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Monday, September 30, 2019

30 September - Blogs I'm Following - 5 of 5

10:30 pm MDT

The Hetzer: The Weirdo Looking Nazi Tank That Was a Killer

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *Security, * Or just a really strange looking tank? Read on and decide for yourself. *Key Point:* Even after the end of the war in Europe, some Hetzers were manufactured from existing stocks and production facilities in Czechoslovakia. The Czechs built 180 for their own military forces, mostly used for training, and Switzerland ordered 158 export models of the Hetzer, which were given the Swiss Army nomenclature G-13. By 1943 it was obvious to the Germans that their tank production could not keep pace with battlefield losses. One of their efforts to exp... more »

Be Afraid, Donald Trump: Iran Could Build a Nuclear Weapon in 1 Year

David Axe at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * What happens now? *Key Point:* Iran is taking steps to shorten the time it would take to produce a nuclear warhead. The commission overseeing the 2015 deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program is “treating this issue with the seriousness it deserves,” said Jackie Wolcott, the U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran’s effort to shorten the time to produce a nuke “does not pose an immediate risk,” *wrote* Kelsey Davenport, an expert with the Arms Control Association in the United States. “Currently, due to restrictions put in place by ... more »

Would Ousting Trump Rebuild the Country’s Faith in Government? Lessons from Latin America.

Rachel E. Bowen at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*Rachel E. Bowen* *Politics, Americas* [image: Reuters] Since only one U.S. president has left office due to wrongdoing, examples from Latin America can give us some perspective. The House of Representatives has opened an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. But what happens if a president is impeached? The vice president would take his place, but other parts of the government continue unchanged. Partisan polarization can be magnified in the process. Many Americans already think the government is too divided along partisan lines and that corruption has reached the ... more »

The Daily Brief 2019-09-28

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
This is a summary of 10 AMN articles on the following subjects: Albukamal, Syria, Houthi, Saudi, Yemen, Afrin, Russia, Daraa, Venezuela, Latakia, Iraq, Israel. Categories covered in this brief: Syria, Yemen, World-News, Iraq Let us know how you like this brief in the comments below. — The AMN Live Team Table of Contents Syrian, Iranian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Jacques Chirac: The Art Of Being Vague

Binoy KAMPMARK at OrientalReview.org - 21 hours ago
The tributes have been dripping in heavy praise: former French president Jacques Chirac and mayor of Paris, the great statesman; the man who said no to the US-led war juggernaut into Iraq; the man loved for being loved. Many of these should have raised the odd eyebrow here and there. […]

Is An American Cold Civil War Now Happening?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
....If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” Pastor Robert Jeffress, @FoxNews — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2019 *WNU editor: *On Friday a reader of this blog wanted my take on what a U.S. talk show host said on Friday .... that the U.S. is now in a Cold Civil War. That question struck me, and I have been thinking about it ever since. I am person who is fascinated with American history. Particularly it's Rev... more »

Austrian Greens' relative success makes us worried

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
In the Austrian elections, semi-treacherous (but still much better than the average party in Western Europe) Sebastian Kurz and his People's Party won with impressive 38%, social democrats' worst historical result above 22% still looks healthy relatively to our social democracy LOL, the right-wing Freedom Party – the only party that comprehensibly opposes the ongoing climate hysteria – dropped to below 17% because of some incomprehensible scandals, while the Greens – below the 5% threshold last time – returned to the Parliament with over 13%. Most of us hope that the Greens won't be ... more »

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
*by Noah* With great sadness and anger, I can't help but think about what happens to many women who seek a court injunction against a belligerent, crazed and abusive man. If impeachment is the equivalent of that kind of injunction, then just imagine what Trump's sick mind is plotting for us next. Same goes for his henchmen. That just makes it even more imperative that we not make any compromises whatsoever with Trump and his enablers and supporters. Way too many have been made already to this point. There's no need to dress pretty for any red-hatted devils, anywhere or at any time... more »

The Cost/Benefit Analysis of No Deal

Yves Smith at naked capitalism - 21 hours ago
Looking at the contours of a No Deal Brexit.

Edward Snowden Weighs the Option of asylum in Germany

Lee Jay at Modern Tokyo Times - 21 hours ago
Edward Snowden Weighs the Option of asylum in Germany Horace C. White Modern Tokyo Times American whistleblower Edward Snowden has once again declared his interest to accept a political asylum offer from the German authorities. He, however, warned that if he mysteriously passes away, his death is nowhere a case of suicide. In an exclusive […]

European Union to take over Britain’s armed forces regardless of Brexit outcome

Editor, cairnsnews at cairnsnews.org - 22 hours ago
Lord James of Blackheath has told the UK House of Lords that the EU Defence Union will necessitate the takeover of Britain’s military and security services on November 1, regardless of Brexit. Lord James’ raising of the matter was captured on video and reported by the UK Column alternative news website on September 9. https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/hero-brexit-lord-james-blackheath-threatened-over-eu-defence-union […]

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Four Dimensions”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Four Dimensions”

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“A lovely starfield in the heroic northern constellation Perseus holds this famous pair of open or galactic star clusters, h and Chi Perseii. Also cataloged as NGC 869 (right) and NGC 884, both clusters are about 7,000 light-years away and contain stars much younger and hotter than the Sun. *Click image for larger size.* Separated by only a few hundred light-years, the clusters' ages based on their individual stars are similar - evidence that they were likely a product of the same star-forming region. Always a rewarding sight in binoculars, the Double Cluster is even visible to the un... more »

“No Escape from Existential Reality”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*Click image for larger size.* *“No Escape from Existential Reality”* by Sartre "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." - Philip K. Dick "Finally agreement! No one can dispute the reality that we all will die. Since most choose to block out this fate or find it discomforting to consider, the roots of denial are sown. Refusal to confront the one great similarity that all humans share, is a trait that has greatly affected our political and social lives. Life is to be lived, no doubt. But how you live it greatly depends upon how you treat the final endi... more »

Satellite Photo Of US Carrier Surrounded By Chinese Warships Makes Rounds on Social Media

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and some unidentified warships were seen sailing in the area north-east of Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on September 28. pic.twitter.com/eQNOBku8eV — Duan Dang (@duandang) September 28, 2019 *Sputnik:* *Alleged Satellite Photo of US Carrier Surrounded by Chinese Warships Makes Rounds on Social Media* The US Navy regularly conducts so-called freedom of navigation operations in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, currently mostly controlled by Beijing. The latter condemns such actions as "provocations" and frequently calls on Was... more »

Saudi Crown Prince: War with Iran Would Mean ‘Total Collapse of the Global Economy’

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Saudi Crown Prince: War with Iran Would Mean ‘Total Collapse of the Global Economy’ by CHRIS MILLS RODRIGO , https://thehill.com/ Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in an interview aired Sunday that a war between his country and Iran would destroy the global economy. – “The region represents about 30% of the world’s energy …

A Pueblo Indian Prayer

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
"Hold on to what is good, even if it's a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe, even if it's a tree that stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do, even if it's a long way from here. Hold on to your life, even if it's easier to let go. Hold on to my hand, even if someday I'll be gone away from you." ~ A Pueblo Indian Prayer

"A Brief CrackOf Light..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
"The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness." - Vladimir Nabokov

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
China anniversary: Military parade brings out the big guns https://t.co/I6yzUhDVez — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 29, 2019 North Korea to Trump: Make ‘bold decision’ to revive diplomacy https://t.co/sy0NkzygQH pic.twitter.com/7GUU3GXYR4 — Military Times (@MilitaryTimes) September 29, 2019 Taiwan shrugs as communist China hails 70th anniversary of People's Republic https://t.co/jXHm3Xq0yZ pic.twitter.com/xLEOvFDuaL — AFP news agency (@AFP) September 30, 2019 Brazil's aircraft carrier "São Paulo" to be auctioned off after years of disappointment:https://t.co/40039c1E36... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “The Spirit Likes To Dress Up”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“The Spirit Likes To Dress Up”* "The spirit likes to dress up like this: ten fingers, ten toes, shoulders, and all the rest, at night in the black branches, in the morning in the blue branches of the world. It could float, of course, but would rather plumb rough matter. Airy and shapeless thing, it needs the metaphor of the body, lime and appetite, the oceanic fluids; it needs the body's world, instinct and imagination, and the dark hug of time, sweetness and tangibility, to be understood, to be more than pure light that burns where no one is - so it en... more »

"Feeling Fed Up with Humanity, In the World and in Ourselves"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"Feeling Fed Up with Humanity, In the World and in Ourselves"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "We are all capable of the best and the worst that humanity has to offer and knowing this allows us to find compassion. From time to time, we may all feel fed up with humanity, whether it’s from learning about what’s going on around the world, or what’s going on next door. There are always situations that leave us feeling as if people are simply not capable of behaving in a way that is coming from a place of awareness. Often it seems as if people are actually geared to handle things in th... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Ft. Worth, Texas, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

Ukraine Quashed Cases Related To Mueller Investigation In Exchange For Weapons-Money From Trump

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 23 hours ago
Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : US Army photo: “Mission: Provide a man-portable, highly lethal and survivable medium anti-tank weapon system to…

NATO Rejects Russian President Putin’s Missile Moratorium Offer For Europe

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Image via US Department of Defense/Defense One *Moscow Times:* *NATO Rejects Putin’s Missile Moratorium Offer* NATO has rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s calls to suspend deployment of missiles in Europe that were banned under a recently abandoned U.S.-Russian nuclear pact. The Kommersant business daily reported and the Kremlin confirmed Putin’s offer, which came amid concerns that Russia and the U.S. are headed toward an arms race after Washington exited the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) pact last month. The INF pact’s demise means both Washington and M... more »

Is Russia's MiG-35 an F-35 or F-22 Killer?

Mark Episkopos at The National Interest - 23 hours ago
*Mark Episkopos* *Security, * We have some ideas to share. *Key Point:* With Russia’s MiG-29 nearing the end of its shelf life as Russia’s staple multirole fighter, the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) are taking an increasing interest in its successor: the MiG-35. For years, its manufacturer has marketed the MiG-35 as a “4++” fighter: “I would say that this is a new plane that surpasses our foreign competitors. In other words, this is a 4++ level plane,” stated Mikoyan General Director Ilya Tarasenko in a recent interview. Russian President Vladimir Putin* echoed this sentiment*... more »

Why Does This Picture Show an Aircraft Carrier Nearly Getting Bombed?

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 23 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * Welcome to shock trials. And they are very important. Key Point: There is a really good reason why this happens. The US Navy is planning to finalize weapons integration on its new USS Ford carrier and explode bombs in various sea conditions near the ship to prepare for major combat on the open seas, service officials said. Service weapons testers will detonate a wide range of bombs, to include a variety of underwater sea mines to assess the carrier’s ability to withstand enemy attacks. “Shock Trials,” as they are called, are typically one of the fina... more »

September 30th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #984

sundance at The Last Refuge - 23 hours ago
In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and … Continue reading →

Monday September 30th – Open Thread

sundance at The Last Refuge - 23 hours ago
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those … Continue reading →

CNN: FDA Cautions Against Feeding Your Dog This Brand After a Sample Shows Salmonella

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 23 hours ago
The United States Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners to stay away from Performance Dog frozen raw pet food produced on or after July 22, 2019, after a sample tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The FDA collected two samples of raw pet food manufactured by Bravo Packing, Inc. (Performance Dog and […] The post CNN: FDA Cautions Against Feeding Your Dog This Brand After a Sample Shows Salmonella appeared first on Health Nut News.

Fake donor 'scheme' gave money to Minns, ICAC hears

Nick Dole at Just In - 23 hours ago
Restaurant owner and aspiring Labor candidate Jonathan Yee tells the ICAC he arranged for fake donors to sign $900 cheques which were made out to Chris Minns' 2015 campaign account, in exchange for cash.

How much compulsory super do people need? It's a question that needs to be asked

Just In - 23 hours ago
Compulsory superannuation is the enforced locking away of income that could otherwise be spent or used to pay down debt — so the government's new inquiry needs to ask some tough questions, writes Peter Martin.

Drought assistance allocation under review as council poised to reject $1m funding

Lucy Barbour at Just In - 23 hours ago
A regional council looks set to hand back $1 million in drought funding as the Federal Government concedes it needs to review how it hands out assistance to communities battling dry weather.

This prescription will go from $11,400 to $40 as new drugs listed on PBS

Brooke Wylie at Just In - 23 hours ago
The cost of life saving lung cancer and leukaemia drugs will soon be slashed after the Government listed new medications on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Retired nurse being sued by Queensland Health could be among hundreds wrongly paid

Josh Bavas at Just In - 23 hours ago
Kay Boison is being sued by Queensland Health because of an administration error over her long-service leave payment. The union says she could be among hundreds of nurses who've been wrongly paid.

'Melbourne ... can never be Sydney': Report recommends massive overhaul of CBD nightlife

Danuta Kozaki at Just In - 23 hours ago
Shots and strong drinks would flow all night and Sydney's lockout laws would be scrapped everywhere except Kings Cross if recommendations from a report into the city's economy after dark are adopted.

LGBT community's push for visibility in country Australia

Cameron Wilson at Just In - 23 hours ago
Regional queer communities say being invisible makes people feel isolated and less likely to get support.

Racing identity Bill Vlahos pleads guilty to $17.5m fraud

Karen Percy at Just In - 23 hours ago
Melbourne racing identity Bill Vlahos pleads guilty to defrauding betting clients of more than $17.5 million between 2008 and 2013.

Sync and swim: The NSW teen a trial away from Tokyo 2020

Just In - 23 hours ago
Champion synchronised swimmer Rachel Presser wants you to know that there's a lot more to her sport than floral caps and sequential dives. Come the next Olympics, she might have a chance to prove it.

Quote of the Day

vonMesser at 'Nox & Friends - 23 hours ago

Yemen’s Houthis ‘Wipe Out’ Saudi Brigades in Najran Province

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 23 hours ago
*Antiwar.com* | Reports suggest between 200 and 500 Saudi soldiers were killed, and thousands more captured.

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Young Iranian skateboarders in Nahjolbalaghe Park, Tehran. Masoud Soheili/Business Insider *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *Abandoned markets and empty cinemas: 11 photos show how ordinary people are being hit by Trump's sanctions on Iran, which are ramping up again* (Business Insider). This photo-gallery illustrates how severe sanctions are impacting Iran.

New drug could make peanuts less dangerous for some kids

Cookson Beecher at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
Editor’s note: Before introducing peanuts or peanut products to children with known peanut allergies or infants whose allergy status is unknown parents should consult with pediatricians. Immunotherapy is not effective for everyone and uncontrolled exposure to allergens can cause serious reactions in some people. No, it’s not a cure. But it offers a specific kind... Continue Reading

Deli trays recalled in Ontario for possible Listeria contamination

News Desk at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
Metro Ontario Inc. is recalling Metro brand deli trays from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Consumers should look for the following label information to determine whether they have any of the recalled food. Brand Name... Continue Reading

Krugman: Either Trump Goes To Jail, Or ‘Thousands Of Journalists’ In ‘Prison Camps’

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 1 day ago
By Tim Graham ~ Shelby Talcott at the Daily Caller reports New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman was making wild and silly prdictions again, this time about the Trump impeachment attempt: “Starting to look like two possible outcomes: Trump and a number of others end up in jail, or thousands of […]

Higher Education Is Failing America

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 1 day ago
By Dr. Jay Lehr ~ Richard Vedder is such a giant in education and economics that he was able to persuade 28 colleagues to write detailed pre-published comments about his new book RESTORING THE PROMISE which catalogues the failure of higher education in America. The Carnegie Commission on Education (year) and the books written by […]

Here Are 4 Outrageously Insane Climate Proposals

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 1 day ago
By Jarrett Stepman ~ Judging from the much-hyped and widely mocked speech by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg at the United Nations earlier this week, it’s clear that some young people are convinced that the world will soon end unless we do something drastic. “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty […]

Palfreeman case

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 1 day ago
* Palfreema*n had a profound effect on those he met, both young and old. They are sticking by him. A gently spoken gypsy called Simeon told me the Australian rescued him from knife carrying thugs at an outdoors concert in 2006. Engineering student and Samokov friend Didi Alexandrova wondered if Palfreeman's fatal flaw was naivety. "Not everybody would help a stranger, taking a risk with their own life," she said. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2009-12-02/australian-awaits-fate-after-years-in-bulgarian/1165992 ……………………………………..… * two* young people in Australia in 2004. Howeve... more »

The President Of These United States Is Openly Using The Power Of His Office And The Resources Of The Executive Branch To Conspire With Foreign Governments Against Americans

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*-by Joseph Mamét * So one thing I haven't seen teased out or talked about at all is, if the President has such serious concerns with what the Bidens did in the Ukraine, why didn't he ask his own investigative services like, for example, the FBI, to look into it? Why let a country we know is corrupt lead the way? And why isn't anyone asking that question? I mean, the answer is obvious-- their premise for all this is a bunch of crap-- but that no one is questioning said premise seems like a missed opportunity. I think what I’m really asking is why aren’t Democrats asking any hard... more »

Historical Reference

LL at Virtual Mirage - 1 day ago
On September 28th in 1066: William the Conqueror invades England Claiming his right to the English throne, William, duke of Normandy, invades England at Pevensey on Britain’s southeast coast. His subsequent defeat of King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings marked the beginning of a new era in British history. William was the illegitimate son of Robert I, duke of Normandy, by his concubine Arlette, a tanner’s daughter from the town of Falaise. The duke, who had no other sons, designated William his heir, and with his death in 1035 William became duke of Normandy at age seven. Rebe... more »

Record snowfall in Spokane

Robert at Ice Age Now - 1 day ago
First measurable snowfall on Sept. 28 in at least 138 years, maybe a lot longer. The NWS Spokane office recorded 1.9 inches of snowfall at the Spokane International Airport Saturday. That was the first measurable snowfall recorded on Sept. 28 since records have been taken in Spokane beginning in January of 1881, according to FOX28. ... Read moreRecord snowfall in Spokane The post Record snowfall in Spokane appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Montana – More than a foot of snow so far – LOTS more on the way

Robert at Ice Age Now - 1 day ago
Forecasters warned on Sunday that the early-season wintry blast (it’s still September!) will drop several additional feet of snow in parts of the region, creating potentially life-threatening situations. The powerful winter storm targeting the northern Rockies has already downed trees, caused power outages and lead road closures in northwestern Montana. The National Weather Service said ... Read moreMontana – More than a foot of snow so far – LOTS more on the way The post Montana – More than a foot of snow so far – LOTS more on the way appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Global warming facts to calm your sobbing children

Richard Treadgold at CCG - 1 day ago
A list of facts to remove children’s terror of global warming from Andrew Bolt, of the Herald Sun, Melbourne. He … Continue Reading →