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Kids these days will try just about anything to catch a buzz, from "boofing" beer to vaping vodka. Their latest cheap thrill? Feminine hygiene products. Teenagers in Indonesia are collecting menstrual pads and tampons - often of the used variety - and boiling them, allowing the mixture to cool and then imbibing the resulting liquid. Police have already arrested several minors caught making this menstrual-pad moonshine. One 14-year-old confessed that he and his buds swig it "morning, afternoon and evening," the Daily Mail reports. The National Narcotics Agency in Indonesia says it's the chlorine used to sanitize menstrual products that's getting kids tipsy, giving them hallucinations and a feeling of "flying."
On November 1st, Daniel Best, a pharmaceutical executive from Bay Village, Ohio who led the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services efforts to lower prescription drug prices, died. And now, his death has been ruled a suicide. Police say Best was found unresponsive near the garage door exit of an apartment building in Washington, 
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A relief rally after a poor opening for US markets and that confidence did roll into Asia, but only for a short time. The Nikkei opened well but then saw selling and the heavy mood softened the index into the weekend. This trade could also have been a balanced trade for the Yen, which is now at month highs with a 112 handle. Technology and exporter shares were the culprit for dragging the index lower, but obviously currency didnt help. The Nikkei closes down -0.5% which moves the index to a negative 5% YTD return. Both the Shanghai and the Hang Seng managed a positive close, but only after a struggle of a day. The late talk is that China has offered a list of around 150 options to reduce the trade numbers has been topical and even rallied the DOW. President Trump responded saying they will look into it but certainly helped confidence mid session. The SENSEX and the INR have been benefiting from the oil price decline, but many still discuss the tension building between the government and the central bank.
Although core European indices opened better following the late US recovery and the steady Asian performance, all started to drift following more weak data, results and weekend book-squaring. BREXIT is still a massive overhang for the region with the Italian budget running a distant second. There is much talk in the UK surrounding a no confidence vote and that is for sure what the Sunday papers will dominate. We also heard from Mario Draghi earlier in the day and his consideration of QE into 2019. The talk is they continue into 2019 with a probable reference of they monitor procedure. He probably feels a little more comfortable after FED Vice President claims they are getting close to neutral rates. We still have G20 to look forward to later in the month, but wed say it should really be renamed to G2 as US/China trade talks will dominate headlines.
US markets were weaker initially but then bounced on the US/China list rumours. Technology share have again been the party poopers as they continue to see profit-taking after such a multi year run. We are seeing a mixture of earnings reports, but certainly feels as though money is going to cash. Into the close we see good demand for the DOW which continues...
A 5-day-old girl died in Citrus County, Florida on Sunday after the family pit bull reportedly attacked the child in the baby's crib. According to the Citrus County Chronicle, Citrus County Sheriff's deputies responded to the home following a 911 call to police. Upon arrival, deputies found a family member performing CPR on the baby. A family member told officers the pit bull jumped onto the bed next to the bassinet then attacked the child as the family member was in another room. The infant died from her wounds and the dog was taken by Animal Control and euthanized.
Ask medieval historian Michael McCormick what year was the worst to be alive, and he's got an answer: "536." Not 1349, when the Black Death wiped out half of Europe. Not 1918, when the flu killed 50 million to 100 million people, mostly young adults. But 536. In Europe, "It was the beginning of one of the worst periods to be alive, if not the worst year," says McCormick, a historian and archaeologist who chairs the Harvard University Initiative for the Science of the Human Past. A mysterious fog plunged Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia into darkness, day and night-for 18 months. "For the sun gave forth its light without brightness, like the moon, during the whole year," wrote Byzantine historian Procopius. Temperatures in the summer of 536 fell 1.5C to 2.5C, initiating the coldest decade in the past 2300 years. Snow fell that summer in China; crops failed; people starved. The Irish chronicles record "a failure of bread from the years 536-539." Then, in 541, bubonic...
A school in Merseyside has banned pupils from wearing expensive designer coats in a bid to stop "poverty-shaming" among its students. In a letter to parents, Woodchurch High School in Birkenhead said pupils would not be allowed to wear branded coats such as Moncler, Pyrenex and Canada Goose. Head teacher Rebekah Phillips said pupils and parents supported the move.
A rare white lion is set to be auctioned off to be shot by trophy hunters - in spite of a huge worldwide campaign to save him. The majestic animal, named Mufasa, was confiscated three years ago when he was a cub, along with another baby lion called Soraya. Animal lovers want to move him to a sanctuary, but authorities in South Africa have instead announced he will be sold at auction. Because Mufasa is infertile, the only value he would have is to be bought by a hunting company and then shot. There are said to be less than 300 white lions like Mufasa in the world, with just 13 still living in the wild.
With an estimated 1 in 5 American adults facing mental illness in any given year, this struggle is far more common than you may originally believe. If you are currently living with depression, you are far from alone! Depression is highly treatable, but you need to be prepared to make the necessary changes in your life.
There are many effective professional treatment options for depression, however, even the best mental health care will fall short if you arent currently in the right mindset. If you are truly going to break free from these struggles, you have to be willing to make significant changes in your life. After all, your current daily habits have led you to where you are today. You wont achieve new results doing the same things day in and day out. Are you ready for a change?
We live in a high-demand, fast-paced society, one that is full of negativity, violence, and pain. This can trigger incredibly negative and toxic thoughts, which, in time, can have a significant impact on our overall health and well-being. The best way to manage this is by eliminating these harmful thoughts from our mind through the use of mediation. Daily meditation will not only help you to clear your mind, but it also helps you to establish better focus and perspective of the world around you.
There are many benefits associated with spending quality time with a good book. This positive influence on your life is only amplified if the books that you are choosing are relevant to your current stage in life. There are many great books available discussing mental health, your ability to overcome depression and ways to live your best life. Find time in your busy schedule each day to curl up with a good book, even if its only 10 minutes.
Depression isnt a one size fits all situation. Instead, it is highly individual, feeding off past experience, pains, and struggles. In order to break free from this dark cloud, you will have to unpack your baggage and face the pain that you have buried for so long, working through it and, ultimately, releasing yourself from its hold....
The lunar nodes, for those who do not know, are points between the Sun and the Moon. These are very important in the world of astrology and can make or break how our star signs react to the changes in the sky.
The lunar nodes have recently moved out of Leo and Aquarius and into Cancer and Capricorn. This means a lot for you and I both. While they are not planets, in the world of astrology they are treated as if they are. As you might assume there are two lunar nodes, a North and a South.
These nodes often bring unpredictable events and lessons for us all. While we dont usually pay much attention to them, we should. As these nodes settle into their new placements, for the time being, we will all begin to see changes in our lives. These lunar nodes will not be changing again for quite some time so you might as well get used to the energies before you.
We will be gaining Cancer energies as well as Capricorn energies, which surprisingly work quite well together. Cancer is very emotional, spiritual, and sensitive, whereas Capricorn is more so disciplined, committed, and goal-oriented. While they do conflict on some levels overall they will be getting along in a positive manner.
Having the lunar nodes in these signs will push us all to make things happen for ourselves. While we might be a bit emotional, we will be more willing to work hard and get things done. We will be thinking about one another and helping to build the lives we want. I guess you could say that we will all be more focused than we normally would.
If you notice yourself down in the dumps perhaps you arent heading in the right direction. Sometimes we end up stuck in a rut and now is the time to move out of that rut. Capricorn energies will give you the courage you need to climb out of that situation and figure out where you truly want to be. You are about to begin a journey like one youve never faced before, so buckle up.
What do you think about all of this? While it is a bit scary, you should not allow yourself to become overwhelmed. This is a time of great power and you are going to be doing so much more than you think.
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Wisconsin also saw the unseating of a Koch-network favorite, Gov. Scott Walker. Americans for Prosperity Action, one of many Koch-network groups that spend big money to influence elections, aided two incumbents in Iowa races, both of whom lost, and failed to elect prospective Nevada governor Adam Laxalt. (Freedom Partners, another Koch network group, criticized Laxalts opponent in a Facebook ad for taking campaign contributions.)
AFP Action reportedly spent at least $75,000, and in some cases spent as much as $300,000, on each race it targeted. At a July summit for donors in Colorado Springs, Charles Koch, CEO of Koch Industries and the networks patriarch, pledged to spend something like $400 million on the 2018 election cycle.
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With approximately 16.1 million American adults affected by depression in any given year, its an experience that is far more common than you may realize. Life with depression can mean many different things, but the one common denominator is the fact that it complicates our lives.
While treatment often requires professional assistance, there are ways to manage and deal with your disorder on a daily basis.
Whether you are diagnosed or not, life with depression is anything but easy. Mental illness has the ability to impact every area of our lives including our career, relationships, and more. If left to fester and take over our lives, it can tear us down and destroy everything that brings us joy in our lives. Hobbies and interests that once triggered passion and happiness are now meaningless as we find ourselves feeling lost and numb.
The good news is that depression is manageable. As Steven D. Hollon, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and depressions researcher at Vanderbilt University explained, Depression isnt a natural consequence of living life; its an aberration that doesnt have to be tolerated. The management of your depression symptoms, however, are highly individual, influenced by your personality.
You are driven in life by an internal fire, a passion for life that most cant even begin to understand. If, however, someone tries to extinguish this fire or force you to play it safe, this will lead to feelings of being trapped and, ultimately, depression. The only way to fight this depression is to find a way to reignite this flame. Seek out opportunities to challenge yourself, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. You will thrive off the adventure and excitement, bringing joy back into your life.
Stubborn and solid, you have worked hard to create stability in every area of your life both for yourself and those you love. When this stability is challenged, you will begin to feel as though your life is out of control, a feeling that will send you spiraling into a deep, dark hole. In order to climb out of this hole, you will need to focus on self-care, taking control of yourself, your emotions and your mental state. Draw yourself a bubble bath or curl up with a cup of tea and a good book.
Progressive Senator Kamala Harris has compared the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the Ku-Klux-Klan, at a hearing to fully confirm the controversial agency's acting director, Ronald Vitiello. Harris is a longtime proponent of slackening border security and"welcoming" immigrant caravans. On Thursday she stuck to her guns, grilling Vitiello on a tweet he made in 2015 calling the Democratic party "neo-Klanist." The California senator then suggested that Vitiello's agency ICE is the group that should wear the white robes and hood. "Are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and the discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the laws and do you see any parallels?" she asked. "I do not see any parallels," Vitiello cut in. "That puts ICE in the same category as the KKK. Is that what you're asking me?"
The Christian Democrats' youth wing was filmed yelling out a song sung by Wehrmacht soldiers in the 1930s, causing quite a stir in Germany and an accusation of getting closer to the far-right. Over a dozen members of the Junge Union (Young Union), CDU party's youth wing, has been filmed singing the 'Westerwald Song' in a Berlin pub. And the timing could not have been worse. It was the day Germany remembered the victims of the Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass, when devastating pogroms against Jews took place across Nazi Germany. In the video filmed by a local artist, the Union's members are heard singing: "Today we want to march, to try out a new march in the lovely Westerwald."
Austerity policies have inflicted "great misery" on the British people, the United Nations poverty envoy has found, following a fact-finding mission in the UK. Philip Alston, the UN's rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, slammed the "punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous"policies, undertaken as a "political choice" rather than for economic necessity. The damning 24-page report will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva next year. Alston's stunning declaration focused on Britain's rising level of child poverty, the "Orwellian" Universal Credit scheme and the increasing reliance on food banks to feed Britain's hungry.
On November 1, 2018, for the twenty-seventh straight year, the full United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted by a near-unanimous 189-2 for the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba. The Israeli government, as usual, voted automatically with the US without saying a word on the floor. There were no abstentions, but Moldova and the Ukraine chose not to vote at all.1
Clever Tactic Fizzles Fast
The final vote had been delayed a day as the Donald Trump White House wheeled out what they apparently thought was a very clever tactic aimed at diverting attention away from Washingtons annual political isolation and defeat. The tactic was to propose a series of no less than eight amendments to the anti-blockade Resolution with bogus attacks against Cuba over human rights and political freedoms inside Cuba.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, in her last hurrah before resigning the post by years end, presented the amendments as being formulated by directly using the past words from Washingtons NATO allies in the European Union and Canada. This year, as usual, the EU and Canadian representatives made perfunctory statements after the vote with implicit criticisms of Cuba along the lines of restrictions on democratic rights, freedom of speech and assembly, and...
The location of the lost city of Atlantis may finally have been discovered, according to one team of historians. Ancient ruins examined using satellite imagery provide evidence that the city's huge harbour walls once stood in southern Spain, the experts say. Many of the sites studied by the team were already known to archaeologists, and are thought to have been constructed by the ancient Romans and Greeks. Now researchers at private satellite imaging firm Merlin Burrows claim to have found evidence that the sites were in fact built by a mysterious ancient people known as the Atlanteans. Comment: OK, so its unlikely that this discovery is Atlantis, but they do appear to have found a previously unknown sea-port, which would have been part of an as yet unidentified civilization.
This 2017 video is called Cute baby seals doing funny things compilation.
From Bielefeld University in Germany:
Eleven seal species narrowly escaped extinction
November 16, 2018
Their fur was used as a raw material for coats; their fat was used for oil lamps and cosmetics: right up to the end of the nineteenth century, millions of seals were being hunted and killed every year worldwide. The consequences of this episode of commercial hunting for todays seal populations is the subject of a study published today (16.11.2018) in Nature Communications. Population geneticists at Bielefeld University and the British Antarctic Survey have found that eleven seal species only narrowly escaped extinction. The scientists managed to include nearly all of the species alive today in their research. The study nevertheless reveals that most species survived the heyday of seal hunting in sufficient numbers to retain most of their genetic diversity.
Hunting, epidemics, and climate change all have the potential to reduce the number of individuals in a population to the point where genetic diversity is lost, says Professor Dr Joseph Hoffman, head of the Molecular Behavioural Ecology research group at Bielefeld University and sub-project manager in the Transregio Collaborative Research Centre NC that is studying animals and their individual niches. These extreme population reductions are known as bottlenecks and can affect a species potential to survive.
When a species lacks genetic diversity, it has a lower chance of adapting to changing environmental conditions or protecting itself against parasites or pathogens. You can compare the gene pool with a toolbox: the fewer tools you have, the less well-equipped you are for different situations, says Hoffman.
The researchers analysed which seal species passed through bottlenecks due to overhunting. They carried out this research in cooperation with colleagues in ten different countries. This enabled us to collect genetic data on thousands of seals from 30 different species, says Martin Stoffel, the lead author of the study and a doctoral student in Joseph Hoffmans research group. As there are 33 different seal species alive today, this makes the study the most comprehensive work on the genetic diversity of seals. For example, it even used data f...
Sound and silence have a direct, powerful influence on emotions. We seldom acknowledge this fact, yet it is self-evident - we become anxious when we hear sirens or people arguing, sleepy when we hear a lullaby, focused by the hypnotic repetition of chanting. Most people are unaware of the effects of sound and silence on the body and mind, even in the midst of the noise pollution so characteristic of cities. It is vital for your emotional health to take control of the soundscape that surrounds you. If you cannot escape disturbing sounds, the new technology of noise cancellation gives you a way to protect yourself from them. Noise-canceling headphones detect environmental noise with built-in microphones and generate signals that neutralize it; they are readily available and affordable.
Two journalists on the bad side of Donald Trump were vindicated this week. One had his White House credentials restored. Another got proof that Uncle Sam wants him behind bars. Guess which one had all the support from the MSM. CNN's Jim Acosta was kicked out of the White House because the US president didn't like the way the journalist bombarded him with confrontational questions. Less than a week later, a Trump-appointed judge ordered his access restored, at least for the time being. A big win for the freedom of speech in America. WikiLeaks' Julian Assange is in a self-imposed confinement in Ecuador embassy in London because he believes that if he leaves the British will snatch him and ship to the land of the free to be prosecuted as a spy. His situation did not change much this week, except that his suspicions of a secret indictment were collaborated an Assistant US Attorney, in an apparent slip of the pen.
The first snowstorm of the season to hit the New York City area brought several inches of snow, slowing Thursday's evening commute to a crawl, after contributing to at least seven deaths as it swept across the country. From St. Louis to the South and into the Northeast, snow, freezing rain, and in some parts, sleet, made driving tricky and closed schools Thursday. In New York City, the wet snowfall and wind gusts Thursday downed numerous tree branches. Police advised people to stay indoors and avoid the roads. Commuters also were advised to avoid the Port Authority Bus Terminal - which is also used by some to travel to New Jersey - due to overcrowding.
A Mexican town is running so low on water that the locals are using Coca-cola as an alternative. In the town, situated next to a Coca-Cola plant which is draining the local water supply, the sugary [...]
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This 2018 video says about itself:
They Shall Not Grow Old Official Trailer (2018)
A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.
By Paul Bond:
Peter Jacksons They Shall Not Grow Old: A devastating depiction of the horrors of war
15 November 2018
They Shall Not Grow Old ranks among the most poignant commemorations of the centenary of World War I.
New Zealand film director Peter Jacksons extraordinary 99-minute documentary film combines archive footage, colourised and edited to enable projection at modern speed, with the oral recollections of servicemen to produce a visceral, shocking and moving film depicting the horrors of war. It has resonated with millions, including those who fear we are heading for a third world war and the threat of nuclear annihilation.
It was commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK arts programme for the First World War centenary, and the Imperial War Museum, in association with the BBC. It was originally planned as a one-off screening in the UK on October 16 at 247 cinemas and was a sell-out success. It was also broadcast on BBC2 on Remembrance SundayNovember 11to mark 100 years since the Armistice and was seen by over two million viewers. It is available on BBC i-player and will be distributed worldwide including in US theatres on December 17 and December 27 (tickets go on sale November 16), giving it a global audience of millions.
Typical of the reaction to the film were comments from BBC viewers. Sue Rhodes, for example, explained, That moment when the programme went from silent to sound and colourit literally took my breath away. So moving. When you see black and white, it is almost as if they are not real people but this really brought home the realities to youthe bodies, the death scenes, the injuries.
It appears increasingly likely Wikileaks founder and publisher Julian Assange will wind up in the clutches of the U.S. government. It's hardly surprising, given that in ten years' time, Wikileaks published more classified information than all other media combined. It exposed human rights abuses, government spying, torture, and war crimes on an unprecedented scale. WikiLeaks put government, corporations and even the Pentagon, the FBI, the CIA and other intel agencies on notice that they could no longer count on operating in secret. It created a trove of primary source material that serious journalists and researchers will mine for years to come. Its publications are accessible to readers who prefer primary sources to mostly mediated news. Wikileaks so infuriates the USA's most violent, corrupt, and criminal institutions that Hillary Clinton half-jokingly suggested drone-bombing Assange. Other U.S. politicians called for his execution by other means.
Julian Assange has been already charged by the US, but the case will remain sealed until the arrest of the whistleblower, WikiLeaks has revealed citing court filings unrelated to its co-founder. "...no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged," assistant US Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer wrote urging a judge to keep the matter sealed. However, the exact nature of the alleged charges against the whistleblower was not immediately revealed and is not to be disclosed until Assange's arrest, according to the document. WikiLeaks tweeted the document on Thursday, saying it was an "apparent cut-and-paste error." SCOOP: US Department of Justice "accidentally" reveals existence of sealed charges (or a draft for them) against WikiLeaks' publisher Julian Assange in apparent cut-and-paste error in an unrelated case also at the Eastern District of Virginia. - WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 16, 2018 The same court filings were cited in a Washington Post...
A federal court is compelling former secretary of state Hillary Clinton to respond to further questions - under oath - about her notorious emails. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan issued the ruling Wednesday in response to a lawsuit from Judicial Watch, the conservative research and investigative group that has long had its sights on both of the Clintons. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton was jubilant about the decision in a Thursday morning tweet: "Breaking: Court rules late today Hillary Clinton must answer more email questions - including key [questions] about the setting up of her email system. Court denied our request to unseal vid depositions of Clinton aides. Great work by Michael Bekesha!" - Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 15, 2018 The decision is the result of a Freedom of Information lawsuit initiated by Judicial Watch that sought to clarify why Clinton's executive assistant, Huma Abedin, was authorized to be both an employee of the State Department and a...
The race is on to identify a mysterious weapon developed by North Korea after the country announced the successful test - its first in over a year - of a new "high-tech" weapon providing few additional details. News of this "newly developed high-tech tactical" weapon was announced by Pyongyang's KCNA news agency on Friday along with a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un talking with officials on a beach test-site. However, the weapon in question cannot be seen and details about its capabilities remain shrouded in secrecy. Overseeing the test, Kim expressed his "great satisfaction" with the weapon that "builds impregnable defenses of our country and strengthens the fighting power of our people's army," KCNA said. Sparse additional information provided by KCNA said that the weapon had been commissioned "personally" by Kim's late father and predecessor, Kim Jong-il. South Korean authorities are working to identify and analyze the weapon in question. However, Seoul's Ministry of...
Just months after boasting about 'laying the groundwork for insurrection' in Nicaragua, a US government-funded think tank has branded as 'misleading' a Redfish documentary that reports exactly that. Global Americans, a think tank subsidiary of the US government-funded soft power organization National Endowment for Democracy (NED), has published an article accusing Berlin-based Redfish media (styled 'redfish') of "misleading" the viewer by blaming the ongoing unrest in Nicaragua on American influence. Branding Redfish a "Kremlin-funded media startup," Global Americans attacks the documentary The New Battle For Nicaragua. The GA article features a big blue stamp with the word 'MISLEADING', and - true to the headline - cuts straight to the root of the problem. "Why it's misleading: Most importantly, redfish has been identified funded by the Russian government that regularly airs content on Russian television network RT. " The New Battle For Nicaragua features interviews with both...
President Trump has said that he has answered questions for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 'Russiagate' investigation, but has not submitted those answers yet. "I was asked a series of questions. I've answered them very easily," he told reporters on Friday. "You always have to be careful answering questions with people who probably have bad intentions." Asked about his comments on Twitter the day before, in which he blasted Mueller and his "gang of Democrat thugs," Trump said nothing in particular had brought that on. "I'm not agitated," he said. "It's a hoax, the whole thing is a hoax." There should have never been an investigation, he argued, because there had been no wrongdoing by him or his campaign during the 2016 election. "The witch hunt should've never taken place. I imagine it's ending now," Trump added. The president confirmed he wrote the answers himself, rather than have lawyers do it, but has not submitted the documents to the special counsel yet.
The reports about early general elections started to occur days after Avigdor Lieberman left his position as the country's defence minister in the wake of a controversial cease-fire with Gaza militants. His Yisrael Beytenu party then left the country's ruling coalition, thus leaving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a fragile majority. The meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Naftali Bennett earlier in the day resulted in the decision to hold early general elections in Israel, Haaretz reports, citing sources close to Bennett. However, shortly after Netanyahu's office issued a statement refuting reports about the election, warning of the repetition 1992, when a right-wing party left the coalition, the Labour party won the subsequent election, and then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin signed the Oslo Accords.
Mary DeMichael knew it was going to snow. But, listening to weather forecasts throughout the week, she believed only a few inches would fall. The City of Poughkeepsie resident was expecting the first snowfall of the season would be "something nice," she said. "It was so awful yesterday, I was slipping and sliding all over the place," she said. "I wasn't prepared for how much snow fell." Few in the region were. Dutchess residents spent Friday digging out from a storm that saw snow accumulations more than double expected totals. And though area municipalities say they were prepared to clear the roads, the intensity of the storm Thursday evening created brutal driving conditions for the commute.
Iran hanged two men on Wednesday who were accused of hoarding gold in order to manipulate the market. The men, Vahid Mazloumin and his assistant Mohammad Esmail Qassemi, were arrested in July and sentenced to death in October. Mazloumin, nicknamed the "Sultan of Coins," and his team had a two-ton stockpile of gold coins. They were accused of forming a black market for gold with the goal of increasing its price on the traditional market. Mazloumin was arrested for acting as a speculator and Qassemi for "spreading corruption." Amnesty International condemned the execution, as the men were not accused of lethal crimes, calling it a flagrant violation of international law. "Use of the death penalty is appalling under any circumstances, but it is even more horrific given that these men were convicted after a grossly unfair show trial that was broadcast on state television," Philip Luther of Amnesty said.
The IDF will no longer show any restraint in cracking down on Palestinian protesters who stir trouble at the Gaza border, an Israeli general has warned following the extreme escalation in violence witnessed this week. Just days after Hamas unleashed an unprecedented bombardment of southern Israel which saw over 400 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza, Tel Aviv made it clear that it will no longer tolerate any unrest at the border. "Our patience has broken and we will respond harshly." "We will show no restraint," Maj.-Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), warned Gazans through his Facebook page. Stressing that weekly border clashes are nothing short of "terrorist acts" which are well planned and coordinated by Hamas, Rokon issued explicit orders to the Palestinians to stay at least 100 meters clear of the border fence. Anyone who approaches the fence and tries to destroy it "will put himself at risk," the general said. Leniency,...
The White House has not taken any steps with respect to extraditing US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen amid the developments in the case of murdered Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a press briefing. NBC News' reported on Thursday President Donald Trump is looking for ways to remove Gulen from the United States to appease Turkey and ease pressure on the government of Saudi Arabia. "The White House has not been involved in any discussions [with Turkish authorities] related to the extradition of Fethullah Gulen," Nauert said on Thursday. Nauert added Washington is continuing to evaluate the materials that the Turkish government's request for Gulen's removal. Nauert said the Gulen and Khashoggi cases are not related and added that the two issues stay separated.
Several cargo ships carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia's Yamal LNG plant have arrived in the US, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova announced, highlighting the obvious weirdness of the situation. "Oddly enough, with all this visible public flow of negative rhetoric from Washington, Russian liquefied natural gas is successfully being supplied to the US," Zakharova said during the weekly press briefing. "Recently, at least three tankers with liquefied natural gas from the Russian Yamal LNG field on board have reached the US coast," she added. This is not the first batch of Yamal-originated LNG. In January, a month after the facility started operating, French tanker Gaselys delivered the first LNG cargo to the US city of Boston. The fuel was reportedly purchased by Malaysian oil and gas firm Petronas, transported to the UK, and then resold. In March, Boston reportedly welcomed another LNG carrier - Provalys owned by French multinational Engie. The...
The Navy SEAL was nominated for the Silver Star - the armed forces' third-highest honour - after returning from his latest tour in Iraq less than a year ago. Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a highly decorated Navy SEAL medic and sniper, is under investigation for committing war crimes in Iraq. Gallagher served with the elite SEALs for almost 20 years, but is currently being detained and facing severe punishment for indiscriminately shooting at civilians and performing his reenlistment ceremony while posing with the corpse of a teenage Daesh militant who he stabbed to death. He has been charged with premeditated murder, bringing "discredit upon the armed forces" and obstruction of justice, in addition to several other charges, for which he is likely to be handed a life sentence if found guilty.
Judge orders White House to return press pass to CNN's Jim Acosta | 16 Nov 2018 | A federal judge ruled in favor of CNN on Friday, allowing the network's star reporter [sic] Jim Acosta to temporarily regain access to his White House press credential. U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly -- who rescheduled Thursday's planned hearing for Friday morning -- heard lengthy oral arguments earlier in the week about the cable news network's request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. The administration had suspended Acosta's "hard pass," which provided expedited access to the White House grounds.
A newly appointed parish priest has come under fire for allowing 50 children to pull him through the streets of a Maltese town in a convertible Porsche A spokesman for the Catholic Church said: It [...]
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A Polish airline has apologized after passengers waiting to take a delayed flight were asked by staff to cough up extra cash in order to help settle a repair bill so their airplane could finally take off. The unusual extra charge occurred on Poland's flagship carrier, LOT Polish Airlines, before a scheduled return flight to Warsaw from Beijing on November 12. Issues with the Boeing Dreamliner arose in the Chinese capital during the after-flight checkup, when it was noticed that the aircraft's hydraulic pump had broken down. Already grounded for 10 hours, passengers were then solicited by a member of the airline staff to help raise cash in order to pay the Boeing repairman, who demanded cash to settle the bill before carrying out the repair.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) gave millions in grants to pro-GOP dark money groups last year, according to the most recent annual tax filings reviewed by the Center for Responsive Politics Friday.
Among the largest grants are $2.5 million to America First Policies a nonprofit dedicated to promoting President Donald Trumps agenda and $1.5 million to the American Action Network, which gave $22 million to the conservative Congressional Leadership Fund this election cycle. Both groups spent millions on ads in support of Trumps tax cuts.
American Conservative Union ($150,000) and Charles Kochs Americans for Prosperity ($225,000) were also among conservative dark money nonprofits to receive significant funds from the largest pharmaceutical trade group.
PhRMAs $1.19 million grant to Center Forward stands out, as the dark money nonprofit spent nearly $1.3 million to aid Democrats this election cycle. The group says it seeks bipartisan solutions on various issues and advocated to preserve a tax credit for rare-disease medicine research in the GOP tax bill, a position supported by PhRMA.
The group gave to both liberal and conservative causes, though the numbers tend to be higher for conservative groups. It gave $150,000 to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and $350,000 to the Republican State Leadership Committee, as well as $32...
WASHINGTON A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials revocation is continuing.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Donald Trump, announced his decision at a hearing Friday morning. The judge said Acostas credentials must be reactivated to allow him access to the White House complex for press briefings and other events.
Acosta, CNNs chief White House correspondent, was back in the afternoon. The White House said it would be developing new rules for orderly press conferences.
The White House revoked Acostas credentials last week after he and Trump tangled verbally during a press conference following the midterm elections. CNN sued and asked the judge to issue a temporary restraining order forcing the White House to give back Acostas credentials. The judge agreed.
CNN alleged that Acostas First and Fifth Amendment rights were violated when the White House revoked his hard pass.
While the judge didnt rule on the underlying case, he ordered Acostas pass returned for now in part because he said CNN was likely to prevail on its Fifth Amendment claim that Acosta hadnt received sufficient notice or explanation before his credentials were revoked or been given sufficient opportunity to respond before they were.
The judge said the government could not say who initially decided to revoke Acostas hard pass and how that decision was reached.
In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporters hard pass, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future.
Speaking to reporters after the decision, Trump said, If they dont listen to the rules and regulations, we will end up back in court and we will win.
He later added: We want total freedom of the press. Its very important to me, more important to me than anybody would believe. But you have to act with respect when youre in the White House, and when I see the way some of my people get treated at press conferences, its terrible. So were setting up a certain standard, which is what the court is requesting.
The White House had spelled out its reasons for revoking Acostas credentials in a tweet from Sanders and in a statement after CNN filed its lawsuit. But the judge said those belated efforts were hardly sufficient to satisfy due process.
But the judge also emphasized the very limited nature of his ruling Friday. He...
Peru's National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) has reported heavy that rain has caused flooding and landslides in the regions of San Martn, Hunuco and Cusco. San Martn Several small rivers have broken their banks in San Martn Region and authorities have warned that the Huallaga river is rising and currently at yellow (second) level alert. Andina news agency reports that one person died in Nuevo Progreso district, Tocache Province, when the Pacota river broke its banks on 13 November.
The failed Forkcoin referred to as "bitcoin cash" has been hit by its own contentious hardfork. A Roger VER-ified1 client called ABC decided to implement new rules from an "official roadmap" while a client backed by notorious fraudster Craig 'Hoaxtoshi' Wright decided not to. As of this writing one chain has more blocks committed than the other, but the clear losers appear to be all parties involved in this dispute including those furthest on the periphery who let themselves become affected by it through failing to appropriately discount the deficits in credibility attached to the folks positioned as "leaders" in this incredibly sour and bitter wank competition.
Julian Assange has been charged under seal with unspecified offenses in the US, prosecutors have accidentally revealed in an unintentional court filing. Federal prosecutors were planning to keep the indictment prepared against Assange a secret due [...]
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Twitter's crusade against "hate speech" has vanquished yet another meany face. A prominent Canadian feminist says that the company flagged a tweet she wrote which meekly suggested that men aren't women. Isn't Twitter fun? Meghan Murphy, editor of Canada's leading feminist news portal, Feminist Current, was recently informed by Twitter that two of her tweets had violated the platform's rules against "hateful conduct." One of the offending tweets stated that "men aren't women," while the other asked: "How are transwomen not men?" "This is f*cking bullshit @twitter. I'm not allowed to say that men aren't women or ask questions about the notion of transgenderism at all anymore?" Murphy tweeted. "That a multi billion dollar company is censoring BASIC FACTS and silencing people who ask questions about this dogma is INSANE."
Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments in Trump census case | 16 Nov 2018 | The Supreme Court on Friday said it will hear argument in a dispute over a lower court ruling that allowed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to be questioned under oath about his decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Supreme Court said it will hear arguments on Feb. 19 in the battle over discovery in lower court cases challenging the additional census question.
After years of empty promises and demands from frustrated members of Congress, the Pentagon finally conducted its first-ever comprehensive auditand unsurprisingly failed it, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan revealed Thursday.
We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it, Shanahan told reporters at a press briefing. While expressing irritation with the poor money management, he added, it was an audit on a $2.7 trillion dollar organization, so the fact that we did the audit is substantial.
Although a 1990 federal law requires all U.S. government agencies to conduct annual financial audits, the Pentagon put it off until launching this one last December. Critics of the United States astronomical military spending said the findings were precisely why lawmakers and the public have demanded Defense Department audits for decades.
This is exactly why we must AuditThePentagon, tweeted Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). The unchecked waste, fraud, and abuse at the Pentagon is an insult to the American people.
Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) November 15, 2018
The simple truth is that the Pentagon is an atrocious steward of the hundreds of billions of dollars taxpayers give them every year, Win Without War director Stephen Miles told Common Dreams.
Whether it is massively overpaying for spare parts, mismanaging large weapons programs, or failing at the basics business of doing business, this audit confirms that the Pentagon is in dire need of reform, he added. Throwing endless money at the Pentagon is what has created these problems, and the solution rests in finally tightening the worlds largest bureaucracys fiscal belt.
Even while members of Congress have called for audits, theyve passed bipar...
Ukraine is marking the 5th anniversary of the Maidan protests which reached their peak when snipers killed dozens of people in the streets. In a bizarre move, a youth sniper contest was announced as part of the event. The competition itself, which is called "Sniper of the capital", has been held since 2005 and is meant for youngsters who aspire to have a career in the military or law enforcement. But on Thursday, Kiev authorities announced that this year the shooting championship will be held among other patriotic events dedicated to Dignity and Freedom Day.
When the FBI asked John Kiriakou to meet at the Washington field office in January 2012, the former CIA officer says he gladly agreed to the request. "Anything for the FBI," Kiriakou told the FBI agent who contacted him. Months earlier, as a senior investigator on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kiriakou had helped the FBI investigate a Japanese diplomat who had approached him offering a bribe. Or so he thought. Instead, Kiriakou says the FBI was running a sting operation against him for what he claims is payback for revealing secrets about the CIA's waterboarding program.
By MassPrivateI A recent article in Smart Cities Dive revealed that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (DOT) will be partnering with Remix, Lime and...
Secret Charges Against Julian Assange Revealed Due to 'Cut-Paste' Error | 16 Nov 2018 | Has Wikileaks founder Julian Assange officially been charged with any unspecified criminal offense in the United States? -- YES. United States prosecutors have accidentally revealed the existence of criminal charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a recently unsealed court filing in an unrelated ongoing sex crime case in the Eastern District of Virginia. Assistant US Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, who made this disclosure on August 22, urged the judge to keep the indictment prepared against Assange sealed (secret) "due to the sophistication of the defendant, and the publicity surrounding the case." Dwyer is assigned to the WikiLeaks case. WikiLeaks, the website that published thousands of classified U.S. government documents in 2010, said on Twitter that the Assange's name appearing in those court documents was due to an "apparent cut-and-paste error."
The bubonic plague years and the breakout of two World Wars were terrible times. But these were not the worst periods to be alive, scientists claim in new research. It's the year 536. The 6th century year is thought to have been the beginning of bizarrely cold and dark summers, blamed for causing crop failure in Ireland, Scandinavia and China. Amazingly, the unusual weather was perhaps caused by volcanic material such as ash blocking out parts of the sun and wreaking havoc with the environment.
Canada could soon join the United States in imposing sanctions against the Saudi nationals accused of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters. Earlier in the day, the US Treasury Department sanctioned 17 Saudis under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, including the head of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi was killed on October 2. "Canada welcomes the US action. When it comes to Canada, we also do have Magnitsky legislation in place and that is a tool that we have found very useful in our foreign policy," Freeland said on Thursday, as quoted by CBC News. "And that is certainly something which in the coming days Canada is actively considering."
Fox News host Tucker Carlson says Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) "has a very good point" in criticizing Amazon for receiving taxpayer subsidies for its new headquarters, asking, "How does that work?" Carlson admitted on his prime-time program late Tuesday that while he hated "to admit it," he agreed with Ocasio-Cortez's perspective. "Jeff Bezos, who is the world's richest man, will receive more than $2 billion in subsidies from you, the taxpayer," he stated. "New Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had this to say: 'Amazon is a billion-dollar company. The idea it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax rates at a time when a subway is crumbling in our communities need more investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.'" "I hate to admit it, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a very good point," Carlson continued. "It's hard to argue with the internal logic, the richest man in the world just got $2 billion in taxpayer subsidies. How does...
Russia has been scheming for decades to splinter the West with civilization-shattering fake news, claims a shocking three-part film series published by the New York Times. The series was filed under "op-ed" for a reason, however. Russia's alleged "meddling" in the 2016 presidential election is the "culmination of Moscow's decades-long campaign to tear the West apart," according to the scary graphics-filled, spooky music-stuffed video series. The three-part report - safely labelled opinion/editorial - insists that America's internal political squabbles can be traced back to a "virus" conceived by "KGB spies"in the 1980s. Who knew that the Soviets had Twitter? "Americans are using Russia's playbook against one another without the faintest clue," the NYT series warns. To back up their ironclad claims, the filmmakers interview a former Czechoslovak intelligence service officer, Ladislav Bittman, about all the terrible fake news that the KGB once spread - and purportedly continues to...
For quite some time, debate about 'fake news' has reverberated clamorously in both mainstream and alternative discourse. One could easily conclude the issue was a pressingly new plague, restricted to certain corners of the web - but academic TJ Coles begs to differ. In fact, he tells Sputnik fake news has been ubiquitous for thousands of years. It's difficult to pinpoint the precise moment the term 'fake news' entered the Western political and media lexicon, but the election of Donald Trump as US President certainly turbocharged its usage. For the controversial leader and his supporters, the label can be automatically applied to any and all media reporting critical of him, while his opponents play much the same game when roles are reversed.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta has had his White House press pass - revoked by President Trump after a verbal clash last week - restored by a federal court. Judge Timothy J. Kelly ruled on Friday that Acosta should have his press pass returned immediately. The ruling is a temporary one, and Kelly has not yet ruled on whether Trump's revocation of Acosta's press pass was unconstitutional. The White House said that it would reinstate Acosta's press pass, but will "further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future." CNN filed the lawsuit following a heated exchange between Acosta and Trump at a press conference last week. During the exchange, Acosta challenged Trump over the president's claims that a migrant caravan bound for the US border could be considered an "invasion." Acosta defied Trump's repeated warnings to sit down, and became pushy with a White House staffer who tried to relieve him of the microphone.
It all happened within seconds. Aisha al-Rabi, 48, was sitting in the car with her husband Yaqoub, 51, laughing and jesting with their youngest daughter, 8-year-old Rama. The parents of eight children were on the way home to their village of Bidya, in the northwestern occupied West Bank, after visiting one of their daughters in Hebron on October 12. Yaqoub and Aisha were excitedly discussing plans for the engagement of one of their daughters in two weeks. The next moment, Aisha was unconscious, blood spilling from her head.
In the past few week, conservatives across the United States have been perplexed as Democrats have effectively changed the results of certain races, in some cases claiming victory from the jaws of defeat even after [...]
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NEW YORK William Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the Presidents Men and summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring Nobody knows anything, has died. He was 87.
Goldmans daughter Jenny said her father died early Friday in New York due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia. So much of whats hes written can express who he was and what he was about, she said, adding that the last few weeks, while Goldman was ailing, revealed just how many people considered him family.
Goldman, who also converted his novels Marathon Man, Magic, The Princess Bride and Heat into screenplays, clearly knew more than most about what the audience wanted. He was not only a successful film writer but a top script doctor, the industry title for an uncredited writer brought in to improve or punch up weak screenplays.
Goldman also made political history by coining the phrase follow the money in his script for All the Presidents Men, adapted from the book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the Watergate political scandal. The film starred Robert Redford as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein. Standing in the shadows, Hal Holbrook was the mystery man code-named Deep Throat who helped the reporters pursue the evidence. His advice, Follow the money, became so widely quoted that few people realized it was never said during the actual scandal.
A confirmed New Yorker, Goldman declined to work in Hollywood. Instead, he would fly to Los Angeles for two-day conferences with directors and producers, then return home to fashion a script, which he did with amazing speed. In his 1985 book, Adventures in the Screen Trade, he expressed disdain for an industry that elaborately produced and tested a movie, only to see it dismissed by the public during its first weekend in theaters.
Nobody knows anything, he remarked.
Screenwriter and filmmaker Aaron Sorkin called Goldman a mentor.
He was the dean of American screenwriters and generations of filmmakers will continue to walk in the footprints he laid, Sorkin said in a statement. He wrote so many unforgettable movies, so many thunderous novels and works of non-fiction, and while Ill always wish hed written one more, Ill always be grateful for what hes left us.
Goldman launched his writing career after receiving a masters degree in English from Columbia University in 1956. Weary of academia, he declined the chance to earn a Ph.D., choosing instead to write the novel The Temple of Gold in 10 days. Knopf agreed to publish it.
If the book had not been taken, he told an interviewer, I would have gone into advertising or something....
A priest accused of raping a 9-year-old girl died in hospital after bleeding from a wound caused by the girls father who tracked down the preacher, beat him, and severed his penis from his body. [...]
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Pope Franciss approval ratings have plummeted to a record low among U.S. Catholics after a series of child sex scandals and cover ups have finally turned his own flock against him. According to Alan Cooperman, [...]
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A 20-year-old Muslim refugee has been arrested over claims he raped a 3-year-old boy in a refugee camp in north-western Greece. Alshahada Thamer, 20, from Syria, was taken into custody after the boys mother, whose [...]
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By Lorraine Chow via Eco Watch
Palm oil is an ingredient in many of the companys popular products, including Oreo cookies, Ritz crackers and Cadbury chocolate bars.
The report comes a day after Mondelz announced it has excluded 12 upstream suppliers as a result of deforestation practices. The Illinois-based snack food giant started its journey to sustainable palm oil in 2009 and committed to sourcing certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) in 2013, according to WWFs palm oil scorecard.
Despite this commitment, Greenpeace said in its report that between 2015 and 2017,...
As Californias forests are going up in flames, you might wonder whether the bureaucrats of California actually care about children at all. If they did, they wouldnt be forcing dangerous, deadly vaccinations onto the children of the state, in total violation of the Nuremberg Code that was created to halt the Nazi practice of using 
This article was produced in partnership with The Southern Illinoisan, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.
In the winter of 2017, a toddler was rushed to the emergency room after swallowing rodent poison inside her familys unit at the federally subsidized Clay Arsenal Renaissance Apartments in Hartford, Connecticut. Her mother had placed sticky traps throughout the house after another one of her children was bitten on the arm by a mouse, according to a local housing advocate who worked with the family.
This August, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley sued the St. Louis Housing Authority and the private management company it hired to run the Clinton-Peabody Housing Complex, saying they both violated the states consumer protection laws by advertising that the development was habitable even though it was plagued by a pest infestation, black mold and water damage.
That same month, residents of Texas Coppertree Village Apartments in Houston filed suit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, saying the federal government had failed to hold their landlord accountable for deplorable conditions and criminal activity at the federally subsidized complex, including rapes, aggravated assaults and robberies.
In all three cases, despite well-known, long-standing problems, the properties had passed their most-recent inspections mandated by HUD.
Apartment complexes subsidized by HUD collectively house more than 2 million low-income families around the country. Some are run by public housing authorities and others are owned by private for-profit or nonprofit landlords. By law, the owners of such complexes must pass inspections demonstrating they are decent, safe and sanitary in exchange for millions of dollars in federal money each year.
But as thousands of renters across the country have discovered, passing scores on HUD inspections often dont match the reality of renters living conditions. The two-decade-old inspection system the federal housing agencys primary oversight tool is failing low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities and undermining the agencys oversight of billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded rental subsidies, an investigation by The Southern Illinoisan and ProPublica has found.
HUD has given passing inspection grades for years to dangerous buildings filled with rats and roaches, toxic mold an...
After the October 11th, 2018 Facebook and Twitter purge of over 800 activist sites and pages many of which were partner sites with MintPress we believe our days as an independent journalism organization on authoritarian social media platforms are numbered.
Since 2012, MintPress News has been at the forefront of exposing the dangers of the national security state, the military-industrial complex, and the corporations that have hijacked our democracy and are destroying the planet.
We have stood up strong against a media Goliath the corporate media that controls over 90% of what we see, hear and read in equipping the American public with pertinent information that holds the establishment accountable.
Our independent watchdog journalism is creating a shift in consciousness among the millions of readers weve been able to reach in the last 6 years, and the powers that be are taking notice. They realize the impact MintPress is making and are trying to silence us where we reach most of you and where the majority of people are getting their news from: on social media.
The very establishment the media should be holding accountable are working hand-in-hand with corporate media giants, including The Washington Post and Buzzfeed, to play Thought Police and fake news spotters who have targeted MintPress on Facebook. To make matters worse, NATO-funded think tanks like the Atlantic Council have also partnered up with Facebook to suppress our content, flag our posts as inappropriate or spam, and in many cases censor us under the guise of fighting fake news.
Facebook has been flagging several of our articles and our readers political comments as spam. Its only a matter of time before our page and some of our readers end up in ......
Nearly 3 weeks into its planned 4-week run, an electronic billboard honoring first responders in the Gaza Strip was pulled on November 13th when the billboard company received phone calls and email complaints labeling their staff as terrorists and anti-Semites and threatening a boycott.
The Palestine Advocacy Project sponsored the billboard on Interstate 93, near Boston, Massachusetts, USA, to highlight the desperate situation in the Gaza Strip, and to emphasize the humanity and agency of the people of Gaza, who are often portrayed as terrorists or victims.
The billboard included a photo of deceased Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar, and text reading: Honoring the First Responders of Gaza. Saving Lives. Rescuing Hope. It was estimated to be viewed by over a half million motorists each week of its planned 4-week run, beginning 24 October. The billboard was met with positive media coverage.
This week, a coordinated, aggressive campaign was launched against the billboard company with accusations of anti-Semitism, intended to damage the company for hosting this billboard. Sarah Gold, a volunteer with the Palestine Advocacy Project, said:
This campaign is neither engaging us nor our perspective. Instead, it is attempting through intimidation to eradicate the avenues of free speech we have endeavored to use; to silence us.
A billboard honoring Palestinian nurse Razan Najjar is seen in Boston, Massachusetts. Razan was wearing a medic vest when she was shot and killed by Israeli snipers while attempting to treat injured protesters in occupied Gaza. [Photo by Palestine Advocacy Project]. pic.twitter.com/TBngDFCFW8
The IMEU (@theIMEU) October 26, 2018
The billboard is another casualty in an ongoing attack on free speech. Palestine Legal states in their 2017 report, The Israeli state and its proxy organizations in the U.S. are investing heavily in punitive measures to intimidate and chill the free speech of those who wish to express criticism of Israeli policies. The report documents 308 attacks on U.S.-based Palestine-related free speech in 2017 alone, according to the PNN.
Razan al-Najjar and other Gazan first responders were doing their best to attend to wounded civilians; yet celebrating them is construed as an act of hate & anti-Semitism. One complaint reads in part: A billboard glorifying those who try to kill and destroy our People and Homeland! Anti Semitism is as old as time itself, Hate of Israel is hate of Jews, completely unacceptable! This negative campaign appears to be based on the erroneo...
Travel restrictions and paltry funding in Palestine hamper researchers, who are trying to build a scientific base.
The truth is, says Peter Hook, the bassist first in Joy Division and then New Order, Bernards a twat and he always has been. It would seem all is not well in the New Order camp. Indeed, calling the lead singer of your group someone youve been friends with since 1967 a twat would suggest there is no New Order camp.
Were a bunch of fat old men arguing, Hook says. Its pathetic really, but were all happy to keep on doing it. That it is not speaking to each other. In fact, it is agreeing there is no future for New Order at all, despite a new best-of the band are ostensibly promoting.
No, theres none, agrees drummer Stephen Morris, part of the trio doing their part of the interview separately from Hook. Theres no future for New Order. Its hard to draw a line under everything, but I think we have.Advertisement
Too many things have been said and done, nods Bernard Sumner, the twat of Hooks complaint. Weve spent all our life as an outfit with principles and ideals and what Peter Sumner makes a face like some appalling insect has just flown into his mouth has done goes against everything weve stood for.
So I put Hooks crimes to him. First, the rest of the band has a deep-seated problem with him buying the rights to the name and brand of the Haienda, the old Factory records nightclub, while he was still working with them. (The writing was on the wall from that point, Sumner had said.)
Hook laughs out loud, and doesnt stop for some time. Thats hilarious! Ive been going to weekly Haienda meetings since 1986 Bernards never been to one! Rob Gretton [the bands manager] knew we should buy the name and rights and I gave him 5,000 to do it. No one else was ever interested for 10 years until the first compilation album was released [The Best of New Order, in 1994]. Ber...
Today we interview Health and Wellness Show co-host Elliot about the deep dive he's done recently on the topic of vitamin B1: Thiamine. In the mainstream health paradigm, thiamine deficiency is a thing of the past. The manifestations of vitamin B1 deficiency are termed 'beriberi' and it was widespread in Japan in the 19th century when people had switched to polished rice (white rice) for aesthetic reasons, removing the bran from the rice that contained B vitamins, which lead to deficiency. By fortifying foods with vitamin B1, the problem was thought to be solved. However, low grade thiamine deficiency may not lead to overt beriberi symptoms, and is a vastly under-recognized problem. According to the work of Dr Derrick Lonsdale and Chandler Marrs, in their book "Thiamine Deficiency Disease, Dysautonomia, and High Calorie Malnutrition", thiamine deficiency is extremely common in a whole host of people who suffer from a wide variety of diseases - so many, in fact, that the deficiency...
HODEIDA, YEMEN The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recently warned that as many as 1,500 pregnant women in the besieged Yemeni port city of Hodeida are at risk of death now that the citys only hospital capable of providing emergency care services has become inaccessible due to the fighting.
In a statement issued Wednesday, UNFPAs Director for the Arab region, Dr. Luay Shabaneh, wrote that the agency feared that:
Among the 10,000 pregnant women caught in the fighting in Hodeida City, the lives of an estimated 1,500 who are likely to encounter complications during pregnancy and childbirth might be at risk as the citys only hospital [al-Thawra hospital] that can provide emergency care becomes inaccessible.
Shabaneh went on to note that the al-Thawra Hospital has been forced to take on the majority of Hodeidas civilians in need of medical assistance because health facilities across Hodeida are closed or functioning at minimum capacity, while others have been captured by the Saudi-led coalition. As a result, the hospitals neonatal care facility sees 400 to 500 deliveries per month, including more than 200 caesarian sections.
Without access to the hospital, over a thousand women likely to need caesarian sections, or other emergency care relating to childbirth and pregnancy complications, now face the risk of life-threatening complications, not to mention the risk to their unborn children.
Though fighting in the area seems to have temporar...
Source: Tree of the Golden Light
You are waiting for what has become to be known as the Event and in the higher realms it is seen as in the Now, and it is therefore difficult to put a date on it. At best it is possible to say that there is a probability it will occur quite soon, and within the period of the next 10 years. However, that should only be taken as a guide as things are constantly changing. It is unwise to hold fast to firm predictions even for such a great Cosmic Event, but be prepared for it to occur within most of your lifetimes. When the vibrations reach the inevitable high point Ascension will take place, and nothing will delay or prevent it. In the meantime it is therefore up to you as individuals to apply yourselves to the task of raising your vibrations so that you are ready for it and assured of going through.
It is wise to follow your intuition as information and news of general happenings is often only partially true or at times completely false. At this stage you do not necessarily need to know in depth as to what is really happening and rather concentrate on your immediate task of getting ready for Ascension. Having come this far it is unlikely that you will waver or lose control, but beware of being dragged into matters that are not in your interests. All kinds of things are happening, as the cleansing that is taking place is bringing matters to the surface to be cleared. It includes bringing the truth to light so that you will eventually truly be enlightened. The fact is that you have been living in a make believe era where little that is placed before you is the true reality. The dark Ones have for a long time controlled the News and hidden the real truth, and fed you distortions or even lies to stop you finding out what was really going on.
You have long had a secret government that has dictated to politicians and big business what they should do, and its main objective has to keep you in the dark. That way you would not find out the truth and at the same time would be kept in a state of need. However things are changing and it is getting harder for the truth to be concealed and that which was hidden is being revealed, along with the truth of how you have been fooled into believing you were free citizens, when in fact you have been the prisoners of the dark Ones. When the truth starts to come out there will...
Clashes erupted as demonstrators protested over the police killing of a Mapuche man in Santiago on Thursday.
Protesters burned tyres and threw stones at police, while police fired tear gas and water cannons.
On Wednesday, 24-year-old Camilo Catrillanca was shot in the head during an operation against local car thieves.
Catrillanca was the grandson of a Mapuche indigenous leader
Published on Nov 16, 2018
TESLA vs EDISON ~ The War of the Currents
The war of the currents was a series of events surrounding the introduction of direct current electricity (DC) Thomas Edison invention based Edison Electric Light Company and the alternating current (AC) Nikola Tesla invention based Westinghouse Electric Company. It included commercial competition, a debate over electrical safety, and a nasty media propaganda campaign led by Edison.
This historical event helped inspire the band name AC/DC.
Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor, and most people would argue that Nikola Tesla was the greatest inventor that the world has ever known.
We were taught that Edison had invented the light bulb, but the truth is that he had purchased the patent from Henry Woodward and Matthew Evans in 1880 and then he hired a team to help him perfect the patent that he made a fortune on. He did however invent the electric chair and apparently had a fetish for electrocuting living animals and people.
It all started in 1882 when Thomas Edison invented the DC or direct current electrical power system.
Eventually he hired a young Serbian genius man named Nikola Tesla to help him improve his electrical device.
While working for Edison, Tesla discovered how to make his own electrical power system and began building an alternating current system that used a transformer to step up voltage for long-distance transmission and then stepped it back down for indoor lighting, a more efficient and less expensive system that directly competed to the Edison DC electricity system.
In brief: AC electricity can travel much further distances than direct current DC. Without AC electricity we would need massive nuclear powerplants in every city throughout the world.
|On Monday, BBC journalist Chris Mason summed up the state of
Brexit talks with a blunt
admission. People like me are paid ... to have insight and
foresight and hindsight about these things, he said.
Looking at things right now, I havent got the foggiest idea
what is going to happen in the coming weeks.By Wednesday
evening, there was only slightly more clarity. British Prime
Minister Theresa May announced that her cabinet had, following a long,
detailed and impassioned debate, agreed on a draft
withdrawal plan with the European Union.
The outlines of the divorce were finalized with E.U. counterparts earlier this week following months of fitful negotiations.May framed the days developments as a decisive step toward an orderly separation from the European Union, hoping to assuage fears that Britain could exit the continental bloc without any deal in place. The draft agreement, which is hundreds of pages long, leaves open the possibility that Britain could remain indefinitely in a customs union with the European Union. It also has provisions preventing a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of the biggest sticking points in the talks.In a news conference in Brussels, Michel Barnier, the E.U.s chief negotiator on Brexit, welcomed signs of progress in London.
The United Kingdom will remain our friend, our partner, our ally, Barnier added.Even so, Brexit is hardly a fait accompli. Whatever happens, this deal is just the first stage of the lengthy process of ratifying Britains withdrawal from the E.U. To follow are negotiations over Britains future trade, security and econom...
CHICO, Calif. At least 63 people are now dead from a Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with 631 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the victims of the nations deadliest wildfire in a century.
The high number of missing people probably includes some who fled the blaze and dont realize theyve been reported missing, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. He said hes making the list public so people can see if they are on it and let authorities know they survived.
The chaos that we were dealing with was extraordinary, Honea said of the early crisis hours last week. Now were trying to go back out and make sure that were accounting for everyone.
Some 52,000 people have been displaced to shelters, the homes of friends and relatives, to motels and to a Walmart parking lot and an adjacent field in Chico, a dozen miles away from the ashes.
At the vast shelter parking lot, evacuees from Californias deadliest fire wonder if they still have homes, if their neighbors are still alive and where they will go when their place of refuge shuts down in a matter of days.
Its cold and scary, said Lilly Batres, 13, one of the few children there, who fled with her family from the forested town of Magalia and didnt know whether her home survived. I feel like people are going to come into our tent.
The Northern California fire that began a week earlier obliterated the town of Paradise. Searchers have pulled bodies from incinerated homes and cremated cars, but in many cases, the victims may have been reduced to bits of bones and ash. The latest toll: 63 dead and 9,800 homes destroyed.
At the other end of the state, more residents were being allowed back into the zone of a wildfire that torched an area the size of Denver west of Los Angeles. The fire was 62 percent contained after destroying nearly 550 homes and other buildings. At least three deaths were reported.
Air quality across large swaths of California remains so poor due to huge plumes of smoke that schools from Sacramento to the Pacific Coast were closed on Friday, and San Franciscos iconic open-air cable cars were pulled off the streets.
Northern Californias Camp Fire was 40 percent contained Thursday, but there was no timeline for allowing evacuees to return because of the danger. Power lines are still down, roads closed, and firefighters are still dousing embers, authorities said.
Anna Goodnight of Paradise tried to make the best of it, sitting on an overturned shopping cart in the parking lot and eating scrambled eggs and tater tots while her husband drank a Budweiser.
But then William Goodnight began to...
MEXICO CITY (AP) President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday he will continue to rely heavily on the military for internal security and appeared to dismiss aspirations of Mexico someday having effective civilian police forces.
In announcing his security plan for the next six years, Lopez Obrador said he would seek a constitutional change for the creation of a 50,000-strong National Guard initially composed of members of the army, navy and federal police that would be operational within three years.
Mexicos previous two administrations have relied heavily on the military to combat drug cartels and perform policing duties, in some cases after local police forces deemed deeply corrupt were disbanded.
Lopez Obrador noted there has been decomposition at all levels of civilian police. Alfonso Durazo, the pick as security minister for the new administration taking office Dec. 1, said it would be disastrous to relieve the military of its public safety role.
But Lopez Obrador also promised to redirect resources to addressing the root causes of Mexicos violence. He said that 80 percent of his plan would be aimed at those social problems.
A thousand and one times weve repeated in the countrys public plazas that you cant confront violence with violence, he said. You have to deal with the causes of the violence.
Social programs would focus on economic development and strengthening the values of Mexicos youth.
In spite of the hundreds of thousands of lives lost, the billions of dollars invested, the military resources consumed, the intelligence and surveillance spent in the war on drugs, the Mexican government has not been able to defeat the cartels, Durazo said.
Durazo said that in addition to combating corruption that permits impunity for organized crime, the new administration will embark on reforms that could offer sentence reductions and even limited amnesty in some cases for those involved in nonviolent crimes. The administration is also studying legalizing and regulating some drugs, he said.
Last week, Lopez Obradors Morena party submitted legislation that would legalize marijuana possession, public use, growing and sales.
The regulation of some narcotics currently banned would put to an end one of the central motors of the violence, insecurity and extended deterioration of the rule of law, said Durazo, who has also expressed support for legalizing production of opium for medical purposes.
There were 31,174 homicides in 2017 in Mexico, according to the countrys national statistics institute. That was the most since at least 1997, when comparable records began being kept....
One Nation, a conservative 501(c)(4) dark money nonprofit masterminded by Karl Rove, raised nearly $17 million last year, according to the most recent IRS tax filings released Friday.
Meanwhile, Crossroads GPS formerly a dominant group in conservative circles and also run by Rove raised just $75,000 last year, all but confirming its demise less than a year after the IRS granted it tax-exempt status.
The two dark money groups along with the conservative American Crossroads and Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) share the same Washington, D.C. office and employees. Each organization is run by Steven Law, a former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who remains closely aligned with the groups.
One Nation does not reveal its donors, but it reported receiving four contributions north of $1 million, the biggest being an individual $7.9 million contribution.
The dark money group handed out only one grant last year a $500,000 grant to the National Rifle Association for social welfare purposes.
It spent nearly $6.5 million by the end of the year, including $3.1 million on media services. One Nation spent $1.7 million with Main Street Media Group, which has long been associated with One Nation and SLF. Politically active 501(c)(4) nonprofits are supposed to exist for the purpose of promoting social welfare and not allowed to have politics as their primary purpose but the IRS has not established any bright line rules governing how much politicking is too much, a vagueness even Crossroads GPS has lamented.
One Nation paid a total of 10 independent contractors more than six figures in 2017. Some of its other large payments to contractors include six figures for legal services to a high-powered law firm that helped the group win the battle...
In a petition to the US District Court for Eastern Virginia, US Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger and Assistant US Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer argue for issuing sealed charges in a case titled "United States of America v. SEITU SULAYMAN KOKAYI" with SEITU SULAYMAN KOKAYI presumably being a pseudonym for the defendant who may not be named. Except further down in the document a failure in redaction yields gold:
Another procedure short of sealing will not adequately protect the needs of law enforcement at this time because, due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.
And a bit further down:
The complaint, supporting affidavit, and arrest warrant, as well as this motion and the proposed order, would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter.
And so any order to seal the charges being leveled at Julian Assange is moot. If there are not already sealed charges against Assange in different pseudonymously obscured case, it can be assumed there will be in another regardless of the determination in this one. Full text below:
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
Alexandria Division 1 ^ ' j : 2 ^Uli
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA '
'V, v .,
SEITU SULAYMAN KOKAYI
Case No. l:18-mj-406
GOVERNMENT'S MOTION TO SEAL CRIMINAL COMPLAINT
AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS PURSUANT TO LOCAL RULE 49(BI
The United States, by and through undersigned counsel, pursuant to Local Rule 49(B) of
the Local Criminal Rules for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia,
respectfully asks for an Order to Seal the criminal complaint, the supporting affidavit, and the
arrest warrant in this matter, as well as this Motion to Seal and proposed Order, until further
order of the Court.
1. REASONS FOR SEALING (Local Rule 49(B)(1))
1. As further described in the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, the
government is seeking a criminal complaint charging SEITU SULAYMAN KOKAYI with
coercion and enticement of a minor in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2242(b).
2. Premature disclosure the specific details of this ongoing investigation would
By Michael Snyder What in the world has happened to us? Despite our ridiculously high standard of living compared to the rest of the world,...
On Thursday, a complaint was filed by a Florida-based law firm on behalf of the parents of Rio Nanda Pratama, who was on board the ill-fated flight JT 610.
The lawsuit focuses on the 737 Maxs new automated flight control system, which it says was designed to help prevent pilots from raising the aircrafts nose dangerously high.
However, the lawsuit adds: Under certain conditions [the system] can push the nose down unexpectedly and so strongly that the pilot cannot pull it back up in time to avoid a crash.
This automated feature can be triggered even if pilots are manually flying the aircraft and dont expect flight-control computers to kick in.
It is particularly surprising to hear from safety experts and the heads of pilots unions that Boeing failed to warn its customers and the pilots of its new 737 Max aircraft about this significant change in the flight-control systems.
Boeing, meanwhile, has said that it is not able to discuss specifics of an ongoing investigation.
Mr Pratama was a passenger on flight JT 610 travelling home to marry his fiance, Intan Syari.
Ms Syari, who said she wanted to fulfil his last wish, appeared alone wearing her white gown and wedding ring in photos posted to her Instagram account earlier this week.
There is as yet no indication of what caused the crash but the plane had experienced technical problems related to airspeed and altitude readings.
Indonesias National Transportation Safety Committee said an angle-of-attack sensor had been changed the day before the crash.
One of the black box recorders from the flight has been retrieved but authorities say it could take months to analyse the data from it.
The plane was making a one-hour journey to the western city of Pangkal Pinang when it went down. No survivors were found.
Police in Aruba are investigating the death of a woman who was reportedly choked and thrown from the top deck of a Caribbean cruise ship.
The 52-year-old is thought to have crashed onto a life boat and severed her leg in the horrific incident on board the Royal Princess.
The womans partner, described as a muscular American man was escorted from the ship by police on Tuesday.
The couple were aboard the cruise liner, which had left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on November 9, bound for Aruba.
According to reports in Aruba, a man was seen choking the victim before she was thrown from the 16th deck of the vessel.
Horrified passengers described the gruesome scene with glass everywhere when the woman hit the lifeboat below.The womans partner was removed from the ship after police met the vessel in Aruba (Image: BFTO/ Police)
A spokeswoman for Aruban prosecutors confirmed that the man taken off the boat was the womans partner and that the womans death is being treated as unnatural.
Aruba-based MasNoticia.com says authorities are investigating it as a possible murder case.
It remains unclear whether the woman died from injuries suffered in the fall or from being choked.
The name of the victim and the man taken off the boat have not been released. No arrests have been made yet.
A source aboard the ship told DailyMail.com: We are sailing the southern Caribbean. Its the ship that ITV used for their show The Cruise.
It was two passengers, they had a row in the casino that night.
Another passenger said: Ten police officers came aboard. The announcement was a criminal investigation was to be conducted before we are given clearance.
They added: Two couples were asked repeatedly to go to customer relations....
The maniacal obsession with taking selfies is often derided, but on this occasion a single random snap turned out to be a life-saver for a man who faced spending the rest of his life in jail for a crime never committed. It all unraveled when Texan Cristopher "CJ" Precopia, 21, was accused by his high school ex-girlfriend of breaking into her home in Bell County, assaulting her, carving an "X" onto her chest and cutting her face, ABC reports. In a handwritten statement to police obtained by the outlet's Austin affiliate KVUE, the woman wrote, "I could hear the slices being made and it stung a lot." His lawyer, Rick Flores, said Precopia was taken aback when officers from the Temple County Police Department showed up with an arrest warrant in September 2017. When his client asked them on what grounds they were taking him into custody, the officers responded "something along the lines of, 'Don't act like you don't know what we're talking about," Flores said.
Rescue workers searched for 630 people reported missing in a northern California town reduced to ashes by the deadliest wildfire in state history.
WASHINGTON A U.S. prosecutor has inadvertently revealed that Julian Assange, the founder and former editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, has been secretly charged by the U.S. government, confirming long-held suspicions that the U.S. has had criminal charges waiting for Assange should he be extradited to the United States.
The revelation comes just hours after a report in the Wall Street Journal revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to indict Assange in such a way that it would trigger his extradition to the United States to stand trial, following sensitive negotiations with foreign governments, most likely the governments of the United Kingdom and Ecuador.
Assange, a citizen of Australia and Ecuador, is currently living in Ecuadors embassy in London as a political asylee. He has remained in the embassy for over six years in order to protect himself from extradition to the United States. However, the current Ecuadorian government led by Lenn Moreno has been eager to restore close ties to the United States and has had a tense relationship with Assange, which analysts have warned could threaten the journalists asylum.
A report published last night in The Washington Post detailed how the fact that the U.S. government has sealed charges awaiting Assange in the United States was inadvertently revealed by a copy-paste error made by assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen Dwyer.
Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 29.
The former world number two was runner-up to Serena Williams in 2012 and won 20 WTA titles in her 13-year career.
She finished every season between 2008 and 2016 ranked inside the worlds top 15, but is currently ranked 75th and has not won a title since October 2016.
Radwanska said the decision to retire was one of the most important of her life and was not easy.
Unfortunately I am no longer able to train and play the way I used to, and recently my body cant live up to my expectations, she added.
Taking into consideration my health and the heavy burdens of professional tennis, I have to concede that Im not able to push my body to the limits required.
Revelations that a brutal Russian gang lord, convicted of organizing murders and extortion, turned his prison cell into a hotel room with cellphone, delicacies and parties, are "outrageous," the presidential press-secretary said. The photos of Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz, nicknamed 'Zlodey' (the Villain), munching on crab meat, caviar and kebabs, while serving his almost 20-year prison term, have caused a vast public outcry after surfacing online earlier in November. The criminal also held parties with other inmates and used a mobile phone with internet access, which is strictly forbidden for prisoners. As one of the bosses of the infamous Tsapok gang, Tsepovyaz was jailed in 2013 for his part in organizing a massacre in Kushchevskaya, southern Russia. In the 2010 incident, a farmer and his guests, 12 people including 4 children, were slaughtered. "It's an outrageous, disgusting situation," Dmitry Peskov, the president's press secretary said.
Operating on the gradual model of Google and Facebook, biometrics companies are plotting a slow rollout of facial recognition technology, barbed with incentives to hook customers and distract them from the demise of privacy. Arenas, airports and stores are already adopting facial recognition software to identify criminals, from shoplifters to potential terrorists - so marketing is the natural next step, according to Arturo Falck, CEO of Whoo.ai and one of several biometrics execs interviewed by trade publication Biometric Update. Once companies are using this type of technology for crime prevention purposes, there's no reason why they should not be using it for upselling their customers. And what if those customers don't want to be upsold? A Brookings Institute survey last month indicated half of Americans still oppose facial recognition for theft prevention purposes, let alone marketing, indicating Whoo.ai has an uphill battle ahead. Along those lines, 50 percent think there...
If the establishment medias coverage in the home stretch of the 2018 midterm elections is any kind of prologue to 2020, be prepared for an avalanche of right-wing xenophobic propaganda during our next presidential election. Thats because, once again, the political press dutifully chased Trumps rhetorical tail as Election Day neared, and repeatedly ceded its editorial judgment and newshole to the nativist fearmongering he used to stoke the Republican Partys base. And nowhere was this fecklessness more apparent than medias breathless migrant caravan coverage.
Left-wing media critics documented these failures almost in real time. Joshua Holland at The Nation (10/25/18) noted in late October how Trump was all but acting as the de facto segment producer for all those ubiquitous cable news panel shows that were spending all their time discussing a few thousand asylum seekers that were more than a thousand miles from the US southern border.
Likewise, a study by the liberal media research site Media Matters (11/2/18) found that Trump might as well have been the front-page assignment editor for elite newspapers like the Washington Post and New York Times, which simply couldnt resist the siren song of his manufactured crisis. In all, those two papers published nearly 30 different stories about the migrant caravan on their respective A1 pages in the two weeks before Election Day. And on three different days, the Times devoted two front-page stories to what Trump had not-so-subtly began calling an invasion.
What is most striking, however, is the Post and Times unmistakable cognitive dissonance and institutional blindspot about this coverage. Throughout the weeks leading up to Election Day, these two news organizations dedicated analysis, blogs and opinion piecesmostly onlineto detailing the naked gamesmanship and misinformation behind Trump using the migrant caravan as a campaign bogeyman. But then the papers front pages and their straight political coverage routinely used Trumps assumptions as the premises for framing their stories.
Case in point: On October 25, the Washington Post ran a business section analysis (10/25/18)Why False Narratives About the Migrant Caravan and Mail Bombs Wont Go Away on Social Mediaand an online fact check (...
The attraction of the void is irresistible. ~Jean Baudrillard
If you feel like you are unsure of what is real and what is unreal then you are not alone. Our materialistic mode of life is accelerating and expanding so rapidly that it is saturating our modern cultures to the point of abstraction. Life in materially-privileged societies is increasingly shifting into a world of image and show. Many people today are living within their bubbles that are customized by all the digital conveniences tailored to individual needs. By being surrounded by conveniences that satisfy all our needs we are deliberately excluding so much else, including all of lifes serendipities.
Reality whatever that is or was has retreated behind a spectacle of make-believe that is playing at being the new, shimmering faade for the 21st century. One result of this is that things which once stood in opposition to one another are losing their meaning and becoming indistinguishable. That is, fixed identities that used to make life easy for us us/them, friend/enemy, good/bad, and the rest are now more like false realities. Life has shifted, or has been pushed, into a realm of invention that is being exploited ever more overtly by politicians, mainstream media, and their propaganda machinery. Out of this, a different sense of reality has emerged that succeeds in absorbing differences and contradictions and making them seem smooth rather than jagged. And the result is what I refer to as hyperreality.
It is no longer the jagged pill we are forced to swallow, but the smooth pill we are willing to pop. And this smoothness is presented as succulent and easy to swallow. Our modern cultures want us to think that they are si...
January temperatures in November North America, Central Asia and Russia while Scandinavian countries bake. Record early snows, record monthly snow totals fall and winter storms cripple eastern Canada. Crop harvests delayed SE USA and record cold all the way to southern Mexico. Sources
It started in October, when Connecticut police say they noticed a person with the email "firstname.lastname@example.org" was looking to do a "casting couch interview" with a young Mexican girl. Now, police have arrested 46-year-old Simon Hessler, whom they accused of trying to purchase an underage foster child so he could have "limitless sex" with her in his "sex dungeon" that he had set up in a trailer near the hotel he owns, according to Fox61. Det. Samantha McCord was investigating child sex trafficking when she went undercover to reach out to Hessler, who provided photos of "an elaborate sado-masochism room with multiple beds with whips and chains and handcuffs on the wall" that he hoped to use with an underage girl, police say, according to The Hartford Courant. For two decades, Hessler had been doing the "training of slaves" in his trailer with the aid of clients from New York and Boston, he allegedly told McCord, according to NBC Connecticut.
Increasing numbers of scientists around the world are producing research data demonstrating the immediate threat posed to human health by saturation coverage of wi-fi, smart meters, and EMF in general. Now those researchers are banding together and getting involved in some vital activism. The International EMF Scientist Appeal was initially signed by 190 scientists from 39 nations. All of these scientists have published peer-reviewed papers on the biological or health effects of non-ionizing radiation, part of the EMF spectrum that includes Extremely Low Frequency fields (ELF) used for electricity, or Radio Frequency radiation (RFR) used for wireless communications.
As of July 25, 2016, the Appeal has 221 signatures from 41 nations. Dr Martin Blank, who has over 30 years of EMF research at Columbia University states wi-fi and EMF in general are damaging our cells and killing us prematurely, pleading with the UN to acknowledge the emerging EMF health crisis: Our children are at riskThe safety limits are much too high. They are not protective.
On May 11, 2015, the International Electromagnetic Field Scientist Appeal was submitted to the Secretary-General of the UN, the Director-General of the WHO, the Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme, and UN Member Nations.
At the recent Alzheimers and Dementia Summit in July 2016, Professor Olle Johansson made some sobering statements on EMF that should concern everyone especially parents:
If you go back to [EMF] impact on brain function, you have all the pieces that you would look for, in for instance Alzheimers and dementia. There are studies regarding loss of concentration capacity, l...
Some areas of Massachusetts have received more than nine inches of snow in a pre-winter storm that turned to rain overnight to complicate the morning commute. Highest snow totals: Princeton 9.5" Carlisle 9.3" Billerica 9.2" Boylston 9.2"
Sri Lanka's parliament descended into chaos for a second day as legislators supporting disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa threw books, furniture and chili paste at rivals.
By Aaron Kesel The U.S. Department of Justice just accidentally revealed that it has had sealed charges against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in a botched...
Russia's Republic of Chechnya is owned by a vampire clan that has a pro-Kremlin "Sultan Ramzan" in their service... Well at least in a new edition of a popular table game. The reference to a real Chechen leader is striking, though. A 200-page setting book for the fifth edition of the 'Vampires: The Masquerade' tabletop role-playing game, released by White Wolf in early November, has Chechnya totally owned by an ancient vampire clan. Over the years, the game says, it evolved into Abrek, a powerful mafia-like organization which has tentacles all over Europe, Russia and the Middle East. The setting book, seen by Russia's Kommersant daily, mentions gay people being persecuted by the vampires. But that goes even further than many of Chechnya-bashing news outlets in reality.
At first glance, it may seem like a positive move. The Trump administration and London are both putting pressure on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire in Yemens atrocious war. Washington and London are also calling for warring sides to enter into peace negotiations within a month.
Whats wrong with that, you may ask? Well, as Houthi rebels who took over Yemen at the end of 2014 are saying, the country has been under aggression for the past three years from a Saudi-led coalition supported militarily by the US, Britain and France. The unrelenting war on the poorest country in the Middle East has led to the worlds worst humanitarian crisis in decades, with over half of the population some 14 million people at risk of starvation, according to the UN.
Therefore, the appropriate legal and moral course of action now is not merely a ceasefire or talks. It is for the Western-backed Saudi, Emirati coalition to immediately halt its criminal aggression against Yemen. In short, stop the foreign interference in Yemens sovereign affairs.
US Secretary of State James Mattis and Britains Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt appear to be impelled by humanitarian concern for the massive human suffering in Yemen with their recent calls for a cessation of hostilities.
But a more nuanced reading of their exhortations suggests that the real concern is to burnish the blood-soaked image of the Saudi coalition that their governments support, and, secondly, to inveigle the Houthis into a negotiations framework that will result in undue foreign influence over Yemens politics.
Last week, Washington announced that it was suspending mid-air refueling flights for Saudi and Emirati warplanes that have been pounding Yemen since March 2015, which has resulted in a horrendous death toll among civilians. The indiscriminate killing of the Saudis and Emirati air strikes has been amply documented, albeit downplayed by Western media. The latter keep repeating a figure of 10,000 de...
If you clicked this story, or have any desire to listen to the interview embedded within, odds are youre a consumer of independent media. Yet even as youre reading these words, your ability to do so in a timely manner is in grave jeopardy.
Since the repeal in June of Obama-era rules guaranteeing net neutrality, websites like Truthdig, Democracy Now!, Common Dreams and more risk being pushed into an internet slow lane that could severely hamper their readership, if not drive them out of business entirely. For Jeff Cohen, editor and co-founder of the media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), it may be the most urgent threat to the First Amendment no one is talking about.
The biggest issue of freedom of the press is not that Trump is mean to reporters, as he was with CNNs Jim Acosta and PBS NewsHours Yamiche Alcindor last week, he tells Robert Scheer. The biggest freedom-of-the-press issue is that Trump is working with Comcast and AT&T and Verizon to end net neutrality. Ownership of the media and the ownership of the internet, the fact that these big internet providers are [a] few giant companies that also produce contentits very, very dangerous.
In the latest installment of Scheer Intelligence, Cohen plumbs a range of topics, including the myriad failures of our political press and the Blue Wave election that wasnt (quite), as well as the future of the progressive movement. No matter how many congressional seats it ends up flipping, he contends, the Democratic Party is unlikely to change course until it replaces its leadership: Its too indebted to the donor class. So they talk with mush in their mouths. We should have more accessibility to affordable housingno! Whats popular is Medicare for all.
Cohen also expounds on the larger mission of FAIR and the kind of counterweight it can provide to an increasingly monolithic media industry. We set up FAIR because progressive points of view were excluded from mainstream media, he says. Typically in mainstream media the spectrum went from the center to the right. So I spent decades trying to get the progressive view there.
Between the Federalist Societys iron grip on the Supreme Court and the ever-encroaching dangers of global warming, the futureboth for the country and the planet as a wholelooks impossibly bleak. Yet even in these dark, frenetic times, Cohen maintains we still have reason for optimism. I study the polls, he says. And the polls show that the most progressive demographic, by age, by far,...
This 14 November 2018 video says about itself:
When Birds Stopped Flying
Ratites have spread to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. And there are fossils of Ratites in Europe, Asia, and North America too. Thats a lot of ground to cover for birds that cant fly. So how did Ratites end up all over the world?
This news may come as a surprise to some, and provides perhaps the basis for a small amount of optimism. The relationship between Russia and the United States in the space arena remains as strong as ever, despite occasional disputes, said the director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jim Bridenstine, in a speech at the Canadian Aerospace Summit. "Sometimes terrestrially Russia and the United States don't get along so well," Bridenstine said on Wednesday. "We have all kinds of terrestrial disputes, but when it comes to space exploration, when it comes to discovery, when it comes to science and the development of space, the relationship between Roscosmos and NASA is as strong as it has ever been." Bridenstine also stated that NASA wants to maintain this strong relationship with Roscosmos. On December 3, NASA said it planned to launch a new mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in collaboration with Roscosmos on the Russian Soyuz rocket,...
A friend told me yesterday that he hadnt seen an antiwar protest in America in ten years. It was a sincere comment; he genuinely hadnt seen any coverage on any peace activism in his country during that time. And of course he hadnt; it is mainstream medias job to distort public narratives in favor of the war-hungry plutocratic class which owns the media outlets. But Ive actually been noticing a lot of antiwar activism lately which, while often far from the spotlight of mass media attention, has given me much hope for the future.
It is true there was a noticeable lull in vocal demonstrations against military violence since George W Bush left office, largely due to mainstream US partisan dynamics. Mainstream liberals supported Obama, so they avoided bringing attention to his continuation of Bushs policies of mass murder, while mainstream conservatives ignored the Obama administrations violence since they focused on attacking him as a weakling and a terrorist sympathizer, and of course had no ground to stand on for any criticisms of warmongering after supporting eight years of Bush. Some antiwar activism did happen in the US during that time, but not much.
And, bizarrely, weve seen a mutation of this trend continue well into the Trump administration, with mainstream liberals herded into holding demonstrations in support of the empty Russiagate conspiracy theory. The mass media-endorsed collusion narrative has fed into an anti-Russia hysteria among Democratic Party loyalists that has been used to manufacture support for dangerous cold war escalations and an obscenely bloated military budget, while any objection to Trumps...
When employers promote workers to manager without training and support, the consequences are not good for anyone.
Its that time of year when leaders get together to hash out their strategic plan for next year. Its the time when they look at whos performing well, and who they should and shouldnt promote. It can be an exciting time, but its also a time that comes with considerable risks.
As mining machines harvest bitcoin, they generate excess heat. Instead of letting it go to waste, a Canadian company is capturing it and using it to warm peoples homes.
Bitcoin mining uses massive amounts of energy as computers churn through the steps needed to make a record on the blockchain. Now, one mining company is recycling some of that energy to heat buildings.
The Ukrainian Church's drive to gain independent status (autocephaly) is a political move, pushed by President Petro Poroshenko who seeks to fix his crumbling popularity before the next election, historian Alexander Dvorkin says. "I'm not sure that Ukraine is really determined to get autocephaly. Mr. Poroshenko definitely wanted that very much, because his popularity is very low, the polls show very low figures, and he's very anxious to get re-elected," Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's Orthodox University Alexander Dvorkin told RT. "So, he needs to do something, at least something to raise his popularity. And he believes that [the] announcement of autocephaly of [the] Ukrainian Church will be the thing that will do it." Comment: He might not get it. The decision is apparently contingent on a vote of all the relevant churches in Ukraine, the majority of whom are against the decision, it seems. Also, they weren't even the ones who asked for it. This was Poroshenko's...
The notorious Al Nusra terrorist group has announced it has united all the rebel factions in Idlib under a single command, eroding whatever thin line ever existed between the so-called 'moderate' militants and hardcore jihadists. The Idlib province has been relatively calm following the September agreement between Russia and Turkey to set up a buffer zone in the province in the hope that it would lead to a long-lasting ceasefire. The deal, which was backed by Germany and France, and supported by the United States, in theory, should have allowed the so-called 'moderate' rebels to take control of the province while separating from radical Islamists. However, exactly the opposite appears to have happened. "All the factions in the arena formed a joint operations room... Yes, all factions without exemption." There has been "no joint operations room like this before," Abu Khaled, a representative of Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al Nusra, which is now known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, told the...
On November 14, the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives blocked a resolution that its supporters say would end U.S. participation in the war and famine in Yemen. It is unclear, however, what effect this resolution would have on the ground even if it were passed into law. It imposes no limits on arms sales to Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates. It does not propose any oversight or limitation of activities CIA or of private contractors from the U.S. in Yemen. The resolution is based on a time table that does not reflect the dire urgency to end the war in Yemen, where almost two months ago the United Nations humanitarian chief warned We may now be approaching a tipping point, beyond which it will be impossible to prevent massive loss of life as a result of widespread famine across the country. Further, the resolution provides exemptions for continued hostilities conducted directly by U.S. with drones and Special Forces.
Limited as it is to removing U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities, one might even agree with Republican leadership that with the mutual decision that the U.S. stop refueling Saudi war planes, the resolution is moot, even as the war and famine continue. If the resolution were allowed to pass, there would be a 30-day window between the date when the bill might be signed into law and when it would take effect, in which time millions of Yemenis might succumb to famine.
House of Representatives Concurrent Resolution 138, introduced in the House, Directs the President to remove U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities in Yemen, except for Armed Forces engaged in operations authorized under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, within 30 days unless and until a declaration of war or specific authorization for such use has been enacted into law. Senate Joint Resolution 54 is even more explicit and generous in its exception allowing U.S. aggression to continue in Yemen: This joint resolution directs the President to remove U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting Yemen, except those engaged in operations directed at Al Qaeda, within 30 days unless: (1) the President requests and Congress authorizes a later date, or (2) a declaration of war or specific authorization for the use of the Armed Forces has been enacted.
An AP report produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis, The hidden toll of American drones in Yemen: Civilian deaths, was released on November 14. The AP account gives a glimpse, even if incomplete, into how often civilians are mistakenly hit by drone strikes, at a time when the Trump administration has dramatically ramped up the use of armed drones. It has carried out 176 strikes during its...
After the Senate killed a proposal by Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) on Thursday to block $300 million in U.S. arms sales to Bahrain a key Saudi coalition ally in the Yemen war Senators proposed another bill that would suspend all U.S. weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and block the refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen.
Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee, led by Bob Menendez (R-New Jersey) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) introduced the Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act of 2018 also with the sponsorship of three Democrats to hold the Saudis accountable for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Sen. Menendez had previously argued that Bahrain was a critical ally especially as the U.S. Navy bases its Fifth Fleet there and that the missile systems the U.S. provides the tiny GCC country had nothing to do with the military campaign in Yemen.
One of Sen. Pauls supporters, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), argued that It is long overdue that we end U.S. complicity in Saudi Arabias atrocities, and said, We must end all U.S. support for Saudi Arabias genocidal war in Yemen now.
Pauls resolution failed 77-21 as it faced a veto threat from the White House and as its opposition argued Bahrain is the wrong target and that it needed U.S. missile and anti-tank systems to curtail the threat from Iran.
Menendez said the just announced sanctions against 17 Saudi nationals introduced by the White House were not enough in response to Khashoggis death to ensure Riyadh properly investigates and ends its criminal behavior. Menendez described his bill as putting teeth behind these demands with regular oversight, sanctions, and suspension of weapons sales and refueling support.
On Senate floor, @RandPaul decries lack of press coverage on #Yemen: "Your tax dollars are supporting this war," he said. Senate should debate whether it should aid Saudi Arabia, he says, arguing that "the prerogative to declare war is Congress's."
lesley clark (@lesleyclark) November 15, 2018
And Graham said, This legislation is an important way to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for various acts in Yemen as well as the death of Jamal Khashoggi.
However, President Trump had previously dubbed talk of halting all weapons sales to the kingdom as foolish because it would result in massive American job loss and the Saudis...
A UK police force is being trained to operate drones, enabling them to take images of anti-social offenders with the potential to follow them to their homes. The move is part of a trial in the use of the remote-control devices. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is establishing a drone unit with officers trained as pilots for the unmanned aerial vehicles. They aim to identify criminals by taking images of alleged offenders, all the way to their homes if necessary - in a bid to make communities safer, the Manchester Evening News reports.
A cyclone made landfall in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Friday, killing at least 11 people, uprooting trees and knocking down electricity poles after more than 80,000 people were moved out of its path to safety, officials said. Cyclone "Gaja" made landfall in the early hours of Friday but then weakened as it moved inland, K. J. Ramesh, director general of the state-run India Meteorological Department, told Reuters. Eleven people were known to have been killed, said an official from the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority.
The United States is responsible for the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Rukban refugee camp in Syria, as it has illegally occupied this territory, Yury Tarasov, the representative of the Russian Defense Ministry in taskforces on ceasefire and humanitarian issues in Geneva, said on Friday. "The whole responsibility for the outrageous situation in Rukban rests with the United States, as it occupies the territory illegally and it uses the humanitarian problems of the refugee camp to legitimize its military presence in the south of Syria. We believe that the elimination of a 55-kilometer [34 mile] zone around At-Tanf [where a US military base is located] will result in the closure of the Rukban camp," Tarasov said at a conference of the Russian and Syrian centers for refugees return. He specified that Russian representatives in the taskforces on ceasefire and humanitarian issues were ready to cooperate with international organizations on settling the Rukban camp...
A newly appointed parish priest is being accused of using his stature to put on a "ostentatious" public display, during which children were seen pulling a Porsche through the streets of a Maltese town with the clergyman inside. Fr John Sultana, who this week was named the new parish priest for Gozitan community, Malta, was honored with a traditional parade by local followers. However, the pastor's use of a rather luxurious vehicle and manner in which he was heralded into his new role has drawn widespread criticism. Footage showing Fr Sultana standing inside a convertible Porsche as lines of children pulled the Porsche Boxster through the streets of ebbu has been labelled by some as "crass" and unbefitting of a representative of the Catholic Church.
In this interview with Venezuelanalysis, we talk to a central figure in a voluntary workers initiative to jumpstart industrial plants, both stateowned and workercontrolled.
This AFP photo shows demonstrators against a French nuclear bomb test on Mururoa island in French Polynesia, in september 1995.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
President of French Polynesia admits lies about nuclear testing
President Fritch of French Polynesia has acknowledged in the parliament in Tahiti that the population has been lied to for 30 years about the dangers of the nuclear tests that were held there. Between 1960 and 1996, France held 193 tests with atomic bombs in the overseas territory in the South Pacific.
The images of the mushroom cloud that rose above the Mururoa atoll were increasingly leading to international protests. In 2010, the French government released hundreds of millions of euros to compensate the residents of French Polynesia. The money was also destined for Algeria, where nuclear tests were also held.
I can not be surprised that I have been called a liar for thirty years, we lied to the people that the nuclear tests were clean. We lied, was the statement by President Edouard Fritch. Unknown is what brought Fritch to this confession.
On request, the United States news agency AP received no response from the French government to the statements by Fritch.
The whistleblower Bruno Barrillot, who died last year, revealed that...
Reuters / Carlos Garcia Rawlins Memorial for Parkland school shooting victims. With mass shootings killing more people than ever in America, a New York college is offering students regular drills in surviving "active shooter incidents," preparing them for an emergency that has seemingly become routine. Stony Brook University is hoping that instructing students and faculty in the finer points of running and hiding might up their chance of surviving a mass shooting on campus. The class offers students an opportunity to role-play "active shooter scenarios" not just in the classroom but also in dorm hallways and off-campus housing. Students run the drills once a week, equipped with helmets, assault shields, bullet-proof vests, and of course, (fake) weapons.
Move over Netflix and chill, its time for Chilis Bar & Grill.
Do you feel God in this Chilis tonight? Or is that just the Christmas spirit? The fast casual chain known for bargain baby back baby back ribs and data breaches is celebrating Cyber Monday with an online pop-up boutique full of clothing meant to make your friends and your enemies jealous and, presumably, hungry.
An American journalist who pointed out the extensive edits the New York Times made to its article about the Israeli bombing of Gaza found himself in a heated Twitter argument with the Israeli consulate. A Twitter account "Editing The Gray Lady," which tracks edits to the Times, revealed on Monday how the US paper of record changed its headlines and copy to describe the events in Gaza. "Incredible propaganda," Ben Norton, a New York-based writer for The Real News, commented on the edits, adding that the Times "bent over backward and rewrote its article to erase how Israel initiated the violence in Gaza, obscuring the fact that Gaza's self-defense was 'retaliatory' and instead pushing the covert Israeli operation until the end."
Depending on the context, the small word why can be totally innocuous or it can be just about the most subversive and even sacrilegious word one can utter. This is probably why I love this word so much: its ability to unleash tremendous power against all sorts of sacred cows and unchallenged beliefs. So, today I want to ask everybody why so many people feel the need to thank veterans for their service?
But first, lets debunk a few myths:
First, lets begin by getting myth #1 out of the way: the notion that US Americans dont like wars. That is totally false. Americans hate losing wars, but if they win them, they absolutely love them. In other words, the typical US reaction to a war depends on the perceived outcome of that war. If it is a success they love it (even if it is a turkey-shoot like Desert Storm). If it is a deniable defeat (say the US/NATO air operations against Serbian forces in Kosovo or the total clusterbleep in Grenada) they will simply forget it. And if it is an undeniable defeat (say Iraq or Afghanistan) then, yes, indeed, most US Americans will be categorically opposed to it.
Next is myth #2: the truth is that no US serviceman or woman has fought a war in defense of the USA since at least WWII (and even this one is very debatable considering that the US forced Japan to wage war and since the attack on Pearl Harbor was set-up as a pretext to then attack Japan). Since 1945 there has not been a single situation in which US soldiers defended their land, their towns, their families or their friends from an aggressor. Not one!
All the wars fought by the USA since 1945 were wars of aggression, wars of choice and most of them were completely illegal to boot (including numerous subversive and covert operations). At most, one can make the argument that US veterans defended the so-called American way of life, but only if one accepts that the said American way of life requires and mandates imperialist wars of aggression and the wholesale abandonment of the key concepts of international law.
Finally, there is the ugly dirty little secret that everybody knows but, for some reason, very few dare to mention: the decision to join the (all volunteer) US military is one primarily based on financial considerations and absolutely not some kind of generous service of the motherland for pure, lofty, ideals. Yes, yes, I know there were those who did join the US military after 9/11 thinking that the USA had been attacked and that they needed to help bring the fight to those who attacked the USA. But even with a very modest degree of intelligence, it should have become pretty darn obvious that whether 9/11 was indeed the work of Bin Laden and al-Qaeda or not (personally I am absolutely certain...
After the New York Times published a bombshell report detailing Facebooks efforts to smear its critics by deploying anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that are commonly spread right-wing extremists, Color of Changethe online racial justice organization that Facebook attempted to discredit as a puppet of billionaire philanthropist George Sorosissued a scathing statement on Thursday denouncing the tech giant for using anti-Semitism as a crowbar to kneecap a black-led organization working to hold them accountable.
Facebook is violating its most fundamental mission of building human connection, as well as the trust placed in it by billions of people, by advancing extremist far-right conspiracy theories that are aimed at denigrating Jews and belittling people of color, said Color of Change President Rashad Robinson. It is reprehensible, it is dangerous, and they should be ashamed.
While Robinson notes that Color of Change has worked with Facebook on a variety of civil rights issues in the past, the group has also been sharply critical of the social media behemoth, accusing it of placing profit over the safety and privacy of millions of Americans, especially black people, Muslims, and other vulnerable groups.
According to the Times, Facebook used the Republican public relations firm Definers Public Affairs to explore the financial connections between Mr. Soros family or philanthropies and Color of Change in an attempt to discredit the groups legitimate criticism of the social media giant as Soros-fueled propaganda.
Facebooks response to our campaign, which challenged them to improve their platform and create safe conditions for black people and other marginalized groups, was to fan the flames of anti-Semitism, Robinson said.
.@facebooks response to us challenging them 2 create safe conditions 4 Black ppl & marginalized groups on their platform? Fanning the flames of anti-Semitism resulting in a pipe bomb on George Soros doorstep & campaigning against us using alt right media https://t.co/QUFK4UszbJ
ColorOfChange.org (@ColorOfChange) November 15, 2018
By suggesting to reporters that Color of Change is acting as the puppet of Mr. Soros merely because he is one of our many funders, Robinson continued, they have given oxygen to the worst anti-Semitic conspiracy theories of the white nationalist Trump base. Those theories aim to not only dehumanize Jews, but also seek to deny legitimac...
This 15 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:
The level of cover-up for this serious murder is stupidly obvious. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.
November 17th, 2018 By Dr. Joseph Mercola Contributing writer for Wake Up World Alkaline water is experiencing a resurgence in popularity with sales jumping from $47 million in 2014 to $427 million in 2017.1 Marketers claim alkaline water can correct excess acidity in your tissues, which can then prevent or reverse cancer, arthritis and other degenerative diseases.2 However, theres virtually no 
London's Metropolitan Police are hunting a man who sliced across a woman's bottom with a sharp object, in a random attack, leaving her needing hospital treatment, the Evening Standard reports. Detectives have released CCTV footage of the moment the attacker follows the unsuspecting woman to the entrance of a flat on Craven Terrace, Westminster, before cutting across the victim's bottom from behind. The assault took place on October 28. The woman, believed to be in her 20s, is seen turning around and grabbing the point of contact, by which time the perpetrator, who had barely broken stride, flees the scene.
A Canberra classroom is cooking up creepy crawlies in a mission to find the recipe that will make bug-eating mainstream in the Western world. It is a lesson in sustainable eating for the Gold Creek High School students, who are mixing mealworms, ants and crickets into food. But it is also something their science teacher, 
Say what you want about the British royal family, but at least one of them is trying to be responsible about the type of fuel he uses to get around. Heir to the throne, Prince Charles, reportedly drives a 38-year-old DB5 Aston Martin thats powered almost entirely by wine- and cheese-derived bioethanol. How is that 
These nerve-wracking phobias arent entirely irrationaland they might just say a lot about your inherent character. Fear of clowns means you value honesty Does the idea of Pennywise make your heart drop? Not to worry, you arent alone. According to an article in Scientific American, clowns are portrayed as tricksters whose masks give them the feeling 
The Vatican Museums started as only one marble sculpture in 1506. It was purchased more than 500 years ago by a pope, and many more collections and sculptures have been added over the course of its history. The 16th century was full of mysteries, but perhaps one of the greatest mysteries of all was the 
Over three hundred million years ago, a lizard-like reptilian ran across wet sand in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Twenty-eight of its footprints have recently been discovered after a rock fell and split open on the Bright Angel Trail. The first to see the prints was a group of paleontology students who notified Stephen Rowland 
Another week, another bonkers medical case. And like so many in the genre, the latest owes its existence to those three timeless ingredients: youth, ridiculous challenges, and foreign bodies being inserted into places they have no right to be. Back in 2017, Mr Zhang, a man in his early 20s from Xinjiang in northwest China, was betting with friends 
A fisherman in New Zealand pulled an 18-month-old baby from the sea alive after the boy went missing from his campsite where he was staying with his parents. Gus Hutt, who was fishing at a beach near a holiday park in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island, thought he was pulling a doll from the ocean 
We all make mistakes and we do so with regularity. Some errors are small, such as, No, we dont need to stop at the store; theres plenty of milk left for breakfast. Some bigger, such as, Dont rush me; we have plenty of time to get to the airport before the flight leaves. And some 
Four guards at a penitentiary in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk have been handed prison terms for beating an inmate to death. A court in Chelyabinsk on November 15 found the four men guilty of abuse of power with violence and sentenced them to prison terms between three and eight years. Inmate Sultan Israilov was found dead in the Corrective Colony No. 2 penitentiary in December 2015. The prison authorities initially claimed the death was a suicide. But some 500 inmates started a hunger strike, demanding an investigation into Israilov's death, which led to a probe in which five prison guards were arrested. One of the guards committed suicide in May 2016 while under house arrest.
This 2013 video from the USA says about itself:
Televangelist Pat Robertson responded to a viewer question on his Christian Broadcasting Network show The 700 Club, saying there should be a vomit button so that he could press it every time he sees a photo of a same-sex couple kissing on Facebook.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
22 of the 33 churches in Tholen
former island in Zeeland; in the Dutch Bible belt.
strongly protest against the hoisting of the rainbow flag and the Sunday opening of a number of tourist shops. In a full-page advertisement in the local Eendrachtbode paper they write that the Christian norms and values on Tholen are pushed aside.
The municipal council of Tholen last month agreed with the hoisting of the rainbow flag on Coming Out Day, the day that LGBTQ people can come out for their orientation.
According to the church councils, of [fundamentalist Calvinist] congregations, there can be no other relationship than that between a man and a woman. The hoisting of the...
Several police forces in Indonesia have reportedly found children, high or hallucinating, after having boiled sanitary products in water and drinking the fluid. Needless to say, the process is incredibly unhygienic and dangerous. According to a representative from the National Narcotics Agency, Senior Commander Suprinarto shared that the presence of chlorine in the mixture is 
Your inner kindergartener deserves better than two-for-one CVS deals.
Theres no shame in Scotch tape or Elmers glue. Even still, the bright green and orange branding reminds us of grade schooland theres not a lot of design innovation in their packaging, either.
Martha Pskowski In Zinacantn, a Tzotzil indigenous community outside San Cristobal, Coca-Cola is widely sold during the festival for the town's patron saint, San Jernimo. A Mexican town, next to a Coca-Cola plant, is running so low on water that locals have turned to the sugary drink as an alternative. It's drunk, used in religious ceremonies and even as a currency. While diabetes and obesity soar. Cristobal de las Casas, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, has for years been caught between an inept local government and a multinational corporation which is draining its local water supply in a case of crony capitalism at its worst. Coca-Cola is produced locally at the Femsa plant, which bottles and sells the drink across Mexico. Under a long-standing agreement with the Mexican government, the factory owns the rights to draw out more than 300,000 gallons (around 1,135,623 liters) of water per day.
This week, Canadian singer Celine Dion announced that she had partnered with designers Iris Adler and Tali Milchberg of the kids fashion brand nununu to create Clinununu, a gender-neutral childrens clothing line. Dion, 50, created the mostly black, white, and gray clothing line which features skulls, letters, and stars patterns as a means of breeding, 
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I really like Larry Ellison for varied reasons including his off-shore sailing and his cash flow, but he now epitomizes the previously successful enterprise that is doomed (along with Google, Microsoft, and IBM, among many others).
Below the fold are three items; first a brief commentary from Stephen E. Arnold, one of the three amigos (the other is William Binney) who would have liked to help Oracle; second, a coder talking about Oracle reality a bog of legacy code; and third, an extract on NoSQL versus SQL.
Amazon is doomed as well, but first they will become a trillion dollar company and screw over hundreds of millions of people. I give them ten more years.
A serene day at the beach was rudely interrupted by not one but two giant tornadoes that suddenly marauded through a provincial town in southern Turkey. While the vast majority of the residents and tourists evacuated Salinas beach on Sunday, a few foolhardy photographers stuck around to film the massive sea spouts as they swept across the surface of the Mediterranean sea.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
6 Star Skin in the Game = Ethics =
By the author Black Swan and Anti-Fragility, among many other works, this book is a simplified overview a capstone work and the easiest to read.
Skin in the Game is defined by the author as symmetry of risk and reward in other words, you dont get to externalize losses to others while reaping the rewards without any personal risk.
That pretty much sums up everything that is wrong with banking, commerce, government, religions, and universities.
Hes also very good as defining intelligent idiots which pretty much sums up all the politicians, media pundits, and anemic professors who have never gotten their hands dirty and are out of touch with ground truth the dirt.
QUOTE (11): Bureaucracy is a construction by which a person is conveniently separated from the consequences of his or her actions.
In the authors view (and I certainly concur) we have no choice but to decentralize this includes down-sizing and localizing. In that way, we restore the efficacy of ethics as an operating system.
QUOTE (14): The same mechanism of transferring risk also impedes learning.
I have a note that the author makes a very strong case for the First Amendment as a...
While German police are busy raiding homes & targeting citizens who write "hateful" or "offensive" social media postings, IMAM's in German openly preach their plans to take over GermanyDaniel Samba (@ProDanielSamba) November 16, 2018
"Germany WILL be an ISLAMIC State, Sharia will be Law, Your daughters WILL marry muslim.." pic.twitter.com/2nlqYiy0GA
The World Economic Forum one of the most powerful elite organizations in the world recently discussed the emergence of remote mind control technology. And it admits that it could be used to turn humans into mind-controlled slaves.
mind control is nothing new and the elite had access to this kind of technology for years. A few months ago, I published an article about a leaked 1996 document describing remote mind control.
Apple is venturing further into the streaming waters, tapping A24 to produce a slate of films that just may put the company in awards contention.
What: A partnership designed to cultivate prestige content.
The trances and healing powers of shamans are so widespread that they can be counted a human universal. Why did they evolve? Shamanism is as varied as those who practice it. Its practitioners range from indigenous lineages who have passed down their craft over thousands of years to the modern 'plastic shamans', who represent no specific culture but have adapted shamanism to meet the demands of metropolitan markets. However, there is a common theme to shamanism wherever it is practised: the use of spiritual (or shamanic) trance to facilitate journeys to a non-ordinary reality. Here, in this non-ordinary reality, the shamans do their work. According to the historian of religion Mircea Eliade writing in 1951, shamanism is the 'technique of ecstasy', involving the purposeful invocation and use of dreams and visions to solve problems. By this definition, shamanism is the landscape of the spirit-journey, populated by good and evil spirits and the souls of the deceased and yet-to-be-born....
Burger King uses banner ads to buy you a free Whopper, Veterans Day isnt for sale, and Cadillac says, Oh Hello!
Its easily one of Britains most highly anticipated ads of the year, something that has made it increasingly difficult for retailer John Lewis & Partners and its agency, adam&eveDDB, to actually surprise us with an original Christmas campaign. But this year they eschewed the tried-and-true cute kid/adorable animal combo for the Rocketman himself. As clich as it may seem to credit one inspired Christmas gift for Elton Johns incredible career, this story still manages to hit you right in the feels. Onward!
Holiday shopping just got a little more fun.
After shuttering its iconic Fifth Avenue toy store due to rising rents and a changing retail landscape, FAO Schwarz has reopened just in time for the Christmas shopping seasonsending its toy soldiers to man the doors of a brand-new flagship location in New York City.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that the refusal by Russian businesses to participate in next year's World Economic Forum in Davos is not going to have any negative impact on the country's reputation. "Reputation of any country that is a part of the global economy basically depends on its economic power, structure of its economy, as well as on the results it demonstrates from the point of view of GDP, technologies, macro-economic parameters," said Putin, speaking at the Russia-ASEAN Summit in Singapore. Putin stressed that Russian businessmen are free to decide whether or not to attend the January WEF. The comment came amid recent reports that three Russian businessmen - Viktor Vekselberg, the owner of Renova group, aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska, and the head of VTB Bank Andery Kostin had been barred from the event over sanctions imposed by Washington.
The UK has signed a multi-billion pound contract which will double its F-35 fleet, the country's defense secretary has announced. The deal will see Britain own 35 stealth jets by the end of 2022. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed that the UK has ordered 17 new F-35B aircraft which will be delivered between 2020 and 2022. Overall, Britain has committed to buying 138 aircraft over the life of the program. "I am delighted to confirm that we are doubling the size of our F-35 force into a formidable fleet of 35 stealth fighters. This is another massive order in the biggest defense program in history," Williamson said. He went on to tout the move as being "good news" for the British economy, as British companies are building approximately 15 percent by value of all F-35s planned for production, which amounts to 255 in total. The F-35 is made by the US company Lockheed Martin, but the UK's BAE Systems is a contractor on the project. Comment: Williamson has a very twisted idea...
A beautiful woman in her 40s sits in a restaurant. It's a late summer evening, and the air is scented with garlic and herbs. Suddenly, there is a commotion in the kitchen, as staff jostle at the door to peer at her. Surprisingly, it's not for her striking looks, but her food order. A huge steak and nothing else 'for the lady' is surely one of the strangest requests they've had. But for Jill Gardner, 44, the lady in question - a petite, size 10 one at that - it's something she's grown used to over the past year. She shrugs off raised eyebrows from waiters and amused comments from dining companions over her unorthodox eating habits.
Vitamin C has a broad spectrum antioxidant function with the ability to protect cell structures and DNA from free radical damage. Vitamin C is remarkably safe even in enormously high doses. Compared to commonly used prescription drugs, side effects are virtually nonexistent. No matter how high the concentration, vitamin C does not harm healthy cells. 
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Israeli settler violence - with IDF complicity - is becoming more and more commonplace, even targeting elementary schools. The government has also approved extensive Israeli settlement expansions and Jewish-only roads to be built on Palestinian land, which will result in isolation of Palestinian communities and loss of olive trees. In addition, Jerusalem has seen an increase in extremist Jewish visits to the Al-Aqsa mosque. School attacks and demolitions In a clear violation of all laws and human rights principles, including the right to education and access to educational institutions, many Palestinian schools in the countryside and Bedouin communities were attacked by Israeli soldiers and settlers.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith revealed Monday that white women with blond hair trigger deep-seated prejudices in her that she's carried since she was a child. The "Girls Trip" star said on the new episode of her Facebook chat show, "Red Table Talk," that she's had to keep herself in check when it comes to judging white women, acknowledging that they share the oppression she's also experienced because of their gender. "White women understand what it feels to be oppressed ... because of their sex," Mrs. Pinkett Smithsaid. "What it feels to be ostracized or not being treated as an equal.
The Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems Ltd has won a contract worth up to $68 million to monitor much of Europe's coastline. Elbit Systems, an Israeli tech firm which specialises in defence, security and commercial systems, said today that the framework contract consists of the provision of maritime unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in order to help monitor extensive coastlines and vast areas of sea to identify any potential hazards and suspicious activities. The contract is for a two-year period with the option of renewal for an additional two years.
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has deemed several detentions of Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny as "politically motivated "and ordered Moscow to pay him damages. The court announced its ruling on Thursday, ending the case which has been dragging on for years. The Grand Chamber ruled that several arrests, detentions and administrative convictions, that the Kremlin critic Navalny endured back in 2012-2014 were politically motivated. The Chamber upheld an earlier ruling of the ECHR, announced in February 2017, which awarded the activist 50,000 ($56,500) for "moral damage," 1,000 ($1,100) for material damage, and some 12,600 ($14,200) to cover court expenses. Back then, both the Russian government and Navalny himself asked the court to refer the case to the Chamber. While Moscow challenged the ruling as a whole, Navalny was unhappy that the court did not find a political motive in his detention.
Earlier in the day, Moscow confirmed that the US-led coalition has resumed airstrikes east of the Euphrates River in Syria, using white phosphorous munitions banned by the international law. US-Led Coalition airstrikes targeting the village of Bu-Badran in the Syrian Deir ez-Zor province resulted in the death of 17 civilians on Thursday, SANA reported citing local sources. "17 civilians died as a result of airstrikes conducted by the international coalition targeting Bu-Badran in the east of Deir ez-Zor province," the agency reported.
ISIS jihadists were paid well for their service, documents belonging to the terrorist group, and obtained by RT in Iraq, reveal. Use of chemical agents was paid-for in silver, while taking down a chopper was rewarded with gold. Despite the common belief that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters were often forced to join the terrorist group or were recruited based on the conviction of their faith to carry out jihad, documents from the Iraqi city of Mosul and seen by RT show that fighting for the self-proclaimed caliphate also had its financial incentives.
By O.G.T via The Renegade Pharmacist
This is a serious scientific investigation into the effects to your health, life and your mind after listening to a new genre of rap music called Mumble Rap, also known as Soundcloud Rap that has been sweeping the internet and becoming incredibly popular on places like Youtube and Soundcloud.
In this article you will learn:
The saying goes you must be getting old when you begin to judge the music kids are listening to. However in the case of mumble rap, this no longer applies. You have to be a psychologically disturbed and morally challenged individual if you condone the influence to youth culture of one of the most monumental disasters of modern times.
Mumble rap is a new form of rap music that has become incredibly popular in recent times due to several factors that we will explore in this article, including the viral effect of social sharing pl...
A judge ordered the White House to temporarily restore Jim Acostas press credentials.
A federal judge just ruled that the White House must temporarily reinstate CNN correspondent Jim Acostas press credentials. The network had sued the Trump administration after it revoked his access, following a bizarre sequence of events.
The US Department of Defense spent over $360 million to confirm there are problems in the $2.7 trillion organization, but the Pentagon leadership considers the mere fact that this "first-ever" audit happened was a great success. "We never thought we were going to pass an audit, right? Everyone was betting against us that we wouldn't even do the audit," Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters on Thursday, announcing the end of the eleven-month process. The actual results of the audit, along with the report by the Pentagon's inspector general, will reportedly be made public on Friday. The process began in December 2017 and involved around 1,200 auditors at the cost of some $367 million, according to what the DOD's Chief Financial Officer David Norquist told Congress in January. Shanahan tried to put a brave face on the news, saying that the very fact an audit was done at all was "substantial," since the Pentagon is a "$2.7 trillion organization." A 1990 law required...
This 14 November 2018 video says about itself:
California wildfires survivors tearful account of escape BBC News
Sorrell Bobrink, whose neighbourhood has been completely destroyed, fled the town of Paradise with her son and pets. She described a journey through roads surrounded by flames and feelings of chaos and shock at how quick the fire took over.
From the World Socialist Web Site in the USA:
World Socialist Web Site speaks with California wildfire evacuees
By our reporters
16 November 2018
After burning for more than one week, the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles has destroyed over 98,300 acres, approximately equal in size to the city of Denver, Colorado. The fire prompted the evacuation of more than 295,000 people and is responsible for three deaths thus far. An estimated 504 structures have been destroyed and an entire section of the Pacific Coast Highway remains closed.
As new details emerge of the Woolsey Fires devastation, the death toll in Northern Californias Camp Fire jumped to 63 on Thursday with the number of missing increasing to 631. The Camp Fire is now the deadliest wildfire in California history. More than 11,862 structures have been destroyed as of this writing. The Camp Fire completely destroyed the town of Paradise in the Sierra Nevada mountain foothills leaving more than 26,000 residents with no homes to return to.
The Woolsey Fire has affected the cities of Malibu, Bell Canyon, Oak Park, West Hills, Calabasas, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaksall west of downtown Los Angeles. When the fire started last Thursday night, strong winds blew hot embers across entire sections of freeway and delayed the use of aerial fire suppression for three days.
Only one day before the fire started, the Thousand Oaks community was devastated by a mass shooting of mainly college students at the Borderline Bar and Grill, ending with the deaths of 13 people. This was one of the 20 most deadly mass shootings in US history and the second deadliest in the state of California.
Although still severely traumatized by the shooting, survivors were forced...
In a study published in The Lancet, researchers called air pollution the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. More than 9 million premature deaths were caused by air pollution in 2015, nearly 16 percent of deaths worldwide. This was three times more deaths than attributed to tuberculosis, malaria and 
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Look before you cook your Thanksgiving feast.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, the USDA is raising the alarm about raw turkey. The news comes as Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products after the USDA linked a pack of raw ground turkey to the cause of a patients salmonella poisoning.
This is the time of year, in the days prior to the USA Thanksgiving holiday, when I tend to recall the first time food waste, one of the oddest of plagues, came to my attention. Thank you Meg. And thanks to Yale e360 for reporting this heartening news:
In the first 10 months of 2018, investors poured $125 million into U.S. companies whose mission is to prevent food from going to waste, according to a new report.
ReFED, a non-profit dedicat...
Canadian researchers have discovered a new kind of organism that's so different from other living things that it doesn't fit into the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom, or any other kingdom used to classify known organisms. Two species of the microscopic organisms, called hemimastigotes, were found in dirt collected on a whim during a hike in Nova Scotia by Dalhousie University graduate student Yana Eglit. A genetic analysis shows they're more different from other organisms than animals and fungi (which are in different kingdoms) are from each other, representing a completely new part of the tree of life, Eglit and her colleagues report this week in the journal Nature.
When you feel like youre the only one doing work, it can feel miserable. Heres what you can do about it.
Though the holidays are a popular time for workers to cash in on their vacation days, there are plenty of good reasons not to take time off toward the end of the year. For one thing, holiday travel can be prohibitively expensive, so if youre looking to visit friends and family, the latter part of the year is perhaps the worst time to do so. Additionally, putting in more face time toward the end of the year can work to your advantage when your manager is focused on things like promotions and raises. And, youll probably find that youre more productive when the ever-present distractions known as your coworkers disappear.
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, three professionals share how they navigate the obstacles they have faced in their careers.
When Tanaya Winder earned her Master of Fine Arts in 2012, she knew she wanted to make a living writing and performing spoken word. But without any blueprint to follow, she questioned whether shed be able to translate all the years shed spent studying creative writing and poetry into a viable career.
Architect Tei Carpenter and designer Chris Woebken reimagine the overlooked, everyday hydrant to heighten the value of water.
New York City may be home of the Pizza Rat and one of the stinkiest waste infrastructure problems in the country, but its also one of only five major U.S. cities with water thats drinkable straight from the tap, and clean enough to forgo additional filtration. Its a rare urban asset, one that inspired architect Tei Carpenter and designer Chris Woebken to reimagine the everyday fire hydrant as something that could be used more broadly.
A class-action lawsuit filed in California this summer, claims Nestl USA misled consumers with a No GMO IngredientsTM certificate of approval on its packaging. (See the two examples above.)( According to the proposed class action suit filed this summer, neither a non-profit group nor a neutral third party bequeathed the above certificate of approval, but 
The so-called Lamppost-as-a-Platform pilot project will allow the government to perform crowd analytics.
Singapore may be turning its island state into a surveillance state.
Shocker. Via: Reuters: The Pentagon has failed what is being called its first-ever comprehensive audit, a senior official said on Thursday, finding U.S. Defense Department accounting discrepancies that could take years to resolve. Results of the inspection conducted by some 1,200 auditors and examining financial accounting on a wide range of spending including on 
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saves her anger for where its most useful and brushes off her attackers with grace and wit.
Because theres no trace of financial hypocrisy in the administration that ran on populism and passed a tax cut for billionaires, conservative pundits have turned their attention to freshperson congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Government launches probe into campus censorship Australian universities have begun banning sarcasm by deeming it a "form of violence," according to a watchdog group. Gideon Rozner, director of policy at the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), a think tank "dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of economic and political freedom," praised the Australian government's announcement that it is launching a probe into the suppression of free speech on campuses across the country. Rozner explained to Sky News Australia the findings of a recent study conducted by IPA, which rated more than 80 percent of Australian universities as "hostile to free speech," while only one school earned a "green" rating for being supportive of free expression.
With 80 per cent of the ballots counted from last weeks vote in Madagascar, two former presidents are in the lead.
This 2018 Massachusetts Peace Action video from the USA says about itself:
Translated from Dutch daily Trouw, 16 November 2018:
All the tricks and maneuvers of the Saudi government to divert attention from the murder of Jamal Khashoggi have failed. The Saudi authorities are now grasping for heavier ways. Prosecutors now demand the death penalty for five members of the death squad who were part of the fifteen-membered murder gang. In addition, five government officials were dismissed; also, a travel ban was imposed on them.
The fourth-costliest megadeal in U.S. history, just behind the Foxconn fiasco in Wisconsin, will actually cost $112,000 per job in New York and even that is not a full accounting for its impact.
Amazons decision to locate two new headquarters in Long Island City in Queens, New York and Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia has already provoked a firestorm of outrage, especially over the news that tax breaks and other subsidies for the sites will exceed $4.6 billion.
Mark Steele, a 5G campaigner, has been highlighting the dangers of a secret 5G rollout by Gateshead council where residents are complaining of increased illness and Cancer in the affected area. There's enough evidence to conclude the new smart 5G arrays on the top of new LED lampposts emit Class 1 Radiation frequencies and should be treated as a danger to the Public. Gateshead council ignorantly rebutted clear evidence and created false allegations on social media posts and printed leaflets stating that Mark Steele is spreading Pseudo Science and that the arrays are not dangerous or 5G: "Please be assured that there is no scientific basis or credible evidence for any of these scare stories about street lights causing cancer and other illnesses."
More than 2 feet of snow in places. 15 Nov 2018 - On the Van-Bahesaray highway, Traffic has been "negatively affected" by heavy snowfall at the 3,000-meter Karabet Pass. Video: Heavy snowfall in northern Turkey near the coast with the Black Sea.
Early next year, the startup Power Ledger will start selling tiny fractions of clean energy plants to anyone who wants to invest in helping renewables scale up, fast.
To have a chance of meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement, the world needs to scale up renewable energy six times faster than the current pace. One way to do that: Make it easier for anyone to support a large-scale solar or wind farm.
People say that content on their social media feeds makes them angrywhich is exactly what social media companies want.
Many Americans feel angry when they use social mediaand even more are suspicious of the way algorithms are manipulating their experiences online.
Depending on your political bias, U.S. President Trump is either a black hole, or a radiant orange sun. Either way, you cannot escape his influence. Every tweet and stray comment is picked up, and picked apart, by the media. As Jon Stewart recently pointed out - with a degree of insight sorely lacking in the majority of his peers - the media just can't help but take his bait: "What he's done well is appeal to their own narcissism, to their own ego," he said. "The journalists stand up and say: 'We are noble! We are honorable! How dare you, sir!' And they take it personally." "Now he's changed the conversation to - not that his policies are silly or not working or any of this other things - it's all about the fight," Stewart said. "He's able to tune out everything else and get everyone else just focused on the fight. And he's gonna win that fight." But it's not just his attacks on the media (who are just as keen to attack him). Trump manages to dominate the news cycle, and even...
According to the Washington Post:
The Secret Service has vacated its command post inside Trump Tower in Manhattan following a dispute between the government and President Trumps company over the terms of a lease for the space, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
Previously, the Secret Service had stationed its command post which houses supervisors and backup agents on standby in case of an emergency in a Trump Tower unit one floor below the presidents apartment.
But in early July, the post was relocated to a trailer on the sidewalk, more than 50 floors below, a distance that some security experts worry could hamper the agency that protects the presidents home and family.
The command post appears unlikely to move anytime soon back inside Trump Tower, where the president and his family have rarely gone since moving to the White House. (Continue Reading)
In August of 2017, I filed FOIA requests to uncover some of the behind the scenes information that was circulating. Below, you will find the documents so far received.
Photo Credit: John Taggart/ for The Washington Post to coincide with the excerpt above. All copyrights owned by their respective owners, and are use...
This 27 February 2018 Massachusetts Peace Action video from the USA says about itself:
In 2016 the Cambridge City Council passed a resolution to divest City-managed pension funds from companies that produce nuclear weapons, or invest in their production. A forum on January 27, 2018 addressed the issues confronting city government as it works to follow through on that resolution.
By Andre Damon in the USA:
Bipartisan panel: US must prepare for horrendous, devastating war with Russia and China
16 November 2018
A bipartisan commission appointed by Congress issued a lengthy report Tuesday backing the Pentagons plans to prepare for a great-power war against Russia, China, or both, making clear that the Trump administrations belligerent policies are shared by the Democratic Party.
Safe in the knowledge that its findings will never be seriously reported by the mass media, the authors of this report do not mince words about what such a war will mean. A war between the United States and China, which according to the report might break out within four years, will be horrendous and devastating. The military will face greater losses than at any time in decades. Such a war could lead to rapid nuclear escalation, and American civilians will be attacked and likely killed.
It is impossible to understand anything in American politics without recognizing one fundamental reality: the events and scandals that dominate political discourse, which make it onto the evening news and into headlines on news sites and social media feeds, have precious little to do with the considerations of those who actually make decisions. The media talking heads play their assigned roles, knowing that they are to limit th...
But, dont worry, Jeff Bezos still gets his helipad.
While New York politicians will certainly continue bloviating about the all the benefits that Amazons HQ2 will bring to the city, new evidence sure makes it seem like poor people will be the ones paying for it.
For any appeal to ethics and morality to have any legitimacy, the principles so enounced must be applied rigorously, without favor or prejudice, to all human beings whatever grouping they may be slotted into. In other words, favoritism and morality are an antithetical mixture.
The principle that holds morals apply equally to all humans seemingly eludes Canadas prime minister Justin Trudeau.
On 7 November, Trudeau stood in the House of Commons and railed against anti-Semitism and rightly so. Anti-Semitism, as with any form of racism or hatred expressed against any grouping, is anathema.
Yet Trudeaus taking up the cause of anti-Semitism by attacking the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement is transparently, logically, and morally flawed.
Trudeau correctly apologized for Canadas turning away Jewish refugees in 1939. Trudeau followed up the apology bemusedly:
Anti-Semitism is far too present. Jewish students still feel unwelcomed and uncomfortable on some of our colleges and university campuses because of BDS-related intimidation.
And out of our entire community of nations, it is Israel whose right to exist is most widely and wrongly questioned.
Any form of racism in any iota is an iota too much. This applies to all groupings of humans. No one should be despised, looked down upon, or discriminated against merely by virtue of being attached to a group through birth or circumstances beyond ones control.1
Yes, anti-Semitism exists. Probably every form of racism exists. It is deplorable to despise someone for the mere fact of being Jewish. However, Zionism is a different animal. Political Zionism is racist to its core and highly discriminatory. Hence, if one is opposed to racism, then one must also speak out against racism by Jews against others. Some try to conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism; however, this is palpably fallacious. Imagine if someone tried to argue that if a person is opposed to the KKK that that person must therefore be against all white people (which would include most Jews). It is patently ludicrous, and it speaks ill to the intellectual rigor of any individual who would make such a claim.
Trudeau made blanket assertions. He did not back up what he said. What did he mean by they feel unwelcomed? What is BDS-related intimidation? BDS is widely understood to be a non-violent means of attempting to end Israeli oppression...
Via: Vice: An Australian hacker has spent thousands of hours hacking the DRM that medical device manufacturers put on CPAP machines to create a free tool that lets patients modify their treatment.
Imagining what you would like to have said about you when you die could give you the blueprint for your future.
Six years before his passing, Steve Jobs gave a highly regarded commencement address to Stanford graduates. In it one of the main themes he talked about was death. The way that Jobs talked about death, it wasnt something to be feared, it was a tool to be used to empower you.
Ami Horowitz journeys to Mexico to find out the real reason why there is a caravan of migrants on its way to the United States border with its southern neighbor. The caravan is being orchestrated and logistically supplied like a military operation by some very wealthy people and the UN. This looks like an invasion, organised by members of the US power elite, under a thin pretense of humanitarian aid. Some interesting comments under the video, including about how Venezuelans are crossing the border to Brazil to escape famine, but there is no sign of the UN or other AID programs there.
This August 2017 video from England is called LOWKEY ft. MAI KHALIL GHOSTS OF GRENFELL (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO).
By Paul Bond in England:
Grenfell Tower Inquiry hears harrowing witness statements
15 November 2018
The official inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire of June 14, 2017, which killed 72, continues to hear witness statements from survivors, relatives and the bereaved.
The evidence, focusing on events that night, is harrowing and confirms the wider failings of the authorities that directly led to the catastrophe.
Survivors spoke of stepping on bodies on the single stairwell in the tower as they tried to escape. Helen Gebremeskel, from the 21st floor, explained in her written statement, that most of the bodies I stood on were not making any noise when I walked on them I believe that these poor people were already dead.
Witnesses described heroic efforts by fire fighters, even as it was becoming apparent that their stay put policy was breaking down because they did not realize that the fire was spreading rapidly due to flammable cladding materials. Many probing questions were raised about the London Fire Brigades (LFB) application of policy that night, connecting this directly with the under-resourcing of public services.
Survivors have described a background of casual negligence surrounding the management and refurbishment of the building run by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) via its tenant management association. They point to a general lack of consultation and a lack of information on safety questions.
Testimony points to the chronic shortage of social housing. In January 2017, Leanne Jackson Le-Blanc, who...
We all love and respect our Lebanese Army, we all cherish our country and want to celebrate its Independence but I dont understand why are we still holding the yearly parades? Our army needs money, equipment and training, the governments expenses are skyrocketing while our economy is in deep ship, there are fears the Lira might crumble any day, all businesses are struggling and we dont have a government yet. Given all that, why are we spending time and money on a military parade? And why dont those in power hold a small and discreet ceremony and spare us all this traffic, wasted money and security measures?
Every year, we go through the same exact scenario, a hellish traffic because of the armys rehearsal yet no one even considered moving the parade to a more remote area? The new waterfront seaside is empty with a lot of paved roads and empty spaces. Why dont they move the parade there? Why dont they do it in a remote area outside Beirut? an abandoned military base or airport for example? Why is it so hard to spare us all this traffic and consider the average working people for a change?
Ive said this before and will repeat it. What were lacking nowadays in Lebanon is common sense. Weve lost hope in any major reforms or changes. We just need someone responsible to understand that blocking a vital road in the capital at 6AM would cause traffic all the way to Jbeil. Why is that so hard?
Oh and Happy Independence Day
In an extremely irresponsible move,* the FDA just approved a painkiller 1,000 times stronger than morphine, despite the fact that the U.S. is already experiencing a deadly opioid drug crisis that takes over 100 lives a day. On Friday, Nov. 2nd, U.S regulators approved a fast-acting, extremely potent opioid tablet 10 times more powerful than Fentanyl called Dsuvia, developed as an alternative to IV painkillers. This decision comes with a backdrop of reports of tens of thousands of annual deaths caused by overdoses from pharmaceutical opioid-type painkillers throughout the United States. According to a NY Daily News article, "The drug's manufacturer, AcelRx, said the drug will be marketed with the name Dsuvia and cost between $50 and $60 per dose." Lawmakers and consumer advocacy groups have expressed deep concern about this decision. For instance, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., released the following statement on Friday: "There was no public health need to approve this formulation of...
Working with depression can feel like slogging through the mud. Try these strategies to help you maintain professionalism and cope with your symptoms.
If youre working and struggling with depression, youre not alone. Over 16 million American adults suffer from depression, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, with the majority of those individuals in their prime working years. The median onset age for major depressive disorder is 32.5 years old.
What we discover here once again is that you cannot make cheese without using casein. Yet they lie about it all and call the stuff vegan. There is no such thing. Or if there is, it is obscure and not exactly on your local grocery shelf.
I do think that Vegan is a fad that mostly misses the science involved. A high vegetable diet is known to be beneficial but not exclusively so. Our digestive system has three groups of intestinal flora one of which deals with meats. Our real problem is eating them to excess which is much harder with grains and vegetable.
This debate will obviously grind on and if it leads folks to paying attention to what they are eating, we are all better off.
Dear vegans: your vegan cheese is made with DAIRY protein
Sunday, November 11, 2018 by: Ethan Huff
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Natural News) Marketing is one of the keys to maintaining consumer demand. But sometimes marketers go a wee-bit overboard, stretching the truth about whatever good and service theyre trying to sell...
Its unclear what the charges are.
It looks like Julian Assange has been charged by United States authorities. What hes going to be indicted for remains to be seen.
California wildfires: Fears radioactive waste could be caught in destructive blaze --Physicians fear smoke and ash from the fire spread contamination that was in soil and vegetation | 15 Nov 2018 | An organisation of physicians fear radioactive waste could become a major issue after southern California's huge wild Direct Energy Weapons-induced fire burned near a former nuclear test site. The organisation of Physicians for Social Responsibility said it was likely that smoke and ash from the fire spread radiological and chemical contamination that was in soil and vegetation near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. "We know what substances are on the site and how hazardous they are. We're talking about incredibly dangerous radionuclides and toxic chemicals such a trichloroethylene, perchlorate, dioxins and heavy metals," Dr Robert Dodge said in a statement.
Camp Fire death toll rises to 63 while missing list grows to 631 names | 16 Nov 2018 | The number of missing in California's wild Direct Energy Weapon-created fires has soared to 634, as authorities added hundreds of names to the lists of the unaccounted for Thursday, in what has become the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state's history. Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said Thursday evening the death toll from the Camp Fire in northern California had grown to 63 people. Seven sets of remains were discovered Thursday, he said. At least two other people have been killed in another, separate wildfire in Southern California, putting the state's death toll at 65 since the two blazes began last week.
Video shows group climbing border fence | 13 Nov 2018 | (San Diego, CA) People on the Mexican side of the border could be seen climbing the fence near Border Field State Park Tuesday afternoon after part of the Central American migrant caravan arrived in Tijuana. Several people scaled the fence and sat on top of it. A few jumped or crawled to openings in the fence onto U.S. soil but quickly ran back as Border Patrol agents approached. Several border agents were seen patrolling the area in trucks, 4-wheelers, a helicopter and on horses.
The quake, at a depth of 33km (20 miles), was centred 161km (100 miles) east of Kira Kira in the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands, a nation of hundreds of islands in the South Pacific, has many World War Two-era sites. The earthquake, which struck at 3.26am (GMT), was reviewed to a magnitude 6.2 and a revised depth of 10.6km (6.5miles). Affected areas include Kirakira, the provincial capital of the Makira-Ulawa Province in the Solomon Islands. The earthquake's epicentre was 132 km (82.3 miles) west of the city, which has a population of 11,222. It is located on the north coast of Makira, the largest island of the province. The area is known for its stunning natural beauty and ample beaches.
Five employees from the brand renowned for its classic retro aesthetic offer their suggestions for holiday gifts.
Five employees from the brand renowned for its classic retro aesthetic offer their suggestions for holiday gifts this year.
Just because youre all grown up doesnt mean you dont still love toys. Here are five fun holiday gift ideas from the folks at toy maker Mattel.
Just because youre all grown up doesnt mean you dont still love toys. Here are five fun holiday gift ideas from folks at the iconic toy maker.
Need some gift-giving inspiration this year? We asked staff from four design-forward companies to give us their suggestions.
Need some gift-giving inspiration this year? We asked staff from four design-forward companiesShinola, Sonos, Etsy and Mattelto give us their suggestions.
Sonos is famous for its beautifully designed home sound equipment, but four out of five of these employee holiday gift recommendations have nothing to do with music.
Five people who work at the company famous for beautifully designed home sound equipment make their recommendations for great holiday gifts this year.
Burrow, Interior Define, Maiden Home, and the Inside are reimagining how to buy a couch in the digital age.
As millennials grow up and start nesting, theyre graduating from Allen-key decor to higher-quality piecesand a slew of new furniture companies are there to help. From delivering sofas in a box to offering online customization tools, these direct-to-consumer startups are reimagining how to buy a couch for the digital age. The forerunner of the bunch, Vancouver-based Article, launched five years ago and is track to make $200 million this year. Our biggest challenge was getting people to buy such expensive products without ever seeing them in person, says Aamir Baig, Articles cofounder and CEO. But luckily, millennials are willing to take that risk. Here, a look at the latest entrants:
Etsy is famous for its creative curation, so we asked its staff to give us six tips for great holiday gifts this year.
If your friends are fans of Etsy, they may like these gift suggestions from executives of the Brooklyn-based artisanal e-commerce site.
Italic, which launches this week with $13 million in funding, is trying to upend fashion by selling directly from the same factories as high-end brands.
Imagine walking into the Italian factory that makes leather bags for Celine, and asking them to make you a black leather tote bag. You want the same exact high-quality materials, the same meticulous craftsmanship, similar designs. The only thing that is missing is the big logo. If you paid the bag maker fairly for the materials and the labor, the bag would run you about $250, which is a tiny fraction of a $4,000 tote you would pick up at a Celine boutique.
Cylance develops artificial intelligence products that help to prevent cyberattacks on companies.
The once-king of the mobile landscape is acquiring Cylance for $1.4 billion in cash, Reuters reports. Cylance develops artificial intelligence products that help to prevent cyberattacks on companies. However, Blackberry will mainly use Cylance to boost its QNX units capabilities, which makes software for next-generation self-driving cars.
Dont want to tell Facebook who your family is composed of? Doesnt matterFacebook will find out anyway.
The social media giant has filed for a patent for tech that allows it to tell who you live with in the same household, reports BuzzFeed News. Titled Predicting household demographics based on image data, the patent describes how Facebook can use its facial recognition technology on your photos to identify people in them, then correlate those people with the captions a user writes when they post a photo, as well as cross-referencing everyones device information, such as shared IP addresses to discover who lives in your household. As BuzzFeed News explains:
Treasury slaps sanctions on Saudi officials over death of Jamal Khashoggi | 15 Nov 2018 | The Treasury Department announced Thursday it is slapping sanctions on 17 Saudi government officials over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey last month. The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is sanctioning Saud Al-Qahtani, a senior official of the Saudi government who it says was part of the planning and execution of the operation that led to Khashoggi's death, as well as other government officials who it says were involved in the plot.
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Source: Dinar Chronicles
The below was a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to do their own research and decide whether or not it was valid. Patience was a Virtue. Having Virtue was a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings had the power to overcome evil and change the world.
A. Judy Note - What we think we know by early morning Nov. 16:
1. On Sun. Nov. 11 Q announced that this would be "a week to remember and on that same Nov. 11 the RV was said to have started.
2. The next day Mon. Nov. 12 Q said, Something big is about to drop, while on that same Nov. 12 China announced their Yuan was gold/asset backed.
3. On Tues. Nov. 13 at 3:15 pm EST the UST notes were asset backed.
4. By Nov. 14 seventeen more countries currencies were gold/asset backed. On that same Nov. 13-14 overnight some groups out West were reported liquid and several currency exchanges evidently took place in five states.
5. The UST note was supposedly officially announced on Wed. Nov. 14 and has been activated globally.
6. Bruce received information that made it look like we were a go for today Nov. 15 and today was not yet over.
7. Rates were solid and blacked out on the screens until today&nbs...
SEOUL, South Korea North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of an unspecified newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon, state media reported Friday, in an apparent bid to apply pressure on the United States and South Korea.
It didnt appear to be a test of a nuclear device or a long-range missile with the potential to target the U.S. A string of such tests last year had many fearing war before the North turned to engagement and diplomacy. Still, any mention of weapons testing could influence the direction of stalled diplomatic efforts spearheaded by Washington and aimed at ridding the North of its nuclear weapons.
The North hasnt publicly tested any weapons since November 2017, but in recent days Pyongyang reportedly expressed anger at U.S.-led international sanctions and ongoing small-scale military drills between South Korea and the United States.
Earlier this month, North Koreas Foreign Ministry warned it could bring back its policy of bolstering its nuclear arsenal if it doesnt receive sanctions relief.
Its North Korea-style coercive diplomacy. North Korea is saying If you dont listen to us, you will face political burdens,' said analyst Shin Beomchul of Seouls Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
Diplomacy has stalled since a summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in June, with Washington pushing for more action on nuclear disarmament and the North insisting that the U.S. first approve a peace declaration formally ending the Korean War and lift sanctions.
Shin said the weapon North Korea tested could be a missile, artillery, an anti-air gun, a drone or other high-tech conventional weapons systems.
Yang Wook, a Seoul-based military expert, said a tactical weapon in North Korea refers to a weapon aimed at striking South Korea including U.S. military bases there, so the North may have tested a short-range missile or a multiple rocket launch system.
Even if the test was a message for Washington and Seoul, Fridays report from the North was noticeably less belligerent than past announcements of weapons tests, and didnt focus on North Korean claims of U.S. and South Korean hostility.
Yang said the latest North Korean test wont completely break down nuclear diplomacy, though more questions would be raised about how sincere the North is about its commitment to denuclearization.
Asked about the test, the U.S. State Department said that American and North Korean officials are talking about implementing the commitments that Trump and Kim made during their June meeting in Singapore. Eugene Lee, spokeswoman of South Koreas Unification Ministry, declined to comment on Kims inspection of the weapons test.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, attendin...
Every pair of EarPods are the same, but no two people have the same ear canals. Custom-fit buds arent just comfierthey could help you avoid going deaf.
Van Halens tour bus has been the setting for plenty of strange stuff. But between the sex, drugs, and rock n roll, the back of the bus birthed a technological marvel. In the mid-1990s, looking to keep the band from going deaf on tour, sound engineer Jerry Harvey cooked up plans for the first set of in-ear monitors.
Troy Hunts Have I Been Pwned is a one-stop shop for learning if youre among the millions affected by security breaches. And hes trying to do it the responsible way.
Massive databases of user accounts seem to get hacked daily. The number of exposed accounts and passwordsusually encrypted weaklyhas risen into the billions. Yet liability and embarrassment have left companies loathe to quickly disclose that theyve been hacked.
First, consider that three U.S. families control more wealth than 4 million average households, then consider what policies might fix this imbalance.
Heres an often-cited fact about wealth disparity in the United States: The top 1% of the country owns more wealth than the bottom 90% does combined. But lets put some faces to the numbers, shall we? To begin with, the three wealthiest people in the United StatesBill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffettown more wealth than the bottom half of the country combined. Equally concerning: Three familiesthe Waltons, the Kochs, and the Marsown a combined fortune of $3.487 billion, more than 4 million American families who possess the median wealth in the country.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia The last surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge that brutally ruled Cambodia in the 1970s were convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes Friday by an international tribunal.
Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan were sentenced to life in prison, the same sentence they are already serving after earlier convictions at a previous trial for crimes against humanity connected with forced transfers and mass disappearances of people. Cambodia has no death penalty.
Both men have suggested they were targets of political persecution.
The verdict read aloud in the courtroom by Judge Nil Nonn established that the Khmer Rouge committed genocide against the Vietnamese and Cham minorities. Schoars had debated whether suppression of the Chams, a Muslim ethnic group whose members had put up a small but futile resistance against the Khmer Rouge, amounted to genocide. The court found Khieu Samphan not guilty of genocide against the Cham, for lack of evidence, though he was found guilty of genocide against the Vietnamese under the principle of joint command responsiblity.
The Khmer Rouge sought to achieve an agrarian utopia by emptying the cities to establish vast rural communes. Instead their radical policies led to what has been termed auto-genocide through starvation, overwork and execution.
The crimes against humanity convictions covered activities at work camps and cooperatives established by the Khmer Rouge. These offenses comprised murder, extermination, deportation, enslavement, imprisonment, torture, persecution on political, religious and racial grounds, attacks on human dignity, enforced disappeances, forced transfers, forced marriages and rape.
The breaches of the Geneva Convention governing war crimes included willful killing, torture or inhumane treatment.
Nuon Chea, 92, was brought by ambulance and Khieu Samphan by van from the nearby prison where they are held. The prison and the courthouse were custom built for the use of the tribunal, which is officially called the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, or ECCC.
Both defendants were present as Judge Nil Nonn opened the proceedings, but Nuon Chea suffers heart problems, so was granted permission to later move from the hearing room to a separate holding room.
Khieu Samphan, 87, was present for the entire hearing and with the help of two security guards stood as his sentence was read, showing no obvious emotion.
A large crowd of spectators attended Fridays session, including members of the Cham minority.
Lah Sath, a 72-year-old Cham man from eastern Kampong Cham province, brought his wife and four young granddaughters to Fridays session. He said he often heard people talking about the trial and some...
TIJUANA, Mexico Exhausted migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers napped on mattresses in a converted municipal gymnasium, while men played soccer and exchanged banter on a crowded, adjoining courtyard. A woman dabbed her crying, naked toddler with a moist cloth.
Nearly 2,000 caravan migrants had reached the U.S. border in Mexicos northwestern corner by Thursday, with more coming in a steady trickle of buses. The city of Tijuana, with its privately run shelters operating well above their capacity of 700, opened the gymnasium and gated sport complex for up to 1,000 migrants, with a potential to expand to 3,000.
With U.S. border inspectors processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at the main border crossing with San Diego, prospects grew that migrants would be stuck waiting in Tijuana for months.
Francisco Rueda, the top deputy to Baja California state Gov. Francisco Vega de la Madrid, said about 1,750 migrants from the caravan had reached Tijuana so far.
This is not a crisis, he told reporters, though he agreed that this is an extraordinary situation.
Rueda said the state has 7,000 jobs available for its Central American migrant brothers who obtain legal residence status in Mexico.
Today in Baja California there is an employment opportunity for those who request it, but it order for this to happen, it has to regulate migrant status, he said.
The citys thriving factories are always looking for workers, and several thousand Haitian migrants who were turned away at the U.S. border have found jobs and settled in Tijuana the last two years.
Police made their presence known in a city that is suffering an all-time-high homicide rate. A group of about 50 migrants, mostly women and children, walked through downtown streets Thursday from the city shelter to a breakfast hall under police escort.
As buses from western and central Mexico trickled in, some families camped inside the bus terminal and waited for word on where they could find a safe place to sleep.
Oscar Zapata, 31, reached the Tijuana bus station at 2 a.m. Thursday from Guadalajara with his wife and their three children, ages 4, 5 and 12, and headed to the breakfast hall, where migrants were served free beef and potatoes.
Back home in La Ceiba, Honduras, he sold pirated CDs and DVDs in the street and two gangs demanding protection money threatened to kidnap his daughter and force her into prostitution if he didnt pay. When he heard about the caravan on the TV news last month, he didnt think twice.
It was the opportunity to get out, Zapata said.
Zapata said he hopes to join a brother in Los Angeles but has not yet decided on his next move. Like many other...
When it comes to childbirth, lying on your back and pushing isnt ideal for everyone. Most women experience vaginal tearing on some level and according to this research, that is something that can be avoided much more easily than youd think.
While we are told that pushing is the best way to get the baby out, sometimes we shouldnt have to push at all. I recently came across information about a program designed by the staff from Medway Foundation Trust that has literally been able to cut the incidents of tearing from seven percent to just one percent in their patients. This program basically just allowing the mothers to slow down during their deliveries and birth in positions that they feel are comfortable.
In the past, it was not common for women to give birth lying on their backs and there is a reason for this. This method could really help to reduce the levels of perineal tearing that we are seeing in modern times. Basically instead of pulling the babies out as soon as they begin emerging this method allows them to come out at their own pace and according to those who followed this program it was a big-time success.
A study was published on this in the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It is referred to as the STOMP experiment and seemed to of done exactly what it set out to do. By implementing a series of measures to the birthing process in itself a significant decrease in tears was noted.
There were a total of 3902 vaginal births during the 12 month period following project launch. Following full STOMP implementation, there was a significant decrease in the incidence of third/ fourth-degree tears (4.7% vs 2.2%, p < 0.0001). The reduction was most pronounced in the first 5 months (4.7% vs 1.51%, p < 0.0001).
So it seems, opting not to push unless it was needed really made a difference. There is no right or wrong way to give birth. Doing what feels most comfortable to you is going to be beneficial. Merging conventional birthings with those that a midwife would offer could really make a real difference in a lot of ways.
Would you opt to maybe give birth squatting or perhaps not push? I for one think as long as there are no complications letting them come at their own pace sounds like a great idea.
Your inner child is a reflection of how you grew up. If you had a good childhood then your inner child will reflect that, but if you didnt then your inner child could be carrying wounds with him or her that are affecting you even now.
Regardless of your story, your inner child can and will benefit from the things listed below. Through healing your inner child, you are also healing yourself. Whether you are aware of the things your inner child has been holding onto or not chances are there is something you need to work through. If youre feeling down and out all the time or struggle with boundaries looking to your inner child is a great place to begin. Dont hesitate to give these things a try.
If you want to heal your inner child you need to learn to trust yourself. You have to be able to listen to the words youre saying to yourself and implement them. Your inner child is you so being able to trust yourself is crucial.
If you want to heal your inner child you have to be willing to talk to him or her. Yes, sit alone and literally talk to your inner child. This will do a lot more for you than you might think it will.
If you want to heal your inner child you need to make him or her aware that letting go is okay. Your inner child has been holding onto a lot of things for years and letting go is not easy. This will take time.
If you want to heal your inner child you need to acknowledge the pain youve faced. You cannot let go without becoming aware of it, to begin with. You have to find out what youre dealing with before anything else.
If you want to heal your inner child you need to feel the feelings that your inner child is feeling. You should not allow them to continue bottling. Open things up and really take them in.
When you finally open up youre going to end up feeling a lot of anger and shock about the things you uncover. If you want to heal your inner child you cannot turn away at this point. This period is one of great healing.
If you want to heal your inner child dont shut out your...
If youve been trying to manifest but have not been having any luck there is most likely a reason for that. While cutting out expectations is not easy, it could be exactly what you need.
Expectations limit us in ways that most of us do not realize. When you are allowing yourself to become too attached to the idea of how you want things to go, they might not end up going in that direction at all. When we allow ourselves to become overly interested in an idea, we are creating fear. The fear that something might not happen is a lot more complex than most would assume.
While a lot of people think that being more specific with your expectations is a good thing, they are not seeing the bigger picture. Expectations do not attract things to us, they make it harder for the manifestation to progress at all. When we set our expectations too high we build room for doubt and through that, we end up losing focus in the long-run.
Without expectation, we are not blinding ourselves. We are seeing things for how they truly are and allowing the manifestations to occur as the universe intends for them to. We far too often allow ourselves to become discouraged when things occur in ways we did not quite expect.
We cannot always see what is coming our way and simply living our lives in the best ways that we can without expectation or care will get us much further than we realize. This will provide you with more freedom and allow you to really break through the walls you need to break through.
Dont get me wrong, you shouldnt let go of all expectation in general but you shouldnt allow yourself to become attached to outcomes or obsessed with any one idea. Expect the unexpected through not expecting anything in that manner. Just know that the universe is going to work for you and allow it to do so.
When you think about things like this remember that while we might think the bad luck comes from the black cat, it simply comes our expecting it after having crossed the cats path. We are more in control than we realize. Manifesting is not as complicated as it seems. Free yourself and see where things go.
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QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong, you said that next year, interest expenditure will most likely exceed military. Is this how the monetary crisis begins to unfold?
ANSWER: The entire problem with this Quantitative Easing has been the plain fact that the government is the biggest debtor. This is the same model around the world. Lowering interest rates to encourage people to borrow is absurd when the greatest impact will be upon the government. Europe is now on life support thanks to the ECB. Even if we look at the United States, every 1% rise in interest rates adds $220 billion annually to Americas deficit. Since we have exceeded the Bullish Reversal on Fed Rates on an annual basis, reaching the 5% level means the annual interest expenditures will be rise by about $1 trillion per year! This is just not a system that has much life expectancy before we enter a major Monetary Crisis that is off the charts.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Hold the Presses -- This is Incredible 2.0 Recap
Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz
Yesterday we began discussion of comments attributed to former Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa. He served in the U.S. House for ten years and in the Senate for ten more before retiring in 2015.
Bearing in mind that we still don't have confirmation that Harkin actually said all this, if even a small part of this is typical of what members of Congress think and are taught about our history, we are in a heap of trouble and they, like everyone else, need to be brought up to speed.
The first off-the-wall idea was that the Constitutions and the Federal Code went out the window because of the 1933 bankruptcy and going off the gold standard.
Let's try to get this in perspective.
We contract for certain governmental services with the British Territorial United States and its corporations. This would be analogous to contracting with a Property Management Corporation that also has subcontractors that work for it: a carpentry subcontractor, a lawn mowing contractor, a trash removal contractor, a snowplowing contractor.... got the picture?
So the trash removal subcontractor went bust in 1933, stopped accepting gold as payment, and started offering I.O.U.'s in lieu of paying for its debts.
That really has nothing much to do with us, does it? And it doesn't change what we are owed in terms of services by the parent Property Management Corporation, either. Our contract with them is still the same and it is their problem how they are going to get the trash removed. Not ours.
It's the same thing with the 1933 bankruptcy. They stop...
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In a recent interview, Kerry Cassidy from Camelot spoke to Lucas Alexander about the Truth Revolution and then went on to say via another interview to Kevin Moore and Richard Dolan, Kiss my ___________. Is that any way to address the noble knights of the Round Table? Would Queen Guinevere say that? Nay. Let us then kick the verbiage up a notch. Please watch Futurama and note the lines of Sir Bender, the alcoholic robot, Kerry. He would say Kiss my SHINY METAL ________________. And that is what Part II of AKAKAKA is all about isnt it?
If LMH was reporting valid information about those Grey Alien uploads from the massage table, that is the Mechaloid within the Mechaloiid .... the OS (Operating System) SW being streamed with all its application programs which can give a comprehensive description of how to make HW robots as well as Hubrids (Jacobs) and Humaliens and Cyborgs. Just as the Roswell Pilot-Preacher in 1947 could upload and then download into Sgt Matilda ODonnells body and impress her into service as a nurse tending to blood-sucking Insectilins, those OS Greys a la LMH/Baltimore can download into Grant Cameron and impress him into service as one chosen (a chosen one) to teach and preach that Grey Mechaloids are not here to eat our children, rape our women and steal our gold despite the thousands of cases in the ALIEN CRIME FILES of LMH, Jacobs/Hopkins, Yvonne Smith and Dave Paulides which show that Alien criminality and evil is far worse than that.
Every Homo not-So-Sapiens on this flat earth experiences hundreds of prima facie truths every day and most are trivial. Which truths are the most important for us to discuss at Skookum 2020? Why play around with small truths like the truth about Sandy Hook School in 2012 which Professor Fetzer et al do not think is important enough to post on Psychiatric-Research list before a thousand discussants led by psychiatrists and psychologists in practice and academia? Lets deal with one of his BIG (Skookum) truths like 9/11 and especially the WTC 7 truth as expressed by his friend Jesse Ventura. Or has Mr V also been turned into a body snatched zombie like Sgt ODonnell? Did Jesse Ventura unwittingly bring The Predator back into US from Central America as an astral body/OS which has multiplied (gone viral) and caused a US pandemic of BSS (Body Snatch Syndrome)?
Have you met Ventura, Camelot? Can you ask him about WTC 7 R on Russia Today and also if he started the BSS epidemic? Would Dr LMH prescri...
Since the beginning of the year, the Turkish currency has lost more than a third of its value against the dollar. As the currency declines, imports rise in cost since they are denominated in foreign currency. This adds to the inflation problem domestically. Among other things, the sharp criticism of Erdoan in the markets has cast doubt on the independence of the central bank. In September, it raised its key interest rate from 17.75 to 24 percent in the fight against inflation without success. This too adds to inflation.
There are people starting to look at tax cuts in selected areas to compensate for the crisis in hyperinflation. It is an interesting proposal but Erdoan is worried about a real coup this time.
COMMENT: Dear Martin,
I bought The World Real Estate Report at the end of 2016. It stated that Australian real estate was going to fall after the first quarter (March) in 2016. The property prices in Melbourne (where I live) continued to rise in April 2016 so I sent an email to Socrates Support asking them when real estate should peak. I received the reply below, which stated that the peak was either in for global real estate or the latest by the end of the first quarter 2017.
Anyway, since I owned a tiny house in Melbourne, I was facing a difficult decision if I should sell or not since it would be impossible to buy back in if the prices continued to go up.
I have been reading your blog daily since 2012, and I have read all of your forecasts being correct (eg. the Dow continuing to go up, US Index going up, Brexit, Trump winning). I also bought your Gold report in 2014 and watched gold bottom (Dec 2015) correctly for the date and price on the first benchmark, truly an unbelievable forecast.
Based on your track record I decided to sell my property at the end of the first quarter (March 2017), for which I received a fantastic price.
Im happy to inform you that prices have been falling since the 3rd quarter of 2017.
I just wanted to congratulate you on another correct forecast.
REPLY: We all need a place to live. Governments are attacking real estate thinking it is too high and they need to make it more affordable for others to buy. They fail to understand that when they do that, the wipe out the savings dor retirement for others. Raising taxes to support government pensions is morally wrong and economically a disaster. There really should be some qualification to be a politician who them plays with peoples lives.
Friday morning, a federal judge ruled against President Donald J. Trump and the White House, ordering alleged reporter Jim Acostas White House press credentials restored.
Following a lengthy Wednesday court hearing, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan (who is also presiding over fmr. National Security adviser Michael Flynn's case), ruled that Clinton has 30 days to answer two additional questions about her controversial email system in response to a lawsuit from Judicial Watch.
At first glance, it may seem like a positive move. The Trump administration and London are both putting pressure on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire in Yemens atrocious war. Washington and London are also calling for warring sides to enter into peace negotiations within a month.
The chief prosecutor of Saudi Arabia cleared his boss, clown prince Muhammad bin Salman, of involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. A number of easily replaceable people were indicted. In a coordinated move the U.S. Treasury sanctioned a number of the people who played a role in the Khashoggi case. There is an interesting difference between the Saudi and the U.S. list of the involved people. Meanwhile the White House is looking for ways to induce Turkey to finally settle the case.
After previously on Thursday the Senate killed a proposal by Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) to block $300 million in US arms sales to Bahrain a key Saudi coalition ally in the Yemen war Senators proposed another bill that would suspend all US weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and block the refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen.
The American Civil Liberties Union has released documents from the Central Intelligence Agencys Office of Medical Services detailing a secret history of CIA torture operations. The 90-page account was written by an unknown top CIA medical official and explains how CIA doctors were looking for a truth serum drug they could use on prisoners as part of a formerly classified project known as Project Medication. U.S. government lawyers have previously stated that the report was a draft and represented the impressions of one single officer not the opinion of the whole agency.
The Pentagon has failed what is being called its first-ever comprehensive audit, a senior official said on Thursday, finding U.S. Defense Department accounting discrepancies that could take years to resolve.
An organisation of physicians fear radioactive waste could become a major issue after southern Californias huge wildfire burned near a former nuclear test site.
The couple that captured hearts across the nation with a viral GoFundMe campaign for a homeless veteran created the elaborate hoax to raise money for themselves, prosecutors have alleged.
Saudi Arabia is seeking the death penalty for five of the 11 people charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Speaking at a news conference in Riyadh the countrys most senior public prosecutor, Saud Al-Mojeb, indicted the main suspects but insisted that the Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, also known as MBS, was not implicated in the gruesome murder of the Washington Post journalist. is seeking the death penalty for five of the 11 people charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Speaking at a news conference in Riyadh the countrys most senior public prosecutor, Saud Al-Mojeb, indicted the main suspects but insisted that the Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, also known as MBS, was not implicated in the gruesome murder of the Washington Post journalist.
Police in the Australian state of Queensland have offered a $250,000 (US $182,000) reward for information that can help solve the murder of a former Soviet KGB colonel 18 years ago. The victim, Gennadi Bernovski, worked in the domestic wing of the Soviet KGB, until his retirement, which coincided with the dissolution of the USSR. In 1996, he moved to Australia with his family and bought a house in Benowa Waters, a luxury suburb of Gold Coast, a city located south of Brisbane on the countrys east coast. But on the evening of July 24, 2000, Bernovski was shot to death outside his home by what witnesses said were two men in combat diver suits.
On October 1, 2018, Marylands new red flag gun law went into effect... On November 5, 2018, the law claimed its first victim. Officially called Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO), red flag laws permit police, healthcare providers, or family members (or pretty much anyone, really lets be honest here) to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves. A judge decides to issue the order based on statements and actions made by the gun owner. After a set period of time, the guns are returned to the owner unless another court hearing extends the period of confiscation.
A UK police force is being trained to operate drones, enabling them to take images of anti-social offenders with the potential to follow them to their homes. The move is part of a trial in the use of the remote-control devices.
For the first time, two leaders of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia have been found guilty of genocide. Nuon Chea, 92, was the deputy of regime leader Pol Pot, and Khieu Samphan, 87, was head of state. They were on trial at the UN-backed tribunal on charges of exterminating Cham Muslims and ethnic Vietnamese. The guilty verdict is the first official ruling that what the regime did was genocide, as defined under international law.
Mere hours after the Wall Street Journal reported that the DOJ was preparing to indict Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange, the Washington Post discovered that Assange has already been charged under seal by the Eastern District of Virginia, which has been handling the yearslong probe into Wikileaks' disclosures of classified government information.
A Miami pedestrian bridge that collapsed in March and killed six people had design errors, federal investigators said Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board will continue to investigate the collapse of the 174-foot-long section of the Florida International University bridge that was under construction. The board hasn't ruled on what caused the collapse, and the results could take months.
A newly appointed parish priest is being accused of using his stature to put on a ostentatious public display, during which children were seen pulling a Porsche through the streets of a Maltese town with the clergyman inside. Fr John Sultana, who this week was named the new parish priest for Gozitan, Malta, was honored with a traditional parade by local followers. However, the pastors use of a rather luxurious vehicle and manner in which he was heralded into his new role has drawn widespread criticism.
A few months back, the Orange County Sheriff's Department admitted it had been listening in on privileged conversations. Calls from inmates to lawyers were being swept up along with everything else by service provider Global Tel Link. This violation of state law (among other things) jeopardized dozens of prosecutions. In all, GTL's so-called "technical error" resulted in the interception of more than 1,000 privileged calls.
The cannabis startup backed by former Speaker of the House John Boehner is set to become one of the most valuable companies in the U.S. weed industry. Acreage Holdings is the latest U.S. cannabis firm to tap the public markets in Canada, where marijuana is legal, through a reverse takeover.
Despite scanning millions of cars every year, the average police department in the US only match a license plate with a car theyre looking for 0.5 percent of the time, according to a new cache of data on the use of automated license plate readers.
November Snow In Texas? Experts Warn
Decreased Solar Activity Will Shatter All Global Climate
November 15, 2018
Source: DC Clothesline By Michael Snyder
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Our sun has been behaving very strangely, and this unusual behavior is really starting to affect our weather patterns. There have been virtually no sunspots in 2018 as solar activity has dropped to alarmingly low levels. As a result, our atmosphere has been cooling and shrinking, and experts are warning that we are heading for a bitterly, bitterly cold winter. And even though the official start of winter is well over a month away, winter weather is already sweeping the nation. As you will see below, a giant winter storm is about to slam into the east coast, but what is happening in Texas is even more unnerving. On Wednesday morning, the temperature in San Antonio plummeted to just 23 degrees, and that absolutely shattered the old record
This shatters the old record low of 28 degrees set back in 1916, the National Weather Service tweeted of Wednesdays weather. Tuesday night just before midnight, the city hit 28 degrees, breaking the previous record of 29 set in 1907, records show.
Typically, November temperatures are significantly warmer. The average high for the month is about 71 degrees and the normal low is 51 degrees. San Antonios average low this year has been comparable to other years, but its average high, a cool 66.6 degrees, has been lower than normal.
Over in Houston, things were even stranger. When Houston residents woke...
Financial Times tool warns if articles quote too many men --Paper develops bot in attempt to force writers to look to include more expert women in pieces | 14 Nov 2018 | The Financial Times is automatically warning its journalists if their articles quote too many men, in an attempt to force writers to look for expert women to include in their pieces. The media organisation found that only 21% of people quoted in the FT were women, prompting the development of a bot that uses pronouns and analysis of first names to determine whether a source is male or a female. Section editors will then be alerted if they are not doing enough to feature women in their stories. Staff were told that, in future, automatic textual analysis could warn FT journalists about the lack of female voices in an article as it is being typed.
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The though I might share this; as it may be of interest here on this site to Anna & others...
Washington, George (1732-1799) and Benjamin Lincoln (1733-1810) Signed Oath of Allegiance.
Seems the original document is up for bid on Nov. 18th, here: https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3176B/lots/53?mc_cid=a605bc179f&mc_eid=7b1bf217d6
I found after reading the letter ( you too may, in the link) between these two gentleman, of significant importance to any interested parties.
Premiered Nov 13, 2018
On our part 2 of our interview with producer and insider Corey Goode and director Roger Richards of the #AboveMajestic movie, we will go deeper about the Alliance's secret plan to take down the deep state, #Qanon, human trafficking, space force, and concerns in the disclosure community.
Premiered Nov 9, 2018
Today on Edge on Wonder we sit down with producer and insider Corey Goode and director Roger Richards and talk about their new movie #AboveMajestic, #Disclosurefest - the mass meditation event happening in DC, the Alliance's secret plan to take down the deep state, the division that is happening within the disclosure community, and the current situation with the Deep State.
Published on Nov 15, 2018
The people are not happy in the UK, the BREXIT deal is not what they wanted, their voices were not heard. Wells Fargo and Credit Suisse are laying off employees. Retail sales are not doing as well as everyone thought. Financial pundits are warning the Fed to stop with the interest rates. They want the Fed to pause and wait and see. But the plan must go forward, the take down of the central banking system is the plan.
Published on Nov 15, 2018
The MSM is now pushing their agenda in every area. Election fraud, events in CA, the caravan moving up to the border, they are pushing very hard to take control, but it will not work, it might seem like they have the upper hand but this is on purpose. NYT, Facebook and Soros in a story, seems like this is a setup to make Soros a victim and point the finger at a scapegoat. The hammer can only fall when all the players are in position, the reason for this is because most of the players that investigate, rule etc... are corrupt, they use intent as their shield, to break through the shield there must be evidence, hard facts to prove their was intent.
Via: MIT Technology Review: DARPA, the US militarys research arm, thinks it may have cracked the problem. It is currently testing a wind sensor that could allow devices in its Adaptable Lighter-Than-Air (ALTA) balloon program to spot wind speed and direction from a great distance and then make the necessary adjustments to stay in one 
Via: Ars Technica: SpaceX today received US approval to deploy 7,518 broadband satellites, in addition to the 4,425 satellites that were approved eight months ago. The Federal Communications Commission voted to let SpaceX launch 4,425 low-Earth orbit satellites in March of this year. SpaceX separately sought approval for 7,518 satellites operating even closer to the 
U.S. Is Optimistic It Will Prosecute Assange --Over the past year, U.S. prosecutors have discussed several types of charges they could potentially bring against the WikiLeaks founder | 15 Nov 2018 | The Justice Department is preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and is increasingly optimistic it will be able to get him into a U.S. courtroom, according to people in Washington familiar with the matter. Over the past year, U.S. prosecutors have discussed several types of charges they could potentially bring against Mr. Assange, the people said. Mr. Assange has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since receiving political asylum from the South American country in 2012...The exact charges Justice Department might pursue remain unclear, but they may involve the Espionage Act, which criminalizes the disclosure of national defense-related information.
Verbal abuse comes in many different forms. While some of these might not seem like much, over time they build into something that can do a lot of damage to you as a person.
When someone is verbally abusing you they are doing it because they want to feel like they are in control. Whether someone is severely verbally abusing you or you are simply forgetting to take your partner into consideration before you speak, a lot can be learned through learning about the different examples of verbal abuse that there are. Below you will find a list of some of the most common kinds of verbal abuse. If youre doing these things or letting someone do these things to you something needs to change.
Sure, a little yelling here and there is fine but if your partner is always in your face screaming at you something needs to change. You cannot keep letting this person do this kind of thing to you. You should not be approaching one another in an aggressive manner.
If your partner is constantly criticizing you, there is a bigger issue at hand. He or she might make fun of you or act like your flaws are worse than they are to get a rise out of you. Dont feed into this and try not to reflect the same kind of criticism back just remove yourself from the situation.
When we are dating someone that will not take responsibility for his or her own actions we are put in a hard place. We are forced to take responsibility for things we cannot control and it really takes a toll on us. If your partner isnt willing to be his or her own person you should not be with them.
You should never tolerate threats from your significant other. You should be respectful of one another. This person might be threatening you as a means of keeping you under control and that is not ever okay.
Your partner should be your biggest fan, not your worst enemy. He or she should not be calling you names. While this person might dismiss it as a joke, some jokes should go unsaid.
This is something that happens when your partner picks apart everything you say. For instance, you might make a point but then he or she makes it so that your point does...
Florida Senate race heads to a hand recount | 15 Nov 2018 | The Florida Senate race between Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Gov. Rick Scott (R) is heading to a hand recount after the latest round of machine tallies showed the two candidates still neck and neck. Nelson and Scott were separated by a margin of about 0.15 percentage points, according to results of a machine recount released Thursday -- a narrow enough margin to trigger a hand recount under state law. The hand recount must be completed by Sunday, in time for a Nov. 20 deadline for state officials to certify the final election results.
Broward misses machine recount deadline - by 2 minutes | 15 Nov 2018 | A Broward election official said late Thursday that the county had uploaded the results of its recount two minutes after the state's 3 p.m. deadline -- making its machine recount tally void. Instead, the county's results from last Tuesday's election will stand until manual recount totals in the state's closely contested Senate race come in Sunday at noon. In another direct accusation of deliberate misconduct by Florida election officials, GOP Senate candidate Rick Scott's campaign accused embattled Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes of intentionally submitting late results to invalidate them. In the recount, Scott's Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, lost more votes than Scott -- a net gain of 779 for Scott.
Machine recount confirms: Ron DeSantis is Florida's next governor | 15 Nov 2018 | Nine days after Election Day, and one machine recount later, it is all but official: Ron DeSantis is Florida's next governor. The results of the statewide machine recount which rolled by the Thursday 3 p.m. deadline, solidified what most already knew, as DeSantis has already made himself busy with transitioning to power and creating a new government. In the governor's race, it was an anticlimactic finish to the dramatic machine recount -- plagued with technical issues and an avalanche of lawsuits -- with almost no change in the margin between DeSantis and his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum, since this weekend.
Canola oil is a popular food ingredient used mostly for frying and baking that doesn't belong on anyone's plate or in any snack bags. It's an ingredient not meant for human consumption and shouldn't be in any preppers' pantries! Yet, this cooking oil is touted as a healthy alternative to saturated fats. Sadly, most health food stores are soaked in this oil. Nope, it's not the new enemy of mainstream, coconut oil! No-No-No! We're talking about... Canola oil. Canola oil is the darling of the medical community, fast food industry, Big Food and sadly, even health advocates. Not only is Canola a genetically engineered crop, but it is known to be sprayed with glyphosate - the active ingredient in Monsanto's toxic weedkiller - as a pre-harvest desiccant. That is, a glyphosate formula to dry crops faster for harvest. But even if the Canola crops weren't sprayed with glyphosate, it would still be far too toxic to eat. Even if it weren't a GE food, you'd want it banished from your diet...
In this world, we tend to forget just how small our problems are in the grand scheme of things. While we might get worked up and stressed, nothing is ever as bad as we think it is.
As long as you are doing your best, you should be proud of yourself. Below I am going to go over some of the most powerful truths I have faced in my life that everyone has to face at one point or another. While some of these will be harder to face than others, they are all important.
Perfection in this world does not exist. You are not perfect and you cannot be perfect so stop striving for perfection. Just be yourself, everyone has their own flaws and things they dislike about themselves and their lives. You are not alone in this.
You cannot control everything, its just not possible. You have to be aware of this so that you can let go of the pain behind the things you have no control over. If you cannot change it you need to stop obsessing over it.
Toxic people do not deserve a place in your life and the sooner you accept that the better. Cutting ties with them is never easy but it is always necessary. Even the people we love the most can be doing serious damage to our mental health.
You cannot hide from change. Change will happen whether you are ready for it or not. It is something that you have to let happen, the more you fight it the more stressed you will become.
Money can fix a lot of problems but it cannot make you happy. While you might think it will, as long as you have what you need you can be happy even without all that extra. Money is nice and all but finding true happiness must come from within otherwise it will be just as empty.
We all face struggles and each struggle we endure is a step in the right direction. if you want success you have to get through the rough patches. Sometimes the hardest things in life teach us the most.
Pain is never something we enjoy but it is something we all have to experience. The hard parts of life are the ones in which we grow the most. If you want to be able to move forward sometimes you ha...
As the world becomes more open to marijuana, there has been a steady increase in our knowledge regarding what it can do. The more we research, the more we find and as it seems, the benefits truly are endless.
A study was published back in January called Cannabis use is associated with reduced prevalence of progressive stages of alcoholic liver disease. This study found that people who smoke weed have significantly lower risks of developing things like hepatitis, cirrhosis, steatosis, and so forth. In order to get these findings, the researchers actually looked at records of over 300,000 patients who were alcohol abusers.
This study aimed to determine just how cannabis use affected the liver in regards to liver disease in those who abuse alcohol and they did exactly that. All of the patient records they looked at were of those 18 or older and who had a current or past record of abuse. They broke things down into three groups and accounted for several odds.
Our study revealed that among alcohol users, individuals who additionally use cannabis (dependent and nondependent cannabis use) showed significantly lower odds of developing AS, AH, AC and HCC (AOR: 0.55 [0.480.64], 0.57 [0.530.61], 0.45 [0.430.48] and 0.62 [0.510.76]). Furthermore, dependent users had significantly lower odds than nondependent users for developing liver disease.
Our findings suggest that cannabis use is associated with a reduced incidence of liver disease in alcoholics.
While more research will, of course, need to be done in regards this study does match up with others. Alcohol abusers who did not use cannabis had a 90 percent chance of developing liver disease whereas those who even just used cannabis sometimes had about an 8 percent chance. That difference is quite drastic, isnt it?
What do you think? Could smoking weed before drinking really benefit those who opt to abuse alcohol?
Jealousy is something we all have to face quite often in our lives be it jealousy of others or others being jealous of us. This is a feeling that no one can truly ever get rid of no matter how hard they might try.
When it comes to figuring out if someone is jealous of you the signs should be quite clear. While you might not know how to pick up on them they will be showing. Below I am going to go over some of the signs so that you can better understand why some people may be doing the things that they are doing.
This person is always trying to ruin your plans. Whenever they see you with something you want to do they go out of their way to try and make sure that you cannot do that thing. Its like seeing you doing something you want will make them mad or upset whether they want to admit it or not.
They are constantly saying things to belittle you. Even the most insignificant issues become big issues to them. They are always going out of their way to point out your flaws.
It really seems like they are happier when youre upset. They want you to fail and always seem at their highest when you are at your lowest. Everything is not as it should be.
They pretend to be your friend only to get dirt on you. They are quick to share your mistakes and issues with others but never mention the good things you do. They are not as kind as they make themselves out to be.
They are always trying to talk about themselves. They rule all the conversations you have together and no matter what the topic is they find a way to change it. They are in this sense seemingly narcissistic.
They see when you do something fun or make an accomplishment as a challenge. They are always trying to one-up you. While you might feel good about your accomplishments and praise them on theirs they will not be willing to do the same.
They are always making your mistakes known. If you do something...
Members of the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, have reportedly uncovered and dismantled a spying network responsible for a recent botched intelligence mission in the Gaza Strip. Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Manar television network reported that Hamas intelligence units launched an intensive operation to identify and arrest those who had assisted Israeli forces in carrying out an operation east of Khan Younis on Sunday. The report added that the detainees had all confessed to have been working for Israel's internal spy agency, Shin Bet. Informed sources, requesting not to be named, said Hamas intelligence forces made use of subtle techniques to arrest the Israeli agents, who had not aroused anyone's suspicions. At least seven Palestinians, including 37-year-old local battalion commander of al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military wing, Noor Baraka, lost their lives in the failed Israeli assault on November 11. An Israeli lieutenant colonel was killed and another...
On Saturday, hundreds of sexual assault survivors and their allies marched and rallied in Hollywood, Calif., for the second annual #MeToo survivors march and rally. From noon to 3 p.m. that day, the mostly black and brown female activists spoke, marched and made impassioned calls for justice. What made the action unique was its intersectional approach to sexual assault, focusing on the experiences of low-income women of color.
Ahead of the march, Brenda Gutierrez, founder of the #MeToo March International organization, said in an emailed press release: Weve all read the headlines about the rich, famous, and powerful men accused of sexual assault and harassment. What about the survivors from marginalized and underserved communities whose stories have not been told and whove have been forced to stay silent? It was the voices of those women (and even some men) that were raised at the Saturday march.
So much has happened in the 13 months since the #MeToo movement gained steam after the high-profile revelations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein made headlines. Women who had spent years speaking out about their experiences began to be taken more seriously, including law professor Anita Hill, known for her testimony regarding sexual harassment by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas more than 25 years ago. Other women, who had been shamed into silenceperhaps because of the denigration women like Hill suffered throughbegan speaking out. Among them was Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who accused our newly minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were both in high school.
Although Kavanaugh, like Thomas, was ultimately confirmed to the top court, women have not given up on speaking out and seeking justice. The incredible electoral successes women enjoyed in the 2018 midterm races are part of a growing movement that has the power to reverberate beyond our current political moment and, in time, shape a framework friendlier to sexual assault survivors. Notably, brown and black women especially broke representation records in many states, as did Muslim women, indigenous women and LGBT candidates.
At Saturdays march, nonwhite women took center stage, purposefully taking u...
Flu season is upon us again the time of year
when the steady message is "Have you gotten your flu shot
Considering the many studies showing flu vaccines offer minimal protection against illness even when well-matched to circulating viral strains, the fact that vaccination continues to be touted as your first line of defense against influenza suggests this annual campaign is more about generating conformity for profit rather than actually improving and protecting public health.
Questionable Data Used to Support Annual Flu Vaccination Campaigns
Conservative outlet One America News files brief in support of White House in CNN legal battle | 15 Nov 2018 | The head of conservative outlet One America News Network (OANN) said Thursday that the organization will file an amicus brief in support of the White House as it faces a lawsuit from CNN over the revocation of reporter Jim Acosta's press pass. OANN CEO Robert Herring wrote on Twitter that the organization backs the White House's decision in part because he believes Acosta prevents the network's own reporters from asking questions. "We are going to file in the CNN vs White House court an Amicus Brief in favor of the White House. Acosta's actions are stopping our people from getting their questions answered, so that we can give our audience the real news direct from our President," Herring wrote.
Ex Labor leader, Mark Latham, recently joined Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party and will be running for the NSW legislative council at the next state election. Here is his 8-Point Plan to "save Sydney suffocating from overpopulation and overdevelopment."
1. Our immigration program must be framed in the interest of the people who live here now. This is especially true of policies impacting on an over-crowded, increasingly dysfunctional city like Sydney.
2. Permanent immigration numbers should be slashed, bringing them closer to their 20th Century average of 70,000 per annum (down from 190,000 currently). Temporary visas must also be cut back.
3. NSW should not take any more special refugee intakes, given the mismanagement of Syrian refugee settlement by the Baird Government.
4. Sydneys planning laws must be overhauled to make the city more efficient and sustainable. An urban containment strategy is needed. For existing suburbs, One Nation supports development and density restrictions in under-serviced, over-crowded LGAs. The Government should publish a comprehensive report identifying these suburbs (most likely, most of the city).
5. The release of greenfields residential land also needs to be limited to prevent further urban sprawl. Priority should be given to the development of employment land in Sydney to reduce commuter-travelling times, especially in the citys outer suburbs.
6. The Greater Sydney Commission should be disbanded (at an annual cost saving of $18 million) as it has become a mouthpiece for Big Australia immigration and unlimited population growth in Sydney. Political appointments and unrealistic planning strategies have dominated the Commissions work.
7. The Greater Sydney Commissions excessive housing and population growth targets should also be abandoned. NSW Planning should be given the task of containing the citys growth to reasonable lifestyle, infrastructure and environmental limits. Local Councils, as the level of government closest to the people, also have a critical role to play in limiting densities and development in line with local infrastructure/service capacity. One Nation respects this vital local government urban planning role.
8. The State Government should scale back the responsibilities of the so-called W...
A New Jersey couple and a homeless man who used a GoFundMe page to raise $400,000 now face criminal charges. Prosecutors tell WCAU that Mark D'amico and Kate McClure conspired with destitute Johnny Bobbitt to create the get-rich-quick scheme in 2017. The couple created a GoFundMe page, claiming homeless drug addict Bobbitt spent his last $20 to fill up McClure's empty gas tank after her car broke down. The charity campaign exploded, raising tens of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting donors in a matter of days. All three face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception for working together to create the alleged ruse.
BRAG has always tried to remain unaligned politically but the plans the Andrews Government has for centralizing planning, if re-elected, require us to take a stand. The plans are being developed in secret by Labor to ensure that massive changes can be rammed through, if re-elected, to push at least 70% of new medium to high density housing into the middle suburbs of Melbourne. What this means is that you can expect multi-storey blocks of flats in your local street and neither you nor your council will be able to do a thing about it. You will have no right to be advised, object or appeal and the first indication will be when construction commences.
And these flats wont be just two or three story, they could be up to seven or eight storeys or even more. No more mandatory heights, no real restriction on how many dwellings per block, as Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, has told the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee that, under the changes, 10 or more dwellings could be built on a single block. Previously the maximum per block was only two dwellings per block. No more backyards or gardens and lots of concrete.
On the other hand, the Coalition has announced at our Restore Residents Rights Rally on the steps of Parliament, that, if elected it will restore the Neighbourhood Residential Zone and General Residential Zone protections introduced under the former Coalition Government recently torn up by Labor. In addition we have established that the Coalition will review VCATs practice of acting as another Responsible Authority and overturning over 80% of council properly arrived at decisions. We attach a copy of David Davis presentation at the Rally which confirms the Coalitions position and we also have confirmation in writing from David Davis (Shadow Minister for Planning).
BRAG is raising this issue because Labors plans for intense densification of our suburban residential areas will drastically change the way we live.
You can do something about this at the coming election if you dont want to live in an overcrowded neighbourhood.
By Kurt Nimmo More evidence the war on terror, now shifted over to a New Cold War against Russia and China, is nothing if not...
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Bayer AG disclosed another jump in the number of lawsuits from victims who are suing over the German companys recently acquired weedkillers- Roundup. Roundup, which is in GMO foods like Cheerios, can cause cancer, elevating an issue that has wiped billions off Bayers market valuation. At the end of October, lawsuits from 9,300 victims were pending, compared with 8,700 at 
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Mercury is going to be going retrograde on November 16th and with that, we have a lot heading our way. This retrograde will last until December 6th and is something everyone needs to be aware of.
Mercury retrograde takes a lot out of a person but it also highlights a lot of things within their lives that they need to change. This retrograde begins just hours after the Venus retrograde ends and with that, you will be shifting into something far more intense than you might have expected. While you should be proceeding with caution, you also shouldnt be moving too slowly.
People in your life that want to use you are going to be really showing their true colors during this retrograde and you are going to uncover a lot about yourself that you might not have expected to find. We surround ourselves with people we think will be there for us in the long-run but most of the time we end up with something entirely.
You should expect to feel nervous and you might even experience some minor breakdowns as things continue forth. As you may know, the planet Mercury rules over communication and when it is retrograding you will not be able to get your point across anywhere near as easy as you normally would. This time period is quite risky when it comes to making decisions, negotiating, or anything else of the sort.
Mercury retrograde can play havoc with your thoughts, communications, travels, and electronics. Take extra care with your words and try not to react too quickly in any arguments or if provoked. Take some time out if you start to feel overwhelmed by the hectic pace. Double-check all of your emails and posts on Facebook before hitting the send button.
Business negotiations will be in a state of flux during Mercury retrograde so avoid signing contracts. Some important details will not yet be available, and others may be unreliable or dishonest. If going on a road trip then make sure you get your car serviced beforehand. The riskiest times for decision-making, negotiations, communication, and transport are the few days either side of the exact retrograde and direct stations. However, care should still be taken during the retrograde period.
Dont let this retrograde get the best of you, because the more relaxed you are during this retrograde the better. Give yourself room to breathe but dont allow anything to hold you back. Cut ties with anyone who hurts you and see where you end up when all is said and done....
For some reason, people on the poorer side of things tend to associate eating meat with having money. They desire it more and are much more likely to opt for a nice steak over a salad on any given day if offered the choice. But why is this?
Well, it seems everything boils down to the way people before our generations thought. A study from Dr. Eugene Chan and Dr. Natalina Zlatevska was recently published in the journal Appetite and suggests that we associate meat with our social status. If we are on the poorer end, we are not as likely to eat things that lack meat.
In mankinds evolutionary past, those who consumed meat were strong and powerful and thus man saw meat as indicative of social status. This symbolic connection between meat and status persists today. Thus, based upon psychological theories of compensation, individuals low on subjective socioeconomic status (SES) should have a greater preference for meat, as meat may be substitutable for the status that they lack. Three experiments tested this premise. Participants who felt low on subjective SES preferred meat-based foods compared to participants who felt high on it (Experiment 1). The effect is driven by a desire for status (Experiments 23) and not by felt hunger or power (Experiments 12) and not generalizable to plant foods (Experiment 3). The results suggest a symbolic link between meat and status, which has intriguingly not yet been empirically shown, and we also demonstrate a consequence of the link for food preference. The results may be of use for doctors who advise eating less meat to improve physical health and for environmental advocates who argue that meat consumption exacerbates global warming. We will also discuss the contributions of and further avenues based on our work.
They were able to obtain these results by carrying out several tests. In every situation, they placed their participants in it seems the poorer individuals were more likely to favor meat-based foods. That being said, those on the higher end of things opted for the plant/veggie based meals more often. Eating meat brings forth a feeling of power that a lot of people crave.
This makes sense, as poorer people were not always able to access meat as easily in the past. What do you think about all of this? Meat is not as special these days as it was in the past and we need to realize that. Sometimes opting for the healthier choice is necessary.
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Democrat needs to come clean with the American people about secrets she's hidden for years A federal judge ordered former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to answer five questions she has avoided for years about her use of a private email server to conduct official U.S. diplomatic business. U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan on Wednesday gave Clinton 30 days to respond under oath to five questions. These questions were all put to her nearly four years ago in a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit government watchdog Judicial Watch. The five questions are:
Everything around us in the world carries a vibrational energy, either radiating positivity or negativity. This includes not only your fellow many, but every other being, creature, and object that exists in this world. Are you currently living in a time a high or low vibrational energy?
The Law of Vibration states that everything that is around us moves and vibrates, each with its own vibrational frequency. In the same way, so too do our thoughts, feelings, and choices. These vibrations will resonate with one another, either working in a positive way, associated with a higher level of vibrations, or a negative away associated with a lower level of vibrations.
By understanding and embracing how this energy works within the Universe, we can then leverage it to work in our favor. Have you been working towards a specific goal in life, but always falling short? Working the energy and vibrations of the Universe in the right way can give you the boost you need. But how do you know where your current vibrational energy stands?
Your emotional state is a direct reflection of your vibrations at any given time. Higher vibrations trigger feelings like happiness, love, friendship, and joy. However, if you are currently experiencing a time of low vibrations, you are more likely to experience feelings of frustration, anger, sadness or depression.
True creativity requires one to be in touch with their innermost self, expressing their deepest feelings and desires in some form of creative outlet, such as painting, music, or writing. If you find you are highly creative, regularly seeking out opportunities for creative expression, this is a sign you have high vibrational energy. If that energy is vibrating much lower, however, you will likely experience a creative block.
While you may not realize it, your vibrations have the ability to affect not only you and your life but also your surroundings. Take a moment and look around you, are you in a positive location with thriving houseplants and a good overall vibe, or are your surroundings darker? The world around you is directly related to whats happening within.
Dont discount the message that your body is trying to send you. Are you experiencing unexplainable aches and pains, headaches, st...
At least 13 countries are interested in acquiring the Russian S-400 air defense systems instead of US platforms, despite the threat of US sanctions, CNBC said, citing sources close to US intelligence. One of the channel's sources, who requested anonymity, said that among the countries that have already expressed their interest in Russian systems are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Vietnam and Iraq. But, the article points out, Washington hopes that some countries will eventually give up under diplomatic pressure. Under Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), the US can punish countries that purchase Russian armaments, especially the S-300 and S-400 systems. However, these countries have concerns that the U.S may eventually want to bomb them, and the hostile threat of sanctions are believed to be a tell-tale sign that a military campaign may shortly follow the economic warfare.
As midterm-bolstered Democrats double down on special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged 2016 'Russian collusion', President Donald Trump is lashing out, calling the probe a "disgrace" and "total witch hunt." Last week's midterm results mean Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives in January, and the party has already said it will use a "subpoena cannon" to target Trump and everyone around him. Trump fired back by denouncing the Mueller probe once again. "The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess. They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts," Trump tweeted on Thursday morning.
15 Nov 2018 | BloombergThe fight over a vinyard in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains illustrates the risks that Harvard's endowment once embraced with its unusual strategy of investing directly in massive agriculture projects around the world.
Admissions of Culpability in 42 False-Flag
November 15, 2018
Source: Golden Age of Gaia | By Steve Beckow
New York City, September 11, 2001.
I hope this article communicates how often our governments have harmed their own citizens to fulfill a desire for increasing power.
This is not government of the people, by the people, for the people, such as were working to ensure.
Not Theory Admitted Fact
Washingtons Blog/Global Research, March 5, 2018; first published in 2015.
There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack and then falsely blames its enemy for political purposes.
In the following 42 instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admits to it, either orally or in writing:
(1) Japanese troops set off a small explosion on a train track in 1931, and falsely blamed it on China in order to justify an invasion of Manchuria. This is known as the Mukden Incident or the Manchurian Incident. The Tokyo International Military Tribunal...
Ernesto Arajo has called climate science 'dogma' and bemoaned the 'criminalisation' of red meat, oil and heterosexual sex
Wildfires are heavily afflicting California for the second year in a row. The most destructive, called the Camp Fire, is the worst in the states history in terms of deaths; it has killed at least 63 people while burning roughly 140,000 acres in and near the town of Paradise, 90 miles north of Sacramento. Now, as firefighters attempt to contain the blaze and residents pick up the pieces of their lives, one of the states largest utility companies is facing tens of billions of dollars in liabilities for those fires. Its more money, The New York Times reported Thursday, than the companys insurance would cover, potentially leaving customers responsible for the bill.
Though investigators havent determined the cause of the Camp Fire, the utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), disclosed in a regulatory filing that an outage and damage to a transmission tower were reported in the area shortly before the fire started last week, the Times reports.
Citigroup estimated that the company already owes approximately $15 billion for fires in 2017, and may owe another $15 billion if its equipment is found to have caused the Camp Fire. Some fear these billions could be passed on to consumers.
PG&E, which has 16 million customers in California, saw its stocks tumble 52 percent this week, according to Marketwatch.
PG&E is defending its record, saying it blames global warming for the wildfires. Tim Hynes, head of North American research at Debtwire, accepts this argument, telling Marketwatch, The company has been around for more than 100 years and its equipment has not caused wildfires like this in the past.
However, Marketwatch points out, PG&E is already facing liabilities from wildfires that raged in 2017, destroying more than 245,000 acres.
The Times concurs, pointing out that [s]tate officials have determined that electrical equipment owned by PG&E, including power lines and poles, was responsible for at least 17 of 21 major fires in Northern California last fall. In eight of those cases, they referred the findings to prosecutors over possible violations of state law.
PG&Es detractors allege that poor maintenance of power poles and failure to trim vegetation around power lines is a major cause of fires, the Times reports. The companys safety initiatives are under investigation by Californias Public Utilities Commission.
The burden of the wildfires costs will go far beyond PG&E, the Times says: Manufacturing companies could choose to move their businesses out of the service area or even the state. Resi...
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The coming weeks are going to be full of chaos and confusion as Mercury moves into retrograde movement. However, this isnt necessarily the case for everyone! Three zodiac signs are about to experience the best week imaginable!
If youre on reading this, youve likely heard of Mercury Retrograde and its ability to completely turn our world upside down. The great Planet of Communication often aids us in connecting with those around us, promoting rational thought, logic, intellect, awareness and our ability to express our thoughts and opinions to others.
However, when this planet takes a backspin, shifting into retrograde movement, that impact gets turned around completely. In the place of communication and logic, we experience confusion and mixed messages. Electronics malfunction and fail us, hindering our ability to make a connection via text messages, phone calls, emails or social media. Furthermore, any attempts to take our mind off that chaos by traveling and exploring the world around us are thwarted due to cancellations and double bookings. Its certainly not a favorable time for many!
Its important to take not that Mercury Retrograde isnt the only astrological shift occurring at this time. On November 16th, Venus is transitioning back to direct movement, ending a retrograde phase that lasted just over a month. Meanwhile Jupiter, the Planet of Luck is moving into the optimistic and adventurous sign of Sagittarius. Who is going to benefit from this?
The unique energy created by all of these astrological events couldnt be more suited to your personality, inspiring and empowering you. You are going to find yourself experiencing a sudden burst of energy and an unwavering d...
November 15, 2018
Top US Officials Confirm To Putin That Trump Is Preparing For Military Takeover Of United States
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
Source: What Does It Mean
A stunning new Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that President Putins brief meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence and US National Security Advisor John Bolton confirmed Russiasworst fears that President Trump is in preparations for having the American military take over control of the United States as, according to these top US officials, Trumps only oath of duty is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United Statesa document called the Soul of America that is under withering attack by radical leftist forces trying to destroy Trumpand whose threat against became dire after the 2018 Midterm Electionsrevealed America is in a cold civil war, and is now a country fundamentally split in two, with no real room for compromise. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) receives confirmation, on 15 November 2018, from US National Security Advisor John Bolton (center) and US Vice President Mike Pence (right) that President Donald Trump is preparing for military takeover of United States
According to this report, in meeting earlier today with Vice President Pence and National Security Advisor Bolton before the East Asia Summit, a gravely concerned President Putin inquired of these top US officials as to why the Unit...
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the release on bail of Mr. Shahidul Alam, human rights defender, prominent photographer, and founder of the Drik photo agencyand ofthe Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, after spending 102 days in jail on charges of violating Section 57 of the draconian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act (see background information). New information BGD 002 / 0818 / OBS 102.1 Release on bail / Judicial harassment Bangladesh [...]
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Disclosure | Rinus Verhagen
Paradigm change fair social engineering.
What change can we expect with GESARA and make a transition run smoothly to avoid Chaos and inflation.
Who determines what we do and how we do it,......... WE SELF!!
1. Democracy of the future and how we will organise our lives and governance.
2. How are we going to do honest business with each other and reduce production costs?
3. Changing the learning system with a knowledge database for online study.
4. Health care for cure instead of generating profits for the pilldrivers.
5. Legislation, Sanctions for abuse and/or organised crime.
6. Umbrella body to replace the corrupt UN.
1/ DEMOCRATION, Dear people, we see that we live in a sham democracy, we may regularly vote for people we think will fulfil our wish and their promise, exactly as Donald J Trump does.
However, most countries of the world are manipulated by the incumbent to serve their own agenda that does not match our interests.
We see the voters' fraud in the US, where stupid people of the Democrats have dug their own graves by the revelations that follow, making the elections invalid if the Republicans wanted it.
Whether we vote with ballots or electronically those in power will do everything to manipulate this to their advantage, certainly through false promises and...
The findings suffer from too much doubt to definitively support the paper's conclusion, says a study co-author: 'Unfortunately, we made mistakes' Scientists behind a major study that claimed the Earth's oceans are warming faster than previously thought now say their work contained inadvertent errors that made their conclusions seem more certain than they actually are. Two weeks after the high-profile study was published in the journal Nature, its authors have submitted corrections to the publication. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography, home to several of the researchers involved, also noted the problems in the scientists' work and corrected a news release on its website, which previously had asserted that the study detailed how the Earth's oceans "have absorbed 60 percent more heat than previously thought."
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Jewish people are being used. Torah - watered down Talmud for Christians
Why is the World such a mess??? (Because we are so clueless)
We have been deceived, we are deceived; we are deceiving each other.
Palestinians have more Abrahamic blood than the people living in occupied Is Ra El.
Ive been saying for years that the Old Testament is Satanic (meaning that from the 7th Day onward the references to God are NOT to the Creator, but to Satan). Its called Bate and Switch the oldest cone job in the world. Who else would punish Adam and Eve, and pit Cane and Able against each other to the death? (Satan). A loving Creator does not punish his creation. Punishment is a satanic practice. Karma (cause and effect) is the Creators practice. Why is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob not referred to as the Creator, because they are not one in the same! (You are not supposed to know. If you did know you would reject the Bible / deception.)
The New Testament is Luciferian with the exception of the Re...
Published on Nov 15, 2018
This video is for entertainment purposes only. Please use your discernment.
This 15 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:
Vermont Immigrant Rights Group Sues ICE for Monitoring, Infiltrating & Hunting Down Organizers
A major new federal lawsuit claims that immigration agents are targeting undocumented organizers for their activism in Vermont. The suit accuses Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles of carrying out a multiyear campaign of political retaliation against members of the group Migrant Justice. According to the lawsuit, Migrant Justice was infiltrated by an informant, and its members were repeatedly subjected to electronic surveillance. At least 20 active members of Migrant Justice have been arrested and detained by ICE. We speak with Will Lambek, an organizer with Migrant Justice, a Vermont-based group founded and led by immigrant farmworkers.
By Bill Van Auken in the USA:
Pentagon chief heads to border as first refugees from caravan arrive
15 November 2018
Gen. James Mad Dog Mattis, the US defense secretary, defended the Trump administrations deployment of nearly 6,000 active duty US troops to the US border with Mexico to turn back refugees as a moral and ethical mission as well as good training for deployment to wars abroad.
The Pentagon chief spoke Wednesday as he traveled to south Texas to review some of the active duty US troo...
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Pedigree of the IRS
Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz
For all those who need to know, this is what the IRS is and what it does and who it does it for--- I quote Pao L. Chang for convenience sake:
"The Internal Revenue Service is considered to be a Bureau of the Department of the Treasury; however, like the Federal Reserve, it is not part of the Federal Government. (Diversified Metal Products v. IRS, et al., CV-93-405E- EJE - U.S.D.C.D.I; Public Law 94-564, Senate Report 94-1148, page 5967; Reorganization Plan No. 26; Public Law 102-391---and is in fact incorporated in Delaware ...." ("Internal Revenue Service" was incorporated in 1925, the Municipal "IRS" was incorporated in 1933.)
"It is pointed out that all official Federal Government mail is sent postage-free because of the franking privilege; however, the IRS has to pay their own postage, which [again] indicates that they are not a government entity."
"They [the Internal Revenue Service/IRS] are in fact a collection agency for the Federal Reserve, because they do not collect any taxes for the U.S. Treasury. All funds collected [by the IRS working under color of law "as" a Treasury "Bureau" and collecting funds under false pretense as the funds are collected under what appears to be a Treasury presentment] are turned over to the Federal Reserve. If you have ever sent a check to the IRS, you will find that it was endorsed over to the Federal Reserve."
"The Federal Reserve, in turn, deposits the money with the International Monetary Fund, an Agency of the United Nations (Black's Law Dictionary, 6th Edition, page 816.) where it is filtered down to the International Development Association (see Treasury Delegation Order No. 91) which is part of the "International Bank for Reconstruction and Development" --- commonly known now as the World Bank."
RV/INTELLIGENCE ALERT - November 15, 2018
(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on intelligence leaks received from several sources which may or may not accurate. Other confirmed sources may also be included in this overview.)
The foundation for the QFS is being geopolitically set.
Every structure must have a good foundation or it will fall.
Brexit was a geopolitical checkmate against the Cabal-influenced EU.
The Deep State tentacles in the U.S. are being untangled.
The corruption, crimes, and treason of the Deep State committed against the Republic of the united States of America will be exposed.
The Deep State is now doing everything they can to maintain control despite knowing they are doomed to fail.
The exposing of the Deep State will cause the integrity of the stock market to collapse rendering the fiat financial system "dead".
Once the fiat financial system is declared "dead", the new quantum financial system (QFS) will be officially adopted by all countries worldwide.
All countries have been undergoing reforms over the past few years to become GESARA compliant and QFS compatible.
The asset-backed USN is ready to go once the QFS is adopted.
The private currency redemption event (RV) is logistically ready to begin once the stock market collapses.
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ANALYSIS-Exit of Flipkart CEO adds to fears in Corporate India about sexual misconductThomson Reuters FoundationNEW DELHI/BENGALURU, Nov 16 (Reuters) - In 2015, when Antony Alex pitched his training products for tackling sexual harassment in the workplace, large and small businesses in India mostly turned him away saying it was not worth the investment. This ...and more
MIDWEEK BY ZAP 11-15-18
MY APOLOGIES BUT YESTERDAY WAS VERY FULL, AND MEETINGS WENT INTO THE WEE HOURS. WE ARE PREPARING EVERYTHING FOR THE FIRST INITIAL PUSH FORWARD ON THE PROJECT SIDE AND GETTING ALL THE ELEMENTS IN PLACE FOR THIS. IT IS A BIG PIECE OF WORK GETTING MOBILIZED AND GETTING THE FIRST TEAMS INTO CHINA TO GET UNDERWAY.
IN PARALLEL, WE ARE PREPARING THE SAME SCENARIO IN THREE OTHER COUNTRIES TO COMPLEMENT THE WORK IN CHINA. THE MANUFACTURING STRENGTH HERE HAS NO EQUAL, AND WE CAN PRODUCE THE ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES AT A VERY FAST RATE.
WE GOT INTO A VERY SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP HERE, AND IT HAS EVOLVED. THE GOVERNMENT SIDE HAS BEEN EXTRAORDINARY IN ITS EFFORTS TO PROVIDE A FERTILE GROUND FOR THE WORK HERE.
I HAVE RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM A DEAR ONE THAT ASKED ABOUT THE HEIGHT THAT WOULD BE SAFE TO LIVE IN AWAY FROM THE COASTS. I WAS GIVEN A FIGURE OF A MINIMUM HEIGHT OF 1500 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL WITH THE DESIRABLE FIGURE TO BE AROUND 3,000 FEET AND UP. SOMETHING TO CONSIDER IS YOUR LOCATION WHERE YOU HAVE PUT DOWN ROOTS AND MADE FRIENDS. THIS IS GOING TO BE TOUGH FOR MANY AS PUTTING DOWN SUCH ROOTS IS ALMOST AN ACT OF PERMANENCE, AND FEW WILL WANT TO PULL THEM UP TO RELOCATE BUT WHAT IS THE PRICE OF LIFE? IF YOU LIVE RIGHT ON REDONDO BEACH, THEN YOU ARE NOT IN A VERY SAFE ZONE. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF A TSUNAMI CAME ALONG? GOODBYE REDONDO RIGHT?
SO USE COMMON SENSE WHEN PULLING ROOTS AND MOVING TO HIGHER AND SAFER GROUND. THE INTERIOR IS MOSTLY EMPTY EXCEPT FOR THE MAIN CITIES IN EACH STATE. BUT THE LANDS AROUND ARE EXCELLENT IN RESPECT OF GREATER SAFETY AS OPPOSED TO COASTAL LIVING.
PROXIMITY TO WATER IS ESSENTIAL. FOOD CAN BE GROWN INDOORS IN SUFFICIENT QUANTITIES TO PRODUCE ENOUGH FOOD TO LIVE ON. THE NEW POWER TECHNOLOGIES CAN PRODUCE ENOUGH ELECTRICITY TO SURVIVE MEANY DECADES, SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CUT WOOD. MEDICAL IS A GREAT CONSIDERATION AND STOCKING UP ON NATURAL REMEDIES IS A GOOD PLAN IN CASE THE PHARMA DRUGS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. DO YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE PROPOLIS?
THE NEXT YEARS WILL BE A STUDY IN PREPARING FOR THE EVENTS OF THE SOLAR PRECESSION WHICH IS THE CAUSE OF THE EARTH CHANGES EVERY SO MANY YEARS. THE LAYERS...
Bronze disk unearthed by archaeologists in same wreck where original 2,200-year-old computer had been found; also located bits of the ship that Jacques Cousteau and looters hadn't destroyed More than 2,200 years after it sank beneath the waves, diving archaeologists have possibly found a missing piece of the Antikythera Mechanism, the fantastically complicated, advanced analog "computer" found in a shipwreck off a Greek island. Scanning shows the encrusted cogwheel to bear an image of Taurus the bull. The Antikythera Mechanism was discovered in 1901, technically speaking. An encrusted lump was salvaged by Greek sponge divers in clunky metal diving suits from the Mediterranean seabed. Not that anybody realized what it was at the time. It would take decades and advanced x-ray technology for scientists to realize that the "rock" was a wondrously advanced sophisticated analog calculator consisting of dozens of intermeshed gears.
THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT
Almost everyone has heard of the Philadelphia Experiment, although the number of people who actually have any idea as to what it was all about are nowhere near as numerous. The Experiment seems to fall into the same realm as the Kennedy Assassination; clouded by rumor and supposition, the exact truth of either incident will probably never be known. Both events are also plagued by a mass of incorrect or inaccurate information. Conspiracy buffs are more than happy to create wild, intricate plots involving virtually anyone and everyone on the planet (and in the case of the Philadelphia Experiment, off the planet).
THE FACTS AS WE KNOW THEM
On August 12, 1943 (or October 28, 1943 - accounts differ) the US Navy conducted a test of some sort on the USS Eldridge (DE [Destroyer Escort] 173) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The exact nature of this test is open to speculation. Possible tests include experiments in magnetic invisibility, radar invisibility, optical invisibility or degaussing (rendering the ship immune to magnetic mines). The test (or tests) were conducted, only to produce undesirable results. Afterwards, the project (supposedly called 'Project Rainbow') was canceled.
U.S.S. Eldridge at sea in 1944
As one can easily see, the actual facts are scanty. The Navy denies that any sort of experiment ever took place, and the ship's logs show that the USS Eldridge was nowhere near Philadelphia at the time the test was supposed to take place. Of course, logs can be faked, and the government and military has lied before about certain events in the interests of secrecy and national security (witness the Manhattan Project). On the other hand, research has shown no evidence of a "Project Rainbow", although there was a code name "Rainbow"; it was used to designate the Allied plans to combat the Axis in World War II and had nothing to do with any form of experimental technology. As a final note, it should be pointed out that even some basic research (the World Wide Web is loaded with relevant sites) will show that the entire 'experiment' may in fact be a massive hoax, a modern urba...
Vaccine HYPOCRISY at its best: Vaccine
zealots claim unvaccinated children are a danger to their
Sunday, November 04, 2018
Source: Natural News | By S.D. Wells
(Natural News) Youve heard it before and youll hear it a hundred times again: The herd theory hoax that claims vaccines dont work unless everyone gets vaccinated. Sure. And how is that? If the vaccines work, why would all of those people inoculated still be susceptible to getting the disease? It doesnt make sense, unless you consider the fact that most vaccines are just a shot in the dark an experimental guess at certain viral strains, mixed with neurotoxins, carcinogens, allergens, other animals blood and cells, foreign proteins, all combined and injected into muscle tissue with chemical adjuvants in hopes of stimulating a hyper-immune response thats sadly short-lived, if it even works at all.
In other words, if youre afraid of unvaccinated children, then that must mean your vaccines dont work. And that is exactly why herd vaxxers are still paranoid about anyone who doesnt follow the rules of the sheeple and get every vaccine, booster jab, and flu shot that anyone tells them to get.
Open borders mean open arms to infectious diseases
Consider another angle that exposes herd theory idiocy. Vaxxers all believe they are safe in the herd of people that get vaccinated, but most of that same herd supports open borders, where herds of thousands of illegal aliens in caravans flood into their city or town with viruses theyre not vaccinated against. American vaccine-manufacturing scientists, corporate shills, the media, and medical parrots (M.D.s and nurses that repeat the same illogical v...
UK in Turmoil, Rest of the World Doing Just
NOVEMBER 16, 2018
Source: Covert Geopolitics
Theresa May is on the way out as her cabinet members resigned en masse. So, the Brexiteers need to wait a little longer, which is really the objective of the whole exercise. Yet, in most parts of the world, peaceful cooperation has held strong, especially between the ASEAN member-countries and China.
Russias Vladimir Putin also attended the recently held ASEAN Summit 2018 in Singapore, where the final negotiations for the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea were held with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imploring everyone, including China, for self-restraint, paving the way for a signed agreement in 2019.
(From left) Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith at the Asean-Russia Summit yesterday. The memorandum of understanding between Asean and the Eurasian Economic Union was signed after the summit. PHOTO: ASEAN 2018
A new agreement signed between Asean and the Eurasian Economic Commission yesterday is expected to contribute to trade, investment and economic expansion between South-east Asian countries and member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).
This comes as trade between the two blocs stood at US$35.7 billion (S$48.7 billion) last year, an increase of 40 per cent from 2016.
US Has Gone Rogue with SWIFTs Iran
NOVEMBER 13, 2018
Source: Covert Geopolitics
SWIFT cut a raft of Iranian banks including the countrys central bank off from its system on Monday, having come under pressure from the US to do so. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the move is the right decision to protect the integrity of the international financial system.
Prof. Keen, an economist at Kingston University, told RT that while the global economy is too big to be badly affected by the move, the exclusion of Iran will emphasise the danger of using a single national currency as the means for international payments.
The USA is big enough to bully what should be an impartial means for monetary transactions between countries, he added. This should not be possible.
Unfortunately for Iran, it is possible. A Keynesian economist, Keen lays the blame with the American delegation who went to the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference, where the rules of the post-WWII economic order were decided.
At the conference, British economist John Maynard Keynes proposed the creation of an International Clearing Union to regulate the balance of trade. The ICU would effectively be an international bank with its own currency the Bancor exchangeable with national currencies at a fixed rate.
The American team, led by Harry Dexter White, took a position of absolutely no, and Keynes dream died. We are now seeing why Keynes was right, Keen told RT.
The SWIFT ban, the professor argues, should serve as a wakeup cal...
This photo shows a Saudi woman wearing her clothes inside out as a protest; with the Twitter hashtag #AbayaInsideout.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Saudi women rebel on social media against wearing an abaya, a long traditional garment.
In 2016, a woman was arrested by the religious police in the capital Riyadh because she removed her garment. And last year a woman was arrested about whom a movie had surfaced online in which she wore a miniskirt.
Upon his appointment as Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman was seen as a reformer. But that image soon showed cracks because he wants to only have those reforms under his conditions. Many critics have been arrested and some of his relatives have been detained at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh
A $2bn Saudi Plan to
Assassinate Irans Leaders
NOVEMBER 13, 2018
Source: Covert Geopolitics
So maybe the Iranians do have much to be paranoid about. An explosive New York Times story citing multiple unnamed sources familiar with the matter details how top Saudi intelligence officials conspired to assassinate Iranian leaders including Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) Quds force commander Qassim Suleimani in a plot wherein the Saudis mulled using private contractors, and even approached Erik Prince, the former head of Blackwater and at the time adviser to the Trump transition team.
The discussions took place around two years before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as MbS was still deputy crown prince and defense minister, and was in the midst of ramping up intelligence operations outside the kingdom.
During the March 2017 meeting about the plan to sabotage Irans economy, according to the three people familiar with the discussions, the Saudis asked the businessmen whether they also conducted kinetics lethal operations saying they were interested in killing senior Iranian officials. NYT report
According the Times report a group of international businessmen assisted then deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri (recently sacked over the Khashoggi murder) in shopping around the plan to private contractors and Western allies, specifically the United States, and ultimately aimed to assassinate Iranian enemies of the kingdom and try to sabotage the Iranian economy.
If Germany and France get their wish of developing a European army, Austria wants no part of it. The defense minister's office said it would opt out, as it would conflict with Vienna's constitution and neutrality. Defense Minister Mario Kunasek's office told Kurier newspaper that while Austria has no details on the army proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it would still walk away from it because it is "contrary to the Austrian constitutional position" since Austria is neutral. The idea of a unified European army was proposed by Macron earlier this month, with the French president insisting it is necessary in order to protect the continent from the likes of China, Russia, and "even the United States of America."
Israeli forces leveled six buildings overnight Monday in the most serious escalation of hostilities since the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas. By Tuesday afternoon, Israel and Palestinian factions had signed to an Egyptian brokered ceasefire, yet worry remains across the Strip. Hours before the agreement was reached, Suhair Habboush, 39, was panic-stricken, fleeing her apartment in the middle of the night after a relative received a warning call from the Israeli military at 11:30 p.m. "I fell asleep early Monday night and about 20 minutes into my sleep everything turned into massive chaos mixed with my brother-in-law loudly screaming," Suhair said who shares a flat with her six children, "I rushed to my children's bedrooms to check if they were alive." "My brother-in-law received a warning call from an Israeli officer telling him to evacuate the six -story building within 10 minutes," she said, "The scene was similar to the 2014 war. We are scared that those black and bloody days...
A concept called idealism is challenging panpsychism in a big way. While everything in the universe could contain consciousness what is that consciousness was universal like youve never thought before?
Bernardo Kastrup who works to explore the different aspects within philosophy and things like ontology believes his idealism is much more superior to physicalism and microphychism. He seems to think that if the universe was one mind the presence of dissociative personalities would be behind the creation of individual consciousness. This is something many people will have a hard time grasping but takes the we are one concept to a very new level.
a) Grounding experience in cosmic consciousness: how
do myriad, ephemeral experiential qualities arise in one enduring
b) The decombination problem: how do private phenomenal fields form within cosmic consciousness? Why can I not read your thoughts by simply shifting the focus of my attention?
c) Reducing perception: how can the revealed order of nature (the physical world we measure) be explained in terms of its concealed order (its underlying thoughts)? Why are the respective qualities so different?
d) Explaining the correlations between brain function and inner experience: if brain function does not constitute or generate phenomenality, why do they correlate so well?
e) Explaining a seemingly shared, autonomous world: if the world is imagined in consciousness, how can we all be imagining essentially the same world outside the control of our personal volition?
You see, according to Kastrup, consciousness as we experience it is a by-product of our brain activity. Kastrup has a very interesting background and is known for pushing the boundaries. He says that basically each of us is an altar for the universe itself, just as you would see in people with DID or other things of the sort we are able to interact with one another without overlaps.
I propose an idealist ontology that makes sense of reality in a more parsimonious and empirically rigorous manner than mainstream physicalism, bottom-up panpsy...
Many lost their homes and possessions thanks to the killer blaze. Now they're suing the company they deem responsible.
How can governments cut emissionsand protect those that might lose work or face higher costs as a result?
By B.N. Frank While American public school systems collectively spent billions to provide high tech educations to students, Silicon Valley parents have been limiting their...
Wop Anti-Trump campaigner Michael Avenatti, though facing potential criminal charges for his role in falsifying evidence to slander Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh before his confirmation, has managed to get arrested and charged for beating his wife in Los Angeles. Rather than repeat "believe women" as he did when he was part of the crowd, now that he is in the hot seat he is alleging Pro-Trump Jew Jacob Wohl set him up and somehow bruised his wife's face in the process.
Asia traded reasonably well following the US volatility, with core China indices closing over 1% higher following encouraging Trade headlines. Talk is that discussions between the two are progressing or even that they are communicating! However, the main topic happened later in early London trading so lets just jumped ahead to todays hot topic BREXIT.
Having heard Theresa May address the media yesterday, today she presented her position to the House. That, however, was undermined two hours earlier when the then BREXIT Secretary, Dominic Raab, resigned his post of office, taking todays total to five (both junior and senior posts). Dominics statement was quite damning for the PM, claiming it was Theresa Mays plan and not his idea of BREXIT. Theresa Mays position took another blow just after her three hour explanation when Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested he would support a leadership challenge. Whilst all this political bravado was taking place Sterling fell 2%. This uncertainty has hit financials and property companies the hardest as with individual stocks off between 5% and 10%. Late in the day the UKs FTSE managed a slight positive close, but is not surprising given the currency is close to 2% lower on the day. Greek debt drifted some more today (+8bp) as money continues to move away from risk and back home. Gilts benefited from all the volatility and saw the 10yr bond gain 14bp by the close.
As the amount of money flow back to the US starts to increase, technology shares buck their recent down move and gain 1.5% on the day. We did see some initial weakness, but fortunately that was short-lived and the chase for paper was on. Just after the open we saw core indices off around -0.5%, but then talk that both the US and China were to increase efforts to compromise turned all indices. The NADAQ was off nearly 10% over the past month and so any news that may encourage a recovery was very welcome. Economic data released roughly in line, but the Retail Sales number did offer good diverse growth. Wage growth has been extremely robust and also helping were some strong earnings reports.
Japan 0.10%, US 2s closed 2.85% (-2bp), US 10s closed 3.11% (-2bp), US 30s 3.36% (-1bp), Bunds 0.36% (-4bp), Fran...
November 16th, 2018 By Chris Hedges via TruthDig.com What is happening to Julian Assange should terrify the press. And yet his plight is met with indifference and sneering contempt. Julian Assange"s sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating 
One of two potent storms descending on the Middle East triggered severe flooding in Kuwait City Wednesday through Thursday. More than 95 mm (3.80 inches) of rain inundated Kuwait City's International Airport Wednesday into Thursday. That is just shy of the 117.8 mm (4.64 inches) that the airport has averaged annually in recent years, according to the Kuwait Meteorological Department. Typically, 18.8 mm (0.74 of an inch) is an average rainfall for all of November. Runoff from the heavy rain flooded roads and damaged some buildings, according to Aljazeera. Schools and public offices were closed on Wednesday and Thursday. Air traffic was suspended at the international airport.
The Russian State Duma has approved the first reading of amendments to the controversial anti-extremism law, decriminalizing first-time offenses. Some legislators argue, however, that the whole law should be scrapped. Comment: From 2014: New Russian anti-extremist law comes into force The main purpose of the amendments, according to legislators, is to make Russian penal code more "humane" and fix Article 282, which proved to be used "arbitrarily" in some cases. Under this legislation, an individual who incites hatred, discord and degrades human dignity in public speeches, in mass media and also in internet publications can end up behind bars for up to six years. Over the past few years the number of Article 282 cases grew exponentially, with people getting into trouble over simple reposts on social media.
This 15 November 2018 video says about itself:
In parliament on Wednesday however, he admitted he doesnt use computers. Since the age of 25, I have instructed my employees and secretaries, so I dont use computers myself, he said in a response to an opposition question in a lower house session, local media reported.
He also appeared confused by the question when asked about whether USB drives were in use at Japanese nuclear facilities. His comments were met with incredulity by opposition lawmakers.
Its unbelievable that someone who has not touched computers is responsible for cyber security policies, said opposition lawmaker Masato Imai.
And his comments provoked a firestorm online. Doesnt he feel ashamed? wrote one Twitter user. Today any company president uses a PC. He doesnt even know what a USB is. Holy cow.
Another joked that perhaps Sakurada was simply engaged in his own kind of cyber security. If a hacker targets this Minister Sakurada, they wouldnt be able to steal any information. Indeed it might be the strongest kind of security!
Sakurada has been in office just over a month, after being appointed in a cabinet reshuffle following Prime Minister Shinzo Abes reelection as head of his political party. But he has already come fire...
With Joaqn 'El Chapo' Guzman's trial underway the US "Justice" Department's prosecutors are once again trying to deny the accused any opportunity at a defense. Namely, the USG is trying to keep Guzman's sworn assertions that he is a working stiff, with a boss like any other who was just following orders. He further asserts that the boss recieved the Mexican government's blessing for the business operation through substantial payments to Mexican presidents over an extended period of time.
The Defense's filing to address USG objects to mounting a defense is presented below:
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Re: United States v. Guzman Loera, 54 09 CR 466 (BMC)
Dear Judge Cogan:
I am writing on behalf of defendant Joaquin Guzman Loera in response to the
goverrment's November 13,2018 motion.(Gov. Mot.) to strike defense counsel's partially
delivered opening statement. Specifically, the govemment has alleged that the undersigned has
argued for selective prosecution, made improper arguments, cited hearsay and argued for a
public-authority defense. In doing so, the government has misstated both the standards for what
constitutes a selective prosecution and public authority defense, and seeks to preclude the defense
from making pcrmissiblc commcnts rcgarding what thc cvidcncc in this casc will actually show.
Additionally, striking a party's opening statement is an extreme reaction and a jury instruction
that opening statements are not evidence has been determined to be an adequate curative when
one party was determined to make improper persuasive arguments. United States v. Lewis, 305
F.App'x. 86, 89 (4th Cir. 2008).
I. Selective Prosecution Argument
The government asserts that the defense's opening statements constituted a selective
prosecution defense in that they argued or suggested that the govemment:
(1) was out to get the defendant because of his status as a
"mythical" figure; (2)had chosen to prosecute the defendant rather
than other drug traffickers, specifically, his codefendant Ismael
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Product/service has 75-100% made-in-nation ingredients & material: allow 180 marketing days per year
Product/service has 50-75% made-in-nation ingredients & material: allow 90 marketing days per year
Product/service has 25-50%-made-in-nation ingredients & material: allow 30 marketing days per year
Product/service has <25% made-in-nation ingredients & material: allow 7 marketing days per year (including the introducing products day).
Between Big, Medium & Small Business
Company has <5% market share: unlimited marketing days & budget.
Company has 5-10% market share: 180 market days & budget 1% of total industry market value.
Company has 10-20% market share: 90 market days & budget 0.5% of total industry market value.
Company has >20% market share: 30 market days & budget 0.25% of total industry market value.
The budget is up to each industry, could you as % of that total industry value.
Products without marketing is nothing unless it really really good. => The winner is the better, not like the current system pay-to-win.
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Californias deadliest fire in state history has generated so much smoke that its blotting out the sun which has caused surface temperatures to drop by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the US National Weather Service.
The smoke from the Camp Fire, which has burned 140,000 acres, claimed at least 56 lives, and is 40% contained, is so bad that anyone in the cities of Chico or Gridley who venture outdoors without a surgical-grade respirator are putting themselves in danger, according to Bloomberg.
NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) November 15, 2018
The air in the immediate vicinity of the fire is considered hazardous the worst it can be and the poorest in the U.S. AirNow has an unhealthy rating for the air from Sacramento to Livermore, and its only a little better for San Francisco.The smoke is so thick it prevents the sunlight from reaching the surface, said Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sacramento. It prevents surface heating. Bloomberg
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