Tuesday, January 07, 2020

7 January - Blogs I'm Following - 3 of 5

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This Aussie business shuts its doors every Wednesday. Its profit and productivity have soared

Daniel Ziffer at Just In - 11 hours ago
An Australian digital advertising agency's shift to a four-day week has boosted revenue, profits and staff satisfaction — and its experiment is drawing the attention of big firms and politicians overseas.

'Blaming victim is second rape': Teenager to appeal after being convicted over withdrawn gang rape claim

Just In - 11 hours ago
A British teenager will appeal against her conviction in Cyprus over a withdrawn allegation of gang rape, as the British Government raises numerous concerns about her treatment by authorities.

Bushfires to cost billions, but experts warn that's just the beginning

Nassim Khadem at Just In - 11 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.

Elton John stops show with $1m bushfire donation, matching actor Chris Hemsworth's pledge

Just In - 11 hours ago
Sir Elton John receives a standing ovation at a concert in Sydney after pledging $1 million for Australia's bushfire relief efforts, hours after actor Chris Hemsworth gives $1 million from his family.

Ikea to pay $67 million to family of toddler killed under toppled dressing chest

Just In - 11 hours ago
Ikea agrees to pay $67 million to the US parents of a two-year-old boy who died of injuries suffered when a popular and still available piece of furniture tipped onto him.

The Daily "Near You?"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Thanks for stopping by!

Free Download: Kahlil Gibran, "The Garden of the Prophet"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"The Garden of the Prophet" * by Kahlil Gibran "Oftentimes we call Life bitter names, but only when we ourselves are bitter and dark. And we deem her empty and unprofitable, but only when the soul goes wandering in desolate places, and the heart is drunken with over-mindfulness of self. Life is deep and high and distant; and though only your vast vision can reach even her feet, yet she is near; and though only the breath of your breath reaches her heart, the shadow of your shadow crosses her face, and the echo of your faintest cry becomes a spring and an autumn in her breast. And... more »

"I've Heard..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
"I've heard fate talked of. It's not a word I use. I think we make our own choices. I think how we live our lives is our own doing, and we cannot fully hope on dreams and stars. But dreams and stars can guide us, perhaps. And the heart's voice is a strong one. Always is. Your heart's voice is your true voice. It is easy to ignore it, for sometimes it says what we'd rather it did not - and it is so hard to risk the things we have. But what life are we living, if we don't live by our hearts? Not a true one. And the person living it is not the true you." - Susan Fletcher

Trump's Assassination Disaster

Daniel McAdams at 11 hours ago
[image: undefined] *The below is from a free update sent to Ron Paul Institute subscribers. Sign up for free updates - we'll *never* sell, loan, or share your contact information.* Is Trump yet ruing the day he lent his ear to the siren songs of the Iran-obsessed neocons? One can almost imagine the president, sitting in the makeshift situation room at Mar-a-Lago just a few days ago surrounded by the likes of Sen. Lindsey Graham, Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Esper, and his Pentagon advisors who breathlessly present him an "opportunity" to kick the Iranian leadership in... more »

Law and ideology

Sandy Levinson at Balkinization - 11 hours ago
Jill Goldenziel's posting below is a truly incisive summary of the domestic and international legal issues surrounding the killing of General Suleimani.I am incompetent, professionally speaking, to do anything more than admire the acuity of her analysis. That being said, I think the current discussion, including Prof. Goldenziel's excellent analysis, underscores the extent to which law, with some obvious exceptions, works primarily to legitimize the actions of those in power. (That is, the story we tell in the legal academy about the Supreme Court's serving as a true check on thos... more »

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership spells danger for 1.1 billion women

bilaterals.org - 11 hours ago
07-Jan-2020 Australia has yet to show any serious interest in recognising the potential negative impacts of trade policies on gender or take steps to systematically assess these. A gender equitable trade policy is possible. But it would look nothing like the RCEP.

RoK seeks stronger ties with ASEAN to accelerate RCEP

bilaterals.org - 11 hours ago
07-Jan-2020 The Republic of Korea (RoK) will spare no efforts to help conclude the RCEP by the end of this year by forging deeper ties with the ASEAN, as the country strives to revitalise its ailing exports

India faces a year of tough trade negotiations

bilaterals.org - 11 hours ago
07-Jan-2020 After walking out of negotiations on the 16-nation RCEP free trade agreement, the government said it would renegotiate its existing FTA and redouble its efforts to conclude other trade negotiations.

Protectionism, after all: China, Korea, Japan use non-tariff barriers to impede imports

bilaterals.org - 11 hours ago
07-Jan-2020 Countries like China, South Korea and Japan may boast of low tariffs but they have erected huge non-tariff barriers (NTBs), most of which are tailored to mask the ferocity of trade protectionism, in a bid to control the imports they deem undesirable.

India's withdrawal from RCEP a breather on many fronts

bilaterals.org - 11 hours ago
07-Jan-2020 India's decision to pull out of RCEP means its policy on access to inexpensive drugs will not be under pressure.


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Help please.... An expat reader has asked me, given how untrustworthy the BBC and Sky News are now, which radio stations I'd recommend as being the least biased. It's a very good question, but I'm too focused on the BBC's output to be able to answer it other than to very tentatively suggest, say, LBC or Talk Radio. Unfortunately, I don't listen to either of those anywhere near enough to say how fair their news output is. It could easily be just as bad (or good). So where should we turn? Can *you *offer any suggestions?

“Ghostly Voices Dancing in the Rain”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“Ghostly Voices Dancing in the Rain”* By Edward Curtin “In the other room Rateau was looking at the canvas, completely blank, in the center of which Jonas had merely written in very small letters a word that could be made out, but without any certainty as to whether it should be read solitary or solidary.” - Albert Camus, “The Artist at Work” “A solitary, early Sunday morning walk in the rain. As I like it, my only walking companion was the soothing sound of rain in the trees and on the lake. From the shallow water at the lake’s swampy edge, a blue heron, perched on one leg, froze... more »

The Poet: Rolf Jacobsen, "When They Sleep"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"When They Sleep"* "All people are children when they sleep. There's no war in them then. They open their hands and breathe in that quiet rhythm heaven has given them. They pucker their lips like small children and open their hands halfway, soldiers and statesmen, servants and masters. The stars stand guard and a haze veils the sky, a few hours when no one will do anybody harm. If only we could speak to one another then when our hearts are half-open flowers. Words like golden bees would drift in. God, teach me the language of sleep." - Rolf Jacobsen, "The Roads Have Come to an End Now"

Regarding CNN

LL at Virtual Mirage - 11 hours ago

US Won’t Grant Iran Foreign Minister Visa for UN Visit

AP News at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Although U.S. official said the application couldn’t be processed in time, a formally rejected visa would violate the host country agreement the U.S. has with the U.N.

Squirrel Wrecks Home, Insurance Won’t Fix It

AP News at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
An Atlanta couple said they came home from a winter vacation to find their house had been ransacked by an unusual suspect: a squirrel.

Green Tea Extract

Dr. Jack Wolfson at TDW - 11 hours ago
The medicinal value of green tea has been recognized for centuries. After all, it is loaded with phytonutrients that lower inflammation and oxidative stress. Green tea tastes great! At least according to me and a few million other people. But the good news is that you can harness the health benefits of green tea by … Continue reading "Green Tea Extract" The post Green Tea Extract appeared first on TDW.

If Democrats nominate a woman for president, don't try to make predictions about how she'll do

Nathaniel Swigger, Associate Professor of Political Science, The Ohio State University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 11 hours ago
Predictions about how a woman presidential candidate might fare in 2020 are largely speculation, writes a political scientist, because there isn't enough experience to base those predictions on.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 7, 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*CNN: **US forces on high alert for possible Iranian drone attacks, and intelligence shows Iran moving military equipment* Washington (CNN)US forces and air-defense missile batteries across the Middle East were placed on high alert overnight Monday to possibly shoot down Iranian drones as intelligence mounted about a threat of an imminent attack against US targets, two US officials tell CNN. The alert reflects the heightened tensions between the US and Iran in the wake of last week's US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani. US officials have claimed the ... more »

Symphony in Hideous Whiteness

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Just for Jon Sopel, here's Whistler's* The White Girl, Symphony in White No.1* from 1862. He didn't just paint his mum. (Whistler, that is. Not Jon.)

David Priess's excellent contribution to what ought to become a genuine debate

Sandy Levinson at Balkinization - 11 hours ago
David Priess has a superb op-ed in today's Washington Post about the inadequacies of our impeachment process, particularly placing the duty to conduct a trial in the Senate. He canvasses a variety of alternatives (including a national recall election triggered by the House of Representatives.) What is important is that he has now joined the very small list of persons who are actually willing to question the degree to which we're well served by decisions made in 1787 by people operating under decidedly different assumptions about our political system and without our own ability to ... more »

Billionaires Beware

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 07 (IPS) - The latest November 2019 UBS/PwC Billionaires Report counted 2,101 billionaires globally, or 589 more than five years before. Earlier, Farhad Manjoo had seriously recommended, ‘Abolish Billionaires', presenting a moral case against the super-rich as they have and get far, far more than what they might reasonably claim to deserve. Read the full story, “Billionaires Beware”, on globalissues.org →

How Gender-based Violence Should be Reported in the Media

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 07 (IPS) - Sexual and gender-based violence terrorizes women and girls around the world, affecting as many as one in three women. Reporters play an essential role in bringing these cases to light so that authorities can take action and prevent further abuses. Yet reporting on gender-based violence comes with serious risks to survivors. Read the full story, “How Gender-based Violence Should be Reported in the Media”, on globalissues.org →

The Future Of The Democratic Party Is... That Way!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Which way? The way Status Quo Joe and Mayo Pete (and Schumer, Pelosi and Hoyer) are pointing? Or the way Bernie, and to a lesser degree, Elizabeth (and AOC, Ro Khanna and Pramila Jayapal) are pointing? 2020 looks like a real cross roads for the Democratic Party and if the DNC is seen as stealing the nomination from Bernie again will that big tent be able to withstand the violence and depth of the rift? I want to point to two essays this evening-- one by David Freedlander for *New York* Magazine: One Year in Washington-- Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Reshaped Her Party's Agenda, Resucit... more »

A BBC Complaints Reply (starring Nick Robinson, Douglas Murray, and me)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
What was I doing on Halloween last year? Ah, yes, complaining to the BBC about Nick Robinson's 31st October *Today *interview with Douglas Murray: I wish to complain about Nick Robinson's lack of even-handedness during his interview with Douglas Murray and Kehinde Andrews. The whole thing reeked of a one-sided ambush, with Nick not only bringing up one of Mr Murray's past 'controversial' statements in the middle of the interview but browbeating him again with the same thing at the end of the interview - and, even worse, then giving himself (Nick Robinson) the final, sarcastic word... more »

Somalia Imam arrested on pedophilia charges in Texas

Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 12 hours ago
WHEN ICE ISN’T ALLOWED TO REMOVE ILLEGAL ALIENS OR IMMIGRANTS WHO BREAK OUR LAWS, THIS COULD HAPPEN. OH WAIT, IT ALREADY HAS — MANY TIMES Conveniently swept under the rug by Democrats and MSM . . Islamic religious leader in Texas arrested on charges of sex crimes against children 1010 WCSI/FOX January 6, 2020 An Islamic religious leader was arrested in Houston last week on charges of sex crimes against children under the age of 14, authorities said on Monday. Mohamed Omar Ali, 59, has been charged with one count of sexual assault of a child and three counts of indecency … Continue r... more »


CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
Steve Cutts, "Happiness" “By the time we've made it, we've had it.” - Malcolm Forbes

3,871 Yards: How This Sniper Got The World's Distance Kill Record Against An ISIS Fighter

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * How? *Key Point:* In taking their record-breaking shot, the Canadian sniper team had to consider all of these factors—merely misjudging one would have caused a clean miss—and it is an incredible testament to their skill that they were successful. In mid-2017, the sniping community was rocked by incredible news: a Canadian sniper team operating in the Middle East had made a successful kill at a distance of more than two miles. The team, deployed to fight the Islamic State, killed an ISIS fighter at a distance of 3,871 yards. The shot was a record bre... more »

How China's QBZ-95-1 Assault Rifle Is the Real Deal

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Technology, Asia* [image: By User:Tyg728, modified by User:Hohum - File:QBZ95 automatic rifle 20170902.jpg, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81876728] A weapon to be taken seriously. *Key point: *China's QBZ is a highly-useful and well-made weapon that Beijing's forces can rely on. One of the most widely issued—but least known—infantry small arms is the QBZ-95-1 assault rifle. The QBZ-95-1 is the official rifle of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and its various sub-branches, including the People’s Liberation Army Navy Marine Corp... more »

Bang! Why the Navy SEALs Love the P226 Handgun

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Americas* [image: Reuters] Their absolute favorite. *Key point:* The SEALs found the P226 to be very useful, although now they will phase it out for a new weapon. For three decades, the U.S. Navy’s Sea Air Land (SEAL) special-forces teams relied on a pistol apart from the rest of the American military. While the Army, the Marine Corps and even the rest of the Navy toted the Beretta M9 pistol, Navy SEALs carried an entirely different handgun altogether: the Sig Sauer P226. In the mid-1980s, the U.S. military finally moved away from the M1911A1 .45 cali... more »

Kel-Tec's PMR-30 Gun Holds Many Rounds—but Is It Any Good?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Technology, Americas* [image: https://www.saddlerockarmory.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/D68D9824-09CA-4BD9-A537-3FBF3D00D5CB.jpeg] Less recoil but less damage. *Key point*: The PMR-30 has certain advantages but they come at a price not all are willing to pay. The Kel-Tec PMR-30 is a rarity among handguns on the market today: a pistol with a magazine holding more than seventeen rounds. The PMR-30 actually holds thirty rounds and does so with some clever engineering that reduces it to a lightweight package attractive to casual shooters, backcountry shooters, or... more »

Australia's fires are due to bad forest management and arson not Climate Change

trinko at Conversations about the obvious - 12 hours ago
Australia's fires aren't due to Climate Change but to bad forest management policies pushed by leftist "environmentalists". By allowing huge amounts of dry leaves and twigs to build up over the last 30 years due to "green" environmental policies Australia has ensured that there was a tremendous amount of fuel to feed fires once arsonists set them. That's the same mistake the Democrats in California have made, albeit there arson isn't so common. Roughly half of the bushfires are due to deliberate arson while most of the rest are due to people being careless. Given that the earths t... more »

"No Ways Tired in A Sea of Lies"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
"No Ways Tired in A Sea of Lies" by Chris Floyd "Look, all administrations, all governments lie, all officials lie and nothing they say is to be believed. That's a pretty good rule." - Daniel Ellsberg "I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies. One of the hardest things to accept is that the reality of our world is buried under so many layers of official deception and well-cultivated public ignorance about our history and our political system. Even if you break through somehow, momentar... more »

"How It Really Is"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago

UC San Diego and SDCCD Received $2.7M in Grants

Sarah Wood at Diverse - 12 hours ago
The University of California San Diego and San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) received $2.7 million in grants to help fund a program for transfer students as well as implement career training that discusses employment after graduation for Ph.D. students. SDCCD received $1.2 million and UC San Diego was awarded $1.5 million by the The […]

Top General of Task Force Iraq Defies President, Claims in Letter He’s Pulling Military Out of Iraq

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: iraq]The commanding general of Task Force Iraq, has reportedly written a letter stating that all U.S. military will leave the country, defying the President.

Pentagon Warmongers Double-Down, Deploying 6 Nuclear Bombers to Persian Gulf

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 12 hours ago
*21WIRE* | Washington's continued provocations could easily trigger a chain of events that may spiral out of control - pitting the US and its allies against Iran and its allies, in a multinational war.

Is This a Real Photo of Obama Shaking Hands with Iranian President Rouhani?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
Arizona U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted a fake image of a meeting between former President Barack Obama and Iran President Hassan Rouhani.

Death of Iran General Spurs Anxiety Over Fate of US Hostages

AP News at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
The killing of a top Iranian general has ratcheted up the anxiety of families of Americans held in Iran, one month after the release of a New Jersey student had given them hope.

Stampede Kills 56 at Funeral for Iranian General Slain by US

AP News at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
A stampede broke out at a funeral for a top Iranian general slain in a U.S. airstrike, and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured.

The Simple Economics of Pornography

Art Carden at Econlib - 12 hours ago
To some commentators (David Bentley Hart and C.C. Pecknold, for example), there are fundamental and perhaps irreconcilable differences between libertarian politics and Christian convictions. One of the current controversies concerns proposals for the government to ban pornography. Pecknold made the case recently in the Catholic Herald, and he refers readers to Ross Douthat’s February 2010 […] The post The Simple Economics of Pornography appeared first on Econlib.

Psychiatry and Radical Forgiveness

Bryan Caplan at Econlib - 12 hours ago
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. – Matthew 5: 34 I’ve been reflecting further on this passage in Scott Alexander’s critique of my perspective on mental illness: And the others? […] The post Psychiatry and Radical Forgiveness appeared first on Econlib.

Military says the #FakeNews media was wrong: Soleimani was planning a big attack

trinko at Conversations about the obvious - 12 hours ago
In their desperate search to find some way to make the killing of mass murdering Soleimani appear to be a bad thing one of the lies the #FakeNews media pitched was that the intelligence indicating that Soleimani was planning a big attack was bogus. But now the Generals have spoken and they say that the intelligence was very good that that was the case. The Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Army General Mark Milley, said: *I’ll stand by the intelligence I saw that was compelling, it was imminent, and it was very very clear in scale and scope. Did it exactly say who, what, when, ... more »

Another loss for local journalism

Philip Moscovitch at Halifax Examiner - 12 hours ago
News 1. Blue Mountain–Birch Cove Lakes Tim Bousquet wrote this item. “Environmentalists who celebrated extra cash in last year’s municipal budget for park land protection are worried a reduced budget for next year means the city is again forgetting about Blue Mountain–Birch Cove Lakes,” reports Zane Woodford: Halifax regional council is working on the capital […]

AP sympathizes with Khamenei's suffering

trinko at Conversations about the obvious - 12 hours ago
*In a rare display of emotion from the typically reserved and measured supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cried openly Monday at the funeral of slain Gen. Qassem Soleimani, his most important military commander with whom he shared a deep bond.* *“Oh Allah, they are in need of your mercy, and you are exalted above punishing your servants,” Khamenei said in prayer as he stood over a flag-draped casket with the remains of Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq on Friday.Khamenei’s voice cracked under the weight of the moment during a funeral procession u... more »

Genetically Rescued Organism: A GM Poplar That Produces Less Isoprene But Grows Just As Fast

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 12 hours ago
Poplars have become popular for use in products like paper, pallets, plywood, furniture frames - even as a biofuel - because they grow quickly. But being natural doesn't mean being good for the environment. Poplars are a natural source of isoprene, which negatively affects regional air quality and can lead to higher levels of atmospheric aerosol production, more ozone in the air and longer methane life. Ozone and methane are n the category of greenhouse gases, and ozone is also listed as a respiratory irritant. read more

"What Are You Going To Do About It?”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"What Are You Going To Do About It?”* by Robert Gore "Even small children recognize injustice, especially when they are its victims. “No fair” is the common schoolyard refrain. A sense of justice undoubtedly serves a host of evolutionary purposes. Imagine a world where the unjust, the wrong, always triumphed. Thieves prospered as crime went unpunished, the few stalwarts hewing to honesty and rectitude were marginalized or eliminated, and this social order evoked commendation rather than condemnation. How long would such a society survive? Cynics will say we are there now. That’s o... more »

"A State of War Exists Between the US and Humanity"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"A State of War Exists Between the US and Humanity"* By Stephen Lendman "There’s no ambiguity about what’s going on globally. Washington’s geopolitical agenda is all about seeking dominance over other countries, their resources and populations worldwide - by whatever it takes to achieve its aims, notably by brute force and other hostile actions. The Trump regime’s assassination of Iran’s IRGC Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi deputy PMU leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (connected to the country’s military) were the latest examples of its state’s sponsored terrori... more »

Iraq and U.S. Struggling With American Military Withdrawal

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
Def Sec Esper (left) and Joint Chiefs head Gen Milley (right) denied that the US was withdrawing from Iraq (Getty Images0 Iraq and the United States took another move towards separation. After the Iraqi parliament voted on a resolution demanding that foreign forces leave the country Washington and Baghdad took steps to make that happen with some obfuscation and threats thrown in for good measure. In Baghdad, the government moved to fulfill the parliamentary resolution for foreign forces to leave the country. Premier Adil Abdul Mahdi said a legal document was being drawn up to impl... more »

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 7

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
1916 British made second assault on Ottomans during Battle of Sheikh Saad taking part of the Ottoman defenses 1917 British made diversionary attacks along Tigris River to draw Ottoman forces away from Khadairi Bend fort 1950 British memo said Iraqi Military Mission in Damascus was preparing for coup in Damascus to join Iraq and Syria (Musings On Iraq book review of *Ropes Of Sand*that includes Iraq plots against Syria) 1974 Baath Party congress organized by Saddam called for one party state (Musings On Iraq book review *The Ba’thification of Iraq, Saddam Hussein’s Totalitarianism... more »

Bernie Sanders compares killing terrorists to killing dissidents

trinko at Conversations about the obvious - 12 hours ago
It's truly amazing; Trump has gotten the Democrats to come out in opposition to killing a terrorist leader, Soleimani, who has the blood of hundreds of Americans on his hands. Here's what Bernie Sanders said: *. . . but this guy is, you know, was as bad as he was, an official of the Iranian government. And you unleash . . . then, if China does that, you know, if Russia does that. You know, Russia has been implicated under Putin with assassinating dissidents. So, once you're in the business of assassination, you unleash some very, very terrible forces. . . .* It takes a sick mind to... more »

TALES OF THE NAEP: Universally praised, almost never discussed!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020Plus, the allure of the gloom:* The National Assessment of Educational Progress (Naep) has long been praised as our most reliable educational testing program. As far as we know, the Naep is our *only* (presumptively) reliable domestic testing program. Our statewide testing programs have routinely been compromised, in a wide array of ways, including in the widespread cheating scandals which finally came to light through the work of USA Today and the Atlanta Constitution. (Full disclosure! We first wrote about such problems in the late 1970s, in the Baltim... more »

Potential for voter fraud? Oh, heck, yes . . .

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 12 hours ago
Kudos to Judicial Watch for stepping up to the plate and continuing its investigation and activist intervention in states and counties that are not maintaining their voters rolls properly. In a press release, the organization said: Judicial Watch announced today it is continuing its efforts to force states and counties across the nation to comply with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), by sending notice-of-violation letters to 19 large counties in five states that it intends to sue unless the jurisdictions take steps to comply with the law and remove ineligible vo... more »

CFR: U.S. Needs More Mass Migration, Bigger Welfare State

Alex Newman at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: cfr-u-s-needs-more-mass-migration-bigger-welfare-state] Despite predictions of huge job losses in the United States because of implementing Artificial Intelligence, the CFR is pushing the country to massively boost immigration.

If Baghdad Wants Us Out, Let’s Go!

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: if-baghdad-wants-us-out-let-s-go] What the America-haters of the Middle East seek is what Soleimani wanted, and what Trump promised in his campaign of 2016 — an end to U.S. involvement in the forever wars of the Middle East.

JOAN R. BARRIS, Good-bye to a great friend

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 12 hours ago
So sad to hear of the death of Joan Barris, co-owner with her husband Dan of the Idlewyld Bed and Breakfast in Lakeside, Ohio. We had such fun together. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, a terrific hostess and art and writing teacher. We enjoyed many breakfasts at their great B&B. I last heard from her on Dec. 29, at Cleveland Clinic, awaiting a stent procedure. Another friend from Lakeside posted at Joan’s Facebook wall: “It is with a very heavy heart that I am sharing the news that our dear friend Joan Barris has made her heavenly transition af... more »

US Prepares for Possible Iranian Reprisal After Drone Strike

AP News at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
U.S. officials braced for Iran to respond to the killing of its most powerful general, noting heightened military readiness in the country and preparing for a possible “tit-for-tat” attempt on the life of an American military commander.

6.4 Quake Strikes Puerto Rico Amid Heavy Seismic Activity

AP News at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn, killing one man, injuring at least eight other people and collapsing buildings.

Discovery of TESS Mission’s First Circumbinary Planet

Paul Gilster at Centauri Dreams - 13 hours ago
TOI 1338b is a great catch, a circumbinary world that turned up in TESS data and was announced at the ongoing meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Hawai’i. Ravi Kopparapu (NASA GSFC) describes the discovery process in the essay below. The system lies 1,300 light years out in the constellation Pictor, with the planet […]

Iranian Militias Blamed For Horrific Massacre In Eastern Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Iranian militias are suspected of killing the shepherds [Syria TV] *New Arab*:* Iranian militias blamed for horrific massacre in eastern Syria following Soleimani’s death* Syrian activists have reported that 21 shepherds were killed in a massacre on Sunday in the Maadan area which is located between Raqqa and Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria. The massacre took place two days after the killing of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a US airstrike near Baghdad Airport in Iraq. The area where the massacre happened is under Syrian regime control. Syrian Facebook pages and news website... more »

N. Atlantic Temps Cool to End 2019

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 13 hours ago
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. An example is this report in May 2015 The Atlantic is entering a cool phase […]

Russian President Putin Is In Syria Meeting President Assad

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
© Instagram / syrianpresidency *RT:* *Putin makes surprise visit to Syria, holds talks with Assad – Kremlin * Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a surprise visit to Syria, holding talks with his counterpart, Bashar Assad, at the Russian military command center. Putin “rode through the streets of Damascus” on his way to the command center, where he headed after landing at the city’s airport, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said. The Russian president met with Assad there as the two leaders listened to reports by military officials on the conditions on the ground in ... more »

Analyzing the Legality of the Soleimani Strike

Jill Goldenziel at Balkinization - 13 hours ago
[Professor Goldenziel’s views do not represent those of her University, the U.S. Department of Defense, or any other arm of the U.S. Government.] The killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani on 3 January has sparked widespread debate among national security and international lawyers as to the legality of his killing. Many media reports have shown misunderstanding of the legal issues involved. The legality of the strike must be considered under both US domestic law and international law, and legality under one does not determine legality under the other. Moreover, the medi... more »

China, Pentagon, Iran could use drone or missile strike on Trump and Mitsotakis at the White House on Tuesday to send NWO a warning message

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 13 hours ago
T*wo major NWO Globalist trouble makers pushing conflict in the Middle East and WW3 and the Ebola global vaccine plot are Donald Trump and Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and they will be holding a meeting together in the White House on Tuesday, presenting a convenient and prime target to warn the Globalists to back off.* *It would be especially opportune for the Pentagon to use their special forces, drones etc to remove this parir to defuse nuclear WW3 tensions in a timely fashion, would help convince Iran, China etc not to escalate tensions, persuade them the US army can take care of crimin... more »

WATCH: Cop Tasers Herself as Her Partner Kills Unarmed Mentally Ill Man

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: mentally ill]Disturbing video was released showing two grossly incompetent officers attempt to apprehend a mentally ill man for having an episode and end up killing him.

WATCH: Cops Nearly Kill Each Other While Shooting at Innocent Unarmed Man Through His Front Door

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: shoot]After deputies nearly killed an innocent man for no reason in his own home, the chief praised them as heroes and arrested the victim. Now he's fighting back and winning.

The Arrogance Of BBC News

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 13 hours ago
When we started Media Lens in 2001, we had a rather naïve expectation that journalists might: a) want to respond rationally to reasoned criticism; and b) have privileged access to unparalleled journalistic resources, experts and arguments that would enable journalists to respond with serious points to our challenges. In particular, we imagined that BBC journalists and editors – being funded from the public licence fee – might actually feel obliged to respond.

A Forlorn Hope In US-Iran Confrontation

M. K. BHADRAKUMAR at OrientalReview.org - 13 hours ago
A new dynamics is forming in the week since the assassination of the charismatic Iranian general Qassem Soleimani on January 2. This is apparent at three levels. The staggering scale of the outpouring of public feelings within Iran during Soleimani’s funeral makes it one hundred percent certain that with the […]

The Human Cost of Nuclear Brinksmanship

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 13 hours ago
Let's open this posting with this video: Plan A is a project developed by Princeton's Program on Science and Global Security, a program that conducts technical, scientific and policy research and analysis to advance global peace. SGS was founded in 1974 by physicists in Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science and has: "*…worked on nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament to reduce the dangers from nuclear weapons and nuclear power. It is one of the oldest and most highly regarded academic programs focused on technical and policy studies on nuclear issu... more »

Iran Spent Years Building a Cyber Arsenal. Will It Unleash That Arsenal Now?

cmeseroleguest at Lawfare - 13 hours ago
Photo Credit: Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA via Reuters *Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on *Order from Chaos *.* In 2007, a computer virus crippled centrifuges at Iran’s uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, setting back its nuclear program by years. The Stuxnet attack—not uncovered until a few years later—taught the revolutionary regime in Tehran a valuable lesson about how effective cyber weapons can be, prompting Tehran to invest heavily in cyber capabilities of its own. The results speak for themselves: Iranian hacking groups have graduated from conventional d... more »

How Iran Can Checkmate Trump

Eric Zuesse at The Duran - 13 hours ago
Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On Sunday morning 5 January 2020, the great investigative journalist and geostrategist Bernhard Horstmann headlined “Iraqi Parliament Expels Foreign Militaries From Iraq” and he reported that not only the parliament but also the nation’s Prime Minister (Abdel Mahdi) are demanding departure from Iraq of all foreign military forces, and […] More The post How Iran Can Checkmate Trump appeared first on The Duran.

GRIFTERS: Steele and Cadwalladr Still Spinning Debunked RussiaGate Conspiracy Theories

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 13 hours ago
*21WIRE* | Despite the dramatic claims by the likes of The Guardian, this latest breaking 'bombshell' is nothing but a distraction to cover for a series of propaganda failures.

Iran Foreign Ministry: Iran ‘Ready To Come Back To Full Compliance’ In Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Araghchi: Iran is ready to come back to full compliance of #JCPOA.#TDF2020 pic.twitter.com/ybBdNmwfl2 — Foreign Ministry 🇮🇷 (@IRIMFA_EN) January 7, 2020 *Arab News: **Iran ‘ready to come back to full compliance’ in nuclear deal – senior official* DUBAI: Iran is “ready to come back to full compliance” with its nuclear deal with world powers, deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday, according to a tweet from the Foreign Ministry, though the post did not provide any information on possible conditions. Iran announced on Sunday it would abandon limitations on enriching... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin New Cambridge Analytica Leaks to Expose Election Manipulation in 68 CountriesSome Other People Do Some Other Things - Kunstler Shooters get green light to cull 10,000 feral camels 60 Minutes investigates the death of Jeffrey Epstein Puerto Rico rocked by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake, with more tremors expected 'This Is Big': 76 Retired US Generals and Diplomats Warn Trump Against War With Iran - May Russia Halts Oil Supply To Key European Transit Hub Pelosi: House To Introduce 'War Powers Resolution' To Limit Trump In IranGerman Govt Says America's Actions Were Justified ... more »

What Is Next for Venezuela?

Yves Smith at naked capitalism - 14 hours ago
The standoff in Venezuela has reached a worrying juncture, with negotiations falling apart, side deals emerging and regional states rolling out new sanctions on Caracas.

Saudi Arabia Appeals For Calm As Tensions Between The U.S. And Iran Escalate

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Saudi Arabia's deputy defense minister Khalid bin Salman met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Monday. (Twitter: @kbsalsaud) *Reuters:* *Saudi Arabia appeals for calm after killing of Iranian general* RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Monday the kingdom does not want to see further escalation of tensions in the region at a “very dangerous moment”, following Friday’s killing by a U.S. drone of Iran’s most prominent military commander. “We are very keen that the situation in the region doesn’t escalate any further. It’s certainly a very... more »

Tsitsipas told off by mum for hitting dad with racquet in loss to Kyrgios

Just In - 14 hours ago
In the midst of a thrilling three-set loss to Nick Kyrgios in the ATP Cup, young Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas had a meltdown for the ages, injuring his father and copping a spray from his mother.

"It seemed very white"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
'*Ay me!' she cries, and twenty times 'Woe, woe!'* *And twenty echoes twenty times cry so.* I hear a howl of protest from Adel Darwish on Twitter this afternoon: Again BBC (#*wato* this afternoon & @*BBCr4today* this morning) hectoring and lecturing about lack of diversity in film awards. Wtf does it mean? Stop this Orwellian change of our lives and stick to reporting facts instead of imposing your groupthink PC view of the world. So I thought I'd echo his howl. Here, then, is Jon Sopel questioning BAFTA's Amanda Berry on *Today* this morning: *Jon Sopel*: There's been a lot of ... more »

Why the Army Turned Down the XM25 "Punisher" Supergun

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Technology, Americas* [image: By The U.S. Army - Testing the new XM-25 weapon system, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9453175] An expensive joke? *Key point:* The weapon was heavy, costly, and not useful in close-quarters combat. The U.S. Army has officially terminated the “Punisher.” The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, or “Punisher,” was designed to engage enemy troops behind cover. While successful, the high-tech infantry weapon was the victim of a lengthy development period, ballooning costs, a perceived lack of... more »

The Navy's New Destroyer Isn't Ready, Forcing It to Buy More Old Arleigh Burkes

David Axe at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Americas* [image: Reuters] Not good. *Key point:* The Navy needs destroyers one way or another. The U.S. Navy might not have any choice but to buy more of its venerable *Arleigh Burke*-class destroyers. It’s a risky proposition. Delays in designing a new large surface combatant, or LSC, could compel the fleet to develop yet another version of the *Burke*, which has been in production in a succession of increasingly capable -- and heavy -- variants since the late 1980s. Budgetary pressure and uncertainty about the LSC’s design “are forcing the service to t... more »

How China's Submarines Became a Major Threat to U.S. Aircraft Carriers

David Axe at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Americas* [image: Reuters] Years in the making. *Key point: *Beijing invested in its submarines over the last few decades to ensure it could hold American carriers at risk. In 1995 and 1996, Taiwanese politicians signaled greater support for declaring their island country officially independent of China. Beijing’s response was swift, forceful … and ultimately an embarrassment to China. The Chinese fired several missiles toward small, Taiwanese-held islands. That’s when the United States intervened in a big way, sending two entire aircraft carrier battle gr... more »

Why Is America's Navy Shrinking at a Time When It is Needed Most?

David Axe at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Americas* [image: Reuters] There's trouble afoot. *Key point:* The U.S. is retiring planes faster than it can build new ones. The U.S. Air Force is considering retiring older warplanes in order to save money for new technologies. The idea is that the flying branch eventually would buy new planes including the tech, ultimately restoring the near-term cuts. But there’s a flaw in that plan, the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute warned in a December 2019 study entitled “Moving Toward the Air Force We Need? Assessing Air Force Budget Trends.” Cutting ... more »

Cyprus rape scandal the legacy of NWO Globalist Benjamin Netanyahu, indicted by Israel s attorney general for bribery fraud and breach of trust

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 14 hours ago
*The British teenager who has been convicted of lying over a gang rape by Israel thugs should start taking legal action against the Israeli gang of rapists, including Israeli football player Shimon Yusohov for defamation and corruption of justice using political influence in Israel itself.* *https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7859673/British-teenager-19-arrives-Cyprus-court-learn-jailed.html* *https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10687633/israeli-footballer-19-who-had-fling-with-brit-teen-hopes-shes-learned-her-lesson-after-gang-rape-claim/* *The Cyprus president today failed to give h... more »

"Economic Market Snapshot AM 1/7/20"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*PM 1/7/20, Updated frequently as available.* ◆ Gregory Mannarino, AM 1/7/20: "mportant Updates: Stocks, Crude, Gold, Silver, Crypto, More*"* - 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 market cap over GDP ... more »

A Long Twilight Struggle Ends In Twilight

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
Andrew Bacevich has written an excellent piece in *The Guardian. *It's a coherent explanation of how we got here. The Cold War, he writes, gave Americans meaning, purpose and unity. When it ended, they -- and their country -- got lost: Like the polar ice cap or baseball’s status as the national pastime, [The Cold War] had acquired an appearance of permanence. So its passing caught citizens unaware. Those charged with managing the cold war were, if anything, even more surprised. The enterprise to which they had devoted their professional lives had suddenly vanished. Here was a cont... more »

Where Do Korean Negotiations Go In 2020?

William Craddick at Disobedient Media - 14 hours ago
Can the process still be salvaged?

South Dakota to vote on adult use, medical marijuana

John Rebchook at Marijuana Business Daily - 14 hours ago
Voters in South Dakota will decide this year whether to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older. Voters also will decide in November the fate of a measure to allow medical marijuana for patients with serious health conditions South Dakota will become the first state to vote on both medical marijuana and adult-use legalization […] South Dakota to vote on adult use, medical marijuana is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Soleimani Was In Baghdad On Peace Mission To De-Escalate With Saudis: Report

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 14 hours ago
Soleimani Was In Baghdad On Peace Mission To De-Escalate With Saudis: Report by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ In the post-2003 Iraq invasion world based on fake WMD claims, any US official claims based on unspecified “intelligence assessments” should be treated with deep skepticism if not outright rejection. For this reason, many rightly immediately questioned the official …

Trump’s Peace Plan is on the Way – Is Israel Ready? – Analysis

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 14 hours ago
Could 2020 be the fulfillment of Revelation 12:6,13-14 ? Possible! Looks like the start of the Greater Middle East War could happen this month. The war against Gaza to drive Palestinians (REAL Jews) into the Sinai desert some time later. Trump’s Deal of the Century is DOA. The Palestinians (REAL JEWS) will never sign it. …

NWO Globalists are bringing world to the brink of nuclear war, armies should remove them with surgical strikes

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 14 hours ago
*As the world edges closer to an Ebola conflagration, a nuclear world war 3, as the Pentagon sends 6 B52 bombers to target Iran, the US financial system lurches closer to collapse, could I appeal to China to use its hypersonic missiles to take down the top NWO Globalists, causing this trouble.* *The US army could also start drone strikes to take out the Globalists in the Whie House, Treasury, Wall Street and so help deescalate tensions.* *Better surgical strikes againt individuals Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, Boris Johnson, Nat Rothschild, Jamie Dimon, Angela Merkel etc than a... more »

Some Illinois marijuana stores run out of product in first days of sales

John Rebchook at Marijuana Business Daily - 14 hours ago
A few adult-use cannabis retailers around Illinois stopped selling over the weekend and plan to remain closed for at least part of this week as they deal with product shortages. Recreational marijuana sales began in the state on Jan. 1, and sales almost reached $3.2 million on the first day. Sales fell to just under […] Some Illinois marijuana stores run out of product in first days of sales is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Europe Is Reluctant To Help The U.S. On Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*MSNBC: **Trump admin wonders why Europe hasn’t been ‘helpful’ on Iran* The Trump administration clearly rattled the international landscape with its latest offensive against Iran, and as the Wall Street Journal reported, it’s not altogether pleased with the response from some of the leading U.S. allies. * Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed disappointment with European allies after they voiced concern that the killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani could trigger further violence. * Following the drone strike that killed Gen. Soleimani and an Iraqi paramilitary leader... more »

Rio Nightlife Guide for Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Beatriz Miranda at The Rio Times - 14 hours ago
We have the top three picks for this Tuesday, and below is a list of bars and pubs that are always a good option. MÚSICA BRASILEIRA: Forró do Ganjah (Lapa) – The Forró do Ganjah is back to Lapa this Tuesday. Tati à Veras and band will be performing live. DJ Juan Motta will spin […] The post Rio Nightlife Guide for Tuesday, January 7, 2020 appeared first on The Rio Times.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche Call for Emergency Summit Proven Absolutely Right, Absolutely Necessary

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 14 hours ago
[image: Lyndon and Helga Zepp-LaRouche attend a Schiller Institute Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. April, 2013 (EIRNS/Julien Lematre)] In the 72 hours since Helga Zepp-LaRouche issued her Jan. 3 call for an emergency summit of Russia, the United States and China—to adopt a new paradigm for Southwest Asia and Africa, lest global war break out over Iran—events have proven it necessary that that call be spread everywhere. There is a very great potential for an economic development solution broader than the conflict, a solution growing out of the extension of the Belt and Road Initiat... more »

Will China Back Iran In A Conflict With The U.S.?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A PLA Navy destroyer, an Iranian Navy frigate, and a Russian frigate during joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman. Photo provided by the Iranian Army office on December 28, 2019. Photo: AFP / Iranian Army office *Christina Lin, Asia Times*: *China might take Iran’s side in a war with US* *Beijing’s ties with Tehran are crucial to its energy and geopolitical strategies, and with Moscow also in the mix, a broader conflagration is a real possibility.* After the US assassination of Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani on Friday, Germany’s Spiegel Online observed that t... more »

Tuesday Morning Links

Unknown at Accidental Deliberations - 14 hours ago
This and that for your Tuesday reading. - Martin Lukacs writes that the Trudeau Libs' attempts to put a glossier face on politics as usual may be running into a less than compliant public: Not just in Canada, but around the world we have seen the emergence of an airbrushed, focus-grouped avatar liberalism—“yuppie simulacrum of populist breakthrough,” in Perry Anderson’s words—to face the challenge from a democratic-socialist left and an ugly resurgent right. This model of politics was ground-tested by the Obama administration and is today exemplified in the “extreme centrism” of Tru... more »

On Winter’s Reading Binge

Unknown at The Verma Report - 14 hours ago
To detoxify my mind from the clutter of information, analysis, and chatter, I kept away from cable TV, all print newspapers and magazines, video streaming services, and Internet during the last 20 days (December 19, 2019 to January 7, 2020). While I held on to my mobile device, I didn’t use it to browse social media, news sites, or to send emails. I used this period to read the following books: 1. *The Roots of Romanticism*, by Isaiah Berlin 2. *New Science*, by Giambattista Vico 3. *The Decline of the West* (Volume I), by Oswald Spengler 4. *In the Shadow of the Sword*, by Tom Hollan... more »

Prince William, Harry and Charles should repair their relationship and work together to save the environment

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 14 hours ago
*Globalist kingpins Prince William and Charles have announced plans to promote renewable energy and other environmentally friendly measures in a sign they could have recognized that wiping out 99.999% of the people on the planet to protect nature and animals is neither feasible nor reasonable.* *https://people.com/royals/prince-charles-and-prince-william-have-parallel-plans-to-tackle-environmental-issues-this-year/* *They could try a new start too in their relations with each other. Prince William, Harry, Charles could get together with a mediator and hash out a reconciliation. They... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 15 hours ago
I was fighting a cold yesterday, so I thought there were physical reasons why I couldn't seem to grasp the importance of this story, which seemed monumental to everyone else: But this morning I read Politico Playbook's lead item and I realized that my foggy brain yesterday was imagining precisely what's happened in the aftermath of Bolton's announcement: WE WERE ALL ATWITTER Monday when JOHN BOLTON popped up on his political action committee’s webpage to say that he would testify if subpoenaed in a Senate trial. BUT, AT THIS MOMENT, why should we think he’ll testify? SENATE MAJO... more »

Turkey not seeking war with Egypt: official

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Turkish presidency sent a message to Egypt after Ankara sent its military forces to Libya to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) against the Libyan National Army (LNA). Yassin Aktay, the adviser to the Turkish President, said in a series of tweets on Tuesday, “Whoever says that […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US sent reinforcements to northern Baghdad withdrawal reports: expert

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Security expert, Hisham Al-Hashemi, announced on Monday that U.S. military reinforcements arrived the Taiji Camp north of Baghdad, as well as the landing of military aircraft with additional equipment. Hashemi stated, as reported by Iraqi News, that “everyone is busy discussing the message of the American forces to the Iraqi […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iraqi forces to meet about forming united front against US military: report

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Iraqi paramilitary groups are holding a meeting in the next 24 hours to discuss the formation of a united front against the U.S. military inside the country, Al-Mayadeen reported this morning. Citing the spokesperson for Harakat Al-Nujaba, Nasser Al-Shammari, Al-Mayadeen reported that the meeting will be held by the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army’s Idlib operation is halted due to poor weather

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:05 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has halted their Idlib operation after the rough weather conditions grounded most of their aircraft. In addition to grounding their aircraft, the Syrian Armed Forces also halted the operations due to the poor visibility, which has hampered their ability to push further into southeastern Idlib. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russia offers Iraq S-400 air defense system to protect airspace

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – Russia has offered Iraq their S-400 air defense system to protect their airspace, RIA Novosti reported this week, citing the Russian Ministry of Defense. According to the report, the Iraqi military may purchase the Russian S-400 system after it was offered to them to “ensure the country’s sovereignty and reliable protection […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army reinforcements roll into Aleppo with tanks as offensive approaches

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – A large number of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reinforcements deployed to the city of Aleppo this week as they prepare to launch a new offensive against the jihadist rebels. According to a military report from the provincial capital, the Syrian Army reinforcements were seen entering the Aleppo Governorate in tanks […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US denies visa to Iranian FM for trip to UN Security Council meeting

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
The United States refused to issue a visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was about to leave for Thursday’s meeting of the UN Security Council, Reuters news agency reported on Monday. According to him, this decision followed an increase in tension between the two countries after the commander of the Special Forces […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Secretary Of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Says Iran Is Considering 13 'Revenge Scenarios' Over The Death Of General Soleimani

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (centre), revealed Tehran is considering 13 'revenge scenarios' in retaliation for the killing of General Soleimani *Daily Mail:* *Iran is considering 13 'revenge scenarios' over the death of General Soleimani as top official vows to create 'historic nightmare' for the US* * Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani was killed by US airstrike in Iraq last week * Tehran has pledged to exact a 'crushing revenge' on America in retaliation * Iran has been considering 13 'revenge scenarios' in retaliation, top official said... more »

Crossfit wins $4 million sanction in lawsuit stemming from now-retracted paper

Adam Marcus at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
A Federal court in California has ruled in favor of the popular training program CrossFit in its lawsuit against a nonprofit group — a competitor in fitness training — awarding the workout company nearly $4 million in sanctions. Why are you reading about this case on Retraction Watch, you might ask? Well, at the heart … Continue reading Crossfit wins $4 million sanction in lawsuit stemming from now-retracted paper

Next Sunday in Brunswick

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

Guest Post: Andre Kovacs, Mistaken Assumptions In Physics - What Hurts You Is What Everyone Knows To Be True

Tommaso Dorigo at Science 2.0 blogs - 15 hours ago
*What hurts you is not what you don't know, but those mistaken assumptions which "everyone knows to be true".* *[The following text is courtesy Andre Kovacs - T.D.]* read more

The Health Risks Of Cannabis Edibles

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 15 hours ago
With the recent legalization of cannabis edibles in Canada, physicians may be inclined to recommend them in much the same way they do homeopathy or naturopathy. But unlike those placebos, which should not be recommended because it's a government subsidy for fraud, there are health risks for cannabis edibles, and media doesn't give it much attention. "Although edibles are commonly viewed as a safer and more desirable alternative to smoked or vaped cannabis, physicians and the public should be aware of several risks related to the use of cannabis edibles," write Drs. Jasleen Grewal an... more »

It's Not Scary Cosmetic Chemicals That May Cause A Rash, It's The Nature Of The CD1a Molecule

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 15 hours ago
Some people can experience a rash or sensitivity to some cosmetics while most people are fine. It isn't that modern cosmetics are bad, regardless what alternative companies and their trade groups like Campaign for Safe Cosmetics claim, it's nature. Botanical extracts sold as "natural" chemicals in cosmetics cause the same issue. read more

First blow for post-Brexit Britain as Australia rejects trade deal

bilaterals.org - 15 hours ago
07-Jan-2020 Australia turned down the UK's appeal for freedom of movement between the two countries.

Japan aims to start EPA talks with UK

bilaterals.org - 15 hours ago
07-Jan-2020 Tokyo wants to abolish tariffs on cars, which account for the largest amount of its exports to the UK.

China's new policy on foreign investment and the security of intellectual property

bilaterals.org - 15 hours ago
07-Jan-2020 Proper mandatory licenses will be exempt from claims for expropriation under the China BIT model.

Boris Johnson se prépare pour un accord de libre échange avec l'UE

bilaterals.org - 15 hours ago
07-Jan-2020 Le Premier ministre britannique accueillera la présidente de la Commission européenne afin de lancer à nouveau les négociations en vue d'un accord de libre-échange avec l'Union européenne.

What Happens if America and Iran Go to War?

David Axe at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Middle East* Iran has plenty of options for sidestepping American military advantages and striking at weaknesses in U.S. infrastructure. U.S. president Donald Trump on Jan. 2, 2019 ordered the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps militia and one of the country’s top military leaders. A U.S. Special Operations Command MQ-9 drone fired on a vehicle carrying Soleimani and a deputy militia commander at Baghdad’s international airport, killing both men. War could result. And it almost certainly would be catastrophi... more »

Thanks to Donald Trump, Iran Quickly Could Build a Nuclear Weapon

David Axe at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Middle East* If Iran takes the next logical step and builds up its stockpile of enriched uranium, the timeline for producing a nuke could shrink from a year to mere months. Iran on Jan. 5, 2019 announced it would no longer honor international restrictions on its enrichment of uranium, a key process in the production of nuclear weapons. The announcement three days after U.S. president Donald Trump ordered the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps militia and one of the country’s top military leaders. A U.S. Spe... more »

"We Will Level Tel Aviv and Haifa to the Ground": Iran's Latest Threat to Israel

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Middle East* "If the US takes any action after our military response, we will level Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground," said Mohsen Rezayee, Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council and a former IRGC commander, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency. The council advises Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and also has legislative powers. How might Iran retaliate for a U.S. drone strike that killed its most important general? By attacking Israel. A senior Iranian official has already threatened to strike Israel if America were to respond militarily to any Iranian r... more »

Did A Russian Built Submarine 'Sink' A U.S. Navy Sub Back in 2015?

TNI Staff at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*TNI Staff* *Security, * [image: https://pictures.reuters.com/archive/CHINA-RUSSIA--RC1FEC9989A0.html] How could that be? *Key Point:* Because U.S. submarines have to project power a lot farther from home, much more is expected of their mission. Is it possible that one of New Delhi’s Russian-built *Kilo*-class diesel-electric attack submarines managed to “sink” a nuclear-powered U.S. Navy* Los Angeles*-class attack submarine during exercises in October 2015? The Indian submarine INS *Sindhudhvaj* (S56) allegedly “killed” USS *City of Corpus Christi* (SSN 705) during an exercis... more »

What Happens When A Formerly Soviet Tank Fleet Buys Western Armor?

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Technology, Europe* A bit of a mess. Just ask Poland. *Key point: *In a way, it can be seen as comparable to the similar “budget” T-72B3 upgrade Russia has applied to its tank fleet, albeit less effective. When the Cold War ended, the Polish Army inherited a massive fleet of T-72s. Most of these tanks were T-72Ms and T-72M1s, which were built in Poland beginning in the 1980s. In the 1990s, these tanks served as a valuable resource for Poland as modernization of the tank into the PT-91 “Twardy.” They also gave the Polish “Bumar” tank plant valuable experience in bu... more »

Urgent: Americans Call Senate to Stop Amended & Unamended S386; Demand Hearings on Impacts to US Workers; Ask Your Senator To Keep Hold on S 386 to Block Unanimous Consent

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 15 hours ago
Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : Keep calling Americans Call Congress! Ask your Senator to keep the hold on S.386 and demand…

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

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 15 hours ago
A shadowy tech firm with deep ties to Israeli intelligence and newly inked contracts to protect Pentagon computers is partnering with Lockheed Martin to gain unprecedented access to the heart of America’s democracy.

Occupy Trenton to Rally Against S2173 Starts Strong

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 15 hours ago
We'll be updating you on the events in Trenton to fight against the removal of Religious Vaccine Exemption in the Garden State - New Jersey, called Occupy Trenton. As we enter a Presidential election year where every single imaginable group... more »

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