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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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

31 January - Blogs I'm Following

11:38 pm MST

Trump Still Considering Swapping Central American Refugees (in Costa Rica) to Australia in Exchange for Middle Easterners Detained by Australia! Not a Joke!

A Trump spokesperson said on Tuesday, as reported by Reuters, that it will still take the over 1,000 Middle Eastern refugees-migrants (from majority Muslim countries) that are trying to enter Australia, if Australia would take (presumably the same number of) Central American refugee-migrants (from majority Christian countries), as agreed by Obama. The Central American Refugees, […]

A Remarkable Story When U.S. And German Soldiers Joined Forces Near The End Of The Second World War To Battle Against An SS Division

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 25 minutes ago
‘The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe’ By Stephen Harding. 256 pages. Da Capo. $25.99. *Andrew Roberts, Daily Beast: **World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together* Days after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division—the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II. Andrew Roberts on a story so wild that it has to be made into a movie. The most extraordinary things a... more »

Donald Trump's tweets are now presidential records

Shontavia Johnson, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Drake University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 33 minutes ago
By many accounts, Donald Trump’s bold use of Twitter helped him get the attention and votes necessary to win a presidential race few initially thought he could. Given Trump’s affinity for the social media platform, it was unsurprising that tweets began streaming from his @realDonaldTrump account before noon on Inauguration Day. Trump’s first tweets as president included snippets of his inauguration speech, simple thank yous to supporters and a short clip of the Freedom Ball dance he shared with his wife. Within 24 hours, however, the new president stumbled up against complicated ... more »

Widow of San Bernardino Terror Attack Victim Criticizes Trump Immigration Ban

david.emery@snopes.com (David Emery) at New Urban Legends - 42 minutes ago
Renee Wetzel, whose husband was killed by radical Islamic terrorists in 2015, said Trump's executive order 'is against everything this country stands for.'

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Other than in China, the Chinese New Year is also celebrated in countries with significant Chinese populations like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. © Sputnik/ Janna Manukyan *WNU Editor:* Sputnik has a photo gallery on this year's Chinese new Year. The link *is here.*

European Council President Donald Tusk: 'President Trump Is A Threat To Europe'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*DW*: *EC President Tusk lists US administration as one of EU's 'external threats'* The Trump administration has joined Russia, China and radical Islam as a geopolitical challenge for the European Union, EC President Donald Tusk said in a letter. Tusk also called on EU member states to stand together. In a letter to the European Union's (EU) national leaders, European Council (EC) President Donald Tusk said Tuesday that the bloc's current challenges "are more dangerous than ever before in the time since the signature of the Treaty of Rome 60 years ago." Tusk highlighted an "asser... more »

Why Bill Belichick cast down his tablet

John Carrier, Senior Lecturer of System Dynamics, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 hour ago
As the New England Patriots’ 10th appearance in a Super Bowl approaches, sports fans are eager to see the legendary pairing of quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick take on the Atlanta Falcons. Whatever the Patriots accomplish, though, won’t be thanks to all that fancy new technology assisting the Falcons and other NFL teams. Since early October, Belichick has been limiting his use of his NFL-issued Microsoft Surface tablet and its related technological systems. On Oct. 2, Belichick was caught on national television tossing his tablet in frustration. The move came a... more »

The Roving Ambassador To European Fascism Is An Iowa Congressman, Popular With His Ignorant Constituents

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*American fascist scum* Are there any full-on, real-life fascists in the House? Iowa just reelected one 61.4-38.6%. The biggest and least densely populated district in the state, IA-04 (Sioux City, Mason City, Ames and lots of farmland in between) gave Trump 60.9% of it's vote to Trump. They were even more enthusiastic about their longtime congressman-- since 2002-- Steve King, widely considered the most outspoken hate monger and bigot in Congress. In 2010, we asked our readers to pick the worst member of Congress. Unsurprisingly, Steve King was one of the finalists. King has been a... more »

Musical Interlude: David Gates, “Suite, Clouds & Rain”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
David Gates, “Suite, Clouds & Rain” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUwUKi9ouEc&html5=1

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Following an ancient galaxy-galaxy collision 200 million light-years from Earth, debris from a gas-rich galaxy, NGC 5291, was flung far into intergalactic space. NGC 5291 and the likely interloper, also known as the "Seashell" galaxy, are captured near the center of this spectacular scene. The sharp, ground-based telescopic image looks toward the galaxy cluster Abell 3574 in the southern constellation Centaurus. *Click image for larger size.* Stretched along the 100,000 light-year long tidal tails, are clumps resembling dwarf galaxies, but lacking old stars, apparently dominated by ... more »

The Poet: Wendell Berry, “The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer”* “I am done with apologies. If contrariness is my inheritance and destiny, so be it. If it is my mission to go in at exits and come out at entrances, so be it. I have planted by the stars in defiance of the experts, and tilled somewhat by incantation and by singing, and reaped, as I knew, by luck and Heaven's favor, in spite of the best advice. If I have been caught so often laughing at funerals, that was because I knew the dead were already slipping away, preparing a comeback, and can I help it? And if at weddings I have gritted and gnashed... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence." - Lin Yutang (1895-1976)

“So Where Are We?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“So Where Are We?”* by Zen Gardner "We’re in the thick of it. My biggest concern? So many have been warned and so few have heeded. You can’t even count how many seriously weird things are going down, practically all of them carefully designed, and an intoxicated world dutifully falls into line robotically. That’s the weirdest thing of all. The engineers we’re up against are in a very powerful position and are not afraid to use it. Besides the other idiocies transpiring in full frontal view, the MSM now joins the asteroid meme saying, “Get canned food, the asteroid is approachin... more »

"Manifest Your Potential"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Come find a purpose in life... what you are good at and learn how to become a master or expert at it. This site is full of ideas, insights, and tools to help individuals, life coaches, career counselors, and job coaches. You can go on a journey of self discovery to learn about what you were born to do, with a recipe for defining your life purpose and area of mastery and life purpose statement examples to help you be inspired. Or you can explore ideas about what makes you unique, and then how to turn those ideas into an awesome work portfolio and master resume. I also provide my pe... more »

Is Russian Intelligence Funding The Anti-Fracking Movment In The U.S.?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
People walk away from a protest against fracking and neighborhood oil drilling in Los Angeles, California, May 14. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters *Drew Johnson, Newsweek*: *Intelligence: Putin Is Funding the Anti-Fracking Campaign* Recent intelligence reports show that Russia is interested in influencing more than just America's elections. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cronies have taken aim at undermining the U.S. energy industry, as well. Buried within the U.S. intelligence community's report on Russian activities in the presidential election is clear evidence that the Kremli... more »

Steve Bannon and the National Security Council

brooke@proper.io (Brooke Binkowski) at New Urban Legends - 2 hours ago
While it is not the first time a civilian has been part of the NSC, his role there is unprecedented.

Is Israel The Most Technologically Advanced Military On The Planet?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Israel is one of the world's top weapons exporters with $6.5 billion in annual arms sales. IDF *Yaakov Katz, New York Post*: *Why Israel has the most technologically advanced military on Earth* In 1950, just two years after the state of Israel was founded, the country’s first commercial delegation set off for South America. Israel desperately needed trading partners. Unlike its Arab adversaries, Israel did not have natural resources to fund its economy. There was no oil or minerals. Nothing. The delegation held a couple of meetings but was mostly met with laughs. The Israelis wer... more »

Is President Trump's Attempt To Develop A Detente With Russia Upsetting The Balance Of Power?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Kambiz Foroohar, Bloomberg*: *UN Braces as Trump’s Detente With Russia Upsets Balance of Power* * Historic alliance between U.S., U.K. and France seen at risk * Foreign diplomats are said to be ‘flying blind’ with Trump President Donald Trump’s outreach to Russia is reverberating through the United Nations, where U.S. allies worry that a partnership between Washington and Moscow could undermine a historic balance of power dating to the early days of the Cold War. For decades, the five veto-wielding members of the 15-nation Security Council have fallen into two camps -- France, th... more »

U.S. President Donald Trump Has Nominated Neil Gorsuch To The Supreme Court

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Trump picks conservative judge Gorsuch for U.S. Supreme Court* President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Neil Gorsuch for a lifetime job on the U.S. Supreme Court, picking the 49-year-old federal appeals court judge to restore the court's conservative majority and help shape rulings on divisive issues such as abortion, gun control, the death penalty and religious rights. The Colorado native faces a potentially contentious confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate after Republicans last year refused to consider Democratic President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the vaca... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"How We Go Through Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it's just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome." - Joseph Conrad, "Lord Jim"

Psychology: "The Rewards of Doing 'Something'"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Rewards of Doing 'Something'"* by Divya Menon, Association for Psychological Science “People don't really care what they're doing- just as long as they are doing something. That's one of the findings summarized in an article published in “Current Directions in Psychological Science”, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. When psychologists think about why people do what they do, they tend to look for specific goals, attitudes, and motivations. But they may be missing something more general- people like to be doing somethi... more »

"We're All Waiting..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"We're all sinking in the same boat here. We're all bored and desperate and waiting for something to happen. Waiting for life to get better. Waiting for things to change. Waiting for that one person to finally notice us. We're all waiting. But we also need to realize that we all have the power to make those changes for ourselves." - Susane Colasanti

The Economy: “30 Charts Proving We’re In The Mother of All Financial Bubbles”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“30 Charts Proving We’re In The Mother of All Financial Bubbles”* by Craig Wilson “Sentiment about the U.S economy continues to rise, but the looming threat of financial bubbles and economic crisis on a global scale could not be higher. “The ‘big, fat, ugly bubble’ that Trump as a presidential candidate identified in the stock market is real and is currently being allowed to fester. Financial bubbles have multiple facets (China, property market, etc) and could very well be expanded beyond this list. But selected below you will find 30 charts from government, private sector and inde... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago

"Legend Has It: Winston Churchill vs. Nancy Astor"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Winston Churchill vs. Nancy Astor" * by Madame dePique "Once upon a time in the British Parliament, more precisely in the House of Commons, the juiciest gossip topic apart the outbreak of a new World War and the perpetual conflicts with Berlin was the enmity between prominent politician Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965), then occupying the privileged position of Prime Minister, and the audacious Viscountess Nancy Astor (1879–1964 ), known to be the first woman sitting as a Member of the Parliament, who, from some reason or another, could not at all live in mutual tolerance. Th... more »

Musical Interlude: Little River Band, "Help Is On It's Way"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Little River Band, "Help Is On It's Way" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAfVoWuQdw0

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Terrorist?’ By Lowkey

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 4 hours ago
White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban by claiming only a very small percentage of innocent people were treated as terrorists while traveling so the outrage was overblown. He also justified the detention of a five year-old child, saying it would be wrong to assume The post Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Terrorist?’ By Lowkey appeared first on Shadowproof.

Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 4 hours ago
Benched cats.

So Who Is Neil Gorsuch-- Aside From Someone Nominated By The National Buffoon?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Señor Trumpanzee nominated Neil Grouch to the seat stolen by the Republicans from Merrick Garland. I doubt they will, but the Democrats should filibuster him and not allow him to serve on the Court. Why. Here's where I turn to my friends at People for the American Way, who know a great deal about this extremist Trump wants to put on the Court: *Judge Neil Gorsuch is an ideological warrior who puts his own right-wing politics above the Constitution, the law and the rights of everyday people.* Supreme Court justices serve for life, and President Trump's recent discriminatory execut... more »

Does Steve Bannon Need a Senate Confirmation Hearing to Sit on the NSC?

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 4 hours ago
A legal expert told us the law does not require Bannon to be confirmed by the Senate to sit on the National Security Council Principals Committee.

President Donald Trump Announces Supreme Court Pick

brooke@proper.io (Brooke Binkowski) at New Urban Legends - 4 hours ago
Neil Gorsuch is a federal appeals court judge and a favorite of legal conservatives.

Tribe Honors Injured Standing Rock Water Protector Sophia Wilansky

White Wolf at White Wolf - 4 hours ago
The Ramapough Tribe and residents of the Sweet Water Prayer Camp honored injured water protector Sophia Wilansky on the weekend of January 22nd in Mahwah, New Jersey. Wilansky was the young woman whose arm was severely injured at the front lines of NoDAPL. On November 21st 2016, Wilansky suffered the grave injuries to her arm in Standing Rock during a NoDAPL protest when security forces allegedly threw a flash bang grenade which exploded on her arm. Sophia, 21, spent over a month in a Minnesota hospital before returning to her home in New York. This past October Sophia attended ... more »

Montreal Rally -- TD Bank Divest in DAPL, Feb. 1, 2017

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 hours ago
Media Advisory MONTREAL, QUEBEC, February 1, Norman Bethune Square: In the wake of Trump's executive memorandum to allow construction of the Dakota Access pipeline to continue, community members will come together in Tio'tia:ke (Montreal) to support an Indigenous-led global coalition of over 500,000 people committed to stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) by shutting down

Trump’s final act in his first week as President killed an 8-year-old girl

Carlyn Harvey at The Canary - 4 hours ago
The first military raid of Donald Trump’s presidency has killed an 8-year-old American girl. The death of Nawar al-Awlaki happened on 29 January in Yemen. Numerous other deaths also resulted from the raid. Yet this is not the first tragedy to befall remaining members of the al-Awlaki family at the hands of US forces. Yemen: […] The post Trump’s final act in his first week as President killed an 8-year-old girl appeared first on The Canary.

Does President Donald Trump's 'Muslim Ban' Exclude Countries Where He Has Businesses?

arturo@snopes.com (Arturo Garcia) at New Urban Legends - 5 hours ago
The president had admitted to having "a little conflict of interest" because of a licensing deal in Turkey, but it is not clear whether the countries listed in his immigration executive order were affected by his business interests.

Starbucks #WelcomeRefugees Promotion

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 5 hours ago
An image showing a promotion at Starbucks that exhorts customers to provide the name "Aloha Snackbar" is not genuine.

Melania Trump's Grandmother was a Soviet Soldier?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 5 hours ago
A photograph purportedly showing Melania Trump's grandmother is actually actress Janet Leigh in the 1957 movie "Jet Pilot".

Congressman says DAPL permit is imminent

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
By Brenda Norrell Censored News A North Dakota Congressman says the final easement for Dakota Access Pipeline is imminent, but the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said it has received no notice. Further, the tribe said it will challenge the decision legally, since an environmental impact statement is in progress. Dakota, Lakota and Nakota Warriors have issued an urgent call for water protectors to

The Short Straw Gambit – flatter him! And more post mortems

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 5 hours ago
I'm about to offer a very important possible/practical *strategy for the opposition*. A tactic of which I've seen no sign, so far. Before that, though, may I make a point about the chaotic and crazed ructions that have ensued from the Keystone Kops shutdown of refugees and normal travelers from several Muslim countries? While millions march against the injustice of this awful and sweeping ban -- and some criticize its incompetent execution, with even the Homeland Security Department taken by surprise -- I must point out something else. That it shows a dullard inability to distingui... more »

The best legal arguments against Trump's immigration ban

Steven Mulroy, Law Professor in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Election Law, University of Memphis at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 5 hours ago
Is President Trump’s recent executive order on immigrants and refugees legal? It’s a surprisingly tricky question. The order arguably violates both a federal statute and one or more sections of the Constitution – depending on whether the immigrant is already in the U.S. In the end, opponents’ best hope for undoing the order might rest on the separation of church and state. Trump’s order bars the entry of any refugee for 120 days, and Syrian refugees indefinitely. It also bans citizens of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Thi... more »

The frog tongue is a high-speed adhesive

David Hu, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biology, Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 5 hours ago
Gotcha, five times faster than the blink of an eye. Candler Hobbs/Georgia Tech, CC BY-ND How does one get stuck studying frog tongues? Our study into the sticky, slimy world of frogs all began with a humorous video of a real African bullfrog lunging at fake insects in a mobile game. This frog was clearly an expert at gaming; the speed and accuracy of its tongue could rival the thumbs of texting teenagers. The frog that was the genesis of the authors’ tongue research. Further YouTube research yielded amazing videos of frogs eating mice, tarantulas and even other frogs. The versati... more »

John Wetton, 1949-2017

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
News this morning that John Wetton, bass player and singer with King Crimson and several other bands, died overnight. As Robert Fripp noted this morning, "John flew away c. 05.25 this Tuesday morning, January 31st. 2017 [UK time]": *JW was, for me, the leading bass player of his generation, a player of international class, before John moved increasingly to the front as singer and songwriter… During the past decade, JW became a hero of mine, courageous and exemplary in dealing and speaking frankly of his alcoholism * *http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/show_interview.php?id=... more »

George Osborne MP takes £200k job from US's BlackRock, makes £600k from speaker fees

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 6 hours ago
SOURCE DAILY MAIL: A shameless ex-Chancellor: the damning extent of Osborne's murky relationship with the Treasury and the finance giant that's just given him a six-figure job Former Chancellor George Osborne, who is paid £75,000-a-year to fulfil his duties as an MP, will be working one day a week as an adviser to the vast American finance firm, BlackRock. This position will add around £

Iowa Department Of Education Faces Complaint Over Seclusion Rooms For Special Needs Students

Brian Sonenstein at Shadowproof - 6 hours ago
In December 2016, Iowa attorney Mary Richard filed a complaint with the state’s Department of Education opposing the use of seclusion units in schools. The units are located within special education classrooms and used to hold children with autism and other disorders in “time-out.” The seclusion units are generally built of plywood, measuring six by six The post Iowa Department Of Education Faces Complaint Over Seclusion Rooms For Special Needs Students appeared first on Shadowproof.

"Is President Trump Doing Management Wrong?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Is President Trump Doing Management Wrong?"* by Scott Adams "I made the mistake of turning on CNN yesterday and saw all the hypnotized pundits trying to work the secret persuasion word “chaos” into every comment about President Trump. That’s your tell that none of the pundits are offering independent opinions. They are part of the hive mind led by some uncredited persuader on their side. Someone told them to say “chaos” a lot, and so they do. This might signal the return of Godzilla. Reminds me of “dark,” their hive-mind word for the summer of 2016. It appears that Trump’s counte... more »

Trumps Syrian Safe Zones: Trouble for Turkey & Syria / Undermining Astana Agreement

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
Just to be clear- Any safe zone idea that has previously emanated from the US has always been a negative for both Turkey and Syria- I’ve discussed this previously here at the blog on more then one occasion. Therefore I've little reason to think a so called safe zone under the Trump administration would be any different.. *Troubles With Safe Zones- Sputnik* *"Turkey has long advocated creating a safe zone in the border region,"* said *Faruk Logoglu, Turkey's former ambassador to the United States** referring to the area where Ankara has conducted its Operation Euphrates Shield.* *"... more »

Video 'New Mexico Water Protectors at Standing Rock'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
Watch for this film on an upcoming broadcast of KNME Albuquerque, New Mexico in Focus. Directed and produced by Tony Estrada. Editing by Brad Stoddard.


Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 6 hours ago
So which of these quotes conflating immigration with terrorism is from the bigoted autocrat provoking protests around the world for his widely-acknowledged lack of human decency... [The leader] is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering [his country] until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on. ... [The leader] stated, "Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this ... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 7 hours ago
If it seems to you that the Trump administration has been unrelentingly punitive in its first week and a half, get ready for more of the same. First, there's this from the *L.A. Times*: Even as confusion, internal dissent and widespread condemnation greeted President Trump’s travel ban and crackdown on refugees this weekend, senior White House aides say they are are only getting started. Trump and his aides justified Friday’s executive order ... on security grounds.... But their ultimate goal is far broader. Trump’s top advisors on immigration, including chief strategist Steve Bann... more »

The First Firestorm

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: the-first-firestorm] That hysterical reaction to the travel ban announced Friday is a portent of what is to come if President Donald Trump carries out the mandate given to him by those who elected him.

Talk Intel To Me

Lisa Gaufman at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
I remember laughing about an article in The Medium about a TV Sitcom that triggered the downfall of Western Civilization. In case you were wondering, it’s Friends with its “tragic hero” Ross Geller. The author lamented the awful mistreatment of the most cerebral character on the show that signified the harsh embrace of anti-intellectualism in America […]

Mind the Power Gap

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
I have new online piece, co-authored with Dani Nedal, at Foreign Affairs: President Donald Trump believes that America makes terrible deals—from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Why, according to Trump, do other countries take such advantage of the United States? Because our leaders and officials are stupid […]

ISA Takes Strong Stand for Academic Freedom

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
In a letter released today, the International Studies Association has taken a strong stand against Trump’s Executive Order closing US borders to nationals of several Muslim-majority states: As a scholarly organization, ISA has a professional obligation to promote and protect the values of academic freedom. As such, the ISA strongly condemns any action by any […]

Did President Trump's Immigration Executive Order Lead to the Capture of an Islamic State Leader?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 7 hours ago
No, President Trump's immigration order did not result in the capture of "Rasheed Muhammed" at John F. Kennedy Airport.

Did President Obama Ban Muslims from Entering the United States in 2011?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 7 hours ago
Comparisons between a 2011 Obama administration slowdown on processing Iraqi visas and President Trump's stay on immigration from seven countries are inaccurate.

FBI Rule Book Reveals Loopholes For Infiltrating Groups Protesting Pipelines

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 7 hours ago
The FBI rule book reveals the gray areas, which informants and undercover agents may use when infiltrating religious and political organizations. The post FBI Rule Book Reveals Loopholes For Infiltrating Groups Protesting Pipelines appeared first on Shadowproof.

‘Young Turk’ Cenk Uygur calls for Trump’s impeachment over Sally Yates: ‘What choice do we have?’

Barbara Ann Levy at A Curated Green Rights Collection - 7 hours ago
‘Young Turk’ Cenk Uygur calls for Trump’s impeachment over Sally Yates: ‘What choice do we have?’

Boy Scouts’ Moral Collapse: Will Allow “Trans” Girls in Ranks

Selwyn Duke at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: boy-scouts-moral-collapse-will-allow-trans-girls-in-ranks] There was a time when the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) spent money fighting a lawsuit brought by a girl who wanted to be a “boy” scout. The organization won that battle. Now it has lost its mind, deciding to let a girl join its ranks simply because she claims to be a boy.

Rasmussen Poll Shows Majority Support Trump’s Travel Ban

Warren Mass at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: rasmussen-poll-shows-majority-support-trumps-travel-ban] A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 56 percent of likely U.S. voters favor President Trump’s temporary ban on immigrants from seven Middle Eastern countries.

NRA Moving from Defense to Offense

Bob Adelmann at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: nra-moving-from-defense-to-offense] Jennifer Baker, the NRA’s national spokeswoman, said Monday, “For the first time in almost a decade, the NRA is shifting from a defensive stance to a pro-active stance.”

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Have to attend to a small family emergency. Blogging will return later this evening.

WWII Survivor Tells Her Story, Warns Trump Emulates Hitler Perfectly

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 8 hours ago
[image: hitler]A survivor of World War II has come forward to warn Americans there are startling similarities between Donald Trump and fascist leader Adolf Hitler.

Does President Donald Trump Plan to Make it Illegal to be Transgender?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 8 hours ago
Reports that Trump has put transgender people "on notice" come from a fake news web site.

Resistance, California-- Winter, 2017... Ted Lieu, Jimmy Gomez

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Late yesterday-- just as 4 Senate Democrats were voting with the Republicans to shut down the filibuster that could have stopped Tillerson's confirmation-- Ted Lieu offered a theme for the resistance: "We should not give him a chance to govern. I believe he is a danger to the Republic." Trump's neo-Nazi supporters are going bonkers over Ted's ability to rally opposition against their Führer. These two tweets should give you an idea of the kind of reaction Ted is getting for his courageous stands: Ted needs allies-- allies in committee meetings, allies on the House floor, allie... more »

Young deer freed from a plastic pretzel jug stuck on his head

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
A Maryland deer that had been walking around with a plastic pretzel jug on its head for more than a week, was finally freed on Sunday by wildlife officials. The deer, who has been dubbed Jughead by residents of the Glenwood Park community in Bel Air, was freed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) after they tranquilized him, according to the Baltimore Sun. Jughead was spotted around 5.30pm Sunday by officials, who used pliers to cut the plastic off of his head. A Maryland deer that had been walking around with a plastic pretzel jug on its head for more than a wee... more »

Did President Trump Criticize Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Social Media Use?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 9 hours ago
An article claiming President Donald Trump criticized Canadian PM Justin Trudeau for using social media too much was satirical.

Do Trump's Top Advisers Believe He is Misleading Them About Russian Blackmail?

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 9 hours ago
An unverified report stemming from an unidentified Twitter user who claims to be a White House insider says President Trump is misleading staffers about being blackmailed by Russia.

Hollywood Attacks Trump Over Refugee "Ban"

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: hollywood-attacks-trump-over-refugee-ban] The rhetoric of the Hollywood crowd at Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards is indicative of the disconnect — and the lack of anything resembling intellectual honesty — of those who used the event as an ad hoc anti-Trump rally.

As Anti-ISIS Forces Close In On Raqqa The U.S. Sends Them Armoured Vehicles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Euronews*: *Syria: Anti-ISIL forces close in on Raqqa* The US-backed campaign against ISIL is closing in on Raqqa, the Syrian capital of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate. The offensive is being waged by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who say that under President Donald Trump they have seen signs of increased American support. They aim to fully encircle Raqqa, severing it from ISIL strongholds in Deir al-Zor where tens of thousands of civilians are trapped by the jihadists. *Read more* .... *More News On The U.S. Sending Armoured Vehicles To Anti-ISIS Fighters In Syria*... more »

Welcome to the Journal of Alternative Facts. They’re the greatest! And winning!

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 9 hours ago
Ever since Kellyanne Conway, counselor to U.S. President Donald Trump, used the term “alternative facts” on Meet The Press earlier this month, the term — an awful euphemism for falsehoods, as many have pointed out — has become a meme. And like every new field, alternative facts needs its own journal. Enter the Twitter feed for the […] The post Welcome to the Journal of Alternative Facts. They’re the greatest! And winning! appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Lessons from History: The fall of Rome began with the abuse of refugees

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
*[image: Rome]* *Our guest poster Harrison Searles is not suggesting this as a causal link in Rome’s fall, simply as one leading symptom that marked the beginning of the end. A very important symptom, complete with a very topical lesson: “Rome ultimately couldn’t keep the Goths out; those it barred eventually crossed the Danube anyway. Its downfall shows what [can] happen… when, instead of accommodating and assimilating refugees, you isolate and abuse them.”* Some people have compared the migrant crisis in Europe today with the barbarian invasion that brought down the Roman Em... more »

Tuatara goes to the dark side

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
[image: tuatara_500330ml_btls] Good news and bad news on the local craft beer front. The good news is that if you’re forced to drink in DB-tied establishments, you should shortly be able to find a drop of Tuatara to make your session better. The bad news: that’s because Tuatara has just been sold to DB. *The award-winning Tuatara Brewing Company has today been sold to DB Breweries.* See. Told you. *Tuatara will continue to produce its award-winning craft beer from the current premises located on the Kapiti Coast and the pilot brewery – The Third Eye, in Wellington. Tu... more »

"Protesters" continue to make life miserable for as many people as possible...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*where I come from we call them rioters.* Meanwhile, the affluent whites are demanding we boycott just about every business in the entire country. Why? Because there might be an Ivanka Trump item sold there. However, I can report that they've expressed great sadness at not being able to shop at upscale places like Nordstrom anymore. In the most blatant example of cognitive dissonance I've witnessed lately, an SJW on Facecrap posted a picture of herself holding an African baby, and with the caption "I choose humanity", and a cute little arrow pointing out the baby in case you don'... more »

From Travel Ban Protests To A Global Movement Against Global Injustices by David Swanson

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad Let’s Try Democracy January 31, 2017 Airport resistance is the biggest step forward by the U.S. public in years. Why do I say that? Because this is unfunded, largely unpartisan activism that is largely selfless, largely focused on helping unknown strangers, driven by compassion and love, not political ideology, […]

Netanyahu shows he and Trump are like two peas in a far-right pod [TWEETS]

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 10 hours ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump are like two peas in a pod. On the issue of immigration, at least. Both want to keep certain people out of their countries. And both think building walls will help to solve their problems. This was most apparent on 28 January, when Netanyahu tweeted: President Trump […] The post Netanyahu shows he and Trump are like two peas in a far-right pod [TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.

Labour politician and Murdoch journalist caught plotting against Corbyn, in a conversation they hoped would stay secret

Steve Topple at The Canary - 10 hours ago
The Canary has seen details of an alleged conversation between a senior Labour politician and a journalist working for Rupert Murdoch. The content of it includes offensive and derogatory comments about Labour Party MPs, a national media outlet, party policies, and Jeremy Corbyn. They hoped the conversation would remain secret. And it did. Until now. Brief […] The post Labour politician and Murdoch journalist caught plotting against Corbyn, in a conversation they hoped would stay secret appeared first on The Canary.

More Details Emerge On Sunday's U.S. Special Forces Raid Against An Al Qaeda Base In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*BBC*: *US raid on al-Qaeda in Yemen: What we know so far* US special forces operatives carried out a raid in central Yemen on Sunday, targeting the house of a suspected leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). US officials have confirmed that one Navy commando died and three more service members were wounded, and say 14 al-Qaeda fighters were killed. Unconfirmed reports suggested a number of civilians were killed, including an eight-year-old girl whose father and brother were killed in drone strikes six years ago. Here's what we know and what's been reported. *Read m... more »

Oklahoma Natives to fight pipeline that will cross Trail of Tears sacred burial grounds

White Wolf at White Wolf - 10 hours ago
People gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol announcing they will fight the Diamond Pipeline that will run from Cushing through Arkansas to Memphis, Tennessee. Protesters signed their name to a list, forming a coalition against the line. There have already been clashes in Arkansas over this pipeline. Oklahomans say they will join those groups in Arkansas. They say they are concerned about the environmental impact. "We're not all about oil. We're about life and we're about protecting our land and our waters," one man yelled to a cheering crowd. But many people, are concerned a... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
This Media Matters story by Matt Gertz deserves more attention: Two executive orders signed by President Donald Trump last week include clauses that seem designed to provide Breitbart.com and other xenophobic right-wing media outlets with fearmongering content about the supposed criminality and dangerousness of immigrants, particularly Muslim ones. A little-noticed clause in Trump’s executive order temporarily banning nationals from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States and barring admission of refugees, signed Friday, states that ... the federal governme... more »

Scott reviews Moonlight; his commenters muse!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017Solomon savages Maddow:* After seeing Manchester by the Sea, then Moonlight, we've come to believe that we've discovered the oddest place in the whole world of modern mainstream journalism. The oddest place in that world is the intersection between 1) an A. O. Scott review in the New York Times; 2) comments by Scott's readers; and 3) the marks reviewers were told to hit in the film's press release. This is especially true if the film in question concerns matters of race, or can be made to seem so, and if the film is critically favored. In such circumstanc... more »

Trump to Acting Attorney General Yates: You're Fired!

Bob Adelmann at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: trump-to-acting-attorney-general-yates-you-re-fired] Trump did the right thing, twice. He asked Sally Yates (nominated by Obama) to take Loretta Lynch's place until Jeff Sessions is confirmed as AG. And then when she failed to fulfill her responsibilities, he fired her.

A Primitive, Non-Photosynthesizing Microbe Still Had The Precursor Of Photosynthesis

News Staff at Science 2.0 - Earth Sciences - 11 hours ago
A primitive, non-photosynthesizing microbe,* Methanospirillum hungatei*, which is thought to have existed since before the development of photosynthesis, possess genes similar to those that play a role in photosynthesis, finds a new study. Photosynthesis, creating oxygen and carbohydrates such as glucose from solar energy, water, and CO2, is indispensable for many species on this planet. However, it is unclear exactly how or when organisms evolved the ability to photosynthesize. A team has discovered an evolutionary model for the biological function that creates CO2 from glucose in ... more »

Former Army Officer Dragged Out of Attorney General Hearing

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Former US Army officer, and retired US State Department official, Col. Ann Wright was dragged out of the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting this morning as they prepared to vote on confirming Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) as the next US Attorney General. Ann Wright resigned from government service after the US 'shock and awe' invasion of Iraq in 2003. Since that time she has become a member of Veterans For Peace and active in virtually every peace and justice struggle around the world. She's repeatedly gone to Jeju Island, South Korea and to Palestine. Recently Ann has travele... more »

Two Video Documentaries Reporting On The War Against The Taliban

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*: *This is Taliban Country* In 2014 we reported from a Taliban stronghold, where armed fighters were patrolling the streets. What has changed since? In 2014, Fault Lines reported from the Taliban stronghold of Charkh District, just an hour outside Kabul. Charkh had become a microcosm of Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Armed Taliban were openly patrolling the streets and had built a parallel administration in Charkh, including Sharia courts and special girls' schools. Filmmaker Nagieb Khaja took us to a Taliban-controlled town for a rare glimpse of life under Taliban rul... more »

Violence Escalating In Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*DW:* *Deadly violence erupts in eastern Ukraine amid 'worsening humanitarian situation'* Ukrainian soldiers, rebels and civilians have been killed in the latest spate of violence. European officials have warned of a humanitarian disaster after power outages left thousands to cope in sub-zero temperatures. At least 13 civilians and fighters have been killed in the latest escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv and rebel authorities said on Tuesday. Kyiv announced that eight government troops have been killed and another 26 wounded since Sunday, when clashes erupted betwe... more »

Author objects to retraction of paper suggesting fingerprints can predict facial features

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
A journal has pulled a paper about predicting people’s faces from their fingerprints due to “significant overlap” with a previous paper by the same authors. According to the retraction notice in Intelligent Automation & Soft Computing, the authors didn’t cite or acknowledge the other study in the Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering & Computer […] The post Author objects to retraction of paper suggesting fingerprints can predict facial features appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Photos Standing Rock Water Protectors Rally against Loan to Militarize Police

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
By Censored News Today, Standing Rock Water Protectors rally, asking North Dakota Bank to halt loan for militarizing police against peaceful water protectors. Read article: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2017/01/indigenous-women-to-bank-of-north.html?m=1

US Now Assessing Effectiveness of Dropping Nukes on Russia & China — Seriously

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: nuclear]U.S. government officials will analyze the capabilities of Russia and China to operate their governments in the event of nuclear war — indicating plainly the nuclear option is not off the table.

Myanmar Mass Murder Made in America

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
*January 31, 2017* (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The Southeast Asian state of Myanmar has recently become the epicentre of an expanding humanitarian crisis. But because the current government of Myanmar is headed by a regime favoured by American and European interests, little attention and even less action has been given to the conflict. A January 10, 2017 Guardian article titled, "65,000 Rohingya flee from Myanmar to Bangladesh following crackdown: UN," reports that: *At least 65,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar – a third of them over the past week – since the army lau... more »

Quebec Shooter...some obvious questions still not answered

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*Quebec Shooter Alexandre Bissonette* Reading through this profile of the Quebec shooter, 27 year old Alexandre Bissonette as published in this morning's Globe and Mail, it is a typical biography of a mass shooter. The dorky introvert...smallish appearance. He had an online presence as a "troll" on some sites and had a Facebook page which has since been taken down. Everybody who knew him is totally surprised at what he has done. He has a twin who was not involved and supposedly knew nothing about his brother's deadly agenda. They lived together in a top floor apartment in a bui... more »

Kiev's Shelling of Donbass Increasing.....Again

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
A very moving video from eastern Ukraine (Donbass) where the US puppet government in Kiev in recent weeks has been escalating their shelling of civilian targets. The goal of the Kiev regime is to kill enough civilians near the Ukrainian border with Russia to force Moscow to intervene in the Donbass. If that happened the US-NATO would then have their excuse for even more military operations along the Russian border. At this moment a friend of mine has a son in Western Ukraine where the US military is training the newly created 'Ukrainian National Guard' which is largely made up o... more »

The Dialectical Way To Total Freedom

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 12 hours ago
*Total Freedom: Toward a Dialectical Libertarianism* *University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000* *Chris Matthew Sciabarra* In *Total Freedom*, Chris Matthew Sciabarra is on a mission to rescue “dialectics” from the Marxists and bring it to libertarianism. He sees libertarianism as a movement for individual freedom that includes the myriad schools of classical liberalism, including Ayn Rand’s Objectivist system. The idea of being bracketed inside the umbrella of libertarianism will not be music to the ears of Objectivists because Ayn Rand’s philosophy has several fu... more »

Did President Trump Alter the United States Constitution?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 12 hours ago
Despite rumors, the White House has not rewritten the actual Constitution to change the word "persons" to "citizens."

Trident Missile Nose Cap Washes Up On The Beach In The Bahamas.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Trident II (D5) ballistic missile fired by HMS Vigilant during a test launch in the Atlantic Ocean, the week of 22 October 2012 *BBC*: *Trident missile nose cap lands in Bahamas* In late October 2016, the residents of the tiny Bahamas island of Man-O-War Cay found a mysterious object had washed up on their beach. Taller than a person, conical in shape with a large spike at the end, it looked unmistakably like some sort of missile. "People were curious of course, the kids were excited to see something so large on the beach," local resident Mailin Sands told the BBC. It had washed u... more »

Alzheimer's Disease Linked To Glucose Deprivation In Mice

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 12 hours ago
Though scant progress has been made in treating or understanding Alzheimer's disease in the last 100 years, one thing is known; there are declines in glucose levels in the hippocampus early on. What has remained unclear is whether that is a cause or consequence. read more

Resisting Arrest Can Now Be Considered a Hate Crime in Louisiana

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*Cops copping a feel. Is it a hate crime in Louisiana to react to this ... or complain?* *by Gaius Publius* Just a brief note while I work on a longer piece about the bipartisan history behind the most obvious of the multiple coups we're experiencing, the Trumpian one. This has trial balloon written all over it. From Jacob Sugarman at Alternet: *Resisting arrest can now be considered a hate crime in Louisiana* *The bill empowers police to pursue more draconian punishments if crimes are motivated by animus towards the police* In May of 2016, Louisiana’s Democratic Governor John Be... more »

Trump coup sees Russian cyber experts arrested and ex-KGB chief found dead

Tom Coburg at The Canary - 12 hours ago
US president Donald Trump is facing legal challenges to his “extreme vetting” order, which freezes immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and temporarily bans refugees. Elsewhere, a lesser publicised but highly significant drama is taking place. And it could undermine the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency. In December, the Russian security service arrested four senior cybersecurity experts […] The post Trump coup sees Russian cyber experts arrested and ex-KGB chief found dead appeared first on The Canary.

A woman and her sons use cushions and sandwiches to prove compassion still exists in the world

Tilly Grove at The Canary - 12 hours ago
With bad news after bad news, it can be easy to forget that there’s good in the world too. A Manchester mum and her two sons are here to remind us of that. Angry at anti-homeless spikes placed outside a building in the city, the family used cushions to make a very important point. Jennie […] The post A woman and her sons use cushions and sandwiches to prove compassion still exists in the world appeared first on The Canary.

Trump announces the creation of a Journal of Alternative Facts

Ignacio Amigo at The Canary - 12 hours ago
US President Donald Trump has already acknowledged that the concept of global warming was invented by the Chinese. In fact, he knows for sure that the planet is actually freezing, which is the reason why it sometimes snows in New York City. [Note: All tweets below are real. Unfortunately.] The concept of global warming was […] The post Trump announces the creation of a Journal of Alternative Facts appeared first on The Canary.

Mom Assaulted & Arrested for Stopping Cop From Killing Her Dog on Video Files Lawsuit

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: dog]After being charged with a crime and assaulted for protecting her dog from a cop who tried to kill him, a West Virginia woman is fighting back.

Labour hypocrisy - London Mayor Sadiq Khan Hosting Party Tonight With 11 Nations Who Ban Israelis

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
'Just hours after demanding the government rescinds its invite to President Trump over his travel ban, Sadiq Khan will tonight host a City Hall reception with 11 dignitaries whose countries bar Israeli citizens from entering. Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen will all be represented at the gathering of ambassadors this evening. All 11 of these countries block travel to Israeli passport holders. Khan will use tonight's party to criticise Trump's ban as "cruel, prejudiced and counterproductive." While dining wit... more »

Cherished Fears

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 13 hours ago
My latest, from Facebook: Melanie, this election only goes to show the veracity of the demotivational poster that once read, "Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers." Here's a guy who never had to struggle for one nanosecond of his life to maintain his dignity, his rights, his identity because of the Trump Bubble. As a consequence, he never had to build the character or courage that we see so often in refugees. Privilege is a poor incubator for character. He got to play tin soldier in college while getting, like Cheney, five deferments to stay out of V... more »

State Sets Massive Precedent — Refuses to Enforce THC Blood Limit for Driving

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: thc]Oregon says there is no evidence for setting an arbitrary, unscientific blood-THC number for DUI charges, as six other states have already done.

UN Boss Demands Youth Impose UN's Agenda 2030 “Master Plan” on Humanity

Alex Newman at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: un-boss-demands-youth-impose-uns-agenda-2030-master-plan-on-humanity] Speaking to a UN summit for "youth" this week, top UN leaders demanded that children worldwide be conscripted into the effort to impose the UN's Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as the "master plan for humanity."

Humpty Trumpty and the Shear in the Matrix

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - This is a great time of opportunity for people to wake up. The post Humpty Trumpty and the Shear in the Matrix appeared first on Waking Times.

While the UK united against Trump’s ban, one Tory MP dragged us down to the gutter

Carlyn Harvey at The Canary - 14 hours ago
On 30 January, citizens across the UK staged protests against Donald Trump’s travel ban. Parliament also held an emergency debate on the issue. And MPs agreed unanimously to call for a repeal of the ban. Yet, during the debate, Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames dragged our nation down to the gutter. And his actions perfectly showed […] The post While the UK united against Trump’s ban, one Tory MP dragged us down to the gutter appeared first on The Canary.

The war on drugs has become a murderous state war on the poor, and the world has been completely blind [VIDEO]

Sophia Akram at The Canary - 14 hours ago
Human rights group Amnesty International has issued a gruesome and damning report on the Philippines’ drug war, which has turned into a murderous war on the poor. And the international community will have to intervene if the country’s president fails to. “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself.” There’s no […] The post The war on drugs has become a murderous state war on the poor, and the world has been completely blind [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Mohawk Nation News 'Trump, You're Fired'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago

USING OUR WORDS: And why it matters!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017Part 1—Did Trump's nominee lie:* Did Donald J. Trump's nominee tell a lie? We don't have the slightest idea. In part, that's because we read the word of our favorite blogger! The blogger in question is Kevin Drum. Yesterday, he dropped an L-bomb on the nominee's head. This made us wonder if the nominee in question had actually told a lie. But alas! Nothing in this passage addresses that basic question: DRUM (1/30/17): Rep. Tom Price has been dogged for weeks by allegations that he got a special deal on stock in Innate Immunotherapeutics Ltd. thanks to h... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 105, Jan 30, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The Islamic State continued harassing actions, while trying to maintain its control over west Mosul. The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) imposed a curfewon the neighborhoods in east Mosul along the Tigris River because of constant shelling by IS. During the day mortars and a drone attack took the lives of three people and wounded another 16. The group reportedlybanned its members from leaving Mosul for Syria and imposed a new monthly tax on cab drivers to raise money. It also carried out an assaultin the Tal Afar district. The group is on its heels, but it is still putting up a fight. ... more »

Video Shows Cop Choking EMT for Advising Against Him Tasering Injured Man

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: EMT]A video posted to Facebook this week shows a Portsmouth cop choking an EMT who tried to prevent him from tasering an injured man.

D's Rant: Don't feed the Vampires!!

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 14 hours ago
It would seem that I perhaps need to come up with a new show theme.... .... D's Dialogue? Maybe Rants would be closer, lol. Just a short... rant? Discussing the issue of remaining Neutral and Staying in Observer mode. It's seriously vampiry out there folks, so we need to make a choice: To feed the Vampires or Not to feed the Vampires. Love d

High-profile book on North Korea earns 52 corrections

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
The author of a high-profile book about the history of North Korea is issuing 52 corrections to the next edition, scheduled to appear this spring. The changes follow heavy criticism of the book, alleging it contained material not supported by the list of references. Last month, author Charles Armstrong, a professor at Columbia University, announced on […] The post High-profile book on North Korea earns 52 corrections appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Today is my annual physical/blood test/etc.. Blogging will return when I come back.

China Tests A New Missile That Can Carry 10 Nuclear Warheads

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
DF-5B ICBM *Washington Free Beacon:* *China Tests Missile With 10 Warheads* *Multi-warhead weapon tested amid growing tensions with the United States.* China flight tested a new variant of a long-range missile with 10 warheads in what defense officials say represents a dramatic shift in Beijing's strategic nuclear posture. The flight test of the DF-5C missile was carried out earlier this month using 10 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs. The test of the inert warheads was monitored closely by U.S. intelligence agencies, said two officials familiar with re... more »

The FBI's Power To Spy On Journalists Is Raising Concerns

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*The Intercept:* *Secret Rules Make It Pretty Easy For The FBI To Spy On Journalists* *Rules governing the use of national security letters allow the FBI to obtain information about journalists’ calls without going to a judge or informing the targeted news organization.* SECRET FBI RULES allow agents to obtain journalists’ phone records with approval from two internal officials — far less oversight than under normal judicial procedures. The classified rules, obtained by The Intercept and dating from 2013, govern the FBI’s use of national security letters, which allow the bureau t... more »

Tuesday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 15 hours ago
This and that for your Tuesday reading. - Terry Glavin argues that Canada's response to Donald Trump's Muslim ban needs to consist of more than the platitudes offered by Justin Trudeau, while Tom Parkin and Chantal Hebert point out that even Trudeau's words to date have unduly downplayed Trump's dangers. And Andrew Coyne writes about the common hatred behind multiple attacks on Muslims - along with the politicians and pundits who have encouraged it. - Meanwhile, Owen Jones writes that it will take a strong popular resistance to answer Trump's abuses of power. Martin Lukacs notes th... more »

The Oxymoron War on Terror – The Greatest Hypocrisy of Our Time

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Ethan Indigo Smith* - War is politically motivated violence... terrorism. The post The Oxymoron War on Terror – The Greatest Hypocrisy of Our Time appeared first on Waking Times.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 15 hours ago
After a couple of days when the party looked tough and forthright, we're learning that many Democrats would rather be spineless: Senate Democrats are weighing whether to avoid an all-out war to block President Donald Trump's upcoming Supreme Court pick, instead considering delaying that battle for a future nomination that could shift the ideological balance of the court, sources say. Democrats privately discussed their tactics during a closed-door retreat in West Virginia last week. And a number of Democrats are trying to persuade liberal firebrands to essentially let Republicans co... more »

Extreme Daily Rainfall In England & Wales

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Climate scientists frequently claim that global warming has led to more extreme rainfall, and will continue to do so. But what does the England & Wales Precipitation series tell us about extreme daily rainfall? Although the series dates back to 1766, we unfortunately only have daily data from 1931. Nevertheless if […]

Yemen's Houthi Rebels Attack A Saudi Frigate Killing Two Crew Members

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Yemen's Houthis attack Saudi ship, launch ballistic missile* The armed Houthi movement attacked a Saudi warship off the western coast of Yemen on Monday, causing an explosion that killed two crew members and injured three others, Saudi state news agency SPA reported. Separately, the Houthis said they launched a ballistic missile at a Saudi-led coalition military base on the Red Sea island of Zuqar between Yemen and Eritrea on Tuesday morning, according to the group's official news channel al-Masira. There was no immediate coalition reaction to that claim and it was unc... more »

Iran Carries Out Missile Test

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*New York Times*:* Iran Launches a Missile, Testing Trump’s Vows of Strict Enforcement* WASHINGTON — Iran conducted its first missile test since President Trump took office, American and Israeli officials said Monday, posing an early test of whether the Trump administration will make good on its promises to strictly enforce all aspects of the Iranian nuclear deal and a side agreement on missile testing. The Iranian missile traveled about 600 miles, but its re-entry vehicle reportedly exploded before the flight was complete. It is unclear whether that was accidental or a deliberat... more »

Epileptic Woman Writes ‘God Help Me’ in Her Own Blood As She’s Gang Raped by Officers — Lawsuit

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: raped]A federal lawsuit claims a woman was deprived of her medicines and forcefully raped and tortured by her jailers for nearly two weeks.

Theresa May left alone and humiliated, as UK Parliament unites to send its own message to Donald Trump [VIDEO]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 16 hours ago
Theresa May and her government have been left humiliated after the UK parliament voted unanimously to oppose the Muslim ban of US President Donald Trump. The May government now finds itself alongside UKIP and fascist groups like Britain First as the only voices in Britain backing the ban. The motion Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and […] The post Theresa May left alone and humiliated, as UK Parliament unites to send its own message to Donald Trump [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Farage loses his sh*t about ‘loony lefties’ protesting Trump, and his listeners’ responses are delicious

Steve Topple at The Canary - 16 hours ago
As the world came out to “Stand Up To Trump” on Monday 30 January, Nigel Farage was busy condemning the protests. On his LBC show, the former UKIP leader called out the “anti-democratic” “hypocrites” protesting about Donald Trump’s so-called ‘Muslim Ban‘. But some of his listeners were having absolutely none of it. Hypocrites! Everywhere! Farage […] The post Farage loses his sh*t about ‘loony lefties’ protesting Trump, and his listeners’ responses are delicious appeared first on The Canary.

Thousands of Britons tell Trump where to shove his Muslim ban, and MPs have the best response

Sophia Akram at The Canary - 16 hours ago
Thousands of people demonstrated in cities around Britain protesting US President Donald Trump’s travel ban, saying that Britain should not welcome the President in a state visit. At the same time, in the House of Commons, MPs debated an emergency motion condemning the US ban. Shame on May. Shame on Trump Police in London cordoned off Whitehall on 30 January while […] The post Thousands of Britons tell Trump where to shove his Muslim ban, and MPs have the best response appeared first on The Canary.

Corbyn's Alternative Facts on Thatcher and Apartheid as not reported by the BBC

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
Guido Fawkes https://order-order.com/2017/01/31/corbyns-thatcher-apartheid-lie/ has found another example of a Labour lie. 'Jeremy Corbyn has written to Theresa May claiming Margaret Thatcher "supported Apartheid". He's tweeted the same: A demonstrably untrue statement straight out of the Trumpian playbook that the Labour leader is currently copying. Nelson Mandela praised Thatcher's role in helping to end Apartheid, famously saying: "She is an enemy of Apartheid. We have much to thank her for." Amhed Kathadra, one of Mandela's closest friends, said Thatcher was instrumenta... more »

Anomaly! by Tommaso Dorigo, a review

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
*A guest blog: a review by Tristan du Pree of CMS at CERN* ------------------------------ *Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab* *World Scientific Publishing* Book by Tommaso Dorigo, 2016 ------------------------------ To the outside world, Italian particle physicist Tommaso Dorigo is best known for his blogs, not afraid to express his personal thoughts about particle physics research. His new book, ‘Anomaly!’, describes this research from the inside – it covers the parts of the field that one normally does not hear about: the history, the sociology, ... more »

DCCC Is Starting To Come To Grips With A Very Different 2018 Electoral Landscape

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
*Most people agree-- it's time for this bum to say good-bye* Did you read Bill Moyers' piece Friday, Donald Trump's Demolition Derby. Who would disagree with him that "in just a few days, Donald Trump seems to have set out to wreck government and turn over the remains to his plutocrat friends?" We’re a week into the Trump administration and it’s pretty obvious what he’s up to. First, Donald Trump is running a demolition derby: He wants to demolish everything he doesn’t like, and he doesn’t like a lot, especially when it comes to government. Like one of those demolition drivers on ... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 16 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin*At least 6 dead in Quebec City mosque shooting, 2 suspects arrested Administration tempers part of Trump travel ban amid big protests, criticism Starbucks says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next 5 years in response to Trump's travel ban A "Color Revolution" Is Under Way In America *A wild ride with some interesting ideas (a Trumpian version of Russia Today, for instance) amidst the loose cannonfire.*LAPD Chief Refuses to Enforce Trump Immigration Law Pat Tillman’s Widow Slams Trump On Muslim Ban: This Is Not What He Died For U.S. Commando Dies In Yeme... more »

Tempo, Protest, and Emergency Ethnography in the Trump Moment

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 16 hours ago
This is a guest post by Sherrill Stroschein, who is Senior Lecturer in Politics, Department of Political Science, University College London We have all been driven to understand what is going on over the past few days. Some of these discussions would be improved with lesser-used tools to think more systematically about events. There are […]

The End of the BSA?

LL at Virtual Mirage - 16 hours ago
*Boy Scouts of America* Yesterday, the BSA announced that girls who identify as boys will now be allowed to join the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts – marking a complete capitulation to the gender and sex revolutionaries, and to the 'social justice warriors'. From what I can gather, it would be better if they simply changed the name to the "Scouts of America" since it's no longer going to be a "boy-run organization" at the troop level. Having been a Boy Scout and having been a council commissioner over a very large council of 33,000 Boy Scouts in the California Inland Empire Council in ... more »

Journalism's Moment

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
Presidential counsellor Steve Bannon has told the media to "shut up." And his boss has called journalists, "the most dishonest human beings on Earth.” In the wake of those pronouncements, Robin Sears writes: Tyrants always respect and fear an independent media, often more than journalism’s ordinary readers. They understand its power to reveal their agendas, to mock their follies, and to delegitimize them. That’s why they do their best to demonize and marginalize journalists. From Mussolini to Chavez to Putin and Erdogan, it is a tactic proven successful – at least in the short ter... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Teacher Stages Mock Assassination of Trump* A Texas high school art teacher has been placed on administrative leave after video surfaced showing her “shooting” President Donald Trump inside a classroom while screaming, “Die!” The Secret Service field office in Irving tells me it is aware of the incident but declined further comment. The teacher, at W.H. Adamson High School in Dallas, posted the video to her Instagram account along with the following message: “Watching the #inauguration in my classroom like…#no #stop #denial #squirtgun #hypocrisy #powerless #saveusall #teachthembet... more »

Sing, Sing a Song. Sing of Happy, Not Sad. A Tribute to Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 17 hours ago
By Kim Stagliano I've struggled with how to honor Dan here at AofA. One of the main differences between Dan and other journalists is that Dan listened. He listened to mothers telling him that their children changed post vaccination. He...


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 18 hours ago
*Have the Warmists already succeeded in their Quixotic quest? Has the rise in CO2 stopped already?* *The rather startling paper from last December below does not seem to have got much press. I wonder why? It implies that the job of limiting CO2 in the atmosphere has already succeeded. CO2 levels have already peaked. So can all the Warmists go into retirement now -- and congratulate themselves on a job well done?* Reaching peak emissions Robert B. Jackson et al. Rapid growth in global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industry ceased in the past two years, despite continued... more »

Oil Pipeline Shut After Spill Near Blue Ridge in Texas

White Wolf at White Wolf - 18 hours ago
Jan 30, 2017: The pipeline ruptured around 4 pm Monday afternoon on Highway 121, about a mile away south of Highway 160 in Blue Ridge. Billy Brummett lives in Desert, just down the road. He tells us when he first heard the sirens, he thought it was another wreck at the intersection. “A neighbor came by showed me a picture she’d taken of the geyser of the oil shooting," Brummett said. We're told a contractor for TxDOT accidentally cut a 30-inch high pressure oil line, spraying crude oil all over the highway. “Construction’s going on and that’s a deep ditch and things they’re cut... more »

ADF Files Lawsuit for Michigan Students Jailed for Handing Out Pocket Constitutions on Campus

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at rss - 18 hours ago
[image: michigan-students-jailed-for-handing-out-pocket-constitutions-on-campus] Back in September, three students at Kellogg Community College in Michigan were arrested and jailed for passing out pocket copies of the Constitution on campus. Now Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit against the college on their behalf.

You Make My Heart Race- Free Printable Car Valentine

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 18 hours ago
Are you looking for a fun valentine that doesn't include candy? This race car valentine is bound to be a favorite in your child's classroom! For this Valentine you will need: - the printable found at the end of this post - Toy Cars (we used these provided by Oriental Trading) - scissors - bakers twine - a single hole punch Print and cut out the paper valentine. Have you child address them to each child in their class. Using the single hole punch, punch a hole on either side of the valentine. String a piece of bakers twine through both holes to make a loop. Slide... more »

Emergency! Debate

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Remember those ‘survival’ dramas that were popular on TV? You know, at the start the protagonists don’t realise that a deadly virus is sweeping the globe. Only the audience knows. As people die off, struggles ensue between desperate mobs. Emergency! Will humanity be saved? This is happening in real-time. The BBC has gone rogue and joined the mob. It’s not the only news organ to do so, of course, but this is the one that claims to be the *trustworthy* one. The one that checks stuff out. As readers of this and like-minded blogs and websites already know, anti-Trump mania is now a pand... more »

Fake News From Myles Allen

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Dave Ward The Daily Mail’s Letters Page had a fake news story from Myles Allen. “Record rainfall in January 2014 was made about 40% more likely by man-made climate change. Meanwhile back in the real world: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadukp/data/download.html

Veteran MP Dennis Skinner opens both barrels on ‘fascist’ Donald Trump [VIDEO]

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 18 hours ago
Legendary MP Dennis Skinner just used a powerful personal message to highlight the dangers of appeasing “fascist” Donald Trump. And he opened both barrels on the new US President. Skinner’s comment Just days after a previous critique of Trump, the 84-year-old Bolsover MP recalled his own childhood during the Second World War to make an even […] The post Veteran MP Dennis Skinner opens both barrels on ‘fascist’ Donald Trump [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Trump state visit plan 'very difficult' for Queen per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
The BBC's relentless attacks on President Donald Trump continue apace. This report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38805196 tells us how upset a Foreign Office mandarin is. 'Lord Ricketts, who was permanent secretary at the Foreign Office from 2006 to 2010, said it was unprecedented for a US president to be invited for a state visit in their first year in the White House. In a letter to the Times, he questioned whether Mr Trump was "specially deserving of this exceptional honour" and described the invitation as "premature". "It would have been far wiser to wait to see what sort of ... more »

One People Show, 30 Jan 2017: Personal Mandela Effects and Whistleblowers

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 19 hours ago
We started out with a wave of personal mandela effects, moved onto Lisa's interview with Aug (which will be available to the public next week), and Whistleblowers in general....How to stay neutral and why.... and the narrative of a Holographic Reality is now everywhere !! https://www.rt.com/viral/375683-universive-hologram-study-projection/

Dachel Wake Up: Robert Kennedy Jr. Speaks at Fearless Parent Event

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
Jan 24, 2017, APP: Kennedy, panelists, raise vaccine concerns at Red Bank forum RED BANK - With a powerful new potential ally in the White House, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said Tuesday that he wanted to develop a safer vaccine...

Two Harvard men claim to have produced metallic hydrogen

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
My former colleague (and the superhero who believes that love has no borders, nationality, or gender: don't worry, at the end of the film, your humble correspondent punishes the nasty illegal immigrant dragon for its murder of Ike and others) Isaac Silvera and his younger collaborator Ranga Dias claim to have achieved the holy grail of high-pressure physics: to turn hydrogen into a metal. The cores of Jupiter and Saturn may be full of solid hydrogen and solid helium. The achievement was reported in Science: Observation of the Wigner-Huntington transition to metallic hydrogen -------... more »

A young scientist’s quest for clean water

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
Deepika Kurup has been determined to solve the global water crisis since she was 14 years old, after she saw kids outside her grandparents’ house in India drinking water that looked too dirty even to touch. Her research began in her family kitchen — and eventually led to a major science prize. Hear how this teenage scientist developed a cost-effective, eco-friendly way to purify water.

Burnt Hill Fort

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
*[image: Burnt Hill Fort in Dark Ages Scotland Was Likely the Stronghold of the Mysterious Rheged Kingdom]* I would like to see this vitrification actually demonstrated. We have a timber and stone assemblage on a hill top. That at least could burn slowly over several days. Where i am uncomfortable is in the heat level. wood gets up to 600 degrees at best and that is too low to melt rock. It will crack rock all the time though and this often confirms simple camp sites. I do not think that even charcoal does the job without excessive attention. At least we understand these la... more »

Kellyanne Conway

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: trump-and-kellyanne] This is a pretty good Bio on Kellyanne and we should know what informs her in her thinking. She will obviously have a huge role in both the White house and the essentially reconstituted republican Party. She has not led a public life. Trump obviously learned a long time ago that the best pool of unused talent for middle management came from accomplished women. Which makes great sense since he really was in the business start up business in Hotel and Resort management where talent was needed often in a tight market. Her resume should give everyone... more »

New President, New World

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
What is completely valid is that we need a completely new global arrangement. The current system arose out of the Second world War and was not properly reset after the cold War and then after the emergence of a healthy China. What Donald is telling everyone is that it all must be renegotiated and making everyone think the unthinkable. Maybe we have better solutions to hand. After all that is what must happen to Obamacare and many have better solutions elswhere. It is also obvious that he will actually address it all. My main hope is that he rewrites all drug law as soon as pos... more »

Taking on Global Drought using Oranges and Avocados.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This tech needs to be integrated with drip irrigation. Then you create a local stable wet spot that surrounding plants can draw water from and even transport that water throughout the root system itself. all this remains well covered discouraging any evaporate water losses. Recall those holes in tropical Sahel. Adding bio char retains nutrients while this system of drip irrigation retention provides a useful wet spot allowing the plant to become large enough to break up the soil. Better yet is that there must be plenty of other potential feed stocks as well. The process used ... more »

Former Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Wants To Combat President Trump By “Unleashing Drug Cartels”

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: This is just one more reason why the border will need to be secured. Hat tip to SHTFplan.com *for this story.*

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
People gather to remember the victims of a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada #QuebecCityMosqueShooting pic.twitter.com/8Tphd5ZXkD — AFP news agency (@AFP) January 31, 2017

Does The Kremlin Think They Are Already At War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) attends a conference at the main operation centre of the Russian armed forces, with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) and armed forces Chief-of-Staff Valery Gerasimov (R) in Moscow, June 6, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Michael Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin *Oscar Jonsson/Thomas E. Ricks, Foreign Policy*: *Gen. McChrystal is right — in fact, Russian leaders think they already are at war* General Stanley McChrystal perhaps shocked many when he spoke out on the chance of a war in Europe — aside from the continuing conflict in Ukraine. He stated that “A... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
The warship can carry up to seven metric tons of armaments on 10 stations and can reach a speed of Mach 2.25 (over 2,700 kmph). A new multirole Russian MiG-35 fighter lands during its international presentation at the MiG plant in Lukhovitsy outside Moscow, Russia January 27, 2017. © REUTERS/ Maxim Shemetov

Does China Want A Nuclear Arms Race?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
China's road-mobile ICBMs. Chinese Defense *Melissa Hanham, Foreign Policy*: *China’s Happy to Sit Out the Nuclear Arms Race* While Putin and Trump push for bigger arsenals, Beijing has all the nukes it'll ever need. While U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin preen and compare the size of their nuclear arsenals, China has been quite modest on the subject. This macho dance doesn’t interest Beijing. Why? Isn’t bigger always better? For decades, when it comes to nuclear weapons, the answer from China has been a resounding no. The rest of the world would d... more »

Is The U.S. On The Precipice Of Widespread Civil Unrest?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Demonstrators marching on Market Street in San Francisco on Wednesday after the election of Donald Trump as US president.REUTERS/Stephen Lam *Michael Snyder, Zero Hedge/The Economic Collapse blog*:* The United States Is On The Precipice Of Widespread Civil Unrest* It doesn’t take much of a trigger to push extremely large crowds of very angry protesters into committing acts of rioting and violence. And rioting and violence can ultimately lead to widespread civil unrest and calls for “revolution”. The election of Donald Trump was perhaps the single most galvanizing moment for the rad... more »

Aristotle Opening; Let's call this Aristotle "Bard Hurtman" A TRUE TURD!

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 23 hours ago
An “Aristotle opening” has maligned me for years on the social Media site, FACEBOOK. He lies about me, my sanity, my emotions and my reason. Recently he turned up the nasty button. I believe it was because I started creating memes about him and posted these on social media. The result was, this “Aristotle Opening” got me blocked by Facebook. Got it? He was offending me but when I pushed back, showing that this lie – Let’s call him Bard Hurtmann –was maligning me, the “Aristotle opening” had removed all his LIES, well, at least from the thread that the complaint came from. ... more »

President Trump Has Fired The Acting Attorney General

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Fired: Trump dumps top lawyer who defied immigration order* U.S. President Donald Trump fired top federal government lawyer Sally Yates on Monday after she took the extraordinarily rare step of defying the White House and refused to defend new travel restrictions targeting seven Muslim-majority nations. It was another dramatic twist in the unusually raucous roll-out of Trump's directive that put a 120-day hold on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Ye... more »

A declaration of war

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 23 hours ago
There's an excellent summary of the BBC's 'declaration of war' on Donald Trump over at *The Conservative Woman *by David Keighley (featuring quotes from a certain other blog too!) in which David looks at the BBC's partisan coverage through the perspective of history. It begins: The Yalda Hakim report, cited in the post above, is just another example of how far the BBC is going with this 'war on Trump'.

Talking of fake news...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Yalda Hakim Last night's *Newsnight *featured a report on the Trump executive order from the BBC's Yalda Hakim, who had her own personal tale to tell about it: We've just arrived at JFK and I must say I've been quite nervous the entire flight over. I was born in Afghanistan but I travel on an Australian passport and I just wasn't sure if the policy had changed mid-air between London and New York. She went on to say: Despite the mounting pressure and criticism, President Trump is not backing down. He criticised the tears of Chuck Schumer and asked where the lefty outrage was from D... more »

"Arguing That You Don’t Care About The Right To Privacy Because You Have Nothing To Hide Is No Different Than Saying You Don’t Care About Free Speech Because You Have Nothing To Say"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Arguing That You Don’t Care About The Right To Privacy Because * *You Have Nothing To Hide Is No Different Than Saying You * *Don’t Care About Free Speech Because You Have Nothing To Say"* by WashingtonsBlog "Most Americans value privacy and oppose mass surveillance. The minority who don’t– and who think spying is okay because they have “nothing to hide”– are grossly misinformed (and don’t know that spying is meant to crush dissent and consolidate power… not stop terrorism). Edward Snowden noted: "Some might say “I don’t care if they violate my privacy; I’ve got nothing to hide.” ... more »

Musical Interlude: Arnd Stein, “Besinnlichkeit”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Arnd Stein, “Besinnlichkeit” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZKqtJBE0dY

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Drifting through the one-horned constellation Monoceros, these dusty streamers and new born stars are part of the active Monoceros R2 star-forming region, embedded in a giant molecular cloud. The cosmic scene was recorded by the VISTA survey telescope in near-infrared light. Visible light images show dusty NGC 2170, seen here just right of center, as a complex of bluish reflection nebulae. *Click image for larger size.* But this penetrating near-infrared view reveals telltale signs of ongoing star formation and massive young stars otherwise hidden by the dust. Energetic winds and r... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Journey”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Journey”* by Chet Raymo “Here's a deep-deep sky map of the universe from "Nature." The horizontal scale is a 360 view right around the sky; the vertical gaps at 6 hours and 24 hours are the parts of the universe that are blocked to our view by the disk of our own Milky Way Galaxy. The vertical scale - distance from Earth - is logarithmic (10, 100, 1000, etc.) measured in megaparsecs (a parsec equals 3.26 light-years). Across the top is the Big Bang, and the oldest and most distant thing we can see, the cosmic microwave background, the radiation of the Big Bang itself. A few r... more »

The Poet: Margaret Atwood, "The Moment"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Moment" "The moment when, after many years of hard work and a long voyage you stand in the centre of your room, house, half-acre, square mile, island, country, knowing at last how you got there, and say, I own this, is the same moment when the trees unloose their soft arms from around you, the birds take back their language, the cliffs fissure and collapse, the air moves back from you like a wave and you can't breathe. No, they whisper. You own nothing. You were a visitor, time after time climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming. We never belonged to you. You never found ... more »

"I Wish You Enough"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"I Wish You Enough" by Bob Perks "I never really thought that I'd spend as much time in airports as I do. I don't know why. I always wanted to be famous and that would mean lots of travel. But I'm not famous, yet I do see more than my share of airports. I love them and I hate them. I love them because of the people I get to watch. But they are also the same reason why I hate airports. It all comes down to "hello" and "goodbye." I must have mentioned this a few times while writing my stories for you. I have great difficulties with saying goodbye. Even as I write this I am experienc... more »

Utopia Now!

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 1 day ago
Given all the chaos and pessimism lately and in light of the fact that with the inauguration of Trump we will be walking into very dangerous times, it’s perhaps a good moment for a little bit of hope, though the progressive rallies over the last few days certainly make me feel hopeful.

Labor Union Membership, Right to Work, and Education

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 1 day ago
Labor unions have been having a tough time competing in the private sector for a long time and now are even shrinking as a percentage of government workers. In 2015, union workers were 11.1% of the work force. This fell to 10.7% in 2016 with a loss of 240,000 union members. Only 6.4% of private sector workers are now union members. The mainstay of the unions is in the government sector with 29.6% of state government employees being union members and 40.3% of local government employees being members. The local government union membership is much inflated by the many teachers who ... more »

Gene Editing Breakthrough In Leukemia Treatment

Roxanne Porozinski at Science 2.0 blogs - 1 day ago
The story of the two English infants treated for leukemia circulated quickly on the internet. But the stories left a few questions unanswered. What exactly were these revolutionary genetic therapies? read more

Prague: coldest January since 1940

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
In 2008, Barack Obama said that he was certain that in many years, people would see that his tenure was the time when the rise of the oceans began to slow. Sadly for him, we already have the hindsight and the data from his presidency and the sea level continued to increase by the same rate 2-3 millimeters per year, according to methodology, and some Obama voter even see an acceleration that no one else does. Donald Trump is different. He promised to stop the global warming hoax and the Earth will pay for it. And the plan already has results, at least in Central Europe. *Via Osel.... more »

US biologist’s defense of flawed polar bear predictions is an embarrassment to science

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on polarbearscience: A few days ago in a radio interview, a senior US Fish & Wildlife biologist repeated the tall tale that Southern Beaufort Sea polar bear numbers declined in recent years due to loss of summer sea ice. But restating this egregious misinformation does not make it true. The Southern Beaufort population…

The new (and very old) political responsibility of data scientists

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 1 day ago
We still have a responsibility to prevent the ethical misuse of new technologies, as well as helping make their impact on human welfare a positive one. But we now have a more fundamental challenge: to help defend the very concept and practice of the measurement and analysis of quantitative fact.

Did a NASA Study Conclude That Burning Fossil Fuels Cools the Planet?

alex.kasprak@gmail.com (Alex Kasprak) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
This claim is rooted in the willfully negligent reading of a NASA press release by a U.K. tabloid’s “science and paranormal correspondent”.

Would You Work For A Fascist Regime?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
According to Gallup, Trump's disapproval numbers continue to tick upwards every day. Yesterday it was at the unprecedented-- for a new president-- high of 50%. Today it's at 51%. It took Bush 3 years to turn over half the country against him; it took Trump a week. In England, in just a few hours, nearly a million people signed a petition demanding the government cancel his state visit to their country. [*UPDATE:* After two days, the petition had nearly two million signatures. Brits *hate* Trump.] That's a *lot* more people than went to his failed inauguration. The petitioners' dem... more »

What's gone wrong in the seven countries Trump included in his ban? Essential reads

Danielle Douez, Associate Editor, Politics + Society, The Conversation at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Syrian children in eastern Aleppo, Syria. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar *Editor’s note: The following is a roundup of archival stories related to Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia.* Last week, President Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning citizens from seven countries from entering the U.S. and indefinitely banning Syrian refugees. The stated aim of the order is to ensure the U.S. doesn’t allow terrorists into the country. Why did the Trump administration single out these seven countries? As many commentators have pointed out, they are all majority Muslim.... more »

Manufactured Terrorism-Dog Whistle Politics-"Old Stock Canadians"

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
Law, without legitimate laws controlling a Nation's police desperate governments run amok, create fake narratives to drive agendas(Grant G).. The below letter was written by a Canadian man who cares, a man who doesn't scare, a man who shouts from the rafters......Robin Mathews *_______________________* * Robin Mathews* *Greetings to all. I mailed this letter (Canada Post) on January 30 to the people addressed and to Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety. If the letter interests you, you might send it on to any member of the provincial or federal legislatures … and to any... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. Thanks for stopping by!

BREAKING: Trump Fires Acting Attorney General For Refusing to Enforce ‘Extreme Vetting’ Order

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 1 day ago
[image: trump]President Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, making Dana Boente, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia the new acting attorney general.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 day ago
Sally Yates has been fired: President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday night, after Yates ordered Justice Department lawyers Monday not to defend his immigration order temporarily banning entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world.... Earlier on Monday, Yates ordered Justice Department not to defend President Trump’s immigration order temporarily banning entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world, declaring in a memo that sh... more »

How Florida is helping train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals

Sri Sridharan, Managing Director, Florida Center for Cybersecurity, University of South Florida at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Students via shutterstock.com Our increasingly connected and digital world is vulnerable to attack and needs more skilled professionals who know how to defend it. As connected devices proliferate, particularly smart devices creating what has been called the “Internet of Things,” the problem is getting worse. In 2016, there were 6.4 billion connected devices in use in homes and businesses across the country. By 2020, that number is expected to more than triple. Each of these connections – whether from a laptop, a smartwatch, a television or even an insulin pump – offers a potential ... more »

Auckland Liberty on the Rocks: The Brazilian Journey to Liberty

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: e71aac5385706795022181ee8083d0e0] One of the most successful libertarian movements in world presently hails from Brazil. If you want to hear why, then join us at the regular Auckland Liberty on the Rocks tomorrow night, Wednesday, to hear why: *Liberty on the Rocks* is a happy hour for liberty-minded folks looking to meet others, build their knowledge and friendships over beers, food and great conversation. *Join us anytime between 6-9 PM at De Poste in Mount Eden*. Everyone is welcome! This is a very informal happy hour although we do bring in speakers for about 30... more »

Builder to Registrar: “I find it appalling that my means of earning a livelihood is at the mercy of answering to you”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
One reason the cost of doing building business is so high is that builders and designers in New Zealand no longer have a right to work. The Licensed Building Practitioner regime brought in a few years ago by this National Government took away that right, instead just granting builders and designer bi-annual *permission* to ply their trade, *if and only if* that permission is kindly granted by whatever the Building Industry Authority currently chooses to call itself. One Auckland builder at least has had enough of begging permission from the grey ones, penning this letter back t... more »

President Donald Trump Fires Acting U.S. Attorney General

brooke@proper.io (Brooke Binkowski) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
The move came the same day that Sally Q. Yates refused to defend a controversial executive order limiting immigration and banning some refugees.

Was Donald Trump’s Mother an Illegal Immigrant?

alex.kasprak@gmail.com (Alex Kasprak) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
Though her citizenship status was incorrectly documented in the 1940 United States census, there is no evidence to suggest that she was ever in violation of any immigration laws prior to her naturalization in 1942.

Did KellyAnne Conway Say Being Labeled Racist is 'a Small Price to Pay' for Making America Great Again?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
A purported quote from a White House senior adviser came from a web site that blends factual stories with satire, and is a hoax.

In A Show Of Defiance, Acting Attorney General And Obama Nominee Declares Justice Department Will Not Defend Trump’s Immigration Order

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post*: *Acting Attorney General declares Justice Department won’t defend Trump’s immigration order* Acting Attorney General Sally Yates has ordered Justice Department lawyers not to defend challenges to President Trump’s immigration order temporarily banning entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world, declaring in a memo Monday she is not convinced the order is lawful. Yates wrote that, as the leader of the Justice Department, she must ensure the department’s position is both “legally defensible” and ... more »

"The Deep State's Doomsday Bug"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Deep State's Doomsday Bug"* by Bill Bonner "My contact- a former CIA Director- died mysteriously, just after revealing a powerful network of insiders who pull America’s strings. This is my attempt to expose what they’ve done… and why It cannot be stopped. On May 6, 1996, a body was found floating face down in the shallow water of the Chesapeake Bay. It was the body of a former CIA director, a man who used to consult for me. The Charles County, Maryland police department logged it as an accidental drowning. But many of us suspect otherwise. The surprising truth behind this mys... more »

McCain: "Every American Should Be Alarmed By Russia's Attacks On Our Nation"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Trump must have been fuming when he launched his latest crazed, Adderall-fueled Twitter attack. It was against two senior Republicans though, not the millions of people protesting his unconstitutional Muslim ban over the weekend. Whether Putin hacked the electronic machines in Macomb County, Michigan, just stole and released embarrassing e-mails from Democrats or just wished Trump well, his stake in the 2016 election was primarily centered on two premises-- to weaken NATO and get them to stop threatening Russia and to end the painful economic and financial sanctions enacted when R... more »

Role of terrestrial biosphere in counteracting climate change may have been underestimated

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: From the UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM New research suggests that the capacity of the terrestrial biosphere to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) may have been underestimated in past calculations due to certain land-use changes not being fully taken into account. It is widely known that the terrestrial biosphere (the collective term…

The Anti-Trump Protests: Don’t Ask: Where Were You For The Last 8 Years? by Bill Dores

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
Dandelion Salad by Bill Dores Workers World January 30, 2017 Since the election of Trump, spontaneous protests have erupted as well as the massive counter-inaugural marches on Jan. 20 and worldwide women’s marches on Jan. 21. Some leftists and anti-war people on social media have had nothing but criticism for the protests and skepticism regarding […]

Terror Attack In Quebec City -- News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CBC News: **Quebec City mosque attack suspect Alexandre Bissonnette charged with 6 counts of 1st-degree murder* *Facebook group described Bissonnette as having 'pro-Le Pen and anti-feminist positions'* Alexandre Bissonnette, the man police believe opened fire on a Quebec City mosque, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder while using a restricted firearm. Bissonnette appeared in Quebec City court on Monday around 6 p.m. ET. His next court appearance is set for Feb. 21. According to his Facebook page, which has since been taken... more »

Kellie Leitch and friends, unplugged, on the Quebec Mosque Shooting

Alison at Creekside - 1 day ago
Ms Leitch on Facebook, 10 hours ago : "Last night people in Quebec City were murdered as they prayed. This outrageous act of violence is an attack not just on those gathered in a house of worship but on the very fabric of Canadian society, on the values of freedom and tolerance. There is no excuse and no justification for this terrorist attack. I condemn the act, the people who carried it out, and any who might try to justify, rationalize, or support it unreservedly and in the harshest possible terms." And the responses to that post from her Friends : *Shane St-Croix *Justin Trud... more »

Teacher Forced Out for Using Confederate Flag in Civil War History Lesson

Steve Byas at rss - 1 day ago
[image: teacher-forced-out-for-using-confederate-flag-in-civil-war-history-lesson] A teacher in California is forced to retire for using a Confederate battle flag, along with a period Union flag, during a history lesson on the Civil War to middle school students. The district said he might have made student feel "unsafe."

Party Trumped Policy in 2016

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
This is a guest post by Christopher Gelpi and Elias Assaf. Christopher Gelpi is Chair of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and Professor of Political Science and Elias Assaf is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at The Ohio State University, both at The Ohio State University […]

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 30, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© REUTERS/ Rick Wilking *Paul Mulshine, NJ.com*: *Drilling down on a crazy government: Trump can't be any nuttier than Bush and Obama* Maybe it was the Novocaine, but last week I had an epiphany: This country has been run by insane people for this entire century. We started out the 2000s with no deficits and no wars. We ended up with more debt than we can count and more wars than we can count. I gleaned this knowledge as I was having a couple of crowns installed by my dentist. He's got a TV set up by the chair and the patient can pick the channel. *Read more* .... *Commentaries... more »

World News Briefs -- January 30, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New York Times:* *Suspect In Quebec Mosque Shooting Charged With 6 Counts of Murder* QUEBEC — Alexandre Bissonnette, the alleged gunman who killed six and wounded eight at a Quebec City mosque on Sunday, was charged with six counts of first degree murder and five counts of attempted murder at the Quebec City Courthouse late on Monday afternoon, handcuffed and wearing a white jumpsuit but leaving a country wondering why. The shooting on Sunday, the first time someone had been killed in a mosque in Canada and, at least recently, a rare event outside the Muslim world, shocked a nat... more »

“The Persuasion Filter Looks at Torture. Does it Work?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Persuasion Filter Looks at Torture. Does it Work?”* by Scott Adams "If I ever get captured and threatened with torture it will take about five seconds for me to give up every secret I have. That’s because I know I would break eventually, so why put up with unnecessary torture? I assume the same is true for the lightly-trained ISIS fighters. Some are just teenagers. Once the bravery-inducing drugs in their system wear off, I have to assume that at least some of them– if not most– would become quite flexible under the threat of torture, not to mention the torture itself. But wo... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

The Economy: "Why Our System Is Broken: Cheap Credit Is King"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Why Our System Is Broken: Cheap Credit Is King"* by Charles Hugh-Smith "You want to fix the economic system, reduce political bribery and reduce rising income inequality? Shut off the cheap unlimited credit spigot to banks, financiers and corporations. Cheap credit- newly issued money that can be borrowed at low rates of interest- is presented as the savior of our economic system, but in reality, it's why our system is broken. The conventional economic pitch goes like this: cheap credit enables consumers to buy more goods and services (and since the system needs growth or it imp... more »

Bill Heightens Penalties For Rioting Against Oil Pipeline

White Wolf at White Wolf - 1 day ago
A North Dakota lawmaker urged colleagues on Monday to slap tighter penalties on people involved in riots against pipelines. Under the proposal, those convicted of participating in a riot involving more than 100 people could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine — double the current penalties for a lower-end felony. Participation in smaller-sized riots, currently a misdemeanor, would be upgraded to a felony carrying up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. State Rep. Todd Porter, a Mandan Republican who is the measure's sponsor, told the House Judiciary... more »

A3 Newsletter: Reflections on Freedom (includes new Albert Woodfox video interview: A Voice for the Voiceless)

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 1 day ago
*(PHOTO: Albert Woodfox and Robert King at an event hosted by The Guardian in London, England during the recent European Tour.)* *A3 Newsletter, January 30, 2017: Reflections on Freedom* It's been a few months since we've sent out a newsletter - taking a bit of a break in December after the wild and wonderful year that unfolded after Albert's release in February, almost one year ago! 2016 was a busy year and 2017 looks like it will be eventful as Albert and Robert actively continue campaigning for the human rights of all prisoners. During the successful European tour last Octobe... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 30, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian servicemen of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade participate in a military drill on riding reindeer and dog sleds near the settlement of Lovozero outside Murmansk, Russia January 23, 2017. Picture taken January 23, 2017. Lev Fedoseyev/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via REUTERS *Reuters*: *Putin's Russia in biggest Arctic military push since Soviet fall* The nuclear icebreaker Lenin, the pride and joy of the Soviet Union's Arctic great game, lies at perpetual anchor in the frigid water here. A relic of the Cold War, it is now a mu... more »

As Americans Debate Immigration, China Says War With US is Now ‘Reality’

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 1 day ago
[image: war]Amid rapidly increasing tensions with the U.S., China is preparing as if 'war breaking out tonight' is no longer just a 'slogan.'

Mirrors and Mazes: A new guide to the climate debate.

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
Dr Howard Brady. Dr Howard Brady is an Australian, who worked as an Antarctic scientist. He was on four expeditions to Antarctica with the US Office of Polar Programs. • Member of the Explorers Club of New York • Member of the Australian Microscope and Microanalysis Society • Member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences He has published scientific articles in periodicals such as: • Journal of Glaciology • Nature Magazine • Science Magazine He was a contributor to Antarctic Geoscience, a book released by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Science in 1982. Special Award In... more »

Is the #Calexit Campaign Supported by Russia?

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
There are ties between the Yes California campaign and an "anti-globalist" Russian group that has received funding from the Kremlin.

Did Donald Trump's Campaign Unveil a Swastika-Like Logo?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign did not use or propose a logo that resembles a swastika.

Judge Grants Stay to Bar Trump DHS From Deporting Aliens From Seven Nations of Concern

Warren Mass at rss - 1 day ago
[image: judge-grants-stay-to-bar-trump-dhs-from-deporting-aliens-from-7-nations-of-concern] A judge has issued a stay temporarily halting the removal of individuals detained under President Trump’s order suspending immigration from seven “nations of concern.”

Trump’s Regulatory Executive Order: One In, Two Out

Bob Adelmann at rss - 1 day ago
[image: trumps-regulatory-executive-order-one-in-two-out] White House officials told Reuters that President Donald Trump’s Executive Order Reducing Federal Government Regulations is referred to as Trump’s “one in, two out” plan: For every regulation promulgated by a federal agency, that agency must “identify” two existing regulations to be targeted for extinction.

The Tories and the Special Relationship

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Stoke-on-Trent might be the centre of the political universe, but that isn't to say tumultuous events don't take place outwith the gilded city limits. And while by-election fever and an altogether unpleasant illness have gripped me, Donald Trump marked his first week in the Oval Office by unleashing a hurricane-level shit storm. His "temporary" travel ban on people born in seven Muslim countries where Trump happens to have no business interests drew near unanimous condemnation. And yet he found backing from Boris Johnson in the Commons this afternoon. The foreign secretary said thi... more »


Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
"Rather than continuing to seek the truth, simply let go of your views."

Did the Obama Administration Select the Countries Affected by President Trump's Immigration Order?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
President Trump's defenders maintained his January 2017 executive action on immigration and asylum targeted countries named by the Obama administration in 2015.

Critics Go Apoplectic On President Trump's Decision To Install His Top Political Adviser On The National Security Council Principal's Committee (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN*: *Bannon role on National Security Council under fire* (CNN)President Donald Trump further reorganized the National Security Council on Monday after he came under sharp criticism for ousting the country's most senior intelligence and military officials as regular members of the Principals Committee -- and installing one of his top political advisers on the key panel. On Monday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer announced that Trump will reinstate the director of the CIA as a regular Principals Committee member. But the President will keep his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon... more »

Are You Going To Remember Who Tried To Help The Refugees In November, 2018?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The last time I drank a Coke (or Pepsi) I was barely 20; it was in 1970. There was no social media then (aside from postcards) and international telephone calls were way too expensive for someone like me. So, while I was making my way by land across the world I depended on letters from home for news. If you read the comments here at *DWT*, you've no doubt run across someone calling herself "Hone." She was a friend of mine in college and she sent me a letter-- to poste restante (I think in Kabul) which came to me months after the massacre at Kent State. Although she doesn't remember... more »

From de novo protein design to molecular machine systems

Jim Lewis at the Foresight Institute - 1 day ago
A review from the group leading recent rapid progress in *de novo* protein design describes the successes, identifies the remaining challenges, and heralds the advance "from the Stone Age to the Iron Age" in protein design.

Trump Protests and More......

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
*Protests against Muslim ban yesterday at Copley Square in Boston (Photo by Marian Stanton)* It's good to see the protests around the nation at airports and other places opposing Trump's Muslim travel ban. Interesting how seven Muslim countries are on the' bad list' but not ones that have Trump hotels/investments. I can't help but wonder though where all these masses of Americans were when Obama for the last eight years was bombing Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan and Syria that ultimately created this refugee crisis. It would be nice if we had some evidence that ... more »

Trump’s (partial) Muslim ban: Neither evidence-based, nor just

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
The only serious news this long weekend seemed to be the ill-conceived and poorly administered blanket ban on immigrants and refugees from seven selected countries. Portland-based British Olympian Sir Mo Farah, newly knighted, was fearful he may not be able to rejoin his children. Iranians freeing their country’s regime were returned. A British vet was unable to fly home from holidaying in Costa Rica, told her dual nationality was a problem. Green Card holders were sent back. A Yale professor’s family were barred from re-entry. A British MP had to change travel plans, his own ... more »