Sunday, January 12, 2020

12 January - Blogs I'm Following - 3 of 5

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Epstein accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell reportedly hiding in Israel at If Americans Knew Blog - 11 hours ago
“She is sometimes in the U.K., but most often in other countries, such as Israel, where her powerful contacts have provided her with safe houses and protection.” The post Epstein accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell reportedly hiding in Israel appeared first on If Americans Knew Blog.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 11 hours ago
*The New York Times* has a report on differences between American history textbooks used in California and Texas. The books have the same publisher. They credit the same authors. But they are customized for students in different states, and their contents sometimes diverge in ways that reflect the nation’s deepest partisan divides.... A California panel asked the publisher McGraw-Hill to avoid the use of the word “massacre” when describing 19th-century Native American attacks on white people. A Texas panel asked Pearson to point out the number of clergy who signed the Declaration o... more »

This NATO Member Regrets Buying America's F-35 Stealth Fighter

David Axe at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Europe* When it comes to the F-35 and U.S.-European defense collaboration, just one thing would make the Americans even happier. The Danes buying even more F-35s. *Key point:* The radar-evading warplane probably wasn’t the best choice for an air arm that struggles to maintain adequate aerial capacity for a meaningful contribution to international security. The U.S. ambassador to Denmark wants the Nordic country to buy more American-designed F-35 stealth fighters. Ambassador Carla Sands’s advocacy for a “made-in-America” warplane should come as no surprise... more »

Here's Why George Patton Sent American Bombers To Attack A Hawaiian Volcano

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *History, Americas* A crazy plan. Key point: Disaster seemed imminent: day by day, a glowing river of molten lava was creeping steadily towards Hilo, Hawaii. The town of 15,000 lay slightly over 30 miles northeast of Mauna Loa, known as the second-largest volcano on the planet. The over 13,000-foot tall behemoth had erupted on Hawaii island on November 21. By December, Dr. Thomas Jaggar, a local volcanologist and founder of the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, estimated that one of the five streams of lava issuing from Mauna Loa was advancing at a mile per minute... more »

Vaping Gives Lung Bacteria the Power to Cause More Damage to Your Body

Deirdre Gilpin, Michael Tunney at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Deirdre Gilpin, Michael Tunney* *Health, Americas* [image: Reuters] Exposing bacteria to vape is likely to make already harmful bacteria more dangerous and carry the same risk as exposure to cigarette smoke. Bacteria commonly found in the lungs become more harmful and cause more inflammation when they have been exposed to e-cigarette vapour, in a way that could lead to diseases such as COPD and asthma. Chronic lung disease results from a complex interplay between infection and inflammation, which can be further complicated by the toxic effects of cigarette smoke. We know that c... more »

Killing the Antiwar Message Along With the Messenger

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 11 hours ago
It's better to hate Tucker Carlson than to hate war. That's the theme of Frank Bruni's latest New York Times column, in which he accuses naive peace-loving progressives of developing a crush on the Fox News personality for his audacious antiwar messaging and his critique of Donald Trump's assassination of Quassim Soleimani. *Suddenly you’re digging him. At least a little bit. I know, I’ve seen the tweets, read the commentary, heard the chatter, detected the barely suppressed cheer: Hurrah for Tucker Carlson. If only we had more brave, principled Republicans like him.Right out of th... more »

Defying Police, Iranians Protest Over Plane Shootdown

AP News at - 11 hours ago
Iranian demonstrators defied a heavy police presence to protest their country’s days of denials that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane.

How a Debunked Ukraine Theory Endures Against All Evidence

AP News at - 11 hours ago
The theory took root in vague form well before Donald Trump laid claim to the White House in 2016.

Instagram to Remove Pro-Soleimani Posts

OYE NEWS at OYE Alternative News - 11 hours ago
In yet another attempt to socially engineer geopolitical public sentiment and behavior, Facebook, Instagram’s parent company have announced they will be removing all posts which support the recently assassinated Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani Facebook operates under US sanctions laws, “including those related to the US government’s designation of the IRGC and its leadership,” the Facebook … The post Instagram to Remove Pro-Soleimani Posts appeared first on OYE Alternative News.

"How It Really Is"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago

"409Ks, 90% Gains, The Fed and Darth Vader's Warning"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"409Ks, 90% Gains, The Fed and Darth Vader's Warning"* by Charles Hugh Smith "The worship of mortals as demi-gods and faith in Golden Idols triggers a turn in the karmic wheel as near-infinite hubris invites divine retribution. In case you missed it, here's a snapshot of the most recent Federal Reserve board meeting: It's certainly a peculiar moment in history when the President chides everyone who hasn't gained 90% in their 409K (sic), seemingly unaware that only the top 5% have enough in a 409K to make a difference. President Trump and the Federal Reserve agree: the "solution" to... more »

"5 Signs it’s Time to Do Less”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"5 Signs it’s Time to Do Less”* by Marc Chernoff "I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: busyness is an illness. Think about your own life and the lives of those close to you. Most of us have a tendency to do as much as we possibly can– cramming every waking minute with events, extravagances, tasks and obligations. We think doing more will get us more satisfaction, success, etc. When oftentimes the exact opposite is true. Less can be far more rewarding in the long run. But we’re so set in our ways that we can’t see this. And so… When we work, we shift from one task to the nex... more »

"We Are Doomed And Challenged..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
"The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less." - Arthur Miller

There's An Open Montana Congressional Seat Waiting For A Progressive Democrat

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
There's a red hot 2020 race for Montana's one at-large congressional district to replace pugilistic multimillionaire Greg Gianforte. Last October we met up with Tom Winter, the progressive in the race. The DCCC and EMILY's List think they've found their very own next Jeff Van Drew-- Kathleen Williams-- and they will do anything to defeat Winter, if for no other reason, to own the libs. I asked Tom to write another guest post for us, one that will help us understand what's going on in Montana in regard to his race, one that the national media has been almost completely ignoring. ... more »

George Elliott Clarke, the murderer, and the murdered woman

Stephen Kimber at Halifax Examiner - 12 hours ago
I don’t know George Elliott Clarke well, but I have known him for a long time. Back in the mid-1980s, before he became what the Globe and Mail recently called “a celebrated Canadian poet,” he was a young wannabe writer earning his actual living as a field worker for the Black United Front, a black […]

Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 11 – 2020

Hifast at Climate Collections - 12 hours ago
Originally posted on sunshine hours: South / North

Incels: America’s Newest Domestic Terrorism Threat

bhoffman at Lawfare - 12 hours ago
Photo Credit: Zuma Press via Telegraph *Editor’s Note: The involuntary celibate (incel) movement might seem to be just another sad online community, but strands of it have turned violent, committing repeated attacks that are best described as terrorism. Bruce Hoffman and Jacob Ware of the Council on Foreign Relations provide an overview of the incel movement as it stands today and argue that it has numerous characteristics that make it especially dangerous.* *Daniel Byman* *** Shortly after the May 2014 Isla Vista shooting, in which a gunman opened fire outside a University of C... more »

CONFIRMED: Israeli Supplied the Key Intelligence for US Assassination of Iran’s Soleimani

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 12 hours ago
*21WIRE* | Yet more proof of Israel's increasingly questionable role in directing US policy regarding Iran.

A World War II C-47 Pilot Remembers The Hell He Went Through In World War II

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Americas* A painful story. *Key point: *When we landed the C-46 for the last time on July 20, 1945, I walked away, determined to never fly again. Elmer Wisherd was born on December 1, 1920, in North Dakota. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to a farm in Bruce, Wisconsin. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the Army, hoping to become a pilot. That dream was not realized, but he became an aviation mechanic and, eventually, a crew chief on Douglas C-47 Dakota aircraft. This is his story. I was inducted into the Army on September 12, 19... more »

The Army Is Worried Its Soldiers' Mobile Battery Packs Could Catch Fire

Military and Aerospace Electronics at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Military and Aerospace Electronics* *Technology, Americas* [image:] That would be bad. FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Soldier power experts plan safety tests on improved versions of the Conformal Wearable Battery (CWB) that are designed to increase the time between recharges. reports. Continue reading original article The Military & Aerospace Electronics take: 9 Jan. 2020 -- Currently, soldiers get about 150 watt hours of power from these flexible battery panels, which fit behind body armor vests. But ... more »

It's Difficult To Do Worse Than These 5 Aircraft Carriers

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * Not very well designed. *Key Point:* Aircraft carriers are complex vessels. Aircraft carriers are, with the possible exception of submarines, the most complicated naval vessels afloat. Not only do carriers have the traditional concerns of warships to deal with, they must also safely manage a fleet of aircraft which are often complicated in their own right. Despite these complications, carriers are among the most useful and lethal of warships. Even now, 100 years after the first purpose-built carrier HMS *Hermes* was laid down, major naval powers are ... more »

The USS Franklin Was Not A Lucky Ship, But She (Barely) Survived World War II

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *Security, Asia* What happened? *Key point *Official casualty figures calculated shortly after the attack set her losses at 724 men killed and 265 wounded. The USS Franklin was not a lucky ship. In March 1945, off the Japanese mainland, the Essex-class aircraft carrier was hit by two 550-pound bombs that struck her flight deck and penetrated into the hangar deck. Less than six months earlier, a kamikaze had hit her off Leyte in the Philippines, killing or wounding 120 members of her crew. The second attack ignited the fuel tanks of 31 armed and fueled a... more »

Why Invading Iran Would Be a Military Disaster (Worse Than Vietnam)

Reid Pauly, Daniel Khalessi at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Reid Pauly, Daniel Khalessi* *Security, Middle East* What would a war with Iran look like? In sum, it would be the gravest mistake in U.S. foreign policy since the Vietnam War. Yes, even worse than the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In the wake of a rollercoaster week of escalatory and de-escalatory signaling between the United States and Iran, both sides appear to have taken a step back from the abyss. Iran’s retaliatory missile barrage did not kill any U.S. personnel and President Trump has not signaled any plans to escalate beyond the killing of General Qasem Suleimani. But the core ... more »

Here's Why America's F-15 Eagle Keeps Fighting, And Why It Isn't Going Anywhere Soon

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * America doesn't have enough fighters. *Key Point:* The lack of sufficient numbers of F-22 Raptors to replace the Eagle has delayed the fighter’s retirement, and it now trains to complement the F-22 on the battlefield. For nearly three decades, the F-15 Eagle fighter was considered the undisputed king of the skies. Until the debut of its replacement, the F-22 Raptor, the F-15 was the U.S. Air Force’s frontline air superiority fighter. Even today, a modernized Eagle is still considered a formidable opponent, and manufacturer Boeing has proposed updated... more »

Sorry California, But The U.S. West Coast Is Now In Range Of North Korean Nukes

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, North America* Deterrence is key. *Key point:* Kim Jong-un isn't suicidal. The recent revelation that North Korea has intercontinental ballistic missiles put America on notice: within a few short years, or even months, the entire continental United States will be within range of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons. While practical counterforce targets—such as bomber and missile bases—exist, there is also an argument to be made that Kim Jong-un would target major American cities to inflict maximum damage. One of those cities would almost certainly be San Franci... more »

This Picture Might Just Depict the Ultimate Military Weapon

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *Security, Americas* Meet the MLRS. *Key point: *For the time being, the MLRS still provides an effective rocket system for U.S. armored units. On February 24, 1991, the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm began. Over the next four days, the soldiers of an international coalition, formed to eject the Iraqi army of Saddam Hussein from the neighboring nation of Kuwait, carried out a whirlwind offensive that quickly overwhelmed their foe. During this time, tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers were taken prisoner. Many of them, arms thrust upward in a si... more »

Iran’s attack on US forces is first step on long road to avenging Soleimani: Nasrallah

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said in a televised interview on Sunday that the response to the assassination of Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, is not a single operation, but a long path which will lead the United States’ withdrawal from the Middle East. “The response to the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Jihadist attack on Aleppo city kills 2 civilians

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a new attack on Aleppo, targeting a number of neighborhoods inside this densely populated city in northern Syria. According to reports, the jihadist rebels indiscriminately fired several artillery shells and rockets towards the provincial capital, killing two civilians and wounding three others. The reports said the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US forces reveal photos Soleimani after his assassination

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
American Special Operations forces were about a half-mile behind a convoy carrying Iranian General Qasem Soleimani when it was hit by a US drone strike last week, Fox News reports. The US news outlet said that these forces were allegedly on the scene in about a minute or two, carrying out so-called “bomb damage assessment”. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Trump brags about leaving US forces in Syria to take the oil: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump recently sat down for an interview with Fox News to discuss several topics, including Syria and the recent assassination of Quds Force commander Major-General Qassem Soleimani. In regards to Syria, the U.S. Commander-in-Chief bragged about leaving U.S. troops inside the country to take the oil, despite […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army stops US military convoy and forces it to turn around

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – A U.S. military convoy allegedly approached a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) checkpoint in the Tal Tamr countryside this past week and was forced to turn around, the think tank Katehon reported. According to the site, the U.S. convoy consisting of four vehicles was heading towards the silos near Tal Tamr […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iraq may purchase Russia’s S-400 system despite US objections: report

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
Baghdad is considering the purchase of S-400 advanced Russian missile systems amid fears that the US may stop supporting Iraq, the Wall Street Journal quoted Karim Elaiwi, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee as saying. “We are talking to Russia about the S-400 missiles but no contracts have been signed yet. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

‘Iraq will not be safe for the US and their agents’ – Iraqi paramilitary leader

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Secretary-General of Iraq’s Al-Nujaba Movement, Akram Al-Kaabi, announced on Sunday that Iraq “will no longer be safe for the Americans and their agents.” Al-Kaabi visited the home of the late Quds Force commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated by the U.S. Armed Forces on January 3rd, and later […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Lawmakers Refused to Increase an Infamous Prison’s Funding; Mayhem Ensued; Inmates Murdered; Convicts Escaped

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 12 hours ago
The Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica have done a wonderful job of shining light on the situation during … Continue reading →

Inside The Prison Where Inmates Set Each Other On Fire and Gangs Have More Power Than Guards

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 12 hours ago
Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : From ProPublica: “LOCKED DOWN Inside The Prison Where Inmates Set Each Other On Fire and Gangs…

Critical Race Studies and the New York Giants Coaching Search

Mark Graber at Balkinization - 13 hours ago
My partial penance for living too blessed a life is my long time suffering as a New York Giant football fan. This year, in a decade-long quest to achieve at least mediocrity, my Giants hired Joe Judge, a relatively unknown assistant coach formerly with the New England Patriots. When asked to justify this selection, ownership pointed out how Judge commanded the room during his job interview. Reporters who attended Judge’s first press conference confirmed that Judge has a remarkable command over the room. This command was sufficient to justify the hiring of an unknown white coach ... more »

Iran, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Caitlin Johnstone at Caitlin Johnstone - 13 hours ago
The greatest asset of the propagandists is your belief that you haven’t been propagandized. ~ Hi my name’s Maga McBootlick. I fight the establishment by cheerleading for the US President, I oppose war by supporting the same Middle East agendas as Dick Cheney, John Bolton […]

Federal Court Rules Cops Can Taser, Choke You Because Trouble Understanding Them is ‘Resistance’

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: police brutality problem]The court ruled that confusion and trouble understanding police directions constituted “resistance” that justified the force used by the four police officers involved in the violent arrest.

‘You’re Not Being Charged’: Cops Let Wasted Drunk Driving Police Captain Go

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: drunk]A Cleveland police Captain got away Scot free while driving drunk with his service pistol. No charges were filed and he was allowed to get a ride home.

Iran, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix by Caitlin Johnstone

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 13 hours ago
The greatest asset of the propagandists is your belief that you haven't been propagandized.

Upcoming Events for Julian Assange

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 13 hours ago
12 January 2020 — Defend Wikileaks 25 January 2020 Edinburgh: Scotland Must Resist An afternoon of talks in defence of multi award-winning journalist Julian Assange. 2-4pm GMT 4042 40-42 Grindlay Street Edinburgh EH3 9AP United Kingdom Speeches by: Craig Murray – Former British diplomat, writer, activist John Wight – Writer and journalist Lisa Longstaff – … Continue reading Upcoming Events for Julian Assange

Axis Of Resistance Says How It Will Avenge Qassem Soleimani

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 13 hours ago
The media continue to tell fairytales about Qassem Soleimani and about Trump's decision to assassinate him and PMU leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Meanwhile the Resistance Axis announced how it will avenge their deaths.

It's cool to be racist if you're a leftist

trinko at Conversations about the obvious - 13 hours ago
A few years ago the Republican majority leader in the Senate had to resign because he made a joke about a former racist that wasn't nasty. But now the Democrat governor of Virginia was caught either in blackface or wearing a KKK costume and we're told it's ok. Similarly leftist Justin Trudeau wore blackface on many occasions and he's still viewed as a great guy. To be fair wearing blackface ages ago in college is not proof positive of racism. Though when I was in college the idea would have been at best creepy. The problem of course is the double standard. A Republican disagrees w... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 12, 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
General Qasem Soleimani *Frederick Kempe, CNBC: **3 reasons slain General Soleimani is irreplaceable loss for Iranian regime* * One must travel to the Middle East to better sense the earthquake set off by the US drone strike that killed Iran’s legendary General Qasem Soleimani a week ago. * In this glittering Emirati capital, only some 200 miles from Iranian border, no one doubts that aftershocks are coming. * The only question is of what nature and magnitude. ABU DHABI – One must travel to the Middle East to better sense the earthquake set off by the US drone strike that killed Ir... more »

War against Orthodox Church turns towards Serbia and Montenegro (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 13 hours ago
The Duran Quick Take: Episode 430. More The post War against Orthodox Church turns towards Serbia and Montenegro (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Iranian “aerospace analyst” writes book on Ukrainian airforce….

RR at The Duran - 13 hours ago
Wanting to know more about the PS752 flight allegedly losing its own ASD-B /GPS signal and leaving the civilian air corridor by some metres and being unable to identify itself, I was on some pilot forum looking for information. On the pilot forum there was discussion of how there was an Iranian commando base just […] More The post Iranian “aerospace analyst” writes book on Ukrainian airforce…. appeared first on The Duran.

One May Be....A Quotation by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 13 hours ago
*One may be condemned in the eyes of man while at the same time being blessed in the eyes of God.* *© M.N. Hopkins*

Ask A Stupid Question….

Terry at 'Nox & Friends - 13 hours ago
…..Get Bitch Slapped In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” last weekend, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked by buttwipe Chris Wallace whether or not our adversaries viewed President Trump as being “vulnerable” due to his impeachment and the attendant worries that was causing. Beautiful ! ~Terry

Episode #310 – ‘US vs Iran and the World’ guests Dr. Mohammad Marandi, Robert Inlakesh and more

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 14 hours ago
*SUNDAY WIRE* | Strap yourselves in and lower the blast shield – this is your brave new world…

New Songbirds Discovered in Indonesia

Jerri-Lynn Scofield at naked capitalism - 14 hours ago
Scientists announce discovery of ten new types of songbirds on a cluster of tiny Indonesian islands close to the Wallace Line.

We Need Embassies In Difficult Countries

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
One of the complicating factors surrounding the deaths of 57 Canadians in Iran is that we have no embassy there. Martin Regg Cohn writes: We closed our embassy in Tehran with good reason after then-ambassador Ken Taylor put himself in harm’s way by helping to “exfiltrate” American diplomats during the 1979 hostage crisis. But bear in mind that we never severed formal diplomatic relations, nor did we prevent Iranian diplomats from using their embassy in Ottawa in the years that followed. Keeping that formal bilateral channel open helped us reopen our embassy a decade later in Tehra... more »

World News Briefs -- January 12, 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
China's Vice Premier Liu with US President Donald Trump in 2019 is expected at the White House again for the signing of a 'phase one' trade deal between the two economic powers *Daily Mail*: *US and China are set to sign historic trade deal THIS WEEK in major victory for Trump following a bitter two-year standoff between Washington and Beijing* * President Donald Trump is set to sign a trade deal with China on Wednesday * The deal will be a partial success for Trump's administration * Vice Premier Liu He will be in Washington from Mondayuntil Wednesday * The full details of the deal... more »

GPS Jamming and Spoofing: When Good Signals Go Bad

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*Yesterday's report mentioned signals jamming being a possible cause for the mistaken plane shoot down over Iran. It was reported there was no communication from the pilot before the plane crashed. Was the pilot unable to communicate due to the already mentioned jamming? * - Iran: Communication Jamming Led to Missile Fire*In the comments section of yesterday's report additional links were left regarding "jamming" * *a generalized article on GPS jamming being done globally it's clearly a problem more »

These 5 Weapons Helped Build The Modern State Of Israel

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Middle East* And are now found all over the world. *Key point:* Deadly and famous. Much of Israel’s history has, for better or worse, been written with guns. From the 1948 War of Independence to today, Israeli forces have used firearms to defend the state or its interests on almost yearly basis. Images of Israeli forces rushing the West Bank in 1967 or escorting rescued hostages from Entebbe are synonymous with the Jewish State, and some of Israel’s weapons have become quite famous in their own right. Here are five of Israel’s deadliest, and most famou... more »

The Navy Wants to Cut These 24 Ships Early to Buy a Smaller Number of Newer Ones

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * Is that a good idea? Protests were inevitable when the Office of Management and Budget released a memo with plans to cut future orders for twelve new warships and early retire a dozen more vessels currently serving in the U.S. Navy. Asked to plan for a budgetarily impossible 355-ship Navy, the OMB proposed budget actually would see ship counts decrease from 290 to 287. The proposal seemingly reflects skepticism that the Navy’s current warships are capable of meeting near-future challenges, trading away a significant amount of firepower in the near... more »

Beware: Iran Is Still Focused on the Long Game Against America

Stratfor Worldview at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Stratfor Worldview* *Security, Middle East* [image:] Tehran must both survive and push back against U.S. influence where it can. If the Islamic Republic of Iran has had one consistent goal since 1979, it's been survival; since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has essentially existed in crisis management mode, whether it's been fighting Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq War or weathering the latest U.S. sanctions. Today, there are two interlinked issues that Iran views as essential to its long-term survival: Its e... more »

The U.S. Army Just Picked Its First Robotic Fighting Vehicles

David Axe at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * The Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command plans to award a contract to QinetiQ North America to build four Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light prototypes and another contract to Textron to build four Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium prototypes, all for initial tests that will take place in late 2021. The U.S. Army has tapped contractors to begin building a possible fleet of robotic fighting vehicles. The Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command plans to award a contract to QinetiQ North America to build four Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light prototypes ... more »

Trump Blackmails Iraq to Keep US Troops, Threatening to Close Their Oil Account at Fed

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 15 hours ago
*21WIRE* | The White House are now resorting to financial extortion tactics in order to maintain its 17 year-long military occupation of Iraq.

Professor David Bellamy – a Sad Loss

Viv at The Carbon Sense Coalition - 15 hours ago
A bit of very sad news. Professor David Bellamy OBE died recently at the age of 86 and it’s fair to say he goes down in history as one of the first victims sacrificed on the altar of the new religion of climate change. David Bellamy was a prolific broadcaster, respected authority on botany of […]

Iran News Links 11-12 January 2020

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 15 hours ago
12 January 2020 • 18:00 — The New Dark Age There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back Democrats Outraged at Republican Accusations of Foreign Loyalty “Would the American Public Tolerate US Soldiers Defending Trump Hotels?” Protests show deep crisis of Iranian … Continue reading Ira... more »

As Capitalism Collapses Into Totalitarianism, Socialist Revolution Looms On The Horizon

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 15 hours ago
For the last generation, the United States and other capitalist countries have been on a steady trajectory towards despotism. With 9/11 and the resulting return to the Cold War’s atmosphere of perpetual conflict, a change appeared in the prevailing aims of the capitalist governments. Whereas capitalist societies generally assumed they could look forward to an increasingly liberal future after the breakup of the Soviet Union and the easing of war tensions, but what’s happened throughout the 21st century is a shift towards less and less freedom.

On Four Types of Rules

Unknown at The Verma Report - 15 hours ago
The rules of science are discovered; the rules of philosophy are devised; the rules of religion are divined; the rules of politics are developed.

Sunday Morning Links

Unknown at Accidental Deliberations - 15 hours ago
This and that for your Sunday reading. - Gary Younge writes about the need to respond to a bleak reality with the dedication to imagine and create something better. And Vickie Cammack and Donna Thomson highlight how the response to a climate breakdown includes mobilizing our capacity to care for others. - CBC News talks to John Pomeroy about the effects of a changing climate on Saskatchewan agriculture - and particularly the dangers to the province's water supply. - But Nick Cohen weighs in on the reality denial of the right-wing government and media in Australia (which of course... more »

Daily Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 12, 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *How strong is Iran's military? * Country has shaped an ‘axis of resistance’ with proxy forces and influence in Middle East There has been a calibrated de-escalation of tensions between the US and Iran, after a drone strike killed General Qassem Suleimani, the second most powerful man in Iran and most influential military commander in the region. Missile strikes on US bases allowed Iran to claim it had responded in kind, without causing any American casualties that could have prompted a further US attack. But there is little expectation that this will be the end ... more »

"But beneath this veneer and vortex...," poem by Hugh Mann

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 15 hours ago
*WHAT IS REALITY?* * Reality is multilayered. Beneath the veneer of everyday life, lies a violent, vexing vortex of biology, chemistry, and physics. But beneath this veneer and vortex, lies God's cerebral cortex, which texts and tests our mettle. Our task is to illuminate reality by collating its layers, while retaining our civility, humility, humanity, and sanity.* *Best regards,* *Hugh Mann*


Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 15 hours ago
*Perhaps as an encourage to Prince Charles and Willaim as they appear to attempt a new approach to protecting the environment which does not focus on wiping out 99.99% of the people, and hot on the heels of Charles' video expressing empathy for Australians, rain has suddenly appeared in Autralia to quench the bush fires.* *God is real, dear readers.* *Let's hope the tortured royals turn their lives around. Greed, deceit and overweaning ambition do not bring us happiness. Using St Paisios spiritual counsels, they can still reinvent themselves, also as efficient executives managing ... more »

The TAAPs gather in Sandringham to plot more mischief

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 15 hours ago
Eugenicist depopulation Globalist kingpins are set to huddle together on Monday to discuss their family breakdown in the comfortable surroundings of Sandringham. *The defection of Prince Harry may have been an unintended consequence of the British freemasons plot to put lunie tunie Trump into office in the USA using blackmail etc. If the warring American freemason faction (Clinton, Obama) did not have to wake up to Trump every morning, threatening them and the country with war, nuclear war, economic meltdown, martial law, they may not have gone ... more »

Battle damage at U.S. base in Iraq after Iran's missile attack

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
In an exclusive report from an airbase where the US soldiers are based in Iraq, CNN described the extent of the damage to the base from Iran's missiles as unimaginable. The US claimed that no one was killed which is a bit hard to imagine considering the battle damage. An Iranian military report suggested that nine planes were needed to transfer the dead and wounded to hospitals in Israel. If this was true then it is clear that the Pentagon did not want to transport the dead and wounded back to the US. I've seen a couple of reports indicating that 80 were killed and about 200 wo... more »

Sunday song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

On The Philosophical Bulls In The China Shop

Unknown at The Verma Report - 15 hours ago
The 20th century was the age of philosophy movements. It saw the rise of a number of movements which were founded by intellectuals who had too much confidence in their own abilities. They were convinced that they were the raging bulls of philosophy—that they would demolish the china shop of all the dominant philosophies and make people accept a new worldview. But in the arena, there is a matador for every bull and likewise is the situation in the field of philosophy. The philosophical bulls were quickly cut down to size by the matadors of philosophy and every philosophy movement foun... more »

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