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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

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

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10 pm MST

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
*by Noah* *From Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"* You don't bring me flowers You don't sing me love songs You hardly talk to me anymore When I come through the door at the end of the day I remember when You couldn't wait to love me Used to hate to leave me Now after lovin' me late at night When it's good for you, babe And you're feeling alright Well, you just roll over And you turn out the light And you don't bring me flowers anymore It used to be so natural (Used to be) To talk about forever But used-to-be's don't count anymore They just lay on the floor... more »

CPEC: the bigger picture

bilaterals.org - 21 hours ago
30-Jan-2020 For China, the benefits of the BRI go beyond mere connectivity and trade to ratcheting up its regional and global clout. Capital, whether it takes the form of equity or credit, is a principal source of extending leverage over other nations.

Economic diplomacy: APEC's future, digital trade deals, and green debt

bilaterals.org - 21 hours ago
30-Jan-2020 Malaysian PM Mahathir controls the credibility of APEC, and China controls how emerging economies cut carbon emissions.

Australia to intensify engagement, new envoy likely to be India-hand O'Farrell

bilaterals.org - 21 hours ago
30-Jan-2020 Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu hope that India will seriously consider returning to the RCEP table.

The Flavor is the Problem: The Hidden Hand Behind Vaping Problems

Weihong Lin, Rakaia Kenney at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*Weihong Lin, Rakaia Kenney* *Politics, Americas* [image: FILE PHOTO: A man poses for a picture, as he vapes at home in La Paz, Bolivia, February 2, 2019. REUTERS/David Mercado/File Photo] It's not just alluring. Millions of Americans are vaping, and some are getting sick. Since June 2019, 2,711 have been hospitalized and 60 have died due to EVALI (e-cigarette-associated lung injury), the devastating lung disease linked to e-cigarettes. Five million users are middle and high school students. Some are as young as 11, although it’s illegal to sell vaping products to anyone under 21... more »

Prehistory Parenting: Why Dinosaur Egg Bonanza Provides Clues about Prehistory

Jason Gilchrist at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*Jason Gilchrist* *History, Americas* [image: Reuters] Evidence for dinosaur parental care most famously comes from a fossil of what was thought to be a mother Oviraptor found sitting on a nest of eggs. Perhaps the most amazing thing about fossils is that they don’t just show us what extinct animals looked like, they can also reveal how those animals lived. Even a fossilised dinosaur egg can provide a wealth of clues about its parents’ behaviour. Dinosaur hunters in the Javkhlant region of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia recently discovered 15 exceptionally well preserved clutches of... more »

Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighter Has Seen Action—but It Isn't Ready for a Major War Yet

David Axe at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * What went wrong? *Key point: *Moscow really wants its Su-57 ready for any contingency, but the plane lacks certain key features. In fact, it is still unsure if Russia can begin to produce its vaunted stealth fighter in large numbers. The Russian air force deployed Su-57 stealth fighters to Syria a second time since first deploying them to the war-torn country in February 2018. But that doesn’t mean the twin-engine Su-57 is any closer to being ready for mass production, to say nothing of its readiness for full-scale warfare against a high-tech foe. The R... more »

Can This Meme Group Catapult Bernie to the White House?

Heather Woods, Leslie Hahner at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*Heather Woods, Leslie Hahner* *Politics, Americas* Welcome to the meme wars. On Jan. 19, the New York Times editorial board made history when it endorsed two candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, for president, concluding, “May the best woman win.” This came on the heels on another key endorsement, one that got far less media coverage: On Jan. 15, New Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens, a private Facebook meme group, endorsed U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Within hours, Bernie personally thanked the group’s nearly 180,000 “NUMTOTs,” as they affect... more »

Margaret Atwood Meets Charles Darwin

Ian Hesketh at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*Ian Hesketh* *Security, * [image: https://www.reutersconnect.com/all?id=tag%3Areuters.com%2C2019%3Anewsml_RC1A917F7F90&share=true] Just what is a reference to the evolutionist Charles Darwin doing in an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale? *The Handmaid’s Tale* is a TV series based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood that presents a dystopian vision of a male-dominated society known as Gilead. Widespread infertility means that the few fertile women who remain have been enslaved as handmaids and assigned to Gilead’s leaders to produce their future offspring. The se... more »

Missionary Reposition

nonnie9999 at HYSTERICAL RAISINS - 21 hours ago
From The Telegraph: It was a rare reflection by Mitt Romney on his life as a young Mormon, offered as proof to struggling Americans that despite being born into privilege and amassing a $250 million fortune, he too had known hard times. A day after being labelled “out of touch” for casually offering a $10,000 […]

All Agree: Wrong to Shut Out Palestinians from ‘Peace Plan’ (Full Show)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 21 hours ago
RT America Rick Sanchez explains the Trump administration’s consistently anti-Palestinian stance and the extreme bias informing President Trump’s “peace plan” for Israel and Palestine. Then RT’s Paula Slier reports from Tel Aviv on the Palestinian reaction to Trump’s proposal. Then veteran, author and human rights activist Miko Peled and former US Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Florida) …

NEW: Coronavirus hits Germany, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 21 hours ago
RT America The World Health Organization plans an emergency meeting on Thursday to address the coronavirus outbreak. It has caused 132 deaths in China, with over 6,000 confirmed cases of infection. It has already infected more people than SARS did and we are now seeing overseas cases in people who’ve never traveled to China. RT …

Wuhan Coronavirus Effects On Markets & Economy Have Begun

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 21 hours ago
SilverDoctors Global synchronized slowdown? No way! That was so second-half of the last decade! It’s 2020, and the new public health crisis is turning into the trigger, not for a slowdown, but for complete and total economic collapse (or at least a very severe global economic depression, if we can survive it). end

Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ is About Ignoring Palestinian Rights & Legitimizing Israel’s Occupation – Turkish President Erdogan

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 21 hours ago
Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ is About Ignoring Palestinian Rights & Legitimizing Israel’s Occupation – Turkish President Erdogan by https://www.rt.com/ Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blasted a plan for resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict presented by Donald Trump, saying the proposal is a blatant attempt to ‘legitimize Israel’s occupation’ of Palestinian territories. – Erdogan, a …

Trump’s Failed Bullying: Britain Accepts 5G Huawei Technology

Binoy KAMPMARK at OrientalReview.org - 22 hours ago
It is strikingly bullying and bullish. US officials have been less than reserved in their threats about what Britain’s proposed dealings with Huawei over admitting it to its 5G network might entail. Three Republican Senators – Tom Cotton of Arkansas, John Cornyn of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida – […]

"Coronavirus Update PM 1/29/20"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"Coronavirus Update PM 1/29/20"* *"Coronavirus Could Survive Outside The Body For 28 DAYS!"* by IWB "Assessment of the risks posed by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus (SARS-CoV) on surfaces requires data on survival of this virus on environmental surfaces and on how survival is affected by environmental variables, such as air temperature (AT) and relative humidity (RH). The use of surrogate viruses has the potential to overcome the challenges of working with SARS-CoV and to increase the available data on coronavirus survival on surfaces. Two potential surrogate... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Coronavirus: Death toll rises as virus spreads to every Chinese region https://t.co/LWsT4bj72g — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) January 30, 2020 China sees deadliest day yet as global #coronavirus fears mount.@WHO warns all governments to be "on alert"https://t.co/72Z74ksUkB pic.twitter.com/shbYcvSawA — AFP news agency (@AFP) January 30, 2020 Factbox: Latest on the coronavirus spreading in China and beyond https://t.co/nebBesQLiW pic.twitter.com/eLobGOGQpa — Reuters (@Reuters) January 30, 2020 Voting overwhelmingly in its favor, European lawmakers signed off on the #Brexit wit... more »

China halts trade of wild animals due to coronavirus; WHO urges food safety measures

News Desk at Food Safety News - 22 hours ago
China has banned trading of wild animals until the novel coronavirus outbreak is brought under control. There are more than 6,000 confirmed cases with almost 7,000 more suspected infections and 132 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The source of infection is still unknown. Most of those sick are in China but more... Continue Reading

Bill permanently banning horse slaughter and limiting exports gets hearing

Dan Flynn at Food Safety News - 22 hours ago
As effective as the annual bans on USDA inspections of horse slaughter for human consumption have been, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL, and Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL want a more permanent solution. They’ve introduced H.R. 961, the Safeguard American Food Exports Act that deems “equine parts” as unsafe, a notion to which large parts of Asia... Continue Reading

Soft cheese, rotten fish, undeclared allergens earn spots on enforcement list

News Desk at Food Safety News - 22 hours ago
The Food and Drug Administration uses import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations for food from foreign countries. The agency updates and modifies the alerts as needed. Recent modifications to FDA’s import alerts, as posted by the agency, are listed below. Click on the links to view the full alerts. Import Alert Desc Text... Continue Reading

Experts reflect on Spain’s Listeria outbreak

Joe Whitworth at Food Safety News - 22 hours ago
Nearly 700 professionals met in Seville this past week to talk about Spain’s largest ever Listeria outbreak, which occurred in 2019. The Minister of Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, opened the International Symposium on the Andalusian Listeriosis outbreak that sickened more than 200 people. The listeriosis alert was started in mid-August and ended by mid-October.... Continue Reading

Quote of the Day

vonMesser at 'Nox & Friends - 22 hours ago

Energy & Environmental Newsletter: Two Special Reports

Geoff at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 22 hours ago
*When will we ever learn?* John Droz Jr One of the main blessings of accurately understanding history is that it gives us an unprecedented opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others — for free! What sense does it make to repeatedly go down a path likely to fail? If we look back at government policy decisions, it’s abundantly clear that good intentions + time and effort + lots of money does NOT assure a successful outcome. Indeed, after all of these, the way-too-often actual result is: 1. ) the costs turn out to be enormously more than projected, and 2. ) the benefits... more »

Come Look Honestly - A Quotation by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago
*Come look honestly at yourselves and your bad behaviors toward one another and wish for compassion and empathy to emerge between individuals and groups, so that all can see the pain and confusions that are resulting from the current modes of behavior. And mode it is as in fashion. It can be changed from time to time if the person so chooses.* *© **M.N. Hopkins* *Note: During this month of January 2020 I intend to release one to two of my quotations which were taken from earlier inspirational writings going back 23 years to today. I will also post any newly inspired qu... more »

Within Our Dualistic World - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago
*Within our dualistic world of Man* *Light is dark* *And* *Dark is light* *Both of the same Source* *The Source that is * *The Essence of all that lives* *Which that one attracts* *Depends upon one's focal point* *Both compliment* *And interact* *With one another* *In the eternal game* *Of balance* *Those who achieve* *Or * *Acquire* *This balance* *Are those who are* *Masters of both* *Light and dark* *Both are tools that are necessary* *For* *Living a human life* *When one take precedence* *Over the other* *Then* *An imbalance occurs * *Within the human bein... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang wearing a mask and protective suit speaks to medical workers as he visits the Jinyintan hospital where patients with the new coronavirus are being treated, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 27, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS *WNU Editor: *The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *Inside Wuhan after China quarantines virus-hit city* (Reuters).

Thailand's Government Admits It Is 'Unable To Stop The Spread' Of China's Deadly Coronavirus

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
A banner on coronavirus is pictured at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi international airport in Thailand, January 25, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha *Daily Mail:* *Thailand admits it is 'unable to stop the spread' of China's deadly coronavirus as health minister warns more cases are coming* * Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul said there are too many Chinese visitors * At least 22,000 people from Wuhan are believed to have visited in January * Thailand, with 14 cases, is so far the worst affected country outside of China Thailand is 'not able to stop the spread' of the deadly Wuhan coro... more »

Americans are about to vote — but not for president. Here's what you need to know

Emily Olson And Peter Marsh at Just In - 22 hours ago
The first votes of the long 2020 election season will soon be cast. Here's what you need to know about the process that will answer the question: Will Donald Trump still be President?

Out-of-control bushfire threatens RAAF air base north of Perth

Just In - 22 hours ago
A bushfire threatening the Pearce Royal Australian Air Force base in Bullsbrook, north-east of Perth, is out of control, but has been downgraded from an emergency warning.

'Three heroes': Medals handed to families of US firefighters killed in air tanker crash

Amy Greenbank And Bellinda Kontominas at Just In - 22 hours ago
Three Americans killed in an air tanker crash while fighting a bushfire in New South Wales are described as heroes who "paid the ultimate sacrifice" during a memorial service in Sydney.

What happens if the WHO declares the coronavirus a global emergency?

Michael Walsh at Just In - 22 hours ago
The World Health Organisation is meeting again to discuss whether to declare the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak a global emergency — here's what that means.

Port Macquarie fatal plane crash caused by insufficient fuel, investigators find

Kirstie Wellauer at Just In - 22 hours ago
Low fuel levels caused a plane to lose control and crash, killing two people, on the NSW mid-north coast in 2017, an ATSB investigation has found.

Bikie pleads guilty to bashing child sex offender after posting footage on social media

Isabel Dayman at Just In - 22 hours ago
Rebels bikie Bradley Daniele admits to assaulting Hamzeh Bahrami, who sexually assaulted a young girl in a toilet block, as the court is told a police officer identified Bahrami to Daniele.

Coronavirus lies are rife on social media. Here are just some of them

Ariel Bogle at Just In - 22 hours ago
Tech giants are struggling to control the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus — and in some cases, even profiting from it.

What happened in the Kobe Bryant rape claim case?

Just In - 22 hours ago
NBA star Kobe Bryant's sudden death in a helicopter crash this week sparked an outpouring of tributes from basketball fans. But one of the most controversial moments in his life triggered a very different response.

Pilot who had lucky escape after ditching plane in ocean defends company's safety record

Johanna Marie And Nicole Hegarty at Just In - 22 hours ago
Air Fraser owner and pilot Gerry Geltch defends the safety record of his company a day after he was forced to ditch his Cessa 206 into the ocean off the eastern side of Fraser Island and swim to shore, saying his company meets all safety standards.

Supreme Court halts logging in parts of Victoria due to impact of bushfires on threatened species

Richard Willingham at Just In - 22 hours ago
A Supreme Court judge orders a temporary halt to logging in Victoria's Central Highlands as the state figures out just how badly threatened species such as the greater glider were affected by bushfires.

Adelaide man to stand trial over child exploitation material charges

Meagan Dillon at Just In - 22 hours ago
A 42-year-old man, who allegedly possessed and shared child exploitation material, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Pest koalas on Kangaroo Island missing a testicle in 'genetic bottleneck'

Malcolm Sutton at Just In - 22 hours ago
Many koalas from Kangaroo Island only have one testicle and are a poor sample to regenerate declining mainland populations, an expert in wildlife ecology warns, as marsupials orphaned by bushfires are brought to the Adelaide Hills to start a new colony.

Republicans say Trump could be acquitted in a few days as witness push falters

Peter Marsh And Emily Olson at Just In - 22 hours ago
Senators use the impeachment trial to grill both legal teams, as Republican confidence of a quick acquittal for Donald Trump grows.

January 30th – 2020 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #1106

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 →

Thursday January 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 →

Iraq-Raping Neocon Upset That People Keep Bringing Up The Iraq Thing

Caitlin Johnstone at Caitlin Johnstone - 23 hours ago
There’s so much going on in US politics right now that it’s hard to know what to write about. With all the shouting about the election, impeachment, Trump’s bogus Palestine “deal” and so many other important political issues competing for airtime with Kobe Bryant’s death […]

Australian Daily Wind Power Generation Data – Wednesday 29th January 2020

TonyfromOz at PA Pundits – International - 23 hours ago
By Anton Lang ~ This Post details the daily wind power generation data for the AEMO coverage area in Australia. For the background information, refer to the Introductory Post at this link. Each image is shown here at a smaller size to fit on the page alongside the data for that day. If you click […]

Evening News Spin: 100% Negative On Trump Defense, 95% Positive Dems

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 23 hours ago
By Nicholas Fondacaro ~ Before the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump was gaveled into session, Chief Justice John Roberts presided over a swearing-in ceremony where all 100 senators pledged to be impartial jurors. The liberal media zeroed in on that pledge and decried Senate Republicans who seemed to be siding with the […]

CLINTEL Manifesto Blasts Climate Scaremongering

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 23 hours ago
By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ There is NO climate emergency. Preaching doom and gloom is a crime against the young generation. These are the key points of a new manifesto from the Climate Intelligence Group or CLINTEL. CLINTEL is a rapidly growing international group, led by prominent scientists, that opposes the ill-founded attempts to scare […]

6 Scenes From Day 8 Of Trump Impeachment Trial

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 23 hours ago
By Fred Lucas ~ Wednesday was question-and-answer day in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and it included a thought exercise in which Barack Obama asks Russia to investigate election rival Mitt Romney. Senators acting as jurors, and in some way judges, submitted questions in writing to Chief Justice John Roberts. He then […]

Psychologist, Dr. Umar Johnson, Says Big Pharma, NBA Murdered Kobe Bryant

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 23 hours ago
Psychologist and Pan-African activist Dr. Umar Johnson is facing scrutiny for claiming on Monday that someone tampered with Kobe Bryant’s helicopter, causing it to crash. Johnson, a known conspiracy theorist, proposed that Bryant’s death is the result of his ongoing legal battle with Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals over the legals rights to his nickname of “Black Mamba.” […] The post Psychologist, Dr. Umar Johnson, Says Big Pharma, NBA Murdered Kobe Bryant appeared first on Health Nut News.

Yemen’s Iran-Aligned Houthis Say They Fired At Saudi Targets Including Aramco Oil Facilities

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Yemen's Houthis say they fired at Aramco, other Saudi targets* DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Wednesday it had fired rocket and drone strikes at Saudi targets including Aramco oil facilities, the group’s first claim of such attacks since it offered to halt them four months ago. Few details were given of the precise nature and timing of the attacks, and there was no immediate confirmation from the Saudi authorities of any strikes. In comments reported by Houthi-run Al Masirah TV, Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saria said more than 15 “op... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 29, 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Chinese President Xi jinping speaks during a meeting with Tedros Adhanom, director general of the World Health Organization, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, January 28, 2020. Naohiko Hatta/Pool via REUTERS *Gordon Watts, Asia Times:* *Wuhan virus threat is Xi’s ‘greatest challenge’* *Ruling Communist Party goes on a ‘war footing’ as confirmed cases continue to surge on the mainland and across the globe* President Xi Jinping has put China on a war footing against an enemy with more firepower than a carrier group. As the microscopic predator continues to stalk the... more »

Dershowitz Is Wrong — Abuse of Power Is Grounds for Impeachment

Marjorie Cohn at Marjorie Cohn - 23 hours ago
Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard emeritus law professor who is serving as a hired gun for Team Trump, is arguing that even if John Bolton testifies that Trump admitted the quid pro quo with Ukraine to him, the Senate could not remove the president from office. Dershowitz has gone so far as to say that even... Read more »

Would Your iPhone be Powerful Enough to Get You to the Moon?

Graham Kendall at The National Interest - 23 hours ago
*Graham Kendall* *Security, Americas* It’s mind-blowing to think about that a simple calculator, designed to help students decades ago pass their exams, was more powerful than the computer that landed man on the moon. Many people who are old enough to have experienced the first moon landing will vividly remember what it was like watching Neil Armstrong utter his famous quote: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”. Half a century later, the event is still one of the top achievements of humankind. Despite the rapid technological advances since then, astrona... more »

What if the Shape of the Universe Is Curved?

Eleonora Di Valentino at The National Interest - 23 hours ago
*Eleonora Di Valentino* *Science, Americas* [image: Reuters] Dark matter and gas in the universe. There may be more dark matter than we think. No matter how elegant your theory is, experimental data will have the last word. Observations of the retrograde motion of the planets were fundamental to the Copernican revolution, in which the sun replaced Earth at the centre of the solar system. And the unusual orbit of Mercury provided a spectacular confirmation of the theory of general relativity. In fact, our entire understanding of the universe is built on observed, unexpected anoma... more »

Congress is Mulling Over a Holocaust Education Bill. It Should Pass.

Jennifer Rich at The National Interest - 23 hours ago
*Jennifer Rich* *History, Americas* [image: The site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz is pictured during the ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camp and International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day, in Oswiecim, Poland] Lest we forget. *Jennifer Rich, an assistant professor of sociology at Rowan University in New Jersey, is a Holocaust scholar and director of the Rowan Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Here, Rich explains how the “Never Again Education Act,” which the U.S. House passed 393-5 on Inte... more »

Human Error: Why YouTube’s Algorithms for ‘Radicalization’ Work

Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández, Joanne Gray at The National Interest - 23 hours ago
*Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández, Joanne Gray* *Science, Americas* [image: Reuters] YouTube uses a wide range of tools to keep viewers watching. People watch more than a billion hours of video on YouTube every day. Over the past few years, the video sharing platform has come under fire for its role in spreading and amplifying extreme views. YouTube’s video recommendation system, in particular, has been criticised for radicalising young people and steering viewers down rabbit holes of disturbing content. The company claims it is trying to avoid amplifying problematic content. But re... more »

The War in Libya Will Never End

Yves Smith at naked capitalism - 23 hours ago
Looking at the gap between posturing and positions in Libya

Who Expects ANYTHING Good To Ever Comes Out Of The Accursed Trump Regime-- Let Alone An Israel-Palestine Accord?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Did anyone ever think when Trump put his wormy and corrupt son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in charge the Middle East that peace between the Palestinians and Israelis would be nigh? It isn't. His peace plan is a p.r. stunt and con job that has already been rejected by the Palestinians. The sickening, ass-kissing video above-- much of it based on lies the way everything that comes out of the Trumpist regime is-- is Jared being interviewed by Christiane Amanpour on CNN, completely out of his depth and seeming to claim Trump has brought Israel together-- the hell with the Palestinians, w... more »

Senator Hawley: The House Managers “Just Don’t Have a Case”…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 day ago
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley weighs in on the current Senate impeachment trial, and a possibility that some Democratic senators may vote to acquit.

The problematics of impeachment (II): Constitutional interpretation v. constitutional design

Sandy Levinson at Balkinization - 1 day ago
Because the Impeachment Clause was badly drafted and is the only mechanism, together with the useless 25th Amendment, for displacing an unfit president, it is, of course, the focus of efforts in "constitutional interpretation," a subject that lawyers profess to have some expertise in. So we are being treated to the back-and-forth especially as to how to interpret the truly unfortunate phrase "high crimes and misdemeanor." This is a source of almost endless mischief, as seen most clearly in Alan Dershowitz's lifeline to Trumpistas. I share the almost unanimous view that he is incor... more »

Californian Compares His Home State to Texas

Whitetop at 'Nox & Friends - 1 day ago
Bill Whittle compares his home state of California to the State of Texas.

Checking In

LL at Virtual Mirage - 1 day ago
*More on the Virus* (bloomberg) It's worth a read. The implications raise the concerns about Coronavirus carriers moving about and spreading the virus with no visible symptoms. _____ In case you missed it, Federal Agents arrested Dr. Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, charged with lying to the Department of Defense about secret monthly payments of $50,000.00 paid by China and receipt of millions more to help set up a chemical/biological “Research” laboratory in China. Also arrested were two Chinese “Students” working as res... more »

Countries Limit China Travel as Coronavirus Spreads

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT America 201 American passengers arrived at a California military base on Wednesday after having been evacuated from Wuhan, China, the source of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. Countries around the world, including the US, are considering or implementing a ban on travel to mainland China. RT America’s Natasha Sweatte reports live from Los Angeles International …

US Building Bases in Iraq Despite Call for Withdrawal

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT America The US military is planning on expanding the number of bases near the Iranian border despite President Trump’s promises and the increasing Iraqi call to withdraw troops. RT America’s Faran Fronczak reports. end

‘Deal Of The Century’ For Israel/Palestine…Or Dud Of The Century?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RonPaulLibertyReport President Trump rolled out his “deal of the century” for Israel/Palestine peace and as could be predicted it was dead on arrival as far as the Palestinian side was concerned. Was it designed to fail? Was it designed to boost Bibi? Is endless involvement in Israel/Palestine issues really in the US interest? end

Israeli Settlers Torch Palestinian Classroom in West Bank Village in New Price Tag Attack

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Israeli Settlers Torch Palestinian Classroom in West Bank Village in New Price Tag Attack by https://www.presstv.com/ A group of Israeli settlers have torched a classroom in the southern sector of the occupied West Bank as they press ahead with their acts of vandalism and violence, known as price tag attacks, against Palestinians and their property …

‘Take It Or Leave It’: Trump’s Empire-Style Plan to Bring War Rather Than Peace to Middle East — Slap of the Century

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
‘Take It Or Leave It’: Trump’s Empire-Style Plan to Bring War Rather Than Peace to Middle East by https://www.rt.com/ US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” has turned out to be nothing but another colonial empire-style plan ignoring not just the interests of the Palestinians but the UN decisions as well, analysts told RT. …

Lancet Medical Journal: Mortality Rate of 11% for WuHan Coronavirus?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
The latest clinical report on 2019-nCoV: 99 patients from Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital. Important: a key group of patients progress rapidly to ARDS, septic shock, and multiple organ failure. 23% ITU admission, 17% ARDS, 11% mortality. https://t.co/Hr0XIfK6M1 — richard horton (@richardhorton1) January 29, 2020

Reporters Claim To Have Proof China Lying About Virus Death Toll As Total Cases Near 8,000; Another 12,000 Suspected

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Reporters Claim To Have Proof China Lying About Virus Death Toll As Total Cases Near 8,000; Another 12,000 Suspected by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ Summary: Death toll climbs to 170 from 132, with 7,771 cases confirmed in China and 7,811 total, while the number of suspected cases has soared by 2,928 to 12,167 from 9,239 yesterday …

How Gold Standard Creates A BOOMING ECONOMY! (Must Watch)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
George Gammon 👉Gold standard INTEL THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW! 👈Mention the gold standard and most people will laugh, but these people haven’t studied history. The classic gold standard we had in the US from approximately 1870-1913 yielded the greatest boom time in US history. In fact, the gold standard, in and of itself, …

Trump and Netanyahu Dictate Terms of Palestinian Surrender to Israel and Call It Peace

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Sheldon Adelson is Council of 12/13? Trump and Netanyahu Dictate Terms of Palestinian Surrender to Israel and Call It Peace by Robert Mackey, https://theintercept.com/ FLANKED BY ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but no Palestinian leader, President Donald Trump unveiled “a vision for peace” in the Middle East on Tuesday which permits Israel to annex much of …

Ex-British Special Forces Director: OPCW Could Lose All Credibility Over Syria Douma Leaks!

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Going Underground on RT On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to the former Director of Britain’s Special Forces, Major General John Holmes about the OPCW Douma leaks, which cast doubt on whether Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons. He discusses why he is a firm believer in the OPCW and why it’s impartiality must …

More Bombs Than Ever! Trump Escalates Obama’s ‘Good War’ In Afghanistan.

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RonPaulLibertyReport President Trump dropped more bombs on Afghanistan last year than in any of the past ten years. Yet “victory” is further away than ever. Aside from the riches being reaped by the bombmakers, what are we achieving in this 19 year war? end

How the U.S. Regime and Its Allies Enforce Their Smears and Their Other Lies

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
How the U.S. Regime and Its Allies Enforce Their Smears and Their Other Lies by Eric Zuesse, https://www.strategic-culture.org/ Without enforced suppression of truth, there would be no way that the U.S. and its allied regimes could continue hiding the lies that were behind their invasions of Iraq in 2003, and of Syria since 2012, and their coup …

Longest Ever Tunnel Found Under US-Mexican Border; Meanwhile Segment of Trump’s Wall Falls into Mexico

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
No surprises: Tunnel found under the border “Border Patrol San Diego Sector and partners have exposed the longest illicit cross-border … Continue reading →

New Study Analyzes Value of Associate Degrees and Certificates

Sarah Wood at Diverse - 1 day ago
A new study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that a student’s academic discipline within certificate and associate degree programs influences future income earnings.

Misinformation Pledge Gains a Supporter in Presidential Race

AP News at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has joined former Vice President Joe Biden in a presidential campaign pledge to avoid the use of fake news, manipulated images or online misinformation.

Ash Barty loses Australian Open semi-final to Sofia Kenin

Simon Smale at Just In - 1 day ago
World number one Ash Barty is out of the Australian Open, going down to American 14th seed Sofia Kenin in straight sets on Rod Laver Arena.

Man sentenced to 18 years for 'horrific' killing of his partner in front of their children

Iskhandar Razak at Just In - 1 day ago
Daniel Eckersley is jailed for murdering the mother of his three children in July 2018 but the judge finds his "moral culpability" was reduced because he was in a drug-induced psychotic episode due to a rare but recognised side effect of a prescription drug.

Concerns for more than 170 people who flew to Gold Coast with coronavirus patient

Just In - 1 day ago
Queensland authorities test four more people for coronavirus. They were in the same tour group with a man who tested positive yesterday.

Two Australian citizens in China infected with coronavirus

Just In - 1 day ago
The Federal Government confirms two Australian citizens in China are infected with coronavirus, as hundreds more remain stuck in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Australian champion to miss Olympics due to 'wonderful, unexpected' pregnancy

Just In - 1 day ago
Pentathlete Chloe Esposito will not be able to defend her Olympic crown in Tokyo after revealing on social media that she is pregnant with her first child.

Man charged with murder day after $1m reward offered over 1995 cold case

Lily Mayers at Just In - 1 day ago
A Granville man is charged with the murder of Hasan Dastan, who was found with extensive skull and facial fractures in the workshop of his Blacktown auto wrecker in 1995.

Vanessa Bryant speaks publicly for first time since Kobe and Gianna's death

Just In - 1 day ago
Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa posts on Instagram about her husband and daughter Gianna's deaths, saying "there aren't enough words to describe our pain right now".

Power cut to 50,000 homes as weather front sets fire to power poles across Perth

Rhiannon Shine at Just In - 1 day ago
Thousands of Perth homes are still without electricity after rain and humidity combined to spark power pole fires overnight, with about 100 poles damaged across the metropolitan area.

Victorian A-G wants social commentator stripped of Order of Australia over 'dangerous' views

Kristian Silva at Just In - 1 day ago
Victoria's Attorney-General wants Bettina Arndt to be stripped of her Order of Australia, saying her views "insult and outrage" sexual abuse survivors, but the commentator says the accusations are "ludicrous".

Airlines worldwide drop flights to mainland China in response to coronavirus

Just In - 1 day ago
Airlines around the world are suspending and cutting back services to parts of mainland China in response to the spread of the respiratory illness.

Dairy industry digests plan to consolidate governance

Peter Somerville at Just In - 1 day ago
A major restructure looms for the Australian dairy industry, however some state-based advocacy organisations are concerned the proposal misses the mark.

Parliamentary Malpractice

Gerard N. Magliocca at Balkinization - 1 day ago
One surprising aspect of the trial is that no points of order are being raised. This may well be a lost art, but Senators used to be talented at using those questions to make their points or shape debate. It's especially curious to see Senators posing questions about the Chief Justice's role for the Chief Justice to read to lawyers. Why doesn't someone just pose some of those questions to him as the Presiding Officer? He may decline to answer, but who knows. My suspicion is that he is prepared with answers for some questions, but someone must ask and find out. I would add that I'm h... more »

China's CH-4 Drones Are No MQ-1 Predator (And Too Good To Be True)

David Axe at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*David Axe* *Technology, Asia* This is what cutting corners gets you. *Key point:* The Chinese drones seem to be going out of style. China’s CH-4 killer drone appears to be falling out of favor with some of its major operators. The Iraqi air force is down to just one operational CH-4 out of a fleet of around 10, according to an August 2019 report from the U.S. inspector-general. Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led operation targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, told the inspector-general that maintenance problems have grounded most ... more »

Not Every American General Has Been Great (Just Ask These Five)

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * You don't want to be on this list. *Key Point:* Some American commanders have lost the battle for history... It would be nice if all American generals were great. How might Vietnam or Iraq have turned out if a George Washington, a Ulysses Grant or a George Patton had been in command? Alas, call it the laws of probability or just cosmic karma, but every nation produces bad generals as well as good ones—and America is no exception. What is a bad general? Defining that is like defining a bad meal. Some would say that failure on the battlefield warrants ... more »

NY Times: F.D.A. Warns Purell to Stop Claiming It Can Prevent Ebola or Flu

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 1 day ago
The Food and Drug Administration recently warned the maker of Purell hand sanitizers to to stop claiming its products can prevent people from catching the flu, Ebola virus, the MRSA superbug, and norovirus. In a notice dated January 17, the F.D.A. said that Purell manufacturer Gojo’s false claims that its hand sanitizers could reduce the […] The post NY Times: F.D.A. Warns Purell to Stop Claiming It Can Prevent Ebola or Flu appeared first on Health Nut News.

Presidential Primaries: What You Need to KnowEvery four years,...

Robert Reich - 1 day ago
*Presidential Primaries: What You Need to Know* Every four years, our country holds a general election to decide who will be our next president. Before that happens, though, each party must choose its candidate through primary elections. But our system of primaries can be a bit confusing. So here’s a quick primer on the upcoming primaries, containing the most important things you need to know based on the most frequently asked questions: *Are primaries, caucuses, and conventions written into the Constitution? * No. The Constitution says nothing about primaries or caucuses. Or abou... more »

The Democrat’s Hydra.

I.R. Wayright at 'Nox & Friends - 1 day ago
Or…..What is the Impeachment of Donald Trump really all about? I refuse to watch the impeachment proceedings since the outcome is obvious to anybody who can count votes. But is this process started by dems with TDS concerned about the next election, or something bigger? We know a “Hydra” is a mythical many headed snake that if you cut off one head, two more will pop up. We must learn some history of where we have been and what went on before most of us were even born, to put into perspective how dangerous the times we live in now … Continue reading →

On The Myth Of Choice

Unknown at The Verma Report - 1 day ago
The choices that others make for us and the factors related to destiny or chance play a much greater role in determining our life than the choices that we ourselves make. We don’t get to choose the time and the place of our birth or our parents. We don’t get to choose our religion, culture, and race. Our parents or guardians are responsible for our initial schooling, our first language, the habits that we pick up in the formative years of our lives. Even in the later stages of our life there are several things over which we have no control. The decisions that the politicians and big ... more »

The Scary Thing about China’s Failed Gene-Edited Baby Experiment

Dimitri Perrin, Gaetan Burgio at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dimitri Perrin, Gaetan Burgio* *Science, Asia* The team used CRISPR on human embryos in a bid to render them resistant to HIV infection. But instead, they generated different mutations, about which we know nothing. More than a year ago, the world was shocked by Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui’s attempt to use CRISPR technology to modify human embryos and make them resistant to HIV, which led to the birth of twins Lulu and Nana. Now, crucial details have been revealed in a recent release of excerpts from the study, which have triggered a series of concerns about how Lulu and Na... more »

The 'Gay Panic' Defense Lets Criminals Get Away With Murder

W. Carsten Andresen at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*W. Carsten Andresen* *Politics, Americas* [image: Judge's gavel in a courtroom, stack of law books.] One man is trying to track how many. *On January 21, New Jersey became the ninth state in the nation to ban the gay panic defense, a strategy that the governor said is “rooted in homophobia.” W. Carsten Andresen, a criminal justice scholar, has been building a database of murder cases that use the gay panic defense. *The Conversation* asked him to tell us more about these cases, and what sets them apart from other murder trials.* *What is the gay panic defense?* This is when a ... more »

The U.S. Navy Might Run Out of Tomahawk Cruise Missiles

David Axe at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*David Axe* *Security, * “If the U.S. continues to utilize Tomahawks at historically average levels ― the U.S. Navy might need thousands of missiles over the next decade or more.” The U.S. Navy plans to upgrade a whole lot of Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles. Potentially more than a thousand of them. The rest, the service wants to dismantle. The result would be a much more capable, but potentially much smaller, U.S. cruise-missile arsenal. Capt. John Red, the Navy’s Tomahawk program manager, detailed the plan at the 2020 Surface Navy Association Symposium in Virginia in mid... more »

The Navy's USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier Changed Naval Warfare Forever

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * There's no going back to the non-nuclear age. *Key point: *What was really remarkable about the *Enterprise* was that it marked the debut of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, which are the backbone of U.S. naval power. *You May Also Like*: 5 Best Submarines of All Time, 5 Best Aircraft Carriers of All Time, 5 Best Battleships of All Time and Worst Submarine of All Time. The USS *Enterprise*, hull number CVN-65, was officially decommissioned back in 2017, which means it is no longer officially on the Navy’s register (the ship was actually transferred... more »

Prince Harry Stepping Back: Who Wins? Who Loses?

Benjamin T. Jones at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Benjamin T. Jones* *Security, * [image: https://www.reutersconnect.com/all?id=tag%3Areuters.com%2C2020%3Anewsml_RC29OE9H2O77&share=true] The decision of Harry and Meghan to step back and the perception that they, particularly Meghan, have been poorly treated by the royal family is a gift to republicans. Bill Shorten, when leader of the opposition, promised a plebiscite on Australia becoming a republic if he won the country’s 2019 federal election. That did not happen but it is interesting to imagine what the result of such a vote would have been. On the one hand, membership of... more »

What Science Can Learn from Animal Poop

Verity Mathis at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Verity Mathis* *Environment, Americas* [image: Reuters] It’s not hard to find scat if you know where to look. Some mammals, such as coyotes and bobcats, like to poop in the middle of trails or trail crossings. Others, like porcupines, do their business at the bases of trees. Everybody poops. There are even whole books written about it. And we can learn a lot about animals from what they leave behind. Scientists study animal poop, also called scat, to learn about the hidden lives of animals. We can find scat in the wild and know what type of animal left it based on its shape, si... more »

General Disaster—Meet the 6 Biggest Losers in Military History

James Jay Carafano at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*James Jay Carafano* *Security, * What generals or military commanders were the worst of the worst. One top military historian gives us his picks. How do you measure military leaders? When all is said and done, it doesn’t matter how nice, brave, courageous, gutsy, loyal or brilliant commanders they’ve been. It doesn’t matter if they’ve won more often than they’ve lost. How they’ve practiced the art of war is immaterial, too. War is an extension of politics, and if commanders don’t help secure the desired political ends, they get a failing grade. And if they not only fail to de... more »

Taking out a Nuke: Just How Good Are America's ICBM Defenses?

David Axe at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*David Axe* *Technology, Americas* [image: https://www.reutersconnect.com/all?id=tag%3Areuters.com%2C2001%3Anewsml_RP2DRINBIUAA&share=true] Could it be done? *Key point:* Washington has successfully shot down an ICBM before. However, there are good reasons to doubt that this can be done multiple times in a real war. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on March 25, 2019 *claimed* it successfully intercepted an ICBM-class target rocket during the first-ever "salvo" test of the U.S. Army's Ground-Based Midcourse Defense missile system. The test comes two years after the MDA for... more »

54 Percent of Millennials Believe a Nuclear War Will Occur in the Next Decade

David Axe at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*David Axe* *Security, * The International Committee of the Red Cross surveyed 16,000 millennials between the ages of 20 and 35 in 16 countries. A majority of the world’s millennials believe it’s more likely than not that a nuclear attack will occur in the next 10 years. They’re not alone in their fear. The non-profit *Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists* recently moved its infamous Doomsday Clock to 100 seconds to midnight, signalling experts’ growing concern over Earth’s future. The International Committee of the Red Cross surveyed 16,000 millennials between the ages of 20 and 3... more »

#41: Kenny Stein on the Transparency in Energy Production Act

IER at IER - 1 day ago
Kenny Stein, IER’s Policy Director, provided testimony before the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives… The post #41: Kenny Stein on the Transparency in Energy Production Act appeared first on IER.

Flynn Case Update – Flynn Files Motion to Dismiss, Declaration of Plea Reversal – DOJ Files Revised Sentence Recommendation for Probation Only…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 day ago
Lawyers representing Lt. General Michael Flynn have filed a motion to dismiss [pdf here] citing “government misconduct”. Additionally Mr. Flynn has filed a declaration [pdf here] requesting to remove his prior guilty plea and take the case to trial. Hours … Continue reading →

Literally Everything Is Shutting Down Starbucks, McDonalds, Dominoes, Disneyland… ?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Silver Report Uncut We covered three major factories that had decided to halt production for 1-week minimum but it didn’t stop there. The reports kept coming so I tried to gather the most pressing closures. Starbucks has decided it will temporarily close several stores, McDonald’s has closed restaurants across 5 cities, Dominoes has also decided …

Coronavirus Is The Black Swan Markets Have Feared (Update #5)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Peak Prosperity To get Chris Martenson’s report on pandemic preparation, go to https://www.peakprosperity.com/corona… WATCH UPDATE #4 HERE: https://youtu.be/pTWZPGzvJIo The coronavirus has all the hallmarks of a true Black Swan event. In addition to presenting a major public health risk, the coronavirus is already doing serious economic damage. China, the world’s second-largest economy, is essentially “closed …

Will the FDA Ban Hemp Oil?

AdminM at Health Impact News - 1 day ago
ANH-USA has been keeping a close watch as the FDA determines how it will treat hemp products. We’ve noted that the FDA has targeted CBD oil, a natural compound found in hemp that is now approved as a drug. But many other products could fall in the FDA’s net, including full-spectrum hemp oil, depending on how the agency decides to move forward. Luckily there is now a bill that would protect hemp-derived CBD from the FDA. Natural health advocates must come out in support of this important measure. The bill is simple. It amends the law to provide an exemption for hemp-derived CBD and ... more »

Dr. Brownstein: Corona Virus is Nothing New – Here’s What to Do

AdminM at Health Impact News - 1 day ago
I am sure you aware of the corona virus infection that is causing concern around the world. The symptoms of corona virus initially mimic the flu—fever, headache, cough, fatigue and muscle aches. Corona virus is nothing new. It has been with us for a long time. Conventional medicine has little to offer to prevent or treat corona virus infections other than washing your hands–I agree with that one. It is time for you to take the initiative and learn what other therapies are out there. Your conventional doctor simply has no effective tools in his/her toolkit for this.

Musical Interlude: Pink Floyd, "Brain Damage/Eclipse", "Comfortably Numb"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Pink Floyd, "Brain Damage/Eclipse" - https://www.youtube.com/ ○ Pink Floyd, "Comfortably Numb" - https://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Unspeakable beauty and unimaginable bedlam can be found together in the Trifid Nebula. Also known as M20, this photogenic nebula is visible with good binoculars towards the constellation of Sagittarius. *Click image for larger size.* The energetic processes of star formation create not only the colors but the chaos. The red-glowing gas results from high-energy starlight striking interstellar hydrogen gas. The dark dust filaments that lace M20 were created in the atmospheres of cool giant stars and in the debris from supernovae explosions. Which bright young stars light up the blue ... more »

The Poet: Sheenagh Pugh, “What If This Road”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“What If This Road”* “What if this road, that has held no surprises these many years, decided not to go home after all; what if it could turn left or right with no more ado than a kite-tail? What if its tarry skin were like a long, supple bolt of cloth, that is shaken and rolled out, and takes a new shape from the contours beneath? And if it chose to lay itself down in a new way; around a blind corner, across hills you must climb without knowing what's on the other side; who would not hanker to be going, at all risks? Who wants to know a story's end, or where a road will go?” ~ Sheenagh ... more »

"Just Where You Begin Again..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"When we're headed toward an outcome that's too horrible to face, that's when we go looking for a second opinion. And sometimes, the answer we get just confirms our worst fears. But sometimes, it can shed new light on the problem, make you see it in a whole new way. After all the opinions have been heard and every point of view has been considered, you finally find what you're after - the truth. But the truth isn't where it ends, that's just where you begin again with a whole new set of questions." - "Meredith", "Grey's Anatomy"

“In Praise of Facts”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“In Praise of Facts” * by Robert Gore "Facts rush towards us like an oncoming train, and facts tie us to the track. Your car won’t start. That’s a fact. You think the battery is dead. That’s a hypothesis. Your neighbor has jumper cables and you start the car off of her car’s battery. That’s an experiment that yields data supporting your hypothesis. Maybe you drive around for a while and your battery either recharges or it doesn’t. Either way, that’s another fact, which tends to disprove or support your hypothesis. Perceiving facts, developing hypotheses, experimentation, then revi... more »

"There Comes A Time..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors." - Tennessee Williams

"The Calm Before The Storm - Coronavirus Cases Set To Explode Higher"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Chris Martenson, Peak Prosperity, *"The Calm Before The Storm - Coronavirus Cases Set To Explode Higher"*

"The Cruelest Joke Of All..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The smallest decisions made had such profound repercussions. One ten-minute wait could save a life… or end it. One wrong turn down the right street or one seemingly unimportant conversation, and everything was changed. It wasn't right that each lifetime was defined, ruined, ended, and made by such seemingly innocuous details. A major life-threatening event should come with a flashing warning sign that either said ABANDON ALL HOPE or SAFETY AHEAD. It was the cruelest joke of all that no one could see the most vicious curves until they were over the edge, falling into the abyss belo... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Crown Point, New York, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"Being Against Evil..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Being against evil doesn't make you good.” - Ernest Hemingway, “Islands in the Stream”

"Economic Market Snapshot PM 1/29/20"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*1/29/20, Updated frequently as available.* ◆ *MarketWatch Market Summary, Live Updates* - https://www.marketwatch.com/tools/marketsummary *CNN Market Data:* - http://money.cnn.com/data/markets/ *CNN Fear And Greed Index:* - http://money.cnn.com/data/fear-and-greed/ ◆ *Buffett Indicator: Where Are We With Market Valuations?* "*As of 1/29/20* (updates daily): The Stock Market is Significantly Overvalued. Based on historical ratio of total market cap over GDP (currently at 155.7%), it is likely to return -3.1% a year from this level of valuation, including dividends. As of today, the To... more »

"A Date and Time for 'Financial Armageddon?'”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"A Date and Time for 'Financial Armageddon?'”* by Brian Maher "Pete H. - a reader - gives us a good, round piece of his mind: "I have read your emails and joined some of your services over the last 10 or more years. I have put up with your ramblings about the financial world coming to an end pretty much over that same time. Here is a fact. Nothing has happened since and though no doubt it will one of these decades, if people had listened to you, they would have buried their money with zero return, unlike the markets, which continue to go up. Who cares how or whether it’s wrong or ... more »

'Viral' news... and more from the frontiers of biology...

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 1 day ago
The coronavirus has brought our attention back around to life's tenuous miracle on this amazing planet. So let's have a biology news breakdown... and I'll get back to the matter of viruses towrd the end. *== Advances in medicine and health ==* The U.K. may start offering full genome sequencing to every child born in the country. “While the tests could theoretically improve medical treatment, it also raises a slew of questions about medical privacy, consent, and the future of the human race.” Yes, like most new technologies, it could either empower Big Brothers or else... if shared ... more »

The Time To Stick A Fork In Biden Is Rapidly Approaching

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Biden had some more terrible news at dawn yesterday, or whenever he woke up. His numbers in California have collapsed. California, the state with 494 delegates. The only states with hauls anywhere near California are New York (320), Texas (261), Florida (248), Pennsylvania (210) and Illinois (184). Iowa only has 49 and prospects for win a significant number of them has dimmed considerably for Biden. And New Hampshire has even fewer-- 33, but Status Quo Joe had basically shut down his New Hampshire campaign and written the state off. He's pinning his hopes on the Southern Strategy: ... more »

FL: Another Voucher Problem (And Not The One You Think)

Peter Greene at CURMUDGUCATION - 1 day ago
When the Orlando Sentinel revealed that many Florida schools-- 156 of them!-- were both receiving taxpayer dollars and openly discriminating against LGBTQ students, it was not exactly news. Rebecca Klein had the same story on a national level at Huffington Post back in 2017. Voucher money goes to religious schools, and some religious schools discriminate against LGBTQ students (and teachers). But sometimes a particular story hits at just the right moment and suddenly draws a huge reaction. That's apparently what happened this time, because the backlash against Florida's tax credit s... more »

How Colleges Are Making Work-Study Programs More Equitable

Sara Weissman at Diverse - 1 day ago
A lot of students work to pay for college, many through work study programs. The problem is work study jobs often involve little professional development to help students prepare for future careers.But what if work study wasn’t just about paying for college? What if it was a more intentional part of a student’s education?

Morehouse Receives One Million to Fund King Chapel and Endowed Chair

Jessica Ruf at Diverse - 1 day ago
Philanthropists Ken and Kathryn Chenault have donated $1 million to Morehouse College, half of which will support the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Restoration Project and half of which will continue funding for the Dr. Hortenius Chenault Endowed Chair in Math and Science. Named after Chenault’s father who was an alumnus of Morehouse, the […]

America's Small But Mighty Cyclone Ships Would Be On The Frontline Of A U.S.-Iran War

David Axe at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*David Axe* *Security, Middle East* Each displaces just 330 tons of water. *Key point:* A robotic patrol boat, in theory, could perform the same dangerous mission that the Cyclones do, but without risking American lives. If the United States and Iran go to war in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy’s smallest warships could be the first to see combat. The Navy’s 13 *Cyclone*-class patrol boats -- also known as “PCs” for “patrol, coastal” -- each displace just 330 tons of water. An *Arleigh Burke*-class destroyer, by contrast, displaces more than 9,000 tons of water. A standard crew ... more »

A Short History of the Measles Virus and Why It’s So Tenacious

Matthew Ferrari at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Matthew Ferrari* *Health, Americas* Successful vaccination against measles in childhood should provide lifetime protection. The measles virus has been a part of human life for thousands of years. A recent study suggests that it appeared about 4,000 years ago, originating from a virus affecting livestock. That was also the time when cities were reaching population sizes above 250,000 – enough to keep the virus spreading even though people who have had measles don’t ever get it again. As recently as the mid-20th century, before the development of a vaccine, nearly every person c... more »

See This Stealth Fighter? Now Imagine India Flying Dozens of Them.

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Asia* China and Pakistan would freak out. *Key Point:* The F-35s would be an expensive, long-term and ongoing commitment that would tie the Indian military closely to the United States and help counterbalance China’s modernizing air force. When the *Times of India *revealed that the Indian air force was revising its single-engine fighter competition to encompass twin-engine jet designs, a collective groan likely rang from New Delhi to Washington—and even Stockholm. The competition was meant to acquire a new generation of short-range jets suitable ... more »