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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

14 August - Blogs I'm Following - 4 of 4

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10:06 pm MDT

Marwan Nassar

contact@ifamericansknew.org at If Americans Knew Blog - 19 hours ago
August 12, 2019: Marwan Nassar, 26, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers near the border between Gaza and Israel in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Nassar was not associated with any Palestinian resistance groups, but the Israeli paper Ha’aretz has reported that relatives of Nassar told them that he was a part… The post Marwan Nassar appeared first on If Americans Knew Blog.

Brazilian Lower House Passes Basic Economic Freedom Measure

Iolanda Fonseca at The Rio Times - 19 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Chamber's Plenary Session passed, on August 13th, a substitute text to the Provisional Measure (PM) of Economic Freedom submitted by its rapporteur, Deputy Jerônimo Georgen (PP-RS). The basic text was approved by 345 votes in favor, 76 against and one abstention. After the approval, Chamber President Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), […] The post Brazilian Lower House Passes Basic Economic Freedom Measure appeared first on The Rio Times.

Deaths of Teenagers Spark Protests in Rio de Janeiro State and City

Xiu Ying at The Rio Times - 19 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A protest over the death of Henrico de Jesus Viegas de Menezes Júnior, 19 years old, blocked the streets of Magé, a town in the Baixada (Lowlands) area outside Rio de Janeiiro, on Monday evening, August 12th. He was shot by a stray bullet, at around 3 PM, during a […] The post Deaths of Teenagers Spark Protests in Rio de Janeiro State and City appeared first on The Rio Times.

Brazilian Student Scholars Excel in International Astronomy Contest

Xiu Ying at The Rio Times - 19 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian students obtained three medals and two honorable mentions at the 13th International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympics (IOAA). The event, held in Keszthely, Hungary, between August 2nd and 10th, was attended by 254 secondary school students from 47 countries -- an all-time record number . . . To read the […] The post Brazilian Student Scholars Excel in International Astronomy Contest appeared first on The Rio Times.

Bolsonaro Says Speed Trap Radars on Brazil Highways to End Next Week

Contributing Reporter at The Rio Times - 19 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Speaking at the inaugural ceremony for the widening of the BR-116 highway in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday morning, August 12th, that Brazilian highways will no longer be equipped with mobile radars as of . . . To read the full NEWS and much […] The post Bolsonaro Says Speed Trap Radars on Brazil Highways to End Next Week appeared first on The Rio Times.

Eletrobras Records R$5.5 Billion Net Profit in Q2 2019

Richard Mann at The Rio Times - 19 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - State-owned Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras S.A. (Eletrobras) recorded a net profit of R$5.5 billion (US$1.4 billion) in the second quarter of 2019, 305 percent more than the R$1.3 billion recorded over the same period of last year. The figure covers the sum of net income from ongoing operations, totaling R$301 million, […] The post Eletrobras Records R$5.5 Billion Net Profit in Q2 2019 appeared first on The Rio Times.

Autopsy conducted on body of London teen found naked in Malaysian forest

Just In - 19 hours ago
Nora Anne Quoirin's body was found near a small stream nine days after she disappeared from the nature resort she had been holidaying at with her family.

The power of 'Polly' rocked football and the racist Australia of the 50s and 60s

David Mark at Just In - 19 hours ago
Graham "Polly" Famer, who has died at the age of 84, revolutionised Australian rules football and stood as an Indigenous champion both on and off the field, writes David Mark.

Families of Bourke Street victims fight police bid to suppress review of operations before attack

Stephanie Ferrier at Just In - 19 hours ago
Families of the six people killed in the Bourke Street car attack fight a legal bid by Victoria Police to keep secret an internal review of police operations in the days and hours leading up to the deadly rampage.

New Zealand caught in the middle of Australia's climate change tussle with the Pacific

Melissa Clarke at Just In - 19 hours ago
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern backs calls by the leaders of Tuvalu and Fiji that every country must commit to greater cuts in carbon emissions, as the members of the Pacific Islands Forum negotiate a consensus on a statement on climate change.

Four hours of footy set to define the 2019 AFL season

Dean Bilton at Just In - 19 hours ago
In the tightest season in memory, the AFL fixture has given footy fans a pre-finals gift, offering up two games this weekend that will ultimately be crucial in the destination of the premiership flag.

FDA’s throws new enforcement punch; U.S. importer in the corner

Coral Beach at Food Safety News - 20 hours ago
The FDA revealed Tuesday that it has flexed some previously unexercised muscles by issuing the first ever warning letter to an importer for failure to follow the Foreign Supplier Verification Program food safety rule. A Salmonella outbreak earlier this year that was linked to imported tahini is behind the enforcement move by the Food and... Continue Reading

This U.S. Navy Battleship Fired Its Guns at Point Blank Range on a Japanese Warship

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 20 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * Meet the USS Washington. *Washington subjected Kirishima to a withering, point blank barrage of sixteen- and five-inch shells, reducing it to sinking condition in about ten minutes.* The London Naval Treaty of 1936 was intended to preserve the battleship size limitation at thirty-five thousand tons and to restrict the size of battleship guns to fourteen inches. With memory of the Anglo-German and the Anglo-American-Japanese naval races fresh in their minds, the architects of the treaty wanted to limit the most obvious source of escalation. The Unit... more »

The Interesting Reason Why Russia Won't Give Iran Any Su-30 Flanker Jets

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 20 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Economics, Middle East* [image: https://pictures.reuters.com/archive/RUSSIA-VICTORYDAY-PARADE-REHEARSAL-RC18699AD2B0.html] Hint: Sanctions. *A claimed confirmed also by Dzhagaryan who, during the 22nd international press exhibition in Tehran said, “As you know, after the JCPOA was signed, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2231, setting out the restrictions.”* The Russian Ambassador to Tehran, Levan Dzhagaryan, told Tehran Times that due to United Nations (UN) Resolution 2231, it will be difficult for Iran to acquire Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker fig... more »

Made in USA: Why Iran's Old F-14 Tomcats Actually Pose a Real Threat

David Axe at The National Interest - 20 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Middle East* How could we stop them? *Sixty-eight of Iran’s F-14s survived the Iran-Iraq War that ended in 1988. Sanctions that the United States imposed after the 1979 revolution prevented Iran from openly acquiring spare parts for the heavyweight fighters.* Tensions have escalated in the Persian Gulf region in the aftermath of U.S. president Donald Trump’s decision unilaterally to withdraw the United States from the agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program. The U.S. military has implicated Iranian agents in several summer 2019 attacks on civilian ships... more »

FACT: Iran's Navy Has Always Lost Every Fight It Ever Faced

David Axe at The National Interest - 20 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Middle East* [image: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1039112/uss-samuel-b-roberts-returns-mayport] Sad. *The battle could be brief. Iran’s fleet has a long history of waging losing fights with the United States and other Western powers.* Tensions have escalated in the Persian Gulf region in the aftermath of U.S. president Donald Trump’s decision unilaterally to withdraw the United States from the agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program. The U.S. military has implicated Iranian agents in several summer 2019 attacks on civilian ships sailing near Iran. The... more »

H2O Reduces CO2 Climate Sensitivity

Hifast at Climate Collections - 20 hours ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: Francis Massen writes at his blog meteoLCD on The Kauppinen papers, summarizing and linking to studies by Dr Jyrki Kauppinen (Turku University in Finland) regarding the climate sensitivity problem. Excerpts in italics with my bolds Dr. Jyrki Kauppinen (et al.) has published during the last decade several papers on the…

Open Letter to PMs Morrison and Arden

Geoff at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 20 hours ago
Source: Scientific PhysicThat well-known scientist, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern, has said that Australia has to answer to the Pacific for its position on climate change. We will continue to say that New Zealand will do its bit. And we have an expectation that everyone else will as well. We have to. (link) So, Australian Climate Sceptics has issued an open letter to both Prime Ministers Morrison and Arden. Dear Prime Ministers Morrison and Arden, Prime Minister Morrison has promised $500m over five years to Pacific Island nations. PM Arden has committed New Zealand t... more »

Australian Daily Electrical Power Generation Data – Tuesday 13th August 2019

TonyfromOz at PA Pundits – International - 20 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 […]

Enforce Rules Against False And Misleading Organic Food Claims

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 20 hours ago
By Paul Driessen ~ A couple years ago, the US Food and Drug Administration sent a “Warning Letter” to Nashoba Brook Bakery, advising its owners that listing “love” as an ingredient in their granola violated the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The product was “misbranded,” because “love” is “not a common or usual name of […]

3 Ways Trump’s New Regulations Will Better Protect Endangered Species

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 20 hours ago
By Daren Bakst ~ The Trump administration has just taken an important step in the effort to protect threatened and endangered species. On Monday, the administration published final regulations that will improve implementation of the Endangered Species Act. This law simply hasn’t worked. Over the law’s more than 45 years, only about 3% of the […]

Buddhism and authority in Thailand in the long run

Chris Baker at New Mandala - 20 hours ago
พระพุทธศาสนาและผู้มีอำนาจไทยในระยะยาว The post Buddhism and authority in Thailand in the long run appeared first on New Mandala.

Syrian Army closes on jihadist stronghold after seizing new sites in Idlib

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is quickly approaching the jihadist stronghold of Khan Sheikhoun after a series of gains across the Idlib Governorate. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army scored a new advance in the Idlib Governorate last, seizing the hilltop of Tal ‘Aas from the militants […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Scores of jihadists killed in failed counter-offensive in southern Idlib

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a heavy attack in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Tuesday, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses at the town of Sukayk and its corresponding hilltop. Led by the “Rouse the Believers” militant group, the jihadist rebels began their attack by sending two […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian strikes propel Syrian troops to advance in northeast Latakia

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIURT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force has played a crucial role in the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) ongoing offensive in northeastern Latakia, as their helicopters and fighter jets continue to pound the jihadist defenses in the Jabal Al-Akrad region. On Tuesday, the Russian Air Force carried out a multitude of strikes over […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

CPAC Down Under

Binoy KAMPMARK at OrientalReview.org - 21 hours ago
The Conservative Political Action Conference, had arrived in Sydney. The real entertainment bill was to be supplied by such figures as Brexiter supremo Nigel Farage and former editor-in-chief of Breitbart News London, Raheem Kassam. For only the second time since coming into existence in 1974 with 400 registrants, CPAC was holding a gathering outside the United States.

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
*by Noah* Moscow Mitch, inside man. He sees red, Russian red. Yeah, he's angry about being exposed but he's Republican and Moscow all the way. With everything else going on in this country, it's important not to lose sight of how deep the Russian infiltration, corruption and cooption of our government has gone. Hence tonight's meme. Moscow Mitch has Steven Law (Ironic name), his former Chief Of Staff, running an "independent" Super PAC called The Senate Leadership Fund that has received over $4,000,000 in Russian oligarch Len Blavatnik's Russian oil rubles. McConnell distributed ... more »

Trump on China: ‘I’m Not Ready to Make a Deal’

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is called the art of the slow squeeze. Now he makes sure that we have all the time in the world and that hanging around for China to change things is a bad business strategy. As I have already posted, China gave us all the training wheels for operations throughout the world, and showed all other governments that a massive investment in infrastructure can bring modernity in the form of huge factories. Thus every Chinese factory can readily exit to another country and avoid the trade war brought on solely by the CCP. The Chinese economy has already adjusted downward and t... more »

Discovery of liver cell with stem cell-like properties could eliminate need for organ transplants

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
We already knew that the liver has the capacity to regrow substantially so in a way this is unsurprising. this is about mechanism. This does promise protocols able to fully create a healthy liver which will be necessary to support similar activity elsewhere. The breakthroughs are coming quickly in terms of supporting physical restoration. We really need to now overcome the present philosophy of medical abandonmnet in terms of the aging or older debilitated. We will actually need this population to be back at it and it is the best source of population supply. Cellular resto... more »

Scientists discovered a mushroom that eats plastic, and believe it could clean our landfills.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is great news. The obvious protocol is to place a mat of organic material on the bottom of a proposed landfill inoculated with the mushrooms. Sealed landfills can be entered through their out-gassing wells also. None of this will get it all, but will likely degrade the majority quickly enough. Further handling may well see simple top dressing of landfills on an ongoing basis which will produce a well distributed loading of the mushrooms. A fully reduced landfill will see both the plastics reduced and the organics as well. The collapse of the plastic may even lead to an a... more »

Ten Things I Hate About Being Psychic

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This has woken me up to understand that psychics can be trained and even need to be properly trained.. At the moment, all are self trained using all sorts of rationals. This cannot be helpful. Training can accomplish a great deal. First all learn to master automatic writing. With that base in place, you study the art of asking questions. It is necessary to identify informants.Better yet it is important to ask for skill development advice as well. This way you have an extensive portfolio of advisories to review and integrate.With these skills well honed, working with a client ... more »

The Kingdom - A Guest Post by Sir Albert Holmes

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago

Adelaide social media influencer and model detained in Bali over prescription medication

Meagan Dillon at Just In - 21 hours ago
An Adelaide social media influencer and model has told her followers she was detained in Bali for four days over prescription medication and is crowdfunding to claim back almost $40,000 in alleged extortion payments.

New AMP chief promises to transform the company but customers will take some convincing

Liz Hobday at Just In - 21 hours ago
Since the banking royal commission revealed greed and dishonesty at one of Australia's oldest financial institutions, AMP, the company has been losing customers and bleeding cash. And new chief executive Francesco De Ferrari may be the last chance to turn things around.

Proposal to stop hoarding could actually make problem worse, mental health experts say

Tom Maddocks at Just In - 21 hours ago
A proposal by the ACT Opposition to increase the monitoring and penalties for hoarders is criticised as punitive by mental health experts, who say a crackdown forcing owners to clean up squalid properties could instead heap shame on residents and cause the behaviour to be repeated.

Australian missionary charged with nine counts of child sexual abuse in Solomon Islands

Just In - 21 hours ago
Kevin Rietveld, 72, will face trial accused of nine counts of indecent assault, allegedly committed against girls sponsored by his mission in the South Pacific nation.

Drunk and high on ice, this man had his friend blow into his car's interlock device. Then he hit a cop

Elias Clure at Just In - 21 hours ago
Jesse Reid reached speeds of up to 200kph before he veered onto the wrong side on the road and crashed into a veteran policeman's motorcycle.

Stabbing victim more than just her job title, sex worker advocates say

Just In - 21 hours ago
The body of Michaela Dunn, 24, from Sydney's inner west, was found in her apartment after the alleged stabbing rampage that shut down part of the CBD.

Former high-ranking Australian Navy officer found guilty of historical child sex offences

Neda Vanovac at Just In - 21 hours ago
David Graham was extradited from Canberra to Darwin to face eight charges, and has been found guilty of seven of them by a Supreme Court jury.

'A very different team': Langer and Paine have turned Australia's culture around, Waugh says

Just In - 21 hours ago
Test cricket great Steve Waugh says the current Australian team has undergone a cultural shift since the sandpaper cheating scandal in South Africa in March last year.

Brazil Drops Six Points in the Economic Climate Indicator for Latin America

Richard Mann at The Rio Times - 21 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil has recorded a drop of six points in the Economic Climate Indicator (ECI) for Latin America, dropping from 56.5 to fifty points between April and July 2019. The survey is conducted by the Brazilian Institute of Economics of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (IBRE/FGV) in partnership with the German institute […] The post Brazil Drops Six Points in the Economic Climate Indicator for Latin America appeared first on The Rio Times.

Bolsonaro’s Party Unanimously Expels Federal Deputy Alexandre Frota

Arkady Petrov at The Rio Times - 21 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The PSL, President Jair Bolsonaro's party, decided on Tuesday, August 13th, by unanimous vote, to expel deputy Alexandre Frota. The decision was taken after a party meeting in Brasília and announced by its president, Luciano Bivar. The petition for Frota's . . . To read the full NEWS and much […] The post Bolsonaro’s Party Unanimously Expels Federal Deputy Alexandre Frota appeared first on The Rio Times.

Consumption of Industrial Goods in Brazil Dropped in June

Arkady Petrov at The Rio Times - 21 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The consumption of industrial goods in Brazil fell 0.5 percent in June, as compared to May, announced yesterday, August 13th, the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA). IPEA's Industrial Goods Apparent Indicator assesses the demand for Brazilian industrial products and imported industrial goods. Demand for industrial . . . To […] The post Consumption of Industrial Goods in Brazil Dropped in June appeared first on The Rio Times.

Brazilian Actor João Carlos Barroso Dies at the age of 69

Contributing Reporter at The Rio Times - 21 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Actor João Carlos Barroso died on Monday, August 12th, at the age of 69, due to the cancer-related complications. The news was confirmed by friends of the artist on social media. "It is with great sadness that I hear this news [...] May God welcome him into his kingdom of […] The post Brazilian Actor João Carlos Barroso Dies at the age of 69 appeared first on The Rio Times.

The Senator ‘n Sin

From the LAS VEGAS SUN: WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. John Ensign’s top staff at the National Republican Senatorial Committee knew about the senator’s affair during the height of the 2008 election season last summer before the party’s devastating losses that bolstered Democratic control of the Senate, according to e-mails obtained by a Las Vegas Sun … Continue reading The Senator ‘n Sin

Relish suspected in Australian foodborne outbreak

News Desk at Food Safety News - 22 hours ago
An investigation into a foodborne outbreak in Melbourne, Australia has found the mostly likely source was the relish. A total of 37 people and one staff member fell ill with a range of symptoms including acute gastroenteritis after attending a catered lunch in the Olympic Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on April 25.... Continue Reading

Germany had almost 900 foodborne outbreaks last year

Joe Whitworth at Food Safety News - 22 hours ago
Almost 900 suspected foodborne outbreaks were reported in Germany last year including one due to Salmonella with almost 200 ill and another from Listeria that continued into this year with 100 infections. Molecular surveillance plays an important role in detecting outbreaks. A decrease in transmitted data on pathogen typing has made it more difficult to... Continue Reading

Quote of the Day

vonMesser at 'Nox & Friends - 22 hours ago
“And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles. So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at... more »

Power Has Its Privileges

[Breaking news at the bottom!] From The Washington Post: GOP Leader Tight-Lipped on Ensign Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) repeatedly refused to answer questions Friday about a New York Times report that embattled Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) negotiated a cover-up of his extramarital affair with a campaign staffer, with his friend Sen. Tom Coburn … Continue reading Power Has Its Privileges

Stupak, Stupid, It’s the Pitts!

From Salon: American women will pay the price for the Democratic dithering that allowed Saturday’s passage of the Stupak-Pitts amendment, a worm virus inserted into the House healthcare reform bill with surgical precision. But the Democratic Party will suffer collateral damage. Stupak-Pitts isn’t just “the biggest restriction on women’s right to choose in our generation,” … Continue reading Stupak, Stupid, It’s the Pitts!

How Much For Room and Broad?

From The Columbus Dispatch: A group of Columbus pastors is asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate whether certain members of Congress owe taxes and penalties on cut-rate rent from a Washington boarding house that has a tax exemption as a church. If the members did pay below-market rental rates to the C Street Center … Continue reading How Much For Room and Broad?

The Junior Senator From Neva-duhhhh

From J. Patrick Coolican the LAS VEGAS SUN: Last summer, Sen. John Ensign was with his wife, Darlene, at Palace Station for a meeting of Nevada Republican women. It was a somewhat awkward venue, coming soon after he had confessed to an affair with his best friend’s wife, Cynthia Hampton, who had been Ensign’s campaign … Continue reading The Junior Senator From Neva-duhhhh

Tom Coburnt

From THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: The sordid tale of former Sen. John Ensign (R) of Nevada is casting its dark ethical – and perhaps legal – shadow wider and wider in Washington. Aside from the likelihood that Ensign will face criminal charges, recent revelations don’t paint a very good picture of Sen. Tom Coburn, former … Continue reading Tom Coburnt

C-section on C Street?

I’m never going to talk about that with anybody. I never will, not to a court of law, not to an ethics committee, not to anybody — because that is privileged communication that I will never reveal to anybody. That was said by Senator Tom Coburn. He won’t tell on John Ensign, because Coburn’s a … Continue reading C-section on C Street?

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
President Trump: "The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation, very tough. We'll see what happens but I'm sure it will work out. I hope it works out for everybody, including China, by the way" https://t.co/xTwo7cpwuM pic.twitter.com/o3nHFqNsE1 — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 13, 2019 China July industrial output growth falls to 17-year low as trade war escalates, retail sales disappoint https://t.co/npgYUzoSt7 pic.twitter.com/0QqnSlFxXU — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 14, 2019 Americans are increasingly seeing China as an adversary, both economically and milit... more »

U.S. Delays and Modifies “Next Step” Tariffs on Chinese Products…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 22 hours ago
Early on Tuesday United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced the modification of “next step” tariffs on Chinese products. [See Here] “Products in this group include, for example, cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and … Continue reading →

The Unsolved Mystery of Deaths in Healthy Migrant Children by the Children’s Health Defense Team

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 22 hours ago
By the Children’s Health Defense Team The Children’s Health Defense team is concerned with all unexplained deaths of children. Lately, some media and government officials are calling attention to the sudden deaths of over half a dozen mostly Guatemalan children taken into U.S. custody at the border over the past year. Despite media reports about […] The post The Unsolved Mystery of Deaths in Healthy Migrant Children by the Children’s Health Defense Team appeared first on Health Nut News.

First Of Its Kind Case Known To Humans: Dolphin Adopts Baby Whale, Takes Care Of It For 3 Years

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 22 hours ago
Bottlenose dolphins are loving and loyal mothers – they nurse, protect, and play with their youngsters for up to six years. New research released by National Geographic has revealed the first known case of a wild bottlenose mother adopting a calf from another species. In a first case of its kind known to humans, a […] The post First Of Its Kind Case Known To Humans: Dolphin Adopts Baby Whale, Takes Care Of It For 3 Years appeared first on Health Nut News.

Iran Has a Crazy Sniper Rifle It Says Can Kill From 1,600 Meters Away

Robert Beckhusen at The National Interest - 22 hours ago
*Robert Beckhusen* *Technology, Middle East* Is it true? *The Heidar is a hybrid, possessing what appears to be a grip and trigger mechanism copied from the MG 3, a modernized version of the MG-42 which is of German design. Iran has produced its own version of the MG 3 since before the 1979 Islamic revolution.* Iran regularly over-hypes its military technology, and in some cases, shows off bogus equipment for propaganda purposes. Iran’s military industry is also resourceful and produces interesting weapons which the Islamic republic then proliferates into very real conflicts. *... more »

Will Iranian F-14 Tomcats Be Tom Cruise's Enemy in Top Gun: Maverick?

Edward Chang at The National Interest - 22 hours ago
*Edward Chang* *Culture, Americas* [image: IMDB/Top Gun: Maverick] Let's find out. *The second sign Iran could be the bad guys is geography. In the trailer, there are some incredible shots of Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets flying over deserts and mountainous terrain, some of it covered in snow. * Now that we’ve all had a week or so to process the incredible official trailer for the sequel to the 1986 film classic, it’s time to ask a question sure to pique the interest of many fans in the days, weeks, and months to come – who will be the ‘bad guys’ in *Top Gun: Maverick*? The origi... more »

Big Pharma Has Sold 76-Billion Opium Pills in the US, and the Drug Flood Continues

Fox at Need To Know - 22 hours ago
Drug manufacturers and pharmacies fueled America's opioid drug addiction problem by convincing doctors to prescribe 76-billion pain pills over the last eight years.

U.S. Navy Stealthy Special Operations Boats Spotted At A Port In Japan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
那覇軍港で荷役中の米陸軍 Harpers Ferry (LCU 2022)。見慣れた光景ながら甲板に搭載されていたのがデジタル迷彩のステルスボートっぽいんですが何なんでしょ? pic.twitter.com/wiz5HLqWLP — Yukidaore (@takucht) August 11, 2019 *Defense Blog:* *U.S. Navy stealthy special operations boats spotted at a port in Naha* A group of United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) stealthy Combatant Craft Medium Mark 1 boats were photographed at a Japanese port in Naha last week. Ship spotter with posted numerous photos on its Twitter account of stealthy special operations boats, commonly known as CCM Mk1. Photos posted on Twitter on Aug. 11 appear to show... more »

"How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything"* by Ryan Holiday "Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble." ("Quidvisrecte factum quamvis humile praeclarum.") — Sir Henry Royce "Whatever you’re doing right now, chances are you’d probably rather not be doing it. Even if you’ve got your dream job, it’s very likely that right now you could still be on a conference call you’d rather skip, scheduling some meeting you’re doing as a favor to someone else or dealing with some administrative detail you wish someone else would handle. Or maybe you’re home from work and you’re pic... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong China August 13, 2019. Police and protesters clashed at Hong Kong's international airport on Tuesday evening after flights were disrupted for a second day and the political crisis in the former British colony deepened. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu *WNU Editor:* The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... *Protesters clash with police at Hong Kong airport* (Reuters).

Ideology is Dead! Long Live Ideology!

Yves Smith at naked capitalism - 23 hours ago
Economists like to say they’re immune to ideology. Research shows the opposite.

August 14th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #937

sundance at The Last Refuge - 23 hours 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 →

Wednesday August 14th – Open Thread

sundance at The Last Refuge - 23 hours 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 →

A Simple Economic Question About Guns

Pierre Lemieux at Econlib - 23 hours ago
It’s an economic question because it deals with individual incentives. And it’s a one-line question (in a three-line post): Why don’t madmen and mass shooters attack gun clubs or shooting ranges? The post A Simple Economic Question About Guns appeared first on Econlib.

Musical Interlude: Adiemus, “Adiemus”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Adiemus, “Adiemus”

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
"A camera fixed low to a tripod on a northern summer's eve captured the series of images used in this serene, southern Ontario skyscape. The lakeside view frames our fair galaxy above calm water and the night's quintessential luminous apparitions. *Click image for larger size.* But the trails of light are neither satellite glint, nor meteor flash, nor auroral glow. In the wide-field composite constructed with four consecutive 15 second exposures, a pulsing firefly enters at the right, first wandering toward the camera, then left and back toward the lake, the central Milky Way rising... more »

"Making Your Best Guess"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"Making Your Best Guess"* by Arthur Silber “We are not gods, and we are not omniscient. We cannot foretell the future with certainty. Most often, cultural and political changes are terribly complex. It can be notoriously difficult to predict exactly where a trend will take us, and we can be mistaken. We do the best we can: if we wish to address certain issues seriously, we study history, and we read everything that might shed light on our concerns. We consult what the best thinkers of our time and of earlier times have said and written. We challenge everyone's assumptions, includi... more »

Free Download: Soren Kierkegaard, “Fear and Trembling”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*“The Dark Night”* by Chet Raymo “I first read Soren Kierkegaard's “Fear and Trembling”* at about the same age as Kierkegaard was when he wrote it - thirty. The young philosopher was wrestling with his dark demons, including the death of his father, a sternly religious man who demanded absolute obedience from his son. He was torn between the opposing demands of faith and reason, certainty and doubt. In the opening pages of the book, he takes us with Abraham and Isaac on that terrible journey to Mount Moriah where God puts Abraham to a terrifying test of his faith. What gives meani... more »

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Promises To Meet Defense Spending Target

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to soldiers from the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force after an exercise in Munster, Germany, on Monday. Photo: dpa via AP *Reuters*: *Merkel promises to meet defense spending target amid U.S. criticism* STRALSUND, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she was taking Berlin’s commitment toward its NATO allies seriously to further increase defense spending toward the agreed target. U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Germany’s failure to raise defense spending to 2% of economic output as mandat... more »

Police should reconsider policy to always shoot threats in the torso, deputy coroner says

Meagan Dillon at Just In - 1 day ago
SA Police should consider whether it is "reasonable" to always shoot high-risk threats in the torso and instead aim for limbs in some cases, the deputy coroner has found during his inquest into a 2015 fatal police shooting.

Australian actor Ningali Lawford-Wolf dies on tour

Ben Collins at Just In - 1 day ago
Australian Indigenous actor Ningali Lawford-Wolf passes away at the age of 52 in Edinburgh, Scotland, while touring with the stage production of The Secret River.

AFL legend and Indigenous trailblazer Graham 'Polly' Farmer dies at 84

Just In - 1 day ago
Raised in an orphanage and suffering polio as a child, Graham "Polly" Farmer overcame adversity to become one of Australia's best AFL players in the 1960s, playing 356 games and winning three Sandover medals.

I am an education expert from Finland: choosing an Australian school for my kids was a no-brainer

Just In - 1 day ago
Back home in Finland the best school for our children and everyone else's is the local public school. It should be the same in Australia, writes Pasi Sahlberg.

Chernobyl 2.0? What we know about the Russian explosion spiking radiation levels

Alan Weedon And Tasha Wibawa at Just In - 1 day ago
A suspected botched arms test in Russia has fuelled fears of a radiation leak which has been muddied by the Kremlin's obfuscation. Are we seeing a repeat of a story we've heard before?

'Clingy' man accused of cutting Tinder ex-girlfriend's brake line

Rebecca Opie at Just In - 1 day ago
An Adelaide court hears a man accused of endangering his ex-girlfriend's life by cutting the brake lines on her car was spotted underneath the vehicle by her housemate more than a year after their relationship ended.

Record Queensland MDMA bust sees UK nationals arrested

Andree Withey at Just In - 1 day ago
The 766 kilograms of MDMA powder seized from a property in Queensland had the potential to make up to 12 million ecstasy pills with a street value "well in excess of $90 million", police say.

Bernie Or Elizabeth-- How Do You Choose Between Two Such Awesome Candidates?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
I think we can all agree that Status Quo Joe, Kamala and Mayo Pete are suitable replacement for Trump. We deserve someone as good as he has been bad. And there are just two 2020 candidates that fit that description: Bernie and Elizabeth. I pray they form a ticket. If they don't, I'll be voting for Bernie in the primary. If Elizabeth wins I'll be celebrating almost as much as I would have been for Bernie. Blue America will endorse her immediately, I'll contribute to her campaign and I'll work as hard to elect her as I would if Bernie were the nominee. Not everyone I know sees it th... more »

Trump Amplifies Conspiracy Theories from Perch of Presidency

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Donald Trump has a long history of spreading falsehoods drawn from the conservative fringe.

Trump Official: Statue of Liberty Poem Refers to Europeans

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
A top Trump administration official said that the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants into the country is about “people coming from Europe."

"Let Us Prepare..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The world is a thing of utter inordinate complexity and richness and strangeness that is absolutely awesome. I mean the idea that such complexity can arise not only out of such simplicity, but probably absolutely out of nothing, is the most fabulous extraordinary idea. And once you get some kind of inkling of how that might have happened, it's just wonderful. And… the opportunity to spend 70 or 80 years of your life in such a universe is time well spent as far as I am concerned.” "Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable it... more »

"Stop Paying Attention: Zoning Out Is a Crucial Mental State"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Stop Paying Attention: * *Zoning Out Is a Crucial Mental State"* by Carl Zimmer "I am going to do my best to hold your attention until the very last word of this column. Actually, I know it's futile. Along the way, your mind will wander off, then return, then drift away again. But I can console myself with some recent research on the subject of mind wandering. Mind wandering is not necessarily the sign of a boring column. It's just one of the things that make us human. Everybody knows what it is like for our minds to wander, and yet, for a long time psychologists shied away from... more »

"In The Face Of Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Maybe we accept the dream has become a nightmare. We tell ourselves that reality is better. We convince ourselves it's better that we never dream at all. But, the strongest of us, the most determined of us, holds on to the dream or we find ourselves faced with a fresh dream we never considered. We wake to find ourselves, against all odds... feeling hopeful. And, if we're lucky, we realize in the face of everything, in the face of life- the true dream is being able to dream at all." - "Dr. Meredith Grey", "Grey's Anatomy"

“The Baloney Detection Kit”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Baloney Detection Kit”* by Maria Popova "The “Baloney Detection Kit” from the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and Skeptic Magazine editor Michael Shermer is a 10-point checklist for assessing the believability of a claim, covering everything from telling the difference between science (e.g., SETI) and pseudoscience (e.g., UFOlogy) to detecting personal agendas. "You want to have a mind that’s open enough to accept radical new ideas, but not so open that your brains fall out.” The above sentiment in particular echoes this beautiful definition of science as “... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Umm Al Fahm, Haifa, Israel. Thanks for stopping by!

The Poet: Robinson Jeffers, "Love That (Not Man Apart From That)"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Love That (Not Man Apart From That)"* "Then what is the answer?— Not to be deluded by dreams. To know that great civilizations have broken down into violence, and their tyrants come, many times before. When open violence appears, to avoid it with honor or choose the least ugly faction; these evils are essential. To keep one’s own integrity, be merciful and uncorrupted and not wish for evil; and not be duped By dreams of universal justice or happiness. These dreams will not be fulfilled. To know this, and know that however ugly the parts appear the whole remains beautiful. A severed han... more »

"Sometime In Your Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved man, the look on his face when the bread finally arrives. Hope that you might have baked it or bought or even kneaded it yourself. For that look on his face, for your meeting his eyes across a piece of bread, you might be willing to lose a lot, or suffer a lot, or die a little, even." ~ Daniel Berrigan

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