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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.

Monday, May 7, 2018

7 May - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2

11:00 pm MDT

Outgoing Chief Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers

cefrith@hotmail.com at Charles Frith - 3 minutes ago
Admiral Rodgers is widely suspected of stealing the keys to the NSA and setting up a back door so that the data could be used for the fight against the usual owners of Intelligence... Although no trees were harmed during the creation of this post, a large number of electrons were greatly inconvenienced

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 minutes ago
Lava advances along a street near a fissure in Leilani Estates, on the Kilauea volcano's lower East Rift Zone, Hawaii, the US, on May 5, 2018. © REUTERS / U.S. Geological Survey *WNU Editor:* The above picture is form this photo-gallery .... *Photo Timeline of Devastating Hawaiian Volcanic Eruption* (Sputnik)

How Russia Is Managing Its Defense Cuts

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 49 minutes ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Stratfor*: *What Defense Cuts Mean for Russia's Military* A new study shows Russia's defense budget has taken a big hit. In its annual report on global military spending, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute highlighted a 20 percent drop in Russian defense spending between 2016 and 2017. The report suggests that Russia's economic troubles have put a dent in Moscow's aspirations to continue with elevated defense spending, but the 20 percent figure does require some context to be fully understood. Russian military modernization will move... more »

Gina Haspel Wanted To Withdraw-- Guess Which Imbecile Didn't Want Her To

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 58 minutes ago
Looks like Trumpanzee wants even more chaos and anguish. Sunday afternoon, a team of *Washington Post* reporters claimed that torture queen Gina Haspel tried to withdraw her nomination to head the CIA. Sensible, considering what's gone on in the past and what's coming in her confirmation hearing. But the fascist regime-- likely either Trumpanzee or Bolton, since no one remotely sane would have-- told Bloody Gina to keep fighting. She's not just a hands on torturer but was also caught destroying evidence of illegal torture for the CIA. Haspel told the White House she was intereste... more »

Nothing Has Changed In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
U.S. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster meet with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Benjamin Haddad, Daily Beast:* *The Ukraine War in the Time of Trump* *The U.S. is sending all kinds of signals it supports Ukraine against Russia, but the regime’s corruption is almost as big a threat at Putin’s proxies.* KIEV — It was just four years ago that tens of thousands abandoned their homes to gather on Kiev’s Maidan Square to figh... more »

Over 2,800 rebels, family members leave northern Homs

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 A.M.) – The evacuation of the first batch of rebel fighter and their family members began at the Al-Rastan Bridge in the northern countryside of the Homs Governorate, Monday, as a caravan of buses started departing towards northern Syria. According to a military report, at least 2,800 rebels and their family members […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

No sleep for ISIS tonight as Syrian troops storm southern Damascus (map)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) forces in southern Damascus wont be getting much sleep tonight, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Palestinian allies storm several axes around Hajar Al-Aswad and Yarmouk Camp. Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army’s 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces) and their Palestinian allies struck […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

‘There won’t be any oligarchs in my government,’ Armenian PM contender promises

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
Candidate for Armenia’s premiership Nikol Pashinyan has vowed that there won’t be any oligarchs in the new government he seeks to form if elected on May 8. “I state officially that there won’t be any oligarchs in my government,” the opposition leader told reporters on Monday. “The economy will have no monopolies if I am […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkish military sends troops to west Aleppo after Russia threatens to attack

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 A.M.) – A Turkish military convoy reached the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, yesterday, pro-opposition activists reported. The Turkish military convoy reportedly reached the Rashiddeen 4 area of west Aleppo, where they setup a new observation point near the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) front-lines. This move by the Turkish military comes […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian, Syrian, Iranian troops chasing Baghdadi near Iraqi border – reports

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
The leader of the terrorist group has previously been reported killed by US or Russian air or artillery strikes on multiple occasions. Multiple Iraqi officials speaking to Fox News said that the ex-terrorist caliphate head is still at large, and is being actively hunted. Iraqi Interior Ministry intelligence and counterterrorism office director-general Abu Ali al-Basri […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israel Looks To Provoke Hamas Whilst Gaza Seeks The Way Of Law

Robert Inlakesh at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
Damascus, Syria (2:00 A.M)- After numerous attacks as of late upon not only the civilian population of the Gaza Strip, but also Hamas by Israel, the response on the Palestinian side has been both rational and peaceful. Since the beginning of the ‘Great Return March’, a non-violent demonstration calling for the Palestinian right of return, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army launches massive assault in western Deir Ezzor, liberates large area

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a massive assault in western Deir Ezzor, Monday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIS) large pocket in the Badiya region near the Homs provincial border. Backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Liwaa Al-Quds (Palestinian paramilitary), the Syrian Arab Army began the operation on […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Amazing footage of Syrian Army troops destroying ISIS base in Yarmouk Camp

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a devastating assault on an Islamic State (ISIS) base inside the Yarmouk Camp this week. Drone footage captured by ANNA News on Monday showed the Syrian Arab Army firing surface-to-surface missiles at the ISIS base, leading to its complete destruction. As a result […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israel Braces for Possible Violence as U.S. Moves Israel's Embassy to Jerusalem

Steve Byas at rss - 2 hours ago
[image: israel-braces-for-possible-violence-as-u-s-moves-israel-s-embassy-to-jerusalem] Will President Trump's decision to move the American embassy in Israel to their capital city of Jerusalem touch off violence?

Would Iran Gain Greater Influence In Iraq If The U.S. Withdraws From The Nuclear Deal?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
U.S soldiers walk on a bridge with in the town of Gwer in northern Iraq, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari *Nussaibah Younis, Reuters*:* Iran deal collapse would endanger U.S. in Iraq* May 12 is more than the deadline for Donald Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement. It’s also the day that Iraqis are due to go to the polls to vote for a new parliament. And while the election has been largely overlooked amid the tension over the U.S. president’s decision, it’s hard to understate the significance of the ballot for Washington and Tehran. Iran is seeking to create a ... more »

The Art of the Rescission

David Super at Balkinization - 3 hours ago
On May 8, President Trump reportedlywill send Congress a request to rescind $15 billion in funds appropriated for a variety of non-defense programs. Some sources both in the White House and in Congress suggest that this may be the first of several such requests that the President will make over the coming months. These requests are made under the Impoundment Control Act, on which even many budget process experts find themselves a bit rusty. Not surprisingly, media coverage of the possibility of rescissions has been confusing and sometimes contradictory. This post examines ... more »

Weapons-Grade Plutonium Goes Missing from Idaho State University

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
RT America Published on May 7, 2018 The US Nuclear Regulatory Committee is giving Idaho State University 30 days to appeal a proposed $8,500 fine, after a Nuclear Research Lab on the campus failed to control and maintain surveillance of a licensed radioactive material. Authorities say a single gram of weapons-grade plutonium went missing. RT America’s […]

‘Surveillance Exposed by Snowden Never Stopped Happening’ – Human & Labour Rights Lawyer

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Who is in charge of the Beast ‘666’ Network? No Such Agency RT Published on May 7, 2018 NSA collected over 500mn phone records of US citizens last year… Over triple the number of 2016. end

83% of Israelis ‘Strongly Support’ Shooting of Gaza Protesters

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
“In 2001, Dr. Ariella Oppenheim, of Hebrew University, a biologist, published the first extensive study of DNA and the origin of the Jews. Her research found that virtually all the Jews came from Khazar blood. Not only that but Oppenheim discovered that the Palestinians—the very people whom the Jews had been persecuting and ejecting from […]

Israel Prepared to go to War to Block Iran in Syria, Say Benjamin Netanyahu

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
War propaganda by war-monger and pathological liar NUTenyahu(Benjamin Mileikowsky) – Israel Prepared to go to War to Block Iran in Syria, Say Benjamin Netanyahu by Raf Sanchez, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Israel would rather face a military confrontation with Iran “now than later”, Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, as both supporters and opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement made last-ditch appeals […]

US Deep State Blocking Trump’s Efforts to Establish Peace on Korean Peninsula: Analyst

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
US Deep State Blocking Trump’s Efforts to Establish Peace on Korean Peninsula: Analyst by http://www.presstv.com/ The US Deep State is attempting to frustrate President Donald Trump’s efforts to establish peace on the Korean peninsula, says E. Michael Jones, an American political analyst in Indiana. – Jones, a writer, former professor, media commentator and the current editor […]

Foot-dragging state regulators imperil energy infrastructure

Bonner Cohen, Ph. D. at CFACT - 3 hours ago
When we stand in our own way, we fall behind, to the delight of global rivals eager to take advantage of our self-inflicted wounds.

A New Report Reveals Why There Won't Be Any 'New' F-22 Raptors

TNI Staff at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*TNI Staff* *Security, * And the logic is simple. A 2017 Pentagon report to Congress detailing production retail costs for Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor show that reviving the powerful stealth air superiority fighter would be prohibitively expensive. Moreover, it would take so long to reconstitute the production line that it would not be until the mid to late 2020s before the first “new” F-22s would have flown. By that time, the F-22 would be increasingly challenged by enemy—Russian and Chinese—capabilities. “The timeline associated with pursuing F-22 production restart would s... more »

Was the Obama Administration Unable to Arrange the Release of Three Hostages in North Korea?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
Two of the three men held by North Korea were detained during Trump's presidency.

George Zimmerman Charged with Stalking Trayvon Martin Film Investigator

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
Authorities say Zimmerman threatened a private investigator working for a documentary filmmaker.

Was a Black Man Acquitted of a Crime — and Also Jailed for It?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
A viral video gets some details right about the case of Ramad Ahshad Chatman, but leaves out one crucial fact.

Price for oil breaks through US $70, and dollar hits new high for 2018

Seraphim Hanisch at The Duran - 3 hours ago
Venezuelan economic crisis, Iran concerns and overall strong US economy all contributing factors pushing crude to four-year high More The post Price for oil breaks through US $70, and dollar hits new high for 2018 appeared first on The Duran.

Huge Election Win For Hezbollah And Allies In Lebanon

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
A man gestures as he drives a car with the picture of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on it, on election day in Bint Jbeil in southern Lebanon on Sunday. Photo: Reuters/Aziz Taher *Asia Times:* *Hezbollah in shock election win, gets control of Lebanese parliament* Pro-Syrian and pro-Iranian team in Beirut, known as the March 8 Alliance, won 67 out of the 128 seats, although former PM Hariri is expected to remain as PM The pro-Syrian, pro-Iranian team in Lebanon, known as the March 8 Alliance, has just grabbed control of the Lebanese Parliament, winning 67 out of 128-sea... more »

Largest U.S. Company of its Kind (Tyson Foods) Invests Millions into Lab Grown Meat from Israel

Nick Meyer at AltHealthWorks.com - 3 hours ago
Tyson Foods, Inc. is one of America’s favorite food companies and also lays claim to the title of largest meatpacker in the United States. But in the past few decades, the company has increasingly relied on unnatural practices and factory farm production methods. Recently, Tyson also found itself on the receiving end of a rash of bad publicity after research from two major environmental organizations linked it to the largest dead zone in U.S. history due to factory farm runoff. Now, the company is raising more than a few eyebrows with its latest announcement: an investment in a ... more »

Academics Remember Renowned Literary Scholar Marcellus Blount

Tiffany Pennamon at Diverse - 4 hours ago
Former students and professional colleagues are mourning the death of Dr. Marcellus Blount, a well-known scholar of African-American literary and cultural studies who taught at Columbia University since 1985.

Shooting Threat Closes Houston Community College Campus

cmaadmin at Diverse - 4 hours ago
HOUSTON—For the second day in a row, the Houston Community College Central Campus will be closed due to a shooting threat made on social media over the weekend. The anonymous threat didn’t name an individual, nor was it specific to any department of the college. A media briefing has been scheduled for noon on Tuesday. […]


Yastreblyansky at No More Mister Nice Blog - 4 hours ago
This is...inexcusably bad. Period. Bye, Eric. https://t.co/AlewFJLp8f — Zandar Wakandar (@ZandarVTS) May 7, 2018 OK, I'm really sad now. I've long had a kind of personal thing about Schneiderman, in that when he was a state senator and I was a harried househusband our kids were in the same public school, not that I've ever met him, and I've loved watching him fight the good fight in our national emergency, suing the Trumpery right and left and stopping evil in its tracks. That will go on, obviously it's the staff that does all the work, not the attorney general himself, but he was ... more »

Gareth Porter: Did John Bolton Leak Intelligence to Sabotage a Trump-Kim Deal?

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 4 hours ago
*Gareth Porter* | "Within a few days of Bolton taking over as national security adviser, someone leaked intelligence to a Washington think tank on a North Korean facility..."

Devin Nunes Officially Scored A Zero-- But That Doesn't Tell The Full Story Of How Awful He Is

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Earlier we noted in passing that Devin Nunes' voting record was one of only 22 Republican (+ one fake Democrat, Conor Lamb) who had scored a ZERO. I immediately got attacks from Nunes and Lamb fans (different people so far). These aren't *my* findings; they got spit out by the ProgressivePunch algorithm. 22 Republicans (plus Lamb, a conservative Pennsylvania Blue Dog) have never voted-- this cycle-- for anything "progressive." Only 22 Republicans? Yep, but there are 13 more-- hardcore reactionaries like Mimi Walters (CA), Kevin McCarthy (CA), John Culberson (TX), Don Bacon (NE) and... more »

“Good Morning America” Experiment on Kids and Unrestricted Screen Time

Activist Post at Activist Post - 4 hours ago
By B.N. Frank “When you finally get off of it you suddenly think, ‘I’m thirsty, I’m hungry, I have to go to the bathroom’…but you... more »

A Quantum Dialogue on the Meaning and Purpose of Existence

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Julian Rose* - What does it all mean?

Baking Soda — An Inexpensive Treatment Aid for Autoimmune Diseases Like Arthritis

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Dr. Mercola* - A very affordable and effective treatment.

They Admitted Social Media Is Programming Us

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Truthstream Media* - They've told us everything we need to know.

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch: Does Not Expect Senator McCain To Return To The Senate

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
File photo of ailing US Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona who has been diagnosed with brain cancer *Politico:* *Hatch to McCain: Invite Trump to your funeral* Sen. John McCain should reconsider his wish that President Donald Trump not attend McCain's funeral, said Sen. Orrin Hatch, the most senior GOP senator. McCain prefers instead that Vice President Mike Pence attend his funeral rather than Trump, who has mocked McCain for being tortured and attacked him for voting against Obamacare repeal. But Hatch said he thought keeping the president from his funeral was too much: "I... more »

She's Out To Annoy The Entire English Speaking World

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 5 hours ago
*Will She Ever Run Out of Places To Go and People to Annoy* It amazes me that this woman can still find anyone who is actually interested to hear what she has to say, but then here come the news that Hillary has loaded up the 'Grievance Tour Tent' and headed down under to bother the good people of New Zealand. May The Lord Have Mercy On Their Souls...... According to the New Zealand Herald, Clinton spoke to a group of about 3000 people in Auckland on Monday night about "*North Korea*", her wish she had "*bit back after Donald Trump stalked me on stage during a debate*" and "*the st... more »

Is the State Department Giving Money to President Trump? Let’s Find Out

bwittes at Lawfare - 5 hours ago
A few months ago, I began working with Scott Anderson and Sabrina McCubbin on an interesting project: trying to discern whether the State Department was, quite literally, paying President Trump money. Today, having gotten no response from the department on the subject, I filed a lawsuit on the subject. It might sound crazy to think that a federal agency is putting money in Trump’s pocket, but we suspected it might be happening. Ethics concerns about the Trump International Hotel in Washington have tended to center on whether visits paid for by foreign governments constitute “emolu... more »

The D.C. Circuit Affirms in Doe v. Mattis: No Transfer of a U.S. Citizen Detainee to Saudi Custody

RChesney at Lawfare - 5 hours ago
E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse (Flickr/Cliff) This afternoon, we learned that a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has sided with the ACLU on the question whether the U.S. government can involuntarily transfer John Doe, a dual U.S.-Saudi citizen whom U.S. forces have held as an enemy combatant in Iraq since last September. None of us have seen the dueling opinions yet (a majority opinion by Judge Sri Srinivasan, joined by Judge Robert Wilkins, and a dissent by Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson), so it is too soon to dig into the merits of the rul... more »

China's Ambassador to America: We Need to Prevent a Trade War

Cui Tiankai at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Cui Tiankai* *Security, Asia* [image: A port worker watches as a ship leaves the New Priok Container Terminal 1 in North Jakarta, Indonesia September 13, 2016. Picture taken September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside] One must not forget that trade leads to mutual benefit. More than any other time in history, humankind is profoundly interconnected. From trade to infrastructure, to entertainment and social platforms, our societies forge new and promising links each day. It is in this environment that China strongly advocates and supports free trade and equitable international ... more »

Pakistan’s Secret War Machine

Javid Ahmad at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Javid Ahmad* *Security, Middle East* [image: Smoke rises from the site of a blast and gunfire between Taliban and Afghan forces in PD 6 as policemen keep watch in Kabul, Afghanistan March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani] Pakistani intelligence has mainstreamed terrorism and political violence in the region. A new nonviolent mass movement has swept through Pakistan in recent months, demanding an end to Pakistan military’s oppression and extrajudicial killings of minority ethnic Pashtuns. This grassroots movement has rattled Pakistan’s deep state, primarily the notorious spy agency,... more »

Use the Iran Deal to Pursue Netanyahu’s Bombshell

Gary Samore, William Tobey at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Gary Samore, William Tobey* *Security, Middle East* [image: Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference at the Ministry of Defence in Tel Aviv, Israel, April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo] Amazingly, the intrepid Mossad and Prime Minister Netanyahu may have breathed new life into the JCPOA. Last week, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu dropped a bombshell: in January, Mossad agents stole some fifty-five thousand printed pages and 183 compact discs detailing Iran’s past convert nuclear weapons activities, by breaking into a warehouse... more »

The Trump Administration Is Ready to Redefine a North Korea 'Win'

Paul R. Pillar at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Paul R. Pillar* *Security, Asia* Trump will likely find a way to claim that the “maximum pressure” technique worked—even if the results from any Kim-Trump meeting fall far short of current rhetoric about denuclearization. Believing one’s own puffery and press releases is a hazard for many public figures, but probably especially so for Donald Trump. Although the true beliefs of any demagogue may remain hidden, this hazard can be expected to be all the greater to the extent a leader who makes lying an all-consuming way of life, closes himself off from many sources of insight and ... more »

Is ‘I Took an Arrow in the Knee’ Slang for Getting Married?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
The origins of many marriage-related rituals are arcane, but we can safely rule out this explanation.

Is the Shoebill Stork a Real Animal?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
Images and videos of the shoebill stork, a large African bird, are often met with skepticism.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 7, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Roman Goncharenko, DW*: *Putin 4.0: What to expect from the Russian president's next term* Following his electoral victory in March, Vladimir Putin has once again been inaugurated as president of Russia. Will he continue on his present course? Experts agree: his increasingly authoritarian rule is here to stay. Monday's ceremony was similar to the other three that have taken place in the last two decades: in a Kremlin hall adorned with gold, a door will open and Vladimir Putin will stride across the carpet. The event was the fourth inauguration for the now 65-year-old president si... more »

Nothing Changes

LL at Virtual Mirage - 5 hours ago
Hanoi John and Hanoi Jane John Kerry is keeping up his junket from place to place on George Soros' dime, violating the Logan Act and giving aid and comfort to Iran. John Kerry, one of several architects of the Iran Nuclear Deal started life as a traitor. Should we expect different conduct from him now? Kerry is that one constant - with a record of being wrong all of the time, well exceeding that of a stopped clock. Some of you have said he looks like Srankenstein's monster. Others call him "Old Woodenhead". I simply call him *traitor*. You'd think that George Soros, Kerry's master... more »

Russia releases footage of new tanks, drones for V-Day parade

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
The Russian Ministry of Defence released footage on Monday showing the Korsar drone, the BMPT Terminator armoured fighting vehicle as well as the remotely-controlled Uran-6 sapper tank being tested in an undisclosed location. Korsar is an all-weather drone designed for surveillance, real-time target acquisition, battle damage assessment and the delivery of light cargoes to ground […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Update: Both Russian pilots killed in helicopter crash in eastern Syria

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 A.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed, tonight, that both crew members of the Ka-52 Alligator Helicopter were killed while flying a mission in eastern Syria. “When carrying out a planned flight over the eastern regions of the Syrian Arab Republic, the Russian Ka-52 helicopter crashed. Both pilots were killed,” the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Russian chopper crashes in eastern Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
A Russian Ka-52 attack chopper crashed Monday during a flight over eastern Syria as a result of a presumed technical malfunction, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Both pilots aboard the aircraft died as a result of the incident. “When carrying out a planned flight over the eastern regions of the Syrian Arab Republic, the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

QotD: The world's great fortunes ...

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*"Because of the neglect of history in our educational system, most people have no idea how many of the [the world's] great fortunes were created by people who were born and raised in worse poverty than the average welfare-recipient today."* ~ Thomas Sowell . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with link and attribution.

Perverse, conflicted ethical systems by Paul Driessen

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 6 hours ago
Radical environmentalists put people last, and destroy habitats and wildlife to end fossil fuels Third Reich Forest Minister Hermann Goering was an avid hiker and ecologist who once sent a man to a concentration camp for cutting up a frog for fish bait. In 1933 he and other Nazi Party leaders enacted anti-vivisection laws to stop what he called “unbearable torture and suffering in animal experiments.” Intensely hostile to capitalism, the Nazis controlled all industries and envisioned large-scale wind turbine projects that would generate “huge amounts of cheap energy” and create... more »

Did John McCain Say He Doesn’t Want Trump at His Funeral?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
According to news reports, former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have been invited to deliver eulogies.

Does Stepping on a Rusty Nail Cause Tetanus?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
Although puncturing one's skin with a nail that has been in contact with the soil is a risk factor for tetanus, rust has nothing to do with the disease.

Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North Named President of the NRA

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North, the gung-ho Marine at the center of the Iran-Contra affair three decades ago, was named president Monday of the National Rifle Association.

Were Two Young Black Men Lynched in Oklahoma Without Media Attention?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
Some have called the murder and dismemberment of two African-American men over a gun sale gone wrong a "modern lynching."

Western Shoshone Prayer Walk and Run to Nuclear Test Site Photos 2018

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
. Western Shoshone Prayer Walk and Run to Nuclear Test Site Photos 2018 Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear SampsonArticle by Buck Sampson, PaiuteCensored News Western Shoshone are having a Prayer Walk and Run under the 1863 Ruby Valley Treaty. Spiritual People started walking east of Tonopah, along Warm Springs Valley. They are planting Tree Saplings on the way. This morning they

World News Briefs -- May 7, 2018 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Trump to announce decision on Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday* WASHINGTON/ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he would announce a decision on the future of the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday as European countries piled pressure on Washington to remain in the 2015 agreement which he has often criticized. Trump has threatened to withdraw from the accord, which lifted economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear ambitions, unless European signatories to the deal fix what he has called its shortcomings. “I will be announcing my decisi... more »

Japan’s TEPCO Plans to Dump 777,000 Tons of Fukushima ‘Toxic Waste Water’ into Pacific Ocean

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 6 hours ago
*Newsweek* | When will environmentalists and green journalists take a break from climate change and start addressing clear and present threats like nuclear waste?

Religious Groups in Saskatchewan Who Respect Charter Rights

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 7 hours ago
In the "kerfuffle" over the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) attestation, the spin put on by the media and the Conservatives has been astounding. Despite the tons of research done by Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) volunteers, the usual suspects continued to paint it as "ideological coercion" etc. This from today is typical. Waaah! Thousands of jobs lost to "Liberal forced speech" in Saskatchewan. So, I decided to have a look. Approved employers for the 2018 CSJ program have been posted by province, then by riding. The riding is important because MPs get to have final say on ... more »

Oil Prices Are Indicating A Worst-Case Scenario For The Iran Nuclear Deal And The Rise Of Other Geopolitical Risks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
A pump jack operates at a well site leased by Devon Energy Production Co. near Guthrie, Oklahoma. Nick Oxford, Reuters *CNBC:** Oil prices are indicating a worst-case scenario on Iran nuclear deal, economist says* * U.S. President Donald Trump has referred to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement as the "worst deal ever" and has to decide by May 12 whether to slap sanctions back on the country. * Oil prices have climbed in anticipation of that decision, which showed that investors are expecting the worst. As the world awaits U.S. President Donald Trump's verdict on the 2015 Iran nuclear... more »

Nine Foods That Are Directly Sprayed with Monsanto’s Cancer-Linked Herbicide Before Reaching Your Dinner Plate

Nick Meyer at AltHealthWorks.com - 8 hours ago
Recently, the state of California made history when they took down Monsanto in court and earned the right to slap the company’s best selling commercial project with cancer labels, in accordance with a 2015 declaration by the World Health Organization’s top cancer research body. The International Agency for Research on Cancer found that Monsanto’s glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is a “probable human carcinogen” in spring of that year, and now millions of citizens, and countless farmers for that matter, are still wrestling with the implications. Monsanto claims its c... more »

KIPP Consultant, Martin Seligman, Allegedly Met with James Mitchell in Days Before Zubaydah Torture

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
Top US Psychologist Allegedly Met with James Mitchell in Days Before Zubaydah Torture

President Trump Will Be Announcing His Decision On The Iran Deal Tomorrow At 2:00pm

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2:00pm. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2018 *CBS News:* *Trump to announce decision on Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday* President Trump announced on twitter Monday that he would making his decision on the U.S.' stance on the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday at 2:00 PM at the White House. His decision comes just days before a May 12 deadline for the U.S. to formally decide if they are withdrawing from the Obama-era nuclear pact. Mr. Trump has long indicated his frustration with the deal, which ... more »

Is This a Purple Horned Winged Lizard?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
An image purportedly showing a "purple horned winged lizard" is a digital creation.

Shedding Light on Asian American and Asian Students’ Mental Health Needs

Tiffany Pennamon at Diverse - 8 hours ago
The “Let’s Talk!” conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education convened Pan-Asian college students, supporters and other educational leaders for a day-long forum addressing the success and well-being of Asian and Asian American college students across the country.

More Giuliani-- Trump's New Attorney General And Secretary Of State Rolled Into One (Where's Chris Christie?)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
OK, last night we saw the sure-to-fail legal strategy. How about some wacky foreign policy from the 73 year old Brooklyn-born ex-mayor? The *DWT* Twitter followers don't see it quite the same was that Trumpists do. Over the weekend, Señor Trumpanzee's new personal lawyer-- no more Michael Cohen?-- declared that his client is "as committed to regime change as we are." Who's the "we" in that sentence? He told a press gaggle that regime change in Iran is "the only way to peace in the Middle East... more important than an Israeli-Palestinian deal." The French, German and British gover... more »

After Receiving Support From Trump, Haspel Agrees to Face the Senate

Warren Mass at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: after-receiving-support-from-trump-haspel-agrees-to-face-the-senate] After being reassured that she had the president’s full support, Gina Haspel, whom President Trump nominated to become the CIA Director, decided to remain as the nominee.

Ending Abortion From the Inside Out

Michael Tennant at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: ending-abortion-from-the-inside-out] The pro-life movement has long sought to convince pregnant women not to kill their kids, but now it is convincing abortion workers to choose new paths.

House Intel Committee Chairman Nunes Threatens Sessions With Contempt of Congress

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: house-intel-committee-chairman-nunes-raises-the-stakes-in-russia-probe-threatens-sessions-with-contempt-of-congress] As part of a response to an apparent strategy of delay and obstruction on the part of Deep State operatives, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) seems to have had enough. He issued a warning Sunday that he plans to pressure Congress “this week” to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of Congress for stonewalling the release of classified information in the “Russia collusion” investigation.

North Korea warns Donald Trump: don’t provoke us ahead of the Kim-Trump summit

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 9 hours ago
North Korea accuses Donald Trump of 'ruining the atmosphere' by making false claims ahead of the talks More The post North Korea warns Donald Trump: don’t provoke us ahead of the Kim-Trump summit appeared first on The Duran.

Plateau in Ocean Air Temps

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 9 hours ago
Years ago, Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. explained why sea surface temperatures (SST) were the best indicator of heat content gained or lost from earth’s climate system. Enthalpy is the thermodynamic term for total heat content in a system, and humidity differences in air parcels greatly affect enthalpy. Measuring water temperature directly avoids this distortion in […]

What Simon Evans Forgot To Tell You!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 9 hours ago
By Paul Homewood That tiresome little man from Carbon Brief was bragging how much solar power was being generated yesterday, which also just happens to be one of the sunniest days this year: https://twitter.com/DrSimEvans/status/993140931779026946 Strangely, I don’t recall him telling us how little solar power was being generated last week and […]

Pediatricians Link Background Checks For Ammunition To Lower Teen Gun Deaths

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 9 hours ago
In 2015, 4,528 "children" - the mean age was 18, pediatricians presenting at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2018 annual meeting today counted children as anyone under age 21 - died from firearm-related injuries. Eighty-seven percent were male and 44 percent were black. And the pediatricians argue that background checks and thus waiting periods to buy ammunition might help lower those incidents. read more

The Cohen Reimbursements and Retainers: Part II

bbauer at Lawfare - 9 hours ago
Credit: Flickr/The White House On Friday, I wrote that Rudy Giuliani’s answer to the the campaign finance question arising out the Stormy Daniels payment made little sense. He asserted—wrongly—that, as a matter of law, the president’s belated reimbursement of his personal lawyer Michael Cohen “negated” any liability for an illegal contribution. Since then, Giuliani has issued a statement to clarify the president’s legal position on the $130,000 payment Michael Cohen made to Stormy Daniels and that, Giuliani says, the president reimbursed. He has now attempted to peg the Trump lega... more »

The Corker-Kaine Bill Does Not Open the Door to Attacking Iran: A Reply to Liza Goitein.

RChesney at Lawfare - 9 hours ago
I very much appreciate Liza Goitein’s response on *Lawfare *this morning to an earlier post in which I criticized the New York Times for suggesting that the Corker-Kaine authorization for use of military force would open the door to attack Iran or North Korea. Below I offer a very brief response. The crux of our debate is whether Corker-Kaine makes it more likely that the U.S. government could claim AUMF justification for an attack on Iran, as compared to the status quo under the 2001 and the 2002 AUMFs. Goitein thinks the answer is yes, while I think the answer plainly is no. Here... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago

Jordan Peterson, "What Are The Most Valuable Things Everyone Should Know?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"What Are The Most Valuable Things Everyone Should Know?"* by Jordan Peterson "Tell the truth. Do not do things that you hate. Act so that you can tell the truth about how you act. Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient. If you have to choose, be the one who does things, instead of the one who is seen to do things. Pay attention. Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you need to know. Listen to them hard enough so that they will share it with you. Plan and work diligently to maintain the romance in your relationships. Be careful who you share good n... more »

Klamath Drought Scare Contradicted by Facts

CFACT at CFACT - 9 hours ago
It should be apparent by now if global warming causes increasing drought and wildfires. Objective evidence shows that is not the case.

Russian President Putin Arrives At His Fourth Inauguration In New Russian-Made Armored Limousine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters:** Putin takes inaugural ride in Russian-made limousine* MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin traveled to his inauguration on Monday for a new six-year term in a Russian-made limousine, ditching his old stretch Mercedes to send a patriotic message of self-sufficiency amid increased tensions with the West. Putin, in power since 2000, wants Russia to reduce its dependence on imported goods and technology, a drive that has gathered pace since Russia was hit by Western sanctions. Some guests broke into applause at the sight of the car conveying Putin the short dista... more »

Iran Crisis: Will Trump Waiver On The Waiver...Or 'Hang Tough'?

Daniel McAdams at 9 hours ago
This week President Trump will have to decide whether he will sign another waiver to keep the US in the Iran nuclear deal, or whether he will de facto pull the US out of the deal (which would likely result in the collapse of the deal and possibly war). The closest US allies are begging Trump to remain in the deal, and even some US hawks like Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry think we should stay in. But the neocons want us out. What will he do? Tune in to today's Liberty Report:

Scientists Report Teleportation of Physical Objects From One Location To Another

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 10 hours ago
Scientists Report Teleportation of Physical Objects From One Location To Another https://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2014/02/scientists-report-teleportation-of-physical-objects-from-one-location-to-another.html?m=1 Advertisements

The Link Between Sugar and Depression

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 10 hours ago
The Link Between Sugar and Depression https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/08/17/link-between-sugar-depression.aspx

Drinking Alcohol Is Better Than Exercise Says A New Study

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 10 hours ago
Drinking Alcohol Is Better Than Exercise Says A New Study https://www.providr.com/drinking-alcohol/?utm_source=NatCures&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=providr

The Mirror Effect That Causes People To Hate Empaths Without Reason

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 10 hours ago
The Mirror Effect That Causes People To Hate Empaths Without Reason – Awareness Act http://awarenessact.com/the-mirror-effect-that-causes-people-to-hate-empaths-without-reason/?=wuw


Anon at Aangirfan - 10 hours ago
23-month-old *Alfie Evans *died after spending more than a year in hospital, in Liverpool in the UK. *Was Alfie Evans murdered?* How Alfie died [image: Brian Gerrish] *Brian Gerrish‏ @briangukc* May 2 "Being told that little *Alfie Evans* was* a vaccine damage case*. "If true then it is easy to understand why Alder Hey hospital would be desperate to help support government guidelines that *compensation for vaccine damage can only be paid after 2 years old*." How Alfie died: all the facts - La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana. ~~~

‘Mission complete’ – Hezbollah’s Nasrallah hails election result (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:25 P.M.) – Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah described the Lebanese election as ‘mission complete’ in Beirut on Monday as his party and its allies look set to take over half of the parliamentary seats, although official results are yet to be declared. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri claimed his Future Movement party […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Nearly 7,000 people flee Yarmouk Camp to neighboring districts: UN

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – At least 7,000 people have left the Yarmouk Camp for safe quarters at nearby districts, the official spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General Stefan Dujarrik announced on Monday. “As the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports, due to military operations in the Syrian camp of Yarmouk, about 7,000 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Saudi-backed Future Movement loses 1/3 of seats in Lebanese Parliament

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri spoke at a press conference in Beirut on Monday, while his Future Movement party looked set to lose a third of its seats in Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, although official results are yet to be declared. Hariri told journalists his party gained 21 seats in Sunday’s […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Military map update of southern Damascus battle

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Palestinian allies had another successful day in the southern districts of Damascus, as their troops managed to liberate several areas that were occupied by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). Led by both the 105th Brigade (Republican Guard) and 42nd Brigade (4th Division), the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israel resumes construction project in Lebanese town

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:55 P.M.) – The Israeli military resumed their illegal construction project within Lebanese territory,today, the National News Agency reported. According to NNA, the Israeli military was digging ditches and setting up road blocks inside the occupied parts of Al-‘Abbasiyeh in southern Lebanon. A number of Israeli armored vehicles and military personnel were also […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Hamas indicates it seeks a truce negotiation with Israel

Robert Inlakesh at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:00 P.M)- The Palestinian resistance organisation Hamas, in control of the illegally beseiged Gaza Strip, are showing signs of wanting to negotiate a truce agreement with the state of Israeli regime. According to ‘Haaretz News’, Hamas are considering a truce agreement with Israel which will entail easing the seige, allowing for infrastructure projects […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US, Turkey in talks over Turkish military operation in Manbij: FSA commander

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
Ahmed Osman, commander of the Sultan Murad Brigade, part of the Free Syrian Army rebel militia taking part in the Turkish-led military operation in northern Syria, has confirmed to Sputnik that Turkish and US officials are in intense negotiations over the fate of the northern Syrian city of Manbij. According to the commander, his forces […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Hezbollah leader declares Lebanese elections ‘great political victory’ for resistance axis

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a televised speech, today, to discuss the results of the Lebanese elections. “This is a great political and moral victory for the resistance axis that protects the sovereignty of our country,” the Hezbollah leader began. “The elections are an important national achievement for the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: ISIS losing total control of southern Damascus as Syrian Army scores big advance

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:25 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored another big advance in the Islamic State’s (ISIS) last pocket in southern Damascus, liberating several areas from the terrorist group. Led by their Republican Guard and 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces) of the 4th Division, the Syrian Arab Army liberated several building blocks […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Jihadist group captures ground from former ally in Idlib

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched an attack against their former allies from Faylaq Al-Sham in the Idlib Governorate on Monday. According to local reports, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham captured some points near the town of Harbanoush after a brief battle today. No further details were released. Despite a […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian Air Force unleashes powerful attack along Turkish border

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces unleashed a flurry of airstrikes over the Jisr Al-Shughour District in western Idlib on Monday. Russian jets flying out of the Hmaymim Airbase in southwest Latakia launched a number of airstrikes over Jisr Al-Shughour, today, hitting a number of targets belonging to the Turkestan Islamic Party […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US arms sales to allies in Syria used against Turkey – Erdogan

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed the United States for spending money on “the killing of people” rather than humanitarian assistance. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted by the Turkish television news channel NTV as saying that the weapons that the United States supplies to Syrian Kurds are ostensibly being used against Turkey. “Thousands […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army on the verge of liberating all of Hajar Al-Aswad from ISIS

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside their Palestinian allies, continued their advance in the strategic town of Hajar Al-Aswad, today, liberating several buildings in this former Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold. Led by the Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army scored a new advance in northern Hajar Al-Aswad after breaking through […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Saudi airstrike devastates Yemeni capital, many feared dead

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:35 P.M.) – Local media said that at least six people were killed and other 30 were injured in Sanaa on Monday, as an airstrike, reportedly carried by the Saudi-led coalition, hit the capital’s presidential palace. Footage shot from outside the vicinity of palace captured smoke billowing in the air, with wreckage and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian President Vladimir Putin Sworn In As President Of Russia For The Fourth Time

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *'We have revived pride in our fatherland': Vladimir Putin brags about making Russia a world power again as he is sworn in as President for another six years* * Vladimir Putin has been sworn in as President of Russia for a fourth time at an elaborate ceremony * Will serve another six years as president, after which he is barred from running again unless he changes laws * Putin, 65, won the election with 77 per cent of the vote two months ago that was widely viewed as rigged Vladimir Putin has been sworn in for another six years as President of Russia, in a ceremony i... more »

The Creator Writings: Where Great Things Begin…

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 10 hours ago
Now that you have had a few moments to settle into this shift, what do you want to accomplish with the new energy?

The Incredible Power of “Transmutation” on the Spiritual Path

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 10 hours ago
I have to pinch myself sometimes, being here in this physical body.

Everything You Need To Know About Getting Your Protein From Plants

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 10 hours ago
It’s very easy to come across conflicting information, especially in regards to the science of health and even more so when it comes to examining meat-based diets in comparison to plant-based ones.

The Spiral of Violence

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 10 hours ago
What effect is this having on us?

Revolutionary Clinical Trials Show Party Drug MDMA May Work to Cure Alcoholism

Openhearted Rebel at Openhearted Rebel - 10 hours ago
A new trial in the UK, led by a team of researchers at the Imperial College of London, is seeking to determine whether MDMA can help alcoholics overcome their addiction.

Was a Weapon Advertised For Its Ability to Fit in a Backpack?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
A photograph of a gun displayed in a clear plastic backpack is real.

Did Maryland ‘Deplorables’ Erect a Billboard Warning About Attempts to Impeach Donald Trump?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
A viral photograph shows a real roadside sign near Huntingtown in Calvert County which warns "liberals" to arm themselves.

Is Willie Nelson Seriously Ill?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
A sketchy Facebook page claimed Willie Nelson was seriously ill, sharing video content known as "engagement bait."

Did Nelson Mandela Praise President Trump?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
The famed South African anti-apartheid figure's 100th birthday anniversary will be celebrated in July 2018.

LaRouchePAC Monday Update - May 7, 2018

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 10 hours ago
LaRouchePAC Friday Webcast - May 7, 2018 Video of LaRouchePAC Friday Webcast - May 7, 2018 Get the best political update to start your week. Join us LIVE at 2:00pm Eastern with our host, Matthew Ogden, for the LaRouchePAC Monday Update.

Conoco avanza para tomar activos de la estatal venezolana PDVSA en El Caribe

bilaterals.org - 10 hours ago
07-May-2018 ConocoPhillips avanzó en sus esfuerzos por tomar los activos en El Caribe de la petrolera estatal venezolana PDVSA para hacer cumplir un laudo arbitral de una década que le otorgó US$2.000 millones por la nacionalización de sus tenencias en el país sudamericano, según dos fuentes con conocimiento de sus acciones.

Telefónica retira el arbitraje contra México en el que pedía más de 1,000 millones

bilaterals.org - 10 hours ago
07-May-2018 Telefónica y el Gobierno de México han puesto fin al procedimiento de arbitraje que les enfrentaba desde hace más de seis años y por el que la compañía de telecomunicaciones reclamaba el pago de compensaciones estimadas en el sector por 1,017 millones de dólares.

UE le pide “paciencia” al MERCOSUR por firma de TLC

bilaterals.org - 10 hours ago
07-May-2018 El embajador de la UE en Montevideo dijo que ven al MERCOSUR como un aliado pero que el bloque europeo "no va a perder la paciencia" ni está dispuesto negociar "bajo la presión del tiempo".

Uruguay - Frente Amplio decidió que el Ejecutivo no firme más TLC “de última generación”

bilaterals.org - 10 hours ago
07-May-2018 El ministro Astori dijo que “lamenta” que no se respalde la política de apertura del gobierno.

BREAKING: Michael Cohen got wiretapped!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018Followed by the most ridiculous groaner of all:* Last Thursday, it happened again. Apparently shortly after noon, NBC News posted the latest explosive bombshell report. Michael Cohen had been wiretapped by the feds! Perhaps by the FBI! This latest explosive bombshell report produced the latest excitement. NBC's Kristen Welker bugged Sarah Huckabee Sanders about it at Thursday's press briefing, with everyone chortling about the =slick and slippery way Sanders dealt with the questions. Then, at some time in the 5 PM hour, it happened again! As it turned out, th... more »

The Financial Hardships of Trump’s Friends

Robert Reich - 10 hours ago
The Environmental Protection Agency recently granted to an oil refinery owned by Carl Icahn a... more »

University Pulls Convicted Sex Offender’s Artwork from Show

cmaadmin at Diverse - 10 hours ago
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine university has removed artwork from a campus gallery upon learning the artist of the three works is a convicted sex offender. The University of Southern Maine removed the works by Bruce Habowski when a relative of one of his victim’s called to complain. The Portland Press Herald reports a […]

University of Florida Apologizes for Pushy Graduation Usher

cmaadmin at Diverse - 10 hours ago
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is apologizing to students who complained that an usher was aggressively pushing and grabbing them as they entered the stage during a graduation ceremony. University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs said on Twitter on Sunday the usher was “inappropriately aggressive in rushing students across the stage.” The […]

University Fined After Weapons-Grade Plutonium Goes Missing

cmaadmin at Diverse - 10 hours ago
BOISE, Idaho — A small amount of radioactive, weapons-grade plutonium about the size of a U.S. quarter is missing from an Idaho university that was using it for research, leading federal officials on Friday to propose an $8,500 fine. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Idaho State University can’t account for about a 30th of […]

Monday memorables

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 11 hours ago
“Monday, Monday” sang the Mamas and the Papas. Here are a few memorable items from the news of the day, but I will stop short and let you draw your own conclusions. Vladimir Putin was sworn into a new six … Continue reading →

Kafka’s Nightmare Emerges: China’s “Social Credit Score”

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By Charles Hugh Smith China is creating Kafka’s nightmare world as the perfection of centralized control of its citizenry. China is rapidly building out a... more »

Local Cops Can Skirt State Limits on Surveillance By Joining Federal Task Forces

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By Michael Maharrey Joining a federal task force means being deputized as a federal officer, which allows state and local cops to ignore local limits... more »

Another Step Towards Collapse of the Petrodollar

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By Rory Hall Ken Schortgen, Jr., The Daily Economist, recently penned an article about Nigeria approving a currency swap agreement with China, stating, It has... more »

Met Office Deny Scaife’s Claim To Have Briefed Govt About Beast From The East

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 11 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Readers will recall the claim in The Times in March that the Met Office’s Adam Scaife had alerted ministers about the “Beast from the East” nearly a month before it happened: Britain’s freezing “Beast from the East” exploded into life thousands of miles away, in the tropical waters of the […]

WATCH: Cop Snaps, Abuses His Own K9 After He Failed to Find Drugs During Stop

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: k9] A community is lashing out at a police department after video of a traffic stop for window tint showed an officer abusing his K9 partner after it allegedly failed to find drugs. The post WATCH: Cop Snaps, Abuses His Own K9 After He Failed to Find Drugs During Stop appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

WATCH: Police Disobey Order to Stand Down, Enter Woman’s Home, Kill Her in Her Laundry Room

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: stand] Body camera footage shows that police refused to listen to orders to stand down, and instead broke into a mentally ill woman's home, and killed her 13 seconds after they found her. The post WATCH: Police Disobey Order to Stand Down, Enter Woman’s Home, Kill Her in Her Laundry Room appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Pro-gun “Sanctuary” Counties in Illinois Are Putting Democrats in a Bind

Bob Adelmann at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: pro-gun-sanctuary-counties-in-illinois-are-putting-democrats-in-a-bind] Democrats like to claim consistency in their beliefs, but decisions such as Effingham County's to make itself a sanctuary city from Illinois' restictive gun laws challenge Democrats' consistency.

At Massive NRA Convention, Media Hypes Tiny Anti-Gun Protests

Alex Newman at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: at-massive-nra-convention-media-hypes-tiny-anti-gun-protests] DALLAS — Outside the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas, Texas, this weekend, that brought together some 80,000 gun-rights supporters, a small group of fringe anti-gun demonstrators — a few hundred at most — blasted the NRA and demanded “common-sense gun-safety” legislation. The protests were dwarfed by counter-protests supporting what more than a few heavily armed attendees described as the God-given right to keep and bear arms. The pro-gun activists at the rally, not all with the NRA, set up a massi... more »

Communist China Targets U.S. Airlines Over Taiwan References

Dave Bohon at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: communist-china-targets-u-s-airlines-over-taiwan-references] Beijing bureaucrats are targeting airlines for referring to Taiwan as independent of Communist China.

Climate-change Believers Pollute More Than Skeptics, Study Says

Michael Tennant at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: climate-change-believers-pollute-more-than-skeptics-study-says] Climate-change believers' actions don't live up to their rhetoric, according to a new academic study.

“Which Hunt?”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“Which Hunt?”* by James Howard Kunstler "It was refreshing to read the response of Federal Judge T. S. Ellis III to a squad of prosecutors from Robert Mueller’s office who came into his Alexandria, Virginia, court to open the case against Paul Manafort, erstwhile Trump campaign manager, for money-laundering shenanigans dating as far back as 2005. Said response by the judge being: “You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud. You really care about getting information that Mr. Manafort can give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump and lead to his prosecution or impeachment ... more »

President Trump Criticizes John Kerry's 'Possibly Illegal' Iran Nuclear Deal 'Shadow Diplomacy'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Trump on Monday called Kerry's intervention 'possibly illegal' and blamed him for the current arrangement that gave Tehran sanctions relief but would allow it to build nuclear bombs as soon as 2027 *Daily Mail:* *John Kerry's attempt to salvage the Iran nuclear deal is 'possibly illegal' says Trump after former diplomat secretly met with Tehran's foreign minister and leaders of France and Germany* * Trump said the U.S. doesn't need civilians – even former diplomats – trying to conduct potentially felonious 'shadow diplomacy' without any authority * The 1799 Logan Act made it a cri... more »

Saudi-Led Air Strikes Target Yemen's Presidential Palace

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
A view of a part of the presidential compound after it was hit by air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah *Reuters*: *Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemen presidential palace: Houthi media* DUBAI (Reuters) - Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition bombed Yemen’s presidential palace in the center of the Houthi-controled capital Sanaa early on Monday, killing at least six people, Houthi-run media reported. There was no immediate comment from the coalition, which entered Yemen’s war in 2015 to push back Houthi fighters who had taken over large parts of the country, ... more »

This Plane Landed on a Navy Aircraft Carrier (But the Pilot Isn't American)

Robert Beckhusen at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Robert Beckhusen* *Security, * This is a little strange. *Finland is in the early stages of shopping around for a replacement fighter, which could be new F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, F-35 Joint Strike Fighters or F-16s. Or Finland could buy European Gripens, Rafales or Typhoons. Causing confusion, U.S. Pres. Donald Trump incorrectly claimed that Finland was buying Super Hornets during an August 2017 press conference with Finnish Pres. Sauli Niinistö.* On March 17, 2017 in the Atlantic, a fighter jet landed onto the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. The only differ... more »

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