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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, February 16, 2019

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

10:54 pm MST

Redeveloped Repat to focus on rehabilitation and dementia

Just In - 5 minutes ago
Less than 15 months after the controversial closure of Adelaide's Repat hospital, the SA Government unveils new plans for the reopened health precinct, with a focus on brain and spinal injury patients as well as dementia care.

Scientists fire harpoon on mission to eradicate space junk

Dannielle Maguire at Just In - 5 minutes ago
It's technology based on the techniques of the whale hunters, but this could be the solution for cleaning up the tonnes of space junk orbiting the Earth.

Man allegedly eats drug stash while attempting to flee from police

Brittney Kleyn at Just In - 5 minutes ago
A man has eaten a large quantity of the drug known as ice while trying to evade officers during a dramatic late-night pursuit north of Brisbane, police say.

Intruder dies during home invasion in Sydney's south-west

Just In - 5 minutes ago
A 44-year-old man wakes to the sound of his dog barking and finds a man in his loungeroom. A struggle ensues and the intruder dies in the Harrington Park home.

Donald Trump's UN ambassador pick withdraws from race

Just In - 5 minutes ago
Heather Nauert, President Donald Trump's top pick for the next US ambassador to the United Nations, withdraws from consideration saying it is in the best interest of her family.

Mother charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing teenage daughter

Lexy Hamilton-Smith at Just In - 5 minutes ago
A 37-year-old woman has been charged with the attempted murder of her 17-year-old daughter, who is in hospital after being stabbed in the face, neck and back at Wynnum on Brisbane's bayside early on Sunday morning.

Smollett Says No Truth He Played Role in Attack

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 12 minutes ago
Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say there is no truth to reports that the "Empire" actor played a role in an assault on him by what he described as two men shouting homophobic and racial slurs.

Chicago Police: Jussie Smollett Assault Case Has ‘Shifted’

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 12 minutes ago
Chicago police say “the trajectory of the investigation” into the reported attack on Jussie Smollett has shifted and they want to conduct another interview with the “Empire” actor.

February 17th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #759

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

Sunday February 17th – Open Thread

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

Spain: 200,00 Protest Against The Trial Of Catalan Independence Leaders

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 28 minutes ago
*DW: **Spain: Catalonia trial protests draw 200,000 people* The protesters have decried the trial of 12 Catalan separatists, saying "self-determination is not a crime." Prosecutors have accused the separatists of "rising up in a violent and public manner," allegations they deny. Spanish authorities on Saturday said around 200,000 protesters marched through Barcelona against the trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders, calling for them to be released immediately. The march was led by a line of protesters holding a long banner that read "Self-determination is not a crime." Other ban... more »

Harrison Ford’s Climate Horror Story

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 32 minutes ago
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham ~ NBC late-night comedian Seth Meyers recently dedicated one of his “comedy” diatribes to denouncing “scaremongering about socialism.” Liberals have a right to lecture us on some things, but scaremongering ain’t one of them. These are the same people that relentlessly scare-monger the American people about “climate change.” In […]

Easing The Logjam In Pipeline Infrastructure

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 32 minutes ago
By Craig Rucker ~ When many of us think of infrastructure, roads, rail lines and airports probably come to mind. Few of us, however, consider the vital role America’s pipeline and energy infrastructure plays in our daily lives. Ideally, the pipeline network brings energy resources from refineries to businesses. But in reality, in many places, […]

How CNN Led Facebook To Censor Pages Of Russia-Backed Video Company And Manufactured News Story

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 35 minutes ago
CNN went in search for a story about a Russian-funded digital media project that produces viral videos aimed at undermining American democracy. When CNN journalists could not find what they were looking for, they effectively manufactured the news by giving Facebook a pretext for removing the project’s pages used to The post How CNN Led Facebook To Censor Pages Of Russia-Backed Video Company And Manufactured News Story appeared first on Shadowproof.

Trump's Brand Continues To Deteriorate In The Hotel Business

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 54 minutes ago
*Trump's idea to go into welfare residential hotels fails* After visiting the never officially opened Trump Tower hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan-- before criminals Trump had partnered with tried burning it down for insurance money-- I fancied myself an expert in Trump's shady hotel business. "Expert" in the sense that I try keeping up on further news about how the business has continued-- like his brand in general-- to fall apart. Yesterday, Steve Eder, Ben Protess and Eric Lipton brought *New York Times* readers up to date on the continuing collapse. The Trumps blame the "political clim... more »

Iran Foreign Minister Confirms Two Failed Satellite Launches. Alleges Possible U.S. Sabotage

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
This February 6, 2019, satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows an empty launch pad and a burn mark on it at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran's Semnan province. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP) *Times of Israel: **Iran confirms second failed satellite launch, alleges possible US sabotage* *Foreign Minister Zarif tells NBC the ‘same gang’ who pushed for Iraq War are ‘at it again’ by encouraging Trump administration to confront Tehran.* Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed that Tehran attempted a second satellite launch earlier this month despite ... more »

Rush to judgment, much?

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 1 hour ago
The Jussie Smollett "assault" case, submission #1: Submission #2: Submission #3: *Aaaaaannd* Submission #4: *Brothers say Jussie Smollett paid them to participate in alleged attack, source says* The two Nigerian brothers arrested in connection with the assault on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett are no longer suspects in the attack. They're now cooperating with police. A source close to the investigation confirms to CBS News the brothers told detectives Smollett paid them to participate in the alleged attack on January 29 and that they purchased the rope — which was found... more »

Representative Mark Meadows Discusses National Emergency Declaration for Border Security…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 hour ago
House member Mark Meadows appears on Fox News to discuss the ramifications of President Trump using a national emergency declaration to secure the southern border: After declaring a national emergency, President @realDonaldTrump is briefed by U.S. Army Chief of Engineers, … Continue reading →

RIP AK-47?: Will Russia's Military Adopt a New Rifle?

Task and Purpose, James Clark at Test Feed Using Fields - 1 hour ago
*Task and Purpose, James Clark* *Security, Europe* [image: https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fstatic.life.ru%2Fposts%2F2018%2F12%2F1179952%2Fgr%2Fnorth%2F72f6ff95bcb2c99bbe16e7cca642b1af__1920x1080.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fstories%2FCAAqOQgKIjNDQklTSURvSmMzUnZjbmt0TXpZd1NoTUtF] Is this possible? *To be clear, the Russian military isn't planning on completely phasing out the AK-74.* Brace yourselves: It looks like Kalashnikov Concern, the weapons manufacturer behind the iconic AK-47, will end up arming the modern Russian warfighter for future c... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 hour ago
Here's a story that got attention this week: ... a Wyoming lawmaker who helped defeat a bill to repeal capital punishment used the novel argument that Christianity was founded on the death penalty, in the sense that Jesus was crucified by the state as a criminal. “The greatest man who ever lived died via the death penalty for you and me,” State Sen. Lynn Hutchings, R-Cheyenne, told the Casper Star-Tribune. “I’m grateful to him for our future hope because of this. Governments were instituted to execute justice. If it wasn’t for Jesus dying via the death penalty, we would all have no... more »

Musical Interlude: Adiemus, “Adiemus”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Adiemus, “Adiemus” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL8kZ-iVk90&html5=1

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“NGC 660 is featured in this cosmic snapshot, a sharp composite of broad and narrow band filter image data from the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea. Over 20 million light-years away and swimming within the boundaries of the constellation Pisces, NGC 660's peculiar appearance marks it as a polar ring galaxy. A rare galaxy type, polar ring galaxies have a substantial population of stars, gas, and dust orbiting in rings nearly perpendicular to the plane of the galactic disk. *Click image for larger size.* The bizarre-looking configuration could have been caused by the chance captur... more »

Chet Raymo, "Matters of Life and Death"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Matters of Life and Death"* by Chet Raymo "For the past few days I've passed this poor bedraggled creature on the sidewalk. I cannot help but think of that essay in Lewis Thomas' "The Lives of a Cell" called "Death In the Open." How rare it is, he writes, to see a dead wild animal. He mentions squirrels in particular. They teem in his backyard, he says, all year long, but he has never seen, anywhere, a dead squirrel. It is always a queer shock, part a sudden upwelling of grief, part unaccountable amazement. It is simply astounding to see a dead animal on the highway. The outrage... more »

"Homework Assignment"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Homework Assignment"* by James Howard Kunstler "Poor old Karl Marx, tortured by boils and phantoms, was right about one thing: History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Thus, I give you the Roman Empire and now the United States of America. Rome surrendered to time and entropy. Our method is to drive a gigantic clown car into a ditch. Is anyone out there interested in redemption? I have an idea for the political party out of power, the Democrats, sunk in its special Okefenokee Swamp of identity politics and Russia paranoia: make an effort to legislate the Citize... more »

"So Tell Me..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"In a room sit three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man with his gold. Between them stands a sellsword, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him slay the other two. ‘Do it,' says the king, ‘for I am your lawful ruler.' ‘Do it,' says the priest, ‘for I command you in the names of the gods.' ‘Do it,' says the rich man, ‘and all this gold shall be yours.' So tell me - who lives and who dies?" - George R.R. Martin

Free Download: Rainer Maria Rilke, “Letters to a Young Poet”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” - Rainer Maria Rilke Freely download “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke here: - https://kbachuntitled.files.wordpress.com/ - http://www.carrothers.com/rilke8.htm

Live: Stars chasing 146 for victory against Renegades in Big Bash final

Just In - 2 hours ago
The Renegades set the Stars a victory target of 146 in the Big Bash League decider at Docklands. Follow all the action in our live ScoreCentre.

Stolen Generations survivors are dying without being compensated

Shahni Wellington at Just In - 2 hours ago
Not only would compensation help survivors move forward, but Eileen Cummings says the money is dearly needed to help the families of survivors pay for support services — with studies showing intergenerational trauma is a flow-on effect from the past atrocities.

Jet ski rider drowns, another man missing on Hawkesbury River

Just In - 2 hours ago
A man dies in hospital after falling from a jet ski north-west of Sydney this morning, while police search the waterway for a 50-year-old man who was riding with him. Seven people were also rescued from a capsized boat in a separate incident on the same river today.

Manus Island and Nauru asylum seekers face fresh security and character assessments

Jane Norman at Just In - 2 hours ago
Hundreds of asylum seekers will undergo fresh screening as the Government prepares for an "influx" of medical transfers in the wake of the so-called medevac bill, Attorney-General Christian Porter says.

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Málaga, Andalucia, Spain. Thanks for stopping by!

"Life Is Inconvenient..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"One of life's best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire – then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference." - Robert Fulghum

"An Old Farmer's Advice"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"An Old Farmer's Advice"* Author Unknown *"•* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong. *•* Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance. *•* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. *• *A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. *•* Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled. *• *Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight. *•* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads. *•* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. *•* It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge. *•* You cannot unsay a cruel word. *•... more »

FTC Negotiating Multi-Billion Dollar Fine For Facebook’s Privacy Scandals; Violating 2011 Accord

Aaron at Activist Post - 2 hours ago
By Aaron Kesel Facebook is being accused by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) of privacy violations and is in the midst of negotiating over a... more »

"You Better Decide..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“A wise man once said you can have anything in life, if you sacrifice everything else for it. What he meant is, nothing comes without a price. So before you go into battle you better decide how much you're willing to lose." - "Grey's Anatomy"

"All Right!"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us. My choice is to wear out.” - Theodore Roosevelt "At the beginning of his life, few would have predicted that Theodore Roosevelt even had a choice in the matter. He was sickly and fragile, doted on by worried parents. Then, a conversation with his father sent him driven, almost maniacally in the other direction. “I will make my body,” he said, when told that he would not go far in this world with a brilliant mind in a frail body. What followed was a montage of boxing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, swimming, bol... more »

Nigerian Presidential Elections Have Been Postponed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*CNN:* *Nigerians react with anger and confusion after presidential elections postponed* Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)It had been a long election campaign, fiercely contested and marked by flashes of violence, but Nigerians were finally looking forward to casting their votes in what is the largest democratic exercise in Africa. But as they slept, the country's presidential and parliamentary elections were abruptly postponed early Saturday, hours before the polls were due to open. Polls were set to open at 8 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET) Saturday. Instead, the vote will take place in anothe... more »

Eli Rabett Makes Fool Of Himself

Hifast at Climate Collections - 3 hours ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? https://twitter.com/EthonRaptor/status/1084550985123614722 It did not take long for alarmist trolls to react to my hurricane paper. If Mr Rabett had bothered to read the rest of the Arizona Education factsheet, which he quoted from, he would have found this statement: Increasing Atlantic…

Antarctic Losing Tiny Amounts Of Ice (Or Maybe It’s Gaining Ice, NASA Is Not Sure!)

Hifast at Climate Collections - 3 hours ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? h/t AC Osborn ? Another mindbendingly naive piece by the Mail’s Joe Pinkstone: ? Antarctica is shedding ice at a staggering rate. Scientists have discovered global warming has caused the melting of the ice on the continent to increase sixfold since…

Taking down the latest Washington Post Antarctic scare story on 6x increased ice melt

Hifast at Climate Collections - 3 hours ago
Reblogged from Watts Up With That: Anthony Watts / January 15, 2019 Ice loss from Antarctica has sextupled since the 1970s, new research finds An alarming study shows massive East Antarctic ice sheet already is a significant contributor to sea-level rise Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis January 14 at 3:00 PM (Washington Post) Antarctic glaciers […]

Disentangling California Drought

Hifast at Climate Collections - 3 hours ago
Reblogged from Watts Up With That: Guest Blogger / January 17, 2019 Here is Jim Steele’s newest column article for the Tribune and 5 other Marin papers,~ctm Pacifica Tribune column, January 16, 2019 What’s Natural? Disentangling California Drought Devastating droughts are a great concern. Droughts disrupt ecosystems, agriculture, and drinking water supplies. Contrary to headlines […]

Many record lows in Siberia

Robert at Ice Age Now - 3 hours ago
Average daily temperatures running 12-18°C below normal. On the first day of the last winter month, the average daily air temperature was below the climatic norm by more than 16 degrees C. In the Irkutsk region, on the evening of 2 February, the air cooled to -48°C, in the Novosibirsk region to -44°C, Kemerovo to ... Read moreMany record lows in Siberia The post Many record lows in Siberia appeared first on Ice Age Now.

President Trump on global warming – “Snow Kidding?”

Robert at Ice Age Now - 3 hours ago
Sen. Amy Klobuchar kicked off her bid for the presidency – in the middle of a snowstorm – vowing to combat global warming. President Trump said: “Snow Kidding?” Klobuchar, D-Minn., says climate change legislation will be the cornerstone of her campaign, and vowed to rejoin the 2015 Paris Climate agreement. Trump tweeted, “Well, it happened again. ... Read morePresident Trump on global warming – “Snow Kidding?” The post President Trump on global warming – “Snow Kidding?” appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Longest Walk 2019 Photos by Bad Bear

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
Photos by Photojournalist and Long Walker Western Shoshone Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson Longest Walk 2019 Route schedule https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2019/02/longest-walk-2019-route-schedule.html?m=1 Longest Walk 2019 -- 11 Point Plan https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2019/02/longest-walk-2019-11-point-plan.html?m=1 News release Longest Walk 2019 .

Israel Conducts Massive Military Drills To Simulate Conditions Of War With Hezbollah

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
נסראללה בלחץ? חטיבה 401 של חיל השריון ביצעה השבוע תרגיל גדול שנועד לדמות לחימה בלבנון, ובו התאמנו הלוחמים על תיאום עם כוחות של חיל האוויר, ההנדסה והמודיעין | צפו בתיעוד מהאימון @ndvori לכל הפרטים: https://t.co/Q893rkNQB1 pic.twitter.com/Nq0lILLDxj — החדשות (@NewsChannelIL) February 15, 2019 *Times of Israel:* *IDF conducts massive drill to ‘simulate conditions of war with Hezbollah’* As Lebanese terror group’s fighters return from Syria, IDF tank brigade commander says army must prepare to deal with their improved military techniques. The army conducted a massive drill over the... more »

Lavrov Slams “NATO-Centric” Approach To Crises While Extending Hand To US On Nuclear Treaty

Zerohedge at The Duran - 3 hours ago
The post Lavrov Slams “NATO-Centric” Approach To Crises While Extending Hand To US On Nuclear Treaty appeared first on The Duran.

West ‘starts listening to Russia’: Lavrov says Europeans want better relations after Munich talks

RT at The Duran - 3 hours ago
The post West ‘starts listening to Russia’: Lavrov says Europeans want better relations after Munich talks appeared first on The Duran.

Munich brawl: Pence clashes with Merkel and Mogherini over Iran deal, Russian pipeline

RT at The Duran - 3 hours ago
The post Munich brawl: Pence clashes with Merkel and Mogherini over Iran deal, Russian pipeline appeared first on The Duran.

Pence’s Insulting Warsaw Speech

The American Conservative at The Duran - 3 hours ago
The post Pence’s Insulting Warsaw Speech appeared first on The Duran.

'We can forgive you, we just want them back': Plea to return stolen church relic

Just In - 4 hours ago
Parishioners at a church in northern Tasmania are offering a "substantial" reward and say they will forgive the thief if a treasured 1840s relic is returned to the tight-knit parish.

Police interview Brisbane mother over teenager's 'gruesome' stabbing

Lexy Hamilton-Smith at Just In - 4 hours ago
A 17-year-old girl with serious wounds to her face, neck and back is "not doing good" in hospital after a stabbing attack at Wynnum on Brisbane's bayside early this morning.

Morrison lashes Labor over panda announcement

Just In - 4 hours ago
Prime Minister Scott Morrison pours scorn on a Labor policy to keep two pandas at Adelaide Zoo, saying his priority at the moment "is cattle lying dead on properties in north Queensland".

Nickel boom breathes new life into mothballed Kimberley mine

Courtney Fowler at Just In - 4 hours ago
The expected demand for electric vehicles is driving optimism in the global nickel industry and breathing new life into a mothballed mine in the remote East Kimberley after a three-year hiatus.

Problem: The Stealth F-35 Lightning II Can't Handle Lightning

Task and Purpose at Test Feed Using Fields - 4 hours ago
*Task and Purpose* *Security, * [image: Wikimedia Commons] Is that an issue? *This is what happenned: * The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter may be named the; “Lightning II” in homage to two of Lockheed Martin's World War II-era aircraft, but it turns out at least one variant can't actually handle the lightning at all. *(Note: This first appeared in August of last year.)* In early August, the Marine Corps put out a solicitation for portable lightning rods to draw lightning strikes away from the branch’s F-35B aircraft current parked at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan. “Since... more »

Opioid Maker Used Rap Video to Push Powerful Painkiller

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps to push the drug.

Police: Aurora Attacker Used Gun He Shouldn’t Have Owned

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Like in many of the country's mass shootings, the Aurora attack was carried out by a man with a violent criminal history who was armed with a gun he wasn't supposed to have.

Wiretaps Show Turkish Intel Supported ISIS

Lee Jay at Modern Tokyo Times - 4 hours ago
Report: Wiretaps Show Turkish Intel Supported ISIS by John Rossomando Investigative Project on Terrorism Turkish prosecution documents show that the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was up to its eyeballs supporting ISIS, a new report by the London-based Investigative Journal has found. Wiretaps show that Turkey’s intelligence agency, known by its Turkish acronym MIT, […]

U.S. Military Planes ring Aid To The Colombia - Venezuela Border

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Reuters:* *More U.S. aid for Venezuela touches down amid distribution uncertainty* CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A U.S. military transport plane carrying humanitarian aid meant for Venezuelans landed in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Saturday, where food and medicine is being stored amidst uncertainty over how and where aid will be distributed. The shipment will be the second arrival of large-scale U.S. and international aid for Venezuelans, many of whom have scant access to food and medicine, since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in d... more »

Hate Hoax Update: Police Now Believe Jussie Smollett Paid Two Men to Stage Attack…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 4 hours ago
Details are now starting to surface that Empire actor Jussie Smollett not only fabricated a hate hoax crime, but that he actually staged the crime and paid assistants to help him. Earlier today it was revealed that detectives discovered the … Continue reading →

Don't Trust Republicans Just Because They Oppose Trump... They're Still Republicans, Including Bill Weld

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Not a hero, not then, not now, not ever-- just a right-wing kook* Tucker Carlson, Max Boot and Bill Kristol... what comes to mind? Conservative Republicans, right? Stop there. Don't over-think it. That's the answer. No, "buts" about how Boot and Kristol are anti-Trump. Glad they are, but it doesn't matter about who they are and what their advice on anything other than-- very precisely-- Trump's odiousness, means. In yesterday's *American Conservative*, oddly enough, it was Carlson-- a much bigger face of odiousness than the other two of late-- who pointed out why we should never ge... more »

"Economic Market Snapshot 2/16/19"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
• *"What Happens When More QE Fails To Reverse The Recession?"* by Charles Hugh Smith "The smart money is liquidating assets, paying off debt and moving capital into collateral that isn't impaired by debt or speculative valuations. The Federal Reserve's sudden return to "accommodative" dovishness in response to the stock market's swoon telegraphs its intent to fire up QE once the recession kicks into gear. QE (quantitative easing) are monetary policies designed to ease borrowing and the issuance of credit, and to prop up assets such as stocks and real estate. The basic idea is that... more »

The Birth of a Monster: The Federal Reserve

Activist Post at Activist Post - 5 hours ago
By David Howden The Federal Reserve’s doors have been open for “business” for one hundred years. In explaining the creation of this money-making machine (pun... more »

Trump Sends US Military Aircraft to Deliver “Aid” to Venezuela’s Border

Activist Post at Activist Post - 5 hours ago
By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — The Trump Administration has announced Friday, along with a new round of sanctions against members of the Venezuelan government, that they are dispatching... more »

Radical kindness

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 5 hours ago
Last week, the excellent documentary called “Would you be my neighbor?” on the life and mission of Mister (Fred) Rogers, won an award from AARP’s Movies for Grown-ups annual ceremony. Morgan Neville, the producer/ director summed up his reflections of … Continue reading →

U.S. Vice President Pence Criticizes U.S. Allies On Iran And Venezuela In Munich Speech

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*VOA: **Pence Rebukes Europe Over Iran, Venezuela, Russia Links * MUNICH — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence strongly criticized European allies Saturday for their stance on Iran and Venezuela, in a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany. "The time has come for our European partners to stop undermining U.S. sanctions against this murderous, revolutionary regime. The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal," Pence told delegates. He also called on allies to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venez... more »

Feb. 16: Our daily destruction of ourselves.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 6 hours ago
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/canada-haiti-deportation-violence-protests-1.5021661 For decades, Haiti was ruled by dictators subservervient to American billionaires. Then Haitians won the right to vote. So the U.S. sent troops to bring back the good old days. And Canada kissed up wih 'peacekeepers'. Yep. American governments are great believers in democracy. _________________________________________________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/16/tijuana-migrant-child-murders-mexico-us-asylum The refugee crises have just begun - in South America, Afri... more »

Happy to Oblige

LL at Virtual Mirage - 6 hours ago

Decomposing Liberals

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Nick Cohen cuts a pathetic figure and his latest rant reads much like his last rant. And the one before that. And the one before that. But after his pitiful wittering on about personality cults, the agonies of the deepest, darkest reds hiding under Labour Party beds and the hounding, *the hounding* of MPs by legions of far left attack dogs, the thousand word torture finally culminates there in a wee nugget of political interest. Responding to the persistent rumours of the imminent arrival of a new centrist party, he rather fancies its chances. Behold, The media and, more seriously ... more »

India's fastest train falters on its first trip

Just In - 6 hours ago
India's first locally built high speed train breaks down on its first trip, a day after its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

One of Australia's most significant rock art finds revealed as the bored graffiti of US whalers

Erin Parke at Just In - 6 hours ago
Archaeologists working on islands along Australia's remote north-west coast discover 160-year old engravings left by American whaling crews in the 1840s, offering a rare glimpse of their tedium and isolation.

Truck driver arrested after B-double hits police vehicle in 70km chase

Just In - 6 hours ago
Police suspect the driver of the 50-tonne truck was under the influence of drugs when he allegedly tried to run a patrol vehicle off the road and side-swiped a parked police truck while driving erratically and without headlights through northern New South Wales.

The heroes and heartbreak of the devastating north Queensland floods

Rachel Riga at Just In - 6 hours ago
As Queenslanders continue to deal with the fallout of unprecedented flooding, we take a look at the stories of resilience to emerge from the state's natural disaster.

Wind power projects threaten to cook rural energy network

Charlotte King at Just In - 6 hours ago
Victoria's planned wind powerhouse stumbles, with the rural transmission network described as a "one-lane bush track".

Perth's first ocean rubbish bin already proving its worth

Gian De Poloni at Just In - 6 hours ago
A unique floating rubbish bin, which effectively acts as a vacuum cleaner for the ocean, is being put to good use in waters off WA for the first time.

People driven potty by plant theft consider protection options

Jessica Hinchliffe at Just In - 6 hours ago
Australians spend lots of money landscaping their properties, and some are now having to insure themselves against light-fingered green thumbs.

'His eyes were drifting': Shark attacks surfer at Byron Bay

Cameron Gooley at Just In - 6 hours ago
A man is knocked off his board and attacked by a shark while surfing at Byron Bay's Belongil Beach. He didn't realise until he got to the beach that "a big chunk" was missing from his leg.

It’s The Oceans, Stupid!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 6 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://www.ospo.noaa.gov/Products/ocean/sst/anomaly/index.html Climate experts tell us that the oceans are warning rapidly, as a result of GHGs. Perhaps they might explain how their little theory accounts for the large areas of ocean which show long term cooling. If there is one thing we know about oceans, it is that they store […]

Qanon Pace Picking Up - State of Emergency Declared

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 hours ago
Yesterday a state of emergency was declared and that unleashes 8 billion to do the wall. Otherwise we are now getting a lot from Q. Not least there is the ongoing allusions to Ruth Bader Ginsberg's medical care. We also are put on notice regarding the possible failure of the health of Bill and Hilary Clinton. We have already noted the silence. I had expected public trials for the more public figures, but that seems to not be in the cards at all. There is circumstantial support for military tribunals to say nothing regarding the possibility that thousands have in fact been arre... more »

Nature’s Path Foods recalls cereals containing undeclared gluten

News Desk at Food Safety News - 6 hours ago
Nature’s Path Foods, a privately held, family-owned company, producing USDA and Canadian Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified breakfast and snack foods sold in grocery and natural food stores in over 50 countries around the world recalled a specific production run of EnviroKidz Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch and Jungle Munch cereals for they may contain... Continue Reading

Smoked silver salmon in jars recalled over botulism fears

News Desk at Food Safety News - 6 hours ago
Wasilla, AK-based Smoked Alaska Seafoods Inc. has recalled all jars and cans of Smoked Silver Salmon in 6.5 oz. containers with the production code of AL81111133 on the bottom of the jar/can because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned... Continue Reading

Six-month old Salmonella outbreak from raw turkey continues to expand

Dan Flynn at Food Safety News - 6 hours ago
The deadly multistate outbreak of multiple drug-resistant Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products continues to expand, according to the latest update from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. The outbreak dates back to last July and the most recent of four associated recalls occurred only two weeks ago. According... Continue Reading

Wisdom from Tony Lip

David Henderson at Econlib - 6 hours ago
My wife and I went to see the movie Green Book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend it. I won’t bother recounting the story; that’s easy to find on line. Instead I want to remark on a line in the movie. The white driver, Tony Lip, says to Dr. Don Shirley: I like what you […] The post Wisdom from Tony Lip appeared first on Econlib.

Stampeding The Herd Over The Cliff

tonyheller at The Deplorable Climate Science Blog - 6 hours ago
More evidence the people behind the global warming big lie are attempting genocide. Alarmism and catastrophic thinking are valuable in the sense that a panicked herd can be stampeded over a cliff. NYT Opinion on Twitter: “Panic might seem counterproductive,

Hell: The Only Way to Describe the Battle of Antietam

Michael E. Haskew at Test Feed Using Fields - 6 hours ago
*Michael E. Haskew* *Security, Americas* [image: Wikimedia Commons] The ferocity of that single day of fighting and the haphazard means by which graves were arranged has made the Antietam death toll hard to truly measure. The Battle of Antietam, fought September 17, 1862, was the culmination of the first invasion of the North during the American Civil War by General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. The bloodiest single day in the history of the United States and the bloodiest day’s fighting ever in the Western Hemisphere, the Antietam death toll has al... more »

11 Russian Bombers Flew A Mock Attack On A Norwegian Radar Site In 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Map-illustration: Norwegian Intelligence Service *The Barents Observer*: *11 Russian fighter jets made mock attack on Norwegian Arctic radar* Flying in attack formation, the group of Su-24 attack aircraft turned away just before Norwegian airspace. The dramatic simulated attack happend on February 14th, 2018, Director of Norway’s Intelligence Service, Lieutenant General Morten Haga Lunde, told the audience in his annual speech for the Oslo Military Society on Monday. Haga Lunde had earlier in the day presented Focus 2019 (in Norwegian), the intelligence service’s report on threat... more »

No trend in Global Tropical Cyclone Landfalls

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on sunshine hours: No trend in Global Tropical Cyclone Landfalls https://twitter.com/RogerPielkeJr/status/1085891613367459843

Climate Cycles, not Climate Crashes

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on Searching for Balance: Gary Patton’s Blog, We Live in a Political World, cites Jessica Stites, Deputy Editor of In These Times. as claiming: “within 100 years, many of our cities will become uninhabitable, submerged under oceans or deadly hot. Storms will become more violent. The gentle planet we’ve known will be no…

It’s The Oceans, Stupid!

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? https://www.ospo.noaa.gov/Products/ocean/sst/anomaly/index.html ? Climate experts tell us that the oceans are warning rapidly, as a result of GHGs. Perhaps they might explain how their little theory accounts for the large areas of ocean which show long term cooling. If there is one…

CO2 and crops: NAS vs. science

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Reblogged from Watts Up With That: Guest Blogger / January 21, 2019 WUWT regular David Burton writes: One of the most pernicious examples of disinformation promoted by the Climate Industry is the claim that manmade climate change from CO2 emissions threatens agriculture and “food security.” That’s the exact opposite of the truth. CO2 is “plant […]

Climate Hysterics Skyrocket Even As Weather Disasters Haven’t

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop: Increasingly absurd disaster rhetoric is consistently contradicted by climate and weather data and backed up by little more than obstinate assertions, says Paul Driessen at Climate Change Dispatch. – – – Call it climate one-upmanship. It seems everyone has to outdo previous climate chaos rhetoric. The “climate crisis” is…

Is ocean warming accelerating faster than thought?

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on Climate Etc.: by Nic Lewis *** UPDATE : response to comments by Zeke Hausfather appended There are a number of statements in Cheng et al. (2019) ‘How fast are the oceans warming’, (‘the paper’) that appear to be mistaken and/or potentially misleading. My analysis of these issues is followed by a reply…

Mao et al 2019 Show an Upcoming 1-Deg C + Decline in Global Land Surface Temperatures by the Early 2100s

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on Bob Tisdale - Climate Observations: This is a quick introduction to the 2019 paper The “Ocean Stabilization Machine” May Represent a Primary Factor Underlying the Effect of Global Warming on Climate Change by Mao et al. (pdf here). I believe many visitors here would find interest in their projected decrease (yup, decrease)…

New Study: Modern Warming Was Driven By ‘Primarily Natural’ Factors – Global Cooling Has Now Begun

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? NoTricks covers a new paper that demonstrates that recent warming has been due to natural factors, and that we are now entering a new deep cooling period: ? http://notrickszone.com/2019/01/21/new-paper-modern-warming-was-driven-by-primarily-natural-factors-global-cooling-has-now-begun/

New ocean warming paper contains “factual errors and misleading statements” 

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop: Is the desire to promote climate alarm leading researchers to make mistakes? Second ocean paper in three months is refuted by independent climate scientist Nicholas Lewis, reports The GWPF. – – – A scientific paper, published in Science magazine last week, led to widespread claims that the oceans were warming faster…

Update Jan.22: Hot Ocean False Alarm

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: What is Argo? Argo is a global array of 3,800 free-drifting profiling floats that measures thetemperature and salinity of the upper 2000 m of the ocean. This allows, for the first time, continuous monitoring of the temperature, salinity, and velocity of the upper ocean, with all data being relayed and…

Have All U.S. Presidents Since 1976 Declared National Emergencies?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
The United States has in fact been under a constant state of emergency for the last 40 years.

California Brain Tumor Association Issues Warning On Dangers of 5G

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - There is ample scientific evidence demonstrating potential for harm.

President Trump is Slowly Stopping The Exfiltration of American Wealth…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 7 hours ago
Every element of global economic trade is controlled and exploited by massive institutions, multinational banks and multinational corporations. Institutions like the World Trade Organization (WTO), World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), control trillions of dollars in economic activity. Underneath … Continue reading →

There are Trillions at Stake…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 7 hours ago
There’s a lot of news this week reflecting a great deal of oppositional alignment against the presidency of Donald Trump. CTH can get down in the weeds of each specific issue to discuss the motives and intents (we will, and … Continue reading →

74 Years Ago The German City Of Dresden Was Destroyed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Piles of corpses in front of destroyed buildings in Dresden after air raids on February 13 and 14, 1945. Deutsches Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia Commons *Business Insider:* *74 years ago, Allied bombers obliterated one of Germany's most beautiful cities — here are 18 photos of the bombing of Dresden* World War II was more than three years old when Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and other Allied leaders met at Casablanca in January 1943, but the decisions made there would shape the rest of the war in Europe. During the conference, Allied leaders settled on a policy of unconditiona... more »

The U.S. Navy Has Dozens More MH-60R Helicopters Than It Needs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
An MH-60R flies in front of the first-in-its-subclass USS Freedom. USN *Warzone/The Drive:* *The Navy Has Dozens More MH-60R Helicopters Than It Needs Due To LCS Debacle* *The service blew over a billion dollars on choppers it might never have a use for and is spending even more to keep them sitting in storage.* Problems with the Littoral Combat Ship program and basic lack of communication between Navy bureaucrats have left the service paying millions of dollars to store dozens of Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters it has no immediate need for. The service has tried to offer a silver lini... more »

Egypt’s Constitutional amendments 2019 : The Parliament approves preliminary too quickly

egyptianchronicler@gmail.com (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 7 hours ago
On Thursday, Egypt’s House of Representatives passed in Cairo preliminary the constitutional amendments preliminary that will allow current President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to run for more presidential terms. The amendments which were presented to the parliament by one-fifth of its members,were approved by 485 members out of the 596-seat parliament after two days of discussion only "In a total of ten hours only". During that preliminary discussion , it was agreed to keep the two constitutional articles related to the National Press Council and the National Media Council after it was o... more »

Jeju Island hunger strikers to hospital

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
*Global Network board member and friend Sung-Hee Choi taken to hospital during her hunger strike against 2nd airport on Jeju Island, South Korea that will be used for a military air base* We don't have much information other than GN board member Sung-Hee Choi has been taken to a Jeju Island hospital because of deep concern for her health. She and several others have been holding extended hunger strikes on Jeju Island, South Korea to oppose a 2nd airport on the island that many believe is going to have military application. Sung-Hee has long been a leader in the fight in Gangjeon... more »

U.S. Special Operations Command's Iron Man Suit Has Been Cancelled

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Task & Purpose:* *SOCOM's Iron Man suit is officially dead * Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin." *Read more* .... *WNU Editor*: Russia's... more »

here in the home of Mary and Martha and Lazarus, here to find hearts melded together

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 7 hours ago
* I AM* come, beloved, here in the home of Mary and Martha and Lazarus, here to find hearts melded together in a mighty congregation of the righteous. So you have come, the assembling of the elect of God who have elected to do my will in Him…. *Therefore I announce to you that the Word has gone forth on Wednesday past, in the very triumph and the hour of the twenty-seventh, for the remanding to the Court of the Sacred Fire of the one you have known for so long as Satan.* Blessed hearts, some of you who are our disciples worldwide have known that many years ago, in answer to ... more »

How Much Are U.S. Troops Paid?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
US service members across all branches conduct state funeral services for former President George H. W. Bush. Spc. James Harvey/US Army *Business Insider*:* Military pay: This is how much US troops are paid according to their rank* * This is a list of the typical pay for military ranks, from entry-level Army privates who make $20,172 a year to Air Force generals who bring home $189,600. * Base pay for an enlisted service member in their first six months comes out to less than $20,000 per year. But troops earn increases as they advance in rank and gain experience. The highest ranki... more »

The Dred Scott case

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 8 hours ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OML9AVR10PQ Democrats (7) on the Supreme Court decided Dred Scott wasn't a citizen worthy of rights--just as now Democrat led states are deciding that third trimester unborn babies are not citizens worthy of rights and protection. When their ugly legislation passed, they cheered and lit up buildings. To their credit, those 7 judges didn't say Scott wasn't human—just unfit and inferior—sort of what they say about full term babies. https://www.thirteen.org/wnet/supremecourt/personality/landmark_dred.html

Do you see faces in random objects? Here's why

Jesse Thompson at Just In - 8 hours ago
From car headlights to animals in passing clouds, most people will have had the experience of recognising faces in inanimate objects.

How to save baby animals: What to do when you come across orphaned and injured wildlife

Erin Cooper at Just In - 8 hours ago
We are all shocked when we see images of wildlife injured in bushfires and floods, or roadkill orphans. So what can you do when you come across them?

How to recycle in Canberra: Common mistakes you're probably making

Kate Midena at Just In - 8 hours ago
Do you need to rinse your recycling? Can you recycle old coathangers? Knowing what and how to recycle can be confusing — and the ACT has some stark differences to the rest of the country.

Former US cardinal defrocked for sex crimes

Just In - 8 hours ago
In one of the toughest Vatican penalties handed to a cardinal in modern times, Pope Francis has defrocked the former Archbishop of Washington, who was accused of abuse.

Meet the woman who fosters 60 birds in her home

Amanda Hoh at Just In - 8 hours ago
Lyn John has turned her home into an aviary where she fosters dozens of birds, nursing many of them back to health until they can be returned to their owners or adopted.

Darwin's defence force numbers are falling — but world politics could change that

Matt Garrick And Robert Baird at Just In - 8 hours ago
The number of serving ADF members in the NT has dips from 6,868 in 2010 to 5,015 by 2018, according to NT Treasury Department figures — but a major, multi-billion dollar spend in the region could turn that around.

Skiing in Lebanon is paradise — you've just got to get up early

Adam Harvey at Just In - 8 hours ago
Middle East correspondent Adam Harvey has a confession: the ski slopes of Lebanon were one of the major drawcards of taking of the job in Beirut.

China's terrifying and dazzling molten metal festival

Bill Birtles at Just In - 8 hours ago
What do you do when you can't afford New Year fireworks? In one Chinese village, they melt down iron and hurl it against the wall to watch the sparks fly.

Australia Zoo's approach to crocodile egg harvesting debate criticised by NT scientist

Emily JB Smith at Just In - 8 hours ago
A debate emerges about the sustainability of crocodile egg harvesting in Queensland. But while scientists say discussion is healthy, they suggest Australia Zoo should stick to discussion points with a "basis in science".

Helping a 70yo mate find love again

Carla Mascarenhas at Just In - 8 hours ago
Geoff Agnew's marriage broke down more than 20 years ago and he has been single ever since. But now a young farmer and his mates are trying to find him love.

57 Democrats Voted With The Republicans To Water Down Ro Khanna's Get-Out-Of-Yemen Bill

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Trump water-carrier Ken Buck (R-CO)* Less-than-progressive members of Congress who are afraid of being primaried the way Crowley was, are happy to fork over $5,000 annually to the Congressional Progressive PAC so they can "join" the CPC, an important protection racket/insurance policy issuer for New Dems. And the latest New Dem who's joining the CPC is Eliot Engel. Does that mean AIPAC is a de facto CPC member now too? It's gotten so bad, that when Sarah Lazare and Michael Arria wrote up the out-of-Yemen victory, the title of the *In These Times* piece was Here Are the “Progressiv... more »

Alaska’s ANWR opening

Craig Rucker at CFACT - 8 hours ago
Making ANWR oil available is a big step forward for America and all who wish renewed strength to the land of the free. The caribou and their wild friends will never know the difference, but we will. The post Alaska’s ANWR opening appeared first on CFACT.

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