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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.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

30 September - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:31 pm MDT

Drugs War 8, Duterte government as drug fighter, or facilitator?

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
While some 8,000 to 14,000 suspected drug users and small-time drug pushers have been murdered over the on-going drugs war of the Duterte government, there was not a single "big fish" drug lord and drug pusher who has been arrested. Well, two municipal Mayors and their friends, family members have been massacred over the past few months, suspected of being drug pushers in their areas. But they are not considered as "big fish" enough. The P6.4 billion worth of shabu that went through the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and was later raided at a warehouse in Valenzuela, not a single big pers... more »

BWorld 154, Kuala Lumpur, Incheon, JFK airports and lessons for the Philippines

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last September 27, 2017. “Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is the worst airport in the world” is a cliché that we often hear and read. But how true is this statement based on quantitative and technical criteria? I have not seen technical reports on this yet but for this piece, I will make some anecdotal data based on my two foreign trips last week. First I went to Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia to attend the Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia meeting and conference 2017. Then I went to New York City, USA to attend a meeting on i... more »

China Has High Hopes When President Trump Visits In November

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People on Sept 30, 2017 in Beijing, China. PHOTO: REUTERS *Straits Times/AFP:* *Trump's visit to China will be wonderful and successful, Xi tells Tillerson* BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday (Sept 30) that he expected President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to be “wonderful”, as ties appear warmer following tensions over how to handle North Korea. Xi smiled as he greeted Tillerson at the imp... more »

U.S. Secretary Of State Tillerson: U.S. In Direct Contact With North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*New York Times*: *U.S. in Direct Communication With North Korea, Says Tillerson* BEIJING — The Trump administration acknowledged on Saturday for the first time that it is in direct communication with the government of North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests. “We are probing, so stay tuned,” Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said, when pressed about how he might begin a conversation with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, that could avert what many government officials fear is a significant chance of open conflict between the two countries. “We ask, ‘Would you like to... more »

South Korean Media: North Korean Missiles Are On The Move

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
© REUTERS/ KCNA *Reuters*: *North Korea seen moving missiles from development center: South Korean broadcaster* SEOUL (Reuters) - Several North Korean missiles were recently spotted moved from a rocket facility in the capital Pyongyang, South Korea’s Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) reported late Friday amid speculation that the North was preparing to take more provocative actions. The report cited an unnamed intelligence source saying South Korean and U.S. intelligence officials detected missiles being transported away from North Korea’s Missile Research and Development Facility ... more »

2nd Phase Of Hawija Operation Underway

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
After another short pause the Hawija operation was on once again. The Iraqi forces freed the Shirqat district in northern Salahaddin. Then did some clearing operations before starting their campaign once again to free Hawija only the second large piece of Iraqi territory still under Islamic State control. The majority of the Shirqat district was freed on September 23. The Federal Police were tasked with mopping up operations, which lasted until September 28. 52 Islamic State fighters were killed in the process. With that completed and the Kurdish referendum over the Iraqi forces ... more »

This Day In Iraqi History – Sep 30

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
1924 Frontier Commission appointed to determine border between new nation of Turkey and Iraq 1958 Agrarian Reform Law issued by Gen Qasim in attempt to redistribute land from large landowners to peasants 1958 Pres Qasim removed Arif as Dep PM and Interior Minister because he was a threat to the govt 1980 Iranian air force launched Op Scorch Sword attacking Iraq’s Osirak nuclear facility Only minimal damage Iran-Iraq War 1980 Iraqis were stopped outside Dezful, Ahvas and Abadan in Khuzistan province Iran Iran-Iraq War 1980 Soviet’s Brezhnev said Ir... more »

Weekend reads: Preprints under scrutiny; a math retraction in politics; proving yourself wrong

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
The week at Retraction Watch featured a look at retractions in China, and an expression of concern for a paper co-authored by a controversial journalist in Australia. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: “But in contrast to physics, where preprints took off without much fanfare or controversy, the leap into preprints is stirring strong passions in the […] The post Weekend reads: Preprints under scrutiny; a math retraction in politics; proving yourself wrong appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Desperate dog filmed diving into water in a bid to save drowning puppy

White Wolf at White Wolf - 15 hours ago
A dog was filmed courageously pulling her drowning puppy to safety after it slipped into a deep puddle. The young animal had fallen into the water, without realising that the puddle was actually a hole. In the clip, a man is seen shovelling water from the ditch in a bucket, whilst the puppy’s mum digs in an attempt to widen the hole. She eventually dives into the gap herself, and fully disappears beneath the water. Towards the end of the clip the dog is seen pulling a lifeless puppy onto the mud. The cameraman then performs CPR in a bid to revive the tiny animal. Luckily fo... more »

DAPL Donates $15 Million Payoff for Police Abuse of Water Protectors at Standing Rock

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
. Photo Rob Wilson In an egregious act of a private corporation paying for police brutality, Dakota Access Pipeline gives North Dakota $15 million By Brenda Norrell Censored News Dakota Access Pipeline has given the State of North Dakota $15 million for bringing in police who carried out excessive force to ensure the construction of its pipeline at Standing Rock. Those police

Persecution of whistleblowers makes a mockery of Magna Carta

Shane Quinn at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Winston Churchill is remembered as Britain’s defiant war leader. Few recall his later attempts to defend “the Great Charter” that is Magna Carta. More The post Persecution of whistleblowers makes a mockery of Magna Carta appeared first on The Duran.

Here’s what Russia has accomplished in Syria over the last two years

The Duran at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Russia's agreement to assist its Syrian ally is credited with turning the wide of the Syrian conflict against terrorists. More The post Here’s what Russia has accomplished in Syria over the last two years appeared first on The Duran.

Are Western Views Of Buddhism Changing Because Of The Rohingya Crisis?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Rohingya refugees stand in their shacks in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 27. Cathal McNaughton/Reuters *Harry Bruinius, CSM:* *Is Rohingya crisis changing West's 'romanticized' view of Buddhism?* *When it comes to religious extremism, Buddhism has mostly escaped the scrutiny that Muslim militants, fundamentalist Christians, and Hindu nationalists in India have faced, observers say. * For many Americans, popular images of Buddhism have often included those of monks in saffron-colored robes, meditating peacefully on windswept mountains, revering all forms of life while seeking hig... more »

You probably saw this coming., Donald Trump attacks mayor of San Juan in early morning tweets.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 15 hours ago
The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 ...Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 ...want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 Of c... more »

Ron Paul: Anti-Russian Campaign is “Fearmongering” to Hide Real US Crimes

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: fearmongering]In a recent interview, Ron Paul exposes the real agenda behind the Russian fearmongering — it is to control the narrative, so real issues are ignored.

No Justice: Cop Gets Slap on Wrist for Murder of 6yo Boy—His Dad’s the Asst. DA

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: greenhouse]Killer cop, Norris Greenhouse, who gunned down an innocent child and his father on video, reached a plea deal and gets a slap on the wrist.

A Few Thoughts

LL at Virtual Mirage - 15 hours ago
*Epitaph for a bad Hot Dog* I wonder what Weiner's cell mate will think - being paired/coupled with Anthony Weiner (aka Carlos Danger), in prison? Will they steal his chow in the mess hall? Will they take selfies with him? Is there an arrow in cupid's bow? Will Weiner end up shaving himself completely and start walking like a duck to please the other inmates? He did run for Mayor of New York City. Maybe they'll respect him for that? The conviction means that he will not run for the presidency with former Attorney General Eric Holder, a perjurer. Team WEINER-HOLDER will never grace... more »

Leonard Peltier Legal Update Sept. 30, 2017

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
. By International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Censored News Dear Friends and Family, I want to thank you for all the generous donations that have come in for Leonard’s legal team, almost 9,500 dollars in the last 2 weeks. It is wonderful and shows what we can do to help Leonard’s lawyers to move forward. Which means we must continue to raise funds to make this happen. I want to

The GOP Civil War Is On-- What About A Much-Needed One Among Democrats?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*Sinema-- This is how Upchuck Schumer defines "a Democrat"* There's no denying that Roy Moore is far less fit for office-- *any* office-- than even Trumpanzee. That said, I admire Republican Party insurgents for successfully derailing a swampy lobbyist who oozed his way into the Senate and represents, more than anything, the repulsive, soul-murdering corruption of the establishment. By defeating-- gloriously defeating-- Luther Strange (despite the blandishments of their beloved Trumpanzee), a right-wing populist base sent a chilling message to Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and their... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Yes indeed, always excellent articles... ;-)

Half A Million Rohingya Refugees Have Now Fled Myanmar

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Asia Correspondent:* *Half a million Rohingya refugees have now fled into Bangladesh* MORE THAN half a million Rohingya Muslims have now crossed the border from Rakhine State in Burma (Myanmar) in just over a month, fleeing what rights groups say are crimes against humanity. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) confirmed on Thursday that 501,800 new arrivals have been reported in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh since Aug 25. Violence has ravaged the Rakhine after the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacked police and military outposts i... more »

ABC, WaPo Pushed Hurricane/Climate Change Link, Now Find Americans Believe It

Originally posted on PA Pundits - International: By Aly Nielsen ~ The number of Americans who see a connection between manmade climate change and hurricanes grew dramatically in the past 12 years. Given Al Gore, climate alarmists and the liberal media’s persistent climate alarmism throughout that time, it’s no wonder. “More than half of Americans…


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*The Leftist hate never stops* *What is admirable in Mrs Obama is contemptible in Mrs Trump* First lady Melania Trump fired back Friday at a Massachusetts elementary school librarian who rejected her donation of Dr. Seuss books, claiming their illustrations are examples of “racist propaganda.” Stephanie Grisham, director of communications for the first lady's office, said in a statement to Fox News that the response was "unfortunate," and Mrs. Trump wanted to use her platform "to help as many children as she can." "She has demonstrated this in both actions and words since he... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
San Juan mayor: "I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island..." pic.twitter.com/R1N0xDT0fz — NBC News (@NBCNews) September 29, 2017 I will be going to Puerto Rico on Tuesday with Melania. Will hopefully be able to stop at the U.S. Virgin Islands (people working hard). — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 Aung San Suu Kyi portrait removed from the Oxford University college where she studied in the 1960s https://t.co/TGyrFFmyQu pic.twitter.com/ksLX5AlElR — AFP news agency (@AFP) September 30... more »

Should The U.S. Send Weapons To Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
YouTube *Rachel Ansley, RCD/The Atlantic Council:* *Should the United States Arm Ukraine?* While analysts agree that diplomacy is the ideal route to ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine, they disagree on whether the United States sending defensive weapons to Ukraine will achieve that end. On September 22, the Atlantic Council, in collaboration with the Charles Koch Institute, hosted a debate between experts: Should the United States Arm Ukraine? The divisive prospect of sending US weapons to Ukraine as further defense against Russian aggression in the Donbas could, according t... more »

Making crocodiles look like minnows by comparison

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 16 hours ago
Australian reader Snoggeramus sends us a fascinating report about a dead whale that's being eaten by salt-water crocodiles. "We had paying passengers from a cruise ship and they had a look at something truly amazing," Mr Crook said. "When we got there we counted nine crocodiles, quite big at around three metres probably, and they were just tiny compared to this whale, which was maybe a medium sized humpback, not a juvenile but a bit older." As they circled their [helicopter] around the carcass, later on at least fourteen crocodiles arrived to feast on the dead whale, with some even... more »

"Fukushima Update: 15,370.35 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”* - Shiva *Updated September 30, 2017: Fukushima Equals 15,370.35 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow; There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad: *The 3 melted-through cores of the destroyed reactors, now melted together into a single "corium" totaling over *600 tons*, at Fukushima *daily* release the radioactive equivalent of 6.45 Hiroshima bombs directly into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. As of September 30, 2017 - 2,383 days since the disaster began - this equals the detonation of 15,370.35 Hiroshima atomic bombs and ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Climate Change and Nepalling food insecurity* *Nepal's food scarcity is undoubted but attributing it to climate change is tendentious. Might not the fact that they have been (and still are) run by Communists for the last 11 years have something to do with it? Food shortages are characteristic of Communist regimes.And note that the effect of global warming is said to be a reduced monsoon, which meant that less rain fell. But global warming should INCREASE rainfall so that is also a false attribution* Food insecurity and malnutrition is one of the major health issues caused b... more »

Normalization of Pedophilia: Court Won’t Charge Man With Rape—Claiming 11yo Victim “Consented”

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: normalization]Prosecutors deem that sex between a 28-year-old man and 11-year-old girl cannot be considered rape, as it was "consensual."

Does Britain need socialism? Are religious polls useful? And is Kim Jong-un a rational leader? (What UnHerd writers are saying elsewhere)

Geoff Heath-Taylor at Blog Posts – Page Array – UnHerd - 16 hours ago
The post Does Britain need socialism? Are religious polls useful? And is Kim Jong-un a rational leader? (What UnHerd writers are saying elsewhere) appeared first on UnHerd.


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 17 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Chinese government orders all North Korean firms to close in China North Korea: Hawaii residents told to prepare for nuclear attack as tensions reach new high ...Why What We Know for Sure Is Wrong - Gail Tverberg Europe’s green energy policy is a disaster for the environment Scientific Study Predicts Global Mass Extinction Event Possible by 2100 US Orders 60% Of Havana Embassy Staff To Leave After Wave Of Mysterious 'Sonic Attacks' *Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?* The US Military Is Quietly Building SkyNet Alarm as st... more »

Lt. General lowers the boom on Air Force Academy's preparatory school over racist messages.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Courtesy of NPR: *After racial slurs were scrawled outside black students' doors at the U.S. Air Force Academy's preparatory school, Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria gathered all 4,000 cadets in a hall Thursday so they could hear one message: Treat people with dignity and respect — or get out. * *"That kind of behavior has no place at the prep school, it has no place at USAFA, and it has no place in the United States Air Force," Silveria said, in a speech that has found an enthusiastic reception after it was recorded and published online. "You should be outraged not only as an ... more »


Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
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Nature, German Politics and Science

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Euan Mearns has been looking at some recent Nature editorials, which have raised his ire! Last week I received links to three Nature editorials that were published on 6 September. The first strongly endorsed Angela Merkel in the German election to be held on 24 September, extolling the virtues of German science […]

Not In Trump's Circle

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
This was the week Donald Trump clarified for whom he's working. Richard Wolf writes: Twice this week, when given the choice between his wealthy buddies and the working Americans he claims to care about, Trump has taken the gold-plated path. Take his big tax cut, the biggest ever in history (or so he says). When asked by the super-friendly Pete Hegseth (from the aptly named Fox & Friends) about who his tax cuts were intended to help, our populist hero jumped right in. “Really, the working people. We say the working people, middle class, the people that really haven’t been treate... more »

First Iraq and Turkey – now Iraq and Iran hold joint military drills

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 17 hours ago
Iraq, Iran and Turkey are forming a united military front against Kurdish secessionism. More The post First Iraq and Turkey – now Iraq and Iran hold joint military drills appeared first on The Duran.

Arab unity and Russian unity – the Donbass and Kurdistan case study

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 17 hours ago
Peace will not come about through the creation of more states based on ethno-nationalism. Instead, peace will come to both the Arab and Russian worlds through increased political unity which embraces the freedoms of all minorities within a single unified realm. More The post Arab unity and Russian unity – the Donbass and Kurdistan case study appeared first on The Duran.

Crazed Cop Follows Elderly Couple Home, Beats and Arrests Them—for Honking Horn

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 17 hours ago
[image: couple]A power tripping park ranger snapped after an elderly couple honked at him, so he followed them home, beat, and arrested them.

How the U.S. Navy Is Learning to Beat Anti-Ship Missiles

Michael J. Armstrong at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Michael J. Armstrong* *Security, Middle East* And has already done so in combat. When USS* Mason* fended-off several anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs) near Yemen a year ago, it was a minor event: a few shots fired, no one hurt, mission continued. But it was noteworthy for its many tactical, operational and strategic implications. On October 9, 2016, *Mason*’s Aegis combat system detected two ASCMs launching thirty miles away in Yemen. It responded with two long range Standard Missile interceptors, one medium range Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile interceptor and a Nulka missile rada... more »

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Russia's Massive Tank Force

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Europe* And all of the upgrades being done to it. During the Cold War, the number of different tank types the Soviet Union maintained often puzzled Western analysts. Eight distinct families of tanks were operated, supported, and modernized simultaneously (the PT-76, T-10, T-54, T-55, T-62, T-64, T-72 and T-80). The end of the Soviet Union appeared to signal the demise of the philosophy of multiple tank lines. Following the debacle that was the T-80 in Grozny, the T-90 and T-72 were the only tanks that appeared to be receiving significant attention from th... more »

Why North Korea Should Fear South Korea's Air Force

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* And it will only get stronger. After a large army, the second most important arm of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces has historically been the country’s air force. The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) is the most powerful air force on the Korean Peninsula, with a capability far greater than its northern rival, providing air cover and support to ground forces defending south of the thirty-eighth parallel. Recently, the air force has taken on a new task as Seoul shapes a conventional force to deter North Korea’s nuclear weapons. South Korea ha... more »

Pork Chop Hill: When America and China Went to War in Korea

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Asia* The climactic struggle for control of Hill 255 in July 1953 pitted hordes of determined Chinese against gritty U.S. soldiers. The tennis-shoed soldiers emerged from the darkness on July 6, 1953, like a “moving carpet of yelling, howling men [with] whistles and bugles blowing, their officers screaming, driving their men” against the Americans as they swept up Hill 255, recalled Private Angelo Palermo. The lead elements of the Chinese infantry were loaded down with grenades, but they carried no rifles or submachine guns in their assault on ... more »

How the SS Became Nazi Germany's Most Ruthless Killers

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* SS units were transformed during the Polish campaign into a fighting force responsible for horrific atrocities. At the mention of the letters “SS,” an image springs to mind of ruthless German troops, the epitome of the Nazi/Aryan ideal: tall, strong, blond-haired, and blue-eyed, enthusiastically ready to fight and die for Germany and their beloved Führer, Adolf Hitler. The typical SS man has also been portrayed as a hardened criminal, someone without moral scruples—someone happy to murder defenseless civilians simply because he was tol... more »

NWO puppet Tsipras’ to meet with anti NWO Trump and John Kelly on October 17th. Epic encounter?

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 17 hours ago
My personal plea to Donald Trump. Send Tsipras to be waterboarded at the CIA HQ. Waterboarding is a stroll in the park compared to the risky Ebola vaccines Tsipras wants to allow to be given to 7 billion people, including Americans. The reason he has been targetting me, a lone journalist reporting on NWO depopulation […]

US health secretary forced out over corruption

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 17 hours ago
Tom Price, the US health and human services secretary, resigned Friday in the midst of a scandal over his use of private planes in another sign that Donald Trump is draining the worst swamp creatures from his administration. http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/29/politics/tom-price-private-planes/index.html Elaine Chao, the transportation secretary, is implicated in a financial conflict of interest. Hopefully, she will […]

Robert F Kennedy on the cover up of the mercury and autism scandal

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 17 hours ago
From Infowars Since 1991, when the CDC and the FDA had recommended that three additional vaccines laced with the preservative be given to extremely young infants — in one case, within hours of birth — the estimated number of cases of autism had increased fifteenfold, from one in every 2,500 children to one in 166 […]

American mother faces jail for refusing to vaccinate child

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 17 hours ago
Michigan Mom Faces Jail for Refusing to Vaccinate Child Infowars A Michigan mom says she’s prepared to go to jail if the state forces her to vaccinate her 9-year-old son. An Oakland County court has ordered Detroit Metro resident Rebecca Bredow to immunize her son within the next week, or face incarceration. https://www.infowars.com/michigan-mom-faces-jail-for-refusing-to-vaccinate-child/

Campaign to make measles jabs compulsory for Greek children intensifies

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 17 hours ago
From Ekathimerini The head of Attica’s union of freelance pediatricians on Thursday called for a more aggressive response to the growing anti-vaccination movement in the wake of warnings by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (KEELPNO) of a spike in measles. http://www.ekathimerini.com/222031/article/ekathimerini/news/doctors-call-for-compulsory-jabs

Sebastian Kurz. NWO swamp creature shows his true crocodile colours?

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 17 hours ago
Tal Silberstein, a business associate of Jared Kushner, organized facebook sites both supporting and opposing NWO candidate Sebastian Kurz in the upcoming national election, it has emerged. http://diepresse.com/home/innenpolitik/nationalratswahl/5294429/Tal-Silberstein-und-die-Wahrheit-ueber-die-SchmutzkuebelKampagnen The bizarre role of Silberstein, who was recently arrested in Israel, underlines the extent to which an international organized crime gang, which can loosely be called, the […]

How to be a patriotic American. Think you know how? I bet you don't, but you should learn how ...before it's too late.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 17 hours ago
------------------------------ *Patriots and Protesters Should Take a Knee for the Constitution* By John W. Whitehead “Seems like in the past 15 years or so the idea of patriotism has changed some. More polarized, more tied to political or ideological views. I’ve never seen patriotism or the flag connected to either; I see the flag more as the symbol of a nation that allows the freedom to express those ideas. That alone deserves my respect.”— Macy Moore, U.S. Marine September 29, 2017 "Information Clearing House" - By all means, let’s talk about patriotism and President Trump’s ... more »

"Clinton campaign chief thanked Facebook for ‘help & support’ – WikiLeaks"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
John Podesta to the COO of Facebook pre the 2016 US Presidential Election; 'Wishing you a happy New Year. 2015 was challenging, but we ended in a good place thanks to your help and support. Look forward to working with you to elect the first woman President of the United States.' Unbiased media? Not according to WikiLeaks as reported by RT here https://youtu.be/CUzfdEBqwsA Do you still trust Facebook to give you unbiased information and not to highlight certain posts over others? Facebook is as much fake news as CNN, the BBC and most of the mainstream media.

Russia Divides US: How MSNBC Lies to Its Viewers

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 17 hours ago
RT Published on Sep 29, 2017 It seems that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has accused Russia of trying to divide almost everything and everywhere – from Europe to Middle East. In the end, all her “solid” facts that she pushes so hard turn out to be nothing but poorly written lies. end

Uncle Sam Will PAY You to Get a Flu Shot! Earn Thousands Today!

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
Managing Editor's Note: So maybe I used a bit of clickbait... But the headline is technically true! True! True! We run this article from 2010 each Fall during the Flu Shot push that is everywhere. CVS? Earn a 20% savings...

As The Pharma Money Turns: World Mercury Project Looks at CDC Thorsen Schendel Love Affair

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
By the World Mercury Project Team The Love Birds: Poul Thorsen, CDC Grantee, Autism Author and Researcher Diana Schendel, CDC Epidemiologist, Research Health Scientist, CDC, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (and supervisor to Poul Thorsen) World Mercury...

Objections #5 : Caricatures du transhumanisme

Ethical Technology - 18 hours ago
Cette partie du livre (Partie 4) liste les objections qui sont faites au transhumanisme, et tente d’y répondre. Dans ce dernier article : les caricatures les plus courantes du transhumanisme. https://ieet.org/images/uploads/epouv-1000x300.jpg

Private keys, RSA, digital signatures, blockchain: rudiments of cryptography

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
The Bitcoin cultists completely misunderstand economics – and the magic of the (fiat) money – but I've noticed that most of them completely misunderstand the point of the blockchain itself which is a pity because it's a clever idea, indeed (although not a terribly useful one). There are some basics of cryptography that aren't really taught but people should understand them. In practice, most people don't even get why anything should be crypto-, why there should be any keys, and what all these things are good for. Do you have a relative who believes that it's fine for his or her Goog... more »

Syngenta CEO Wants Debate About Sustainable Agriculture: OK, Let's Talk Agrecology, Localisation and Capitalism

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 18 hours ago
The CEO of Syngenta recently stated he wants a debate on sustainable agriculture. OK, fine. Let's talk about agroecology, localisation, decentralisation and capitalism. The article below was originally written and published in March 2017. Global Research, Countercurrents, CounterPunch, RINF, Daily Times (Pakistan), Huffington Post Much of the argument in favour of GM agriculture involves little more than misrepresentations and unscrupulous attacks on those who express concerns about the technology and its impacts. These attacks are in part designed to whip up populist sentiment... more »

"A Cobbled Together Mess"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"A Cobbled Together Mess"* by Mr Morphed "One commodity is in short supply these days, thinking. Humans all have an identical organ in their cranium but the use of it swings from the barely to weird to outlandish. Something to consider is the difference between the brain and the mind. Don't spend too much time on this though, as it will drive one towards the deep end. The brain absorbs information and stores it in different locations, while the mind collects this information and life's events into a mishmash with jumbled feelings and births a personality. This is what creates an i... more »

Quarter Three By-Election Results 2017

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 19 hours ago
Overall, 89,580 votes were cast over 63 local authority (tier one and tier two) contests. All percentages are rounded to the nearest single decimal place. For comparison see Quarter Two's results here. Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Q2 +/- Q3 2016 Average +/- Seats Conservative 62 27,431 30.6% -8.8% +2.6% 442 -6 Labour 59 33,706 37.6% +8.9% +8.7% 571 +8 LibDem 51 10,648 11.9% -6.4% -6.1% 209 -1 UKIP 22 1,801 2.0% -1.6% -7.3% 167 -3 Green 32 4,6... more »

Musical Interlude: Richard Harris, "MacArthur Park", Original 1968

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Richard Harris, "MacArthur Park", Original 1968 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iplpKwxFH2I

No, you cannot sue Black Lives Matter.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
Courtesy of CNN: *The Black Lives Matter movement cannot be sued, a federal judge ruled Thursday, dismissing a case against the group and an activist brought by a police officer injured during protests after the July 2016 fatal shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. * *Black Lives Matter is not an entity, but a social movement, Louisiana Middle District Judge Brian A. Jackson wrote. "Therefore, all claims against 'Black Lives Matter' must be dismissed because social movements lack the capacity to be sued." * *The suing Baton Rouge police officer, who remained unname... more »

'The referendum on Thursday, 23 June is your chance to decide if we should remain in or leave the European Union... This is your decision. The government will implement what you decide.'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
'The referendum on Thursday, 23 June is your chance to decide if we should remain in or leave the European Union. The government believes it is in the best interests of the UK to remain in the EU. This is the way to protect jobs, provide security, and strengthen the UK's economy for every family in this country – a clear path into the future, in contrast to the uncertainty of leaving. This is your decision. The government will implement what you decide.' Clear enough Remoaners? Obviously not for the BBC and the other EU fanatics. The government promised to implement what the Brit... more »

Sanders's Bill Electrifies Growing Single-Payer Movement

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
[image: Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders hold signs during an event on health care September 13, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Sen. Sanders held an event to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2017. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images)] No amount of economic legerdemain will ever successfully rationalize turning over an administrative monopoly clearly the natural duty of the government, to an insurance industry. To start with they cannot deliver a cost effective product ever and a special tier of profit as well. Just how many times do we need to see this pr... more »

Jamie Dimon's 13 Billion Secret

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
Any vaguely capable underwriter knew what was going on. Yet it was a gold rush. All the safeguards had been compromised and the clients had not gotten wise. So make as much now and hope you can stick the bill to the government when it does collapse. Which is what happened. The folks in the government have never taken full revenge. I cannot believe that they do not know as the leaders all worked across the street. again the loop is closed. In my opinion, the too big to fail crowd need to be outright nationalized in order to progressively calve off much smaller competitive ban... more »

To Save Australia’s Biodiversity, Put Kangaroo on the Menu

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
[image: (Credit: structuresxx/Shutterstock)] First, this is a huge problem globally for the future. In most cases it will be deer, endemic in many places even now. They all must become subject to an orderly predation. That predation ideally means collecting the animals at a prime age and then feeding them up into prime condition before humane slaughter. It is that second step that makes the meat quality consistent and eliminates any risk of gaminess. This needs to be applied to all deer populations as well as moose and elk as well and really all members of the famil... more »

What prevents Russia from having an economy akin to modern China?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This is a really good question and the answer is well worth reading. It really does take time for cultures to adapt to both modernism and to free market activity. It further explains similar conditions in Latin America. It is also true that they are cognizant of their flaws and are striving to overcome them. Thus it is only a matter of time and perhaps joining the EU ASAP. That would permit proper suppression of criminal elements and a massive investment in productive assets. Most important is that the worst is well behind them now. A twenty year old from 1990 is now a forty... more »

BBC response to Jimmy Savile's crimes criticised by Justin Welby per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41449299 is rather protective of the BBC record re Jimmy Savile's crimes. The report starts thus: 'The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised the way the BBC handled sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile. The Most Rev Justin Welby said the BBC had not shown the same integrity over accusations of child abuse that the Catholic and Anglican churches had. He was reflecting on changes to society over the past 60 years, in an interview for BBC Radio 4's Today programme. The BBC said it did not recognise the accusation, and had acted transparently ov... more »

"Welcome To The Hunger Games: Trump’s Tax Plan Is Going To Mean A Battle Royale Among D.C. Lobbyists”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"Welcome To The Hunger Games: Trump’s Tax Plan * *Is Going To Mean A Battle Royale Among D.C. Lobbyists”* by Michael Snyder "Are you ready for mass chaos in Washington? There are lobbyists for just about every cause that you can possibly imagine, and they are always working hard to influence members of Congress on their particular issues. But when you are talking about a major tax reform bill, that is something that virtually every single lobbyist in the entire city will want to be involved in. Our tax code is over two million words long, and the regulations are over seven million ... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 22 hours ago
*Hugh Hefner and Donald Trump.* Hugh Hefner, who ran Playboy magazine, was pretty gay. Hefner girls, including Carrie Leigh, were disturbed by Hefner's liking for sex with men. Leigh says she came across Hefner's liaisons with men more than once. Carrie Leigh thought that Hefner's only true interest in women was exploitive. Hefner admitted to having sex with men, and claimed to be bisexual, like Carrie Leigh. Hefner had gay sex at his Beverly Hills mansion. PLAYBOY AFTER DARK - Washington Post / Hugh Hefner had sex with MEN *Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hugh Hefner* When Trump g... more »

Popcorn Time and Chill: Bear kicks its feet up in northern Manitoba garbage dump

White Wolf at White Wolf - 22 hours ago
You don't see that very often. He's just posing, just like a person," Stantic said. Mandy Stantic said she was working as a nurse in the northern Manitoba community of Lac Brochet last spring when she snapped several pictures of a black bear sitting cozily on a discarded sofa. As people do in many rural and northern Manitoba communities, the Stantics took their daughter for a "northern safari" to the dump to watch the bears. But this trip was different. "Take a picture!" was her first thought after seeing one of the bears making itself comfortable on the couch. "You don't see that... more »

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
*-by Noah* This is what a real anti-American coward and spoiled son-of-a-bitch looks like.

dream - five brain implants - increasing level of pain

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 22 hours ago
don't even bother asking me a) why I blog about this stuff or b) what I think it all might mean... I have no idea. Suffice to say, at 5:00 this morning I woke up. I had been dreaming. I forced myself to wake up. It was already a very strange dream about implants. Straight metal needle inserted liberally into the right carotid, but then it 'clunked' as it found a spot somewhere up the complex canal of the artery. Was this inside the brain? Had it self-guided and located? The doctor was very comforting, explaining how one might feel a little discomfort. And he was right. But it was b... more »

CNN Finally Discovers ‘Proof’ of Russia Connection 😂

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
Mark Dice Published on Sep 29, 2017 CNN finally discovers proof of their long sought after Russian connection! And you gotta see what it is! hahaha!Subscribe now for more videos every day, and I’ll see you soon! end

Wikileaks Exposes Collusion Among Facebook, Clinton, & Zuckerberg

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
The Alex Jones Channel Published on Sep 29, 2017 Julian Assange and Wikileaks have proven themselves to be true friends of freedom by continually exposing the corruption of the political elite. end

Yes, The Israel Lobby Drives U.S. Policies

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
Yes, The Israel Lobby Drives U.S. Policies by Jeffrey Blankfort, via https://israelpalestinenews.org/ Excerpted from “Yes, Blame the Lobby,” published by Dissident Voice, April 11, 2006 – In March 2006, the London Review of Books published “Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy,” an article by Professors John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Steven Walt, Academic Dean of the […]

The Latest Preposterous Russian Witch Hunt by the Sock Puppet Deep State Fake News Media

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
Lionel Nation Published on Sep 28, 2017 A U.S. House committee investigating whether Russia has tried to influence U.S. public opinion on fossil fuels asked Facebook (FB.O), Twitter (TWTR.N) and Alphabet (GOOGL.O) on Wednesday to turn over information about Russian entities that may have bought anti-fracking advertisements. One of the thousands of political ads purchased by […]

US Increasing Military Spending to Maintain Global Hegemony: Expert

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
PressTV News Videos Published on Sep 29, 2017 The United States is spending a prodigious amount on its military in order to maintain global hegemony, as the US economy is totally dependent on military spending, according to Professor Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs. end

France and Germany Agree ‘Intense’ Partnership to Push Federal EU Superstate After Brexit

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
France and Germany Agree ‘Intense’ Partnership to Push Federal EU After Brexit by Liam Deacon, http://www.breitbart.com/ German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed an “intense” partnership to drive the European Union (EU) towards deeper integration after Brexit. – Mrs. Merkel praised the young French premier’s ambitious vision for the bloc after he called for the […]

Cracks in Dollar Are Getting Larger. Gold is Heading to $10,000 or Higher

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
Cracks in Dollar Are Getting Larger by JAMES RICKARDS, https://dailyreckoning.com/ Many Daily Reckoning readers are familiar with the original petrodollar deal the U.S made with Saudi Arabia. It was set up by Henry Kissinger and Saudi princes in 1974 to prop up the U.S. dollar. At the time, confidence in the dollar was on shaky ground because President Nixon […]

Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet? by Glenn Greenwald, https://theintercept.com/ LAST FRIDAY, most major media outlets touted a major story about Russian attempts to hack into U.S. voting systems, based exclusively on claims made by the Department of Homeland Security. “Russians attempted to hack elections systems in 21 states in the run-up to last […]

“Russiagate” is an Excuse, CIA & Military Need Enemy to Justify Their Budgets – Paul Craig Roberts

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
RT America Published on Sep 29, 2017 The US intelligence started “Russiagate” in order to prevent President Trump from being able to normalize relationships with Russia, Paul Craig Roberts, economist and former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, tells RT America. The intelligence and military establishment needs an enemy in order to justify their huge budgets […]

Merkel and Macron’s EU TAKEOVER: German Head Urges ‘INTENSE’ Co-operation as She Cosies Up

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
Merkel and Macron’s EU TAKEOVER: German Head Urges ‘INTENSE’ Co-operation as She Cosies Up by ROB VIRTUE, http://www.express.co.uk/ GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel praised French President Emmanuel Macron’s ambitions for the European Union and said his ideas could be the foundation for “intense” Franco-German cooperation on the future of Europe. – Meeting before a summit dinner of EU […]

Russians, Russians Everywhere: Kremlin Hand Seen in NFL Row, Drudge Report & Reddit

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
RT Published on Sep 29, 2017 RT’s Caleb Maupin explains how the scale of alleged Russian interference is being blown out of proportion in the U.S. end

“Analysts” Say that Russia May Be Helping Catalonia Secessionists But the “Analysts” Miss Important Points

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
The “analysts” have caught up to what this blog said over a week ago but they miss important points: The … Continue reading →

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bomber and missile carrier during in-flight refueling while on its mission to strike terrorist facilities in Syria with KhA-101 cruise missiles on September 26, 2017. © Sputnik/ Press service of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *This Week in Pictures (September 23-29)* (Sputnik)

Nuclear Organization Maps Out The Fallout From A North Korean Nuclear Explosion Over The Pacific Ocean

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
In response to inquiries: Rough simulation (Sept15-29) of #radio-isotope cloud from hypothetical atmospheric burst over Pacific: #CTBT #IMS pic.twitter.com/361ZBkoUy7 — Lassina Zerbo (@SinaZerbo) September 28, 2017 *Daily Mail:* *How a huge radioactive cloud could spread towards Asia and the US if North Korea carries out a nuclear explosion over the Pacific Ocean* * Graphic shows possible spread of 'atmospheric burst' from North Korean nuke * It reveals path of potential 'radio-isotope cloud' from a blast in the Pacific Ocean * Simulation released by the Comprehensive Nuclear Tes... more »

Russia In Secret Talks With North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Covert mission: Members of the North Korean delegation leave after the talks at the Russian foreign ministry venue in Moscow on Friday *Daily Mail:* *Russia is ready to work together with North Korea to find a 'peaceful resolution' to nuclear missile crisis, Moscow says* * Russian and North Korean representatives met in Moscow on Friday * Moscow said it had made it clear to Pyongyang that it is ready to mediate * Foreign Ministry said it wants to find 'peaceful' solution to nuclear missile crisis Moscow is prepared to work with Pyongyang to try to find a peaceful resolution to the N... more »

U.S. Air Strikes In Libya Were Conducted Under President Trump's New Rules That Permit The Military To Conduct Lethal Operations Outside Of A Designated War Zone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Paul D. Shinkman, US News and World Report*:* In Libya Strike, Military Shows New Lethal Powers Under Trump* The White House has slowly rolled back Obama-era restrictions on drone strikes, shown for the first time in a deadly strike against Islamic State group fighters. U.S. forces in Africa this week staged what would have been an otherwise unremarkable attack against Islamic State extremists but for one key detail: The operation was the first to rely on authorities granted under the Trump administration that allow the military to conduct lethal strikes outside a designated war... more »

U.S. Army Now Responsible For Recovery Operations In Puerto Rico

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Beast*: *U.S. Army Takes Over Massive Mission to Save Puerto Rico* *More than a week after Hurricane Maria, the response is finally being federalized as the island struggles to distribute supplies and restore power.* SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—The U.S. Army will take over recovery operations in Puerto Rico, Col. Jorge Santini of Puerto Rico's National Guard state command told The Daily Beast. The announcement is expected Thursday afternoon. U.S. Northern Command appointed Army Brig. Gen. Richard Kim on Wednesday to oversee operations. The Army will oversee every facet of the ma... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

“I Thought I Was Middle Class”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“I Thought I Was Middle Class”* by James Quinn “The best way to teach your kids about taxes is by eating 30% of their ice cream.” – Bill Murray "When I saw that slimy tentacle of the Goldman Sachs vampire squid, Gary Cohn, bloviating about Trump’s tax plan and how it was going to do wonders for the middle class, I knew I was probably going to get screwed again. And after perusing the outline of their plan, it is certain I will be getting screwed once again from my beloved government. I know everyone’s tax situation is different, but I’m just a hard working middle aged white man ... more »

Referendums threaten undemocracy

Eric Verlo at Not My Tribe - 1 day ago
So the referendum in Catalonia is unconstitutional? A vote for Kurdish sovereignty is illegal? A collective initiative can be UNILATERAL?! These complaints don’t sound very democratic… Communities wanting the right to self determination is the point of governments from the people’s point of view. Rulers only care about taxes and fealty, but have to sell […]

It Begins: Feds Demand Facebook Hand Over Info on Anti-Trump Users

Activist Post at Activist Post - 1 day ago
By James Holbrooks Through a trio of search warrants, the Department of Justice (DoJ) is demanding Facebook hand over the personal information of potentially 6,000 of its... more »

Stanford’s Facial Recognition Algorithm Can Determine Sexual Orientation With Up To 91% Accuracy

ActivistPost at Activist Post - 1 day ago
By Vin Armani New Stanford study shows that a facial recognition algorithm can correctly determine whether people are straight or gay with up to 91%... more »

"Trump’s '1500-Word Airball' Tax Plan"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Trump’s '1500-Word Airball' Tax Plan"* by David Stockman "The Donald’s strong point isn’t his grasp of policy detail. The nine page bare-bones outline released this week is nothing more than an aspirational air ball that lacks virtually every policy detail needed to assess its impact and to price out its cost. It promises to shrink the code to three rates (12%, 25%, 35%), for example. But it doesn’t say boo about where the brackets begin and end compared to current law. Needless to say, a taxpayer with $50,000 of taxable income who is on the 15% marginal bracket today might wish ... more »

CUFF The Blue Dogs, CUFF The New Dems-- The Democratic Party Doesn't Need A Republican Wing

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Blue Dogs and New Dems are, by nature, addicted to corruption* A Democratic operative texted me yesterday that he could smell another conservative shill the DCCC was preparing to unleash, Joshua Welle. "It's like he just rolled down the conveyor belt at DCCC shitty candidate factory they have in the basement at 430 South Capitol St." Let me guess, I replied, another centrist veteran? "Bingo!" Welle is the 3rd Democrat who wants to take on moderate Republican Chris Smith-- moderate on everything but Choice, which he opposes... with hysteria. NJ-04 may have been relatively swingy but... more »

Saudi Arabia Must Prepare for the Post-Petroleum Order

Mark P. Lagon at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Mark P. Lagon * *Politics, Middle East* [image: Saudi officials wait to receive leaders attending the Summit of South American-Arab Countries in Riyadh] The jury is out on how far Mohammed bin Salman will go in steering reforms to liberate the innovation and productivity of younger Saudis. Precisely because women and human-rights activists in Saudi Arabia have highlighted its past proscription as a symbol, the royal decree granting Saudi women the right to drive is no small matter. And it surprisingly comes as the Saudi government has been enthusiastically embraced by a U.S. p... more »

These 2 Technologies Could Give the Allies an Edge on the Korean Peninsula

John Allen, Michael O'Hanlon at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*John Allen, Michael O'Hanlon* *Security, Asia* [image: Members of People's Security Council take part an anti-U.S. rally in Pyongyang] Directed energy and automated miniaturized systems could put the ball back in Washington's court. The United States and South Korea are increasingly in a mutual-hostage relationship with North Korea. It is important that President Donald Trump bear this fact in mind as he addresses the acute crisis on the peninsula; fundamentally, there are no great military options today, and a combination of economic sanctions with diplomacy offers the best hop... more »

Why Is Qatar Building a Massive Air Force?

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Middle East* Any idea? The tiny Gulf nation of Qatar has launched a massive buildup of air power for an unclear purpose. The latest development in this saga came in September, when British Defense Secretary of Defense Michael Fallon and Qatari Defense Secretary Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah signed a Letter of Intent for Doha to purchase twenty-four Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from London. That came on the heels of Qatar announcing a deal to purchase thirty-six Boeing F-15 Qatar Advanced-variant Eagles from the United States for a reported $12 billion.... more »

The U.S. Army Is about to Receive Beefed up M1A2 Abrams Battle Tanks

Task and Purpose, Jared Keller at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Task and Purpose, Jared Keller* *Security, Middle East* Get ready Russia and China. The Army is on track to receive its first prototypes of the upgraded M1A2 Abrams tank by the end of September, the branch’s PEO Ground Combat Systems office told Scout Warrior on Sept. 14, with plans to start fielding the souped-up new model downrange by fiscal year 2020. The M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEP v3), produced by General Dynamics Land Systems, is designed to offer a major upgrade to the weapons, protection and electronics systems of the storied M1 and M1A1 Abrams main b... more »

The F-15K Slam Eagle: How South Korea Would Strike North Korea in a War

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Asia* One powerful jet. On September 13, 2017 the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) test-fired a Taurus cruise missile in response to a North Korean ballistic missile test. In this video, you can see as an F-15K launch the boxy weapon, which plunges straight through the roof of a practice target, penetrating into the ground below before its main warhead detonates. For decades, the South Korean military has had to prepare for a conflict in which its cities, especially the capital of Seoul, would be on the receiving end of a North Korean artillery, ... more »

In 1987, North Korea Tried to Destroy the Olympics

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *History, Asia* By taking down a jetliner. Near midnight on November 28, 1987, a young woman and an older man board a 707 airliner on the tarmac of Baghdad International Airport. South Korea Flight 858 is bound for Seoul with layovers on Abu Dhabi and Bangkok. The couple seats itself on seats 7B and 7C, pausing to stuff a bag in the overhead compartment. Most of the 104 passengers are South Korean construction and oil workers returning home after years working on projects in Iraq. But the young lady’s passport indicates that she is a Japanese woman named Mayum... more »

S-400, New Cruise Missiles and More: How Russia's Military Is Back in a Big Way

Nicholas J. Myers at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Nicholas J. Myers* *Security, Europe* And the Zapad excercise proves it. As the Russians are going home from Zapad-2017 (even as a Russian Spetsnaz regiment begins the next joint exercise in Belarus), we can take a look at some of the interesting trends demonstrated in the exercise. Of considerable interest are the military technologies used. Russia has spent considerable resources rearming with precision and next-generation weapons, extolling how this high-tech investment bolsters the economy. While many systems have been adopted in the Russian Armed Forces in the past decade,... more »

The Trump Administration Throws An Additional $3.7 Billion To Late, Over Budget, Vogtle Nuclear Reactors for a Total of $12 Billion in Loan Guarantees (For Which the US Taxpayer is Liable)

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
New Vogtle reactors as saved from Google Earth in Oct. 2014 New Vogtle Reactors as saved from Google Earth 29 … Continue reading →

Sadly, not the weirdest moment in my newspaper career (Spoiler alert: Charges were stayed)

paul at Paying attention - 1 day ago
*Newspaper pleads not guilty* RED DEER, Alta. (CP) — The Red Deer Advocate has pleaded not guilty to incitement to commit a criminal offence, a charge that resulted from a controversy over abstract metal sculptures one resident described as “piles of rusted out snowplow blades.” The Advocate was charged last month under a rarely used section of the Criminal Code as a result of a column June 30. The trial begins Feb. 5 in provincial court. The column, by freelance writer Ian Coleman, suggested someone load a 12-gauge shotgun with double-0 buckshot and shoot one of the sculptures... more »

Geostorm – Hollywood Introduces Weaponized Weather and Geoengineering to a Dumbed Down Public

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Buck Rogers* - Predictive programming meets current events and conspiracy theory. The post Geostorm – Hollywood Introduces Weaponized Weather and Geoengineering to a Dumbed Down Public appeared first on Waking Times.

The New York Times Makes Another Attempt to Normalize Pedophilia

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
Ryan Cristián - This is not the first time the NYT has pleaded the case for pedophiles. The post The New York Times Makes Another Attempt to Normalize Pedophilia appeared first on Waking Times.

Why Is The DCCC Greasing The Way For Gil Cisneros To Buy A Congressional District He Doesn't Live In?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Lottery winner and "ex"-Republican Gil Cisneros wants more than just his $266 million lottery winnings and his $10 million mansion in tony Newport Coast. He wants the word "Congressman" in front of his name. *Fancy*! But his bought-and-paid-for "friends" at the DCCC told him they already have a candidate in his district (CA-48) and directed him to run in a completely unrelated district-- a solid middle and working class district (CA-39)-- that has no private beaches for $10 million mansions. Worse yet, that's a district with some candidates who are far more competent and qualified ... more »

The Trump Administration Throws An Additional $3.7 Billion To Late, Over Budget, Vogtle Nuclear Reactors for a Total of $11 Billion in Loan Guarantees (For Which the US Taxpayer is Liable)

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
New Vogtle reactors as saved from Google Earth in Oct. 2014 New Vogtle Reactors as saved from Google Earth 29 … Continue reading →

Musical interlude

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 1 day ago
The Stills - I'm With You

DOJ seeking information concerning anti-Trump Facebook users.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
Courtesy of Law Newz: *The ACLU-DC is trying to stop three search warrants that’d let the Department of Justice snoop around protesters’ Facebook accounts over Inauguration Day protests. They filed in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday, saying the government’s demands violate the Fourth Amendment because they are so broad, and threatening First Amendment speech. These warrants ask for too much information not directly relevant to the federal probe, argues the ACLU. This includes information on the plaintiffs’ friends, associates, and the approximately 6000 individuals who just “like... more »

More post-hurricane "lessons learned"

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 1 day ago
Yesterday I put up a post titled "Lessons learned from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria". I've continued to receive reports from correspondents, so I've added some more "lessons learned" to it. If you'd like to read them, click on the link above to the original post, and scroll down until you find this heading: *6. More lessons learned: Friday, September 29, 2017.* I won't say "Enjoy!", because it's not a fun subject, but there's a lot to be learned from the experiences (and mistakes) of others. Peter

Tonight's Movie Is 'Beach Red'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*WNU Editor:* Before "Saving Private Ryan" there was this film (the first 30 minutes of the film).

Omidyar, The Intercept & Impact Investing

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
from Wrench in the Gears September 29, 2017 I wouldn’t expect an expose on ed-tech to come out of *The Intercept* any time soon, despite the solid work they have done on Google and their deep knowledge of online surveillance and ties between Silicon Valley and government officials. Read on to find out why. I’m always looking for opportunities to raise awareness around ed-tech and digital curriculum. So when the Free Library of Philadelphia announced an author event with *The Intercept* founding editor Jeremy Scahill interviewing Edward Snowden via remote link, I bought a ticket ri... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, and Editorials -- September 29, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Air Force Photo by SrA Jacob Skovo *Crispin Rovere, RCD*: *North Korea: The Inevitability of War* This July I outlined the case for war against North Korea, contingent on the failure of diplomacy and Kim Jong-Un’s continued march towards a long-range nuclear ICBM capability. Six weeks on North Korea has tested an ICBM, fired two missiles over Japan, and detonated a hydrogen bomb. Events are unfolding as predicted. The strategic arguments are exhaustively interrogated in the four-part debate between myself and Dr. David Santoro (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4). The analysis re... more »

The Age Of AI Sex Robots Is Nigh

Ceribalius at OYE Alternative News - 1 day ago
This has been a long time coming, but finally the time is upon us. Sex dolls are nothing new, they have been largely associated(rightly or wrongly) with Stag Nights within western culture or lonely seedy old men. However, as with the normalisation of pornography, sex toys and orgies the Sex Doll has been brought out … The post The Age Of AI Sex Robots Is Nigh appeared first on OYE Alternative News.

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Imagine, if you will, how much money has been taken off the table of jobs-creation to pay for these "stars." Who said there were no good jobs being created? Cree Dangles Millions in Incentives for Its New CEONaomi Klein strikes again. Or is it just that U.S. "leadership" can only get their policies passed during "manufactured" crises? Or will today's natural ones suffice for those no longer