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Sunday, June 3, 2018

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Important highway in central Syria to open for first time in 7 years

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – For the first time in seven years, the Homs-Hama Highway (M-5 Highway) will be opened to the public. According to a government report, the highway is scheduled to be reopened on June 6th, as their construction crews finalize their repairs. The highway was closed in late 2011 after the Free […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

BREAKING: Russian warplanes respond to rebel violations in northern Latakia

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:25 P.M.) – Positions for the jihadi groups stationed in northern Latakia countryside have come under air attack after militants repeatedly violated the de-escalation zone agreement. For first time in months, Russian warplanes conducted several airstrikes targeting headquarters, gatherings and fortifications for Nusra as well other rebel groups in Kurd Mountain region. The […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iran not withdrawing its troops from Syria: military spox.

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:05 P.M.) – During his press conference in Tehran, the Spokesperson for the Iranian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, told reporters that Iran is not planning on withdrawing its troops from Syria. Brigadier General Jazayeri then turned his attention to the U.S. forces in Syria, highlighting that they are operating without the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Duerte tells UN official to ‘go to hell’

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has once again outraged his critics after telling a UN human rights expert “to go to hell” over claims that the leader was involved in the ousting of a Supreme Court judge. UN official Diego Garcia-Sayan criticized Duterte after the president labelled Maria Lourdes Sereno, the Philippines chief justice, his “enemy” […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Iranian advisers went to Syria at the request of Damascus – military spox.

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The Spokesperson for the Iranian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, told reporters on Sunday that Iran’s military advisers went to Syria at the request of the government in Damascus. “Iranian advisers only went to Syria at the request of the legitimate government,” the Spokesperson stated this afternoon. “Iranian-Syrian relations […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian military uncovers militant explosives workshop with Saudi-made chemicals

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 P.M.) – During their demining operation in southern Damascus on Sunday, the Syrian military uncovered a large explosives workshop that was once used by the militant groups. According to a report from the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Syrian military was combing through a neighborhood in the town of Beit Sahm, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

ISIS braces for last stand in strategic Syrian desert region

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) is getting desperate in eastern Syria after launching several failed attacks to breakout of the Badiya Al-Sham region. Over the course of four days, the Islamic State has launched at least three attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies in the Badiya Al-Sham […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

NATO wont defend Israel if Iran attacks – Stoltenberg

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
NATO won’t defend Israel in case of an attack by Iran, the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has told the German magazine Spiegel. The official explained that since Israel is not a member of NATO, the military bloc’s “security guarantee” does not apply to the Jewish state. Stoltenberg also noted that NATO is not involved […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iranian FM slams Israel over killing of Palestinian nurse

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister, has condemned Israel for brutally killing a Palestinian paramedic near Gaza fence. Razan Al-Najjar was shot dead by Israeli forces during the tenth week of March demonstrations returning to the Gaza border. She was one of the first female medical volunteers to treat protesters at weekly events. “In a […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russia discusses air defense system deliveries with Rwanda

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
Russia and Rwanda are developing military and technical cooperation and both sides are discussing the deliveries of Russian air defense systems, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after negotiations with his Rwandan counterpart Louise Mushikiwabo on Sunday. “We indeed have fairly good cooperation in the military and technical sphere. The Rwandan security forces, army and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Rebel offensive in west Daraa reportedly fails

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M. – The Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched an offensive this weekend to capture several points inside the Islamic State’s large pocket in the Yarmouk Basin region of west Dara’a. Despite having superior numbers and firepower, the Free Syrian Army was reportedly unable to advance in western Dara’a after several hours of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkish opposition leader calls out Erdogan for live TV debate

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Muharrem Ince challenged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to a live television debate ahead of the upcoming elections on June 24th. “Let’s talk about the future of our children and let’s talk about education,” the CHP candidate stated, as quoted by the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

No new US military base along Syria-Iraq border: report

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – Iraqi Maj. Gen. Najim al-Jubouri told the Asharq Al-Aswat publication on Sunday that the U.S. military does not have a base on Mount Shingal. “US advisers are in Mosul, Qayyarah, and other parts of the Nineveh Province. They had told us that we should take precautionary measures at the border,” […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Houthi leader claims Israeli warplanes are flying over western Yemen

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:35 P.M.) – The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah Movement, ‘Abdul-Malik Badreddine Al-Houthi, stated this weekend that Israeli warplanes were detected over the port-city of Hodeideh in western Yemen. Houthi said Israeli jets have been seen in Hodeideh’s skies over the past few days amid a push by Arab Coalition to seize the provincial […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iraqi court sentences French woman to life in prison for ISIS links

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:25 P.M.) – An Iraqi court sentenced a French woman to life in prison for her alleged links to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), the AFP News Agency reported this morning. According to the AFP report, the French national Melina Boughedir was given a life prison term after it was found that she […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Battle for west Yemen turns into blood bath as Coalition forces report 70+ Houthi killed

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – Over 70 members of the Houthi forces were killed in western Yemen over the weekend, the Emirates News Agency reported this morning, citing Coalition sources. According to the UAE-based publication, the Houthi losses were a result of the Saudi-led Coalition’s heavy bombardment of the Hodeideh and Sana’a provinces. Despite these […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

ISIS terrorists attempt to infiltrate Syrian Army’s lines near Iraqi border

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – For the third night in a row, the Islamic State (ISIS) launched an assault on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate. However, this time around, the Islamic State’s target was not Al-Mayadeen, but rather, the border-city of Albukamal, which was previously a terrorist stronghold. The Islamic […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Houthi forces send large number of reinforcements to west Yemen to drive back Coalition troops

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Houthi forces sent a large number of reinforcements to the western part of Yemen in order to help drive back the Coalition-backed troops that recently advanced towards the Hodeideh Port. According to a report from pro-Houthi activists, the reinforcements made their way to both the Hodeideh Port and Hays […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

On history repeating

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 13 hours ago
I haven't yet commented much on Ontario's provincial election campaign - and readers interested in the race will find plenty of noteworthy observers on the blogroll. That said, it's worth noting the parallels between this campaign and a couple of the NDP's other recent breakthroughs. To start with, Ontario's 2018 election seems to be offering an answer to one of the more interesting hypotheticals about the 2011 federal election. In that campaign, the NDP started out well behind the Cons and Libs - but with an experienced and trusted leader who was able to contrast his own image aga... more »

Sunday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 13 hours ago
This and that for your Sunday reading. - Mariana Mazzucato discusses the dangers of confusing market prices with intrinsic values: Value has gone from being a category at the core of economic theory, tied to the dynamics of production (the division of labour, changing costs of production), to a subjective category tied to the ‘preferences’ of economic agents. Many ills, such as stagnant real wages, are interpreted in terms of the ‘choices’ that particular agents in the system make, for example unemployment is seen as related to the choice that workers make between working and leis... more »

Progressives and the DeVosian Embrace

Peter Greene at CURMUDGUCATION - 13 hours ago
In yesterday's New York Times, Conor P. Williams tackles one of the thorny problems of current reformsterism-- how do you hold onto some of your favorite charter school narratives now that the odious Trump and troublesome Betsy DeVos have planted their flag in your territory. It's a good question, one that alleged Progressives have had to wrestle with ever since the last election stripped them of the cover of a nominally progressive President. But Williams' answer is lacking. This guy. Yes, he has kind of a Kirk Cameron thing going on. That's not surprising. Williams is a youthful P... more »

China Uses Facial Recognition to Fence In Villagers in Far West

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 13 hours ago
China using the restive, Muslim dominated region of Xinjiang as a test-bed for new facial recognition technology

Good Cops Fake 258,000 Breathalyzer Tests To Beat Their Required DUI Quotas

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: breathalyzer] Dozens of police officers pretended to conduct hundreds of thousands of breathalyzer tests to meet their quotas, potentially saving countless citizens from arrest. The post Good Cops Fake 258,000 Breathalyzer Tests To Beat Their Required DUI Quotas appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Alcohol Companies Calling for Draconian Police State Measures to Combat Driving on WEED

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: alcohol] A report sponsored by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibly is being used to convince law enforcement agencies to focus on arresting cannabis users. The post Alcohol Companies Calling for Draconian Police State Measures to Combat Driving on WEED appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

WATCH: Cop Doesn’t Like Being Filmed, So He Pulls His Gun On Guy With Camera

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: gun] A police officer pulled his gun on a pedestrian who was only guilty of practicing his First Amendment right to film in public. The post WATCH: Cop Doesn’t Like Being Filmed, So He Pulls His Gun On Guy With Camera appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Blockchain Partnership Set to Crush PayPal By Giving Away Free Cryptocurrency

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: blockchain] A new partnership between Dash and Rewards.com implements blockchain technology and allows you to earn crypto for free. The post Blockchain Partnership Set to Crush PayPal By Giving Away Free Cryptocurrency appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 13 hours ago
Maureewn Dowd, in her latest column: Obama did not like persuading people to do what they didn’t want to do. And that is the definition of politics. He wanted them simply to do what he had ascertained to be right. Maureen Dowd, literally four paragraphs later: Obama was well aware during the campaign that his chosen heir sometimes seemed to be phoning it in. Campaigning together in Charlotte, he was nonplused to find out that Hillary had quickly slipped out of a barbecue joint where they had stopped to get food and greet people, while the president was left on his own, shaking eve... more »

Seneca on Anger in Public Life

Anoop Verma at The Verma Report - 14 hours ago
Nero and Seneca, by Eduardo Barrón (1904)In *De Ira* (On Anger), Seneca explains the Stoic view of anger and offers therapeutic advise. The work is addressed to Seneca’s brother Novatus, a non-philosophical man whose concerns are mainly related to military strength and success, the safety and dignity of one’s family and home, and the dignity and greatness of soul. In her essay, “Seneca on Anger in Public Life” (Chapter 11, *The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics*), Martha Nussbaum analyzes the structure of *De Ira* and Seneca’s therapeutic arguments on ang... more »

Gillian Reynolds on podcasting and BBC bias

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Monkey Brains wrote a little earlier: "I heard Gillian Reynolds, the grand dame of Radio reviewers on *Desert Island Discs* criticising the BBC for allowing politicised presenters to identify with certain political positions. The BBC can't dismiss her view can they? Well they can, but not so easily as with us plebs." Well, here a transcript of that part of the discussion. I wonder exactly which BBC political presenters she had in mind? *Kirsty Young*: Let's talk a little bit Gillian Reynolds then, a little bit more, about the trade, the profession if you will, of the critic. You'... more »

Capitalism's tendency towards inequality

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Chris Hedges interviews economist Richard Wolff about the coming economic collapse in the US. When a nation spends well over 50% of every discretionary tax dollar on the Pentagon the rest of the human and infrastructure needs go wanting. Much of our national debt comes from endless war$. Tax cuts for the rich and corporations exacerbate the fiscal crisis. It's my contention that the ruling oligarchies are creating this economic crisis intentionally. They want to drive down our standard of living. Wealth has gone global so they care nothing about their own country. They are m... more »

Plastic straws banned at Bon Apetit’s more than 1,000 U.S. eateries

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 14 hours ago
Plastic straws banned at Bon Apetit’s more than 1,000 U.S. eateries https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/05/31/plastic-straws-banned-eateries/657172002/ Advertisements

Scientists Discover A Food That Reduces Your Chance Of Alzheimer’s By 75%

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 14 hours ago
Scientists Discover A Food That Reduces Your Chance Of Alzheimer’s By 75% https://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2015/11/scientists-discover-food-that-reduces-your-chance-of-alzheimers-by-75-percent.html?m=1

Popular method of cooking rice may be poisoning you.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 14 hours ago
Popular method of cooking rice may be poisoning you – AOL Lifestyle Food https://www.aol.com/article/lifestyle/2017/02/09/popular-method-of-cooking-rice-may-be-poisoning-you/21710871/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00001389

Self-driving cars will kill people and we need to accept that

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 14 hours ago
Self-driving cars will kill people and we need to accept that https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2018/06/02/self-driving-cars-will-kill-people-heres-why-you-need-to-get-over-it/

Is It True? Can You Really Improve Your Life With Just a Few Books?

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 14 hours ago
Is It True? Can You Really Improve Your Life With Just a Few Books? | Thrive Global https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/31692-is-it-true-can-you-really-improve-your-life-with-just-a-few-books?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=keywee-ind&kwp_0=822153&kwp_4=2829714&kwp_1=1200484

Drug maker pleads guilty to selling children’s Tylenol laced with carcinogenic heavy metals.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 14 hours ago
Drug maker pleads guilty to selling children’s Tylenol laced with carcinogenic heavy metals – NaturalNews.com https://www.naturalnews.com/049292_Childrens_Tylenol_heavy_metals_carcinogens.html

Jordan Peterson and the Threat of Working-class Intellectual and Attitudinal Liberation

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 14 hours ago
By Denis Rancourt, PhD [This article was first published at Dissident Voice: LINK.] SUMMARY: Why the industry of glib and vehement mainstream character assassinations of clinical and research psychologist Jordan Peterson? My examination of Peterson’s “Rule 1: Stand Up Straight with Your Shoulders Back” suggests that it is a seminal work anchored in a prestigious body of scientific

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Funding education is about keeping America competitive* *A "more money" advocate below. "More efficiency" is not on his agenda. He dismisses administrative bloat with a wave of his hand, despite the great growth in non-teaching staff. Some figures about that would have been nice. Ceasing to teach rubbish "studies" subjects would also decrease the number of employees, with a big benefit to the bottom line. He also fails to see that conservative legislators are going to keep the purse-strings tight while the universities reinvent themselves as Leftist Madrassas* Critics of ... more »

Now, That Was Unexpected

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Yesterday, Kathleen Wynne dropped a bombshell. She announced that she knew her party could not win the election; and she asked Ontario voters to give her party a place in a coalition government. Things are looking grim for the Liberals. Some projections have the party winning as few as two seats. They have to win at least eight to retain official status in the legislature. It's really hard to decipher how things will turn out -- mainly because Ontario's ridings have been redrawn. Robert Drummond writes that there are several possible scenarios: It’s clear the Liberals can’t recov... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Since Mr Trump walked out of the Paris agreement one year ago, it has been fascinating to watch the decline of media interest in “saving the planet”.* Donald Trump imposed punitive tariffs on steel imports exactly a year after he announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement. The two decisions are unrelated, except that both reflect the character of his presidency. President Trump looks at any international arrangement on any subject – Iran, North Korea, trade, climate – and asks himself whether it is a good deal for America. If he thinks it is not,... more »

China's Last Order of Russia's Su-35 Fighter Is Coming This Year

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Asia* Will the deal be worth it for Moscow in the long-run? The last of the Su-35s that China is purchasing from Russia will be delivered this year, according to a Russian state-owned corporation. During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum from May 24–26, Rostec, a state-owned company, announced that the last ten Su-35s would be delivered to China in 2018, according to reports in Russian media. Rostect was the entity that officially signed the agreement for the fighter jets with the Chinese government. Beijing became the first foreign countr... more »

Why China's Snipers Should Be Feared

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Asia* New guns and new technology. While the U.S. Army is concerned about next-generation Russian precision rifles and tactics, China has also been making significant advances in the field. In the 1980s, the Chinese used practically the same equipment as the Soviet Union. Nowadays, they use fairly different sets of equipment, including some rifles chambered in NATO calibers. The diverging development of Chinese precision rifles from the same base is an interesting parable of small-arms development driven by doctrine. In the 1980s, the People’s Republic ... more »

Video: You Can Finally Watch the Army’s ‘Third Arm’ Exoskeleton in Action

Task and Purpose, Jared Keller at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Task and Purpose, Jared Keller* *Security, North America* We have the footage here. We’ve been obsessively tracking the Army’s work on the “third arm” exoskeleton due to its delightful resemblance to the mechanical harness for the M56A2 Smart Gun from *Aliens*, and lo, our patience has paid off: After months of tweaks by the Army Research Lab, soldiers are finally giving the lightweight appendage a workout. The Army Research Laboratory on May 29 published footage of soldiers scrambling through an urban training exercise site at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland with 22-pound... more »

The 10 Craziest Guns the U.S. Military Ever Used

Task and Purpose, Christian Beekman at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Task and Purpose, Christian Beekman* *Security, North America* And super strange. From the legendary M1 Garand to today’s M4 and M16 rifles, standard-issue infantry rifles have been the ubiquitous icons of the troops who carried them. But throughout America’s wars, some decidedly non-standard small arms have been put into service when a particular situation or circumstance calls for a unique weapon. *1. Stinger Machine Gun* This World War II weapon originated not from American arms designers or military ordnance boards, but from the creative minds of a few Marines from the 5t... more »

We Now Know Why Russia's AK-47 Is So Deadly

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Eurasia* One word: Science. Soviet weapons have a reputation for being reliable, but crude and inaccurate. However, there is often extensive scientific testing behind these weapons. A 1979 report, titled “Shooting effects of automatic weapons” lays out the statistical methodology that was used to test weapons during the Soviet era. There also is a huge resource of firing tables from 1977, that compare accuracy of various infantry weapons. Both experienced and average soldiers were tested with various weapons, from various stances, including firing from m... more »

Mishal Husain defends the Muslim Council of Britain against Sajid Javid

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Tim Montgomerie has it right here:


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 15 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin New California Law Limits How Much Water People Can Use Big Money As Private Immigrant Jails Boom [image: having-sex-and-reproducing-in-space-comes-with-serious-scientific-and-ethical-problems-we-may-need-to-create-a-new-species-of-human-to-make-it-work.jpg] Having sex and reproducing in space comes with serious scientific and ethical problems. We may need to create a new species of human to make it work. Calling All Broke Millennials: Vermont Will Give You $10,000 To Move There And Work From HomeRetired Green Beret: 7 Ways To Stay Alive In A Post-Collapse Soci... more »

With Fewer And Fewer Mainstream Conservatives In The House GOP, Leadership Will Fall To The Crackpot Far Right Extremists

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Even if the blue wave is huge, the neo-Nazi/KKK wing of the GOP is safest. The districts they represent are deep red and without enough Democrats and independents to make a difference. It's the mainstream conservatives who are going down, not the extremists. And that makes the battle to replace Ryan as GOP top dog-- likely as House Minority Leader-- all the more difficult. The House rank-and-file doesn't necessarily see Wall Street whore Kevin McCarthy, Ryan's #2, as the next leader. Some think it's time for a "strident ideologue" from the Freedom Caucus, like Mark Meadows or Jim ... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Enjoying the summer today. Blogging will return this evening.

Tough Choices......

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
In my final post before Rob Fraud becomes his self appointed gods gift to all of Ontario ….... or will those of us who see through his blather actually gather behind the only other viable choice, one union loving but less corporate embracing NDP candidate? In my own riding of Grey Bruce Owen Sound I suspect that my vote will simply be like spitting in the wind as for the past 20 years the Conservatives have be in firm control locally with a minimum of 47% of the vote over that time. Even if one of the other partys did well with the number of 'alternative' candidates running and sp... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 16 hours ago
The International Committee of the *Red Cross* produced a report on its Activities during the Second World War, (Geneva, 1948) It found *no evidence at the concentration camps in Nazi occupied Europe of a deliberate policy to exterminate the Jews.* In the 1,600 pages of this three volume Report there is no mention any gas chambers. *Was there Really a Holocaust? - Bible Believers* *1943 Holocaust in India.* At Auschwitz, there was a massive disinfestation complex where *Zyklon B gas was used daily to combat lice and the disease they carried. * "These were the real gas chamber... more »

The Empire Strikes Back: Leaving Indian Farmers in the Dirt

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 16 hours ago
CounterPunch, RINF, Countercurrents, Global Research By 2050, if current policies continue, India could have numerous mega-cities with up to 30-40 million inhabitants and just two to three hundred million people (perhaps 15-20% of the population) left in an emptied-out countryside. Given current trends in the job market, it could mean tens of millions of city-based rural migrants without much work: victims of the ill thought out policies we currently see being pushed through. In the book ‘The Invention of Capitalism’, Michael Perelmen lays bare the iron fist which whipped the Engli... more »

No direct effects of ocean acidification observed in Arctic specie

drinkingwateradvisor at The Drinking Water Advisor - 16 hours ago
Peter Thor, Fanny Vermandele, Marie-Helene Carignan, Sarah Jacque, Piero Calosi. No maternal or direct effects of ocean acidification on egg hatching in the Arctic copepod Calanus glacialis PLOS ONE 13(2): e0192496. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192496 Widespread ocean acidification (OA) is transforming the chemistry of the global … Continue reading →

ICYMI: Graduation Day Edition (6/3)

Peter Greene at CURMUDGUCATION - 17 hours ago
Today our seniors graduate. Our ceremony, when the weather permits, in the park in the middle of town. I've been stage managing the business for over twenty years, and this was how I wanted to go out-- getting one last set of graduates through. In the meantime, here are some worthwhile things for you to read and share. Don't forget to share. What gives these folks a voice is when you share. *North Carolina's New Charter Bill Is a Warning * Jeff Bryant reports on the North Carolina charter bill, which opens the door to deliberate segregation. *Minneapolis Public Schools Ghosted* Sa... more »

Starbucks Training: Employees Forced to Watch ‘Video After Video’ Of White Cops Attacking Blacks

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 17 hours ago
Starbucks "racial sensitivity" training sounds more like indoctrination.

Israel claims 5 strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
The Israel Defense Forces fighters have allegedly hit five more Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday morning in response to missile attacks that have been carried out since Saturday evening. “A few minutes ago, the Israeli Air Force fighters hit five terrorist targets in the northern part of the Gaza Strip at a […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Rebel forces launch major offensive in west Daraa

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a big offensive in the western countryside of the Dara’a Governorate this weekend, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIS) large pocket inside the Yarmouk Basin. Led by their Southern Front Brigades, the Free Syrian Army began the attack by heavily shelling the Islamic State’s positions […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian forces eliminate terrorist ringleader

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
Russia’s security forces eliminated a terrorist ringleader in a special operation in the North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, the National Anti-Terror Committee said on Sunday. “A gang ringleader who put up armed resistance was eliminated in the Tsumadinsky district of Dagestan,” the National Anti-Terror Committee said. The ringleader was complicit in terror-related crimes, the committee […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Massive explosion rocks east Aleppo airbase overnight, military denies Israeli airstrikes

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – A massive explosion rocked the eastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate last night, a military source told Al-Masdar News this morning. According to the source, a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) ammo depot inside the Jirah Airbase caught on fire, resulting in a series of explosions that could be heard from […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Over 70 Syrian tribes declare war on US-backed forces, foreign troops in northern Syria

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Over 70 Syrian tribes issued a joint statement on Saturday that announced the formation of a new combined force that would fight the US-backed militias and foreign troops in northern Syria. The tribesmen from the Al-Hasakah, Aleppo, and Al-Raqqa governorates reportedly met in the government-held city of Deir Hafer, where […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Jordanian protests continue for 3rd consecutive night (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Protests against tax rises in Jordan have entered their third consecutive night in the capital Amman on Sunday. Police deployed tear gas and used batons to keep protesters from encroaching on the Fourth Circle, the location of the Prime Minister’s office. Demonstrators directed their anger against the government, calling for […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israel denies any agreement with Russia on removal of Iranian forces from border

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Israel has denied any agreement with Russia regarding the removal of Iranian-backed forces from southwestern Syria, Israel’s Channel 10 News reported yesterday. Citing Israeli officials, Channel 10’s report specifically stated that Israel has not reached an agreement regarding the Iranian-backed forces, despite the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations’ recent […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian President expresses interest in visiting North Korea

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad expressed interest in making an official visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Rodong Sinmun reported this weekend. According to the North Korean publication, Assad expressed interest in visiting the DPRK after receiving the diplomatic credentials of the North Korean envoy to Syria on May […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian FM demands US forces withdrawal from southern Syria

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mu’allem stated on Saturday that the U.S. should immediately withdrawal from the Al-Tanf region of southeastern Homs. Mu’allem specifically stated that Damascus will not accept anything but the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from all Syrian territories. Furthermore, Mu’allem said that no agreement has been […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israel allegedly strikes Hamas targets after overnight fire from Gaza (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 A.M.) – Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) released footage on Sunday, allegedly showing Israeli airstrikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. The IDF claimed that it struck a total of 15 targets in the northern Gaza strip over Saturday night; targeting an initial ten “terror sites” in three Hamas military compounds near […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Progressive Bloggers New Look.....

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 17 hours ago
Sorry guys, thanks for you many years of providing this resource for us bloggers but your new look is terrible! It does not provide a short clip of the content which is essential in order to know if we want to read the article provided, the titles alone tell us little. The most recent effort has reduced the number of entries on the front page to the point where even submissions from a few hour before are gone from immediate view and must be accessed via more clicks. The effort preceding that was so large that excessive scrolling was needed to view previous posts. Thanks for your effo... more »

Sunday morning music

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 17 hours ago
I've mentioned before how much I enjoy the music of The Strawbs, the 1960's British folk/progressive rock group that faded away during the late 1970's, but revived, and has continued in minor key (you should pardon the expression) until the present day. Its music, largely the composition of Dave Cousins but with contributions by other members of the band, has been a companion through many years. Today I'd like to share some of Strawbs' lesser-known songs, ones that missed the mainstream hit parade but which are nevertheless both entertaining and thought-provoking. I'll include a ... more »

Seek That Peace - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
This poster was a gift from a friend who enjoyed the poem. Many thanks. *You can also read the poem by clicking on the link below:* *Seek That Peace Poem Link For Easier Reading*

When Jeremy met Gerry, and Twitter met David Baddiel

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
The first episode of the second series of *Tracey Breaks the News *went after a number of political targets, many of them 'the usual BBC suspects' - Donald Trump, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Michael Gove and Teresa May - plus Tracey Ullman's old favourites, Nicola Sturgeon and Angela Merkel. But... ...there was also a sketch about Jeremy Corbyn: *TWO LADS OUTSIDE AIRPORT TERMINAL* *(spotting Jeremy Corbyn with a suitcase)*: Oh, it's Jezza. Oh, hey, Jeremy. Jez. Jezza! It's Jez! _ *(Sing)* Oh, Jeremy Corbyn. _ *JEREMY CORBYN*: All right, lads. Selfies all-round, is it? Yeah, yeah. All righ... more »

Autism’s Works of Mercy – Part 1

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 17 hours ago
By Cathy Jameson I was sitting on the couch with Ronan a few nights ago when he signed a request. He wanted to watch a movie. I told him yes, but before I turned the television on, I brought over...

Babchenko's staged murder proves that conspiracy theories are sometimes right

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
*...they're increasingly often right...* Russian anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko was announced to have been murdered in Ukraine. Some days ago, he appeared resuscitated at a press conference. We quickly learned that the death was staged by the Ukrainian authorities. Babchenko has been decorated by pig blood, spent some time in the morgue where he watched the news about his death, and so on. The victim was fake, the murderer was fake, the middle-man was fake, everything was fake. Caitlin Johnstone has described the situation and its implications well. Everyone was certain t... more »

TODAY: SUNDAY WIRE Replay of ‘Media On Trial’

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 18 hours ago
*SUNDAY WIRE SHOW* | Special replay broadcast of last week's 5 hour extended broadcast... more »

"It's never awkward being Jeremy Corbyn - Tracey Ullman Breaks the News"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
https://youtu.be/RYcPGsscVmI "I've spoken to every antisemite in the Labour Party and told them to turn it down a bit". Many a true word... As I've said before, don't fall for Jeremy Corbyn's nice old man act; it's just that, an act. He has, and probably still does, associated with some seriously nasty people.

Everything we were taught about the Sphinx is wrong

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
Prof. Robert Schoch's talk calls to mind Edgar Cayce's prediction about a hidden hall of records being found under or close to the Sphinx

Poland Under the Jewish Messiah

Israel Shamir at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
Poland has no future as the forward base against Moscow, but this understanding hasn’t seeped into the Poles’ mind yet. Israel Shamir explains

US Warns India Not to Buy Russian Weapons

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
First, the U.S. warned NATO member Turkey not to buy the Russian S-400. Now it's warning India that it too could face punitive measures if it buys the air-defence system

The Afghan War: “No Blood for Opium”

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
The hidden military agenda is to protect the drug trade. That's why the U.S. is still in Afghanistan why and it is unlikely to leave anytime soon

No evidence of terrorism at Messerattacke in Zug in Flensburg

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
Although not widely reported outside Germany, incidents like this are now routine. A result of what Merkel's open borders policy has brought

Speculative Climate Chaos vs. Indisputable Fossil Fuel Benefits

Viv at The Carbon Sense Coalition - 19 hours ago
Federal judge tells climate litigants to tally the numerous blessings from fossil fuels since 1859 Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek Judge William Alsup has a BS in engineering, has written computer programs for his ham radio hobby, delves deeply into the technical aspects of numerous cases before him, and even studied other programming languages for […]

The Chief Apostles. Three Lessons from two Apostles

Fr. Andrey TKACHEV at OrientalReview.org - 19 hours ago
Important dates have what is called a forefeast and an afterfeast; these are the days of preparation for the solemnities, and the days during we delight in the meaning of the passing feast. That is what we also do in speaking of the chief apostles three times—as if before the feast, on the feast, and after it has passed. The post The Chief Apostles. Three Lessons from two Apostles appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

New artificial nerves could transform prosthetics.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 19 hours ago
New artificial nerves could transform prosthetics | Science | AAAS http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/new-artificial-nerves-could-transform-prosthetics?linkId=52460246 Advertisements

Delusions Of Paris

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 19 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Robin Guenier As we all know, the Paris Agreement did very little other than kick the can down the road. Yet the more that this becomes obvious, the more its proponents tie themselves in knots to acclaim it. The latest attempt comes in the form of something called the […]

Speculative climate chaos v. indisputable fossil fuel benefits

Paul Driessen at CFACT - 20 hours ago
Federal judge tells climate litigants to tally the numerous blessings from fossil fuels since 1859.


Anon at Aangirfan - 20 hours ago
... Jewish Nazis control the media?

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 20 hours ago
*by Noah* Now it can be revealed! All of Trumpanzee's very fine people take Ambien! That could explain a lot! If Roseanne just happens to be right and Ambien made her do it, should we check to see if Ambien was given out as a freebee in the promo goodie bag that republican delegates got at their whacked-out 2016 convention, aka Kleveland Kook Konvention? Is Ambien handed out at Trump rallies? What about cabinet meetings? Is there a dispenser next to the White House coffee machine? Does Ambien explain Paul Ryan and his eyes? Will Bill O'Reilly now blame every aspect of his totally ... more »

'Real' Assassin Arrested In Staged Kiev Hit Linked To Ukrainian Intelligence As Official Story Unravels

Tyler Durden at Peace and Prosperity - 21 hours ago
[image: undefined] The Ukrainian government's staged assassination of anti-Putin journalist Arkady Babachenko has taken an even stranger turn, as evidence has emerged that his would-be "Russia-ordered" assassin and the man who supposedly hired him, both say they worked for Ukrainian counterintelligence, casting serious doubt on the official story. To review, Ukrainian authorities announced last Tuesday that Babachenko had been assassinated after returning home from the store. On Wednesday, Babachenko appeared at a press conference with Ukrainian authorities who said that the faked ... more »

Climate Tricks 68, High demand for climate money

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 21 hours ago
Debates if not fights among climate negotiators and planet saviours over climate money is a perennial, annual characteristic of the annual UN FCCC talks. As admitted by this article from http://climatetracker.org/climate-finance-stumbling-block-negotiations-cop23/ . Also from some WUWT articles, https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/04/maldives-government-wheres-our-climate-cash/ April 26, 2018, https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/05/climate-shakedown-iran-demands-their-share-of-paris-agreement-climate-cash/ May 20, 2018. The range of climate money being expected to be redistributed from ri... more »

"We no longer believe this was the case"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
The BBC is on the receiving end of 'fake news' and 'acting irresponsibility' charges from Indian Twitter users this week: The BBC News website report they are complaining about went through some startling edits, as Newssniffer reveals: Where Version 0 has "An Indian police officer hailed as a hero for protecting a Muslim man from being lynched by a mob has begun receiving *threats*, police say", Version 1 has "An Indian police officer hailed as a hero for protecting a Muslim man from being lynched by a mob has begun receiving *death threats*, police say." Where Version 1 has "So... more »

Climate Data Doesn’t Support CO2 Driving Climate Change and Global Temperatures

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 23 hours ago
All the data one needs to discredit the CO2 driven Climate Change Theory, or AGW, or CAGW is widely available to anyone that chooses to look. The published data simply doesn’t support CO2 driving global temperatures and climate change. Refresher: The only defined mechanism by which CO2 can affect/cause climate change is through the GHG … Continue reading "Climate Data Doesn’t Support CO2 Driving Climate Change and Global Temperatures"

"A Dangerous Place..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
"The world is getting to be such a dangerous place, a man is lucky to get out of it alive." - W. C. Fields

Google Will Not Renew Its Controversial AI Drone Program With The Pentagon

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
© Alain Jocard / Reuters *Daily Mail*: *Google pulls out of controversial military AI project after leaked documents reveal fears of public reaction to $250m a year contract* * Google is pulling out of a controversial AI drone program with the Pentagon * The firm had agreed to participate in it last April, supplying the military with its TensorFlow software to help analysts identify objects in drone footage * Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene said the firm won't renew the contract after it expires in 2019, saying that the backlash has 'been terrible for the company' Google is ending ... more »

A few more Sunday sermonettes

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 23 hours ago
Happy Sunday. No, I won’t be preaching this morning, but I will be trying my best to speak a few truths. It easy to blame someone else or some other entity for your troubles. The European Union is not perfect, … Continue reading →

Arrested Development As Allegory For U.S. Political Institutions-- A Guest Post By Sam Husseini

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Stephen Walt‏, professor of international relations at Harvard, several years ago remarked that *Arrested Development* is both a "great show and a terrific description of U.S. political institutions." Recent events involving the actors perhaps illustrate the limits of parody: A show about the people with no self awareness hardly precludes such behavior among at least the male real-life actors. Indeed, while U.S. media seems increasingly drenched in satire, genuine improvement in the society seems tragically rare and slow. So, to the extent that the Bluth family is an allegory for ... more »

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2018 : The amazing tales challenge Episode 18 “The Young , The Old ”

noreply@blogger.com (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 1 day ago
And we will continue our tale for this year, the tale of the Amazing tale challenge. Tonight in the 18th episode of our Ramadan Arabian Nights Podcast in Arabic this year we will return shortly to out original tale for short time. If you remember, our tale is inside a tale inside a tale itself. The original tale is the One Thousand and One nights and inside we hear the Amazing tales challenge tale which is about the tale of King Saeed and brothers against the evil realm of Ifrits. You can hear episode no. 270 from the original Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show aft... more »

Bill Browder Escapes Again

Philip Giraldi at Peace and Prosperity - 1 day ago
[image: undefined] There was some good and bad news last week. The good news was that William Browder, a London-based investor and dedicated foe of Russian President Vladimir V. Putin was arrested by the Spanish police on Wednesday. The bad news is that even though Russia has on six occasions requested Browder’s arrest through Interpol for tax fraud, the Spanish national police determined that Browder had been detained in error because the international warrant was no longer valid and released him. Interpol, an organization of 190 countries cannot legally enforce any action of a “p... more »

Syrian, Iranian-backed reinforcements enter eastern Syria in large numbers

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 A.M.) – A large number of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Iranian-backed reinforcements reached the western countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate on Saturday night, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the reinforcements were sent from all over Syria to aid in the upcoming offensive against […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkish troops advance 26 km inside northern Iraq

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 A.M.) – The Turkish military advanced at least 26 kilometers (km) inside northern Iraq on Saturday, the state-owned Anadolu Agency reported, citing comments from Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu. “Our soldiers advanced between 26-27 kilometers in northern Iraq, and there is not much left to liberate in Qandil,” Soylu added. The Qandil […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian tribes hold meeting against US presence in Syria, new military force formed to kick out foreign troops

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 A.M.) – A conference between the 70 tribes of Aleppo, Al-Raqqa, and Al-Hasakah was held in government-held city of Deir Hafer in eastern Aleppo on Saturday. The name of the meeting was called “Syrian tribes against foreign intervention and the American presence on Syrian soil.” The tribal leaders announced the formation of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Kurdish forces claim scores of Turkish-backed rebels killed in northwest Aleppo

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 A.M.) – The Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) killed scores of fighters from the Turkish-backed rebels in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo this weekend, the group’s official media wing reported on Saturday. “Our forces carried out actions on the military bases of the occupying Turkish army forces in the past two days,” […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russia plans to supply S-400 to Qatar despite Saudi opposition – lawmaker

Russia’s plans to supply S-400 Triumf air defense systems to Qatar will not be affected by the opposition of Saudi Arabia, Russian senior lawmaker Aleksei Kondratyev told Sputnik. “Russia seeks its own interest, supplying S-400 to Qatar and earning money for the state budget. Saudi Arabia’s position has nothing to do with it, Russia’s plans […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Large number of civilians begin returning to Yarmouk Camp after ISIL’s defeat (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 A.M.) – Hundreds of civilians began returning to the Yarmouk Camp District of southern Damascus after several neighborhoods were declared safe by the Syrian military. According to a government report, the civilians were welcomed back and safely escorted to their homes after demining crews cleared the explosives that were left behind by […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Israeli Air Force launches big assault in Gaza

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 A.M.) – The Israeli Air Force resumed their airstrikes over the Gaza Strip, hitting several areas that allegedly belonged to Hamas. “Moments ago, IAF fighter jets targeted 10 terror sites in three military compounds belonging to the Hamas terror organization in the Gaza Strip. Among the targets were two Hamas munition manufacturing […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US may use jihadists to capture ancient city of Palmyra: Syrian general

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 A.M.) – The U.S. may use jihadists to capture the ancient city of Palmyra from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in a bid to expand their presence in Syria, Major General (ret.) Mohammad ‘Abbas told Sputnik Arabic on Saturday. “The US is working to continue the war in Syria. It’s quite possible […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Saudi, UAE-backed forces suffer huge losses as Houthis pushes back in west Yemen

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 A.M.) – The Houthi forces launched a big counter-attack inside the Hodeideh Governorate, targeting the areas recently captured by the UAE and Saudi-backed troops in western Yemen. In one of the biggest operations this year, the Houthi forces launched massive attack on the supply line of the UAE and Saudi-backed troops in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russia and Syria in ‘same trench’ over fighting terrorism – FM Muallem

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Russia and Syria are in the “same trench” when it comes to fighting terrorism, at a press conference in Damascus on Saturday. He also addressed the United States government, saying that “the US should withdraw its forces from Al-Tanf. This is Syrian territory and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Putin’s Fourth Term: New Faces—Old Politics

Alexander Lukin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Alexander Lukin* *Security, Eurasia* [image: Russian President Vladimir Putin walks down the stairs after an inauguration ceremony in Cathedral Square at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia May 7, 2018. Sputnik/Sergei Guneev/Pool via REUTERS] Putin has set a goal of turning Russia into a “modern and vibrant country” capable of achieving breakthroughs in all areas of life. After President Vladimir Putin appointed his new government and issued his first decrees and orders in early May 2018, the basic outline of what we could expect from his new term in office became clear. While his ina... more »

Will Sadr Shake Up the Political Landscape of Iraq?

Seth J. Frantzman at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Seth J. Frantzman* *Security, Middle East* [image: Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr attends a protest against western air strikes on Syria, in Najaf, Iraq April 15, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani] Fourteen years after his militias confronted the America in Sadr city, Muqtada al-Sadr is the kingmaker of Iraq. In 2005 Muqtada al-Sadr got on the cover of Time Magazine for the first time. “Ready or Not,” the cover stated in anticipation of the January 30, 2005, National Assembly elections. Sadr was in the background. He was, after all, one of the most famous figures to emerge aft... more »

Could the F-35 Stealth Fighter Be the 'New' F-4 Phantom?

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, North America* There is some eerie simalarities. Conventional wisdom can offer contradictory insights. Are we doomed to forget the past, and thus condemned to repeat it? Or are we always preparing to fight the last war while failing to think ahead about how the next one will be fought? From the standpoint of military strategy, it is at once important to learn from operational experience, without blindly assuming that future conflicts will playout in the same fashion. This brings us to the controversial, thousands of which are set to enter wide-scale... more »

How Israel Tried to Destroy Iran's Nuclear Program: Assassinate the Scientists

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Middle East* Did it work? Approaching eight o’clock on the morning of January 12, 2010 Professor Massoud Alimohammadi walked to his car parked next to his house in North Tehran, passing a small motorbike on the side of the road. The fifty-one-year-old elementary particle physicist was a leading Iranian theorist on quantum-field states, and known to his friends as a political moderate. As the professor’s open his car door, the person who had been observing him pressed a button on a remote control. The bike suddenly exploded with such force that all... more »

The J-15 Flying Shark: China Has Its Very Deadly Aircraft Carrier Jets

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Asia* But how good are they? China’s six-year-old carrier-aviation branch has been having an eventful couple of months: the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) second operational aircraft carrier, and first domestically built one, completed sea trials on May 22. Reportedly, it will have the space for a larger air wing of thirty-six J-15 jet fighters, though only ten were visible on deck during the launch ceremony. (Its predecessor, the *Liaoning*, could carry twenty-six.) Meanwhile, in April 2018 Chinese media trumpeted the debut of a new varian... more »

China's Navy Could Build the Ultimate Weapon: Arsenal Ships

Task and Purpose, Sarah Sicard at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Task and Purpose, Sarah Sicard* *Security, Asia* And they might have a unique property making them even more deadly. The Chinese navy may be putting a new spin on a classic warship: It’s looking into the possibility of giving missile-laden arsenal ships submersible properties, enabling them to hide stockpiles of missiles, undetectable to radar, below the ocean surface. The Chinese are exploring two arsenal-ship versions, according to Popular Science: One is a high-speed surface warship that can submerge at will, while the second is more similar to a traditional submarine. What ... more »

China Might Not Want to Stop a War with America Once It Starts

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Asia* And that spells all sorts of problems. It’s easier to start a war than to end a war, as many a nation has learned to its cost. That’s particularly true with China. In 1937, Japan tried to conquer China: eight years later, when Japan surrendered, it was still trying. By late 1951, the Korean War had degenerated into a stalemate, and still China battled UN troops while the negotiations at Panmunjon dragged on. So if a U.S.-China war happened today, how would it end? Once China goes to war, it may not be in a hurry for the conflict to end, according... more »

The Mauser 98: The Best Bolt-Action Rifle Ever Made

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Warfare History Network* *Security, Europe* We explain why. According to The History Channel’s Tales of the Gun, the Mauser 98 was “the best bolt action rifle ever made.” Author Robert W.D. Ball added that the Mauser was “a safe and robust rifle with a five-round clip, and the world’s most popular rifle; 30 countries used it, and 100 million units were manufactured between 1898-1945, during which it was employed in both world wars by the German Army. At 49 inches long, the shorter carbine K98k World War II version witnessed 14 million produced.” Ball’s epochal 2000 work Mauser ... more »

Gravity and a Deluge

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 1 day ago
It is a fact that when we go back in history things tend to become larger in size, whether dinosaurs or Egyptian temples at Luxor, or quarried stones at Baalbek in Lebanon. Coupled with this is the idea that gravity … Continue reading →

Gotham City Digest

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 1 day ago
...where the non-fake news and the Bat Signal are broken. ------------------------------ Robert Mueller must really love his job, explaining why this investigation is now entering its 13th month. And would Robert Mueller love his job? Mainly because Donald Trump is making it easy. And how is Agent Orange making Mueller's job easy? Well, when he blusters like this on Twitter and acts like a guilty man with so many skeletons to hide it would take NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building to house them all. Because we all know the Mueller investigation team is infamous for its leaks. A... more »

The Penhtagon Wants Robot Tanks And Ground Drones That Can Operate Independently

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division explain the capabilities of the multipurpose unmanned tactical transport. *We Are The Mighty/Warrior Maven*: *The Army wants robot attack tanks and ground war drones * The Army is engineering high-tech autonomy kits designed to give "robot" tanks and other armored combat vehicles an ability to operate with little or no human intervention, bringing new tactical and operational dimensions to the future of ground combat. Unmanned systems, utilized in a fast-evolving, high-threat ground combat operation, could enable robot vehicles to carry suppl... more »

The U.S. Military Is Checking Its M4s And M16s For A Dangerous Flaw

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The U.S. Army has changed the functions checks and immediate action drills for its M4 carbines and M16 rifles after discovering a flaw in many of the weapons. COURTESY OF THE U.S. ARMY *Stars and Stripes:* *Army updates automatic rifle procedures after soldier films misfiring M4A1* The Army is updating procedures for use of the M4A1 automatic rifle after a soldier recorded cellphone video of his weapon firing when it shouldn’t have. The video, recorded in late March, shows the soldier operating a rifle that has been converted from a standard M4, which can fire a maximum three-roun... more »

Some California Down Ballot Suggestions

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*There's no one that great running for governor but there's a great candidate for Superintedent of Public Instruction* Every couple of years at this point in the cycle, Californians ask me who to vote for in down ballot races. I don't know who will be the best judges but I try to figure it out. I spend my time trying to figure out who the best candidates for Congress will be. And in California the Democratic incumbents who really *don't* deserve reelection are Jim Costa, Ami Bera, Scott Peters and Lou Correa. Some the others are great-- like Ro Khanna, Ted Lieu, Alan Lowenthal, Barb... more »

Musical Interlude: Medwyn Goodall, “Eyes of Heaven”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Medwyn Goodall, “Eyes of Heaven” - https://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Separated by about 14 degrees (28 Full Moons) in planet Earth's sky, spiral galaxies M31 at left, and M33 are both large members of the Local Group, along with our own Milky Way galaxy. This narrow- and wide-angle, multi-camera composite finds details of spiral structure in both, while the massive neighboring galaxies seem to be balanced in starry fields either side of bright Mirach, beta star in the constellation Andromeda. Mirach is just 200 light-years from the Sun. But M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, is really 2.5 million light-years distant and M33, the Triangulum Galaxy, is also a... more »

"I Had An Experience..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"I had an experience... I can't prove it, I can't even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real! I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever... A vision of the universe that tells us, undeniably, how tiny, and insignificant and how... rare, and precious we all are! A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater than ourselves, that we are *not — that none of us — are alone!* I wish I could share that. I wish, that everyone, if only for one moment, could feel that awe, and humil...more »

X22 Report, “More Bear Market Indicators Were Just Triggered, Red Alert”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
X22 Report, “More Bear Market Indicators Were Just Triggered, Red Alert” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHMxV2gN7XY Related followup repiort: X22 Report, “Distractions Will Intensify As The Crimes Are Exposed” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A6y3Y79L4Y ○ X22 Report, “It's All Going Down The Summer Of 2018: Bix Weir” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi0E6m-kuaE

Agreement Between Refugee Agency and ICE to Share Sensitive Information Raises Concerns

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Parents who come forward to claim custody of children will have their fingerprints and immigration status inspected by ICE.

Did Martha Stewart Say She’d Refuse to Accept a Pardon from President Trump?

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
A satirical Twitter account added its own "update" to a report saying that President Trump was considering a pardon for Martha Stewart.

Down The Fakest Rabbit Hole Imaginable

dr.samizdat1618@gmail.com at Event Horizon Chronicle - 1 day ago
Things I have learned and have been shown: 1) A voice in my ear first told me about the secret underground bases in 1992. I have written three books about them and the plans for the high speed, mag-lev, tube shuttle trains. I have since learned that the scope of what was described to me in 1992 is truly vast. I do not know the full scale of its temporal-spatial extent. 2) *Ayahuasca *has shown me the hideous A.I. that runs this world. It is ghastly. Think of a galactic super-computer + cloning / genetic engineering + virtual reality simulacrum beamed right into your head or your D... more »

Health Insurance Remains an Issue for Students and Recent Grads

Tiffany Pennamon at Diverse - 1 day ago
A nationwide poll revealed that more than 70 percent of college students and recent graduates reported having difficulty finding affordable insurance coverage. Many students cited expensive premiums and high out-of-pocket costs as impediments to affordability.

Retail Giant to Offer Online Degrees for Employees

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
Walmart, one of America’s largest employers, is offering its workers a college education for $1 a day, the company recently announced.

Writing Groups as Counterspaces for Black Women Graduate Students at PWIs

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
It is no secret that Black women graduate students are severely underrepresented at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs). As a result, counterspaces that serve Black women specifically are needed now more than ever.

Russia, Clinton “Dirt”, & Mueller

Guess who has Hillary's Emails? Comrade... Continue reading →

Palestinian man executed in his car by Israeli soldiers

Robert Inlakesh at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:50 P.M)- A Palestinian man has been killed by Israeli Regime forces in the West Bank, the murder comes a day after a 21yr old nurse, Razan An-Najar, was killed in the Gaza Strip. Today in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil (Hebron), a 36 year old man identified as Ramy Sabreen, was […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Populous for the Sega MegaDrive/Genesis

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Raise land, lower land is basically all you need to get a handle on. Yes, that's *Populous*. Think back to a time before the internet, when the likes of Sega and Nintendo were but rumours in the ears of British gamers and the 16-bit roost was ruled by the Atari ST and Commodore's Amiga. Into this scene burst a little-known studio and their beguiling front man, one Peter Molyneux. And they had a product, no, *a genre* to sell. I can remember it well. Being round my mate's house, opening his *C&VG* and seeing the review of *Populous* for the very first time. I read the article and was... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 1 day ago

Q: "What is a classic book?"

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Writer Italo Calvino had fourteen answers to what makes a book a classic. These are my favourites: - The classics are books that exercise a particular influence, both when they imprint themselves on our imagination as unforgettable, and when they hide in the layers of memory disguised as the individual's ... unconscious. - A classic is a book which with each rereading offers as much of a sense of discovery as the first reading. - Classics are books which, the more we think we know them through hearsay, the more original, unexpected, and innovative we find them w... more »

Relaxing wild lion cub chills out in adorable pose

White Wolf at White Wolf - 1 day ago
The fluffy cub was snapped on the bright Serengeti in Tanzania by Yaron Schmid, 48. Yaron, originally a vet, now leads wildlife safaris and owns his own company of YS Wildlife Photography & Safaris. Yaron, who hails from Israel, said: “I’ve always loved animals and traveling, and wildlife photography is the best mix of the two. “While on a game drive in the Serengeti, we spotted a pride of lions on top of a rock formation (known as a “kopje”) near Namiri Plains. “This is an area known for big cats. There was one male, a few lionesses and many young cubs. The adults just wanted to s... more »

Jury Awards 4 Cents to Family of Black Man Killed by Deputy

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Jurors who awarded only 4 cents to the family of a black man fatally shot in his home by a deputy expressed confusion about the court's instructions as they struggled to reach a verdict.

Crashing Tests

Peter Greene at CURMUDGUCATION - 1 day ago
Yesterday's Dallas News reports that Texas has an even bigger testing screw-up on its hands than previously believed. Education authorities in Texas first believed that a mere 71,000 students were affected by computer crash issues during the high-tech administration of the STAAR test. But as stories have rolled in, it becomes apparent that things were far worse. Educational Testing Services, a grand old corporate handler of testing, had a miserable time with these tests, with servers throwing students off the test or barring their path. This is the third year ETS has had the contrac... more »

Who Or What Puts Trump In Greater Jeopardy Than Michael Cohen? Oh Yes... That's For Real

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Every now and then, we look in on Pam and Russ Martens at their very worthwhile blog, *Wall Street on Parade*. This title caught my attention yesterday; Deutsche Bank, not Michael Cohen, May Be Donald Trump’s Biggest Problem. With all the crap seeping out about Cohen-- and those tapes-- how can *anything* be more detrimental to Señor Trumpanzee? Thursday the *Wall Street Journal* and the *Financial Times* exploded a major bombshell. The Federal Reserve had noted-- officially-- that Deutsche Bank's U.S. business is in a "troubled condition." The FDIC, which provides Federal deposit ... more »

New Italian government set to repeal vaccine mandates

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 1 day ago
Parents in favor of choice are celebrating today; after months of negotiations, the Italians have finally “managed to form a government based on the Five Star Movement and the Northern League both of whom were opposed to vaccine mandates piloted by Beatrice Lorenzin and the previous center-left government.”While Giulia Grillo, the new Health Minister favors vaccines, […] The post New Italian government set to repeal vaccine mandates appeared first on Health Nut News.

"The Human Condition"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Human Condition"* by Meanings of Life "Man remains largely unknown of himself. What are we, in our innermost recesses, behind our names and our conventional opinions? What are we behind the things we do in our lives, behind what we see in others and what others see in us, or even behind things science says we are? Is man the crazy being about whom Carl Gustav Jung spoke ironically, when he demanded a man to treat? Is man the Dr. Jerkyll that contains in himself a criminal Mister Hyde, and more than a personality, and contradictory feelings? Are we the result of our dreams, as... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“You chose your dreams for the journeys they'd make possible, and you knew when you chose them there'd be obstacles, crises, and young souls who'd stand in your way. They exist by design. To tempt you, lure you, test you. So that you can come back, prevail, rise above, and rock on. And ultimately to convince you of your awesomeness. They're part of the plan. There've been no mistakes. All is supremely well. These are the days, mid-adventure, that will mean the most to you. And some of those young souls will forever remember the gift of your paths crossing.” “Enjoy the journey,” ... more »

"The Truth About The Employment Numbers – Nearly 102 Million Working Age Americans Do Not Have A Job Right Now"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Truth About The Employment Numbers – * *Nearly 102 Million Working Age Americans Do Not Have A Job Right Now"* by Michael Snyder "Don’t get too excited about the “good employment numbers” that you are hearing about from the mainstream media. The truth is that they actually aren’t very good at all. For years, the federal government has been taking numbers out of one category and putting them into another category and calling it “progress”, and in this article we will break down exactly what has been happening. We are being told that the U.S. unemployment rate has fallen to “3.8... more »

Space Pioneering: the passion and dream continue! (But leave the dusty Moon to others.)

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 1 day ago
I just returned from the International Space Development Conference at the LAX Sheraton in Los Angeles, where I had the honor to MC the awards luncheon, presenting to my friend (and NIAC colleague) Frank Drake the Pioneer Award for profound contributions to humanity’s outward vision. Other award recipients and honored guests included Jeff Bezos, Freeman Dyson, Buzz Aldrin… and Toni Weiskopf, legendary publisher of Baen Books, presented the Baen short story award winners. photo by Nadia DrakeThe day before, I gave a talk about Defense and Potential Conflict in Space at Northrup-Grumm... more »

June 2: Surprise of the day.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
Chinese now live longer than Americans. Of course they do. American governments are not interested in maintaining the health of Americans. The very wealthy can afford private health care. But for the rest? Who cares? Neither country has a wonderful record. (China ranks 37th and the U.S. 40th in the world.) China is not spectacularly better: But it is the one that is spectacularly improving. The U.S. is the one that is in decline. We're watching the same process in education as U.S. public schooling falls into chaos so that billionaires can make profits out of operating private sc... more »

Babchenko Stunt Torpedoes Western Media

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*June 2, 2018* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Some of the most prominent newspapers across the Western World spent much of the end of May editing or deleting humiliating headlines and articles falsely announcing the supposed death of Russian media figure Arkady Babchenko - who turned up very much alive and well shortly after the Ukrainian government claimed he was murdered by assassins. The humiliation suffered across the Western media also stems from the fact that most articles also included preliminary accusations against Russia for the "murder" - a now familiar pattern of assigning i... more »

DB on Emily, Katty and The Zurch

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
It's hard to reasonably disagree with DB about *any* of these, isn't it? The BBC's DNA is being invaded, via Twitter, by ever more strident mutations. Where's the Helen Boaden or Mary Hockaday to remind them that they aren't meant to discredit the BBC's reputation for impartiality, even on Twitter?

When Will The Pentagon Stop Using 9/11 To Justify Their Military Strategy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Army Gen. John Nicholson. US Army *Paul Szoldra, Task & Purpose*: *You Can Always Tell When Generals Don’t Have A Good Answer: They Invoke 9/11 * You can always tell when a general doesn’t really have a good answer to a question. He or she will attempt to scare the shit out of you by invoking 9/11. Army Gen. John Nicholson, the most recent U.S. commander in Afghanistan to kick the can down the road for two years before it’s picked up by the next guy, just became the latest general who cited preventing another 9/11 as a reason we’re still over there after 17 years. I understand wh... more »

Did Donald Trump Prevent a Black Man from Boarding His Yacht?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
A Florida man named Jesse Pariseau tweeted about an alleged encounter with Donald Trump which suggested the president is racist.

Pushing the Envelope: Why Was Kim’s Letter for Trump So Big?

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
A personal letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was inside a white envelope nearly as large as a folded newspaper.

U.S. Army Reveals A 'Third Arm' Exoskeleton For Soldiers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Times*: *Army releases footage of 'third arm' prototype resembling 'Aliens'-like tech* The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has released footage of a new “third arm” prototype for troops that shows the usefulness of exoskeletons on the battlefield. Infantrymen have been required to “shoot, move and communicate” while carrying heavy weapons throughout history, but future conflicts are primed to lessen the load with exoskeletons. A glimpse into the future was provided this week with a video uploaded to ARL’s YouTube channel. “It’s really falling into line with some of the ... more »

Encroaching Neoconservative Totalitarianism

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
Today we face the crisis of NEOCONSERVATIVE FASCISM. This crisis can be read through its myriad symptoms. One symptom is the rise of xenophobic and authoritarian individuals and philosophies within our formal structures of government. Today in *The Wall Street Journal* I read that the Anti-Defamation League and Muslim groups throughout the US are in strong opposition to a proposed aide for US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, a vehement neoconservative: Don Nissenbaum (2108, June 2-3). Pick for Bolton Aide Draws Criticism. The Wall Street Journal, p. A4. "As a conservative ... more »

Russia's S-400 presents Hilariously Ludicrous Conundrum for West and its Allies. But nobody's laughing...except the greencrow

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*Russia's Lethal S-400 Air Defense System* * on Their Way **... S-400 Triumph* * - SA-21 Growler* Over the past couple of months I've been watching with amusement as the West [Usrael and its allies] have been thrashing around, trying to come up with an appropriate and effective response to Putin's March 1st 2018 speech. This is the speech where he made the stunning announcement that, due to several new and unprecedented weapons, invented and built by Russians...the "arms race" which had been going on for decades since WWII...was effectively over. Putin declared Russia the winner ... more »

More Details Emerge On Sophisticated Cell-Phone Spying Equipment Found Near White House

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Members of the Secret Service patrol the top of the White House on April 6, 2015. (Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post) *Chicago Tribune/Washington Post:* *Signs of sophisticated cell-phone spying found near White House, say U.S. officials* A federal study found signs that surveillance devices for intercepting cellphone calls and texts were operating near the White House and other sensitive locations in the Washington area last year. A Department of Homeland Security program discovered evidence of the surveillance devices, called IMSI catchers, as part of federal testing last yea... more »

BREAKING: Bee and Reid and Avenatti oh my!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018Meanwhile, Traister explains:* Bee and Reid and Avenatti oh my! Then again, as we've been saying, it's all anthropology now. Today, we'll offer two perspectives on our tribe's tribal misconduct: Samantha Bee dropped a C-bomb on Ivanka Trump this week. Some members of our liberal team are now assembing academic treatises as to why this really wasn't especially bad after all. Our view? If you want to find someone who has lost her way in this regard, you should watch this seven-minute presentation by Rebecca Traister on last night's All In. Our view? Her prese... more »

If Trump Really Wanted to Fight the Deep State, He’d Pardon These 5 Heroes Instead of Criminals

Activist Post at Activist Post - 1 day ago
By John Vibes President Trump has recently used his power of pardon to absolve a number of high-profile individuals from criminal charges because they may... more »

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