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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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January 3rd – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #714

sundance at The Last Refuge - 21 minutes ago
In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and … Continue reading →

Thursday January 3rd – Open Thread

sundance at The Last Refuge - 21 minutes ago
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those … Continue reading →

Australian Daily Electrical Power Generation Data – Wednesday 2nd January 2019

By Anton Lang ~ This Post details the daily power consumption data for the AEMO coverage area in Australia. For the background information, refer to the Introductory Post at this link. Each image is shown here at a smaller size to fit on the page alongside the data for that day. If you click on … Continue reading "Australian Daily Electrical Power Generation Data – Wednesday 2nd January 2019"

The U.S. Navy Is Hoping That Drones Would Fill A Gap In Aircraft Carrier Defenses

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 52 minutes ago
Boeing conducts an MQ-25 deck-handling demonstration at its facility in St. Louis, Missouri, in January 2018. US Navy/Boeing *Business Insider:* *The US Navy's carriers have a gaping hole in their defenses against a growing threat, and drones may soon fill it* * The US military is gearing up for a conflict with a comparable adversary. * At sea, this means countering new threats to aircraft carriers and to their air wings. * The US Navy retired one of its main anti-submarine hunters a decade ago and may need a new kind of aircraft to replace it. The return of great-power competition... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 52 minutes ago
AFP - Defence Ministry: Niger Army Kills at Least 280 Boko Haram Militants - "Niger's army killed more than 280 Boko Haram militants near the southeast border with Nigeria in days of land and air raids, the defence ministry said." https://t.co/gVUnRm99Ln pic.twitter.com/ldrdGdZrpM — Small Wars Journal (@smallwars) January 3, 2019 Nasa's New Horizons: 'Snowman' shape of distant Ultima Thule revealed https://t.co/g1QZXjzL2i — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) January 2, 2019 BREAKING: The lunar explorer Chang'e 4 touched down at 10:26 a.m. Beijing time, making the first-ever landing on ... more »

National Security Debates on the Border and Beyond

Two national security issues are casting a long shadow over 2019. By Mark Alexander ~ “The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and … Continue reading "National Security Debates on the Border and Beyond"

Facebook Apologizes After Banning Evangelist Franklin Graham

By Alexander Hall ~ Facebook has banned conservatives again, this time Rev. Franklin Graham, who heads Samaritan’s Purse. Facebook issued an official apology after banning iconic Graham (pictured) for 24 hours over a 2-year-old post. In mid-December, Franklin Graham, the son of American evangelist Billy Graham, accepted Facebook’s apology for the 24-hour-ban, but expressed suspicion … Continue reading "Facebook Apologizes After Banning Evangelist Franklin Graham"

China makes world-first landing on far side of the Moon

Just In - 55 minutes ago
The Chinese National Space Agency lands a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon for the first time — part of an ambitious push to explore its resources and potential as a space base.

Netflix begs fans not to do #birdboxchallenge

Just In - 55 minutes ago
The streaming service releases a statement after hit movie Bird Box inspires the latest internet craze and has people attempting to do things blind folded.

Wild Eyes yacht find prompts emotional reaction from former sailor Abby Sunderland

Samantha Jonscher And Alice Dempster at Just In - 55 minutes ago
American former sailor Abby Sunderland said her "heart skipped a beat" upon hearing her abandoned yacht Wild Eyes was found off the coast of South Australia.

Platte River Power’s “Green” Folly

By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ In the wacky game of power generating utilities going green, Colorado’s Platte River Power Authority is a true leader. Today they get 65 percent of their juice from coal, but their new green goal is to be “emissions free” by 2030. “Emissions free” refers to harmless CO2 emissions. As I … Continue reading "Platte River Power’s “Green” Folly"

Cuomo the Elder: Joe Has What It Takes to Be Your President

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 57 minutes ago
New York Gov. Cuomo the Elder (D-NY) the second generation, coattail riding, liberal BS artist said that former Vice President *Joe Biden is the most credible of all* the potential unannounced Democratic presidential candidates that may will be running in 2020. *Biden- Always There with Trusted **Advice* "The main issue for Democrats is not going to be the articulation of the negative, it is going to be the articulation of the positive, and credibility. Of all the names that are out there, I think Joe Biden has the best case … because he brings most of the secret ingredient you n... more »

The Nature Of Conservatism Explains The Profound Corruption Of The Republican Party

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 58 minutes ago
*Posted in a MAGA/GOP corner of Reddit yesterday* Don't bet on anything more coming out of this beyond what came out of the no-follow-through-kvetching we got from Flake, Sasse and Corker but on New Year's Day the *Washington Post* published an OpEd by Senator-elect Mitt Romney (R-UT) reminding readers that "Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination" and that "on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office." And yet his party-- particularly Senate ... more »

Freeze warnings for both Tucson and Phoenix

Robert at Ice Age Now - 1 hour ago
Actually looks like the entire state will be freezing all the way to the Mexican border. Dropping to 25F (-3.9C) in Tucson. Much, much colder in northern parts of the state https://www.weather.gov/twc/ Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link The post Freeze warnings for both Tucson and Phoenix appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Democrat Leadership: Pelosi, Hoyer, Schumer and Durbin Discuss Resistance Effort to Stop Border Security Funding…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 hour ago
Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Dick Durbin discuss their democrat plan to re-open government while simultaneously keeping the open-border priorities in place. The basic political position of the professional … Continue reading →

Musical Interlude: Neil H, “The Remembering”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Neil H, “The Remembering” - https://www.youtube.com/

"Universe: Journey from Earth to the Edge of the Cosmos"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Universe: Journey from Earth to the Edge of the Cosmos" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIxAPFYDsnQ

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Across the heart of the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies lies a striking string of galaxies known as Markarian's Chain. The chain, pictured above, is highlighted on the upper right with two large but featureless lenticular galaxies, M84 and M86. Prominent to their lower left is a pair of interacting galaxies known as The Eyes. *Click image for larger size.* The home Virgo Cluster is the nearest cluster of galaxies, contains over 2000 galaxies, and has a noticeable gravitational pull on the galaxies of the Local Group of Galaxies surrounding our Milky Way Galaxy. The center of the Virgo C... more »

Chet Raymo, “We Are Such Stuff...”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“We Are Such Stuff...”* by Chet Raymo “Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears, and sometimes voices, That, if I then had wak'd after long sleep, Will make me sleep again.” "Caliban is talking to Stephano and Trinculo in Shakespeare's “Tempest”, telling them not to be "afeard" of the mysterious place they find themselves, an island seemingly beset with magic, strangeness, ineffable presences. And you and I, and, yes, all of us, find ourselves inexplicably th... more »

"The Web Gallery Of Art"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Welcome to the Gallery! Containing over 46,000 images the Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European fine arts from 11th to 19th centuries. It was started in 1996 as a topical site of the Renaissance art, originated in the Italian city-states of the 14th century and spread to other countries in the 15th and 16th centuries. Intending to present Renaissance art as comprehensively as possible, the scope of the collection was later extended to show its Medieval roots as well as its evolution to Baroque and Rococo via Mannerism. Encouraged by the feedback... more »

"Al Swearengen’s Take On Misfortune" STRONG LANGUAGE ALERT!

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Al Swearengen’s Take On Misfortune"* *STRONG LANGUAGE ALERT!* “Pain, or damage, don’t end the world- or despair or f***in’ beatings. The world ends when you’re dead. Until then, you’ve got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man- and give some back.” “Al Swearengen,” Ian McShane’s character in “Deadwood” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2Q7YRDL90E "In life you have to do a lot of things you don't ****ing want to do. Many times, that's what the **** life is... one vile ****ing task after another.” - “Al Swearengen”, Ian McShane's character in “Deadwood”

"The Road to New Beginnings: Completion"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"The Road to New Beginnings: Completion"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Just as new beginnings are important, so is honoring the experience of closure. Life is a collage of beginnings and endings that run together like still-wet paint. Yet before we can begin any new phase in life, we must sometimes first achieve closure to the current stage we are in. That’s because many of life’s experiences call for closure. Often, we cannot see the significance of an event or importance of a lesson until we have reached closure. Or, we may have completed a certain phase in life or path of le... more »

"Do Something..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act." - Barbara Hall

Former CIA Officers Dount That Paul Whelan Arrested In Russia Is A Spy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Paul Whelan at the Kremlin in Moscow in 2006. U.S. Marine Corps *NBC: **Former CIA officers doubt American arrested in Russia was a spy* Russian intelligence services likely charged Paul Whelan as a spy to use him as a bargaining chip, say two former CIA officers. The ex-Marine detained in Moscow on spying charges does not fit the blueprint of U.S. espionage in Russia, and is more likely a pawn in an effort to seek leverage over the U.S., intelligence and diplomatic veterans told NBC News Wednesday. "Knowing what we know, if we had to make a bet, I would say this is (Russian presi... more »

The people of Earth have a responsibility to maintain the equilibrium of their planet.

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 1 hour ago
* I* have desired to be remembered by you. I have desired that you might sense my presence within your heart, knowing that I am there with you. And I would know the communion of your soul with my own when she is fused unto my sacred heart. To that end I would speak to you, beloved, of certain events surrounding my crucifixion and my resurrection. Sometime after I emerged from the sepulcher I joined two disciples on the road to Emmaus but they did not recognize me, as the scriptures record. And they constrained me to tarry with them and so I went into the village with them. ... more »

“Sustainable” fuels unlikely to replace hydrocarbons for air travel

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 2 hours ago
By Steve Goreham: If "sustainable" aviation fuels are adopted, the scale of the capacity required would be huge. The post “Sustainable” fuels unlikely to replace hydrocarbons for air travel appeared first on CFACT.

Young climate advocates are being seriously misled to believe that their legal action will benefit their cause. It will not.

drinkingwateradvisor at The Drinking Water Advisor - 2 hours ago
“The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a Dec. 26 ruling largely missed by major media outlets. The court granted DOJ’s petition for interlocutory appeal that decreases the chances of the climate lawsuit going to … Continue reading →

President Trump Voices His Disapproval Over Former Defense Secretary Mattis Handling Of The Afghan War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*The Hill:* *Trump claims he 'essentially fired' Mattis, knocks US military strategy* President Trump on Wednesday claimed that he "essentially" fired former Defense Secretary James Mattis, and criticized U.S. military leadership during his first Cabinet meeting of 2019. Asked about the ongoing war in Afghanistan, Trump expressed disapproval with the U.S. performance there despite the hundreds of billions of dollars in additional funding appropriated for defense over the past two years. "Gen. Mattis was so thrilled," Trump said of the funding. "But what's he done for me? How's ... more »

US finally appoints an ambassador to Australia

James Glenday And Emily Olson at Just In - 2 hours ago
In one of its last acts before a new Congress is sworn in, the US Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee for ambassador to Australia.

Man dead after being stabbed in the neck with a knife at Scientology centre

Just In - 2 hours ago
Police arrest a 16-year-old boy after two Church of Scientology employees are stabbed at the organisation's Sydney headquarters — one later died in hospital from a wound in his neck.

Aged care worker accused of five 'horrendous' assaults in dementia ward

Just In - 2 hours ago
A woman who worked at a NSW nursing home has been charged over the alleged abuse of five residents, which police have described as "unfathomable".

'Simply the best': Hulk Hogan, The Rock pay tribute to 'the voice of wrestling'

Just In - 2 hours ago
Eugene 'Mean Gene' Okerlund, who became a household name among generations of wrestling fans for his deadpan interviews of pro wrestling superstars like 'Macho Man' Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan, dies aged 76.

'Greatly exaggerated': Olivia Newton-John laughs off reports she has just weeks left to live

Just In - 2 hours ago
The four-time Grammy winner denies reports she is seriously unwell with only weeks to live in a video posted to her social media pages.

Italian gallery demands return of painting stolen by Nazis

Thomas Oriti at Just In - 2 hours ago
One of the world's most famous art galleries is demanding the return of a painting stolen by Nazi troops back in World War II, but the family who has it say they won't give it back unless they're compensated.

Cathay Pacific to honour $23,000 fares accidentally sold for $1,500

Just In - 2 hours ago
A lucky few will experience premium air travel for a fraction of the usual cost as Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific says it will honour first- and business-class tickets mistakenly sold for the price of economy fares.

US teenager charged with murder after egg-throwing prank ends in woman's death

Just In - 2 hours ago
The boy was driving a car filled with teenagers who were egging other vehicles. When another driver gave chase, he allegedly ran a red light, killing a 45-year-old woman.

Compensation offer as rain sparks fires across Perth, blacking out 14,000 homes

James Carmody at Just In - 2 hours ago
Thousands of people are left without power after light rain combines with dust to trigger fires on electricity poles across Perth's metropolitan area.

Total fire ban in place ahead of Tasmania's 39C day

Just In - 2 hours ago
A total fire ban will be in place for most of Tasmania from early Friday morning, with hot windy conditions tipped and temperatures nearing 40 degrees Celsius in some parts.

'It's upsetting': Bestjet nightmare as woman loses $16,000 on dream trip

Jamie McKinnell And Kathleen Calderwood at Just In - 2 hours ago
Cheryl Hendy spent big dollars on airfares with Bestjet before the company folded — but it's losing the chance to take her sister to Paris to celebrate five years in remission from breast cancer that's most upsetting.

Did Florida State Rep. Kimberly Daniels Once Say, ‘I Thank God for Slavery’?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
The Jacksonville Democrat's pronouncements as a preacher came under intense scrutiny in 2018.

AGW is a political matter and not a science matter

Robert at Ice Age Now - 3 hours ago
“The primary agenda behind AGW is world government, resource control, and population reduction.” – Tom O ___________ AGW is a political matter and not a science matter Tom O When you have no “evidence” beyond what is spewed by computer programs and the only “evidence” that can be seen by science investigation concludes the opposite, ... Read moreAGW is a political matter and not a science matter The post AGW is a political matter and not a science matter appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi Outlines New Rules for 116th Congressional Session – Includes Schedule for Process of Trump Impeachment…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 3 hours ago
Remember when we warned [November 8th, 2018] that a convergence of left-wing groups, activists, DNC donors and specifically the Lawfare team, would align with (and meet) incoming Democrat leadership to construct a road-map for the “resistance” priorities? Well, exactly that … Continue reading →

Reporter Quits NBC Citing Network’s Support For Endless War

Caitlin Johnstone at Caitlin Johnstone - 3 hours ago
A journalist with NBC has resigned from the network with a statement which highlights the immense resistance that ostensibly liberal mass media outlets have to antiwar narratives, skepticism of US military agendas, and any movement in the opposite direction of endless military expansionism. “January 4 is […]

there is always a circumstance that presents the wye (Y) of decision

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 3 hours ago
*According* to *The Masters and Their Retreats* by M & E Prophet, 2003, 12 pagodas surround the central golden dome pagoda of the Temple of Mercy near Beijing presided over by Kuan Yin, each pagoda focusing the yin-yang of the 12 Hierarchies of the Sun. Before an ivory-carved altar a golden urn contains the mercy-flame. ……………………………………………………………..……................... * Somehow*, somewhere upon the planet there is always a circumstance that presents the wye (Y) of decision, of discrimination--the right hand or the left, the high road or the low road, the ascending or descending spir... more »

A book review in Forreston, 1949

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 3 hours ago
[image: book club (2)] At least I think it was 1949. . . that’s the year the book was published. This book was made into a movie in 1952 starring Cary Grant and Betsy Drake. I don’t think I read any of those books she recommended, but I do remember Jimmy Lewis who had a wonderful voice and white blond hair, and Davis Folkerts, a precocious piano player. Davis must have been about 10 years old when he performed for the ladies. He retired as professor of music from Central College in Pella, IA, in 2017 and was still playing the organ at 79. He learned to play the instrument in t... more »

Top 5 Countries Opting to Ditch US Dollar & The Reasons Behind Their Move

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Top 5 Countries Opting to Ditch US Dollar & The Reasons Behind Their Move by https://www.rt.com/ The past year was full of events that inevitably split the global geopolitical space into two camps: those who still support using US currency as a universal financial tool, and those who are turning their back on the greenback. – […]

Lobe: The Role of the Weekly Standard, Devoted to Israel, in Promoting War

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Lobe: The Role of the Weekly Standard, Devoted to Israel, in Promoting War by Jim Lobe, Lobelog, “On Boys, Frogs, And The Weekly Standard”, via https://israelpalestinenews.org/ Pro-Israel neocons at the Weekly Standard, Project for a New American Century, & Wall Street Journal promoted disastrous U.S. invasions… – … The meaning is pretty clear (and its application to U.S. policy […]

Day of Reckoning Approaches: The Math Is Finally Catching Up To Big Government

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
RonPaulLibertyReport Published on Dec 28, 2018 It’s been reported that (just) the interest payments on the U.S. government’s debt will be larger than Medicaid in less than 2 years, and larger than the military budget in 6 years. The math is finally catching up with the big government. Supply & Demand is finally catching up to […]

Patriots Are At DEFCON 1: Deep State Cabal Must Be Completely Destroyed And Here’s the Targeted Hit List

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Lionel Nation Published on Jan 1, 2019 “The Plan is for the United States to rule the world. The overt theme is unilateralism, but it is ultimately a story of domination. It calls for the United States to maintain its overwhelming superiority and prevent new rivals from rising up to challenge it on the world stage. […]

Gold, Silver & Currency Crisis 2019

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
SGTreport Published on Jan 1, 2019 To date, we have escaped a currency crisis in the West, but given rising debt levels and increasingly illiquid banks, how much longer can the good times last? Are gold, silver & precious metals mining stocks poised to finally rise toward their true value in 2019? Keith Neumeyer, CEO of […]

Wall Street Journal Shreds Washington Post Trump Coverage: ‘Undermines the Credibility of the Press’

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Wall Street Journal Shreds Washington Post Trump Coverage: ‘Undermines the Credibility of the Press’ by Jon Levine, https://www.thewrap.com/ “These reporters can’t even begin a news account of a presidential visit to a military base,” the Wall Street Journal editorial page says. – The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page offered a feisty Boxing Day pieceon Wednesday lashing into the […]

Trump & Whistle Blowers Target The Deep State’s Clinton Foundation

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Operation Freedom Published on Jan 2, 2019 The spotlight of this video focuses on President Trump & the Whistle Blower’s who have targeted the Deep State’s tentacle The Clinton Foundation. Additional content available at http://www.davejanda.com end

The Central Banks Exposed, Growth Slowing, Global Economic Disaster

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
X22Report Published on Jan 2, 2019 Sears is closing 80 more stores in March. Manufacturing has declined. Trump tweeted that the gas prices are low, Trump is using all the tricks the DS and the CB have used in the past. He lowered the gas prices to keep the economy moving along while he prepares for […]

4 BIG C’s LEADING THE CRASH: CONFUSION, Contraction, Contagion, Chaos

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
ITM Trading Streamed live 2 hours ago Link to the Slides and Sources: https://www.itmtrading.com/blog/four-… The US government is now in its 12th day of an ongoing shut down, extending the political confusion that began in 2018. China’s PMI didn’t just show a slowdown, it showed a contraction. It wasn’t just visible in china, South Korea was […]

NYTimes Editor Accuses Paper of Anti-Trump Bias

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
RT America Published on Jan 2, 2019 A former executive editor of the New York Times is taking aim at her former employer in a new book saying the paper has become unmistakably anti-trump and is mixing news with opinion and analysis. This anti-trump bias helped the Times to push subscription levels from 600- hundred thousand […]

Taiwan to China, China to US, US to China: Stop Interfering

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
RT Published on Jan 2, 2019 Taiwan has reacted angrily after China’s president warned that Beijing will use “all necessary means”, and reserves the right to “use force”, to bring reunification. Tensions have been rising since a pro-independence candidate was elected as president of Taiwan in 2016. end

White House Lawyer Giuliani: ‘Assange Should Not Be Prosecuted’

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 3 hours ago
*Joe Lauria* | Shock admission: "No press person or person disseminating that for the purpose of informing did anything wrong.”

Arabs do deserve democracy like any other people in the world

egyptianchronicler@gmail.com (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 3 hours ago
Are Arab people ready for democracy? Do Arab people deserve democracy in the first place? Sorry for the strange questions but tonight I entered a discussion about whether the Arab people or to be specifically those people who live in the Middle East “there are other Non-Arab speaking and ethnicity in the region” can or can not live in democratic. I had it with someone who is younger than me from a complete younger generation *“A decade difference”,* someone who studied political science unlike me. The discussion started as we are speaking about what is going in Sudan He believe that ... more »

If China Invades Taiwan Who Would Win?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*J. Michael Cole, The National Interest*: *A Chinese Invasion of Taiwan: What Happens? Who Wins?* *We take a look.* A Chinese Invasion of Taiwan: What Happens? Who Wins? *Key point: "In the end, absent a U.S. and Japanese commitment to intervene in the early stages of an attempted PLA invasion of Taiwan, there is only a slim likelihood that the Taiwanese military would be able to “defeat” its opponent in the conventional sense of the term."* A consensus seems to have developed among a large number of defense analysts in recent years arguing that despite the balance of power havin... more »

Will China Attack America?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
A U.S. flag is seen during a welcoming ceremony in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter *Gordon G. Chang, National Interest:* *Will a Failing China Attack America?* "That’s an especially disturbing possibility now that belligerent Chinese officers are convincing themselves they can launch surprise attacks on the U.S. Navy and kill thousands of Americans." “The United States is most afraid of death,” said Rear Admiral Luo Yuan on December 20, 2018, to an audience in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. “We now have Dong Feng-21D, Dong Feng-26 missiles. These are... more »

Will Sending More U.S. Troops to Poland Really Deter Russia?

Michael Peck at Test Feed Using Fields - 4 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Europe* No one is under any illusions that a few thousand soldiers will stop a move on Poland and the Baltics by the Russian military, which will enjoy the luxury of operating from home bases along the border. But just like American troops in West Germany during the Cold War, Western forces in Eastern Europe are a trip wire that will force the Kremlin to consider, Beef up U.S. armored and attack helicopter forces in Poland and use Denmark as a U.S. Navy base to deter Russia. Those are some of the recommendations of a new report that urges stiffening of ... more »

Russia's Deadly Iskander-M Ballistic Missile Is Headed to Kaliningrad Exclave

David Axe at Test Feed Using Fields - 4 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * The Iskander-M deployment escalates a years-long missile race pitting the Russians against the Americans and their European allies. The new rocket can carry a conventional or nuclear warhead. In 2019, the Russian garrison in Moscow's Kaliningrad exclave will get a powerful new rocket, the Kremlin announced. Russian ground troops in the Western Military District will receive Iskander-M ballistic missiles in 2019, "completing" the "rearmament of the missile formations of the land forces," the Kremlin stated on Jan. 1, 2019. The Iskander-M deployment escala... more »

Quantifying the Holocaust: Measuring murder rates during the Nazi genocide

Lewi Stone, Professor of Biomathematics, Tel Aviv University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 4 hours ago
Even though the Holocaust is one of the best documented genocides in history, there's limited quantitative data available. A new study investigates the number of deaths per day.

Poverty-Stricken Flint, Michigan Inspires Historic New “Nutrition Prescription” Program for Farmers Markets

Nick Meyer at AltHealthWorks.com - 4 hours ago
Aside from the infamous Flint Water Crisis, the city of Flint, Michigan is also known for two main reasons: its decaying auto industry and infrastructure, as detailed in the Michael Moore movie Roger & Me, and extremely high rates of poverty and crime. A 2017 Census revealed that nearly 39 percent of the city’s residents, and 60 percent of its children, are currently living below the poverty line. But among Michiganders, the city is also known for its huge heart, tremendous work ethic and never-say-die attitude, and those are among the qualities that could propel the city, and t... more »

Turkish Army amassing large force along Syrian border (photos)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
Fresh photos have surfaced showing what appears to be the movement of Turkish military forces toward the border with Kurdish-majority-governed areas in northern Syria, possibly indicating preparations by Ankara to start a military operation against opposition forces. Suriye sınırındaki birliklere takviye amacıyla bir süre önce Hatay'a getirilen obüs ve askeri araçlardan oluşan konvoy, Gaziantep güzergahına hareket etti. #AA #Syria #Manbij pic.twitter.com/WB2Q8zXnz9 — Yaser […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Watch: Houthi ballistic missile attack on Saudi Coalition forces in Yemen

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Houthi forces launched a domestically-made ballistic missile towards the Saudi Coalition troops in the Damt District of the Dhale Governorate on Wednesday. According to the Houthi forces, their rocket battalion fired a domestically-made Zilzal-1 ballistic missile at a gathering of Saudi Coalition forces in the Damt District. In the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

HTS storms strategic rebel-held city in northeast Idlib

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 A.M.) – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s large-scale offensive in northwestern Syria has now spread to the Idlib Governorate, where their troops are attacking a key city near the Aleppo provincial border. The jihadist group reportedly began storming the strategic city of Saraqib on Wednesday after seizing a large swathe of territory from the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Houthi forces shoot down Saudi spy plane along Yemeni border

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 A.M.) – For the second time in the last 48 hours, the Houthi forces have shot down a Saudi spy plane along the Yemeni border. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their troops managed to down the Saudi Coalition reconnaissance plane after it circled their positions in the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Algeria bans Syrians from entering country through southern border

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
Algeria has barred all Syrians from entering the country via its southern border with Mali and Niger to keep out members of defeated rebel groups from Syria deemed to pose a security risk, a senior official said on Wednesday. Hassen Kacimi, the official in charge of migrants policy at the interior ministry, told Reuters that […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Turkish-backed rebels attack Kurdish forces in northern Aleppo

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) – A group of Turkish-backed rebels launched an unprovoked attack against the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this evening. According to local activists, the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) attacked YPG forces along the eastern axis of Sheikh Issa, which is a town […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Hezbollah releases photos of Israeli tanks deploying to Lebanese border

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 A.M.) – Hezbollah’s military media wing released two images on Wednesday that showed the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) deploying several tanks to the Lebanese border. According to Hezbollah’s media wing, at least a half dozen IDF tanks were spotted near the southern axis of Al-‘Adisah, which is a Lebanese border-town located along […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

No Syrian military offensive planned in Idlib province – source

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has no plans of launching a large-scale offensive in the Idlib Governorate of northwest Syria at this time, a military officer in Damascus told Al-Masdar News this evening. Speaking to Al-Masdar on the condition of unanimity, the source said that the Syrian military’s next planned […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkey’s planned invasion impeded by new jihadist offensive in Aleppo

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The Turkish military’s planned offensive in northern Syria has been obstructed by the massive attack waged by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in the Aleppo and Idlib provinces. According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been monitoring closely the ongoing battle between Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Did This Frozen Grape Instantaneously Turn Water Into Ice?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Supercooled water, which remains liquid below its freezing point, can be tricky to create but is useful for party tricks.

Daryl Dragon, of ‘The Captain and Tennille,’ Dead at 76

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Dragon died of renal failure at a hospice in Prescott, Arizona, according to spokesman Harlan Boll. Tennille was by his side.

Russia’s Clear GMO Labeling Rules Reach the Shelves across Eurasian Economic Union

Sustainable Pulse at Sustainable Pulse - 4 hours ago
The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), including the countries of Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Belarus, has introduced clear GMO labeling on all food and supplement products containing genetically modified organisms, starting from last week. Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) announced in 2016 that it was inviting all EAEU countries […] The post Russia’s Clear GMO Labeling Rules Reach the Shelves across Eurasian Economic Union appeared first on Sustainable Pulse.

Third Way Failed The Test-- Again... Third Way Always Fails The Test

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
I admit I hadn't heard about David Doel's show, the *Rational National* before. But here are two from consecutive days last week-- one up top and one at the bottom-- and he's talking about the same thing we were on those same days-- attacks on Bernie by the Wall Street Democrats, the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. I went so far as to list-- in the *Meet The Scumbags* section of this post-- the members of the Third Way Board of Directors and their Wall Street origins. They're the ones running the Bernie smear campaign-- and he hasn't even declared he's running yet-- in I... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 2, 2019

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Jeffrey D. Sachs, Project Syndicate:* *Trump’s Syria Withdrawal is a Chance for Peace* From Donald Trump’s point of view, a US-installed Syrian puppet regime that would push out Russia and Iran is neither central to US national security nor practicable. And, here, Trump is right for a change. NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s announced withdrawal of US forces from Syria has met with near-universal condemnation by Democrats and Republicans alike. That says less about Trump than it does about the US foreign policy establishment’s blinkered vision. The mainstream of both politica... more »

"What Are The Facts?"; "What Is Called For..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“What are the facts? Again and again and again – what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what “the stars foretell,” avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the un-guessable “verdict of history” – what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your single clue. Get the facts!” - Robert A. Heinlein • “It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the sam... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Fremont, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

The Poet: Sheenagh Pugh, “What If This Road”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“What If This Road”* “What if this road, that has held no surprises these many years, decided not to go home after all; what if it could turn left or right with no more ado than a kite-tail? What if its tarry skin were like a long, supple bolt of cloth, that is shaken and rolled out, and takes a new shape from the contours beneath? And if it chose to lay itself down in a new way; around a blind corner, across hills you must climb without knowing what's on the other side; who would not hanker to be going, at all risks? Who wants to know a story's end, or where a road will go?” ~ Sheenagh ... more »

"Nothing New Under The Sun...:

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Yes, the times change with the tides; yet the tales, like the surf, sound on in familiar perpetuity and with steady repetition. In the modern era, during the great clash of civilizations currently underway, there will be no new, great and ghastly crusades. Only resistance or surrender. In America, just as her tide recedes from the world, in the end it may become Man overboard, and every man for himself. The sun rises. The sun sets. As sand through an hour-glass, or waves rolling over every shore, so too, do our journeys mark passageways through time; and, in the end, our navigatio... more »

The Poet: Czeslaw Milosz, "Hope"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Hope"* "Hope is with you when you believe The earth is not a dream but living flesh, That sight, touch, and hearing do not lie, That all things you have ever seen here Are like a garden looked at from a gate. You cannot enter. But you're sure it's there. Could we but look more clearly and wisely We might discover somewhere in the garden A strange new flower and an unnamed star. Some people say we should not trust our eyes, That there is nothing, just a seeming, These are the ones who have no hope. They think that the moment we turn away, The world, behind our backs, ceases to exist, A... more »


cmaadmin at Diverse - 5 hours ago
*SHARON M. GORDON* has been appointed dean of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Gordon earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas, a DDS from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and a master’s and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 5 hours ago
*BETHANY H. FLORA* has been appointed president of Northeast State Community College. Previously, she was an associate professor and an associate director of the Center for Community College Leadership at East Tennessee State University. Flora earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, a master’s degree from Tusculum College and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 5 hours ago
*TONIETTE HAYNES ROBINSON* has been named dean of educational resources at North Lake College. She currently serves as associate dean of student services at the college and online academic advisor at Tarrant County College. Robinson received a bachelor’s in communication studies, a bachelor’s in ethnic studies and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s from St. Edwards University.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 5 hours ago
*SYLVESTER WILLIAMS* has been named dean of the College of Business and Management at East Stroudsburg University. Prior to his new role, he served as co-director of the interdisciplinary center for data analytics and associate professor and chair of the department of business at Elizabethtown College. Williams received a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and an MBA and J.D. from Wake Forest University.

"Where I Needed To Be..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood, and we find that life alters our plans. And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It's just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route, or turns the dream around, as if it were a riddle, and fulfills the dream in ways we couldn't have expected.” - Ben Okri

Bipartisan Support for Gun Confiscation Is Growing

Activist Post at Activist Post - 5 hours ago
By José Niño Is gun confiscation coming to Congress? The 2018 midterm elections produced a split Congress with Democrats gaining control of the House and Republicans gaining...more »

Mitt Romney Explains Why His Group Must Oppose President Donald Trump…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 5 hours ago
Decepticon caucus senator-elect Mitt Romney (U-DC) appears on CNN to outline why he stands in opposition to President Donald Trump. Understanding the unspoken background color here is important. The Decepticon Caucus in the senate is comprised of senators who represent … Continue reading →

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

"From This Biased Point Of View..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"We have looked first at man with his vanities and greed and his problems of a day or a year; and then only, and from this biased point of view, we have looked outward at the earth he has inhabited so briefly and at the universe in which our earth is so minute a part. Yet these are the great realities, and against them we see our human problems in a different perspective. Perhaps if we reversed the telescope and looked at man down these long vistas, we should find less time and inclination to plan for our own destruction." - Rachel Carson

"An Insider's Look At The Social Decay Eating Away At America Like Cancer"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"An Insider's Look At The Social Decay * *Eating Away At America Like Cancer"* by Michael Snyder "The character of a nation is a reflection of the character of millions of individual people, and one of the fastest ways to get a sense of the character of individual people is to visit their homes. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and if that is true then a home visit has got to be worth a million. Sadly, there is a reason why so many Americans that make a living making service calls in other people’s homes absolutely hate their jobs. Way too often they are confro... more »

CFMEU secretary John Setka responds to reports he's been charged over an incident at his home

Just In - 5 hours ago
The construction union boss says his family has been under "enormous strain", as police confirm they were called to a home in Melbourne's western suburbs on Boxing Day following reports of an argument.

This is the furthest world we've ever explored — and now we have a clear photo of it

Lara Lauth at Just In - 5 hours ago
The first sharp picture of the "city-sized world" the New Horizons probe travelled 6.5 billion kilometres to explore has arrived on Earth, to the delight of NASA.

World News Briefs -- January 2, 2019 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Taiwan president defiant after China calls for reunification* TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday the island would not accept a “one country, two systems” political arrangement with China, while stressing all cross-strait negotiations needed to be on a government-to-government basis. Tsai spoke after Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a speech earlier on Wednesday that nobody can change the fact that Taiwan is part of China, and that people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should seek “reunification”. Tsai also urged China to unders... more »

Global Revolt Against Climate-Change Policies

Robert at Ice Age Now - 5 hours ago
If politicians want to keep their jobs, perhaps they should begin listening to the people. “Australia, Canada, France and the U.S. have all seen push back against global warming policies,” writes Michael Bastasch on dailycaller.com. “That included weeks of riots in France against planned carbon tax increases.” Here are some excerpts from that eye-opening article: “It started ... Read moreGlobal Revolt Against Climate-Change Policies The post Global Revolt Against Climate-Change Policies appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Did a Military Experimental Vaccine in 1918 Kill 50-100 Million People Blamed as “Spanish Flu”? Part 2

AdminM at Health Impact News - 5 hours ago
The “Spanish Flu” killed an estimated 50-100 million people during a pandemic 1918-19. What if the story we have been told about this pandemic isn’t true? What if, instead, the killer infection was neither the flu nor Spanish in origin? Newly analyzed documents reveal that the “Spanish Flu” may have been a military vaccine experiment gone awry. In Part 1, I asked if medical products made in horses may have played a role in the new disease which killed millions worldwide in the pandemic of 1918-19. I explore that possibility in this second article.

Is the Increase in the Childhood Vaccine Schedule Causing an Increase in Childhood Arthritis?

AdminM at Health Impact News - 5 hours ago
For people who think of arthritis as a disease of the elderly, learning that children also suffer from arthritic conditions may come as a shock. Across age groups, various forms of arthritis are a growing public health problem in the United States. Over one four-year period (2001-2004), the number of ambulatory care visits for pediatric arthritis and other rheumatologic conditions increased by 50%. The medical community lumps childhood arthritic disorders under the broader umbrella of “juvenile rheumatoid arthritis” or “juvenile idiopathic arthritis” (JIA). “Idiopathic” means “no i... more »

"Economic Market Snapshot 1/2/19"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
• Gregory Mannarino, "Post Market Wrap Up 1/2/19: A MindScrew, A Glitch, And A Beautiful Phone Call" - https://www.traderschoice.net/ • *MarketWatch Market Summary* - https://www.marketwatch.com/tools/marketsummary • *CNN Market Data:* - http://money.cnn.com/data/markets/ *CNN Fear And Greed Index:* - http://money.cnn.com/data/fear-and-greed/ • *Related:* "Collapsing U.S. Productivity Changes Everything"

"What We Learned From 2018…"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"What We Learned From 2018…"* By Bill Bonner BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – "Yesterday, we awoke to the sound of sirens. After a week at the family farm, we had come back to the city for New Year’s Eve. But hardly had the new year begun when the echoes of the old year filled the streets and alleyways. Over the holidays, a mental defective had firebombed nine cars near our house in Baltimore. And this morning, the bums are still sleeping at the church entrance next door. One of them has turned the whole area into a dump, with trash and rags strewn all over the steps. “Yes, it looks like 20... more »

Christian Aid & Australia’s Drought

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 6 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Another of those “climate-driven” extreme weather events, again according to Christian Aid: https://mediacentre.christianaid.org.uk/download?id=4170&pn=21e38f435ea050ce63ac6b7e52c58d72-pdf The actual data from the Australian BOM tells a rather different story: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/change/index.shtml#tabs=Tracker&tracker=timeseries&tQ=graph%3Drranom%26area%3Deaus%26season%3D0112%26ave_yr%3D7 There is nothing at all unusual about the weather in the last few years, either in Eastern Australia as a whole, […]

President Trump Acknowledges That Iran Can Do What They Want In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Jerusalem Post*: *Trump cedes Syria to Iran: 'They can do what they want there, frankly'* Blaming the balance of power in Syria on his predecessor, Barack Obama, Trump said the country was "lost long ago" and that he did not want the US military fighting there forever. WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump acknowledged on Wednesday that Iranian forces have been emboldened in Syria, amid widespread concern over his decision to hastily withdraw US troops from the battlefield there. Blaming the balance of power in Syria on his predecessor, Barack Obama, Trump said the country was... more »

Wednesday Evening Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 6 hours ago
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. - The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' annual report on CEO pay shows that executives are again being handed hundreds as much money as their employees - and that there's also a gender gap even at the executive level. - The Economic Policy Institute charts the growth of inequality in the U.S. - as well as the role unions play in reducing it. And Maxime Quijoux and Guillaume Gourges point out how France's *gilets jaunes* protests (unlike their Canadian astroturf counterparts) could offer an opportunity to rejuvenate the labou... more »

Former New York Times Editor Accuses Paper of Running a Biased Anti-Trump News Agenda

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 6 hours ago
*21WIRE + Daily Caller* | As the Russiagate fiction begins to collapse, a gradual civil war is beginning to brew among certain corners of the Establishment mainstream media.

Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 6 hours ago
Decorated cats.

President Trump Says There Is Timetable For Withdrawal Of U.S. Forces From Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Trump gives no timetable for Syria exit; wants to protect Kurds* WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States would get out of Syria slowly “over a period of time” and would protect the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in the country as Washington draws down troops. Trump did not provide a timetable for the planned military exit from Syria, which he announced last month against the advice of top national security aides and without consulting lawmakers or U.S. allies participating in anti-Islamic State operations. The decision pro... more »

Bolsonaro and Authoritarian Populism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
The New Year came and went, and now sat in the Presidential Palace in Brasilia we find Jair Bolsonaro. Misogynist, racist and, some might say, fascist. His convincing victory in Autumn's presidential election is a disaster for Brazil and for the whole world. Bolsonaro is sure to inspire others of his ilk (and not a few "mainstream" politicians willing to do anything for power's sake), while his disavowal of climate change and desire to let the loggers loose in the Amazon is going to have consequences for the rest of us, regardless of where we live. Known then for incendiary rhetori... more »

Polar bear voted newsmaker of the year in Nunavut: A climate change emblem becomes a symbol of bitter conflict

Hifast at Climate Collections - 6 hours ago
Originally posted on polarbearscience: This Nunatsiaq News editorial is worth a read (2 January 2019): Meet our newsmaker of the year: the polar bear. “But for this year, we’re not choosing a person. For 2018, our newsmaker of the year designation goes to an entire species: the polar bear. To earn that, the humble polar…

Apple warns investors of weaker profit due to US-China trade war

David Chau at Just In - 6 hours ago
Apple's chief executive Tim Cook warns shareholders to brace for lower-than-expected first quarter earnings due overwhelmingly to weak sales in China.

Germans stand in way of Aussies' title shot at Hopman Cup

Just In - 6 hours ago
Australia can win Group A and claim a spot in the Saturday's Hopman Cup final with a win over tournament favourites Germany.

Live: Breakthrough for Australia as Kohli departs

Dan Colasimone And Jon Healy at Just In - 6 hours ago
Virat Kohli has fallen cheaply for 23 in a massive breakthrough for Australia after tea, but Pujara's obdurate innings continues. Follow the fourth Test live.

The Democrats are back in town, and it's about to get interesting

Micheline Maynard at Just In - 6 hours ago
This is the week Donald Trump's presidency changes, but now impeachment isn't the first priority for the Democrats. Restarting government is, writes Micheline Maynard.

A US start-up was told not to launch its mini satellites. It launched them anyway

Just In - 6 hours ago
A US tech start-up is slapped with a historic fine for launching unauthorised satellites, prompting warnings about "runaway cowboy-like behaviour" from private companies joining the space race.

How to be prepared to rescue someone from drowning

Amanda Hoh at Just In - 6 hours ago
Learning basic lifesaving and first aid techniques is key to reducing the number of people drowning while trying to save someone else.

Far north Queensland gets reprieve from heavy rain as Cyclone Penny tracks away from coast

Just In - 6 hours ago
Tropical Cyclone Penny has re-formed in the Coral Sea, but is unlikely to bring significant rainfall to north Queensland in coming days, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

'Blood all over': 92yo woman in coma after allegedly being stabbed by her cleaner

Just In - 6 hours ago
A cleaner is charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a 92-year-old woman who remains in a Sydney hospital in an induced coma with serious fractures to her head.

Adelaide woman becomes first fatality on South Australian roads in 2019

Just In - 6 hours ago
A 32-year-old woman has become the first fatality on South Australia's roads in 2019 following a collision between a car and a truck in South Australia's Upper South East.

Aussie dollar falls below 70 US cents; Wall St struggles for direction

David Chau at Just In - 6 hours ago
Australia's currency falls sharply to a three-year low of 69.9 US cents, as weak manufacturing figures from China and the EU indicate a potential global economic slowdown.

Donald Trump and congressional leaders fail to reach deal to end government shutdown

Just In - 6 hours ago
The US President and congressional leaders refuse to budge over funding for his planned border wall, pushing a partial government shutdown into its 12th day.

The Richies v The Swami Army: A friendly match ending in a familiar way

Jonathan Hair at Just In - 6 hours ago
The stakes in this match could not be higher. The pitch is a playing field at Moore Park, a ground in the shadow of the SCG, where two teams — two bunches of super fans — are battling it out. Will fourth Test go the same way?


cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
*CAROLINE CHANG* has been appointed vice president for research and policy analysis at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Prior to her new role, she was director of operations in the Washington, D.C. office of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative. Chang earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree from Harvard University.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
*MANTOSH DEWAN* has been appointed interim president of SUNY Upstate Medical University. Prior to his new role, he served as a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the university. Dewan earned an M.D. from the University of Bombay and a residency from the University Hospital at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse University.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
*BYRON D. CLIFT BRELAND* has been named chancellor of Evergreen Community College District. Most recenty, he was president of San José City College. Clift Breland received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park and master’s in education and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Southern California.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
*ANAND R. MARRI* has been named dean of the Warner School of Graduate Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. Currently, he is a professor at Teachers College of Columbia University. Marri received a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College, a master’s degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
*DANETTE IFERT JOHNSON* has been appointed provost and chief academic officer at Kalamazoo College. She currently serves as vice provost at Ithaca College. Johnson earned a bachelor’s in speech communication and history from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a master’s in educational psychology from West Virginia University and a master's and Ph.D. in communication studies from Northwestern University.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
*MAY BERENBAUM* has been named editor in chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Currently, she is the Swanlund Chair of Entomology and professor at the University of Illinois. Berenbaum received a bachelor’s degree with summa cum laude honors from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
*ANN MATHIAS* has been appointed associate chair of clinical affairs at the University of Arizona’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. She previously served as clinical assistant professor at the university. Mathias received a D.O. from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and a residency in family medicine at Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Exponen en México sobre estrategias de desinformación global, imperialismo y corporaciones transnacionales: El caso de los TLC´s y el TPP

bilaterals.org - 7 hours ago
02-Jan-2019 Estrategias de desinformación global imperialismo y corporaciones transnacionales. El caso de los Tratados de Libre Comercio TLC y el Tratado Transpacífico TPP. Contribuir a una alternativa global desde los pueblos.

President Trump Holds First Cabinet Meeting of 2019 – Full Media Presser…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 7 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump holds the first cabinet meeting of 2019 and allows the media to engage for a lengthy question and answer session:

Orban’s Economic Model Is Trump’s Dream

Bloomberg at The Duran - 7 hours ago
The post Orban’s Economic Model Is Trump’s Dream appeared first on The Duran .

L.A. Times Admits Illegals/Foreigners Influenced Election — to Help Democrats

Selwyn Duke at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: l-a-times-admits-illegals-foreigners-influenced-election-to-help-democrats] It’s the real foreign influence on our elections — and now even the *Los Angeles Times* has tacitly admitted its significance. It’s all included in a New Year’s Day piece about how young illegals “made flipping control of the House a personal quest,” as the paper put it.

Another Women-only College to Accept Transgender Students in Fall

Raven Clabough at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: another-women-only-college-to-accept-transgender-students-in-fall] Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri — the second-oldest women-only college in the country — has announced that it will begin accepting admissions applications from transgender students in the fall of 2019.

U.S. and Israel Formally Leave UNESCO

James Murphy at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: u-s-and-israel-formally-leave-unesco] The United States and Israel have both left the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) because of rabid anti-Israel bias.

Government “Shutdown” Forces IRS To Lay Off Most of Its People

Bob Adelmann at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: government-shutdown-forces-irs-to-lay-off-most-of-its-people] The layoffs at the IRS are giving rise to pleas that the so-called government shutdown continue!

Exercise ideas (not goals, not resolutions) for the New Year (just January)

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 7 hours ago
I’m not a goal setter (I’ve written on this numerous times), but I am a problem solver. So a year ago I used my Silver Sneakers on my insurance plan to join an exercise facility. (I had originally joined one next to Panera’s in 2015 but bursitis ended that.) Didn’t like the first one I tried on Bethel Rd. (it has since closed) and have now been at Lifetime Fitness on Henderson about a year. I ride a stationary bike for three miles, walk on the treadmill for one mile, and three times a week I do resistance exercises using the machines, mainly working my arms. “Vigorous stationar... more »

at last the scales that have blinded the eyes of the soul

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 8 hours ago
*Your* own blessed God Presence, I AM, that is in you and above you is the light of your world, individually and collectively….We are not interested in building personality cults wherein the leader--usurping the position of Christ--is looked upon as the savior of the members; We are intreated in increasing the awareness of God in the life of each individual so that out of his own knowingness can come the great ratification of the ethers of his own world that shall bring into his consciousness the things of the Spirit that have long ben hidden…. Even the skeptics, scoffers and s... more »

New Years Report - fighting gloom in order to thrive

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 8 hours ago
My friend Martin Rees — The British Astronomer Royal — has long offered insightful views upon not only the sciences, but also the dangers we face rushing into an uncertain future. His new book On the Future: Prospects for Humanity gives even-handed criticism of both cynical denialism and hand-wringing despair, leading you toward the one thing that might save us all and help our children thrive… clearheaded pragmatism, laced with the idealism to believe we can be better. Solutions exist, but they depend upon an openminded willingness to question assumptions and learn from one anoth... more »

Is Olivia Newton-John Dying of Cancer?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
Celebrity gossip websites reported in December 2018 that the 70-year-old singer had only days or weeks to live.

Does This Photograph Show a Giant Amethyst Geode?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
Uruguay is known for producing some of the world’s most impressive such formations.

Did the SS Warrimoo Exist in Two Centuries at Once?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
The SS Warrimoo was reportedly once navigated to a point such that it simultaneously spanned four different hemispheres and two centuries.

Why Trump's Advisors Keep Quashing His Realist Whims

Ted Galen Carpenter at Test Feed Using Fields - 8 hours ago
*Ted Galen Carpenter* *Politics, Americas* [image: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. troops in an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq December 26, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst] Donald Trump has time and again allowed his advisers to talk him out of his realist foreign-policy positions. In less than a single week, the Trump administration made two troop withdrawal announcements that startled Washington. The first was a Trump tweet stating that the United States had accomplished its mission in Syria of defeating ISIS and that he was ordering the immediate... more »

We Don’t Owe Syria’s Kurds

Christian Whiton at Test Feed Using Fields - 8 hours ago
*Christian Whiton* *Security, Middle East* [image: Kurdish Peshmerga fighters gather north of Kirkuk, Iraq October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed] America should not be in the business of creating another de facto Kurdish state. Panicked neoconservatives seeking to keep America at war in Syria think they’ve found an effective talking point: “We cannot abandon the Kurds!” Using his trademark oversimplification, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), told CNN, “If we leave now, the Kurds are going to get slaughtered.” Surely the ghosts of Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot smile on Graha... more »

Meet Russia's S-350 Air Defense System: What You Need To Know

Mark Episkopos at Test Feed Using Fields - 8 hours ago
*Mark Episkopos* *Security, Europe* And what it can do... Russia’s Ministry of Defense revealed in late December of 2018 that Russian Aerospace Forces will begin taking delivery of the S-350 Vityaz short-mid range surface-to-air missile defense system this year. The statement also announced the deployment of a dozen Pantsir-S and S-400 Triumf air defense complexes in the same year. The Russian military has long planned to replace their aging S-300 short-range missile defense system. The original, Soviet S-300P underwent a series of minor upgrades over the span of several decades... more »

Meet Russia's (Almost) Super Aircraft Carrier

WarIsBoring at Test Feed Using Fields - 8 hours ago
*WarIsBoring* *Security, * A U.S. Navy nightmare that never happenned? *Key point: “The Soviets weren’t dumb,” Holmes explained. “They wouldn’t spend themselves into oblivion to keep up with the Joneses, and as a great land power, they obviously had enormous claims on their resources to fund the army and air force. There was only so much to go around for ‘luxury fleet’ projects.”* Had she ever sailed, the Soviet supercarrier *Ulyanovsk* would have been a naval behemoth more than 1,000 feet long, with an 85,000-ton displacement and enough storage to carry an air group of up to ... more »

Fast & vigil in North Carolina

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Friend and former Mainer Ken Jones is fasting and vigiling for two weeks in Asheville, North Carolina to protest US complicity in the war in Yemen. I asked him to share some reflections. Here is the first installment: I'm getting ready to head out to my corner now. Here's a quick first take, three short paragraphs. I can stew more if you like... Standing on a corner of a tourist town during the holidays with a sign that says “No War in Yemen,” I sometimes feel like a Grinch. People are running around with friends and families trying to have a little fun and then there’s this g... more »

Trump clarifies he never gave time frame for US withdrawal from Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
President Donald Trump told reporters that his planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria would take place over an unspecified “period of time,” adding that previous reports of a withdrawal within four months were false. The president announced the pullout from Syria on Christmas Eve, leaving Turkish forces to “eradicate whatever is left of ISIS” […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian military to be reequipped with Iskander-M missile systems in 2019

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
The missile troops of the Russian Ground Forces will be fully reequipped with the Iskander-M missile systems in 2019, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. “In 2019, the process of reequipping the missile troops of the Russian Ground Forces with the Iskander-M missile systems will be completed. In accordance with the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Old rivalries never die: Jaysh Al-Islam vows to fight HTS in northwest Syria

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Islamist group Jaysh Al-Islam has notified their allies in the National Liberation Front that they are willing to wage war against their old rivals from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in northwest Syria. Jaysh Al-Islam, who is an integral ally to the National Liberation Front, is currently positioned in the Afrin […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Macron tells Putin war on terror is France’s top priority in Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
French President Emmanuel Macron said in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the fight against terrorism is France’s top priority in Syria, the Elysee Palace said in a press release on Wednesday. “The president of the [French] republic recalled that the fight against terrorism was France’s top priority in Syria so as […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US, Israel fail to reach agreement on F-16 sale to Croatia

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
Earlier, the Trump administration accused Israel of breaking the terms of the US-Israeli F-16 fighter jet contract after Tel Aviv attempted to sell Zagreb a batch of 12 of its used F-16s equipped with custom Israeli-made electronic systems. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to come to an agreement on the proposed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkish-backed rebels issue mobilization call after losing several areas in Aleppo

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) issued a general mobilization call to all available units in northwestern Syria after losing a significant amount of ground to Hay’a Tahrir Al-Sham in western Aleppo. The National Liberation Front is looking to launch a major counter-attack to retake all of the towns and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Trump wants to protect Syrian Kurds after US withdrawal

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
On Friday, the Syrian army declared that its troops had entered Manbij after receiving an appeal from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to take control over the city amid Turkey’s plans to conduct a military operation there. On Saturday, the Kremlin confirmed that Damascus had indeed regained control over the territory. Ankara has been opposing the presence of Kurdish militia in Syria’s northern […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

All hell breaks out in west Aleppo as HTS overwhelms rival rebel faction

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The situation in the western countryside of Aleppo has recently intensified over the last 24 hours, as troops from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham seize large swathes of territory from their former allies. According to reports from northwest Syria, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham has not only captured the strategic town of Dart Izza, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Nearly 400 YPG fighters withdraw from Manbij under Damascus deal (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
Earlier, a Sputnik correspondent reported that Syrian Army units had deployed near Manbij in a bid to prevent a possible Turkish military operation in the Syrian Kurdish-controlled area. About 400 Syrian Kurdish YPG militants left Manbij in 30 vehicles since January 1 after reaching an agreement with Damascus to withdraw from the area, the Syrian Defence Ministry has announced in a press […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

ISIS crosses Euphrates to kill over 20 Syrian Army soldiers

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terror group launched a surprise attack last night that targeted the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops west of the Euphrates River. According to a Syrian military source in the area, the Islamic State terrorists began their operation last night by crossing the Euphrates River and landing […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US ‘protection of Israel’ to continue despite Syria decision, Pompeo tells Netanyahu (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met and discussed how to continue their countries’ cooperation in the Middle East while in Brasilia during Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration on Tuesday. Netanyahu stated that in the meeting with Pompeo: “we’re going to be discussing the intense cooperation between […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israel Completes ‘Sea Wall’ Next To Impoverished Gaza Strip

Robert Inlakesh at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:30 P.M)- Israel’s ‘Sea Wall’, constructed along side the Gaza Strip, has been completed. According Israel’s Channel 10 News, the Israeli Army has confirmed the completion of its, 200 meter long and 50 meter wide, sea wall/barrier. The wall was built with underground boulders, spying and tracking technology, topped off with a 20 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

President Trump Tweets ‘Tempered’ Response to Attack From Decepticon Senator Mitt Romney…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 8 hours ago
President Trump enters a new phase in legislative road-blocking fraught with challenges inside the Senate chamber. Almost all U.S. Republican Senators have accepted the indulgences of U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue. President Trump now relies on the upper … Continue reading →

Chairmen Nadler, Cummings and Schiff Announce Immediate Round of Trump Investigations…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 8 hours ago
CTH previously outlined the likely path Democrats will follow when they take control of the key congressional committees starting tomorrow {Go Deep}. For those who walk through the deep weeds of DC politics, the sequence of 2019 events -based on … Continue reading →

“2019: The Beginning Of The End”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“2019: The Beginning Of The End”* by Adam Taggart “For ten long years, the world’s central banks have dragged everyone along for one last attempt at scaling Mount Credit. At several points along the way, in 2011, in 2013 and then again in 2016 it seemed all but certain that the wrong route had been picked and all was lost. We warned people then about the risks, but to no avail. They found a way to navigate even higher from there. And here we are again in 2018, warning everyone of the same risks. Starting back in August of 2018 we were questioning whether “it” had arrived and then... more »

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