Friday, January 10, 2020

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The US Treasury Dept.Targets Iran (China, too) With Sanctions

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Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
*The sanctions appear to be extensive.* .@SecPompeo on the financial decisions facing the Iranian regime today: Do they continue funding terrorist militias in the region? Or do they allow the Iranian people to live the life they want and grow their economy? — Department of State (@StateDept) January 10, 2020 *US Treasury Dept.* *Action coincides with President’s Executive Order expanding authorities to target additional sources of revenue used by the Iranian regime * *WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset... more »

It's The Calories In Pizza That Will Make You Fat, Not The Box: Congress Wants To Ban The Box

Hank Campbell at Science 2.0 blogs - 6 hours ago
A few years ago I sent an employee to a debate to argue over what was more harmful for your body, the pizza or the pizza box. I am not kidding. A subset of activists absolutely says with straight faces that a trace chemical in a box is more harmful than getting fat. And now they have gotten Democrats in Congress to demonize over 6,000 forms of PFAS and open up nearly every company in America to lawsuits. read more

'Gift Of Life' Appeals: Why Do They Work For Blood Drives But Not Organ Donations?

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 6 hours ago
Every time a disaster occurs, people show their philanthropic side, but the same framing that works for blood drives, such as 'gift of life' appeals, is far less effective when it comes to organ donation. Though much is known about why people donate blood or register as an organ donor, we don't know a lot about why individuals continue to choose not to do so. Most people do not and never will donate so it makes sense that asking people 'why not' rather than 'why' has more value. The anonymous data for the study was collected via a survey promoted by Australian donation organisation... more »

California gov moves to simplify cannabis regulatory, tax systems

Jeff Smith at Marijuana Business Daily - 6 hours ago
California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration on Friday announced plans to simplify the state’s cannabis regulatory and tax systems, which have been blamed for enabling an illicit market to continue to thrive. The proposed changes, which will be in Newsom’s state budget proposal, come in the wake of recommendations by an independent agency that the state overhaul […] California gov moves to simplify cannabis regulatory, tax systems is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Avicanna signs medical cannabis supply deal with Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart

Alfredo Pascual at Marijuana Business Daily - 6 hours ago
Toronto-based Avicanna – which has cultivation operations in Colombia – on Friday announced an agreement with Shoppers Drug Mart to supply Canada’s largest pharmacy chain with medical cannabis. However, the products – at least initially – won’t be shipped from Colombia. Avicanna will have one or more Canadian producers manufacture them, which will then be sold online […] Avicanna signs medical cannabis supply deal with Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Tennessee state senator offers bill to legalize medical marijuana

Roger Fillion at Marijuana Business Daily - 6 hours ago
A Tennessee state senator has reintroduced legislation to legalize the use, cultivation and sale of medical cannabis in the state. The bill would lay the legal groundwork to regulate the licensing of cultivators to grow, produce, distribute, transport, sell and acquire marijuana for medical use and scientific research, Nashville TV station WKRN reported. It wasn’t […] Tennessee state senator offers bill to legalize medical marijuana is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Alaska recalls contaminated cannabis products from two businesses

Roger Fillion at Marijuana Business Daily - 6 hours ago
Alaska regulators ordered a marijuana product recall after tests showed that a cultivator and retailer in the town of Houston possessed contaminated cannabis. “This is the first time contaminated products from pesticide and/or fungicides has been confirmed in Alaska marijuana products,” Glen Klinkhart, the interim director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO), wrote […] Alaska recalls contaminated cannabis products from two businesses is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Loury and McWhorter on the 1619 Project

David Henderson at Econlib - 6 hours ago
I rarely watch a whole 1-hour plus podcast but there have been 2 exceptions lately. One is the 84-minute bloggingheads conversation between Brown University professor Glenn Loury and Columbia University professor John McWhorter. It’s on the New York Times‘s famous (infamous?) 1619 project from this summer. If you want to know pretty much all […] The post Loury and McWhorter on the 1619 Project appeared first on Econlib.

Assyrian Priest Arrested During Military Operation in Southeastern Turkey

Father Sefer Bileçen.Assyrian Christian priest Sefer Bileçen, the sole caretaker of Mor Yakup Monastery, a 1,500-year-old church in Turkey's southeastern city of Mardin, was arrested on Friday after detained in Turkish army's operation in the region.

Tired of Winning Yet

GunnyG at 'Nox & Friends - 6 hours ago
because the Gunny sure as F**K ain’t. Since the Liberal Lapdog Buttkissing Media won’t report this, here you are. Enjoy. On top of this… 1. American Energy Independence, provides USA with ability to tell EU countries to stand up for their own interests in the Middle East2. ISIS pimp-slapped into near oblivion3. Al-Bhadadi eliminated, along with his replacement killed4. USMCA now at the Senate.5. New trade deal with Japan done and China soon to be done.6. A new trade deal with UK coming in 2020.7. USG Regulations slashed farther than any POTUS ever, thus creating a roaring economy wi... more »

Nutsy Baloney Goes Full Potato

GunnyG at 'Nox & Friends - 6 hours ago
in a rambling letter verging on insanity! Or a Botox overdose. Taken from CNN so you don’t have to boost their ratings… Dear Democratic Colleague, For weeks now, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has been engaged in tactics of delay in presenting transparency, disregard for the American people’s interest for a fair trial and dismissal of the facts. Yesterday, he showed his true colors and made his intentions to stonewall a fair trial even clearer by signing on to a resolution that would dismiss the charges. A dismissal is a cover-up and deprives the American people of the trut... more »

French Foreign Minister: Iran Is 'One Or Two Years' Away From Getting A Nuclear Weapon

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Daily Mail: **Iran is 'one or two years' away from getting a nuclear weapon if Tehran continues to violate the 2015 accord, France warns* * French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Iran getting bomb 'not an option' * He spoke as EU ministers and NATO secretary general set for emergency summit * Le Drian insisted the Vienna deal 'is not dead' and hopes to salvage it Iran is close to developing its own nuclear weapons, France's foreign minister warned today. Jean-Yves Le Drian said if the regime carried on violating the 2015 deal restricting its weapons programme then it co... more »

X-Zone Broadcast Network - Kenneth Dudley

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 6 hours ago
This week I talked with Kenneth Dudley, who has said of himself, “I know more than anyone else in the UFO world about what has happened and this is a national security issue…” He also has suggested that his field of expertise is military intelligence and UFOs.” I thought this might make for an interesting show. You can listen to the program here: We did talk about his becoming interested in UFOs after he was involved in a car Kenneth Dudleyaccident but no one seemed able locate the woman who caused it. He found her in Colorado, but in his ... more »

Love Lost – Marianne Williamson Drops Out of Presidential Race…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 6 hours ago
Marianne Williamson, the self-help author and spiritual guru for Oprah Winfrey who was going to initiate the U.S. Department of Peace, has announced today she is ending her bid for the office of the president. “I ran for president to … Continue reading →

Serendipitous Timing – Dow Hits 29,000 During Kudlow Interview…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 6 hours ago
The BLS released the December jobs report earlier today showing a stable 145,000 new job gains last month, and the unemployment rate remaining a very low 3.5%. During an interview discussing the health of the U.S. economy in 2020 with … Continue reading →

Are Markets Dreading The Fed's Exit Strategy?

Leo Kolivakis at Pension Pulse - 7 hours ago
Earlier this week, Jonnelle Marte and Karen Brettell of Reuters reported the Fed is focused on a repo market exit strategy after avoiding year-end crunch: Wall Street’s worst fears of a year-end funding squeeze never materialized thanks in large part to the quarter-trillion dollars the Federal Reserve stuffed into the market to ensure nothing became gummed up. *The question now, though, is what it will take for the U.S. central bank to withdraw from its daily liquidity operations in the $2.2 trillion market for repurchase agreements, or repos - after it became a dominant player in... more »

This Is Journalism Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
This is journalism today — Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 10, 2020 *FOX News*: *Associated Press changes ‘shockingly bad’ headline about Soleimani, Ukrainian plane crash after backlash* The Associated Press changed a headline Thursday night that implied that the strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week resulted in a Ukrainian passenger plane being shot down by mistake by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile. Pentagon officials have told Fox News that U.S. intelligence increasingly points at the airliner being accidentally stru... more »

U.S. Announces More Sanctions On Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*CNBC: **US slaps new sanctions on Iran following strikes on US targets* * Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced new sanctions on Iran’s metal exports and eight senior Iranian officials. * The penalties came days after Iran fired missiles at U.S. targets in Iraq in retaliation for an American airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iran’s top military leader, Qasem Soleimani. * On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that the U.S. will “immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime.” Secretary of State Mike Pomp... more »

ContraPoints on Cancelling

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
Here's a very lengthy piece from our comrade ContraPoints discussing cancel culture (not to be confused with cancelled culture). Very interesting, as always.

US Tried to Take Out Another Iranian Leader, But Failed

AP News at - 7 hours ago
The U.S. military tried, but failed, to take out another senior Iranian commander on the same day that an American airstrike killed the Revolutionary Guard’s top general, U.S. officials said.

Boeing Papers Show Employees Slid 737 Max Problems Past FAA

AP News at - 7 hours ago
Documents made public by Boeing fueled allegations that the aircraft manufacturer put speed and cost savings ahead of safety in rolling out the Max.

White House Considers Expanding Travel Ban to More Countries

AP News at - 7 hours ago
A document outlining the plans has been circulating the White House, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.


Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 7 hours ago
Shamelessly borrowed from Chief Nose Wetter: I suppose he could use Limburger cheese, but that might be classified as an illegal biological weapon . . . Peter

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 -- News Updates January 10, 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Daily Mail*:* Has the cover up begun? Iran CLEARS debris from plane crash site with bulldozers before investigators even arrive after condemning 'big US lie' they shot the jet down and insisting Tehran will 'handle' black box data* * Debris from the Boeing 737 which crashed with 176 on board has been removed from the crash site in Iran * Ukrainian Foreign Minister revealed Friday that Ukraine has been granted access to the plane's black box * Tehran has indicated that it will not allow the US to analyse the flight recorders recovered from the plane * US, Canada and other Western ... more »

Judge Orders Google to Surrender Smollett Docs

R. Cort Kirkwood at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: judge-orders-google-to-surrender-smollett-docs] Being fired from *Empire* isn’t the only bad news actor Jussie Smollet has received lately. Thanks to search warrants and a court order, Google must turn over the actor's e-mails and other records to a special prosecutor who is probing the hate-crime hoax Smollett perpetrated on the city.

Iran Denies Shooting Down Ukrainian Jet: History Advises Awaiting Facts

Luis Miguel at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: iran-denies-shooting-down-ukrainian-jet-history-advises-awaiting-facts] Iran called for evidence amid claims that it shot down a Ukrainian flight. A history of wars based on false pretenses suggests proceeding with caution.

Federally Subsidized Smartphones Contain Chinese Spyware

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: federally-subsidized-smartphones-contain-chinese-spyware] Smartphones being given by the federal government to low-income people have Chinese spyware installed, spyware that can’t be removed and that gives agents of Beijing considerable control over those subsidized phones.

Is the U.S. Navy Going to Fight 'World War I' Against China?

James Holmes at The National Interest - 7 hours ago
*James Holmes* *Security, Asia* The German Army of 1918 offers a cautionary tale about the perils of being too slow to develop new hardware to put new concepts into effect. Let’s not risk a German fate. In a sense the Western Pacific today feels like the Western Front during World War I. When the guns of August rang out in 1914, the combatants fervently believed they would steamroll their antagonists through firepower, maneuver, and fighting spirit—much as the Prussian Army had steamrolled the French Army during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, encircling French forces at S... more »

Why Iran's Cruise Missiles Are a Serious Threat

Peter Brookes at The National Interest - 7 hours ago
*Peter Brookes* *Security, Middle East* In light of the seeming effectiveness of Iranian and proxy cruise missile attacks to date, Tehran will likely spend more time, effort, and money on this program, increasing the Iranian asymmetric military threat, shifting the relative military balance in the region, and further undermining regional stability. This week, Iran responded to the killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)-Quds Force commander, by raining ballistic missiles upon bases used by U.S. forces in Iraq. The strikes were largely seen a... more »

Here's How Russia Almost Extended The Age Of The Battleship

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 7 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Europe* Why didn't it happen? *Key point:* Stalin had long craved a strong navy that would extend Soviet influence far from Europe and Asia, and do it in a big way. At the end of the Second World War, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin stood undisputed as the most powerful man in Eurasia. His Red Army had crushed Nazi Germany, repelling an invasion and going on to capture Berlin after a grueling, four year campaign. Stalin’s Red Army was arguably more powerful than the American, British, French and western European armies combined. Still, that was not enough... more »

The World War II Allies Were Not Prepared To Fight Japan's Zero Fighter

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 7 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *Security, East Asia* We take a look at a captured plane. *Key point: *An inside look at an opponent’s most advanced technology does not often happen in the course of a war, in spite of the best intelligence available. The psychological and military shock that the Allies experienced when they first encountered Mitsubishi’s legendary A6M2 Zero fighter plane at the beginning of the Pacific War may be difficult to understand today. The Zero, while being a revolutionary design in itself, had in fact been flying and fighting in China for nearly two full year... more »

Update On The Ukrainian Plane Incident Near Tehran

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 7 hours ago
Some of the comments to yesterday's piece on the accident disagreed with my warning that the purported evidence of a shoot down is yet insufficient and that other causes are very well possible.

"The Limits..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. I... more »

"The US Ponzi Economy Is Systematic Looting on a Massive Scale"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"The US Ponzi Economy Is * *Systematic Looting on a Massive Scale"* by Michael Krieger "The United States has historically bragged about its free and transparent markets. But what the Fed is doing today is pulling a dark curtain around the financing of this so-called free and transparent market. The public has no idea which Wall Street firms have received this $3 trillion or why they can’t borrow it elsewhere. This kind of obfuscation by the Federal Reserve could actually stimulate distrust in the U.S. banking system. The Fed admitted as much in its most recent Federal Open Market ... more »

If We're Lucky, Ro Khanna Will Be Part Of Our Collective Future

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
The other day I asked a few dozen progressive congressional candidates which members of Congress would they like to work with on future legislation. No one mentioned old party leaders like Hoyer or Pelosi or Clyburn nor any of their designated successors like Hakeem Jeffries, let alone the wretched Blue Dog Cheri Bustos. Instead there were 3 Democrats who got almost all the votes: [image: Goal Thermometer]*•* AOC (NY)- 10 *•* Ro Khanna (CA)- 8 *•* Pramila Jayapal (WA)- 7 The three of them are on the Blue America Worthy Incumbents ActBlue page, which you can access by clicking on... more »

Reclaiming the Narrative: How to Combat Israel’s Misuse of “Antisemitism”

Ramzy Baroud at MintPress News - 8 hours ago
While anti-Jewish racism is a real phenomenon that must be confronted, but "antisemitism, as defined by Israel, is a smokescreen with the ultimate aim of distracting from the real conversation: the crimes of military occupation, racism, and apartheid in Palestine. The post Reclaiming the Narrative: How to Combat Israel’s Misuse of “Antisemitism” appeared first on MintPress News.

U.S. Now at War Against Iraq and Iran

Eric Zuesse at The Duran - 8 hours ago
Eric Zuesse On January 9th, Iraq’s Prime Minister and Parliament again ordered all American troops out, but on January 10th the AP headlined “US dismisses Iraq request to work on a troop withdrawal plan” and reported that the U.S. State Department “bluntly rejected the request, saying the two sides should instead talk about how to […] More The post U.S. Now at War Against Iraq and Iran appeared first on The Duran.

Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin Hold Presser Announcing New Sanctions Against Iran – Video and Transcript…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 8 hours ago
Earlier today Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin held a press conference in the White House to announce new sanctions against Iran. The secretaries also took questions from the press pool. [Video and Transcript Below] … Continue reading →

More money for obesity research?

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 8 hours ago
"For decades, experts at CDC, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Education, the Administration for Children and Families, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been researching and developing strategies to prevent and address obesity among children and adults nationwide." (The State of Obesity, 2018) And apparently their strategies aren't working except to ask for more money to fund more research to pay more government workers. 1999-2000 30.5% adults obese; 2015-2016 39.6% obese. I don't find that impressive. D... more »

Quartz Stars

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 8 hours ago
Stars start off doing hydrogen burning, making helium. Then they transition to helium burning. From that point onwards, most of the pathway is added helium, so things step up by helium units. There are a fair number of loose neutrons … Continue reading →

New Entry in High Precision Spectroscopy

Paul Gilster at Centauri Dreams - 8 hours ago
As if I don’t have enough trouble figuring out acronyms, I now have to figure out how to pronounce acronyms. The issue comes up because a new NASA instrument now in use at Kitt Peak National Observatory is a spectrograph built at Penn State called NEID. Now NEID stands for NN-EXPLORE Exoplanet Investigations with Doppler […]

Ten Years Since The End Of Skiing

tonyheller at Real Climate Science - 8 hours ago
Ten years ago, climate experts predicted the demise of skiing at Vancouver. 30 Mar 2009, 20 – The Leader-Post at Now they have record snow and cold in the forecast. Vancouver, Canada 10-Day Weather Forecast | Weather Underground

US As The Globe’s Judge, Jury & Executioner

Ilana Mercer at 8 hours ago
[image: undefined] Qassim Soleimani, an Iranian major general, was assassinated by a US drone air strike, at the Baghdad International Airport (BIAP). Soleimani was traveling with one Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was an Iraqi, born and bred. Al-Muhandis was even elected to the Iraqi Parliament, in 2005, until the US intervened. (Yes, we intervene in other nations’ elections.) Iraq’s caretaker prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, was furious, denouncing “What happened [as] a political assassination.” Unanimously, Iraqi lawmakers “responded to the Soleimani assassination by passing a nonbi... more »

U.S. Special Operations Tried But Failed To Kill Another Top Iranian Commander On The Night That Soleimani Was Killed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
© N/A/U.S. Department of State A wanted poster for Abdul Reza Shahlai. *Washington Post: **On the day U.S. forces killed Soleimani, they launched another secret operation targeting a senior Iranian official in Yemen * On the day the U.S. military killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad, U.S. forces carried out another top secret mission against a senior Iranian military official in Yemen, according to U.S. officials. The strike targeting Abdul Reza Shahlai, a financier and key commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force who has been active in Yemen, did not result in his death, accordi... more »

Les Femmes Fatales: Subversive, feminist, street-roving funeral band

Sarah Moss at Just In - 8 hours ago
Inspired by Tender Funerals, a community-based funeral parlour in Port Kembla, the all-female Les Femmes Fatales funeral band make their protests heard loud and clear.

We crunched the numbers on bushfires and arson — the results might surprise you

Kevin Nguyen at Just In - 8 hours ago
Australia's massive blazes have sparked big headlines about arsonists, but they're responsible for about 1 per cent of the total land burned in NSW — and it's a similar story in other states.

Her cat shares her campaign poster but Taiwan's President is anything but soft

Bill Birtles at Just In - 8 hours ago
Taiwan goes to the polls today and looks set to re-elect Tsai Ing-wen. Her pet cat is front and centre of her campaign, but underneath the 'cute' style lies a much harder edge.

The enduring legend of the Mahogany Ship is no more than 19th-century fake news

Matt Neal at Just In - 8 hours ago
With its promises of lost treasure and the potential to rewrite Australia's history, the story of the Mahogany Ship is one of the country's most enduring and fascinating legends. Here's why.

'Politically motivated': Chinese PhD students say Australia is leaving them in visa limbo

Bang Xiao And Michael Walsh at Just In - 8 hours ago
The Department of Home Affairs is accused of delaying the visa applications of Chinese PhD candidates, with prospective students saying they are the victims of "politically motivated setbacks".

'It's astonishing when you start looking into it': The rise of the sand mafia

Anna Kelsey-Sugg at Just In - 8 hours ago
Modern society is built on sand, but it's a finite resource. The global demand for it is fuelling a sinister black market organisation: the "sand mafia".

Rain brings reprieve in Victoria but storms pose 'dangerous' flood threat

Just In - 8 hours ago
Rain in parts of Victoria gives firefighters a reprieve from horror conditions, but forecast storms are now threatening to cause "exceptionally dangerous" flash flooding in fire-affected areas next week, authorities say.

Australia fires photos show startling transformation before and after destruction

Leigh Tonkin, Catherine Taylor And Bridget Judd at Just In - 8 hours ago
This bushfire season was always predicted to be ferocious, but with months of hot weather to go, it has already left a scar on the nation.

As Australia burns, Scott Morrison is rattling off an alibi

Laura Tingle at Just In - 8 hours ago
Bushfires are changing our lives and that means they are changing our political conversation. This is what we must start talking about, writes Laura Tingle.

Buckingham Palace is in crisis mode — and its matriarch could be losing control

Bridget Judd at Just In - 8 hours ago
The fresh, new faces of the monarchy are all but gone, Buckingham Palace is in crisis mode, and questions are swirling over its matriarch's hold on 'The Firm'. Can the Queen steady the ship?

Should the House Have Gone to the Courts on Obstruction Before Impeaching?

jshaub at Lawfare - 8 hours ago
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announces the results of the House's vote on the articles of impeachment, Dec. 18, 2019. (Office of the U.S. House Speaker) The second article of the House’s impeachment resolution charges President Trump with obstruction of Congress. I previously described the legal and constitutional doctrines that the White House and executive branch have relied on to justify an almost complete stonewalling of the impeachment inquiry. But some observers have argued that the House rushed to judgment on that charge. They argue that Trump has asserted constitution... more »

Obstruction of Congress, Impeachment and Constitutional Conflict

jshaub at Lawfare - 8 hours ago
The House Judiciary Committee opens the first day of formal impeachment hearings against President Nixon in 1974. (Library of Congress) Among the most important outstanding issues as impeachment moves to the Senate is whether senators will attempt to obtain the testimony of senior executive branch officials who have, to date, declined to testify. Shortly before the New Year, a New York Times story based on newly reported emails and communications suggested that the officials who know the most about the withheld aid to Ukraine—former National Security Adviser John Bolton; Acting Wh... more »

Byproduct of Iran Conflict: Increased Surveillance and Detained Iranian-Americans

WTStaff at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Derrick Broze* - As tensions grow between the U.S. and Iran, there have been reports of increased security measures for Iranian-Americans.

GMO Rice Coming to Your Plate Soon

WTStaff at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Dr. Mercola* - The approval is being heralded as a solution to vitamin A deficiency in the Philippines, as the rice is engineered to produce beta-carotene.

From Armageddon to Pharmageddon

WTStaff at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Neville Raymond* - The method of teaching employed by vaccines is to inflict all sorts of toxic violence on the body.

Iran and the Rhetoric of International Law

Jill Goldenziel at Balkinization - 8 hours ago
Jill Goldenziel [Professor Goldenziel’s views do not represent those of her University, the U.S. Department of Defense, or any other arm of the U.S. Government.] Tuesday night, Iran responded to the strike that killed General Qasem Soleimani by sending non-precision missiles to strike a US military base in Iraq. The US military had advance warning of the attack—as Iran likely knew they would--and no lives were lost. On Twitter, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif quickly called the strike “. . . proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter.” Zarif’s interp... more »

España obtiene una victoria parcial en arbitraje de RWE por las renovables - 8 hours ago
10-Jan-2020 La demanda de RWE Innogy GmbH y RWE Innogy Aersa S.A.U. contra España fue presentada el 23 de diciembre de 2014, se trataba de la octava demanda iniciada hasta entonces contra el país por las energías renovables en CIADI.

Corea del Sur apuesta por firma de RCEP antes de finales de 2020 - 8 hours ago
10-Jan-2020 Corea del Sur estrechará la coordinación con la Asociación de Naciones del Sudeste Asiático (ASEAN) para posibilitar la firma del Acuerdo de Asociación Económica Integral Regional (RCEP) antes del final de este año, afirmó el Ministerio de Comercio del país de Asia Oriental.

What It’s Like To Survive A Deadly Rocket Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Military Times:* *What it’s like to survive a deadly rocket attack and the Iranian missile barrage in Iraq* *The lights went out and darkness set in.* “Second rocket, third rocket came I thought 'This is it, we are getting rocketed.” a U.S. source told Military Times, describing the deadly Dec. 27 rocket attack against an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk that killed an American contractor and wounded four U.S. troops. Nearly 30 rockets would rain down on the Kirkuk base that houses Iraqi troops, American commandos and U.S. contractors. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the Joint Chiefs chairm... more »

Could the latest Iran Sanction EO be aimed at the past administration

Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 9 hours ago
Executive Order and on Imposing Sanctions with Respect to Additional Sectors of Iran January 10, 2020 White House Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State … (ii) to have knowingly engaged... more »

Hardnox Intelligence Correctly Predicted Leftists Would Blame Trump for Ukranian Airline Shootdown

SafeSpace at 'Nox & Friends - 9 hours ago
NEWS FLASH: Yesterday your faithful correspondent posted a prediction that the Dems would waste no time blaming the Iranian shootdown of a Ukranian airliner on Donald Trump. “Blood is on that madman’s hands”, they’d cry, claiming that Trump’s kill order on Qassem Salami – er, Soleimani – “destabilized and provoked” the otherwise-peaceloving Iranian military, and caused them to target a civilian airliner, believing it to be a dangerous American military aircraft. I got taken to task by more than one Hardnox reader for labeling that post as SATIRE. Well, yinz guys was right: I just he... more »

U.S. Says No To The Iraqi PM's Request To Send Officials To Baghdad To Sort Out Troop Withdrawal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Iraqi prime minister asks Mike Pompeo to send officials to Baghdad to sort out troop withdrawal despite Trump administration insisting U.S. forces are staying* * Iraq's prime minister wants Pompeo to work out a roadmap for withdrawal * He called the strike on Iranian general at Baghdad airport a sovereignty violation * The Iraqi parliament voted for resolution calling for troops to go following attack * The two men spoke by phone Thursday * 5,200 U.S. forces are propping up Iraqi security and helping contain ISIS Iraq's caretaker prime minister asked the U.S. secret... more »

Was This Popcorn Popped With a Blowtorch and a Hairdryer?

Dan Evon at - 9 hours ago
Most popcorn-related innovations focus on convenience.

Did President Trump Tweet ‘How Are Your 409Ks Doing’?

Bethania Palma at - 9 hours ago
What appeared to be a typo was quickly deleted but archived.

Is This Horse Living in a Third-Floor Apartment?

David Mikkelson at - 9 hours ago
A horse needs a house, of course, of course.

Spiritual Guru Marianne Williamson Ends 2020 White House Bid

AP News at - 9 hours ago
The candidate had laid off her campaign staff at the end of December.

Did Soleimani Command Forces That Killed U.S. Capt. Brian S. Freeman?

Dan MacGuill at - 9 hours ago
Widely shared Facebook posts provided a poignant reflection in the U.S. in the wake of the assassination of the Iranian major general in January 2020.

House Moving to Send Impeachment to Senate Next Week

AP News at - 9 hours ago
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote, "”Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or the Constitution.”

That time of the year in St.Catherine (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 9 hours ago
All the world knows that it does not snow in Egypt but like everything in this world, nothing appears like what it seems. It snows in Egypt in a specific place every year. It snows at Saint Catherine Mount, Egypt’s highest mount in Sinai The photos and video from there are beautiful. The photos are beautiful and they went viral online as expected. [image: Snow in Saint Catherine Mount in South Sinai , Egypt] The entrance of Saint Catherine mount protectorate Management unit at 6:27 AM on Friday "South Sinai antiquities Region" [image: Snow in Saint Catherine Mount in South Sinai , Egy... more »

"How It Really Is"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"The wealth of another region excites their greed; and if it is weak, their lust for power as well. Nothing from the rising to the setting of the sun is enough for them. Among all others only they are compelled to attack the poor as well as the rich. Plunder, rape, and murder they falsely call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace." - Tacitus Let's deal with facts, not soundbites or Tweets... "6.4 Trillion Reasons To End America’s Forever Wars"

"Sooner Or Later..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
“Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

"The Real Problem: At Least 6 In 10 Americans Read Headlines… and NOTHING ELSE"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"The Real Problem: * *At Least 6 In 10 Americans Read Headlines… and NOTHING ELSE"* by WashingtonsBlog "Slate pointed out in 2013: "I asked Josh Schwartz, a data scientist at the traffic analysis firm Chartbeat, to look at how people scroll through Slate articles. Schwartz also did a similar analysis for other sites that use Chartbeat and have allowed the firm to include their traffic in its aggregate analyses. Schwartz’s data shows that readers can’t stay focused. The more I type, the more of you tune out. And it’s not just me. It’s not just Slate. It’s everywhere online. When peo... more »

"Collateral Murder"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Collateral Murder"* "Wikileaks has obtained and decrypted this previously unreleased video footage from a US Apache helicopter in 2007. It shows Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Eastern Baghdad. They are apparently assumed to be insurgents. After the initial shooting, an unarmed group of adults and children in a minivan arrives on the scene and attempts to transport the wounded. They are fired upon as well. The official statement on this incident initially listed all adults as i... more »

Meet A True Top Gun: This Fighter Ace Scored 352 Kills Against Nazi Germany

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* With far fewer military aircraft being deployed by modern air forces, it is highly unlikely that any pilot will even threaten Erich Hartmann’s status as warfare’s supreme aerial ace. *Key point: *Throughout June and July, while the Allies landed far to the west in Normandy, the Red colossus tore apart the Wehrmacht in the east. By May 8, 1945, Adolf Hitler had been dead for more than a week. Germany was in the act of formally surrendering to the Soviets and the Western Allies, so occupying Red Army troops in the eastern German town of B... more »

Going Berserk

LL at Virtual Mirage - 9 hours ago
This may or may not be an actual berserker symbol, but it has a white wolf, so I'm going with it. Nobody knows specifically how men (often farmers) who went Viking, transformed themselves into berserkers. Notwithstanding a lack of general information, the accounts of Vikings going berserk was well documented and their impact on a shield wall (the preferential offensive and defensive formation of the age) was noteworthy. It's easy to turn a woman into a berserker...suggest that she needs to lose a few pounds or that a rival woman has a better dress and accessorized more effectively. ... more »

Pentagon Says A Russian Warship Got Dangerously Close To A US Destroyer In The Arabian Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Moment Russian warship 'aggressively approaches' a Navy destroyer in the Arabian Sea, coming within just 60 yards of a collision after ignoring five warnings from the US vessel* * A Russian warship got dangerously close to a US destroyer in the Arabian Sea this week, forcing the American vessel to sound off five loud blasts of its horn * The blasts helped avoid a collision between the two. The US Navy released a statement and video of the nail-biting encounter on Thursday * A Russian warship is seen in the footage as it 'aggressively approached' the USS Farragut, get... more »

Canadian National Security: Of Spies and Soleimani

plim at Lawfare - 9 hours ago
The Canadian Supreme Court in Ottawa Source: Flickr *Supreme Court Rules That Son of Russian Spies Is a Canadian Citizen* In December 2019, the Canadian Supreme Court rendered a judgment in the case of *Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov. *The court simultaneously issued judgments in two other cases—one involving the telecommunications company Bell Canada and the other involving the National Football League (NFL). The Bell and NFL decisions arose out of the same administrative decision, while *Vavilov* arose out of an administrative decision by Immigration... more »

The Deeper Story Behind the Assassination of Soleimani By Federico Pieraccini

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 9 hours ago
Days after the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, new and important information is coming to light from a speech given by the Iraqi prime minister. The story behind Soleimani’s assassination seems to go much deeper than what has thus far been reported, involving Saudi Arabia and China as well the U.S. dollar’s role as the global reserve currency.

Julian Assange News Links 4 – 10 January 2020

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 9 hours ago
10 January 2020 — The New Dark Age There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back UN rapporteur Nils Melzer condemns Britain’s criminal role in the torture of Julian Assange JULIAN ASSANGE: Countdown to Freedom–new podcast series–interviews on upcoming extradition trial 2019 Was … Continue reading Julian Assange News Links 4 – 10 Ja... more »

Economy Adds Another 145,000 Jobs in December, Says Labor Department

Bob Adelmann at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: economy-adds-another-145-000-jobs-in-december-says-labor-department] December capped off a remarkable year for the U.S. economy.

The Culture War Comes to the Old Dominion

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: the-culture-war-comes-to-the-old-dominion] The Virginia of 2020 seems to be another country than the friendly commonwealth to which this writer moved four decades ago.

Daily World News Briefs -- January 10, 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Daily Mail: **Nancy Pelosi to call a House vote next week to transmit impeachment articles to the Senate so Donald Trump's trial can begin* * Nancy Pelosi announced she will bring to the House floor next week a resolution to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate * She gave no indication on the timing of a vote * 'I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,' she wrote to Democratic lawmakers * Senate could likely have the articl... more »

2:00PM Water Cooler 1/10/2020

Lambert Strether at naked capitalism - 9 hours ago
By Lambert Strether of Corrente. The news seems a bit light, as we all sink back exhausted from the war scare, now rapidly dropping off the front pages. –lambert Trade “U.K. Tells Trump That American Chicken Is Still Off the Menu” [Bloomberg]. “With the breakup near, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration is preparing to negotiate […]

IRAN: Soleimani Was Pompeo’s Gulf of Tonkin Incident

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 10 hours ago
*21WIRE + TAC* | This wouldn't be the first time that the US has lied its way into a major war.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
Do I accept this apology? Sure. *I* accept it -- but Collins's right-wing commenters don't. They're angry because he apologized. Never apologize to the mob. NEVER — Ludwig von Mises (@LudwigMises3) January 10, 2020 But they are. They love terrorists and citizens of foreign nations more than US Citizens. Their words and policies make it clear. — Andrew ‘BUILD THE WALL’ White 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@caspias) January 10, 2020 STOP APOLOGIZING!!! Republicans need a backbone! — DigitalSoldier⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@kfr0329) January 10, 2020 They’re in love with people that they refuse to call terrorists — ... more »

British Columbia cannabis tax revenue set to soar, adding to pressure for local revenue-sharing deal

Matt Lamers at Marijuana Business Daily - 10 hours ago
British Columbia’s monthly share of the federal tax on cannabis rebounded 62% to 781,000 Canadian dollars ($600,000) for August after falling below CA$300,000 in July for only the second time since legalization. According to new data provided by the province, B.C. received CA$7.2 million in shared tax revenue from Ottawa between October 2018 and August […] British Columbia cannabis tax revenue set to soar, adding to pressure for local revenue-sharing deal is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Here's What to Do If Your AR-15 Malfunctions

Gun News Daily at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Gun News Daily* *Security, Americas* Your guide to some common problems. Whether you’re new to the AR-15 or you’ve been firing one forever, there are bound to moments when things just don’t work right. While with other less complex weapons like a hunting rifle or handgun you might be able to easily suss out the problem, unexpected issues can come up with gas operated rifles like AR-15 that you likely can’t solve on your own. It could be that you’ve fired a couple of rounds, but can’t seem to fire any more or it could be that pulling the trigger only produces a click and nothing... more »

Giuliani Speaks Out: Supreme Court Should Rule Impeachment Unconstitutional

Rudy Giuliani at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Rudy Giuliani* *Politics, Americas* [image: U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is interviewed by the press at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. December 31, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner] Here it is in his own words. Democrats’ obsession from day one to impeach President Donald J. Trump, without regard to substance or process, led them to change the grounds for impeachment every couple of months. In doing so they have gone from Russian collusion to obstruction of justice, to quid pro quo, to bribery. House Democrats have put our constitution... more »

The Aging F-16 Just Got a Stealth Paint Job

David Axe at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*David Axe* *Technology, Americas* [image:] How well does it work? *Key point:* The new paint is supposed to be radar-absorbent. A Texas Air National Guard fighter squadron flying F-16s is one of the first units to paint its planes in a new, radar-absorbing paint scheme. The paint signals the Air Force’s reluctant decision to keep old F-16s flying through the 2020s, at least. The Air National Guard’s paint facility in Sioux City, Iowa in mid-December 2019 rolled out a Block 30 F-16C with the new versio... more »

'Deadbeat' AOC Won't Pay Democratic Party Dues

Andrew Kerr at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Andrew Kerr* *Politics, Americas* [image: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks during a campaign rally for Senator Bernie Sanders at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, U.S., December 21, 2019. REUTERS/Monica Almeida] She owes the party $250,000. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most prolific Democratic fundraisers in the House, but she’s refusing to pay any dues to the Democrats’ House campaign organization. Ocasio-Cortez has failed to pay a penny of the $250,000 she owes in “dues” to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), ac... more »

Seven Senate Democrats to Pelosi: Stop Delaying Trump Impeachment

Chuck Ross at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Chuck Ross* *Politics, Americas* [image: U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks ahead of a House vote on a War Powers Resolution amid the stalemate surrounding the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump, as she addresses her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol] Her stalling tactics are wearing their patience. A growing number of Senate Democrats are breaking with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her handling of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Seven Democrats — Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Doug Jones, Chris Murphy, Joe Manchin, Richard... more »

Supreme Court to Trump Administration: Hurry Up on Obamacare Response

Kevin Daley at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Kevin Daley* *Politics, Americas* [image: FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo] This will allow them to hear the case in the current term. The Supreme Court ordered the Trump administration and a coalition of red states Monday to respond by Friday to a petition asking the justices to immediately take up a challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Setting the case on an expedited timeline ensures the justices can hear the case during the current term if they so choose. A coalition of blue states defending Obamaca... more »

Ginsburg Says She's Now 'Cancer-Free'

Kevin Daley at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Kevin Daley* *Politics, Americas* [image: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivers remarks during a discussion hosted by the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger.] The Democrats breathed a sigh of relief. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is opening the new decade with a positive health prognosis. The 86-year-old justice and four-time cancer survivor told CNN that she is “cancer free” during a Tuesday interview in her chambers, which the outlet published Wednesday afternoon. The justice ha... more »

Royal Deja Vu - All Over Again?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*Princess Diana and her son, Prince Harry* *Diana was 36 when she was assassinated - Harry is 35* Prince Harry and, to a lesser extent his older brother William, have always been walking time bombs. Hey, what would *YOU *be like if your mother was murdered by a group of foreign "intelligence" [MosM16ad] thugs--with the knowledge and possible co-operation of your father and grandfather? Only Shakespeare could adequately write about the turmoil *that* would cause in an impressionable young mind. The image of Hamlet contemplating a skull comes to mind. *Hamlet, Prince of Denmark* *... more »

“Hair On” Fire Drill Fridays

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 10 hours ago
I discover "Fire Drill Friday", a silly Hanoi Jane cryfest production... occupying banks and Washington and promoting fear and anxiety. To "save the planet". Continue reading →

The Foundation of Real Writing

Peter Greene at CURMUDGUCATION - 10 hours ago
As I've mentioned before, we have the poor fortune to live in a golden age of bad writing instruction. There are a variety of reasons for this, ranging from the rise of high-stakes testing to some less-than-wonderful traditions to the widespread discomfort with writing instruction of many classroom teachers. The last is probably the worst issue facing writing instruction. It's a curious thing; you don't find many band directors who don't play an instrument or many phys ed teachers who aren't involved in some sort of physical activity, but schools are loaded with folks who teach writ... more »

"What would happen in an apocalyptic blackout?"

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 10 hours ago
That's the question asked by the BBC in a very interesting analysis of how dependent we are on electricity for our very survival in urban areas. It looks at Venezuela's real-life experience of prolonged blackouts, and extrapolates from that to the situation in most major cities. Here's an excerpt to show you the scale of the problem. In our modern world, almost everything, from our financial systems to our communication networks, are utterly reliant upon electricity. Other critical infrastructure like water supplies and our sewer systems rely upon electric powered pumps to keep t... more »

Lee Camp: The War in Afghanistan Is a Fraud (and Now We Have Proof)

Lee Camp at MintPress News - 10 hours ago
Nearly 20 years later, if you ask a U.S. general or president (any of them) what the goal is in Afghanistan, they’ll feed you a word salad so large it’ll keep you regular for months. The post Lee Camp: The War in Afghanistan Is a Fraud (and Now We Have Proof) appeared first on MintPress News.

Peter Ridd: Scientific Misconduct At James Cook University Confirms My Worst Fears

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood New evidence of more incompetence – or worse- at James Cook University, brought by Peter Ridd: The paper by Timothy Clark, Graham Raby, Dominique Roche, Sandra Binning, Ben Speers-Roesch, Frederik Jutfelt and Josefin Sundin (Clark et al., 2020) is a magnificent example of a comprehensive and very brave scientific […]

New Hurricane Study Finds “No Obvious Trends”

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood As study after study shows, real world data keeps telling us that global warming is not making hurricanes worse. A new study by Roger Pielke Jr and Ryan Maue based on global landfall data since 1970 has confirmed this yet again: In 2019 the three most costly catastrophes were the […]

I hear the music all the time

Avedon at Avedon's Sideshow - 10 hours ago
"Illinois becomes 11th state to legalize marijuana: On New Year's Day, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize marijuana, prompting long lines to start forming at dispensaries before sunrise. Dispensaries were allowed to begin selling cannabis at 6 a.m., but there was a delay in some sales due to a problem with the state database that will track all marijuana sales. Illinois residents may possess up to 30 grams of the dried flower, five grams of cannabis concentrate and 500 milligrams of THC in edibles, while nonresidents may possess only half as much. The first day of legal sa... more »

Trump Administration Scores Big on Energy from Public Lands

IER at IER - 10 hours ago
Democratic candidates for president in 2020 are proposing to ban oil and gas production on federal lands in contrast to… The post Trump Administration Scores Big on Energy from Public Lands appeared first on IER.

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