Tuesday, January 07, 2020

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

10 pm MST

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
*by Noah* Projection back then (2011-2013). Self-serving insanity now. But wait, more tweety-turds from President Projecto! 1. January 17, 2012- "@BarackObama will attack Iran in order to get elected." 2. October 9, 2012- "Now that Obama's poll numbers are in a tailspin- watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate." 3. September 13, 2013- "I predict that President Obama will at some point attack Iran in order to save face."

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

OYE NEWS at OYE Alternative News - 21 hours ago
Tammy Garcia is the mother of Ricky Garcia, a boy band member of the Disney-backed group. She helped her son file a lawsuit alleging that the Disney agencies and organization in Hollywood are involved in child grooming and sex trafficking. The lawsuit, initially filed back on September 9th, 2019, has not been talked about much … The post Lawsuit Alleges Disney Talent Agencies Have Child Sex Grooming Rings In Hollywood appeared first on OYE Alternative News.

This "Private" Texan Air Force Helps Train America's

David Axe at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Americas* [image: http://www.atacusa.com/photo_gallery/index.html] Pretty cool. *Key point:* The Pentagon wants real pilots and enemy planes to test itself against. A private company in Texas has acquired scores of old French fighter jets. With its 63 former French air force Dassault Mirage F.1s, Fort Worth-based Airborne Tactical Advantage Company possesses an air force that, in size, rivals that of many countries. ATAC in 2017 announced it would buy the single-engine Mirages in order to expand its adversary operation, which simulates the "red air" enemy ... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Weeping amid wails from a crowd of mourners, Iran’s supreme leader prays over the remains of IRGC Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani | pic.twitter.com/rgzHl1pgaP — Mike (@Doranimated) January 6, 2020 Gen. Soleimani will be buried Tuesday in his hometown in southeastern Iran. The leader of the Revolutionary Guard, speaking in front of the slain general's casket, threatened to “set ablaze” places the U.S..supports, sparking cries of “Death to Israel!” https://t.co/H3J5p7c6vo — The Associated Press (@AP) January 7, 2020 U.S. denies Iran's Zarif a visa to attend U.N.: U.S. officia... more »

Report: Iran's Supreme Leader Wants To Use Iranian Forces To Directly Launch A Military Strike Against U.S. Interests

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani and Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, the newly appointed commander of the country's Quds Force, pray near the coffins of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Tehran, Iran January 6, 2020. Official Khamenei website/Handout via REUTERS *New York Times:* *Khamenei Wants to Put Iran’s Stamp on Reprisal for U.S. Killing of Top General* In the tense hours following the American killing of a top Iranian military commander, the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made a rare appearance at a meet... more »

Climate Change & Swiss Alps & Glacier Analysis

Martin Armstrong at Global Warming – Armstrong Economics - 22 hours ago
COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong, the data used by the climate change movement only dates back to 1850. Here in Switzerland, they state that the Alps Glacier peaked with Tambora in 1815 and has been retreating ever since. If the last Little Ice Age ended in 1850, the climate should have been warming naturally from that period. […]

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pray near the coffin of Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, January 6. Official President's website/via REUTERS *WNU Editor: *The above picture is from this photo-gallery ....* Funeral for Iranian commander Soleimani *(Reuters).

Empowered Parenting Event Hawai`i

Lynne Arnold at Children's Health Defense - 22 hours ago
Join us for an evening that will build, strengthen and empower our community of parents to raise healthier children, despite the barrage of toxins in our modern world. Learn from keynote speaker, one of the nation’s most sought after pediatricians, Lawrence Palevsky, MD. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will be in attendance to welcome Hawai`i as […] The post Empowered Parenting Event Hawai`i appeared first on Children's Health Defense.

Is Iraq Changing Its Mind On Expelling U.S. Forces?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Adel Abdul Mahdi meets the US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueller, in Baghdad, Iraq. Photograph: Reuters *The Guardian:* *Iraq scales down threats to expel US forces after Trump reaction* *Acting PM Adel Abdul Mahdi emphasises dangers of descent into open war* Officials in Iraq have stepped back from threats to expel US forces after Donald Trump threatened to impose sanctions over the Iraqi parliament’s vote for a retaliation for the killing of the Iranian general Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad by a US drone strike. The military spokesman for the acting Iraqi prime minister, Adel Ab... more »

France Showed That America's F-22 Stealth Fighter Is Not Invincible

David Axe at The National Interest - 22 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * Far from it. *Key Point: *And the 2009 war game would not be the last to result in “dead” Raptors. Past evidence seems to confirm that a French fighter pilot once “killed” an American F-22 Raptor stealth fighter in mock combat. Although not unprecedented, the simulated shoot-down is still a big deal for a couple reasons. For one, the Lockheed Martin-made F-22 is supposed to be the most fearsome warplane in history, a quarter-billion-dollar-per-plane technological marvel that flies higher and faster than its opponents while avoiding detection by radar. ... more »

Bushfires: 183 arrested

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
...including 24 arsonists: State of Fear? The Australian bushfires look terrible and half a billion animals may have died (including 18 animals from the homo sapiens species). Some sources say that these are the worst Australian bushfires in the living memory. Jennifer Marohasy disagrees and argues that it has been hotter and fires have burnt larger areas, in January 1889 and Summer 1938-1939, respectively (yes, Australia has a summer when we have the winter). (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Meanwhile, the causal relationships are being discussed and abused. Tons ... more »

Why Was Iranian General Qassem Soleimani In Baghdad On The Night That He Was Killed By A Drone Strike?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi speaks during a funeral ceremony in Baghdad (AFP) *Daily Mail:* *Iraqi prime minister says Qassem Soleimani was in Iraq to 'discuss de-escalating tensions between Iran and Saudis' when he was killed - and claims Trump had asked for help mediating talks after embassy attack* * Iraq's caretaker prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, told his parliament in Baghdad on Sunday that US strike on Soleimani was a 'political assassination' * Abdul Mahdi claimed that Soleimani was due to meet with him on the same day that he was killed by a US drone near the... more »

January 7th – 2020 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #1083

sundance at The Last Refuge - 22 hours ago
In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and … Continue reading →

Tuesday January 7th – Open Thread

sundance at The Last Refuge - 22 hours ago
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those … Continue reading →

Actor hit in head with Golden Globe trophy

Dannielle Maguire at Just In - 22 hours ago
Joey King was left with a circular welt on her forehead following an afterparty elevator incident with her award-winning co-star.

Possible bikie link to firebombing and shooting at popular Brisbane bar Mr Percival's

Josh Robertson at Just In - 22 hours ago
An attempted arson attack and a shooting at the popular Brisbane bar and restaurant Mr Percival's may involve people linked to the Bandidos motorcycle club, the ABC understands.

Drumlines rolled out after 4m great white spotted at Gold Coast beach

Dominic Cansdale at Just In - 22 hours ago
A conservationist group says Queensland's shark control program is "lagging far behind" after more drumlines were installed at Palm Beach, on the Gold Coast.

'I'd rather a beer': Bushfire victim with burns to 60 per cent of his body out of induced coma

Natarsha Kallios at Just In - 22 hours ago
Racing identity John Glatz suffered critical burns in the Cudlee Creek bushfire but is now out of an induced coma, according to a long-time friend who said his first request was for a beer.

The making of a fluffy icon that's worth $3b to Australia each year

Just In - 22 hours ago
The koala has long been seen as a crucial icon of Australian identity and tourism. But it is impossible to reconcile the latest campaign with the shocking images of badly burned koalas, writes Kevin Markwell.

Doctors worry 'unprecedented' bushfire smoke creating new health risks

Olivia Willis at Just In - 22 hours ago
The unprecedented scale of Australia's national bushfire crisis is creating new health risks, doctors warn.

Urgent fire prep underway on Kangaroo Island, 56 homes confirmed destroyed

Just In - 22 hours ago
The South Australian Government says 56 homes have been destroyed in the Kangaroo Island bushfires, which claimed the lives of two people and tore through more than a third of the island.

Why Gervais says reaction to his Globes monologue was the 'best ever'

Emily Sakzewski at Just In - 22 hours ago
The comedian and animal advocate came out swinging in his opening monologue, calling out "hypocrite" celebrities and telling them not to lecture the public "about anything".

Search continues for shark victim after different body pulled from water

Frances Bell And James Carmody at Just In - 22 hours ago
Police recover a body from the water in Esperance — believed to be a 21-year-old man who went missing last week — after a number of sharks are spotted in the area where a search continues for the victim of Sunday's attack.

'The world is utterly perplexed': As Australia burns, is our reputation at risk?

Bridget Judd at Just In - 22 hours ago
From social media to the Golden Globes, it would seem the topic on everyone's lips is the Australian bushfire crisis. But could the international call to arms and subsequent influx of foreign aid and donations damage our national reputation?

Young daughter farewells hero firefighter dad during funeral

Jamie McKinnell at Just In - 22 hours ago
Andrew O'Dwyer is remembered as a "rare and beautiful person" at his funeral after the hero firefighter died while battling the Green Wattle Creek blaze in December.

End of an era as New Norcia Hotel, a historic WA monastic landmark, closes its doors

Jessica Warriner at Just In - 22 hours ago
There are fears the local community and tourism may suffer as the historic New Norcia Hotel east of Perth closes its doors after more than 90 years operating in Australia's only monastic town.

'... 2020 starts pretty well': Passenger captures moment plane wheel falls off

Just In - 22 hours ago
A video posted on Twitter by an Air Canada passenger shows one of the landing gear wheels catching fire and falling off during take-off.

Unsolicited donations spark 'second disaster' in bushfire-ravaged towns

Michelle Brown at Just In - 22 hours ago
Fire-ravaged communities are drowning under a deluge of unsolicited donations of toys, clothes and furniture from well-meaning but misguided people, sparking a "second disaster" according to the NSW Government.

As Government pursues cheap bushfire loans, this woman's patisserie won't bake for weeks

Jack Snape And Jade Macmillan at Just In - 22 hours ago
Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud cancels a trip to a fire-affected community in order to prepare a business assistance package in response to the bushfires.

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

Meagan Dillon at Just In - 22 hours ago
A South Australian man has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife more than 46 years ago. Colleen Adams' death was declared a major crime in 1979.

How Water Warms Our Planet

Hifast at Climate Collections - 23 hours ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: The hydrological cycle. Estimates of the observed main water reservoirs (black numbers in 10^3 km3 ) and the flow of moisture through the system (red numbers, in 10^3 km3 yr À1 ). Adjusted from Trenberth et al. [2007a] for the period 2002-2008 as in Trenberth et al. [2011]. This site…

How did life survive in the Snowball Earth? Scientists might have cracked the mystery

Hifast at Climate Collections - 23 hours ago
Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop: The researchers do admit that ‘Snowball Earth is just a hypothesis’, but that period seems to have been an era of the most extreme long-term cold spell(s) ever detected on Earth. There is very little life in Arctic tundras and glaciers. However that was the situation in a big…

Top Israeli Think Tank Warns: Potential for War with Iran (& Gaza) is Growing

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
Top Israeli Think Tank Warns: Potential for War with Iran is Growing by JUDAH ARI GROSS, https://www.timesofisrael.com/ In annual threat assessment, Institute for National Security Studies sees high risks of large-scale war in the north and in Gaza in 2020. – There is a growing risk of large-scale war along Israel’s northern borders in the …

America Might Not Go to War with Iran, But Israel Might

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
America Might Not Go to War with Iran, But Israel Might by Dov S. Zakheim, https://www.timesofisrael.com/ The Iranian regime has blamed Israel as much as the United States for the killing of Qassim Suleimani. – While Americans are agonizing over the wisdom of killing Iranian Quds Force leader Qassim Suleimani, and debating how to respond …

The Brink of War: How Did We Get Here?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
RT America Just as the headlines about the US embassy under siege in Baghdad were beginning to die down, shockwaves were sent throughout the world when a US drone strike ordered by President Trump killed top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. The killing is a major escalation in regional tensions that have pitted Tehran against Washington …

Iran Holds All the Cards in Coming Middle East Conflict with US – Unless Trump is Ready to Drop a Tactical NUKE

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
Bad idea to start a war with Iran. A conventional war against Iran is unwinnable. The only way for America (and Zionist ‘666’ Israel) to win is by using nuclear bombs. Iran does not have any nuclear bombs. However, it is understood, that Iran will be given nuclear bombs by Russia or China or CIA …

MSM ‘Misleads’ Public, Guaido Was Voted Out – Kovalik

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
RT America The opposition-led Venezuelan National Assembly voted self-proclaimed Interim President Juan Guaido out of the body’s leadership. Dan Kovalik, professor of international human rights at the University of Pittsburgh, breaks down what the mainstream media didn’t report. end

Jesse Ventura Enraged by ‘Illegal Killing’ of Soleimani

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
RT America Is Washington ending its decades-long, $9 trillion US war in Iraq by turning the country over to Iran? Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, host of “the World According to Jesse” joins Rick Sanchez to weigh in on the assassination of Iranian general and Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani and its repercussions. end

New: Iran & Iraq Uniting Against US (Full Show)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 23 hours ago
RT America Rick Sanchez breaks down the repercussions of Washington’s assassination of Iranian general and Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani. Then former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, host of “the World According to Jesse” weighs in. (04:16) Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof shares his insights. (11:50) RT America’s Sara Montes de Oca reports on the deepening …

Six B-52s Deployed To Diego Garcia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Diego Garcia, which is located about 1,000 miles off the southern tip of India, is more than 3,000 miles from Iran. The Pentagon says the base was chosen as the site where the aircraft will be deployed because it is out of range of Iranian missiles *Daily Mail:* *Pentagon sends six B-52 strategic bombers to military base Diego Garcia that is beyond the range of Iran's ballistic missiles to prepare to hit Tehran if given the order* * Six B-52 bombers are being deployed to the US military base on Diego Garcia * Diego Garcia is an atoll located in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian ... more »

Quote of the Day

vonMesser at 'Nox & Friends - 23 hours ago

U.S. Briefs NATO Over Iran Strike

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Reuters:* *U.S. briefs NATO over Iran strike, avoids European criticism* BRUSSELS (Reuters) - All members of the Atlantic alliance stood behind the United States in the Middle East after it briefed NATO on its drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday. Speaking after a rare NATO meeting on Iran and Iraq in which the United States briefed its allies about last Friday’s drone strike, Stoltenberg also called for a de-escalation of tensions, echoing the statements of some European leaders. *Read mor... more »

Colorado county reports first foodborne botulism death in more than decade

News Desk at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
Foodborne botulism is rare but potentially deadly. The death of an El Paso County, CO, woman who died the this past Sept.20 has since been officially blamed on foodborne botulism, the first death of its kind in a decade. Cardiovascular disease and diabetes contributed to death, according to the autopsy report. Were it not for... Continue Reading

Administrators promise new attention to ag water amid romaine outbreaks

Guest Contributor at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
Opinion Fresh produce plays an important part of an overall healthy diet. While millions of servings of fresh produce are consumed safely every day, recent outbreaks of foodborne illness have once again placed produce safety in the spotlight. We must continue to build upon and implement the science- and risk-based controls envisioned by Congress through... Continue Reading

Experts present on foodborne chemical and toxin burden

Joe Whitworth at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
Researchers have presented updated data on the global disease burden caused by foodborne chemicals and toxins. The data were discussed at a symposia in Arlington, VA, at the annual meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis. This past month last the society updated a 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) publication that analyzed disease burdens caused... Continue Reading

Consumer Reports taps former USDA food safety official to direct food policy

News Desk at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
Consumer Reports Monday announced the appointment of former USDA deputy undersecretary Brian Ronholm as director of food policy for the 80-year old non-profit organization. “Mr. Ronholm will lead Consumer Reports’ advocacy efforts to advance a safe and healthy food system. He will be based in CR’s Washington D.C. office,” according to the announcement. “Brian brings... Continue Reading

Lebanon blighted by internal issues but Hezbollah threatens to embroil the nation for Iran

Lee Jay at Modern Tokyo Times - 23 hours ago
Lebanon blighted by internal issues but Hezbollah threatens to embroil the nation for Iran Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Enormous demonstrations have taken place in Lebanon because of mounting economic, political, and social problems. At the same time, political cronyism and the sectarian nature of politics is holding back the hope […]

On The Idiotic Partisan Debate Over Regime Change In Iran Or Syria

Caitlin Johnstone at Caitlin Johnstone - 23 hours ago
I love my job. Really, I do. But writing about US military agendas for a living often brings one into contact with such staggering stupidity that all you can do is pause and wonder how our species survived past the invention of the pointy stick. […]

What Will the Army Do With Its New M1A2C Tank?

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 23 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Americas* [image: U.S. troops sit on an Abrams M1 tank as they prepare to join a military offensive in the northern Iraq city of Tal Afar September 10, 2005.] It's the best out there. *Key Points:* The world's most powerful tank is getting even better. The M1A2C, formerly known as the M1A2 SEPv3 is America’s most modern tank. The last major “version” of the M1A2 Abrams was developed in the *mid-to-late 2000s*, the M1A2 SEP v2. This upgrade was primarily geared towards the urban combat the Abrams was facing at the time in Iraq. The SEPv2 added the Common ... more »

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
In the 1970s, Gallup began polling to see what Americans think of honesty and ethics in various professions. Generally speaking, nurses have toped the list. And towards the bottom have been business executives and stockbrokers (each with a 32% low or very low rating), advertising practitioners (37%), car salespeople (44%) telemarketers (56%), and members of Congress (58%). In 2007, they may have been looking for a profession with even less regard than members of Congress, so they added lobbyists. It didn’t work, generally speaking lobbyists tied members of Congress for being the... more »

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

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 day ago
CNNi (CNN international) via Becky Anderson, based out of Abu Dhabi, attempts to push a false propaganda narrative against State Dept Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus. Things didn’t work out as planned. The pontificating Anderson was left speechless. Funny. Ms. Anderson intentionally … Continue reading →

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

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Vangelis, "Eternity" ○ Vangelis, "Beautiful Planet"

The 5 Best Places In the World to Buy Tank Ammo

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, * [image: https://pictures.reuters.com/archive/PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL--GM1E51A17AA01.html] Can you guess all of them? *Key Point:* It takes an advanced weapons industry to produce good tank ammunition. Tank ammunition is not easy to manufacture. Modern tanks require ammo that is made to withstand immense pressure while also maintaining very high accuracy. This presents challenges for all types of rounds, although modern Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot (APFSDS) ammunition is the hardest to manufacture due to the very hard materials necessary... more »

Stealth War: Can Iran Destroy an F-35?

David Axe at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*David Axe* *Security, Middle East* The fight isn't as clean-cut as you think. *Key Point:* Stealth puts it at an advantage, but the F-39 has some weaknesses. Amid escalating tensions between Iran and the United States, in part resulting from U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision unilaterally to withdraw the United States from the 2015 deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program, the U.S. armed forces have deployed a wide array of ships, planes and other weapons to the Middle East. *(This first appeared several months ago.)* The American arsenal in the region includes F-35 stealth fig... more »

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

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Middle East* [image: The domestically built mobile missile defence system Bavar-373 is displayed on the National Defence Industry Day in Tehran, Iran August 22, 2019. Tasnim News Agency/Handout via REUTERS] We might find out... *Key Point:* Iranian air defenses will lose, but they can take a big chomp out of U.S. airpower. Iran’s military planners face an unenviable military challenge: preparing defenses against air attacks from the most formidable air forces on the planet. The once-formidable Iranian Air Force, starved of spare parts for its 1970s... more »

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

David J. Wasserstein, Professor of History and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
If the US makes good on the president's threat, Iran's heritage won't be the only thing damaged. Washington's reputation would also take a hit.

America Says It’s Ending Its Occupation of Iraq

Eric Zuesse at The Duran - 1 day ago
Eric Zuesse (UPDATE IS AT THE BOTTOM.) Here’s the official announcement: — 6 JAN 2020 [TO:] sLTG Abdul Amir Deputy Director, Combined Joint Operations Baghdad Iraq — Ministry of Defense Your Excellency, Sir, in due deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq, and as requested by the Iraqi Parliament and the Prime Minister, […] More The post America Says It’s Ending Its Occupation of Iraq appeared first on The Duran.

Sydney bushfire benefit concert could be set to raise millions to aid relief

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

Sunshine Coast teens charged over stabbing, victim undergoes surgery

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

Bundanoon family 'had to drive through fire' fanned by 90kph winds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strong earthquake strikes Puerto Rico amid heavy seismic activity

Just In - 1 day ago
Puerto Rico struck by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake, the largest in a series of quakes that have struck the US territory in recent days and caused heavy damage in some areas.

Tree clearance underway to protect Tour Down Under cyclists after Cudlee Creek bushfire

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

Firefighter busts a move to put a smile on his crew's face

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 1 day ago
Tammy Garcia is the mother of Ricky Garcia, a boy band member of the Disney-backed group. She helped her son file a lawsuit alleging that the Disney agencies and organization in Hollywood are involved in child grooming and sex trafficking. The lawsuit, initially filed back on September 9th, 2019, has not been talked about much […] The post Lawsuit Alleges Disney Talent Agencies Have Child Sex Grooming Rings In Hollywood appeared first on Health Nut News.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 day ago
Retiring Texas congressman Will Hurd just gave an interview to *The New York Times Magazine.* He was asked about his reputation as a moderate. *You’re a moderate conservative, but your voting record in the House aligns with President Trump’s position about 80 percent of the time. No one would call him a moderate anything. So what does “moderate” mean to you?* I believe that Americans agree on 80 percent of stuff. I try to focus on those things. That’s separate from my voting record. He later sought to expand on these remarks. And can I take a second to clarify your question about th... more »

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

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Kris Osborn* *Technology, Americas* This new capability will be a force multiplier. *Key point:* This technology, which hinges upon higher levels of autonomous navigation, brings a wide swath of improved mission possibilities. US Air Force F-22s and F-35s will soon launch and control recoverable attack drones from the cockpit of the plane to expand air-combat operations, test enemy air defenses, conduct long-range ISR and even deliver weapons. This fast-approaching technology, which calls upon advanced levels of autonomous navigation, is closer to reality due of DARPA’s Gremlin... more »

Check Out The 3 Weirdest Tank Designs in History

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Charlie Gao* *History, * [image: MBT-70 at the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury, Connecticut. 21 June 2016.] Weird! *Key Point:* A lot of weirdness happened before the modern main battle tank. The United States fielded a pretty standard lineup of tanks during the Cold War. First came the Patton line, which evolved in a pretty straightforward fashion from the M47 to the M60 with a few deviations such as the M60A2 Starship. Then came the Abrams, which serves on to this day. But American designers made plenty of weird prototypes in attempts to improve on these de... more »

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

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, * [image: https://pictures.reuters.com/archive/USA-MILITARY--RC17E55928B0.html] Why didn't the STAFF round see combat? *Key Point:* For a "smart" round, it had a lot of dumb problems. In the 1990s, the U.S. Army was developing a new series of tank ammunition for the Abrams main battle tanks. The new round, designated XM943 Smart Target Activated Fire and Forget (STAFF), was to have lethality far beyond what was possible with conventional ammunition: it would fly over enemy tanks and detonate above them, projecting an explosively formed projectile throu... more »

Pentagon Rejects Trump Threat to Hit Iranian Cultural Sites

AP News at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
The Pentagon distanced itself from President Donald Trump's assertions that he would bomb Iranian cultural sites despite international prohibitions on such attacks.

Pier 1 Imports Closing Nearly Half of Stores as Sales Falter

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

Did President Obama Order More Than 500 Drone Strikes?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
The drone program has ratcheted up with each successive administration.

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

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 day ago
Earlier today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered remarks about the U.S. strike in Iraq that killed terrorist Qassem Soleimani: . [Transcript] “As the Senate convenes this afternoon, we find our nation facing two grave and serious choices. One concerns … Continue reading →

Water vapor is earth’s thermostat

drinkingwateradvisor at The Drinking Water Advisor - 1 day ago
Ivan R. Kennedy, Migdat Hodzic. Testing the hypothesis that variations in atmospheric water vapour are the main cause of fluctuations in global temperature, Periodicals of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Vol. 7, No. 2, August 2019, pp.870-880. A hypothesis that the increasing application of … Continue reading →

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

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*The "poorly written DRAFT" letter of the US Military* This letter could some day be as famous as the "Gettysburg Address". According to the latest blurbs emitting from the Beltway...it was authorized by one General Frank McKenzie. Is poor old Frank going to take the fall? I still lean towards the theory that this was/is a False Flag aborted fetus.

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

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Islamic State Films Gruesome Beheadings In “Message To Christians All Over The World” by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ The Islamic State has released a video which purportedly shows the brutal execution of 11 blindfolded Christians in Nigeria, the day after Christmas, in revenge for the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and IS spokesman Abdul-Hasan …

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

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Israeli Cops Disguised as Palestinians Attacked by Jewish Teens in No-Arabs-Allowed Settlement, 2 Arrested by https://www.rt.com/ Two teenage boys from the Jewish-only settlement of Bat Ayin have been arrested for attacking a pair of cops disguised as Palestinian laborers in what the right-wing legal aid group defending them has condemned as a “provocation.” – The …

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