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Iran News Links 31 December 2019 – 5 January 2020

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 6 hours ago
5 January 2019 — The New Dark Age There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back BC: USA Once Again on its Favorite Path Towards War Against Iran Fragmentation in the Axis of Resistance Led to Soleimani’s Death Erdogan says killing of Soleimani … Continue reading Iran News Links 31 December 2019 – 5 January 2020

Do big cities help economic growth?

Scott Sumner at Econlib - 6 hours ago
In recent decades, bigger cities have tended to do better than small towns and rural areas. But that doesn’t necessarily imply that big cities have more pro-growth economic policies, indeed one can make an argument that the opposite is true. Tyler Cowen linked to a Washington Post article that discussed the reasons why the DC […] The post Do big cities help economic growth? appeared first on Econlib.

Another Rocket Attack On The Green Zone In Baghdad

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Daily Mail: *Three rockets are fired at US embassy in Baghdad and 'hit an apartment complex killing civilians' on second night of attacks in Green Zone following killing of Qassem Soleimani* * Six people were wounded with one rocket thought to have hit a family home * Iraq's military said in a statement three Katyusha rockets had fallen in Baghdad * It is the second day in a row that the embassy has been targeted by an attack Multiple rockets have been launched at the US embassy in Baghdad. They are believed to have missed the embassy, with local reports suggesting they hit an ... more »

Trump’s Threats Draw Iran’s Cultural Sites Into Tensions

AP News at - 6 hours ago
Iran’s ancient and rich cultural landscape has become a potential U.S. military target as Washington and Tehran lob threats and take high-stakes steps toward a possible open conflict.

The Role of Distributed Generation in the UK Blackout of 9 August 2019

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 6 hours ago
By Paul Homewood John Constable has taken a closer look at the final reports into last summer’s blackouts. Hidden away is the critical role played by embedded generation, typically wind and solar farms. John’s post is pretty technical, but the take home message is that the loss of this embedded generation was much greater […]

Mysterious illness in China 'not' SARS

Just In - 7 hours ago
Authorities say a mysterious respiratory illness that has infected dozens of people in Wuhan and left seven in critical condition is not Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, with Middle East respiratory syndrome, influenza, bird flu and adenovirus also ruled out.

Shots fired at Brisbane bar weeks after being firebombed

George Roberts at Just In - 7 hours ago
Weeks after Mr Percival's bar at Brisbane's Howard Street Wharves was deliberately set on fire, shots are fired at the venue from a boat on the river. Police are yet to confirm the two incidents are connected.

'Not true, not true': NSW Premier denies PM's claims offer of naval help was turned down

Just In - 7 hours ago
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian denies offer of Australian Defence Force assistance was rejected by the State Government as it confirms two people remain missing after the weekend fires.

'Out on the scrapheap': Police officers 'disheartened' after medical retirement

Just In - 7 hours ago
Two former West Australian police officers say they were left high and dry after leaving the force due to medical conditions.

Huge fright as Sam Kerr is wiped out by keeper, before laying on backheel assist on Chelsea debut

Just In - 7 hours ago
Sam Kerr is brutally clattered by Reading's goalkeeper before laying on a cheeky backheel assist to mark an eventful debut in Chelsea colours.

Brad Pitt, Tarantino and PWB take home Golden Globes on a bad night for Aussie actresses

Just In - 7 hours ago
Fleabag, Succession and Marriage Story are among the winners, but there is no joy for Toni Collette, Margot Robbie or Nicole Kidman.

New wearable patient monitoring technology a 'potential game-changer' for nurses

Dea Clark at Just In - 7 hours ago
New technology being trialled at a small hospital north-west of Brisbane may put an end to what has been one of a nurses' core responsibilities — taking and recording vital signs.

NSW Now: Rain eases bushfire threat, fireworks found at Sydney grassfire

Just In - 7 hours ago
*MORNING BRIEFING:* All of the 139 blazes burning across NSW are downgraded to advice level after an horrific weekend of devastation, while police find fireworks at the scene of a grassfire which broke out in Olympic Park overnight.

Homeowners in 'disbelief' as drought drives rise in cracked buildings

Eliza Goetze at Just In - 7 hours ago
The drought is making clay soil around house footings to dry up, causing cracks in the walls of houses.

Jane lost her $670,000 retirement savings to a cyber scam. Here's where the money went

Rebecca Trigger at Just In - 7 hours ago
When Jane Smith invested $670,000 to boost her retirement savings, it was flushed into a river of stolen cash flowing out of Australia and into the pockets of criminals. An ABC investigation has tracked down where the money went.

Limbani has 650,000 Instagram followers — and primatologists are concerned

Just In - 7 hours ago
We all love a cute animal photo, but sharing wildlife content online has hidden costs to conservation in the wild, writes Zara Bending.

Iraq calls for foreign forces to leave after Trump-ordered killing of Soleimani

Just In - 7 hours ago
Iraq's Parliament has called for US and other foreign military forces to leave amid a growing backlash against Washington's killing of a top Iranian military commander.

Iran Abandons Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*CNBC: **Iran will no longer abide by uranium enrichment limits under 2015 nuclear deal* * Less than a week after Iran’s top military commander was killed by U.S. drone strike, the regime said Sunday that it would further scale back compliance with an international nuclear pact. * Iran will not respect any limits established in the 2015 nuclear deal on the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges, according to a state-run television broadcast. * While the other signatories of the nuclear deal ⁠— France, Germany, the U.K., Russia and China ⁠— have tried to keep the agreement alive... more »

Iraq's Symbolic, Sure To Increase Discontent, Vote to Toss US Troops out of Iraq

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
*The vote will not change a thing. It's not binding. It's "supported" by a "caretaker" Prime Minister who has one foot out the door. It's lip service to the discontented populace and will only serve to create still more discontent. The US has and continues to send troops, supplies etc.* *No doubt other coalition partners are participating in the build up. * *The United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment. We are the biggest and by far the BEST in the World! If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beauti... more »

Soleimani’s assassination opens new phase for whole Middle East: Hezbollah chief

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
The assassination of Qassem Soleimani has opened a new phase for the whole region, the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, has said, calling for attacks on US soldiers and military assets. The “Iraqi resistance will not let a single US soldier stay in Iraq” after the killing of the Iranian Quds force commander, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iraqi Parliament votes to end US military presence in Iraq

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
The Iraqi Parliament has passed a resolution to demand the termination of all the foreign troop presence in the country, Sky News Arabia broadcaster reported. During an extraordinary session convened on Sunday, the legislative body also voted to terminate the agreement with the US-led coalition fighting Daesh. “The government commits to revoke its request for […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Musical Interlude: 2002, “A Year And A Day”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
2002, “A Year And A Day”

"A Look to the Heavens"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"A Celestial Journey" Music: "Intergalactic Lullaby" by Aeoliah

“The Nature of Courage”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“The Nature of Courage”* by ClassicLit “Tolkien had experienced war and violence first hand in World War I. Like many of the writers from his era, his world could never be the same, after seeing his best friends die, and his land in ruin. Shippey writes, “The life experiences of many men and women in the twentieth century have left them with an unshakable conviction of something wrong, something irreducibly evil in the nature of humanity, but without any very satisfactory explanation for it.” Defeat seems inevitable. The forces of evil are strong. And, the quest isn’t really a qu... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Santa Clara, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"A Very Obscure Vulcan Quote"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"A Very Obscure Vulcan Quote"* By Moon "Ideally, do no harm. Harm speeds up the heat-death of the Universe, and indirectly, your own. More practically, do as little harm as possible. We are creations of a Universe in which entropy exists, and therefore see no way of escape, but we do not need to help it. Harm no one’s internal, invisible integrities. Leave others the privacies of their minds and lives. Intimacy remains precious only insofar as it is inviolate: invading it turns it to torment. Reach out to others courteously: accept their reaching in the same way, with careful hand... more »

"Requiem for a Ladybug"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Requiem for a Ladybug"* by Frankly Francis "You lie still less than a foot away on top of the soft mouse pad that protects me from carpal tunnel syndrome. I noticed this morning, through eyes not yet clarified by my first coffee of the day, your presence in my study. Odd, I thought, that you would even be present this close to Thanksgiving. It is certainly past your time of the year in these parts. I had the presence of mind to reckon that your life must be short. Rather than remove you from my space, both physical and mental, I decided that if these were your final moments then ... more »

"There Was No Cure..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"What came to me later in those dark, dreaming hours put “paid” to that though, and as always my mind led me treacherously back to the bleak and inescapable truth. There was no cure for what one had seen or done." - Hannah Blatchford

“4 Things You Can Do to Cheer Up, According to Neuroscience”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“4 Things You Can Do to Cheer Up, According to Neuroscience”* by Robby Berman "For everyone, there are times when a dark cloud just seems to be following you around. You may not even even know why. While we don’t mean to minimize the value of medication for those who experience this on a daily basis, UCLA neuroscientist Alex Korb, author of "The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time," has some insights that might just get you back on the sunny side. It’s all got to do with neuroscience. *Getting Your Brain’s Attention:* Y... more »


CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“Philip of Macedonia sent a message to Sparta: “You are advised to submit without delay, for if I bring my army to your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city.” Sparta replied with one word: “*If.*”

More Black HumoUr...this time from Venezuela

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 7 hours ago
Juan Guaidó, left, tried to climb over the fence to get into the National Assembly building *"Random" Guy-do Scaling Venezuelan* *Parliamentary Fence* LOL. The darker the geopolitical scene gets the brighter the flashes of Black HumoUr that illuminate the landscape. Here's a chuckle from Venezuela. We haven't heard much recently about Random Guy-do's ongoing attempt to *pretend himself* into the Venezuelan presidency. Yesterday I saw a newz report that said he was going to get himself "re-elected" as head of the People's Assembly. I thought this was a "done deal" because the ... more »

As We Enter the 2020s, How Many Aircraft Carriers Will China Have?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 7 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* [image:] It could be as many as four in two years. *Key Point:* The Chinese Navy is growing. What are they going to use it for? The People’s Liberation Army Navy—more commonly known outside of China as the Chinese Navy—is modernizing at a breakneck pace. Chinese shipbuilders have built more than one hundred warships in the past decade, a build rate outstripping the mighty U.S. Navy. Most importantly, China now has two aircraft carriers—Liaoning and a second ship... more »

Did Google Just Bribe Devin Nunes? Business As Usual For Google And Nunes

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
California’s 22nd congressional district is one of the dwindling 7 still left in Republican hands-- and likely one of the next to fall. The relatively compact Central Valley district, starts up in the northern and eastern parts of the city of Fresno, includes Clovis, Reedley, Dinuba, Visalia, Exeter, Lindsay and Tulare. The district is primarily rural and includes parts of two counties, Fresno and Tulare. The PVI is R+8, the least red of the districts still held by a Republican in the state. There are only 3 California congressional districts with Republican PVIs held by Democrats... more »

Sunday Talks: Secretary Mike Pompeo -vs- The Media…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 8 hours ago
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Fox News, CBS, NBC and ABC to discuss the killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani and the current status with Iran. Here’s the roundup: CBS Margaret Brennan clutches her pearls and sits … Continue reading →

These are some of the sites important to Iranian culture (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 8 hours ago
Just as the Iranian government was preparing for Qassim Soleimani’s funeral as well as the perfect reaction from its point of view following his assassination by US drones on Friday, current US President Donald Trump gave it another gift. He provoked the Iranian people even those opposing the Iranian regime living in exile with his tweets about targeting 52 important sites to Iran and Iranian culture if the Iranian regime dared to target American assets late Saturday. ....targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a ver... more »

The Navy's MQ-25 Aircraft Has Old-School Style Stealth

David Axe at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * [image:] Straight from the 1970s. *Key Point:* The Stingray has much more potential than just as a refueler. The U.S. Navy’s new MQ-25 Stingray aerial-refueling drone bears an uncanny resemblance to an experimental U.S. military plane from the late 1970s. And that similarity could point to the way for the Stingray’s potential evolution from a tanker into a stealthy surveillance and strike aircraft. On Aug. 30, the Navy awarded Boeing an $805-million contract for th... more »

Why is South Korea Building Up Its Submarine Fleet?

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Asia* [image: Pacific Ocean (July 6, 2004) – Republic of Korea Submarine Chang Bogo (SSK 61) heads out to sea during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).] To 'sink' North Korea? *Key Point:* North Korea's navy is no match for South Korea's indigenous submarine capacity. While South Korea is not known for its submarine fleet, it possesses a decent sized, quietly capable fleet. The ultimate goal of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) is to produce their own diesel-electric attack submarine. The current fleet is relatively modern and possesses a strong overa... more »

Democrats demand an end to the war on terror until 2021

trinko at Conversations about the obvious - 8 hours ago
Iranian backed armed militia attacked the US embassy in Iraq. They wrote that their leader was Suleimani on the walls of the embassy. The embassy attack, undoubtedly orchestrated by Iran which means by Suleimani, was a result of US airstrikes on terrorist compounds. Those strikes were in retaliation for those terrorists killing an American. Further there was intelligence that Suleimani was stepping up his game and traveling around the Middle East, including to Iraq, to plot more attacks on America. So Trump did the obvious; he had Suleimani killed. The British tried to kill Romm... more »

Why the 2020 Golden Globes’ Menu Will Be 100 Percent Plant Based

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 8 hours ago
Tonight’s 2020 Golden Globe Awards will feature an entirely plant-based menu, with a three-course dinner made with ingredients that exclude meat, dairy, and eggs. The decision came out of a desire to be more environmental sustainability. As the statement obtained by E! News reads: “As part of the HFPA’s overall focus on sustainability, the Golden […] The post Why the 2020 Golden Globes’ Menu Will Be 100 Percent Plant Based appeared first on Health Nut News.

Breaking News: One US Soldier, And Two Contractors Killed In Al-Shabaab Attack In Kenya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* This is a breaking news story. Updates will be posted when more news becomes available. BREAKING. US african command acknowledges casualties among americans and kenyans after #AlShabaab attack near #Lamu. #TerrorAttack #Terrorism — Sébastien Németh (@SebastienNemeth) January 5, 2020

Civilian Casualties Reported In Baghdad US Embassy Rocket Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Civilian causalities reported as explosions rock the area beside the US Embassy compound in #Baghdad — Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) January 5, 2020 *WNU Editor:* No confirmation yet from official sources.

Did Iran Offer an $80M Bounty for Trump’s Head?

David Mikkelson at - 8 hours ago
The amount of the bounty is supposedly based on Iran's population.

Is This a Photo of Australian Fires Taken from the Space Station?

David Mikkelson at - 8 hours ago
Composite images created from multiple data inputs are often mistaken for literal photographs.

Iran Abandons Nuclear Deal Over US Killing General

AP News at - 8 hours ago
Iran said it would no longer abide by any of the limits of its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after a U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, ending an accord that blocked Tehran from having enough material to build an atomic weapon.

U.S. Goverment Website Attacked By Iranian Hackers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
The hackers in their message made reference to the death of Qassem Soleimani, and depicted President Donald Trump being beaten by a fist with the Revolutionary Guard insignia *Daily Mail:* *'Iranian hackers' breach US government website operated by the Federal Depository Library Program in retaliation for airstrike* * website was defaced by hackers and taken offline on Saturday * Site is run by the little-known Federal Depository Library Program * The FDLP makes government publications available to the public for free * Follows defacement of websites for several obscure non... more »

Has Tehran Misjudged And Miscalculated U.S. Reaction In This Crisis? And Are They Still Misjudging And Miscalculating?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* Both analysis are true. The Iranians miscalculated on American embassies traumas: from Tehran ‘79 to Benghazi 2012. They mistook a sleeping lion for a dead one. 4/11 — Amos Yadlin (@YadlinAmos) January 4, 2020 Interesting. Trump’s goal is to warn: the gloves are off. We aren’t going to hit unmanned oil platforms & empty air bases. We’re not out “to send a message.” It’s the America of Andrew Jackson & Harry Truman speaking now. Iran has never heard this voice & doesn’t understand it. — Mike (@Doranimated) January 5, 2020

Democrats Brand President Trump A 'Monster' For Plotting 'War Crimes' Against Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
WATCH: Sen. Elizabeth Warren says that "people are asking" why the Iran strike took place now. #MTP #IfItsSunday@ewarren: "We know Donald Trump is very upset about this upcoming impeachment trial. But look what he's doing now. He is taking us to the edge of war." — Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 5, 2020 “I think it was a reckless decision that increased the risk to Americans all around the world.” - Rep. Adam Schiff on the President’s order to kill Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani. “I think it’s going to increase the risk of war with Iran.” #CNN... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 9 hours ago
Was quoted by Paul Iddon in "The possible ramifications of US airstrikes on Hashd al-Shaabi" for Rudaw. Musings On Iraq was mentioned in "Who and why storm the US Embassy in Iraq" for News. Ru, "A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq" by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies for Common Dreams. Finally, was interviewed twice for Egypt's QPosts in "Experts talk to Qpost about scenarios of the Iran-US confrontation in Iraq" and "Washington kills Soleimani in Iraq .. and Iran is vowing." View all of Musings On Iraq's citations

Iraq Parliament Calls for U.S. Troops to Be Expelled (plus Cavalcade of Stupid)

Lambert Strether at naked capitalism - 9 hours ago
A round-up on the Iraqi parliaments resolution calling for our troops to leave, plus the idiocy of elite policy-makers, of both parties.

Iran’s Political Plan Unfolding In Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 9 hours ago
Iraq's parliament voted on a resolution to expel U.S. forces from the country (NINA) Iran’s plan in Iraq was to re-focus the political class and the media narrative on a topic of its choosing rather than the protests, which were not only demanding better governance but an end to Iranian influence. Tehran is largely succeeding in its strategy. Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander General Qasim Suleimani reportedly met with his allies in Iraq and laid out Tehran’s strategy. The plan was for pro-Iran Hashd groups to increase attacks upon U.S. interests to provoke a respo... more »

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 5

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 9 hours ago
1909 Riot in Mosul after Kirkuk soldier insulted a woman Organized by elites opposed to Ottoman reforms 60 killed 1918 UK PM George said Ottoman provinces including Mesopotamia should have “separate national conditions” 1957 Iraq backed Eisenhower Doctrine to oppose communism in Middle East 1981 Iranian Pres Bani Sadr announced counter attack against Iraq using Basij militia and army 1981 Clergy convinced Ayatollah Khomeini to launch early campaign to try to win back all the lost territory from Iraq Started with Op Hoveyzeh 3 pronged attack 1 front in Hamdiya to break siege of Ab... more »

The History Of The Arctic

tonyheller at Real Climate Science - 9 hours ago
In the distant past, palm trees grew in Greenland. 03 Dec 1922, Page 63 – The Washington Times at Greenland wasn’t quite as far north 250 million years ago as it is now. Gondwana – Biology Term 2 The … Continue reading →

U.S. Secretary Of State Pompeo Defends The Decision To Launch A Drone Strike That Killed Iranian Quds General Soleimani

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined FOX News Sunday to discuss breaking news regarding heightened US-Iran tensions in the wake of an attack that killed Soleimani. The Trump administration says he was planning imminent attacks. Secretary Pompeo reacts. #FNS #foxnews — FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) January 5, 2020 *CNBC*: *Pompeo says intelligence was clear on Soleimani in response to skepticism about drone strike rationale* * Pompeo’s comments in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” follow reports that some senior White House officials were skeptical abo... more »

New York Times: President Trump Chose The 'Most Extreme Action' Against Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
The Pentagon only offered Trump the option of killing Suleimani in order to make other possibilities appear more palatable. When Trump ultimately went with that, Pentagon officials were stunned. — Aman Batheja (@amanbatheja) January 5, 2020 *New York Times:* *As Tensions With Iran Escalated, Trump Opted for Most Extreme Measure* While senior officials argue the drone strike was warranted to prevent future attacks, some in the administration remain skeptical about the rationale for the attack. WASHINGTON — In the chaotic days leading to the death of Maj. Gen... more »

Global Warming in a Climate of Ignorance – Video

Robert at Ice Age Now - 9 hours ago
Physicist Wal Thornhill discusses whether consensus science is leading us toward – or away from – a better understanding of climate change. Thornhill quotes Professor Fred Taylor of Oxford University: “It is very disturbing that we do not understand the climate on [Venus} that is so much like the Earth. It is telling us that ... Read moreGlobal Warming in a Climate of Ignorance – Video The post Global Warming in a Climate of Ignorance – Video appeared first on Ice Age Now.

These Just Might Be the Best AR-15s You Can Get Right Now

Gun News Daily at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Gun News Daily* *Security, Americas* [image: AR-15 rifles are displayed for sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts] There's more than you think... *Key Point:* There's a lot of different kinds of AR-15. Looking to buy your first AR-15 rifle but not quite sure where to start? Stay tuned, because in this article we’re going to cover the best AR15 options, for budget shoppers and advanced shooters alike. After you read this guide, you will have a pretty good idea how the AR-15 works and how different configurations ma... more »

Why America Almost Went to War With Japan in 1937

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Asia* Wild. *Key point:* It is still unclear why Japanese fighters attacked the American ships. For some Americans, World War II started early. In December 1937, four years before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor propelled the United States into the war, Japanese planes attacked an American gunboat, the USS Panay, on China’s Yangtze River, strafing and bombing the boat, sinking it, killing three American crew members, and the wounding 45 others. Those same Japanese planes also attacked three Standard Oil tankers that were being escorted by... more »

Alice’s home packed to the rafters after fire with 17 family members staying under her roof

Jonathan Hair at Just In - 10 hours ago
In Alice Patten's house things are getting a little crowded. Visiting relatives are living under her roof and with fire cutting food supplies to her NSW South Coast town what food she does have is having to be stretched even further.

Supermarkets told to raise milk prices as dairy farming industry 'devastated' by fires

Victoria Pengilley at Just In - 10 hours ago
Already reeling from the death of father-son dairy farmers Robert and Patrick Salway, the dairy industry could take another blow — 'devastating' milk shortages.

The bushfire crisis has given the Government a political 'out' to its climate change problem

Just In - 10 hours ago
For those who see their future in peril, climate change action is not a divisive issue, but one of common sense. And with some leadership, Australia's bushfire crisis could be the turning point for our out-of-date climate policies, writes Frank Jotzo.

Some top CEOs take home $20 million a year. Why do companies keep paying?

Andrew Robertson at Just In - 10 hours ago
Pricing theory suggests that most listed companies are overpaying their senior executives and could get similar skills for a much lower cost.

Stories of devastation from Victorian fires continue to rise as state braces for its 'creeping disaster' to return

Joseph Dunstan, Sarah Maunder And Emilia Terzon at Just In - 10 hours ago
As residents count the cost of the fires that have burned through nearly 1 million hectares, light rain is falling across eastern Victoria. But authorities say people need to remain vigilant ahead of dangerous conditions returning on Thursday.

The bouquets were destroyed, the caterer fighting fires, but this country wedding 'ran like clockwork'

Yara Murray-Atfield And Nicole Mills at Just In - 10 hours ago
The flower farm burnt down, the caterer had to stay home to defend their property and roadblocks meant guests couldn't get to the venue. But amid the chaos of the East Gippsland fires, Stephanie and Chris got the country wedding they always dreamed of.

Indonesian officials spray Jakarta with disinfectant following deadly floods

Just In - 10 hours ago
Indonesian soldiers and health workers spray Jakarta with disinfectant to fend off possible diseases that could spread in massive floodwaters pooling around the capital.

'Foreseers of our times': How Haring and Basquiat anticipated internet and emoji culture

Dee Jefferson at Just In - 10 hours ago
A Melbourne exhibition showcases the two New York artists and friends side by side, revealing shared concerns and communication strategies that prefigure the present moment.

Renewable energy has significant downsides

Peter Murphy at CFACT - 10 hours ago
The pursuit of solar and wind power comes with a steep price. The post Renewable energy has significant downsides appeared first on CFACT.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
A new CBS poll of Iowa and New Hampshire says there's a three-way tie for the lead in Iowa, with Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden battling it out in New Hampshire: The poll was conducted before the attack on Iran's General Qasem Soleimani. I'm now seeing speculation that the tensions with Iran work in Joe Biden's favor -- he's the candidate with the most foreign policy experience, and he's seen, rightly or wrongly, as the candidate who'd be a steady hand in a crisis. I think some Democratic voters will be more likely to gravitate to Biden for these reasons. But I think Sanders will... more »

Sunday - Extra

LL at Virtual Mirage - 10 hours ago
*Iraqi Parliament Action* A portion of Iraqi Parliament (mostly Shiites) voted to expel US troops from the nation but the measure was not binding. It was symbolic. So please keep that in mind as CNN and MSNBC spin it. Additionally, 5,000 U.S. troops are in Iraq at the invitation fo the country's executive branch, the Prime Minister's office -- not Parliament. It is up to the Iraqi Prime Minister whether the troops will be expelled. As I've commented previously, while I support the withdrawal of US forces from the Middle East (let them kill themselves), it's not going to happen. The... more »

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