Thursday, January 02, 2020
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AP News at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
U.S. health officials will begin cracking down on most flavored e-cigarettes that are popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine delivery devices.
Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Were you surprised to find Keir Starmer at the top of YouGov's Labour leadership poll? Can't say I was, to be honest. Running at 31% vs Rebecca Long-Bailey's 20% (and 61% to 39% if there is a run off between the two), the omens are not auspicious for the left. Not least because it seems some of us are happy to throw their lot in with Keir, or "Starmzy" has he's started to be known in some quarters. How and why has he taken an early lead over the candidate who was the heir apparent straight after the election? First off, a quick note about the polling itself. Since its publication ... more »
Unknown at Accidental Deliberations - 6 hours ago
This and that for your Thursday reading. - Nathan Robinson writes that there's every reason for younger people - in the U.S. and elsewhere - to support the principle of socialism based on a desire to achieve gains for everybody rather than only a privileged few: A better definition, at least as far as the economic dimension of socialism, is the concept of “worker control.” What socialists have disliked is the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a small number of people. What they have demanded is that ordinary working people get their fair share of the wealth. Some soc... more »
sundance at The Last Refuge - 6 hours ago
American voters responded to the fraudulent impeachment effort in a big financial way for President Trump in the fourth quarter. The campaign announced a massive $46 million influx which doesn’t count the amount raised by the RNC. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – … Continue reading →
sundance at The Last Refuge - 6 hours ago
After failing to qualify for the last two presidential debates, former Obama HUD Secretary Julian Castro announces (via twitter) he is dropping out of the race. (source) Castro told his supporters: “I have determined that it simply isn’t our time. … Continue reading →
nonnie9999 at HYSTERICAL RAISINS - 6 hours ago
From E.J. Dionne at The Washington Post: Take yourself back to the endless wrangling in Sen. Max Baucus’ Finance Committee – or, more particularly, among his select “gang of six,” including three Republicans, two of whom clearly never had any intention of voting for health-care reform. They negotiated and negotiated and negotiated and negotiated — […]
nonnie9999 at HYSTERICAL RAISINS - 6 hours ago
From Dewayne Wickham at TRIBLIVE|Opinion: Last year was the year of the unlikely hero. It was dominated by the ascendancy of Barack Obama, a slender black guy with a hip gait and a finely tuned political mind, into this nation’s highest office. But 2009 has turned out to be the year of the anti-hero. It […]
Mark Episkopos at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Mark Episkopos* *Security, Europe* Vladimir Putin *Key point: *Russia is showing off its new jet to prospective buyers. Back in May, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s IL-96-300PU presidential plane was flanked by no less than six Su-57 stealth fighter jets while en route to the 929th Chkalov State Flight-Test Center in southwestern Russia. *Video footage* of the flight shows the Su-57 fighters grouped in what better resembles a parade column than an escort formation, suggesting a soft-power intent behind Putin’s trip. There are several factors at play. First and perhaps least ... more »
Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
Charles Moore told Nick Robiuson last Saturday that what he particularly objected to was the BBC "preaching". Am I wrong in thinking that, in the wake of Greta Thunberg's guest-editorship of *Today *on Monday, BBC Radio is taking its "preaching" on climate change to new levels of intensity? Three out of the five headlines on tonight's Radio 4 *Six O'Clock News *related to climate change (Australia, Indonesia, Norway) with a fourth story appearing unannounced, courtesy of the BBC's environment (activist) analyst Roger Harrabin. Add that to *Today's *ongoing focus on the issue (Z... more »
Coral Beach at Food Safety News - 6 hours ago
In less than a month the patient count in a Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut fruit sold by Tailor Cut Produce has jumped from 11 people to 96 people across 11 states. Some of the additional 85 illnesses were suspected when federal officials posted a notice on Dec. 11, 2019, but those had not been... Continue Reading
Some of the residents and holidaymakers who have been stranded in the East Gippsland town of Mallacoota since it was cut off by an out-of-control bushfire on New Year's Eve begin the long journey out of the area.
Peter Marsh at Just In - 7 hours ago
While hundreds are evacuating from Mallacoota today via boat and helicopter, those that are staying face a lengthy wait until they can leave via road. There are warnings bushfire conditions in both Victoria and NSW could be worse tomorrow than on New Year's Eve. Follow live.
Kevin Nguyen at Just In - 7 hours ago
Senior NSW Liberal Andrew Constance says the Prime Minister got "the welcome he probably deserved" when he was yesterday heckled by angry residents in the bushfire-ravaged town of Cobargo.
Elicia Kennedy at Just In - 7 hours ago
The biggest problem for babies exposed to methamphetamine in pregnancy is how beautifully ordinary they look, meaning by the time troubling signs emerge, many treatment opportunities have been lost.
Jarrod Lucas, Charlotte Hamlyn And Ivo da Silva at Just In - 7 hours ago
Bushfires closing major highways on the Nullarbor could cost the economy millions, with food shortages and price increases tipped for Perth.
Australian star Nick Kyrgios's plan to donate $200 for every ace he hits this summer gathers pace among his fellow competitors as tennis looks to pull together to help bushfire-hit communities.
A motorcycle gang member loses his licence after allegedly being caught driving at more than twice the speed limit — in a 110 kilometre per hour zone — on a South Australian highway.
Rebeka Powell at Just In - 7 hours ago
While many of us are pondering our new year's resolutions, these older Australians are one step ahead and already defying the odds by pursuing new skills which challenge their mental and physical abilities despite public perception they're too old to do so.
Julian Castro, the grandson of a Mexican immigrant who became San Antonio mayor and the only Latino still making a 2020 Democratic presidential run, withdraws to leave 14 candidates seeking the party's nomination to take on Republican President Donald Trump in November.
Alan Weedon at Just In - 7 hours ago
As bushfires raged around his small Victorian town and mass evacuations began, Brendan took to Twitter to keep Australians — and the world — in touch with what was happening deep inside the UNESCO-listed wilderness he calls home.
Jessie Davies at Just In - 7 hours ago
As the Currowan bushfire engulfed the small town of Lake Conjola, Zalmai Khatiz and his family took to the street with small buckets to save their neighbours' homes.
Jamie McKinnell at Just In - 7 hours ago
Today's cooler weather will offer a reprieve for communities devastated by bushfires before NSW and Victoria are hit by "unprecedented" fire conditions on Saturday.
“A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Bluish clusters of young stars and dust lanes are seen to trace out NGC 1309's spiral arms as they wind around an older yellowish star population at its core. *Click image for larger size.* Not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy, observations of NGC 1309's recent supernova and Cepheid variable stars contribute to the calibration of the... more »
*“Angling For Happiness”* by Chet Raymo “There is a concept in physics called angle of repose. Set an object, a book say, on a plank. Now slowly tip up one end of the plank until the moment when the book just starts to slide. The angle between the plank and the horizontal is the angle of repose, where the component of the gravitational force down the plank becomes greater than the maximum friction force holding the book at rest. Or, in more evocative terms- as I write I am lying on the couch with the laptop in my lap, in perfect repose. If you started tipping up the couch, at some ... more »
"No one's place in this world is guaranteed. Not everyone is going to get a happy ending. But life isn't about how it ends. It's about the moments between. It's about the small things. The way our loved ones laugh. The sight of a butterfly in the sunlight after a year or two in the darkness. The love and support of an old friend. They might not be with us in body, but they are with us in spirit. The feeling of something we'd thought lost to us forever returned in a single, life-changing moment. Yes, that is simple, even though it might be momentous to us as individuals. Because eve... more »
jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 7 hours ago
(How about we bring back democracy, instead?) ------------------------------ This is a real headline from the WaPo, #nottheOnion. #1, the superdelegates didn't go anywhere. They're furtively waiting in the wings rubbing their hands just itching to throw the election like the Senate GOP's waiting to throw Trump's trial. #2, Fuck the *vox populi*, right? Rich people have always known what's best for us so let's just allow the Majestic 437 to make all the hard choices that we're too lazy or apathetic to make so they can vote for their candidate without ANY expectation of reward. ... more »
SafeSpace at 'Nox & Friends - 7 hours ago
Five self-designated demigods holding high positions within the Trump Administration have taken it upon themselves to leak classified information to Reuters abut Trump’s plan to designate Mexican cartels as FTOs (foreign terrorist organizations). Such a designation allows the US to increase military, civilian, and financial pressure on cartel members, their distribution network, and their fiscal assets. By leaking this information, these five individuals, representing establishment / deep state interests in DC, tipped off the cartels as to what’s coming, allowing them to hide assets... more »
As noted on the Open Thread, Julie Bindel has a fascinating article at *The Critic *which raises serious questions about BBC standards and BBC agenda-pushing. Julie - as you'll probably know - is a feminist presently at war with transgender militants, and as far as trying to strike a balance in this bitter 'war' goes, she reckons that the BBC is far more one-sided even than *The Guardian. *"The BBC appears not to even try", she says. Her immediate targets are (1) Megha Mohan, the corporation’s first “gender and identity correspondent” and (2) Ben Hunte, the BBC's fist “LGBT corr... more »
*AM 1/2/20, Updated frequently as available.* ◆ Gregory Mannarino, PM 1/2/20: "We Have A Stock Market HYPER-BUBBLE" - https://www.traderschoice.net/ ◆ *MarketWatch Market Summary, Live Updates* - https://www.marketwatch.com/tools/marketsummary *CNN Market Data:* - http://money.cnn.com/data/markets/ *CNN Fear And Greed Index:* - http://money.cnn.com/data/fear-and-greed/ ◆ *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 153.1%), it... more »
Luis Miguel at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: digenova-comey-brennan-were-coup-leaders-trying-to-oust-trump] Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova called James Comey and John Brennan “coup leaders” for their alleged anti-Trump actions while in government.
Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 7 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * There is no escape. *Key point:* The M110A1 will deliver for trained marksmen, resulting in a more lethal infantry squad than ever before. The U.S. Army is preparing to issue thousands of new rifles to infantry squads across the service. The M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle (SDMR) is designed to extend the reach of infantry units largely equipped with short-barreled carbines. The SDMR will give one in nine infantrymen the ability to not only penetrate existing body armor but engage point targets at ranges of 600 meters (1968 feet). The standa... more »
A blogpost by Dominic Cummings has garnered a lot of attention today, understandably. Among the many striking things in it was his idea that "many journalists wrongly looked at things like Corbyn’s Facebook stats and thought Labour was doing better than us". Which brings us to *Newsnight*'s incoming policy editor, Lewis Goodall. Naturally, he's been having his say....but, then again, so have his have critics: *Lewis Goodall*: (Holiday) reflections about Cummings blog: -Wasn’t he leaving? -Does PM understand what DC is doing? Understand that blog? After all DC doing it in BJ’s name... more »
If you missed it, here's the BBC's editor of live political programmes, a certain Rob Burley, issuing a New Year plea on behalf of the BBC: 1. I’ve been largely off Twitter over Christmas. But I see the BBC’s critics from left and right are still here. It is of course legitimate to criticise and debate the BBC and it’s a fact of life. 2. But while impartiality is difficult and we will make mistakes trying, it is a really important and laudable goal. Most media takes a position and looks at issues through that prism. We try and offer something different and val... more »
War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*USA Today/24/7 Wall Street:* *Lockheed Martin, Boeing among the 20 companies profiting the most from war* Global arms sales totaled $420 billion in 2018, up 4.6% from 2017, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). U.S.-based companies again dominate SIPRI's list of top global arms manufacturers and military services providers. With Congress passing its record high $738 billion defense spending bill this December, which includes military modernization and a new Space Force military branch, this trend is likely to continue. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed ... more »
Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 8 hours ago
Jobs are plentiful. The White House says seven million jobs have been created since Donald Trump’s election. Record numbers of Americans are employed, and wages are rising as employers compete for workers. The headline unemployment rate is at its lowest in 50 years, with minorities in particular enjoying the fruits of this labor. The stock market has continued to break records, yielding benefits for the investment and retirement accounts of more than half of all Americans. The Dow Jones average rose 22% in 2019, while the S&P was up 29% and the NASDAQ climbed 35%. When Trump was e... more »
Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 8 hours ago
A Caltech researcher who shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has retracted a 2019 paper after being unable to replicate the results. Frances Arnold, who won half of the 2018 prize for her work on the evolution of enzymes, tweeted the news earlier today: The paper has been cited once, according to Clarivate Analytics’ … Continue reading Nobel winner retracts paper from Science
cmaadmin at Diverse - 8 hours ago
On the last day of 2019, I had to purge and get my thoughts out by writing on what is the most troubling study I’ve read on Black youth and racism in quite a while. It has nagged me for over a week, but I could not find the words to express or capture my deep-to-the-heart rage.
Sarah Wood at Diverse - 8 hours ago
Portraits depicting campus workers will be displayed on Princeton University’s campus in order to represent the working class and highlight racial struggle, according to CNN. The artist Mario Moore painted 10 workers at Princeton including those working in campus dining, grounds maintenance, security and facilities. With his subjects being mostly African-Americans, Moore was inspired by […]
Sarah Wood at Diverse - 8 hours ago
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was named chancellor of Queen’s University at Belfast (QUB), becoming the first woman in the school’s history to take on the role, according to the BBC News. Clinton will hold the position for five years where she will also serve as an advisor to the president and vice-chancellor of […]
Jessica Ruf at Diverse - 8 hours ago
After admitting that sexual harassment allegations filed against him were true in the fall of 2018, University of Illinois law professor Dr. Jay Kesan took a voluntary year of unpaid leave, expecting to return this month. However, as reported by The Associated Press, Kesan will not return and, instead, is on “university sanctioned leave.” In […]
Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 8 hours ago
Men are twice as likely as women to believe they are skilled at deception and getting away with lies, according to research from the University of Portsmouth reported in Study Finds. Researchers found a significant link between expertise at lying and gender. Men were more than twice as likely to consider themselves expert liars who […] The post Are Men Better Liars Than Women? appeared first on Health Nut News.
DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Paste*’s Shane Ryan reported late Monday that Bernie Sanders Is Winning the Donor Race... By a Lot. And he has no billionaires! Almost all there billionaires are either in the Trump camp, the Status Quo Joe camp or The Mayo Pete camp. Regular people like you and I, though, are overwhelmingly in the Bernie camp. We’ll get into that in a moment but first, the most recent Emerson poll reads like this: *•* Status Quo Joe- 32% *•* Bernie- 25% *•* Elizabeth- 19% *•* Mayo Pete- 8% *•* Yang- 6% *•* Tulsi- 4% *•* Bloomberg- 3% *•* Klobuchar- 2% *•* Booker- 2% *•* Steyer- 2% It’s also wor... more »
John Schroyer at Marijuana Business Daily - 8 hours ago
Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts - including Illinois' lieutenant governor - turned out on a cold New Year's Day to mark the historic start of adult-use cannabis sales in what could become one of the biggest U.S. recreational markets in the nation. Long waits and some sticker shock, but Illinois recreational marijuana market launches with a roar, nearly $3.2M in sales is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs
Matt Lamers at Marijuana Business Daily - 8 hours ago
Israel-based Canndoc has entered into an agreement to import 2.5 tons of medical cannabis into Israel to address the supply shortage in that country. The cannabis will originate from Canadian producer Tilray’s facility in Portugal, the company said in a news release. The first shipment is expected to arrive early this month. As part of […] Israel’s Canndoc signs deal with Tilray to import medical cannabis is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs
What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 8 hours ago
[Note: This is the twenty-ninth sample from my rough draft of a far from finished new book, *Wild, Free, & Happy*. I don’t plan on reviewing more books for a while. My blog is home to reviews of 202 books, and you are very welcome to explore them. The Search field on the right side will find words in the full contents of all rants and reviews, if you are interested in specific authors, titles, or subjects.] *Goats* Cattle and sheep cannot thrive on depleted grazing land, but goats are especially capable of being hardcore survivalists. They can live on barren lands, and keep ... more »
War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*U.S. deaths since 2001. Data sourced from iCasualties.org * *The Hill:* *US combat deaths in Afghanistan highest in years* Seventeen service members died in Afghanistan in 2019, the highest number since 2015, according to a year-end tally compiled by the Department of Defense and reported by Army Times. Fourteen of the fallen service members were from the Army, while three were Marines. The soldiers killed included eight Green Berets, an Army Ranger and three paratroopers. Last year’s list of fatalities caused by hostile action surpassed the death tolls of 2018, when 13 service ... more »
Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
There may be a few tricks up these steel wool sleeves.
CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"They hit you out of nowhere. When bad things come, they come suddenly without warning. We rarely get to see the catastrophe coming. No matter how well we try to prepare for it. We do our very best but sometimes it’s just not good enough. We buckle our seat belts, we wear a helmet, we stick to the lighted paths. We try to be safe. We try so hard to protect ourselves but it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference cause when the bad things come, they come out of nowhere. The bad things come suddenly with no warning but we forget, that sometimes that’s how the good things come too." - "M... more »
CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"My God, What Have We Done?"* by David Stockman "And you may ask yourself, well How did I get here?" – Talking Heads, “Once in a Lifetime” (1980) "The Turbulent Twenties and the baleful trends we talked about yesterday have been gestating for decades. Their driver is the nation’s crushing total debt level. Combined public and private debt now equals $74 trillion. And the implied national leverage ratio has nearly tripled since the halcyon days of the mid-1950s. We start with long view of debt and gross domestic product (GDP) because one toxic consequence of monetary central planni... more »
Michael Peck at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * [image: https://pictures.reuters.com/archive/TURKEY-AIRSHOW--RC1652ED0510.html] Can you guess which? *Key Point:* Turkey's Erdogan cut off his arm to save his body. Fighter pilots aren't cheap. The U.S. Air Force estimates that training a new pilot to fly a plane like the F-35 costs $11 million. And that doesn't count the priceless experience of a veteran pilot who has been flying for years. That's why the U.S. Air Force is willing to offer half-million-dollar bonuses to retain experienced fighter pilots. So a nation that throws its fighter pilots in... more »
GunnyG at 'Nox & Friends - 9 hours ago
Can we PLEASE not elect imposter Americans to the Oval Office anymore? The last one was a complete and total failure, traitor, and scumbag. EXCERPT: “DAILY MAIL – The leader of an Iran-backed US embassy siege in Baghdad was welcomed to the White House by Barack Obama eight years ago before becoming Tehran’s ‘point man’ in Iraq. Hadi al-Amiri was Iraq’s minister of transport under then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and stood in the Oval Office as part of Maliki’s delegation on a visit to the White House in December 2011. On Tuesday, al-Amiri was among those leading the charge agains... more »
Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 9 hours ago
The Military is experiencing job growth opportunities thanks to President Trump! Obama drove so many qualified soldiers out of the military that now there is a critical need for trained professionals. –##– Marine Corps Offering Former Reserve Pilots $30K to Return to Service . Military.com Gina Harkins January 2, 2020 The Marine Corps is offering some former Reserve pilots lucrative bonuses to get them back in the cockpit. Former captains and majors qualified to fly certain aircraft who are willing to rejoin a Marine Corps squadron can pocket up to a $30,000 lump-sum bonus if they a... more »
Alan Macleod at MintPress News - 9 hours ago
Since the 2001 occupation of Afghanistan began, fighting has not stopped, destroying the country and leading to the U.S. spending an estimated $2 trillion on the war. The post After 18 Years of US Occupation, Poll Finds Zero Percent of Afghans Thriving, 85 Percent “Suffering” appeared first on MintPress News.
War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Tim Lister, CNN*: *A proxy war between the US and Iran just moved a step closer* The angry demonstrations at the American embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday are just the latest installment in a deepening confrontation between the US and Iran for influence in Iraq. It's a struggle that dates back to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and the emergence of a Shia-dominated state in Iraq. But in light of the Trump administration's campaign of maximum economic pressure against Iran, it has reached a new and potentially dangerous pitch. The President himself Tuesday accused Iran of "o... more »
Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 9 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Stung by accusations of bias, the BBC have circled the wagons! Instead of engaging constructively with the many who have genuine concerns, we have already seen Tony Hall rejecting complaints out of hand. Now the BBC press office has jumped to the defence of Roger Harrabin, accused of bias and preaching […]
War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Politico:* *'The game has changed': Defense secretary warns of preemptive strikes on Iranian group* *Esper said Kataib Hezbollah would likely "regret" an attack.* The U.S. may conduct preemptive strikes against Iranian-backed militias, Defense Secretary Mark Esper warned on Thursday, adding that he expects those groups are planning further attacks against U.S. bases in Iraq. “Do I think they might do something? Yes, and they will likely regret it,” Esper said of Kataib Hezbollah, the militia group that attacked the U.S. embassy in Baghdad this week following U.S. airstrikes on th... more »
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Joint Operations Command of the Iraqi Armed Forces announced that their forces have increased their coordination efforts with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in order to prevent terrorists from infiltrating the border. The spokesman for the joint operations, Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji, confirmed that “the military fortifications […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper stated that Washington would respond and take pre-emptive action to protect personnel in Iraq. “He [US President Donald Trump] is committed to defending our interests, our personnel, our friends in the region and of course standing up to Iran and deterring Iranian bad behaviour. We will either respond or take […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division was filmed this week making their way into the battle for Aleppo. In the video, the Syrian Army’s 4th Division tanks can be seen moving towards the battlefield in an unknown location in the Aleppo Governorate. Earlier this week, the Syrian Army’s 42nd […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced on Thursday that their troops have shot down another enemy aircraft along the border of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. According to a report from Al-Masirah TV, the Ansarallah forces’ rocket battalion shot down an enemy spy plane inside the Dayar area of Saudi Arabia’s Jizan province. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has uncovered a large network of tunnels, trenches, and fortifications that extend for tens of kilometers, linking a number of villages and captured areas in the Idlib countryside. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the military found the network of tunnels and trenches […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source
The Turkish parliament has passed a bill giving a green light to the deployment of Turkish troops in Libya after discussions were held on 2 January. 325 lawmakers voted in favour of the motion, while only 184 rejected it. “A Libya whose legal government is under threat can spread instability to Turkey. Those who shy […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The battle for Tripoli began in April 2019 when the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, stormed several areas around the capital city. Since then, the battle for Tripoli has been experienced sporadic fighting, with little ground gained until the recent push by the Libyan National […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a powerful attack this afternoon on one of the jihadist supply hubs in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force carried out heavy strikes on the front-line town of Babuline, which is […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source
Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi has accused the United States of trying to prevent Russia, Iran and China from conducting the joint naval drills, Tasnim News Agency reported on Thursday. “During the combined naval exercise of Iran, Russia, and China, the Americans and their allies held an emergency meeting aimed at disrupting the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source
Robert at Ice Age Now - 9 hours ago
NASA intern Jennifer Briggs discovered a new type of aurora in 3-year-old video footage of the Arctic sky. Scientists connected the never-before-seen aurora to a sudden retreat, or compression, in Earth’s magnetic field, the first time scientists have seen an aurora caused solely by such a compression. The aurora’s bright and colorful lights are a result ... Read moreNew type of aurora The post New type of aurora appeared first on Ice Age Now.
Unknown at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Debra White Plume, honored for leading and resisting, delivers a symbolic blanket of smallpox to Lewis and Clark re-enactors, as AIM demands they leave the banks of the Missouri River. Photo Brenda Norrell. Best of Censored News 2019 Heroes in Resistance By Brenda Norrell Censored News Censored News honors our heroes, writers, photographers and translators, as we celebrate their
Steve Byas at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: iraq-embassy-attack-illustrates-dangers-of-continued-interventionism] Determining who is a friend or a foe in the Middle East is rather difficult. Perhaps we should let the people in the region sort it all out.
Luis Miguel at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: hunter-biden-allegedly-involved-in-burisma-linked-counterfeiting-scheme] A private investigation firm claimed that Hunter Biden took part in a $156 million counterfeiting scheme involving Ukraine’s Burisma Holdings.
R. Cort Kirkwood at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: castro-quits-race-vows-to-continue-supporting-criminals-illegal-aliens] Julián Castro, the former congressman and secretary of Housing and Urban Development who doxxed contributors to President Trump’s reelection campaign for president, has dropped his bid for the White House.
CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Why the Economy Won’t Recover"* by Brian Maher "We have spent the past two days contemplating the nature of money and the international monetary system. We hypothesized that there is no actual money in monetary policy. And that central banks are helpless giants, tissue paper tigers, all mush and milk. We even vented the extravagant theory that a “shadow banking system” governs the global monetary system. Today we sink deeper into the shadows... and widen our investigation of this twilit banking underworld. Has the world failed to recover from the financial crisis because the shad... more »
Doreen Marchionni at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
The U.S. will undergo some significant demographic shifts over the next 10 years.
AP News at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
Republicans argue that removing the voters would ensure that the rolls are not full of people who shouldn’t be voting.
AP News at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
Locals in Cobargo, in New South Wales, yelled at Prime Minister Scott Morrison, made obscene gestures and called him an “idiot” and worse, criticizing him for the lack of equipment to deal with the fires.
Furious disabled activists have denounced the government’s “utter hypocrisy” in awarding a knighthood to Iain Duncan Smith, when his policies at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have been responsible for the deaths of countless benefit claimants. Duncan Smith, who was […]
A new book by a disabled researcher has detailed the “horrifying” levels of disability hate crime that take place every day on public transport across the UK. David Wilkin says the results of his research are “sometimes startling and almost always distressing” […]
The new Conservative government has described how it plans to fulfil the five major disability policy pledges it included in its general election manifesto. The details were included in a briefing document published alongside last month’s Queen’s speech by prime minister Boris […]
Furious disabled campaigners have attacked the government and transport providers after operators were given permission to continue using more than 1,000 inaccessible rail carriages – about eight per cent of the national fleet – after missing a deadline set 10 years ago. […]
Tributes have been paid to Douglas Campbell, who spent more than half a century campaigning for “proper independent mobility” for disabled people, and who died in the early hours of Boxing Day. In addition to his campaigning work, he spent more than […]
Karma Singh at BolenReport - 9 hours ago
The “Reality” Of “Big Pharma” Being Exposed, Worldwide… From Germany – Opinion By Karma Singh Following reports to the police by investigative journalists, on Tuesday 17th December 2019, 420 police and six state attorneys began searches of the premises of the pharmaceutical manufacturer, ZytoService in Hamburg as well as 47 other premises, including private houses, … Continue reading Mass Arrests in Hamburg, Germany as Fraud and Bribery in Cancer Therapy Disclosed…
Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 9 hours ago
Writing for the *Financial Times,* Janan Ganesh argues that President Trump has a good chance of being reelected because it was impossible for him to let down his base over the past three years: It is almost impossible for Mr Trump to disappoint people. They never had hopes to dash. In 2016, it was forgivable to characterise his voters as innocents who believed that he would repatriate factories to Ohio and clean up politics. Logic implied that when he failed in these endeavours their support would melt. In retrospect, this was only ever true of some. Many others never believed that... more »
Anita Ward at Just In - 10 hours ago
From backyard sheds to prominent places around the world, scrap metal artists repurpose and revive forgotten junk to boost drought-affected communities.
Just In - 10 hours ago
An increasing numbers of deaths have created a boom in demand for burial plots and cemeteries are fast running out of space. But there could be a new solution, writes Emma Sheppard-Simms.
David Chau at Just In - 10 hours ago
Five experts give their takes on whether the ASX will surge again this year. Here's what they had to say.
Erin Handley at Just In - 10 hours ago
It's a rare thing for a South Korean to defect to the North. But on the Korean peninsula, where the two countries are still at war, any defections are deeply politicised and fodder for propaganda.
Jamie McKinnell at Just In - 10 hours ago
Today's cooler weather will offer a reprieve for communities devastated by bushfires before NSW and Victoria are hit by "unprecedented" fire conditions on Saturday.
Nicole Mills at Just In - 10 hours ago
Members of a youth group caught up in the Mallacoota bushfire crisis reveal the terror they faced as they sheltered from the flames — but rather than evacuating the fire-ravaged town, they're sticking around to help the locals out.
Just In - 10 hours ago
As evocative images of volunteer firefighters fill our newspapers and television screens, we look with gratitude into their ash-stained faces and want to see a modern-day hero looking back at us. But that's not what firefighters want, writes Leanne Cutcher and Graham Dywer.
Emily Stewart And Lucia Stein at Just In - 10 hours ago
This is the year to get on top of your budget (or start one), clear that debt, sort out your super — and maybe even some start a little investing on the side.
Eric Tlozek at Just In - 10 hours ago
In a world with a growing population and diminishing resources, the farmer of the future could be a scientist in a lab coat. They've already designed vegan 'eggs,' fruit fly larvae protein and a zero-kilojoule sweetener which builds muscle.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Yuri Gripas/Reuters *Daily Mail*:* The Pentagon says it expects MORE attacks on Baghdad embassy by Iran-backed militias and warns the US is ready to take 'pre-emptive' action to defend itself as more troops deploy* * US embassy besieged Tuesday by thousands of pro-Iran demonstrators protesting US airstrikes that killed 25 * 'The provocative behavior has been out there for months... So do I think they may do something? Yes. And they will likely regret it,' Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday, blaming Iran for their brazen attack * It comes as ... more »
Scott Sumner at Econlib - 10 hours ago
On the first day of 2020, Bryan Caplan won his EU bet (that no country would leave the EU by December 31, 2019.) That gives Bryan a record of 20-0 in his public bets. What should we make of that record? The odds of someone correctly predicting 20 consecutive coin tosses is more than a […] The post Bryan’s 20-20 vision. appeared first on Econlib.
Bryan Caplan at Econlib - 10 hours ago
By popular demand, I’ve created a publicly-viewable wiki for my Complete Bet Inventory. From now on, I’ll edit it when I make new bets or when old bets resolve. To repeat, my track record now stands at 20/20. Twenty of my bets have come due, and I have won every single one of them. Six […] The post My Complete Bet Wiki appeared first on Econlib.
Caleb Larson at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Caleb Larson* *Security, World* The USMC is world-renowned, but does any other country have a Corps that can compare? *Key point: *A breakdown of the best of the best. America’s most famous Marine, retired Marine Corps General James Mattis, coined the phrase, “no better friend, no worse enemy” to describe the United States Marine Corps. The USMC is world-renowned, but does any other country have a Corps that can compare? A breakdown of the strengths, weaknesses, and the roles of five notable Marine Corps from around the world. *United States* If sheer size were the deciding f... more »
Matthew Petti at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Matthew Petti* *Security, Middle East* The United States is stumbling into a war with Iran, but the legal authorizations to fight it are lagging behind. U.S. commanders have found a new legal umbrella to strike at Iran and its allies: protecting U.S.-led counter-ISIS forces. President Donald Trump has not asked Congress for an authorization to use military force against Iran, even while his administration escalates against the Iranian-led coalition across the Middle East. The U.S. military is forced to lean on “force protection” as a legal justification for hitting back at Iran... more »
Mark Episkopos at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Mark Episkopos* *Security, Asia* How big of a threat are they? *Key point: *The H-20 is on the verge of being formally announced and is planned to enter service in the PLAAF by the mid-2020s. Meanwhile, the JH-XX may not even be in active development; the fighter shown in “Aerospace Knowledge” may turn out to be nothing more than an early concept. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is developing not one, but two stealth bombers, according to a Defense Intelligence Agency report published earlier this year. A steady stream of details has emerged concerning on... more »
Cal Thomas at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Cal Thomas* *History, Americas* [image: Revelers celebrate the New Year in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky] It may surprise you. It can be useful and instructive to observe the turning of a decade by looking back on what life was like in America a mere 100 years ago. On Jan. 2, 1920, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 108.76. Today, it is over 28,000 points. In 1920, the U.S. had become an economic power, which is remarkable considering the bloody “war to end all wars” that ended just two years earlier. Republ... more »
David Axe at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * Coming 2021. *Key point: *The Air Force is getting ready for the B-21’s potentially decade-long test program. The U.S. Air Force’s new B-21 stealth bomber is scheduled to make its first public appearance in December 2021. But there’s a lot of work to do before the plane can debut. The U.S. Air Force in 2015 awarded Northrop Grumman a $23-billion contract to develop the new bomber as a partial replacement for the service’s existing fleet of around 160 B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers. More than four years later, work is well underway on the first B-21 test pla... more »
Saheb Sadeghi, Zakiyeh Yazdanshenas at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Saheb Sadeghi, Zakiyeh Yazdanshenas* *Security, Middle East* An invasion is a bad idea. *Key Point:* Iran has been seeking to establish a degree of asymmetric deterrence by independently investing in short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles. The debate about the development of Iranian missile capabilities started the very day after the adoption of UNSC Resolution 2231, which endorsed the Iran nuclear deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). While the United States and the European parties argued that the resolution limited any activity in relation to the d... more »
Mary Margaret Olohan at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Mary Margaret Olohan* *Politics, Asia* [image: Hong Kong protesters rally in support of Xinjiang Uighurs' human rights in Hong Kong, China, December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson] It's part of their campaign against the Uyghurs of Xinjiang. The Chinese government appears to have been destroying Muslim cemeteries for years, an investigation by CNN found. The publication worked with sources in the Uyghur community and analyzed hundreds of satellite images as part of an investigation into the destruction of Uyghur Muslim cemeteries. More than 100 Muslim cemeteries have been des... more »
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, center, a commander in the Popular Mobilization Forces, attends a funeral procession of Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) members, who were killed by U.S. airstrikes in Qaim district, in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 31, 2019. *Politico: **State Department faults Iraq for failing to protect U.S. troops* The State Department is faulting the Iraqi government for allowing an Iranian-backed militia to attack U.S. outposts in Iraq, including one that prompted the Pentagon to respond with airstrikes Sunday. “It’s moments like this when you see people’s true colors,” a s... more »
"The struggle is not lost. I believe we have to live, as long as we live, in the expectation and hope of changing the world for the better. That may sound naive. It may even sound sentimental. Never mind: I believe it. What are we to live for, except life itself? And, with all our doubts, with all our flaws, with all our problems, I believe that we will carry on, with God's help." - Margaret Laurence "I looked up at the dark sky and prayed to God for a better break in life and a better chance to do something for the little people I loved." - Jack Kerouac
Lambert Strether at naked capitalism - 10 hours ago
By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Readers, I thought I’d relive my lost youth and read How to Change Your Mind, by Michael Pollan. It’s informative, but oddly — considering the subject matter, psychedelics — doesn’t seem revelatory to me in the way that The Botany of Desire did. It could also use tighter editing. I […]
The first contingent of a paratroop infantry battalion from the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division bound for Kuwait receive a briefing as they prepare to leave Fort Bragg, North Carolina on Wednesday *Daily Mail*:* First wave of 750 US paratroopers leaves for the Middle East in response to attack on the US embassy in Baghdad with thousands more set to deploy after Trump promised Iran will pay a 'big price' * * First wave of soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division deployed from Fort Bragg to Kuwait on New Year's Day * Paratroopers with the infantry battalion from the Immediate Respo... more »
*VICE News:* *These Photos Show the Charred Remains of the U.S. Embassy Compound in Baghdad* *The Iran-aligned Kataib Hezbollah militia finally relented on Wednesday.* Protesters who’d laid siege on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad left behind charred destruction after they relented Wednesday. The retreat provided relief for an incredibly tense situation — at least for now. Images showed burned-out structures, destroyed by supporters of the Iran-aligned Kataib Hezbollah militia in Iraq who attacked the embassy on Tuesday. Soot covered the walls of a burned checkpoint building, its win... more »
*Don Edwards, "Coyotes"* by M G "I hope you enjoy this hauntingly beautiful rendition of Bob McGill’s ballad from the 1950s. The images chosen for this version illustrate the words and meaning in a way I find parallel to events in our own turbulent times." Hat tip to M G at the Burning Platform! - https://www.theburningplatform.com/
adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 10 hours ago
The British and China’s Terrorists: They Are Trying To Bamboozle You Again Video of The British and China’s Terrorists: They Are Trying To Bamboozle You Again As the British oligarchs beat the war drums in order to trap Donald Trump in another war, hoping, thereby, to defeat him in 2020, the claim is made, repeatedly, that the Chinese are ruthlessly suppressing a Muslim religious minority, the Uyghurs, in Xinjiang province, requiring sanctions and further loud and obnoxious interventions by the U.S. This is the same phenomena whereby Americans are revved up to support Al Qaeda in ... more »