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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

27 February - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:01 pm MST

Federal Court Quietly Rules “Assault Rifles” Not Protected by 2nd Amendment

Activist Post at Activist Post - 12 hours ago
By Matt Agorist Annapolis, MD — While Americans watched the 2018 Olympics and mainstream media put on scripted town hall meetings to demonize law-abiding citizens... more »

State Department Gets $40 Million to Fund New Propaganda Troll Farm

Activist Post at Activist Post - 12 hours ago
By Jason Ditz On Monday, the US State Department announced that it had obtained $40 million from the Pentagon to fund a new propaganda and... more »

The Victims Of the Ghouta Siege MSM Doesn’t Want You To See

Brandon Turbeville at Activist Post - 12 hours ago
By Brandon Turbeville As the Syrian government continues its operation to liberate East Ghouta from Western-backed terrorists, the Western media is revamping its Aleppo propaganda...more »

As Expected, Saleh Muslim, Released- Going to Finland- Not a surprise either!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
*Reuters* *Former Syrian Kurdish PYD leader Saleh Muslim said on Tuesday he had been aware of a Turkish warrant for his arrest but did not take it seriously, calling the allegations against him false.* Muslim was detained over the weekend in the Czech capital at the request of Turkey, which accuses him of disrupting the state and aggravated murder. A court released him on Tuesday despite Turkey’s call for his detention pending an extradition request. *He didn't take it seriously because he is 'above the law'. And he knows it. * Muslim, who pledged to the Czech court to remain ... more »

Caught Our Notice: Should publicly funded research tools be free for researchers to use?

Alison Abritis at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Title: Adherence to Adjuvant Neuropathic Pain Medications in a Palliative Care Clinic What Caught Our Attention: We’ve found a fourth retraction for the unlicensed use of a common research tool, an issue we explored in depth for Science last year. Quick recap: When researchers use a copyrighted questionnaire (MMAS-8) without permission, they get a call … Continue reading Caught Our Notice: Should publicly funded research tools be free for researchers to use?

Perhaps AZ-08 Will Be The Reddest Seat To Flip Red To Blue This Year

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Trent Franks was a crackpot extremist-- and a pervert. When he got caught in a sex scandal this year, the GOP House leadership forced him to retire immediately. Not many people in Congress were sad to see him go. And his uptight suburban little district in Phoenix's West Valley has been too confused to absorb what happened to their 7-term congressman who never had a serious challenge for reelection. In fact there ws no Democrat running against him in 2016, 2014 or 2012. The district includes Sun City, Surprise, Peoria, Surprise and Litchfield Park and the PVI is R+13. Trump beat ... more »

Bernie Sanders Rails Against Trump and Tax Reform as Dems Flounder

Bob Adelmann at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: bernie-sanders-rails-against-trump-and-tax-reform-as-dems-flounder] Bernie Sanders, 76-year-old socialist senator from Vermont, looks and sounds more like a candidate for president in 2020 than a protester against Trump’s tax-reform law.

An editorial from the The Atlantic that we should ALL read.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 12 hours ago
Courtesy of The Atlantic: *The Republican Party, as an institution, has become a danger to the rule of law and the integrity of our democracy. The problem is not just Donald Trump; it’s the larger political apparatus that made a conscious decision to enable him. In a two-party system, nonpartisanship works only if both parties are consistent democratic actors. If one of them is not predictably so, the space for nonpartisans evaporates. We’re thus driven to believe that the best hope of defending the country from Trump’s Republican enablers, and of saving the Republican Party from... more »

Florida pediatrician arrested for allegedly giving partial vaccine doses to hundreds of children

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 12 hours ago
Last Friday, Florida pediatrician Dr. Ishrat Sohail was arrested and charged with Medicaid fraud for allegedly inoculating hundreds of kids (all who had private insurance) with vaccines that were (a) intended for Medicaid and uninsured children and (b)less than the full required dose, although the insurance companies were billed for full doses. RELATED STORY: NBC NEWS: Here’s

Keep boycotting these evil traitors, even Nestle has left

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 12 hours ago
By Dr. Mercola Changing an industry is a long game; while changes can seem to occur overnight, it’s always preceded by years of consistent work and persistent pressure. It’s easy to get discouraged and feel your efforts are for naught. So, it’s a rare treat to be able to report significant progress, as we now

In 1985, a Russian Submarine Created an Atomic Disaster. The Radiation Lingers to This Day.

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * The incident, which remained secret until after the demise of the USSR itself, was one of many nuclear accidents the Soviet Navy experienced during the Cold War. *According to Nuclear Risks, the accident scene was heavily contaminated with radioactivity. Gamma ray radiation was not particularly bad; at an exposure rate of five millisieverts per hour, it was the equivalent of getting a chest CT scan every hour. However, the explosion also released 259 petabecquerels of radioactive particles, including twenty-nine gigabecquerels of iodine-131, a known ... more »

Amb. Kurt Volker: How to Achieve Peace in Ukraine

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, Europe* [image: Kurt Volker, United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kiev, Ukraine] Ambassador Volker spoke on Monday at the Center for the National Interest about defusing the Ukraine crisis. The Trump administration is seeking to intensify its involvement in the 2014 Minsk agreements in the hopes of bringing the military conflict in Ukraine to a close. To achieve that goal, Washington aspires to implement the agreements by championing a phased approach that would permit United Nations ... more »

China's Censorship Now Affects All of Us

Fergus Ryan at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Fergus Ryan* *Politics, Asia* The blowback from the constitutional change is evidence. To watch the Chinese censorship apparatus working in overdrive in the past 48 hours has been to see it reach its reductio ad absurdum in real time. So sensitive are the proposed changes to the Chinese constitution—which clear the way for President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely—that even arguments made by social media users in favour of the change were caught in the censor’s net. ‘I’m not sure if Germany counts as a democracy,’ hazarded one Weibo user in a tepidly supportive post, ‘b... more »

A California City Is Trying Universal Basic Income. We've Already Seen Why It Doesn't Work.

Mimi Teixeira at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Mimi Teixeira* *Economics, North America* A blast from the past. How would you like to receive $500 a month, no strings attached? Stockton, California, a city outside of Silicon Valley, is providing such benefits to a group of its low-income residents in a pilot version of universal basic income. Universal basic income is a policy that gives all people a set amount of benefits without requirements or stipulations. After a brief stint of popularity in the 1970s, the idea has resurged in the public interest, with backers including innovators Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, union l... more »

How One Man Invented the Conservative Movement

Lee Edwards at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Lee Edwards* *Politics, North America* William F. Buckley Jr.’s impact is still felt today. Is it really a decade since the passing of William F. Buckley Jr., who wrote more and debated more and mentored more than any other conservative in the 20th century? Consider these accomplishments: author of over 50 best-selling books of nonfiction and fiction that introduced the CIA hero Blackford Oakes to the world; writer of 5,600 newspaper columns totaling 4.5 million words in eloquent defense of the conservative paradigm; host of the weekly TV program “Firing Line” that for 33 years... more »

Could 'Stealth' Fuel Tanks Give Navy Super Hornets the Range to Destroy Chinese Air Defenses?

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, Asia* Beijing might be in trouble. The Navy is formally beginning development of Conformal Fuel Tanks for its Block III F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter to better equip the aircraft to strike longer-range targets, stay longer on attack missions and lower its radar signature. In development by Boeing for several years, the CFT effort involves engineering two new 3,500 gallon fuel tanks aligned along the contours of the aircraft to decrease the overall weight of the fighters and increase the payload or weapons capacity, Boeing developers have told Warrior Maven... more »

Oxnard UFO Sighting - 22/23 March 1957

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 12 hours ago
Sometimes I chase footnotes and sometimes I’m just following up on a case and sometimes I just stumble into something that is important. This time I was researching a case from 1957, which is something we all should do… take a long look at some of the old reports to see if we can learn anything new about them not Dick Halljust look at cases from 1957. This particular sighting, one that Dick Hall included in his *The* *UFO Evidence*, and one that was prominently featured in NICAP’s *The U.F.O. Investigator *in July 1957. Hall wrote: Confidential report obtained from CAA (now FAA) ra... more »

85 Years Ago, Hitler Carried Out a “False Flag” Showing How Gov’t Can Control With Lies and Fear

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: reichstag] Today is the anniversary of one of the most pivotal false flags in history as Hitler burned down Reichstag and blamed it on his political enemies so he could seize total control of the country. The post 85 Years Ago, Hitler Carried Out a “False Flag” Showing How Gov’t Can Control With Lies and Fear appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Bio-Engineering Eco-Batteries: Can We Bootstrap the Future through Technological Innovations?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Several days ago I wrote a post titled Bootstrapping the Future through Energy Innovation wherein I described my belief that sustainable alternative energy -- owned locally and collectively by communities -- is the best infrastructural route for a resilient and democratic future. One of the technological challenges to achieving this future is sustainable batteries. Today's lithium-based batteries have supply chains that include conflict minerals, such as Cobalt, and dirty environmental-processing, as described in this article addressing the pollution produced and water consumed by... more »

Keep the Russiagate Revenue Flying (continued)

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
The timing of these two announcements (within 24 hours of each other) is probably just a weird coincidence: 1. Monday: The State Department, using funds donated by the bloated Pentagon, is launching a brand new $40 million offensive against scary "foreign propaganda." 2. Tuesday: Alumni of the Clinton and Obama administrations are launching a brand new major national security "strike force" against scary Donald Trump's scary responses to the scary foreign propaganda. The first initiative is designed to propagandize against the Enemy Outside, and the second one is designed to propag... more »

10 Heart Health Myths Busted

thedrswolfson at The Drs. Wolfson - 13 hours ago
Want a healthier heart? Start by getting rid of these common heart health myths. Some of the advice given on heart health is about as factual as the tooth fairy. Problem is these fictions don’t just give you peace of mind – they make you sick, they harm your heart and they can even lead […] The post 10 Heart Health Myths Busted appeared first on The Drs. Wolfson.

President Trump Confirms That He Will Run Again In 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks regarding the Administration's National Security Strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C., U.S. December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsReuters *CBS:* *Trump announces re-election campaign and campaign manager* President Donald Trump announced that he's running for re-election in 2020, and Brad Parscale, who served as the Trump campaign's 2016 digital guru, has been named campaign manager. In an announcement posted on the president's campaign website, his son, Eric Trump, called Parscale ... more »

White House And Boeing Reach Agreement For Two New Air Force Ones

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*The Hill:** Trump, Boeing reach 'informal' agreement for new Air Force One* President Trump has reached an “informal” agreement with Boeing to produce two new Air Force One planes for $3.9 billion, the White House announced Tuesday. “President Trump has reached an informal deal with Boeing on a fixed-price contract for the new Air Force One Program,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement. The White House said the the contract will save taxpayers $1.4 billion compared to original cost estimates for the new presidential aircraft. Fox News first reported the agr... more »

Breaking: HTS officially expelled from western Aleppo

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s long tenure in the western countryside of Aleppo has come to end, following a short battle with their former allies from Jabhat Tahrir Souriya. According to pro-opposition reports, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham was expelled from the last towns under their control in the ‘Anadan Plain of west Aleppo […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army kills Palestinian jihadist commander in northern Latakia

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army killed a high ranking member of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham this week after an exchange of hostilities in northern Latakia. According to a military report, the Syrian Army killed the commander of the HTS-affiliated Al-Ghurba Battalion, Abu Mohammad Al-Falasteeni, during a brief battle at Tal Kabbani on […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Eastern Ghouta ceasefire maintained ‘despite provocations’: Russian reconciliation centre

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
Russian military police guarded the Wafideen humanitarian corridor in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, as the five hour truce in the area came into effect. Irrespective of the truce, artillery fire could be still heard in the distance as busses and ambulances waited for the civilians to be evacuated. “Despite the provocations, Syrian Government forces […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Terrorists detained in Jordan in November planned to attack US embassy – reports

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
A cell of terrorists uncovered in Jordan in 2017 had planned to attack a number of targets, including the US Embassy in Amman and a church, before their capture, the Ar-rai newspaper reported Tuesday. In November, Jordanian security services detained 17 members of an organization affiliated with Daesh. The terrorists were planning to target, among […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Did the Syrian intelligence chief visit Rome?

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
It has been nearly 7 years since most of the European countries closed its embassies and cut off diplomatic ties with Damascus as the uprising turned uncontrollable in late 2011. Throughout the bloody years of the Syrian conflict, Italy has taken early steps to revive the years-long ‘frozen’ Syrian-European relations, which had witnessed intermittent and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

New FSA group formed and disbanded in two hours

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – A new Free Syrian Army (FSA) group in the Aleppo Governorate announced its disbandment just two hours after announcing its formation this week. According to the reports released by the group, Jaysh Halab Al-Shabaa published a statement at 10:00 P.M. (Damascus Time) that announced the formation of this rebel group […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Syrian Army advances in East Ghouta suburb after intense battle

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:55 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) once again advanced inside the East Ghouta region, today, capturing several sites from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Faylaq Al-Rahman. According to an Al-Masdar field correspondent in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division managed to break-through the jihadist defenses at the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Video tour of the East Ghouta humanitarian corridor

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:35 P.M.) – The Syrian Army and Russian military setup a large humanitarian corridor outside the Islamist-held city of Douma this week. This humanitarian corridor was reportedly put in place at the crossing that links the Wafiddeen Refugee Camp and Douma. As shown in the video below, the humanitarian corridor has shelters, field […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Dark theme and embedding content

Michiel de Wit at start.me - 13 hours ago
Some weeks ago we published about the new Dark widget theme we added. It is being used by thousands of users already. Today we released a new (mini)feature that makes embedding content in dark themed widgets more attractive. Not all embeddable content supports a dark theme and we found a way to ‘solve’ that. Embedded… Read More Read More The post Dark theme and embedding content appeared first on start.me.

Pro-GMO Researchers Attempt to Use Anti-Russian Sentiment to Attack Media

Sustainable Pulse at Sustainable Pulse - 13 hours ago
Iowa State University (ISU) researchers have attempted to use the current anti-Russian sentiment in the U.S. to attack the Russian media over their coverage of GMOs, in research released this week. The research found that RT and Sputnik produced more articles containing the word “GMO” than five other news organizations combined: Huffington Post, Fox News, […] The post Pro-GMO Researchers Attempt to Use Anti-Russian Sentiment to Attack Media appeared first on Sustainable Pulse.

Records Show Sheriff is Deceiving Public on FL Shooter As Their Failure Virtually Let It Happen

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: records] Records obtained from the Broward Sheriff's Office reveal that the number of times police were warned about Nikolas Cruz happened far more than they are claiming. The post Records Show Sheriff is Deceiving Public on FL Shooter As Their Failure Virtually Let It Happen appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

UN Inspectors and CIA Spying On Iraq In The 90s

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
On July 30, 2001, former U.N. weapons inspector chief Rolf Ekeus told Swedish Radio that the U.S. manipulated the inspections in the 1990s. Ekeus led the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) from 1991-97. He said that the U.S. spied upon the Iraqi security forces, tried to find the whereabouts of Saddam Hussein, and wanted to create crises that would justify American military action against Baghdad. At first, the U.S. was interested in disarming Iraq, but a year into the process as Saddam continuously refused to cooperate Washington decided to exploit the regime for its own ... more »

This Day In Iraqi History – Feb 27

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
1982 US removed Iraq from list of terrorist countries in step towards restoring relations 1984 Iran captured Majnoon Islands Was turning point in war 1984 Iraq bombed Iran’s main oil terminal Kharg Island Said it would continue to attack oil industry until Iran agreed to end war 1984 Iraq used leased French Super Entendard jets for 1sttime attacking two Iranian tankers 1988 Iraq fired missiles on Saqqez Iran killing 26 1991 Battle of Medina, Basra US 1st Armored Div and 3rd Inf Div defeated Iraq’s Medina and Adnan Divs in largest tank battle of Gulf War 1991 Battle of... more »

Blundering Into Iran

Philip Giraldi at - 14 hours ago
[image: undefined] The deluge of recent reporting regarding possible conflict with nuclear armed North Korea has somewhat obscured consideration of the much higher probability that Israel or even Saudi Arabia will take steps that will lead to a war with Iran that will inevitably draw the United States in. Israel is particularly inclined to move aggressively, with potentially serious consequences for the US, in the wake of the recent incident involving an alleged Iranian drone and the shooting down of an Israeli aircraft. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been repeatedly warning ... more »

Sweden moves swiftly to deal with Russian election interference, while America sits on its hands.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 14 hours ago
Courtesy of WaPo: *Hundreds of local election workers have been trained to spot and resist foreign influence. The country’s biggest media outlets have teamed up to combat false news. Political parties scour their email systems to close hacker-friendly holes. * *The goal: to Russia-proof ­Sweden’s political system so that what happened in the United States in 2016 can never happen in this Nordic country of 10 million people. * *Although the general election isn’t until Sept. 9, officials say their preemptive actions may already have dissuaded the Kremlin from interfering. In Wash... more »

HIDE BEHIND THE CHILDREN WELL: Hans Christian Andersen comes to Parkland!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2018Part 2—Sheriff hides behind Emma well:* In our view, Paul Krugman—our longtime policy MVP—is often quite weak on the politics. In our view, that's how his new column starts. Without naming names or providing links, Krugman complains again about post-election journalism: "There have been hundreds if not thousands of stories about grizzled Trump supporters sitting in diners, purportedly showing the out-of-touchness of our cultural elite." Krugman offers no links to these "stories," which have supposedly misserved us all. For what it's worth, those Trump ... more »

Drax Biomass Subsidies Rise To £729m In 2017

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://www.drax.com/investors/full-year-results-for-the-twelve-months-ended-31-december-2017/ Drax have announced an operating loss of £117m last year, although this includes a loss of £156 on foreign exchange derivative contracts. But the most significant thing their accounts reveal is the full extent of the subsidies they have received for biomass production. Three of its six […]

The Eternal Lure of Nationalism

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: the-eternal-lure-of-nationalism] Western elites may deplore the return of nationalism. But they had best not dismiss it, for assertions of national and tribal identity appear to be what the future is going to be all about.

Sheriff Criticized for Handling of Florida School Shooting; Governor Launches Probe

Michael Tennant at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: sheriff-criticized-for-handling-of-florida-school-shooting-governor-launches-probe] Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is facing severe criticism of his office's handling of the Parkland school shooting, and Governor Rick Scott has launched an investigation into it.

Pro-abortion Senator Kamala Harris Complains About Children Being Killed

Steve Byas at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: pro-abortion-senator-kamala-harris-complains-about-children-being-killed] Though Senator Kamala Harris is upset at "babies" being killed with gunshots, she favors the legalized killing of babies in the womb.

World News Briefs -- February 27, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*ABC News Online:* *Syria's Eastern Ghouta bombed despite Russia-backed truce, UN says* Fighting has raged on in the eastern Ghouta district of Syria, the United Nations says, despite a five-hour ceasefire called by President Bashar al-Assad's ally Russia. "We have reports this morning there is continuous fighting in eastern Ghouta," UN humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke told a briefing in Geneva. "Clearly the situation on the ground is not such that convoys can go in or medical evacuations can go out." The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said ... more »

French Customs Officials Find Stolen Degas in Luggage on Bus

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 15 hours ago
French customs have discovered an original Impressionist masterpiece by Edgar Degas stolen in 2009, in a suitcase on a bus.

Mass Shooting: The Mirror of Moral Pessimism of The Nation

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 15 hours ago
PDF: [image: PDF icon] 20180227-mass-shootings.pdf What was it that President Trump promised, intended, was elected to reverse? The collapse of the winning optimism, the industrial prowess, the productive spirit of America. Let's stop starting wars, he said, and rebuild our nation, industry, infrastructure, economy, put "our footsteps on distant worlds." His target, whether he precisely called it this or not, was the deepening pessimism of an America which had once led mankind into space. For those intentions, the President himself became the target, of those who insist on Americ... more »

Why One War When We Can Have Two!

Eric MARGOLIS at OrientalReview.org - 15 hours ago
How to maintain the $1 trillion US military budget? Well, of course, trot out those good old ‘Reds Under Our Beds.’ The post Why One War When We Can Have Two! appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 27, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
An Su-25 taking off from Hmeimim air base in Syria in 2015. Russian Ministry of Defense *Business Insider*: *These are the 11 types of Russian military jets and planes known to be stationed in Syria* Israeli satellites on Saturday revealed two Russian Su-57s at its Hmeimim air base in Syria. A Russian official said the Su-57s were deployed to the war-torn country as a deterrent "for aircraft from neighboring states, which periodically fly into Syrian airspace uninvited." Additional satellite images from July 2017 also showed 10 other kinds of Russian jets and planes, 33 aircraft... more »

'Two societies, one black, one white' – the Kerner Commission's prophetic warnings

Donald Nieman, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Binghamton University, State University of New York at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 15 hours ago
One of the harshest critiques of white racism appeared 50 years ago in the federal government's own Kerner Commission report. And racism may be why the report's recommendations were largely ignored.

Two Kinds Of Conservatism

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
E.J. Dionne writes that there are two kinds of conservatism -- the "tweedy" kind and the extreme kind. Tweedy conservatism is rooted in an affection for a particular place and its way of life. This conservatism is not always opposed to reform since reforms are often required to preserve the arrangements its exponents revere. Conservatism’s positive function is to warn against measures designed to fix things that are wrong, but whose main effects are to undermine institutions that are widely valued. Sometimes, seemingly sensible changes can unintentionally cause new problems. Twe... more »

Battle of the Memos: Democrats’ Memo fails to rebut GOP Memo. Here’s why.

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 16 hours ago
Under close scrutiny Adam Schiff's rebuttal of the GOP Memorandum falls apart More The post Battle of the Memos: Democrats’ Memo fails to rebut GOP Memo. Here’s why. appeared first on The Duran.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
Paul Krugman writes today: A funny thing is happening on the American scene: a powerful upwelling of decency. Suddenly, it seems as if the worst lack all conviction, while the best are filled with a passionate intensity.... You can see the abrupt turn toward decency in the rise of the #MeToo movement; in a matter of months ground that had seemed immovable shifted, and powerful sexual predators started facing career-ending consequences. You can see it in the reactions to the Parkland school massacre. For now, at least, the usual reaction to mass killings — a day or two of headlines, ... more »

Tuesday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 16 hours ago
This and that for your Tuesday reading. - The New York Times' editorial board comments on the predictable flow of the Trump tax cuts toward primarily the few who already had more wealth than they could possibly put to productive use. And Tom Parkin discusses Jagmeet Singh's expectation that Canadians expect better from their government: Surely one sharp contrast will be drawn with Trudeau’s proposed Infrastructure Bank, which hands over public infrastructure financing to private capital investors. Trudeau’s private banking approach increases financing costs significantly. And, beca... more »

FedEx Bucks Corporate Trend, Sticks with NRA

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 16 hours ago
Companies with ties to the National Rifle Association are dealing with increasing public pressure since the Parkland, Florida massacre killed 17 people.

Student Protests Resonate with Columbine Shooting Survivors

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 16 hours ago
Both insist they'll keep fighting. And both concede a solution is far from reach.

After “considerable intellectual agony,” journal retracts Wansink paper

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
Ever since critics began raising concerns about high-profile food scientist Brian Wansink’s work, he’s had to issue a series of high-profile retractions — and now has his seventh (including one paper that was retracted twice, after the journal removed a revised version, along with 14 corrections). The latest notice — first reported by BuzzFeed — … Continue reading After “considerable intellectual agony,” journal retracts Wansink paper

Hearing for Florida Shooting Suspect Case Canceled

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 16 hours ago
Prosecutors are seeking to obtain hair samples, fingerprints, DNA and photographs of Nikolas Cruz, 19.

All female YPJ unit destroys 2 vehicles belonging to Turkish-backed rebels in Afrin (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:25 P.M.) – An all female YPJ battalion destroyed two vehicles belonging to the Turkish-backed rebels in the Afrin region this week. According to the YPG’s official media wing, the YPJ targeted the two vehicles as they were traveling through the town of Maski in the Rajou District of northwest Afrin. Using anti-tank […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army storms last blocks under jihadist control in large East Ghouta district

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) observed the Russian-sponsored ceasefire between the hours of 9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (Damascus Time), today, before resuming their operations inside the East Ghouta this afternoon. Once they were given the green light by their high command, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 4th Mechanized Division […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Jaysh Al-Islam’s East Ghouta counter-offensive ends in complete disaster

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:55 P.M.) – The Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Islam launched a big counter-offensive in the eastern part of the East Ghouta region, yesterday, targeting the areas they recently lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). However, the Jaysh Al-Islam counter-offensive would take a disastrous turn during the first two hours of their attack, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Watch: Russian special forces guide their attack choppers against ISIS

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – A Russian YouTube channel released footage this week of a Russian Mi-28 attack helicopter carrying out an assault against a group of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists. While the time and location is now known, it appears this attack actually took place late last year when the Syrian Army (SAA) was […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syria accuses US of transporting ISIS leaders to safety

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
According to the Syrian state-run news agency SANA, the US has evacuated Daesh leaders from the Al-Shaddadah area in the northeastern al-Hasakah Governorate using its helicopters. The extremists have been transported to Sabah al-Khair, a base located 20 km south of the city of al-Hasakah, which US forces use to train militants, the civilian sources said as cited by SANA. The sources added that the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Full video report shows Russian operations at Hmaymim Airport

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:55 P.M.) – A Russian TV channel released footage on Monday of the Russian military conducting operations at the Hmaymim Airport in southwest Latakia. The half hour footage showed how the Russian Aerospace Forces conduct day-to-day tasks, such as preparing for combat sorties, repair jets and choppers, prepare meals, et al. The footage […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Czech authorities release Syrian Kurdish leader

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:25 P.M.) – The Czech authorities have released the leader of the Kurdish PYD, Salih Muslim, after detaining him in Prague over the weekend. Salih Muslim was previously detained by the Czech authorities on behalf of Turkey, who claims that the PYD leader participated in a terrorist act with the outlawed PKK in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Militants attack humanitarian corridor in East Ghouta: Russian MoD

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
The humanitarian pause in the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area of Damascus has entered into force, according to a Sputnik correspondent. Russian General Viktor Pankov said that civilians cannot leave Eastern Ghouta as humanitarian corridors had been shelled by militants. “At 9 am on February 27, a humanitarian corridor was opened for the release of civilians from the zone of de-escalation. Currently, militants […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Donald Trump would like his personal pilot to head the FAA. Why? Because he's his personal pilot, that's why.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 16 hours ago
Courtesy of Axios: *The president’s personal pilot is on the administration's short list to head the Federal Aviation Administration. Trump has told a host of administration officials and associates that he wants John Dunkin — his longtime personal pilot, who flew him around the country on Trump Force One during the campaign — to helm the agency, which has a budget in the billions and which oversees all civil aviation in the United States. * *What I'm hearing: One industry insider equated this to the Seinfeld episode when Cosmo Kramer used his golf caddy as a jury consultant. A s... more »

Federal Court Quietly Rules ‘Assault Rifles’ Not Protected by 2nd Amendment

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: amendment] The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Second Amendment does not provide protection for what it deemed assault weapons, nor does it protect any magazine larger than 10 rounds. The post Federal Court Quietly Rules ‘Assault Rifles’ Not Protected by 2nd Amendment appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Iraq Wants To To Buy Russia's S-400 Air Defense System

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
An S-400 air defence missile system is deployed for a combat duty at the Hmeymim airbase to provide security of the Russian air group's flights in Syria. © Dmitriy Vinogradov / Sputnik *The Warzone/The Drive*: *Iraq Looking To Buy Russia's S-400 Air Defense System: Report* *Such a deal would have serious geopolitical and strategic consequences, but it really it isn't that unexpected. * The Iraqi MP who heads the country's security and defense committee, Hakim Al Zamili, has been quoted as making the case for Baghdad to pursue a modern integrated air defense and surface to air miss... more »

These 35 Minerals Are Critical To U.S. National Security

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Jeff Desjardins, Business Insider/Visual Capitalist*: *The US government identified these 35 minerals as being critical to national security* * The US government recently released a list of 35 minerals that it deemed critical to the economic and national security of the country. * The list included minerals like helium, cobalt, and aluminum. The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. What do cobalt, uranium, helium, titanium, and fluorspar have in common? According to the U.S. government, these are all minerals that are de... more »

Do You Wish You Knew Exactly What Candidates For Congress Plan To Do In DC Before You Vote For Them? Here's What Randy Bryce Will Do

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
Right after his wildly successful rally in Racine over the weekend with Bernie Sanders, Randy Bryce released his economic platform for southeast Wisconsin. Bryce is a long-time union organizer and serves as the head of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce. He-- as union activists across the country-- were especially roiled by yesterday's decision by the Supreme Court to hear arguments in *Janus v. AFSCME*, "a case," he explained "funded by billionaires in order to devastate unions across the country." This economic policy platform was outlined in a speech to the Wisconsin Co... more »

Despite Persistent Power Shortages North Korea Is Selling Its Electricity To China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
At dawn, portraits of Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il are still lit up in Pyongyang. Even during the city’s blackouts, electricity is reserved to light the flame atop Juche Tower. (Photo: David Guttenfelder from the October 125th anniversary issue of National Geographic magazine) *Business Insider*: *North Korea is so short on money it's selling its much-needed electricity to China* * China is buying electricity from North Korea and will reportedly pay between $60,000 and $100,000 a month. * North Korea has persistent power shortages and much of the country plunges into darknes... more »

Plan now for April actions

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 hours ago


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Wheaton College Wins Huge Court Battle Over Obama’s Birth Control Mandate* A judge ruled Thursday the government would violate federal civil rights laws if it forced Wheaton College to provide services like contraceptives in its health care plans against its religious beliefs, and granted a permanent injunction against it. When the Obama administration instituted a contraceptive mandate several years ago through the Health and Human Services department, Wheaton College was one of the dozens of organizations to immediately oppose it. Wheaton, one of the top liberal arts colleges i... more »

China Puts The U.S. Navy On Notice

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
A Chinese sailor signals Russian ships as a Chinese-Russian joint naval drill concludes off Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, China. © Reuters *Nikkei Asian Review:* *China puts US Navy on notice with far-flung ports and big guns* *Xi's drive to become a maritime superpower echoes European imperialism.* TOKYO -- Despite its long coast along the South and East China seas, much of China is landlocked and far from any port. Traditionally, the country has focused on strengthening its army. Now, however, it is prioritizing a naval buildup that could allow it to rival the U.S. at sea. Th... more »

The U.S. Navy's Next-Generation Carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Is 70% Complete

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Navy Times:* *Carrier John F. Kennedy's structure passes 70 percent completion* The structural work for the Navy’s next Ford-class aircraft carrier, the John F. Kennedy, is now 70 percent complete, according to a Feb. 22 Huntington Ingalls press release. Kennedy, like the most recently manufactured aircraft carriers, is being built in stages of large, completely outfitted sections at the Newport News Shipyard. The sections are being built outside of Dry Dock 12, where the ship is being assembled, and are lifted into place by a “superlift,” the yard’s 1,050-metric-ton gantry cra... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Unusual heat over the Arctic* *It is well-known that there is extensive and vigorous subsurface vulcanism in the Arctic, particularly around Gakkel and Lomonosov ridges, but that is never called on as an explanation of surface warming. WHY NOT? Arctic warming is irregular, just like volcanoes are and the Arctic warms by much larger amounts than the rest of the globe. It is completely out of sync with global warming, which hardly exists* Climate scientists are used to seeing the range of weather extremes stretched by global warming but few episodes appear as remarkable as this ... more »

Predatory lending comes to hospitals?

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 17 hours ago
It looks like Big Medicine may be getting into bed with Big Banks. Laura Cameron, then three months pregnant, tripped and fell in a parking lot and landed in the emergency room last May — her blood pressure was low and she was scared and in pain. She was flat on her back and plugged into a saline drip when a hospital employee approached her gurney to discuss how she would pay her hospital bill. Though both Cameron, 28, and her husband, Keith, have insurance, the bill would likely come to about $830, the representative said. If that sounded unmanageable, she offered, they could take... more »

U.S. Navy May Arm Their Zumwalt Destroyers With Nuclear Cruise Missiles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
The USS Zumwalt. US Navy *The Warzone/The Drive*: *US Eyes Adding Nuclear Cruise Missiles to Zumwalt Stealth Destroyers As Well As Submarines* *More vessels carrying these weapons could make it especially hard for opponents to quickly tell the difference between conventional and nuclear strikes.* U.S. Air Force General John Hyten, head of U.S. Strategic Command, has suggested he’s interested in arming a variety of ships with a new nuclear-tipped cruise missile, including the stealthy Zumwalt-class destroyers, as well as guided missile submarines, or SSGNs, and attack subs. This o... more »

Russian TV Uses Video Game Combat Footage With Real Syrian War Footage During A Tribute To Russia's Armed Forces

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*BBC:* *Russian TV airs video game as Syria war footage* A tribute to Russia's armed forces on the country's flagship news programme mistakenly used footage from a computer game to illustrate military action in Syria. Eagle-eyed viewers of the weekly Voskresnoye Vremya programme on state-run Channel One TV noticed that gun-sight footage of a truck being attacked was actually from the Arma-3 tactical computer game. Sunday's report was a celebration of those who serve in Russia's armed forces, to commemorate last week's Defender of the Fatherland Day, praising "those who value duty... more »

Broward County Sheriffs deputies were ordered not to enter Florida school unless body cameras were on

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 18 hours ago
Sheriff’s Department told Broward deputies not to enter the Florida school during massacre. More The post Broward County Sheriffs deputies were ordered not to enter Florida school unless body cameras were on appeared first on The Duran.

Three dirty Obama intel chiefs have until Friday to disclose info on Steele dossier

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 18 hours ago
James Comey, John Brennan and James Clapper have some explaining to do. More The post Three dirty Obama intel chiefs have until Friday to disclose info on Steele dossier appeared first on The Duran.

It’s snow (again)

Scottish-Sceptic at Scottish Sceptic - 18 hours ago
I’ve already declared this our snowiest winter in the last 20 years living here. The road is covered again. Whilst we don’t get as much snow as some would think (due to prevailing wind off the warm seas), we do … Continue reading →

Meanwhile back in Taiwan....

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 18 hours ago
*The community of Mihu in the hills above Dongshih.* So much commentary on Xi's assumption of imperial power... This live blog on the CCP Spring Gala, the annual craptacular, pointed out something interesting.... In general, this year's show's focus on Taiwan is really remarkable; not just in terms of singers coming from Taiwan but also the sketches using storylines that include Taiwan. It is especially noteworthy that this sketch's title is "homecoming" or "returning home", suggesting the 'homecoming' of Taiwan to the mainland. ...scary, not remarkable. As my man Donovan noted in... more »

Always keep this in mind.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 18 hours ago
It's really strange that when the NRA has a speaking event, or at CPAC, or at a Trump rally... it's a "gun free zone". I wonder why? Probably because guns kill people. #GunReformNow pic.twitter.com/MZ7ZPSPS2F — Alternative NOAA (@altNOAA) February 25, 2018 That's right. The Republican party and the NRA have no problem demanding that guns be allowed in our public schools where they can put our children at risk, but when it comes to their own safety it is strictly no guns allowed. Hypocrisy thy name is conservative.

The Political Views of Leonardo Bruni

Anoop Verma at The Verma Report - 18 hours ago
Leonardo Bruni (1370 – 1444), the Renaissance humanist, historian and statesman points out that Rome attained great success in politics and culture as a self-governing republic, but as there was decline in republican values, Rome lost its liberty and became mired in chaos and corruption. (*History of the Florentine People*, by Leonardo Bruni, edited by James Hankins). Bruni believed that liberty makes virtue possible, and without virtue there can be no glory. In his 1428 oration in praise of Nanni Strozzi, Bruni says: Praise of monarchy has something fictitious and shadowy about it... more »

IPAK Board Member Josh Mazer's Letter Regarding HPV Vaccination in Maryland

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
Note: Josh sent this letter to "...every member of the Maryland state house and senate, and every school board member, and every member of the governor’s staff in Maryland." You can read the full letter with attachments here. From IPAK....

Why The Moon Is By FAR The Best Place For A Backup - NOT Mars - To Protect And Restore Our Beautiful Earth

Robert Walker at Science 2.0 blogs - 18 hours ago
I think we should build our first offworld backup on the Moon. Like the Svalbard seed vault in Norway. It can be simple to do once we have easy access to the Moon, within a few years. The lunar caves are naturally at the right temperature. Include a vacuum sealed packet of dried seeds on a rover that explores a suitable lunar cave, and leave it there at the end of the mission, inside the rover. That's it.That's the start of a future seed vault. From small beginnings ... read more

Jihadist alliance seizes large airbase in Idlib

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – For the second time today, the jihadist alliance of Jabhat Tahrir Souriya has seized a large base in northern base. According to pro-opposition activists, Jabhat Tahrir Souriya took control of the large Taftanaz Military Airport in the Idlib Governorate after a short battle with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. The Taftanaz Military […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Saudi King Salman fires top military officials – reports

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has reshuffled the kingdom’s military, sacking a chief of staff and several other high ranking military officials, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Monday, citing royal decrees. Fayyad al-Ruwaili will replace General Abdul Rahman bin Saleh al-Bunyan as chief of staff, while the heads of the kingdom’s ground and air defense forces will be […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian military accuses Islamist rebels of attacking humanitarian corridor in East Ghouta

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:05 A.M.) – The Syrian military accused the Islamist rebels in the East Ghouta on Tuesday morning of attacking the humanitarian corridor that was setup for civilians to flee the fighting in this farming region near Damascus city. According to the Syrian military, the Islamist rebels heavily shelled the humanitarian corridor that was […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Jihadist coalition seizes important base in southwest Aleppo

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The jihadist alliance dubbed Jabhat Tahrir Souriya scored an imperative advance in southwest Aleppo, today, after a fierce battle with their former ally Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. According to pro-opposition activists, Jabhat Tahrir Souriya captured the strategic 46th Regiment base in southwest Aleppo this morning, forcing Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham to retreat […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army attempts to overwhelm Islamist forces in East Ghouta (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attempted to advance along the Shifouniyah-Hawsh Dawahra axis, yesterday, as they continued the second day of their East Ghouta offensive. Led by shock troops and the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army was engaged in a fierce battle on Monday with the Islamist rebels of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Trump Wants Personal Pilot to Lead US Aviation Agency; Flashback To The Trump Pilot Who Was A Convicted Cocaine Trafficker That Trump Called A “Credit To The Community” – Joe Weichselbaum

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 20 hours ago
Trump wants Joe Duncan, who has been his personal pilot off and on since 1989, to run the US Federal … Continue reading →

Jordan Peterson explains why so many young men are committing mass murder? (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
Peterson: "The idea that masculinity in its essence is somehow toxic, is a dreadful idea." More The post Jordan Peterson explains why so many young men are committing mass murder? (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Carter Page and Devin Nunes destroy the Adam Schiff, Democrat counter memo (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
Carter Page: "I have no fear whatsoever" of being implicated in a Russian collusion plot. More The post Carter Page and Devin Nunes destroy the Adam Schiff, Democrat counter memo (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

UK ready to provide Al Qaeda with airstrikes to support another Assad “chemical weapons” false flag

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
UK uses White Helmets terrorists to ramp up illegal airstrikes. More The post UK ready to provide Al Qaeda with airstrikes to support another Assad “chemical weapons” false flag appeared first on The Duran.

Alt-Right or jihad?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
We easily forget the resilience of the human spirit. Blow a few folks up and we all adjust to the idea of an acceptable risk and responders get more aggressive because it will now be accepted. The real problem is that this is a slow evolution rather than a full on onslaught with overwhelming numbers. Centuries ago the same process eliminated all political support for Muslims living in Europe and they were summarily removed. This time we need to demand that Muslims actually read the Koran and identify those aspects objected to by the teachings of Christ. This will actually forc... more »

Wetware For The Internet of Things

cefrith@hotmail.com at Charles Frith - 21 hours ago
If only it were a conspiracy theory. Alas the patents are documented. Although no trees were harmed during the creation of this post, a large number of electrons were greatly inconvenienced

This Human Journey - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
*This human journey* *It’s a rough one, yet lovely* *Guard humanity* *© 2018 M.N. Hopkins* *Note: *I was inspired and wrote this poem yesterday, the 26th of February 2018 while watching a scene of parents watching their son die. I wrote it in the haiku style of poetry and published it for the first time on my blog today, the 27th of February 2018.

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
*by Noah* Once upon a time... It seems so long ago now, but there was a time when conservatives, whether we agreed with them or not, would make their arguments with facts, real facts, not something from FOX "News" goons or "the internet." Once, conservatives were serious people with integrity. That is not to say that there weren't the likes of Sean Hannity, Alex Jones, or Jeanine Pirro around, but their platform was significantly smaller. One could usually at least have a rational discussion with honestly supported opinions. Chief Justice Warren Burger was appointed by President ... more »

Shifting Political Winds

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
So much remains hidden and the MSM narrative remains gravely contrived. This makes it hard to establish what is actually happening. Yet the Florida shooting narrative, whatever its genesis has now been firmly turned back as a major fail for the gun control promote. That is new. Also new is that the other media is starting to laugh at the MSM. This must turn into a major attitude shift. Two years of MSM bunkum and the degenerating Mueller probe has inured all viewers to the fake news phenom. In fact, i continue to strongly suspect that the output from Mueller was meant to e... more »

population buffalo

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
In fairness, plenty of buildings were also abandoned as well. All this happened because the affluent left those cities to live in adjacent suburbs because of the car and proper road systems supporting those suburbs. I am now seeing a reversal of this trend in Vancouver in particular. There the building of a train subway system has allowed the city to densify around the Stations. Now at least ten thousand suites are made available at these locations. All this increased the population in the downtown core while eliminating infrastructure ready to be abandoned. This pattern i... more »

Trump administration wants to transform welfare and food program

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
The low hanging fruit in terms of government spending happens to be in its administration of all redistribution programs which on their own also provide an important economic input. Right now government has opted to merely transfer money and that is administered by the retail market which is obviously the most expensive possible way to do it. Just as obviously there is no need whatsoever to do it this way. To start with there is a huge pool of four hour shift work available for the task of packing and delivering weekly food boxes directly to clients. In fact computerization ... more »

“The Making of Donald Trump”: David Cay Johnston on Trump’s Ties to the Mob & Drug Traffickers

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 22 hours ago
By DemocracyNow.org: “The Making of Donald Trump”: David Cay Johnston on Trump’s Ties to the Mob & Drug Traffickers,AUGUST 10, … Continue reading →

US threatens Turkey with sanctions in case of Russian S-400 purchase – reports

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 22 hours ago
The United States has urged Turkey to abandon the purchase of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system from Russia, warning Ankara of the consequences of its decision, Haberturk reported citing a source in Washington. According to the Turkish newspaper, an unnamed American official expressed his concerns over Ankara’s purchase of Russian surface-to-air missile systems, explaining that […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Humanitarian corridor ‘has been created’ in E. Ghouta – Russian MoD

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 22 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The Eastern Ghouta humanitarian corridor announced earlier in the day “will open at 9 am and close at 2 pm near Douma and Arbeen,” beginning February 27, said Yuri Yevtushenko, head of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in the Syrian Arab Republic, during a briefing from […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army presses into key East Ghouta suburb – map

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 22 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:55 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their operation in eastern Ghouta, the Harasta area being a focal point, on Monday despite the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) mandate for a nationwide 30-day ceasefire announced on Saturday. The SAA was seen advancing in new directions – from Khosh-Nasri in the direction […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Our next energy and security crisis?

Paul Driessen at CFACT - 22 hours ago
Oil and natural gas aren’t just fuels. They supply building blocks for pharmaceuticals; plastics in vehicle bodies, athletic helmets, and numerous other products; and complex composites in solar panels and wind turbine blades and nacelles. The U.S. was importing 65% of its petroleum in 2005, creating serious national security concerns. But fracking helped cut imports to […]

Draining several parts of the swampland simutaneously

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
In 2005, my office was next to Cumrun Vafa's so I could watch him while plotting his plans to drain the swampland, more than a decade before Donald Trump (well, "drain the swamp" has been used for very different goals since the 19th century). His work preceded the main wave of the anti-stringy hysteria – that came in 2006 when two notorious cranks published their books – but I think it was at least partly motivated by various ludicrous claims about "unpredictive string theory". He pointed out – and tried to clearly articulate and decorate with a new term – something that all string ... more »

Snapchats Austin Forget and Lauren Combs rescued a pet pig, then ate her.

Eric Verlo at Not My Tribe - 22 hours ago
MOLLY was a 3-year-old pot-bellied pig rescued from an abusive home. After nursing her back to health, a “no-kill” shelter in British Columbia adopted Molly to a creepy young couple in Duncan, Vancouver Island, who signed papers agreeing they wouldn’t eat her. Then Snapchat pics turned up celebrating Molly being seasoned, cooked and served. The […]

Report: Women Need Additional Degree to Attain Equal Pay

Tiffany Pennamon at Diverse - 22 hours ago
Although women have surpassed men in educational attainment, they still earn 81 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to a new study from researchers at Georgetown University.

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
"The things that I have witnessed here, I will never forget. If I remain alive." The Ghouta diaries by @abdfree2 @Samar_Hazboun @AFPblogs #syria https://t.co/T0ahCQwXcM pic.twitter.com/Xkj2VEC5QR — AFP Correspondent (@AFPblogs) February 26, 2018 Chinese censors and propaganda machine kick into overdrive to defend President Xi Jinping’s lifetime presidency move https://t.co/BJnUogTYMY pic.twitter.com/H2hJqAKtbw — AFP news agency (@AFP) February 27, 2018 25 years ago today, a bombing at the World Trade Center killed six people and injured more than 1,000. Here's a look back at how... more »

The U.S. Navy Sends A Message To China In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Photo: The Carl Vinson is the flagship of a strike group from the US Third Fleet. (ABC News: Adam Harvey) *ABC News Online:* *USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier sails through South China Sea in defiance of China* Deep in the South China Sea the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson, has a point to make. "It shows resolve, and gives decision space to our leaders," the ship's commanding officer, Captain Doug Verissimo, said. "When they put a carrier strike group somewhere it helps to show that the United States is interested. * "We don't have a lot of these, so when you p... more »

Egypt’s Crackdown on Sinai Terror Could be Extended by More than Three Months

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
Operation Sinai 2018 is not about destroying terrorists in Sinai peninsula. This is BOGUS. It is about preparing North Sinai for the arrival of the Palestinians when Zionist ‘666 Israel, the Satanic counterfeit, commences the war, ethnic cleansing against Palestinians ie. REAL JEWS of the Bible. This is in fulfillment of Revelation 12:6,13-14. – Egypt’s […]

Holistic doctor dead of alleged suicide (#85)

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 23 hours ago
Holistic Dr. Mark Flanagan, age 62 of Seguin, died on February 23, 2018. He allegedly hanged himself. He was described as fit, healthy and fun loving by his friends who- understandably- appear to be in shock. One mutual friend, a medical doctor whose name will not be shared, said Mark would not do this. It’s

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Elastic Heart/Not The Only One”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Elastic Heart/Not The Only One” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95PpQFTzdsA

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Tug Boat Help* Several tug boats help guide and move the hospital ship USNS Mercy as it prepares to depart Naval Base San Diego to participate in Pacific Partnership 2018, Feb. 23, 2018. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin A. Schoenberger *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *USNS Mercy to Participate in Pacific Partnership* (US Department of Defense).

Renowned Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD Is Largely A Fraud

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago
Renowned Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD Is Largely A Fraud https://curiousmindmagazine.com/harvard-psychologist-says-adhd-largely-fraud/ Advertisements

Should we burn or bury waste plastic?

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago
I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it: Should we burn or bury waste plastic? – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43120041

Mutation ‘gives bats edge over deadly viruses’

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago
I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it: Mutation ‘gives bats edge over deadly viruses’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43155827

SpaceX launches broadband pathfinders

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago
I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it: SpaceX launches broadband pathfinders – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43160073

Plastic straws could be banned, suggests Michael Gove

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago
I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it: Plastic straws could be banned, suggests Michael Gove – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43169004

‘Fishing continued’ after East China sea oil spill

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago
I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it: ‘Fishing continued’ after East China sea oil spill – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43142538

World’s fishing fleets mapped from orbit

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago
I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it: World’s fishing fleets mapped from orbit – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43169824

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds reaches one million mark

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago
I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it: Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds reaches one million mark – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43171939

King penguins face warming challenge

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago
I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it: King penguins face warming challenge – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43204108

Ben and Jerry’s – 20 Years of Greenwashing

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 1 day ago

A King Humiliated By A Worthy Nation

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
From VilaWeb.cat: “A king humiliated by a worthy nation «Above all, a monarchy is a spectacle. But yesterday King Felipe … Continue reading →

Saudi Arabia Sacks Its Senior Generals Including The Chief Of Staff

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud gestures as he attends Janadriyah Festival on the northern outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 7, 2018. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS *Daily Mail:* *Saudi Arabia's king announces the surprise sacking of his most senior generals on the eve of major visit to UK* * King Salman yesterday replaced Saudi's senior generals, including chief of staff * He replaced heads of ground forces and air defences, as well as civilian officials * No official reason was given, but it comes as Crown Prince due to visit Britain Saudi Arab... more »

Buying Stuff Abroad

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
By early 1969 I was cracking up. My life appeared too be circling the drain. I couldn't stop thinking that my country was bombing the life out of innocent men, women and children in Vietnam, purposefully, in the words of Air Force General Curtis LeMay, bombing them back into the Stone Age. He also said, "There are no innocent civilians. It is their government and you are fighting a people, you are not trying to fight an armed force anymore. So it doesn't bother me so much to be killing the so-called innocent bystanders.." I couldn't sleep at night-- literally; my taxes were buying ... more »

Is The U.S. About To Assist Saudi Arabia In Building 16 Nuclear Reactors?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Trump administration is encouraging Saudi Arabia to consider bids by Westinghouse Electric and other US companies to build nuclear reactors in that country and may allow the enrichment of uranium as part of that deal, according to three people familiar with the plans. Arabian Business *New York Times editorial*: *Will the U.S. Help the Saudis Get a Nuclear Weapon?* The last thing the Middle East needs is another country with the potential to build nuclear weapons. Yet that could happen if the United States mishandles Saudi Arabia’s plans to enter the nuclear power business and ... more »

Russia is alarmed by US threats of force in Syria

Moscow is alarmed by the threats of using force against Damascus coming from some countries, including the United States, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Monday, stressing that this runs counter to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2401. “We are seriously alarmed by the reports that amid the overall increase in the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

[Graphic 18+] FSA fighters kidnap 9 year old boy, demand $1 million ransom (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 A.M.) – A group of Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters kidnapped a nine year old boy that was traveling to his school in the eastern countryside of the Dara’a Governorate last month. According to pro-opposition activists, members of the Free Syrian Army’s Southern Front Brigades kidnapped the nine year old boy 28 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US sees no evidence of chemical weapons being used now in Syria – Pentagon

The United States is following reports about possible disinformation campaigns on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but possesses no evidence of such use at present, US Department of Defense Press Operations Director Col. Rob Manning said in a briefing on Monday. “We don’t have any evidence right now that chemical weapons are being […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

"Choose Your Side..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"We Americans have a saying: "It's more important what you stand for than who you stand with." I do not rely upon peer opinion to decide what is right and what is wrong. I make those decisions for myself, and even if I discover that every other human alive chose differently, that doesn't mean I was wrong. There comes a time in every man's life when he has to choose sides. I have chosen my side. I am comfortable with my decision. I do not think everyone on my side is a saint, but I know that those on the other side are much, much worse. Sometimes a man with too broad a perspective ... more »

Is Russia 'Actively' Considering Using Nuclear Weapons On A Limited Basis?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A Yars missile system en route to a field region at the final stage of the Strategic All-Around Competition, a field training contest in the Novosibirsk region. © Alexandr Kryazhev / Sputnik *Natalie Johnson, Business Insider/The Washington Free Beacon:* *The Pentagon is concerned that Russia 'actively' considers nuclear weapons use* * The Trump administration's new nuclear policy aims to counter an evolving Russian military. * The administration's Nuclear Posture Review calls for the development of new low-yield nuclear weapons. * "Russian nuclear doctrine seems to actively conside... more »

Marc Morano’s “Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change” available today!

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 1 day ago
Marc Morano is the force behind CFACT's Climate Depot news and information service and the star of our climate-shattering film Climate Hustle. His new book hit the shelves (real and virtual) today!

The dark side of Green at CPAC

Craig Rucker at CFACT - 1 day ago
CFACT barnstormed CPAC, The Conservative Political Action Conference, this weekend with a series of activities that culminated in a light saber duel between “Green Energy” Darth Vader and the “Reliable Energy” Jedi!

Did Pepsi ‘Admit’ Their Sodas Contain Cancer-Causing Ingredients?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Viral stories rehash a legal tussle between Pepsi and the Center for Environmental Health, but they mischaracterize that battle’s outcome.

Fisheries and Conservation Authority Concerns: Irish Sea Subsidence and Resuspension of Radionuclides

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
Originally posted on Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole: ? Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole – Petition There are many reasons to object to…

Research Measures How Nature and Activity Affect Brain Development in Children

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Anna Hunt* - Nature's influence on brain development and mental health may be much more powerful than we give it credit.

What Poverty Can Teach Us About Our Unhealthy Relationship with Food

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Joe Leech *- Insight from The Hunger Project that will hopefully change our unhealthy relationship with food.

Videos Of Florida Students Who Witnessed Police Stand Down Being Removed By YouTube

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
The Alex Jones Channel Published on Feb 25, 2018 YouTube is censoring videos more than ever and Infowars has become one of their main targets. The internet giant pulled down the following videos on the Parkland, Florida school shooting, and according to CNN YouTube will ban The Alex Jones Channel outright if two more videos receive […]

Turkey Sends Special Forces to Afrin for “New Battle”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
PressTV Published on Feb 26, 2018 More Turkish forces cross the Syrian border as Ankara looks to widen an offensive against Kurdish militants, despite UN calls for a ceasefire. Turkey’s deputy prime minister says special paramilitary forces have entered Syria’s northwestern Afrin region. Bekir Bozdag also says the extra troops are being sent for a new […]

Gazans Prepare for Possible War with Israel with Surprise Drill

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Gazans Prepare for Possible War with Israel with Surprise Drill by Matan Tzuri, Elior Levy, https://www.ynetnews.com/ Using instructions and information from the IDF’s Home Front Command, the Gaza Interior Ministry conducts drill, teaching schoolchildren how to seek shelter in case of Israeli attack; Hamas forces drill war scenarios on borders with Israel, Egypt. – The Gazan Interior […]

“The Road to Tehran Goes Through Damascus”: If Syria Falls, America’s War on Iran Begins?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
“The Road to Tehran Goes Through Damascus”: If Syria Falls, America’s War on Iran Begins? by Timothy Alexander Guzman, https://www.globalresearch.ca/ Will America’s Terrorists Launch Another False-Flag Chemical Attack in Syria? Trump is continuing the same foreign policy as the Obama Administration on Syria to remove its President, Bashar al-Assad from power. The Trump Administration claims that they are still […]

US-Led Coalition Warplanes Strike Syrian Regime Forces

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
US-Led Coalition Warplanes Strike Syrian Regime Forces by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ The last time the US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria conducted air and artillery strikes against pro-regime forces in Syria, in the oil-rich Deir Ezzor region, was on Feb. 7, when hundreds of pro-regime fighters were killed, the largest number of “pro-regime” casualties inflicted by the US-led […]

Eva Bartlett Speaks on North Korea & Syria. Western MSM Propaganda and Outright Lies

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT UK Published on Jan 31, 2018 Journalist Eva Bartlett speaks candidly on her experiences in North Korea and Syria at the Waterside Theatre in Derry, Northern Ireland on January 30, 2018. #ImperialismOnTrial end