Tuesday, January 07, 2020

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The Far Left in the 2020s

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Taking a break from weightier matters, it's time we turned to one of this blog's more niche interests: how will Britain's band of self-described revolutionaries and assorted extra-Labour left projects fare in the decade ahead? Before we look to the future, it's necessary to reflect on the past. And, well, what can you say. Perhaps nothing better demonstrates what has happened by comparing the spread of the far left's collective general election challenge from 2015 with the meagre numbers mustered in December. Never commanding reasonable votes (with the notable exception of People B... more »

Putin to Kick Off Turkstream in Turkey: Serbian & Bulgarian Leaders In Attendance

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
Russia/Turkey kick off Turkstream *TASS * *Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Istanbul. Putin press service clarified that no public events are planned for evening of January 7, the working agenda is full for the next day, January 8.* *In particular, the Russian leader will take part in the official ceremony of launching the TurkStream gas pipeline on Wednesday.* *Putin travelled to Istanbul from Damascus where he had a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, visited the headquarters of the Russian Armed Forces’ group in the country and driven along the streets ... more »

Sign the Call for Presidents Trump, Putin & Xi to Convene Emergency Summit To Address Danger of War

Alicia at LaRouchePAC Feed - 6 hours ago
PDF: [image: PDF icon] 20200107-summit-petition.pdf *If the world is to escape a spiral of retaliations and counter-retaliations in the wake of the killing of Iranian Major General Soleimani and Iraqi Deputy General Muhandis, the Presidents of the United States, Russia and China must convene an emergency summit to address the current crisis in Southwest Asia and the solutions to that crisis.* Seventy-five years ago, the United States, Russia and China were joined together in the global fight which defeated fascism, and today, these Presidents must act in concert to save the peace.... more »

Social Media Pearl Clutching and CNN's Iranian Retaliation Pregame Show

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 6 hours ago
I am still trying to wrap my head around all the crazy reactions from dropping one on Iranian General Soleimani this past weekend. Whether it’s the hilarity of comparing Ilhan Omar’s comments about 9/11 as “some people did something” against her calling a drone strike on an Iranian who trained troops to carry out terrorist operations in foreign countries an “outrage” or seeing the reactions on the other side clutching their pearls because any military action obviously means we are going in to a full scale war, there is literally no in-between. Now that social media has taken over ... more »

All Matter is Evil

WTStaff at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Elva Thompson* - So many people go through life on their hands and knees. It makes you wonder what this life is really all about.

Google and Big Tech Bought Congress

WTStaff at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Dr. Mercola* - Fifty state attorneys general launched an antitrust investigation into Google’s advertising business in September 2019.

Entire Species Wiped Out by Australia Fires Over the Last Few Days, Including 25,000 Koalas

WTStaff at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Elias Marat* - Dunnarts and glossy black cockatoos are among the animals feared to have been entirely wiped out.

To fight climate change, Washington city may ban heating homes with natural gas

Robert at Ice Age Now - 6 hours ago
I’m so thankful I moved out of that state. _____________ As a progressive-minded city, Bellingham, Washington, has long been looking to scale back its contribution to climate change. writes Mike Baker in the New York Times. In recent years, city leaders have converted the streetlights to low-power LEDs, provided bikes for city employees and made ... Read moreTo fight climate change, Washington city may ban heating homes with natural gas The post To fight climate change, Washington city may ban heating homes with natural gas appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Hollywood – No one cares about your views on politics or culture

Robert at Ice Age Now - 6 hours ago
So “f… off,” says Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais. Gervais skewered Hollywood during his opening monologue of the annual award show on Sunday, cracking jokes about virtue signaling celebrities. “You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg,” Gervais told the A-list crowd at the top ... Read moreHollywood – No one cares about your views on politics or culture The post Hollywood – No one cares about your views on politics or culture appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Snow in Thailand

Robert at Ice Age Now - 6 hours ago
“Maybe the first White Christmas in Thailand.” A reader from Thailand sent this photo to Armstrong Economics. https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/climate/snow-in-thailand/ Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for this link The post Snow in Thailand appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Heavy snowfall shuts down hundreds of roads in northern China

Robert at Ice Age Now - 6 hours ago
7 Jan 2020 — Blizzards hit pats of northern and central China. Nationwide, highways and roads were shut down. According to the Ministry of Transport, 131 highways and 135 sections of roads were closed in northern China as of 7:45 am on Monday. The first snowfall of this year also forced cancellation of flights and ... Read moreHeavy snowfall shuts down hundreds of roads in northern China The post Heavy snowfall shuts down hundreds of roads in northern China appeared first on Ice Age Now.

The New University Pension Plan Ontario?

Leo Kolivakis at Pension Pulse - 6 hours ago
Andrew Willis of the Globe and Mail reports on Ontario’s $25-billion pension play, a new plan that tries to combine universities’ wealth: Lawyer Gale Rubenstein has spent her career helping adversaries find common ground during some of the country’s most contentious restructurings, at Stelco, Confederation Life and Chrysler. Now the insolvency and pensions specialist is using her negotiating skills with workers, employers and governments to try to build Canada’s next major pension fund. *The newly minted University Pension Plan Ontario, or UPP, landed Ms. Rubenstein, a partner in ... more »

Like Schiff, Waters Falls for Anti-Trump Hoax

R. Cort Kirkwood at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: like-schiff-waters-falls-for-anti-trump-hoax] Last week, Maxine Waters was hoaxed by the same two Russian radio pranksters who fooled another hate-Trump Democrat, Adam Schiff.

DHS Will Now Share Citizenship Data With Census as Part of Trump Order

Luis Miguel at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: dhs-will-now-share-citizenship-data-with-census-as-part-of-trump-order] The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to provide the Census Bureau with information to determine the country’s number of citizens and non-citizens.

Get Kids OUT of Public School, Warns Educator Turned Mayor

TNA Video at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: get-kids-out-of-public-school-warns-educator-turned-mayor] VIDEO - In this interview with The New American magazine's Alex Newman at the Protect Your Children conference, prominent New Jersey Mayor Alfonso Cirulli warned that parents should get their children out of the public-school system. “If you can get your kids out of public school—and I'm a career educator—get them out, and hold them out,” he said. Cirulli, a veteran educator with decades of experience in education, sparked a firestorm after boldly speaking out against a new state law purporting to require that govern... more »

Halifax council aims for below-inflation tax increase

Zane Woodford at Halifax Examiner - 6 hours ago
It’s early in the budget season, but Halifax regional councillors are hoping to keep next year’s tax increase well below inflation. Council’s budget committee met Tuesday to work toward creating the municipality’s billion-dollar 2020-2021 budget, and unanimously passed a motion to limit property tax increases for the year ahead to 1.5% on the average bill […]

Were Ex-Obama Officials ‘Caught Advising Iran How to Defeat US Foreign Policy’?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
An old report, based on anonymous briefings, got a new lease on life amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran in January 2020.

Does This Video Show the Drone Strike That Killed Soleimani?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
Iran Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad on Jan. 3, 2020.

Bloomberg, Northam Push Back on Gun Law ‘Misinformation’

AP News at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he has no plans to confiscate guns or cut electricity to gun owners who refuse, responding to what he called “misinformation” spreading online about his gun control plans.

"The True Measure..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Place yourself among those who carry on their lives with passion, and true learning will take place, no matter how humble or exalted the setting. But no matter what path you follow, do not be ashamed of your learning. In some corner of your life, you know more about something than anyone else on earth. The true measure of your education is not what you know, but how you share what you know with others." - Kent Nerburn

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Children in Time”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
2002, “Children in Time”

"A Look to the Heavens"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“These three bright nebulae are often featured in telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius and the crowded starfields of the central Milky Way. In fact, 18th century cosmic tourist Charles Messier cataloged two of them; M8, the large nebula left of center, and colorful M20 near the bottom of the frame The third, NGC 6559, is right of M8, separated from the larger nebula by dark dust lanes. All three are stellar nurseries about five thousand light-years or so distant. *Click image for larger size.* The expansive M8, over a hundred light-years across, is also known as the Lago... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Journey”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“The Journey”* by Chet Raymo “Here's a deep-deep sky map of the universe from "Nature." The horizontal scale is a 360 view right around the sky; the vertical gaps at 6 hours and 24 hours are the parts of the universe that are blocked to our view by the disk of our own Milky Way Galaxy. The vertical scale - distance from Earth - is logarithmic (10, 100, 1000, etc.) measured in megaparsecs (a parsec equals 3.26 light-years). Across the top is the Big Bang, and the oldest and most distant thing we can see, the cosmic microwave background, the radiation of the Big Bang itself. A few r... more »

"The Important Choice..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"The human life is made up of choices. Yes or no. In or out. Up or down. And then there are the choices that matter. Love or hate. To be a hero or to be a coward. To fight or to give in. To live. Or die. Live or die. That's the important choice. And it's not always in our hands." - "Grey's Anatomy"

52 F-35A Jets Do The 'Elephant Walk' At Utah Air Force

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
The 52 F-35A aircrafts, which are worth a whopping $4.2 billion, took off in quick succession from the Hill Air Force Base in Utah on Monday following an elephant walk down the runway *Daily Mail:* *U.S. Air Force performs huge show of strength with 52 fully-armed F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters - the same number of Iranian targets Trump has announced - taking off in a single wave from Utah base* * 52 F-35A aircraft, worth $4.2 billion, took off in quick succession from the Hill Air Force Base in Utah Monday * 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings said it showed the ability to ... more »

Graña y Montero retira arbitraje CIADI tras acuerdo con Perú

bilaterals.org - 7 hours ago
07-Jan-2020 La constructora peruana Graña y Montero ha comunicado el desistimiento del arbitraje presentado ante el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias Relativas a Inversiones, CIADI, tras haber llegado a un acuerdo con el gobierno peruano

Aprueban el T-MEC en uno de siete comités del Senado de EU

bilaterals.org - 7 hours ago
07-Jan-2020 El Comité de Finanzas del Senado estadounidense aprobó el Tratado Comercial entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC) este martes, con 25 votos a favor y 3 en contra con lo cual da un paso más a su ratificación en el vecino país del norte.

Entra en vigencia TLC entre El Salvador y Corea del Sur

bilaterals.org - 7 hours ago
07-Jan-2020 A partir del 1 de enero de 2020 entró en vigencia el Tratado de Libre Comercio entre El Salvador y Corea del Sur, ratificado por el país en junio de 2018 y por la nación asiática en agosto de 2019.

Presidente electo de Uruguay por pacto comercial con Estados Unidos

bilaterals.org - 7 hours ago
07-Jan-2020 El presidente electo de Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, propuso al secretario estadounidense de Estado, Mike Pompeo un tratado de libre comercio (TLC) entre sus países, según un comunicado de prensa difundo hoy aquí.

Here is The US Military Hardware Heading To The Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
U.S. Marines and MV-22 Ospreys of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command aboard the expeditionary sea base USNS Puller as it transits the Strait of Hormuz, December 2019. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kyle C. Talbot *Popular Mechanics:* *All the U.S. Military Hardware Headed to the Middle East* The U.S. is headed to Iran by land, air, and sea. * The death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani has brought threats of retaliation against U.S. forces and interests in the region. * In response, the Pentagon is pouring forces into the region, includi... more »

Iraq 'Pull-Out' Letter: Mistake...Or More Deception?

Daniel McAdams at 7 hours ago
How could a "draft letter" from the US CENTCOM to the Iraqi leadership announcing the US withdrawal from Iraq have mysteriously leaked to the media yesterday? Is operational security so shattered that what must be a highly classified document can just drop from the sky? Or is there something else behind it? Watch today's Liberty Report for our analysis:

"Economic Market Snapshot PM 1/7/20"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*PM 1/7/20, Updated frequently as available.* ◆ Gregory Mannarino, PM 1/7/20: "*The Current Market Valuations Cannot Be Justified.* * This Is What's Coming**"* - https://www.traderschoice.net/ ◆ *MarketWatch Market Summary, Live Updates* - https://www.marketwatch.com/tools/marketsummary *CNN Market Data:* - http://money.cnn.com/data/markets/ *CNN Fear And Greed Index:* - http://money.cnn.com/data/fear-and-greed/ ◆ *Buffett Indicator: Where Are We with Market Valuations?* "As of 1/7/20 (updates daily): The Stock Market is Significantly Overvalued. Based on historical ratio of total ma... more »

Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi And Shiite Leaders Privately Mull Delaying U.S. Troop Departure

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi speaks during extraordinary cabinet meeting after he handed his resignation letter to the parliament, in Baghdad, Iraq on 30 November 2019. [Prime Ministry of Iraq / Handout - Anadolu Agency] *Time:* *Despite U.S.-Iraq Feud, Iraqi Prime Minister Privately Mulls Delay of U.S. Troop Departure* Since Friday, when the U.S. killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani near Iraq’s only international airport, Baghdad and Washington have, on the outside, remained locked in a bitter diplomatic feud. Iraq’s parliament voted on Sunday that U.S. troops should e... more »

Typical Logic – Chicago Bloomingdale 606 Ordinance designed to slow progress

Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 7 hours ago
Bloomingdale Trail 606 Park began as part of an overall larger project to help revitalize areas of Chicago. It was started in 2013 and completed in 2015. The point was to give everyone a safer, well-lit area to enjoy outdoors activities — like skateboarding and bicycling. At the very beginning in 2003, Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, a nonprofit group and advocacy arm, raised $20 million to put on the construction. Then when Mayor Rahm Emanuel oversaw the groundbreaking in August of 2013, the company hired bid $53.7 Million to build the 2.7-Mile Trail plus repair and improve the ... more »

Illegal Tin Mining Leaves Trail of Ruin in Protected Brazilian Rainforest

WTStaff at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Morgan Erickson-Davis* - The damage only became clear once the rain stopped and the clouds parted over Altamira National Forest in northern Brazil.

Robert Irwin Holds Back Tears Discussing Australian Bushfires as Family Saves 90,000 Animals

WTStaff at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Elias Marat* - "It's a pretty tough situation. We're absolutely heartbroken," Steve Irwin’s 16-year son Robert told Sunrise.

Message to all Americans from the Medical Cartel

WTStaff at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* - The US medical system kills 2.25 million Americans per decade.

How Friendly Hackers Took Down America's F-15 Jet Fighter

David Axe at The National Interest - 7 hours ago
*David Axe* *Technology, Americas* [image: https://pictures.reuters.com/archive/ISRAEL-USA-AIRFORCE-RC133B824670.html] Not good at all. *Key point:* White hat hackers have shown they could access an F-15's systems. A team of hackers in early August 2019 gained access to an F-15 fighter in an eye-opening U.S. military test. The successful hack underscores U.S. forces’ vulnerability to electronic intrusion. “It was the first time outside researchers were allowed physical access to the critical F-15 system to search for weaknesses,” reporter Joseph Marks wrote for *The Washington... more »

Cannabis captures beer market share in first year of Canadian legalization

Matt Lamers at Marijuana Business Daily - 7 hours ago
The volume of beer sold in Canada declined 3% in the first 11 months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, according to new data from provincial alcohol boards and brewers. The figure validates concerns among Canadian beer makers who long feared that the recreational marijuana market would cut into their profits. In […] Cannabis captures beer market share in first year of Canadian legalization is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Vireo’s Maryland medical marijuana workers ratify union pact

John Rebchook at Marijuana Business Daily - 7 hours ago
Multistate cannabis operator Vireo Health on Tuesday announced that employees at its wholly owned subsidiary in Maryland, MaryMed, overwhelmingly voted to ratify a collective-bargaining agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27. The three-year agreement marks the first medical cannabis union contract ratified in Maryland, according to Vireo. In October, the Minnesota-based company also signed […] Vireo’s Maryland medical marijuana workers ratify union pact is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Facebook Bans Deepfakes in Fight Against Online Manipulation

AP News at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
The social network said that it’s beefing up its policies to remove videos edited or synthesized in ways that aren’t apparent to the average person.

Is This a Real Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
Comic strips are not infrequently altered to replace their original dialogue with political messages.

Fake Noose? ’60 Minutes’ Questions Epstein Suicide Theory

60 Minutes and ZeroHedge at Need To Know - 7 hours ago
The 60 Minutes host says we know Epstein is dead because the body's fingerprints matched Epstein's prints on record. [Now that proves it, doesn't it? If Epstein truly was murdered, that means the prison staff was in on it. In that case, why would we so quickly believe the story about finger prints?]

"An Empire Self-Destructs"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"An Empire Self-Destructs"* by Jeff Thomas "Empires are built through the creation or acquisition of wealth. The Roman Empire came about through the productivity of its people and its subsequent acquisition of wealth from those that it invaded. The Spanish Empire began with productivity and expanded through the use of its large armada of ships, looting the New World of its gold. The British Empire began through localized productivity and grew through its creation of colonies worldwide - colonies that it exploited, bringing the wealth back to England to make it the wealthiest count... more »

The Democratic Party Establishment Has One Big Threat Over Voters' Heads: It's Either Our Crap Candidate Or 4 More Years Of Trump

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
I had a strong feeling that it would just be a matter time before Mayo Pete’s balloon would be burst and his inch deep support would start to evaporate. I assumed it would be during the Iowa caucuses next month. But, according to a new HarrisX poll, the process has already begun. For Ione thing, all that money Michael Bloomberg has been spending on TV ads-- nationally, not targeted to the early states-- show that he’s vaulted over poor Mayo (and his dozens of billionaire supporters): As the Bloomberg media blitz kicks in-- as much as fifty million dollars in ads so far-- all the... more »

Pentagon insider Wilkerson on Iran

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Pushback with Aaron Maté As millions of Iranians mourn the US murder of Qassem Soleimani, ex-Bush administration official Col. Lawrence Wilkerson discuses the parallels between Bush's war on Iraq and Trump's campaign against Iran; the history of US shunning diplomacy with Tehran; and how an addiction to war drives US foreign policy. Guest: Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell. Currently a distinguished professor at the College of William and Mary.

Vaccine Failure: The Glaring Problem Officials Are Ignoring. Part I: Measles Vaccination

Joyce Ghen at Children's Health Defense - 8 hours ago
The effort to eliminate vaccine exemptions and impose new vaccine mandates, one of 2019’s top stories, was whipped up by a biased media willing to use false talking points to demonize the unvaccinated while ignoring or glossing over measles vaccination’s flawed track record. As we brace for more measles hype in 2020, it is important to keep calling attention to the real facts about the failures of mass measles vaccination. The post Vaccine Failure: The Glaring Problem Officials Are Ignoring. Part I: Measles Vaccination appeared first on Children's Health Defense.

Healthy Lifestyles with Tom Lankering and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Joyce Ghen at Children's Health Defense - 8 hours ago
Host Tom Lankering talks with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of former president John F. Kennedy, about the current health crisis that is affecting the world stage. After Mr. Kennedy spoke with Mr. Lankering, he published this wonderful “Letter to the Editor” in the Aspen Times called, “5G, Vaccines […] The post Healthy Lifestyles with Tom Lankering and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. appeared first on Children's Health Defense.

Don't open up a new bank account, just give it to mum and dad

Yasmin Jeffery at Just In - 8 hours ago
No, this article will not tell you to move back in with your parents and get them to lend you $50,000 for your first home. Because for most of us, that's just ridiculous.

Tiny lizards, frogs and worms: Meet the hidden bushfire victims

Jo Khan at Just In - 8 hours ago
The cute and fluffy creatures get the headlines but our frogs, reptiles and invertebrates are at risk of extinction from these bushfires too.

'Still in crisis': 110 people shelter in camp after fleeing explosion of violence in Qld town

Sharnie Kim at Just In - 8 hours ago
More than one-fifth of Aurukun's population has fled the township due to violence, with army veterans sheltering more than 100 displaced residents in a camp. Four people have been charged with arson and riot offences.

The ingenious tricks animals have found to outsmart bushfires

Just In - 8 hours ago
Have you ever wondered how our native wildlife manage to stay alive when an inferno is ripping through their homes? The answer is adaptation and old-fashioned ingenuity, writes Dale Nimmo.

We've built the battery of the future out of a common element

Just In - 8 hours ago
As society moves away from fossil fuels, we will need more radical new technologies for storing energy to support renewable electricity generation, electric vehicles and other needs — and lithium-sulfur batteries could be part of the solution, writes Mahdokht Shaibani.

Kookaburras, once rare, are taking over Tasmania with their 'aggressive' tactics

Jessica Hayes at Just In - 8 hours ago
It used to be uncommon to spot kookaburras in Tasmania's south, but the 'very aggressive predators' are now a fixture of the landscape, raising concerns about what it means for the state's native species.

Rock art thousands of years old lost after recycled-plastic walkway explodes in flames

Alex Easton at Just In - 8 hours ago
An Indigenous community is still reeling from the loss of their history after a structure intended to protect the site ignites during a bushfire in a Queensland national park.

Live: NSW Now: Sydney chokes on smoke again, Scots College buildings destroyed by bushfire

Just In - 8 hours ago
*MORNING BRIEFING: *The thick smoke is back at hazardous levels across the Harbour City after a few days of reprieve, while The Scots College's Glengarry campus' sustains significant fire damage.

'He does good through actions and not speech': Laser Beak Man is a superhero for 2020

Just In - 8 hours ago
Created at the kitchen table by an 11-year-old Brisbane boy with autism, Laser Beak Man's core superpower has proved unstoppable — from page to screen to stage.

There's no right or wrong way to deal with the bushfire crisis. But here are some tips to help

Sophie Scott at Just In - 8 hours ago
With images showing distraught families fleeing bushfires, blackened homes, dead animals and smoke-filled skies, it's hard not to be affected by the bushfire crisis. But experts say it is a normal reaction and there is help at hand.

'New angles of concern': What will Chinese-Australian relations look like in 2020?

Christina Zhou at Just In - 8 hours ago
The relationship was marred by allegations and disagreements over a range of issues in 2019. Here we take a look at key moments and how things might play out in 2020.

The bushfire lies spreading 'wildly' on social media

Kevin Nguyen And Ariel Bogle at Just In - 8 hours ago
As authorities fight bushfires around the country, an ABC investigation reveals a battle of a very different kind online, with misinformation being spread through cyberspace.

'They're all going to be dead': Kangaroo sanctuary struggles after fires sweep through

Mark Reddie at Just In - 8 hours ago
Rae Harvey runs a kangaroo sanctuary on the NSW Mid South Coast that she had to flee on New Year's Day — now she has returned to witness the destruction.

After a 'wall of flames' hit Cann River, residents were cut off from the world

Elise Kinsella at Just In - 8 hours ago
Residents from the town of Cann River in East Gippsland have finally been able to leave town more than a week after facing horrific bushfires on New Year's Eve, with stories of facing down a "big wall of flames".

When Elle got a smart watch, it set off alarm bells for her father — so he tried to hack it

Bridget Judd at Just In - 8 hours ago
From watches and wristbands to smartphone apps, the burgeoning market for around-the-clock monitoring is often sold as an extra layer of security for those who need it most — but what are the ethics of keeping tabs on loved ones?

Ross Garnaut's climate change prediction is coming true and experts warn it's going to cost the nation billions

Nassim Khadem at Just In - 8 hours ago
Conservative estimates put the final cost of the current Australian bushfires well into billions of dollars, while some analysts say they could set back the economy $20 billion in lost output.

Watch for This...it's coming

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 8 hours ago
*President John F. Kennedy and Gen. Qassem Soleimani* *Both Assassinated by the Same Entities * The next step...Jewlywood [as my blogging colleague NTS calls it] will initiate a concerted PR campaign *to destroy assassinated Iran General Soleimani's reputation. * They'll have him fornicating with every woman he ever met and some he didn't. They'll even have him sharing a faded Hollywood actress with his brother [if he has one]...while one brother was grieving the loss of a newborn, and the other's wife was pregnant. The non-sentient sheeple will, of course, accept it as the bible ... more »

Google and Big Tech Bought Congress

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 8 hours ago
Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Story at-a-glance – Fifty state attorneys general launched an antitrust investigation into Google’s advertising business in September 2019; they are now expanding their probe to include Google’s search and Android businesses as well Google is expanding into banking as well. Through a partnership with Citigroup and a San Francisco University […] The post Google and Big Tech Bought Congress appeared first on Health Nut News.

Having A Plant On Your Office Desk Helps Reduce Daily Stress, Study Finds

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 8 hours ago
Most people agree that modern employees are feeling more stressed than ever. Work anxiety has prompted employers and companies to try out a variety of tranquil activities for their employees, from morning meditation sessions to video games in the break room. Now, a new study recognizes an attractive and simple solution. Researchers from the University […] The post Having A Plant On Your Office Desk Helps Reduce Daily Stress, Study Finds appeared first on Health Nut News.

India Could Become the Next Breeding Ground for Radicalism

Muqtedar Khan at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Muqtedar Khan* *Security, Asia* [image: Reuters] The way India has clamped down on Kashmir, the only Muslim majority state of India since August and the systematic violation of human rights there and across the country can only be described as state-sponsored Islamophobia. India is reeling from protests all across the country against an ill-advised and communally divisive law, the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which was passed by the Hindu nationalist government of Narendra Modi. The political images coming out of India speak of a nation in turmoil. Students, minorities and... more »

Exploring China’s Orwellian Digital Silk Road

John Hemmings, Patrick Cha at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*John Hemmings, Patrick Cha* *Security, Asia* [image: Reuters] By acting as network architects and administrators, Beijing will be privy to data streams in real-time across a large portion of the world, enabling them to develop influence and power across a number of different matrixes. The past decade has been difficult for political leaders in Kenya. Terrorist attacks at Westgate Mall in 2013 and Garissa University College in 2015 had left hundreds of people injured or dead. Additionally, rising crime figures in rapidly-growing cities like Nairobi and Mombasa left the impressio... more »

Confronting China: Why America Needs a Maritime Strategy for Disputed Waters

Matthew Dalton at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Matthew Dalton* *Security, Asia* [image: Reuters] A call for a multinational combined task force. Over the last two years, Washington’s view of China has shifted substantially. During that time, the United States has taken concrete actions against Beijing, including economic sanctions, the scrutinization of questionable political and economic policies, more assertive freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS), and removal of China from Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. However, these actions have done little to stem Beijing’s bold maritime moves, specifically in the South China S... more »

Why the Army May Need This Kind of Sig Sauer Training Ammunition

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Technology, Americas* [image: Reuters] A big difference. *Key point: *Practice ammo needs to match the weight and feel of real-life combat ammo. A common pitfall in the world of pistol shooting is training with low-quality, low-cost training ammunition but using higher power pistol ammo in real-world situations. This can lead to situations where firing a gun in anger could have a very different feel than firing during training. Following the release of a commercial version of the Army’s new M17 handgun, manufacturer Sig Sauer is now releasing a line of ammunitio... more »

Mike Pompeo Includes Taliban Pitch During Questions About Suleimani Killing

Matthew Petti at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Matthew Petti* *Security, Middle East* [image: Reuters] The Trump administration is resurrecting rhetoric from the days after 9/11 as it struggles to justify its assassination of Iran’s top general. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo resurrected a Bush-era talking point in the wake of the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Suleimani. He accused Suleimani of fostering a "relationship with the Taliban and related groups” during a Tuesday press conference at the State Department. A U.S. drone tracked and killed Suleimani in the early hours of January 3, which brought the United Stat... more »

To Make Sense Of Soleimani Assassination, Media Turn To Disgraced Iraq War General David Petraeus

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 8 hours ago
Following the United States’ assassination of Iranian General Qassim Soleimani, media turned to Iraq War general David Petraeus to provide "expert" commentary The post To Make Sense Of Soleimani Assassination, Media Turn To Disgraced Iraq War General David Petraeus appeared first on Shadowproof.

Dumbo Dads: Hollywood’s Demeaning of Fathers Degrades the Culture

Selwyn Duke at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: dumbo-dads-hollywood-s-demeaning-of-fathers-degrades-the-culture] During the last 45 years, TV dads have gone from family head to dunderhead — and that, since life also imitates art, this portrayal seriously damages the American family.

German Expert Exposes Danger of “Green” Policies, “Religion”

TNA Video at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: wolfgang-muller-alex-newman-german-expert-exposes-danger-of-green-policies-religion] VIDEO - In this interview with The New American magazine's Alex Newman at the United Nations COP25 climate summit, Wolfgang Muller of the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) explains the enormous harm unleashed on Germany as a result of the German government's “green” policies. He also explains that the man-made global-warming hypothesis, now known as “climate change” or even “climate emergency,” has not been properly debated — much less proven. Instead, ANTIFA terrorists make ... more »

Those “Climate Change” Fires in Australia? Many of Them Were Set by Arsonists

James Murphy at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: those-climate-change-fires-in-australia-many-of-them-were-set-by-arsonists] News agency AAP reports that nearly 85 percent of the fires now burning in Australia have been started, either accidentally or on purpose, by humans. Australian authorities have arrested nearly 200 people in connection with the fires.

Iraqi Prime Minister Says Soleimani Was in Iraq to Discuss De-escalating Tensions

Warren Mass at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: iraqi-prime-minister-says-soleimani-was-in-iraq-to-discuss-de-escalating-tensions] Iraq’s prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said that Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, killed in a U.S. drone strike, was in Iraq to deliver Iran’s de-escalation proposals.

Likely Voters Turning Against House Democrats Who Voted for Impeachment

Bob Adelmann at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: likely-voters-turning-against-house-democrats-who-voted-for-impeachment] Voters are increasingly unhappy with Democrats who voted for impeachment.

McConnell Can Start Impeachment Trial, Delay on Witnesses

AP News at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to start the trial and postpone a vote on witnesses is modeled after Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial 20 years ago.

Pathologist Trashes Epstein ‘Suicide’ Story Following Autopsy Results

OYE NEWS at OYE Alternative News - 8 hours ago
Forensic pathologist hired by the Epstein family Dr. Michael Baden tells ‘America’s Newsroom’ that the autopsy performed on Jeffrey Epstein and the bedsheet nooses found in his jail cell call into question a death by suicide. The following is from an article on the recent autopsy results by Fox News: Graphic images showing injuries to Jeffrey … The post Pathologist Trashes Epstein ‘Suicide’ Story Following Autopsy Results appeared first on OYE Alternative News.

Senate Finance Committee Passes USMCA Trade Agreement – Submits For Full Senate Vote…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 8 hours ago
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley held a mark-up hearing today to review the USMCA and vote the agreement out of committee. After debate the agreement passed with a 25-3 vote. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Bill Cassidy … Continue reading →

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Holds a Press Briefing….

sundance at The Last Refuge - 8 hours ago
Earlier today Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press briefing to discuss the ongoing issues with Iran and Iraq.

New Mexico medical cannabis firm wins $69,000 in lawsuit settlement

John Rebchook at Marijuana Business Daily - 9 hours ago
Expo New Mexico officials agreed to drop a pending appeal and pay $69,600 to medical marijuana company Ultra Health as part of a lawsuit settlement. The settlement comes almost a year after a judge ruled that event company Expo New Mexico had violated Ultra Health’s First Amendment rights by restricting its free speech. The legal […] New Mexico medical cannabis firm wins $69,000 in lawsuit settlement is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Did sexism, idiocy drive nominations?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020Gerwig on the cross:* According to future experts, this was always likely to be the year which kicked off the global conflagration known as Mister Trump's War. We didn't know that the commander-in-chief would start on January 2! But as we've been telling you, we'll guess there may be many more such deeds before this year is through. Our tribe has already lost this competition, through decades of hapless behavior. As a group, we've persistently shown that we're too dumb to notice *anything* happening around us. Once Donald J. Trump was elected, it was alre... more »

The deliberate murder of the Star Wars mythos

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 9 hours ago
I've been as disgusted as anyone by the deliberate trashing of the *Star Wars* mythos by Disney's final three movies in the franchise. Their social-justice-warrior, liberal-progressive focus has been blindingly obvious, and box office results have confirmed that many fans have seen through the smokescreen to the reality beyond. Others have seen it as well. Bill Whittle gave a concise breakdown of the scale of the problem in a recent video discussion that he called "The Unmaking of Star Wars: Why Progressives Killed It and How". I highly recommend it. John Nolte discusses "1... more »

Migrants Organise: Justice for Simba

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 9 hours ago
7 January 2020 — Migrants Organise From all of us at Migrants Organise, we wish you a very Happy New Year. We are going to have a busy 2020, and wanted to update you about some of our campaigns… Justice for Simba – Sign the Petition & Donate! Last year, one of our members, Simba, suffered a stroke … Continue reading Migrants Organise: Justice for Simba


barovsky at The New Dark Age - 9 hours ago
7 January 2020 — 7 Stories Press DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY OF HOWARD ZINN’S TERRORISM AND WAR For more books on U.S. imperialism, visit our #NoWarWithIran Reading List “War in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children. War is terrorism, magnified a hundred times.” —Howard Zinn Truth — as Zinn demonstrates in Terrorism … Continue reading NO WAR WITH IRAN

Germany, UK, Canada, And Others Begin Moving Troops Out Of Iraq After The Iraqi Parliament Approved A Non-Binding Resolution Calling For The Withdrawal Of All Foreign Forces

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*FOX News:* *Germany, UK, others begin moving troops out of Baghdad, Iraq amid tensions following death of Soleimani* Germany and several other European nations on Tuesday began moving troops out of Baghdad, with some leaving Iraq entirely, amid soaring tensions in the region after an American drone attack that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad last week. The decisions follow a call from Iraqi lawmakers to expel foreign troops from the country and a pause in the U.S.-led coalition's training of Iraqi forces. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor*: All of these countries are... more »

Is There Such a Thing As a "Light" Aircraft Carrier?

David Axe at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * [image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Elizabeth-class_aircraft_carrier#/media/File:HMS_QueenElizabeth_RO8-2.jpg] The U.S. Navy thinks they might be the future. *Key Point:* U.S. models would be based off the British Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. The U.S. Navy is beginning to deploy its nine amphibious assault ships with large numbers of fixed-wing F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters, in essence transforming the 40,000-ton-displacement vessels into light aircraft carriers. Cheaper and easier to build and maintain than 100,000-ton superca... more »

California Dems Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Former Party Chair For $1 Million

Andrew Kerr at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Andrew Kerr* *Politics, Americas* [image: Supporters listen as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 1, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam] There are three lawsuits in total. The California Democratic Party will reportedly pay more than $1 million to settle three lawsuits from former staffers alleging sexual misconduct and racial discrimination against the party’s former chair, Eric Bauman. The party is paying more than $1 million to settle one of the lawsuits alleging sexual assault, harassment and ra... more »

What Are Glock Owner's #1 Complaint?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * [image: https://pictures.reuters.com/archive/USA-GUNS-NRA-RC1927B99060.html] A light trigger. *Key Point:* At the end of the day, it's the gun owners responsability to fire the weapon. Handgun maker Glock advertises its pistols as the embodiment of perfection, and the Austrian-designed handguns have indeed attracted a fanatical following. One complaint about Glocks, however, is that their trigger pull is too light to be safe, causing accidental discharges. Is there any basis to this rumor? The Glock 17 handgun was released in the United States in th... more »

North Korea Owes Its Very Existence (And More) To China

Daniel L. Davis at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Daniel L. Davis* *History, Asia* This history continues to shape Asia today. *Key Point:* Mao believed that if he could push one of America’s most famous generals out of North Korea, he could cause great fear and doubt in Washington, which he could use to strategic advantage. On June 25, 1950, the North Korean People’s Army (NKPA) under Marshal Kim Il-sung launched a no-notice invasion of South Korea. Many are familiar with the failings of “Task Force Smith” in the first week of the war and MacArthur’s brilliant landings at Inchon that September. Few, however, realize the decis... more »

Climate Change? Australian Police Charge Twenty Suspects For Starting Wildfires

Chris White at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Chris White* *Environment, Australia* [image: Adelaide wildlife rescuer Simon Adamczyk is seen with a koala rescued at a burning forest near Cape Borda on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia, January 7, 2020. AAP Image/David Mariuz/via REUTERS] Uh-oh. New South Wales police charged more than 20 people for deliberately starting fires across Australia as the country beats back wildfires. Activists and celebrities said climate change played a part in the blaze. The NSW Police Force has taken legal action against more than 180 people since the end of 2019, according t... more »

Romania's Aegis Ashore Is Now Online and Can Shoot Down Enemy Missiles

David Axe at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Europe* [image: https://pictures.reuters.com/archive/ROMANIA--GM1E9AS1OVF01.html] Aimed at Iran or Russia? *Key point:* NATO's missile shield will help defend it against any surprise attacks. A key NATO missile-defense site in Romania on Aug. 9, 2019 completed a three-month upgrade process that had forced operators to take the system offline. To fill the resulting gap in coverage, the U.S. Army in May 2019 deployed to Romania one of its seven Terminal High-Altitude Area-Defense missile-interceptor batteries. The THAAD deployment was controversial. The T... more »

Defensive Medicine And Kids: Millions Of Children Get Unnecessary Treatment

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 9 hours ago
With health insurance costs having gone up for many Americans by 300 percent since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there is concern about ways to contain costs. No one is willing to contain costs when it comes to children, a new study shows. In America's sue-and-settle culture, the big cost for medicine was not drugs or malpractice insurance, it was "defensive" medicine; running tests doctors know patients don't need, or providing a treatment that won't help, because they have to check off every box to prevent lawyers waiting to sue for malpractice. read more

Food As Medicine? The Evidence For Diet Impacting Mental Health Is Too Weak To Take Seriously

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 9 hours ago
Though there is some evidence that a ketogenic diet can help people with epilepsy, the 'food as medicine' industry has instead made huge leaps into a lot of claims based on suspect evidence. While biologists will often note that there are a lot of food myths - turkey will make you sleepy, a child will run around like a maniac if they eat sugar - new ones are promoted just as fast, like that various diets significantly influence mental health and wellbeing. That is the issue; science may find one thing but surveys pretend to be just as valid, using claims of statistical significance ... more »

Stampede Kills 56 Mourners At Funeral Of Qassem Soleimani

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Daily Mail*:* Stampede kills 50 mourners at funeral of Qassem Soleimani and leaves more than 200 injured after huge crowds gathered in his home town* * Thousands of mourners converged on Qassem Soleimani's hometown of Kerman where he was to be buried * State media said 50 people had been killed and 213 injured after a stampede broke out during the procession * Revolutionary guards chief Hossein Salami told the crowds that Iran would 'set ablaze' places linked to the US * Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for a direct retaliation rather than relying on Iranian proxie... more »

Bill Barr DOJ Recommends Prison For Michael Flynn…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 9 hours ago
Unfortunately we anticipated the DOJ reversing their prior sentencing recommendations for Michael Flynn and that’s exactly what has happened. In the 2018 sentencing recommendations prosecutors recommended probation. However following Flynn’s unsuccessful effort to access material evidence favorable to his defense, … Continue reading →

N. Atlantic Temps Cool to End 2019

Hifast at Climate Collections - 9 hours ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: RAPID Array measuring North Atlantic SSTs. For the last few years, observers have been speculating about when the North Atlantic will start the next phase shift from warm to cold. Given the way 2018 went and 2019 followed, this may be the onset. First some background. . Source: Energy and…

2:00PM Water Cooler 1/7/2020

Lambert Strether at naked capitalism - 9 hours ago
By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, this Water Cooler will be shorter than it should be. I slept badly and late, and have places to go and people to see. Tomorrow will be better! –lambert Trade “Rising tensions in the Middle East are reaching grain farms in the U.S. Midwest. Fears of retaliation for […]

Iranian General Soleimani Was on a Peace Mission with Saudi Arabia When He Was Killed by US Military on Orders from the White House

Ron Paul and the GrayZone at Need To Know - 10 hours ago
When Trump ordered the assassination of General Soleimani, he said he was protecting the US from “imminent attacks” on US facilities and personnel. However, Trump was told that the Iranian general was on his way to Iraq seeking peaceful relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Prosecutors Want Former Trump Advisor Michael Flynn to Serve Six Months in Jail

Chuck Ross at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Chuck Ross* *Politics, Americas* [image: Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn departs after his sentencing was delayed at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts] That's six more than last time they met... Federal prosecutors said Monday that Michael Flynn should serve up to six months in prison for lying to the FBI, a stark reversal from late 2018, when the government said that the former national security adviser should serve no jail time because he provided “substantial assistance” in multiple investigations. Prosecu... more »

Moon Jae-in Wants Peace with North Korea. There's Just One Problem.

Daniel R. DePetris at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Daniel R. DePetris* *Security, Asia* The sad reality is that unless the Trump administration changes its position considerably this year, Moon Jae-in’s peace overture to the North is as dead as disco. The Year 2019 was a long and lonely road for South President Moon Jae-in. His poll numbers were dropping. Relations with the United States were rocky, due in part to a time-consuming negotiation about defense cost-sharing on the peninsula (those talks remain ongoing). And his peace initiative with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, once thought to be so promising the year before, ra... more »

Septuagenarian Bernie Sanders to Joe Biden: You Don't Have the 'Energy and Enthusiasm' to Beat Trump

Chuck Ross at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Chuck Ross* *Politics, Americas* [image: Former Vice President Joe Biden laughs as Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the 2020 Democratic campaign debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, U.S., December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake] They're both the same age... Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday that Democratic front-runner Joe Biden lacks the “energy and excitement” needed to defeat President Donald Trump in November. “What is imperative is that we defeat Trump, the most dangerous president in modern history,” Sanders said in an interview with CNN’s Anderso... more »

Why Does Pope Francis Want to Make Nice With China?

Mary Margaret Olohan at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Mary Margaret Olohan* *Politics, Asia* [image: A Chinese pilgrim waves a flag, as Pope Francis arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience, in Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile] The Chinese Communist Party is not exactly a friend to religious freedom... - *Pope Francis came to a hotly debated deal with the authoritarian Chinese government in 2018.* - *The move caused widespread confusion among Catholics, who watch as China continues persecution of religious groups. * - *The Daily Caller News Foundation spoke to authors a... more »

I Lost My Child Due to a Driver High on Marijuana.

Corinne Gasper at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Corinne Gasper* *Society, * Now, this bill would reward big pot. Seven years ago, I got a call every parent fears: I lost my daughter to a driver who was high on “legal” marijuana. With this new pot vaping crisis, I’m worried more parents will lose their children if we don’t stop the growth of the marijuana industry. Across the nation, a growing number of vaping-related illnesses and deaths have left government officials scrambling to fix a problem they should have seen coming. After years of dubious claims by both the vaping and pot industries, we are now feeling acute conseq... more »

World War III is Coming—And So is the Draft

Brandon J. Weichert at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Brandon J. Weichert* *Security, * Already, the forces of Russia, China, and Iran are conducting joint naval drills, Russian and American forces have already brawled with each other in Syria, and Russia has announced a key breakthrough in hypersonic weapons technology. It is only a matter of time before the situation becomes too tense, and the fighting begins. Washington must be ready for this dark future, as preparations will likely help to delay it and give U.S. forces a fighting chance at victory. Since the 1970s, the United States has had an All-Volunteer Force (AVF). From t... more »

$13 Billion Spent and the Ford Class Carrier Still Isn't Ready

David Axe at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Americas* [image: Reuters] Disgraceful. *Key point: *It looks like the ship will be delayed until 2024. The U.S. Navy’s new aircraft carrier USS *Gerald R. Ford* might not be able to deploy until 2024. That’s years later than the Navy originally expected. The delay could further inhibit the ability of the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet to deploy carriers. The nuclear-powered *Ford*, which cost no less than $13 billion to build, has been undergoing trials off the U.S. east coast since commissioning in 2017. The *Ford *class, in theory, represents a major improvemen... more »

A U.S. Invasion Of Iran Would Be Hell On Earth (And Help Terrorists)

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, Middle East* It could bankrupt America and further destabilize the Middle East. *Key Point:* This is not what President Trump ran on. The JCPOA is dead--at least as the Trump Administration is concerned. For critics of the JCPOA, this represents a move in the right direction; the goal of U.S. policy should be the end of the Islamic Republic and the overthrow of the existing regime in Tehran. As long as this regime exists, no matter how constrained it is by bilateral and multilateral agreements, it will seek to undermine the stability of the established... more »

How the Glock 26 Inherited DNA From so Many Guns

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Technology, Americas* [image: Reuters] Impressive. *Key point:* Glock learned from the best and took those features and combined them into one awesome gun. One of the most competitive markets in the world of handguns is the subcompact market. Guns with short barrels and small magazines, subcompacts are meant for those who favor carry-ability over firepower and range. The Glock 26, referred to by the company itself as the “Baby Glock,” is a compact weapon that can carry as much ammunition as full-sized nine millimeter handguns. The Glock 26 was released in 1994 ... more »

Illinois’ recreational marijuana sales near $11 million

John Rebchook at Marijuana Business Daily - 10 hours ago
Adult-use cannabis retailers in Illinois have sold almost $11 million of recreational marijuana since sales began Jan. 1. According to state Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the 37 licensed recreational marijuana stores registered more than 271,000 transactions since the launch of Illinois’ rec industry. On the first day alone, sales nearly reached $3.2 million. Sales were […] Illinois’ recreational marijuana sales near $11 million is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Analyst warns of shelved expansion, restructuring as cannabis firms ‘teeter on edge’

Matt Lamers at Marijuana Business Daily - 10 hours ago
The number of Canadian cannabis producers with fewer than six months of cash on hand has increased over the past quarter, reflecting disappointing earnings and front-loaded capital expenditures, according to an analyst. Greg McLeish of the Toronto office of Mackie Research Capital found that 25 companies are down to half-a-year of cash when capital expenditures […] Analyst warns of shelved expansion, restructuring as cannabis firms ‘teeter on edge’ is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

One Small Liberal Arts College is Showing The World How Higher Education Should Evolve

cmaadmin at Diverse - 10 hours ago
It is hard to recall a time in my life filled with more cynicism than the one we are in today. If you want to believe that as a country, we can’t do better, stop reading now. Because I want to tell you a pretty cool story that reminds us that individuals and institutions can do good.

College Freshman Elected as Local Council Member

Sarah Wood at Diverse - 10 hours ago
Chris Kalcich, a first-year studio art and painting student at Susquehanna University, became the youngest person to be elected as Selinsgrove borough council member at the age of 18. He first joined the Snyder County Democratic Committee while he was a senior at Selinsgrove High School in Pennsylvania. Throughout his high school career, Kalcich was […]

Michelle Obama to Launch Video Series on Instagram as Part of Reach Higher Initiative

Sarah Wood at Diverse - 10 hours ago
Former First Lady Michelle Obama will expand her Reach Higher Initiative, aimed to help first-generation college students, by launching a video series on Instagram. “A Year of Firsts” will focus on student’s experiences during their first year of college. It will be a six-part series premiering in mid-January on IGTV and the last video will […]

2020 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs

cmaadmin at Diverse - 10 hours ago
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ralph Newell Phone: 703.385.2419 Email: Ralph@DiverseEducation.com Fairfax, Va.— For the seventh consecutive year, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education is pleased to announce its report “The Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” will be published in the March 5, 2020 edition of the magazine. With a focus on […]

Who is Qassem Soleimani’s replacement?

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – On Saturday, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced that Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani was named the new commander of the elite Quds Force, marking a new era for this Iranian special forces division. Like his predecessor Major-General Qassem Soleimani, Ghaani was involved in several conflicts in the Middle East […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Vladimir Putin travels to Syria to meet with Syrian President

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Syria on Tuesday to meet with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad and several Russian military officials. According to a government source in Damascus, Putin met with President Assad at the Russian base in the capital, where they observed the Russian Armed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Is Aldi Giving Away Free Groceries on Facebook?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

California Gorilla Treated for Cataract

AP News at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
Cataract surgeon Chris Heichel, who has performed thousands of operations, said it was his first surgery on a gorilla.

Did CNN Report that a ‘Trump Voter’ Shot a ‘Mentally Ill’ Mass Shooter?

Snopes Staff at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
A routine review of content labeled satire.

World News Briefs -- January 7, 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Iran, in 2017. Photograph: Reuters *The Guardian:* *Iran threatens to hit US bases with medium- and long-range missiles* Tehran has list of 13 retaliation options for Suleimani killing Military leader vows ‘tough, strong, decisive’ revenge Iranian military forces have said they are prepared to use medium- to long-range missiles to attack US bases in the Middle East, in revenge for the assassination of the country’s most senior general, Qassem Suleima... more »

Musical Interlude: Greenred Productions, Relaxing Music: "Happiness Frequency"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Greenred Productions, Relaxing Music: *"Happiness Frequency - * *Binaural Beats Treatment for Serotonin Release"* "We compose instrumental and electronic music that is specially designed to enhance brain function and concentration, spa and massage therapy, and healing music therapy. For this reason, we use binaural beats. There are many types of beats for different daily meditation purposes: Delta Waves – Sleep Music / NREM sleep, Alpha Waves are neural oscillations, Theta Waves (Cortical theta rhythm and Hippocampal theta rhythm). Beta waves associated with muscle contractions in i... more »

Breitbart Details Six Foreign Policy Fibs From Sleepy Joe

R. Cort Kirkwood at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: breitbart-details-six-foreign-policy-fibs-from-sleepy-joe] Breitbart has compiled six whoppers from Sleepy Joe Biden, the leading Democrat presidential candidate.

Bleed the Males? China Currently Demanding DNA from Boys — and ONLY Boys

Selwyn Duke at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: bleed-the-males-china-currently-demanding-dna-from-boys-and-only-boys] China’s ever-growing, totalitarian surveillance state is now requiring blood samples from boys in provinces across the nation.

In Stark Contrast to USrael - Russian Leader able to "ride through the streets of Damascus"

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*Putin Visits Assad in Syria January 2020* Yesterday, I reported on an amazing flip flop at the Pentagon--wherein a letter was sent to [and received by] the Iraqi government from the Americans stating their intention to "...respect the sovereignty of Iraq" and leave the country pursuant to a unanimous vote in the Iraqi Parliament. Then, Washington back tracked and denied that the letter was legit...calling it a "draft" and a "memo" [which it obviously was not] and saying that the US has "no intentions of leaving Iraq". Then, today we learn that the US *will evacuate Iraq after al... more »

A Tribute to Don Imus

Joyce Ghen at Children's Health Defense - 10 hours ago
Children’s Health Defense joins parents of vaccine-injured children and advocates for health freedom in remembering the life of Don Imus, a media maverick in taking on uncomfortable topics that most in the mainstream press avoid or shut down altogether. The post A Tribute to Don Imus appeared first on Children's Health Defense.

RFK, Jr. Gives Electrifying Speech in Trenton, NJ

Joyce Ghen at Children's Health Defense - 10 hours ago
Thousands of medical freedom seekers gathered on January 6, 2020 in NJ to fight the draconian bill to repeal the state’s longstanding religious exemptions to vaccination. Parents began the day with a prayer vigil at the State House, followed by a Jericho march where they walked around the Capitol seven times. Robert F. Kennedy, […] The post RFK, Jr. Gives Electrifying Speech in Trenton, NJ appeared first on Children's Health Defense.

"Pray For Australia"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"Rescued Koala Melts Firefighters' Hearts After Emerging from Australian Bushfire"

Soleimani’s death

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 10 hours ago
"President Trump’s order to take out Qasem Soleimani was morally, constitutionally and strategically correct. It deserves more bipartisan support than the begrudging or negative reactions it has received thus far from my fellow Democrats." Joe Lieberman

Free Thought Project Podcast—Defying the Iran War: The Rise of a New Anti-War Movement

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: podcast]The march to war by the United States toward Iran has pulled the Free Thought Project out of our podcast hibernation and we are back at it again.

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