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Sunday, July 8, 2018

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The Church and Political Causes

Fr. Lawrence FARLEY at OrientalReview.org - 12 hours ago
We live in a liberal democracy, where open political debate is allowed and encouraged. This includes the freedom to gather and protest peacefully. This is very good, and can help to build a healthy society. But building a better society is not the Church’s primary task, and never was, even in Byzantium. The post The Church and Political Causes appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

Brazil Seleção Comes to Terms with Loss in the 2018 World Cup

Contributing Reporter at The Rio Times - 12 hours ago
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After the Friday, July 6th devastating 2×1 loss to Belgium, Brazil has been dealing with disappointment as their 2018 World Cup dreams were dashed. Brazilian striker Neymar said yesterday (July 7th) that he is living the saddest moment of his career, and the team left […]

ISIS 'Capital' In Afghanistan Captured By U.S. Green Berets And Afghan Special Forces In Nangarhar Province

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
CNN *Military.com/Stars and Stripes*:* Green Berets, Afghan Special Forces Capture ISIS 'Capital' * U.S. and Afghan special operations troops -- in one of their largest joint operations -- captured a stronghold that Islamic State fighters claimed as their local capital, military officials said Saturday. No Americans or Afghan troops were killed in the offensive, which the U.S. military said killed 167 fighters from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or Daesh, and involved a complex multi-pronged attack on Gurgoray, a town purported to be the group's capital in Deh Bala di... more »

Agrarian Crisis and Climate Catastrophe: Forged in India, Made in Washington

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 12 hours ago
A view of the bone dry Cauvery river in Tiruchi on March 13, 2018. Photo Credit: M. Srinath CounterPunch, RINF, Countercurrents, Global Research, Dissident Voice India is under siege from international capital. It is on course not only to be permanently beholden to US state-corporate interests but is heading towards environmental catastrophe much faster than many may think. According to the World Bank's lending report, based on data compiled up to 2015, India was easily the largest recipient of its loans in the history of the institution. Unsurprisingly, therefore, the World Bank ex... more »

How Abortion and Climate Change are Related

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 12 hours ago
Believe it or not, San Francisco 9th Circuit Judge William Alsup, who just ruled on the Oil Majors Lawsuit, issued a ruling that should also be applied to abortion. Judge Alsup ruled basically that laws are to be written by the legislature, not the Judiciary. Imagine that, a liberal judge that actually understands the US … Continue reading "How Abortion and Climate Change are Related"

U.S. President Trump Travels To Europe This Tuesday For A NATO Meetting In Brussels And Then To A Summit With Russian President Putin In Helsinki

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump attends a working dinner meeting at the NATO headquarters during a NATO summit of heads of state and government in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. Matt Dunham/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo *Reuters*: *Transatlantic ties hang in the balance as Trump comes to Europe* BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - European leaders say they no longer have any illusions about Donald Trump as they welcome the U.S. president at a NATO summit this week, but they fear his “America first” agenda may force a moment of reckoning that works to no-one’s benefit. After searching for ... more »

Arctic Ice Persisting in July

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 12 hours ago
In June 2018, Arctic ice extent held up against previous years despite the Pacific basins of Bering and Okhotsk being ice-free. Now in July when ice extent typically declines, 2018 extents were flat, and now declining slowly. The Arctic core is showing little change, perhaps due to increased thickness (volume) as reported by DMI. The […]

The Real Lesson of the Scandals Surrounding Pruitt's Resignation

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: the-real-lesson-of-the-scandals-surrounding-pruitt-s-resignation] Ronald Reagan once quipped that politics is the second-oldest career and bears a striking resemblance to the oldest. In the decades since he made that observation, it has been demonstrated to be more true with each passing year. Case in point: the hypocritical fervor surrounding the resignation of EPA boss Scott Pruitt. Politics — not principles — have guided the entire affair.

Conservative Professor Prevails in Wisconsin Free-speech Case

James Murphy at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: conservative-professor-prevails-in-wisconsin-free-speech-case] John McAdams, a conservative law professor who was terminated by Marquette University in 2016, has won a victory for free speech.

A hardline take on the BBC's use of language

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
The word 'swullocking', I've just learned, is "a near-perfect old dialect word that describes a sweltering, sultry, and all-round sudiferous (sweat-inducing) day" It's certainly been a swullocking day in Morecambe today. The bay is looking like the Bay of Naples and it's so hot here that a volcano has just this very afternoon sprung up over the sea on the Furness Peninsula and within minutes erupted and buried Barrow. (Our thoughts and prayers, etc). Another word that's been on my mind recently is 'hardline'. As you know, 'hardline' means "advocating or involving a rigidly uncom... more »

Large-Scale Riots Between French Police And African Migrants Continue In The City Of Nantes For A 4th Night

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*The Telegraph:* *Nantes rioting enters fourth day as policeman charged over shooting of young black man * Rioting over the killing of a young black man by police erupted for the fourth consecutive night in the western French city of Nantes early Saturday despite an officer being charged with manslaughter. Groups of youths from housing estates torched vehicles and hurled petrol bombs at police, who responded with tear gas. A building was set on fire, but firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control. The clashes, which broke out after midnight, ended around dawn. The unre... more »

Does Trump Donate All of His Presidential Salary, While Obama Donated None?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
An Internet meme made misleading comparisons between presidential donations and the sizes of the first ladies' staffs, calling the Trumps "givers" and the Obamas "takers."

Episode #240 – ‘Chemically Dependent’ with special guests Vanessa Beeley and more

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 12 hours ago
*SUNDAY WIRE SHOW* | Strap yourselves in and lower the blast shield – this is your brave new world…

Semi-state Security Actors and Russian Aggression

kmartenguest at Lawfare - 12 hours ago
Photo Credit: Ria Novosti/Iliya Pitalev via RT *Editor’s Note: Russia is the most aggressive actor challenging the United States today, but the nature of that aggression differs from the past threat Moscow posed and, indeed, from the dangers posed by other U.S. adversaries. Barnard’s Kimberly Marten describes the range of actors Russia uses to advance its interests and the often-tenuous relationship they have with the Russian state.* *** Russian aggression is a central concern of the foreign and security policy community, with debate focusing on what Russian President Vladimir Pu... more »

Review: ‘Sorry To Bother You’ Refreshingly Defies Trends Of Corporate Cinema

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 12 hours ago
Boots Riley’s debut film, “Sorry To Bother You,” is a refreshingly defiant satire featuring magical realism to propel its story and message. The film skewers many ugly aspects of late-stage American capitalism while at the same time giving each main character plenty of space to express themselves, grapple with their The post Review: ‘Sorry To Bother You’ Refreshingly Defies Trends Of Corporate Cinema appeared first on Shadowproof.

WATCH: Innocent Woman Screams for Help as Police Drag Her Through the Street by Handcuffs

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: innocent] Disturbing video footage of a Tempe police officer dragging an innocent woman through the street by her handcuffs has sparked outrage online. The post WATCH: Innocent Woman Screams for Help as Police Drag Her Through the Street by Handcuffs appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Pruitt Will Be The Gift, Politically Speaking, That Keeps On Giving, Right Through 2019

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
*The Senate should have listened back then* On his last day in office, Scott Pruitt was still working to screw the American people-- for generations to come. According to a report this morning from the *NY Times*, on Friday, in his final hours in office, the EPA granted "a loophole that will allow a major increase in the manufacturing of a diesel freight truck that produces as much as 55 times the air pollution as trucks that have modern emissions controls." That followed "intense lobbying by a small set of manufacturers that sell glider trucks, which use old engines built before ne... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Musings On Iraq was quoted by Armed Conflict Location and Events Dataset "The Reconstitution of the Islamic State's Insurgency in Central Iraq" by Heni Nsaibia.

“The Return of Great Power competition.” Trump, Putin, and Xi navigate multipolar world (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 13 hours ago
The Duran – News in Review – Episode 48. The post “The Return of Great Power competition.” Trump, Putin, and Xi navigate multipolar world (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 8

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
1937 Sadabad Pact between Iraq Iran Turkey Afghanistan agreed to borders non- interference regional security 1973 Police Chief Kazzar and 20 coup plotters executed 1982 Saddam survived assassination attempt in Dujail Saddam ordered town destroyed 1500 residents arrested 150 executed 1991 Iraq admitted to UN inspectors it had 3 secret programs to enrich uranium to build a nuclear bomb Before Iraq denied it had any nuclear weapons program 1995 Ceasefire in Kurdish civil war ended as PUK and KDP went back to fighting over control of Irbil 2003 Blai... more »

Chinese 'Laser AK-47' Manufacturer Releases Video To Silence Skeptics

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Zero Hedge: **Chinese "Laser AK-47" Field Test Video Seeks To Silence Skeptics* To convince skeptics and naysayers the Chinese company that was the focus of international headlines after unveiling its “laser AK-47” that it claimed can set fire to a target from nearly a kilometer away has released a video of the weapon being tested as proof of its capability. As we highlighted, among the first to call bullshit on the claims published in a South China Morning Post report detailing the ZKZM-500 produced by the Xian Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics under the Chinese Acade... more »

U.S. Secretary Of State Pompeo Answers Pyongyang Accusation That He Operated Like A 'Gangster' By Responding The 'World Is A Gangster'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*CNN:* *Mike Pompeo dismisses North Korea's 'gangster' comments, says talks are going well* (CNN)US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dismissed North Korea's accusation of a "gangster-like mindset" in denuclearization talks, saying the two nations had productive conversations that will continue in the days ahead. Pompeo brushed aside the comments Sunday, saying "if those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster," and noting that the UN Security Council has been clear on what North Korea needs to achieve. He spoke in Tokyo with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts af... more »

Ethiopian - Eritrean Summit Begins To Formally End Decades Of Conflict

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*DW*: *Ethiopian leader arrives in Eritrea for landmark summit* After a 20-year long border dispute, the two leaders in the Horn of Africa have met in the Eritrean capital, Asmara. There are hopes this first step will develop a long-lasting good relationship. The greeting between Ethiopia's newly elected reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and neighboring Eritrea's longtime President Isaias Afwerki in Eritrea's capital Asmara has been broadcast live in both countries. It is a scene that seemed improbable just a couple months ago. Abiy's chief of staff, Fitsum Arega, posted photos... more »

A Na’vi Walks Into A Bar….

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 13 hours ago
So what's the night life like on a Friday at Disney Springs? How was Pandora? What about off-site or a trip report from the Space Coast? Continue reading →

Rescuing Polar Bears

tonyheller at The Deplorable Climate Science Blog - 14 hours ago
With all this thick ice in the Arctic, Polar bears are having a difficult time finding places to drown. FullSize_CICE_combine_thick_SM_EN_20180707.png (1337×1113) Reality is no impediment to climate scientists, who will say whatever lies are necessary to keep funding coming in.

LIVE: Thai Cave Rescue Underway

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: This is an incredible story, and it is the number one story throughout Asia right now. *Daily Mail:* *Four members of Thai soccer team are OUT of the cave - but the other eight and their coach will remain underground until tomorrow* * Half of the soccer team trapped inside a flooded Thai cave have now been brought out and taken to hospital * Remaining six schoolboys and coach will wait until tomorrow to be saved, Thai Public Broadcast Service said * The treacherous rescue operation to save 12 young Thai footballers from a flooded cave begun this morning * Eighteen ... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin See post below this one for today's remaining links. Yandex is already Russia's Google — now it's planning to become Russia's Amazon Trump reportedly gave out his personal cell phone number to world leaders and US officials 'had no idea' he was making calls BANK OF AMERICA: Oil is now a 'game of chicken' and completely cutting off Iran could send it soaring to $120 a barrel Leaked Chinese Memo Warns Of "Thucydides Trap" With US, "War Is Unavoidable" The State Of New Jersey Just Signed Its Own Death Warrant Spacecraft With Revolutionary Heat Shield Will "Touch The Sun”... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin links disappearing again -I'm starting a new page One Third Americans Don't Believe 6 Million Jews Killed in Holocaust China Buys Rcord Amounts Russian Soy, Shuns US FB Thought Declaration Independence Quotes Hates Speech Brain-Eating Amoeba Found In Louisiana Water Again All Time High Temp Records Southern California Denmark Will Be First Country To Be 100% Organic 2020 (Portuguese)

Sunday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 14 hours ago
This and that for your Sunday reading. - Ed Finn writes that we shouldn't believe claims that Canada lacks money for social benefits when Lib and Con governments have deliberately chosen not to bring in the revenue needed to fund them: Canadian governments back in the 1960s and ‘70s never asked where the money was coming from when they launched our public health care system, the Canada Pension Plan, unemployment insurance, and other social programs. These programs were at their peak in 1975, when the country’s per capita GDP was just $7,489.94. Making historical comparisons is comp... more »

How the US Media Have Whitewashed NeoNazis in Ukraine

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 14 hours ago
*Daniel Lazare* | The truth is that America will back extremists so long as it serves to encircle Russia and advance NATO’s drive eastward.

VIDEO: Kurdish forces slowly advance against ISIS in eastern Syria

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:35 P.M.) – A US-backed Kurdish group has scored a steady but sluggish progress in eastern Syria as the Islamic State ferociously fights back to defend its last foothold in the Syrian desert. Backed heavily by the US coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured the towns of al-Madina and Qabrata located south-east […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Jihadists blown into pieces in failed assault on east Idlib

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:10 P.M.) – An entire squad of jihadi militants were literally blown into pieces when they were trapped in a landmine field near an outpost for the Syrian Army in east Islib countryside. Fighters from the Nusra-affiliated Hurras Ad-din group attempted to attack the Syrian Army positions in Lobidah town of east Idlib […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Daraa rebels hand over unbelievably huge quantities of weapons

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:50 P.M.) – Militants who surrendered to the Syrian Army in Daraa province have pledged to hand over all their weapons in exchange of having their status settled. The weapons expected to be handed over include anti-tank ATGMs type Milan, HJ-8 and Fagot, in addition to huge quantities of light, medium and heavy […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Rebels in Daraa form new army to fight Syrian forces

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 P.M.) – Even though the Syrian Army has recaptured most of the rebel-held areas in Daraa province, it seems that some smaller rebel groups still hope to maintain what left of their territories by fighting the Syrian forces. Some 11 rebel groups have issued a joint statement announcing the formation of “Army […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Jihadist rebels pull back forces in northern Hama after reports of new offensive surface

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels have pulled back their forces from the are near the government front-lines in northern Hama this morning, a military source told Al-Masdar News. According to the military source, eyewitnesses inside the jihadist lines informed the Syrian Arab Army that Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham moved back their forces in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Media Silent As US Agrees To ‘Full Implementation’ of United Nations Gun Control Pact

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: gun] The United States quietly agreed to an alarming gun control agreement presented by the UN to track "the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons." The post Media Silent As US Agrees To ‘Full Implementation’ of United Nations Gun Control Pact appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Karma? Poachers Eaten by Lions After Breaking into Game Reserve to Kill Endangered Rhinos

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: lions] At least three men who broke into a game reserve, armed with supplies to kill rhinos and poach their horns, were found mauled to death by lions. The post Karma? Poachers Eaten by Lions After Breaking into Game Reserve to Kill Endangered Rhinos appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

From whose perspective?

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 15 hours ago
A mentor of mine had a very common question he would ask of colleagues. A colleague (including this one) would be recounting that a client meeting went well. The mentor would simply ask “From whose perspective?” Let this question sink … Continue reading →

Louisiana's coastal survival depends on Supreme Court choice | Opinion

Bob Marshall, columnist at Louisiana Environment and Flood Control - 15 hours ago
Justice Anthony Kennedy's swings to the middle made the difference in 5-4 votes for environmental protections.

Roads Melt In Oz “Winter Heatwave”!!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t quasoveritas/mary stewart This is typical of the garbage we get so often from so called newspapers: BRITAIN is not alone in experiencing a record-breaking heatwave, with soaring temperatures across the world being blamed for multiple deaths. Roads have melted in Australia….. Up to 50 motorists were left […]

No More Parties?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
As discussion in the public square gets uglier and uglier, Andrew Nikiforuk returns to a suggestion Simone Weil made over eighty-five years ago: It's time to abolish political parties: Simone Weil, a French philosopher and mystic, concluded that political parties had become organizations dedicated to one purpose: “killing in all souls the sense of truth and justice.” Although her radical essay calling for the abolition of political parties wasn’t published until 1950, it remains the only polished political stone on a beach now smothered in plastic. Weil believed that political p... more »

WATCH: 911 Calls Ignored, Dozens Died Because Police Dept Was Getting Wasted During Hurricane

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: hurricane] While residents lost everything during Hurricane Irma, the police officers they called for help decided to throw a party and get drunk instead. The post WATCH: 911 Calls Ignored, Dozens Died Because Police Dept Was Getting Wasted During Hurricane appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

WATCH: Philly Cops Attack and Arrest Black Teen for Selling Bottled Water

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: black] A group of black teenagers was forcefully arrested after they were reported to the police for selling bottled water on a hot day. The post WATCH: Philly Cops Attack and Arrest Black Teen for Selling Bottled Water appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Who Controls The Russian Forces Near Deir al-Zour?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Kimberly Marten, War On The Rocks:* *The Puzzle of Russian Behavior in Deir al-Zour* A frightening event in U.S.-Russia relations unfolded in February near Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria, as both sides battled the remnants of the Islamic State. In violation of a 2015 deconfliction agreement that divided the area into zones of Russian and U.S. military control, around 500 pro-Syrian fighters – most of whom spoke Russian, but whose citizenship remains unverified – crossed the Euphrates River to the U.S. side from the Russian-controlled zone. On Feb. 7 these fighters used Russian tan... more »

Sunday song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago

Global Threats Of Islamic Terrorism Continue To Spread

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*New York Times:* *ISIS May Be Waning, but Global Threats of Terrorism Continue to Spread* WASHINGTON — In Germany and France, the authorities thwarted terrorists’ plots to attack with the deadly poison ricin. In eastern Syria, the Islamic State continued its retreat under stepped-up assaults by Kurdish militia and Iraqi pilots. And extremists in Yemen, Somalia and Libya were targeted by American airstrikes. That spate of action, over the past few weeks alone, illustrates the shifting and enduring threat from Islamic extremism around the world that will last long after the Islamic... more »

Are North Koreans That Informed About 'Fake News' In The U.S.?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Washington Post *Daily Caller:* *North Korean Guide Cracks A Joke About ‘Fake News’ CNN And NBC During Pompeo’s Trip To Pyongyang* One North Korean official reportedly decided to have a little fun with media accompanying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his recent visit to North Korea. As reporters boarded a van that would take them from the airport to the guesthouse in Pyongyang, one of the media handlers asked about the various outlets represented. “No CNN or NBC reporters?” he asked, jokingly adding, “In this van, no fake news.” The two outlets have been targets of constant c... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Texas Educators, Employees Showing Increased Interest in ‘School Marshal’ Program* A program in Texas which trains armed educators and employees has seen increasing interest since the recent deadly school shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas. One of the training programs, run by the Alamo Area Council of Governments Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy (AACOG) in San Antonio currently has 16 participants, the biggest group to sign up since it began in 2014. Adjunct instructor Richard Bryan said enrollees don’t want to be helpless in deadly situations. “Fr... more »

BWorld 223, Ease of setting up and closing down business

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 16 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last June 18, 2018. Last June 6, I attended the “Seminar on Protecting your Trademarks and Inventions Overseas” jointly organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), held at the PCCI building in McKinley Hill, Taguig City. The main audience of that seminar were entrepreneurs and companies big and small to help them be aware of existing intellectual property rights (IPR) rules and their protection, commercialization, licensing and dispute resolution. I do not represe... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Here Are Five Of The Biggest Wins Pruitt Racked Up During His Time At The EPA* President Donald Trump accepted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation letter Thursday, but the embattled agency chief managed to complete a large chunk of the president’s climate agenda before leaving. Trump pegged Pruitt to lead the agency in February 2017 as the president sought to nix huge swaths of former President Barack Obama’s regulations. The former Oklahoma attorney general was famous for filing nearly a dozen lawsuits against Obama’s EPA. Pruitt cite... more »

China's Naval Expansion Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Newsweek:** China Military Expansion Plans Revealed as New Warships Launched* Chinese plans to expand the country's regional power projection have been revealed by leaked internal military documents, indicating that Beijing is expanding its armed forces to protect its interests around the globe. The documents came to light as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) navy launched two advanced warships designed for surface warfare, long-range air defense and anti-submarine operations, as the country's naval modernization continues apace. The leaked document—obtained by the Kyodo News a... more »

Multilateral anti-development banks

Paul Driessen at CFACT - 16 hours ago
Five "multilateral development banks," along with the European Investment Bank and Islamic Development Bank, released a joint report on what they call “climate finance” – which last year jumped a whopping 30% – to a staggering $34 billion dollars! How does this impact getting energy to the poor?

July heat: Global warming or summer?

CFACT at CFACT - 16 hours ago
Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and July heat are all part of the American experience, and global warming did not cause any of them.

Who is EPA’s Andrew Wheeler?

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 16 hours ago
Scott Pruitt’s departure leaves Andrew Wheeler as the acting administrator of the EPA for the foreseeable future, with much speculation as to how the former lobbyist and lawyer will run the agency.

30-years later, James Hansen blasts renewables

CFACT at CFACT - 16 hours ago
Hansen: “The notion that renewable energies and batteries alone will provide all needed energy is fantastical. It is also a grotesque idea, because of the staggering environmental pollution from mining and material disposal, if all energy was derived from renewables and batteries.”

1936 Vs. The Official Hottest Year Ever

tonyheller at The Deplorable Climate Science Blog - 16 hours ago
From June 15 to September 14, 1936. Clinton, Missouri had sixty-four days over 100 degrees, nineteen days over 110 degrees, a peak temperature of 118 degrees, and an average afternoon temperature of 103 degrees. For the entire year of 1936, … Continue reading →

Hayek, Mises and Classical Liberalism

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 16 hours ago
Last month I gave a lecture at SFL-PH, small but engaged audienced. Six sections: (1) Hayek, (2) Mises, (3) Classical liberals, (4) Pre-classical, (5) Modern liberals, and (6) Bonus. Hayek was a very prolific writer, produced many books and manuscripts from 1931 to 1980s. Likewise among his mentors, Mises was also a prolific writer. Among the classical liberals, Adam Smith was a stand out. His prior work "Theory of Moral Sentiments" provided the philosophical and economic background to his more famous work, "The Wealth of Nations." Other classical liberals were David Ricardo (l... more »

Argentina: The Spaceships of Lara

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 16 hours ago
*Argentina: The Spaceships of Lara * *By Luis Burgos (ICOU & FAO)* There are times when those of us who have spent years researching the UFOs, having covered thousands of kilometers in search of the phenomenon, having heard countless stories of all sorts, formulated dozens of hypotheses and evidenced over a thousand imprints of alleged landings in our fields, can still be surprised. Every so often there is a case that shatters the constants of the subject and this is what happened when we were told the story of Lara... Lara is a small town of the Cumbres Calchaquíes region, belong... more »

Did A U.S. Transport Plane Land In Pyongyang To Pick Up The Remains Of U.S. Soldiers Killed From The Korean War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
This morning a U.S. C-130 transporter plane flew from Pyongyang to Yokota airbase at 04.30 in the morning, photo by @KoryoTours guide and flight data shows But this is 11.5 hours *before* Pompeo is due to fly out today. What was this flight for? Was it collecting cargo? pic.twitter.com/pMndejykhy — Chad O'Carroll (@chadocl) July 7, 2018 *WNU Editor: *It could be there to pick up the cars that US Secretary of State Pompeo used in North Korea, but it flew out 11.5 hours before he left the country. In that case, there is no other reason for a U.S. transport plane to be in Pyongyang... more »

Trump's Favorability Has Dropped In Every Single State-- And That Will Hurt Republicans In November

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
*Trump is underwater-- and so is his party-- especially in swing states* We were all aware that Señor Trumpanzee’s net approval rating-- the percentage of people who approve of the president minus the percentage who disapprove-- has declined nationally since January 2017 but what's a little surprising is that Señor T's net approval has declined in *all 50 states* since he took office. ALL.50.STATES. The states where he fell the hardest were blue states where people had decided to keep an open mind and to give him a chance after he moved into the White House-- like New Mexico, where ... more »

BWorld 222, Austrian thinkers and the G7 zero tariff challenge

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 17 hours ago
* This is my column in BusinessWorld last June 14, 2018. *“To act on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power which enable us to shape the processes of society entirely to our liking, knowledge which in fact we do not possess, is likely to make us do much harm.”* — Friedrich Hayek, “The Pretence of Knowledge,” Nobel Prize lecture, Dec. 11, 1974. This piece of advice from a famous classical liberal Austrian thinker should be a constant reminder to central planning-thinking leaders and officials in governments around the world, especially in communist and socialist soc... more »

ICYMI: Getting Read for Travel Edition (7/8)

Peter Greene at CURMUDGUCATION - 17 hours ago
We'll be flying off to visit family later this week, and there will probably not be an edition next weekend. But here's some things to read from this week. Remember to share. *How Education Philanthropy Can Accidentally Promote Groupthink* Rick Hess takes a look at how philanthropists silence dissent (even if they don't mean to, which is a generous interpretation, but this is still worth a look). *More States Opting To Robo-grade Essays By Computer* I responded to this over at Forbes this week, but this really stupid trend just won't die. *10 Tech Tools That Will Make You a Super ... more »

Genociding Germany

Lasha Darkmoon at The Truthseeker - 17 hours ago
The writing is on the wall. The old Germany of our Christian ancestors is in the process of being destroyed. And after Germany, Europe is the target

Catholic Bishop: Europe Migrant Crisis ‘Orchestrated’ by International Powers

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 17 hours ago
Gradually the real nature of the 'crisis' is being recognised

The Prince and The Magician

Anoop Verma at The Verma Report - 17 hours ago
In John Fowles’s novel *The Magus*, Nicholas Urfe, the protagonist, after being abandoned by Maurice Conchis and his team of actors, is in Conchis’s vacant house looking for information on what is going on. On a bookshelf he finds a few sheets of paper on which someone has scribbled secret instructions, unfinished poetry, and an intriguing three-page fairytale, which is told without any commentary from Fowles or the novel’s characters. I think the moral of the fairytale is that you can appreciate life only after you have gazed into the void which lies at the end of life. *The Princ... more »

Met weather claims sound like hot air

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Booker has fun with the Met Office today: Met weather claims sound like hot air There have been serious question marks over the eagerness of the Met Office (invariably echoed by the BBC) to claim that some day, month or year has been the “hottest ever recorded”. And no […]

Sunday morning music

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 18 hours ago
Here's a group I'm sure most of you have never heard of. It's Clamavi De Profundis, a family group who, among other works, interpret the songs of J. R. R. Tolkien as depicted in his books and in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "The Hobbit" trilogy of movies. They have their own YouTube channel, where you'll find most of their songs. I'll post just three here to whet your appetite. From The Lord of the Rings, here's "The Passing of the Rohirrim", a song of mourning for the Riders of Rohan who died in the Siege of Gondor and elsewhere. And here's their interpretation of "T... more »

That racist President Trump

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
https://youtu.be/8cYxM7LNU6g President Donald Trump is a racist, or so the majority of the media would have you believe. This video puts the lie to that narrative.

Autism’s Tag, You’re It

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
By Cathy Jameson Wandering is a heart-stopping, life-threatening dangerous reality for many families, mine included. I haven’t written about wandering in quite a while. That’s because it’s been a long time since Ronan has attempted to wander. Until last week....

More footage from the USA that you will never see on the Trump-hating BBC

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
https://youtu.be/jtSsKuNsfXQ "Drain the swamp"

SYRIA: The Terrorists and their Backers, Including U.K, U.S Media are “Loathsome, Uncultured and Malignant”

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 18 hours ago
*Marcus Papadopoulos + Syria Times* | "Syrian soil will remain Syrian, not American or British"

Approximately 20 percent of refugees return to Hama province

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
About 20 percent of refugees have returned from temporary housing to their homes in the province of Hama after the liberation of the region from militants, Hama governor Mohammad Abdullah Hazzouri told reporters. “Across the province of Hama about 20 percent of residents have returned to their homes from temporary accommodation facilities. We can assist many of them ourselves. But there […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Over 50 tribes meet in Aleppo to reject US, Turkish, French presence in Syria

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Over 50 tribes and clans in northern Syria met inside the Aleppo Governorate on Saturday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. According to the SANA report, the meeting was called “In Retaliation for the US, French and Turkish Interference in Syria.” During the meeting, the 55 tribes and clans […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkey sacks over 18,000 public service workers over Gulen links in new decree

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
The Turkish government has adopted a decree in line with the state of the emergency regime, declared following the 2016 coup attempt, the official Resmi Gazete reported. Turkey has announced the dismissal of another 18,632 people from the civil service over suspected links to the movement of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, referred to as the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) by Ankara and accused […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army seizes large cache of weapons at Jordanian crossing (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized a large cache of weapons that were left behind by the rebel forces at the Nassib Crossing in Daraa. According to a report from the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the rebel forces left behind a wide variety of weapons, including armored vehicles, missiles, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Rio Nightlife Guide for Sunday, July 8, 2018

Jack Arnhold at The Rio Times - 19 hours ago
We have the top three picks for this Sunday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option. PARTY: After-Blocos @ Terraço Lagoa (Lagoa) – This party promises to bring all the best bits of Carnival back to Rio de Janeiro at this out-of-season time. There will be […]

Watchdog finds no evidence of nerve agents in Syria’s Douma attack

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
The Douma attack sparked a wave of cruise missile strikes because, allegedly, the Syrian government used nerve agents. Now it transpires that there were none

Israel blames Hamas for deaths of children its soldiers killed

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
Deflecting blame for the deaths of Palestinian boys and girls killed by its soldiers, Israel claims they were lured into the firing line by Hamas with candy

N. Korea regrets US attitude & unilateral denuclearization demands during Pompeo talks

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
North Korea thinks Pompeo has reneged on the deal. Accuses Washington of a "gangster like" attitude

TV’s Subversive Message: Sick is Healthy

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
The TV hero is a deviant, misfit or weirdo. We cheer as he makes the world conform to him. Henry Makow explains

German Opposition Party Files Charges Against Seven NGOs for Human Trafficking

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
Among the groups being charged for human trafficking are Save the Children Germany and Doctors Without Borders Germany

TV presenter: Call for donations: Klaas Heufer-Umlauf wants to charter ships to help refugees

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
Talk about currying favour with the oligarch media owners. The appeal will no doubt do wonders for the presenter's career prospects

Sunday Sermonette

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
*Seize the High Ground* Some of you haters have questioned the need for a US Space Command. Others have been more supportive of the new sixth branch of the US Armed Services. (seventh branch if you count CIA as a non-uniformed service branch) KC-10 refuels a new Space Force F-38 X-Wing over Truckee, CA. (h/t Odie) Fredd's Aunt Sally may be going into the business of making rations for the new Space Force that can survive and remain as edible in the vacuum of space as they were down on Earth. There is some logic to that, I guess. I'm sure that we'll see more cool toys coming out for ... more »

Official ‘D’ Day: Dive Team has Entered Thai Cave to Rescue ‘Wild Boar’ Soccer Team

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 20 hours ago
CNN Published on Jul 7, 2018 Thai authorities say a dive team has entered the cave to begin an extraction operation of a trapped soccer team. end

Mai Van Dinh Interview - Part 1 of 4 Interviews

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
Youtube link: *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfrOR4QykEY&frags=pl%2Cwn* *Man Van Dinh is a Vietnamese Fisherman who speaks openly about the Formosa Chemical Company poisoning of the water in Vietnam. He bravely speaks about his experiences and the hardships that this Chinese chemical factory has brought to the fishermen and residents in the coastal area and his anger and discontent with the Governments handling of this situation. He speaks frankly of the government corruption and sees them as sell outs to the Chinese Government which he believes is the enemy of his people and sho... more »

If you want to know whether Theresa May's 'Brexit' plan is a sellout, listen to the BBC

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
The BBC's coverage of Theresa May's 'Brexit' plan if the plan had been for anything other than the softest of Brexit would have been full of apocalyptic warnings from Remainers. That it isn't shows that this plan is for the softest of 'Brexits' and the BBC is satisfied.


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
*by Noah* Scott Pruitt, one of Trump's "Best People" and uber Swamp Thing is gone. It's a nice bit of news but that news has to be tempered with the fact that the new cretin will be every bit as bad, if not worse, for America and the world. The new EPA clown will probably be more clever at hiding his scandals. How could he not be? He'll also probably be better at not drawing so much attention to himself while he continues the Republican Party agenda of destroying the planet for fun, profit, and personal gain. In other words: Meet the new douchebag, same as the old douchebag. Ther... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Japan says reaffirmed commitment to North Korea sanctions with U.S., South Korea https://t.co/4ElCMVpMlV — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 8, 2018 Haiti suspends its plan to increase fuel prices that has triggered violent protests and left one dead in the Caribbean nation pic.twitter.com/B7Ww1KsdVn — TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) July 8, 2018 China’s ‘supergun’ to be fitted to new destroyers https://t.co/xyeqRbJDE1 pic.twitter.com/7UqcQsAYHA — Missile Defense AA (@MissileDefAdv) July 7, 2018 Daniel Cordier: France's last Resistance hero from World War Two https://t.co/O1MPIf8NE... more »

Syrian Army prepares for major showdown in Daraa city

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) long-awaited battle for Daraa city is approaching, as several units redeploy to the provincial capital. For nearly two weeks, the Syrian Arab Army has been involved in a fierce battle with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in eastern and southern Daraa. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian Orthodox Church, Vatican team up to rebuild Christian sites in Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
The Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches have begun implementing a plan aimed at reconstruction of Christian churches and monasteries destroyed during the years of Syrian war, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the Department of External Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, told TASS on Saturday. “We have taken on reconstruction, and some […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Czech justice minister: plagiarism, sycophancy, lies, obstruction of justice

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
The story of Mrs Taťána Malá [the first name is popular in Russia, the surname means "Small"] is infuriating but what's "refreshing" is that this scandal has nothing to do with the PC globalists' war on the civilization. Former Slovak communist agent and billionaire Andrej Babiš won 30% in the elections in October 2017. It turned out to be extremely hard for him to earn a majority in the Parliament and his government hasn't earned confidence yet – after almost 9 months. In the freshly announced second government, one with social democrats that should be silently "tolerated" by the c... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Army Soldiers with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment fire artillery alongside Iraqi Security Force artillery at known ISIS locations near the Iraqi-Syrian border, June 5, 2018. US Army *WNU Editor:* The above picture came from this photo-gallery ....* These photos of US troops hammering ISIS in Syria and then playing baseball are straight outta 'Apocalypse Now'* (Business Insider)

Japan, South Korea, And The U.S. Reaffirmed Their Commitment To North Korea Sanctions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono and South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha shake hands for members of the media as they meet in Tokyo, Japan, July 8, 2018. Andrew Harnik/Pool via Reuters *Reuters: **Japan says reaffirmed commitment to North Korea sanctions with U.S., South Korea* TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono said on Sunday Tokyo, the United States and South Korea reaffirmed their commitment to implement sanctions against North Korea until it abandoned its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program... more »

What Is Trump Most Likely To Give Putin In Helsinki?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Early this morning we looked into the lumbering ape's idiotic foray into Great Falls, Montana. Totally left out that part about North Korea and Kim Jong Un. "We signed," said the imbecile, "a wonderful paper saying they're going to denuclearize their whole thing. It's going to all happen." Maybe he's so popular in Great Falls because the verbal school level is pre-school? Off maybe because the people there like feeling smarter than "the president." First of all, apart from mimicking the verbal skills of a mid-level chimp, he's flat out lying that North Korea has agreed to denuclea... more »

Widespread Riots Erupt Thoughout Haiti Over Gas Price Hike

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*FOX News:** Haiti protests leave US church youth groups stranded in Caribbean nation as violence, roadblocks continue* As the violent protests in Haiti over fuel prices continued, youth groups from multiple U.S. churches have remained in the Caribbean nation, unable to get to the airport to travel home. The nonprofit My Life Speaks said the mission teams from Woodland Community Church in Bradenton, Fla., and the Glade Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn., have stayed in Haiti, unable to get to the airport due to protests and roadblocks. Major protests erupted in Haiti on Friday as the... more »

Is The US Navy's New Ford-Class Aircraft Carriers A Game Changer?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
USS Gerald Ford *Daniel Gouré, RCD*: *The Navy's New Ford-Class Aircraft Carriers Could Be a Game Changer (And We Need More of Them)* With their ability to move globally, project power against the land from a sovereign base at sea, act as the centerpiece for the organization of naval forces to exert sea control and to deploy a wide array of aerial platforms, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN) may be this nation’s number one asymmetric military advantage. Our prospective adversaries have acknowledged as much by their extensive and expensive efforts to place the CVN at risk.... more »

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