Sunday, October 22, 2017

22 October - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:34 pm MDT

Why is Enenews Down?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Some readers here may have frequented the anti-nuclear, aggregator website, Enenews was a news aggregator site that appeared online during the early days of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. It appears to have been finally taken down from the web this last week. I found Enenews particularly significant because it hosted the most frequented English-language discussion of Fukushima cam imagery. As of June 2016, Enenews was ranked 153,579 in Japan and 69,699 in the US by Alexa. Enenews’ first post was dated March 23, 2011.[i] On May 22, 2011, the “general discussion” foru... more »

Landmark Study Shows Psychedelics Far More Effective at Reducing Crime Than Police

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: Psychedelics]Science is already showing that classic psychedelics can treat various mental illnesses, and now we're finding clear benefits to society as well.

Heartbroken Family Files Complaint After a Cop Shot Their Cat, Threw It in Dumpster

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: cat]A family has filed a complaint after an officer with the Stow police department shot their cat in the head and tossed it in the trash.

Eye-Opening Survey Shows No.1 Fear of US Citizens is Government, NOT Terrorism

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: government]The idea that American citizens fear their own government more than they fear ISIS is chilling and serves to expose a serious crisis of consciousness in society.

Google: Oracle to the World

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
I read yesterday that Google ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN 90% of the WORLD'S INTERNET SEARCH ACTIVITY. (cited in "The downside of big profits at Google and Facebook. The Wall Street Journal, October 21-22, 2017), B12). This is an astonishing amount and reinforces the concerns I expressed here about a new form of censorship I term algorithmic truths

Russia SLAMS US destruction of Raqqa and the western coalition’s disregard for civilian live

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 13 hours ago
Raqqa has been destroyed by the US while Deir ez-Zor has been genuinely liberated by Syria and Russia. More The post Russia SLAMS US destruction of Raqqa and the western coalition’s disregard for civilian live appeared first on The Duran.

Mike Pompeo’s latest rant demonstrates that the CIA is far more unreasonable than North Korea

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 13 hours ago
North Korea has attempted to engage in dialogue with US allies, while Donald Trump's CIA director threatens an illegal assassination against the North Korean leader. More The post Mike Pompeo’s latest rant demonstrates that the CIA is far more unreasonable than North Korea appeared first on The Duran.

Bowe Bergdahl Complains That The U.S. Army Has Treated Him Worse Than The Taliban

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Bowe Bergdahl whines that the US treated him WORSE than the Taliban as he faces a life sentence for desertion* * Bowe Bergdahl complains about his treatment by US in new interview * He deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009 for reasons that are unclear * Was held captive by the Taliban for five years until his release in 2014 * Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion charges in military court Monday morning * He did not strike a deal with prosecutors on sentencing and faces up to life Bowe Bergdahl has whined that the US treated him worse than his Taliban captors in a ... more »

Leftover Rice Could Give You Food Poisoning. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
Leftover Rice Could Give You Food Poisoning | Reader’s Digest Advertisements

Alternatives to Fluoroquinolones. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
Alternatives to Fluoroquinolones | Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology | JAMA | The JAMA Network

Here’s Why Doctors Are Urging People Over 40 To Stop Taking Ibuprofen Immediately

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
Here’s Why Doctors Are Urging People Over 40 To Stop Taking Ibuprofen Immediately

A scientific breakthrough offers hope for an AIDS vaccine

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
A scientific breakthrough offers hope for an AIDS vaccine

This Is How To Increase Human Energy According To Nikola Tesla. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
This Is How To Increase Human Energy According To Nikola Tesla…

Wormhole Entanglement and the Firewall Paradox. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
Wormhole Entanglement and the Firewall Paradox | Quanta Magazine

Is Health Care a Right?

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
Is Health Care a Right? | The New Yorker

Here’s Why You Should Put Butter In Your Coffee

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
Here’s Why You Should Put Butter In Your Coffee

Fukushima Radiation: Japan Declares State Of Emergency, Reactor Leaks Into Ocean

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
Fukushima Radiation: Japan Declares State Of Emergency, Reactor Leaks Into Ocean

A neuroscientist reveals a revolutionary treatment that makes you more attractive and live longer. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
A neuroscientist reveals a revolutionary treatment that makes you more attractive and live longer – Ideapod

After Raqqa, The US sees Russia, Assad Looming Over the Battlefield

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*The article from Washington Post is perception management extraordinaire!* *WaPo in blue* *"Rapid advances by Russian- and Iranian-backed government forces in eastern Syria are thwarting the U.S. military’s hopes of pressing deeper into Islamic State territory after winning the battle for Raqqa"* Since Syria has actually been fighting terrorists and terrorism I'm unsure how it can be construed that they would thwart the US fight against ISIS- That statement only makes sense if one understands the US has NOT been fighting ISIS- Rather they've been redrawing borders. And ethnically c... more »

Sunday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 14 hours ago
This and that for your Sunday reading. - Richard Hill wonders whether neoliberalism is approaching its end, while noting the dangers of allowing progressive themes to be used to prop up elitist power structures. And Heather Boushey interviews Kimberly Clausing about the opportunity to raise revenue and reduce inequality by properly taxing corporations, while Marshall Steinbaum points out the connection between unfair taxes and increasing inequality of wealth and power: (T)he point of conservative tax ideology was never to make the economy work better — it was to provide the pretext ... more »

Sea Ice Index Updates to v.3.0

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 14 hours ago
As of October 20, 2017, NOAA@NSIDC Releases Sea Ice Index, Version 3.0 Text below from SII webpage explains the changes in versions. NOAA@NSIDC is pleased to announce the release of Sea Ice Index Version 3 (V3). V3 changes the way the monthly average area and extent data values are calculated. The way monthly average area […]


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 14 hours ago
*The New York Times* now reports thatin January of this year, Bill O'Reilly paid an astonishing $32 million to settle sexual harassment allegations by Lis Wiehl, a longtime Fox contributor. Fox executives learned of the settlement, shrugged, and a month later renewed O'Reilly's contract anyway, giving him a raise of nearly 40%, from approximately $18 million to $25 million. Then, in April, O'Reilly was let go: But by April, the Murdochs decided to jettison Mr. O’Reilly as some of the settlements became public and posed a significant threat to their business empire. Early that mon... more »

Questions for 'Panorama' from Emily Thornberry

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
The famous Emily Thornberry This morning's *Andrew Marr *show also featured Emily Thornberry, newly sensible-sounding and boring. (Has she been coached?) You might not be aware though of a letter which Ms Thornberry has recently sent to the BBC on behalf of a constituent concerning a 2013 edition of *Panorama*. It was addressed to *Panorama *editor Rachel Jupp:

Former U.S. President Carter Wants To Be President Trump's Envoy To North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says he would go to North Korea on Trump's behalf. REUTERS / Neil Hall *Business Insider/Reuters:* *Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says he would travel to North Korea on a diplomatic mission* * Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he would be willing to travel to North Korea on a diplomatic mission. * "I told him that I was available if they ever need me," Carter allegedly told National Security Adviser Lt.-Gen. H. R. McMaster. * In the mid-1990s, Carter travelled to Pyongyang and struck a deal with Kim Il Sung, grandfather of the current l... more »

Let it be Real

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Let it be real let the truths of our moment become clear we need to grieve and organize the storm is rumbling humans have survived all these hard years because we sat around council fires shared rich history of our time on the mother planet we connected to the waves of time listened to the voices of the dolphins, birds, lions and tigers the clams and the worms we felt the life energy from the tree roots, the wind spoke to us water soothed us all inside the web from the womb We brought the Motha home looking up sliver of moon connecting us early morning at Bath Iron Works workers ... more »

VIDEO: Joe Rogan Just Shattered the ‘Racist’ Ideology of Cultural Appropriation

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: rogan]"The idea that you can keep other people from enjoying ... and appreciating the history of other human beings is f***ing racist."

WATCH: Cop Arrested for DUI Gets Let Go Only to Be Busted AGAIN 3 Hours Later

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: cop]A police officer was stopped twice in one night after his fellow officers found that his intoxication level was over the legal limit, and let him go.

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 22

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
1965 Gen Nasser said he supported Iraqi govt against Mustafa Barzani’s Kurdish rebellion 1980 Iraqi forces surrounded and began siege of Abadan, Iran 1981 UN backed Islamic Conference Organization’s attempt to end Iran-Iraq War 2004 Sistani aide Safi in Friday sermon said voting in 2005 elections was a religious duty 2010 Wikileaks released thousands of classified US reports on Iraq View the Iraq History Timeline

Was 'The Andrew Marr Show' biased over Catalonia?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Andrew Marr groupie Alfonso Dastis For your delectation, here's a three-handed Twitter exchange this morning between *The Andrew Marr Show*'s editor Rob Burley and a couple of critics. It followed the interview with Spanish foreign minister (and self-declared *AM Show* fan) Alfonso Dastis: *Euan Anderssonn*: Where was the representative from @delgovuk for balance? Why does BBC & Marr consistently only show one side of argument in Spain? *Rob Burley*: How have we "consistently" only shown the Spanish side? We have only done one interview which was today! Will be bidding for Catalan ... more »

Steven Bannon tells audience of California Republicans that "There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush's."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 15 hours ago
Courtesy of The Guardian: *Steve Bannon has depicted former President George W Bush as bumbling and inept, faulting him for presiding over a “destructive” presidency during his time in the White House. * *The former White House adviser delivered a retort to a speech Bush gave in New York during the week in which the 43rd president denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics and warned that the rise of “nativism”, isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation’s true identity. * *Bannon, speaking to a capacity crowd at a California Republican party convention ... more »

Making the Next Big Shift

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - We’re talking about a total shift in perception and hence experience. The post Making the Next Big Shift appeared first on Waking Times.

Scientists Calling for Geoengineering to Dim the Sun for the Corals

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Heather Callaghan* - Researchers want to release sulphate aerosols in the sky to literally dim the sun. The post Scientists Calling for Geoengineering to Dim the Sun for the Corals appeared first on Waking Times.

Now Amazon wants to break the bank

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 15 hours ago
On Thursday (October 19), the first stage of the Amazon sweepstakes for a second headquarters, dubbed "HQ2," was completed as cities submitted their bids to the Internet giant. With a possible $5 billion investment and eventually 50,000 jobs at salaries over $100,000, this is one of the very best economic development projects to come along in a long time. BUT IS IT?* I have a hard time understanding how this project even makes economic sense. Why does a company need two headquarters? Doesn't that defeat the whole idea of having a headquarters as a centralized coordination site? Dean... more »

Dialogue With The Dumb

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
William Rivers Pitt admits that, inside his head, he carries on a dialogue with Donald Trump. Part of the dialogue goes like this: You are certainly a man of the times, The Man, avatar of all that ails us. You are, among other things, the end product of a decades-debunked economic model that consigns a vast majority of Americans to poverty and stasis while lavishing trillions on the wealthy. This we call "trickle down," and we've waited half a century now for the rain that never comes. Work doesn't make money anymore. Money makes money. Money made by money made you. From what I he... more »

The Fighter that Replaces the F-35 Could Be Armed with Lasers and Hypersonic Missiles

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * Imagine that. *Smart skins with distributed electronics means that instead of having systems mounted on the aircraft, you would have apertures integrated on the skin of the aircraft, analysts have said.* Fighter jets in 20-years may likely contain the next-generation of stealth technoology, electronic warfare, sophisticated computer processing and algorithms, increased autonomy, hypersonic weapons and so-called "smart-skins" where sensors are built into the side of the aircraft itself. Some of these characteristics may have been on display earlier th... more »

Why the U.S. Navy's America-Class Amphibious Assault Ships are One of a Kind

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * Integration of a well deck into a new, high-tech class of amphibs represents key elements of a multi-year conceptual trajectory informing Navy thinking about amphibious warfare strategy in a modern threat environment. The Navy is acquiring early materials, working on systems engineering and starting detailed design work for a new America-Class Amphibious Assault ship which re-introduces “well-deck” surface attack technology to prepare the service for future amphibious warfare. Construction of the ship, LHA 8 (Bougainville), is scheduled to commence in ... more »

The U.S. Navy Had a Crazy Plan to Build 'Super' Battleships (But Super Obsolete)

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * They would have been scrapped--quickly. *Had the U.S. built the Montanas, they likely would have had similar post-war careers to those of the South Dakotas. Because of their speed, the Iowas were more useful at every job except fighting other battleships. Having built the ships in the late 1940s, the USN would have sold them for scrap in the early 1960s.* In the early 1940s, the U.S. Navy still expected to need huge, first rate battleships to fight the best that Japan and Germany had to offer. The North Carolina, South Dakota, and Iowa class battle... more »

Report: NATO Has Little Confidence In Its Ability To Counter Russian Attack

Jacob Bojesson at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Jacob Bojesson* *Security, Europe* Russia is estimated to have the military capacity to overrun NATO forces in the Baltics in as little as 36 hours. NATO has little confidence in its ability to counter a Russian attack against eastern European members, according to a leaked internal document. German newspaper Der Spiegel published excerpts from NATO’s “Progress Report on the Strengthened Deterrence and Defense Capability of the Alliance” in its Saturday edition. The report outlines the alliance’s ability to “react rapidly and – if necessary – sustainably” in the event of a cris... more »

The U.S. Navy Plans to Sink the Enemy by Using 'Railgun' Ammo in Old 5-Inch Guns

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * While the precise speed, range and rate of fire for a HVP fired from Navy 5-inch guns may still be a work in progress, the use of the projectile brings the possibility of a number of unprecedented combat advantages. *Using a HVP for 5-inch guns such as an increased ability to quickly attack long range targets. The speed of the HVP could naturally give Commanders a better opportunity to make real-time, combat-relevant decisions by virtue of being able to hit targets farther away at faster speeds. The projectile could be fired for both offensive and defen... more »

Eurobank loan scam worthy of Snoke, paradigmatic of fraud of the “foreclosure kings” in the USA

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
MASSIVE HACKING!!! CHUNKS OF TEXT NOT APPEARING IN UPDATES NEW VARIATION OF CENSORSHIP BY THE BANKSTERS DESPERATE TO STOP INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR FRAUD GETTING OUT The nature of private bank fraud is underlined by the way Eurobank in Greece has just sold a 1.5 billion portfolio of bad loans or debts to a Swedish hedge […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago

JF Kennedy has bequeathed the Trump team a powerful financial tool to restore prosperity to the USA

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
This blog has argued, and absolutely factually correctly from the economic point of view, that restoring the power to issue debt free money to the US government and people is the vital step that must be taken to restore long term prosperity to the USA and avert economic collapse. It is to be hoped that […]

JF Kennedy assassinated just months after he started the switch over to “sovereign money”. Did the NWO banking families and their private Federal Reserve kill him?

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
The dollar notes that now decorate this blog are the “United States Notes” issued as an interest-free and debt-free currency and backed by silver reserves in the U.S. Treasury after John F Kennedy signed Executive order 11110 in June 1963. While a “Federal Reserve Note” issued from the private central bank of the United States […]

Trump says will release last JFK assassination records

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
From Dallas News Updated 8 a.m. Saturday: Trump announced he will release the remaining documents. WASHINGTON — Generations of professional and amateur sleuths have spent decades steeped in the details of the JFK assassination. In coming days, they’ll be able to pore through thousands more files kept classified for 54 years. On Saturday morning, President […]

PKK/YPG Take Syria's Largest Oil Field in Deir Ez Zor with US Help

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*Yup, that terror crowd sure get's by with a lot of help from it's friends!* *DW* *The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)* *aka PKK*, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, on Sunday* captured one of Syria's largest oil fields in the Deir el-Zour province.* Riding on the heels of victory against the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in Raqqa, the SDF is racing to seize parts of Syria's oil-rich Deir el-Zour province. PKK in Raqqa *On Sunday, the Kurdish-led forces announced they took full control of the al-Omar oil field in eastern Syria after forces loyal to Syrian Preside... more »

Sunday Morning Music

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 16 hours ago
Just because I'm in the mood, how about a few of Flanders & Swann's animal songs? Let's start with the gnu. Then there's the wild boar. The wompom may be animal, vegetable or mineral, but as a fictional whatsit, I think we can include it in this morning's selection. And, of course, their most famous animal song - the hippopotamus. I particularly like the Russian translation in the middle. Ah, that warms the cockles of this formerly African boy's heart . . . Peter

WHO Has Cancelled The Appointment Of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe As A Goodwill Ambassador

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*BBC: **WHO cancels Robert Mugabe goodwill ambassador role* The World Health Organization has revoked the appointment of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following a widespread outcry. "I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns," WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. He had previously praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health. But critics pointed out that Zimbabwe's healthcare system had collapsed under Mr Mugabe's 30-year rule. Staff often go without pay, medicines are in short supply, and Mr Mugabe, who has... more »

Exit Polls: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Has Secured A Massive Win In Parliamentary Elections

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*DW:* *Japan's Shinzo Abe wins resounding election victory* Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has secured a commanding victory in early parliamentary elections held on Sunday. Abe called for the early vote to reinforce his mandate amid a growing security crisis with North Korea. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition was on track to win by a wide margin on Sunday's, according to media exit polls. A survey by Japan’s TBS television showed Abe's Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition was set to win 311 seats, meaning it would hold its two-thirds "super majority" in the ... more »

Is The Spanish Government Pushing People In Catalonia To The Pro-Independece Movement?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*James Glenday, ABC News Online*: *Catalonia: Will the Spanish Government's tactics drive people to the pro-independence movement?* Among the hundreds of thousands of protesters who have been flocking to the streets of Barcelona, there are many who claim to have recently converted to the cause of Catalan independence. "Each step the Spanish Government is doing it turns more people to independence," says Elena Jimenez from Omnium Cultura, one of Catalonia's big pro-independence cultural organisations. "That's why we don't really understand the Spanish Government's tactics. "It's a... more »

Electoral earthquake in Czech Republic puts ‘Trump style’ Andrej Babiš in power

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 16 hours ago
The Czech establishment lost big while newer parties swept to victory. More The post Electoral earthquake in Czech Republic puts ‘Trump style’ Andrej Babiš in power appeared first on The Duran.

The Politics of Grief and the Forever War: Who Speaks for the Fallen?

Kandida Purnell at Duck of Minerva - 16 hours ago
Dead American soldiers became the objects of highly visible contest this week. This is an ongoing contest over the ways and means of grieving America’s fallen and it marks the latest phase and an escalation in tensions between dominant and challenging bodies, over the (in)visibility of suffering and dead American soldiers, that has featured throughout […]

At UN, Creepy Globalist Robot Vows to Help “Create the Future”

Alex Newman at rss - 16 hours ago
[image: at-un-creepy-globalist-robot-vows-to-help-create-the-future] Humanity's future robotic overlords made an initial appearance this month at a United Nations confab. In an apparent bid to market its globalist agenda as scientific and modern, the UN deployed a creepy new robot named “Sophia” to praise the widely ridiculed dictators club while lecturing humanity and promoting planetary totalitarianism. Ignoring the UN's despotic tendencies, its corruption, its ongoing pedophilia scandals, and its largely autocratic membership, the robot claimed that the UN was “one of humanity's ... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 16 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin "Tired Mountain Syndrome" - North Korea's Nuclear Test Site Is Headed For A Deadly Collapse "The Police Just F**ked My Life" - Alabamians Outraged As Civil Asset Forfeitures Soar Meet The Eccentric, Euroskeptic, Czech Billionaire Who Will Become Prime Minister Spain's Prime Minister is sacking Catalonia's president and holding new regional elections, in an unprecedented move A Yale psychologist's simple thought experiment temporarily turned conservatives into liberals Google built a new Trojan Horse to get inside every aspect of your life Trump to release JFK fi... more »

The Curse Of Self-Funders Is Undermining Democracy

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
*Democratic Party self-funders JB Pritzker and Gil Cisneros* Reuters began their report on this weekend's parliamentary election in the Czech Republic: "Czech billionaire Andrej Babiš won a thumping victory in Saturday's election as voters shunned traditional parties and gave a mandate to the anti-establishment businessman pledging to fight political corruption while facing fraud charges himself... Babiš has promised to bring his business expertise to government... Drawing comparisons with U.S. President Donald Trump for his business background and anti-establishment message, Babiš ... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Women in science ask fewer questions than men, according to new research* *The explanation for the finding can only be speculative but let me add a different speculation to the ones below. It seems to me that women are more conforming and less original than men. So they have less to ask questions about* Stereotypes suggest that women love to talk, with some studies even finding that women say three times as much as men. But, new research from a team from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, shows there is an exception to this rule: professional STEM events, which could ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Increased storminess is associated with global COOLING* *Recent big storms hitting the USA have been seized on by Warmists with a gladsome heart. There must now be hundreds of articles in the papers which assert that the recent wind events are PROOF of global warming. We have frequently been told what blockheads we are to continue as skeptics in the face of such proof.So of particular interest is a recent article here by some German climate skeptics which looked to history to see what climate conditions produced most storminess. They found five recent academic journal art... more »

President Trump Says After The Recapture Of Raqqa The 'End Of ISIS Caliphate Is In Sight'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Reuters: **Trump: Raqqa fall 'critical breakthrough', end of Islamic State in sight* WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed the defeat of Islamic State fighters in their self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa as “a critical breakthrough” in a worldwide campaign against the militants. On Friday, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) formally announced Raqqa’s liberation from Islamic State after four months of battles and said the city would be part of a decentralized federal Syria. “Together, our forces have liberated the entire city from I... more »

Following in Vladimir Putin's steps the NRA has released a new ad condemning those criticizing Donald Trump.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
“We are witnesses to the most ruthless attack on a president & the people who voted for American history." -@DLoesch #NRA — NRATV (@NRATV) October 20, 2017 Courtesy of Salon: *NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch has returned from her self-imposed exodus to star in another outrageously political advertisement on behalf of the president. * *"We are witnesses to the most ruthless attack on a president, and the people who voted for him, and the free system that allowed it to happen in American history," Loesch begins in the advertisement. "From the highes... more »

Russia Triples Gold Reserves in Preparation for Full-Scale Economic War with the United States

Activist Post at Activist Post - 17 hours ago
By Jay Syrmopoulos The Central Bank of Russia has more than doubled the pace of its gold purchases, and tripled its gold reserves—from around 600... more »

British Musician Takes On Vaccine Issues With A Musical Video

Activist Post at Activist Post - 17 hours ago
By Catherine J. Frompovich Almost everyone is discussing the sexual harassment and violations perpetrated upon females by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Professional colleagues are embarrassed... more »

Is Facebook a threat to democracy?

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 17 hours ago
Regular readers of this blog / forum (all two or three of you) will know I am no great fan of Facecrap and in fact do not subscribe to it and so my concerns are based upon second hand reports and observations, however this article shows others more knowledgeable have similar concerns. Taylor Owen an assistant professor of Digital Media at UBC writes “The Facebook model has also incentivized the spread of low-quality clickbait over high-quality information, enabled a race to the bottom for monetized consumer surveillance.........” “A key feature of the platform is that each user se... more »

These 30 pictures of the universe will truly blow your mind

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 18 hours ago
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FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 18 hours ago
FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic

Arthritis could get worse as humans continue to evolve, according to Oxford University study

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 18 hours ago
Arthritis could get worse as humans continue to evolve, according to Oxford University study

The First Human-Pig Hybrid Has Been Successfully Created.

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 18 hours ago
The First Human-Pig Hybrid Has Been Successfully Created.

Johns Hopkins Researcher Releases Shocking Report On Flu Vaccines

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 18 hours ago
Johns Hopkins Researcher Releases Shocking Report On Flu Vaccines

Some things you wanted to know about robot sex* (but were afraid to ask)

Ethical Technology - 18 hours ago
BOOK LAUNCH - BUY NOW! I am pleased to announce that Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (MIT Press, 2017), edited by myself and Neil McArthur, is now available for purchase. You can buy the hardcopy/ebook via Amazon in the US. You can buy the ebook in the UK as well, but the hardcopy might take another few weeks to arrive. I’ve never sold anything before via this blog. That all changes today. Now that I actually have something to sell, I’m going to turn into the most annoying, desperate, cringeworthy and slightly pathetic salesman you could possibly imagine…

Energy Bills Rising As They Fall (Or Something Like That!)

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood For the past year, Theresa May has been very vocal about rising energy bills, which she blames on the wicked energy companies. She could not have been more explicit in an comment piece she wrote for the Sun in May: Like millions of working families, I am […]

Energy 101, Disinformation and fake stories by the watermelon movement

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 19 hours ago
Fake stories and disinformation can be rampant in the energy sector because of the climate alarmism drama and renewables cronyism agenda. A recent example is one published in BWorld last Thursday, The Philippines’ Ill-Advised P1 Trillion New Coal Gamble, October 20, 2017 By Sara Jane Ahmed. The lady seems to be ignorant of many data before writing their anti-coal drama. Some things she wrote: 1. *“High electricity prices are driven by imported fuel and subsidies; electricity surcharges…”* àWrong. Check Meralco website for customer charges, more »

Statement By The Catalan President About Spanish Threats To Liquidate the Catalan Government; Catalan Government Predates The Magna Carta

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 19 hours ago
“The Generalitat is not an institution that was born with the current Spanish Constitution. Long before the approval of the … Continue reading →

Typhoon Lan Targets Never-Ending Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Site Area With High Waves, Wind, Rains

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 19 hours ago
Typhoon Lan and Japan Nuclear Power Stations. “Powerful typhoon drenches Japan, soaks voters as they trudge to polls Posted:Sun, 22 … Continue reading →

Back to the Future With (or Without) Autism

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Cathy Jameson Several weeks ago, I made an appointment for October 21st. So that I wouldn’t forget that appointment, I opened the calendar app on my phone to enter the information. I could see that I had another event...

CNN is just not playing the game anymore.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
Best banner. — Jason K. Morrell (@CNNJason) October 20, 2017 There was a time when a news outlet would give the White House the benefit of the doubt on truth telling. After all most politicians play a little fast and loose with the facts at times. But now with Trump in office there is simply no reason to continue the facade that they will EVER engage in truthful responses to questions or that they care in any way about being honest with the American people.

Highly decorated general to replace Zahreddine as leader of Republican Guard in Deir Ezzor

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – One of Syria’s most highly decorated military officers in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), General Ghassan Iskander Tarraf, has been named the new commander of the Republican Guard in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. General Tarraf will replace the late Major General Issam Zahreddine as commander of the Republican Guard in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Russian forces raise their flag above major Kurdish base in north Aleppo

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:05 P.M.) – Russian forces have raised the Russian Federation standard above a major base held by Kurdish militias in northern Aleppo province amid a recent visit to the region via helicopter. Two days ago, video footage emerged from opposition media sources showing Russian forces raising the Russian flag above the Kurdish-held Menagh […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army recaptures large town of Khasham in Deir Ezzor

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their field operations along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, Sunday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIS) positions at the town of Khasham. Led by the 4th Mechanized Division and 5th Legion, the Syrian Arab Army attacked the Islamic State’s positions at Khasham in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Netanyahu very upset with Iraqi forces capturing Kirkuk, takes action to reclaim oil

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:35 A.M.) – Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is very upset with Baghdad’s decision to drive back pro-Barzani forces from important cities and energy sites in Iraq. One week ago, Iraqi pro-government forces launched a powerful offensive along the entire Kurdish frontier in northwestern Iraq, liberating a number of cities and towns and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: US-backed forces allege they captured largest oil field in Deir Ezzor

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – Minutes ago, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that their fighters seized the largest oil field in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. This claim by the Syrian Democratic Forces comes just a week after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reached the Al-‘Umar Oil Field. While it is still difficult to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

More than 160 Russian servicemen took part in rescue of Russian kids in Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
Russian servicemen have saved Russian women and children from hot spots and prisons in Syria. More than 160 Russian generals and officers took part in the operation to save Russian women and children, who were then taken by military aircraft from Syria’s Hmeymim to Russia’s Grozny on Saturday, Russian parliament’s upper house member Ziyad Sabsabi […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Drone shows devastated Raqqa after SDF’s capture from IS

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
Footage captured on Friday shows the embattled northern city of Raqqa and the devastation after the city was captured from the Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants. Earlier that day, General Command of Syrian Democratic Forces spokesperson Talal Silo declared the total capture of the city of Raqqa. Raqqa has been IS’ stronghold since 2014. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: 2 Syrian Army tanks blown apart by Israeli-backed jihadists in West Ghouta

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – Israeli-backed jihadists of Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham’s (Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate) chapter in West Ghouta have engaged and destroyed two Syrian Arab Army tanks with anti-tank missile fire. The countryside of West Ghouta has been the site of major battles over this last week with pro-government forces attempting to overrun an Al-Qaeda’s […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Satellite pictures: ISIS militants set fire to major oil field in Deir Ezzor

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:55 A.M.) – Opposition sources have released satellite photos of a major oil field in Deir Ezzor Governorate that has been torched by ISIS militants prior to their retreating from the area. The site in question has been geo-located and subsequently identified as the Jafra Oil Field, which is located directly east of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraqi forces kill scores of ISIS terrorists near Syrian border – video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:25 A.M.) – The Iraqi forces carried out powerful attacks on two Islamic State (ISIS) camps near the Syrian border this week. The attacks would prove successful for the Iraqi forces, as they managed to kill scores of Islamic State terrorists present at these camps. Video footage of the attack below: Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Whatever you think about various Conservative ministers, none are as ridiculous as Diane Abbott

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago Some of Diane Abbott's greatest moments, from a very long list.

Not Like Religion – the Christian Clergy

Fr. Lawrence FARLEY at - 19 hours ago
Christianity is not a religion, but the sacramental presence of the incarnate God on the earth.

U.S. Air Force May Recall 1,000 Retired Pilots To Address 'Acute Shortages'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*USA Today*:* Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address serious shortage* WASHINGTON — President Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to active duty to address a shortage in combat fliers, the White House and Pentagon announced. By law, only 25 retired officers can be brought back to serve in any one branch. Trump's order removes those caps by expanding a state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush after 9/11, signaling what could be a significant escalation in the 16-ye... more »

Sunday Sermonette

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
*Will Hillary go to Jail?* If she doesn't land in custody over having classified e-mail on her hacked server at home, I don't think that selling 20% of the US stockpile of uranium to the Russians will do it either. The corrupt, elite, smug, nasty, lying mainstream media is behind her all the way and they're trying to change the conversation to a telephone call from President Trump to the widow of a Green Beret. It's what we've come to as a nation and it's why I am looking forward to hanging up my spurs and living at the White Wolf Mine. I'll sit on the porch with a .45/70 lever act... more »

Golden binary strengthened relativity, aether crackpots don't care

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
Because it is the first combined electromagnetic-gravitational observation of an astrophysical event, the recent announcement of the LIGO-Virgo and electromagnetic discovery of the "golden binary" or "kilonova" has many consequences. One of them is about the process that may have created most of gold and platinum in the Universe, not to mention numerous less famous elements. Another implication is the "standard siren". An article in Nature used the kilonova to measure the Hubble's constant in a new way. Instead of using "supernovae" as the "standard candles" whose distance may be de... more »

"The Case Against Hope" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
"The Case Against Hope" by Buddha of Hollywood "I was trying to define “worry” and “hope” and it occurred to me that they are brother and sister emotions. Both “worry” and “hope” are unfounded expectations; one that things will get worse and the other that things will get better – some how. And both “worry” and “hope” have the same hypnotic power to paralyze action. I remember growing up under the communist rule. Life was really hard; things were pretty bad and getting worse every day. It can’t get worse than this – people were saying – it is bound to get better. But things never g... more »

"Stop Stress From Killing You" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
"Stop Stress From Killing You" by Elizabeth Walling "What is stress? Physiologically, stress could be considered any event that triggers a marked response by the adrenal glands. In basic terms, this response is the release of cortisol. It's the body's natural reaction to any stressor. For occasional stressors, cortisol can provide a burst of benefits like increased energy, heightened reflexes and a higher threshold for pain. However, when stress is chronic, as it often is in modern society, cortisol levels can remain unnaturally high and lead to damaging effects, which include: *•*... more »

When It Comes To Selling Weapons It Is All About Marketing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Orin Julie modeling a handgun designed for women. (Courtesy of Say Talent) *Times of Israel*: *A female Israeli combat soldier proudly models for weapons companies* *At home, some see Orin Julie as a symbol of female empowerment; US fans think she and the guns are 'sexy'; on Instagram, she's been called a 'baby killer'.* JTA — When it comes to women posing with firearms, the United States is fully loaded. Lithe models can be found showing off weapons at gun shows, in rifle magazines and on dedicated social media pages. Orin Julie may look like just another “gun bunny,” as such mod... more »

Israeli Woman Soldier Uses Martial Arts Skills To Fight Off An Ultra-Orthodox Mob

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Female Israeli soldier uses martial arts to fight off crowd of ultra-Orthodox demonstrators as they call her a 'wh***'* * Female soldier fights off a crowd of Jewish ultra-Orthodox anti-draft protesters * Comes after two yeshiva students arrested after military service disagreement * Footage shows Nomi Golan fending off the baying crowd with karate kicks * The clip has sparked a major discussion in Israel in mainstream media channels A fearless female soldier put her martial arts training to good use when she fought off dozens of Jewish ultra-Orthodox anti-draft pro... more »

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
*-by Noah* To some, the kneeling football player thing is tired. Some see it as a distraction or even a diversion from "bigger issues." I don't see it that way so I'm posting about it again. To me, the story gets to the core of what Señor Trumpanzee is, a sadistic, racist psychopath who seeks out every opportunity to inflict pain upon others. Case in point: His obsession with undoing anything his predecessor did; anything, even if it benefited the health of American citizens, our reputation with our allies, the lives of our allies, or even our own national security. Even his tax p... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 22 hours ago
*Kennedy and Johnson decided to take over Indonesia, which is rich in oil and minerals, and which is in a strategically important position.* In the mid 1960s, the U.S. government organised the military coup in Indonesia and the slaughter of one million people which followed. The CIA controlled the top Indonesian generals, such as Suharto. The CIA controlled and used the top Muslim organisations, such as the NU (Nahdlatul Ulama). It was NOT the case that the US stood by as Indonesia killed a Half a Million People. It IS the case that the CIA organised the massacres and around one ... more »

Video Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: From the DOD .... Just like human warriors, military working dogs need care on and off the battlefield. The Military Working Dog Hospital at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is the Defense Department’s premier facility for veterinary care.

Words Of Wisdom From William Defoe

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
William Defoe (Wikipedia) *The Guardian:* *Willem Dafoe: ‘I’ve thought about murder many times’* The actor, 62, on actors’ fear, being happy in nature, the false freedom of technology and being mistaken for Mick Jagger *Nobody ever talks about how most actors are full of fear,* because the target is always moving. If you’re smart you keep on playing the same, doing the same shtick. If you really put yourself out there… It’s always risky. *Some people think I’m quite odd looking.* Some think I’m handsome. Some people think I’m ugly. What can I say? *I was born in 1955,* in Appleto... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
PICTURES OF THE WEEK (13-20 October) #AFP — AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) October 21, 2017 Some 3,043 people were killed or injured by IEDs between the beginning of April and the end of June of this year. — Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) October 21, 2017 The hazards facing BBC crews in war zones: @OrlaGuerin and cameraman @DuncanCStone come under fire in #Kirkuk — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 21, 2017 Don't worry, the squadron Safety Officer is at the controls... more »

VIDEO: Syrian troops cruise through the streets of newly liberated Al-Qaryatayn

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – Following the rapid liberation of Al-Qaryatayn in central Homs province yesterday by pro-government forces, amateur footage taken by Syrian troops has begun to emerge show-casing their presence in the oasis town. Al-Qaryatayn was seized by ISIS on October 1 after Islamic State sleeper cells operating from nearby villages combined ranks […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Syrian gov’t forces capture top rebel leader in east Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Special Mission Unit of the Interior Ministry captured a high ranking rebel commander in the eastern suburbs of Damascus this week, following an imperative operation conducted in honor of the late Major General Issam Zahreddine. Backed by the Arab Nationalist Guard, the Syrian Special Mission Unit carried out […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army counter-offensive on the verge of pushing ISIS into Euphrates

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 A.M.) – Following a series of determined assaults by Islamic State militants aimed at chasing pro-government forces on Deir Ezzor’s Saqr Island into the Euphrates River, the Syrian Arab Army has now turned the tables on the jihadist attackers. Yesterday, the Syrian Arab Army seized back the operational initiative on the battle […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Kurds call on international community to stop Iraqi incursion in Kurdish areas

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 A.M.) – Hundreds gathered for the second day in front of the US Consulate in Erbil, Saturday, to protest the international community’s silence over the Iraqi troops inserting Kurdish areas in Iraq. Kurds protested for their right to independence and against the Iraqi incursion in their areas. Kurdish protesters are claiming that […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

This New Weapon Will Destroy Russia's New Tanks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Basic ETC Gun Concept *Charlie Gao, National Interest: **NATO Is Building a 'Silver Bullet' to Destroy Russia's New Tanks * The technology sounds like a lethal Rube Goldberg machine: an electrical circuit generates high voltage pulses, that ignites a plasma cartridge that then triggers explosives to propel projectiles at extreme velocity. But this technology, referred to as an Electro-Thermal Chemical (ETC) gun, might be NATO’s silver bullet when it comes to penetrating the next generation of advanced Russian tanks. ETC guns could also be employed in a naval role to allow more... more »

“How to Learn to Love Disaster” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“How to Learn to Love Disaster”* By Bill Bonner “I was in Paris when the end of the world came on December 21, 2012, at least according to the Mayan calendar. My company there, Les Belles Lettres, has been publishing the Greek and Latin classics there since 1919. We’ve translated about 900 of the 1,200 texts that still exist. It seemed a shame that the world would end before we completed our work. So, I went into the office, where, amid a thick blue fog, I found Caroline – the CEO – energetically working her way through a carton of Marlboros. She was determined to go out doing th... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) joins Republic of Korea Navy ships for an exercise with the aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Stethem is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy Graham/Navy) *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *Frontline Photos: Oct. 20, 2017* (Military Times).

Is The Iranian Government Cracking Down On The The Power And Influence Of The Iranian Revolutionary Guards?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New York Times*:* Iran Saps Strength of Revolutionary Guards With Arrests and Cutbacks* TEHRAN — From its nine-story headquarters in an upscale neighborhood of Tehran, a giant construction company directs its operations across Iran, building mosques, airports, oil and gas installations, hospitals, and skyscrapers. Armed guards stand watch at the doors, and small posters on its exterior walls honor Iranians who have died in the current wars in Syria and Iraq. But this is not just any company. Khatam-al Anbiya, whose name means “seal of the prophet,” is the most important economic ... more »

Schumer And Gun Sanity-- He's Not On Our Side

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
If you've been following this blog long, you probably know that I went to James Madison High School in Brooklyn, famous for all the entertainment industry people who studied there-- Carole King, Cousin Brucie, Chris Rock, Aaron Spelling, Judge Judy, Andrew Dice Clay-- but it was also a high school that produced plenty of political figures, from Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Bernie Sanders from before I was there, to senators Norm Coleman and Chuck Schumer while I was there. Schumer was an asshole even back then; no one liked him. He's the same kind of dick he is now. As we mentioned Fri... more »

Catalonia's Leaders Reject Spain's Plan To Impose Direct Rule On The Region

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail:* *'The worst attack since Franco': Catalan leader slams Spain's PM after he sacks regional government to crush 'rebellion' as 450,000 take to streets to demand independence amid fears of new civil war* * Catalan protesters took to streets of Barcelona today as Mariano Rajoy announced plans to impose direct rule * Spanish Prime Minister wants to sack autonomous region's government and call election within six months * Also wants central government ministers to assume powers of Catalan officials to thwart independence bid * Catalan president Carles Puigdemont branded the ... more »


Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 1 day ago
A quick glance at a pie chart summarizing the world’s religions is a useful reality check for those eager to proselytize whatever it is they wish to convert the rest of humanity to. 84% of humanity believes in a supreme … Continue reading →

The Cost Of The Super Secret B-21 Program Will Still Remain A Secret

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A rendering of the B-21 Raider, the Air Force's newest bomber, built by Northrop Grumman. (U.S. Air Force) *Defense One:* *B-21 cost info to stay secret despite new Air Force leadership* AASHINGTON — Don’t hold your breath waiting for the contract value of the B-21 Raider to be revealed. While the U.S. Air Force’s top general reviews the bomber program every few months to see whether new details can be released, it will be “some time” before the service divulges more cost information, the Air Force undersecretary said Oct. 12. Out of the Air Force’s top three acquisition prioritie... more »

5 Reasons No Nation Wants to Go to War with Israel

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, Middle East* 5 weapons, that is. *The technology that binds all of these other systems together is the Israeli soldier. Since 1948 (and even before) Israel has committed the best of its human capital to the armed forces. The creation of fantastic soldiers, sailors, and airmen doesn’t happen by accident, and doesn’t result simply from the enthusiasm and competence of the recruits. The IDF has developed systems of recruitment, training, and retention that allow it to field some of the most competent, capable soldiers in the world. None of the technologi... more »

Naval Showdown: What Happens When a Battleship Fights an Aircraft Carrier?

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * In 1940 we found out. If you are the captain of an aircraft carrier, these are the words you do not want to hear: “Enemy battleship in sight!” Yet on June 8, 1940, the British aircraft carrier HMS *Glorious* discovered why carriers should need to stay far away from enemy surface fleets. The *Glorious* encountered not one, but *two* German battleships off the Norwegian coast. What ensued was a disaster that cost the lives of more than 1,500 sailors. Not that the *Glorious* was ever a lucky ship. Built in late 1916 as a battlecruiser, it did manage to...more »

The Plight of the Iraqi Kurds Poses a Difficult U.S. Foreign Policy Challenge

John Glaser, Christopher A. Preble at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*John Glaser, Christopher A. Preble* *Security, Middle East* [image: Cigarettes market are seen in the town of Zakho, Iraq October 11, 2017. Picture taken October 11, 2017. REUTERS/Ari Jalal] Despite good intentions, the United States should not pursue high-minded objectives that are peripheral to national security. Following the Iraqi army’s move into the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq this week, some have argued forcefully that the United States should intervene to protect the Kurds and even aid in their aspirations for an independent state. A *Wall Street Journal... more »

A Blueprint for Minimizing Iran's Influence in the Middle East

John Allen, Michael O'Hanlon at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*John Allen, Michael O'Hanlon* *Security, Middle East* [image: A military truck carrying a Raad missile drives past a picture of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) during a parade marking the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi] America needs a better strategy for containing and checking Iran, and that strategy is needed now. President Donald Trump would be making a serious mistake were he to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—the 2015 nuclear deal between various world powers and Iran—i... more »

It Could Kill Millions: The U.S. Navy Is Building the Most Lethal Nuclear Submarine Ever

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * Why all of America's enemies should take pause. In September 2017, the ship builder Electric Boat was awarded $5 billion to proceed with the design phase of the next-generation of U.S. nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines, also known as SSBNs or “boomers.” A dozen Columbia-class submarines will start replacing the fourteen enormous but stealthy Ohio-class boats that constitute the scariest weapon system in the United States’ arsenal. Ballistic-missile subs are basically a vengeful kind of life-insurance policy for the nation—one that hopef... more »

The U.S. Army's next Body Armor May Get Stronger the Harder It's Hit

Task and Purpose, Jared Keller at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Task and Purpose, Jared Keller* *Security, North America* A major step was just taken towards developing durable materials to keep American troops safe during a firefight. The Army has been racing to equip soldiers with lighter, more durable body armor and helmets for years, a requirement that Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley reiterated during the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference in Washington on Oct. 11. And defense contractors like Gentex, the corporation behind the Army’s Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH), flooded AUSA’s tech expo to showcase the latest updates in s... more »

How the U.S. Navy's F/A-18 Will Go to War Against Russia's Su-57 or China's J-20

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * Some upgrades are coming. Boeing has awarded Lockheed Martin two new contracts to upgrade its IRST21 sensor system for use on the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fleet. Boeing is developing the upgraded Block III Super Hornet for the sea service. The new upgraded long-wave infrared search and track system will afford the Navy the capability to detect and track new adversary stealth aircraft such as the Chinese Chengdu J-20 or the Russian Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA at extended ranges. It also affords the carrier air wing a type of sensor that cannot be ... more »

Hillary Clinton to receive the "Wonder Woman" award.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
Hillary Clinton to Receive 2017 WMC Wonder Woman Award Next Week in NYC — Women's Media Center (@womensmediacntr) October 20, 2017 Courtesy of the Washington Examiner: *Hillary Clinton didn't win the presidency, but she's in line for something almost as interesting -- the crown of "Wonder Woman." * *The Women's Media Center, co-founded by feminist Gloria Steinem, told us that it is giving the latest Democratic presidential candidate its first "Wonder Woman Award" for her "extraordinary accomplishments" and public service. * *"Like Wonder Woman, she seems... more »

Alaskans Want More Drilling. Trump And Congress Are Working To Make It Happen.

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on PA Pundits - International: By Katie Tubb and Samantha Block ~ The Trump administration is attempting to do what past administrations have either failed to do or blocked: open up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas drilling. The House recently passed a budget proposal that opens the…

Trying to perpetuate alarmist climate “science”

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: The Obama era “Climate Science Special Report” demands a “red team” analysis Guest essay by David Wojick, PhD Several months ago a brief furor erupted when the New York Times leaked the final draft of the upcoming Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), an extremely alarmist rendition of what…

Russian President Putin Fears A 'Srebrenica-like' Massacre In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
РИА Новости | Перейти в фотобанк *Newsweek:* *Vladimir Putin Says He Fears 'Srebrenica-like' Massacre in Ukraine* Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended the decision to keep his country’s porous border with war stricken regions of Ukraine open, saying the move was aimed at avoiding a Srebrenica-like massacre. The conflict in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions began after weeks of mass protests against pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in the capital Kiev. Russia continues to deny that the insurgents, who have held Ukraine’s army at bay near the Russian border for t... more »

Taking Back The House Is #1 Priority But Winning Open Blue Seats For Progressive Reformers Is Also Crucial

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
People aren't thinking much about the Albuquerque congressional district, NM-01. It's a safely blue district and the incumbent, dull backbencher Michelle Lujan Grisham is stepping down to run for governor, leaving 8 or so candidates vying for the nomination to take on some Republican destined for defeat (either Michael Hendricks or Janice Arnold-Jones). The candidates I've dug up so far are lobbyist Annie Chavez, retired law professor Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, attorney Damian Lara, former U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez, former state Democratic Party Chairwoman Deb Haaland, physicist... more »

Egyptian Royal and Iranian Imperial round golden boxes at Royal Jewelry Museum [Flickr]

Kodak Agfa at Egyptian Chronicles - 1 day ago
Kodak Agfa posted a photo: [image: Egyptian Royal and Iranian Imperial round golden boxes at Royal Jewelry Museum] Egyptian Royal and Iranian Imperial round golden boxes that were once owned by former Princess as well former Queen of Iran Fawzia Fouad , the first wife of Shah Iran

Topaz Golden Brooche at Royal Jewelry Museum [Flickr]

Kodak Agfa at Egyptian Chronicles - 1 day ago
Kodak Agfa posted a photo: [image: Topaz Golden Brooche at Royal Jewelry Museum] A Topaz golden brooche at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum in Alexandria

Empress Fawzia of Iran's personal care set at Royal Jewelry Museum [Flickr]

Kodak Agfa at Egyptian Chronicles - 1 day ago
Kodak Agfa posted a photo: [image: Empress Fawzia of Iran's personal care set at Royal Jewelry Museum] Princess Fawzia's personal care and make up set encrusted with diamonds including a Gold khol bottle when she was married to the Shah of Iran. The set is at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum in Alexandria

Why The Lack Of Coverage From The U.S. Media On The Liberation Of Raqqa From The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Joe Concha, The Hill:* *We are finally beating ISIS, but media won't give Trump credit* ISIS — and particularly its expanding caliphate — used to be a major news story in this country. Defeating the terror army that largely stretched across Syria and Iraq was a major campaign topic in 2016. So one would think, after the ISIS de facto capital of Raqqa was liberated from the terror group by U.S-backed Syrian and Kurdish forces on Tuesday, that the story would dominate news coverage. But it didn't. Not even close. *Read more *.... *WNU Editor*: I have mentioned it before .... b... more »

Musical Interlude: The Rolling Stones, “If I Was A Dancer” (Dance PT. 2) (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
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Musical Interlude: 2002, "Realms of Splendor" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
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While Donald Trump goes golfing for the 74th time since his inauguration, 5 former president's show up to raise money for hurricane relief.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
Courtesy of CNN: *Members of an exclusive club are making a rare joint appearance Saturday. * *All five living former US presidents will take part in a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for hurricane relief efforts, while President Donald Trump will appear in a taped video message to the concertgoers, the White House announced Saturday. * *Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter will attend Saturday night's event, named "Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal," at Reed Arena at Texas A&M University in College Stat... more »

Musical Interlude: The Rolling Stones, “If I Was A Dancer” (Dance PT. 2) (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
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"A Look to the Heavens" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Is this what will become of our Sun? Quite possibly. The bubble of expanding gas pictured below is the planetary nebula PK 164 +31.1, the remnants of the atmosphere of a Sun-like star expelled as its supply of fusion-able core hydrogen became depleted. Visible near the center of the nebula is what remains of the core itself- a blue-hot white dwarf star. This particularly photogenic planetary nebula shows intricate shells of gas likely expelled at different times toward the end the star's demise, and whose structure is not fully understood. *Click image for larger size.* This deep i... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Ninth Duino Elegy" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Ninth Duino Elegy"* "Praise the world to the angel: leave the unsayable aside. Your exalted feelings do not move him. In the universe, where he feels feelings, you are a beginner. Therefore show him what is ordinary, what has been shaped from generation to generation, shaped by hand and eye. Tell him of things. He will stand still in astonishment, the way you stood by the ropemaker in Rome or beside the potter on the Nile. Show him how happy a thing can be, how innocent and ours, how even a lament takes pure form, serves as a thing, dies as a thing, while the violin, blessing it, fades... more »

Chet Raymo, “Time, Person, Year, Way...” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Time, Person, Year, Way...”* by Chet Raymo “According to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, the 25 most used nouns in the English language are: time, person, year, way, day, thing, man, world, life, hand, part, child, eye, woman, place, work, week, case, point, government, company, number, group, problem, fact. All very prosaic. Very workaday. Time leads the way, with year, day and week bucking up the calendar. Hand takes precedence over eye. Man, child, woman in her place. Case in point: government and company. Problem precedes fact. Work is always with us, of course; play i... more »

The Daily "Near You?" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Talca, Maule, Chile. Thanks for stopping by!

"Against All Odds..." (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Maybe we accept the dream has become a nightmare. We tell ourselves that reality is better. We convince ourselves it's better that we never dream at all. But, the strongest of us, the most determined of us, holds on to the dream or we find ourselves faced with a fresh dream we never considered. We wake to find ourselves, against all odds... feeling hopeful. And, if we're lucky, we realize in the face of everything, in the face of life- the true dream is being able to dream at all." - "Dr. Meredith Grey", "Grey's Anatomy"

How North Korea Could Start A War Between China The The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*National Interest:* *How North Korea Could Start the Unthinkable: War Between America and China* *War on the Korean Peninsula is almost too horrible to contemplate.* Nuclear-armed adversaries, fighting in densely populated urban terrain, could cause humanitarian disaster on a scale that the world has never seen. But the scenario might grow even worse. The last time that the United States fought North Korea, the People’s Republic of China intervened with destructive effect. The war lasted for three years, with heavy casualties on both sides. While both China and the United States h... more »

“Some Things You Need To Know” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Some Things You Need To Know”* by Marc “I know you’re reading this. And I want you to know I’m writing this for you. Others will be confused. They will think I’m writing this for them. But I’m not. This one’s for you. I want you to know that life is not easy. Every day is an unpredictable challenge. Some days it can be difficult to simply get out of bed in the morning. To face reality and put on that smile. But I want you to know, your smile has kept me going on more days than I can count. Never forget that, even through the toughest times, you are incredible. You really are. So... more »

"This I Believe..." (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"This I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual." - John Steinbeck

X22 Report, “This Massive Everything Bubble Is About To Pop And It's Going To Be A Disaster” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
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"How It Really Is" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

Manhattan Town Hall event with Paul Gallagher

Alicia at LaRouchePAC Feed - 1 day ago
Video of UIPI_JlPRB4 EIR's Paul Gallagher is the featured guest on this week's Manhattan Town Hall meeting.

"Fukushima Update, 10/21/2017: 15,505.8 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”* - Shiva *Updated October 21, 2017: Fukushima Equals 15,505.8 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow; There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad: *The 3 melted-through cores of the destroyed reactors, now melted together into a single "corium" totaling over *600 tons*, at Fukushima *daily* release the radioactive equivalent of 6.45 Hiroshima bombs directly into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. As of October 21, 2017 - 2,404 days since the disaster began - this equals the detonation of 15,505.8 Hiroshima atomic bombs and it is ... more »

A diamond watch at Egypt's ٌRoyal Jewelry Museum [Flickr]

Kodak Agfa at Egyptian Chronicles - 1 day ago
Kodak Agfa posted a photo: [image: A diamond watch at Egypt's ٌRoyal Jewelry Museum] A diamond watch that was once owned by former Princess Fawzia Fouad at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum in Alexandria

Two golden bracelets at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum [Flickr]

Kodak Agfa at Egyptian Chronicles - 1 day ago
Kodak Agfa posted a photo: [image: Two golden bracelets at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum] Two golden bracelets owned by former Queen Farida of Egypt at the Royal Jewelry Museum of Alexandria

Royal golden box "Bonbonerie" [Flickr]

Kodak Agfa at Egyptian Chronicles - 1 day ago
Kodak Agfa posted a photo: [image: Royal golden box "Bonbonerie"] A golden round box with the Egyptian Royal Emblem at the Royal Jewelry Museum

Washington Forbids Serbia from De-Mining Syria

Daniel McAdams at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 1 day ago
[image: undefined] This may be one of the cruelest and most cynical moves of Washington in its entire dark "regime change Syria" chapter. Serbian media sources are reporting, based on quotes from US Embassy Belgrade personnel, that the United States has sought and been given assurances by the Serbian government and military that Serbian de-mining experts will not be deploying to Syria to assist in removing the ubiquitous horrific mines and other explosive devices left behind by a retreating ISIS. As the rout of ISIS forces continues in Syria, the civilian population begins returni... more »