Wednesday, September 13, 2017

13 September - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:38 pm MDT

Republican lawmakers believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is going in for the kill on the Russian investigations.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 13 hours ago
Courtesy of Newsweek: *Republicans with close links to the White House increasingly believe that special counsel Robert Mueller is “going for the kill” in his investigation into links between President Donald Trump and Russia, according to a report from Axios Tuesday. * *Members of the GOP are said to have come to that stark conclusion based on Mueller’s hiring of lawyers experienced in dealing with money laundering crimes and the Mafia, as well as the intensity of his pursuit of both witnesses and evidence.* *Trump has previously warned that investigation of his financial dealin... more »

WATCH: Instead of Helping Him, Cop Tickets Dad for Rushing Bleeding 7yo to the Hospital

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: discretion]Instead of using discretion and being a hero by escorting a bleeding boy to the hospital, an Ohio cop chose to issue a citation to his father.

Bipartisan Congress Put Jeff Sessions in His Place, Shut Down His Expansion of Civil Asset Forfeiture

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: civil asset forfeiture]Congress actually voted in favor of the American people by approving an amendment to shut down Jeff Sessions's proposed expansion of civil asset forfeiture.

With iPhone’s New FaceID, Cops Can Unlock Your Phone by Pointing at Your Face—While You’re Cuffed

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: iphone]With the iPhone X's new face ID, cops can potentially hand cuff you, point your phone at your face and warrantlessly search your phone.

Bombshell Report Catches Pentagon Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels

Tyler Durden at - 13 hours ago
[image: undefined] A new bombshell joint report issued by two international weapons monitoring groups Tuesday confirms that the Pentagon continues to ship record breaking amounts of weaponry into Syria and that the Department of Defense is scrubbing its own paper trail. On Tuesday the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) produced conclusive evidence that not only is the Pentagon currently involved in shipping up to $2.2 billion worth of weapons from a shady network of private dealers to allied partners in Syri... more »

North Korean Nuclear Test Far Bigger Than Reported

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Kim Jong-un, center, before a nuclear test at an undisclosed location, according to the North’s state-run news agency. Credit KCNA *Bloomberg*:* North Korea's Nuke Test May Have Been Twice as Strong as Thought* North Korea’s latest nuclear test may have been more than twice as powerful as first thought -- or 17 times stronger than the Hiroshima bomb -- according to an analysis by 38 North. New seismic data from the Sept. 3 explosion suggest a blast of about 250 kilotons, compared with an initial estimate of 120 kilotons, analysts Frank Pabian, Joseph Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu wrot... more »

Kremlin Denies Hillary Clinton's Claim That Russian President Putin Has A 'Personal Vendetta' Against Her

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*TASS:* *Kremlin rejects Hillary Clinton’s claim about Putin having ‘personal vendetta’ against her* *The former US first lady tells about her presidential campaign and the defeat that she faced at the 2016 presidential election in her book* SOCHI, September 13. /TASS/. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has rejected former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s allegation about Russian President Vladimir Putin having a personal vendetta against her. "No," said Peskov when asked if the personal vendetta mentioned in Clinton’s memoir book dubbed What Happened really existed. The Rus... more »

Liberated Syrian gas fields begin to pump fuel for first time in years

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The liberated Al-Sha’er Gas Fields in the northeastern countryside of the Homs Governorate have begun to pump fuel again after being out of commission for several years due to war, a Syrian government source told Al-Masdar News this afternoon. According to the government source, the Al-Sha’er gas fields are now […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Saudi airstrikes on Yemen amount to war crimes: HRW

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has denounced the air raids conducted by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen as “war crimes,” calling on the United Nations to launch an investigation into the fatal strikes. The rights organization cited on Tuesday five “apparently unlawful” Saudi aerial assaults in Yemen between June 9 and August 4, which […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Buenos Aires protests against Netanyahu’s visit

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
People in Argentina have been holding anti-Israeli protests as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the Latin American country. Pro-Palestinian and left-wing demonstrators held a rally in the capital, Buenos Aires, on Monday, ahead of Netanyahu’s arrival, to condemn the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and crimes against Palestinian people. They carried images depicting Netanyahu […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Reinforcements pour into Deir Ezzor as phase 3 of offensive gets underway

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – Another large convoy of reinforcements arrived in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, Wednesday, following orders from the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) High Command to strengthen the forces already deployed in-and-around the provincial capital. The fresh reinforcements will aid the Syrian Republican Guard and Tiger Forces in launching the third phase of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Kurdish forces fire missiles at ISIS-held hospital in Raqqa

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – As the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continues offensive operations throughout Raqqa city’s western neighborhoods, it has since encounter a major ISIS strong-point in the form of the National Hospital. Here a battle has now raged for several days. Yesterday, footage was released on pro-SDF social media showing Kurdish […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian pontoon bridges to help Syrian Army cross the Euphrates

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:00 P.M.) – The Russian military have deployed its pontoon bridges and boats to Deir Ezzor city in bid to cross the Euphrates, pro-opposition sources claimed. The sources posted photos on social media purportedly showing Russian military equipment in action near the western bank of the Euphrates. If such claims proved true and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

All eyes on Idlib at 6th meeting on Syria in Astana

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
The establishment of the de-escalation zone in Syria’s northern Idlib province is presumably going to be on top of the agenda of the upcoming talks in Astana. The establishment of the fourth and the last zone of de-escalation of violence in Syria, namely in its northern Idlib province, is going to be in the spotlight […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Senior jihadi commander assassinated in Syria’s Idlib

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:40 P.M.) – A high-ranking commander of the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham was mysteriously assassinated in the northwestern province of Idlib as tensions rise amongst the jihadi group. Abu Mohammed al-Sharie, a Saudi national who holds a senior position in HTS, was left dead with a bullet in his head in the city of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 13

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
1961 Gen Qasim ordered airstrikes to put down Mustafa Barzani Kurdish revolt 1980 In 2 days Iraq seized 5 border posts from Iran Precursor to Iran-Iraq War 1980 Iran didn’t retaliate for Iraq seizing border posts making Saddam think reports that Iran weak after revolution true 1987 Iran said it would agree to UN ceasefire if Iraq named as aggressor in war 1997 Iraqi soldier attacked a weapons inspector on board a helicopter for trying to take pictures of vehicles moving inside a suspected WMD site 2001 Bush asked CIA Dir Tenet whether he was looking into Ira... more »

Red Cross Instructed to Throw Away Donated Supplies in Texas?

Brooke Binkowski at - 14 hours ago
A viral video from Houston, Texas makes claims about the Red Cross' treatment of food and other items in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Bernie Sanders Releases Bill to Make Medicare Available to All Americans

Associated Press at - 14 hours ago
The legislation won't be passed by the Republican-controlled Congress but has the support of some prominent Democratic Senators.

POSTCARDS FROM THE LEDGE: How widespread is the mental disorder?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017Interlude—Disorder down through the years:* Sally Quinn seems to believe that she and her mother have killed five people through the art of death-by-hex. Meanwhile, the first five paragraphs of Mika Brzezinski's third (3rd) memoir exhibit a level of tone deafness which can only be called world-class. On the one hand, Brzezinski's tone-deaf opening passage can be viewed as wondrously humorous. On the other hand, it stands as one of the hundred elements of Brzezinski's (3) memoirs which help raise a basic question at this point in time: To what exten... more »

BREAKING: Major bomb threats in Moscow force mass evacuations

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
Central Moscow on high alert. More The post BREAKING: Major bomb threats in Moscow force mass evacuations appeared first on The Duran.

America fears China’s geo-political power more than China’s economic might

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
Economically, the US had similar issues with Japan in the 1980s as it does with China today, but hardly anyone in the US spoke of 'war' with Japan then. This is due to the difference in Japan's geo-political position vis-a-vis that of China. More The post America fears China’s geo-political power more than China’s economic might appeared first on The Duran.

HPV Vaccines: The Pharmaceutical Menace Promoted As Prophylactic Medicine

Activist Post at Activist Post - 14 hours ago
By Catherine J. Frompovich The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization generated some information in 2014, subsequently republished online...more »

World News Briefs -- September 13, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters: **North Korea defiant over U.N. sanctions as Trump says tougher steps needed* SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea showed trademark defiance on Wednesday over new U.N. sanctions imposed after its sixth and largest nuclear test, vowing to redouble efforts to fight off what it said was the threat of a U.S. invasion. U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday’s sanctions, unanimously agreed on Monday by the 15-member U.N. Security Council, were just a small step towards what is ultimately needed to rein in Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs. The North’s Fore... more »

Authorship for sale: Some journals willing to add authors to papers they didn’t write

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Got $300? Then you can be added as an author to a paper — even if you had no role in the research. That’s right — some journals are willing to add authors to papers they didn’t write, often for a fee. This realization comes from one of the many sting experiments we’ve witnessed over […] The post Authorship for sale: Some journals willing to add authors to papers they didn’t write appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Why Did 2 Russian Nuclear Submarines Start Firing Torpedoes at Each Other?

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * Training? An accident? *Alarik Fritz, a senior analyst with the Center for Naval Analyses who served as Foggo’s advisor, said at the time that Russian submarines are some of the most dangerous threats the U.S. Navy faces anywhere on Earth. “The submarine force that they have is essentially their capital ships,” Fitz said. “They’re a concern for us and they’re highly capable—and they’re a very agile tool of the Russian military.”* Back in May, the Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine *Obninsk* fired a torpedo against one of Moscow’s newest nuclea... more »

FACT: America Has a Nuclear Submarine That Could Destroy North Korea in Minutes

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * The 'boomers' could kill millions. *Currently, nine boomers are based in Bangor, Washington to patrol the Pacific Ocean, while five are stationed in Kings Bay, Georgia for operations in the Atlantic. The end of the Cold War, and especially the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, resulted in the downsizing of U.S. nuclear forces. However, rather than retiring some of the oldest boats as originally planned, the Navy decided to refit four of the eighteen Ohio-class subs to serve as cruise missile carriers to launch conventional attacks against ground a... more »

USA #1.....Oh, Not so Good

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
*A map showing the fiscal year 2017 total U.S. weapon sales announcements, by region. * Defense News reports: The State Department has set a new one-year record for clearing weapon sales, with $75.9 billion cleared by the department and announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in fiscal year 2017. That total covers all announced cleared weapons packages from October 1, 2016, through September 12, 2017, leaving two more weeks for that number to increase before the end of the fiscal year. The previous record for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, or DSCA, sales a... more »

Dig More Holes, Un

LL at Virtual Mirage - 15 hours ago
This is a compendium/update on North Korea from a few estimates, distilled for your consumption. *Yield Estimates* The Norwegian Seismic Array (NORSAR) posted that the revised yield estimate of 250 kilotons is derived from a seismic event which it now estimates had a magnitude of 6.1, which is an upward revision from 5.8. It wrote that “this is an estimate with some uncertainty.” The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) also revised upward the magnitude of the seismic event to 6.1 and the estimated yield to 250 kilotons. The US ... more »

US airdrops supplies to Afghanistan as security worsens

Jessica Purkiss at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - 15 hours ago
The US carried out its first combat airdrop in Afghanistan in more than two years last month, signalling a possible deterioration of security

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 13, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Source: *Washington Post*: *100,000 troops will engage in Russia’s Zapad-2017 war games* As Russia prepares for its annual strategic military exercises, speculation is mounting that the Zapad-2017 war games, set for Thursday through Sept. 20 in western Russia and Belarus, might be a prelude to war. Ukraine’s defense minister cautioned that Zapad could be a ruse to attack any European country “that shares a border with Russia,” while the New York Times proclaimed that the drills near NATO’s borders have raised “fears of aggression.” A CNN contributor wondered, “Could they tu... more »

The Russians used Facebook to organize anti-immigration protests to stir up Trump supporters during campaign.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 15 hours ago
Courtesy of the Daily Beast: *Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event-management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S., including an August 2016 anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho, The Daily Beast has learned. * *A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Beast that the social-media giant “shut down several promoted events as part of the takedown we described last week.” The company declined to elaborate, except to confirm that the events were promoted with paid ads. (This is the first time the social-med... more »

Affirmative Action Has Served to Assuage the White Liberal Conscience

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
After decades of affirmative action, Black and Hispanic college applicants remain largely shut out of elite colleges, where grads have the inside track on America's best opportunities. While showing some limited success for increasing college attendance at lesser institutions, affirmative action has been entirely ineffective in mitigating the effects from the larger problems of segregation, corporate influence, and test-based demonization in K-12 schools: Elementary and secondary schools with large numbers of black and Hispanic students are less likely to have experienced teachers,... more »

Crop Circles - what are they - who or what is making them

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 15 hours ago
I have no idea, but I enjoyed this documentary about mathematical electromagnetic radiation associated with so-called Crop Circles or Crop Pictograms as they've evolved into over recent years...

Trump Admin. Seeks Permanent Renewal of Warrantless Spying Law

Michael Tennant at rss - 15 hours ago
[image: trump-admin-seeks-permanent-renewal-of-warrantless-spying-law] The Trump administration is asking Congress to renew a law giving intelligence agencies the authority to collect the communications of millions of Americans without a warrant.

The Boston Globe Attacks The John Birch Society With Falsities

John F. McManus at rss - 15 hours ago
[image: the-boston-globe-attacks-the-john-birch-society-with-falsities] Mr. Ted Widmer from the *Boston Globe* wrote a nasty August 24th article about Robert Welch, the founder of The John Birch Society. Starting with insult-laden labeling of Welch’s followers as a “troll army,” the piece was filled with errors, misrepresentations, and downright falsehoods.

Russia Has a Destroyed Nuclear Submarine (Loaded with Nuclear Weapons) Lying at the Bottom of the Sea

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Europe* 5,250 down, to be exact. *Only four men had been killed in the incident so far, but after the submarine sank many men succumbed to the thirty-six-degree (Fahrenheit) water temperatures. After an hour the fishing boats Alexi Khlobystov and Oma arrived and rescued thirty men, some of whom later succumbed to their injuries. Of the original sixty-nine men on board the submarine when disaster struck, forty-two died, including Captain First Rank Vanin.* In the mid-1980s, the Soviet Union constructed a super submarine unlike any other. Fast and capa... more »

Bodies of 400 Children Discovered in Hidden Mass Grave at Catholic Orphanage

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: orphanage]The chilling results of a years-long investigation into abuse at a Catholic orphanage led to the discovery of a mass grave containing 400 children.

BBC Nick Robinson neutral on Brexit?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
Is the BBC's Nick Robinson neutral on Brexit? Of course not, Guido Fawkes has the figures: 'Robbo has sent 157 tweets about Brexit since 24 June 2016. 3 tweets had a positive sentiment, that's just 2% of his total tweets. 65 tweets were neutral, that's 41%. 89 tweets were negative, that is 57% of his total Brexit tweets having a negative sentiment.' More here More BBC bias all over the BBC.

Babies Born on Back-to-Back Days Outside Same Burger King

Associated Press at - 16 hours ago
Two healthy babies were born on back-to-back days in the parking lot of the same Burger King restaurant in New Jersey.

Florida Nun Dons Habit, Grabs Chain Saw to Help After Irma

Associated Press at - 16 hours ago
Police said the nun was cutting trees to clear the roadways around Archbishop Coleman Carrol High School in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The Latest: Another Death Blamed on Gas from a Generator

Associated Press at - 16 hours ago
One person died and three others were treated at a hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning from an electric generator in Daytona Beach, Florida after Irma.

Hillary Clinton claims Bernie Sanders and “his followers” personally attacked her

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 16 hours ago
Hillary Clinton accuses Bernie Sanders of dragging out primary. More The post Hillary Clinton claims Bernie Sanders and “his followers” personally attacked her appeared first on The Duran.

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY: North Korea wants dialogue with US – Washington is the obstacle

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 16 hours ago
It is becoming increasingly clear that the US is the biggest stumbling block to peace on the Korean peninsula. More The post RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY: North Korea wants dialogue with US – Washington is the obstacle appeared first on The Duran.

The Pentagon’s 2.2 Billion Arms Pipeline Flooding Syria- German & Czech concerns?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*This is a very interesting expose! * I’ve amalgamated two reports including additional links, but, encourage you to read the linked articles, entirely. Germany it *appears* was less then happy with the US routing of arms through US bases in Germany then onto other US bases in other countries, where the weapons were distributed. Including back to the* US, New Jersey*! Yes, New Jersey and Piccatiny Arsenal. Emphasis on* appears *because I question the German and Czech *concerns,* because often, but not always, *appearances are deceiving*. Who was unhappy in Germany? What persons? W... more »

Fewest UK Storms On Record Last Season!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood The Met Office has just confirmed that Britain had the lowest number of named storms in the 12 months just ended. The storm season runs from September to August, and in 2016/17 there were just five named storms, a new record low. The Met Office began naming storms in […]

Africa's Resources Result in Heavy Militarization

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
China is deploying its troops to their first overseas base in Djibouti, a small east African country already hosts troops from several foreign powers. RT’s Emily Sue has more on the troop deployment and what it means for China. Ultimately it is a signal that China is challenging the U.S.'s 'full spectrum dominance' in the region.

The World Is NOT Going To End On 23rd September - David Meade & Nibiru - FAKE PROPHET ALERT

Robert Walker at Science 2.0 blogs - 16 hours ago
For the last several weeks I’ve been getting messages from scared people nearly every day. They are worried that the world is going to end on 23rd September. We have had numerous such dates, about a dozen a year at present. These people are trying to drag you back to a pre-scientific dark age where you go to prophets to learn about the future, and the prophets look into the stars for omens. Nowadays they write books or publish videos and learn lots of money from those books and get them promoted in sensationalist papers. Don’t let them do this. Relate to your own common sense. He ... more »

Donald Trump is upset that people are writing books about him.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 16 hours ago
Courtesy of The Hill: *MSNBC anchor Katy Tur in her new book compares covering then-presidential candidate Donald Trump at campaign rallies to being "caged in the center of the arena like a modern-day Roman Coliseum." * *"They turn as one to boo at us in unison. Six thousand Trump supporters railing against 30 or so journalists — caged in the center of the arena like a modern-day Roman Coliseum," Tur wrote in "Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History." * *Trump criticized Tur during several speeches throughout the campaign, calling the then-33-... more »

Rules Are Made To Be Broken-- Even In Wisconsin

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
The excitement around Randy Bryce's candidacy for the southeast Wisconsin congressional seat Paul Ryan has held since 1998-- without even *one* DCCC challenge, odd for a swing district Obama won in-- is palpable, growing and national. And in Wisconsin... I was first introduced to Randy simultaneously by two trusted political leaders there: Rob Zerban, the only Democrat to ever make a serious run against Ryan (with no help from the DCCC) and state Senator Chris Larson, the most progressive member of the Wisconsin's legislature. Polling shows Randy can beat Ryan-- if Ryan even decid... more »

Why Americans Never Forget to Remember 9/11

Kandida Purnell at Duck of Minerva - 16 hours ago
As you know, the footage appeared live, as bodies began falling from the flaming and smoke-filled North Tower, as US Airlines Flight 175 was flown into the frame and the South Tower at 0903, and as the South and North Towers collapsed at 0959 and 1028 respectively. You know this, because you were watching. You can […]

Income Inequality for African Americans Continues

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 16 hours ago
WaPo has an analysis of the latest Census data on U. S. incomes. It's not hard to see who has been left behind. African-Americans are worse off economically than they were at the turn of the century.

New Details Are Emerging On The Mysterious Crash Of A US Air Force Pilot Near Area 51

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
File photo of Lt. Col Eric “Doc” Schultz. (USAF Photo) *Popular Mechanics/Aviationist*: *Mysterious Air Force Crash Reportedly Involved a Foreign Plane* *The pilot was likely evaluating a foreign fighter, such as a Russian Sukhoi jet.* On September 5, a U.S. Air Force aircraft crashed at the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), killing the pilot. But even a week later, the Air Force has refused to reveal the type of aircraft involved in the incident. The hush-hush treatment has left many people wondering what the plane could be, and whether the Air Force is developing a new "bla... more »

The U.S. Bombing Campaign In Afghanistan Is Quickly Expanding

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Benjamin Gonsier) ** *Air Force's Monthly Bombing Campaign in Afghanistan Hits 5-Year High* The U.S. Air Force in August released more than 500 weapons in Afghanistan against terrorist organizations such as the Taliban, al-Qaida and the Islamic State, marking the most in a single month since 2012, according to newly released figures. Aircraft such as F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet and MQ-9 Reaper drone have dropped ... more »

The U.S. Congress Has Declared Wikileaks A 'Non-State Hostile Intelligence Service'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
© Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / DPA / Global Look Press *McClatchy News*: *Senate Intel slips sentence into bill that could lead to spying on US citizens* WASHINGTON: A Senate panel may be stealthily trying to give federal law enforcement a new tool to go after the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks and its U.S. collaborators. A one-sentence “Sense of Congress” clause was tacked onto the end of a massive 11,700-word bill that was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee and is likely to come before the full Senate later this month. The clause says that WikiLeaks “resembles a non-state h... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Where the Battle for America Must Really Be Won* “The day after the election I was texting my mom to pick me up from school and she almost had to!! Every teacher was crying in class, one even told the whole class ‘Trump winning is worse than 9/11 and the Columbine shooting.’” —a student describing the scene at Edina High School in Minneapolis last November America is a divided nation. And nothing fosters that division more than the legions of public school students who have been fed a steady diet of progressive ideology for more than four decades — one that asserts America is a ... more »

Pay to play: Scientists are bristling over the cost of a common research tool

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
A commonly used questionnaire designed to predict how well patients will stick to their drug regimen is stirring up some controversy in the publishing world. Over the last decade, the creator of the copyrighted questionnaire — public health specialist Donald Morisky of the University of California, Los Angeles — has aggressively pursued any researcher who uses […] The post Pay to play: Scientists are bristling over the cost of a common research tool appeared first on Retraction Watch.


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 16 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Hurricane Irma destroyed so many plants in the Caribbean that entire islands changed colour This Is The Dollar's Worst Year Since The Plaza Accord We Can Finally Read The 'Clock' That Tells How Long Human Cells Have Left to Live - "Irma is the *strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever* recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. - It spent three days as a Category 5 hurricane, the *longest Category 5 hurricane* since satellite storm-tracking began. - *No storm on record has maintained winds* 185 mph or above for as long as Irma (t... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*This could be amusing* *The skeptics will win hands down* One of Europe’s largest hedge funds is looking to move into the gambling industry in the UK, as it sets up a new venue where players can bet on the effects of climate change. The project is hoping to tempt climate scientists to put their money where their models are. The new “climate prediction market” is the brainchild of Winton Capital, founded by David Harding, and is aimed at finding a market consensus on the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature rises in the future. The not-for-profit pro... more »


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Wednesday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 17 hours ago
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. - Ben Steverman examines the unfairness of the U.S.' tax system - which, like Canada's, offers gratuitous giveaways to wealthy investors which force workers to pay more: Politicians have intentionally set tax rates on wages much higher than those on long-term investment returns. The U.S. has a progressive tax system in the sense that well-paid workers sacrifice much more than poor workers on their “ordinary income.” But Americans with so-called unearned income—qualified dividends and long-term capital gains—get a break. A billionair... more »

Could The Russian And Chinese Submarine Fleets Sink The U.S. Navy?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Photo: Via *Dave Majumdar, National Interest*: *Could Russian or Chinese Submarines 'Sink' the U.S. Navy in a War? * The problem is not just that the U.S. Navy has not invested in the necessary ASW hardware—there is also a real training deficit. “We notice because we have not made the investments necessary to keep our anti-submarine capabilities up to snuff. The carrier no longer has the S-3 Viking and the skills of the dipping-sonar helicopters hasn't been honed enough in exercises in recent years to assure carrier strike group commanders that they are safe in con... more »

BUFFALO PASS -- Navajos poisoned by abandoned uranium mines, targeted with fracking in Dinetah at CENSORED NEWS - 17 hours ago
Photo by Patrick J. Sandoval Navajos living with the radioactive contamination of abandoned uranium mines, now targeted with oil and gas fracking at Buffalo Pass Bobby Leonard Mason, Patrolling Dinetah, Red Valley Watch video on YouTube: Video by Bobby Leonard Mason Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News On the Cove side of Red Valley, beneath the Chuska

Everything You Need to Know: How the Army Is Preparing for War with Russia and China

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * And it would be very different than you think. *Russian sensors were able to detect electronic signatures emanating from radio antennas and dismounted communication technologies used by soldiers in combat. This dynamic led the exercise to address the overlap between EW and cyber defenses, underscoring the need to design EW hardware so that it can quickly embrace new software upgrades and patches needed to respond to new threats.* *China is known for its repeated cyberattacks against U.S. networks and databases that house specs for emerging weapons sys... more »

Capitalism and Climate Change

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
In today's *Guardian, *George Monbiot writes that capitalism -- and, most particularly, neo-liberal capitalism -- cannot solve the problem of climate change. It can only exacerbate it: As Milton Friedman, one of the architects of neoliberal ideology, put it: “Ecological values can find their natural space in the market, like any other consumer demand.” As long as environmental goods are correctly priced, neither planning nor regulation is required. Any attempt by governments or citizens to change the likely course of events is unwarranted and misguided. But there’s a flaw. Hurric... more »

A New Generation Of Chinese Generals Are Now Taking Control

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Getting a ticket to attend the party congress is the first step for most Central Committee hopefuls – whether they are civilian cadres or military officers. Photo: Reuters *South China Morning Post*: *Young guns including Xi Jinping’s top military aide expected to move up the ranks* *Newly promoted generals Zhong Shaojun and Wang Chunning are names to watch at the party congress next month* China is preparing to usher in a new generation of generals to run its military in the coming decade in what is expected to be a bigger shake-up of the top brass than the last one five years ag... more »

Five Military Projects That Russia Says It Is Working On (But No One Believes Them)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Business Insider: **5 outrageous projects Russia's military says it's working on* Since President Vladimir Putin was ushered into power in 2000, the Russian defense industry has certainly rekindled, but it also has steadily spewed out unsubstantiated and rather ludicrous plans about future weapons. In 2015, for example, the Kremlin claimed it would build tanks armed with lasers, and in 2016, it was a space-based missile defense system. There are probably a number of reasons why these half-truths, exaggerations and downright lies continue to be spread. *Read more* .... *WNU Ed... more »

When Will They Blow Up Mount Rushmore?

Selwyn Duke at rss - 17 hours ago
[image: when-will-they-blow-up-mount-rushmore] The Taliban and Islamic state blow up ancient statues. Cambodia’s communist Khmer Rouge aimed to erase the past and start history anew with their “Year Zero.” As for our “devolutionaries,” when will they destroy Mt. Rushmore? Answer: when they have enough power.

Hundreds of former ISIS militants slip across the border into Turkey

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:30 P.M.) – According to a report by The Guardian, hundreds of ISIS defectors have made it from Syria across the heavily patrolled Turkish border after paying smugglers upwards of 2,000$ for completing their journey. With the Islamic State imploding from all sides territorially, foreign fighters whom once swore alligence to Abu Bakr […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Map: Crushing defeat for ISIS in central Syria inevitable as Syrian Army advances at rapid pace

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:55 P.M.) -The strategic situation for ISIS forces in central Syria continues to exponentially decline with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its paramilitary allies, backed up by Russian airpower, continuing to advance at the rate of liberating five to seven settlements per day. The above map reflects the situation in central Syria […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS kicks off massive counter-offensive in southern Deir Ezzor

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 P.M.) – On Tuesday, a convoy of Islamic State tanks and pickup trucks launched a counter-offensive east of Humimah town where they engaged a garrison of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). The hit-and-run operation saw ISIS belligerents seize dozens of anti-tank missiles and machine-guns before withdrawing back […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: More Syrian Army T-90 battle tanks sent to west Aleppo

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues to reinforce western Aleppo Governorate with armored forces; among such units can be found ever-increasing numbers of modern Russian-built T-90 main battle tanks. Footage has been released by pro-government media showing the daily duties of an SAA T-90 tank crew who reportedly change their […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Graduation of new Houthi armed forces

Brecht Jonkers at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:00 PM) – The Ansarullah (Supporters of God) organisation, also known as the Houthis, have released new footage of a graduation ceremony of newly trained military forces. The video shows a ceremony in which the armed forces of the Houthi political movement march by and train in different combat scenarios. According to the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 18 hours ago
You probably know that Steve Bannon has said that he wants to be Trump's "wingman": Steve Bannon left the White House because the Trump administration "needed a wingman outside" and now wants to help get allies of President Donald Trump elected to the Senate, he said Tuesday at a global investment conference. Bannon delivered a keynote address in Hong Kong on the subject of "American economic nationalism, the populist revolt and Asia" at an event organized by Hong Kong brokerage firm CLSA.... "I left the White house because Trump needed a wingman outside, helping candidates for th... more »

The Friendship Treaty Between China and North Korea

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 18 hours ago
With the Trump Administration threatening to move against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as a punishment for their ballistic missile and nuclear programs, it is a good time to take a look back to 1961 when the People's Republic of China and the DPRK signed the "Treaty of Friendship, Co-operation and Mutual Assistance Between the People's Republic of China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Here is the text of the treaty which was signed in July 1961: *THE Chairman of the People's Republic of China and the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of th... more »

CONFIRMED: Israel supports the creation of a Kurdish state

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 18 hours ago
Here are the 3 possible outcomes of the public announcement by Israel's leader. More The post CONFIRMED: Israel supports the creation of a Kurdish state appeared first on The Duran.

"'Never Forget' - A Marine Reflects On The Lies Of Our Endless Wars" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
The author as an idealistic 18-year-old not long before 9/11. Attending ‘Marine Combat Training’ (MCT) near San Diego, California. *"'Never Forget' - A Marine Reflects On The Lies Of Our Endless Wars"* by Brad Hoff "The fires which began with the 9/11 attacks were never extinguished. They continue to burn fiercely from Afghanistan to Iraq to Syria to Yemen to North Africa, as the region and its regimes came unglued in the wake of George W. Bush’s ‘war on terror’. The 16th anniversary of 9/11 was marked in America with the usual somber memorials and directives to ‘never forget'. But... more »

Friedrich Nietzsche and John Dewey Contrasted

Anoop Verma at The Verma Report - 18 hours ago
John DeweyIt is difficult to think of any commonality in the ideas of Nietzsche and Dewey. I think Nietzsche’s Übermensch is poles apart from Dewey’s pragmatic man. But historian W. T. Jones offers a convincing contrast between the two thinkers: “Dewey’s anthropological and psychological analysis of metaphysics is obviously similar to Nietzsche’s. Both philosophers agreed that the object of metaphysical thinking are “fictions” that function to allay the insecurity people feel in the presence of change, decay, and death. But they differed sharply in their attitudes towards this dis... more »

Rediscovered Dark Quanta

Johannes van Leunen at Science 2.0 - Physical Sciences - 18 hours ago
*Abstract* Two and a half centuries ago, scientist discovered solutions of the wave equation that represent dark quanta. read more

Resolve to Save Lives has a lot of money. Does it have the authority to lead?

Jeremy Youde at Duck of Minerva - 19 hours ago
What happens when three major philanthropies come together to form some sort of global health Voltron? Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Michael Bloomberg are among the world’s most accomplished people. Zuckerberg is one of the founders of Facebook, the social media site we all love to hate. Gates not only has one of the nerdiest […]

Lee Ming-che in Sham Trial

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 19 hours ago
On March 19 Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese democracy activist, went missing in China. On Monday, in a farcical show trial, Lee pleaded guilty to "subversion of state power" and promised that when he returned to Taiwan, he would work for annexation of Taiwan to China... Cole observes: The aims of this “open” trial — footage and a transcript of Lee’s “confession” were released to the public — were twofold, but both contained a warning.* It was for domestic consumption in China, replete with the usual CCP nationalistic jingoism and the threat of dire repercussions for whomever opposes, or ... more »

CDC Issues a Gag Order on CDC Employees

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Ginger Taylor Axios has obtained an internal message from the CDC's public affairs officer, Jeffrey Lancashire, dated August 31, to all CDC employees. His directive to them was to stop talking to the media, “even for a simple data-related...

Bergen West Pediatrics Charges $20 If You Decline a Vaccine They Want To Sell You

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
UPDATE: We've heard that this practice is denying the letter. It makes zero point zero sense that anyone would create a fake letter and post it to social media. The photo is at an angle as if snapped from the...

NRA spokesperson very angry that the media describes guns as "weapons." I'm sorry, what?

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
Courtesy of Media Matters: *GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): When it comes to media bias, it is often the little things that matter most. Seemingly innocuous phrases designed to sway your opinion. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently wrote an article about campus carry taking effect in Georgia and the controversy surrounding it. But it's their use of the word weapon that has me bewildered. The reporter uses “weapons” in place of firearms or guns so many times, it just becomes bizarre. Here, "Fears of gun owners getting drunk and firing their weapons." I firmly believe she uses the ... more »

GoFundMe Raises $60K For Hot Dog Vendor After Cops Stole His Earnings

Activist Post at Activist Post - 19 hours ago
By Dawn Luger Thousands of people have donated tens of thousands of dollars to the hot dog vendor who had his earnings stolen from him... more »

Woman drives 20 miles with coyote 'embedded' in car's grille

White Wolf at White Wolf - 19 hours ago
A coyote in Canada went for a wild ride last week after being hit by a woman’s car and being “embedded” in the car’s grille. Georgie Knox said she was driving to work early one morning when the coyote darted out in front of her car. “I heard a crunch and believed I ran over and killed it,” Knox wrote in a Facebook post. Thinking the poor wild animal had died, Knox continued on her 20-mile trip to work. It wasn’t until Knox reached Calgary, Alberta, that a construction worker told her the coyote was in fact stuck in her car’s grille. “When I got out to look, this poor little guy... more »

A.I. Taking Jobs

Ethical Technology - 19 hours ago
The scholarly work of Kevin LaGrandeur proves that the humanities and sciences have more in common than meets the eye. Listen to the academic minute podcast here

Taiwan's Aid Program in Kiribati: PR Video

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 20 hours ago
Offered without comment.... _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

Peak 2017: Math Is Now Racist

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
The game goes on. It is all rubbish. I am personally not sympathetic to any of this and do insist that proper math training be demanded at several stages in a student's development. I do think that it needs to be intensive and goal driven.. This also applies to communication skills and to physical skills as well. While we are at it we can identity other skills as well that we seek to ooptimize. Failure to achieve proficiency is a serious issue for both the teachers and the student. Yet why should we accept less than proficiency? Doing such a program twice needs not be a ... more »

3700-year old Babylonian Tablet Confirms Pythagoras Did Not Invent the Theorem Bearing His Name

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
*[image: The 3700-year-old Babylonian tablet with the ‘Pythagorean theorem.’]* The Pythagorean theorem has been known forever simply because building demands it. After all the earliest measuring tool that i have seen was from the Pyramids and had the correct markings to set up a three - four - five triangle which is the best practical expression of the theorem.The Pythagorean school systematized mathematical logic which soon generates an acceptable proof of the Pythagorean. That was what made it important and it ultimately produced Euclid's masterpiece which remains to us to this ... more »

Astonishing Human Heads: Do Satellite Photographs Now Prove Existence of Humans on Antarctica…6000 Years Ago? – Part I

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
*[image: The beautiful but formidable landscape of Antarctica]* What makes all this plausible is that before the Pleistocene Nonconformity which took place 13,000 years ago, the sea level was three hundred feetlower. This likely allowed the South America ridge to plausibly partially block the Circum Polar Current or at least redirect a substancial portion of it. The actual sea level rise then worked out from 13000 BP through as late as the Bronze Age or 5000 years ago. Thus the current shifts to the present rgime took a long time to take full effect and that must also hold true... more »

Effects of alcohol, cigarettes and even caffeine on the mind

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
[image: Woman with coffee] What the images show is areas of sharply reduced blood flow. This does not mean actually physiological damage or even cell death per se but inactivity due to loss of blood flow volume. It is still scary and disconcerting. Excessive use of stimulants is deleterious to brain function and should be largely avoided. Most assuredly all heavy use must be ended. The damage is simply too great. I would expect actual recovery once this has been done. Such common stimulants have steadily fallen from my own diet to the present state of only havin...more »

Jim Willie: Death of the Dollar

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 20 hours ago
INTERVIEW WITH KATHY RUBIO Sept 8th: topics covered include the various ways in the which the USDollar shows strong signs of losing its global reserve currency status, as well as several of the Biblical Seven Bowls of ruinous contamination poured upon our planet Earth….. (hint: skip the first 4 minutes as opener) end

US Threatens To Cut Off China From SWIFT If It Violates North Korea Sanctions

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 20 hours ago
US Threatens To Cut Off China From SWIFT If It Violates North Korea Sanctions by Tyler Durden, In an unexpectedly strong diplomatic escalation, one day after China agreed to vote alongside the US (and Russia) during Monday’s United National Security Council vote in passing the watered down North Korea sanctions, the US warned that if […]

“What Happened” to Seth Rich? Hillary Clinton confronted at book signing (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
Huma Abedin was also asked: “When are you gonna divorce your husband for texting underage girls?” More The post “What Happened” to Seth Rich? Hillary Clinton confronted at book signing (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Tribalism appears to be doing to Bush New World Order what it did to Gorbachev’s Soviet Union

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
Pat Buchanan explores today's disruptive tribalism. More The post Tribalism appears to be doing to Bush New World Order what it did to Gorbachev’s Soviet Union appeared first on The Duran.

Over a quarter of British people 'hold anti-Semitic attitudes', study finds per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
Th BBC report on the high incidence of anti Semitic sentiment in the UK in a report that is a trifle odd. It starts by reporting the incidence in the British public as a whole: 'More than a quarter of British people hold at least one anti-Semitic view, according to a study of attitudes to Jewish people.' It then linked anti Semitic attitudes to anti Israel attitudes and also Islam. 'Researchers also found a correlation in anti-Jewish and anti-Israel attitudes... when questioned about whether they agreed with a number of statements, includi... more »

Edwin Hubble - big bang red shift - or some new principle of nature

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 21 hours ago
Even astronomer Edwin Hubble, who is world-famous for his proposal that red-shift of stellar light is a measure of recessional Big Bang-effect, publicly questioned his own conviction in this published statement from *Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific* vol:59 #349 in August 1947, *red shifts may not be due to an expanding universe.* ...and collisional/gravity-based Astronomers and Atrophysicists didn't listen; still don't. One wonders what went wrong in the MICC's recent past for us to be force-fed this Big Bang nonsense on a global scale. Can't they SEE that ... more »

Syrian Army liberates 5 towns in central Syria

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside elements of Hezbollah and the National Defense Forces (NDF), liberated five towns from the Islamic State (ISIL) terror organization in central Syria, Hezbollah’s official media wing reported this morning. According to the Lebanese organization’s media wing, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies liberated […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

High ranking Syrian general barely escapes death in Deir Ezzor

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – One of the highest ranking commanders in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), General Mohammad Khaddour, barely escaped death on Tuesday after an Islamic State (ISIL) faction opened fire on his convoy in western Deir Ezzor. According to a Syrian Army source in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, General Khaddour was being […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS defectors flee to southern Turkey as the group suffers in Syria

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:20 A.M.) – Hundreds of militants who have defected from the Islamic State have crossed the borders to southern Turkey as a first step to return to their countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Local sources reported dozens of the former ultraconservative militants now rallying in several towns and villages […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iran plans to build power plant in Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
Iran reportedly intends to construct a 450 MW power plant in Syria’s Latakia. The energy officials of both countries have signed a corresponding deal in Tehran. Iran and Syria have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the electricity sector, providing for the construction of a power station in Syria’s Latakia province, SANA news agency reported Tuesday. The total […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Al-Arabiya TV no longer blocked in Syria

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya TV is no longer restricted to users in Syria, an Al-Masdar field correspondent reported from Damascus this morning. The website is now available to all Syrians living in the government areas for the first time since the start of the conflict. While no reason was cited for […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Facing defeat Daesh transfers money to Europe – diplomat

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
A senior Russian official said Tuesday that Daesh, which is on the verge of being defeated, transfers funds from controlled territories to foreign countries, including Europe. Daesh, anticipating the defeat, has begun transferring funds from controlled territories to foreign countries, including the European states, Deputy Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department on New Challenges […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Decentralized blockchain and subjectivity of the wave function

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
*A quantum-cryptocurrency analogy* Unlike some other people, I am not a real member of the cryptocurrency cult. I think that the economics orthodoxy as imagined by the founders as well as champions of the Bitcoin is deeply flawed. Also, I don't find the key "virtue" of the cryptocurrencies – decentralization of the list of transactions – terribly important or practical. By the way, JP Morgan boss Dimon said that the Bitcoin was a fraud (something that most of the financiers may agree with) and the currency instantly lost almost 10% of the value. Not too resilient! BTW I have writt... more »

Plea for help: US Virgin Islands re Hurricane Irma

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 22 hours ago
Regularly, this blog re-posts Energy & Environmental Newsletters from John Droz's Alliance for Wise Energy (AWED). John has sent out a plea re Hurricane Irma's effect on the US Virgin Islands. Here is John Droz Jr's plea. We don’t ordinarily reach out to people asking for donations, but there is an extraordinary tragedy going on right now, that has been largely unreported. Almost all the news about Hurricane Irma has been about its effects on Florida. But what about the US Virgin Islands (US Territory) that were blasted with 200MPH wind gusts, as well astornadoes? What ... more »

Midnight Meme Of The Day

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
*-by Noah* OK, this one isn't a meme and it isn't a cartoon, but, it's so special that I had to go with it. If you will, call it the clip of the week. That's what it is to me, although with Lord Tiny Hands around, who knows what the rest of the week will bring. Vicente Fox was President of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. Was he a good president for his country? Who knows? It was a seemingly impossible job and it all depends who you ask, but, one thing is for sure, he's one hell of a Donald Trump Super Troll! Since May, Fox has been trolling Lord Tiny Hands with a series of video clip... more »

Allen Young : BOOKS | Jonathan Lerner’s ‘Swords in the Hands of Children’

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 22 hours ago
Lerner, a closeted gay man active with the Weather Underground, tells a gripping story and reveals his authentic remorse. By Allen Young | The Rag Blog | September 13, 2015 Jonathan Lerner, author of Swords in the Hands of Children, … finish reading Allen Young : *BOOKS* | Jonathan Lerner’s ‘Swords in the Hands of Children’

Turkey Signs Deal With Russia For S-400 Missile Systems

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
The S-400 missile system on display during a military parade in Moscow in 2015. Western officials are uneasy over Russia’s influence in Turkey, a NATO member. Credit Sputnik Photo Agency, via Reuters *New York Times*:* Turkey Signs Russian Missile Deal, Pivoting From NATO* ISTANBUL — In the clearest sign of his pivot toward Russia and away from NATO and the West, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday that Turkey had signed a deal to purchase a Russian surface-to-air missile system. The deal cements a recent rapprochement with Russia, despite differences over the war... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
My god, this shot of Rohingya refugees watching their houses burn across the border in Myanmar (Masfiqur Sohan/NurPhoto) — pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) September 12, 2017 After Irma, many of Florida’s mobile homeowners face a tough choice: rebuild or walk away — Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 13, 2017 French President Emmanuel Macron and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson travel to the hurricane-hit Caribbean — AFP news agency (@AFP) September 13, 2017 Iggy Pop and Da... more »

Update To Hurricane Irma Nuclear Power Mysteries: US NRC Contradicts Itself On Second Turkey Point Nuclear Reactor Shutdown, Defective Parts and More

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
US Nuclear Power Stations reactor status for Tuesday Sept. 12, 2017, showing Turkey Pt. Reactors and St. Lucie 1 at … Continue reading →

We're All to Blame

Walter E. Williams at rss - 1 day ago
[image: we-re-all-to-blame] We cannot blame politicians for the spending that places our nation in peril. Politicians are doing precisely what the American people elect them to office to do.

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Rich Cooper *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from the photo-gallery at this link .... *This Gorgeous Gallery From Russia's Massive "Army 2017" Weapons Expo Is A Must View* (The Warzone/The Drive).

5 things that have changed about FEMA since Katrina – and 5 that haven't

Patrick Roberts, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
FEMA's handling of Hurricane Katrina inspired resentment in the affected communities – but did it bring about real change in the organization? Dental Ben, CC BY-SA Hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes – is the Federal Emergency Management Agency ready for the new era of disasters? I’m a professor of public administration and policy at Virginia Tech, and I’ve written a book explaining why expectations of this agency are so high – unrealistically so. After Hurricane Andrew hit Florida in 1992, the emergency manager of Dade County, Florida famously asked the media, “Where in the hell... more »

Would The Soviet Union Continue To Fight Germany In World War Two If They Had Lost Moscow?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian soldiers parade on the Red Square before going to fight the Germans. November, 1941 *Michael Peck, National Interest:* *The Battle for Moscow: How Russia Stopped Hitler's Military During World War II* *In October 1941, the Second World War teetered on a knife edge.* There was war in China and war in North Africa, and soon there would be war between America and Japan. But in the autumn of 1941, the only war that really seemed to matter was fought in a portion of central Russia. Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, had begun brilliantly on June 22, ... more »

Some Trump Era Wisdom From-- Who Else?-- Hunter S. Thompson

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Or venom. Or both. Both for sure. People are saying this is the best they've ready by Thompson, who committed suicide in 2005 (and had his ashes fired out of a cannon), since they read his 1972 classic, *Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail*, which was all about the Democratic primaries. After the ascension of Señor Trumpanzee, Charlottesville and all the climate change denialism during and after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we had to share this tonight. It comes from his 2003 book, *Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child In the Final Days of the American Cen... more »

Dollar Decline, the Rise of China’s Gold Yuan + 5 Levels of Preparedness | Jerry Robinson

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
CRITICAL PREPARATIONS for Rise of Gold-Backed Chinese Yuan and Fall of US Dollar by Jerry Robinson shares critical areas of preparedness that all Americans should engage in right now as the world ditches the US dollar. Sure, there may be plenty of toilet paper available, but from the most basic preps to financial readiness, Jerry has it covered… – Jerry Robinson interviewed on Reluctant Preppers The […]

US Threatens to ‘Cut China Off’ from Dollar If It Does Not Uphold Sanctions Against N. Korea

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
US Threatens to ‘Cut China Off’ from Dollar If It Does Not Uphold Sanctions Against N. Korea by The US could impose economic sanctions on China if it does not implement the new sanctions regime against North Korea, the US Treasury Secretary has warned. Steven Mnuchin said the restrictions could involve cutting off Beijing’s access […]

Thousands of Gazans Still Displaced Due to 2014 Israeli War

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
PressTV News Videos Published on Sep 12, 2017 The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says nearly 30,000 Palestinians in Gaza are still internally displaced three years after Israel’s war on the enclave. The organization says no funding has been allocated for the reconstruction of the houses belonging to nearly two-thirds of the […]

Alex Jones Full Show: Plan To Isolate, Destabilize, And Destroy Donald Trump Leaked

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
The Alex Jones Channel Published on Sep 11, 2017 As Irma leaves Florida, residents pick up their belongings scattered throughout the debris left on the state. We also look back at 9/11 on this 16th anniversary and we cover major news coming out of Washington, DC you’re not going to want to miss. Additionally, statecraft expert Gregory Copley examines […]

Roger Stone: Why Did Donald Trump’s Body Guard/Best Friend Resign?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
The Alex Jones Channel Published on Sep 12, 2017 Roger Stone gives Alex Jones the inside scoop about what’s going on with Donald Trump’s White House. end

Wahhabi Elements from Saudi Arabia Supported 9/11 Attacks: Analyst

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
PressTV News Videos Published on Sep 12, 2017 Although the official US narrative on the September 11, 2001 attacks does not give away the real perpetrators behind the operation, it can be safely assumed that “Wahhabi” elements from Saudi Arabia provided direct support to them, says an analyst in Virginia. end

The Petro-Dollar Is Dead, Dollar Devaluation, Pensions Lost, World Currency — James Rickards

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Money Master Published on Sep 10, 2017 The Petro Dollar Is Dead, Dollar Devaluation, Pensions Lost, World Currency end

Warning: Bitcoin to Collapse | Alasdair MacLeod

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago Published on Sep 11, 2017 Bitcoin is not money and never will be, says London Analysts Alasdair MacLeod. MacLeod explains why cryptocurrencies are a bubble. Either the bubble will collapse by itself or governments will destroy cryptocurrencies. But the general public hasn’t yet jumped on the cryptocurrency bandwagon. “When the ordinary man in the street […]

‘Counter-Measures Will Cause US Pain and Suffering’ – North Korea’s Response to Sanctions

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT Published on Sep 12, 2017 The UN Security Council has adopted new sanctions against North Korea, with Russia and China reiterating their call for a ‘double freeze’ plan on DPRK. Under the plan, Pyongyang would stop its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, and in return America and South Korea would stop their joint military exercises. […]

US Hungry for Regime Change, Nuclear Weapons are Excuse to Attack – Pilger

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT Published on Sep 12, 2017 Investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger tells RT America that US is to blame for putting the world on the brink of nuclear war. The rest of the world is mostly alarmed by the US, not North Korea. Sanctions will never work in de-escalating the situation, he adds. end

Dr. Leroy Hulsey, University of Alaska Fairbanks: “The NIST Report…Said That This (WTC7) Building Collapsed Because of Fire (on 9/11). We Determined That’s Not True”!

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
World Trade Center Building 7 Evaluation Published on Nov 3, 2016 “The NIST report…said that this building collapsed because of fire. We determined that’s not true.” – Dr. Leroy Hulsey, September 29, 2016 Note: The sound quality starts off poor but improves at the 9:30 mark. It also momentarily worsens at the 29:30 mark. We […]

Sweden, NATO Allies Launch Biggest Military Exercise in 23yrs Amid ‘Russian Threat’

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Sweden, NATO Allies Launch Biggest Military Exercise in 23yrs Amid ‘Russian Threat’ by Sweden has launched its largest military exercise in 23 years, with several NATO countries taking part. The drills come just before the Russia-Belarus Zapad 2017 exercises, which involve fewer troops, but stir much more controversy. – The Aurora 17 drills, set to […]

The Petro-Dollar is Close to Its End

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
The Petro-Dollar is Close to Its End by Finian Cunningham,, 8 July 2017 China and Russia have already ditched the US dollar in their vast energy trade. Now China is leveraging Saudi Arabia to also abandon the greenback for oil sales. No wonder, it seems, that US policies are increasingly lashing out. – US global power […]

Latest battle report from Deir Ezzor

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:35 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) may not have made any large-scale gains in the Deir Ezzor Governorate on Tuesday, but they did score an important advance near the military airport that leaves the Islamic State (ISIL) forces in serious trouble along the western bank of the Euphrates River. Led by […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Amnesty International: Central African Republic Is Now Experiencing Horrific Sectarian Violence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters: **Central African Republic defense minister sacked amid growing violence* BANGUI (Reuters) - Central African Republic president Faustin-Archange Touadera sacked his defense minister on Tuesday evening, according to a state radio broadcast, amid growing violence that threatens to spin the country out of control. The dismissal of Levy Yakete, who was blacklisted by a United Nations Security Council committee in 2014 for his role in a bloody 2013 civil war, was part of a wider Cabinet reshuffle. The statement did not say if his dismissal was related directly to growing vio... more »

Did the Egyptians Know How to Transfer Consciousness From One Entity to Another?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Christina Sarich* - There seems to be evidence that our consciousness is indeed a transferable entity. The post Did the Egyptians Know How to Transfer Consciousness From One Entity to Another? appeared first on Waking Times.

Are We Living Haunted Lives?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Kingsley L. Dennis* - We wander as ghosts in liminal zones, hungry for meaning. The post Are We Living Haunted Lives? appeared first on Waking Times.

Survey: Millennials Divided Over Goal of Public School Education

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
A GenForward survey found that millennials are split on the fundamental issue of what the main goal of a public school education should be.

Professor Aims to Honor St. Cloud State’s First African-American Alumna

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
Earlier this summer, Dr. Christopher Lehman, a professor and chair of the Ethnic Studies Department, had the idea to rename the 51 Building after Ruby Cora Webster, the first African-American student to have graduated from St. Cloud State University.

UVA Dean Explores Meaning of Nontraditional Leadership

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
Scott Beardsley’s book seeks to quantify how many of today’s college presidents are considered nontraditional and what that means for some of the most essential aspects of higher education, such as fund-raising and enrollment.

Howard University Moves Up in 2018 Best College Rankings

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
US News & World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s colleges and universities shows that Howard University, a historically Black college in Washington, D.C., has risen 14 slots since last year to 110th in the National Universities category. “The things that we’ve been doing at the university are really aimed at academic excellence and ensuring […]

Qatar Trades Barbs With The Four States Boycotting It At The Arab League

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit (L) looks on during Arab Foreign Ministers meeting in a regular session to discuss latest developments in Middle Eastern affairs, in Cairo, Egypt September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany *Reuters*: *Qatar, neighbors trade barbs at Arab League over boycott* CAIRO (Reuters) - Diplomats from Qatar and the four states boycotting it exchanged heated words at an Arab League meeting on Tuesday. Tensions flared after Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi discussed the boycott in his opening s... more »

The Very Backbone of the U.S. Navy Is in Big Trouble

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * The shipyards, that is. The United States Navy’s vital shipyards—which keep the fleet in operation—are in dire straits. The backlog of maintenance is so bad that it will take until 2036 to clear according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. “GAO's analysis of Navy shipyard facilities data found that their overall physical condition remains poor,” reads the GAO report highlights. “Navy data show that the cost of backlogged restoration and maintenance projects at the shipyards has grown by 41 percent over five years, to a Navy-... more »

Russia and China Have One Big Advantage over the U.S. Navy (But Not for Long)

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * Anti-ship missiles. The U.S Navy is moving forward with adding an anti-ship capability back into its Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles to defeat a new generation of enemy surface combatants at range. In the past, the Navy had fielded a dedicated anti-ship version of the Tomahawk, but that variant of the weapon was retired during the 1990s during the post-Cold War drawdown. As part of its efforts to boost its anti-surface warfare capabilities as it moves to counter new Russian and Chinese naval vessels, the U.S. Navy is awarding Raytheon a $119 mill... more »

Could U.S. Navy Lasers Stop an Attack From China’s Aircraft Carrier Killer Missiles?

Doug Tsuruoka at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Doug Tsuruoka* *Security, Asia* A saturation attack could present Achilles heel; other technical limitations have been identified. State-of-the-art weapons such as shipboard lasers are touted as lethal ways to counter the barrages of cruise and ballistic missiles that China would be expected to fire at the US Navy in time of war. However, they have inherent technical limitations and aren’t fail-proof. Solid state laser (SSL) beams can hit targets almost instantly. If perfected, this would provide a big leg up against maneuvering missiles like the Chinese DF-21D “carrier killer”... more »

President Trump's Top Security & Foreign Officials Present A Plan To Stop Iran (Update)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. President Donald Trump waits to greet Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Newsweek*: *Tillerson, Mattis and McMaster Present Trump With Plan to Stop Iranian Aggression* President Donald Trump's top security and foreign policy officials have presented him with a plan to allow a more forceful response to Iranian aggression at home and abroad in the Middle East, Reuters reported on Tuesday. The proposal was given to Trump by his defense secretary, Jim Mattis, secretary of state, Rex Tillerson,... more »

How Much Would A War With North Korea Cost?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
An undated photograph released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 26 April 2017 shows a combined fire demonstration of North Korean artillery. SBS *Anthony Fensom, National Interest*: *Why War with North Korea Could Cost Trillions of Dollars* Unleashing Trump's “fire and fury” on North Korea would rack up both human and financial costs. War with North Korea could result in the death of fifty thousand or more Americans and more than two million Korean casualties. However, the economic cost would be massive, too, running into potentially trillions of dollars for the United... more »

Imagine If Candidates Were Chosen By The Voters Because They Actually Know Something-- Meet Lillian Salerno (TX-32)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
While more Republican incumbents assess their party's-- and their own-- electoral prospects next year and respond by announcing early retirements, a flood of qualified Democrats are rushing to announce their candidacies across the country. Mainstream conservatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Charlie Dent (R-PA) were joined yesterday by Michigan foreclosure king, Dave Trott and the rumors about Leonard Lance (R-NJ) have been like a buzzsaw today. Meanwhile, Democrats are flocking to announce their candidacies-- and in districts that the DCCC has studiously ... more »

X22 Report, “Debt Level Hits 20 Trillion, Was The Debt Clock Just Removed?” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
X22 Report, “Debt Level Hits 20 Trillion, Was The Debt Clock Just Removed?” - *Related followup report:* X22 Report, “Hold On, The Entire Globalist Economic System Is About To Come Apart” -

Musical Interlude: Gandalf, “Once in a Star-Brightened Night” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Gandalf, “Once in a Star-Brightened Night” -

"A Look to the Heavens" (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Massive stars, abrasive winds, mountains of dust, and energetic light sculpt one of the largest and most picturesque regions of star formation in the Local Group of Galaxies. Known as N11, the region is visible on the upper right of many images of its home galaxy, the Milky Way neighbor known as the Large Magellanic Clouds (LMC). *Click image for larger size.* The above image was taken for scientific purposes by the Hubble Space Telescope and reprocessed for artistry by an amateur to win the Hubble's Hidden Treasures competition. Although the section imaged above is known as NGC 17... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Sadist Next Door” (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* “The Sadist Next Door”* by Chet Raymo “The TLS (“Times Literary Supplement”) had an absorbing review of American Historian Joel Harrington's book on the manuscript diary of a 16th-century German executioner, Franz Schmidt of Nuremberg. Remarkably, Schmidt kept a full record of the criminals he executed, the crimes they perpetrated, and the gruesome ways they met their fate. It is a tale that would chill most 21st-century readers. Hangings, beheadings, burnings at the stake, and breakings with the wheel. In the latter custom, a heavy cartwheel is dropped onto the person to be exe... more »

"The Only Time..." (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." ~ Art Buchwald

Lawyers for Trump aides advise them not to lie to protect their boss.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
Courtesy of Politico: *Lawyers representing Donald Trump’s current and former aides are giving their clients one simple piece of advice: Don’t lie to protect the president. * *As special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional investigators prepare to question high-ranking aides — including Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer — in the coming weeks, Trump’s long history of demanding his employees’ complete loyalty is being put to the test.* *But Trump stalwarts know the president is closely following the media coverage of the Russia case — and the last thing they want is ... more »

TV Monetizes Hurricane Irma

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 1 day ago
Chicago Tribune on Sept. 11 published Swept away by TV coverage of Hurricane Irma by Dahleen Glanton, Contact Reporter. It is a fine reflection piece by a media insider on how commercial media covers extreme weather events. She recounts her journey of discovery becoming critical and eventually repelled by the coverage from her own media […]

Forget the Latest UN Sanctions: It's Time to Squeeze North Korea

A worthy unconscious addition to the chorus of the sycophants
Gordon G. Chang at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Gordon G. Chang* *Security, Asia* [image: A U.S. Dollar note is seen in this June 22, 2017 illustration photo. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration/File Photo] Past administrations have not employed the full range of American power. On Monday afternoon, the UN Security Council adopted the ninth set of sanctions against North Korea since 2006. The new measures, representing a marginal tightening of UN rules, will prove, like the previous eight sets, to be ineffective in stopping North Korea. In light of the obvious ineffectiveness, the narrative emerging is that China and Russia, ... more »

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