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Friday, April 29, 2016

29 April - Blogs I'm Following

10:33pm MDST

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 minutes ago
A radio transmission operator, 1st Armored Division takes the brunt of debris caused by the firing of an M777 howitzer as he calls in another strike for his gun, at Fort Bliss, Texas, Nov. 3, 2015. IMAGE: STAFF SGT. MARCUS FICHTL, USA

Do You Like Your Senators?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 minutes ago
*A pile of crap that no one likes even in their own states* Thursday, Morning Consult published the approval and disapproval ratings of every senator. Only their own constituents were asked to vote. Bernie is the most popular senator in America once again-- with an 80% approval rating. Although Miss McConnell remains the most disliked senator in the country among his own constituents-- his disapproval is 49%-- the Republican senators who ran for president are unpopular with their own constituents, especially Little Marco. Of all senators who ran for president, his approval took the ... more »

Decorated Green Beret Will Not Be Discharged From The Army Because He Confronted A Child Rapist

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 33 minutes ago
*FOX News*: *Army retains decorated Green Beret it planned to kick out over confronting Afghan child rapist* EXCLUSIVE: In a stunning reversal, the U.S. Army decided late Thursday to retain a decorated Green Beret it had planned to kick out after he physically confronted a local Afghan commander accused of raping a boy over the course of many days. Sgt 1st Class Charles Martland, confirmed the Army's decision to retain him when reached by Fox News, who has been covering the story in depth for the past eight months and first broke the story of the Army's decision in August to kic... more »

(Bernie Should NOT Drop Out!)  Election Fraud Gone Wild  (Behind Prince's Low-Profile Generosity to Green Causes)  Alumni World Turns  (Is Hillary Clinton 'Honest'? Does She Need to Be?)  Former Tax Lobbyists Are Writing the Rules on Tax Dodging

Bernie Should Drop Out? Baloney.By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Facebook Page27 April 16ere's what I say to all those who are telling me Bernie should leave the race: Baloney. He should – and will – fight on, despite the worsening odds of his winning the nomination. His campaign isn’t and has never been mainly about Bernie Sanders. It’s about a movement to reclaim our democracy from the

Couple Proves Nature Can be Healed by Transforming Barren Land into Sanctuary

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Anna Hunt* - Driven by their passion for nature, this couple has done the impossible.

The Old Oil Order Has Collapsed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Michael Klare, Real Clear World/Tom Dispatch*:* The Collapse of the Old Oil Order* Sunday, April 17th was the designated moment. The world's leading oil producers were expected to bring fresh discipline to the chaotic petroleum market and spark a return to high prices. Meeting in Doha, the glittering capital of petroleum-rich Qatar, the oil ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), along with such key non-OPEC producers as Russia and Mexico, were scheduled to ratify a draft agreement obliging them to freeze their oil output at current levels. In a... more »

This is What Government Sponsored Mass Surveillance is Doing to Your Mind

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - Research into the effects of government spying proves how dangerous it is to the individual.

An Analysis On Chinese President Xi Jingping

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Chinese President Xi Jinping (pictured) has been dogged by foreign media reports of great family wealth. Daily Mail *Andrew J. Nathan, New York Review of Books*:* Who Is Xi?* More than halfway through his five-year term as president of China and general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party—expected to be the first of at least two—Xi Jinping’s widening crackdown on civil society and promotion of a cult of personality have disappointed many observers, both Chinese and foreign, who saw him as destined by family heritage and life experience to be a liberal reformer. Many thought Xi... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( April 29 , 2016 ) Overview For Friday ( 1. Markets - Global Equities Returns Through April , Commodities - Returns through April , Crude Oil Bounce Since February Lows , USD Index - YTD Low While Oil Rebound To YTD High , Credit , Bond , NIRP Items De Jour. 2. Greece Updates - Primarily Focused On State Of Talks With Creditors , Greece Unemployment at 24.4% In January . 3 Libya In Focus - Political Updates , General State Of Play . 4. Brexit Items De Jour. 5. Refugee Crisis / Border Security Items.)

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 hours ago
Markets..... *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 4h 4 hours ago Global Equity returns (local currency) through April... *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 4h 4 hours ago Commodity Returns through April... *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 22m 22 minutes ago Crude Oil in 2016... Feb 11: -30% YTD Today: +24% YTD $WTIC $CL_F *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 11h 11 hours ago Dollar Index at YTD low. Crude Oil at YTD high. $DXY $CL_F *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 3h 3 hours ago Inflation Expectations end the month at their high... more »

KIPP and Duncan's ED Under Scrutiny

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
It has been a long time coming, but legitimate watchdog groups are finally coming to the "no excuses" charter school scandal. This investigative piece is from the Center for Media and Democracy. the volume of such private philanthropic support begs the question of why the American taxpayer ought to be subsidizing schools that are touted as public but act like private ones when it comes to executive compensation and roadblocks to transparency, especially at a time when traditional public schools are facing such budgetary pressures? KIPP is a taxpayer-subsidized school franchise that ...more »

Hester Berry - crumbling imagery - pseudo abstract landscapes

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 3 hours ago
I love these paintings by Devonshire artist Hester Berry because the closer you get to them the more the image diffuses or cracks or shatters to impsto marks that made them. *I try to use the marks available to me as economically as possible, distilling the image/feeling/moment into what is necessary. Paint enables me to explore my world, and lends a voice with which to comment on modern life. *HESTER BERRY

Hillary Is Much Better Than Trump, Right?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Eric Levitz's *New York* Magazine story after the quintet of northeast primaries this week, seems to indicate that Trump will fight Clinton for the Bernie supporters-- or, at least, use some of the populist Bernie messaging to clobber her and her and her cronies' corporate instincts. His racism, sexism, xenophobia and penchant for fascism isn't going to play well among any of the Bernie supporters I know. Other than that though, he's ready to take her on in the battle of the evil of two lessers shaping up for November. "[T]he Donald," writes Levitz, "plans to read up on this democ... more »

Russian Authorities Are Preparing For Mass Protests

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Riot police stand guard during a march to commemorate Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead in central Moscow on March 1, 2015. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters) *Washington Post*:* This is how the Russian police say they will put down mass protests* MOSCOW — It has been years since Russia's protest movement showed much moxie, sending tens of thousands onto the streets of Moscow for raucous demonstrations against electoral fraud and Vladimir Putin's third term as president. But with the economy now mired in its longest recession in 20 years and parliamentary elections set for t... more »

Musical Interlude: Bruce Springsteen, “My Hometown”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Bruce Springsteen, “My Hometown” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSRH4vh7fb8

Kiev Sends Fox to Guard the Chickens in Odessa

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
US puppet in Kiev Petro Poroshenko to send Nazi battalions to 'keep peace' at May 2 memorial to remember those killed by Nazis in Odessa in 2014..... Not a good sign.....

Armed Military Arrives in Gangjeong

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
As a group of Jeju navy soldiers go through Gangjeong village [Jeju Island, South Korea] on April 28, carrying assault rifles with their fingers on the trigger, ready to shoot the gun, Gangjeong residents are protesting. Villagers just want peace, living in their village without fear. Drop the damage lawsuit! Don't walk around Gangjeong in military uniform!!

New UK Guardian interview with Albert Woodfox, two months after his release

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 3 hours ago
In a UK Guardian article published today, Albert Woodfox reflects upon two months of life outside of prison walls and solitary confinement. The article concludes with the following excerpt: *The most disturbing part of freedom, Woodfox says, has been the dawning realisation since his release that in America in 2016 there is very little sense of political or social struggle. When he entered prison in the 1970s the country was on fire with political debate; now, as he puts it, “everybody seems to be ‘Me, me, me, me, me.’ It’s all about me, what I need and how I’m going to get it.... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“What makes this spiral galaxy so long? Measuring over 700,000 light years across from top to bottom, NGC 6872, also known as the Condor galaxy, is one of the most elongated barred spiral galaxies known. *Click image for larger size.* The galaxy's protracted shape likely results from its continuing collision with the smaller galaxy IC 4970, visible just above center. Of particular interest is NGC 6872's spiral arm on the upper left, as pictured here, which exhibits an unusually high amount of blue star forming regions. The light we see today left these colliding giants before the day... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Believe me, I know all about it. I know the stress. I know the frustration. I know the temptations of time and space. We worked this out ahead of time. They're part of the plan. We knew this stuff might happen. Actually, you insisted they be triggered whenever you were ready to begin thinking thoughts you've never thought before. New thinking is always the answer.” “Good on you,” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” - www.tut.com

"We Are All..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." - Oscar Wilde

"The Road to New Beginnings: Completion"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Road to New Beginnings: Completion"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Just as new beginnings are important, so is honoring the experience of closure. Life is a collage of beginnings and endings that run together like still-wet paint. Yet before we can begin any new phase in life, we must sometimes first achieve closure to the current stage we are in. That’s because many of life’s experiences call for closure. Often, we cannot see the significance of an event or importance of a lesson until we have reached closure. Or, we may have completed a certain phase in life or path of le... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
San Antonio, Texas, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

The Poet: Herman Melville, “The Martyr”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“The Martyr”* “Good Friday was the day Of the prodigy and crime, When they killed him in his pity, When they killed him in his prime Of clemency and calm- When with yearning he was filled To redeem the evil-willed, And, though conqueror, be kind; But they killed him in his kindness, In their madness and their blindness, And they killed him from behind. There is sobbing of the strong, And a pall upon the land; But the People in their weeping Bare the iron hand: Beware the People weeping When they bare the iron hand. He lieth in his blood- The father in his face; They have killed him, th... more »

Pro-Life Activists Behind Planned Parenthood Sting Videos Reject Plea Bargain

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: David Daleiden, a defendant in an indictment stemming from a Planned Parenthood video he helped produce, arrives for court at the Harris County Courthouse after surrendering to authorities on February 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Daleiden is facing an indictment on a misdemeanor count of purchasing human organs, and along with defendant Sandra Merritt, is charged with tampering with a governmental record. (Photo by Eric Kayne/Getty Images)] The two undercover investigators who exposed Planned Parenthood’s fetal baby part-selling operation have rejecte... more »

"What Foolish Forgetfulness..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by you take no heed. You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, so all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last. You have all the fears of mortals and all the desires of immortals… What foolish forgetfulness of mortality to defer wise resolutions to the fiftieth or sixtieth year, and to intend to begin life at a point to which few have attained." - Denis Diderot

The Economy: "Goldman Sachs 'Bail-in' Plot Designed to Steal Your Bank Account"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Goldman Sachs 'Bail-in' Plot Designed to Steal Your Bank Account"* by Dave Hodges "Bail-outs, Bail-ins, the average consumer has trouble keeping these terms and their meanings straight. Both terms are relatively new on the American economic scene. Here is what these terms mean: “*A bail-out* is when outside investors rescue a borrower by injecting money to help service a debt. Bail-outs of failing banks in Greece, Portugal and Iceland were primarily financed by taxpayers. *A bail-in* occurs when the borrower’s creditors are forced to bear some of the burden by having a portion of...more »

Midday Musical Interlude: Two Steps from Hell, “Downstream”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Two Steps from Hell, “Downstream” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9Lf2qtNTUc

Midday Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Lady Labyrinth and Nightbook”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Lady Labyrinth and Nightbook” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw6kv8nlPbE


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give." - E. O. Wilson

Beech Marten Puts LHC On ‘Paws’

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been shut down by a wayward beech marten. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) released a weekly report on Friday blaming a hungry beech marten for the shut-down of LHC in Geneva. The furry animal made its way into the world’s most powerful particle accelerator and caused a short circuit. Sputnik reports: MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The fouine appears to have found its way into an LHC transformer where it gnawed through the wiring, causing a “severe electrical perturbation.” “Short circuit caused by fouine on 66kV transformer… Transformer...more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'Enemy of the State' (1998)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 29, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
A lookout watches on the bridge of the U.S.S. John C. Stennis aircraft carrier in the South China Sea on April 25, 2016. Chiara Goia for TIME *Hannah Beech, Time*: *The Dispute About the South China Sea Is Also a Dispute About History and America’s Role* After patrolling Asia-Pacific waters for 160 years, the U.S. feels a historic interest in the region's security. Beijing couldn't see things more differently The U.S.S. John C. Stennis, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, plowed through the azure waters of the South China Sea in late April, as implacable as one of the... more »

Supreme Court Empowers FBI To Legally Hack Computers Worldwide

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The Supreme Court just made it easier for the FBI to hack innocent people. New rules approved by the court on Thursday could allow any U.S. judge to authorize the FBI to potentially hack any computer in the United States or overseas with a single warrant. “Possibly the broadest expansion of extraterritorial surveillance power since the FBI’s inception,” according to security expert and law Professor Ahmed Ghappour. Motherboard reports: On Thursday, the court approved a controversial change in in Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, a procedural rule that regulates when... more »

Under Pressure From LGBT Groups, Obama Administration Publicizes Names of Schools Granted Title IX Religious Exemption

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Christian College - 900] LGBT activists have been pressuring President Obama’s Department of Education to publicly name the colleges granted religious exemptions from Title IX’s transgender mandates. Today, those groups got their wish. Title IX was enacted in 1972 and was designed to open... more »

Arkansas Medical Board Puts ‘Unborn Child’ Wording Back in Abortion Regs

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: fetus - 900] The Arkansas Board of Health has voted to put the phrase "death of the unborn child" back into regulations implementing a 2015 abortion law, after an attempt to strike the phrase from the rules failed. Although the 2015 law refers to... more »

California Looks to Cover Illegal Immigrants Under Obamacare

Leah Jessen at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: California Obamacare - 900] In an unprecedented move, California legislators look to extend Obamacare health coverage to the state's estimated 2.6 million illegal immigrant population. If passed and signed into law, California would be the first state in the nation to request illegal immigrants... more »

The end of Iraq is Nigh: Gorran Leader Nashirwin Mustafa returns from London.

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
*Properly groomed, no doubt. And by groomed, I’m not talkin’ hair and nails.* *Gorran leader Nawshirwan Mustafa returns to Iraqi Kurdistan* [image: Gorran leader Nawshirwan Mustafa] Change (Gorran) movement leader Nawshirwan Mustafa. Photo: Mustafa’s facebook *SULAIMANI*, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— Change Movement (Gorran) head Nawshirwan Mustafa arrived in Sulaimani International Airport in Iraqi Kurdistan on Thursday* after seven months in Europe. (Europe? How about London)* Gorran Politburo member Aso Mahmud said the* Gorran leader’s return would affect the political situation... more »

April 29: Why are Terrorists Terrorists....?

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 6 hours ago
Donald Trump will tell you it's because they're a lower form of human made evil by their religion and, therefore, not intelligent and peaceful like us Christians. In fact, all the leadership candidates will tell you that - or something close to that. All this is based on what is essentially racist ideology. So let's go to a different starting point. Let's presume that terrorists are people of normal intelligence who have reasons for what they do. Let's start with 9/11. On that day, they killed over 3,000 Americans. Why? Did they think the U.S. would instantly surrender? Not bloody ... more »

Chinese Biker Narrowly Escapes Collision With Truck

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
A Chinese biker waiting at a junction in Nantong City, China, narrowly avoided serious injury or death when he saw an accident pile up approaching his way. The biker saw the danger and abandons the scene on two legs in the nick of time, leaving behind his bike. NBC reports: Chinese Biker Miraculously Escapes Collision With Cargo Truck A biker narrowly escaped certain death after a traffic collision involving a large cargo truck and a small truck took place in Nantong City, China. Toddler Falls Out Of Van On Busy Chinese Road

World News Briefs -- April 29, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *'Monstrous' violence in Syria as government excludes Aleppo from truce* Syria called local truces near Damascus and in a northern province on Friday but no halt to combat on the main battlefield in Aleppo, after a surge in fighting the United Nations said showed "monstrous disregard" for civilian lives. A new "regime of calm" would begin from 1:00 a.m. on Saturday and last one day in the capital's eastern Ghouta suburb and three days in the northern countryside of the coastal province of Latakia, the army said in a statement. But by excluding the city of Aleppo, scen... more »

Louisiana House Votes Unanimously to Ban Dismemberment Abortions

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Baby in womb fetus - 900] The Louisiana House voted unanimously Thursday to ban dismemberment abortions and voted 75-1 to ban women from getting an abortion because the fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down syndrome. The dismemberment bill would ban the abortion method, commonly used... more »

Military High Court Considers Religious Liberty Case for Marine Whose Bible Verse Was Removed

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Bible military dog tags] The U.S. military’s highest court will decide whether a Marine with a history of insubordination was denied her religious liberty for being forced to remove a Bible verse from her work space -- or whether a lower court got it right... more »

US Controls Info and Data Regarding Mosul Dam. Why?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
*DW* *I’ll be highlighting very important facts:* Since February US authorities have been issuing warnings that the dam could collapse any day. They produced maps to show that the enormous amount of water would flood not only Mosul within hours, but also downstream Tigris cities like Tikrit and Baghdad. *Engineers working there (Mosul Dam) are not impressed.** "Nobody has asked us to leave," Marwan, who has been working at the power plant of the dam for almost 30 years, told DW.* Like most engineers he lives in a village next to the dam that will be hit first if it collapses. But ... more »

Corpse Hotels Gaining Popularity In Japan

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
In Japan there is not enough room to build crematoriums for dead people in the overcrowded cities. With a high death rate and an ageing population “corpse hotels” could be the solution to relieve pressure on “funeral refugees.” A corpse hotel has been set up in Kawasaki, Japan, to temporarily house dead bodies while they await cremation. The prospect of having the dead living next door has upset some locals, however business is booming and the concept could expand nationwide. International Business Times reports: Many so-called corpse hotels have emerged as a flourishing business in... more »

Prince Murder Cover-Up Emerges

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
It is becoming increasingly clear there is a mainstream media cover up conspiracy about Prince’s death. We are being being fed half truths and outright lies, and the official version of events being reported by the media is implausible to say the least. We need to start asking some questions. It is the very least Prince deserves. Last Thursday TMZ took a break from their usual pastime of paying paparazzo to throw sand in celebrities’ faces so they can photograph the celebs looking pissed off and decided to break with tradition and report on some real news instead. They broke the ex... more »

Protest Turns Violent Outside Donald Trump Rally In California

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Anti Donald Trump protesters in Costa Mesa, California clashed with police and Trump supporters outside a rally on Thursday night. Police arrested twenty people in the small conservative town where one third of the residents are Hispanics. Think Progress reports: Hundreds of protesters blocked traffic and yelled “racists go home” outside Trump’s first major California campaign rally, where the Republican frontrunner again vowed to crack down on “illegal immigration.” The Orange County Sheriff’s Department reported the high arrest count, and photos and videos from the scene show anti...more »

Russian Fighter Jet 'Barrel Rolls' Over Another U.S. Air Force Reconnaissance Plane

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*CNN*: *First on CNN: Russians 'barrel roll' over another U.S. Air Force plane* Washington (CNN)A Russian SU-27 conducted a "barrel roll" Friday over the top of a U.S. Air Force RC-135 which was flying a reconnaissance mission in international airspace above the Baltic Sea, two U.S. defense officials told CNN. The SU-27 approached alongside within 100 feet of the U.S. aircraft and then flew inverted over the top of the plane to the other side. The U.S. considers this a very unsafe aerial maneuver and is expected to voice its concerns to the Russians, one of the officials said. T... more »

Can Local Democrats Cut Off The Tentacles Of DCCC Political Bosses-- In California?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*Not the Beltway* William Ostrander, the congressional candidate in CA-24-- Santa Barbara and San Luis Obsispo-- who has endorsed Bernie and is running on his issues, tends to get left out of the Beltway coverage of the race for open seat created by the retirement of backbencher Lois Capps. Capps and the DCCC picked their candidate, Salud Carbajal, and as far as the media wen, that was the end of the story. That's why the media missed the gargantuan 74-26% victory Mary Ellen Balchunis had over "heavily favored" DCCC recruit Bill Golderer in the Philly suburbs Tuesday. Golderer had t... more »

Ken Livingstone, Labour, and Anti-Semitism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
1. Ken Livingstone is a massive dickhead. It's high time he acted like a member of the Labour Party, not the Ken Livingstone Party. I and many thousands of activists, including plenty on the left, are fed up with his frequent foot-in-mouth moments that damage his own reputation, that of Labour's new leadership, and the standing of the party as a whole. 2. But Ken is not an anti-semite. Without wanting to predetermine the Shami Chakrabarti inquiry (not that an occasional blogger from the backwoods can), I am virtually certain her investigation shall reach the same conclusion. Ignore... more »

Trump Making Case to GOP Insiders After Chaotic Rally Scene

MICHAEL R. BLOOD at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Trump Making Case to GOP Insiders After Chaotic Rally Scene] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Donald Trump, the outsider, is making his case to California’s Republican establishment after he kicked off his crucial campaign for the state’s presidential primary with a rally marred by confrontations between protesters and his supporters on... more »

Will Ferrell ‘Not Pursuing’ Film Making Fun of Reagan’s Alzheimer’s, Says Spokesman

AP at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Will Farrell - 900] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Will Ferrell is not pursuing a film project about President Ronald Reagan, a spokesman for the actor said Friday. The actor had read and considered the script for Reagan but had never committed to developing or... more »

Here’s What a Typical Day of Work Harvesting Fetuses for Profit Looks Like

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: baby feet - 900] Chilling documents obtained by a House panel investigating the fetal tissue industry detail exactly what a procurement technician does on a typical day of fetal harvesting. "Arrive at the clinic and change into scrubs," the tech is instructed in a StemExpress... more »

Maddow watch: You actually aren't your neighbor's keeper!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016Don't take a neighbor to lunch:* It's hard to believe how bad it can get when Candidate Kasich starts talking. Five years ago, in a split-second encounter, he mistook a young guy's girl friend for the young guy's mother. And dear God! When he won the Ohio primary last month, he stooped so low that he was caught making these remarks in his victory speech: KASICH (3/15/16): Now, I want you to know the campaign goes on, and I also want you to know that it's been my intention to make you proud. It's been my intention to have young people all across this country ... more »

Fighting Intensifies In The Syrian City Of Aleppo As Government Prepares To Retake The City

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *In Syria’s battered Aleppo, death toll rises as international outrage mounts* ISTANBUL — The battered Syrian city of Aleppo faced another wave of airstrikes and shelling Friday, activists said, killing worshipers at a mosque and damaging a clinic after an earlier air blitz left dozens dead, including patients and staff at a main hospital. The attacks — apparently carried out on both sides — further eroded efforts to rebuild a cease-fire and halt what a United Nations envoy described as a “monstrous disregard for civilian lives” by all factions in the conflict. ... more »

Large Hadron Collider Shuts Down Because Of A Weasel

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator at Cern has been taken offline…by a weasel….apparently The poor creature did not survive the encounter with a high-voltage transformer at the site near Geneva in Switzerland. The LHC was running when an apparent “severe electrical perturbation” occurred in the early hours of Friday morning. A CERN spokesman said that the weasel did not get into the tunnels, just the electrical facilities. New Scientist reports: According to internal documents placed online, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN near Geneva has suffered a power outage after ... more »

Iraq's War Against The Islamic State Facing Numerous Problems

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*U.S. News And World Report*: *Coalition In-Fighting Threatens the War Against ISIS in Iraq* *Recent skirmishes hint at a problem in the war-torn country that far exceeds the extremist threat.* It was just another skirmish in an historically violent part of Iraq that, aside from the few dozen fighters who died, would not normally raise concerns far beyond the township's borders. But the recent confrontation in the northern Iraqi city of Tuz Khurmatu signals a significantly larger problem facing a central government in Baghdad already on shaky footing as it tries to hold together ... more »

To Rid the Oceans of Plastic Pollution, Company Develops Plastic Fishing

Waking Times at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Vic Bishop* - Plastic fishing, started by company Plastic Whale, is an innovative approach to cleaning up the waterways of Amsterdam.

Orthodox Pilgrims Trace Jesus’ Footsteps on Good Friday in Jerusalem

AP at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Good Friday - 900] JERUSALEM (AP) -- Greek-Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox pilgrims are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by following the path in Jerusalem’s Old City where, according to tradition, he walked on the way to the cross. The Good Friday procession passes... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago

Politics: "Crony Capitalism And The Rigged System"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Crony Capitalism And The Rigged System"* by mybudget360 "The system is rigged. Like a carnival game, the odds are against you. This isn’t something that started this year or last, but has been going on for many decades. As long as the media was controlled in a few hands the propaganda kept most of the public in the dark. People now have the ability to access information from wherever they want. And that is why in 2016 you have two party outsiders doing so well. Typically, party insiders excel and do well if they follow the party line. The middle class is now a minority in the Uni... more »

Bill Bonner, “The End of the Road for the Ranch?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“The End of the Road for the Ranch?”* by Bill Bonner GUALFIN, Argentina – “You want to be able to keep the ranch going? Keep the employees on the job. With a place like this, the only way to do it may be tourism. It’s very picturesque. It may the only thing that really works.” Speaking was a young woman who works in the hospitality industry. Sent by a friend, she wanted to come to the ranch to see if it would interest tourists. A smart woman, she saw the situation clearly: “You’re too high, too dry, too far from everything… and pardon me for saying so… but this place may only be o... more »

Syrian Rebels Shell Aleppo Mosque Killing At Least 15

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
State media reported that Syrian rebels shelled a mosque in a government-held area of Aleppo, killing at least 15 people and wounding 30 others. The attack struck the Malla Khan mosque in the Bab al-Faraj neighborhood where several rockets hit the mosque and its surroundings as worshippers were leaving Friday prayers according to Syrian State TV. CBC News reports: The shelling comes after government airstrikes on rebel-held parts of Aleppo were reported shortly after a morning lull had engulfed the contested city, following days of deadly violence that killed scores. Airstrikes late... more »


Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 9 hours ago
PRESS RELEASE: SUNDAY MAY 1, 2016 EVENT WHAT: 3RD ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO 5K SOBRIETY RUN/WALK & HEALTHY FOOD FESTIVAL WHERE: John Valenzuela Youth Center 1550 S 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713 WHEN: MAY 1, 2016 Run/Walk: 8am Healthy B-fast : 9:am WHO: UA-Mexican American Studies, UA-MEChA & Calpolli Teoxicalli. WHY: To promote healthy living as opposed to alcoholism and the desecration of a historic date in history On Sunday May 1, students from my Cultural Nutrition class at the University of Arizona have organized the 3rd annual Cinco de Mayo Sobriety Run/Walk. Every year during Cinco... more »

Report: Italian-British Special Forces Ambushed By Islamic State In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
An image which the Libyan Air Force has claimed shows US special forces in Libya (Libyan Air Force) *Debka*: *Italian-British force ambushed by IS in Libya* ISIS fighters smashed a force of Italian and British Special Ops troops on Wednesday, April 27 in the first battle of its kind in Libya, DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report. This battle will result in the delay of the planned Western invasion of Libya, as the encounter proved that European forces are not ready for this kind of guerilla warfare. The sources also said the planners of the invasion were surprised b... more »

Emma Goes Protesting (Again!)

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood You’ve probably all read about luvvie Emma Thompson’s encounter with a muck spreader, while illegally protesting a farmer’s field against fracking. Josh hits the nail on the head!

Libya's U.N.-Backed Unity Government Tells Militias To Hold-Off On Attacking The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters: **Libyan government urges factions to hold off attacking Islamic State in Sirte* Libya's U.N.-backed unity government called on Thursday on military factions to hold off from any campaign against the Islamic State-controlled city of Sirte until a unified military command structure is created. The statement came amid signs that factions from both eastern and western Libya could be gearing up for an advance on Sirte, although such operations have repeatedly been announced in recent months without taking place. Islamic State has held Sirte since 2015, taking advantage of a ... more »

Twitter Changes Into A News App

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
Online social networking service, Twitter, is now a news app, a role that it acquired naturally and now wants to capitalize on. The company likes to be known for its breaking news stories and has now moved its classification in iOS App Store from Social Networking to News. The Independent reports: The company has simply made the move on the App Store, and it will likely help it get more visibility and therefore downloads. But it comes at a time of increasing concern about Twitter’s future, and could be the first part of a major change in strategy for the site. The company hasn’t made... more »

Energy 63, EPDP lecture on energy planning

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours ago
Last Thursday, I went to UPSE to attend this lecture. Great one, as usual. Dir. Irma Exconde is a friend, a fellow UPSE-PDE alumni, her batch in 2002 was 4 years younger than mine. Dir. Tamang discussed the process in crafting the PH energy plan (PEP) and the Power development plan (PDP). I told Dir. Irma that with the long process of consultations and meetings to produce a national plan, I really would have no patience working in government. Then Irma discussed the important aspects of the PEP and PDP, 2015-2030. Among the slides she presented, below. In Luzon grid last year 2015,... more »

Pentagon Warns That Chinese Claims On The Scarborough Shoal Off The Coast Of Philippine May Lead To A Regional Conflict

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Washington Free Beacon*: *Pentagon Warns of Conflict Over Chinese Buildup on Disputed Island* *Beijing asserts Scarborough Shoal is Chinese territory.* China’s plans to build up a disputed island near the Philippines could lead to a regional conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Thursday. Carter was asked about the strategic significance of China’s plan to add military facilities to a disputed island known as Scarborough Shoal located about 120 miles—within missile range—of Subic Bay, Philippines, where U.S. warships will be based. The defense secretary said S... more »

"Trump, Clinton Both Refuse To Explain Why They Share Same Address In Delaware"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Trump, Clinton Both Refuse To Explain Why * *They Share Same Address In Delaware"* By Claire Bernish Wilmington, DE — "As it turns out, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump share something pertinent in common, after all- a tax haven cozily nested inside the United States. This brick-and-mortar, nondescript two-story building in Wilmington, Delaware would be awfully crowded if its registered occupants- 285,000 companies- actually resided there. What’s come to be known as the “Delaware loophole”- the unassuming building at 1209 North Orange Street- has become, as the Guardian described... more »

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up 4/29/2016"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up 4/29/2016"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "The economy is rotten just like Apple iPhone sales numbers. For the first time in 10 years, Apple reported its first quarterly sales drop for their popular iPhone. No, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s a sign there is trouble in the economy. Sure, Facebook beat its earnings projections, but they don’t make anything. Other bad news includes new home sales are down. Manufacturing numbers from the Dallas Fed are down. Consumer sentiment numbers from the University of Michigan are down. Spending is down. Retail s... more »

"Today's 7.0 Earthquake Literally Shook the Entire Planet"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Today's 7.0 Earthquake Literally Shook the Entire Planet"* by Newsroom "Today's magnitude 7.0 earthquake was so ferocious, it literally shook the entire planet DURING - and upwards of 20 minutes AFTER - striking Vanuatu on the other side of the world! According to the US Geological Survey, ALL EIGHTY-EIGHT SEISMOGRAPHS in the the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) registered the massive quake over ten thousand miles away. Moreover, the ANSS also registered continued shaking traveling through the planet for upwards of twenty-minutes AFTER the quake ended. *Click image for larg... more »

Pentagon: China Has Rejected A Hong Kong Port Call By US Aircraft Carrier

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits the Strait of Hormuz, in this November 12, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS KENNETH ABBATE/HANDOUT (MILITARY) *South China Morning Post:* *US aircraft carrier denied entry to Hong Kong, American consulate official says* *Refusal comes after US defence chief Ash Carter visited the USS Stennis in South China Sea.* Beijing denied a US aircraft carrier permission to make a port call in Hong Kong, a US consulate official says, a rejection that comes amid escalating...more »

White Hat/Black Hat US Civil War News - Syria and NATO inconsistencies

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*Hilarious video: watch as US State Dept. Spokesperson* *tries to defend **the illogical position--where the US* *pays 23 million to **support a USAID org., * *"White Helmets", operating in Syria* *...while banning its leader from **entering the* * US to accept an award for the group's work* There are few more satisfying moments in geopolitical blogging than watching the brilliant, intrepid US investigative reporter, *Matt Lee*, rhetorically corner the "Doofus du Jour" US State Department spokesperson (usually the anemic John Kirby as shown above) and make him and his government look ... more »

Pentagon Officials Defend Islamic State War Strategy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (L) defers to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford as they testify on operations against the Islamic State, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2016 © Jonathan Ernst / Reuters *Washington Post*: *Facing skepticism, military leaders say Islamic State strategy is making headway* Top U.S. military leaders faced skepticism Thursday on Capitol Hill as they made the case that President Obama’s strategy in Iraq and Syria is beginning to show results against the Islamic State. Appearing before the Senate A... more »

Will Clinton Attempt to Bring Sanders Supporters into the Democratic Fold?

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Clinton to Sanders: "No, you come to me." Can you read that headline any other way?* *by Gaius Publius * Something to keep your eye on in the lead-up to post-East Coast voting, and something that could well affect the voting after that. Will Clinton move toward Sanders' positions, as an appeal for his supporters, or will she, as I've said elsewhere, insist the mountain (of his voters) come to Mohammad? Seems the latter. First, Clinton operative Peter Daou, in the headline above, makes the position clear: "If Bernie Wants Real Progress He'll Align His Message With Hers" No link,... more »

Russian Sappers Finish De-Mining Ancient Jewel Of Palmyra

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
A bunch of not so bad Ruskis have finished de-mining the historical part of the city of Palmyra, once considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ISIS took a hammer to the ‘oasis in the desert’ chipping away at man’s cultural heritage, letting the international community know what they think of their so called consideration. In a short period of time they looted and destroyed archaeological treasures and meted out their sick style of justice to the locals and prisoners. Recently a bunch of Russian sappers quietly went about clearing the site from explosives and mines allowing residents... more »

Why that Evolution paper should never have been retracted: A reviewer speaks out

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
Earlier this week, we covered the case of a retraction that happened against one of the author’s wishes. That’s not all that unusual. What was unusual in this story, however, is that the author who objected to the retraction had published a well-considered paper in which she identified an error in the original work, and corrected […] The post Why that Evolution paper should never have been retracted: A reviewer speaks out appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Trump made me do it...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*because I have no control over anything I do.* What a load of bull excrement. The Los Angles Times *posted a story about the riots Trump caused* at his rally in Costa Mesa. We had gone out to dinner last night and when we returned home I flipped on the live feed from the rally. I saw a bunch of people, not near the number the MSM outlets are reporting, being herded down the street by police on foot and police on horses. The sight of Mexican flags being waved about did not sit well with moi. No siree! *From the article:* To Arianna Perez, 19, the flaring of tempers over Trump ... more »

Cruz Wins Endorsement of Indiana Governor Mike Pence

SCOTT BAUER & STEVE PEOPLES at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Ted Cruz - 900] INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- In a setback for Donald Trump, Indiana’s governor endorsed the front-runner’s chief rival, Ted Cruz, on Friday, injecting new drama into the state’s critical Republican primary contest just days before voters head to the polls. Indiana Gov.... more »

Supreme Court Refuses to Block Texas Voter ID Law

Mark Sherman at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: man putting ballot in a box during elections in front of flag american state of texas] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal to stop Texas from enforcing its challenged voter ID law. But the court said it could revisit the issue as the November elections approach. The law has been... more »

Senate Confirms Obama’s Pick to be Ambassador to Mexico

RICHARD LARDNER at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Roberta Jacobson - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico, clearing the way for the first woman to hold what is considered to be one of the country’s most important diplomatic posts.... more »

BWorld 56, Thomas Hobbes, Saul Alinsky and Duterte

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last Thursday. An electoral exercise is a process of the changing and evolving function of the state, of local and national governments as key actors -- politicians and political parties -- articulate their vision or lack of it, of where government should focus its roles and function. Such evolution of state and governments, like markets, is often for the better, towards the rule of law and equality before the law. But sometimes it is a change for the worse, towards the rule of men, unequal application of the law and dictatorship. Among the le... more »

Why Do People Still Believe The Official Lies About Syria?

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
The war in Syria is a conspiracy that has followed after the conspirators of 9/11 brought down the Twin Towers and started a global war on/of terror. The same presstitute media that tries to explain the disappearance of four planes and three skyscrapers with kindergarten physics is also telling jackanories when it comes to explaining the civil wars in Syria and Ukraine. The upcoming global war between the besieged and the pompous, and the threat of mini nuclear weapons finally making their appearance on the battlefield is what awaits those seeking entertainment through the media at ... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 12 hours ago
*Since I am a disabled navy veteran with a service related pulmonary disability related to Asbestosis, my wife Keiko has implemented an organic juicing optimal health juicing regimen which we have done daily for over six months which has resulted in remarkable health benefits including weight loss, energy gain and immune system improvement: Allen L Roland. PhD* *Keiko's Optimal Health Juicing Plan* *Note that Toxic cells cannot survive in Alkaline environment but instead thrive in acidity.* *Alkaline** food is primarily organic raw fresh vegetables and fruits.* *Acidic**... more »

Army Reinstates Green Beret Hero Who Defended Afghan Boy Against Rapist

Stream Staff at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Sgt_Charles_Martland_Green_Beret_Army] The Army has reversed its course and decided to reinstate Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, the Green Beret who beat up an Afghan police commander who was sexually abusing a boy. This is a reversal from the Army's earlier decision... more »

Degradation of standards watch: The Post rejects an invented fact!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016The New York Times' downward spiral:* In today's featured editorial, the Washington Post discusses Donald J. Trump's foreign policy speech. Their headline was less than flattering: "Trump’s incoherent, inconsistent, incomprehensible foreign policy" At one point, the editors did something strange. They rejected an important fact which Donald J. Trump has invented: WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL (4/29/16): Mr. Trump blamed previous administrations for making a mess of the Middle East—a reasonable claim, but one he littered with false assertions. *He again claimed, ... more »

Premature adaptation leads to withdrawal of sexual function paper

amarcus41 at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Ahem. The Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy has retracted a 2012 paper by a pair of authors in Spain who failed to obtain approval to adapt the model of sexual function they used in their study. The article indicates that the work was based on previous research. But that declaration wasn’t enough to satisfy the […] The post Premature adaptation leads to withdrawal of sexual function paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

‘Regime Of Calm’ Declared In Parts Of Latakia & Damascus In Syria

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Syria has declared that a “regime of calm” will be enforced in parts of Latakia and Damascus from 1:00am on Saturday A statement from the Syrian military said on Friday that the regime of calm, or the “silent period” will be enforced in parts of Latakia and Damascus regions from 1:00 a.m. (2200 GMT) on April 30. The head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation, Lieutenant General Sergey Kuralenko said “During this period, conducting warfare and use of all types of weaponry will be forbidden. One Russian source said that regime of calm was the result of joint efforts by the United ... more »

Is the High Court Starting to Take the Little Sisters Seriously?

Travis Weber & Cathy Ruse at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: Mother Loraine Marie Maguire, (C), of the Little Sisters of the Poor, walks up to speak to the media after aruments at the US Supreme Court, March 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Today the high court heard arguments in Little Sisters v. Burwell, which will examine whether the governments new health care regulation will require the Little Sisters to change their healthcare plan, to other services that violate Catholic teaching.] Last week, religious challengers and the government both filed another round of briefs with the Supreme Court on a question it ... more »

Finland, Feeling Russian Assertiveness, Weighs Consequences of Joining NATO

MATTI HUUHTANEN at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Finland's President Sauli Niinisto attend a joint press conference at Novo-Ogaryovo State Residence on March 22, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. Niinisto was on a state visit to Russia to discuss relations between the two countries.] HELSINKI (AP) -- Finland could expect “harsh” reactions from Russia if it decided to join NATO, but would be better off doing so together with neighboring Sweden, an expert panel told the Finnish government on Friday. In Moscow, Russian Foreign... more »

Major Earthquake Hits Pacific Nation Of Vanuatu

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
The Pacific nation of Vanuatu was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake early on Friday prompting a tsunami warning. Minor sea level fluctuations of up to 0.3 metres have been predicted by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) for the next few hours. The earthquake hit the Vanuatu island of Malekula, 64 kilometres south south-east of Luganville. It prompted a Tsunami warning which was later cancelled when no significant damage was reported. ABC Australia reports: The sparsely populated village of Norsup was one kilometre from its epicentre, which struck on land at a depth of 35 k...more »

World News Briefs -- April 29, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*MIDDLE EAST* Aleppo onslaught: *New air strikes hit medical facility*. Syria conflict:* Aleppo rocked by fresh fighting.* Russia and US introduce *ceasefire regime in Latakia’s north.* Syrian military calls temporary *"regime of calm" in parts of country*. Russia: US deployment *violates Syria's sovereignty.* 'No point talking to Iraqi PM': Qatar in secret talks *with Shia tribes to free hunters.* Iran touts Israel invasion to *recruit teenage boys to fight in Syria.* Iran votes in key *run-off elections for parliament.* Voting under way *in Iran parliamentary runoff.* Iran as... more »

James O'Brien, Ken Livingstone and 'supporters of Israel'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Occasional *Newsnight *presenter James O'Brien is 'allowed' to have opinions on his LBC show. and he's rarely shy about expressing them - even if they're total tripe. Here he is on the subject of Ken Livingstone today squarely laying the blame for Ken's political and moral downfall on, yes, *supporters of Israel* . These *supporters of Israel *have "manipulated" Ken, JO'B says. Poor Ken's had to put up, "daily", with their 'frustrating' 'world view' and his disgust with them finally got the better of him. Such *supporters of Israel *share the same 'radicalised' mindset as terro... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Apple Suicide: Man With Head Wound Found Dead Inside Apple Conference Room; Gun Nearby Delaware Has One Billion Reasons Not To Change Its Laws Of Incorporation Former House Speaker And "Serial Child Molester" Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison 'All Belgians to get iodine pills' in case of nuclear accident 'A catastrophic deterioration' Interesting note that the "CoH" (cessation of hostilities) was only a cover to allow for the necessary two-month preparation for this offensive. The disastrous Valeant document everyone's been waiting for is finally ... more »

EINSTEIN'S OWN WORDS: Ruminations on a fast-moving train!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016Interlude—Truthfully, clear as mud:* One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein wrote a brief book aimed at general readers. To peruse the entire book, click here. In the preface to the book, Einstein stated his general intention: "The present book is intended, as far as possible, to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics," Einstein wrote. "The book presumes ... more »

Its not working, Its not working

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
We need a celstail mechamic

Hospital Sued For Violating Religious Rights By Forcing Flu Shots

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC) filed a lawsuit this week claiming that the Mission hospital in North Carolina forced workers with religious objections to get flu shots and fired those who refused. According to Reuters: “The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina against Mission Hospital Inc in Asheville on behalf of a Christian intake clinician and a Muslim psychiatric technician who were terminated and a pre-school teacher who belonged to a Christian sect and was forced to resign because she would not be vaccinated... more »

Black Swan Events

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Japan's Meteorological Agency reports that they could recall "no other case" resembling the recent earthquake situation in Kyushu: Editorial: Quake-prone Japan must remain on guard against nuclear accidents April 28, 2016 (Mainichi Japan) http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160428/p2a/00m/0na/019000c [excerpted] Responding to the latest quakes, the Japan Meteorological Agency and experts repeatedly expressed their views that that was no precedent of a magnitude-6.5 level inland quake being followed by an even bigger quake, and that they could think of no other cases wherein seism... more »

Supreme Court decision on Garofoli and O’Connor applications

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago
World Bank Group *v.* Wallace, 2016 SCC 15: A *Garofoli* application is more limited in scope than a typical *O'Connor *application, relating as it does to the admissibility of evidence, namely intercepted communications. An *O'Connor *application made in the context of a *Garofoli *application must be confined to the narrow issues that a *Garofoli *application is meant to address. The *Garofoli *framework assesses the reasonableness of a search when wiretaps are used to intercept private communications. A search will be reasonable if the statutory preconditions for a wiretap auth...more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 29, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Nicole Gaouette, CNN*: *North Korean military moves: What can the U.S. do?* (CNN)North Korea's attempted missile tests Thursday are just the latest in a string of muscle-flexing and trash-talking provocations out of Pyongyang. U.N. officials gathered later Thursday to address North Korea's behavior, which Pentagon officials say has led to levels of tension in Asia unprecedented in modern memory. Since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un assumed power in 2011, he has shown a penchant for brute force. He's secured his hold on power by having about 70 senior officials killed -- includin...more »

Hawija The Moment Iraq’s Insurgency Was Reborn

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Three years ago the Iraqi insurgency re-emerged. In April 2013 the Baathist Naqshibandi group was able to provoke Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to send the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) to attack the Hawija protest site in southern Kirkuk governorate. Immediately afterward other demonstration areas talked about taking up arms against the government, and there was a wave of violence by all the major militant groups. Security steadily deteriorated over the next year culminating in the fall of Mosul in 2014. The Hawija raid then was the moment the Iraqi militants began operating out i... more »

Obama's Bruised Ego Trip

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
Barack Obama actually seems to be jealous of Bernie Sanders. What cool, suave president wouldn't feel a bit miffed when his rock star status is suddenly usurped by a democratic socialist senator two decades his senior? No matter that Obama's corporate party has now apparently successfully quashed the Sanders candidacy in order for the Clinton succession to proceed apace. Barack Obama is acting like a sore winner. It started with a *New York Times *magazine puff piece of a vehicle through which Obama expresses his disappointment with all the ungrateful folks out there in America who... more »

VP Joe Biden Meets Pope at Vatican, Calls for Cancer Research Funding

JOSH LEDERMAN at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis shakes hands with U.S. vice president Joe Biden as he takes part at a congress on the progress of regenerative medicine and its cultural impact, being held in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Friday, April 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)] VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Casting cancer as a scourge with no boundaries, Vice President Joe Biden came to the Vatican on Friday to call for a global commitment to fund cancer research rooted in appreciation for the real people’s lives... more »

Violence Follows California Trump Rally, About 20 Arrested

AMY TAXIN & GILLIAN FLACCUS at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: A Trump supporter clashes with protesters outside a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Thursday, April 28, 2016 in Costa Mesa, Calif.] COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) -- Raucous protesters and supporters of Donald Trump violently confronted each other in California leading to some 20 arrests as the Republican presidential contender brought his campaign to conservative Orange County after sweeping the Northeast GOP primaries. Dozens of... more »

Today I realize I am an old white man racist bastard

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Never heard of being triggered before its the faint echo of Post Tramatic I cant handle the truth syndrome shit happens and some one has to clean it up. For centuries that worked until the cleaners realized what I am doing is not natural What triggered me was Jeff Healy park and the teens playing the zlyophone long after dark Everyone who has ever lived was at one time a teen you want to fuck with them you fucking hypocrites let them be Give teens everthing because when they grow up they will rule this world and get off my grass has been well proven over and over a stupid answer I am a... more »

A Look At Canada's Military Mission In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*CTV*: *Canada's military mission in Iraq: A close-up look at the fight against ISIS* ERBIL, Iraq -- Abandoned villages, a shattered bridge, hidden bombs and a steady stream of fighters headed to the frontline. That’s the scene that greeted Canada’s top general as he paid a dramatic visit to northern Iraq Thursday to the area where Canadian special operations forces soldiers are aiding Peshmerga fighters. Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of defence staff, said the Islamic State is doomed to defeat and predicted that Canadian forces and their Peshmerga allies will play a key role in the... more »

"What Israel did"

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
The coverage of antisemitism in the Labour Party and antisemitism in general is still going on, but I get the sense that it’s going nowhere. Most of the chief T.V. anchors that find themselves hosting discussions on this topic are out of their depth, therefore incapable of getting anywhere near the heart of the matter. They’re jacks of all trades, and when tackling a specialised and vitally important subject such as antisemitism, distinctly lacking in mastery. It doesn't help matters that the interviewees on both sides of the divide are mostly plucked from the left, no doubt thro... more »

Study Reveals That Israel’s Dimona Nuclear Reactor Has 1,537 Defects

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Scientists have uncovered 1,537 defects at the aluminum core in Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor in the Negev desert. The findings of the study, which used ultrasound testing, was released at a scientific forum held in Tel Aviv this month. Growing fears over the safety of Israel’s aging atomic research center have provoked fresh questions over its future and a dilemma over the secrecy of the country’s alleged nuclear arsenal. Press TV reports: According to the report, there are growing calls for new safeguards and even a new research center – which could present Israel with a decisio... more »

Team in Japan earns third retraction for misconduct

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
A team of researchers has earned its third retraction after an investigation at Oita University in Japan found instances of misconduct in their research. The most recent notice mentions the investigation, and specifies that the first author, Satoshi Hagiwara, was responsible for the problematic figures in the paper. Hagiwara is also the first author on two retracted papers we reported on last year; one of […] The post Team in Japan earns third retraction for misconduct appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Russia And China Ramping Up Their Hypersonic Missile Tests

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*South China Morning Post:* *China, Russia ramping up tests of hypersonic gliders to counter new US strategy: analysts* *Acceleration of programmes is response to Pentagon’s increased presence in South China Sea and its push to maintain an innovation advantage, say experts* China and Russia are ramping up their advanced hypersonic glide vehicle programmes to counter a US plan to deploy an anti-missile system in South Korea and its push towards a leaner but tougher military, mainland analysts say. Beijing carried out the seventh successful test-flight of its DF-ZF glider last Fr... more »

Former SS Auschwitz Guard Apologizes at Trial in Germany

DAVID RISING at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: 94-year-old former SS sergeant Reinhold Hanning arrives in the courtroom in Detmold, Germany, Friday, April 29, 2016. Henning plans to make his first statement to the German court since his trial opened in February on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder over allegations he served as a guard at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp. (Bernd Thissen/Pool Photo via AP)] DETMOLD, Germany (AP) -- A 94-year-old former SS sergeant admitted in court Friday that he had served as an Auschwitz death camp guard, apologizing to Nazi Holocaust survivors looking on in a German courtroom that eve... more »

Press TV-Comment with Jeremy Corbyn-06-03-2010(Part5)

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
https://youtu.be/-1JUztMcg9A Jeremy Corbyn and his 'good friend' George Galloway...

French Oppose Corporate Trade Deal

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Workers in Paris sparked violent protest, expressing outrage over a proposed law that would put an end to many workers’ rights and regulations. Demonstrators claimed the proposals would benefit big corporations at the expense of workers, particularly on issues of decreased wages and increased work hours – protections they say must stay in place with the looming TTIP trade deal. RT America’s Manila Chan reports.

Russia Supports China On Its Korean And South China Sea Policies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*China Topix:* *Russia is One with China on North Korea and South China Sea Issues* Russia on Friday support China's stance on critical issues between North Korea and South China Sea as both countries seek to counter US influence in Asian region. Russia's support came after meeting with foreign ministers of both countries in Beijing. Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi jointly criticized the proposed deployment of THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea and third party interventions in South China Sea region. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor:...more »

Steve Israel Coaching Some Hack Candidate Of His To Steal An Election In Syracuse

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Yesterday we noted an article from *In These Times* about the non-presidential end of Bernie's political revolution-- the one being fought about on the congressional battleground. As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Steve Israel advised a Republican who the DCCC recruited to run as a fake Democrat in Pennsylvania, Mike Parrish, to drain progressive candidate Lindy Li's campaign account by embroiling her in endless courtroom challenges to her ballot signatures. Eventually Israel helped make sure the notary was no where to be found to testify that the signatures had been notarized. Thi... more »

Turkey's Role in Supporting ISIS

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
An RT Documentary crew filming in northern Syria has seen Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) documents abandoned by retreating terrorists and found by the Kurds that, along with captured IS recruits, provide a stunning insight into the ISIS oil trade. Only ten days after the town of Shaddadi in Syrian Kurdistan was liberated from the ISIS militants, an RT film crew followed Kurdish soldiers around houses that had been abandoned in haste by fleeing jihadists. There, they found documents shedding light on the ISIS oil trade, jihadist passports with Turkish entry stamps, an instruction ... more »

Another Labour Party member with issues

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
'The leader of Brent Council has apologised for sharing a Facebook post which compared Israel with Islamic State. Labour politician Muhammed Butt shared a clip which appears to show a Palestinian girl in a skirmish with an Israeli soldier, which at the bottom claimed "Israel is a terrorist state like ISIS." When contacted by Jewish News, Muhammed Butt, who is also the Lead for Equalities at London Councils, said: "I apologise for sharing this on social media. I do not agree with these views and as Leader of Brent Council I have championed diversity, tolerance and respect for all f... more »

Sex Slaves For North Korea's Ruling Elite

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
YouTube *News.com.au:* *The secret sex parties of North Korea’s elite* WELCOME to the secret high-class sex parties for North Korea’s elite, where schoolgirls as young as 13 are allegedly forced into servitude for their leaders’ pleasure. The girls are picked out at random by soldiers – sometimes from their own school classrooms. Their family and medical histories are closely examined, and routine check-ups are performed to ensure their virginity is intact. Over the following decade, these girls are expected to service the small military circle of North Korea’s elite. They are know... more »

Russia: Deployment Of US Troops To Syria Is Violation Of Sovereignty

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
Moscow has raised concerns over the deployment of 150 US soldiers in Rumeilan, northeastern Syria, without the consent of the Syrian government, calling the move a “violation of the country’s sovereignty.” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said: “Speaking from the position of the Foreign Ministry, we can’t help but be concerned about the fact that such actions are being carried out by the US without the consent of the legitimate government of the Syrian Arab Republic” “It is a violation of sovereignty,” he said. “I emphasize that a similar political assessment has alre... more »

Chocolate Pudding Cake

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
This cake is a chocolate lover's dream. A chocolate cake with the extra added chocolate pudding AND chocolate chips? This fantastic cake has a light and fluffy texture that combines with the chocolate chips to give this cake just the little extra power it needed to make it a truly fantastic chocolate masterpiece. For the Cake: - 1 package pink Ducan Hines Swiss Chocolate cake mix - 1 small box instant chocolate pudding - 1 C. sour cream - 4 large eggs - 1/2 c. water - 1/2 c. oil - 2 Cups Chocolate Chips (optional) Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Combi... more »

Did A Top U.S. General Make-Up A Number When He Was Asked On How Many Foreign Fighters Are Joining The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Reuters*: *U.S. military softens claims on drop in Islamic State's foreign fighters* The U.S. military on Thursday retreated from a top general's claim this week that the number of foreign fighters joining Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has plummeted by as much as 90 percent. Air Force Major General Peter Gersten, deputy commander for operations and intelligence in the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State, told reporters on Tuesday that the number of foreign fighters joining the group had fallen to 200 a month from between 1,500 and 2,000. U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a... more »

Is The F-22 The Plane Of Choice Against North Korea In Any Conflict?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
An Air Force Security Forces member stands guard next to an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft following a flyover by four Raptors, four South Korean F-15 Slam Eagles and four U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons near Osan Air Base, South Korea, Feb. 17, 2016. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Travis Edwards *Van Jackson, War On The Rocks*: *Why The F-22 Trumps The B-52 Against North Korea* The Korean Peninsula is entering a new era. North Korea’s fast developing nuclear capability demands a change to how we communicate with, deter, and prepare for war against it. The U.S.-South Korea allia... more »

Western Nations Are Reluctant To Commit Griound Forces In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
No decisions have been made about any deployment of British troops to Libya, the Government said *Tom Kington, Defense News*:* Libya's Unresolved Issues Make Western Nations Wary of Committing Troops* ROME — The arrival in Libya of a new, UN-backed government has given the lawless country a semblance of stability, but a series of unresolved legal and military issues are making Western nations wary of dispatching soldiers and ships to help out the administration. New prime minister Fayez al-Sarraj sailed to Tripoli in March to seek to unite the country, which has been run since 201... more »

In Harperland, Stupidity Rules

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Perhaps stupidity is a virus. Despite the verdict in the Duffy trial, Michael Harris writes, stupidity still rules in a lot of roosts: A significant part of the Canadian Establishment is not only blaming a victim — it’s blaming an *exonerated* victim. Some want even *more* punishment for a man the courts decided deserved no punishment at all. Consider RCMP Assistant Commission Gilles Michaud who actually wrote congratulatory letters to the investigators who worked on the Duffy case and helped come up with the 31 charges against him. Never mind the fact that the Mounties never “go... more »

No, Trump and Boxer: Carly Fiorina Saved Jobs, Lots of Them

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina speaks during a rally for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Cruz chose Fiorina as his running mate. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)] The news had barely flashed on Twitter that Carly Fiorina had been selected to be Ted Cruz’s potential running mate when California’s Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer came out firing. “The most accurate description of that team would be: mean and meaner,”... more »

The Upsides of an Insane Election

Heather Wilhelm at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton greets supporters at a campaign rally at Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina.] Say what you will about Donald Trump, bless his gold-plated heart, but he's had one heck of a week. On Tuesday, when voters in five East Coast states went to the polls, literally everything came up Trump. In Pennsylvania, Delaware,... more »

Anti-Fracking Groups Are Recruiting Green Activists to Get Arrested for the Movement

Christopher White at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: A natural gas drill rig near homes in Colorado. The Rocky Mountains are in the background.] Anti-fossil fuel campaigners are ramping up their "leave it in the ground" efforts by recruiting protesters willing to get arrested for demonstrating against hydraulic fracturing, emails acquired by The Daily Caller News Foundation reveal. In an email sent April 22...more »

Mexican Drug Cartels May Have Had Role in Ohio Family Massacre

JP Carroll at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: This aerial photo shows one of the locations being investigated in Pike County, Ohio, as part of an ongoing homicide investigation, Friday, April 22, 2016. Several people were found dead Friday at multiple crime scenes in rural Ohio, and at least most of them were shot to death, authorities said. No arrests had been announced, and it's unclear if the killer or killers are among the dead. (Lisa Marie Miller/The Columbus Dispatch via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT] Drug cartels may have been behind the shocking massacre of eight members of an Ohio family killed Friday. Eight members of t... more »

Eurozone Finally Seeing Some Modest Growth, but Market Reaction Muted

Pan Pylas at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: From left, German Transportation Minister Alexander Dobrindt, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, address the media during a joint press conference in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, April 27, 2016.] LONDON (AP) -- The eurozone economy has finally recouped all the ground lost in the recessions of the past eight years after official figures Friday showed that the 19-country single currency bloc expanded by a quarterly rate of 0.6 percent... more »

Trump, Cruz Face Early Test at California GOP Conclave

MICHAEL R. BLOOD at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: A supporter cheers during a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Costa Mesa, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California’s Republican Party convention will be an early test for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich in a state whose June election could hold the decisive delegates in the fight for the party’s presidential nomination.... more »

North Korea Sends Another U.S. Citizen to Prison

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Kim Dong Chul, center, a U.S. citizen detained in North Korea, is escorted to his trial Friday, April 29, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. A North Korean court has sentenced an ethnic Korean U.S. citizen to 10 years in prison for what it called acts of espionage. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)] PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year. Kim Dong... more »

Video Interview: Bono Discusses The Message Bible With Its Author

Austin Roscoe at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: The Message Bible, Bono, Eugene Peterson] A new documentary short film details the meeting and ensuing friendship between two unlikely companions -- Bono of U2, and The Message translation author Eugene Peterson. The film, produced by Fuller Studio and released Tuesday, starts out with several clips... more »

Cruising to Indiana

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Trump and Cruz - 900] Though I won’t go so far as to say the Indiana primary is do-or-die for the Ted Cruz campaign, it couldn’t be much more important. As events have unfolded, Indiana has a critical choice to make next Tuesday. It shouldn’t... more »

Rise in CO2 has ‘greened Planet Earth’

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36130346 From the BBC: Carbon dioxide emissions from industrial society have driven a huge growth in trees and other plants. A new study says that if the extra green leaves prompted by rising CO2 levels were laid in a carpet, it would cover twice the continental USA. Climate sceptics […]

The Travelling TPP Roadshow

Alison at Creekside - 17 hours ago
Brian Innes, president of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) and tireless retweeter of all things canola, suggests canola growers have a TPP friend in Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland because her dad is a canola grower. In a 2012 column in The Atlantic, she mentioned her dad's canola and wheat farm is "seven times the size of Central Park". In his column in the Hill Times a couple of days ago : *Canada can’t miss the boat on the TPP* *As Canadians continue to debate the deal, the rest of the world is not standing still , * Innes notes the *HoC Standing Committee on Inter... more »

Zero Hedge revealed

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 17 hours ago
[image: ZeroHedge] I love this Blog. Its a conspiracy therorists wet dream. Now we know who Tyler Durden is. He is three people. Wow the three most productive people in the world.

GOP Establishment in Congress Backing Trump, Despite Thinking He’s Crazy

ERICA WERNER at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this March 9, 2016, file photo, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Republicans are beginning to accept, and even embrace, an outcome that was once unthinkable: Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee. “He’s looking more inevitable, yeah. I’ve been wrong all along,” said Flake, an outspoken Trump critic. “My feeling about Donald Trump is, I don’t think that that’s our best foot forward at all. And I can’t imagine being forced to take some of those positions that he’s taken. A ban on Muslims, build a wall and make the Mexicans... more »

Top 10 Ted Cruz Sex Tape Titles

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 17 hours ago
It's been making the rounds since late last week that a female Ted Cruz lookalike, Mississippi native Searcy Hayes, has agreed to do a six minute sex scene in a porno movie with her boyfriend in exchange for $10,000. While details are being hashed out and filming has yet to start, that leaves plenty of time for the filmmakers to settle on a title. So what are the top 10 working titles for the Ted Cruz Lookalike sex tape? - *10)* I Am Curious Radioactive Green. - *9)* Last Tango in Paris, Texas - *8)* Swindler's Lust - *7)* Teddy Does Dallas - *6)* Deep Threat - *5) *Cruz Mis... more »

Lord Turner’s Misleading Views On The Paris Agreement

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.thegwpf.com/lord-turners-misleading-views-on-the-paris-agreement/ GWPF carry the story of Adair Turner’s grossly misleading statements about the Paris Treaty on yesterday’s Today programme. David Campbell, Professor of Contract Law, of Lancaster University Law School, writes: Everything Lord Turner said about the Paris Agreement and China’s and India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions was wrong. […]

A new conservation law in GR discovered thanks to ER=EPR

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
*An attack turned off the LHC*: a terrorist (picture) made it necessary to stop the LHC. Due to a damage of the transformer, there won't be any beam up to next Friday. I still think that weasel words create many more problems than weasels. I primarily view the ER-EPR correspondence (the equivalence of the non-traversable wormholes and the quantum entanglement) as an important conceptual finding that is directing people's research of the most esoteric, most quantum aspects of quantum gravity – the cutting-edge questions in this most fundamental part of theoretical physics. We learn...more »

Cold And Sore Throat Tea Remedy Recipe

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago

Notice of arrangements for the closing of the 2016 Labour Party Conference

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
Could all Labour Party members please note that arrangements for the closing of the 2016 Labour Party Conference will be slightly different this year. The Red Flag will still be sung but that will be followed by the Horst Wessel Song... https://youtu.be/MdYFAG9ui3I Ha ha ha? However that the Labour Party seems to be riddled with anti Semitism is no joke...

Consensus and concordance models

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
Syed Ali of Pakistan asked the following question on Stack Exchange: What is the difference between the Big Bang Model and the Λ-CDM Model? If I'm going to write about "The Consensus Model of Cosmology" should I include Big Bang Model or should I go with just the ΛCDM Model? Well, it's subtle. On that page, I explained the difference between the ΛCDM model and the more general term, the big bang theory. The former is more detailed than the latter; it also says that there's a big positive cosmological constant (Λ in ΛCDM) and cold dark matter (CDM) in the Universe. Cosmologists are ... more »

A Revolution in Cancer Treatment Based on Using Immunotherapy

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is an excellent article that informs us on what protocols support the immune system. That Big Pharma is attempting to switch to an immune system drug is no surprise but it is also clearly early days and may take a long time to produce something useful.. In the meantime there natural protocols available that need to be paid attention to. Increased body temperature boosts the immune system. We never really knew this but this surely means that using a sleeping bag may well help to heal. Longish Sauna baths are also indicated. It takes time for your core temperature to ris... more »

Mass Protests Rock France As Thousands Take To The Streets

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Thousands of people took to the streets of France on Thursday to protest government labor reforms. Police clashed with protestors and deployed specialist riot cops armed with tear gas to various French cities, arresting large numbers of people. Photographs and videos posted on social media showed warzone-style scenes of people marching their way through clouds of tear gas in major cities, including Paris, Lyon, Rennes and Nantes. RT.com reports: “People were throwing stuff at the police, like cans, bottles, a little bit of pavement, and the police [responded with] tear gas,” a prot... more »

Belgium Issues Citizens With Iodine Pills In Case Of Nuclear ‘Accident’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Authorities in Belgium are going to supply the entire population of 11 million citizens with iodine pills to protect against a potential nuclear mishap in Europe. Health Minister Maggie De Block says the drastic measure is to safeguard members of the public against a potential nuclear accident. Yahoo News reports: Iodine pills, which help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland, had previously only been given to people living within 20 kilometres (14 miles) of the Tihange and Doel nuclear plants. Health Minister Maggie De Block was quoted by La Libre Belgique newspaper as te... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
25 airplanes of #Iranian_Air_Force/ #IRIAF in #Iran's Military Parade today. F-4, Saeghe, F-5, F-14, MiG-29,& KC-707 pic.twitter.com/jUQvnywLPK — Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) April 17, 2016

Vin Diesel Exposes Chemtrails On His Facebook Page

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel has gone public on Chemtrails, lending support to the theory that the U.S. government are spraying poisonous chemicals into the atmosphere in order to slowly poison and dumb down members of the public. Chemtrails are long-lasting trails left in the sky by aircraft that routinely spray highly toxic chemicals such as aluminium into the atmosphere. Trueactivist.com reports: While the conspiracy theory may be somewhat hard to swallow, convincing arguments do exist – though they are few. For example, in the video below, Rosalind Peterson, the former presi... more »

Conflicting Reports On A Russian - Polish Sub Collision

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Delegation from the capital of Kuban took part in the launch of submarine “Krasnodar” *Maritime Executive*: *Poland and Russia Spar Over Alleged Sub Collision* Polish and Russian sources are engaged in a dispute over whether two submarines were involved in a collision in the Baltic Sea. Russia's REN TV reports that earlier this week, the Russian submarine Krasnodar collided with the Polish submarine Orzel. Interfax suggested that the Krasnodar was not significantly damaged and returned to port in St. Petersburg. But the Polish defense ministry denied the reports, asserting that ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Enemy Locations * A Seabee yells out enemy locations to his teammates during a simulated attack as part of a field training exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., April 27, 2016. The exercise prepares and tests a battalion's ability to enter hostile locations, build assigned construction projects and defend against enemy attacks in realistic scenarios. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Sisle

Two People Connected To Flint Water Investigation Found Dead

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Two people who were connected to the Flint water company investigation were both found dead in the space of a week this month. Water Treatment Plant Foreman, Matthew McFarland, and the woman leading the lead poisoning suit, Sasha Avonna Bell, were found dead within days of each other. Vigilantcitizen.com reports: The Flint water crisis began exactly two years ago, on April 2014, when Flint changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to the Flint River – to which officials had failed to apply corrosion inhibitors. Almost immediately, Flint resid... more »

U.S. Senator Demands Answers About F-35’s Close Air Support Role

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*POGO*: *Senator Demands Clarification About F-35’s Close Air Support Role* One of the central issues in the debate over retiring the A-10 has been whether or not the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be an adequate replacement to perform the close air support mission. The program office has issued a number of conflicting statements on the issue. And in this week’s Senate Armed Services Committee update on the F-35 program, the most heated exchange came when Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) sought clarification about conflicting statements made by Air Force leaders regarding the mission a... more »

Doctors Now Prescribing Music Therapy for Many Serious Conditions

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
Working with music is a repetative physical therapy also known as a discipline. Small wonder that mind and body tresponds positively to this stimulus. More correctly it is plausibly the most effective way of delivering such therapy. It is one thing to prescribe a series of Light exercises having no other point and to prescribing instrument practice which is self rewarding outside health issues. Throw in listening applications centered on either passive meditation or contemplative meditation and we understand why many do use background music to enjoy meditation. All this suppor... more »

Industry Whistleblower Claims This is What’s Really Killing Honeybees

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This is an extremely important story as it makes clear that our choice of mobile frequencies are seriously harmful to the health of bees in particular. The science said so and was then suppressed by industry with the expected PR campaign. Way more interesting is that my work regarding the multiple aspect conjecture for all lifeforms generally including even our own is confirmed by the bees themselves. This is so unexpected. The bees directly communicated with a number of natural advocates. Thus we have the conjecture put forward directly by the bees themselves. I had alread... more »

The Pathology Of Conservatism Goes To The Bathroom With Denny Hastert And Mark Foley

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
When Florida Republican Mark Foley was caught molesting underage male pages, the establishment circled the wagons around their likable colleague and made sure he wasn't charged with years of raping underage boys but just with sending naughty electronic messages. For their own reasons, Rahm Emanuel, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, John Shimkus and Denny Hastert, all conspired to make sure Foley would never be tried for rape-- and, please keep in mind, that these weren't ancient cases beyond the statute of limitations, but cases in which young boys were still complaining about pain when... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Zero Degrees Zero”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind, “Zero Degrees Zero” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQhIkogN0Ts

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The combined light of stars along the Milky Way are reflected by these cosmic dust clouds that soar some 300 light-years or so above the plane of our galaxy. Dubbed the Angel Nebula, the faint apparition is part of an expansive complex of dim and relatively unexplored, diffuse molecular clouds. Commonly found at high galactic latitudes, the dusty galactic cirrus can be traced over large regions toward the North and South Galactic poles. *Click image for larger size.* Along with the refection of starlight, studies indicate the dust clouds produce a faint reddish luminescence, as int... more »

"All That Is Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*Please do click image for larger size.* "You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

Western Governments Caught Funding Anti-Putin TV Channel

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A newly released financial report reveals that a Ukraine based anti-Putin TV station is almost entirely funded by North America and Europe. The anti-Russian Kiev-based station Hromadske.TV was set up to spread anti-Moscow propaganda and has nearly a dozen western government agencies financially supporting it, according to a 2015 report. Forbes.com reports: Who are they? They are the Canada International Development Agency (CIDA); the Embassy of The Netherlands in Ukraine; another Canadian charity called the Ukrainian World Foundation; independent DC-based Pact World; the U.S. Embas... more »

Do You Have Aspartame Poisoning?

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Aspartame is marketed as a diet product in many foods and beverages due to the fact that it allows food manufacturers to avoid using sugar, replacing it with an artificial substitute that they claim tastes like sugar. However, the chemical sweetener consumed by millions worldwide is not an affective diet product at all. It can make you gain wait, and worst of all may be doing your health a lot of damage. Wakingscience.com reports: The woman in this story, who remains anonymous, is the sister of a writer who was featured on Rhonda Gessner’s blog. We hope her story will serve as a wa... more »

Emma Thompson Protests Fracking, Ignoring Court Injunction

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
British actress Emma Thompson and her sister Sophie have broken a court injunction by occupying a piece of land in Lancashire in protest to government’s plans to allow fracking on the site. The two actresses showed their support for locals who opposed the fracking plans, and filmed a parody of the popular BBC show the Great British Bake Off earlier on Wednesday. ITV News reports: The site, leased by fracking firm Cuadrilla, has been transformed by Greenpeace volunteers into a film studio inspired by the popular TV show, complete with a white marquee, vintage utensils, and bunting. ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Sanctus”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Sanctus”* by Chet Raymo “Early in Claire Messud's new novel, “The Woman Upstairs”, the narrator asks herself and others whether they would rather be able to fly or be invisible. I suspect most who visit this blog would prefer to fly. Me too. Until lately. More on that later. For now I want to ask a less frivolous question, one more likely to split down the middle: Do you prefer, as a matter of personal taste, Romanesque or Gothic? Gothic aspires, Romanesque inspires. Gothic soars. Romanesque hunkers. Gothic seeks to let go of the earth. Romanesque grips like a barnacle. Gothic f... more »

Bill Oakey : METRO | Truth or consequences: Prop. 1 and the ridesharing debate

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
The $2 million-plus special-interest ad campaign marks a new low in deceit and outright falsehoods. By Bill Oakey | The Rag Blog | April 28, 2016 AUSTIN — With early voting already underway for the May 7 election, some of … finish reading Bill Oakey : *METRO* | Truth or consequences: Prop. 1 and the ridesharing debate

False Flag Weekly News off the air this week

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 1 day ago
False Flag Weekly News, the only weekly news show focusing on false flags and the mega-deceptions that rule our world, won't be broadcasting this week. No, I didn't have another fight with Jim Fetzer. No, I haven't started fighting with Tony Hall. Nor is Tony fighting with Jim. Actually we all get along fine! But unfortunately our producer, Allan Rees, is temporarily indisposed...so we expect to be back next week, God willing, with a whole lot of stories too important for the mainstream to honestly cover. To help keep FFWN on the air, click HERE. Meanwhile, here are some of the st... more »

Trump Take-Over Of US Media Complete

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
According to a report from the Russian Security Council, American leaders have been left in a state of “shock” after learning of Donald Trump’s successful take-over of one of the last US media giants that remained, until now, free form any “Freemasonic influence”. The Kremlin say that the Freemasons have used Trump and the 2016 US Presidential election to initiate a complete take-over of the country in what is being referred to as a coup d’etat. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: In this new report though, Federation intelligence analysts state that Trump’s Freemasonic forces, this past M... more »

The Growing Drone Race

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Reaper drones at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. One is armed with two 500-lb bombs. Source: GlobalPost *James Bamford, Foreign Policy*: *Terrorists Have Drones Now. Thanks, Obama.* 86 countries have drones, 19 of them armed. Now ISIS wants them too. Is it too late to stop the unmanned arms race? Hanging in an atrium of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, home to the Wright brothers’ plane and the Mercury capsule that first carried an American into space, is a Predator drone with the tail number 3034. Like the other vehicles on display, it made history by launc... more »

Israel Did 9-11: What's Behind The "Saudis Did 9-11" Lie?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
It puzzles me to this day that people still do not get it... The worse "terrorist" attack ever conducted on the United States on September 11th, 2001 was absolutely 100% done by the Israelis and their agents operating in America...THAT is absolutely true and has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt..... However, thanks to the power of the Jew spew media and the Jew run government in the United States, most Americans are still stupidly believing the horse crap that it was done by "19 A-rrrabbbbss using "boxcutters"". Recently, with the US Government, realizing that the American... more »

Kocherlakota on Trump

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 1 day ago
Narayana writes a column titled *Trump Starts Making Economic Sense*. Seems to be a minority view among economists.

What We Learn When Bible-Quoting Trump Supporters Spew F-Bombs

Michael Brown at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Anger, Angry, Pain, Screaming, Mad, Rage] It's one thing when non-religious supporters of Donald Trump attack their candidate's detractors in the most profane and vile way. It's another thing when Bible-quoting, professing Christians do the same. Yet this is a phenomenon I see with increasing frequency.... more »

Obama Says He Saved Planet From ‘Great Depression.’ Actually, He and Uncle Sam Probably Mucked Things Up.

Samuel Gregg at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Obamacare] Any mere mortal who claims to have "saved the world" is generally fitted for a padded room. Though I would never make such a suggestion about President Obama, I was somewhat startled when I read the President words when he... more »

Iran Calls on UN to Help With U.S. Court Asset Award

MICHAEL ASTOR at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva on January 14, 2015 for a bilateral meeting to provide guidance to their negotiating teams before their next round of discussions, which began on January 15.] UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iran asked the United Nations on Thursday to intervene with the U.S. government over a Supreme Court ruling that allows nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets to be paid to victims of terrorist attacks for... more »

A Look At The Afghan-Taliban Three Years After The Death Of Its Leader

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Photo*: A file photo of the man believed to be Mullah Omar. *Catherine Hirst, The Interpreter*: *The Taliban three years after Mullah Omar* This month marks the three year anniversary of the death of Mullah Mohammed Omar, the infamous, one-eyed cleric who led the Taliban for more than sixteen years. Omar was a fascinating figure on many fronts. Famously reclusive and enigmatic, no Western journalist ever met him and he wasn’t seen in public after 2001. Under his rule, a stringent formulation of Shariah Law was implemented in Afghanistan, including amputation for theft and stonin... more »

Even George Washington Agrees, Two Party Election Politics is a Sham

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Phillip Schneider* - When it comes to political parties, even George Washington was a critic.

Brother, Others Related to San Bernardino Shooters Arrested

AMANDA LEE MYERS at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Members of the media stand outside the home of Syed Raheel Farook, the elder brother of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, after the FBI served a warrant to the location, in Corona, Calif., Thursday, April 28, 2016. Syed Raheel Farook was arrested with two others Thursday in what prosecutors say was a marriage scheme to fraudulently allow one of them to remain in the United States.] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Three people with close family ties to the couple responsible for the San Bernardino terror attack were arrested Thursday in an alleged marriage fraud scheme involving a... more »

藤坪溪Bridge: Then and Now

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
This famous bridge was completed in 1907 and carried trains across a valley in Miaoli until destroyed in the great 1935 earthquake. Today it is the famous Longteng Broken Bridge, a tourist trap on one of the area's many pretty roads. Don't miss the ride there if you're biking in Miaoli. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

Nazi March in Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Around 100 members of the civil wing of the far-right Azov Battalion held a torchlit march through the streets of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the formation of Ukraine's SS division, which fought for the Nazis against the Soviet Union in World War II.

The U.S. Is Bringing The 'Big Guns' For The Assault On Mosul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Photo credit: U.S. Army *The Cable/Foreign Policy*:* A Look at the U.S. Rockets About to Rock ISIS in Mosul* American warplanes have dropped over 40,000 bombs on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria since August 2014. And while the planes get all the credit for taking out an estimated 20,000 Islamic State fighters and helping Iraqi forces retake the cities of Ramadi, Hit, and Tikrit, two little-noticed U.S. precision rocket and artillery systems have also launched hundreds of strikes against terrorist positions — with more on the way. Since March 2015, the U.S. Army’s Paladin self-... more »

16 US Service Members Have Been Disciplined Over The Afghan Bombing Of A Hospital In Kunduz

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*L.A. Times:* *Pentagon disciplines 16 for deadly attack on Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan* The Pentagon has disciplined 16 service members for mistakes that led to the deadly airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in northern Afghanistan last fall, but no one will face criminal charges, The Times has learned. The punishments follow a six-month Pentagon investigation into the disastrous Oct. 3 attack, which killed 42 medical staff, patients and other Afghans, and wounded dozens more at the international humanitarian aid group's trauma center in Kunduz. ... more »