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Friday, April 28, 2017

28 April - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

Schools Matter: After 25 Years of Education Reform, NAEP Results D...

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
From one year ago: Schools Matter: After 25 Years of Education Reform, NAEP Results D...: Since Ronald Reagan began the war on public education, school has become an increasingly unpleasant and miseducative place to learn and to ... more »

Cherry Blossom Fraud

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/04/daily-chart-4?cid1=cust/ddnew/n/n/n/2017046n/owned/n/n/nwl/n/n/uk/Daily_Dispatch/email&etear=dailydispatch From the Economist: HANAMI, the Japanese custom of contemplating the impermanence of life by gazing at the fleeting beauty of blossoming flowers, goes back a long way. “The Tale of Genji”, a tenth-century masterpiece that is perhaps the world’s first novel, devotes a chapter to the cherry-blossom festival […]

Duros combates de al-Qaeda e ISIS en la frontera sirio-libanesa

Inna García at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
La rama de al-Qaeda en Siria, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), ha atacado al Estado Islámico (ISIS) en la zona de la frontera sirio-libanesa, explicó a RIA Novositi una fuente involucrada. “Los enfrentamientos entre HTS e ISIS se han reanudado en territorio sirio pero muy de la frontera con el Líbano después de que los combatientes de […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ataque israelí no ha afectado al funcionamiento del aeropuerto de Damasco

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
El ataque con misiles israelí realizado en la madrugada de miércoles al jueves no ha tenido ningún impacto en el funcionamiento y actividad del Aeropuerto Internacional de Damasco, según ha dicho el ministro de Transporte sirio, Ali Hamud, a la agencia RIA Novosti. “El aeropuerto opera de acuerdo con el calendario, todos los vuelos son […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ميليشيا جيش الاسلام تسيطر على مناطق لفيلق الرحمن و جبهة النصرة في الغوطة الشرقية ومعارك عنيفة

Yusha Yuseef at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
معارك ضارية اندلعت صباح اليوم الجمعة 28 نيسان بين ميليشيا جيش الاسلام من جهة ضد عصابات فيلق الرحمن وهيئة تحرير الشام ” النصرة سابقا ” في عدد من بلدات الغوطة الشرقية منها عربين وكفربطنا وحزة وزملكا ومديرا وذلك بالاسلحة الثقيلة والمتوسطة . ومن جهتها اكدت تنسقيات المسلحين سيطرة مسلحي جيش الاسلام على بلدة حزة بالغوطة الشرقية […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Director General de la OPAQ expresa su disposición a ir a Jan Sheijun

Al-Masdar News at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Los expertos de la Organización para la Prohibición de las Armas Químicas (OPAQ) están listos para visitar el enclave donde se produjo el ataque químico del pasado 4 de abril, en la ciudad siria de Jan Sheijun, según informa Associated Press en referencia al director general de la organización, Ahmet Üzümcü. “Queremos ir a Jan […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

El Gobierno sirio pretende comprar los últimos sistemas de defensa aéreos rusos

Mariam Fakih Sen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
El Gobierno sirio se dispone a comprar el último sistema de defensa aéreo ruso, así confirmó el jueves el presidente sirio, Bashar al-Assad, a la agencia de noticias árabe siria. “Es natural que debamos tener estos sistemas” afirmó Assad a la agencia SANA, por sus siglas en inglés, horas después de que la Fuerza Aérea de Israel lanzara ataques aéreos cerca del Aeropuerto Internacional de Damasco. “Es natural para nosotros negociar con los rusos, con el fin de fortalecer (nuestros) sistemas, ya sea para enfrentar cualquier amenaza israelí desde el aire o las amenazas de los misiles esta... more »

Conflicto interno entre rebeldes se eleva en la Guta Oriental mientras avanza el ejército

Felipe Ramírez at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Fuertes enfrentamientos estallaron en varios pueblos de la zona de la Guta Oriental en manos rebeldes desde esta mañana, iniciando una feroz lucha entre facciones rivales. De acuerdo a activistas locales, el grupo Jaish al Islam (respaldado por Arabia Saudita) asaltó posiciones y cuarteles de Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS, vinculado a al-Qaeda) y Faylaq al-Rahman […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Duros combates entre distintos grupos militantes en el este de Guta

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Se están produciendo violentos combates en varias regiones del este de Guta, donde se declaró el comienzo de una feroz lucha interna entre varios grupos militantes rivales. Según los activistas locales, el Ejército del Islam (Yaish al-Islam), respaldado por Arabia Saudí, atacó las posiciones y la sede de la rama siria de al-Qaeda Hayat Tahrir […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Rebel infighting tears apart Eastern Ghouta as Syrian Army advances

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:30 P.M.) – Fierce clashes ripped through several towns in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta region since early morning, declaring the beginning of a ferocious infighting among rival rebel groups. According to local activists, the Saudi-backed Jaish al-Islam raided positions and HQ for the Syrian al-Qaeda Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman in Erbeen […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syria to buy latest Russian air defense system: Assad

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:05 P.M.) – The Syrian government is in the process of purchasing the latest Russian air defense system, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Thursday. “It’s natural that we should have such systems,” he said. Assad made these comments to SANA just hours after the Israeli Air […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

PKK calls on US to choose between ‘Kurds and democracy or Turkish government’

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*And long time NATO ally. * * Let's not forget how it is was Turkey was cajoled into NATO? With the help of attacking Kurdish proxies.* *Reread: West Unhinged Over Turkish Referendum* *Reality is Turkey has always been a barely tolerated subordinate, but, ooh how the US likes to spin that all important ally meme along with the indivisibility of the NATO alliance- Bullocks**!* *So lets get this straight? A terrorist group. Drug and human smugglers are telling the US to choose between them and their ahem‘democracy’ vs a sovereign nation state, it’s people and it government? Terroris... more »

Taliban Have Begun Their ‘Spring Offensive’ In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Afghanistan insurgency map *DW:* *Afghan Taliban announce spring offensive as US reconsiders strategy* The Taliban have launched their annual spring offensive, detailing the style of attacks they plans to use on Afghan and foreign forces. The fighting comes as troops attempt to recover from a recent military base attack. Afghanistan's Taliban vowed to ramp up assaults on coalition and Afghan security forces in a statement Friday announcing the start of their annual spring offensive. The group said that they were changing tactics for this year's operation, naming it "Operation Man... more »

President Trump: 'Major, Major' Conflict With North Korea Possible (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Trump warns 'major, major' North Korea conflict is 'absolutely' possible and admits he thought the presidency would be easier than his 'previous life' in interview marking his first 100 days* * Donald Trump said resolving the current tensions peacefully was 'very difficult' * He said he hopd to get help from Chinese premier Xi Jinping, a 'good man' * And he said that Kim Jong-un had it 'hard' when he took over the DPRK aged 27 * 'I'm not giving him credit or not giving him credit,' the president said * He said he hoped that Kim was 'rational' enough to engage in dipl... more »

World News Briefs -- April 28, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses the media during a news conference following his meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias (not pictured) at the Foreign Ministry in Athens, Greece, April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis *Reuters*: *China warns situation with North Korea at 'critical point* China warned on Friday that the situation with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs is at a "critical point" and said dialogue and negotiations are the only "practical" way to end tensions. Speaking at the United Nations before a Security Council me... more »

Sean Hannity, Free Speech, and Due Diligence...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*free speech is under assault.* (This is a post I started yesterday before we lost power. We did what any right thinking people would do in the case of a power outage by visiting our favorite Mexican restaurant and chowing down until power was restored.) *Sean Hannity (emphasis mine)* “In all seriousness, we are at a turning point,” Hannity began, “a huge turning point when it comes to freedom of speech in the United States of America. I, for one, I refuse to sit back and let conservatives be silenced by these liberal fascists, it’s time to take a stand [...]“Now on Friday, just ... more »

“Intelligent Talk” on NPR; Your Tax Dollars At Work

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 14 hours ago
Posted with no comment: Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change? Standing before several dozen students in a college classroom, Travis Rieder tries to convince them not to have children. Or at least not too many. He’s at James Madison University in southwest Virginia to talk about a “small-family ethic” — … Continue reading "“Intelligent Talk” on NPR; Your Tax Dollars At Work"

Sceptics, Gunshots, Meteorites & swarms of dykes.

Scottish-Sceptic at Scottish Sceptic - 14 hours ago
The moon has craters the earth does not. Present theories explaining the lack of craters do not seem credible One possibility is that we are missing the circular features (such as the area around Glastonbury) Another is that the meteorites … Continue reading →

Military and Intelligence News Briefs -- April 28, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), front, leads the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112 and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), in the Indian ocean April 14, 2017.U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Kelley/Handout via REUTERS *JAPAN News/AFP*: *Harris: Carl Vinson now in striking distance* WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — A top U.S. admiral said Wednesday that America wants to bring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to “his senses,” as senators attended an extraordinary briefing at the White Hous... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 193, Apr 27, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 15 hours ago
There were no advances in west Mosul for a second day. Federal Police commander General Shakir Jawadat said that his forces were 300 meters from the Grand Mosque in the Old City, which was where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the caliphate in 2014. The police have been that distance from the mosque for more than a month now however. The Golden Division let it be known that there were only four districts left to be liberated in the city. That’s roughly forty percent of the western half. The police have been stalemated in the Old City for weeks now. The Golden Di... more »

Meltdown over Israel

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Brendan (extra Brownie points for not being a Jew) O’Neil has written a hard-hitting but amusing blog on “Jewish News”. It’s about antisemitism on campus again. “This never-ending meltdown over Israel is the distress of fools” is the title. You see, Mark Regev, the former spokesman for the Israeli Government and now Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, was invited to speak at SOAS about the prospects for peace in the Middle East. However, the good folk at SOAS feared his presence on campus would cause “substantial distress” to the SOAS community. O’Neil alludes to the “cravenness” of... more »

Understanding the Saudi-U.S. War on Yemen

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
*Aiding Saudi Arabia's Slaughter in Yemen* By Dennis J Bernstein March 30, 2017 Saudi Arabia continues to escalate its war against Yemen, relying on the strong support of the U.S. government even as the poverty-stricken Yemenis are pushed toward starvation, according to investigative reporter/historian Gareth Porter. Porter says the U.S. corporate press has failed to report the Saudi slaughter in a way in which it could be fully understood. I spoke with Porter, an independent investigative journalist who wrote Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare and... more »

Did a Cornell Student Cut 37 Pounds Using Apple Cider Vinegar and Supplements?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 15 hours ago
Stories promoting a "diet hack" involving apple cider vinegar are based on unrelated photographs and false claims.

Donald Trump's constant tweeting is making the Secret Service's job near impossible.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 15 hours ago
Courtesy of Politico: *Trump’s free-flowing tweets have invited more threats than his security detail can keep pace to investigate. On top of that, he’s been telegraphing his movements for the bad guys by establishing regular travel patterns in his first 100 days in office. And his very famous family is jetting around the world, draining the resources of a bureau still gasping from the frenzied pace of the 2016 campaign. * *All presidents live in a target-rich environment — agents often talk of mentally-ill people approaching the White House gates making threats against long-gone... more »

People have noticed something very odd about Theresa May’s latest campaign rally [TWEETS]

Carlyn Harvey at The Canary - 15 hours ago
Prime Minister Theresa May ‘campaigned’ in Leeds on 27 April. But people noticed something odd about her ‘strong’ appearance at a community centre in the city. Namely, that the entire spectacle was a stitch-up. Theresa May arrives for rally in Leeds to huge cheers pic.twitter.com/oyvZ1fqnIx — Jessica Elgot (@jessicaelgot) April 27, 2017 May didn’t invite […] The post People have noticed something very odd about Theresa May’s latest campaign rally [TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.

Theresa May’s pitiful election campaign has earned her a new nickname. And she’s not going to like it [VIDEO]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 15 hours ago
People have started to notice something weird about Theresa May’s campaign events for the 8 June general election. They almost all take place in empty factories, with invited visitors bussed in. This has prompted a new nickname: Kim Jong May. For its likeness to the propaganda style of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Kim Jong May […] The post Theresa May’s pitiful election campaign has earned her a new nickname. And she’s not going to like it [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

A BBC audience member unravels the entire Conservative election campaign in 10 seconds [VIDEO]

James Wright at The Canary - 15 hours ago
An audience member unravelled the entire Conservative election campaign in ten seconds, on BBC Question Time. His intervention suggests the British public sees right through the sloganeering: This audience member says he bet his wife Damian Green would say 'coalition of chaos' tonight and calls for a more grown up debate #bbcqt pic.twitter.com/uqMgb6wCju — BBC […] The post A BBC audience member unravels the entire Conservative election campaign in 10 seconds [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

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Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 15 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Feds Say It's Too Dangerous To Share Dakota Access Oil Spill Report Why We Have A 2nd Amendment: Venezuela Plans To Give Firearms To Loyalists To Purge Growing Resistance Formerly Imprisoned Journalist Barrett Brown Taken Back Into Custody Before PBS Interview Massive Explosion Reported Near Damascus International Airport Following Israeli Airstrikes Facebook tracks scary-specific details about your life — Here’s how to find what it knows Supreme Court questions whether you can lose your citizenship if you lie about speeding, body weight RFK, Jr: I'm not anti... more »

The Follies

LL at Virtual Mirage - 15 hours ago
*Business as Usual* SANA, the Syrian state news agency, reported that Israeli aircraft attacked a Syrian military position southwest of Damascus airport at dawn on 27 April. One news source said the position was actually a warehouse of Iranian-supplied weapons that was operated by Lebanese Hizballah. The Russian government protested the attack. However, it's interesting to note that their anti-aircraft artillery (rocket) did not shoot down the Israeli jets. Israeli intelligence minister Katz told Army Radio, "I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Isra... more »

Musical Interlude: Andre Rieu & BOND, “Victory”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
Andre Rieu & BOND, “Victory” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbaNGU1CrXI

Liberal Hate? Times, CNN, and Fox News Sued for Racial Discrimination

Selwyn Duke at rss - 15 hours ago
[image: liberal-hate-times-cnn-and-fox-news-sued-for-racial-discrimination] Perhaps it’s evidence of how liberals project their own behaviors onto others when leveling accusations. Or maybe it’s just nonsense. What’s for sure is that hard left-wing *New York Times* and CNN, along with more moderate Fox News, are being sued for it: racial discrimination.

Local Council By-Elections April 2017

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 15 hours ago
Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Mar +/- Mar 16 Average/ Contest +/- Seats Conservative 8 5,303 39.2% +3.1% +2.2% 663 +3 Labour 7 4,137 30.6% +2.7% +15.6% 591 -2 LibDem 6 2,189 16.2% +1.8% +1.0% 365 +1 UKIP 3 339 2.5% -8.2% -4.5% 113 -2 Green 6 778 5.8% +0.5% +3.9% 130 0 SNP* 0 0 PC** 0 0 Ind*** 2 752 5.6% +0.5% -4.9% 376 0 Other**** 0 0 * There... more »

Russian Prosecutors Call for 3 1/2 year Prison Sentence for Playing Pokemon Go in Orthodox Church; Verdict May 11th

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 15 hours ago
“Pokemon Go’ Blogger ‘Shocked’ At Russia’s Call For 3 1/2-Year Prison Term” April 28, 2017 08:22 UTC RFE/RL “Russian prosecutors … Continue reading →

WATCH: Cops Do Nothing as Fellow Cop Snaps, Pulls Gun, Threatens to Kill Innocent Woman

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: kill]A Lousiana female cop threatened to kill her sister in law over her mistreatment of her brother.

In One Year, Opiates Killed Ten Times as Many Americans as ALL Terror Attacks in Last 20 Years

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: terror]The US might be waging a War on Terror, but the real killer — opioid medications — actually thrives because of that war.

$200M research misconduct case against Duke moving forward, as judge denies motion to dismiss

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
A Federal U.S. court in North Carolina has denied a motion to dismiss a major lawsuit filed against Duke University and two former employees, allowing the case to go forward. Last year, the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Virginia unsealed a whistleblower lawsuit filed by another former employee at Duke against the […] The post $200M research misconduct case against Duke moving forward, as judge denies motion to dismiss appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Fox Proves It: Sexual Harassment Is Contagious

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 16 hours ago
I've always said that sexual harassment is not about sex: it's about power. In that way it's just another form of bullying. And if you remember your playground bullies, if they got away with it once, they accelerated their behavior. Sexual harassers, like bullies, engage in more and more extreme behavior until someone stops them. The other thing about playground bullies is that their behavior is contagious. Some weaker personality chimes in to get approval from the alpha bully. Then others join in the bullying. Well, it happens with sexual harassment too, and Fox just proved it. We... more »

News that the BBC chose to omit from their report

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
This BBC report into the recent Willesden shooting omits one piece of relevant information that this Evening Standard report does include: 'A woman, described as wearing a hijab, was carried out of the house and given first aid before being taken to hospital, where she remains under police guard in a serious but stable condition.' Now why would the BBC choose to omit that piece of information about the woman?

French "Investigation" in Syria Neither Impartial nor Independent

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 16 hours ago
*April 28, 2017* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - After any crime, regardless of scale, a swift, impartial and independent investigation is required if any accountability at all is desired. The French government, in the wake of an alleged "chemical weapons attack" near Syria's northern city of Idlib, has claimed that it is *“committed to ensuring that the perpetrators of this heinous attack are held accountable.”* The LA Times in an article titled, "Syrian chemical attack bears Assad's signature, France says," would report: *A six-page report by French intelligence services claims the nerve ... more »

Donald Trump has said that being POTUS is harder than he imagined

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 16 hours ago
[image: trump drive] He is disappointed that he cannot drive or walk the streets without a security team. The post Donald Trump has said that being POTUS is harder than he imagined appeared first on The Duran.

Roger Waters has lost millions by standing up for Palestine–but he doesn’t care

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 16 hours ago
[image: roger] Roger Waters has lost lucrative sponsorship deals because of his politics, but the Pink Floyd founder remains undeterred. The post Roger Waters has lost millions by standing up for Palestine–but he doesn’t care appeared first on The Duran.

Free Download: R.D. Laing, "The Divided Self: (An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness)"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"The Divided Self: (An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness)"* by R.D. Laing "Ronald David Laing (7 October 1927 – 23 August 1989), usually cited as R. D. Laing, was a Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively on mental illness – in particular, the experience of psychosis. Laing's views on the causes and treatment of serious mental dysfunction, greatly influenced by existential philosophy, ran counter to the psychiatric orthodoxy of the day by taking the expressed feelings of the individual patient or client as valid descriptions of lived experience rather than simply as sympt... more »

"Sometimes..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
“Sometimes paranoia's just having all the facts.” - William S. Burroughs

"Bad Hair War Between Trump And North Korea"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"Bad Hair War Between Trump And North Korea"* by Will Durst "Enterprising entrepreneurs out there might want to invest in a fleet of tractor backhoes and partial ownership of a limestone quarry, because it’s starting to look like bunker-digging time in America. The threat of nuclear war is spiking like the needle of a meat thermometer on a lava-flow. It won’t be long before all the Marts; K, Wal, Quickie and the rest, start advertising red, white and blue specials on duct tape and plastic wrap. Survivalist sales. Civilization closeouts. Mankind markdowns. Various parts of the coun... more »

Theresa May could not have cocked up this TV interview any worse if she’d tried [VIDEO]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 16 hours ago
Theresa May failed to achieve the minimum requirement of a campaign event this week, by forgetting which town she was actually visiting. Her botched attempt to cover the gaffe only heaped misery on embarrassment. The interview from hell There might be a charming way to recover from a blunder like this one. But Theresa May […] The post Theresa May could not have cocked up this TV interview any worse if she’d tried [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

It’s not just Theresa May. Another cabinet minister goes into hiding to avoid meeting real people

Emily Apple at The Canary - 16 hours ago
The Conservatives really don’t seem to want to meet the public. Theresa May has gone into hiding refusing to meet real people. Boris Johnson was supposed to be in hiding until he wrote an article for The Sun and put his foot in it during various media interviews. Now Education Secretary Justine Greening has pulled out of addressing the National […] The post It’s not just Theresa May. Another cabinet minister goes into hiding to avoid meeting real people appeared first on The Canary.

Will Ryan Make His Members Walk The Plank For TrumpCare 3.0 Today? Tomorrow?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Since the Congressional Budget Office announced that they're nowhere near scoring TrumpCare 3.0-- and won't even have it for next week either-- Ryan could surprise everyone today and announce an instant vote. I think if the House Republicans have the votes to pass it-- regardless of how flat on its face it would fall in the Senate-- Ryan and McCarthy could actually succumb to Trump Regime pressure and call for the vote in a few hours. But I doubt it. First off, it looks like for every Freedom Caucus crackpot they gained by eliminating the popular preexisting condition coverage requ... more »

Is The U.S. About To Open A New Front In Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Jesse Marks, National Interest:* *Is Donald Trump About to Launch an Operation in Southern Syria?* *It's imperative that the president does not bring U.S. soldiers into open conflict with the regime.* As coalition forces inch closer toward the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, increased U.S. military activity on Jordan’s northern border suggests that the fight against ISIS will soon expand to southern Syria. Despite the Trump administration’s vocal objection to the Assad regime recently, it has largely stuck to its guns—literally—in its commitment to fight ISIS. The United State... more »

President Trump Appoints A Retired US Marine General To Run The Secret Service

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*NPR*: *Trump Names Retired Marine Corps General To Lead Secret Service* President Trump has chosen Randolph "Tex" Alles to lead the U.S. Secret Service, turning to an outsider to head the beleaguered agency tasked with protecting the president and his family. A retired Marine Corps general, Alles is currently acting deputy commissioner of customs and border protection. He is the first Secret Service director in recent history not to come from within the ranks — a step many congressional critics have said is necessary to remake the service's culture. The Secret Service faces an a... more »

Assad: Israel Supports Terrorists by Striking Syria

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 17 hours ago
Published on Apr 28, 2017 Syrian president Bashar al-Assad says Israel is supporting terrorists by striking the positions of his country’s army. Assad made the remarks after an Israeli missile strike targeted a Syrian military base southwest of the capital Damascus. Iran and Russia have also condemned the attack. Iranian Defense Minister, Hossein Dehghan, described […]

THE NEW YORK TIMES NORMALIZES THE DANGEROUS ANARCHY IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 17 hours ago
A headline in *The New York Times* reads, "State Department Wants to Clear Nikki Haley’s Remarks Before She Speaks." The obvious response to that is relief: Donald Trump has been president for more than three months, during which time he's had to deal with a number of serious international issues, and all this time his UN ambassador has apparently been acting acting on her own, rather than coordinating her remarks with the rest of the administration. This is because the administration doesn't seem to know what it thinks on most issues until the president impulsively provides guidan... more »

New investigation launched into Michael Flynn's ties to Russia. White House spokesperson now blaming Obama.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Courtesy of CBS News: *The ranking member of the House Oversight Committee said he doesn't understand why the White House is "covering up for Michael Flynn" after President Trump fired him. * *At a Thursday morning press conference with members of the House and Senate, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, said that the office of the Defense Department inspector general will be launching its own investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's dealings with the Russian government, specifically his apparent failure to disclose payments by a foreign source. * *"Gene... more »

"How It Really Appears To Be"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago

"Lifting Pain's Veil: Bitterness"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"Lifting Pain's Veil: Bitterness"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Bitter feelings allow us to become perfect victims in that we no longer feel obliged to work toward healing. It is natural to feel resentment or anger when life does not unfold as expected. We consciously or unconsciously anticipated one experience, and we grieve for the loss of it when the universe puts something else in our path. Most of the time, we work through these feelings and they pass. Occasionally, our anger and resentment do not fade and are instead transformed into bitterness. Bitter feelings allow us t... more »

"We Must Marvel..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
"In our society, confidence leads to knowledge - which leads to power - which leads to pride - which leads to a fear of seeming ignorant - which constricts learning like an iron vise. We must understand that confidence is a blessing, for it is the embodiment of self-love, and through it we find the fuel for innovation and progress. We must realize that ignorance is merely the opportunity to learn more. And lastly, we must marvel rather than groan at the fact that there will always be more to learn. Only then will we be free of the intellectual prisons we have so readily caged ourse... more »

The Poet: Fernando Pessoa, “Since We Do Nothing”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“Since We Do Nothing”* “Since we do nothing in this confused world That lasts or that, lasting, is of any worth, And even what’s useful for us we lose So soon, with our own lives, Let us prefer the pleasure of the moment To an absurd concern with the future, Whose only certainty is the harm we suffer now To pay for its prosperity. Tomorrow doesn’t exist. This moment Alone is mine, and I am only who Exists in this instant, which might be the last Of the self I pretend to be.” - Fernando Pessoa

The Economy: "Markets Are Priced for Perfection"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"Markets Are Priced for Perfection"* By Jim Rickards "Yesterday was a turning point in the "Trump Trade" euphoria. We saw the eagerly awaited unveiling of the actual Trump tax plan, the one markets have been rallying on since November. I’ll get to the details in a moment. But let’s first look at how the euphoria started... Immediately after the election on Nov. 8, the market took a look at Trump's policies and liked what they saw. Trump promised lower taxes, less regulation and fiscal stimulus. Companies with domestic earnings rallied because lower taxes meant higher after-tax ear... more »

Netflix Acquires Film 'Juanita,' Led by Black and Native Stars

White Wolf at White Wolf - 17 hours ago
Alfre Woodard and Adam Beach will star in an adaptation of Sheila Williams' "Dancing on the Edge of the Roof," which depicts a Black woman's move to Montana in search of a new life. Netflix just acquired a new movie directed by a Black filmmaker, based on a book by a Black woman, with lead performances from Black and Native actors. Deadline reported yesterday (April 25) that the streaming service bought the global rights to "Juanita," a feature-length drama adapted from Sheila Williams' 2002 novel, "Dancing on the Edge of the Roof." The book follows Juanita Lewis, a 41-year-old moth... more »

egypt photos are online

allan at wmtc - 17 hours ago
Our photos from Egypt and Jordan are now on Flickr. Below are the various albums. I've also added links to the individual wmtc posts. egypt / giza egypt / pyramids view inn egypt / cairo / egyptian museum egypt / cairo egypt / saqarra, dahshur, memphis egypt / dendara egypt / abydos egypt / luxor / luxor museum egypt / luxor / luxor temple egypt / luxor / karnak egypt / luxor / deir el-medina egypt / luxor / medinat habu egypt / luxor / ruins of abu egypt / luxor egypt / luxor / valley of the kings egypt / kom ombo egypt / edfu egypt / aswan / nubian museum egypt / asw... more »

No Teachable Moments

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 18 hours ago
Michael Harris was not impressed by the final Conservative leadership debate: For what felt like hours, the candidates alternated between snarking at their colleagues and making grandiose claims about their own fitness for high office — the latter usually amounting to a reference to the real jobs they had before stumbling into the distorted universe of contemporary politics. The more the hopeful talked, the more it became apparent that defeat has taught them nothing: Former House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer offered fresh proof that his party is where dinosaurs go when they... more »

Secretive South African Nuclear Deal Blocked by Court; Need for Vigilance Remains

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 18 hours ago
Press Release from Earthlife Africa and SAFCEI: “NUCLEAR DEAL BLOCKED! JUDGEMENT MADE ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT’S SECRET TRILLION-RAND NUCLEAR … Continue reading →

The Risks Attached to South Africa’s Nuclear Energy Strategy

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 18 hours ago
As published by “The Conversation”, August 19, 2015: “The risks attached to South Africa’s nuclear energy strategy By Vladimir Slivyak, … Continue reading →

The U.S. Navy's Super Stealth Destroyer Is Almost Ready for Battle

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * The new destroyer, called the USS Zumwalt, is a 610-foot land and surface warfare attack ship designed with a stealthy, wave-piercing “tumblehome” hull. *The Navy's new stealthy destroyer will soon fire precision rounds from its long-range deck gun and fire SM-2 missiles from its vertical launch tubes.* The Navy's new "first-of-its-kind," high-tech stealthy destroyer, armed with the most lethal weapons ever engineered onto a surface ship, is now beginning what’s called “ship activation" - a process of integrating the major systems and technologies on ... more »

Why Donald Trump Should Place a South China Sea Redline on Scarborough Shoal

William Choong at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*William Choong* *Security, Asia* Given China’s show of strength in the South China Sea, it’s time for Donald Trump to declare of Scarborough Shoal: ‘You shall not pass.' Recently, a senior Vietnamese official asked Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in Phnom Penh if negotiations with ASEAN on a South China Sea Code of Conduct (COC) would be completed by the end of the year. Mr Wang and his officials laughed it off, a Southeast Asian diplomat told me. A Vietnamese observer said he felt sorry for ASEAN. ‘They are just using the code of conduct to buy time.’ Chinese cynicism about t... more »

President Trump: Trump: "Major Conflict With North Korea" Absolutely Possible

Ryan Pickrell at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Ryan Pickrell* *Security, Asia* Terrifying. President Donald Trump said Thursday that “major” conflict with North Korea is “absolutely” possible, but he hopes to resolve the situation peacefully and diplomatically. “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters at the White House. “We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.” *(This first appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation’s website here.) * The administration intends to curb Pyongyang’s aggressive ambitions through tough... more »

The U.S. Marines Want This Speedboat That Can Also Become A Submarine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*The Drive:* *The USMC Is Interested In This Crazy Speedboat That Transforms Into A Submarine* The HyperSub looks like something out of a James Bond movie or a Batman comic book. Now, the Marine Corps wants to find out if its actually useful for amphibious missions. It sounds like something straight out of a James Bond movie or an episode of G.I. Joe. U.S. Marines arrive on a beach inside a speedboat that transforms into a submarine. But this isn’t a trailer for a new Hollywood blockbuster or a page out of a Batman comic. It’s part of real life U.S. Navy and Marine technology dem... more »

New Video Shows The Damage From The U.S. MOAB Strike In Afghanistan Two weeks Ago

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Task & Puspose*: *New Footage Shows Aftermath Of The MOAB Strike In Afghanistan* New footage came out on Thursday showing the aftermath of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) weapon that the US dropped on ISIS fighters in Afghanistan on April 13. The video was taken by local Afghan police, who can be seen walking around the stone rubble and dead trees. Security forces blocked access to the area for more than a week after the blast, and Afghan officials estimated that it killed about 100 ISIS militants. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, however, said that counting the “dead bodies... more »

The New Economic Normal and the Impact on the Federal Reserve

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 18 hours ago
A recent speech by Eric Rosengren, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, gives us a glimpse of what may lie ahead in the world that is the Federal Reserve. In his speech, he outlines why it will be necessary for the Fed to implement one aspect of its new monetary policy ammunition and why this will be necessary. As we all know, the Fed and its most influential peers have kept interest rates at historically low levels for the longest period in history as shown here: Obviously, when the next recession hits, the Federal Reserve will have very little room to drop nominal i... more »

BREAKING: Transatlantic flight declares emergency and turns back

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 18 hours ago
[image: american air] An American Airlines jet has been forced to turn back mid-flight. The post BREAKING: Transatlantic flight declares emergency and turns back appeared first on The Duran.

Rupert Murdoch owned tabloid accuses Russians of racism by showing Ukrainian fascists

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 18 hours ago
[image: Rupert Murdoch owned tabloid accuses Russians of racism by showing Ukrainian fascists] An attempt to slander Russia has backfired as the racism in question is from Ukrainian neo-Nazis. The post Rupert Murdoch owned tabloid accuses Russians of racism by showing Ukrainian fascists appeared first on The Duran.

Belgium issues an apology for voting Saudi Arabia into UN’s women’s rights commission

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 18 hours ago
[image: saudi-arabia] Belgium offer an apology for kissing Saudi Arabia's ass. The post Belgium issues an apology for voting Saudi Arabia into UN’s women’s rights commission appeared first on The Duran.

Mind the culture gap: the ‘Russian soul’ meets ‘Big Mac’ culture

Angela Borozna at The Duran - 18 hours ago
[image: bush gorb] If Russians and Americans learned to understand our cultural differences, it could ease diplomatic tensions a great deal. The post Mind the culture gap: the ‘Russian soul’ meets ‘Big Mac’ culture appeared first on The Duran.

Fuerzas de Israel penetran en Siria, construyen una nueva valla

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
Los soldados israelíes, apoyados por tres tanques, entraron – el 26 de abril por la mañana – en los territorios sirios en la gobernación limítrofe de al-Quneitra. Fuentes pro-rebeldes informaron que tres tanques militares israelíes acompañados con varios soldados se infiltraron en los bordes occidentales de la aldea de Koudneh en el campo sureño de […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Şam: Suriye Ordusu Kabun’da sona yaklaşıyor!

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
Haftalardır süren çatışmaların ardından başkent Şam’ın merkezine tehlikeli bir biçimde yakın olan Kabun ve Tişrin banliyölerine girmeyi başaran birlikler, meskun mahal operasyonlarını sürdürüyor. Geçtiğimiz günlerde bölgedeki en büyük elektrik santralini kontrol altına alan birlikler, son 2 gün içerisinde de onlarca binada kontrolü sağladı.Bu ilerleyişin ardından kuşatma altında bulunan silahlılar için alan iyice daralmış oldu. Kabun […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

(+18) ISIS sufre grandes pérdidas en Deir Ezzor

Inna García at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
Parece que el autoproclamado Estado Islámico ha cambiado a una posición defensiva tras un exitoso contraataque lanzado por las fuerzas sirias en la ciudad sitiada de Deir Ezzor. El Ejército sirio, apoyado por fuerzas progubernamentales, está realizando avances constantes en torno a la base aérea imperativa de la ciudad, recapturando más territorio y empujando hacia […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

+ 18 Graphic Content: ISIS suffers heavy losses in Deir Ezzor

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:00 A.M.) – It seems the self-proclaimed Islamic State has shifted to a defensive position after a successful counter-attack launched by the Syrian forces in the beleaguered city. The Syrian Army, supported by pro-government forces, are making a steady advance around the city’s imperative airbase, recapturing more land and pushing the terror group […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

"We're Here..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"Listen to me. We're here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise why even be here?" - Steve Jobs

"We Were Made For These Times"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"We Were Made For These Times"* by Clarissa Pinkola Estes "My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people. You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded... more »

President Trump Believes South Korea Should Pay For THAAD Missile Defense Deployment

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor (right) is seen in Seongju, South Korea, April 26, 2017. *Reuters: **Trump's demand Seoul pay for THAAD will test ties as Moon presidency looms* U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that South Korea could pay for an advanced U.S. missile defense system could test the strength of the alliance between Seoul and Washington at a time of rising tensions with North Korea, analysts said on Friday. In an exclusive interview, Trump told Reuters on Thursday that he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion Terminal High Altitud... more »

Peru: UFO Reported Over Alto Mayo

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 19 hours ago
*Source: Diario VOCES (Peru) and Planeta UFODate: 04.28.2017* *Peru: UFO Reported Over Alto Mayo* **It remained in the sky for several minutes** MOYOBAMBA - An unidentified flying object was seen in various points of Alto Mayo. The event took place yesterday around one o'clock in the afternoon, being captured by the cameras of local residence who quickly made the event known on social media. Among the locations where the phenomenon was most clearly seen was the district of Soritor, whose inhabitants left their homes to get a better look. This is not the first time that such sigh... more »

President Trump Does Not Believe That Saudi Arabia Is Paying Its Fair Share For U.S. Defense

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman enter the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque *Reuters: **Exclusive: Trump complains Saudis not paying fair share for U.S. defense* President Donald Trump complained on Thursday that U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was not treating the United States fairly and Washington was losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending the kingdom. In an interview with Reuters, Trump confirmed his administration was in talks about possible vis... more »

It is easy to get depressed about the state of the country these days. But every once in a while Americans do something awesome.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
Trumps’ “VOICE” Hotline set up for people to report on crime from illegal aliens was reportedly overloaded with calls about space aliens — Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) April 26, 2017 As you might imagine the calls and tweets were very imaginative. i FULLLYYYYY intend to call that VOICE hotline about space aliens every day. this activity involves all my interests. — sara s. (@saracsch) April 27, 2017 A prize to whoever calls the VOICE hotline and gets the farthest into Superman's origin story before they hang up. — AltBronte (@AltBronte) April 27, 2017 Please call Trump's new hotl... more »

Shatner Discovers Orac and "The Trouble With Troll-bles"

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
That might be the bestest, goofiest headline I have EVER written and the most enjoyable. First, I love William Shatner, and not just from his Star Trek and TJ Hooker days. He's been on Howard Stern many times and he...

Colorado SB17-250 Would Have Clarified Vaccine Exemption Policy

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
Thank you to Pam Long for her article in the Colorado Statesman about vaccine exemption legislation. Long: SB17-250 would have clarified vaccine exemption policy for Colorado schools, parents The vaccine wars opened up again in Colorado April 13, 2017, with...

Jeremy Corbyn Is Britain's Best Hope

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 19 hours ago
CounterPunch, Global Research, Countercurrents, RINF British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested the UK could join US military action against the Syrian government without parliamentary approval. Johnson said he and PM Theresa May agreed that in the event of another chemical attack by the Assad regime, it would be hard for the UK to refuse any request to join military action. No evidence has been provided that the Syrian government was responsible for the recent attack. If anything, as with the previous alleged chemical weapons attack in 2013, available evidence and logic w... more »

Libertarian YouTube media channel 1791L claims that Russia is a “Ghost Power”, do you agree?

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
[image: Libertarian YouTube media channel 1791L claims that Russia is a “Ghost Power”, do you agree?] Tell us which parts of this 1791L video are pure fiction. The post Libertarian YouTube media channel 1791L claims that Russia is a “Ghost Power”, do you agree? appeared first on The Duran.

Maxine Waters now claims that this US Senator is also a Putin spy (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
[image: Maxine Waters now claims that this US Senator is also a Putin spy (Video)] Maxine Waters sees Russian spies everywhere. The Duran has chronicled Waters’ outrageously dumb comments extensively with laughter and a bit … The post Maxine Waters now claims that this US Senator is also a Putin spy (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Chelsea Clinton racks up award for fighting hunger, as liberal left prepares her for public office

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
[image: chelsea clinton] Chelsea Clinton picks up another award for doing nothing. The post Chelsea Clinton racks up award for fighting hunger, as liberal left prepares her for public office appeared first on The Duran.

Russia condemns illegal Israeli attack on Syria

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 20 hours ago
[image: Russia condemns illegal Israeli attack on Syria] Russia called the strikes 'unacceptable'. The post Russia condemns illegal Israeli attack on Syria appeared first on The Duran.

Donald Trump asks South Koreans to pay for the THAAD missile system.

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 20 hours ago
[image: thaad delivery] South Koreans refused. The post Donald Trump asks South Koreans to pay for the THAAD missile system. appeared first on The Duran.

Protesters storm the Macedonian Parliament as Albanian is elected Parliamentary President

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 20 hours ago
[image: Protesters storm the Macedonian Parliament as Albanian is elected Parliamentary President] Albanian sectarianism is deeply unpopular among Slavic Macedonians. The post Protesters storm the Macedonian Parliament as Albanian is elected Parliamentary President appeared first on The Duran.

Dachel Wake Up: Stowe Today's Weird Take on Autism Summit

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
By Anne Dachel Stowe Today: "Del Bigtree has threatened to shoot people who disagree with him" I can't imagine a more bizarre piece. The speakers scheduled for this event are courageous professionals, willing to speak out on a very controversial...

Informatica Journal - Call for Special Issue on Superintelligence

Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
Since the inception of the field of artificial intelligence, a prominent goal has been to create computer systems that would reason as capably as humans across a wide range of fields. Over the last decade, this goal has been brought closer to reality. Machine learning systems have come to excel in many signal processing tasks and have achieved superhuman performance in learning tasks including the games of Go and Heads-up Poker. More broadly, we have seen large changes in every pore of our society. This remarkable progress raises the question of how the world may look if the field ... more »

Declining Trust in - Rising Fear of - our expert castes

Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
Having recently participated in the worldwide March for Science, I can only repeat my assertion that the “War on Science” is about a lot more than nerds and EPA grants. You cannot name a fact-centered profession—from teaching and medicine, to accounting and economics, to the U.S. military officer corps—that’s not under direct assault

Napkin Voodoo Economics Redux  (Deep State Captures Trump?)  Looting Was the Point of Neoliberalism  (ISIS Friend or Foe?)  Off-Shoring Deep-Sixes Unexceptional America  (New Old Dems Still Blame Stealthy Russia)  Nobody's GOT To Use the Internet!)  Boring 500-Pound Bombs Hit Passersby  (America's Regressing Into Developing Nation But Where's President Trump?)  ISIS Benefits from Assad's Downfall

One napkin was shown to Ronald Reagan who, foreshadowing Trump, was too thick to understand it. Like Trump, the Gipper thought that it proved that, 'the lower the tax, the more tax revenue collected.' George Bush Sr. called that "voodoo economics."Not voodoo, no; but here’s the key — pay attention, A students! — it’s a CURVE. When "marginal" tax rates are ABOVE 90%, cutting to, say, 85

General Election 2017 Overview

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 21 hours ago
*Here's a wee piece I did for work. Readers will be familiar with some of the points made below, but there are a couple of new ones made here too.* The general election has been called and Britain is in for another six weeks of politicking before polling stations open on 8th June. When Theresa May made public her intentions, it did catch all the experts and pundits on the hop – me included. Yet when you sit back and think about it, you have to ask why no one saw it coming. The Conservatives have a slender majority, making the Prime Minister vulnerable to backbench rebellions. There ... more »

Upright Canine Tribe Threatened Hikers

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is a superb description of the Giant Sloth in action. We actually nail it here. Please note the skill used in hurling itself through the trees. Those slips are quite deliberate and no falls are seen. Even better we have a social group numbering a dozen of them. They are even showing us curiosity. Obviously these are the females and their cubs. Add in the normal creation of caches demanding later return and we have a mobile harem following up on kills. Again they are quite used to swinging through trees for most travel. A whole bunch of what i expected showed up here.... more »

Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths, and it's really bad news

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
As i have now posted many times, our agricultural future will be organic. The sooner the better of course but inevitably over the next forty years. Only much faster if government chooses to drop support payments for all non organic systems. We are living through the nadir of industrial agriculture and it is slowly running out of viable options. A major ban in Europe has seen a huge bee recovery. In general most policy makers worldwide are now wise to the problems and are acting far more cautiously or at least demanding larger bribes. All this has happened during the decade th... more »

Amazing apes: Great apes can “read minds” to help people out

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
What is missing in this discussion is an appreciation that all animals with the exception of humanity rely on mind to mind communication in the first place. Because we do not, we naturally discount the ability of others. Yet those others use this talent extensively including against prey that then think they are not there. In fact our own inability to observe game can be traced back to this phenomena. A herd of deer could graze nearby in the midst of hunting season with this trick and probably do in order to protect themselves. The methods described here can be used to res... more »

A Little Green Revolution: The Rainbow Warriors Will Heal The Earth Mother

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
An excellent little presentation that puts it together properly. All five errors issues are covered in this blog and in fact resolved. A pyramidal control system inevitably delivers rather ordinary folks to a so called control position which is far removed from on the ground activity and can only hinder. Global development has been under the control of a committee of folks whose net result is a dumbing down. All that changes completely with application of my rule of twelve and the sovereign capitalization of the natural community. . *A Little Green Revolution: The Rainbow Wa... more »

Barclay's CEO, "No one is planning to re-locate from London"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
https://youtu.be/SwJzdoQE1ZA Some video and views that the BBC will definitely not report upon. The BBC is institutionally pro EU and that colours their reporting.

JEWS TAKE OVER INDONESIA?

Anon at Aangirfan - 22 hours ago
*Hary Tanoe (right) TRUMP'S LINKS* "The Dutch East Indies Company's main financiers were Jews, and the majority of the executives were Jews." The Dutch East Indies became Indonesia. In March 2017, in Indonesia, there were celebrations for the Jewish festival of Purim. Indonesia's Jews are believed to be descendants of traders from Europe, Iraq and Asia. Most Indonesian Jews "lie and put *Christianity* on their identity documents." In Muslim Indonesia, Jewish community lives on. *Hary Tanoe (left) TRUMP'S LINKS* "Indonesian Jews, AFP interviewed, had all put 'Christian' on thei... more »

GERMAN SOLDIER - FALSE FLAG ATTACK

Anon at Aangirfan - 23 hours ago
A German soldier, posing as a Syrian refugee, planned a 'false flag' attack. "A *Bundeswehr* lieutenant was stationed at Illkirch-Graffenstaden in France before registering as a Syrian refugee back in Germany... "Fake Syrian passports were found at the scene of the Paris attacks... "The unidentified soldier was detained when he went to retrieve a loaded pistol he had hidden in a bathroom at Vienna International Airport." *German Soldier Caught Setting Up False Flag Gladio Attack*. . *Donald Trump likes this Marine.* The BERLIN MARKET attack was a FALSE FLAG INSIDE JOB. OPERATION ... more »

وثيقة مسربة تفضح الدعم القطري لجبهة النصرة

Shady Azar at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
كشفت وثيقة مسربة من السفارة القطرية في واشنطن عن دعم نائب ولي العهد السعودي وولي عهد أبوظبي لبعض الشخصيات البارزة في تنظيم القاعدة. وتفضح الوثيقة المرسلة إلى وزير الخارجية القطري محمد بن عبد الرحمن آل ثاني بتاريخ 26 تشرين الأول 2016؛ عن دعم نائب ولي العهد السعودي الأمير محمد بن سلمان وولي عهد أبوظبي محمد بن زايد […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Trump says major conflict with North Korea possible

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
(REUTERS) U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute. “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Musical Interlude: Talking Heads, “Life During Wartime”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Talking Heads, “Life During Wartime” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DblvhECdws0 *“Life During Wartime”* "Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons Packed up and ready to go. Heard of some grave sites, out by the highway. A place where nobody knows. The sound of gunfire, off in the distance, I'm getting used to it now. Lived in a brownstone, lived in the ghetto, I've lived all over this town. This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, This ain't no fooling around. No time for dancing, or lovey dovey, I ain't got time for that now. Transmit the message, to the receiver, Hope for an answ... more »

"Putin Warns: The Situation With North Korea Has 'Seriously Deteriorated'”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"Putin Warns: * *The Situation With North Korea Has 'Seriously Deteriorated'”* by Mac Slavo "While it’s easy to dismiss the rhetoric of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the ravings of a madman, world leaders appear to hold a different view. With President Trump having deployed a Naval strike fleet to South Korea, China mobilizing over 150,000 troops to the border and Russia following suit with a mobilization on their southern border with North Korea, it appears a conflict is imminent. Whether that comes in the form of a de-escalation should North Korea eliminate their weapons pro... more »

The U.S. Marines Embrace New Technologies To 'Storm The Beaches'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
(Credit: Office of Naval Research, Photo by John Williams. Camp Pendleton, California) *FOX News:* *US Marines could deploy robots and 'HyperSubs' to storm future beaches* The U.S. Marines could deploy a host of futuristic military technology to "storm the beaches." Included in the new technology are machine-gun toting robots that charge up the beaches as advance assault, as well as speedboats that instantly transformed into small stealthy submarines diving beneath the surface to avoid detection. For the past two weeks, the Navy and Marine Corps have been quietly testing about 5... more »

European Union ends relocation subsidies

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 23 hours ago
This isn't actually news, but it's news to me, and it's something you need to know. Greg LeRoy sent me an article by James Meek in *London Review of Books* (20 April 2017) that he'd been sent by a friend, documenting more EU-permitted job piracy by Poland that preceded the case I discuss at length in my book, *Investment Incentives and the Global Competition for Capital*. There, I criticized the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition for approving a 54.5 million euro subsidy for Dell to move from Ireland to Poland in 2009. During my January 2011 book tour, I took a... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
One president, 100 days, nearly 1,000 tweets @realDonaldTrump @POTUS pic.twitter.com/aJVQu98US4 — AFP news agency (@AFP) April 27, 2017

Academia, Mental Health, and the Cult of Productivity

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
This is a guest post by Amelia Hoover Green, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Politics at Drexel University. Will Moore’s death was a tragedy. To state the hopefully obvious: Will’s ferocious productivity makes his death no more or less tragic. Public tributes to Will focus, rightly, on his forthrightness, his heart for justice, his […]

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 4/28/2017”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 4/28/2017”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Secretary of State Tillerson and other top U.S. officials have issued a dire warning on North Korea. In a press release this week, the Trump Administration says, “North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority.” This release was issued after a White House briefing to 100 Senators that detailed the possible threat. Another ominous sign was the test firing of an unarmed ICBM at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Meanwhile, North Korea has been maki... more »

X22 Report: “There Is An All Out Push To Get The Main Event Started”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*X22 Report: “There Is An All Out Push To Get The Main Event Started”* - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzYrdl0t04o

China Posts A Video Of The Country's Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarines For The First Time

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Ba Yi TV, the Chinese military channel, broadcast footage of a nuclear submarine on April 22 *Daily Mail:* *Never-before-seen footage of China's nuclear missile submarines as Beijing flaunts its naval power in dramatic propaganda video* * China released video of home-built nuclear submarines for the first time * Clip on military TV is believed to show the Type 092 underwater vessel * Rare moments of a nuclear missile launch experiment is also shown The Chinese military authorities last week released footage of the country's nuclear ballistic missile submarines for the first time. ... more »

Zapatistas Moises 'Capitalist World is a Walled Plantation'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
The Capitalist World is a Walled Plantation Subcomandante Insurgente MoisésWords of Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, Wednesday April 12, 2017 Good evening, good afternoon, good morning, according to where you’re listening from.Brothers, sisters, compañeros, compañeras:What I’m going to talk about today is not what I believe, but rather what our great-grandfathers and grandfathers and

How Woodrow Wilson's propaganda machine changed American journalism

Christopher B. Daly, Professor of Journalism, Boston University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
The censorship board. George Creel is seated at far right. Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress When the United States declared war on Germany 100 years ago, the impact on the news business was swift and dramatic. In its crusade to “make the world safe for democracy,” the Wilson administration took immediate steps at home to curtail one of the pillars of democracy – press freedom – by implementing a plan to control, manipulate and censor all news coverage, on a scale never seen in U.S. history. Following the lead of the Germans and British, Wilson elevated propaganda and censorship... more »

The Real Red Pill

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 1 day ago
I recently watched the 2-hour documentary film by feminist film-maker Cassie Jaye entitled "The Red Pill - A Feminist's Journey Into the Men's Rights Movement". At the end of her documentary, after her 1-year journey making the film, she states: "I don't know where I am headed but I know what I am leaving behind. I no longer call myself a feminist." My main thought throughout -- which

President Trump Brushes Aside Taiwan President's Suggestion Of Another Phone Call

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen reacts during an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Office in Taipei. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu *Reuters: **Exclusive: Trump spurns Taiwan president's suggestion of another phone call* U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spurned the Taiwanese president’s suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beijing appears to be helping with efforts to rein in North Korea. In a White House interview, Trump brushed aside the idea after Taiwanese President ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army (KPA) is seen in this handout photo by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) made available on April 26, 2017. KCNA/Handout via REUTERS

Women's Choice Is Not A Cultural Issue Democrats Are Allowed To Compromise Away

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*The less bad anti-Choice candidate in Omaha?* Activist Jodi Jacobson, founder of *Rewire*, was one of the people who rang the alarm bell on many elements within the Democratic Party for seemingly giving anti-Choicers a wink and a nod recently. There's a lot of misinformation floating around about the Democratic candidate for Omaha mayor, Heath Mello, and the circumstances of the hubbub around his relationship to the party. Yesterday Jodi endeavored to straighten it out and make it all clear and understandably. Let me just reiterate what I've already said: Blue America doesn't endor... more »

China Threatened North Korea With Sanctions If They Conducted Another Nuclear Test

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN:* *Tillerson: China threatened to sanction North Korea over another nuclear test* Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China threatened the North Korean government with sanctions if it undertook another nuclear weapons test. Tillerson made his comments on Fox News ahead of a visit to the United Nations and amid rising tensions over the North Korean nuclear weapons program. "They confirmed to us that they had requested that the regime conduct no further nuclear test," Tillerson said of the Chinese. "In fact, we were told by the Chinese that the... more »

ISIS on its last legs as the Syrian Army imposes full control over gas field in east Homs

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 A.M.) – On Thursday evening, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized the last oil wells in the Al-Shaer Gas Fields of eastern Homs, thereby completely expelling ISIS from one of the country’s largest gas fields. The last point to be captured was the 105th gas well which was seized in a joint […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

بالخريطة || الجيش السوري يواصل تقدمه في منطقة المقابر في دير الزور مسيطرا على تلة ابو حسن

Yusha Yuseef at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
واصلت وحدات الجيش السوري عملياتها العسكرية في منطقة المقابر بين مطار دير الزور العسكري و مدينة دير الزور محققة المزيد من التقدم على حساب تنظيم داعش واكدت مصدر عسكري سيطرة الجيش على تلة ابو حسن بمحيط لواء التأمين الالكتروني بعد القضاء على عدد من ارهابيي التنظيم وتدمير اسلحتهم وعتادهم . كما اكد المصدر احراز الجيش […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Four-Day Nuclear Attack Drills Begin Around New York City

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The drills have been in the works for months, and are also taking place in Washington, DC and Albany, New York *Daily Mail*: *Federal authorities hold nuclear attack drills near Manhattan as North Korea shows off its military might* * Federal authorities, including Homeland Seucirty and FEMA, are participating in a four-day nuclear attack drill at MetLife stadium in New Jersey * The drill simulates a nuclear attack on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel, which connects Weehawken, New Jersey to Manhattan FEMA is training with local medical teams to practice their response to ... more »

New statistical methods would let researchers deal with data in better, more robust ways

Rand Wilcox, Professor of Statistics, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Collecting the data comes first, but then you have to analyze the data. Cameron Neylon, CC BY No matter the field, if a researcher is collecting data of any kind, at some point he is going to have to analyze it. And odds are he’ll turn to statistics to figure out what the data can tell him. A wide range of disciplines – such as the social sciences, marketing, manufacturing, the pharmaceutical industry and physics – try to make inferences about a large population of individuals or things based on a relatively small sample. But many researchers are using antiquated statistical techni... more »

Trump's Tough Talk Won't Work on North Korea

Charles V. Peña at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Charles V. Peña* *Security, Asia* It is unlikely that North Korea will just roll over and abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons. So far, the Trump administration seems to think that threats or ultimatums serve as an effective foreign policy. The president’s simple two-word message to North Korea: “Gotta behave.” This, after Vice President Mike Pence visited the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, saying that “the era of strategic patience is over” and citing the U.S. missile strikes in Syria and use of the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Bl... more »

Trump Makes His First Move on Tax Reform

Samuel Rines at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Samuel Rines* *Economics, Americas* [image: Hundred-dollar bills and 1040 tax form. Flickr/Creative Commons/ccPixs.com] The next step is seeing what can realistically pass Congress. One of the most important primary promises made by Donald Trump on the campaign trail was reforming the tax code. Doing so, according to administration officials, promises to invigorate the U.S. economy and return it to a sustainable 3 percent growth level—a lofty but laudable goal. On Wednesday, the outline of the tax reform was released, but it was met with little enthusiasm; it contained signific... more »

China Warned North Korea Not To Test Another Nuclear Weapon

Ryan Pickrell at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Ryan Pickrell* *Security, Asia* China has also been turning away North Korean coal shipments, a major source of income for the regime. North Korea has yet to conduct a sixth nuclear test, and the reason may be China. Beijing warned Pyongyang against carrying out another test, informing the reclusive regime that the Chinese would pursue “sanctions actions on their own” if North Korea failed to heed its warning, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed to Fox News Thursday. Tillerson’s remark indicates that President Donald Trump’s efforts to rein in North Korea by way of the c... more »

Expert: Dearth of Black Teachers not ‘Supply’ Issue

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
A new report shows that hiring practices at the district level may in fact be playing a role in artificially depressing racial representation in the classroom.

Black Intellectuals Challenged to Do Work Useful to Activism

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
“The Future of Black Intellectuals” panel at the National Action Network Convention addressed what role Black intellectuals should play in this era of President Donald Trump.

Stakeholders Divided Over Accreditation Reform

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
As Congress seeks to reform the accreditation system for institutions of higher education, one expert says it should avoid a “one-size-fits-all” approach.

Carl Bernstein concerning Trump/Russia investigation: "Oh my god, there’s a cover-up going on."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
Courtesy of The Independent: *Famed Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein says that the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn could end up revealing a “cover-up” of alleged connections between President Donald Trump's team and Russia. * *“I think it's obvious that Gen. Flynn is in up to his neck in terms, not just of possible crimes involving his speeches and whether or not he registered as a foreign agent, which he should have and didn’t,” Mr Bernstein said. * *“There, he is central to what the FBI believes is a cover-up going on among people close to... more »

President Trump: 'Major, Major' Conflict With North Korea Possible

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria *Reuters:* *Exclusive: Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy* U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute. "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely," Trump told ... more »

Angry Protesters Storm Macedonian Parliament And Attack MPs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Macedonian police fire stun grenades after protesters storm parliament* Macedonian police fired stun grenades on Thursday evening to disperse protesters outside the parliament and clear the way for the evacuation of lawmakers still in the building. Protesters stormed into Macedonia's parliament and assaulted the leader of the Social Democrats on Thursday after his party and ethnic Albanian allies voted to elect an Albanian as parliament speaker, witnesses said. Live television footage showed Social Democratic leader Zoran Zaev with blood trickling from one side of his... more »

UN: Repealing ObamaCare Violates “International Law”

Alex Newman at rss - 1 day ago
[image: un-repealing-obamacare-violates-international-law] The United Nations is again acting as a wannabe global government and perverting the meaning of human rights, warning the Trump administration in a bizarre letter that repealing the unconstitutional ObamaCare takeover of health insurance may violate what the UN likes to call “international law.” However, critics were quick to ridicule the UN and its alleged legal reasoning. Instead of oberying, they called for the U.S. government to withdraw from the scandal-plagued UN “Human Rights Council.”

Trump Orders Review of Federal Overreach in Education

Alex Newman at rss - 1 day ago
[image: trump-orders-review-of-federal-overreach-in-education] President Donald Trump signed an executive order on April 26 that is ostensibly aimed at curtailing unlawful federal meddling in K-12 education across America. But it may not actually accomplish that much, depending on how top education officials implement it.

United Reaches Settlement With Passenger David Dao

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
The Kentucky physician attracted widespread public sympathy when other passengers took video of aviation police violently dragging him from a plane.

Latest Nelson Report

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
*A waterfall feeds a river gorge below Caoling.* The Latest Nelson Report with some comments on Taiwan (bold emphasis mine, red in original). Click on Read more... ++++++++++++++++++++++ LINES ON MAPS...remember a week or so ago when Japan issued a map showing a couple of hundred islands with Japanese names? Beijing today took it a potentially dangerous step further, defining into "law" some enforcement rights: China revises mapping law to bolster territorial claims Author: Christian Shepherd The Chinese government passed a law today that creates new fines to "intimidate" forei... more »

Did You Ever Imagine That The Trump Regime WOULDN'T Try To Kill Net Neutrality?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
While everyone was obsessing over the Trump Regime's Reverse-Robin-Hood tax proposal and the jolt of electricity the Frankstein monster known as TrumpCare just got, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, moved to kill net neutrality. He said that "high-speed internet service should no longer be treated like a public utility with strict rules, as it is now. The move would, in effect, largely leave the industry to police itself." At *The Nation*, John Nichols, went so far as to write that "no act of the recklessly authoritarian Trump administration poses a greater threat to the democratic discours... more »

Musical Interlude: Afshin, "Prayer of Change"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Afshin, "Prayer of Change" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75SGQ65QhaU

Time to defund the weather-forecasting rent-seekers

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest opinion by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley For Totalitarianism Day (formerly Earth Day), over three dozen weather forecasting organizations have issued a joint (or, in their revealing word, “Collective”) “Global Climate Statement”. It has not exactly made headlines: even the Mainstream media are tired of yet another pietistic,…

Yucca Mountain: Serpent Swimming Westward

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Yucca Mountain: Serpent Swimming Westward By Indigenous Action Media Watch video https://www.facebook.com/IndigenousActionMedia/videos/295954260839721/ The Trump administration & Congress are renewing the threat to turn sacred Yucca Mountain, located on Western Shoshone Lands near Las Vegas, Nevada, into a massive nuclear waste dump. Yesterday, on the 31st anniversary of the

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 27, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Wesley Rahn, DW*: *Is a second Korean War imminent?* A military build-up, bellicose rhetoric and the risk of nuclear war are ratcheting up tensions in Northeast Asia. The US is tied in a strategic knot and N. Korea is not backing down as diplomacy and deterrence collide. There are storm clouds gathering over the Korean peninsula. Whether it is the belligerent statements from the regime in Pyongyang, windy bravado from the Trump administration or regular missile tests and naval drills, there is concern around the world that a tipping point is about to be reached. US Vice President... more »

US & France ‘Certain’ Assad Carried Out Gas Attack; Media Ignores Contrary Evidence

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Apr 26, 2017 The US has sanctioned some 271 Syrians who Washington believes are involved in the research and production of chemical weapons – yet many journalists and observers remain sceptical of the official White House story, which lays blame squarely on the Syrian government. The French government has also claimed the attack […]

US Invasion of North Korea ‘Not Off the Table’ – Head of Pacific Command

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Apr 27, 2017 US forces in the Pacific are ready to strike North Korea but are unprepared for prolonged conflict, Admiral Harry Harris, Jr. Commander, US Pacific Command testified today. Despite the US’ military’s lack of readiness, invasion is not off the table, Harris said. Paul Kawika Martin, senior director of Peace Action […]

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 27th Apr)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
3m poor working families face losing £2,500 a year from benefit cuts According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) the freeze in benefit rates and cuts to child tax credit, coupled with the rollout of universal credit, which has become less generous as a result of changes to work allowances, signal “large losses” for low-income households. If the cuts announced in 2015 were fully in

Projects, Day 5: Montessori school

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
So I told you the other day I’d give you some idea of some of the things I’ve been working on recently that have kept me away from blogging. This is a new three-classroom Montessori school in a central Auckland suburb, behind two existing houses used as admin and accommodation ... Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

Immigrant Crime Hotline Stalls After Barrage of Prank ‘Alien’ Calls

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
The veteran who spurred the campaign called the VOICE hotline an "unacceptable, un-American program."

Fox News Host Jesse Watters Goes on Vacation After Joke About Ivanka Trump?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Some have linked his absence with a comment about the President's eldest daughter that was interpreted as lewd.

World News Briefs -- April 27, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this handout photo by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) made available on April 26, 2017. KCNA/Handout via REUTERS *Reuters:* *China warned North Korea of sanctions after any nuclear test: Tillerson* China has told the Trump administration it warned North Korea it would impose unilateral sanctions should Pyongyang carry out another nuclear test, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, in possibly China's toug... more »

Former MP’s latest act tells you everything you need to know about Theresa May’s Tories

Emily Apple at The Canary - 1 day ago
A former Conservative MP has reached a new low in breathtaking hypocrisy. Zac Goldsmith resigned from the Conservative Party over its support for the expansion of Heathrow Airport. His resignation triggered a by-election, which he lost. But he is now resurrecting his political career; standing as a candidate for the party he left just six […] The post Former MP’s latest act tells you everything you need to know about Theresa May’s Tories appeared first on The Canary.

Here is every key promise the Conservative Party has broken since the last general election [VIDEO]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 1 day ago
Choosing a government is not an easy job. But a voter’s task is made tougher when political parties promise one thing, then deliver something else entirely. And based on the gap between Conservative promises is 2015 and the reality that came after, it might be wise to reconsider gifting them our vote. The broken promises […] The post Here is every key promise the Conservative Party has broken since the last general election [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Theresa May’s bizarre radio interview has sent her campaign beyond parody [AUDIO]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 1 day ago
Theresa May’s general election campaign has so far consisted of invitation-only events, and four words repeated relentlessly: ‘strong and stable leadership’. But during an interview with Radio Derby, May moved her campaign beyond parody. The interview During the 27 April interview, host Chris Doidge asked Theresa May if she knew what a ‘mugwump’ is. This was […] The post Theresa May’s bizarre radio interview has sent her campaign beyond parody [AUDIO] appeared first on The Canary.

New Green Party alliance could become Theresa May’s worst nightmare

Emily Apple at The Canary - 1 day ago
There is more evidence of alliances forming to get rid of the Tories. This time in Brighton. Here, the Greens and the Liberal Democrats are teaming up to get rid of the Tories. The Lib Dems will not run in Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas’s seat of Brighton Pavilion. And the Greens will not stand […] The post New Green Party alliance could become Theresa May’s worst nightmare appeared first on The Canary.

Thursday Afternoon Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 1 day ago
This and that for your Thursday reading. - Ben Kentish reports on the Equality Trust's research showing that the poorest 10% of the population in the UK actually pays a higher percentage of its income in taxes than the top 10%. Dominic Rushe, Ben Jacobs and Sabrina Siddiqui discuss how Donald Trump is going out of his way to ensure the same outcome in the U.S., while Neil Irwin highlights how Trump's tax plans could hardly be more thoroughly tailored toward further enriching himself. And Valerie Ouellet points out that an increasing number of high-income Canadians are managing to av... more »