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Thomas Paine

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Friday, November 17, 2017

17 November - am - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

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The U.S. Congress Has A Serious Sexual Harassment Problem

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Franken has apologized for this photo that was included in Leeann Tweeden's post about her experience with the former SNL writer, who is now a senator. (KABC) *Daily Mail:* *Radio host and former Playboy model says Democratic Senator Al Franken kissed and GROPED her while she was asleep and without consent during a USO tour to Afghanistan in 2006* * California morning radio host Leeann Tweeden says now-Senator Al Franken groped and forcibly kissed her during a USO tour in Afghanistan * Tweeden was then a cover model who had appeared in Playboy, Maxim and FHM; Franken was an aging c... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Reaction To The Coup In Zimbabwe -- November 17, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*David McKenzie, Jamie Tarabay and Angela Dewan, CNN*:* Mugabe's exit is 'a done deal' but Zimbabwe is still in limbo* Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN)Zimbabwe's best-known opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has called on President Robert Mugabe to step aside as the country's military leaders continued their efforts to end the isolated strongman's decades-long rule. Tsvangirai, who had been receiving cancer treatment abroad, returned to Harare after the military took control In Harare and placed Mugabe under house arrest on Wednesday. The political upheaval presents Tsvangirai with the ... more »

Did China Play A Role In Zimbabwe's Coup?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Gen. Li Zuocheng (L), chief of the Joint Staff Department under China's Central Military Commission, holds a welcoming ceremony for Gen. Constantine Guveya Chiwenga (R), commander of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces, in Beijing on Nov 8, 2017. (mod.gov.cn/Li Xiaowei) *The Guardian:* *Zimbabwe army chief's trip to China last week raises questions on coup* General met Chinese military leaders and defence minister in Beijing on eve of move against Robert Mugabe When one of the architects of Zimbabwe’s low-key coup landed in Beijing last week he was met by two of the most senior members of... more »

A Look At The Role That Robert Mugabe's Wife Played That Eventually Eventually Forced The Military in Zimbabwe To Launch A Coup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Daily Mail: **12 diamond rings, 62 pairs of Ferragamo shoes and an £80,000 Rolex in just one YEAR: How Gucci Grace - the First Lady of Shopping - splashed her cash while Zimbabwe struggled to feed its people* * Robert Mugabe's despised 52-year-old wife is known as 'Gucci' Grace for her love of lavish shopping sprees * Currently under house arrest with her husband, 93, at their 25-bedroom, £7.5m Blue Roof mansion in Harare * While seven in ten Zimbabwean's are in poverty, the 'First Lady of Shopping' has lavished millions on bling * Said to have once spent £120,000 on one shopping... more »

Coup In Zimbabwe -- News Updates November 17, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
This is the first picture of Robert Mugabe (back centre) after he was placed under house arrest in a military coup - amid claims he is refusing to step down as Zimbabwe's president. Also in the room, is military chief General Constantino Chiwenga (in fatigues), defence minister Sydney Sekerayami (to Mugabe's left) and South African politicians Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (yellow headwear) and Bongani Bongo (in the light grey suit) *Daily Mail:* *Robert Mugabe is pictured for the first time since Zimbabwe coup as the dictator REFUSES to stand down following negotiations with the militar... more »

A CYNICAL BUT OBVIOUS POINT: IF AL FRANKEN DOESN'T RESIGN, ROY MOORE WILL DEFINITELY WIN

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 13 hours ago
I think Leeann Tweeden's story about her interaction with Al Franken on a 2006 USO tour is quite plausible, especially accompanied by that photo: Franken had written a moment when his character comes at me for a ‘kiss’.... On the day of the show Franken and I were alone backstage going over our lines one last time. He said to me, “We need to rehearse the kiss.” I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax Al, this isn’t SNL...we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.’ He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable. He repeated that acto... more »

Does a ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ Still Show Two Men Hanging From a Tree?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
A screenshot from the game showing a shocking scene is genuine.

U.S. to Reverse Ban on Elephant Trophies, Ivory Imports?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reversed a ban on the import of legally-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Thorne Dreyer : RAG RADIO PODCASTS | Interviews with Katya Sabaroff Taylor, Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez & Gregg Barrios, Veterans for Peace, Terry DuBose & Alan Pogue, Tom Cleaver & Alice Embree, Guy Forsyth, Jonathan Lerner, Jim Hightower, Kerry Awn & the Uranium Savages, Bruce Melton, Glenn Smith, Steve Early & Nick Licata

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 13 hours ago
This all-star array of guests includes a populist icon, Vietnam vets reflecting on the war, a climate change scholar, a founder of the Weather Underground, and legendary Austin musicians performing live. Interviews by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | … finish reading Thorne Dreyer : *RAG RADIO PODCASTS* | Interviews with Katya Sabaroff Taylor, Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez & Gregg Barrios, Veterans for Peace, Terry DuBose & Alan Pogue, Tom Cleaver & Alice Embree, Guy Forsyth, Jonathan Lerner, Jim Hightower, Kerry Awn & the Uranium Savages, Bruce Melton, Glenn Smith, Steve Early & Nick Licata

BREAKING: Photo Shows Senator Al Franken’s Alleged Sexual Assault of Fmr Playboy Playmate

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: Franken]Senator Al Franken has been accused of sexual assault and a photo has been released which allegedly shows the assault of a news anchor and former Playboy model.

Cops Accuse Innocent Man of Breaking Into His Own Truck—So They Shot Him, Twice

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: vehicle]Police shot an unarmed man, began to perform a cavity search, and then shot him a second time after they suspected he was breaking into his own vehicle.

How the global economic reset will begin by breaking petrodollar dominance

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 13 hours ago
The Saudi coup signals war and a new world order reset. More The post How the global economic reset will begin by breaking petrodollar dominance appeared first on The Duran.

‘Virus’ of nationalism has been smashed repeatedly with dictatorships installed

Shane Quinn at The Duran - 13 hours ago
US foreign policy has often been directed toward destroying the threat of independence. More The post ‘Virus’ of nationalism has been smashed repeatedly with dictatorships installed appeared first on The Duran.

The biggest threat to world peace is NATO

Eric Zuesse at The Duran - 13 hours ago
NATO should have been dissolved decades ago. More The post The biggest threat to world peace is NATO appeared first on The Duran.

New Study: "Natural Gas" Has No Climate Benefit, Will Make Things Worse

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
*Your methane bridge to nowhere (source)* *by Gaius Publius* I've seen this report referenced several times, but none of those mentions is getting traction. So time to repeat. The idea that methane, so-called "clean natural gas" or "clean energy," is a bridge fuel that can make our climate problem better — is a lie. Not only that, it's an obvious lie. If you want to eliminate dust and grit, say, from blowing through an open window into your home, you don't half-close the window that lets it in. You close it all the way. If you want to eliminate all carbon emissions from burning fo... more »

US Fish and Wildlife Service to lift ban on importing elephant trophies from Africa

White Wolf at White Wolf - 14 hours ago
US Fish and Wildlife plans to allow imports of elephant trophies from Africa into the US – a move campaigners fear could damage global momentum on ending the ivory trade. In 2014, US big game hunters killing elephants in Zimbabwe were banned from bringing their trophies home, on the basis that the country had failed to show that it was taking elephant management seriously. The decision by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to reverse the ban, which will also apply to trophies from Zambia, follows moves in favour of the US hunting sector that are worrying some observers. Last... more »

Once again, a basic question!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017Erin Burnett works a blur:* We often ask the analysts a basic question. It goes exactly like this: Are the stars of cable news *capable* of making accurate statements? We popped the question again last night as we watched Erin Burnett. Burnett was speaking to a Bama official. Fearlessly, she was pushing him hard. This created a bit of an irony: BURNETT (11/15/17): *Do you think the truth matters here?* MERRILL: Oh, the truth matters greatly. I think the truth matters in all cases. Whenever an allegation has been made, it should be proven true or prove... more »

Author of Czech tramping anthem dies

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
An hour ago, everyone was told that songmaker Mr Wabi Daněk died at 70. He has recorded lots of songs but the most famous one was his 1970 song "Dew on the Tracks". It has become the anthem of the Czech tramping. Now, the word "tramp" surely sounds like a perfectly English word – sometimes, Czechs pronounce it "tramp", sometimes they read it like a Czech word, e.g. "trump" (which makes it even more relevant nowadays). I have heard or said the word every other day for 5 years before I learned how to say "I am" in English. ;-) Nevertheless, Wikipedia basically tells us that the word... more »

New defense for Roy Moore courtesy of Rush Limbaugh. "Did you know that before 1992 when a lot of this was going on that Judge Moore was a Democrat? "

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 14 hours ago
Courtesy of the Daily Rushbo: *RUSH: So no matter what the real stories are here and no matter what the evidence is, these guys, these people on the Republican side are making it clear they’re going to prevent this guy from ever being seated in the United States Senate. * *Did you know that before 1992 when a lot of this was going on that Judge Moore was a Democrat? You didn’t know that? How about all these people now saying, “Oh, yeah, yeah, everybody here knew about Judge Moore. Oh-ho-ho, yeah, good old boy we’ve known about Judge Moore for a long time.” While he was a Democrat... more »

There is Nothing Patriotic or Conservative About Our Bloated Defense Budget

John J. Duncan, Jr. at - 14 hours ago
[image: undefined] Several times over my 29 years in Congress I have wondered whether there are any fiscal conservatives at the Pentagon. It seems that the Defense Department is just like every other gigantic bureaucracy. When it comes to money, the refrain is always “more, more, more.” On November 14, the House passed what one Capitol Hill paper described as a “$700 billion compromise defense bill.” It was $80 billion over the budget caps and many billions more than even President Trump had requested. I opposed almost all the major initiatives of the Obama administration. But it... more »

Artistry in wood, steel and brass

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 14 hours ago
I recently stumbled upon the Web site of Bill Shipman, a rifle-maker in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He produces reproductions of 17th- and 18th-century muzzle-loading weapons. I was stunned by his attention to detail, careful selection of wood, and the level of ornamentation in the fittings. Here are just four examples of his work, taken from his gallery. Click each image for a larger view. Isn't that great workmanship? There are dozens more images, particularly in the detailed galleries for each weapon. Highly recommended viewing. If I could afford one of Mr. Shipman's ... more »

Al Franken latest victim of toxic femininity...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*charges brought by a public sex pot claiming to be shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you over groping.* Dear Lord in heaven - now I have to publicly defend commie creep Al Franken? Keep it up ladies, and pretty soon no one will believe anything you say. So this Leeann Tweeden person, who is famous for showing the world her breasts, is outraged over the aggressive and terrible behavior of Al Franken, who had someone take a silly juvenile picture while on a USO tour with her. "I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep.I felt violated all over again. Embarra... more »

In Support of Free Speech on Campus

Content Multimedia - 14 hours ago
By Thomas Lindsay

Transcript Context and Transparency

Content Multimedia - 14 hours ago
By Thomas Lindsay

Transparency of Federal Funds

Content Multimedia - 14 hours ago
By Thomas Lindsay

China's Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Could Grow Massively in the Coming Years

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Asia* Forget North Korea. *This isn’t meant to suggest that China is going to substantially overhaul the size of its nuclear arsenal overnight. If history is any guide, China is likely to build up its arsenal in a cautious, methodical manner. Nonetheless, it is undeniable that China’s nuclear arsenal is going to get larger in the years ahead, and U.S. nuclear and arms-control strategy must account for this fact.* One of the most consistent aspects of China’s military policy is likely to undergo a significant transformation. Since its first nuclear test... more »

Forget North Korea: This Is What a Chinese Nuclear Attack on America Would Look Like

Lyle J. Goldstein at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Lyle J. Goldstein* *Security, Asia* Millions would die. *As one can see from this discussion, there is ample reason for anxiety with many new Chinese nuclear systems now coming online, as well as substantial reason for optimism. As an author who frequently rides China’s high-speed rail, I am acutely aware that astronomical sums of money spent on that system could just as easily have been spent building an enormous arsenal of nuclear weaponry. That was not done and it’s certainly good that Chinese leaders have their priorities straight. American strategists need to keep this Ch... more »

How Russia, Iran and China Could 'Sink' America's Nuclear Submarines

Harry J. Kazianis at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Harry J. Kazianis* *Security, * Their own stealth-submarines. *So, with all this being said, what should the U.S. Navy do about this challenge? A greater investment in anti-submarine warfare would be a great place to start. New detection methods could also help, although such methods could also be used against Washington’s subs. Here’s an idea: maybe America should get in on the act and get some of its own?* There is no force patrolling the world’s oceans more powerful than the mighty U.S. Navy. Washington’s nuclear-powered attack and ballistic submarines, aircraft carriers an... more »

BREAKING: Your Daily Howler keeps getting results!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017The fruit of 19 years:* If at first you don't succeed, persist for 19 years! That's what Mother always said. This morning, we learned why. In this morning's New York Times, Peter Baker reports on the way the children are pretending or attempting to rethink the past. We plan to discuss their efforts next week. Meanwhile, Baker wrote what's shown below. And it only took 19 years: BAKER (11/16/17): Mr. Clinton’s behavior, proved or otherwise, has long been an uncomfortable subject for Democrats. Many chose to defend him for his White House trysts with Ms.... more »

World News Briefs -- November 16, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*ABC News Online:* *Lebanon PM Saad Hariri looks set to fly to Paris amid allegations of being 'detained'* Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France within 48 hours, before flying home to Beirut to officially submit his resignation, a source close to Mr Hariri says. Key points: Mr al-Hariri announced his shock resignation in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on November 4, citing meddling in the region's affairs by Iran and its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah. *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST * Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri *accepts Macron... more »

The Beautiful Intelligence of Bacteria and Other Microbes. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
The Beautiful Intelligence of Bacteria and Other Microbes | Quanta Magazine https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-beautiful-intelligence-of-bacteria-and-other-microbes-20171113/ Advertisements

Grandparents may be spoiling grandkids to point of increasing cancer risk factors: study 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
Grandparents may be spoiling grandkids to point of increasing cancer risk factors: study – National | Globalnews.ca https://globalnews.ca/news/3862544/grandparents-may-be-spoiling-grandkids-to-point-of-increasing-cancer-risk-factors-study/?utm_source=GlobalNews&utm_medium=Facebook

Optically tunable microwave antennas for 5G applications

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
Optically tunable microwave antennas for 5G applications https://m.phys.org/news/2017-11-optically-tunable-microwave-antennas-5g.html

Elon Musk Has A Secret Private School For His Kids

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
Elon Musk Has A Secret Private School For His Kids https://m.mensxp.com/work-life/career-growth/40752-an-outdated-education-system-could-be-why-elon-musk-has-a-secret-private-school-for-his-kids.html

China is building 30 ‘sponge cities’ to combat climate change 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
China is building 30 ‘sponge cities’ to combat climate change | World Economic Forum https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/11/china-is-building-30-sponge-cities-to-combat-climate-change?utm_content=buffer90070&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

First ever anti-ageing gene discovered in a secluded Amish family. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
First ever anti-ageing gene discovered in a secluded Amish family – ScienceAlert http://www.sciencealert.com/amish-community-rare-genetic-mutation-protects-against-ageing-serpine1

Oncologist Recommends: Try 2-Day Meal Plan, ‘It Starves Cancer, Reverses Diabetes, and Forces You to Lose Weight Fast’

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
Oncologist Recommends: Try 2-Day Meal Plan, ‘It Starves Cancer, Reverses Diabetes, and Forces You to Lose Weight Fast’ https://www.barenaturalhealth.com/2-day-meal-plan-starves-cancer-weight-loss/

We just sent a message to try to talk to aliens on another world. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
We just sent a message to try to talk to aliens on another world | New Scientist https://www.newscientist.com/article/2153461-we-just-sent-a-message-to-try-to-talk-to-aliens-on-another-world/

CrowdScience, How Can I Remember More?, Can your brain run out of storage space?

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
BBC World Service – CrowdScience, How Can I Remember More?, Can your brain run out of storage space? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05mp79q?ocid=socialflow_facebook

Scientists reverse diabetes in a mouse model using modified blood stem cells

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
Medical Xpress: Scientists reverse diabetes in a mouse model using modified blood stem cells https://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2017-11-scientists-reverse-diabetes-mouse-blood.html

The Cult of Russophobia

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 15 hours ago
At the rate the American Inquisition is going, before long they'll require us to take a loyalty oath swearing that we're not Russian agents. An op-ed published in Wednesday's *New York Times* comes mighty close, what with the accusatory headline "Why Don't Sanders Supporters Care About the Russian Investigation?" It is accompanied by a garish graphic of an American flag emblazoned with the scary visage of Vladimir Putin. Since the whole piece, written by one David Klion, is built on a fact-free foundation of quicksand, his whole premise quickly sinks into the ridiculous. The lede pa... more »

Zepp-LaRouche: President Trump's Asia Trip and the New Paradigm

David at LaRouchePAC Feed - 15 hours ago
World Land-Bridge New International Economic Order Video of bp6mlchuXpI To say that President Trump's Asia trip was an historic success may be an understatement! Though the highlight was his visit to Beijing and meetings with China's President Xi Jinping, his meetings with other leaders, including his exchanges with President Putin, were productive. In every event, he made explicit that the days when the U.S. acted as the enforcer of a unipolar empire are over. Join Helga Zepp LaRouche on this week's webcast, as she provides an update on the strategic significance of Trump's trip, ... more »

Georgia Lawmakers Preparing to Axe Paperless Voting Systems After Post-Election Controversy

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 15 hours ago
The state had been using completely paperless voting machines, prompting a lawsuit alleging that the practice made election results indeterminable.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 16, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Harry Harris (L), the 24th Commander of United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), as Harris makes a courtesy visit to Abe at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, 16 November 2017. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool *Reuters:* *U.S. Pacific Commander: Military-backed diplomacy needed to deal with North Korea* TOKYO (Reuters) - Diplomacy backed by military power is needed to deal with North Korea’s missile and nuclear development, the head of the U.S. military’s Pacific Command said on Thursday. North Korea has launc... more »

Okay, Y'all Gonna Have To Make Up Yo Damn Minds!

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 15 hours ago
Police Bodycam Advocates Now Claim Body Cameras Are A 'Threat To Civil Rights' *BLM*- Civil rights advocates demanded accountability from law enforcement agencies through the use of bodycams in the wake of the Ferguson riots. Police departments nationwide implemented bodycams at considerable expense to satisfy their critics and provide more “transparency” in law enforcement. The result? A new report from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights said that bodycams pose a “threat to civil rights.” The report, “The Illusion of Accuracy: How Body-Worn Camera Footage Can D... more »

WHO asks dozens of journals to correct papers on diagnostic tool developed by former collaborators

Mark Zastrow at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
In one of the largest such requests we’ve ever heard of, the World Health Organization has asked 46 journals to correct articles that refer to a bone fracture risk diagnostic tool as developed or endorsed by the WHO. By WHO’s count, the tool — known as Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX), which has come under […] The post WHO asks dozens of journals to correct papers on diagnostic tool developed by former collaborators appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Compensation for other people’s weather inches forward at UN climate summit

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 15 hours ago
In UN-speak it is called simply "loss and damage." This is the unfounded idea that people adversely affected by bad weather are "climate victims" and as such they should be compensated by the developed countries that supposedly caused the weather to be bad.

Confronting the climate elite at COP 23

Craig Rucker at CFACT - 15 hours ago
Global warming campaigners are spoiled. When they get together for a UN conference they don't expect to be challenged. The last thing they expected was CFACT!

Barbuda's PM blames climate change for hurricane damage per BBC News - Sheer incompetent reporting from the massively over-funded BBC

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-41998542/barbuda-s-pm-blames-climate-change-for-hurricane-damage runs thus: 'Barbuda's PM blames climate change for hurricane damage The Prime Minister of Anguila and Barbuda blames climate change for causing the hurricane which devastated Barbuda in November this year. Gaston Browne has called on polluting countries to help with the costs of reconstruction. 15 Nov 2017 From the section Latin America & Caribbean' Anguila and Barbuda? I think not, Antigua and Barbuda is a two island nation, Anguilla is a separate British Overseas ... more »

'Scary'

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
The BBC: Labour candidate Nasreen Khan dropped 'for anti-Semitism’. Some say she ‘resigned’, but never mind. It’s ‘good’ that the BBC reported it, even if they had to cast doubt on it even as they said it. Presumably the timorous use of ‘scare quotes’ is to indicate that it was ‘reported speech’ rather than an accidental ‘value-judgement’ on the part of the 'reporter'. A potential Labour councillor has been removed from the candidate list after being accused of being anti-Semitic. Nasreen Khan was hoping to stand in next year's Bradford council elections. The party removed Ms Khan... more »

PERISHING FROM THE EARTH: Huge star makes craziest statement yet!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017Part 4—Future anthropologists speak:* The richness of the current stampede has transformed this award-winning site. At its start, it was devoted to critiques of the upper-end press. This new stampede has been so rich that we've been forced to make an admission: We're now involved in pure anthropology—anthropology of the future. An anthropology which seeks to define who "we, the people" really are. Are we really "the rational animal," as we've long insisted? The richness of the current stampede turns that claim into a joke for the gods. Then too, there i... more »

Keeping the Export-Import Bank Honest

Veronique de Rugy at rss - 15 hours ago
[image: keeping-the-export-import-bank-honest] Last week, Boeing confirmed the purchase by China of 300 planes for the listed price of $37 billion. This deal occurred without any backing from the infamous Export-Import Bank of the United States — an outfit that lowers the cost of borrowing for foreign companies when they buy some American goods, such as Boeing aircraft.

Venezuela - shh don't tell the British public

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
Jeremy Corbyn - "There is a different and a better way of doing things. It's called socialism, and it's something that Venezuela has made a big step towards." President Donald Trump - "The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented." Obviously this sort of information is too inconvenient to be reported by the Labour Party's propaganda arm the BBC.

After Admitting to Secretly Experimenting on Troops, Army Refusing to Provide Them Medical Care

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: experiments]After being exposed for conducting horrifying experiments on troops, the Army is now refusing to treat the health problems caused by their mad science.

Fusion GPS founder admits that Trump Dossier was built entirely on rumors (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 15 hours ago
The information in the dossier, that was paid for by Hillary Clinton, was never verified. More The post Fusion GPS founder admits that Trump Dossier was built entirely on rumors (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Libertarian venture capitalist, Peter Thiel, funds effort to break up Google

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Is billionaire VC Peter Thiel trying to break up Google? More The post Libertarian venture capitalist, Peter Thiel, funds effort to break up Google appeared first on The Duran.

Turkish MP from Erdogan’s party praises Russian, Iranian and Turkish unity on Syria – calls US the major problem

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Turkish member of Parliament Metin Kulunk sees Turkey, Iran and Russia as partners, while the US being their biggest obstacle. More The post Turkish MP from Erdogan’s party praises Russian, Iranian and Turkish unity on Syria – calls US the major problem appeared first on The Duran.

“Crazy” Maxine Waters leads bizarre zombie-like “Impeach 45” chant (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Governing becomes impossible when you go to left-right extremes. More The post “Crazy” Maxine Waters leads bizarre zombie-like “Impeach 45” chant (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Security In Iraq, Nov 8-14, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 16 hours ago
The greatly improved security environment continued for another week in Iraq. From Nov 8-14, there were less than 100 incidents, but the number of dead was very high due to another mass grave being discovered. There were 62 incidents during the second week of November. That marked the fourteenth full week with less than one hundred incidents recorded in the media. Since the Battle of Mosul, the Islamic State has collapsed and its terrorist cells are barely operating anymore. Broken down by province there was 1 incident in Babil, 1 in Dohuk, 1 in Wasit, 2 in Kurdistan, 6 in Salah... more »

This Day In Iraqi History – Nov 16

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 16 hours ago
1914 British forces attacked Ottomans in Zain, Basra 1918 UK commissioner for Iraq Arnold Wilson wrote that Iraqis were happy with British occupation 1922 PM Gaylani’s second govt resigned 1930 Iraqi parliament ratified new Anglo-Iraq treaty ending British mandate but maintained British influence 1961 Mustafa Barzani asked for UN aid to Kurds 1980 Iraq sent letter to the Iran saying Baghdad was still following 1975 Algiers Accord on Shatt al-Arab and Tehran was violating it 2004 Major fighting in 2nd Battle of Fallujah said to be over 2005 C... more »

Syrian Army builds make-shift bridges to cross Euphrates: video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been building several make-shift bridges around the Deir Ezzor Governorate recently in order to give their forces the ability to attack the remaining Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists along the eastern bank of the Euphrates. Video footage released by Sputnik News, Thursday, showed several bridges […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian will be the next Vietnam: Turkish MP

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
A member of the Turkish Parliament from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Metin Kulunk, speaking at the press conference at a Mejlis, said that the United States is trying to reshape the borders of the countries that were created after the First World War based on its own interests. The Turkish MP believes […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army, IRGC kickoff Albukamal offensive: video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies kicked off their Albukamal offensive, today, after taking a short break to regroup in southeastern Deir Ezzor. Backed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah, the Syrian Army attacked the Islamic State’s (ISIS) positions outside Albukamal in a bid to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

‘We will not allow Iranian presence in Syria’ – Israeli DM

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed that Israel would “not allow an Iranian presence in Syria” as part of a US-Russian ceasefire deal, speaking from the Israeli northern border on Wednesday. The minister explained his stance by adding, “We will not allow Syria to become a Shiite front line against the State of Israel.” The […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Jihadist defenses collapse as Syrian troops seize several areas near Idlib axis

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:05 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels are having a rough day in the northeastern countryside of Hama, as their forces have lost several areas to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the last 24 hours. Led by their elite 39th and 40th brigades of the 4th Division, the Syrian Arab Army began the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Turkish FM: Kurdish militants seek to claim Syrian land, not fight ISIS

Brecht Jonkers at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:30 PM) – Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a speech on thursday that Kurdish militants in northern Syria are more concerned with claiming and conquering more of Syrian territory, rather than actually fighting ISIS. According to Cavusoglu, recent developments have shown that the so-called People’s Protection Units (YPG) are […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Lavrov accuses US, Coalition of hindering work of Russian aviation in Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
The Russian foreign minister has emphasized that contrary to Pentagon’s statements, the US presence in Syria is illegal. “The Syrian army’s actions supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces to eliminate the remaining Daesh militants were hindered, while more time was needed to reach our goals,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stated, commenting on reports […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Rebel rocket attack on Damascus kills, injures several civilians

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRI (2:10 P.M.) – At least one civilian was killed, 13 others wounded as mortar shells fired from rebel-held areas hit several neighborhoods in the Syrian capital. According to AMN reporter in Damascus, 4 mortar shells rocked the Sabaa Bahrat and Abbasiyen Squares in central Damascus, killing and injuring civilians, as well as causing […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army captures new town in northeast Hama

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their advance in the northeastern countryside of the Hama Governorate, today, capturing a new town after a fierce battle with the Al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham terrorist group. Led by their 39th and 40th brigades of the 4th Division, the Syrian Arab Army stormed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

I'll just leave this here.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 16 hours ago
"They don't have water? That's OK.": Trump gets parched during his televised remarks on his Asia trip pic.twitter.com/ybNOHm6iLJ — POLITICO (@politico) November 15, 2017 And this too. More than a tweet, there's also a video of Trump mocking Rubio's SOTU water moment. pic.twitter.com/dkKyrOIUGO — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 15, 2017 I think yesterday was one of Marco Rubio's favorite days.

FACT: The U.S. Military Considered Using Nuclear Weapons on North Korea and China

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * The Korean War almost went atomic. *Nuclear escalation on the Korean Peninsula would have gone terribly for everyone involved. The United States would have caused dreadful pain to uncertain strategic advantage, potentially pushing the Communist powers to escalate. The physical and human terrain of Korea would have endured awful suffering. And perhaps most importantly, the world would have lost the nascent nuclear taboo, a sense among policymakers that atomic weapons differed in some meaningful sense from other kinds of explosives, and that their pr... more »

The U.S. Military Is Arming To the Teeth with Lasers and Missiles Because of One Reason

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * The drones--as in enemy drones--are here. The US Army is accelerating a number of emerging counter-drone weapons in response to a warzone request from US Central Command - to counter a massive uptick in enemy small-drone attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Theater has asked for a solution, so we are looking at what we can apply as an interim solution," Col. John Lanier Ward, Director Army Rapid Equipping Force, told Scout Warrior in an interview. New electronic warfare weapons, next-generation sensors and interceptors and cutting edge improved targetin... more »

America vs. North Korea: Can a Brutal War be Avoided?

Daniel L. Davis at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Daniel L. Davis* *Security, Asia* Time is on our side, not on Kim Jong-un’s. For logical and traceable reasons, the chances of war on the Korean peninsula have moved beyond “possible” and now solidly into “likely” territory. The combined actions, decisions, and positions of Presidents George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump, along with North Korean dictators Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un, have perversely created a no-win situation in which war may now be unavoidable––a tragic and avoidable situation for which hundreds of thousands or millions of Americans, South Koreas, and... more »

Israel Military Chief Of Staff: Israel Ready To Share Intelligence Information With Saudi Arabia On Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Israeli military chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot. IDF Spokesperson *Times Of Israel*:* In first-ever Saudi interview, IDF head says ready to share intel on Iran* Eisenkot tell Arab press Jerusalem and Riyadh in complete agreement on Islamic Republic, which he calls 'the biggest threat to the region' In an unprecedented interview to a Saudi news outlet, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot said Thursday that the Jewish state is prepared to share intelligence with the Gulf kingdom in their joint efforts to curb Iranian influence in the region. Israel and Saudi Arabia do ... more »

Thursday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 16 hours ago
This and that for your Thursday reading. - Canadians for Tax Fairness discusses the appallingly small tax contributions made by Canada's largest companies, the vast majority of whom have foreign subsidiaries to avoid paying their fair share. - Meanwhile, Robert de Vries and Aaron Reeves point out the unfortunate reality that far too many people are prepared to overlook how the wealthy manipulate our tax systems while holding people living in poverty to a spotless ethical standard. - Martin Regg Cohn writes about the Ontario Libs' purely political choice to hand free money to busin... more »

New column day

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 16 hours ago
Here, on the Trudeau Libs' willingness to favour the concentration of money, power and privilege. For further reading... - Peter Zimonjic reported on the fallout from Bill Morneau's profit off of his own decisions as Finance Minister, while Kathleen Harris discussed his belated attempt to distance himself from his own choices. And in the example of appalling coverage discussed in the column, Donovan Vincent managed to allow Morneau to portray himself as Bruce Wayne while glossing over or outright ignoring the ethical lapses which have put him in the headlines. - Harvey Cashore, Che... more »

The U.S. Military Is Intensfying Its Operations In Somalia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Long War Journal:* *November AFRICOM’s Most Active Month yet in Somalia* Only halfway through the month, the United States has already conducted more strikes in November than any other since the inception of its air campaign in Somalia in 2007. On Nov. 14, US forces launched yet another airstrike against Shabaab fighters located 60 miles northwest of Mogadishu. That strike, the fifth against Shabaab in the past week alone, killed “several” militants, according to an AFRICOM press release this morning. Earlier this month, the United States expanded its targeting in Somalia to incl... more »

The Whole World Is Moving to Secure Its Borders

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Wikimedia Commons *Daniel Goure, RCD*: *The Whole World – Not Just the U.S. – Is Moving to Secure Its Borders* It is a globalized world. A person can circle the earth in 36 hours, and an idea can do the same in 36 minutes. The value of international flows of goods, services and finances is today around $30 trillion a year and could triple by 2025. In 2015, the level of global foreign direct investment topped $1.7 trillion with about 60 percent of that amount going to developed countries. The same year, over $700 billion in cross-border mergers and acquisitions were completed. Appl... more »

British Forced To Counterattack Trump-Putin-Xi Cooperation — In Their Own Name

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 17 hours ago
PDF: [image: PDF icon] 20171116-british-counterattack.pdf The British tried to subvert their upstart breakaway colony in the Americas by military means a number of times. But when Lincoln mobilized the nation against the British- instigated Confederacy based on the highest moral principles embeded in our Constitution — and with help from the Russian naval fleets deployed into New York and San Francisco harbors as a warning to the Brits to stay out — London decided they had to change tactics. Since that time, they have done all in their power to subvert those higher moral principle... more »

New map of Antarctic geothermal heat suggests Steig & Mann 2009 weren’t measuring ‘global warming’

Hifast at Climate Collections - 17 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: This is quite interesting. Remember the claim in on the front cover of Nature in 2009 by Steig and Mann that Antarctica was warming, thanks to that “special Mannian PCA math sauce” that was applied to air temperature data to smear surface temperature trends over the entire continent?…

The EU's Biggest Standing Armies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Zero Hedge*: *The EU's Biggest Standing Armies* As we detailed previously, the foreign and defense secretaries of 23 EU countries (out of 28 in total) agreed on Monday to take further steps towards forming a European defense force. Five countries opted out: The United Kingdom (that's is leaving the EU), Denmark, Ireland, Portugal and Malta. The defense union has been on the agenda for a long time and is called the Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO. This chart shows the EU countries with the largest standing armies, according to data provided by GlobalFirePower.com. *R... more »

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Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 17 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin The White House Is Being Warned: North Korea Is Planning A "Devatstaing EMP Attack" On America Sweden: The World's Biggest Housing Bubble Cracks Russia's Alleged Meddling In Catalan Vote: Playing The Blame Game U.S. government shares technical details on North Korean hacking campaign Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit, data shows Canada Builds $300 Million Highway To Nowhere, But Is There A Hidden Agenda? German Homeless Population Explodes By One-Third In 2016 As Migrant Crisis Takes Its Toll The White House's Leak Hunt Is Battling the Wr... more »

WHAT THEY WANT IS GOOD-BAD BUT NOT EVIL

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 17 hours ago
*The Washington Post*'s James Hohmann reports that President Trump got bad marks from women yesterday in a North Carolina focus group conducted by pollster Peter Hart. Republican women who voted for President Trump in North Carolina said during a focus group Wednesday night that they are embarrassed by and exasperated with him. -- Annie Anthony, 56, voted for Trump last year because she opposes abortion and did not like how Hillary Clinton handled Benghazi. Now she fears that Trump is marching us toward war with North Korea. She describes the first 10 months of his presidency as “c... more »

Good Candidates Don't Accept DCCC Endorsements In Primaries

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
*Worth 10 DCCC Red to Blue Endorsements* The DCCC claims to be neutral in primaries but always puts its fingers on the scale for corrupt conservatives from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party, Blue Dogs and New Dems, never for progressives. The DCCC favors wealthy self-funders and "ex"-Republicans. They recruit them and back them and help them disadvantage candidates from working class backgrounds. Is the DCCC anti-union? They probably don't even realize it, but, of course they are. Let's take a look at a DCCC press release masquerading as reporting in yesterday's *Roll Call... more »

Hard To Find

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 18 hours ago
In the end, three Republican senators -- Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and John McCain -- torpedoed the monstrosity that was intended to put an end to Obamacare. And now they are faced with another monstrosity. E.J. Dionne writes: The GOP bill that should be called the Cut Taxes on President Trump and Other Very Rich People Act of 2017 always had a secondary purpose: to jack up the deficit so Republicans could later cry out in horror, “Look at that awful debt!” They’d then use the pools of red ink they created to justify deep cuts in social programs. But people who call themselv... more »

CONFIRMED: Israel to share “intelligence” on Iran with Saudi Arabia

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 18 hours ago
A new system of 'north versus south' alliances is all but fully solidified in the Middle East. More The post CONFIRMED: Israel to share “intelligence” on Iran with Saudi Arabia appeared first on The Duran.

A physics journal agreed to retract a paper several months ago. It’s still not retracted.

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 18 hours ago
A physics journal says it has planned for several months to retract a 2006 paper by a prominent researcher with multiple retractions, after a concerned reader notified the editor about extensive duplication. But, more than seven months after receiving the complaint, the journal Thin Solid Films has not yet taken action. So what’s taking so […] The post A physics journal agreed to retract a paper several months ago. It’s still not retracted. appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Latest Tweet From US Strategic Command Is Filled With Errors

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
"The teeth of the U.S. nuclear triad is the submarine fleet, accounting for 70 percent of the firepower" - Cmdr. James Hurt, commander of Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN 737).https://t.co/k83yqRRqF9 pic.twitter.com/27DvW9cphy — US Strategic Command (@US_Stratcom) November 15, 2017 *NYPost: **Military tweets out error-filled story about US nukes* You’d think the United States military would know better. Someone from the US Strategic Command — which is the command in charge of America’s nukes — thought it would be a good idea to tweet out a news article on... more »

China Is Building The World's Fastest Wind-Tunnel To Test Hypersonic Weapons And High-Speed Aircraft

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
China is building the world’s fastest wind tunnel to simulate hypersonic flight at speeds of up to 12 kilometres per second. The tunnel near Beijing is able to replicate hypersonic flight conditions. Photo: South China Morning Post *Today Online:* *China builds world’s fastest wind tunnel to test weapons that could strike US within minutes* BEIJING — China is building the world’s fastest wind tunnel to simulate hypersonic flight at speeds of up to 12 kilometres per second. A hypersonic vehicle flying at this speed from China could reach the west coast of the United States in less ... more »

Let’s live with the infinite, the stars. Times may be dark but we can chose what to tune into

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 18 hours ago
We are living in crazy times, times that have an end of the world feel about them. Hurricanes, volcanoes, earth quakes, disease, financial crashes. Negative experiences can drain away our energy. We need to make a conscious effort to keep our batteries recharged, fill ourselves with positive energy, impressions. I’ve just been reading the Elder Porphyrios after going […]

Study links Tory austerity to 120,000 deaths, “economic murder” (Trump on same path)

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 18 hours ago
From The Independent The Conservatives have been accused of “economic murder” for austerity policies which a new study suggests have caused 120,000 deaths. The paper found that there were 45,000 more deaths in the first four years of Tory-led efficiencies than would have been expected if funding had stayed at pre-election levels. On this trajectory […]

UK SCIENTIST WARNS PLAGUE WILL INEVITABLY BECOME RESISTANT TO ANTIBIOTICS, MAKING IT FAR SCARIER

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 18 hours ago
From The Daily Mail Plague ravaging Madagascar will inevitably become RESISTANT to antibiotics, experts warn Treatment with antibiotics may cause drug resistance making it ‘far, far scarier’ Scores of doctors and nurses have been struck down by the deadly disease As it grows momentum, hospitals will be unable to meet the illness’ burden Some […]

Donald Trump will break tradition and NOT meet with American Noble prize winners.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 18 hours ago
Courtesy of The Hill: *President Trump will not meet with the American Nobel laureates this year, Stat News reported. * *The decision breaks with that of past presidents, who have met with the American Nobel Prize winners nearly every year since 2001. * *Two American Nobel Prize winners told Stat News they didn't plan to go to the White House if there was an event. * *Columbia biophysicist Joachim Frank said he was "relieved" he wouldn't see the president. * *“I will not put my foot into the White House as long as Trump, [Vice President] Pence, or [Speaker Paul] Ryan (i.e., the ... more »

The societal trap of debt

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 19 hours ago
Yes, I'm going to talk about debt yet again, because it's such a critical issue right now that our economy is teetering on the brink of what's been called a "debt tsunami". Unfortunately, far too few consumers are aware of the extent of the problem, and even those that are tend to downplay its likely impact on their lives. That's a critical error. Let's begin by looking at US government debt. It's a foundational issue, because every US taxpayer is on the hook for his or her "share" of that debt. David Stockman calls it "The Black Swan In Plain Sight---Debt Out The Wazoo". (If ...more »

The B-58 Hustler: The Mach 2.0 Nuclear Bomber That Never Dropped a Single Bomb

Robert Beckhusen at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*Robert Beckhusen* *Security, * So what happenned? On Nov. 11, 1956, the first B-58 Hustler took flight. It would never see combat. An exotic, beautiful bomber designed for high-speed nuclear strike missions, a change in Soviet tactics and a development method which dramatically hiked costs conspired to doom the Hustler — intended as a replacement for the jet-powered B-47 Stratojet. Convair’s delta-wing Hustler was in some respects a fantastic aircraft, and as a supersonic jet bomber was capable of flying significantly faster — at Mach 2.0 — than the B-52 Stratofortress and the... more »

U.S. Army: We Will Increase Hellfire Missile Production by 50-Percent by 2019

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * And that is a really big deal "We will increase HELLFIRE production by 50-percent by 2019," Brig. Gen. Robert Rasch, Deputy Program Executive Officer, Missiles and Space, told Scout Warrior in an interview. The US Army is massively increasing production and delivery of HELLFIRE missiles to keep pace with upgrades to the weapon and a continued fast-growing use of the weapon around the globe, senior Army officials said. The war against ISIS, along with widespread multi-service and international use of HELLFIRE has depleted existing inventory of the weap... more »

Watch: Neil deGrasse Tyson Has a Critically Important Message for Americans

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 19 hours ago
Watch: Neil deGrasse Tyson Has a Critically Important Message for Americans https://futurism.com/watch-neil-degrasse-tyson-has-a-critically-important-message-for-americans/ Advertisements

Surprise! Georgia Tech Teaching Assistant Isn’t Human, She’s a Robot

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 19 hours ago
Surprise! Georgia Tech Teaching Assistant Isn’t Human, She’s a Robot https://futurism.com/suprise-georgia-tech-teaching-assistant-isnt-human-shes-robot/

The Flat Earthers had their international conference yesterday and it was jaw-dropping. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 19 hours ago
The Flat Earthers had their international conference yesterday and it was jaw-dropping | indy100 https://www.indy100.com/article/flat-earthers-international-conference-earth-is-a-disc-conspiracy-theories-nasa-space-8058011

Even doctors are amazed by this remedy: It prevents heart attack, lowers cholesterol and boosts your immune system. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 19 hours ago
Even doctors are amazed by this remedy: It prevents heart attack, lowers cholesterol and boosts your immune system – Health Today Magazine http://healthtodaymagazine.com/2017/11/16/even-doctors-amazed-remedy-prevents-heart-attack-lowers-cholesterol-boosts-immune-system/

We Just Discovered One of the Closest Earth-Like Planets Ever

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 19 hours ago
We Just Discovered One of the Closest Earth-Like Planets Ever https://futurism.com/discovered-closest-earth-like-planets/amp/

How to remove dry and dark skin on your neck, elbows, knees and underarms? 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 19 hours ago
How to remove dry and dark skin on your neck, elbows, knees and underarms? – Health Today Magazine http://healthtodaymagazine.com/2017/10/28/remove-dry-dark-skin-neck-elbows-knees-underarms/

This crazy new material could harvest electricity from the human body. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 19 hours ago
This crazy new material could harvest electricity from the human body – ScienceAlert http://www.sciencealert.com/new-organic-material-generates-electricity-when-stressed-empa-piezoelectric

​Linux totally dominates supercomputers. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 19 hours ago
Linux totally dominates supercomputers | ZDNet http://www.zdnet.com/article/linux-totally-dominates-supercomputers/?ftag=COS-05-10aaa0h&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a0c034700bd4700076d05ba&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

Biohackers are using CRISPR on their DNA and we can’t stop it. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 19 hours ago
Biohackers are using CRISPR on their DNA and we can’t stop it | New Scientist https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23631520-100-biohackers-are-using-crispr-on-their-dna-and-we-cant-stop-it/?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&cmpid=SOC|NSNS|2017-Echobox&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1510790552

Choosy Eggs May Pick Sperm for Their Genes, Defying Mendel’s Law. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 19 hours ago
Choosy Eggs May Pick Sperm for Their Genes, Defying Mendel’s Law | Quanta Magazine https://www.quantamagazine.org/choosy-eggs-may-pick-sperm-for-their-genes-defying-mendels-law-20171115/?utm_content=buffer9bcc4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Russia Provides Debt Relief To Venezuela

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*DW*: *Russia extends lifeline as Venezuela struggles with 'selective default'* Credit ratings agencies have declared Venezuela and its state-run oil company in "selective default." But Russia has offered to restructure the South American country's debt to ensure Caracas pays its other creditors. Venezuela on Wednesday signed a pact to restructure its debt with major creditor Russia as the cash-strapped nation teeters on the edge of default. Russia's finance ministry said that the deal is aimed at increasing the chances that Caracas' creditors receive what is owed to them. A dele... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 19 hours ago
*Elite colleges with fat endowments are on the defensive as the GOP drags them into a D.C. tax fight* America’s elite private colleges would rather talk about anything other than their own vast wealth, but Republicans have put the institutions they have long criticized as liberal bastions on the defensive by dragging them into Washington’s messy tax fight. Tax overhauls drafted in the House and Senate have zeroed in on the billions of dollars that top private schools have tucked away in endowments. The lawmakers want to impose a new 1.4 percent tax on annual income spun off by... more »

Cop Sentenced to Prison, Forced to Pay Victim for Savagely Beating a Teen on Video

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 19 hours ago
[image: bully]Showing exactly how abusive cops should be treated, a bully cop has been sentenced 27 months in prison for savagely beating an innocent teen on video.

Canada Reveals Its Peace-Keeping Goals

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Canada will not send peacekeepers to Mali in near future: officials* VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canada will not be sending hundreds of peacekeepers to support a United Nations mission in Mali in the near future, officials said on Wednesday, a move likely to disappoint allies who want Canadians to play a role in the West African country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last year promised to contribute up to 600 troops to peacekeeping operations and Canadian defense experts made three trips to Mali, where soldiers under the U.N. are fighting Islamist militants. Canada said i... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 19 hours ago
*Avalanches of global warming alarmism* *UN climate cataclysm predictions have no basis in fact and should not be taken seriously* Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris Throughout the United Nations Climate Change Conference wrapping up in Bonn, Germany this week, the world has been inundated with the usual avalanche of manmade global warming alarmism. The UN expects us to believe that extreme weather, shrinking sea ice, and sea level rise will soon become much worse if we do not quickly phase out our use of fossil fuels that provide over 80% of the world’s energy. There is essentially no... more »

PEI Mistake Capacity for Output (Again!)

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 19 hours ago
By Paul Homewood The latest guff from the IEA, via PEI: Boosted by a strong solar PV market, renewables accounted for almost two-thirds of net new power capacity around the world last year, with almost 165 GW coming online, according to a new report, writes Kelvin Ross New solar PV capacity grew […]

China’s Thermal Power Output Rising By 6.3% So Far This Year

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 19 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Further to the recent Global Carbon Project report, which revealed that CO2 emissions were on the rise again in China this year, it is worth looking at what the China Energy Portal has to say. Although they are an independent outfit, they say that all of their data comes from […]

Military Schengen: EU’s new Defense Pact acts to reduce dependence on American military

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
The EU will now build its own Military Industrial Complex. More The post Military Schengen: EU’s new Defense Pact acts to reduce dependence on American military appeared first on The Duran.

First they came for RT, now the US seeks to force China’s Xinhua to register as a foreign agent

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 20 hours ago
The US is no longer a safe space for free speech. Free speech in the USA has been reduced to the freedom to agree with pre-approved narratives and agendas. More The post First they came for RT, now the US seeks to force China’s Xinhua to register as a foreign agent appeared first on The Duran.

UN never gave US permission to deploy troops to Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
The United States has not received the United Nations’ mandate on deploying its troops to Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. “We were surprised to hear a statement made by US Defense Secretary James Mattis when talking to the US media representatives on November 13 that the US Armed Forces are […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Israeli warplanes circle Lebanese-Syrian border

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – Israeli warplanes were seen flying over Lebanese airspace for several hours, Thursday, circling several towns near the Syrian border. The Israeli warplanes were seen flying over the Jabal Sheikh (Mount Hermon) area, along with several towns in the southern part of Lebanon. According to Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA), Israeli […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ahrar Al-Sham advances towards strategic east Damascus base after seizing SAA command post

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 P.M.) – The Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham launched a powerful offensive in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, yesterday, targeting the strategic vehicle base inside Harasta. Backed by the Free Syrian Army’s Al-Rahman Regiment, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham captures a number of points in Harasta these last 24 hours, putting them within […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Syrian Army, IRGC begin storming Albukamal in southeast Deir Ezzor

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:55 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies have begun storming the Islamic State’s (ISIS) positions in and around the strategic border-city of Albukamal today. Backed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah, the Syrian Army attacked the Islamic State’s last positions at the southern, eastern, and western […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Saad Hariri’s brother blames Hezbollah, Iran for his resignation

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Baha’a Hariri told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he supported his brother Saad’s decision to step down from his positions as Lebanese Prime Minister. “I support my brother Saad’s decision to resign as prime minister of Lebanon in the face of the growing demands and actions of Hizbullah, Iran’s […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army accuses Israel of attacking their forces in the Golan Heights

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division accused the Israeli military of attacking their forces in the Golan Heights, yesterday. According to the 42nd Brigade, the Israeli military launched an airstrike over their positions near the Beit Jinn pocket, killing four of their soldiers. The jihadist […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US will continue to refuel Saudi jets attacking Yemen

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
The US Air Force plans to keep refueling Saudi Arabian warplanes committing atrocities in Yemen that have led to the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations. The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in support of House Resolution 599 Monday, passing the measure by a vote of 366-30. The bipartisan bill […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army captures three towns in northeast Hama – map

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a powerful assault in the northeastern countryside of Hama, yesterday, targeting several small towns near recently captured Duma and Qasr Al-Shawi. Led by the elite 39th and 40th brigades of the 4th Mechanized Division, the Syrian Arab Army began the day by storming the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Erdogan meets with Qatari emir in Doha

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha on Wednesday, during his tour of the Gulf States. The two leaders reportedly discussed bilateral ties and regional development. Turkish and Qatari delegations signed a memorandum of understanding on central banking, tourism and judicial education as well as […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian command announces new leader of Republican Guard in east Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:35 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s High Command has named a new leader of their Republican Guard’s 105th Brigade as they prepare to restart operations in the eastern suburbs of Damascus. According to a military communique, the Syrian Army’s High Command has named Brigadier General Mohammad Nayouf the new leader of the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US military action in Syria violates international law – Ex-Diplomat

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
The United States is abusing a UN Security Council resolution that authorized action against the Daesh terrorist group in addition to violating Syria’s sovereignty, former US diplomat and adviser to Senate Republican leadership Jim Jatras told Sputnik. On Monday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that the presence of the United States in Syria had […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Just another day in Trump's America.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 20 hours ago
Making America Great Again. Right?

Action Alert! Senate Should Reject Alex Azar

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
Thank you to Autism Action Network for this action alert. You may be able to help stop this appointment by sharing your concerns with your Senator. The action alert below includes a link, and letter you can use through the...

HCG Found in WHO Tetanus Vaccine in Kenya Raises Concern in the Developing World

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
Thank you to our loyal reader Dr. K.O. for making us aware of this paper. Open Access Library Journal John W. Oller1, Christopher A. Shaw2,3, Lucija Tomljenovic2,3, Stephen K. Karanja4, Wahome Ngare4, Felicia M. Clement5, Jamie Ryan Pillette5 1Communicative Disorders,...

US House Members Introduce Articles of Impeachment: “Evident That Trump Is A Clear And Present Danger To Our Democracy”; “This Is The Start Of A Long Process And It Needs To Get Started Now

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 21 hours ago
The majority of Americans do not approve of Trump and are worried about Russia: http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2017/images/11/06/rel11a.-.trump.and.russia.pdf If you have a sane … Continue reading →

US Congressman Nadler Grills AG Sessions on Information Related to George Papadopoulos and Possible Obstruction of Justice; What Does Mrs. Sessions’ Body Language Mean?

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 21 hours ago
Mrs. Sessions is the lady to the left with her head tilted and eyes shut like she’s praying. One could … Continue reading →

A Review of the News

LL at Virtual Mirage - 21 hours ago
*What's Next?* *In Norkland* Whenever I need a laugh, I read North Korea propaganda, because it's just funny. I know that they don't mean to be - but they are entertainers. (Fox News) *President Trump should be “sentenced to death” for calling North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un “short and fat,”* the regime’s state media declared Wednesday in an unhinged diatribe blasting Trump as an “old lunatic, mean trickster and human reject.” Kim Jong Un, who took exception to be called short and fat rides around in a "people's tractor", built in Norkland The editorial published in Rodong Sinmun... more »

JEWISH MAFIA INFLUENCE ON US ELECTION

Anon at Aangirfan - 22 hours ago
Trump's spokesman Michael Cohen received* an email from Trump business associate Felix Sater saying 'Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it.'* Our boy can become president Sater has been linked to the Jewish Mafia. Mafia-linked figure association with Trump . *Christopher Steele* Ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steele wrote the 'dirty dossier' on Trump, and a number of other dossiers on the US election. *Steele's dossier says that* *Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov 'controlled' a dossier containing compromising material on Hillary Clinton *compiled over 'many yea... more »

Crowdfunding Update – Supporting REAL, Independent Journalism

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 22 hours ago
$5,300 raised by 130 DEDICATED readers! More The post Crowdfunding Update – Supporting REAL, Independent Journalism appeared first on The Duran.

Down The Corridor - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago
*Down the corridor* *You may be in confusion* *Find the doorway out* *©* 2017 M.N. Hopkins Note: This poem was written in the form of haiku and first published on my blog today, the 16th of November 2017. It was based on one line of an old inspirational writing. *"Down the corridor of confusion lies the doorway to your freedom".*

“A Luddite’s Guide to the Future”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“A Luddite’s Guide to the Future”* by Bill Bonner "We were disappointed to see the pedestal…naked…forlorn…its statue gone…its purpose defunct. For more than a century, the bronze statue of Supreme Court Justice Roger B Taney - gravely pondering the weighty issues of the mid-19th Century - graced the park. Now he is gone. *Justice Taney’s statue in Baltimore has been hauled off.* *No decision necessary: *Now we are much better people. Because now we have so many rules, regulations, and protocols, we have no choice in the matter. We no longer have to be wise, clever, or good. No ponde... more »

Organic agriculture can help feed world, but only if we eat less meat and stop wasting food

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 23 hours ago
Organic agriculture can help feed world, but only if we eat less meat and stop wasting food https://m.phys.org/news/2017-11-agriculture-world-meat-food.html Advertisements

Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: ‘The system is failing’ 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 23 hours ago
Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: ‘The system is failing’ | Technology | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/nov/15/tim-berners-lee-world-wide-web-net-neutrality?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=fb_a-technology_b-gdntech#link_time=1510800796

MS drug from Scripps Research completes advanced human testing. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 23 hours ago
MS drug from Scripps Research completes advanced human testing – The San Diego Union-Tribune http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/biotech/sd-me-scripps-ozanimod-20171113-story.html

Women are ‘more controlling and aggressive than men’ in relationships. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 23 hours ago
Women are ‘more controlling and aggressive than men’ in relationships – Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/relationships/10927507/Women-are-more-controlling-and-aggressive-than-men-in-relationships.html

Holistic Doctor and Entire Family Found Shot Dead in Arizona Home

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 23 hours ago
Holistic Doctor and Entire Family Found Shot Dead in Arizona Home https://www.naturalblaze.com/2017/11/holistic-doctor-dead-arizona.html

Artificial Wombs Are Nearly Here and Feminists Are Already Freaking Out. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 23 hours ago
Artificial Wombs Are Nearly Here and Feminists Are Already Freaking Out | Squawker https://squawker.org/technology/ectobabies/

To Burn Fat, You Could Exercise … or Shiver

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 23 hours ago
To Burn Fat, You Could Exercise … or Shiver https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/02/140211-shivering-cold-exercise-brown-fat-white-fat-irisin-metabolism-weight-loss/?utm_content=buffer0c95a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Cold Showers for Weight Loss: Do They Work?

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 23 hours ago
Cold Showers for Weight Loss: Do They Work? https://muscleevo.net/cold-showers-weight-loss/?utm_content=bufferc9acb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Got a Craving? Here’s What Your Body Actually Wants You to Eat

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 23 hours ago
Got a Craving? Here’s What Your Body Actually Wants You to Eat http://amp.health.com/nutrition/how-to-stop-cravings

University of Alabama Researchers: Could your brain be the next target of hackers? 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 23 hours ago
University of Alabama Researchers: Could your brain be the next target of hackers? | WKRG http://wkrg.com/2017/07/10/university-of-alabama-researchers-could-your-brain-be-the-next-target-of-hackers/

Alien Encounter Near Nageezi, NM

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
This one is important. I had conjectured that the large black eyes of the greys were artificial. Here we receive an excellent report and they are certainly artificial. On the other hand we also get confirmation of the biological nature of these beings. One is younger while the other is clearly older. No sense of a ship here but he himself reports that his focus was on the seated individuals. The craft was likely stealthed and he just got lucky with the angle since they were themselves distracted by the oncoming vehicle. It is plausible that these are space modified humanity, ... more »

Flu vaccine found to be completely ineffective because of how it is made

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
[image: Image: SCIENTIFIC PROOF: Flu vaccine found to be completely ineffective because of how it is made, new study finds] It is essentially impossible to prove flu vaccine helps at all. After all we have an annual flu season and it is impossible to prove any variance when the entire population has been vaccinated. You can claim success just as cheaply. The vaccine protocol has some historical success, but even that remains controversial in many cases. A better explanation is universal public hygiene. It has after all become impossible to eat each others waste. What has beco... more »

Are puppies the latest allergy treatment? Recent studies show protective effects against eczema, asthma

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
[image: Image: Are puppies the latest allergy treatment? Recent studies show protective effects against eczema, asthma] I really think that close exposure to nature obviates allergies generally. thus a positive experience with dogs is no surprise. What we really need is a working protocol that assists all this. The ultimate solution will be the natural community built around a sustainable agro garden. In the meantime it is important to build dogs into our apartments somehow.. *Are puppies the latest allergy treatment? Recent studies show protective effects against eczema, asth... more »

3 spiritual concepts to endure

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
A few thoughts. Have gratitude to your higher self for its advice and also listen carefully for spurious advice. all good Do work on your communion. . *3 SPIRITUAL CONCEPTS THAT WILL HELP YOU TO ENDURE TIMES OF CHAOS, UNREST AND FEAR* *October 30, 2017* *Dylan Charles, Editor* *Due to our technological connectedness, now more than ever before people are feeling the heavy weight of severe cataclysmic and tragic events, affecting millions of people around the world, with only the promise of greater turmoil to come.* *It’s easy in this environment to slip into overwhelm, despai... more »

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
*-by Noah* I suppose that some may say that today's meme is, maybe, a bit harsh, or at least crass. So what. The other night, I was watching Bill Maher's show. He only had two panelists this time. Usually, there are three and at least one is of the Republican variety. Sometimes, that republican is able to pass as a somewhat sane or decent person, almost. Notice that I didn't use the word 'individual'. Republicans tend to not be individuals in my book. They march to their hateful, paranoid, greedy, holier-than-thou creed in lock step. Permutations in republicans are rare, very rare... more »

When You Vibrate With The Pulse Of Nature - An Insight by Magnus Ericsson

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 23 hours ago
*Click on the image to enlarge for easy reading.* På svenska. In Swedish. *När du vibrerar på samma nivå som naturens inneboende puls så känner du dig lugn i sinnet och din kropp känns avslappnad.* *Det är endast då som kroppens självläkande mekanismer kan göra sitt jobb till fullo, och då kommer din kropp, och ditt sinne, att börja läka sig själva.* *© 2017 Magnus Ericsson*

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Zimbabwe awaits next steps after military takeover https://t.co/k8y0pEVANp — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) November 16, 2017 Venezuela wins Russia and China backing as it says it is honoring debt https://t.co/TwaLCxsmFR pic.twitter.com/HU4nh0ysh3 — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 16, 2017 Tri-Carriers at work! #USSNimitz, #USSTheodoreRoosevelt & #USSRonaldReagan carried out operations in the @US7thFleet area of responsibility. pic.twitter.com/3Iuj3QE0BA — U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) November 15, 2017 Leonardo da Vinci artwork sells for record $450m https://t.co/jfbS... more »

Hariri’s political party lashes out at Syrian President over recent comments

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:50 A.M.) – The Future Movement lashed out at Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, after his recent comments regarding former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. “Remarks were attributed to the criminal terrorist regime of Bashar Assad accusing PM Hariri of not being the master of himself. Assad is the last creature on earth entitled […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ahrar Al-Sham, FSA launch offensive to capture important base in east Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 A.M.) – The Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Faylaq Al-Rahman launched a powerful offensive in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, yesterday, targeting the strategic Syrian Arab Army (SAA) base in Harasta. Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Faylaq Al-Rahman began the offensive by storming the Syrian Army’s positions around the base, seizing […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Saad Hariri to leave Saudi Arabia for France: Macron

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 A.M.) – Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will fly from Saudi Arabia to France, the French President’s office told the AFP News Agency on Wednesday. Hariri was invited to Paris by French President Emmanuel Macron during the latter’s brief visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this week. Macron’s office further added that […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Israel free to act in Syria to defend own security – Defense Minister

Israel maintains complete freedom of action in Syria and is guided only by the interests of its own security, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday. On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel was ready to act alone if necessary to prevent Iran from turning Syria into its military base. “We maintain […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Young people aren’t nearly as concerned about lying

James Coney at Blog Posts – Page Array – UnHerd - 1 day ago
The post Young people aren’t nearly as concerned about lying appeared first on UnHerd.

EFEO-IHP Workshop Hazards and Fortunes at Seas: Maritime Routes and Landscapes in the Mediterranean and the Taiwan Strait, Nov 21st, 22nd

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
[image: bunung005.jpg] Just passing this around, abstracts below the READ MORE line... +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ EFEO-IHP Workshop Hazards and Fortunes at Seas: Maritime Routes and Landscapes in the Mediterranean and the Taiwan Strait Date: November 22, 2017 Venue: Room 703, Research Building, IHP, Academia Sinica, Taipei Program 1:00 pm-2:20 pm: What is a Maritime Route? The Case of the Ancient Mediterranean and Surrounding Oceans By Prof. Pascal Arnaud (Professor, University of Lyon 2) 2:20 pm-3:40 pm The Maritime Landscapes of the Mediterranean: Approaches and Sources By Prof.... more »

Labour's McDonnell demands 'emergency budget' per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
'To pay for the new policies, Mr McDonnell will say he is willing to borrow far more, arguing it is a good time to do so as interest rates are at historic lows.' A Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer proposing increased spending funded by extra borrowing, I am so surprised. BBC report here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41999993

When The Missionaries Of Neoliberal Economics Knock, Bar The Door

Fred Phillips at Science 2.0 blogs - 1 day ago
The Foundation for Economic Education, with the inevitable acronym FEE, aims to “promote new content and distribution techniques for free-market ideas.” Fee has “distilled ‘economic thinking’ into 12 key concepts.” Let’s pray that the “distribution” fails and these concepts never reach America’s classrooms, because they’re all… well… wrong. FEE’s words in plaintext, with my rejoinders in italics: read more

The Sad State Of Entrepreneurship In America: What Educators Can Do About It

Fred Phillips at Science 2.0 blogs - 1 day ago
While responsible people work to stave off humanity’s ecological suicide, many young nerds write unimportant apps to do “things their mothers used to do for them.” The Elon Musks of the world – those who prepare for the long game while financing it with innovative products for today’s market – are so rare as to be anomalies. Today’s entrepreneurial scene suffers from a sick venture capital industry, a number of imponderable illogics, and, maybe, misplaced adulation from students and the public. Symptoms include: read more

Israel Blows Up Palestinian Home in West Bank

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
PressTV News Videos Published on Nov 15, 2017 Israeli forces have blown up the home of a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank. “In 2001, Dr. Ariella Oppenheim, of Hebrew University, a biologist, published the first extensive study of DNA and the origin of the Jews. Her research found that virtually all the Jews came […]

Saudi Arabia Continues Its Siege on Yemen. US Complicit in War Crimes in Yemen But Mainstream Media Won’t Report It ‒ Journalist

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
PressTV News Videos Published on Nov 15, 2017 Ten days into Saudi Arabia’s total air, sea and land blockade on Yemen, experts warn of the devastating humanitarian impacts of the siege. Severe shortages of basic commodities, fuel and cooking gas has begun to be felt nationwide. end

Saudi Arabia and Israel Know They Cannot Defeat Iran, Want to Drag the US into an Uncontainable War

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Saudi Arabia and Israel Know They Cannot Defeat Iran, Want to Drag the US into an Uncontainable War by PHILIP GIRALDI, https://ahtribune.com/ There is considerable confusion about what is occurring in the Middle East, to include much discussion of whether Israel and Saudi Arabia have formally agreed to combine forces to increase both military and economic pressure […]

Israel, Saudi Arabia Setting Preconditions for War With Hezbollah

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Israel, Saudi Arabia Setting Preconditions for War With Hezbollah by https://southfront.org/ The crisis in the Middle East is developing further. In Saudi Arabia, the purge continued. According to Middle East Eye, senior Saudi figures were tortured and beaten in the purge under the banner of an anti-corruption movement, conducted by current Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. – He […]

Saudi Arabia Holding PM Hariri & Family in ‘Act of Aggression’ – Lebanese President

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT Published on Nov 15, 2017 The Lebanese president has publicly acknowledged that Prime Minister Saad Hariri is being detained in Saudi Arabia along with his family, calling it “an act of aggression” against Lebanon. end

Hundreds of Terrorists Feared to Have Fled Raqqa on US Watch

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT Published on Nov 15, 2017 It’s suspected that hundreds of Islamic State fighters may have been given free pass as they left the now-liberated Syrian city of Raqqa. It’s been reported that they were able to leave in convoys as part of a deal brokered to bring an end to the fighting in the area. […]

Breaking News! Russia Funded Russian Elections – BuzzFeed ‘Secret Finding’

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Breaking News! Russia Funded Russian Elections – BuzzFeed ‘Secret Finding’ by https://www.rt.com/ BuzzFeed’s latest “explosive” scoop on “secret” Russian financing of a 2016 election turned out to be an instant hit by burying a key detail: it was a Russian election. On Tuesday, the US media outlet ran a story headlined “Secret Finding: 60 Russian Payments […]

How the Developments in Saudi Arabia May Foretell Collapse of Petrodollar

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
How the Developments in Saudi Arabia May Foretell Collapse of Petrodollar by https://sputniknews.com/ Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has vowed to return his country to “moderate Islam”; the pledge was followed by the dismissal and detainment of many of the country’s high-profile princes and businessmen. Turkish energy analyst Dr Volkan Ozdemir commented that it […]

Lost in Reverie: Mattis Claims UN Let US Intervene in Syria, Although It Never Did

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Lost in Reverie: Mattis Claims UN Let US Intervene in Syria, Although It Never Did by https://www.rt.com/ US Defense Secretary James Mattis has recently claimed that Washington received a mandate to operate in Syria from no less than the UN itself. The problem is the UN never did any such thing as it does not even […]

Peter Schiff: Gold Will Explode & Dollar Wiped Out. Mother of All Bubbles Too Big to Pop

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Peter Schiff: Gold Will Explode & Dollar Wiped Out. Mother of All Bubbles Too Big to Pop by Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com Money manager Peter Schiff correctly predicted the financial meltdown in 2008. Now, 10 years later, what does Schiff see today? Schiff says, “I predicted a lot more than just the stock market going down back then. […]

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Military vehicles and soldiers patrol the streets in Harare, Zimbabwe. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *Army takes control in Zimbabwe* (Reuters).

White House Discloses How It Assesses And Declassifies Info About Cybersecurity Threats

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Times:** White House explains how it assesses, declassifies info about cybersecurity threats* *Unclassified version of ‘Vulnerable Equities Process’ report is available at White House website* The White House has opened up about the so-called Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP) established during the Obama administration, providing its first public explanation of how the government goes about determining whether to disclose cybersecurity flaws or keep them secret. The Trump administration released the unclassified charter for the equities process Wednesday in the fa... more »

You Think All Those Republicans Who Are Just Fine With Pedophile Roy Moore Are Going To Care What Mueller Finds About Putin-Gate?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
This Putin-Gate scandal is getting really complicated and harder to follow. Thank Heavens for Team Maddow! Last night's biggest piece of the puzzle wire transfers amounting to at least $380,000 from a Putin-controlled bank to Putin spymasters in DC (Sergei Kislyak at the Russian embassy) and other embassies earmarked for the "election campaign of 2016." Investigative journalist Jason Leopold, writing for *BuzzFeed*, reported that the FBI is scrutinizing more than 60 money transfers. In fact, almost all of them contained a memo line referencing the financing of the 2016 election. Bu... more »

U.S. Is Still The World Leader When It Comes To Military R&D

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Defense News:** US defense companies outspend international rivals in R&D* WASHINGTON — Amid Pentagon cuts for research and development, the top U.S. aerospace and defense firms have increased their own R&D spending by almost $12 billion in 2017. According to the Global Innovation 1000 study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 30 of the top 1,000 companies in R&D spend count defense and aerospace as a primary industry. Among those, the top American companies spent $11.79 billion on R&D, $2.31 billion more than their foreign rivals. Of the PwC’s top 1,000 list, Boeing topped U.S. defense an...more »

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi: Oil Revenues Are Not High Enough To Rebuild The Country

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Photo: A general view shows an Iraqi national flag flown in front of excess gas as its being burnt off, at a pipeline in the newly opened section of the oil refinery of Zubair, southwest of Basra in southern Iraq, on 3 March, 2016 (AFP). *Zainab Calcuttawala, OilPrice.com*: *Iraq Oil Revenue Not Enough For Sustainable Development* Oil revenues still are not high enough to allow the Iraqi government to fund the reconstruction of the country, according to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. “Oil prices are not at the required level to be used for sustainable development,” state T... more »

Mexico, as It Is and Wasn’t:: Some Stuff Wroth Knowing

Fred Reed at - 1 day ago
For Americans concerned about Mexico and Mexicans, and what sort of wights they be, a little history may help. We seem to know almost nothing about a bordering nation of 130 million. It is not what most of us think it … Continue reading →

After coup, will Zimbabwe see democracy or dictatorship?

Steven Feldstein, Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs & Associate Professor, School of Public Service, Boise State University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Mugabe and his powerful wife have been overthrown in an apparent coup orchestrated by Zimbabwe's vice president. Will the country transition into democracy or get strapped with yet another dictator?

Summary of Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
Hurry up already! The US can’t afford to be slow like Spain where Prime Minister Rajoy’s party has been under … Continue reading →

The Republicans are trying it yet again!

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
RED ALERT: Senate GOP just added provision to their tax plan that would gut ACA & kick 13M ppl off insurance. Yes, it's same tax plan that would add $1 trillion+ to deficit while giving majority of benefits to corporations & the rich. We need you to make your voices heard again. — Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) November 14, 2017 Courtesy of WaPo: *Senate Republican leaders moved Tuesday to include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate in their tax bill, a major change of strategy as they try to accomplish two of their top domestic priorities in a single piece of... more »

Syrian Army, IRGC awaits green light to storm Albukamal after surrounding city – video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has surrounded the strategic city of Albukamal after making several advances in the southeastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate. Backed by Hezbollah and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces has surrounded Albukamal from three different flanks, leaving the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Pentagon rebuffs Russia’s proposal of joint actions against Daesh in Syria

Pentagon rejected Russia’s proposal to conduct joint actions against Daesh in Syria saying that the targeting process of the US-led coalition against the terrorist group is independent of third party input. The targeting process of the US-led coalition against Daesh terrorist group is independent of third party input, a spokesperson for the Operation Inherent Resolve […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Here’s The Inconvenient Truth Behind MIT’s Study Linking Hurricane Harvey To Global Warming

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? It was only a matter of time before some junk scientist blamed Hurricane Harvey on global warming. It is probably no surprise either that it comes from Kerry Emmanuel. Fortunately Michael Bastach has been quick to tear it to pieces: A…

Avalanches of global warming alarmism by Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 1 day ago
*UN climate cataclysm predictions have no basis in fact and should not be taken seriously* Throughout the United Nations Climate Change Conference wrapping up in Bonn, Germany this week, the world has been inundated with the usual avalanche of manmade global warming alarmism. The UN expects us to believe that extreme weather, shrinking sea ice, and sea level rise will soon become much worse if we do not quickly phase out our use of fossil fuels that provide over 80% of the world’s energy. There is essentially nothing to support these alarms, of course. We simply do not have adequate... more »

Fact: Some of Russia and America's Best Tanks Might Be Going to War (On the Same Side)

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * An interesting combo. Russia’s Uralvagonzavod has started to “implement” a contract to deliver 73 T-90S and T-90SK main battle tanks to Iraq. The Russian tanks would augment Iraq’s existing fleet of about 150 U.S.-built M1A1M Abrams main battle tanks and roughly 400 older model Soviet-built T-72s. "The contract is being implemented in accordance with the schedule approved by the parties," Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation told the TASS news agency at the Dubai Airshow 2017. *Recommended: Russia's Armata Tank vs. America... more »

This Russian Company Built Some of the World's Most Lethal Jets (And Has Big Plans)

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * Think UAVs Russia’s RSK-MiG is developing a host of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) including strike and reconnaissance models, some of which could be fighter-sized aircraft. If the project goes as planned, the company hopes to build and fly prototypes over the next several years. “These are reconnaissance and strike targets, different classes for different tasks,” MiG spokesperson Anastasia Kravchenko told the Russian TASS news agency in Dubai. MiG hopes to develop three classes of unmanned aircraft. Those would range from the one-ton to five-ton cl... more »

Qatar Is at the Center of Today's Arab Tangle

David B. Rivkin Jr, Nawaf Obaid at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*David B. Rivkin Jr, Nawaf Obaid* *Security, Middle East* [image: An aerial view shows Doha's diplomatic area March 21, 2013. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad] A speedy but proper resolution of the standoff with Qatar is clearly in American interests. In early November, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s defense forces intercepted a Burkan-2 ballistic missile targeted at Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport. Yemen’s Houthi-controlled defense ministry has taken the credit for the launch—but given the extent of the Iranian sway over the Houthi military, the real responsibility for the attac... more »

Saudi Arabia Wants to Fight Iran to the Last American

Trita Parsi at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Trita Parsi* *Security, Middle East* [image: Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud walks with his son and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, before King Salman leaves for Medina, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 8, 2017. Picture taken November 8, 2017.] Riyadh’s aim is to drag the United States back into the Middle East, tilting the balance back to Israel and Saudi Arabia. Many observers have connected the dots and concluded that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is seeking to drag the United States into a war with Iran and Hezbollah. But that’s only half the story. Looking... more »

Scoring Trump's Big Adventure in the Indo-Pacific

Dean Cheng at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dean Cheng* *Security, Asia* [image: U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo] In Tokyo, Seoul, Da Nang, and Manila, President Trump reiterated that the network of American alliances remains in place, and that he is not stepping away from them. As President Donald Trump began his twelve-day visit to Asia, it was clear that this would be a major event in his presidency. This trip, the first by President Trump to the region since taking office, would be th... more »

Eastern Europe's Dark past Could Hinder Its Future

Izabella Tabarovsky at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Izabella Tabarovsky* *Politics, Europe* [image: Protesters carry Polish flags and National Radical Camp flags during a rally, organised by far-right, nationalist groups, to mark 99th anniversary of Polish independence in Warsaw, Poland November 11, 2017.] A lack of acceptance of the dark histories of the past leave troubling questions about what may happen to those who are viewed as “others” today. Ruta Vanagaite, the *enfant terrible* of Lithuania’s historical memory politics, has done it again: she has gone and cast doubt on yet another national hero in Lithuania by bringing u... more »

All the Bombs in the World Won't Solve the North Korea Crisis (It Will Only Make It Worse)

Nicholas Blanchette, Benjamin Rimland at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Nicholas Blanchette, Benjamin Rimland* *Security, Asia* [image: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance with Ri Hong Sop (3rd L) and Hong Sung Mu (L) on a nuclear weapons program in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 3, 2017. KCNA via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS​ Recommended:] There is no good military option for dealing with North Korea. In comments recently delivered at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster reaffirm... more »

The 'Alligator': This Russian Helicopter Is Coming to the Middle East

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Middle East* And it is very lethal. Russia’s lethal-looking Ka-52 attack helicopters have reappeared in video footage blasting targets in Syria—catching some journalists in Europe by surprise. Even if Russia withdraws the agile attack helicopters, the type will remain active in the Middle East in Egyptian service. The lean, two-seat Ka-52 is visually distinguished by its pronounced nose, and is fittingly dubbed the “Alligator.” The nimble, ultra-maneuverable scout/attack helicopter uses two three-bladed contra-rotating rotors for stability so that i... more »

U.S. Congress Declares U.S. Military Aid For Saudi-Led Coalition In Yemen 'Unauthorized'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Politico*:* House declares U.S. military role in Yemen's civil war unauthorized* In a rare exercise of its war-making role, the House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly passed a resolution explicitly stating that U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war in Yemen is not authorized under legislation passed by Congress to fight terrorism or invade Iraq. The nonbinding resolution adopted 366-30, does not call for a halt to the American support but publicly acknowledges the Pentagon has been sharing targeting information and refueling warplanes that Saudi Arabia an... more »

Doofus Of The Day #983

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 1 day ago
Today's award goes jointly and severally to everyone at the University of Maryland who's behind, or endorses, this proposal. The SGA *[Student Government Association]* voted to endorse a proposal that would implement two napping stations in the University of Maryland's McKeldin Library for students in need of a midday snooze. The vote passed 28-2 with four abstentions. MetroNaps EnergyPods, which have a "futuristic appeal," include a 20-minute timer, a privacy visor, storage space, a light mimicking sunrise at the end of the nap and a music feature, said Anthony Escalante, who crea... more »

The World Seems To Be Collapsing Around Paul Ryan's Ears

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The Ryan/Trump tax plan (short version): over the long run, it raises taxes on the entire middle class while repealing health coverage for around 13 million people, all to give corporations and the 1% gargantuan tax cuts. No one should have expected anything else from these two serial liars. Keep in mind that an NBC/*WSJ* poll in September found that 55% of Americans said they that taxes on corporations should be *increased* and only 16% favored decreasing them. It's a shame Democrats can't promote that as a motivation for getting people to go to the polls and voting. Oh, right... ... more »

El-Adly of Arabia

noreply@blogger.com (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 1 day ago
Do you remember how Egyptians wondered and asked where the hell their former long-time notorious Mubarak’s interior minister Habib El-Adly had gone? Do you remember how his lawyer Fareed El-Deeb insisted that he would appear in court in time of court all those months? Do you remember who his wife, the veteran journalist Elham Sharshar claiming how she did not know his whereabouts in front of prosecution? All those months many Egyptians included myself thought that the infamous ex-interior minister Habib El-Adly escaped abroad. Some websites claimed that he went to UAE just like oth... more »

Nearly Half Of Americans Favor Mandatory Military Service

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Zero Hedge: **49% Favor Mandatory Military Service For US Youth* Nearly half of Americans favor mandatory military service for the country’s youth, according to a recent poll from Gallup. As TheAntiMedia's Carey Wedler details, the polling organization surveyed 1,006 Americans over the age of 18 between November 3 and November 4, and 49% of those questioned expressed support for compulsory service. Further, “a majority of Republicans, including independents who lean Republican, favor it (57%), as do men (57%) and those 65 or older (66%),” Gallup summarized. *Read more *.... *W... more »