Friday, January 10, 2020

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Large turnouts for Soleimani’s funeral in Iran carry powerful collective emotions – just as Americans saw during the colonial era

G. Patrick O'Brien, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Ave Maria University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 11 hours ago
Iranian leaders seem eager to use the powerful emotions surrounding his death to coalesce power around the regime. History shows that mass mourning is a powerful way to bring people together.

Action Alert—New Jersey: Contact Your State Senators!

Joyce Ghen at Children's Health Defense - 11 hours ago
Reach out to NJ Senators and ask them to retain ALL religious exemptions in ALL public AND private schools.” The post Action Alert—New Jersey: Contact Your State Senators! appeared first on Children's Health Defense.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 10, 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
The U.S. has been developing hypersonic weapons since the early 2000s, according to a Congressional Research Service report published in July last year *Daily Mail:* *Revealed: The 'big, powerful and lethal' hypersonic weapons that Trump boasted the U.S. is currently building that can travel more than five times the speed of sound* * Donald Trump said on Wednesday that U.S. is currently building 'many' hypersonic missiles * He made the comments during his national address on the escalating tensions with Iran after the missile strikes on U.S. troops * The hypersonic missiles being d... more »

Class 5: The Value of Creativity

David at LaRouchePAC Feed - 11 hours ago
Fusion Economy The Basement Classical Education Class 6: What Should Guide Our Economic Orbit? Video of Class 6: What Should Guide Our Economic Orbit? *Join us LIVE on Saturday, January 11 at 2pm eastern.* SPEAKER: Jason Ross — LaRouche’s central discovery in economics addressed the connection between scientific discoveries and the resulting improvements in the productive powers of labor. This relationship is not purely scalar, and demands a framework that can directly incorporate changes in quality, not merely of quantity. He explained that the work of Bernhard Riemann was key to ... more »

"The War Pigs Are Finally Revealing Themselves – And This Is Just The Beginning…"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"The War Pigs Are Finally Revealing Themselves – * *And This Is Just The Beginning…"* by Brandon Smith "In 2016 during the election campaign of Donald Trump one of the primary factors of his popularity among conservatives was that he was one of the first candidates since Ron Paul to argue for bringing US troops home and ending American involvement in the various elitist fabricated wars in the Middle East. From Iraq, to Afghanistan, to Syria and Yemen and beyond, the Neo-Cons and Neo-Libs at the behest of their globalist masters had been waging war oversees unabated for over 15 year... more »

"Those Who Are Able..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
"Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed by the masses." - Plato

"Economic Market Snapshot AM 1/10/20"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*AM 1/10/20, Updated frequently as available.* ◆ Gregory Mannarino, AM 1/10/20: "*US Economic FREE-Fall Worsens. MUCH More To Come**"* - ◆ *MarketWatch Market Summary, Live Updates* - *CNN Market Data:* - *CNN Fear And Greed Index:* - ◆ *Buffett Indicator: Where Are We with Market Valuations?* "As of 1/9/20 (updates daily): The Stock Market is Significantly Overvalued. Based on historical ratio of total market cap over GDP (curren... more »

Washington state eyes marijuana enforcement changes after study

Roger Fillion at Marijuana Business Daily - 11 hours ago
Washington cannabis regulators are recommending changes in their enforcement policies after industry officials complained the state has been “heavy-handed” in its oversight. The proposed changes come in response to a study conducted by a third-party consulting firm. The state Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) commissioned the study. In a conference call Thursday, LCB Director Rick […] Washington state eyes marijuana enforcement changes after study is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

1903 : Dauphine Alps Glaciers Shrinking 50 Feet Per Day

tonyheller at Real Climate Science - 11 hours ago
22 Oct 1903, 2 – The Newton Journal at

Pennsylvania’s Last Glacier

tonyheller at Real Climate Science - 11 hours ago
Pennsylvania’s last glacier disappeared around the year 1900. 26 Jul 1900, 8 – The Boston Globe at

Mt Rainier Glacial Retreat

tonyheller at Real Climate Science - 11 hours ago
The Nisqualy glacier at Mt. Rainier National Park retreated 3,200 feet from 1857 to 1918, and lost 200 feet in thickness. 10 Sep 1918, 2 – Hawaii Tribune-Herald at

Daines Votes to Advance USMCA out of U.S. Senate Finance Committee

Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 11 hours ago
S.3052 – United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act Senator Daines voted along with others on the Finance committee to finally advance USMCA out of U.S. Senate Finance Committee on January 8, 2020 and on to the Senate floor after having been introduced into the Senate committee on December 16, 2019. “Tuesday marked a very important step for Montana’s farmers, ranchers, and small businesses,” stated Senator Daines in his email. I voted to advance an important trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada out of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, with strong bi... more »

USMCA stuck in Senate — hope it makes it through before impeachment papers arrive

Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 11 hours ago
The House of Representatives signed off on the new trade agreement between the US, Canada, and Mexico on December 10, 2019 — just before they rammed through the vote on impeachment of the president saying it was more urgent to get an impeachment done right away. The AFL-CIO had been pushing for stronger labor protections in the finalized USMCA. Pelosi and their representative, Richard Trumka, worked to fine tune the bill to help make that happen. In a statement published prior to Pelosi’s news conference, Trumka suggested they had successfully “secured an agreement that working peop... more »

The Jobs Keep Growing: 145.000 New Ones Added in December

Mary Margaret Olohan at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Mary Margaret Olohan* *Politics, Americas* [image: Work crews construct a new hotel complex on oceanfront property in Encinitas, California, U.S., November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake] The unemployment rate is still at 3.5%. The U.S. economy added 145,000 jobs in December, while the unemployment rate remained at 3.5%, according to Department of Labor data released Friday. 145,000 jobs were added in December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report — about 121,000 fewer jobs than were added in November. Decembers’ unemployment rate remained steady at 3.5%, matchin... more »

The Carter Doctrine Conundrum: Has Trump Repudiated a Foundational Element of U.S. National Security Strategy?

Nikolas K. Gvosdev at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Nikolas K. Gvosdev* *Security, Americas* [image: Reuters] The energy dependence of the United States and its key European and East Asian allies on Middle East energy provided the strategic rationale for American involvement in the region. Now, that seems to be changing under Donald Trump. As the world wonders whether the prospects for a U.S.-Iran military clash have receded and ponders the next moves of the Trump administration in the Middle East, a key part of President Donald Trump’s statement has gone largely unremarked. When Trump condemned Iran’s record and announced new s... more »

World War III: This Is What Would Happen If North Korea Nuked Tokyo

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* Tokyo is the largest urban area on the planet. *Key point*: A nuclear attack on Tokyo would kill tens of thousands, cause serious injuries to even more and cause long-term health problems for millions. Tokyo has a population of 13.491 million, making it by far the largest city in Japan and home to more than 10 percent of the nation’s population. The greater Tokyo area, home to thirty-seven million, is the largest urban area on the planet. It is also squarely in the crosshairs of North Korea’s nuclear weapons. In the event of nuclear attack, Tokyo... more »

Justice Department Probe into Clinton Email Ends Without Going Anywhere

Chuck Ross at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Chuck Ross* *Politics, Americas* [image: FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during an event promoting] It was an anticlimactic end to years of speculation. U.S. Attorney John Huber effectively concluded a sprawling investigation into several matters related to the Clintons without a finding of criminal wrongdoing, according to a Washington Post report. In November 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions tapped Huber to investigate the Clinton Foundation as well as Hillary Clinton’s actions as secretary of state toward Uranium One, an energy firm... more »

Justice Sotomayor Praises New Left-Wing Prosecutor Who Worked For Chavez

Kevin Daley at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Kevin Daley* *Politics, Americas* [image: Images depicting Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez (L), with words that read] And he's running the show in San Francisco... Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered congratulatory remarks to San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin Wednesday night, as the self-proclaimed progressive prosecutor with ties to the late Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez took office. The justice expressed admiration for Boudin and extended her best wishes for his future endeavors as top prosecutor in a city navigating a burgeoning crisis of hom... more »

Patriotism Gap? A Third of Young Americans Think Other Countries Are Better

Mary Margaret Olohan at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Mary Margaret Olohan* *Politics, Americas* [image: Demonstrators burn the U.S. and British flags during a protest against the assassination of the Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis who were killed in an air strike] Who do they think is better? Younger Americans are more likely than older adults to think other countries are greater than the United States, poll results show. Polling conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 36% of 18- to 29-year-old Americans think other countries are great... more »

North Korea's Underground Bunkers And Bases Are A Nightmare For America

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * What lies within them? *Key point: *These fortifications have the potential to not only enhance the Korean People’s Army’s ability to mount a surprise attack, but also to prolong the war, confounding the high-tech armed forces of its adversaries. North Korea, one of the most secretive countries in the world, is no stranger to building underground military facilities. Whether a tunnel dug under the demilitarized zone designed to pass thousands of troops an hour, or bunkers to accommodate the regime’s leadership, North Korea has built extensive undergr... more »

The Beretta 1301 Shotgun Or Ruger's GP100? Which Is Best For Defending Your Family?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * We take a look. *Key point:* After calling the police, what weapon do you reach for to defend your family? Home defense is probably the most stressful scenario a civilian gun owner could encounter. A crash or bump in the night, waking a homeowner up from an evening torpor or sound slumber, is a jarring proposition. Add to that a house or apartment full of family members for whom the homeowner is responsible, and things start moving very quickly. After calling the police, what weapon do you reach for to defend your family? Here are five options. *Be... more »

Easy Access: America's Adversaries Now Have U.S.-Made Weapons

Jeffrey Stacey, Bassima Al-Ghussein at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Jeffrey Stacey, Bassima Al-Ghussein* *Security, Middle East* [image: Reuters] There has been a Trump administration-congressional failure to prevent the proliferation of U.S.-made weapons to the top tier of global terrorist groups. With red herrings leaping out of the U.S. policy stream—a new Space Force and family leave for federal workers—an even bigger one in the form of the president’s impeachment may have averted all eyes from a botched attempt to clamp down on a critical threat to U.S. national security: a joint Trump administration-congressional failure to prevent the pro... more »

Why Is Tom Cotton Hurling the Charge of Anti-Semitism At the Quincy Institute?

Hunter DeRensis at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Hunter DeRensis* *Politics, Americas* [image: Reuters] Unable to hold his laughter upon hearing Cotton’s remarks, Andrew Bacevich, founding president of the Quincy Institute, responded, “The guy is a fool, obviously." The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft is experiencing its first public dust-up. On Wednesday, in remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Tom Cotton (R-AK) accused the Quincy Institute of enabling antisemitism. The institute was founded one month ago. “It [antisemitism] festers in Washington think tanks like the Quincy Institute, an isolationist blame... more »

The Ghosts of the Iraq War Have Resurfaced Amid the Effort to Restrain Trump’s War Powers

Matthew Petti at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Matthew Petti* *Security, Middle East* [image: Reuters] The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to restrain the president’s war powers after he ordered the assassination of Qassim Suleimani. The House of Representatives voted 224–194 to restrain the president’s ability to wage war on Iran, as Democrats evoked the leadup to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and Republicans called for revenge against Iranian actions during that same war. Thursday's debate on the House floor revealed two different versions of the war in Iraq. For Democrats, the 2003 invasion was a disastrous misst... more »

Inside the Dark Money Boosting Bernie's Campaign

Andrew Kerr at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Andrew Kerr* *Politics, Americas* [image: FILE PHOTO: Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the sixth 2020 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates campaign debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, U.S., December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo] The socialist says he's sworn off dark money...but has he? - *Bernie Sanders has denounced Super PACs, but he’s been supported by a dark money group since launching his presidential campaign in February.* - *Sanders founded Our Revolution in 2016, and the group is now leveraging its resource... more »

Check Out Hitler's Craziest World War II Weapons

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *Security, Europe* [image:] Where did he get those wonderful toys? *Key Point:* Wartime restrictions led to ingenuity in crafting new aircraft. During Germany’s early string of victories between 1939 and 1941, Hitler informed the members of the nation’s aerospace industry that he had decided to impose new restrictions on aircraft research and development. However, by 1942 the Führer and his Air Force High Command (Oberkommando der Luftwaffe) had recognized their mistake. With the in... more »

Christmas Ransomware Attack Hit Upstate New York Airport Servers

AP News at - 11 hours ago
The cyberware attack on Albany International Airport was discovered on Christmas Day.

My Doctor And the Vaccine Court Conceded That My Child Was Vaccine Damage After Accusing Me Of Physically Abusing Her!

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 11 hours ago
Originally posted on Truth To Power: It is a pity that my doctor couldn’t have read the actual Vaccine Insert, not the BS Big Pharma Drug Rep leaflet that is given to doctors. Then he would have known that vaccines do more harm than good! They contain Mercury, Aluminium, Formaldehyde, Aborted Foetal Tissue, polysorbate 80,…

Puerto Ricans without electricty, water after earthquake

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 11 hours ago
Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog: This 9 January 2020 video is called What’s Happening in Puerto Rico After The 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake. By Matthew Taylor: Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans still without electricty, water days after earthquake 10 January 2020 All across Puerto Rico, residents continued to reel from the damage…

‘Climate change doesn’t cause fires’

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 11 hours ago
Originally posted on Iowa Climate Science Education: By Paul Homewood Tom Marland is an agribusiness lawyer from Queensland, who understands the outback much better than some academics thousands of miles away. He covers much of the same ground others have in recent weeks, but with the intimate knowledge that actually living there gives: …

France: 36th Day of Strikes and Protests Continue Against Pension Reform.

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 11 hours ago
Originally posted on Tendance Coatesy: “Le «moment Thatcher» d’Emmanuel Macron.” We won’t give up’: French protesters defiant on day 36 of pension strikes Reports France 24. On RTL this morning an opponent of the protests claimed that the numbers out on the streets had gone down. Le Monde says, Strike against pension reform: 452,000 demonstrators…

Nestlé: Multinationals as the New Colonial Powers. A tale of Many Cities

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 11 hours ago
Originally posted on The New Dark Age: 10 January, 2020 — Defend Democracy Press On November 14th the Canadian group Wellington Water Watchers organized the «All Eyes on Nestlé» conference in the city of Guelph, Ontario, bringing together indigenous’ peoples and citizens’ movements fighting Nestlé’s water takings from Canada, the US, France and Brazil. Following this…

Mega-blaze forms on NSW-Victoria border before fire crews take chance to backburn

Just In - 11 hours ago
Firefighters across Victoria and New South Wales battle to contain huge blazes burning across the country's south-east, as a wind change that initially fanned erratic fires brings a brief reprieve.

US, China dust off corporate deals before trade pact signing - 11 hours ago
10-Jan-2020 China highlighted a pledge to fully open up its oil and gas exploration sector. Financial services deals long in the works may be tied to deal.

UK tells Trump that American chicken is still off the menu - 11 hours ago
10-Jan-2020 US chicken imports offend British sanitary sensibilities. Not just for the safety of people who ingest it, but mainly because the process compensates for less stringent health standards.

New Caledonia and Vanuatu meet to finalise free trade agreement - 11 hours ago
10-Jan-2020 The leaders of New Caledonia and Vanuatu have met to finalise the free trade agreement the countries signed in April.

Gazprom v. Ukraine's arbitration - 11 hours ago
10-Jan-2020 Ukraine settled an investment-treaty arbitration with Russian gas company Gazprom.

Swiss court orders Russia to pay damages to Ukrainian firms - 11 hours ago
10-Jan-2020 The Swiss Federal Court has ordered Russia to pay CHF80 million ($82.1 million) in damages to 12 Ukrainian firms confiscated after the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

GMOs in India: Faking it on the Astroturf

Unknown at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 11 hours ago
Dissident Voice, OffGuardian, CounterPunch, Global Research, Countercurrents According to a recent report in The Hindu Business Line, India’s intelligence agencies are investigating the role of a global investment company and international seed companies in supporting farmers organisation Shetkari Sanghatana (SS) in the distribution of illegally procured genetically modified (GM) herbicide tolerant (HT) cotton seeds. The planting of such seeds is an offence under the Environment Protection Act and Seeds Act. In May 2019, SS broke the law and freely distributed these seeds. In ear... more »

The Terrifying Rise of the Zombie State Narrative

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 11 hours ago
The ruling Establishment has learnt a profound lesson from the debacle over Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction. The lesson they have learnt is not that it is wrong to attack and destroy an entire country on the basis of lies. They have not learnt that lesson despite the fact the western powers are now busily attacking the Iraqi Shia majority government they themselves installed, for the crime of being a Shia majority government.

Chewing Gum Revelations about the Relations

Robert at Ice Age Now - 11 hours ago
“A shocking discovery is that modern humans and Neanderthals mated several times during the last ice age.” – Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser _____________ Chewing Gum Revelations about the Relations Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser My Dear Relatives close by and far afield, the science of ancestral lineages is progressing rapidly. As it shows, nearly each of us is ... Read more Chewing Gum Revelations about the Relations The post Chewing Gum Revelations about the Relations appeared first on Ice Age Now.

'Processed' Food Causes Obesity It Says, But The Paper Ignores Obvious Confounders

Hank Campbell at Science 2.0 blogs - 11 hours ago
In a *Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology* review, a nutritionist and a gastroenterologist claim that "ultra-processed" food *causes* obesity. If you are not familiar with ultra-processed food, that is a new-ish designation, an arbitrary metric of numerous things to separate it from regular processed food. All bread made in the last 10,000 years is "processed" food, for example, and 'all food is processed' reality hobbled efforts by integrative medicine/food is medicine proponents to claim our modern lifestyle is killing us, when the science community instead knows it's si... more »

Raiders Of The Lost Arawaks: Columbus Was Not Exaggerating About Caribbean Cannibalism

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 11 hours ago
When Christopher Columbus discovered a continent unknown to Europeans, his accounts included harrowing descriptions of native pirates who cannibalized men and kept women as sex slaves, but more recent humanities scholars, even ones who readily accept oral histories long changed, dismissed that as myth. However, the name stuck. The Caribbean was named for Caribs marauders from South America. read more

The End Of Democracy... In Wisconsin?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*Me The People by Nancy Ohanian* When I was in grade school, we were taught to laugh at elections in the Soviet Union, North Korea, North Vietnam, Egypt and other authoritarian countries, especially when there was just one person on the ballot-- the incumbent-- and he got 98.5% of the vote. Even the most popular leaders in a democracy aren't reelected with numbers like that. The biggest reelections for any American president were in 1964 (LBJ's 61.05%) and 1936 (FDR's 60.80%). Even the rest of the most immensely popular presidents were reelected with majorities under 60%-- Reagan (5... more »

Video of Epstein’s Suicide Attempt in July Destroyed

R. Cort Kirkwood at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: video-of-esptein-s-suicide-attempt-in-july-destroyed] Not only is video from the night of Epstein's death missing, but also from the night of his claimed suicide attempt.

Demanding Their Share of the War Power Pie

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
House Democrats this week fought back against accusations that they are antiwar or opposed to assassinating foreign leaders. Far from being disturbed by Donald Trump's murder of Iran General Qassem Soleimani or the waging of endless wars of American aggression, their resolution is, in fact, a cold-blooded document which passive-aggressively celebrates the latest U.S. war crime. Democrats and even a few Republicans are just mad that Trump didn't "brief" them beforehand. They're just mad because he has made no effort to supply the usual doctored evidence that some reviled foreign le... more »

Turkish-backed Sarraj Is on the Verge of Losing Tripoli

InfoBrics at The Duran - 12 hours ago
Did Putin Call for A Ceasefire in Libya With Erdoğan Knowing That Haftar Would Reject It? More The post Turkish-backed Sarraj Is on the Verge of Losing Tripoli appeared first on The Duran.

Prince Harry Quitting the Royal Family is the End of the Monarchy as we Know it

InfoBrics at The Duran - 12 hours ago
2019 was a bad year for the British monarchy, and with Harry and Meghan announcing their plan to part ways with the royal family, this year isn’t looking much better... More The post Prince Harry Quitting the Royal Family is the End of the Monarchy as we Know it appeared first on The Duran.

How much difference do Russia’s new nuclear weapons really make?

InfoBrics at The Duran - 12 hours ago
The missile-gap, which is decidedly in Russia’s favour, is not a new development More The post How much difference do Russia’s new nuclear weapons really make? appeared first on The Duran.

Trump Proposes Sweeping Rollback of Environmental Oversight

AP News at - 12 hours ago
In a dramatic rollback of environmental oversight, President Donald Trump took action to clear the way and speed up development of a wide range of commercial projects by cutting back federal review of their impact on the environment.

Iraqi PM Tells US to Start Work on a Troop Withdrawal Plan

AP News at - 12 hours ago
Iraq's caretaker prime minister asked Washington to start working out a road map for an American troop withdrawal, signaling his insistence on ending the U.S. military presence.

Review Understanding Iraq, the Whole Sweep of Iraqi History, from Genghis Khan’s Mongols to the Ottoman Turks to the British Mandate to the American Occupation

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
*Polk, William, **Understanding Iraq, the Whole Sweep of Iraqi History, from Genghis Khan’s Mongols to the Ottoman Turks to the British Mandate to the American Occupation**, New York, London, Toronto, Sydney: Harper Perennial, 2006* *Understanding Iraq* was one of many book written because of the 2003 invasion. Historian William Polk had decades of experience with that nation and even lived there for a time in the 1950s. The purpose of his book was to try to educate the West about Iraq and draw parallels between the past and present. Polk largely succeeded although there were a few... more »

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 10

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
1921 Gertrude Bell letter said if British had created Iraqi state 2 years ago there would have been no 1920 Revolt and blamed High Commissioner Wilson (Musings On Iraq book review of *Gertrude Bell And Iraq*) (Musings On Iraq book review *Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East*) 1981 Iran accused Iraq of using napalm and chemical weapons on Ahvaz Iran in south 1981 Iranian reinforcements arrived at Susangard in central front Op Hoveyzeh ended with only minimal gains Iranian clergy avoided blame for failed offensive by blaming its rival Pres Bani Sadr who was commander of milita... more »

WATCH: Cop Claims He Has Amnesia Hours After Allegedly Beating Police Chief to Death

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: police]Interrogation video was released this week showing a police officer claiming to know nothing about allegedly beating his own police chief to death.

India and Japan’s MPs Act Quickly to Implement Sexual and Reproductive Health Plans after ICPD25

MBABANE, Jan 10 (IPS) - Parliamentarians from India and Japan have hit the ground running by acting soon after the recent Nairobi Summit on International Conference on Population Development (ICPD25). Read the full story, “India and Japan’s MPs Act Quickly to Implement Sexual and Reproductive Health Plans after ICPD25”, on →

Iran Announces New Nuclear Deal Breach

WASHINGTON DC, Jan 10 (IPS) - Kelsey Davenport is director for nonproliferation policy at Arms Control Association, and Julia Masterson is research assistantIran announced its fifth breach of the 2015 nuclear deal Jan. 5, stating that it "discards the last key component of its operational limitations" put in place by agreement. Read the full story, “Iran Announces New Nuclear Deal Breach”, on →

The UMC split began a long time ago

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 12 hours ago
“ In 1968 the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church finalized the plan of union to form the UMC. But by the time they completed their 1972 *Book of Discipline*, the die for the UMC’s dissolution had already been cast. The doctrinal section of the *Book of Discipline* reframed Wesleyan doctrine around the newly-coined Wesleyan quadrilateral in a way that privileged theological pluralism at the expense of doctrinal fidelity. Whereas Wesley emphasized spirituality in Scripture through his *Explanatory Notes* and tradition through his *Christian Library*, the theo... more »

TALES OF THE NAEP: The problem, dear Brutus, lies in the gaps!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020The way these stories get told:* Did Mississippi start teaching phonics, then see its Naep scores soar? So we subscribers were told in the December 6 New York Times, in a column by public radio's Emily Hanford. It was almost the latest miracle tale—the latest example of the way these stories have always been told. On December 22, the Times published a set of nine letters about the public schools. The last two letters dealt with the emerging Mississippi miracle, based on the way the high-poverty state has embraced "the science of reading." For at least fif... more »

While Banning Pro-Peace Accounts, Twitter Openly Allows Pedophiles to Discuss Raping Children

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
Twitter has been caught allowing admitted child rapists, calling themselves pro-c MAPS, to openly discuss how they would go about raping children.

Bolivia’s New Right-Wing Government Intensifies Crackdown on Journalists, Doctors

Alan Macleod at MintPress News - 12 hours ago
The US-backed administration of Jeanine Añez is arresting prominent members of the press and even doctors in what it calls a “dismantling of the propaganda apparatus of the dictatorial regime of Evo Morales.” The post Bolivia’s New Right-Wing Government Intensifies Crackdown on Journalists, Doctors appeared first on MintPress News.

Study Finds Bots and MAGA Supporters Pushing #IraniansDetestSoleimani Hashtag

Alan Macleod at MintPress News - 12 hours ago
A social media disinformation expert studied 60,000 tweets from nearly 10,000 accounts using the hashtag #IraniansDetestSoleimani and found that the most common phrases in those users’ biographies were “Make America Great Again” and “Trump.” The post Study Finds Bots and MAGA Supporters Pushing #IraniansDetestSoleimani Hashtag appeared first on MintPress News.


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Here's an interesting angle on the Samira Ahmed/BBC/Equal pay story... *Ben Cobley*: Samira Ahmed has won a case for sex discrimination in the employment tribunal despite being paid the same as her male predecessor. This is confusing. Does it mean he could appeal discrimination too, but only if he self-identifies as a woman? Poor Ray Snoddy ploughed the *Newswatch *beat prior to Samira taking over. Wonder if he'll think it's worth a punt? ******* *Update*: Via the 40-page written decision of the Tribunal (h/t Charlie) I see that Ray Snoddy *did* get mentioned. Samira's side evid... more »

The Newly Revealed Clinton-Epstein Photos and Establishment Pedophilia

Selwyn Duke at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: the-newly-revealed-clinton-epstein-photos-and-establishment-pedophilia] Just-published pictures of former president Bill Clinton living it up aboard deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane are reminding many that Epstein was just the tip of a very steamy and sleazy iceberg.

Iraqi PM asks US to begin withdrawal process in Iraq

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, announced on Friday that he asked the United States to send delegates to Iraq to help kick start the withdrawal of American forces from his country. According to Alsumaria TV, Abdul-Mahdi asked the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to send delegates to implement […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Rare video of Soleimani with former Hezbollah commander and Nasrallah

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – A rare video was released this week showing the late commander of the Quds Force, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, with the former Hezbollah military commander, ‘Imad Moughniyeh, and Hezbollah’s Secretary-General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. In the rare video, which lasts only 29 seconds, the three men are sitting next to each other […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

What ceasefire? Syrian military and jihadist rebels trade attacks in Idlib

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Just a day after the Russian Reconciliation Center announced a ceasefire in the Idlib Governorate, both the Syrian military and jihadist rebels traded attacks near the key city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. According to reports from southeast Idlib, the militant forces began the day by firing guided missiles at a Syrian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Pompeo allegedly convinced Trump to assassinate Soleimani

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been revealed to be the puppet master behind POTUS Trump’s motion to liquidate a top Iranian commander, CNN reported citing sources inside and around the White House, with the revelation indicating Pompeo’s influential status in the Trump administration. According to several sources, taking Iranian General Qasem Soleimani – the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Qassem Soleimani’s role in the Syrian War

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The late commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, was one of the most well-known military figures in the Syrian War; however, his role in the conflict is often misunderstood. This was evident after Soleimani’s death on Friday, January 3rd, when news agencies and alleged Iran ‘experts’ described […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Halifax heritage: Disappearing from the top down

Suzanne Rent at Halifax Examiner - 13 hours ago
News 1. Northern Pulp We have two articles about Northern Pulp this morning. The first, by Jennifer Henderson, looks at Northern Pulp’s announcement that it will continue to operate as a business in Nova Scotia and is continuing with the environmental assessment for its proposed effluent pipe into the Northumberland Strait. As well, Henderson looks […]

Northern Pulp says it will continue to operate as a business

Jennifer Henderson at Halifax Examiner - 13 hours ago
Nova Scotians learned two new and startling facts following a meeting of cabinet ministers in Halifax yesterday. Asked if he plans to stay and fight another election, Premier Stephen McNeil said yes, he’s staying. An hour later, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia issued a statement saying it wants to stay in Nova Scotia. The company is […]

Northern Pulp, past and future: It ain’t over till it’s over

Joan Baxter at Halifax Examiner - 13 hours ago
On December 20, 2019 Premier Stephen McNeil announced that the province would be respecting the Boat Harbour Act, and that Northern Pulp would have to stop pumping its effluent into the Boat Harbour treatment facility on January 31, 2020. Without the use of Boat Harbour, the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County would have no […]


Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 13 hours ago
*Ebola Vaccines Fact Check: Dispelling the myth of safe and effective vaccines you may soon have to take* *By Jane Burgermeister* *Overview* The *threat of people being forced to take a risky Ebola vaccine* could occur around the world in the near future. *A license has been given to Merck’s Ebola vaccine in the USA and in Europe under emergency use provision* *A study* published in The Lancet in 2015 *suggests that Merck’s vaccine*, marketed as Ervebo ( rVSVΔG-ZEBOV-GP), *could even give people Ebola* as discussed in Section 1 below. The study and other facts strongly suggest tha... more »

Re enter Harry?

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 13 hours ago
*Next scene in royal drama.* *Meghan has flown back to Canada on her own leaving Harry in the UK, giving him hopefully some breathing space to talk to his brother and father and the Queen in a more relaxed environment.* *I don't blame Meghan. She seems to be some kind of CIA, American freemason agent on a mission. She's just doing her job in trying to take down the British freemason faction with the UK royals at its core who have installed mad as a hatter Trump in Washington using dirty tricks.* *Harry has to get his act together and consider whether a life with Meghan dedicated to... more »

8 Immigrants Died In Detention Last Year, For A Total of 193 Since 2004

Alex Nowrasteh at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Alex Nowrasteh* *Politics, Americas* The rate of death in ICE detention facilities is an important metric of how humane those facilities are. An important portion of President Trump’s immigration enforcement policy is immigrant detention. Immigrants who are apprehended at the border or in the interior of the United States are detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities until they are removed from the United States. In recent months, many reports have surfaced of immigrants who have died while in detention or shortly after being released to medical facilities... more »

Did a Russian-Made SA-15 'Gauntlet' Accidentally Down a Ukrainian Airliner?

David Axe at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * Tehran acquired 29 Tor systems starting around 2007. Known to NATO as the SA-15 Gauntlet, the Tor replaced older SA-8 Gecko short-range air-defense systems in the Russian and allied militaries. Iranian air-defenses reportedly accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner near Tehran on Monday on the night of Jan. 7, 2020. The incident, in which all 176 passengers and crew aboard the Kiev-bound Ukraine International Airlines flight perished, occurred as Iranian missiles struck bases housing U.S. forces in Iraq, and Tehran’s own forces were on high alert. U... more »

Official Inflation in Brazil for the Year 2019 Closed at 4.31 Percent

Adele Cardin at The Rio Times - 13 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Official inflation, as measured by the Broad National Consumer Price Index (IPCA), closed 2019 at 4.31 percent. The rate is higher than the 3.75 percent observed in 2018, according to data released on Friday, January 10th, by the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute (IBGE). The rate was also above the […] The post Official Inflation in Brazil for the Year 2019 Closed at 4.31 Percent appeared first on The Rio Times.


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin 1. Iran Says Crash Jet Tried to Turn Back, While Ukraine Probes Missile Theory Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’The Australian bushfires have killed an estimated 1.25 billion animals Zimbabwe 50 Trillion Dollar Banknote, 2008, AA Series, NEW Lot of 1 - 50 Trillion ($25.50)... Former U.S President Jimmy Carter Builds A Solar Farm To Power Half His Hometown. A Japanese billionaire is giving away $9 million to people on Twitter to see if it boosts their happiness. Research says it might.Baltic... more »

Jeffrey Epstein Suicide Video Accidentally Deleted Due to “Technical Errors”

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
*“Accidentally”& “Technical Errors” Come On!* *BBC* *Surveillance video from disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein's first suspected suicide attempt was destroyed by accident, prosecutors say.US prosecutors say the jail mistakenly saved footage from the wrong cell."The requested video no longer exists on the backup system and has not since at least August 2019 as a result of technical errors."* *Newsy* *Despite first telling the court that the video footage had been preserved, prosecutors now say the jail actually preserved footage taken on a different tier of the facility th... more »

Should One More U.S. Soldier Die in Southwest Asia? It’s Time To Declare Victory and Get Out Now!

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 13 hours ago
[image: President Trump, joined by Vice President Pence, meets with senior White House advisors Tuesday evening, Jan. 7, 2020, on a further meeting about the Islamic Republic of Iran missile attacks on U.S. military facilities in Iraq.(Official White House Photo)] The majority of Americans agree with 2016 Presidential candidate Donald Trump that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was the worst mistake in American history—both among those who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and those who did not. They agree with him that nothing has been gained in these “forever wars,” these “no-win wars,” aga... more »

Morning Briefing with Harley Schlanger, January 10, 2020

Alicia at LaRouchePAC Feed - 13 hours ago
London-Saudi Global Terror Stop WWIII Morning Briefing with Harley Schlanger, January 10, 2020 Video of Morning Briefing with Harley Schlanger, January 10, 2020 Every weekday morning Harley will brief you on what you need to know to start your day. On Tuesdays, we broadcast his briefing live on the LaRouchePAC Facebook page at 12:00 pm eastern, where he fields questions about current events, history, economics, and culture. Join the discussion, and, if you haven't already, sign up for Harley's weekly articles. Subscribe to the LaRouchePAC YouTube channel, and hit the notifications ... more »

Inequality and Trade: Simulation Evidence for 54 Developing Nations

Yves Smith at naked capitalism - 14 hours ago
A full-throated defense of more liberalized trade for developing nations...when the data is somewhat mixed.

Veteran Suicides - An Unintended Consequence of America's "Big Stick" Foreign Policy

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 14 hours ago
With moves by the current administration and chief current warhawk Mike Pompeo in particular, it is appearing increasingly likely that further actions in Iran will require that the United States put additional "boots on the ground" in the Persian Gulf region. Thanks to data compiled by the Veteran's Administration, we have a pretty good idea how service in the United States military ends up impacting individuals that are forced to fight Washington's battles while those who make the decision to declare war sit safely and snuggly in their padded Congressional seats. In a 2019 report:... more »

Friday Morning Links

Unknown at Accidental Deliberations - 14 hours ago
Assorted content to end your week. - Simon Holmes a Court challenges the argument that any country or industry can opt out of being part of the response to our climate crisis. And Emily Holden comments on the oil industry's control over public discussions about climate change, while Christopher Knaus examines the disinformation campaign intended to deflect responsibility for Australia's record temperatures and catastrophic bushfired. - Nichole Dusyk points out that the Canada Energy Regulation's assumptions about future oil production represent an all-in bet on humanity's failure ... more »

We Know 5 Things About China's New Aircraft Carrier

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * Meet the Shandong *Key point: *The *Shandon *will take center stage in PLA operations in the South China Sea from its homeport in Sanya. On December 17, 2019 at the sunny beach resort city of Sanya on Hainan Island, China officially commissioned its first homebuilt aircraft carrier into the PLA Navy in a ceremony attended by President Xi Jinping, following more than eighteen months of sea trials. Like her sistership *Liaoning*, she is named after a province in northeastern China. The commissioning of the 315-meter long vessel four years after she ... more »

Death From Above: The Air Force's Fearsome AC-130 Gunship Is Getting Upgrades

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * And America's enemies are running. *Key Point:* Once the gunship is upgraded, the AC-130 will become an integral part of U.S. overseas operations. The historic, lethal and combat-tested AC-130 gunship -- known for attacking ISIS and Taliban fighters during close-air support high-risk combat missions -- is getting a massive technological upgrade with newer weapons and avionics to increase the effectiveness of the attack platform and extend its service life into future decades, service officials said. “AC-130 gunship work involves upgrading the plane wit... more »

The Army Bought 3 New Rifles but It Never Used Them in Combat

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Americas* Why not? *Key Point:* Not every weapon ends up being used to fight a country's enemies. The history of the U.S. military’s small arms adoption process is filled with “what ifs.” Plenty of great firearms have been turned down, from the FN FAL to the Savage Model 1907. Here are some of the best rifles that were trialed by the U.S. military but never adopted. *1. The Pedersen Rifle:* The semi-automatic infantry rifle was a concept that garnered intense interest during the interwar period. While semi-automatic rifles such as the French RSC 1917 ... more »

Nestlé: Multinationals as the New Colonial Powers. A tale of Many Cities

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 14 hours ago
On November 14th the Canadian group Wellington Water Watchers organized the «All Eyes on Nestlé» conference in the city of Guelph, Ontario, bringing together indigenous’ peoples and citizens’ movements fighting Nestlé’s water takings from Canada, the US, France and Brazil.

We “slaughtered” Jeremy Corbyn, says Israel lobbyist

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 14 hours ago
A prominent Israel lobbyist in the UK has claimed credit for last month’s electoral defeat of the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn.

Not just cheap talk but the real deal for once

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
I’m Lisa Savage, and I’m running for the US Senate seat now held by Susan Collins to give Maine a Senator who works for the people, not the powerful. Dear Bruce, I’m Lisa Savage, and I’m running for the US Senate seat currently held by Susan Collins. I’m a teacher, an organizer, and a grandmother, and I want to give Mainers a Senator who works for the people, not the powerful. I teach in a low-income area, and I've been concerned for years about the well-being of the families in my area. They’re really struggling to survive. They don’t have adequate health care or jobs. Washington DC ... more »

The House Should Subpoena Witnesses Before Transmitting Impeachment Articles

pbobbitt at Lawfare - 14 hours ago
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi indicated on Jan. 9 that the bill of impeachment adopted by the House would be transmitted to the Senate "soon," though she did not specify a date. I hope she will reconsider. Because it is now clear that the Senate will not take steps to ensure that it has all the relevant information before commencing its trial of impeachment, the House should subpoena those witnesses whose testimony would determine—either way—the president’s personal culpability in the withholding of appropriated military assistance to Ukraine. There is ample reason to believe ... more »

The Discourse of Control and Consent Over Data in EU Data Protection Law and Beyond

ebietti at Lawfare - 14 hours ago
Across the United States and Europe, the act of clicking “I have read and agree” to terms of service is the central legitimating device for global tech platforms’ data-driven activities. In the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation has recently come into force, introducing stringent new criteria for consent and stronger protections for individuals. Yet the entrenched long-term focus on users’ control and consent fails to protect consumers who face increasingly intrusive data collection practices. The Discourse of Control an... by Hoover Institution on Scribd Top... more »

Taxpayers to Be Held Liable After Cops Open Fire on Truck Full of Toddlers, Shooting 3 of Them

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: truck]After the department failed to hold the officers accountable for opening fire on a truck full of children, a mother is going after them with a claim.

Verified Videos Show Plane in Iran Impacted Before Downing

AP News at - 14 hours ago
In the pitch black, pre-dawn sky on the outskirts of the Iranian capital Tehran, a tiny fast-moving light can be seen racing up through the trees, as someone films from the ground.

Iran Denies Downing Plane, Says West Should Share Evidence

AP News at - 14 hours ago
Iran denied Western allegations that one of its own missiles downed a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed outside Tehran, and called on the U.S. and Canada to share any information they have on the crash, which killed all 176 people on board.

Pakistan moves US court to stop over $6bn fine in Reko Diq case - 14 hours ago
10-Jan-2020 Pakistan has asked a US federal court to pause an Australian copper company's bid to enforce a $6 billion arbitral award while it looks to have the award nixed.

Japan, Australia reaffirm goal for RCEP deal - 14 hours ago
10-Jan-2020 Japan and Australia reaffirmed their goal of concluding the envisioned RCEP free trade deal among 16 nations including India by the end of the year.

Protectionism is not best way to ensure prosperity of all: Singaporean minister - 14 hours ago
10-Jan-2020 Protectionism and import substitutions are not the best ways to ensure the prosperity of all, especially the poorest of the poor, but keeping the economy open to the world is, senior Singaporean minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has said.

L'UE imposera des conditions à l'accès britannique au marché unique - 14 hours ago
10-Jan-2020 L'UE a insisté sur la nécessité d'établir des règles du jeu équitables dans les négociations commerciales imminentes.

Le Maroc et le Japon signent un accord de promotion et de protection des investissements - 14 hours ago
10-Jan-2020 L' accord de promotion et de protection des investissements précise les traitements accordés aux activités d'investissement et aux investissements bilatéraux.

Japan, Morocco sign agreement for promotion and protection of investment - 14 hours ago
10-Jan-2020 This agreement aims at further protection and promotion of investment between the contracting parties.

Labor suggests day of mourning when Federal Parliament returns for 2020 'as a sign of respect'

Matthew Doran at Just In - 14 hours ago
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese is asking Prime Minister Scott Morrison to consider suspending the usual political business on the first day of the parliamentary year.

Power restored to 100,000 homes and businesses across WA

Rebecca Trigger at Just In - 14 hours ago
Power is restored to about 100,000 homes and businesses which lost power across Perth, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton after a generator failed and Western Power began "load shedding" to prevent further damage to the network.

Second mega-blaze forms in NSW as two states face erratic fire conditions: As it happened

Paul Johnson, Paige Cockburn And Riley Stuart at Just In - 14 hours ago
A second mega-blaze has formed in New South Wales with severe weather conditions fanning fires in the Snowy Mountains area. Weather changes are bringing unpredictable conditions across Victoria and the south-east corner of NSW. See how the day unfolded.

UIA-752: Who Gains From Politicizing The Tragedy In Tehran?

Andrew KORYBKO at - 14 hours ago
Powerful forces are at work politicizing the UIA-752 tragedy in Tehran that transpired Wednesday morning in order to sow the seeds of doubt about Iran’s peaceful intentions and strongly imply that Russia irresponsibly played a role by selling the missiles to it that Kiev speculates might have been responsible for […]

Disruption Everywhere

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
After the election, Justin Trudeau planned to focus on domestic issues. Jason Kenney, in particular, was hell bent on concentrating the prime minister's attention on Alberta. But Susan Delacourt writes that Donald Trump is making it difficult for Trudeau to do that: From the moment that Trump entered the White House in 2016, he has been knocking Trudeau — and Canada’s foreign policy — off track, often dangerously so. Free trade negotiations with the U.S. ate up much of Trudeau’s first mandate. The ongoing extradition drama over Meng Wanzhou — linked to Trump’s own battle with Chi... more »

Matching Vietnamese brides with Chinese men, marriage brokers find good business – and sometimes love

Wei Li, Associate Professor of Sociology, Frostburg State University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 14 hours ago
China has 24 million more men than women of marriageable age, putting some bachelors in a tough spot. Some are now looking abroad for wives – and many have their hearts set on Vietnam.

Samira Ahmed wins her case against the BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Well, well, well! Samira's won, and the BBC's lost. She *is *worth as much as Jeremy Vine! Presenter Samira Ahmed wins BBC equal pay tribunal — BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) January 10, 2020 I'm presuming she'll be awarded the £700,000 in back pay she says the BBC owes her (doutbless paid by licence fee payers). Will she give it all to charity, like Carrie Gracie? As we were discussing here the other day, Samira Ahmed is freelance. It says so on her LinkedIn page. The BBC report, however, quotes her saying, "No woman wants to have to take action against their ow... more »

Iran Wants Ukraine To Pay For The Damage Caused By The Crash Of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
#UPDATE Hassan Rezaeifar, head of Iran's air crash investigation committee: "The Ukrainians must hand over the plane's insurance document to us & compensate for all the damages caused!" Me: Disgusting. Another reason why I say the regime in #Iran is absolute filth. — Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) January 10, 2020 *WNU Editor:* I have not verified this story. It is coming from Twitter. But when it comes to Iran nothing surprises me anymore.

Boeing 737 MAX "This airplane is designed by clowns who in turn are supervised by monkeys."

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*Bear in mind that the plane that crashed in Iran is the predecessor, with issues of it's own, to this latest piece of Boeing "engineering" Covered previously:* - Iran Strikes & Tehran Plane Crash/Problematic Boeing Products *Link* The Boeing 737 MAX was* mocked by an employee as being "designed by clowns"* more than a year before the first of two fatal air crashes, it has emerged. The disparaging comment was contained in hundreds of internal messages released by Boeing, which also revealed attempts by staff to dodge regulatory scrutiny of the development of the aircraft. In an... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 15 hours ago
This doesn't surprise me at all: Days after authorizing an unambiguous act of war backed by a shoddy rationale, the president of the United States began this week by reiterating a threat to commit war crimes by bombing cultural sites in Iran. With the peculiar logic of an employee tanking their performance just before asking for a raise, he ended the week complaining about not yet receiving the Nobel Peace Prize: “I made a deal. I saved a country, and I just heard that the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace prize for saving the country. I said ‘did I have something... more »

The Simple Economics of Comparative State Lying

Pierre Lemieux at Econlib - 15 hours ago
As rumors of war smoulder, the question becomes even more important: Between two states who issue contradictory statements, which one is it safer to believe? The economic answer is, of course, the one that has the lowest incentives to lie. Keep in mind that states don’t lie, only their rulers do, and we know that […] The post The Simple Economics of Comparative State Lying appeared first on Econlib.


LL at Virtual Mirage - 15 hours ago
*The Impeachment Charade* Whatever Senate Republicans ultimately do, they should be ever mindful this "trial" is not about removing Trump from the presidency. It is about removing at least 5 incumbent Republican senators from the U.S. Senate. Democrats want to retake the Senate to paralyze President Trump in his second term, to stop the appointment of judges and to block the appointment of another Supreme Court appointment. It's critically important to the Donkey strategy that they are able to cast Republican Senators in a negative light so that the vulnerable seats will fall to t... more »

Democrats Outraged At Republican Accusations Of Foreign Loyalty

Caitlin Johnstone at Caitlin Johnstone - 15 hours ago
Democratic Party royal family member Chris Cuomo delivered a pearl-clutching, hand-wringing monologue on CNN last night about how appalling and outrageous it is for Republicans to accuse Democrats of having covert loyalties to a foreign government. Cuomo, who is the son of a Democratic New […]

Reconnect - A Quotation by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago
*Reconnect to the Heavenly Realm and allow the pure white light to heal your bodies and minds of the illness that has imposed itself upon the human personality structures. Seek once again the kindness and the love of one another and this need to control and manipulate events and others will cease. For with the Light, comes good health and good reasoning.* *©** M.N. Hopkins*

China Is Financing Megaprojects Around The World

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Zero Hedge*: *Visualizing How Chinese Financing Is Fueling Megaprojects Around The World* On a mountaintop a few miles north of the bustling streets of Harare, Zimbabwe, a curving, modern complex is beginning to take shape. This building, once completed, will be the home of the African country’s parliament, and the centerpiece of a new section of the capital city. Aside from the striking design, Visual Capitalist's Nick Routley notes that there’s another unique twist to this development - the entire $140 million project is a gift from Beijing. At fir... more »

Arizona border wall contractor's parent company is among most polluting companies destroying the planet

Unknown at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Saguaro cactus bulldozed by Southwest Valley Constructors near Ajo, Arizona, for illegal U.S. border wall. Arizona border wall contractor's parent company is among most polluting companies destroying the planet Border wall contractor linked to Keystone Pipeline and Alberta Tar Sands By Brenda Norrell Censored News AJO, Arizona -- The parent company of Southwest Valley Constructors --

Femi is angry at the BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Another gem for the 'complaints from both sides' scrapbook. This time it's someone who failed to spot that Katya Adler and Chris Morris were doing little else during the election except banging on about how "long and complicated" EU negotiations are going to be, pretty much each day, every day: Hearing the BBC talking about how EU negotiations are going to be "long and complicated" NOW after they let Boris get away with his "Get Brexit Done" narrative during the election.... Anger is sometimes difficult to capture in words. — Femi (@Femi_Sorry) January 8, 2020 Well, anger may some... more »

America's Montana-Class "Super Battleship" Was 65,000 Tons Of Destruction

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *History, Americas* Yet it never made it to the fight. *Key point: *The Montanas were designed to fight a different World War II than the one that happened. In the early 1940s, the U.S. Navy still expected to need huge, first rate battleships to fight the best that Japan and Germany had to offer. The North Carolina, South Dakota, and Iowa class battleships all involved design compromises. The Montanas, the last battleships designed by the U.S. Navy (USN), would not. *Origins of the Design:* The interwar system of naval treaties allowed the United States to resta... more »

Would the U.S. Navy Lose a War to Russia or China?

David Axe at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * “The U.S. Navy has been slow to address the changing threat environment,” Bryan Clark and Timothy Walton wrote in the December 2019 report. ”As a result, today’s surface force lacks the size, resilience, and offensive capacity to effectively support the U.S. National Defense Strategy’s approach of deterring aggression by degrading, delaying, or defeating enemy attacks.” The U.S. Navy has concentrated too much of its combat power in big, expensive ships that are too few in number to win in battle against Chinese or Russian forces. That’s the stark warning... more »

The U.S. Navy Is Demanding A Stealth Figher Even Better Than the F-35

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Technology, Asia* [image:] Is a 6th generation fighter on the horizon? *Key Point:* The F-35 isn't even combat ready yet and the next upgrade is already being called for. The Navy is currently analyzing air frames, targeting systems, AI-enabled sensors, new weapons and engine technologies to engineer a new 6th-Generation fighter to fly alongside the F-35 and ultimately replace the F/A-18. The Navy program, called Next-Generation Air Dominance, has moved beyond a purely conceptual phase and b... more »

The Strikes On Qassim Suleimani Prove Donald Trump Won't Back Down On Iran

Gene Healy at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Gene Healy* *Security, Middle East* The Suleimani killing was something new under the sun. It marked the first time an American president has publicly ordered the assassination of a top government official for a country we’re not legally at war with. The MQ-9 Reaper attack that took out Iranian General Qassim Suleimani was a drone strike for peace, President Trump explained last week: we took action “to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.” That’s a theory, and it’s going to be put to the test. “All is well!” the president tweeted last night as a salvo of Iranian m... more »

New Jersey Proves Health is Not the Goal with S2173 Amendment

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 15 hours ago
Courtesy Children's Health Defense - Vote to Approve an Amendment to S2173 We must revoke the Religious Vaccine Exemption in The Garden State! Immune compromised children are at risk! Every child needs to be fully vaccinated for health! OK, how... more »

The Truth About The Enlightenment

Unknown at The Verma Report - 15 hours ago
Thanks to the wrongful categorizing of the 18th century as the Enlightenment — an incredibly jejune and meaningless term, which has, however, entirely dominated our historical thinking —we have failed to perceive not only the truth about this century’s intellectualism and politics but also the contributions of the great minds who came before the 18th century. I agree with the view of the Enlightenment that philosopher Yoram Hazony presents in this PagerU video. I have been expressing similar opinions on the Enlightenment in my posts.

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