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19/09/2018 - The Morandi bridge, an important motorway viaduct in Genoa, managed by a private company, collapsed on 14 August, causing more than 40 victims. The probable cause is structural collapse, the signs of ...
A woman accusing Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison (Minnesota) of abuse says the party abandoned her - a far cry from top Democrats' public show of support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser. Karen Monahan said that she was "smeared, threatened, (and) isolated" by the Democratic party when she came forward with allegations of physical and emotional abuse against Rep. Ellison, the Democratic National Committee deputy chair and Minnesota attorney general candidate. "I've been smeared, threatened, isolated from my own party," Monahan tweeted Monday. "I provided medical records from 2017, stating on two different Dr. visits, I told them about the abuse and who did it. My therapist released records stating I have been dealing and healing from the abuse."
Police are responding to reports of an active shooter at a software company in Middleton, Wisconsin. Multiple ambulances have been sent to the scene. The Greenway Station Mall in the area is also on lockdown due to incident, according to reports. Schools in the area are also reportedly on lockdown. One local reporter from WISC-TV has said that several ambulances were loaded up and driven away from the scene. The status of the shooter is not yet known.
HODEIDA, YEMEN The worlds worst humanitarian crisis is now more dire than ever according to a new report from the U.K.-based charity Save the Children, which warns that 5.2 million children now face starvation in Yemen.
The groups warning comes as the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and supported by the U.K. and the U.S., launched a new campaign to capture the Yemeni port city of Hodeida on Tuesday. Over 90% of Yemens food is imported through Hodeida, prompting the charity to warn that any disruption to food and fuel supplies coming through the Hodeida port could cause starvation on an unprecedented scale.
Save the Children reported earlier this month that it expected at least 36,000 children in Yemen an average of 1,600 children every day to die from extreme hunger by the end of the year.
The alarming statistics come four months after the UN warned that 18.4 million people in Yemen were set to face starvation by this December. However, sustained Saudi-led coalition attacks on Hodeida as well as its continued scorched earth tactics targeting Yemeni civilians has meant that the actual number of starving Yemenis will likely surpass that estimate before the year is over. Indeed, 17.8 million residents of the war-torn country already require emergency food assistance.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Save the Childrens CEO,...
There is one thing that Israel fears more than anything else in Syria. The loss of its ability to fly its F-16s with impunity and hit whatever targets it wants claiming defensive measures to stop Iran, their existential enemy.
Israel finally admitted to carrying out over 200 such missions over the past 18 months, only a few of which ever made any kind of international media, recently.
And with the sneak attack on Latakia which involved using a Russian IL-20 ELINT war plane as radar cover Israel has now not only raised the stakes to an unacceptable level, it has also ensured that this may be the last such aerial assault it will ever be able to carry out.
The setup is pretty clear. Israel and France coordinated an attack on multiple targets within Syria without US involvement but with absolute US knowledge of the operation to provoke Russia into going off half-cocked by attacking the inconsequential French frigate which assisted Israels air attack.
Any denunciation of sinister intent by Israeli Defense Forces is hollow because if they had not intended to provoke a wider conflict they would have given Russia more than one minute to clear their planes from the area.
That would constitute an attack on a NATO member state and require a response from NATO, thereby getting the exact escalation needed to continue the war in Syria indefinitely and touch off WWIII.
This neatly bypasses any objections to a wider conflict by President Trump who would have to respond militarily to a Russian attack on a NATO ally. It also would reassert NATOs necessity in the public dialogue, further marginalizing Trumps attacks on it and any perceived drive of his for peace.
That this took place within the 60 days window of the mid-term elections should also not be discounted.
This attack took place just hours after Presidents Erdogan and Putin negotiated a peaceful settlement for Idlib province by declaring a De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) 15-20 kilometers wide which everyone, including Erdogans pets Jabhat al-Nusra would have to abide by.
Peace was breaking out in Syria and Israel and the war-hawks in D.C. werent standing for that.
By conducting this attack like this Israel and the NATO crowd figured it would be a win/win for them.
If Russia strikes back at France, then NATO invokes Article 5 and they get their wider war.
If Russia doesnt strike back Putin loses face within Russia, his popularity drops 5 points and John Bolton begins salivating at the prospect of regime change in Russia. Ye...
Project Veritas has released the first installment of its exposes on the Deep State "resisters: Some of the highlishts: Federal Employee for State Department: "Resist everything... Every level. F**k sh*t up." Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Embedded in Federal Government Positions, Actively Resisting Stuart Karaffa Does Work for DSA While on Taxpayer's Dime: "I'm careful about it. I don't leave a paper trail." "I have nothing to lose. It's impossible to fire federal employees." Ethics Officer Fails to Recognize Breach on Ethics Form: "somebody just rubber stamps it and it goes forward..."
Left-wing groups funded by George Soros and other major Democratic donors hand out cash to protesters arrested for disrupting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, the activists revealed Monday night. A coalition of activist organizations including Women's March, the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and Housing Works have scheduled the near-constant disruptions at the Kavanaugh hearings as part of an organized effort to derail the confirmation process in a series of meetings since he was first nominated. The cash from the donor-funded groups goes toward the protesters' post-and-forfeit payments - a small cash sum paid to resolve low-level misdemeanor crimes and avoid jail time. Those are just some of the details representatives from the three groups revealed in a Monday night conference call planning their next two anti-Kavanaugh protests, one on Thursday and one next Monday.
From daily The Morning Star in England:
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
A red Nissan Juke mounted the pavement and swerved into bystanders outside the al-Majlis al-Hussaini Islamic centre in Cricklewood, north-west London, where a late-night lecture had just ended.
This is a Shiite Islamic centre.
Officers said the occupants of the car shouted anti-Muslim abuse before driving at a group leaving the centre at about 12.30am this morning.
Two men in their twenties suffered minor injuries and a man in his fifties is in hospital with a serious leg injury, the Metropolitan Police said.
Chief Superintendent Simon Rose said it was extremely fortunate there was no loss of life, adding: It is being dealt with as an Islamophobic hate crime and it is being dealt with as a racist hate crime.
The incident is not currently being treated as terrorism, the...
Eating leafy greens helps preserve intelligence over the lifetime, research finds. Leafy greens and other foods contain lutein, a plant pigment that protects the brain from aging. People with more lutein in their blood did better on intelligence tests, the study found. Lutein collects in the cell membranes of the brain, playing a 'neuroprotective' role. Foods that contain high levels of lutein include leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach as well as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.
The World Health Organization's latest TB statistics are a shameful report card on the worlds failure to confront the worlds deadliest infectious disease, says MSF.
Sex is not taboo, but is rather a "gift from God" which is designed to show love and to create life, Pope Francis has stated, while criticizing pornography as part of an "industry of lies." "Sexuality, sex, is a gift of God. Not taboo," Pope Francis told a group of young people from the Diocese of Grenoble-Vienne in France on Monday. That particular comment was in response to a 16-year-old who asked how to navigate in a world that "desecrates" the human body. "Love between a man and a woman, when it is passionate, it leads you to give your life forever. Forever. And to give it with your body and soul," the pontiff explained, as quoted by the Catholic news website Crux.
2-Day Teachings with Ambassador of
Tamarinda Maassen / September 22-23, 2018 in NYC
Keeping our promise from last year, at the 2-Day Teachings with Ambassador of Agartha Tamarinda Maassen event we will go deeper in unveiling secret teachings and knowledge from Agartha and from the Ancient School of Wisdom that has its roots in Tibet. This event addresses all those that participated at the last event and also to those that couldnt participate.
In this 2 Day Event Tamarinda will teach topics such as:
We will learn how the Spirit chose to be in every cell, in every thought, in every breath, in every action and especially, in every soul.
Mastering the human mind consciousness
And the Sub-consciousness is an inner process; it is alike an action of the mind which has not been exercised yet. The penetration techniques into action method of the mind are revealed at The Ancient School of Wisdom, and they will never be forgotten. By the means of the techniques you will penetrate into very deep areas of your own consciousness and the life of each being which was touched will be extended, peaceful and abundant, in a variety of new discoveries.
Here at FIFTY8, we would like to participate and share the information with our readers exclusively on https://www.fifty8magazine.com/
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We are looking to raise funds to attend so we can share this amazing info to the public from this 2nd event out of a 7 year disclosure plan.
If you decide to donate, we will share what we learn exclusively to you and give daily updates on what was disclosed and discussed. If it was anything like last years, you will not be disappointed!
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Denmark, the EUs cleanest country on paper, got confirmation on Wednesday (19 September) that its top bank perpetrated Europes biggest-ever money-laundering scandal.
Danske Bank, which holds a third of all Danish peoples savings, saw its share value plunge.
The affair could see the countrys sovereign debt rating downgraded due to loss of faith in its financial system, raising national borrowing costs.
The Danish government, which ignored warning signs, tried to contain political fall-out by proposing new laws.
But the bad news, which centres around dirty Russian money, is set to keep coming, amid ongoing criminal investigations and threats of US fines.
Denmark was last year ranked second only to New Zealand worldwide in anti-corruption terms by Transparency International, an NGO.
But its good name was dragged through the mud on Wednesday when Danske Banks top executives told press in Copenhagen that its Estonian branch had done business with at least 6,200 suspicious clients and had handled about 200bn in the period under suspicion.
To put things in perspective, that figure was larger than the GDP of Portugal or than last years entire EU budget.
It was also nine times larger than the GDP of Estonia and should in itself have rung alarm bells in Danske Banks HQ.
Alarm bells were rung by Estonian, US, and Russian authorities as well as by internal bank staff on several occasions in the past eight years.
But the banks CEO, 54-year old Norwegian Thomas Borgen, did nothing about it until years afterward, when he shut down the Estonian branch in 2015.
He did not come across anything that could give rise to concern he said at one board meeting in March 2010, according to bank minutes revealed on Wednesday.
Senior staff had told him they were comfortable with the situation in Estonia with substantial Russian deposits at another meeting in September 2010.
The information came out in an independent 87-page audit on Wednesday by Danish law firm Bruun & Hjejle....
PYONGYANG, North KoreaThe leaders of North and South Korea announced a wide range of agreements Wednesday which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contained a big condition, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stating hed permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex only if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures.
Compared to the vague language of their two summits earlier this year, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed in their second day of meetings to an ambitious program meant to tackle soaring tensions last year that had many fearing war as the North tested a string of increasingly powerful weapons.
Kim promised to accept international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and to visit Seoul soon, and both leaders vowed to work together to try to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.
But while containing several tantalizing offers, their joint statement appeared to fall short of the major steps many in Washington have been looking for such as a commitment by Kim to provide a list of North Koreas nuclear facilities, a solid step-by-step timeline for closing them down, or an agreement to allow international inspectors to assess progress or discover violations.
It also was unclear what corresponding steps North Korea wants from the U.S. to dismantle its nuclear site.
The question is whether it will be enough for U.S. President Donald Trump to pick up where Moon has left off. Trump told reporters Wednesday that the outcome of the summit was very good news and that were making tremendous progress with North Korea. He didnt indicate in his brief remarks whether the U.S. would be willing to take further steps to encourage North Korean action on denuclearization.
Declaring they had made a major step toward peace, Moon and Kim stood side by side as they announced their joint statement to a group of North and South Korean reporters after a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning. They took no questions.
We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat, Kim said at the guesthouse where Moon is staying. The road to our future will not always be smooth and we may face challenges and trials we cant anticipate. But we arent afraid of headwinds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation.
Kim and Moon earlier smiled and chatted as they walked down a hallway and into a meeting room to finalize the joint statement, which also said that the leaders would push for a Korean Peninsula without nuclear weapons and to eliminate all the danger of war. Moon and Kim planned to visit a volcano sacred to the No...
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
My Bad Attitude
Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz
First point-- this can be an ugly world. And I have seen plenty of that ugliness. I have seen how every nasty, prurient, self-serving, lousy aspect of human nature gets "employed" by the Satanists among us and how every virtue can be twisted to serve the Devil, too.
Some people call this a "Bad Attitude". Others recognize it as wisdom.
There is, in fact, a Bad Attitude that is required, if you don't want to be taken in and messed with and abused. You have to be skeptical. You have to be hard. And sometimes, you have to be rude, too.
Second point --- we are dealing with Satanists, whether we wake up and realize it or not. Satanists and their flunkies make up around thirty percent of the population.
And Satanists worship the Father of All Lies.
They lie about anything and everything. They lie for money. They lie for amusement. They lie for political advantage. They lie simply to lie.
Third point --- think about what you are being asked to believe.
Normal children who are harmed by predators go to their parents and tell them that they have been hurt. Why? Because they trust their parents to protect them and help them feel better.
The parents then report the abuse to the police.
The police investigate. Reports and complaints are g...
Published on Sep 17, 2018
The Cult out of Clifton Park NY has a million connections that the mainstream media are ignoring. In this vid I first introduce the cult & a few of its practices, then I go over how the Clintons have a cozy relationship with a lot of NXIVM's members.
Q mentioned NXIVM by name a week ago, but human trafficking has been a theme throughout the Q drops. Q anon also dropped a screen cap of an email between one Marty Torrey and Hillary, pointing out that her nickname (from him) is "Alice."
Beijing doesn't interfere in other nations' internal affairs, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, rebuffing President Donald Trump's earlier tweet accusing China of meddling in US elections. The spokesperson, Geng Shuang, voiced China's position while talking to reporters on Wednesday. A day earlier, Trump wrote on Twitter that China is "actively trying to impact and change" the election "by attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers because of their loyalty to me." Shuang's comments come on the heels of reports that Washington has ordered two Chinese state-run media outlets, Xinhua News Agency and Global Television Network to register as foreign agents in the US.
This 2017 video says about itself:
Mountain Gorilla: A Shattered Kingdom [Full Documentary] | Wild Things
A unique study of family life in the world of natures gentle giants and of the impact of mans turbulent politics on that peaceful world. This extraordinary portrait of a group of wild gorillas is a family saga rich in the grand themes of any human drama death, adolescent rebellion, jealousy and parenthood.
September 19, 2018
Obtaining sodium likely creates an incentive for the gorillas to leave park areas and make forays into high-altitude habitat. Both locations are not without risks: exiting their natural habitat and feeding on crops may increase human-wildlife conflict and visiting high-altitude areas may increase the risk of hypothermia.
The results may advance the discussion of how to adapt local human land use to effectively curb human-wildlife conflict.
When gorillas raid eucalyptus stands outside the national park, they come in contact with local inhabitants, which puts both ape and human at risk. To discourage the gorillas from crossing into farmlands near the forest, agricultural practices may need to be reconsidered, said lead author Dr. Cyril Grueter, of The University of Western Australia, in Perth. Ideally one would want to favor plant species that are nutritionally unattractive to the gorillas.
Scores of state and federal officers on his trail, a $10,000 bounty on his collar, more than 100 days on the run and still the 'armed and dangerous' fugitive, a self-styled survivalist, has evaded police. "Keep it up Morganelli, I promise I'll put a bullet in your head as soon as I put one in the head of President Donald J. Trump," the fugitive wrote on Facebook back in June, as cited by The New York Times, making criminal threats against the district attorney of Northampton County and the US president - and triggering a major manhunt in the process. The so-called 'Bush Crafter' also threatened to use "full lethal force on any law enforcement officer that tries to detain me." In a federal warrant issued on June 19, authorities named Shawn Richard Christy, 26, of McAdoo Pennsylvania as the 'armed and dangerous' suspect. Christy already had multiple state warrants out for his arrest for failing to appear in court and aggravated assault and violating probation.
Laying New Track
September 19, 2018
Source: Golden Age of Gaia | By Steve Beckow
Looking to the right and the left Credit: South African History Online
Pre-scheduled. Steve is on retreat until Sept. 20.
I continue to marvel at political discussions in which the Right criticizes the Left and the Left criticizes the Right.
Im reminded of a story that Werner Erhard used to tell of a train that was headed for disaster.
One of the passengers looked out the window on the righthand side of the train and noticed that the train was headed for disaster.
He raised the hue and cry and all the passengers went over to the righthand side of the train to see if they could rescue the situation.
No, the train remained headed for disaster.
So they all decided to go over to the lefthand side of the train to see if that would rescue the situation.
No, they saw that the train remained headed for disaster.
Finally they stopped the train, got out, and laid new track.
Im amazed at the dense and unhelpful criticism that the Right throws at the Left and the Left throws at the Right. To what avail?
The cabal has infiltrated Right and Left. Whichever side wins when they square off against each other, the cabal wins. The more the two sides tire each other out, the more the cabal wins.
Did the majority...
For more than half of American communities, the economic recovery that has created millions of jobs and pushed GDP growth above 4% during Q2 never happened. Indeed, while urban centers like New York City have created millions of jobs, a study recently highlighted by Axios showed that economic conditions in half of the zip codes in the US have actually worsened since the recovery began.
Among other findings, the Distressed Communities Index highlighted the fact that more than 50 million Americans live in distressed communities, while more than 80 million live in prosperous communities.
The 2017 DCI finds that 52.3 million Americans live in economically distressed communitiesthe one-fifth of zip codes that score worst on the DCI. That represents one in six Americans, or 17 percent of the U.S. population.
By comparison, 84.8 million Americans live in prosperous communitiesthe one-fifth of zip codes that score best on the DCI. These top-performing zip codes contain 27 percent of the countrys population, a far greater share than any other tier.
Underlying indicators of well-being vary drastically across the different tiers of U.S. communities.
As a map of the distribution of these communities shows, theyre disbursed across all regions of the US, with the greatest concentration of distressed communities in the southeastern US. Meanwhile, the northeastern US had the lowest concentration. Indeed, more than half of the USs distressed population residents in the southern US.
One of the starkest differences between prosperous and distressed communities is the uneven level of economic growth.
According to Labor Department data, 10 million jobs were created in the US between 2011 and 2015, with roughly 85% of these created in prosperous zip codes. Meanwhile, roughly half of American communities have seen zero jobs growth since the crisis. Only two out of every five distressed zip codes recorded growth in employment: the rest saw the number of jobs decline as companies migrated toward more populous areas.
Because of this ph...
Bishops who are accused should remain silent like Jesus on Good Friday when the crowds called out for his crucifixion, Pope Francis said Tuesday. When people insulted Jesus on Good Friday and shouted, "Crucify him," the pope said in his morning homily at the chapel of the Santa Marta residence, "he remained silent because he had compassion for those people deceived by the powerful." "He was silent. He prayed," Francis said. "In the same way, the pastor, in difficult times, in times when the devil is unleashed, where the pastor is accused-accused by the Great Accuser through so many people, so many powerful ones-suffers, offers his life and prays," the pope said.
President Trump in an exclusive interview with Hill.TV said Tuesday he ordered the release of classified documents in the Russia collusion case to show the public the FBI probe started as a "hoax" and that exposing it could become one of the "crowning achievements" of his presidency. "What we've done is a great service to the country, really," Trump said in a 45-minute, wide-ranging interview in the Oval Office. "I hope to be able to call this, along with tax cuts and regulation and all the things I've done ... in its own way this might be the most important thing because this was corrupt," he said. Trump also said he regretted not firing former FBI Director James Comey immediately instead of waiting until May 2017, confirming an account his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, gave Hill.TV earlier in the day that Trump was dismayed in 2016 by the way Comey handled the Hillary Clinton email case and began discussing firing him well before he became president.
New Delhi wants to encourage Russian investments and has invited the country's companies to explore business opportunities and strengthen bilateral economic ties, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has said. "We can set up a special economic zone for Russian companies," he told reporters. Prabhu invited the governors of the Russian Far East to explore partnerships with local businesses. He has recently met with his Russian counterpart to discuss enhancing bilateral trade and investment. They also talked about the possibilities of mutual cooperation in sectors such as mining, agriculture and tourism. According to Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, "two-way investments have already crossed the $30 billion target" which the countries have set for 2025.
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Indictments issued: Stephen Spielberg, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Hue Hefner, Tom Hanks, Steph Colbert, Seth Green, Will Ferrel, Morgan Freeman, Jim Carey, Marylin Manson, Johnny Depp, Charlie Shean, Jimmy Kimmel. Stephen King, James Gunn, Dan Schneider, Barrack Obama, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Kathy Griffin, Jay Z, Beyonc Knowles, Cathy Griffin, Anthony Kieds, Oprah Winfrey, Ben Afflec, Steven Tyler, Madona, Prince, James Comey, Adam Schiff, Robert Muller, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, Brooke Shields, Ashton Kutcher, Lady Gaga, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Chealse Clinton, GHW Bush senior & Jr. Bernie Sanders, Marc Collins Rector, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Ryan, Antonoin Scalia, Jerry Brown
Email drops: the CIA is the main reason this is happening, pope Francis is implicated and currently has an international warrant recognized by Russia and China and Interpol has been tasked with serving the warrant. I can get you the info on where they plan to serve him if you want. Date and location Ill get it to you. Pope Francis had 3 13yo girls testify that he raped them during a Ninth Circle Satanic Ritual and that they personally witnessed him murder children in the Vatican itself.
GHW Bush is one of the main people involved in this This is the breakdown.
The USA has military bases in every country and they use the military base to hide the children they traffic. They use military planes to transport them and everything is classified as top secret or home land security to conceal their activities.
The CIA is involved in everything. Child services, adoption agencies, the Red Cross, save the children foundation, FEMA, police officers, church members, teachers. Are you familiar with the yearbook catalog system? The second part of the child trafficking network is also about organ sales on the black market and thats why planned parenthood is so important to them. I have the whole entire CIA drug trafficking network, system, internally organized from politicians to mafia members, all cartel information related to CIA witnesses, informants, airplanes with and without identification numbers.
Locations of CIA drug airport locations, government pay offs. Everything from 1945 to present with audio, pics, top secret, classified, everything, the clintons drug trafficking network, the bushes, George Bush senior and putin recordings, kill orders, and all the financial banking information with records, passports of those involved, everything. Its insane that this is all in one place honestly. CIA assets, bank info, shell corporations, 5 Star Trust info, account numbers, 5 us army generals documents and proof of all involvement.
Blood and crips organized drug netw...
The biggest holder of US Treasury bills, notes and bonds - China - has dropped $7.8 billion worth of US sovereign debt as a large-scale trade conflict, launched by Washington earlier this year, breaks new ground. The latest statistics released by the US Treasury Department showed that China's share of US sovereign bonds hit a six month low of $1.171 trillion in July, from $1.178 trillion in the previous month. Brazil, the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Hong Kong followed suit. China's July outflow of treasuries was the third in the past four months.
My first encounter with Jerry was during one of his Connected episodes on MTV when I tweeted asking him to include some local trends instead of focusing on the global ones. I didnt think hed answer back but he did and then we met on several occasions and I quickly realized he wasnt one of those young-dumdum TV presenters who dont know what theyre talking about and just wanna be on TV.
This guy prepares for everything he does and is meticulous about every detail, even if its just for 30 seconds to talk about silly social media trends. I was also told Jerry loves to write and shares beautiful stuff so I went through his Instagram page once and you could easily tell how passionate this guy is about his writings. In fact, I had to ask his brother whos a good friend if he comes up with this stuff for real, because Ive seen many people steal famous quotes or poems and sign their names only. As it turns out, a lot of people were stealing his writings so it was all original content which is pretty awesome.
Fast forward few months, Jerry is launching his first book Bicaswad so I dropped by to show support and the place was packed. People loved what he wrote and without any advertisement or billboards, showed up in hundreds if not more to get their copy. I dont know how he did it, but he obviously has a talent that people seem to appreciate. To be honest, I read a bit of the book and loved some of the stuff but its not really my thing; Nevertheless I passed it to other family members and they enjoyed it.
Next thing you know, Jerry is taking part in celebrity duets and kicking ass. He reached the final stages and was praised by all judges. I remember I was joking with a friend that he will performing on NYE parties or launching a new album, but the truth is this guy has a talent and hes not afraid to show it and thats the part I admire the most about him.
Hes still the same humble and down to earth guy I met him few years back, and it doesnt look like hes gonna stop anytime soon. Check out his latest single Chou Kenna Lta2ayna. Again not really my type (Im obviously not his target audience haha!) but I loved the direction and the lyrics. Congrats and heres to more success for you!
PS: I heard hes launching his second book in the next couple of weeks Hob w Aktar.
Russia's Ministry of Defense has presented audio proof of Ukraine's links to the downing of Flight MH17 in 2014. During the press briefing in Moscow, the ministry said that Kiev could destroy documentation for the missile that shot down the MH17 flight in order to conceal the truth. It also said that the missile came from Ukraine's arsenal. Sputnik talked about the new evidence emerging in the MH17 case with Bjorn Ditlef Nistad, who holds a doctorate in Russian history and founded the independent Russian Information Center in Norway.
On Monday, Israeli warplanes attacked the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, firing a slew of missiles at the city, and ending up getting a Russian plane shot down. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin reacted, terming the attack a breach of Syrian sovereignty.
While the downing of a Russian plane and the death of 15 Russian military personnel sparked a lot of anger, Putin seemed willing to absolve Israel, at least for now. He said that a lot of chance circumstances were at play in the incident.
That said, Putin was very clear that the violation of Syrian airspace was a problem, and warnedIsrael not to let the incident recur. That Israel carried out such an attack at all was clearly provocative.
Russia, after all, has negotiated with Israel repeatedly on the attacks of Syria, and while all the specifics arent public, one of the recurring messages from Russia was to stay away from the Tartus naval base. Mondays attack was against a city very close to the base.
By Jason Ditz
Astronomers have boldly gone where no man has gone before in announcing that Star Trek's fictional planet Vulcan is real - and even has a sun just like ours. The planet is twice the size of Earth and has a 42-day-long year. Since the show's writer associated Vulcan with a real star, named 40 Eridani A, curious scientists and sci-fi fans alike have wanted to find out if there actually is a planet equivalent to Vulcan in the star's orbit.
This video says about itself:
19 September 2018
The results have been released of an inquiry into one of Europes biggest money laundering scandals.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Boss of Danish bank leaves in big money laundering scandal
The money laundering scandal at the largest bank in Denmark costs CEO Thomas Borgen his job. In the period 2007-2015, probably 200 billion euros in criminal money or money of unclear origin went through the bank offices in Estonia, including from Russia.
The bank says it is unable to provide an accurate estimate of the number of suspicious transactions and cash flows in Estonia. According to previous estimates, the bank is said to have made 1.5 billion euros by money laundering.
At that time, Borgen was head of the department responsible for, eg, the bank accounts in Estonia. Until 2015, non-Estonians were also welcome at the bank, mainly Russians, Moldovans and Azerbaijanis.
According to an independent banking survey, in 2013 alone 80,000 transactions are said to have occurred for 30 billion dollars in potentially criminal money. These are breathtaking amounts and numbers for such a small bank office, and when such sums flow through the bank, that raises questions, says one of the researchers.
Deutsche Bank broke ties with Danske Bank in Estonia in 2015 because of concerns about the customer base....
Turkey will send more troops into Syrias Idlib province after striking a deal with Russia that has averted a government offensive and delighted rebels who said it kept the area out of President Bashar al-Assads hands, Reuters reports.
The deal unveiled on Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Assads most powerful ally, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will create a demilitarised zone from which radical rebels must withdraw by the middle of next month.
Damascus also welcomed the agreement but vowed to continue its efforts to recover every inch of Syria. Iran, Assads other main ally, said that responsible diplomacy had averted a war in Idlib with a firm commitment to fight extremist terror.
The agreement halted a threatened Syrian government offensive. The United Nations had warned such an attack would create a humanitarian catastrophe in the Idlib region, home to about 3 million people....
The demilitarized zone in Syria's embattled Idlib Province will help Russia and Turkey to clear out radical militants, as both sides will be patrolling the area, a professor of international relations told RT. The deal to create a demilitarized zone in Idlib is "best military and diplomatic solution today" for Russia and Turkey, since they can remove the radicals from the province and avert mass civilian casualties, Huseyin Bagci says. The agreement was reached on Monday between presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the leaders held hour-long talks in Sochi, south Russia. According to the plan, the radical militants, including an Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as Al-Nusra Front), and their heavy weaponry must be withdrawn from the DMZ before October 10. Bagci, who teaches in the Ankara-based Middle East Technical University, emphasizes that the agreed DMZ is not an "everlasting" solution, but a temporary measure.
The warren of cubicles was secured behind a metal door. The name on the hallway placard had changed often over the years, most recently designating the space as part of the Mission Center for Europe and Eurasia. But internally, the office was known by its unofficial title: Russia House.
The unit had for decades been the center of gravity at the CIA, an agency within the agency, locked in battle with the KGB for the duration of the Cold War. The departments prestige had waned after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and it was forced at one point to surrender space to counterterrorism officers.
But Russia House later reclaimed that real estate and began rebuilding, vaulting back to relevance as Moscow reasserted itself. Here, among a maze of desks, dozens of reports officers fielded encrypted cables from abroad, and targeters meticulously scoured data on Russian officials, agencies, businesses and communications networks the CIA might exploit for intelligence.
In the months leading up to the 2016 election, senior Russia House officials held a series of meetings in a conference room adorned with Stalin-era posters, seeking to make sense of disconcerting reports that Moscow had mounted a covert operation to upend the U.S. presidential race.
By early August, the sense of alarm had become so acute that CIA Director John Brennan called White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. I need to get in to see the president, Brennan said, with unusual urgency in his v...
Over 200,000 people (and counting) have signed a petition in support of a RATP bus driver, who has been summoned for disciplinary proceedings after he slapped a "disrespectful" middle school boy. At the time of writing, the petition has reached over 219,540 names; rising by the minute. A phone video, filmed in Arcueil (Val-de-Marne, le-de-France), spread across social media (below), which appeared to show a RATP driver slapping a young boy during a heated discussion in front of a number of buses and other vehicles. The boy, who is of collge (middle school) age, reportedly crossed the road in front of the bus in a dangerous manner, forcing the driver to brake sharply, endangering the bus passengers. The driver is then reported to have reprimanded the boy on his conduct. The adolescent is then alleged to have shouted insults back, prompting the driver to get out of the bus, leading to him reportedly slapping the boy. After the bus driver was summoned for disciplinary proceedings over the issue, his RATP colleagues started a petition in support, fearing sanctions on his behalf.
Thousands of Italians are flocking to free public screenings of a film about police violence, which tells the tragic story of a young man who died in custody and left Italy in shock almost a decade ago.
The story of Stefano Cucchi, 31, who was arrested in Rome in October 2009 for possessing illegal drugs, has become a film entitled, Sulla mia pelle, or On My Skin.
The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month and was available to Netflix subscribers since September 12 around the world.
Community groups and student organizations, however, are now screening pirated versions of the movie across Italy. Some 2,000 people only attended Romes La Sapienza University to watch the movie on Friday.
One of the organizers of the public screenings, only identified as Giovanni, told Italian daily La Repubblica that the events were a way to inform people of how abuse of power was taking place.
This is how we can make people aware of the abuse of power by those in uniform and, more generally, on conditions in Italian prisons, he said.
In the film, Cucchi, who suffered from epilepsy, is shown spending a week going through the law enforcement system, at police stations, then a prison, and finally in the prison infirmary, where he dies.
What happened to Stefano Cucchi could have happened to any one of us, said Teo, a 27-year-old cameraman. It doesnt show the police as animals but it points the finger at a timorous bureaucracy that is incapable of facing its responsibilities.
Soon after his detention in October 2009, Cucchi was sent to a court, where he looked unstable and showed signs of having been beaten. After the hearing, a judge decided that a further hearing was necessary, and Cucchi was transferred to prison awaiting the second trial. His health condition worsened there, however, and he was taken to the infirmary.
He had bruising and other injuries on his legs and face, according to a medical report, which also said that his jaw had been fractured and a ruptured bladder had caused internal bleeding.
His family was denied permission to see him during his time in custody.
According to an autopsy result, he was severely dehydrated and also had two broken vertebrae and ruptured internal organs.Ilaria Cucchi, Stefano Cucchis sister, is seen holding a picture of his brothers face after his death in police custody. (File photo)
The prisons medical service claimed at the time that the victim had accidentally fa...
China on Wednesday called on the United States to show respect in their trade dispute and rejected President Donald Trumps claims that it was meddling in the US midterm elections by taking aim at his political base.
The comments follow a combative series of tweets claiming Beijings retaliatory tariffs on US goods were seeking to influence knife-edge midterm congressional elections in November.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang rejected the claims, saying: Anyone who has some knowledge of Chinas diplomacy will know that we will not interfere in other countries domestic affairs.
We dont want others to interfere in our domestic politics, and we will not interfere in the domestic politics of others, Geng said at a regular press briefing.
Accusations of election meddling are especially sensitive in the US, given the political maelstrom over Russias alleged intervention to support Trump in the 2016 presidential vote.
China separately also rejected claims made by Trump in the past that it has manipulated the value of the yuan downwards to compensate for the effect of US tariffs on its exports.
China will never rely on the depreciation of the renminbi (yuan) to stimulate exports, because a one-way depreciation of the renminbi exchange rate will have more disadvantages than advantages, Premier Li Keqiang told an economic forum.The file photo shows Chinas Prime Minister Li Keqiang during a joint press conference with Malaysias Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 20, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
The US announced Monday that it would push ahead with tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, on top of $50 billion already targeted.
This means the additional levies will hit more than half of US goods from China its largest source of imports.
After China retaliated on Tuesday with duties on $60 billion of American products, Trump accused China of trying to sway the elections.
China has openly stated that they are actively trying to impact and change our election by attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers because of their loyalty to me, Trump wrote on Twitter.
China has been taking advantage of the United States on Trade for many years. They also know that I am the one that knows how to stop it, he added, warning of a great and fast economic retaliation if China targets American farmers and industrial workers.
Some of the items included in the new tariffs announced Tuesday include daily necessities li...
The campesino leader explains the reasoning behind last weeks hunger strike, and what he expects to come from renewed efforts from government officials.
A UK-based charity say a total of 5.2 million children in Yemen are at risk of famine amid the ongoing war in the country. In a report on Tuesday, Save the Children expressed concerns about [...]
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The nonexistence of a threat from Russia means there is no justification for a permanent US military base in Poland, says an analyst, adding that the planned deployment is only an offensive directed against Moscow.
If there is a decision to put a permanent US military base in Poland, you can basically tear up the NATO-Russia Founding Act by which both sides declared that they are not adversaries. Maybe thats just a recognition of reality that Russia is NATOs enemy, a designated enemy, and therefore the Western military alliance wants all of its deployments directed against Russia, James Jatras, former US Senate foreign policy analyst told Press TV in an interview on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump has said Washington is seriously considering the possibility of building a permanent military base in Poland.
Trump made the statement during a joint press conference with the visiting Polish President Andrzej Duda in Washington DC on Tuesday.
The US president said the fellow NATO countrys fear of Russian aggression was justified.
Under the US leadership, the NATO military alliance has been increasingly beefing up its presence in Eastern Europe and near Russias borders.
Wary of the increased military build-up, Russia has accused Poland of opportunism by seeking a permanent NATO presence on its soil.
The US State Department has authorized the sale of $10.5 billion in Patriot missile systems to Poland, the linchpin of the NATO military alliances Eastern frontier against Russia.
The proposed sale includes four radar sets, four control stations, sixteen launching stations, and 208 Patriot Advanced Capabilty-3 (PAC-3) missiles, the Pentagon said Friday.
The deal now awaits the US Congress approval as it involves the purchase of advanced technology.
Under US law, Congress must be formally notified before the administration can take the final steps to conclude a government-to-government foreign military sale of major defense equipment with a significant value.
According to officials in Warsaw, US lawmakers were likely to let Poland get the missile systems, which are manufactured by US weapons manufacturer Raytheon.
The deal was expected to be accompanied by an undisclosed agreement which could see some technology transfer as well as significant investments in the Polish military industry, Polish media reported.
A State Department official said that the deal would give Poland greater flexibility in joint operations with the US and other NATO allies that also possess the missile system.
Polands ongoing efforts to modernize its military provide us with ne...
Bottled water is a popular item to store in case of an emergency, and for good reason. It is normally readily available and water should be able to be stored forever, right? So then why is there an expiration date on bottled water? Of course, water doesn't expire, but you should still check the expiration date on the bottle before you drink it. According to Live Science, there a few different reasons why water bottles come with expiration dates, and the first one, you shouldn't worry too much about, but the second one should make you think twice. Since water is a consumable product, regulations and laws require bottles to be stamped with an expiration date even though water doesn't ever "expire." Rational people understand this, but the government feels the need to step in and protect us from ourselves anyway. The only reason they were put there in the first place was that a 1987 New Jersey state law required all food products to display an expiration date, including water, according to Mental Floss. Since it wasn't very cost effective for companies to label and ship batches of expiration-dated water to one state alone, most bottled water producers simply started giving every bottle a two-year sell-by date-no matter where it was going. Because the law is rather arbitrary, don't worry too much about drinking expired water just because a law demands a company stamp the bottle. However, the expiration date serves more of a warning about the bottle itself than the water contained inside.
In the video below, Steven Keller- The Emotion Reset Coach- interviews his friend who has not just an undergraduate degree in biology from Stanford, but two Masters degrees and a Ph.D. Watch and see that even PhDs doubt what theyve been taught. Its what you do with your doubt that counts. RELATED STORY: RFK, Jr. proves HHS 
We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat, Kim declared, during a third summit this year with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The North Korean leader agreed to the disassembling of the missile site, with international inspectors present.
Kim and Moon rode in an open limousine through streets lined with crowds of North Koreans, who cheered and waved the flag of their country and a blue-and-white flag that symbolizes Korean unity.
The road to our future will not always be smooth and we may face challenges and trials we cant anticipate. But we arent afraid of headwinds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation, Kim added.
President Moon also announced, during the Pyongyang summit, that both Koreas will also seek to joint-host the 2032 Summer Olympics. Moon had traveled to the North, on Tuesday, to hold further peace talks with Kim. A joint liaison office building was also recently opened, in the North Korean city of Kaesong, to strengthen relations.
The two Korean leaders agreed to remove landmines and withdraw 11 guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone, by December, and to establish a no-fly zone above the military demarcation line that bisects the two countries that will apply to planes, helicopters and drones.
The 248-kilometer border is the worlds most heavily fortified, with hundreds of thousands of troops stationed along its contours.
Its not too much to say that its Moons efforts that arranged a historic North Korea-U.S. summit. Because of that, the regional political situation has been stabilized and more progress on North Korea-U.S. ties is expected, Kim said, according to South Korean media.
U.S. President Donald Trump has stated that he has a solid relationship with Kim, after their June summit in Singapore. North Korea has requested a formal declaration of the end of the Korean War, which was stop...
Christine Blasey Ford, who accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, will not appear at the hearing scheduled by the Senate Judiciary Committee, her lawyer said. An FBI investigation into the allegations "should be the first step" before her client makes any public statement, Ford's attorney Debra Katz told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday evening. "Nothing of substance and nothing legitimate can happen by Monday," the lawyer stressed. Ford and Kavanaugh were both invited to publicly present their sides of the story over the allegation that surfaced after the nomination hearings. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), who said she had Ford's letter since Kavanaugh was nominated in July, has not explained why she held it back until now. The university professor is accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct back in 1982, which put Kavanaugh's nomination in jeopardy. The committee officially canceled the confirmation vote scheduled for Thursday, until it hears the testimonies from both the judge and his accuser - and the delay of the public hearing could further prolong the process.
Hosts and nominees alike paraded their views on a constellation of political issues - from sexual harassment to Supreme Court nominations - throughout the most prestigious US TV awards. Not many tuned in to watch. Only 10.2 million viewers, just 7.2 percent of US households turned on their sets to follow the Emmys on Monday night. This is 10 percent lower than last year's figures, which were already the worst-ever, and down from 17 million a mere five years ago. Yet, just because there is no audience, it doesn't mean actors stop acting - or reflexively airing their political stances. What you (probably) missed For at least the third year running, Donald Trump was the elephant in the room, with co-host Colin Jost hoping that the Obamas "get way higher ratings" than the incumbent president's former show the Apprentice. The opening monologue also featured a barb about the first Emmys in 1949 - "when we all agreed that Nazis were bad" - and a joke about Roseanne being "cancelled... and picked up by white nationalists."
Working in the financial sector for the better part of a decade means I share my floor with many MBA graduates. In these uncertain times for Lebanon, with skyrocketing unemployment and bleak economic outlook, many of you might be thinking if continuing your education abroad might be a wise choice for you.
The short answer is, MBA degrees do help your CV stand out for potential employees, and will undoubtedly give you a salary bump. For example, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) says fresh MBA graduates start with salaries of around 105,000 USD this year. It also helps graduates join global alumni networks, solidifying their mastery of business fundamentals and helping them get promotions within the companies they work at.
Despite the obvious benefits of getting an MBA, the high cost of getting one is often a challenge for most prospective students. An MBA can cost up to 200,000 USD at schools like Harvard, MIT Sloan and Stanford, some of the most sought-after MBA programs across the globe. So, even if an MBA might help a persons career, securing financing for it often complicates this decision, given that most students will not be earning a salary while they pursue their MBA.
One solution is to focus on getting a MBA in places other than the US, securing scholarships and finding institutions that offer financial aid or allow you to keep your job as you complete your program. Another is to look on the long-term return on investment. A study based on 235 full-time MBA programs by QS International found out that over a 10-year period, the ROI was up to 390,000 USD. In other words, students can repay the cost of their MBA in little over 4 years after they get the salary raise once they finish their program. Keep in mind, that varies greatly between different regions of the world, but on average, MBA graduates were able to pay off their tuition in under 5 years. Compare that to the average time it would take medical students to pay off their tuition, and the ROI starts to make sense.
Protesters arrested at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's hearing are being organized by Democrat-linked groups and their legal bills are reportedly paid by activists funded by billionaire liberal financier George Soros. Photos circulated two weeks ago purported to show activists being paid in cash after disrupting judge Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings. The photos raised speculation over whether the disruptions were grassroots liberal activism or an example of astroturfed 'manufactured dissent,' funded by Democrats. The latter has now been confirmed, according to conservative news outlet The Daily Caller, which reported that a coalition of left-wing organizations is scheduling interruptions and ponying up the post-and-forfeit bills - a small cash payment of around $50 to resolve the offense and avoid jail time - of those arrested. The organizations named include Women's March, the Center for Popular Democracy, and Housing Works.
On the 17th of September, an important meeting was held in Sochi between Erdogan and Putin to discuss Syria, in particular Idlib. A few hours after the agreement between the two leaders was reached, there was a French-Israeli strike on Syria's coastal area of Latakia, causing the loss of a Russian Air Force Il-20 aircraft and bringing the world to the brink of a thermonuclear war. The agreement between Erdogan and Putin over the province of Idlib was reached after five hours of discussions and proposals. Ultimately, as explained by RT, the agreement concerns a 15-20 kilometer demilitarized zone, the identification of terrorist groups to fight, and combined patrols by Turkish and Russian soldiers on the borders of Idlib to monitor the situation and the opening of main roads between Hama, Damascus and Aleppo over the next few months. RT specifies: "[Erdogan and Putin] We've agreed to create a demilitarized zone between the government troops and militants before October 15. The zone will be 15 to 20 kms wide, with full withdrawal of hardline militants from there, including the Jabhat Al-Nusra. As part of solving the deadlock, all heavy weaponry, including tanks and artillery, will be withdrawn from the zone before October 10. The area will be patrolled by Turkish and Russian military units. Before the end of the year, roads between Aleppo and Hama, and Aleppo and Latakia must be reopened for transit traffic. The agreement has received general support from the Syrian government." There were manifold goals for the talks between Erdogan and Putin. For the Kremlin there were innumerable points to be clarified and points of tension to be softened. One of the reasons why Russia and Turkey decided to sit around a table and discuss the imminent Syrian offensive in Idlib was the shared concern surrounding possible Western reactions. Moscow wants to avoid offering France, the UK and the US a pretext to strike Syrian forces in response to the umpteenth false-flag chemical attack. This would once again raise tensions, risking a direct confrontation between Russian and Western armed forces. In the unfortunate event of Russia exchanging fire with such aggressor countries, relations between Moscow and the European capitals would be further damaged, perhaps this time irremediably. Moscow would thus be reluctant to press Damascus to pursue an offensive in Idlib. It is even probable that Xi Jinping and Putin discussed the best solution for Idlib during their recent meeting, perhaps imagining an agreement with Turkey in order to avoid an escalation of international tensions at a time when sanctions and tariffs have already upset the economic environment as well as relations between countries. Putin and Xi Jinping must consider factors beyond Syria alone, finding workable solutions to contain the chaos of the US-led world order. Damascus of course does not shy away from an offensive on Idlib but understands the needs of its allies. Moreover, it is well aware...
Over a year has passed since Oklahoma state senator, Ralph Shortey was busted for child sex trafficking and now, on Monday, he's finally been sentenced to prison. U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti handed down a 15 year sentence to Ralph Shortey, 36, who faced sentences of between 10 years and life in prison. DeGiusti also ordered Shortey to serve 10 years of supervised probation once he is released from prison and said he will impose a fine on the former two-term lawmaker at a later date. The fine could be up to $250,000, according to NBC. In September of 2017, Shortey was accused in a federal indictment of multiple counts of child sex trafficking and child pornography offenses. In November, Shortey agreed to plead guilty to a single child sex trafficking charge in exchange for the three other charges to be dismissed. The age of consent for sexual activity is 16 in Oklahoma. However, it is against both state and federal law for anyone under the age of 18 to be involved in the commercial sex industry. As a result, anyone who prostitutes a minor under the age of 18, like Ralph Shortey, can be charged with either child prostitution or trafficking in minors - thus the charge of child sex trafficking. Body Camera footage, released last year, showed the moment police raided the hotel room occupied by Shortey and his underage victim.
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Nature observations with the camera. Almost every day I am out and about, mostly in the vicinity of my place of residence in the Eifel and document our fascinating nature on the videos shown here.
From University College London in England:
September 18, 2018
A lack of understanding of the important role of wasps in the ecosystem and economy is a fundamental reason why they are universally despised whereas bees are much loved, according to UCL-led research.
Both bees and wasps are two of humanitys most ecologically and economically important organisms. They both pollinate our flowers and crops, but wasps also regulate populations of crop pests and insects that carry human diseases.
Its clear we have a very different emotional connection to wasps than to bees we have lived in harmony with bees for a very long time, domesticating some species, but human-wasp interactions are often unpleasant as they ruin picnics and nest in our homes, explained study author, Dr Seirian Sumner (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment).
Despite this, we need to actively overhaul the negative image of wasps to protect the ecological benefits they bring to our planet. They are facing...
September 20th, 2018 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World Bayer"s headaches don"t stop with Monsanto-related buyer"s remorse. Their most iconic pharmaceutical aspirin which they once marketed as a wonder drug" is now being revealed to have no health benefits to older adults, and may even cause significant harm. I"ve been writing about the 
The German Red Cross (GRC) is part of a worldwide community assisting victims of conflicts and disasters and people affected by social or health related crises. The Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement provides vulnerable people with assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions and adheres to the seven Fundamental Principles of the Movement: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and [...]
When it comes to progressive proposals aimed at social well-being, the associated costs are always the first explanation for why such efforts are either unrealistic pie in the sky.
Medicare for All. But how you gonna pay for it?
Tuition-free public college. But how you gonna pay for it?
Paid family leave and sick leave. But how you gonna pay for it?
The urgently-needed rapid and just transition to 100 percent renewable energy? But how you gonna pay for it?
Meanwhile, news outlets reported Tuesday that President Donald Trumps so-called Space Forceif approvedwould require $13 billion in funding over its first five years alone and word from the U.S. Air Force on Monday was that it wants to acquire an additional 70 squadronswhich would include scores of new aircraftin the coming years.
According to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, her branch of the military intends to grow its fighting force by nearly 25 percent in the coming years. That would include:
In her comments to attendees at the annual Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference outside Washington, D.C. on Monday, Wilson said that while the Air Force already has 312 active squadrons operating around the globe, the U.S. empire would be more powerful and effective if they had more. Three hundred and twelve operational squadrons is not enough, she said. It takes all of us to get that combat power ready and able to fight. A fist is nothing without the weight of the body behind it....
TIRANA, ALBANIA Iran is once again being subject to double standards as part of an ongoing effort to deprive it of access to media platforms where it can influence audiences overseas in this case, on Twitter.
The effort has seen hundreds of Iranian accounts allegedly tied to Iranian pro-government propaganda efforts subject to a massive cull across platforms owned by Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc., and Google parent company Alphabet Inc.
Those purged from the platforms include profiles, channels, and accounts belonging to Iranian nationals who have been accused of involvement in alleged coordinated manipulation of information related to Middle Eastern events and divisive social commentary.
On YouTube, this has included accounts belonging to media entities owned by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, the state media corporation that operates such channels as the English-language PressTV and Spanish-language HispanTV.
Watch | Al Jazeera on Albanias Iranian Regime Change Bot Factory
Yet while actual Iranians face bans from social media, countless bots and anti-government accounts belonging to U.S.-backed opposition groups posturing as the Iranian people resistance have been permitted to run rampant across the web.
Last month, nearly 800 accounts based in Iran were suspended by Twitter for allegedly violating the networks policies, per an investigation alongside industry peers that allowed the social media giants a better understanding of these [Iranian] networks. Twitter hasnt been forthcoming about the methods it used to investigate the networks tied to such alleged Iranian interference, but users including patriotic university student SeyedMousavi7 and Press TV journalist Waqar Rizvi were among those suspended.
SeyedMousavi7 was banned from Twitter after a major censorship campaign claiming he is part of a "propaganda ring." He's actually a student from #Iran and came to discuss politics just like everyone else. When it comes to voicing opinions, he says the platform is rigged. pic.twitter.com/StSI8caMp7
European Union antitrust regulators plan to drop legal action against Ireland after iPhone maker Apple paid the country 13.1 billion ($15.3 billion) in back taxes. The lawsuit was initiated in 2017 by the EU which severely criticized Dublin for moving too slowly in recovering the money. "In light of the full payment by Apple of the illegal state aid it had received from Ireland, commissioner Margrethe Vestager will be proposing to the college of commissioners the withdrawal of this court action," the European Commission's spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said. Ireland's finance ministry began collecting the back taxes in a series of payments in May.
Geneva Geopolitics Alert editor Randi Nord participated in two side panel events at the United Nations Human Rights Councils 39th session in Geneva, Switzerland last week. The second panel demanded accountability for war crimes committed against civilians in Yemen particularly due to the blockade.
Coverage of the first panel, sponsored by Insan Organization can be found here. The second panel, sponsored by Iraqi Development Organization and Arabian Rights Watch Association (ARWA), focused on critiquing the UN report from the Group of Independent Eminent International and Regional Experts (otherwise known as the GEE report).
The panelists highlighted the fact that the GEE report failed to hold the coalition accountable for civilian deaths (particularly women and children) due to the US-enforced and Saudi-imposed land, sea, and air blockade.
Mohammed Alwazir, a lawyer and the legal director of ARWA, pointed out that while airstrikes are the main direct cause of civilian casualties when compared to ground fighting, the blockade indirectly causes the majority of civilian deaths. This includes 247,000 children deaths from preventable malnutrition-related causes that could have been treated if it werent for the blockade on food, medicine, and fuel necessary to operate healthcare facilities.
Alwazir questioned the legitimacy of the war pointing out that it is an international conflict led by an international coalition rather than a non-international conflict. He said the Human Rights Council should recommend that the Security Council transfer this case to the International Criminal Court or establish an international commission of inquiry which has yet to happen.
Abdulsalam Al-Dhahebi, a Sweden-based Yemeni activist with Insan Organization, called for the Human Rights Council to establish accountability measures to hold the coalition accountable for these heinous crimes against civilians in Yemen.
The transcript of Randi Nords portion in full:
For over three years, the US-backed Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has carried out a policy that directly attacks the very existence of innocent women and children on several fronts without any military objective.
According to the Legal Center for Rights and Development, over two thousand women and three thousand children have been killed from airstrikes alone with several thousand more injured. It is a fact that airstrikes create the majority of civilian casualties when compared to ground fighting. However, the blockade severely outweighs all casualty statistics and has thus far killed 247 t...
The flexibility of English, and thriving sign that it is not a dead language, permits repeated atrocities to be committed in the name of new terms. We are told that what is new is supposedly good, a sign of evolution. More accurately, such terms simply describe an old phenomenon, giving the false impression that the novel has appeared before the old.
The term deplatforming is de rigueur at the moment, a creature of the social media age and lecture circuit. Invitations to writers festivals can be withdrawn at a moments notice because the invitee has either not observed the current fashion, or has done something distinctly against it. Users of social media have their carpet, or platform, as it were, taken from under them.
The star recipient of that treatment was Alex Jones, who has found himself, and his Infowars, expelled beyond the city gates of social media babble. Social media giants, pressured by the very individuals who believe that free speech is vital oxygen to the body politic, have taken it upon themselves to police expression. Its implausible to imagine a future, observed a bleak David Harsanyi, in which liberal activists dont demand that Republican groups be de-platformed.
A creature of argumentation and debate very different to Jones is Germaine Greer, a permanent voice of insurrection whose The Female Eunuch still retains, even after a half-century, the sense of being both iconoclastic and holy. When your book becomes a household weapon of feminist liberation, an item to be found on reading lists to perturb, you know you have made it. While she has never quite emulated the initial triumph of that deliciously confronting text, she has always managed to take stage and floor, to back into the limelight. Her enemies are many, and there are as many amongst the fractious sisterhood as they are outside it. Having never been a full card carrying ideologue, Greer has never, thankfully, belonged.
On the ABCs Q&A program, Greer was again found showing how her opinions and essays can still strike appropriate chords, ruffle the occasional, fixed feather and disrupt the nonchalant with a discomforting start. On this occasion, it was rape, that tool of power, appropriation and control that has preoccupied analysts of sexuality since cognition was discovered. Greers reaction was hardly surprising, a no-nonsense slap down on how victimhood should be treated. Trauma is something that is dictated really by the sufferer. You know, I cant bear huntsman spiders. It is not their fault. Its my fault I decided to be frightened of them....
Im zweiten Teil ihres Vortrags (Teil 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRFUw...) beim Kanada-Seminar der Wissensmanufaktur im August 2018 berichtet die bekannte Brgerrechtlerin Vera Lengsfeld von ihren reichhaltigen Erfahrungen mit Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel, und zwar zu Zeiten der DDR wie auch heute. Die Parallelen der Entwicklungen zum politischen Totalitarismus in der einstigen DDR zum heutigen System der Bundesrepublik Deutschland drften den Zuschauer aufhorchen lassen: Welche Rolle spielte Angela Merkel schon damals? Welche Leute schtzen und sttzen sie bis heute? Wie viel hnlichkeit hat die heutige CDU mit der einstigen SED? Und welche Funktion haben die Grnen in Wahrheit in Merkels politischem Parteiengeflecht?? Mit Vera Lengsfeld wird die jngste deutsche Geschichte pltzlich erkennbarer, erklrbarer. Die aufrechte Brgerrechtsaktivistin gibt mit diesem Vortrag dem Zuschauer einen Einblick in teilweise unfassbare Zusammenhnge.
This truly internationalist and collectivist publication boldly examines the forms of right and leftwing populism emergent in the fissures of the political world. Experimental in both form and analysis, In the Name of the People exemplifies the commune form of thought and text.
The ghost of the People has returned to the world stage, claiming to be the only force capable of correcting or taking charge of the excesses of the time. The relationship between the collapse of certain orders, the multiplication of civil wars, and the incessant appeal to the People is clear: as the liberal mode of governance experiences a global legitimation crisis, different forms of right and left populism gain strength within the fractures of ever expanding ruins.
In the Name of the People is an analysis and reflection on the global populist surge, written from the local forms it takes in the places we inhabit: the United States, Catalonia, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Quebec, Russia, and Ukraine. The upheaval and polarizations caused by populist policies around the world indicates above all the urgency to develop a series of planetary revolutionary interpretations, and to make the necessary connections in order to understand and act in the world.
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19/09/2018 - High birth and low death rates are driving population surge, while number of moderately religious Jews is in decline Two men in black hats, black coats and peyot walk along a pavement in Stamford ...
19/09/2018 - Shraga Stern is a prominent Charedi (Orthodox) Jewish activist in London who was one of the organisers of a letter from twenty-nine leading Orthodox rabbis in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. ...
As there are so many noobs buying into the Bitcoin casino right now, especially in Asia, the crypto-currency is now attracting a lot of people who think its just like a corporate stock. In other words, they assume its regulated by somebody, that its promoters are subject to laws of some kind, and that the 
President Maduro also spoke of the financial and economic agreements he discussed with his Chinese counterpart Xi.
President Trump's order to declassify a broad swath of DOJ/FBI documents related to the Russia investigation will expose the infamous "insurance policy" referred to in an August 15, 2016 text between former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA). "I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office - that there's no way he gets elected - but I'm afraid we can't take the risk. It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40," reads the text message in question - used by many in Trump's camp to bolster claims that the Russia investigation is "rigged witch hunt." Speaking with Fox News's Laura Ingraham, Nunes said that declassification will provide exculpatory evidence, including a dozen or so 302 witness interview forms from DOJ official Bruce Ohr which may shed light on his significant relationship with former MI6 spy Christopher Steele and "many other rotten apples."
Allegations of sexual misconduct against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are like "four sticks of dynamite wrapped in radioactive material" due to their timing, NBC host Chuck Todd has said. College professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 35 years ago at a high school party. Kavanaugh, who was nominated for the Supreme Court position by President Donald Trump in July, has adamantly denied the accusation, saying it is "completely false" and that he has "never done anything" like what the accuser has described. Both Ford and Kavanaugh will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday, during which the public will get to hear both sides.
Material about possible links between British spy agencies and a Russian businessman who died in mysterious circumstances in Britain nearly six years ago will remain secret, a judge has ruled. Nicholas Hilliard, who is leading the inquest into Aleksandr Perepilichny's death, said in a ruling on September 18 that the material is "marginal" to resolving the question of how the businessman died. The judge said he was "mindful" of heightened concern about the case following the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury in March.
Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are working overtime to delay Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. On Thursday, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) referred a mysterious letter about Kavanaugh to the FBI. Feinstein had been holding on to the letter since earlier this year.
In this 16 February 2018 French video, filmmaker Marceline Loridan Ivens, ne Rozenberg, says that is a scandal that the anti-Semitic writings of French pro-Hitler author Louis-Ferdinand Cline are now re-published.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
The French filmmaker and writer Marceline Loridan Ivens has passed away. She is 90 years old. Loridan-Ivens was the widow of the Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens. She died in Paris yesterday.
In the Second World War she was deported together with her father to extermination camp Auschwitz. She was 15 years old then. Her father did not survive the camp. Loridan-Ivens filmed her experiences in 2003 in the autobiographical film La Petite Prairie au Bouleaux.
Marceline Loridan married the Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens in 1963. Together they made several films, such as Comment Yukong dplaa les Montagnes (How Yukong Moved the Mountains) about the last days of the Cultural Revolution in China. With a playing time of more than thirteen hours, that film is one of the longest films ever made.
For far too long, powerful men accused of mistreating women have been able to evade consequences because their defenders question the timing of the claim and attack the credibility of the victim. Lets change that dynamic.
Some prominent politicians, journalists, lawyers, and other leaders in their professions are defending Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the wake of Christine Blasey Fords allegations that he assaulted her during high school. That, now in 2018, so many accomplished peopleincluding some of the countrys most brilliant legal mindscould engage in such facile thinking is baffling to me.
It seems some men still havent gotten the memo that women will no longer be treated like second-class citizens. Last month, in an issue devoted to women in medicine, the Dallas Medical Journal asked area doctors what they thought of the fact that female physicians salaries are reportedly one-third less than male physicians and one male doc gave a candid 
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According to the American Cancer Society, liver cancer affects an estimated 41,000 Americans each year, and prevalence is rising. Between 2000 and 2016, the annual death toll from liver cancer rose by 43 percent for men and 40 percent for women, killing more than 11,000 people in 2016. The five-year survival rate for localized liver cancer is 31 percent, 
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It is with great pleasure that I announce my conclusion, based on my analysis of the headline as shown below and follow-on discussion with top industry analysts, that Facebook is doomed and Mark Zuckerberg is cashing out. Good riddance.
At least $10 billion will vanish. Perhaps more. Twitter is next.
Facebook has perhaps five years to go. Once Alibaba and Mail.ru get going, and especially if our conservative billionaires come through with the promised funding for an integrated truth channel (text, email, video, file sharing, and sense-making tools with assured anonymity, identity, privacy, and security, it is my hope to bury #GoogleGestapo Amazon will be the last to fall.
Full text of White House Press Release Below the Fold
At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.
In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.
Its been the stuff of sci-fi and military dreams for decades. At Londons Design Museum, fiction has come to life.
I wish the Montgolfier Brothers, who invented the first hot air balloon, or globe arostatique, in the 1700s, could visit the Design Museum in London today so they could watch people piloting their 235-year-old invention with their minds. Thats exactly what Mind Pilot, on view at the museum now, allows visitors to do.
This video from New York State in the USA says about itself:
Colorful Afternoon On Busy Cornell Feeders Sept. 18, 2018
Watch LIVE at http://AllAboutBirds.org/CornellFeeders for news, updates, and more information about the pond and its surroundings.
Throughout his appearances on such outlets as Fox News, Fox Business, Fox & Friends, CNNs The Lead, and Conservative Review, Bolton has been repeating the blatantly false talking point that Iran is somehow uniquely egregious in the Middle East in its support for terrorist factions, calling it the worlds central banker for international terrorism.
Since were seeing so much John Bolton and so much talk of terrorists, I think this would be a good opportunity to remind everyone of the time John Bolton threatened to murder the children of an OPCW official in order to deceive the world into consenting to the Iraq war which killed a million people.
Death threats against women who speak out are sadly all too common.
Not that we needed more evidence of the immense risk that women take when they speak out against powerful men, but the California professor who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when the two were in high school is now facing a bombardment of death threatsand that will likely continue for the foreseeable future.
Photo of the predator, extracts, and comment below the fold.
America has been metaphorically raped. It has been abused, humiliated and pushed by its so called greatest ally. Its LOBBY has pushed America to agree to actions that have put Americas national security at risk.
And now the story that PM Benjamin Netanyahus foreign media spokesman has allegedly operated as a serial sex predator in the American capital suggests that we may have transcended the metaphorical. America is being literally abused.
On Tuesday, Julia Salazar, the vibrant 28 years old Democratic socialist candidate in New Yorks 18th State Senate District, defeated a 16 year Democratic incumbent in the primary election. Two days ago, Salazar publicly accused PM Netanyahus foreign media spokesman, David Keyes, of sexually assaulting her.
Keyes denies any wrongdoing and called the accusations false. He announced yesterday that he was taking time off from his job at the Prime Ministers Office in order to fight the allegations and clear his name.
But we have also learned that such accusations against Keyes were nothing new. The Time of Israel reports that there have been numerous complaints against Keyes. There is also news that Israels ambassador to the US was warned in 2016 by journalist Bret Stephens about Keyes allegedly inappropriate behaviour toward 14 women.
Stephens told the New York Times on Thursday of his warning to the Ambassador. According to the NYT report, Keyes was barred from visiting the Wall Street Journals offices because of his behaviour towards female staffers. Stephens also told the NYT he personally chided Keyes, calling him a disgrace to men and a disgrace as a Jew....
Amid the Comedy Cellar owners public handwringing about outrage over letting Louis C.K. back onstage, a pair of comedians figured out a way to avoid letting T.J. Miller crash their show.
Doing the right thing is easier said than done.
As the Free Thought Project reported last year, a newly-appointed police chief was forced to resign after he was directly linked to a website that promotes international racist skinhead gangs, the Klu Klux Klan, and media titled "Hitler was Right." Now, after the nation learned of his racist ties, this cop has been hired on with another department in Oklahoma. Bart Alsbrook resigned as interim police chief of Colbert, Oklahoma late last August after a local news agency found he was likely a skinhead white supremacist. Now, however, after he was outed as a racist neo-nazi, he was hired in the neighboring town of Achille. According to a report from KXII News, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a "hate map" last year, which claimed to track 917 hates groups across the United States. There was only one listed in the Texoma area: a website named ISD Records, which was created by Bart Alsbrook in 2004.
did a Boeing 777-300 mysteriously lose all flight controls as it
approached New York on 9/11? One from India no less? Most
likely it was a remote hijack situation that for whatever reason
(maybe maintenance did not solder a wire right because it is India)
or they did something unexpected because it was from India, and the
remote takeover did not work as planned. Jim
Alert Reader says: Instead of focusing on technical glitches, they should be focusing on Indias refusal to support sanctions against Russia.
Phi Beta Iota: It must be made clear that Boeings built-in remote hijack capability is easily used by private sector parties, and is not exclusive to the US Government. The lack of integrity in electromagnetic emissions as well as protection is near catastrophic as with banking fraud, we are walking on eggshells. As soon as Lufthansa found out about the built-in Boeing remote hijack capability they ripped out all the Boeing computers and refit all of their aircraft such that they cannot be remotely hijacked. India may have done something similar the cascade of failures suggests something along the lines of an electromagnetic attack such as is believes to have downed the perfectly fine aircraft flown by John F. Kennedy Junior.
Steele, Robert with James Anderson, William Caelli, and Winn Schwartau, Correspondence, Sounding the Alarm on Cyber Security, McLean, VA: Open Source Solutions, Inc., August 23, 1994.
The investigation of a mysterious hole in the Soyuz spacecraft has reached a whole new level, as Roscosmos announced that two Russian cosmonauts will inspect the holey module from the outside. While in space, naturally. Two cosmonauts will cut through the anti-meteorite shielding of the spacecraft in an attempt to find metal shavings and traces of sealant compound on the spacecraft, the deputy Director General of Russian space corporation Roscosmos, Nikolay Sevastyanov, announced on Tuesday. The space investigation is expected to shed light on the question of where exactly - in space or on earth - the drill-hole was made. The hole in the spacecraft was discovered late in August, when the International Space Station (ISS) started leaking oxygen. Various conspiracy theories blossomed after the incident, ranging from an impact of a micrometeorite to an alien job. It was determined, however, that the hole was actually made by a drill from the inside of the spacecraft.
Just about every website owner I know is
feeling personally victimized by the recent social media purge that
has been going on. But heres an interesting fact: it isnt, as is
widely perceived, just conservative voices that are being silenced.
It is dissenting voices.
by Daisy Luther , guest writer (small edits)
Its the voices of critical thinkers whose ideas run the gamut of philosophies who find that they no longer have much in the way of reach.
This social media purge affects everyone, even people who are not on social media. It does so in several ways:
About three quarters of Russians say they support the idea of banning the use of cell phones and other tech gadgets in schools and believe that children would study better were such measures taken. The data was revealed by the state-run public opinion research agency VTSIOM on Wednesday. A recent poll has shown that 83 percent of the Russian public think that smartphones and other gadgets distract children during their school studies and badly affect their education. Some 73 percent of Russians say they support the idea of banning the use of cell phones in schools. The proportion was even higher - at 83 percent - among those who said that their children do not own cell phones and also among those who said that they don't have any children of school age (74 percent).
They lost in 2016 because too many of themfor a variety of reasons stayed home on Election Day. A new wave of get-out-the-vote apps arms volunteers with voter record data to help find and activate new voters.
The main reason Donald Trump is POTUS #45 is because Democrats stayed home in 2016. In key swing states like Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan, the numbers show voter turnout among Democrats was way down compared to previous elections. They stayed home because they were uninspired by their partys nominee, Hillary Clinton. Or they stayed home because they thought Clinton was a shoo-in, and didnt need their vote. And they lost.
For all the recent attention on bad actors in the restaurant business, there are countless women trying to do better.
When Naomi Pomeroy started a catering company at the age of 22, she hired peoplemostly menwho had worked for chefs like Mario Batali. Pomeroy had worked for catering outfits and restaurants but lacked formal culinary training, so she wanted to hire people who knew more than she did.
Thanks to SindrElf, my blog has a nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award.
The rules of the award are:
Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
I will add: feel free not to act upon these rules if you dont have time; or dont accept awards.
Most of my questions to my nominees are not new, but SindrElfs.
Here are SindrElfs ten questions, and my replies to them:
1. What is your goal for your blog? Do you feel you have met it yet?
I will have met the goal of my blog when wars, exploitation and environmental destruction will have stopped.
2. If you were given a free all expenses paid trip, where would you go?
3. Last book you have read?
The Aeneid by Virgil.
4. Your favorite console of choice. PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo?
Years ago, I used to play quite some computer games. Somehow, now I do it only every now and then. All my playing was/is on personal computer; I dont really know much about consoles.
5. Do you think Nintendo will ever just make games and skip producing consoles?
I dont know.
6. With the success of the Switch do you think there is a market for a Xbox or PlayStation handheld?
I dont know.
7. Whats the hardest thing about blogging to you?
If there is a day with not much interesting news on Twitter, YouTube or other sites. And if I myself have not done...
The Russian military say the Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events, which led to the shooting down of a Russian Il-20 plane by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile. Moscow reserves the right to respond accordingly. On Monday evening four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked targets in Syria's Latakia after approaching from the Mediterranean, a statement by the Russian defense ministry said on Tuesday. The Israeli warplanes came at a low altitude and "created a dangerous situation for other aircraft and vessels in the region", it said.
New measurements show what happens to the moon's thin exosphere when the lunar orb slips into Earth's protective magnetic bubble. The moon is often thought of as a lifeless and inactive place. But a new study reminds us that our pale celestial guardian is more dynamic than it seems from afar. Fresh measurements of its flimsy atmosphere back up the idea that our lunar companion is surrounded by an electric shell, and that shell seems to gather power when Earth shields it from the fury of the sun during a full moon. In effect, when you gaze at a bright full moon shining in the sky, you are probably seeing the lunar orb at its most electric. Worlds with atmospheres tend to have outer layers known as ionospheres. Material that reaches these extraordinary heights bumps up against the vacuum of space, where starlight and cosmic rays attack it, stripping electrons from atoms and creating a thinly spread shell of electrically charged gas, or plasma. (Find out about the water reserves deep inside the moon.)
Ugandans are finding creative solutions to the growing challenges of urbanisation...
For centuries, humans have endeavoured to discover and describe the sum of Earth's biological diversity. Scientists and naturalists have catalogued species from all continents and oceans, from the depths of Earth's crust to the highest mountains, and from the most remote jungles to our most populated cities. This grand effort sheds light on the forms and behaviours that evolution has made possible, while serving as the foundation for understanding the common descent of life. Until recently, our planet was thought to be inhabited by nearly 10 million species (107). Though no small number, this estimate is based almost solely on species that can be seen with the naked eye. What about smaller species such as bacteria, archaea, protists and fungi? Collectively, these microbial taxa are the most abundant, widespread and longest-evolving forms of life on the planet. What is their contribution to global biodiversity? When microorganisms are taken into account, recent studies suggest that Earth might be home to a staggering 1 trillion (1012) species. If true, then the grand effort to discover Earth's biodiversity has only come within a 1,000th of 1 per cent of all species on the planet.
It is widely rumored that Saudi Arabia has been a loyal supporter of the Mujahideen al-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian opposition group which began as a collective of radical students and is now more accurately described as a cult. There has been no concrete account of Saudi's support for the MEK, until now. In an interview with Al Bawaba, a former top-ranking member of the MEK has provided details of specific transfers of valuables good from Saudi Arabia to the MEK, worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The details are difficult to verify, but nonetheless represent the first comprehensive account of the MEK's partnership with Saudi Arabia. According to the former MEK member who personally oversaw the transfers, Saudi officials operating within the security apparatus of Turki bin Faisal al Saud, the head of Saudi intelligence at the time, and the late king Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, gave the MEK three tons of solid gold, at least four suitcases of custom Rolex watches and fabric covering the Kaaba, the most holy site in Islam. The transfers were worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
The platform uses wearables, digital interventions, social groups, and health coaching to help people get healthier and fitter.
Employers and health plans have always had a tough time getting employees and plan members motivated to get healthier. The trick is making them want to do it.
In 1968, computers got personal: How the mother of all demos changed the world.
On a crisp California afternoon in early December 1968, a square-jawed, mild-mannered Stanford researcher named Douglas Engelbart took the stage at San Franciscos Civic Auditorium and proceeded to blow everyones mind about what computers could do. Sitting down at a keyboard, this computer-age Clark Kent calmly showed a rapt audience of computer engineers how the devices they built could be utterly different kinds of machinesones that were alive for you all day, as he put it, immediately responsive to your input, and which didnt require users to know programming languages in order to operate.
You probably dont even realize you are doing most of these.
Theres been a lot of talk these days about the importance of emotional intelligence and the need to be sensitive to others. But few people take this concept and apply it to body language. Yet the physical cues we provide to those around us tell whether we will engage them or turn them off. If youre not careful, your body language may well result in unintentionally offending a friend, a boss, or a colleague.
The Syrian defence system shot down by mistake a Russian Ilyushin IL-20M 90924 surveillance plane in Syria with 15 servicemen on board on Monday evening, the day after an Israeli F-16 destroyed an Iranian military cargo plane on the Damascus airport runway killing the second pilot. Simultaneously with the downing of the Russian plane, four Israeli F-16s attacked Syrian and Iranian military targets around the northern city of Latakia. The Syrian air defence system responded against the incoming missiles and hit the Russian plane while in landing position over the Hamymeen military airport. This took place only hours after the signing of a deal between presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan to halt the battle of Idlib and defuse the possibility of seeing Syrian army barracks and military airports destroyed. Who is pushing for a wider war and why are Russia and Iran refraining from responding to the many provocations in Syria? War drums sounded loudly over the Levant the last few months after Syria and its allies, mainly Russia, liberated the south of the country and directed all military resources towards the northern city of Idlib. This city is under Turkish control but hosts fewer than 2 million inhabitants, of whom tens of thousands are jihadists and heavily armed Turkish proxies. The US and Europe voiced their will to bomb Syria "if chemical bombs are used against the city". That was a clear invitation for specialised groups in Idlib to stage an attack and give an excuse for US-EU forces to unleash their firepower and destroy the Syrian army's air power and airports. That is indeed the key to the Russian/Syrian/Iranian lack of reaction to Israel's many provocations and to the Russian-Turkish deal to suspend the war in Idlib.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and some other groups, including the Islamic Turkistan Party and Jaish al-Izza, have rejected a Turkish-Russian agreement to establish a demilitarized zone in the Syrian province of Idlib and the nearby areas, according to pro-militant sources. On September 18, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu stated that work to establish a new security system in the Idlib de-escalation zone had started. He recalled that all heavy weapons have to be withdrawn from the demilitarized zone by October 10 and radical groups have to withdraw their forces by October 15. So, Turkey and the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance have to force the militants to obey the agreement if they seek to enforce the demilitarized zone in time. Pro-militant media outlets have already started spreading speculations that Damascus will not act up to its part of the agreement thus creating a media environment to justify actions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies.
Editor's note: The following text is excerpted with permission from The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture, by Heather Mac Donald, published by St. Martin's Press. 2018 Heather Mac Donald. Where are the faculty? American college students are increasingly resorting to brute force, and sometimes criminal violence, to shut down ideas that they don't like. Yet when such travesties occur, the faculty are, with few exceptions, missing in action, though they have themselves been given the extraordinary privilege of tenure to protect their own liberties of thought and speech. It is time for them to take their heads out of the sand. I was the target of such silencing tactics two days in a row in 2017, the more serious incident at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, and a less virulent one at UCLA. The Rose Institute for State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna had invited me to meet with students and to give a talk in April about my book The War on Cops. Several calls went out on Facebook to "shut down" this "notorious white supremacist fascist Heather Mac Donald." A Facebook post from "we, students of color at the Claremont Colleges" announced grandiosely that "as a community, we CANNOT and WILL NOT allow fascism to have a platform. We stand against all forms of oppression and we refuse to have Mac Donald speak." A Facebook event titled "Shut Down Anti-Black Fascist Heather Mac Donald" and hosted by "Shut Down Anti-Black Fascists" encouraged students to protest the event because I allegedly "condemn [the] Black Lives Matter movement," "support racist police officers," and "support increasing fascist 'law and order.'" (My supposed fascism consists in trying to give voice to the millions of law-abiding minority residents of high-crime areas who support the police and are desperate for more law-enforcement protection.)
Three people were injured after a car rammed into pedestrians outside a mosque in London, police said. Law enforcement has ruled out terrorism, but suspect it was a "hate crime." It happened shortly after midnight on Wednesday in the Cricklewood area of northwest London. Cricklewood is home to a number of mosques and Islamic centers. According to the Metropolitan Police, the occupants of the car - three men and a woman in their mid-20s - "were involved in a confrontation" with people visiting a Muslim community center. The group allegedly made "comments of an Islamophobic nature." Then the vehicle "proceeded to make off at speed" colliding with three pedestrians. They are currently being sought by police.
Comment: The following Twitter thread was posted in response to Bellingcat's article Skripal Poisoning Suspect's Passport Data Shows Link to Security Services, published on September 14, 2018.
Newly declassified Department of Justice memos show guidelines for the US government spying on journalists and their sources using FISA warrants - the same method used to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Two documents reveal the rules the FBI would have to follow in obtaining warrants to spy on reporters under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), implicitly confirming the existence of such cases. The documents were obtained as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. A March 19, 2015 memo by then-Attorney General Eric Holder specifies that the FBI needs to refer surveillance applications against "known media entities" and "known members of the media" to the AG himself, his deputy or, in certain cases, the assistant attorney general of the National Security Division of the DOJ, for review.
Head of design Anna Charity worked to wring all the mysticism and cliched imagery from meditationand instead position it as a tool for solving everyday problems.
Anna Charity is head of design at the meditation healthcare company Headspace. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women, a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry.
Jessica Rovello is taking back Arkadium from its investors.
Jessica Rovello is frustrated. The CEO and cofounder of Arkadium, the gaming company that works with publishers such as Time, Gannett, CNN, and TMZ among others, says, This moniker of disruptor is considered highest form of praise [in the tech industry]. Yet everywhere she looks, Rovello sees companies that pursue cookie-cutter templates of growth. If I had a dime for every time I heard, I met my cofounder in B school,' who then go on to detail a laundry list of predictable goals including securing funding from VCs, Rovello observes, I dont feel like there are a lot of alternatives presented.
Democrats and others who protested against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh becoming the next justice on the Supreme Court woke up Tuesday morning knowing that victory is theirs. It has been reported by multiple sources that the committee confirmation vote that was supposed to take place Thursday has been delayed which is exactly what these people wanted. If the Republicans who were voted into their position had any kind of backbone and strength the vote would have been pushed forward despite this last minute political play by Senator Diane Feinstein of California. Sadly, the Republicans responsible for allowing this situation to delay the vote have shown how weak they are. Instead of the committee vote taking place Thursday as it was originally scheduled to, the Senate Judiciary Committee have invited Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Democrat supporter Christine Blasey Ford to testify at a public hearing Monday. Both will get their chance to publicly address an encounter that both Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the only other person that Christine Blasey Ford claims was in the room that night Mark Judge both claim never happened.
An employee at a Texas bank allegedly texted a "go signal" to a duo of thieves in order to launch a plot to steal $75,000 from a woman on Friday - a violent attempted robbery captured in shocking surveillance footage. Shelby Taylor Wyse appeared in court Wednesday, the third person arrested in connection with the violent robbery at Wallis State Bank in Harris County, KTRK reported. Wyse faces a charge of second-degree robbery. Travonn Johnson, who is dating Wyse, and David Dowell Mitchell were also arrested in the case.
This 2015 video is called Common Cranes. Dancing birds in springtime.
From Dutch NOS TV today (translated):
There are more and more breeding cranes in the Netherlands. According to BirdLife in the Netherlands, this year there was a record number of 32 pairs, ten more than last year and four times as many as in 2014.
Twelve of the 32 breeding pairs also got chicks. BirdLife has counted twenty chicks and only seven of them fledged. This is because there was too little food because of the drought.
Also, predators could now more easily reach the nesting and sleeping places. It is a disappointing end result, says BirdLife.
Put that double space down, theres a new way to pad your school essays.
My old trick was 2.08 line spacing. It was the perfect way to nudge an essay that critical half page longer to meet a teachers requirements. But you, young student, have it better than I did. Because you have legal weed in many states. And also, you now have access to the perfect cheater font: Times Newer Roman.
We all say it, but its wrecking marketingand maybe the economy, too.
We are all guilty of using jargon. We do it out of insecurity, hoping that a certain term will make us appear more knowledgeable; out of ignorance, because we dont know enough about the subject to speak more plainly; and, of course, out of habit or laziness.
US President Donald Trump said the results of the latest meeting between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang and their joint declaration were "very exciting." Trump in particular praised the North Korean leader's willingness to allow international monitors to witness the dismantling of the nation's missile and rocket engine test site. "Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts," Trump tweeted.
US President Donald Trump said the results of the latest meeting between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang and their joint declaration were "very exciting." Trump in particular praised the North Korean leader's willingness to allow international monitors to witness the dismantling of the nation's missile and rocket engine test site. "Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts," Trump tweeted.
This video from New York City in the USA says about itself:
18 September 2018
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Four men who were repeatedly abused by a religious teacher when they were children have reached a settlement with the diocese of Brooklyn. The victims together will receive 27.5 million dollars, almost 7 million per person. It is one of the largest settlements that the Roman Catholic Church in the US has had to pay to individual victims.
The abuse took place between 2003 and 2009, the victims were then between 8 and 12 years old. The perpetrator is a 67-year-old volunteer who gave, eg, catechism lessons.
He was arrested in 2009 after one of the victims told his mother about the abuse. The teacher pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Hundreds of settling cases
The victims started a case against the diocese 5 years ago. The diocese claimed it was not responsible because the perpetrator was a volunteer and not a paid church employee. Also, the abuse, they said, did not happen on church grounds.
Lawyers of the victims argued that the...
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have signed a joint statement following their bilateral talks in Pyongyang. The countries' defense chiefs have meanwhile signed a separate military pact. As part of the military agreement, the neighbors will halt border drills from November 1, Yonhap reports. South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo and North Korea's No Kwang-chol also agreed to stop military flights in the vicinity of the demarcation line. In addition, the agreement envisions setting up a buffer zone in the Yellow Sea and suspending maritime drills. As a clear sign of mutual trust, the Pyongyang military agreement also calls for the withdrawal of soldiers from the demilitarized zone and disarming the servicemen keeping watch at Panmunjom border village. The nations also agreed that each would close eleven border guard posts by the end of 2018.
Women hold just 47 for every equity dollar that men have. One reason is because early-stage companies are more likely to have male employees.
If you think the gender pay gap is bad, we have even more bad news: When it comes to equity, women are far worse off. According to a study by ownership management platform Carta, they hold just 47 for every equity dollar that men have.
Travel disruption, power cuts and damage to buildings are expected as forecasters predict a very windy spell of weather The Met Office has warned of a danger to life as Storm Ali brings winds up to 80mph to parts of the UK today. Forecasters are predicting a very windy spell of weather, with travel disruption, power cuts and damage to buildings expected. Severe amber weather warnings have been issued for the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which are in place until 5pm on Wednesday. "Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life," a Met Office spokesman said. Commuters have been told to expect longer journey times and cancellations, with road, rail and air travel likely to be affected. The strong winds may blow tiles from roofs and cause damage to properties from falling trees, the Met Office said. There is also a risk of power cuts, which could affect mobile phone coverage, it added. A less severe yellow warning for wind has been issued for the whole of Scotland, northern England, north Wales and Northern Ireland until 10pm.
The top House Democrat tells Fast Company that a free internet could be a winner with millennial voters.
After plenty of drafts, committee meetings, press conferences, rallies, and a near-meltdown, Californias sweeping net neutrality bill is finally on Governor Jerry Browns desk. And no one knows if hell sign it. To keep the momentum going, top House of Representatives Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, joined with the citys state senator, Scott Wienerthe main author of the California lawfor a mini rally in their hometown on Tuesday. Also on hand were other state politicians, nonprofit leaders, and an audience of mostly journalists.
An earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale was felt in parts of West Jutland on Sunday. The quake was registered at 10:57am local time. Its epicentre was just outside the town of Hobro, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) confirmed. "On a global scale, this is a small earthquake, and many of this magnitude occur every day. But for Denmark, this is one of the larger earthquakes. We don't often see earthquakes of this size here," GEUS seismologist and senior researcher Trine Dahl-Jensen said. An earthquake measuring 3.4 Richter magnitude can cause "noticeable" shaking of indoor objects but very rarely causes damage, according to the scale. Sunday's tremor is the strongest in Denmark since 2012, when an earthquake reaching 4.3 Richter magnitude was recorded. GEUS confirmed a quake had occurred after people living in the area reported noticing the tremor on Sunday. "We noticed briefly that the whole building where we are located was shaking. It's actually a solid building," Central and West Jutland Police duty officer Carsten Henriksen told Ritzau.
Nadine Labakis latest blockbuster Capharnam, which earned her worldwide success and the Jury Prize (French: Prix du Jury) at the Cannes Film Festival last May among many other awards and nominations, was voted on Tuesday, in the premises of the Lebanese Ministry of Culture, by a jury of 15 experts and critics, to represent Lebanon at the Oscars 2019 under the Best Foreign Film category.
We are incredibly honored to represent #Lebanon in this year's Best Foreign Language #Oscar race. This is a film from the heart and we're grateful for everyone who supported the film and its message. Congrats to our director @NadineLabaki and our wonderful cast. #Oscars2019 pic.twitter.com/uOy9CCwvrd
Capharnaum (@capharnaumfilm) September 18, 2018
The nominees should all be announced before January 22, 2019, while the official ceremony will take place on February 14, 2019. Last year, Ziad Doueiris movie The Insult made it to the final 5 in the same category, but couldnt bring home the first Oscar for Lebanon.
Lets hope Nadine can make it next year! Best of luck!
The movie starts showing in Lebanese cinemas on September 20:
With her One Vote at a Time super PAC, Sarah Ullman offers adsand momentumto under-the-radar progressive candidates.
After Orlandos Pulse nightclub shooting left 49 people dead in June 2016, Los Angeles filmmaker Sarah Ullman sat on her couch, shaken. A few days later, she came to a career-changing realization. I wanted more people in [political] office who would do something about this issue, she says. By the end of the year, she had launched One Vote at a Time, an organization that brings together female filmmakers to create free campaign ads for progressive candidates in local and state elections. In 2017, Ullman worked with 19 candidates in the Virginia state elections. This year, shes producing films for 250 candidates in 10 states ahead of the November midterms. I didnt expect to disrupt political media or campaign consulting, but thats whats happening, Ullman says. Heres how shes doing it.
Work & Cos new Portland, Oregon, office is proof that not all open plan offices are miserable hellholes.
Open offices are here to stay, regardless of the science that decries them. Thats because, like it or not, theyre the most cost-efficient way to cram as many employees as possible into a space. Does that mean were doomed to deal with the noise, lack of privacy, and dearth of in-person interaction that comes with typical open offices, or could design mitigate these ills while preserving the functional benefits? Is there such a thing as a less evil open plan?
It is our burden to see this problem correctly resolved in the world of rising modernity.
Ridding society of this problem needs to be formally addressed. I do think we can accept consenting adults largely doing what they will with each other so long as no one is hurt or criminally abused.
Even that does beg therapy often as not. I do have difficulty accepting the bath room subculture as anything other than predatory top to bottom. We also have a subculture of abusive spouses that does need to be properly addressed as well. There we have at least started in the right direction. There is much to be done there as well and it really comes back to biting the bullet and formalizing sexual training for our youth upon puberty along with management training. It has never really been attempted before and will need ample study and a deep understanding.
Again, youth training should also eliminate much of that as well as predation is a response to a frustrated biological need. Of course i cannot see this happening too soon.
There then remains the capital solution of summary castration for men and a surgical intervention for women. The fear of just that...
I noticed an odd report that overstated the ice situation and this woke me up to put up an update. This year, the north west passage has remain closed off and quite badly as well. No one is going through there this year. In fact it would be challenging for a viking long boat as well although the southern route is reachable and it is clear.
Yet the total ice cover remains close to the now established 2008 - 2018 channel to keep that fully intact. The Russian route is also wide open and you could sail a fleet through there.
The restoration of Medieval sea ice conditions continues and that particular cycle lasted several centuries and allowed a steady movement of support and trade between Greenland and Vinland which was the Cowichan valley on Vancouver Island.
Considering that it should also be quite apparent that they also established meaningful Walrus hunting bases on Ungava and through to Hudson Bay. It is also plausible that they built out a community in James Bay far earlier than their actual abandonment of Greenland. Thus actual abandonment, although necessarily organized and taking at least two seasons was also well fed through the walrus hunt. At the same time they would have used their shipping to move as many as possible to New England which could not absorb more than a few hundred from a population reported to be 10,000. The walrus hunt was close by and a handful of ships could move hundreds every week to Ungava.
Current State of the Sea Ice Cover
Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of
Sept. 19, 2018
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The below is 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 is valid. Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world.
Summary as of early morning Sept. 19 2018:
1. It was said that the Federal Reserve could no longer operate in the US as of this week of Sept. 17. The Federal Reserve charter actually expired a few years back and has not been renewed - this current administration merely enforcing the law.
2. Q post #2172 indicated that the Mother Of All Bombs (MOAB) was due this week of Sept. 17th.
3. On Mon. Sept. 17 the US Press Secretary announced that FISA Documents were set to be released on Tues. Sept. 18. President Trump has ordered the Department of Justice to release all text messages related to the Russia investigation with no redactions, of former FBI Director James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, now-fired special agent Peter Strzok, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr, plus specific pages from the FBIs FISA surveillance warrant application on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, as well as interviews with Ohr.
4. The Zimbabwe nation, along with the BRICS Alliance, claimed that the US must elect a conservative majority in the Supreme Court in order for the US to be GESARA compliant. The Kavanaugh vote, which would secure a conservative majority in the Supreme Court, was scheduled to take place on Sept. 20.
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Syrian Reconciliation already warned of possible false flag operations in the rebel-held region, claiming that the terrorists had transported several barrels of chlorine gas to the village of Basankul, near Idlib. "Militants and White Helmet activists in the Idlib de-escalation zone are continuing preparations to stage false chemical attacks," Russian Envoy to the UN Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council on Tuesday. The statement comes just a day after Moscow and Ankara signed a settlement memorandum, announcing they would establish demilitarized zone along the contact line between the armed opposition and Syrian troops.
There is not enough time to switch to a more secure, paper-based alternative before the midterms.
The judge has approved the use of electronic voting machines in the state for the upcoming midterm elections because there is not enough time to switch to a more secure, paper-based alternative, the BBC reports. The judge made the ruling in a lawsuit filed in May 2017 against the state and its use of Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines.
Two new studies have confirmed that farmers can win both ways, achieving a boost in harvests and helping to slow climate change.
One says that they can successfully farm with techniques that can help slow global warming and add to the store of carbon sequestered in the soils around the globe.
And a second study confirms that a range of tested and sustainable practices is already stepping up yields in small farms worldwide, while dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, soil erosion and pesticide use.
Both studies address a planetary dilemma. Global agriculture is at serious risk from global warming and climate change driven by profligate fossil fuel combustion. But global agriculture powered by greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels, ploughing, pesticides and herbicides is also helping to drive global warming and climate change.
Massive changes needed
And while researchers have persistently argued that it should be possible both to feed the 9bn people expected by 2050, and to contain global warming to no more than 2C by 2100, such advances can be achieved only by massive changes in diet and expectations. But both new studies focus on what is both practicable and possible right now.
US researchers report in the journal Science Advances that they have identified a range of well-established farming practices that if adopted by everybody could capture enough carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the worlds soils at a rate that could make a significant difference.
They suggest that simple approaches cover crops, more thoughtful use of grazing animals, the planting of legumes on rangelands and so on could, if coupled with dramatic reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, notionally add as much as 1.78 billion tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere to soils, lowering temperatures by 0.26C. Since 1880, global average temperatures have already risen by about 1C.
More tentatively, they suggest that if farmers added biochar the residue of crops burned to make charcoal to their soils, this could reduce global warming by as muc...
Its the seventh European market for Amazon, and the sixteenth market worldwide.
The company has officially launched its services in Turkey, marking the seventh European market for Amazon, and the sixteenth market worldwide. Amazon Turkey is also the first European market that is outside of the EU. With the launch, Amazon Turkey is selling a range of products across 15 categories, including books, toys, electronics, and more. It is also launching a local sellers marketplace so third-party sellers in Turkey can operate on its platform.
Published on Sep 18, 2018
After the news hit that President Trump is declassifying documents that will expose corruption, the DC swamp is panicking.
The company has posted a sketch that Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey made on a legal pad back in 2005 when conceptualizing the idea of what Twitters UI might look like.
The company has posted a sketch that Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey made on a legal pad back in 2005 when conceptualizing the idea of what Twitters UI might look like. The rough sketch shows a status setting that could allow a user to inform followers they were busy reading, going to the park, or the like. Below it, followers could see the users name, email address, and phone number. Twitters UI has obviously come a long way since that first sketch, and since then the platform has grown to 336 million monthly active users. Not bad for something that started out as a rough drawing on a legal pad.
New York City is finally moving toward closing the notorious Rikers Island complex. But the city will need to reform its entire justice system to ensure real progress.
In 2015, the demand to close Rikers Islandthe jail complex between Queens and the Bronx in the East Riverbubbled up from a coalition of activist groups and formerly incarcerated people in New York City. Frustrated with the reportedly inhumane conditions at the facility, which range from overcrowdingto the extent that the city has begun housing inmates on a barge adjacent to the islandto use of brutal force on the part of the guards, their request was bold: They wanted to see the city close the complex, and use the money spent convicting and incarcerating people on providing their communities with basic necessities like housing, good food, and quality education.
Published on Sep 18, 2018
Obama's trade rep has acknowledged that the old global trade mess needed to be fixed. What is really happening, the globalist trade deals are being terminated. Trump pushes agenda into the stratosphere by placing more tariffs on China. The Fed is trying to use any excuse to put a pause on interest rate hikes, they know if they crash the economy it will be blamed on them, so those within the Fed are trying to stop the rate hike in Dec. DC is panicking and the central bank is panicking, the plan is moving forward.
Published on Sep 18, 2018
A new report has been released and it shows that the US Government under Obama spied on journalists and it was kept hidden from the public. The Obama admin used the FISA court to do it. Kavanaugh and his accuser are suppose to testify but Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has not accepted the invite. Strzok and McCabe were caught destroying evidence. Maxine Waters is now panicking. NK and SK are meeting in NK to talk about peace. Israel attacks Syria which allowed the S200 system to target a Russian Jet. Congress says Trump cannot attack Syria without authorization. Q drops more bread and DC is in full panic mode. Sessions has been activated and now the tables are turning. The MSM is ignoring what is going on but more carpet bombs are on there way making room for the MOAB.
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Local media reports:
Duke Energy's Brunswick nuclear plant, about 30 miles south of Wilmington, has declared a state of emergency as the 1,200-acre complex remains cut off by flood waters and is inaccessible to outside personnel.
The plant has declared an "unusual event," the lowest level of nuclear emergency, as required by Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said NRC spokesman Joey Ledford.
The twin-reactor nuclear plant, located 4 miles inland, is stable and poses no threat to public safety, Ledford said. The facility has off-site electricity from the power grid to cool the nuclear reactors and radioactive nuclear waste at the site.
Flood water has not entered the facility and has not exposed critical equipment to risk. (source)
The NRC spokesman assures the public that there's no need to panic. "The plant is safe. The reactors are in hot stand-by mode 3 shutdown."
I sincerely hope we aren't looking at our own Fukushima-style disaster.
How do you prepare for a nuclear plant emergency?
I have not specifically researched nuclear emergencies that occur from industrial accidents but for the time being, my suggestion is to learn what you can about radioactive events. If I lived in the area, I would prepare in the same way that I would for a nuclear strike, less the impact...
Source: Zero Hedge | by Staff Writer, September 17th, 2018
Just as we warned a week ago, The News & Observer reports, at this time, no one can come in and relieve the Duke Energy workers and NRC "storm riders" who have been on site for days, NRC spokesman Joey Ledford said. And it would not be possible to evacuate the 10-mile emergency evacuation zone around the site if a higher level of emergency were declared.
"None of the roads are passable," Ledford said.
"The plant is safe. The reactors are in hot stand-by mode 3 shutdown."
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) classified the emergency as an "unusual event" but provided little to no details on the situation.
Additionally, the NRC reports that weather conditions from Tropical Storm Florence are currently preventing workers from accessing the plant.
Source: Natural News | by Edsel Cook, August 28th, 2018
The researchers reported that cognitive processes are responsible for body sensations such as numbness, pulse, tingling, and warmth. So, anything that adjusts one's state of mind such as meditative contemplation or mindful practices can also alter these common sensations that were formerly attributed to autonomic processes.
Researchers from ELTE Etvs Lornd University in Hungary conducted the groundbreaking study. They published their results in Physiology International in 2017. (Related: Don't sweat the exam: Another study confirms mindfulness reduces stress.)
The mind controls attention-driven body sensations
The study began by noting the importance of attention-driven body sensations during subjective evaluations of a person's physical health. During the course of a diagnosis, health professionals often ask their patients if they feel sensations such as tingling and warmth in their bodies.
These sensations appear to be affected by developments in the peripheral nervous system the nerves that connect the CNS with the rest of the body and the somatic nervous system, which controls the skeletal muscles responsible for voluntary movement of the body.
However, body sensations are also linked to mental processes such as attention and emotions. They are known to manifest if a body part receives sufficient attention.
The researchers decided to find what exactly exerted a greater effect on attention-driven body sensations: Autonomic and somato...
Update: Russia blamed Israel for creating the situation for Syrian Air Defense to shoot down Russian plane with 14 personnel on board. Israel deliberately delayed its notification about its impending operation against Syria.
Russia said that an Israeli war plane was flying in close proximity to its own plane, and as a result the Syrian defense system was unable to see the incoming Russian plane, triggering Syria instead to take defensive measures with an older Russian made S-200 air defense system.
This is the type of a situation that's been waiting to happen, as the Russians are too lenient about Israeli operations inside Syrian airspace.
Israel had notified Russia about its operation in Syria via hotline a minute before the strike, which did not allow enough time for the Il-20 aircraft to make it to the safe zone, the Russian Defense Ministry stated.
Israel's Embassy in Moscow has refused to comment on Russian Military's statement on Il-20 crash.
"We deny any involvement," spokesman for the French military Colonel Patrik Steiger said responding to the accusations.
Russia is now reserving the right to take appropriate, adequate actions against Israel for using its plane as cover that resulted to Russian casualties. No comment was made yet from the Israeli ambassador to Russia.
Just five days ago, French Ambassador to Russia Sylvie Bermann told reporters about the possibility to further develop economic cooperation with Russia, and yet, just a few hours ago, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that it has detected missile launches from a French frigate, and that a Russian I...
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Clergy response teams. What a concept. Hiring priests, etc., to calm the masses and get compliance from political prisoners, via brain washing deception and emotional blackmail. Who did you trust traditionally? Clergy.
So Christian Chinese are getting persecuted, via lack of access to things others are 'entitled' to. Is there a pattern developing here?
And then you have utilization of clergy (who can be bought) to lead through deliberate deception in a process to null the masses into compliance.
Don't care what the plan is to suppress freedom, or who is trying to do it. We ain't taking it anymore. Go Trump! Go Alliance!
Go IDC, if no more suppression, and only if....no more.
Its the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore. Its got everything. Dead children in the dozens, a never-ending air campaign that pays scant heed to civilians, famine, cholera, you name it. No wonder its facing mounting criticism in Congress and from human rights groups. Still, ever since President Donald Trump (like Barack Obama before him) embraced the Saudi-led coalition as this countrys righteous knight errant in the Middle East, the fight against impoverished Yemens Houthi rebels who have, in turn, been typecast as Irans cats-paw has only grown fiercer. Meanwhile, the al-Qaeda affiliate there continues to expand.
For years now, a relentless Saudi air campaign (quite literally fueled by the U.S. military) has hit endless civilian targets, using American smart bombs and missiles, without a peep of protest or complaint from Washington. Only a highly publicized, completely over-the-top slaughter recently forced the Pentagon to finally do a little mild finger wagging. On August 7th, an airstrike hit a school bus with a laser-guided bomb made by Lockheed Martin in northern Yemen, killing 51 people, 40 of them schoolchildren. Seventy-nine others were wounded, including 56 children. Soon after, a U.N. Security Council-appointed group of experts issued a report detailing numerous other egregious attacks on Yemeni civilians, including people attending weddings and funerals. Perhaps the...
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Why would Paul Ryan be leaving to be with his kids now?? He already missed their best years... They are nine and up and needing to be with their friends, not with mom and pop, playing bingo and monopoly.
And WHY would he have been in a rush to get anything done in his 20 years as a congressman, that is, until Trump got elected? After all, he's been there all these years, as things got worse and worse, and in just two more years he can retire.
Why stay to 50, though, even if you weren't offered bullets or silver, especially when your net worth is 6 million (your wife inherited 5 million- -there's a keeper), and you can get $76,000 to $84,000 annually with out working by then. Who knows what else he has from dark deals.
If Ryan gets bored, he could always lobby after the two year cooling off period. He can even move to the other side and look like the democratic rescue mission, while undoing what Trump has accomplished. After all he and Pelosi are old Catholic chums, photographed together with their forehead ashes, for Ash Wednesday, in another article. Hmnnn...no wonder the Pope wanted him for Interim President of the "New Republic". The cabal sure had their bases covered. The "New Republic" folks, not the original United States of America.
But why would Ryan go the 'Dems' route when Romney's dirty mitts would love to maybe take another crack at the reigns of the New World Order, running together with Ryan, and re-establishing a 'corporate' America, after Trump dismantles it and the 'Order'.
No time to snooze, people. It's not over until its over, and its not over. Who knows what kind of deal Ryan made on the tarmac, that ultimately got him a one way ticket out of the house, that may have in essense been a save-face-and-get-the-hell-out-of-here amnesty deal. ( Yes, he was on the flight list, on the tarmac with Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton ).
About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the livestock mortality totals Tuesday, as major flooding is continuing after the slow-moving storms drenching rains. Sixteen North Carolina rivers were at major flood stage Tuesday, with an additional three forecasted to peak by Thursday.
The Department of Environmental Quality said the earthen dam at one hog lagoon in Duplin County had breached, spilling its contents. Another 25 of the pits containing animal feces and urine have either suffered structural damage, had wastewater levels go over their tops from heavy rains or had been swamped by floodwaters. Large mounds of manure are also typically stored at poultry farms.
North Carolina is among the top states in the nation in producing pork and poultry, with about 9 million hogs at any given time and 819 million chickens and 34 million turkeys raised each year.
The N.C. Pork Council, an industry trade group, said the livestock losses from the storm should be taken in the context.
Our farmers took extraordinary measures in advance of this storm, including moving thousands of animals out of harms way as the hurricane approached, the group said in a statement issued Tuesday. We believe deeply in our commitment to provide care for our animals amid these incredibly challenging circumstances.
The industry lost about 2,800 hogs during flooding from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
Sanderson Farms, a major poultry producer in the state, said it lost about 1.7 million chickens after flooding at more than 60 of the independent farms that supply its poultry processing plants. The company said its facilities suffered no major damage, but supply disruptions and flooded roadways had caused shutdowns at some plants.
In addition, about 30 farms near Lumberton have been isolated by flood waters, hampering the delivery of feed to animals. The lack of food could cause additional birds to die if access isnt restored quickly, the company said.
Smithfield Foods, the worlds largest pork producer, said its plants also suffered no significant damage and are operating at limited capacity. The company said it would ramp up production as roads become passable.
An environmental threat is also posed by human waste as low-lying municipal sewage plants flood. On Sunday, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority reported that more than 5 million gallons of partially treated sewage had spilled into the Cape Fear River after power failed at its treatment plant.
The Environmental Protection Agenc...
MURDER BY CALCIFICATION - THE HIVE MIND
The Blood is the pathway to find all the cures of every illness in the world.
Everything you eat, drink, apply or spray on your skin goes to your blood and from there, goes on to all organs, cells and bones in your body.
THE MOST EVIL MIND IN THE WORLD IS THE HIVE MIND AKA THE COLLECTIVISTS
In the hearts of all Collectivists, they have one secret belief -- they view Satan as the Counterfeit of God. They use this secret belief to absolve themselves of all their sins against the rest of humanity.
Revelation 13:16-18 English Standard Version (ESV)
"Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666"
The mark of the beast 666, is that he shall have 3 minds in one body, that he shall have the mind of a psychopath, Sociopath and the hive mind of a collectivist.
God created man in certain ways: God created only six basic minds. Mankind has been the same even back when they were cave men. Each of these types was here back then and will be here a million years from now. History of the world shows that each type was represented in the cultures of each country
#1 the normal mind, #2 the homosexual mind, #3, the psychotic mind, #4 the sociopathic mind, #5 the hive mind, aka the "collec...
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the Trump administration would slash refugee admissions to 30,000 in 2019, down from 45,000 in 2018 and from 85,000 in fiscal 2016. Refugees come in numbers to the US when there is a crisis in their own country.
At the same time, US policies toward refugees in the past have often been political and not just humanitarian, and there is a strong instrumental streak in the admissions patterns. In other words, Washington has often asked what we get out of letting refugees in, and not just what we can do for them.
Nowadays, there is a special, separate program for bringing in Iraqis who helped US troops as translators or in other capacities, and the Pentagon is worried that Trump is not letting in enough of them. If the word gets out in Iraq that the US military will use you and then leave you and your family twisting in the wind when ISIL comes after you, then no one will be willing to serve as interpreter or fixer for the some 6,000 US troops still in that country.
So you could argue that the US has a responsibility to Iraqi refugees, since Bush invaded their country on flimsy pretexts and turned the society upside down. The resultant war, occupation and guerrilla push-back were such that some 1.5 million refugees were created internally, and 2.5 million were pushed abroad.
That is 4 million Iraqis who would never have had to leave their homes if the US had not invaded and occupied them and provoked the rise of al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia and then the Islamic State of Iraq.
Likewise, the US bears some responsibility for all the civilians displaced in eastern Syria as a result of its war there on ISIL in alliance with Kurdish fighters of the YPG guerilla group.
How cynical the US follow-up has been is illustrated by an experience I had. In summer of 2008 I went to Jordan and did some research on the condition of Iraqi refugees there. I was told by someone who should know that the Bush administration was afraid that the Iraqi refugees there might riot, putting GOP standard-bearer McCain in jeopardy, and therefore was finally going to let Iraqi refugees come to the US in large numbers (Bush let in 13,775 in 2008, compared to less than two thousand the previous year). But this was done in large part to keep from embarrassing McCain.
The political character of US refugee admittances stretches back into the mists of time. In the 1970s, the US let in a lot of refugees from South Vietnam, in part to reward families that had supported the US war there and in part b...
Often used in Hollywood and the mainstream media to define serial killers and the criminally insane, the actual definitions of the terms sociopath and psychopath are largely unknown. Despite the fact the terms are often used interchangeably, there are some important differences!
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) is currently the accepted professional source for classifying and diagnosing mental disorders in the United States. Published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 2013, this diagnostic tool is used by mental health professionals across the country. This tool addresses such disorders as schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, depressive disorders, gender dysphoria and eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Also, among its pages, Antisocial Personality Disorders (ASPD), the heading under which you will find sociopathy and psychopathy.
Antisocial Personality Disorders are characterized by a pattern of behaviors in which demonstrates disregard for and violation of the rights of others. Failing to recognize the difference between right and wrong, they ignore the rights and feelings of the people that they encounter in favor of their own goals, desires, and personal gain. Willing to lie and manipulate as necessary, they fail to show any guilt or remorse for those that they hurt along the way.
What the DSM-5 fails to do is to adequately differentiate between the characteristics of these two terms. While they both fit the definition of antisocial personality disorders, when you get into the finer details you will discover that there are some distinct differences.
Psychopaths are often cold and calculated. Lacking any understanding of empathy, they fail to make emotional connections with the people around them. Rather than developing relationships with others, they see the people around them as merely objects at their disposal, to be used as necessary for their efforts to obtain their own desires. While they are certainly capable of the violent behaviors depicted in Hollywood movies, most psychopaths arent serial killers or violent attackers. Instead, they use manipulation to control the people in their lives and, ultimately, get whatever they want. They are talented actors and actresses, playing the part of a charming, intelligent and caring individual in order to draw their victims into their web, only to flip a switch and reveal their true personalities when they believe the moment is right.
While psychopaths are driven by their cold-hearts and calcul...
I know it may be hard to convince you, but let me try: Dont kill the next spider you see in your home.
Why? Because spiders are an important part of nature and our indoor ecosystem as well as being fellow organisms in their own right.
People like to think of their dwellings as safely insulated from the outside world, but many types of spiders can be found inside. Some are accidentally trapped, while others are short-term visitors. Some species even enjoy the great indoors, where they happily live out their lives and make more spiders. These arachnids are usually secretive, and almost all you meet are neither aggressive nor dangerous. And they may be providing services like eating pests some even eat other spiders.
My colleagues and I conducted a visual survey of 50 North Carolina homes to inventory just which arthropods live under our roofs. Every single house we visited was home to spiders. The most common species we encountered were cobweb spiders and cellar spiders.
Both build webs where they lie in wait for prey to get caught. Cellar spiders sometimes leave their webs to hunt other spiders on their turf, mimicking prey to catch their cousins for dinner.
Although they are generalist predators, apt to eat anything they can catch, spiders regularly capture nuisance pests and even disease-carrying insects for example, mosquitoes. Theres even a species of jumping sp...
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'Truth To Power.
Here is the video link - it features Michael Horowitz speaking at National Whistleblower Day.
Michael Horowitz is an Inspector General with the Justice Department. He is also the Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. He is one powerful man in the Alliance fight against the cabal. This is what he says to ALL whistle blowers...
'We want to make sure YOU all have a safe place to go, to speak Truth to Power, and to make sure you are not retaliated against for doing so...' Michael Horowitz
If that isn't a grim warning to the cabal that their time is up, I don't know what is. Horowitz and Huber have had a team of over 470 investigators working FULL TIME since November 2017 on the indictments leading to the mass arrests.
Here is a link to the National Whistleblowers Center...
Isn't it an amazing organization? There are so many GOOD things going on behind the scenes. We are being well cared for by President Trump and the Alliance. Therefore do relax, re-stock your popcorn supply, and sit back and enjoy the show.
A secret report by the US defense chiefs warned President Bush that Global Warming was such a great threat that it would destroy the United States and major European cities. They told the President that cities would sink beneath rising seas and Britain would be plunged into a Siberian climate by 2020. They warned that mega-droughts, famine, and widespread rioting will erupt across the world. The document warned that the planet would fall into anarchy and the nuclear threat would rise as countries then sought to defend themselves in the face of declining food, water, and energy supplies. Of course, the entire theory was that the ice caps melt and this the seas have to rise. NEVER did anyone ever do any historical investigation and they reduced everything to a single cause and effect. Evaporation or how ice ages were even created was NEVER a consideration.
I remember as a child going to Washington with my father when he would report at the Pentagon for some reason I never knew. I do remember walking down the halls with my father when I was less than 10 years old. I do remember people running around all serious with stacks of papers. After this report was leaked and published back in 2004 by the Guardian, it makes you wonder about how these people conduct long-range forecasts. I do not think London, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, or Sydney will sink below the waves. It is just another example of how one-dimensional analysis is our doom. We are now only two-years from 2020 when Britain was supposed to be the new Siberia. Get going! Your behind schedule!
Its that time of year again! The temperatures are dropping, Halloween products are on the shelves and your favorite coffee shop is already marketing its pumpkin spice latte. However, those who follow the study of astrology warn that there is more changing during this time than meets the eye!
The Fall Equinox is the time of year in which all our hard work begins to pay off. It coincides with the harvest when farmers have the opportunity to reap the fruits of their labors. The crops that they have planted and nurtured throughout the year are now ready to be harvested, providing the food and income that they require.
As we leave summer behind us, the days become shorter and the nights longer. This causes a shift in astrological energy as we spend more time feeling the impact of the moon on our lives and less time under the rule of the sun. Our emotions are heightened, pushing us towards a time of self-reflection and consideration. During this time, you will look back on the decisions that you have made, specifically those over the course of the previous year. This is also a time to re-evaluate the path you are currently on, keeping your eyes on your goals and dreams for the future.
While some zodiac signs can look forward to an exciting and joy-filled Fall Equinox, this, unfortunately, isnt true for everyone.
Its not that you dislike the Autumn season, however, the energy that you are about to experience is the opposite of everything you know to be comfortable. The good news is that this is going to be a great time for personal growth and self-discovery. The challenge is that youre going to have to step well outside of your comfort zone in order to make it happen. Its going to feel odd or uncomfortable at first, but if youre willing to stick it out and put the hard work into it, you will benefit greatly in the long run!
This time of self-reflection is going to force you to confront some inner secrets that you swept under the rug, specifically those relating to your responsibilities and limitations. With Saturn and Mercury working in alliance in your chart during this time, you are going to feel the hard hand of karma reigning down upon you. How can you make the most of this time? Roll up your sleeves and get down to work, proving that you truly deserve all the great things that life has given yo...
Well, it was only a matter of time. President Trump on Monday threw a hand grenade into the center of the Russian investigation that was all started by Hillary blaming the leak of Democratic Party emails on Russia and Trump colluded with them. The Democrats and Hillary then paid to create the infamous dossier and pretended it was not funded by the Democrats. They have managed to keep the country distracted and that has been the political objective all along just politics.
Trump has now directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice to declassify a number of documents related to the Russia investigation which will be for our reading pleasure and bull the curtain back a little further on just how seriously bad things have gotten in the Washington Swamp. Already the Democrats are screaming say this will put peoples lives at risk. If I recall, the same thing was said about the IRS scandal when the Obama Administration was targeting the Tea Party using the IRS with the silent support of John McCain and John Boehner. They wanted to have Lois Lerners testimony sealed claiming death threats she is still alive.
PYONGYANG, North Korea The Latest on the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (all times local):
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says the Koreas have agreed to establish a joint military committee to evaluate how to reduce tensions and maintain communication to defuse crises and prevent accidental clashes.
Moon said Wednesday the plans for the committee are part of a commitment to remove any threat that could cause war on the Korean Peninsula. He was speaking following the Pyongyang summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Moons government has been stressing the importance of reducing the conventional military threat between the Korea to prevent accidental clashes that can escalate into a nuclear conflict.
The Koreas first agreed to form a joint military committee in 1991, but the plans werent carried out due to turbulent relations between the rivals.
A Joint statement says the two Koreas have agreed to seek to obtain the rights to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics.
The statement was released by Seoul on Wednesday after a Pyongyang summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
It says the two leaders also agreed to cooperate in major sports events such as the 2020 Summer Olympics. It didnt elaborate.
It says the two leaders have also agreed on a Pyongyang art troupe visiting Seoul for performances in October.
A joint statement released by Seoul shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has promised to visit Seoul in the near future.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in is in Pyongyang this week for a summit with Kim.
South Korean media pool footage show Moon told reporters Wednesday that Kim could visit Seoul this year.
If realized, he would be the first North Korean leader to visit Seoul since the peninsula was divided into North and South at the end of World War II in 1945.
Kims late father, Kim Jong Il, had promised reciprocal visits when South Korean leaders visited him in Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007. But his Seoul trip wasnt realized before his 2011 death.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to permanently dismantle a missile engine test site and a launch pad in the presence of international experts in what he described as a specific step toward denuclearization.
Moon also said on Wednesday that the North agreed to take further steps such as...
QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You have worked with politicians worldwide and both sides. What is your opinion of the politics that has emerged post-Great Depression?
ANSWER: The major difference between the socialism supported by the Democrats/Labour in Western Society is that to them the individual has no value, it is the collective society, which they then elevate themselves to rule. Conservatives believe in the individual has rights and value and that the state is to serve the people. In the eyes of socialism, it is not the individual but the collective society which is the value and they are qualified to rule from above. The socialist always seeks to control others and in so doing, the individual is always sacrificed for the collective state. It is not what your country can do for you personally, it is the teaching that you as the individual are to be sacrificed for the greater good of the whole which is controlled by the politicians i.e. former the Soviet Union.
Nevertheless, the socialist always pretend that they are on your side. They have flipped everything upside down. Your personal well being is only possible by surrendering your individuality to the state. It is what they have done with Death Insurance. The insurance companies could not sell Death Insurance, so the reversed it and called it Life Insurance. Like fire insurance protects against fire, life insurance doe...
(HRW) Four apparent Turkish military operations against the armed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq dating back over a year should be investigated for possible violations of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks killed at least seven non-combatants and wounded another, witnesses and relatives said.
Speaking to Human Rights Watch by phone, witnesses and relatives said that what appeared to be Turkish air and ground attacks during four operations between May 2017 and June 2018 killed at least six men and one woman and injured another man. They said there were no apparent military objectives near the strikes. Human Rights Watch was unable to visit the sites but obtained photographs and death certificates to corroborate the allegations.
As Turkey steps up operations in Iraq, it should be taking all feasible precautions to avoid harming civilians there, said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. Turkey should investigate possible unlawful strikes that killed civilians, punish those responsible for wrongdoing, and compensate victims families.
The PKK, an outlawed armed group active in Turkey, has long maintained a presence in northern Iraq near the Turkish, Iranian, and Syrian borders. Turkish forces have conducted operations against the PKK in Iraq for over a decade. Since March, Turkish forces appear to have extended their presence into northern Iraq by at least 15 kilometers, establishing multiple outposts, including in rural areas of Dohuk and Erbil governorates under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
Residents say the Turkish Armed Forces have declared the areas surrounding their outposts out of bounds for civilians. However, local people depend on these sparsely populated agricultural areas.
On May 3, 2017, apparent Turkish forces started shelling farmland six kilometers south of the Turkish border as six farmers were working their land, without any apparent warning, said one farmer present at the time. He told Human Rights Watch that the second projectile killed his uncle and wounded his cousin, both civilians. He said that as far as he knew PKK fighters were about 30 kilometers away at the time, but he did not hear any fire coming from the direction where he believed the PKK to be based....
The case of Amber Guyger, the police officer who admitted to shooting 26-year-old Botham Jean in his apartment for no reason, is a glaring example of blue privilege at work in our society. Guyger claims that she accidentally entered the wrong apartment and shot a man who she thought was a burglar, however, eyewitness testimony has contradicted her initial statement. Despite admitting to killing an innocent man and having her initial statement contradicted by witness testimony, Guyger has been treated as more of a victim than a killer. In fact, Guygers apartment was never even searched for evidence, and she was allowed to vacate the premises without any type of search.
Cincinnati police officer Kevin Browns decision to fire a Taser at an 11-year-old girl suspected of shoplifting from a grocery store in August immediately drew criticism from city officials and advocates. But Ohio state Representative John Becker had a different take. Had it been his daughter, he announced in an August newsletter, Id be ashamed and embarrassed that she did something stupid enough to get herself tased.
The Kremlin appears to be attempting a delicate balancing act Tuesday as it sought to balance its mission in Syria with its ties to Israel, with Russias military officials and President Vladimir Putin delivering messages that notably differ in terms of rhetoric, tone and substance. Moscow has conceded that the Russian naval patrol aircraft, an Ilyushin IL-20, was downed by Syrian air defense systems Monday night as it was flying over the Mediterranean Sea while returning to the Hmeymim Air Base in Latakia, Syria. As a result, 15 military personnel were killed.
Long Beach police accused of using self-deleting messaging software to avoid disclosing incriminating evidence.
Foreign private-sector investors and foreign official investors central banks, governments, etc. whittled down their holdings of US Treasury Securities by $21 billion at the end of July, compared to a year ago, to $6.25 trillion, according to the Treasury Departments TIC data released Tuesday afternoon.
Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford demands 'full investigation' by FBI before testifying, in letter from her lawyers | 18 Sept 2018 | Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor claiming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 35 years ago, late Tuesday demanded a "full investigation" by the FBI before she attends any congressional hearing or "interrogation" into her accusations. In response, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who said Ford is still invited to speak to the committee, countered that "nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay." Republicans have repeatedly invited Ford and Kavanaugh to testify on Monday after delaying a planned Judiciary Committee vote on his confirmation that had been scheduled for Thursday. Kavanaugh accepted the committee's invitation, but Ford stayed mum until Tuesday night.
Indian women farmers earn 22 per cent less than their male counterparts, according to new government statistics.
Authorities in Cameroons northwest region say they will not allow people without legitimate reasons to leave the area.
On Wednesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, will give the keynote address to the US Air Force Association's annual conference. Bezos will discuss "how industry can better partner" with the US military. Bezos' speech comes amid his Seattle-based firm's lobbying to win a $10 billion contract, known as "Project JEDI," to host large sections of the Pentagon's operations infrastructure on the internet cloud. In a move that will likely win him points with the military brass awarding the contract, Bezos recently donated $10 million to a Virginia-based super PAC seeking to elect veterans to office and create a "less polarized government." The Amazon CEO will appear as the representative of the world's second-largest company by market capitalization, the second-largest employer in the United States, the world's biggest provider of cloud computing services, and America's largest e-commerce retailer, with twice the sales of the next nine competitors.
India aims to send people to space by 2022. The mission and its short timeline surprised many, including the head of the countrys space agency.
Its an age-old question that has plagued generation after generation what is the meaning of life? While many different cultures, religions and spiritual leaders have attempted to discover the answer, their explanations always seem to fall just short.
Some may argue that while we have asked this question generation after generation, we havent been completely committed to the pursuit of an actual answer. Why? There is an element of fear as to what the answer may reveal. What if our purpose here on the planet is something that we are uncomfortable with, disagree with or believe is morally wrong? Or, arguably worse to some people what if we discover that there really is no purpose at all. With the number of people doubting the role of religion and existence of a higher power, its a reality we must consider. After all, in order for there to be a purpose, we must have been created with a pre-determined purpose in mind. However, in the absence of a higher power, there would be no pre-determined purpose. Does that throw the whole concept for a loop?
Believed to be one of the greatest minds throughout history, Albert Einstein also weighed in on his opinion regarding the meaning of life in his book The World As I See It, a collection of his thoughts, ideas, and essays. In it, he writes, What is the meaning of human life, or, for that matter, of the life of any creature? To know an answer to this question means to be religious. You ask: Does it make any sense, then, to pose this question? I answer: The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life.
When asked about his own spiritual views, Einstein identified himself as a believing in pantheism. Those who share in this believe not only believe in the existence of God but that the world and God are identical. Or, as it is often described, God is everything and everything is God.
In a video recently shared on Facebook, The Dalai Lama attempts to address this topic himself. The video was shot April 2nd, 2018 at his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India. At the time, a group of students from Denmark were visiting, taking in all that the inspirational leader had to share. During this visit, the Dalai Lama addressed what it means to live a meaningful life, as well as how doing so can lead us to live a life with no regrets as we reach our final days. The short video has gone viral, with 3.4 million views on Facebook...
A group of east London residents left frustrated by an escalation in drug-related crime in their neighborhood have created road signs such as "Crack pickup point" in an attempt to shame the Met Police into taking action. A group of anonymous street artists have installed six signs on lampposts and have painted a vehicle parking bay marked "Drug dealers only" after being commissioned by Weavers Community Action Group from Tower Hamlets, east London, reports the Telegraph. The guerrilla street artists known as the Columbia Road Cartel, who were asked by the Action Group to help highlight the spiraling crime levels around Columbia Road, near Shoreditch, have created fake signs that read "Give way to oncoming drug deals," "Needle free zone," "Crack pickup point," and parking bays labeled "Drug dealers only."
No doubt, anti-Iran propaganda out of Washington abounds. There are numerous Zionist-run think-tanks (sic) that make US Foreign Policy and are ratcheting up anti-Iran anger in the US, but targeting especially the Iranian population at home, in Iran. The notorious chief-villain of these agencies, by the way, highly subsidized by the US State Department, and perhaps even more important, by the powerful US military-security complex, is the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy (FDD). More than fifty years ago, then President Dwight Eisenhower already warned the world about the invasive, abusive and greed-driven powers of this ever-growing war industry.
Nobody really heeded his advice, least the United States with her world hegemonic aspirations. Today we have to live with it and recognize the dangers emanating from this war complex, that controls more than 50% of the US GDP, all associated industries and services included. If peace were to break out tomorrow, the US economy would collapse. It is, therefore, the new normal that aggressions are flying out from Washington to all those proud countries that refuse to submit themselves to the dictate of the hegemon, like Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Syria, Russia, China, Pakistan, Cuba and many more. The assaults on free and independent thinking nations come in the form of verbal insults, economic sanctions, tariffs, broken international and bilateral agreements, and foremost war threats and provocations. Beware from falling into the trap.
Iran is not alone. It means moving on and living with this western imposed system or else
And else, means getting out of it. Unfortunately, it does little good accusing the devil overseas, like the FDD, NED (National Endowment for Democracy) and whatever else they are called. They will not go away; they just enjoy the anger they generate. And, yes, there is a clear and present danger that through Netanyahu and Trump war provocations on Iran are being launched. And, yes, as long as Iran is still linked to the western monetary system, and tries hard to stay linked to it, more sanctions will follow, disastrous sanctions, but disastrous only as long as Iran is tied to the western dollar-based economy. If you, Iran, move away from this massive western monetary fraud and this will not happen over-night you, Iran, will gradually regain your economic autonomy and political sovereignty. This is crucial.
Fighting and arguing against senseless and totally illegal sanctions and aggressions or even begging the west to stick to the Nuclear Deal against Washingtons reneging on the Nuclear Deal is a waste of time. It will achieve nothing. They, the US of A, will not give in. The Israel and war industrial complex lobbies are too strong. Counting on Europe to stick to the Deal is not a good strategy. Even if for their own selfish interests the Europeans would want...
Vladimir Putin has addressed the downing of a Russian IL-20 by a Syrian surface-to-air missile on Monday evening. Earlier Moscow blamed Israeli jets for having provoked the tragic accident. Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered condolences over the death of the crew of the aircraft Il-20 downed in Syria. "When people die, especially in such tragic circumstances, it is always a tragedy, a tragedy for us all, for the whole country and for the families of our dead friends. In this connection, I certainly offer my condolences to the relatives of those who got killed in the downing," Putin said at a press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Moscow.
While climate disturbances wreak growing havoc across the planet, Canadian cities continue to mandate pro-car measures that drive-up housing costs and contribute to global warming. Even the most walkable, bike-able and mass transit oriented neighbourhoods still require parking spots to be built in new residences. Finally, last week downtown Montral eliminated parking requirements for new residential projects. Going forward developers in the Ville-Marie borough will no longer be forced to build a certain number of parking spots per new unit.
Across the country zoning laws require residential and commercial buildings to secure a certain number of spots based upon the number of dwellings or square feet of space. The city website explains that Edmontons Zoning Bylaw requires new developments, including homes, schools, offices and stores, to provide a minimum number of off-street parking spaces.
Torontos website has a detailed list of parking requirements based upon various criteria. Per residential unit, Toronto usually requires between 1 and 1.4 parking spots while its between 1.15 and 1.95 spaces in Mississauga.
Unlike most zoning ordinances that simply prohibit something, parking requirements are coercive: They tell developers exactly what to do. Cities dont ban the construction of apartments with one bedroom or bathroom but some ban the construction of apartments with only one parking spot.
Converting buildings to different uses can be difficult in places with substantial parking requirements. Sometimes a new business simply cannot move into a building that formerly housed an operation with lower parking requirements without adding more spaces (or obtaining a variance).
Extensive parking requirements have reduced many architects to designing buildings around parking laws. Form follows parking requirements, laments Donald Shoup author of The High Cost of Free Parking. A 2017 Corporate Knights article notes, Ottawas Hintonburg and the Glebe or Torontos Kensington Market and Yorkville would never be built today. These special places were developed before current parking standards came into effect.
Since all units, irrespective of size, are generally required to have a parking spot, apartments have become larger and more expensive. No matter the size, Mississauga requires 1.15 spaces per (human) housing unit downtown, which acts ...
By launching cruise missiles, the French Navy's frigate only complicated the situation in that part of the Mediterranean Sea, says expert. France is partly to blame for the crash of Russia's Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft in Syria and the death of Russian military servicemen, military expert Mikhail Khodaryonok told reporters. "The French Navy's frigate, The Auvergne, did not make the best contribution to the air situation, creating additional difficulties for Syrian air defense teams," he said, adding that "the French frigate was in the wrong place at the wrong time." "By launching cruise missiles, the French Navy's frigate only complicated the situation in that part of the Mediterranean Sea, which is already difficult. This is why the Russian Il-20 aircraft crash is partly France's fault," the Russian expert stressed. Downing of Il-20 aircraft According to the Russian Defense Ministry, at about 23:00 Moscow time (20:00 GMT) on September 17, contact was lost with a Russian Il-20 aircraft flying over the Mediterranean Sea back to the Russian Hmeimim air base in Syria. The ministry said the aircraft had disappeared from radar during an airstrike carried out by four Israeli F-16 fighter jets on targets in the Syrian province of Latakia.
Bob Woodwards book Fear has been a sensation in many respects. But one aspect has barely been mentioned. After two years of exhaustive research for his book, Woodward says that he has found no evidence of collusion between Putins government and Donald Trumps campaign in 2016. Zilch, nada, zero. And Woodward strained very hard looking for it.
This largely ignored blockbuster admission came in a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt reported by Real Clear Politics here, where a recording of the full interview can also be found. Real Clear Politics reports the text of the exchange thus:
In an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Friday, Bob Woodward said that in his two years of investigating for his new book, Fear, he found no evidence of collusion or espionage between Trump and Russia. Woodward said he looked for it hard and yet turned up nothing.
Did you, Bob Woodward, hear anything in your research in your interviews that sounded like espionage or collusion? Hugh Hewitt asked Woodward.
I did not, and of course, I looked for it, looked for it hard, Woodward answered. And so you know, there we are. .. (Emphasis, jw)
But youve seen no collusion? Hewitt asked again to confirm.
I have not, Woodward affirmed.
Hewitt would once again ask Woodward about collusion at the conclusion of the interview.
Very last question, Bob Woodward, I just want to confirm, at the end of two years of writing this book, this intensive effort, you saw no effort, you, personally, had no evidence of collusion or espionage by the president presented to you? Hewitt asked.
That is correct, Woodward said.
The attitude in the mass media with respect to the work that Woodward has done on Fear borders on a sort of deification. He is considered careful, exhaustive and reliable. He is considered to have sources throughout the government that provide the best information possible. So it is said, over and over. Thus, his word on this issue should be worth its weight in gold. Unfortunately, this failure to uncover collusion barely gets covered.
The issue of collusion hangs over the head of the Presidency, unresolved after two years. Why is this of great importance? It should not need to be said, but the issue of collusion involves the two nuclear superpowers, each of which has 1550 nuclear weapons on hair trigger alert ready to go at a moments notice and capable of reaching one another within minutes. It is an iss...
Robert David Steele is a former Marine, CIA
case officer and the co-founder of the US Marine Corps Intelligence
Activity. His mission has been to spread the use of Open Source
Intelligence (OSINT), and hes written a number of handbooks on
OSINT for NATO, the DIA and US Special Operations
by Arjun Walia
He has been working in these fields for decades, and definitely knows a thing or two about whats going on at the deepest levels of government and the military industrial complex. These are the people we have to start listening to for truth. He wont get an interview on CNN, thats for sure.
Lately, hes been one of several credible people from within creating awareness and speaking out about issues that mainstream media continues to ignore, who sometimes goes as far to label as a conspiracy theory, no matter how much evidence sits behind the claims.
US military given more authority to launch first-strike cyberattacks | 18 Sept 2018 | The US military is taking a more aggressive stance against foreign government hackers who are targeting the US and is being granted more authority to launch preventative first-strike cyberstrikes, according to a summary of the Department of Defense's new Cyber Strategy. The Pentagon is referring to the new stance as "defend forward," and the strategy will allow the US military "to disrupt or halt malicious cyber activity at its source, including activity that falls below the level of armed conflict." The new military strategy, signed by Defense Secretary James Mattis, also emphasizes an intention to "build a more lethal force" of first-strike hackers.
Most people have passed through some kind of initiation in life. By that, I mean a crisis that defies what you knew and what you were. From the rubble of the ensuing collapse, a new self is born into a new world.
Societies can also pass through an initiation. That is what climate change poses to the present global civilization. It is not a mere problem that we can solve from the currently dominant worldview and its solution-set but asks us to inhabit a new Story of the People and a new (and ancient) relationship to the rest of life.
A key element of this transformation is from a geomechanical worldview to a Living Planet worldview. In my last essay, I argued that the climate crisis will not be solved by adjusting levels of atmospheric gases, as if we were tinkering with the air-fuel mixture of a diesel engine. Rather, a living Earth can only be healthy can only stay living in fact if its organs and tissues are vital. These comprise the forests, the soil, the wetlands, the coral reefs, the fish, the whales, the elephants, the seagrass meadows, the mangrove swamps, and all the rest of Earths systems and species. If we continue degrading and destroying them, then even if we cut emissions to zero overnight, Earth would still die a death of a million cuts.
That is because it is life that maintains the conditions for life, through dimly understood processes as complex as any living physiology. Vegetation produces volatile compounds that promote the formation of clouds that reflect sunlight. Megafauna transport nitrogen and phosphorus across continents and oceans to maintain the carbon cycle. Forests generate a biotic pump of persistent low pressure that brings rain to continental interiors and maintains atmospheric flow patterns. Whales bring nutrients up from the deep ocean to nourish plankton. Wolves control deer populations so that forest understory remains viable, allowing rainfall absorption and preventing droughts and fires. Beavers slow the progress of water from land to sea, buffering floods and modulating silt discharge into coastal waters so that life there can thrive...
SummaryElon Musk has landed his electric car company in hot water, with the US Justice Department placing Tesla under investigation over statements made by the CEO on Twitter, according to news reports. The DOJ probe was launched after Musk boasted on Twitter that he had "funding secured" for taking Tesla private last month, Bloomberg News reported, citing two anonymous sources.
Both incidents are alleged to have happened in 2016 but investigators suspect there may be more victims. A California surgeon who once appeared on a reality TV dating show and a female friend have been charged with drugging and raping two women - and investigators believe the couple could have "thousands" of more victims, police said Tuesday. On April 10, 2016, Dr. Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, are accused of taking a 32-year-old woman they met at a Newport Beach restaurant to a party, then "escorting her to Robicheaux's apartment once she was intoxicated," where they drugged and raped her, said Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. A few months later, on October 2, 2016, Robicheaux and Riley allegedly drank with a woman at a Newport Beach bar until she became unconscious and then they sexually assaulted her with the intention of raping her, a statement from the district attorney said. The first victim reported the incident to police the next day and tested positive for multiple drugs, the statement said. The second victim screamed after she gained consciousness, and a neighbor called the Newport Beach Police Department.
Western and Russian media sources have reported an alleged joint Israeli-French strike on Syria on September 17. The attack included Israeli warplanes and French missile frigates operating in the Mediterranean off Syria's coast. Amid the attack, a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft with 14 service members aboard disappeared. The attack immediately prompted commentators, analysts, and pundits to call for an immediate retaliation to the unprovoked military aggression, warning that a failure to react would leave Russia looking weak. Some commentators even called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to step down.
Western and Russian media sources have reported an alleged joint Israeli-French strike on Syria on September 17. The attack included Israeli warplanes and French missile frigates operating in the Mediterranean off Syria's coast. Amid the attack, a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft with 14 service members aboard disappeared. The attack immediately prompted commentators, analysts, and pundits to call for an immediate retaliation to the unprovoked military aggression, warning that a failure to react would leave Russia looking weak. Some commentators even called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to step down.
That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasnt even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasnt even an enemy you could put your finger on.
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaids Tale
We can pretend that the Constitution, which was written to hold the government accountable, is still our governing document.
The reality we must come to terms with, however, is that in the America we live in today, the government does whatever it wants, freedom be damned.
We the people have been terrorized, traumatized, and tricked into a semi-permanent state of compliance by a government that cares nothing for our lives or our liberties.
The bogeymans names and faces may change over time (terrorism, the war on drugs, illegal immigration, etc.), but the end result remains the same: our unquestioning acquiescence to anything the government wants to do in exchange for the phantom promise of safety and security.
Thus, in the so-called name of national security, the Constitution has been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded to such an extent that what we are left with today is but a shadow of the robust document adopted more than two centuries ago.
Most of the damage, however, has been inflicted upon the Bill of Rightsthe first ten amendments to the Constitutionwhich historically served as the bulwark from government abuse.
A recitation of the Bill of Rightsset against a backdrop of government surveillance, militarized police, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, eminent domain, over-criminalization, armed surveillance drones, whole body scanners, stop and frisk searches (all sanctioned by Congress, the White House, the courts and the like)would understandably sound more like a eulogy to freedoms lost than an affirmation of rights we truly possess.
Here is what it means to live under the Constitution today.
The First Amendment is supposed to protect the freedom to speak your mind, assemble and protest nonviolently without being bridled by the government. It also protects the freedom of the media, as well as the right to worship and pray without interference. In other words, Americans should not be silenced by the government. To the founders, all of America was a free speech zone.
Despite the clear protections found in the First Amendment, the freedoms described therein are under constant assault. Increasing...
Mastercard CMO Raja Rajamannar says traditional advertising is dead and eSports are now part of the brands marketing strategy around experiences.
Mastercard has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Riot Games to be the first exclusive global payment services partner of League of Legends (LoL) global esports events. Its League of Legends first-ever global brand partner. The deal includes LoL esports three annual global tournaments, the Mid-Season Invitational, the World Championship, and the All-Star event. Mastercard will be developing special in-game benefits for fans who use their Mastercard, as well as special ticketing programs and offers for fans ahead of the live event tournaments. The company is also hoping to launch a collection of LoL-branded credit cards in the coming months.
On the morning of Nov. 19, 1985, a wild-eyed and disheveled homeless woman entered the reception room at the legendary Wall Street firm of Deak-Perera. Carrying a backpack with an aluminum baseball bat sticking out of the top, her face partially hidden by shocks of greasy, gray-streaked hair falling out from under a wool cap, she demanded to speak with the firm's 80-year-old founder and president, Nicholas Deak. The 44-year-old drifter's name was Lois Lang. She had arrived at Port Authority that morning, the final stop on a month-long cross-country Greyhound journey that began in Seattle. Deak-Perera's receptionist, Frances Lauder, told the woman that Deak was out. Lang became agitated and accused Lauder of lying. Trying to defuse the situation, the receptionist led the unkempt woman down the hallway and showed her Deak's empty office. "I'll be in touch," Lang said, and left for a coffee shop around the corner. From her seat by a window, she kept close watch on 29 Broadway, an art deco skyscraper diagonal from the Bowling Green Bull. Deak-Perera had been headquartered on the building's 20th and 21st floors since the late 1960s. Nick Deak, known as "the James Bond of money," founded the company in 1947 with the financial backing of the CIA. For more than three decades the company had functioned as an unofficial arm of the intelligence agency and was a key asset in the execution of U.S. Cold War foreign policy. From humble beginnings as a spook front and flower import business, the firm grew to become the largest currency and precious metals firm in the Western Hemisphere, if not the world. But on this day in November, the offices were half-empty and employees few. Deak-Perera had been decimated the year before by a federal investigation into its ties to organized crime syndicates from Buenos Aires to Manila. Deak's former CIA associates did nothing to interfere with the public takedown. Deak-Perera declared bankruptcy in December 1984, setting off panicked and sometimes violent runs on its offices in Latin America and Asia.
WASHINGTONPresident Donald Trump showered sympathy Tuesday on Brett Kavanaugh, his embattled Supreme Court nominee who is accused of sexual assault, as Senate Republicans and Democrats fought determinedly over who should testify at a high-stakes hearing on the allegation just six weeks before major congressional elections.
Oddly, it remained unclear whether Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who set off the controversy over Trumps nominee, would appear at Mondays Judiciary Committee hearing.
Democrats said they wanted more time for the FBI to investigate and more witnesses besides Kavanaugh and Ford, hoping to avoid what would turn into merely a he said, she said moment. Those witnesses would include Kavanaughs high school friend Mark Judge, who Ford said was in the room when she was assaulted, but Judge said no. Kavanaugh has denied Fords allegation, and Judge says he doesnt remember any such incident.
The furious jockeying over the hearing underscored the political potency so close to an election that will decide control of both the House and Senate, not to mention the confirmation of a conservative justice likely to serve on the high court for decades.
Democrats see their arguments about treating women fairly as the best hope for either sinking the appellate judges nomination or, should Kavanaugh win confirmation, amplifying their appeals to female voters in November. Republicans have been careful to be seen as giving Ford a chance to be heard, mindful that outright dismissal of her accusation could hurt on Election Day.
Still, the risks of a public hearing starring the all-male lineup of Republicans on the committee could be high. Republicans said late Tuesday they were considering hiring outside attorneys, presumably including women, to question the witnesses.
Kavanaugh, 53, was at the White House for a second straight day, but again did not meet with Trump. The president said he was totally supporting Kavanaugh and rejected calls for the FBI to investigate the accusation.
Asked about the situation several times during the day, Trump did not mention Fords name but said he felt terribly for Kavanaugh, his wife and for his beautiful young daughters.
I feel so badly for him that hes going through this, to be honest with you, I feel so badly for him, said Trump, who has himself faced numerous accusations of sexual harassment that hes denied. This is not a man that deserves this.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said an FBI investigation was essential. However, Trump rejected the idea of bringing in the FBI to reopen its background check of Kavanaugh, which would be likely to delay a confirmation vote until after the election. Republicans hope to have him confirmed by the Oct. 1 start of the next Su...
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31 Aug 2018 | Phnom Penh PostOne hundred Phnong ethnic people in Mondulkiri province's Busra commune, in Ccambodia, have thumbprinted a petition to reject Thieng Try Company's request for an economic land concession to grow coffee in the area.
SAN FRANCISCORestaurants must pay waiters and bartenders minimum wage when they are engaged in tasks such as cleaning toilets that are unrelated to their main jobs and do not offer tips, a divided U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday.
At issue in the decision by an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was a federal law that allows an employer to pay workers who receive tips as little as $2.13 an hour as long as their tips earn them minimum wage.
Employers cannot use that tip credit when the workers are engaged in unrelated tasks that dont pay tips, the panel ruled in a 9-2 decision. Employers also cant use the tip credit for tasks related to bartending or serving such as preparing coffee if employees spend a substantial part of the work week on them.
The impact of the ruling appeared limited. Seven states require that employers pay workers the state minimum wage on top of any tips they receive, according to the labor departments wage and hour division. Six of those states fall under the 9th Circuits jurisdiction: California, Alaska, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
Writing for the majority in Tuesdays ruling, Judge Richard Paez said tips were intended as a gift to the server, as opposed to a cost-saving benefit to the employer.
A broader use of the tip credit would allow employers to underpay bartenders and wait staff and put off hiring staff such as janitors who dont receive tips and therefore must get paid minimum wage by employers, Paez said.
The ruling upheld a regulation by the U.S. Department of Labor and subsequent guidance that limited employers use of the tip credit. It also revived lawsuits against restaurant chains by 14 bartenders and servers. The defendants include P.F. Changs China Bistro and J. Alexanders.
Emails to attorneys for J. Alexanders and P.F. Changs were not immediately returned.
One of the plaintiffs, Alec Marsh, said he spent almost half his work week at a J. Alexanders in Phoenix on tasks that did not produce tips such as cutting fruit and stocking ice. The restaurant paid Marsh an hourly tip credit wage of $4.65 per hour in 2012 and $4.80 per hour in 2013 in accordance with Arizona law, according to the 9th Circuit ruling.
Marsh argued in his lawsuit that the company was entitled to pay him that wage while he worked as a server, but not when he performed the other tasks. A U.S. judge in Arizona threw out Marshs lawsuit. The 9th Circuit overturned that decision and sent the case back to the judge for additional hearings.
A third gender category for people who don't identify as be male or female will soon be added to New York birth certificates. The New York City Council and Board of Health passed legislation that will implement a new non-binary identity category known as 'X' beginning January 1, 2019. Mayor Bill De Blasio came out in support of the bill when it was introduced earlier this summer, saying that it would 'allow transgender and gender nonconforming New Yorkers to live with the dignity and respect they deserve'. City officials say De Blasio is expected to sign the legislation soon. The measure - which passed 41-6 on Wednesday - was introduced by Council Speaker Corey Johnson in June.
Leaked document shows BusinessEurope group would oppose more ambitious goalsCompanies including Facebook, Google and Microsoft have failed to distance themselves from a lobby group's proposal to fight any effort by the EU to set more ambitious climate change goals.A leaked document shows that BusinessEurope, Europe's biggest business lobbying group, will urge members to oppose any moves by the European Commission to ratchet up the bloc's 2030 targets for clean energy, carbon cuts and [...]
Chinese foam manufacturers are using banned chlorofluorocarbons that are considered more potent than carbon dioxide in causing global warming
Californias resistance to Donald Trump is unusual in this age of hot social media and cable television news. Our state, usually caricatured as the home of glitz, is tackling Trump in a thoughtful and policy-oriented manner that is opposite the style of the blowhard president.
Thats clear from the action and words of a couple of California politicians dealing with matters of great complexity. One is Gov. Jerry Brown, the other is Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
A three-day Global Climate Action in San Francisco last week, put together by Brown, wouldnt have held Trumps attention for more than the minute needed for him to heap scorn on the event. Nor would Trump, one of the worlds great global warming deniers, have boarded an electric-powered ferryboat to sign eight bills promoting the use of non-polluting vehicles on streets and highways, as Brown did. The governor, I bet, read them all and thought about their implications. As John Myers wrote in the Los Angeles Times, not many elected officials so quickly shift from policy to philosophy and spirituality when discussing environmental danger.
Personally, Ive always thought the glitz label applied to only a small part of California. My career spent covering crime and politicsoccasionally intertwinedimmersed me in a much grittier California, but one led by people who often showed great vision.
The visionaries, of course, needed a push by demonstrations and marchesagainst the Vietnam War, police brutality and other evils and for immigrants, better schools and womens rights.
The demonstration tradition continued with the California-based resistance to Trump. The resistance was loud and fiery in its early days. Women and men, young and old, protested Trumps anti-immigrant policies, a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, and his threat to national abortion rights, which have long been part of California law. Social media crackled. Television news homed in.
I see a change. Now, the tone of the protest is more like that of the climate summitwonky and detail-oriented. On immigration, lawyers fight Trump with complex briefs, with courtrooms more than the streets as their battlegrounds. Quiet logic has become important as California grapples with climate change, immigration, overcrowded prisons and the homelessness that is spreading throughout the state. Cable news, always restless, has gone elsewhere.
I thought of this when I watched a video of Garcettis speech Sept. 7 to the Cleveland City Club, part of a three-day swing through Ohio as he tried out his embry...
With coverage of breaking news, science and technology updates, and sports, In Question will be presented by its dedicated daytime news team and will air daily at 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm EST. RT America news director Mikhail Solodovnikov explains that what sets the show apart, is that "it is smart television for curious audience." Give us half an hour and you will learn more about the entire world than after hours of watching any other domestic news show Anya Parampil, the host of In Question, got her start with RT America in 2014 as a producer and reporter. Since then, she frequently anchored RT America's evening news and co-hosted special events. Parampil has led a number special reports on such subjects as the 2015 Baltimore protests, and reported from the field on breaking news stories throughout the Middle East, Europe, and South Korea. Her outstanding achievement in journalism was recognized at the 2017 New York Film Festivals.
18/09/2018 - Whereas belief in God is a private matter, the belief in a chosen people provides the outlines of policy that explains a great deal about Israels actions. When they say that they are the chosen ...
In a new analysis of thousands of teeth from ancient skeletons buried at a site near Naples, Italy, archaeologists have discovered that people were using their mouths to help with their work -- occupations that likely involved processing hemp into string and fabric. We all use our teeth as tools -- to open bottles, hold pieces of paper, or even smoke a pipe. When we do this, we open ourselves up to the possibility of cracking our teeth but also create microscopic grooves and injuries to the enamel surface. Since teeth don't remodel like bones do, these tiny insults remain over our entire lives. To archaeologists, the pattern of tooth use that occurs from actions other than chewing is called AIDM -- activity-induced dental modification -- and can reveal cultural information about a person's life, diet, and occupation. For decades, archaeologists have investigated AIDM and found interesting patterns in Neandertals and other prehistoric human populations that are suggestive of ancient artifact production.
With the release of the new Gary Webb film "Kill The Messenger" and the sudden renewed interest in what goes on in that dark underbelly of the US Empire - drug running, money laundering, death squads, assassinations of lives and of reputations - I'm reminded of the incredible life and death of Nicholas Deak, the CIA's Cold War banker hailed in Time magazine as "the James Bond of the world of money" until the mid-1980s, when his global finance empire was destroyed by Reagan Administration accusations of large-scale Latin American drug money laundering. Comment: A dark alliance and a lasting shame: Remembering investigative reporter Gary Webb The Reagan Commission on Organized Crime spent much of 1984 attacking Deak's global foreign exchange firm, Deak-Perera. By the end of the year, Deak was forced to appear before the commission in a testy public interrogation; his financial empire collapsed within days. A year later, in 1985, Deak was assassinated in his Wall Street high-rise by a paranoid-schizophrenic bag lady from Seattle, who'd been hired for the job by Latin American mobsters, according to a private internal investigation led by former FBI detectives. The assassin, Lois Lang (pictured above), had previously spent several murky years in the underbelly of Silicon Valley, where she fell under the care of a famous Stanford Research Institute psychiatrist, Frederick Melges - an expert on dosing his subjects with drugs and hypnosis to induce "artificial" dissociative states. Perhaps not surprisingly, Dr. Melges was up to his eyeballs in secret CIA behavior modification programs that were going on at Stanford until they were exposed in Congressional hearings in 1977. [For more on this stranger-than-fiction story, read "James Bond and the Killer Bag Lady" co-authored with Alexander Zaitchik.] Nicholas Deak's end came fast. Exactly thirty years ago, in 1984, his global financial empire, Deak-Perera, was accused by the Reagan Administration of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars of Colombian drug cartel cash.
September 19th, 2018 By Dr. Joseph Mercola Contributing writer for Wake Up World Lead Trial Counsel Reveals Evidence That Led to Historic Win Against Monsanto Last month, a jury ruled in favor of plaintiff Dewayne Johnson1,2,3,4,5 in a truly historic case against Monsanto. Mr. Johnson the first of over 8,000 cases pending against the infamous chemical company which 
The US government's efforts to discredit Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders illustrate the lengths to which it will go to stifle left-wing movements Forty years ago today, a bullet severed the spine of a man whom many the world over thought of as a prince. We have all seen the picture of the hotel balcony where that prince stood, and fell, surrounded by his entourage, all pointing - presumably, in the direction from which the bullet came. All but one. One man was not standing, not pointing, but kneeling by Martin Luther King's body, presumably checking to see if - or that - he was dead. That man, Merrell McCullough, was an undercover police officer who had infiltrated King's circle. According to Time magazine, he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, at least as far back as 1974.
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The Selfish Ledger is the title of a leaked Google video released earlier this year in May 2018. Now, a few months later, its worth taking a closer look at this apparently leaked vid. The title is quite innocuous and not so fitting, belying the creepy agenda of military fund-seeded Google to control and own you by taking over your data. This will be a digital, corporate-owned ledger. Google wants a complete ledger of your life a complete account using extensive data of all your actions, decisions, preferences, movements and relationships. It then wants to use pattern recognition and other tools with this data to direct your life. At first, this so-called Selfish Ledger will be user-driven, but the implication is that soon thereafter it will be driven by the ledger itself (i.e. AI) programmed with Googles values (whatever they are). The deeper meaning of the Selfish Ledger is shocking: Google freely admits that it is aiming for complete species-wide understanding with the Selfish Ledger, and thus to be able to direct human evolution.
As described in the video, the Selfish Ledger will be a complete record or account of who you are. The word ledger denotes accounting, numbers and (now) blockchain. Google is planning to pitch the idea to the public by presenting it as a selfish ledger that is all about you. They state in the video that initially the ledger would be user-driven. So, the user would select the volition of the ledger, e.g. input the goals or values, then allow the ledger to help him/her make better decisions to reach those goals. The video states people would initially use it in the areas of health or environmental impa...
In 2016, Frances National Assembly voted to totally ban the bee-killing pesticides known as neonicotinoids by September 2018. Now, the time has come to make good on that plan, the country announced on Saturday. While farmers are incensed by this move, beekeepers are even angrier. Earlier this summer, Parisian beekeepers staged a bee funeral to really drive the point home about the loss of pollinators.
Recently France and even the EU as a whole have made strides when it comes to pesticides:
Im sitting at the splendid building of the Singapore National Library, in a semi-dark room, microfilm inserted into a high-tech machine. Im watching and then filming and photographing several old Malaysian newspapers dating back from October 1965.
These reports were published right after the horrible 1965 military coup in Indonesia, which basically overthrew the progressive President Sukarno and liquidated then the third largest Communist party on Earth, PKI (Partai Komunis Indonesia). Between one and three million Indonesian people lost their lives in some of the most horrifying massacres of the 20th century. From a socialist (and soon to be Communist) country, Indonesia descended into the present pits of turbo-capitalist, as well as religious and extreme right-wing gaga.
The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Holland and several other Western nations, directly sponsored the coup, while directing both the pro-Western treasonous factions in the military, as well as the religious leaders who stood, from the start, at the forefront of the genocide.
All this information is, of course, widely available in the de-classified archives of both the CIA and U.S. State Department. It can be accessed, analyzed and reproduced. I personally made a film about the events, and so have several other directors.
But it isnt part of the memory of humanity. In Southeast Asia, it is known only to a handful of intellectuals.
In Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand, the Indonesian post-1965 fascism is a taboo topic. It is simply not discussed. Progressive intellectuals here are, like in all other client states of the West, paid to be preoccupied with their sex orientation, with gender issues and personal freedoms, but definitely not with the essential matters (Western imperialism, neo-colonialism, the savage and grotesque forms of capitalism, the plunder of local natural resources and environment, as well as disinformation, plus the forcefully injected ignorance that is accompanied by mass amnesia) that have been shaping so extremely and so negatively this part of the world.
In Indonesia itself, the Communist Party is banned and the general public sees it as a culprit, not as a victim.
The West is laughing behind the back of its brainwashed victims. It is laughing all the way to the bank.
Lies are obviously paying off.
No other part...
With rainfall totals in parts of North Carolina reaching as much as 36 inches since Thursday due to Hurricane Florence, a big chunk of rural North Carolina was largely marooned Monday with more than 1,000 roads closed in the state. Still, North Carolina Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten noted the sun was shining in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Monday afternoon and he expected recovery would begin soon. "We're seeing some blue skies, and that makes everybody's spirits a little better and that old Flo (Florence) has gone on north somewhere," Wooten said. "We don't wish it on anybody, but we're just glad it's off the coast of North Carolina." The North Carolina Farm Bureau is also a major insurer in the state, and people with personal property and business damages were trying to call offices to file claims. But phone lines were down and travel remains nearly impossible in parts of the state because of flooded roads and bridges.
Universities could be punished unless they give a higher proportion of top degrees to black students, under new proposals drawn up by the regulator. The Office for Students (OfS) has announced plans to overhaul its guidelines for boosting diversity in higher education, in what it says is the "biggest shake up" since 2004. If institutions fail to comply with the regulator's new "tougher" national targets for increasing the number of disadvantaged students, they could be penalised through a fine or even de-registered. Chris Millward, the OfS director for fair access and participation, said that universities will no longer be able to "mark their own homework" on their plans to up their intake of 18-year-olds from poor backgrounds. Instead, the new regulator, which came into force earlier this year, plans to set a series of national targets that all universities will be expected to meet.
Israeli PM Netanyahu has expressed "regret" to Vladimir Putin over the downing of Russia's Il-20 plane. He pinned the blame for the incident on Syria, but added that Moscow and Tel Aviv should continue coordinating their efforts. "Netanyahu stressed the importance of continuing coordination in the security area between Israel and Russia, which prevented many losses on the both sides over the past three years," the press service said on Tuesday, after Putin and the Israeli PM spoke by telephone. In line with Israel's previous statements, Netanyahu blamed the Syrian military for the incident.
Trump tariffs are based on flawed pre-global doctrines, which penalize US multinationals, as evidenced by Apple. It is not China that fails Americans, but US taxation, as evidenced by Apple. In the pre-1914 era and during the protectionist interwar period, global economic integration declined drastically. As major corporations competed largely in home markets, their value activities were mainly domestic. Following World War II, the US-led Bretton Woods system ensured a greater degree of internationalization - including systemic US trade deficits since 1971, decades before deficits with China. Thereafter in the '80s, US multinationals began to cut costs through offshoring as large chunks of productive capacity were transferred to emerging markets, especially in Asia. So today the "eco-systems" of US multinationals are increasingly global.
The official death toll from Hurricane Maria has increased to nearly 3,000 people. The storm left $90 billion in damage in its wake, and NBC reported that more than 200,000 Puerto Ricans have departed from the island. Families on smaller islands like Vieques and Culebra still have no power, and houses across Puerto Rico remain in pieces. Amid this death and destruction, which compounded the problems of an already shaky economy, Americans determined to profit from the situation can be found. In a new feature for GQ, writer Jesse Barron tells of the mainlanders who, thanks to two obscure laws, have turned the island into their own personal tax haven.
Puerto Rico passed the laws, called Acts 20 and 22, in 2012, intended to turn the island into a global investment destination. Act 20, GQ reports, allows corporations that export services from the island to pay only 4 percent tax. Act 22 goes much further: It makes Puerto Rico the only place on U.S. soil where personal income, capital gains, interest and dividends are untaxed.
About 1,500 U.S. mainlanders have taken advantage of these laws. Among them are Mark Gold, whom Barron calls the kingpin of traffic-ticket contesting. Gold explained his decision to move to Puerto Rico to Barron at an event called Cocktails and Compliance, where wealthy Americans sip expensive drinks and learn how to comply with the laws so they can skirt taxes:
I was looking at different tax havens Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco. But the problem is, you have to give up your U.S. passport. When I heard about this, it was too good to be true. But its real. I live in paradise. I live at the Ritz-Carlton. I drive my golf cart to the beach club for breakfast. Then I go to my sunset yoga class on the beach.
The people who take advantage of Acts 20 and 22 are at the lower end of the ultra-rich. They are new-money people who might not have their congressmans cell-phone number back home, writes Barron, but who wield influence here in Puerto Rico.
Back in the States, Im just one of 300 million voters, James Slazas, who works for a hedge fund, is quoted as saying. Here, Ive already met a lot of the key players.
The people Barron spoke to didnt seem fazed by the laws requirements, which include living in Puerto Rico 183 days per year and giving up the right to vote. On that point, Harry Dent, a popular finance writer, told Barron: I dont give a flying [expletive]. Weve got a civil war going on. Red versus blue....
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against Facebook, accusing the social media giant of gender discrimination in job advertisements on its platform. The ACLU charges, filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Tuesday, alleges that Facebook allows employers to target job ads for positions in male-dominated fields exclusively to younger men. The complaint targets Facebook and ten employers who the ACLU says ran gender-discriminatory ads. "Facebook is violating federal civil rights law. Period," the organization tweeted Tuesday. Under US law, companies are forbidden from discriminating in recruitment and from tailoring job ads to a specific gender or age range.
Citing suspicious actions the Netherlands has announced that it is ending its support for the al-Qaedas propaganda group known as the White Helmets. The Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry said that they are shutting down all [...]
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A region of West Antarctica is behaving differently from most of the rest of the continent: A large patch of ice there is thickening, unlike other parts of West Antarctica that are losing ice. Whether this thickening trend will continue affects the overall amount that melting or collapsing glaciers could raise the level of the world's oceans. The track hidden in the middle of the ice sheet suggests that the current thickening is just a short-term feature that may not affect the glacier over the long term, the new study indicates. It also suggests that similar clues to the past may be hiding deep inside the ice sheet itself. SHUTTING IT DOWN "What's exciting about this study is that we show how the structure of the ice sheet acts as a powerful record of what has happened in the past," says first author Nicholas Holschuh, a postdoctoral researcher in Earth and space sciences at the University of Washington. The data come from the ice above Mount Resnik, a 1.6-kilometer (mile-high) inactive volcano that currently sits under 300 meters (0.19 miles) of ice. The volcano lies just upstream of the thickening Kamb Ice Stream, part of a dynamic coastal region of ice that drains into Antarctica's Ross Sea.
A writer for Sesame Street has confirmed the long-running theory that the kids show's beloved characters Bert and Ernie were actually a same-sex couple. Sesame Street writer and songwriter Mark Saltzman says the famous roommates were inspired by his own relationship with his life partner, film editor Arnold 'Arnie' Glassman, who he was with for over two decades until Glassman's death in 2003. Saltzman, who joined the show's writing team in 1984, said people would often refer to him and Glassman as Ernie and Bert, respectively, and he didn't have any other way to "contextualise" the characters. "I remember one time that a pre-schooler [in San Francisco] turned to her mum and asked 'Are Bert and Ernie lovers?' and that, coming from a pre-schooler, was fun," Saltzman told Queerty.
The much anticipated and some would say, over expected, tariffs were announced after the US markets closed yesterday (Monday). The DOW had already dipped over 100 points, whilst the NASAQ closed 1.5% lower. It is often the case in markets that the news is more fearful than the act and that is what we saw today. Asian indices were weaker at the open but then spent the balance of the day bouncing from the lows. Often it is the fear of the unknown rather than the event, once events are known actions can be taken. The additional $200bn worth of tariffs is added to the previous $50 and the 10% could increase to 25% by end of next quarter. Core Shanghai eventually added a near 2% by the end of trading, whilst the Hang Seng returned 0.5%. The Nikkei reopened after yesterdays holiday and that joined the rally, managing to make headway from the opening bell. Closing near 52week highs, all eyes are now on the currency. The Yen continues to play around the 112 level even though trading volumes have been thin recently. In India the SENSEX has been suffering from lack of capital flow, which continues to see the INR drift. The one-year forward price (August 2019) is over the psychological 75 level, which is around 225 pips over spot. It is worth keeping an eye on this spread as a confidence gauge, especially if rate rises are seen purely as currency protection. This may come in handy if they do eventually extend the Indian trading hours.
It was more a concern of currency and bonds in Europe as dealers looked for markets direction. Both the Euro and GBP were under pressure following President Trumps announcement as fears the FED will act now. Core European bonds were a touch lower as US yields move higher, especially 10yr notes that broke above 3% again. Gilts were weaker today following the IMF, the Chancellor, Mark Carney, Theresa May and Michel Barnier all fronting their own views. 10yr Gilts broke the 1.5% again closing this evening at 1.57% having added a further 4bp today. Late US 10s are comfortably north of 3% (last 3.05%) so will interesting to watch tomorrow. Most core indices closed around unchanged but whilst the CAC and FTSE are comfortable at their mid 52week range the DAX is i...
The administration of the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, who shot to international fame after criticizing President Trump for not doing enough to help Hurricane Maria victims, is being investigated by the FBI on corruption charges, according a local news outlet. Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and her administration are under fire for allegedly obstructing critical supplies from reaching victims of the category-4 hurricane that leveled much of the tiny U.S. territory nearly nine months ago. The FBI reportedly launched the investigation following a February lawsuit filed by Yadira Molina, the former director of procurement. Molina claims she was retaliated against for reporting "alleged irregular acts" to the local comptroller. "On February 21, Molina sued the city council after reporting alleged acts of corruption in the shopping division in the town hall under the administration of Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto," according to El Vocero de Puerto Rico. The report says Molina claims she was punished for reporting on the allegedly rigged system and that she was blocked from her right "to report wrongdoing in her capacity as a private citizen, not as a public employee."
New evidence proves that Hillary Clinton used her personal cell phone inside Russia as Secretary of State, exposing her phone and private email server to extreme risk of hacking by Russian intelligence agencies in mid-October 2009, just 10 months into her 4-year term. Clinton would later lie to the public and the FBI about her security practices in Russia, after apparently forgetting that this photo ever existed. The archived photo, taken during Secretary of State Clinton's first official trip to Moscow, shows Hillary talking into what appears to be a rectangular-shaped, black-on-silver Blackberry smartphone. Her awkward hand position-with the length of her hand concealing most of the phone, and fingers wrapped around the top-could have been an attempt to conceal the device from being photographed.
By Brandon Smith Almost every aspect of the global economic downturn, which started ostensibly in 2007-2008 and is still ongoing to this day, can be...
Burbank, California| A 53-year old woman has presented a paternity action lawsuit this morning before the California state court, alleging that she is the biological daughter of Marilyn Monroe and former President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Gladys Baker Morris spent most of her life believing that Marilyn Monroes cousin, Meredith Baker, was 
Tech giant Google has admitted to changing Android phone settings remotely without user permission, a move considered by experts to be bad for "transparency and consent." The BBC reports that Silicon Valley Master of the Universe Google has admitted to remotely activating the "battery saver" function on many users' Android phones. The battery saver function is designed to allow the phone to operate at a lower performance while preserving battery life and in some cases is automatically enabled when a phone goes below a certain battery level. According to multiple people describing the incident, the battery saver was enabled with a full or nearly full battery. In a post to Reddit, a Google spokesperson explained that the sudden enabling of the feature was part of an internal test update to the Android operating system which was accidentally rolled out publicly.
When it comes to food choices, many of us would like to believe we have many choices. Well, what if you were to find out that most of those brands were owned by other brands and could be broken down into just ten different main brands?
The world we live in today is ruled by corporations and many brands are in cahoots with one another. If you really break things down you will find that most of the brands we know and think highly of are owned by others. There are about ten main companies that rule all we eat and drink.
Oxfam International made an infographic not too long ago going over all the different brands that are most popular and the companies that own them. This infographic is much more shocking than you might think. Some of the companies we dislike the most and try to avoid actually make some of the things we think are healthy as well. If there is a bandwagon to jump on theyve already found it and done just that.
Coca-Cola itself owns more than 500 drink brands. They own Sprite, Minute Maid, Dasani and so much more. While you might not think youre buying their products, you most likely are. The ten companies mentioned above can be broken down as follows. Please take a look at the infographic below before continuing on.
This soda giant also owns Honest Tea, Fuze, SmartWater, Glaceau, NOS, and Full Throttle. Sure, you might think they have different soda brands but would you ever expect them to be making water? They have it all, literally.Oxfam
PepsiCo owns everything from RiceRoni to Tropicana. They make things like Lays potato chips, Cheetos, Cracker Jack and so much more. Oh yeah, theyre a...
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The upcoming full harvest moon is going to be a tough time for everyone. For most of us, this will be due in part because we are going to be pushed to face things we have buried in the past.
The full harvest moon to come is going to be on September 24th and in Aries. It will be quite heavy as Saturn will be weighing down hard on us all. Due to this, you may feel restricted and unsettled. IT will not be a comfortable experience for any of us but it will be a necessary one.
Chiron will also play a massive role in the energy of this full moon. This will bring out the wounds within our own beings and force us through them. Anything you have been suppressing will come out. All of those negative emotions youve locked inside will be coming out one way or another. You cannot avoid it so you might as well embrace it.
You can work through this and get out on the other side if you truly acknowledge the things before you. Continuing to ignore them wont do anyone any good. You are going to feel like the whole world is against you but it isnt. Bringing you to this and through this will really work wonders in your life.
We are all emotional trainwrecks within even if we cannot yet see it. Facing our problems and working through our past mistakes and experiences will make us better people. With this, we will all finally be able to move forward in a positive light. Energetically the anxious feeling you will gain from this full moon will leave once all is said and done.
This whole month is a very positive one for us energetically. It has and will continue to prepare us for the months to come.
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The Senate has passed a bill aimed at combating the influx of synthetic opioids into the US, as the nation grapples with soaring overdose rates. The 'Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention' Act, or STOP Act, was passed with a 99-1 vote on Monday, almost one month after President Donald Trump demanded the flow, via the postal system, of synthetic opioids -such as the deadly painkiller Fentanyl- into the US be stopped. Trump has repeatedly called for action to combat America's opioid crisis, and has called foreign Fentanyl shipments from China "a form of warfare. The bill requires that all packages entering the US include electronic data on what's inside, who shipped it, and from where. It also funds treatment programs, and changes certain laws to make addiction-fighting medicine more widely available. The bill will now need to return to the House, so that representatives can approve changes made in the Senate. However, with each passing day, more Americans die of opioid overdoses.
In the past, chemotherapy is something many have been all about because we are told it saves lives, right? Well, what if I told you that several studies from the past few years said it was doing much more harm than good?
Chemotherapy and radiation are something pushed on everyone who is diagnosed with various forms of cancer. When it comes to trying natural alternatives, doctors are very against it. We are told that these treatments are hard on the body but that they are the only thing that works but that is just not true. They are so much more damaging than anyone is ever fully aware of when face to face with them. These methods while most will not want to accept it can kill.
Researchers back in 2016 from several organizations recently came together to work on a study that has made a serious dent in the mainstream medicinal narrative that pushes Chemotherapy and so forth. This study was published in The Lancet and is titled 30-day morality after systemic anticancer treatment for breast and lung cancer in England: a population-based, observational study.
This study was a turning point for all we know now. For this study, the researchers looked at the death rates across several hospitals in the UK and found that the mortality rates were quite shocking in regards to Chemotherapy treatment. While this might not be something people think about often, they should.
Our findings show that several factors affect the risk of early mortality of breast and lung cancer patients in England and that some groups are at a substantially increased risk of 30-day mortality. The identification of hospitals with significantly higher 30-day mortality rates should promote review of clinical decision making in these hospitals. Furthermore, our results highlight the importance of collecting routine data beyond clinical trials to better understand the factors placing patients at higher risk of 30-day mortality, and ultimately improve clinical decision making. Our insights into the factors affecting risk of 30-day mortality will help treating clinicians and their patients predict the balance of harms and benefits associated with SACT.
Basically, depending on which hospital youre at, you might be either getting too much or not enough and suffering because of it, more so than you would be otherwise. Across England, it was found that rates are much higher in some hospitals when it comes to those who died within a month. These being treatment-related deaths.
Proving just how dangerous it can be to give police permission to search your property, a 73-year-old woman died after being mauled by a police K9. She had just given police permission to search her garden for an alleged drug dealer before the dog attacked her. Irene Collins, who'd been battling lung cancer and emphysema, was attacked in her own home by the police officer's German shepherd as Cleveland police searched her property for a drug dealer. During the course of the search at her home in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, officer Mark Baines let his dog loose and it went inside the home of Collins. "On 16 July 2014, officers from Cleveland police received information regarding a male suspect involved in a drug transaction. It was believed the suspect may be in a garden at the rear of Penrith Road," assistant coroner Karen Welch said at the opening of the hearing this week, according to the Guardian. "In the course of the search, a dog handler, PC [Mark] Baines, and his police dog Dano were brought in. Irene Collins gave permission for her garden to be searched and remained inside her home.
On 21 January 1968, an aircraft accident involving a United States Air Force (USAF) B-52 bomber occurred near Thule Air Base in the Danish territory of Greenland. The aircraft was carrying four hydrogen bombs on a Cold WarChrome Dome alert mission over Baffin Bay when a cabin fire forced the crew to abandon the aircraft before they could carry out an emergency landing at Thule Air Base. Six crew members ejected safely, but one who did not have an ejection seat was killed while trying to bail out. The bomber crashed onto sea ice in North Star Bay, Greenland, causing the conventional explosives aboard to detonate and the nuclear payload to rupture and disperse, which resulted in radioactive contamination.
The United States and Denmark launched an intensive clean-up and recovery operation, but the secondary stage of one of the nuclear weapons could not be accounted for after the operation completed. USAF Strategic Air Command Chrome Dome operations were discontinued immediately after the accident, which highlighted the safety and political risks of the missions. Safety procedures were reviewed and more stable explosives were developed for use in nuclear weapons. (Description of event courtesy of Wikipedia)
This video from the USA says about itself:
Inside Amazons Working Conditions
14 September 2018
This is immoral. I [Senator Bernie Sanders] will be asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to investigate unsafe working conditions at Amazon fulfillment centers.
This video from the USA says about itself:
17 September 2018
Physicists from the Institute for Solid State Physics at the University of Tokyo, Japan, have recorded the largest magnetic field ever generated indoors - a whopping 1,200 T (tesla). "Magnetic fields are one of the fundamental properties of a physical environment," said lead author Dr. Daisuke Nakamura and colleagues. "They can be controlled with high precision and interact directly with electronic orbitals and spins; this makes them indispensable for research in areas of solid state physics such as magnetic materials, superconductors, semiconductors, strongly correlated electron materials, and other nanomaterials." The researchers generated ultrahigh magnetic fields using the electromagnetic flux-compression (EMFC) technique.
Comment: Behold! Russophobic fear-mongering in full flight... In the two years since Russia made headlines for targeting an American political organization - the Democratic National Committee - and undermining Hillary Clinton's race for the presidency, Russian information warfare tactics have come a long way. That includes using more subtle means of hiding their traces. Recently, Microsoft announced that it had detected Russians targeting conservative think tanks. Comment: Microsoft, really? Wow, real impartial source there. The Russians are not just aiming to influence political activities in the U.S. Rather, it's extremely likely that they will soon target American civic society. They're the local sports teams, charities, Kiwanis and Lions clubs, churches and even community groups like the Boy Scouts. Those are the groups that knit together a community and a society, providing connections that keep legitimate disagreement from exploding into acrimony and sharp divisions. Comment: As if 'the Russians' have nothing better to do? Like, CLEANING UP AMERICA'S MESS IN THE MIDDLE EAST? This worldview is obviously deranged. It does, however, mask a somewhat related truth: 'the US intel community' has, since at least the 1960s, infiltrated or monitored every civil society group in the country, down to grandmas' knitting clubs, all of it aimed at influencing the population, where necessary or where convenient, in a direction pleasing to the owners of the USA.
Kavanaugh, Ford invited to Senate Judiciary hearing; Thursday vote delayed, sources say | 17 Sept 2018 | The Senate Judiciary Committee invited Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford to a public hearing next week after decades-old sexual assault allegations surfaced. Multiple sources have told Fox News Thursday's committee confirmation vote has been postponed. Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the hearing will "give these recent allegations a full airing." Kavanaugh has forcefully denied the sexual assault accusations Ford alleged took place while the two were in high school.
1. The Kazakh connection In 2009, a fugitive Kazakh oligarch arranged a meeting in London with the head of an international private intelligence agency. Mukhtar Ablyazov, a slim man in his mid-forties with receding hair, a delicate mouth and a flinty gaze, had fled to the UK earlier that year as the Kazakh government prepared to nationalise his bank. So much money had gone missing from that institution that Ablyazov's enemies would call him the Bernie Madoff of the steppe. But the chess-playing billionaire was also one of the few members of the Kazakh elite who had dared to cross Nursultan Nazarbayev, the former Soviet republic's ruler since 1989. The allegations of grand looting were, Ablyazov maintained, merely a vendetta waged by a regime that was itself gorging on stolen wealth. He had broken the code of loyalty - a transgression that Nazarbayev would not, he believed, allow to pass unpunished. "I saw the spies around me and I wanted to hire a group to counter what the spies were doing," Ablyazov told me recently. The man that Ablyazov was to meet was Ron Wahid, the Bangladeshi-American founder of Arcanum Global. Wahid swathes Arcanum in mystique - its name comes from the Latin for secret - but he also likes to show off his political connections. On the walls of his Knightsbridge offices hang signed photographs of him with three US presidents.
Russia has formally complained to Israel about its air attacks on Syria, which led to the downing of a Russian Il-20 plane off the Syrian coast on Monday Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Moscow [...]
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By Catherine J. Frompovich September 17, 2018- Judicial Watch Director of Investigations and Research Chris Farrell appeared on Lou Dobbs Tonight on the Fox Business...
Fall may be just around the corner, but summer isnt over yet! Before we say goodbye to the sun and freedom, lets embrace the last official week. Especially if youre one of these 3 zodiac signs.
On September 22nd we will officially step into autumn. But its not time to pull your scarves and fall boots yet! Set down that pumpkin spice latte and make the most of these final summer days.
Summer is the season of adventures, beach getaways, and backyard barbeques the time of year in which we let go of our responsibilities and simply enjoy life for a brief moment. As we work our way through this final week you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed or emotional. Rather than focusing on what youre leaving behind, take the time to savor these final days. Plan one last big road trip or adventure or invite all your friends over for a final summer bash!
While this can certainly be a fun and exciting time for everyone, there are a few Zodiac signs that are really going to rock this week!
As your solar return comes to a close, dont check out just yet. Youve still got a few final days to truly harness all that this time has offered you. Lets take this opportunity to go out with a bang. Take a step back and ask yourself If you could do one thing right now, and nothing could possibly hold you back, what would you do? Nothing is off the table. Have you always wanted to try skydiving? Nows the perfect time! Never learned to drive? Lets get behind the wheel. When all is said and done, however, dont forget to take some me time. Schedule in some much-needed time to relax and recharge.
Your moment to shine is just around the corner, but youre not going to have to wait for Libra season to start enjoying the many benefits. As you come upon your solar return your natural gifts and talents are going to be intensified, dont allow this opportunity to pass you by. Take a look at your life right now and consider what changes you could make to make the most out of every moment. Are you holding back on enjoying the luxuries that you have earned? Carve some time out of your busy schedule to treat yourself, but dont get too comfortable. Make a list of all the things you hope to achieve before 2018 is over, then focus on establishing a plan to make these dreams a reality.
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Over two years into the investigation of alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, a new picture has started to emerge, one of Russian oligarchs and their connections to some of the key figures responsible for the collusion narrative. Mikhail Khodorkovsky is the former head of Russian oil giant Yukos. Famously imprisoned by Putin in 2003 on fraud charges, Khodorkovsky appeared a sympathetic figure-portrayed as a victim of Putin retaliation. He was pardoned in 2013 and now resides in London. At the height of his power, Khodorkovsky was estimated to have a net worth in excess of $15 billion. He obtained his wealth in a manner similar to that of many Russian oligarchs. In 1987, he founded Menatep, one of Russia's first private banks. He used the bank to acquire stakes in companies that were being privatized at bargain-basement prices.
The hackneyed old stories about the threat of Russian "meddling" in the elections of other countries have gone stale. Since no real evidence has ever been presented, they don't attract much public attention anymore. It is generally believed that poor Europe is not ready to stop Russia, but it should be, as the European parliamentary election scheduled for May 2019 is drawing closer. Warnings have been issued, alarm bells sounded, and recommendations presented by think tanks. Former NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned about the "Russia threat" as far back as last March. As there was nothing to substantiate his statement, one can only assume that the former official has been endowed with the gift of clairvoyance. Currently Europe [is] under threat from "populist and neo-Nazi formations" and the only way to counter it is to stay united. In other words, there must be no EU reforms, no policy changes, those Brussels-based pooh-bahs will go on enjoying their serene lives tut-tutting about the nefarious plans of those who oppose them, and refugees will be free to pour in until the EU explodes. Has Russia done anything specifically to provoke the accusations that it has plans to meddle in the European election race? Not a thing, but there is somebody else who has.
The Woodward book is supposed to be a blow against the Trump administration for supposedly depicting an administration in "chaos," but it actually manages to show the foreign policy aspect of Trump's White House in its best light, albeit unintentionally. Woodward, being the swamp-creature that he is, uncritically cites administration officials who denounce Trump's Singapore peace initiative with North Korea as prima facie evidence that the man is unhinged. This is the conventional wisdom inside the Washington Beltway. Out in the real world, however, Trump's view is evidence of his sanity. While the political class is worried that declaring the Korean war over and done with will pull the plug on the US military occupation of South Korea - a possibility Woodward conjures as a kind of Armageddon - normal Americans are hoping to see the troops come home after nearly 70 years! Despite dire predictions by hysterics on both sides of the political spectrum, Trump hasn't started any new wars and seems determined to dial down those already in progress. The most visible conflict now seems to be the war for the President's mind, which pits the most consistent advocate of promiscuous intervention, Sen. Lindsey Graham, against Trump's most recent (and surprising) ally, Sen. Rand Paul. These two are competing for the President's ear, and the winner looks to be: "[I]f Graham has tried to wield his influence with Trump to pull the trigger on more foreign interventions, Paul has wished to influence Trump in the polar-opposite direction. Unfortunately for the hawkish Graham, it appears at least some of Paul's ideas have rubbed off on the president."
US President Donald Trump has announced import tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. China has promised to retaliate. The move, which sees $200 billion worth of Chinese imports slapped with a ten percent levy, comes amid a deepening trade spat between the world's two largest economies. The tariffs will be applied to more than 1,000 Chinese products, including consumer goods like electronics, bicycles, tires, and furniture - all pumped out of Chinese factories in vast quantities for cheap export. The ten percent tariff will take effect on September 24, and rise to 25 percent on January 1, 2019. In anticipation of Trump's tariff announcement, major US stock market indexes closed on a down note. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 92.55 points, or 0.35 percent. The S&P 500 lost 16.18 points, or 0.56 percent, and Nasdaq dropped 114.25 points, or 1.43 percent.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has said it expects relations between Moscow and Kiev to normalize sooner or later, but added that close ties would most likely be restored following a change of government in Ukraine. The Foreign Ministry's comment was issued after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on Monday, which terminated the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin told the press that the termination of the framework friendship treaty would cause a major revision of other agreements between Moscow and Kiev, but did not specify details. Russian diplomats said in their statement that they continued to base their work on the presumption that people of Russia and Ukraine are destined by fate to have friendly and neighborly relations, built on centuries of common history as well as very close cultural and spiritual ties. At the same time, the Foreign Ministry said that the current crisis in relations would most likely be overcome by cooperation with "different, more responsible Ukrainian politicians."
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has landed in Pyongyang for a historic summit with Kim Jong-un as part of the ongoing reconciliation process and talks on the denuclearization of the peninsula. President Moon and his wife Kim Jung-sook were welcomed by the North Korean leader and Kim's sister Yo-jong, as well as hundreds of locals. Their three-day trip to Pyongyang began on Tuesday morning. After Moon descended from the plane, Kim was seen offering a warm embrace to his South Korean counterpart, who has worked ardently to bring about a thaw in bilateral relations between the two states.
Hans-Georg Maassen has been removed as the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency and will become a senior official in the Interior Ministry. That's after he questioned videos of far-right violence in Chemnitz. Maassen, who has been the president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) since 2012, will take up the position of state secretary in the Interior Ministry. "The Office of the President of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution will be re-filled. In future Mr. Maassen will become a state secretary in the interior ministry. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has high regard for Mr. Maassen's abilities on questions of domestic security, but he will not be responsible for the BfV within the ministry," the German government wrote in a statement Tuesday afternoon. The move is being seen as a compromise between the Social Democrats, who had demanded Maassen's removal, and the conservative Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.
In recent times, cannabis has become more mainstream, especially as it has become legalized both medicinally and recreationally in states across the U.S. As it has entered a more legal state of being, it has also found its way into more conventional products, and according to various sources, it could find its way into Americas favorite soda.
According to Bloomberg, Coca-Cola has recently been in talks with Aurora Cannabis to develop some kind of cannabis-infused beverages. This would be monumental and could really change so much more than you think. These beverages would be infused with cannabidiol (not THC). Coca-Cola plans to market these as able to ease inflammation, pain, and cramps which honestly would be quite lovely.
That being said, this whole idea is quite controversial as the drink giant is one many do not like supporting. The CBD market is rapidly growing so it would make sense that Coca-Cola would want to jump on the money train. While we do not yet know much we do have some information.
Along with many others in the beverage industry, we are closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world. The space is evolving quickly. No decisions have been made at this time.
While nothing is completely confirmed, they are in the works. That being said, because of the federal laws here in the US it is not likely that the company would offer this beverage in the states, at least not at first. CNN noted that it is most likely the product if it does happen would be sold in Canada and then the US once it becomes legal to do so.
With the soda industry trying to figure out the best means of expanding in recent times, this could be exactly the route they end up taking. What do you think? Would you drink cannabis-infused beverages? Do you think they would taste good? Feel free to share your thoughts with us.
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Congress will interview Nellie Ohr, the wife of Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr, later this week, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe said on Sunday. Ratcliffe said Sunday that Ohr is expected to appear before a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary and House Oversight & Government Reform Committees, in an interview on Fox News. Ohr worked during the 2016 election cycle for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that investigated Donald Trump on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC. Fusion hired former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous anti-Trump dossier that was used to obtain spy warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. While she worked for Fusion, Ohr's husband, Bruce Ohr, was in contact with both Steele and Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS. A former assistant deputy attorney general at the Justice Department, Bruce Ohr was interviewed by the congressional committees on Aug. 28. Republican lawmakers have questioned the Ohrs' relationship to Fusion GPS and Steele. The husband-and-wife duo met with Steele on July 30, 2016, a day before the FBI opened its counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia. Nellie Ohr began working for Fusion GPS in December 2015. Congressional sources have told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Fusion approached Ohr for the job.
The lawyer representing Kavanaughs accuser Christine Blasey Ford is vice chair of an organization that is directly funded by George Soros. Attorney Debra Katz, an influential Democratic donor, is also vice chair of the [...]
A Norwegian state report says the officials "had very limited knowledge" of what was going on in Libya, but promptly decided to join the US-led intervention, turning the once thriving North African nation into a terrorist hotbed. Norway rushed to help its NATO allies to pound Libya with airstrikes in 2011, without understanding what was actually happening on the ground or the dire consequences the intervention might lead to, a new state report has concluded. The commission, chaired by former Foreign Minister Jan Petersen, found that politicians in Oslo "had very limited knowledge of Libya" when they dragged the nation into the US-led bombing campaign against the Libyan government. "In such situations, decision-makers often rely on information from media and other countries," the report says. Furthermore, the commission states that there are "no written sources" indicating that, before deploying warplanes against Libya, the Norwegian officials "assessed the type of conflict Norway was taking part in."
The infrastructure bank run by developing BRICS countries has been successfully implementing its projects, according to its senior manager. "We have 23 projects approved for all BRICS countries. Their total cost is $5.7 billion. By the end of the year, I think another $1.5 billion will be added. Next year, we plan to expand projects to somewhere around $7.5 billion," BRICS New Development Bank Vice President Vladimir Kazbekov told TASS news agency. According to Kazbekov, the bank has received a AA+ rating from Standard & Poor's and Fitch agencies, which is enough to confidently enter the international financial market with its debt instruments and receive funding from international investors at low interest rates.
Charges have been brought against former Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner, who now stands accused of being the head of an "illicit organization" involved in bribery and money laundering. The decision was made by Judge Claudio Bonadio, who leads the case, and published by the official judicial news agency on Monday. The new charges come as part of the so-called 'corruption notebooks' case, which focuses on an alleged wide-scale bribery operation totaling some $160 million. The scheme has allegedly involved top Argentinian politicians and businessmen. The judge has demanded Kirchner's parliamentary immunity be lifted in order to place the former president under arrest.
Doctors in Berlin who are treating controversial underground artist and Pussy Riot activist Pyotr Verzilov, say that he was probably poisoned by an unknown substance. "The impression and the findings that we now have, as well as those provided by colleagues from Moscow, suggest that it was highly plausible that it was a case of poisoning," Kai-Uwe Eckardt, a leading doctor at Berlin's Charit Hospital said, as cited by AFP. Verzilov's health "was improving from day to day" and he is "no longer in life-threatening danger,"according to the hospital's chairman Karl Max Einhaeupl. He ruled out the possibility that it was a case of self-inflicted substance abuse. "Such substances are extremely rare in drug circles and we have no indication that it was a drug problem," he said.
Im sad to report that there is no way to completely avoid the aging process, were all going to experience it at some point or another in our lives. However, there are steps that you can take to slow this process down, keeping your skin looking healthier and more radiant longer! The secret? You need to identify the little mistakes you are making every day to damage your skin. Sure, you may have an extensive skin care routine, sparing no cost in your efforts, but the odds are youre making at least one of these mistakes
This may sound a little crazy, but keep in mind that Im mentioning it here because its a beauty hack that has gained enough attention to make it worth including on the list. While hairspray may work to help keep your makeup looking fresh longer, its not what the product was designed to do. In fact, hairspray can cause severe irritation to your skin, resulting in bumps, discoloration or the appearance of a rash.
Youve likely heard the saying too much of a good thing before in your life, and this is a great example! While exfoliating your skin is a great step to keep it looking happy and healthy, exfoliating too often, too long, or pressing too hard during the process can actually cause significant skin damage. In fact, experts say that too much exfoliation is the equivalent of giving yourself a first or second-degree burn.
There are a number of symptoms and side effects that we consider when selecting an allergy medication, but did you take your trouble skin into account? Experts report that antihistamines may actually dry your skin out by inhibiting histamine. Sure, this is what you want it to do to prevent sneezing and runny nose, but histamine is also the stimulant in your skin cells that tells them to release oil, keeping your skin from becoming dry and irritated.
Stop for a moment and consider the last 24 hours with your cell phone. How many times have you sat it down? Was it always in a clean place, or was it potentially p...
Pope Francis has slammed Catholic officials who criticize him for mishandling the child sex abuse scandal in the Church, calling them megalomaniacs. According to one of Francis closest advisers, the pontiff has remained silent about [...]
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Prosecutors have confirmed that an Iraqi national, detained for three weeks after a stabbing incident in Chemnitz, Germany, which left one local man dead, has been released. Another suspect, a Syrian national, remains in custody. The 22-year-old, identified only as Yousif A., was one of two men detained after a 35-year-old German man was fatally stabbed in a brawl with migrants late in August. Another suspect, a Syrian national, remains in custody. A third migrant, sought after the incident, has not been located. While Yousif A. admitted he was at the scene of the deadly incident, he claimed he only observed the brawl. His account was supported by the testimonies of eyewitnesses, German broadcaster NDR reported last week. The stabbing in Chemnitz triggered a wave of far-right and right-wing rallies, some of which escalated into skirmishes between riot police and protesters, resulting in multiple arrests and injuries. The right-wing rallies were also met with counter protests from the left, who opposed the "hatred" against the migrants. The rival protesters clashed with each other on several occasions.
Eating three generous servings of dairy products every day including cheese and butter leads to a longer, healthier life, a new study suggests. After analyzing the diets of over 130,000 people in two [...]
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MOSCOW The Latest on a Russian military aircraft shot down over the Mediterranean Sea and other issues related to Syria (all times local):
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Israel against conducting air raids on Syria like the one that led to the downing of a Russian warplane by Syrian air defense missile, killing all 15 aboard.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Putin to express sorrow over the planes loss, but insisted that Syria bears responsibility for the downing of the Il-20 electronic intelligence plane.
The Kremlin said that Putin emphasized that the Israeli attack violated Syrias sovereignty and also breached the Russian-Israeli agreements on avoiding clashes in Syria. The Russian leader urged Netanyahu not to allow such situations in the future.
Netanyahu also offered to dispatch the Israeli air force chief to Moscow to share details and noted the importance of the continuation of security coordination between Israel and Russia.
The U.N. special envoy for Syria is calling on Russia, Syria and Israel to refrain from military actions following the downing of a Russian military aircraft.
Staffan de Mistura told the U.N. Security Council at the start of a meeting on Syria that new military action would only exacerbate an already complex situation.
He expressed concern at worrying military activities just as a potential major military offensive in the last major rebel stronghold in Idlib was averted following an agreement Monday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
De Mistura noted the differing statements by Russia, Syria and Israel about the downing of a Russian reconnaissance aircraft by Syria government anti-aircraft fire which killed all 15 people on board.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed sorrow over the downing of a Russian warplane in which the entire 15-member crew was killed after being hit with a Syrian missile as Syrian air defenses fired on Israeli jets.
Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin during a phone call that Syria bears responsibility for the downing of the Il-20 electronic intelligence plane. He offered to dispatch the Israeli air force chief to Moscow to share details.
He noted the importance of the continuation of security coordination between Israel and Russia, saying it helped prevent many losses on both sides. Netanyahu also noted that Israel is determined to block Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria and transferring weapons to its proxy Hezbollah militia for use against Israel....
Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector are witnessing significant increases in the number of migrants crossing illegally from Mexico. In roughly two weeks, four groups were apprehended-each consisting of more than 100 adults and children. Ajo Station agents encountered a group of 121 migrants who crossed the border near the Senita Basin, north of the Lukeville port of entry. The group quickly turned themselves over to the custody of the agents, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. Agents said the group was composed of 111 adults and children from Guatemala and another 10 from El Salvador. Four days earlier, agents encountered a group of 163 several miles west of the Lukeville port of entry. Another group of 103 was apprehended on August 28 and 128 more on August 20. The group of 128 was abandoned in the desert by their human smugglers, officials stated. "This is where our law enforcement mission quickly turns from enforcing immigration laws to preserving life by ensuring the welfare and wellbeing of these migrant families," Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch said in a written statement. "Transnational criminal organizations are exploiting these immigrant families and demonstrating their blatant disregard for human life."
Ever since rumors began swirling on Capitol Hill about a mystery letter in the possession of Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, it was only a matter of time before Judge Kavanaugh's formerly "anonymous" accuser made her grand entrance to the national stage. After all, Democratic attempts to delay, interrupt, grandstand, and even "Spartacus" their way out of replacing former Justice Anthony Kennedy with a conservative jurist of President Trump's choosing had thus far been unsuccessful, so why not pull out the old classic "Anita Hill" tactic? It may or may not work, but Dems are just trying to run out the clock at this point, right? And it was becoming all too clear that "anonymous accuser" wasn't going to cut it, not with so much at stake. Enter Christine Blasey Ford, the as-of-Sunday no-longer-anonymous (and already lawyered-up) Kavanaugh accuser who contends that the then-prep-school student - as The Washington Post reported - "pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth."
Temporary prosperity that is created by exploding levels of debt is not actually prosperity at all. At this moment, the U.S. government is 21.4 trillion dollars in debt, and we have been adding an average of more than a trillion dollars a year to that debt since 2009. And if we stay on the path that we are currently on, the trajectory of our debt will soon accelerate dramatically. In fact, as you will see below, the Congressional Budget Office is now projecting that the U.S. national debt will reach 99 trillion dollars by 2048 if nothing changes. Congressional Budget Office projections always tend to be overly optimistic, and so the reality will probably be much worse than that. Of course we will never actually see the day when our national debt reaches 99 trillion dollars. Our government (and our entire society along with it) will collapse long before we ever get to that point. In our endless greed, we are literally destroying America, and emergency action must be taken immediately if we are to survive.
Debt always makes things seem better in the short-term, and it is always destructive in the long-term.
When we go into debt as a nation, we are literally stealing from the bright future that our children and our grandchildren were supposed to have. Through the first 11 months of this fiscal year, the official U.S. budget deficit was $895,000,000,000, which means that we continue to steal more than 100 million dollars from future generations of Americans every single hour of every single day.
And it is important to remember that not all additions to the national debt are included in the official budget deficit. One year ago, our national debt was sitting at 20.1 trillion dollars, and that means that we have added an astounding 1.3 trillion dollars to the debt over the past 12 months.
This is complete and utter insanity, and it must stop now.
Let me try to put this into perspective. Not too long ago, Venezuela was once one of the wealthiest countries in South America. These days, many Americans like to laugh at them, but we are on the exact same path that Venezuela has gone down. Eventually, the day comes when there is not enough of someone elses money to spend, and suffocating levels of debt make the option of printing giant mountains of money too tempting to resist. At that point it is just a matter of time before the currency is destroyed and society devolves into chaos.
If current Congressional Budget Office projections area anywhere close to accurate, Americas date with destiny is rapidly approaching. The following comes from...
Why the feck should the people pay (like this) for something they did not do..starving, penniless and homeless. Its disgusting ! The City of London,the Monarchy, the bankers, the corporations and Britains Tory party are all entirely EVIL for allowing all this!
Figures published today offer the definitive proof that after eight years of Conservative government Britain is now at the brink of a poverty crisis unseen since World War II.
Perhaps the news wont sound surprising to most, but according to a new report by the Social Metrics Commission (SMC), 14.2 million people in the UK live in poverty. That includes 8.4 million working adults and 4.5 million children.
A similar study produced in 1965 by Child Poverty Action Group founder, Professor Peter Townsend, placed that figure at around 7.5 million.
The Commission has also established a new metric to assess poverty, which accounts for a range of inescapable costs that reduce peoples spending power. This would include things like your mortgage, childcare and all the extra costs you might have if you live with a disability.
Commenting on the new measuring tool, SMC commissioner David Hutchison said:
What do we mean by living in poverty? Five people living in one room because they cant afford any more space. Falling behind on household bills with no savings to rely on. Not being able to go out to work because childcare costs are too high. If we are serious about supporting vulnerable people, we need to understand what drives them into poverty and what keeps them there. This new measure is a bold attempt to understand the characteristics of those who face the challenge that their resources fall short of the inescapable costs of daily life. It is a critical step if we are to change the way we tackle poverty in the UK.
Other staggering SMC findings include how one in eight people in Britain are in persistent poverty. In other words, theyve been living below the breadline for the last two to three years.
The figures also show that the situation worsens for disabled people, of which nearly half are locked in poverty (6.9 million). Disabled activist groups have long argued that they were the group most affected by Tory austerity, especially after disability benefits such as the Disability Living Allowance were scrapped.
And where SMC points out to the numbers of vulnerable people, other charities studies show the cause.
Also today, the New Economics F...
Published on Sep 18, 2018
Yesterday, President Trump ordered the immediate declassification of documents relating to the FBIs investigation of his campaign in 2016, particularly the previously redacted pages of the FISA warrant that allowed illegal surveillance of the Trump campaign essentially by the HC campaign.
According to House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes, said that both the media and even Democrats will be frightened when they see the extent of the corruption that will be exposed as the FBI attempted to frame the incoming President Trump.
The flow of migrants arriving in European countries is unlikely to stop until the EU itself addresses the issue and reviews its policies, which effectively "encourage" immigration, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. The European Union should address immigration and should not expect the problem to somehow fix itself, Putin said on Tuesday, following talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Moscow. "If one encourages migration with large social benefits and other bonuses, why should this flow ever stop?" the Russian president said. "Yet it's up to our colleagues in Europe to decide for themselves what is better for Europe and Europeans."
The CIA has tweeted a GIF marking its 71st birthday - and while some folks on Twitter took the opportunity to express their sincere thanks to the intelligence agency for the work it does, others were, let's just say, not so kind. The simple self-congratulatory GIF showed confetti falling over the years '1947 - 2018' with the words "celebrating 71 years" written underneath and the CIA's logo in the middle. It wasn't long before the responses to the birthday tweet started rolling in. Some Americans praised the "heroes" of the organization and the "sacrifices" made to 'keep the US safe'.
Israel said that it expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane.
However, it stated that the government of Bashar Assad whose military shot down the Russian plane, is fully responsible for the incident.
Israel also put the blame for the unfortunate incident on Iran and the Hezbollah group.
WASHINGTON The Senate on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging, $854 billion bill that funds the military and a host of civilian agencies for the next year and provides a short-term fix to keep the government open through early December.
The measure includes $675 billion for the Defense Department and boosts military pay by 2.6 percent, the largest pay raise in nine years. The bill also approves spending for Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and other agencies, including a 5 percent boost for the National Institutes of Health.
Senators approved the bill 93-7. The measure now goes to the House, where lawmakers are expected to approve it next week, days ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline for a government shutdown.
The stopgap bill would not address President Donald Trumps long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. GOP leaders have said they prefer to resolve the issue after the Nov. 6 elections.
The Senate vote comes as House and Senate negotiators work to approve a separate spending bill that would pay for the Interior, Agriculture, Transportation and other departments, as well as the Treasury and federal courts.
When combined with a measure approved last week, the three compromise spending bills would account for nearly 90 percent of annual federal spending, including the military and most civilian agencies.
Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., called the bill approved Tuesday historic, noting that the package boosts funding for medical research and the opioid epidemic, while providing troops with the largest pay raise in nearly a decade.
We are making real progress here in approving spending bills before the new budget year begins Oct. 1, Shelby said. We are going to make the appropriations trains run again.
The focus on agency-level spending bills marks a departure from recent years, when Congress routinely ignored individual spending measures in favor of giant omnibus spending packages that fund the entire government all at once often after the new budget year had begun.
The Senate had not passed a spending bill covering Labor or Health in more than a decade before approving one last month.
Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations panel, said he was pleased that the compromise bill eliminates controversial policy riders that Leahy and other lawmakers call poison pills. Such riders frequently lead to a spending bills defeat even as lawmakers from both parties agree on a vast majority of spending priorities.
We did our job and focused on what we should be doing making responsible, thoughtful decisions about how to fund these federal agencies and leaving controversial policy issues out of it, Leahy said in a refrain...
ReachTel poll of Angus Taylor's voters finds 42.3% want Australia to cut emissions more deeplyMore voters in the electorate of the new energy minister, Angus Taylor, support an emissions reduction target for electricity and a higher national target than the Paris commitment than oppose those positions.A ReachTel poll of 690 residents across the federal electorate of Hume, which reaches from Boorowa in the southern tablelands of New South Wales to Camden on Sydney's southern fringe, was [...]
China has decided to take countermeasures hours after US President Donald Trumps announcement of new tariffs on 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports, amid an escalating trade war.
In order to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and the global free trade order, China has no choice but to take countermeasures in lockstep, Beijings Commerce Ministry said in a Tuesday statement, without elaborating on what specific actions it would adopt in response.
The United States insists on increasing tariffs, bringing new uncertainties to bilateral trade negotiations, the ministry emphasized, adding, China hopes the United States would recognize the negative consequences of its actions, and take convincing steps to correct its behavior in a timely manner.
The development came hours after the White House imposed 10-percent tariffs on nearly 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese products to take effect as of September 24 and threatened duties on about 267 billion dollars more if Beijing took retaliatory measures.
Chinas announcement of its intention to retaliate came after Vice Premier Liu He who is also the top economic adviser to President Xi Jinping convened a meeting with other officials in Beijing earlier on Tuesday to formulate Beijings response to the Trump White Houses declaration of the additional tariffs on Chinese goods.Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (photo by AFP)
Meanwhile, Chinas Foreign Ministry said also on Tuesday that negotiations on an equal footing were the only correct way to resolve trade issues with the US.
Spokesman Geng Shuang said in a daily press conference that Washingtons current unilateral trade actions could not be accepted by Beijing, referring to the US as insincere.
The US imported nearly 500 billion dollars worth of products from China last year while exporting about 130 billion dollars in American goods to the country in the same period.
Beijing has already imposed retaliatory tariffs of 50 billion dollars on US products in retaliation to earlier tariffs by the US.
Trump initiated what is effectively a trade war with China in April, when he first imposed unusually heavy tariffs on imports from the Asian country.
China unlikely to hold trade talks with US
In a related development, Chinese daily South China Morning Postreported on Tuesday that Beijing was unlikely to send a trade delegation to Washington after Trumps announcement of plans to hit China with new tariffs.
Citing an unidentified government source in...
Ryanair says it will cancel 150 flights out of 400 scheduled to fly to and from Germany on Wednesday due to a 24-hour strike by pilots and cabin crew.
The row over pay and conditions follows a series of strikes over the summer, with walkouts in Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Affected passengers would be offered alternative flights, the airline said.
In August, Ryanair struck a deal with Irish pilots and said it was hopeful it would secure further deals.
However, since then seven trade unions representing cabin crew in Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands have threatened to strike later this month unless the airline improves working conditions.
The unions have warned it would be the biggest strike action the company has ever seen.
The Irish airline, Europes largest low-cost carrier, said Wednesdays strikes would damage Ryanairs business in Germany and described them as unnecessary.
These are wildcat strikes designed to cause maximum disruption to our customers and maximum damage to the Ryanair business, said Ryanairs chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs, speaking at a news conference in Frankfurt in Germany.
The Vereinigung Cockpit pilot union and the Verdi services sector union say there has been no progress on their demands, despite repeated negotiations with management.
But Ryanair argued it had offered more local contracts and pay rises for pilots in Germany.
It is unacceptable that a union representing Ryanairs German pilots, who earn up to 190,000 a year and work a five-day week followed by a four-day weekend, is now threatening customers travel plans at short notice, Mr Jacobs added.
Ryanair agreed last year to recognise unions as official representatives for workers for the first time in its 33-year history.
The move followed a scheduling crisis last September which led to the cancellation of thousands of flights.
So far the airline has agreed a deal with Italian pilots ove...
The White Helmets are kidnapping children with disabilities in order to use them in another staged chemical attack, according to Syrian mothers. Leave our children in peace. Let our children play, stop playing with our [...]
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to fire the countrys head of intelligence, after he exposed Merkels lies about the Chemnitz riots,according to government sources. Angela Merkel provoked outrage in Germany when pushed the narrative [...]
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Bert and Ernie were actually a same-sex couple, according to an Emmy Award winning Sesame Street writer who broke the news after a preschooler in San Francisco asked him if the beloved characters were gay [...]
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Citizen Lab found traces of the lawful intercept software in the U.S., Canada, and 43 other countries.
Researchers at internet watchdog Citizen Lab have found that a sophisticated piece of spyware designed to break into most commercially available smartphones is now in use in 45 countries. Pegasus, designed by Israeli security firm NSO Group, has been pitched as a so-called lawful intercept tool for governments with highly questionable human rights records like Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.
A series of text messages has surfaced showing that former FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, his lover, conspired together to leak anti-Trump stories to the complicit mainstream media in an attempt to overthrow the President.
Recently obtained by the House Oversight Committee, the text messages reveal that the Obama-era FBI assets plotted to unseat President Trump by feeding a steady stream of unverifiable information to the fake news brigade in the months leading up to when Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to oversee the FBIs investigation into the Russian meddling conspiracy theory.
Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the Freedom Caucus Chairman and member of the House Oversight Committee, recently sent a letter to the DOJ (Department of Justice), addressed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, explaining that a review of the new documents raises grave concerns regarding an apparent systemic culture of media leaking by high-ranking officials at the FBI and DOJ related to ongoing investigations.
As we previously reported, Rep. Meadows, just prior to this, blew the lid on collusion taking place between the FBI and DOJ to seed the mainstream media with fake news stories about President Trump, which were later used as evidence to gain FISA warrants on Trump advisor Carter Page (who has no known relation to Lisa Page).
Review of these new documents suggest a coordinated effort on the part of the FBI and DOJ to release information in the public domain potentially harmful to President Donald Trumps administration, Rep. Meadows added.
Its abundantly, clear based on the contents of these text messages, that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page actively communicated with one another about a media leak strategy that they intended to be President Trumps downfall.
One example presented by Rep. Meadows was a text message sent from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page on April 10, 2017, just one day before The Washington Post published an article on April 11, 2017, trashing Carter Pa...
Two million people in Macedonia will be hoping to become EU citizens in 2025 after leaders gave a nod to start talks next year.
The same holds true for three million Albanian people, on top of earlier hopes given to the almost eight million people in Serbia and Montenegro, despite EU divisions on immigration and populist threats.
Although Sorcha Faal is a known fabricator, they weave a wonderous narrative and their links and graphics are always very high quality and confirmable. This counter-accusation against CIA contractor Dr. Christine Blasey should be taken seriously.
she currently oversees the CIA Undergraduate Internship Program Stanford University developed by the notorious CIA-connected Stanford University Psychiatric Professor Dr. Frederick T. Melgeswho himself, in 1985, took into his care the homeless woman Lois Lang who assassinated CIA paymaster Nick Deakand that afterwards saw the CIAs black operations monies being controlled by Ralph G. Blasey Jr.who, not so mysteriously, just happens to be the father of Dr. Christine Blasey.
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Serbia will never recognise Kosovo, Serbias foreign minister has said, as the Western Balkans heads into a new period of turbulence.
You know when it will happen? When Kosovo will enter the UN, to recognise them as a country? When a grape grows out of a willow tree, Serb foreign minister Ivica Dacic told press on Monday (17 September), using a Serbian cliche that means never.
The deal those bankers cooked up was to save the banks from capitalism.
- From Matt Taibbi's recent piece: Ten Years After the Crash, Weve Learned Nothing
While Google executives still attempt to portray themselves as scrappy, enlightened, countercultural tech luminaries, their reaction to Donald Trump's victory in a recently leaked internal video leaves you wondering whether they understand anything at all about what's happening around them.
As evidence about the harmful effects of pollution mounts, mayors need to take action to reduce emissions and improve healthThe slogan Think global, act local, popular among environmentalists since the 1970s, is apt when applied to the politics of air. While pollution by greenhouse gases, chiefly CO2, requires international action, some emissions can be tackled much closer to home. Evidence about the health impact of the gases and particles produced by road traffic, industry and open [...]
By B.N. Frank Even though some environmentalists originally insisted that utility Smart Meters were eco-friendly and beneficial to customers, in March 2011, The Sierra Club...
This video from the USA says about itself:
23 September 2015
It looks bad for the United Kingdom. A general has denounced a Labour Party candidate for Prime Minister, and if Jeremy Corbynis elected the general is threatening war. People in the UK are petitioning Prime Minister David Cameron to remove the general from power before the general can incite any kind of coup. This means there is a possible rebellion, insurrection, mutiny stirring in the United Kingdom.
By Julie Hyland in Britain:
Economist magazine calls for soldier MPs to lead UK
18 September 2018
The Bagehot notebook in the Economist has urged the rise of a new generation of soldier-statesman as politicians steeled in war are well placed to unite a divided country.
The Economist was founded in 1843 to agitate for the repeal of the Corn Laws (import tariffs) and was described by Karl Marx as the aristocracy of finance. Its column is named after Walter Bagehot, editor of the Economist between 1861-1877, banker, journalist and British constitutional expert and is written in Bagehots name. Currently authored by Adrian Wooldridge, it is considered a must read on British politics.
The August 30 edition begins, Whenever it has been confronted with crisis in the past, Britain has summoned up leaders worthy of the challenge. Yet today it faces the crisis of Brexit [British exit from the European Union] without any leaders who deserve the name.
Prime Minister Theresa May has dithered, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been on the wrong side of most of the serious arguments in post-war history. Boris Johnson,...
By Isaac Davis via Waking Times
The media is telling us that the economy is stronger than ever. That GDP is outstanding, that middle class income is higher than ever, and that the stock market is smashing all records. Hooray! With all this so-called good news, its easier than ever to forget that we are witnessing the greatest transfer of wealth scheme in the history of the world.
No, not the transfer of wealth from baby boomers to their heirs, as the media likes to tout, but an actual gutting of the middle class and ordinary people by a criminal plutocracy which has created the necessary regulatory, market, and technical conditions to steal the wealth of whole civilizations.
You may recall that in the financial crisis of 2008, the federal government proceeded to solve a problem created by bankers and fraudulent lending schemes, by giving said bankers tons of taxpayer money. Most of the media maintains that the government doled out $7-800 billion dollars, but an audit of the Federal Reserves emergency lending programs tells a different story. Forbes reported on this great lie back in 2001:
The audit of the Feds emergency lending programs was scarcely reported by mainstream media al...
Published on Sep 18, 2018
Fox News senior legal analyst fears President Trump's order to declassify key documents from the Russia probe may reveal confidential sources.
(Editors Note: Very little education has been done on this topic so we are posting this story in the hopes that we can educate anyone who is pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. Please share this story with everyone you love so that we can see this practice eradicated.) In 2006, Katarina Rivers had a 
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The owner of a day care care center in Texas is facing nine counts of child endangerment after a complaint regarding how she handled the infants and toddlers in her care led to the police [...]
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ATHENS, Greece Some 2,000 asylum-seekers will be moved out of a severely overcrowded migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos this month, a Greek official said Tuesday as charities slammed conditions at the camp, which has raw sewage running out of its main entrance.
Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said those being moved out of the Moria camp, which houses 9,000 people in a facility built for 3,100, will be sent to the mainland so their asylum claims can be examined.
The situation in Moria is indeed difficult, it is indeed at the limit, Tzanakopoulos said.
Regional governor Christina Kalogirou had threatened to shut down the facility unless the Greek government improves conditions at Moria.
Doctors Without Borders has called for the emergency evacuation of vulnerable people at the camp to the mainland and other European Union countries, citing an increase in suicide attempts and self-harm among children in Moria and cases of sexual attack.
This is the third year that MSF has been calling on the Greek authorities and the EU to take responsibility for their collective failures and to put in place sustainable solutions to avoid this catastrophic situation, said Louise Roland-Gosselin, MSFs Head of Mission in Greece. It is time to immediately evacuate the most vulnerable to safe accommodation in other European countries and to stop this never-ending cycle of emergency decongestions and the horrendous conditions we continue to witness in Moria.
Thousands of people fleeing violence and poverty at home are still arriving at Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast. Between Friday and Sunday, more than 600 reached Lesbos alone.
Under a 2016 deal between the EU and Turkey designed to halt the flow of refugees and migrants into Europe, those arriving on Greek islands are held in detention camps there and face deportation back to Turkey unless their asylum applications are approved.
But the massive backlog of applications has led to severe overcrowding on the Greek island camps, even as authorities move hundreds of vulnerable people to the mainland.
What the Greek government is trying to do is to reduce the time required for a decision to be issued granting or rejecting asylum but there is always reality, Tzanakopoulos said. We try to strike a balance between respecting human rights and trying to decongest as far as possible the islands.
However, he stressed that the issue of immigration could only be solved if all European countries agreed to take in some of the asylum-seekers. Some EU nations especially the Visegrad Group of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have mostly refused to take in refugees.
The only way for an overall solution to th...
What began as a dispute over check-in times between three Chinese tourists and a Swedish hotel has somehow escalated into an international incident, with Beijing demanding an apology for what it says was a human rights violation. China has issued a safety warning for its nationals in Sweden after the three tourists were "brutally abused" by local police on September 2. On Monday, Beijing urged Stockholm to take their concerns seriously and respond to the complaint immediately "We again urge Sweden to take China's concerns seriously, and to take practical measures to protect the security and legitimate interests of Chinese tourists,"said China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang. The Chinese family arrived to the Stockholm hotel after midnight on the day in question - several hours before their scheduled arrival. After being told they could not check in yet, they asked if they could wait in the lobby. The hotel staff ordered them to leave when they allegedly started to make verbal threats, before calling the police to forcibly remove them.
Hasbro, Tomy, and others plan to make voice-controlled toys using Alexa.
Next time you sing Rubber Ducky in the bathtub, it might be able to sing back.
Whats next? New homes with Google hardware and software embedded in the walls? Via: Engadget: This week, the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, the worlds largest maker of cars, signed a deal with Alphabets Google to be able to use Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Android OS in its vehicles. The new systems will debut 
The Saudi-led coalition has renewed a large-scale offensive on the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, ending a months-long effort led by the UN to bring hostilities to a halt. "The Saudi-led Arab Coalition forces continue military operations in Yemen's Red Sea Coast, in cooperation with the Joint Yemeni Resistance Forces," Commander of the Arab Coalition taskforce, Brigadier Ali Al Tunaiji, told Emirates News Agency (WAM). The Arab Coalition and Joint Yemeni Resistance Forces managed to capture a stretch of road between Kilo 6 and Kilo 10 near Hodeidah, cutting off a major Houthi supply route that runs from the port city to other rebel-controlled areas. Saudi-loyal troops were also able to reinforce Kilo 16, Al Tunaiji noted, pointing out that "dozens" of Houthis have either been killed or captured in the renewed offensive.
The Chinese Commerce Ministry has said it has filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against import tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods announced earlier by the White House. On Monday, the US presidential administration announced a new round of tariffs, of 10 percent, on Chinese products starting from September 24. The US pledged to more than double the levies from January 1, 2019. The latest step marks an escalation in an increasingly protracted trade spat between the world's two largest economies. The Chinese Commerce Ministry announced plans to hit US imports, worth $60 billion, with its own tariffs of up to 10 percent.
The viral video shows a supporter placing lawmaker Nishikant Dubey's feet on a brass plate, washing and wiping them with cloth and proceeding to drink the dirty water from the plate. Though the politician has defended the incident as a common practice in the state of Jharkhand, social media users have slammed him for allowing such indignity. A video that went viral shows a supporter placing lawmaker Nishikant Dubey's feet on a brass plate, washing and wiping them with cloth and proceeding to drink the dirty water from the plate. A lot of Indians are venting their ire on social media after the politician was seen having his feet washed by a supporter who later drank the dirty water. The viral video has garnered much attention on social media with users describing it as "heights of sycophancy."
Chinese billionaire and Alibaba founder Jack Ma said on Tuesday that trade frictions between Washington and Beijing could last for two decades and would be "a mess" for all parties involved. "It's going to last long; it's going to be a mess," Ma said at an annual conference for Alibaba investors. His remarks came just hours after US President Trump's administration slapped a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion, with Beijing promising to retaliate. He added that the trade war will last not for 20 months or 20 days, but "maybe 20 years." According to Ma, trade tensions between the world's two largest economies would likely impact Chinese and foreign companies immediately and negatively.
An Israeli airstrike in the southern part of the Gaza Strip has claimed the lives of two Palestinians, spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry Ashraf Kidra said on Tuesday. "The bodies of the two slain persons were brought to the Nasser hospital in the city of Khan Yunis. The Palestinians died in an Israeli airstrike," spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry Ashraf Kidra stated. He did not specify whether or not the Palestinians were members of a militant group.
Not in our genes/the imagination
by Jon Rappoport
I once had a geneticist tell me, "You know, we're going to discover the genes for promiscuity, for anti-social behavior, for compassion, for obesity, hair-loss, anger, and fear. We're going to discover the genes for everything."
He said this with the kind of authority only a scientist can muster...based on no proof at all. Zero proof. It's a talent, to be able to impart blather and make it sound like experimental evidence.
As a reporter for 30 years, I've spent much time exposing how medical, political, economic, and social realities are imposed on populations, on people. But here's an odd question and and an even odder answer:
Who are "people?"
Answer: Most people are secret agents.
Their mission? To disguise---first and foremost, from themselves---the fact that they have enormous imagination and creative ability.
Achieving this concealment is on the order of blocking out the sun.
It is a complex task of deception. The pretense is multi-layered. One line of defense goes like this: I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT. ME? I'M JUST AN ORDINARY PERSON.
Yes, an ordinary person cast in a role in a stage play.
Let's say I'm the director. "Okay, I've cast you in the role.. Now I want you to assume all the characteristics of an average guy. You understand? I don't want any leaks or cracks. You character has to be bulletproof. You grasp what is ordinary, and you are totally ignorant when it comes to what is extraordinary. Got it? MOST OF ALL, YOUR CHARACTER MUST BE DEVOID OF IMAGINATION. Do you think you can handle that?"
People do handle it all the time, and they do it beautifully. Brilliantly.
They have their lines down cold. No matter what you throw at them, they can fen...
The recent growth in the Russian currency has helped the ruble-traded MOEX index reach an all-time high on Tuesday. The index rose to 2,390 points for the first time in history after the ruble strengthened to 67.7 against the dollar and 79.1 against the euro. Earlier in September, the Russian currency had suffered a deep plunge against reserve currencies amid a new US sanctions threat. Moscow Exchange's dollar-denominated RTS index also rose on Tuesday. It reached 1,111 points for the first time since August. "The MOEX index surpassed a historical high due to the strengthening of the ruble, which led to a rise in the price of ruble shares of Mechel, Rusal, Alrosa, AFK Sistema, Magnit, Sberbank," said Artem Deev, leading analyst at Amarkets.
If youre considering buying one of these marvels of consumer technology, we have some real-world advice.
Apple began taking preorders at 3 a.m. this morning for two of its new iPhonesthe Xs and the Xs Max. Also early this morning, the pro phone reviewers came out with their reviews (see how that works?), and the feedback is good but not great. If youre considering buying one of these marvels of consumer technology, gather round for some real-world, budget-sensitive advice.
A tightly knit group of right-wing YouTube broadcasts can bring viewers to more extreme positions on subjects like race and gender, a report says.
YouTube is home to a right-wing alternative influence network that can drive viewers to extremist positions on race, gender, and other topics, according to a new report from the Data & Society Research Institute.
Published on Sep 14, 2018
At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British jurisdictions and Britain and its dependencies are the largest global players in the world of international finance.
McDonalds workers in 10 U.S. cities plan to strike Tuesday at lunchtime over sexual harassment and subsequent retaliation at the fast-food company.
Whatever [anti-harassment] policy they have is not effective, Mary Joyce Carlson, an attorney with Fight for $15, a fair pay organization, told The Associated Press. Carlson has been working with 10 McDonalds workers who filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about predatory workplace behavior including groping and propositions for sex.
I couldnt deal with it physically, just going into the workplace, Tanya Harrel said. Harrel, who claims to have experienced sexual harassment twice from two different coworkers over the course of a month at a New Orleans McDonalds, filed a complaint with the EEOC backed by the TIMES UP Legal Defense Fund. She also took some time off from work.
I couldnt afford to pay my phone bill, couldnt afford my grandmoms medicine. I had to really ask people for money because I was so scared to go back to work, Harrel said.
All the men feel like they have all the power, so theyll cut your hours. Or if they cant, theyll just make your day a living hell, Adriana Alvarez, a Chicago-based strike organizer and McDonalds employee, told The New Republic. They make you feel like you are nothing, just because you tried to stand up against them.
Workers in Chicago, Durham, N.C., Kansas City, Mo., Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando, Fla., San Francisco and St. Louis are planning to take part in the strike.
Most companies have a policy saying no sexual harassment, but how do you make that work? Right now, because of the huge power disparities, its easy to just wait out the complaints and nothing really changes, National Womens Law Center CEO Fatima Goss Graves told The Associated Press. Graves organization runs the TIMES UP Legal Defense Fund.
McDonalds, in an email to The Associated Press, defended itself: McDonalds Corporation takes allegations of sexual harassment very seriously and are confident our independent franchisees who own and operate approximately 90 percent of our 14,000 U.S. restaurants will do the same, the company said.
In 2016, 15 restaurant cashiers and cooks teamed up with Fight for $15 to...
An Air India plane with some 370 passengers on board escaped disaster by just a whisker as it managed to land safely despite a concurrence of adverse conditions. According to NDTV, the plane from New Delhi to New York was supposed to land at JFK airport on September 11, but landed in Newark instead because of a series of technical failures, bad weather and low fuel. The commander in charge of the 15-hour flight could be heard fretting approximately 38 minutes prior to landing, as he called Air Traffic Control in New York to say: "We're really, you know, stuck, and there's no fuel." Flight AI-101 Captain Rustom Palia went on to described how there was only one radioaltimeter functioning and the Traffic Collision and Avoidance System had failed.
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The owner of a Texas daycare center has been arrested after a hidden camera reportedly caught her tying small children to their car seats and leaving them in a dark closet for hours. Rebecca Anderson, 60, is being accused of child endangerment for her treatment of babies and toddlers at her home daycare centre 'Becky's Home Child Care' in Mesquite. The arrest warrant affidavit alleges that Anderson kept the small children tied up for at least seven hours a day. According to police, Anderson said five kids were inside the house when they arrived on Friday, however four more were found in a dark closet with shoelace-like ropes tied around their necks.
The state of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against Google and others for willfully breaking the law to exploit the collection of children's data online. As YouTube, Google, and Twitter crack down on peaceful channels, censor alternative media, and allow child exploitation videos to flourish, New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against them and several app developers for illegally collecting data from children under the age of 13 without parental consent. According to UPI, New Mexico Attorney General Balderas said the companies are violating the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law, by collecting and selling the data on children. "These apps can track where children live, play, and go to school with incredible precision," Balderas said of the insidious practice. "These multi-million-dollar tech companies partnering with app developers are taking advantage of New Mexican children, and the unacceptable risk of data breach and access from third parties who seek to exploit and harm our children will not be tolerated in New Mexico."
Proving just how dangerous the situation remains in Syriawhere the U.S., Russia, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, France and other nations are all maintaining military operations amid a civil war that has dragged on for nearly seven yearsthe Kremlin on Tuesday is blaming Israel after the Syrian military reportedly downed a Russian military aircraft by mistake, killing all 15 airmen on board.
According to Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov, the Russian transport plane was shot down Monday night, local time, as Israel F-16s attempted to use it as cover while carrying out a bombing mission against targets in the Latakia region of western Syria near the Meditarranean coast.
By using the Russian plane as cover the Israeli air pilots made it vulnerable to Syrian air defense fire. As a result, the Ilyushin-20, its reflective surface being far greater than that of the F-16, was downed by a missile launched with the S-200 system, Konashenkov told reporters.
The incident, according to Agence France-Presse, was the worst case of friendly fire between the two allies since Russias game-changing military intervention in September 2015.
Arguing that the military manuevers leading up to their plane being shot down were intentional, Konashenkov said the Israelis deliberately staged this provocation and accused Israel of creating a dangerous situation for both aircraft and sea vessels operating in that area.
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Russian President Putin and Jewish Leader Bibi Netanyahu are offering measured, concilliatory words after Israeli planes conducting air strikes in Syria used a Russian Il-20 observation plane as radar cover leading to its destruction by Syrian air defenses (archived). Soon after the plane went down Russia was swift to condemn Israel for their role in the destruction of the planeand loss of the crew.
As Syria's last opposition-held bastion braces for attack from Russian-backed government forces, a reclusive community of Central Asian jihadis is digging in for a protracted fight. The Uyghur Muslims from China, facing a crackdown in their home province of Xinjiang, form one of the more cohesive fighting contingents in Idlib province: the Turkistan Islamic Party. "All indicators say they will play an integral role in defending Idlib," said Mohanad Hage Ali, an academic and journalist focused on Islamic movements. "The party has recently moved some of its forces to play a stronger role in defending the front line against regime attacks." Tam Hussein, a journalist focusing on jihadism, says the Turkic Uyghurs, Uzbeks and other Central Asian jihadis who have now lived in Syria for years show no signs of looking for the exits. "I'm not sure if they're crack troops. But it's fair to say they'll be some of the toughest guys because of what motivates them," Hussein said, adding: "They're jihadi in every sense of the word."
If you had vaccines as a child but never had a booster as an adult, and youve always been fairly healthy, you might not think about doing a vaccine detox. However, if you do have health issues and have had a booster in the last couple of years, a detox might be exactly what you 
The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has asked Russia to extend the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline to his country and further into Europe. Orban, who is on a visit to Moscow, broached this potential project during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. "It's no secret that Hungary wants the pipeline that's being built near the south of the country, to go through Hungary," Orban said. The countries have also agreed a gas delivery service from Russia to Hungary for 2020.
As dead marine animals continue to wash up on Floridas coasts, a campaign event for the states term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Scottwho is attempting to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelsonwas besieged by a crowd of protesters angry about his role in exacerbating the ongoing red tide crisis by systematically attacking the states environmental protection laws.
Rick Scott campaign stop besieged by red tide protesters https://t.co/X8ilmZ8U00
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A red tide, or harmful algal bloom, is a higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic alga (plantlike organism), and they have been documented along the states coastline since the 1840s, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. But this years red tidefueled by industrial as well as residential run-off and made worse by climate changehas been much more intense and destructive than previous ones.
The aggressive overgrowth, which occurs each year but intensifies with high temperatures, pollution, and stagnant water, has become unusually strong since emerging in October, and has stretched into the longest outbreak since 2006, the Huffington Post noted in August, citing officials who said that red tides typically end in April.
Amid more reports of fish killed by the toxic algae, and with the noxious odor of red tide hanging in the air, the Sarasota Tribune-Herald reported Monday that protesters jammed the sidewalk and spilled into the street around Mojos Real Cuban, forcing Scott to enter the restaurant through the back door and leave the same way after just 10 minutes as members of the crowd shouted coward.'
The protesters toted signs that decried Scotts environmental record and declared, Say No to Red...
Text messages from disgraced FBI figures Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, discussing whether to open a "case" in a "formal chargeable way" after Director James Comey was fired, are under fresh scrutiny after Page told congressional investigators there was no evidence of Russian collusion at the time, according to three congressional sources. Two hours after Comey's termination became public on May 9, 2017, Strzok, a now-former FBI agent, texted Page, his then-colleague and lover: "We need to open the case we've been waiting on now while Andy is acting." "Andy" is a reference to then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe who temporarily took over the bureau until Christopher Wray was confirmed as director in August 2017.
By the Childrens Health Defense Team National and international health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) routinely and emphatically claim that serious adverse events following vaccination are rare. Nowhere is officialdoms minimization of vaccine risks more apparent than in 
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HOMERUN was a secret US aerial reconnaissance operation against the USSR conducted between March and May 1956.
During that time RB-47E and RB-47H reconnaissance aircraft flew almost daily flights over the North Pole to photograph and gather electronic intelligence over the entire northern section of the Soviet Union. Project Homerun used 16 RB-47Es from the 10th SRS and five RB-47Hs from the 343rd SRS. 156 sorties were performed. On a typical RB-47H reconnaissance mission covering 5,984 mi (9,360 km), the aircraft would fly from Thule, Greenland to the Kara Sea to Murmansk and then return only to find Thule weathered-in, forcing the flight from the air-refueling/decision point near the northeast shore of Greenland to one of three equidistant alternates: Goose Bay, Labrador, London, or Fairbanks, Alaska. Five KC-97s at Thule were required to support this scenario. Two ground spares and one air spare insured two 20,000 lb (9,090 kg) fuel transfers at a distance of over 600 mi (965 km) from Thule. Tankers returned to Thule to refuel and again repeat the flight to intercept the returning RB-47H six hours later for another air refueling. When the Soviet government filed an angry complaint with the US government, the US government attributed the overflights to navigational difficulties.
On September 14th, OpenSecrets hosted a discussion on foreign influence, which included a demo of CRPs newly released Foreign Lobby Watch database and a talkback with foreign influence experts.
OpenSecrets researchers Dan Auble and Anna Massoglia introduced the event and participated in the discussion along with our panel:
But the main attraction was our new and improved Foreign Lobby Watch tool. Check out Dan and Annas demonstration of the tool below:
With that mystery solved, how about we get an OPENLY gay or trans Muppet?
After decades of rumors and speculation, a writer for Sesame Street has confirmed that Bert and Ernie were indeed a couple.
MOSCOW The Kremlin appears to be attempting a delicate balancing act Tuesday as it sought to balance its mission in Syria with its ties to Israel, with Russias military officials and President Vladimir Putin delivering messages that notably differ in terms of rhetoric, tone and substance.
Moscow has conceded that the Russian naval patrol aircraft, an Ilyushin IL-20, was downed by Syrian air defense systems Monday night as it was flying over the Mediterranean Sea while returning to the Hmeymim Air Base in Latakia, Syria. As a result, 15 military personnel were killed.
Yet while Putin has characterized the incident as an unfortunate case of tragic circumstances, the Russian Defense Ministry has described the case as resulting from a deliberate provocation staged by Israel for the purpose of placing the IL-20 in the target sights of Syrian anti-aircraft systems.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday following talks with Hungarys prime minister, the Russian leader sounded a tone that can best be described as sorrowful rather than vengeful.
When people get killed, particularly so, under such tragic circumstances, it is always a great misfortune to us, to the country and to the relatives of our late comrades. I offer condolences first and foremost to the relatives of those killed, Putin said.
As for comparison with the well-known events (of November 2015), when a Turkish fighter jet shot down our plane, it was a different situation. This time it looks like a string of tragic circumstances, he added.
Russian Defence Ministry: Russian Ilyushin Il-20 plane was downed by Syrian Air Defence missile after Israeli F-16 pilots used it as cover thus setting it up to be targeted by AA defence. Such actions can only be classified as a deliberate provocation https://t.co/qBcqPz2en6 pic.twitter.com/21mTTNXmpd
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The IL-20 disappeared from the radar as four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked Syrian government facilities in Latakia while deliberately using the IL-20 as a cover. Rather than firing on the attacking jets, however, the Syrian S-200 air defense batterie...
The Russian military's conclusion that the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 contained Ukrainian serial numbers is important information that should be considered in the international probe, analysts told RT. On Monday, the Russian military announced that the serial numbers found on debris of the Buk missile that downed MH17 over eastern Ukraine show it was produced in 1986 and owned by the Ukrainian military. Former British military officer Charles Shoebridge and aviation expert Julian Bray spoke to RT, about the announcement and shared their predictions for what lies ahead in the MH17 saga.
Last week we previewed the the US budget deficit for the first 11 months of fiscal 2018, which according to CBO data, hit $895 billion, up $222 billion or 39% from the same period last year. Additionally, we noted that according to CBO calculations, the US would hit a $1 trillion deficit in calendar 2019, one year sooner than the previous forecast of 2020.
The US Treasury has released the detailed budget deficit breakdown for the month of September and the first 11 months of the year, and the numbers are scary.
According to the latest Monthly Treasury Statement, in August, the US collected only $219BN in tax receipts consisting of $106BN in individual income tax, $93BN in social security and payroll tax, a negative $3BN in corporate tax and $24BN in other taxes and duties- a drop of 3.2% from the $226BN collected last August
but more concerning was that in August, the 12 month trailing receipt total was barely higher compared to a year ago, up just 0.3% Y/Y after rising as much as 3.1% at the end of 2017, and on the verge of turning negative year over year.
The real highlight of the August budget report was that government outlays, or total spending, soared to $433.3 billion, not only 30% higher than a year ago, but the highest government monthly outlay of any month on record.
This is where the money was spent: social securit...
Ankara will boost its presence in Syria's militant-held Idlib after a breakthrough deal with Moscow on Monday. Extra lookout posts and border patrols manned by Turkey and Russia will be deployed, while drones will patrol the sky. "Russia and Turkey will carry out joint, coordinated patrols here, around the Idlib border. We will need to make additional troop deployments here," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced on Tuesday. Cavusoglu said that Turkey will send in drones and install 12 observation posts in the area. He also noted that Russian and Turkish intelligence and security officials will discuss the status of radical militant groups in Idlib.
On Friday afternoon investigative journalist James O'Keefe teased his upcoming investigation with The Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft and Turning Point USA's Charlie Kirk. O'Keefe told us on Friday about his latest investigation on the corrupt Deep State in Washington DC. The video he revealed was shocking. James later teased his investigation to the St. Louis crowd at the Gateway Eagle Council.
On Friday afternoon investigative journalist James O'Keefe teased his upcoming investigation with The Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft and Turning Point USA's Charlie Kirk. O'Keefe told us on Friday about his latest investigation on the corrupt Deep State in Washington DC. The video he revealed was shocking. James later teased his investigation to the St. Louis crowd at the Gateway Eagle Council.
Last October, the 10 CEOs of major oil and gas producers, including BP, China National Petroleum and Saudi Aramco, announced an aspiration to reach near zero methane emissions from their companies' natural gas value chains. They pledged, as part of their participation in the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), to work together on a 
Anyone in Nova Scotia who happened to be looking at the night sky at the right time on Thursday evening would have gotten quite a show. Dozens of skygazers took to social media after a large, glowing ball was spotted above most of the Maritimes, and as far south as Maine to ask a similar question - what the heck was that? According to David Lane, director of the Burke-Gaffney Observatory at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, the glowing ball was a particularly bright meteor known as a fireball. "(It) results from a chunk of rock that once orbited around the sun called a meteoroid," Lane told The Chronicle Herald. "The Earth got in its way and it and it burns up in the atmosphere," Lane told The Chronicle Herald.
Project Veritas has released the first installment in an undercover video series unmasking the deep state. The video features a State Department employee, Stuart Karaffa, engaged in radical socialist political activity on the taxpayer's dime while advocating for government resistance. Stuart Karaffa is also a ranking member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America (Metro DC DSA.) Stuart Karaffa is just the first federal government employee that Project Veritas has filmed in an undercover series unmasking the deep state. More video reports are to be released soon. Featured in this video are: Richard Manning of https://www.firetheswamp.comBill Marshall of https://www.judicialwatch.org
By Aaron Kesel The Massachusetts State Police shared the extent of damage of the gas explosion spreading across Merrimack Valley. But in the process they also shared...
Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the U.K.s GCHQ spy agency is in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights with its mass surveillance programs. The court ultimately found that these activities violate the family and privacy rights of British and European citizens, and this assertion ultimately includes a rejection of the United States activities considering GCHQ has obtained much of its data from the NSA.
Though the court stopped short of saying intelligence sharing between agencies like GCHQ, NSA, and members of the Five Eyes spying alliance violate the human rights convention, it said using such intelligence sharing to bypass restrictions on surveillance of a member states own citizens would be a violation of the charter, Ars Technica summarized. (In a 2015 ruling, a U.K. court ruled intelligence sharing did, in fact, violate European law).
The Guardian clarified the ruling, which found some activities are in violation of the charter but maintained others are not:
By a majority of five to two votes, the Strasbourg judges found that GCHQs bulk interception regime violated article 8 of the European convention on human rights, which guarantees privacy, because there were said to be insufficient safeguards, and rules governing the selection of related communications data were deemed to be inadequate.
The regime used by the UK government for sharing intelligence with foreign governments did not violate either article 8 or article 10, which guarantees freedom of speech. Not was there any evidence, the judges said, to suggest that the intelligence services wer...
In the escalating US-China Trade war, US President Donald Trump announced 10% tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, which are to come into effect on September 24th.
Nearly 200 pages long, the list covers almost 6,000 individual items. Some are quite common, such as coal, printing ink, pneumatic tires and spark plugs. Others are more exotic, from live eels and frogs legs to rail locomotives and chandeliers.
This comes in addition to tariffs on approximately $53 billion of Chinese goods. China retaliated with tariffs on $53 billion of US goods.
Trump also threatened for the tariffs to be raised to 25% in 2019 if no deal is reached to ease trade tensions between the countries. He also threatened of tariffs on another roughly $267 billion more if China retaliated against the US action.
On September 18th, China said that Trump had forced its hand and that there would be a retaliation, as announced by a Chinese Commerce Ministry Statement.
The brief statement gave no details on Chinas plans, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing later that the U.S. steps had brought new uncertainty to talks between the two countries.
China has always emphasized that the only correct way to resolve the China-U.S. trade issue is via talks and consultations held on an equal, sincere and mutually respectful basis. But at this time, everything the United States does does not give the impression of sincerity or goodwill, he added. Geng said he would not comment on hypotheticals such as what measures Beijing might consider apart from tariffs on U.S. products, saying only that details would be released at the appropriate time.
Fang Xinghai, vice chairman of Chinas securities regulator, also claimed that China wouldnt cave in to these latest tariffs.
Speaking at the port city of Tianjin, Fang criticised Trumps negotiating strategy, saying: President Trump is a hard-hitting businessman, and he tries to put pressure on China, so he can get concessions from our negotiations. I think that kind of tactic is not going to work with China.
He also added that he hopes the two sides can talk but warned that the latest US move has poisoned the atmosphere, as cited by Reuters.
In August 2018, China unveiled a proposed list of tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods ranging from liquefied natural gas to certain types of aircraft should Washington activate the tariffs on its $200 billion list.
China is also reviewing plans to send a delegation to Washington for fresh talks in light of the US action, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday, citing a government source in Beijing.
The price of oil dipped after the announcement of th...
Via: Bloomberg: As things stand today, the driverless car of the future cant handle more than a dusting of snow. Its a known problem in the field, and vaguely embarrassing when the end result is supposed to be robots sophisticated enough to navigate the uncertainties of traffic and improve on lackluster human perception. In Boston, 
The Russian Lower House has passed, in the second and main reading, a bill criminalizing the persistent spreading of false or illegal reports in mass media with punishments varying from heavy fines to up to one year in custody. The bill outlawing the spreading of fake news was drafted in May by several lawmakers from parliamentary majority party United Russia. The sponsors of the motion explained its necessity by the fact that the existing legal measures often prove to be ineffective against liars and slanderers - even when they get a court order to delete and refute false information they can easily ignore it and simply pay the relatively small fines (between 1000 and 5000 rubles or $14 to $74).
After a tumultuous week of Senate hearings, Brett Kavanaughs Supreme Court confirmation could hinge on the swing votes of two moderate Republicans.
The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on Kavanaughs confirmation Thursday, but amid recent sexual assault allegations against the judge, the vote is postponed.
Among the many issues discussed during last weeks confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh was repeatedly questioned about his stance on abortion and Roe v. Wade, a landmark Supreme Court decision that granted women the constitutional right to abortions.
Kavanaugh acknowledged that Roe v Wade is precedent, but refused to answer whether hed overturn the decision if appointed to the Court.
Of the two swing voters, Collins has received much attention since she is one of few pro-choice Republicans.
Following her election in 1996, Collins publically supported Roe v. Wade, voted against anti-abortion policies numerous times and received thousands of dollars from pro-abortion rights groups and individuals.
Shares of Tesla cratered today.
Whats the opposite of a gift that keeps on giving?
Once upon a time, there was a little-known energy company called Enron. In its 16-year life, it went from being dubbed Americas most innovative company by Fortune Magazine to being the poster child of American corporate deceit. Using a classic recipe for book-cooking, Enron ended up in bankruptcy with jail time for those involved. Its shareholders lost $74 billion in the four years leading up to its bankruptcy in 2001.
A decade ago, the flameout of my former employer, Lehman Brothers, the global financial firm, proved far more devastating, contributing as it did to a series of events that ignited a global financial meltdown. Americans lost an estimated $12.8 trillion in the havoc.
Despite the differing scales of those disasters, there was a common thread: both companies used financial tricks to make themselves appear so much healthier than they actually were. They both faked the numbers, thanks to off-the-books or offshore mechanisms and eluded investigations until they collapsed.
Since weve never seen his tax returns, right now we really dont know. What we do know is that hes been dodging bullets ever since the Justice Department accused him of violating the Fair Housing Act in his operation of 39 buildings in New York City in 1973. Unlike famed 1920s mob boss Al Capone, he may never get done in by something as simple as tax evasion, but time will tell.
Rest assured of one thing though: he wont go down easily, even if he is already the subject of multiple investigations and a plethora of legal slings and arrows. Of course, his methods should be familiar. As President Calvin Coolidge so famously put it, the business of America is business. And the business of business is to circumvent or avoid the heat until it cant....
Reflections from those who evacuated, those who stayed, and those who are trying to get back.
The Ukrainian president, Pyort Poroshenko, described the year old agreement of association between Ukraine and the European Union as a "victory over Russia". The Ukrainian leader made such a statement during the forum of the international organization Yalta European Strategy that took place in Kiev. These remarks come as Poroshenko looks for reasons that voters should re-elect him in upcoming elections. "I can see that we have defeated Russia, and for more than a year the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union has entered into force. The EU's share of exports ranges from 42 to 43%, rapidly approaching 50% which considerably offsets the losses caused by Russia," Poroshenko wrote on his Twitter account. Over the past few years Kiev has been pursuing a policy of replacing imports of Russian-made products. Meanwhile, data from the Russian Federal Customs Service previously indicated that the volume of trade between Russia and Ukraine in the period between January and May 2018 was $5.838 billion, with an increase of 28.7% over the previous year. In addition, according to the State Statistics Office of Ukraine, Russia is the largest investor in the Ukrainian economy, having contributed with 36% of all foreign investment in Ukraine.
Otherwise mainstream politicians have stacked the deck against any possibility of negotiating over legitimate political demands. The Spanish judiciary meanwhile turns the law on its head to quench dissent. Catalan National Day celebrations, September 11, 2018.Nr Photo?prss Association. All rights reserved.In the United States, the protection of speech can be traced back to the foundation of the country, hence its [...]
By Catherine J. Frompovich Is the you know what about to hit the fan? Pursuant to copyright law, the material below is licensed under Creative...
This past week the 14th Dalai Lama, Tibets 83-year old self-declared spiritual leader in exile, made controversial remarks at a press conference in Malm recognizing the 80th anniversary of the founding of Individual Humanitarian Aid, a Swedish development and philanthropic assistance program that took in Buddhist refugees after the Chinese annexed Tibet in 1959. [Tibet has been under Chinese rule since the Yuan dynasty which began in 1279 CE DV Ed] His comments came as he addressed the European migrant crisis and his choice of words immediately sparked criticism because they seemed to express an attitude typically shared by the European Unions far right. With the exception of his detractors, the views he expressed to most were unexpected coming from a monk known for preaching enlightenment and inner peace around the globe. His Holiness, AKA Tenzin Gyatso, stated:
Recently large numbers of refugees, many from the Middle East, have fled to Europe in fear for their lives. They have been given shelter and support, but the long-term solution should include providing training and education, particularly for their children, so they can return to rebuild their own countries when peace has been restored.
I think Europe belongs to the Europeans. Receive them, help them, educate them but ultimately they should develop their own country.
The comments occurred in Sweden on the heels of the countrys own shocking general election results which saw an impressive 18% performance made by the anti-immigrant and right-wing populist party, Sweden Democrats. Their third-place finish took place in the midst of a surge of far right nationalist political gains trending across the EU. Sweden, itself, has taken in tens of thousands of refugees during the influx of immigration in the last few years, a number which the Sweden Democrats have declared they want to halve and 60% of the public in polls wish to see lowered. Unlike far rightists in Eastern Europe or Greeces Golden Dawn, the Sweden Democrats are part of a slick and optical re-branding of ultra nationalism that emphasizes Islamophobia over anti-Semitism, with other examples such as Ukip and Frances Front National. This pragmatic approach has not gone unpunished, however, as Viktor Orban of Hungary just saw his country slapped with sanctions by the European Parliament for enacting measures restricting immigration as the clash between anti-globalists and neo-liberal inclusive capitalists appears to be escalating.
The remarks upset many of the Dalai Lamas adoring fans as he knowingly or unwittingly appeared to be dog-whistling to their supporters. Still, this isnt the first time the Tibetan leader has expressed such views. Along with singing praises fo...
The Russian military say the Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events, which led to the shooting down of a Russian Il-20 plane by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile. Moscow reserves the right to respond accordingly. On Monday evening four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked targets in Syria's Latakia after approaching from the Mediterranean, a statement by the Russian defense ministry said on Tuesday. The Israeli warplanes came at a low altitude and "created a dangerous situation for other aircraft and vessels in the region", it said.
The same few corporations dominate plastic waste studies in the Philippines and around the world. A massive typhoon has revealed that packaging from local and international brands is choking Manila's arterial river.
Op-Ed by Catherine J. Frompovich Are the current accusations coming out of the woodwork regarding sexual harassment that occurred umpteen years ago akin to shouting...
This 13 September 2018 from Germany says about itself (translated):
The German Armed Forces [Bundeswehr] are unable to control the moor fire on their test site in Meppen and have now asked for assistance from the German Technical Relief Agency (THW).
According to the Bundeswehr, this affects about six hectares of land.
The moor fire had been triggered in a shooting war game with air-to-ground missiles. Especially with an extreme drought like this summer, something like that can happen, said a spokesman.
The Emsland Conservation League criticizes that the Bundeswehr has tested ammunition in such dry soil conditions. Small animals such as lizards, snakes and insects were bound to be killed by the resulting conflagration. In addition, the atmospheric aerosol particles pollution caused by the fire should not be underestimated.
The Bundeswehr admitted errors this week. Like, this time no aerial firefighting helicopter had been present. We underestimated the danger, said a spokesman. In addition, a special vehicle broke down. To make matters worse, a moorland fire is a special situation for the emergency services. Because the fire can eat deep into the lower layers of the bog. It was a smoldering, a cooking of the vegetation, a Bundeswehr spokesman formulated.
The effects of the fire have been felt in recent days due to strong south-westerly winds, even at a greater distance. After initially people in Oldenburg had complained of smoke smell, the smoke has been smelled in the meantime also in Bremen and in 230 kilometers away Hamburg. On Tuesday afternoon, citizens in both Hanseatic cities had rep...
Ellen R. Walds timely, well-written history of the Saudi national oil company, Saudi Inc. The Arabian Kingdoms Pursuit of Power and Profit (Pegasus Books, 2018), is as much the story of the Saudi oil industry as it is of the ruling Al Saud familys reliance on black gold to ensure the survival of its regime.
In painting a picture of the Al Sauds long-term strategy to build up over decades the know-how and expertise needed to run an oil industry and their determination to ultimately after almost half a century take over ownership in a legal, orderly, commercial transaction, Wald contrasts the kingdoms approach in colourful and painstaking detail with nationalisations as they occurred in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East.
It is also the story of a US government that increasingly saw Saudi oil as crucial to its post-World War Two global military operations and was determined to ensure that American oilmen, despite their arrogant underestimation of Saudis whom they saw as Bedouins and willingness to bend the truth to enhance their profit margins, were sufficiently accommodating to avoid British mistakes in Iran that resulted in nationalization and a US-British backed coup to roll back the Iranian takeover.
Walds book provides essential background for the role that the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, better known as Aramco, plays in Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans effort to ween the kingdom off its dependency on oil revenues and diversify its economy. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the kingdoms future as one of the worlds foremost oil producers at a time of significant economic change.
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By John W. Whitehead That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasnt even any rioting in the streets....
Israel on Monday released photographs taken by its newest spy satellite of sites located deep inside Syria, including Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's palace, in an apparent threat to the regime. The images, taken by the Ofek 11 spy satellite, were released by the Defense Ministry to mark 30 years since Israel's first orbital launch on September 19, 1988. The three photographs released by the ministry showed the Syrian Presidential Palace, also known as the Palace of the People; tanks on a Syrian military base; and the Damascus international airport, which was reportedly targeted by an Israeli missile strike on Saturday night.
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