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Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority's capital, has been subject to raids allegedly in search of the perpetrator of a drive-by shooting of Israeli settlers yesterday. Now some settlers are calling for the PA president's assassination - and Israeli soldiers are staying silent. Israeli extreme Jewish groups hung posters of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Huwwara crossroads in southern Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank, on Tuesday, calling for his assassination.
For stopping on the side of the road to help the occupants of a deadly car crash, a good Samaritan was detained and his car stolen by police. Benjamin Davis III was driving to work this week when he watched a car in front of him lose control and begin flipping off the road. Being the good Samaritan that he is, Davis stopped to help and could very well be the reason the passenger of the vehicle survived. "The guy is hanging out of the passenger side door. Unfortunately, his friend was crushed," Davis said. Davis was able to get one person out of the car and very well could've been responsible for saving his life. The other occupant of the vehicle, 21-year-old Kyree Payne of Northeast D.C., was crushed and died before Davis even got to him. After Davis saved the only person he could, he waited at the scene for police to show up. When the D.C. police arrived on the scene, Davis told them everything that he witnessed and what he did. He was then allowed to leave. As Davis pulled away...
What is going on? Everybody knows Istanbul hates kurds and the pkk, but this is like a rottweiler chasing a fox down the highway.
Im curious about the Nato position, this all rather leaves Turkey (not exactly a push-over state) in a rather peculiar position inside the alliance
Floods caused by heavy downpours have killed 13 people in central Vietnam, officials said on Thursday (Dec 13), as farmers scrambled to save crops and livestock ahead of more bad weather forecast for this week. Torrential rains have lashed six provinces in the centre of the country since last Saturday, killing thousands of cows and chickens and flooding several cities - including the coastal resort town of Danang. More than 50cm of rain hit some areas, with more downpours expected in the coming days, the disaster management office said on Thursday.
Maria Butina, the 30-year-old Russian woman arrested and charged earlier this year with acting as an unregistered agent of the Russian government in the U.S., pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court after previously entering a plea of not guilty. Butina admitted in the District Court for the District of Columbia that she and an American, known in court documents as "U.S. Person 1," conspired with and acted under the direction of a Russian government official to establish unofficial lines of communications with people able to influence U.S. politics leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik Kenerson said Butina sought to use those unofficial lines of communication for the benefit of the Russian Federation.
A Chinese factory worker has survived being skewered with TEN metal spikes when a robot malfunctioned. The 49-year-old, named as Mr Zhou, was working on the night shift at a porcelain factory in Hunan province when he was struck by a falling robotic arm. The accident resulted in him being impaled with foot long, half-inch thick metal rods, the People's Daily reported. He was first taken to a local hospital before he was transferred to the Xiangya Hospital of Central South University due to the severity of his injuries. Six steel rods fixed on a steel plate pierced his right shoulder and chest, and four penetrated elsewhere in his body.
By the Childrens Health Defense Team These days, one policy-maker after another seems to be promoting no-exceptions vaccination policieshawking an incessant and growing barrage of childhood vaccines that begins prenatally and continues throughout childhood. Despite these efforts, the narrative that vaccines are keeping children healthy is rapidly crumbling. Rates of chronic and autoimmune illness in 
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On the great vanishing happening before our eyes If you've been paying attention to what's happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you've likely heard the term "the Sixth Extinction." If not, look it up. After all, a superb environmental reporter, Elizabeth Kolbert, has already gotten a Pulitzer Prize for writing a book with that title. Whether the sixth mass species extinction of Earth's history is already (or not quite yet) underway may still be debatable, but it's clear enough that something's going on, something that may prove even more devastating than a mass of species extinctions: the full-scale winnowing of vast populations of the planet's invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants. Think of it, to introduce an even broader term, as a wave of "biological annihilation" that includes possible species extinctions on a mass scale, but also massive species die-offs and various kinds of massacres. Someday, such a planetary winnowing may prove to be the...
The marble stele, held in the British Museum's collections for 150 years, also includes the first known use of the term "no man's land" A recently interpreted 4,500-year-old marble pillar from ancient Mesopotamia shows that even at the dawn of civilization, people were bickering about their borders. As James Pickford at The Financial Times reports, the pillar sat in British Museum for 150 years until Irving Finkel, a curator in the Middle East department, deciphered the Sumerian cuneiform writing on the cylinder this year. As it turns out, the object, now on view in an exhibit called "No Man's Land," was erected to establish a border between the warring city states of Lagash and Umma, located in present-day southern Iraq.
|AIWA! NO!|Boris Johnson has been warned he has just hours to respond to claims he lied about the UK sending 350,000,000 a week to Brussels or face prosecution.
The clock is ticking for the Vote Leave figurehead after a private prosecutor announced plans to take him to court over figures plastered over his big red bus. Marcus Ball said: During the 2016 referendum I witnessed the disgusting demonstration of the depths to which our political professionals were willing to stoop.
I want to prevent conduct of that kind from becoming the normal political standard in UK politics. I knew that if we could win a prosecution against such immoral and untrustworthy actions the precedent could make it illegal for them to occur in future.
The former Foreign Secretary was notified on November 16 of the intention to bring a private court case over alleged misconduct in public
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Britains most senior Catholic cleric has apologised for withholding evidence of child sex abuse allegations made against JRR Tolkiens son during his priesthood. Father John Tolkien who died in 2003 had been accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old [...]
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Cherry Smiley, born in Kamloops, British Columbia, is an artist, feminist activist, survivor of male abuse and aspiring politician from an indigenous background. Her mothers side of the family is Nlakapamux and her fathers is Din. My maternal grandmother is a huge influence on my life. Shes 96, hilarious, and says what she thinks, Smiley says.
Smiley also is a Ph.D. candidate at Concordia University in Montreal. Her research aims to help end male violence against women and girls in Canada, with a focus on indigenous women and girls. She is critical of Canadas response to the number indigenous women who have been murdered or gone missing in recent decades.
I first met Smiley in 2015. She told me a story about speaking on a panel about the sex trade in Vancouver, which a number of indigenous women had attended. This topic is painfully relevant to them.
Smiley told me, The women in the audience were asking questions and they were great, but they were [furious], of course. The organizers were threatening to call the police on the aboriginal women in the room because we were too savage and out of control, and [they worried that] these angry Indians [were] going to storm the panel.
Its very particular to aboriginal women, because [we are] painted as uncontrollable and violent as soon as we express strong views, she said. The only role we get to play in the prostitution debate is as the missing and murdered women, the victims.
Smiley was referring to the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, a topic I investigated in 2005. I was writing about serial killer Robert Pickton, a farmer who claims to have sexually violated and murdered 49 women. During my investigation, I interviewed a number of indigenous survivors, family members and others involved in exposing police failures to protect the women and prosecute the perpetrators. During research for my recent book on the sex trade, I returned to the issue of the missing and murdered indigenous women. It appears that in 13 years, little has changed. I was appalled to learn from women that sexual exploitation and police failures are still endemic to their communities.
Since the 1970s, an estimated 3,000 indigenous women have been murdered or are presumed missing across Canada.
To Smiley, the response is inadequate. They just want us to tell the awful stories of our lives, or they want us to get up there and play our drums and sing our songs and do our dan...
Austrian police officers have visited the Russian biathlon team's training camp in Hochfilzen to question athletes and coaches over alleged doping violations which supposedly took place two years ago. Russian biathletes are in Austria for the Biathlon World Cup, and talked to police regarding suspected doping manipulations during the 2017 World Championship, which was hosted in Hochfilzen. Dmitry Guberniev, a prominent Russian TV commentator and biathlon pundit, posted the news on Instagram, where he also published a list of the team members suspected by the Austrian authorities.
A second Canadian has been detained in China on accusations of harming national security, as tension continues between the two countries. It was confirmed on Thursday that Michael Spavor, a businessman, had been detained in addition to former diplomat Michael Kovrig. Canada drew Chinese protests after it arrested an executive at telecoms giant Huawei at the request of the US. Meng Wanzhou has been bailed but may face extradition for fraud.
Jay Dyer discusses his book, Esoteric Hollywood: Sex, Cults and Symbols in Film and the now available sequel, Esoteric Hollywood 2 with Guns and Butter. We take an in-depth look at Stanley Kubricks Eyes Wide Shut and Clockwork Orange; Roman Polanskis Rosemarys Baby, The Ninth Gate and Chinatown; The Manchurian Candidate and The Parallax View, as well as television programs The Lone Gunman and G.I. Joe, with special emphasis on predictive programming, mind control and the influence of the military and intelligence on Hollywood productions.
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For Cuban professor Roberto Henandez, Venezuela has the right to defend itself and it is hypocritical that Colombia is expressing concern about the joint military maneuvers between Venezuela and Russia. Hernandez's analysis comes in response to accusations made by Colombia on Wednesday through Colombian President Ivn Duque. "[...] It is ironic that Colombia is concerned about joint Russian-Venezuelan maneuvers and the presence of Russian airplanes in the neighboring country, when in Colombia seven US military bases are maintained that are a real threat to the entire region," the retired professor at the University of Havana said.
SNOW NEWS UPDATED 13 DECEMBER 2018 It's been a remarkable week in the Alps with one of the biggest early December snowfalls in memory covering wide areas of the region. Resorts reported up to 80cm of snow falling in 24 hours in some cases and up to 1.4 metres of snow accumulating in others. Most of the snow fell between Saturday and Wednesday with the most intense period for many on Sunday and Monday. AUSTRIA It's been an incredible week for fresh snow in Austria with the little resort of Flachauwinkl (50/150cm) topping the 7-day snowfall table with a remarkable 140cm (a few inches under five feet) of snowfall. Much of that fell between Sunday and Tuesday too. Plenty of internationally better-known ski centres saw big accumulations as well Saalbach 50/60cm - it may need to update its depth totals) also reported 140cm, 90cm (three feet) of that arriving over three days. Zell am See (0/115cm) got 116cm. Most other Austrian resorts reported 50-100cm so it's not difficult to report the...
The Clinton Foundations incoming cash flow nosedived to a 15-year low in 2017, the year after Hillary Clintons unsuccessful run in the 2016 presidential election resulted in the election of President Donald Trump, according to tax returns obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Clinton Foundation reported total revenue of $38.4 million for 2017, the fewest dollars the foundation has taken over the course of a fiscal year in more than a decade and a sharp decline from the $249 million raised during Clintons first year as secretary of state.
The Clinton Family Foundation, one of the Clintons smaller charitable entities that received $1.5 million from Bill and Hillary Clinton in 2017, made up $500,000 of that with the family foundations single largest donation that year.
The foundation focuses on economic, environmental and health-related global initiatives, but its best known for controversies surrounding self-dealing allegations and inquiries into whether the foundation accepted money from individuals, corporations, and governments allegedly seeking to curry favor with the Clintons.
In January 2017, the Justice Department and FBI reportedly launched an investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in pay-to-play politics or illegal activities when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.
Meanwhile, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Government Operations is holding a hearing titled Oversight of Nonprofit Organizations: A Case Study on the Clinton Foundation on Dec. 13.
Under scrutiny as the 2016 presidential election heated up, the foundation amended six years of tax returns for the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. Changes included reporting previously undisclosed contributions and grants from foreign g...
A California regulator's plan to tax texts in order to fund cellphones for the poor hit a snag Wednesday after a Federal Communications Commission ruled text messages aren't subject to the utility agency's authority. The decision by the FCC, which categorized text messages as "information services" on par with emails and not "telecommunications services," came in an effort to combat robo-texts and spam messages. The California Public Utilities Commission now faces an uphill battle ahead of a scheduled vote on the measure next month. Those opposed to the planned tax hailed the FCC decision a victory. "We hope that the CPUC recognizes that taxing text messages is bad for consumers," Jamie Hastings, senior vice president of external and state affairs for CTIA, which represents the U.S. wireless communications industry, told The Mercury News. "Taxing this service would burden those who rely on and use this service each and every day." The CPUC has not yet commented on the FCC's...
Judge Sentencing General Flynn Demands to See FBI 302 Documents on Flynn Ambush Interview | 12 Dec 2018 | Judge Sullivan, who is assigned to General Flynn's case, is demanding to see the FBI summary 302 report about the Flynn interview according to a new court filing. Counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok showed up to the White House on January 24th, 2017, along with Special Agent Joe Pientka to interview General Flynn; the meeting was arranged by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Flynn was told not have his lawyer with him and soon after the FBI agents began to question him, he realized he was being ambushed over his phone calls to Russian Ambassador Kislyak. The FBI agents who questioned General Flynn on January 24th, 2017, didn't write their 302 reports on their interview until August 22nd.
Earlier in the day, a knife-wielding man was shot after attacking two police officers in the walled historical centre of Jerusalem. According to an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) representative, Israeli troops blocked the de-facto Palestinian capital Ramallah on Thursday following the shooting incident near the settlement of Ofra in the West Bank. "As we understand, the car fled somewhere near Ramallah. So, we have blocked all entry points to Ramallah and all exit points. We are conducting searches there, and we'll be operating in this area in foreseeable future," the IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus told a briefing.
The Ukrainian government is reportedly preparing a provocation in the east, which will be used to launch a major offensive operation against rebel forces, Moscow said. It may happen in days and would affect the presidential poll. The Ukrainian military has amassed troops in Kiev-controlled eastern parts of the country, the spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday citing reports from international monitors. Moscow believes it to be a sign of a looming escalation between the Ukrainian government and rebel forces. "There are reports that within several days Kiev will stage an armed provocation on the contact line," Maria Zakharova said, referring to the border, which separates rebel-held parts of Ukraine from the rest of the country.
'The audience spoke, and we listened,' CBC said. Rogers is sticking by its decision not to play the 1944 Christmas classic this year The "overwhelming" desire of CBC Music listeners to be able to hear Baby It's Cold Outside has prompted the public broadcaster to resume playing the song after a week's hiatus. CBC had followed the lead of a number of Canadian and U.S. broadcasters by deciding last week to remove the 1944 Christmas classic from two playlists its programmers curated for the holiday season. At the time, a spokesperson said CBC had "no plans" to play Baby It's Cold Outside in the future in light of public condemnation of its lyrics.
This 4 August 2017 video from the USA says about itself:
Google New Search Protocol Buries Left, Anti-War and Progressive Websites
New data compiled by the World Socialist Web Site, with the assistance of other Internet-based news outlets and search technology experts, proves that a massive loss of readership observed by socialist, anti-war and progressive web sites over the past three months has been caused by a cumulative 45 percent decrease in traffic from Google searches.
The drop followed the implementation of changes in Googles search evaluation protocols. In a statement issued on April 25, Ben Gomes, the companys vice president for engineering, stated that Googles update of its search engine would block access to offensive sites, while working to surface more authoritative content.
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A sampling of websites targeted by Google:
* http://www.wsws.org fell by 67 percent
* http://www.alternet.org fell by 63 percent
* http://www.globalresearch.ca fell by 62 percent
* http://www.consortiumnews.com fell by 47 percent
* http://www.socialistworker.org fell by 47 percent
* http://www.mediamatters.org fell by 42 percent
* http://www.commondreams.org fell by 37 percent
The corporate debt scaring policy experts like former Fed Chair Janet Yellen isn't throwing too much of a fright into market participants. In fact, some of them are continuing to load up on lower-grade corporate debt because it's managed to be a better performer than some of the investments considered to be safer. "Offense is the best defense," Hans Mikkelsen, credit strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, told clients in a note pointing out that BBB-rated companies are outperforming their A-rated counterparts. BBB is the last rung before junk, and the increasing level of company bonds going to that level is causing concern. Some investors worry that the companies whose debt is in danger of slipping into high-yield territory will have trouble meeting their obligations during the next economic downturn.
Ukraine won't buy Russian gas to keep warm, but two-thirds of its coal imports still come from Russia, according to the country's State Fiscal Service. Ukraine's purchases of hard coal grew to nearly $2.7 billion from January through November 2018, marking a year-on-year surge of more than 10 percent, according to official government data. The fiscal office noted that neighboring Russia accounted for nearly 62 percent of the country's total imports of anthracite. Russia exported $1.67 billion worth of coal, followed by the US, whose anthracite exports reached almost 30 percent of the Ukrainian market or $806.3 million. Canada is the third biggest supplier of coal to Ukraine, with exports worth $128.7 million, accounting for nearly five percent of Ukraine's purchases.
RIMBO, SWEDEN Following three years of one of the bloodiest battles of the 21st century, the Saudi assault on Yemens key port city of Hodeida may be nearing its end. The Saudi-led coalition and Ansar Allah, the political wing of the Houthi resistance movement, have agreed to a ceasefire in Hodeida and in the Taiz Province of northwestern Yemen, the scene of some of the most intense battles in the war, to facilitate the delivery of aid.
At a press conference concluding a week of peace talks in Sweden, UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres announced that the warring parties agreed on a ceasefire in Hodeida, describing the deal as an important first step toward future talks to end the conflict:
We have reached an agreement on Hodeida port and city, which will see a mutual redeployment of forces from the port and the city and the establishment of a governorate-wide ceasefire.
The UN will play a leading role in the port and this will facilitate the humanitarian access and the flow of goods to the civilian population.
The agreement essentially places the strategic port city under the military control of the UN; and, while Houthi military forces will withdraw from Hodeida city and the port, their political wing, Ansar Allah, will retain political control of the city.
Agreements on the reopening of the Sanaa International Airport, a withdrawal of Houthi forces in Sanaa, the paying of government staff salaries, and the neutralization of the Central Bank needed to spare the population from further hunger have yet to be reached.
As a confidence-building measure, the two sides also agreed to a mass prisoner exchange of over 15,000 prisoners and detainees, with each side submitting its own list to the UN for the swap. The Saudi-led coalition reportedly submitted the names of some 8,000 detainees, including troops from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, as well as fighter that are said to include members of al Qaeda and ISIS; while Houthis submitted the names of some 7,000 coalition prisoners, which included political opponents of the coalition, local civilian activists, and women.
Guterres said that armed forces of both parties would withdraw from Hodeida and added that control will be handed over to local forces under the supervision of the UN.
The UN chief confirmed that another round of talks is planned for the end of January to discuss a political framework fo...
Julian Assange has accused his Ecuadorean hosts of spying and feeding information to US authorities, and slammed attempts to block his journalistic work as a more subtle way of silencing than the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Suggesting there were "facts of espionage" inside the embassy, the WikiLeaks co-founder expressed concern during a hearing in Quito on Wednesday that Ecuadorean intelligence is not only spying on him, but sharing the data it has harvested with the FBI. Ecuadorean intelligence clearly spent a sizable amount of money equipping the embassy for surveillance, Assange added. He accused Ecuadorean authorities of "comments of a threatening nature" relating to his journalistic work and compared attempts to silence him to the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was tortured and cut up in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in October, but "more subtle." The comparison elicited a harsh reaction from Ecuadorean Prosecutor General Inigo Salvador, who accused...
By Lorraine Chow via Eco Watch
The plant-based rings will be piloted in Tulum, MexicoCoronas homelandat the beginning of 2019.
The beach is an important part of Coronas DNA and we have been working with Parley to address the issue on the frontlines where plastic is physically accumulating, Corona Better World Director Evan Ellman said in the press release. We also recognize the influence a global brand like Corona can have on the industry, and with the support of Parley, are pursuing scalable solutions like plastic-free six pack rings that can become a new standard to avoid plastic for good.
Corona is testing its rings made from plant-based biodegradable fibers, with a mix of by-product waste and compostable materials, the press release said. If littered, they break down...
Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York announced Wednesday they have reached an agreement with American Media Company, Inc. (AMI), the publisher of the National Enquirer, in connection with a payment made during the campaign meant to silence a woman who claimed to have had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006. "As a part of the agreement, AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate's presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election," according to a press release issued by the Southern District of New York. Prosecutors wrote, as part of the non-prosecution agreement, that "If AMI fully complies... no testimony or other information given by it will be used against it in any criminal tax prosecution."
The goal of 'Russian collusion' hearings is not the truth - the Democrats are still trying to explain the people who gave a lot of money to Hillary Clinton why she lost, Lionel told RT. The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, gave some specific numbers on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election as he was questioned by the US House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. "Does Google now know the full extent to which its online platforms were exploited by Russian actors in the election two years ago?" New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler asked Pichai. The tech giant's CEO responded: "We undertook a very thorough investigation, and, in 2016, we now know that there were two main ad accounts linked to Russia which advertised on Google for about $4,700 in advertising." Google, along with Facebook and Twitter, have been under scrutiny for the past two years over the Russian meddling claims. The companies have extensively probed the activity Russia-linked accounts, but no direct proof of...
Nearly 30 million babies are born too soon, too small or become sick every year and need specialised care to survive, according to a report by a global coalition.
(Photo Credit: The Washington County Humane Society) Pay attention parents: even if its hard, its always best to do whats right. After recognizing a photo that was circulating on social media of a starving, skinny dog, William Wright was pretty sure he knew the sweet pup; it was his daughter, Tonysha Wrights pet. And now, after 
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Our culture is so saturated with feminism that even conservatives and devoutly religious people like me think inside its wheel ruts. This wouldn't be a problem, except that feminism is antithetical to human flourishing, both individually and corporately, because it has a false view of human nature. No matter how the evidence piles up in heartbreak after heartbreak, many women continue to give themselves cognitive dissonance. We all want to believe that we're exceptional, that patterns of human behavior don't apply to us. That while bad things happened to other people who did the same things we are or want to, those bad things won't happen to us, too. We're special. We're different. Refusing to learn from history and experience only hardens people against the feedback from reality they need to make their lives better through smarter decisions. Thinking that the experience and wisdom of humans across time has a claim on our present behavior allows a form of troubleshooting and...
Russian authorities say they have detained seven people suspected of financially supporting two extremist organizations in the Middle East. Russia's Investigative Committee said on December 13 that the suspects had been apprehended in and around the Moscow region and the three North Caucasus regions of Chechnya, Daghestan, and Ingushetia. They were suspected of sending at least 38 million rubles ($570,000) to militants of the Islamic State (IS) group and the Al-Nusra Front - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate until 2016 -- since 2010. The Federal Security Service (FSB) said the seven suspects were detained following a joint operation by the FSB, the Investigative Committee, and the National Guard. Also on December 13, authorities in Ingushetia said that two suspected terrorists were killed overnight after one of them threw a grenade at police in the city of Nazran. Two officers were wounded in the attack, officials said.
RV/INTELLIGENCE ALERT - December 13, 2018
(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on intelligence leaks received from several sources which may or may not be accurate. Other confirmed sources may also be included in this overview.)
Sources have been informed of a temporary information blackout as of today.
The upcoming Brexit vote is a "domino effect" trigger for the remaining geopolitical obstacles toward GESARA.
It is becoming increasingly evident that military tribunals and a "structure change" are on the horizon.
Gold is the keyword.
The private currency redemption event (RV) remains to be expected prior to the military tribunals which may occur in early January.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Money and Favorite Uncles
Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz
I had five Uncles on my Mother's side of the family, and they were all favorites--- in different ways.
There was Julius, the hunting, fishing, orchard-pruning, campfire- making, ghost story-spinning Uncle. He would pack an extra bologna sandwich and take me along just because he missed his own daughter who was all grown up.
And Gene, the High Society Uncle, with the fancy suits and Lincoln Continentals and an addiction to good whiskey. He was so handsome the women used to literally gasp. Not that they meant to. He'd blow into town like a High Wind and take us all to the movies or the Strawberry Festival or whatever else was going on.
And Merrill, the Bonne Homme Uncle, who taught me how to catch a Snapping Turtle with a willow branch, how to lay a straight course of bricks, and who could name all the constellations in the sky. He was the quietest Uncle, but also the most observant. That's why I got the most spankings from him....
There was Merton, my Mother's Fraternal Twin, the dreamy musician and mathematician who could play any instrument in the band, do any kind of sum in his head, and make a stone grow. He was a Radio Operator in Patton's Third Army, and I don't think he ever really came home.
And finally, Henry, who was a Pilot in the US Army Air Force flying giant transport planes "over the Hump" in World War II; he had a smile like Henry Fonda and everyone loved him, even me, though he teased me without mercy and was forever pulling sly jokes.
Henry was the kind of Unc...
According to the Ankara administration, a crash, in which two railcars derailed, had been caused by the high-speed train's collision with a suburban passenger train. Two railcars derailed in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Thursday leading to multiple casualties, local media reported. The death toll in the high-speed train crash in the Turkish capital of Ankara has increased to nine, while 46 people were injured, Turkish Minister of Transport Mehmet Cahit Turhan told reporters. "A total of seven people died as a result of the crash, including the driver. A total of 46 people were injured, and the condition of three of them has been assessed as grave", the Ankara administration said in a statement earlier.
During the South Sudanese Civil War, which has claimed nearly 400,000 lives, the United States helped the main belligerent in the war continually acquire arms through Uganda, a close U.S. ally in the region. For years, the Ugandan government channeled arms, ammunition, and military aircraft to the regime of President Salva Kiir, according to multiple reports by Conflict Armament Research and the U.N. Panel of Experts on South Sudan.
Uganda remains the main transit point and facilitator for arms and ammunition to the regime, former U.S. diplomat Payton Knopf reported in September.
The constant flow of weapons into South Sudan has been devastating for the country. Not only have the weapons enabled President Kiir to maintain his military operations against his rivals, thereby perpetuating the war, but government forces have repeatedly used the weapons against civilians. The continued influx of arms has had a devastating impact on civilians and on the overall security situation in the country, the U.N. Panel of Experts reported in 2016.
The war began in December 2013 when Kiir launched military operations against forces loyal to his former vice president, Riek Machar. Since the start of fighting, the country has devolved into periods of horrific violence, pushing parts of the country into famine in early 2017. Currently, about two million people are internally displaced and more than 2.5 million are living as refugees in neighboring countries. About 4.4 million people, or about half the population, remain severely food insecure.
For many years, the United States has been one of the main players in South Sudan. The Bush administration played an instrumental role in the diplomacy that culminated with South Sudans indep...
Novelist Amitav Ghosh has said that environment and climate are almost ignored in literary fiction precisely when they have become major agents of social and political change.
Once a year I like to pretend like my blog is some kind of "respectable" mainstream outlet and I engage in the (admittedly totally silly!) exercise of nominating some "man" (sorry, "person" is unbearably politically correct and once you go down that route you end up calling mentally deranged freaks "ze/zir/zee/etc" and the like). Hey, if you cannot get the kind of financing AngloZionist propaganda outlets get, let us at least pretend like we are fighting on an even playing field once a year, no? So once a year I pretend like I am not a lonely "deplorable" and I chose my own heroes of the day and that sort of makes me feel the "momentary equal" to propaganda outlets like Time mag or The Economist :-) FYI - past nominees have included "the Syrian solider" (2013), "the Russian solider" (2014), "the Russian Airmen in Syria, Major-General Qasem Soleimani and Alexander Zakharchenko" (2015), "the American basket of deplorables" (2016) and "all those who gave their lives for Syria" (2017)....
Theresa May has told Conservative MPs she knows they will not let her lead them into another general election in 2022, though "in my heart" she would have liked to. The prime minister was addressing a packed meeting of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, shortly before colleagues began voting in a no-confidence ballot that will determine whether she can remain in her post. MPs present said the prime minister made clear she would have liked to fight the next general election - to make up for the Conservatives' poor performance in 2017 - but signalled that she would step down before 2022. However, when pressed by colleagues, MPs said she carefully avoided offering a specific date at which she would resign. "She recognises a lot of people are not comfortable with her leading us into a future general election," said the May loyalist and Conservative party deputy chair James Cleverly, who emerged early from the meeting and spoke to reporters.
In 1889 the philosopher and writer Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
He wasnt alone in his sentiment. Inventors, artists, writers, and even Silicon Valley tech Gods like Steve Jobs have all credited walking with giving them a creative edge, or helping them to solve unsolvable problems. Even Einstein credits a good walk in nature with giving him new ideas and insights. A new study from Stanford says that there is a scientific basis for conjuring more creativity just by going for a walk.
Walking has also been done by human beings for millions of years. Creative ideation the process of making seemingly unrelated bits of information floating in your brain come together in a cohesive, but novel and helpful way is essentially accessed when we enter certain brainwave states. These states happen more easily when we are:
Our brains are an electromagnetic organ. When our neurons fire in certain patterns, they literally create waves that move across the brain just like a wave moves in the ocean. Certain states, like beta, cause us to be more analytical and critical, which is great if you want to calculate a row of numbers or avoid crossing the street as the same time a double decker bus is passing by.
Beta is not so great for creativity. The brainwave state that promotes creative thought is usually Alpha with spikes of Theta and Delta.
Here are the five most common brainwave states that people spend the majority of their lives in:
Beta (14-40 Hz) Beta is associated with critical thought, reasoning and logic. It is also where our inner critic lives, that likes to tell us things arent possible and that tends to be more negative.
This state is important for certain tasks, but it isnt a state that you want to linger in all the time, as it can cause you to lose your creative edge, induce anxiety or depression, and keep you running from danger instead of embracing your destiny.
Alpha (7.5 14 Hz) This is the most common brain wave state you enter when you are meditating or daydreaming. You are relaxed but aware. Your stress levels are low and you can let your hair down.
Alpha is the best brainwave state to in for personal growth work as you are highly suggestible while in it.
Theta (4 7.5 Hz) This is the brain wave stat...
A generation of Rohingya children face extremely limited access to education in Myanmar and in refugee camps in Bangladesh, a UK-based Rohingya Organisation claims.
Over the last year, the topic of support animals has been hotly debated. And this summer a number of airlines made changes in their policies. But now, Delta is making yet another change. (Im wondering, is it possible we will see either extremely tight support animals rules or no animals allowed at all, very soon?) RELATED 
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MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski apologized Wednesday for a remark she made on air that drew criticism for its homophobic implications. During a segment on "Morning Joe," Brzezinski blasted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his response to the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Pompeo had appeared on the Fox News morning show "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday to talk about a range of topics, including the terror attack in France and U.S. border security. In the sit-down interview, he evaded the hosts' questions about Khashoggi's murder and cast doubt on evidence that said Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was involved. Later in the morning, Brzezinski expressed outrage by what she called Pompeo's "pathetic deflections."
In the spirit of a new year and a new Congress, 2019 may well be our best and last opportunity to steer our ship of state away from the twin planetary perils of environmental chaos and militarism, charting a course toward an earth-affirming 21st century.
The environmental crisis was laid bare by the sobering December report of the UN Climate panel: If the world fails to mobilize within the next 12 years on the level of a moon shot, and gear up to change our energy usage from toxic fossil, nuclear and industrial biomass fuels to the already known solutions for employing solar, wind, hydro, geothermal energy and efficiency, we will destroy all life on earth as we know it. The existential question is whether our elected officials, with the reins of power, are going to sit by helplessly as our planet experiences more devastating fires, floods, droughts, and rising seas or will they seize this moment and take monumental action as we did when the United States abolished slavery, gave women the vote, ended the great depression, and eliminated legal segregation.
Some members of Congress are already showing their historic mettle by supporting a Green New Deal. This would not only start to reverse the damage we have inflicted on our collective home, but it would create hundreds of thousands of good jobs that cannot be shipped overseas to low-wage countries.
Even those congresspeople who want to seriously address the climate crisis, however, fail to grapple with the simultaneous crisis of militarism. The war on terror unleashed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack has led to almost two decades of unchecked militarism. We are spending more money on our military than at any time in history. Endless wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere are still raging, costing us trillions of dollars and creating humanitarian disasters. Old treaties to control nuclear arms are unraveling at the same time that conflicts with the major powers of Russia and China are heating up.
Where is the call for the New Peace Deal that would free up hundreds of billions from the overblown military budget to invest in green infrastructure? Where is the call to close a majority of our nations 800-plus military bases overseas, bases that are relics of World War II and are basically useless for military purposes? Where is the call for seriously addressing the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons?
With the crumbling phenomenon of outdated nuclear arms control treaties, it is unconscionable not to support the recently negotiated UN treaty, signed by 122 nations, to prohibit and ban nuclear weapons just as the world has done for chemical and biological weapons. The U.S. Congress should not be authorizing the expenditures of $1 trillion for new nuclear weapons, bowing to corporate paymast...
This 2016 video from South Korea is about Channa argus fish.
From the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in Britain:
Scientists identify 66 alien species that pose greatest threat to European biodiversity
Invasive animals and plants are likely to arrive in the next decade
December 13, 2018
Summary: Scientists have identified 66 alien plant and animal species, not yet established in the European Union, that pose the greatest potential threat to biodiversity and ecosystems in the region. The research lists the invasive species that are likely to arrive and spread in the region over the next decade.
Scientists have identified 66 alien plant and animal species, not yet established in the European Union, that pose the greatest potential threat to biodiversity and ecosystems in the region.
From an initial working list of 329 alien species considered to pose threats to biodiversity recently published by the EU, scientists have derived and agreed a list of eight species considered to be very high risk, 40 considered to be high risk, and 18 considered to be medium risk.
The research, led by Professor Helen Roy of the UKs Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and involving 43 people from across Europe and funded by the European Commission, is published in the journal Global Change Biology.
The authors developed a horizon-scanning approach in order to derive a ranked list of potential invasive alien species (IAS). Using this procedure, they worked collaboratively to reach consensus about the alien species most likely to arrive, establish, spread and have an impact on biodiversity in the region over the next decade.
The approach is unique in the continental scale examined, the breadth of taxonomic groups and environments considered, and the methods and data sources used. Species considered included plants, terrestrial invertebrates, marine species, freshwater invertebrates and...
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When hes right, hes right. Look, Ive been critical of this president too many times to count, but unlike most mainstream media pundits Im willing to give credit when its due. Last week, in a surprise morning tweet, President Trump called U.S. defense spending, which topped out at a record $716 billion this year, crazy. Furthermore, he even hinted at talks with Americas two main military rivals, President Xi of China, and President Putin of Russia to stave off what Trump referred to as a major and uncontrollable arms race. Of course, we woke up this morning to the news that Trump seems unsurprisingly to have reversed course again, with administration officials stating that Trump will instead boost the Pentagon budget to $750 billion.
Still, its worth reflecting on Trumps initial announcement. After all, I had to read the original Trump tweet twice. Was the candidate who promised to bomb the shit out of ISIS and to bring back waterboarding torture and a whole lot worse turning dove? Well, not exactly, but Trump was talking sense. And its not the first time hes done so. Remember that candidate Trump regularly declared the 2003 invasion of Iraq the single worst decision ever made. Couldnt have put it better myself. Then, just before disappointingly announcing a troop increase in Afghanistan, Trump admitted his initial instinct was to pull out. Right again.
It seems that one of the only things holding Trump back from ushering in real change in Americas militarized foreign policy are his rather more mainstream advisors and bipartisan congressional war-hawks. Over and over again, media, especially conventional center-left liberal media, assures us that these folks the Jim Mattis, H.R. McMaster, and John Kellys of the world are the adults in the room, far more responsible than loose cannon Trump. And you know what, yea, that may occasionally been true. But on foreign policy these retired generals and their Republican and Democratic supporters on the Hill have been wrong at every turn over the last 17 years.
They, the adults in the Beltway crowd, hav...
Two groups of migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. on Tuesday marched toward the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana, where one group has asked to be granted asylum or be paid $50,000 each in reparations to turn around, according to a report in The San Diego Union-Tribune. The first group of about 100 migrants arrived at the consulate on Tuesday morning, and members said they were asking the Trump administration for $50,000 to go away. "It may seem like a lot of money to you. But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras," organizer Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa said to the Union-Tribune of the reparations request. The group gave the U.S. Consulate 72 hours to respond to their demand. Another group of migrants delivered a letter to the Consulate later in the day, asking the U.S. to more quickly process requests for asylum. According to the Union-Tribune, the migrant group asked the U.S. to grant asylum to 300 people each day at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
"It's the least wonderful time of the year," says New York Times columnist Jennifer Weiner in a recent op-ed. The source of her Scroogey disposition: office Christmas parties (she uses the politically correct term "Holiday" party) because of all the sexual harassment that women face. According to Weiner, the prospect of the "Holiday" party is a difficult one for women due to the difficult task of "choosing clothes that signal that you are polished without being boring, attractive without being provocative, and that you're looking to be promoted, not propositioned." "For women, it's never easy," she says, adding that men "have it all figured out" when it comes to festive wear. In an appearance on CBS "This Morning" on Monday, Weiner said that she would prefer it if the office "Holiday" party was canceled entirely so that women could have more money in their paycheck instead of having to stress over what to wear.
Rather a first: CIA beneficiaries thank their benefactor. Neither the Shah of Iran, nor Augusto Pinochet, nor Sese Mobutu ever publicly thanked the CIA, but the chief of the schismatic Ukrainian Orthodox Church gives thanks to the covert ops operator. This leads to another question: What is the guy who gave Stinger missiles to the mujahedin doing in Ukraine? There will obviously be more that the priest could thank him for. We read in Novorosinform: Filaret, the leader of the Ukrainian schismatics, met with former CIA Deputy Director Jack Devine and awarded him the Order of St. Andrew the First-Called. Filaret thanked Devine for US help "in support of the independence of Ukraine and the creation of a single local Ukrainian Orthodox Church." In a presentation by Bogdan Gubsky, [founder and] Chairman of the Board of the Ukraine-XXI Century Foundation and Philaret Yaroshenko, a member of the Council of the Yaroshenko Foundation, Jack Devine was awarded the Order of St. Andrew the First...
By Kerry McDonald Schooling is adept at rooting out individuality and enforcing compliance. In his book, Understanding Power, Noam Chomsky writes: In fact, the whole...
The French President tried to quell Yellow Vest protests by vowing to increase the minimum wage and cut some taxes, but it means nothing to farmers working long hours and living on slim budgets, their union head told RT France. President Emmanuel Macron sought to appease Yellow Vest demonstrators, offering them concessions after weeks of massive protests. A monthly minimum wage hike by 100 ($113) and tax decreases for the poor among them. But Veronique le Floch, Secretary General of 'Coordination rurale' (Rural Coordination), a labor union of French farmers, told RT France Macron had only embraced wage earners but failed to deliver a similar promise to those employed in agriculture.
By Carey Wedler California routinely makes national headlines for its big government policies. This week is no different, as bureaucrats move to impose a texting...
The Boy Scouts of America deflected a report that the youth group might file for bankruptcy protection in the face of increasing sexual misconduct litigation, saying "no imminent actions or immediate decisions" are expected. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the youth organization was considering bankruptcy in the face of dwindling membership and the increasing legal costs. The law firm Sidley Austin LLP was hired to explore options, the newspaper reported. The law firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY. Michael B. Surbaugh, chief scout executive, issued a statement "in anticipation of news reports that will speculate about the BSA's financial position." He said the group was working with experts he did not name to explore all options aimed at ensuring that the group's programming continues uninterrupted. "We have a social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in scouting," he said....
In what critics described as a consciously racist and immensely cruel move that has the fingerprints of White House senior adviser Stephen Miller all over it, the Trump administration is reportedly working to make Vietnam War refugees who have lived in the United States for decades eligible for deportation.
First reported by The Atlantic on Wednesday, the White House plan seeks to reinterpret a long-standing agreement with Hanoi that protects from deportation all Vietnamese people who arrived in the U.S. before July 12, 1995the date the two nations officially reestablished diplomatic relations after the Vietnam War, in which the U.S. killed millions of people and inflicted damage that lives on to this day.
In essence, the administration has now decided that Vietnamese immigrants who arrived in the country before the establishment of diplomatic ties between the United States and Vietnam are subject to standard immigration lawmeaning they are all eligible for deportation, The Atlantic noted.
Winnie Wong, progressive organizer and founder of People for Bernie, offered a succinct translation of the proposed policy change: Trump wants to deport Vietnamese grannies who have been living here for more than 40 years.
Let me translate this for you: Trump wants to deport Vietnamese grannies who have been living here for more than 40years.https://t.co/TVXulB6gGQ
Winifred (@WaywardWinifred) December 12, 2018
Donald Trumps cruelty knows no bounds, declared Congressional Progressive Caucus chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.).
In addition to the sheer Trumpian cruelty of the policy shift, several commentators were quick to note that the plan also bears all the signs of Millers pernicious influence.
Lets see here. This is 1) Unnecessary 2) Cruel 3) Trolls the Libs 4) Secures the existence of our people and a future for white children, author Mike Duncan wrote on Twitter. Yes, we see you Stephen Miller.
The Weeks Ryan Cooper also argued that Miller is...
CDC Whistleblower case to resurface in
Representative-elect Mark Green (R) (Tennessee) pledges to investigate claims that the CDC is fraudulently managing the vaccine-damage data they collect. This story is developing.
In light of this development, I am re-posting this article of mine from July 2015. July 2015 was seemingly the last time a Congressman took a stance on this issue -- and did so on the House floor -- in order to get claims of fraud into the Congressional record.
Let's take a walk down memory lane...
Bombshell: CDC destroyed vaccine documents
"...the [CDC] co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the [MMR vaccine] study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can." (William Thompson, CDC researcher)
On July 29, 2015, US Congressman Bill Posey made his last stand on the floor of the House. Granted five minutes to speak, he laid bare the lying of the CDC in a now-famous 2004 study that exonerated the MMR vaccine and claimed it had no connection to autism.
"No connection to autism" was the lie.
Congressman Posey read a statement from long-time CDC researcher William Thompson, one of the authors of the 2004 Pediatrics study designed to determine, once and for all, whether the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine could cause autism.
Thompson saw and participated in violating the protocol of the study. He was there. He helped his co-authors destroy documents that would have shown an MMR-autism link.
You can see a transcript of Congressman Posey's remarks on the ageofautism [dot] com website, which includes his reading of a statement from whistleblower Thompson.
By MassPrivateI Americans no longer have to worry about the TSA (DHS) using facial recognition to spy on you and your family. Because private corporations...
By Joseph Jankowski Frances Finance Minister is warning that the tax relief and subsidy acceleration promised by President Emmanuel Macron under the weight of nationwide protests...
By B.N. Frank For several months, the media has been referring to the Telecom Industry as Big Wireless and comparing them to Big Tobacco and...
By Matt Agorist The default sentiment among those who cannot think outside of the government is that people in need will starve if the government...
Emissaries of 0.01% criminal elite making numerous countless privacy violations
Pushing back high school start times not only improves the quality of students' sleep, it also boosts attendance and academic performance, according to a study of US school attenders. The study is the first to show this objectively - using wrist-worn activity monitors to measure sleep duration - rather than by relying on self-reported information on sleeping habits. Teenagers naturally prefer late nights and lie-ins due to body clock shifts that occur during puberty. However, this preference does not align with the early start times of most schools. "You're basically chopping off the last chunk of sleep they need," says Horacio de la Iglesia at the University of Washington. To address this problem, schools in Seattle decided to delay their start time from 7:50 to 8:45am from mid-2016 onwards. De la Iglesia and his colleagues decided to measure the impact by studying students before and after the change. To make the comparison as objective as possible they compared students taking a...
Oh my! Madrid really slipping up now
A federal judge ruled Monday that Americans have a right to secretly record their public officials, including police, when they are engaged in their government duties. U.S. District Chief Judge Patti B. Saris said a Massachusetts law banning secret recordings violates the First Amendment when it comes to government employees, rejecting the state's claims that officials need some space to be able to operate without having to worry about being monitored. "This is not to say that police and government officials have no privacy interests," she wrote. "However, the diminished privacy interests of government officials performing their duties in public must be balanced by the First Amendment interest in newsgathering and information-dissemination."
Patriarch Bartholomew was wrong to declare Ukraine is no longer subject to the Russian Orthodox Church as the conflict hurts the entire Orthodoxy, believes Metropolitan Kallistos, a leading bishop of the Constantinople patriarchy. Kallistos (Timothy Ware) is an Oxford-based bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and one of the most respected Orthodox theologians today. In a recent interview with Slovo Bozhie (the word of God), a Russian Orthodox news website, he acknowledged that the escalation was initiated by Constantinople. He is referring to the 17th century letter, which acknowledged the authority of the Russian Orthodox Church to appoint the metropolitan of Kiev, the highest bishop in Ukraine. In October, Constantinople announced it was revoking this right as part of its effort to create an independent Orthodox church in Ukraine, which would include the recognized Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which answers to Moscow, and two self-proclaimed churches that are...
The problem isn't just that we are ruled by tyrants, it's that our minds are full of propaganda and cultural mind viruses which cause us to consent to it. Russophobia and an uncritical emphasis on Trump has been used to scaremonger an annoyingly large percentage of American progressives from focusing on wanting change to focusing on wanting things to go back to how they used to be. Wanting things to go back to how they used to be is wanting the conditions which created Trump. Patriotism is like the blue pill in The Matrix. You take it and you get to feel good about your country, but you don't get to know the truth about it. If everyone suddenly deeply understood on a gut level exactly how horrific war is, all military actions the US and its allies are currently engaged in would be forced to end due to popular revolt. Under-discussed: secretive government agencies provide support to Silicon Valley corporations, support which they could easily have threatened to give to those...
Two years ago, U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data revealed a sudden drop in life expectancy in the U.S. for 2015. It was the first decline in 20 years. The trend continued in 2016, and the latest data for 2017 show the downward trend continuing for the third year in a row, which makes 
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Not only neo-nazis in the German armed forces, in the United States armed forces, in the British armed forces, in the Ukrainian armed forces, in the Czech armed forces, in the Australian armed forces, in the Belgian armed forces, in the Greek armed forces
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Reports of Nazi statements investigated by the Ministry of Defense
The Ministry of Defense is investigating scandals in the armed forces. State Secretary Visser writes to the Lower House that reports have been made about inadmissible behaviour at training institutes and in yet another armed forces section.
According to Visser, the commander of the Dutch Defense Academy (NLDA), including the army and navy schools, received signals that within a small group hurtful and abusive visual material is shared.
Top Photo | Activist, author, and now former CNN host Marc Lamont Hill gestures during an interview with VladTV. YouTube | VladTV
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Unlike the 2014 Ukraine uprising, which witnessed invasive meddling on the part of US politicians and diplomats, Western support for the French Yellow Vest protests has been conspicuously missing in action. With the streets of Paris ablaze for a fourth weekend in a row, as a swarm of Yellow Vests assert themselves against a French government which, they argue, has become increasingly detached from the cares of ordinary citizens, support among Western capitals for the protesters is nowhere to be found. This is a bit odd since the 'gilets jaunes' are not just protesting Macron's (rescinded) plans for a fuel tax, but have released a list of 42 demands they want to see implemented. This includes an increase of the minimum wage, pensions and wages, as well as a halt to illegal immigration into the country. In other words, we are not talking about violent anarchists on the streets of France, but regular citizens. Thus far, the movement enjoys a high level of support among the French,...
MintPress editor in chief Mnar A. Muhawesh explains why theres nothing to celebrate in Bernie Sanders Yemen Bill which was aimed at ending the US involvement in Yemen. It actually does the opposite Heres the loophole that allows for continued US involvement in Yemen.
Top Photo | Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, March 15, 2016. Ricardo Arduengo | AP
Mnar Muhawesh is founder, CEO, and editor in chief of MintPress News, and is also a regular speaker on responsible journalism, sexism, neoconservativism within the media and journalism start-ups. She started her career as an independent multimedia journalist covering Midwest and national politics while focusing on civil liberties and social justice issues posting her reporting and exclusive interviews on her blog MintPress, which she later turned MintPress into the global news source it is today. In 2009, Muhawesh also became the first American woman to wear the hijab to anchor/report the news in American media. Contact Mnar at email@example.com. Follow Mnar on Twitter at @mnarmuh
MintPress founder & editor in chief, Mnar Muhawesh, recently produced a live stream on Facebook to discuss social media giants efforts to wipe independent journalism off the map and what were doing to combat this deliberate form of censorship.
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Mnar Muhawesh is founder, CEO and editor in chief of MintPress News, and is also a regular speaker on responsible journalism, sexism, neoconservativism within the media and journalism start-ups. She started her career as an independent multimedia journalist covering Midwest and national politics while focusing on civil liberties and social justice issues posting her reporting and exclusive interviews on her blog MintPress, which she later turned MintPress into the global news source it is today. In 2009, Muhawesh also became the first American woman to wear the hijab to anchor/report the news in American media. Muhawesh is also a wife and mother of a rascal four year old boy, juggling her duties as a CEO and motherly tasks successfully as supermom. Contact Mnar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Mnar on Twitter at @mnarmuh
You vowed never to work for the man but suddenly youve inherited your parents money. Now what? David Sniders Harness Wealth can help.
There are so many bad things about losing a parent. The emotional toll. The gut-wrenching yard sale of all their old things, only to then find that you (Sorry, sir, could you please put that down?!) cant actually part with their tzotchkes. And then there is the daunting prospect of figuring out financially complex accounts while you arelets face itnot your most together self.
For those concerned that former FBI Director James Comey is suffering from early dementia, have no fear: His memory returned with a vengeance during a Sunday night interview with MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace. On Friday, under questioning by House Judiciary Committee members, Comey answered, "I don't know," "I don't recall," or "I don't remember" nearly 250 times during a six-hour closed-door hearing. His memory lapse included critical details like how the infamous Steele dossier reached his agency; who at the FBI drafted the initiation document to investigate the Trump campaign; who at the FBI had authority to open a counterintelligence probe into a presidential campaign; and his own comments about the tarmac meeting between his boss, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and former president Bill Clinton. He said he didn't know what the word "insidious" meant and couldn't explain the difference between collusion and conspiracy.
By Luke Miller
While there is debate about what is causing our climate to change, one thing cannot be denied- it is changing. Many studies are showing that the planet could very well be on the brink of self-destruction when the side effects of this global warming kick in with full force.
This month a study from Stanford University warned that if we continue with our current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, by 2030 the earths climate will be hurled back into the state it was 3 million years ago. During this time, the temperature on earth was higher by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius, with sea levels reaching around 20 meters higher than today.
Whatever is happening, behavior needs to change, pollution needs to stop and the planet needs to be treated with the respect it deserves. We are literally at a point in time when we are destroying all life and this has consequences. A recent study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that despite accounting for just 0.01% of all living creatures, humans have caused the loss of 83% of all wild animals and 50% of plants. It is also thought we are in the middle of the 6th Mass Extinction.
One Reddit user geeves_007 posted an interesting question about what wou...
NEVER trust the textbooks, even the ones written by great scientists. In his celebrated 1972 tome Gravitation and Cosmology, Nobel prizewinning physicist Steven Weinberg called the existence of black holes "very hypothetical", writing that "there is no [black hole] in the gravitational field of any known object of the universe". He was dead wrong. Radio astronomers had already been detecting signals from matter falling into black holes for decades without realising. Today we have lots of evidence that the sky is teeming with them. The story may now be repeating itself with white holes, which are essentially black holes in reverse. In another renowned textbook, the world-leading relativity theorist Bob Wald wrote that "there is no reason to believe that any region of the universe corresponds to" a white hole - and this is still the dominant opinion today. But several research groups around the world, including my group in Marseille, have recently begun to investigate the possibility...
Pepper plants suffer severe damage, some bananas were crushed An innocent rain shower in Jinghaxiang, Yunnan, suddenly turned into a hailstorm at around six in the afternoon of December 9th. Local agricultural production areas suffered severe damage, and local farmers suffered severe losses.
The automation services lists of most-used apps include both familiar names and fresh faces.
Each year, automation service Zapier publishes lists of the top business apps, as judged by the volume of automations (or zaps) performed by its customers. These rankings include some names youd expect to see, such as G Suite, Slack, and Mailchimp. But the lists of fastest-growing apps are full of lesser-known brands, whichif they continue to grow apacecould be tomorrows big guns.
The most-watched episode across all of Hulus original and licensed shows came from a show generally considered to be a big ole bummer.
So, just how much time did you spend binge-watching shows on Hulu this year? The streaming company is happy to tell youand either confirm or debunk your fears about just how much of your life was sucked up by the second season of The Handmaids Tale.
By Amanda Froelich
Oftentimes, when someone is down on their luck, their only thought is of winning a bundle of money. But, this wasnt the case for Kevin Booth, a homeless man in Tacoma, Washington. After finding $17,000 in cash in front of a local food bank, Booth decided to turn it in versus reward himself.
GoodNewsNetwork reports that Booth had stopped by his local food bank for a meal early one August morning. He recalled that the Sumner Food Bank often leaves baked goods in front outside for people to take when the facility is closed.
As he neared the establishments front doors, he saw a brown paper bag sitting outside the locked entrance. Booth thought it held food, so he looked inside. To his surprise, he discovered that it contained stacks of $20 bills. Later, it was determined that the bag contained $17,000 in cash.
The money could have dramatically improved Booths situation, but he knew it would serve more people if it was donated to the food bank. So, the good Samaritan waited until volunteer Anita Miller arrived to open up the facility. Needless to say, she was stunned.
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By Luke Miller
Ory Lab is the new startup which has found a genius way to use robot technology to employ paralyzed people as waiters.
This month a Dawn Ver Beta cafe opened in Tokyo, Japan for a two week period. It used Orly Labs robot waiters as servers for their customers and while robot technology is not new, Ory Lab has a twist to the usual use. Ory Lab employ severely disabled people to remotely control the robots, helping them to gain more independence.
Via: Fortune: Harvard Universitys endowment is reportedly buying up vineyards in Californias wine country, along with the water rights belonging to those properties. Instead of making the land purchases in its own name, Harvard is using a wholly owned subsidiarynamed Brodiaea after the scientific name for the cluster lilyto buy vineyards. Harvard created Brodiaea in 
In an exclusive interview, founder Yvon Chouinard talks about how the new mission will reshape how the company does business.
For the past 45 years, Patagonia has been a business at the cutting edge of environmental activism, sustainable supply chains, and advocacy for public lands and the outdoors. Its mission has long been Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.
Via: Of Two Minds: The elites clever exploitation of politically correct cover stories has enthralled the comatose, uncritical Left, but not those who see their living standards in a free-fall.
Published on Dec 1, 2018
Josh Sigurdson talks with Richard Gage AIA of Architects & Engineers For 9/11 Truth as well as Barbara Honegger who famously exposed the truth behind the Iran Contra scandal in the 1980s as a member of the Reagan White House with her book 'October Surprise' and now works with the Lawyers Committee For 9/11 Inquiry.
Some massive news has come out in recent days regarding a petition originally filed in April of 2018 asking for a new investigation into 9/11. Just a few days ago, LCfor9/11 got a letter back from a US attorney agreeing to comply with a Federal law requiring submission to a special grand jury of report by Lawyers' committee and 9/11 victim family members of "yet to be prosecuted 9/11 crimes."
This is the biggest news to come out regarding 9/11 since the 28 pages and by far has more impact.
Barbara explains as a private citizen her thoughts on this incredible breakthrough and why it could change everything. She expects it to possibly complete in about a year and a half but this stepping stone can expose everything we've long wondered about 9/11 and the obvious coverups. Even if one is not sure what exactly happened on 9/11 as we are left to a lot of assumption, it is well understood in this day and age that at the very least, the official investigation was a whitewash.
Richard Gage says this recent news is music to his ear and is something that AE911 has been pushing for for many years.
Both Richard and Barbara explain why this is so important, what people need to understand about 9/11, the strange events of the day and why everyone should question what happened. Let's not forget what that fateful day has lead to and continues to lead to in the security field and overseas.
We will be continuing to follow this historic case closely! Stay tuned for more from WAM!
December 14th, 2018 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World Whats cyanide doing in vitamin B12 supplements, and is it doing the body any good, or possibly harm? Unknown to most consumers, cyanide is found in a wide range of vitamins and foods in a form known as cyanocobalamin. Fortunately the cyanide has a very low 
In a rare and damning interview, historian and UK foreign policy analyst Mark Curtis asserted that the British state has been complicit or responsible for the deaths of around 10 million people since World War II. The interview spans across various cases of post-war British foreign policy, from Libya to Vietnam and from Yemen to Indonesia. And it's definitely not the kind of analysis you'll find on the BBC.
The Prophecy Of The Rainbow
Source: Stillness in the Storm
(Gerald Sinclair) While there are a lot of Native American Prophecies, some of them are much more popular than others. This one has been gaining lots of coverage as it seems to be coming true.
by Gerald Sinclair, November 23rd, 2018
The prophecy goes as follows according to Anderson:
The Warriors Of The Rainbow
There was an old lady, from the Cree tribe, namedEyes of Fire, who prophesied that one day, because of the white mans or Yo-ne-gis greed, there would come a time, when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.
There would come a time when the keepers of the legend, stories, culture rituals, and myths, and all the Ancient Tribal Customs would be needed to restore us to health. They would be mankinds key to survival, they were the THE WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW.
There would come a day of awakening when all the peoples of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom, and recognition of the Great Spirit.
The world's seabirds are being pushed to the brink of extinction by the fishing industry which is competing with them for food, a new study has warned. Populations have dropped by up to 70 per cent since the middle of the 20th century, experts said. This is partly due to habitat destruction and pollution, but the new research led by the University of Aberdeen, has revealed that pressure from fishing has played a major role in this decline. Scientists compared two time periods - 1970 to 1989 and 1990 to 2010 - to assess the degree of competition seabirds faced for prey species such as anchovy, mackerel and squid. The team then estimated the annual consumption of those prey species for nearly 300 varieties of seabird, based on population counts and models.
Via: CBS: Californians may or may not type OMG at the news, but texting may soon come with an extra fee on their mobile phone bills. State regulators are weighing a tax on text messaging to help fund a program that makes phone service available to low-income residents. A texting surcharge could help sustain the 
In the last days, thousands of students have flooded the narrow street where the Albanian Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth is located. Demonstrations of this magnitude are not alien to the public. In the last three decades there have been plenty of anti-government demonstrations in Albania, and apart from a few notable exceptions, they have been successfully co-opted by various mainstream political parties. Thus, one of the main features of this protest has been a clear collective attempt to keep it unaffiliated with any political party, the main reason for this being the fear of losing the credibility.
The Albanian education system, in spite of its traditional resistance to change, was able to generate a wave of discontent that stirred students into action and challenged the tenets of the neoliberal policies that have taken hold of higher education. That universities are treated as business, students as consumers and knowledge as a commodity is a symptom of capitalism in general, and not at all an Albanian specificity. In 2009, Croatia witnessed the second largest student uprising since the Croatian Spring in 1971. Not only did the students occupy the university but they also wrote a manual. The occupation cookbook provided a detailed account of the 35-day-long occupation of the University of Zagreb, which was not only an attempt of registering what happened but also to provide some didactic lessons, should the need arise in other times or in other countries to occupy an university.
According to this manual, an occupation is not a hostile take-over but an attempt to return the university to whom it belongs; to students and professors in order to reopen to the public a space captured by private interests, wealth and privilege. This demand was not new; during the students revolts of May 68 in Paris, this was exactly one of the main claims of the occupation of Sorbonne, to open the university to the less privileged. The Albanian students, however, did not choose to occupy the university but to abandon it and run into the streets. This symbolical abandonment showed the failure to recognize the university, to put it in Althussers words, as part of the ideological state apparatuses that requires radical change and that needs to be claimed back as an independent space that functions outside the dominating political narrative.
Don't look now, but Vladimir Putin has racked up another win in his latest skirmish with the West. The victory took place Nov. 25 in the Kerch Strait, the narrow strip of water separating the disputed Crimean Peninsula from the Russian mainland to the east. It occurred when the Russian coast guard fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels. As always, the details are in dispute, with the Ukrainians claiming that their boats informed the Russians about their plans to navigate the strait but received no reply and Russia saying the opposite. But there's no doubt as to the result. By briefly closing the strait, Russia has demonstrated that it can restrict access at will to roughly half the Ukrainian coastline that lies within the Sea of Azov, including the economically vital ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk. Although Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko immediately called for Western intervention, it also demonstrated that there is little NATO can do in response. While expressing...
Did you see it? A fireball was spotted streaking across the sky in several parts of Texas and in Oklahoma. Dash cam video shows the fireball as it fell from the sky in Austin on Monday night. According to the American Meteor Society, there were 62 reports of people seeing it. Some people in the Houston area also reported seeing the fireball.
Not even Will Smith couldve saved this train wreck.
In an ironic twist that was actually predictable, YouTubes 2018 rewind has become the most disliked video on the platform.
SpaceShipTwo had a very successful test flight.
Virgin Galactics SpaceShipTwo made a little bit of history today. On its mission to take six tourists at a time to space, the airplane-like ship, dubbed VSS Unity, took off on Thursday morning from Californias Mojave air and space port with four NASA research payloads and a mannequin named Annie on board.
Several Mainers reported seeing a bright fireball streak across the sky early Wednesday, part of the Geminid meteor shower that promises to enthrall stargazers here for the next couple of nights. The American Meteor Society so far has received 12 reports of the bright and large meteor seen over Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and New Brunswick just after midnight Tuesday. Jeff Beam of Falmouth was one of six Mainers who reported seeing the meteor.
Most do not understand that the EUs new regulations are not really about privacy and copyright, they are about killing #GoogleGestapo and particularly Google, Instagram, and YouTube. Any image, any video, that displays any brand leads to an all stop that requires checking and approval by the brand owner before publishing. This could be interpreted as the Deep States very clever way of shutting down the Internet social media complex.
On the bright side
no one can control the emerging federated Internet with hundreds to tens of thousands platform instances that cannot be censored and can be accessed without interference from central authorities. To take one example, NextCloud is now providing global support for ActivityPub. This is enterprise-grade fist class cloud software that is completely free. In a federated universe tens of millions will flock to BitChute (which was just shut down by PayPal), PeerTube, and others.
The seismic shift has begun. The post-GoogleGestapo Internet has arrived.
After an investigation found that toothless inmates in Texas were rarely offered adequate care, the prison system has pledged to change its ways with some cutting-edge technology.
In September, the Houston Chronicle issued some damning findings about the way the Texas prison system treats inmates who lack teeth. Rather than equipping them with dentures, prison officers tell inmates to either gum their cafeteria food, or ask for it to be pureed together in a blender. Only should an inmate become underweight due to being unable to chew would dentures be considered a medical necessity. The state prison system gave out only 71 sets of substitute teeth to a population of over 149,000 inmates in 2016.
The Impact of China on the Latin American Security Environment
To frame the nature of Chinas impacts on the Latin America and
Caribbean security environment, it is important to understand that
the rise of the PRC is
simultaneously affecting the region in multiple interdependent ways, often indirect and unintentional. These include altering its economic structure,
changing the dynamics of the regional arms market, and contributing to transpacific organized crime, among other. Perhaps most importantly, however, it is also impacting the perceptions and calculations of political, military leaders and business elites in the region, non-state actors and others, and by affecting those perceptions, it is altering their actions and the dynamics of the countries in which they operate.
the erosion of U.S. influence as China expands its economic presence, military interactions and public diplomacy in the region, is magnified by self-inflicted wounds, from sustained strategic overreach by the U.S. government (principally expensive wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East, which have contributed to sustained fiscal deficits and limited options for future engagement), questionable executive-level strategic communications which have confused allies, eroded goodwill toward the U.S., and undermined trust in the nations commitments to and intentions toward the region), the absence of key US leaders from important events such as the Summit of the Americas and the G-20 ministerial summit...
The popular asthma drug known as Montelukast or Singulair, which has been linked to cases of suicidal thoughts and depression in children, will now be sold with side effect warnings inside its packaging. (It is normally prescribed for children aged two to 14 with frequent intermittent, mild persistent or exercise-induced asthma.) RELATED STORY: This sweet treat 
American University students and administrators are pushing for "spaces" on campus designated for "students of color," claiming that it will promote diversity and inclusion at the university. Students and staff at American University (AU) are calling for "the creation of more spaces for students of color," so that minority students can have an area on campus where they can go to be separated from the rest of the campus body, in the name of "diversity and inclusion," according to the university's student newspaper. AU students are criticizing the university's Hub for Organizing Multiculturalism and Equity (HOME) for being "marketed to students of all backgrounds rather than to students of color."
Adult film star Stormy Daniels must pay President Trump $293,000 in legal fees, a judge ruled on Tuesday. "The U.S. District Court today ordered Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) to pay President Trump $292,052.33 to reimburse his attorneys' fees (75% of his total legal bill), plus an additional $1,000 in sanctions to punish Daniels for having filed a meritless lawsuit against the President designed to chill his free speech rights," Charles J. Harder, the president's legal counsel, said in a statement. "The court's order," Harder said, "along with the court's prior order dismissing Stormy Daniels' defamation case against the President, together constitute a total victory for the President, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case."
Videos publicized by B'Tselem on Tuesday portray as illegal the IDF's shooting to death of Palestinian Muhammad Habali in Tulkarm on December 4. The military has already ordered a criminal investigation, and on Tuesday responded that while the probe was ongoing, the overall context of the incident was one of a public disturbance in which dozens of Palestinians threw stones at IDF forces. The human rights group said that Habali was a mentally challenged 22-year-old and the videos they distributed showed that he was about 80 meters from soldiers and walking away from them when he was shot.
As FAIR reported in January, Washington's attorney general filed suit against Motel 6 for cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when the agency was investigating hotel guests. The Evergreen State claims the motel chain's cooperation with immigration authorities constituted both a discriminatory business practice and a violation of privacy rights under state law. That absurd lawsuit was followed by a separate class-action filing in Phoenix, Arizona, by former Motel 6 guests whose information was shared with ICE. Rather than contest the class-action claim, Motel 6 has agreed to pay $7.6 million to the plaintiffs. According to Fox News: "As part of the agreement, the motel has agreed to pay up to $5.6 million to patrons who 'were placed in immigration-removal proceedings' while paying up to $1 million to guests who were interrogated and up to an additional $1 million to patrons whose information was shared with authorities, court documents stated, according...
Based on what I read, security forces assaulted a 12 year old supporter so the fans went crazy and decided to destroy the whole stadium! I really dont get whats wrong with these fans but they obviously are not there to watch or support football.
What a shame!
Starting today, Instacart will begin untethering from Whole Foods.
Instacart and Whole Foods are breaking up. Though the separation has long been anticipated, it marks something of a tipping point for the six-year-old grocery delivery platform, which is entering its adolescence and now has to prove itself as a sustainable business.
This 11 December 2018 video from the United States Senate on the TrumpSaudi crown prince bloody war on the people of Yemen is called Senator Sanders: Bottom Line U.S. Should NOT Be Supporting A Catastrophic War Led By A Despotic Regime!
DEMS TORPEDO YEMEN VOTE Five Democrats saved House Republicans from an embarrassing floor defeat, voting with the GOP on a farm bill rule that controversially included language blocking a vote on U.S. involvement in Yemen. 5 Democrats Bail Out Paul Ryan And Protect Saudi Arabia. Reps. Jim Costa, Al Lawson, Collin Peterson, Dutch Ruppersberger and David Scott helped the GOP ensure the House wont consider a companion bill to anti-Saudi legislation soon expected to pass the Senate. [HuffPost]
Public Pressure Could Halt US Support of Yemen War: here.
So it appears the privatization of France isn't going quite as smoothly as planned. As I assume you are aware, for over a month now, the gilets jaunes (or "yellow vests"), a multiplicitous, leaderless, extremely pissed off, confederation of working class persons, have been conducting a series of lively protests in cities and towns throughout the country to express their displeasure with Emmanuel Macron and his efforts to transform their society into an American-style neo-feudal dystopia. Highways have been blocked, toll booths commandeered, luxury automobiles set on fire, and shopping on the Champs-lyses disrupted. What began as a suburban tax revolt has morphed into a bona fide working class uprising. It took a while for "the Golden Boy of Europe" to fully appreciate what was happening. In the tradition of his predecessor, Louis XVI, Macron initially responded to the gilets jaunes by inviting a delegation of Le Monde reporters to laud his renovation of the Elyse Palace, making...
KATOWICE, Poland Close to 15,000 people have descended on Katowice, in the heart of Polands coal country, for the annual U.N. climate change summit. This meeting is dubbed COP24, for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the climate negotiations. The efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming have been ongoing since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Among those gathered are two young women, from the global North and South, who have decided to devote their lives to reversing humanitys destructive addiction to fossil fuels, hopefully before it is too late.
Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago, said Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old climate activist from Sweden, addressing U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres here last week.
Greta first began studying the issue of climate change at the age of 9. She said on the Democracy Now! news hour at COP24 that over time she fell into a depression. I didnt see any point of living, because everything was just so wrong. She stopped eating, stopped talking. Her father, an actor, and her mother, a world-famous opera singer, stopped work to stay with her, caring for her through this difficult period, through her recovery. I thought that I could do so much with my life, she said. What is the point of feeling like this, when I could actually do something good?
Greta has Aspergers. Because of this, she said, I work a bit different. I see things black and white. I guess I saw the world from a different perspective.
Starting last August, Greta began a school strike, standing in front of the Swedish Parliament instead of going to school. After Swedens elections in September, she resumed school, maintaining her strikes on Fridays.
Renowned climate scientist Kevin Anderson tweeted: On climate change, Greta Thunberg demonstrates more clarity & leadership in one speech than a quarter of a century of the combined contributions of so called world leaders. Willful ignorance & lies have overseen a 65 percent rise in CO2 since 1990. Time to hand over the baton.
Nearing midnight on Wednesday at COP24, Greta addressed a plenary session: Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money. Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people in countries like mine can live in luxury. It is the suffering of the many which pays for the luxuries of the few.
Joanna Sustento is a 26-year-old climate survivor from the Philippines who knows that suffering too well. I had a happy life, a good job, great friends and a wonderful loving family. But in a matter of minutes, all of that changed, Joanna...
Commuters in Toronto often have huge headaches during their travels, between late buses, subway closures and streetcar diversions. But commuters this morning had a very different experience, as they were stuck on a train with a man wielding what's been described by witnesses as a large axe.
Well, not Jessica Jones. You cant keep her away.
It seems like the time in between rebooting Spider-Man keeps getting shorter and shorter. There were five years between Tobey Maguires final swing and Andrew Garfields first; then only three between when Garfield doffed his suit and Tom Holland put his on; and now heres the shockingly well-reviewed, animated Into the Spider-Verse just a year and a half later. (Although Hollands Spider-Man is still in the mix too. Its complicated.)
These new accents are powered by DeepMind AI.
Since last year, Google has been using WaveNet AI technology from its Alphabet sibling DeepMind to make the Google Assistants spoken voice sound a little more human and a little less croaky and robotic. Earlier this year, it started adding additional voice options based on this tech.
The games are great, but this is not the 16-bit experience youre looking for.
Last April, Sega said it would release a miniature Genesis (or Mega Drive, as its known outside the U.S.) to celebrate the consoles 30th anniversary this year and capitalize on the classic console craze. Those plans have been delayed until 2019, however, so for now the company is partnering with Amazon to release some games on Fire TV devices instead.
Dont wait until the perfect time to have it.
As a founder or CEO, youll face a lot of pressure to have all the answers. Your team looks to you for inspiration, and they also expect you to have a clear vision of where the company is going.
From Jewish daily Forward in the USA, 12 December 2018:
I mean, you have the Muslims and the Jews and the various exotic sexual groups and the black church ladies with the college queers. The only thing that keeps the Democratic base together is for them to keeping focusing on, No, white men are the ones keeping you down. You must hate white men. she said on Laura Ingrahams show [on Rupert Murdochs Fox News]. Its the one thing they have in common.
My name is Titania McGrath. I am a radical intersectionalist poet committed to feminism, social justice, and armed peaceful protest. In April of this year, I decided to become more industrious on social media. I was inspired by other activists who had made use of their online platforms in order to spread their message and explain to people why they are wrong about everything. This week the powers-that-be at Twitter hit my account with a "permanent suspension" (a semantic contradiction, but then I suppose bigots aren't known for their grammatical prowess). This was the latest in a series of suspensions, all of which were imposed because I had been too woke. The final straw appeared to be a tweet in which I informed my followers that I would be attending a pro-Brexit march so that I could punch a few UKIP supporters in the name of tolerance.
Two technicians performing maintenance at a U.S. research station in Antarctica died on Wednesday while working on a building that houses a generator for a nearby radio transmitter, the National Science Foundation (NSF) said. The pair, both employed as subcontractors at the NSF-managed McMurdo Station in Antarctica, were found unconscious on the floor of the building after a helicopter pilot flying over the area saw what appeared to be smoke coming from the structure and landed to investigate. One of the technicians was pronounced dead by medical personnel called to the scene. The other was pronounced dead a short time after being flown to the McMurdo medical clinic, the NSF said in a statement.
Cashmere lovers, consider yourself tempted.
Your boyfriend, your dad, and your sister all want one of Everlanes famous $100 cashmere sweaters for Christmas. Sure, thats a great price for high-grade cashmere. But getting one for everyone on your list gets expensive.
December 12 marks the 13th anniversary of Gebran Tuenis assassination but also the 11th anniversary of Lebanese Army General Franois al-Hajjs assassination. Two men coming from different backgrounds but fighting for the same principles and for one cause: freedom and sovereignty above all.
Every year, were reminded of the bravery shown by such men and stories glorifying them are published and shared online, but their memory is also fading and justice has yet to prevail. I know how great Gebran Tueni was, I know how amazing was Al-Hajj as a general, but what I want is to have those responsible for their death caught and jailed. In fact, if we look at Al Hajjs assassination, it is an embarrassment to the Lebanese Army, the Ministry of Defense and the Presidency. A car bomb placed close to the Ministry of Defense at the heart of Baabda to kill a Lebanese Army General! And what do we know of the perpetrators? Absolutely nothing.
Why dont we need updates on these trials? investigations? Why arent these assassinations given the top priority? What are we waiting for? Further assassinations and bombings? By killing Gebran and Samir, they killed free journalism in Lebanon. By assassinating Al-Hajj, they embarrassed us all. By murdering Pierre el Gemayel, they destroyed a dream for many young Lebanese and the list goes on and on.
Until justice prevails, those have died in vain unfortunately, and the proof is what weve become nowadays as a country and as a people.
The Australian Government has approved the export of dozens of shipments of military items to Middle Eastern countries embroiled in the bloody Yemen war, a conflict dogged by accusations of war crimes and indiscriminate civilian killings. Internal Defence Department documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) and from parliamentary hearings reveal since the beginning of 2016, Canberra has granted at least 37 export permits for military-related items to the United Arab Emirates, and 20 to Saudi Arabia. They are the two countries leading a coalition fighting a war against Houthi rebels in the Middle East's poorest nation, Yemen. The four-year war in Yemen has killed tens of thousands and an air-and-sea embargo has led to more than 85,000 Yemeni children under five dying from hunger, according to one children's agency.
The US Senate voted on Wednesday to start debate on a resolution that would end US involvement in the war in Yemen. The Senate voted 60 to 39 in favour of starting debate over the Yemen War Powers Resolution. "This joint resolution directs the President to remove US armed forces from hostilities in or affecting Yemen, except those engaged in operations directed at al Qaeda, within 30 days unless: (1) the President requests and Congress authorizes a later date, or (2) a declaration of war or specific authorization for the use of the Armed Forces has been enacted, according to a summary on the Senate website," the text of the legislation says.
by Robert Knox The below is one of the essays published in Salvage #6: Evidence of Things Not Seen. All of the essays published in print are released online in the months after their print publication. Each issue of Salvage includes a perspectives pamphlet and many other essays, as well as print-exclusive art, fiction and poetry and a postcard. Please subscribe; subscriptions are our lifeblood. In a 2015 interview, Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, upon learning of the election of Syriza in Greece, stated that [t]here can be no democratic choice against the European treaties.read more
This 2016 video says about itself:
When this man peered out his window, he discovered that a swarm of hummingbirds had overtaken his front yard to feast at the feeders that he hung.
From the University of California Davis in the USA:
Tiny tech tracks hummingbirds at urban feeders
Method shows around-the-clock interactions, gives insight into hummingbird health
December 12, 2018
Summary: Urban hummingbird feeders are highly prevalent. Researchers want to understand the health implications for birds congregating and sharing food resources at these bird buffets. Data from a new study using RFID technology is one piece of that puzzle.
Beep is not a sound you expect to hear coming from a hummingbird feeder. Yet beeps abounded during a study led by the University of California, Davis to monitor hummingbirds around urban feeders and help answer questions about their behavior and health.
For the study, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, veterinary researchers tagged 230 Annas and Allens hummingbirds with passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags and recorded their visits to feeders equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) transceivers. This is the same technology animal rescue shelters use when placing microchips under the skin of cats and dogs so they can be tracked if lost.
Similar to when a grocery item is swept across a supermarket scanner, little beeps sounded each time a hummingbird fluttered inside one of the studys feeder stations. This gave researchers around-the-clock information about how often individual hummingbirds visited the feeders and how long they stayed there.
Such information can help explain how hummingbirds interact with each other at feeders, as well as inform veterinarians about potential disease transmission that could occur from such interactions.
In the wild, hummingbird species do not tend to directly interact muc...
Were gonna need a bigger earth.
In 2008, developers around the world built a grand total of four supertall skyscrapers, a term that refers to buildings that shoot 1,000 feet or more into the air. Fast forward 10 years later, and that number has more than quadrupled. In 2018, developers built more tall buildings than any other year in historya grand total of 18.
The inaction of the French security services coupled with the fact that French police had squarely focused on the popular Yellow Vests protests allowed the Strasbourg attacker to commit his rampage and flee, analysts believe. The suspect, identified as Cherif Chekatt, 29, was repeatedly convicted not only in France but also in Germany and Switzerland over an array of offenses - and was also placed on a terror watch list - but still managed to somehow carry out his assault near one of Europe's oldest and biggest Christmas markets and then escape unhindered. While the fact that such a man was allowed to roam free without any proper oversight is quite astonishing in and of itself, it also apparently reveals some serious flaws within France's security system, says geopolitical analyst and terrorism expert Alexandre Del Valle. "He should have been detained," Del Valle told RT. "This is just unbelievable that ... this dangerous repeat offender was not under the strict control," he added.
US tax dollars are supporting Saudi Arabias war in Yemen, which has already claimed the lives of some 85,000 children, and 12 million more people are likely on the brink of starvation. As Nicholas Kristof wrote in The New York Times, the starvation does not seem to be an accidental byproduct of war, but rather a weapon in it.
The United States has long been a staunch ally of Saudi Arabia, and both the Obama and Trump administrations have provided considerable military support to the Saudi war in Yemen.
But Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans involvement in the torture and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has finally spurred both Democrats and Republicans to take steps to end US military involvement in Yemen.
On November 28, the Senate voted 63-to-37 to advance a resolution that would direct the removal of US Armed Forces from hostilities in Yemen. However, S. J. Res. 54 carves out an exception for continued US-supported military measures against al Qaeda or associated forces that could be twisted to rationalize nearly any military assistance Donald Trump provides to Saudi Arabia in Yemen.
Senators plan to debate S. J. Res. 54 this week. The bipartisan resolution, introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) with 18 co-sponsors, invokes the War Powers Resolution. Enacted by Congress in the wake of the Vietnam War, the War Powers Resolution permits the president to introduce US Armed Forces into hostilities or imminent hostilities only after Congress has declared war, or in a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces, or when there is specific statutory authorization.
The War Powers Resolution defines the introduction of US Armed Forces to include:
the assignment of members of such armed forces to command, coordinate, participate in the movement of, or accompany the regular or irregular military forces of any foreign country or government when such military forces are engaged, or there exists an imminent threat that such forces will become engaged, in hostilities.
S. J. Res. 54 states, activities that the United States is conducting in support of the Saudi-led coalition, including aerial refueling and targeting assistance, fall within t...
Make sure you think long and hard about whats important to you before asking for anything.
Its the most wonderful time of the yearand Im not talking about the holidays. Im talking about your annual performance review at your company.
23andMe and other DNA testing companies make money by selling genetic data. LunaDNA wants to make you the one who benefits when your genes are worth something.
When 23andMe made a $300 million deal with GlaxoSmithKline in Julyso the pharmaceutical giant could access a vast store of genetic data as it works on new drugsthe consumers who actually provided that data didnt get a cut of the proceeds. A new health platform is taking a different approach: If you choose to share your own DNA data or other health records, youll get company shares that will later pay you dividends if that data is sold.
This July 2016 video says about itself:
Les Tyack says he saw a naked George Pell expose himself to three young boys in the Torquay surf club changerooms in the late 1980s. Police are investigating multiple child abuse allegations levelled directly against Australias most senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal George Pell, the ABCs 7.30 program has revealed.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Media in Australia can not report anything about the countrys biggest story
Cardinal Pell, the third man of the Vatican, is thought to have been found guilty in Australia of abusing two altar boys. We do not know whether that is true, because Australian media are being censored about the trial.
Everything about this trial, including the charges, is kept secret, says correspondent Robert Portier in the NOS Radio 1 news. This is due to a publication ban that the judge imposed on Australian media.
There are two cases against Pell, both about abuse of children, and the judge does not want the two different juries to be influenced by publicity from the other one, says Portier. This case was about the abuse of two altar boys. He is said to have forced them into oral sex in the back of a cathedral.
You can imagine that Australian media are not happy with the publication ban. Its the nations biggest story, a frustrated Daily Telegraph shouted on its front page, says Portier. The Herald Sun also revolted and made three-quarters of its front page bl...
A number of independent online commentators have been blacklisted by technology giants for seemingly arbitrary reasons. The past few weeks have seen another round of purging, by online platform or financial service providers, of content creators who rely on the internet for a living. The reasons for doing so are varied but usually default to some kind of transgression of their terms and conditions of use. However these Ts and Cs tend to be vaguely worded and appear to be selectively enforced, leading to fears that these decisions have been driven as much by subjective ideology as any exceptional misbehaviour on the part of creators. If there is an ideological bias it would appear to be against those commentators that are advocates of freedom of speech and unfettered dialogue. On the other side of the fence you have those who are concerned with concepts such as 'hate speech', which seek to ensure nothing that is deemed 'offensive' should be tolerated in the public domain.
The radiant of the Geminid meteor shower is not very far from approaching Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Their respective constellations, Gemini and Taurus, are next door neighbors. That means comet photographers can expect to catch some Geminids in their exposures. Indeed, that's exactly what happened to Joe Lawton of Gerald, Missouri, on Dec. 9th. "As I was photographing 46P/Wirtanen, a Geminid meteor blazed across the sky and disintegrated next to the comet!" "I combined a series of still images to create this video," he explains. "You can see smokey debris from the Geminid meteoroid twisting in the winds of the upper atmosphere and ultimately dissipating." How often is this happening? Just last night Harlan Thomas of Powderface Trail, Alberta, and Dr. Paolo Candy of the Cimini Astronomical Observatory in Italy also caught Geminids streaking past the comet.
Over the past few years, Neil Shook has watched his world burn acre by acre. "I could tell something was happening," Shook recalled, when he first noticed the plumes of smoke in 2011. By 2013, fires were raging every day, sending smoke billowing into the air - imagery that reminded Shook of Kuwait's burning oil wells during the Persian Gulf War. Hundreds of acres of rolling green grasslands in North Dakota were being intentionally burned, plowed and planted in a matter of days. Shook, who manages the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding conservation area, watched as landowners backed out of federally funded conservation programs, opting instead to cash in on the state's economic boom. "This was all grass," Shook shouted as he wildly gestured toward a vast expanse of plowed, brown farmland near the wildlife refuge in June. "Now, what do you see?"
WASHINGTON Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nations federal sentencing laws.
McConnells decision comes after more than three years of overtures from a large, bipartisan group of senators who support the criminal justice bill. Trump announced his support for the legislation last month, but McConnell treaded cautiously as a handful of members in his caucus voiced concerns that it would be too soft on violent criminals.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican, said Trumps push for the legislation was critical to the outcome.
Sen. McConnell was always concerned about the small window of time that we have to do all these things we need to do, but the president was insistent that this be included, he said.
If the legislation passes, it would be a major bipartisan policy achievement for this Congress and the largest sentencing overhaul in decades. AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, said, The House stands ready to act on the revised Senate criminal justice reform bill. Ryan has long supported sentencing reform and is retiring at the end of the session.
Most Senate Democrats support the bill, which would revise 1980s and 90s-era tough on crime laws to boost rehabilitation efforts for federal prisoners and give judges more discretion when sentencing nonviolent offenders. It would attempt to focus the toughest sentences on the most violent offenders, lowering mandatory minimum sentences for some nonviolent drug offenses and reducing the life sentence for some drug offenders with three convictions, or three strikes, to 25 years.
Supporters say the changes would make the nations criminal justice system fairer, reduce overcrowding in federal prisons and save taxpayer dollars. The bill would affect only federal prisoners, who make up roughly 10 percent of the countrys prison population. Several states have passed similar laws that apply to state prisons.
It is an opportunity to correct manifest injustices in the system, said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who signed on to the legislation last week after supporters agreed to make tweaks to guard against violent criminals being released early. There are far too many young black men who find themselves incarcerated for years or even decades based on nonviolent drug offenses.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, another supporter, said he thinks the legislation became a more consensus product after Cruzs tweaks were accepted and he announced his support.
Were going to have a lot of people on board, Paul said. And its the right thing to do.
Democratic Sen. Cory Book......
Anonymous survey app Blind polled tech workers and found that they think that Sandberg shouldnt continue in her role as COO.
A recent poll from Blind, an anonymous social network for more than 45,000 employees of tech companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and others, revealed how they perceive Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg after a flurry of recent negative press.
The brokerage app is getting into more traditional consumer banking.
Robinhood, the brokerage app known for its popularity among millennials, is getting into more traditional consumer banking with the launch of a new checking and savings account. To draw in more customers, the company is offering a 3% interest rate on those accountsa basically unheard-of rate.
Stolen packages represent one of the biggest service-design challenges facing todays retail companies. These researchers have an idea for a fixbut it would require a big change to how we shop online.
Online shopping is a big convenience for many Americans, but porch piracy can ruin the experience. For example, Mikaela Gilbert lived in a row house in West Philadelphia while she studied systems engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. By her junior year, Gilbert had lost enough packages to thieves that she devised an elaborate three-pronged security strategy.
Monday was Human Rights Day. While the definition of that seems to be ever-broadening, from contraception to healthcare, recent statistics cycling through the news again seem to provide a salient point about gender differences, the so-called "wage gap" and even human rights. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that, in 2015, men dominated the 20 most dangerous occupations in the United States. Logging is the most dangerous job in the U.S., followed by fishing. Mining is the 20th most dangerous profession. More men than women occupied these jobs by anywhere from 85.4 to 99.9 percent.
French revolution part deux
Charlie hebdo onwards..
Talking about money with your friends can be fraught and uncomfortable. You should do it anyway.
Chances are, when you see your friends over happy hour, they complain about rent increases or bemoan their dwindling bank accounts. But how much do you really know about their financial realities or how they budget? It may feel like youre in dire financial straits compared to your friends, but nearly 80% of full-time workers claim to live paycheck to paycheckincluding about 10% of those who make six-figure salaries.
The redesigns are meant to signal to residents that NYC cares about sustainability.
Trash is a perpetual nuisance in the life of a New Yorker. Whether youre taking it out to keep it from stinking up your tiny apartment, holding your nose while walking past towering piles of trash on the street, or peeling it off your shoe, garbage is simply unavoidable.
That's a joke. You need to know who Russian Jewish oligarch Leonard Blavatnik is. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard... Maybe "Q" will tell you? Or Alex Jones? Close to Netanyahu. Cybersecurity and THE biggest Pentagon intelligence bonanza Israel can get its hands on - So Russia and China can get their hands on it. Is US military cloud safe from Russia? Fears over sensitive data https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-c...
Phone carriers are obviously not too thrilled.
Live in California and send text messages? You may soon be taxed for it. A new proposed bill by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) would have citizens paying a monthly fee based on their cellular phone bill, if they themselves pay a fee for text-messaging services (which they more than likely do). The idea, reports CNN, is to increase tax revenue to create better connectivity options for citizens who are in need.
It happened everywhere, from social media sites to sandwich shops.
This year tech giants, governments, and even the humble sandwich chain have proved that we can trust no one with our personal data. At best, these companies were woefully underprepared to keep our data safe. At worst, they allowed the data we gave them to help others influence our fragile democracy.
Ever wonder how some people seemed to get everything done during the busiest time of the year and yet stay so calm? Here are their secrets.
Their house is decorated the day after Thanksgiving, cards sent weeks in advance, presents bought and wrapped with plenty of time to spare. And the most astonishing part is that they dont even seem frazzled! How do they do it?
Our favorite new ideas of the year, from an AI-enhanced frame for your digital photos to a transcendent home pizza-making machine.
In case you hadnt noticed, innovation is a tricky business. The fact that a product is innovative doesnt necessarily make it goodsee, for instance, Googles Clips camera. Furthermore, what many people crave in the gear they buy isnt so much revolution as evolution. Thats why the venerable MacBook Air line refused to die even after Apple was ready to move on.
On Monday night, a mysterious radar blip appeared over southern Illinois and western Kentucky. It lingered for over 10 hours, having traveled for nearly 140 miles before disappearing. The National Weather Service was stunned the blips resembled a moving storm, but it wasnt even raining.
Interesting radar return over Wabash County IL, moving south off KPAH radar. pic.twitter.com/wmLGWtXxid
NWS Paducah (@NWSPaducah) December 10, 2018
The internet was quickly on the case, with social media users sharing their theories. Some suggested that the blips may have been a result of debris from a passing meteor, a simple flock of birds, chemical residue from government weather control, and even aliens.
An Indiana meteorologist tweeted that a pilot claims the mystery was no mystery at all and could be explained by radar-jamming material being released by a Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft.
Information from a pilot appears to confirm that chaff was the mysterious radar echo that traversed #tristatewx late Monday afternoon/evening. Pilot was told by EVV Air Traffic Control that chaff was released by a military C130 northwest of Evansville. @NWSPaducah
Wayne Hart (@Wayne_C_Hart) December 11, 2018
While the mysterious blips may have been a result of military aircraft, all nearby military bases contend that they didnt have anything to do with it.
Whatever aircraft it was, it was not a Scott Air Force Base craft, Master Sgt. Thomas Doscher ...
A rare phenomenon called light pillars were seen beaming up to the night's sky in Beloit, Wisconsin, on Sunday evening. The National Weather Service (NWS) reported over five hours of freezing fog in that area, which create the perfect conditions for light pillars. Light pillars are an optical phenomenon caused when light is refracted by ice crystals. These lights tend to take on the color of the light source. "They appear as beams of light to the observer. It is usually caused by street lights. However, any source of light can create a light pillar given proper conditions," AccuWeather Meteorologist David Samuhel said. For ice crystals to form, the conditions need to be extremely calm and cold, without wind. For the light pillars to show, the ice crystals need to be near the ground. "Typically, ice crystals are small enough to remain suspended in the air and only form when temperatures are below zero [F]," Samuhel said. "In most instances, temperatures are minus 10 to 20 degrees or...
Vitaminwater wants you to stop using your smartphone for a year.
Everyone says they want to take a digital detox, but few rarely do it. Now Vitaminwater is giving people a real incentive. It just launched a $100,000 contest for people who want to stop using their smartphones for a year. The catch is that, well, you have to ditch your smartphone for a year. Also, the company reserves the right to check in on you like a grounded child.
Dollar Shave Club, Office Depot, Cars.com, and other brands said theyd stop advertising with the controversial Fox News host last year. But once the social media boycotts ended, they went right back.
Even by the sordid standards of U.S. politics, the situation in November 2017 was filthy: Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate, faced allegations that hed tried to seduce teenagers as young as 14 while in his thirties. And one of his most outspoken defenders, at least initially, was Sean Hannity, the Fox News and conservative talk radio host, who cast doubt on the womens stories and entertained the idea that Moores relations with the older teenagers had probably been consensual. (Hannity later walked back his defense of Moore, saying the candidate ought to explain any inconsistencies in his accounts.)
Block Renovation wont just redo your bathroom for you. The new startup will finish it in three weeks, for 25% less than youd pay a regular contractor.
There is a special circle of hell devoted to home renovation projects. It always seems like such a good idea at first. You flip through Dwell or Architectural Digest and think to yourself, Wouldnt it be nice to have a trendy, marble-covered bathroom like the one in this photo?
The food delivery guru shares his favorite hot sauceand his tips and tools for getting the most out of every day.
Even before Sam Hall worked for GrubHub, he ordered food through the delivery service a few times a week. As an existing fan of the company, which also owns Seamless, it was easy to convince the former Amazon and ClassPass executive to jump onboard as the chief product officer. Now, Hall is charged with helping them beat a growing cadre of competitors, including UberEats, DoorDash, Postmates, and his former employer, Amazon.
Donald Trump was right when he said that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a disaster for the United States and promised to renegotiate it when he became president. However, the renegotiated NAFTA-2 is worse than the original NAFTA and should be rejected.
On December 1, NAFTA-2 was signed by President Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, and Mexican President Enrique Pea Nietos. This started the process of approval by the legislatures of each country.
Our movement for trade that puts people and planet first now has two synergistic opportunities: We can stop NAFTA II and replace corporate trade with a new model that raises working conditions and protects the environment.
When NAFTA became law on January 1, 1994, it began a new era of trade written by and for transnational corporations at the expense of people and planet. President George H.W. Bush failed twice to pass NAFTA. During Bushs re-election campaign, independent Ross Perot described NAFTA as the giant sucking sound that would undermine the US economy.
President Clinton was able to get it through Congress. The Los Angeles Times described that vote as a painfully divided House of Representatives voting a 234-200 for NAFTA. A majority of Democrats 1...
WASHINGTON Rep. Nancy Pelosi all but ensured that she will become House speaker next month, quelling a revolt by disgruntled younger Democrats by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four additional years in the chambers top post.
Within moments of announcing Wednesday she would restrict her time in the job, seven of her critics distributed a statement promising to back the California Democrat. Democrats widely agreed that the pledge meant Pelosi had clinched a comeback to the post she held from 2007 until January 2011, the last time her party ran the House and the first time the speaker was a woman.
Wednesdays accord gives Pelosi a clear path to becoming the most powerful Democrat in government and a leading role in confronting President Donald Trump during the upcoming 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns. It moves a 78-year-old white woman to the cusp of steering next years diverse crop of House Democrats, with its large number of female, minority and younger members.
The agreement also ends whats been a distracting, harsh leadership fight among Democrats that has been waged since Election Day, when they gained at least 39 seats and grabbed House control for the next Congress. It was their biggest gain of House seats since the 1974 post-Watergate election.
Democrats have been hoping to train public attention on their 2019 agenda focusing on health care, jobs and wages, and building infrastructure projects. They also envision investigations of Trump, his 2016 presidential campaign and his administration.
To line up support, Pelosi initially resorted to full-court lobbying by congressional allies, outside Democratic luminaries, and liberal and labor organizations. She cut deals with individual lawmakers for committee assignments and roles leading legislative efforts.
But in the end, she had to make concessions about her tenure to make sure shell win a majority likely 218 votes when the new House convenes Jan. 3. Democrats are likely to have 235 seats, meaning she could spare only 17 defections and still prevail if, as expected, Republicans all oppose her.
Pelosi had described herself as a transitional leader over the last several weeks. But shed resisted defining how long she would serve as speaker, saying it would lessen her negotiating leverage to declare herself a lame duck.
On Wednesday, she gave in to her opponents demands that she limit her service. Under the deal, House Democrats will vote by Feb. 15 to change party rules to limit their top three leaders to no more than four two-year terms, including time theyve already spent in those jobs.
I am comfortable with the proposal and it is my intention to abide by it whether it passes or not, Pelosi said in her statement.
'If solar geoengineering is as good as what is shown in these models, it would be crazy not to take it seriously' Scientists plan to mimic the effects of a massive volcanic eruption in a bid to tackle global warming. Plans to geoengineer the atmosphere by blocking out sunlight have been floated before, but an experiment launched next year by Harvard researchers will be the first to test the theory in the stratosphere. The team will use a balloon suspended 12 miles above Earth to spray tiny chalk particles across a kilometre-long area, with the intention of reflecting the Sun's rays away from the planet. In doing so, they will attempt to replicate on a small scale the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991. During this event, the volcano spewed 20 million tonnes of sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere, creating a haze that cooled the planet by 0.5C for around 18 months - returning the Earth to its pre-industrial temperature. The scientists argue that replicating this...
For a trade war that was supposed to be between the US and China, Canada has found itself increasingly in the middle of the crossfire. And so after the arrest of a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing in retaliation for the detention of the Huawei CFO in Vancouver, Canada said a second person has been questioned by Chinese authorities, further heightening tensions between the two countries.
The second person reached out to the Canadian government after being questioned by Chinese officials, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said, at which point Canada lost contact with him. His whereabouts are currently unknown and Global Affairs Canada said they are in contact with his family.
We havent been able to make contact with him since he let us know about this, Freeland told reporters Wednesday in Ottawa. We are working very hard to ascertain his whereabouts and we have also raised this case with Chinese authorities.
According to the Globe and Mail, the man was identified as Michael Spavor, a Canadian whose company Peaktu Cultural Exchange brings tourists and hockey players into North Korea. He gained fame for helping arrange a visit to Pyongyang by former NBA player Dennis Rodman, and he met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on that trip, the newspaper reported. Attempts to reach Spavor on his contact number either in China, or North Korean went straight to voicemail.
Spavors personal Facebook page contains several images of him with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un including one of him with both Jong-un and former Dennis Rodman at an undisclosed location.
Another image shows the two sharing a drink on a boat.
The unexplained disappearance takes place after Chinas spy agency detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig in Beijing on Monday, who was on leave from the foreign service. The arrest came nine days after Canada arrested Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at the request of U.S. DOJ. While Can...
She uses facial recognition tech on fans who attend her concerts.
You know facial recognition has become mainstream when one of pops biggest stars joins the likes of the Chinese Communist Party in surveilling the public. At a Swift concert in Californias Rose Bowl this past May, Swifts security teams installed a kiosk that displayed highlights of her rehearsals for the show that fans coming to the concert could stop and take a look at. The only thing is, as that fans did this, little did they know they were being watched too.
Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of
Dec. 13, 2018
Compiled 13 Dec. 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, Twenty Two Faces. Articles on a CIA/Vatican Ninth Circle Child Sacrifice Cult: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html
Source: Dinar Chronicles
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 was 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.
I would like to extend a special Thank You to Martha for her untiring research efforts in discerning the Truth.
Judy Note on The Plan: Where we think we are as of early morning Mon. Dec. 13:
*Right now the new US Treasury Notes were gold/asset-backed, available to trade and live on bank screens.
* For over two weeks China and Iraq have been exchanging, while private bank exchanges in the US have been going on since Mon. Dec. 3.
*All paymasters were paid, have paid their groups or were ready to pay them. The 127 Humanitarian projects were paid last Wed-Sat. Tiers 1, 2, 3 have been paid. Tier 4 Group A were either paid, or lining up to be paid.
* On Dec. 10 everything initiated in Hong Kong. Tony said his Iraq intel sources indicated that there was a 100% chance that the RV/GCR would happen this week, with dates of Dec. 12 to 15. Bruce said that Tier 4 Group B (us) would be paid by the end of this week, meaning by Sat. Dec. 15.
*Right now Redemption Center staff were on 24 hour call. Redemption Centers as a whole were not going to be available 24 hours around the clock. Some would, some would......
I have surfed, but I am not a surfer. I have surfer friends, including some who have travelled the world searching out the waves described in the story below, and family friends of ours have an adult child ranked in the top ten in the world. I do not care about surfing as much as any of them, but because of them I care deeply about surfing. Evidence of that is the fact that surfing is the #1 metaphor I use within my own family to describe the pivots we make from time to time, explaining a move to France, Croatia or India or back to Costa Rica is due to a new wave of opportunity that we might catch. Below is a story I appreciate for other reasons as well, because it is about a man-made replica of the ultimate pleasures of a real-life experience. This is kind of what we do for a living. But it is really about surfing. And even non-surfers can enjoy this. William Finnegan’...
Theres an intellectual challenge that you have to get through, which is, how do I take authorship of the piece?
Back in the summer of 2013, Barry Jenkins took on a steep challenge no one asked him to do: adapting James Baldwins 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Jenkins didnt have permission from the notoriously protective Baldwin estatehe didnt even have the clout of being the director of an Oscar winning movie yet (he was actually writing Moonlight around this same time). What Jenkins did have was a genuine passion for Baldwins novel, which he felt was just as necessary today as it was 44 years ago.
Chad Cooper left a fast-track career at Deutsche Bank when the struggling Brooklyn Conservatory of Music called his name. Heres why he did it.
Chad Coopers managing director position at Deutsche Bank in New York came with a substantial salary, bonuses, a generous expense account, and business-class travel. I didnt have 12 secretaries or people feeding me grapes or anything like that, says Cooper, but it was the life of a banker.
It is early morning in early summer, and I am tracing my way through the woods of central North Carolina, steering cautiously around S-curves and braking hard when what looks like a small rise turns into a narrow bridge. I am on my way to meet Tami McGraw, who lives with her husband and the youngest of their kids in a sprawling development of old trees and wide lawns just south of Chapel Hill. Before I reach her, McGraw emails. She wants to feed me when I get there:
Pentagon denounces any unilateral military action in 'their' part of Syria as unacceptable | 13 Dec 2018 | The US is worried that "unilateral" military action against its proxy forces might jeopardize its foothold in Syria, claiming that the Kurds are vital in the battle against IS, as Turkey vows to get rid of "separatist terrorists." Despite major breakthroughs in the battle against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL [but still I-CIA-SIS]) terrorists and in the ongoing reconciliation process in Syria, the US has repeatedly made clear its intention to remain in the country indefinitely, pledging to continue to back the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to counter Bashar Assad and Iranian influence in the Kurdish-dominated part of Syria. The presence of some 2,000 US military 'advisers' in the country has not only angered Damascus, but has also placed Ankara in direct confrontation with its NATO ally, especially after US-backed fighters attempted to set up parallel government structures.
The big companies are all trying to expand their reach.
Apple has just announced plans to build a new $1 billion campus in Austin. It is also going to open two smaller sites in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, Californiaas well as has plans to expand in other cities too, including Pittsburgh; New York; Boston; Boulder, Colorado; and Portland, Oregon.
More bad news from Whole Foods RELATED STORY: BETRAYED: Whole Foods suspends GMO labeling promise, will continue selling unlabeled GMOs after five-year LIE to its own customers Although Whole Foods Market is routinely hailed for their high standards on food, theyve been ranked worst in a study of five major U.S. grocery chains for chemicals it 
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QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; Do you agree with Bloomberg that the yield on German bunds has declined in anticipation of the Fed lowering rates?
ANSWER: No The falling yields on German government debt is simply intensifying the trade to buy German and short everything in the South in anticipation of a failed Euro. Also, there has been tremendous concern about the European banking system as a whole. It really a stretch to claim yields are declining in Germany because the expect lower rates at the Fed. This is purely a speculative punters play not a shift in strategic portfolios. Italys budget battle with Brussels remains a concern as is the case with BREXIT. There is just a growing lack of confidence in Europe. I do not believe that even the technical pattern implies such a shift at the Federal Reserve as the reason for capital movement within the Eurozone market.
You really have to look at this closely in order to get the import. Yes, it is signed below by QA or Qanon. However, no one mentioned that the handle of the hammer in the right hand cuts across the white suit sleeve creating another "Q" image that is holding the hammer.
Some might say that is all conjecture. But look at the face of Santa closely. Zoom in and you will see it is the face of President Trump behind the white beard and Santa hat.
But even more ominous is the bag of toys he has over his shoulder. It is done in camo. Not just regular camo but GILLY suit camo, the kind worn by sniper assassin's.
The picture also has some holly leaves on the left side of Santa's hat brim that means something. It may represent some kind of military combat symbol.
The Q motif apparently represents Q Clearance which is above Top Secret Clearance.
Put all that altogether in the elevator of Trump Towers, and the picture is unmistakable.
Deutsche Bank is in crisis and everyone has known that. Its derivative book is hard to quantify what is the real net bottom line. The only bank it could have been merged with was BNP but that was French and they cannot allow cross-border capital flows in bailouts. That left Commerzbank Bank, but they too have a lot of the same problems.
The two will be merged WITH government assistance covered up. As I have warned, Deutsche Bank is the biggest bank in Europe. I failed to see how Germany could allow it to collapse, Hence, this merger has to be accomplished with government aid the very thing they tell Italy they cannot do. This is showing what I pointed out Merkel had to blink.
The governmental system we have is totally corrupt and it outright UNSUSTAINABLE!!!! In Illinois, the city of Peoria has been forced to eliminate 22 firefighter and 16 police positions even after they made 27 layoffs earlier this year. Besides eliminating employees, they are now looking at adding a tax of $50-$300 to per resident try to cover their own pension schemes as pension spending continues to consume everything.
Pension costs are forcing Peoria to cut 38 emergency worker positions and to raise property taxes further. Peoria joins the south Chicago suburb of Harvey which is yet another warning of what is coming over the next three years into 2021. Your taxes are going to pay for the retired people and services have to be cut because they cannot afford current employees. Talk about total mismanagement. The people who run governments do so because they generally are not qualified for the private sector. Sure there may be a few exceptions who believed they could make a difference. But after joining, they just are absorbed into the whole.
Weekly Geo-political News and
Secret war centers on SWIFT after George Bush Sr. is executed
By Benjamin Fulford, White Dragon Society
Since the death of Nazi Fourth Reich Fuhrer George Bush Sr., the battle for control of the worlds financial system, and thus of the process of deciding humanitys future, is now centering on control of the SWIFT international interbank electronic transfer system.
A final battle is taking place between the 13 bloodlines which have traditionally controlled the planet, and the meritocratic Gnostic Illuminati who control the U.S. military-industrial complex, multiple sources agree. The battle is heading for a climax of sorts now that George Bush Senior has been executed, as confirmed by both Pentagon and CIA sources.
Here is what a CIA source had to say:
I have been told by two sources that G.H.W. Scherff (Bush) was actually indicted on September 10, 2018 for crimes against humanity, child trafficking, sedition, and treason. He allegedly plea-bargained a deal with the military tribunal hearing his case, to be executed/suicided to keep his legacy intact for his family and the sheeple. Trump signed the death order. So was it a clone that was executed, since we also have intel that he died in June (another clone). I think Bush/Scherff actually died in January 1992, choking on sushi and then finished off by Barbara Bush with a poisoned cloth (as seen in the video posted last week). Military tribunals are set to begin on January 2, 2019.
Pentagon sources, for their part, said U.S. President Donald Trump was careful not give Bush 41 a state funeral, as this executed criminal was denied a horse and caisson like Reagan got.
The Trump administration on Thursday announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the predatory practices of China and Russia, which are deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage.
On Monday night, a mysterious radar blip appeared over southern Illinois and western Kentucky. It lingered for over 10 hours, having traveled for nearly 140 miles before disappearing. The National Weather Service was stunned the blips resembled a moving storm, but it wasnt even raining.
Maria Butina, 30, stood in a D.C. federal court this morning and told the judge that she knowingly engaged in conspiracy against the United States. Then, one hour into the hearing, she stood again and said one word: Guilty.
Hiding the provision in a Farm Bill, the House passed an insidious piece of legislation that will facilitate perpetual war and genocide in Yemen.
The US is worried that unilateral military action against its proxy forces might jeopardize its foothold in Syria, claiming that the Kurds are vital in the battle against IS, as Turkey vows to get rid of separatist terrorists.
Harvard University's endowment (valued at $39 billion as of 2018) is the largest academic endowment in the world. The private investment company has been quietly snapping up farmland and related water rights to properties located in the California region.
A top executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies was granted bail by a Canadian court on Tuesday, 10 days after her arrest in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities sparked a diplomatic dispute.
Schooling is adept at rooting out individuality and enforcing compliance. In his book, Understanding Power, Noam Chomsky writes:In fact, the whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who dont know how to be submissive, and so onbecause theyre dysfunctional to the institutions.This filtering process begins very early in a childs schooling as conformity is rewarded and divergence is punished.
China is planning an underwater sea base, a latter-day "Atlantis" that runs on artificial intelligence that could aid Beijing in defense operations in the South China Sea, according to a recent press report.
Benjamin Davis III was driving to work this week when he watched a car in front of him lose control and begin flipping off the road. Being the good Samaritan that he is, Davis stopped to help and could very well be the reason the passenger of the vehicle survived... After Davis saved the only person he could, he waited at the scene for police to show up. When the D.C. police arrived on the scene, Davis told them everything that he witnessed and what he did. He was then allowed to leave. As Davis pulled away from the scene, however, a D.C. police officer pulled him over less than a block away. This would be the beginning of a nightmare, according to Davis.
Yandex Maps, Russias leading mapping service and its equivalent of Google Maps, has mistakenly revealed the locations and details of various military-related sites in Turkish and Israeli territory, as well as two major NATO bases.
Congress gives the Pentagon money if they report theyve spent the budget while, in fact, they stash it away in secret places to use without any accountability at all, investigative journalist David Lindorff told RT.
Security for Taylor Swift at Californias Rose Bowl in May 2018 included a facial recognition system monitored from almost 2,000 miles away.
Fentanyl is so powerful that a few milligrams can be fatal. It would take about 40 pounds of fentanyl to kill everyone in New York City and 1,515 pounds to kill almost all Americans. This killer opioid is so potent, according to Bloomberg it could be used as a "weapon of mass destruction," adding that national security experts are becoming increasingly alarmed at the prospect of it being used in the next terror attack.
The US doesnt have a single data privacy law that applies to all fifty states. On Wednesday, a group of 15 US senators indicated it wanted to change the status quo, introducing the Data Care Act.The bill would require companies that collect personal data from users to take reasonable steps to safeguard the information. The act also has provisions to prevent them from using the data in ways that could harm consumers.
The Hungarian government has passed a set of controversial laws amid scenes of chaos, as opposition MPs sounded sirens, blew whistles and angrily confronted the countrys rightwing prime minister, Viktor Orbn.One of the new laws raises the amount of overtime employers can demand their employees work and has been labelled a slave law by critics.
Hollywood actress Natalie Portman has called Israels nation state law racist in an interview with London-based newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi.The Nation-State law is racist, the Israeli-American actress said in the interview published in Arabic yesterday. It is a mistake and I dont agree with it.
The National Science Foundation says two technicians working on a fire-suppression system at an Antarctica scientific station were found unconscious and died.
he middle class has been steadily shrinking, but most Americans still believe that they are a part of it. Perhaps this is due at least in part to the egalitarian values which have been pounded into our heads for most of our lives. Very few Americans would have the gall to define themselves as upper class, and I have never met anyone that would describe themselves as lower class. In place of lower class, many politicians now like to use the much more politically correct term working class, but a more apt description might be the working poor. Today, half of all American workers make less than $30,533 a year, and you certainly cannot support a middle class lifestyle for a family with children on that kind of income.
Venezuela's economic depression has claimed yet another victim, as Goodyear Tire announced it would shutter its Venezuela operations and lay off its entire local workforce, the latest foreign corporation to close shop in the crisis-torn county. On Monday, employees arrived at the companys lone plant in the industrial city of Valencia to find it closed with a letter posted on the door. Goodyear Venezuela has been forced to cease operations, according to a copy seen by Bloomberg.
California regulators are weighing a flat tax on text messaging which would help fund a program to make phone service available to low-income residents, according to the San Jose Mercury News, citing a 51-page report released by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
U.S. government debt is on track this year to rise at the fastest pace since 2012, as a stronger economy fails to keep pace with the wave of red ink thats rising under the Trump administration.
Psychology is always throwing people through loops and taking them on turns they never thought they would take. And the farther you look, the more you will discover.
Through looking into psychology, we can learn plenty about ourselves and the people around us. Their traits and so forth become quite apparent and we begin to understand them on a deeper level. While we are all unique in our own ways, we also tend to have far more in common than most want to admit. Below I am going to go over some of the most interesting psychology facts that I have come across throughout the years. Which ones are you familiar with?
Studies have shown that we would much rather be with someone that has a symmetrical face. As human beings, we are much more drawn to that kind of perfection. Many think it is because these kinds of faces are easier to process but the truth is we dont know as much as we think we do about this. We just know that it is quite true.
While men tend to opt for the higher-voiced females women usually want men with deep voices. A study published in PLOS One found that in a sample of over 30 participants deep male voices were deemed most attractive. This we assume would have something to do with evolution and how we ended up passing things down from generation to generation.
The more you travel the better you will feel within reason. Many people have opted to travel the world once theyve retired and most are in better health because of it. Being active and traveling will not only boost your mood, but it will also benefit your well-being as a whole.
Childhood friendships just dont usually last. This is because when we are friends with people in our younger years we arent friends in the ways we are when were older. Making friends that are closer to your age and are into the same things you are into is important.
Body language plays a big roll in the way others are speaking to you. If you can tell someone is uncomfortable dont force them to continue on. Allow them their space and move from there....
President Trump has slammed the hypocrisy shown by Democrats as they continue to block his attempts at funding the US-Mexico border wall. Trump took to Twitter Wednesday, asking why former President Barack Obama gave Iran 150 [...]
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Our health is very important, and we often overlook some of the most important signs of it deteriorating. Of course, we often dont realize how simple these signs are, and because of that, we allow our health to make a nose-dive.
When your body does things out of the usual, it is warning you or something. It might not seem like a big deal right off the bat but as time goes by things will only get worse. And the longer you neglect to fix these symptoms, the further your health will deteriorate.
A lot of easily dismissable issues can come with serious price tags, as even cancer starts off as a minor inconvenience. Sometimes taking things into our own hands and working to figure out what is happening within our bodies can truly mean life or death. Below I am going to go over some of the more common warning signs that things are going wrong in your life with your physical and mental well-being. If these things apply to you, then you should probably speak with your physician.
While you might not poop as often as other people, you have your own routine. If youre not able to produce a bowel movement for days on end, it is definitely time to check on your health.
Insomnia is something many people deal that can be quite frustrating. Being unable to sleep is not fun for you or the people who have to be around you. If youre suddenly not able to rest it could be due to you being overly stressed or even be a symptom of a wide range of medical conditions. This could mean anything from heart disease to asthma issues and all that comes in-between.
While changes in appetite can mean a number of things they are common in those with cancer. This kind of thing can be very serious regardless of what is driving it because without eating your body is not going to be getting the nutrients it needs.
Chest pain can be caused by things like muscle soreness or even a heart attack. If the pain youre feeling is chronic and comes suddenly you should call an ambulance. Even if the pain goes away most of the time you should still get it checked out, heart disease is nothing to joke about.
If you feel like the whole world has run you...
An Australian court has convicted the Vaticans finance chief, Cardinal George Pell, of raping young boys in the 1990s. After three days of deliberations, the Melbourne court handed down a guilty verdict Tuesday by a [...]
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People say that when you find the love of your life it will feel different, but most people do not understand just how different it will feel. Finding the person youre meant to spend the rest of your life with feels like nothing you have experienced before and is something you can only come across one time.
The person that is going to be your one will come into your life when youre least expecting it. He will sneak up behind you and truly sweep you off of your feet. He will bring challenges and opportunities with him that otherwise, you would have never found. Once he is around, life will never be the same.
While you will be guarded and distant at first, you will soon realize how special he is. You cannot deny that feeling inside and the passion burning before you. You will have many boyfriends in this life and some of them will tear you apart but once youve found your one, no one else will matter. All of the heartbreak youve gone through will no longer affect you.
This person will give you all you need and work towards helping you achieve your goals. He will make you smile, laugh, and always stick right by your side. When youre at your worst he will still remain and when youre at your best he will stay the same. You wont be able to scare him off even though you may try.
He will be proud of you and all the things you accomplish in this life. He will work towards building a home with you and really put forth his best efforts unlike those of your past. He was made for you and you were made for him. Once the two of you have found one another, sparks are never going to stop flying. There is no turning back.
When it comes to life and love, you should never let someone stick around who is holding you back. While we might want to, we all need to know how to let go. If you never learn to let go, your true love will not be able to find you. You must put yourself in the right place before he can manifest before you and that is something most people forget. If you are not on the right path in life, you will end up stuck in a rut and lost in a toxic relationship.
Dont lock your heart away or allow yourself to sit and worry about where you will be years from now. Nurture your soul and chase your dreams. The more you do the more you will find. You are not supposed to allow fear to dictate how you live your life.
If you want love to find you and the one that is meant to be with you to come your way you have to play the part. You must put yourself out there and embrace the unknown. Sure, the idea of having your heart hurt again is devastating but you need to know that it will not happen unless you allow it to.
This is your life and your story, you get to write each chapter and turn each page. If you focus on yourself you will eventually find the person that...
California Democrat Joaquin Arambula has been arrested on child abuse charges, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer has confirmed. The Democratic state lawmaker was taken into custody on Monday on suspicion of child cruelty. Fresnobee.com reports: In a [...]
Three Clinton Foundation whistleblowers are set to testify about Bill and Hillary Clintons various nefarious crimes on Thursday. Following allegations of shady accounting, tax fraud and pay-to-play, the Clinton Foundation will be under a Congressional [...]
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The judge presiding over General Flynns case is demanding to see the dodgy FBI 302 report about the ambush Flynn interview, according to a new court filing. Counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok ambushed Flynn at the [...]
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How does one explain Canadas contradictory foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel?
On December 4, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, praised Canadas commitment not to follow the footsteps of the US Donald Trump Administration by transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
But there is little worth praising here. Respecting the internationally-recognized status of Jerusalem is a legally-binding commitment to international law. The fact that the US chose to violate the law, hardly makes the opposite act heroic in itself.
Only five days earlier, on November 30, Canada joined a tiny minority of states, including Israel, the US, Australia and the Marshall Islands to vote no against a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution titled, Peaceful Settlement on the Question of Palestine. The Canadian government that is keen to present itself as a model, neoliberal, progressive country, even the antithesis to the US hawkish policies, voted against a resolution that calls for intensified efforts by the parties to conclude a final peace settlement.
If you find such behaviour confusing, then you are not paying attention. Canada has not changed at all. It is our understanding of Canadian foreign policy that has almost always been marred with a true lack of understanding.
And there is a good reason for that. The Canadian government has mastered the art of political branding. The only period in modern American history that is comparable to Canadas successful political propaganda was the presidency of Barack Obama.
Obama deported 2.5 million immigrants, compared to the 2 million deported by his predecessor, George W. Bush; he dropped more bombs and did his utmost to bail out Americas most corrupt financial institutions; yet somehow many liberals thought of him as the ideological marriage of Che Guevara and Malcolm X, with the refined eloquence of James Baldwin.
Canadas Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau seen as the human face of neoliberalism is an even...
On Tuesday, Congressman-elect, Mark Green (R) from Clarksville, Tennessee told constituents he believes vaccines may be causing autism. But he didnt stop there; Green, who is also a medical doctor, also said he believed the CDC has fraudulently managed the data. We couldnt agree more (especially on the fraud part). Let me say this about autism. 
Clinton Whistleblowers: Thursdays Public
Hearing to Reveal Explosive Information
By Sara Carter
December 12, 2018 | 3:31 PM EST
A trove of documents on the Clinton Foundation alleging possible pay for play and tax evasion have been turned over to the FBI and IRS by several investigative whistleblowers, who will be testifying in an open hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday, according to the committee and lawmakers.
Roughly 6,000 documents that are expected to reveal the nearly two year investigation by the whistleblowers with a private firm called MDA Analytics LLC, which allegedly turned over the documents more than a year and half ago to the IRS, according to John Solomon, who first published the report last week in The Hill.
The whistleblowers are former federal criminal investigators, who allege that the Clinton Foundation was engaged in illegal activities and may be liable for millions of dollars in delinquent taxes and penalties, according to Solomon.
The Department of Justice and the FBIs Little Rock, Ark. field office, which is believed to be investigating the foundation, have allegedly obtained the documentation from the whistleblowers as well, according to lawmakers whove spoken with the whistleblowers.
Clinton Foundation officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
However, a former whistleblower, who has spoke with agents from the Little Rock FBI field office last year and worked for years as an undercover informant collecting information on Russias nuclear energy industry for the bureau, noted his enormous frustration with the DOJ and FBI. He describes as a two-tiered justice system that failed to actively investigate the information he provided years ago on the Clinton Foundation and Russias dangerous meddling with the U.S. nuclear industry and energy industry during the Obama administration.
William D. Campbells story was first published by this reporter in 2017. He turned over more than 5,000 documents and detailed daily briefs to the bureau when he served as a confidential informant reporting on Russias nuclear giant Rosatom. Campbell worked as an energ...
Democrat Rep. All Green says he is preparing to bring articles of impeachment against President Trump for bigotry. While other prominent Democrats have been hesitant on the question of whether Trump should be impeached before [...]
Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev says she is proud to be fascist and considers fascism an integral part of Israeli culture. Her remarks came in response to accusations made by famous graphic artist David Tartakover. [...]
Exposed: the Nazi roots of the European
by Jon Rappoport
This is an intelligence briefing. Here I present the bare bones of what has been happening before our eyes...if we would see it.
Once upon a time, there was an industrial combine in Nazi Germany called IG Farben. It was the largest chemical/pharmaceutical octopus in the world. It owned companies, and it had favorable business agreements with companies from England to Central America to Japan.
The author of The Devil's Chemists, Josiah DuBois, traveled to Guatemala, on a fact-finding mission, in the early days of World War 2, and returned with the comment that, as far as he could tell, Guatemala was "a wholly owned subsidiary of Farben."
The pharmaceutical empire was and is one of the major forces behind the European Union (EU). It is no accident that these drug corporations wield such power. They aren't only involved in controlling the medical cartel; they are political planners.
This is how and why Big Pharma fits so closely with what is loosely referred to as the New World Order. The aim of enrolling every human in a cradle-to-grave system of disease diagnosis and toxic drug treatment has a larger purpose: to debilitate, to weaken populations.
This is a political goal. It facilitates control.
IG Farben's main component companies, at the outbreak of World War 2, were Bayer, BASF, and Hoechst. They were chemical and drug companies. Farben put Hitler over the top in Germany as head of State, and the war was designed to lead to a united Europe that would be dominated by the Farben nexus.
The loss of the war didn't derail that plan. It was shifted into an economic blueprint, which became, eventually, the European Union.
The European Commission's first president was Walter Hallstein, the Nazi lawyer who, during the war, had been in charge of post-war legal planning for the new Europe.
As the Rath Foundation reports: In 1939, on the brink of the war...
Everything you ever wanted to know about the
9/11 conspiracy theory in under 5 minutes.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 men armed with boxcutters directed by a man on dialysis in a cave fortress halfway around the world using a satellite phone and a laptop directed the most sophisticated penetration of the most heavily-defended airspace in the world, overpowering the passengers and the military combat-trained pilots on 4 commercial aircraft before flying those planes wildly off course for over an hour without being molested by a single fighter interceptor.
These 19 hijackers, devout religious fundamentalists who liked to drink alcohol, snort cocaine, and live with pink-haired strippers, managed to knock down 3 buildings with 2 planes in New York, while in Washington a pilot who couldnt handle a single engine Cessna was able to fly a 757 in an 8,000 foot descending 270 degree corskscrew turn to come exactly level with the ground, hitting the Pentagon in the budget analyst office where DoD staffers were working on the mystery of the 2.3 trillion dollars that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had announced missing from the Pentagons coffers in a press conference the day before, on September 10, 2001.
Deconstructing the Mainstream Mindset
Submitted to Operation Disclosure | By James Hallahan
At the onset of the spiritual awakening, as one first begins to contemplate the nature of reality, there quickly comes out of obscurity a subtle yet formidable opponent. Marvelously, and without our knowing, this opponent has already erected itself a barrier over certain territories of thought which have apparently been deemed inappropriate for our deliberation. In a clever and underhanded way, its somehow been able to convince us, without proof, that these areas of thought have already been determined to be invalid. Whats more, is that it has given us the understanding that just their mere consideration is a sign of ignoranceor worse insanity. By far, the most astonishing thing is that no one ever actually questions its judgement. Theres the notion, rather shallow and ungrounded, that this barrier must surely have been put up in good faithand that if there was something of substance behind it, then of course our eminent and wise intelligentsia would have discovered this long ago. Little are they aware, however, that the eminent and wise intelligentsia have virtually not set foot outside the barrier, and for the same fear that keeps everyone else in.
The formidable opponent is of course the conditioned mainstream mindset, and as the first step to true enlightenmentand the first step to freedomit promptly needs to be overthrown and its barrier permanently deconstructed. The illogic of this barrier can be expressed simply: Have we really in fact, at this early stage, discovered all there is to know about reality? When attempting to find truth, is it really wise to restrict our search to confined parameters? Should we really presuppose in advance what is possiblewithout actually investigating? With respect to the spiritual journey, which is in large part a search for truth, this kind of mindset is not only obstructive but is in fact completely antithetical. For such an endeavor to be undertaken seriously, it is fundamental that were open to all possibility and that we let go of our preconceived notions in their entirety.
The necessity of an open-minded approach is exceptionally warranted by the fact that there has undoubtedly been manipulationand on a very large scale. In its devastation, sorry to say, it has thoroughly corrupted science. Behind the scenes and all along, it has been suppressing inquiry into various fields of research which, we can presume,...
MIDWEEK BY ZAP 12-12-18
I HAVE SEEN A LOT IN MY TIME IN RESPECT OF SUPPLEMENTS. WITH THIS OPENING STATEMENT, I AM ADDRESSING THE FELLOW THAT WROTE ABOUT HOW FUNDING IS IMMINENT BUT I STILL ASK FOR DONATIONS, AND NOW I AM FLOGGING THE LAPIS SUPPLEMENT.
TRUE. ALL OF IT.
BUT WHY DID I DO THIS? AM I SHOOTING MYSELF IN THE FOOT?
NO. I DID THIS OUT OF NECESSITY AND TO SPEAK FOR SOME THAT DID NOT HAVE A FORUM IN WHICH TO ASK FOR HELP. I CAN NOT HELP MYSELF WHEN I AM ASKED TO DO SO AFTER HEARING THE PLIGHT. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF SOMEBODY YOU KNOW OR CARE FOR COMES TO YOU WITH HAT IN HAND AND TELLS YOU THERE IS NO FOOD TO FEED THEM ORT THEIR KIDS? BOOT THEM OUT THE DOOR?
AND YES FUNDING IS HERE. IT IS FINALLY ENROUTE TO US AND WE WILL HAVE FIRST RELIEF THIS WEEK AND A BIT MORE NEXT WEEK JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS. UNLESS THE FUNDS GET STUCK FOR A DAY OR TWO, YOU WILL NOT SEE ANY SOS FROM ME ASKING FOR A HELPING HAND.
BANKS ARE BANKS, AND IF THERE WAS MONEY LAUNDERING, THEN THERE WOULD BE PEOPLE IN JAIL. THERE ARE NONE. THE CLEARANCE OF THE FUNDS BEING DISTRIBUTED ENTAILS A HUGE AMOUNT OF COMPLIANCE. THE FED CHANGES THE RULES ALMOST DAILY, AND IF YOU CAN NOT KEEP UP WITH ADHERING TO CURRENT REGULATORY ELEMENTS AND BE IN COMPLIANCE, YOU GET DELAYED UNTIL YOU ARE. IT IS ALMOST LIKE A NEVER ENDING GAME THEY PLAY WITH THIS SYSTEM, AND IT IS VERY EFFECTIVE. YOU CAN GO FOR YEARS AND NOT SEE MONEY.
THIS WAS BRUTALLY SHOWN TO ME IN THE EXAMPLE OF A FRIEND OF A FRIEND THAT HAD A FEW MILLION IN JP MORGAN (I THINK IF I REMEMBER RIGHT) AND HE TRANSFERRED A COUPLE MILLION TO WELL FARGO(?) ACROSS THE STREET IN NEW YORK. IT TOOK HIM OVER 6 MONTHS TO GET HIS MONEY CLEARED AND RELEASED BECAUSE THE BANK PUT HIM THROUGH AN ENDLESS SERIES OF COMPLIANCE REVIEWS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE FUNDS WERE CLEAN AND CLEAR. YARIGHT. A LAWYER FINALLY PRIED THE MONEY OT OF THEM.
SO YES, TERRIBLE DELAYS BY BANKERS AND IT HURT A LOT. SOME OF OUR PEOPLE PASSED AND IT STILL IS NOT EASY.
AND WHY AM I FLOGGING LAPIS?...
Anunnakis Gold Rush and Colonisation of Earth
The creation of man
Traditional genesis is nonsense
Approximately 450,000 years ago, a group of humanoid aliens arrived by spacecraft on planet Earth. They came from a planet about three times the size of the Earth, which was called Nibiru by the Sumerians. Nibiru was described in ancient Sumerian literature as the twelfth planet of our solar system. The Sumerians were far ahead of modern man in the field of astronomy, declares the Detroit News in an article. The Sumerians also counted the Moon and the Sun as planetary bodies, thus reaching the total of twelve, the same number that the assembly of Anunnaki sovereigns consists of.
It is striking that the Sumerians of ancient times, who are said to have been engaged in the development of writing; accurately described and schematised the planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, while these three planets can only be observed today with the use of a telescope. Modern-day man only discovered Uranus in 1781, Neptune in 1846 and Pluto in 1930.
Zechariah Sitchin writes, The epic of creation is a very plausible explanation for the current composition of our solar system. Why shouldnt we accept this as a gift in and of itself, as nothing more and nothing less than the exposition of cosmological facts as the Sumerians knew it, as it was told to them by the extraterrestrial beings of the Nephilim?
The Sumerian texts describe how Nibiru, a solitary planet, came into our solar system more than four billion years ago and, and narrowly escaped a collusion with a large planet named Tiamat, which became fractured by the pressure of gravity. Later on, Niburu, which was referred to as Maldek at that time, its Babylonian name, had another close-shave encounter with Tiamat. The two celestial bodies were thrown off-balance by gravity and collided. Tiamat was subsequently bombarded by its own accompa...
Published on Dec 12, 2018
Dick's sporting good is looking to close down 35 stores across 18 states. US debt is approaching 22 Trillion dollars, this is part of the plan, push the debt level and the economy to the edge. China purchases soybeans from the US. Millennial's are worse off then previous generations. The next push is the US removing itself from the WTO. There is a big economic structure change coming and this change is not just here in the US but it is across the world.
Published on Dec 12, 2018
Judge rules that Trump justified in ending Obama immigration program. More whistleblowers come forward in regard to the CF. Tom Finton will testify against the CF. Trump says he might need to get involved in the Huawei CFO case. Trump trapped Pelosi and Schumer on the border issue. Canada signs the UN Migration Pact. Korean troops verify removal of each other's posts. Q drops more bread, proofs, France and the event to put an end to the protests. Q then has some Holiday fun and trolling the MSM.
Lime vehicles are now listed alongside ride hailing and walking in Google Maps.
When you pull up Google Maps to get directions, under the transit option, you generally see a handful of choices: taking the bus or the subway, or hailing an Uber.
Its flu season again and the media hype
machines are loading up the teleprompters to deliver their seasonal
barrage of fear and guilt in an effort to maximize vaccine
uptake. Besides being fully backed and marketed by all major
corporate media outlets, the seasonal flu shot comes with many
Overburdened healthcare workers get to free up their schedules by not having to waste time with cumbersome informed consent before each injection. Both the vaccine industry and the healthcare workers injecting the flu shot shoulder no responsibility or legal liability for injuries causes by their vaccine products.
Researchers also get a free pass since inert placebo controls are not required by regulatory oversight and licensing bodies while safety testing allowing the industry to omit the scientific method.
Sidestepping vital checks and balances like informed consent, proper safety studies and financial liability must be done in order to achieve herd immunity right? If there is a perfect utopia of a herd immunity world, such a place will never be achieved with the current flu shot.
It takes two people to make a baby. But to prevent pregnancy, the burden has almost always fallen on the woman. A new method being tested at the University of Washington aims to change that. The UW School of Medicine is one of three sites testing a contraceptive gel for men, which works by reducing sperm production when applied daily on the upper arms or shoulders, according to researchers. If the trials are successful, the substance may soon be available to people seeking to avoid unplanned pregnancies whose options traditionally have relied on more than a dozen options for women, including pills, implants, shots, patches and rings, compared with just condoms for men. "We are neglecting 50 percent of the population with our current methods," Dr. Stephanie Page, a UW School of Medicine endocrinologist and the study's principal investigator, said in a phone interview. "There's every reason for men to be more engaged."
The NBA star spun his moon landing hoax comments into a lesson for the kids: I am going to educate myself firsthand on everything that NASA has done.
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry says he was just joking when he said that the Apollo moon landings were a hoax, and will accept NASAs invitation to inspect its moon rocks in Houston.
French people are standing up for their rights and speaking out for many others around the world who are sick at the injustice of capitalism. None more so than people of Western states who have had to endure decades of economic austerity while a tiny elite become ever more obscenely wealthy. In addition to the irrational malign distribution of wealth that capitalism bestows, Western states - that is, the oligarch-serving politicians - spend and waste inordinate financial resources on militarism and waging criminal wars. For the fourth weekend in a row, the French public have taken to the streets of Paris and other major cities to demand economic justice. They also want President Emmanuel Macron to resign. Macron has so far kept his usual aloof silence on the protests, leaving it up to his prime minister Edouard Philippe to placate the angry nation.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused US National Security Advisor John Bolton of preparing a plot to murder him, and also has called out Colombian leader Ivan Duque as Bolton's accomplice. "John Bolton is leading the plan to unleash violence and conduct a coup to introduce a transitional government" in Venezuela, Maduro said at press-conference, which was broadcast live on his Facebook page. "Bolton is preparing a plan for my assassination." Trump's national security adviser has organized the training of mercenaries and paramilitary units "in various places" to be used against Venezuela, he said. Maduro claimed that more than 730 armed thugs are ready to launch provocations and to attack military bases in Venezuela. According to the Venezuelan leader, Bolton's plot is being carried out with the heavy involvement of Colombia, with its president Ivan Duque being "his accomplice." Maduro then slammed Duque as Washington's puppet, who "can't even go to the toilet without...
The failure of the OECDs aid committee to agree tough new rules governing aid invested in the private sector has been criticised by development groups.
A new poll conducted by Shibley Telhami at the University of Maryland shows unprecedented support among Americans for the one-state solution in Israel/Palestine, and stronger sanctions against Israel for the occupation, as well as growing criticism of the Israeli role in U.S. politics. Here are some of the findings of the poll (PDF), which was conducted in September and October among 2,352 Americans: 35 percent support a single democratic state in which both Jews and Arabs are full and equal citizens;36 percent support Israeli and Palestinian states side by side;11 percent support maintaining the occupation indefinitely;8 percent support Israeli annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories without offering equal citizenship to Palestinians. Comment: So this means that roughly 20% of those polled in the US couldn't care less about the well-being of Palestinians - while a larger percentage is growing in the opposite direction.
You're being watched constantly, at least if you have a cell phone with apps on them. A recently published report showed how seemingly innocuous apps were gathering information about how a person goes about their day. They refresh constantly, collecting data about your location. These companies are tracking every step you take, every stop you make, and then selling it to the highest bidder. Now, before I get the predictable chorus of people telling me they'd never ever use a smartphone and that if they did have one they wouldn't enable location data on it, I can call BS (baloney sandwiches) on at least 44% of you because...well...Google tells me this. I get emails from Google every week telling me from what type of devices people access my website. I did not sign up to ask for this information - this is what Google does. So while many of you are not using a mobile device, many of you are.
A 4.4. magnitude earthquake has struck parts of Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas and seismographs have also recorded a secondary shock in the area. The US Geological Survey (USGS) traced the earthquake to Decatur, Tennessee, but it has been felt in neighboring states too. The convulsion occurred along the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which is along the Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi state lines.
Q has hosted an extraordinary question and answer session. Here is the BIG question for currency holders...
Q post number 2619...
'Do we have the gold?'
Gold shall destroy FED.'
This post confirms that the gold-back standard is about to destroy the Federal Reserve System. And once the Fed is gone, so is the Deep State. They have lost their corrupt funding system. Q promised 'structure change' with the Federal Reserve. It must be very very close. 'Gold will destroy FED.'
There is sobering news in some of the other answers. Q post number 2611...
'Is JFK Jr alive?'
I am hoping wistfully that Q is spreading deliberate disinformation with this response. We would love for JFK Junior to be alive. We would love to think that he has been plotting with President Trump all along to destroy the Deep State.
Q post number 2613...
'Is JA (Julian Assange) stateside?'
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The Bush-Bin Laden Meeting
One of the pieces of evidence of fishy business we havent covered before is the fact that, one day before the 9/11 attacks, as well as the morning of, the recently deceased George Herbert Walker Bush had a meeting with Shafiq bin Laden, the brother of Osama bin Laden, the supposed mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.
Is this not fairly convincing evidence in itself that the bin Laden family, and Osama, may have been working for the Western military industrial complex? Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Canadian economist and University of Ottawa professor emeritus explains it sardonically:
"It was a routine business meeting on September 10-11, no conflict of interest, no relationship to the 9/11 attacks which allegedly were carried out on the orders of Shafiqs brother Osama, no FBI investigation into the links between the Bush and bin Laden families." Read more here
Via: Los Angeles Times: U.S. government debt is on track this year to rise at the fastest pace since 2012, as a stronger economy fails to keep pace with the wave of red ink thats rising under the Trump administration. Total public debt outstanding has jumped by $1.36 trillion, or 6.6%, since the start of 
At Hahei Beach in New Zealand, a drone video captured 3 killer whales trailing closely behind a swimmer.
Swimmer Judie Johnson was wearing a black wet suit at the time, and feared it could be mistaken for a seal and provoke an attack. She says she originally mistook the Killer Whales for dolphins until she noticed the color on their backs.
Fortunately, they swam alongside her for a couple minutes before swimming away from her. Yikes.
h/t Abc7 Chicago
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12 Dec 2018 | APOLes vidos et les sketches humoristiques constituent un moyen utilis par les acteurs tels que Nsang Dilong, Freddy Kristel et AleneMenget pour prsenter le grave problme de l'accaparement des terres d'une manire comprhensible pour tous les Camerounais.
Last week, investors representing $1.9 trillion assets under management called on 30 oil and gas companies, urging them to publicly oppose the EPA's proposed weakening of its methane rules. This letter is signed by investors including CalSTRS, the New York City Comptroller's Office, and Robeco, all of which have joined together to say no to these regulatory 
Before he started taking stairs two at a time, Wells Griffith told Goodman that she was harassing him.
12/12/2018 - A short fuse is burning. At the present rate of global emissions, the world is projected to reach the trillionth metric ton of cumulative carbon emissions, breaking the global carbon budget, in less than ...
So. Many. Heart. Emojis. Behold, Instagrams year in review.
Whispering, hearts, Fortnite, and K-pop ruled Instagram this year.
A storm-like image appearing on radar has led inhabitants in the Midwestern region of the US to reexamine a mystery they thought they'd solved. Local reports indicate the radar anomaly came from a military aircraft, but it's unclear where the aircraft could have originated. A multicolored streak covering portions of radar in western Kentucky shocked the National Weather Service on Monday. The streak lingered for about 10 hours, even though there was absolutely no rain falling, reports Evansville Courier & Press.
While a lot of people ignore those little pimples that come up, some of them turn out to be more than expected. Skin cancer is a very real issue and some of the smallest issues can end up being deadly.
Jess Pasco, an Australian woman in her 30s had a pimple come up and instead of ignoring it she went with her gut and had it checked out. This harmless pimple turned out to be a form of cancer known as Basel Cell Carcinoma. As someone who had faced this kind of thing before she knew that getting small things like this checked out was very important.
A year earlier, I wouldnt have known what youre meant to look for.
Like most people, I thought skin cancer was just a black mole. If I wasnt conscious like I am now, I wouldnt have thought anything of it and wouldve ignored it.
When you have a skin cancer on your face, cutting out isnt really preferable.
It can leave a pretty big scar. So I was given this cream for eight weeks that basically gets your immune system to attack the cancer.
I had a severe reaction. It was a massive sore much bigger than the cancer itself. It was really red, painful and pus-filled. I had it for probably four months.
You see, not too long ago (within a year) Pasco had went to her normal doctor for a check-up and mentioned a freckle to him that had not been there before. That freckle had grown while she was still in Uni and literally changed colors all on its own. The spot on her leg turned out to be cancerous and so when the spot on her face came up she knew that she should not ignore it.
She was fortunate both times to catch things before they got to the point where they were going to spread but not everyone ends up as lucky. Skin cancer is...
While most of us do not think about the way we speak often, it has a serious impact on not only the people around us but ourselves as well. Of course, the world of researching this kind of thing is complicated but it is still quite clear that being overly negative can affect your brain itself.
In the book, Words Can Change Your Brain Andrew Newberg a neuroscientist and Mark Robert Waldman explained as detailed as they could how the things we say can and do affect our minds. They wrote that just one word could influence the expression of genes that regulate our stress on both a physical and emotional level, which is quite true. The more positive we are the less likely we are to be stressed.
By holding a positive and optimistic [word] in your mind, you stimulate frontal lobe activity. This area includes specific language centers that connect directly to the motor cortex responsible for moving you into action. And as our research has shown, the longer you concentrate on positive words, the more you begin t woo affect other areas of the brain. Functions in the parietal lobe start to change, which changes your perception of yourself and the people you interact with. A positive view of yourself will bias you toward seeing the good in others, whereas a negative self-image will include you toward suspicion and doubt. Over time the structure of your thalamus will also change in response to your conscious words, thoughts, and feelings, and we believe that the thalamic changes affect the way in which you perceive reality.
A study from back in 2013 actually proved exactly as stated above. You see the language we use has the power to literally reshape the way we see the world and in that change our brains. The outlook you have on life or your dispositional attitude can make you either love life and the things around you or hate literally everything. Have you ever heard someone that made your stomach sink? This happens to us all at one point or another and while we dont like to admit it, is proof that words are far more powerful than we tend to reveal.
Permitting negative concepts and words into your mind and allowing them to become thoughts you give power to will bring more fear and stress into your life. The more you use angry or negative words, in general, the more alarming the messages will be moving within your mi...
The relationship between humans and the animal kingdom has long been one of reliance, where we rely on them for food, clothing, and companionship while domestic animals rely upon us for food, shelter, and love. But, have we taken advantage of this dynamic?
There is no denying the incredible impact that we have on the animal kingdom. With over 1,300 endangered or threatened species just in the United States. We would love to point fingers and blame a number of natural causes, including earthquakes, volcanoes, and more. However, the truth is that we are driving these creatures to the point of extinction with our over-hunting, extensive forestation and pollution.
At the same time, over 69 million dogs and 74 million cats live in homes across the United States. Even the domesticated animals, however, arent free from the toxic impact of the human population. Hundreds of thousands of animals suffer at our hands, victims of abuse and neglect, while even more are left alone in animal shelters, abandoned by those that they loved. Heartbreaking, isnt it?
Imagine a world where the tides were turned, where we were the ones at the mercy of their decisions, actions and selfish behaviors. Close your eyes and allow yourself to feel the vulnerability and fear that they would feel in these situations. If that isnt enough to inspire you to reconsider where your food comes from and whether you need that fur coat, I dont know what is!
This is the message that artists and illustrators across the globe are hoping to share through their work, depicting situations in which the roles are reversed, and we are at the mercy of the animal kingdom. There is something powerful about visually seeing these situations, opening our eyes and our hearts, calling on us to question the decisions that we make and the way that we live our lives. Weve put together an incredible collection of just such images.
We will proceed to identify great power confrontations and then proceed to discuss the stages of proxy wars with world war consequences.
In our times the US is the principal power in search of world domination through force and violence. Washington has targeted top level targets, namely China, Russia,and Iran; secondary objectives include Afghanistan, North and Central Africa, Caucuses and Latin America.
China is the prime enemy of the US for several economic, political and military reasons: China is the second largest economy in the world; its technology has challenged US supremacy; it has built global economic networks reaching across three continents. China has replaced the US in overseas markets, investments and infrastructures. China has built an alternative socio-economic model which links state banks and planning to private sector priorities. On all these counts the US has fallen behind and its future prospects are declining.
In response the US has resorted to a closed protectionist economy at home and an aggressive military led imperial economy abroad. President Trump has declared a tariff war on China; and multiple, separatist, and propaganda wars; and an aerial and maritime war of encirclement.
The first line of attack is exorbitant tariffs on Chinas exports to the US and its vassals. Secondly, is the expansion of overseas bases in Asia. Thirdly, is the promotion of separatist clients in Hong Kong, Tibet and among the Uighurs. Fourthly, is the use of sanctions to bludgeon EU and Asian allies into joining the economic war against China. China has responded by increasing its military security, expanding its economic networks and raising economic tariffs on US exports.
The US economic war has moved to a higher level by arresting and seizing a top executive of Chinas foremost technological company, Huawei.
The White House has moved up the ladder of aggression from sanctions to provocation, it is one step from military retaliation. The nuclear fuse has been lit.
Russia faces similar threats to its domestic economy and its overseas allies, especially China and Iran .Moreover the US has broken its compliance with the interm...
Mark Butler says party will make decision on using carryover credits from the Kyoto protocol after Paris rule book' establishedThe shadow climate minister Mark Butler has not ruled out using carryover carbon credits from the Kyoto protocol to help Labor meet its more ambitious emissions reduction targets in the event it wins the next election.Butler expressed reluctance about using accounting tricks as part of Labor's climate policy arsenal, but told the ABC he would not make a decision [...]
The California Department of Education has suspended the certification of a private El Dorado Hills school where an autistic teen stopped breathing last week after being restrained by staff. The 13-year-old student subsequently died. The CDE announced Thursday evening that it was investigating the circumstances around the fatal incident on Nov. 28 at Guiding Hands School on Windplay Drive. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson also confirmed his office is investigating the death but declined further comment. A source familiar with the incident said a teacher at Guiding Hands School is under investigation after a 'prone restraint' was used to subdue the child for roughly an hour. A prone restraint involves immobilizing a student in a face down position.
The arrest of Chinese telecommunications CFO Meng Wanzhou has sent shockwaves through the global markets. The context of the smartphone industry and the challenges facing big monopolies from Russia and China is vital background information for anyone who wants to understand these recent, dramatic events. One of the favorite talking points of defenders of free markets is "capitalism made your iphone." According to the meme, those who believe in socialism or Marxism are presented as total hypocrites if they own smartphone as only the profit system's rewarding of entrepreneurship could ever produce such a technological creation. However, a little investigation reveals that the entire premise of the meme is false. The first cellphone was created by Leonid Ivanovich Kupriyanovich, a Moscow-based engineer in 1955 who conducted his research in state-run facilities. Furthermore, the screens of most smartphones are illuminated by Light Emitting Diodes (LED), the first of which was invented...
This August 2018 video from the USA is called 10 Fun & Interesting Facts About Northern Cardinals.
From the American Museum of Natural History in the USA:
Cardinals living in adjacent deserts are sharply distinct in genetics and song
New research investigates whether dialect differences might indicate new species
December 12, 2018
New research suggests that populations of the Northern Cardinal one of the most ubiquitous backyard birds in the United States are undergoing speciation in two adjacent deserts. This study, which analyzed genetics and vocal behavior, gives clues about the early steps in bird speciation. The study is published in the journal Ecology and Evolution.
In general, songs are really important for describing and identifying birds, said lead author Kaiya Provost, a comparative biology Ph.D. Candidate in the American Museum of Natural Historys Richard Gilder Graduate School. Most studies assume that differences in song are important in the process that gives rise to new bird species. But looking at speciation using both genetics and behavior in wild birds can be really difficult. We went out to test both of these spheres of biology on wild desert birds to look at the full story.
The researchers focused on Northern Cardinal populations in two deserts: the Sonoran Desert, which covers parts of Arizona, California, and Mexico; and the Chihuahuan Desert, which covers parts of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico. The deserts are separated by about 120 miles of high-elevation plains. Analysis on the DNA of the birds in these areas shows that the two populations have been separated for at least 500,000 years and possibly for as long as 1 million years, which might be old enough for the speciation process to finish, Provost said.
In parallel, the researchers examined the song-related behavior of these populations. Songs play a crucial role in a birds ability to attract and impress a potential mate. If two birds cant communicate with each other, for instance, by singing different types of songs, they are less likely to breed. Over time, po...
LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a political crisis over her Brexit deal Wednesday, winning a no-confidence vote by Conservative lawmakers that would have ended her leadership of party and country.
But the margin of victory 200 votes to 117 leaves May a weakened leader who has lost the support of a big chunk of her party over her handling of Britains exit from the European Union. It also came at a steep price as she promised not to run for re-election in 2022. Britains Brexit problem, meanwhile, remains unsolved as May seeks changes to her EU divorce deal in order to make it more palatable to Parliament.
May said she was pleased to have received the backing of my colleagues but acknowledged that a significant number had voted against her in Wednesday evenings secret ballot.
I have listened to what they said, May promised as she stood in a darkened Downing St. after what she called a long and challenging day.
The threat to May had been building as pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers grew increasingly frustrated with the prime ministers handling of Brexit. Many supporters of Brexit say Mays deal, a compromise that retains close economic ties with the EU, fails to deliver on the clean break with the bloc that they want.
The balloting came after Mays Conservative opponents, who circled the beleaguered prime minister for weeks hoping to spark a no-confidence vote, finally got the numbers they needed to call one.
The vote was triggered when at least 48 lawmakers 15 percent of Conservative legislators wrote letters asking for a no-confidence ballot.
On Monday, May postponed a vote to approve the divorce deal to avoid all-but-certain defeat. She has until Jan. 21 to bring it back to Parliament after she hopes winning concessions from the EU.
The result of the vote was announced to loud cheers from lawmakers gathered in a stuffy, ornately wallpapered room in the House of Commons. Under party rules, May cannot be challenged again by fellow Conservatives for a year.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, an ally, said the result showed that May has the support of her party.
This is a clear statement by the parliamentary party they want her to go forward, they want her to lead us through Brexit, he told Sky News.
But pro-Brexit lawmaker Mark Francois said the result was devastating for May, who has lost the support of a third of her party in Parliament.
If I were her, I wouldnt be pleased with this at all, Francois said. I think she needs to think very carefully about what to do now.
Before the vote Wednesday, May had vowed to fight for the leadership of her party and the country with everything Ive got,...
This 11 December 2018 video from London, England says about itself:
Thousands Turnout to Support the Stansted 15 Home Office Protest 11.12.2018 (full event)
Today over 300 people including politicians, artists and academics have signed a letter in support of the #Stansted15 and nearly 5000 people protested outside the Home Office.
Read it and share.
If you didnt get a chance to sign the letter theres a petition now up and running which you can sign here.
We've reported on Earth's magnetic field before, including studies claiming that the planet's poles may reverse at any time and studies saying that Earth is probably not headed for a polar reversal at all. At the heart of these studies is the undeniable, millennia-old weakening trend in the planet's magnetic field, which, depending on your point of view, is either a temporary phenomenon that will eventually reverse itself (as it has in the past), or the harbinger of a cataclysmic breakdown of the Earth's entire magnetic shield and a subsequent flip of the magnetic poles. The most recent study from the EDIFICE project, a geophysical research initiative based in France, claims we're headed for a cataclysm. According to Dr. Nicolas Thouveny, one of the principal investigators for EDIFICE: "The geomagnetic field has been decaying for the last 3,000 years. If it continues to fall down at this rate, in less than one millennium we will be in a critical (period)."
WASHINGTON With just days left to enroll, fewer people are signing up for the Affordable Care Act, even though premiums are stable, more plans are available and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help.
Barring an enrollment surge, the nations uninsured rate could edge up again after a yearslong coverage expansion that has seen about 20 million people obtain health insurance.
A status report Wednesday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services showed nearly 20 percent fewer new people signed up than at about the same time last year. New sign-ups drive the growth of the HealthCare.gov marketplaces, helping keep premiums in check.
The sign-up deadline in most states is this Saturday, for coverage beginning Jan. 1. A few states that run their own health care websites have later deadlines.
Trying to encourage enrollment, former President Barack Obama posted a whimsical video on social media Monday encouraging young adults to sign up for his signature program. That same day, a crush of people tried to enroll in what was the highest traffic this open enrollment season.
Disappointing sign-ups will add to the long-running political blame game over health care. Democrats accuse the Trump administration of sabotage on the health law. Republicans counter that pricey Obama-law premiums are too high for solid middle-class people who dont qualify for taxpayer-financed subsidies.
The Trump administration said in a statement this week our primary goal is to provide a seamless open enrollment experience for HealthCare.gov consumers and ensure that those who want coverage offered through the (program) can enroll in a plan. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar also posted his own straightforward video pitch on Twitter.
The new numbers suggest there may be less demand for government-subsidized insurance during a time of strong economic growth. But interviews with current and former officials, consumer organizations and independent experts also revealed several factors that appear to be cutting into enrollment.
Lack of a strategy for expanding HealthCare.gov, the federal insurance marketplace.
The Trump administration didnt set sign-up targets for the health overhaul, according to a report this summer from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. Such targets are a standard management tool for government agencies.
Marketing does matter, said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, a state-run insurance marketpl...
This 2011 video from Australia says about itself:
Our World Bone Diggers The Marsupial Lion | Storyteller Media
Bone Diggers: Mystery of a Lost Predator
Australia is known for its cute marsupials, the koala, the kangaroo and the wombat among others. Very few people are aware that there was once a marsupial that was a deadly creep up and get ya predator that was more ferocious than a sabre tooth tiger. It was Thylacoleo Carnifex the Marsupial Lion, Australias lost predator.
The Nullarbor Plain is a remote treeless desert resting between the Great Australian Bight and the Great Sandy Desert. It is hard, stony countryflat and featureless.
In May of 2002 an group of cavers, in an Indiana Jones style operation, discovered three caves, which had never been entered by man. The entrance to one of the caves was mere shoulder-width, vertical tube that rapidly expanded to cathedral proportions. In the first cave their head torches illuminated a sight that caused scientific wonderment and a world-wide media frenzy. At the far end of a side tunnel the cavers discovered the pristine and complete skeleton of the fabled marsupial lion, Thylacoleo.
It lay there as if it had died only a year ago. The skeleton was bleach white against the red earth and not a speck of dust on it. Their immediate reaction was to take a photo and get out their main concern was to preserve the site for scientific analysis.
The photo of Thylacoleo and the cave coordinates ended up on the desk of Dr John Long, vertebrate palaeontologist, a world renowned Bone Digger with the Western Australian Museum. Within a matter of weeks funding and an expedition to recover the remains had been arranged. It would prove a journey full of surprises both during the expedition and later as the remains were studied. The first surprise to take John and his team by surprise was the age of the remains. He was sure the...
The time has come! As we move through the holiday season, complete with the craziness of family meals, decorations, holiday shopping and more, many of us are already looking forward to the New Year. However, before you step into 2019, there are a few things you should consider.
The New Year means many things to many people. For some, it is a fresh start, a chance to draw a line in the sand and start all over as they work towards greater things. For others, however, its a challenging time as it reminds us that were another year old, and potentially not where we envisioned we would be at this age when we were growing up. Then there are those that really have no care for the New Year at all, seeing it as just another day. Regardless of how you view it, it has come knocking and theres no way to stop it from coming in. Are you ready for 2019? Before you answer that, there are a few considerations that may help you to make this the best year to date
Its easy to say that you dont feel like youve actually accomplished anything as you take a look back over the last year, but that is due to the fact we often only look for the major success. However, I encourage you to take a step back and look a little closer. Take note of the small victories. Baby steps in the right direction mean that you are still moving forward. They may not seem like much on their own, but combined, they can add up to great things!
You have two choices in every situation either to embrace the positive or the negative. Which one do you believe will move you forward? Rather than focusing on the problems, struggles and difficulties, take some time to step back and look at your life. Find reasons to be grateful for all that you have, all that you have done and all that you have yet to do. There is always something to be thankful for if you look closely enough.
Friends will come and go, some sent to be part of our lives for just a short period before moving on while others are here by our side for the foreseeable future, supporting and encouraging us through thick and thin. These are the people you need to take note of, the people you can count on to be there when things get tough, the ones who truly want the best for you. Be a source of strength, encouragement, and motivation for one another as you step into the New Year.
The Yellow Vest Movement weekend 8 and 9 December Round 4. Some say they are the worst riots in France since the student-driven mini-Revolution of May 1968. Over the four weekends, hundreds of thousands were in the streets, middle class people, from students to workers to outright employees and housewives. The police force increases by every new Round and so do the demonstrators. Today more than 8,000 police, a considerable increase from last weekends 5,000-plus. Tens of thousands Yellow Vests demonstrated; police reported more than 1,600 arrests.
There are tanks in the streets not seen for at least ten years burning cars and shop fronts, vandalized buildings. The police are fighting them with teargas, water cannons and rubber bullets. Police brutality seems to be unavoidable, However, apparently more moderate than on other occasions. Nevertheless, a Youtube is circulating, where a group of riot gear protected police beat up a helpless Yellow Vest, already on the ground and defenseless. These are the pictures you see on TV.
And the globalized everybodies throughout Europe and the (western) world sit comfortably in their fauteuils, shaking their heads the French again; they are never content, always want more having apparently no idea that what they, the French workers, had rightfully accumulated in terms of social funds and public infrastructure hospitals, schools since WWII (instead of paying for a heavy army) is being legally stolen by a small elite who put a Rothschild banker Macron in power to pass the necessary legislation to make the fraud legal.
Voil. So simple. Most of the fauteuil warriors have no idea that the hangmen are stealthily coming to them too. By the time they wake up and see the light irradiated by the French Yellow Vests it might be too late. Its not for nothing that Europe, under the command of the unelected European Commission (EC), has become increasingly militarized and a conglomerate police state, to be ready when general discontent spreads and political and social upheavals start. We may be at that point.
For now, the Hot Spot is Paris, in particular the lush Champs lyses, symbol for the rich and powerful, the French elite. But the movement is spreading rapidly to other cities in France, and would you believe, to other EU countries, like Belgium and the Netherlands. They have seen the yellow light and realized that what the French claim back has been stolen from them too.
The malaise is not just French, Belgian, Dutch or German, but, of course, also persists in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece, the latter countries and people about whom you hardly hear and read anymore. They are done with. The banking cartel has them under control. No public attention needs to focus on their plight anymore. Except for Italy, their brazen resistance to Brussels, is still a problem...
This year is coming to an end and whether youre excited about the year to come or not, it is coming. Time is not going to slow down so you might as well appreciate 2018 for all it has brought you to and through.
The year 2018 is almost over and with that, we should all be preparing for the things to come. That being said, making the most of the days we have left and ending things on a positive note will set the mood for a very interesting and fun 2019. Below I am going to go over what each zodiac sign should be doing right now to make the best of their current situation. While it is up to you whether you take this advice or not, at least give it a chance to sink in.
The year 2018 has shown you a lot about yourself that you otherwise would not have been able to see. You have overcome great odds and are moving forward at a rapid rate. While it might seem like things are moving too fast now is not the time to slow down.
Stop looking back and keep looking forward. The past cannot do anything for you now and you need to move on from it. Dont let yourself go into 2019 stuck in any kind of ruts, let progress come into your life as it has been and see where you end up.
The year 2018 has brought you through problems that really made you feel as if you were going to break but you did not. You made it through and are stronger because of it. You need to take the time you have right now to give yourself a moment of relaxation before 2019 makes its way here. The year to come is going to really knock you off of your feet.
The year 2018 has been all about getting things back to normal as your previous years were quite terrible. You are really on your way to great things and you need to remember that. Take a little time to reflect on the gifts youve received this year and all the chances youve taken that have paid off.
Sure, you had to face more ups and downs than you would have liked to but you made it through them all. With the help of your support system, you can do anything and you need to show them how thankful you are. Now is the time to really show your appreciation in a big way.
The year 2018 has really been full of exploration for you. Youve moved on from people who were only using you and made your way to those who actually care. While leaving those who were not doing you any good behind was hard, it was important. Maybe you need to spend some time getting to know yourself more before 2019 makes its way here.
The year 2018 helped you truly find freedom. As someone who is strong but guarded youve been searching for freedom for so long, finally having it feels amazing doesnt it? Spend some time exploring...
EU and 27 countries vow to toughen commitments as environment minister's address at COP24 UN climate change summit accused of flying in face of realityAustralia will not commit to larger carbon emissions reductions above its Paris agreement target, despite a coalition of former allies and Pacific neighbours urging greater cuts.In Paris in 2015 Australia was a part of a bloc of countries called the High Ambition Coalition, which includes the UK, the EU, New Zealand, the Marshall [...]
Read time: 11 minsA startling new report on climate change from the Trump administration makes clear that if the U.S. government and other major polluters don't do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the resulting climate impacts will be dramatic and costly, both to the U.S. economy and the long-term livability of the planet. These dire warnings are nothing new, but they come at a time when the Democratic party appears potentially willing to invest serious political capital on the [...]
WASHINGTON The United States and China have taken pains this week to emphasize that their trade talks are entirely separate from the U.S. case against a top Chinese technology executive. But with a few words, President Donald Trump obliterated the distinction.
Trump said Tuesday hed wade into the case against Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecommunications giant Huawei, if it would help produce a trade agreement with China.
If I think its good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made which is a very important thing whats good for national security I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary, Trump told Reuters in an interview.
The comment suggests Meng could be a political pawn in negotiations and makes things more awkward for Canada, which arrested her on Americas behalf during a Dec. 1 layover at the Vancouver airport.
Responding to Trumps comment, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday: Regardless of what goes on in other countries, Canada is, and will always remain, a country of the rule of law.
Are we now saying: You violated U.S. law but if youre willing to buy more U.S. soybeans we can look the other way? asked Wendy Cutler, a former U.S. trade negotiator who is now vice president at the Asia Society Policy Institute.
A Canadian court on Tuesday released Meng on bail, confining her to Vancouver and its suburbs while she awaits possible extradition to the United States. The U.S. accuses Huawei, the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies, of using a Hong Kong shell company to do business with Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.
In what appears to be retaliation against Canada for arresting Meng, Chinese authorities on Monday detained a former Canadian diplomat, Michael Kovrig, in Beijing.
Trumps comments were very unfortunate and probably did not reflect a great deal of thought, said Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Trudeau. We have a judicial process under way and it will take its course. Canada is paying a significant price for doing the right thing by upholding the rule of law and discharging its treaty obligations. President Trump should be aware of that.
A senior Canadian government official told reporters that China informed the Canadian government on Wednesday that Kovrig was in the custody of Beijing state security, but did not say why he was detained or where he was being held. Hours earlier, Chinas foreign ministry denied any knowledge of the detention.
Canada has also asked China for extra security at its embassy because of protests and anti-Canadian sentiment and has advised foreign service staff to be prudent and take precautions, another official...
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused US National Security Advisor John Bolton of preparing a plot to overthrow and murder him He also has called out the Colombian leader Ivan Duque as being Boltons accomplice. [...]
The post Venezuelas Maduro Accuses John Bolton Of Preparing Plot To Assassinate Him appeared first on News Punch.
A young woman with a crush on Dylan Storm Roof was entrapped by the FBI and hit with terrorism charges (archived). As per their usual modus operandi, the USG stooges further isolated and aggravated the socially isolated young woman until their became her entire social circle after which, the stooges arrested her in Toledo, Ohio. Earlier this week, also in Toledo, an FBI radicalized ISIS sympathizer was arrested after being similarly prepped for captivity by USG stooges (archived).
On Dec. 3, it was announced that Tribune Media would be acquired by Nexstar Media Group for over $4 billion. The resulting company will own over 200 television stations, giving it incredible access to American homes across the country through their local news programming.
Although less overtly political than their cousins on cable, local news stations have come under increased scrutiny after the viral controversy aroused in early 2018 by a must-run segment on stations owned by Sinclair Media. In the segment, news anchors read from a script decrying biased and false news on social media and other news outlets. The script was passed down from Sinclairs corporate office in Maryland.
Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think said the script. This is extremely dangerous to a democracy.
Many Americans rely on stations owned by companies like Sinclair, Tribune Media and Nexstar Media Group to stay informed on local politics. But, aside from their reporting, these organizations dabble directly in politics and elections more than one might expect.
Nexstar Media Groups PAC, for instance, has steadily ramped up its spending on political causes from 2014, with $27,100 spent that year, $95,700 spent in 2016 and $196,500 in 2018. The PAC favors Republicans, but only slightly. (They gave $5,000 to Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) in the 2018 cycle, but also gave $2,500 to Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.))
The PAC gave $10,000 to...
December 13th, 2018 By Dr. Joseph Mercola Contributing writer for Wake Up World The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compile and keep a current list of chemical substances manufactured or processed in the U.S. That list1 currently includes about 85,000 chemicals. Among them are 10,000 chemicals allowed to be added to 
The blatant arrest of a Chinese telecoms executive in Canada on behalf of the US is shrouded in obscure legalistic claims. But the bottom line is clear; the US is abusing the legal process to pursue lawless economic interests. This hegemonic conduct by the US is undermining international law and leading to chaos. The recklessness of American unilateral diktat is unsustainable and is risking inevitable war with someone, sometime, somewhere. China's anger over the latest legal spat resonates with similar grievances against the US felt by Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and even American allies in Europe, due to Washington's high-handed arbitrariness. The US is behaving like a bandit state, imposing its demands as it alone sees fit for its presumed advantage - under the cover of legalistic probity. The detention of Meng Wanzhou on December 1 while boarding a commercial flight out of Vancouver was carried by Canadian federal police on behalf of US authorities. It was not even clear on what...
The survey, released Monday by the Amazon Socio-Environmental Geo-Referenced Information Project (RAISG), identifies at least 2,312 sites and 245 areas of prospecting or extraction of minerals such as gold, diamonds and coltan in six Amazonian countriesBolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. It also identified 30 rivers affected by mining and related activities.
The scope of illegal mining in the Amazon, especially in indigenous territories and protected natural areas, has grown exponentially in recent years, with the rise in the price of gold, said Beto Ricardo, head of the RAISG, in an accompanying report about the map.
The map is a compilation of primary information from RAISG partners, analysis of satellite images and news stories published in the six countr...
This 3 September 2018 video from the USA says about itself:
Goliath groupers on 85 ft down ship wreck in West Palm Beach, Florida during spawn season.
From Florida Atlantic University in the USA:
Eavesdropping on groupers mating calls key to survival
New technique to identify groupers by their sounds
December 12, 2018
Summary: Many fish produce sounds for courtship and mating, navigation, and defending their territories. Scientists analyze these sounds to study their behavior such as reproduction. Since grouper spawning is brief and it takes them a long time to reach sexual maturity, they are vulnerable to overfishing. Eavesdropping on them is key to their survival. Researchers have developed a novel acoustic monitoring technique to classify grouper species by their sounds or grouper calls, with accuracy of about 90 percent.
Eavesdropping on groupers mating in their natural habitats isnt creepy. In fact, its imperative to ensuring their survival. For years, scientists have used passive acoustic monitoring techniques to study the behavior of fishes. A particular application of this technique is used to observe the reproductive cycle of fishes, including groupers.
In a new study, researchers from Florida Atlantic Universitys College of Engineering and Computer Science and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and collaborators, have taken this technology to the next level using deep neural networks a set of algorithms modeled after the human brain. They have developed an effective method to classify grouper species by their sounds or grouper calls.
Results of the study, published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, show that with this new approach, the researchers achieved vocalization classification accuracy of about 90 percent for four species of groupers red hind (E. guttatus), Nassau grouper (E. striatus),...
The tire manufacturer claimed that economic conditions and sanctions have made production impossible.
This 11 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:
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My advice in the wake of the midterms I give as a strategist for democracy, not for Democrats or the Left. For any party or electoral group, it is the same: Earn the trust of the changing American electorate by passing better voting rules. Last November, democracy itself was on the ballot: redistricting reform, voter access, voting methods, voting rights and campaign finance reform. And democracy won. Landslide majorities backed fairer elections in states both red and blue. The [...]
EU, Canada, New Zealand and developing countries to keep global warming below 1.5CThe EU and scores of developing countries have pledged to toughen their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to enable the world to stay within a 1.5C rise in global warming.The promise, which follows increasingly dire scientific warnings, was the most positive message yet to come from the ongoing talks in Poland. Related: US accused of obstructing talks at UN climate change summit [...]
The 6 December was the first anniversary of US President Donald Trump's announcement that he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and that he would move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. The announcement was cheered by Israel and its supporters for whom international laws and conventions are at best meaningless and at worst an irritant. Trump suggested that this move would help bring peace to the Holy Land. How wrong he was. Anyone but a diehard Zionist would have told him that he was deluded to think this, but nobody in his administration would have done so, because those tasked with developing a peace deal fall into this category. One of these cheerleaders for Apartheid Israel is Nimrata Randhawa, better known to the world as Nikki Haley, the US Representative to the United Nations. In the UN Security Council, she can wield the US veto to protect Israel but she is unable to do that in the General Assembly, where no state has a veto. Her swansong in the...
Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous anti-Trump dossier, disclosed information from his Trump-Russia investigation to a longtime Clinton crony because of his position on a State Department advisory board, according to court documents filed on Tuesday. According to the court filing, Steele told a court in the United Kingdom on Aug. 1 that he provided Strobe Talbott, the Clinton insider, with anti-Trump research because of his position on the Foreign Affairs Policy Board, an independent advisory board set up in 2011 by then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton appointed Talbott chairman of the advisory board, and he served in that role through John Kerry's tenure.
WASHINGTON, D.C.Philadelphians Abigail Leedy, 17 years old and skipping school for the day, and Dwight Wilson, 24, led a group of more than 20 activists to the office of their congressman, Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.), on Dec. 10, 2018. The group, affiliated with the climate advocacy organization Sunrise Movement, was there to demand that House members support a new select congressional committee to draft a Green New Deal. Advocates say a select committee, which Democrats could create [...]
We are approaching critical mass, the point at which all hell breaks loose.
The government is pushing us ever closer to a constitutional crisis.
What makes the outlook so much bleaker is the utter ignorance of the American peopleand those who represent themabout their freedoms, history, and how the government is supposed to operate.
As Morris Berman points out in his book Dark Ages America, 70 percent of American adults cannot name their senators or congressmen; more than half dont know the actual number of senators, and nearly a quarter cannot name a single right guaranteed by the First Amendment. Sixty-three percent cannot name the three branches of government. Other studies reveal that uninformed or undecided voters often vote for the candidate whose name and packaging (e.g., logo) are the most powerful; color is apparently a major factor in their decision.
More than government corruption and ineptitude, police brutality, terrorism, gun violence, drugs, illegal immigration or any other so-called danger that threatens our nation...
New York, December 12, 2018--Serbian authorities must ensure the safety and well-being of investigative journalist Milan Jovanovi and bring those responsible for today's arson attack on his property to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....
Three IT specialists involved with Hillary Clinton's private email server on Tuesday refused to testify before the House Oversight Committee on deletions of some of Clinton's emails. One of these three, Bryan Pagliano - the former State Department employee who set up the server - defied a subpoena and failed to appear at the hearing altogether. The other two, engineers at the outside firm that managed Clinton's server, appeared under subpoena but invoked their Fifth Amendment rights in response to every question. Outraged Republicans quickly threatened reprisal against Pagliano, who has long been a flashpoint in various investigations into the server.
A massive manhunt is underway in France to find the suspect following a shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg on Tuesday night which left three people dead. Witnesses claimed that the suspect yelled God is [...]
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But their target isn't corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it's Rattus Norvegicus, the common Norway Rat. Comment: Shame. The nation's capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild winters and a human population boom. Washington's government is struggling to keep pace, with the pest control department fielding a record number of calls. Comment: Mild winters? On one recent day, Pittman and Cornes, both veteran Health Department employees, are working within sight of the Capitol, shoveling dry ice pellets into suspected rat burrow entrances. On another, they're summoned about six blocks north of the White House, at 16th Street and M, where residents have complained of an outbreak. "Rats adapt to everything. They can be like geniuses," Pittman said. Comment: And again with the symbolism. On the grounds of a church, Cornes and Pittman poke around, expertly spotting telltale holes and matted dirt trails that signal rat burrows. Cornes uses an instrument like an...
John Salley, the four-time NBA champion, vegan, and wellness entrepreneur has decided to buy a stake in the plant-based pesticide company, PureCrop1. Besides his financial support, he will also act as a spokesperson. Speaking about the partnership, Salley said, I have successfully invested in several early-stage companies and feel PureCrop1 is a game changer, valuable 
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A jury in Melbourne, Australia decided to unanimously convict Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell of sexual abuse occurring when he was the Archbishop of Melbourne (archived). Cardinal Pell is a strong proponent of Argentine Anti-Pope Francis's Child Molestation and Socialism agenda. The convicting court issued an order supressing reports of the conviction by the compliant Australian media.
There are many forms of cancer but it seems pancreatic cancer often goes without being spoken about. While it is a very real threat not many know the signs and symptoms.
Here in the US, around 48,900 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year and roughly 40,000 die from it each year as well. According to Heath Communities by the year 2030 pancreatic cancer is expected to become the second-leading cause of death here in the states. Because it is hard to diagnose and quite aggressive in nature it is quite complicated and hard to overcome.
When it comes to our bodies we need to pay attention to the changes that occur. You never know exactly what something could mean for you, even the smallest issues can turn into serious problems. Cancer is a disease that affects all areas of our lives whether we realize it or not. It takes a serious toll on not just our bodies but also our mental states.
We dont often notice the signs of pancreatic cancer when it is in its earlier stages because they are not very prominent. Most of them are very easy to dismiss and so that is exactly what we tend to do, ignore them. Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of your pancreas and from there spreads rapidly.
For those who might not be aware, the pancreas is an organ in the abdomen that lies below the lower part of your stomach. This makes it hard to visualize with imaging procedures. The pancreas is important as it releases enzymes that help our bodies to manage our blood sugar and so forth.
Below I am going to go over some of the more common signs that you might be experiencing pancreatic cancer. While some of these issues can end up being other things, it is best to get them checked out. It might not seem like much, but the smallest issues can be the biggest problems in the long-run. These signs are not going to present themselves unless it has progressed in some way so getting things checked out is important. Pancreatic cancer doesnt typically have a good prognosis, so timing is EVERYTHING.
If you begin rapidly and losing weight without explanation, your pancreas might not be functioning properly. Digestive issues and weight loss are often very much linked. You would in this case potentially be losing weight because the malignant cancer cells within your pancreas are eating up your bodies nutrients.
If your skin and the w...
Sea ice is the thinnest it's been at any time in the last 30 years, and wild reindeer and caribou populations continue to decline -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Ukrainian army has begun to mine roads in Kiev-controlled Donbass on the eve of a massive offensive, said the head of the DPR People's Militia command press service Daniil Bezsonov. "In light of the offensive on Mariupol direction, Kiev forces have been mining roads in Slavnoye, Berezovoye, Taramchuk (south of Donetsk)." Bezsonov said the mines will probably hit civilian vehicles first and foremost.
With an average of 2.23 billion monthly active users, Facebook has become a central hub for our activity online. While the social media giant provides us with a seemingly unending flow of entertainment but I bet youve never seen anything like this!
In an attempt to modernize their efforts to connect with the public, a number of law enforcement agencies have taken to Facebook in recent years. They use the platform to share important information and breaking news, seek assistance from the general public, and to help make their officers appear more human more than just the badge and uniform. Many have found great success in these efforts. At one point, there was even a police department lip sync challenge that quickly went viral.
The Richland, Washington Police Department is no exception, their Facebook page currently followed by over 30,000 people. Sharing everything from their upcoming Cookies & Cocoa public outreach event to warnings about the winter road conditions following a recent episode of freezing rain, it is clear that they have the best interests of their community in mind.
On November 28th, department officials took to the Facebook page for what they referred to as Wanted Wednesday, sharing the following: Wanted Wednesday! Anthony Akers (38) is wanted by the Department of Corrections for Failure to Comply. If you have any information please call 509-628-0333
While the department was seriously hoping that the post would return some information to assist in locating Akers, they in no way expected what followed. Among the many replies joking about the mans appearance or suggesting that he needs to be locked up for a long time, one comment stood out from the others. Anthony Akers himself took to Facebook, replying with Calm down, Im going to turn myself in.
Keeping their calm and remaining professional, the department account responded by providing Akers with a clear set of instructions, stating: Hey Anthony! We havent seen you yet. Our business hours are 8:00 am 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Of course if you need a ride you can call non-emergency (509-628-0333) and we will pick you up.
When Mercury moves into retrograde everyone goes to great lengths to prepare themselves and adjust their actions in order to compensate, aware of the incredibly challenging times that it will bring, but have you ever considered just what the Planet of Communication has in store for your life when it maintains its usual, direct movement?
Mercury may be small in relation to the other plants in the solar system, but dont underestimate its power! Ruling over our ability to communicate and reason, this planet has the ability to open doors for our future, or to leave us in complete chaos. Unlike retrograde movement, where this energy is altered and twisted, direct movement is the best time to leverage Mercurys power in our life. It is during this time that its operating smoothly, encouraging us to express our thoughts and feelings, making our opinions known in the world.
This can give us the confidence to accomplish great things, propel ourselves forward to great success. At the same time, it provides us with the tools necessary to overcome obstacles and establish closer connections with the people in your life.
On December 6th, Mercury moved from retrograde movement back to direct, bringing the chaos and confusion to an end. The weeks leading up to this time were anything but easy, testing our patience even at the best of times. It will remain in direct movement until March 5th, 2019. What are you doing to make the most of this time?
When faced with the need for change or restructuring in your life, your first instinct is to tackle the big, significant areas that demand your attention. While this may give you the impression that you are making things happen, youll always find yourself falling just short of where you want to be. The truth is that you regularly overlook the small details, the little things you do on a day-to-day basis that are either moving you forward towards your goals and dreams or holding you back from everything you hope to accomplish. You need to take some time to reconsider your daily habits, making changes where necessary. They may seem small, but they will add up to great things.
Youre determined that you are going to accomplish all that you have set your mind to make happen, a drive that motivates you and keeps you plugging forward. However, despite your best efforts, you find that you are often coming up against great obstacles. The truth is that we each have strengths and weaknesses, and no o...
They say karma is a bitch. But thats true only when you are.
Karma is the philosophy of What Goes Around Comes Around. And karma is created with each choice we make. An action for an action. In Hinduism and Buddhism, karma is defined as an action, work or deed. It refers to the principle of causality where the intent and actions of an individual influences the future of that individual.
The idea that past lives dictate current reality is a belief system that ties us to past lives in a negative feedback loop to repay past sins. We have to be leery of any belief system. This belief system also causes us to worry about the future consequences of our current actions. It is a dictate that mirrors the ideology of the Catholic Church that tells us to repent for our sins. It is a mindset that takes us out of our truth as co-creative beings.
Knowing who we really are is powerful. We co-create through our own energy just by being present. Everything is energy and energy flows as a waveform, as color waves, sound waves, thought waves, atomic waves, and love. Love is energy. We originate from love which comes from the Creator.
Everything is vibration. Just as an atom is mostly empty space energy vibration so are we. We may know the physics of energy, that is, energy cannot be created or destroyed, but can only change form. But we are here to recognize that we are eternal energy beings here to be of service to others.
In this life, each of us makes choices that determine our personal reality. Together, with others, we co-create our collective reality. Individual reality ties to the greater reality since we are all connected through consciousness and to the Creator. We are individual sparks of the Creator Source that seeks knowledge to know itself. No one is above another but we are tested to know what our unique truth is. The more that each of us can align body, mind, soul, and spirit, which comes through the heart, the closer we come to that truth.
This piece originally appeared on The Progressive.
In all likelihood, Terance Martez Gamble never thought hed become a party in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, let alone one on double jeopardythe principle, inscribed in the Fifth Amendment, that prohibits criminal defendants from being tried and convicted twice for the same offense.
Yet thats exactly what has happened to Gamble, a twenty-nine-year-old Alabama man with an eleventh-grade education, who is doing time in federal prison after being separately prosecuted by state and federal authorities for the same 2015 gun-possession crime. He is the petitioner in a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court called, Gamble vs. The United States of America.
Gambles lawyers maintain that his dual prosecutions run afoul of double jeopardy and the Fifth Amendment. The high court on December 6 heard oral argument on his appeal in an eighty-minute session, a sign of the heightened importance of the issues raised. Normally, the court devotes only an hour to oral argument.
The case, which has divided civil rights lawyers and civil liberties groups, could impact Special Counsel Robert Muellers Russia probe and affect President Donald Trumps ability to pardon such targets of the probe as Paul Manafort, who are potentially exposed to both federal and state criminal liability.
Gambles legal troubles date back to 2008, when he was convicted in an Alabama court of second-degree robbery. Seven years later, his difficulties multiplied when was pulled over late at night by a police officer in Mobile, Alabama, for driving his black Dodge Charger with a broken headlight.
Upon approaching the car, the officer smelled marijuana coming from the passenger compartment. The officer ordered Gamble out of the vehicle and conducted a search, which disclosed a loaded 9mm handgun, a digital scale, and two baggies of marijuana.
Gamble was prosecuted in an Alabama court for violating state drug laws and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was convicted and sentenced to a year in state prison, which he finished serving in May 2017.
While his state prosecution was pending, Gamble was indicted by a federal grand jury for illegally possessing the 9mm pistol under a...
The highest-ranking Catholic Church official to face such criminal charges. The Vatican's third most powerful official has been convicted in Australia on all charges he sexually abused two choir boys there in the late '90s, according to two sources with knowledge of the case. A unanimous jury returned its verdict for Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday (Australian time) after more than three days of deliberations, the sources said, in a trial conducted under a gag order by the judge that prevented any details of the trial being made public. Pell, the Vatican's finance chief and the highest Vatican official to ever go on trial for sex abuse, left Rome in June 2017 to stand trial in Melbourne. As that trial was about to get underway in June, a judge placed a suppression order on all press coverage in Australia, according to the order reviewed by The Daily Beast. Prosecutors applied for the order and it was granted to "prevent a real and substantial risk of prejudice to the proper...
By Aaron Kesel U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travelers at an alarmingly increasing rate a new watchdog report has...
Everything is pointing to Ukraine starting a winter offensive in Donbass and the possible use of a chemical weapon false flag event to kick it off. The Ukraine of 2018 is far different than what Europe was expecting. Instead of economic and social reform that was promised at Ukraine's 2014 Euro-maidan coup, the government of Petr Poroshenko is taking a brute force approach to retaining power past the 2019 elections. European and NGO supporters have been worried that the powers given with Poroshenko's martial law declaration may be too spellbinding for Poroshenko. They are worried Kiev will trample on human and civil rights in Ukraine.
By Patricia Burke If you or you loved one have a heart and a brain, including your dog, cat, gerbil, mouse, gecko, or parrot, there...
Expand Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha arrives at a weekly cabinet meeting at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, January 17, 2017. 2017 Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom (New York) Thailand's junta should immediately end restrictions on the right to free expression so that credible national elections can be held on February 24, 2019, Human [...]
Incoming Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made waves in late November when she called for a Green New Deal (GND)a plan to transition the U.S. economy to become carbon neutral over the course of 10 years. In a draft resolution, she proposes the formation of a Select Committee to develop a plan for massive public works programs, powered by a jobs guarantee and public banks, with the goal of meeting 100 percent of national power demand through renewable sources. [...]
So it appears the privatization of France isnt going quite as smoothly as planned. As I assume you are aware, for over a month now, the gilets jaunes (or yellow vests), a multiplicitous, leaderless, extremely pissed off, confederation of working class persons, have been conducting a series of lively protests in cities and towns throughout the country to express their displeasure with Emmanuel Macron and his efforts to transform their society into an American-style neo-feudal dystopia. Highways have been blocked, toll booths commandeered, luxury automobiles set on fire, and shopping on the Champs-lyses disrupted. What began as a suburban tax revolt has morphed into a bona fide working class uprising.
It took a while for the Golden Boy of Europe to fully appreciate what was happening. In the tradition of his predecessor, Louis XVI, Macron initially responded to the gilets jaunes by inviting a delegation of Le Monde reporters to laud his renovation of the Elyse Palace, making the occasional condescending comment, and otherwise completely ignoring them. That was back in late November. Last Saturday, he locked down central Paris, mobilized a literal army of riot cops, preventatively arrested hundreds of citizens, including suspected extremist students, and sent in the armored military vehicles.
The English-language corporate media, after doing their best not to cover these protests (and, instead, to keep the American and British publics focused on imaginary Russians), have been forced to now begin the delicate process of delegitimizing the gilets jaunes without infuriating the the entire population of France and inciting the British and American proletariats to go out and start sett...
Theresa May has told Conservative MPs she knows they will not let her lead them into another general election in 2022, though "in my heart" she would have liked to. The prime minister was addressing a packed meeting of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, shortly before colleagues began voting in a no-confidence ballot that will determine whether she can remain in her post. MPs present said the prime minister made clear she would have liked to fight the next general election - to make up for the Conservatives' poor performance in 2017 - but signalled that she would step down before 2022. However, when pressed by colleagues, MPs said she carefully avoided offering a specific date at which she would resign. "She recognises a lot of people are not comfortable with her leading us into a future general election," said the May loyalist and Conservative party deputy chair James Cleverly, who emerged early from the meeting and spoke to reporters.
When Natassia Smick, 28, filed her familys taxes in January, she already had plans for the refund she and her husband expected to receive. Mainly, she wanted to catch up on her credit card debt. And she was pregnant with their second child, so there were plenty of extra expenses ahead.
Since Smick, who is taking classes toward a bachelors degree, and her husband, a chef, together earned around $33,000 in 2017, about $2,000 of that refund would come from the earned income tax credit. Its among the governments largest anti-poverty programs, sending more than $60 billion every year to families like Smicks: people who have jobs but are struggling to get by. Last year, 28 million households claimed the EITC.
Smick, who lives outside Los Angeles, thought shed get her refund in a month or so, as she had the year before. But no refund came. Instead, she got a letter from the IRS saying it was conducting a thorough review of her return. She didnt need to do anything, it said. Smick waited as patiently as she could. She called the IRS and was told to wait some more.
It wasnt until four months later, in July, that she got her next letter. The IRS informed her that she was being audited. She had 30 days to provide supporting documentation for basically everything. As she understood it, she needed to prove that she and her husband had earned what theyd earned and that her child was her child.
By this point, Smick was home with her baby. She set about rounding up W-2s, paycheck stubs, bank statements and birth certificates. Proving that her 4-year-old had lived at the familys address for most of the year, as the EITC requires, was the hardest thing, but she did her best with medical records, some papers from his day care, and whatever else she could think of.
She sent it all off and hoped for a quick resolution, but the next IRS letter quashed that hope. The IRS said it would review her response by Feb. 16, 2019 six months away. Collectors were calling about the credit card bills. She didnt know how shed make it that long.
Smick couldnt understand why this was happening. All she had done was answer the questions on TurboTax. Isnt it rich people who get audited? We have nothing, she said, and its just frustrating knowing that we have nothing.
It seemed there was nothing she could do. And when she called the IRS to ask how it could possibly take so long to review her documents, she remembers being told that there was nothing they could do, either: The IRS was extremely short staffed, the person said.
Budget cuts have crippled the IRS over the past eight years. Enforcement staff has dropped by a third. But while the number of audits has fallen across t...
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Executive Summary: Ukraine attacks Russia 14 December after a false flag. US nuclear capabilities not quite ready, US military aviation is at 40%, US naval vessels are totally vulnerable to electromagnetic neutralization, and US ground forces are vulnerable to geospatial neutralization, hence US under Trump may not respond. This is however a wild card event and must be recognized as a potential trigger event. This is a counterintelligence alert.
Below the fold: Zuesse analysis, Steele Comment.
Russian police are on a manhunt for unknown attackers who reportedly threw a grenade at two police officers near a mall in the southern Republic of Ingushetia. The seriously injured officers have been taken to hospital. The policemen suffered multiple shrapnel wounds to their hands and legs, a source told TASS. "They remain conscious. Their condition is of moderate severity, non-critical," he added. The Ingushetia police have confirmed that two of its servicemen were injured outside a shopping center in the city of Nazran on Wednesday. The officers were trying to detain two men, who resisted arrest and threw a grenade at them. Other reports said the policemen were sitting in a parked car at the time of the attack. The perpetrators were reportedly killed by return fire and are being identified.
By Ben Ratner and Nat Keohane As business executives join leaders from government and civil society for COP24 in Katowice, Poland, a regulatory rollback across the Atlantic puts a sharp focus on the seriousness of energy companies' commitments to support the goals of the Paris Agreement. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report 
South Sudan faces several arms embargo. How has the government continued to get weapons?
It's hardly a secret that there was an abrupt increase in income disparity pretty much all across the globe in the period from 1980 to 2017, as it has been recently confirmed by a report released by World Inequality Lab (WIL). Pretty much the same conclusion was voiced by a group of international analysts led by prominent French economist, Thomas Piketty. The report's findings could easily be described as shocking. Upon compiling the World Wealth and Income Database, Thomas Piketty and his colleagues revealed today the global level of income disparity fell to levels seen back in 1913! In November, the Global Wealth Report of Credit Suisse bank revealed that the level of global welfare increased by 6.4% in the period from mid-2016 to mid-2017, while adding that half this increase would benefit the notorious 1% of the world's inhabitants. Last year alone, the number of millionaires across the globe increased by 2.3 million people. A recent study by the University of Michigan revealed...
Prosecutors investigating President Trump made big news Friday, but it wasn't about Russia. Rather, in their sentencing recommendation for fixer Michael Cohen, lawyers with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York wrote that in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, candidate Trump directed Cohen to pay off Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who wanted money to keep quiet about sexual dalliances. While such arrangements are legal, prosecutors argued that since the payoffs occurred during the campaign, they were violations of campaign finance laws. Cohen, who is cooperating because prosecutors nailed him for tax evasion and bank fraud in his private business, pleaded guilty to two felony campaign finance violations. So no one has to talk about an "alleged" campaign finance scheme; there's already a guilty plea. But what was really significant about the sentencing memo was that prosecutors specifically said Trump told Cohen to do it. "With respect to both payments,...
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a list of committee assignments Tuesday that brought bad news for environmental activists: Joe Manchin, the pro-coal West Virginia senator who narrowly held onto his deep-red seat this November, will now be the highest-ranking Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In his new role, Manchin isn't likely 
An emotional Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to nine federal charges stemming from his failure to report millions of dollars in income and making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump. One of the charges, lying to Congress about his dealings concerning a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow, stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the Trump campaign's potential collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. Standing before Judge William Pauley, Cohen, 52, who came to the Manhattan courtroom with his wife and two children, said blind loyalty to Trump led him to "choose darkness over light." He said that he will work to prove history wrong and that he is not the villain in this investigation. He appeared to tear up as he apologized to his family and to the people of the United States. "I am truly sorry and I promise I will be better," he said....
Angry at Google's perceived liberal bias and furious that the search engine would ever link to negative information about them, US Representatives vented to Google CEO Sundar Pichai about their embarrassing tech problems. Pichai was hauled before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to answer questions about his company's perceived liberal bias, data collection and privacy policies, and its planned expansion into China. The CEO was all smiles, and opened by promising to "build products worthy of the trust users place in us," before the floor was given to lawmakers' questions. From the ideological to the absurd, these questions quickly went off the beaten track.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who arranged the bureau's interview with then-national security adviser Michael Flynn at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017 - the interview that ultimately led to Flynn's guilty plea on one count of making false statements - suggested Flynn not have a lawyer present at the session, according to newly-filed court documents. In addition, FBI officials, along with the two agents who interviewed Flynn, decided specifically not to warn him that there would be penalties for making false statements because the agents wanted to ensure that Flynn was "relaxed" during the session. The new information, drawn from McCabe's account of events plus the FBI agents' writeup of the interview - the so-called 302 report - is contained in a sentencing memo filed Tuesday by Flynn's defense team.
Tensions were high at the Oval Office as Donald Trump and top Democratic lawmakers, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, clashed over funding for his border wall and the government shutdown in front of the cameras. The officials raised their voices, pointed fingers and kept interrupting each other during a rare public spat that went on in front of the amazed journalists for more than 16 minutes. Trump repeatedly warned that he was going to shut down the government if his project of a wall on the US-Mexico border doesn't get $5 billion in funding next year. The Democrats have so far been only willing to allocate $1.3 billion so that president could fulfill his campaign promise. "I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck," Trump said, adding that the Americans didn't want criminals and terrorists crossing into the country.
Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz issued a stark warning about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation Friday following several major developments in the controversial investigation centering around Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump. What did Dershowitz say? Speaking with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Dershowitz predicted Mueller would ultimately "blur the line between crimes and sins" in an effort to paint Trump in negative light. The reason? According to Dershowitz, it's because Trump has not committed a crime. It's only if Mueller's team "stretch...vague laws" will they potentially secure criminal prosecution, Dershowitz explained. "I don't see any crimes," Dershowitz said. "Collusion itself is not a crime. Using information given by Russia to Wikileaks would not be a crime unless the campaign participated with Wikileaks in the hacking itself. There's no evidence to support that." "So what I'm afraid is going to happen is this special...
An Israeli military delegation will state at the upcoming consultations in Moscow that the Jewish state has a "right and obligation" to oppose the presence of Iranian forces and Hezbollah in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. A meeting of representatives of the Russian and Israeli General Staffs will take place Wednesday in the Russian capital within the framework of Netanyahu's agreements with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As quoted by his press service, Netanyahu said: "This evening an IDF [Israel Defense Forces] delegation will leave for Moscow, according to my agreement with President Putin. It will explain our operation here [in Lebanon] and it will make it unequivocally clear that Israel maintains its right and obligation to act against an Iranian military entrenchment in Syria, also a Hezbollah entrenchment in Syria and that of Iran's proxies here, in their attempt to dig tunnels under the border." The prime minister made these remarks during a...
"We are determined to make that area livable and peaceful," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. Turkey intends to launch a military operation in the north-east of Syria in coming days, the Turkish president said, adding that this step will facilitate political solution for the region. "The time has come to carry out our intention to neutralize terrorists in the east of the Euphrates. In the coming days, an operation will be launched there. The United States has been informed. We decisively want to bring peace and tranquility to civilians in the east of the Euphrates, as we have already done in other regions of Syria," the president said. Earlier, the Turkish Security Council stated that the main threat to the political settlement in Syria is coming from the Kurdish-held territories in the country's northeast. The Security Council said in a statement: "During the meeting [its participants] pointed out that the main threat to the political settlement in Syria is...
By Oiwan Lam Authorities in Beijing have launched a nationwide crackdown on mainland Chinese Twitter users. The December 5 release of 42 testimonies collected by...
In the incessant self-praise of the US imperial project, kept safe in a state of permanently enforced amnesia, occasional writings prod and puncture. Mark Twain expressed an ashamed horror at the treatment of the Philippines; Ulysses Grant, despite being a victorious general of the Union forces in the Civil War and US president, could reflect that his country might, some day, face its comeuppance from those whose lands had been pinched.
In the garrison state that emerged during the Cold War, the New Left provided antidotes of varying strength to the illusion of a good, faultless America, even if much of this was confined to university campuses. Mainstream newspaper channels remained sovereign and aloof from such debates, even if the Vietnam War did, eventually, bite.
The late William Blum, former computer programmer in the US State Department and initial enthusiast for US moral crusades, gave us various exemplars of this counter-insurgent scholarship. His compilation of foreign policy ills in Rogue State: A Guide to the Worlds Only Superpower, was written with the US as sole surveyor of the land, all powerful and dangerously uncontained. To reach that point, it mobilised such familiar instruments of influence as the National Endowment for Democracy and the School of the Americas, a learning ground for the torturers and assassins who would ply their despoiling trade in Latin America. The imperium developed an unrivalled military, infatuated with armaments, to deal with its enemies. Forget the canard, insists Blum, of humanitarian intervention, as it was espoused to justify NATOs bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.
His Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions since World War II, remains his best and potently dispiriting affair, one in which Washington and its Christian warriors sought to battle the International Communist Conspiracy with fanatical, God-fearing enthusiasm. In this quest, foreign and mostly democratically elected governments were given the heave-ho with the blessings of US intervention. Food supplies were poisoned; leaders were subjected to successful and failed assassinations (not so many were as lucky as Cubas Fidel Castro); the peasantry of countries sprayed with napalm and insecticide; fascist forces and those of reaction pressed into the service of Freedoms Land.
The squirreling academic, ever mindful of nuts, has been less willing to embrace Blum. This has, to some extent, been aided by such curious instances as the mention, by one Osama bin Laden, of Rogue State in a recording that emerged in 2006. If I were president I could stop terrorist attacks against the United States in a few days. Permanently. Sales surged at this endorsement from t...
By Brittany Hunter Philadelphia may be the birthplace of our Constitution, but its civil asset forfeiture program is anything but constitutional. The program has become...
At a time when people throughout the U.S. and around the world are rallying behind bold solutions to the climate crisis and urgently warning that there is no time to waste, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) decided late Tuesday to betray his constituents and the planet, groups warned, by promoting fossil fuel servant Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to the top Democratic spot on the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Appointing Senator Manchin as ranking member of the Energy Committee is completely at odds with any plan for real climate action, May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, said in a statement. Manchin has taken every opportunity to put Big Oil before the health and safety of communities and our climate.
Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth, argued that the appointment of the pro-coal West Virginia senator to a top Energy Committee slot is a stark failure of Chuck Schumers leadership in the midst of dire scientific warnings that the world must cut carbon emissions in half by 2040 to avert planetary catastrophe.
Schumer is out of touch with the progressive voters who will continue to push for a Green New Deal in the next Congress, Pica declared, alluding to the demonstrators who have flooded the halls of Congress and faced mass arrests in recent weeks to pressure lawmakers to support ambitious climate solutions.
The West Virginia senators promotionwhich was ratified Tuesday evening by members of the Senate Democratic caucuscame amid a wave of opposition from environmental groups, who adopted an anyone but Manchin stance in the weeks leading up to Tuesdays announcement.
Not even this foolish decision can stop the
groundswell of momentum thats building for a Green New Deal.
May Boeve, 350.org
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-...
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday narrowly approved a resolution to overthrow a new Treasury Department policy that no longer requires some 501(c) tax-exempt nonprofits including politically active 501(c)(4) dark money groups to disclose donor names and addresses in tax returns submitted to the IRS.
Under prior policy, donor names and addresses were only reported to the IRS, which was required to keep that information confidential from the public to protect the identities of donors.
The resolution passed 50-49, with every Democrat and Independent voting in favor, along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who blasted dark money groups influence over the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation battle shortly before the biggest dark money spender in the confirmation process spent $5 million thanking her for her vote. Republicans opposed the measure, but Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) did not cast a vote.
The resolution still needs House approval and...
Since Seattle high schools decided to start an hour later, students have been getting more sleep and school attendance and grades have improved
Turns out most consumers arent willing to invest more than $200 in a smart speaker. Thanks to deals, the HomePod is now within $50 of that price range.
Signs that Apples HomePod smart speaker has been less than a blockbuster are increasingand the market for lower-priced smart speakers is expanding.
When charges of "racism" and "xenophobia" fail, Democrats' fallback argument against President Trump's proposed border wall is that it simply "won't work," so why waste billions building it? Tell that to the residents of El Paso, Texas. Federal data show a far-less imposing wall than the one Trump envisions - a two-story corrugated metal fence first erected under the Bush administration - already has dramatically curtailed both illegal border crossings and crime in Texas' sixth-largest city, which borders the high-crime Mexican city of Juarez. In fact, the number of deportable illegal immigrants located by the US Border Patrol plummeted by more than 89 percent over the five-year period during which the controversial new fence was built, according to Homeland Security data reviewed by me. When the project first started in 2006, illegal crossings totaled 122,261, but by 2010, when the 131-mile fence was completed from one end of El Paso out into the New Mexico desert, immigrant...
The Knesset voted down today, by a margin of 71-38, the Basic Law: Equality bill, tabled by MK Mossi Raz (Meretz). The text of the bill was clear and concise: "The State of Israel shall maintain equal political rights amongst all its citizens, without any difference between religions, race and sex." This is a direct quote from Israel's Declaration of Independence. Following the resignation of Defense Minister Lieberman a few weeks back, the governing coalition has a razor-thin margin of one vote: it controls 61 one votes out of 120. However, the coalition enjoyed the support of Yesh Atid, led by Israel's Trump wannabe, Yair Lapid. Its eleven votes are unlikely to have delivered victory to the opposition, however, as many members of the Zionist Camp fled the hall before the vote.
For decades, Serbian investigators and a few Western officials including ex-Hague Tribunal prosecutor Carla Del Ponte have accused Kosovar Albanian officials of presiding over a gruesome campaign to harvest the organs of Serbian POWs. Now, for the first time, Sputnik has been shown excerpts from a UN report investigating the matter. Milovan Drecun, chairman of Serbia's parliamentary committee on Kosovo-Metohija, has shown Sputnik Serbia never-before-seen papers from a 2004 UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) report on the so-called 'Yellow house' in northern Albania, a site alleged to have been at the heart of the illegal organ harvesting operation run by Albanian Kosovar mafias between 1998 and 2001. A copy of this report was obtained by a Serbian parliamentary working group collecting evidence of alleged war crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army against the Serbian people.
LyricsI know its hard to tell how mixed up you feel
Hoping what you need is behind every door
Each time you get hurt, I dont want you to change
Because everyone has hopes, youre human after allThe feeling sometimes wishing you were someone else
Feeling as though you never belong
This feeling is not sadness, this feeling is not joy
I truly understand, please dont cry nowPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, please dont leave here
I dont want you to hate for all the hurt that you feel
The world is just illusion trying to change youBeing like you are, well, this is something else
Who would comprehend? But some that do lay claim
Divine purpose blesses them, thats not what I believe
And it doesnt matter anywayA part of your soul ties you to the next world
Or maybe to the last but Im still not sure
But what I do know is to us the world is different
As we are to the world, I guess you would know thatPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, please dont leave here
I dont want you to hate for all the hurt that you feel
The world is just illusion trying to change youPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, oh please dont leave here
I dont want you to change for all the hurt that you feel
This world is just illusion always trying to change youPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, please dont leave here
I dont want you to hate for all the hurt that you feel
This world is just illusion, trying to change youPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, oh please dont leave here
I dont want you to change for all the hurt that you feel
This world is just illusion always trying to change you
Songwriters: Marcus Harris / Simon Anthony James Finnegan...
By Meadow Clark More than 1,400 Google staff, many journalists, and human rights organizations are calling on Google to halt its controversial project called Dragonfly....
Yes, there is rubble, in fact total destruction, in some of the neighborhoods of Homs, Aleppo, in the outskirts of Damascus, and elsewhere. Yes, there are terrorists and 'foreign forces' in Idlib and in several smaller pockets in some parts of the country. Yes, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives and millions are either in exile, or internally displaced. But the country of Syria is standing tall. It did not crumble like Libya or Iraq did. It never surrendered. It never even considered surrender as an option. It went through total agony, through fire and unimaginable pain, but in the end, it won. It almost won. And the victory will, most likely, be final in 2019.
Newly declassified CIA documents have revealed further details of the horrific experiments that took place during the agencys infamous Project MKUltra.
MKUltra was a CIA operation that involved extreme methods of mind control that were tested on US and Canadian citizens. The projects began in the 1940s and ran until the 1970s when the details of the experiments were exposed because victims began speaking out about the conditions that they were subjected to.
There were 150 sub-projects within the MKU program, many involved advanced brainwashing techniques using mind-altering drugs, sensory deprivation and electroshock therapy.
In the most recent documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by investigative reporter John Greenewald, new details were revealed about some of the animal experimentation that took place during MKU.
Greenewald published a large cache of files from the release on his website, The Black Vault, which has taken a special interest in government mind control operations and other secret programs. In one declassified letter a behavior modification expert describes his work in conducting brain surgery on six different dogs to rewire their brains so they could be controlled remotely.
The author of the letter writes:
As you know, I spent about three years working in the research area of rewarding electrical stimulation of the brain. In the laboratory, we performed a number of experiments with rats; in the open field, we employed dogs of several breeds.
Another report is also in the file, which was titled Remote Control Behavior with Rewarding Electrical Stimulation of the Brain, and published in 1965.
The report stated:
The specific aim of the research program was to examine the possibility of controlling the behavior of a dog, in an open field, by means of remotely triggering electrical stimulation of the brain, the report states. Such a system depends for its effectiveness on two properties of electrical stimulation delivered to certain deep lying structures of the dog brain: the well-known reward effect, and a tendency for such stimulation to initiate and maintain locomotion in a direction which is accompanied by the continued delivery of stimulation.
From the descriptions made in the report, the experiments seemed extremely inhumane, with notes that the surgical procedur...
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip The small town of Abassan in the Gaza Strip is a tough place to infiltrate everyone knows everyone else and outsiders passing through quickly attract attention. So when strangers drove through town, suspicious Hamas security men stopped the van and questioned those inside.
The answers didnt add up.
With their covers about to be blown, the Israeli undercover forces inside the vehicle opened fire, setting off a fierce battle that left eight people dead and triggered a brief but intense round of cross-border fighting.
A month after the exchange, the raid remains clouded in mystery. The Israeli army has kept mum, while Hamas officials have declined to comment publicly as they investigate the incident. With each side protective of its secrets, and possibly keen to spread disinformation, the full story may never be known.
But based on interviews with Hamas officials, a picture is emerging of a carefully planned Israeli intelligence operation in which agents posing as Palestinian aid workers may have gone undetected for up to two weeks before it went awry. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing a Hamas gag order.
In the meantime, Hamas has tightened security in Gaza and is questioning foreign visitors such as journalists and aid workers; it has also sentenced six alleged collaborators to death.
We take security measures after any security incident to ensure it doesnt happen again, said Iyad al-Bozum, spokesman for Hamas Interior Ministry, which is leading the investigation.
Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies that have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized control of Gaza in 2007 from the rival Palestinian Authority. Israel and Egypt have blockaded Gaza by air, land and sea since the takeover.
Sending an undercover unit into Gaza would be complicated and risky. With Gaza fenced off, the border area is closely watched by Hamas. Only a handful of crossings operate. Parachuting in or bursting through the border would almost certainly be detected.
Hamas officials believe the Israeli team was disguised as aid workers and entered Gaza through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing, a fortress-like facility through which all civilian traffic passes.
On the Gaza side of the crossing, the team passed through two checkpoints one controlled by the Palestinian Authority and the second controlled by Hamas using forged IDs with the names of well-known local Palestinian families. Hamas has released a number of images of people it says were squad members. In Israel, the military censor barred publication of the photos, forcing local media to blur the images.
The Associated Press spoke to eight Hamas figures, including some security officials....
Six MPs who could succeed Theresa May
May loses a vote of no confidence on Wednesday evening,
the starting gun will be fired on who will be the next Prime
With no obvious candidate to succeed her, the race to Downing Street is set to be highly unpredictable.
City A.M. looks at six of the most likely candidates:
Boris Johnson CITY TALK
Boris Johnson quit cabinet over Mays Brexit deal and has pilloried it from the sidelines ever since (Source: Getty)
It feels like Boris Johnson has been running a continuous leadership campaign since about 2007, but the former London Mayor famously ducked the challenge in 2016 after being knifed by Michael Gove.
His tenure as foreign secretary did little to cover himself in glory (F*** business was one of his more enduring interventions) but he still has as loyal band of followers who believe he is the man to unite the country.
Johnson, complete with a slimmer waistline and neater haircut, was spotted walking through one of Parliaments cafes with Owen Paterson on Wednesday morning just hours after Paterson had put in a letter calling for Theresa May to go.
Weakness: Serious times need serious peopleis that really BoJo?
Odds (to be next Prime Minister): 5/1
Dominic Raab quit as Brexit secretary last month (Source: Getty)
The second Brexit secretary to quit this year, Dominic Raab was being talked up as a future Conservative party leader long before he was promoted to Cabinet.
A lawyer by trade who worked in the Foreign Office, Raab could present himself as a level-headed operator ready to take over the neg...
By B.N. Frank Unfortunately, decades of research has already proven that exposure to all sources of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation is NOT HARMLESS...
MEDELLN, COLOMBIA A large child sex slavery ring overseen by Israelis was dismantled by Colombian police earlier this week, in a story that has shocked Colombia and much of Latin America but received minimal coverage from mainstream Western media outlets. The network had been active since 2011 and expressly recruited young, underage females in situations of economic hardship or domestic abuse to work as sex slaves catering to Israeli tourists visiting Colombia.
Colombian authorities first began to investigate the sex slavery network in June 2016 following the murder of Israeli citizen Shay Azran in the Colombian city of Medelln. Soon after, Azrans murderer was found to be another Israeli, Assi Ben Mush, an ex-IDF soldier who was known for his past involvement in both drug and human trafficking in the early 2000s. However, Mush was never arrested for Azrans murder.
As authorities delved deeper into Mushs current activities while investigating the homicide, they determined that he was the owner of a hostel in Cartagena, Colombia and that he was also one of the coordinators of tourism packages sold exclusively to Israeli men visiting Colombia.
According to judicial sources cited by El Colombiano, the tourism packages sold by Mush and his cohorts involved taking Israeli men most of them businessmen or men who recently ended their compulsory military service in the IDF to parties at a variety of locales such as hostels, hotels, farms and yachts, where the main attraction was the sexual exploitation of underage women and the mass consumption of narcotics and alcohol. The sites where the exploitation occurred offered lodging or services exclusively to Israeli tourists, a practice that is surprisingly common in frequented tourist destinations throughout South America.
Mush was expelled from Colombia in November of last year after a massive sex party was broken up by police and illicit drugs were found at the scene. By that time, authorities had already determined the existence of the network and his accomplices....
There was no need for the IDF to raid the Palestinian news agency office in Ramallah and use force and tear gas to seize CCTV footage, as they could have asked for it and got it, WAFA editor Maher Abukhater has said. Israeli soldiers raided the office of the Palestinian news agency WAFA in the West Bank on Monday. According to the agency, soldiers fired tear gas and seized footage from surveillance cameras while searching the building. Israel gave no reason for the raid, but it is believed the action is connected to the IDF's search for the perpetrator of an attack on Sunday which left seven Israelis wounded. RT spoke to Maher Abukhater, English desk editor at the Palestinian news agency, who was there at the time of the raid and described how events unfolded.
A group of Brexiters determined to end Mays leadership gathered in the plush office in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon to discuss tactics ahead of the no confidence vote set to begin just hours later.
Former Brexit minister Steve Baker the shop steward of the European Research Group was among those in the meeting, along with Duncan Smiths old Maastricht rebel ally Sir Bernard Jenkin.
Duncan Smith has repeatedly claimed he would not submit a letter of no confidence to trigger a vote as he was subject to such an action when he was leader in 2003 although he has said it is time for a change.
Things are spiraling out of control in Europe, faster than many predicted. Outside of Brexit, there is a strong anti-EU feeling in Hungary, Spain, Italy, Greece and France. The EU is in danger of crumbling, and people afraid of losing power are prone to extreme acts of dictatorial control.
How long before the EU truly becomes the authoritarian force that people from both ends of the political spectrum have always feared?
Earlier this year, the EU voted to punish one of its own members, Hungary, for the internal policies of its elected government. To be clear about this whatever you think of Viktor Orban, he was elected by the people of Hungary. He is their legally recognised democratic leader. Hungary voted for him in contrast, Hungary did NOT vote for any of the 448 MEPs who supported the motion, posed by Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini, that:
The Hungarian people deserve betterThey deserve freedom of speech, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice and equality, all of which are enshrined in the European treaties.
Note that democracy is not included on that list. Tolerance, justice and equality, but not democracy. A Freudian slip, perhaps.
The European Parliament vote was, itself, a corrupt nonsense one in which abstentions were disregarded so the 2/3rds majority could be reached. Forcing through a bill that, essentially, calls for a change of regime in Hungary via:
appropriate measures to restore inclusive democracy, the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights in Hungary
One suggested punishment The Nuclear Option is a loss of voting rights. Hungary would still be a member of the EU, would still have to pay into the EU, would still have to obey all EU laws and regulations, but would no longer have a say in what those laws were.
This would, notionally, be in defence of inclusive democracy.
How long before disapproval and punishment of certain leaders turns into outright removal? Can we really say that would never happen?
This month, Paris (and other French cities) have seen the massive Gilets Jaunes protests against the fuel tax, austerity and income inequality. The violent repression of these protests has received no criticism from either individual member states of the EU, or the EU itself. However, an armored vehicle...
The Egyptian authorities have quietly clamped down on the sales of reflective yellow vests fearing that they could prompt copycat protests inspired by the Gilets Jaunes demonstrations taking place in France. The measure was taken as a precaution as Egypt approaches the seventh anniversary next month of the revolution that toppled the dictator Hosni Mubarak after a 30-year rule. Any form of public gatherings are banned.
According to testimonies from industrial equipment dealers in Cairo, retailers have been instructed not to sell yellow vests to walk-in buyers and to restrict business to wholesale deals with verified companies, but only after obtaining permission from the security forces.
They seem not to want anyone to do what they are doing in France, said one retailer. Another added that, The police came here a few days back and told us to stop selling them. When we asked why, they said they were acting on instructions. Both spoke to reporters on the condition of anonymity, for fear of reprisals from the authorities.
Security officials confirmed that the restrictions would remain in place until the end of January, but the Interior Ministry refused to comment on the issue. Over the past two years, hundreds of police officers and soldiers have been deployed across the country to quash any protests or commemorations of the revolution
Alle Menschen sind frei und gleich an Wrde und Rechten geboren. Mit diesem Satz beginnt die Allgemeine Erklrung der Menschrechte: Am 10. Dezember 1948 einigten sich 56 Mitgliedsstaaten der Vereinten Nationen auf einen Katalog unveruerlicher Rechte, die fr alle Menschen gelten egal welcher Hautfarbe, Religion, politischer berzeugung oder welchen Status man in der Gesellschaft inne hat.
Und wie sieht es in der Realitt aus? Fakt ist, dass wir auch nach 70 Jahren Menschrechte jeden Tag erkmpfen mssen.
In November of 2016, I requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that the FBI send over their expenses for outside legal fees for Fiscal Years 2014, 2015 and 2016.
It was not until November 30, 2018, that responsive documents were finally sent to me.
The post Outside Legal Expense Fees, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) appeared first on The Black Vault.
A roaring fire burst through the roof and caused mass evacuations at Googles office in Beijings Zhongguancun tech district known as Chinas Silicon Valley.
The fire, which broke out at 11am local time, burned through the roof of Googles glass-fronted office building, sending a plume of thick, black smoke into the air.
Employees inside were evacuated from the building, but allowed to return later on, tech journalist Raymond Zhong reported. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
The news came after a bomb threat led police in California to evacuate Facebooks Menlo Park headquarters. No suspicious packages were found, and the all clear was sounded late Tuesday afternoon.
It also came hours after Googles CEO was grilled by the US House Judiciary Committee on a range of topics, including his companys planned expansion into China. The plan, revealed earlier this year, would involve Google building a censored search engine approved by the Chinese government.
At Tuesdays hearing, Pichai said that Google has no plans to build a censored search engine right now, but did not rule out the idea in the future....
NEW YORK Michael Cohen, who as President Donald Trumps personal lawyer and fixer once vowed he would take a bullet for his boss, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction of Trump.
The sentence was in line with what federal prosecutors asked for. Sentencing guidelines called for around four to five years behind bars, and prosecutors asked in court papers that Cohen be given only a slight break. He is ordered to surrender March 6.
Cohen, standing alone at the defense table, shook his head slightly and closed his eyes briefly as the sentence was announced by the judge.
U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III said Cohen deserved modest credit for his decision over the summer to admit guilt and cooperate in a federal investigation of efforts by Russians to influence the presidential election, but his assistance does not wipe the slate clean.
Somewhere along the way Mr. Cohen appears to have lost his moral compass, the judge said. As a lawyer, Mr. Cohen should have known better.
Cohen told the judge just before he was sentenced that loyalty to Trump led him astray.
It was my blind loyalty to this man that led me to take a path of darkness instead of light, he said. I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.
Cohens lawyers had argued for leniency, saying he decided to cooperate with investigators rather than hold out for a possible pardon.
He came forward to offer evidence against the most powerful person in our country, Cohens lawyer, Guy Petrillo, told the judge during the hearing.
Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty in August to evading $1.4 million in taxes related to his personal businesses. In the part of the case with greater political repercussions, he also admitted breaking campaign finance laws in arranging payments in the waning days of the 2016 election to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom said they had sexual encounters with Trump.
Cohen became the first and so far, only member of Trumps circle during two years of investigations to go into open court and implicate the president in a crime, though whether a president can be prosecuted is a matter of legal dispute.
Last month, Cohen also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about Trumps business dealings in Russia. He admitted hiding the fact that he was negotiating a proposal to build a Trump skyscraper in Moscow well into the presidential campaign. He said he lie....
Stoneman Douglas report calls on the sheriff's office to investigate SEVEN deputies who 'failed to confront Nikolas Cruz during the horrific mass school shooting' | 12 Dec 2018 | A new report on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre has called on police to investigate seven deputies it claimed did not respond fast enough. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission found that the Broward Sheriff's Office displayed deficiencies in everything from training and command to individual performance in its response to the Parkland shooting. It has recommended that the sheriff's office investigate the performance of seven deputies who failed to engage the gunman despite hearing gunshots at the school...The report comes a week after BSO Capt Jan Jordan resigned and Sgt Brian Miller was placed on paid suspension following their response to the shooting. Jordan oversaw the city of Parkland on February 14 and Miller was the first sergeant to arrive at the scene. Law enforcement officers told investigators Jordan appeared to be in a trancelike state and overwhelmed as she tried to direct the initial response to the attack.
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