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US President Trump sends scathing threat to Iran about retaliation for Soleimani

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump responded to the Iranian leadership’s threats to retaliate following the assassination of the Quds Force commander Major-General Qassem Soleimani. Using his official Twitter account, Trump threatened to hit Iran “VERY FAST AND VERY HARD” if they attempt to avenge Soleimani’s death. “Iran is talking very boldly […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Qatari FM meets with Iranian President after US assassination of Soleimani

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Saturday, reportedly to offer his condolences over the death of Iranian Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani. Footage shows the arrival of Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani and other Qatari officials, who shook hands with […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Haftar-led Libyan Army bombs strategic Mitiga Airport

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) carried out new strikes over the strategic Mitiga Airport in northern Libya this evening, causing significant damage to the installation. According to reports, the Libyan National Army bombed the Mitiga Airport to prevent the delivery of more Turkish military drones and equipment. The reports said […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iran raises red flag of ‘revenge’ over sacred mosque in Qom: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
A red flag symbolizing blood unjustly shed and a call for avenging the dead was hoisted on the Jamkaran Mosque in the holy province of Qom during a ceremony on Saturday. A picture of slain Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and a red ‘Ya la-Tharat al-Husayn’ flag were carried to the mosque rooftop where the flag […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

The Daily Brief 2020-01-03

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Haftar, Libya, Iraq, US, Soleimani, Trump, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Iran, IRGC, Aleppo, Syria, Assad, Israel. Categories covered in this brief: North-Africa, Iraq, Iran, Middleeast, Lebanon, Syria Let us know how you like this brief in the comments below. — The AMN Live Team Table […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Egypt flexes strength in Mediterranean as Turkey prepares to deploy troops to neighboring Libya

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
The Egyptian Navy conducted military drills on Saturday that witnessed the implementation of a full amphibious operation in the Mediterranean, using various military parts, including a helicopter carrier. The spokesman of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Colonel Tamer Al-Rifai, said that the naval forces carried out a full amphibious operation in one of the Mediterranean regions, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Developing: Israeli warplanes spotted near Syrian border amid increased tensions

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Israeli warplanes were spotted along the Lebanese-Syrian border for the second time in the last 24 hours, as local reports indicate a heavy presence over the Jabal Sheikh (Mount Hermon) region of Lebanon. According to the reports, Israeli jets were circling the region between the central region of the Beqa’a […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Kata’eb Hezbollah warns Iraqi troops to stay away from US bases

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Kata’eb Hezbollah, one of the factions of the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi), called on the Iraqi forces to move away from American bases in the country, apparently in preparation for a response to the U.S. raids on the positions of the faction recently, in addition to the killing of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Thousands of people pour into streets of Karbala to attend Soleimani’s funeral procession: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
Thousands of people flooded the holy city of Karbala on Saturday to participate in a farewell procession for Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in a US airstrike near Bagdad airport on Friday. The funeral service took place at al-Abbas Holy Shrine. Mourners paraded the coffins inside the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iran reserves right to self-defense ‘harsh revenge’ for Soleimani assassination: envoy

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
Calling the US killing of General Qassem Soleimani “criminal” and an act of terrorism, the Iranian envoy to the UN said his country reserves the right to act in self-defense and threatened vengeance in US media interviews. The killing of Soleimani “by any measure, is an obvious example of State terrorism and, as a criminal […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Never before seen video shows aftermath of disastrous jihadist offensive in Idlib

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels attempted to retake ground they lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) earlier this week, as their forces stormed several sites in the southeastern countryside of Idlib. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadist rebels kicked off their counter-offensive by sending two suicide bombers towards the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

New US airstrike reported along Syrian-Iraqi border, 5 killed

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
An airstrike on the Iraqi-Syrian border and inside Syrian territory was reported by Al-Mayadeen, citing sources that claimed that forces deployed at the border made the security alert. ​Local media claim, citing sources, that the new airstrikes were targeting installations of Iraq’s militia Kataeb Hezbollah in Al-Qaim region on the Iraqi-Syrian border. ​Unconfirmed reports claim […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

FOX: Plane Passenger Gives First-Class Seat to 88-Year-Old Woman, Makes Her ‘Dream’ Come True

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 6 hours ago
A Virgin Atlantic flight attendant proudly shared the sweet story of her new “favorite” passengers: a kindhearted man and the elderly woman he selflessly swapped seats with, so she could enjoy his first-class digs. Virgin flight attendant Leah Amy shared the heartwarming tale on Facebook last month. She said she had met many famous people […] The post FOX: Plane Passenger Gives First-Class Seat to 88-Year-Old Woman, Makes Her ‘Dream’ Come True appeared first on Health Nut News.

Dan Bongino Interviews Rudy Giuliani – Topics: New York Crime, Iran, IG FISA Report and Biden Family Corruption…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 6 hours ago
Fox News host Dan Bongino interviews Rudy Giuliani for his podcast. The topics include increased crime in New York City; Iran, the ‘Spygate” surveillance scandal; the IG report on FISA abuses against the Trump campaign, and Joe Biden’s history of … Continue reading →

British Navy To Escort UK-Flagged Ships Though The Strait Of Hormuz

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
FILE PHOTO: HMS Defender. © AFP / Glyn Kirk *Reuters*: *Britain's navy to escort UK-flagged ships through Strait of Hormuz* LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s navy will accompany UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz to provide protection after the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani inflamed tensions in the region. Britain’s defence minister, Ben Wallace, ordered the HMS Montrose and HMS Defender to prepare to return to escort duties in the major oil shipping route as Prime Minister Boris Johnson came in for criticism for his silence over the killing. ... more »

Battlecruiser vs. Battleship: What if Russia and America's Deadliest Warship Went to War?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * Who would win? *Key point: *Our 1988 hypothetical engagement is an example of the superiority of guns over missiles in certain scenarios. It’s 1988. World War Three has begun, with the armies of the Soviet Union and the rest of the Warsaw Pact pouring over the Inter-German Border. Their destination: the Rhine River and beyond, dealing NATO a knockout blow that will end the war. Meanwhile at sea, an equally titanic battle is about to take place. A Soviet Kirov-class battlecruiser, attempting to intercept a U.S. Navy carrier battle group, is intercept... more »

Did Israel Really Bomb Iraq Last Summer (With an F-35)?

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Middle East* Here is what we know going into 2020. *Key Point:* Israel had motive and opportunity. Israel’s F-35 stealth fighters are positively supernatural: here, there and everywhere. In 2018, the Israeli Air Force claimed its new F-35s had attacked Iranian targets in Syria. Also in 2018, Arab press made dubious claims that IAF F-35s had flown over Iran. Now comes reports that Israeli F-35s have attacked Iranian targets in Iraq, according to Arab media. Western diplomatic sources allegedly the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that on July 19, ... more »

Considering Everything, Watch This Again – “A President Who Believes in His Message”….

sundance at The Last Refuge - 7 hours ago
This speech was originally delivered in late November 2012 after the presidential election. Setting aside nuances in the Romney aspect watch this video again… in hindsight… and contrast specifically against current events. Stay with it… watch it all the way … Continue reading →

The United States Killed Soleimani, Right?

Pierre Lemieux at Econlib - 7 hours ago
Everybody seems unanimous, from the Left to the Right. MSNBC wrote: “Iran Will Retaliate for U.S. Killing of Soleimani.” The Wall Street Journal: “Tensions Rise in the Middle East After U.S. Killing of Iranian Military Leader.” Time: “Iran Has Vowed Revenge Against the U.S. for Killing Qasem Soleimani.” Fox News: “Trump Warn Iran: US has […] The post The United States Killed Soleimani, Right? appeared first on Econlib.

Polar bear sea ice habitat at the start of the Arctic winter is abundant except off Labrador

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on polarbearscience: After a bit of ineffectual hand-wringing from polar bear specialists about low summer and fall sea ice conditions and unsubstantiated worries about impacts on bear survival – including Southern Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea and Hudson Bay – I’ve heard no concerns expressed so far about the unusually low extent of ice…

Fear Not CO2!

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: 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…

Most of Andrew Yang’s Father’s Patents were made for Taiwanese Corporations-Entities After He Gained US Expertise at a US National Lab, GE & IBM

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : Contrary to the claim of US Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, the majority of his father’s patents…

White House Warns Congress Iran Could Retaliate Against US 'Within Weeks'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*CNN: **Trump administration warns Congress Iran could retaliate against US 'within weeks'* Washington (CNN)The Trump administration has warned members of Congress that Iran is expected to retaliate against the US "within weeks" for the strike that killed Qasem Soleimani even as they failed to convince some that the operation was merited due to an imminent threat against American lives. There are also intense discussions taking place inside US military and intelligence agencies to assess whether Iran might be preparing some type of retaliatory strikes in the next few days or wait... more »

NSW’s premier only recently slashed fire services funding by $40 MILLION & told 1000s of citizens not to expect RFS help

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 7 hours ago
EWR (EnviroWatchRangitikei) An article here from Higgins Storm Chasers on FB (as posted by them in comments recently). It is summarizing the events in Australia of late. (If you are not up to speed on this, follow all the links in the recent article on the Australian fires at this link). When compiling all the … Continue reading NSW’s premier only recently slashed fire services funding by $40 MILLION & told 1000s of citizens not to expect RFS help →

Can’t buy a home? That’s the idea & this is why

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 7 hours ago
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Two British people dead after having yellow fever jab sparked deadly disease

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 7 hours ago
EWR (EnviroWatchRangitikei) Comment by Dr Tenpenny: “It was revealed shortly afterwards that one of the victims was a leading UK cancer researcher – Dr. Martin Gore who went into total organ failure and died just a few hours after receiving the Yellow Fever Vaccine which contains a live virus. Since he was over 60, the … Continue reading Two British people dead after having yellow fever jab sparked deadly disease →

Australian Bushfires: A Smart City Conspiracy?

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on NORTHLAND NEW ZEALAND CHEMTRAILS WATCH: TOTT News UPDATE — 23/12/19 | The mainstream media are now in damage control over the spread of this type of discussion. Australians are waking up! Keep spreading the word! Australia is committed to the Agenda 2030 plan, which advocates for the implementation of radical changes to the central…


Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on the lethal text: Whirl up, sea — whirl your pointed pines, splash your great pines on our rocks, hurl your green over us, cover us with your pools of fir. (Oread, by H. D.) Carbon is the element of life, common to all known life-forms. Its unique and astonishing properties make life possible.…

Musical Interlude: Renaissance, “Song of Scheherazade”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*Renaissance, “Song of Scheherazade”* Be kind to yourself, turn down the lights, close your eyes, relax and take the time to savor this extraordinary live performance, highlighted by the incredible talent of Annie Haslam, whose 5 octave voice is on full display here. Start at 22:14, let it build to the high note she hits at the end, 23:58, which is like nothing you have ever heard, or likely ever will, hear again. - CP

"A Look to the Heavens"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“Cosmic dust clouds sprawl across a rich field of stars in this sweeping telescopic vista near the northern boundary of Corona Australis, the Southern Crown. Probably less than 500 light-years away and effectively blocking light from more distant, background stars in the Milky Way, the densest part of the dust cloud is about 8 light-years long. At its tip (upper right) is a group of lovely reflection nebulae cataloged as NGC 6726, 6727, 6729, and IC 4812. *Click image for larger size.* A characteristic blue color is produced as light from hot stars is reflected by the cosmic dust. ... more »

Chet Raymo, “In A Dark Time...”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“In A Dark Time...”* by Chet Raymo “I've quoted a few of these lines before, from a poem by Charles Simic: "It's like fishing in the dark. Our thoughts are the hooks, Our heart the raw bait. We cast the line past all believing Into the night sky Until it's lost to sight." In a sense, that's the story of my life: a long love affair with the night sky. My first book of popular science was “365 Starry Nights”. My first book of personal prose was “The Soul of the Night: An Astronomical Pilgrimage”. “An Intimate Look at the Night Sky” followed much later, but every book in between, fict... more »

"We Learn More..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself." ~ Lloyd Alexander

Middle Finger Symphony Theater

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 8 hours ago

The #NeverTrumpers Now Prefer Pelosi Over Moscow Mitch

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Moscow Mitch didn't become Moscow Mitch out of the blue, did he?* *The Bulwark* is the foremost #NeverTrump publication, an elite gaggle of Republicans, like William Kristol, Charlie Sykes, Mona Charen, Molly Jong-Fast, Tim Miller, Hannah Yoest, Richard Paterson and Jim Swift, who are nauseated by Trump and by Trumpism. Apparently they’re also #NeverMoscowMitch as well too now, a step in the right correct direction. Last week they defined him as a problem for the U.S., a problem for the Constitution and a problem for the Senate, who is “fundamentally distorting our constitutional n... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, and Editorials On The Assassination Of Soleimani

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Azzam Tamimi, Middle East Eye: **The assassination of Soleimani and al-Muhandis, the most likely scenario* Iran's provocations of the US were aimed at undermining Iraq's protest movement, but it did not expect to lose one of its most important military figures According to several news reports, just before his assassination at around dawn on Friday, Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, had been planning to wage a series of attacks on US targets within Syria and Iraq. It would seem, according to these reports, that Soleimani's aim, and the ... more »

Iran and our Enemies Should Take Note.

GunnyG at 'Nox & Friends - 8 hours ago
Americans have no problem whacking our enemies, even at Christmas! In case you missed this jewel… For an EXCELLENT read on the Solomons/Guadalcanal campaign, check out “Morning Star, Midnight Sun.” Best of all, it mercilessly rips apart clowns like Fueling Jack Fletcher who basically abandoned the Marines on Guadalcanal, not unlike how Obama, Hillary, and Valerie Jarrett did to the men at Benghazi, as well as wishy-washy Admirals and that overrated a&&hole MacArthur doing their best to sabotage the second (and final) turning point in the War in the Pacific against the Japanese Empire.

These 5 Guns Are So Bad That They Should Be Forgotten

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Americas* The worst of the worst. *Key Point:* The memories of these weapons—some with lethal consequences for the owner—linger go on. Guns are tools meant to address life or death situations, so a poorly designed or manufactured gun often earns particular scorn. The gun world has long memories of particularly bad firearms, many of which sealed the fate of brave soldiers. The rapid pace of firearms development in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries meant that few if any mistakes were repeated, but the memories of these weapons—some with lethal conse... more »

Why A U.S.-Iran War Isn't Going To Happen

James Holmes at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*James Holmes* *Security, Middle East* The coming weeks and months may see irregular warfare prosecuted with newfound vigor through such familiar unconventional warmaking methods. It’s doubtful Tehran would launch into conventional operations, stepping onto ground it knows America dominates. To launch full-scale military reprisals would justify full-scale U.S. military reprisals that, in all likelihood, would outstrip Iran’s in firepower and ferocity Will Tehran and Washington let slip the dogs of war following last week’s aerial takedown of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Isla... more »

Kim Jong-un's Big Speech Is Missing Something: South Korea

Eric Gomez at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Eric Gomez* *Security, Asia* The report of the 5th Plenary Meeting is a stark reminder of the depleted role that South Korea plays in negotiations with North Korea. This wasn’t always the case. The report on North Korea’s 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee talks at length about nuclear diplomacy and outlines what the future may hold for U.S.-North Korea talks. This emphasis is unsurprising after a year of frustrating diplomatic setbacks and false starts in U.S.-North Korea relations, and many talented analysts are trying to decipher the plenum’s implications for W... more »

'Massive disaster': Burst water tank floods fire-threatened town

Adriane Reardon And Steve Vivian at Just In - 8 hours ago
Homes and cars in Cooma sustain extensive damage after a ruptured water tank sends 3.5 million litres of water on to the town's streets in what has been described as an "unbelievable set of circumstances".

China replaces its top official in Hong Kong as protests continue

Just In - 8 hours ago
China replaces its top official in Hong Kong, as anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous territory enter their eighth month.

This has not been Morrison's finest moment, to put it mildly

David Speers at Just In - 8 hours ago
Within the Government, there is widespread acknowledgement that Scott Morrison's Midas touch has gone missing, writes David Speers.

Dominant Australia leads by 242 runs after Lyon's five-wicket haul

Simon Smale And Luke Pentony at Just In - 8 hours ago
Australia bowls New Zealand out off the back of Nathan Lyon's maiden Test SCG five-for on "pink day" in Sydney, before building a lead of 242 by the close.

Victorian fires treble in size as Alpine towns told to evacuate

Just In - 8 hours ago
Today's light rain will barely give firefighters the chance to "take a breath" before Victoria is likely to face another fire emergency in a few days, authorities say.

Welcome to the quirkiest outback pub you've never heard of

Melanie Groves at Just In - 8 hours ago
Driving the road between Boulia and Winton, you could be forgiven for thinking you're passing through the set of an old Western movie — that is, until a 143-year-old hotel breaks through the distant mirage.

Flights cancelled, institutions closed as Canberra's air quality deteriorates

Just In - 8 hours ago
Despite being more than 60 kilometres from the nearest active fire front, Canberra wakes to dark orange skies as some of the worst air quality in the world shuts the doors of several national institutions and cancels flights.

What do Humphrey B. Bear, Fat Cat and Mulligrubs all have in common?

Eugene Boisvert at Just In - 8 hours ago
Most Australian children's TV production is now based in Sydney and Melbourne, but it wasn't always so. Another city played a big part in sparking young imaginations.

Live: NSW Southern Highlands devastated by bushfires, Victoria overwhelmed by donations

Peter Marsh at Just In - 8 hours ago
Victorian communities are being warned not to become complacent despite rain and falling temperatures in parts of the state, while the coastal NSW town of Eden is the latest community asked to evacuate. Follow updates in our live blog.

President Trump Warns Iran That If They Attack American Targets The U.S. Will Strike 52 Critical Iranian Sites

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2020 ....targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants n... more »

President Trump Warns: “If Iran Strikes any Americans” We Have 52 Response Targets Identified…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 8 hours ago
On the day the administration briefs congressional leadership about the details of the strike that killed Iranian terrorist Qasem Soleimani, President Trump warns Iran about consequences for any retaliatory strike against Americans:

Jan. 4: On the edge of the greatest war......

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 9 hours ago Who, now, can possibly doubt that all the warnings about climate change? Who? Well, oil companies, for a start, and Canada's Liberals and Conservatives who are servants of the oil companies. The same is true of U.S. Republicans and a majority of Democrats. And Canadian and American voters just sit around with their faces hanging out. _________________________________________________________________ more »

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Europe Not ‘Helpful’ As They Could Be Over Soleimani Killing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Washington Examiner:* *Pompeo: Europe not being as ‘helpful’ as they could be over Soleimani killing* Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the European allies of the United States have been less understanding than he had hoped about the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. “I spent the last day and a half, two days, talking to partners in the region, sharing with them what we were doing, why we were doing it, seeking their assistance, they've all been fantastic. And then talking to our partners in other places that haven't been quite as good. Frankly, the Europeans haven't b... more »

Happy New Year—you have no privacy

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 9 hours ago
I confessed in my piece about Elizabeth Warren that I shopped on Panic Saturday (Dec. 21). Macy's was so happy to see me again that today I received a 14 page bill (some pages were blank) for spending $221.07 on Christmas gifts for my husband! I'm so old I remember when credit card bills were half a sheet of paper 2 sides. But I was warned. On pg. 1 it referred me to pg. 7 for details on changes being made to my Credit Card Agreement. On pg. 3 it warned me about changes coming on 2/24/20 which it will do in detail on p. 7, and again repeats all the billing information on p. 1--Po... more »

Mandela Effect Thesis at Charles Frith - 9 hours ago
Years ago I was accused with howls of rage from the masses, of being a conspiracy theorist when I stated that Saudi Arabia and Israel were the same business entity. Nobody questions that now, but... Although no trees were harmed during the creation of this post, a large number of electrons were greatly inconvenienced

Qassem Soleimani Is Dead: What You Need To Know And What Happens Next

Michael Rubin at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Michael Rubin* *Security, Middle East* Soleimani and Muhandis were targets of opportunity, and Trump took the decision to strike at them. It would be foolish, however, to ignore there will be an aftermath and many second and third-order effects. Qassem Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of more Americans than any terrorist leader since Osama Bin Laden. No one should mourn his death. In Iran, however, and certainly without moral equivalence, he was a revered figure like former U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, a man who advocated for the troops and was not afraid to mix ... more »

The Odyssey of Greek Destroyer Adrias: She Cruised 730-Miles Through Hostile Waters with Her Bow Blown Off

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *History, Europe* Thanks to a German mine. On October 22, 1943, the Greek destroyer *Adrias *was creeping forth on a nighttime diversionary raid in the Aegean Sea when disaster befell her from an unexpected quarter. Christos Papasifakis, then the ensign commanding the ship’s stern 4” gun turret, recounted the nightmarish events that followed in a remarkable narrative collected and published online by his cousin George Krestas. *There was a blinding flash of light followed by that dreadful whump sound of a huge explosion and the whistling hail of metal that kno... more »

Iraq: Formal Notice of Iraq Strike To Congress- No Sign of Calm

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 10 hours ago
*1- White House gives lawmakers formal notice of Iraq strike - congressional aides* 2 Min Read *WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House transmitted on Saturday its formal notification to Congress of Friday’s U.S. drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, two senior congressional aides told Reuters.Many congressional Democrats have criticized Trump for failing to seek advance approval or notify Congress of the attack, which has caused a dramatic rise in tensions between Iran and the United States and its all... more »

Popular Chinese Christian Leader Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison

Dave Bohon at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: popular-chinese-christian-leader-sentenced-to-9-years-in-prison] A respected Chinese pastor and vocal critic of the communist Beijing rejime has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

"97? Probably Nothing!"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"97? Probably Nothing!"* By David Stockman "Synchronized Global Growth, R. I. P. What the Fed Did to Calm Year-End Hissy-Fit of its Crybaby Cronies on Wall Street "The Fed’s balance sheet – which include Treasury securities, repos, and MBS, among other stuff – jumped by $108 billion in December to $4.17 trillion. Over the four months since the repo-market bailout started, the Fed has added $412 billion to its balance sheet, the fastest increase since early 2009, when the banking system was on the verge of collapse and the economy in a tailspin. But this time there was no crisis, o... more »

Here’s why the Clean Air Act (CAA) needs a ‘best available science’ clause.

drinkingwateradvisor at The Drinking Water Advisor - 10 hours ago
To avoid basing rules on marginal or flawed science (e.g. here) as described below a “best available science” clause is needed in the Clean Air Act (CAA) — and other environmental laws — as in the Safe Drinking Water Act … Continue reading →

A Blast From The Past….

sundance at The Last Refuge - 10 hours ago
I made mention of this on the Twitter and someone actually still had theirs. I can remember these being all over the place, and sold at mom-pop gas stations as stickers for your car window…. How many people remember these? … Continue reading →

Did Nancy Pelosi Say Trump Must Apologize to Iran ‘Or Else’?

David Mikkelson at - 10 hours ago
A routine review of content labeled satire.

Pluto TV Channel: The First

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 10 hours ago
A free speach oriented free TV Channel on Pluto TV. Continue reading →

The B&T VP9: Is This Gun the Ultimate Assassination Weapon?

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Americas* A truly niche product. *Key point: *Mossad assassins in the 1970s were known to use suppressed semi-automatic Beretta 71 pistols in .22LR, a cartridge that suppresses far better and provides rapid follow up shots. B&T’s Veterinärpistole 9 (VP9) is one of the most niche products made by Swiss firearms manufacturer B&T AG. A bolt action pistol with a magazine grip designed to quietly kill wounded animals, it outwardly resembles the suppressed Welrod pistol used by the Allied Special Operations Executive (SOE) to assassinate targets during World W... more »

Why Israeli's Iron Dome Just Can't Be Stopped

Seth J. Frantzman at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Seth J. Frantzman* *Security, Middle East* Recent events prove it. A rocket attack on an Iraqi base northwest of Kirkuk killed one U.S. contractor and wounded four U.S. troops on December 27, leading to U.S. retaliatory airstrikes against an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq and Syria. More than a dozen rocket attacks have been carried out against bases where U.S. forces are present in Iraq. These have increased in the past months, but there were also harassing attacks in May and June. The U.S. military has been looking for an interim missile defense capability. This includes the ... more »

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