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*Zero Hedge*: *More Dangerous Than The NSA? The Massive Spy Agency You Haven't Heard Of* If you’re one of the countless Americans who was distraught to learn of the revelations made by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, the mere idea that there might be yet another agency out there - perhaps just as powerful and much more intrusive - should give you goosebumps. Foreign Policy reports that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or NGA, is an obscure spy agency former President Barack Obama had a hard time wrapping his mind around back in 2009. Bu...more »
(Photo Credit: DARPA) *Defense News: **DoD weapons designer: Swarming teams of drones will dominate future wars* WASHINGTON – Future wars will be fought with swarms of expendable, disaggregated, intelligent systems rather than the big, expensive weapon platforms the U.S. has relied on for fifty years, a top Pentagon weapons scientist asserted this week. William Roper, the lead of the Pentagon’s semi-secret Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), made his prediction March 28, adding that he believes the Air Force will have a greater challenge adjusting to this new reality than the o...more »
Smoke rises after an air strike, while Iraqi forces battle with ISIS militants, in western Mosul, Iraq, March 10. The U.S.-led coalition announced Friday it had killed an ISIS propaganda team in a strike in western Iraq. REUTERS/ZOHRA BENSEMRA *New York Times: **U.S.-Led Coalition Counts 229 Civilian Deaths Before Mosul Strike* WASHINGTON — Facing mounting pressure over civilian casualties in American airstrikes, the United States-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said on Saturday that it was likely that at least 229 civilians had been unintentionally kill...more »
*Reuters*:* Islamic State second-in-command killed in airstrike, Iraqi intelligence says* Ayad al-Jumaili, believed to be a deputy of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in an air strike on Friday, an Iraqi intelligence spokesman said on Saturday. The U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition said it was unable at the moment to confirm the information that was reported earlier in the day by Iraqi state-run TV. Jumaili was killed with other Islamic State commanders in a strike carried out by the Iraqi air force in the region of al-Qaim, near the border with Syria, a...more »
Liquid Mind, "Velvet Morning" Liquid Mind ® is the name used by Los Angeles composer and producer Chuck Wild of the best-selling Liquid Mind relaxation music albums. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp3BuiupOrc&feature=related
“What's going on in the center of this spiral galaxy? Named the Sombrero Galaxy for its hat-like resemblance, M104 features a prominent dust lane and a bright halo of stars and globular clusters. Reasons for the Sombrero's hat-like appearance include an unusually large and extended central bulge of stars, and dark prominent dust lanes that appear in a disk that we see nearly edge-on. Billions of old stars cause the diffuse glow of the extended central bulge. Close inspection of the bulge in the above photograph shows many points of light that are actually globular clusters. *Click ...more »
*"Consider the Following"* "Consider the following. We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others' actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others' activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others. Nor is it so remarkable that our greatest joy should come when we are motivated by concern for others. But that is not all. We find that not only do altruistic actions brin...more »
*"Starting With Little Things" * "Love the earth like a mole, fur-near. Nearsighted, hold close the clods, their fine-print headlines. Pat them with soft hands- Like spades, but pink and loving; they break rock, nudge giants aside, affable plow. Fields are to touch; each day nuzzle your way. Tomorrow the world." - William Stafford
Every poll shows the same thing-- Trump is unpopular. His allies and cronies are unpopular. His agenda is even more hated than he is. After trying to pass his pet TrumpCare anti-healthcare bill, Not counting NJ sleaze bag Chris Christie, Paul Ryan is now the most unpopular politician in America-- with a 61% disapproval. Only 11% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, the Congress Ryan leads. Most Americans know Trump is dishonest; just 39% haven't caught on yet. And 72% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Trump's ultimate booster, KGB agent-turned autocrat/kle...more »
Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation at the Norwegian Parliament. "We are calling for the guidelines and standards of the Oil Fund to change. It needs to become the Clean Energy Fund -- no more fossil fuel extraction. Respect for Indigenous Rights, Indigenous Sovereignty, Human Rights, Rights of Mother Earth. Amazing women speaking out!" said Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN International
*-by Wendy Reed, MPA* Americans appear energized for civic engagement-- in community organizations, political activity, and government offices-- but in our passion and urgency for change we must take time to do research, to evaluate facts, and to make informed choices. From the questions people ask me about my experience as a congressional candidate, I developed what I call the Three Inventories™. The Three Inventories include a Personal Inventory, a Skillset Inventory, and a Resources Inventory, and I will apply them in this article in three ways: considering civic engagement; c...more »
A few years ago the climate alarmists were going hysterical about the sudden loss of Arctic Sea Ice. Alarmist claims of an ice free North Pole dominated the headlines. It’s been a little over four years since an “Arctic expert” claimed the North Pole would be ice-free by the summer of 2016. That never happened. When I … Continue reading "Northern Atlantic Storm Shows How Natural Causes Affect Arctic Sea Ice"
Courtesy of Raw Story: *Singling out Vice President Mike Pence, press secretary Sean Spicer, and advisors Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Miller, the Real Time host called them out for going on TV and pretending, “Trump didn’t say what everybody just heard him say.” * *“New rule,” Maher began, “If you get up everyday and try and make Donald Trump’s ludicrous and dangerous pronouncements sound normal and sane, you are an enabler.” * *“Twenty years from now when your kids ask you, over a glass of Soylent Green, ‘What did you do during the Trump years, daddy?’ You don’t want your answ...more »
The Carbon Sense Newsletter, April 2017. Please Spread this around. *To view or print the whole newsletter plus images click:* *http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/battery-baloney2.pdf* *Playing Snakes and Ladders with Australia’s Electricity Supply.* *By Viv Forbes & Helpers* Every day some green energy promoter or a battery salesman tells us how green energy with battery backup will supply Australia’s future electricity needs. A battery stores energy. Energy can be stored using lead-acid, nickel/cadmium, lithium, molten salt, pumped hydro, ...more »
*WASHINGTON — * With *the capture of a strategic airfield in northern Syria this week* from Islamic State, U.S.-backed forces and the American military have access to five air installations in the region, a network that can prove decisive in the fight against Islamic State, according to U.S. officials and analysts. *March 26/2017:* *Taking Raqqa: Dam, Airport Captured- US Deal with Kurds On Syrian Territory* *Two U.S. officials told VOA that American engineers and crews were working on repairing and restoring the airfield near Tabqa dam* that was taken by the U.S.-backed Syrian De...more »
Life '*far beyond the settlements*' -- a painting by David Wright It gets more and more difficult to return from life far beyond the settlements. If you're a city person and if you are not self reliant, you won't get it. You'll think me to be eccentric or worse, insane. Who would turn their back on all this? (see below) The melting pot of humanity (Los Angeles pictured above), the freeways, the rush, the pressure and stress, the anger, the disappointment, the money, the power and fame and the material goods...who wouldn't love it? No, it's not the Temple of the Living Elvis (Las Ve...more »
Thank you Western Shoshone photojournalist Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, for sharing your photos with Censored News on Long Walk 2, 3, 4 and now 5. Bad Bear. Map of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado Photos copyright Carl Sampson, Censored News.
Michelle Obama surprised a group of students from Blackfeet Nation who were visiting Sidwell Friends as part of a cultural exchange program A group of Native American students from Montana got the surprise of their lives earlier this month while visiting Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC as part of an exchange program. Nine students from Browning High School were giving presentations on Native American culture to some of the younger students at the private Quaker school on the morning of March 17 when they and and their teacher, Amy Conrey Andreas, were suddenly ushered into ...more »
I got into table top role playing games before my trusty MegaDrive came along, and so was attracted to them as RPGs drip-dripped onto the system in the early part of its life. The problem was as larger games with battery back up, they tended to weigh in with a heftier asking price. Seeing the second and third installments of the *Phantasy Star* series come with £60 and £50 price tags respectively (in early 90s money!) meant I mostly got my gaming jollies in other genres, though I did eventually pick up *Phantasy Star III*. When *Shining in the Darkness* arrived on these shores, it ...more »
President Trump forgets to sign executive order, walks out of ceremony. Pence remembers, grabs executive order from desk. @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/h1kDBvwcP5 — Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) March 31, 2017 Courtesy of Slate: *President Trump gathered the press on Friday to sign two new executive orders on trade. He spoke very positively about what he was going to sign. "Thank you everybody," he said from the podium. "You're going to be seeing some very, very strong results very, very quickly. Thank you very much."* *The commander in chief immediately sought out the door, an...more »
Rare footage of Mongolian wolf pups caught in camera traps has been released. The footage of the endangered animals in the stunning landscape of their Mongolia home has been revealed by National Geo. The Mongolian wolf is also known as the Tibetan wolf or as the subspecies of the Gray Wolf - Canis Lupus Chanco. It is a smaller wolf than it's cousin the Gray wolf and usually only weighs about 45 kg. It also goes by the nickname of the Woolly Wolf because of it's dense undercoat. It is native to Central Asia and ranges from Turkestan, throughout Tibet to Mongolia, northern China, th...more »
*The battle to take back America starts now-- in L.A. and Georgia-- Ossoff and Gomez* In a *Washingtron Post* OpEd yesterday, Michael Gershon wrote "This is a pretty bad combination: empty, easily distracted, vindictive, shallow, impatient, incompetent and morally small. This is not the profile of a governing party…It is now dawning on Republicans what they have done to themselves. They thought they could somehow get away with Trump. That he could be contained. That the adults could provide guidance. That the economy might come to the rescue. That the damage could be limited... Ins...more »
Here’s something you don’t see everyday. A Wisconsin lumberjack came to the aid of a bear whose head was trapped inside a milk can As we take more and more land away from wildlife, there becomes more animal and human contact. Thus, is the case of a wild black bear in Wisconsin. This black bear found its way onto a nearby farm where it got its head stuck in a milk can. So when a Wisconsin lumberjack on Kitchen Kleen potato farmland saw a distressed bear with a milk can stuck on its head, the last thing he wanted to do was walk up to the bear and risk a paw swipe to the legs or a fu...more »
One day in 1991, a strange letter arrived at the Rainforest Action Network in San Francisco, where Joe Kane was working. It was from members of the Huaorani tribe of Ecuador, wild folks who have lived in the Amazon rainforest for thousands of years. Their jungle home had fantastic biodiversity, including many species that live nowhere else on Earth. The letter said that DuPont-Conoco was planning to destroy their ecosystem and culture. The Indians were perfectly happy with their traditional way of life, and they had no interest in being destroyed. They just wanted to be left...more »
Real science is a process, a process that follows the scientific method. The scientific method is designed to standardize the process on which scientific conclusions are based. In essence, it establishes a common language for scientists. The Scientific Method (as I was taught in 2nd Grade) Make an Observation Formulate a “Hypothesis” (Note: This Hypothesis is … Continue reading "Scientists Not Served Here; Real Scientists Need Not Apply"
'European human rights chiefs have told the British press it must not report when terrorists are Muslim. The recommendations came as part of a list of 23 meddling demands to Theresa May's government on how to run the media in an alarming threat to freedom speech. The report, drawn up by the Council of Europe's human rights watchdog, blamed the recent increase in hate crimes and racism in the UK on the 'worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians', although the research was done before the EU referendum campaign had even...more »
*Publishing Note: *Due to Bob Nichol's other commitments the city-specific radiation reporting will now be published every 2 weeks until further notice. The next such report will be on April 8, 2017. I will update the weekly Hiroshima bomb equivalents information. This is to keep you as aware and informed as possible, not alarm you, though you should be alarmed, and is scientific *FACT*, not sensationalistic nonsense. Everything here is active-linked for your own verification, or not; I encourage you to do so. The radiation's not going anywhere, folks, but we are... - CP *"Now I am...more »
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges RT America on Apr 1, 2017 On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by Professor Albert Raboteau, author of “American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals and Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice”. They discuss the theological and ethical motivations of prophetic figures and their importance in […]
I've still got your back. Courtesy of NBC News: *Obama administration officials were so concerned about what would happen to key classified documents related to the Russia probe once President Trump took office that they created a list of document serial numbers to give to senior members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, a former Obama official told NBC News. * *The official said that after the list of documents related to the probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election was created in early January, he hand-carried it to the committee members. The numbers themselves...more »
The Aegis 9 were arrested at 10:00 am this morning in a snow storm at Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Maine during a 'christening' of another destroyer outfitted with so-called 'missile defense' systems. The group blocked the ceremony entry gate and were charged with Trespass on BIW property - which ironically is ultimately paid for by taxpayer *$$$*. BIW is owned by General Dynamics. These warships are currently being deployed by the Pentagon to help encircle Russia and China as the US moves to put in place global first-strike attack capability. Amazingly BIW decided to still hold ...more »
Nineteen US states have introduced bills that would curb freedom of expression and the right to protest, an “alarming and undemocratic” trend, UN human rights investigators say. Maina Kiai and David Kaye, independent UN experts on freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, said on Thursday the moves were incompatible with international human rights law. “The trend also threatens to jeopardise one of the United States’ constitutional pillars: free speech,” they said in a statement, calling for action to reverse such legislation. “From the Black Lives Matter movement, to the envi...more »
Violence stayed at relatively the same level between the third and fourth week of March. There were 152 reported incidents in Iraq from March 22-28. That was roughly the same as the previous week when there were 142. Again, Ninewa led the country in violence with 100 incidents due to the Battle for Mosul. After that there were 21 in Baghdad, 10 in Diyala, 8 in Anbar, 6 in Kirkuk, 5 in Salahaddin, and 1 each in Babil and Najaf. There were 1,195 deaths reported and 575 wounded during the week. 6 Hashd al-Shaabi, 15 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 1,174 civilians ...more »
“A man who has blown all his options can't afford the luxury of changing his ways. He has to capitalize on whatever he has left, and he can't afford to admit - no matter how often he's reminded of it - that every day of his life takes him farther and farther down a blind alley. Very few toads in this world are Prince Charmings in disguise. Most are simply toads, and they are going to stay that way. Toads don't make laws or change any basic structures, but one or two rooty insights can work powerful changes in the way they get through life. A toad who believes he got a raw deal befor...more »
*“Our Hopelessly Dysfunctional Democracy”, Introduction* by Brian Maher "The American system of government is in jeopardy if we don’t do something about it." We hear it all the time - from the right… from the left - and all shades of the spectrum. But maybe they’re mistaken. Maybe it’s already too late... Old-time journalist Garet Garrett (1878–1954) penned a little-known gem, “The Revolution Was,” in 1938 - well into the New Deal. Many at the time wailed the same lament we hear today: "The American system of government is in jeopardy if we don’t do something about it." But it had ...more »
Dandelion Salad Updated: 1.12.09 added a video; see below Reposted with permission from Rabbi Arthur Waskow from the Shalom Center From the latest email: by Rabbi Arthur Waskow Two weeks after the outbreak of carnage and war in Gaza and in Southern Israel, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue, as children die from […]
Dandelion Salad Reposted with permission from Rabbi Arthur Waskow from the Shalom Center From the latest email: by Rabbi Arthur Waskow Jan. 14, 2009 Rebirthing King, Re-Inaugurating America: A Covenantal Pledge by the American People [This Covenantal Pledge was developed by The Tent of Abraham, Hagar, and Sarah as part of an effort to reawaken […]
My science postings used to be free of politics -- and this one will be, in a bit. But how can they be detached, when the central political issue of our time is whether evidence, fact-based argument and truth discovery can survive? I know that on Earth Day (named after my novel, I presume) April 22, I'll join my fellow scientists in the street. See more information about the March for Science, as well as satellite marches held around the world. Scientists will speak out and hold events to explain their research to the public. Though let me be clear. I also think that marching and ...more »
George Osborne featured in a few news stories on 1 April. The Guardian reported on Osborne’s latest glamorous job: By Georgio! Osborne takes new job as fashion designer https://t.co/MG0bZywuH5 — The Guardian (@guardian) April 1, 2017 And The Stage revealed that Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre announced the ex-chancellor will also take up the role of Artistic […] The post We’ve all enjoyed the April Fools’ jokes about George Osborne. But he’s about to wipe that smile off your face. appeared first on The Canary.
*REVEALED*. "The total level of debt in the west relative to GDP is higher than it has ever been." Financial Times. *In the USA*, between 2006 and 2012, *two thirds of companies paid no federal tax. * Many Companies Paid No Federal Income Tax / Most U.S. corporations paid nothing in federal income taxes. *In the USA, large companies that were profitable paid a federal tax of 14% on their net income between 2008 and 2012.* Large Profitable US Corporations Paid Tax of 14%. If Donald Trump reduces taxes further, the US government's level of debt will increase. The 7 big questions...more »
So much for the theory that Brad Wall's handouts to the oil sector would merely help his donors. Instead, the Saskatchewan Party's plan to pay off oil barons would also serve to enrich Wall himself by paying the salaries of employees working for companies in which he owns shares. But hey, surely this time the free money will lead to lasting jobs.
My academic research has focused on defining and explicating "liberal" systems of government across the last two centuries. Liberalism is a seductive ideology because it promises democracy, justice and individual happiness. I'm still a fan of liberal values such as these but worry that our liberal ideals are too often inconsistent with the actual operations and effects of liberal institutions, such as the state, the corporation, and the "expert authority." My social analyses are most directly informed by the work of Michel Foucault and his "governmentality" followers. In an impor...more »
Assorted content for your weekend reading. - Nick Falvo, Janice Chan and Chidom Otogwu point out that housing is just one of the areas where federal action is needed to reduce poverty and its social harms in Canada. And Falvo also reviews Greg Suttor's "Still Renovating" as a worthwhile look at housing in Canada. - Marc Lee highlights the need for governments to lead the way in replenishing insufficient stocks of affordable housing, while Daphne Bramham discusses the problems with the B.C. Libs' preference to instead sell off what little there is. And Seth Klein and Pamela Reaño la...more »
*And the prize for worst e-mail campaign in the history of the known universe goes to...* I've been getting bombarded with angry e-mails from Blue America members who say they are being "assaulted" and "abused" by Jon Ossoff's campaign in the GA-06 special election. Blue America endorsed Ossoff for several reasons-- including his policy positions-- and we stand by that endorsement. I feel like had I known he was hiring DCCC e-mail consultants New Blue Interactive, I would have warned our members what would be coming if they-- like me-- contributed. New Blue Interact is the very wors...more »
The Labour Party’s biggest backer Unite union is electing a new leader. And the two main rivals, Len McCluskey and Gerard Coyne, are fighting campaigns to get that top spot. But on 1 April Coyne launched a seriously low blow April fools joke at his competitor. Win a weekend in a luxury London flat: pic.twitter.com/cG9shfRSUE — Gerard Coyne […] The post Gerard Coyne dishes out a low blow with an April Fools joke about Unite rival Len McCluskey appeared first on The Canary.
[image: undefined] An irony of the escalating hysteria about the Trump camp’s contacts with Russians is that one presidential campaign in 2016 did exploit political dirt that supposedly came from the Kremlin and other Russian sources. Friends of that political campaign paid for this anonymous hearsay material, shared it with American journalists and urged them to publish it to gain an electoral advantage. But this campaign was not Donald Trump’s; it was Hillary Clinton’s. And, awareness of this activity doesn’t require you to spin conspiracy theories about what may or may not have ...more »
To show you what a topsy-turvy two and a half weeks it's been, allow me to summarize: On the 15th, I got a contract offer from a British publisher to bring out *Tatterdemalion* and four other Scott Carson books. He said he'd send me the first draft of the contract in two weeks and that passed three days ago. Since the 16th, I've been working feverishly on the sequel, *The Murder Machine*, not knowing how short of a deadline he'd give me to finish it. Then, two days after I walked around in just a tee short and very comfortably, Mother Nature essentially says, "Fuck yo...more »
Courtesy of Real Clear Politics: *Friday on MSNBC, Chuck Todd said unless and until President Trump accepts "the fact that Russia interfered in this election," it will "plague him."* *CHUCK TODD: You have a presidency right now that I think is, it's beyond saying it's in crisis mode, it's, you know, it's on the brink, the question is on the brink of what? Is it on the brink of collapse? Is it on the brink of being a temporary lame duck presidency? Maybe it feels lame-duckish temporarily right now. * *You've got a stalled agenda. Republicans who have no fear of this president rig...more »
*SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017On Fox, it's a whole different world:* We Americans! The last two nights, on cable news, we've been living in two different worlds. On MSNBC, we liberals got to enjoy an exciting car chase. This car chase began Thursday night. According to Michael Flynn's lawyer, the general wants to tell his story, but he'll need immunity first. An embarrassing number of major liberals rushed to cable to say or suggest that the general, who strikes us as basically nuts, had thereby confessed to a crime. Over the past two nights, MSNBC has entertained us rubes with the hu...more »
Let's be honest, most human dads do less work raising the kids than human moms. That's not true in all species, though. In a few, fathers care for their developing embryos more than mothers, and biologists speculated that this paternal devotion had evolved from ancestors entirely lacking parental care. A new paper provides a new wrinkle. When fathers are more involved, parental care gets a lot more elaborate. read more
We're ten weeks into the Trump presidency, and here, at Politico, is the 18000th leak-based story about staff infighting, by my rough estimate: [Jared] Kushner's status as the big-issue guru has stoked resentment among his colleagues, who question whether Kushner is capable of following through on his various commitments and complain that his dabbling in myriad issues and his tendency to walk in and out of meetings have complicated efforts to instill more order and organization into the chaotic administration. These people also say Kushner can be a shrewd self promoter, knowing how ...more »
In the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory, S10E19, Leonard felt left (eftl ftle) out while Penny was getting closer to Rajesh. Meanwhile, Sheldon and Amy began their natural and thought-provoking collaboration. Sheldon has the same background as I do so it's natural for him to think about foundations of quantum mechanics. And Amy is a neuroscientist – much like the actress Mayim Bialik PhD. At some moment, they decided to cooperate. During the cooperation, they found out that fights make their thinking sharper so they fought about the way how to use this discovery. The interdi...more »
Eve Armstrong had an important question: How would things have turned out if she had summoned the nerve to ask a certain Barry Cottonfield to her high school’s junior prom in 1997? Cottonfield, for those readers unfamiliar, “was a brash, unprincipled individual (private communications 1983-1998; Lunch Ladies’ Assoc. v. Cottonfield 1995) with slightly below-average learning […] The post “Publications of questionable scientific value:” A scientist models a potential prom date appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*Reuters:* *Called 'dictator,' Venezuela leader tries to defuse court protests* Seeking to cool protests and international outrage, socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday the Supreme Court would review its move to annul the opposition-led congress, which critics decried as a lurch toward dictatorship. "This controversy is over ... the constitution has won," Maduro said in a televised speech just after midnight. He was flanked by senior officials on a specially convened state security committee that ordered the top court to reconsider its rulings. While Ma...more »
Now, here is something very interesting..* This news certainly had me recalling the chemical attack in Ghouta, Syria 2013.- Conveniently timed and staged** I believed then, as I do now, that whatever occurred in Ghouta, the hand of Israel was behind it. *Others blamed Turkey, nonsense, Turkey and the US had already hit their rough patch- Incirlik troubles were ongoing...*Israeli intelligence played a central role in the entire narrative. Israeli intelligence had allegedly captured reports of SAA doing the deed. * *August 2013- Syrian strikes sooner rather then later* Oh and guess ...more »
It's been a long time coming, but finally the former operator of one of America's most punishing and racist charter schools, has finally been indicted on a host of charges alleging fraud, theft, and money laundering: . . . .Chavis was arrested Thursday morning in North Carolina and has been ordered to appear in federal court in Oakland. He is accused of requesting more than $2.5 million of federally funded grants in violation of conflict-of-interest rules. This is not the first time Chavis has been targeted for financial impropriety. In 2012, an investigation by the state Fiscal Cr...more »
The latest on the NDP's leadership campaign. - Karl Nerenberg sees the youth debate in Montreal as having shown more differences in style than substance, while Christo Aivalis identifies some more clear distinctions. And James Munson examines the candidates' positions on economic development, innovation and the social safety net. - The Tyee interviews Charlie Angus about the long road he's taking toward the leadership. And Cory Collins interviews Peter Julian about his plans for the leadership campaign and beyond. - Speaking of which, Julian announced his plans for a Just Transitio...more »
With Craig temporarily off-piste, or piste-off - I’m not quite sure - this site is likely to become more *Jewy* than some readers might find necessary. It might even make some of our readers piste-off too, but I make no apology. While the cat’s away and all that. Here are some things that have been on my mind for the last few days, then I’ll leave you alone. One of the issues that have been simmering away for quite a while is that faux academic symposium which is taking place in Cork, right now. *(Update*: More here. David Collier is there, reporting the event on our behalf.) I...more »
From Jenna Orkin Manhattan's iconic Union Square rocked by manhole fires, eruptions Russian submarines are operating at a level unseen since the Cold War Apple's $5 billion campus opens next month — here's what it looks like now Brazil Unemployment Hits Record High, Same As Government's Disapproval Rating WikiLeaks Reveals "Marble": Proof CIA Disguises Their Hacks As Russian, Chinese, Arabic.. Credit Suisse Offices Raided In Multiple Tax Probes: Gold Bars, Paintings, Jewelry Seized NY Times Outs White House Sources Who Provided Intel Reports To Nunes Newly Released Photos of Pen...more »
Courtesy of BBC: *Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he would like to meet US President Donald Trump at an Arctic nations summit in Finland in May. * *He again rejected allegations that Russia had interfered in the 2016 US presidential election. * *And he said sanctions against Russia were also hurting the US and Europe. * *Mr Trump had voiced hopes for improved relations with Moscow, but he has been dogged by claims of links between his election campaign and Russia. * *The Federal Bureau of Investigation and both houses of the US Congress are investigating alleged Russian...more »
*CNN*: *New terrorist laptop bombs may evade airport security, intel sources say* (CNN)US intelligence and law enforcement agencies believe that ISIS and other terrorist organizations have developed innovative ways to plant explosives in electronic devices that FBI testing shows can evade some commonly used airport security screening methods, CNN has learned. Heightening the concern is US intelligence suggesting that terrorists have obtained sophisticated airport security equipment to test how to effectively conceal explosives in laptops and other electronic devices. The intell...more »
*BBC:* *Paraguay congress set on fire as election protests turn deadly* Demonstrators in Paraguay have set fire to the country's parliament during violent protests against a bill that would lift presidential term limits. One activist was killed by a blow to the head which the opposition blamed on a rubber bullet fired by police. Under the 1992 constitution, introduced after the dictatorship, a head of state may only serve a single five-year term. But sitting President Horacio Cartes is trying to remove the restriction and run for re-election. Protesters were photographed smashing...more »
The week at Retraction Watch featured the strange story of a reappearing retracted study, and the retraction of a study showing a link between watching violent cartoons and verbal skills. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: So how much misconduct is there, anyway? The muddled testimony of a senior National Science Foundation official to the US House […] The post Weekend reads: What’s the real rate of misconduct?; research parasites win awards; preprints’ watershed moment appeared first on Retraction Watch.
A video recently released by IS terrorists showed the damage an alleged coalition strike had caused to the dam and an unexploded missile inside the devastated control room. *David Axe, Daily Beast:* *ISIS Could Kill Thousands With ‘Biblical’ Weapon* *A strategic dam overlooking the so-called Islamic State’s capital and final stronghold could pose a ‘biblical’ threat to tens of thousands of Syrians.* On the night of March 21, 2017, U.S. military helicopters airlifted fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces rebel group in a daring attack on a strategic dam outside the town of Tab...more »
With an agenda to promote diversity and social cohesion, the BBC necessarily turns a blind eye to the antisemitism within the Muslim community. It would be ridiculous to deny that hatred of Jews is the default position of Muslims, as even Mehdi Hasan, one of the most prominent offenders, has freely, (and rashly) admitted. The irony is that many of the high profile Muslims who mask their *visceral* antisemitism with the societally acceptable *‘intellectual’* anti- *Zionism,* are also claiming that Muslims are the new Jews. These are the people who complain of Islamophobia and caref...more »
A new independent polling and election result aggregator known as Britain Elects have become fairly popular in recent months. However, bizarre and hostile tweets issued from the organisation’s official Twitter account have created a concern about potential bias. So who are Britain Elects anyway? The organisation claims to be a voluntary “poll aggregator of sorts”, funded […] The post You might want to stop sharing ‘poll’ results from Britain Elects [IMAGES] appeared first on The Canary.
The political editor of Huffington Post UK has issued a 19-tweet, f-word laden rant to provide “proof of how utterly unprofessional, time wasting + downright shite some of Labour’s shadow cabinet really are”. And what major exposé did Paul Waugh drop on us? Labour had taken a story to a rival publication. Entering the Waugh Zone […] The post A leading political journalist has thrown a public hissy fit because Labour took a story to someone else appeared first on The Canary.
You may be surprised to learn that the UK has a slavery problem. But it’s true. Vietnamese teenagers are being trafficked and then enslaved on cannabis farms. Independent anti-slavery commissioner Kevin Hyland criticised police forces for failing to deal with the situation in an urgent and committed manner. Hyland “want[s] to see more people pursued and […] The post The government is allowing slavery to flourish in the UK appeared first on The Canary.
*Russian Scientists: Greenhouse Gas Theory Dead, Global Cooling Coming* The above headline I have taken from here. I think it is misleading. The academic paper concerned ("Cosmic Rays, Solar Activity, and Changes in the Earth’s Climate" by Y. I. Stozhkov et al.) is fairly short and I have read it all several times. It does NOT mention CO2 and does NOT say that the Greenhouse Gas Theory is Dead. What the paper shows is a close correlation between cloud cover and the temperature of the near-surface atmosphere. Clouds cool us down, unsurprisingly. It then goes on to study what cau...more »
Reuters/KCNA *Harry J. Kazianis, The Week*: *After North Korea attacks: An ominous Asian future imagined* With the world's collective gaze — and most certainly U.S. surveillance satellites — fixed on North Korea's next potential nuclear test, it is past time to consider the horror that the so-called "hermit kingdom" could inflict on its neighbors if it actually went to war. Thanks to one of the largest standing armies on the planet — with over 1.2 million men under arms and another 7.7 million in reserve — and with chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons carried by over 1,000 mi...more »
On the scene: One of the images released by the FBI shows its agents alongside firefighters as flames still burns on the Pentagon grounds *Daily Mail:** FBI pictures reveal fiery aftermath and appalling destruction at the Pentagon on 9/11 - including remains of the plane hijacked by bin Laden's attackers* * The FBI Vault has published images taken by investigators at the Pentagon after the 9/11 attack * Al Qaeda's five hijackers claimed 184 lives when they crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon * Photographs show debris from the Boeing 757 on the ground outside the ...more »
The GOP is now like a college cafeteria food fight-- a free-for-all. Polling released yesterday shows Trump's ratings continuing to plummet and now shows that Paul Ryan is the single most unpopular politician in America-- even more disliked than Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi and... Señor Trumpanzee. PPP's newest national poll finds Donald Trump's approval rating falling to its lowest level yet in our polling. ...[The healthcare] issue has made Paul Ryan into the most unpopular politician in the country. At the start of the Trump administration he had a 33% approval rating, with ...more »
In the spirit of the folly day.... The *New York Times* finally admits that *RussiaGate *is a cheap spy thriller knockoff. It's nevertheless published one of those handy catch-up guides for distracted viewers who might have missed a few episodes in what they call this "bizarre Washington drama." It's comprised of the usual Tweets and echo chamber reports from such reliable corporate actors as CNN and, of course, itself. But the Handy Guide mysteriously omits the latest plot twist, in which Wikileaks reveals that the CIA itself could have been the original hacker/leaker of the DNC...more »
*"Yes, academics tend to be left wing – but let’s not exaggerate it"* *The intention of the article below is plainly to downplay the Leftist influence in British universities. The authors are two English academics so "They WOULD say that", as the esteemed Mandy Rice-Davies might have said.I think I can sum up the article very briefly. They admit that most academics are Left-leaning but say that some are probably not VERY Left-leaning. A very feeble defence. The authors are replying to a study from the libertarian Adam Smith Institute. I had some comments on that on Marc...more »
For nearly fifty years, we have bought into a myth -- which we take to be as axiomatic as the sky is blue. Rutger Bregman writes: These days, politicians from the left to the right assume that most wealth is created at the top. By the visionaries, by the job creators, and by the people who have “made it”. By the go-getters oozing talent and entrepreneurialism that are helping to advance the whole world. Now, we may disagree about the extent to which success deserves to be rewarded – the philosophy of the left is that the strongest shoulders should bear the heaviest burden, while ...more »
[image: feds-and-un-dumping-unvetted-diseased-refugee-men-on-taxpayer] A Missouri woman who has attended official meetings on resettling migrants is blowing the whistle on United Nations and federal schemes that she says are quietly flying in huge numbers of unvetted, diseased “refugees” from across Africa and the Middle East — many of whom do not even have a known name — and immediately handing them passports, Social Security numbers, and a vast array of tax-funded benefits. Noting that the overwhelming majority of the migrants she observed were men, she suggested the schemes were a...more »
[image: cia-has-tools-for-framing-russia-china-others-for-hacks] The most recent release by WikiLeaks shows that the CIA has developed obfuscation tools for causing its hacks to be falsely attributed to foreign powers. And WikiLeaks has released not only the documents, but also the source code of those tools.
Courtesy of Frontline: *Twenty-five thousand science teachers opened their mailboxes this month and found a package from the Heartland Institute, a libertarian think tank that rejects the scientific consensus on climate change. * *It contained the organization’s book “Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming,” as well as a DVD rejecting the human role in climate change and arguing instead that rising temperatures have been caused primarily by natural phenomena. The material will be sent to an additional 25,000 teachers every two weeks until every public-school science teacher ...more »
3 Taps And Out? Fund Manager Reveals Outlook on Gold and Silver by http://www.silverdoctors.com/ Are the Gold & Silver Shorts About to Receive A Religious Experience? Fund Manager Dave Kranzler Joins the Show to Break Down the Largest Decline in COMEX Gold Open Interest We’ve Ever Seen… – * Is the Gold Cartel Suddenly Preparing For A […]
A cat who went missing four years ago in California was reunited with its owner after amazingly turning up more than 2,000 miles away in Canada. Olga Chmelicek said she was shocked to receive a call from the Guelph Humane Society in Canada, who informed her that they had found her missing cat BooBoo on March 17. The Watsonville, California, owner eagerly traveled to pick up the cat and after being separated for years, BooBoo was reunited with her family on Thursday in Buffalo, New York. The six-year-old tabby was reported missing in 2013 and somehow managed to make its way all th...more »
Reading the official mouthpiece of the Greenblob (wikipedia) I read: The NASA Earth Observatory notes three particularly cold intervals: one beginning about 1650, another about 1770, and the last in 1850, all separated by intervals of slight warming. “Little Ice … Continue reading →
(Sorry not an April fool – I was planning something but I was making such progress I didn’t have time to complete). After examining the temperature records with a view to creating a single “reliable” record, I realised that something … Continue reading →
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public Well, they were not published on April 1st. but they might just as well have been. Just some of the ludicrous, eco-scares from down the years. For instance, here are 18 examples of the spectacularly wrong predictions made around 1970 when the “green holy day” (aka Earth […]
Courtesy of Frommers: *Though they may differ as to the wisdom of the move, the travel press and most travel experts are of one mind: They are currently drawing attention to an unintended consequence of the Trump-led efforts to stop many Muslims from coming to the U.S., pointing to a sharp drop in foreign tourism to our nation that imperils jobs and touristic income. * *It’s known as the “Trump Slump.” And I know of no reputable travel publication to deny it. * *Thus, the prestigious Travel Weekly magazine (as close to an “official” travel publication as they come) has set the d...more »
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand it's 2017. "Y'all ready for this?" I want to do a reverse Punxatawny Phil and crawl INTO my den for the month. Kim ### Aaaaand it's 2015. Managing Editor's Note: We ran this post from Cathy Jameson last April...
This is a part of Canadian history that i was barely aware of, although i did know something like this existed. This is also instructive and argues forcefully that multiple issuers are not a problem at all. Plenty of material here to inspire fresh thought. . *The History and Success of Canada's Private Currency* * George Selgin * * Monday, March 20, 2017* * https://fee.org/articles/the-history-and-success-of-canadas-private-currency/* *I've referred often in these pages to the virtues of Canada's late 19th-century currency system, with its heavy reliance upon circulating no...more »
Let me see now. We have a protocol that lowers the substantial death rate in the thousands from opioid overdose by a solid third while also significantly controlling pain. This represents a solid class action law suit for wrongful death against all agencies blocking medical marijuana use. Do we need to go there. We still have to win over a few seriously brainwashed politicians, i suppose, but the research revolution is washing over the whole racket and opposition has become unsustainable. Better yet we can gain all the benefits without smoking the plant which has always bee...more »
As i posted back in 2007 from my manuscript Paradigms Shift, the Carolina Bays are part of the evidence suite supporting the impact of a large comet onto the norther Ice Cap around 13,900 BP. That they were identified by others as likely caused by ballistic ice from the Ice Cap is very welcome. This is geology at its best. That it has been ignored is irrelevant as that demands understanding the critical importance to human history of the Pleistocene nonconformity in the first instance. Rather obviously you cannot accept the one without the other and that means u... more »
This pretty well spells out the mysteries of voter fraud and how it is made to occur. Those illegals are certainly good for a lot of votes, unfortunately in polls already trending democrat so it really goes to artificially boosting the popular vote. California in particular. The second group is dead voters and that take connivance at the local level and not terrible practical in smaller polls where folks know each other. Yet again a few hundred or even a few thousand voters are on the rolls and can be safely voted by an officer particularly if machines are available. Then w...more »
A few weeks back Steve Bannon, Trump’s Rasputin-like chief strategists, while in a panel discussion at CPAC laid out the agenda for the new administration. According to Bannon that agenda consisted of three parts re- establishing national security and sovereignty, economic nationalism, and what he called “the deconstruction of the administrative state.” It was the latter which Bannon’s comments suggested was behind Trump’s otherwise Bizzaro cabinet appointments where, for instance, a raging opponent of environmental protections- Scott Pruitt, could be named head of the EPA, and pr...more »
Local media outlets in Stoke, *including me* have been called to a hastily arranged press conference at midday with Council Leader Dave Conway. While other "proper" reporters might be scratching their heads at what's going on (council activity on a Saturday, *really*?), my spies at the Civic Centre have given me the inside track. Cllr Conway is going to announce that Stoke-on-Trent is exiting the EU early on its own terms. I know councillors on the opposition benches have wondered about the absence of several City Independent representatives for some time. There are councillors wh...more »
What were the most viewed posts last month? 1. Owen Jones and Naive Cynicism 2. The Collapse of the Labour Right 3. Dutch Lessons for the Centre Left 4. Daniel Hannan, Marxism, and Dishonesty 5. Nicola Sturgeon's Independence Ambush To be honest, I thought this blog had peaked. As the London-based media collapsed into lazy cliches about a land outwith the M25 when it came to Stoke-on-Trent and its famous by-election, this blog filled the gap. And it showed as the audience soared to, for me, dizzying heights. From there, I expected an orderly decline to more modest but still respecta...more »
*March 25, 2017* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - US foreign policy has for decades been predicated on achieving and maintaining global peace, security and stability. In reality, it has for over a century constituted an overreaching desire to achieve and maintain global hegemony. And where US efforts focus on achieving hegemony, division and destruction follow. From the Middle East to Eastern Europe, and from Southeast Asia to the Korean Peninsula, US intervention politically or militarily all but guarantee escalating tensions, uncertain futures, socioeconomic instability and even armed conf...more »
Dr. Judith Curry, addressing the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Up until 2010 Dr. Curry supported the “consensus. After the leak of the ClimateGate emails, when she saw the bullying that went into making that consensus, she began her own assessment and concluded the IPCC’s high confidence was not justified. After her independent analysis, she has been called names - serial climate disinformer - Anti-science - denier Dr. Curry continued: A scientist’ job is to continually challenge their own biases. Scientist who demonise their opponents are behavin...more »
Every year right around Easter, I start to feel drawn to religious topics. I don't often write about religion here, but I try to keep my eyes and ears open to questions and things my readers want to know. More than once I have been asked by readers who are the members of my same faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints what I recommend for their teenagers to read. Easter, combined with the launch of the new Deseret Book e-book and audio book plus app made it the perfect time to recommend these wonderful books. Deseret Bookshelf Plus is a new an amazing subscription ...more »
I have to admit, I'm a huge fan of politicians going to prison. In fact, helping male sure Duke Cunningham wound up in prison was one of the reasons we started *DWT* originally. As woefully rare as it is, I *love* it when corrupt politicians get caught and see their miserable lives shattered and ruined and then wind up on a prison cell. Especially conservatives. And I was a fan of Aaron Schock's ruin over the last couple of years. This link includes the 2015-2017 posts. But there's a new twist in the twisted tale of poor Aaron. Tuesday the Associated Press ran a wire story that t...more »
*Isaac Davis* - Poppy production has exploded in Afghanistan under NATO occupation. The post Russian Foreign Minister Implies NATO Collusion in creating the Opioid Crisis appeared first on Waking Times.
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