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Monday, January 23, 2017

Flynn is in quite a fix

Flynn is in quite a fix


https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/01/23/flynn-is-in-quite-a-fix/?utm_term=.4fd17abf66ed

President Trump Fulfills Day 1 Promise to Abandon TPP

President Trump Fulfills Day 1 Promise to Abandon TPP

Early Monday morning, President Donald J. Trump signed a presidential memorandum withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). TPP is a regional trade agreement among 12 Asia-Pacific countries that combines trade and investment liberalization with high-standard rules and disciplines in areas like state-owned enterprises, labor, and intellectual property rights. President Trump has said that a reorientation of U.S. trade policy would be a top priority of his administration, with today’s action marking the beginning of his new agenda.https://www.csis.org/analysis/president-trump-fulfills-day-1-promise-abandon-tpp?utm_source=Members&utm_campaign=832d4611f9-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_01_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e842221dc2-832d4611f9-137673777

A Major Prophetic Sign Appeared The Moment Donald Trump Stepped To The Inauguration Platform

A Major Prophetic Sign Appeared The Moment Donald Trump Stepped To The Inauguration Platform



http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/a-major-prophetic-sign-appeared-the-moment-donald-trump-stepped-to-the-inauguration-platform

Don't Like How Trump Treats Women? There's a Better March for That.

Don't Like How Trump Treats Women? There's a Better March for That.

An Irrational Faith in Abortion

An Irrational Faith in Abortion

The Losers of 2016 - The American Interest

The Losers of 2016 - The American Interest

Gad Saad on Hysteria and “Collective Munchausen” around Donald Trump, Speaking Out as an Academic, and Evolutionary Psychology 101 – Areo Magazine

Gad Saad on Hysteria and “Collective Munchausen” around Donald Trump, Speaking Out as an Academic, and Evolutionary Psychology 101 – Areo Magazine

Black Lives Matter must rescind anti-Israel declaration


Black Lives Matter must rescind anti-Israel declaration



http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/columns/2016/08/12/black-lives-matter-must-rescind-anti-israel-declaration/EHDYV3gNLwrTTwfp0JA8QN/story.html

President Trump Signs Executive Order Banning U.S. International Abortion Funding

President Trump Signs Executive Order Banning U.S. International Abortion Funding



http://www.ucatholic.com/news/president-trump-signs-executive-order-banning-u-s-international-abortion-funding/

Why I'm Not a Feminist | United with Israel

Why I'm Not a Feminist | United with Israel

Obama Admits Gap in Russian ‘Hack’ Case by -- Antiwar.com

Obama Admits Gap in Russian ‘Hack’ Case by -- Antiwar.com

Pentagon Reports ISIS Air War Costs Up to $11 Billion -- News from Antiwar.com

Pentagon Reports ISIS Air War Costs Up to $11 Billion -- News from Antiwar.com

Trump Against the World

 Trump Against the World
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/01/22/trump-against-the-world/

The True Meaning in Trump's Inauguration Speech


The True Meaning in Trump's Inauguration Speech


http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/01/the_true_meaning_in_trumps_inauguration_speech.html

War News Updates: Are Trump Properties Around The World At Risk Of Terror Attacks?

War News Updates: Are Trump Properties Around The World At Risk Of Terror Attacks?

War News Updates: China Signals To The Trump Administration That They Want To Cooperate

War News Updates: China Signals To The Trump Administration That They Want To Cooperate

China Signals To The Trump Administration That They Want To Cooperate

China Signals To The Trump Administration That They Want To Cooperate


http://warnewsupdates.blogspot.com/2017/01/china-signals-to-trump-administration.html

No, of Course You Can’t Punch Nazis in the Face


No, of Course You Can’t Punch Nazis in the Face

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/444126/it-was-wrong-anti-trump-protestors-punch-richard-spencer

Bishop Barron's Daily Gospel reflection January 23, 2017

Your daily Gospel reflection...
Monday, January 23, 2017
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, Year I
Mark 3:22-30
Friends, today’s Gospel speaks plainly of Satan and sin. And in light of today’s anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, we still feel the echoes. When we look realistically at the society around us, we can become pretty discouraged. The conservative estimate regarding the number of abortions since Roe v. Wade is 54,000,000. That’s nine times Hitler’s holocaust. Assisted suicide was recently made legal in the state of California. The death penalty remains a blight on many of our states. And most people in our culture now feel that these states of affairs are simply a fact of life. The culture of death, as St. John Paul called it so bluntly, seems to be on the march.

But I want everyone to attend to what the prophet Habakkuk tells us: “Write down the vision clearly on the tablets…for the vision…will not disappoint.” What is he talking about? He’s describing the arrival of salvation to a people who had grown weary and desperate, convinced that God had abandoned them. And he is urging them to have faith, to trust.

And so on this somber anniversary, we continue to raise our voices and to walk according to faith. Our vision will not disappoint.

Opinion How Israel Went From Atheist Zionism to Jewish State

 Opinion How Israel Went From Atheist Zionism to Jewish State

The synthesis of Zionism and socialism has disintegrated, making way for a winning symbiosis of religion and strong ethno-nationalism.

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.766485?utm_content=%2Fopinion%2F.premium-1.766485&utm_medium=email&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_campaign=newsletter-opinion&utm_term=20170121-17%3A01

Opinion America Uber Alles

 Opinion America Uber Alles

Trump’s voice will echo throughout the world and will become a source of inspiration and legitimacy for the extreme right, from Europe to Israel.


http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.766563?utm_content=%2Fopinion%2F.premium-1.766563&utm_medium=email&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_campaign=newsletter-opinion&utm_term=20170122-21%3A01

Is Shawn Spicer Gaslighting the Press?



Is Shawn Spicer Gaslighting the Press?

Trump and the Return of Private Military Contractors

http://lobelog.com/trump-and-the-return-of-private-military-contractors/#more-37636

Trump and the Return of Private Military Contractors

by David Isenberg
In 2005 the Marine Corps University published a paper entitled “The Professional Military Services Industry: Have We Created a New Military-Industrial Complex?”
To consider that question now, more than a decade later, is the equivalent of asking if the Pope is Catholic. The United States has not only created such a new complex, but it has also systematized, legalized, normalized, and, in all important aspects, accepted it. Yet, with the advantage of hindsight, America has never really had a deliberate, thoughtful debate over whether this was a good thing. Frankenstein’s monster was created with more forethought than the contemporary private military and security contracting (PMSC) industry.
Yet, when it comes to PMSC the train left the station decades ago. It just took the passage of many years, and multiple wars, starting with the U.S. involvement in the Balkan wars in the 1990s and then, much more prominently, with the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, for the public to begin to understand just how far the neoliberal phenomenon of outsourcing and privatizing functions that once upon a time were considered “inherently governmental” had gone. http://lobelog.com/trump-and-the-return-of-private-military-contractors/#more-37636

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ex-WSJ Reporter Finds George Soros Has Ties To More Than 50 "Partners" Of The Women’s March | Zero Hedge

Ex-WSJ Reporter Finds George Soros Has Ties To More Than 50 "Partners" Of The Women’s March | Zero Hedge

A Field Guide to Trump’s Swamp

http://www.sapiens.org/culture/trump-conflicts-interest/

A Field Guide to Trump’s Swamp

Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Living Nightmare of Intelligence Groupthink The Future by Committee


Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Living Nightmare of Intelligence Groupthink
The Future by Committee
The Collective "Wisdom" of the U.S. Intelligence Community
By Tom Engelhardt
They call themselves the U.S. “Intelligence Community,” or the IC. If you include the office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which in 2005 began as a crew of 12 people, including its director, and by 2008 had already grown to a staff of 1,750, there are 17 members (adding up to an alphabet soup of acronyms including the CIA, the NSA, and the DIA). The IC spends something like $70 billion of your taxpayer dollars annually, mostly in secret, hires staggering numbers of private contractors from various warrior corporations to lend a hand, sucks up communications of every sort across the planet, runs a drone air force, monitors satellites galore, builds its agencies multi-billion-dollar headquarters and storage facilities, and does all of this, ostensibly, to provide the president and the rest of the government with the best information imaginable on what’s happening in the world and what dangers the United States faces.
Since 9/11, expansion has been the name of its game, as the leading intelligence agencies gained ever more power, prestige, and the big bucks, while wrapping themselves in an unprecedented blanket of secrecy. Typically, in the final days of the Obama administration, the National Security Agency was given yet more leeway to share the warrantless data it scoops up worldwide (including from American citizens) with ever more members of the IC.
And oh yes, in the weeks leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump, several of those intelligence outfits found themselves in a knock-down, drag-out barroom brawl with our new tweeter-in-chief (who has begun threatening to downsize parts of the IC) over the possible Russian hacking of an American election and his relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the process, they have received regular media plaudits for their crucial importance to all of us, our security and safety, along with tweeted curses from the then-president-elect.
Let me lay my own cards on the table here. Based on the relatively little we can know about the information the Intelligence Community has been delivering to the president and his people in these years, I’ve never been particularly impressed with its work. Again, given what’s available to judge from, it seems as if, despite its size, reach, money, and power, the IC has been caught “off-guard” by developments in our world with startling regularity and might be thought of as something closer to an “un-intelligence machine.” It’s always been my suspicion that, if a group of smart, out-of-the-box thinkers were let loose on purely open-source material, the U.S. government might actually end up with a far more accurate view of our world and how it works, not to speak of what dangers lie in store for us.
Click here to read more of this dispatch.
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176233/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_a_living_nightmare_of_intelligence_groupthink/#more

China Slams Western Democracy as Flawed

China Slams Western Democracy as Flawed

  • Western democracies face looming crisis, party paper says
  • Trump’s current policies are giving China room to boost clout
China’s state media used Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president to warn about the perils of democracy, touting the relative stability of the Communist system as President Xi Jinping heads toward a twice-a-decade reshuffle of senior leadership posts.
With ministries and senior officials stressing unity as a priority for China, smoothing the path for the party’s congress in the fourth quarter, state media were quick to highlight divisions within America shown by Trump’s elevation, without necessarily directly referencing the new president. https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-22/china-slams-western-democracy-as-flawed-as-trump-takes-office

Japan May Take Major Hit if US Leaves NAFTA


Japan May Take Major Hit if US Leaves NAFTA



https://financialtribune.com/articles/world-economy/57997/japan-may-take-major-hit-if-us-leaves-nafta

Russian Prime Minister DMITRY MEDVEDEV’S Facebook post

Russian Prime Minister DMITRY MEDVEDEV’S Facebook post:
 
"The administration of US President Barack Obama has come to a close and the results are decidedly mixed. I would like to give my assessment of Russia-US relations during this period, especially since I was directly involved in many events.
"On the one hand, Russia and the United States managed to work together to resolve a number of major international problems. Our countries signed a nuclear weapons reduction treaty, and Russia and the United States played a leading role in resolving the controversy surrounding the Iranian nuclear programme. We achieved the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria. These outcomes are important for the entire world.
"On the other hand, US-Russia relations completely fell apart by the end of the second term of the Obama administration. Everyone is aware that the United States has always tried to" steer" almost all global processes, brazenly interfering in the internal affairs of various countries and waging multiple wars on foreign soil. Iraq, the Arab Spring, Ukraine, and Syria are just a few examples of such reckless policies in recent years. We can still see their consequences, which range from the complete collapse of the political systems in these countries to wars which claimed tens of thousands of lives.
"There is only one explanation for such actions: the interests of the United States. An explanation, which is entirely defensible in America itself, though much less so in other countries.
"But the real issue lies elsewhere- the failure to understand one' s own true interests.
"The Obama administration was completely short-sighted on such an important and complex issue as relations with Russia. There was hope that it would be smarter, more circumspect, and more responsible- despite differing assessments of complex international processes, varying approaches to key decisions, the role of emotion and the pressure exerted by various political forces. The most important thing was to remember that Russia is not a banana republic (even though equal dialogue is a must with all members of the international community). It is unacceptable to talk to a country which is a permanent member of the UN Security Council in such a manner. A country with defensive capabilities equal to the United States. It is important to remember that Russia-US relations, without exaggeration, determine the fate of major international initiatives. Often, we may like or dislike some of the policies of our key partners, but we must be aware of our common responsibility. This is something that the Obama administration failed to do.
"The pressure on our country has reached unprecedented proportions. Ill-considered economic sanctions, which did no one any good, have reduced our cooperation to zero. There were the ridiculous individual sanctions that nobody paid attention to. And it doesn' t get any dumber than restricting entry to the United States for the leadership of the Russian parliament, ministers, and businessmen, thus deliberately reducing the possibility of full-fledged contacts and closing the window to cooperation. The bet was on brute force and sheer pressure. It is impossible to imagine such actions even during the Cuban missile crisis, even though the situation was much more serious then...
"Who benefited from this? No one. Certainly not the United States. It didn' t work.
"Conclusion: The Obama administration has destroyed relations between the United States and Russia, which are at their lowest point in decades. This is its key foreign policy mistake which will be remembered by history.
"We do not know yet know how the new US administration will approach relations with our country. But we are hoping that reason will prevail. And we are ready to do our share of the work in order to improve the relationship."

Inconvenient Low Dose Radiation Science Axed Under Obama Administration

Inconvenient Low Dose Radiation Science Axed Under Obama Administration

How Boston fought the empire


How Boston fought the empire

        
By Stephen Kinzer boston GLOBE JANUARY 22, 2017

WHERE BETTER to launch a patriotic uprising than Faneuil Hall in Boston? It is a lodestone of American liberty, a cathedral for freedom fighters. That is why a handful of eminent Bostonians chose it as the place to begin a new rebellion on the sunny afternoon of June 15, 1898.

Iran’s Play for Middle Eastern Leadership Where It Comes From and Why It Can’t Last

Iran’s Play for Middle Eastern Leadership

Where It Comes From and Why It Can’t Last

For the first time since the demise of the Qajar dynasty in the early twentieth century, Iran is extending its political and military reach to what it considers its rightful sphere of influence: Mesopotamia and the areas of the eastern Mediterranean and Arabian Peninsula with sizeable Shiite communities.https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/middle-east/2017-01-20/iran-s-play-middle-eastern-leadership

Perry Regrets Calling for Abolition of DOE | Neutron Bytes

Perry Regrets Calling for Abolition of DOE | Neutron Bytes

How mass media missed the march that social media turned into a phenomenon. - The Washington Post

How mass media missed the march that social media turned into a phenomenon. - The Washington Post

Women’s marches: More than one million protesters vow to resist President Trump - The Washington Post

Women’s marches: More than one million protesters vow to resist President Trump - The Washington Post

Ten Reasons Why the Women's March Will Come to Nothing - Standing on my Head

Ten Reasons Why the Women's March Will Come to Nothing - Standing on my Head

David Rosenberg: "The Travesty Is We Have 23.5 Million Americans Aged 25-To-54 Outside The Labor Force" | Zero Hedge

David Rosenberg: "The Travesty Is We Have 23.5 Million Americans Aged 25-To-54 Outside The Labor Force" | Zero Hedge

'Nothing Can Quite Replace Your First Love or Your First March'


'Nothing Can Quite Replace Your First Love or Your First March'


https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/opinion/presidential-inauguration-2017/nothing-can-quite-replace-your-first-love-or-your-first-march

Saturday, January 21, 2017

25 Years Of Neocon-Neoliberalism: Great For The Top 5%, A Disaster For Everyone Else


25 Years Of Neocon-Neoliberalism: Great For The Top 5%, A Disaster For Everyone Else
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-20/25-years-neocon-neoliberalism-great-top-5-disaster-everyone-else

German Press: "That Was No Presidential Speech; That Was A Declaration Of War"

German Press: "That Was No Presidential Speech; That Was A Declaration Of War"


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-21/german-press-was-no-presidential-speech-was-declaration-war

Silence and the End of Christendom


Silence and the End of Christendom


http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/01/emsilenceem_and_the_end_of_christendom.html

Articles: How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution

Articles: How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution

Women's March Erects a Pro-Life Barrier | RealClearPolitics

Women's March Erects a Pro-Life Barrier | RealClearPolitics

President Donald Trump's odd, sad inaugural address | National Catholic Reporter

President Donald Trump's odd, sad inaugural address | National Catholic Reporter

On His First Day in Office, Trump Raises Taxes on Middle-Class Homebuyers

On His First Day in Office, Trump Raises Taxes on Middle-Class Homebuyers

Read the Pope's Message to Freshly Inaugurated President Trump

Read the Pope's Message to Freshly Inaugurated President Trump

Flynn is creating the most military-heavy National Security Council of the modern era - The Washington Post

Flynn is creating the most military-heavy National Security Council of the modern era - The Washington Post

Kill them, they’re fair game - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz.com

Kill them, they’re fair game - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz.com

Edward Snowden: ‘Faith In Elected Leaders’ Is a ‘Mistake That We Keep Repeating’ - Truthdig

Edward Snowden: ‘Faith In Elected Leaders’ Is a ‘Mistake That We Keep Repeating’ - Truthdig

Barack Obama Won The White House, But Democrats Lost The Country | FiveThirtyEight

Barack Obama Won The White House, But Democrats Lost The Country | FiveThirtyEight

Truthdig - Chris Hedges on How the ‘Deep State’ Will Influence the Trump Presidency

Truthdig - Chris Hedges on How the ‘Deep State’ Will Influence the Trump Presidency

[Forum] | Trump: A Resister’s Guide | Harper's Magazine - Part 2

[Forum] | Trump: A Resister’s Guide | Harper's Magazine - Part 2

5 takeaways from Trump's inaugural address - POLITICO

5 takeaways from Trump's inaugural address - POLITICO

Donald Trump Sworn In as 45th President, Aims Sharp Rhetoric at Washington Establishment - WSJ

Donald Trump Sworn In as 45th President, Aims Sharp Rhetoric at Washington Establishment - WSJ

Trump rattles the establishment with a populist inaugural address true to his campaign - The Washington Post

Trump rattles the establishment with a populist inaugural address true to his campaign - The Washington Post

Friday, January 20, 2017

Divide and Rule: Class, Hate, and the 2016 Election

Divide and Rule: Class, Hate, and the 2016 Election

Why Trump Won: the 50 Percenters Have Spoken

Why Trump Won: the 50 Percenters Have Spoken


http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/20/why-trump-won-the-50-percenters-have-spoken/

Learning to Prosper in a Factory Town


Learning to Prosper in a Factory Town

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602489/learning-to-prosper-in-a-factory-town/?utm_source=MIT+TR+Newsletters&utm_campaign=af780397d4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_01_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-af780397d4-153856085&ct=t(Business_Newsletter_012120171_18_2017)&goal=0_997ed6f472-af780397d4-153856085

Obama’s Technology Legacy The past eight years saw some wins, and more than a few failures.

Obama’s Technology Legacy

The past eight years saw some wins, and more than a few failures.


https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603316/obamas-technology-legacy/?utm_source=MIT+TR+Newsletters&utm_campaign=af780397d4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_01_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-af780397d4-153856085&ct=t(Business_Newsletter_012120171_18_2017)&goal=0_997ed6f472-af780397d4-153856085

The Left Should Stop Whining and Start Influencing Trump

The Left Should Stop Whining and Start Influencing Trump

Bishop Barron's Daily Gospel Reflection January 20, 2017

Your daily Gospel reflection...
Friday, January 20, 2017
2nd Week in Ordinary Time, Year I
Mark 3:13-19
Friends, today's Gospel recounts Jesus selecting and appointing the apostles.

Bible scholar and theologian N.T. Wright has explained why Jesus commissioned twelve disciples as apostles. Wright tells us that when a first-century Jew spoke of the arrival of God's kingdom, he was taken to mean something very specific. He was announcing that the temple was going to be restored, that the proper worship of Yahweh would obtain, that the enemies of Israel would be dealt with, and that, above all, the tribes of the Lord would be gathered and through them the tribes of the world.

Recall the great vision from the second chapter of Isaiah: "The mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest mountain… All nations shall stream toward it." This is why Jesus chose twelve disciples, evocative of the twelve tribes. They would be the prototype and the catalyst for the gathering of Israel and hence the gathering of everyone. They would be the fundamental community and sign of unity.

Prayers for Our Nation

Prayers for Our Nation
A Prayer to Live in Harmony
Lord Jesus Christ, you share equality with God
yet you emptied yourself for love of us.
Teach us not to seek our own advantage but that of our neighbor.
Help us pursue what leads to peace and builds up others in love.
Help us seek to please the other for the good of all.
May we never put a stumbling block in the way of another.
Jesus, our Teacher, who taught the way of truth,
help us learn to live in harmony with one another, even when we disagree.
With one voice may we glorify you and God the Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

May everyone welcome and embrace your word,
so that the Gospel may transform persons, society, and culture.
Show us how to faithfully respond to our baptismal vocation,
and direct our efforts to fulfill the mission you have entrusted to your Church:
“Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation” (Mk 16:15).

Practice for Today
You are the “Gospel”—and perhaps the only Gospel—others may see or hear. Picture Jesus within you, where he has taken up residence since your Baptism. Imagine that he is watching the news about the inauguration. What is he thinking? How is he praying? What is he desiring? Allow yourself to spend the day contemplating Jesus and learning from him.
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NATO and the United States

http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=781d962e0d3dfabcf455f7eff&id=27e61a3626&e=4fbaa66e69

By George Friedman

NATO and the United States

The president-elect has pointed out a reality many choose to ignore.

President-elect Donald Trump deeply upset the Europeans by raising the possibility that NATO is obsolete and that the European Union is failing. This is not the first time these issues have been raised. Many in the United States have raised questions about Europe’s commitment to NATO and to its relationship with the U.S. Many Europeans also have made the observation that the EU is failing. What Trump has done is simply bring into the open the question of Europe’s relationship with the U.S.http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=781d962e0d3dfabcf455f7eff&id=27e61a3626&e=4fbaa66e69