Saturday, April 01, 2017

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We don't need April Fools' Day anymore because we're living a fake news nightmare
I remember the halcyon days when April Fools' Day was a bit of harmless fun. We'd read fake stories from the newspaper over our cornflakes and have a good chuckle. Fake news was just something that happened once a year. But, those days are gone We are now living in the age of fake news; where mistruths are presented as truths, and believed at face value. Fake news is no longer a once-yearly event
Snapchat drags Instagram so hard with its April Fools' Day filter
Every April Fools' Day joke this year is pretty bad. Snapchat's, however, isn't. It's true. Snapchat has an actually hilarious prank in a year when it's pretty much impossible to outdo the jokes of our daily lives. The app is offering a filter that lets you make any Snapchat look like an Instagram post. If that weren't enough of a prank against the app that copies every feature Snapchat creates,
Marching for Science... and then some tech marvels
My science postings used to be free of politics -- and this one will be, in a bit. But how can they be detached, when the central political issue of our time is whether evidence, fact-based argument and truth discovery can survive? I know that on Earth Day (named after my novel, I presume) April 22, I'll join my fellow scientists in the street. See more information about the March for Science , a
Cats ring bell to get food in bizarre video
The experiment saw two cats being provided with a bell that they could ring in order to receive a treat. The footage, which has gone viral on social m...
UK inventor creates real-life Iron Man suit
Former marine Richard Browning has created a working Iron Man suit out of six miniature jet engines. Despite being revealed just in time for April Foo...
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Far-right demonstration falls flat as only 300 turn up to London march
Two groups took part in event castigated as a lame attempt to whip up Islamophobia following Westminster attack At least 14 people have been arrested after rival groups clashed during protests in central London, the Metropolitan police have said. Fewer than 300 members of the far-right groups Britain First and the English Defence League turned up for their “march against terrorism”, a turnout cas
Stephen King on Donald Trump: ‘How do such men rise? First as a joke’
He’s written novels with eerily similar plotlines – but how did Trump become president? The only way to find out: inject a panel of fictional voters with truth serum... I started thinking Donald Trump might win the presidency in September of 2016. By the end of October, I was almost sure. Thus, when the election night upset happened, I was dismayed, but not particularly surprised. I didn’t even t
Lavrov's April Fools' Day prank - CNN can't take a joke
Lavrov never fails us We admit that our own prank wasn't very inspired, but thankfully the Russian Foreign Ministry never disappoints. How could it? Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is well-versed in the teachings of YOLO. The Ministry announced on its official Facebook page this morning: The Ministry of foreign affairs of Russia, has developed a pilot for a taped answering machine for Russi
A Presidency Stalled And Sputtering
President Trump hasn't moved beyond executive actions, something a president normally resorts to when he can't get anything done legislatively. That's not a good sign for Trump's agenda. (Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP)
Vacate Trump Tower: People want Melania Trump to be forced to leave New York City
Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTSIMBW (Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar) The exorbitant cost of keeping Melania and Barron Trump in their gold-plated penthouse in New York City has inspired thousands to sign a petition asking that they be forced to leave tow
Anti-Harassment Campaign Startles Mexico City Subway Riders
Activists outfitted a subway seat with a nude male torso with prominent genitalia. They videotaped men's offended reactions, and hope to make them more sensitive to the many women who are accosted. (Image credit: Mitsumasa Kiido/Screenshot by NPR)

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Lotus Sent An April Fools' Press Release About Race Helmets For Cats And I'll Take Three
Alright, Lotus. Did you really think you could get away with this? Not the joke, obviously—any journalist knows a press release embargoed for April 1 is meant for trickery. But did you really think you could get away with releasing photos of cats in cute race helmets for April Fools’ Day and not start selling them? Read more...
Marvel VP of Sales Blames Women and Diversity for Sales Slump
Marvel Comics aren’t doing well. Sales have declined, even as Marvel has pushed out every major event and crossover it can over the past two years. In a recent interview during the Marvel Retailer Summit, Marvel VP of Sales David Gabriel decided to ignore all the problems and criticism in order to place the blame on… Read more...
Ringo Is a Beatle, Hawaii Is a State—Why Isn’t Pluto a Planet?
After more than a decade of controversy, the debate over the icy world's demotion to "dwarf planet" status shows no sign of stopping
The Conservative Case Against Trashing Online Privacy Rules
A mere 15 Republicans crossed party lines this past week to vote against the repeal of online privacy protections. It doesn't have to be this way. The post The Conservative Case Against Trashing Online Privacy Rules appeared first on WIRED .
Discovery of a source of fast magnetic reconnection
Magnetic reconnection, a universal process that triggers solar flares and northern lights and can disrupt cell phone service and fusion experiments, occurs much faster than theory says that it should. Now researchers have discovered a source of the speed-up in a common form of reconnection. Their findings could lead to more accurate predictions of damaging space weather and improved fusion experim
SpaceX wants to try recycling more of Falcon 9 rocket
SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said he wants to go further in the reuse of his rockets after successfully launching the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket that was recycled from a previous flight.

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Downward Dog
WATCH THE NEW SHOW BASED ON THIS WEB SERIES STARTING WEDNESDAY MAY 17 9:30|8:30c ON ABC : 00:00 - Episode 1: Friendship 01:17 - Episode 2: Walking 02:32 - Episode 3: Aging 03:51 - Episode 4: Animal Instincts 05:22 - Episode 5: Special Time 07:06 - Episode 6: Driving 08:36 - Episode 7: One Good Thing Created by Michael Killen and Samm Hodges, and produced by the team
This Mind-Bending Race Looks Like a Real-Life Video Game | Short Film Showcase
Blurring the lines between real life and fantasy, this death-defying drone film is an adrenaline-fueled adventure from start to finish. Daredevil stunt man Ilko Iliev sprints, leaps, and swims through a heart-pounding obstacle course as drone operator Marin Kafedjiiski captures the action from above. Shot in Bulgaria, the film creatively explores the country from a bird’s eye perspective—includin
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SpaceX relaunches a used rocket, makes history
Yesterday, SpaceX demonstrated an important capability of its Falcon 9 rocket fleet: the vehicles are capable of launching to space multiple times and then landing again. From Cape Canaveral, Florida, the company relaunched a used Falcon 9 rocket that had already launched to the space station in April of last year. For more details, check out Loren's post:
She’s Brielle-iant, Vitamins, Minerals and How to Stay Healthy
Ellen’s Brielle-iant 5-year-old is back to teach us everything about vitamins, minerals and how to stay healthy. From: TheEllenShow
Transforming a Spinach Leaf Into Beating Human Heart Tissue | National Geographic
Watch a spinach leaf that has been transformed into beating human heart tissue. Scientists used the plant to replicate the way blood moves through human tissue. They hope that one day this method can be used to better filter blood to damaged tissue in human hearts. ➡ Subscribe: About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for scie

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Browser History, Unraveling Hacks, Floating Cities – New World Next Week
This week on the New World Next Week: Congress just passed a bill allowing ISPs to sell your search history; the Russian hacking story is falling apart at the seams; and liberty takes to the seas with free, floating cities.
Episode 316 – The Unauthorized Biography of David Rockefeller
[audio mp3=""][/audio] David Rockefeller is dead. But what does it mean? How do we measure the life of someone who has shaped the modern world to such an extent? Join us for this week's edition of The Corbett Report where we examine David Rockefeller's life, his works and the world that he left in his wake.
Interview 1265 – New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato
[audio mp3=""][/audio] This week on the New World Next Week: Congress just passed a bill allowing ISPs to sell your search history; the Russian hacking story is falling apart at the seams; and liberty takes to the seas with seasteading.
The Unauthorized Biography of David Rockefeller
David Rockefeller is dead. But what does it mean? How do we measure the life of someone who has shaped the modern world to such an extent? Join us for this week's edition of The Corbett Report where we examine David Rockefeller's life, his works and the world that he left in his wake.

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Can a Public Image Makeover Save the Mauritius Fruit Bat?
Conservationists are working to recast perceptions of native pollinators in the wake of controversial culls
March Madness in the Beltway
This past month, the Trump administration made speedy work of environmental deregulation
Strawberries, Spinach Top Dirty Dozen List of Produce Containing Pesticides
Report finds pesticide residues often remain on fruits and vegetables even after they are washed
Using Nonnative Oysters to Help Restore Native Oysters in the Puget Sound
Conservationists are using nonnative Pacific oyster shells as homes for Olympia oysters
Grizzlies in Jeopardy
Proposal to remove Yellowstone bears from Endangered Species Act is premature
UN Experts Denounce ‘Myth’ that Pesticides Are Necessary to Feed the World
New report warns of catastrophic consequences for the environment and human health and blames manufacturers for ‘systematic denial of harms’

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X-ZOne Broadcast Network - Larry Lawson
This week I chatted with Larry Lawson, who hosts the Paranormal Stakeout show on the X-Zone Broadcast Network. We talked about ghost sightings and some of those that he thought were good examples of the phenomenon, about the definition of this apparitions, and some of the assumptions made by others. We also talked about levels of evidence, the gathering of that evidence, and what forms it would t
Chiles, Whitted, Turbulence and Ed Ruppelt
Yes, I thought we would revisit the Chiles-Whitted sighting just one more brief time. As I was working on something else, I happened to thumb through Ed Ruppelt’s book , The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects when something about the Chiles-Whitted sighting caught my eye. These guys were airline pilots who suggested a cigar-shaped object had flashed by their aircraft. In the hours that followe
X-Zone Broadcast Network - David Halperin
As I was doing research for another project, I had occasion to look up information on the Glassboro, UFO landing, and that lead me to David Halperin. He was the guest on A Different Perspective , the radio show. You can listen to it here: We talked about the Glassboro landing, whic
Project Blue Book and Fold3
While chatting with Barry Greenwood on the radio version of A Different Perspective , we got around to talking about Fold3. This is a web site that houses tens of thousands if not millions of documents that have historic and military information. Most of the Project Blue Book files are included and those interested can “join” the web site for free to have access to those files. Other aspects of t
Chasing Footnotes: The Chiles-Whitted Cigar... Again
As so often happens, I’m doing research on one thing and stumble onto something else that is interesting. Such is the case today. I was looking through Dick Hall’s The UFO Evidence when I noticed something that struck me as incorrect so I thought I would chase a footnote or two. Hall wrote that the Chiles-Whitted UFO sighting on July 23, 1948, involved a physical manifestation which, in this case
X-Zone Broadcast Network - Barry Greenwood
Barry Greenwood Barry Greenwood was the guest on this week’s program. Barry is one of the UFO field’s historians, preserving the documentation that has been accumulated over the years, including the periodicals that were professionally produced (magazines) and the newsletters and other printed material from the civilian UFO organizations. You can find the interview here: http://differentperspecti

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Gloucester County School Board v. G.G - interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, et al.
Gloucester County School Board v. G.G - interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, et al. (Pdf) Some highlights: This is, as far as I'm aware, the first court case involving Transgender where the binary nature of "physiological sex" has been challenged. Universally, Intersex people have always been dismissed as inconsequential, rare one in a zillion cases of no importance. Or against sincerely held
The Pictures tell the story

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Academic Freedom? - Michael Ignatieff is pathetic
Failed politicians never die. They become embassy ambassadors and university presidents. After Michael Ignatieff crashed the Liberal Party of Canada he returned to Harvard University, was given an Order of Canada by Trudeau, and became president of the Soros-funded Central European University in Hungary. Hungary wants the Soros cancer out but globalist Ignatieff is screaming "academic freedom
Latest development in my academic freedom case: Supreme Court refuses to fix administrative tribunal law
By Denis G. Rancourt SUMMARY: The Supreme Court of Canada today refused to clarify and fix the Canadian common law of affidavits needed to remedy an absence of transcripts in administrative tribunal hearings. I was fired under a false pretext in 2009, at the University of Ottawa where I was a tenured Full Professor of Physics. [1][2][3] Following a lengthy legal process, in 2014 a labour
Pernicious effects of political correctness
"Were third-party bugging a prevalent practice, it might well smother that spontaneity—reflected in frivolous, impetuous, sacrilegious, and defiant discourse—that liberates daily life." -- Justice Harlan, dissenting (Supreme Court of the US), United States v. White, 401 U.S. 745 (1971). The presumed harmful effects against people of both state surveillance and political correctness are of
One simple rule to improve Western "representative" democracy
By Denis G. Rancourt, PhD Representative democracy is designed to limit popular interference with elite rule, while providing a nurtured illusion of community and justice. However, if the system goes too far in dissociating itself from the popular will, then the entire society is at risk of destabilization. My recommendation especially applies to the Western states Canada and the USA, which

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Obamas Were Real Thing Versus Fake Cardboard Cutouts
Trumps and Obamas on Inauguration day 2017 This picture of the incoming and outgoing president on Inauguration day 2017 tells you everything you need to know about Trump and Obama. One saw himself as President of the people and the other sees himself unfortunately as a dictator and enforcer of his mandate. Both have many things in common but only Obama has maintained the childlike enthusiasm of a
Gamecocks Defense Will Prevail In Big Dance Final
South Carolina’s Maik Kotsar (21), Chris Silva (30) and Rakym Felder (4) celebrated after defeating Baylor in Sweet 16 final. Credit Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports, via Reuters "South Carolina’s players said Thursday that it was easy to pinpoint from where their defensive prowess stems. It is from Coach Martin, who calls the defense his “baby” and designed it in his image, an image he projects a
Trump And Bannon'S Dystopia / Deconstruction Of The Establishment And Fade To Black
Commander-in- chief Trump in full plumage and ready for war. The last refuge of a scoundrel is patriotism and Donald Trump is well on the way toward claiming that refuge. Constant campaign rallies and fervant nationalism speak of America's Trumph of the will moment in which Steve Bannon's dystopian and totalitarian world becomes a reality. The perfect storm is looming ~ an out of control military
The Urge To Unite Is In Our Dna / Urge To Surrender Is Soul Based
Death is the ultimate return home and a time of great soul celebration for we are returning to our original oneness and a place of such deep profound love that it's beyond words or description ~ only poetry can offer clues: Allen L Roland, PhD Death is the great unknown and can only be conquered by totally surrendering to the moment and the fact that we are universally loved. Dr Eben Alexander po


Chinese Gold Mining in Antarctica, Subterrean Train and Gold Depository in Chilean Andes
March 1, 2017 Loie: Ready for a short viewing, dear? Loie: A flow view? Terran: Yes Loie: Sending a frequency now. Loie: Boosting, dear! Terran: Seeing something like a railway but might be like mining cars comes out of the ground there's snow then some men on the side then another tunnel upwards seems to be on chains or cogs like Terran: Can you boost? Loie: Boosting. Terran: I'm glad I'm on the
Elon Musk and Antarctic Technology Release
Terran to Denice: Can you ask Stan X about Elon Musk of Tesla/Space X ? What is his relationship to SSP and underground rail networks? What is his essence? Does he have links to Antarctica? He appeared out of nowhere after creating PayPal with all this advanced tech which has little to do with PayPal payments. DEAR ONE/TERRAN. THE ONE/ELON MUSK IS AN ESSENCE OF THE SECOND EXPANSION OF SOURCE. THE

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In His Own Words: Albert Woodfox interviewed by Amnesty International UK
Amnesty International UK has released a new interview with Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3. Listen to the podcast here . Accompanying the podcast interview is a post on Amnesty UK's blog that features an extended statement by Albert Woodfox, entitled: It's a human right to agitate the 'injustice' system . Albert's full statement is featured below: A year ago on 19 February 2016 I walked out of a L

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The Ghost Ship Anchored at Foggy Bottom
Quotes of the week: “Focus on the action, not the distraction.” – Sandra Savine “Also focus on the non-action, not the distraction.” – MK It would take a consummate diplomat to be the face of the Trump Administration’s foreign policy. Rex Tillerson isn’t a consummate diplomat; he’s a titan of the oil business, learning a …
Guest Post: Connecting the OSINT dots on Sri Lankan-North Korean military deals
My wonderful colleague Andrea Berger unearthed a few nuggets on the Sri Lankan-North Korean military relationship and has written up a fascinating little piece to share with us. The UN Panel of Experts working on North Korea sanctions implementation published its latest report last week which is, as usual, a treasure trove of details for …
Low Yield Nuclear Weapons (Again)
Quote of the week: “The pattern of the use of atomic weapons was set at Hiroshima. They are weapons of aggression, of surprise, and of terror.” — Bernard Brodie, The Absolute Weapon John Donnelly of CQ Roll Call was the first to write about a Defense Science Board report issued last December, “Seven Defense Priorities …
U.S.-Pakistan Relations and the Big Stick
Quote of the week: “The great American pastime is no longer baseball. Now it’s sanctimony.” – Nathan Hill, The Nix Does it make sense for the Trump Administration and the Congress to try to bludgeon Pakistan into doing Washington’s bidding, including the threat of labeling Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism? I don’t think so, but …
Responding to the INF Treaty Violation
Quote of the Week: “I don’t think even the surreptitious and very disagreeable deployment of a hundred SS-20s would have a very significant military effect. I think the SS-20s, in my judgment, in fact, is not a terribly useful military weapon. I think it would have far-reaching political effects… But almost any kind of violation …
The Long Demise of the German H-List
At a meeting in Berlin today I was privy to an update, from someone who really knows this stuff, on the European Union’s efforts to amend its dual-use export control regime. The key document is called Regulation 428/2009 and the review of it, which is mandated by its Article 25, turns out to be a …

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Taken from Wikipedia: "The adjective Orwellian connotes an attitude and a policy of control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past." And now, 67 years after the death of George Orwell, we have a famous American university, Harvard, adopting a full-blown Orwellian clamp-down of any American who wants to know and/or spread the Actual Truth!
Harvard University has established a modern version of the Catholic Church’s Index Librorum Prohibitorum , a list of prohibited online publications which are tagged as “fake” and “false”, broadly following the politically tainted “List” of censored independent and alternative media. As we recall the Catholic Church’s Index was a list of books “deemed heretical, anti-clerical or lascivious”.1 Ex C
Americans who would like to know what is behind the "iron curtain" created by the so-called mainstream media must turn to the stories of the few Americans who had the guts to take themselves behind the US-created media curtain. Here below, US Representative (and retired US soldier) Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) tells you what she has found in Syria. Hint, you won't hear it in the "prestitute" US media.
To help refugees, stop arming terrorists – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Published time: 1 Mar, 2017 23:05 Edited time: 2 Mar, 2017 11:06 Representative Tulsi Gabbard called again for the US to stop aiding terrorists like Al-Qaeda and ISIS, while her guest at the presidential address to Congress, a Kurdish refugee activist, called for an end to the US policy of “regime change in Syria.” While many Democrats
Paul Craig Roberts: Despite the facts, the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN and all the rest of the CIA’s media whores are consciously and intentionally misrepresenting the facts. Americans do not need any more evidence that the entirety of the American media is totally devoid of integrity and respect for truth. The American media is a collection of whores who lie for a living. The presstitutes are despicable, the scum of the earth.
What Is To Be Done? — Paul Craig Roberts March 3, 2017 | Categories: Articles & Columns | THIS IS YOUR SITE. IT DEPENDS ON YOUR SUPPORT. What Is To Be Done? Paul Craig Roberts The question in the title is V.I. Lenin’s question. His answer was to create a revolutionary “vanguard” to spread revolutionary ideas among the workers, the economic class that Karl Marx had declared to be the class rising

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Re-indigenization is Underway
by Roberto Rodriguez Fleshing the Spirit: Spirituality and Activism in Chicana, Latina and Indigenous Women’s Lives is a book that I regularly teach. As I was going through my students’ papers this past week, I came to the realization that something radical is happening within these communities alluded to in this book. It is a process referred to as re-indigenization. This is a huge development,
What Does It Mean To Be An American? = Wrong Question.
by Roberto Rodriguez It appears that an all-points bulletin has been issued in search of this nation’s soul. It is no secret that the current administration’s policies, including its budget priorities, have triggered a profound questioning of this nation’s beliefs and ethos. In effect, it is war, over people. This is not metaphorical, but actual choices being made by the current administration: t
THE SMILING BROWN PROJECT GENTE DE BRONCE: PEOPLE THE COLOR OF THE EARTH The Smiling Brown Play/presentation/performance was historic. It was nothing short of amazing. Below is the schedule for March 12. I can say it was intense. The good news is that it was taped. This project is akin to the Vagina monologues. The most important aspect of Smiling Brown is the dialogue. From the discussion held a
WE NEED AUTONOMOUS AND ICE-FREE INSTITUTIONS: Something radical is happening in this country, and whatever is happening here, is actually also affecting the rest of the world. That’s the macro view. Whatever is happening is also happening at a personal level. Fear is taking hold and gripping entire communities. For the rest of the column, go to:

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Over The River
I was up early on my first full day in Lethbridge in order to take advantage of the warm weather and fit in a full day of bird watching. It took a bit longer than expected as I had to fight my way through a huge line at a Tim Horton's for coffee (one does not simply get up at the crack of dawn on days off without coffee) but it was still only about 8:30am by the time I reached the river and other
I spent a few days down in Lethbridge during my last set of days off but didn't get around to posting about it until now. I also took a ton of photos, so narrowing them down for a post was another reason I'm so late in posting this. My decision to go was a little last minute which is a bit out of character for me but with the weather slowly warming and wanting to get a jump on some bird-watching
A Glimpse of Ground Zero
Since today was likely going to be the mildest day weather-wise during my days off, I was keen to head out and stretch my legs. Of course I wanted to do a little bird-watching but I also just needed to stretch my legs. I enjoy being outside this time of year for the most part and doubly so when I'm carrying my binoculars rather than scaffolding material at work. There's a section of trail that sk

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How the heck did they choose that name?
If anyone knows why this GPS car tracker has the name it does, please let me know.
An Odds-On Bet
According to the betting odds over at Ladbrokes , President Trump is more likely to resign or be impeached than he is to serve a full term.
A Guide to the GOP Tax Plan
Tax policy nerds will enjoy this detailed and thoughtful discussion of the proposed Brady-Ryan tax reforms by University of Chicago law professor David Weisbach.
Econ 101 for Potus 45
Click here to read my column in Sunday's NY Times .
Economics Teaching Workship
I will be speaking at the University of Kentucky Economics Teaching Workshop on April 22. If you are interested in more information, click here .
Swagel on Tax Reform
My old friend Phill Swagel has good things to say about the Brady-Ryan tax reform .

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Peru: A Dozen UFOs Suspend Flights in Peru's Jorge Chavez Airport
Source: Planeta UFO and Radio Santiago (Chile) Date: March 3, 2017 Peru: A Dozen UFOs Suspend Flights in Peru's Jorge Chavez Airport A flotilla of UFOs allegedly caused the suspension of flight operations at the Jorge Chávez Airport in El Callao (Perú). The sighting ocurred during the month of February, and what startled Peruvian ufologists is that the Co
Colombia: Three Alleged UFOs over Plata (Huila)
SOURCE: GIFPU and Planeta UFO Date: 03.04.2017 A report by Joe Carpio, GIFPU Colombia: Three Alleged UFOs Over Plata (Huila) On March 3, 2017, starting at 3:00 p.m., a phenomenon was recorded over Plata (Huila) that left locals looking for answers. Three mysterious UFOs were sighted in the skies over the community. According to eyewitnesses, the objects remained static most of the time and as eve
Argentina: A Triangular UFO Over Entre Rios
Source: VISION OVNI Date: March 12, 2017 Argentina: A Triangular UFO Over Entre Rios By Andrea Pérez Simondini TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Location: Island region between Rosario (Santa Fe) and Victoria (Entre Rios) Date of Sighting: December 2012 Time: 1:50 Witnesses: Pablo Sanchez and two friends Object Type: Triangular or three lights Flight Direction: East-West The island region is a consistent so

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Tax Justice Network Taxcast, March 2017: Brexit and Tax Havens; Losses to Tax Avoidance
Will Brexit harm the City of London's tax haven? With weak regulation, money laundering, and satellites like BVI, Cayman Islands, and Jersey, everyone knows it's already a tax haven. The UK is threatening to be more of a tax haven if they don't get their way on other issues in the Brexit negotiations, but the EU will be vigilant on this issue, in John Christensen's opinion. He notes that the Gener
U.S. Has Worst Wealth Inequality of Any Rich Nation, and It's Not Even Close
I've discussed the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Reports before, an excellent source of data for both wealth and wealth inequality. The most recent edition , from November 2016, shows the United States getting wealthier, but steadily more unequal in wealth per adult and dropping from 25th to 27th in median wealth per adult since 2014. Moreover, on a global scale, it reports that the top 1% of wealth

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The Chicken Came Home to Roost
Yesterday, March22, 2017, a terrorist attack occurred in front of the British Parliament. A vehicle and knife attack let to the injury of 40 people. A policeman and the terrorist were killed. I used to above title because of Tony Blair, an ex-prime minister and president George W. Bush. They ordered the invasion of Iraq without any justification. This unjust war let to the killing of more than on
International Women's Day
The International Women’s Day is a reminder of gender equality. Sadly, the majority of world societies have failed to achieve such goal. In general women are still discriminated against and are not equally treated with men, even in the USA. The Arab world is not different. Women are left behind despite the fact that Islam does not differentiate between men and women, as it is apparent in some Qur

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Expert Police Evidence Excluded for Lack of Independence
R. v. McManus, 2017 ONCA 188: (c) The Relevant Principles [63] To be admitted into evidence, an expert's opinion must be (1) logically relevant to an issue in the proceedings; (2) necessary to assist the trier of fact; (3) not precluded by an exclusionary rule; and (4) tendered by a properly qualified expert: Mohan , at pp. 20-25. The trial judge also has residual discretion to exclude evidence t
Lawsuits are to be determined on the pleadings
Moore v. Sweet, 2017 ONCA 182: [39] This Court has made it clear on a number of occasions that lawsuits are to be decided within the boundaries of the pleadings (i.e., the documents framing the issues), and based on findings and conclusions that are "anchored in the pleadings, evidence, positions or submissions of any of the parties". Otherwise, they are "inherently unreliable" and "procedurally
Reasonable Apprehension of Bias
Miracle v. Maracle III, 2017 ONCA 195: [2] The test for reasonable apprehension of bias laid down and consistently endorsed by the Supreme Court of Canada is: what would an informed person, viewing the matter realistically and practically—and having thought the matter through—conclude. Would he think that it is more likely than not that [the decision-maker], whether consciously or unconsciously, w
How to Adopt a Child in Nunavut
R.A v. S.K. and D.K. 2017 NUCJ 5: [12] In Nunavut there are two ways of adopting a child. One way is in accordance with Inuit custom. This does not involve the Courts or any government agencies. If a child has been adopted in accordance with Inuit custom, an adoptive parent may apply for a certificate recognizing the adoption. This is done pursuant to the ACARA , by providing certain information
Confession Rule does not apply to Charter Voir Dire
R. v. Paterson, 2017 SCC 15: T he confessions rule should not be expanded to apply to statements tendered in the context of a voir dire under the Charter . The Crown must prove the voluntariness of an accused's statement before it can rely upon that statement at trial as supporting a finding of guilt. T he purpose of the judicial inquiry in a Charter voir dire is distinct from the purpose of a cr

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How to Do Hogs for the Cause Like a Boss Hog ~GONOLA
How to Do Hogs for the Cause Like a Boss Hog ~GONOLA

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Kashmir: The Enemies within the Islamic Countries
Since the martyrdom of the Kashmiri leaders Burhan Wani by the Indian securit forces on July 8, 2016, a new wave of brutalities have begin in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK). Despite intermittent curfews and brutal tactics of Indian police and other security forces, demonstrations have continued. To suppress the protestors, Indian Forces started playing havoc … Kashmir: The Enemies within the Islamic C
Distortion of History: BSNs Observe Black Day
In order to pollute the minds of the patriot people of the Baluchistan province against the federation of Pakistan, every year Baloch Sub Nationalists (BSNs) observe March 27 as a black day on alleged annexation of Kallat state with Pakistan in 1948. During this very day, shutter down strikes in small and far-flung areas of … Distortion of History: BSNs Observe Black Day is a post from News Cente
Analysis: London Attacks, The Epicenter of Terrorism Detected
At least five people were killed and approximately 40 were injured, including policemen in simultaneous terror attacks in London on Wednesday (March 22, 2017). According to the BBC, “The attacker, whose identity police believe they know, stabbed the unarmed officer before being shot dead. After the car crashed into the railings of the Houses of … Analysis: London Attacks, The Epicenter of Terrori
Pakistan Day Demands National Unity
Although the Pakistan day is being celebrated every year on March 23, yet this time, this very day has come at a time when Pakistan stands at the crossroads of its destiny, facing internal and external challenges and threats to the national security of the country, which demands selfless national unity among all the segments … Pakistan Day Demands National Unity is a post from News Center Pk .
Refocus on India’s Water Terrorism on the Water Day
Every year, World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 on global level, focusing attention on the water crisis as well as the solutions to address it. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22, … Refocus on India’s Water Terrorism on the Wat
Water: India Victimizes Pakistan
Pakistan is facing acute shortage of water, as being on lower riparian in connection with the rivers emanating from the Indian-Occupied Kashmir. Since its inception, India has never missed an opportunity to victimize Pakistan by creating deliberate water scarcity with the aim to damage the latter agriculturally. Historically, India has been trying to establish her … Water: India Victimizes Pakist

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Monsanto collusion on glyphosate & cancer
Last week, we learned that an official at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) helped Monsanto block additional review of glyphosate’s link to cancer. News also broke that Monsanto employees helped ghostwrite scientific papers related to the herbicide’s impact on human health. How do we know this? A federal judge in San Francisco unsealed documents revealing that Jess Rowland — the EPA offic
Who needs clean air, water & soil?
Well then. If there was ever any doubt that the new administration's oft-stated commitment to "clean air and water" was insincere, there's no question now. Just as Trump was reading these hollow words in his address to Congress, his team was proposing draconian cuts to the agency whose job it is to protect our resources and health. This is both hugely irresponsible and foolish. For one thing, sci
Ask a farmer
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Do the proposed CA schools regs go far enough?
The Department of Pesticide Regulation director and his top advisor endured a grilling last week at a packed hearing convened by the California Senate Committee on Environmental Quality to consider the new schools regs. Testimony from the panel of experts made clear that the real harm endured by farmworker communities is not from acute poisoning incidents but from chronic exposure – and these reg
UN busts "pesticides feed the world" myth
Are pesticides needed to feed the world? Not so much, according to a recent report by Dr. Hilal Elver, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Elver’s report provides yet more evidence debunking the “we feed the world” narrative that the pesticide/biotech industry giants have been aggressively promoting for decades. The reality, as Elver notes, is quite different: Reliance on hazardous pe

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Save the date! Symposium on Ethics and Value Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance Management, Policy and Research, November 15-16, 2017
Ethics and Value Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance Management, Policy and Research, symposium in Gothenburg, November 15-16, 2017. Save the date! The World Health Organization identifies antibiotic resistance as a global challenge so serious that it threatens the fundamental achievement of modern medicine. Ethics and value conflicts are at the centre of this challenge: understanding its nature

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