Monday, January 13, 2020

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Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
*by Noah* It's been a week or so now. Trump's Republican Senate minions and orange lipped media lackeys have fanned out across the media speaking insanity to justify insanity, and I'm still safe, at least from brainwashing. Meanwhile, I can't help but note that many of the already brainwashed, who voted for Trump because he said he'd end wars not start them, are watching their children being sent off to a war of his making (and theirs). You need a sense of critical thinking to understand irony though.

2020: Both Sides All In, As Vaccine Legislation Revs Up

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Not too long ago, there was no meaningful controversy around vaccines. Now a real war has erupted. Industry over reach has now made the risks completely apparent and has also produced a burgeoning epidemic of autism syndrome brought about by an excess of aluminum or mercury injected into the bloodstream. There is now enough meta statistical evidence to deliver a jury. thus class action blow back is surely coming and that will turn the USA into black hole for this industry. This story is about to go seriously mainstream. The news is all bad and the increased usage is backfir... more »

Bernanke Hints At Negative Rates, "Purchases Of Private Securities" To Fight Next Recession

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Various policy decisions over the past three decades has produced a globalization of what is cheap money or more correctly, cheap credit. Japan was the first to even test out the idea of negative interest rates. It is thirty years later and the rate structure remains on the floor. during this time the rest of the global economies have also been trending to market bottom rate structure. The truth is that they can not go lower and are no longer a meaningful tool for policy. The impact globally is that the money must buy non income producing assets more and more. This floo... more »

For, In Joy - A Quotation by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
*For in joy, is there love and where there is love, is there truth and where truth, hope and where hope, new possibilities for more pleasant systems of reality, rather than this unreality Mankind chooses to live from and in.* *© ** M.N. Hopkins* *To read more of my poems & quotations, please click on the link below:* *Poems & Quotations by M.N. Hopkins* *or visit:* *Pinterest*

The Death of Turkey's Business Climate

David L. Phillips at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*David L. Phillips* *Security, Middle East* [image: Reuters] Turkey is facing a perfect storm brought on by its ineffective governance, social discontent, and regional conflict. Investors should be wary. Human rights, democracy, and good neighborly relations create a favorable climate for doing business. When it comes to Turkey, the canary in the coal mine is nearly dead. Investors should be wary. Volkswagen recently delayed plans to invest $1.4 billion in an assembly plant in Turkey. Existing facilities, where VW produces commercial vehicles for its MAN subsidiary, may also be ... more »

The U.S.-Iran Conflict and the Consequences of Breaking International Laws

David Mednicoff at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*David Mednicoff* *Security, Americas* [image: Reuters] Donald Trump’s January 8 speech seeking to deescalate the conflict may have come in part because killing Soleimani illegally made U.S. allies reluctant to back Trump in further confrontations. *Editor’s note: Iran’s missile attack on a U.S. base in Iraq in retaliation for the Trump administration’s killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani has dramatically escalated global tensions.* *Dozens of questions have swirled around the events. Beyond the politics, international law and Middle Eastern scholar David Mednicoff from t... more »

Jonathan Kerr, a new featured anti-quantum warrior

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
Dark energy an error? reviewed a one-month-old Korean preprint claiming to have made measurements and showing that type IA supernovae's light intensity is correlated with their population age, after all. Such an "astrophysical" drift of the "standard candles" may mimic the "cosmological" behavior attributed to dark energy and dark energy as extracted from the supernovae may therefore be spurious. Of course it's plausible (and would be far-reaching if true), we may hear from others soon... Well, Rubin+Heitlauf have already claimed that the Koreans err in their treatment of d... more »

Australian Daily Wind Power Generation Data – Sunday 12th January 2020 – Plus Weekly Update

TonyfromOz at PA Pundits – International - 21 hours ago
By Anton Lang ~ This Post details the daily wind power generation data for the AEMO coverage area in Australia. For the background information, refer to the Introductory Post at this link. Each image is shown here at a smaller size to fit on the page alongside the data for that day. If you click […]

David Brooks: ‘Trump Has Made Us All Stupid’

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 21 hours ago
By P.J. Gladnick ~ What’s with this “us” bit, David? New York Times “conservative” columnist David Brooks claimed on Thursday that “Trump Has Made Us All Stupid.” Brooks admits that liberals are now acting really really stupid (as well as loony) but that the fault lies with President Donald Trump. The weird thing about Brooks’ column […]

Supreme Mistake

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 21 hours ago
A Dry Bones Cartoon ~ Supreme Leader? Supreme Mistake. Iran admits that it mistakenly fired a missile at a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing everyone on board. Read more by Yaakov Kirschen at Dry Bones .

John Huber’s Investigation into the Clinton Foundation Pay-For-Play and Uranium One Deal Fizzles Out as DOJ Runs Down the Clock

BizPac Review and Gateway Pundit at Need To Know - 21 hours ago
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said it was of no surprise that a “non investigation results in non prosecutions.”

Hundreds of Americans Become Foster Families to Ailing Senior Veterans, Opening Up Their Hearths and Homes

Good News Network at Need To Know - 21 hours ago
There are more than 82,000 veterans living in nursing homes across the US. The Medical Foster Home program, launched by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) in 2008, subsidizes American families who open their own doors to senior veterans who can’t live alone.

US Still at Risk of Iran Retaliation on Oil and Other Fronts

Yves Smith at naked capitalism - 21 hours ago
Why the US is vulnerable to Iran disrupting Middle East energy supplies or targeting critical non-oil infrastructure.

Bushfire looters admit to Batemans Bay electrical store break-in

Jessica Clifford at Just In - 22 hours ago
A man and a woman plead guilty in court to charges of looting on the fire-ravaged New South Wales South Coast.

'Am I seeing things?' Jacinda Ardern pops into Queensland cheese shop, boosting tourism hopes

Jennifer Huxley at Just In - 22 hours ago
A visit by popular New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to the Gold Coast hinterland and northern NSW sends a strong international message about Australia as a tourism destination, experts say.

Turtle eggs relocated 500 kilometres following unusual nest discovery

Kerrin Thomas at Just In - 22 hours ago
A once-in-a-lifetime rescue has sees 144 green turtle eggs relocated more than 500km northward, and it is hoped the painstaking effort will mean more male hatchlings for the endangered species.

How to see through the climate change rhetoric: a pocket guide to the basics

Jacqueline Howard at Just In - 22 hours ago
Is Grade 9 science a distant memory? Or perhaps you were distracted by your Tamagotchi under your desk? Either way, if you need a climate science refresher, we've got you sorted with this pocket guide to climate change.

Strawberries and Cream Tim Tams reward couple's passion for rejected fruit

Jennifer Nichols at Just In - 22 hours ago
A Queensland couple's efforts to save tens of thousands of tonnes of Australian fruit rejected by supermarkets is rewarded by biscuit giant Arnott's with a new flavour of Tim Tam.

Head of Liberal National Club who mobbed drag queens reading to kids dies

Just In - 22 hours ago
A day after video emerges of UQ Liberal National Club president Wilson Gavin shouting at drag queens during a children's story-telling event, the ABC understands he has taken his own life.

'One China, One Taiwan': Beijing reprimands US for congratulating Tsai Ing-wen

Christina Zhou And Jason Fang at Just In - 22 hours ago
Beijing slams senior officials from the United States and other countries for congratulating Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen after she won re-election with nearly 60 per cent of the popular vote.

Man confirmed dead at popular swimming hole near Alice Springs

Lauren Roberts And Mitchell Abram at Just In - 22 hours ago
NT Police locate the body of a 31-year-old Alice Springs local at Ellery Creek Big Hole, west of Alice Springs.

Quote of the Day

vonMesser at 'Nox & Friends - 22 hours ago

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
مشاور امنیت ملی امروز عنوان کرد كه تحریم ها و اعتراضات، ایران را«به شدت تحت فشار»قرار داده است و آنها را مجبور به مذاكره می كند.در واقع، اصلا برایم اهمیتی نداردکه آیا آنها مذاکره می کنند یا نه.این کاملاً به عهده ی خودشان است، اما سلاح هسته ای نداشته باشیدو«معترضان خود را نکشید.» — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2020 The Trump administration has reached out to North Korea to resume diplomatic negotiations after the two countries broke off talks in October — CNN (@CNN) January 13, 2020 Bolivia exiled ex-president Mo... more »

Trump Seeking to Start New War in Interest of Israel: Analyst

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
 Trump Seeking to Start New War in Interest of Israel: Analyst by US President Donald Trump has been escalating tensions with Iran with a desire to discard diplomacy and start a new war in the interest of the Israeli regime, says an American political commentator and former Senate candidate. – Trump pushed the …

Trump’s Defense Secretary Admits He ‘Didn’t See’ Evidence about Soleimani Planning Attacks Against US Embassies

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Trump’s Defense Secretary Admits He ‘Didn’t See’ Evidence about Soleimani Planning Attacks Against US Embassies by President Donald Trump warned that Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani was planning “imminent” attacks against Americans, but his own defense secretary seems to be unable to back this claim. – Secretary of Defense Mark Esper revealed in a …

How the House Destroyed Its Own Case for the Trump Impeachment

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
How the House Destroyed Its Own Case for the Trump Impeachment by JONATHAN TURLEY, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR, “Situation quiet. The captain has been put away for the night.” The words from the movie “The Caine Mutiny” came to mind on Friday when House leaders announced that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would not move until next week in …

Israel Likely to Face War in 2020, Top Think Tank Warns

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Israel Likely to Face War in 2020, Top Think Tank Warns by Itamar Eichner, All-out war in the north, escalation in Gaza and West Bank, and Iran an increasing threat, says assessment by INSS; Tel Aviv University institute recommends fresh bid for negotiations with Palestinians, restoration of relations with Jordan, making Israel a bilateral …

January 13th – 2020 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #1089

sundance at The Last Refuge - 23 hours ago
In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and … Continue reading →

Monday January 13th – Open Thread

sundance at The Last Refuge - 23 hours ago
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those … Continue reading →

FISA Court Selecting Surveillance State Advocate, David Kris, Shouldn’t Be a Surprise…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 23 hours ago
This is a little weedy, but it’s important…. In the second half of Devin Nunes interview with Maria Bartiromo today he was asked his thoughts about the FISA Court selecting David Kris as an FBI surveillance and compliance monitor. The … Continue reading →

How The US Runs Iraq

Eric MARGOLIS at - 23 hours ago
What ever happened to Iraq? Is it not an independent country with a democratic government thanks to the 2003 US invasion? So says Washington. The murder of senior Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani suddenly shone a strobe light on ‘independent’ Iraq, and what we saw was not pretty. Welcome to […]

Victim profile: Hunter Browning, a Marine recruit fighting impact of E. coli

Jonan Pilet at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
Hunter Browning was in Marine Bootcamp, being verbally, mentally and physically beaten down when E. coli O157:H7 delivered a blow that made it impossible for him to build back up. “In the Marine Corps, I’m seen as the other. Being a recruit is derogatory until you finish training, you’re worthless. They break you down to build... Continue Reading

More than 50 sick in Argentinian city due to Salmonella

News Desk at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
An emergency committee to control the sale of food has been created in a city in northwest Argentina after a spike in Salmonella cases in early 2020. There have been 51 confirmed cases of Salmonella in Salta so far this year. At least five people have been hospitalized but recovered after treatment. The committee will... Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Why is R-CALF so upset? Just do it — count the cows

Guest Contributor at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
Opinion I like your recent post Letter From the Editor on Counting Cows. Don’t forget Canada who is the USA’s largest trading partner in beef (reciprocal trading too) is also very capable of tracing back to original farms and the animals – we have the best technology in RFID tracability – albiet not easily accepted... Continue Reading

The Anti-Carbon Pair

tonyheller at Real Climate Science - 23 hours ago
A friend just gave this to me. He found it at an antique shop.

Meet Operation August Storm: When Russia Crushed Japan in Manchuria

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 23 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Asia* [image:] A massive defeat. To the Soviet military, it is known as the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation. Although it had no official name to the Japanese, it has become known in the West as Operation August Storm. It was the greatest defeat in Japanese military history, yet few outside the circles of Japanese and Soviet history are even aware that it occurred. It ensured the end of World War II as much as the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasa... more »

British Columbia’s Vaping Crackdown Could Set a Precedent for Other Countries

Christopher Labos at The National Interest - 23 hours ago
*Christopher Labos* *Health, Americas* [image: Reuters] There is little evidence that vaping is an effective way to quit smoking or reduce health risks. In Canada, the government of British Columbia is cracking down on vaping products. The plan is to reduce nicotine content, limit access to flavoured pods, mandate plain packaging with health warnings and raise the tax on vaping products to 20 per cent. *Read more: Popcorn lung: Teen first case of life-threatening vaping injury * The rationale is simple. E-cigarettes have exploded in popularity around the world in recent years, ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and David H Turpin, President of the University of Alberta, attend a memorial service at the University of Alberta for the crash victims in Edmonton, Canada January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Candace Elliott *WNU Editor*: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... *Ukrainian airliner crash victims mourned* (Reuters).

China Should Never Have Stolen This Russian Jet Design

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Reuters *National Interest:* *China Paid a Big Price For Stealing a Russian Fighter Jet Design* *Beijing is paying the price.* *Key Point:* Russia loves pointing out the flaws in the Chinese J-15, which is a knock-off of their Su-33 Though Russia and China are now friends, even holding joint exercises, Russia's Sputnik News recently trotted out an article titled "Chinese Navy Short on Carrier-Based Fighters, Only Has Problem-Ridden J-15." The J-15 is an unlicensed copy of Russia's Su-33 carrier jet, which is a 1980s derivative of the Su-27K land-based fighter. China had acquired ... more »

War Pigs Belong In The GOP

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Hard to recognize the War Pig in the picture above? Trump? Mike Pompeo? Tom Cotton? Lindsey Graham? Miss McConnell? Kevin McCarthy? Could be any of them. Also could be Status Quo Joe, Mayo Pete or any of the 8 Democratic war mongers who voted with Trump against the War Powers Resolution Thursday. Don't forget the names: • Anthony Brindisi (Blue Dog-NY) • Josh Gottheimer (Blue Dog-NJ) • Max Rose (Blue Dog-NY) • Kendra Horn (Blue Dog-OK) • Ben McAdams (Blue Dog-UT) • Stephanie Murphy (Blue Dog-FL) • Joe Cunningham (Blue Dog-SC) • Elaine Luria (New Dem-VA) No Bernie supporters there,... more »

New India-China Military Hotline To Become Operational

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Economic Times:* *New India-China military hotline to become operational between DGMO and Western Theatre Command* India and China have also looked at setting up more hotlines between their armies. During the visit of the Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe to India in August 2018, a year after the Doklam standoff, he had suggested to the then Defence Minister Sitharaman on establishing two to three more military hotlines with India such as at the local command level. NEW DELHI: A new military hotline between India and China which has been pending for a long time will soon... more »

2019 Alaska aerial survey found the most polar bears since 2012 – dozens of fat healthy bears

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on polarbearscience: This aerial shot of six fat polar bears lolling around on a sand beach on the coast of the Southern Beaufort Sea, Alaska, was taken by NOAA employees in July 2019. It exemplifies the reality that bears in this subpopulation are currently abundant and healthy, negating the suggestion that numbers have…

SSTs Keep Cool at Year End

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: The best context for understanding decadal temperature changes comes from the world’s sea surface temperatures (SST), for several reasons: The ocean covers 71% of the globe and drives average temperatures; SSTs have a constant water content, (unlike air temperatures), so give a better reading of heat content variations; A major…

The Russian Navy Has The Monopoly On Supercavitating Torpedoes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Media: Wikipedia *National Interest:* *Russia's 200 Knot 'Supercavitating' Torpedoes Leave America Speechless* 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 technology, the so-called “... more »

What A "Moderate" Democratic Candidate Looks Like: Mike Bloomberg?

Francis Menton at Manhattan Contrarian - 1 day ago
* A new (January 10) Des Moines Register poll shows Bernie Sanders starting to pull away from the field at 20%, with Elizabeth Warren second (17%), and Pete Buttagieg suddenly down 9 points to 16%. Is the Democratic nomination battle really going to come down to just crazy versus crazier? * But, you say, there’s Joe Biden. He’s stuck at 15% in the Register poll, although perhaps will do better in subsequent states like South Carolina. But is he really a moderate? Among other things, Biden has endorsed the total socialist restructuring of the U.S. economy known as the Green New Deal; ... more »

W.O.O.D. – 12 January 2020

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 1 day ago
W.O.O.D. - 12 January 2020 Continue reading →

The US Navy Was Eager To Get Back Its Secret Device From A Croatian Fisherman

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The mystery object was handed over to the crew of the US Naval Service's Oceanographic survey ship USNS Bruce C. Heezen. H I Sutton (Author) *Forbes*: *Mystery Underwater Device Lost By U.S. Navy* A Croatian fishing vessel netted more than it bargained for when it pulled part of a U.S. underwater system out of the Adriatic on Jan. 6. The Marian II was trawling at depths of 460 feet when the snared the mystery object. The device, weighing about 220 pounds, was hauled up onto deck. The crew, and local media could only speculate as to what it was. The object consisted of a square ora... more »

McCord is The Key – Devin Nunes Discusses Sketchy Issues Surrounding ICIG Michael Atkinson and Origination of the “Whistle-blower” Complaint…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 day ago
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes appears with Maria Bartiromo to discuss two very important issues. The first is the origination of the “whistle-blower” complaint and new issues surrounding Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. The second important subject … Continue reading →

Patient of the Week: American White Pelican With Back Injury

Russ Curtis at International Bird Rescue – Every Bird Matters - 1 day ago
What a difference a few weeks of care can make! In mid-December 2019, this young male American White Pelican was found in a Long Beach parking lot, cold and anemic, with a huge wound across his back and a small pouch laceration. We suspect he may have been struck by a vehicle. He was brought […]

Carnaval Opening in Rio Ends in Confusion and Tear Gas

Dermot OSullivan at The Rio Times - 1 day ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On one of the hottest days of the year, the official opening of Carnaval took place in Copacabana. On Saturday, January 11th, the Rio Heat Index hit 55° and on Sunday, January 12th, it was similar. Hot and humid, and different from the unseasonable cold and rainy weather that Rio […] The post Carnaval Opening in Rio Ends in Confusion and Tear Gas appeared first on The Rio Times.

US Navy Admits It Still Has Additional Video Of The 2004 USS Nimitz ‘Tic Tac’ UFO Encounter That Has Not Been Released To the Public

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The classified video is likely the full version of the leaked 76-second clip (above) which circulated online from 2007, and was confirmed as authentic in 2017 *Daily Mail*:* Navy admits it has secret unreleased video from infamous USS Nimitz encounters with mysterious 'Tic Tac' UFO in 2004* * ONI revealed the existence of the video in a response to a FOIA request * The classified video relates to the 2004 USS Nimitz 'Tic Tac' UFO encounters * A confirmed clip of gun-pod video of the flying object previously leaked online * The classified video is likely the full unreleased version ... more »

Man 'failed to resurface' at popular NT swimming hole

Lauren Roberts at Just In - 1 day ago
Police divers are travelling to Alice Springs to look for a 31-year-old man feared to have drowned in a nearby water hole on Sunday afternoon.

Man charged over crash that killed 'well-loved' firefighter Mat Kavanagh

Just In - 1 day ago
Police charge a man with dangerous driving causing death in relation to the road crash that killed Victorian firefighter Mat Kavanagh.

'Charred animals as far as the eye can see': As much as a third of koala habitats destroyed by fire

Emma Elsworthy , Luisa Rubbo And Kirstie Wellauer at Just In - 1 day ago
The Federal Government establishes a $50 million wildlife recovery fund, as experts work to determine whether koalas are endangered in some areas of Australia following mammoth bushfires believed to have claimed 1.25 billion animals.

Canberra man accused of 'terrible' stabbing faces court charged with murder

Rachel Hayter at Just In - 1 day ago
Jayscen Anthony Newby, 26, appears in court facing a murder charge, after handing himself in to police hours after the stabbing death of a man in Charnwood.

Kangaroo Island ferry fares spark debate as Government considers subsidy

Just In - 1 day ago
Kangaroo Island ferry operator SeaLink says it cannot afford to reduce fares for mainland visitors without subsidisation, as the SA Government considers ways to stimulate the fire-ravaged island's economy.

Time's up for the 9-to-5 — a six-hour working day is the future

Just In - 1 day ago
Around the world there's renewed interest in reducing the standard working week. But moving to a four-day week, while retaining the same eight-hour workday, may not be as practical as we think, writes Anthony Veal.

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