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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.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

19 February - Blogs I'm Following

Anti-Religion


11:30 pm MST


The Growing Threat Of Global 'Fish Wars'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 minutes ago
14 March 2016: Illegal fishing vessel the MV Viking is blown up in the waters of Tanjung Batumandi, Pangandaran, West JavaAdeng Bustomi/Antara Foto/Reuters *The Independent:* *Global ‘fish wars’ could break out as climate change and rising nationalism fuel competition for world’s oceans* Conflicts like the infamous Cod Wars between the UK and Iceland could erupt across the globe unless countries co-operate to manage stocks effectively, expert warns The twin threats of climate change and growing nationalism could lead to an outbreak of conflicts over fish stocks – like the infamous... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 28 minutes ago
*Fuji Flight* An Air Force F-22 Raptor takes off at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 13, 2017, as Mount Fuji looms behind. F-22 Raptors stopped at the base before traveling to an Australian base. The pilot and aircraft are assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron and deployed from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe

The Global Arms Trade Is Booming

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Between 2012-2016, arms imports in terms of volume by countries in Asia and Oceania accounted for 43 percent of global imports, a 7.7 rise compared to the previous 2007-2011 period (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinsky ) *The Guardian:* *Global arms trade reaches highest point since cold war era* Middle East almost doubles weapons imports, as US and Europe remain the main suppliers and China joins top-tier exporters The global transfer of major weapons systems rose over the past five years to the highest volume since the end of the cold war as the Middle East nearly doubled its imports, accor... more »

Why Is The U.S. Air Force Deploying A WC-135 Nuclear Sniffer Plane To The U.K.?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Image credit: U.S. Air Force *The Aviationist*: *U.S. Air Force deploys WC-135 nuclear sniffer aircraft to UK as spike of radioactive Iodine levels is detected in Europe* The USAF WC-135C Constant Phoenix might be investigating a spike in radioactive levels in Norway. Someone speculates the release of this radionuclide could be the effect of a Russian nuclear test. On Feb. 17, 2017, U.S. Air Force WC-135C Constant Phoenix Nuclear explosion “sniffer,” serial number 62-3582, using radio callsign “Cobra 55” deployed to RAF Mildenhall, UK. As we have already reported the WC-135 is a d... more »

Peter Roskam Draws An Opponent-- Meet Geoff Petzel (IL-06)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*IL-06- Peter Roskam (Trumpist) vs Geoff Petzel (progressive)* Illinois' very gerrymandered 6th congressional district-- Peter Roskam's base-- was designed by the Democratic state legislature to be a safe Republican seat in order to suck Republican voters out of neighboring districts, turning IL-10, IL-08 and IL-11 safer for Democrats. It stretches from north of Lake Zurich down to Palatine, avoiiding Carpenetrsville and Elgin to hit Carol Steam, West Chicago, Wheaton, the east side of Naperville and over to Westmont and Darien. It's an 80% white district that went for Romney 53.3% ... more »

‘Violin Island’ in Costa Rica?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
An image purportedly showing a 'Violin Island' off Costa Rica is actually a digitally created optical illusion.

Ashton Kutcher Testifies as Thousands of Sex Trafficking Busts Occur

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Nathaniel Mauka* - Finally the magnitude of this problem is being exposed. The post Ashton Kutcher Testifies as Thousands of Sex Trafficking Busts Occur appeared first on Waking Times.

Did Ben Carson Say That Illegal Immigrants Caught Voting Should Lose Their U.S. Citizenship?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
Dr. Ben Carson wrote in a 2014 article that anyone caught voting illegally should be stripped of their citizenship and deported.

Magic Johnson’s Celebrity Crew Arrive at the NBA Playoffs?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
A photograph showing a star-studded group arriving at the NBA playoffs is a composite of several photographs.

Ayn Rand on Rational Religious People

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 2 hours ago
Ayn Rand believed that it is possible for religious people to be rational and inclined towards Objectivism. She was against forbidding religion. She held that it is better to leave people the right to be wrong in their own way. In Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Rand is asked the question: “If religion is instrumental in spreading altruism, can we fight altruism in America without fighting religion?” Here's her answer: *“In America, religion is relatively non-mystical. Religious teachers here are predominantly good, healthy materialists. They follow common sense. They would not ... more »

Here Are The Top 10 Leaks From The Trump Administration

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Very un-American! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 *Stef W. Kight , Axios:* *The 10 biggest leaks of the Trump presidency* As President Trump pointed out, his biggest problem has quickly become a leaking administration. A grain of salt: Obama had major leaking problems too. Like in 2012, shortly after his re-election, when officials leaked to the New York Times that the then-President had authorized secret cyber attacks on Iran. Or Edward Snowden in 2013... more »

Medical Cannabis – A Vastly Underutilized Therapeutic Option?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Dr. Mercola* - The complete case for medical cannabis. The post Medical Cannabis – A Vastly Underutilized Therapeutic Option? appeared first on Waking Times.

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Dream Come True”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
2002, “Dream Come True” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_Kn3VUBFtI

President Trump Says He'll Decide On Who His National Security Adviser Will Be In The Next Few Days

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Trump's national security candidates promised autonomy* President Donald Trump's next pick for national security adviser will have autonomy over staffing and key decisions, the White House said on Sunday as it scrambles to fill the post following the turbulent departure of Michael Flynn. Trump fired Flynn, a retired U.S. Army general, on Monday after it was revealed that he discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador in Washington ahead of Trump's inauguration and later misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations. His first choice ... more »

Jay Sekulow: Obama Should Be “Held Accountable” For The “Soft Coup” Against Trump

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 4 hours ago
Jay Sekulow: Obama Should Be “Held Accountable” For The “Soft Coup” Against Trump by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com In light of the recent flurry of leaks by the so-called “deep state”, which includes such agencies as the NSA and FBI and which last week lead to the resignation of Mike Flynn after a phone recording of […]

India Kicks Out Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 4 hours ago
Published on Feb 9, 2017 Welcome to New World Next Week – the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: – Story #1: 92% Of Berlin Left-Wing Activists Live With Their Parents http://bit.ly/2kUOzMb “92 Per Cent Of The Radically […]

Did President Lyndon B. Johnson Applaud the Smothers Brothers for Mocking Him?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
An image shows a kind letter supposedly sent to the Smothers Brothers by LBJ about their repeated mocking of him.

President Obama’s Daughter Malia Confirmed Pregnant?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Reports that President Obama's teenaged daughter Malia is pregnant stem from fake news.

Republican Congressmembers Are Meeting Their Angry Constituents-- Or Hiding From Them

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Friday, the editorial board of the *NY Times* asserted that "What America has seen so far is an inept White House led by a celebrity apprentice", pointing out that Señor Trumpanzee "did not inherit 'a mess' from Barack Obama, as he likes to say, but a nation recovered from recession and with strong alliances abroad. Mr. Trump is well on his way to creating a mess of his own, weakening national security and even risking the delivery of basic government services. Most of the top thousand jobs in the administration remain vacant. Career public servants are clashing with inexperienced ... more »

Suicide Car Bomb Blast Kills 39 In The Somali Capital Of Mogadishu

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*BBC*: *Somalia Mogadishu car bomb: At least 34 people killed* At least 34 people have been killed and about 50 injured in a car bomb blast in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The car blew up in the city's southern Madina district, officials say. The blast - which ripped through shops and food stalls - is the first major attack in the capital since the election of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed earlier this month. No group has claimed responsibility, although al-Shabab militants are likely to be the prime suspects. On Saturday a senior al-Shabab commander vowed to target the p... more »

Did Starbucks Place Trump’s Photo on the Floor So Every Customer Has to Step on It?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
An image showing a President Trump welcome mat on the floor of a Starbucks was doctored.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Cosmic clouds seem to form fantastic shapes in the central regions of emission nebula IC 1805. Of course, the clouds are sculpted by stellar winds and radiation from massive hot stars in the nebula's newborn star cluster, Melotte 15. About 1.5 million years young, the cluster stars are near the center of this colorful skyscape, along with dark dust clouds in silhouette. *Click image for larger size.* Dominated by emission from atomic hydrogen, the telescopic view spans about 30 light-years. But wider field images reveal that IC 1805's simpler, overall outline suggests its popular na... more »

Thomas Berry, "The Meadow Across the Creek"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"The Meadow Across the Creek"* by Thomas Berry "I was a young person then, some twelve years old. My family was moving from a more settled part of a Southern town out to the edge of town where the new house was still being built. The house, not yet finished, was situated on a slight incline. Down below was a small creek and there across the creek was a meadow. It was an early afternoon in May when I first looked down over the scene and saw the meadow. The field was covered with lilies rising above the thick grass. A magic moment, this experience gave to my life something, I know n... more »

Paulo Coelho, “I’d Rather Be In Hell”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“I’d Rather Be In Hell”* by Paulo Coelho "As soon as he died, Juan found himself in a gorgeous place, surrounded by all the comfort and beauty he had dreamed of. A fellow dressed in white approached him and said, “You have the right to have whatever you want; any food, pleasure or amusement.” Charmed, Juan did everything he dreamed of doing during his life. After many years of pleasures, he sought the fellow in white and asked, “I have already experienced everything I wanted. Now I need to work in order to feel useful.” “I am sorry,” said the fellow in white, “but that is the only... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Thanks for stopping by!

"Years Later, And Far Away..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Each smallest act of kindness, reverberates across great distances and spans of time- affecting lives unknown to the one who's generous spirit, was the source of this good echo. Because kindness is passed on and grows each time it's passed until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage, years later, and far away. Likewise, each small meanness, each expression of hatred, each act of evil." - Dean Koontz

Were John McCain and Maxine Waters Fooled by Russian Pranksters?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
Russian hackers claimed that they pulled a phone prank on Senator John McCain and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Stray dog waits beside injured friend hit by car until she is taken to the vet

White Wolf at White Wolf - 6 hours ago
While a puppy lied injured on an eastern Turkish highway after being hit by a car, her loyal canine companion came to her side and did not leave until someone took her to a veterinary. As it happens quite often on Turkish roads, a puppy in trouble in the middle of a highway in the eastern province of Van was struck by a vehicle early in the morning. Another dog then came to the injured puppy’s side, putting her paws on her head as other cars drove past. Luckily for the injured pup, Zümeyran Şimşekin, a member of Van’s Human Rights Association, who witnessed the accident, picked her... more »

Does a Video Show Acesha Bright Committing Murder?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
A woman named Acesha Bright was arrested for murder in February 2017, but a video purportedly showing someone by that name killing her boyfriend was staged.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis: 'Has No Issues With The Press'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Trump's defense chief says has no problems with media* U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday distanced himself from President Donald Trump's assessment of the media as "the enemy of the American people," saying during his first trip to the Middle East that he had no problems with the press. Mattis, a retired Marine general seen as one of the most influential voices in Trump's cabinet, did not mention his boss by name. But asked about Trump's Tweet on Friday that branded the media as America's enemy, Mattis took a different position entirely. "I've had some rathe... more »

Inequality and Poverty America Style–In Richness and in Health by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Guest Writer Dandelion Salad London December 7, 2012 Irrespective of ones circumstances or stage of life, illness is never welcome, in America if you’re poor it can prove to be a total catastrophe, ending often in personal bankruptcy. “According to a report published in The American Journal of Medicine, medical bills are […]

Perpetual Conflict By Israeli Design by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Guest Writer Dandelion Salad London November 27, 2012 And so for a moment or two the slaughter of Palestinian civilians and the destruction in Gaza City has ceased; the oppression, intimidation and terror throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories though continues unabated. The ‘Pillar of Cloud’ has done its destructive work and blown […]

Indian Farmers Trapped and Desperate by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Guest Writer Dandelion Salad London January 24, 2013 India has the largest number of smallholder farmers in the World, 600 million by some estimates. From this army of workers one impoverished desperate man, or indeed woman, with a noose of debt around their neck takes his or her own life on average […]

India: Growing Inequality and Destructive Development by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Guest Writer Dandelion Salad London February 15, 2013 Upon a foundation of deep spirituality and philosophical treasures, proclaiming unity, justice and service, New India, horns honking in violation of the good; is racing, no time to spare towards the Alter of Materiality and Market Fundamentalism. Under the careful guidance of the World […]

Displacement, Intimidation and Abuse–Land Loyalties in Ethiopia by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Guest Writer Dandelion Salad London February 27, 2013 With the coming of industrial-size farms in Ethiopia, local people, villagers and pastoralists (deemed irrelevant to the Government’s, economically-driven development plans) are being threatened, and intimidated by the military; forcibly displaced and herded into camps, their homes destroyed. Along with vast agricultural complexes, dams […]

The Green Green Gold of Ethiopia by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London March 7, 2013 Indian multi-nationals in clover Ancestral land that for generations has served as home and livelihood for hundreds of thousands of indigenous people in Ethiopia is being leased out, on 99-year renewable contracts at nominal sums to foreign corporations. The land giveaway or agrarian reforms as […]

Rape and Torture as a Weapon of Control by Graham Peebles

Warning This article may contain language depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be read by a mature audience. by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London March 7, 2013 The Pain of the Ogaden Somali People Hiding from the truth “Every night, they took all of us girls to [interrogations]. They would […]

Corporate India–Violence in the Name of Development by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London April 4, 2013 Consistent with the unjust, decaying economic model of our deficit times, the commodification of everything and everyone proceeds apace in India. The commercialisation of the land is shattering the lives of millions of India’s poorest, hungriest most malnourished people, who are being murdered and raped, […]

State Terrorism–Arbitrary Killings, Rape, Torture, and Destruction of Property by Graham Peebles

Warning This article may contain language depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be read by a mature audience. by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London June 6, 2013 The Ethiopian military and paramilitary forces, operating in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, are, it is alleged, carrying out extra judicial killings and […]

The Struggle For Justice In Manipur by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London May 3, 2013 The primary colours of any civil democracy are we would agree, social justice, freedom of expression, freedom to protest and participation. India, with a population of 1.3 billion people is regularly hailed as the largest democracy in the world. At first glance the governments pretentions […]

Under Darkness in the Somali Region of Ethiopia by Graham Peebles

Warning This article may contain language depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be read by a mature audience. by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London April 18, 2013 State criminality No matter how tightly truth is tied down, confined and suffocated, she slowly escapes. Seeping out through cracks and openings large […]

Seeds of Change in Ethiopia by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London June 13, 2013 Thousands march in the capital The people of Ethiopia have been suppressed and controlled for generations. Under the current EPRDF government, freedom of expression has been curtailed and an atmosphere of fear and intimidation fostered. Peaceful assembly has not been allowed, contrary to the constitution, […]

Commercial Colonisation of Africa–The New Wild West by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London June 27, 2013 Dancing to the tune of their corporate benefactors, governments of the ruling G8 countries are enacting complex agriculture agreements delivering large tracts of prime cut African soil into the portfolios of their multinational bedmates. Desperate for foreign investment, countries throughout Africa are at the mercy […]

Walking From the Ogaden–Seeking Peace in Dadaab by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London July 11, 2013 Many people living outside Africa, most perhaps, have never heard of the Ogaden (or Somali) region of Ethiopia, they know nothing of the murders, rapes and destruction that the ethnic Somali’s allege are taking place there. We all have our problems and what can I […]

Worldwide Social Activism Demanding Change by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London July 19, 2013 Change is afoot. Confronted with state corruption and corporate greed, abuse of human rights, environmental chaos and extreme levels of economic and social injustice, the people, overwhelmingly the young are taking to the streets demanding change, and a new political/economic system, that is inclusive and […]

The End of Freedom of the Press by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London July 25, 2013 As millions take to the streets demanding political participation, social justice and freedom, opponents to change – governments and reactionary forces worldwide – centralise power, tighten control of civil society and the media and trample on democratic ideals. The dangerous accumulation of powers, “legislative, executive, […]

Ethiopia: Lives for Land in Gambella by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London August 1, 2013 To many people land is much more than a resource or corporate commodity to be bought developed and sold for a profit. Identity, cultural history and livelihood are all connected to ‘place’. The erosion of traditional values and morality (which include the observation of human […]

Arctic Ice Fake News

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 6 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Experts tell us that Arctic sea ice is getting thinner. The reality is much different. http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/icethickness/thk.uk.php Back in 2008, much of the Arctic basin had ice less than a meter thick, notably in the Beaufort, Chukchi and East Siberian Seas. Now the same regions mostly have ice […]

Abuse of Migrant Workers in MENA Countries by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London October 5, 2013 Given the choice few people would leave their families and friends and migrate from their homeland. The tens of thousands that pay unscrupulous ‘agents’ and criminal gangs to transport them hundreds or thousands of miles (often across borders), are compelled to do so to find […]

Commercialisation and Conflict in New India by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London October 17, 2013 Developing divisions Participation is a cornerstone of the democratic ideal. It sits alongside those other marginalized tenets: social justice, freedom and equality. Forgotten principles in a world of corporate politics driven by the quest for endless economic growth and maximum market share. Hailed as the […]

It Is State Terrorism That Stalks This Land by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London September 19, 2013 They speak of democracy, but act violently to suppress dissenting voices and control the people through the inculcation of fear: they ignore human rights and trample on the people, they are a tyrannical wolf in democratic sheep’s clothing, causing suffering and misery to thousands of […]

Land Grab: Violent Evictions Killing and Rape by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London August 12, 2013 In many parts of the world development has become an invisible cloak under which all manner of “state sponsored” atrocities and human rights violations are being committed. Married to growth, development has been (largely) reduced to economic advancement – meaning maximizing Gross National Product (GNP) […]

Killed Beaten Raped: Migrant Workers are Slaves by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London December 6, 2013 With few opportunities at home, millions of poor, desperate men and women from South East Asia and the horn of Africa migrate annually to Saudi Arabia. Vulnerable at home and vulnerable abroad where many are enslaved and badly abused, some killed. Slavery is woven into […]

The Reality for Many is One of Modern Day Slavery, Imprisonment and Violence by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London Repost from October 5, 2013 December 19, 2013 Given the choice few people would leave their families and friends and migrate from their homeland. The tens of thousands that pay unscrupulous ‘agents’ and criminal gangs to transport them hundreds or thousands of miles (often across borders), are compelled […]

Division and Injustice: Worldwide Inequality by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad Rajasthan, India January 13, 2014 Where and to whom one is born is, it seems, arbitrary, chance, fate or karma being the divine decision maker. Wake from innocence to middle class parents in one of the developed wealthy nations of the world, and be blessed with comfort, opportunity, good […]

The Oppressed 99.9% Have Had Enough by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad Rajasthan, India February 16, 2014 You can see it glistening in colours red, white and blue, smell its choking fumes through the fogs of ambition and greed and mac-taste its convenient food; fast and furious, no time to waste, to pause, to question and wonder. Market fundamentalism pervades all […]

Persecution, Threats, Kidnapping and Torture by the Military and Police by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London, England March 3, 2014 Hidden and isolated from the world the armed conflict raging in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia goes unnoticed. The killing and raping of innocent civilians at the hands of the military and their paramilitary partners in crime the Liyu police, the false arrests, torture […]

Gender and Caste Discrimination–Apartheid in ‘New’ India by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London, England March 14, 2014 A suffocating patriarchal shadow hangs over the lives of women throughout India. From all sections, castes and classes of society, women are victim of its repressive, controlling effects. Those subjected to the heaviest burden of discrimination are from the Dalit or Scheduled Castes, known […]

Filthy Mayhem in India–Cars, Lorries and Weddings by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London, England April 13, 2014 Along with the choking fumes and piles of putrid waste, sound systems and a constant bombardment of honking horns from cars, lorries and screaming buses assault residents and the unprepared in towns and cities throughout India. Loudspeakers are used to spread political propaganda; celebrate […]

Ecuador Goes To The Polls To Elect A President

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*BBC*: *Ecuador election: Voting to succeed President Correa under way* Ecuadorians are voting in the first round of elections to choose a new president. Left-wing incumbent Rafael Correa is standing down after leading the country for a decade. His former vice-president Lenin Moreno is expected to lead Sunday's vote, but is facing a strong challenge from conservative Guillermo Lasso, who has vowed to cut spending and taxes. Candidates need to win 40% of the vote to avoid a second round run-off. *Read more* .... *More News On Today's Election In Ecuador* Leftist vies with ex-ban... more »

The Conflict Between Armenia And Azerbaijan Over Nagorno-Karabakh Continues To Simmer

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Alexander Clapp, National Interest*: *Prisoner of the Caucasus* *Nagorno-Karabakh: a clash of civilizations?* TUCKED IN the borderland between Europe and Asia sits a nation-state recognized by seven American states, New South Wales, the Basque parliament, Abkhazia, Ossetia and Transnistria, but by no country—its chief financier and defender, Armenia, included. Six hours’ drive southeast of Yerevan, you reach it through a series of dry ochre canyons that give way to rolling green steppe. At the immense skyline of the Lesser Caucasus, you cross a pass... more »

John Pilger: War by Other Means (1992)

Dandelion Salad Originally posted Aug. 7, 2011 John Pilger on Nov 19, 2013 John Pilger and David Munro examine the policy of First World banks agreeing to loans with Third World countries, who are then unable to meet the crippling interest charges. Won Geneva International TV Award at the North-South Media Encounters event, Geneva, 1993; […]

Standing With Israel On Golan Heights- Enhancing Regional Stability?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
*Published in Wall Street Journal Or Foundation for the Defense of DemocracyAlso The Tower* *We can read this entirely at FDD or The Tower- And what a read it is!**Recall my mention the other day that when Trump and Netanyahu met, Bibi asked Trump to okay the theft of Syria's territory? I presented my alternative and vastly more sensible idea:* *The Obvious Safe Zone for Displaced Syrians is Israeli Claimed Golan* *Netanyahu asks Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights* WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked US President Donald Trump on W... more »

"Texas" interviewed by Morris - Says Army Morale in Novorossiya is High...They're prepared for Kiev Junta attack "At any Time"

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 7 hours ago
*Morris interviews "Texas" (American fighting* *for the Donbass Army in Novorossiya)* Nice to see this interview of "Texas" done today by videojournalist "Morris" who operates out of Cambodia. He is skype interviewing American ex pat "Texas", (real name is Russell Bentley) a well known spokesperson from the Donetsk People's Republic Army. Texas was the soldier who brought westerners up close and personal to the suffering of Novorossiyan civilians during the 2014/2015 war in Ukraine. Through his journalistic efforts, we were introduced to citizens like Anna Tuv, the young mother o... more »

Quote of the Day: On saving the world

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*"Anyone serious about saving the world today must first discard the dominant philosophy of the culture. Stand on your own as much as if you moved to a separate valley, like in *Atlas Shrugged*. Check your premises; define your convictions rationally. Do not take anything on faith; do not believe that your elders know what they're doing; because they don't."* ~ Ayn Rand, from the Q&A at the Ford Hall Forum during the 1970s, appearing in the recent book Ayn Rand Answers [Hat tip Anoop Verma] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribu... more »

Fake news v fake news [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Sometimes it's had to know whether to laugh or cry. At Donald Trump's latest rally he took aim at what he (often correctly) calls fake news, before going on to talk about approval polls showing “different facts” to those in the actual polls; a “Swedish incident” he had made up – provoking much mirth on Twitter – and using a quote from Thomas Jefferson *about this very thing*, fake news, that Trump appeared to pinch from the *Washington Post* (who he has regularly lambasted as “fake media”) and singularly failed to understand. It’s true that when president, under scurrilous att... more »

"5 of Humanity’s Best Ideas of What Dreams Actually Are"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"5 of Humanity’s Best Ideas of What Dreams Actually Are"* By Drake Baer "The earliest recorded dream is from the Sumerian king Dumuzi of Uruk, who ruled just before Gilgamesh, sometime around 2500 BC. “An eagle seizes a lamb from the sheepfold,” a translation reads. “A falcon catches a sparrow on the reed fence… The cup lies on its side; Dumuzi lives no more. The sheepfold is given to the winds.” The king was freaked out about his dream, and occasioned the first recorded dream interpretation, care of his sister, who was evidently a professional at these things. Sister’s advice: Som... more »

The Origin, Purpose, and Destiny of the Earth Game

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Jeff Street* - We are souls playing within an illusory world. The post The Origin, Purpose, and Destiny of the Earth Game appeared first on Waking Times.

"If Trump were more rational and more competent, he might have a chance of destroying our democracy" (George Packer)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
-- from the *Resources for Life* blog *by Ken* The question of President Trump's mental fitness for the office dates back at least to some of his wilder ravings during the campaign, and less than a month into his tenure is being discussed more widely. As noted, the above graphic, for example, is filched from a January 28 post of that title by Gregory Johnson on the *Resources for Life* blog. Now, in a "Comment" piece in the February 27 *New Yorker*, "Holding Trump Accountable," George Packer offers a stark portrait of our moment in time, proceeding from the proposition that, a mo... more »

C-130 Getting A Massive Technological Overhaul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Scout Warrior*: *Air Force Massive Upgrade of the War-C-130* The Air Force is progressing with a massive technological overhaul of its warzone-tested C-130 aircraft, giving the platform new radios, digital avionics, collision avoidance technology and reinforced "wing-boxes." *C-130 Modernization* The Air Force is progressing with a massive technological overhaul of its warzone-tested C-130 aircraft, giving the platform new radios, digital avionics, collision avoidance technology and reinforced "wing-boxes," service officials said. The Air Force remains vigilant about its C-130 f... more »

Decaying Buildings and the Rise of Digital Education

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
by Wrench in the Gears “DeVos doesn’t think we should be funding school buildings as much as students.” The line caught my eye as I scrolled through social media this weekend. How could it not? I’ve been working hard over the past year to try and convince other education activists that the true endgame of the reform movement is to make school buildings obsolete. So I listened to the video of DeVos speaking to attendees of the Magnet Schools of America National Policy Training Conference in Washington, and there it was at timestamp 11:40: “I don’t think we should be as focused neces... more »

There Are Lies, Damned Lies and Donald Trump's

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 9 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari Goldstein) *I*t's been a little more than four weeks, now. We've seen and heard enough. So let's get real, folks: George W. Bush was a great President and a masterful statesman... compared to the bloated Oompa Loompa who's now lumbering through the White House. Indeed, the more we see of this oaf, the more one's memory casts its lonely mind's eye to that famous meme of George Bush waving over the caption, "Miss me, yet?" In this reverse political version of The Evolution of Man chart, it's becoming more and more obvious... more »

Reporting With Changing Parts

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
I suppose we all fall into habits and repeat ourselves. (I certainly do - as regular readers of this blog will be well aware). But the BBC's Laura Bicker has taken the art of 'repeating oneself' to a new high in recent days. I must have heard about seven or eight different reports from her and her coverage of the Trump rally in particular has, on the whole, been far less sarky than what you'd expect from the rest of her BBC colleagues, but Laura has found a particular formulation to fit into her many pieces over the last few days, and she's stuck with it (with slight variations),... more »

Bill Gates: Bio-Terrorism Could Kill Tens Of Millions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Bill Gates warns tens of millions could be killed by bio-terrorism* Microsoft founder and philanthropist tells Munich security conference genetic engineering could be terrorist weapon A chilling warning that tens of millions of people could be killed by bio-terrorism was delivered at the Munich security conference by the world’s richest man, Bill Gates Gates, who has spent much of the last 20 years funding a global health campaign, said: “We ignore the link between health security and international security at our peril.” Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft who h... more »

Corporate Media Goes Full Frankenweenie

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 9 hours ago
The elite media sewing circle of neoliberalism, having spent years assembling the Trump monster, now faces the daunting task of trying to rip their creation apart at the seams. Much to their chagrin, however, the creature is poking them right back in their tender little eyeballs with their own sharp needles. Donald Trump has had the absolute gall to call* them* a monstrous Enemy of the People in one of those endless Tweets that always seem to convulse them in such painful stitches. The actual people, whose trust in the mainstream media was already at a record low before the electi... more »

Senate and Oil Industry Launch Effort to Revoke Endangered Species Act

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
Senate wants to significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act in the name of business profits A Senate hearing to “modernize the Endangered Species Act” unfolded Wednesday just as supporters of the law had feared, with round after round of criticism from Republican lawmakers who said the federal effort to keep species from going extinct encroaches on states’ rights, is unfair to landowners and stymies efforts by mining companies to extract resources and create jobs. The two-hour meeting of the Environment and Public Works Committee was led by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who sai... more »

What Is Presidents Day?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
What are we celebrating on the holiday known as 'Presidents Day'? Is it really a holiday at all?

U.S. House Votes to Lift Ban on ‘Predator Control’ Hunting Practices in Alaska

David Emery at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
H.J. Res. 69 nullifies federal protections for hibernating bears, denning wolves, and other predators on national preserves in Alaska.

All Facebook Posts to Be Made Public?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
Facebook is not making all your posts public or claiming copyright to them, so posting an ineffective legal notice on your Facebook page is pointless.

"Choose Your Side..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"We Americans have a saying: "It's more important what you stand for than who you stand with." I do not rely upon peer opinion to decide what is right and what is wrong. I make those decisions for myself, and even if I discover that every other human alive chose differently, that doesn't mean I was wrong. There comes a time in every man's life when he has to choose sides. I have chosen my side. I am comfortable with my decision. I do not think everyone on my side is a saint, but I know that those on the other side are much, much worse. Sometimes a man with too broad a perspective ... more »

Musical Interlude: Elton John, “Your Starter For”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Elton John, “Your Starter For” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdKwjXrhFJg

"Making Your Best Guess"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Making Your Best Guess"* by Arthur Silber “We are not gods, and we are not omniscient. We cannot foretell the future with certainty. Most often, cultural and political changes are terribly complex. It can be notoriously difficult to predict exactly where a trend will take us, and we can be mistaken. We do the best we can: if we wish to address certain issues seriously, we study history, and we read everything that might shed light on our concerns. We consult what the best thinkers of our time and of earlier times have said and written. We challenge everyone's assumptions, includi... more »

"It Is Our Fate..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"Well, it is our fate to live in a time of crisis. To live in a time when all forms and values are being challenged. In other and more easy times, it was not, perhaps, necessary for the individual to confront himself with a clear question: What is it that you really believe? What is it that you really cherish? What is it for which you might, actually, in a showdown, be willing to die? I say, with all the reticence which such large, pathetic words evoke, that one cannot exist today as a person– one cannot exist in full consciousness– without having to have a showdown with one’s self,... more »

Private Eyes

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
This morning's *Broadcasting House *made for a pleasant listen, as ever. This week's Slow Listen feature (minus any sighing) featured a minute's worth of the sound of a steam train in motion (along the magical Settle-to-Carlisle railway). I'd have happily scrapped *The Archers *for a full hour of it. The paper review featured Britain's only Conservative-supporting comedian - his phrase! He was quite funny, and certainly much funnier than Vince Cable. The big interview of the day was with Ian Hislop of *Private Eye*, in the wake of the apparent eruption of satire (mainly *Saturday ... more »

The Big Painting Challenge

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
I've never seen a single episode of *Great British Bake Off* or *MasterChef, *but I have been watching *The Big Painting Challenge *on BBC One. It's the sort of programme that a few years back would have been automatically presented by Rolf Harris. No ifs, no buts. BBC One and Art *was* Rolf and *only* Rolf for several years. Not even Sister Wendy could get a look-in on BBC One. It was Rolf, Rolf, and yet more Rolf. (Though a certain Mr. Yentob used to get a late evening slot every so often too). For some reason, Rolf - now known as 'Harris' - is no longer on the BBC, so it's the... more »

MASTER LIST OF LINKS TO DENIS RANCOURT'S STUFF

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 10 hours ago
HERE IS A LIST OF LINKS TO MY BLOGS AND PAGES (AND SEE CATEGORIES BELOW) http://activistteacher.blogspot.ca/ https://fightagainstracismbook.wordpress.com/ http://dissidentvoice.org/author/denisrancourt/ http://www.veteranstoday.com/author/rancourt/ https://www.researchgate.net/profile/D_Rancourt https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=1ChsRsQAAAAJ http://uofowatch.blogspot.ca/ http://

A lot of people spotted something peculiar during the BBC’s latest Andrew Marr show [VIDEO]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 10 hours ago
People noticed something peculiar about the latest installment of the The Andrew Marr Show, the BBC politics show fronted by Andrew Marr each Sunday. There was something strange about the guests. The guests Viewers were quick to spot that a show which claims to be an impartial representation of UK politics, didn’t have a single even moderately […] The post A lot of people spotted... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

The week in satire Vol. #32

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 10 hours ago
And what a week it was! A week in which Paul Nuttall broke the world record for the most true things said in one political blog! A week in which Carly Simon admitted that the song You’re so Vain wasn’t only written about Paul Nuttall; it was also written by Paul Nuttall. And a week […] The post The week in satire Vol. #32 appeared first on The Canary.

Donald Trump really didn’t want us to share these pictures. Well, tough shit Mr President [IMAGES]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 10 hours ago
The fragile ego of the incumbent President of the United States is well-documented. So we’re pretty sure he is enjoying the ‘Tiny Trump‘ phenomenon about as much as a bout of gastric flu. But for the rest of us, it’s a much-needed belly laugh in a dark time. The game is simple. Photoshop a tiny […] The post Donald Trump really didn’t want us to share these pictures. Well, tough shit Mr President [IMAGES] appeared first on The Canary.

The Royal Navy Took Nuclear Weapons To The Falklands War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
The Nuclear Information Service report estimates that there were ten warheads aboard Invincible *Daily Mail:* *How the Royal Navy accidentally took nuclear weapons to the Falklands War on Prince Andrew's warship* * WE.177A nuclear depth charges were on aircraft carrier HMS Invincible * Prince flew sorties from the Invicible as a Sea King helicopter co-pilot * The presence of the weapons was not officially confirmed until 2005 The Royal Navy mistakenly took nuclear weapons to the Falklands War, storing them aboard the ship on which Prince Andrew served. The WE.177A nuclear depth cha... more »

Arctic Fake News

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 11 hours ago
By Paul Homewood As we all know, the Arctic has been experiencing a heatwave this winter, with resultant massive ice melt. This is what the new ice free Arctic looks like now: http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/ According to NSIDC, ice extent has already surpassed last year’s at this date, and is only […]

Can’t Happen Here? 75 Years Ago, a President’s Executive Order Put US Citizens in Prison Camps

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: Japanese]Today is the 75th anniversary of the signing of the executive order which allowed the internment of Japanese Americans — have we not learned anything?

Police Chief Confirms Fmr UK Prime Minister Raped Dozens of Children and Govt ‘Covered it Up’

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: heath]The police chief in charge of investigating the former prime minister reportedly said the allegations against Sir Edward Heath are 120 percent true.

Israel and American Foreign Poilcy

Hani Fakhouri at Middle East Today - 11 hours ago
During the past week, the media began to speculate the outcome of the meeting between President Trump and Mr. Netanyahu regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The discussion focused on the issue of one or two states solution. In my opinion, the President provided some suggestions, but Netanyahu smiled and will continue his aggressive annexations of Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank. Such policy has been in violation of U.N. Resolutions and International Law. Prior to the creation of the Israeli State the first Israeli prime minister, Mr. Ben Gorion in a public sp... more »

Melania in the Spotlight...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*good job!* *Deals of the Day at Amazon* *More:* * Left Coast Resistance: **How To Spot A Snowflake (Excellent!)* *Virtual Mirage: **Shall we Tolerate Islam? *

Another joke

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
Everyone's a comedian: For an alternative (non-sarcastic) take about Trump's comment about Sweden please try here. And for the BBC's counterblast to such pieces try this new BBC website piece . The first, the *Spectator* piece, says that, though bizarrely wrong about what happened in Sweden 'last night' {i.e. *didn't* happen}, Trump was generally right about Sweden. The other, the BBC piece, pretty much devotes itself to trashing Trump's claims in their entirety.

TRUMP / BANNON SHIP OF STATE BEACHED

Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 12 hours ago
*Cartoon Courtesy of David Horsey/ LA Times / Click on cartoon to enlarge* *The maiden voyage of the Trump / Bannon ship of state is still beached and already there are major leaks while the inner circle ineptitude is on full display. Flynn has been jettisoned, Conway has rightfully lost all credibility, Stephen Miller is a bad rightwing joke, Rasputin Bannon is still penning executive orders from below decks while Trump lives in an alternative reality world battling the press and so-called Judges and oblivious to the fact that his ship of State is still aground: Allen L Roland... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
“And I’ll leave you with one set of numbers that I found today, which is just an absolute for this whole thing. In 2015, Wall Street *bonuses*- not regular compensation- *bonuses*, seven years after they were bailed out with the public purse, totaled $29.4 billion dollars. Total compensation paid to every single person in this country who makes minimum wage totaled $14 billion…” - Mark Blyth

"Paris Burning: A City Bleeding"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"Paris Burning: A City Bleeding"* by VertigoPolitix "Muslims, Black Lives Matter (France), and the ANTIFA stooges have been waging a continuous battle on the streets of Paris for several years now. This past week, the riots have escalated, and many areas, particularly the 18th Arrondissement, have become no-go zones for citizens, police, and medical professionals. The excuse this time was the false allegation that a Muslim Youth had been gang raped by Police. This social breakdown is the product of rampant migration by African and Middle Eastern male youth who have come as an arm... more »

More Signs That Venezuela Is Becoming Isolated In Latin America

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Argentina's President Mauricio Macri addresses the media during a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Martin Acosta *Reuters*: *'Venezuela is not a democracy' Argentina's Macri tells Spanish media* Argentina's President Mauricio Macri used some of his harshest language yet against Venezuela's socialist government in comments to Spanish media published on Saturday ahead of his trip to Madrid. "Enough with euphemisms, Venezuela is not a democracy," the center-right Macri said, according to leading newspaper El Pais. "I know what the Venezuelan peo... more »

Looking Back-- Moving Forward... A Guest Post From TX-21 Progressive Democratic House Candidate Tom Wakely

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
I was a 2016 Democratic Party candidate for Congress. I ran against thirty-year Republican incumbent, Lamar Smith who is the climate change-denying chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Even though I am an independent voter (by that I mean I have voted for Greens, Republicans, Libertarians and Democrats) Bernie Sanders drew me into filing to run as a Democrat. I figured if he could do it, so could I. Big mistake-- more on that later. When I spoke to Howie a few weeks ago to thank him and Blue America for their support of our campaign against Lamar, I told... more »

Priorities

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
The lead story in today's *Sunday Times *was an Andrew Gilligan report on the (apparent) latest flaring of the 'Trojan Horse plot' affair. The latest turn in the story, though it contains some rather confusing caveats, is that there are fears of an Islamist takeover at a school in Oldham following some (allegedly) intolerant, Islamising behaviour from a Muslim parent governor (whose sister is in prison for an antisemitic plot), and that the head teacher at the school is worried for her personal safety after "a long campaign" of death threats, other threats and verbal abuse. It's ... more »

Climate Destruction, Pipeline Struggles, And Squandered Opportunities: Interview With Filmmaker Josh Fox

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 12 hours ago
Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director of “Gasland” and “How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change.” He was also part of the Democratic Platform Committee proceedings and a surrogate for the presidential campaign of The post Climate Destruction, Pipeline Struggles, And Squandered Opportunities: Interview With Filmmaker Josh Fox appeared first on Shadowproof.

Mosul Campaign Day 124, Feb 18, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
*UPDATE*: Prime Minister Abadi at around 7:30 am on February 19 announced that the assault on west Mosul has begun. The Iraqi press reported three attacks on east Mosul. A drone strike and rocketson two neighborhoods killed a total of 7 people and wounded 19. A suicide bomber was also killed. The media has been covering these incidents less and less in recent days. That could because of the government, which has looked down on negative reporting on the war and tried to limit it. The Islamic State launched another major assault upon the Hashd lines in the Tal Afar district. The H... more »

Bumblebee Recalls Tuna with Human Remains?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
Claims that cans of Bumble Bee tuna are being recalled due to the discovery of human remains in the product are fake news.

Is 69% of All Olive Oil Fake?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
Did a study show that 69% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the U.S. are 'probably fake'?

Elevated Level of Radioactive Iodine Detected Atmospherically in Europe

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
ZeroHedge is reporting that atmospheric levels of radioactive iodine increased in Europe, leading to detections in a number of countries: Concerns Grow About A Nuclear "Incident" In Europe After Spike In Radioactive Iodine Levels http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-19/concerns-grow-about-nuclear-incident-europe-after-spike-radioactive-iodine-levels?page=1 ZeroHedge relies on data posted by the French Institute of Radiological Protection, Institut de Radioptection Et De Sūreté Nucléaire (IRSN). Here is an excerpt from IRSN's press release: Detection of radioactive iodine at trace... more »

Brexit: Mandelson urges Lords not to 'throw in towel' per BBC News but no mention of the EU pension obviously

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39020252 about Peter Mandleson's urging of the House of Lords to, in effect, ignore the EU Referendum result omits the surely pertinent fact that the former EU Commissioner is, or will be, in receipt of a large EU pension. This pension can be withheld if he went against the interests of the EU, forgetting the interests of the United Kingdom.

luxor: east bank sites: museums and souq

laura k at wmtc - 12 hours ago
Our last day in Luxor was busy and fun. If you ever travel to Egypt without a tour group, I highly recommend securing the services of a driver. We have saved ourselves untold time, aggravation, and probably heat stroke, and we were able to pay generously while getting a great deal for ourselves. Would you believe Allan wanted to get an earlier start than me? I can tell you without exaggeration that in 30 years of our domestic partnership, this was a first. We went over to the east bank, and started at the Mummification Museum. It was small but excellent, explaining how the ancient E... more »

The Carlisle Floods Of 1822

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/cflagfloodreport_12monthson.pdf I mentioned the report into Carlisle’s flooding last winter, which has been recently published. It concluded that the severity of the flooding had little to do with “climate change”, and everything to do with lack of river maintenance and poor management. It also included this list of previous […]

Polar Bear Numbers Still On The Rise, Despite Global Warming

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/16/polar-bear-numbers-still-on-the-rise-despite-global-warming/ More from the “News you won’t see on the BBC” Dept. From the Daily Caller: Polar bear populations are still growing despite global warming, according to new research. The new population estimates from the 2016 Scientific Working Group are somewhere between 22,633 to 32,257 bears, which is a […]

You’re not imagining it. That review by Sunday Times film critic Camilla Long isn’t just stupid, it’s racist [TWEETS]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 13 hours ago
Sunday Times film critic Camilla Long has been accused of racism for a review of the film Moonlight. The review is a masterclass in ignorance. A film which sets out to document the plight of LGBT black people, denounced by a white woman of privilege because it is too black and too gay. The irony […] The post You’re not imagining it. That review by Sunday Times film critic Camilla Long isn’t just stupid, it’s racist [TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.

A petition has been launched to ban gay people from marrying in Britain. But it hasn’t gone as planned.

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 13 hours ago
While many were celebrating love this Valentine’s Day, the creator of the ‘ban gay marriage’ petition was not. But although the petition itself is pretty toxic, the reaction of most people has been refreshing. The petition The petition is hosted on the government’s website, and entitled ‘To define marriage as exclusively only between one man and one woman.’ It […] The post A petition has been launched to ban gay people from marrying in Britain. But it hasn’t gone as planned. appeared first on The Canary.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif At The Munich Security Conference

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*NBC*:* Iran’s Foreign Minister: Threats Do Not Work Against Iran, We Respond to Respect* MUNICH, Germany — Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif dismissed the possibility of renegotiating the nuclear deal, telling NBC News there's little appetite for opening "Pandora's box." His remarks Sunday on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference come amid a recent escalation in hostilities between the Trump administration and Tehran. "I believe the nuclear deal is going to last," the foreign minister said firmly. The White House recently said it was putting Iran "on notice" over a ... more »

It’s Been 30 Days — Here’s How Trump’s Been ‘Making America Great Again’

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: trump]When he was running for office, President Donald Trump promised to “make America great again.” Here's a look at how he's doing so far.

Time to Wake Up: Princeton Historian Warns World War III is Now a ‘Serious Threat’

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: war]One of the most qualified historians in the world today, just said the possibility of World War III is now a serious threat — time to listen.

Report: Israel Rejected Last Year A Secret Regional Peace Plan Offered By The U.S., Jordan, And Egypt

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Sisi, Netanyahu, Kerry and Abdullah. (photo credit:REUTERS) *Reuters: **A year ago, Israel, Jordan and Egypt secretly met for peace - report* Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly a year ago with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan in a failed attempt by the Obama administration to convene a wider regional summit on Israeli-Palestinian peace, Israel's Haaretz daily said on Sunday. At the White House on Wednesday, Netanyahu again raised the possibility of what he described as a "regional approach" to Israeli-Palestinian peace at a news conference with U.S. President Donald Tru... more »

MEET ONE OF THE "MODERATE CONSERVATIVES" WHO, SHOCKINGLY, ISN'T OFF THE TRUMP TRAIN

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 14 hours ago
Progressives have been protesting Donald Trump since his inaugural and -- bafflingly -- huge segments of the Trump electorate haven't switched sides and joined the resistance. What's wrong with the left? Why haven't the minds of millions of Trump voters been changed already? It's been a whole month! That's essentially the argument of "Are Liberals Helping Trump?," a *New York Times* story by Sabrina Tavernise. Instead of asking whether it's a difficult task to change minds across the ideological divide in a highly polarized electorate, Tavernise accuses Trump opponents of engaging ... more »

The coming decades

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
This week's *The World This Weekend *began with the split, as Mark Mardell presented it, between reassuring Vice President Pence's wholly warm words on NATO and unsettling President Trump's only-partially warm words on NATO, but much of it - thankfully - was spent on something completely different: The possible impacts of AI on our lives over the coming decades. The closing interview with Calum Chace and Richard Susskind was so thought-provoking (and important) that I thought I'd transcribe it for both you and posterity. (Give me a prize!) *MARK MARDELL*: Well, to discuss some ... more »

Pivot Toward War: U.S. Missile Defense & the Weaponization of Space

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
*25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & ProtestApril 7-9, 2017Huntsville, Alabama * *Purpose* Join us for the Global Network’s 25th anniversary Space Organizing Conference and Protest at the home of Redstone Arsenal and the Space & Missile Defense Command, also known as the ‘Pentagon of the South’. The effort by the Pentagon to develop and deploy the next generation of Star Wars weapons will increase global instability and cost hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars. The US Space Command has long maintained its mission is to create the technologies to ‘control and domin... more »

Shall we Tolerate Islam?

LL at Virtual Mirage - 14 hours ago
This is your lucky day - *a double header* *Sunday Sermonette*, because sometimes one rant on a Sunday is not enough. *This is my response to the Pope* (so-called Pope) and his recent assertions that there is no such thing as Islamic Terrorism...tell that to the mothers of their victims, your holiness... Tolerance is an agreement to live in peace, not an agreement to be peaceful no matter the conduct of others. There have been times throughout history when the West and Political Islam have been at peace, but some European leaders don't understand the nature of that peace. It's not... more »

Who Caved?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
*A group of Vietnamese workers chill at 7-11 with Bar beer and a movie.* STATUS QUO ANTE: US has one China policy, which recognizes Beijing as the government of China but does not include Taiwan in China. 1. In Nov of 2016 Trump receives briefings and explanations about Taiwan-US-China triangle as call with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan is set up. Trump becomes aware that Taiwan is sensitive topic and China is unduly sensitive to criticisms and attacks, and aware of importance of US one China policy. 2. Dec 2, 2016. Trump and Tsai talk by phone, earth veers from its orbit, sun ... more »

China Will Suspend All Imports Of Coal From North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Beijing said it will stop importing North Korean coal until the end of 2017 [Reuters] *Washington Post:* *China suspends North Korean coal imports, striking at regime’s financial lifeline* BEIJING — China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea until the end of the year, the Commerce Ministry announced Saturday, in a surprise move that would cut off a major financial lifeline for Pyongyang and significantly enhance the effectiveness of U.N. sanctions. Coal is North Korea’s largest export item, and also China’s greatest point of leverage over the regime. The ministry sai... more »

Camphor Press with new release of classics!

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
Camphor Press has just released a new range of classic East Asia books: https://camphorpress.com/celebrating-three-years-camphor-press-new-classics/ Unlike their other classics (which have new introductions added by people like Paul French and Camphor's John Ross) these are the vanilla originals, but cleaned up and formatted as smart e-books. Camphor has a dozen more to release over the coming months, so look forward to them!! _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts... more »

Taiwan News #10 + East Coast pix

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
*Morning on the coast.* I went out to Chris Gunson from Dubai, whom I met through our respective blogs. Chris turned out to be excellent company. This trip inspired my latest piece for Taiwan News. The owner of the hostel explained that they weren't entirely legal. "It's difficult to get a license here, the government is reluctant to give them out. So I just say I am having a few friends stay." Why was there a problem? He said that the big hotels are putting pressure on the government to limit Bed and breakfasts. ...enjoy some pics below. [image: DSC04714] Taking off from Fangl... more »

Sunday Song - Bonus Track

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

Cop Convicted for Kicking Handcuffed Man in the Face for Calling Him a “Storm Trooper” on Video

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: kicking]After only 45 minutes of deliberation, a jury convicted a cop for official oppression and assault for kicking a man in the face for calling him a 'Storm Trooper.'

Assembly Passes Landmark Bill to Seal 800,000 Pot Convictions, Giving People a Second Chance

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: convictions]New York cops still arrest thousands -- mostly black and Latino -- for simple cannabis possession, saddling them with permanent criminal records.

A Saturday in Stoke-on-Trent Central

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 15 hours ago
Has this week been decisive for the by-election campaigns in Stoke-on-Trent Central? Paul Nuttall must be nursing a cracking hangover. Having been so thoroughly exposed hasn't done his campaign any good at all, to the point where he cannot really go door knocking again - not that he did much except hang around campaign HQ and have a few photos taken. And the lies keep on a-coming. He got rumbled over false claims that he served on the board for a North West skills charity. Michael Crick's digging has discovered that Nuttall was on the local election register before he moved into his... more »

Two journalists have been shot dead while broadcasting live on Facebook [VIDEO]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 15 hours ago
Two journalists have been shot dead while broadcasting live on Facebook. Radio host Luis Manuel Medina, and the show’s producer/director Leo Martinez were killed after a shooter stormed the studio during a news bulletin. A secretary was also injured in the shooting, and required surgery. The shooting As the Associated Press reports: Police said the shooting occurred Tuesday in […] The post Two journalists have been shot dead while broadcasting live on Facebook [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Transpicuous News, Feb 19 2017: DARPA's Bioweapons in Space?

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 16 hours ago
In Previous Transpicuous News Reports this past week, I've talked about SpaceX sending a deadly bacteria, MRSA, to the ISS Space Station.... 'cause you know, what could possibly go wrong with that?!? .... Then today I read yet another article on the subject that a friend posted on my Facebook wall, and all of a sudden the entire story morphed from outright stupidity to blatant Bioweapon Bullshittery!! Todays Transpicuous News focuses on my journey down the Rabbit Hole (again) of bioweapon development and takes a look at the back ground of just who's running this game. Time for ... more »

Iraq's Prime Minister Has Announced That The Battle To Retake Western Mosul From The Islamic State Has Begun

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Iraq Starts Offensive to Retake Western Mosul From ISIS* ERBIL, Iraq — Iraq opened the next chapter in its offensive to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul, preparing an assault on the western half of the city on Sunday. Overnight, planes carpeted the ground with leaflets, directly appealing to fighters with the group to surrender. “To those of you who were intrigued by the ISIS ideology,” said one of the leaflets, using the group’s acronym. “This is your last opportunity to quit your work with ISIS and to leave those foreigners who are in your homeland. Stay a... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago

DNC Chair Vote: Keith Ellison Has Already Won Much-- Sing Along To Help Him Win More!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Who would have thought so much drama, and fun music, could be catalyzed by the Democratic National Committee’s vote for a new chair (due on February 25)? Even before the vote, Bernie-endorsed candidate Congressman Keith Ellison has accomplished much, including: [image: Goal Thermometer]* •* Keith drawing public attention to the generally backroom selection process. *•* Keith collecting enough support to force opponents to run a relatively high profile ‘non-Ellison’, which they found in Tom Perez, Obama’s ex-Secretary of Labor who was being groomed for higher office (such as by ... more »

A Mark Mardell joke

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Here's a sarcastic Twitter joke about Donald Trump from the BBC's Mark Mardell to the BBC's Jon Sopel: (If you don't get the joke, there's a reminder here).

New Iranian Animated Film Depicts An Armed Confrontation Between Iran's Revolutionary Guards And The U.S. Navy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Iran defeats U.S. Navy in defiant animated film* A full-length animated film depicting an armed confrontation between Iran's Revolutionary Guards and the U.S. Navy is soon to open in Iranian cinemas, amid rising tensions over President Donald Trump's hardening rhetoric against Tehran. The director of the "Battle of Persian Gulf II", Farhad Azima, said that it was a remarkable coincidence that the release of the film - four years in the making - coincided with a "warmongering" president sitting in the White House. "I hope that the film shows Trump how American soldiers... more »

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Higher business rates (property taxes) will leave British universities paying millions more* Universities face paying millions more in tax as a result of a big rise in their business rates, analysis has revealed. Manchester University, Nottingham and Warwick are expected to be the worst hit when new business rates kick in. Experts have warned that a significant rise in the value of university buildings will make the sector one of the biggest losers from the changes. The government faced an outcry from high street retailers, pubs and restaurants over the introduction of the new r... more »

Untitled

JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*The war on coal is over with Scott Pruitt in at EPA, sets stage for 2018 Senate elections* *The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt on Friday to run the Environmental Protection Agency. Vote was 52 to 46* Ever since his time as Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt has fought the EPA at every turn throughout the country. Pruitt joined 11 other Republican Attorneys General in 2013 to fight against the sue and settle lawsuits of the EPA which provided the agency with wide latitude over the enforcement of environmental law, where environmental groups sue the EPA and to avoid further litig... more »

"A kind of Wagnerian raspberry"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Andrew Marr's introduction this morning ran as follows: Oh, it's very, very bad. People of Britain! When it comes to Brexit, think again. You don't have to do this. Thus, Tony Blair this week. And what came back was a kind of Wagnerian raspberry. Is it actually all over for Remain? To talk about Tony Blair and "rising up" against Brexit, I'm joined by one of his closest political friends, the former cabinet minister, Lord Mandelson. From a master of the political game of chess to the real thing. I've been speaking to former world champion, Garry Kasparov, about his opposition to Pu... more »

Iran To Stage Military Drills Despite U.S. Warnings

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the IRGC's ground units, said that the maneuvers will begin on February 20 and last for three days. *RFE: **Iran Announces New Military Drills Despite U.S. Warnings* Iran says its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) will conduct massive military drills next week in eastern and northeastern parts of the country. General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the IRGC's ground units, said in Tehran on February 18 that the maneuvers, Grand Prophet 11, will begin on February 20 and last for three days. Pakpour said that some unspecified rocke... more »

Fake news broadcasters

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Mr. Putin *won't* be happy with the BBC this morning. First, on *The Andrew Marr Show*, came the Russian leader's best-known political opponent, the admirable Garry Kasparov, and then the first question on *The Big Questions *was "Is Russian cyber warfare undermining the West?" On the latter the (Kremlin stooge) Russian broadcaster Sputnik came under the most intense fire, with Nicky Campbell putting* this *question to its head: Nikolai Gorshkov, I want to bring him in, editor of Sputnik news. We hear about this, various elections coming up. We hear about trying to undermine th... more »

"BBC bias reporting on refugees"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
https://youtu.be/wOYOEIq0kgs This is how the BBC manipulate the news for their own ends. As an aside, why didn't these 'refugees' want to be processed properly? Do they have something to hide?

Anomaly! Now Available As E-Book

Tommaso Dorigo at Science 2.0 blogs - 18 hours ago
Today I would like to mention that my book *"Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab"* is now available for purchase as E-Book at its World Scientific site. read more

How a Real War on Terrorism Would Look and Why the US Isn't Fighting One

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 18 hours ago
*February 19, 2017* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - Since 2001, when then US President George Bush announced his "War on Terror," presidents and politicians both in the United States and among America's allies, have repeated this phrase and have done their utmost to convince the public that indeed, the West was fighting a "War on Terror." Yet there is something disturbingly ambiguous about what exactly the "War on Terror" consists of, who it's being waged against and how it could ever possibly be brought to a successful conclusion. It is also often referred to as the "Long War," and for go... more »

Is Suffering Necessary For Moral Development?

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 19 hours ago
Aleksandr SolzhenitsynMany intellectuals claim that the poverty, insecurity and coercion in the theocratic and socialist regimes is not a bad thing because it enables people to develop proper virtues. They insist that individuals learn how to be moral when they undergo suffering, and that the empty stomachs, concentration camps, torture chambers and firing squads are necessary for creating virtuous men. Indeed, it is true that even in a dictatorship like the Soviet Union a few people are able to flourish in some areas of their life. For instance, in the Soviet Union where tens of m... more »

Family Matters

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Cathy Jameson What a week it’s been! Press conferences, legislative meetings, and a $100,000 challenge - if you missed the latest vaccine/mercury news, catch up here. -- The World Mercury Project team, as well as several members from Health...

Comment of the week on Biased BBC

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
'I was thinking the other day about how the alt-left media and a certain US political party have become so obsessed with so-called 'interference in sovereign elections from foreign parts' (i.e. supposedly from Russia) but without much evidence to show that direct interference took place in the recent US presidential election. Our own BBC has not been behind the gate in supporting the view that interference took place, and is to be condemned. Hmmmmm. if I recall correctly, the Guardian newspaper from the UK interfered absolutely directly in 2004 in the US presidential election, att... more »

The Fallacy Of Playing For All The Marbles

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 19 hours ago
Donald Trump's sales pitch was that, as a businessman, he knew how to get things done. His first thirty days in the White House suggest that he doesn't know how to get *anything* done. But Joe Stiglitz suggests that, when it comes to economic relations between nations, Trump threatens to get a lot of things *undone*. While there is some debate about the extent to which Trump is a “successful businessman,” there is no successful country that is grounded on the principles—or the lack of principles—upon which he has grown his businesses. Economists believe that a successful economy i... more »

White House Fires Senior National Security Council Aide After Criticising President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Politico*:* White House dismisses NSC aide after harsh criticism of Trump* *Official complained about the president at a closed-door think tank gathering.* The White House abruptly dismissed a senior National Security Council aide on Friday after receiving reports that he had publicly laced into the president and his senior aides, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump at an event hosted by a Washington think tank. The aide, Craig Deare, was serving as the NSC's senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Earlier in the week, at a private, off-the-record... more »

Join Me On Twitter

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 20 hours ago
I'm on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Colin_Todhunter

Heartbreaking Moment A Grieving Widow Meets Her Hero Green Beret Husband's Coffin On The Airport Tarmac

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *The ultimate sacrifice: Heartbreaking moment a grieving widow meets her hero Green Beret husband's coffin on the airport tarmac - leaving scores of plane passengers in tears* * Green Beret Shawn Thomas, 35, died earlier this month after a vehicle accident while serving in Niger, Africa * Married father of four, of Woodward, Oklahoma, was based in North Carolina * His remains were brought back to Raleigh-Durham International Airport * A passenger on the plane filmed the heartbreaking moment Thomas' wife placed her hand on the flag-draped coffin * Said the widow wanted... more »

Christopher Bollyn - the legacy of 9-11 - business as usual @ W.H.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 20 hours ago
*I have a dream...* so, you're (probably) wondering, "Mike, why are you still droning on about 9-11?" and here's why... *nothing will ever change*, the Machine! of War! will always Profit! Until *we the people* stop funding these amoral gameplayers with our *TIME* on this Free Planet.

Greg Hunter, "Weather Warfare Biggest Threat to Life on Earth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"Weather Warfare Biggest Threat to Life on Earth"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Geoengineering researcher Dane Wigington says the number one threat facing humanity is extreme weather modification to cool the planet. It’s being done by geoengineering (commonly known as chemtrails) and it must be stopped now because it’s having the opposite effect. Wigington says all climate engineering is really just “weather warfare” and explains, “How long can humans survive without habitat? If we have an issue that is mathematically the greatest single assault launched by the human race a... more »

“The Stakes for Trump and All of Us”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*“The Stakes for Trump and All of Us”* by Paul Craig Roberts "We need to understand, and so does President Trump, that the hoax “war on terror” was used to transform intelligence agencies, such as the NSA and CIA, and criminal investigative agencies, such as the FBI, into Gestapo secret police agencies. Trump is now threatened by these agencies, because he rejects the neoconservative’s agenda of US world hegemony that supports the gigantic military/security annual budget. Our secret police agencies are busy at work planting “intelligence” among the presstitute media that Trump is c... more »

Security Is Tight At President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Home In Palm Beach

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
2 U.S. Air Fore F-15s broke the speed of sound to intercept an unresponsive plane flying near West Palm Beach, Fla., during a President Trump stay. (Reuters) *Daily Mail: **F15s scramble over unidentified plane near Mar-a-Lago and rock is thrown at Trump's motorcade as he visits his 'Southern White House'* * Trump is spending his third straight weekend at Mar-a-Lago, which called the 'Southern White House' * 'Sonic boom' heard near Mar-a-Lago as 2 F-15s raced to intercept unresponsive aircraft * The jets were able to contact the general aviation aircraft Friday night * What is thoug... more »

Are you worried about leaving your car in a city centre multi storey car park?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
Are you worried about leaving your car in a city centre multi storey car park? I may have found one that might ease your concerns: 'On entrance to the car park the driver is issued with a barcoded ticket. This barcode is scanned by a ticket machine and linked to a specific parking bay when the driver types in the bay number. This activates the specially-designed motion sensor located in the ground beneath the car. When the driver returns they may only gain entrance to the building using their ticket and, on payment of the parking charges, the sensor is turned off. The sensor detec... more »

UK court gives a green light for corporate giants to continue abuses abroad

Sophia Akram at The Canary - 21 hours ago
On 26 January 2017, a UK High Court ruled on a case against oil giant Shell. And it delivered a verdict that could see continued impunity for multinational corporations skirting human rights abroad. Oil spills Two Nigerian communities brought separate actions against Shell in 2016. One involved 2,335 people from the Bille Kingdom, where oil spills have […] The post UK court gives a green light for corporate giants to continue abuses abroad appeared first on The Canary.

RADM Grace Hopper USN (ret)

LL at Virtual Mirage - 22 hours ago
Spoiled, entitled, elitist, sexist, racist, xenophobic students at Yale University are working full time to try and delegitimize and marginalize gender and racial choice on campus. I for one am offended. *This is your Sunday Sermonette*. What ever happened to "my body-my choice". If you want to be black, or Asian, it should be your right to become that in the same way as people transition back and forth in their gender identification. I thought that people who could afford to pay $75K per year for a quality education would be more enlightened, but apparently not. They will make p... more »

Mike Philbin art - Introversions and Dichotomies - new 2017 art/concept

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 22 hours ago
so, after spending most of January 2017 re-painting some 2016 paintings I wasn't too happy with, I finally got down to making some new art for 2017 on a theme of *tandem squares*. Five abstract pieces 60 cm by 30 cm, emulsion on canvas.

GAIA PORTAL: Fruits of “success” are unveiled for the illusion they are

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 22 hours ago
*Fruits of “success” are unveiled for the illusion they are* by ÉirePort Fruits of "success" are unveiled for the illusion they are. Sportives are enabled for each Hue-Being. Collections of Light tools are presented. Gaia complies with all who request. ÉirePort | February 19, 2017 at 08:08 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-BF - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

What Country Do Americans See As Their Greatest Enemy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
[image: Infographic: Who Americans Consider Their Greatest Enemies | Statista] You will find more statistics at Statista *Zero Hedge*: *Which Nation Do Americans See As Their Greatest Enemy (Spoiler Alert: It's Not Russia)* Back to work 'deep state', neocons, and Clinton apologists, because America is not buying the narrative that Russia is their greatest enemy. Americans have consistently identified ISIS as the biggest threat to their nation across multiple polls. Traditional foes, such as the countries making up George W. Bush's infamous "Axis Of Evil", have been pushed into the ... more »

More on James Longman

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
James Longman is presently reporting for the BBC on the Paris riots. It was *his* online report that featured in the update to our post about the BBC's Paris coverage yesterday - a piece I described as being "entirely from the side of 'the aggrieved'". A tweet from yesterday says: Given that the BBC elsewhere have been very careful to call it an "alleged attack", *that* is a very bold statement. It's not a 'one off' either. Another tweet reads: Even James himself in his BBC report uses the word "alleged". A TV version of the report of his went out in the early hours of yester... more »

Ticked off

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
The* Mail on Sunday* has a BBC story today about a BBC reporter, James Longman, "using his role at the Corporation to get a date": BBC 'Beirut Beefcake' seeks a love story by posting screengrabs on Tinder of himself reporting on Syria. The piece, in passing, includes the following information: James was ticked off by the Beeb last month for breaking their social media policy after he shared an Instagram photo comparing Donald Trump's press conference to a speech by former Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi. So, they* do *still get a rap on the knuckles for displaying bias on social ... more »

More on Jon Sopel...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
As pointed out on a previous thread, here's Jon Sopel doubling down on the Trump=Hitler meme:

Assyrian People of the Middle East

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 22 hours ago
Celebration at a Syriac Orthodox monastery in Mosul, Ottoman Syria, early 20th century. (Mosul sits opposite the ancient Assyrian city … Continue reading →

100 Years of the Sykes Picot Agreement in the Middle East

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 22 hours ago
From the Kurdish Project: “Sykes Picot Agreement A majority of the struggles in the Middle East over the past one … Continue reading →

The Ongoing Saga 78: News, Updates, Tidbits & Trivia

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 22 hours ago
Last update Sunday 19 February 2017, UTC Most recent updates are on top, after image-intro commentary, so that routine readers … Continue reading →

U.S. Carrier Strike Group Begins Patrolling South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
(Feb. 04, 2017) The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Pacific Ocean. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet. U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific regularly and routinely for more than 70 years. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/Released) *Times of San Diego*: *Carl Vinson Strike Group Patrolling South China Sea* Th... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
JFK on the press, and the presidency, in a free society. Watch. pic.twitter.com/dsr61wEeo4 — Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 18, 2017 *WNU Editor:* President Kennedy is right. But the U.S. press of today is not the press that existed 30+ years ago when I started paying attention to the U.S. news media and reading its newspapers.

Why Vegetable Farmers Aren't On Board The No-Till Train

News Staff at Science 2.0 - Earth Sciences - 23 hours ago
No-till farming uses cover crops to conserve soil and suppress weeds but many vegetable producers haven't embraced it yet. The reason is simple; small-seeded vegetable crops struggle to emerge through thick cover crop residues. A recent program sought to see how it might work better with string beans, a common staple of many dinners, and possessing larger seeds. In both Illinois and Washington, USDA-ARS agronomist Rick Boydston and University of Illinois ecologist Marty Williams grew vetch, rye, and a combination of the two cover crops before killing them with a roller-crimper—a ma... more »

Basic Connection Between Neutrino Flavor and Geometry: Absolute Masses and CP-Violation Model

Emmanuel Lipmanov at Science 2.0 - Physical Sciences - 23 hours ago
*Basic Connection Between Neutrino Flavor and Geometry: Absolute Masses and CP-Violation Model* read more

Trump’s Lying Reveals That He Is Empty Inside

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 23 hours ago
Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late. ~ Jonathan Swift In response to my recent post “Why Truth Matters,” Chris Crawford provided a biological explanation for Trump’s lying.

Tensions Grow Between Russia And Belarus

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The battles over oil and gas have unexpectedly led to an excessive list of complaints from Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Source: Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti *FOX News/AP*:* Russia-Belarus rift grows as Putin loses patience* MINSK, Belarus – In more than two decades in power, the autocratic leader of Belarus has cast his nation as Moscow's closest ally, securing tens of billions of dollars in Russian subsidies. At the same time, President Alexander Lukashenko has skillfully exploited Russia's security fears by occasionally reaching out to the West to win concessions ... more »

Dissecting This Week's Unfolding Events

Joachim Hagopian at American Empire Exposed - 1 day ago
I got the chance to dialogue with Don Grahn from Seattle Community Media again over the major events unfolding this past week, from the Fukushima radiation disaster to the Oroville Damn potential disaster to the current takedown of the treasonous anti-Trump coup after the political assassination of Michael Flynn as his now former national security advisor. The consequences of this subversive overthrow in process has Trump now succumbing to the larger diabolical systemic forces that are the predatory vultures circling around him as they move in for the kill. The outcome appears to ... more »

This Country Is Leading The Robot Revolution

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 1 day ago
Reports show that more than half of the world’s workforce could be replaced by robots in the next five years. How do robots take human jobs?

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Venom View* Marines ride in a UH-1Y Venom over New Orleans, Feb. 16, 2017. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha K. Braun

British Intelligence: Russia Plotted To Overthrow Montenegro's Government Last Year By Assassinating Its Prime Minister

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Photo: Montenegrin Parliament. *The Telegraph:* *Russia plotted to overthrow Montenegro's government by assassinating Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic last year, according to senior Whitehall sources* Russia plotted to assassinate the prime minister of a European nation and overthrow its government last year, according to senior Whitehall sources. An election-day coup plot to attack Montenegro’s parliament and kill the pro-Western leader was directed by Russian intelligence officers with the support and blessing of Moscow, to sabotage the country’s plan to join Nato. The plot was fo... more »

Black Lives Matter? Ice-T And Body Count Have Something To Say About That

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Body Count's new album, *Bloodlust*, will be out March 31 but yesterday, the band's new single was released. You can hear it-- and watch the provocative new video-- above; please do. It's special for me, mostly because Bodycount is a band I worked with when I was general manger of Sire Records. Seymour Stein had signed Ice-T to the label and he was a star-- a successful star who sold a *lot* of albums. In 1990 Ice asked me to come see his metal band, Body Count, play. Their music and stage show were right up my alley and they were a big hit at Lollapalooza in 1991. It's nice when ... more »

Norma "Jane Roe" McCorvey Dies at 69

Lisa Shaw at rss - 1 day ago
[image: norma-jane-roe-mccorvey-dies-at-69] Norma McCorvey — also known as Jane Roe of *Roe v. Wade* — died Saturday in Katy, Texas at the age of 69. McCorvey spent much of her life working to undo the damage of *Roe v. Wade*.

White House Fires Senior National Security Council Aide After Criticising President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Politico*:* White House dismisses NSC aide after harsh criticism of Trump* *Official complained about the president at a closed-door think tank gathering.* The White House abruptly dismissed a senior National Security Council aide on Friday after receiving reports that he had publicly laced into the president and his senior aides, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump at an event hosted by a Washington think tank. The aide, Craig Deare, was serving as the NSC's senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Earlier in the week, at a private, off-the-record... more »

A Look Inside Crimea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*FOX News*: *Crimea under Russia: Locals fear more mayhem if forced to return to Ukraine* SIMFEROPOL, Crimea – It has been almost three years since Russia annexed the Ukrainian-governed Crimea, to the outrage of many leaders across the world. But for many who remain in the Black Sea peninsula, the thought of being returned to the Ukraine is both unthinkable and frightening. "We are neither Russian nor Ukrainian. We are Crimean. America, the EU, everyone needs to leave Crimea alone!" Olga Borodina, 32, owner of a PR analytics firm, told Fox News from the Crimean capital of Simferop... more »

Dasani Products Recalled Due to ‘Clear Parasite’?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Reports that Coca-Cola is recalling Dasani water products after a "clear parasite" was found in bottles in the United States are fake news.

Ungrateful Elephant Kills Man

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
A legendary but false story about a man killed by an elephant he mistook for one he had aided years earlier.

Russian President Putin Signs Decree Recognising Passports And Documents Issued By Separatists In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Local police officers arrange passports during a ceremony to issue the first passports of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic to residents in Donetsk, Ukraine, March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko *BBC:* *Russia accepts passports issued by east Ukraine rebels* President Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia is temporarily recognising passports and other identity documents issued by the self-proclaimed rebel republics in eastern Ukraine. Clashes between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian army flared up again in recent weeks, leaving many dead. Ukraine's Presi... more »

Let's Slow Down the Faster Future

Susan O at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
*Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future*, Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab & Jeff Howe Grand Central Publishing 2016 Kirkus calls this book “exhilarating and authoritative,” two cybergurus offering a “user’s manual to the twenty-first century.” As a longtime teacher, I find the manual to be flawed. I was interested in the authors’ observation that the failure of Microsoft’s professionally designed *Encarta* encyclopedia contrasted with the success of Wikipedia’s amateur-led platform as examples of push-pull consumerism, with suppliers “pushing” goods toward consumers and co... more »

New Ceasefire For Eastern Ukraine Will Start On Monday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*DW:* *Tentative ceasefire agreed for eastern Ukraine* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said a truce between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine's army will start on Monday. But Kyiv has said it is "not at all" happy with the deal made at the Munich Security Conference. Lavrov told reporters in Germany on Saturday that the recent uptick in violence in eastern Ukraine would come to a halt within two days. "On February 20 the ceasefire regime will start and withdrawal of heavy military hardware will also start ... We have actively supported this decision and obviously expressed... more »

Sex Crimes And The Orangeman, 2.0

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*-by Helen Klein* Once he was elected, Trump must have taken a deep sigh of relief, thinking that his past sexual escapades were behind him and no longer worthy of scrutiny. Although the press has unfortunately left this topic alone for a while, this is likely to change very soon. In light of the Russian brouhaha going on, this aspect of Trump’s background now deserves focus under a microscope. Surely there is plenty more fodder along this vein to support the case for Russian blackmail, and it would be unfathomable for the media to ignore any aspects of Trump’s history that would ... more »

Why Trumponomics Fails

Robert Reich - 1 day ago
When Donald Trump gave a speech last Friday at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina... more »

"White Helmet" Terrorists Get Visa for Oscars. Trumping the Travel Ban

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
* The White Helmets must have played their "Trump" card! to get in to the US* *a decisive overriding factor or final resource —called also trump card* * The White Helmets are truly trump like individuals* *a dependable and exemplary person* *Is the oscar nomination for special effects? Cause** the White Helmets cinematographer is attending! Yup, they have a cinematographer! What else could on have expected?* *Cinematography = Special Effects= Fooling the audience* *Here's a cinematographer who has made a series of brief video demonstrating the ease with which it's done 1st & ... more »

Can President Trump Be Impeached Or Removed From Office? Many Are Hoping That The Answer Is Yes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Donald Trump, then a presidential candidate, speaks at a rally in Dallas, Texas, Sept. 14, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Stone *Byron York, Washington Examiner: Byron York*:* 25th Amendment chatter: Dems, pundits mull ways to remove Trump* As President Trump finishes his fourth week in the White House, a number of opposition lawmakers, political commentators, and self-styled members of The Resistance are discussing ways in which the president might be quickly removed from office. Some have talked about impeachment for quite a while, even before the Trump inauguration. But th... more »

Mainstream Media vs Trump

LL at Virtual Mirage - 1 day ago
President Trump took his case to the American people today and the corrupt, progressive, elite, smug, nasty, deceptive, hostile, mainstream media was forced to be his punk, and broadcast it live. Officially paid for by Trump 2020 as a campaign rally, the President took his case to the public, explaining what he's been doing and outlining his successful first month in office. Usually, in less adversarial situations, the press feels the Obama tingle running up their legs. That's not true now and rather than letting the press offer up outright lie-after-lie, the President decided to ... more »

Does Planned Parenthood Enforce ‘Abortion Quotas’?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
An anti-abortion activist revived claims that Planned Parenthood maintains "abortion quotas."

Initial results of “Gradient test”

Scottish-Sceptic at Scottish Sceptic - 1 day ago
In the last article I asked people to undertake a quick test (see here). A typical test was as follows: The graph consists of 51 points. The graph scales are -1 to 1 (x-axis) and 1.2 to 1.2 (y-axis). The … Continue reading →

Free Trade 65, On the US withrawal from the TPP

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
Last month, US President Donald Trump issued this Memorandum to the US Trade Representative. Part of it said, *“it is the intention of my Administration to deal directly with individual countries on a one-on-one (or bilateral) basis in negotiating future trade deals. Trade with other nations is, and always will be, of paramount importance to my Administration and to me, as President of the United States.* *Based on these principles, and by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct you to withd