April, 2017

The Redemption of Israel

How strange it seems! These Hebrews in their graves,
Close by the street of this fair seaport town,
Silent beside the never-silent waves,
At rest in all this moving up and down!

But ah! what once has been shall be no more!
The groaning earth in travail and in pain
Brings forth its races, but does not restore,
And the dead nations never rise again.

The Jewish Cemetery at Newport - Longfellow

The hand of the LORD was upon me, and the LORD carried me out in a spirit, and set me down in the midst of the valley, and it was full of bones

And He said unto me: ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered: ‘O Lord GOD, Thou knowest.

By Daniel Greenfield - Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Full Story

Oh Bebe, Macron Est Pain Grille!!! (Toast)

The arrogant, entitled, incompetent boob Emmanuel Macron is in a free fall.

Le Pen is surging. She is not 18 points back.  I have been doing some informal and unscientific polling with some associates in France.

Our informal analysis has Le Pen back only 10 points and rapidly gaining on Macron.

I predicted the Brexit victory well in advance- as well as Trump’s victory.

By Mitch Wolfe - Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Full Story

President’s quick start bodes well for him and the nation

CHICAGO —  Despite the countless cries of outrage and shrieks of horror from left-wing activists, radical environmentalists and the mainstream media, Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office have unquestionably been a rousing success.

Let’s start with the economy.  After eight years of sluggish economic growth, $10 trillion of additional debt and the imposition of crushing, incomprehensible regulatory schemes under the Obama administration, Trump has implemented a series of reforms that have reignited the American economic engine and set the nation back on the right course.

By Justin Haskins & H. Sterling Burnett- Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Full Story

Questions We’re Often Asked: Coriander

Herb of the Year for 2017 is Coriander (Coriandrum sativum). Herb Day falls on Sunday, 30th April—great times then to celebrate this zesty herb. Until recently best known in the West at least for its seeds as an essential for curries and chilli sauces along with some soups and stews, the foliage, known as cilantro or Chinese parsley, is gathering fresh disciples by the day as an essential addition to many an exotic dish.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Full Story

The Sorcerers

“Against that positivism which stops before phenomena, saying “there are only facts,” I should say: no, it is precisely facts that do not exist, only interpretations”—Frederich Nietzsche

“we now have a situation in which everybody’s listening to people who already agree with them and are further and further reinforcing their own realities to the neglect of a common reality that allows us to have a healthy debate” —Barack Obama 4/24/17

Barack Hussein Obama has returned from his Society Island soirée ready to take on the world, and the former President gave a speech in which he yet again trashed his political opponents for refusing to accept the scripted talking points issued by the mainstream media. Mr. Obama, who has made “common facts” his crusade of late, tore into the divisions of opinion that splinter the modern landscape. This isn’t the first time, either; in his farewell address to the nation Mr. Obama railed against the alternative media:

By Timothy Birdnow - Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Full Story

Toward a safer permanent hair dye that mimics melanin

Coloring hair has become a common practice, particularly for people who want to hide their graying locks. But an ingredient in many of today’s commercial hair dyes has been linked to allergic reactions and skin irritation. Now scientists have developed a potentially safer alternative by mimicking the hair’s natural color molecule: melanin. Their report appears in the journal ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering.

The permanent hair dye ingredient p-phenylenediamine (PPD) has been associated, although rarely, with allergic reactions including facial swelling and rashes. Coloring hair with natural melanin would be an intuitive alternative to PPD. But previous research has found that the pigment molecules clump together, forming rods and spheres too large to penetrate into the hair shaft to create lasting color. Jong-Rok Jeon and colleagues wanted to build on the idea of using melanin but with a molecule that mimics the real thing.

The researchers turned to polydopamine, a black substance that is structurally similar to melanin and has been explored for use in a variety of biomedical applications. Polydopamine with iron ions transformed gray hairs into black and lasted through three wash cycles. Lighter shades could also be achieved with polydopamine by pairing it with copper and aluminum ions. And toxicity tests showed that mice treated with the colorant didn’t have noticeable side effects, while those that received a PPD-based dye developed bald spots.

Read More…”Metal-Chelation-Assisted Deposition of Polydopamine on Human Hair: A Ready-to-Use Eumelanin-Based Hair Dyeing Methodology

By American Chemical Society - Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Full Story

Art of paper-cutting inspires self-charging paper device

Despite the many advances in portable electronic devices, one thing remains constant: the need to plug them into a wall socket to recharge. Now researchers, reporting in the journal ACS Nano, have developed a light-weight, paper-based device inspired by the Chinese and Japanese arts of paper-cutting that can harvest and store energy from body movements.

Portable electronic devices, such as watches, hearing aids and heart monitors, often require only a little energy. They usually get that power from conventional rechargeable batteries. But Zhong Lin Wang, Chenguo Hu and colleagues wanted to see if they could untether our small energy needs from the wall socket by harvesting energy from a user’s body movements. Wang and others have been working on this approach in recent years, creating triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) that can harness the mechanical energy all around us, such as that created by our footsteps, and then use it to power portable electronics. But most TENG devices take several hours to charge small electronics, such as a sensor, and they’re made of acrylic, which is heavy.

So the researchers turned to an ultra-light, rhombic paper-cut design a few inches long and covered it with different materials to turn it into a power unit. The four outer sides, made of gold- and graphite-coated sand paper, comprised the device’s energy-storing supercapacitor element. The inner surfaces, made of paper and coated in gold and a fluorinated ethylene propylene film, comprised the TENG energy harvester. Pressing and releasing it over just a few minutes charged the device to 1 volt, which was enough to power a remote control, temperature sensor or a watch.


Read more…”Ultralight Cut-Paper-Based Self-Charging Power Unit for Self-Powered Portable Electronic and Medical Systems

By American Chemical Society - Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Full Story

Convergence of US-Israel national security interests

In 2017, the national security interests of the US and Israel have converged, in an unprecedented manner, in response to the anti-US Arab Tsunami; anti-US Islamic terrorism; the declining European posture of deterrence; drastic cuts in the US defense budget; an increasingly unpredictable, dangerous globe; Israel’s surge of military and commercial capabilities and US-Israel shared values.

Contrary to conventional wisdom—and traditional State Department policy - US-Israel and US-Arab relations are not a case of zero-sum-game. This is currently demonstrated by enhanced US-Israel strategic cooperation, concurrently with expanded security cooperation between Israel and Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other pro-US Arab countries, as well as stronger cooperation between the US and those same Arab countries. Unlike the simplistic view of the Middle East, Arab policy-makers are well aware of their priorities, especially when the radical Islamic machete is at their throats. They are consumed by internal and external intra-Muslim, intra-Arab violence, which have bled and dominated the Arab agenda, prior to - and irrespective of - the Palestinian issue, which has never been a core cause of regional turbulence, a crown-jewel of Arab policy-making, nor the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

By Yoram Ettinger - Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Full Story

President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Property in America

President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America, which was signed on April 25, 2017, is significant in many ways, not the least of which is the Revocation of Executive Order 13575 of June 9, 2011, issued by President Obama, the Establishment of the White House Rural Council.

I wrote about the June 9, 2011 13575 order as soon as it was released and I have included it in my best-seller book, “U.N. Agenda 21: Environmental Piracy.” (pp. 88-91) This executive order established unchecked federal control over rural America in education, food supply, land use, water use, recreation, property rights, energy, and the lives of sixteen percent of the U.S. population. The executive order carefully chose the rural population because “they supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation.” To sum it up, he who controls the food, land, and water controls everything else.

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story

EPA Disregard for “WOTUS” Prior Converted Cropland Exclusion Kills Ag Jobs and Contributes to Nation

The Federal government has incrementally extended its control over agricultural lands during the past forty years,1 by expanding the definition of “waters of the US” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and asserting broad legal jurisdiction over WOTUS-adjacent “wetlands.” Such activities have triggered Congressional investigations2 and significant public litigation. They also have facilitated the CWA’s growth into a “regulatory hydra” and caused a “reversal of terms [in our unique relationship with government] that is worthy of Alice in Wonderland.”3

During this past February, President Trump issued Executive Order 137784 in an initial effort to curtail this government juggernaut which disregards constitutionally protected private property rights in furtherance of wetlands protection. The EO directs the heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the Army Corps of Engineers (“the Corps”) to review for substantial revision or rescission their jointly issued 2015 CWA regulation which expands the “WOTUS” rule and narrows its “normal farming activities” exemption.5 Presumably, EPA’s review of this regulation will be undertaken while the October 9, 2015 federal court-issued stay of its implementation remains in place.6

The Obama administration regulation inter alia treats all “wetlands” adjacent to WOTUS as “jurisdictional waters” for purposes of enforcing CWA’s controversial Section 404 (dredge and fill permitting requirements). It does so by dispensing with the traditional case-by-case evaluations used to determine if jurisdiction applies to specific delineated wetlands.7 Although this regulation also states that the longstanding “prior converted cropland” (“PCC”) exclusion from WOTUS jurisdiction will be upheld,8 this result is not certain, and can be assured only through active ongoing White House oversight.

By Lawrence Kogan *- Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story

Tonight’s Correspondents’ Dinner One With Neither Guest of Honor Nor Audience

With the bulk of the mainstream media having long ago thrown totally in with the progressive left, should anybody have to guess who won’t be coming to tonight’s annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner?

President Donald Trump stuck to his boycott of the event, and it took less than a nanosecond for a highly offended media to come across like the aggrieved party.

Harder than ever to call attention to the sorrowful state of the grievously aggrieved because most everybody’s ‘aggrieved’ in a day when The Protest is the leading form of communication.

By Judi McLeod - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story

Dear Postmaster General

Dear Postmaster General,

Please, have pity on me—I just can’t get the old terms out of my mind. Canada Post is now controlled by a president, CEO, and other highly-paid functionaries that certainly deserve the full support of the citizenry. Not to forget, the daily “health-exercises” of trekking to the community mailboxes to retrieve our dose of donation-seeking “Dear Friend/Supporter” letters and the like.

On behalf of all our friends, neighbours, acquaintances, in- and outlaws, our sincere thanks for keeping us on our toes. Undoubtedly, this enforced exercise regime contributes to our health, longevity and generally positive outlook.

However, if you permit me, I have some complaints too. They relate to the postage rates for anything, from postcards to my friends in the next village to books within and out-of-the-country. Our postal rates are outrageously high and are killing your business! After all, it’s easy to compare postage rates.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story

Canada’s Bill C-16: Transgenderism and the Loss of Common Sense

Bill C-16 is intended to add the terms “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the Canadian Human Rights Act. The Bill also “amends the Criminal Code to extend the protection against hate propaganda set out in that Act to any section of the public that is distinguished by gender identity or expression,” leading many to believe it will lead to a severe restriction of open public discourse on this topic once the bill is passed. Forty Conservative members of parliament (MPs) have voted against passing this bill on to the Senate after its second reading in the fall of 2016. At the time of writing, it was at its second reading in the Senate. It would become law if approved by the Senate at its third reading.

The bill has been criticized because it is said to be unnecessary (transsexuals are already protected against discrimination under the current Human Rights Act) and violates the conscience of many Canadians by imposing the government’s views by law. The following four key issues with this bill are submitted for due consideration by our lawgivers and all others.

By Martin Tampier - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story

Just how powerful is Pres. Trump’s North Korean ‘Armada’?

“We are sending an armada.”

Pres. Donald J. Trump’s declaration during a television interview on the Fox Business Channel signaled the deployment of Carrier Strike Group One to the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea’s bellicose rhetoric and upcoming missile test. The Navy canceled a series of port calls for the strike group earlier this month and diverted the ships to the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against the hermit kingdom.

But what’s in the armada?

By Chris Carter - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story

Priapos, Garden Protector

According to Greek legend, Priapos (praɪˈeɪpəs/; Greek, Latin Priapus) was exposed at his birth on a bleak mountainside, so ugly was he. Discovered by shepherds and raised by them, he remained foreshortened in all but one attribute: his mighty male member.

Back then, two millennia and more ago, crops might be devastated by pests and pathogens. Rabbits and rats, birds and other beasts were obvious. Others like locusts arrived seemingly from nowhere. Starvation could and did result.

By Wes Porter - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story

KICK TERRORISM OUT OF FOOTBALL!

The Israel Institute for Strategic Studies researches and exposes important regional and global strategic and security developments. These include issues relating to terrorism.

We are writing to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to highlight a history of more than fifteen (15) years of the exploitation of football for the promotion of terrorism by Jibril Rajoub, the Palestinian Football Association, its officials and teams.

We are certain that, given the facts, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee must come to the inevitable conclusion that the above parties have been in a prolonged and serious breach of FIFA ethics and rules and that their behavior is in grave contravention of the traditions and purity of football.

By Barry Shaw - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story

MOVIE NOW LIVE: “America Under Siege: Soviet Islam”

“Only a coalition of Islamists and Marxists can destroy the United States.” —Ilyich Ramírez Sánchez, AKA Carlos the Jackal

Soviet Islam is the second episode in the five-part America Under Siege webseries releasing over the course of 2017. Each episode investigates the growing influence of revolutionary Marxists and their allies in different sectors of American society.

By BombThrowers - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story

Why Islamists and Fascists Persecute Christians

FrontPage Magazine

A study from the Europe-based Center for Studies on New Religions recently confirmed that “Christians continue to be the most persecuted believers in the world, with over 90,000 followers of Christ being killed in the last year [2016],” which computes to one death every six minutes.  The study also found that as many as 600 million Christians around the world were prevented from practicing their faith.

Which group is most prone to persecute Christians around the world?  The answer to this was made clear by another recent study; it found that, of the ten nations around the world where Christians suffer the worst forms of persecution, nine are Islamic, though the absolute worst—North Korea—is not.

By Raymond Ibrahim - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story

Trump’s Cuban Missile Crisis

I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis. I was young, very interested in current events and enamored with President Kennedy. 

I remember when Kennedy ran for president. He spoke outside our church in BrooklyIn. Just before he finished his short speech, I ran to a corner where I thought he would pass in his open car and waited. I lucked out.  His car passed where I was hoping it would. I was the only one on that street corner. I waved, he waved back. For a brief moment, we looked at each other. My only claim to having met a future president.

October, 1962. I still remember the tension in the air.  Seeing the movement of troops on TV. Walter Cronkite. Watching President Kennedy firmly citing the Monroe Doctrine as a basis for an eyeball to eyeball, toe to toe confrontation with the Soviet Union, what President Reagan would later call, the Evil Empire.

By Ray DiLorenzo - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story

Trudeau, Trump deliver Earth Day present

During a week of contentious trade issues between Canada and the United States, it was gratifying to see that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump actually did agree on one point—climate change was not even worth mentioning in their official Earth Day statements.

In his official statement, U.S. President Donald Trump said nothing at all about climate change, global warming or greenhouse gases. Instead, his April 22 remarks focused on real, well-understood issues, such as “keeping our air and water clean,... preserving our forests, lakes, and open spaces, and… protecting endangered species.”

By Tom Harris - Friday, April 28, 2017 - Full Story