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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

13 February - Blogs I'm Following - 1 of 3

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Canceled! California’s Billion Dollar Boondoggle Train

By Craig Rucker ~ The billion dollar boondoggle train no one wanted to ride appears to have reached the end of the line. California Governor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that he was terminating former Governor Jerry Brown’s pet Green project; a high speed bullet train connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco. California’s new Governor was […]

The True Meaning Of That Green New Deal

By Lee Edwards ~ It would be easy to dismiss the Green New Deal as an impossible progressive dream, but that would be a mistake. The Green New Deal is not the bucket list of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow travelers, but a blueprint to turn America into a socialist state. It is the […]

Maybe The Sleaze Factor Is The Way Trump Will Be Brought Down And The Planet Saved

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 minutes ago
*-by Frank Schaeffer* Here’s how to define Donald Trump: Trump is the intersection where all the con-artists, sleaze-bags, petty criminals, anti-democracy thugs, white evangelical losers and delusional racist fanatics on the planet met and fell in love with each other. Question: Is there ANY low-rent moron scum Trump is NOT working with or for? From the backward woman-torturing murdering Saudi “prince” to Putin (the world’s sleaziest loser/murderer Trump fan), to the National Enquirer national head lice, to evangelical gay-bashing loons Mike Pence, Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Gra... more »

Lesbian history in Thailand: value in traces

Emily Donald at New Mandala - 48 minutes ago
To kick off LBGTQ+ history month, Emily Donald looks at lesbian history and women’s sexuality in Thailand. The post Lesbian history in Thailand: value in traces appeared first on New Mandala.

Like it or not, the CPP still needs the West

David Hutt at New Mandala - 48 minutes ago
The idea that China will “bail out” Cambodia if the West applies sanctions is fanciful, and the government knows it. The post Like it or not, the CPP still needs the West appeared first on New Mandala.

Hawaii snowfall at lowest ever in elevation – Video

Robert at Ice Age Now - 1 hour ago
And four-foot snow drifts! Unprecedented, historic, says National Weather Service. Snow on Haleakala on Maui is rare but not unheard of, as it happens about every five years. What was unusual last weekend was that snow fell at such a low elevation. Officials say the coating at 6,200 feet at a state park on Maui ... Read moreHawaii snowfall at lowest ever in elevation – Video The post Hawaii snowfall at lowest ever in elevation – Video appeared first on Ice Age Now.

21 cold records broken in B.C.

Robert at Ice Age Now - 1 hour ago
With the heavy snowfall and arctic chill lingering across the province, 21 B.C. cities reached new record lows Tuesday – one going back four decades. 13 Feb 2019 – The coldest spot in the province was Dease Lake Airport, with a mind-numbing -31.4 C. At another weather station in the area, temperatures dropped to -31.2 C, ... Read more21 cold records broken in B.C. The post 21 cold records broken in B.C. appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Heavy snowfall across many parts of Greece

Robert at Ice Age Now - 1 hour ago
Many parts of central and northern Greece lie covered in snow as a new cold front holds the entire country in its frigid grasp. 13 Feb 2019 – Heavy snowfall has hit regions of the mainland and Evia, as well as in the mountains of Crete, the lowlands of Macedonia and Thrace, and the northern ... Read moreHeavy snowfall across many parts of Greece The post Heavy snowfall across many parts of Greece appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Wake up and Change the Dream of Reality – An Urgent Message from The Heart of the World

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Patrick James Hennessey* - Throughout this world hearts are awakening and deprogramed minds are listening.

Holiday hotspot Broome clamps down on booze to fight abuse

Matt Bamford at Just In - 1 hour ago
Broome introduces liquor restrictions, similar to other Kimberley towns, to curb violence and poverty fuelled by unlimited access to large amounts of takeaway alcohol.

Paul Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe, judge finds

Just In - 1 hour ago
Donald Trump's former campaign manager faces the prospect of extended jail time after a judge finds he breached his plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller's office by lying on three different topics, including his communications with a man who has ties to Russian intelligence.

Duck drownings may be because of avian botulism

Daniel Miles at Just In - 1 hour ago
More than 40 dead ducks have been collected in a children's playground, and experts believe the main toxin in botox is to blame.

Citizenship not 'too far away' for Hakeem al-Araibi, PM says

Just In - 1 hour ago
Having started the week in a Thai jail, footballer and refugee Hakeem al-Araibi meets with supporters and politicians including the Prime Minister in Canberra to thank them for their role in getting him home.

All the Lower Darling's fish 'could be dead by the end of summer', with flows from lakes now cut

Dominique Schwartz And Penny Timms at Just In - 1 hour ago
Locals are warning that all the fish in the Lower Darling could be dead within weeks after WaterNSW closed a weir supplying water into the Lower Darling River.

Owners at 'leaking' apartment complex lose Federal Court bid for compensation

Kate Midena at Just In - 1 hour ago
A group of Canberra apartment owners facing $19 million in repairs for shoddy building work at the Elara complex are dealt another blow, losing a Federal Court bid to claim compensation - and being slugged with the bill.

In an Australian first, the ACT may legally recognise animals' feelings

Just In - 1 hour ago
The ACT is currently considering legislation that would enshrine animal "sentience" in the law, which means for the first time an Australian jurisdiction will consider animals' feelings as well as their physical wellbeing in animal protection laws, writes Bronwyn Orr.

As China's birth rate drops, women seen as 'reproductive tools of the state'

Just In - 1 hour ago
China's one-child policy and past human rights abuses, such as forced abortions, suggest the Government will coerce women to get pregnant and bolster the country's falling birth rate, author and academic Leta Hong Fincher says.

Moo-ve over Tinder, there's a new dating app in town — for cows

Isabella Pittaway at Just In - 1 hour ago
There is no need for dinner and a moo-vie with this app. When farmers swipe right to a possible breeding match they hear a mooing sound and are directed to the company's livestock-buying website.

Have you lost Instagram followers? So have some celebrities and it's because of a bug

Lucia Stein at Just In - 1 hour ago
If you've noticed that you have fewer followers on your Instagram account than you did before, you're not alone. Instagram has suggested it might be a bug but there's some confusion over whether this is part of a broader crackdown on fake accounts.

Widow hopes Royal Darwin Hospital procedural changes will prevent future pain

Matt Garrick at Just In - 1 hour ago
The Territory's health department pledges to overhaul its procedures for dealing with family members of those who die in care, after a widow was left waiting for answers about her husband's death for eight years.

Alleged murder victim was on bail to go to funeral, court hears

Alina Eacott at Just In - 1 hour ago
The Elizabeth Magistrates Court hears a man who was fatally stabbed in Adelaide's north last week had been temporarily released from custody to attend a funeral.

No charges being laid against Victorian Labor MPs over red shirts rort, police announce

Richard Willingham at Just In - 1 hour ago
Victorian police exonerate 16 Labor MPs over the state's red shirts election rort, but continue to investigate two other men who allegedly designed the scheme over "potential fraud matters".

Names of Tony Mokbel's alleged prison attackers revealed

Sarah Farnsworth at Just In - 1 hour ago
The names of two Barwon Prison inmates charged with attempted murder over the attack on gangland figure Tony Mokbel are revealed ahead of a court appearance.

PM says he 'doesn't know' when Indigenous children will have equal opportunities

Dan Conifer And Isabella Higgins at Just In - 1 hour ago
The latest Closing the Gap report shows Australia is not on track to reduce Indigenous disadvantage across most target areas. The PM says the "situation remains in an unforgivable state".

The Politics of Embarrassment: Brand Failure in Canadian Foreign Policy

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
This is a guest post from Eric Van Rythoven. Eric Van Rythoven recently finished his PhD at Carleton University studying emotion, world politics, and security. His work is published in Security Dialogue and European Journal of International Relations. The Trudeau government is in crisis. Yesterday morning Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s former Attorney General recently demoted to […]

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, "A Tour of the Universe"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Vangelis, "A Tour of the Universe" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDXp1tpPD38

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Globular clusters once ruled the Milky Way. Back in the old days, back when our Galaxy first formed, perhaps thousands of globular clusters roamed our Galaxy. Today, there are less than 200 left. Many globular clusters were destroyed over the eons by repeated fateful encounters with each other or the Galactic center. Surviving relics are older than any Earth fossil, older than any other structures in our Galaxy, and limit the universe itself in raw age. *Click image for larger size.* There are few, if any, young globular clusters in our Milky Way Galaxy because conditions are not ri... more »

The Poet: Aldous Huxley, "Lightly"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Lightly"* "It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig. Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me. When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic. No rhetoric, no tremolos, no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell. And of course, no theology, no metaphysics. Ju... more »

"What Frustrates Us..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it. What frustrates us and robs our lives of joy is this absence of meaning... Does our being alive matter?" - Harold S. Kushner, "When All You Ever Wanted Isn't Enough"

MAGAnomics – Despite Doom and Gloom Tariff Predictions Inflation Remains Low…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 hour ago
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest consumer price information today which shows overall low inflation at 1.6 percent (with energy price deflation, and flat food prices). Excluding food and energy costs the total CPI remains low at 2.2%. … Continue reading →

Ken Derstine on Randi Weingarten, Part 2

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
Originally published in 2015 by Ken Derstine: *The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) is one of the oldest and most influential of the pro-business right-wing think tanks. It promotes the advancement of free enterprise capitalism, and has been extremely successful in placing its people in influential governmental positions, particularly in the Bush Administration. AEI has been described as one of the country's main bastions of neoconservatism.* – Right Wing Watch / People for the American Way Part 1 of this article noted that at a conference of the Ameri... more »

Serious Threat of Industrial Agriculture and Pesticides Put in Focus by Global Insect Study

Sustainable Pulse at Sustainable Pulse - 1 hour ago
Biodiversity of insects is threatened worldwide. Researchers presented Monday a comprehensive review of 73 historical reports of insect declines from across the globe, and systematically assessed the underlying drivers, including a specific focus on industrial agriculture and pesticides. Study Highlights • Over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction. • Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera and dung […] The post Serious Threat of Industrial Agriculture and Pesticides Put in Focus by Global Insect Study appeared first on Sustainable Pulse.

Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Could Eliminate Integrative Physicians Who Recommend More than Just Pharmaceutical Drugs

AdminM at Health Impact News - 1 hour ago
For years now, we have been reporting on the machinations of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), especially their most recent efforts to pass their Interstate Medical Licensure Compact in as many states as possible. If the FSMB isn’t opposed, its power over the practice of medicine will continue to grow—power that we expect will be wielded against integrative physicians. Once enacted, an Interstate Commission comprised of representatives of each member state would be created to administer the interstate medical licensing compact. It should first be noted that the organiz... more »

The Call Goes Out, The Move Against The Central Banks Begin

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
X22Report Published on Feb 13, 2019 The European economy is in a recession or almost there, they are the weak link the global economy. More people are out of the food stamp program than every before. This is part of the plan to reduce the dependency on government. Howard Schultz rips apart the Green Deal. The […]

Tom Brady’s Witch Wife: Boston Sports Radio Station Ambushes TruNews Host Rick Wiles

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
TruNews Streamed live on Feb 12, 2019 Today on TruNews we address the attempted atheist ambush of Rick Wiles during Boston drive-time sports radio show “Mut & Callahan” over Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady twice calling his wife a witch and claiming her mantras and rituals have helped secure multiple Super Bowl victories. Rick Wiles, Doc Burkhart, […]

US Peace Plan Will ‘Ruin Everything’ Gained from Previous Efforts Toward Peace: Russia

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
US Peace Plan Will ‘Ruin Everything’ Gained from Previous Efforts Toward Peace: Russia by https://www.presstv.com/ Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warns that US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” will “ruin everything” gained from previous efforts regarding the so-called Middle East peace process, and will fail to fully guarantee a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders. […]

Netanyahu Confirms Israeli Military Shelled Syrian Province to Prevent ‘Iran Entrenchment’

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Netanyahu Confirms Israeli Military Shelled Syrian Province to Prevent ‘Iran Entrenchment’ by https://www.rt.com/, 12 Feb 2019 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed the Israeli army hit targets in Syria in an attempt to discourage Iran from gaining a foothold there. Israeli shells have reportedly hit a hospital and an observation post. – “We operate every […]

U.S. Warns The World Against Buying Venezuelan Oil

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
U.S. Warns The World Against Buying Venezuelan Oil by Tsvetana Paraskova Oilprice.com, via https://www.zerohedge.com/ U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton has warned countries and companies against buying crude oil from Venezuela, after the Latin American country’s Oil Minister Manuel Quevedo said during a surprise visit to India that Venezuela wants to sell more oil to the fast-growing […]

US Embarked on Course of Regime Change in Venezuela

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
RT Published on Feb 13, 2019 Miguel Tinker Salas, a professor of Latin American studies, says any pretence of this crisis being a democratic process happening in Venezuela, is nonsense. end

Ron Paul Liberty Report: President Starts a War? Congress Yawns. Threatens to End One? Condemnation!

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
RonPaulLibertyReport Published on Feb 12, 2019 Congress furious that a war might end! end

Watch MSNBC Host Squirm During Live Update On “No Collusion” Intel Committee News

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Even when they speak the truth, they attack its credibility and spin the lie as plausible truth. Snake speak. – Watch MSNBC Host Squirm During Live Update On “No Collusion” Intel Committee News by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ We knew this day was coming, but watching an MSNBC anchor and guest pundits squirm during a live Tuesday morning […]

Tucker: There Was No Russian Collusion. The Liberal MSM Has Been Lying, Slandering … for the Past 2 Years

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Sheeple: naive, gullible, easily deceived, useful idiots complicit in their own destruction and the destruction of others. People with an amazing ability to accept any amount of BULLSHIT. – Fox News Published on Feb 12, 2019 Senate Intelligence Committee probe finds no direct evidence of conspiracy between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. #Tucker #FoxNews end

Russia Warns Trump Peace Plan Will Undo All Israeli-Palestinian Progress So Far

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Russia Warns Trump Peace Plan Will Undo All Israeli-Palestinian Progress So Far by https://www.timesofisrael.com/ FM Lavrov says Moscow ‘worried’ by ‘dangerous’ US approach, adds ‘deal of the century’ doesn’t include independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as capital. – Russia on Tuesday offered strong criticism of the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan proposed by US President Donald Trump’s […]

Netanyanu Tweets Then Quickly Deletes He Is Seeking “War With Iran”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Who is the aggressor? Zionist ‘666’ Israel, the Satanic counterfeit. It is NOT the Israel of the Bible. – Netanyanu Tweets Then Quickly Deletes He Is Seeking “War With Iran” by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ During the middle of the day Wednesday the official verified twitter account for the Prime Minister of Israel stated that PM Benjamin Netanyahu was in […]

Jihadist rebels launch new attack on Aleppo city

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels in southwest Aleppo launched a new attack on the provincial capital, hitting a densely populated district. According to a military report from Aleppo city, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched a number of missiles into the New Aleppo District on Wednesday evening. No casualties were […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

U.S. Trade Delegation Likely to Meet Chairman Xi Jinping Friday….

sundance at The Last Refuge - 3 hours ago
Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer are currently leading another round of trade negotiations in China. Recent reporting indicates the U.S. team will meet with Chairman Xi Jinping at the conclusion of this round … Continue reading →

How the modern-day mortgage broker subverted the old-style bank manager

Emma Alberici at Just In - 3 hours ago
Mortgage brokers are undertaking a major ad campaign to defend their industry against Kenneth Hayne's recommendations that they lose their commissions, but many of their arguments struggle to stack up.

Informer 3838's details scrubbed from internet searches ahead of royal commission

Sarah Farnsworth And Nicole Asher at Just In - 3 hours ago
Victoria Police is expunging personal details of Informer 3838 — also known as Lawyer X — from the internet, with the chief commissioner of Victoria Police saying it is to protect her safety.

Bikie sentenced over murder of man who intervened in drug debt collection

Rhett Burnie at Just In - 3 hours ago
A Rebels bikie member, who stabbed a man to death after he tried to come to the aid of a neighbour in Adelaide's south, is sentenced at least 22 years in prison.

Trump tops Obama with room-sized White House golf simulator

Just In - 3 hours ago
If the President can't get to the golf course, the golf course will come to the President thanks to a $US50,000 golf simulator reportedly installed in the White House.

Ryan Adams denies manipulating female musicians in his pursuit of sex

Just In - 3 hours ago
In a story published in The New York Times, seven women made accusations, including one who said the 44-year-old had inappropriate conversations with her while she was 15 and 16.

Car being chased by police veers onto wrong side of highway to kill motorbike rider

James Carmody at Just In - 3 hours ago
A 24-year-old man dies in hospital after his motorcycle is hit by a car which police had been chasing through Perth's southern suburbs, in a pursuit that was previously aborted several times.

Cattle too 'shell-shocked' to find grass in flood-ravaged Queensland

Just In - 3 hours ago
Graziers describe the "horror" of watching cattle die lame in deep water and mud, surrounded by rotting carcasses, with some property owners estimating stock losses to be as high as 70 per cent.

'He suffered horrific injuries': Man charged with murder of baby

Meghna Bali at Just In - 3 hours ago
Police are describing a deceased baby boy's injuries as 'horrific' and 'horrendous' following his death on Sunday. A 28-year-old man has been charged with his murder.

Blizzard Kills Thousands of Dairy Cows – Video

Robert at Ice Age Now - 3 hours ago
Heavy snowfall, gale-force winds and extreme cold hit multiple dairying regions in Idaho and Washington over the weekend, leaving nearly 2,000 dairy cows dead. 12 Feb 2019 – Dairy farmers who had been in the business their entire lives said they had never seen anything like it, said Kimmi Devaney of the Dairy Farmers of ... Read moreBlizzard Kills Thousands of Dairy Cows – Video The post Blizzard Kills Thousands of Dairy Cows – Video appeared first on Ice Age Now.

CannaRegs looks beyond marijuana industry with $2 million capital raise

John Schroyer at Marijuana Business Daily - 3 hours ago
Contrary to the trend of mainstream companies reaching into the marijuana industry, a firm founded to serve cannabis clients is expanding into traditional technology services for businesses that have nothing to do with the plant. Denver-based CannaRegs said in a news release it has raised $2 million from investors to launch Regs Technology, which will […] CannaRegs looks beyond marijuana industry with $2 million capital raise is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

“Empire” Actor Expresses Anger Over Attack, Public’s Doubt

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
Actor Jussie Smollett says he's "pissed off" that some have doubted his claims about being attacked outside his Chicago apartment.

Judge Finds Manafort Lied to Investigators in Russia Probe

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson found there was sufficient evidence to say Manafort broke his plea agreement by lying about three of five matters that prosecutors had singled out.

Is President Trump Planning a Military Parade For This Fourth of July?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
As in the past, it's unclear whether a military parade will in fact materialize.

on tasers and the militarized corporate state

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 3 hours ago
• Of course tasers should be banned. A no-brainer. Tasers cause more harm than good and are disproportionately used on black people and people with mental illness and other health conditions such as deafness. Last year, British police used a taser on its own race relations adviser in Bristol as he was going into his home: https://www. Theguardian. Com/world/2017/jan/20/police-taser-race-relations-adviser-bristol-judah-adunbi An ex-soccer player died after having been tasered in Britain. Of course, He too was black. Https://www. Dailymail. Co. Uk/wires/ap/article-3741443/Footb... more »

Happy Valentine’s Day : From ancient Egypt with love

egyptianchronicler@gmail.com (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 3 hours ago
Happy Valentine’s Day Here is a beautiful small statue feature an ancient Egyptian and his lady at the Egyptian Museum of Cairo. [image: Ancient Egyptian Couple at the Egyptian museum of Cairo] I do not remember the names of that beautiful couple but I know that they were regular commoners from ancient Egypt’s old kingdom. The husband was working as an official as far as I remember. Even thought they were not royal , they had a beautiful statue featuring them as young couple. The statue was found in the husband’s tomb. I feel a lot of love in that small statue. Happy Valentine’s... more »

Experts Warn Lyme Disease Causes Toxic Buildup of Heavy Metals

Waking Times at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Sofia Adamson* - Once Lyme disease has enough time to develop, it shuts down the body’s detoxification pathways.

Pictures of the Day….

sundance at The Last Refuge - 4 hours ago

Ilhan Omar Smacks Down Elliott Abrams In Front Of Everybody

Caitlin Johnstone at Caitlin Johnstone - 4 hours ago
Days after being smashed with a vicious establishment smear campaign to paint her as an antisemite for accurately criticizing AIPAC, Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is already back on the horse aggressively disrupting the establishment narrative matrix that our rulers have worked so hard to construct for us. […]

Out-Of-Yemen Bill Passes-- Trump Vows To Veto It-- One Step Closer To Proving Foreign Cash Financed Trump's Campaign

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Tom Barrack, knee-deep in Trump's criminal shit* Today, the House voted overwhelmingly, 248-177, to approve a resolution authored by Ro Khanna that direct the removal of US armed forces from hostilities in Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. All the Democrats voted YES, along with 18 Republicans. Justin Amash (R-MI) voted "present" and 177 other Republicans voted to continue aiding the Saudi genocide in Yemen. Central Valley Blue Dog Jim Costa, who has been heavily pressured by Blue America to stop voting with the Republicans on this-- as he had done twice before-- fin... more »

Polar bears have been terrorizing a Russian town on the Barents Sea since December

Hifast at Climate Collections - 4 hours ago
Originally posted on polarbearscience: Since early December, a group of 52 polar bears have terrorized the Russian village of Belushaya Guba on southern Novaya Zemlya. The aggressiveness of some of the bears, their boldness in entering local buildings and fearlessness in the face of the usual deterrents has caused the local government to call a…

Sea level rise whiplash

Hifast at Climate Collections - 4 hours ago
Originally posted on Climate Etc.: by Judith Curry Some recent sea level rise publications, with implications for how we think about the worst case scenario for the 21st century. Less than 3 months ago, I published my Special Report on Sea Level and Climate Change. I remarked on what a fast moving field this was,…

Met Office Decadal Forecasts Running Hot

Hifast at Climate Collections - 4 hours ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? ? https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/02/05/met-office-update-there-is-no-update/ ? Time to take a closer look at the new Met Office decadal forecast of global temperatures. (By decadal, the Met Office mean five years, apparently!) Tallbloke handily updated the Met Office forecast from January 2017 with actual temperatures…

US Company That Smuggled Weapons Into Venezuela Linked to CIA “Black Site” Renditions

Activist Post at Activist Post - 4 hours ago
By Whitney Webb (MPN) — The parallels between aspects of the Contra scandal and the current situation in Venezuela are striking, particularly given the recent “outrage” voiced... more »

Appointed to the Foreign Relations Committee by Democrats

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 4 hours ago
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America Resembles Rome Before the Fall of the Republic

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 4 hours ago
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You can’t make this stuff up; California Abandons High-Speed Rail, Democrats Focus on it in the Green New Deal

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 4 hours ago
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co2islife at CO2 is Life - 4 hours ago
PROMOTING INTELLECTUAL DIVERSITY ON CAMPUS, A LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL The problem is real. It’s documented by George La Noue, professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in his forthcoming book, Silenced Stages: The Loss of Academic Freedom and Campus Policy Debates. (Source) Please Like, Share, Subscribe, Re-Blog and Comment

The French Government Is Deliberately Increasing the Price of Food

Activist Post at Activist Post - 4 hours ago
By Bill Wirtz In the name of supporting farmers, the French government is further increasing consumer taxes. The yellow vests hardly have a reason to... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 13, 2019

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Members of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand together near Baghouz, Deir Az Zor province, Syria [Rodi Said/Reuters] *Anchal Vohra, Al Jazeera:** What next as battle against ISIL nears an end?* *Fears of a resurgence as thousands flee to IDP camps in the 'final' offensive to push ISIL out of eastern Syria. * It is the moment Abu Jaber al-Shaiti has waited for more than four years. A few more hours, a few hundred metres, and he will have his revenge. In 2014, as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS) expanded to Syria through the Iraqi border, Abu Jaber's kin in the Sha... more »

Attorney: Child Abuse Pediatricians Aligned with Child Protective Services Destroy Innocent Families

AdminM at Health Impact News - 4 hours ago
Attorney Andrew C. Brown, J.D., is the director of the Center for Families & Children at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. As an attorney, he has dedicated his career to serving vulnerable children and strengthening families through community-focused, liberty-minded solutions. He has represented children in the child welfare system, and advocated for the rights of parents. He has written a new policy paper titled: "Reforming the Use of Child Abuse Pediatric Teams in Child Protective Cases." In the introduction he states the purpose of this policy paper: "This paper examines the c... more »

World News Briefs -- February 13, 2019 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*SCMP:* *Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet top US delegation on Friday in pursuit of trade war deal* * US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrive in Beijing as the March 1 truce deadline looms * If confirmed, meeting between Xi and Washington’s top trade envoys would be sign of goodwill to cement trade deal between world’s two biggest economies China’s President Xi Jinping “is scheduled to meet” key members of the US trade talks delegation, including US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin... more »

CCCSE Report Underscores TCUs’ Role in Higher Education

Tiffany Pennamon at Diverse - 5 hours ago
A new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCSSE) at the University of Texas at Austin adds to the growing body of research that demonstrates the inherent value and role of Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) within the United States higher education system.

President Trump Speech to U.S. Sheriff’s and Major City Police Chiefs…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 5 hours ago
Earlier today President Donald Trump delivered a speech to a conference of Major County Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. [Video and Transcript] . [Transcript] 3:21 P.M. EST – THE PRESIDENT: I have a lot of friends in this room. Thank you. … Continue reading →

Take the High Ground

LL at Virtual Mirage - 5 hours ago
The eight miserable years of ObamaNation ended and we may be back in the game in Space within a month or so. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA and SpaceX are now aiming for a March debut of the first capsule from a private company designed to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. No one will be on board for the crew Dragon’s inaugural test flight to the orbiting outpost. Officials on Wednesday set March 2 as the latest launch date. If the demo goes well, two NASA astronauts will take a test flight in July aboard the SpaceX capsule. It would be the first launch of ... more »

Prosecutors to reveal key parts of case against accused Claremont serial killer

Joanna Menagh at Just In - 5 hours ago
The man accused of the string of killings more than 20 years ago is due to appear in court today for a directions hearing at which key pre-trial issues are expected to be argued, including so-called "propensity evidence".

Man killed while walking on remote outback highway

Just In - 5 hours ago
A man who was walking on a remote stretch of a South Australian highway in the state's far north has died after being hit by a car early this morning.

Government pledges free university to attract top teachers to remote schools

Dan Conifer And Isabella Higgins at Just In - 5 hours ago
The new plan arrives as the latest Closing the Gap report shows little progress towards reducing Indigenous disadvantage.

Telstra profit tumbles as NBN continues to drain revenue

Michael Janda at Just In - 5 hours ago
Telstra's half-year profit tumbles 27 per cent to $1.2 billion as the telco feels the full force of the NBN taking away its wholesale fixed-line customers.

Diary 'critical' to helping Chris Dawson beat murder charge, says lawyer

Mazoe Ford at Just In - 5 hours ago
Chris Dawson's lawyer says a hand-written diary kept by the mother of his first wife Lynette Dawson could hold "critical" evidence that will help clear the accused murderer's name.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 5 hours ago
Howard Schultz on CNN was a ratings flop. CNN's town hall Tuesday night with former Starbucks CEO and possible independent presidential candidate Howard Schultz finished third in the cable news ratings race, according to early numbers from Nielsen Media Research. Both Fox News and MSNBC drew more viewers. Laura Ingraham's "The Ingraham Angle" won the time slot with 2.47 million total viewers, while MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell drew 2.21 million. CNN attracted 1.04 million viewers during the time slot. In the 25-54 age group sought out by advertisers, Ingraham's show had 464,000 view... more »

"What Happened to the Bear Market?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"What Happened to the Bear Market?"* by Brian Maher "From valley to peak in the space of one month. The bears were poised to claim final victory in late December, and black crepe was unfurling over Wall Street. The major averages lost nearly 20% from their early October highs. The Nasdaq in fact tumbled into an official bear market. Who could say where it would stop? All things good must end - unlike some things bad - and 10 years is a plenty handsome run. But a hero stepped forth at the fatal hour... “Not on my watch!” thundered Jerome Powell. Through the canyons of Lower Manhatt... more »

Dems Ask FBI to Probe if Trump Org is ‘Criminal Enterprise’

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
House members sent a letter to the head of the FBI says allegations by workers raise "serious questions of criminal activity and numerous violations of employment laws" including conspiracy charges and forced or coerced labor.

Was an Ohio Woman Charged After Slowly Eating Her Husband Alive?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
You won't be hearing about this grisly incident on the nightly news, for very good reason.

Are Navy SEALs No Longer Allowed to Wear ‘Blackface’?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
Wearing blackface to imitate a black person is not the same as darkening your face for a covert military mission.

Purse Lost in School in the 1950s to Be Reunited with Owner

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
Workers found it while demolishing part of an Indiana high school.

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Lodi, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by! I couldn't resist! One of those days...

"A Lesson From A Pebble"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"A Lesson From A Pebble"* "Drop a pebble in the water and with just a splash it is gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on, Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea. And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be. Drop a pebble in the water and in a minute you forget, But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet, And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown; You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone. Drop an unkind or careless word and in a minute it is gone; But t... more »

In Memoriam: Anthony de Jasay

Hartmut Kliemt at Econlib - 5 hours ago
On 23 January, 2019, the great Libertarian political theorist Anthony de Jasay died, aged 93. The conventional euphemisms like ‘passing away’ are misleading. They distract from the sad reality of death but also from what is lasting beyond it. As a person and as a thinker Anthony de Jasay has left a lasting impression with […] The post In Memoriam: Anthony de Jasay appeared first on Econlib.

"Life Is Like This..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“This is not your responsibility but it is your problem.” - Cheryl Strayed "It is not your responsibility to fill up a stranger’s gas tank, but when their car dies in front of you, blocking the road, it’s still your problem isn’t it? It is not your responsibility to negotiate peace treaties on behalf of your country, but when war breaks out and you’re drafted to fight in it? Guess whose problem it is? Yours. Life is like this. It has a way of dropping things into our lap - the consequences of an employee’s negligence, a spouse’s momentary lapse of judgement, a freak weather event ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 13, 2019

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
An aerial view of the Pentagon Building in Washington. (REUTERS / June 15, 2005) *Defense News:* *The Pentagon’s National Military Strategy is done, and it’s unclear if the public will ever see it* WASHINGTON — Gen. Joe Dunford, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has finished his new edition of the National Military strategy — but currently has no plans to roll out a public version of the traditionally unclassified document. “The 2018 National Military Strategy was approved by Gen. Dunford in December and submitted to the secretary of defense and Congress in acco... more »

"Debt and Suicide: Killing Yourself Over Debt"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Debt and Suicide: Killing Yourself Over Debt"* by Jackie Beck "This is going to get personal. Suicide is heartbreaking, both for the people contemplating suicide (because of their student loans, other debt, or any reason) and for the many people suicide always impacts (family, friends, and acquaintances). If you’re thinking of suicide, here are some things to consider. If you’re thinking of suicide… What I’m about to say in the next section is not to add guilt to the top of everything else you might be feeling if you’re thinking of suicide because of debt or any other reason. It’... more »

Netanyahu Asks Arabs to 'Advance The Common Interest Of War With Iran'

Moon of Alabama at 5 hours ago
[image: undefined] The U.S. had called for a high level anti-Iran meeting in Poland. The purpose of the meeting was to bring with its allies and poodles into line with the U.S. agenda on Iran, to press them at least into issuing harsher sanctions. But the Europeans rejected that. The State Department then changed the agenda: “The idea was to have a conference, a ministerial, and basically break our diplomatic isolation on Iran,” said a person familiar with the planning of the event. “It started out as an Iran conference in disguise but has probably actually been forced to take on... more »

the Putin system

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 5 hours ago
2-12-19 The ICR’s press service has published a video from the place of the brutal reprisal against the employee of the *Center for Countering Corruption,* Dmitry Gribov (shown above). According to the investigators, in the Voskresensky District, the Moscow Region, two masked men attacked Gribov and beat him, presumably with bats (or iron rods). A few hours later, the activist died in the hospital from his injuries. https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/video-from-scene-of-cruel-reprisals-against-center-for-countering-corruption-employee-transpires-on-/ .......................... more »

Corcoran Prisoners Describe Life Under Lockdown

Brian Sonenstein at Shadowproof - 6 hours ago
Two prisoners at Corcoran describe their experiences under a months-long lockdown as they contemplate resuming their hunger strike after negotiations failed. The post Corcoran Prisoners Describe Life Under Lockdown appeared first on Shadowproof.

Elliott Abrams Melts Down As Muslim Congresswoman Questions Role In Crimes Against Humanity

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 6 hours ago
Elliott Abrams, the special envoy to Venezuela for the Trump administration, melted down when Rep. Ilhan Omar highlighted his criminal conduct in Iran-Contra. The post Elliott Abrams Melts Down As Muslim Congresswoman Questions Role In Crimes Against Humanity appeared first on Shadowproof.

William Barr’s Remarkable Non-Commitments About the Mueller Report

jgoldsmith at Lawfare - 6 hours ago
Bill Barr speaks at his confirmation hearing to serve as attorney general on Jan. 15. (Credit: C-SPAN) “I don’t think there’ll be a report,” President Trump’s former attorney, John Dowd, recently told ABC News. “I will be shocked if anything regarding the president is made public, other than ‘We’re done.’” Referring to a possible report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Dowd suggested Mueller won’t release a detailed public accounting of the results of the investigation because he has nothing on Trump. Another reason there might not be a public report—or, at least, not much of o... more »

"How It Really Is, And Will Be..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

"Economic Market Snapshot 2/13/19"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
• *Gregory Mannarino, “Post Market Wrap 2/13/19:* *‘Delirious Euphoria.’ Out Of Control Spending With No End In Sight.”* • *MarketWatch Market Summary, Live Updates* - 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/

"The Great Disruptor’s Greatest Moment"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The Great Disruptor’s Greatest Moment"* by David Stockman "We each have a special something we can get only at a special time of our life. Like a small flame. A careful, fortunate few cherish that flame, nurture it, hold it as a torch to light their way. But once that flame goes out, it’s gone forever." – Haruki Murakami, "Sputnik Sweetheart" (1999) "Maybe you’re all in for MAGA. Perhaps authoritarianism, central planning, and debt-slavery are your thing. But if you’re buying stocks right now, you must truly believe our betters in Imperial Washington have perfected the proverbial... more »

Every day is Valentine's Day for the fast-breeding endangered bilby

Peter Gunders at Just In - 6 hours ago
A two-week pregnancy is handy when you are an endangered species, and the bilby has that ace up its sleeve.

Beijing doubles down on Pacific nations to sever ties with Taiwan and adopt One China policy

Stephen Dziedzic at Just In - 6 hours ago
Beijing intensifies its campaign to isolate Taiwan in the Pacific, pressing for the region's peak diplomatic body to formally accept the Chinese Communist Party is Taiwan's rightful government.

Adelaide Lightning defeat Canberra Capitals with controversial buzzer-beater

Just In - 6 hours ago
The Adelaide Lightning keeps the WNBL grand final series alive with a basket that the Canberra Capitals' coach says should not have been allowed.

Serial killer's drawings released in hope of identifying victims

Just In - 6 hours ago
The FBI releases portraits serial killer Samuel Little has sketched of some of the 90 victims he has confessed to killing, in the hope the women can be identified by the public.

'Heartbreaking' decision to dump $55,000 worth of flood-damaged toys

Nathalie Fernbach And Damien Larkins at Just In - 6 hours ago
Australia's Best Large Toy Library has been hit hard by the Townsville floods and has to dump all of its stock as the city grapples with a massive clean-up operation.

US shares continue to edge higher on trade deal hopes

Sue Lannin at Just In - 6 hours ago
Wall Street rises again on renewed hopes the US and China can resolve their trade war, with reports China's President will himself meet an American delegation tomorrow.

Forget roses, young people want 'weird and wonderful' on Valentine's Day

Lucy Robinson at Just In - 6 hours ago
Some florists are noticing a decline in the number of young customers buying Valentine's Day flowers — but others in the industry say it may signify a growing preference for strange alternatives.

AMP profit dives as customers pull $4b from scandal-hit wealth manager

Michael Janda at Just In - 6 hours ago
Wealth management giant AMP's full-year profit crumbles by 97 per cent, as it faces the fallout from a range of scandals exposed by the royal commission and shrinks due to the sale of its life insurance business.

Police officer filmed repeatedly punching man in head had previous assault conviction

Rebecca Turner at Just In - 6 hours ago
A police officer captured on CCTV punching a man in the head seven times in Fremantle in 2017 has a previous criminal conviction for unlawfully assaulting a man during an arrest at an Australia Day fireworks display in 2006.

Hangmen with 'excellent moral character' wanted as Sri Lanka cracks down on crime

Just In - 6 hours ago
Sri Lanka advertises for hangmen as the country's President pushes ahead with a hardline policy on drug trafficking. The last hangman quit in 2014 without ever having to execute anyone, citing stress after seeing the gallows for the first time.

The country guy who converted to Islam for the girl of his dreams

Isaac Nowroozi at Just In - 6 hours ago
When Bogart Lamprey told his family that he converted to Islam, they were not impressed; in fact, they feared he was joining ISIS. But the real reason behind his conversion was love, and he and now-wife Noora couldn't be happier

Carjacker gets seven years for 'appalling' crime rampage

Just In - 6 hours ago
During a month-long crime spree Jesse Proctor stole cars, threatened to kill people and led police on a terrifying high-speed chase before being caught and bursting into tears.

NT Minister took turf club gift in same month she decided Labor would underwrite its project

Emily JB Smith at Just In - 6 hours ago
NT Treasurer Nicole Manison had an honorary Darwin Turf Club membership worth $450, which she received and declared last year — the same month she approved the club's extension.

Mars rover Opportunity officially pronounced dead eight months after going silent

Just In - 6 hours ago
After more than 1,000 attempts to re-establish communication, NASA makes the call to officially call time on Mars rover Opportunity's life, 15 years after it touched down on the red planet.

DC resident sees the culture wars up close

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 6 hours ago
“I am a chiropractor, who has lived in the DC area for 35 years. During that time, I have had the opportunity to treat Generals, Colonels, employees of the CIA, the FBI, hundreds of government workers, as well as members of all of the branches of the military. I have never, in that time, encountered the intolerance, racism and hatred that exists in the Democratic party today. Some of my dearest friends are Liberals, and have been for years, and it is only recently that their sanctimony and animosity has gotten to the point that we can't have a civil conversation regarding our Pres... more »

The al-Qaeda Rep. Questions Venezuela Special Envoy Elliot Abrams…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 6 hours ago
al-Qaeda is at the functional military end of the Muslim Brotherhood spectrum. The Muslim Brotherhood is the umbrella political face for multiple factions of radical Islam. al-Qaeda’s representative to congress, Ilhan Omar (AQ-MN), was given a seat on the House … Continue reading →

President Trump Delivers Oval Office Remarks Before Bilateral Meeting With President Duque…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 6 hours ago
President Trump delivers remarks from the oval office while introducing Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez. The primary topic between the two leaders is the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. President Trump praised interim Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó for being “brave”, and … Continue reading →

Will Russia disconnecting from the Internet up the stakes in cyber defense?

Lee Jay at Modern Tokyo Times - 6 hours ago
Will Russia disconnecting from the Internet up the stakes in cyber defense? Horace C. White Modern Tokyo Times U.S.-Russia relations may worsen as Russia initiates moves to disconnect from the Internet Just when everyone thought that the Cold War between the United States and Russia had ended, Russian officials are taking major steps that suggest it […]

Legal cannabis sales top $6 billion in Colorado

John Schroyer at Marijuana Business Daily - 6 hours ago
Colorado’s legal marijuana market hit a milestone at the end of 2018, going over $6 billion in combined recreational and medical sales since the adult-use market launched on New Year’s Day in 2014. But since 2016, recreational sales have continued to climb as medical sales have taken a serious dip. In 2018 alone, there was […] Legal cannabis sales top $6 billion in Colorado is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

California governor to send National Guard to combat illegal marijuana grows

John Schroyer at Marijuana Business Daily - 6 hours ago
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced during his state of the state address on Tuesday that the National Guard has been tasked with eliminating unlicensed cannabis farms, a move welcomed by the state’s legal marijuana growers. “We applaud (Newsom) for allocating resources to eliminate very destructive and dangerous trespass grows,” Terra Carver, executive director of the Humboldt […] California governor to send National Guard to combat illegal marijuana grows is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

European Leaders React to the Death of the INF Treaty By Perfecting Their Ostrich Impressions

Rob Slane at 6 hours ago
I ’m old enough to remember the excitement that most of the world felt when Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles — better known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. It was one of those epoch defining moments, with two seemingly implacable enemies, having stared each other down across the so-called Iron Curtain, and having engaged in […]

FDA confirms Salmonella in tahini product; company hasn’t initiated recall

Coral Beach at Food Safety News - 6 hours ago
FDA public health alert A public health alert posted today by the FDA warns consumers about Salmonella found in another tahini product. The implicated company, Soom Foods, had not initiated a recall at the time of the FDA alert, according to the agency. Mid-afternoon today a spokesperson for Philadelphia-based Soom Foods told Food Safety News... Continue Reading

The Battle For the Last ISIS Stronghold In Syria Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
A diagram showing the last remaining ISIS territory in Syria in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, where U.S.-backed coalition forces have launched a bid to push them out *Daily Mail:* *ISIS 'fire missiles at US-backed forces' in last stand as relatives of 'hardened' extremists flee from terror group's only Syrian stronghold* * Clip purportedly shows jihadists launching guided weapon at Syrian forces * Terror group have been reduced to a tiny patch of territory in Baghouz, Syria * The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are pushing to expel ISIS from it Dramatic footage has em... more »

"Runaway Slaves"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Runaway Slaves"* by Jeff Thomas "I believe it’s safe to say that most all of us sympathize with anyone who’s living in a condition of relative slavery and, if he has the courage to attempt to free himself, we root for him to succeed. Those of us who are the most compassionate would even offer him support in his quest, if we were called upon to do so. But few of us think about slavery as being a modern institution. We tend to see slaves as victims of a racial divide who suffered disgracefully in times gone by. So, we should take a look at the definition of slavery. In essence, it’... more »

"A Lion Fight..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"It's good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose. So chin up. Put your shoulders back, walk proud, strut a little. Don't lick your wounds: celebrate them. The scars you bear are the signs of a competitor. You're in a lion fight. Just because you didn't win doesn't mean you don't know how to roar." - "Dr. Meredith Grey", "Grey's Anatomy"

[Graphic 18+] 41 Revolutionary guard personnel dead after bus hit by suicide blast

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
At least 41 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard have reportedly been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a bus in Iran’s southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Province on Wednesday. Video credit: Ruptly Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Large Syrian Army convoy heads to northwestern Syria

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – A large military convoy from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was seen traveling the Damascus-Aleppo Highway en route for the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Wednesday. According to a military communique, a large convoy consisting of 30+ tanks from the 10th Division was seen making their way from […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iraq will repatriate captured terrorists in Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – Iraq will be repatriating any Iraqi national that has been captured in Syria, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said during a press conference on Wednesday. According to Abdul-Mahdi, all captured Iraqi nationals will be repatriated and brought to justice for their crimes committed. Abdul-Mahdi made these comments during a press conference […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Armenia may purchase additional Su-30SM fighters from Russia: MoD

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
Armenia may purchase more Su-30SM multifunctional fighters from Russia, Armenian Defense Minister David Tonoyan stated during Wednesday’s briefing. Previously, Armenia ordered four Su-30SM fighters. “Yes, we do not plan to be limited only by four units of this type of military equipment,” Tonoyan said in response to a question about whether Armenia plans to purchase […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US upset over Armenia’s military deployment to Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The United States expressed their dismay over Armenia’s recent military deployment to Syria, despite the fact they were invited by the Syrian government. “We recognize the desire of other nations to respond to the humanitarian situation in Syria, and we share the concerns about protecting religious minorities in the Middle East,” […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Sudha Chandran – The story of Sudha Chandran is one of inspiration and gut

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There’s growing evidence that eating #fat won’t make you #fat, but #sugar will.

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Multiple Countries Ban Wifi & Cell Phones Around Schools, Young Children & Fetuses.

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#NASA Will Attempt Knocking #Asteroid Out Of Orbit in 2022.

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Why It’s Perfectly Normal for Men to #Pee Sitting Down

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CUNY Appoints Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez as First Latino Chancellor

Monica Levitan at Diverse - 7 hours ago
Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez has been appointed the first Latino and minority Chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY). Matos Rodríguez, who has been the president of Queens College since 2014, has been nationally recognized as a trailblazer in higher education. During his tenure at Queens, he has enhanced the school’s reputation […]

Rutgers Can Do More for New Jersey’s African-American Population

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
In January, 2019 Rutgers kicked off a year of celebrations to mark 100 years since the graduation of our famous alum, Paul Robeson. Yet, despite the hoopla, the university continues to neglect the needs of African-Americans in our state in a manner that is openly contemptuous of Robeson’s core ideas.

Terrence J Named TMCF National Ambassador

Monica Levitan at Diverse - 7 hours ago
Philanthropist, producer, author, host and actor Terrence J has been named a Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) National Ambassador. “It is an honor to be the new Thurgood Marshall College Fund National Ambassador,” Terrence J said in a TMCF press release. “As a product of a publicly-supported HBCU, I look forward to using my platform […]

Purdue University Appoints Dr. John Gates Vice Provost for Diversity, Clinical Professor

Monica Levitan at Diverse - 7 hours ago
Purdue University has appointed Dr. John Gates as its next vice provost for diversity and clinical professor in the Krannert School of Management, effective April 1. Gates currently serves as an administrator in the School of Engineering and Applied Scinece at the University of Virginia. He also was the inaugural associate dean in charge of […]

University of Central Oklahoma Launches Retirement Incentive Program

Monica Levitan at Diverse - 7 hours ago
The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) president Dr. Don Betz has announced the school is offering eligible full-time faculty a retirement incentive to help balance a recent budget gap created as a result of a decrease in student enrollment. Betz contacted eligible employees in emails sent on Feb. 8 and notified the Central Oklahoma community […]

Trump Still Coy on Border Deal – But Expected to Sign

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
President Trump and his aides have also signaled that he is preparing to use executive action to try to secure additional funding for the wall by shifting federal dollars without congressional sign-off.

Did the US Navy Launch Pickup Trucks Into the Water?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
A viral video documents a genuine test conducted by the Navy, but it may not be the best example of wasteful spending.

Trafficking in Bigotry: Russia Interference Narrative is the Ugly Face of Xenophobia

Teodrose Fikre at The Ghion Journal - 7 hours ago
Imagine if news headlines read “Jews influenced US elections!”. Envision the outrage if politicians regularly appeared on TV to make unfounded assertions that Muslims are attacking our democracy. Imagine the outcry if media personalities like Rachel Maddow or Joy Reid explicitly blamed black people for Donald Trump’s election. Anyone who traffics in this type of bigotry and racism would be drummed out of office overnight or have their access card to mainstream media revoked quicker… The post Trafficking in Bigotry: Russia Interference Narrative is the Ugly Face of Xenophobia appea... more »

Parkland shooting: One year later, Congress still avoids action on gun control

Harry L. Wilson, Professor of Public Affairs, Roanoke College at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 7 hours ago
Despite impassioned pleas for gun control legislation after 2018's mass shooting at a Florida high school, Congress has failed to pass meaningful reform. Why doesn't policy follow public opinion?

Organizaciones de toda Europa apelan a los Parlamentos nacionales frente al Parlamento Europeo reclamando el rechazo al acuerdo de inversiones con Singapur

bilaterals.org - 7 hours ago
13-Feb-2019 Las organizaciones europeas que son parte de la campaña “Derechos para las personas, obligaciones para las multinacionales” expresan su decepción por la aprobación en el Parlamento Europeo de los tratados tanto de comercio como el de inversión entre UE-Singapur (EUSIPA) con 436 votos a favor y 203 votos en contra.

Acuerdo con China Popular obligó a El Salvador a cancelar el TLC con Taiwán

bilaterals.org - 7 hours ago
13-Feb-2019 El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (Cancillería) admitió este martes que la apertura de relaciones diplomáticas con China Popular condicionaba a El Salvador a terminar todos los tratados previos firmados con Taiwán.

Prevén ASEAN y Hong Kong poner en vigencia este año TLC bilateral

bilaterals.org - 7 hours ago
13-Feb-2019 La ASEAN y Hong Kong aspiran que el TLC bilateral entre en vigor a mediados de este año, reveló hoy el director general de la Oficina Comercial y Económica de la región administrativa especial china en Indonesia, Law Kin-wai.

Owens-Illinois demanda a PDVSA y Citgo por cobrar fallo de arbitraje en Venezuela

bilaterals.org - 7 hours ago
13-Feb-2019 El fabricante estadounidense de envases de vidrio Owens-Illinois Inc. demandó a Venezuela y a las empresas estatales mientras busca cobrar un arbitraje de $ 500 millones por la nacionalización de dos plantas en 2010.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Welcome Colombia President Iván Duque Márquez and First Lady Ruiz Sandoval…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 7 hours ago
Earlier today U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed Colombia President Iván Duque Márquez and First Lady Ruiz Sandoval to the White House for an official state visit. The continuing crisis in neighboring Venezuela was the primary … Continue reading →

Attorney: Child Abuse Pediatricians Aligned with Child Protective Services Destroy Innocent Families

Admin at Medical Kidnap - 7 hours ago
Attorney Andrew C. Brown, J.D., is the director of the Center for Families & Children at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. As an attorney, he has dedicated his career to serving vulnerable children and strengthening families through community-focused, liberty-minded solutions. He has represented children in the child welfare system, and advocated for the rights of parents. He has written a new policy paper titled: "Reforming the Use of Child Abuse Pediatric Teams in Child Protective Cases." In the introduction he states the purpose of this policy paper: "This paper examines the c... more »

AOC would make a great poster child for Russia

Ron Stein at CFACT - 7 hours ago
The Green New Deal is tailor-made to advance Russia's interest. The post AOC would make a great poster child for Russia appeared first on CFACT.

This Russian Submarine Is the Size of a World War II Aircraft Carrier (Armed with 192 Nukes)

Kyle Mizokami at Test Feed Using Fields - 7 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * A history lesson. *The Rif missiles were built in two rows of ten missile silos each. Unlike other missile submarines, the silo field was in front of the sail, giving the Akula class its unconventional appearance. The giant submarines were capable of twenty-two knots on the surface and twenty-seven knots submerged thanks to two OKB-650 nuclear reactors—the same reactors that also powered the Alfa- and Mike-class submarines—giving them a total of nearly one hundred thousand shaft horsepower.* The largest submarines ever built were not built in Americ... more »

What the Next Lunar New Year Holds for China

Tuan Pham at Test Feed Using Fields - 7 hours ago
*Tuan Pham* *Security, Asia* [image: Reuters] What should we expect from Beijing this year? Around this time last year, I wrote a two-part series looking back at 2017 for hints of Chinese strategic intent, and then looking forward to 2018 for Chinese strategic actions. I asserted then that Beijing would try to promote abroad “socialism with Chinese characteristics” and seek to displace the Western-oriented and U.S.-preeminent world order. Also, I claimed Beijing would further develop the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and exercise a more assertive foreign policy. So, with the ons... more »

Iran Should Be Worried About the Warsaw Summit

Geneive Abdo at Test Feed Using Fields - 7 hours ago
*Geneive Abdo* *Iran, Europe* While Trump certainly deserves criticism for his foreign policy decisions, he may just have gotten Iran right. The Iranian regime should be worried about the U.S.-led conference on the Middle East in Warsaw that is being held Feb. 13 and 14. While it seemed a few days ago that European states would shame the United States at the event—no matter the liabilities—now realpolitik and Tehran’s own missteps are shifting the political winds. The fact that Poland is hosting the conference illustrates a rift among European states at a delicate time when the ... more »

Iran's Worst Nightmare: Israel Armed with F-22 Stealth Fighters and B-2 Bombers

Robert Farley at Test Feed Using Fields - 7 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * Could it happen? *Whether the United States would ever consider exporting the bomber (which will likely fall under a variety of legal restriction associated with nuclear-delivery systems) is a different question entirely.* With only a few notable exceptions, Israel can buy whatever it wants from the United States, generally on very generous terms associated with *U.S. aid packages*. *(This first appeared several years ago.)* Notwithstanding the availability of weapons, however, Israel must still make careful decisions regarding how to spend money. ... more »

Congressman's Brilliant Video Compares “Green New Deal” To The Legendary Disastrous Fyre Festival

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 7 hours ago
The left has never really learned how to meme, they're so caught up in anger. We on the right just see the world through *a different set of lenses*, and the results are memes that can sometimes be absolutely brilliant. Case in point, a video comparing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” to the now legendary fraud, The Fyre Festival. For those not familiar with the Fyre Festival, it can be summed up as a brilliantly marketed scam that promised millennials the concert event of a lifetime, filled with models, private islands, five-star foods, and all the things that would make... more »

children on the front line of chemical/biological poisonings

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 8 hours ago
winter 2019 * Le Monde* exploring the multiple strategies Monsanto has used to “interfere with science, influence the regulatory process and orchestrate PR campaigns to defend their products”--a court case in the United States brought to light internal Monsanto documents showing that the company had held serious doubts about the safety of its product since the early 1980s…. Monsanto’s ad campaign promoted the merits of its product Roundup, the “first biodegradable weed killer”. Meanwhile in 2001 the American corporation had already been sued in France for false or misleading... more »

My Latest Interview

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 8 hours ago
In case you couldn't make it for the live podcast yesterday (my first podcast, actually. The others have been on the radio), this is the permalink to my interview with Susan Wingate and her show, *Dialogue: Between the Lines*. It's just under half an hour-long so it won't take up much of your day.

#19: Kathleen Sgamma, of the Western Energy Alliance, on obstacles to energy development

IER at IER - 8 hours ago
The team sits down with Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, to discuss the current state of energy… The post #19: Kathleen Sgamma, of the Western Energy Alliance, on obstacles to energy development appeared first on IER.

Electric Vehicles Did Not Fare Well During the Polar Vortex

IER at IER - 8 hours ago
Electric vehicle owners reported a loss of range of as much as 30 percent when the polar vortex swept through the Midwestern… The post Electric Vehicles Did Not Fare Well During the Polar Vortex appeared first on IER.

Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.: 1922-2019, A Talent Well Spent

Alicia at LaRouchePAC Feed - 8 hours ago
Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., philosopher, scientist, poet, statesman, economist, died on Tuesday, February 12, at the age of 96. It was Lincoln’s birthday, an American President Lyndon LaRouche loved and celebrated in his writings. Those who knew and loved Lyndon LaRouche know that humanity has suffered a great loss and, today, we dedicate ourselves anew to bring to reality the big ideas for which history will honor him. For those who did not know him or have only recently come to his ideas, there is no better guide to this unique personality than LaRouche himself. Here is how he spo... more »

Will Trump Shut Down The Government Again-- Or Rescue Himself By Stealing Money From California And Puerto Rico?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*UPDATE:* Trump caves again-- won't shut down the government. Earlier this morning, beaten like a dog, Trump was reported by CNN to be preparing to sign the bill to keep the government open without any money for his foolish vanity-wall. The deal falls far short of all his demands but he's knows he's been beaten and has no choice, despite the rantings and ravings of Ann Coulter. CNN also reported that "Even as lawmakers haggled over details of their agreement, the White House had been planning behind the scenes to secure the funds for the wall unilaterally. The White House says Tru... more »

Russia has 'grand designs' on European domination, Pompeo says

Just In - 8 hours ago
Amid resurfacing tensions, America's top diplomat says Moscow seeks to splinter NATO in a bid to dominate Europe once more.

Gold price crash costs Chinese miner in Australian investment gone bad

Jarrod Lucas at Just In - 8 hours ago
During the mining boom, one of China's biggest gold miners took a gamble and invested $225 million in Australia. It has not paid off.

A dozen homes destroyed in NSW fires as threat to life continues

Matt Bedford, Paige Cockburn, Riley Stuart And Mark Reddie at Just In - 8 hours ago
A bushfire emergency continues in northern NSW after blazes destroyed more than a dozen homes in the towns of Tingha, Tabulam and Wallangarra, as the Rural Fire Service warns the threat is not yet over.

Another bureau rewrite warms Australia’s climate history

Hifast at Climate Collections - 8 hours ago
Reblogged from Watts Up With That: Guest Blogger / February 11, 2019 By Chris Gilham, Did you know that Australia’s rate of temperature warming per decade since 1910 has increased by 23%? No? Neither does the Australian public, despite the Bureau of Meteorology several weeks ago releasing a new ACORN dataset of daily temperatures over the […]

Finding: Jet aircraft trails create extra rain and snow from clouds

Hifast at Climate Collections - 8 hours ago
Reblogged from Watts Up With That: Anthony Watts / February 12, 2019 WASHINGTON—Planes flying over rain or snow can intensify the precipitation by as much as 10-fold, according to a new study. The rain- and snow-bursts are not caused by emissions from the aircraft but are the peculiar consequence of the aircrafts’ wings passing though […]

Arctic Sea Ice Volume 12-Feb-2019

Hifast at Climate Collections - 8 hours ago
Originally posted on sunshine hours: ? From DMI

Court Gives Trump EPA Victory Over Soros-funded Group

James Murphy at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: court-gives-trump-epa-victory-over-soros-funded-group] On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld a Trump-era EPA rule that disqualifies scientists in receipt of grants from the EPA from holding any advisory position in the agency.

Ted Cruz Introduces Bill to Use Assets Seized From Drug Lord to Pay for Wall

Warren Mass at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: ted-cruz-introduces-bill-to-use-assets-seized-from-drug-lord-to-pay-for-wall] Senator Ted Cruz has introduced a bill to use assets seized from convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to pay for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Feminist Writer Sues Twitter for Banning Over “Misgendering”

R. Cort Kirkwood at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: feminist-writer-sues-twitter-for-banning-over-misgendering] The feminist writer whom Twitter banned because she questioned “transgender” ideology in a tweet has sued in the social-media giant in superior court in San Francisco, California.

China Holds “Debt Renegotiation” Talks With Maduro’s Opponent

Bob Adelmann at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: china-holds-debt-renegotiation-talks-with-maduros-opponent] Publicly, Russia and China continue to support Venezuela’s embattled Marxist leader, Nicolás Maduro. But privately they are moving to cut their losses as his exit appears more likely and more imminent.

Maryland Legislation Moves Toward Preventing Police Militarization

Steve Byas at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: maryland-legislation-moves-toward-preventing-police-militarization] Two bills have been introduced in the Maryland Legislature in an attempt to address the nationalization of local police via federal grants of surplus military equipment.

EM-DAT Forget To Count Vietnam’s Red River Flood

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 8 hours ago
By Paul Homewood In August 1971, one of the world’s worst weather disasters of the 20thC hit North Vietnam, the Red River Flood: A severe flood of the Red River in North Vietnam kills an estimated 100,000 people on this day in 1971. This remarkable flood was one of the century’s most serious weather events, […]

White House Has Accelerated A Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of Iran’s missile program, has said that Iran’s pursuit of missiles will never stop “under any circumstances.” Mahmood Hossein/Tasnim News Agency, via Wikimedia Commons *New York Times*: *U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets* WARSAW — The Trump White House has accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran’s missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials, who described it as part of an expanding campaign by the United States to undercut Tehran’s military and isolate its e... more »

Uighur update

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 8 hours ago
the effort to crush the population has picked up speed under President Xi Jinping, whose government set up an archipelago of bleak outposts for carrying out forced indoctrination, to eradicate the Uighur language, traditions and culture. At first, China denied these camps existed; then China admitted that they exist but claimed they are for “re-education” and vocational training. As eyewitnesses have verified, the real purpose is much darker, to coerce the detainees to give up their language and culture. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/china-is-brainwashi... more »

"When you come away from a building and feel pretty excited, not because of the building, but because of something that has gone on within you while you were in that building — then you are getting pretty close to architecture." #QotD

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
*"When you come away from a building and feel pretty excited, not because of the building, but because of something that has gone on within you while you were in that building — then you are getting pretty close to architecture."* ~ architect John Scott Image credit: Photograph by David Straight from his forthcoming book *John Scott: Works* . . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with link and attribution.

Why Trump is attacked on immigration

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 8 hours ago
The reason President Trump is attacked on immigration has nothing to do with reality--just check out Obama, Bush and Clinton's records. Trump is attacked about ICE and "beds" for violent criminals because he is. . . Trump. Otherwise, we'd have to assume Democrats love traffickers, rapists and murderers and want to return the southwest to Mexico. "The most recent enforcement figures released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on December 30 [2016] offer the latest evidence of these trends. Eighty-five percent of all removals and returns during fiscal year (FY) 2016 were of n... more »

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