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Thomas Paine

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

Thursday, June 30, 2016

30 June - Blogs I'm Following

11:22pm MDST

No, Hillary, It Is Not Time to Move On

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 23 minutes ago
[image: Former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 22, 2015. Clinton took the stand Thursday to defend her role in responding to deadly attacks on the US mission in Libya, as Republicans forged ahead with an inquiry criticized as partisan anti-Clinton propaganda.] Am I fantasizing even to hope that Hillary Clinton will finally be held accountable for her lies and corruption -- to say nothing of her actions in her role as bimbo-slayer for her libidinous... more »

Brexit: Sovereign Kingdom or Little England?

Charles Krauthammer at The Stream - 23 minutes ago
[image: British Cuppa] WASHINGTON -- Given their arrogance, pomposity and habitual absurdities, it is hard not to feel a certain satisfaction with the comeuppance that Brexit has delivered to the unaccountable European Union bureaucrats in Brussels. Nonetheless, we would do well to refrain... more »

Also Tuesday: Peace Beat War-- Jerry Nadler's Landslide Against A Crooked Millionaire's Son

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Wednesday, everyone I know was either celebrating Zephyr Teachout;s landslide victory in NY-19 or trying to figure what went wrong in NY-24, where Eric Kingson came in second of three Democratic primary candidates-- or both. Dave Weigel's analysis of what went wrong in Syracuse speaks to the problem with Bernie's revolution. It was pretty similar to what happened to Berniecrat Dave McTeague in OR-05 when Bernie won every county in the district but McTeague lost to head Blue Dog Kurt Schrader 72.6-27.4%-- and on the same day! *Turnout: Still terrible.* When he stumped in Syracuse, ... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Portals of recognition form along all Gaia grids

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 2 hours ago
*Portals of recognition form along all Gaia grids* by ÉirePort Portals of recognition form along all Gaia grids. Higher connections manifest rapidly. Specialties of Hue-Beings are accepted and requested. Storms of dissonance are quelled. ÉirePort | June 30, 2016 at 11:11 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-z4

U.S. State Department Wants A 27-Month Delay In Releasing Clinton Foundation Emails

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
The Hill *Daily Caller:* *EXCLUSIVE: State Department Won’t Release Clinton Foundation Emails for 27 Months* Department of Justice officials filed a motion in federal court late Wednesday seeking a 27-month delay in producing correspondence between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s four top aides and officials with the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a closely allied public relations firm that Bill Clinton helped launch. If the court permits the delay, the public won’t be able to read the communications until October 2018, about 22 months into her prospective fir... more »

The Latest: Sanders Again Declines to Endorse Clinton

AP at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: This June 23, 2016, file photo shows Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., addressing supporters in New York. AP Photo/Craig Ruttle] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times EDT): 8:35 p.m. Sen. Bernie Sanders isn’t directly addressing Vice President Joe Biden’s claim that Sanders has said he will indeed endorse Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president. Biden... more »

U.S. Takes Thailand Off Human Trafficking Blacklist, Despite Widespread Forced Labor

MATTHEW PENNINGTON at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Pictured is a label of someone who is enslaved in sex trafficking.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States removed Thailand from its human trafficking blacklist on Thursday, though forced labor remains widespread in the nation’s lucrative seafood industry. The State Department made the assessment in its annual Trafficking in Persons Report, which... more »

Remembering The Battle Of Somme 100 Years Later

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*BBC:* *Battle of the Somme: Queen leads centenary remembrance events* The Queen has led events to mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, as overnight vigils got under way on the eve of the anniversary. Services have been held in Westminster Abbey in London and in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. At a vigil in France the Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to the fallen soldiers saying "we lost the flower of a generation". On Friday at 07:28 BST a two-minute silence will mark the battle's start. It will be followed by events in the UK and near the WW1 battlefields in Franc... more »

Suicide by Job: Farmers, Lumberjacks, Fisherman Most at Risk, Librarians Least

MIKE STOBBE at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Cowboy Silhouette - 900] NEW YORK (AP) -- Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen have the highest suicide rate in the U.S., while librarians and educators have the lowest, according to a large study that found enormous differences across occupations. The study didn’t explore the reasons... more »

Double Consciousness and The Souls of Black Folks

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 hours ago
*"I've got 2 sides,* *and they're both friends..."* *-My Name is Prince* *"It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder."* *— W.E.B Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk*

Sin D.)

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 hours ago
*"Excuse me:- **U Ever Danced with The Devil in the Pale Moonlight...?"* *** THUMP !!*** *- Batman* *The Two Fools* Here, I want you to meet somebody. This is Cindy. She me. She won't talk all that much, and certainly not to you, but we're going to work on that. She's my Depression. Today. Not just my Depression, the core and focus of all my negativity. As a girl. And she's *insane.* *She's the part of me that wants to keep me safe forever by murdering me.* The ink, the hair, the trollopy make-up and the piercings, and that degrading selfies is a form of self-harm. Say hell... more »

Spokane: Armed bank robber shot by concealed carry customer and starting tomorrow concealed carry is legal in Idaho without a license...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 3 hours ago
*YES!* *Looking forward to tomorrow. * SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. (emphasis mine) Deputies in Spokane Valley have responded to an attempted robbery at the Spokane Teachers Credit Union branch located in the 13200 block of E. 32nd Avenue. About 1:40 pm Spokane County Sheriff's deputies responded to the credit union on a report of an attempted bank robbery. An initial report, which Deputy Mark Gregory stressed hadn't been confirmed, was that *a customer inside the credit union was armed with a weapon and fired “a shot or shots” at the suspect.* “At this point the belief is the suspect ... more »

New Mexico High Court: Doctors Can’t Help Patients End Lives

RUSSELL CONTRERAS at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: In this Oct. 26, 2015, file photo, right to die advocates rally outside the New Mexico Supreme Court in Santa Fe, N.M., after a lawyer asked justices to allow terminally-ill patients to end their lives. In a 5-0 opinion issued Thursday, June 30, 2016, the high court overturned a previous district court decision that doctors could not be prosecuted under the state's assisted suicide law, which classifies helping with suicide as a fourth-degree felony.] ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that terminally ill patients cannot end their lives with... more »

Border Agency Clears Employees in 4 Shooting Incidents

ELLIOT SPAGAT at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: A Border Patrol vehicle sits near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Ysidro, California on February 17, 2014.] SAN DIEGO (AP) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection found that employees acted properly when they fired guns in four incidents dating back to 2012 -- including two that left two people dead. The findings were released Thursday by the...more »

Turkish Official: Airport Suicide Bombers From Russia, Central Asia

DOMINIQUE SOGUEL & SUZAN FRASER at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: A woman reacts as Family members, colleagues and friends of the victims of Tuesday blasts gather for a memorial ceremony at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Thursday, June 30, 2016. A senior Turkish official on Thursday identified the Istanbul airport attackers as a Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz national hours after police carried out sweeping raids across the city looking for Islamic State suspects. Tuesday's gunfire and suicide bombing attack at Ataturk Airport killed dozens and injured over 200. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Ataturk ai... more »

Casualties From The U.S. Benghazi Consulate Attack Could Have Been Worse If It Was Not For The Actions Of One CIA Officer And Former Gaddafi Loyalists

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a protest by an armed group said to have been protesting a film being produced in the United States September 11, 2012. Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters *Daily Caller*: *If It Wasn’t For This CIA Officer, A Lot More People Would Have Died In Benghazi* Casualties sustained during the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, could have been much higher if it was not for the work of a mysterious CIA officer, according to an official report from the House Select Committee on Beng... more »

What Do Beltway Party Bosses Chuck Schumer And Jon Tester Have Against Utah Democrat Misty K. Snow?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Yesterday we looked at the resistance of the establishment-- in this case, Pelosi and her incredibly incompetent and corrupt DCCC-- to getting behind progressives after they win their primaries against the more conservative candidates the DCCC prefers. I hope no one imagined I was exempting the DSCC from that dynamic just because I didn't mention them. But, just in case, let me mention them now. This is the DSCC's candidates page. It's not just their frontline candidates like conservative Democrats Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ), Patrick Murphy (FL), fracking lobbyist Katie McGuinty (PA), fa... more »

US "Justice" System just Jumped the Shark

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 4 hours ago
*Jumping the Shark* Jumping the Shark is an expression denoting something going waaaaaaay over the top and off the richter scale of believability. Just recently I did a post expressing grave concerns about the US Justice System...using the case of Freddie Gray's killers as an example. In this case, the credibility of the entire US System of Justice was blown out of the water by the meeting between the US Attorney General and former US President and husband of current US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday, June 27, 2016. Could *THIS *be what the Turkey false flag was ... more »

The Hand That Feeds

Spike EP at News Spike - 4 hours ago
You're keeping in step in The Line Got your chin held high and you feel just fine 'Cause you do what you're told But inside your heart it is black and it's hollow and it's cold *Just how deep do you believe?* *Will you bite the hand that feeds?* *Will you chew until it bleeds?* *Can you get up off your knees?* *Are you brave enough to see?* *Do you want to change it?* What if this whole crusade's A charade? And behind it all there's a price to be paid For the blood Which we dine Justified in the name of The Holy and The Divine...? *Just how deep do you believe?* *Will you ... more »

Friday Morning Ramble: Still only one big news story…

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
*“Either fraternity is spontaneous, or it does not exist. To decree it is to annihilate it.”* ~ Frederic Bastiat “Boris claims this year’s Mal Meninga prize.” *NoBoJo* – TIM BLAIR “Whinging about democracy when it doesn't go your way, whilst embracing it otherwise, is beyond the pale, as are some of the hate filled attacks on older votes coming from those whose own identity politics is supposed to *decry hate speech*. The truth being that the so-called liberal leftwing anti-hate, anti-violence activists are *full of hate* and quite *happily embrace violence* to get their ... more »

Benghazi Report: U.S. Marines Rescue Was Delayed For 3 Hours Because Washington Could Not Decide On What Uniforms They Should Wear

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
U.S. Marines and sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response. Africom *Daily Mail: **House GOP Benghazi report – Marines' rescue was delayed because no one could decide whether they should wear uniforms or civvies * * On night of 2012 attacks, government officials whether Marines should wear military or civilian uniforms * Marines had to change FOUR TIMES in three hours * The U.S. also failed to scramble military assets in time to stop the attack on the U.S. Benghazi compound * Top official at Hillary Clinton's State Department said he was sensiti... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 5 hours ago
*Make College Cheaper by Cutting Administrative Costs* RON UNZ The greatest problem with most universities today is that tuition is much too high, forcing an entire generation of students into long-term debt-servitude. Total student loans now exceed $1.2 trillion, and millions of students will probably never be able to pay them off. During the mid-1970s, tuition at UCLA, Berkeley, and the other UC campuses was only $630 per year. Now the annual cost averages around $15,000, having increased many times faster than inflation. An important factor has been the huge rise in education... more »

Palestinian Kills American-Israeli Girl, 13, Sleeping in Her Bedroom

JOSEF FEDERMAN at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem, Tuesday, June 28, 2016.] JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian youth sneaked into a fortified Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Thursday, broke into a home and stabbed to death a 13-year-old Israeli-American girl as she slept in bed before frantic security guards arrived... more »

Geoff Nicholson Maps the Territory

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*Title: Geoff Nicholson Maps the Territory. Source: LA Review of Books. Date Published: June 3, 2014. Description: * LARB A.V. teams up with LA Magazine to bring you a journey into Hollywood through the eyes of renowned author, Geoff Nicholson, celebrating the release of his new book "The City Under the Skin."

Award Winning Playwright to Sail to Break the Siege of Gaza

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
Acclaimed Playwright to Sail on Women's Boat to Gaza Photo of Naomi Wallace  by Gregory Costanzo Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Naomi Wallace has been selected by the International Women's Boat to Gaza to represent the United States on the Women's Boat to Gaza, scheduled to launch in fall 2016.Wallace has written over

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 30, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
People leave Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast June 28, 2016. REUTERS/OSMAN ORSAL *Peter Van Buren, Reuters:* *Washington still gets it wrong on Islamic State* Tuesday’s attacks at Istanbul’s main airport, which appear at this time to be the work of Islamic State, are the latest reminder that the United States should not downplay the group’s rudimentary – yet effective – tactics. Since the wave of Islamic State suicide bombings in May – killing 522 people inside Baghdad, and 148 people inside Syria – American officials have downplayed the strat... more »

Fundamental Freedoms and Limits on Rights and Freedoms

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
The Canadian Constitution protects specific "fundamental freedoms"; these freedoms are seen as the core of Canadian liberty and are protected against governmental infringement at any level. The fundamental freedoms are freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of thought, freedom of belief, freedom of peaceful assembly, and freedom of association. These freedoms are seen as being the essential basis of a functioning democracy. Despite their essential nature the fundamental freedoms are not without limits. Freedoms is not absolute especially when one freedom comes into ... more »

Self-Driving Car Driver Killed in Florida Collision, a First

JOAN LOWY & TOM KRISHER at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: In this Monday, April 25, 2016, file photo, a man sits behind the steering wheel of a Tesla Model S electric car on display at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing. Federal officials say the driver of a Tesla S sports car using the vehicle’s “autopilot” automated driving system has been killed in a collision with a truck, the first U.S. self-driving car fatality.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first U.S. self-driving car fatality took place in May when the driver of a Tesla S sports car using the vehicle’s “autopilot” automated driving system died in a collisio... more »

Ryan: House to Vote on Barring Guns for Suspected Terrorists

ALAN FRAM at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: In this June 23, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. With Democrats applying election-year pressure to act on gun control, Ryan said Thursday, June 30, 2016, that the House will vote next week on a GOP proposal aimed at keeping suspected terrorists from obtaining firearms.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- With Democrats applying election-year pressure to act on gun control, Republican Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday the House will vote next week on a GOP proposal aimed at keeping suspected terrorists from obtain... more »

Euro watch: Football first, Sunderland second!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 6 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016Portrait of a world:* International football remains a peculiar cultural expression. As we just saw with Portugal/Poland, they start with two hours of a format where it's virtually impossible to score a goal. Then, they switch to a tie-breaking format where it's virtually impossible not to. Countries live and die on this apparently irrational arrangement. They're almost as crazy as we are. Tomorrow, we'll start with this portrait of the British working class. It appeared in Tuesday's New York Times, written by Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura. (Be sure to note how... more »

‘Coming to the Nuisance’? What’s that about?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
After reading Eric Crampton’s superb piece on solving the Auckland housing crisis, a few commenters here were asking about the Coming to the Nuisance doctrine, mentioned by Eric, that was a feature of common law jurisdictions until partially killed by statute, and all-but euthanased by the judiciary. (See for example Sturges v Bridgman – the case of a confectioner and a busybody doctor.) It lives on, partially, in Lord Denning’s famous dissenting opinion against a couple bewailing cricket balls coming through their greenhouse after moving next to a cricket oval. Conveniently, t... more »

A "Climate-Political Nightmare", But So Much More

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 7 hours ago
The notrickszone site has a post, on the "climate-political nightmare" of Brexit (Britain leaving the European Union, due to a referendum of its outraged population, not its feckless political leaders). My response: *Here's a new word (I haven't seen it used yet, anyway), to describe the situation: Dementia. Total dementia, being "serious" about "climate policy". The REAL question is, how do we restore sanity, when the "top scientists", and the "97% consensus", are the loons? When the politicians pushing the alarm buttons are engaged in a criminal conspiracy for control, not reasone... more »

The Soap Opera Continues.....

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
You can't make this shit up......the script must be written in Hollywood. No, on second thought, they are writing it on Madison Avenue in New York City.....in conjunction with Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Washington DC. All of the regional houses of the corporate gangster American oligarchy are writing this and laughing at the public as they fall for the soap opera now called 'The 2016 National Election'. The corrupt corporate oligarchies don't need us anymore - we are being turned against one another.

Outrage Continues in Sicily at U.S. Space Tech Base

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
A hundred miles off the coast of Africa, the American military has built a base in Niscemi, Sicily. Behind the cordoned-off facility, there is a new war instrument called the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). MUOS is used for drone-to-Earth communication. The MUOS is an Ultra High Frequency (UHF) (300 MHz to 3 GHz frequency range) SATCOM system, primarily serving the Pentagon. Intended primarily for mobile users (e.g. aerial and maritime platforms, ground vehicles, and dismounted soldiers), MUOS will extend users' voice, data, and video communications beyond their lines-of-sigh... more »

World News Briefs -- June 30, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Civilians inspect a site hit by an airstrike in the rebel-controlled city of Idlib, Syria June 29, 2016. REUTERS/AMMAR ABDULLAH *Reuters*: *U.S., Russia discuss Syria cooperation if Assad halts some strikes* The Obama administration is considering a plan to coordinate air strikes on Nusra Front and Islamic State militants in Syria if Syria'a government stops bombing moderate rebels, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The U.S. backs the moderate rebels, who are under pressure from Islamic State and government forces, but the plan depends in part on whether Russia is willing to press ... more »

Christianity and Islam: The Story of the Century

Eric Metaxas at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Daily_Commentary_06_2_16b] If you're living in America or Europe, the biggest story of this century is probably not what you think it is. We told you recently on BreakPoint that despite appearances in our corner of the world, religion is not going... more »

Blog Stats

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
[image: image] I haven’t posted my blog stats here for a few months (well, apart from that permanent Google App down there on the left-hand sidebar you can consult anytime you feel like it, just above those automatically generated, and most incorrect, ‘popular posts), so there’s what Google says, above, about how things looked this month, and here below is what Statcounter says: [image: Stats1] Apart from both demonstrating that you lot don’t read much when you’re not at work … if you can reconcile the two then you’re a better man than I. So, anyway, here are Statcounter’s ... more »

Donald Trump Delivers Remarks on Trade in Manchester, NH (6-30-16)...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 7 hours ago
*well done, Donald.* Today I did something I've never done before. I donated to a political campaign. I *am* *getting a free hat.* Trump starts about 3 minutes after start of video

Roberto Rodriguez: 'Mexican as a slur and epithet'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
Loving and Hating "The Mexicans" by  Roberto Dr. Cintli  Rodriguez Censored News Photo: Professor Roberto Rodriguez being searched at Tucson Unified School District meeting For many people in the United States, the very name "Mexican," is considered a slur or a racial epithet. No expletive is required. It is not to be used in public or uttered in polite company. And yet today,

Resilience Run: Tribute to Pueblo Revolt of 1680

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago

Natives oppose Eagle Pass, Texas coal mine permit

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
. Eagle Pass, Texas is home to the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe on the border of west Texas and Mexico. Photo: Protest of coal mine in April 2016. Contact: Vanessa Ramos vanessa.ramos@sierraclub.org                        Matt Johnson  matt.johnson@sierraclub.org ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Austin: July 6, 2016: Demonstration at TCEQ Headquarters in Opposition to Dos Republicas Coal

Mark Mardell on Brexit

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Mark Mardell's latest website article in the wake of the Brexit vote focuses on "society's sharp divides". It's classic MM, in that it doubtless believes itself to be impartial and to be acting as the 'BBC voice of reason' throughout whilst being riddled with bias from start to finish. Allow me to explain (with apologies, at some length)... It begins by saying that the referendum has been a bad thing, socially-speaking. It's done harm *in itself *and made even worse the problems that were there before: *The referendum has carved our country into two camps, sharpened existing d... more »

Duke Dumont - Ocean Drive

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
*Don't say a word while we dance with the devil*. Apt.

Japan’s High Top Court Approves Blanket Surveillance Of All Muslims

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Several dozen mosques in Japan serve the tens of thousands Japanese Muslims. Pictured Tokyo Mosque [Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Newsmakers] *The Independent*:* Japan's top court has approved blanket surveillance of the country's Muslims* 'They made us terrorist suspects, we never did anything wrong,' says Japanese Muslim, Mohammed Fujita Japan's Supreme Court has upheld the government's blanket surveillance of the country's Muslim community. The court struck down the second appeal by Japanese Muslim plaintiffs against what they perceive as an unconstitutional invasion of their priva... more »

Casting a Web of Lies for Campaign Dollars-- A Guest Post By Lee Rogers

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*The 2 most dishonest grifters trying to separate you from your cash today* Today is the day. I’m sure your inbox has already blown up. It’s June 30-- the most important day in political donations. But if you read these campaign solicitations, every day is the most important day in fundraising. If you’re involved in politics, or have ever donated to candidate, or to any interest group, your email inbox has come to realize there really isn’t any “season” for campaign fundraising. Requests for money are incessant. People often wonder, “How did I even get on this distribution list?” Wel... more »

Trump: My Appointees Would Have Reversed SCOTUS’ Abortion Ruling

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Pro-Lifers on Supreme Court Abortion Case: ‘We’re Coming Back in Full Force’] It took three days, but presumed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has issued his first comments on the Supreme Court's ruling against Texas' health and safety rules for abortion facilities. "There's your first example," Trump told conservative radio host Mike Gallagher...more »

2nd Electoral Reform Committee meeting

Alison at Creekside - 9 hours ago
was held in camera yesterday. The entire three hour meeting from 10am til 1pm - with presentations from five in-house analysts and tech experts and questions from MPs - was held in camera. What happened to last week's decision to televise them? Meanwhile ... Former Ontario Progressive Conservative Party president Richard Ciano and Nick Kouvalis of *Campaign Research* - pollsters and managers of the Rob Ford and John Tory campaigns, harriers of Liberals - have teamed up with Liberal Toronto Councillor Justin Di Ciano to found a "grass roots advocacy group" *Keep Voting Simple* ... more »

France: Protestors Rise Up In Their Millions Against Ruling Class

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
French protestors are rising up in their millions against a ruling class determined to take away their rights. There is anarchy on the streets of France as the mainstream media continues to suppress the scale of events. Thousands of masked protesters and police fought running street battles in France this week, with police using water cannon to quell rioters who hurled projectiles at them and destroyed storefronts, joining the millions of French citizens who have protested against new anti-worker laws that are designed to protect and enrich a wealthy elite at the expense of ordinary ... more »

What KQED and FAIR aren't fair to

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 9 hours ago
Straight talk.  I posted this to KQED's discussion of the Diablo Canyon shutdown last night: But as more renewable energy comes online, running renewables, natural gas and other power sources all together sometimes creates more power than the state needs. At those times, the California ISO has to switch off solar farms to avoid overloading the grid. Retiring Diablo Canyon could help with that

Jeremy Bowen on Brexit

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen hasn't had much to say about the news from Israel today on Twitter but he has had a fair about to say about the Brexit vote. I think it's not hard to guess how he voted from this - and note the re-tweet for the 'second referendum' call:

Marking a murder

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Just for the record, neither BBC One's *News at Six *nor Radio 4's *Six O'Clock News *reported the brutal murder of a sleeping 13 year old Israeli girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, by a Palestinian man - news which has caused deep shock to the people of Israel. The BBC News website *has* included it among the featured headlines on its home page though. I note, however, that the BBC's online report hasn't used a photo of Hallel: Nor has it include any quotes from her grieving mother, Rena - unlike, say, the *Daily Telegraph*.

Screenshots from Today at Fukushima Daiichi

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
Here is a pdf of screenshots taken today: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ua91y77r7r5we62/July%201%202016%20Event%20final.pdf?dl=0 It is morning now and foggy. But it didn't look like fog at Daiichi when I took these screenshots.

Fukushima Daiichi Alert

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
Something strange is going on today at Fukushima. First, the atmospheric conditions look clear on the Futaba cam but there is some sort of haze/smoke/steam or whatever it is hanging in the sky, as viewed from cam 1: What makes this stuff more concerning is the strange glow in the sky over Daiichi visible from the Futaba cam: Whatever is going on is UNUSUAL. It follows a brief press release by TEPCO a couple of days ago that there was an electricity outage at the plant: Power outage at Fukushima nuclear power plant causes machinery to shut down. Kyodo Jun 28, 2016 http://... more »

Israel Linked To Istanbul Airport Terror Attack

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
A security firm from Israel linked to numerous false flag terror attacks handled the security at the Istanbul airport where 42 people were killed on Tuesday. ICTS was founded by “former” Israeli intelligence agents, and has a major presence all over the world in airport security. The company came under the public spotlight when it emerged that its staff “missed” several of the 9/11 hijackers who flew out of Boston’s Logan airport on September 11th 2001. The same Israeli security team also handled security for London’s bus network during the 7/7 London bombings. Newnationalist.net r... more »

Putin: GMO Food Is Now Illegal In Russia

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin has outlawed GMO food in Russia, making it a criminal offence to import or produce it in the country. Following Putin’s order to halt the production of all GMO-containing foods last year, the Federation Council has finally approved a bill that will heavily fine anybody caught producing or importing such foods in Russia. Citizens violating the new law will have to pay a fine of between 10,000 and 50,000 rubles ($155 – $770) and companies will be fined a much harsher 100,000 and 500,000 rubles ($1550 – $7700). Rt.com reports: Organizations that need g... more »

Facebook Changes News Feed Algorithm, Gives Priority To Friends And Family

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Facebook’s News Feed is about to change again. The social network giant does not want users to miss out on “important updates” from friends and family. Facebook’s new News Feed will give more prominence to posts from loved ones than to those from publishers and companies. The BBC reports: The move reverses a trend towards giving more space to content posted by the news media and brands. One expert said it highlighted that newspapers and broadcasters’ interests did not always match those of the firm. Facebook said that in several surveys it had carried out, users had told it they wan... more »

U.S. Proposes New Military Partnership With Russia In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Sputnik | AFP | Sputnik *Josh Rogin, Washington Post*: *Obama proposes new military partnership with Russia in Syria* The Obama administration has proposed a new agreement on Syria to the Russian government that would deepen military cooperation between the two countries against some terrorists in exchange for Russia getting the Assad regime to stop bombing U.S.-supported rebels. The United States transmitted the text of the proposed agreement to the Russian government on Monday after weeks of negotiations and internal Obama administration deliberations, an administration official... more »

Monsanto Sued Over Claims Weed Killer Gave 30 People Cancer

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
An historic class action lawsuit has been launched against Monsanto over claims that their popular weed killer caused cancer in 30 U.S. citizens. According to Yolanda Mendoza, the use of Monsanto’s “Roundup” weed killer nearly killed her. Mendoza used the weed killer once a week on her one-acre property, which she says gave her non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Cbsnews.com reports: During her five-month battle with the disease, her children were only allowed to visit once a week. There were moments when she didn’t think she’d make it, but Mendoza said her kids helped her through them, and the...more »

Turkey Blames ISIS Airport Attack On Russia

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Turkey have blamed Russia for the Istanbul airport attack that killed 44 people on Tuesday. A senior Turkish official has said that the three alleged suicide bombers who carried out the attack were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Ap.org reports: Turkish authorities have said all information suggested the Tuesday night attack on Ataturk Airport, one of the world’s busiest, was the work of IS, which boasted this week of having cells in Turkey, among other countries. The police raided 16 locations in three neighborhoods on both the Asian and European sides of Istanbul, roundin... more »

World Governments Knew MMR Vaccine Caused Autism In 1970’s

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reveal that governments around the world knew that the MMR vaccine caused autism in the early 1970’s. The CDC is not the only government organisation to have known the dangers of both the MMR combo vaccine and the seperate measles vaccine. In 1972, the UK government expressed “serious concerns” about the measles’s vaccine’s potential to cause vaccine-induced Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis (SSPE). Healthimpactnews.com reports: SSPE is a degenerative neurological condition, which affects a person’s behaviour, memory a... more »

Wholefoods Partner With Monsanto To Kill GMO Labeling Bill

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Health food store Wholefoods has teamed up with Monsanto in order to urge the U.S. government to kill the mandatory GMO labeling of food products in the U.S. In a secretive backroom meeting, Whole Foods, Smucker’s and Organic Valley went against their alleged ‘organic’ ethos and brokered a deal with Monsanto and other GMO advocates in order to persuade the government to drop its GMO labeling plans. Fooddemocracynow.org reports: Now, some national leaders are criticizing these companies for “selling out” the GMO labeling movement, public health and the environment and urging the publ... more »

CFR Tells Global Elite: Rise Up Against The Ignorant Population

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations has urged the world’s elite to “rise up” against the “ignorant masses” of the world in order to continue their New World Order agenda. CFR member James Traub says that the elite need to ignore the idiotic “mindlessly angry” people of the world, and continue their globalization effort, despite the recent derailment caused by the Brexit vote in the UK. Infowars.com reports: Concerned that, “Today’s citizen revolt — in the United States, Britain, and Europe — may upend politics as nothing else has in my lifetime,” Traub notes that Brexit wa... more »

FBI Orders Police To Withhold Information About Orlando Shooting

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
The FBI have ordered all law enforcement agencies connected to the Orlando shooting to withhold all information connected to the Pulse nightclub incident from the public and media. A letter from the FBI tells police departments to alert them of any enquiries made by members of the pubic or press relating to the attacks. The June 20 letter, attached to the City of Orlando’s lawsuit over withholding 911 calls, instructs authorities on how to deal with requests: “Immediately notify the FBI of any requests your agency received” so “the FBI can seek to prevent disclosure through appropr... more »

Pro-GMO Spin Masquerading As Science Courtesy Of "Shameful White Men of Privilege"

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 9 hours ago
CounterPunch, Countercurrents, Global Research, RINF Don't take free content on the web for granted. Please read *this* Unlike their predecessors, early 21st century missionaries do not come armed with bibles. They come as members of a scientific priesthood, spouting slick PR and are supported by the likes of Bill Gates, taxpayer 'aid' and the global agritech cartel and rely on the leverage of international institutions like the World Bank, IMF and WTO. More than 100 Nobel laureates have put their names to a letter urging Greenpeace to end its opposition to genetically modified organ... more »

Do Republicans Marry Democrats?

Lydia Goerner at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Marriage, Bride and Groom, Wedding, Just Married, Beach, Sunset] How many Americans are married to someone of another political party? Who are they? Are they old or young? These are some of the questions two researchers at FiveThirtyEight decided to take on. They published their findings Tuesday. Eitan Hersh, one... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
A few minutes after his successful attempt to talk over Crispin Blunt, Evan turned to camera and delivered what can only be described as "an editorial": Now, economic forecasts are not very likely to be reliable but I thought you might be interested to hear how the City economists have changed their view about economic growth over this year and next. The group Consensus Economics track all the reputable forecasts and average them up. And since the Brexit vote the average forecast for this year's British growth has been downgraded - this year by half a percentage point, next year ... more »

Defending the Religious Exemption to Vaccination

Barbara Loe Fisher at Vaccine Awakening - 10 hours ago
Posted: 6/28/2016 By Barbara Loe Fisher *To activate and view hyperlinked references, please click here once and then click any superscripted number below to access a hyperlinked reference, or scroll down to the bottom of the article to view all hyperlinked references.* Every summer, Americans celebrate the 4th of July to mark the day in 1776 when the American colonies agreed they would no longer be ruled by an aristocracy. The Declaration of Independence begins with, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creat... more »

The Hague Upholds Convictions Of Bosnian Serb Police Officials

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
A UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague rejected appeals from two former Bosnian Serb police officials responsible for war crimes during the war in Bosnia in 1992. The appeals chamber at the UN special court upheld the 22 year prison sentences handed to former Bosnian Serb police officials Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed between April and December 1992 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats were expelled or deliberately exterminated in a campaign of violence and terror to make room for a pure Serbian entity...more »

Syrian President Assad: Western Countries Are Covertly Working With Damascus Against Syrian Rebels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*SBS*: *Exclusive: Syrian President Assad says western countries secretly deal with his government* *This Friday, in a world exclusive for SBS, reporter Luke Waters sits down for a one on one interview with the man at the centre of the conflict - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.* Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused Western nations, including Australia, of doing deals with his country in secret an exclusive interview with SBS News reporter Luke Waters. The interview, filmed in Damascus after two years of negotiations, will air on Friday night on SBS. In the interview, P... more »

China Will Reject The Tribunal's Ruling On The South China Sea Boundary Dispute

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*New York Times*:* Beijing Rejects South China Sea Case Ahead of July 12 Ruling* BEIJING — The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said on Wednesday that it would announce its rulings in a contentious case between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea on July 12. The landmark case centers on the Philippine government’s argument that China’s claims over much of the sea, a strategic waterway in the western Pacific, are illegal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Philippines initiated the case in 2013 after China seized Scarborough Sho... more »

Pentagon Lifts The Ban On Transgender Serving In The Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*L.A. Times: **U.S. military to allow transgender men and women to serve openly* In a historic move, the Pentagon on Thursday lifted its ban on allowing transgender men and women to serve openly in the military. The announcement at the Pentagon by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter follows extensive study by the U.S. military to remove one of the last discriminatory hurdles for military service, treating gender identity on par with race, religion, color, sex or sexual orientation. “Our mission is to defend this country, and we don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualificatio... more »

Pentagon Ends Ban on Transgender Troops in Military

LOLITA C. BALDOR at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Thursday, June 30, 2016, where he announced new rules allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon announced Thursday that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense... more »

Employers Warn Jobs Are at Risk in the Fight for $15

Connor D. Wolf at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Chicago Fight for $15 join up with protesters in Milwaukee to bring a message to the Democratic Party debate on February 11, 2016.] Thirty percent of American businesses warned they will need to reduce their workforce to overcome the $15 minimum wage, according to a survey Wednesday. Express Employment Professionals asked 390 businesses across the country what they would do in response to... more »

Psychologists Explain Why People Refuse to Question the Official Version of 9/11

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - When your beliefs are challenged, fear and anxiety are created.

Conflicting Polls On The U.S. Presidential Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Rasmussen Report*:* White House Watch: Trump 43%, Clinton 39%* The tables have turned in this week’s White House Watch. After trailing Hillary Clinton by five points for the prior two weeks, Donald Trump has now taken a four-point lead. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump with 43% of the vote, while Clinton earns 39%. Twelve percent (12%) still like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. *Read more *.... *FOX News:** Fox News Poll: Clinton up by 6 points, 89 percent say 'hot-headed' describes Tru... more »

Russia's Defense Ministry Has Purged Its Baltic Fleet Command

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Former Commander of the Baltic Fleet Viktor Kravchuk. © Yelena Nagornykh/ITAR-TASS *RT:** Russia’s Baltic Fleet command suspended over combat training failures, distorted reporting – MOD* Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has suspended the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet commander over shortcomings in organizing sailors’ combat training as well as filing distorted reports to superior command, according to the ministry. “The commander of the Baltic Fleet, his chief of staff and a number of officers have been suspended by the defense minister [Sergey Shoigu] after an inspection,” read a D... more »

Istanbul Airport Terror Attack -- News Updates June 30, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Istanbul bombers were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz nationals: Turkish official* Three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers who killed 42 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul airport this week were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, a Turkish government official said on Thursday. The attack on Europe's third-busiest airport was the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings in Turkey this year. The three bombers opened fire to create panic outside, before two of them got inside the terminal building and blew themselves up. The third detonated his explosives at ... more »

World News Briefs -- June 30, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*CNN: **ISIS leadership involved in Istanbul attack planning, Turkish source says* Istanbul (CNN)Turkish officials have strong evidence that the Istanbul airport attackers came to the country from the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria and that ISIS leadership was involved in the planning of the attack, a senior Turkish government source told CNN Thursday. Officials believe the men -- identified by another Turkish official and state media as being from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan -- entered Turkey about a month ago from Raqqa, bringing along with them the suicide vests and b... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 30, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
© Sputnik/ Sergei Guneev *Josh Rogin, Washington Post*: *Obama proposes new military partnership with Russia in Syria* The Obama administration has proposed a new agreement on Syria to the Russian government that would deepen military cooperation between the two countries against some terrorists in exchange for Russia getting the Assad regime to stop bombing U.S.-supported rebels. The United States transmitted the text of the proposed agreement to the Russian government on Monday after weeks of negotiations and internal Obama administration deliberations, an administration officia... more »

Should Bill Clinton Have Met Privately With The U.S. Attorney General While His Wife Is Under FBI Investigation?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*NPR*: *Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton Met Amid Email Investigation* An unscheduled meeting between the U.S. attorney general and former President Bill Clinton at an airport in Phoenix on Monday could present some unwanted political problems for both. The former president, who was waiting to depart the state, boarded Loretta Lynch's government aircraft shortly after she landed in Arizona for a community policing event. Lynch later told reporters there the conversation centered on "his grandchildren." "It was primarily social and about our travels," including golf he... more »

Mexico's President Explains Why He Compares Donald Trump To Adolf Hitler

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto as they depart a news conference along with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) at the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE *Reuters:* *Mexico president explains comparing Trump to Hitler, Mussolini* Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has previously likened U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, said on Wednesday he only drew the comparison as a reminder of the devastation wreaked in the...more »

U.S. Navy Report: U.S. Sailors Captured By Iran 'Talked Too Much'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
U.S. sailors are pictured on a boat with their hands on their heads at an unknown location, January 2016. REUTERS/IRINN VIA REUTERS TV *Reuters:** U.S. sailors detained by Iran spoke too much under interrogation: Navy* American sailors who were detained by Iran in January gave away too much information to their captors and were seized in the Gulf following a series of missteps by the crew and their superiors, the U.S. Navy said in a report on Thursday. The report said some of the 10 crew members, detained at gunpoint Jan. 12 by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), had ... more »

Andrews Airforce Base On Lockdown After Shooting Reports

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *BREAKING NEWS: Joint Base Andrews on lockdown amid reports of an active shooter just before Biden was due there to take off* * Active shooter drill was supposed to start at the Maryland base at 9am * But at 9am an alert was issued saying there was a 'real world' shooter * The situation is unfolding at the base's Malcolm Grow Medical Facility * Security tightened at other nearby army and naval bases * VP Joe Biden was due to fly out of the base on Thursday morning Vice President Joe Biden was due to arrive to board a plane. All personnel were ordered to shelter in pla... more »

A Look At The World's Stockpile Of Nuclear Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
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Dozens Of Afghan Police Recruits Killed In Taliban Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Long War Journal:* *Taliban suicide bombers target police cadets, first responders in Kabul attack* A pair of Taliban suicide bombers killed dozens of people, including police cadets and the first responders who arrived to administer aid after the initial attack, in a coordinated assault in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The attack is the third large scale assault by the Taliban in the capital since April. The first suicide bomber targeted a convoy of buses carrying police cadets as they traveled in the Company area of Kabul City from neighboring Wardak province, according to TOLO... more »

US and Iraq Airstrikes Kill 250 Islamic State Fighters Fleeing Fallujah

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *America strikes back: US airstrikes kill 250 ISIS fighters outside Fallujah less than 24 hours after attack on Istanbul's airport left 42 dead* * U.S.-led coalition aircraft waged a series of deadly strikes against ISIS * They took place south of the city of Fallujah, which was recently liberated * At least 250 suspected fighters were killed and 40 vehicles destroyed * Strikes came the day after a suicide bombing at Ataturk Airport killed 42 A U.S.-led coalition aircraft waged a series of deadly strikes against Islamic State around the city of Fallujah in Iraq on Wedn... more »

Ex-London Mayor Boris Johnson Will Not Run For Prime Minister Of Britain

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Boris Johnson rules himself out of Tory leadership race* *Main public face of Brexit makes shock announcement hours after his key ally Michael Gove launched his own campaign* Boris Johnson has unexpectedly ruled himself out of the Conservative leadership race, hours after his key ally Michael Gove announced a challenge for the top job on a turbulent morning. Speaking at a hotel in central London, where he had been expected to launch his candidacy, Johnson gave an upbeat speech, saying the agenda for the next prime minister was for the UK to become a more outward-l... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Map showing major bombings in Turkey in the past year. pic.twitter.com/wKNTW5dPdT — AFP news agency (@AFP) June 29, 2016

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Helo Raid Training Marines conduct scenario based training as part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan, June 25, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal

A Former NSA Hacker Speaks Out

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Image*: MANY HATS: Revelations about the NSA's spying programs may put both black and white hat hackers off ever working for the US government. iStock *Peter Maas, The Intercept*: *THE HUNTER* *He Was a Hacker for the NSA and He Was Willing to Talk. I Was Willing to Listen.* HE MESSAGE ARRIVED AT NIGHT AND CONSISTED OF THREE WORDS: “GOOD EVENING SIR!” The sender was a hacker who had written a series of provocative memos at the National Security Agency. His secret memos had explained — with an earthy use of slang and emojis that was unusual for an operative of the largest eavesd... more »

This Is What Donald Trump's Top Secret Intelligence Briefing Will Look Like

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
(Breitbart) *John McLaughlin, OZY:* *What Trump's Intelligence Briefing Will Look Like* What do Dwight Eisenhower, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have in common? Er, nothing — except that like Eisenhower when he ran for president in 1952, Trump and Clinton will soon qualify for secret intelligence briefings. I won’t be briefing Clinton or Trump, but I’ve done a number of these post-nomination briefings. The tradition began in the midst of the Cold War, when President Harry Truman decided that the nominees, Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson, needed to be prepared for the postwar era.... more »

An Excerpt From the Book 'Spooked: How The CIA Manipulates The Media And Hoodwinks Hollywood'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
The lobby of CIA headquarters in McLean, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. REUTERS/LARRY DOWNING *Nicholas Schou, Newsweek*: *Outing The CIA's "Undertaker"* *The following is an excerpt of Spooked: How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood (Hotbooks/Skyhorse), which will be published on June 28, 2016.* Remote even by the standards of Pakistan’s tribal areas, the Shawal Valley is surrounded by steep mountains that descend into thick forests interspersed with boulder-strewn alpine rivers. The valley is one of the final redoubts of Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters who fled A... more »

A Former Head of Russia's SVR (The Equivalent Of The CIA) Speaks Out On U.S. Intelligence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Putin and Vyacheslav Trubnikov (Office of the Russian President) *NPR*: *Russia's Ex-Spy Chief Shares Opinions Of His American Counterparts* It's not every day that the man who ran Russia's foreign espionage service offers to buy you a drink. I'd been chasing Vyacheslav Trubnikov for an interview, when a message landed in my inbox: Hotel Metropol, 5 o'clock. The Metropol is one of Moscow's grande dame hotels, just steps from Red Square, with polished dark wood, sparkling crystal decanters, velvet armchairs. Trubnikov settled in and ordered a double espresso. He was born in Siberia...more »

Russia Is In Charge In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Technicians at Syria's Hmeimim airport where Russian aircraft are deployed. © Dmitriy Vinogradov / RIA Novosti *Sam Heller, War On The Rocks*: *Russia Is In Charge In Syria: How Moscow Took Control Of The Battlefield And Negotiating Table* *The Kremlin has successfully made itself the most powerful party to this war. The best the White House can do now is to make them own it.* Earlier this month, 51 mid-level officers at the U.S. State Department wrote a “dissent cable” arguing for the limited use of U.S. military force against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. By using standof... more »

Patients did not okay publishing brain surgery details

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
BioMed Central has retracted a paper after realizing it shared details on the brain surgeries of four patients without their consent. Darlene Lobel, a neurosurgeon at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, agreed to the retraction, and told us she didn’t know that she needed consent from the patients since all identifying details had been removed. The paper describes […] The post Patients did not okay publishing brain surgery details appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Even Democrats Question Attorney General Lynch’s Chat With Bill Clinton

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Bill Clinton Loretta Lynch Phoenix Airport - 900] As The Stream reported yesterday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch had an off-the-books meeting with former President Bill Clinton Tuesday at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. To hear her tell it, they were just two friends who happened to be passing... more »

Washington Post: Obama and Putin Have Cut a Secret Deal in Syria

Saagar Enjeti at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Putin Half Smirk - 900] President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have pushed through a plan to cooperate with Russia's military in Syria, in exchange for Russian pressure on the Assad regime to stop bombing U.S. backed rebels, Josh Rogin of the... more »

Concealed Carrier Prevented Mass Shooting at South Carolina Nightclub

Brianna Cicero at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Concealed Carry, Firearms, Handguns, Weapons, Bodyguard] On Sunday evening Jody Ray Thompson pulled out a gun at a South Carolina club and fired a few shots at innocent bystanders. Thompson pulled the trigger on his gun after getting in a fight with another person at the... more »

British Columbia And Imperial Globalization. Part IV

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 11 hours ago
*British Columbia And Imperial Globalization. Part IV* *Written by Robin Mathews June 2016* Attention across the world is, at last, focussing more and more on what is called ‘*imperial globalization’* – the growing power of unchecked international capital to poison grand attempts at democratic community such as the ones struggling in the European Community and the Mercosur countries of South America ... and, alas, also, in smaller, national attempts at democratic self-determination from Venezuela to Palestine. Very broadly, the poison is intrinsic to the ideas found in the... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 11 hours ago
*Is the march of the penguins over? Researchers warn climate change could kill off 60% of global Adélie populations by the end of the century* *This is all reliant on the usual global warming models, that have never got anything right yet* Adélie penguins have roamed across Antarctica for millions of years. However, climate change has finally reached a 'tipping point' that could decimate their numbers, researchers have warned. They says 30 per cent of current colonies may be in decline by 2060, and approximately 60 per cent may be in decline by 2099. In a paper published today (Ju... more »

Report: US Sailors Ill-Prepared for Iran Encounter in Gulf

ROBERT BURNS at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Iranian capture - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Weak leadership, poor judgment, a lack of “warfighting toughness” and a litany of errors led to the embarrassing capture and detention by Iran of 10 U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf in January, according to a Navy...more »

Dissatisfaction With Trump Grows in GOP Despite Recent Calm

Lydia Goerner at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.] Donald Trump is causing growing dissatisfaction among the GOP, and this is spurred on by Utah Senator Mike Lee. The Republican has refused to endorse Trump and said in a recent interview that Trump has "made statements that some have... more »

Get it together, WTU. I really don’t care.

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 12 hours ago
I have to say. I’m very sympathetic to the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU). They have a tough job. DC is not by and large a union town. It’s been pretty easy to erode the powers of organized labor over the last several years, especially from within. As some of you may know, the WTU is […]

Foreigners Buying Crooked U.S. Politicians-- Like Patrick Murphy And His Business Associate Donald Trump

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*For a Saudi billionaire it isn't hard to buy a crooked sieve a seat in Congress* When I travel I'm still living under the delusion that I have a secretary who will take care of any emergencies that come up, even though I don't. But I'm so used to cutting myself off when I'm away on vacation that the only communication channel I leave open is e-mail. The FEC, it turns out, doesn't do e-mail. When I got back from nearly a month in Russia, Azerbaijan and Finland a couple days ago, there were dozens of phone messages to pick up. I still haven't gone through them all. But one-- actuall... more »

CIA Director: ‘I’d Be Surprised’ If ISIS Not Trying To Carry Out Istanbul-Style Attack In US

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
Saved this one last night: *CBS* *Canada day July 1. Independence Day July 4. False Flag potential always present* *CIA Director John Brennan is warning that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria wants to conduct Istanbul-style attacks in the United States* *I am worried from the standpoint of an intelligence professional who looks at the capabilities of Daesh … and their determination to kill as many as people as possible and to carry out attacks abroad,”* Brennan told Yahoo News. Daesh is an acronym for the Arabic name of ISIS. CIA Director John Brennan Brennan explained to Yahoo ... more »

Why I’m Actually Rooting for Donald Trump

Michael Brown at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Trump v Clinton Campaign Buttons - 900] Before you overreact to the title of this article, let me make clear that I still have grave concerns about a potential Trump presidency, that I have not personally endorsed him, that if the elections were held today I do... more »

The Facts on Zika and the Abortion Industry’s False Panic Over Microcephaly

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Baby with Zika virus - 900] Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a study that claimed the number of women wanting abortions in Zika-infected nations rose after governments warned women about the virus. Conversely, according to the study, no increase was seen... more »

RIP Alvin Toffler

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago
Future Shock (1970)was the most influential non fiction book I ever read. It explains what we are living today. The answers to thriving in today's world are there for all to read, but most ignore.

Websites under attack?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 13 hours ago
*Google* I just spent half an hour trying to browse through the blog: WHATREALLYHAPPENED.com without success. The screen kept freezing. I don't know whether it's because I refuse to "upgrade" to Windows 10***or because Mike Rivero's website is making too much money with advertising...or is posting some very "truthy" material. Whatever. It brought to mind an interesting report I read the other day that might be the answer to the questions posed above and/or the questions I've been asking recently about the purpose of "spam". In the report, I found out a possible answer to my ques... more »

FDA Warns Against Eating Raw Dough Amid E. coli Fears

AP at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: In this undated file photo, cookie dough clings to the beaters of a standing mixer. The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning on June 28, 2016, that people shouldn't eat raw dough due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some batches of flour.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a warning that’s sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, federal regulators said this week that people should not eat raw dough or batter of any kind due to an ongoing... more »

Michelle Obama wears flour sack to meet beautiful lady in red dress...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*Queen Letizia was not available for comment. * Michelle Obama, off on her tax-payer funded vacation with her daughters and her mother, once again be-clowns herself by wearing what appears to be the wrap from her last visit with her gynecologist. Was she in Spain to lecture Queen Letizia on improving education for little Spanish girls? I'm sure Letizia really appreciated that. Maybe Letizia should come over here and lecture Mooch about the education of the little black inner city Chicago kiddies. And wouldn't you just love to be the proverbial fly on the wall when Letizia tells... more »

LOATHING THE OTHERS WELL: Welshmen yes, Englishmen no!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016Part 3—O'Hehir votes for contempt:* It's one of the oldest pre-human impulses. It used to be a survival skill; now it's highly counterproductive. Despite that fact, it's been a basic part of "progressive" culture for the last fifty years. It helps explain why Donald J. Trump may end up in the White House. We refer to the practice of inventing The Other, then showering Them with contempt. We pseudo-progressives have loved this game at least since the mid-1960s. For an example of how the game is played, consider this piece by Andrew O'Hehir at the new Salon.... more »

Sixth retraction appears for bone researcher due to “extensive self-plagiarism”

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
A bone researcher in Japan has logged his sixth retraction, after acknowledging he duplicated substantial portions of a 2011 paper and added “honorary” co-authors. The retraction, in Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, follows five others for Yoshihiro Sato, including one from JAMA, some of which were pulled over concerns regarding authorship and data integrity. The latest retraction duplicated […] The post Sixth retraction appears for bone researcher due to “extensive self-plagiarism” appeared first on Retraction Watch.

"Gerald Celente: Globalists Will Collapse the Entire World Economy As 'Currency War Has Begun'”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"Gerald Celente: Globalists Will Collapse the* * Entire World Economy As 'Currency War Has Begun'”* by Mac Slavo "Major financial storms are coming, and they may cause a great deal of damage. There is every indication that what has now starting in Europe could end up on the dollar’s doorstep, and upend the whole house of cards. As economic forecaster Gerald Celente told the Alex Jones Show, the Brexit campaign was something of a launching point for what is going to become a total collapse scenario. Though it isn’t completely clear yet, this could be the reverberations of the big one...more »

"World's Most Systemically Dangerous Bank Crashes Back To Record Lows"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"World's Most Systemically Dangerous Bank Crashes Back To Record Lows"* by Tyler Durden Jun 30, 2016 8:17 AM "Despite all the exuberance over the Brexit bounce in US (and UK) equities, never minds bonds, FX, and credit being far less enthusiastic, Deutsche Bank is plunging once again this morning. Having failed The Fed's stress test for the second year running and been diagnosed by The IMF as the world's most systemically dangerous financial entity, the giant Germanbank is getting slammed down almost 4% today, back near record lows as its 'Lehman-esque' path to devastation continue... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
“You don't have to take everything so seriously. Life isn't black and white, answers aren't always yes or no, and absolutely nothing has to happen today. Act when you're ready. Be led by your feelings. And the next time someone wants to fit you into a mold, just tell 'em that your jeans are in the wash, your angels are at the mall, and Oprah's on the other line. You're a spiritual being on an eternal quest in a love-adventure you get to design. Do it your way.” “Fuzzy as dice”, The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” - www.tut.com

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Night Light”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Liquid Mind, “Night Light” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5VzYAPBVJc

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
“This beautiful telephoto composition spans light-years in a natural night skyscape from the island of Crete. Looking south, exposures both track the stars and record a fixed foreground in three merged panels that cover a 10x12 degree wide field of view. The May 15 waxing gibbous moonlight illuminates the church and mountainous terrain. *Click image for larger size.* A mere 18 thousand light-years away, huge globular star cluster Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) shining above gives a good visual impression of its appearance in binoculars on that starry night. Active galaxy Centaurus A (NGC... more »

Chet Raymo, "The Avid Pursuer"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"The Avid Pursuer"* by Chet Raymo "In his autobiography, "Speak Memory," the novelist and lepidopterist Vladimir Nabokov writes of the joys of butterfly collecting: "The highest enjoyment of timelessness...is when I stand among rare butterflies and their food plants. This is ecstasy, and behind the ecstasy is something else, which is hard to explain. It is like a momentary vacuum into which rushes all that I love. A sense of oneness with sun and stone. A thrill of gratitude..." The possibility of learning more and more about butterflies - those tiny truths - drew Nabokov, the avid... more »

"Believe in Yourself!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"Believe in Yourself!"* by Jill Badonsky “What you are is a question only you can answer.” — Lois McMaster Bujold "We tend to be attracted to confident, bold, defiant people in the world. Many times audacity can go further than even talent. The talented person who does not show belief and confidence can flounder, when someone less talented but with assertive belief can flourish. Being convinced in the merit of ourselves is an attractive energy that sells and magnetizes attention as much for the product as for the belief itself. Spending time working on confidence, acting “as if” w... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"The Summer Day"* "Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean– the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down, who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face. Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away. I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by!

"To Others And To Ourselves: Obligations"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"To Others And To Ourselves: Obligations"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we schedule too much in our lives trying to meet our obligations, we only end up draining our energy. We all encounter obligations in life, from spending time with family and friends to being present at important functions in the lives of the people who form our community. Many times, the obligations are actually fun and fulfilling, and we want to be there. At the same time, we all sometimes experience resistance to meeting these obligations, especially when they pile up all at once and we begin to feel... more »

"The Idiot Culture..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal." - Carl Bernstein

“Ignorance Is Bliss”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*“Ignorance Is Bliss”* by Michael Brenner “Factual information is out of fashion. American society now devalues it. Subjective attitude and opinion are considered to be as worthy as accurate renderings of reality. Many wear their ignorance as a badge of honor. The ultimate freedom for them is to avoid needless bother in knowing the truth and distinguishing it from falsity. Some of this behavior is calculated and intentional; much of it is blind indulgence of convenience and prejudice. These behaviors are commonplace among our officials, politicians, commentariat, and the citizenry... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago

Paul Craig Roberts, “The Collapse of Western Democracy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*“The Collapse of Western Democracy”* by Paul Craig Roberts "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." - Edward R. Murrow "Then you will see the rise of the men of the double standard- the men who live by force, yet count on those who live by trade to create the value of their looted money- the men who are the hitchhikers of virtue. In a moral society, these are the criminals, and the statutes are written to protect you against them. But when a society establishes criminals-by-right and looters-by-law- men who use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims- then mone... more »

The Economy: Gregory Mannarino, “The Greatest Stock Market Crash Ever Imagined Will Happen, Here's Why”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Gregory Mannarino, “The Greatest Stock Market Crash Ever Imagined Will Happen, Here's Why” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vd-fagz6fw ◆ *Related:* "The Death Of A Virtuous Cycle" https://realinvestmentadvice.com/ "August 15th - The Date Which Will Live In Monetary Infamy" - http://www.zerohedge.com/ “Worst “Zombie States” in America “Deteriorate Faster, Further” - http://wolfstreet.com/ “NIRP Absurdity Soars after Brexit, Hits $11.7 Trillion” - http://wolfstreet.com/

DECC Commit To Fifth Carbon Budget

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://www.gov.uk/guidance/carbon-budgets Amidst all of the other political upheavals currently taking place, DECC have sneaked out the news that “the Government has agreed with the Committee on Climate Change and proposes that the fifth budgetary period covering 2028 to 2032 should be set at 1,725 MtCO2e.” This represents a cut […]

More Screen Time = More Radiation for Kids

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
The Silicon Valley elites, the paternalistic politicians, and the corporate education parasites comprise an axis of influence that threatens the public space, educational integrity, and the health of children. ESSA's funding for competency-based personalized learning, which amounts to constant prepping and testing via wi-fi networks, is the latest example of wired education going haywire. Already, the charter school industry has discovered that children forced onto screens half the day can save millions in personnel costs by reducing the number of required teachers. Without over... more »

Allegation: Democrats Tried to Punish Fox News for Debate Decision

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Fox News - wikipedia] One of the Republican members of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) is accusing his Democratic colleagues of targeting Fox News over a decision to expand its August 6, 2015 debate to 17 candidates. According to Commissioner Lee E. Goodman, "A... more »

All-Clear at Joint Base Andrews: Active Shooter Drill Was Planned

Jessica Gresko & Eric Tucker at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: The Malcolm Grow Medical Center is seen at Joint Base Andrew, Md., Thursday, June 30, 2016. The military post near Washington said a lockdown was lifted Thursday except for a medical building where an active shooter was reported earlier in the day. Joint Base Andrews said in a tweet that the all-clear was given for the base except for the medical building. The base did not say why the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility remained on lockdown. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)] JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) -- Officials say reports of an active shooter at a military post outside Washington st... more »

Three years delay for a three day trial excessive

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
Today's brief Supreme Court decision in R. v. Vassell, 2016 SCC 26 is important and makes clear the issue of unreasonable delay is still very real: [3] Turning to the s. 11 (*b*) issue, when a violation is raised, courts must be careful not to miss the forest for the trees (*R. v. Godin*, 2009 SCC 26, [2009] 2 S.C.R. 3, at para. 18). The forest in this case is plain as day. At every opportunity, Mr. Vassell attempted to move his case to trial. But in the end, as O'Ferrall J.A. observed, he "waited three years for a three-day trial" (para. 54). Lookin... more »

RIP Alvin Toffler

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Future Shock (1970)was the most influential non fiction book I ever read. It explains what we are living today. The answers to thriving in today's world are there for all to read, but most ignore.

Black Dot : The Goddess Formerly Known as "Diana"

Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago
*Melchizedek, The Dark Messenger* *The Black Muse* *I am a Priest Forever in the Order of Melchizedek.*

Obama Approved Hundreds Of Offshore Fracking Drills In Gulf of Mexico

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
The Obama administration quietly granted hundreds of offshore fracking permits in the Gulf of Mexico, allowing dangerous fracking chemicals to pollute the Gulf. Documents have revealed that from 2010 to October 2014, the Obama administration approved more than 1,500 permit applications for offshore drilling plans that included fracking at hundreds of wells across the Gulf of Mexico, according to Truthout. The habitat of loggerhead turtles was also included. RT reports: The administration allowed oil companies to dump over 76 billion gallons of wastewater into the Gulf waters in 2014... more »

Indian Police Couple Accused Of Faking Mount Everest Climb

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
A husband and wife police duo who claimed to have scaled Mt. Everest on 23 May have had their story challenged. The two police constables from Maharashtra claimed they were the first Indian couple to scale Mount Everest during a press conference on 5 June. Dinesh and Tarkeshwari Rathod, both aged 30, are accused by fellow mountaineers of faking and stealing photos to suggest that they reached the summit of 8,848-meter high Mt. Everest. Metro reports: Some have alleged that the Rathods, both police officers from Pune might not have made it to the top. An investigation by BuzzFeed Ind... more »

Christie’s to Sell Contents of Reagans’ LA Home

Ula Ilnytzky at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: The_Reagans_waving_from_the_limousine_during_the_Inaugural_Parade_1981] NEW YORK (AP) -- A two-day auction of the contents of Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s ranch-style home in California will include everything from personal mementos from heads of state and friends to objects the couple took with them to the... more »

The Daily Show Thinks Unsafe Abortions Are Funny

John Zmirak at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Daily Show] Movie to Movement, a non-profit organization founded to promote the beauty and dignity of the human person through film, condemned the outrageous and misogynist attempt at humor on the part of The Daily Show, seen in the Tweet below: Celebrate... more »

Federal Contractor Allegedly Breaks Law, Donates $200K to Clinton-Backing PAC

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Handout Money Welfare - 900] A company with nearly one million dollars in federal contracts has donated $200,000 to a liberal Super PAC backing presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a report published early Wednesday morning by The Hill. And according to Craig Holman... more »

Unwitting co-author requests retraction of melatonin paper

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
Nine years ago, a well-known pharmacologist hosted a researcher from another university in his lab. On a Saturday night last September, he learned while surfing Google Scholar that they had published a paper together. Marco Cosentino, who works at the University of Insubria in Italy, know that Seema Rai, a zoologist at Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya in India, […] The post Unwitting co-author requests retraction of melatonin paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Iraqi official: ISIS Convoy Fleeing Fallujah Destroyed

Sinan Salaheddin at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: The city of Fallujah, Al Anbar Province, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.] BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq’s Defense Ministry has released footage showing airstrikes on dozens of vehicles, which officials said was an ISIS convoy fleeing the western city of Fallujah following its recapture by the Iraqi military. “More than 20 helicopters took... more »

5 Things Christian Parents Must Do To Raise Godly Children

Natasha Crain at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Father Daughter Beach Sunset - 900] In the last couple of years, I've had the opportunity to speak at several Christian conferences and churches on the importance of parents teaching their kids apologetics (how to make a case for and defend the truth of the Christian... more »

Cruz Criticizes Obama for How He Talks, and Doesn’t Talk, About Terrorism

Josh Siegel at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: 10664315506_0962c661a2_k] As Sen. Ted Cruz convened a hearing intended as a platform to criticize how President Barack Obama talks about Islamist extremism, news broke of suicide bombers attacking an airport in the capital of America's NATO ally, Turkey. While families of... more »

What Would Jefferson Say to “AG’s United for Clean Power”?

Calvin Beisner at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Thomas Jefferson statue at Jefferson Memorial] With Independence Day around the corner, it's a good idea to remember the liberties for which our Founding Fathers risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Among the most important were freedom of conscience and freedom of speech.... more »

UN Says Iraqi Children ‘Relentlessly Targeted’ in War, at Risk for Enslavement, Death

Sinan Salaheddin at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: 1024px-thumbnail__1467290039_71.164.139.145] BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.N. children’s fund warned on Thursday that 3.6 million Iraqi children are at “serious risk” of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, and has called on warring parties in Iraq to protect... more »

New Jersey Passes Anti-BDS Measure

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
New Jersey has become the 11th US state to pass an anti-BDS measure The state legislature passed a law on Monday which will deter corporate entities from participating in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Mondoweiss reports: By a 69-3 vote, the State Assembly passed a bill to prohibit pension fund investment in pro-boycott companies. The legislation had passed the State Senate in May by a 39-0 vote. Now that both the Assembly and Senate have passed the legislation, it goes to Governor Chris Christie, who is expected to sign the bill. Assemblywoman...more »

The Guardian on the only agent who has infiltrated the CIA

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
*Karel Koecher's story is unusual from many viewpoints* Hours ago, Benjamin Cunningham – who, acting as a writer for the Economist, gave me an hour-long telephone call last month because of the word "Czechia" – published a long story in The Guardian, How a Czech 'super-spy' infiltrated the CIA. The spy was Karel Koecher. As a teenager, he had pretty much violent relationships with the communist regime. But in the 1960s, the atmosphere began to improve and in 1965, he immediately agreed to be sent to the U.S. with the goal of infiltrating the CIA – which he did although it doesn't s... more »

People Learned The Hard Way That If Anything Has The Word Trump Attached To It, Run Away As Fast As You Can

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
New polling from PPP shows Clinton running ahead of Trump in every battle-ground state (unless you count Arizona as a battle-ground state, where he is leading her narrowly. Here are their latest results: *•* Wisconsin: Clinton 47%, Trump 39% *•* New Hampshire: Clinton 43%, Trump, 39% *•* Iowa: Clinton 41%, Trump 39% *•* Ohio: Clinton 44%, Trump 40% *•* Pennsylvania: Clinton 46%, Trump 42% *•* Arizona: Trump 44%, Clinton 40% The voters in these states-- *including* Arizona-- do not trust Trump to nominate a Supreme Court justice; every one of them has majorities that say they would ... more »

A Reflection on the Parliamentary Labour Party

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 16 hours ago
*A re-blog from the Artist formerly known as Splinty.* A thought: For almost the whole of Labour's history, the party's Right has had a deathlock on the leadership, and dominated the PLP. But it didn't use to be totally dominant at the top, and we're now seeing some of the effects of that long-term dominance since 1994. To take a very obvious recent example, the fact that 36% of Labour voters voted Leave is completely unsurprising; there's always been a stubborn third or so of Labour voters who were Eurosceptic, and at times it's been higher than that. Corbyn's "Reluctant Remain" ... more »

Thank you, Former President Aquino

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 16 hours ago
Exactly 1 year ago, I visited Sec. Sonny Coloma in his office in Malacanang, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO). He gave me the privilege of a one-on-one short interview on various issues for my BWorld article. Very nice guy, as always. Today, half-day na lang sya doon. And former President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy), despite all the warts and brickbats, he did a good job in improving overall business confidence in this country. Congrats Sec. Sonny, Congrats and thank you, PNoy. Meanwhile, I am reposting a wall status by a friend, Sen. Kiko Pangilinan: *The Presi... more »

Welcome, President Duterte

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 16 hours ago
At noon time today, the Philippines' new President Rodrigo R. Duterte has officially assumed office. In his short inauguration speech in Malacanang, he said, *Therefore, I direct all department secretaries and the heads of agencies to reduce requirements and the processing time of all applications, from the submission to the release. I order all department secretaries and heads of agencies to remove redundant requirements and compliance with one department or agency, shall be accepted as sufficient for all.* *I order all department secretaries and heads of agencies to refrain from ... more »

Report: Turkish Raids Target Islamic State Group, 13 Held

Dominique Soguel & Suzan Fraser at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Turkey Airport Blasts_perr (1)__1467289274_71.164.139.145] ISTANBUL (AP) -- Police on Thursday conducted simultaneous raids on 16 locations in Istanbul, rounding up 13 people suspected of involvement in a devastating attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport in which the Islamic State group is the prime suspect. A... more »

Boris Johnson Pulls Out, May & Gove Enter Race For Tory Leadership

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Brexiteer and former mayor of London Boris Johnson has unexpectedly pulled out of the Tory leadership contest. Johnson announced he would not be running for prime minster as Michael Gove declared his bid, saying Boris can’t provide the leadership. Justice Secretary, Gove and Home Secretary Theresa May now lead a five-way race to be the next Conservative Party leader and UK prime minister. May, who campaigned against the Brexit, will present herself as the unity candidate to bring the divided Tory party and the country back together following Britain’s recent vote to leave the Europe...more »

Combative Philippine President Takes Office Amid Promises to Kill Criminals

JIM GOMEZ & TERESA CEROJANO at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: CORRECTS DUTERTE'S POSITION TO LEFT - In this photo provided by the News and Information Bureau, Malacanang Palace, new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, takes his oath before Philippine Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes during inauguration ceremony in Malacanang Palace Thursday, June 30, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Duterte was sworn in Thursday as president of the Philippines, with many hoping his maverick style will energize the country but others fearing he could undercut one of Asia's liveliest democracies amid his threats to kill criminals en m... more »

Gay Men Allegedly Assaulted Thanks to U.S. Embassy Posting Photo

Amber Randall at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Web_IMG_6516_750x350-1] Six gay men from Ivory Coast say they have been attacked and forced to leave their homes after the U.S. Embassy posted a picture of the group signing a book for the victims of the Orlando, Fla., Islamic terrorist shooting.... more »

Campaign Conversion?

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: In this video screengrab, Donald Trump speaks with evangelical leaders during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.] Following a meeting between a group of evangelical leaders and Donald Trump last week, Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, was interviewed by Pennsylvania pastor Michael Anthony. Dobson told Anthony that Trump had recently come “to accept... more »

The Plant that Stops Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Makia Freeman* - Meet the plant that proving to be a potent alternative to antibiotics.

Amnesty, HRW Want UN To Suspend Saudi Arabia From Human Rights Council

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on the United Nations General Assembly to suspend Saudi Arabia from the UN Human Rights Council until they stop their military aggression against Yemen. Press TV reports: “Saudi Arabia has amassed an appalling record of violations in Yemen while a Human Rights Council member,” said Philippe Bolopion, the deputy director for global advocacy at Human Rights Watch. “UN member countries should stand with Yemeni civilians and suspend Saudi Arabia immediately,” Bolopion added. The regime in Riyadh launched its deadly campaign agains... more »

Hillary Clinton Raising Big Dollars at Tiny Fundraisers

Julie Bykowicz at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: DEM 2016 Clinton_perr__1467287056_71.164.139.145] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A single elevator could have accommodated the donors who recently gathered with Hillary Clinton at home of the Pritzker family in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Small in number, the group was big in largesse, contributing at least... more »

Official: Suicide Bomb Attack Kills 30 Afghan Trainee Police

The Associated Press at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Former_Taliban_fighters_return_arms__1467286409_71.164.139.145] KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying trainee policemen on Thursday, killing 30 people, an Afghan official said. The attack took place some 20 kilometers west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, according to Mousa Rahmati, the... more »

Publisher: ‘Mein Kampf’ Proceeds to Aid Holocaust Survivors

Amy Anthony at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Mein Kampf-Holocaust_perr (1)__1467284890_71.164.139.145] A Boston-based publishing company has decided to donate proceeds from Adolf Hitler’s infamous manifesto Mein Kampf to a local organization that works with aging Holocaust survivors. The move comes after publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt was criticized by Jewish advocates for...more »

Exxon Mobil Wins a Round in Climate Litigation

David Koenig at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: iStock_19431312_MEDIUM__1467283390_71.164.139.145] DALLAS (AP) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. won an early round Wednesday in its fight against regulators over whether the oil giant covered up what it knew about climate change. The U.S. Virgin Islands attorney general agreed to drop a subpoena... more »

Judge Faces Deadline for Decision on Indiana Abortion Law

AP at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: iStock_88073751_MEDIUM__1467284005_71.164.139.145] INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A federal judge is facing a deadline for deciding whether to block a new Indiana law banning abortions sought because of fetal genetic abnormalities. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt has said she will issue a ruling... more »

Peter Gabriel’s CueSongs Goes Belly-Up, Taking £500k Free Money With It

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Peter Gabriel-backed online music platform CueSongs has gone into receivership. The recent music licensing start-up received £500k of public funding from the government just two years ago. The Register reports: The notice was filed on June 20th. CueSongs promised “frictionless music licensing for online broadcast” and was run by Ed Averdieck, who had a stint at Nokia’s Comes With Music. CueSongs handled sync licensing, the burgeoning business of licensing music for use in TV, movies and games. We7, Gabriel’s earlier investment, was sold to Tesco in 2012. Shortly before this “exit”, ... more »

Company Donates 300 Body Cameras to Police for GOP Convention

AP at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump2 - 900] CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland police officers will have body cameras affixed to their riot gear during the Republican National Convention this month. The Arizona company TASER International says it will loan 300 mounting units to the city that will allow... more »

DECC Pushing For Biomass Whitewash

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood On the plane back from Italy, I came across this story in Private Eye. [For those who have not read it, the Eye, aka Lord Gnome’s organ, is both a satirical and investigative journal, and has regularly caused great embarrassment for the powers that be]. http://www.private-eye.co.uk/ In […]

Links and Comments for Thursday

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 20 hours ago
*This was a woman who knows how to pack stuff...* Many pieces in the international media noting that Tsai wants communication with China. A sharp friend of mine observes that Tsai is playing China the way she played Ma: moral high ground, give them rope, let them hang themselves, stay calm and quiet. Each display of calmness and earnestness from Tsai is a victory. One interesting way China is handling the international media is its repeated use of the faux 1992 Consensus. The 1992C is, of course, just another way to say Taiwan is part of China. But Beijing is not bluntly insisting... more »

abstract artist - Puran Khadka - Wholeness

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 21 hours ago
enough of all this politics, what a Free Planet needs is more contemplative philosophers aka artists. One of the most stylistically tenacious I've stumbled across accidentally whilst grazing is 35-year professional abstract artist Puran Khandka who uses four colours in his work. Red. Grey. Black. White. And while this offers a Mondrian-like machine-metric to the emotio-visual experience for both artist and viewer, the inclusion of a solitary brown Line through his work illustrates the 'intrusion of the real' into the realm of the fantastical or desirable or imagined... *Neera J... more »

Nuclear Ironies and Webcam Update

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 21 hours ago
Beginning in 1981, the central government provided grants to residents in Fukushima Prefecture, presumably to live near the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear power plants.[i] In January 2014 the central government discontinued funding after TEPCO decided to “decommission” all the reactors at the plant. Fukushima Prefecture government took over funding in 2014 but will exhaust leftover cash in 2017. The prefecture is now deciding whether to halt the subsidies altogether or find another funding source. Is it not ironic that money comes from the central government until a disaste... more »

Welcome to the Nancy Tribe

Spike EP at News Spike - 21 hours ago
*Giles*: We'll get our memory back, and it'll all be right as rain. *Spike*: Oh, listen to Mary Poppins. He's got his crust all stiff and upper with that nancy boy accent. You Englishmen are always so... Bloody hell. *Spike*: [*Counting on his fingers*] Sodding, Blimey, Shagging, Knickers, bollocks. Oh, God. I'm English. *Giles*: Welcome to the Nancy Tribe.

How to Survive All Day at the Beach or Waterpark with a Toddler

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 22 hours ago
When our older daughter was little, we were beach bums. We lived just a short distance from a gorgeous beach on the Gulf of Mexico and we visited often. Over the three years we lived there, we were at the beach more times than I can count. When we moved back to Utah, the beach was one of the things that I missed the very most. Nowadays during the summer you can find us at the water park, the splash pad or in our backyard pool. I can count on one hand the days we haven't spent in water this summer. Our the last 8 years of spending all day in the water with little ones, I have fou... more »

As the BBC won't report, being more concerned with exaggerating the rise in racism since the Brexit vote

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
'Labour MPs have been forced to call in the police over death threats in the last 48 hours after they refused to back Jeremy Corbyn, The Telegraph has learnt. Vicky Foxcroft, a Labour whip, received a call to her constituency office which said: "If she doesn't support Corbyn I will come down to the office and kick the f*** out of you." Police officers had to rush her office, close the shutters and attempt to trace the call after the man said he was on his way and hung up. ' More here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/29/revealed-labour-mps-go-to-police-over-death-threats-af... more »

June 29: Not a good day.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 22 hours ago
Perhaps unwisely, I may devote all or most of today's blog to brexit and the European Union. Was this the result of racism? When I ask this, I remember, at age six or so, being coached by my father to memorize the lines of Rudyard Kipling, writing about the duties of empire. It was a hymn to racism. In it, Kipling made Britain's slaughter, abuse, theft and exploitation of billions of humans into a Christian crusade to bring the Christian God and civilization to the world. It was written for an American audience because the U.S. was now doing the same thing with invasions of Latin ... more »

Bad Bear Photos: Peace and Dignity Runners at Hungry Valley

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 22 hours ago
Photos by Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Western Shoshone Censored News Peace and Dignity Runners arrive at Hungry Valley Indian Community near Reno, Nevada today. Runners are on their way to Pyramid Lake Paiute next. The journey ultimately meets runners coming up from South America. The ceremonial run has runners beginning in Alaska and Argentina, then joining together in

Military Photo of the Day: Marines Tackle an Aussie Obstacle Course

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 22 hours ago
[image: Obstacle Course] An over-water obstacle course challenges U.S. Marines stationed in Queensland, Australia, on June 7, 2016. Thank you to these Marines for serving our country overseas.

Evolutionary anthropology of police practice of containment of targeted populations, and of self-defence strategies including rockets and boycott

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 22 hours ago
By Denis G. Rancourt, PhD SUMMARY: I show that the de facto police practice of constant random harassment by carding (demanding identification) and a spectrum of other means, combined with less frequent unprovoked executions and prosecutions using false charges, in containing groups targeted for containment is exactly the most effective and efficient strategy for hierarchical containment

A talkative Evan Davis

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
Here's a curious stat about the interview between Evan Davis and pro-Boris/pro-Leave Tory MP Crispin Blunt on last night's *Newsnight*. The interview - a hostile one on Evan's part - last 6m 07s from start to finish. Evan talked - and talked over Mr Blunt - for 2m 48s. In other words, Evan Davis talked for *46%* of the interview, interrupting frequently (getting on for 18 times). He ended the interview with the words, "That is a very long way of saying you don't know whether it will go up of not. Crispin Blunt, sorry about that, we'll have to leave it there. Thank you very much"... more »

A lousy way to evaluate teachers

skrashen at Schools Matter - 23 hours ago
Sent to the Chicago Sun Times, June 29, 2016 The Chicago Public Schools have decided that student scores on the PARCC test will be used as part of teacher evaluation ("PARCC will count in CPS teacher and school ratings," June 29). Everything is wrong with this plan. A number of studies have shown that rating teachers using test score gains does not give consistent results. Different tests produce different ratings, and the same teacher’s ratings can vary from year to year, sometimes quite a bit. In addition, using test score gains for evaluation encourages gaming the system, trying t... more »

Impressions of the Auran Empire

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 1 day ago
"Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle." - Marcus Aurelius I've been going through some of my newer stuff for the Adventurer Conqueror King System (ACKS) over the past week or two. Of late I've been thinking of fantasy RPGs, especially with a focus on the ability for characters to be movers and shakers of the world. (I've also been reading the new Laundry novel by Charles Stross and checking out some of the newer DCC stuff - the fun o... more »

Why Britain is for Separation (Not Segregation)

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*"Forget it Jack, it's just Chinatown..."* "We don't go for segregation. We go for separation. *Separation is when you have your own. You control your own economy; you control your own politics; you control your own society; you control your own everything. *You have yours and you control yours; we have ours and we control ours. *They don't call Chinatown in New York City or on the West Coast a segregated community, yet it's all Chinese. But the Chinese control it. Chinese voluntarily live there, they control it. They run it. They have their own schools. They control their own poli... more »

I'm Back From Russia-- With A Couple of Observations

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
I spent most of June in Russia and Azerbaijan, mostly Moscow and St. Petersburg. It was my first trip to either country. St. Petersburg, was a city founded in 1703 to be Russia's window to the West, and Moscow, founded in around 1150, is less European. Over 12 million people live in Moscow; only 4.8 million live in St Pete. (By contrast, NYC has 8.5 million people and L.A. has around 4 million.) People don't smile much in Moscow and they all seem to have poker faces. St. Petersburg seems more like a European city in every way. But even in St. Pete there's an underlying anti-Western... more »

Quote of the Day: On the breach just keeps getting more visible…

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*"One the paradoxes of our age is the fact that the intellectuals, the politicians and all the sundry voices that choke, like asthma, the throat of our communication media have never gasped and stuttered so loudly about …the people’s will as the supreme criterion of value – and never have they been so grossly indifferent to the people… “The most profound breach [today] is not between the rich and the poor, but between the people and the intellectuals."* ~ Ayn Rand in 'Apollo and Dionysus' . [Hat tip Anoop Verma] . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to repub... more »

Another post-disaster disaster: Brownlee’s failure the only thing that keeps building

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: Oaf] *Christchurch Disaster Gerry Brownlee [pic Getty Images]* Christchurch City’s Earthquake Gauleiter Gerry Brownlee has been a bigger disaster for the city than the quake. Instead of enabling investors and property owners to do their own rebuilding, since Day One he has squatted over them all and stamped down any signs of entrepreneurial breakout. He has simply refused to learn the lesson that cities only grow and flourish because of private energy and investment, and the post-disaster lesson heard from around the world: that public inertia and uncertainty kills pri... more »

Hillary Clinton Vows To Prosecute All Climate Change Deniers

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Hillary Clinton has vowed to prosecute climate change deniers if she is elected President of the United States. The Democratic Platform Drafting Committee issued a statement on Friday urging the Justice Department to investigate “alleged corporate fraud on the part of fossil fuel companies who have reportedly misled shareholders and the public on the scientific reality of climate change“. This announcement represents the beginning of a much larger move to criminalize anybody who speaks out against orthodox climate change dogma. Washingtontimes.com reports: The proposal won the unan... more »

Government Insider: Civil Unrest Coming After 400% Food Price Spike

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A FEMA insider has come forward claiming that a coming worldwide food shortage will see the price of food massively increased, sparking extreme civil unrest. According to two reports by the CNA Corporation, a federally funded research and development center for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, the world’s food supply is about to run out in the next few years. Theantimedia.org reports: And the crisis — which several factors indicate may already be underway — may begin to worsen considerably as early as 2020. Employing a desktop game simulation of the conditions of a global f... more »

Man Sues Apple For $10bn Claiming He Invented iPhone In 1992

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A man from Florida has taken out a lawsuit against Apple, claiming that Steve Jobs stole the idea for the iPhone back in 1992. Thomas S Ross is suing Apple for a staggering $10 billion, saying that the company stole his idea after he filed a patent for an “electronic reading device” (ERD), a rectangular hand-held device that looks eerily similar to today’s iPhone, in 1992. Telegraph.co.uk reports: His lawsuit says he was “the first to file a device so designed and aggregated as to have created a novel combination of media and communication tools… whose identity was, since then, hij... more »

California Could Legalise Recreational Marijuana

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Citizens in California will take a vote this November on whether or not to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. California’s secretary of state announced the vote on Tuesday, saying that enough signatures had been collected on the ballot to initiate the action. Npr.org reports: Its supporters have raised $3.53 million,The Sacramento Bee reports — nearly 31 times more than what opponents have raised. The initiative would allow adults age 21 and older to possess, transport and purchase up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants for recreational use. “Today marks a f... more »

Money Grabbing George Soros Bets €100m Against EU Bank

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Multi-billionaire George Soros has taken out a cruel €100 million bet that a major European bank will collapse in the coming weeks. Soros took a short position of 0.51 per cent in Deutsche Bank shares on Friday, following Thursday’s Brexit vote. Express.co.uk reports: In growing signs that desperate Angela Merkel’s economy is struggling in the wake of the nation’s decision to leave the EU – Soros Fund Management said its short position was now 0.46 per cent – suggesting it had begun to take profits from the trade. Since the momentous decision, shares at Deutsche have dramatically s... more »

Civil Uprising: Citizens Demand Referendums Across Europe

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The people of France are demanding an EU referendum following last week’s Brexit result, as more and more citizens across Europe are rising up against the New World Order. Following Britain’s exist from the European Union last week, French leader Marine Le Pen has called for 34 separate EU referendums to be held across the continent. Dailymail.co.uk reports: The French National Front leader said politicians in her country are ‘afraid of the people’ and vowed to call for a similar vote on EU membership if elected as president next year. It comes after a study suggested Brexit could ... more »

Scientists Panic As Sun Goes Completely Blank

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Scientists have expressed concern over the fact that the Sun has gone completely blank for the second time this month, something it hasn’t done for 100 years. On June 4th the sun went completely ‘dark’ without any spots on visible, and has remained almost completely blank for the last few weeks. Vencoreweather.com reports: The blank sun is a sign that the next solar minimum is approaching and there will be an increasing number of spotless days over the next few years. At first, the blankness will stretch for just a few days at a time, then it’ll continue for weeks at a time, and fi... more »

Sphere Alliance Message #177 2 Frequency Modulators Found...

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
Denice: *Just read Sophia's post. Got mixed data from the sa for about 10 minutes. But then got this:* *Long period of time elapses on SMS chat....* Terran: What did you get? By email from Denice: *My texts are coming back as unsent. [this curiously seems to happen to on Verizon cell phone service at important moments... -AK]* *"Data collectors found 2 more frequency modulators. **One in the lunar caves. The other is not found yet."* *Later by SMS:* SA: *THERE ARE TWO FREQUENCY MODULATORS REMAINING. HIDDEN UNTIL NOW. ONE IN THE LUNAR CAVES. THE OTHER IS NOT LOCATED YET.*... more »

On the Charter Feeding Frenzy in Detroit

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
A clip from NYTimes: . . . .Detroit schools have long been in decline academically and financially. But over the past five years, divisive politics and educational ideology and a scramble for money have combined to produced a public education fiasco that is perhaps unparalleled in the United States. While the idea was to foster academic competition, the unchecked growth of charters has created a glut of schools competing for some of the nation’s poorest students, enticing them to enroll with cash bonuses, laptops, raffle tickets for iPads and bicycles. Leaders of charter and traditi... more »

Clinton: I Will Outsource Graduate Jobs To Foreign Workers

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Hillary Clinton has vowed to prioritise foreign college graduates in giving them jobs, no questions asked, when they arrive in the United States. Clinton has said that if she becomes President she will provide an unlimited number of Green Cards to foreign graduates in ‘increase competition’ among indebted American graduates. Breitbart.com reports: The open-borders promise to foreign graduates is posted at her campaign, and is titled “Hillary Clinton’s Initiative on Technology & Innovation.” As part of a comprehensive immigration solution, Hillary would “staple” a green card to STEM... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Darn!!!! I just learned that the GF's father broke his knee in a fall. I have to go and show a presence. Blogging will probably return late tonight or tomorrow morning. *Update:* Broke his knee in 3 places. Out for 6 - 8 weeks.

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a conference in Istanbul, Turkey, May 17, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Murad Sezer) *Simon Tisdall, The Guardian*: *Turkey paying a price for Erdoğan's wilful blindness to Isis threat* *President’s preference for blaming everything bad that happens on the Kurds is no longer working* Turkish officials, led by the prime minister, Binali Yildirim, have initially blamed the Istanbul airport attack on Islamic State, and it is true that this latest murderous outrage closely resembles last October’s Isis bombing of a peace rally in Ankara... more »

Congress Clears Puerto Rico Rescue Bill, Sends to President

MARY CLARE JALONICK at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: From left, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, rush to the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 29, 2016, to vote as a rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico, just two days before the island is expected to default on a $2 billion debt payment.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress delivered relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico on Wednesday, sending President Barack Obama a last-minute financial rescue package to help the U.S. territory of 3.5 million Americans. The Senate passed the bill on a bipartisan... more »

Military Seeks More Time on Transgender Policy

LOLITA C. BALDOR at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: 1militaryfeet] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senior military leaders expressed deep concerns this week that the launch of new Pentagon rules allowing transgender service members to serve openly in the U.S. military is moving too quickly, arguing that a number of details and... more »

Istanbul Airport Attackers Seized on Chaos to Cause Carnage

DOMINIQUE SOGUEL & SUZAN FRASER at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Family members of victims comfort each other outside the Forensic Medical Center in Istanbul, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Suicide attackers killed dozens and wounded more than 140 at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport late Tuesday, the latest in a series of bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. Turkish officials said the massacre was most likely the work of the Islamic State group.] ISTANBUL (AP) -- It was an attack that echoed the carnage earlier this year at the Brussels airport, down to the taxi that carried the men to their target: Inciting panic and then taking lethal a... more »

“How to fix a crisis: An Auckland housing manifesto” [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: ERic1]There’s no excuse for it, but the housing crisis has now badly affected people’s brains. This morning on air, for example, the supine Bill English was attacked by Guyon Espiner, a sadly-impaired thinker apparently under the illusion that the finance minister decides how all the money in the country is spent, and who personally goes round putting children into cars every night. (You should listen [from about 6:10] -- it’s sadly and unintentionally amusing.) Fortunately, some clearer thinking about the crisis has emerged this week from the unlikely pen of an economi... more »

Beyond Homelessness, There is "Homefulness"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
House keys not handcuffs: Melodie, 57, has been living on the street since 2007. She keeps her belongings attached to her at all times. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong, whose solo exhibit, *City People,* is on view now through July 31 at Modern Times Bookstore Collective in San Francisco. Profits from the sale of the images will be donated to The Gubbio Project. *- by Denise Sullivan* There are at present count over 6,000 people (and likely closer to 10,000) living outdoors, on the streets of San Francisco. They live in tent cities, in Golden Gate Park, in doorways on Market Street, in... more »

19 House Democrat Websites Have Been Down for Days, Hacked Following Sit-In

Ted Goodman at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: hackers - 900] Hackers took over 19 official government websites for Congressman since last Thursday after a major hacking incident compromised the network. The affected representatives contract their website management with the company DCS Services who works exclusively with House Democrats. People who visit the... more »

Bill Clinton Meets Privately with Attorney General to Talk Golf and Grandkids?

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: loretta lynch department of justice__1437830517_70.119.142.63] It’s hardly news when two acquaintances meet up at an airport and spend half an hour chatting about golf, grandkids and travel. Good luck getting a grandparent or golfer to stop talking about those subjects. However, it is news when the traveler is U.S.... more »

Obama Administration Cracks Down on For-Profit Colleges

Lydia Goerner at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: student loan debt__1441463155_70.119.142.63] Student debt in the United States currently totals over $1.3 million and the Obama administration is battling for-profit colleges in an attempt to ameliorate some of the hardship student debt causes. The Department of Education released a proposal on June... more »

NC Tries to Revise Transgender Bathroom Bill

Amber Randall at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Flag of North Carolina] North Carolina state lawmakers announced Tuesday that they would be making changes to North Carolina's “transgender bathroom bill,” amidst lobbying and boycotts from the NBA and businesses nation wide. North Carolina state officials said that they were in the process... more »

Who Bombed Ataturk Airport In Istanbul, Turkey? No Claim to Fame Yet!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*But the official, state sanctioned, narrative is starting to spill through* - *And Willy Loman, my friend, you and I were right on the money!* *Who is claiming ISIS was the perpetrator*, *without evidence* and *no claims to fame to the attack? **ISIS hasn’t claimed ownership.* *Instead we get the CIA head and his lackey in Turkey- Yildrim telling us who done the deed. * *Link - Dexter Filkins* *So, here we are, more than twenty-four hours after three suicide bombers killed at least forty-one people at Ataturk International Airport and no one has stepped forward—neither ISIS n... more »

You know, there *are* better options than #ClintonTrump

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
This is two minutes worth sharing for any voters not happy with the Clinton/Trump option in 2016 (and who in the hell they would both make would be happy?): But these Libertarian Party candidates have no chance, you say? But Johnson is polling between 12% - 16% in battleground states – and once polls show the ticket at15% then *by law* (yes, I know) Johnson *must* be included in all presidential debates. (And you know what a gamechanger *that* would be.) But it’s still a wasted vote? The only wasted vote is one for something you don’t believe. And you can hardly, serious... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day ago
*Hillary Clinton: 'Let's Set the Goal of Making College Debt-Free for Everyone'* *Setting a goal does nothing of itself. It's just propaganda* "Let's set the goal of making college debt-free for everyone," Clinton said, without giving details. In her remarks, she pointed to one of her own campaign volunteers: "Let's make it right for young people, like Erica Roitblat in West Lake (Ohio)," Clinton said. "She dreamed her whole life of going to Ohio University in Athens. But the housing crash in 2008 wiped out her parents' savings and their small business. So to get her college deg... more »

Olympic-grade motivation?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Interesting to hear that golfers are talking about pulling the plug on Rio because of their fears about the Zika virus, and the feeling that being there doesn’t mean that much to them. The fears of the Zika virus are real, and only the fact the Olympics these days have become a virtual Government-Games means that decisions about the disease‘s threat to the athletes are not being made rationally, or individually, but by committee. But the golfers talking about how much competing at the Olympics maybe doesn’t mean to them highlights again that, just maybe, some of the sports no... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ..... Wednesday June 29 , 2016..... 1. Markets & Market Moving News : VIX Now Has Fallen 30% In Past Two Trading Days ; Fed Stress Test Results Out - 31 of 33 Banks Fail , Deutsche Bank & Santander US Units Fail , MS Gets Conditional Approval But Still Has Work To Do ; Various Banks Announce Buybacks & Dividend Boosts After Fed Stress Test Results Released ; FTSE 100 Erases & Dow Jones Almost Erases Brexit Losses ; Bank Stocks In Europe Really Have Been The Big Losers Post Brexit 2. Brexit , Post Brexit & UK Political News . 3. Greece News De Jour . 4. Ataturk Attack Updates. 5. Odds & Ends.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Markets..... *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 2h 2 hours ago Volatility Index: -30% in the past 2 trading days, the 5th largest 2-day decline in history. $VIX *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 16s Want to 16 seconds ago fred walton Retweeted zerohedge 31 of 33 Banks pass . MS still has work to do... fred walton added, *zerohedge* @zerohedge Fed Clears 31 Of 33 Banks To Return Cash To Shareholders In "Stress Test"; Fails Deutsche Bank And Santander http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-2 9/fed-clears-31-33-banks-return-cash-shareholders-stress-test-fails-deutsche-bank-an... more »

Religious Freedom Bill Creeps Forward in Congress

Kelsey Harkness at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Bible in Court - 900] A bill designed to protect individuals and nonprofit organizations from being discriminated against because of their religious beliefs may soon gain traction in the House of Representatives. After a year of inaction, the bill, called the First Amendment Defense Act,... more »

Thanx 4 the Good Weather

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*As Above* *So Below* *The Alchemy of Prince * *The Elements are :* *Earth Air Fire Water* *Other Alchemic terms and concepts include : * *Gold Moon Stone Green Castle* *Why does Nikki live in a Castle...?* *Let's Go Crazy! = God* *Purple = True or Inner Royalty* Let's Go Crazy, *Let's get nuts* And slip on *The Purple Banana * 'til they put us in The Truck Let's Go! It's almost *Sundae*.... Under the *Cherry* *Moon* *Ice Cream* *Castles* *Thanx 4 The Good Weather*

Mohawk Nation News 'Electrified Genocide'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Facebook just blocked the direct link to this MNN article. http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2016/06/29/electrified-genocide/ Facebook has blocked the direct link to this MNN article. Facebook came up with two schemes within minutes to block it. -- Censored News .

New Territory

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 1 day ago
I started out the year with the goal of getting big numbers for my birding list. One of my challenges is that, while I do tend to see a lot of birds, I tend to be a bit limited on the number of species I see. There are a few reasons for this, some of which are under my control. One of the things I started doing last year was moving around more and exploring other locations. (Two trips to BC really upped my totals for last year.) I also tend to be more active with my birding in the first half of the year than in the fall but I have plans to remedy that as well. A few trips t... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré

Today’s EU is about control, not free trade

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Politicians like Juncker and Merkel speak of the EU as if it were a marriage or a family, to which one is bound by some transcendental duty, says Sascha Klocke. Readers of Hegel would be familiar with the idea.* ------------------------------ [image: 6.27.1]On Tuesday, during a somewhat raucous session of the European parliament, Nigel Farage delivered his post-Brexit “victory speech.” Besides his trademark taunting of his pro-EU colleagues, Mr Farage made an important point, suggesting: *Why don’t we be grown up, pragmatic, sensible, realistic and let’s cut between us a sens... more »

As We Shift - Turn Off The *JKMS

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*By Sophia Love* Many of us here now and conscious may have believed that there was an end. Perhaps it looked like an exit ramp, built only for us, marked *“STARSEEDS, LIGHTWORKERS TURN HERE”* Perhaps, we were thinking, this road led us to that magical place where no conflict bothered us. When we got here, our work was done. It was here where we were finally rewarded. All of our pain and heartache gone, we live out the rest of our lives here, in complete and constant bliss. There is such a place. Yet it’s not on the earth. It’s within. All that we experience starts there. ... more »

Quit Clowning Around

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Yeah we need to quit Quit the show resign from the game the rat race declare our mental competence decolonize our minds and our lost souls Reconnect to what is real and true Mother Earth and our sacred relatives the things that walk that fly that swim that crawl our plant brothers and sisters the air the sky We got sold a bad trip with one hell of a hangover it was a trap 'make *$$$$* be free' 'we don't need nobody or nothin' isolated and easily contained and picked off The show is over we've had enough the jokers the wild cards the game is rigged and only the devil treads there... more »

Deadly Connections Emerge Between Ferry Disaster and Jeju Navy Base

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
the Hankyoreh reports: It has been officially confirmed that the Sewol ferry was carrying 410 tons of iron bars meant for construction at the time of the sinking. The government acknowledged that 278 tons of these iron bars were bound for the construction of the naval base on Jeju Island [South Korea]. But instead of closing the case, the government’s confirmation is only stirring up more suspicions. If the investigative period of the Special Sewol Investigative Commission comes to an end on June 30 as the government intends, we will be even further away from learning the truth ab... more »

Yeah, But I've Been Down Here Before, And I Know the Way Out

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
This guy's walking down a street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep, he can't get out. A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up,* "Hey you, can you help me out?"* The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along, and the guy shouts up* "Father, I'm down in this hole, can you help me out?" * The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. *"Hey Joe, it's me, can you help me out?" * And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, *"Are you stupid? Now we're both... more »

'A World Without a World View: the condition of post-modernity'

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*"How do we know?: Letters to April"* *By Alan Macfarlane (2014).* *Description of the book* (*Source: Amazon*): We often tend to believe that we can understand the world around us by just applying our eyes and ears to what is happening. In fact, our knowledge is filtered through many cultural and intellectual forces which shape our understanding. This short book looks at changing world views and paradigms over the last ten thousand years, from oral hunter gatherers to twenty-first century social media. It shows some of the effects of the Axial Age, Renaissance, Scientific Revolut... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN:* *Istanbul terror attack: 41 killed; airport resumes flights* Istanbul (CNN)Just five hours after terrorists killed 41 people at an Istanbul airport, travelers returned to the site of the carnage -- much to the surprise of some critics. "I find this totally astonishing," said Professor Larry Kobilinsky of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "I've never seen such a massive crime scene looked at for five hours. It's just impossible. You're going to compromise, you're going to contaminate evidence. ... They should not have turned this open to the public." Passengers walk... more »

The Battle For The Islamic State Held City Of Manjib In Syria Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post*:* The Islamic State just took a page from the ‘Battle of Stalingrad’* More than a month after it began, the battle for the Syrian city of Manbij drags on. Now surrounded on all sides by a coalition of Kurds and Arabs, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, and supported by U.S. Special Operations forces as well as dozens of airstrikes, the motley assortment of troops is slowly rooting out Islamic State fighters one block at a time. Yet, despite gains around the city, one cluster of buildings at the southern tip of Manbij has turned into a small redoubt and a sym... more »

In Search of Moebius

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

What I've Been Reading Recently

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
My brain needs a night off from the crisis, so let's have the quarterly list of books my eyes have nommed up. *There's a lot*. *The Thought Gang* by Tibor Fischer *Theorizing Patriarchy* by Sylvia Walby *Either Side of Winter* by Benjamin Markovits *How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less* by Sarah Glidden *Austerity Ecology and the Collapse-Porn Addicts* by Leigh Phillips *The Rules of Sociological Method* by Emile Durkheim *Love in the Time of Cholera* by Gabriel García Márquez *Being Digital* by Nicholas Negroponte *The Information Bomb* by Paul Virilio *One Hundred Years of Solitu... more »

Product Review: JAWS glass cleaner...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*because that's all I can handle today.* My favorite do-it-yourself home improvement man around the house, *Gary Sullivan,* strikes again. I've used several of the products he has as sponsors on his radio show and he has never led me astray. I used the Spread Stone™ Mineral Select™ Countertop Refinishing Kit *in my kitchen*. I was so overwhelmed with the results, I did the *top of my dining room table and buffet. * Over the past few months my ears have wiggled when I heard him advertising JAWS window cleaner. As far as I got was thinking, "What the hell kind of name is that for ... more »

Japan’s Supreme Court Upholds Mass Surveillance Of Muslims

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Japan’s Supreme Court gives the green light to the government’s blanket surveillance of Muslims living in the country. A legal challenge to police profiling of the country’s Islamic population was dismissed, giving the government the right to continue the mass surveillance of Muslim residents, places of worship, halal restaurants, and other related institutions. The Independent reports: The court struck down the second appeal by Japanese Muslim plaintiffs against what they perceive as an unconstitutional invasion of their privacy and freedom of religion. A 2010 leak of 114 police fi... more »

The Fraud Orlando Shooting: Video - CASE CLOSED! Final Nail In Coffin...Orlando Shooting Was 100% Staged Hoax! THIS IS ALL YOU NEED TO SEE!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I just do not get it? We who know this latest Orlando 'shooting' was indeed a staged hoax are still fighting an uphill battle with the truly brain dead out there that cannot wrap their minds around the facts that this latest "shooting" and every single one before it have been staged hoaxes.... It should be apparent to anyone with even two brain cells to rub together that these hoaxes are being used for the psychological effect of FEAR to get people so scared that they will blindly surrender their rights, their freedoms, and their guns, for the fraud of more security..... And yet w... more »

Apple Patent Will Stop iPhone Cameras Working At Gigs

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Apple was granted a patent yesterday allowing it to block filming or photography at concerts on iPhones. The tech giant first applied for the patent back in 2011. iPhone users could have their cameras remotely disabled by infrared transmitters at certain live events or exhibits. 9to5Mac reports: The patent describes the camera detecting an infrared signal and interpreting the data. One signal could be used to disable both still photography and video recording. For example, an infrared emitter can be located in areas where picture or video capture is prohibited, and the emitter can g... more »

That's When They Turn On You

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day ago
As the leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada meet today in Ottawa, they're feeling pretty good -- particularly after last week's vote in Britain. Tom Walkom writes: Their cheery collaboration is being deliberately portrayed as a counterpoint to the British public’s gloomy rejection of the European Union. In effect, the three NAFTA amigos are saying: Hey don’t worry overmuch about Britain and the EU. Global integration is going gangbusters. Look at us. If it were only that simple. It's not that simple. Donald Trump is talking about getting out of NAFTA -- unless he gets... more »

The U.K. Declares Its Independence — From Language Designed to Make Lies Sound Truthful

Joshua Charles at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Brexit Reaction Papers - 900] "Brexit" -- the British exit from the European Union passed in last Wednesday's referendum -- was ultimately concerned with the issue of democratic sovereignty under the rule of legislative (as opposed to administrative fiat) law -- a principle which the... more »

Senate Dems Blame Lack of Diversity for Decline in New Business Startups

Connor D. Wolf at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Businessman at Table, Job Interview] The Senate called on a handful of business experts to testify Wednesday that a lack of diversity is partially to blame for a decline in business startups. The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship called the hearing to figure out what... more »

The Alchemy of Ghostbusters

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*"Only a Carpathian would be so stoopid as to come back here, NOW [instead of] California's beautiful San Fernando Valley... * "* *[ * The Jerusalem of Sex ]"* *Dr. Peter "Pete" Venkman* *President of the Largest Paranormal Investigation and Elimination etc. Etc....* The World is Changed. We are now experiencing life in The World after 2012, and women have all the power. Though many do not get know it yet, there are billions more that feel it, even if they do not see it. And this will increase. Boudicca is awake, and all her slaughtered daughters and Grand Daughterhood hear h... more »

The House Defective Committee on Benghazi!Benghazi!Benghazi! upchucks its "report," and Ambassador Chris Stevens's sister isn't impressed

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Jeff Danziger [*click to enlarge*] *"It would be much more useful for Congress to focus on providing resources for security for all State Department facilities around the world—for increasing personnel, language capabilities, for increasing staff to build relationships, particularly in North Africa and the Middle East. I would love to hear they are drastically increasing the budget. . . ."The only questions that I have are not answerable by anyone investigated or questioned by the committee. My questions are about why the militiamen attacked the compound in the first place. What... more »

New book on investment incentives will help shape policies debates for years to come

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 1 day ago
This past week I received my chapter author's copy of a new book from Columbia University Press, *Rethinking Investment Incentives: Trends and Policy Options*. Based initially on the November 2013 conference on investment incentives at Columbia Law School, the contributors were put through their paces to upgrade their conference presentations into proper papers. The result is what Theodore Moran of Georgetown University calls in the Foreword "a who's-who of experts across this broad span of topics." He predicts, and I concur, that the work presented in this book will help drive poli... more »

Women to the Draft: Thanks, But No Thanks

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Female Marine2 - 900] Congress is debating making women sign up for the draft, but women seem opposed to this push for equality. A new poll conducted by The Economist and YouGov from June 18-20 found 41 percent of women believe they should not be... more »

Foolishness watch: Could hell really be apricot cocktails?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016And other provocative thoughts:* "Hell is other people?" Is there any chance that's true? The provocative phrase is drawn from Huis Clos (No Exit), Sartre's provocative 1944 play. Last week, a provocative young philosophy lecturer adapted Sartre's provocative phrase, using it as a way to discuss the Brexit vote. "Hell is Other Britons," he provocatively wrote. Needless to say, the New York Times scrambled to put his people-hating essay into print. Tom Whyman seemed to say he'd like England better if it contained no people! His provocative stylings sent us... more »

‘Crocodile’ Spotted Basking In The Thames At The Isle Of Dogs

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
City workers in London’s docklands spotted what they thought to be a crocodile basking on a plank of wood along the River Thames in the Isle of Dogs, East London. Locals panicked unnecessarily as the reptile was seen close to a group of children paddling in the water. As it turned out later, what appeared to be a five foot crocodile was in fact a pile of ropes. The Daily Mail reports: A horrified City worker snapped a picture of the sight during a break from his Canary Wharf office job yesterday lunchtime. The witness said: ‘I was out for a stroll on my lunch break today with a col... more »

How to think positive, like Joe Hart?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOr62kSK2K0&sns=em '"I will dominate my area" and "the only one who can beat me is me" hmmm