Monday, January 13, 2020

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FDA sends warning letter to Kohyo America Inc. for its frozen egg facility

News Desk at Food Safety News - 1 minute ago
As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are not issued until a company... Continue Reading

Rand Paul Loves The Prince Of Peace Trump While Lindsey Graham Loves The Big Macho Ass-Kicker Trump

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 minutes ago
Last week-- on Fox News, no less-- Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) said Trump should never have pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement and that the assassination of Qassem Soleimani was a mistake, the two blunders together making the U.S. "less safe." A poll by Ipsos since then shows that most Americans agree that Trump's botched approach to Iran has made the country less safe. Only 25% of Americans belief what Trump has done made the U.S. safer. This caused the Senate's most notorious closet case to pull his head out of Trump's butt to hiss some anti-Rand assertions before reinse... more »

Victory: New Jersey Kept Their Religious Exemptions

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 26 minutes ago
Religion will remain – for now – a valid reason for parents to bypass laws requiring their children to be vaccinated to attend public schools in New Jersey. State lawmakers failed to gather enough to support Monday to pass a heavily contested bill that would have repealed the option that thousands of the state’s families […] The post Victory: New Jersey Kept Their Religious Exemptions appeared first on Health Nut News.

ABC: Young Boy Dies of Flu Despite Being Vaccinated

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 26 minutes ago
An 11-year-old Hamburg boy is being remembered by all who loved him as a kind, smart, and healthy child. According to his family, Luca Calanni passed away Saturday at Oishei Children’s Hospital after complications from the flu. His mother, Ashley Calanni, said he came down with the flu early last week. He was taken to […] The post ABC: Young Boy Dies of Flu Despite Being Vaccinated appeared first on Health Nut News.

Don't Miss These 5 Great Films On The Battle Of The Bulge

James Jay Carafano at The National Interest - 30 minutes ago
*James Jay Carafano* *Security, * What these films have in common is that no matter how good or bad, accurate or fanciful, is they remind there was once a real battle and real American soldiers were put in harm’s way and asked to do near impossible things under the most brutal conditions. *Key point: *An important World War II battle. An official U.S. delegation was in Europe on December 16 to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of one of the dramatic and climatic battles of World War II: the Battle of the Bulge—an offensive that lasted more than a month. The Germans tried to st... more »

Like The Air Force, America's Navy Plans To Operate Drone Swarms

Jared Keller at The National Interest - 30 minutes ago
*Jared Keller* *Security, * Underwater? *Key point:* The purchase comes amid a push into autonomous vessels for the Navy. On Feb. 13, the Navy awarded Boeing a $43 million contract to produce four of the 51-foot Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) that are capable of traveling some 6,500 nautical miles unaided, the *U.S. Naval Institute* reported. According to *USNI*, the Navy could potentially deploy the Orcas from existing vessels to conduct "mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, electronic warfare and strike missions." But as P... more »

Russia's Yasen-M Submarine Is The Deadly Gift That Keeps On Giving

Mark Episkopos at The National Interest - 30 minutes ago
*Mark Episkopos* *Security, Europe* The U.S. Navy should be worried. *Key point: *The Yasen-M line is a modernization package that is meant to account for the sixteen-year gap between the first commissioned Yasen vessel-- *Severodvinsk-- *and the upcoming *Kazan* submarine. The United Shipbuilding Corporation is expected to lay down the second Yasen-M submarine later this week, forging ahead with Russia’s most expensive post-Soviet submarine project. Sevmash shipbuilding company director Mikhail Budnichenko told the Russian state news agency TASS that the keel-laying ceremony fo... more »

The Soviet Military Wanted To Change The World With These 5 Super Weapons

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 30 minutes ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * Here they are. *Key point: *The Soviet military combined grandiose vision and global aspiration with a defense-industrial base that had severe limitations. For nearly seven decades, the defense-industrial complex of the Soviet Union went toe-to-toe with the best firms that the West had to offer. In some cases, it surprised the West with cheap, innovative, effective systems. In others, it could barely manage to put together aircraft that could remain in the air, and ships that could stay at sea. No single weapon could have saved the Soviet Union, bu... more »

We Need Regulations for the 3D Printing of Body Parts

Dinusha Mendis, Ana Santos Rutschman at The National Interest - 30 minutes ago
*Dinusha Mendis, Ana Santos Rutschman* *Education, Americas* [image: Reuters] The technology of producing biological parts is advancing, raising new legal and regulatory questions. In the last few years, the use of 3D printing has exploded in medicine. Engineers and medical professionals now routinely 3D print prosthetic hands and surgical tools. But 3D printing has only just begun to transform the field. Today, a quickly emerging set of technologies known as bioprinting is poised to push the boundaries further. Bioprinting uses 3D printers and techniques to fabricate the three... more »

Te Maire Martin retirement underlines need to support athletes with career-ending injuries

Chloe Chomicki at Just In - 52 minutes ago
As Kiwi playmaker Te Maire Martin thanks the North Queensland Cowboys for their "unwavering support" after his brain bleed and resulting retirement from the NRL, an expert says sporting bodies are getting better at helping athletes cope after career-ending injuries.

Child artist's portrait of Cobargo fire captain sells for $1,300 at auction

Adriane Reardon And Simon Lauder at Just In - 52 minutes ago
A girl's portrait of a "champion" firefighter, initially priced at $2, helps raise $2,000 for the Cobargo Fire Brigade and bushfire relief.

In lieu of Facebook and Instagram, the US and Iran are now fighting on Chinese social media

Alan Weedon And Kai Feng at Just In - 52 minutes ago
Iran and the US embassies in China exchange a war of words on Weibo — a Twitter-style Chinese social media platform — to argue over Washington's killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

Retired doctor says remote community where nurse was murdered should be closed

Claire Campbell at Just In - 52 minutes ago
A retired remote area doctor who worked with murdered outback nurse Gayle Woodford tells a coronial inquest that Fregon was the most violent community she had ever worked in.

Bushfire-ravaged farmers to gain access to $75,000 recovery grants

Kath Sullivan at Just In - 52 minutes ago
Funds are being released to help the 19,000 farmers and primary producers the Federal Government says have been affected as bushfires burn across Australia.

Don't throw away burnt banknotes — the RBA says bushfire victims can reclaim their value

Nassim Khadem at Just In - 52 minutes ago
Australians with cash damaged in the bushfires are being urged to take the remains to their local bank branch or bushfire evacuation centres to make claims for compensation.

Sexual assault of Murray Bridge mother prompts police search for men on CCTV

Just In - 52 minutes ago
Four men dimly captured on CCTV are being sought for questioning after a mother was sexually assaulted while putting rubbish in a bin in her driveway.

Researchers scramble as Tasmania's 'relics of ancient time' fruit for the first time in five years

Eden Hynninen at Just In - 52 minutes ago
Tasmania's montane conifers are fruiting for the first time in five years, but they're not the only ones — experts say the seeding is part of a remarkable international phenomenon.

Low tide leaves Venice's canals dry, just months after severe floods

Just In - 52 minutes ago
Many of the city's waterways are rendered impassable by an exceptionally low tide, with boats and gondolas beached along the sides of canals.

Price of vegetables set to soar by as much as 50 per cent

Owen Jacques And Tim Wong-See at Just In - 52 minutes ago
The price of vegetables is expected to jump by as much as 50 per cent as catastrophic bushfires destroy crops and shut down highways.

National campdrafting finals axed as 'fires and famine' bite

Amelia Bernasconi at Just In - 52 minutes ago
The ongoing drought forces Australia's largest campdrafting organisation to cancel its national finals competition for the first time in more than a decade.

US Defence Secretary clarifies Trump's justification for strike on top Iranian general

Just In - 52 minutes ago
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper says he did not see specific evidence from intelligence officials that Iran was planning to attack four US embassies, contrary to justification for the deadly strike on Iran's top general from President Donald Trump.

Fury over 'totally unacceptable' response after 32 horses found dead on property west of Toowoomba

George Roberts at Just In - 52 minutes ago
Photos provided to the ABC by the head of an animal rescue organisation show dead horses and others that appear to be in a severely malnourished state on a property west of Toowoomba.

Saudi cadets to leave US over extremist content, child porn in wake of Florida shooting

Just In - 52 minutes ago
An investigation into a terrorist act by a Saudi Air Force officer at a Florida military base results in 21 Saudi students being sent home after finding they had posted jihadist or anti-American sentiments on social media pages or had "contact with child pornography".

What do record ocean temperatures have to do with the Australian bushfires? A lot, say scientists

Nick Kilvert at Just In - 52 minutes ago
New research shows the average ocean temperature in 2019 has continued to rise to the highest level on record, and will drive more extreme weather events and bushfires as ocean temperatures increase.

Outgoing Birdsville pub owners happy to see 'the old girl' in good hands

Maddelin McCosker, Hilary Cassell And Craig Fitzsimmons at Just In - 52 minutes ago
After four decades in the hands of the same owners, one of outback Queensland's most iconic hotels has been sold — to an outback pilot and her tourism entrepreneur husband, who will move their young family up from NSW.

U.S.T.R. Robert Lighthizer Discusses China “Phase One” and Enforcement Tripwires…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 hour ago
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is a smart, serious and deliberate professional on a very specific and important mission for the United States. In my opinion Lighthizer is the most under-appreciated member of an exceptionally good economic team. Everything about … Continue reading →

Hussein Askary Discusses the New Silk Road’s Advance Across the Middle East

Matthew Ehret at The Duran - 1 hour ago
Anyone looking at a map of the Belt and Road Initiative will notice that Syria, Iraq and Iran’s stability and active participation are vital for this world changing program to function. Anyone not realizing that this program of win-win cooperation is in direct anti-thesis to the neocon paradigm of “a clash of civlizations” would be […] More The post Hussein Askary Discusses the New Silk Road’s Advance Across the Middle East appeared first on The Duran.

The obvious answer

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 1 hour ago
The US president wants people to testify in a Senate trial, but not those who may know more about what he did. Yesterday, he tweeted he wanted Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff to testify. The … Continue reading →

"'This Is Insanity!' - Jim Rogers Warns Of 'Horrible Time' Ahead"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"'This Is Insanity!' - * *Jim Rogers Warns Of 'Horrible Time' Ahead"* by Tyler Durden "The Fed has increased its balance sheet over 500% in the past decade; The Bank of Japan is printing money to buy bonds and stock ETFs; and The European Central Bank is mired in insane negative interests. And, according to legendary investor Jim Rogers, they will continue this "madness" as long as its necessary. In an interview with RT’s Boom Bust, Rogers exclaims, that interest rates around the world have never been this low: "This is insanity, that’s not how sound economic systems are supposed t... more »

APRadio – Cops raid Mike Holt’s home

Editor, cairnsnews at Cairns News - 2 hours ago
Harry and Mike discuss the police raid on Mike’s home on a fishing expedition confirming the establishment are worried. Is Kangaroo Island on fire to get mining wealth by stealth? Time to be counted with your MY WILL submission as the Grand Jury moves closer. CLICK HERE to listen

On Truth and Incertitude

Unknown at The Verma Report - 2 hours ago
All philosophies aim to find the truth, but what is truth is itself a philosophical question. Before a philosopher begins his search for the truth, he must commit himself to a theory of the truth. There is one thing that a philosopher must not lose sight of: incertitude. Incertitude is not the same thing as skepticism; it denotes the realization that it’s not possible to find the answer to the fundamental questions of philosophy and that the quest for certainty is futile and can have adverse consequences in ethics and politics.

Was Qassem Soleimani One of the American Embassy Hostage-Takers?

Bethania Palma at - 2 hours ago
The Iranian major general assassinated by the U.S. in early 2020 joined the military in 1979.

Darryl A. Peal Named NKU’s Chief Diversity Officer

Sarah Wood at Diverse - 2 hours ago
Darryl A. Peal was named Northern Kentucky University’s (NKU) chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer and Title IX Coordinator. He previously served as managing director for external engagement and strategic partnerships at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Peal earned his bachelor’s degree in print and broadcast journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University and his master’s […]

Iran Apologized, But Trump & Other US Presidents Will Never Say Sorry for What They’ve Done to Middle East

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Iran Apologized, But Trump & Other US Presidents Will Never Say Sorry for What They’ve Done to Middle East by Finian Cunningham, Commendably, Iran has apologized for shooting down the passenger jet and killing all 176 people on board. It shows integrity to take responsibility for the disastrous loss of life at a time …

Doomsday Election 2020: Israeli Spies Run Drill Predicting Overthrow of America

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
TruNews Today on TruNews we discuss a shadowy simulation run by Israeli tech firm Cybereason along with senior elements of the U.S. government, to depict a hellish and futurist 9/11 on election day 2020, resulting in the canceling of the election and a declaration of martial law. Edward Szall. Airdate 01/10/20 end

Libya Descends into ‘Complete Lunacy And Chaos’ – Benn Swann

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
RT America As Libya reels from a military academy attack that killed at least 30 and the Libyan parliament votes against Turkish deployment the country’s oil and gas resources could be at stake with multiple countries clamoring for access. Investigative journalist Ben Swann joins In Question with the details. end

Iraqi Officials Warn of Economic ‘Collapse’ If US Cuts Off Access to Oil Revenues

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Gangsterism – Protection Racket – USA-Pentagram. See also: – Iraq warns of ‘collapse’ if Trump blocks oil cash – The effect is quite clear: Trump is driving Iraq into the arms of Russia-China and away from the Petrodollar. Is this his real intention? To end the bankster’s monetary hegemony, endless wars in the Middle East. …

CONFIRMED: Israeli Supplied the Key Intelligence for US Assassination of Iran’s Soleimani

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
CONFIRMED: Israeli Supplied the Key Intelligence for US Assassination of Iran’s Soleimani by This latest revelation should not surprise anyone who has been actively following the exploits of the current Trump Administration and its partner organization, Israel’s Netanyahu government. – According to a recent report released by the Times of Israel, it was officials …

US Envoy: Next Plan is to Let Israel Annex West Bank

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
US Envoy: Next Plan is to Let Israel Annex West Bank by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said yesterday that America’s next step, after recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, is the annexation of the occupied West Bank, Ma’an reported. – In a press conference held …

Israeli Forces Flood Gaza Farmland with Rainwater, Damaging Crops

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Israeli Forces Flood Gaza Farmland with Rainwater, Damaging Crops by Israeli forces poisoned crops in the besieged Gaza Strip by pumping large amounts of rainwater into its agricultural land on Saturday. The Israeli soldiers were found at east of the border fence with besieged enclave, eyewitnesses told Palestinian Authority’s official news agency WAFA. – They turned on the …

Is ET Watching Us? ‘Orbs’ Swarming Around SpaceX Ship, Leaving ISS, Excites Conspiracy Theorists

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Is ET Watching Us? ‘Orbs’ Swarming Around SpaceX Ship, Leaving ISS, Excites Conspiracy Theorists by Elon Musk’s cargo rocket boosting Starlink satellites into orbit have already tickled the nerves of YouTube alien hunters after one of them spotted something strange passing by on the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch livestream. According to him, a winged …

Pompeo: I Lied About Soleimani ‘Imminent Attacks’

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Pompeo: I Lied About Soleimani ‘Imminent Attacks’ by daniel mcadams, Trump’s neoconservative Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, is a man unafraid to admit to being a liar. In fact he seems to revel in his ability to lie to the American people. – Remember just a week ago when Pompeo told us that the US …

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

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 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 …

Bring Back Gold & Silver Sound Money That Holds Its Value!

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Silver Bullion TV There was a time bills of credit (a.k.a paper money) was vehemently rejected and gold & silver money welcomed. Have we forgotten what sound money is? It’s time to remember the original function of money and how precious metals are the best forms of money! end

Counting the Cost of US Military Bases Around the World | Counting the Cost

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Al Jazeera English The assassination of Iran’s second-most powerful figure, Qassem Soleimani by a US drone strike has led to the deployment of more troops to Iraq. And while Iran hit back and tensions appeared to ease, a US-Iran shadow war goes on. Counting the Cost takes a look at the trillions spent on wars …

Kosher Cover-Up: U.S. Ruling Class Hides Epstein Child Sex Blackmail Operation

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
TruNews Today on TruNews we discuss the takeover of American society at the hands of a political ideology armed with graphic sex tapes and compendiums of compromising material. We detail how the raping of kids and the hijacking of our nation has become a sacred idol worshipped by the political and spiritual elite. We detail …

William Happer – Climate Models Do CO2 With Incorrect Radiative Wings

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 2 hours ago
Computer models calculatd CO2 IR emissions incorrectly. Continue reading →

Russia's 'New' Tactics Promise to Make Russian Tanks Unstoppable

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Russia* [image: T-80U tank moves during a demonstration at the International military-technical forum ARMY-2019 at Alabino range in Moscow Region, Russia June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov] Especially against 'jihad-mobiles.' *Key Point:* Rotating tanks in and out of the firing line, rapid fire shooting and switching between alternate firing positions have been standard practice since World War II (the Russians would have learned this the hard way at the hands of the Germans). “Tank trousers” and “tank carousels” are among the new tactics that Russia... more »

The 9mm Luger May Be the Longest-Serving Caliber in History. Here's Its Top 5 Guns.

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * [image: This is a photo of a new Gen4 Glock 17 pistol on display.] It's been in every conflict since World War I. *Key Point:* The Springfield XD combines a number of older and newer features from other guns on this list to create a fairly unique and impressive package. The 9mm Luger, invented before the Great War, is one of the longest-serving gun calibers in history. Introduced in 1901, it has served in virtually every conflict since then up until today. From World War I’s German army to the British army fighting ISIS in Syria, the Luger round has ... more »

South Korea Wants Its Helicopter Carriers to Carry the F-35

David Axe at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Asia* [image:] A big deal. *Key point: *Seoul wants an improved power projection capability. South Korea is getting an aircraft carrier. The vessel could help Seoul’s navy to compete with its main rivals, the Chinese and Japanese fleets. The South Korean joint chiefs of staff decided on July 12, 2019 to acquire an assault ship capable of operating fixed-wing aircraft, *Defense News * reported. The vessel presumably would embark vertical-landing F-35B stealth fighters. Seoul for years has mu... more »

Rachael Sage releases cover of Ani DiFranco’s ‘Both Hands’

The Buffalo Chronicle at The Buffalo Chronicle - 3 hours ago
​​​Rachael Sage has released the first single from her forthcoming album Character: a string quartet version of the classic Ani DiFranco song “Both Hands“. The accompanying music video premiered on PopMatters. Sage has also just been confirmed as support on the Howard Jones Acoustic Trio‘s Winter 2020 U.S.

Schumer calls for ‘revolutionary bi-national commuter rail’ between Ontario and Western New York

The Buffalo Chronicle at The Buffalo Chronicle - 3 hours ago
Senator says Canadian Side’s Cumbersome Screening Process Adds Time To Commute & Discourages Ridership Standing once again at Niagara Falls’ state-of-the-art Amtrak train station, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Canadian government to stop stalling and implement pre-clearance

Netflix: The Goop Lab Is An Infomercial For Gwyneth Paltrow's Pseudoscience Business

The Conversation at Science 2.0 blogs - 3 hours ago
Last week, Netflix dropped the trailer for Gwyneth Paltrow’s new show *The Goop Lab*. It is a six-episode docuseries launching on Jan. 24 that, according to the trailers, focuses on approaches to wellness that are “out there,” “unregulated” and “dangerous.” (Read: science-free.) read more

AG Barr Press Conference Announcing Results of Investigation into Terrorist Attack at Pensacola Naval Air Station – Video and Transcript…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 3 hours ago
Earlier today U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr announced the results of a criminal investigation into the December terrorist attack at Pensacola Naval Air Station. The AG answered press questions at the end of his remarks. Accompanying AG Bill was FBI … Continue reading →

President Trump Impromptu Remarks Departing White House – Video and Transcript….

sundance at The Last Refuge - 3 hours ago
Chopper pressers are the best pressers. Earlier today President Trump and First-Lady Melania Trump departed the White House traveling to New Orleans for the NCAA football championship game LSU -vs- Clemson. President Trump delivered brief remarks [Video and Transcript Below]. … Continue reading →

Assyria Township OKs Pay Increase for Elected Officials

Assyria Township, Michigan -- Assyria Township is the least assessed, lowest taxed township in Barry County, according to township Supervisor Mike Timmons.

Turkey's Hidden Christian Population May Exceed Two Million

Taking into account the conversion to Islam of Anatolia's major Christian populations, namely the Armenians, Assyrians and Pontic Greeks, Turkey's current population of Muslims with Christian roots may exceed two million, historian Vasileios Meichanetsidis wrote for the U.

Good Times at Gotham City

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 3 hours ago

How lifers make a living in Congress—Bernie Sanders

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 3 hours ago
Some of my regular readers are old enough to remember the Jimmy Carter years; he was ousted by Ronald Reagan because people were so upset by the economy. It was a terrible recession, and I didn't have a job in my regular field, library science, but found one being alert to gossip in my aerobic class. Through my aerobics instructor, Corey, I got a temporary government contract job through JTPA (formerly CETA) This is where the federal government takes your tax money, filters it through all the DC bureaucrats, then sends it to the states which employ a lot of people to fill out the... more »

Comparing terrorism charges

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 3 hours ago
June 14, 2016 at 1:57 p.m. EDT Update: On Tuesday, President Obama sharply dismissed Donald Trump's critiques of the fight against terror in a brief statement. "If there is anyone out there who thinks we are confused about who our enemies are," Obama said, "that would come as a surprise to the thousands of terrorists who we have taken off the battlefield." Last December, we tried to quantify those "thousands."* Washington Post* Obama killed thousands of terrorists by his own account, and perhaps every one was necessary and had the proper advice from the military and approval of t... more »

Man Who Shot Church Gunman Gets Highest Texas Civilian Honor

AP News at - 3 hours ago
Abbott gave Jack Wilson the Governor’s Medal of Courage during a ceremony in Austin, calling him a hero for stopping the shooter at a church in the Fort Worth-area town of White Settlement.

Mueller Probe Witness Pleads Guilty on Child Sex Charges

AP News at - 3 hours ago
A key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation will be sentenced to at least 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of child sex trafficking and possessing child pornography.

Trump Use of Doctored Pelosi-Schumer Photo Draws Muslim Ire

AP News at - 3 hours ago
President Donald Trump circulated a fake image on Monday depicting congressional Democrats’ top-ranked leaders in traditional Muslim attire in front of the Iranian flag, drawing criticism that he was promoting Islamophobic tropes.

'Congratulations to those men': Oscars continues tradition of snubbing female directors

Just In - 3 hours ago
The latest Oscar nominations reveal a lack of diversity and snub female filmmakers. But one film stands to make history.

Man missing after attempting to swim to vessel off Yeppoon

Jemima Burt at Just In - 3 hours ago
Search and rescue crews will continue searching waters off the central Queensland coast this afternoon for a missing 60-year-old man whose boat drifted away.

Julian Assange not getting adequate time with lawyers in fight to avoid US extradition, court hears

Just In - 3 hours ago
Julian Assange's lawyer Gareth Peirce says she has had limited time to speak with the WikiLeaks founder about his fight against extradition to the United States, causing delays to the case.

What happens to old graves when there's no-one left to care for them?

Lily Nothling at Just In - 3 hours ago
Abandoned graves at a north Queensland cemetery have endured natural disasters, vandalism, and neglect, but two pub owners are fighting to preserve the forgotten historic site.

US lifts China's currency manipulator status as initial trade deal nears

Just In - 3 hours ago
The US is dropping its designation of China as a currency manipulator, as part of a phase one trade deal to be signed by the two nations this week.

Farmers concerned for hungry Gippsland livestock

Peter Somerville at Just In - 3 hours ago
Unable to truck feed in or to get their hungry cattle out, fire-affected farmers in East Gippsland believe a serious animal welfare issue is looming.

Man survives over three weeks in Alaska's frozen wilderness with limited food and shelter

Just In - 3 hours ago
Alaskan state troopers rescue a man who spent more than three weeks trapped in the US state's sub-zero wilderness after his remote cabin burned down and he was left with little food and shelter.

A reporter's ringing phone interrupted Ash Barty's press conference. So she picked up

Simon Smale at Just In - 3 hours ago
A reporter and Carlton's AFLW captain Kerryn Harrington were left red-faced after the journalist left his phone on during a press conference and Ash Barty answered.

Cricket fan banned for two years for racially abusing Jofra Archer

Just In - 3 hours ago
A New Zealand cricket fan is banned for two years after admitting to racially abusing Jofra Archer in the first Test between England and New Zealand in November.

ASX making gains as US shares resume record run

Sue Lannin And Stephanie Chalmers at Just In - 3 hours ago
Australian shares bounce back from yesterday's losses after Wall Street hit new highs, with reports the US will be dropping China from its list of currency manipulators.

Iran Says It Will Sue President Trump For Ordering Soleimani’s Assassination

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Iran’s top judge Ebrahim Raisi *Iran Front Page:* *Iran Says Will Sue Trump for Ordering Soleimani’s Assassination* Iran’s top judge Ebrahim Raisi says the Judiciary in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will file a complaint against US President Donald Trump for the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani. “In our view, because martyr Soleimani was the symbol of combating terrorism and supporting the oppressed, his assassination violates every law,” said Raisi in a meeting of high-level Judiciary officials on Monday. He added that the violation can be followed ... more »

The NeoCon Wing Of The Democratic Party Is Beginning To Grapple With The Reality That They May No Longer Be In Charge

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Over the weekend, the *New York Times* reported that billionaire class avatar Michael Bloomberg "did not rule out" spending a billion dollars of his own to defeat Trump-- even when its clear he's not going to be the nominee-- and even if Bernie or Elizabeth *is* the nominee. "Bloomberg’s plans would effectively create a shadow campaign operation for the general election, complete with hundreds of organizers in key battleground states and a robust digital operation, ready to be inherited by the party nominee-- regardless of who that nominee may be. Already, Mr. Bloomberg has spent... more »

Police Suspect Serial Killer Strangled Illinois Teen in 1976

AP News at - 4 hours ago
A suspected serial killer strangled a suburban Chicago teenage girl in 1976 and likely killed another woman just days before she was to testify in court that he raped her, police said.

Amazon Package Had Dirty Diapers in It, Family Says

AP News at - 4 hours ago
Nassly Sales said she was shocked to see diapers covered in what appeared to be fecal matter when she opened her Amazon package.

No Vote In NJ!!! S2173 Done For Session

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 4 hours ago
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All the Reasons Why the Littoral Combat Ship Is Terrible

David Axe at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*David Axe* *Technology, Americas* [image:] Garbage. *Key point: *The LCS turned out to be a weak ship that can't do much in a real fight. But after spending $30 billion over a period of around two decades, the U.S. Navy has managed to acquire just 35 of the 3,000-ton-displacement vessels. Sixteen were in service as of late 2018. Of those 16, four are test ships. Six are training ships. In 2019 just six LCSs, in theory, are deployable. *(This first appeared earlier in 2019.)* While that number should increase as the ... more »

The Daewoo K2 Rifle: Could This Gun Defeat North Korea

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * Let's investigate. *Key Point:* This is a fully Korean-produced rifle. In the late twentieth century, one of the hallmarks of a modern military was a country’s ability to design and manufacture its own rifles. South Korea, an emerging military power, took that to heart and produced the K2 assault rifle. A blend of good ideas borrowed from other rifles, the K2 has served Republic of Korea forces for 35 years and with a raft of upgrades will serve for years more to come. After the Korean War, the Republic of Korea (ROK) armed forces were primarily sup... more »

Yes, Cardi B Belongs In Your Child’s Classroom. Here’s Why.

Nolan Jones at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Nolan Jones* *Education, Americas* Hip-hop officially became the most popular music genre in 2018 and continued its reign in 2019, according to Nielsen Music. When Cassie Crim, a high school math teacher in Joliet, Illinois, introduced herself to her advanced algebra students in 2017, she did it through a rap video. Using a rendition of Cardi B’s “Bodack Yellow,” renamed “Codack Yellow,” Crim referenced math terms and laid down classroom expecations: *“These exponents, these is ratios, these is power rules Algebra and a lil’ trig, I don’t wanna choose And I’m quick to take a co... more »

These Are the 5 Best .38 Caliber Handguns Out There

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * Want to try one? *Key Point:* Today, the .38 Special is still popular, particularly among those who prefer the simplicity and aesthetic of revolvers. The .38 Special is one of the most durable cartridges in history. Introduced in 1898 as the .38 Smith & Wesson Special, it was meant to upgrade the U.S. Army’s firepower. The Army’s .38 Long Colt cartridge proved mediocre at stopping Philippine insurgents in close-quarters combat—the .38 Special was one proposed remedy. Although the Army eventually chose a different caliber (the .45 ACP), .38 Special e... more »

UN Climate Hypocrisy Exposed at COP25

TNA Video at rss - 4 hours ago
[image: alex-newman-united-nations-climate-hypocrisy-exposed-at-cop25] VIDEO - In this video, The New American's foreign correspondent Alex Newman highlights the incredible hypocrisy of the United Nations COP25 "climate" summit. The globalist climate alarmists lecture humanity about flying on planes, but they all fly in on planes. They lecture humanity about eating meat, while they all stuff their faces with cheeseburgers. They lecture humanity about cars, and the top people all come in armored limos.

Professor Loses Position for Committing a Grave Sin: Telling the Truth

Selwyn Duke at rss - 4 hours ago
[image: professor-loses-position-for-committing-a-grave-sin-telling-the-truth] There's one thing that'll get you in more trouble today than telling a big lie. Voicing a simple truth. Professor Stuart Reges found out this the hard way. He was demoted and put on probation by his employer, the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering in Seattle, after addressing the issue of why so few women enter his field.

FISA Court Taps Supporter of FBI Surveillance Practices to Investigate FBI Surveillance Practices

Steve Byas at rss - 4 hours ago
[image: fisa-court-taps-supporter-of-fbi-surveillance-practices-to-investigate-fbi-surveillance-practices] The fact that the FBI lied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain surveillance warrants does not seem to bother the court all that much. Perhaps the best thing for America is for Congress to abolish the court.

Iran and the Future of the Middle East

Reza Safa at rss - 4 hours ago
[image: iran-and-the-future-of-the-middle-east] A one-time radical Iranian Muslim warns that the terrorist agenda inspiring Iran’s regime spells continuing chaos for the Middle East and beyond.

The Daily Brief 2020-01-12

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
This is a summary of 25 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Soleimani, ISIS, Syria, Iraq, US, LNA, Tripoli, Hezbollah, Nasrallah, Aleppo, Trump, Russia, Idlib, Daraa, Qatar, Libya, IRGC, UK. Categories covered in this brief: Iran, Syria, Iraq, North-Africa, Lebanon, Gulf, Middleeast, World-News Let us know how you like this brief in the comments […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Thousands of fighters transferred from Syria’s Idlib to Libya: Jordanian king

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) is once again on the rise in the Middle East, King Abdullah of Jordan has warned, adding that “thousands” of fighters moved from Syria to Libya – bringing the whole problem even closer to Europe. The revelation was made by the king during an exclusive interview with France 24 which […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

ISIS launches heavy attack along Syria-Iraq border

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched a surprise attack along the Syrian-Iraqi border on Monday, the Iraqi security forces reported. According to the Iraqi security forces, at least three border guards were wounded after the Islamic State terrorists attacked their post near the Al-Waleed Crossing with Syria. The Al-Waleed border crossing […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian warships enter eastern Mediterranean as Syrian Army gears up for new offensive: photos

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
The Northern Fleet missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov has passed through the Dardanelles and Bosporus Straits and entered the Mediterranean Sea, the Fleet’s press office reported on Monday. “During several days, the ship will continue operating under its long-distance deployment plan and demonstrating the St. Andrew [Russian naval flag] in the region. Currently, the cruiser is […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 13, 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
A Russian soldier on the advance in Syria, following the US pullout from this region, near Aleppo, in November 2018. US missteps in the Middle East are offering opportunities to Russia. Photo: AFP/Bekir Kasim/Anadolu Agency *Giovanni Pigni, Asia Times:* *US hit on Soleimani plays into Kremlin’s hands* On a complex chessboard, the US assassination grants Moscow immediate benefits – and wider regional potential The US assassination of key Iranian General Qasem Soleimani potentially favors Moscow’s game in Syria, while the collateral benefits of Baghdad-Washington tensions offer the ... more »

Former Senior Treasury Financial Crimes Official Pleads Guilty To Leaking Records of Cohen, Manafort, Gates, Butina and More…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 4 hours ago
As you review this story keep in the back of your mind that U.S. DC Attorney Jessie Liu has been recently moved to head the Financial Crimes Division of the Treasury Department. CTH noted last year when John Fry, an … Continue reading →

Interview: Mohammad Marandi On Aftermath Of Trump’s Assassination Of Iranian General Soleimani (With Transcript)

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 4 hours ago
For the first interview of 2020, Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Mohammad Marandi, a Tehran University professor in Iran. We start the interview with Mohammad sharing his thoughts about the Iranian response to the U.S. assassination of Iran General Qassim Soleimani. Mohammad describes why Soleimani was and The post Interview: Mohammad Marandi On Aftermath Of Trump’s Assassination Of Iranian General Soleimani (With Transcript) appeared first on Shadowproof .

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Experience”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Experience”

"A Look to the Heavens"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Is this what will become of our Sun? Quite possibly. The bubble of expanding gas pictured below is the planetary nebula PK 164 +31.1, the remnants of the atmosphere of a Sun-like star expelled as its supply of fusion-able core hydrogen became depleted. Visible near the center of the nebula is what remains of the core itself- a blue-hot white dwarf star. This particularly photogenic planetary nebula shows intricate shells of gas likely expelled at different times toward the end the star's demise, and whose structure is not fully understood. *Click image for larger size.* This deep i... more »

Free Download: “Defense Against the Psychopath”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Defense Against the Psychopath”* by Stefan Verstappen “This 30 page booklet excerpted from chapter 1 of “The Art of Urban Survival” is available in booklet form you can download for free and share with friends and family. This is a brief study guide to teach people how to recognize and defend against our society’s most dangerous predators, psychopaths.” - *Freely download "Defense Against The Psychopath" here:* -

"What Truly Defines You..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"For many people, life is full of pain, suffering. It doesn't consist of clear blue skies or fresh green grass that's always greener on the other side. It's filled with hardships, grief, betrayal, and death.These things define the human condition. They define the sort of person an individual grows up to be, once those tribulations have, for the most part, ended. But what truly defines you isn't the fact that you have seen death, known the feeling of betrayal by someone you trust, or watched as something you loved was ripped out of your hands. What truly defines you is the way you r... more »

“Iran Must Begin Acting Like A Normal Nation,” Says Totally Normal Nation

Caitlin Johnstone at 5 hours ago
[image: undefined] The government which runs a globe-spanning empire led by a reality TV host keeps talking about the lack of normality in the nation of Iran. “What we want all countries to join in,” said State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus in a recent Fox News interview, “is to help us not only to de-escalate any tensions with Iran, but to help us bring Iran to a place where they are ready to stop their terrorist and malign behavior, and where they are ready to discuss with the United States, with Europe, with everyone, about how they can change their behavior to act like ... more »

UN critical of Austrian leader for closing Mosques and deporting Muslims

Editor, cairnsnews at Cairns News - 5 hours ago
UN not impressed from Neon Nettle Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, the world’s youngest leader, has ordered the closing of seven mosques and has begun deporting “radical” imams back to their homelands due to violations of a recent law in Austria that bans “political Islam”. “Parallel societies, politicized Islam or radical tendencies have no place in […]

Cory Booker Ends Bid for Presidency

Jessica Ruf at Diverse - 5 hours ago
In an email to his supporters, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced the end of his 2020 presidential campaign on Monday, citing a lack of funds. “Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don’t have, and money that […]

Clark University Appoints Alumnus as President

Jessica Ruf at Diverse - 5 hours ago
The Board of Trustees at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., unanimously voted to name alumnus Dr. David B Fithian its 10th president. Currently executive vice president at the University of Chicago, Fithian credits Clark for inspiring him to pursue a life in higher education. Before his time at the University of Chicago, he served in […]

Study Finds Marijuana Use Increase Among College Students in Legalized States

cmaadmin at Diverse - 5 hours ago
A recent study by Oregon State University found that college student’s use of marijuana have increased within legalized states. According the survey, students in legalized marijuana states were 18% more likely to use marijuana in the past 30 days over students in states that have not legalized the drug. Additionally, the students were also 17% […]

SUNO Cuts Staff, Suspends Athletic Programs

Jessica Ruf at Diverse - 5 hours ago
In response to insufficient finances, Southern University at New Orleans — the city’s only historically Black public university — has cut several staff members and has accepted “a significant number” of resignations, reported The New Orleans Advocate. The school, which was placed on probation by its accrediting agency due to its financial struggles, hopes to avoid a second consecutive year of probation.

Charles Barkley Donates $1M to Miles College

Sarah Wood at Diverse - 5 hours ago
National Basketball Association (NBA) Hall of Famer Charles Barkley recently donated $1 million to Miles College in Alabama. Barkley has donated to three other historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) including Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University and Alabama A&M University, according to CNN. Barkley’s gift was the largest donation in the school’s history and was […]

Study Finds Imposter Syndrome Higher Among First Generation Students

Jessica Ruf at Diverse - 5 hours ago
Imposter syndrome describes the unfounded belief that one is unworthy of his or her accomplishments, and according to new research, first-generation college students are more likely to suffer from it. The study, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, focused on a group of 818 freshmen and sophomore students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Syracuse University Establishes Committee to Address Campus Climate Amid Racial and Bias-Incidents

Sarah Wood at Diverse - 5 hours ago
In response to a number of racist and bias-related incidents on Syracuse University’s (SU) campus, the university announced the establishment of the Board of Trustees Special Committee on University Climate, Diversity and Inclusion. The committee is set to review SU’s current diversity and inclusion programs and will develop new policies. There are seven trustees on […]

Man Rescued in Remote Alaska After Weeks in Sub-Zero Temperatures

AP News at - 5 hours ago
Tyson Steele watched his remote cabin go up in flames, mourned the death of his dog and then spent weeks in the Alaska wilderness, bundling up in an makeshift shelter against the subzero temperatures and eating canned food — unable to reach the outside world.

Did the KKK March With a Trump-Pence Sign?

Dan Evon at - 5 hours ago
This photograph is not all you need to know before you vote in 2020.

No, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar Didn’t Give ‘Treasonous’ Military Advice to Iran

Dan MacGuill at - 5 hours ago
An article by the anti-Muslim activist Robert Spencer prompted threats and incitements of violence and murder against the Minnesota congresswoman in January 2020.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 5 hours ago
This CBS report plays on many anti-Trumpers' hopes for a *deus ex machina* that will drive the president from power, but I'm skeptical: The White House is preparing for some Republican senators to join Democrats in voting to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, which could get underway in the coming days. Senior White House officials tell CBS News they increasingly believe that at least four Republicans, and likely more, will vote to call witnesses. In addition to Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah and possibly Cory Gardn... more »

Is India's New F-21 Fighter Really Just a Souped-up F-16?

David Axe at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Asia* [image:] Let's take a look. *Key point:* New Dehli may still decide it doesn't want the F-21. Lockheed Martin is developing a new variant of its iconic F-16 single-engine fighter in order to compete in India’s 2019 tender for 110 new warplanes. *(This first appeared in May 2019.)* But don’t count on the American firm’s *“F-21”* to win the contract. According to journalist Angad Singh, the likely winner is French company Dassault’s Rafale twin-engine fighter. Singh explains his... more »

Trying to Turn NATO Into NATOME: A Trump Administration Adventure

Matthew Petti at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Matthew Petti* *Security, Middle East* [image: Reuters] Donald Trump wants the U.S.-European alliance to do more work in the Middle East. But are America’s allies on board with his counter-Iran campaign? Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a flurry of phone calls over the weekend in support of President Donald Trump’s call to turn the North Atlantic Treaty Organization into “NATOME,” adding two letters for “the Middle East.” Trump has been a longtime critic of NATO, a Cold War-era pact that commits the United States and Canada to defend Europe from Russian aggression. He has p... more »

The Reason Why China Refuses to Use Nuclear Weapons First in a War

David Axe at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Asia* [image:] Is No First Use a good idea? *Key point:* Beijing is confident that no first use will help ensure nuclear strategic stability. China has reaffirmed its policy of never being the first in a conflict to use nuclear weapons. Experts refer to this policy as “no first use,” or NFU. The NFU policy reaffirmation, contained in Beijing’s July 2019 strategic white paper, surprised some observers who expected a more expansive and aggressive nuclear posture from the risin... more »

Did Bernie Sanders Tell Elizabeth Warren That Women Can't Win?

Mary Margaret Olohan at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Mary Margaret Olohan* *Politics, Americas* [image: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders hosts a climate rally with Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ro Khanna in Iowa City, Iowa, U.S., January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Scott Morgan] That's what one leak claims. 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren promised details of her private dinner with fellow candidate Bernie Sanders would be kept private, but the alleged details are leaking. Sanders allegedly told Warren in a private December 2018 meeting that he did not believe a woman could win the presidential electi... more »

Barr Wants Apple to Unlock Pensacola Shooter's iPhone

Chris White at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Chris White* *Politics, Americas* [image: U.S. Attorney General William Barr and FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich announce the findings of the criminal investigation into the Dec. 6, 2019, shootings at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida during a news conference at the Justice Department] It's all encrypted. Attorney General William Barr is pressing Apple for access to the two phones a gunman used before killing three sailors in Florida. Apple gave investigators materials from Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani’s iCloud account. Alshamrani is a Saudi who killed three s... more »

We Watched the New Clarence Thomas Documentary. It's Not Good for Biden.

Kevin Daley at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Kevin Daley* *Politics, Americas* [image: Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas arrives for the swearing in ceremony of Judge Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Supreme Court Justice in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts] The justice is not kind about Biden's time on the Senate Judiciary Committee. - *Justice Clarence Thomas criticizes former Vice President Joe Biden’s stewardship of the Senate Judiciary Committee in a forthcoming documentary about his life called “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His O... more »

Coal Plants Shutting Down at a Record Rate, Despite Trump's Rule Changes

Chris White at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Chris White* *Politics, Americas* [image: FILE PHOTO: A fence closes off the closed coal-fired Somerset power plant in Somerset, Massachusetts, U.S., June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo] Looks like shredding regulations wasn't enough. Coal plants shuttered at the second fastest rate in U.S. history in 2019, Reuters reported Monday, citing federal data. Energy companies retired nearly 15,100 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired electricity that year, enough to electrify millions of homes, the report notes, citing data from the Energy Information Administration. The closures co... more »

The Army Wants a New M-2 Bradley That Can Command Robots

David Axe at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*David Axe* *Technology, Americas* [image:] The future is nigh. *Key point:* America is preparing for the future of high-tech land warfare with drones. U.S. Army soldiers riding in a specially-modified M-2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle will control a platoon of ground robots during an upcoming exercise in Colorado. The planned 2020 test “moves beyond the basic ‘robotic wingman’ pursuits that have so far led how the mechanized community of the Army is getting at using semi-autonomous and autonomou... more »

Resistance Is Futile: The Real Reason Why China Seeks Submissive Partners

Kathryn Waldron at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Kathryn Waldron* *Security, Asia* [image: Reuters] The Chinese Communist Party’s ability to root out dissenters and reinforce its narrative of supremacy has grown dramatically over the past decade thanks to the Party’s embrace of more sinister uses of technology. When Deng Xiaoping enacted China’s Open Door Policy in 1978, many Westerners assumed the liberalization of China’s economy would eventually be matched by a similar liberalization in the country’s political structure; they assumed that, as the Chinese people became accustomed to the freedom to make their own economic ch... more »

Risks to the Japan-China 'Tactical Detente'

Devin Stewart at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Devin Stewart* *Security, Asia* [image: Reuters] Long-standing tensions between China and Japan thus could reemerge and threaten the current detente. One area of risk that gets less attention is China’s influence operations, which can spark a backlash in Japan and throw relations back off track. Japan is preparing for Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s spring 2020 state visit, which will serve as a litmus test of the historically fraught bilateral relationship. The meeting could produce a signed “fifth political document” defining the relationship. While Japanese prime minister Shinzo ... more »

Daily World News Briefs -- January 13, 2020 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Inside the Megxit summit: Harry talked to the Queen alone to give her his side of the story before 'calm' talks, Charles wants his son to know 'he doesn't have unlimited resources' and there will be 'strict instructions on branding* * The Royals held an unprecedented summit at Sandringham House today to thrash out a Sussex solution * Speaking afterwards in a statement, the Queen said that the royals had held 'very constructive discussions' * It has been agreed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will split their time between the UK and Canada * Her Majesty spoke of... more »

Snow blankets parts of Saudi Arabia

Robert at Ice Age Now - 5 hours ago
Temperatures drop below 0 degrees Celsius in some areas. 10 June 2020 – Parts of Saudi Arabia were blanketed by snow on Friday, especially in the northwestern regions such as the Dahr Mountains. Videos of the snowfall went viral on social media. Saudi Arabia’s meteorology office urged residents to keep warm more »

Taal is a GSM activated Volcano

Robert at Ice Age Now - 5 hours ago
“Should the crater collapse and the lake empty into the magma chamber the resulting explosion would make Kraotoa a firecracker in comparison.” – J.H. Walker ___________ Taal is a GSM activated Volcano J.H. Walker This volcano has erupted many times during the high AM periods of the Sun Trefoil Orbit around the Solar System Barry ... Read more Taal is a GSM activated Volcano The post Taal is a GSM activated Volcano appeared first on Ice Age Now.

GW Pharma beats projections with $108M in Q4 sales thanks to CBD drug

Kristen Nichols at Marijuana Business Daily - 5 hours ago
A popular cannabis-derived epilepsy treatment is increasing sales for a London company making pharmaceutical treatments from marijuana. London-based GW Pharmaceuticals told investors Monday that it rang up $108 million in sales last quarter and $309 million for calendar 2019. The company’s fourth-quarter sales beat consensus analyst expectations of $102.4 million. GW attributed the sales figures to physicians […] GW Pharma beats projections with $108M in Q4 sales thanks to CBD drug is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepr... more »

Sea Level Rise Strikes Again

tonyheller at Real Climate Science - 5 hours ago
Venice canals almost dry, two months after severe floods – BBC News

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