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Unknown at Accidental Deliberations - 16 hours ago
Assorted content for your weekend reading. - Michael Mann writes about Australia's deadly lesson in the dangers of a climate breakdown. Ian Gill offers a reminder that we may soon be next - and that we have every reason for rage at the oil barons and politicians responsible. And Duane Bratt highlights the meritless partisanship behind the Canadian right's attacks on carbon pricing. - Meanwhile, George Monbiot offers some optimism that the new year can help us to recharge the planet and ourselves. - Margaret McCartney criticizes the efforts of cynical corporate operators to monetiz... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
For what it's worth: Ready to skip 2020 and go straight to 2024? In a new SurveyMonkey poll, Republican voters chose children of President Trump — Don Jr. and Ivanka — as two of the top four picks for president in four years. ... An early poll like this is largely a measure of name ID. But it's also a vivid illustration of just how strong Trump's brand is with the GOP. ... According to the SurveyMonkey survey of 1,854 adults who lean Republican, Vice President Mike Pence tops the 2024 list, and Don Jr. is second. Between the lines: Don Jr. was the top choice among young voters, whi... more »

Do You Think Congress Would Be Better Off With Fewer Political Careerists And More Scientists... And More Moms?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
IN-05 doesn’t fit the kind of profile of a competitive enough district for the DCCC to take an interest in. But 2020 isn’t shaping up to be a normal kind of year and seats that have previously been considered safely red, could well fall in another anti-red wave. In the case of IN-05, the GOP incumbent, Susan Brooks, is retiring, offering more of an incentive, even in a district with a PVI of R+9 where Trump beat Hillary 53.1-41.3%. The predictable DCCC approach, of course, is to find a white bread candidate advocating Republican-lite policies. That candidate is decidedly *not* Jen... more »

'Like being sold to at a funeral': Morrison slammed for running political ads during fire crisis

Alan Weedon at Just In - 16 hours ago
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been lambasted for releasing videos on social media advertising his Government's response to the country's current bushfire crisis.

US Assassination Team uses drone to smuggle missile past Baghdad Airport Security

Eric Verlo at Not My Tribe - 16 hours ago
COMMERCIAL AIRPORTS take great care to exclude weapons and explosives from their passengers’ bags and accessories. Why bother when authoritarians can bypass security regulations and restricted airspace with armed drones? US officials brag that they killed the world’s Number One Bad Guy, an Iranian military general named Qassem Soleimani, who they claim was responsible for... more »

Gerald Celente, "Warning: U.S. Fires First Shots of WW III"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Gerald Celente, *"Warning: U.S. Fires First Shots of WW III"* - Bitter truth, a Must Watch...

Advise and Consent?

LL at Virtual Mirage - 16 hours ago

"The Red Flag Of Jihad"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"Round Two: * *US Drone Airstrikes Kill Six Pro-Iran Militia Commanders"* by Tyler Durden "Whether he is eating ice cream or not, Trump appears to be on a rampage to recreate the end of The Godfather. Less than 24 hours after a US drone shockingly killed the top Iranian military leader, Qasem Soleimani, resulting in equity markets groaning around the globe in fear over Iranian reprisals (and potentially, World War III), the US has gone for round two with Reuters and various other social media sources reporting that US air strikes targeting Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units umbrella... more »

The left endorses violence against free speech: University of British Columbia

trinko at Conversations about the obvious - 17 hours ago
Andy Ngo was scheduled to talk about freedom of speech on campus. Antifa threatened violence if he was allowed to talk. UBC canceled Ngo's talk. Now that's the face of fascism; violence to shut down speech we don't like is great.

War with Iran: How the U.S. Navy SEALs Would Attack

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Middle East* [image:] They'd have an uphill battle. *Key point: *Iranians are experts in asymmetrical warfare. On July 21, 1987, a gigantic 414,000-ton supertanker entered the Persian Gulf with an unusually prominent escort—a U.S. Navy missile cruiser and three frigates. The narrow straits of the Persian Gulf had become a shooting gallery due to the Iran-Iraq War, still raging seven years after Iraq’s surprise invasion of Iran in 1980. As Iran counte... more »

Did you know that Soleimani plotted to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the US with a bomb in a DC resteraunt

trinko at Conversations about the obvious - 17 hours ago
Way back in 2011 one of Suleimani's underlings met with an FBI informant who the Iranians thought was a Mexican gang member. Suleimani wanted to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the US by blowing up a restaurant in DC full of Americans. Keep that in mind when you hear Democrats saying that we shouldn't have killed Suleimani for his attack on our Embassy and for the "big attack" he was plotting when he was killed.

The DNC loves Iran and hates Trump: Suleimani is still dead edition

trinko at Conversations about the obvious - 17 hours ago
Ages ago when men were men and giants walked the earth Democrats loved America more than power and would never think of undercutting a Republican Presidents foreign policy. But today the Democrats are clear that they're on the side of Iran and terrorism if it will help them attack Trump. That is that Democrat's first loyalty is to their own power and they don't care if we the people are hurt as a result. The most resent example is how the DNC responded to Trump's killing of the Iranian general responsible for hundreds of American deaths. The DNC response starts out with this lie: ... more »

Afghanistan Papers

John J. Duncan, Jr. at 17 hours ago
[image: undefined] Unfortunately, the blockbuster report known as the Afghanistan Papers has not received nearly as much coverage by most of the national news media as it deserved. Overshadowed by impeachment news and perhaps a touch of professional media jealousy, most people outside the readership of the Washington Post have read little of this shocking report. The Post story said, “US officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become... more »

How The Donald Assassinated 'America First'

David Stockman at 17 hours ago
[image: undefined] By the twisted logic of Imperial Washington, you could say the Iranians were asking for it. After all, they had the nerve to locate their country right in the middle of 35 U.S. military bases! Then again, your saner angels may ask: What in the hell is Washington doing with a massive military footprint in a region and in a string of backwater countries that have virtually no bearing on homeland security, safety and liberty? Djibouti? Oman? Kyrgyzstan? Uzbekistan? Afghanistan? Bahrain? Kuwait? And, yes, Iraq and Iran? [image: undefined] In fact, Washington destr... more »

"All We Have To Decide..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"Sam:* "I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it's only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it'll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were... more »

Be afraid!

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Jim Muir. This is not an example of egregious bias. Rather, the bias is almost subliminal, but in Jim Muir’s FOOC audio essay on the US’s recent assassination of “General Qassam Soleimani” he and Kate Adie seem to be taking impartiality to an absurd level. Jim Muir’s final summing up. “…….There’s no doubt that Soleimani was an integral part of a proud regime. His only boss was the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and many saw him as the country’s second most powerful figure. Having lived for a period in Iran, at times Muir speaks almost reverentially of the Ayatoll... more »

The Sex Offenders Register – Public Protection Or Stigmatisation?

TheDarkMan at The Duran - 17 hours ago
On Friday, the tabloid press in the UK had a field day reporting that most convicted sex offenders who had applied to be removed from the official register had been successful. The headline in the on-line “Sun” was “Fury as three quarters of pervs who apply to be taken off the Sex Offenders Register are […] More The post The Sex Offenders Register – Public Protection Or Stigmatisation? appeared first on The Duran.

The left loves Kurds and hates Americans

trinko at Conversations about the obvious - 17 hours ago
I'm so old that I can remember a few weeks ago when the entire left and the Democrat party were calling Trump a monster for not wanting to start a war with our NATO ally Turkey to protect a few Kurds. Yet now those same people are declaring that it's truly monstrous for Trump to have killed a terrorist leader who has the blood of hundreds of Americans on his hands. Fighting the Turks to defend the Kurds would have inevitably resulted in a war whereas killing Suleimani might result in attacks on US interests. Yet we're told by the #FakeNews media that standing up to evil is wrong wh... more »

"Fukushima Update 1/4/20: 20,820.6 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”* - Shiva ◆ *Updated 1/4/20: Fukushima Equals 20,820.6 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow; There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad: *The 3 melted-through cores of the destroyed reactors, now melted together into a single "corium" totaling over *600 tons*, at Fukushima *daily* release the radioactive equivalent of 6.45 Hiroshima bombs directly into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. As of 1/4/20 - 3,228 days since the disaster began - this equals the detonation of *20,820.6 *Hiroshima atomic bombs and it is still going stron... more »

Fear Not CO2!

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 17 hours ago
At Quora Paul Noel answers the question Is climate change the biggest catastrophic risk facing humanity today? Text below in italics with my bolds NO it is not even an issue you need to worry about. Look closely. The biological adaptation is eating up the CO2 almost as fast as it is being emitted and […]

#FakeNews media loves Iranian terrorists who kill Americans

trinko at Conversations about the obvious - 17 hours ago
The New Yorker described Iranian terrorist leader Qasem Suleimani this way: *Suleimani, a flamboyant former construction worker and bodybuilder with snowy white hair, a dapper beard, and arching salt-and-pepper eyebrows...* Can you imagine the New Yorker describing Trump in such a positive way? Further the article goes on to blame the US for killing Suleimani even though Suleimani has the blood of hundreds of Americans on his hands. *But the strike represented a stunning escalation between Washington and Tehran, and it may well have the reverse effect. Iran almost certainly will wan... more »

The New Statesman tweets. Lewis likes.

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
You who aren't on Twitter probably have the right idea but, in the medium's defence, it at least allows you to gawp at lots of absolutely fascinating behaviour. (Shades of early 18th Century London and Bedlam?) For instance, earlier today I spotted young Lewis Goodall, soon to *Newsnigh*t's policy editor, giving the following tweet from the *New Statesman*'s Stephen Bush a 'like': Not surprising, but endlessly impressive that Robbie Gibb can type the words “former *Sunday Telegraph* editor” about *Today*’s editor and then write a whole screed about how her programme is too woke. ... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Here's something that might be of interest: Airwars needs your help. They scrutinise military operations while others would rather look away. Essential work. — Quentin Sommerville (@sommervilletv) December 27, 2019 The iconclastic David Sedgwick, author of *BBC: Brainwashing Britain? *and the soon-to-be-published *The Fake News Factory: Tales from the BBC, *has looked into the charity the BBC's Quentin is promoting and has a question: Guess which organistaion run by a "billionaire philanthropist" part-funds Airwars? Oh, yes. (Spoilers: For those who can'... more »

Watchdog sends warnings to states and counties — CLEAN UP voter rolls or be sued

Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 17 hours ago
Judicial Watch Finds Millions of ‘Extra’ Registrants on Voting Rolls – Warns California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, Virginia to Clean Up Voting Rolls or Face a Federal Lawsuit Judicial Watch January 2, 2020 [JW] is continuing its efforts to force states and counties across the nation to comply with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), by sending notice-of-violation letters to 19 large counties in five states that it intends to sue unless the jurisdictions take steps to comply with the law and remove ineligible voter registrations within 90 days. Section 8 ... more »


CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago

"All We Have To Decide..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"Sam:* "I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it's only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it'll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were... more »

Meet the Nazi's Power Nashorn Sniper Tank

Robert Beckhusen at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Robert Beckhusen* *History, Europe* [image: By Alan Wilson from Stilton, Peterborough, Cambs, UK - Nashorn ‘131 red’ – Patriot Museum, Kubinka, CC BY-SA 2.0,] It caused much trouble for the Allies. *Key point:* These tanks were cheap and deadly. German tanks during World War II were often outmatched by superior Red Army designs beginning with the T-34. Armor, reliability and firepower were all—at various times—serious shortcomings. To counteract the Soviet beasts, Germany rushed ahead with tank destroyers—armored vehicle... more »

Weekend reads: Advice from an author with 18 retractions; ‘TripAdvisor for peer review’; theft, indictments, and prison

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 17 hours ago
Before we present this week’s Weekend Reads — the first of 2020! — a question: Do you enjoy our weekly roundup? If so, we could really use your help. Would you consider a tax-deductible donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: The retraction of a … Continue reading Weekend reads: Advice from an author with 18 retractions; ‘TripAdvisor for peer review’; theft, indictments, and prison

Fires still burning in NSW, Victoria and SA following day of record temperatures

Just In - 18 hours ago
Bushfires are threatening communities in Victoria, hundreds of homes have reportedly been damaged in NSW, and more than a third of Kangaroo Island has burned.

'The prize of martyrdom': Qassem Soleimani and others farewelled in Baghdad

Just In - 18 hours ago
Thousands of people have marched in Baghdad to mourn Iran's assassinated military commander Qassem Soleimani, Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and others killed in a United States air strike.

Difficult day burns long into night: As it happened

Liam Butterworth, James Maasdorp And Jacqueline Howard at Just In - 18 hours ago
The town of Eden in NSW is evacuated and those who have stayed are mostly camped out near the waters edge as a fire front closes in and strong winds continue to hit parts of New South Wales, while in Victoria fires still rage in East Gippsland.

Why Iran Has Built Such A Large Ballistic Missile Arsenal

Farhad Rezaei at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Farhad Rezaei* *Security, Middle East* Deterrence and more. *Key point: *Iran has learned from its past. Unlike Iran’s nuclear program, the country’s arsenal of ballistic missiles has received only scant scholarly attention. At best, some highly technical analyses have been offered. At worst, the missiles have been considered only as part of the nuclear project, designed to carry nuclear warheads. However, the missile program is a complex and sophisticated response to Iran’s unique security challenges, and should be analyzed on its own. The signing of the Joint Comprehensive Pl... more »

What If Iran Had These American Weapons?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Middle East* [image: A U.S. AH-64 Apache helicopter fires a missile during a live fire gunnery exercise with the South Korean army at the U.S. army's Rodriguez range in Pocheon] It would make war a lot more interesting... *Key Point:* Iran has an arsenal of old American weapons. What if it got an update? During the 1970s the ruler of Iran, the shah, was an ardent supporter of the United States. His coffers overflowing with petrodollars, the shah requested—and often got—the latest American weapons. Such examples included the AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter... more »

Heckler & Koch Is Known For Its Firearms, But What About Its Grenade Launchers?

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Europe* Second to none. *Key point: *With the French adoption of an H&K grenade launcher, the company’s grenade launchers arm practically every major military in NATO. The 40mm individual single-shot grenade launcher is one of modern infantry fireteam’s core pieces of firepower. They provide rapid explosive firepower at ranges greater than hand grenades but less than infantry mortars. During the Vietnam War, they were called the “squad leader’s artillery.” While the United States pioneered the use of this class of weapon with the M79 single-shot grenade ... more »

Russia Halts Oil Supply To Belarus Amid New Contract Dispute

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 18 hours ago
How dependent is Belarus on oil for heating? Is Putin trying to freeze Belarus into submission? This is a good … Continue reading →

Australia Calls Up 3,000 Army Reservists to Assist Firefighters

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 18 hours ago
Australia is calling up thousands of Army Reservists to help fight the fires, (while Trump sends thousands of troops to … Continue reading →

Trump Sends Thousands of Additional US Troops to the Middle East (Kuwait); NYC on Alert

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 18 hours ago
In Trumpland: War = Peace & Sending Thousands of US Troops to the Middle East = Withdrawal Time to reflect … Continue reading →

Be Brave And Be Bold - A Quotation by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
*Be brave and be bold and dream lofty dreams of a day when mankind will behave in a mature and responsible manner, with a true concern that those yet to come have a healthy environment in which to express their humanity.* *© M.N. Hopkins* *To read more of my poems & quotations, please click on the link below:* *Poems & Quotations by M.N. Hopkins* *or visit:* *Pinterest*

Marijuana Business Magazine 2019 retrospective: A look back at the year’s cover stories

Kate Lavin at Marijuana Business Daily - 18 hours ago
The new year kicked off with a major state legalization move forward as recreational marijuana sales in Illinois launched on Jan. 1, but even as that was happening, the staff of Marijuana Business Daily was already hard at work on the spring 2020 issues of Marijuana Business Magazine. In the meantime, check out the cover stories from […] Marijuana Business Magazine 2019 retrospective: A look back at the year’s cover stories is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Funeral procession of slain Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis continues in Baghdad — AFP news agency (@AFP) January 4, 2020 Iran has vowed to retaliate for the killing of #Soleimani – so how strong is it militarily? — BBC World Service (@bbcworldservice) January 3, 2020 ‘They’re going to want bloodshed’: 5 ways Iran could retaliate in cyberspace — Defense News (@defense_news) January 3, 2020 "The entire sky has been turned this... more »

4 Officers Arrested After Video Leaked of Them Beating Man So Badly His Face Was Disfigured

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 18 hours ago
[image: beating]Four officers have been charged after a secret video was anonymously uploaded to YouTube showing them beating a man for five minutes.

100 Years Ago, 4,000 Americans, in a Single Night, Were Rounded Up and Caged for Disagreeing With the President

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 18 hours ago
[image: palmer raids]The raids constituted a horrific, shameful episode in American history, one of the lowest moments for liberty since King George III quartered troops in private homes.

Kim Jong-un Rides A White Horse Into The Sunset.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Kim Jong-un rides a white horse into the sunset... — RT (@RT_com) January 4, 2020 *WNU Editor: *When I look at this video only one thing comes to my mind. He is really fat.


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 18 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin West’s ‘dust bowl’ future now ‘locked in’, as world risks imminent food crisisIran discovers new oil field with over 50 billion barrelsInside the U.S. military raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead Goldman Sachs becomes first major U.S. bank to stop funding Arctic drilling, pulls back on coalAUSTRALIAN INFERNO: Stunning images from space reveal the shocking extent of Australia's bushfire crisis Australian prime minister, a Trump fan, pledges to outlaw climate boycotts: *"They harm the economy."* As a drought-stricken area in Au... more »

Iran Does Not Stand Alone

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 18 hours ago
With the recent state-sponsored assassination of Iran's Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Qud's force, a specialized unit in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) responsible for military intelligence and unconventional warfare, it is important to look at the bigger picture, particularly, the relationship between Iran and the world's two other dominant geopolitical forces. Let's start with *this recent development*: Let's start by looking at the relationship between Russia and Iran. It is clear that diplomacy between Russia and Iran is relatively healthy, in fact, this imp... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Members of the Basij militia's Ashoura battalion march during a military parade to mark Basij week at a Revolutionary Guard's military base in northeastern Tehran, November 2008. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl *WNU Editor: *The above picture came from the following photo-gallery .... *Inside Iran's Revolutionary Guards* (Reuters).


Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 19 hours ago
*Globalist controlled WHO and Helen Branswell are pushing the notion that there have been 50 cases of Ebola linked to a single moto taxi driver in the DR Congo.* ** *Helen Branswell* *‏* *Verifizierter Account* *@HelenBranswell* * 3. Jan.* *Mehr* *2. From @WHO's latest #Ebola update, a staggering figure: there have been more than 50 cases linked to a moto-taxi driver in Aloya who suffered a relapse of Ebola. This single case accounts for most of the recent cases.* *But in the 2014, the average number of people who caught Ebola from a sick... more »

Why a Shadowy Tech Firm With Ties to Israeli Intelligence Is Running Doomsday Election Simulations

Whitney Webb at MintPress News - 19 hours ago
A shadowy tech firm with deep ties to Israeli intelligence and newly inked contracts to protect Pentagon computers is partnering with Lockheed Martin to gain unprecedented access to the heart of America’s democracy. The post Why a Shadowy Tech Firm With Ties to Israeli Intelligence Is Running Doomsday Election Simulations appeared first on MintPress News.

A deeper look at the U.S. murder of Iran's military leader

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 19 hours ago
Video by Will Griffin

It's Not Scheer, It's The Party

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 19 hours ago
There are many who believe that Andrew Scheer's resignation will bring renewal to the Conservative Party of Canada. But, Marc Lafrance writes, Scheer is actually in step with his party. Consider the party's MP's: A careful inspection of the current Conservative caucus reveals that the party’s radical right-wing values run deep. For example, Campaign Life Coalition — Canada’s biggest anti-abortion group — says that 46 out of the 121-member Conservative caucus are pro-life, which amounts to almost 40 per cent of the party’s sitting MPs. RightNow, another anti-abortion group, goes fu... more »

Remember When the U.S. and Iran Were Within Minutes of War?

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Middle East* Deja vu... *Key Point:* Airstrikes are hard to take back. By most accounts, the United States and Iran came within minutes of armed conflict with each other on June 20, 2019. Around 4:30 AM that morning, a U.S. Navy RQ-4N Global Hawk spy drone flying a routine circuit over international airspace in the Persian Gulf was shot down by an Iranian Ra’ad surface-to-air missile system. Later that day, U.S. forces were ostensibly “ten minutes” away from striking three Iranian bases likely with air- and sea-launched missiles when President Dona... more »

Did Donald Trump Just Start a War with Iran?

Ted Galen Carpenter at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*Ted Galen Carpenter* *Security, Middle East* American hawks, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and some other high-level Trump administration officials, have long wanted either a war with Iran or that country’s outright capitulation to Washington’s policy demands. They may now get their wish regarding the first option. People who assumed that America’s Middle East headaches couldn’t get any worse likely are in for an unpleasant surprise. The U.S. drone strike that killed Major General Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran’s top military leaders, is an extremely provocative inciden... more »

Why Donald Trump's North Korea Policy Will Fail

Peter Harris at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*Peter Harris* *Security, Asia* Like his predecessors, Trump is unlikely to drop the demand that Pyongyang submit to total denuclearization. While watering down the U.S. negotiating position would rescue the peace process in the short term, it would invite such severe criticism from domestic and international audiences that diplomatic engagement would become untenable in the long term. That leaves only one option left: muddling through. North Korea’s leaders are used to “muddling through.” For decades, it’s how they have ensured their domestic survival: never pursuing the bold r... more »

Qassem Soleimani: Who Is He and What Is the Quds Force?

Mark Episkopos at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*Mark Episkopos* *Security, Middle East* Not familiar with that is going on in the Middle East right now? We can explain it all. The Pentagon has confirmed that Iran’s top general was killed by a U.S. drone strike on Thursday night. What does it mean for the balance of power in the Middle East, and what happens next? From “designated terrorist leading designated a terrorist organization” to "living martyr of the revolution", Qassem Soleimani has been assigned numerous labels over the past twenty-four hours. “Easily replaceable” is not one of them. As the head of the Quds Force... more »

Donald Trump's Iran Policy Comes Down to One Word: Chaos

Doug Bandow at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*Doug Bandow* *Security, Middle East* President Trump’s policy toward Iran continues to bear ill fruit. When he entered the Oval Office, Tehran’s nuclear program was limited by a tight inspections and safeguard system. The Islamic regime faced internal tensions as the young, especially, hoped for greater economic opportunities in the West. With Iran’s nuclear ambitions tamed, the U.S. and allied states could follow up with a challenge to Tehran to moderate its regional behavior in return for additional, appropriate concessions. Now all of that is gone. Imagine a neutral Germany... more »

Russia's T-14 Armata Tank Is Powerful, But Could The T-95 Be Better?

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, * Let's take a look. *Key point: *The T-95 appears to be a far more powerful tank than the T-14. The history of Russian and Soviet armor is littered with prototypes of “super tanks” that promised armor and lethality far beyond any of their contemporaries. But at the end of the Cold War, the Soviet Union developed an actual prototype “super-tank” that if fielded would have outclassed every contemporary NATO tank: the T-95 (Object 195). Russia continued development of the project up until the 2010s, at which point it was abandoned in favor of the newer T-1... more »

Iran Desperately Wants This Fighter Plane

David Axe at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Middle East* [image:] And a few others--but no one is selling. Wonder why? *Key Point:* Sanctions are key to preventing major arms sales to Iran. The Iranian air force on paper is one of the biggest air arms in the world. Its order of battle includes around 350 fighters, more than twice as many as the Royal Air Force possesses. But most of Iran’s fighters are old and outdated. The ones that aren’t old are just new copies of old designs. The air force’s squadrons fly Amer... more »

Precision Guided Munition Stockpiles Could Decide Israel's Next Conflict

Seth J. Frantzman at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*Seth J. Frantzman* *Security, Middle East* Win or lose? Congress extended for two years the Defense Department’s authority to stockpile weapons in Israel at the end of 2019. The decision was applauded by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. This enables the Special Defense Acquisition Fund to “transfer precision guided munitions and related defense articles and services to reserve stocks for Israel.” In light of the recent Israel-Iran tensions and U.S. airstrikes on an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq and Syria, Israel’s need for these stockpiles may be more timely if a ... more »

Impeachment in American Political System

Vladislav B. SOTIROVIĆ at - 19 hours ago
Linguistically, the noun impeachment is a synonym for charging and it comes from the verb to impeach meaning to charge someone. In political science, the verb to impeach has two meanings: A) Formerly, to charge a person with treason or other very serious crime against the state or/and nation before […]

In the beginning God

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 19 hours ago
"The Milky Way, our home galaxy, comprises something in the range of 200–300 billion stars. It is nestled among the other 2 trillion or so galaxies estimated to populate the observable universe, postulated to have a radius of 13.8 billion light-years. However, the figure ascribed to the quantity of terrestrial viruses, an estimated 10 to the 31st power, eclipses even those immense numbers. That means there are potentially 5–10 million times more viruses on Earth than stars thought to exist in the observable universe." In the ... more »

Trump’s Act of War Opens New Chapter of Turbulence for America Abroad

Featured News at 21st Century Wire - 19 hours ago
*Hossein Askari* | The Trump administration's assassination of General Soleimani was a stupid and disastrous decision that will weaken security worldwide.

Saturday Snippet: a Viking hunting adventure

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 19 hours ago
Readers seemed to like the snippet I posted from a proposed Viking/fantasy novel a couple of weeks ago: so here's another one. The book is taking shape very quickly, and should be ready shortly. In this excerpt, the young Alvar (by now entering his teens) is hunting an elg, which is the Norwegian (and Viking) word for what we in North America call a moose. A *pund* is a Viking measure of weight equalling approximately twelve US pounds: a mark weighs approximately eight US ounces. We happened upon the tracks of a large elg, following a narrow game trail through the forest.... more »

Globalist Zerohedge panics at the collapse of the NWO power to control the narrative, goes full Ministry of Truth

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 19 hours ago
*Globalist insider Zerohedge is trying desperately to project the fake notion that censorship of media is the same as ignorance and acquiescence by the public.* *That these are two very different things became clear in 2009 when so few people took the swine flu vaccine in spite of mass media censorship and persecution of the whistleblowers like me.* *In 2020, the NWO know people don't trust the government or media, and they may try to use social media, deep fakes etc to encourage people to take an Ebola vaccines or just give it to them anyway in contaminated jabs without them knowi... more »

The British Creation and Control of Islamic Terror — The Background to China’s Defeat of Xinjiang Terror

Alicia at LaRouchePAC Feed - 20 hours ago
EIR *Excerpt from LaRouche PAC Fireside Chat Activists Call, Thursday, January 2, 2020* MICHAEL BILLINGTON: So, what I wanted to address tonight, actually was requested by Helga several weeks ago. That in addressing this hysteria about China in this country, the lies, the lies which are possibly even more disastrous than the lies about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The lies about the evil of what’s going on in China, the Hong Kong “freedom fighters” who are nothing but radical terrorists burning down the city. And even more substantial, this Xinjiang Uighur issue, which ... more »

Bolsonaro Calls Today’s Brazilian Textbooks ‘Garbage’

Adele Cardin at The Rio Times - 20 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Jair Bolsonaro called today's textbooks junk and said his government should modify the material distributed in schools starting in 2021 to "soften" the content. "There are books that I will be forced to distribute this year, still taking into account their making in previous years. You have to follow […] The post Bolsonaro Calls Today’s Brazilian Textbooks ‘Garbage’ appeared first on The Rio Times.

Libyan Army shoots down Turkish aircraft near Tripoli: LNA

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
The Libyan National Army (LNA) said it shot down a Turkish drone over Tripoli, shortly after its leader General Khalifa Haftar called for a holy war against Turkey for supporting a rival government. On Friday, the LNA said it had shot down a Turkish drone south of Tripoli, the seat of the Government of National […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army captures jihadist tank in Idlib: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently captured an enemy tank in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to the official Facebook page of the 11th Tank Division, their forces captured a tank belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) after the repelling the jihadist counter-offensive. The Syrian Army later […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Top Israeli commanders meet to discuss Soleimani’s assassination

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
Israeli defence authorities and national army leaders held a security meeting in Tel Aviv on Friday after Iran’s top Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike at Bagdad International Airport. The photographs show Israeli Minister of Defence Naftali Bennett and Chief of Israel Defence Forces Aviv Kochavi meeting with top security […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US denies carrying out attack that killed 6 members of Hashd Al-Shaabi

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – The U.S. Coalition denied reports that their forces carried out an attack on a Hashd Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) convoy north of Baghdad last night. “FACT: The Coalition @CJTFOIR did NOT conduct airstrikes near Camp Taji (north of Baghdad) in recent days,” the official Twitter account of the OIR Spokesman […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Schools Now Take The Place of Mental Health Institutions

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
By Anne Dachel Disabled children are changing the face of education in the 21st century, and the evidence is overwhelming. And yes, the impact of the ever-increasing autism rate is a big part of the story, but it’s not just... more »

Technically, The Move To End Women's Choice Is Bipartisan-- Thanks To Two DCCC Blue Dogs

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 20 hours ago
Dan Lipinksi (IL) and Collin Peterson (MN), two of the scumbag Blue Dogs whose reelection protection Cheri Bustos has made her life’s work, joined over two hundred women-hating Republican fanatics-- 166 in the House and 39 senators-- in signing the amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to outlaw women’s Choice by overturning Roe v Wade. And you laughed when we pointed out that Lipinski could well be the next Blue Dog to join his pal Jeff Van Drew in leaving the Democratic Party for the GOP? Peterson has already announced he’s too old to switch parties in the twilight of his career,... more »

The Problems with Jess Phillips

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 20 hours ago
"You have to be willing to talk about the things people wish weren't there." For once, I quite agree with how Jess Phillips puts it in her slick campaign video. And so in this spirit, we should have a brief but warts and all look at her career, her campaign, and her politics. Unlike Ian Lavery or, for that matter, Keir Starmer, there's no single burning reason ruling out Jess from standing. *There's a multitude of them*. Let's see. There's the dishonesty, the scabby behaviour, the overweening narcissism, the racism, the lying, and the chummy relations with the right wing press. Ba... more »

Marnus Labuschagne's concentration once nearly cruelled his career

Geoff Lemon at Just In - 20 hours ago
These days Marnus Labuschagne is a paragon of patience at the batting crease but it wasn't always the case. If things had of been different, an aloof Abu Dhabi moment could have cost him his Test career, writes Geoff Lemon.

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