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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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

17 October - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:30 pm MDT

Democrat funded, “Trump dossier” creators, Fusion GPS, refuse to testify before Congress

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 13 hours ago
Fusion GPS refuses to comply with Congressional subpoena. More The post Democrat funded, “Trump dossier” creators, Fusion GPS, refuse to testify before Congress appeared first on The Duran.

'Water is Life' Standing Rock and French Guiana Speak Out in Paris, Photos by Christine Prat

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Cannupa Hanska Luger, Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan/Lakota born in Standing Rock Delegation from French Guyane (Guiana), to show French people that there are Native Americans in "France" too Tara Houska, Honor the Earth Cedar, Kanahus and Annie of CSIA Cedar George, also struggling against Kinder Morgan Mika Sommer, Indigenous Youth of French Guyane Ricardo Alvaro,

Lustily, the analysts cheered!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017At Slate, Peters gets it right:* Lusty cheering by the analysts woke us early this morning. The youngsters had read the start of this piece by Justin Peters at Slate. Soon, we were lustily cheering too. Peters had introduced an important framework, one which is rarely employed: "These are remarkably stupid times." These are remarkably stupid times! Peters was working from an important framework, one which is rarely employed. *Are* these remarkably stupid times? Let's take a look at the trigger for Peters' accurate statement: PETERS (10/16/17): *These ar... more »

Hillary Clinton Just Told Five Blatant Lies About WikiLeaks

Caitlin Johnstone at - 13 hours ago
[image: undefined] As part of her ongoing “Thank God You Didn’t Elect Me” tour, Hillary Clinton made her debut on Australian television last night in an interview with the ABC’s Sarah Ferguson. Though she didn’t repeat her infamous “17 intelligence agencies” lie, which she’d continued to regurgitate long after that claim had been conclusively debunked, there were still plenty of whoppers to be heard. From her ridiculous claim that the aggressively protested DNC convention was “very positive” to her completely baseless assertion that Bernie Sanders “couldn’t explain his programs” du... more »

World News Briefs -- October 17, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Islamic State defeated in its Syrian capital Raqqa* RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias in Syria declared victory over Islamic State in its capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle. The fighting was over and the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the city’s stadium of mines and any remaining militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). A formal declaration of victory in Raqqa will soon be made, once the city has been cleared of m... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 13 hours ago
*After the shooting began.* Las Vegas Massacre: Hard Proof Stephen Paddock is Being Framed.

"Someone Imagined What Would Happen If People Bought Cars Like Computers, And It’s Hilariously True"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"Someone Imagined What Would Happen If People * *Bought Cars Like Computers, And It’s Hilariously True"* by Monika Trying to provide tech support for someone who doesn’t know the first thing about computers is frustrating enough. What’s even worse, though, is the fact that the person doesn’t even know how ridiculous they sound. Software engineer Jon Parise is putting it in ‘layman’s terms’ by pondering what it would sound like if customers bought and complained about cars the same way as computers – and it’s so hilarious. As advances in auto technology become more and more futuristi... more »

LESSONS CONCERNING THE FALL: Baby-poop-colored lid on her head!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017Part 5—"The Rachel figure:"* How many ways does Janet Malcolm love the Maddow show? It's hard to count the ways. That said, in an endless profile in the October 9 New Yorker, Malcolm mentions only three specific Maddow programs from this calendar year—and in one of those specific programs, Malcolm says a Maddow show "failed to please." That was "the notorious show of March 14th," in which Maddow turned the uninformative contents of Donald J. Trump's 2005 tax returns into an endless tease and a song-of-self. Malcolm describes only three programs from this ... more »

Journalist Behind Leak that Exposed Clinton’s Criminal Campaign Donors, Blown Up in Her Car

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: panama papers]A world-renowned journalist was assassinated, and her son claims a police sergeant who is supposed to investigate her murder, was celebrating it on Facebook

Yet more effects of our national debt: increased taxes and a poorer retirement

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 14 hours ago
I've written frequently about debt and its effects on our economy. John Mauldin draws the inescapable conclusion about federal government debt, and how it may - almost certainly *will* - impact our retirement. The projected total US debt will be $30 trillion within 10 years, using the CBO’s own numbers. But the CBO also makes the rosy assumptions that there will be no recessions and that GDP will grow at a 4% nominal rate ... If you asked me to bet the “over/under” on the debt in 2027, I would bet the over at $35 trillion. * . . .* Note: That ... does not take into account the of... more »

Taking the Einstein Pledge

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
It shouldn't take an Einstein to figure out that the ongoing *RussiaGate* propaganda campaign is, as one wag injudiciously put it recently, a nothing-burger. Nor must you be an Einstein to observe that Hillary Clinton is as much a paranoid liar in her way as Donald Trump is in his. These two characters just can't quit each other, and they want to make sure that we can't quit them not quitting each other either. That is one of our assigned tasks as citizen-consumers in the continuous political spectacle that substitutes for participatory democracy. Because even otherwise intelligent ... more »

Update: October 16 Snow and Ice

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 14 hours ago
Yesterday at AER Dr. Judah Cohen provided his Arctic Oscillation and Polar Vortex Analysis and Forecasts biweekly report and outlook regarding the arctic oscillation and the coming winter in Northern Hemisphere. Excerpts with my bolds. As is often the case, the current positive AO is associated with a relatively mild weather pattern across the NH […]

Open Thread

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Here's a new Hillary-Clinton-approved open thread. Thank you in advance from me, Hillary and the team at *Women's Hour *for any comments you care to submit.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 17, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
This undated file photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency) *L.A. Times: **Can North Korea’s missiles deliver an atomic weapon to the U.S. mainland? Maybe.* Although recent missile tests indicate that North Korea has made advancements in missile technology, it’s unknown whether its missiles can deliver an atomic weapon to the continental United States. “The bottom line is we don’t know,” said Ted Postol, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor... more »

Kirkuk Aftermath: PM Abadi And PUK Winners, KDP Losers, KRG Done For?

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Golden Division sitting in Governor Karim’s seat in Kirkuk City (Rudaw) Prime Minister Haidar Abadi’s move in Kirkuk went from a possible disaster to an unmitigated success. After fighting broke out in the morning of October 16 the Kurds withdrew and the Iraqi forces took all the positions they wanted plus Kirkuk city and areas of northeast Diyala. This was the result of a deal with the major wing of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), which has left the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and President Massoud Barzani hanging high and dry, and threatens the future of the Kurdist... more »

This Day In Iraqi History – Oct 17

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
1973 Saddam said govt and KDP were far apart on autonomy talks for Kurds 1980 UN Security Council discussed Iran-Iraq War Addressed by Iran PM and Iraq Foreign Minister 1980 Iran For Min told UN Iraq was aggressor Saddam wanted to overthrow Iranian govt Iraq backed by superpowers & Arab countries 1980 Iraq For Min said Iran violated treaties attacked border towns never replied to letters calling for negotiations 1980 UN Security Council backed Secretary General’s attempts to negotiate a ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War 1987 Iraq held nationa... more »

WATCH: Paramedic Disarms Cop As He Loses His Mind, Shoots At, Tries to Kill Innocent Family

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: panic]Horrifying body cam video shows a cop have a panic attack. He then claims an innocent couple assaulted him, so he tried to kill them.

Russia's S-400 Is a Game Changer in the Middle East (and America Should Worry)

Stephen Bryen at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Stephen Bryen* *Security, Middle East* The powerful and popular anti-missile/aircraft system is disrupting the balance of power in the region. Saudi Arabia’s agreement to purchase the S-400 anti-aircraft Triumf anti-missile system from Russia is a major blow to the United States and its European allies. The deal follows Turkey’s $2.5 billion agreement to buy the S-400, and ongoing negotiations with Egypt for the S-400. Egypt already has the S-300VM system (also known as the Antey 2500) which can engage short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, precisi... more »

The U.S. Navy May Not Be Ready for Future Fights (Think Russia and China)

Dan Goure at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Dan Goure* *Security, Asia* Contested littorals require a larger, more capable U.S. amphibious warfare fleet. For more than seventy-five years, amphibious assaults against hostile shores have had a successful record. Even when subjected to intense and protracted naval and air defenses and the nominal forerunner of today’s Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) threat, these landings were never turned back. During the Okinawa Campaign, Japan launched nearly two thousand sorties by kamikaze suicide planes, sinking 20 Allied ships, damaging almost 200 more and inflicting the highest numb... more »

Report: Only 40 Percent of Russians Believe the Nazi-Soviet Pact Actually Happened

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *History, Europe* Some Russians think it is fake news. Even seventy-eight years after World War II began, there are controversies that still rage. Could the Nazis have won the war? Did the United States need to drop two atomic bombs on Japan? But one thing that should be indisputable is that in August 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a nonaggression pact. Yet a growing number of Russians apparently believe that the Nazi-Soviet Pact is fake news. Nearly 17 percent of Russians in a recent poll believe the pact never happened, according to the Levada Ce... more »


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 14 hours ago
The FBI and Justice Department buried a corruption scheme and so allowed US regulators to approve a deal giving Russia control of American unranium in 2010, it has emerged. FBI Directors Robert Mueller and James Comey hid the evidence of a web of bribery and extortion even though it had serious national security implications for the […]

Ivanka Trump part of the purge of Team patriot

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 14 hours ago
Ivanka Trump along with her husband Jared Kushner were keep drivers in the purge of Donald Trump’s original team as well as Chris Christie as transition head to install a sinister Globalist mafia with ties to Kremlin Oligarchs, who have trainwrecked Trump’s presidency. Raw Story reports that Ivanka Trump elbowed aside “team patriots” to offer Russian […]

Globalist Boris Johnson is blocking Brexit deal, says Merkel ally

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 14 hours ago
The goal of the Globalists is to use Brexit to impoverish Britain by either a very poor deal or no deal as a warning to other EU states to stay in line. Now it has emerged that eugenicist Boris Johnson is the person holding up progress in the Brexit talks. From The Independent A key ally […]

Trump to meet eugenicist Globalist Alexis Tsipras in DC today

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 14 hours ago
Alexis Tsipras is set to meet Donald Trump in the Oval office at midday local time for an extended lunch. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/17/politics/president-donald-trump-alexis-tsipras-greece-evil/index.html The talks come against the backdrop of what appears to be a Globalist orchestrated outbreak of plague in Madagascar. Tsipras has shown a surprising interest in epidemic control measures, giving a speech on this […]

When the BBC banned Vera Lynn

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Stalin and Suzie Klein Recommendation time: Tunes for Tyrants: Music and Power with Suzy Klein on BBC Four has been superb. It's a sweeping three-part series that looks at the uses and abuses of music by the Nazis and the Soviets, and its uses by their democratic opponents. It raises some thought-provoking questions about music and morality. One section from the final episode taught me something that I had absolutely no idea about: that some in authority thought that Vera Lynn and her songs weren't helping the war effort, especially following the loss of Singapore and the set-bac... more »

Trump campaign has paid over one million dollars in legal fees in response to Russia investigations.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 15 hours ago
Have you seen these legal bills?Courtesy of Politico: *President Donald Trump’s campaign paid more than $1 million in legal bills in the last three months as investigations continue into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, new disclosures made public on Sunday show. * *The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee have now disclosed a total of more than $2 million this year in payments to law firms and to lawyers with a company owned by the president's family. * *The campaign reported spending almost twice as much on legal bills over the last three months as it did dur... more »

‘Trailer Park Boys’ Actor John Dunsworth Dies at 71

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 15 hours ago
The Canadian actor, who played Mr. Lahey on the comedy series, died after a short illness.

House of Cards! Kevin Spacey is latest hollywood actor accused of “assaulting a loved one”

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Hollywood Oscar winning A-List actor entangled by Weinstein scandal. More The post House of Cards! Kevin Spacey is latest hollywood actor accused of “assaulting a loved one” appeared first on The Duran.

CIA urges POTUS Trump to delay release of 3,000 never-before-seen documents on assassination of John F. Kennedy

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Experts fear the release of secret JFK assassination documents. More The post CIA urges POTUS Trump to delay release of 3,000 never-before-seen documents on assassination of John F. Kennedy appeared first on The Duran.

First video of liberated Kirkuk

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Iraqi forces continue to re-establish control over northern regions, while facing little or no resistance from Kurdish militants. More The post First video of liberated Kirkuk appeared first on The Duran.

Tuesday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 15 hours ago
This and that for your Tuesday reading. - The Economist examines the latest research showing the amount of money stashed in tax havens is even higher than previously estimated. And the Guardian calls for action on the IMF's conclusion that we'll all end up better off if the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes: The IMF’s analysis does something to redress the balance, making two important points. First, it says that tax systems should have become more progressive in recent years in order to help offset growing inequality but rather have been becoming less progressive. Second, it f... more »

John McCain says I'm not only deplorable, but I'm also unpatriotic, practice spurious nationalism, and tired dogma...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 15 hours ago
*well, okay then.* During a ceremony where he received the Liberty Medal on Monday, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) stated: McCain said, “To fear the world we’ve organized and led for 3/4s of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain the last, best hope of earth, for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism, cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is an unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned t... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 15 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist DOLLAR BLOW: China Launches New ‘Yuan-Ruble’ Payment Mechanism With Just Hours Until Spain's Ultimatum Runs Out, Catalonia Proposes Its Own Central Bank Casualties Reported After Iraqi Troops Enter Oil Rich Kurdish City Of Kirkuk; Oil Spikes Meet The 31-Year-Old Austrian Anti-Immigrant Who Just Became The World's Youngest Leader "We Microchip Dogs, So Why Not Athletes" - Olympics Suggest Implants To Prevent Doping Assange Thanks US Govt For His 50,000% Gain On Bitcoin As Russia Unveils 'CryptoRuble' Italy's Parallel... more »

This Is How Tyranny Rises and Freedom Falls: The Experiment in Freedom Is Failing

John W. Whitehead at - 15 hours ago
[image: undefined] It is easy to be distracted right now by the circus politics that have dominated the news headlines for the past year, but don’t be distracted. Don’t be fooled, not even a little. We’re being subjected to the oldest con game in the books, the magician’s sleight of hand that keeps you focused on the shell game in front of you while your wallet is being picked clean by ruffians in your midst. This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls. What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carrie... more »

UN: USA Owes Reparations to African-Americans

Steve Byas at rss - 15 hours ago
[image: un-usa-owes-reparations-to-african-americans] The United Nations wants to take money out of the pockets of Americans to pay reparations for slavery.

Syrian Army chases ISIS militants up the east Euphrates bank, liberates key town

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – Whilst Syrian Arab Army units in Deir Ezzor city drove Islamic State fighters from three districts today, army troops on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River (north of the city) continued their own operation, chasing ISIS further up-river and securing another key town from the terrorist group. Moments ago, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Elite Syrian forces liberate all of western Euphrates bank from Deir Ezzor to Al-Mayadeen

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:11 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s elite Tiger Forces successfully completed the final phase of their Al-Mayadeen operation today, liberating the last string of towns and villages on the western bank of the Euphrates between the former ISIS capital and Deir Ezzor city. Just minutes ago, word came in from military sources […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Israeli jet violated Syrian airspace before missile response: Syrian MoD

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – An Israeli warplane illegally entered Syrian airspace on Monday, prompting a response from the Syrian Air Defense, the Syrian Ministry of Defense claimed. “The Israeli warplane violated [Syria’s] airspace near the border with Lebanon in the Ba’albak area at 08:51 A.M. local time (05:51 GMT)” and therefore were attacked by […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Raqqa City officially declared ISIS free after long campaign

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:25 P.M.) – The long and arduous battle for Raqqa City is finally over, the U.S. Coalition announced this afternoon. The last remaining Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists were transported out of the city, today, and taken to an undisclosed location in Syria. ISIS occupied Raqqa City and much of the province since their […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Major development: Syrian Army liberates three districts in Deir Ezzor City

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:15 P.M.) – Minutes ago, a source from the Syrian Arab Army informed Al-Masdar that their forces had liberated three districts inside the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor. Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army liberated the Al-Khasarat, Al-Kanamat, and Al-Matar districts after a short battle with the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraqi forces capture Syrian border-crossing

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – The Iraqi Armed Forces have taken control of the Rabi’a border-crossing this afternoon following a short operation in this formerly Kurdish-held part of the Nineveh Governorate. Led by the Federal Police, the Iraqi Armed Forces launched a new operation this morning that targeted two important border-towns located northwest of recently […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Syrian Army storms ISIS strongholds in Deir Ezzor City

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside their advisers from the Russian Special Forces, launched a new attack to clear several areas occupied by the Islamic State (ISIS) in Deir Ezzor City. Led by the 4th and 17th divisions, the Syrian Arab Army stormed the Islamic State’s positions at […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian destroyer leaves Red Sea for Syrian waters

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
The Russian Northern Fleet’s anti-submarine warfare ship, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov, has completed its tasks in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, the Fleet’s press service said in a statement. On Tuesday morning, the ship entered the Suez Canal on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. “The Vice-Admiral Kulakov was active in the southern […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

French Intelligence Accidentally Texts A Jihadist That He And His Associates Are Under Surveillance

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*The Telegraph:* *French intelligence texts jihadist by mistake, inadvertently warning of surveillance operation * A French intelligence agent sent a text message by mistake to the mobile phone of a jihadist, inadvertently warning him that he was under surveillance and undermining an investigation, it emerged on Friday. The target of the probe, described as an “Islamist preacher” based in the Paris area, immediately understood that his phone was being tapped and his movements monitored. He called the agent to complain and warned his contacts that they were under surveillance. As ... more »

Can You Buy The U.S. Presidency For $100,000?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Mark Penn, Wall Street Journal:* *You Can’t Buy the Presidency for $100,000* *Russia didn’t win Trump the White House any more than China re-elected Bill Clinton in 1996.* The fake news about fake news is practically endless. Americans worried about Russia’s influence in the 2016 election have seized on a handful of Facebook ads—as though there weren’t also three 90-minute debates, two televised party conventions, and $2.4 billion spent on last year’s campaign. The danger is that bending facts to fit the Russia story line may nudge Washington into needlessly and recklessly regu... more »

With Financial Crash Coming, The Power Is With Those Who Know What To Do

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 16 hours ago
PDF: [image: PDF icon] 20171017-with-financial-crash.pdf The warnings from the IMF, from Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn, from bond market analysts, are understated, in circumspect terms, but nonetheless point to the onrushing fact: some of the multiple, hyperextended debt bubbles created by the central banks since 2008 will soon crash. These "leaks" join a steady drumbeat of warnings even from such normally stonefaced customers as German Finance Minister Schaeuble, that a crash is coming. In the OECD countries, cautions the IMF, the debt leverage ratios both for non-financial c... more »

Telegraph’s “Sponsored” Articles For Renewables and Electric Cars

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/energy-efficiency/who-will-pay-for-electric-car-parks/ I have increasingly been aware of sponsored articles in the Telegraph from various renewable interests. The one above is from e.on, assuring us that there will be millions of charging points for EVs, from which e.on will no doubt benefit hugely. Does the proliferation of these “sponsored” advertising puffs explain […]

Latest Guests on This Issue

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
The latest edition of *This Issue* features Will Griffin (Veterans For Peace) who is an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran and Joyakgol from South Korea - a long-time peace and environmental activist on Jeju Island and on the mainland. We discuss US policy in the Asia-Pacific region. They are presently participating in the Maine Peace Walk.

Merging Neutron Stars: Why It's A Breakthrough, And Why You Should Stand Your Ground

Tommaso Dorigo at Science 2.0 blogs - 16 hours ago
Like many others, I listened to yesterday's (10/16/17) press release at the NSF without a special prior insight in the physics of neutron star mergers, or in the details of the measurements we can extract from the many observations that the detected event made possible. My knowledge of astrophysics is quite incomplete and piecemeal, so in some respects I could be considered a "layman" listening to a science outreach seminar. Yet, of course, as a physicist I have a good basic understanding of the processes at the heart of the radiation emissions that took place two hundred million ye... more »

Is There A Link Between Dental Amalgams And Wi-Fi EMFs?

Activist Post at Activist Post - 16 hours ago
By Catherine J. Frompovich One of the most unlikely and neurotoxic practices in public health and consumer healthcare modalities is the use of mercury in... more »

California’s Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes Microwave Industry’s “Wet Dream” Rule-making; Will Other States Governors Have The Same Integrity?

Activist Post at Activist Post - 16 hours ago
By Catherine J. Frompovich California has been at the forefront of a technological and politicking ‘firestorm’ regarding Senate Bill 649, which can be described as... more »

Time Is Running Out

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
If you want to know what future resistance looks like, Chris Hedges writes, take a good long look at what transpired at Standing Rock: Day after day, week after week, month after month, the demonstrators endured assaults carried out with armored personnel carriers, rubber bullets, stun guns, tear gas, cannons that shot water laced with chemicals, and sound cannons that can cause permanent hearing loss. Drones hovered overhead. Attack dogs were unleashed on the crowds. Hundreds were arrested, roughed up and held in dank, overcrowded cells. Many were charged with felonies. The press... more »

Norman Smith, sadly

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
(h/t a commenter at *Biased BBC*) Our Norm This lunchtime's BBC One *News at One* featured the following exchange, with the BBC's assistant political editor Norman Smith letting slip a word he ought *not* to have let slip: *Sophie Raworth*: Let's talk to Norman Smith, who is in Westminster. Well, we've got the OECD, the international think-tank, saying that a second referendum would have a positive, a significant effect on the UK economy if it reversed Brexit. That's not a realistic option though, is it? *Norman Smith [shaking head]*: *Sadly* not now. Mr Hammond has already said... more »

Annexing Raqqa- Ethnic Cleansing & Where's ISIS ?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*As reported in yesterday's post-* * Monday, October 16, 2017: US Backed Forces Take Raqqa After ISIS "surrenders"* * Raqqa has been stolen from Syria by US backed proxies- The 5 eyes media calls it liberation. They report that Raqqa has been "freed" I call it annexation. * *Calling this annexation anything except what it is.... would be misleading. Obfuscating. Intentionally so, I would add.* *Recall my mentioning the 5 eyes media calling the Kurdish terrorists "landholders"? Reporting the annexation of Raqqa as liberation or being freed is just more of that misleading language.... more »

The Numbers Don't Lie

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago

"Our Plan to Save the Ranch"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"Our Plan to Save the Ranch"* by Bill Bonner ‘Don’t worry. We’re not hysterical like you North Americans.’ We had arrived at the security gate at Salta Airport on our trip back from the ranch to Buenos Aires, with an onward ticket to Paris, France. In our hands was a bottle of our own wine - the new reserva that we had kept in a barrel for a year before bottling. We had forgotten to put it in our checked luggage. ‘Go ahead. You can take it on board. As far as I know, no one has ever blown up a plane with a bottle of Malbec.’ It was in stark contrast to the hysteria rampant these d... more »

Letter to EPA Administrator Pruitt Signed by Over 60 Climate Experts Urges Revocation of the GHG Endangerment Finding

Alan Carlin at Carlin Economics and Science - 16 hours ago
As I argued in an August post, the most important thing that USEPA could accomplish is the revocation of their 2009 GHG Endangerment Finding (EF). Last week EPA proposed to accomplish some of what needs to be done by proposing the repeal of its “Clean” Power Plan (CPP), but this is just one of the […]

The Deal To Swap Bowe Bergdahl For Five Taliban Leaders Looks Worse With Each Passing Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Paul Sperry, New York Post*:* Deal for Bowe Bergdahl looks worse and worse* The American soldier President Obama portrayed as a heroic POW of the Taliban and traded five jailed Taliban leaders for his release now looks more like the man President Trump called a “no-good traitor” who should “have been executed.” On Monday, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl admitted deserting his Afghan post as well as misbehaving before the enemy and endangering fellow troops, confirming the betrayal several veterans who served alongside him have alleged for years. Though capital punishment is not in the o... more »

Are We Seeing The Beginning Of An Iraqi Civil War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Mark Williams, Bloomberg:* *Balance of Power: After Islamic State, Are Iraqi Guns Being Turned on Each Other?* Three weeks after Iraq’s Kurds voted overwhelmingly for independence, Baghdad moved to regain control of the oil that helped propel Kurdish dreams of statehood. Iraqi forces took over oil fields and a military base near the city of Kirkuk that lie outside the Kurds’ semi-autonomous region but have been controlled by them since 2014. The fighting sent oil prices higher. Prime Minister Haider Abadi has vowed to seek a negotiated way forward with the Kurds — but also to pr... more »

Gillespie And Trump Are Both Embarrassed Of Each Other! Who Could Blame Them?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Trump's approval ratings might get better-- but that's unlikely. They just keep sinking... and they are, as Jonathan Bernstein explained for Bloomberg readers, really, really bad already. Señor Trumpanzee is, in short, being judged to be the worst president in modern history. He's "back in last place in approval ratings at this number of days after being sworn in of any president in the polling era. And his 'net' approval (subtracting disapproval) has been the worst among those 13 presidents every day of his presidency, and it's never been particularly close. Currently he's within ... more »

Boys will be boys: Data error prompts U-turn on study of sex differences in school

amarcus41 at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
The authors of a 2017 paper on emotional and behavioral gaps between boys and girls have retracted the article after discovering a coding error that completely undermined their conclusions. The revelation prompted the researchers to republish their findings in the same journal, this time with a title that flips the narrative. The PsychJournal study, first […] The post Boys will be boys: Data error prompts U-turn on study of sex differences in school appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Czech elections: top 8 parties, programs, coalitions

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
I think that the number of readers of these posts on Czech politics is rather low but someone asked me. OK, we have elections on Friday and Saturday. Here is a forecast: The top 8 parties above the 5% threshold are shown above. Sadly, the Party of the Free Citizens and similarly reasonable right-wing, new party of the Realists won't get to the Parliament, it seems, and they will subtract lots of votes of the wise right-wing voters. Also, STAN-the-Mayors have a slight chance to get to the Parliament, they're a more modern version of KDU discussed below. What are the parties? The ... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
Out of nowhere yesterday, President Trump entertained the possibility on Twitter that he might get to run against Hillary Clinton again in 2020. He brought up the subject a second time in a news conference yesterday afternoon. As *The Washington Post*'s Michael Sherer notes, Trump's M.O. as president is to conjure up enemies, just to rally the base. To Sherer, this is like entertainment television: Most days bring another round, often at dawn, like plot points in a 24-7 miniseries. ... when the president is on track — he calls Twitter “my voice”-- he can script his presidency lik... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Why cheating has become the norm* The rise of ‘essay mills’ reflects the commodification of university. Here we go again. The UK government has once more discovered that cheating is flourishing in the university system. Earlier this year, the Department for Education warned that it was considering implementing a crackdown on students buying essays online. Not only would it fine students who submitted commercially produced essays as their own work — it was also considering giving them criminal records, too. Nothing happened. Now, this week, universities minister Jo Johnson is d... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Penguin chicks dying because of unusual and unpredicted cold in Antarctica* *Grossly inconsistent with global warming* Almost the entire cohort of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer in what scientists say is only the second such incident in over 40 years. Researchers said Sunday the mass die-off occurred because unusually large amounts of sea ice forced penguin parents to travel farther in search of food for their young. By the time they returned, only two out of thousands of chicks had survived. "Not only did th... more »

WATCH: Cops Respond to Bank Robber by Shooting His Hostage 9 Times

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: hostage]A woman who was taken hostage by a robber was shot 9 times by police, with weapons that included an AR-15, which left her disabled and clinging to life.

Mainstream Media Just Admitted Hollywood Infested With “Child Sex Trafficking”

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: hollywood]The ousting of Harvey Weinstein is forcing the once silent and complicit mainstream media to speak up about the depravity in Hollywood.

How America and Iran Almost Went to War

Edward Chang at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Edward Chang* *Security, * Pres. Barack Obama assembled an armada in the Persian Gulf. The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, is arguably the most significant foreign policy achievement of former U.S. president Barack Obama’s administration. For all its faults, the deal demonstrated that, under certain conditions, an intensely hostile regime such as the Islamic Republic of Iran could be negotiated with. It was even more significant, given that just a few years prior, Obama had something of a showdown with Iran. In a row regarding its n... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 17 hours ago
*Adrian Delia with his wife Nickie Vella de Fremeaux (right) and Rebecca Dimech, the girlfriend of a convicted drugs dealer.* *Adrian Delia* is the leader of Malta's pro-NATO Nationalist Party. Adrian Delia was accused by* Daphne Caruana Galizia* of money laundering. Daphne claimed that money made from *prostitution in London Soho flats* was transferred through an offshore account in Delia's name. "Adrian Delia files fourth libel case against Daphne Caruana Galizia". *- 2 September 2017.* Adrian Delia has said: "Malta is becoming the centre for drug trafficking, prostitution, and ... more »

Florida congressional candidate claims that she has been on a space ship. Oookay then.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Courtesy of the Miami Herald: *Three blond, big-bodied beings — two females, one male — visited her when she was 7 years old and have communicated telepathically with her several times in her life, she says. * *Rodriguez Aguilera, 59, a Republican who is running to replace retiring Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, recounted her experience with the ETs during a 2009 television interview.* *She described “going up” inside the spaceship — though whether it went into space or just hovered around town was left unclear. * *“I went in. There were some round seats that were ther... more »

The Cathedral of Sport

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 17 hours ago
An early concept sketch here by Daryl Jackson for the Great Southern Stand at the MCG — the Cathedral of Sport. "There should,” he says, "be a sense of arrival at the outside ticket box, a celebratory progression to one's designated seat, and the anticipation of spectacle." . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with link and attribution.

Iran’s growing power the driving force behind new American hostility

Shane Quinn at The Duran - 17 hours ago
Iran are becoming a deterrent to the rogues states operating in the Middle East. More The post Iran’s growing power the driving force behind new American hostility appeared first on The Duran.

Making Number 2 a little easier when off the beaten track

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 17 hours ago
I was intrigued to find this video review at The Vulgar Curmudgeon's place. He's also done an earlier review, on the original, smaller toilet paper "tablets". Those may be found here, if you're interested, while the larger ones may be found here. There are similar products from other manufacturers, too; see some of them here. I'd never heard of these things, but I have several friends and acquaintances who regularly hike in back-country areas, or go on hunting trips where they travel as light as possible. I asked them whether they'd ever used such products. Three said they... more »

London's New Mega Mosque - one rule for Jews, another for Muslims

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
'A new Shia Muslim mega mosque and Islamic center – measuring over 3,500 square meters and with room for 3,000 people -- has opened in Golders Green, one of only two largely Jewish areas in London. The Shia Muslim religious center, Hussainiyat Al-Rasool Al-Adham, owns the mosque. ... After the BBC left the building in 2005, a Jewish group wanted to convert the building into a place of worship but was rejected, because the planning applications stipulated that the building should be used for entertainment. In March 2007, it was purchased by an evangelical Christian center. After ... more »

Justin Trudeau and the Sunny Ways Government - Who Really Represents Canadians?

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 18 hours ago
With the Trudeau II government moving forward with its changes to Canada's tax code and the public backlash against changes to the private corporation tax regime that has been in place since 1972, it's time to see who backs the Liberal government's proposals. Other than public pronouncements by various Liberal MPs who are playing a game with their constituents, the only way that we can really tell what Finance Minister Bill Morneau's Liberal peers really think of his proposals and the short, 75 day period of public consultation, is to look at the voting record on Vote Number 355 fr... more »

Argentina: A Triangular UFO in Mendoza (1976)

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 18 hours ago
A lively UFO symposium known as the *Café Ufológico de Mendoza* is held on a regular basis in this Argentinean city's Café Five Stars, representing a source of "real time" information exchanges among students and witnesses of the phenomenon. The most recent such meeting was held on September 27, 2017 and was joined by Raúl Díaz, Ariel Godoy, Daniel Hendryk, Martín Fuentes, Alejandro Asalgado, Laura Lencinas, Laura González, Mariana Muñoz, Cristina Rodríguez, Violeta Moreno, Fernando Rodríguez, Susana Occelli, Héctor Sawiak, Diego Escolar, Alejandro Rosario, Miguel Marinelli and our... more »

We Are Now Needed - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
*We are now needed* *Not because we are the norm* *Rather, we are strong* *© **2017 M.N. Hopkins* *Note: **Written and first published today on my blog. 17 October 2017*

Plague chaos could also wipe out Globalists, consoling side effect

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 18 hours ago
A grim scenario involving more than a half the people or a million people infected by the plague in Antananarivo in Madagascar is being touted by a local paper as possible. “All the capacities of hospitals and health centres would be exceeded,” says L Express. http://www.lexpressmada.com/blog/opinions/pestimiste/ The chaos the plague will cause is also a […]

US has urgent and growing biodefense problems, experts say

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 18 hours ago
From Homeland Preparedness News Pressing, multiplying biodefense issues plague U.S., experts say Monday, October 16, 2017 by Kim Riley The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, a privately funded group established in 2014 to ascertain the current biodefense capabilities of the United States and issue expert recommendations to encourage change, has grown increasingly worried about […]

Sebastian Kurz could be cut out of new Austrian coalition

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 18 hours ago
A coalition between the Social Democrats and Freedom Party could be on the cards as resistance to NWO Globalist Sebastian Kurz becoming Chancellor grows, according to Austrian media. http://www.oe24.at/oesterreich/politik/wahl2017/fpoe/Rote-wollen-Pakt-mit-Strache-gegen-VP-schliessen/304408183 Social Democrat Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil is part of a push to form a new coalition with the populist Freedom Party. Austria needs to tackle […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 18 hours ago
Donald Trump could chose a hawk to be the next chair of the Federal Reserve. Stanford economist John Taylor is expected to hike interest rates as well as to proceed with plans to reduce the central bank’s portfolio of bonds and securities, which have kept rates close to zero to stimulate the real economy. http://www.nasdaq.com/article/dollar-strengthens-on-talk-of-more-hawkish-fed-chair-20171017-00131 […]

What is Paleo

thedrswolfson at The Drs. Wolfson - 19 hours ago
Learn about Paleo nutrition and the Paleo lifestyle in this short video from cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson. While watching this video you will learn: All about Paleo nutrition Key elements of the Paleo lifestyle Why Paleo nutrition and the Paleo lifestyle is the path to follow for optimal health The post What is Paleo appeared first on The Drs. Wolfson.

How to Stop Brexit

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
'Extricating Britain from Europe will be the greatest challenge this country has faced since the Second World War – or its greatest crisis. But in Nick Clegg's view there is nothing remotely inevitable about Brexit – except that it will be deeply damaging if it happens. But can we stop it? How can it be done? Haven't the people spoken? Nick Clegg argues that our democratic mandate is not trounced by the referendum. We are free to reconsider. Calmly and rationally, he will explain precisely how this historic mistake can be reversed – and what you can do to make sure that it is.' A... more »

Kimmel Doesn't Mind Blowing Off Republican Viewers: Except The Surgeon Who Saved His Son

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Kim Rossi Jimmy Kimmel recently said that he doesn't mind offending and losing Republican views of his late night TV show. Jimmy went after the autism/vaccine injury community, making fun of 0ur children's plight, and even created a video...

Quillette.com: The Problem With The Neurodiversity Movement

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
NOTE: Thanks to JB Handley for sharing this on his FB wall. I was unfamiliar with Thomas Clements. Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted wrote a book about the Neurodiversity movement that tackles exactly what Mr. Clements is writing about as...

The "Trump Slump" continues.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
Courtesy of Forbes: *After the announcement of the first two travel bans in January and March, the number of international travelers arriving in the U.S. has dramatically dropped, according to ForwardKeys, a European travel-prediction firm. * *Looking at the number of U.S. inbound arrivals – or the number of international tourists arriving at airports around the country – the firm found that the number of visitors dropped 1.3% following the announcement of the first travel ban on January 27. On June 26, when the second ban was partially re-instated, inbound visitors dropped again... more »

ISIS emir of central Syria killed by Syrian airstrike in Quraytayn

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:05 P.M.) – The highest ranking commander for the Islamic State (ISIS) in central Syria was reportedly killed by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) inside the historical city of Quraytayn this morning. Syrian national, Bassam Al-Dakhil, was identified as the ISIS emir of central Syria that was killed by the SyAAF in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

[Graphic 18+] Scores of Kurdish fighters killed during brief battle for Kirkuk

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – Scores of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed during the brief battle of Kirkuk that took place on Monday in Iraq’s western countryside. Video footage showing the aftermath of the battle was released by pro-government activists – please see below. The Iraqi military would later take control of Kirkuk after the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

It’s unacceptable for Syrian forces to target Israeli jets: Netanyahu

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu stated it is “unacceptable” for Syrian forces to target Israeli jets and Israel will continue to operate “as needed”, in a press statement in Jerusalem on Monday. The statement comes after Syrian forces fired on an Israeli aircraft patrolling in Lebanese airspace. Israel responded […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Kurdish forces seize Raqqa National Hospital, city nearly captured

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:35 A.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued their offensive in Raqqa City, Tuesday, attacking the Islamic State’s (ISIS) last positions inside the provincial capital. SDF units reportedly began their assault on Tuesday by attacking the Islamic State’s headquarters at the Raqqa National Hospital. Shortly after launching their attack, the SDF […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Kurdish forces abandon from Sinjar, Iraqi gov’t forces take control

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – For the second time in three years, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces have abandoned the city of Sinjar in northwestern Iraq. With the Peshmerga withdrawal today, the Yazidi-led Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units) forces have asserted full control of this city in the historic Nineveh Governorate. No clashes were reported in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Operation in Syria nearing completion — Russian Defense Minister

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
The operation in Syria is nearing completion so some issues should be tackled immediately, Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergey Shoigu said at a meeting with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman in Tel Aviv on Monday. “I would particularly like to discuss everything connected to Syria,” Shoigu said. “The operation there is nearing completion and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army uncovers Israeli-made weapons in captured ISIS storage facility – video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a large weapons depot belonging to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate, Syrian state TV reported on Monday. Based on the footage released by Syrian state TV, the captured Islamic State depot in east Homs contained some […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Men and Women

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
Long before Salome petitioned Herod*** to behead John the Baptist after dancing particularly well for him, there has been this push and pull between men and women. ** *The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus relates in his Antiquities of the Jews that Herod killed John. The Harvey Weinstein scandal is only the latest, and while many felt that the story would die naturally, and quickly, it has not. It's not unlike the late pop singer Michael Jackson paying parents of the children who he molested...the hits kept coming. (Washington Times) She didn’t name names, but when Monica Lewinsk... more »

Russia's 3,000 Facebook Ads Did Not Reach The Impact On The Election That President Trump's Adversaries Are Claiming

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Byron York, Washington Examiner:* *10 reasons to stay calm about those Russia Facebook ads* The latest excitement in the Trump-Russia investigation is a set of Facebook ads linked to Russia, about 3,000 in all, that some of the president's adversaries hope will prove the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election. "A number of Russian-liked Facebook ads specifically targeted Michigan and Wisconsin, two states crucial to Donald Trump's victory last November," CNN reported on Wednesday, attributing the information to four sources "with direct knowledge of the situati... more »

More Fabrication of History?

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 21 hours ago
A recent Property and Freedom Society talk by Sean Gabb on the utility of the Classics, namely the study of Greek and Latin, and their cultures, mentioned that the Greeks and Romans were most of time under the influence of … Continue reading →

Resilience Technology Part II: Simple measures to thwart possible collapse

Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
Soon I will post about the passing of my colleague, science fiction author and unique American Jerry Pournelle. And of course much of what I post about today will be altered after we see what is wrought by Hurricanes Irma, José and Katia. But this series conclusion is already prepared.

Is It Time For “Food Diplomacy” In Venezuela?

Andrew KORYBKO at OrientalReview.org - 21 hours ago
Providing the Hybrid War-victimized population with a full belly and reliable access to basic commodities might be all that’s needed to turn the tide against the regime change movement and stabilize the beleaguered country.

The Shrinking CO2 Climate Sensitivity

Hifast at Climate Collections - 21 hours ago
Originally posted on sunshine hours: Once upon a time the estimated effects of a doubling of CO2 where as high as 6C. Now they approach zero. Read the rest at the source – NoTricksZone.

Arctic sea ice mass has grown almost 40% since 2012

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Image: Don’t look now, but Arctic sea ice mass has grown almost 40% since 2012] We had a decade of heating brought on by an el nino event in 1998. the heat release from that culminated in the ice collapse of 2012. That has been followed by Ice rebuilding now sufficient to return the Arctic to its original regime. So far we have not seen a real return to medieval conditions. That must be seen as disappointing. The real problem is that we are now expecting a chilled decade or three. That will be negative in terms of agriculture as weather risks increase.. *Don’t look n... more »

Traditional Marriage Would Truly Shock Our Ancestors, But Not For The Reason You Think

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
For the record, modernity is very much a work in progress and far from being over. Thus marriage as an institution is been changed and altered as needful and can be ultimately expected to sort itself out. There have also been plenty of experiments as well with spotty outcomes. The ideal marriage sees two lovers commit to each other and then work assiduously to perfect their relationship through the birth and care of children and the hormonal cycle as well. If this sounds difficult, it is. Add in economic issues imported from the two families and you apply another layer of ... more »

Clint Eastwood Partners with Cornell Student To Do The Unthinkable: Make Weed A Medicine

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is mostly a marketing item but the fact that this is now possible is good news. We are now beginning the roll out of CBD products without risking the high. It certainly was called for and since there is zero high, the product starts as a mere plant product with no health claims and no negative side effects. Thus it can be sold by the ton. In fact a whole range of hemp product can be put on the market as simple food to be used sparingly perhaps as we use turmeric, ginger and pepper corns. We have watched this for a long time and we are surely now entering the end game...... more »

Ancient Fossils Reveal the First Humans Emerged 170,000 Years Earlier than We Thought

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I presume that we do mean that skull size had emerged as well. Thus a physical intervention seems less likely unless we go deep in time. Yet the jump to modernity was possibly more recent as likely around 200,000 years ago. I do think that brain evolution and expansion was encouraged in coastal communities in the Indonesian - South China Sea area as a response to a rich marine environment. This spat out a steady stream of evolved humanity to interact out across the asian and African land mass. This was a response to the need for a larger social circle and its organization. Th... more »

Help Catalonia; Save Democratic Values

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 21 hours ago
“The European Union’s fundamental values are respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of … Continue reading →

Catalan President Puigdemont Letter to Spanish PM Rajoy, Monday 16 Oct. 2017, Official English Version

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 21 hours ago
Catalan President Puigdemont Letter to Spanish PM Rajoy, Monday 16 Oct. 2017, Official English version: Official English and additional language … Continue reading →

Spain: Excessive Use of Force by National Police and Civil Guard in Catalonia 3 October 2017 – Amnesty International Reports

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 21 hours ago
By AmnestyInternational.org: “Spain: Excessive use of force by National Police and Civil Guard in Catalonia 3 October 2017, 13:02 UTC … Continue reading →

Facebook Wants To Hire People With National Security Clearances

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Philippe Wojazer / Reuters *Fortune:* *Facebook Plans to Hire People With National Security Clearances* Facebook is planning to fight possible election rigging with help from people with national security clearances, according to a new report. The world’s largest social network is planning to hire people with national security clearances to prevent foreign governments from using its service to impact elections, Bloomberg is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. Employees with national security clearances can access classified U.S. government information... more »

China’s New Oil Exchange Where Countries Will Be Able To Take Gold As Payment Plus A Worldwide Paradigm Shift

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
China’s New Oil Exchange Where Countries Will Be Able To Take Gold As Payment Plus A Worldwide Paradigm Shift by https://kingworldnews.com/ As trading continues in the 3rd week of October, here is a look at China’s new oil exchange where countries will be able to take gold as payment, plus a worldwide paradigm shift. – “China […]

Convicted Pedophile Still Working Around Children In Hollywood

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
The Alex Jones Channel Published on Oct 16, 2017 Proving that Hollywood doesn’t care about children at all a convicted pedophile is being allowed to work on set with children. end

Pro-Israel Billionaires Dictate Trump’s Aggressive Iran Policy

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
RT America Published on Oct 16, 2017 President Donald Trump has disavowed the Iran nuclear deal, but won’t pull out of it – yet. The same neocons who pushed for the 2003 invasion of Iraq are now arguing that the US needs to abandon the multi-party international agreement. Investigative reporter Max Blumenthal says that the end […]

Is War Between Israel And Hezbollah Imminent?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Is War Between Israel And Hezbollah Imminent? by Elijah Magnier, Middle East based chief international war correspondent for Al Rai Media , via http://www.zerohedge.com/ The US has raised the level of tension with Iran without taking any concrete steps to pull out of the Iranian nuclear deal. The reason why Trump is expected to limit himself to […]

Still No Answers: Dutch MPs Slam Team Investigating MH17 for Lack of Transparency

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
RT Published on Oct 16, 2017 A number of Dutch lawmakers are angry over a lack of transparency in the investigation into the downing of flight MH17, the plane tragically shot down over Ukraine back in 2014. MPs in the Netherlands say the Dutch Investigation team heading the probe are withholding potentially vital information. end

CNN Goes Full Libtard 

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago

Berlin: Possible Unification of Europe and Russia Against the US

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
All these events are setting up the stage for the war in Revelation 17: the 10 Horn Beast Revived Roman Empire (EU 2.0) vs the Mystery Babylon Whore (America 2.0). Washington DC, the City of 7 Hills, is the endtimes Babylon city IMO. – Revelation 17:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV) 16 And the ten […]

US Sanctioning of IRGC (Iran Military) ‘Beyond Insanity’: Duff

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
US Sanctioning of IRGC (Iran Military) ‘Beyond Insanity’: Duff by http://www.presstv.com/ It is “beyond insanity” for the United States to accuse the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps of wrongdoing despite its record in fighting terror, says an American analyst, noting that Washington is in no place to criticize others given its long list of “criminal activities.” – […]

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
*-by Noah* Surely, this meme expresses an idea whose time has come. Think of it, since Republicans long to always "put women in their place" and tell them exactly what they can and can't do with their lives, their health and even their bodies, suppose every American woman tried to take advantage of our nation's lax gun laws and armed themselves, ideally to the teeth. What would all those angry, fearful white men do? They just might start second guessing their 2nd amendment arguments. They'd be beside themselves, trembling with fear. Might even the NRA kooks start gasping? Hmmm, pr... more »

One Can Now Make The Claim That Spain Keeps Political Prisoners

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Jordi Cuixart (L), leader of Omnium Cultural, and Jordi Sanchez of the Catalan National Assembly, arrive at the High Court in Madrid on 16 October REUTERS *The Independent*: *Catalonia: Spanish judge jails two independence leaders for possible sedition* A Spanish judge has ruled that the leaders of the two biggest grassroots pro-independence associations in Catalonia should remain in prison without bail on possible charges of sedition - for which, if convicted, they could face prison sentences of up to 10 years. An ongoing legal investigation claims Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
North Korea says 'a nuclear war may break out any moment' https://t.co/tkvetV32Uk pic.twitter.com/xtMF8Nr5Qr — Defense News (@defense_news) October 17, 2017 Office workers take time out to photograph the orange sky over London, caused by warm air and dust swept up by storm Ophelia pic.twitter.com/hKfRSmEOXG — AFP news agency (@AFP) October 17, 2017 This makes my heart hurt. May they Rest In Peace. Remember their service and honor their sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/1unSA5FaDR — Military Support (@MilitaryEarth) October 17, 2017 Russian soldiers in Syria, 1980s pic.twitter.com/TRvYO... more »

Boundary changes: Latest plans for Commons seats published per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
It's fascinating how the BBC manage to report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41643467 on the proposed Parliamentary seat boundary changes without mentoring that the current constituency boundaries give an unfair advantage to the Labour Party of around 30 seats. I suppose that an organisation that too often acts as the propaganda arm of the Labour Party wouldn't mention such inconvenient facts.

This Is America's Newest 40mm Grenade Machine Gun

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Marines with 2d Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment field-test the MK47 40 mm Advanced Lightweight Grenade Machine Gun at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The new weapon system may one day replace the MK-19. (Photo courtesy of General Dynamics) *We Are The Mighty:* *Say hello to America's newest 40mm grenade machine gun* The 40mm grenade has become a very valuable asset for a small infantry unit. Each fire team of four grunts usually has at least one 40mm grenade launcher. These grenades can pack a punch, too. According to the Federation of American Scientists, a M433 high-explosive, dual-purpose ... more »

ISIL’s reign over Deir Ezzor City is coming to an end: map

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – The Islamic State’s (ISIS) three year long reign over Deir Ezzor City is coming to a swift end, thanks in large part to the recent advances made by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies. Led by the 4th Mechanized Division and 5th Legion, the Syrian Arab Army has […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US Meddling Across Southeast Asia

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*October 17, 2017* (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - At a time when US political leaders decry with little evidence what they claim is a pandemic of "Russian interference" in Western political affairs from Western Europe to North America, years of documented evidence exist of this very same interference in the domestic affairs of other nations around the world, funded and directed not by Moscow, but by Washington D.C. Across Southeast Asia alone is an interlocked, deeply rooted and heavily financed network of American-backed agitators and propagandists, operating behind the cloaks of journal... more »

Is the Mandalay Bay Security Guard ‘Missing’?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Police told us that despite widespread rumors and speculation, Jesus Campos is not missing.

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Crawling Marine* Marines prepare to run with ghillie suits through a mud pit and water during an exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 13, 2017. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Allison M. DeVries *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *Marines Hone Ghillie Suit, Sniper Skills* (US Department of Defense).

“Fish Depression No Joke… Dolphins Gossip, Whales Talk In Dialects”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Fish Depression No Joke… * *Dolphins Gossip, Whales Talk In Dialects”* by IWB "Can a fish be depressed? This question has been floating around my head ever since I spent a night in a hotel across from an excruciatingly sad-looking Siamese fighting fish. His name was Bruce Lee, according to a sign beneath his little bowl. There we were trying to enjoy a complimentary bloody mary on the last day of our honeymoon and there was Bruce Lee, totally still, his lower fin grazing the clear faux rocks on the bottom of his home. When he did finally move, just slightly, I got the sense that ... more »

China Wants To Buy An Enormous Stake In Saudi Arabia's Main Oil Company Directly

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Exclusive: China offers to buy 5 percent of Saudi Aramco directly - sources* DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - China is offering to buy up to 5 percent of Saudi Aramco directly, sources said, a move that could give Saudi Arabia the flexibility to consider various options for its plan to float the world’s biggest oil producer on the stock market. Chinese state-owned oil companies PetroChina (0857.HK) and Sinopec (0386.HK) have written to Saudi Aramco in recent weeks to express an interest in a direct deal, industry sources told Reuters. The companies are part of a state-run con... more »

Overnight-- With Mike Pence

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"To Pence, Trump is just a stepping stone to theocracy"* Jane Mayer has a piece in the new *New Yorker*, The Danger of President Pence, that needs to be factored into everyone's impeachment calculus. "The worse the President looks," she wrote, "the more desirable his understudy seems. The more Trump is mired in scandal, the more likely Pence’s elevation to the Oval Office becomes, unless he ends up legally entangled as well." But who is Pence? Many Americans don't know much about him-- even if *DWT* readers know *too much* about him. Before we get into Mayer's look-see, let's reme... more »

FBI Corruption

LL at Virtual Mirage - 1 day ago
*SHOCKER - The FBI is Corrupt* No, I'm not shocked at all. Then again, while I have worked in concert with the FBI at times, the record will show that by in large, our relationship was acrimonious. A lot of that had to do with unethical conduct on the part of agents that was covered up by management. On Monday, the FBI confirmed former Bureau Head James Comey personally drafted a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton months before interviewing her. The FBI cares about its public image. This is the face of the current FBI. Like it, don't like it, doesn't matter. That's what it is.

Is Trump Spending More Taxpayer Dollars on Personal Travel than Obama Did?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Despite preliminary indications that the Trump family's government-paid travel expenses are higher than the Obamas', Internet rumors exaggerate the disparity.

Guillermo: Will Weinstein Saga Change Attitudes Toward Campus Sexual Harassment?

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
Sexual harassment on campus is bad enough when it’s simply a matter of students. But add a professor to the mix and now we have the real problem with campus sexual harassment — where the element of power creeps into the mix.

New President Aims to Continue Morehouse Mission of Molding Leaders

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
The Board of Trustees at Morehouse College concluded a six-month search when it voted on Sunday to appoint Harvard University professor Dr. David A. Thomas as its new president.

D.C.-area Higher Ed Presidents Support DACA

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
Close to half of DACA recipients are enrolled in school or college, and the higher education community has spoken out in support of continuing or updating the program.

What Should The West Do With Returning ISIS Fighters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Syrian Democratic Forces furl an Islamic State flag recovered in Raqqa, Syria, October 4, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Erik De Castro *Alexander Smith and Vladimir Banic, NBC:* *What Should the West Do With Fighters Returning From Syria and Iraq?* PRISTINA, Kosovo — Albert Berisha is both a paradox and a dilemma. His lilac shirt, soft features and neatly trimmed beard could belong to any office worker in the world. He certainly doesn't look like someone who swapped his life in Europe to go fight in Syria alongside ISIS militants he openly describes as murderous psychopaths. But Berisha i... more »

In Austria, Voters Choose “Right-Wing Populism”

Alex Newman at rss - 1 day ago
[image: in-austria-voters-choose-right-wing-populism] In an Austrian election that has sparked unprecedented global interest, a 31-year-old politician widely described by the establishment media as an “anti-immigration” conservative is set to become the world's youngest leader after his party dominated at the polls. Riding a wave of populist fervor amid a continental uprising against the establishment — and its deeply unpopular open-borders policies in particular — Sebastian Kurz portrayed himself as an outsider ready to take on out-of-control elites in Austria and at the European U... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 day ago
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch says she's getting death threats: Radio host and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch said she's had to pack up her belongings in garbage bags and leave her home over threats from gun control advocates and other opponents. Loesch said she and her family, including her young children, have received threats over her role in the National Rifle Association in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre. She told Martha MacCallum it's been difficult to sell her home "conventionally" through open houses and a realtor when she's received such vile threats. Some of you probably... more »

Trump: no collusion with Russia; Russiagate investigations should end

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 1 day ago
President calls for ending of Russiagate investigations, citing absence of evidence of collusion More The post Trump: no collusion with Russia; Russiagate investigations should end appeared first on The Duran.

Top Anti-Corruption Reporter Murdered In Malta

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*VICE News: **Reporter who investigated Panama Papers killed in car bomb* Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist who relentlessly investigated corruption in her home country of Malta, was killed Monday afternoon in a car bomb outside her home. One of Malta’s leading politicians has called it “political murder” motivated by her reporting. “What happened today is not an ordinary killing,” said Adrian Delia, a leader of Malta’s political opposition. Galizia was perhaps most famous for her reporting linking Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, his wife, and several associates to the Panama Pap... more »

Boy wonder? Boy, I wonder.

nonnie9999 at HYSTERICAL RAISINS - 1 day ago
From BUSINESS INSIDER: The top government official tasked with clearing background checks said at a congressional hearing that he’s “never seen that level of mistakes” that he saw on White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearance application, which has had to … Continue reading →

RPI's Daniel McAdams: 'The American Public Has Been Weaponized by Propaganda Since 9/11'

RPI Staff at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 1 day ago
[image: undefined] President Trump's "de-certification" of Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal. CIA torture sites in Afghanistan. PATRIOT Act. FISA Amendments. Saudi Arabia. Israel. Syria. Mass surveillance. How does Rex Tillerson drag himself to work each day? Neocon triumph. RPI Director Daniel McAdams sits down for a full hour with KMEC's Heroes and Patriots program. The topics are wide ranging, the interview is fast-paced. What is the Ron Paul Institute working on? How can you be a part of it? Brew a tea, pour a beer, listen to the interview here.

Disastrous fire management wreaks havoc on California

Bonner Cohen, Ph. D. at CFACT - 1 day ago
The wildfires that struck California’s fabled wine country and surrounding areas have left behind death and destruction on an unimaginable scale. When policies create conditions that make forests ripe for wildfires or that force people to live in high-risk areas, don’t be surprised if disaster ensues.

Secwepemc Warrior Kanahus Manuel in Paris 'Divest in Kinder Morgan pipeline'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
By Brenda Norrell Censored News PARIS -- Secwepemc Warrior Kanahus Manuel, following the path of her father Art Manuel, writes from Paris today, "In Paris to address the banks and insurance companies to pull their insurance and investment from the Trans Mountain Kinder Morgan pipeline and from Kinder Morgan Canada, the corporation. We are citing the risks and uncertainty around

Did a Mandalay Bay Hotel Worker ‘Vanish’ After Giving an Interview?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
A disreputable web site published an illogical and inaccurate conspiracy theory about a valet worker who reportedly had a brush with the Las Vegas gunman.

Venezuela's Opposition Claims Fraud As Socialists Sweep Regional Elections

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Dispute over Venezuela vote could spark more unrest, sanctions* CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s opposition refused on Monday to recognize a surprise win for the ruling socialists in weekend gubernatorial elections, raising the prospect of new protests and foreign sanctions against President Nicolas Maduro’s government. Maduro’s candidates took 17 governorships, versus five for the opposition, in Sunday’s nationwide poll, according to the pro-government electoral board. The socialists’ strong showing came despite devastating food shortages, triple-digit inflation, and... more »

Israel: Netanyahu tells Iranian FM to delete Twitter account

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari to delete his Twitter account in a televised attack over censorship. The Iranian minister tweeted that “all Iranian boys and girls, all Iranian men and women, see themselves as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.” Netanyahu responded with “I’d love to know what […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Liberated Airbase in east Aleppo graduates three new battalions

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – Three new air battalions graduated from the military college at the Kuweires Airport this past weekend after a rigorous year long program. The new graduates were spent the year studying a wide variety of topics and training to be pilots in the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF). Video footage of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Developing: ISIS begins withdrawing from strategic town south of Deir Ezzor City

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) has begun withdrawing from the strategic town of Mohassan after Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reinforcements reached this terrorist stronghold south of Deir Ezzor City, pro-government journalists reported tonight. In addition to retreating from Mohassan, the Islamic State also withdrew from the nearby towns of Bo ‘Umar, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

North Dakota Officials Seek to Dupe Citizens on Common Core

Alex Newman at rss - 1 day ago
[image: north-dakota-officials-seek-to-dupe-citizens-on-common-core] Apparently, North Dakota's education establishment thinks North Dakotans and their legislators are stupid, gullible, or both. But in fairness, they are not alone — state and federal officials all over America have been trying to dupe those they misrule into believing the toxic “Common Core” scheme was history. It's not. In fact, it is as firmly entrenched as ever.

‘You bend over backwards for China, Tim Cook, but oppose America’s democratically-elected government when it wants your help fighting terror’

Tim Montgomerie at Blog Posts – Page Array – UnHerd - 1 day ago
The post ‘You bend over backwards for China, Tim Cook, but oppose America’s democratically-elected government when it wants your help fighting terror’ appeared first on UnHerd.

Cómo el nuevo presidente del Ecuador procura deshacer el legado del Correismo en solo 120 días

Soledad Stoessel, Postdoctoral Researcher, Latin American Political Processes., National University of La Plata at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Con el vice en la carcel y el presidente rompiendo con el legado del carismático y popular ex mandatorio Rafael Correa, la izquierda ecuatoriana se apresta para una lucha política.

Just 120 days into his term, Ecuador's new president is already undoing his own party's legacy

Soledad Stoessel, Postdoctoral Researcher, Latin American Political Processes., National University of La Plata at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Ecuador's president, Lenin Moreno, has been flirting with conservatives. Beyond irking his base, it has also lead to mass resignations and Twitter battles with his powerful left-wing predecessor.

What's More Flawed? The Iran Nuclear Agreement, American Korean Policy Or Señor Trumpanzee?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The video above from CNN's *Reliable Sources* is important to watch even though it isn't what this post is about. It's context, important contest, FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel explaining the despite Trumpanzee's blustering and threatening media licenses are not in jeopardy and that the FCC is more interested in the First Amendment than in Trump's fascist instincts to force the media to support his authoritarian approach. "The agency," she said, "will not revoke a broadcast license simply because the president is dissatisfied with the licensee's coverage." A new poll for ... more »

North Korea Warns “Nuclear War Could Break Out At Any Moment”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
North Korea Warns “Nuclear War Could Break Out At Any Moment” by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com/ Less than a day after South Korean and US naval forces kicked off their latest round of joint military drills, which are slated to run until the end of the week, North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador claimed during a fiery speech at […]

Israeli Jets Bomb Syrian Anti-Aircraft Battery After Spy Planes Fired at Near Lebanon Border

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Israeli Jets Bomb Syrian Anti-Aircraft Battery After Spy Planes Fired at Near Lebanon Border by https://www.rt.com/ Israeli jets bombed a Syrian anti-aircraft battery east of Damascus after it fired an anti-aircraft missile at the Israeli aircraft on a spy mission overflying Lebanon, the IDF said. Damascus said the planes violated Syrian airspace near the Lebanese border. […]

The U.S. Navy Just Parked a Guided-Missile Submarine Right Near North Korea

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, Asia* And it could do some real damage if it has to. As tensions with North Korea continue to rise, the United States continues to bring more long-range precision striking power into the region. On October 13, USS *Michigan* (SSGN 727)—an Ohio-class guided-missile submarine—pulled into a South Korean naval base in the port city of Busan. While the U.S. Pacific Command states that *Michigan*’s visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK) was long planned, the message to North Korea is clear—the United States will stand by Seoul if Pyongyang makes any aggressiv... more »

Study: Bigger Aircraft Carriers Are Better

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * The reasons are obvious. A new RAND Corporation study has concluded that bigger aircraft carriers such as the *Gerald R. Ford*-class are more effective and more survivable than smaller carriers. While a slightly smaller 70,000-ton design would be cheaper to operate, such a vessel would be less effective and less survivable. It would also extra cost money to develop and build such a carrier. Even smaller light carriers would be much cheaper, but also much less effective and much less survivable. Thus, those vessels are not worth it. Among the four o... more »

How Will History Judge Trump?

Simon Serfaty at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Simon Serfaty* *Politics, North America* [image: U.S. President Donald Trump pauses as he talks to journalists who are members of the White house travel pool on board Air Force One during his flight to Palm Beach, Florida while over South Carolina] This is not the first time a newly elected president has caused anxiety at the start of his mandate. “THERE ARE three times,” wrote Saint Augustine in his *Confessions*, “a present of things past, a present of things present, and a present of things future.” Each is needed for contextual understanding, but gaps between them are not r... more »

You Brexit, You Buy It

Freddy Gray at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Freddy Gray* *Politics, Europe* [image: British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium] However much both sides want to behave like grown-ups, the arguments over withdrawal soon turn into squabbles. On March 28, the day before Brexit officially began, a very British row broke out—about legs. It was about women’s legs, to be more precise. Just hours before Theresa May invoked Article 50, formally triggering Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, the *Daily Mail*, an anti-EU tabloid, published on its front page a picture of May, sitting nex... more »

Why Didn't Mao Invade Taiwan?

Ian Easton at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Ian Easton* *History, Asia* [image: Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Kuomintang Party (KMT) chairman and presidential candidate Eric Chu bows to Taiwan's national flag, KMT's flag and a portrait of the founding father of the Republic of China, Dr. Sun Yat-sen at a party congress in Taipei] The story of one spymaster reveals what happened. In the summer of 1949, Chiang Kai-shek and his Republic of China (ROC) government appeared doomed. Shanghai and Nanjing, then China’s capital city, had fallen to Mao Zedong's communist forces, and Chiang's units all over China were collapsing under... more »