Saturday, January 11, 2020

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Foreign Correspondent: Trump Blinks, But The Iran Conflict Continues

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 minute ago
*A protest against a hike in fuel prices in Iran led to a popular uprising against the government in November 2019* *-by Reese Erlich* Trump blinked. After threatening to bomb military and cultural sites in Iran, President Donald Trump has apparently backed down on further escalation in his war with Iran. He tried to spin his decision as a U.S. victory, claiming his administration had made America safer by assassinating Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani. Iran, in response to this killing, fired twenty-two ballistic missiles at two U.S. bases in Iraq, destroying a helicopter and... more »

White House Warns Iraq that It Would Cut-Off Its Access To It's Federal Reserve Account That Collects Its Oil Revenue If US Troops Are Forced To Withdraw

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 53 minutes ago
If Iraq were to lose access to its accounts with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, it would curtail Baghdad's ability to access the funds in them triggering a shortage of foreign exchange vital to the functioning of Iraq's already fragile economy[File; Carlo Allegri/Reuters] *Daily Mail: **Trump administration threatens to cut off Iraq's access to key central bank account if US troops are forced to withdraw from the country* * US could shut off Iraq's access to Federal Reserve Bank of New York * Account there is used to collect revenue from Iraq's sale of oil overseas * Without... more »

Who Checks The Factcheckers?

Hifast at Climate Collections - 56 minutes ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood You may recall that I posted an article last month called “Green ideology, not climate change makes wildfires worse”. The post is here, but essentially it was sourced from an article last March by the Volunteer Firefighters Association of NSW, which…

Legendary lothario Diego the tortoise returning to Galapagos home where feats saved species

Just In - 1 hour ago
Diego has been away from his home of Espanosa for most of his life, almost 80 years, but now at the age of 100 he's set to return to the southern-most Galapagos island where nearly 40 per cent of the population are his progeny.

Gold Coast police find cannabis garden in hidden room

Kristina Harazim at Just In - 1 hour ago
Locked behind a large steel door, Gold Coast police find an elaborate cannabis nursery containing more than 100 plants, along with other illicit drugs, during a raid on a house in Carrara.

At least 11 dead as tornadoes, severe storms lash US

Just In - 1 hour ago
Severe storms bringing high winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain to the United States' south and midwest are blamed for the deaths of at least 11 people.

Ford Mustang GT driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt sells for $4.93 million

Just In - 1 hour ago
The muscle car, one of the silver screen's most famous vehicles after featuring in a groundbreaking, 10-minute car chase through San Francisco in Steve McQueen's 1968 action thriller, sells for a record price in the US.

Key moments from Scott Morrison's bushfires interview with David Speers

Just In - 1 hour ago
The Prime Minister was asked if he would accept that his Government could have done more to heed the warnings and prepare for this bushfire season and whether Australia needed to do more on climate change.

No bail for alleged bushfire looters accused of double break-in as third person charged

Ainslie Drewitt-Smith at Just In - 1 hour ago
A man and a woman accused of robbing a shop in bushfire-ravaged NSW have been remanded in custody, with a court hearing one of the pair once tried to use Monopoly money at a bar.

Queen summons Prince Harry for crisis meeting

Just In - 1 hour ago
Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles will meet to discuss future arrangements for the Duke and his wife following the couple's announcement they want to step back from royal duties, a Buckingham Palace source says.

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot: What Deregulations Gives, Tariffs Take

Jeffrey Miron, Erin Partin at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Jeffrey Miron, Erin Partin* *Politics, Americas* [image: FILE PHOTO: Containers are seen at the port in San Pedro, California, U.S., March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Riha, Jr./File Photo] Oops. Optimism among U.S. manufacturers was near an all-time high in early 2017. Just eleven days into his presidency Trump signed an executive orderspecifically targeting overregulation. According to a survey by the National Association of Manufacturers, an advocacy group representing 14,000 U.S. companies, 93.3 percent of respondents felt optimistic about their company’s outlook. This optimism was... more »

Russia's 200 Knot 'Supercavitating' Torpedoes Leave America Speechless

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * [image:] But do we need a response? *Key point: *At the moment Russia has a monopoly on supercavitating missiles. Imagine the sudden revelation of a weapon that can suddenly go six times faster than its predecessors. The shock of such a breakthrough system would turn an entire field of warfare on its head, as potential adversaries scrambled to deploy countermeasures to a new weapon they are defenseless against. While a lull in great power competition delayed the impact of this new t... more »

Why It Is Hard to Decide If Government Assistance Should Let You Buy Junk Food

Steven Shepherd, Troy Campbell at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Steven Shepherd, Troy Campbell* *Economics, America* [image:] What would you do if you controlled food stamps? Lawmakers in states like Arkansas and Texas want to restrict what the 36 million people who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps, can purchase with that aid. Drawing attention to people who use government funds to pay for things like soda or candy is also a common way to justify proposed safety-net spending cuts. Some states impose speci... more »

The Roman Empire Achieved Its Conquests Through Brutality and Death

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* [image:] And don't you forget it. *Key Point:* Glory is built on horror. “Augustus found Rome brick and left it marble” is an expression pegged to the first of the Roman emperors. And indeed Rome flourished around the time of Christ, erecting magnificent arches and columns, palaces and public buildings, temples and baths, coliseums and aqueducts. The world had never seen such a place. Rome was a winner. It was the rest of the Mediterranean world... more »

The Navy’s Phantom Ghost Fleet Problem: They Aren’t Yet Considered 'Ships'

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * Balancing the operational needs of the present with the technological needs of the future is a difficult equation to solve. But a healthy initial step towards solving it would be to count armed 2,000-ton vessels as “ships”, even if they don’t have humans onboard. Congressional legislators rumbled with displeasure in December 2019 when the Office of Management and Budget released a memo proposing to early retire a dozen U.S. Navy ships in service and cut twelve more that are on order. The vessels affected included operational *Ticonderoga*-class c... more »

Trudeau releases mandate letters

The Buffalo Chronicle at The Buffalo Chronicle - 2 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today released ministerial mandate letters to guide Cabinet in delivering real, positive results for Canadians. On Election Day, Canadians chose to continue moving forward. People have been clear that they want progress on the issues

Schumer wants funding to address toxic algae blooms in Upstate lakes

The Buffalo Chronicle at The Buffalo Chronicle - 2 hours ago
Recently, Upstate New York’s Lakes—Including Prominent Drinking Water Sources From Great Lakes To Finger Lakes—Have Been Infected By Toxic Algal Blooms U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced major progress in his effort to curb the rampancy of harmful algal

Gillibrand visits Utica to announce bipartisan legislation to support families struggling with addiction

The Buffalo Chronicle at The Buffalo Chronicle - 2 hours ago
The Family Support Services for Addiction Act Would Create a Grant Program to Fund Services for Families Helping Loved Ones With Substance Use Disorder; Only One in Five People Who Need Treatment For Substance Use Disorder Receive It Utica, NY –

Cumberland extracts hemp facility earns rare USDA organic certification

The Buffalo Chronicle at The Buffalo Chronicle - 2 hours ago
Industrial Hemp and CBD Company Aims to Elevate Standards Within the Industry Cumberland Extracts, Inc. is celebrating the company’s 100% USDA Organic Certification, which extends to its farm, biomass and cutting-edge extraction facility. To obtain USDA Certification from farm to finished

Growth of cheese powder market forecast at 7% annually

The Buffalo Chronicle at The Buffalo Chronicle - 2 hours ago
Cheese powder market value is anticipated to cross USD $775 million by 2025, on account of the increasing consumption of flavored snacks, along with new product launches in the flavor industry. The global cheese powder market’s research studies types of products (Cheddar,

On Dreaming The Philosophical Truth

Unknown at The Verma Report - 2 hours ago
In the philosopher’s dream the philosopher is refuting his own philosophy, and when he wakes up he finds that he is convinced by the refutations that he offered while he was dreaming. He realizes that the philosophy that he has thus far been preaching to his followers is full of flaws. The irony is that it is in his sleep, while he is dreaming, that he awakes.

Islamic State Posts A Video Detailing Its Operations Across The Sahel Over the Past Few Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Islamic State fighters outside of the Inates Nigerien military base in Dec. 2019. *Long War Journal:** Islamic State video details operations across the Sahel* In its first official release from the region, a new Islamic State video details the jihadist group’s varying operations across the Sahel over the last few years. While the group has released videos from the region via its Amaq News in the past, today’s video also marks the first time footage from the Sahel has been released through the Islamic State’s West African Province. While the group is now within the West African P... more »

Scary Proposal From Convention of the States Project

John F. McManus at rss - 2 hours ago
[image: scary-proposal-from-convention-of-the-states-project] Almost five years ago, in 2016, a group of state legislators got together in Virginia where they agreed to push for an Article V constitutional convention.

What Part of “Go home” Don’t You Understand? – Iraq to US

Geopolitics101 at Covert Geopolitics - 2 hours ago
Even amongst Iraq’s more pro-US factions, the calls for “Yankee go home” have grown increasingly louder. Yet, there are some sectors who still argued that when the resolution was passed to evict the US forces from Iraq, there were only Shia legislators and no Sunnis attending the session. Ironically, the democracy that the US supposedly … Continue reading What Part of “Go home” Don’t You Understand? – Iraq to US →

An Inconsistent Truth – Exposing The UN Agenda 21 Stalking Horse For Humanities Enslavement

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 2 hours ago
Originally posted on Truth To Power: C02 Is Not A Pollutant, It Is The Breath Of Life! The More C02 The Greener The Planet Becomes! Without C02, Carbon Dioxide All Life On Planet Earth Would End! THE SHORT STORY: THE COMPLETE STORY: THE SHORT VERSION: The Climate Alarmist Global Warming Scam…

Registered Nurse And Nurse Educator Of Forty Four. (44) Years There Is An Epidemic Of Vaccine Injury And Death

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 2 hours ago
Originally posted on Truth To Power: Many years ago we had a flood of infants arriving at critical care after hours when the paediatrician would be out of the office, there were SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) seizures and very high temperatures. We were taught nothing about the side effects and deadly viral neurotoxins in…

Toyota To Develop 175-Acre A.I. “City Of The Future'”

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 2 hours ago
Originally posted on Nwo Report: Toyota announced that it will break ground next year on a 175-acre, hydrogen powered “prototype city of the future” at the base of Mt. Fuji, where 2,000 employees, retirees and others will live alongside the latest in smart home technology, hyper-efficient street design, AI-guided robotics, and new mobility products. Announced…

The Year of the Tiger. The CFB National Championship Final: Clempston vs LSU

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 3 hours ago
First Things First. A Note to visiting Tigers fans of both stripes: I have it on good word and can give you pretty solid assurances that the hotels and bars of New Orleans will not run out of Beer as do some other so-called host cities of CFB bowl contest. [/SARC] __________________________________ Monday Night the Breck Girl and The Fightin' Dabos of Clempston roll into the Superdome to take on Bayou Jeaux and Coach O's LSU Fightin' Tigahs for the Championship of College Football. Statistically, it will be the second highest scoring offense against the No. 1 scoring and passing d... more »

Hansen Convinced Him!

tonyheller at Real Climate Science - 3 hours ago
This is the caliber of people we are dealing with. Tony Heller on Twitter: “@elcadf @climateguyw

I talk with Bill Kristol

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 3 hours ago
Here. It is about an hour.

Five Challenges for the European Union

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Joergen Oerstroem Moeller* *Security, Europe* [image: Reuters] The coming decade will show whether the bonds keeping the twenty-seven member states together are able to endure a new geopolitical setting and help them define a common vision. The European Union finds itself in the most perilous quandary sine the immediate post–World War II period. The risk is a split between the Central European and Eastern European member states and the majority of the others over a diverging interest. The changing U.S. world outlook, in particular, its European policy, may play a decisive role. ... more »

How American Disinformation Helped End the Cold War

Abdul-Khakim Sultygov at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Abdul-Khakim Sultygov* *History, Eurasia* [image: Reuters] Psychological warfare and the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev sped up the demise of the Soviet Union. Starting in the mid-1980s, the U.S.-Soviet summits in Geneva (1985), Reykjavik (1986), and Malta (1989) have stood for a special segment of twentieth-century history—the phasing out of the Cold War. These summits helped bring to a close the unremitting competition between irreconcilable worldviews and political systems, which left not a single corner of the world untouched. Malta was where U.S.-Soviet relations crossed the R... more »

Death Toll From Niger Army Base Attack Rises To 89

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
File photo of soldiers in Niger © REUTERS/Luc Gnago *Reuters: **Niger army base attack death toll rises to at least 89 -security sources* NIAMEY — The death toll from Thursday’s attack by suspected jihadists on a Niger army base has risen to at least 89, four security sources said, surpassing a raid last month that killed 71 soldiers as the deadliest against Nigerien forces in years. The government said on Thursday that 25 soldiers were killed while successfully repelling the attack in the western town of Chinagodrar by assailants aboard motorcycles and other vehicles. But four ... more »

Australia falls short in ATP Cup semi-final against Spain

Just In - 3 hours ago
Alex de Minaur takes the first set off world number one Rafael Nadal in their singles tie, but the Spanish star is too good as Australia's impressive ATP Cup run comes to an end.

'I miss my people': Actor's dying wish to get home to NT

Matt Garrick at Just In - 3 hours ago
Battling lung cancer thousands of kilometres from his birth country, David Gulpilil is longing for his remote Northern Territory homeland.

How ratepayers in one of the country's fastest growing cities 'lost $78 million'

Anna Hartley at Just In - 3 hours ago
With a report into Ipswich City Council released to the public, ratepayers now have an insight into exactly what went wrong including lost millions through a failed CBD development, a toxic culture of corruption and lack of direction.

US Open champ pulls out of Australian Open with knee injury

Just In - 3 hours ago
The Australian Open will be without one of the brightest stars in world tennis, with US Open champion Bianca Andreescu pulling out of the year's first grand slam with a knee injury.

Where Will Trump Judges Get Their Law Clerks-- From Unaccredited Religious Schools?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Any-- every-- sack of dog poop Trump sends over to Moscow Mitch as a judicial nominee has been rammed through the Senate and confirmed, sometimes with votes from the 2 or 3 Trump-friendly Democrats, Joe Manchin (WV), Doug Jones (AL) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ). When even these three vote NO, you know the sack of dog poop Moscow Mitch is hawking includes a *lot* of dog diarrhea. This week's example was Eleni Maria Roumel, whose filibuster was broken and who was then confirmed by the Senate 51-47, even Manchin, Jones and Sinema fighting confirmation. Roumel is another right-wing Federal... more »

Has President Trump Forgotten The Declassification Material He Delayed then Deferred?…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 4 hours ago
President Trump asks: “Are these “dirty cops” going to pay a big price for the fraud they committed?” However, the only person who can honestly answer that question is the person in the mirror when President Trump brushes his teeth. … Continue reading →

The 1 Reason Why People Thought Nazi Germany Might Win Early in World War II

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* [image: By Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Overseas Operations Branch. New York Office. News and Features Bureau. - This image is available from the Online Public Access (OPA) of the United States National Archives and Records Administ] And why it didn't happen. *Key point:* The Germans were more unified in their command and control (but Hitler's micromanagement would eventually doom Nazi Germany). In May and June of 1940 the attacking Germans had a supreme authority, Hitler, and an army that—if skeptical, ev... more »

The Air Force Could Soon Be Saying Good Bye To America's Storied F-22

David Axe at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Americas* The F-35 is just too good. *Key point:* The Air Force could opt to replace the F-22 with ... the F-35. A new fighter to replace the F-22 Raptor could eat the U.S. Air Force's budget starting in the 2030s, the Congressional Budget Office reported. The Air Force on average spent $12 billion per year, in current dollars, on new aircraft between 1980 and 2018. But replacing the flying branch's roughly 180 F-22s in the 2030s while simultaneously buying new F-35s, cargo planes and tankers, could cost as much as $23 billion annually, the CBO concluded i... more »

For Personal Use Or Police, These Are The World's 5 Best Handguns

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * Can you guess? *Key point: *Locked away behind the Iron Curtain and unable to secure contracts with the Czechoslovakian government, the CZ 75 failed to gain adherents until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The bustling global arms trade has resulted in many excellent handguns in the last hundred years. Some of the best handguns are more than a hundred years old, while others have been in production for less than a decade. All are excellent weapons for defense, and in some cases offense; they are equally at home in a homeowner’s gun safe or carrie... more »

Jan. 11: We've Won the War! Now, we've got to win the peace...

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 4 hours ago
I begin today's blog with a long and possibly tedious criticism of the U.S. and its Canadian and British puppets. If it is boring, feel free to skip past this to the more conventional entries. _________________________________________________________________ Following the news daily is a profoundly depressing experience. A main reason it's so depressing is that our news media don't really report war. No. Almost invariably their view is one of our good guys against bad guys. And the good guys are always right. The current conflict in Iran is an example of this. Iran was a nation plu... more »

School District Seeks to Censor Parents on Social Media

Alex Newman at rss - 4 hours ago
[image: school-district-seeks-to-censor-parents-on-social-media] A government school district in Indiana is under fire for trying to censor parents' online comments about the education system, sparking outrage across the political spectrum as well as First Amendment concerns. Violators can be barred from school grounds.

Ceasefire Announced In Libya To Be Effective On Sunday January 12

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Khalifa Haftar announced on Saturday a ceasefire starting 00:01 a.m. on Sunday Jan. 12 conditional on acceptance by his rivals. (Reuters/File) *Reuters*: *Libyan forces loyal to Haftar announces conditional ceasefire: spokesman* BENGHAZI (Reuters) - Libyan eastern forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar announced on Saturday a ceasefire in the western region, which includes the capital Tripoli, starting 00:01 a.m. on Sunday (22:01 GMT) conditioned on acceptance by their rivals, a spokesman said. Since April, Libyan National Army forces loyal to Haftar have been waging a campaign ... more »

I-90 East of Seattle closed – Too much snow.

Robert at Ice Age Now - 5 hours ago
Almost two feet of new snow. The road closure took place this morning, 11 Jan 2020, at 1:30 AM Now here’s the ski area beside I-90 bragging about all the snow. Good afternoon folks! Our snow dances seemed to have paid off. Continuous snowfall yesterday and throughout last night have provided the hills with almost ... Read more I-90 East of Seattle closed – Too much snow. The post I-90 East of Seattle closed – Too much snow. appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Up to 90″ of snow by Tuesday

Robert at Ice Age Now - 5 hours ago
At Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor ski area. This Afternoon Snow. High near 21. Wind chill as low as -3. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 9 to 13 inches possible. Tonight Snow. Low around 16. Wind chill as low as -2. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 8 to ... Read more Up to 90″ of snow by Tuesday The post Up to 90″ of snow by Tuesday appeared first on Ice Age Now.

"David Stockman on What Triggers the Next Financial Collapse"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"David Stockman on * *What Triggers the Next Financial Collapse"* by International Man *"International Man:* You have sounded the alarm on a coming financial crisis of historic proportions. How do Trump’s trade policies figure into your view that a crisis is coming? *David Stockman:* Trump’s trade policies only create more risk and rot down below. They’re just kicking the can down the road. With this latest move by the Fed, they have cut the interest rates three times and short-term rates are back at 1.55%. They’re pumping their balance sheet back up—it’s up $300 billion just sinc... more »

"Just a Friendly Heads-Up, Bulls: The Fed Just Slashed its Balance Sheet"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Just a Friendly Heads-Up, Bulls: * *The Fed Just Slashed its Balance Sheet"* by Charles Hugh Smith "Just a friendly heads-up to all the Bulls bowing and murmuring prayers to the Golden Idol of the Federal Reserve: the Fed just slashed its balance sheet - yes, reduced its assets. After panic-printing $410 billion in a few months, a $24 billion decline isn't much, but it does suggest the Fed might finally be worrying about the reckless, insane bubble it inflated: Just to review the numbers, which you can ponder on this chart from the St. Louis Federal Reserve (FRED). August 28, 2019... more »

French Government Offers To Scrap Plans To Raise Pension Age To 64 After Weeks Of Rioting And Crippling Strikes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Macron caves in: French government offers to scrap plan to raise pension age to 64 after weeks of rioting and crippling strikes - as Paris burns yet again* * French government has offered to withdraw plan to raise pension age by two years in compromise to unions * The message was delivered as thousands of protesters took to the streets for 38th day of protests andstrikes * The moderate CFDT union welcomed 'the withdrawal of the pivot age' from the controversial bill France's government offered a possible compromise to unions waging a crippling, weeks-long transport ... more »

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