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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

16 July - Blogs I'm Following - 3 of 4

10 pm MDT

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 16, 2019

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Anton Kardashov / Moskva News Agency *Moscow Times/Bloomberg*: *Putin's Huge Military Buildup Leaves Industry With Debt Hangover* Vladimir Putin’s 20-trillion-ruble ($300 billion) weapons-buying binge over the last decade has brought advanced hypersonic warheads and drone submarines. It’s also left the country’s defense industry with a massive hangover of debt that officials now say is suffocating the strategic sector. The industry “is living from hand to mouth” and doesn’t have enough money to invest in vital new technology, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told an industry con... more »

Serial Child Molester, Abuser Sentenced to 30 Days as Man Gets 4 Years for 22 Grams of Weed

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: child]A serial child molester and abuser, who abused over two dozen children received just 30 days in jail as a man who helped people with a plant rots in a cage.

WATCH: Cops Claim to Smell Weed, So they Handcuff Man and Sodomize Him

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: road]A stop for window tint quickly turned into state-sponsored sodomy of a man on the side of the road after cops claimed to smell weed.

HUNDREDS of Pentagon Officials Caught Running Child Porn Network on Official DOD Computers

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: dod]Government officials viewing and sharing child porn on DOD networks has gotten so bad that bipartisan legislation has been introduced to stop it.

A Lawmaker Wants to Know If the Pentagon Ever Exposed the American Public to Ticks Infected with Bioweapons

Task and Purpose at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Task and Purpose* *Security, Americas* [image: https://pictures.reuters.com/archive/HEALTH-LYME--TM3EC2819S301.html] What? *President Richard Nixon announced in 1969 that the United States would unilaterally end its offensive biological weapons program. * If you've ever wondered if the Pentagon has ever exposed the American public to ticks infected with biological weapons, you're not alone. Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) authored an amendment to the House version of the Fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would require the Defense Department Inspector General's Offi... more »

The French Just Made a Great Case for Outfitting Soldiers with 'Flyboards'

Task and Purpose at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Task and Purpose* *Technology, Europe* [image: The future of warfare? *It's unclear what, if any, formal relationship exists between Zapata Racing and the French Armed Forces, but Zapata has long expressed a desire to further develop the platform for potential military applications.* U.S. Special Operations Command may be on the verge of making the dream of flying infantry soldiers a reality, but the French may very well beat them to it. On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron shared an unusual video showing a man on a flying platform — widely c... more »

We Now Know Why an American B-52's Engine Broke Apart During a Freak 2017 Incident

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Technology, Americas* [image: By Landmark9254 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24769354] Weird. *“The aircraft landed safely with no injuries,” said a spokesperson.* A turbofan engine fell off the pod of a B-52H bomber during flight on Jan. 4 last year and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has completed its investigation into the matter. It determined that the first stage fan disk of the Pratt & Whitney TF33 engine had failed in mid-air and caused the Number Three engine to break off the wing of the bomber. According Military.com,... more »

Accidents Happen: 2 People Injured After Inert Bomb Drops from French Mirage 2000D

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Security, Europe* [image: By SRA GREG L. DAVIS, USAF - http://www.dodmedia.osd.mil/Assets/2000/DoD/DD-SD-00-02650.JPEG Modified image: adjusted shadows to make them more visible, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14641346] Not all fun and games. *Although it did not explode in the same way as a normal bomb, it fell from the Mirage 2000D and dropped on the ground, causing a huge noise, the witnesses explained.* Two workers at the Faurecia automobile parts factory in Nogent-sur-Vernisson were injured on Apr. 10 when an inert bomb fell o... more »

As Wall Street Celebrates Rising Stock Prices, Companies Are Literally Shutting Down All Over America

Activist Post at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By Michael Snyder How long can the stock market possibly stay completely disconnected from economic reality? On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose just... more »

Facebook Slaps John Birch Society With “Hate Speech” Violation Over Immigration Post

Luis Miguel at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: facebook-slaps-jbs-with-hate-speech-violation-over-immigration-post] Citing alleged violation of its hate-speech standards, Facebook removed a recent JBS post and suspended monetization of the organization’s videos.

Treason the New Norm? Media Side With Anti-American Pols and Call Trump “Racist”

Selwyn Duke at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: treason-the-new-norm-media-side-with-anti-american-pols-and-call-trump-racist] Go back where you came from, said President Trump, alluding to anti-American congresswomen. “He’s a ‘racist!’” howled the media and left-wing echo chamber. But is Main Street saying, “Right on, Mr. President!”?

Only his dogs remain on his street

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
"Uncle Semen" from Zaitseve (Donbass in eastern Ukraine) in his very unique and straight forward way tells what he thinks about ceasefire and makes unexpected comment about Nadezhda Savchenko, running for people's deputy. His house was shelled and burnt by incendiary munitions more than once. After his home became unlivable, Semen had to move to another village. However, every day he returns to Brusilova Street under the sniper's fire to feed his dogs. His only hope is that Ukrainian sniper will feel pity for an old man and won't shoot... If you are so moved please sign the petit... more »

The WORST Part of the Epstein Case

Activist Post at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By corbettreport According to the dinosaur media, the worst part about the exposure of Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking and high-level blackmail operation is that... more »

Federal Debt Ceiling Reached as Federal Spending Rages

Activist Post at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By Clint Siegner The federal government will soon run up against its self-imposed borrowing cap once again. Current estimates are for the government to max...more »

Robert & Ghislaine Maxwell, the bridge between London & New York in Epstein case (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 13 hours ago
The Duran Quick Take: Episode 242. The post Robert & Ghislaine Maxwell, the bridge between London & New York in Epstein case (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Victoria’s Secret Boss Wexner Swears He Didn’t Know About Epstein Penchant For Pedophilia

Zerohedge at The Duran - 13 hours ago
Wexner would go on to open doors for Epstein - who managed "many aspects of his financial life." The post Victoria’s Secret Boss Wexner Swears He Didn’t Know About Epstein Penchant For Pedophilia appeared first on The Duran.

Checkmate “Putin’s Cook”: U.S. judge DESTROYS Mueller’s ‘Russian troll’ lie (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 13 hours ago
The Duran Quick Take: Episode 241. The post Checkmate “Putin’s Cook”: U.S. judge DESTROYS Mueller’s ‘Russian troll’ lie (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

AOC And ‘Snot-Nosed Punk’ Chief-Of-Staff Alienating Moderate Democrats, Helping Trump: Rahm Emanuel

Zerohedge at The Duran - 13 hours ago
Swing voters are absolutely turned off by AOC and other progressive Democrats. The post AOC And ‘Snot-Nosed Punk’ Chief-Of-Staff Alienating Moderate Democrats, Helping Trump: Rahm Emanuel appeared first on The Duran.

Erdogan hails Russian S-400 delivery, wants to ‘go much further’ and make weapons with Russia

RT at The Duran - 13 hours ago
The Turkish leader said Ankara would “go much further” with a view to setting up “joint production with Russia.” The post Erdogan hails Russian S-400 delivery, wants to ‘go much further’ and make weapons with Russia appeared first on The Duran.

Trump, the Rent-Seeker in Chief

Serban V.C. Enache at The Duran - 13 hours ago
The pharmaceutical industry is no longer in the business of health and healing, it’s in the business of disease management and symptoms maintenance. The post Trump, the Rent-Seeker in Chief appeared first on The Duran.

Tucker Carlson: ‘Guys Who Are Literally Armed With Steel Bars And Have Black Masks On Are Calling Other People Fascists’

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 13 hours ago
Tucker Carlson: ‘Guys Who Are Literally Armed With Steel Bars And Have Black Masks On Are Calling Other People Fascists’ (Source) Rules for Climate Radicals; “Accuse the Other Side of That Which You Are Guilty” Accuse Others of What you are Guilty; Try not to Laugh Hillary Clinton: ‘Civility can start again’ when Democrats retake … Continue reading "Tucker Carlson: ‘Guys Who Are Literally Armed With Steel Bars And Have Black Masks On Are Calling Other People Fascists’"

Meno: The Paradox of Inquiry

Unknown at The Verma Report - 13 hours ago
Socrates and Meno are discussing what virtue is and whether it can be taught in Plato’s dialogue *Meno*. This dialogue offers a good impression of the Socratic dialectical style. In it Socrates rephrases something that Meno has said in the form of a paradox. Here’s an excerpt: MENO: How will you look for it, Socrates, when you do not know at all what it is? How will you aim to search for something you do not know at all? If you should meet with it, how will you know that this is the thing that you did not know? SOCRATES: I know what you want to say, Meno. Do you realize what a deb... more »

Tuesday Morning Links

Unknown at Accidental Deliberations - 13 hours ago
This and that for your Tuesday reading. - Alastair Campbell discusses how the latest group of right-wing demagogues has progressed from being post-truth to being post-shame. - IMFBlog examines how the perpetual slashing of corporate tax rates has eliminated needed public revenue - particularly in lower-income countries - without producing any desirable outcomes. - Tim Ross writes about the need for a renewed commitment to co-op housing to ensure stable and safe homes are available for everybody. - Jim Bronskill reports on Nathalie Provost's resignation from the Libs' federal fir... more »

City Halls Use Facial Recognition To Blacklist And Ban Residents

Activist Post at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By MassPrivateI I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Local governments and private corporations are using facial recognition to... more »

New CNN Assange Smear Piece Is Amazingly Dishonest, Even For CNN

Activist Post at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By Caitlin Johnstone CNN has published an unbelievably brazen and dishonest smear piece on Julian Assange, easily the most egregious article of its kind since...more »

SCHOOLED ON CHARLOTTE: Fifty-three (or 85) outlying districts!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019The vast sweep of a good idea:* On the merits, was mandated busing a good idea in 1975? It's astounding to think that our current campaign has turned upon this question. "Consider the shortcomings of the species," disconsolate experts have told us. They report to us from the years which follow the conflagration they ruefully refer to only as Mister Trump's War. It's amazing to think that this is the way we're conducting our current campaign. That said, Nikole Hannah-Jones thinks mandated busing was a good idea on the merits, and she may well be right. In he... more »

Two for Tuesday

LL at Virtual Mirage - 14 hours ago
*Mail Call - "A Simple Solution" * *Dan* - It's true that my solution worked in the past before the social justice warriors decided that "freeing" the institutionally insane was a great plan. And the Republicans went along with it because it saved money. Except that it didn't, and it caused a great deal of unnecessary suffering along the way. Kle - The feature films "Escape from New York" and "Escape from L. A." were documentaries. Dealing with the homeless problem will require institution to de-tox drug addicts and to try and re-integrate them into society and to deal with the me... more »

Bursitis is really slowing me down

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 14 hours ago
The bursitis which reappeared about 2 weeks ago, first on the right, then the left, and now both at the same time, is not subsiding. I’m sitting on ice gel packs, and doing my exercises, but this morning I only got 2 blocks on my walk (usually 2 miles) and had to return to the cottage. Then I drove to the wellness center instead of walking there. https://gethealthyu.com/best-exercises-hip-bursitis/ While I was using the exercycle at the wellness center today I noticed again how tiny and thin the ladies are who go to the yoga classes, especially when compared to the water aerobics c... more »

18 Months To Destroy London's Empire

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 14 hours ago
[image: President Donald J. Trump joined by the Prince Charles inspects the Guard of Honor during the official welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace Monday, June 3, 2019 in London. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)] Prince Charles has given us 18 months to declare his "climate emergency", and stop using fossil fuels, raising cattle, flying, driving. And the royal family's admiring intellectuals and billionaires are raising him up small but growing armies of deluded and brainwashed youth to try to compel us. Even those youth were being told to say "12 years" until the... more »

What To Do If ICE Shows Up At Your Workplace (For Employees)

Unknown at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 14 hours ago
Since it looks like the ICE raids have started, I thought I'd publish this helpful information put out by Penn State Law's Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic: All people living in the United States, including undocumented immigrants, have certain U.S. Constitutional rights. If immigration officers (ICE) come to your work place, they must have a valid search warrant or the consent of your employer to enter non-public areas. If you are undocumented and immigration officers come to your work place, be aware of the following: - Do not panic and do not run away. If you are fr... more »

The President’s fight with the gang of 4

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 14 hours ago
Ilhan Omar is the only one of the 4 Desperados who can go "home" (the others need to go back to their Democrat controlled districts and clean up those messes many years in the making), but she wouldn't be welcome in Somalia or Kenya, which first gave her refuge. Maybe that's why she is so bitter and ugly about the U.S. Nobody wants her. We've all known people like her--give her a hand and she'll cut it off. It's not that women can't be devious and evil on their own, however, they also make good tools when misled. "Saikat Chakrabarti [is] the prime mover behind a Tennessee-based PAC ... more »

Partial Lunar Eclipse Will be Visible in Brazil on Tuesday Evening

Iolanda Fonseca at The Rio Times - 14 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Tuesday night, July 16th, Brazil will be in a position to see a partial lunar eclipse — when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align and our planet shadows over the satellite. The phenomenon will be similar to what Brazil was able to witness in January of this year. The entire […] The post Partial Lunar Eclipse Will be Visible in Brazil on Tuesday Evening appeared first on The Rio Times.

Brazil’s Economy On the Rise in May After Four Consecutive Monthly Drops

Iolanda Fonseca at The Rio Times - 14 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Central Bank (BC) released on Monday, July 15th, the Index of Economic Activity (IBC-Br), regarded as a preview of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In May, after four consecutive declines, the indicator registered a timid 0.54 percent increase compared to April. According to the monetary authority, the first […] The post Brazil’s Economy On the Rise in May After Four Consecutive Monthly Drops appeared first on The Rio Times.

Polish Court Rules In Favor Of Russian Dad Who Took His Kids Back From Swedish Muslim Foster Family And Fled to Poland

Ragnar at 'Nox & Friends - 14 hours ago
From Information Liberation: This report came out several weeks ago. Excerpts: The Swedish government seized his three daughters and placed them with a Muslim foster family, Russian father Denis Lisov took his daughters back and fled to Poland where he attempted to claim asylum. The Swedish government then ordered Lisov to be arrested in absentia and reportedly put out a European arrest warrant and an extradition request demanding that he and his daughters be brought back. Mr. Lisov’s three children were seized by the Swedish authorities “solely under the grounds of their mother’s m... more »

Fitton – Undermining the rule of law

Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 14 hours ago
Fitton: The left is geared towards breaking the border – Fox Business Jul 15, 2019 Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton says the Department of Justice should conduct obstruction investigations into public officials who thwarted federal enforcement programs. –00– Asylum seekers requirements under United Nations articles include first country traveled through that offers asylum. RefWorld Mexico is doing its part WHERE are our government officials? Where is congress on rewriting the Immigration Law? Safe behind their vacation home walls as they sip their drinks of choice. –Uriel–

Morning Twofer – Ilhan Omar in US Illegally? AND Ilhan’s Father and other Somalian War Crimes Preps here Illegally

Ragnar at 'Nox & Friends - 14 hours ago
From Americans for Legal Immigration and the Gateway Pundit: Excerpts Americans for Legal Immigration: Former Justice Department prosecutor and Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman, who previously petitioned the Department of Homeland Security and the House of Representatives to investigate Rep. Ihlan Omar, D-Minn., to determine her eligibility for naturalization, now has gone to court. Klayman in March petitioned DHS and the House for an investigation of Omar on several grounds. Now he’s filing a complaint with U.S. District Court in Washington seeking a court order that would requi... more »


Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 14 hours ago
Stefan Molyneux Published on Jul 14, 2019 Armed 69-year-old ‘antifascist’ shot dead after firebombing immigration centre “A rifle-armed 69-year-old has been fatally shot by the police after throwing incendiary devices at an immigration centre in Tacoma, Washington. “Officers were called to the privately run prison at around 4am where the man, identified in local media as Willem Van Spronsen of Vashon Island, had set a vehicle alight with the explosives. “He is also believed to have attempted to ignite a large propane tank outside the building. “ His target, the Tacoma Northwest Dete... more »

Eight Weeks Of Summer: Getting It Done

Peter Greene at CURMUDGUCATION - 14 hours ago
This post is week 6 of 8 in the 8 Weeks of Summer Blog Challenge for educators. I've been doing this challenge because why not. I answer the prompts as my pre-tirement self. Here's this week's question: *How are you planning to implement change next school year?* This often depended on the change. For lots of changes, I just did it. Changing how I approached vocabulary? Just did it. Changing the reading list for Honors English? Just did it. Experimenting with my room lay out (like the year I got rid of desks)-- get help from the custodial staff, and then just did it. My school was... more »

North Korea Warns It Might Resume Nuclear And Missile Tests

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*The Hill: **North Korea warns US-South Korea drills threaten nuclear talks* North Korea is warning that planned U.S.-South Korea military drills could pose a threat to denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang. A statement from North Korea published by its official Korean Central News Agency said that President Trump had promised to halt the exercises during two of his meetings with Kim Jong Un, but that the planned drills and weapons sent to South Korea show the U.S. is not keeping up its agreement, according to The Associated Press. “With the U.S. unilaterally r... more »

Australian Daily Electrical Power Generation Data – Monday 15th July 2019

TonyfromOz at PA Pundits – International - 14 hours ago
By Anton Lang ~ This Post details the daily power consumption data for the AEMO coverage area in Australia. For the background information, refer to the Introductory Post at this link. Each image is shown here at a smaller size to fit on the page alongside the data for that day. If you click on […]

Will anyone be held accountable for these crimes?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
MB and I have been following the story about the Epstein 'girl sex slave' operation he and other big wigs have been running for years. He was always protected by the legal system, politicians, the media and dirty money. Now suddenly, miraculously, Epstein is caught in the net. Will the story go away like in the past or will it lead to other disclosures and finally, real justice for the many victims of these evil doers? Some have speculated that Epstein works for the CIA and Mossad. Just resigned US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta (formerly the federal prosecutor in southern ... more »

Congress Should Think Twice Before Expanding the Intelligence Identities Protection Act

grottman at Lawfare - 14 hours ago
Philip Agee, former CIA case officer, 1977 (Source: Wikimedia) In 1975, Philip Agee, a former CIA case officer who claimed he had become disillusioned with the CIA’s support for right-wing dictators in Central and South America, published “Inside the Company,” a tell-all memoir of his service, which included an appendix naming 250 alleged CIA officers, agents and informants. Agee also founded a magazine called “CounterSpy,” which advocated outing clandestine CIA officers. Critics decried Agee, particularly after the 1975 assassination of Richard Welch, the CIA station chief in Gre... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 15 hours ago
For the third straight day, President Trump is being bashed for racist tweets and remarks, while Trump's fellow Republicans are facing criticism for defending him or staying silent on the subject of his racism. It's a good moment for Democrats, but when it ends, they'll have to deal once again with the tensions between progressives and moderates that inspired Trump's Twitter rant on Sunday. Future Democratic disagreements are likely, and they'll inevitably be followed by "Democrats in disarray" stories in the mainstream media. When the next cycle occurs, Democrats should use an old ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*College students deserve transparency to determine salaries and debt loads of graduates of particular majors* By Richard McCarty With student loan debt soaring past $1.5 trillion, Democratic candidates for president are proposing “free” college; beyond criticizing this plan, Republicans need to formulate a plan that it can sell to voters. That plan has to consist of more than just “pay back your loans.” If it were that simple, there would not be so many graduates drowning in debt, delaying home purchases, putting off marriage, foregoing children, etc. Part of the solution is requ... more »

AOC's Green New Deal Would Cost $600,000 Per U.S. Household 

Derrick Hollie at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Derrick Hollie* *Politics, * And that's just for starters. The “Green New Deal” will fail for many reasons. One is that the people pushing it seem oblivious to the needs of poor and minorities families, who would be directly hurt by the plan. By one estimate, that Green New Deal would cost $600,000 per household and eliminate the use of all fossil fuels in just 10 years. It would result in higher energy prices for all Americans, but would disproportionately hurt people of color and other minorities who are the most susceptible to energy poverty. Energy poverty occurs when hou... more »

India Says Russia's Missiles Don't Work (And Wants to Buy Israeli Ones Instead)

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Technology, Asia* [image: By Allocer - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7642131] Ouch. *India is now looking to Israel, from whom it has purchased numerous weapons, such as the Heron drone and the Derby, a radar-guided, beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile with a range of 50 kilometers (31 miles).* After losing one of its fighters to Pakistani jets armed with American-made missiles, India is not happy with its Russian-made missiles. In fact, it wants to replace its Russian air-to-air missiles with Israeli weapons, accordi... more »

What if America and China's Air Forces Went to War? An Air Force Pilot Knows the Answer

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Security, * Here's how it would go down. *Francesco “Paco” Chierici is a former U.S. Naval Aviator with 3,000 flying hours and produced the award winning naval aviation documentary Speed and Angels. The following story contains excerpts from his first book Lions in the Sky.* Slammer was processing the new geometry for his intercept when everything went to crap. He saw a missile streak from the closest Flanker, trailing a plume of smoke. Tiny’s voice screamed over the radio, “Fox-3! Smoke in the air. Tiny’s still spiked, breaking left.” Tiny fired a retaliatory s... more »

Poll: Almost Half of Young Americans Want to Live in a Socialist Country

Rachel del Guidice at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Rachel del Guidice* *Politics, * Cause for concern? Half of young Americans would rather live in a socialist country, according to a new poll. The Harris Poll found that 49.6 percent of millennials prefer living in a socialist country. Pew Research Center defines millennials as those born between 1981 and 1996, ages 23 to 38 in 2019, and Gen Z, those born between 1997 and 2012. Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Foreign Policy, told The Daily Signal in an email that the trend toward socialism is due to politically biased education. “For ... more »

An Air Force Pilot Tells Us What Flying a B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Like

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * “The B-2 is one of the most game-changing aircraft ever built…and one of the most cost-effective. One B-2 can deliver the punch of an entire aircraft carrier air wing at several orders of magnitude less in operating cost and personnel,” Deptula said. (*Washington, D.C.*) When B-2 stealth bombers attacked Serbia on the opening night of Operation Allied Force in 1999, destroyed Iraqi air defenses during 2003’s “Shock and Awe” and eliminated the Libyan fighter force in 2011 -- the attacks were all guided by highly-specialized pilots trained in stealth att... more »

Russia Didn't Shoot Back When Israeli F-16s Blew up a Syrian Military Complex

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Middle East* [image: By Major Ofer, Israeli Air Force רס] Why not? *However, as has happened in over 200 other Israeli air strikes on targets in Syria, the defensive fire proved inadequate. The weapons struck three Syrian targets.* At 2:30 in the morning on April 13, 2019, around a dozen missiles tore over the night sky of Hama province, Syria, launched by Israeli F-16 jets flying over Lebanon. *(This first appeared earlier in June 2019.)* In response, short-range Syrian air missiles arced into the night sky trailing plumes of fire from their rocke... more »

63,000 Canadians Left Their Country to Have Surgery in 2016

Kevin Pham at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Kevin Pham* *Society, * Why? Canadian Medicare, our northern neighbor’s universal health care system, generally receives rave reviews from proponents of nationalized or socialized health care, but the Fraser Institute found that more than 63,000 Canadians left their country to have surgery in 2016. As Americans contemplate overturning our health system in favor of one similar to Canada’s, we must ask why so many leave. The Canadian system consistently ranks low or lowest across numerous metrics in the Commonwealth Fund’s extensive survey on health care. With regards to specia... more »

What Is Russia's B-2 Look-Alike Stealth Drone Up To?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Image: Instagram *David Axe, National Interest:* *Russia's New, Bizzare B-2 Look-alike Stealth Drone Is up to Something* But what? *The Chkalov satellite imagery indicates Hunter-B has a wingspan of around 50 feet, making it roughly the same size as the X-47B or an Su-34 manned fighter. Size confers volume and hints that Hunter-B, whatever its stealth qualities, might possess a large fuel load and a correspondingly long range.* Russia’s prototype stealth drone will make its first flight in July or August 2019, state media reported. The Hunter-B drone will be fully autonomous and... more »

Facebook, the Government and Your Personal Data

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 15 hours ago
With reporting about Facebook's Cambridge Analytica user privacy shenanigans during the 2016 election appearing relatively frequently since it was first reported, I thought I would take a look at one very little-reported aspect of Facebook; the requests that are made by governments around the world for data that users have generously and somewhat naively shared with Facebook. Here is the lead page from Facebook's Transparency website: While Facebook claims that they have strict policies and processes for providing this data to governments, as you will soon see, the company is quit... more »

President Trump: U.S. Government Will Investigate Google's Ties With The Chinese Government

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
“Billionaire Tech Investor Peter Thiel believes Google should be investigated for treason. He accuses Google of working with the Chinese Government.” @foxandfriends A great and brilliant guy who knows this subject better than anyone! The Trump Administration will take a look! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019 Reuters: *Trump says 'will take a look' at accusations over Google, China* WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration would investigate accusations that Google worked with the Chinese government, but gave no other details in hi... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Greens are the new hope for Europe's center* *Sounds like European Greens are becoming much more moderate in an attempt to broaden their appeal* When protesters in reflective yellow vests took to the barricades in France, rebelling against a gas tax that would hit hardest those who could least afford it, Annalena Baerbock was watching closely from across the border. A leader of Germany's Greens, Baerbock has seen her party steadily strengthen over the last year. But she knows if the Greens are to become a bigger force, they will have to convince voters that climate policy is not ... more »

US jet attempted to deceive Syrian, Russian air defenses over southern Syria: report

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:25 P.M.) – A U.S. jet attempted to deceive the Syrian and Russian air defenses while flying along the Syrian-Jordanian border recently, the Russian site Avia.Pro reported on Tuesday. According to the Avia.Pro report, a U.S. Air Force jet flew within 5 kilometers of the Syrian border while masking itself as a civilian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkish military allegedly builds base in historical part of Afrin: report

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
The Kurdish-language Hawar News Agency (ANHA) quoted local sources in Afrin as saying that the Turkish Army has turned the historical site in Jandariseh into a military base for its soldiers. The ANHA source said that they were able to gather this information after seeing the Turkish Army build three-meter-high walls near the base. The […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian military equipment, tanks arrive in northwestern Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
The pro-militant Smart News Agency quoted special sources as saying that the Russian military has sent a large amount of weapons and military equipment to the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate recently. According to the Smart News report, the Russian military sent heavy equipment comprising of artillery units and missile launchers as well as […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

No relations with Syria and ties with Iran are at all time best: Hamas

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – Hamas’ chief of international relations, Moussa Abu Marzouq, sat down for an interview with the Arabic-language version of the Sputnik News Agency on Tuesday to discuss a number of topics, including the Palestinian group’s relations with Iran and Syria. When asked about Hamas’ current relationship with the Syrian government, Abu […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army spy reveals coordinates of underground militant base: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) spy recently filmed from a militant stronghold in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate. According to the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Army spy was filming from the Jaysh Al-Izza stronghold of Al-Latamnah, where he later revealed the militant group’s underground base in the town. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Tiger Forces tank in action against jihadist rebels in northwestern Hama: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Syrian military’s Tiger Forces led the charge to retake the town of Al-Hamamiyat after losing it to the jihadist rebels last week. Since retaking Al-Hamamiyat, the Tiger Forces have remained at the front-lines in northwestern Hama, where they are still engaging the jihadist rebels. Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

The AI scare is just more hype

David Wojick at CFACT - 15 hours ago
Simply put, an algorithm is not a mind. The post The AI scare is just more hype appeared first on CFACT.

Farm and food groups to Congress: Reject the USMCA

bilaterals.org - 15 hours ago
16-Jul-2019 We urge you to reject the USMCA and instead insist on new trade rules that would serve the interests of family farmers, ranchers, indigenous communities, farm and food chain workers, consumers and our environment in all three nations.

Les présidents sud-coréen et israélien conviennent de signer un ALE le plus rapidement possible

bilaterals.org - 15 hours ago
16-Jul-2019 Le président Moon Jae-in et son homologue israélien Reuven Rivlin se sont accordés lors d'un sommet à Cheong Wa Dae à trouver rapidement un terrain d'entente en vue de signer un accord de libre-échange.

Un coentreprise de Barrick Gold obtient 5,8 G $ en dommages intérêts

bilaterals.org - 15 hours ago
16-Jul-2019 Barrick Gold a indiqué que sa coentreprise avec le mineur chilien Antofagasta avait obtenu 5,84 milliards $ US en dommages-intérêts pour son projet Reko Diq, au Pakistan.

First Confirmed Case Of Ebola In A Major City In Congo

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The Congolese city Goma is around 180 miles (300km) south of Butembo, with a population of more than one million people. Cases continue to soar in Beni, Butembo, Katwa, Mabalako and Mandima, where the outbreak is centered Daily Mail: *Ebola outbreak in the Congo spreads to a new city where one MILLION people live in the epidemic that has killed 1,600* * Health ministers confirmed a pastor was infected after visiting Butembo * They raced to find and vaccinate other travellers on his bus * It has been feared since the outbreak began that Ebola would reach Goma * Authorities have urg... more »

Iraqi national’s heart resumes functioning 18 months after artificial implant surgery

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 15 hours ago
https://m.timesofindia.com/city/delhi/delhi-iraqi-nationals-heart-resumes-functioning-18-months-after-artificial-implant-surgery/amp_articleshow/70162133.cms?__twitter_impression=true Advertisements

Tanzania’s albinos hacked apart by witchdoctors.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 15 hours ago

He's No Populist. He's A Racist.

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
For nearly three years, the conventional wisdom has been that Donald Trump is a populist. His proclamations in the last three days prove that he's no such thing. Paul Krugman writes: As everyone knows, on Sunday Donald Trump attacked four progressive members of Congress, saying that they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” As it happens, three of the four were born in the U.S., and the fourth is a duly naturalized citizen. All are, however, women of color. Sorry, there’s no way to both sides this, or claim that Trump did... more »

The Most Important Question In Decades: Will Bernie Be President?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Netroots Nation happened. One of the guys who runs it, Markos from *Daily Kos*, told *Vox* that "Nobody’s excited about Biden. He’s old, tired, and elite." Nor was he there. Except for Elizabeth Warren, Markos' top pick, none of the front-runners showed up this year-- not Bernie on the left, Biden and McKinsey Pete on the right and not even Kamala from the identity politics lane lane. "While attendees have yet to identify which of those three candidates is their favorite, wrote Ella Nilsen and Tara Golshan for *Vox*, "it was clear the conference’s progressives had identified their ... more »

Dozens of people feared trapped in collapsed Mumbai building

Just In - 16 hours ago
Television images show people forming a human chain and using their hands to remove rubble from a four-storey building located in a narrow lane in a congested area.

When migrants go home, they bring back money, skills and ideas that can change a country

Benjamin Waddell, Associate Professor of Sociology, Fort Lewis College at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 16 hours ago
Deportees and other migrants return home wealthier, more educated and with more work experience than people who never left. This 'brain gain' benefits the whole community, financially and politically.

War's physical toll can last for generations, as it has for the children of the Vietnam War

Sophie Mitra, Professor of Economics, Fordham University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 16 hours ago
The Vietnam War ended in 1975. But it's still harming the health of Vietnamese people born after the conflict ended.

China’s South China Sea Anti-Ship Missile Tests Sends A Sharp Message To The U.S. Navy And Other Navies In The Region

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Naval News *The Diplomat*: *China’s South China Sea Anti-Ship Missile Tests Up the Stakes* The tests send a sharp message to the United States Navy. In the final days of June, soon after the G20 encounter between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Japan, the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force conducted missile tests in a disputed part of the South China Sea. The tests took on particular significance in light of reports that the weapons fired were anti-ship ballistic missiles. While the U.S. has long known that China was developing these capabilities, previous tests have been condu... more »

So much for trust

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 16 hours ago
There's a growing groundswell of opinion on the left that businesses should not do background checks on their customers - or even on their employees. In fact, in some jurisdictions, laws have been passed making it illegal to do criminal background checks on prospective renters of property, or certain classes of employees, because this is believed to "disadvantage" people of color. (The fact that people of color are statistically more likely to commit certain crimes is, apparently, neither here nor there. That's not a racist statement, either - it's a factual one. See the FBI cr... more »

Lakeside 2019, Week 5

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 16 hours ago
Sunday was a wonderful day-- low humidity, sunshine, wonderful worship services at dockside and Hoover, band concert by the lake, ice cream social, Kids Sail (which Bob helps with) and Danny and Joanie (our niece and her husband) to keep us company. The weather for the rest of the week looks like hot, with some fallout from Hurricane (or tropical storm) Barry. Programs for week 5 are on gardening (so I won't be attending) and on leadership by General John Borling (ret.). The LWC program is on the influence of the Wright Brothers' sister, Katherine. Danny and I at the dockside s... more »

A Letter to The Boulder Daily Camera In Response to Lindsay Diamond's Vaccine Editorial

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 16 hours ago
From Laura Hayes: Below is what I submitted to The Boulder Daily Camera newspaper a week ago, last Monday. I emailed the editor of the opinion page at this paper today to inquire if/when he would be running my commentary... more »

Just Die!

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 16 hours ago
By Kim Rossi, formerly Stagliano This charming comment in the photo was in our queue yesterday morning. "Adam" aka Robert-Macc, considers me an abusive parent. And a bitch. And he would like me to die. Except I have a get... more »

Vale Reaches Settlement to Pay Damages to Workers Affected by Brumadinho Disaster

Newsfeed at The Rio Times - 16 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – (Reuters) Brazilian mining company Vale SA said on Monday it would pay R$400 (US$106.52) million in collective moral damages caused by the deadly rupture of a tailings dam at Brumadinho in January that killed at least 240 people. This amount is in addition to the amounts agreed to be paid […] The post Vale Reaches Settlement to Pay Damages to Workers Affected by Brumadinho Disaster appeared first on The Rio Times.

20th July 1944 is now!

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 16 hours ago
*On the eve of the 75th anniversary of 20th July 1944, I urge everyone to read up on Adolf Hitler and the Nazi period. * *The parallels to the events we are witnessing today, specifically with the attempt of Ursula von der Leyen to have herself installed as an unelected dictator over an unelected EU bureaucracy, are clear and shocking.* *I will reposting my ebook focussing just on 12 hours on the 20th July 1944.* *It sticks pretty close to all the known facts, also the dialogue recorded in documents.* *The lesson is clear. Once a dictator installs themselves over a totalitarian ... more »

FBI and ICE Sweep DMV Photo Databases Unauthorized

Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 16 hours ago
Bill Whittle Jul 15, 2019 The Boston Globe reports that the FBI and ICE sweep photo databases at state departments of motor vehicles (DMV) to run criminal searches unauthorized by state or federal law. You didn’t sign off, granting the feds permission to access your image and information without probable cause. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle complain that the law enforcement agencies have done this on their own initiative, turning the land of the Fourth Amendment — the Republic of “innocent until proven guilty” — into suspect nation. . State driver’s license databases prove va... more »


Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 16 hours ago
*Ursula von der Leyen has made a final appeal to MEPs to install her as an unelected dictator into the most powerful position in Europe, which MEPS should reject.* *https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/ursula-von-der-leyen-es-lebe-europa-a-1277502.html* *Germans especially should stand up against her power grab on the eve of the 20th July 1944 and uphold the principles of democracy and the rule of law.* *Angela Merkel has paid lip service to Claus von Stauffenberg and the resistance to Nazi tyranny. She called them "examples to be followed."* *https://web.de/magazine/politik/merk... more »

Antarctica was warmer one thousand years ago

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Repost from Jo Nova: Remember when polar amplification was the rage? So much for that theory Antarctica is twice the size of the US or Australia. Buried 2 km deep under domes of snow, it holds 58 meters of global sea level to ransom. The IPCC have been […]

Coffee Crisis!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public Back in 2015, the Telegraph told us that global warming was going to kill off coffee harvests: Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew have begun a desperate bid to find a new bean of coffee which can thrive as the climate warms, before […]

Links 7/16/19

Yves Smith at naked capitalism - 17 hours ago

Binary options boss goes on trial for $150m fraud

Meirion Jones at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - 17 hours ago
The trial of Lee Elbaz, whose role in binary options fraud was exposed by the Bureau in 2016, has begun in the US

Study This Photo: The Secret Future of All Submarines Drones Revealed?

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Technology, Americas* [image: Image Credit: Boeing] The robots are coming. *Initial applications for the Orca include land-launched operations as a key step toward surface and undersea launches, Small said. The 50-ton Orca is too large to be launched from a submarine or ship in most instances, at the moment. * *(This first appeared in May 2019.)* The Navy is planning to launch a massive, 50-ton undersea drone to expand mission scope, increase attack options, integrate large high-tech sensors, further safeguard manned combat crews and possibly fire torpedoes -- all... more »

Meet the Yak-26 Mandrake, the Spy Plane Israel Was Never Able to Kill

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *History, Middle East* [image: Par Maarten from Netherlands. — Yakovlev Yak-25RV on Flickr - Photo Sharing!, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5796812] Can't touch this. *They had stripped several Phantoms of non-essential gear to improve performance and were armed only with AIM-7 Sparrows. Sitting alert, it was hoped that the jets could be launched with sufficient warning to perform a zoom climb from Mach 1.4 to 44,000ft (13,410m) and launch their missiles in a high nose-up attitude and leading the target. However, the proximity fuse of th... more »

James Corbett: Propaganda Watch and the WORST part of the Epstein Case

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 17 hours ago
*Again, James Corbett hits the nail square on the head.* * According to the dinosaur media, the worst part about the exposure of Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking and high-level blackmail operation is that it bolsters conspiracy theories about child sex trafficking and elite corruption. Newsflash: they’re trying to gaslight you. Don’t fall for it for a second.* *SHOW NOTES:* *Norm MacDonald on Cosby* *How the Epstein Case Explains the Rise of Conspiracy Theorists* *Gaslight – FLNWO #08* *In ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ Stanley Kubrick Captured Horrors of Jeffrey Epstein Era*

Chart: Most wholesale cultivators competing on marijuana quality

Eli McVey at Marijuana Business Daily - 17 hours ago
Many wholesale cannabis growers choose to compete on quality, even while market forces favor growers who can reliably supply low-cost cannabis. Nearly half of U.S. cultivators are attempting to make high-quality flower their key differentiator, according to the recently released 2019 Marijuana Business Factbook. But with flower sales on the decline, the market likely will […] Chart: Most wholesale cultivators competing on marijuana quality is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Cannabis firm Valens beats expectations with CA$8.8 million quarterly revenue

Matt Lamers at Marijuana Business Daily - 17 hours ago
Valens GroWorks’ revenue shot up nearly threefold to 8.8 million Canadian dollars ($6.7 million) in the last fiscal quarter on strong demand for its white-label services ahead of Canada’s infused cannabis market launch later this year. The revenue was ahead of analyst expectations. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) came in at […] Cannabis firm Valens beats expectations with CA$8.8 million quarterly revenue is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 17 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Quote of the day: The preliminary results of their investigation indicate that radiation levels in the water near the sunken Soviet sub's ventilation duct are up to 800,000 times higher than expected in sea water Exclusive: Security reports reveal how Assange turned an embassy into a command post for election meddling Climate Crisis: Unsustainable Use of Online Video Iran's Rouhani Ready to Talk to US If Sanctions Lifted Ancient Tree With Record of Earth's Magnetic Field Reversal in Its Rings Discovered Why Doctors and Gamers Are Equally Excited for 5G’s Launch ... more »


Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 17 hours ago
*Many of the same legal issues apply to WHO, NGOS like MSF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in relation to the global epidemic emergency and risky vaccine scam.* *However, experts and scientists can also testify to all the evidence that Ebola is a bioweapon made in a lab.* *From The Guardian* *Johnson & Johnson ran 'cunning' scheme to market opioids, attorney saysOklahoma state attorney general is suing company for $17bn, to fund treatment and offset other costs of the opioid epidemic* *Chris McGreal* *Mon 15 Jul 2019 21.29 BST Last modified on Mon 15 Jul 2019 21.53 BST... more »


Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 17 hours ago
*No public health emergency seems to have been declared yet by WHO.* *But the emergency committee has been reconvened.* *That, just as the Oklahoma opioid trial comes to a close with the public widely expecting Johnson and Johnson to be found guilty.* *WHO, NGO officials, and pharma executives should be warned that they could soon be the next to be accused by state attorneys around the world of "funding a spider’s web of ostensibly independent medical organisations to influence health policy and pressure doctors to prescribe opioids with false claims that the drugs were less addictiv... more »

Circus performer 'smiling' after suffering serious injuries in 11m fall during Adelaide show

Casey Briggs And Ben Nielsen at Just In - 18 hours ago
Spectators thought it was part of the show when the 28-year-old woman fell about 11 metres from a hoop onto the floor during a show in Adelaide on Tuesday afternoon.

AFP was not attempting to intimidate journalists, Commissioner says

Michael Vincent at Just In - 18 hours ago
Outgoing Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin rejects the claim his officers were attempting to "intimidate" journalists when they carried out two raids — one on the headquarters of the ABC and the other on the home of a News Corp reporter.

Queensland Government prosecuting Adani over 'misleading information'

Mark Willacy And Alexandra Blucher at Just In - 18 hours ago
Mining giant Adani is being accused of providing false information to Queensland's environment department over land clearing at the site of its proposed Carmichael mine.

'The public has a right to know': Buildings identified in cladding audit kept secret

Rebecca Puddy at Just In - 18 hours ago
The South Australian Government refuses to release a list of buildings containing potentially-flammable aluminium cladding following an ABC request under Freedom of Information laws.

Brisbane too Hot to Handle?

Viv at The Carbon Sense Coalition - 18 hours ago
By Viv Forbes The warmist ABC recently trumpeted a forecast (from an unproven academic model) that global warming and urban heat will make Brisbane too hot for many residents within 30 years. But what about people in Darwin and Cooktown right now – should they migrate to Brisbane? Some reading: Global Warming will make Brisbane […]

Taxes for Revenue Are Obsolete

Yves Smith at naked capitalism - 18 hours ago
In a 1946 classic, New York Fed chairman Beardsley Ruml explains why taxes aren't necessary for Federal spending and argues against corporate income taxes.

Biblical Philistines—archenemies of ancient Israelites—hailed from Europe, DNA reveals

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
We already knew this, but this work puts paid to the argument for the nearby Levant or Turkey. They were part of the Atlantean peoples that were joined in their operation of a global sea trade, but was certainly centered around the N Atlantic Great Circle in particular. This particularly included all the coasts of Western Europe itself. Of course we are now finding these genetics all over the US SE as well among native genetic markers.. The lasting importance of the NAGC trade route is not yet understood, but it was sustained over a full one thousand years. That alone tells ... more »

Beverage Companies Embrace Recycling, Until It Costs Them

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
To start with, that deposit serves to clean up the ditches. There will be an army of free lancers who do impromptu recycling. Part of the cost knocks back on the producers, but is otherwise uniformly applied. It is absurd that it is an issue. More important, it largely funds that recycling army that picks through a lot of our garbage. What it also does is to actually put eyeballs on the garbage stream to pick out other recyclables that can be profitably collected which would otherwise not be possible. Beyond all that, it is high time we end all forms of land fills. These... more »

In the age of deepfakes, could virtual actors put humans out of business?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
Actually, why not? The actor still owns all the underlying rights and that makes blatant theft impossible. And who does not want to see Carrie Fisher ride again as when she was at her best? Technology just may make it all possible. Most certainly, this makes all that out take material useful as well. Better yet it also allows a lot of aging actors to actually overlay a present production with their much younger self. Think Harrison Ford. Biological destiny creates the human MEME and we do want to sustain it. So no the humans will not be going out of business as the huma... more »

Dalai Lama: Migrants Must Return to Native Lands — or Europe Could Become Muslim or African

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
The fundamental problem is the unwillingness to assimilate. It should automatically prohibit citizenship within a nation state. We do need to go there world wide in order to preserve cultural integrity for all. Cultural integrity can be preserved by the creation of national city states whose mandate is to provide direct citizenship rights for members of the characterized nation as opposed to integration into an alien life way. Thus we can imagine a first nation city state here on the West Coast easy enough although clan differences are real enough. Such an entity would foc... more »

"I'm Sure..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying." "I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here." - Arthur C. Clarke

"Wandering Through Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"One wanders through life as if wandering through a field in the dark of night, wearing a blindfold and very heavy shoes, with a poisonous toad waiting patiently beneath a clump of weeds, knowing full well that eventually you will step on him." ~ Lemony Snicket

Federal Police Plan Arrest and Fake Confession of Vaza Jato Hacker, Says Intercept

Arkady Petrov at The Rio Times - 18 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The Vaza Jato scandal takes on increasingly bizarre traits. After yet another lot of shocking conversations in the Vaza Jato series of reports released last weekend, the Intercept now claims that the Federal Police, during a leave of absence of Minister of Justice, Sérgio Moro, are about to deploy a […] The post Federal Police Plan Arrest and Fake Confession of Vaza Jato Hacker, Says Intercept appeared first on The Rio Times.

Musical Interlude: Stevie Wonder, "As"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
Stevie Wonder, "As"

"You Would Think..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"We are all hurling through space on a rock and we're all going to die. You would think we would be holding hands and singing." - John Bradshaw

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