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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Friday, August 16, 2019

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MENTAL STATES: Achilles sang his tribal songs!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019As do we modern liberals: * We humans! Our tribal groups have always been inclined to repeat their compelling group "fictions." So it was, decades ago, on the plains outside Troy. Swift-running Achilles sulked in his tents, angered by the misbehavior of Agamemnon the lord of men. Odysseus and Ajax were sent to urge him to cast aside his great anger and return to the field of war. As reported by Homer, "Ajax and Odysseus made their way at once where the battle lines of breakers crash and drag, praying hard to the god who moves and shakes the earth that the... more »

Silicon Valley Wants To Read Your Mind – Here’s Why You Should Be Worried

Activist Post at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By Garfield Benjamin, Solent University Not content with monitoring almost everything you do online, Facebook now wants to read your mind as well. The social... more »

Victory! California Supreme Court Blocks Sweeping Search Condition of Minors’ Electronic Devices and Social Media Accounts

Activist Post at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By Jamie Williams The California Supreme Court just rejected the government’s attempt to require a youth probationer, as a condition of release, to submit to...more »

Friday Morning Links

Unknown at Accidental Deliberations - 13 hours ago
Assorted content to end your week. - Richard Cannings comments on the need for governments to collect a fair share of revenue from wealthy individuals and corporations. And Erin Weir argues that Canada's federal government shouldn't subsidize Jason Kenney's corporate tax giveaway with abatements on federal taxes. - Meanwhile, Paul Krugman discusses the damage being done by the U.S.' plutocrats who are happily accepting the destruction of their country's social and economic infrastructure in exchange for short-term tax handouts. - Jennifer Szalai reviews Christopher Leonard's *Kochla... more »

Trooper Finds Parked Driver Playing Pokemon Go on Eight Phones

AP News at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
A Washington state trooper who pulled over to help what he thought was a disabled vehicle found something else instead.

Dutch Princess Christina, Sister of Former Queen, Dies at 72

AP News at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
Christina, the youngest of four daughters of the late Queen Juliana and her German-born husband Prince Bernhard, died at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, according to the Dutch Royal House.

Israel Grants Tlaib West Bank Visit on Humanitarian Grounds

AP News at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced the latest twist — that Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib had requested and been granted permission to enter the West Bank to see relatives, including her 90-year-old grandmother.

WATCH: Cops Raid Family’s Home, Punch Their Tiny Pregnant Dog, Then Rob Them

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: family]A family was illegally raided by police who then punched their tiny pregnant dog before threatening to kill it and stole all of their cash and credit cards.

Innocent Father and Daughter Held at Gunpoint on Knees as Cops Shot Their Dogs—Lawsuit

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: lawsuit]An innocent family has filed a lawsuit after they say police came to their home, ordered them out at gunpoint, made them get on their knees and then shot their dogs.

Epstein Spent Hours Locked in Private Room With Young Female Visitor Before His Death

Activist Post at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By Emma Fiala An attorney who had visited Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) said Jeffrey Epstein spent at least two hours alone in a private... more »

Canadian National Security: A New Fighter Jet and New Intelligence Oversight

plim at Lawfare - 13 hours ago
A wooden mock-up of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II in Canadian Forces markings at the Classic Air Rallye, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Rockcliffe Airport, Ottawa Ontario, Canada. (Wikimedia/Ahunt) *Canada Looks for a New Fighter Jet * On July 23, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), the government department that manages military procurement, announced that it would accept bids from four suppliers for an aircraft to replace the decades-old CF-18 Hornet fighter. The government is looking to purchase 88 jets. Lockheed Martin’s F-35 is set to face off against Ai... more »

Former MSNBC Reporter Spills Details On Pro-Establishment Bias In Media

Activist Post at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By Caitlin Johnstone The ridiculous corporate media freakout over Senator Bernie Sanders’ entirely legitimate accusations of pro-establishment bias continues today, with shrill, absurd new... more »

How Democrats can win back workers in 2020

Thomas Kochan, Professor of Management, Co-Director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management atPolitics + Society – The Conversation - 13 hours ago
Hillary Clinton arguably lost in 2020 because she took workers for granted. Will Democrats make the same mistake again?

The U.S. Navy Now Prefers Older Ship Designs Outfitted With New Weapons Instead Of New Designs Fitted With New Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Popular Mechanics:** Why the Navy Is More Interested in the 'Ship of Theseus' Than the USS Zumwalt* *The sea service would prefer to recycle ship designs, adding revolutionary tech as it becomes available.* The U.S. Navy would prefer older ship designs outfitted with new weapons instead of new designs fitted with new weapons. The service, stung by recent difficulties fielding new hulls such as the destroyer USS Zumwalt, could choose to produce the same type of ship but with progressively more advanced technology, including weapons. According to Greek mythology, the hero Theseus ... more »

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Sailors Are Still Training To Use Unreliable Anti-Torpedo Torpedoes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Sailors onboard the load a training version of a Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo (CAT) onto a launcher on July 31, 2019. USN *Warzone/The Drive:* *Sailors On U.S. Navy Carriers Are Still Training To Use Unreliable Anti-Torpedo Torpedoes* The Navy plans to rip these systems out of five Nimitz class carriers, but until then, the service wants its crews trained on how to use them. Sailors on board some of the U.S. Navy's Nimitz class aircraft carriers are still training to employ an unreliable anti-torpedo defense system nearly a year after it stopped work on the program entirely. The ser... more »

NBC: Meatpacking giant Tyson wants fewer government inspectors. The USDA is listening.

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 13 hours ago
Tyson, one of the nation’s largest meatpackers, is petitioning the Trump administration to reduce the number of government inspectors at a Kansas beef plant. The proposal has raised concerns among some consumer and food safety advocates, who fear the changes could jeopardize public health. Currently, the meat is inspected by independent Department of Agriculture inspectors. […] The post NBC: Meatpacking giant Tyson wants fewer government inspectors. The USDA is listening. appeared first on Health Nut News.

Good, Let Trump Move American Troops To Poland From Germany

Andrew KORYBKO at OrientalReview.org - 13 hours ago
The suggestion by the American Ambassadors to Poland and Germany that the US might move some of its troops to the former from the latter should be welcomed because it makes the most sense for all the parties involved. The American Ambassadors to Poland and Germany suggested last week that […]

Google Sent Police to ‘SWAT’ a Whistleblower When He Leaked Their Documents Proving Interference with US Elections

Project Veritas and DailyMail at Need To Know - 13 hours ago
When Google discovered he leaked the files, they contacted police who 'swatted' him, which is a harassment tactic of causing an emergency service to send a team of police and medical personnel to someone's home, as the company requested a mental-health check.

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris Lied about Michael Brown’s Death, Calling It “Murder”

Breitbart at Need To Know - 13 hours ago
According to the Department of Justice under President Obama, an extensive investigation found that Brown had not been murdered and that he probably had attacked Police Officer Wilson first, reaching for his gun, and shooting his own thumb during the scuffle.

California School District Will Not Allow Parents To Opt Children Out Of LGBTQ Content

Daily Caller at Need To Know - 13 hours ago
Murietta School District will not allow parents to opt their children out of classes containing LGBTQ content, which is impossible because LGBTQ content is infused throughout the curricula, including history classes.

Gerald Celente, "The Greatest Depression, The Panic is On"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
Gerald Celente, "The Greatest Depression, The Panic is On"

There Is a Wall of Fire Shortly Ahead Set by a British Arsonist — Will You Walk Through It?

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 13 hours ago
[image: President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks on America’s Energy Dominance and Manufacturing Revival Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in Monaca, Pa. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)] PDF: [image: PDF icon] 20190815-wall-of-fire.pdf *A Message For All That Support the Presidency of the United States* In the December 2018 House of Lords Report, “British Foreign Policy in a Shifting World Order,” the British imperium targeted four nations: China, Russia, India, and the United States, for intervention and disruption. Americans are... more »

The Final Verdict

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 13 hours ago
The Ethics Commissioner's report is out. And, Tom Walkom writes, in the end, it won't make much difference: On the one hand are those who agree with Wilson-Raybould that the prime minister had no business questioning how she chose to prosecute SNC, which faces charges of bribery and fraud related to its dealings in Libya almost 20 years ago. On the other are those who agree with Trudeau that, since jobs were potentially at stake, he had every right to make his views known. Certainly, things are playing differently in Quebec than they are in English Canada. Moreover, there is som... more »

A look at who’s paying less than a living wage

Suzanne Rent at Halifax Examiner - 13 hours ago
News 1. Indigenous employee talks about harassment at CFB Halifax Ashley Burke with CBC talks with Steve Morrisey who’s now on sick leave from his job at DND from the harassment he says he suffered from a superior on the job. Morrisey tells Burke “it was hell.” It’s been just one complete disaster. The harassment […]

The Voice of Europe Reports

Ragnar at 'Nox & Friends - 13 hours ago
2 articles: I saw these a couple days ago….. Swedish crime authority and mainstream media Ministry of Truth say huge increase in rapes is due to dating apps and not migration AND Swedish Social Democratic youth association demands vegetarian food as a norm at elderly residents Yep you read that correctly…..Leftards in Sweden refuse to acknowledge the problem/root cause of rapes and crime in their country! It’s those pesky dating apps! Excerpt 1: That is the reason why rapes are skyrocketing in Sweden, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, Brå, and TV4 News.... more »

Poll: Farmers support tariffs on China

Ragnar at 'Nox & Friends - 13 hours ago
Recently I’ve seen reports that farmers don’t support the Tariffs and they are all going bankrupt. Well I know and understand that many farmers are experiencing some serious down times this year after the flooding in the Mid-West. Reports indicate that approximately 2 million acres haven’t been planted. That indicates that some farmers may not have any sales of crops this year. In fact, I’ve read that if they couldn’t try to plant anything, they probably wouldn’t qualify for crop insurance to make up any losses. Tough Times 2019! However, I saw this report from One American News Net... more »

Chief Arvol Looking Horse: Unite Spiritually and Globally

Unknown at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Protect Sacred Sites a Message from Chief Arvol Looking Horse Posted on July 30, 2019Reposted from LRInspire Censored News I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, ask you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in America, what we call “Turtle Island.” My words seek to unite the global community through a message from our sacred ceremonies

Argentina: UFO Research Organization Claims Interaction with UFOs

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 13 hours ago
*Source: Canal 13 San Juan (Argentina) and PLANETA UFODate: 08.13.2016* *Argentina: UFO Research Organization Claims Interaction with UFOs* Guardianes del Cielo Cuyano has engaged in searching and recording evidence on unidentified flying objects in the airspace of San Juan (Argentina) since 2011. The organization was born in 2011, founded by a group of UFO enthusiasts. "Taking advantage of the fact that we have the mountains so close to us in Pocito, we were used to going there and a number of events caught our attention. When we began seeing things that were too strange, removi... more »

Updated! Jeffrey Epstein: Died by His Own Hand- The Struggle for FACTS Has Apparently Ended?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
* UPDATE:* * The latest reporting included a statement (written?) states Epstein died by his own hand...* *Barbara Sampson, the chief medical examiner, said in a statement on Friday that the determination of suicide had been made after a “careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings”.* -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *If there is such a huge struggle to establish the facts in this incident, can we establish that a death has actually occurred? Clearly we cannot.* *Basic Facts On Epstein... more »

Amazon Deforestation Increased 15 Percent in 12 Months, Says Independent Institute

Contributing Reporter at The Rio Times - 14 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Deforestation in the Amazon has increased 15 percent in the last 12 months, when compared to the previous period, writes G1 in its latest report. The data are from the Deforestation Alert System (SAD) of the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (Imazon), which is not linked to the […] The post Amazon Deforestation Increased 15 Percent in 12 Months, Says Independent Institute appeared first on The Rio Times.

A New Assessment of the Role of Offshoring in the Decline in US Manufacturing Employment

Yves Smith at naked capitalism - 14 hours ago
Offshoring killed American manufacturing jobs.

Inside The U.S. Coast Guard's War On Drugs (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* This "war" is never going to stop.

India’s Monsoon On Track

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood From the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/14/india-flood-alert-monsoon-kerala Unfortunately, as the Guardian states at the end of the article: The monsoon rains are crucial to replenishing water supplies in drought-stricken India, but they kill hundreds of people across the country every year. In fact the monsoon so far this is just around […]

Onshore Wind Company’s Legal Challenge Against CfD Auction

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood A story emerged the other day that a judicial review application had been made against the government’s latest Contracts for Difference auction, due to be completed next month. Business Green now reveal that it has come from an onshore wind company: Banks Renewables, a subsidiary of energy infrastructure […]

This Is Why I Resist Pleas for More Spending on Government Schools

admin at Coyote Blog - 14 hours ago
I am perfectly willing to believe that some school districts somewhere have spending too low to ever provide the education we expect in 2019. But after sending my kids to a private school that did a fabulous job with kids and whose tuition was lower per student than the spending in most public schools, I […]

South American Countries Are Closing Their Doors To Venezuelan Migrants

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Venezuelan migrants Yonaimer Godoy and Mail Levea talk to Godoy''s father and their two-year-old son from a migrant shelter in Lima, Peru [Megan Janetsky/Al Jazeera] *Al Jazeera:** Venezuelans face new barriers, xenophobia across South America* *Latin American countries, once relatively open for Venezuelans, introduce new restrictions for migrants and refugees.* Lima, Peru - Yonaimer Godoy and his wife peered into his cracked phone, their eyes stained with tears. "What are you doing over there?" Godoy's father asked him through a video call. "Crying." It was their son's second... more »

Did China Make Top Gun: Maverick Remove the Japanese and Taiwanese Flags from Pete Mitchell’s Iconic Jacket?

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Security, Asia* [image: Top Gun] Outrageous. *Since the film is financed in part by Chinese internet company, Tencent, fans seem to think that political influence might have had something to do with the costuming change. * As reported by Esquire, some very dedicated Top Gun fans have some big questions about a particular detail in the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick film. After last month’s massive trailer reveal at Comic Con, fans caught something in the trailer that has raised a few eyebrows—and a few heavy political eye rolls. In the original film, Maverick’s iconi... more »

Russia Just Might Have the Last 'Battelships' on Earth

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * Or, to be more accurate, the last ships that might resemble them. *The Kirovs (and ships like them) also made clear that the Soviet surface fleet could pose a serious threat to U.S. carrier battlegroups, and potential to U.S. ballistic missile submarines. This resulted in increased attention to the conventional cruise missile threat, including improved radars and point defense systems.* In the 1970s, the Soviet Union embarked on a project to do what no navy had done for decades—build a surface warfare vessel comparable in size to the battleships of... more »

Why Israel's Military Might Have Better F-15s Than the U.S. Air Force

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, * How Israel takes U.S. military equipment and makes them better. *Israel was one of the first customers for the American F-15 fighter. It has served admirably as the backbone of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) throughout the late 1970s to the present day. In addition to its superb performance in the air-to-air role during the 1982 Lebanon War, the F-15 was also used in Operation Opera and Operation Wooden Leg, both long-range-strike missions* The Israel Defense Forces field a wide variety of American military equipment, due to significant amounts of Americ... more »

Shootout: U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagles vs. China J-10 Fighter (Who Wins?)

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * Who dies? *Along with these weapons upgrades and other modifications, the F-15 is also getting upgrades to the pilot’s digital helmet and some radar signature reducing, or stealthy characteristics.* The Air Force is revving up electronic warfare upgrades for its F-15 fighter as a way to better protect against enemy fire and electronic attacks, service officials said. *(This first appeared several years ago.)* Boeing has secured a $478 million deal to continue work on a new technology called with a system called the Eagle Passive Active Warning Surviv... more »

Cuba: A UFO South of Havana (1968)

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 14 hours ago
*Source: Codigobelegeuse.blogspot.com & PLANETA UFODate: 08.16.2019An article by Orestes Girbau Collado* *Cuba: A UFO South of Havana (1968)* Those of us who approach UFO research in a responsible manner must not forget what the year 1968 meant within the world UFO context. August occupied a special place within the dissemination of the phenomenon in Cuba. There was another sighting during that season which was added to others in the Caribbean at the time. 16 AUGUST 1968 - Bearing the suggestive title "Strange Object South of the Province of Havana", Cuban newspaper El Mundo re...more »

Laughter Is The Best Medecine In Venezuela

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Bloomberg*:* Surrounded by Tragedy, Venezuelans Are Laughing Like Crazy* Editors Note: There are few places as chaotic or dangerous as Venezuela. “Life in Caracas” is a series of short stories that seeks to capture the surreal quality of living in a land in total disarray He knew this one was going to get laughs. “Raise your hands if you’re only in here because the power is on.” It was an easy lay-up for Oscar Martinez, one of the dozens of comedians drawing standing-room-only throngs in Venezuela’s mostly miserable capital. He had another sure hit when he picked a couple out of t... more »

Forensics Friday: Is this paper worth reading?

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Ever wanted to hone your skills as a scientific sleuth? Now’s your chance. Thanks to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), which is committed to educating authors on best practices in publishing, figure preparation, and reproducibility, we’re presenting the thirteenth in a series, Forensics Friday. Take a look at the image below, and then take our poll. … Continue reading Forensics Friday: Is this paper worth reading?

Chinese And Russian Warplanes Are Trying To Poke Holes In The U.S.-Japan-South Korea Security System

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Approximate †Administered by South Korea as Dokdo; claimed by Japan as Takeshima **As of July 30. Sources: Xinhua; defense ministries of China, South Korea and Japan; Japanese foreign ministry; staff reports *Wall Street Journal:* *Chinese, Russian Warplanes Test U.S. Patience in Skies Near South Korea* *‘China and Russia are trying to poke holes in the U.S.-Japan-South Korea security system,’ ex-official says* SEOUL—Chinese and Russian warplanes have increasingly nosed around and veered into South Korea’s airspace, conducting close patrols that allow Beijing and Moscow to test ... more »

Macri Tries Populist Tactics After Losing Primary Elections in Argentina

Contributing Reporter at The Rio Times - 14 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After the "Black Monday" for Argentine financial markets, including a violent crash of the peso after the primary elections clearly won by the opposition, President Mauricio Macri tries to regain lost confidence. In particular, Macri's statements, in which he blamed the victorious opposition alliance "Frente de . . . To […] The post Macri Tries Populist Tactics After Losing Primary Elections in Argentina appeared first on The Rio Times.

Small-Scale Airlines Authorized for Avianca Slots in São Paulo Congonhas Airport

Arkady Petrov at The Rio Times - 14 hours ago
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - The National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) has authorized the operations of Passaredo (based in Ribeirão Preto, SP) and MAP airlines (based in Manaus) in the city airport. The two companies, along with Azul, were granted slots (landing and takeoff permits) at the terminal after Avianca suspended its operations in May. Under […] The post Small-Scale Airlines Authorized for Avianca Slots in São Paulo Congonhas Airport appeared first on The Rio Times.

‘Remainer’ Coup in UK Hits a Snag as Corbyn Refuses to Step Aside (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 14 hours ago
The Duran Quick Take: Episode 279. The post ‘Remainer’ Coup in UK Hits a Snag as Corbyn Refuses to Step Aside (Video) appeared first on The Duran.


Mark Mathis at CFACT - 14 hours ago
Hurricane season is here. And with climate change, the storms are more frequent and stronger… except… they aren’t. WATCH NOW. The post Hurricanes appeared first on CFACT.

Cathay Pacific boss resigns amid Chinese pressure over Hong Kong protests

Just In - 15 hours ago
Chinese state television announces the resignation of Cathay Pacific Airways chief executive Rupert Hogg, amid Beijing's scrutiny of the Hong Kong flag carrier over the involvement of its employees in pro-democracy protests.

Bond's Aston Martin DB5, complete with working gadgets, sells for $9.4m at auction

Just In - 15 hours ago
The iconic car boasts 13 working modifications, including tire slashers, machine guns and a bulletproof shield, which were refurbished to function as originally built.

Rival protesters clash at pro-Hong Kong rallies in Melbourne and Adelaide

Just In - 15 hours ago
Pro-Hong Kong rallies in the Melbourne and Adelaide CBDs turn violent as hundreds of protesters clash with more than 100 pro-China demonstrators objecting to Hong Kong's controversial extradition treaty and police brutality.

Mascot builder 'didn't know how to read a construction drawing', commissioner says

Sarah Thomas at Just In - 15 hours ago
The new NSW building commissioner, who has only been in the job three days, criticises the builders of Mascot Towers — evacuated in June because of structural faults — but says the industry does not need further regulation.

Turnbull calls Morrison's approach to climate change 'real world'

Stephanie Dalzell at Just In - 15 hours ago
Former PM Malcolm Turnbull defends his successor's approach to climate change in the wake of the Pacific Islands Forum, saying "you've got to cut (Scott) Morrison some slack on this, or give him some understanding.

Swans ease to victory over Demons at the MCG

Just In - 15 hours ago
The Sydney Swans end a run of six straight losses with a comfortable win over the Demons at the MCG.

Broncos' top-eight chances get boost with win over Panthers

Just In - 15 hours ago
The Broncos get the job done at Lang Park with a four tries to two win over Penrith, after the Eels crush the Titans at Robina.

Netanyahu-Trump-Kushner: Three Peas in a Pod-BFF

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 15 hours ago
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, is a Trump-Kushner multigenerational family friend. And, Trump and Netanyahu have both received extraordinary levels … Continue reading →

On The Philosophy and Science of Atoms

Unknown at The Verma Report - 15 hours ago
Helium atom ground stateIn my post, “On The Nature of Philosophy,” I look at the basic difference between the domains of philosophy and science. The difference between the two domains is best elucidated by examining the way in which our knowledge of atoms has evolved in the last 2500 years. The Ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher Democritus of Abdera (460 BC — 370 BC) is the first thinker to try to explain the nature of the universe by noting that everything is composed from constantly moving and unchangeable atoms of different sizes and shapes. He wrote, “The only existing thin... more »

Second-highest volcano in North America erupts multiple times in 24-hour span

Robert at Ice Age Now - 15 hours ago
Video – Popocatépetl Volcano, located just 43 miles (70 km) from Mexico City, Mexico,”erupted over seven times in 24 hours.” This is according to MSN.com. I assume that “over seven times” means at least eight times. According to volcanodiscovery.com, explosive activity continues. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume ... Read moreSecond-highest volcano in North America erupts multiple times in 24-hour span The post Second-highest volcano in North America erupts multiple times in 24-hour span appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Trump’s "Muslim ban"

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Trump’s "Muslim ban." That's how Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib describe Israel’s last-minute decision to ban them from their proposed tour of Palestine, the non-existent state that non-exists in Israel. Of course, they can’t actually go to Israel while boycotting it. That would be hypocritical! You might have noticed there’s a particular type of spin attached to the reporting of a decision that turns out to be the gift that strikes two of the media’s least favourite birds - Trump and Israel - with one stone. There are numerous examples of this spin, but let’s stick to the BBC. (1m ... more »

The Report, Episode Five: Russian Overtures

SHennessey at Lawfare - 15 hours ago
Today, we released the fifth episode of *Lawfare*’s narrative audio documentary, The Report, which tells the story Robert S. Mueller lays out in his famous 448-page document. This is the story of three men associated with the Trump campaign: George Papadopoulos, Carter Page and Paul Manafort. Episode 1 covers the Russian social media campaign and the activities of the Internet Research Agency. Episode 2 focuses on the Russian hacking operation; the stealing of documents and emails from the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and figures a... more »

Korea and Japan Clash Over History and Law

bkim at Lawfare - 15 hours ago
"Statue of Peace" memorial to Korean victims of Japanese sexual slavery. (Flickr/YunHo Lee) South Korea and Japan, two of America’s closest allies, are tumbling into a dangerous economic-diplomatic war over a South Korean Supreme Court decision that ordered Japanese corporations to compensate Korean forced labor victims from World War II. At the heart of the dispute is a legal disagreement over a 1965 treaty that triggers centuries of bad blood and spiritual animosity between the two countries. According to Korean estimates, during World War II Imperial Japan conscripted as many... more »

Philadelphia Mass Shooter Who Injured Six Cops Doesn’t Fit the Leftist Narrative

Information Liberation at Need To Know - 15 hours ago
Hill has an extensive criminal history, and has been convicted six times on charges that involved illegal possession of guns, drug dealing, and aggravated assault. He has been in and out of prison and was able to beat criminal charges on everything from kidnapping to attempted murder.

No significant increase in storm intensity; Vietnam

drinkingwateradvisor at The Drinking Water Advisor - 15 hours ago
Hiroshi Takagi. Statistics on typhoon landfalls in Vietnam: Can recent increases in economic damage be attributed to storm trends? Urban Climate, Volume 30, December 2019, 100506 The Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) indicates that the economic damage associated with storms has … Continue reading →

Epstein & Mossad?

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 15 hours ago
Was Epstein an "agent" of some intelligence agencies? Continue reading →


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 15 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Madoff whistleblower claims General Electric is committing fraud ‘bigger than Enron and Worldcom combined’ Ibram X Kendi on why not being racist is not enough Essentially boils down to: "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." China’s sickening acts on female prisoners at ‘re-education’ camps Bill Gates reportedly met with Jeffrey Epstein to 'discuss philanthropy' after the disgraced financier went to jail for sex crimes The Average US Farm Is $1.3 Million In Debt, And Now The Worst Farming Crisis In Modern History Is Upon Us 2020 Democrat Jo... more »

Why the demonization of Gabbard?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has been smeared as an Assad apologist for her efforts to end the US-backed proxy war and her skepticism of US military strikes in Syria. MIT professor emeritus Ted Postol, a leading missile expert and informal Gabbard advisor, defends Gabbard's stance and criticizes the OPCW's continued silence on a leaked document that suggests the April 2018 gas attack in Douma was staged. Theodore Postol, award-winning Professor of Science, Technology and National Security Policy at MIT is interviewed by journalist Aaron Maté. And you wonder why the mainstream m... more »

Aussie farmers dig in to save common food names

bilaterals.org - 16 hours ago
16-Aug-2019 Farmers are fighting back calling the EU's demands on geographical indicators ‘bad policy'.

Latvian bank that accused central bank head to be wound up: ECB

bilaterals.org - 16 hours ago
16-Aug-2019 Anglo-Russian businessman Grigoriy Guselnikov, the bank's former owner who sold his shares, has brought a request for international arbitration against Latvia.

African states launch the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement, creating one of the largest common markets in the world

bilaterals.org - 16 hours ago
16-Aug-2019 The AfCFTA entered into force on May 30, 2019 for all States that have ratified the Agreement. Trading under the agreement will begin on July 1, 2020.

TCC moves US court for enforcement of $6bn award in Reko Diq case

bilaterals.org - 16 hours ago
16-Aug-2019 Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) has approached a court in the United States for enforcement of US$6 billion penalty imposed on Pakistan

European beef farmers struggle amid new US-EU beef trade deal

bilaterals.org - 16 hours ago
16-Aug-2019 Yielding to aggressive US policy, the European Union signed a deal with the United States which allows US farmers to sell more beef to Europe and will lead to a meat surplus in the European market.

Biden Is The Most Flawed Candidate The Democrats Could Put Up Against Trump

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
They may have been disappointed but no one who has followed Biden's career was surprised that when the campaign let Biden off his leash and un-muzzled him that he would start lying and making gaffes. That's what he's done throughout his miserable career: lie and makes gaffes. Now that the general public is seeing what the insiders have always known, they campaign is desperately trying to put the toothpaste back into the tube. After a disastrous week in Iowa he's back in Delaware hiding from the public. Yesterday Amie Parnes reported for *The Hill* that Biden allies are floating th... more »

Conspiracy to Deflect Attention from Opioid's Deadly Addiction Potential- Quiet on Opioids But Vocal on Guns?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*The Secret Opioid Memo That Could Have Slowed or Prevented an Epidemic* *As is usual. It’s been long, long known that OxyContin, would fuel an abuse and addiction crisis. And this knowledge was intentionally swept under the rug.* *Think about the opioid crisis and the more then five fold death increase in under 20 years.* * Ask yourself if "gun deaths" had increased this dramatically in the same time span- how loudly would the media, politicians & gun grabbers would be shouting? Pontificating" And demanding something be done??* * Instead it's an eerie silence.. undoubtedly due to ... more »

President Trump To Meet With Top Security Officials Today To Discuss Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*CNN: **Trump to meet security officials on Afghanistan as concerns mount about US withdrawal* President Trump is expected to meet with his top national security advisers on Friday to review a US-Taliban peace plan that could end America's longest running war -- but could also trigger a surrender for the US and a betrayal of the Afghan government, critics say. Trump is expected to meet at his Bedminster golf resort with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, according to two sources familiar with the planning. Several defense officials tell CNN t... more »

Israel Permits U.S. Rep Tlaib To Make A Humanitarian Visit To Family In The West Bank

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Reuters:* *After ban, Israel permits U.S. Rep Tlaib to make humanitarian visit to family in West Bank* JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel decided on Friday to allow U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib - a critic of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians - to visit family in the occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds after barring her from making an official visit to Israel. Under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he would not allow Tlaib and fellow Democrat congresswoman Ilhan Omar, to make a planned trip to Israel. ... more »

Beware of making commitments you can't afford

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 16 hours ago
I'm talking back and forth with a couple I've known for some years, who recently found their lives turned upside down by one of their children's study loans. They had signed as guarantors of the loans, because the university's financial advisor had assured them that it was "just a formality", that "everybody does it", and that if they didn't step up to their plate, their child "would not get the high-quality education she deserves". How many of you have endured the same pitches from your kids' universities and colleges? Sound familiar? Well, in this case, reality bit. Hard. Th... more »

Confused suicide bomber blows himself up before reaching target in southern Idlib

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – A suicide bomber allegedly blew up his vehicle well before reaching his intended target in southern Idlib on Thursday, the Sputnik News Agency’s Arabic-language version reported. Citing a field source in the area, the Sputnik report claimed that the reason for the suicide bomber’s early detonation was likely due to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Hezbollah releases new footage of their attack on an Israeli warship during the 2006 War: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Hezbollah has released a new video this week showing their troops targeting an Israeli warship off the coast of Lebanon during the 2006 War. The 2006 War was fought between Hezbollah and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the Summer of 2006. The war itself, which lasted a month, resulted […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian S-400 system still active in Masyaf: photos

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Russian military’s S-400 system is still active near the city of Masyaf, the OSINT researcher Observer IL showed in a satellite image taken on August 11th. There is a big big difference between Deactivated and MAINTAINED. 4 x #S400 TEL's west of #Masyaf #Syria are up and operational. Imagery […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army captures 2 towns near the jihadist stronghold in southern Idlib

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their large-scale advance in southern Idlib last night, as their troops captured two more towns from the jihadist rebels. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Army began last night’s attack by capturing the small town of Madaya near the jihadist stronghold of Khan […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Funny Friday

Terry at 'Nox & Friends - 16 hours ago
From Hershey : ( I’m thinkin’ Hershey must have had another Birthday recently or something. ) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From Foguth : ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A very sick man is lying in bed.He realizes he doesn’t have much time left, so he asks his nurse to bring his wife, daughter, and both sons to him, as well as witnesses and a camera to record his last wishes. When all are assembled, their eyes misty and their faces drawn, he begins to speak.“My son, Sam, I want you to take the Ocean Reef houses.” “My daughter Sybil, you take the apartments between mile markers 100 and … Co... more »

Don't Mess with Them: Meet the F-14 Tomcat Grim Reaper Squad

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Security, * Who are they? After having been reestablished in May 2012, the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 was officially reconstituted on Oct. 1, 2013 when the rollout ceremony for the delivery to the U.S. Navy of its first F-35C Lightning II was held at Eglin AFB by the 33rd Fighter Wing, the joint USAF – U.S. Navy – USMC F-35 training unit. With the delivery of the first F-35C, the Grim Reapers have become the Lightning II Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), a role already played in the past by the then Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 for iconic aircraft such as the... more »

Did China Just Ruin the New Top Gun Movie?

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Security, * Did Beijing demand a change that eagle-eyed internet fans As reported by Esquire, some very dedicated Top Gun fans have some big questions about a particular detail in the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick film. After last month’s massive trailer reveal at Comic Con, fans caught something in the trailer that has raised a few eyebrows—and a few heavy political eye rolls. In the original film, Maverick’s iconic jacket had a four flag pattern on the back—two of which were Japanese and Taiwanese flags. But in a still taken from the new trailer, it appears that t... more »

Note to Trump: Iran Might Be Getting Ready Its Own 'Maximum Pressure'

Enea Gjoza at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Enea Gjoza* *Security, Middle East* [image: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5666436/11th-meu-uss-john-p-murtha-strait-hormuz-transit] Storm clouds brewing. *The conduct of U.S. foreign policy over the past two decades towards nuclear hopeful actors like Iran has only reaffirmed Iran's nuclear ambitions.* The United States and Iran remain locked in a tense standoff, punctuated by periodic escalations, that could easily transition into a full-blown conflict. Following the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA, Iran has been subjected to crushing sanctions that have contracted its econom... more »

Global Vegetation Decreasing, As The World Gets Greener (Or Something Like That!)

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t AC Osborn The Mail gives uncritical coverage to the latest bit of junk science: Plant growth has decreased by 59 per cent worldwide since 1999 due to a lack of water in the atmosphere, a new study suggests. Experts studied four global climate datasets to try and […]

Meghan’s Private Jet Birthday Trip To Ibiza

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Another day, another private jet trip for Hypocritical Harry and Meghan! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoyed a secret trip to Ibiza on a private jet to celebrate Meghan’s birthday – despite their persistent posturing about being green. Meghan, who turned 38 on August 4, is thought […]

Economy Minister Says Brazil Will Leave Mercosur Should Argentina Halt Liberalization

Contributing Reporter at The Rio Times - 16 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said on Thursday night, August 15th, that should the opposition win the presidential elections in Argentina and show resistance to Mercosur's economic liberalization, Brazil will leave the bloc. The primaries held last weekend by the neighboring country, which . . . To read the full NEWS […] The post Economy Minister Says Brazil Will Leave Mercosur Should Argentina Halt Liberalization appeared first on The Rio Times.

"The Battle Of The 'Flations Has Begun"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"The Battle Of The 'Flations Has Begun"* by Tom Luongo "We’ve reached a pivotal moment where all of the narratives of what is actually happening have come together. And it feels confusing. But it really isn’t. The central banks have run out of room to battle deflation. QE, ZIRP, NIRP, OMT, TARGET2, QT, ZOMG, BBQSauce! It all amounts to the same thing. How can we stuff fake money onto more fake balance sheets to maintain the illusion of price stability? The consequences of this coordinated policy to save the banking system from itself has resulted in massive populist uprisings arou... more »

Links 8/16/19

Yves Smith at naked capitalism - 17 hours ago

If The Keto Diet Cures Your Migraines, You Don't Have Migraines

Hank Campbell at Science 2.0 blogs - 17 hours ago
A recent paper claims the ketogenic diet (basically the Atkins diet, except you can't sell new diet books using old names) will help with migraines. Other more dangerous claims are that it will help with schizophrenia and epilepsy. The reality is that if the ketogenic diet could do any of those things, meal plans would be in double-blind clinical trials right now. Those diseases are a trillion dollar market. read more

‘High-level’ criminality focus in fight against illicit MJ market: More Q&A with California marijuana czar Nicole Elliott

John Schroyer at Marijuana Business Daily - 17 hours ago
In the second part of our conversation with California's cannabis business czar, Nicole Elliott, Marijuana Business Daily asked what the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom hopes to achieve in this ongoing battle. ‘High-level’ criminality focus in fight against illicit MJ market: More Q&A with California marijuana czar Nicole Elliott is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Approval of public health insurance could boost medical cannabis sales in Czech Republic

Alfredo Pascual at Marijuana Business Daily - 17 hours ago
The Czech Republic has one of the oldest medical cannabis programs in Europe and was the second country on the continent to authorize a domestic grow – after the Netherlands – yet, after several years, the market has been unable to gain traction. But that situation may be changing. Sales data for 2019 suggest an […] Approval of public health insurance could boost medical cannabis sales in Czech Republic is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Palestinian Lawsuit Against Trump Megadonor Sheldon Adelson & Others For Civil Conspiracy; Genocide; Other War Crimes

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 17 hours ago
As Trump openly condones blocking Palestinian-American Congresswoman Tlaib from Israel, it is time for people to recall, or be made … Continue reading →

'Evil 8' father sentenced to more jail time after daughter reveals further sex abuse

Joanna Menagh at Just In - 17 hours ago
The Perth father at the centre of the so called "evil 8" paedophile ring has another year added to his record jail term for further sex offences against his daughter when she was just 10 years old.

Australia's batsmen flustered at Lord's before rain curtails day three

Dan Colasimone And James Maasdorp at Just In - 17 hours ago
Rain again dominates proceedings in the second Ashes Test at Lord's, but not before Australia's batsmen caught a case of the butterflies against English pace.

Live: Demons, Swans clash at the MCG

Just In - 17 hours ago
There's no finals spot on the line, but the Demons and Swans will want to break a run of losses when they meet at the MCG. Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary.

Debt-laden university sacks academics while propping up private colleges

Matt Garrick at Just In - 17 hours ago
Questions are raised over a Northern Territory university's continued ownership of a loss-making private business colleges in Cairns, at a time when the university is being offered a multi-million-dollar NT Government bailout to keep its training sector afloat.

The Response Politico Won't Run: Robert Kennedy Jr to His Family

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 17 hours ago
Imagine an America where a major political magazine refuses to publish Robert Kennedy, Jr.. whose family has been political royalty for more than 60 years, because the topic, vaccination safety, is verboten unless it's to praise pharma and damn vaccine... more »

Rio Police Accused of Corruption After Photos of Drug Traffickers in Armored Vehicle

C.H. Gardiner at The Rio Times - 17 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Nine police from Rio de Janeiro have been charged with providing support to drug traffickers following the discovery of photos of traffickers in armored vehicles belonging to the police. Investigators accused the police of accepting bribes from drug traffickers and in exchange warning them when operations were to take place […] The post Rio Police Accused of Corruption After Photos of Drug Traffickers in Armored Vehicle appeared first on The Rio Times.

Brazil has the Most Expensive iPhone in the World, Says Study

Richard Mann at The Rio Times - 17 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil has the most expensive iPhone in the world, is what shows a survey conducted by the German banking giant Deutsche Bank. According to the study, the iPhone XS costs 58 percent more in Brazil than in the United States. With the conversion of the dollar and the inclusion of […] The post Brazil has the Most Expensive iPhone in the World, Says Study appeared first on The Rio Times.

Inverted yield curve and similar superstitions

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
The most recent 3% drop of the U.S. stock market indices – which had global repercussions – took place almost completely due to the fact that the main yield curve got inverted. It's a sign of recession – in average, it comes in 22 months from now, a Swiss bank said. A Czech Canadian wrote me that the yield curve inverted and "f*gg*ts are buying stocks on that day" (the f-category surely included me). The "bad sign of the inverted yield curve" is a similar rule-of-thumb as the technical analysis used to predict the future movements of prices of securities and other things. All these r... more »

New Monsanto Papers Reveal ‘Ghostwriting’ for Members of US Congress in Attempt to Defund IARC

Sustainable Pulse at Sustainable Pulse - 18 hours ago
The U.S. law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman added 100+ new documents to the Monsanto Papers on Thursday. The new Monsanto Papers documents are available for review via the Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman website. Prior to, during, and after the first three Monsanto Roundup trials, Baum Hedlund worked to declassify and publish internal Monsanto […] The post New Monsanto Papers Reveal ‘Ghostwriting’ for Members of US Congress in Attempt to Defund IARC appeared first on Sustainable Pulse.

Advertisers Blacklisting News, Other Stories with “Controversial” Words Like “Trump”

Yves Smith at naked capitalism - 18 hours ago
How advertisers are killing the news business.

Brazil Retrieves Some R$700 Million in Misappropriated Funds From Lawsuits

Iolanda Fonseca at The Rio Times - 18 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The attorney general of the Union, André Mendonça, said yesterday, August 15th, in Lima, Peru, that Brazil has retrieved approximately R$700 million (US$175 million) to the public coffers this year in administrative misconduct lawsuits. In 2018, the body collected R$500 million. According to Mendonça, the Brazilian expertise in the use […] The post Brazil Retrieves Some R$700 Million in Misappropriated Funds From Lawsuits appeared first on The Rio Times.

Justice Gilmar Mendes Suspends Lava Jato Action Over Use of COAF Data

Iolanda Fonseca at The Rio Times - 18 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Wednesday, August 14th, Federal Supreme Court (STF) justice Gilmar Mendes granted a request from the former head of the Rio de Janeiro's State Highway Department, Lineu Castilho, and ordered the suspension of a criminal action in which the former governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral The post Justice Gilmar Mendes Suspends Lava Jato Action Over Use of COAF Data appeared first on The Rio Times.

Life, Deferred: Student Debt Postpones Key Milestones for Millions of Americans

Yves Smith at naked capitalism - 18 hours ago
The student debt crisis has produced a decline in homeownership, marriage, and childbearing rates among the young.

How Donald Trump Would Attack Iran: Amphibious Landings?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Middle East* [image: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5661938/reserve-marines-with-1-25-prepare-regimental-assault-course] A distinct possibility. *The Marine Corps trains for a broad spectrum of operations, from pilot and aircraft personnel recovery to full-scale amphibious and airmobile assaults.* One of the greatest truisms of life is that land wars in Asia are futile. The continent’s vastness allows defenders to trade space for time, extending the logistical lifelines of invaders to the breaking point. This argument holds for Iran, which at a popula... more »

Meet the F-23: The Plane the Air Force Didn't Want (That Is Now Pure Legend)

David Axe at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*David Axe* *History, Americas* [image: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5601720/f-22-and-f-16-joint-pacific-alaska-range-complex-flight] But why? *But if the YF-23 program is any indication, it could take longer than 15 years to invent a new air-superiority system, whatever form it takes.* The mystique that today surrounds Northrop Grumman’s YF-23 *isn’t entirely healthy*. It reflects a tendency in many Americans to look for technological solutions to human problems. Buying F-23s instead of F-22s wouldn’t have changed the recent arc of U.S. history. It wouldn’t have stopped Rus... more »

The U.S. Navy SEALs: Why are They Falling Apart?

Jeff Schogol at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Jeff Schogol* *Politics, Americas* [image: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5664941/190605-n-uj417-1036] Not good. *Coincidentally, the SEALs came from the same team as Eddie Gallagher, who was recently found not guilty of murder after being accused of stabbing a wounded ISIS fighter to death in Mosul in 2017, according to San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Andrew Dyer.* SEALs were walking on water as the best military force in the world a decade ago. They killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. They rescued Capt. Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. No one seemed more professional or... more »

How Good Is the F-21 That India Wants Anyway?

David Axe at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*David Axe* *Technology, Asia* [image: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5601738/f-22-and-f-16-joint-pacific-alaska-range-complex-flight] Take a look. *New Delhi wants to spend around $18 billion acquiring 110 new fighters to replace the old MiGs. * Lockheed Martin is developing a new variant of its iconic F-16 single-engine fighter in order to compete in India’s 2019 tender for 110 new warplanes. *(This first appeared in May 2019.)* But don’t count on the American firm’s *“F-21”* to win the contract. According to journalist Angad Singh, the likely winner is French company Dassa... more »

F-35 Is Dead: Europe Wants to Build the Most Advanced Stealth Fighter Ever

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Technology, Europe* Can they pull it off? *There have been numerous weapons that are the fruits of European cooperation, such as the British-German-Italian Tornado jet, or the Franco-German HOT anti-tank missile. Yet Britain, Germany, Italy and France have their individual main battle tanks.* Ever since the guns fell silent in 1945, Europe has always been in third place in the global arms race. Nations such as Britain, France and Sweden could devise weapons of clever and innovative design. But when it came to weapons technology, the innovation came from the Unit... more »

The Only Thing That Can Kill an F-22 (Not Russia or China)

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Americas* [image: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5623962/year-raptor-oshkosh] More like mother nature. *As many as twenty-two of the stealth fighters—which cost roughly $150 million each, or more than twice that if you factor in R&D costs—in non-flyable condition tucked away in hangars to weather Hurricane Michael.* The F-22 Raptor may be the most elusive fighter ever built. It has a radar-cross section the size of a marble, and if it gets into trouble, it can rocket away traveling up to two-and-a-half times the speed of sound—so fast that the fric... more »

Hard Cancer Realities

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
The one central reality is that real progress against cancer has been far less than imagined. On top of that the stats have also been shamelessly manipulated as well. The reported experience of Colon cancer survivors is little different than that of my mother back in 1963. We still use surgery. There is good news on leukemia since the sixties and on some oddities. Yet what we have is initially a death sentence for most with a possibility of surgical postponement. Not too comforting. Chemo sometimes works out but often as not promotes a worse cancer. All these therapies ar... more »

Infections as a Cause of Cancer

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
We are all vulnerable to what i describe as low level infectious colonization in our bodies and particularly our intestinal tract and skin. This includes microbes of course, but also no end of fungi. The best protection is likely maintaining a diet that avoids low Ph. But you all know that. Goodbye sugar. I have spent a lot of effort in discovering ways to achieve those not so unreasonable objectives. It is difficult and we are still trying to make it all work while optimizing human nutrition itself. Right now I am thinking is terms of a sugar fast in which i focus on sug... more »

The Role of Iran

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
This comes by way of an Russian Intel informant. Thus we can get a different perspective. That is always helpful. What it discloses is the continuing NAZI MEME which has been continuously funded by the monied elite who follow an agenda that is best described as stupid. Yet because of their money and real influence, they have over and over again promoted wars into existence. They are attempting to use Iran as a trigger. The real conflict desired is against China which must draw in India as well. Such an imagined conflict could easily kill over one billion people. The prob... more »

The Apache Wars

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
This was a sustained conflict that continued from contact through the early twentieth century. The country itself could not sustain an increasing population with either the Apache tech kit or the colonizing Tech kit. For that reason it was a war of displacement that left little room for compromise. For that reason the conflict was continuous, but also low level over huge tracts of geography. No one is so tied to their ancestral lands today that they must fight.. . *The Apache Wars* *James M. Volo, Contributor/Ed to Several Encyclopedias of History (1998-present)* *https:/... more »

Big Pharma Admits Measles Outbreak and Subsequent Media Hysteria Made Them Massive Profits

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
It should be obvious that every year, that we suffer a vaccine promotion whose sole purpose it to generate sales. The scientific risk for measles is very low because of the long transition to vastly improved housing. Better medical care has made the death risk negligible. This also applies to most other vaccine prospects. The current commercial mode of delivery has become a fraudulent enterprise and needs to be absorbed into FEMA or its equivalent. *Despite no deaths and very few complications, we can now see what this measles hysteria and police state action is all for... more »

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