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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.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

26 January - Blogs I'm Following - 1 of 3

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This Is How Israel And Iran's Secret War In Syria Became Public

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 31 minutes ago
*Time:* *Israel and Iran Are Waging a Secret War in Syria. Here’s How It Finally Went Public* The video shows a skier in a blue jacket slaloming down a slope before the camera pans upward, an ominous score playing in the background. “This is what families skiing on Mount Hermon in northern Israel saw when they looked up,” reads the on-screen caption on a 37-second clip the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) posted to Twitter Monday, as two vapor trails cut across a dusky sky. “An Iranian rocket fired towards them from Syrian soil.” *Read more* .... *WNU Editor*: Truth be told. The confl... more »

No, Trump Should Not Be Given Increased Trade Authority

Daniel Griswold at Test Feed Using Fields - 39 minutes ago
*Daniel Griswold* *economy, Americas* [image: Reuters] Americans would suffer from an escalating trade war. Not satisfied with the tariff-imposing powers he’s already flexed against imported steel and goods made in China, President Trump will reportedly ask Congress in his upcoming State of the Union message for sweeping new powers. As if on cue, Rep. Sean Duffy plans to introduce legislation likely early next week to grant them. The White House wants reciprocal (or “mirror”) tariffs on imported goods where the foreign duty rate is significantly higher than the U.S. rate. Econom... more »

Afghanistan’s Impossible Task: Talking and Fighting While Holding Elections

Arif Rafiq at Test Feed Using Fields - 39 minutes ago
*Arif Rafiq* *Security, Middle East* [image: Reuters] In a time in which Afghanistan needs its elite to unite and build consensus, it is holding elections, which are divisive winner-takes-all affairs. It has been an eventful month or so for the Afghanistan war. President Donald Trump indicated in mid-December that he may soon order a drawdown of U.S. forces there. Talks between the United States and the Taliban talks gained momentum only to reach an impasse in mid-January. The deadlock, it appears, has since been overcome. Around the same time the candidate filing period for Afg... more »

Russian Blackjack Strategic Bombers 'Buzz' The North American Coastline

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 48 minutes ago
An E-3 AWACS, 2x F-22, 2x CF-18 fighter jets from NORAD positively identified 2x Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers entering the Canadian Air Defense Identification Zone on January 26, 2019. Bombers remained in international airspace and did not enter sovereign territory pic.twitter.com/utKe26SRBB — NORAD & USNORTHCOM (@Norad_Northcom) January 26, 2019 *Daily Mail:* *US and Canadian Air Force scramble four fighter jets to intercept two Russian bombers closing in on North American airspace off coast of Alaska* * Two US Air Force F-22 fighter jets and two Canadian CF-18 jet... more »

Stoinis first-choice allrounder after horror summer for Mitch Marsh

Just In - 49 minutes ago
Marcus Stoinis's inclusion in the extended Test squad ends Mitch Marsh's reign as Australia's go-to allrounder in five day cricket.

Sydney's desalination plant is turned on — so what does that mean?

Paige Cockburn at Just In - 49 minutes ago
With dam levels dropping, the desalination plant in Kurnell is fully operational for the first time. So how does it work, what will it cost and most importantly how will the water taste?

Record snowfall in Northern Maine

Robert at Ice Age Now - 52 minutes ago
Snowiest January (so far) and snowiest season to date, according to the National Weather Service. Caribou is at its snowiest January (50.1″ so far) and snowiest season-to-date (101.9″) on record. Concern rising for snow load on roof hazard. “Don’t be aloof, clear the snow off your roof!” #MEwx With two snow events expected by the ... Read moreRecord snowfall in Northern Maine The post Record snowfall in Northern Maine appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Munich Conference: Leading Danish Astrophysicist Says Solar Activity Has Significant Impact On Global Climate

Russ Steele at The Next Grand Minimum - 1 hour ago
By P Gosselin Danish Professor Henrik Svensmark is a leading physicist of cosmic radiation. At the end of last year he made a presentation at the 12th International Climate Conference in Munich, where he demonstrated that the climate is indeed… Continue reading →

U.S. Navy Holds Commissioning Ceremony For USS Michael Monsoor

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Orange County Register:* *Navy holds commissioning ceremony for USS Michael Monsoor, named for local hero who died to save others* Michael Monsoor, who grew up in Garden Grove, died in Iraq in 2006 “The USS Michael Monsoor is manned and ready and reports for duty.” With those words, the Navy’s newest destroyer, amed for a Garden Grove High School graduate and posthumous Medal of Honor recipient, was commissioned into service, her new crew lining the bow and standing at attention. Monsoor’s final brave act – diving onto a grenade to save his fellow SEALS and soldiers while providi... more »

Anthony de Jasay (1925-2019) Has Died

Pierre Lemieux at Econlib - 1 hour ago
Anthony de Jasay died yesterday in Normandie (France), where he was living. In a recent Econlib “Liberty Classics” review of his book The State (1985), I wrote: When the dust settles, Anthony de Jasay’s The State will probably be recognized as one of the great books of the 20th century. It may be the most serious and subversive […] The post Anthony de Jasay (1925-2019) Has Died appeared first on Econlib.

Italian PM: France And Germany Are Taking Us 'For A Ride' In The EU. France Responds By Saying 'Mind Your Own Business'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks to the media during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann *Euronews:* *Italy: stop messing in other countries' affairs. France: mind your own business* After top Italian politicians launched a string of attacks on France, including criticising it for interfering in the affairs of African nations, a French minister has responded with a diplomatic request for Rome to mind its own business. Agnès Pannier-Runacher, who serves as secretary of state in the French economic... more »

UNSC Video: Watch as the Ambassador to the UN from Venezuela Wipes the Floor with CIA Pompeo

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 hour ago
*Flag of Venezuela* lol. Watch the video at this Saker Link at 1.56 on the video for the start of the speech to the *UNSC by the young Venezuelan Ambassador to the UN. I predict that this guy will be the President of Venezuela some day.* The United States and *its satellites [including pathetic Canada]* called for this meeting of the UNSC in order to pummel the Venezuelan rightful government. What happened instead is that *the young, newly appointed Venezuelan ambassador to the UN...in his maiden speech...wiped the floor with the USrael perps. * *Laff out loud as you note that ... more »

Climate Is a State of Mind

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 1 hour ago
A recent survey by Yale and George Mason activists is another reminder that “climate change” is actually a branch of environmental psychology. Consider that “climate” is an human construct, defined as the pattern of weather we remember in our living space over seasons and years. And “climate change” is therefore an added belief that our […]

France And Germany Say They Are Committed To A European Army

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. *Soeren Kern, The Gatestone Institute:* *France and Germany: "We Are Committed to the Emergence of a European Army"* * "Populism and nationalism are increasing in all our countries. For the first time, a country — Great Britain — is leaving the European Union. Worldwide, multilateralism is under pressure...." – German Chancellor Angela Merkel. * "Converging this much with Germany is an abandonment of sovereignty — a betrayal. If we had not alerted the public, this text would have been signed on the sly. The text... more »

US, Russia trade attacks at UN over Venezuela (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Envoy to the United Nations Security Council Vasily Nebenzya traded barbs on the political situation of Venezuela during an emergency meeting of the Council in New York City on Saturday. Pompeo accused Russia of supporting an “illegitimate mafia state” in order to further their own economic interests, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Supersonic bomber Tu-22M3 crash in Russia’s Murmansk caught on video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
A horrific video of Russian Tu-22M3 crash in the Murmansk region has emerged online, showing the strategic bomber’s approach in near-zero visibility and the chilling moment it slammed the airstrip, immediately engulfed in flames. Video of the tragedy, apparently recorded by one of the servicemen at an air base near the city of Olenegorsk and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Full review of Nasrallah’s new interview

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 A.M.) – The Secretary-General of Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah sat down for a long interview with Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV, tonight, to discuss a number of topics, including his health and Israel’s border operation. Nasrallah began the interview by quashing the rumors about his health, adding that all of these claims are ‘lies’ […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Incredible Video Emerges Of The Russian Supersonic Strike Bomber Tu-22M3 That Crashed Earlier This Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: WNU posted news of this accident earlier this week .... *Russian Supersonic Strike Bomber Tu-22M3 Crash-Lands In The Murmansk Region *(January 22, 2019). As to the above video. I do not know if this video is authentic, but it does look like a Russian Supersonic Strike Bomber Tu-22M3 crashing in a snowstorm. As to why I am skeptical? The cameraman was in the right place at the right time to take a video of this accident. People do not stand in the middle of a snowstorm taking videos of planes landing. This also makes me wonder if there was a problem with the bomber, a... more »

Jan. 26:The hell with it!

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 2 hours ago
http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/01/los-angeles-teachers-win-victory-against-school-privatization For many years, the quality of American public schools has been going down. But that may now be turning a corner. Now, if we could only improve the quality of universities....but that's a long story - and one that universities are not interested in. ________________________________________________________________ Billionaires are routinely handed out huge sums of money by our governments. (Funny how there's so much they can't afford on their own.) To add insult to injury that money canno... more »

'Infinite sadness': Toddler's body recovered from borehole after 13-day search

Just In - 2 hours ago
Rescue crews in Spain recover the body of a two-year-old boy, whose fall into a deep borehole almost two weeks ago prompted a complex and heart-wrenching search-and-rescue operation.

Live: Here's your guide to the Hottest 100

Paul Donoughue at Just In - 2 hours ago
What is considered the biggest music poll in the world is back for another year. Follow along as we count down from 100 to 1.

Thieves steal Banksy tribute to Paris terrorist attack victims

Just In - 2 hours ago
Thieves use a van to steal a mural by British street artist Banksy, painted on a fire-exit door at the Bataclan theatre in Paris where Islamist militants killed 90 people three years ago.

Blind filmmaker ready to release his first full-length movie

Gian De Poloni at Just In - 2 hours ago
Peter Renzullo is colourblind and can barely see, but advancements in technology have allowed him to shoot and direct his own film.

Will There Still Be A U.S. State Of The Union Speech?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts *Daily Mail:* *The State of the Union address is 'tentatively set for February 5' after Trump cut a deal to reopen the government* * The State of the Union address may take place on February 5, sources say * The speech was formerly slated for January 29 but was postponed due to the partial government shutdown that finally ended on Friday * Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi requested the speech be delay... more »

I AM the science of the decree where you stand.

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 3 hours ago
*I,* Saint Germain, therefore come in this hour for the binding of that false prophet and those who are the betrayers of the Light who have gone here and there to spread their gossip and their lies and their calumny against the Messengers and this Community of the Light. *This* day is he judged! *This* day is she judged! Burn through, O living Word! For the decree has gone forth, and therefore watch the receding of those who have gone to make war against the Woman and her seed in the name of the dragon. Therefore let the mouthings of the false prophets and the evil spirits ... more »

Venezuelan Military Continues To Break Apart

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Pronunciamiento del coronel (GNB) José Luis Silva Silva, agregado militar de la embajada en Washington quien renunció para ponerse a disposición del presidente interino @jguaido pic.twitter.com/2OOHAfloFL — Ibéyise Pacheco (@ibepacheco) January 26, 2019 *DW:* *Venezuelan military official breaks with Nicolas Maduro, backs opposition* Jose Luis Silva, a key Venezuelan military official, has stepped down as defense attache in the US and thrown his weight behind opposition leader Juan Guaido. The military could play a crucial role in the current crisis. Venezuela's defense attache t... more »

Oh NO, It’s BONO!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 3 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Patsy Lacey Shouldn’t silly little girls like this be at school? A teenage activist has told the global elite at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos that they are to blame for the climate crisis and that the “house is on fire”. The Swiss summit is characterised […]

A Truly Sick Soul; The Real Basket of Deplorables

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 3 hours ago
Video: @BillMaher smears ‘Covington kid’ Nick Sandmann: “I blame that fucking kid. What a little prick. Smirk face. Like that’s not a dick move at any age to stick your face in this elderly man.” More Maher humor: “I do not get what Catholic priests see in these kids.” pic.twitter.com/ajqr1yx8hs — Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) January … Continue reading "A Truly Sick Soul; The Real Basket of Deplorables"

In a Nutshell; Why the Mueller Investigation is a Total Fraud

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 3 hours ago
Hey @seanhannity I think it’s time that you come and visit me in New Zealand. Let’s talk about Seth Rich and put an end to this Mueller / Russia nonsense. — Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 25, 2019 Mueller has the mandate to investigate the DNC leaks but he has never interviewed Julian Assange or myself. … Continue reading "In a Nutshell; Why the Mueller Investigation is a Total Fraud"

Aloha! A Guest Post From State Senator Kai Kahele, Who Has Announced For Tulsi's House Seat

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Lee Cataluna, one of Hawaii's top political commentator's penned a column for the *Star Advertiser* Wednesday: Political Winds Of Change Are Felt, covering the announcement that state Sen. Kai Kahele will be challenging Tulsi Gabbard's reelection in a 2020 primary. "It might seem," wrote Cataluna, "like he timed the launch of his congressional campaign to take advantage of the political winds that suddenly made incumbent Tulsi Gabbard seem vulnerable. As soon as Gabbard announced her run for president, all the dirt from her years of virulent anti-gay activism and lack of focus on ... more »

Will The U.S. Military Decide Venezuela's Future?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Douglas Macgregor, RCD*: *American Military Power Should Not Decide Venezuela’s Future* The Trump Administration is backing Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly as the legitimate leader of the country. Many in Washington, like Sen. Marco Rubio, who has urged the Trump Administration to publicly support Mr. Guaidó, are hopeful that the groundswell of support across the international community for Maduro’s political opponents will lead to Maduro’s removal from power by forces inside Venezuela. This would be the best outcome. For others, the role of ... more »

Japanese Art and the influence of Katsukawa Shunshō (1726-1793)

Lee Jay at Modern Tokyo Times - 4 hours ago
Japanese Art and the influence of Katsukawa Shunshō (1726-1793) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist called Katsukawa Shunshō isn’t particularly famous outside of Japan. Indeed, even in Japan, he is hardly among the first individuals to think about when focusing on artists during the Edo Period. Yet, Shunshō’s legacy is extremely rich […]

Is Competency The Hot New Thing?

Peter Greene at CURMUDGUCATION - 4 hours ago
Tom Vander Ark thinks that competency is the up-and-coming next big thing in education. He just said so a few weeks ago at Forbes, but he's been saying so for several years now. Vander Ark has been at the education reform biz longer than most, but his career also includes the launch of K-Mart's competitor to Sam's Club, point man for the Gates small schools initiative, and an attempt to launch some charter schools in NYC that left a bad taste in many mouths. He's not always right. How about this time? When we talk about competency (as in competency-based education), we need to keep... more »

NBC: Florida Fish & Wildlife to stop spraying Roundup Statewide

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 4 hours ago
While this could be temporary (we hope not) , we are thrilled and hope it will stop forever. RELATED STORY: WSJ: Bayer hit by more lawsuits over safety of Roundup Weedkiller The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced that they will temporarily stop aquatic spraying to kill plants statewide. Anglers, residents, and environmentalists are rightly […] The post NBC: Florida Fish & Wildlife to stop spraying Roundup Statewide appeared first on Health Nut News.

Top Military Diplomat from Venezuela Breaks With Maduro and Supports Guaido…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 4 hours ago
Venezuela dictator Nicolas Maduro has broken-off diplomatic relations with the U.S. and demanded all attache’s to return home. However the top Venezuela military attache within the U.S. has now backed President Juan Guaido as the legitimate president and will remain … Continue reading →

Thousands of chickens and bats drop dead in Adelaide's extreme heat

Brittany Evins at Just In - 5 hours ago
In the wake of Adelaide reaching a top of 46.6 degrees Celsius on Thursday, temperatures have cooled across SA — but the change has come too late for a local chicken farm as well as a bat colony in the city.

'It's more than a dream': Teen cyclist Sarah Gigante stunning competitors

Jean Edwards at Just In - 5 hours ago
The first time she popped a bottle of champagne was on the winner's podium of the one of the country's most important races: Meet 18-year-old Sarah Gigante, the cyclist beating the sport's best.

'Consider moving to higher ground': Emergency alert issued as Daintree floods

Rebecca Hyam And Nick Wiggins at Just In - 5 hours ago
A warning is issued for people living near the Daintree River as it reaches flood levels not seen in 118 years. It comes as a monsoon trough continues to dump torrential rain on Far North Queensland.

A former bank vault is about to be unlocked for the first time in decades

Matt Garrick at Just In - 5 hours ago
What horrors, traps or treasures lie hidden in the locked room of this Darwin CBD building, nobody really knows. But on Wednesday, with specialist locksmiths finally called in, the enduring secret will be revealed.

Sport, music and 500,000 serves of hot chips — a look back at Perth Stadium's first year

Jacob Kagi at Just In - 5 hours ago
With more than two-million visitors through the turnstiles for over 40 major events, it has been a busy first 12 months for Perth Stadium — and there is plenty to come in 2019.

'Time to act' on climate change: Olympian to take on Abbott for his seat

Danuta Kozaki And Bellinda Kontominas at Just In - 5 hours ago
Australia's most successful alpine skier, Zali Steggall, vows to be "a voice for the sensible centre" and accuses Tony Abbott of being set in his ways when it comes to climate change, while announcing she will contest his Sydney seat of Warringah at the next federal election.

Inside the odd world of owning pet crocodiles

Jesse Thompson at Just In - 5 hours ago
The ancient apex predators are known worldwide as vicious killers, so why do these people keep them as pets mere metres from where they sleep?

Wolfe Brothers take home four Golden Guitars in Tamworth

Haley Craig at Just In - 5 hours ago
Tasmania's the Wolfe Brothers have won four out of five awards in a night for the underdogs at Australian country's music's 47th annual Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth.

Emergency warnings issued for Huon Valley as bushfire threatens townships

Lucy MacDonald at Just In - 5 hours ago
There are five emergency warnings in place across Tasmania, including four in the state's south, with firefighters saying a blaze burning near Tahune could put several townships at "very high risk" this evening.

An Alternative To Wikileaks Has Released A Trove Of Hacked Russian Documents

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*The Hill:* *Transparency advocate group releases trove of hacked Russian documents* A group of transparency advocates released a massive number of hacked and leaked Russian documents on Friday in what is being viewed as retaliation against Russia's sharing of hacked Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails to influence the 2016 presidential campaign. The documents, totaling 175 gigabytes in data, were shared on Distributed Denial of Secrets's website and on Internet Archive around the same time on Friday. The scope of the documents shared is far larger than the total known mate... more »

History ramming at us fast. Are we in the foretold "crisis?"

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 5 hours ago
As we await the Big News about Trump Enterprises laundering tens of billions for Russian mafias via Deutsche Bank... and mountainous KGB subsidies of the NRA and Fox... now it seems the assault has pervaded nearly the entire American-confederate right, from fundamentalist churches to the Home School Movement. Sure, this site is a bit lefty. But if *even one* of the connections were true (and some are proved, or public record) then there has been more outright treason on the US right than in the history of the republic. Not even the Walker or Ames or Embassy Guard spy rings (all of t... more »

Conservatives Say Trump Caved, But Remain Confident He’ll Get Wall

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
No retreat, no surrender is how President Donald Trump frames his decision to temporarily reopen the government while still pursuing a border wall deal.

1984: YouTube Will Demote Conspiracy Videos In Its Recommendation Algorithm — A Scary Prospect For Freedom Of Thought

Aaron at Activist Post - 5 hours ago
By Aaron Kesel YouTube said Friday it will stop recommending conspiracy videos such as those claiming the Earth is flat, or promoting alternative theories about... more »

A Few Lucky Soldiers Already Have The Army's New Killer Marksman Rifle

Task and Purpose, Jared Keller at Test Feed Using Fields - 5 hours ago
*Task and Purpose, Jared Keller* *Security, * [image: By Rizuan - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48504663] Here is all we know. A handful of lucky Army units apparently picked up an early Christmas present this fall: A shiny new rifle for designated marksmen assigned to infantry, scout, and engineer squads. A Dec. 27 update from Army Futures Command revealed that the Army has fielded the 7.62x51mm G28E-110 squad designated marksman rifle — adopted as the M110A1 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) back in 2017 — as planned to sel... more »

Gotham City Digest, the Government is Open (for now) edition

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 5 hours ago
(In which we promise to never shut down Gotham City over a needless wall.) ------------------------------ Granted, most of these news items came out just before the shutdown ended yesterday, but they're still worthy of attention because we must never forget the effect it had on working Americans as well as the shockingly callous attitude of the right wing elitists currently infesting the swamp that Trump just restocked with different alligators. ------------------------------ Remember back in the day when we used to feed the hungry and indigent all over the world? Tha... more »

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Has Fired The Canadian Ambassador To China Amid The Current Diplomatic Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*CBC:* *John McCallum fired as ambassador to China amid diplomatic crisis* McCallum forced to walk back remarks he made regarding Meng Wanzhou's extradition John McCallum has been fired as Canada's ambassador to China. "Last night I asked for and accepted John McCallum's resignation as Canada's Ambassador to China," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement Saturday. The statement didn't offer a reason for the removal, which comes in the middle of a diplomatic crisis with China. It caps off an especially tough week for McCallum after he controversially waded into the ext... more »

Buzzfeed and Other Media Suffering Financial Woes, Scrambling to Survive

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: buzzfeed-and-other-media-suffering-financial-woes-scrambling-to-survive] At the same time that many media organizations have hitched their wagons to a rabid anti-Trump narrative, many of them are struggling to survive.

Planned Parenthood Annual Report Shows Record Number of Abortions

Dave Bohon at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: planned-parenthood-annual-report-shows-record-number-of-abortions] Planned Parenthood’s annual report shows the abortion giant killed a record number of pre-born babies in its most recent fiscal year.

One Ky. Bishop Apologizes for Denouncing Covington Catholic Boys; a Second Doubles Down

R. Cort Kirkwood at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: one-ky-bishop-apologizes-for-denouncing-covington-catholic-boys-a-second-doubles-down] Bishops in Kentucky are sending conflicting messages about the Covington Catholic High School boys who were falsely accused of taunting and surrounding an American Indian banging a drum at the Lincoln Memorial after the March for Life on January 18.

Viva Hugh Sykes!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 5 hours ago
Late night bonus post... We here at *Is the BBC Biased? *are very fond of BBC veteran reporter Hugh Sykes. We think of him as the authentic, time-honoured voice of the BBC. His Twitter feed remains a joy. He pronounces himself to be something of a contrarian, but his Twitter contrarianism almost invariably chimes with BBC orthodoxy, and - even better - is expressed neat rather than diluted. Read through the great man's latest tweets (views his own) and you'll find someone who *really *doesn't agree with pro-Brexit Tory MP Mark Francois over Brexit and will re-tweet anything (ho... more »

Listen if President Obama can send $1.8 billion to the Iranians, certainly finding a few billion dollars for border security on our southern borders is something this president can do legally.

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 6 hours ago
.@POTUS has said that border barrier construction will commence within weeks. The next 3 weeks will determine whether Congress will do its job and define the construction process. Compromise is important, but not required, to secure our border and protect American families. — Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 26, 2019 In 21 days President @realDonaldTrump is … Continue reading "Listen if President Obama can send $1.8 billion to the Iranians, certainly finding a few billion dollars for border security on our southern borders is something this president can do legally."

Erdogan ‘won’t back off’ from military ops. in Syria ‘if needed’

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey has completed all necessary military preparations for a military operation in northern Syria while speaking in Ankara on Saturday at the ruling Justice and Development Party’s presentation of mayoral candidates for the southeastern Gaziantep province. “We have showed with the Shield of Euphrates and Olive Branch operations […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Hezbollah leader conducts first interview of the year, denies poor health reports

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah sat down with Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV on Saturday evening to discuss a number of topics, including the rumors about his health. “I have not been silent since November 10th because of any health issues,” Sayyed Nasrallah began, saying that all the rumors about his heart […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Kurdish protesters seize several Turkish tanks after soldiers abandon base (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – Kurdish protesters stormed the Turkish military’s headquarters inside the Dohuk Governorate town of Shiladze, today, prompting the latter to abandon their positions at the base. During the storming of the Turkish military base, the Kurdish protesters managed to take hold of several tanks after setting many vehicles on fire. More […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Saudi woman arrested in Beirut airport with 8,000 narcotic pills

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Lebanese Internal Security Forces’ Inspection Unit at the Rafic Hariri International Airport arrested a Saudi woman in the VIP Lounge for possession of about 8,000 tablets of sedative and narcotic drugs of various kinds, a National News Agency correspondent reported on Friday. The woman has since been transferred for […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Palestinian Father Of 4 Shot Dead In West Bank

Robert Inlakesh at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:30 P.M)- A Palestinian man shot dead dead in the West Bank today, following a Israeli settler and soldier storming of villages. The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced the death of 34 year old, Hamdi Naasan today. Hamdi Naasan was reportedly a father of four and was killed after sustaining a bullet wound […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Qatar to reportedly halt payments to Hamas

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
Qatar said Saturday it will no longer fund salaries of Hamas employees in Gaza but will still give aid to poor families, after the Palestinian enclave’s Islamist rulers refused to accept wage payments over conditions allegedly attached by Israel. We “will not pay the salaries of the Hamas employees”, Qatar’s ambassador to the Gaza Strip […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Lebanese security forces arrest 3 Syrian ISIS and FSA members

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Lebanese security forces announced on Friday that they arrested three Syrians in a new operation. According to their communique, the Lebanese security forces said they arrested three Syrians that were identified as Abdel-Rahman Kh., Ahmed. A. and Mohammed A. “During interrogation, the first confessed to belonging the Islamic State […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Netanyahu repeatedly urged Trump to stay in Syria: report

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly urged U.S. President Donald Trump to not withdraw from Syria, Bloomberg News reported on Saturday. According to the Bloomberg report, Netanyahu urged Trump to keep U.S. troops at the Al-Tanf base in the southeastern part of the Homs Governorate. Citing an unnamed U.S. diplomat, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Pt. 2: Lavrov- Adana Agreement Understood To Be In Force

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
*Following up on: * - Russia/Turkey/Syria 2019 & the Adana Agreement of 1998 Still Valid *I’d expected the recent comments made about Adana would result in some media brouhaha..And they did. * *Let's refresh our memories:* *Putin said: “The treaty between Syria and Turkey of the year 1998 is still valid. And it deals, in particular, with the fight against terrorism. I think that this is the base that closes many issues in terms of ensuring Turkey’s security on its southern borders. Today we have been discussing this issue quite thoroughly, fully and actively.”* *Cavosuglu sai... more »

Cherokee Nation to Disperse Rare Heirloom Seeds

White Wolf at White Wolf - 6 hours ago
The Cherokee Nation will begin dispersing its limited supply of heirloom seeds Feb. 1 to tribal citizens who are interested in growing traditional Cherokee crops. In 2018, the Cherokee Nation distributed 4,905 packages of seeds to tribal citizens. “Cherokee Nation’s seed bank program helps us keep alive our Cherokee tradition of harvesting seeds and passing them down for new generations of tribal citizens,” said Pat Gwin, Cherokee Nation senior director of Cherokee Nation Environmental Resources. “The heirloom seeds available in our seed bank are varieties that the Cherokee peop... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Inner Light”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
2002, “Inner Light” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swkTCTmajRI

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“A now famous picture from the Hubble Space Telescope featured Pillars of Creation, star forming columns of cold gas and dust light-years long inside M16, the Eagle Nebula. This false-color composite image views the nearby stellar nursery using data from the Herschel Space Observatory's panoramic exploration of interstellar clouds along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. Herschel's far infrared detectors record the emission from the region's cold dust directly. *Click image for larger size.* The famous pillars are included near the center of the scene. While the central group of hot... more »


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Why did people call it Hell?" I wondered. No place was Hell, no place could be Hell. It's the people calling it Hell, that's the only thing that made it so. People just sticking names on places, so that no one could see those places properly anymore. No, Hell wasn't anything to do with place, Hell was all to do with people. Maybe Hell *was* people." - John Marsden

"In These Downbeat Times..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"In these downbeat times, we need as much hope and courage as we do vision and analysis; we must accent the best of each other even as we point out the vicious effects of our racial divide and pernicious consequences of our maldistribution of wealth and power. We simply cannot live in the twenty-first century at each other's throats, even as we acknowledge the weighty forces of racism, patriarchy, economic inequality, homophobia, and ecological abuse on our necks. We are at a crucial crossroad in the history of this nation - and we either hang together by combating these forces that... more »

“Collapse Is Already Here”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Collapse Is Already Here”* It's a process, not an event... by Chris Martenson "Many people are expecting some degree of approaching collapse - be it economic, environmental and/or societal -- thinking that they’ll recognize the danger signs in time. As if it will be completely obvious, like a Hollywood blockbuster. Complete with clear warnings from scientists, politicians and the media. And everyone can then get busy either panicking or becoming the plucky heroes. That's not how collapse works. Collapse is a process, not an event. And it's already underway, all around us. Colla... more »

Heidi Allen's Poverty Porn Tour

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
"I've absolutely had enough" says Heidi Allen of the Conservative Party's vindictive attitude to social security. Unlike her reptilian colleagues on the government benches, since entering the Commons she has talked about poverty and how the system her party has presided over makes the situation of the poorest and most vulnerable worse. Though not to the point of *voting against* the very legislation that tightens the screws, as many an incredulous observer have "fed back" to her via social media. Here, Allen is exhibiting a patter of behaviour we find common among Tory MPs. They m... more »

Police and migrants clash in Calais as dangerous Channel crossings increase

Samantha Hawley at Just In - 7 hours ago
Two years since the Calais 'jungle' was destroyed, hundreds of migrants are still sleeping rough. Now French authorities are determined to stop a new jungle emerging, ordering police to destroy migrants' tents and move them on.

Victoria has high hopes of becoming cannabis bowl of Australia

Richard Willingham at Just In - 7 hours ago
With Australian doctors' ongoing reluctance to prescribe it to patients, the nation's fledgling medicinal cannabis industry is eyeing off the export markets in its bid to take off.

'You don't come prepared for having a baby of that size'

Amanda Hoh at Just In - 7 hours ago
A group of women specialising in the old embroidery art of smocking have been sewing tiny gowns for stillborn and premature babies for the past 25 years.

US-Taliban talks make 'significant progress', envoy says

Just In - 7 hours ago
Negotiations aimed at ending Afghanistan's destructive 17-year war have made ground on "vital issues", the US envoy says, with Taliban officials saying they reached an understanding on the withdrawal of US and NATO troops.

Forgotten railway tunnel on track for heritage protection

Tom Forbes at Just In - 7 hours ago
A disused railway tunnel on the Gold Coast is reclaimed by locals who are now fighting for its preservation.

Naomi Osaka rebounds from tearful meltdown to win Australian Open

Luke Pentony at Just In - 7 hours ago
Amid a tearful meltdown after squandering three championship points, Naomi Osaka gave herself a simple message before fighting back to win the women's Australian Open title.

As criminals hit farms hard, police consider new ways to fight back

Stephanie Corsetti at Just In - 7 hours ago
Community leaders in country Victoria are speaking out about limited emergency services in the wake of ongoing farm crime.

Coldest Day On Record At Aurora, Illinois?

tonyheller at The Deplorable Climate Science Blog - 7 hours ago
Wednesday’s forecast maximum of -13F at Aurora, Illinois would be the coldest afternoon on record there. Aurora, IL 10-Day Forecast | Weather Underground Aurora has had forty-three days since 1895 which didn’t make it above 0F, and four days which … Continue reading →

This Is How China Will Wage Cyber War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Fifth Domain:* *3 ways China’s military could use cyber in war* A new report from the Defense Intelligence Agency provides insights in to how the Chinese military might deploy cyber capabilities in a future conflict. The report, which provides an overview of China’s entire military, notes the People’s Liberation Army could use cyber capabilities to support military operations in three critical ways: - Relying on cyber reconnaissance to better plan cyber attacks, - Establishing information dominance in the early stages of a conflict to constrain an adversary’s actions or slow inf... more »

OK Legislator To Teachers: Shut The Hell Up

Peter Greene at CURMUDGUCATION - 7 hours ago
Oklahoma has worked hard to get itself in the front of the pack of States Most Hostile To Public Education. Maybe not number one (relax, Florida), but right up there. Ultra-low teacher pay. Slack charter rules. The kind of state where the idea for improving education is to gear it more toward providing meat widgets for employers. The kind of state where a serious idea about improving teacher pay is to fire half the teachers and give their money to the remaining teachers, who will all teach twice as many students. So it wasn't a huge surprise last year when teachers in the state walk... more »

"Views are mine"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Goodnight all. Meanwhile, before we - each and every one of us - hit our warm, embracing beds tonight, here's something earlier from DB: The 'Chloe' BBC reporter John McManus was disagreeing with there is young, pro-Brexit Chloe Westley of the Tax Payers' Alliance - a hate figure for many on the Twitter Left. Chloe was saying, "You know where poverty IS on the rise? Venezuela. Look forward to the Oxfam report on why socialism is an evil ideology". On reading that the BBC's John felt the need to object and BBCmansplain to the young, white, right-wing, non-BBC female that BBC-sty... more »

Is China Really Building Two Stealth Bombers?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
A CCTV news program offered a glimpse of what is believed to be a prototype of the H-20 bomber. Photo: CCTV screen grab *Sebastien Roblin, National Interest:* *Is China Really Building Two Stealth Bombers?* *Could it be true?* In January 2018, two sentences in an annual report by the DIA on Chinese military power sent a minor shockwave rippling across the defense-related internet: “The PLAAF is developing new medium- and long-range stealth bombers to strike regional and global targets. Stealth technology continues to play a key role in the development of these new bombers, which ... more »

Navigating environmental rules needn’t be messy for cannabis growers

Kevin Huhn at Marijuana Business Daily - 7 hours ago
When California marijuana dispensary owner Chris Jennings decided to apply for a cultivation license in 2016, he helped organize a meeting for growers to discuss water and other natural resource regulations with several city and county officials. Navigating environmental rules needn’t be messy for cannabis growers is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

The Shutdown Has Been Further Damaging An Already Damaged EPA

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*Andrew Wheeler by Nancy Ohanian* Even before the outrageous Trump-McConnell shutdown began, Trump's America-- which is also, don't forget, *our* America-- was getting more polluted, dangerously polluted. It is, after all, what the Republican Party stands for more than almost anything else: Pollution For Profit. It's no coincidence that the EPA’s enforcement division has lost at least 80 people since Trump entered office. On Thursday, Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis reported that "Civil penalties for polluters under the Trump administration plummeted during the past fiscal year to... more »

Michelle Alexander Is Right About Israel-Palestine

Marjorie Cohn at Marjorie Cohn - 8 hours ago
As a progressive Jew, I find that many of my family members and friends are still what we call “PEP” — progressive except Palestine. Amid ever-worsening injustices created by the Israeli system of apartheid and Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands, it is past time for this to change. I am hopeful that the firestorm... Read more »

The Left's Futile Atempt to Eliminate the Phrase ‘Fake News’

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 8 hours ago
One thing the left has been extremely successful in doing is redefining the language. Academia and the media have given us phases like "Womens Reproductive Rights" to legitimize their evil, and have recently redefined words like "Diversity " to push an agenda and mask their hate. The left originally coined the term "Fake News" to describe right-leaning news sources like Breitbart and RedState. But during the contentious campaign of 2016, the actions of the media, with their unabashed bias, lies and cheer-leading, Donald J. Trump turned the tables. Since then much crying a gnashing... more »

Speaker Pelosi Sets Impeachment Stage With Tweet: “What Does Putin Have on Trump?”

sundance at The Last Refuge - 8 hours ago
After a few months of head-fake commentary downplaying the Democrat party objective to use the House for an impeachment process, Speaker Nancy Pelosi drops the pretense. In a tweet last night, connected to a press release, the democrat Speaker of … Continue reading →

Priorities? – FBI Director Christopher Wray Delivers Message From The FBI….

sundance at The Last Refuge - 8 hours ago
The FBI is a sh!t show…. Good grief, the entire institution is now just a hot mess of incompetence, self-preservation, virtue signaling and political positioning. Cue the audio visual: . Despite the FBI tender sensibilities being wounded due to the … Continue reading →

California medical doctor sues medical board over intimidating doctors who write vaccine medical exemptions

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 9 hours ago
by Brian Shilhavy, Editor, Health Impact News Dr. Kennedy has been in medicine for almost 50 years. He is currently residing and practicing in the State of California. After the passage of California SB 277 in 2015 which removed parental rights to refuse vaccines for their children, parents began coming to see him to see […] The post California medical doctor sues medical board over intimidating doctors who write vaccine medical exemptions appeared first on Health Nut News.

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