Web Research Links for the Week of 10/30/17

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Bill Gates Tacitly Admits His Common Core Experiment Was A Failure – by Joy Pullmann – http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/25/bill-gates-tacitly-admits-common-core-experiment-failure/– “But who decides what is “high-quality curricula”? Press releases and buzz or proven results?.. The latter not only takes time to establish, but is directly threatened by the anti-learning environment inside which most curricula is created and teachers are trained, which typically dooms its effectiveness. Further, most measurements of curricular success use test score bumps, but there are major questions from the research about whether those benefit kids or society long-term. The metrics for success that make the most sense to Bill Gates do not actually ensure success for children.”

Lawyer for Las Vegas Music Festival and for Singer Jason Aldean Found Dead – by Baxter Dmitry – http://yournewswire.com/lawyer-vegas-aldean-dead/ – “Describing meetings with MGM, Las Vegas police, and the FBI as ‘incredibly strange and complex’ to one of his friends on recently made private Facebook threads, the attorney was privy to inside information that the FBI, by announcing they are no longer holding press conferences and the investigation is closed, have chosen to withhold from the public… Almon’s death, described by local Nashville media as “seizure during sleep”, mirrors that of Kymberley Suchomel of Apple Valley, California, a shooting survivor who was found dead in her home, hours after her husband left for work.” (emphasis added)

To Gain True Independence, Russia Embraces Blockchain – Putin’s rapid adoption of the blockchain shows his flexibitilty is his greatest strength as a leader – by Tom Luongo – http://russia-insider.com/en/gain-true-independence-russia-embraces-blockchain/ri21474 – “Blockchains are encrypted digital ledgers of transactions that occur within a private peer-to-peer network which have been verified to be correct by all the members of that network… The process of verifying those blocks of transactions is called mining because when the block is decrypted, thereby verifying its contents, the network issues a reward to the first person to do so. These are the tokens or coins (and there is a difference depending on the type of blockchain)… Once Buterin explained to Putin how the blockchain could be deployed to strengthen fundamental Russian societal institutions, decrease corruption and graft and be brought into the monetary system in ways that complement his goals for the Russian state, the rest is just logistics.”

BREAKING: Terrorist artillery attacks kill civilians in central Damascus – by Adam Garrie – http://theduran.com/breaking-terrorist-bombs-kill-civilians-central-damascus/ – “The attack would appear to be a further ‘revenge attack’ on Syria after the Syrian Arab Army crushed ISIS in Deir ez-Zor over the last 48 hours.”

30 years after Thatcher’s rebuff, Theresa May celebrates Balfour with Israel – Downing Street’s warm reception for PM Benjamin Netanyahu comes amid close trade ties and diminishing antagonism between Israel and Arab states – by Robert Philpot – https://www.timesofisrael.com/30-years-after-thatchers-rebuff-theresa-may-celebrates-balfour-with-israel/ – “On Thursday night, May joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a glittering gala dinner hosted by Lord Rothschild in central London, where she delivered an unequivocal message about Britain’s close ties with Israel, saying she was proud of Britain’s ‘pioneering role in the creation of the State of Israel.’.. She attacked the BDS movement and the ‘new and pernicious form of anti-Semitism which uses criticism of the actions of the Israeli government as a despicable justification for questioning the very right of Israel to exist.’ ”

From the Swamp-Getting-Deeper Desk: White House-approved report concludes humans are behind climate change – by Tom DiChristopher – https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/03/white-house-approved-report-concludes-humans-are-behind-climate-change.html – ● Humans activity is behind the accelerated warming of the planet since the mid-20th century, the latest U.S. National Climate Assessment finds  ● The report was prepared by 13 federal agencies and approved by the White House  ● Its conclusion contradicts public statements by President Donald Trump and top administration officials who have cast doubt on humans’ role in climate change”

Justin Trudeau explains why Canada really ‘gets’ AI and smart cities – by Darrell Etherington – https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/02/justin-trudeau-explains-why-canada-really-gets-ai-and-smart-cities/ – “Trudeau also spoke on the subject of smart cities, and specifically the project Canada and the city of Toronto are undertaking with Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to turn a disused portion of Toronto’s waterfront into a new model city of the future. Schmidt asked the PM how Canada came to embrace this idea, in a manner currently unique across nations… Canadians have a tendency to travel, Trudeau said, and that results in a global outlook on how cities work and their different approaches to things like traffic and how people live in urban environments. The new waterfront project gives Canadians “amazing opportunity to innovate or leapfrog” in urban innovation, since existing cities grew organically into what they are and how they work, for better or for worse, but the new smart city area won’t ‘be built on the bones of past failure and past successes,’ but will instead be developed from a clean slate.” (emphasis added)

Syrian Security Chief And U.S. Official Met In Damascus, Discussed “Missed” CIA Operatives – Reportshttps://southfront.org/syrian-security-chief-and-u-s-official-met-in-damascus-discussed-missed-cia-operatives-reports/ – “The US official visit to Damascus can be considered as a sign that the US is ready to talk with the Syrian government. This could mean that the US commitment to support the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) might be less than what the SDF officials and media are promoting… The visit was considered the first visit of a US official to Damascus since the war broke out back in 2011. However, no American or Syrian officials commented on Reuters and al-Akhabr reports So far.”

Top Iranian Official: Syrian Army Will Advance To Liberate Raqqa City Soonhttps://southfront.org/top-iranian-official-syrian-army-will-advance-to-liberate-raqqa-city-soon/ – ” ‘We will witness in the near future the advance of government and popular forces in Syria and east of the Euphrates, and the liberation of Raqqa city,’ Velayati said according to Reuters… Velayati also accused the US of working to divide Syria by deploying its army on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. Back on October 30, the commander of the US-led special operations task force responsible for defeating ISIS revealed that more than 4,000 US troops are deployed inside Syria… ‘The US is planning to divide Syria in East Euphrates though it will never obtain this sinister objective,’ said Velayati, according to the Iranian MEHR Agency.”

Terrorists are Equipped with Western Weapons in Syria – by A. Jaunger – https://en.insidesyriamc.com/2017/11/02/terrorists-are-equipped-with-western-weapons-in-syria/ – “According to Syrian General Ali Al-Ali, the United States illegally delivered at least 1,500 trucks with military equipment and weapons for terrorists in Syria between June 5 and September 15 this year… The General reported that all Washington’s statements regarding this military equipment was intended for the U.S. allies were false. Ultimately, the weapons almost always come into the hands of terrorists. In support of his words, Ali Al-Ali analyzed some NATO weapons captured by the Syrian army from ISIS and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham army depots.”

Former CIA analyst calls Robert Mueller a “fraud”…’He covered up 9/11, murder, torture and illegal surveillance’ – The investigators are the very same people who committed financial crimes – by Alex Christoforou – http://theduran.com/former-cia-analyst-calls-robert-mueller-a-fraud-he-covered-up-911-murder-torture-and-illegal-surveillance/ – “Ned Ryun, from American Majority followed McGovern’s comments: ‘If Mueller’s attempt is to squeeze Manafort to get him flip, flip on what, a fairytale? I have been saying this on TV for months and months…that the Trump-Russia collusion is a fairytale, and I think one of the biggest hoaxes that the American left and the mainstream media have tried to pull over on the American people.’ ”

Exclusive Interview with Fire Captain on Origins of CA Fires (21 min)

From the Propaganda-Onslaught-Marches-On Desk: From Miami to Shanghai: 3C of warming will leave world cities below sea level – An elevated level of climate change would lock in irreversible sea-level rises affecting hundreds of millions of people, Guardian data analysis shows – https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/nov/03/miami-shanghai-3c-warming-cities-underwater – “This comes ahead of the latest round of climate talks in Bonn next week, when negotiators will work on ways to monitor, fund and ratchet up national commitments to cut CO2 so that temperatures can rise on a safer path of between 1.5 and 2C, which is the goal of the Paris agreement reached in 2015… The momentum for change is currently too slow, according to the UN Environment Programme. In its annual emissions gap report, released on Tuesday, the international body said government commitments were only a third of what was needed.”

CPS Using “Predictive Analytics” Software to Label Parents as Unfit, Even Before Baby is Bornhttp://healthimpactnews.com/2017/cps-using-predictive-analytics-software-to-label-parents-as-unfit-even-before-baby-is-born/ – ” ‘prenatal risk assessments could be used to identify children at risk of maltreatment while still in the womb.’.. The real potential of this model was aptly summed up by Yung-Mi Lee, a supervising attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice at Brooklyn Defender Services at the hearing on the New York City bill. Said Lee: ‘At worst, such tools provide a veneer of color- and class-blind objectivity while exacerbating the racial and economic discrimination and other inequalities in law enforcement practices and criminal and civil penalties.’ ”

Israeli Warplanes Bombed A Factory In Syria’s Homs Governoratehttps://southfront.org/israeli-warplanes-bombed-a-factory-in-syrias-homs-governorate/ – “On Wednesday, Israeli warplanes bombed a copper factory in Hisyah Industrial Area 30km south of Homs city according to the Lebanese al-Mayadeen news TV channel. Syrian local sources added that the factory was targeted with 7 unspecified projectiles.”

Truthstream Media: Most People Don’t Even Realize What’s Coming – (24 min)

Iraq bans Israeli flags after Kurds wave them at independence rallies – Parliament’s vote in Baghdad comes at request of Shiite Citizen Bloc leader Ammar al-Hakim, who opposed referendum results – https://www.timesofisrael.com/iraq-bans-israeli-flags-after-kurds-wave-them-at-independence-rallies/ – “Israel has been among the only countries to openly support an independent Kurdish state, and many Kurds have welcomed the support, drawing accusations from Arab leaders that the referendum was a Zionist plot.”

Will Trump Ever Learn to Not Play Chess Against Persians – by Tom Luongo – http://russia-insider.com/en/will-trump-ever-learn-not-play-chess-against-persians/ri21423 – “Trump’s speech at the U.N. was so one-sided it ensured that Iran would rebuff his overtures to talk. Sure, I know to never take Trump at his word and so too does Rouhani. But, that doesn’t mean that he has to take Trump’s call when the phone rings… More and more that speech at the U.N. looks to be an act of utter desperation, written by the Israeli wing of the Republican party, to force Trump into a policy stance that he would have to back up or lose what’s left of U.S. credibility in the Middle East… And Iran saw it for what it was. Now, it can go for the win. Check and mate.”

Podestas Threaten Tucker Carlson for Reporting the Truth About Russiagate – by Charles Bausman – http://russia-insider.com/en/podestas-threaten-tucker-carlson-reporting-truth-about-russiagate/ri21428 – “This is extraordinary on three levels: First, it is a foolish move on the part of the Podestas, because it suggests incompetence and desperation in equal measure… Sending a cease and desist letter to one of the biggest news shows in the country is like threatening a charging elephant with a fly swatter, especially as Carlson explains quite convincingly, it has no basis in fact.”

US Special Forces a ‘Persistent Presence’ on Russia’s Borders – What if the roles were reversed? -by Nick Turse – http://russia-insider.com/en/us-special-forces-persistent-presence-russias-borders/ri21419 – “For the past two years, the U.S. has maintained a special operations contingent in almost every nation on Russia’s western border. “[W]e’ve had persistent presence in every country — every NATO country and others on the border with Russia doing phenomenal things with our allies, helping them prepare for their threats,” said Thomas, mentioning the Baltics as well as Romania, Poland, Ukraine, and Georgia by name… According to Major Michael Weisman, a spokesman for U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, elite U.S. forces have deployed to 21 European countries in 2017 and conducted exercises with an even larger number of nations. “Outside of Russia and Belarus we train with virtually every country in Europe either bilaterally or through various multinational events,” he told TomDispatch.”

Disney Channel To Introduce Gay Storyline On Children’s Sitcom – by Katie Jerkovich – http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/25/disney-channel-to-introduce-gay-storyline-on-childrens-sitcom/ – “When the season premieres this Friday at 8 p.m. viewers will see Mack trying to sort out her feelings for her friend Jonah, played by Asher Angel. At the same time, her best friend 13-year-old Cyrus realizes he too has feelings for Jonah and shares his thoughts with Buffy… According to the report, Buffy’s reaction and the scene are to “serve as a positive role model for both kids and adults.” What follows will be a series of revelations over the next few episodes with Cyrus ultimately this season realizing he is gay and coming to accept that fact… The average viewer’s age for the series is 10 years old.”

Lest We Forget: ‘Independent’ Mueller is Part of Establishment That Helped Sell Iraq War – by 21Wire, Video by Young Turks – http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/10/29/lest-forget-independent-mueller-part-establishment-helped-sell-iraq-war/ – “In May of this year, just days after the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Director Mueller was appointed special counsel to the investigation. The reception was conspicuously enthusiastic and praised across all mainstream media outlets as well as inside the Washington, D.C. Beltway… This cogent video analysis by TYT Politics demonstrates that things may not be what they seem. In fact, as the evidence is presented here, far from it: ‘Recent history, however, suggests that whenever the political media class appears united in praise for anything….there’s reason for concern.’

NATO warns Turkey not to buy Russian S-400 missile defense system – NATO General threatens “consequences” for Turkey buying Russian air defense system – by Alex Christoforou – http://theduran.com/nato-warns-turkey-not-to-buy-russian-s-400-missiles/ – “While NATO was initially just complaining the S-400 was incompatible with their own systems, top NATO General Petr Pavel told reporters this week that Turkey is likely to be punished by the alliance for not buying American… ‘The principal of sovereignty obviously exists in acquisition of defense equipment, but the same way that nations are sovereign in making their decision, they are also sovereign in facing the consequences of that decision, Pavel insisted.”

Body language expert says Hillary Clinton is scared to death of Trump dossier revelations (Video) – Body Language: The Clinton Fall – by Alex Christoforou – http://theduran.com/body-language-expert-says-hillary-clinton-is-scared-to-death-of-trump-dossier-revelations-video/ – “Hillary Clinton is frightened of the Trump dossier revelation…and her body language shows her fear.”

British FM says he’s ‘proud’ of Balfour Declaration, 100 years on – Boris Johnson acknowledges parts of the document dealing with Arab rights have ‘not been fully realized,’ urges two-state solution – https://www.timesofisrael.com/britain-defends-balfour-declaration-100-years-on/ – ” ‘I am proud of Britain’s part in creating Israel,’ current Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wrote in the Telegraph newspaper on Sunday, adding the document was ‘indispensable to the creation of a great nation.’ ”

Top Labour MP: UK should mark Balfour by recognizing Palestinian state – Criticizing Israel for having ‘lost its way,’ Emily Thornberry says Britain should not celebrate centennial of document pledging support for Jewish national home – by Alexander Fulbright – https://www.timesofisrael.com/top-labour-mp-uk-should-mark-balfour-by-recognizing-palestinian-state/– ” ‘I don’t think we celebrate the Balfour Declaration but I think we have to mark it because I think it was a turning point in the history of that area and I think probably the most important way of marking it is to recognize Palestine,’ said Thornberry. “The British government have said they will do, it’s just a question of when the time is right and it seems to me this is the time… ‘We need to have two states, two viable states, two viable secure safe states. We must not forget that in the end that is the only solution,” she added. “We should measure everything we do against that.’ ”

From the Technocracy-Gone-Wild Desk: Can Sweden’s national urban policy address unsustainable consumption? – The country is formulating its first-ever cities strategy – by Jeet Mistry – http://citiscope.org/commentary/2017/09/can-swedens-national-urban-policy-address-unsustainable-consumption – “Getting people to change habits — especially related to personal issues such as what one eats, mobility choices and how one spends holiday time — is clearly going to be a monumental task. During her appearance at the conference, the difficulty of this task was underlined by new Environment Minister Karolina Skog, who oversees the “sustainable cities” portfolio. She highlighted in particular the need for Swedish cities to move away from the heavily car-based urban planning of the 1950s and 1960s to an approach that would be people-centric and “mobility smart” — aspects which would probably be an intrinsic part of a new national urban policy.” (emphasis added) – Comment: Get ready for your cars to get pried out of your cold, dead hands…

 

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