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J.K. Rowling slams Trump adviser who called a woman an 'ugly b*tch' on Twitter
J.K. Rowling doesn't suffer fools. This weekend, Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone said some pretty disgusting things on Twitter. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling is scared sh*tless after watching Trump's press conference Some he deleted, some he left up — like this attack on Republican strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro. Really? @ananavarro is fat, stupid and fucking Al Cardenas
These beloved characters are still a couple in the 'sequel' to 'Love, Actually'
Everyone's in a tizzy about the upcoming "sequel" to either beloved or loathed Christmas film Love, Actually and now you can get more excited because two key characters are still together. SEE ALSO: 'Love Actually' is actually a huge bummer The short film follow-up, debuting on Red Nose Day on March 24, will feature a bevy of the original film's characters, including Keira Knightley, Colin Firth,
Windy Clean Green Pollution
Looks like the halo is fading. Today-Tonight is a current affairs show in Australia. Today a few more Australians discovered that free energy is not just expensive but creates its own kind of pollution. This hardly a surprise for anyone who can spell cost-benefit, but it’s healthy to see the prime-time media in Australia doing something other than singing the Clean-Green advertising jingle. h/t S
Hadron Collider receives 'heart transplant'
Engineers have fitted CERN's record-breaking particle accelerator with its first major upgrade. Built between 1998 and 2008 in collaboration with more...
Aussie’s Weird Immigration Interview in the U.S.
Via: “Have you been here before?” “Yes.” “How long are you here?” “10 days.” “What will you be doing?” “Vacationing.” Thornton told he got the sense he was about to be allowed in, so he picked up his bags as the officer asked one last question. “What do you do for a living?” […]
Trump Abandons Cooperation with Russia
Trump Abandons Cooperation with Russia by Stephen Lendman Trump’s campaign rhetoric about cooperating with Russia in combating terrorism was bluster without follow-through, according to AP News , saying: He’s “ telling advisers and allies that he may shelve, at least temporarily, his plan to pursue a deal with Moscow on the Islamic State group and other national security matters, according to adm

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Trump promised to wipe out Isis – perhaps he already has ... | Rich Hall
The president promised he would have a plan to defeat the radical jihadis within 30 days of taking office. I, for one, am willing to believe in this steely man of action Our current president is like no other. He has achieved that rare feat of being both straightforward and cryptic at the same time. He vowed to curtail Muslim immigration and, immediately on taking office, put the squeeze on the Su
Jenni Murray: trans women shouldn't call themselves 'real women'
Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour sparks outrage with article on transgender women in Sunday Times magazine A chorus of protest – and some support – has greeted an article by the broadcaster Jenni Murray , presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, that questioned the claims of transgender women to be considered “real women”. Murray, writing in the Sunday Times magazine, said that she was “no
Why Is Trump Returning to Birther-Style Attacks on Obama?
It was a long 25 hours. But the White House ended its silence Sunday morning with an official statement responding to a series of extraordinary tweets by President Donald Trump the day before. Trump had claimed, without evidence or explanation, that President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump’s phone lines during the 2016 election. The White House confirmed on Sunday that it would neither explain
Kate McKinnon Mocks Sessions As Forrest Gump On 'SNL'
There were no surprise appearances of Melissa McCarthy's "Spicey" or Alec Baldwin's Trump, but SNL still got in a few digs at the Trump administration, mostly courtesy of cast member Kate McKinnon. (Image credit: Saturday Night Live/Screenhot by NPR)
The White House Declines to Substantiate Trump's Wiretapping Claims
A day after President Donald Trump charged that President Obama had tapped his phones in advance of the November election, his spokesperson indicated that the White House did not intend to offer any evidence to substantiate that remarkable claim—and would not be offering further comment in the near future. The statement capped 24 hours of intense speculation, as the administration and its allies
Report: the FBI’s director wants an official denial of Trump's “wiretapping” claims
FBI Director James Comey requested yesterday that the Justice Department publicly refute President Trump’s claims that President Obama had “tapped” phones at Trump Tower in the runup to the November election, according to the New York Times. Trump had suggested that the behavior rose to “Watergate/Nixon” levels of illegality. That official rebuttal has not yet occurred — although Comey has now ef

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Elon Musk: tech dreamer reaching for sun, moon and stars
Sending tourists for a trip around the moon is the latest big idea launched by Elon Musk, a Silicon Valley star known for turning his passions into visionary enterprises.
Thomas Starzl, Trailblazer In Organ Transplantation, Dies At 90
The doctor, who performed the world's first liver transplant surgery in 1963, eventually earned the moniker "father of transplantation." (Image credit: Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Batman v Superman Cellist Returns for Wonder Woman, and Shares Badass Metal Theme
Tina Guo, the cellist who helmed Hans Zimmer’s powerful theme for Wonder Woman’s action scene in Batman v Superman , has teased a kickass metal version of the song, making us more pumped that she’s back for the Wonder Woman solo film. Read more...
Logan Director Explains Lack of Post-Credits Scene, Though It Should Be Obvious
Director James Mangold is letting audiences know exactly why Logan , the final X-Men film for both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, doesn’t have a post-credits sequence. Although, honestly, it kind of goes without saying. Read more...
Carmakers rev up emissions cuts as tough rules loom
Global carmakers, stung by emissions scandals, are racing to hunt down every gram of harmful CO2 spewed out on the roads as tougher pollution rules kick in.
Brake dust may cause more problems than blackened wheel covers
Metals from brakes and other automotive systems are emitted into the air as fine particles, lingering over busy roadways. Now, researchers have shown how that cloud of tiny metal particles could wreak havoc on respiratory health.

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Ellen in Emma Watson's Ear
The beloved actress took part in one of Ellen's hilarious hidden camera pranks by pretending to hire a nanny... for herself! From: TheEllenShow
Watch: An Incredible Viking Voyage—Made Entirely of Paper | National Geographic
Watch a young viking learn how to identify the proper tree to build a ship, nail the craft together, and set off on a journey around Europe. ➡ Subscribe: About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo ge
Lukas & Angele
Un film de ............................................. Zack Spiger Produit par ..................................................... Solab Featuring ................ Angèle Metzger & Lukas Ionesco Producteur ............................................ Nicolas Tiry Coordination de production ............... Arthur Parratte Administratrice de production ........ Lucie Santamans Voix off ........
Emma Watson Talks 'Beauty and the Beast' and Her First Movie Premiere
The wonderful actress discussed her modern take on the tale as old as time, and reminisced about her ensemble from the first "Harry Potter" premiere. From: TheEllenShow
Vicious Cycle: This Cute Little Robot Has No Idea What’s Coming | Short Film Showcase
If you have ever felt stuck on a hamster wheel at work, you will probably be able to relate to these lovable little robots. Watch their repetitive functions spiral out of control in this delightful animated short by Michael Marczewski. ➡ Subscribe: ➡ Get More Short Film Showcase: About Short Film Showcase: The Short Film Showcase spotl
Daniel Arnold - Odds and Ends
Brooklyn-based filmmakers Mika Altskan and Matvey Fiks follow street photographer Daniel Arnold over three days and across the five boroughs as the photographer homes in on his subjects—teenagers lifting weights in an alleyway, grandmothers gossiping on a boardwalk bench, a father who pantomimes throwing his son in a trash can—depicting the diverse, chaotic energy of the city, and Arnold’s method

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Interview 1257 – Murtaza Hussain on the Latest Phony FBI Terror Bust
[audio mp3=""][/audio] The FBI has "saved the day" yet again, by setting up, equipping and busting another troubled malcontent without the means or opportunity to do anything himself. Murtaza Hussain joins us today to discuss his recent article, "Trump’s First Terror Arrest: A Broke Stoner the FBI Threatened at Knifepoint."
Interview 1256 – New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato
[audio mp3=""][/audio] This week on the New World Next Week: Pablo Escobar's son says his dad ran drugs for the CIA; Wendy's lays off 1000 minimum wage workers for automatic kiosks; and Americans have fewer TVs on average than they did since the New World Next Week first started.
CIA’s Drugs, Wendy’s Daleks, America’s TVs – New World Next Week
This week on the New World Next Week: Pablo Escobar's son says his dad ran drugs for the CIA; Wendy's lays off 1000 minimum wage workers for automatic kiosks; and Americans have fewer TVs on average than they did when the New World Next Week first started.
How You Can Help The Corbett Report
Ask not what The Corbett Report can do for you, ask what you can do for The Corbett Report? Well, not exactly. Today James thanks you for your offers of support, gives some pointers for would-be translators, and stresses that the most important way to help The Corbett Report is to help spread the information itself.

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Shell Warned of Climate Change Danger in 1991
Public information film unseen for years shows oil giant had clear grasp of global warming 26 years ago but hasn't acted accordingly, say critics
Most California Dams Aren’t Ready to Cope With Extreme Weather Events
Despite increasing evidence of climate impacts, state isn’t considering climate change for new dams and water storage projects that are in the works
More Near-Disasters Like Oroville Are Very Likely in the Future, Say Experts
Despite increasing evidence of climate impacts, state isn’t considering climate change for new dams and water storage projects that are in the works
In the Channel Islands, an Effort to Save Seabirds and Native Flora is Paying Off
The biggest challenge facing the restoration process has been access to freshwater
‘Extraordinary’ Levels of Pollutants Found in Pacific Ocean’s 10-Kilometer-Deep Mariana Trench
Presence of manmade chemicals in most remote place on planet shows nowhere is safe from human impact, say scientists
This Land Was Built for Bison
A former rancher uses his experience in low-stress cattle handling to manage bison herds in Canada’s Grasslands National Park

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WHEN and THEN it is
some phrases on phrasing so i am talking about inflation in the 1970s and the policy response to inflation and how policy sometimes creates a recession and i get to the point where i say if policy creates a recession then the resulting unemployment is due to policy but i go back and change "if policy creates a recession" to "when policy creates a recession" because the words are stronger by logic

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Buried in the grief and despair of a post-Trump world
Ever since the election of Donald Trump three months ago, it's like I can't get my feet underneath me. I’m not even sure what I mean by that – just that it’s like having firm ground that you’ve always stood on suddenly rocking beneath you, shaking up everything you thought you knew. On top of that, my mother died Jan. 7. The impact was something the same. Both things amounted to the painful destr

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SrY and 46,XX men
It has often been claimed that "DNA" or "Genes" or "Chromosomes" - the three words often used interchangeably - define what sex someone "really" is. That they are the very definition of sex. There have even been attempts to enshrine this principle in law. Reality differs. A case report of an XX male with complete masculinization but absence of the SrY gene Ghalia Abou Alchamat, Marwan Alhlabi, Muh

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Islamic Republic of Iran
Tehran, Iran Now THAT is "hate speech"::: The USA criminal regime (always aided by the so-called “white supremacist terrorist” Trudeau of the moment in Canada) openly threatens a mass war of murder and destruction against Iran, a modern state that it has attacked with aggressive sanctions during four decades, for daring in 1979 to oust a 1953 CIA-installed puppet administration. Iran
Links To Denis Rancourt'S Web Pages
My today's list of Trump PROS AND CONS
I get a lot of heat for seeing positive signs in Trump. But I do. It's what I honestly see. I may be totally wrong. If his actual acts contradict the positive indicators after we have had time to see statistics, then I will certainly admit my error. Why does Trump-hate have to be a religion that we all follow? (I reserve the emotions of love and hate for the people I know personally.) I
Amnesty International has discredited itself more than usual with its Syria propaganda
How easy is it for the US regime to buy out parts of Amnesty International for use in its war propaganda against Syria? Answer: This easy! SEE THESE MANY LINKS CRITICAL OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL'S RECENT WAR MONGERING PROPAGANDA, BELOW. Amnesty International has the resources to send crews of young workers into Ottawa (Canada) neighbourhoods for door-to-door propaganda just prior

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The Unified Field / Allen L Roland, Phd
The basic underlying and uniting force of the universe is a psychic energy field of love and soul consciousness (the Unified Field ) which lies not only beyond time and space but ALSO beneath our deepest fears and whose principle property is the universal urge to unite ~ which we collectively resist at our universal peril: Allen L Roland, PhD "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there
Trump / Bannon Ship Of State Beached
Cartoon Courtesy of David Horsey/ LA Times / Click on cartoon to enlarge The maiden voyage of the Trump / Bannon ship of state is still beached and already there are major leaks while the inner circle ineptitude is on full display. Flynn has been jettisoned, Conway has rightfully lost all credibility, Stephen Miller is a bad rightwing joke, Rasputin Bannon is still penning executive orders from b
Trump Implodes As Constututional Crisis Explodes
"Help me, Steve, I'm in Over My Head and Losing my Mandate " President Trump and top advisor Steve Bannon confer as Trump's credibility rightfully crumbles and the Trump circus faces inevitable an foreclosure. "Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage." H. L. Mencken Stop wishful thinking ~ we are in the midst of a right wing coup. The principle architect is Ste

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Albert Woodfox and Robert King in Canada: Thunder Bay 3/2 and Montreal 3/17
March 2, Thunder Bay, Ontario: Albert Woodfox and Robert King of the Angola 3 in Ontario, Canada for panel and screening of the film "Hard Time" about Robert King, made by Ron Harpelle. Event at 7pm, Trinity Hall, 310 Park Ave. In the context of the Week Against Police Brutality ( ), a discussion on incarceration and political repression with Albert Woodfox et Robert H. Ki
Albert Woodfox and Robert King of the Angola 3 to speak at Harvard on March 8
At 5:30 pm on Wednesday, March 8, the Angola 3's Robert King and Albert Woodfox will be speaking together at Harvard University it Cambridge, MA. Please check back here and at the Facebook event page for more information.

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Responding to the INF Treaty Violation
Quote of the Week: “I don’t think even the surreptitious and very disagreeable deployment of a hundred SS-20s would have a very significant military effect. I think the SS-20s, in my judgment, in fact, is not a terribly useful military weapon. I think it would have far-reaching political effects… But almost any kind of violation …
Guest Post: The Prague Agenda in a Post-Truth World
This guest contribution from Heather Wokusch, a writer, educator, and activist based in Vienna, Austria, recounts the discussion at the 6th Prague Agenda Conference in early December 2016, and the somber mood of the event. The event took place in the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election, but prior to the inauguration. “Collective handwringing about the …
A World Preparing for Wars
William Bullitt accompanied President Woodrow Wilson and Colonel Edward House to Paris to negotiate an ambitious peace treaty after the carnage of World War I. Reflecting on the handiwork of vengeful allies in the Versailles Treaty, Bullitt prophetically declared, “This isn’t a treaty of peace… I can see at least eleven wars in it.” The …
Rethinking China’s Fast Reactor
At the beginning of 2017 a little more information percolated to the outside world concerning the hazy official particulars of China’s aspirations to “close the nuclear fuel cycle” by deploying fast breeder reactors and reprocessing plants. What’s coming across adds to other information suggesting that this program for some time has been subject to an …
Reasons for the Great Unraveling of the Arms Control Enterprise
New Feature: Quote of the week “The demagogue, though he professes (and fails) to readjust matters in the interests of the majority of the electors, yet stereotypes mediocrity, organizes intolerance, disparages exhibitions of uncommon qualities, and glorifies conspicuous exhibitions of common ones. He manages a small job well: he muddles rhetorically though a large one.” …
Tear-Down Mode
Republican insurgents in the Congress are now in full tear-down mode, aiming their wrecking balls at what’s left of seven decades of bipartisan achievement to reduce nuclear dangers and nuclear arsenals. The disruptors are now ascendant in Washington, with the Disruptor-in-Chief setting the tone from the Oval Office. He busies himself dissing allies, tweeting out …

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Paul Craig Roberts: Despite the facts, the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN and all the rest of the CIA’s media whores are consciously and intentionally misrepresenting the facts. Americans do not need any more evidence that the entirety of the American media is totally devoid of integrity and respect for truth. The American media is a collection of whores who lie for a living. The presstitutes are despicable, the scum of the earth.
What Is To Be Done? — Paul Craig Roberts March 3, 2017 | Categories: Articles & Columns | THIS IS YOUR SITE. IT DEPENDS ON YOUR SUPPORT. What Is To Be Done? Paul Craig Roberts The question in the title is V.I. Lenin’s question. His answer was to create a revolutionary “vanguard” to spread revolutionary ideas among the workers, the economic class that Karl Marx had declared to be the class rising

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See, first-past-the-post is working again now
In June 2015 the Liberal Party released a position paper : “We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.” and Justin Trudeau took that campaign promise on the road. At the time the Liberals were 3rd in the polls : NDP - 32.6% CPC - 28.6% LPC - 26.3% The Liberal majority now rests on 43 MPs whose margin of victory i
So this was a *free vote* then, was it?
From the Liberal Party Platform: For members of the Liberal Caucus, all votes will be free votes with the exception of: • those that implement the Liberal electoral platform; • traditional confidence matters, like the budget; and • those that address our shared values and the protections guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Unless you'd like to argue that *not* implementing anything
National Day of Action for a Democracy

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The Faraway Tree - after 25 long years
Never thought this day would finally arrive. 😌 😌 😌 😌 😌 Back in 1992, after my UPSR exams there was this book that I read that really got me deeply immersed in the fantasy land. I've managed to read 3 out of 4 books and when I went to the school library to borrow the last book, the librarian told me the library is closed and cannot read\borrow anymore. To make the matter worse, it was my last

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Time for Brown Berets to be Seen in Court?
The Brown Berets have a storied history in this country, somewhat akin to the Black Panthers. But for this story, what concerns us is their recent history in Tucson, Arizona. Two weeks ago, two members were assaulted and arrested, charged with aggravated assault against police officers, while part of a protest against the Trump administration’s immigration policies. And it was not the first time
Aztecas del Norte: We can not be illegal on our own continent
“In the academy, [American Indian scholar] Jack Forbes created a path to bring Chicanas/os and others “home.” By this, I mean that Forbes provided historical knowledge about understanding that our legacies have always been deeply rooted in this hemisphere.” — Melissa Moreno, professor, Woodland Community College Scholars in Chicano studies and related disciplines, since the 1960s, have long debat
Light skin preference
Lately I have been asking myself how anyone can do work during this extraordinary and dizzying time we are living in? And I am thinking in the philosophical realm as opposed to logistically. And yes, I actually can work. I’m just thinking that it is a very distracting time for most anybody attending or working at a university. I say this because I’m in the midst of some incredible research — on c
The Indigenous and Black Roots of Mexico
by Roberto Rodriguez A generation ago, while living in Mexico, I came upon the works of Gonzalo Aguirre Beltran regarding the African presence in Mexico, managing to interview him, shortly before he passed away. While Mexico is a nation with deep Indigenous roots, his work from the 1940s revealed a part of Mexico that had been previously unfamiliar to its school children and to the national narra

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A Glimpse of Ground Zero
Since today was likely going to be the mildest day weather-wise during my days off, I was keen to head out and stretch my legs. Of course I wanted to do a little bird-watching but I also just needed to stretch my legs. I enjoy being outside this time of year for the most part and doubly so when I'm carrying my binoculars rather than scaffolding material at work. There's a section of trail that sk
Trail Time
We've been having some unseasonably mild weather here the past few days and it really has felt we may get an early Spring. Normally I would welcome this but of course we got an early Spring last year and we all know what happened.....raging fires and chaos. I put this out of my mind however, and hit the Birchwood Trail system. It's rare that I go there this early in the year. The ground is usuall

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An Odds-On Bet
According to the betting odds over at Ladbrokes , President Trump is more likely to resign or be impeached than he is to serve a full term.
Swagel on Tax Reform
My old friend Phill Swagel has good things to say about the Brady-Ryan tax reform .
You have got to be kidding me
If I did not know the source , I might have thought that this report was from The Onion : The Trump administration is considering changing how U.S. trade deficits are calculated, a move that would make the deficit look larger on paper, the Wall Street Journal reported . People involved in the discussions told the Journal that the leading idea is to count “re-exports” — goods that are imported to
Three Cheers for Kevin Hassett
Numerous news reports suggest that President Trump will tap Kevin Hassett to chair the Council of Economic Advisers. This would be an excellent choice. Here is an overview of Kevin's perspectives on economic policy, and here is my old review of his book Dow 36,000 .
Macro/Finance Summer Camp
Grad students and young faculty with interests in macro and finance should consider this opportunity .
The Path Ahead on Climate Change
Click here to read an article in today's NY Times that I coauthored with Martin Feldstein and Ted Halstead.

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Skelton in the Closet
The long drought of English poetry from the death of Chaucer in 1400 ended somewhere around ninety years later, as the cleric and poet John Skelton picked up his goose-quill. We're not so much interested in his poetry (as such) here, but rather in what it can tell us about the state of the English language at the time -- but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy it. Skelton is often given the title "P

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Trump better stay the hell out of Oregon
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Colombia: Three Alleged UFOs over Plata (Huila)
SOURCE: GIFPU and Planeta UFO Date: 03.04.2017 A report by Joe Carpio, GIFPU Colombia: Three Alleged UFOs Over Plata (Huila) On March 3, 2017, starting at 3:00 p.m., a phenomenon was recorded over Plata (Huila) that left locals looking for answers. Three mysterious UFOs were sighted in the skies over the community. According to eyewitnesses, the objects remained static most of the time and as eve
Peru: A Dozen UFOs Suspend Flights in Peru's Jorge Chavez Airport
Source: Planeta UFO and Radio Santiago (Chile) Date: March 3, 2017 Peru: A Dozen UFOs Suspend Flights in Peru's Jorge Chavez Airport A flotilla of UFOs allegedly caused the suspension of flight operations at the Jorge Chávez Airport in El Callao (Perú). The sighting ocurred during the month of February, and what startled Peruvian ufologists is that the Co
Chile: UFO Near-Miss at Chilean Air Show
Source: El Repuertero (Chile) Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Chile: UFO Recorded at Puerto Varas During Military Air Show Images were recorded at a FACH (Chilean Air Force) air show on February 10 Encounters with life on other planets appear to be increasingly closer and are coming to our country. Not long ago, a video recorded by a family in the Valparaíso region from an apartment terrace beca
Spain: Police Look Into Alleged UFO sighting at Santuari de Misericordia (Reus)
Source: Diari de Date: 02.08.2017 Spain: Police Look Into Alleged UFO sighting at Santuari de Misericordia (Reus) Local residence notified the Guardia Urbana to the presence of an unidentified flying object that gave gave off lights and bursts of color. Police officers have not dismissed any hypotheses out of hand, but are almost entirely sure it was a star. "It looked like a large
Spain: An 1897 UFO Over the Basque Country
Source: El Correo (Spain) Date: 21 February 2017 Article by Francisco Góngora Spain: An 1897 UFO Over the Basque Country Before there was talk of UFOs, manifestations of luminous spheres in the heavens were a cause for consternation among people. This flying object was seen in the skies of La Llanada in the
Argentina: Camera Error or a UFO over Zonda? Source: Planeta UFO and El Tiempo de San Juan Date: January 26, 2017 Argentina: Camera Error or a UFO over Zonda? One of the newspapers readers submitted photos of what could be a "sighting" or an error in the cellphone with which she took the photo. At the risk of upsetting our mor

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