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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.

Monday, April 3, 2017

3 April - Blogs I'm Following

11:30 pm MDT

China's Buildup Of Its Naval Forces Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 minutes ago
*Lyle J. Goldstein, National Interest*:* China Prepares to Ramp Up its Shipbuilding Process* *Why Washington should pay more attention to China's buildup of undersea forces.* A decade ago, myriad questions hung over the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The only modern vessel it seemed capable of building in a hurry was a coastal fast attack craft, hardly the stuff of a world-class fleet. Where were the large surface combatants or even the frigates that are the workhorses of any sea service? And then there was the biggest question of all: would China actually go all in for th... more »

X22 Report: "Deep State Trouble, Evidence Surfaces Which Could Bring Down The House Of Cards"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 minutes ago
X22 Report: "Deep State Trouble, Evidence Surfaces Which Could Bring Down The House Of Cards" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIJu4OGbV_A

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 38 minutes ago
Russian president Vladimir Putin puts flowers down outside Tekhnologicheskiy Institut metro station in St Petersburg

Has Trump - Putin Derangement Syndrome Arrived?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 38 minutes ago
*Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone*:* Putin Derangement Syndrome Arrives* *Whatever the truth about Trump and Russia, the speculation surrounding it has become a dangerous case of mass hysteria* So Michael Flynn, who was Donald Trump's national security adviser before he got busted talking out of school to Russia's ambassador, has reportedly offered to testify in exchange for immunity. For seemingly the 100th time, social media is exploding. This is it! The big reveal! Perhaps it will come off just the way people are expecting. Perhaps Flynn will get a deal, walk into the House or the S... more »

Sniper on the Hill -- Standing Rock and COINTELPRO -- Muck Rock's Mega Data Release

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 54 minutes ago
Sniper on the hill at Standing Rock photo from Ohio Highway Patrol. Sniper on the Hill -- Standing Rock and COINTELPRO -- Muck Rock's Mega Data Release By Brenda Norrell Censored News A photo of the sniper on the hill at Standing Rock has been published in a new mega data release by Michael Best. The photo is from the Ohio State Highway Patrol while police were at Standing Rock. It was

A Look At How The U.S. Wages War Against The Islamic State's Command And Control Capabilities

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*FoxTrot Alpha*: *The Little-Known Aircraft That Wages War On ISIS' Communications* Denying the enemy the ability to communicate is often equated with denying them the opportunity for victory. As the battle for Mosul continues in the drive to push the Islamic State from Iraq, the U.S Air Force is flying one of its most effective yet least known aircraft, the EC-130H Compass Call, on daily missions to deny ISIS military leaders and fighters the ability to communicate and coordinate defensive actions by shutting down their cell phones, radios, IEDs and very likely their new weapon o... more »

Should The Canadian Prime Minister Stop Telling Desperate Migrants And Refugees That Everyone Is Welcome In Canada?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017 *Graeme Gordon, CBC News:* *Trudeau should probably stop telling desperate refugees that everyone is welcome in Canada* *Anyone with the smallest bit of knowledge about the immigration process knows that's not true* Are you one of the millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. afraid of being deported? Come to Canada! An asylum-seeker worried your refugee claim will be denied in America... more »

Another Reason Why Texas Women-- And Texas Men Who Like Women-- Should Support Beto O'Rourke

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*Beto is 44 and Ted Cruz is 46-- but look what God did to Cruz* This is a pretty easy one. Republican crackpot and extremist Diane Black (R-TN) introduced a bill to overturn a rule that prohibited states defunding Planned Parenthood. Back on February 16 it passed the House, 230-188, two Republicans voting with the Democrats and two dirty Blue Dogs-- Dan Lipinski (IL) and Collin Peterson (MN)-- voting with the Republicans, as they usually do. Beto O'Rourke, the congressman from El Paso, Texas, was one of 186 Democrats to oppose the rule. Fast forward to last Thursday, March 30. Up po... more »

1917: Woodrow Wilson's call to war pulled America onto a global stage

Gordon Stables, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Director of Debate & Forensics, & Clinical Professor of Communication, University of Southern California at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 hour ago
President Woodrow Wilson addressing a joint session of Congress on April 2, 1917, urging a declaration that a state of war exists. AP Photo On April 2, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson addressed a joint session of Congress to request a declaration of war against Germany. It was a somewhat surprising turn of events. Earlier in his presidency, Wilson coined the phrase “America First,” and his supporters proudly waved banners at the 1916 Democratic National Convention extolling, “He Kept Us Out of War.” Now Wilson was explaining that “Neutrality is no longer feasible or desirable where t... more »

Homeland Security Increasing Enforcement of H-1B Visa Program

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
Officials say the increased scrutiny is not "meant to target non-immigrant employees".

Former Blackwater Founder Allegedly Held Meeting with Russians in Seychelles

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
The Washington Post reported that Erik Prince met in the Seychelles and presented himself as an informal envoy for President Trump.

Was a Centuries-Old Underground City Discovered Beneath Cades Cove?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
An April Fool's Day joke about a mysterious city discovered beneath the Smoky Mountains was mistaken for a genuine news item.

Did Obama’s EPA Director Say the Clean Power Plan Would Have ‘No Effect’ on Carbon Emissions?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum attributed the claim to former EPA head Gina McCarthy during a guest appearance on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher."

From shell-shock to PTSD, a century of invisible war trauma

Robyn Bluhm, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 2 hours ago
Some soldiers' wounds in WWI were more mental than physical. George Metcalf Archival Collection, CC BY-NC-ND In the wake of World War I, some veterans returned wounded, but not with obvious physical injuries. Instead, their symptoms were similar to those that had previously been associated with hysterical women – most commonly amnesia, or some kind of paralysis or inability to communicate with no clear physical cause. English physician Charles Myers, who wrote the first paper on “shell-shock” in 1915, theorized that these symptoms actually did stem from a physical injury. He posite... more »

Can better advice keep you safer online?

Elissa Redmiles, Ph.D. Student in Computer Science, University of Maryland at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 2 hours ago
Who's giving you advice? Advice via shutterstock.com Many Americans are worried about their online privacy and security. And rightly so: Nearly half of Americans have encountered at least one serious problem with online safety. There are a wide range of potential problems: Some people fall victim to criminally malicious attackers who steal personal information like Social Security or bank account numbers, compromise online accounts and conduct online scams stealing people’s money. Other people find friends or family members have shared private information without their consent. And ... more »

Aum Mani Padme Hum: The Integration of Duality and Polarity

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Ethan Indigo Smith* - ‘Aum mani padme hum’ is a four symbol, six syllable mantra of Tibetan Buddhism. The post Aum Mani Padme Hum: The Integration of Duality and Polarity appeared first on Waking Times.

Re-Writing History

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago
History is being written. The narrative evolving in the mainstream media about the 2016 election is that Hillary Clinton lost as a result of Russian hacking. It has yet to be disclosed how Russian hacking caused the election loss. I think the soon-to-be-hegemonic explanatory framework is going to articulate a "dumbed-down" American public, represented as too befuddled to discern truth from the "fake news" about Hillary Clinton promulgated across the Internet. What will be missing from this emerging narrative's explanatory framework? Declining economic opportunities wrought by Clin... more »

Promised Land: Israel to Build More Illegal Settlements in the Teeth of Trump, UN

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Zionist ‘666’ Israel is a Satanic counterfeit. It is NOT the Israel of the Bible. Modern Ashkenazi Khazar Jews (90+% of modern Jewry) are NOT semitic people, NOT the descendents of the 12 tribes of Israel. This is stated clearly and conclusively in the Bible. – Genesis 10:1-3 (New King James Version) Nations Descended from […]

How Obama’s White House Weaponized Media Against Trump

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
How Obama’s White House Weaponized Media Against Trump by MICHAEL DORAN, http://thehill.com/ Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Adam Schiff have both castigated Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for his handling of the inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. They should think twice. The issue that has recently seized Nunes is […]

Should The Chinese Be Permitted To Buy U.S. Money Transfer Giant MoneyGram?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Photo from Reuters *Politico:* *Chinese grab for U.S. money transfer giant sets off alarms* *The purchase by Ant Financial, which is partially owned by the Chinese government, poses a test for the Treasury Department oversight body.* A Chinese company’s plans to acquire U.S. money transfer giant MoneyGram is raising fears that the communist government in Beijing could gain sensitive intelligence on Americans’ personal and financial information — including data on thousands of government employees and military personnel. The purchase by Ant Financial, which is partially owned by the... more »

A sigh of relief from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange echoes across the internet [TWEET]

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 4 hours ago
As the results of the 2 April elections in Ecuador finally came in, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange breathed a sigh of relief. And it echoed across the internet. Assange’s sigh of relief The Canary previously reported on how Ecuador’s presidential elections would be a battleground for US interests. And one key reason for this was […] The post A sigh of relief from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange echoes across the internet [TWEET] appeared first on The Canary.

Musical Interlude: Edward Elgar, “Nimrod”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*Edward Elgar, “Nimrod”* "Elgar wrote this piece for his friend Augustus Jaeger, who encouraged him to continue when about to give up composing after a fit of depression..." - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhnMd1Jl7SA

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"A broad expanse of glowing gas and dust presents a bird-like visage to astronomers from planet Earth, suggesting its popular moniker - The Seagull Nebula. This portrait of the cosmic bird covers a 1.6 degree wide swath across the plane of the Milky Way, near the direction of Sirius, alpha star of the constellation Canis Major. * Click image for larger size.* Of course, the region includes objects with other catalog designations: notably NGC 2327, a compact, dusty emission region with an embedded massive star that forms the bird's head (aka the Parrot Nebula, above center). IC 2177 ... more »

Psychology: "The Illusion of Truth"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Illusion of Truth"* by "We see ads for the same products over and over again. Politicians repeat the same messages endlessly (even when it has nothing to do with the question they've been asked). Journalists repeat the same opinions day after day. Can all this repetition really be persuasive? ‧ It seems too simplistic that just repeating a persuasive message should increase its effect, but that's exactly what psychological research finds (again and again). Repetition is one of the easiest and most widespread methods of persuasion. In fact it's so obvious that we sometimes for... more »

"In The Long Run..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"In the long run my observations have convinced me that some men, reasoning preposterously, first establish some conclusion in their minds which, either because of its being their own or because of their having received it from some person who has their entire confidence, impresses them so deeply that one finds it impossible ever to get it out of their heads. Such arguments in support of their fixed idea... gain their instant acceptance and applause. On the other hand whatever is brought forward against it, however ingenious and conclusive, they receive with disdain or with hot rag... more »

Linda Pastan, "What We Want"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"What We Want"* "What we want is never simple. We move among the things we thought we wanted: a face, a room, an open book and these things bear our names- now they want us. But what we want appears in dreams, wearing disguises. We fall past, holding out our arms and in the morning our arms ache. We don't remember the dream, but the dream remembers us. It is there all day as an animal is there under the table, as the stars are there even in full sun." - Linda Pastan

"The Consequences You Sow: Action and Effect"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Consequences You Sow: * *Action and Effect"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "We should strive always to speak, think, and behave with great thoughtfulness and compassion. All motive and action affects the cosmos in some way. The principle of cause and effect is the truth that allows us to change ourselves and the world around us for the better. However, this same universal law is also at work when change is not at the forefront of our minds. Our intentions flow forever outward in the form of energy, affecting both the people closest to us and billions of individuals we will li... more »

Paulo Coelho, “The Black Man (A True Story)”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“The Black Man (A True Story)”* by Paulo Coelho "We are at the restaurant of a German University. A red haired student, and undeniably German, takes her tray and sits down at her table. She then realizes she has forgotten her cutlery and gets up again to pick it up. Coming back, she sees with astonishment that a black man, possibly sub-Saharan by his appearance, is sitting there and is eating from her tray. Straight away, the young woman feels lost and stressed, but immediately changes her thought and presumes that the African is not familiar with European customs concerning priva... more »

Ezra Cohen-Watnick-- A New Name In Señor Trumpanzee's Incredible Putin-Gate Scandal

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*There are no known photographs of Ezra Cohen-Watnick outside the Kremlin* In 2015 Flynn wrote *The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies *and one would not be led to conclude he was already working for Putin by reading it. Like Jeff Sessions, he doesn't seem to have become a Putin stooge until *after* he went to work for Trump, even though he began working for RT-- a Kremlin propaganda network-- in 2014 and the following year was paid $45,000 for attending RT’s gala dinner in Moscow, where he sat next to Putin and, notoriously, led a sta... more »

Was a Maid Filmed Falling From a Window By Her Employer in Kuwait?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
International media is reporting that the maid's employer was arrested for filming the woman fall instead of helping her.

Democrats now have the votes needed to filibuster Trump's pick for the Supreme Court.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 4 hours ago
This can't be shared enough. #gorsuch #SCOTUS pic.twitter.com/XzFvGhmyAG — Katherine A. Ganzel (@KatherineGanzel) April 3, 2017 Courtesy of CNN: *Four Senate Democrats announced Monday they plan to oppose Neil Gorsuch, bringing the Democratic caucus to the 41 votes needed to sustain a filibuster against the Supreme Court nominee. * *The announcement sets Republicans up to change Senate rules -- referred to as the "nuclear option" -- to lowering the threshold of advancing Supreme Court nominees to just 51 votes from 60. * *The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 along party line... more »

Was A Trump-Putin Back Channel Established Between The Founder Of Blackwater And A Close Friend of Putin?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel* The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials. The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though t... more »

BIW Destroyer Protest Video

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
On April 1st, 2017, nine peace activists were arrested while blocking the entrance to the "Christening" ceremony for a new Aegis destroyer at Bath Iron Works, a leading US naval shipyard owned by General Dynamics. Aegis destroyers are an important coordinating and missile-carrying component in US nuclear and conventional war strategy. These warships are being sent by the Pentagon to help encircle Russia and China causing much instability around the globe. The activists and their supporters contended that the money spent on these expensive weapons systems is immoral, and that the ... more »

15 Amazing moments from Standing Rock that no one will ever forget

White Wolf at White Wolf - 5 hours ago
Standing Rock is a historic gathering of tribes, allies, and people from all walks of life standing in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Oceti Sakowin Camp: a first of its kind historic gathering of Indigenous Nations. The most recent such assembly of Tribes occurred when the Great Sioux Nation gathered before the Battle at the Little Big Horn. *1- Maori warriors defy authorities with a powerful haka at Standing Rock * At the risk of their own safety, a group of Māori performed haka at the frontline of the Osceti Sakowin camp. “It was really about my ancestors ackno... more »

April 3: It will soon be time to add some constructive thinking to all this.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 5 hours ago
Below are four stories from Monday's CBC news. Note that all of them are important to know about. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bombardier-executive-compensation-1.4052533 http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/trudeau-message-to-refugees-1.4051008 http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/unproven http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/ai-machine-learning-employment-future-1.4047837 Next are 'major' stories from today's Brunswick News here in New Brunswick. A4 (local news) has a big story about how to judge champion goose callers.A5 has over half page story about now New Brunswickers are becoming co... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 3, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is seen during an interview with the American magazine Foreign Affairs published in Damascus January 26, 2015. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters *Kersten Knipp, DW:* *No Peace Under Assad* It's unclear what's behind it: naivety, or cynicism? The Syrians should decide Assad's political fate for themselves, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared on Thursday during a visit to Ankara. The president's "long-term status" must be defined by the Syrian people, he said. Along with the declaration by Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations... more »

World News Briefs -- April 4, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Daily Mail*:* Carriage of carnage: Pictures emerge from INSIDE the train where a nail bomb killed 11 in St Petersburg metro attack as police issue CCTV of 'Islamist suicide bomber who also planted a second device that was defused' * * The horrific blast occurred between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya train station in St Petersburg, Russia * Ambulances raced to the scene of the carnage caused by a nail bomb which was detonated on the network * At least 11 people are reported to have been killed by the blast and 50 including children have been injured * Nobody has claimed responsib... more »

Trump Pressures China: Restrain N. Korea or U.S. Will Take Unilateral Action

Warren Mass at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: trump-pressures-china-restrain-n-korea-or-u-s-will-take-unilateral-action] President Trump said he will discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons program with Chinese President Xi Jinping and ask for China’s help.

Baltimore Mayor Vetoes Minimum-wage Bill After Doing “Research”

Bob Adelmann at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: baltimore-mayor-vetoes-minimum-wage-bill-after-doing-research] After doing “some research,” Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh changed her mind and her position on a bill that would raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, saying instead that “I am vetoing this bill.”

Should Americans fear the 'nuclear option' in Congress?

Jon Gould, Professor of Public Affairs and Law, American University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 5 hours ago
GOP Senate Judiciary Committee members after voting in favor of sending Gorsuch to the full Senate for confirmation. (Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Soon Senate Republicans are likely to consider a “nuclear option” to put Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. Just like a nuclear strike, the repercussions are likely to be wide-ranging and long-lasting. The effects will be felt not only for political relations in the Senate but also for the future of the high court and the bounds of constitutional law. I have studied constitutional law and politics for over two decades, and this is a... more »

Woman Arrested for Training Squirrels to Attack Her Ex-Boyfriend?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
Reports that a woman was arrested for training squirrels to attack her ex-boyfriend are fake news.

Disney Casts Justin Bieber as Young Han Solo?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
Reports that Justin Bieber has been cast in an upcoming 'Star Wars' movie as a young Han Solo are fake news.

Xbox One Kills Teen After Console Forcefully Ejected Black Ops 3 Disc, Slicing His Throat?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
Reports that a teenager died from when a malfunctioning Xbox One forcefully ejected a disc and sliced his throat are fake news.

House Committee Substitute Senate Bill 1

Content Multimedia - 6 hours ago
By Vance Ginn, Talmadge Heflin, Bill Peacock

15 Amazing moments from Standing Rock that no one will ever forget

White Wolf at White Wolf - 6 hours ago
Standing Rock is a historic gathering of tribes, allies, and people from all walks of life standing in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Oceti Sakowin Camp: a first of its kind historic gathering of Indigenous Nations. The most recent such assembly of Tribes occurred when the Great Sioux Nation gathered before the Battle at the Little Big Horn. *1- Maori warriors defy authorities with a powerful haka at Standing Rock * At the risk of their own safety, a group of Māori performed haka at the frontline of the Osceti Sakowin camp. “It was really about my ancestors ackno... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 6 hours ago
Matt Taibbi is skeptical of the Trump/Russia story, although he concedes that there ought to be a real investigation and that that investigation might turn up a lot of shady stuff. But Taibbi has also developed the bizarre notion that Putin-bashing could be used to keep the Establishment in charge of the Democratic Party. Taibbi, a Bernie Sanders admirer, scoffs at allegations that Russians tried to manipulate Sanders voters. Last week, during hearings in the Senate, multiple witnesses essentially pegged [Sanders's] electoral following as unwitting fellow travelers for Putin. Form... more »

The 2800 Years Old Kiss

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
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Forget Russia. This Trump insider was working for a completely different foreign power.

Tom Coburg at The Canary - 6 hours ago
Retired US lieutenant general and former national security adviser Michael Flynn recently offered to testify about alleged links between Russia and US President Donald Trump. But the Senate Intelligence Committee rejected his request for immunity. As former attorney Seth Abramson has said, however: Flynn’s immunity request very strongly suggests there was a criminal conspiracy at the highest levels of […] The post Forget Russia. This Trump insider was working for a completely different foreign power. appeared first on The Canary.

Bill O'Reilly apparently followed in his sexual harassing mentor's footprints. Is there nobody at Fox who is NOT sexually harassing someone? Update!

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
I will be sexually assaulting you after this brief message from our sponsors.Courtesy of the New York Times: *For nearly two decades, Bill O’Reilly has been Fox News’s top asset, building the No. 1 program in cable news for a network that has pulled in billions of dollars in revenues for its parent company, 21st Century Fox. * *Behind the scenes, the company has repeatedly stood by Mr. O’Reilly as he faced a series of allegations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior. * *An investigation by The New York Times has found a total of five women who have received payou... more »

Michael Hudson: Democratic Party Hired CrowdStrike As a Propaganda Organization To Make Accusations Against Russia

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 7 hours ago
with Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad Michael Hudson April 3, 2017 TheRealNews on Apr 3, 2017 Michael Hudson explains that the Senate hearings on Russia are an effort by Democrats to torpedo improvements in Russia-US relations and lack any real evidence of Russian meddling. Transcript (available later) Michael Hudson is President of The Institute for the […]

Protests in French Guiana

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Historic processions of more than 250,000 people are underway in French Guiana and its not being covered by the media. French Guiana is de facto a colony of France in South America largely inhabited by Africans. France has three other such colonies to this day including Mayote in the Comoros, Runion Islands neighboring Mauritius and Martinique in the Caribbean. These are considered overseas 'departments' or 'territories' by the French colonialists, but they are nothing more than euphemisms designed to disguise and maintain their colonies. 😡 And right now, the people of French Gu... more »

Air - All I Need

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
A spring day redolent of the summer to come, lovely. *And* a long blog post is in the works, so here's a lazy sunshiney tune to settle you down before bed.

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Wakefield, Kansas, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"How to Do It Tomorrow Instead of Never”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"How to Do It Tomorrow Instead of Never”* by David Cain "My Dad had a clever way of getting me to do the things I typically avoided, like homework or cleaning my room. When he interrupted my Nintendo-playing to remind me of the task, I would explain that while I absolutely intended to do it, I was simply planning to do it later rather than now. Rather than argue, he would say, “That’s fine, you don’t have to do it now. All you have to do now is tell me when you will do it.” I hated this tactic. Giving later a definite time spoiled my true plan, which was to do it never. I preferre... more »

Canada's Proposed Gender Identity Bill Could Restrict Free Speech

Raven Clabough at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: canada-s-proposed-gender-identity-bill-could-restrict-free-speech] The Canadian Parliament is considering a "gender identity" bill, C-16, that could have dangerous free speech implications. The bill seeks to add "gender identity and gender expression" to the country's protected classes listed in the Canadian Human Rights Act; however, opponents of the measure fear it will force those who consider gender dysphoria a mental illness to remain silent on the issue.

Yes, Let’s Allow the Syrian People to Decide for Themselves

Ron Paul at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: yes-let-s-allow-the-syrian-people-to-decide-for-themselves] By all means, we should let the Syrian people decide who will be their president, even if they choose someone we don’t like. Syria was never a threat to the United States and the 2011 US intervention has destroyed the country.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 3, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*VOA*: *With Trump Approval, Pentagon Expands Authority Over Battle Decisions* WASHINGTON — Week by week, country by country, the Pentagon is quietly seizing more control over battle decisions, sending hundreds more troops to war with little public debate and seeking greater authority to fight extremists across the Middle East and Africa. This week it was Somalia, where President Donald Trump gave the U.S. military more authority to conduct offensive airstrikes on al-Qaida-linked militants. Next week it could be Yemen, where military leaders want to provide more help for the Unit... more »

Around The Empire – Episode 12: The Battle For Raqqa And Future Of Syria Feat. Joshua Landis

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 8 hours ago
On this episode of Around The Empire, Syria expert Professor Joshua Landis discusses the battle for Raqqa and the competing forces in Syria's civil war. The post Around The Empire – Episode 12: The Battle For Raqqa And Future Of Syria Feat. Joshua Landis appeared first on Shadowproof.

4 Signs You May Be A Statist Puppet

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee* - People should have power over the government, not the other way around. The post 4 Signs You May Be A Statist Puppet appeared first on Waking Times.

Virginia's Gubernatorial Primary Is June 13-- And Its Important... Guest Post From Cia Price

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Northam and Perriello* There is a crucial gubernatorial election coming up in Virginia this year-- 2017-- and the Democrats *have* to win it in order to prevent the Republican-dominated legislature to, among other things, gerrymander up the state again. Blue America hasn't gotten involved because we worry that Ralph Northam isn't progressive enough and because we *know* that Tom Perriello is an untrustworthy opportunist who has a record of pretending to be progressive to get elected and then turning around and showing his true nature after it's too late for voters. I don't live in ... more »

Trump Surveillance: Has the Deep State Finally Gone Too Far?

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: trump-surveillance-has-the-deep-state-finally-gone-too-far] The agents of the deep state have gone too far this time. If President Trump pushes back with the full weight of his Article II authority and has the support of enough in Congress with its Article I authority, the deep state may get deep-sixed.

U.S. Rig Count Up, OPEC Influence Down

Bob Adelmann at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: us-rig-count-up-opec-influence-down] Despite OPEC’s attempt to manipulate world crude-oil prices to its benefit, the oil and gas rig count in the United States jumped by 15 last week and now sits at 824, an increase of 374 in just the last year, putting one more nail in OPEC's coffin.

President Donald Trump Meets Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi At The White House

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*ABC News*: *Trump says US is 'great friend and ally' to controversial Egyptian President el-Sissi in White House meeting* President Donald Trump welcomed Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to the White House today to discuss economic and security matters. This meeting was el-Sissi's first official state visit since he took power through a military coup in 2013. In a press conference this afternoon, Trump said he looks "forward to a very long and strong relationship" with the Egyptian president as they work to defeat together ISIS in the Middle East. Later this afternoon, he... more »

Just Bring the Troops Home

Jacob G. Hornberger at 8 hours ago
[image: undefined] One of the most amazing things about US foreign policy is how so many American remain mired in the interventionist paradigm. Case in point: the Middle East. No matter how much a failure US interventionism has been in that part of the world, people simply cannot bring themselves to break out of the interventionist box. They remain convinced that the United States has no choice but to remain mired in the ongoing failure, death, and destruction in that part of the world. And they keep hoping that maybe — just maybe — it will all work out over the long term. Thus, it... more »

Threatening China Over Korea: Grandstanding...Or Wise Diplomacy

Daniel McAdams at 8 hours ago
Just days before President Trump is set to meet Chinese Premier Xi Jinping he let loose with a threat: either China "solves" North Korea or the US will do it. One way would be good for China, the other would not, he added. But how much sway does China really have over Kim Jong-Un and his nuclear policy? Could Trump be miscalculating? What's at stake? We look at the possibilities in today's Liberty Report:

Tatar Terror in St Petersburg? A Message from the West?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
Following up on today's news out of St Petersburg, Russia..* Breaking from Russia: St Petersburg Metro Blast* *Anyone who is going to engage in these types of attacks has to know that CCTV camera is going to pick up your image at some point in time.* *Two suspects are being tracked down- This is the first image made public of one of the suspects.* * Link- My first thoughts upon seeing the image? Tatars. Crimea. Ukraine. Turkey * *There is a message in this attack and the attackers employed. Certainly, this perpetrator, was selected for a specific reason. (Actual Tatar or presentin... more »

Dragonwatch Blog Tour

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 8 hours ago
Fablehaven fans rejoice! Your favorite characters are back! Dragonwatch features Kendra, Seth and many more in this long hoped for sequel series. *In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies....* *In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the... more »

(Susan) Matthews gets it right!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017Slate great amazes the elders:* Remember when Jesus amazed the elders, sitting right there in the temple? Last Thursday, a bright young kid over at Slate pretty much did the same thing. The scribe in question is Susan Matthews, Slate's science editor. In her piece, she critiqued an on-line report by the New York Times concerning climate change. "Critiqued" the piece? She left it for dead! In the process, Matthews did so many things right our analysts almost lost count. Did we mention the fact that Matthews challenged *the New York Times* in her piece? You m... more »

Did Arizona’s Drug Testing Program for Welfare Recipients Catch Just One Person?

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
Reports overstate how many people were tested under a state program for TANF recipients.

Was Neil Gorsuch Unanimously Confirmed in 2006?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
The Supreme Court nominee was unanimously confirmed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006 — by some of the very people criticizing his nomination to the Supreme Court in 2017.

Will Simba the Lion Be Gay in ‘The Lion King’ Remake?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
An April Fool's Day joke led to controversy about Simba's sexual identity in a new version of Disney's 'The Lion King.'

Did South Africa’s President Purchase the World’s Most Expensive Aircraft?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
A series of photographs purportedly showing a luxurious aircraft purchased by South African president Jacob Zuma are pictures of an unrelated airplane.

"The Point of Modern Propaganda..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
“The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.” – Gary Kasparov Oh, it can and will, too, believe me...

"What Is America Going To Look Like When Stocks, Home Prices And Even Used Cars All Crash By At Least 50 Percent?”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"What Is America Going To Look Like When Stocks, * *Home Prices And Even Used Cars All Crash By At Least 50 Percent?”* By Michael Snyder "Have you ever thought about what comes after the bubble? In 2008 we got a short preview of what life will be like, but most Americans seem to have come to the conclusion that the last financial crisis was just a minor bump in the road toward endless economic prosperity. But of course the truth is that the ridiculously high debt-fueled standard of living that we are enjoying now is not sustainable, and after this bubble bursts it will be an extrem... more »


Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*throwing together my figures way later than usual.* Did you know that Susan Rice is worth about 25 million dollars? How the hell did that happen? So our local team, Gonzaga (Spokane), is playing for the NCAA championship tonight. I'd be more interested in the possibility of Gonzaga actually teaching the Catholic faith. *Amazon Deals of the Day*

Serbia’s Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić, Has Won By A Landslide The Country's Presidential Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Serbian PM elected president as EU warns over increased powers* Aleksandar Vučić’s landslide win tightens his rule in country where his Serbian Progressive party dominates parliament Serbia’s prime minister, Aleksandar Vučić, has won by a landslide in the country’s presidential election, further strengthening his rule in the Balkan country. The state election commission said after counting 91% of ballots that Vučić won 55% of votes, followed by the liberal candidate Saša Janković with 16%, and Luka Maksimović, a parody politician, with 9%. The triumph in Sunday’... more »

Armenia’s Ruling Party Wins Parliamentary Elections

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*RT*: *Armenia’s ruling party wins parliamentary polls with almost 50% of votes* The Republican Party of Armenia, led by current President Serzh Sargsyan, has won the parliamentary election, having secured almost 50 percent of the votes, the Central Election Commission says. The Republican Party gained 49.12 percent (771,247 votes), commission Chairman Tigran Mukuchyan said, as cited by the local media. The ruling party’s main rival, the ‘Tsarukyan’ bloc – headed by one of Armenia’s leading businessmen, Gagik Tsarukyan –garnered 27.32 percent of the vote. Just over 7 percent of... more »

US Just Admitted “ISIS HQ” They Blew Up Was Actually an Innocent Family’s Home

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: family]The US military has finally admitted it bombed a family home — not an ISIS headquarters — killing four family members and a professor.

The world seems to have conveniently forgotten about the Panama Papers. That’s bad for us all.

Steve Topple at The Canary - 9 hours ago
The ‘Panama Papers‘ scandal was one of the biggest data leaks in history. But a year on from the exposé by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), it appears to be simply ‘business as usual’; as few governments have meaningfully tackled the issues of tax avoidance and evasion. Unparalleled leaks The leak was huge. It contained […] The post The world seems to have conveniently forgotten about the Panama Papers. That’s bad for us all. appeared first on The Canary.

Theresa May has already backtracked on an EU ‘promise’, putting the UK on the back foot

Ben Janaway at The Canary - 9 hours ago
In the Article 50 letter Prime Minister Theresa May sent to the EU, she appeared to threaten to remove cooperation on security if a good Brexit deal isn’t met. But now the UK government has made calls to EU officials backtracking over that ‘blackmail’ scandal. This “blatant threat” received heavy criticism from politicians. Both at […] The post Theresa May has already backtracked on an EU ‘promise’, putting the UK on the back foot appeared first on The Canary.

Trump puts the US on war footing, threatening a level of conflict unseen since the 1950s

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 9 hours ago
Donald Trump appears to be putting the US on war footing. And his words could lead to a level of conflict on the Korean peninsula unseen since the 1950s. Trump’s ominous words on North Korea On 2 April, Trump insisted: Well, if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. The US President was essentially saying he […] The post Trump puts the US on war footing, threatening a level of conflict unseen since the 1950s appeared first on The Canary.

Journals retract paper, flag two others by cancer doc under investigation

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 9 hours ago
This weekend, Carlo Croce had some reprieve from the misconduct accusations that have followed him for years (recently described in a lengthy article in the New York Times) and that have prompted his university to re-open an investigation. On Sunday, he received a prestigious award from the American Association for Cancer Research, honoring his work. But the moment […] The post Journals retract paper, flag two others by cancer doc under investigation appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Ecuador’s Ruling Leftist Party Claims Victory In Yesterday's Presidential Elections. Opposition Claims Fraud

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Ecuador on edge as leftist party appears to extend its reign* QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador was locked in a political standoff Monday after a disputed presidential vote, with leftist candidate Lenín Moreno claiming victory and his conservative opponent denouncing the results as fraudulent. The election was a political barometer for several long-dominant leftist parties in South America that have been in retreat after electoral losses. Ecuador’s results appeared to buck that trend. Election officials have yet to formally declare Moreno the winner, but with 99 per... more »

Just like back in the Vietnam era, Trump Administration is hiding the troop deployments from the American people.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 9 hours ago
Oh boy, I have an army of my own now too!Courtesy of the LA Times: *Even as the U.S. military takes on a greater role in the warfare in Iraq and Syria, the Trump administration has stopped disclosing significant information about the size and nature of the U.S. commitment, including the number of U.S. troops deployed in either country. * *Earlier this month, the Pentagon quietly dispatched 400 Marines to northern Syria to operate artillery in support of Syrian militias that are cooperating in the fight against Islamic State, according to U.S. officials. That was the first use of ... more »

Hope and Chutzpa

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
I feel the urge to revisit some recent topics. Sayeeda Warsi is one of the BBC’s privileged Muslim spokespersons whose visceral hatred of Israel is always allowed to stand unchallenged. Since I posted my earlier comments several further reviews of her book The Enemy Within have materialised. Jenni Russell, for instance, in the Sunday Times (£) has written a rather respectful review, but one gets a vague impression that she’s written it through gritted teeth. If that’s not purely a figment of my imagination, one might well ask, why? Why submit a review that seems to be holding some... more »

President Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice Requested The Names of Trump Associates In Raw Intelligence Reports

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
President Obama and Susan Rice. Reuters *Eli Lake, Bloomberg*: *Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel* White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter. The pattern of Rice's requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government's policy on "unmasking" the identities of individuals in the U.... more »

Venezuela’s Supreme Court Seizes, Then Yields Legislative Power

Michael Tennant at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: venezuelas-supreme-court-seizes-then-yields-legislative-power] Under pressure from both domestic and international sources, Venezuela’s Supreme Court reversed its recent decision to transfer all legislative powers from the country’s congress to itself.

An already bad situation for disabled people could be worse than we realised

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 10 hours ago
Two recent tribunals on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments ruled that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should be helping more people. One ruled that people who need support to take medication or monitor a condition should be scored in eligibility assessments in a similar fashion to people who undergo treatment therapies. Importantly this […] The post An already bad situation for disabled people could be worse than we realised appeared first on The Canary.

Nicola Sturgeon steps over the May-Trump alliance, leading the way in one key battleground

Jessica Gay at The Canary - 10 hours ago
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is due to sign a joint agreement with the current Governor of California. The agreement will see the leaders join forces to tackle climate change. And the unity of these two insurgent ‘states’ will send a strong message to both Donald Trump and Theresa May. The agreement Sturgeon is on a five-day trip to California and […] The post Nicola Sturgeon steps over the May-Trump alliance, leading the way in one key battleground appeared first on The Canary.

You may well have missed it, but the 2008 bank bailout just bit us all in the arse again

Steve Topple at The Canary - 10 hours ago
On Monday 3 April, the Conservative government announced it had sold more of the public’s shares in Lloyds Banking Group. And it proudly said that it had reduced our shareholding in the bank, after we bailed it out in 2008, to less than 2%. But not all is as it seems with the sale. A […] The post You may well have missed it, but the 2008 bank bailout just bit us all in the arse again appeared first on The Canary.

Ancient Ways Humans Kept The Dead From Rising Out Of The Grave

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 10 hours ago
Vampires, ghouls, zombies, they have become part of Western burial imagery even though they originated elsewhere. Yet concern about the dead rising from their graves was evident long before tales arrived from Romania or Haiti. From the 11th to 14th centuries AD, medieval people in England likely believed strongly enough in animated corpses they actually took measures to prevent it. The bones come from the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy, North Yorkshire, a site managed by English Heritage. There were a total of 137 bones representing the mixed remains of at least ten indi... more »

Is Twice-Boiled Water “Toxic”?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
Water is water, regardless of how many times it has boiled. The assertion that it becomes toxic rests on the scale-challenged mechanism of concentrating harmful components already present in the water.

Republicans Last Controlled U.S. Government in 1928 and Depression Followed?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
Popular post-election image holds that Republicans last controlled the White House and Congress in 1928, causing the Great Depression.

Renaissance For Coal In Asia

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood It looks as if the obituaries for coal may have been a bit premature, as this slew of stories emphasises: In the dusty scrub of the Thar desert, Pakistan has begun to dig up one of the world’s largest deposits of low-grade, brown, dirty coal to fuel new […]


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 11 hours ago
Over at *The Washington Post,* Abby Phillip and Robert Costa sum up the early days of the Trump administration: Weighed down by dismal approval ratings, the president has been unable to wrangle enough support in Congress to advance his agenda.... Trump has struggled to build a governing coalition that matches the nontraditional alliance that put him in the Oval Office. And he has turned to making enemies of former partners among Republicans in Congress, even as Democrats keep him at arm’s length.... The result has been a presidency lacking in significant victories, beset by major s... more »

Help needed from Old Americans who can remember 1950s re old July 4th celebrations

Scottish-Sceptic at Scottish Sceptic - 11 hours ago
I’ve found a lot of evidence that pollution in the 1970s cooled the climate and that the ending of this pollution caused the 1970-2000 warming. I’m trying to test this hypothesis by looking for a link between events like the … Continue reading →

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago

When Gut-Think Replaces Journalism

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
*New York Times* columnist Charles Blow has channeled his inner George Bush with his latest column. Just as Bush knew deep within his gut that Iraq's Saddam Hussein was hording weapons of mass destruction, so too does Blow instinctively know that Russia has meddled in the American electoral process. Despite the lack of direct proof, "this is not a debatable issue. This is not a witch hunt. This has happened." No matter that "we are still not conclusively able to connect the dots on the question of whether there was any coordination or collusion between members of Donald Trump’s ca... more »

It's Not About Gorsuch, It's About the Democrats

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*The largest political bloc in the United States, "radical independents" (discussion here; click to enlarge). * *by Gaius Publius* *Bottom line first* — Democrats are in luck. They now have a fourth opportunity to make a new first impression on voters — especially those in Rust Belt and economically suffering states — yet another opportunity to bring disaffected voters back into the fold in 2018 and 2020. The first attempt was the nomination of Hillary Clinton in an obvious, 2008-style "change election" year, despite the fact that an actual "change" candidate, Bernie Sanders, was ... more »

Getting Ready for Huntsville Events April 7-9

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
*Rev. Seonghye Kim from South Korea (left) and Juyeon Rhee from New York who will serve as interpreter for Rev. Kim during her speaking tour of the U.S.* We are happy to hear that Rev. Seonghye Kim (Co-chair Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment, South Korea) has arrived in the US – a relief as we were concerned that she might have problems from immigration authorities. She will be doing a national speaking tour and we are grateful that a visit to Huntsville, Alabama could be included in her itinerary. In addition to Huntsville the speaking tour will visit Berkel... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 12 hours ago
Start at 18 minutes 50 seconds. DID NICOLA STURGEON TAKE DOWN THE HOLLIE GREIG JUSTICE SITE?  *holliegreigjusticee.blogspot* *~~* ... London Attack. ~~~ ... ~~

Who is evil and who is nice?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
*By Václav Klaus Jr, a son of the ex-president and a Czech shadow minister of education, from Czech* Schools should primarily teach. Their purpose is to transfer knowledge. They may try to cultivate as well [the English word "education" unfortunately covers both meanings, the Czech language tends to differentiate, LM] but it shouldn't be done within standard subjects or in campaigns. However, to indoctrinate the children in topics where one half of the nation disagrees with the other half – please, don't do that. NO. It is normal that people have different opinions about the governm... more »

Does it Matter Who Pulls the Trigger in the Drone Wars?

Peter Van Buren at 12 hours ago
[image: undefined] We’re allowing a mindset of “anything Trump does is wrong” coupled with lightening-speed historical revisionism for the Obama era to sustain the same mistakes in the war on terror that have fueled Islamic terrorism for the past 15 years. However, there may be a window of opportunity to turn the anti-Trump rhetoric into a review of the failed policies of the last decade and a half. A recent example of “anything Trump does is wrong” has to do with his changing the rules for drone kill decision making. In May 2013 President Obama self-imposed a dual-standard (known ... more »

Yes, Let’s Allow The Syrian People To Decide For Themselves

Ron Paul at 12 hours ago
[image: undefined] Is common sense beginning to creep into US policy in the Middle East? Last week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the longer-term status of Syrian President Assad would be “decided by the Syrian people.” The media reported this as a radical shift in US foreign policy, but isn’t this just stating what should be obvious? What gives any country the right to determine who rules someone else? Washington is currently paralyzed by evidence-free rumors that the Russians somehow influenced our elections, but no one blinks an eye when Washington declares that one o... more »

Donald Trump goes after Hillary Clinton and John Podesta while tripling down on the claim that he was spied on by the Obama Administration.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 12 hours ago
Such amazing reporting on unmasking and the crooked scheme against us by @foxandfriends. "Spied on before nomination." The real story. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2017 When you are desperately citing Fox and Friends as your information source, you should realize that you have lost the argument. Was the brother of John Podesta paid big money to get the sanctions on Russia lifted? Did Hillary know? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2017 Wait, what? Did Hillary Clinton ever apologize for receiving the answers to the debate? Just asking! — Donald J. Tru... more »

X22 Report: “The Flood Gates Are Wide Open, It's All About To Come Out”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
X22 Report: “The Flood Gates Are Wide Open, It's All About To Come Out” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SLrBunWruw

"The Empire Needs an Emperor"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"The Empire Needs an Emperor"* by Bill Bonner "Type Swiss President ‘Doris Leuthard’ into Google. You will get about 450,000 results. Do the same with Donald Trump, and the number is closer to 396 million. That’s 87,900% more references. The world’s press is as fascinated by President Trump as it is indifferent to President Leuthard. What will Ms Leuthard do next? What outrageous new tweet will she send out? Whom will she attack? No one seems to care…And yet, though we have never met either one of them, we have a suspicion. Ms Leuthard is probably decent, earnest, and wholesome. S... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 168, Apr 2, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
The last few days have been slow for the Iraqi forces (ISF) inside west Mosul. The Golden Division recapturedthe Rajim al-Hadid neighborhood that the Islamic State seized the day before. That was the first time the insurgents were able to take any territory in the Mosul battle. There was still fighting in Yarmoukin the west as well. The Golden Division claimed it had freed the area on March 22. Otherwise there were no advances reported. The ISF is now in control of roughly 60%of the western section of the city. For the last two days the Islamic State has attempted to exploit the ... more »

Second Amendment Victories Continue to Pile Up

Bob Adelmann at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: second-amendment-victories-continue-to-pile-up] The restoration of Second Amendment-protected rights in the states is happening so quickly that it’s hard to keep up.

California Textbooks Must Promote LGBTQ Agenda

Steve Byas at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: california-textbooks-must-promote-lgbtq-agenda] Support for LGBTQ is now required in California's textbooks and curriculum. And since California has such clout with the national textbook market, this will become the norm across the country in most public schools.

Thoughts on China

LL at Virtual Mirage - 13 hours ago
*Islamophobia in China* I'm waiting for the American elite, progressive, left to start condemning China...I'm waiting...I think that I'll have a long wait. An official ban on burqas (fully body coverings), veils and “abnormal beards” went into effect on 1 April in China’s Xinjiang-Uighur Autonomous Region. The Chinese explain that the ban is part of a continuing crackdown on religious extremism. Since atheism is the official religion of the People's Republic of China, they have been big on crackdowns. The 15 new regulations require government workers in airports, railway stations a... more »

Ex-Navy Seal Creates Veterans Organization to Expose Pedophiles and Rescue Trafficked Children

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: veterans]A former Navy Seal is organizing a group of special ops veterans to do what the media and the police have yet to do, expose these monsters.

Video Reveals Tragic Aftermath of Russian Metro Bombing That Killed 9, Injured 20

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: metro]At least 9 people have been killed and 20 injured after a suspected IED detonated inside a St. Petersburg Metro car.

Parents Disagree With School Over ADHD Diagnosis — So CPS Kidnapped Their Son

Annabelle Bamforth at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: school, CPS]A reported custody battle between Ohio parents and CPS presents the disturbing power of the state to remove children from their caring homes.

Five retractions for engineering duo in South Korea over duplication, fraudulent data

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
An engineering student in South Korea and a professor have retracted five papers from four different journals for reasons ranging from figure duplication to manipulated or fraudulent data. Jae Hyo Park, who is pursuing his PhD, and Seung Ki Joo, a professor in the department of material science and engineering at Seoul National University in South […] The post Five retractions for engineering duo in South Korea over duplication, fraudulent data appeared first on Retraction Watch.


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin The Guardian addresses change of economic system (july) Betsy DeVos backs a technique claiming to cure ADHD without medication — but the science is questionable Moscow And Beijing Join Forces To Bypass US Dollar In Global Markets, Shift To Gold Trade Super SEALs? "Promising Signs" From Navy SpecOps' "Brain-Stimulating Technologies" Does Size Matter? Visualizing The Population Of Every Country (In Bubbles) Australia Has The World's Worst Money-Laundering Property Market Sweden’s recycling is so revolutionary, the country has run out of rubbish How the return of tr... more »

Mike Philbin art - Introversions and Dichotomies 2017 - metallic paint gold and silver series

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 13 hours ago
my gold/silver metallic paints eventually arrived direct from the paint manufacturer and, while the sun was out, I did some more pair paintings on stretched canvas. The first one's a repaint with a lovely textured underpainting, as you can see... *2 x 100 cm by 30cm* The second one's a new paint on virgin canvas... *2 x 50 cm by 50 cm*

More Ways Forests Prevent Global Warming

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 14 hours ago
Everyone knows the value of trees in the cycle of atmospheric life. They consumer carbon dioxide (CO2), the target of regulations for the last few decades. But that's not the only way they keep us cool. Trees also impact climate by regulating the exchange of water and energy between the Earth's surface and the atmosphere, which should be important considerations as policymakers contemplate efforts to conserve forested land. read more

Kristof visited hillbilly voters!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017So did Jenna Johnson:* What do Donald J. Trump's 63 million voters now think about Donald J. Trump? There's no way to answer such a sweeping question in a definitive way. Unless we think Those People are all alike, there are many different answers to that sweeping question. Still and all, Nicholas Kristof made the effort last week. He visited Oklahoma, then wrote a column about what he heard. His column in yesterday's New York Times started like this: KRISTOF (4/2/17): *Rhonda McCracken is a kindergarten teacher and a Republican who voted for President Trump... more »

Trump’s an “Art of the Con” Demagogue Not a Populist

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 14 hours ago
Enough already of calling Trump a populist! He’s a con-artist/demagogue. A demagogue “is a leader in a democracy who gains … Continue reading →

Monday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 14 hours ago
Miscellaneous material to start your week. - Ed Finn reminds us how the economy as a whole - including the private sector - suffers when austerity is inflicted on public services: The public and private sectors have become so interdependent that one cannot be attacked or diminished without hurting the other. Public expenditures often stimulate private sector activities. Many industries could not get started or keep going without government services and infrastructure. And of course governments need a robust economy to boost employment and generate the revenue they need to provide so... more »

Namaxia Redux

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*Above awesome cyclist Mark Roche takes a break on the epic first day of riding out to Namaxia.* A gray day, but great friends to go to Namaxia with. Unfortunately I planned a route that was too taxing for me, and so had to take it easy on day 2. But a good time was had by almost all... click READ MORE for pics and commentary... *ROUTE NOTES*: We took the 172 over to the 175, and thence to the 174, the 3, the 20, and the 29. Total distance was 123 kms with 1900 meters of altitude gain, far too much. I screwed up the planning, forgetting how brutal the climbs are up to the tunnel ... more »

Walmart Counters Amazon With More Online Retail

Bob Adelmann at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: walmart-counters-amazon-with-more-online-retail] Refusing to lose market share to Amazon the way Sears, J.C. Penney, Abercrombie & Fitch, Macy’s, and Target have, Walmart is fighting back against the online retailer's onslaught.

After Golfing With Trump, Rand Paul Optimistic on ObamaCare Repeal

Steve Byas at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: after-golfing-with-trump-rand-paul-optimistic-on-obamacare-repeal] After days of acrimony between the Trump White House and the more conservative members of Congress, the golf date on Sunday between Senator Rand Paul and the president to discuss healthcare has raised optimism that ObamaCare may eventually be killed.

Jordan Loewe's father exposes the truth about Sarah Palin's violent out of control son.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 15 hours ago
Courtesy of Radar Online: *Sarah Palin has turned her back on her boozing and brawling son Track — even as he wages a vicious custody war with his baby mama over his infant son, RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal. * *In fact, the 27-year-old terror’s violent temper has alienated everyone around him! * *“He’s hot-headed, he’s out of control and he has anger issues!” Matthew Loewe, the distraught father of Track’s baby mama, Jordan Loewe, told Radar. * *“He’s thrown stuff at Jordan, thrown rocks at Jordan — he’s even thrown stuff at her when she was holding their baby!” * *And... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Travelling this morning. Blogging will return later in the day.

Cop Blames Unarmed Dad for His Own Death After Killing Him on Video With Hands Up

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: crutcher]A cop who killed an innocent unarmed man on video as he had his hands up just went on 60-minutes to blame the victim, Terrance Crutcher.

WATCH: Belligerent Cops Get Punished for Harassing & Threatening Man for Filming

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: filming]Photography activist Phillip Turner is once again harassed for filming police — but this time the cops were actually held accountable.

HEALTH MATTERS: Will Donald J. Trump support single-payer?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017Part 1—Charles Krauthammer's Dream:* In the realm of America's health care discussion, how many people could explain what "single-payer" is? We know we pretty much couldn't! Consider: Within our own liberal tribe's pseudo-discussions, Medicare tends to be described as "single-payer." And it isn't just us liberals! In the very first sentence of its report on Medicare, the leading authority says this: "In the United States, *Medicare is a single-payer, national social insurance program* administered by the US federal government since 1966..." Thus spake the le... more »

President Trump's Son-In-Law, Kushner, Flies Into Iraq With Top US General

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Reuters *NBC:* *Jared Kushner in Iraq With Joint Chiefs Chairman* Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, is in Iraq. Kushner is traveling with Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford's spokesman, Capt. Greg Hicks, said in a statement Monday morning that the chairman had arrived in Iraq for meetings with Iraqi, American and coalition officials — along with Kushner. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor:* A 36 year old having this type of influence and trust from the U.S. President .... with no government experience and wit... more »

Terror Bomb Attack On Saint Petersburg Metro. Multiple Injuries And Fatalities Are Being Reported

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Bomb on St Petersburg metro rip through carriages, killing at least 10 as Putin visits city for meeting * * The blast occurred at Sennaya Ploshchad train station in St Petersburg, Russia * Eight ambulances raced to the scene of the carnage caused by a huge explosion * Metro officials reported blast was from an improvised explosive device on board * At least 10 people have been reported to have been killed by two explosions Two nail bombs on the metro in St Petersburg ripped through train carriages killing at least 10 people today. The incident occurred at two sepa... more »

German funder bans researcher for five years following misconduct probe

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
A researcher in Germany has been banned from seeking money from the largest independent research funder in the country for five years after an investigation by her former employer found her guilty of misconduct. According to a recent announcement from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), scientist Tina Wenz cannot apply for any DFG funding for five years, […] The post German funder bans researcher for five years following misconduct probe appeared first on Retraction Watch.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
Politico tells us about some applicants for the White House intern program: ... the White House Internship Program is drawing young applicants with media, entertainment and business bragging rights fit to serve a former reality television mogul. One of the applicants is using his Twitter feed to try to get the gig: The Trump White House’s application added a field that didn’t exist when President Barack Obama adopted the program: social media details. Josh Hall, an incoming freshman at Harrisburg Area Community College, hoped the White House would notice that his tweets condemning t... more »

James O’Brien nails everything that’s wrong with The Mail’s response to the Croydon attack [VIDEO]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 16 hours ago
On Friday 31 March, a 17-year-old boy was beaten to within an inch of his life in Croydon, South London. The attack epitomised the mess the UK is currently in. And The Daily Mail managed to embody it, with one of its most insidious front pages to date. But LBC presenter James O’Brien has completely summed the […] The post James O’Brien nails everything that’s wrong with The Mail’s response to the Croydon attack [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Farage donates his flotilla to the invasion of Spain

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 16 hours ago
On 2 April, former leader of the Conservative Party Michael Howard hinted we could go to war with Spain. And although he said many things that implied that we definitely could, he also explicitly said that we shouldn’t. Which would have been quite clever, if people didn’t already understand concepts like ‘subtext’, ‘reading between the […] The post Farage donates his flotilla to the invasion of Spain appeared first on The Canary.

Councils are making it a criminal offence to be poor

Sam Woolfe at The Canary - 16 hours ago
A survey published by homeless charity Crisis reveals that more than one in three councils (36%) across England and Wales are targeting rough sleepers with enforcement measures to try and force them off the street, with nowhere to go. Councils are issuing Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), Dispersal Orders, and Criminal Behaviour Orders for begging – simply […] The post Councils are making it a criminal offence to be poor appeared first on The Canary.

The Myth of Stagnant Income

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 16 hours ago
This paper by Bruce Sacerdote is worth noting: Despite the large increase in U.S. income inequality, consumption for families at the 25th and 50th percentiles of income has grown steadily over the time period 1960-2015. The number of cars per household with below median income has doubled since 1980 and the number of bedrooms per household has grown 10 percent despite decreases in household size. The finding of zero growth in American real wages since the 1970s is driven in part by the choice of the CPI-U as the price deflator; small biases in any price deflator compound over long p... more »

The ‘Dependent Victim’ Psy-Op

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* - People are waking up and swimming to the surface through layers of deception. The post The ‘Dependent Victim’ Psy-Op appeared first on Waking Times.

Senior North Korean Defector: North Korea Is Prepared To Use Nuclear Weapons Against The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*NBC: **North Korean Defector Tells Lester Holt ‘World Should be Ready’* SEOUL, South Korea — A senior North Korean defector has told NBC News that the country's "desperate" dictator is prepared to use nuclear weapons to strike the United States and its allies. Thae Yong Ho is the most high profile North Korean defector in two decades, meaning he is able to give a rare insight into the secretive, authoritarian regime. According to Thae, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is "desperate in maintaining his rule by relying on his [development of] nuclear weapons and ICBM." He was usin... more »

Is Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice The Person Who Unmasked Trump Administration Officials?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
President Obama receives his daily briefing from Susan Rice, his national security advisor, on Aug. 12 in Chilmark, Mass. (White House Photo by Pete Souza via Flickr) *WNU Editor:* Just a heads-up to everyone. A person that I trust emailed me last night that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice who served under President Obama is the person who unmasked incoming Trump administration officials. He provided no links, but I did a Google search and found a few conservative/alt-right sites pushing this story .... *Susan Rice Requested Unmasking of Incoming Trump Administration Of... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Thirty years of 'varsity academics'* by Jeff Jacoby OF THE THREE R's, says Will Fitzhugh, the founder and publisher of The Concord Review, the middle R has long been the most neglected. It was true in his own case — when he arrived at Harvard as a freshman 61 years ago, he had never had to write a single term paper — and it remains true now. On the whole, American students graduate from high school incapable of writing a coherent, well-researched essay. Most of those who continue to college don't become competent writers there, either. For years, blue-ribbon panels and high-powe... more »

Who Thinks The DCCC Needs To Recruit More Republican-Lite Candidates To Win In 2018?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Brand New Congress put out that graphic just above, presumably as a reminder to House Democrats that Democratic voters very much favor H.R. 676, John Conyer's bill to make Medicare available to all Americans. Paul Ryan and his leadership team have it buried in the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs but there were 51 original co-sponsors and since then over two dozen more have signed on. The graphic isn't strictly up to date. Sure most of the names are the Republican wing of the Democratic Party-- reactionary Bluye Dogs and New Dems and their fellow travelers... more »

Breaking from Russia: St Petersburg Metro Blast

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*Breaking news* *Perhaps as many as 10 dead. Possibly up to 50 injured.* *Several updates already- scroll down * *RT* A suspected IED explosion inside a car of the St. Petersburg Metro system has resulted in casualties among passengers. The entire transit system has been shut down as bomb squads and rescuers are responding to the emergency. The explosion happened as the train was travelling between the stations Tekhnologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad of the St. Petersburg Metro, the National Antiterrorism Committee confirmed, adding that there was an unspecified number of fa... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Remote Sensing Systems lies with statistics* By carefully choosing your starting and end points you can show almost anything with graphs. Below is a graph from the RSS site: We see a nice rising trend line showing global warming, right? But look at this: Where El Niño obvious as is a cooling afterwards. 2017 is back on the "no trend" average that prevailed before El Nino. There is no steady warming trend, no steadily rising line. SOURCE *Pretend conservatives for not so clean energy* *Far-left ‘charitable’ foundations give millions to ‘conservative’ groups to drive c... more »

Central European University Under Threat by Putin Ally, Orbán, in Hungary; Thousands Protest

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 16 hours ago
As many as 10,000 people marched peacefully in Budapest to support academic freedom in Hungary. https://www.ceu.edu/article/2017-04-02/ceu-thanks-organizers-supporters-todays-event https://www.ceu.edu/news link: http://youtu.be/p3QZqDrHS2c “Thousands … Continue reading →

Dear Donald Trump: You Can’t Fight the Opiate Epidemic WITHOUT Legal Cannabis

Annabelle Bamforth at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: trump]Donald Trump would serve the public well in recognizing cannabis as a solution to America's opioid epidemic and not as an enemy.

Support Grows For A New U.N. Peacekeeping Force For Culture

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Graffiti sprayed by Islamic State militants which reads ''We remain'' is seen on a stone at the Temple of Bel in the historic city of Palmyra, in Homs Governorate, Syria April 1, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadik/File Photo *Reuters:* *Italy wins G7 backing for U.N. peacekeeping force for culture* The G7 group of rich nations committed on Friday to pursuing the creation of a U.N. peacekeeping force to protect world heritage sites from destruction in conflict and combating the trafficking of plundered treasures. Destroying antiquities at heritage sites like the ancient Syrian city of Palm... more »

Canada's Banks and Chief Executive Officer Compensation

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 17 hours ago
The Great Canadian Banking sector has been in the news rather regularly over the past few weeks with stories about outsourcing jobs to overseas nations, over-selling products to customers and record-breaking profit levels. In light of the news coverage, I wanted to look at a rarely reported banking sector statistic, the high level of CEO compensation. To source this data, I have looked at the 2017 editions of the Proxy Circulars for each of the banks and summarized the data in a table for your perusal. Each of the Big Five Canadian banks has its own method of calculating compensat... more »

Without their favorite boogeyman. President Obama, the gun industry is seeing sales drop precipitously.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Courtesy of Fox News: *President Trump’s election appears to be negatively affecting gun sales in the U.S. and the bubble appears to be bursting despite a staunch advocate for gun rights in the White House and Republicans ruling Congress. * *"President Obama was the best gun salesman the world has ever seen," Karl Sorken, a production manager at Battle Rifle Co. in Houston. Sorken is an Army veteran and self-described liberal who voted for Obama and notes the change for the industry under Trump is a topic of conversation in the shop. * *Fears of government limits on guns -- some ... more »

No Place For Amateurs

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
The Bloviators of the Right have claimed for a long time that government should be run like a business. Donald Trump's son-in-law recently repeated that claim. Government, he said, should be run like "a fine American business." Robin Sears writes that anyone who buys that claim is a dupe: To anyone who has served in government the reasons why this fantasy always ends in tears are obvious. Politics is a profession, and governing successfully requires years of training. Governing is about choice: hard difficult, unpleasant choices. As several presidents have observed, most recentl... more »

"When the Tidal Wave Hits, Part IV"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"When the Tidal Wave Hits, Part IV" * by Jeff Nielson "The first two parts of this series presented the economic tidal wave that is approaching us and explained how and why we have never been less prepared economically or socially for such a cataclysm. Part III detailed how the economic destruction being wrought upon is deliberate – perpetrated by the banking crime syndicate and condoned by our puppet governments. The third installment also explained how our governments are preparing for what lies ahead. These corrupt regimes (led by the United States) have fabricated their “War o... more »

Garry Trudeau gets it.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
SourceDamn this is so fucking accurate. It is almost impossible to talk about anything these days without it somehow coming back to Donald Trump. I know, I've tried. He is essentially our new 9-11. He's a national disaster that we would all like to forget, but we can't because everyday we are faced with the ramifications of that terrible day in November.

A Review of Alycia Halladay's "Let's Focus on the Real Environmental Factors Linked to Autism"

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Katie Wright Alycia Halladay, PhD, recently posted an essay on the “STAT” website entitled “Let’s Focus on the Real Environmental Factors Linked to Autism.” Dr. Hallyday made myriad factual errors in her post. Thimerosal was never “exonerated.” Ethylmercury is...

Enter the Autism Action Month Generation Rescue #My1in68 Campaign!

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
Post a photo of your little Superstar with the hashtag it #My1in68 and let your friends and family know why their support of GR means so much to you. Don't forget to tag us! @generationrescue (It may just end up...

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
Yes, the story line is no good, but allows a lot of folks to get on with their lives. The evidence we have is seriously odd. It conforms to really three options. 1] The pilot switched off the transponder. That means he had a serious plan for which we have zero evidence and certainly no plausible confederates. If committing suicide, this is a pretty odd way to do it and leaves a plane full of passengers with cell phones who must be silenced. It is really too big an enterprise for a lone madman. 2] A team attempted to seize control and explosions happened and the fuselage was br... more »

I'm a Married Catholic Priest who thinks Priests Shouldn't get Married with Joshua J. Whitfield

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
[image: The Whitfield family] This is a different perspective and welcome to the general debate. I am no particular fan of celibacy itself as it happens to put a serious biological burden on young priests during their formative years and that this runs a real risk of driving psychological pathologies best avoided. Yet the demands of the non celibate life includes family and vast tracts of time which likely halts spiritual formation dead in its tracks. I personally think that the priesthood can now be largely drawn from far more mature individuals who have mostly she... more »

Dweller of the Sand Dunes

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This is an unusual report because it is remarkably rich in detail and unexpected twists and turns. It is also not the first time we have evidence of an official response team that then becomes secret, begging the obvious question of the integrity of the story teller who is an eye witness. The fact that it all occurred among sand dunes is unusual only because it is unusual. The creature observed would patrol a huge hunting range and the available game brought it out of cover which allowed extensive observation.. . Right off the bat, there is no doubt that this is a giant sloth. ... more »

The Medieval Geniuses Who Invented Carried Interest and the Modern Barbarians Who Want to Tax It

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
Common sense ideas whose present structure is deeply grounded in successful history. It is not broken so avoid fixing it. I really do not think that this particular aspect is a problem at all, simply because Trump in particular is a deal maker whose dealings inevitable used this feature however understood.. What is a real problem for the USA is its lack of a proper VAT which is been offset by other taxes even more troublesome. Reforming public policy needs attention to VAT and universal Health insurance. Both are difficult and contentious only in the minds of the terminal... more »

Dachel Wake Up: Newsweek Covers DC Vaccine Event

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
By Anne Dachel This is far better than most Newsweek coverage of vaccine safety in the past. They actually mentioned William Thompson by name and said that research may have been altered. Sadly, Jessica Wapner and Newsweek fail to tell...

Monday Madness

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
Unbelievers are reminded that the White Wolf conducts surveillance in lands that lay far from the settlements. *We're Doomed* *Michael Moore*‏Verified account @MMFlint Follow More Historians in the near future will mark today, March 28, 2017, as the day the extinction of human life on earth began, thanks 2 Donald Trump - RETWEETS 7,706 - LIKES 16,445 - [image: Linda B 😎][image: Sue P][image: adriana,;][image: jennifer peterson][image: K sevier][image: 📍Claudette][image: Janis Lander][image: Sean James][image: Heaven &Earth] 12:55 PM - 28 Mar 2017 3,535 replies7... more »

Musical Interlude: Michael Jackson, “Earth Song”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
Michael Jackson, “Earth Song” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAi3VTSdTxU

Truth About Vaccines Free Online 7 Day Docu-Series - Begins on April 12, 2017

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
To sign up for a free docu-series, please click on the link provided below: *The Truth About Vaccines* To view the trailer video for the Docu-series, please click on the link provided below: *Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym0mlxmwsc4*


Anon at Aangirfan - 21 hours ago
*Glasgow.* On 27 March 2017, the UK prime minister announced that, *in October 2017, there is to be a major terror drill in Scotland.* Theresa May made the announcement during a visit to Police Scotland, which will act as the lead force throughout the exercise. The exercise will involve police, security officers, the military, and UK government and Scottish government departments. The exercise will involve Scotland and also areas in the north of England. Scotland to host 'major counter-terrorism operation'. Terror Drills that Turned Live. Terror Drills that Turned Live. O... more »

Only 7 In 10 U.S. Air Force Planes Are Ready To Fly

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Air Force Times:* *Growing readiness woes: Only 7 in 10 Air Force planes are ready to fly* On March 22, as North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un prepared to test-launch a missile and tensions rose on the volatile Korean peninsula, a lone B-1B Lancer bomber took off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and flew across the Pacific on a Continuous Bomber Presence sortie. It rendezvoused with Japanese F-15J Eagles for a training mission, before flying on to South Korea to further train with their F-15Ks and F-16s. But there were supposed to be two B-1Bs ther... more »

Changing priorities

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
It is interesting how news stories that have dominated the BBC News website for a day or two suddenly drop down the news agenda. The horrific killing of a young Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker has been the lead story on the BBC News website for a couple of days and yet, this morning, has dropped to the 'small print' section of the BBC's home page main headlines as their 7th-placed story. Sky News, in contrast, still has it as their second story and ITV has it among their 'large-print' headlines as their 5th-placed story. Another difference between the three broadcasters is that bo... more »

Will this be a topic next week?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
Talking of Samira Ahmed... Of all the Twitter complaints that can be made about* Dateline London *- and there are often complaints (along the lines made on this blog for years) that the programme has a pronounced left-liberal bias and too little variety of viewpoints - only one has been picked up and run with by *Newswatch* presenter Samira Ahmed on Twitter: Samira Ahmed‏ @SamiraAhmedUK 19h19 hours ago* Seeing some viewer concerns re politicians on journos' forum #DatelineLondon. Send thoughts to @newswatchbbc. *http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08l99r9 The politician in questio... more »

"You get impartiality by really good judgement"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
For those who didn't see this week's *Newswatch*, here's a transcription of the interview between Samira Ahmed and the BBC's chief political advisor Ric Bailey. Mr Bailey makes the usual case that the BBC is getting it about right and that you can't measure bias with a stop-watch, as well as having a dig at those MPs who criticised the BBC's Brexit coverage, while Samira Ahmed gets confused between Lloyds of London and Lloyds Bank: *SAMIRA AHMED*: Well, let's take a step back and examine the BBC's approach to reporting on our forthcoming departure from the European Union with th... more »

The Intelligence Explosion

Ethical Technology - 22 hours ago
How to stop a robot turning evil. Guardian Original Drama returns with a third instalment, a superintelligence sci-fi. It’s 2027 and Mental Endeavours Ltd has a problem with their flagship robot Günther. How do you program an intelligent machine not to annihilate humanity? And if its intelligence is skyrocketing faster than anyone could have predicted, are they about to run out of time?

Here Are 5 American Super Weapons 'Stolen' By China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami, National Interest:* *5 American Super Weapons Stolen by China* As China’s military has grown, the country’s military-industrial complex has struggled to keep up with the pace of demands. An arms embargo put in place after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre shut off the flow of weapons and technology transfers from the high-tech West to China. China’s state-run arms industries have acquired know-how by hook and crook, and occasionally churn out weapon systems that are entirely too similar to American designs to be a coincidence. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor:* Only... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
The nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan is intensifying https://t.co/uhuBpQph7U pic.twitter.com/EnpUFE0Gu8 — Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) April 3, 2017

Wikileaks Posts More CIA Secrets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / DPA / Global Look Press *Washington Post*: *WikiLeaks’ latest release of CIA cyber-tools could blow the cover on agency hacking operations* WikiLeaks’ latest disclosure of CIA cyber-tools reveals a technique used by the agency to hide its digital tracks, potentially blowing the cover on current and past hacking operations aimed at gathering intelligence on terrorists and other foreign targets. The release Friday of the CIA’s “Marble Framework” comes less than a month after the WikiLeaks dumped onto the Internet a trove of files — dubbed “Vault 7” — that ... more »

‘Three Wise Men’ Warn Crash Coming, Own Gold

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
‘Three Wise Men’ Warn Crash Coming, Own Gold by Mark O’Byrne, http://www.goldcore.com/us/ ‘Three wise men’ are warning that the next financial crash is coming and that one of the ways to protect and grow wealth in the coming crash will be to own gold. – The men who have recently warned are Jim Rogers (video below), Martin […]

6 GIANT Towers Discovered On The Moon

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Mar 30, 2017 Coords: 22°21’50.69″N, 81°59’12.92″E — 16°17’20.57″N, 87°36’23.56″E Apollo 16 Tower: http://keithlaney.net/ApolloOrbitalim… – Genesis 6:4 New King James Version (NKJV) 4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those […]

Enormous ‘Super Earth’ is Orbiting in Our Solar System Astronomers Launch Public Search for Planet X

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Mar 31, 2017 Something is definitely going on in our solar system that now includes astronomers from both NASA and the Australian National University located in the southern hemisphere where the Planet X system is believed to be approaching from. – Skywatch Media on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/skymednews Skywatch Media News: http://www.earthfrenzyradio.com – Links: https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/31498… […]

James Rickards: Trump Didn’t Get a Honeymoon — He Got a Burning Bed. Money Riots Coming in Next Financial Collapse

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
James Rickards: Trump Didn’t Get a Honeymoon — He Got a Burning Bed. Money Riots Coming in Next Financial Collapse by Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (Early Sunday Release) Financial expert and four time, best-selling book author James Rickards says there is no avoiding another economic collapse. Every time the economy suffers a setback, such as recently hitting […]

The Debate: Israeli Land Grabbing — The Genocide & Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians (REAL JEWS)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Apr 1, 2017 What is the point of international law if it is not going to be abided by? The 4th Geneva Convention of 1949 has made it illegal for areas occupied by war to be annexed and yet this is what Israel has been doing since it came into existence. And now […]

CERN-LHC: Did They Find the Prison of Fallen Angels? The Door to the Bottomless Pit?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jan 5, 2017 CERN just got scarier! Researchers are scratching their heads and finally saying, “What IN Hell?” and that is exactly what it will unleash – Hell on earth! From quantum computing to the brotherhood of Saturn, and to the abyss – just how deep will CERN go? Did Intelligence find some […]

US and NATO Forces Are Butchering Civilians en Masse in Iraq and Syria

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan … wars are illegal wars of aggression under international law. None of these countries attacked America nor threatened American interests. Syria and Afghanistan did not give approval to America to invade their countries. There are NO EVIDENCE that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11 nor Al Qaeda, NO EVIDENCE of WMDs as […]

Mainstream Media: Fake News Through Lying by Omission

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Mainstream Media: Fake News Through Lying by Omission by Gideon Polya, MWC NEWS, via http://www.globalresearch.ca/ Fake news is simply a new, Trump-popularized descriptive for media lying that occurs in 2 basic forms, lying by omission and lying by commission. Lying by omission is far, far worse than lying by commission because the latter can at least admit refutation […]

Merck’s Former Doctor Predicts Gardasil to Become the Greatest Medical Scandal of All Time

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Merck’s Former Doctor Predicts Gardasil to Become the Greatest Medical Scandal of All Time by ARJUN WALIA, http://www.realfarmacy.com/ “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached […]

British/NATO Battle Group Drives to the Borders of Russia: The NATO Force Combating “Putin Aggression”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
British/NATO Battle Group Drives to the Borders of Russia: The NATO Force Combating “Putin Aggression” by MARCO GIANNANGELI, http://www.express.co.uk/, 2 April 2017 FOR six days we trundled along highways and byways from Germany through Poland, a cumbersome line of 286 armoured vehicles carrying 1,300 British, US and Romanian troops to the fringe of friendly Europe. – I […]

Does the Washington Establishment Seek War with Russia?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Has Trump had a noticeable effect in preventing the drive towards WW3? The answer is definitely NO! – Does the Washington Establishment Seek War with Russia? by ERIC ZUESSE, http://www.strategic-culture.org/ Which Is scary to Washington’s Establishment: a U.S. President who wants to reach new agreements with Russia, or a U.S. President who wants to replace all of […]

Obama Spying Looks Even Worse Than Trump Claimed

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Obama Spying Looks Even Worse Than Trump Claimed by GARTH KANT, http://www.wnd.com/ Intel source bombshell: Months of surveillance for purely ‘political purposes’ WASHINGTON – The spying by the Obama administration on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump reportedly was even worse than what he has alleged. And it had nothing to do with Russia but everything to do with […]

Unraveling QE “Later This Year” Gets Serious

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
When the FedRes shrinks its balance sheet who is going to buy what the FedRes sells? Interest rates will definitely go up. The first to panic sell wins. The last to panic sell are the suckers left holding the bag. – Unraveling QE “Later This Year” Gets Serious by Wolf Richter, http://wolfstreet.com/ New York Fed President William […]

Moscow And Beijing Join Forces To Bypass US Dollar In Global Markets, Shift To Gold Trade

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Moscow And Beijing Join Forces To Bypass US Dollar In Global Markets, Shift To Gold Trade by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com The Russian central bank opened its first overseas office in Beijing on March 14, marking a step forward in forging a Beijing-Moscow alliance to bypass the US dollar in the global monetary system, and to […]

Jim Willie: Deep State, Deep Players And Who is Behind Donald Trump?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
INTERVIEW WITH PLANE TRUTH (ON TIME MONK RADIO) by http://www.goldenjackass.com/main5.html March 31st: topics covered include the Trump Admin attitude toward the European Union and Germany, the export advantage for Germany alongside the challenging stress for Germany to devote $2 trillion in German savings toward the Southern European PIGS nations, the internal challenges and Shadow Cabinet […]

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Firing a Grad rocket launcher during a Russian-Tajik military exercise at the Fakhrabad training ground in Tajikistan. March 30. © Sputnik/ Iskandar Aminov

Where's your county seat? A modern mathematical method for calculating centers of geography

Peter Rogerson, Professor of Geography, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Ten states need to move the markers. Nicolas Henderson, CC BY People have long been intrigued by figuring out the center of the places where we live. You’re probably familiar with the concept of center of population. Imagine placing an equal weight at the residential location of each individual; the center of population would be the single point on a map that balances all those weighted spots. The U.S. Census Bureau, for example, produces a map each decade showing the location of the country’s center, summarizing the geographic distribution of the national population. The U.S. cente... more »

Incredible Pictures Capture US And South Korean Marines Training (Photo Gallery)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Staying low: The crack marines were slowly creeping up on some buildings at the end of the beach during the training drill *Daily Mail*: *Ready to blow: Incredible pictures capture US and South Korean Marines training in a 'show of strength' to the North * * Amphibious assault vehicles fired smoke bombs into the air which covered the movements of the marines * The crack troops crawled along the sand peering into their rifle scopes as others carried mortar launchers * Annual exercises called Foal Eagle come as tensions with North Korea mount after recent missile testing These awe-in... more »

At The Nexus Of America's Worst Culture Of Corruption: Trumpy-the-Clown And His Family

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Earlier today we saw how vulnerable the U.S. is to China because of the culture of corruption that is at the center of the Trump Regime's DNA-- and that especially includes his family. Not just includes, *features*! This morning Eric Lipton at the *NY Times* reported on the double-edged sword of Trumpy-the-Clown family members Ivanka and Kushner-in-law working at the White House. "[T]he financial disclosure report released late Friday for Mr. Kushner," wrote Lipton, "which shows that he and his wife still benefit financially from a real estate and investment empire worth as much a... more »

Russia Is Not The Only Country That Tried To Influence A U.S. Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A Xinhua file photo shows then Chinese President Jiang Zemin and his U.S. counterpart Bill Clinton shake hands in a joint press conference in Washington, the United States, on Oct. 29, 1997. (Xinhua) *Sharyl Atkinson:* *That time China interfered with U.S. elections…* Let me be clear: Do I think it’s possible Russia tried to influence the outcome of our elections? Absolutely. In fact, I consider it quite likely. Not because of the unsubstantiated conclusions made in the press, but because intelligence officials I trust tell me that Russia and other nations have attempted to influen... more »

Is Iran Fermenting The Unrest In Bahrain?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post:* *U.S. increasingly sees Iran’s hand in the arming of Bahraini militants* The men who built the secret bomb factory had been clever — suspiciously so, Bahraini investigators thought, for a gang known mostly for lobbing molotov cocktails at police. The underground complex had been hewed, foot by foot, beneath the floor of a suburban villa, with no visible traces at street level and only a single entrance, hidden behind a kitchen cabinet. But the real surprises lay inside. In one room, police found $20,000 lathes and hydraulic presses for making armor-piercing proje... more »

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Message”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Vangelis, “Message” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZpTTokiCrE

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Point your telescope toward the high flying constellation Pegasus and you can find this expanse of Milky Way stars and distant galaxies. Centered on NGC 7814, the pretty field of view would almost be covered by a full moon. NGC 7814 is sometimes called the Little Sombrero for its resemblance to the brighter more famous M104, the Sombrero Galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* Both Sombrero and Little Sombrero are spiral galaxies seen edge-on, and both have extensive central bulges cut by a thinner disk with dust lanes in silhouette. In fact, NGC 7814 is some 40 million light-year... more »

Israeli PM Netanyahu Inaugurates Israel’s 'David Sling' Anti-Missile System

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Defense News*: *Israel marks operational deployment of David’s Sling* TEL AVIV — In ceremonies Sunday marking operational deployment of the jointly developed US-Israel David Sling Weapon System, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned: “Whoever seeks to hit us will be hit. Whoever threatens our existence places himself in existential danger.” Speaking ahead of the Israeli defense minister, Air Force commander and other dignitaries at the Hatzor Airbase, Netanyahu flagged the high priority ascribed to defending Israel against the growing rocket and missile threat. “We hav... more »

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