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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

31 August - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:30 pm MDT

Joe Polchinski's memories

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
While Joseph Polchinski was dealing with a brain injury – this phrase sounds much nicer than the ugly C-word – he found it an order of magnitude more difficult to work. Steve Shenker and Derek Westen have noticed that Joe's writing was crisp and excellent so he could do what a string theorist may always do even when he's temporarily reduced to 10% of his mental capacity – to become a writer. Polchinski just published these Memories of a Theoretical Physicist I sincerely wish that with hindsight, the timing of these memories will be considered utterly non-essential! If you start... more »

The Slow Breakdown In U.S. And Russian Diplomatic Relations Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*AFP:* *US diplomats set to quit Russia as hopes for rapprochement fade* A Moscow deadline for almost two-thirds of US diplomatic staff to leave Russia expires on Friday, an exodus that starkly demonstrates the souring relationship between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. There were hopes of improved ties between Moscow and Washington after Trump's election to the US presidency last year, when both leaders showered each other in praise. But after the US Congress approved new economic sanctions against Russia over Moscow's alleged meddling in the November election, Putin in July o... more »

Read The FBI File For Renowned Black Musician And Poet Gil Scott-Heron

Ken Klippenstein at Shadowproof - 13 hours ago
Shadowproof obtained 28 pages of FBI records regarding Gil Scott-Heron under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Born in Chicago in 1949, Scott-Heron was a renowned African-American poet and musician, perhaps most famous for his 1974 album, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” The declassified records include a memo to the The post Read The FBI File For Renowned Black Musician And Poet Gil Scott-Heron appeared first on Shadowproof.

Diana - Assassinated by the "Usual Suspects"

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 13 hours ago
*Diana* Today is the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and former wife of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne. Twenty years ago I was in a personal crisis myself, having just been diagnosed with colon cancer. I had to wait several weeks for surgery and was in an agony of anxiety over the possible implications and outcome of the surgery. Like Diana, I had two young sons (who were the ages of William and Harry) and certainly had more work to do on this earth before I was ready to "meet my maker". So, I was spending most of my time in bed, totally im... more »

25 elite Syrian troops repel assault by 350 ISIS militants in ‘Uqayribat pocket

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – According to the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) elite ISIS Hunters unit operating in central Syria, a disproportionately small number of their forces repelled a large Islamic State counteroffensive at a key town near the provincial borders of Homs and Hama Governorates in the ‘Uqayribat pocket. According to the ISIS Hunters, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Rebel forces preparing to use chemical weapons in Daraa: Russian FM

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that the armed group Shabab al-Sunnah (Youth of Sunna Forces) is preparing to launch a chemical attack in the southern Daraa province of Syria, and to then place the blame on government forces, when speaking from Moscow, Thursday. Zakharova stated that “a few rockets with chemical poisoning substances” […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: Syrian forces within 50 km of Deir Ezzor city

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:05 P.M.) – Elite forces of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have reached to within fifty kilometers of Deir Ezzor city after capturing a key town along the al-Sukhnah to Deir Ezzor (M20) highway. In recent hours, the Syrian Army – led by the elite Tiger Forces – liberated the town of Haribshah […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Rebels struggle to repel ISIS counteroffensive in south Daraa: videos

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – After launching a failed offensive against the ISIS-linked Saifullah al-Maslul militant group in southwestern Daraa Governorate, rebel fighters of the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Southern Front are new struggling to hold back a wide-sweeping counteroffensive that has since been conducted by jihadist affiliate. The aforementioned rebel offensive was launched against […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Syrian airpower flattens ISIS command base in Deir Ezzor

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) has carried out a precision airstrike against an ISIS command base in Deir Ezzor city, completely destroying it. The raid, from beginning to end, was captured on video by unknown pro-government fighters who were clearly aware of when and where the strike was going […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: Syrian Army creates new ISIS pocket in east Hama after liberating 6 major towns

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has liberated six major towns from besieged ISIS militants throughout eastern Hama Governorate in a mammoth advance that has been ongoing since yesterday. As of today, the Syrian Army has secured the towns of al-Mashrifah, al-Hafiya and al-Zarouniyah located to the southeast of the regional […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army takes over strategic mountain en route to Deir Ezzor

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 P.M.) – Having fully recaptured the town of Sukhnah in east Homs countryside and secured the surrounding areas, the Syrian Army has officially entered the administrative borders of Deir Ezzor. According to an informed military source, the government troops imposed full control over the strategic Bishiri mountain located to the west of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Warns The U.S. That New North Korean Sanctions Could Be 'Dangerous'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
US Secretary Rex W. Tillerson shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov © wikipedia.org *Moscow Times*: *Russia Warns U.S. Against North Korea Sanctions* Punishing North Korea with additional sanctions would be “counterproductive and dangerous,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday. According to an online statement on the Foreign Ministry's website, Lavrov and Tillerson discussed North Korea’s latest missile launch, Syria, and the Persian Gulf. The United States and Russia agr... more »

Here He Comes to Save the Day! Mighty Mnuchin Is on His Way

Veronique de Rugy at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: here-he-comes-to-save-the-day-mighty-mnuchin-is-on-his-way] Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claims he has been using his "superpowers" to keep the federal government from defaulting on its debt since April, when the federal debt hit the debt ceiling.

Thursday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 13 hours ago
This and that for your Thursday reading. - Sarah Anderson studies how corporate tax cuts enrich CEOs, but don't do anything to help workers. And she then follows up with this op-ed: If claims about the job-creation benefits of lower tax rates had any validity, these 92 consistently profitable firms would be among the nation’s strongest job creators. Instead, we found just the opposite. The companies we reviewed had a median job-growth rate over the past nine years of nearly negative 1 percent, compared with 6 percent for the private sector as a whole. Of those 92 companies, 48 got r... more »

GOP Stupidly Asks If We Want Socialized Healthcare

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
Republicans are so clueless that they think mass citizen outrage against universal health care will rake in the big bucks from millions of sick, struggling, uninsured and underinsured voters. For some unknown reason, the National Republican Campaign Committee sent me a "flash poll" the other day, asking "Do You Want a Government Takeover of Healthcare, Yes or No?" (They obviously don't read this blog.) The first time I pressed *Yes*, all I got was one of those annoying error messages, the bland equivalent of a "Danger Danger Will Robinson, Does Not Compute!" warning siren. Neverthel... more »

Explosions and Equivocations: SOCIOPATHS Reign in Texas

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
In Crosby, Texas, the flooded Arkema chemical plant is suffering explosions because operators allowed back-up generators to be flooded by placing them in ill-considered locations. You can read about the plant in this article from yesterday: Todd C. Frankel, Avi Selk and David A. Fahrenthold (2017, August 30). Residents warned to ‘get out or die’ as Harvey unleashes new waves of punishing rains and flooding http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/residents-warned-to-%e2%80%98get-out-or-die%e2%80%99-as-harvey-unleashes-new-waves-of-punishing-rains-and-flooding/ar-AAqVd3k?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=SK2... more »

‘Drive By Shooting’: Cop Deploys Taser from Car Window at Boy on ATV—Killing Him

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: atv]A Michigan State Police Officer tased a kid on an ATV killing him when his four-wheeler crashed into a truck. The family of the boy is now suing.

New column day

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 13 hours ago
Here, on how simultaneous leadership campaigns in both of Saskatchewan's main parties seem unlikely to spark much new interest or discussion due to the familiar players and strategies involved. For further reading... - CBC has reported on each of the candidate announcements: Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon in the NDP campaign, and Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Jeremy Harrison, Gord Wyant, Ken Cheveldayoff and Alanna Koch in the Sask Party's race (with Scott Moe expected to join shortly). - The most memorable moments so far in either campaign have come from Harrison's thoroughly laughable a... more »

DOWNWARD SPIRAL: Readers of the New York Times speak!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017Interlude—Troubling shoes:* At some point, we humans need to come to terms with who and what we are. This very morning, page A3 in the (hard-copy) New York Times gives us a chance to do that. First, a quick bit of background. When the Times "reimagined" page A3 this summer, it launched its new format under this controversial motto: *You are the dumbest people on earth.* We at the Times want to serve you. This morning, the Times seems to claim that it was right in its controversial assessment of us, the newspaper's readers. In its daily feature, The Conv... more »

Tal Afar Battle Day 11

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The battle for Ayadiyah, which is a sub-district of Tal Afar got to the point where the Iraqi forces (ISF) were making widely different claims about their progress. First, Tal Afar We Are Coming commander General Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah toldthe press that east Ayadiyah had been liberated by the Federal Police and Rapid Reaction units. The general then went on to say that 40% of the Ayadiyah district was freed. Then the Federal Police chief General Raed Shakir Jawadat upped that to 90% of the area was under government control. Finally, the Hashd saidthat the entire sub-district w... more »

This Day In Iraqi History – Aug 31

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
1986 Iran started Op Karbala 2 attacking Kurdistan 1996 30,000 Republican Guards began attack upon PUK Captured Irbil city to back KDP 1996 PUK gave orders to flee to hills to escape Iraqi attack upon Irbil 1996 INC camp in Qushtapa, Irbil captured by Iraqi forces 96 INC members killed 1996 Clinton said he was concerned about Iraqi attack on Irbil but US not ready to respond 1996 Def Sec Perry said US should not get involved in Kurdish civil war 2003 Commander of Guantanamo Bay prison Gen Miller flew to Iraq to advise on interrogation techniques 2003 Pentagon Defense Po... more »

President of the AFL-CIO says two factions of the White House are racists and "Wall Streeters."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 14 hours ago
Courtesy of Business Insider: *Richard Trumka, the head of the largest labor union in the US, had harsh words Wednesday for the members of the Trump administration. * *Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, told an audience at a Christian Science Monitor event that it's difficult for him to work with either of the two major factions in the White House. * *"You had two factions in the White House. You had one faction that actually had some of the policies we would have supported on trade, on infrastructure — but they turned out to be racist. And on the other hand, you had people t... more »

Iraq and Syria conflicts threatens to reshape regional map

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*IHS Janes* *Let's see, how many years have I been writing on this remake? * *IHS Janes, just stating the obvious.* *Jonathan Spyer - IHS Jane's Intelligence Review* *30 August 2017* *Key Points* * The prospect of Iraq and Syria returning to a system of centralised governance by a single authority is extremely low, although the Islamic State will lose its territorial holdings in the region and revert to insurgency.* * There is no reasonable scenario in the coming five years in which the Syrian government can be defeated by rebel forces, but the complete re-conquest of all Syri... more »

ED and Blackwater Share Same Goal

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Just as her murderous brother, Erik Prince, has a scheme to privatize the U. S. military, the criminally-ignorant crone, Betsy DeVos, is out to do the same for schooling from pre-K through college: “I think that there’s been an outsized footprint in the last couple, three decades on the part of the federal government in education,” she said. “And it’s my goal to extract us from a lot of those spaces. I will welcome your thoughts on what we need to be doing less of. And if there are areas to be doing more of, what are those areas?” Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/po... more »

How a Russian Submarine Almost Started World War III

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * The Cuban Missile Crisis story you may never have heard of. *There is some disagreement over how close Savitsky really came to launching the nuclear torpedo. The nuclear warhead required a certain amount of preparation, and some maintain Savitsky's order reflected a momentary loss of temper under stressful conditions rather than a commitment to following through. Nonetheless, it seems clear that a nuclear exchange was averted for reasons far more circumstantial than any would care to stake the fate of humanity on.* It is commonly accepted that th... more »

Why a Nuclear War Between India and Pakistan Could Mean in Millions Dead

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * Thanks to nuclear weapons. *India and Pakistan will of course retain their nuclear arms, and continue to see them as vital deterrents to attack. However, for such policies to remain tenable in the long run, the longtime adversaries must seek to bring an end to a pattern of recurring conflict that is entering its seventh decade this year.* While the United States is preoccupied by the threat of nuclear weapons in the hands of potential adversaries such as Russia, China or North Korea, the danger of nuclear conflict may actually be greatest between... more »

The Role Of Aluminum In Changing Human Biology To Accept The Ionized Atmosphere We Live In: Part 2 Elana Freeland Discusses Chemtrails, HAARP And Aluminum, The Key Connection

Activist Post at Activist Post - 14 hours ago
By Catherine J. Frompovich After reading Part One of this three-part series, readers probably are wondering what comes next and has Frompovich gone off the... more »

Iraqi PM Abadi Declares Complete Victory Over The Islamic State In Tal Afar And In The Entire Province Of Nineveh

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*CNN*: *Iraqi prime minister: Tal Afar 'liberated' from ISIS* (CNN)Iraqi forces have seized the strategically important city of Tal Afar from ISIS, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Thursday. An operation to retake the northwestern city, captured by the extremists on June 16, 2014, began 10 days ago. Tal Afar was the last city still under the control of ISIS militants in Iraq's Nineveh province following the liberation of Mosul, about 45 miles to the east. "The joy of victory has been completed and the entire province of Nineveh has become in the hands of our heroic forces," al... more »

Drone Footage Reveals The Destruction Of The ISIS Stronghold At Raqqa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*CNN:* *Raqqa in ruins: Drone footage reveals devastation in ISIS' stronghold in Syria* (CNN)The streets are eerily empty, with few signs of life in sight. Plumes of smoke billow from the top floors of hollowed out buildings. Neighboring structures appear flattened by mortars and bombs. This is Raqqa, the capital of ISIS' caliphate in Syria, and the terror group's last major stronghold. Photojournalist Gabriel Chaim has captured drone footage and photographs while embedded with the Syrian Democratic Forces -- part of the US-led offensive -- that give a rare look inside the city. ... more »

Heavy Civilian Casualties Being Reported In The Battle Of Raqqa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Heavy civilian casualties in Raqqa from air strikes: U.N.* GENEVA (Reuters) - Civilians caught up in the battle for the Syrian city of Raqqa are paying an “unacceptable price” and attacking forces may be contravening international law with their intense air strikes, the top United Nations human rights official said on Thursday. A U.S.-led coalition is seeking to oust Islamic State from Raqqa, while Syrian government forces, backed by the Russian air force and Iran-backed militias are also advancing on the city. Some 20,000 civilians are trapped in Raqqa where the jihad... more »

Police Charge Man in Terror Incident Near Buckingham Palace

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 15 hours ago
A man armed with a knife was detained outside London’s Buckingham Palace on 25 August 2017, and two police officers were injured while arresting him.

French Police Detain Wedding Guest in Case of Missing Girl

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 15 hours ago
French police detained a wedding guest for questioning in connection with the search for a nine-year-old girl who went missing at a weekend wedding party.

Police Chief: Smoke from Texas Chemical Plant Fire Not Toxic

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 15 hours ago
A Houston-area chemical plant that lost power after Harvey engulfed the area in extensive floods was rocked by multiple explosions early on 31 August 2017.

Arctic Refuses To Melt As Predicted

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://beta.dmi.dk/en/groenland/maalinger/greenland-ice-sheet-surface-mass-budget/ Greenland’s melt season ended a month ago, and since last September the ice sheet has grown at close to record rates. Much was made of the anomalously warm year in 2012, which was quickly linked to climate change. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/jul/24/greenland-ice-sheet-thaw-nasa I doubt whether Guardian readers will be […]

Author cops to “randomly” choosing data for figures in paper, colleagues say

Andrew P. Han at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
On April 17th, Mathieu Bollen, a researcher at KU Leuven in Belgium, received a notice from PubPeer: A paper he had published in 2013 appeared to have data duplications. The article, “Maternal Embryonic Leucine Zipper Kinase (MELK) Reduces Replication Stress in Glioblastoma Cells,” published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, offered an explanation for why […] The post Author cops to “randomly” choosing data for figures in paper, colleagues say appeared first on Retraction Watch.


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 15 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin * 'The dream is achievable here': Hundreds of migrants are raising fears of a new 'Jungle' in downtown Brussels * 'What a crowd, what a turnout,' Trump says while visiting Texas amid Hurricane Harvey Best Buy explains why it charged $42 for a case of water in Texas during the hurricane in 'a big mistake' Study: Doping Western Cultures With Oxytocin Will Cure Hatred Of Refugees FedCoins - Doug CaseyHouston Mayor Orders Curfew To Prevent Looting, Warns Bridges And Roads Are "Starting To Fail" Russia Backpedals On Bitcoin - Unveils Plan To Ban Cryptocurrency Sales To "... more »

The Wacky World of Sovereign Bonds

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 15 hours ago
Remember back in September 2011 when Standard & Poors lowered the debt rating of Italy from A+ to A and again in December 2014 when it cut the rating further to BBB-, one notch above junk bonds after it looked like the high level of Italy's sovereign debt was becoming chronically problematic? While it may seem like a lifetime ago, the PIIGS debt crisis began only only seven and a half years ago and it seems that the bond market is doomed to repeat its mistakes of the past, only in a much more painful way for investors. According to National Debt Clocks, here's what Italy's nationa... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Military And Intelligence News Briefs and World News Briefs will be posted later today (17:00 EST and 18:00 EST respectively).

Loukie Lofchie Presente!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Video by Eric Herter

This Has To Happen Now!

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 15 hours ago
In the next 48 hours, the LaRouche Political Action Committee will issue a policy statement on the necessary action that must be taken by the United States—its people, and its government—to address the existential crisis which has been brought to the fore by the multi-state disaster wreaked by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. The United States can no longer live in the delusional domain of soaring speculative assets and a collapsing physical economy. We can no longer act as if we can somehow survive without bothering to invest in bridges, dams, railroads, nuclear energy, canals,... more »

Russian Military vs US & NATO

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Kris Osborn, Scout Warrior*: *Weapons & War Analysis: Russian Military vs US & NATO* How much of a threat do Russia's emerging 5th-generation stealth fighter, nuclear arsenal, high-tech air defenses, anti-satellite weapons, conventional army and submarines Current tensions between Russia and NATO are leading many to carefully assess this question and examine the current state of weaponry and technological sophistication of the Russian military -- with a mind to better understanding the extent of the kinds of threats they may pose. Naturally, Russia’s military maneuvers and annex... more »

China Vows To Never Allow War Or Chaos On The Korean Peninsula

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
© Damir Sagolj / Reuters *RT:* *China says it will never allow war or chaos on its doorstep as tensions escalate on Korean Peninsula* Beijing has said it will not allow war or chaos on the Korean Peninsula, as two US B-1B bombers conducted a new flight in the area, joined by South Korean and Japanese fighter jets in a show of force amid mounting tensions. The statement was made by defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang at a monthly news briefing on Thursday, Sina reports. Six American warplanes - two nuclear-capable B-1B strategic bombers and four Marine Corps F-35Bs - held a join... more »

South Korean And Japanese Jets With U.S.B-1B Bombers And 4 F-35 Fighters Conducted Exercises Together Near The Korean Peninsula

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Reuters:* *U.S. bombers drill over Korean peninsula after latest North Korea launch* SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - South Korean and Japanese jets joined exercises with two U.S. nuclear-capable bombers above and near the Korean peninsula on Thursday, two days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan, sharply raising tension. The drills, involving two supersonic U.S. B-1B bombers, four U.S. stealth F-35B jets as well as South Korean and Japanese fighter jets, came at the end of annual joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises focused mainly on computer simulations. ”North Korea’s a... more »

Big-Pharma Novartis to Charge $475,000 for $20,000 Cancer Cure Funded by Taxpayers and Charity

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 16 hours ago
*August 31, 2017* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) While Americans squabble over irrelevant political diversions, a revolutionary breakthrough in human healthcare has yielded its first FDA approval - a therapy that literally cures otherwise incurable leukemia. It is the first of many therapies that re-engineer human cells in living patients to reprogram more resilient immune systems and even repair damaged or aging organs. *Image: A virtual cure for leukemia - paid for by taxpayers and charity, hijacked and sold for nearly half a million dollars by pharmaceutical giant, Novartis. * What woul... more »

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Above The Clouds”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Kevin Kern, “Above The Clouds” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgdjnK6I2u0 "For I have learned To look on nature, not as in the hour Of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes The still, sad music of humanity, Nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power To chasten and subdue." - William Wordsworth, "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798"

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago

Trump Tax Cuts For Multi-millionaires Will Be Paid For By Painful Cuts To Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Education

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
On Tuesday we asked half a dozen of the Blue America candidates how eager they are to go on the offensive over the GOP tax agenda. All of them are very eager to do just that. For example, James Thompson, the candidate for the Kansas congressional district centered around Wichita, thinks if the 2018 election iOS decided on tax policies, he'll be the next congressman from KS-04. "If you want to know what will happen to the rest of the United States as a result of Trump's tax reform," Thompson told us Tuesday morning, "just look at Kansas. The so called 'tax reform' being pushed by ... more »

NATO attack on Serbian state TV wiped from record

Shane Quinn at The Duran - 16 hours ago
The NATO missile assault killed 16 people, yet there was no international outcry such as what followed the Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015. More The post NATO attack on Serbian state TV wiped from record appeared first on The Duran.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Out Of The Ashes of American education* Anthony Esolen, a professor at Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire and recently of Providence College, Rhode Island, has written a stinging critique of modern education and American society in general titled Out Of The Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture -- published by Regnery Publishers, 2017. It's a short book - 203 pages – but contains much wise social commentary and observations on everything wrong with American education, if there's any such thing. Esolen is not one to beat around the bush. If you don't ... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
Here's data from a new Fox News poll: With the controversy heating up across the country, voters by a 2-to-1 margin think Confederate monuments and statues should stay up (61 percent) rather than be taken down (29 percent). You're probably thinking this is to be expected -- it's a Fox poll. But there's very little in this poll that reflects Fox values. President Trump's job approval/disapproval is 41%/55%. Trump is seen as "tearing the country apart" by 56% of poll respondents. And the numbers get worse for Trump: He receives net negative ratings on North Korea (43-50), taxes (37-4... more »

Fact Check Fail or Deliberate Lie? Snopes Gets It Wrong On Story About Warrantless Searches

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: snopes]Snopes attempted to debunk a very real threat to the 4th Amendment by making up a false statement and using it as a red herring.

The F-23 Stealth Fighter: A Revolutionary Fighter Jet That Was Passed Over for the F-22

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * This would have replaced the F-22. *As is the case with the X-32, the YF-23 never faced the most dramatic problems to afflict the F-22 Raptor. It never experienced cost overruns, technology failures, software snafus, or pilot-killing respiratory issues. Those problems, which regularly afflict new defense projects (in fairness, the pilot suffocation is largely idiosyncratic to the Raptor) were consequential. In context of the broader demands of the War on Terror, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates curtailed the F-22 production run at 187 operational a... more »

Russia's Alfa Class Submarine Could Out Run and Out Dive Anything (But Had a Fatal Flaw)

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * It was really noisy *As with the MiG-25 and other Soviet “super-weapons,” NATO took the threat of the Alfa very seriously. Extant torpedoes and other antisubmarine weapons would struggle to catch the Alfas, or to dive deep enough to destroy them. Whether out of genuine panic, or out of the desire to use the threat of the Alfas to spur innovation and funding, the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy embarked on crash programs to develop sensors that could detect the Alfas, and weapons that could kill them.* The Soviet Union began the Cold War well behind the ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Volcanic eruptions triggered global warming 56m years ago, study reveals* *This is nuts. In actual history, as distinct from these "reconstructions", big volcanic eruptions are always associated with cooling -- due to their shading effect. This is a case of theory defying reality* A dramatic period of global warming 56 million years ago that saw temperatures climb by up to five degrees and triggered extinctions of marine organisms was down to volcanic eruptions, researchers have revealed, in a study they say offers insights into the scale and possible impact of global warming ... more »

South Korea Is Revising its Strategy Against North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, South Korea's Hyunmoo II Missile system, left, and U.S. Army Tactical Missile System, right, fire missiles during the combined military exercise between the two countries against North Korea at an undisclosed location in South Korea, Saturday, July 29, 2017. (South Korea Defense Ministry) *Daily Mail:* *South Korea draws up secret plan for trained killers to ASSASSINATE Kim Jong-un and his top officials if the tyrant sparks war* * South Korea is revising its strategy for a 'conventional' attack by North Korea * Proposals said ... more »

Hard Times Continue In Puerto Rico

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Members of labor unions march past the capitol building during a protest in San Juan September 11, 2015. Alvin Baez, Reuters *Reuters: **Government labor strife is latest test for fractured Puerto Rico* NEW YORK, Aug 30(Reuters) - Puerto Rico’s already frail economy faces a fresh test this week, as the bankrupt U.S. territory’s financial overseers try to force a defiant governor to furlough public workers, the single biggest block of employees on the island. An escalating power struggle between the democratically elected Governor Ricardo Rossello and the federally appointed oversi... more »

No Orange Crush

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
Quebec politics have always been mercurial. What has applied for a decade can be reversed in the next decade. And so it is that, in *la belle province,* the NDP fortress has crumbled. Chantal Hebert writes: The enthusiasm that attended the 2011 orange wave has given way to widespread voter indifference as well as internal discomfort within the province’s depleted NDP ranks. None of the four candidates has emerged as a panacea for the party’s post-election blues. Many of the province’s New Democrats see little light at the end of the leadership tunnel. A Léger Marketing poll publi... more »

Pen Hadow Gives Up- Blocked By Sea Ice!

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood http://www.arcticmission.com/arctic-mission-reaches-furthest-north/ ? Pen Hadow’s attempt to sail to the North Pole has been rather embarrassingly brought to an abrupt halt by sea ice! The furthest North they got was 80 degrees 10 minutes, and after being moored to an ice floe for…

Donald Trump hates his job, and possibly his life right now. Update!

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
This is from a rather extensive Politico article which goes into great detail about the loss of White House and administration staff and the struggle to replace them, as well as Trump's loss of support among those deciding to stay in place. This last at the end is what I really wanted to share with you: *That’s left Trump in a bind amid recent public criticisms from people like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and economic adviser Gary Cohn, who both publicly distanced themselves from Trump’s comments in the wake of the violent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virgini... more »

Graphic video: Al-Qaeda slaughters entire rival militant family in Idlib, 20 killed inc. women, children

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:55 P.M.) – The Al-Qaeda-linked Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist group has carried out a brutal massacre of a rival militant family in northern Idlib Governorate. According to reports, HTS fighters recently stormed the rural town of Taladah and rounded up an entire family, some of whom were members of the Harakat Nour […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army, allies liberate key village from ISIS in central Homs

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continue to advance against ISIS in central Homs, today liberating a key village and putting themselves in position to create a second envelopment of the terrorist group’s already besieged forces within the ever-shrinking ‘Uqayribat pocket. Early today, the Syrian troops secured al-Wahabiyah […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS kills another Russian soldier in east Hama, second in 24 hours

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The ISIS terrorist group is claiming that its fighters have killed yet another Russian soldier in eastern Hama Governorate amid ongoing battles with pro-government forces there. ISIS media claims that the soldier was killed at the town of Mashirfah about two kilometers from the Islamic State’s regional stronghold of ‘Uqayribat. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Marvel star slates 'racist' Hollywood over name change per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
What's interesting about this BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41107089 is that whilst Chloe Bennet's claim is quoted extensively, there's not a word to the contrary from a Holywood representative. I suppose that at the BBC any claim of racism is automatically believed and spread. 'Chloe Bennet, who stars in TV series Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, has said she had to change her name from Chloe Wang in order to make it in Hollywood.'

Pen Hadow Gives Up- Blocked By Sea Ice!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.arcticmission.com/arctic-mission-reaches-furthest-north/ Pen Hadow’s attempt to sail to the North Pole has been rather embarrassingly brought to an abrupt halt by sea ice! The furthest North they got was 80 degrees 10 minutes, and after being moored to an ice floe for a day, the decision was made to turn tail and […]

Welcome to New Guest Ducks!

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 18 hours ago
We are pleased to welcome some new guest Ducks, including an exciting new partnership. We also are pleased that guest bloggers, Lisa Gaufman, Jeff Stacey, Jeremy Youde, and Will Winecoff will continue to blog for the Duck. We wanted to thank all the guest bloggers who contributed last year including Maryam Deloffre, Alexis Henshaw, Charles Martel, […]

"A Photo of a Dog Carrying a Bag of Food After The Storm Hit Texas. Here’s His Story"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"A Photo of a Dog Carrying a Bag of Food After The Storm Hit Texas.* * Here’s His Story"* By Kristine Phillips "Just before Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, Salvador Segovia left his grandson’s dog, Otis, in his screened-in back porch, along with food and water. But the storm must have scared Otis, so he busted open the screen door and ran away on Friday night in Sinton, not far from Corpus Christi. “I stuck my head out yelling and yelling, and no Otis,” Segovia said. “The following morning, I got out and kept yelling, circled the block and everything, and nothing. We didn’t k... more »

"It Is Said That Nothing Is Impossible..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
“It is said that nothing is impossible; but there are lots of people doing nothing every day.” - Theodor Rosyfelt, “The Foolish Almanak For Anuthur Year”, 1906 View the complete and fascinating “The Foolish Almanak For Anuthur Year” here: - https://www.myheritage.com/

"10 Hurricane Harvey Stories That Will Give You Hope For America"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"10 Hurricane Harvey Stories That Will Give You Hope For America"* by Daisy Luther "While it’s true there are a lot of stories about division and heartlessness, there are many stories coming out of storm-torn Texas that will give you hope for humanity again. Kindness and love for our neighbors isn’t dead, despite a politically divided country. This is proof that we can work together and give selflessly. This isn’t to underplay the death and destruction, but to highlight our humanity in the face of disaster. Below, you can find 10 of my favorite heart-warming stories so far. *1.* F... more »


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 18 hours ago
Well, the name of the crooked judge who ignored all the evidence to deny me my right to the return of my money is Dimitrios Vasiliopoulos and his name will be passed on to the police attache at the Austrian embassy who is looking at my case. I urge them to speed up the entire […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 18 hours ago
The judgement is a scandal to Greece, to the Greek parliament and opposition, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Fofi Gennimata, but also to the USA, Austria and Europe who have until now refused to leverage their power to protect the basic rights of a journalist investigating matters in the public interest. I have been subjected to murder […]

SEOUL: S. Korean government remains committed to de-nuclearisation

The Duran at The Duran - 18 hours ago
South Korea claims it is committed to peaceful disarmament. More The post SEOUL: S. Korean government remains committed to de-nuclearisation appeared first on The Duran.

WIKILEAKS: CIA can secretly load implants on Windows’s devices

The Duran at The Duran - 18 hours ago
Wikileaks has released new information on the CIA's hacking programs. More The post WIKILEAKS: CIA can secretly load implants on Windows’s devices appeared first on The Duran.


Adam Garrie at The Duran - 18 hours ago
This is the first fully official statement from the Chinese Defense Ministry saying that the People's Liberation Army will not allow a new war to break out in Korea. More The post CHINESE DEFENSE MINISTRY: War in Korea ‘NOT ALLOWED’ appeared first on The Duran.

Interview with Dara Berger Author Preventing Autism from Skyhorse Publishing

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Anne Dachel What you will never hear from mainstream doctors, the American Academy of Pediatrics, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when it comes to discussing AUTISM is the word PREVENTION. According to all the officially accepted...

People are literally dying to get out of Alaska.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
(Statistics provided by the American foundation for Suicide Prevention.) We have been a leader in this unfortunate category for as long as I can remember. I personally have never had any suicidal thoughts and remain untouched by SAD, or any other depression causing maladies. In fact I am typically a little too chipper, which often irritates those around me. I DID once briefly work on a suicide hotline, but I was unable to empathize with their situation and kept wanting to say "Get over it slugger, tomorrow will be better day," which was not one of the sanctioned responses we wer... more »

The US Plan For “Rojava”

Andrew KORYBKO at OrientalReview.org - 19 hours ago
The US is using its military forces to freeze the status quo and preserve all Kurdish gains east of the Euphrates. The post The US Plan For “Rojava” appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

CNN tries to resurrect Russia collusion fake news. Gets crushed on social media

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 21 hours ago
Jim Acosta tried to shift focus from Harvey to Russia. More The post CNN tries to resurrect Russia collusion fake news. Gets crushed on social media appeared first on The Duran.

Sebastian Gorka speaks out, blasts “swamp” coup that has hit the Trump White House (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 21 hours ago
Gorka speaks out about treatment of 'MAGA people' in the White House. More The post Sebastian Gorka speaks out, blasts “swamp” coup that has hit the Trump White House (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Forget 4,000 troops. Pentagon reveals 11,000 troops in Afghanistan, and rising

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 21 hours ago
Pentagon says 11,000 US troops are in Afghanistan, a number much higher than previously reported. More The post Forget 4,000 troops. Pentagon reveals 11,000 troops in Afghanistan, and rising appeared first on The Duran.

Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) 99% certain Russiagate is a “complete con-job” (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 21 hours ago
After meeting Assange, Rohrabacher is convinced that the Russia collusion story is fake news. More The post Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) 99% certain Russiagate is a “complete con-job” (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Lawrence Solomon: How Tesla’s Elon Musk became the master of fake business

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
You would not launch any of his businesses without a mountain of cash and government support. Yet he has grabbed any such business likely to meet just those criteria. He is a promoter and whether those deals work out is no matter and next? I spent years working with the junior league. These are all commercial adventures just as likely to flop. His task is to make enough noise to provide cover for the money brokers . . * Lawrence Solomon: How Tesla’s Elon Musk became the master of fake business * Musk’s genius is primarily in the subsidy-seeking realm. By 2015, U.S. ... more »

Report: 15 of the 19 “hijackers” on 9/11 were CIA agents, never on the plane

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Understanding that the whole enterprise was plausibly a CIA construct set up to railroad the USA into a major war, leads to the next important question. Just who where those guys? This item starts to give us answers. At the same time planes and passengers also disappeared. What happened there? These are not tidy loose ends. Yet thousands did die in the twin towers and on those planes. Missing planes are always a problem and impact explosions to cover a controlled demolition means a likely cruse missile coming from a stealthed USS ship nearby. Now we are really interfacing ... more »

The Cetacean Brain and Hominid Perceptions of Cetacean Intelligence

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: 10467053_10153027211388362_2669618938832752395_o] How extraordinary! these creatures are wonderfully optimized for intelligence. They are not physically optimized to easily extend that intelligence, but we have that covered. Intelligence still needs input, so these creature observe a homogeneous three dimensional world and make the most of that. We seriously need to learn how to mind share. By this i do mean something much more that sharing images and communicating with images alone. We need to share the power of mathematics and need to allow document reading. So... more »

The secret to man's intelligence? POTATOES

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Big complex brains require lots of energy to develop and function properly. While synthesis of glucose from sources other than starch-rich tubers like potatoes is possible, it is not especially efficient, and such high glucose demands would not have been met on a low carbohydrate diet] Surprising actually but truly makes sense. All those roots, and not just potatoes, demand boiling in order to be easily eaten. They were also the largest and best source of food for a hunter gatherer. Having seen a film of a bushman harvesting a large tuber, it is a safe bet tha... more »

US jets did not strike ISIS convoy, but sort of did: Coalition

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – According to the US-led anti-ISIS coalition in a recent press release, US jets did not target a convoy of ISIS fighters transiting from the Syrian-Lebanese border to Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor region except for the fact that they hit some “individual vehicles and fighters.” In a fantastic spin of words […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russia refuses to entertain Israeli paranoia about Iran in Syria

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:55 A.M.) – According the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Moscow’s military intelligence channels have no information suggesting that an imminent attack is about to befall Israel at the hands of another state – including Iran. The Russian diplomat clarified Moscow’s understanding of the matter yesterday after talks with the Emir of Qatar […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Elite Syrian forces liberate new town in central Syria

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:05 A.M.) – The elite Syrian Special Mission Forces, alongside the Qalamoun Shield, liberated a new town in the central region of Syria, Wednesday, after several hours of fighting the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists. The Special Mission Forces and Qalamoun Shield began their assault on Wednesday morning, when their units stormed the town […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

FSA refuses to abandon border posts in southern Syria, vows to fight Syrian Army

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has refused to abandon their border posts in southern Syria, despite the U.S. Coalition’s demands that they pull back their troops across the Jordanian border. A statement released by the Free Syrian Army on Wednesday addressed this topic and included their promise to fight the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Jaysh Al-Islam, Syrian Army complete large prisoner exchange in East Ghouta

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Jaysh Al-Islam have completed another large prisoner exchange in the East Ghouta region of Damascus after a deal was put in place earlier in the week. According to the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Damascus, Jaysh Al-Islam released 24 government prisoners at the Al-Wafideen […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

U.S. Sanctions On North Korea's Finance Houses Will Set-Up A Confrontation With China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
The UN Security Council unanimously demanded that Pyongyang halt its missile program (AFP Photo/KENA BETANCUR) *AFP: **North Korea tests push US to action on Chinese banks* The failure of UN sanctions to even slow North Korea's nuclear missile program has many in Washington pushing for unilateral US action against the finance houses doing business with Pyongyang -- a move that would set up a confrontation with China. World powers maintained a show of unity on Tuesday when the UN Security Council voted unanimously to condemn North Korea's latest missile test, in which it provocativ... more »

Hurricane Harvey: Houston Area Flooding Exacerbated By Man-Made Subsidence

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 22 hours ago
While Hurricane Harvey brought record rainfall, the Houston area is more prone to flooding due to subsidence largely induced by … Continue reading →

An anti-quantum crackpot article in Quanta Magazine

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
The Quanta Magazine hasn't been hijacked by anti-quantum zealots for some time but this hiatus was compensated yesterday when Quantum Theory Rebuilt From Simple Physical Principles written by Philip Ball was released. Well, yes, even though crackpots generally find this simple point hard to understand, quantum theory is built on simple physical principles – they are known as the universal postulates of quantum mechanics. It goes on: Scientists have been using quantum theory for almost a century now, but embarrassingly they still don’t know what it means. An informal poll taken ... more »

X22 Report, “The Cabal's Agenda Is Starting To Backfire, What's Next?”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
X22 Report, “The Cabal's Agenda Is Starting To Backfire, What's Next?” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCsTy1_CrHU *Related followup report:* X22 Report, “Strange, Rothschild Dumps A Huge Amount Of US Assets” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB3FzgR3eGg

Musical Interlude: Justin Hayward and John Lodge, “I Dreamed Last Night”; "This Morning"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Justin Hayward and John Lodge, “I Dreamed Last Night” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C9DHVeuXH0 Justin Hayward and John Lodge, "This Morning" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITAf6ZgMPMo

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
“From Sagittarius to Carina, the Milky Way Galaxy shines in this dark night sky above planet Earth's lush island paradise of Mangaia. Familiar to denizens of the southern hemisphere, the gorgeous skyscape includes the bulging galactic center at the upper left and bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri just right of center. About 10 kilometers wide, volcanic Mangaia is the southernmost of the Cook Islands. Geologists estimate that at 18 million years old it is the oldest island in the Pacific Ocean. * Click image for larger size.* Of course, the Milky Way is somewhat older, with the gala... more »

In A World Full Of Fear, Be......A Quotation from Doe Zantamata

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 23 hours ago
*For more quotations by Doe, please click on the link below:* *https://plus.google.com/+DoeZantamata* *This will be the last post of the 7th Annual Inspirational August on my blog. I thought of posting a discourse or one of my poems but rather thought this this quotation sums up what Inspirational August is all about. I could not have said it better myself.* *I thank you all for visiting, sharing posts and leaving comments. I wish you all the best and a warm welcome again next August if God and I am willing and the creek don't rise.* *My kindest & warmest regards,* *Mike* *31... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
#Harvey moves into Louisiana with at least 35 dead, 17 missing https://t.co/nBe2piGsA2 by @FlitterOnFraud and @MariannaParraga pic.twitter.com/gnKjfaPWq2 — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 31, 2017 Iraqi forces close in on last jihadist outpost near #TalAfar https://t.co/URzWF3EYda pic.twitter.com/fRh7CabK02 — AFP news agency (@AFP) August 30, 2017 New Russian ambassador to U.S. calls for resumed military contacts https://t.co/Ob5RQirpaw pic.twitter.com/x0ChG4urP7 — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 31, 2017 The price tag for a first-of-its kind cancer therapy aimed at bolste... more »

A Majority Of Americans Have No Problem Supporting A Nuclear Strike Against Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Wikipedia *Faye Flam, Bloomberg*: *Americans Are a Little Too Relaxed About Nukes* A majority say they'd be fine with dropping a nuclear weapon on an Iranian city. What? North Korea’s advancing nuclear weapons program isn’t the only news to unnerve arms-control experts this summer. A new survey has revealed that Americans are surprisingly willing to make a first nuclear strike -- and kill millions of civilians abroad. The survey casts doubt on the power of what experts call the “nuclear taboo,” said Stanford University historian David Holloway, author of “Stalin and the Bomb.” Th... more »

You can’t fix poverty with loot-and-plunder economics

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Anti-poverty campaigners in general exhibit little understanding of what it would take to actually relieve poverty. They claim, for example, that high taxes and a so-called “living wage” will alleviate poverty and raise general wealth, without realising that it is the goods and services those wages buy (that must first be produced) that constitute the *real wage* by which everyone is finally paid – that production of these goods and services, this *wealth*, cannot be raised simply by legislative fiat. They fail to grasp that it is actually *poverty* that is mankind’s natural st... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Enrollment candidates to the Krasnodar Higher Military Aviation School taking a tour of the school during the Doors Open Day. © SPUTNIK/ VITALIY TIMKIV *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *Sky's the Limit: Russia Resumes Training Female Military Pilots* (Sputnik).

A Look At The Impact Of One North Korean Nuclear Warhead On Los Angeles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Loren Thompson, Reuters:** What A Single North Korean Nuclear Warhead Could Do To Los Angeles* The government of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un continues to test ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads against distant targets. In July, Pyongyang demonstrated its missiles can reach the West Coast of the U.S., and perhaps deeper into the American heartland. In the aftermath of this week's missile launch over Japan, President Trump has again warned of harsh consequences if North Korea does not desist, but as today's Washington Post puts it, "there was no indicat... more »

It Appears That North Korea Is Preparing For Another Nuclear Test

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
North Koreans watch a news report showing North Korea's Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile launch on electronic screen at Pyongyang station in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 30, 2017. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS *Washington Times*: *U.S. sees signs of North Korean nuke test* Amid the latest North Korean missile test that overflew Japan, U.S. intelligence agencies recently detected increased activity at the North’s main underground nuclear testing facility in the northeastern part of the country that signal preparations for a sixth un... more »

30,000 More Guardsmen Ready to Respond in Hurricane Relief Effort

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
Texas National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston to aid residents in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey, … Continue reading →

Nuclear Strategic Alliance for FLEX Emergency Response SAFER (NOT): Depends on Emergency Resources which may be Needed Elsewhere-Unavailable

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : “The first tier of the SAFER plan is established through PEICo contracts with commercial heavy-lift helicopter…

Old West theme parks paint a false picture of pioneer California

Amanda Tewes, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Massachusetts Amherst at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Old West, as seen through 1967 Orange County eyes. Orange County Archives, CC BY In 1940, just a year before Pearl Harbor plunged the United States into a world war, Walter and Cordelia Knott began construction on a notable addition to their thriving berry patch and chicken restaurant in the Orange County, California, city of Buena Park. This new venture was an Old West town celebrating both westward expansion and the California Dream – the notion that this Gold Rush state was a land of easy fortune for all. The Knotts’ romanticized Ghost Town – including a saloon, blacksmith’s shop... more »

Massachusetts executed two Italian immigrants 90 years ago: Why the global fallout still matters

Moshik Temkin, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Bartolomeo Vanzetti (left), handcuffed to Nicola Sacco, 1923. Boston Public Library Ninety years ago, on Aug. 23, 1927, two Italian immigrants were executed. The deaths of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in the Charlestown Prison in Massachusetts marked the end of a raucous seven-year legal and political battle that captivated people across the United States and the world. According to many who lived through it, no other event since the outbreak of the Civil War had so starkly divided American opinion. Writer Edmund Wilson believed that it “revealed the whole anatomy of Americ... more »

Chet Raymo, “All Night, In The Dark”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“All Night, In The Dark”* by Chet Raymo “Why do we so admire the poetry of Mary Oliver? She is not the most technically proficient poet around, and there is a disquieting sameness to her work. But we come back to her again and again. My volumes of Oliver's collected poems are the most dog-eared of any on my shelf. I think it is something about the way Oliver is able to get out of her body and into the skin of a hummingbird, a swan, a snake, or a black bear. She is a shape-shifter, a shaman. When she describes a grasshopper moving its jaws this way and that, we almost feel it is Ol... more »

"How To Respond To The Awful Truth"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"How To Respond To The Awful Truth"* by Zen Gardner "It's a volatile, challenging time to be alive, no doubt. The world is a landscape thoroughly scattered with catastrophic nightmares like flaming lava pits on a giant festering orb. And this huge array of drastic, life-threatening problems we're facing that are burning in the world's collective subconscious are apparently careening towards some mad, apocalyptic finale. The big question we're all faced with is this. Once we're aware of what's going on, what do we do? And more importantly, for those not willing to face the truth, w... more »

The Poet: Wendell Berry,"Circles of Our Lives"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Circles of Our Lives"* "Within the circles of our lives we dance the circles of the years, the circles of the seasons within the circles of the years, the cycles of the moon within the circles of the seasons, the circles of our reasons within the cycles of the moon. Again, again we come and go, changed, changing. Hands join, unjoin in love and fear, grief and joy. The circles turn, each giving into each, into all. Only music keeps us here, each by all the others held. In the hold of hands and eyes we turn in pairs, that joining joining each to all again. And then we turn aside, alone... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"The Will To Survive..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The sands of time blew into a storm of images... Images in sequence to tell the truth! Glorious legends of revolutionaries, bound only by a desire to be true to themselves... And to hope! Parables of colliding worlds, of forbidden love... of enemies healing the wounds of circumstance! Projected myth of persecution through greed and selfishness... And the will to survive! The Will to survive! And to survive in the face of those who claim credit for your very existence! We survive not as pawns, but as agents of hope... Sometimes misunderstood, but always true to our story. The story ... more »

Is The Other White House Neo-Nazi, Stephen Miller, Laying Low 'Til It All Blows Over?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Feelin' isolated... by Nancy Ohanian* As Señor Trumpanzee ran around frantically trying to claim credit for something to do with Hurricane Harvey-- instead of blame for denying the climate change that made it catastrophic-- his support on the fringe right kept eroding. Monday, *Politico* reported how dangerous far right lunatic was whining at the *National Review* that the adults surrounding Trump don't let Bolton anywhere near him anymore. Bolton claimed that "that although former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon had asked him to draw up a plan to extricate the United Sta... more »

Are There Floating Islands of Fire Ants in Hurricane-Flooded Areas of Texas?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Their behavior is perhaps unnerving, but it is normal during floods.

Congressmen Expressed Interest in Talking to Big Data Firm in Russia Probe

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Prominent Democrats from the Senate and House intelligence committees said they want to question representatives from Cambridge Analytica.

[Graphic] ISIS suffers heavy casualties as SAA troops advance in east Hama

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) had another rough day in central Syria, as Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops reached the outskirts of the terrorist group’s stronghold in the eastern countryside of Hama. Led by the 5th Legion and Qalamoun Shield forces of the 3rd Division, the Syrian Arab Army and their […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Qatari top envoy confirms Doha committed to political settlement in Syria

The Qatari regime has confirmed their commitment to finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis based on the global community’s decisions, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani said following talks with his Russian counterpart on Wednesday. “We have thoroughly discussed the Syrian crisis,” he said. “We confirm Qatar’s position which supports the political transition […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Several states halted financing terrorists after Syrian Army’s victories: Assad

Bashar Assad said that the Syrian army’s victories made some foreign countries stop financing “terrorists” in the country, thus, changing their stance on the conflict. Syrian President Bashar Assad said that victories of the Syrian army and its allies over terrorists have resulted in several states giving up their support for “terrorists” in the country. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Leftist Dartmouth “Antifa Expert” Draws Academic Fire — and Support

William F. Jasper at rss - 1 day ago
[image: leftist-dartmouth-antifa-expert-draws-academic-fire-and-support] Faculty supporters of Dartmouth College lecturer Dr. Mark Bray, author of *Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook*, are whining that Bray, who supports Antifa's physical violence, is being abused because of verbal criticism of his stance.

Blockade of Gaza Should be Lifted as It’s ‘Dramatic Humanitarian Crisis’ – UN Secretary-General

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT Published on Aug 30, 2017 The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutteres, says he hasn’t seen a humanitarian crisis like the one in Gaza for years. Paula Slier picks up the story. “In 2001, Dr. Ariella Oppenheim, of Hebrew University, a biologist, published the first extensive study of DNA and the origin of the Jews. Her […]

Top Russia Adviser Warns Of Bolshevik Revolution In America

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
The Alex Jones Channel Published on Aug 30, 2017 Dr. Aleksandr Dugin joins Alex Jones live via Skype to discuss a second Bolshevik revolution taking place in the United States in 2017, one hundred years after the first one took place in Russia. end