Thursday, January 02, 2020

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Pro-Iran Groups Take Next Step To Expel US Forces From Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 11 hours ago
Pro-Iran groups attacking the outside of the US Embassy in Baghdad (EPA) On December 31 several pro-Iran Hashd groups marched on the U.S. Embassy within Baghdad’s Green Zone in response to American missile strikes upon Kataib Hezbollah bases after the group killed a U.S. contractor. They assaulted the embassy and threatened a sit in camp outside, but that was ended the next day. This appeared to be part of a political strategy by Iran to provoke Washington, distract from the ongoing protests, and push parliament to expel U.S. forces from Iraq. The Green Zone is the most secure par... more »

"What You Are Pursuing..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
"If the sun is shining, stand in it - yes, yes, yes. Happy times are great, but happy times pass - they have to - because time passes. The pursuit of happiness is more elusive; it is life-long, and it is not goal-centered. What you are pursuing is meaning - a meaningful life... There are times when it will go so wrong that you will be barely alive, and times when you realize that being barely alive, on your own terms, is better than living a bloated half-life on someone else's terms." - Jeanette Winterson

The Poet: Charles Bukowski, “Roll the Dice”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“Roll the Dice”* "if you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. If you’re going to try, go all the way. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe your mind. Go all the way. It could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail, it could mean derision, mockery, isolation. Isolation is the gift, all the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And you’ll do it despite rejection and the worst odds, and it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If y... more »

Trump Stumbling Into Neocon Trap In Iraq

Daniel McAdams at - 11 hours ago
President Trump is swallowing the neocon line on the Iraqi protests at the US embassy in Baghdad, blaming the whole incident on Iran. Suddenly everyone who doesn't want the US military to continue to occupy Iraq - nearly 17 years after an invasion based on lies - is an "Iranian proxy." Will Trump continue to take the neocon bait and stumble his way into a war on Iran? Starting a war based on neocon lies is likely the only thing that would prevent his re-election. Watch today's Liberty Report:

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act: Why Washington Is Both Corrupt and Ignorant

Philip Giraldi at - 11 hours ago
[image: undefined] The creatures that lurk through the corridors of power in Washington DC have refined corruption to the point where almost anything goes and almost no one is ever held accountable. Traditionally, Congressmen reward their various constituencies by inserting riders into larger pieces of legislation that grant money, exemptions or favors to certain groups or individuals. It is sometimes referred to as “pork.” The recent bloated omnibus spending bills totaling $1.4 trillion, which passed through Congress and were signed off on by President Donald Trump, were for the sh... more »

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 2

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 11 hours ago
1915 Suleiman Bey took over Iraq Command for Ottomans Called on Arab sheikhs to join war against British and planned on retaking Basra 1980 Iranian Op Mohammed Rasoolallah attacked Iraqi forces in Zagros Mtns Kurdistan Pushed back by Iraqi counterattacks (Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War) (Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper on Iran-Iraq War) (Musings On Iraq book review *The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988*) (Musings On Iraq book review *Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988*) (Musings On Iraq book review *The Iran-Iraq War*... more »

Leftist Washington Post labels armed militia members as "protestors"

trinko at Conversations about the obvious - 11 hours ago
The left was desperately rooting for Iran to win and kill Americans in our embassy in Baghdad so that they could condemn Trump. How else can one explain the Washington Post labeling members of a violent militia controlled by Iran "protestors"? In retaliation for the Trump ordering strikes on the militia after they killed an American Iran ordered the militia to assault our embassy. That's a military operation not a protest. It's interesting to remember that the media and team Obama used the same lie about Benghazi. We now know that the attack on Benghazi wasn't some protest gone b... more »

California Bans Suspensions of Disruptive Students Who Refuse to Obey Teachers and Administrators — Because It’s Racist

ZeroHedge at Need To Know - 11 hours ago
Suspensions were made illegal in California after supporters claimed that disciplinary action targeted students of color.

Delhi reels from coldest day in more than a century

Robert at Ice Age Now - 11 hours ago
Max temps in large swaths of northern India dip 10C below normal during severe cold wave. 31 Dec 2019 – Thick fog blanketed India’s capital Delhi on Monday as the maximum temperature dropped to 9.4C, and pollution levels peaked. It was the coldest day in Delhi since records began in 1901. The previous low was ... Read moreDelhi reels from coldest day in more than a century The post Delhi reels from coldest day in more than a century appeared first on Ice Age Now.

A chemical reaction leads to a very big bang

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 11 hours ago
Back in September, the chemical tanker *Stolt Groenland* experienced a massive explosion in Ulsan, South Korea. This clip was taken by the dashcam video of a vehicle parked rather too close to the big bang. An initial investigation has revealed it was caused by a chemical reaction. According to the MAIB’s interim report, released today, the explosion occurred due to the sudden build-up of pressure in the *Stolt Groenland’*s number 9 cargo tank containing styrene monomer, a highly flammable chemical used in the making of plastics, paints and synthetic rubber. The resulting expl... more »

End Of Bond As We Know Him

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 11 hours ago
It would seem that the newest Bond Movie has gone off to SJW land. R.I.P. Bond Franchise. Continue reading →

Insulin Prices Triple Since 2010, Leaving Americans to Ration or Travel Abroad for Affordable Meds

Alan Macleod at MintPress News - 11 hours ago
According to surveys, over one in four American diabetics ration their insulin, putting their lives at risk because they cannot afford the cost of constantly injecting $290 medicine into their bodies. The post Insulin Prices Triple Since 2010, Leaving Americans to Ration or Travel Abroad for Affordable Meds appeared first on MintPress News.

Esper Says Iran May Be Planning More Attacks on US Interests

AP News at - 11 hours ago
Iran or its proxy forces may be planning further strikes on American interests in the Middle East, and the U.S. is prepared to take preemptive military action if it gets sufficient warning, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.

Is Ozzy Osbourne on His Deathbed?

Dan Evon at - 11 hours ago
His family has responded to reports about the singer's health.

Politician Who Warned About Driving Drunk Is Charged With It

AP News at - 11 hours ago
The top Republican in the New York State Assembly was charged New Year's Eve with driving while intoxicated in his state-issued vehicle, just a week after he wrote a newspaper column warning citizens against getting behind the wheel drunk.

Texas Governor Calling for New Fusion Centers to End Armed Violence

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: texas-gov-abbott-calling-for-new-fusion-centers-to-end-armed-violence] Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued eight executive orders calling for increased presence of fusion centers in response to armed violence in the state.

Principio del fin a la guerra comercial - 12 hours ago
02-Jan-2020 El presidente de Estados Unidos comunicó que la rubrica de la "fase uno" del pacto con China será el 15 de enero en la Casa Blanca.

EU avalará el T-MEC en el transcurso de enero, asegura el mandatario - 12 hours ago
02-Jan-2020 El presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador adelantó que el Senado de Estados Unidos podría avalar el nuevo Tratado Comercial entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC) en la próxima semana o a más tardar en el transcurso de enero.

“Es inconstitucional”: Expertos critican blindaje a los TLC en redacción del acuerdo constituyente - 12 hours ago
02-Jan-2020 La semana pasada fue promulgado el decreto que habilita un inédito proceso constituyente en nuestro país. No obstante, el texto aprobado por el Congreso, y que surgió de la Comisión Técnica encargada por los partidos políticos, ha sido objeto de críticas por las presiones con las que se negoció y, sobre todo, por cómo se terminó redactando.

ONG piden a España y la UE que no firmen el acuerdo con Mercosur ante la próxima explotación del Amazonas en Brasil - 12 hours ago
02-Jan-2020 Las ONG ecologistas han condenado el anuncio realizado este jueves el "esperado" anuncio realizado por el presidente de Brasil, Jair Bolsonaro, de que el proyecto de ley que permite explotar reservas indígenas protegidas ya está listo y será enviado al Congreso para su aprobación.

Iran-EAEU free trade agreement to take effect in 2,3 years: Official - 12 hours ago
02-Jan-2020 An Iranian official said an accord between Tehran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries will turn into a free trade agreement within the next two or three years.

THE LETTERS: Defining the actual shape of our problem!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020American kids punk the world:* The letters strike us as a major embarrassment—but they're also highly instructive. The letters appeared in the New York Times on Sunday, December 22. Did we mention the fact that we think they should be seen as a major embarrassment? The newspaper published nine letters in all. They explored the reason, or the reasons, for the massive failure of our floundering public schools. How bad are things in our public schools? Once again, we quote from Letter 4: *"The stagnant results of the international PISA exam have spoken: An ... more »

McCabe Apologized For Role in 2016 Leak: FBI Agent

Chuck Ross at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Chuck Ross* *Politics, Americas* [image: Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe arrives to speak during a forum on election security titled, “2020 Vision: Intelligence and the U.S. Presidential Election” at the National Press Club in Washington, U.S., October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts] Woah. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe apologized to an FBI investigator after changing his story regarding a leak to the media in October 2016, according to documents released Tuesday. McCabe was interviewed May 9, 2017, the same day James Comey was fired as FBI director, regard... more »

Trump Axes Nearly 100 Environmental Regulations in Three Years

Chris White at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Chris White* *Politics, Americas* [image: U.S. President Donald Trump wears a hardhat as he tours the Granite City Works hot strip steel mill in Granite City, Illinois, U.S., July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts] Ending the decade with a bang! President Donald Trump nixed nearly 100 environmental regulations during his first three years in office, effectively rolling back much of his Democratic predecessor’s environmental legacy. The president rolled back more than 90 environmental rules and regulations, The New York Times reported in December. The NYT relied on an analysis fro... more »

Soon You'll See This Chinese Fighter Flying All Over Africa and Central America

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * [image:] The L-15 Falcon is modeled after its western predecessors. *Key Point:* China's willingness to sell L-15 at cutrate prices across the world signifies its growing power projection. Flying a high-performance jet fighter is a physically and mentally demanding skill that requires a lot of practice—but each hour flying a warplane can cost tens of thousands of dollars in fuel and maintenance expenses. That's why air forces employ lighter, easier-handling Lead-In Fighter Tra... more »

This Is How The Battleship USS Nevada Survived Japan's Attack On Pearl Harbor

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Asia* A daring escape. During the dark daysof December 1941, when it seemed as if American and British bases were falling like dominoes across the Pacific, two incidents during the Japanese attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor gave American morale a much needed boost. One of these occurred when Army Air Corps lieutenants George Welch and Ken Taylor managed to get airborne in their two Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighters from their base at Haleiwa Field and between them downed five enemy aircraft that Sunday morning, ending their attacks only whe... more »

Sarah Palin Sues NYT for Ad Revenue in Libel Case

Kevin Daley at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Kevin Daley* *Politics, Americas* [image: Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks while campaigning for U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore at the Historic Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S., September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Tami Chappell] The New York Times edited the article, but denied allegations of bad faith. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin filed a complaint in her libel lawsuit against The New York Times, after the paper published an editorial that falsely linked Palin to the 2011 shooting of former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords. The filing,... more »

'Nude Year's Eve': Nudist Resort Goes Up in Flames During Party

Luke Rosiak at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Luke Rosiak* *Politics, Americas* [image: People watch as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino] Thankfully, no one was hurt. Firefighters from three states responded to a nudist resort as a major blaze broke out during its “Nude Year’s Eve” party. Avalon Resort’s lodge, located on 140 acres of woods in Paw Paw, West Virginia, was a total loss, but the pool and bar were spared, firefighters told the Cumberland Times-News. Photos showed massive flames engulfing the sky, feet from a... more »

Why Did the Judge in Hunter Biden's Paternity Case Recuse Himself?

Andrew Kerr at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Andrew Kerr* *Politics, Americas* [image: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden attend an NCAA basketball game between Georgetown University and Duke University in Washington, U.S., January 30, 2010. Picture taken January 30, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst] 'Our client sincerely thanks Judge McSpadden for his time and attention to what has become a difficult and convoluted child support matter,' the plaintiff's lawyer said. The judge overseeing Hunter Biden’s contentious paternity case in Arkansas recused without explanation Tuesday. Independence County Circuit J... more »

Trump's Benghazi? That's What Liberals Are Saying About Baghdad

Chris White at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Chris White* *Politics, Americas* [image: U.S. Army soldiers keep watch on the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq January 1, 2020. DoD/Lt. Col. Adrian Weale/Handout] No one died in the New Year's Eve incident... Liberal pundits slammed President Donald Trump’s handling of protests at the U.S. embassy in Iraq and suggested it will consume his presidency in the same way the Benghazi scandal did the Obama administration. MSNBC pundit Joy Reid and Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut were among a handful of people who suggested the protest is a result of the president’s ... more »

Trump 2020 Campaign Reveals 'Unprecedented' Fundraising Bonanza

Chris White at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Chris White* *Politics, Americas* [image: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. December 21, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis] $45 million in one quarter... President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign raised over $45 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, a senior member of the campaign said Thursday. “President Trump’s unprecedented fundraising is testament to his wide grassroots support and his stellar record of achievement on behalf of the American peo... more »

India's Russian-Made Aircraft Carrier Is a Total Disaster. Here's Why.

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *History, Asia* n the early 2000s, India went shopping for a new aircraft carrier. What followed was a military-industrial nightmare. *Key point: *Of all India’s Russian procurement woes, none speak more to the dysfunctional relationship between the two countries than the saga of INS *Vikramaditya.* Like a lot of countries, India wants the best weapons it can afford. But ideological and financial concerns mean there are a lot of things it won’t buy from the United States or Europe. That pretty much leaves, well, Russia. India has been a big buyer of Russian weapo... more »

UFOs? Klobuchar Might Tell You, If She Wins

Mary Margaret Olohan at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Mary Margaret Olohan* *Politics, Americas* [image: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Amy Klobuchar speaks during the Teamsters Vote 2020 Presidential Forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S., December 7, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton] The 'Marianne Williamson' strategy... 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar suggested Monday that she would let journalists look into classified material on UFO sightings if she became president. Klobuchar spoke with the Conway Daily Sun editorial board about her optimism towards the 2020 presidential race, telling the board that she ... more »

Julian Castro Out of the 2020 Race

Mary Margaret Olohan at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Mary Margaret Olohan* *Politics, Americas* [image: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Julian Castro gestures during a televised townhall on CNN dedicated to LGBTQ issues in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake] He tried his best. Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro dropped out of the 2020 presidential race Thursday. Castro is a former U.S. housing and urban development secretary and was the only Latino candidate in the field. “I’m so proud of the campaign we’ve run together,” Castro said in a video his campaign released. “We’v... more »

The Quest For A New Iranian Constitution

Ilan Berman at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Ilan Berman* *Security, * The current quest for an Iranian constitution reflects a realization by opponents of the Iranian regime that, if they hope to galvanize support from the Iranian “street,” they need to paint a much clearer picture of the future they desire. What is Iran’s opposition most worried about? Talk to anti-regime activists from across the political spectrum – from royalists who support a return of the Pahlavi monarchy to secular nationalists agitating in favor of a parliamentary-style democracy – and you’re liable to hear pretty much the same answer. As the Ira... more »

North Korea Starts the New Year With a Threatened Bang

Bruce Klingner at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Bruce Klingner* *Security, Asia* No, North Korea didn’t launch an ICBM on December 25, as predicted by some observers disturbed by its recent hints about a “Christmas present” for the U.S. But we shouldn’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Pyongyang, after all, marked the culmination of its highly anticipated end-of-year deadline with a strident threat to demonstrate a new “promising strategic weapon system.” No, North Korea didn’t launch an ICBM on December 25, as predicted by some observers disturbed by its recent hints about a “Christmas present” for the U.S. But we shouldn... more »

Ramjets Are Making Missiles Deadlier, And That's Bad News For The U.S. Military

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Technology, Europe* Ramjets have made somewhat of a comeback in military technology recently. *Key point: *While most air-to-air missiles continually lose energy after their boost phases, ramjet powered missiles retain energy a lot better due to the continual thrust provided by the ramjet engine. Ramjets have made somewhat of a comeback in military technology recently. While ramjets powered many anti-air missiles throughout the Cold War, more recent designs eschewed them in favor of multi-stage rocket boosters or simply more powerful rockets. However, a new crop of... more »

US Escalation in Iraq: Taking Kirkuk & Further Entrenching the US in the Region

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
*Happy New Year to All !!My crumby cold prevented me from extending well wishes and following up on my previous post.. Still under the weather, but, this report needs to be published* *I’m going to hattip Scott at Nomadic Everyman for flipping the switch and helping to answer questions posed in the previous post. **Latest Report: Ambassador flees as Iraqis storm US embassy- 750 Troops Deploy Immediately With More To Come * *What's going on? The US appears to be escalating something in Iraq?? * *Escalating in Kirkuk is what’s going on:* *Scott “As the original attack on the K-1... more »

National File: Paul Pelosi Jr. under scrutiny for corruption, ethical lapses

Hadenoughalready at 'Nox & Friends - 12 hours ago
Jan 2, 2020 ~Let the chips fall where they may…HEA

WHY Trump will WIN in 2020

GunnyG at 'Nox & Friends - 12 hours ago
A must read by VDH but the last paragraph is dead on the money. First, the “unreported” anger among us Deplorables… EXCERPT: “Anything he dishes out, they [Democrats] deserve,’ one man in a tailored suit remarked, channeling my grade-school friend Steve. I take it by that he meant he and his friends are frequently embarrassed by Trump’s crudity — but not nearly so much as they are enraged by the sanctimoniousness of an Adam Schiff or the smug ‘bombshell’ monotony of media anchors. EXCERPT: “It is easy to say that 2020 seems to be replaying 2016, complete with the identical … Continue... more »

Trump And The DCCC Are Turning NJ-02 Into A Political Cesspool Already

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*Van Drew was always a Republican-- and now it's official* In the 2018 cycle, conservative then-"Democrat" Jeff Van Drew wasn’t one of the party’s star fundraisers, although he did bring in $1,881,731, despite a very right-wing voting record in the Jersey state legislature. The 3 other successful challengers in New Jersey that year all did *significantly* better than Van Drew did: *•* Andy Kim (NJ-03)- $6,339,770 *•* Tom Malinowski (NJ-07)- $6,254,566 *•* Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11)- $8,489,793 And so far this cycle, all were beating Van Drew as well, Democratic donors being unimpresse... more »

Commentariat Central: Bernie Edition

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
One of my New Year's resolutions is to comment more frequently on New York Times articles than I have been doing in recent months. This vow, of course, is contingent upon at least partially overcoming the nausea and rise in blood pressure that accompany reading the articles prior to responding to them. This is particularly true of the op-eds. For the sake of my own sanity and health, I long ago gave up perusing the silliness of Gail Collins and the banality of David Brooks. Brooks and Paul Krugman, his erstwhile nemesis, actually sound banally alike as #Resistance, Inc. fighters in ... more »

"How It Really Is"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secret... more »

"Understanding The Keys To Power"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"Understanding The Keys To Power"* by Adam Taggart "The past decade was undoubtedly shaped by the policy adopted by the global central banking cartel to flood the world with massive amounts of liquidity (over $15 33 trillion) to “rescue” markets following the Great Financial Crisis. It’s becoming increasingly clear who benefitted most from this: the ultra-rich As $trillions flowed into financial assets pushing them higher every year throughout the twenty-teens, those who owned those assets - disproportionately the very rich - saw their wealth soar. We’re now at the point where the... more »

A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq

Medea Benjamin at MintPress News - 12 hours ago
Trump's effort to blame Iran for this crisis is simply a ploy to divert attention from his own bungled policy. In reality, the blame for the present crisis should be placed squarely on the doorstep of the White House itself. The post A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq appeared first on MintPress News.

Archbishop Atallah Hanna: The Palestinian Christian Leader Israel Loves to Hate

Ramzy Baroud at MintPress News - 12 hours ago
Archbishop Hanna has been on Israel’s radar for many years, as his kind of leadership is problematic from the viewpoint of a hegemonic power that requires utter and absolute submission. The post Archbishop Atallah Hanna: The Palestinian Christian Leader Israel Loves to Hate appeared first on MintPress News.

Erdogan, Putin and Trump: The Theater of War in Idlib, Syria (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 12 hours ago
The Duran Quick Take: Episode 419. More The post Erdogan, Putin and Trump: The Theater of War in Idlib, Syria (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

FDA warnings involve raw pet food facility and seafood processing facility

News Desk at Food Safety News - 12 hours 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

"Mencken, Where Are You Now That We Need You?"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
○ ○ “Henry Louis Mencken (12 September 1880 – 29 January 1956), usually designated simply H. L. Mencken, was a twentieth-century journalist, satirist, social critic, cynic, and freethinker, known as the "Sage of Baltimore" and the "American Nietzsche". He is often regarded as one of the most influential American writers of the early 20th century.” -

Fires will close roads and isolate more towns in Victoria's north-east, authorities warn

Just In - 12 hours ago
Residents and tourists in a vast area of north-east Victoria are being urged to evacuate as soon as possible ahead of a worsening fire threat, with a state of disaster now in effect amid an "unprecedented" threat to life.

Entire Officer Training Class FIRED for Proudly Giving Nazi Salute in Class Photo

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: salute]Likely reacting to outrage across the country, an entire class of officer trainees has been fired after posing for disturbing photo giving a Nazi salute.

High-Level Dept. of Education Official Arrested Trying to Have Sex with a Child

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: education]A high-level official within the Department of Education was arrested over the weekend in Milwaukee for attempting to rape a child.

Cop Will Get $57k a Year in Disability for ‘Stress’ of Shooting Unarmed Man in the Back

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: unarmed]A police officer will receive $4,800 a month tax free for life after contending that the stress of shooting an unarmed man in his back was too much to handle.

Judge Orders Alex Jones to Pay $100,000 in Sandy Hook Case

AP News at - 13 hours ago
A Texas judge ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay $100,000 in another court setback over the Infowars host using his show to promote falsehoods that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax.

The World’s Best Paid Authors

tonyheller at Real Climate Science - 13 hours ago
Obamas land $65M joint book deal; largest payment ever for presidential memoir | Fox News


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Massive currents of smoke from Australian fires reach New Zealand 'We've lost our beautiful town': Mogo residents flee as bushfire rages up NSW south coastCalifornia bans private prisons and immigration detention centersPuerto Rico rocked by 6.0 earthquakeGermany responds to Trump: Huawei has no back door, but Cisco has 10 Should Racists Get Health Care? - (Ron Paul) NRA Was 'Foreign Asset' To Russia Ahead of 2016, New Senate Report Reveals US Records Slowest Population Growth In Century As Births Decline "No More Transit Risk": Ukraine & Russia Ink Landmark Gas Tran... more »

"The Fed's "Not-QE" And The $33 Trillion Stock Market In Three Charts"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"The Fed's "Not-QE" And The $33 Trillion Stock Market In Three Charts"* by Charles Hugh Smith "The past decade has shown that when the Federal Reserve creates trillions of dollars out of thin air (QE), U.S. stocks rise accordingly. The correlation is very nearly perfect. This has given rise to the belief that buyers of stocks will always be rewarded because "the Fed has our backs." The evidence for this belief is the near-perfect correlation of Fed money-printing and stocks soaring. This near-universal belief in the omnipotent Fed raises an interesting question: how much actual c... more »

"Global Financial System Is A Big Rube Goldberg Machine"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"Global Financial System Is A Big Rube Goldberg Machine"* by Bruce Wilds "While pondering the current economy that is becoming more of a conundrum every day, I stumbled upon an analogy I would like to share. The global economy is like a giant "Rube Goldberg" machine. It is a ridiculously complicated contraption built to perform what should normally be a simple task. Rube Goldberg machines often mimic the real world in that they are goal-oriented with many parts coming together to complete a task. In the real world, things are usually not intentionally designed to be complicated bu... more »

Ireland: New Laws Will Ban Cars fueled by Gasoline or Diesel

RTE.IE at Need To Know - 13 hours ago
The government in Ireland is planning to ban cars that run on gas or diesel fuel by outlawing new registrations by 2030, claiming that it is part of a strategy to protect the environment.

Corporate Lobbying Group ALEC Behind Mandatory Vaccine Agenda

Brandon Turbeville, SOTT at Need To Know - 13 hours ago
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is planning and writing legislation that is beneficial to the member corporations. ALEC is a driving force behind the current drive for mandatory vaccine bills, which are a source of enormous profits for drug manufacturers.

UK Health Service to Deny Treatment to Politically Incorrect Patients

The New American at Need To Know - 13 hours ago
A branch of the UK's National Health Service announced a new policy under which it may withdraw treatment from patients who they think are racist or sexist.

China has three Suns: sun dogs

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
RT has just informed me that the inhabitants of Fuck-you, a town in Northeastern China, were puzzled by the number of Suns in the sky. Their trustworthy communist schools have taught them that the number should be one but three is what they observed. Who is right: the authoritative schools or their own eyes? It's hard to compete with the Chinese comrades if they have three Suns instead of our one. Three "suns" appear on the sky over northeast China☀️☀️☀️ This spectacular view is caused by a natural phenomenon called "sun dog," also known as mock suns or parhelia, as a result of ligh... more »

Jihadists suffer heavy losses in failed counter-offensive in Idlib

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate today attempted to retake the areas they lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) last month. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadist rebels began their attack by using two suicide bombers to strike the Syrian Arab Army’s […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iran and Israel have been waging a ‘secret war’: German media

In 2019, a “war of words” in the Middle East came close to a “war of weapons” over attacks on Saudi and Iranian vessels, drone assaults on Saudi state oil company facilities – for which Yemen’s Houthi movement claimed responsibility, and the downing of a US surveillance drone. However, the tensions are allegedly not limited […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

The Daily Brief 2019-12-31

This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Ansarallah, Yemen, Idlib, Syria, Libya, Russia, Turkey, Baghdad, Iraq, Trump, Iran, Aleppo, US. Categories covered in this brief: Yemen, Syria, North-Africa, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Middleeast, World-News Let us know how you like this brief in the comments below. — The AMN Live Team […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

What's Old Is New

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
Andrew Nikiforuk writes that Jason Kenney has established his own Ministry of Truth. Kenney calls it the Canadian Energy Centre. Its job is to go after journalists who attack Alberta's oil economy. It began its mission by targeting the Medicine Hat News: That newspaper’s crime was to publish an opinion piece by Jeremy Appel that lambasted the agency’s motives: “Its entire premise is based on the notion that anyone who opposes oilsands expansion is a liar with ulterior motives.” Appel called the war room “an expensive joke” and “a grave threat to our right to dissent.” And so, th... more »

Paul Joseph Watson brilliantly sums up 2019...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*and we thank him *(even though I find his perfectly proportioned face a distraction.) *Paul Joseph Watson: The Stupidest Time in Human History… We Welcome 2020… * *Amazon Today* It's a new year so time to shop *Health and Personal Care.* All sorts of great deals. I'll be shopping for collagen.

1000’s of Tons of Radioactive Fukushima Water to be Dumped in Pacific as Independent Testing Banned

Phillip at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Phillip Schneider* - The Japanese government is being accused of covering up the true danger of radioactive water at Fukushima.

Oil Companies Were Not Held Accountable for 10.8 Million Gallons of Oil Spilled in Gulf of Mexico

WTStaff at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Jordan Davidson* - There is no plan to help restore impacted ecosystems. And not one of the 140 responsible parties has faced a fine or even a citation.

Scientists Cleared Alzheimer’s Plaque From Mice Using Nothing but Light and Sound

WTStaff at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Manuel Garcia Aguilar* - Strobe lights and a low pitched buzz can be used to recreate brain waves lost in the disease.

‘You Don’t Throw Stuff at People’: Multiple Cities Ban Throwing Snowballs, Threaten Fines

WTStaff at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Jack Burns* - The ever-increasing all powerful police state in America has determined that it’s appropriate to throw snow balls at each other.

"Economic Market Snapshot AM 1/2/20"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*AM 1/2/20, Updated frequently as available.* ◆ Gregory Mannarino, AM 1/2/20: "MarketReport: First Trading Day Of The Year!" - ◆ *MarketWatch Market Summary, Live Updates* - *CNN Market Data:* - *CNN Fear And Greed Index:* - ◆ *Buffett Indicator: Where Are We with Market Valuations?* "As of 1/2/20 (updates daily): The Stock Market is Significantly Overvalued. Based on historical ratio of total market cap over GDP (currently at 15... more »

The State of Political and Civil Freedom in America

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 14 hours ago
With democracy being a very important part of the lives of most people living in the Western World, Freedom House and its annual freedom analyses "Freedom in the World" for 2019 provide us with a sense of which nations are experiencing threats to their freedom. In this posting, I will look at overall trends and focus on how democratic freedom in the United States compares to other nations in the world and key developments in America's democratic institutions. Freedom House's analysis of global freedom began in the 1950s and, in 1972, launched a comprehensive analysis of assessing s... more »

Subversion of our Republic, Rise of Socialism, and Reagan’s thoughts on Choosing

Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 14 hours ago
HISTORY DESERVES TO BE HEARD, NOT CHANGED Here is one of the greatest speeches of 1964 on issues that are even more relevant and worrisome today than then. Americans have consistently not been vigilant nor stood together as a country for our citizen’s constitutional freedoms, right to govern, and equality. We have given way before the voice of a strident, dangerous group of socialist activists who have until recently been nothing more than the fringes of our politics, rather than stand for what we know are ageless truths. In short, we are at the precipice’s edge before losing our cou... more »

Democrat Julián Castro Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race

AP News at - 14 hours ago
Former Obama housing secretary Julián Castro ended his run for president that pushed the 2020 field on immigration and swung hard at rivals on the debate stage but never found a foothold to climb from the back of the pack.

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Ex-Partner Nick Gordon Dies at 30

AP News at - 14 hours ago
Nick Gordon, who was found liable in the death of his ex-partner Bobbi Kristina Brown, has died.

Kiss Them Goodbye: Hershey Is Retiring Fleet of Kissmobiles

AP News at - 14 hours ago
The Hershey Co. will soon retire its vehicles that are shaped like its Hershey's Kisses.

Iran’s Republican Guards Commander: 'We Can Break America, But Won’t Lead Iran To War’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) underlined the military power of the country, saying that although Iran does not seek conflicts, it is not afraid of war. *Daily Mail*: *'We have the power to break them several times over': Iranian general warns he is not afraid of war after Donald Trump threatened to make Tehran pay a 'BIG PRICE' for embassy attack* * Trump said that he was holding Iran 'fully responsible' for Tuesday's carnage * A pro-Iran mob besieged the US embassy in Baghdad and set it ablaze * Islamic Revolutionary Guards Commande... more »


Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 14 hours ago
*Key NWO fixer and partner of eugenicist Jeffrey Epstein is hiding in Israel from the FBI, media report.* *If there is one thing which is guaranteed to turn Israel s government into an international pariah and land Ghislaine Maxwell and her network in jail in the USA, it is the growing evidence that this clique and its ring of blackmailed politicians and royals is behind the eugenicist depopulation plans using Ebola and other vaccines, and also behind the repeated murder atte... more »

The string of suspicious fires in the south end continues

Tim Bousquet at Halifax Examiner - 14 hours ago
Fires Yesterday, Halifax police issued the following press release: At 4:23 p.m., Halifax Regional Police and HRM Fire & Emergency responded to a structure fire inside an apartment building in the 5500 block of Victoria Road Halifax. Multiple callers reported seeing smoke within the building. HRM Fire attended and quickly extinguished the fire. Tenants did […]

Germany And The Great Economic Depression (II)

Vladislav B. SOTIROVIĆ at - 14 hours ago
Part I The pattern of trade for the Weimar Republic, before the Great Economic Depression, was comparable with that of the Second German Reich (1871-1918) before 1914. However, from 1930 the real crisis of the German external trade was one of the outcomes of the Great Economic Depression. In contrast […]

The NDAA Pushes Forward on Cyber Metrics

prosenzweig at Lawfare - 14 hours ago
U.S. Capitol building. (Credit: Matthew Kahn) Cybersecurity is an art, not a science—or so it seems today. I have been interested for some time in how to change that. At least to me, the key seems to be the development of a system of cybersecurity metrics that are transparent, auditable, scalable and generally accepted. Yet at times, it seems like incentivizing the creation of a cyber metrics system is impossible, akin to trying to move the entire Earth. Archimedes is reported to have said: “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world... more »

Taiwan's highest-ranking general among eight dead in helicopter crash

Just In - 14 hours ago
Taiwan's top military official dies alongside seven others after a helicopter carrying them to visit soldiers crashed in a mountainous area near the capital Taipei.

Fears for 28 missing in Victoria's bushfire-ravaged Gippsland

Brad Ryan at Just In - 14 hours ago
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews declares a state of disaster across large areas of the state during "unprecedented" fire risk, and the number of people missing in the state's bushfire crisis rises to 28.

Seek All That Is Truth - A Quotation by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
*Seek all that is truth. Look not at appearances, but see deep beyond the surface of Mankind's discontent to their true nature and the true nature of spiritual yearnings. * *© ** M.N. Hopkins* *Note: During this month of January 2020 I intend to release one to two of my quotations which were taken from earlier inspirational writings going back 23 years to today. I will also post any newly inspired quotations or poems written during this month of January, 2020 along with perhaps some older poetry put into meme form.* *To read more of my poems & quotations, please click on... more »


Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 14 hours ago
*Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting Athens today to hold a trilateral summit with Cyprus and Greece amid a growing scandal concerning police and prosecutor's failures in the case of a British woman raped in Cyprus by Israeli boys.* *Netanyahu is set to meet Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Netanyahu was also slated to meet with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, who visiting Israel and seemingly taking an interest in the case "on the very day the British woman says she was coerced ... more »

British Army Unveils Latest 2020 Recruiting Campaign: ‘Army Confidence Lasts A Lifetime’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Daily Mail: **'Snowflake' army ads were the most successful in a decade, top brass reveal as they now try to win recruits with the promise of a Love Island body* * The campaign claims that signing up provides 'confidence that lasts a lifetime' * The posters warn that fake tan and make-up are only 'quick hits' of confidence * The eight adverts, targeting those aged 18 to 24, aim to widen Britain's Army * Numbers are at an all-time low due to failure to recruit enough in previous years A controversial Army recruitment campaign aimed at 'snowflakes' was the most successful in a ... more »

3 big ways that the US will change over the next decade

Dudley L. Poston, Jr., Professor of Sociology, Texas A&M University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 15 hours ago
The number of old people will increase, while the proportion of white Americans will continue to fall.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 15 hours ago
Here's an exchange I keep thinking about: Even if this is a slight exaggeration, this also probably explains why the former seem so much more into Russiagate type stuff. Trump being the result of an exogenous shock to America politics fits much better with their worldview. — Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) January 2, 2020 In Alice's dichotomy, I'd probably be categorized as a "Resistance liberal." I'm not planning to vote for Bernie Sanders; I still intend to pick Elizabeth Warren if she's in the race when the New York primary rolls around. Yet I didn't think... more »

marijuana ads

John Rebchook at Marijuana Business Daily - 15 hours ago
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Limit of Purchases in Duty Free Shops Rises to US$1,000

Dorah Feliciano at The Rio Times - 15 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The new shopping limit for duty free shops started to be valid from Wednesday, January 1st. Now, those returning from trips abroad can buy at airports US$1,000 (R$4,000) in products or the equivalent in another currency. The previous limit was US$500. An ordinance, published by the Ministry of Economy in […] The post Limit of Purchases in Duty Free Shops Rises to US$1,000 appeared first on The Rio Times.

This Is When The U.S. Marines Know Its Time For 'Suppressive Fire'

Jared Keller at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Jared Keller* *Security, * Fully automatic. *Key point: *Automatic fire may be fun, hell it definitely is, but there’s a time and place for it. “America! Ahhhhh!” roars Chief Warrant Officer Christian Wade as he unloads with the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle — and not with any of that wimpy “pew, pew, pew” slow and steady squeeze stuff. The 2nd Marine Division gunner goes full auto in his latest fact or fiction video, before pausing to ask: “Is that really necessary?” The answer: Sometimes. From 5, 30, and 80 meters, Wade and Cpl. Gerald Trado, an infantryman with 3rd Battalio... more »

More Republicans Are Elected To Congress When Immigration Is Higher

David Bier at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*David Bier* *Politics, Americas* Why? Of all the concerns about immigration, perhaps none is more important to politicians than how immigration affects political control. In particular, many Republicans believe that immigration has clearly boosted the Democratic Party and that higher immigration will obviously doom the GOP. But historically (and recently), congressional Republicans have performed much better during periods when the immigrant share of the population is high. By contrast, Democrats dominated the low immigration periods. *GOP Almost Always Controls a House of Cong... more »

Remember this moment in Flint, Michigan

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
This didn’t age well — Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) December 1, 2019 This showed us just who Obama was working careful not to make this mistake again.

French ‘Le Monde’ Writes That Bolsonaro’s Reign May Last Longer than Many Think

Adele Cardin at The Rio Times - 15 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In a tough article signed by Bruno Meyerfeld, published on Monday, December 30th, the leading French daily 'Le Monde' views President Jair Bolsonaro as "a junior officer excluded from the army, an ultra-marginal deputy of the extreme right, mocked by his peers for three decades. According to the newspaper, the […] The post French ‘Le Monde’ Writes That Bolsonaro’s Reign May Last Longer than Many Think appeared first on The Rio Times.

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