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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

15 April - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2

11:54 pm MDT

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 minutes ago
Emma Morano, who was believed to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 19th century, has died https://t.co/3Yg9ARPWGd pic.twitter.com/rGblvqeVwj — Yahoo News (@YahooNews) April 16, 2017

These Are The U.S. Spy And Surveillance Planes Watching North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 32 minutes ago
A U-2S takes off from Osan Air Base in 2009. *The Drive: **This Is How America Keeps Watch Over North Korea From The Sky* After more than a decade of nuclear and missile tests, the Pentagon has only stepped up its surveillance of the isolated country. On n April 12, 2017, one of the U.S. Air Force’s WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft, which scoops up air to search for tell-tale signs of nuclear activity, landed at Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa. The plane’s arrival wasn’t surprising given widespread concern North Korea was prepping a sixth nuclear test coupled with... more »

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Should Countersue The Climate Loons

Believe it to not, the climate loons have actually sued EPA Chief Scott Pruit for “climate science denial.” No that isn’t a joke. EPA’S PRUITT SUED TO BACK UP CLIMATE CHANGE CLAIMS Pruitt Should Put Up Evidence Supporting Stance or Cease Climate Denials Posted on Apr 13, 2017 | Tags: climate, EPA Washington, DC — […]

Chris Hedges: The Uncivil War

dandelionsalad at Chris Hedges: The Uncivil War – Dandelion Salad - 42 minutes ago
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges RT America on Apr 15, 2017 On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by Max Blumenthal, author and Senior Editor of AlterNet’s Grayzone Project, and Ben Norton, reporter for Alternet. Following the American missile attacks on a Syrian airbase in response to an alleged chemical weapons […]

The Sixth Thing To Know About Climate Change–Nat Geographic

Hifast at Climate Collections - 58 minutes ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? ? http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/04/seven-things-to-know-about-climate-change/ ? In 1982, HH Lamb wrote about how the ranges of birds and fishes had moved poleward in the first half of the 20thC. When the Earth started cooling around 1960, this movement was reversed. All that animal and…

Babysitter Discovers ‘Clown Doll’ in Kid’s Room Was a Real Person?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 1 hour ago
Reports that a convicted pedophile rapist was caught using a clown costume to hide in a child's room are fake news.

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* North Korean soldiers march and shout slogans during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017. © REUTERS/ DAMIR SAGOLJ

Two Russian Warships Are Escorted Through The English Channel By The Royal Navy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Daily Mail*: *Putin taunts Britain again: Two Russian warships are escorted through English Channel by Royal Navy amid escalating global tension* * Two Russian warships were spotted sailing through the North Sea this morning, Ministry of Defence confirms * They will continue through the English Channel but it is not clear what their final destination will be * Top military officer warned that there is now more Russian naval activity in Europe than in the Cold War * Tensions between Britain and Russia are severely heightened after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancelled a trip to... more »

How Trump and Obama are Exactly Alike

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*-by Sam Husseini* *Not until faithfulness turns to betrayalAnd betrayal into trustCan any human being become part of the truth.* -- Rumi Trump won the 2016 nomination and election largely because he was able to pose as a populist and anti-interventionist "America Firster." Similarly, Obama won the 2008 election in good part because he promised "hope and change" and because he had given a speech years earlier against the then-impending invasion of Iraq. Short of disclosure of diaries or other documents from these politicians, we can't know for certain if they planned on revers... more »

"There Are Simply No Answers..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You conti... more »

More Protests Planned In Venezuela

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*AFP*: *New protests set in troubled Venezuela* Caracas (AFP) - Opponents and backers of Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro announced new marches for Wednesday after violence in ongoing anti-government protests that have left five people dead. Both sides promised to hold sway across Caracas on the heels of two weeks of demonstrations that also have seen 117 people arrested. The latest in more than a week of violent clashes erupted overnight Thursday to Friday in the town of Los Teques near the capital. Protesters mounted barricades and hurled Molotov cocktails, and pol... more »

Couple Finds Out They Are Biological Twins During IVF Treatment?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
Reports that a couple seeking to conceive via IVF discovered through DNA testing that they were fraternal twins are fake news.

Born to Lead, The Honourable John Horgan.

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 2 hours ago
I originally wrote this story in 2011....I* reposted this story on..**May 14th/2013*.. This is a repost from the time of the 2011 BC NDP leadership campaign.....I reposted this story after Adrian Dix's stunning 2013 election loss.... I have no words right now, congratulations to the BC Liberals, I won`t be posting for a while, anyone needing to contact me can email...All I can say is, we couldn`t win with the honest Carole James, and I knew back when I posted this story, we couldn`t win with Adrian Dix`s baggage, not with a corrupt media...If John Horgan was elected leader at th... more »

X22 Report, “Trump Prepares The US For The Collapse Of The Central Banker's System”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
X22 Report, “Trump Prepares The US For The Collapse Of The Central Banker's System” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znxe-wL2Z5o

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Will Visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Qatar And Djibouti This Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks at the opening of the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder *U.S. Department of Defense*: *Mattis Trip to Make Stops in Middle East, Africa* Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will embark April 17 on his fourth trip since becoming secretary. He will to reaffirm key U.S. military alliances, engage with strategic partners in the Middle East and Africa, and discuss cooperative efforts to counter destabilizing activities and defeat extremist terror organizations, according to a Defense Departmen... more »

China Wants Russia To Help In 'Cooling' Tensions On The Korean Peninsula

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. © Sputnik/ Phoro host agency/ Roman Yandolin *The Telegraph*:* China enlists Russia help to avert North Korea crisis* China has sought to enlist Russia’s help to cool tensions over North Korea amid fears among Beijing’s leaders that hostilities between the United States and Pyongyang are imminent. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the appeal in a phone conversation with Sergey Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, after telling reporters that conflict could break out “at any moment”. A statement on China's... more »

Musical Interlude: Adiemus, “In Caelum Fero”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Adiemus, “In Caelum Fero” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dc-tRfKjuQ&feature=related

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Connecting the Pipe Nebula to the colorful region near bright star Antares is a dark cloud dubbed the Dark River, flowing from the picture's left edge. Murky looking, the Dark River's appearance is caused by dust obscuring background starlight, although the dark nebula contains mostly hydrogen and molecular gas. *Click image for larger size.* Surrounded by dust, Antares, a red supergiant star, creates an unusual bright yellowish reflection nebula. Above it, bright blue double star Rho Ophiuchi is embedded in one of the more typical bluish reflection nebulae, while red emission neb... more »

"I Believe..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“I believe in cultivating opposite, but complementary views of life, and I believe in meeting life's challenges with contradictory strategies. I believe in reckoning with the ultimate meaninglessness of our existence, even as we fall in love with the miracle of being alive. I believe in working passionately to make our lives count while never losing sight of our insignificance. I believe in caring deeply and being beyond caring. It is by encompassing these opposites, by being involved and vulnerable, but simultaneously transcendent and detached, that our lives are graced by resilie... more »

"11 Things Everyone Needs You to Know"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"11 Things Everyone Needs You to Know"* by Marc "A silhouette of a human being stands before you. Perhaps an old friend. Perhaps a neighbor. Perhaps a perfect stranger, like me. Here are 11 things we all need you to keep in mind… *1.* *You never really know how much the people around you are hurting.* You could be standing next to someone who is completely broken inside and you wouldn’t even know it. So never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have. And remember that there are two ways to spread light in this world: You can either be a flame of hope, or a mirror that r... more »

China criticises Trump’s foreign policy; slams Trump on North Korea

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 4 hours ago
[image: north korea] China says Donald Trump's threats against North Korea are more likely to encourage its nuclear programme than deter it. The post China criticises Trump’s foreign policy; slams Trump on North Korea appeared first on The Duran.

BREAKING: North Korea attempts missile launch. Reportedly a failure

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 4 hours ago
[image: 1 BREAKING_THEDURAN] North Korea in failed missile test. The post BREAKING: North Korea attempts missile launch. Reportedly a failure appeared first on The Duran.

Severe Wealth Inequality Is Destroying The World's Great Cities

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Last weekend we noted in, post about the galloping inequality inherent in urbanization that Richard Florida was warning that "Young, affluent, highly educated people have flowed back to downtown cores in cities like London, New York, San Francisco and Vancouver. Good jobs, better restaurants, higher tax revenues and even high-tech startups have followed. But this dramatic back-to-the-city movement also has its dark side, giving rise to what I call the new urban crisis, which registers itself in increasingly unaffordable housing and a growing divide between rich and poor." Since th... more »

South Sudan Civil War -- News Updates April 15, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Relief Web:* *Restraint urged on warring parties in South Sudan as violence escalates* The warring parties in South Sudan have been urged by the most senior UN official in the country to show restraint in the face of an escalation in violence and remember their responsibility towards protecting civilians from conflict. Fresh fighting has broken out between government SPLA and opposition forces in a number of locations including Raga in the west of South Sudan, Waat in Jonglei to the east and in the area of Wunkur and Tonga in the northern Upper Nile region. It follows recent ... more »

State Dept. Employee Candace Claiborne Arrested on Treason Charges?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
Department of State employee Candace Claiborne was arrested and charged in connection with her improperly receiving gifts from Chinese agents.

Man Arrested After Police Find 19 Female Bodies in Freezers with ‘Black Lives Matter’ Carved into Skin?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
Reports that a Chicago man named Rasheed Thompson was arrested in connection with dead bodies found in his basement freezer are fake news.

President Trump Demands Gold‑Plated Welcome in London?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
President Trump has reportedly requested a ride with Queen Elizabeth II in a gold-plated carriage during his visit to the United Kingdom.

That Pizzagate dude threatens to drop a "motherload" of truth on Donald Trump if he fires Stephen Bannon.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
Courtesy of The Daily Beast: *A week after President Donald Trump began to publicly distance himself from White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, alt-right ringleader Mike Cernovich threatened to release a “motherlode” of stories that could “destroy marriages” if Bannon is formally let go from the administration. * *Cernovich made the claims that he’d release a series of “scoops” if Bannon is officially pushed out of the White House on an eleven-minute, self-recorded Periscope Thursday night. * *“If they get rid of Bannon, you know what’s gonna happen? The motherlode. If Banno... more »

Cheyenne River Water is Life March -- Long Walk 5 Photos by Bad Bear

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Cheyenne River Water is Life March. Photo by Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Western Shoshone. Long Walk 5. April 15, 2017 Photos and videos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson -- Cheyenne River Lakota Nation 'Water is Life' March! Eagle Butte, South Dakota Today, Saturday, April 15, 2017 / . .

Chet Raymo, “Sky High”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Sky High”* by Chet Raymo “As upright primates, the sky is half of our visual field, but we give it only a tiny fraction of our attention. Food, drink, sex and shelter are all to be found close to the ground. What goes on above our heads is mostly irrelevant. Here in Ireland the sky is much more than half our visual field; we couldn't ignore it if we wanted to. Our cottage is perched on a hill above Dingle Bay, and beyond the garden wall the land slopes to the sea, as if trying to get out of the way, surrendering the view to- air. Insistent, in-your-face, not-to-be-ignored nitrog... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Forestport, New York, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

Take A 3D Tour Of North Korea’s Main Nuclear Test Site

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site by JamesMartinCNS on Sketchfab *Verge*: *Take a 3D tour of North Korea’s nuclear test site, thanks to open source intelligence* *Experts suspect North Korea’s sixth nuclear test is coming soon* Rumors have been flying around about the possibility of a North Korean nuclear test, thanks in part to activity at North Korea’s nuclear test site. If it is, this will be the sixth known nuclear test in 11 years — and a clear sign that North Korean arms development is continuing. Now, because it’s hard to get information in or out of North Korea, it’s not clear... more »

BREAKING NEWS: North Korean Missile Launch Fails

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Earlier North Korea unveiled 'game-changer' ballistic missiles during a display of the country's military might *RT:* *N. Korea’s missile launch attempt fails – Seoul* North Korea has tried, but allegedly failed, to conduct a new missile test launch, according to South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff. The alleged botched launch comes amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula and a day after Pyongyang showcased its new sea based and intercontinental missiles. On Saturday, as North Korea marked the 105th birth anniversary of its founding leader Kim Il-sung with a military parade... more »

Turkey Goes To The Polls On Sunday To Vote On Expanding The Powers Of President Erdogan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*BBC:* *Turkey referendum: Campaigning ends ahead of landmark vote* The final day of campaigning in Turkey has ended ahead of a referendum on whether to grant sweeping new powers to the president. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to replace the parliamentary system with an executive presidency. Approval could see him stay in office until 2029. Supporters say a "yes" vote would streamline and modernise the country; opponents fear the move would lead to increasingly authoritarian rule. If the referendum vote falls in Mr Erdogan's favour, it would give him vastly enhanced p... more »

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 13th Apr)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 6 hours ago
Google accused of being 'less than transparent' after revealing latest UK tax payments The search giant said in its UK accounts that it had made sales of £1 billion - despite declaring a figure of over £5 billion to US officials. In Google's US accounts for 2016 the company said it made sales of $7.8 billion in the UK - which is £5.65 billion at current exchange rates. That means it paid just

Journalists challenge the truth of NBC report saying that the US could strike North Korea ‘in 24 hours’

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 6 hours ago
[image: NBC] Many feel that NBC based the report on unreliable anonymous sources. The post Journalists challenge the truth of NBC report saying that the US could strike North Korea ‘in 24 hours’ appeared first on The Duran.

Hackers Have Released The Latest NSA Hacking Tools That Put Every Computer Windows User At Risk

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*The Intercept*:* Leaked NSA Malware Threatens Windows Users Around the World* The ShadowBrokers, an entity previously confirmed by The Intercept to have leaked authentic malware used by the NSA to attack computers around the world, today released another cache of what appears to be extremely potent (and previously unknown) software capable of breaking into systems running Windows. The software could give nearly anyone with sufficient technical knowledge the ability to wreak havoc on millions of Microsoft users. The leak includes a litany of typically codenamed software “implants”... more »

In pictures: Fresh Syrian Army reinforcements arrive in northern Hama as attritional battle ensues

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 A.M.) – A handful of busses carrying newly recruited Syrian soldiers arrived in northern Hama on Saturday to reinforce the government frontline in the area. Upon the direct request of commander-in-chief Suheil Al-Hassan, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Qalamoun Shield troops were transfered from rural Damascus after completing training led by Russian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

هام جدا || مسرب : تسجيل صوتي للمسلحين قبل ايام يؤكد نيتهم تفجير حافلات كفريا و الفوعة

Yusha Yuseef at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
فيديو مسرب حصل عليه موقع المصدر نيوز يؤكد النية المبيتة لبعض الجماعات المسلحة الغير موافقة على اتفاق البلدات الاربعة , بتفجير باصات كفريا والفوعة وعرقلة الاتفاق وقتل اكبر عدد ممكن من اهالي البلدة . ويؤكد احد المسلحين الرافضين للاتفاق نيتهم تفجير باصات كفرية والفوعة وبشكل صريح عبر الستجيل , وهذا ما حصل اليوم حيث استهدفت […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

فيديو || تنفيذ المرحلة الاولى من اتفاق البلدات الاربعة بوصول 75 حافلة من كفريا والفوعة إلى حلب

Yusha Yuseef at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
انتهت منذ قليل المرحلة الأولى من تنفيذ اتفاق البلدات الاربعة كفريا والفوعة و مضايا والزبداني بوصول 75 حافلة تقل حوالي 5000 مدنيي من أهالي كفريا والفوعة إلى مركز الاقامة المؤقتة في جبرين بمدينة حلب و مغادرة الحافلات التي تقل مسلحي ومدنيي مضايا والزبداني إلى إدلب عبر الراموسة . وكانت جماعات المعارضة السورية المسلحة قد نفذت […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Syrian troops storm southern outskirts of Islamist stronghold in rural Hama

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:25 A.M.) – On Saturday, the National Defence Force (NDF) alongside factions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) swept through a number of rebel-held forward positions in a rural area south of Halfaya, moving ever closer to the Islamist bastion itself. Effectively, the NDF and SAA are now stationed roughly one kilometer south […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

North Korea will react with an All-Out War

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
North Korea has announced that it will not sit idle if the United States of America attacks them. The tension between both the countries got escalated when North Korea tested its latest missiles and had announced further tests to be taken place later on. North Korean Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Han Song Ryol while […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

فيديو || الجيش السوري يستهدف انفاق و مغر جبهة النصرة في اللطامنة بقنابل شديدة التأثير

Yusha Yuseef at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
اكد مصدر عسكري لمراسل المصدر نيوز باستهداف سلاح الجو في الجيش السوري وبالتعاون مع الطيران الروسي لعشرات الاهداف الهامة للجماعات الارهابية في مدنية اللطامنة ومحيطها في ريف حماة الشمالي واشار المصدر إلى ان الجيش السوري على علم تام بمواقع الانفاق والمغر التي تملأ مدينة اللطامنة حيث تتخذ منها الجماعات الارهابية مخازن للأسلحة والذخيرة وصواريخ التاو […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Mother of all bombs blasts in Afghanistan before Trump was informed

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
Mother of all bombs was launched without the direct approval of US president, killing 36 ISIS fighters. It was on Thursday afternoon that the sight of a huge blast shocked the world. The biggest nun-nuclear bomb in the history was used in Afghanistan in order to destroy the ISIS caves, as the US officials say. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Russian jets drop jaw-droppingly deadly bombs on Islamist rebels in Hama

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:40 P.M.) – This evening, Russia unleashed its fiercest bombardment on northern Hama as airstrikes completely obliterated a number of rebel-held positions in the towns of Souran, Taibat Al-Imam, Halfaya and Lataminah. A military source told Al-Masdar News that the air raids were conducted by a total of five Russian warplanes and two […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Сирийская армия отступила из одного из кварталов Дераа под ударами исламистов

Ivan Yakovlev at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
С началом апреля, после затянувшейся на месяц позиционной войны, террористическая группировка “Хейят Тахрир аш-Шам” (ХТШ) и союзные ей фракции так называемой “Свободной сирийской армии” (ССА) добились ряда успехов и в конечном счёте завладели инициативой в продолжающейся битве за город Дераа на юге Сирии. К настоящему моменту джихадисты захватили приблизительно 90% территории квартала Аль-Манишия, после того […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army collapses as Islamist rebels swarm through southern Daraa neighborhood

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:35 P.M.) – After a month-long stalemate, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions have scored a series of gains in April and decisively won the upper hand in the ongoing battle for the provincial capital of Daraa. Momentarily, jihadist factions have captured approximately 90% of the embattled Al-Manshiyah […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

School of Scepticism

Scottish-Sceptic at Scottish Sceptic - 7 hours ago
We need to combat the groupthink that has developed in Universities as shown in the area of climate Sceptics from years outside Universities show great diversity of views – and encouraging older experienced people could restore the “genetic diversity” of … Continue reading →

Close Call in French Election

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
With eight days to go before France's April 23’s first round vote, the colourful, cultured and cantankerous far-leftist has the frontrunners on the defensive. Suddenly, the grumpy far-leftist -- a showman in a Chairman Mao jacket who openly admired late Venezuelan populist leader Hugo Chavez -- holds the mantle of France’s most popular politician. In the course of a whirlwind month, the 65-year-old Jean-Luc Mélenchon surged nine spots to number one in weekly glossy *Paris Match*’s opinion poll. A full 68 percent of those surveyed hold “favourable opinions” of the far-left candidat... more »

Dakota Meyer appears on Fox to breathlessly celebrate the dropping of MOAB in Afghanistan.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
.@Dakota_Meyer: 'Mother of All Bombs' Drop a Win for 'America's Team' https://t.co/97g3CqfzBk — Fox News (@FoxNews) April 15, 2017 Courtesy of Fox News Insider: *Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer reacted to criticism of the United States military dropping the "mother of all bombs" [MOAB] this week. * *Meyer called the action, approved by President Trump, a direct reflection of White House leadership. * *He said that after eight years, we have president who allows the military operators on-the-ground to make their own decisions, instead of through political gamesmanship in Was... more »

The Poet: David Wagoner, “Old Man, Old Man”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Old Man, Old Man”* "Young men, not knowing what to remember, Come to this hiding place of the moons and years, To this Old Man. Old Man, they say, where should we go? Where did you find what you remember? Was it perched in a tree? Did it hover deep in the white water? Was it covered over With dead stalks in the grass? Will we taste it If our mouths have long lain empty? Will we feel it between our eyes if we face the wind All night, and turn the color of earth? If we lie down in the rain, can we remember sunlight? He answers, I have become the best and worst I dreamed. When I move my fe... more »

"Life, eh?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"We said together, wistfully, 'Life, eh?' It says everything without having to say anything: that we all experience moments of joyful or painful reflection, sometimes alone, sometimes sharing laughs and tears with others; that we all know and appreciate that however wonderful and precious life is, it can equally be a terribly confusing and mysterious beast. 'Life, eh?" - Miranda Hart

"Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song Reduces Anxiety by Up to 65 Percent"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song Reduces Anxiety by Up to 65 Percent"* By Melanie Curtin "Everyone knows they need to manage their stress. When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and techniques as you can get to calm your nerves. So here's a science-backed one: make a playlist of the 10 songs found to be the most relaxing on earth. Sound therapies have long been popular as a way of relaxing and restoring one's health. For centuries, indigenous cultures have used music to enhance well-being and improve health c... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

The Trump Doctrine

Robert Reich - 8 hours ago
What’s the “Trump Doctrine” of foreign policy? At first glance, foreign policy under Trump seems... more »

Meet the newest big solar developers: The Moapa Band of Paiute Indians

White Wolf at White Wolf - 8 hours ago
Tucked between scattered red desert rocks, the Moapa Band of Paiutes dwells on a little over 70,000 acres in southeastern Nevada. It’s a small tribe with a population of no more than 311, but those numbers haven’t stopped its members from shutting down a giant coal generating station to protect their health and land. While President is attempting to revive the coal industry, the Moapa Band has proven how dangerous that industry can be to health. Tribal members suffer from high rates of asthma and heart disease, though the tribe's small size makes it difficult to accurately quantif... more »

Pentagon Is Now Taking The Lead On Decisions That Were Once Made By The White House Under President Obama

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Defense Secretary James Mattis meets with Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work; Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Pentagon. *The Australian/Wall Street Journal:* *Trump gives generals free rein in Islamic State fight* U.S. military commanders are stepping up their fight against Islamist extremism as President Donald Trump’s administration urges them to make more battlefield decisions on their own. As the White House works on a broad strategy, America’s top military... more »

John Pilger: Trump Fired Those Missiles In Order To Save His Political Skin

dandelionsalad at Chris Hedges: The Uncivil War – Dandelion Salad - 8 hours ago
Dandelion Salad with John Pilger goingundergroundRT on Apr 15, 2017 We speak to legendary journalist John Pilger, former UK ambassador to Russia Sir Tony Brenton & revolutionary music from The Last Poets. from the archives: Promising Peace and Waging War: Trump Follows American Tradition + Trump Won’t Be Cancelling World War 3 After All The US Missile […]

Smoking Gun — Video Exposes Evidence Tampering At Syrian Chemical Attack Site

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 8 hours ago
MIT Professor Emeritas Theodore Postol declared the video evidence of the gassing of Syrian citizens a fraud and accused the Trump regime of acting in a rogue and reckless manner.

The House Democrats Would Likely Have Had Much, Much Worse Leadership Without Pelosi-- And When She Finally Goes, They Will

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
No one's perfect, especially not in politics. I suspect that if you read a steady dose of *DWT*, especially about the DCCC, you'd think I'm a major Pelosi detractor. I mostly admire her and respect her. (I just wish she never had anything to do with the DCCC, which has been a catastrophe under her hand.) As the Leader of the House Democrats in a more general way, it would be hard to find someone plausible who would be better. And that will become even more apparent when she leaves. Remember how she became leader? A corrupt relatively conservative establishment Democrat from Missou... more »

X-Zone Broadcast Network - John Burroughs

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 8 hours ago
John Burroughs, of Rendlesham Forest fame, was my guest. We focused, quite naturally, on the December, 1980, sightings there and what all happened from his perspective. You can listen to the program here: https://youtu.be/rN2llEG7v3s John Burroughs I, for a long time, had been confused about the number of days over which the events took place. I had asked Jim Penniston, John Burroughs and Charles Halt that very question and I believe I now know the answer. There were events on three days. On two of them, the first and the last, several members of the security force were involved, an... more »

President Trump Works To Boost Morale In The Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Trump delights in watching the U.S. military display its strength* Amid the often jarring inconsistency of President Trump’s foreign policy, one thing has always been crystal clear: He loves a big show of American military force. “You gotta knock the hell out of them — Boom! Boom! Boom!” Trump said of Islamic State terrorists at a January 2016 rally in Iowa, punctuating each “boom” with a punch of his fist. That same impulse has been apparent over the past 10 days as Trump pummeled a Syrian air base with cruise missiles, threatened military action against Nor... more »

U.S. Navy's Newest Aircraft Carrier USS Ford Completes Builder's Sea Trial

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Virginia Pilot*: *Aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford completes builder's sea trials* The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford completed builder’s sea trials Friday and should be delivered to the Navy this spring, according to Naval Sea Systems Command. The first-in-its-class carrier spent the week at sea undergoing a variety of tests with Navy leadership and representatives from Newport News Shipbuilding aboard, among others. Sea trials also include high-speed runs and demonstrate many of the carrier’s other capabilities, according to Newport News Shipbuilding. “Everybody has to work t... more »

A Look At North Korea's Missile Arsenal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Washington Post*:* North Korea’s display of new missiles is worrying, analysts say* TOKYO — North Korea put on a huge military spectacle Saturday to celebrate its founder’s birthday, parading its series of new and technologically advanced missiles in front of Kim Jong Un, and in a defiant show of force in front of the world. North Korea did not, however, carry out another nuclear test or ballistic missile launch, against widespread speculation that it would seek to celebrate Kim Il Sung’s 105th birthday with a bang. April 15 is the most important day in the North Korean cale... more »

Kremlin suppresses details of Putin-Tillerson meeting, confirms hotline remains suspended

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 9 hours ago
[image: FILE PHOTO: Then Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Exxon Mobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson attend a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia April 16, 2012. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Nikolskyi via REUTERS/File Photo ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RTX2YHR1] Russia confirms hotline with US military in Syria remains suspended as Kremlin refuses to publish summary of meeting between Putin and Tillerson suggesting a fraught and difficult meeting with hard words exchanged. The post Kremlin suppr... more »

Lebanese journalist intependently investigates alleged Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack

Adel Karim at The Duran - 9 hours ago
[image: chem attack] After studying film and pictures of the aftermath of the Khan Sheikhoun attack, an independent Lebanese journalist claims they show the attack was faked. The post Lebanese journalist intependently investigates alleged Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack appeared first on The Duran.

Is A Surgical Strike Against North Korea Worth The Risk?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Military vehicles carry missiles with characters reading 'Pukkuksong' during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj *Dennis Halpin, National Interest:** Armageddon: The Devastating Consequences of a Second Korean War* The label of the North Korean state as a Marxist-Leninist regime, even of the particularly repressive Maoist Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution variety, is a misnomer. North Korea is a dynastic autocracy, ruled by a semidivine Kim family with absolute power ... more »

Brainwashing Shocker: MIT Press Releases “Communism for Kids” Book

Selwyn Duke at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: brainwashing-shocker-mit-press-releases-communism-for-kids-book] Perhaps we can say that those who love the mistakes of the past will condemn others to repeat them. A case in point is a new book published by MIT Press that’s actually titled *Communism for Kids* — I kid you not.

My Windows Creators Update froze at 82%

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
Every year, Microsoft is upgrading its "last" operating system for PC, Windows 10. Sometimes there are two medium-size upgrades a year. The first upgrade was the Anniversary Update and the coming one is the Creators Update. They are gradually offering the update via Windows Update to selected subgroups of users across the world – to be sure that the Microsoft servers aren't overloaded and to hire the first users of the new update as guinea pigs. I was moderately looking forward to have the update – with things like the 3D paint and other things for creators and gamers. My upgrades ... more »

FBI Director James Comey warns Americans to beware of efforts by foreign countries to undermine our elections. Really could have used that warning way back in 2016.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 10 hours ago
Courtesy of the AP: *FBI Director James Comey said Americans should be aware of foreign efforts to undermine confidence in U.S. elections and mindful of the possibility that what they're reading might be part of an organized disinformation campaign. * *U.S. adversaries, including Russia last year, have "used all kinds of vectors to try and influence and undermine our own faith in our democratic processes" and have relied on increasingly sophisticated tactics, the FBI director warned. * *Speaking at a Newseum event Wednesday night, he said the FBI would be transparent in publicly ... more »

Introspective post

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Does the BBC read blogs like this? And does it react to what we write? The company I work for is assiduous in monitoring social media for adverse comment, so it's hardly difficult to imagine that the BBC keeps an eye on sites like this from time to time (even if just for amusement). And lower-lying BBC people especially are bound to Google themselves. In the early days of this blog programmes like *Broadcasting House *and *Sunday *actually used to link to some of our pieces on their official BBC websites (which they must have found by searching for reaction) - at least until we be... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*The Psycho Revealed: Trumpenstein Removes His Mask* The *Financial Times* asks why 81% of the White Evangelical Christians in the USA voted for Donald Trump. "Trump is a divorced adulterer who ran a gambling empire, so how did America's Moral Majority get so evangelical about Donald Trump?" *Financial Times* Leon Festinger's 1957 theory of *'cognitive dissonance'* tells us how human beings try to justify their weird beliefs. *Human beings usually refuse to look at the evidence which proves their weird beliefs to be wrong. *[1] It has been pointed out that Trump is 'a German ... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 10 hours ago
. *Andrew Neil (left) and Rupert Murdoch.* *Andrew Neil* has been an influential figure within the* BBC*, and, within the empire of *Rupert Murdoch.* *Andrew Neil and Uri Geller. Geller has been associated with Jimmy Savile, Edward Heath, Michael Portillo, Michael Jackson, the CIA, Mossad and others.* According to Robin Ramsay: "The Sunday Times was a serious, respectable newspaper until Andrew Neil became its editor in the mid-1980s and turned it into *a mouth-piece for MI5* and the Ministry of Defence." Wikispooks. *Andrew Neil* was born in Paisley, in Scotland. In 1971, N... more »

Fukushima Update: "14,325.45 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*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 22, 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 a... more »

The Sixth Thing To Know About Climate Change–Nat Geographic

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/04/seven-things-to-know-about-climate-change/ In 1982, HH Lamb wrote about how the ranges of birds and fishes had moved poleward in the first half of the 20thC. When the Earth started cooling, this movement was reversed. All that animal and plant species are doing is returning to where they were a half […]

Liberal Be

Alfred Lehmberg at alienviews - 11 hours ago
Liberal Be... Be a liberal. Most are *anyway*, actually. One has to read just a little bit from moderate textbooks to see how factual that really is. True enough, it is only as a result of individual liberality canpaigned for and evolving down through the centuries that we, as I have written many times before, are not, STILL... the ignorant serfs of a tedious redux of the medieval ages, tilling three field rotations from thankless dawn to depressing dusk... *gratefully* giving up our comely daughters for the sport of our landed manor lord and his degenerate sons Uday and Qusay.... more »

Are United Airlines Passengers Wearing Crash Helmets?

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A photograph used to spur heckling of the embattled airline actually chronicles a training course hosted by a German airline.

Gays Are Lacing Easter Eggs with Homosexual-Inducing Food Colorings?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
This is just another entry in a long-running series of spoofs about holiday traditions being used to convert unsuspecting celebrants into homosexuals.

Правительственные силы Сирии продолжают успешно контратаковать в осаждённом Дейр-эз-Зоре

Ivan Yakovlev at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
Части Сирийской Арабской Армии при поддержке подразделений местных Сил национальной обороны в результате ожесточённых боестолкновений с террористами “Исламского государства” восстановили контроль над территорией военной базы Аль-Фарадж к югу от авиабазы Дейр-эз-Зор. В ходе боёв террористическая группировка потеряла несколько десятков боевиков убитыми и ранеными. В то же самое время, подразделения САА, действующие в осаждённом Дейр-эз-Зоре, продолжают […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Suriye ordusu, Deyr ez Zor’da ilerliyor: 1 askeri üs kontrol altına alındı

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
Ulusal Savunma Kuvvetleri (NDF) tarafından destekleyen Suriye ordusu birlikleri; Deyr ez Zor hava üssünün güneyinde bulunan el Farac askeri üssünü, yoğun çatışmaların ardından kontrol altına aldı. Farac üssünün kontrol altına alınmasıyla beraber, kuşatma altındaki hava alanının güneyi daha da güvenli hale gelmiş oldu.El Farac üssü ile eş zamanlı olarak mezarlıklar bölgesinde de IŞİD ile […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS blows up Syrian gun position in Deir Ezzor city

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:45 P.M.) – Amaq Agency released four images on Saturday showing a BMP barrel-mounted Malyutka turret technical launching an anti-tank missile during urban warfare at the Al-Sinaa district in the besieged eastern city of Deir Ezzor. The Islamic State guided missile struck a fortified position defended by Syrian soldiers: In addition, an ISIS […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Fua ve Kefraya’dan tahliye edilen sivillere yapılan saldırıda ölü sayısı 100’ü geçti!

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
Bugün öğle saatlerinde, Fua ve Kefreya köylerinden otobüslerle tahliye edilen ve önceki günden bu yana bekletilen binlerce sivile, Raşidin bölgesinde bombalı saldırı yapıldı. Bölgedeki kaynaklar; bugün gerçekleşen katliamda, şuana kadar ölü sayısının 100’ü aştığını ve bir o kadar da yaralının olduğunu duyurdu.Anlaşma gereği kadın, çocuk ve yaşlı erkeklerin bulunduğu konvoyda en az 38 çocuğun […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Islamic State takes deadly toll on rebel forces as western Daraa offensive flops

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:40 P.M.) – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and various Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions sustained 47 casualties amid clashes with ISIS in the western countryside of Daraa on Saturday, a statement by Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Waleed claimed. The Islamic State affiliate claimed 17 rebel fighters were killed and 30 more wounded amid ongoing […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Террористическая атака на западе Алеппо унесла жизни 70 человек

Ivan Yakovlev at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
Число жертв террористической атаки на автобусы с гражданскими лицами в пригороде Алеппо Рашиддине возросло до 70 человек, как сообщают источники на местах. Из 70 погибших 39 были детьми. Автобусы выехали из осаждённых джихадистами городов Аль-Фуа и Кефрайя в субботу. В Рашиддине была сделана непродолжительная остановка. Ни одна группировка пока не взяла на себя ответственность за […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS in big trouble as Kurdish troops seize entire neighborhood in Tabqa city

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:45 P.M.) – Following numerous swift gains earlier in the day, the Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) proceeded to capture the entire Alexandria suburb in the southern sector of Tabqa city on Saturday. In addition, the US-backed militia seized Ayed Al-Saghir village directly west of Tabqa. Around 50 ISIS insurgents were neutralized on […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Pro-government forces recapture strategic base in Deir Ezzor, advance in cemetery area

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed up by local units of the National Defence Forces (NDF) restored the strategic Al-Faraj base south of Deir EzZor military airport after heavy clashes with the ISIS terrorist group. During these clashes, dozens of ISIS militants were killed and injured. At the same time, SAA units operating out of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Death toll from west Aleppo terrorist attack rises to 70

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The death from the terrorist attack that targeted the civilian buses in Al-Rashideen has risen to 70, local sources have reported. Among the 70 dead were 39 children that were present on the bus before the terrorist attack rocked the entire area. The buses had left the besieged towns of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

First female mayor of Aleppo appointed by government

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – Carol Juzayf Gange was appointed by the Syrian Government on Friday as mayor of the Al-Hazzazah District of Aleppo City. Born in Aleppo, Gange (Age 42) has had a long career in politics, including several roles in the municipal government of Aleppo. Gange’s appointment by the Syrian Government on Friday […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: North Latakia blast injures dozens of Army troops

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:50 P.M.) – A massive explosion rocked an outpost for the Syrian Army in north Latakia countryside, leaving scores of soldiers wounded. Early reports came in that a suicide bomber drove his camouflaged vehicle as near as possible to an Army barrack somewhere between Kinsabba and Salmah in north Latakia. The bomber then […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Gaza without light, PA and Hamas fight, Israel watches in delight

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
Written by and posted on behalf of Robert Inlakesh, a political rapper and human rights activist. Situation Gaza’s population of 2 million, illegally besieged by the state of Israel, are now facing complete darkness. The Israel electrical authority have been threatening Hamas for some time now with shutting down Gaza’s power, due to its “failure […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

بالصور || المعارضة السورية ترتكب مجزرة بأهالي كفريا والفوعة وتفجرهم في منطقة الراشدين

Yusha Yuseef at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
مجزرة جديدة تركتبها الجماعات الارهابية المسلحة والمعروفة بالمعارضة السورية بالمدنيين في سورية وهذه المرة عبر تفجير ارهابيي استهدف تجمع باصات الخارجين من كفرية والفوعة والعالقين في منطقة الراشدين 4 غرب حلب وبحسب المصادر الميدانية فإن سيارة اغذية فجرتها المعارضة السورية لدى تجمع عدد كبير من المدنيين حولها في منقطة الراشدين 4 والخاضعة لسيطرة المسلحين غرب حلب […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army annihilates jihadist HQ in northern Hama with MLRS launcher: video

Muhammad Hussam at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:35 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) targeted Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s headquarters in the northern Hama countryside on Friday with their advanced MLRS launcher, which managed to score a direct hit on its targets. Video footage from the attack shows the Syrian Arab Army firing several missiles from their ToS-1 Thermobaric MLRS […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: Explosion rocks west Aleppo, residents of Fouaa and Kefrayya targeted (Photos, 18 +).

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
A massive explosion has rocked the Al-Rashideen area of west Aleppo where buses transferring residents from the Shia villages of Kefrayya and Fouaa were stationed and waiting to be moved towards government controlled areas of Aleppo city as part of a recent population transfer deal. The first reports coming in on causalities put the death […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Raging Over MOAB - It's a Real Bomb!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
MOAB was a field test in Afghanistan - and a demonstration to China and Russia that US-NATO have a big bomb that can destroy underground nuclear missile silos in a Pentagon first-strike attack. It is a warning from Washington that 'we will come after you hard' unless you surrender to our corporate domination. It's a gutsy, provocative and desperate move on the part of US-NATO. They know their empire is waning and it is a last ditch move to hang on to global control. Russia has countered with: "We won't fight the next war with the west on Russian soil. We will hit you hard in ... more »

April 15: Who? Me? Evil? Yeah.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 11 hours ago
This is the one I don't want to write. Essentially, what I shall say is that all of us (or virtually all of us) have a natural tendency to take a Hitlerian view of the world, to be wide open to racism. All that's needed is a leader who consciously or unconsciously knows how to tap into that. I can't approach this as a pyschologist because I know nothing about psychology. But the evidence of history is very strong. In the Canada of 1939, anti-semitism was pronounced. In Montreal, for example, Jews had been acceptable to high society in the nineteenth century. A Montreal Jew even bec... more »

Space: near and long-term plans

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 11 hours ago
Back from travels and giving speeches about our risk-filled future world. And so, feeling a need to share some optimism, I'll post some cool s*pace and science news*... ...only first a reminder: do *find a way to get involved in the Earth Day (April 22) Marches for Science,* somewhere near you. This shouldn't be about left or right. It's about our children's survival in a civilization that pays attention to fact-centered professions, evidence and being vigorously knowing-engaged citizens. Oh, and note a week later, Independent Bookstore Day marks its third year on Saturday, April ... more »

Leadership 2017 Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 11 hours ago
The latest from the NDP's federal leadership campaign. (As always, see the reference page for general information.) - Mylene Crete reports on Alexandre Boulerice's endorsement of Peter Julian - which offers another important piece of evidence that the party's contingent of Quebec MPs and organizers sees Julian as a viable candidate to succeed in the province. - Cory Collins talks to Niki Ashton about the need to build Canada's progressive social movement as one of the NDP's key priorities. And in the process, Ashton answers some of the foreign policy questions which Yves Engler sti... more »

X22 Report: “The Deep State Ups The Ante And Pushes Their Agenda With This”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
X22 Report: “The Deep State Ups The Ante And Pushes Their Agenda With This” - http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/

Mosul Campaign Day 180, Apr 14, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
Map comparing WMosul April 4 (top) to April 14, 2017 (bottom). The police have made no movement for a month in the Old City (grey area) to the right. The Golden Division on the other hand has moved up into the center of the city. The 9th Division and Hashd also just took the towns leading to the entrance to Mosul from the northwest. Green = liberated, white = IS controlled, blue = Tigris river (Ninewa Media Center) ISF using jamming devices against IS UAVs Mosul (Baghdad Post) Despite news that the police have returned to the fight in the Old City district of west Mosul, they appe... more »

Did Al Qaeda Fool the White House Again?

Robert Parry at 12 hours ago
[image: undefined] In Official Washington, words rarely mean what they say. For instance, if a US government official voices “high confidence” in a supposed “intelligence assessment,” that usually means “we don’t have any real evidence, but we figure that if we say ‘high confidence’ enough that no one will dare challenge us.” It’s also true that after a US President or another senior official jumps to a conclusion that is not supported by evidence, the ranks of government careerists will close around him or her, making any serious or objective investigation almost impossible. Plus,... more »

Trump’s Middle East Policy: Shifting ‘America First’ to ‘America Omnipresent’

Andrei Akulov at 12 hours ago
[image: undefined] President Trump says he has no plans to enter Syria, despite ordering airstrikes on a Syrian military base last week. "We’re not going into Syria", Trump told Maria Bartiromo during an exclusive interview on FOX Business. "But when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons… and see these beautiful kids that are dead in their father's arms, or you see kids gasping for life… when you see that, I immediately called General Mattis." So, the attack against Syria was an impulsive decision and there is no strategy (not yet) and no longstanding plans! At lea... more »

Y=mX+b, how does Constant CO2 Cause a Change in Temperature?

In real science, numbers speak, and they talk through what is called a regression. Most people are familiar with the 2nd-grade bean plant experiment where you shine different amounts of light on different bean plants and measure the rate of growth. Y, the dependent variable, is the bean plant height, X, the independent variable, is the … Continue reading "Y=mX+b, how does Constant CO2 Cause a Change in Temperature?"

Will The DCCC Finally Take On Ileana Ros-Lehtinen In Her Bright Blue Miami District?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Before she was exposed as the corrupt and poisonous hack she's always been, Debbie Wasserman Schultz reigned supreme among South Florida Democrats. She has been able to protect her Republican cronies, particularly Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for cycle after cycle after cycle. But this days are gone. Now Wasserman Schultz will have to use all her energy and clout to protect herself from another primary challenge. Once going up against Ros Lehtinen was considered a death sentence inside the Wasserman-Schultz-controlled Democratic Party. Now people spit in Wasserman Schultz's face on the way ... more »

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