Saturday, April 08, 2017

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Is The U.S. Intelligence Assessment That The Syrian Government Was Responsible For The Chemical Attack That Resulted In A U.S. Missile Attack On Thursday Correct?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 minutes ago
Robert Parry, Consortium News: *Trump’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Moment* Just two days after news broke of an alleged poison-gas attack in northern Syria, President Trump brushed aside advice from some U.S. intelligence analysts doubting the Syrian regime’s guilt and launched a lethal retaliatory missile strike against a Syrian airfield. Trump immediately won plaudits from Official Washington, especially from neoconservatives who have been trying to wrestle control of his foreign policy away from his nationalist and personal advisers since the days after his surprise victory on Nov. 8. Ther... more »

Sold to International Sex Traffickers

Anon at Aangirfan - 7 minutes ago

The PostHuman

Ethical Technology - 7 minutes ago
An interview IEET Scholar Kevin LaGranduer did as part of an exhibit for the annual Milan Design Week—which is this week, in Italy.

U.S. Ambassador To The UN: Regime Change In Syria Is A Trump Administration Priorities

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 37 minutes ago
*Reuters:* *Trump's U.N. envoy says ouster of al-Assad is a priority of U.S.* U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview that she sees regime change in Syria as one of the Trump administration's priorities in the country wracked by civil war. Defeating Islamic State, pushing Iranian influence out of Syria, and the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are priorities for Washington, Haley said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” which will air in full on Sunday. "We don’t see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there," Haley said. The comment... more »

Iran Issues A Threat Over Thursday's U.S. Missile Strike Against Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 37 minutes ago
*FOX News:* *Iran issues threat over US strikes in Syria* Iran "won't be quiet" after the U.S. missile attack that hit a number of military targets in central Syria, Iran's parliament news agency,, reported Friday. Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, declared "Russia and Iran won't be quiet against such acts which violate interests of the region," according to the report. Boroujerdi warned serious consequences would follow the U.S. action. *Read more* .... *More News On The Iranian Response To Thursday's U.S. Miss... more »

U.S. - Russian Tensions Have Been Ramped Up Since Thursday's U.S. Missile Strike On Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Bloomberg:* *Trump's Syria Missile Strike Ramps Up Tensions With Moscow* * Russia says west acting ‘absurd’ as U.K.’s Johnson scraps trip * Tillerson, Lavrov discuss Syria in phone call Saturday The Trump administration warned that it’s ready to take further military action if the regime of Bashar al-Assad wages another chemical attack, even as this week’s missile strike ratcheted up tensions with Russia. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and counterpart Sergey Lavrov discussed the Syria situation during a phone call on Saturday initiated by the U.S., the Russian Foreign Minis... more »

Orange County Conservative Lou Correa Still Calls Himself A Democrat For Some Reason

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*Lou Correa, California's worst Democrat in Congress* Back before the November election, we warned Democrats that the leading "Democratic" candidate. Lou Correa had a long and horrible record from his time in the state legislature as a fake Democrat. Correa's Orange County district-- CA-46: Anaheim, Santa Ana and Orange-- is very blue. Obama beat Romney 61.4% to 36.2% and Hillary did even better against Trump-- 66.3% to 27.9%. She won every Orange County congressional district but CA-46 was the biggest victory. The jungle primary resulted in a D vs D race, conservative Lou Correa an... more »

Former Obama Officials Are Blaming The U.S. Congress On Why President Obama Did Not Retaliate Against Syria For A Previous Chemical Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY PETE SOUZA *VOA*:* Former Obama Officials Respond to Criticism of Inaction on Syria* Officials of former U.S. President Barack Obama's administration are responding to criticism of Obama for not retaliating against Syria for a previous chemical weapons attack. The officials maintain Obama proposed strikes in 2013 against Syria similar to those ordered Friday by Republican President Donald Trump but were thwarted by a Republican-controlled Congress that refused to agree with Obama's plan. The push-back to the criticism came after Trump ordered the miss... more »

Do Wireless Signals Stunt Plant Growth?

Kim LaCapria at - 2 hours ago
A 2013 school science project that purports to show that wifi wilts cress plants periodically reappears, but its claims remain unproven.

Musical Interlude: “The Last of the Mohicans - Promontory” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman, “The Last of the Mohicans - Promontory” -

U.S. - Coalition Air Strikes Against The Islamic State Have Been Sharply Reduced Since Thursday's U.S. Missile Attack In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*New York Times*: *U.S.-Led Force Reduces Attacks on ISIS in Syria After Airstrike* WASHINGTON — The American-led task force that is battling the Islamic State has sharply reduced airstrikes against the militants in Syria as commanders assess whether Syrian government forces or their Russian allies plan to respond to the United States’ cruise missile strike on a Syrian airfield this past week, American officials said. The precautionary move, revealed in statistics made public by the command on Saturday, was taken as Russian officials have threatened to suspend the communication l... more »

Why Did Russia Not Stop The U.S. Missile Strike On Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
An S-400 air defence missile system is deployed for a combat duty at the Hmeymim airbase to provide security of the Russian air group's flights in Syria. © Dmitriy Vinogradov / Sputnik *Damien Sharkov, Newsweek:* *Could Russia Have Stopped The U.S. Strike On Syria?* Russian officials have led the criticism against the U.S. decision to strike a Syrian airfield Thursday with cruise missiles despite admitting they received advance notice of the military attack. “Yes, this information was provided… via the existing channels,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Put... more »

White Clay Rally Against Predators -- Long Walk 5 Photos by Bad Bear at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
Rally against predatory alcohol vendors in White Clay, Nebraska, today, at the border of Pine Ridge, South Dakota Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson . . . Photos and videos by Bad Bear Sampson, Western Shoshone Censored News The Longest Walk 5.2 rallied in White Clay, Nebraska today, April 8, 2017. Local horse riders

Syrian Air Base Back In Operation 24 Hours After U.S. Missile Strikes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Despite U.S. missile barrage, Syria continues airstrikes against rebels* BEIRUT — Residents of the Syrian town devastated by a chemical weapons attack earlier this week said warplanes had returned to bomb them Saturday, despite a U.S. missile barrage and warnings of possible further response. At least 86 people in the northwestern town of Khan Sheikhoun were killed Tuesday in a chemical attack that left hundreds choking, fitting or foaming at the mouth. Eyewitnesses and a monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Saturday that fresh attack... more »

The Superhot Arctic Refuses To Melt!

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood We know that Arctic sea ice extent has been at relatively low levels this past winter. However, most of the deficit has been on the periphery, mainly in the Barents Sea, or way outside the Arctic anyway, areas which…

Why John Christy’s Missing Hotspot Matters

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: German garden gnome. By Colibri1968 at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Guest essay by Eric Worrall One thing which struck me about the recent climate science hearing is how little attention was paid to Dr. John Christy’s demonstration of a flawed…

What “Permanent Drought”? California Governor officially declares end to drought emergency

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: From the “but the media told us the drought was permanent in California” fake news department. Wired, May 2016: “Thanks El Niño, But California’s Drought Is Probably Forever“. “California is still in a state of drought. For now, maybe forever.” The article gives no support — none — for…

Sierra Nearing Record Water Year

Originally posted on Sierra Foothill Commentary: According to the Sac Bee: As of Saturday morning, the region accumulated an average of 87.5 inches of water across eight northern Sierra stations since the beginning of the season on Oct. 1, according to data from the California Department of Water Resources. The current record for the northern…

Is North Korea Next?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*NBC: **Trump’s Options for North Korea Include Placing Nukes in South Korea* The National Security Council has presented President Donald Trump with options to respond to North Korea's nuclear program — including putting American nukes in South Korea or killing dictator Kim Jong-un, multiple top-ranking intelligence and military officials told NBC News. Both scenarios are part of an accelerated review of North Korea policy prepared in advance of Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. The White House hopes the Chinese will do more to influence Pyongyang thr... more »

The Trump-Xi Summit At Mar-A Lago -- News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*New York Times*: *After Xi Leaves U.S., Chinese Media Assail Strike on Syria* BEIJING — With President Xi Jinping safely out of the United States and no longer President Trump’s guest, China’s state-run media on Saturday was free to denounce the missile strike on Syria, which the American president told Mr. Xi about while they were finishing dinner. Xinhua, the state news agency, on Saturday called the strike the act of a weakened politician who needed to flex his muscles. In an analysis, Xinhua also said Mr. Trump had ordered the strike to distance himself from Syria’s backer... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Zero Degrees Zero” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Liquid Mind, “Zero Degrees Zero” -

Is Trump's Approval More Likely To Continue Collapsing Because He's Lazy And Ill-Prepared Or Because Of His Toxic Discombobulated Agenda?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Earlier today we looked at the blossoming civil war inside the White House. It's very much related to nothing much getting done-- and there is no issue besides repeal and replace where there is as much finger-pointing and fury. Trump may not care what's *in* the bill, but he certainly wants a "win." He blames different people daily, although Ryan and the Freedom Caucus seem get the bulk of it on various days. Jonathan Chait minced no words in his description: Republicans Tearing Each Other to Pieces Over Trumpcare Debacle. Trump is consumed with this because it gets talked about a... more »

Are Blue Strawberries Real?

Dan Evon at - 4 hours ago
Images that purport to show "blue strawberries" were digitally manipulated.

A Look At Who's Who In President Trump's Syria 'Situation Room'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
WH photo (ed for security): @potus receives briefing on #syria military strike fr Nat Security team, inc @vp , SECDEF, CJCS via secure VTC — Sean Spicer (@PressSec) April 7, 2017 *New York Times:* *Who Was in the Room? These Advisers Joined Trump for the Syria Strike* WASHINGTON — In any major crisis involving speed, judgment and getting reliable information, the first question any president needs to decide is this: Who is invited to the meeting to discuss the strategic options? So the photograph of President Trump’s group of advisers at his Mar-a-Lago ... more »

Last night Bill Maher said that "Republicans need to learn the difference between being conservative and just being a dick." Wait, there's a difference?

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
Courtesy of Raw Story: *In the New Rules segment of HBO’s Real Time, host Bill Maher tore into the Republican Party for rolling back safety and environmental regulations simply because “they’re d*cks.” * *“So much of what they have done since Trump took over isn’t moving the party in a more conservative direction. It’s also not Libertarian. It’s just a d*ck move,” Maher began. * *“Republicans have to learn the difference between being a conservative and just being a d*ck,” the HBO host said before adding that conservatism has become “just about some warped idea that the way to sh... more »

U.S. Special Forces Soldier Killed Fighting The Islamic State In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Reuters*:* U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan amid operations against Islamic State: U.S.* A U.S. soldier was killed while conducting operations against Islamic State in Afghanistan late on Saturday, a U.S. military spokesman said in a message posted on Twitter. "The soldier was mortally wounded late Saturday during an operation in Nangarhar Province" in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. Navy Captain Bill Salvin said in a message on the official Twitter account of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. The soldier was a Special Forces operator, Salvin told Reuters separately. The circu... more »

"A Look to the Heavens" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“The Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543) is one of the best known planetary nebulae in the sky. Its more familiar outlines are seen in the brighter central region of the nebula in this impressive wide-angle view. But the composite image combines many short and long exposures to also reveal an extremely faint outer halo. At an estimated distance of 3,000 light-years, the faint outer halo is over 5 light-years across. *Click image for larger size.* Planetary nebulae have long been appreciated as a final phase in the life of a sun-like star. More recently, some planetary nebulae are found to ha... more »

"In the Inbox" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"In the Inbox"* "From: Coordinator of Volunteer Services We have a young man, thirty-six, on hospice who has a very young child. They want someone to help him do a life review and perhaps put some pictures together for he and his wife so the child will know him. Call me if you are willing to do this." "The next time, friend, your life seems too hard, check your Inbox." - Jose Orez

Chet Raymo, “New Philosophy” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“New Philosophy”* by Chet Raymo "It is one of Albert Einstein's most-often quoted quotes: "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible." Is the world comprehensible? Apparently at least partially so. Consider the NASA solar eclipse atlas I referenced the other day. It is possible to calculate the precise locations and times for solar eclipses thousands of years into the future and past. That's comprehensibility for you. Of course, there are still things we do not comprehend, such as consciousness or the development of organisms, but there i... more »

"Sometimes..." (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

The Daily "Near You?" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Yerevan, Armenia. Thanks for stopping by!

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field” * “Coming down out of the freezing sky with its depths of light, like an angel, or a Buddha with wings, it was beautiful, and accurate, striking the snow and whatever was there with a force that left the imprint of the tips of its wings - five feet apart - and the grabbing thrust of its feet, and the indentation of what had been running through the white valleys of the snow - and then it rose, gracefully, and flew back to the frozen marshes to lurk there, like a little lighthouse, in the blue shadows - so I thought: maybe death isn't darkness, ... more »

“The Real Secrets Hidden In Antarctica” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“The Real Secrets Hidden In Antarctica”* By Truthstream Media "There may be good reason for your curiosity if you have ever wondered about what is really going on at the southernmost continent. With so many myths and rumors flying around about the place lately, we decided to do a little research of our own into the claims… which turned into a whole lot of research… and what was going to be a 10-minute video turned into this.” -

"Life's Funny..." (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that's why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all our memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that's why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living." - Alysha S... more »

X22 Report, “The Deep State Is Now Pushing Their Agenda To Bring The World To War” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
X22 Report, “The Deep State Is Now Pushing Their Agenda To Bring The World To War” -

"How It Really Is" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

Alan Waldman : TELEVISION | ‘Marcella’ is a twisty 8-part U.K. mystery from a popular Swedish writer

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
Anna Friel is a female detective with memory problems who suspects she may have killed her husband’s lover. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | April 8, 2017 [In his Rag Blog column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his … finish reading Alan Waldman : *TELEVISION* | ‘Marcella’ is a twisty 8-part U.K. mystery from a popular Swedish writer

“The Real Secrets Hidden In Antarctica” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“The Real Secrets Hidden In Antarctica”* By Truthstream Media "There may be good reason for your curiosity if you have ever wondered about what is really going on at the southernmost continent. With so many myths and rumors flying around about the place lately, we decided to do a little research of our own into the claims… which turned into a whole lot of research… and what was going to be a 10-minute video turned into this.” -

Surge in 'Honour Crimes' and Forced Marriages in London

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
'So-called "honour crimes" have risen by 40 per cent in five years in London, with the number of forced marriages doubling in the same period. According to the figures, obtained by theEvening Standard, some of the children involved in the abuse were younger than ten-years-old.' More about this here at Breitbart but obviously not on the BBC.

As it turns out Donald Trump stands to benefit financially from launching missiles at Syria. Well of course he does.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
Courtesy of CNN: *Raytheon, the company that makes the Tomahawk missiles used in the air strikes on Syria by the United States, is rising in early stock trading Friday. * *Investors seem to be betting President Trump's decision to retaliate against Syria after the chemical attack on Syrian citizens earlier this week may mean the Pentagon will need more Tomahawks. * *The Department of Defense asked for $2 billion over five years to buy 4,000 Tomahawks for the U.S. Navy in its fiscal 2017 budget last February. * *Nearly five dozen Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched at military ... more »

Watch: Police Clash With Anti-War Protesters, Viciously Assault Peaceful Vet

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 7 hours ago
Cops provoke then take down a deaf veteran all for peacefully protesting against the coming war on Syria.

"I Wish..." (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - J.R.R. Tolkien, "Lord of the Rings"

“The Real Secrets Hidden In Antarctica” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“The Real Secrets Hidden In Antarctica”* By Truthstream Media "There may be good reason for your curiosity if you have ever wondered about what is really going on at the southernmost continent. With so many myths and rumors flying around about the place lately, we decided to do a little research of our own into the claims… which turned into a whole lot of research… and what was going to be a 10-minute video turned into this.” -

"The Chief Obstacle..." (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race." - Don Marquis "In the mass of mankind, I fear, there is too great a majority of fools and knaves, who, singly from their number, must to a certain degree be respected, though they are by no means respectable." - Philip Stanhope

"What We Know About Syria: The Civil War, the Nerve Gas Attack, The US Bombing…and How It Could All Lead to WW3" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"What We Know About Syria: The Civil War, the Nerve Gas Attack, * *The US Bombing…and How It Could All Lead to WW3"* by The Organic Prepper "Just in case our nation wasn’t divided enough, we now have the actions that were taken in Syria. Every story has many different facets, so today, you can find the links I’ve collected this week in an effort to figure out what the heck is going on. My personal beliefs are anti-interventionist and anti-war, as those of you who are regular visitors to the site are aware. I’ve tried to provide a broad overview without a minimum of personal bias. T... more »

Musical Interlude: Gov't Mule, "Soulshine" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Gov't Mule, "Soulshine" -

It's Saturday. How about some feel good stuff...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*you know - stuff that sounds good, other stuff that looks good, and perhaps a few fun things to read. Grab a cuppa, relax, and enjoy some great stuff.* One of my favorite blogs is *MOTUS AD.* While MOTUS is always entertaining there's also plenty of astute political commentary. The folks who comment are a lively group who have become like a big family. One thing you can count on is many wonderful pictures and videos being posted in the combox. This morning this popped up in the MOTUS AD combox - a guy sits down at a public piano and completely rocks it. Doing my due diligence... more »

The Moderate Tag Is A Farce-- Meet New Jersey Congressman Tom MacArthur

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*-by Joshua Henne* The last time New Jersey voters sent a Republican to the U.S. Senate, Nixon was in the White House and *The Godfather* was in movie theaters. For a short while, at least on paper, Congressman Tom MacArthur seemed an attractive candidate to try and break this 45-year streak. In 2014, the former insurance executive and mayor of Randolph, moved from Morris County down to South Jersey, plopped down $5 million of his own cash and garnered an open House seat. With an amiable personality and political ties throughout the state, MacArthur proved unafraid to dig deep int... more »

The first ever unromanticized photos of Native Americans that weren't staged

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
These remarkable 19th century sepia-tinted pictures show the American West as you have never seen it before - as it was charted for the first time. The photos, by Timothy O'Sullivan, are the first ever taken of the rocky and barren landscape. At the time federal government officials were travelling across Arizona, Nevada, Utah and the rest of the west as they sought to uncover the land's untapped natural resources. Timothy O'Sullivan, who used a box camera, worked with the Government teams as they explored the land. He had earlier covered the U.S. Civil War and was one of the mos... more »

"Doing Something" about Syria

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
"Something has to be done!" goes up the cry every time an abominable war crime surges over the newswires, but the question has to be what and how. Throughout yesterday, following Donald Trump's bombardment of the Syrian government airfield apparently used for the chemical attack on Idlib province, we saw implacable foes of the White House freak show rush to back up the US administration. "Today was the day Trump became the president" went one egregiously arse licking headline, and all of a sudden the investigation of the dodgy links to Russia, and the awful domestic programme are c... more »

FBI Informants Inside Geek Squad May Have Compromised Child Porn Case

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: fbi-informants-inside-geek-squad-may-have-compromised-child-porn-case] Geek Squad employees — who are also paid by the FBI — have been using a computer forensic tool developed in cooperation with the FBI to search customers' computers for child pornography.

US Hypocrisy on Full Display as Airstrikes Kill 4 Children in Syria

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: children]That children were killed in the very first aggressive offensive by the U.S. against Syria is the epitome of moralistic hypocrisy.

Additional security for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may cost as much as 8 million dollars, and she is charging the Education Department for it.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 9 hours ago
Courtesy of the MSN: *Government officials said Friday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos requires additional security detail due to a threat to her safety and that it may cost up to $7.8 million through September to protect her. * *The U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement that a threat assessment was conducted in February and DeVos was put under additional protection. * *The statement did not provide details on the threat or the number of personnel assigned to her. The agency said it will be reimbursed $7.78 million from the Education Department for services from February ... more »

The Great Folly Of Our Age–Booker

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 9 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Booker with a hard hitting piece about the Climate Change Act in the Mail: What a parable for our times the great diesel scandal has been, as councils vie to see which can devise the heaviest taxes on nearly half the cars in Britain because they are powered […]

Lessons From The Developing World

C. B. Thorington at A Divided World - 10 hours ago
An Indian plowman in West Bengal working in India’s largest industry: Agriculture Wikimedia Commons / ILRI In my last two posts, I have taken looks at the history of leftist revolutions and of Europe to glean lessons about what works and does not work in economies. In this essay I will try to explore what […]

Deposits and Unconscionabilty

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
Redstone Enterprises Ltd. v. Simple Technology Inc., 2017 ONCA 282: [19] Deposits are commonplace in the operation of the market, especially for larger assets such as residential and commercial real estate. Their purpose was explored at learned length by Newbury J.A. speaking for a five-person panel in *Tang v. Zhang*, 2013 BCCA 52, 359 D.L.R. (4th) 104. At issue in the case was the forfeiture of a deposit of $100,000 on a residential real estate purchase of slightly more than $2 million. The trial judge relieved against forfeiture on the basis that the vendor had been able ... more »

Saturday Afternoon Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 11 hours ago
Assorted content for your weekend reading. - Ethan Cox reports on new polling showing that Canadians are highly concerned about inequality - even if our governments aren't doing anywhere meaningful to address it: Of Canadians surveyed, 73 per cent said their and their family’s economic situation had stayed the same or gotten worse over the past two years, while 68 per cent did not expect it to improve over the next two years.The poll, conducted by Strategic Communications, was made public at the Broadbent Institute’s Progress Summit in Ottawa. Asked who benefits from today’s econom... more »

The race to nowhere

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 11 hours ago
Following up on in the Saskatchewan Party's budget plan to benefit the rich with tax cuts (with the explicit aim of making corporate taxes lower than any other province) while soaking everybody else, it's worth offering a reminder what happened to the last Canadian province to try the exact same gambit. New Brunswick's 2009 budget included both severe cuts to the public sector, and a much-trumpeted intention to undercut other provinces on corporate taxes. And of course, the latter were supposedly justified by the claim that lower corporate taxes would lead to more growth and jobs. ... more »

Croydon just united for Reker Ahmed. But Katie Hopkins stuck the boot in anyway [VIDEO]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 11 hours ago
The centre of Croydon was brought to a near-standstill on Saturday 8 March, as the community came together to show unity after the attack on teenager Reker Ahmed. But not everyone was behind the action, with controversial Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins dismissing the turnout. A shocking attack Ahmed, a 17-year-old Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker, was waiting at a […] The post Croydon just united for Reker Ahmed. But Katie Hopkins stuck the boot in anyway [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

DC Cop Arrested for Engaging in Child Sex Trafficking & Stealing His Victim’s Money at Gunpoint

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: child]In a new low, we've found a cop who was engaging in the child sex trade and then stooping even lower to rob his victim after.

disrupt and transform: 2017 cupe ontario library workers conference

laura k at wmtc - 12 hours ago
The 2017 CUPE Ontario Library Workers Conference was a very special event for the Mississauga Library Workers Union. Over the course of two days, our 2016 strike and the great gains we made for our members were celebrated from the podium again and again. In the same way, the tremendous perseverance and solidarity shown by the Essex County Library Workers -- on strike for a stunning eight months -- were noted, applauded, cheered, and celebrated, again and again. For the 1989 executive board, it was a joyous event. The theme of this year's conference was *Disrupt and Transform* -- whi... more »

Donald Trump - The Deep State Reason for his Insane Attack on Syria

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*Donald Trump - the Deep State* *Reason for his Insane Attack on Syria* Still trying to make "sense of the insane", alternate media commentators are reviewing the criminal *act of war* of Donald Trump of last Thursday night. Mike Rivero, webmaster of sums up the facts as we have assembled them so far: From To sum up: 1. Based on an obvious falsehood that nobody believes, *Trump launched about $90 million worth of Tomahawk Cruise missiles at the Shayrat Air Base in Syria.* 2. Out of 59 missiles, only 23 actually hit the base, with mos... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 172-173, Apr 6-7, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
Most of the Iraqi advances in Mosul have been in the west such as Yarmouk (far left), which was just captured by the Golden Division (Institute for the Study of War) The Iraqi forces (ISF) have been preparing for a new offensive in west Mosul. That has resulted in a relative pause in operations. On April 6 the Golden Division did take Yarmouk 2 in the western side of the city. Otherwise the ISF were preparing to storm the Old City in the east along the Tigris River. General Najim Abdullah al-Jabouri of the Ninewa Operations Command saidthat the attack upon the Old City would rely ... more »

Study: Women with Natural Hair Have Low Self-Esteem?

David Mikkelson at - 12 hours ago
Reports of research finding that women with natural hair have lower self-esteem than women with treated hair are based on a satirical article.

White House Admits Syria Missile Attack Was a Publicity Stunt to Make Trump Look Good?

David Emery at - 12 hours ago
Unreliable web sites spread the false claim that senior White House officials "openly admitted that the chemical strike against Syria had no actual purpose."

EPA Reportedly Eliminates Program Helping Cities Deal With Climate Change

Arturo Garcia at - 12 hours ago
An unidentified official said that the issue should not be "controlled from inside Washington, D.C."

Most Americans don't know this, but the bylaws of the United Nations (aka the UN) state that any member state that attacks another for no good reason is regarded to be a WAR CRIME. The UN has enforced this rule in the case of all its members ...except the US, which has been granted a free ticket. Today the U.S. has drones bombing 7 countries, and in the past has killed or displaced millions of innocents. For a long time, Russia has tried to get along with the U.S. driving the Islamic State out of Syria. But now they realize that the U.S. has no intentions to do so. Therefore, because Russia was invited by Syria to protect against exterior attack THEY are NOT war criminals.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ Russian Foreign Ministry announced cessation of all aviation agreements, regarding airspace security over Syria operations. In a statement, issued on Friday, it was declared that the US military presence in Syria is illegal and that the strikes, verified by the US government, constitute an act of aggression and breach all international conventions and laws. The statement also called on the UN Security Council to convene an emergency session to discuss the US missile strikes on Syrian territory, while also announci... more »

Something Unconstitutional Has Happened But With Gorsuch Confirmed, It Won't Matter One Bit

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Many of the nutters usually most enamored of Trump turned on him after the missiles flew Thursday evening, including UKIP whackadoodles Paul Nuttall and Nigel Farage, plus Milo Yiannopoulos Katie Hopkins, Ann Coulter, Arron Banks and Paul Joseph Watson. Nuttall, who took over the British neo-Nazi party when Farange left, tweeted that "The U.S. bombing of Syria last night was rash, trigger happy, nonsensical and will achieve nothing. I hoped for better." In as much as anyone has ever heard on Watson, it's on the crackpot Trump news InfoWars channel. He said Trump turned out to be "... more »

Twitter sued Trump Administration for attempting to force it to unmask anti-government tweeter.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 13 hours ago
Courtesy of Variety: *Twitter has sued the Trump administration over attempts of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to unmask the identity of users behind an account critical of the government. The account in question, @ALT_USCIS, is one of several alt-government accounts which were launched after the new administration took office and proceeded to silence some official Twitter government accounts. * *The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California, alleges that the DHS tried to use a “limited-purpose investigatory tool” to find out who is behind the account in qu... more »

As Trump Relishes in Establishment Praise, NYT Admits Assad Didn’t Do 2013 Sarin Gas Attack

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: attack]Corporate media blamed the 2013 chemical attack on Assad, but it more likely came from "moderate rebels." Why is the MSM doing it again?

Trump Airstrike Paved the Way for ISIS to Attack Christian Town Protected by Syrian Army

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: christian]If you are a Christian and support Trump's recent strike on Syria, you need to know how it helped ISIS continue to wage war on Christianity.

Fukushima Update: "Your Radiation This Week, April 8, 2017" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*Publishing Note: *Due to Bob Nichol's other commitments the city-specific radiation reporting will now be published every 2 weeks until further notice. The next such report will be on April 22, 2017. I will update the weekly Hiroshima bomb equivalents information. This is to keep you as aware and informed as possible, not alarm you, though you should be alarmed, and is scientific *FACT*, not sensationalistic nonsense. Everything here is active-linked for your own verification, or not; I encourage you to do so. The radiation's not going anywhere, folks, but we are... - CP *"Now I a... more »

Syria: Trump's Bush-Obama WMD Remix

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
*April 8, 2017* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The United States finds its increasingly clumsy, circular foreign policy looping back once again to accusations of "weapons of mass destruction" being inexplicably used against a civilian population, this time in Syria's northern city of Idlib currently serving as the defacto capital of terrorist organizations including various Al Qaeda affiliates, most notably the US State Department designated foreign terrorist organization, al-Nusrah Front. The allegations have already been used for a rushed US attack on Syrian forces, without any formal inv... more »

Found on Facebook Last Night

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 13 hours ago
From Brent Terry: "If, as ABC News is reporting, the US warned Russia of the missile strike, and if, as it appears, Russia warned Syria, that leads to a very interesting possible conclusion. Consider the implications: Trump warns Putin, who warns Assad, which means the three of them were working in concert in what becomes not a military operation against a foreign enemy, but a staged event, a stunt, a piece of political theater. But to what end? The only thing I can think of is that it was an elaborate scheme to provide Trump with political cover at a time his entire preside... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 14 hours ago
You let a woman like Margaret Sullivan into the media boys' mancave, and of course she's going to harsh their buzz by writing something like this: The cruise missiles struck, and many in the mainstream media fawned. “I think Donald Trump became president of the United States last night,” declared Fareed Zakaria on CNN, after firing of 59 missiles at a Syrian military airfield late Thursday night.... “On Syria attack, Trump’s heart came first,” read a New York Times headline. “President Trump has done the right thing and I salute him for it,” wrote the Wall Street Journal’s Bret St... more »

A primary school is teaching children to be wilder and it’s dramatically improving their behaviour

Jessica Gay at The Canary - 14 hours ago
A primary school in Sussex is teaching their kids how to hunt, skin and cook a meal for themselves. And learning these skills is having a dramatic and positive impact on their behaviour. The school West Rise Junior is a state school based in Eastbourne, Sussex. In 2015, it won the T.E.S. Primary School of […] The post A primary school is teaching children to be wilder and it’s dramatically improving their behaviour appeared first on The Canary.

Chris Hedges: The Failing Education System

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 14 hours ago
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges RT America on Apr 8, 2017 On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses how to salvage the American education system with Nikhil Goyal, author of “Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil explores the regimentation of education spurred […]

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Blogging will return early this evening where I will be giving my own take on President Trump's actions in Syria, U.S.-Russian relations, and what came out of the Trump-Xi summit.

Somalia's President Declares His Country A Warzone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
New York Times: *Somalia’s President Declares War on Shabab Militants* MOGADISHU, Somalia — The newly elected president of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, declared war on the Shabab militant group on Thursday and offered amnesty to fighters, whom he referred to as “brainwashed youth,” if they surrendered within 60 days. “The country is in a state of war,” said Mr. Mohamed, widely known by his nickname, Farmajo. “We want to attack them and liberate the areas they are in,” Mr. Mohamed said, referring to the Shabab militants. His announcement came just over a week after Presiden... more »

Mining 48, Sec. Gina Lopez's rants, DENR inaction in other sectors

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 14 hours ago
The other day, DENR Secretary Gina Lopez was recorded belittling a BWorld reporter as ... The issue is Sec. Lopez's new order requiring mining companies to pay P2 mi... more »

A Health Tip

LL at Virtual Mirage - 15 hours ago
monument to Rip Van Winkle (based on a story by Washington Irving) In the military, I learned to force sleep, and it's a trait that has been helpful to me ever since. Thus if I were to tell you that I'm going to shut down for an hour or so, you'd see me sound asleep in a minute or less. There is a type of Zen to the process. You can train yourself to do that, but most people don't want to put in the effort. As I've aged, my friends have aged along with me (so unfair that I'm aging too) and often complain about sleep problems. I ran onto this article in *Neuron* and thought to share... more »

Leading Venezuela Top Opposition Figure Barred From Poltiics For 15 Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*BBC: **Venezuela opposition leader Capriles banned from politics* A leading Venezuelan opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, has been formally banned for 15 years from public office. Mr Capriles has been at the forefront of demands for a recall referendum on President Nicolas Maduro. There was no immediate comment from the government on the ban. In a heated press conference, Mr Capriles said he would continue in his post as governor of Miranda state and called for a protest march to be held on Saturday. Mr Capriles, who has run twice as a presidential candidate, is seen as the ... more »

The Freedom From Religion Foundation rakes in over $100,000 in donations, all in the name of vice president Mike Pence.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 15 hours ago
Wait, what's happening?Courtesy of FFRF: *The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that it has received a $100,000-plus boost to its legal fund via donations in Vice President Mike Pence's name. FFRF began its "Give dollars and cents to counteract Pence" campaign in early November and, as of March 31, has raised $104,829. * *FFRF is a state/church watchdog with more than 27,000 largely freethinking (atheist and agnostic) members. * *"We warmly thank the 1,905 donors to date who have given from $1 to $5,000," says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. * *FFR... more »

With Friends Like Environmentalists, the World Doesn’t Need Enemies

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 15 hours ago
One of the greatest horror stories I’ve ever read was “Playing God in Yellowstone: The Destruction of America’s First National Park.” It is a truly heartbreaking story of how well-meaning but terribly misguided and frankly ignorant environmentalists were allowed to apply their ecological “science” to the Yellowstone Park. The results were catastrophic, and provide many lessons … Continue reading "With Friends Like Environmentalists, the World Doesn’t Need Enemies"

“It’s Official, Global Warming and Higher CO2 Ended the California Drought!!!”

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 15 hours ago
If the climate realists used the same tactics as the climate alarmists today’s headlines across the globe would read “It’s Official, Global Warming and Higher CO2 Ended the California Drought!!!” The entire climate change house of cards is largely based upon pseudo-science, where an outlier observation is portrayed as the norm. For example, the bleaching … Continue reading "“It’s Official, Global Warming and Higher CO2 Ended the California Drought!!!”"

State Money Without State Tests for Memphis Private Schools?

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
The plan to culturally sterilize all of Memphis's poor black kids in lockdown, segregated corporate charter schools has run into stiff opposition from parents and some Memphis school board members in recent years. Most of the federal Race to the Top money for such a venture has dried up, along with the cash from the Gates Foundation. The Waltons are still pumping money into the paternalistic Teach for America in Memphis, as well as other corporate white missionary preparation programs, but much of the enthusiasm for turning Memphis into Corporate Teacher Town has waned. One can im... more »

Hooded, Handcuffed, ‘Violated’: Cops Force Catheterize 3yo Boy, Man for Drug Urinalysis

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: catheterization]In the war on drugs, police are employing forced catheterization, a technique suitable for Nazi Germany — and they're torturing children too.

Twits, spats and tw*ts

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Looking at Twitter can be a depressing experience. Look at this extraordinary Tweet from disgraced ‘charity fat-cat’ and widower of murdered MP Jo. Brendan Cox Tweeted a couple of days after the Westminster ‘vehicular attack’. “Last few days has shown that the far right hate our country. They used a terror attack to denigrate it. They are no patriots.” I stumbled upon it when I was looking at professor Steven Barnett ’s re-tweets. (Mar 25th) Also on that platform, amongst various references to “Hopkins” (He’s not a great fan) and Fox News, (not a fan) I spotted something by “the... more »

Weekend reads: When reproducibility is weaponized; Internet-based paraphrasing tools; go parasites!

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
The week at Retraction Watch featured a predatory journal sting involving a fake disorder from Seinfeld, and a study with disturbing findings about how retracted papers are cited. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: “Openness and reproducibility may be core to how science works, but they can be misused or turned into ways of pursuing ideological attacks,” […] The post Weekend reads: When reproducibility is weaponized; Internet-based paraphrasing tools; go parasites! appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Open Thread

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 15 hours ago

The things they don't book-learn at Harvard and Yale!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 16 hours ago
*SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017Who is Alexandra Petri:* We're off on a mission of national import involving a Charlottesville sojourn. Full services will resume Monday morning. As an interim reading assignment, we'll recommend Alexandra Petri's column from this morning's Washington Post. Who is Alexandra Petri? As the leading authority explains, she hails from the Eastern elite: *Alexandra Petri is an American humorist and newspaper columnist. In 2010 she became the youngest person to have a column in The Washington Post...Petri grew up in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., the only child ... more »

BWorld 120, Five myths of solar-wind energy

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 16 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld on March 20, 2017 Variable renewable energy (RE) like wind and solar are far out from giving humanity sufficient, stable, and cheap electricity to sustain growth and fight poverty. For the simple reasons that they are very intermittent and expensive. Below are five of the common myths that we hear and read about wind and solar. 1. Solar, wind, biomass, and other REs will replace fossil fuels as major global energy sources in the near future. Wrong. From the projections by the two of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies, these REs, which m... more »

Pol. Ideology 70, Socialism and the politics of envy

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 16 hours ago
Why socialists are wrong :-) Many people yearn for equality, forced equality in society. If this is so, then anyone can demand that his/her monthly pay be at least 10% of what Mark Zuckerberg is getting even if they work only 4 hours and complain about work for the next 4 hours each day. And since tens or hundreds of millions will demand the same, then it will mean that Zuckerberg's average monthly income will shrink and continue shrinking because the politics of envy will assault his income and wealth, endlessly via government taxation. Free people are not equal and equal people ... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Basque group ETA - key dates in history as separatists promise to completely disarm #ETA — AFP news agency (@AFP) April 8, 2017

Spain's ETA Basque Separatists Surrender Their Arms To End Decades Of Conflict

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Basque militants ETA surrender arms in end to decades of conflict* Basque militant group ETA effectively ended an armed separatist campaign after almost half a century on Saturday, leading French authorities to the sites where it says its caches of weapons, explosives and ammunition are hidden. ETA, which killed more than 850 people in its attempt to carve out an independent state in northern Spain and southwest France, declared a ceasefire in 2011 but did not give up its remaining arms. Founded in 1959 out of anger among Basques at political and cultural repression ... more »

It’s inevitable – artificial intelligence is going to invade every aspect of our lives

Sam Woolfe at The Canary - 16 hours ago
The relationship between humans and machines is becoming ever more intertwined. Already we can see how artificial intelligence (AI) is invading our lives. But soon, everything we think of as ‘human’ could be intimately tied to computer intelligence. Including our sexual and romantic lives. Computer science pioneer J.C.R. Licklider wrote about the “cooperative interaction between men […] The post It’s inevitable – artificial intelligence is going to invade every aspect of our lives appeared first on The Canary.

A new film with Christopher Eccleston and Maxine Peake is tackling class prejudice head on [VIDEO]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 16 hours ago
A new film is tackling the issue of class prejudice in the acting profession. And it’s doing it with some big names. But while the industry is viewed by many as one of ‘rags-to-riches’ stories, the truth is very different. Raising actor awareness The Acting Class is produced by the film company Inside Film. It […] The post A new film with Christopher Eccleston and Maxine Peake is tackling class prejudice head on [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Most of the media totally ignored the election fraud news that came out this week

Bex Sumner at The Canary - 16 hours ago
New research from leading academics has laid bare exactly how our electoral system is failing us, leaving it wide open to corruption, fraud, foreign interference and abuse. But, while The Guardian published an in-depth story on the report, other media outlets ignored it. A broken system A new report [pdf] from the London School of Economics (LSE) has […] The post Most of the media totally ignored the election fraud news that came out this week appeared first on The Canary.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Critics to Ivy Leagues: 'Taxpayer gravy train needs to end'* Over a six-year period, Ivy League schools have received tens of billions in tax dollars, bringing in more money from taxpayers than from undergraduate student tuition. In fact, they received more federal cash than 16 state governments. The stunning numbers are all part of a new report, first seen by Fox News, released Wednesday by Open the Books -- a non-profit group whose stated mission is to capture and post online all disclosed spending at every level of government. The 43-page report shows the massive amount o... more »

OK, It's Official Now-- Trump White House Is Already At The Nexus Of A Bitter Civil War

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Trump is deciding on scapegoats to blame for his spectacularly failed first couple of months in the White House. Mike Allen thinks it may well be curtains for Bannon... and for Reince Priebus. The West Wing *Game of Thrones* has been raging ever since Trump took office. But the war between the nationalists and the moderates, led by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, burst into the open this week after Bannon was taken off the National Security Council, setting off a torrent of leaks against him. Maggie Haberman seems to have a good grasp on all this White House intrigue and, like m... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
T-34-85 tank and Tigr armored vehicles of the Moscow Garrison's convoy during a rehearsal held on April 5 at the Alabino military polygon in Moscow Region, Russia, ahead of the Victory Day military parade, which will take place at the Red Square on May 9, 2017. © SPUTNIK/ ILIYA PITALEV

Harvard Students Say Donald Trump More Dangerous Than The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: Before 9/11 the same sentiment was felt on campuses towards terrorism .... and most students did not even know who Osama Bin Laden was or Al Qaeda. On an individual level governments do have a far greater impact on our everyday lives than a terror group on the other side of the planet .... but .... ignoring them like how we ignored and/or underestimated Al Qaeda .... the consequences can be far reaching. Case in point .... if 9/11 did not happen, how different would America be today.

Tech Emergence Founder Dan Fagella Announces The Sale Of Science Of Skill

Ethical Technology - 16 hours ago
SAN FRANCISCO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / March 20, 2017 /Dan Faggella, the founder of Science of Skill, has recently announced the sale of the company for over $1 million. The company was sold to an independent group of buyers from the Cleveland, Ohio area. READ HERE


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Australia: Cyclone Debbie snookers coral reef panic merchants* *There had been daily predictions of doom for the GBR from the usual suspects. It turns out that the cyclone was actually GOOD for the reef. But false prophecies are a dime a dozen from the Green/Left so that is just a minor thing. Far more interesting is what current tourist divers on the reef are saying. It turns out that the Greenies declare a stretch of reef as bleached even if the bleaching is confined to a few small patches. When have you ever heard mention of patchwork bleaching from Greenies? And what is ... more »

Still Looking Out For No. 1

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
Donald Trump is receiving a lot of support for his decision to unleash Cruise missiles on Syria. Even Hillary Clinton agreed with his decision. However, Jonathan Freeland writes that, while the missiles sent a message, no one should forget who sent it: On Syria, Donald Trump has performed a U-turn so screeching, so dizzying, you can smell the burned rubber from here. Just 72 hours before these airstrikes, his administration was all but flashing a green light at Assad, hinting that he could do what he liked. Pull back further, and the volte-face is even more stunning. For years,... more »

The US Missiles Attack on Syria

Hani Fakhouri at Middle East Today - 17 hours ago
The US missiles attack on al shuirat Syrian military base was in retaliation to the Syrian government air attack on khan shaikhoun. It is said that the Syrian government used poison gas which led to the killing of more than 100 innocents Syrians, many were children. Both Russia and the Syrian governments condemned the US air attack stating that it was in violation of the UN Charter and international law. This US attack will lead to negative consequences. The Syrian government denied the use of poisonous gas in its air raid. It bombed a hidden armament storage which stored gas bombs ... more »

Kentucky Coal Museum installs solar panels. I think there's a joke here somewhere.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Courtesy of the AP: *Don't look to the Kentucky Coal Museum to bring coal back. * *The museum is installing solar panels on its roof, part of a project aimed at lowering the energy costs of one of the city's largest electric customers. It's also a symbol of the state's efforts to move away from coal as its primary energy source as more coal-fired power plants are replaced by natural gas. The state legislature recently lifted its decades-old ban on nuclear power. * *"It's a little ironic or coincidental that you are putting solar green energy on a coal museum," said Roger Noe, a fo... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 17 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Congress is cautiously applauding Trump's missile strikes against Syria Russia Blames Syria Gassing on Leak From Rebel Chemical Cache Defence Secretary Fallon: Britain will not be joining airstrikes in Syria Russia says it now recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital British industrial output took a big hit in February due to 'unseasonably warm weather A tiny South American country will become the world's first to sell marijuana at pharmacies Putin Responds: Syria Strikes "Cripple US-Russia Relations"; Deploys Cruise Missile Frigate To Syria And... An elite Red ... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 17 hours ago
*Stockholm 7 April, 2017.* On 7 April 2017, Trump's CIA and other assets would appear to have carried out a false flag terror event in Sweden? In connection with the attack, police arrested a 39-year-old Uzbek who, online, had allegedly expressed support for the CIA's ISIS. dailymail. During the US election campaign, Trump highlighted the negative effects of mass migration in Sweden. The CIA's MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD is influential in SWEDEN. A terror Drill took place just before the 7 April 2017 Stockholm attack. 2017-04-06 Swedish Police, Armed Forces and Security Service for two da... more »

Marking our own homework

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
The BBC’s Newswatch programme explored the difference between the way complaints will be dealt with by the BBC’s new independent external regulator Ofcom, the body that, from Monday, is replacing the BBC Trust. “Now, who decides what constitutes impartiality, balance and accuracy in BBC news reports?” asks Samira Ahmed “and passes judgment when those values have been infringed” She spoke to two media experts, Professor Steven Barnett, Professor of communications at Westminster University, and Stewart Purvis former chief executive of ITN and a former partner at Ofcom. Formerly a ... more »

JUDGMENT DAY: Russia & China Bypass the Dollar With GOLD

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 19 hours ago
Published on Apr 7, 2017 NOTE: This interview was recorded in the hours BEFORE Trump bombed Syria, or it would have been discussed. In this conversation with Andy Hoffman we discuss the Russia and China’s rapid move away from the Dollar and toward gold. It will soon be judgment day for the Petro-dollar. end

£1.3 billion Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon ‘to be rubber-stamped in June’

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 19 hours ago
By Paul Homewood I wonder who “the sources” are?

Female Mexican gray wolf enjoying her time digging a deep den for her puppies

White Wolf at White Wolf - 19 hours ago
Ever wonder how wolves dig their deep dens where litter of puppies are born? With a lot of energy and time! Here is a look back at Mexican gray wolf Joy enjoying her time digging! In a normal den, the birthing chamber lies at the end of a tunnel that may be up to 15 feet long in soft soil. The den is often slightly elevated above the rest of the tunnel, and no den-lining material is used. The mother keeps the den clean by eating fecal mater of her pups. The birthing chamber is usually about three feet in diameter and about two feet high. Shortly before giving birth, a pregnant fema... more »

My Annual Co-Hosting Blast with Jenny McCarthy on Sirius Satellite Radio!

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Kim Stagliano April brings showers, Mayflowers, May flowers and a chance for me to get OUT of the house and into the Sirius XM satellite radio studio in Manhattan to co-host the Jenny McCarthy show. I'll be on this...

Offit and His Critics: Part 1

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
NOTE: We're bringing you this series, re-crafted for 2017, by Richard P. Milner of Public Affairs Media during Autism Action Month. Dr. Paul Offit has led the charge against any and all in our community, doctors, scientists, parents, educators, film...


Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2012 Iran, Libya, Syria, any one of them will do. After all a distraction's a distraction. I swear folks you simply CANNOT make this stuff up.

"An Appropriate Response..." (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” - Philip K. Dick, "Valis" ◆ Ray Stevens, “They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Ha!” -

Ford sees a future in UK after Brexit, says CEO Mark Fields per BBC News but isn't a point being missed

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
The BBC are all doom and gloom over Brexit and this report is no different. However in amongst this a pertinent fact is being missed. If the UK leaves the EU and has no access to the Single Market on the same or similar terms to now then the EU car manufacturers, mainly German, will lose their preferential access to the UK market. If that happens then might it not be excellent news for the likes of Ford. Might not the Ford Mondeo, a seriously good driving car, become the executive car of choice? Ford Mondeo or Audi A4/BMW 3 series...

Refuge - Beyond the Settlements

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
Fellow blogger, Raven, asked what criteria I used to find a place far from the home of elite progs. This is my effort to explain the variables that I plugged into the formula. I need to point out that I am not a "prepper", waiting anxiously for civilization to collapse, or for the sun to go nova. At the same time, there are only two kinds of people - prepared and unprepared. Even in my nice neighborhood in Southern California, I currently have stored potable water in 10 gallon stackable jugs, and a large swimming pool with filtration to make that water potable if needed. I have eno... more »

Sexbots: From Objectification to Therapeutic Surrogates

Ethical Technology - 20 hours ago
Sex between humans and machines is nothing new in the world of science fiction. Their forms range from angelic mechanoids to victimized humanoids, but the robotic lover is almost always an expression of purely human anxieties. Yet as real-world technology advances, we’re left to ponder the emerging form of the sex bot—and the possibilities range from mere animate fetishes to therapeutic surrogates. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian consider arguments for and against the embrace of synthetic paramours. Listen Here


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 21 hours ago
Former Goldman Sachs banker and Breitbart editor Steve Bannon has been removed from his seat on the National Security Council, a key agency which coordinates the foreign and security policy of the USA. Among new change announced, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph […]

US deports Russian spy working for bank linked to Jared Kushner

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 21 hours ago
The U.S. has deported a Russian spy, who worked at the same bank whose head has had business dealing with Jared Kushner, after releasing him early from prison. Evgeny Buryakov, 42, worked as an employee in the New York office of the Russian bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) before being convicted of operating as an agent of […]

Two top Dems probing Russia say Trump associates will go to jail

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 21 hours ago
Two Democratic congressmen on the House intelligence committee believe the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia are so serious that people close to the President will end up behind bars. Washington Rep. Denny Heck and Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro are part of the congressional investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and made the […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 21 hours ago
Donald Trump’s dangerous nomination to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, who was an active force in allowing and promoting the use of torture in the USA under George Bush, could still be bloacked over a plagiarism accusations, it has emerged.

“Did Trump Start World War III On April 6, 2017?” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*“Did Trump Start World War III On April 6, 2017?”* By Michael Snyder “Did World War III begin on April 6th, 2017? After Donald Trump fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into Syria on Thursday night, millions of Americans were cheering, but the cheering isn’t going to last for long if a new world war erupts. What is amazing to me is that this happened on the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. The U.S. officially entered that war on April 6th, 1917, and now 100 years later to the day Donald Trump has essentially declared war on Syria. If you think using the... more »

Lorry attacks kill in Europe but in Israel should be ignored as much as possible

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
Sue at gets close to the truth about the BBC and Israel in this piece 'Why does the BBC think car-rammings in Israel are somehow not worth including in their "Vehicle ramming Timeline" ?All 57 of them?' The BBC heading for their time line has evolved from that reported in the article to something along the lines of 'in the western world' and is now 'in Europe and the US'. What the BBC will not do is allow any parallels to be drawn between the Islamist ... more »

6 Scientific Discoveries That Laugh in the Face of Physics

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Here is the working list allowing you to peruse this item. As you may be aware i have produced a completely new physics which i call cloud cosmology. This physics is informed by a foundational first action of creation sparked by the acceptance of existence. From that single assumption i am able to imagine with mathematical rigor and the use of my metric published in AIP's Physics Essays, the whole of particle physics up to exact simulation. Thus my perception is radically informed and Modern Physics can be largely dismissed as Ptolemaic, however helpful it may be from an empi... more »

If the gravity at the center of the Earth is zero, why are heavy elements like iron there?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is obviously a rather basic and important question and it has informed plenty of theorizing as this batch of answers show us. Best present guess is that the whole core is a large crystallized mass. Not likely even in terms of classical physics and long before i open up with the consequences of my Cloud Cosmology. Even with classical physics we need to conduct a thought experiment that imagines excluding a central core in order to facilitate calculations regarding fluid flow and rock behavior. We are presently doing just that while leaving gravity with the core itself. Supp... more »

New Findings Concerning the Amazonian Sea

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I have tackled James Churchward's work a number of time and generally was inclined to dismiss much of what he said, though that was largely unfair. Like us he had access to cultural information which provided clues but scant measurable detail. Thus in the time and place he lodged Mu and Atlantis as shown here. Obviously a bad error in terms of present sub sea knowledge. However my own investigations have developed a remarkably similar model in terms of alternate geologies and prospective land masses. It is just that the actual locations can now be precisely defined and they ar... more »

Linguistics: How were the Romans able to speak Latin fluently and quickly?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
What is more we are all blind to the complexities of our own language. Yet there is a take home here. There is a huge notional market for pre school and kindergarten language training and been quite deliberate about it. This suggests language skills can easily be brought up to conversational level prior to first grade upon which more formal training can pursue a bilingual teaching approach with all pupils decently adept. Constant switching back and forth also sharpens the mind as well. This also avoids attempting to introduce a new language after puberty when we all should act... more »

Escalation: US Media Calls For War With Russia

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Apr 7, 2017 Alex Jones breaks down how the media is spinning with no evidence that Russia carried out the chemical weapons attack. end

How To Recognize War Propaganda

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Apr 7, 2017 That Was Then and This Is Now. InfoWars looks at Gulf War propaganda compared to today’s establishment push to go to war with Syria and Russia. end

‘Stifling the Messenger’: Israel Denying Human Rights Workers Access to Gaza

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Apr 6, 2017 Human Rights Watch has accused Israel of barring its workers from entering Gaza to investigate possible abuses. In its special report, the rights group says Tel Aviv has imposed restrictions on staff entering or leaving Gaza. They weren’t allowed into the area to document possible human rights violations. end

Israel Sprays Palestinian Farmlands in Gaza with Toxic Pesticides

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Apr 6, 2017 Palestinian farmers in the Gaza Strip say that Israel bulldozes their farmland and spray them with toxic pesticides. The latest such incident happened just earlier this week. Officials at Gaza’s ministry of agriculture say the toxic sprays damage crops, while affecting the farmers’ livelihood. “In 2001, Dr. Ariella Oppenheim, of […]

BETRAYAL! Is this Why Trump just Bombed Syria?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
BETRAYAL! Is this Why Trump just Bombed Syria? by So, Apparently We’re Bombing Syria Now Hey brothers, this is quickly spiraling into a dangerous direction. Out of literally nowhere, Trump just launched an attack on Assad’s forces in Syria. Russian troops were wounded in the attack. It doesn’t look good. Specifically we cover: – -How quickly […]

Trump Has Surrendered. Will Putin Be The Next To Surrender?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Trump Has Surrendered. Will Putin Be The Next To Surrender? by Update: Washington has reopened the conflict with a Tomahawk missile attack on Syrian Air Force Bases. The Russian/Syrian air defense systems did not prevent the attack. – The Washington Establishment has reasserted control. First Flynn and now Bannon. All that are left in the […]

Rick Wiles: Has President Trump Surrendered to the Deep State?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Rick Wiles: Has President Trump Surrendered to the Deep State? by Is the unanimous capitulation to the fake news propaganda driving for fresh NATO intervention in Syria proof President Trump has surrendered to the Deep State plot for World War 3? Today on TRUNEWS, Rick Wiles details the latest statements from the White House as […]

Evidence Calls Western Narrative About Syrian Chemical Attack Into Question

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Evidence Calls Western Narrative About Syrian Chemical Attack Into Question by The April 4th, 2017 incident at Khan Sheikhoun has provoked an emotional response around the world after images began to emerge showing civilian adults and children apparently suffering from the effects of chemical weapons. President Donald Trump has stated that the attack has totally […]

US Strike Helping ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Enemy US Supposed to Fight Against – Ron Paul

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Apr 7, 2017 The UN security Council is holding an emergency meeting on the US missile attack on a Syrian airbase. To discuss the UN Security Council meeting we’re joined by Ron Paul, chairman and founder of The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Did Syria attack America or threaten American interests? […]

ISIS Used US Missile Strike to Launch New Offensive Near Palmyra – Homs Governor

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Apr 7, 2017 Taking advantage of the US missile strike on a Syrian airbase, Islamic State forces launched a major offensive to gain control of strategic oil areas near Palmyra, but failed, a local governor told RT. end

Goldman Sachs and the Deep State Have Taken Over the Trump Administration

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
It is game over for all of us hoping to prevent WW3. How they manage to get to Trump, blackmail him, threaten him … is no longer relevant. Goldman Sucks is an Illuminist bank. Together with JP Morgue, they form the real US GMan. The economics and politics are dictated by them out of Wall […]

Senator Rand Paul Warns Trump Not To Back Al Qaeda/ISIS In Syria

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Apr 6, 2017 Senator Rand Paul has a warning for President Donald Trump, don’t fall into the globalist trap by supporting ISIS. end

Chemical Reaction: Trump in U-Turn, Bubbling with Syria Regime Change

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Why did Trump and Tillerson make such a dramatic U-Turn over Syria? How did the Deep State, western Illuminati get to them? We will probably never know. It is safe to assume that the world is on course for WW3. Any hopes we have of Trump preventing WW3 is now extinguished. – Chemical Reaction: Trump […]

‘No Role for Assad’: Tillerson’s U-Turn on Syria Regime Change

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
‘No Role for Assad’: Tillerson’s U-Turn on Syria Regime Change by The Trump administration has reversed course on Syria again, blaming President Bashar Assad for the alleged chemical attack in Idlib province and declaring he has no future leading Syria – just days after publicly abandoning the policy of regime change. – “There is no […]

Corbett Report: US Strikes Syria, Russia Set to Respond

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Apr 6, 2017 JOIN THE OPEN SOURCE INVESTIGATION: ttps:// It has begun. Trump, declaring “national security interests,” has ordered an attack on Syria, striking a Syrian government airfield with a volley of 50 Tomahawk missiles. The news is still breaking and could include a Russian military response. Please help in compiling data on […]

Author and Activist Explains the Link Between Vaccination and Eugenics

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - The cultural ritual of childhood vaccination is social engineering. The post Author and Activist Explains the Link Between Vaccination and Eugenics appeared first on Waking Times.

Science works even when it is not trusted

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
There have been some topics in which Sabine Hossenfelder wrote sensible things recently – the Universe as a simulation is a top example – but she can't live without her anti-science whining which is why she wrote the diatribe titled Science needs reason to be trusted. As long as you have a vagina and you claim to be a scientist, PC journals like Nature will publish literally *anything* you submit, as this disturbing example shows. I don't want to discuss – or read – every sentence in this diatribe but it makes sense to pick a representative subcollection. First, the title says "Sc... more »

Comrade Nunes Forced Out Of Putin-Gate Investigation

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Nunes didn't exactly recuse himself from leading the Putin-Gate investigation, at least not voluntarily. The House Ethics Committee is investigating his bizarre behavior in connection with the probe and he was forced to step down "temporarily." The Ethics Committee wants to know why he mishandled classified material for partisan purposes. A committee of 3 monkeys will take over the investigation: Michael Conaway (R-TX), Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Tom Rooney (R-FL). Nunes is furious, but will no longer be in position to protect Trump from being exposed as a traitor to the country. Back... more »

Musical interlude

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 1 day ago
Pale - Too Much

What Scott Pruitt Should Have Said to Fox

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? Breitbart have just published a piece I wrote for them about Scott Pruitt’s disastrous interview with Fox News on Sunday. The interview can be seen here. ? ? ? Chris Wallace interviewed Scott Pruitt this week on Fox News Sunday. The…

California Drought Report #86: Gov. Jerry Brown Declares Drought OVER!

Originally posted on Sierra Foothill Commentary: A deluge of wet weather this winter and unprecedented water conservation prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to end California’s drought emergency on Friday. But Brown said he would maintain water reporting requirements and bans on wasteful practices like watering during or immediately after rains. “This drought emergency is over, but…

Questions on the rate of global carbon dioxide increase

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest essay by Robert Balic A summary of a problem with estimates of the average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and questioning of how it is possible that the rate of increase correlates well with global temperature anomalies. I saw an interesting plot in the comments…

The EPA lied -- nobody died by Steve Milloy

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 1 day ago
For years Steve Milloy has challenged the EPA on its claims about how deadly small organic particulates are. His recent opinion piece to the Washington Times is most interesting. See here. Steve Milloy says: In April 2012, I broke the news that EPA had been quietly conducting human experiments with certain outdoor pollutants that EPA had claimed were, essentially, the most toxic substances on Earth. EPA had repeatedly claimed since at least 2004 that any level of inhalation of fine particulate matter emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes could cause death within hours or days. T... more »

Long Walk 5 -- Alliance, Nebraska Photos by Bad Bear at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
. . . Long Walk 5 -- Alliance, Nebraska Photos by Bad Bear April 7, 2017 Thank you to Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Western Shoshone, for photos and videos. The walkers are in Alliance, Nebraska, today. Join Long Walk 5 on Saturday, April 8, to speak out against the predatory vendors in White Clay, Nebraska.

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