral investment,... more »

Brazil Registers 142,000 Complaints About Violence in 2017

Contributing Reporter at The Rio Times - 15 hours ago
By Melissa Van Brunnersum, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the year 2017, Brazil’s free telephone service for human rights violations and domestic violence, “Disque 100” (Dial 100), received a total of 142,666 complaints nationwide. The service is the country’s main communication platform for reporting violence. The total number of reports is 9,604 […]

Balaam’s ass, Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, and Donald Trump

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 15 hours ago
[image: Ziegenbalg] In my morning meditation time I’m reading through Kelly Kullberg’s book, A Faith and Culture Devotional for the third time. Today’s selection is the one I find the most fascinating of all the marvelous stories in the book—“Ziegenbalg: India’s First Missionary.” Here’s how the story of this incredible man of God begins: “When King Friedrich IV of Denmark suffered the death of his favorite mistress in 1704, he granted a longstanding petition from both his wife and his mother. As reformist Lutheran Pietists, they wanted missionaries sent to his trading ports. ... more »

U.S. Warns China That There Will Be 'Consequences' For Deploying Missile Systems In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*NBC: **U.S. warns China of 'consequences' over reported missiles in South China Sea* Beijing has not denied reports it has installed cruise missiles in the South China Sea. The United States has warned China that there will be “consequences” for its growing militarization of disputed islands in the South China Sea amid reports it has moved missiles to the region. The threat comes as the two nations continue talks to resolve a major trade dispute, and follows a formal complaint to Beijing over lasers blinding U.S. pilots in the Horn of Africa. White House spokeswoman Sarah San... more »

Should cities/states fund the war machine?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Regis Tremblay just finished his 29-minute video about the effort in Maine to defeat LD1781, a $60 Million tax giveaway to General Dynamics/Bath Iron Works, builder of Navy destroyers. It shares the broader story of the three-month campaign and features teacher/activist Lisa Savage and Bruce Gagnon along with Regis telling the tale. We are proud that we forced General Dynamics/BIW to work for their welfare check. The military industrial complex is attempting to normalize the notion that cities and states should have to help pay for endless war. If we allow that to happen then s... more »

False flag red alert in Greece ahead of visit of Prince Charles, to visit British Navy unit. Prince Harry, now close friend of eugenicist Globalist Obama, also set to visit Greece at about the same time. Does Harry plan to use his visit just before his wedding to Obama protege to max the global media impact of a false flag?

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
Globalist Prince Charles is to visit a British naval unit as well as just about every major eugenicist Globalist politician as well as the head of the Greek Orthodox church during his visit to Greece from May 9th to 11th, it has emerged. http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/05/04/uk-royals-reveal-greek-visit-itinerary/ There are reports of a brief stay with his best […]

Globalist media push narrative that Kim Jong has sent assassins to UK etc to deal with a nuclear scientist defector. Exclusive video indicates it’s Panda, up to no good yet again…

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
A Globalist funded media outlet called Daily NK, based in South Korea, has been cited by the Express as the source for a story that Kim Jong Un has sent ten assasins to the UK or another country to kill a nuclear scientist who defected. First off, how would the Daily NK know about what is […]

US to use ISIS Ploy to Expand PKK/YPG further into Syria

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*That’s exactly what has been done all along. For years and years now. That obvious fact has been explained very plainly, very clearly here on many occasions. That the whole Kurd/ISIS fighting concept is pure theatre- Taking place in the war theatre. * * I coined the phrase KurdIShIS to explain the phenomena so very long ago. Which is why I was so flummoxed at the so called alt media pushing the same meme as the msm about Kurdish fighters being the real threat to ISIS. Until, finally, it dawned on me that most of the alt media is controlled opposition. * * All one had to do was loo... more »

Scheer Won't Make It

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Conservatives in Alberta and Ontario are poised for a come back. In Ottawa, they're hoping that Andrew Scheer will bring them back from the wilderness. But, Michael Harris writes, there are several reasons why Scheer and the Conservatives will continue to wander in the desert: Reason number one, Harper deja vu. Canadians got a bellyful of Northern Republicanism with the former prime minister, so Scheer’s attempt to create a GOP-style political base in Canada built on the same values is doomed. It will just remind voters why they dumped these guys the last time. Reason number two: ... more »

The Reliance of Aristotelian Ethics on Human Experience

Anoop Verma at The Verma Report - 16 hours ago
In *The Therapy of Desire* ( Chapter: “Medical Dialectic: Aristotle on Theory and Practice”), Martha Nussbaum notes that Aristotle’s theories are based on his study of human experience. Here’s an excerpt: All Aristotelian inquiries, ethics included, are bounded by the “appear­ances”—by human experience. In none does there appear to be the possi­bility of confirming results by comparison to an altogether extraexperien­tial reality. On the other hand, Aristotle does not mourn the absence of such standards: for the boundaries of experience are also, he holds, the boundaries of discours... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Trump not seeking to curb US forces in South Korea: U.S. national security adviser https://t.co/FJI2L75RvQ — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 4, 2018 Excellent Syria map from ETANA: pic.twitter.com/ZvVRovQHbc — Tobias Schneider (@tobiaschneider) May 3, 2018 Palestinian leader Abbas apologises for Holocaust remarks https://t.co/4rS7EQbUeN — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 4, 2018 'Still no clarity on #Putin & @realDonaldTrump's meeting', Moscow is waiting - Kremlin https://t.co/KTXWmqHQIH pic.twitter.com/Xh7oqD5caG — Sputnik (@SputnikInt) May 4, 2018 USAF says new nuclear B-21 b... more »

No, North America’s Climate Boundary Did Not Move East

CFACT at CFACT - 16 hours ago
The media have uncritically reported on a paper by climate alarmists claiming a climate barrier east of the Rockies has moved 140 miles east due to global warming. A look at objective data, however, reveals no such shift.

Crypto Currency Banking Billionaire Matthew Mellon Dies In Rehab

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
Been busy.. so *trying* to get a few quick posts up. News items that caught my eye, mostly *Billionaire banking heir Matthew Mellon dies in rehab, aged 54* Matthew Mellon, from the *Mellon and Drexel families of Bank of New York Mellon and Drexel Burnham Lambert* *Just an fyi- bankers are not averse to crypto- currency : Nor are crypto currencies a challenge to the banking imperium * *Matthew Mellon, a prominent member of the wealthy Mellon and Drexel banking families,* and an entrepreneur who spent decades working in fashion and *earned a fortune in cryptocurrencies,* died on Tu... more »

Oops: Springer Nature journal retracts the wrong paper

amarcus41 at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
The Annals of Surgical Oncology (ASO) owes an apology to a group of researchers at two hospitals in South Florida. Last month, the journal retracted a conference presentation about a device, from a company called Cianna Medical, that is designed to allow surgeons to home in to suspicious lumps in the breast and avoid needless … Continue reading Oops: Springer Nature journal retracts the wrong paper


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
I'm traveling to see family, so I'll be away from the blog until Wednesday, but the relief crew will be here while I'm away. I'm leaving at a time when it's widely believed that the president is making fatal missteps -- *The New York Times* says he's losing control of his narrative, while Slate and the *Times* say that even Fox News isn't safe for him anymore. Yes, I know that what Rudy Giuliani said on Sean Hannity's show exposes Trump legally. Yes, I know that Fox's Neil Cavuto denounced Trump (“I guess you’re too busy draining the swamp to ever stop and smell the stink you’re ... more »

Israeli Flags Hung in Major German Cities Are Taken Down and Thrown Away

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 16 hours ago
Israeli flags displayed in a number of German cities to gauge the response from passers-by. The results are not encouraging for Zionists

Israeli Defense Chief Tells Russian Daily: If Air Defense Systems Fire on Us, We Will Respond

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 16 hours ago
Apparently, the Syrians have no right to self defense against Zionist ‘666’ Israel‘s attack. The chutzpah of these Zionist serpents. Genocidally insane nation. – Israeli Defense Chief Tells Russian Daily: If Air Defense Systems Fire on Us, We Will Respond by Yaniv Kubovich, https://www.haaretz.com/ Israel always takes Russian interests into account and hopes they take Israel’s security […]

Ten Thousand Ordered to Evacuate as Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Spews Lava 150ft into the Air and Releases Deadly Gas as Streets Crack in Half After More Than 250 Quakes Rock the Big Island in Seismic Explosion

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 16 hours ago
Ten Thousand Ordered to Evacuate as Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Spews Lava 150ft into the Air and Releases Deadly Gas as Streets Crack in Half After More Than 250 Quakes Rock the Big Island in Seismic Explosion by HANNAH PARRY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ * Warning sirens sounded across the Big Island on Thursday after lava […]

Right-Wing Snowflakes

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
*Laura and Milo* Ever hear of Milo Yiannopoulos? Don't worry, no one else has either... unless they watch Fox News commentators as a lifestyle. Last week Talia Lavin wrote a piece about Milo for the *Village Voice* (I've written about him too so I won't remark on what a waste of time it is.) The adventures of Milo-ism, she pointed out, include how he finds it "impossible... to go out for lunch in most major cities," which, she continued "speaks to an intellectual barrenness at the core of Trump-era conservatism. Having found themselves in political power, but nonetheless without com... more »

Urban heat waves linked to urban heat island effect

drinkingwateradvisor at The Drinking Water Advisor - 17 hours ago
The urban heat island effect is a significant confounding problem for global surface temperature measurements. Heat waves in a particular location may not be driven by external atmospheric changes but locally from surface development. Consequently, an increase in surface temperatures … Continue reading →

Cop Fired After Video Shows Him Kick Handcuffed Man’s Head Like a Soccer Ball

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 17 hours ago
[image: soccer] A police officer was relieved of duty after he was caught on video kicking a man's head like a soccer ball, while the man was handcuffed and being restrained on the ground. The post Cop Fired After Video Shows Him Kick Handcuffed Man’s Head Like a Soccer Ball appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Deadly highrise fire in Brazil spotlights city's housing crisis and the squatter movement it spawned

Patricia Rodrigues Samora, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 17 hours ago
Hundreds of squatters were living in a vacant police station in São Paulo when fire broke out on May 1, killing up to four people. The residents were part of Brazil's nationwide homeless movement.

Unearthed mummy recalls an Iran before the ayatollahs

David J. Wasserstein, Professor of History and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 17 hours ago
A mummy unearthed during construction in Iran may be the body of a former shah. For the Islamic regime, the discovery is an unwelcome reminder of Iran's secular past. For protesters, it holds promise.

The world's nuclear energy watchdogs: 4 questions answered

Scott L. Montgomery, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 17 hours ago
Who do you call when there's a nuclear crisis? The International Atomic Energy Agency, unless the crisis involves North Korea -- then things get complicated.

Is it Time to Regulate Cyber Conflicts?

defrony at Lawfare - 17 hours ago
The ransom screen from an unknown version of the Petya ransomeware attack that swept the world in 2017. The U.S. government believes nation-states are behind some of the attacks. (Credit: Wikimedia) In his keynote address at the RSA Conference on Feb. 14, 2017, Microsoft President Brad Smith described his vision for a more peaceful cyberspace. Smith articulated an arrangement in which governments would work together with private tech companies to tackle the growing threat of state-sponsored cyberattacks, as steady increases in the frequency, sophistication and cost demands it. Enc... more »

Glock, Sig Sauer and Ruger Make the Best Guns on the Planet. Here Is the Top 5.

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * Here is the top 5 gun manufacturers. *A postwar German arms maker that rose from the ashes of the legendary Mauser corporation, Heckler and Koch has made a reputation building innovative, reliable firearms. “H&K,” as it is known in the U.S. market, makes everything from grenade launchers for the United States Army to the U.S. Marine Corps’ new M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle. H&K’s nine-millimeter VP9 series of handguns are durable and reliable, while the .45 caliber HK45 fires a more powerful round. The USP, or Universal Service Pistol, was designed a... more »

The Air Force Desperately Wants Hypersonic Weapons

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * Think China. The Air Force is finishing engineering details on an aggressive plan to prototype, test and deploy hypersonic weapons on an expedited schedule -- to speed up an ability to launch high-impact, high-speed attacks at Mach. 5 - five times the speed of sound. Recent thinking from senior Air Force weapons developers had held that US hypersonic weapons might first be deployable by the early 2020s. Hypersonic drones for attack or ISR missions, by extension, were thought to be on track to emerge in the 2030s and 2040s, senior service officials hav... more »

Protecting Mars From What - And Why Bother? Our Inheritance Of Unopened Astrobiological Treasure Chests - Zubrin - Rummel Debate

Robert Walker at Science 2.0 - Physical Sciences - 17 hours ago
This is a debate hosted by the SETI institute between Robert Zubrin, founder and head of the Mars Society, and one of NASA’s former planetary protection officers, John Rummel. They debate the requirements of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 to protect both Earth and other celestial bodies like Mars from any harmful effects from the exchange of living organisms between the planets on our spacecraft. read more

City upbringing, without pets, boosts vulnerability to mental illness: ‘Hygiene hypothesis’ likely applies to psychiatric disorders too.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 17 hours ago
City upbringing, without pets, boosts vulnerability to mental illness: ‘Hygiene hypothesis’ likely applies to psychiatric disorders too — ScienceDaily https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180430160419.htm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook Advertisements


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 17 hours ago
As the net closes in on Donald Trump, he should be compelled to sit for an in depth interview with the special counsel Robert Mueller in the next few days before key decisions about how to handle North Korea and Iran come up from next week. If he refuses, his refusal can reasonably be considered […]

"Pizza Zen"???

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 18 hours ago
Food for thought? A new pop-up museum dedicated entirely to pizza will soon hit New York City. The Museum of Pizza will feature immersive pizza-inspired rooms -- like a pizza art gallery, cheese cave, pizza beach, and pizza meditation -- as well as exclusive film screenings. * . . .* The Museum of Pizza will run from October 13 through October 28. There's more at the link. According to the museum's Web site: Though we're still finalizing our full range of exhibits, museum goers can expect to be treated to unique and arresting set of installations, including: - *The Museum o... more »

Facebook Begins Ranking News Sites By Trust And Combating “Propaganda” During Elections

Aaron at Activist Post - 18 hours ago
By Aaron Kesel Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated Tuesday that his company has begun to implement a system that will rank news organizations based on... more »

Just Like Obama, Trump’s Warmongering Just Got Him Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

Activist Post at Activist Post - 18 hours ago
By Matt Agorist In the Orwellian police state that is America, truth is easily stranger than fiction and Donald Trump’s nomination for the 2019 Nobel... more »

DHS Expands Police Spying by Adding Surveillance Cameras to Bus Stops

Activist Post at Activist Post - 18 hours ago
By MassPrivateI Not content with surveillance cameras on buses, the police state has now begun adding them to bus stops. Last month an article in... more »

CDC Study: 150% Increase in Autism in U.S. Kids Since 2000. Researchers Suspect Environmental Risks and Triggers. 2012 Research Determined WiFi Radiation Disrupts Blood Brain Barrier, May Cause Leaking.

Activist Post at Activist Post - 18 hours ago
By B.N. Frank According to an April 26, 2018 Bloomberg article, “Nationally, the prevalence (of autism) has increased 150 percent since 2000, according to the... more »

If Your Cell Phone and Other Devices Were Making You Fat, Would You Cut Back on Using Them? WiFi Exposure Causes Blood Sugar Fluctuations, Weight Gain, Obesity.

Activist Post at Activist Post - 18 hours ago
By B.N. Frank Have you ever seen those Sono Bello ads on TV? Some of those people seem to have tried everything and they still... more »

UK in last ditch nuclear crunch talks

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Britain’s energy policy lurches one step nearer to disaster, as the Telegraph reports: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/05/03/uk-last-ditch-new-nuclear-crunch-talks-ageing-power-plants-falter/ Advertisements

RCEP交渉会合: シンガポール政府は人々の権利よりも ビジネス・セクターを優先した

bilaterals.org - 18 hours ago
04-May-2018 東アジア地域包括的経済連携(RCEP)の交渉を行なう16カ国の貿易担当者は、この野心的なメガ自由貿易協定を前進させるために、今週シンガポールで会合を開催している。しかしながら市民社会は排除された。

ASEAN leaders call for boosting connectivity, resolving RCEP trade talks "expeditiously"

bilaterals.org - 18 hours ago
04-May-2018 Leaders of the ASEAN gathered in Singapore on Saturday 28 April to review the bloc's goals going forward, with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calling for greater regional collaboration and integration as a way to bolster against external pressures, including trade tensions among major economies such as the US and China.

Ukraine Quashed Cases Related To Mueller Investigation In Exchange For Weapons-Money From Trump

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 18 hours ago
US Army photo: “Mission: Provide a man-portable, highly lethal and survivable medium anti-tank weapon system to the infantry, scouts, and … Continue reading →

Scotland At Risk Of Chernobyl Like Accident Due To Cracks In Nuclear Reactor Near Glasgow (Owned By French Govt.)

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 18 hours ago
OGL-ONR UK: https://www.iaea.org/NuclearPower/Downloadable/Meetings/2017/2017-10-23-10-27-NPTDS/099_Bamber_Presentation.pdf While graphite cracking appeared much earlier, the keyway cracks were predicted in 2009 to appear by 2015. … Continue reading →

Real Autism Awareness - The Great Poisoning

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
By Louis Conte Autism Awareness Month ended with yet another CDC late Friday afternoon press release announcing yet another rise in the rate of autism. If you have bad news at the CDC, release it on a Friday afternoon and...

University of Texas rolls out “MasculinUT” program to brand men as violent rapists

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 19 hours ago
Why the War on Men Is Hurting Everyone More The post University of Texas rolls out “MasculinUT” program to brand men as violent rapists appeared first on The Duran.

Ben Swann EXPOSES the White Helmets hoax (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 19 hours ago
Reality Check: Who's Funding the White Helmets? More The post Ben Swann EXPOSES the White Helmets hoax (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Cedella Marley: Compromise

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 19 hours ago
Compromise comes from trust and good intentions.

The Spiritual Teacher And Service

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 19 hours ago
A true teacher has no interest in fame, followers, trappings or prestige.

9 Different Kinds of Salt: Which Is the Healthiest?

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 19 hours ago
What really differentiates specialty salts?

Oil Refinery Spews 8.5 Tons of Hydrogen Cyanide Gas Over Low-Income Community Each Year

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 19 hours ago
Recent tests have shown that an oil refinery in Denver called Suncor Energy has been spewing over 8.5 tons of hydrogen cyanide gas over the low-income communities that surround it.

Islamic State attacks rebel groups in southern Syria

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:15 A.M.) – Clashes re-erupted in the southern province of Daraa as militants from the ultraconservative Islamic State launched an offensive against rival rebel groups. The sweeping attack – as described by local activists – targeted FSA-affiliated rebels in Hayt town where heavy firefight broke up as ISIS jihadists attempted to score an […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Pictures: Syrian forces plough through ISIS in southern Damascus

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:00 A.M.) – Fierce urban warfare continues to break up in a small pocket still held by the Islamic State in southern Damascus amid heavy airstrikes and shelling. Yesterday, the Syrian forces managed to break through ISIS defensives, splitting the enclave into halves and getting closer to reclaim the Hajar Aswad neighborhood. Army […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Fishnet Friday

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

Graduation Missions - That time of Year

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
As the fluffy, feel-good summit declarations are made and the tenor and tone of the end of the Korean Armistice are discussed, I can't help but harken back to 2000 and the summit back then. Provocations were supposed to end then (too). So we will see how this works out. Openness between the two Koreas can only go so far. People from the North who visit the South, will NEVER want to go back home. President Trump is taking the right approach. President Moon looks a bit like everyone's lap dog. The time of year is at hand when the North Korean special forces recruits do their graduatio... more »

Robert Mapplethorpe and the Awesome Surprises in the Limousine Ashtrays of Andy Warhol

Les Visible at The Truthseeker - 20 hours ago
Les Visible is on form as he reflects on Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and what other Satanic influences have wrought

Living in an Orwellian Dystopia

Gilad Atzmon at The Truthseeker - 20 hours ago
Disturbed by parts of their history, British Jews are trying to suppress any speech about the Haavara Agreement between the Nazis and Zionists

Morality, Truth, Facts Have Exited From The Dying West

Paul Craig Roberts at The Truthseeker - 20 hours ago
The Holocaust is not a subject that can be studied or investigated. It is an occurrence handed down by Zionists that cannot be examined and certainly not questioned

Reality Check: Who’s Funding the White Helmets?

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 20 hours ago
More on Syria's very own crisis actors: the Western-funded and trained Syrian White Helmets

How many millions have been killed in America’s post-9/11 wars?

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 20 hours ago
Literally millions have died but the U.S.’s “disguised, quiet, media-free” approach to them has been so successful that most Americans know very little about them

Britain’s in safe hands!

Irish Savant at The Truthseeker - 20 hours ago
Amazing. The British people who built an Empire that ruled a quarter of the world and ran the whole Indian sub-continent, from Afghanistan to Burma, with about 200,000 people, now need their former subjects to run their own country

Controversial event featuring speakers who questioned Western reporting of events in Syria cancelled

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 20 hours ago
A public forum that was to have discussed media coverage of events in Syria banned

People much less likely to move home than in 1970s per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-43992782 on the reduction in likelihood of people moving house ignores one large elephant in the room. It manages to mention rising house prices but not the other factor that affects housing mobility - tax. I wonder if the rate of housing mobility changed in 1997, because it was that year that Gordon Brown changed the stamp duty on house purchases from the rate under the Conservative government of 0% on the first £60,000 and 1% on the rest to: 0% on the first £60,000 1% on the amount between £60,000 and £250,000 1.5% on the amount be... more »

Global Currency RESET Challenge: Ultimate Twist

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 21 hours ago
Global RESET Challenge: Ultimate Twist by Jim Willie CB, GoldenJackass.com , via http://www.goldseek.com/ The Global Currency RESET has 100 steps and the first 10-12 appear complete. This is not a fantasy, but very real and in progress. Its progress is not very visible to most observers. Some important steps are seeing tremendous progress, but they are executed in the […]

Former Morsi Government Officials Refute Abbas’s Statements about Resettlement of Refugees in Sinai

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 21 hours ago
Someone is lying. I believe Abbas, as his account over the years is the same. I do not believe Morsi’s officials. The reason is because Morsi is a Muslim Brotherhood leader. – Mohamed Morsi (Wikipedia) … “He was a member of the Guidance Office of the Muslim Brotherhood until the founding of the Freedom and […]

China’s Aircraft Carriers Will Give It Multiple Floating Bases In Africa

Andrew KORYBKO at OrientalReview.org - 21 hours ago
It needs to be remembered that Africa is becoming more important in terms of China’s strategic calculus for its crucial consumption capabilities and that the country will not be able to continue growing unless its continental partners sustainably develop in turn and are able to ensure the security of these infrastructural lifelines. The post China’s Aircraft Carriers Will Give It Multiple Floating Bases In Africa appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 5/4/18”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 5/4/18”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is out with massive amounts of new evidence that Iran does have a nuclear weapons program. In a press conference this week, Netanyahu said Iran has been lying about the military application of its nuclear program for years. He also says the so-called Iran nuke deal to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambition is “based on lies.” Is this going to lead to war? Is Trump going to pull out of the deal which Iran did not sign? Former New York City Mayor and federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani ha... more »

Le transhumanisme n’est pas un «eugénisme libéral»

Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
Pour essayer de sortir de la condamnation systématique associant le transhumanisme à l’eugénisme, notamment totalitaire, certains ont proposé de le décrire comme un “eugénisme libéral”. Mais, au sens strict, le transhumanisme démocratique n’est pas un eugénisme du tout. https://ieet.org/images/uploads/Bosch-Jardin-des-de%CC%81lices-4.png

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Strategic Plan For America – Court Docume

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Fortunately our avowed enemies do need to share their schemes with the prospective recruits and this is no different than Mein Kampf. I never actually worried too much about this simply because this type of scheme sooner or later solicits an active response whose power washes such rubbish into the sea. We have now seen Islam afflict the Muslim world itself, and Europe and just about everywhere else they have a presence. We have also seen their scheming at work as well. This avowed threat will allow a complete revival of traditional Christendom and the plausible unification of ... more »

Live Free or Kill

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
A good essay on the underlying meme of history. That is once again the real nature of the New world Order been glibly bandied about. Every example we have essentially rotted out bringing about its ultimate failure. And when they failed, they truly failed. Their whole culture evaporated. How could that really happen unless the whole concept of a governing hierarchy is naturally fragile? What happened to the Nazis and the Soviet? Their whole world view is completely rejected as well as utterly destroyed. How many empires of the human imagination has the world seen? We do no... more »

China’s Embrace of Foreign Cars

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Rather obviously the Chinese consumer wants the future now and that means buying the trusted international brand. It will take a long time to overcome that and I am sorry to say, it must be by first successfully selling a premium car to establish brand. The days of introducing a bargain into a pricy global market are long gone. The buyers are using global income to buy locally. Those outside the local version of that global market are just too far outside yet and the instant they gain a global income, they enter the global market. The establishment of a single global market ... more »

Against marriage

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Dealing with this topic is right up there with pissing into a hurricane in terms of futility. Yet we are formulating the natural culture of modernity and need to open this discussion at least. When you observe that natural communities typically establish five year liaisons to produce a child who then becomes an active member of his community and that is likely the most common protocol, it shows our traditional marriage as potentially far more artificial than we would like. Yet saying that it is also true that settled societies prefer lifetime marriage contracts. So it is not unn... more »

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
*by Noah* Don't ask us how, but the *DWT* paparazzi recently obtained this intriguing photo of First Lady Melania Trump's bedroom door at the White House. I know that many in the Trump administration have been misusing taxpayer funds, but personally, even though Melania knew what she was signing up for when she took up with her despicable madman freak of a husband, and, it can be hard to muster any sympathy, I can let this one slide a bit. I even imagine that she has had some of my money (and yours) spent on security measures on the other side of the door. If it was me, I would ha... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 22 hours ago
1. 2,301 LAB Up 59 Labour, 2301 councillors, +59 2. 1,330 CON down 31 In the May 2018 UK Local Elections, Labour won more seats than the Conservatives. On 3 May 2018, the UK Conservative Party's *Theresa May avoided a London wipeout in the local elections* "Results in London's 32 boroughs showed *the forecast swing to Labour in the capital had materialised*, although *not strongly enough to inflict the heavy losses that would pose a serious headache for May.*" *By pure chance, an army nurse was passing by the Skripals as they passed out. By another pu... more »

Electric Universe meet Atlantis - Discourses on an Alien Sky - brand new episode

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 22 hours ago
According to legend, the Gods have always been the stars and comets and planets of our recently-revealed SKY. Here David Talbott talks about the most infamous of all places we regurgitate from mythology or legend, ATLANTIS. Crackin' archetypical investigation, as always.

RCEP trade round: Singapore host privileges business over people's rights

bilaterals.org - 22 hours ago
04-May-2018 Trade officials from 16 countries that are negotiating RCEP are meeting in Singapore this week. But Singapore government has gone backwards excluding trade unions, farmers and civil society organisations who will be adversely affected by RCEP that has gain a voice in previous rounds, although not nearly enough.

Uniformitarian Cartooning

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 22 hours ago
There is some exciting debate between uniformitarian geology and Google/Bing crater hunter cartoonists over “uniformitarian impact craters” on Anthony Watts’ web site here. It’s all about the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis (YDIH), The blasphemy involves drawing elipses and other annotation … Continue reading →

Czech military intelligence: CZ produced A230 novičok in 2017

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
In March, the hysteria about the apparently poisoned ex-Russian spy and his daughter (the Skripals) started. There was no evidence that Russia or Russians were behind it – well, strictly speaking, I think that we haven't even seen evidence that there was any poisoning at all. In late March, I discussed the fact that Czechia is a superpower in this type of applied chemistry. After all, among other things, we're the cradle of Semtex (there are several types of that), the most popular tool of expression for Palestinian and similar opinion makers. I have linked to a Czech paper from 201... more »

Syria - Fares Shehabi

Anon at Aangirfan - 23 hours ago
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China blinds US pilots with lasers, Pentagon says

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 23 hours ago
US military again thwarted by its nominal enemies More The post China blinds US pilots with lasers, Pentagon says appeared first on The Duran.

President Trump Orders The Pentagon To Prepare Options For Reducing The Number Of U.S. Troops In South Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in have lunch with troops at U.S. military installation Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Reuters*: *Trump orders Pentagon to consider reducing U.S. troops in South Korea: New York Times* WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for reducing the number of U.S. troops in South Korea, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing several people briefed on the deliberations. Reduced U.S. troop levels are not intended t... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Palestinians with their faces painted like characters from the movie Avatar take part in a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa *WNU Editor*: The above picture is from the following photo-gallery .... *Editors Choice Pictures* (Reuters)

Are NBC and CNN Paying Off Former Top U.S. Spies With Lucratve Jobs For Leaking Info To Them

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Lee Smith, Tablet:* Are NBC and CNN Paying Off Top Spies Who Leaked Info With On-Air Jobs?* *News of the News: How the ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ sausage gets made* The White House Correspondent’s Dinner Saturday night was a platform for the media to push back against the most powerful man in the world, the president of the United States. While Donald Trump constantly derides the top brands in American journalism as Fake News, the WHCA’s prize committee presented the Merriman Smith Award for broadcast journalism to CNN’s Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper, and Carl Bernstein for ... more »

Ten U.S. Navy SEALs To Be Discharged For Failing Drug Tests

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*USNI News:* *10 SEALs Set to be Separated from the Service for failing Drug Tests; Investigation Underway* Ten enlisted Navy SEALs and a sailor who supported Navy special warfare are in the process of being administratively discharged from the service for testing positive for cocaine or methamphetamines, USNI News has learned. The sailors, assigned to East Coast Naval Special Warfare units, failed a series of regular drug screenings over March and April, a spokesperson told USNI News on Thursday. “During a number of command drug tests from March to April 2018, 11 service members f... more »

The Pentagon Is Proposing More Erratic Deployments Of Aircraft Carriers To Throw Off Russia And China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The aircraft carriers Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz and their strike groups underway in the western Pacific in 2017. Defense Secretary James Mattis wants to see this kind of thing more often, but to do it could fundamentally change the Navy. (James Griffin/Navy *Business Insider: **Mattis hints at new Navy aircraft carrier strategy to throw off Russia and China in a potential future war* * Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted at major changes in the US Navy's way of deploying aircraft carriers in comments to the House Armed Services Committee last month, Defense News ... more »

The Evil Trio from McCarthy to Trump via Watergate, Reagan, Bush: Roy Cohn-Roger Stone-Paul Manafort

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : “Admit nothing, deny everything, launch counterattack,“is Roger Stone’s philosophy.[1] Sound familiar? Deja-vu all over again for…

“The Sleeping Habit That Can Make You Hungrier, Plumper, and Forgetful”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Sleeping Habit That Can Make You * *Hungrier, Plumper, and Forgetful”* by Dr. Mercola “Experiments on mice have shown that throwing off their ancient circadian rhythms by artificially altering the length of their days has a substantial impact on their bodies and brains. This suggests that the modern, round-the-clock lifestyle, made possible by electric lighting, could disrupt metabolism and interfere with learning in ways that are only just beginning to be understood. Researchers put mice through 10 weeks in 20-hour light-dark cycles, instead of their natural 24-hour circadian... more »

Does Tony Cárdenas Molest Underage Girls?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*ProgressivePunch rates him a "D"* So far this quarter, Tony Cárdenas has raised $1,052,328 and his likely GOP opponent, Benny Bernal, has raised $2,300. His district, CA-29 has a convenient PVI to remember D+29. Hillary beat Trump there 77.7% to 16.8%. It runs from just north of Sylmar and the Foothill Freeway through San Fernando, Pacoima, Sepulveda, Panorama City and Sun Valley as far south as Van Nuys and North Hollywood. The district is less than 20% white and Cárdenas owns it-- or did. Head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' BOLD PAC, he's always had an odor of corruption a... more »

Another ‘Chemical Attack’ Provocation With US Participation Planned in Syria – Source

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
‘Chemical Attack’ Provocation With US Participation Planned in Syria – Source by https://sputniknews.com/, 3 May 2018 BEIRUT (Sputnik) – The tensions in the country have been running high since April, when media accused Damascus of carrying out a chemical attack in the city of Douma, with US launching missile strikes against Syria without waiting for the […]

Israel and Iran on Path to War as Mideast Tinderbox Awaits Spark

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Israel and Iran on Path to War as Mideast Tinderbox Awaits Spark by David Wainer, Donna Abu-Nasr, and Henry Meyer, https://www.bloomberg.com/ There have been coups and revolutions, external invasions and proxy conflicts, but the Middle East hasn’t seen a head-to-head war between major regional powers since the 1980s. There’s a growing risk that one is about […]

‘Whole World Turned Red’: Groom Recalls Deadly Saudi Airstrike on Yemeni Wedding (US & UK Supported)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT Published on May 3, 2018 People were torn apart and the world turned red when a Saudi-led airstrike hit a wedding in Yemen’s Hajjah province, the event’s groom told RT’s Ruptly, calling the indiscriminate attack ‘an act of barbaric aggression.’ READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/94fl end

Israeli Courts Says Human Rights Don’t Apply to Palestinians

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
PressTV Published on May 3, 2018 The Israeli army says principles of human rights do not apply to the rules of engagement toward Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip, describing the besieged enclave as a war zone. Palestinians slammed the statement as further proof of Israel’s disregard for the lives of Palestinians and international law. “In […]

Iran Will Not ‘Renegotiate Or Add Onto’ Nuclear Deal

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Daily Mail Published on May 3, 2018 Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticised President Donald Trump’s threat to withdraw from the nuclear deal, saying Iran will not “renegotiate or add onto” the atomic accord. He posted a five-minute video on YouTube in response to Trump’s signalling that he will withdraw from the agreement by […]

No Evidence of Nuclear Weaponry in Iran Since 2009 – IAEA

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT Published on May 3, 2018 Russia’s Foreign Minister has told Israel that if it has evidence that Iran broke the 2015 nuclear deal, it must relay it to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Sergey Lavrov’s comments come after Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that Tehran repeatedly misled the international community over its uranium-enrichment programme. end

Czech President Says Country Produced Novichok, Same Nerve Agent Used on Skripals

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT Published on May 3, 2018 Czech Republic’s president Milos Zeman has confirmed that the country has been involved in producing the type of nerve agent believed to have been used to poison the former Russian spy, Sergey Skripal, and his daughter in the UK in March. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/94jb end

‘If There’s Life on Mars It’s Likely to be Primitive Organisms’ – Scientist

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Is there Life on Mars? That’s not the question. Only sheeple ask this question. The question is: What are those artificial structures, ancient ruins, signs of civilization … on Mars? – ‘If There’s Life on Mars It’s Likely to be Primitive Organisms’ – Scientist by https://sputniknews.com/ The source of methane on Mars, which suggests life is […]

Star Wars Coming? Trump ‘Seriously’ Considers Creating US Space Force

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Is Donald Trump beholden to the Illuminist MIC? IMO: YES! These so called “White Hats” are elements within the military and intelligence communities that are Nationalists ie. Patriots. They want a USA centric NWO as opposed to a United Nations 2.0 NWO pushed by the Deep State Globalists. Do I trust the Illuminist MIC. Absolutely […]

Michael Caputo: The Deep State Wants to Destroy the President, His Family, Businesses, Friends ….

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Ex-Trump aide Michael Caputo warns: Investigations espousing ‘punishment strategy’ to deter future Trump-like candidates by Daniel Chaitin, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign aide, said that he doesn’t think anybody should work on a Republican campaign ever again, unless they are compensated for any legal fees that may come out of it. – Speaking out […]

German Military Pilots Can't Get Enough Flight Time Amid Helicopter Shortages And Are Losing Their Flying Licenses As A Result

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*DW:* *1 in 10 German military pilots lost helicopter licenses for lack of flight time* Bundeswehr pilots can't get enough flight time amid helicopter shortages and are losing their flying licenses as a result. The report is the latest to shed light on the embarrassing state of Germany's armed forces. More than one-in-10 helicopter pilots in the Bundeswehr lost their flying license in 2017 because they could not absolve the required amount of flight time, the government said on Thursday. The Defense Ministry released the figures in a response to a parliamentary inquiry by Green P... more »

Did Israel Really Spoof U.S. Warplanes to Strike Iranian Targets in Syria?

Brad Howard, Task and Purpose at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Brad Howard, Task and Purpose* *Security, Middle East* Is that even possible? As the U.S. gets more deeply embroiled in the Syrian Civil War and considers pulling out of its nuclear agreement with Iran, the Middle East is being roiled by news that the Israeli air force bombed Iranian-connected military sites in Syria… possibly by masking Israeli aircraft to identify as U.S. warplanes in contested airspace. All this is happening as Israel reportedly prepares for a larger military conflict with Iran. Here’s what we know so far. - On April 30th, videos emerged of a massive explosi... more »

The Marines Are Getting the Deadly M27 Rifle at a 50 Percent Discount

Jeff Schogol, Task and Purpose at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Jeff Schogol, Task and Purpose* *Security, North America* Why you ask? Little more than a month after lawmakers threw a temper tantrum about the cost of each M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, the Marine Corps has announced it is buying the rifles at a much lower cost per weapon. In total, the Marine Corps plans to buy 15,000 IARs for $29.4 million from Heckler and Koch over the next five years, Marine Corps Systems Command announced on Friday. Of those weapons, the first 5,660 will cost about $1,300 per weapon. During a March House Armed Services Committee hearing, lawmakers claim... more »

How the F-35 Could Be Shot Down by a Big 'Gun'

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, North America* Or more like anti-aircraft fire. Surface-to-air missiles—those high-tech killers of aircraft—tend to get all the attention. But the U.S. Air Force reminds us that old-fashioned anti-aircraft guns are still a threat. Hence the genesis of a new Air Force research project to locate flak batteries in the same way that ground troops use technology to identify the location of mortars and snipers. The goal of the project, titled "Target ID of Radar Backtracking of Ant-Aircraft Projectiles," is to use airborne radar to trace the trajectory of an... more »

Global Debt: The Next Great Financial Crisis?

Scott B. MacDonald at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Scott B. MacDonald* *Economics, North America* [image: United States one dollar bills are seen on a light table at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington] The challenge ahead for governments, especially the United States, is that while economic growth remains strong, they need to go on a debt diet. The American president, Thomas Jefferson, is accredited with the following comment: “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.” For anyone counting, the current generation o... more »

Why a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan Won't Be Easy

Gary Sands at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Gary Sands* *Security, Asia* [image: A navy personnel holds a machine gun on Kee Lung (DDG-1801) destroyer during a drill, near Yilan naval base] If an invasion of Taiwan were attempted today, it would probably turn into a debacle. A recent poll revealed nearly two-thirds of Taiwanese believe their military is not capable of preventing an invasion by China's armed forces. Only 27 percent of those polled were confident Taiwan forces could deter an invasion. The poll was conducted by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation just days before a live-fire military exercise was held by... more »

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