Monday, January 06, 2020

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Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Lobbyists

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 minutes ago
In the 1970s, Gallup began polling to see what Americans think of honesty and ethics in various professions. Generally speaking, nurses have toped the list. And towards the bottom have been business executives and stockbrokers (each with a 32% low or very low rating), advertising practitioners (37%), car salespeople (44%) telemarketers (56%), and members of Congress (58%). In 2007, they may have been looking for a profession with even less regard than members of Congress, so they added lobbyists. It didn’t work, generally speaking lobbyists tied members of Congress for being the... more »

CNNi Becky Anderson -vs- State Dept. Spox Morgan Ortagus

sundance at The Last Refuge - 15 minutes ago
CNNi (CNN international) via Becky Anderson, based out of Abu Dhabi, attempts to push a false propaganda narrative against State Dept Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus. Things didn’t work out as planned. The pontificating Anderson was left speechless. Funny. Ms. Anderson intentionally … Continue reading →

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, "Eternity"; "Beautiful Planet"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 minutes ago
Vangelis, "Eternity" ○ Vangelis, "Beautiful Planet"

The 5 Best Places In the World to Buy Tank Ammo

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 21 minutes ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, * [image:] Can you guess all of them? *Key Point:* It takes an advanced weapons industry to produce good tank ammunition. Tank ammunition is not easy to manufacture. Modern tanks require ammo that is made to withstand immense pressure while also maintaining very high accuracy. This presents challenges for all types of rounds, although modern Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot (APFSDS) ammunition is the hardest to manufacture due to the very hard materials necessary... more »

Stealth War: Can Iran Destroy an F-35?

David Axe at The National Interest - 21 minutes ago
*David Axe* *Security, Middle East* The fight isn't as clean-cut as you think. *Key Point:* Stealth puts it at an advantage, but the F-39 has some weaknesses. Amid escalating tensions between Iran and the United States, in part resulting from U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision unilaterally to withdraw the United States from the 2015 deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program, the U.S. armed forces have deployed a wide array of ships, planes and other weapons to the Middle East. *(This first appeared several months ago.)* The American arsenal in the region includes F-35 stealth fig... more »

America's Stealth Weapons: Can Iran Shoot Down a B-2 or F-35?

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 21 minutes ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Middle East* [image: The domestically built mobile missile defence system Bavar-373 is displayed on the National Defence Industry Day in Tehran, Iran August 22, 2019. Tasnim News Agency/Handout via REUTERS] We might find out... *Key Point:* Iranian air defenses will lose, but they can take a big chomp out of U.S. airpower. Iran’s military planners face an unenviable military challenge: preparing defenses against air attacks from the most formidable air forces on the planet. The once-formidable Iranian Air Force, starved of spare parts for its 1970s... more »

Trump's Twitter threat to destroy Iran's cultural sites is a historic mistake

David J. Wasserstein, Professor of History and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 23 minutes ago
If the US makes good on the president's threat, Iran's heritage won't be the only thing damaged. Washington's reputation would also take a hit.

America Says It’s Ending Its Occupation of Iraq

Eric Zuesse at The Duran - 48 minutes ago
Eric Zuesse (UPDATE IS AT THE BOTTOM.) Here’s the official announcement: — 6 JAN 2020 [TO:] sLTG Abdul Amir Deputy Director, Combined Joint Operations Baghdad Iraq — Ministry of Defense Your Excellency, Sir, in due deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq, and as requested by the Iraqi Parliament and the Prime Minister, […] More The post America Says It’s Ending Its Occupation of Iraq appeared first on The Duran.

Could the NSW bushfire benefit concert be fit for Queen?

Sarah Thomas at Just In - 1 hour ago
The Firefight Australia concert is announced for Sydney's Stadium Australia on February 16 — and the big question is, who will be playing?

Sunshine Coast teens charged over stabbing, victim undergoes surgery

Sally Rafferty at Just In - 1 hour ago
A 27-year-old man suffers a serious leg wound and undergoes surgery after being stabbed following an altercation with three teenagers on the Sunshine Coast.

Fanned by 90kph winds, this Bundanoon family 'had to drive through fire'

Timothy Fernandez at Just In - 1 hour ago
Residents on the NSW Southern Highlands had no warning before their homes were surrounded by a large bushfire in the dead of the night, which travelled 30km in just two hours.

South Australian man admits to killing his wife in 1973, but not murdering her

Meagan Dillon at Just In - 1 hour ago
A South Australian man has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife more than 46 years ago. Colleen Adams' death was declared a major crime in 1979.

Ex-military volunteers' expertise gives bushfire-ravaged Willawarrin a major boost

Michael Cavanagh at Just In - 1 hour ago
The tiny farming hamlet was one of the first communities hit by fires in November and a team applying military skill is assisting fire-hit landholders.

World War III? A look around the world tells us it might already be here

Just In - 1 hour ago
This first month has already set the course of 2020, a presidential election year in the United States — and we're in for a bumpy ride from here, writes Stan Grant.

Puerto Rico earthquake topples famous natural wonder and destroys homes

Just In - 1 hour ago
A magnitude-5.8 earthquake hits the Caribbean nation, unleashing landslides, damaging homes and leading to the collapse of a popular natural rock formation known as Punta Ventana.

Tour Down Under race safety a priority as riders prepare to compete in bushfire zones

Matt Coleman And Daniel Keane at Just In - 1 hour ago
The Tour Down Under cycling race is scheduled to go through bushfire-hit towns in the Adelaide Hills, where the local council is carrying out "feverish" work to ensure the routes are safe.

Boot-scooting firefighter trying to boost crew morale goes viral

Alexis Moran at Just In - 1 hour ago
In rare light moment on the fire front, a Mangoola Rural Fire Brigade member preforms the 'Git Up Challenge' and goes viral on Facebook.

Cyclone Blake hovers off coast, tipped to bring crucial rainfall to battle WA fires

Erin Parke And Claire Moodie at Just In - 1 hour ago
The Bureau of Meteorology says Tropical Cyclone Blake is now unlikely to develop beyond a category one system, but it continues to dump much-needed rainfall in Western Australia's north.

'We can't use you': GPs say they were sidelined at bushfire evacuation centres

Patrick Wood at Just In - 1 hour ago
Regional doctors say they were restricted when they offered help at their local bushfire evacuation centres. Now they are calling to be formally added to future emergency response plans.

'Centuries' to recover: WA bushfires devastate one of the world's richest biodiversity hotspots

Tyne Logan And John Dobson at Just In - 1 hour ago
Bushfire in Australia has devastated one of the world's richest biodiversity hotspots.

Jim Jordan Contrasts President Trump Foreign Policy Accomplishments Against Impeachment Fraud…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 hour ago
Representative Jim Jordan discusses the ongoing impeachment fiasco and Pelosi still withholding the articles from the Senate; and contrasts the DC nonsense against the foreign policy accomplishments of President Trump.

Devin Nunes Tells Sara Carter: “ICIG Michael Atkinson is Under Active Investigation”…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 hour ago
Sara Carter held a pod-cast interview with HPSCI ranking member Devin Nunes. At approximately 36:25 of the interview congressman Nunes discusses the testimony of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. The transcript from Atkinson’s House testimony has never been released. … Continue reading →

Lawsuit Alleges Disney Talent Agencies Have Child Sex Grooming Rings In Hollywood

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 2 hours ago
Tammy Garcia is the mother of Ricky Garcia, a boy band member of the Disney-backed group. She helped her son file a lawsuit alleging that the Disney agencies and organization in Hollywood are involved in child grooming and sex trafficking. The lawsuit, initially filed back on September 9th, 2019, has not been talked about much […] The post Lawsuit Alleges Disney Talent Agencies Have Child Sex Grooming Rings In Hollywood appeared first on Health Nut News.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 2 hours ago
Retiring Texas congressman Will Hurd just gave an interview to *The New York Times Magazine.* He was asked about his reputation as a moderate. *You’re a moderate conservative, but your voting record in the House aligns with President Trump’s position about 80 percent of the time. No one would call him a moderate anything. So what does “moderate” mean to you?* I believe that Americans agree on 80 percent of stuff. I try to focus on those things. That’s separate from my voting record. He later sought to expand on these remarks. And can I take a second to clarify your question about th... more »

America's F-22 and F-35 Stealth Fighters To Be Supported By Recoverable Attack Drones

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Technology, Americas* This new capability will be a force multiplier. *Key point:* This technology, which hinges upon higher levels of autonomous navigation, brings a wide swath of improved mission possibilities. US Air Force F-22s and F-35s will soon launch and control recoverable attack drones from the cockpit of the plane to expand air-combat operations, test enemy air defenses, conduct long-range ISR and even deliver weapons. This fast-approaching technology, which calls upon advanced levels of autonomous navigation, is closer to reality due of DARPA’s Gremlin... more »

Check Out The 3 Weirdest Tank Designs in History

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *History, * [image: MBT-70 at the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury, Connecticut. 21 June 2016.] Weird! *Key Point:* A lot of weirdness happened before the modern main battle tank. The United States fielded a pretty standard lineup of tanks during the Cold War. First came the Patton line, which evolved in a pretty straightforward fashion from the M47 to the M60 with a few deviations such as the M60A2 Starship. Then came the Abrams, which serves on to this day. But American designers made plenty of weird prototypes in attempts to improve on these de... more »

Revealed: The M1 Abrams Tank's "Super Bullet"

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, * [image:] Why didn't the STAFF round see combat? *Key Point:* For a "smart" round, it had a lot of dumb problems. In the 1990s, the U.S. Army was developing a new series of tank ammunition for the Abrams main battle tanks. The new round, designated XM943 Smart Target Activated Fire and Forget (STAFF), was to have lethality far beyond what was possible with conventional ammunition: it would fly over enemy tanks and detonate above them, projecting an explosively formed projectile throu... more »

Pentagon Rejects Trump Threat to Hit Iranian Cultural Sites

AP News at - 2 hours ago
The Pentagon distanced itself from President Donald Trump's assertions that he would bomb Iranian cultural sites despite international prohibitions on such attacks.

Pier 1 Imports Closing Nearly Half of Stores as Sales Falter

AP News at - 2 hours ago
Pier 1 Imports is closing nearly half its 942 stores as it struggles to draw consumers and compete online.

Did President Obama Order More Than 500 Drone Strikes?

Bethania Palma at - 2 hours ago
The drone program has ratcheted up with each successive administration.

Senator Mitch McConnell Delivers Remarks About Soleimani Strike During Chamber Speech…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 2 hours ago
Earlier today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered remarks about the U.S. strike in Iraq that killed terrorist Qassem Soleimani: . [Transcript] “As the Senate convenes this afternoon, we find our nation facing two grave and serious choices. One concerns … Continue reading →

Water vapor is earth’s thermostat

drinkingwateradvisor at The Drinking Water Advisor - 2 hours ago
Ivan R. Kennedy, Migdat Hodzic. Testing the hypothesis that variations in atmospheric water vapour are the main cause of fluctuations in global temperature, Periodicals of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Vol. 7, No. 2, August 2019, pp.870-880. A hypothesis that the increasing application of … Continue reading →

"...We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure."

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 3 hours ago
*The "poorly written DRAFT" letter of the US Military* This letter could some day be as famous as the "Gettysburg Address". According to the latest blurbs emitting from the was authorized by one General Frank McKenzie. Is poor old Frank going to take the fall? I still lean towards the theory that this was/is a False Flag aborted fetus.

Islamic State Films Gruesome Beheadings In “Message To Christians All Over The World”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Islamic State Films Gruesome Beheadings In “Message To Christians All Over The World” by Tyler Durden, The Islamic State has released a video which purportedly shows the brutal execution of 11 blindfolded Christians in Nigeria, the day after Christmas, in revenge for the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and IS spokesman Abdul-Hasan …

Israeli Cops Disguised as Palestinians Attacked by Jewish Teens in No-Arabs-Allowed Settlement, 2 Arrested

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Israeli Cops Disguised as Palestinians Attacked by Jewish Teens in No-Arabs-Allowed Settlement, 2 Arrested by Two teenage boys from the Jewish-only settlement of Bat Ayin have been arrested for attacking a pair of cops disguised as Palestinian laborers in what the right-wing legal aid group defending them has condemned as a “provocation.” – The …

New York Times Reveals America’s Weapons-Makers Drive Trump-Impeachment

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
New York Times Reveals America’s Weapons-Makers Drive Trump-Impeachment by Eric Zuesse, January 3, 2020, A remarkably non-propagandistic news-report, in the New York Times, by Eric Lipton, Maggie Haberman and Mark Mazzetti, included powerful evidence that the impeachment-effort against U.S. President Donald Trump is motivated, in part if not totally, by a desire by U.S. …

Trump Threatens Iraq with ‘Very Big Sanctions’ Unless It Pays Back BILLIONS for an Airbase If US Troops Are Forced to Withdraw

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
The Iraqi government should stick Trump with the Bill of: over 1 million Iraqi civilians dead by this illegal war of aggression based on false pretext, country destroyed, generations of Iraqi children deformed by the illegal use of Depleted Uranium rounds … – US Forces Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons is Illegal by Neil Mackay, …

The Fed Is Desperate To Get Inflation Higher (And The Dollar Lower) ASAP w/ New Inflation Target?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
WallStForMainSt The Federal Reserve could find itself fighting too-low inflation for years to come, San Francisco Federal Reserve President Mary Daly said on Friday, and may need a new policy framework to lift inflation back up to the Fed’s 2% goal. Fed may need new approach to boost inflation, Daly says… – Powell says …

For Auld Lang Jackass

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
[image:]Click on image to download MP3 audio interview.

Would War Accelerate the Monetary Reset?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
maneco64 This evening (London time) I will be chatting with viewers about the geopolitical state of affairs and how it could affect currencies, markets and more. I will be taking questions from the viewers and trying to answer them as best as possible. end

“INFINITY MONEY!” Fed Monetizing Debt! Missing $21 Trillion!…but THAT’S NOTHING!! (Bix Weir)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
RoadtoRoota “Infinity Money” is being created and HAS BEEN CREATED for over 100 years…we just had FAITH that the monetary leaders wouldn’t lie to us…HA!! EVERY country is now creating “Infinity Money” to keep up with the USA! end

Not all Trade is Good – the Case of Plastics Waste

BANGKOK, Thailand, Jan 06 (IPS) - Alexey Kravchenko is Associate Economic Affairs Officer, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Currently, approximately 300 million tons of oil-based plastic waste are produced every year. A significant amount of plastic waste ends up in the oceans, having a detrimental effect on marine ecosystems and coastal communities. Most of this waste originates from the Asia-Pacific region. Read the full story, “Not all Trade is Good – the Case of Plastics Waste”, on →

Assyrian Organization Does Not Endorse Statement of Support for Iran

(AINA) -- Most countries of the Middle East, are undergoing difficult political circumstances, and these circumstances affect public security and reflect the transgressions of civil and human rights by their non-democratic governments; governments that control the people of these countries, especially the oppressed indigenous peoples in the region.

Human rights and heritage sites in Myanmar: An irreconcilable juxtaposition or a productive conversation?

Natali Pearson at New Mandala - 3 hours ago
What does world heritage inscription means in a country where human rights abuses are ongoing. The post Human rights and heritage sites in Myanmar: An irreconcilable juxtaposition or a productive conversation? appeared first on New Mandala.

Trump Commits War Crimes

Infinity at 'Nox & Friends - 3 hours ago
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any crazier, Nancy Pelosi plans to charge President Trump with war crimes, for his rocket attack on the killer of hundreds of Americans, Iranian General Qasem Suleimani. Yes, you can’t make this stuff up….unless you are a Democrat. Pelosi says the attack was illegal under International Law and could constitute a war crime. Harvard Law School professor emeritus, a Democrat, argued that the strike was well within the president’s constitutional authority. So, the endless attacks on our president continue, regardless of the consequences to the Amer... more »

And The Golden Globe Award Goes To….

Terry at 'Nox & Friends - 3 hours ago
RICKY GERVAIS !! No, I didn’t watch the televised gathering of self-important, holier and MUCH smarter than me, dyed-in-the-wool liberal lemmings, but I sure enjoyed this short clip of it. As host of The Golden Globe Awards last night, actor and comedian Ricky Gervais exposed the Hollywood peeps for what they are: a sick bunch of self-inflated mega ego’s who think they are at the center of the universe. Well done Sir ! I hope you enjoyed your certain to be last emcee job in Hollyweird. Gervais concluded his scathing monologue by warning the celebrities not to make any political … Co... more »

Libya Rebel Forces 'Seize Strategic City Of Sirte'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Libyan commander Haftar's forces say they have taken Sirte* BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan forces loyal to eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar said on Monday they had taken control of the strategic coastal city of Sirte in a rapid advance preceded by air strikes. Holding Sirte would be an important gain for Haftar, who since April has been waging a military offensive on the capital, Tripoli, home to Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). Sirte lies in the center of Libya’s Mediterranean coast, and has been controlled by GNA-alig... more »

"Military Strikes Won’t Solve America’s Middle East Problem"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Military Strikes Won’t Solve America’s Middle East Problem"* By Bill Bonner BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – "A woman is never more beautiful than when the first gray hairs appear. And at the beginning of the 21st century, America looked divine. Then, when George W. Bush launched his War on Terror in 2001, three thousand generations of dead humans must have all laughed at once. There was America – so rich, so sophisticated… making a damned fool of herself. The gods must have laughed too… and no one louder than Ares himself, the god of war. This was the kind of endless, expensive and unwinnab... more »

Proposed LGBT Embrace Threatens United Methodist Church

Dave Bohon at rss - 3 hours ago
[image: proposed-lgbt-embrace-threatens-united-methodist-church] The United Methodist Church is seriously considering a denominational split over the issue of homosexuality.

Nearly 400K Anchor Babies Born in 2019, Surpassing Births in Most States

Luis Miguel at rss - 3 hours ago
[image: nearly-400k-anchor-babies-born-surpassing-births-in-most-states] Studies find that approximately 400,000 children are born to illegal aliens every year, a number that exceeds births in 48 states.

LaRouche: For Middle East Peace, Change the World in Which the Middle East is Located

Alicia at LaRouchePAC Feed - 3 hours ago
London-Saudi Global Terror Stop WWIII LaRouche: For Middle East Peace, Change the World in Which the Middle East is Located Video of LaRouche: For Middle East Peace, Change the World in Which the Middle East is Located In a speech on May 4, 2009, at Central Connecticut State University, Lyndon LaRouche traced the history of the present conflict in the Middle East to British imperial policies, emphasizing that at solution to the endless wars in this region will not come from dynamics from within the region because all players are being played. In an editorial in EIR Magazine on No... more »

"Is War Next?"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Cry "Havoc!" and let loose the dogs of war, that this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial." - William Shakespeare, "Julius Caesar," Act 3 Scene 1 *"Is War Next?"* by Brian Maher "Stocks ran red this morning... stained crimson by the blood of Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani. A Reaper drone of the United States Air Force sent this hellcat over the rainbow early Friday. The late departed was no second-rater, no minion. Explains Matthew Hoh of the Center for International Policy: "The equivalent of the killing of Gen. Soleimani would be as if the I... more »

Like Judas, Trump Insists God Is On His Side-- How Many Evangelicals Actually Believe Him?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
That video above is Bob Dylan and Joan Baez at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, singing one of my favorite songs of his, “With God On Our Side” (which hadn’t been released yet). Down at the bottom is a cover by Wire Train, one of the bands on my old indie label, 415 Records. Great version— and this clip has all the lyrics shown plainly on the screen. Trump should have watched it before he went down to Miami on Friday to rally evangelical voters. All the regular fare you get at any of Trump’s standard hate rallies— but tailored specifically for evangelicals, who he fears are sta... more »

Black on Jewish Violence Marks the New New Anti-Semitism

Lee Jay at Modern Tokyo Times - 4 hours ago
Black on Jewish Violence Marks the New New Anti-Semitism by Abigail R. Esman Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism On the Upper East Side, strangers talk to one another: on grocery lines, in restaurants, leaning over tables. “In New York!” they say. “I never would have imagined in New York.” They are talking […]

On Being Led to War by a Madman

Rob Slane at 4 hours ago
It is hard to fathom which group of people are the most foolish: The present occupant of the White House and the deranged group of warmongers he has surrounded himself with, or those who are cheering them on for the assassination of another country’s top general, who most of them had never heard of less than a week ago, on the grounds that he was apparently about to launch an attack on US interests, and that this has somehow made […]

Gotham City Digest: Epiphany Day edition

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 4 hours ago
(Have a cigar, you're gonna go far... like Tehran.) ------------------------------ THIS... is a hero. ------------------------------ This is a very cool video and should be seen by everyone who loves astronomy. ------------------------------ Someone should send this to Donnie Dumbo in Mar-a-Lago and tell him this just came out today. He'd believe it. ------------------------------ In short, last December 27th, Pentagon officials inserted killing Soleimani on the menu of options as a poison pill to make other options look more palatable. So naturally, Donnie D... more »

US military has no plans to leave Iraq: Def. Sec.

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Monday that “there’s been no decision whatsoever to leave Iraq,” denying the earlier reports about the American withdrawal from the Middle Eastern nation. According to journalist Tara Copp of McClatchy DC, Esper added that his staff is “trying to figure out” […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

New Quds Force commander vows to expel US troops from Middle East

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
Ismail Ghaani, the successor of slain Iranian Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani, vowed to work towards the expulsion of US troops from the region, speaking to a journalist shortly after his appointment, in Tehran on Monday. “Our promise is to continue the path of martyr Soleimani. Due to the martyrdom of Soleimani, our promise will […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Libyan Army enters Tripoli city after 9 months of battle

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) has entered the city of Tripoli after nine months of battle against the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA). According to reports, the Libyan National Army, led by their commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, captured the first neighborhood in southern Tripoli after a […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: US Army informs Iraq about withdrawal plans

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – The U.S. Army has allegedly informed the Iraqi authorities about its plans to withdrawal from the country, the AFP News Agency reported this evening, citing an official letter. Neither Iraq nor the United States have yet to confirm this report; however, if true, this move could mark the first time […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US military brings reinforcements into Syria from neighboring Iraq

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – U.S. military reinforcements were monitored entering northeastern Syria from northwestern Iraq this week, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Monday. According to the report, the U.S. military reinforcements crossed into Syria from the Al-Walid Crossing that links the governorates of Al-Hasakah (Syria) and Nineveh (Iraq). The U.S. military […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iraq allegedly restricts US Coalition movements inside Iraqi territory: report

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
Iraq has restricted the movement of the international coalition’s forces as part of preparing a mechanism of the foreign troop pullout from the country, the Al Mavasin TV Channel reported on Monday, citing spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces Abdul Karim Khalaf. “The Iraqi authorities have prepared a mechanism of the US […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Kata’eb Hezbollah threatens to turn US base in Iraq into rubble

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Kata’eb Hezbollah has issued another threat to the American President Donald Trump after he said he would not withdraw troops from Iraq until Baghdad paid back the U.S. According to the statement from Kata’eb Hezbollah, which is a faction inside the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Shaabi), if the U.S. forces […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iranian President warns Trump to never threaten Iran

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani took to Twitter to respond to President Trump’s threat to attack 52 targets in Iran. ​On 5 January, US President Donald Trump warned Iran against retaliating for the killing of its top military commander Soleimani, saying that otherwise Washington would strike 52 sites in the Islamic Republic “very fast and very […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Daughter of Qassem Soleimani vows retaliation against US for her father’s death

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
The daugher of Qassem Soleimani warned the US of retaliation during her speech at the funeral for her father in Tehran on Monday. Mourners filled the streets of the capital to witness the farewell ceremony. “The families of American soldiers in the Middle East, who are witnessing the humiliation [defeat] of the US in the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Libyan Army captures strategic city amid Turkish deployment

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army’s spokesman announced full control over the city of Sirte, which is also the birthplace of the former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi. The Libyan National Army announced on Monday that it had taken control of the coastal city of Sirte after achieving a major breakthrough on the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Merry Orthodox Christmas everybody especially in Egypt (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 4 hours ago
Merry Orthodox Christmas to all people around the globe celebrating Christmas tonight according to Orthodox Church calendar especially in Egypt from Coptic Orthodox Christians. The beautiful mural below depicting the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus is from the famous and unique Red Monastery in Sohag. The Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus Egyptian Coptic Byzantine The photo is by the talented and award-winning Egyptian photographer Roger Anis from Mada Masr’s report of this ancient beautiful hidden gem and how it is Egypt’s last Byzantine monument in Upper Egypt by Karoline Kamel. Merry Christ... more »

Amid the fire crisis, this newborn photo shoot is providing hope to a community

Kristian Silva at Just In - 4 hours ago
Photographer Kurt Hickling has seen plenty of devastation caused by Victoria's bushfires, but his most enduring memory from the crisis is one of positivity.

Second music festival cancelled as bushfire smoke threatens people's health

Rachel Clayton at Just In - 4 hours ago
Organisers of A Day on the Green cancel the music festival's concert at Rutherglen in Victoria's north-east to protect the health of patrons, artists and staff, as thick smoke from bushfires blankets the site.

Brisbane soldiers to join fire fight in southern states

George Roberts at Just In - 4 hours ago
Brisbane-based soldiers who've been serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are deployed in southern states as the national bushfire emergency continues.

'We are having to shoot them': Farmers recount 'heartbreaking' toll of livestock losses in bushfires

Sarah Jane Bell at Just In - 4 hours ago
The Federal Agriculture Minister fears stock losses from the recent Australian bushfires will exceed 100,000, as farmers around the country begin to assess the fires' impacts to their properties and livestock.

'It's the build-up of fuel load': Libs MP in tense exchange with Piers Morgan over climate change

Stephanie Dalzell at Just In - 4 hours ago
Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly defends his Government's handling of the bushfire crisis, during a combative UK television interview in which he argues the fires were caused by high fuel loads and not climate change.

US not planning Iraq troop withdrawal despite leaked letter's claims

Just In - 4 hours ago
Following reports of a US military letter about withdrawal of troops from Iraq, Defence Secretary Mark Esper says the United States has no plans to leave the country and he doesn't know where the letter came from.

French tennis player eviscerates racquets, appears to spit and chucks bottles in ATP Cup tantrum

Just In - 4 hours ago
France's Benoit Paire vaporises two racquets after appearing to spit on the court, before tossing two drinks bottles during an ATP Cup match in Brisbane.

Woman awaiting skin grafts after sinking into hot ash in freshly burnt bushland

Eliza Goetze at Just In - 4 hours ago
A woman is awaiting skin grafts for her legs and hands in a Sydney hospital after she fell into knee-deep ash in freshly burnt bushland.

'It's gone too far': Why experts say we need to rethink what we're doing to dogs

Anna Kelsey-Sugg And Michael Mackenzie at Just In - 4 hours ago
Some dogs live with pain as a result of their breeding. They struggle to breathe, have back issues, and can't give birth naturally. So why, knowing this, do we buy them anyway?

Tragedy for NSW couple hit by 'spinning' Tasmanian police car

Just In - 4 hours ago
A male pedestrian from NSW dies and a woman, also from NSW, is in critical condition after they were hit by a Tasmania Police car that had flipped and was spinning after a crash with another car in Tasmania's north.

Student facing at least 30 years in jail for drugging and raping nearly 50 men

Just In - 4 hours ago
A student from Indonesia is identified as Britain's most prolific rapist after being convicted of more than 150 sex offences, including 136 rapes, against male victims.

Dog Fight: Russia's Su-33 vs. China's J-15 Fighter (Who Wins?)

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Technology, Asia* [image:] Who flys home the winner? *Key Point:* While Russia's Su-33 might be more reliable, the J-15 is more advanced. Recently, Sputnik International put out a piece bashing the China’s based J-15 carrier-based fighter jet, describing it as having problems with its flight-control system. But the J-15 is itself a derivative of the Russian Su-33 Flanker. Is the Chinese jet really that inferior to the Russian one? Or are the problems shared, and the article an attempt... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 6, 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Niall Ferguson, Boston Globe*: *Civil war in Iraq? Quite possibly. World War III? Forget about it.* The United States may now face pandemonium in Iraq, but Iran will not necessarily be the beneficiary. My response to the news that US forces had assassinated Iran’s paramilitary foreign intelligence chief Major General Qassim Soleimani on Thursday was, “Good riddance. Now what?” No tears should be shed for Soleimani. As the mastermind of Iran’s multiple proxy wars beyond the Islamic Republic’s borders, he had the blood of countless people on his hands, including hundreds of Americ... more »

What Real Comedy Looks Like; Snowflakes Beware

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 4 hours ago
Ricky Gervais kicks off The #GoldenGlobes. — NBC Entertainment (@nbc) January 6, 2020 Please Like, Share, Subscribe, Re-Blog and Comment

“Democracies are ill-suited to deal with climate change”

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 4 hours ago
“Democracies are ill-suited to deal with climate change” (Source) Please Like, Share, Subscribe, Re-Blog and Comment

World News Briefs -- January 6, 2020 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Qassam Soleimani's funeral stretches into the night as he is flown to holy city for more mass expressions of grief in Iran - and there's another DAY to go* * Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wept over the remains of Qassem Soleimani at a mass funeral march in Tehran today * Crowds flooded the streets of Tehran as mourners continued their vigil into the evening of the second day * Soleimani died in a drone strike in Iraq on Friday and his remains were flown back to Iran on Sunday night * His daughter Zeinab directly threatened an attack on U.S. forces as she spoke to the mourn... more »

Report On The 1939 Fires

tonyheller at Real Climate Science - 5 hours ago
After the 1939 fires in Australia, there was a commission set up to study what happened and what could have been done differently. The fires were man-made There was a long drought followed by extreme heat Almost the entire state … Continue reading →

Movies worth a look

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 5 hours ago
As a means of distraction or illumination, movies provide a necessary vehicle. Looking past the blockbuster action hero movies, here are few to consider for theater-going or downloading. In no partiicular order: “Knives Out” is in theaters now and is … Continue reading →

The Great Diabetes Lie

AdminM at Health Impact News - 5 hours ago
Intriguing research into the diabetes epidemic has shed new light on the main drivers behind this disease. Conventional wisdom tells us that sugar consumption, lack of exercise, and obesity are behind the surge in diabetes. While these are contributing factors, new work in this area implicates environmental toxins as a far more important cause of diabetes, including chemicals like BPA and phthalates that are found in many everyday consumer goods. And while the evidence mounts demonstrating the toll these chemicals are taking on our health, the government is stubbornly refusing to d... more »

Gardasil Ruined My Life #getversed

AdminM at Health Impact News - 5 hours ago
The VAXXED II tour bus has resumed interviewing victims of vaccine injuries in 2020. Polly Tommey interviewed a young woman in her 20s along with her mother who suffered life-changing side effects after receiving the Gardasil HPV vaccine. She started having seizures and had to quit her job. She was hospitalized on almost a weekly basis, and was vomitting 60 to 70 times a day, while gaining weight at the same time. She gained 50 lbs. the first year after being vaccinated with Gardasil.

Oh Noes – France Warns U.S. Reciprocal Tariffs Will Lead To “Durably Damaged Relations”…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 5 hours ago
Any headline that uses the phrase “France Warns” immediately requires a background review to understand the big picture driving French fears. Just like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thinking he could outwit President Trump’s policies on NAFTA trade (he failed), … Continue reading →

Did Clint Eastwood Say, ‘I Love When People Call Trump Stupid’?

Dan Evon at - 5 hours ago
Attaching a celebrity's name to a piece of text is one way to help it go viral.

"Constitutional Dictatorship" and the Iron Cage of the U.S. Constitution

Sandy Levinson at Balkinization - 5 hours ago
I have repeatedly stated that the single most important book published in the last 70 years on the American political system is Clinton Rossiter's 1948 *Constitutional Dictatorship. * He argued, among other things, that not only is "constitutional dictatorship" a recognizable part of many legal systems, from ancient Rome to modern Germany, France, the UK, and the US., but also that the US has a particularly deficient form, in part derived from the fact that the President is significantly unrestrained in declaring the existence of "emergencies" that license expansions of executive po... more »

Top U.S. General In Iraq Sparks Confusion About Troops Removal From Iraq With 'Draft' Letter Sent By 'Mistake'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
BREAKING: The US military sends a letter to the Iraqi military announcing the “onward movement” of US troops “in due deference to the sovereignty of Iraq & as requested by the Iraqi Parliament & the Iraqi PM”. It’s a withdrawal. — Liz Sly (@LizSly) January 6, 2020 *NBC*:* U.S. coalition forces to move some troops out of Baghdad* The Iraqi parliament and prime minister requested the removal of U.S. troops, according to a draft letter. The commanding general of U.S. and allied troops in Iraq sent a letter to Iraq's Ministry of Defense on Monday stating th... more »

Washington Failed to Brief Key Anti-ISIS Partners on Iraq Emergency Exit Plan

Matthew Petti at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Matthew Petti* *Security, Middle East* [image: Reuters] If there is a Plan B for fighting the Islamic State, then America’s allies on the ground were never told to prepare for it. The U.S. military has been making preparations to comply with a request to leave Iraq by the country’s parliament and acting prime minister, leaving the U.S.-led counter-ISIS coalition without a backup plan for continuing its war against the deadly terror group. The assassination of high-level Iranian commander Gen. Qassim Suleimani by a U.S. drone on the road to Baghdad International Airport on Januar... more »

Top Gun: China's J-10 Still Holds Its Own Against Some of America's Best

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Asia* [image:] Don't let its age fool you. *Key Point:* The J-10 has lasted this long, but probably not much longer. In the 1990s, China introduced its answer to the MiG-29 and F-16. The J-10 was a light single-seat multirole aircraft meant to replace older J-7 and J-8 aircraft as the bulk of forces a possible adversary would meet. When China started to reopen itself to the world in the 1980s, the PLAAF realized how obsolete its fleet of J-7 and J-8s were going to be. As a r... more »

This Is How Russia's Su-35 Became A Threat to Russia's Stealth Fighter

Mark Episkopos at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Mark Episkopos* *Security, * The Su-35 was meant to be a stopgap until the Su-57 arrived, but it has become much more. *Key point:* The Su-35S was almost too successful for its own good, ticking so many performance and role versatility boxes that it seems to cannibalize its more expensive Su-57 successor. “A unique machine, a deadly aerial fist,” is how the official television channel of the Russian Ministry of Defense introduced the Su-35S superiority fighter earlier this week. TV Zvezda’s *three-minute* clip of a recent Su-35S training sortie over Syria provides close-up sho... more »

China's Challenge to America’s Political and Economic Liberal Order

Farah N. Jan, Justin Melnick at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Farah N. Jan, Justin Melnick* *Security, Asia* [image: Reuters] American apathy in world affairs may be the silver bullet that hands-off systemic leadership to the Chinese. With growing structural capacities, China is able to propagate a new means of conducting world politics, one of a distinctly authoritarian variant. China’s successful economic and geopolitical rise has positioned Beijing to push an agenda that is antithetical to America’s political and economic liberal order. China is no longer a rising power, but rather a peer competitor with the United States fighting to ma... more »

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