Wednesday, January 08, 2020

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Was Majapahit really an empire?

Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan at New Mandala - 3 minutes ago
A critical reflection on the emergence, dominance and legacy of Java’s historic ‘empire’. The post Was Majapahit really an empire? appeared first on New Mandala.

Climate Change Advocacy: Application Of Science, Or Religious Cult?

Francis Menton at Manhattan Contrarian - 7 minutes ago
* Each day you listen to unceasing climate change advocacy, always claiming the mantle of “science.” But you can’t help noticing the steady drumbeat of the standard narratives used by religious cults. * The end of days is nigh. You have grievously sinned. Your sin is taking you down the road to damnation. Yet salvation is at hand. But only if you and all humanity immediately repent and follow the gospel of your new climate change priests. If not, the apocalypse of judgment day shall soon be upon you. * Of course these narratives pervade the rhetoric of the fanatics seeking to be mes... more »

São Paulo Nightlife Guide for Thursday, January 9, 2020

Beatriz Miranda at The Rio Times - 13 minutes ago
[image: São Paulo nightlife, São Paulo party, music, forró, Bixiga, best shows, party, música brasileira, Centro, best clubs in São Paulo, best parties in São Paulo] We have the top three picks for this Thursday, and below is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option. LIVE: Sambasonics (Vila Madalena) – Group Sambasonics will be starring at Bar do Baixo tonight. The repertoire includes swing, balanço, and samba-rock. The show happens from 11:45 PM to 2:45 AM. […] The post São Paulo Nightlife Guide for Thursday, January 9, 2020 appeared first on The Rio Times.

Rio Nightlife Guide for Thursday, January 9, 2020

Beatriz Miranda at The Rio Times - 13 minutes ago
We have the top three picks for this Thursday, and below is a list of bars and pubs that are always a good option. PARTY: Bombastic (Lapa) - The Bombastic party will make everyone dance like there is no tomorrow in Lapa. DJs will spin the hottest from funk, hip-hop, and reggaeton music. There will […] The post Rio Nightlife Guide for Thursday, January 9, 2020 appeared first on The Rio Times.

Full-Scale War Is Avoided And Trump Goes Right Back To Warmongering

Caitlin Johnstone at Caitlin Johnstone - 26 minutes ago
The United States and Iran entered into a direct military exchange for the first time ever with the drone assassination of General Qassem Soleimani last week and a retaliatory strike from Iran via surface-to-surface missiles upon two US military bases on Wednesday. As usual it […]

The U.S. Military Is Once Again Preparing For A Two-Front War

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 49 minutes ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, Americas* Against Russia and China. *Key Point:* New technologies and postures will be necessary in case of a major war. (Washington, D.C.) If a large mechanized unit of armored ground forces were “closing” with an enemy amid heavy artillery and cannon fire - but did not have overhead aircraft or satellite surveillance while transiting rigorous terrain - how could they fully discern the source of incoming fire? How might they pursue the safest and most lethal method of attack? This kind of scenario represents one of many contingencies now informing the ... more »

China Claims It Can Detect Stealth Planes Like the F-22 Raptor

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 49 minutes ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * [image:] Do you believe them? *Key Point:* Until it's used in combat, neither the Americans or the Chinese will really know if their anti-stealth radar works. In addition, it also functions as a fire control radar that can guide missiles toward stealthy jets like the F-35. “Meter wave radar can be deployed on vehicles, on land and warships, creating a dense web that gives hostile stealth aircraft nowhere to hide,” said China’s Global Times. Chinese scientists say they hav... more »

Russia's Akula-Class Attack Submarines Still Strike Fear Into Sailors' Hearts

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 49 minutes ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Arctic Ocean* A powerful and deadly stealth sub. *Key Point:* Despite the Akula’s poor readiness rate, they continue to make up the larger part of Russia’s nuclear attack submarine force. The Soviet Union produced hot-rod submarines that could swim faster, take more damage, and dive deeper than their American counterparts—but the U.S. Navy remained fairly confident it had the Soviet submarines outmatched because they were all extremely noisy. Should the superpowers clash, the quieter American subs had better odds of detecting their Soviet counterpar... more »

We Know How China Plans To Use Its Aircraft Carriers In A Conflict

Bryan McGrath, Mackenzie Eaglen at The National Interest - 49 minutes ago
*Bryan McGrath, Mackenzie Eaglen* *Security, Asia* Dominating the Western Pacific. *Key Point:* China understands that in a maritime conflict with virtually any nation but the United States, its carriers would be would be a powerful combat advantage. China’s recent release of its first strategic white paper signals its official emergence as a maritime—and therefore global—power. Little in the document should surprise those who have monitored China’s rise, though it remains to be seen whether China watchers will discern nuance and inscrutability instead of taking Beijing at its w... more »

Ash Barty loses opening match at Brisbane International

Simon Smale at Just In - 57 minutes ago
Ash Barty is off to a shaky start after losing her opening singles match of the year at the Brisbane International in straight sets to American qualifier Jennifer Brady.

Scott Morrison confirms Australia will remain in Iraq because situation has 'stabilised'

Jack Snape at Just In - 57 minutes ago
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia will continue its military mission in Iraq, despite Iran's missile attacks on US bases in the country yesterday.

Over a billion animals now dead in NSW bushfires, wildlife experts say

Emma Elsworthy at Just In - 57 minutes ago
The number has more than doubled from the original figure, while the loss of insects — a critical food source and pollinator — is thought to be in the "hundreds of billions".

This store went through the Great Depression, but business has never been so dire

Tahlia Roy at Just In - 57 minutes ago
Fiona Mutton is the fourth generation to stand behind the Len Mutton & Co counter. It is not in the path of the "devastating" Currowan bushfire, but the store has never encountered a situation this dire.

Ricky Gervais reacts to news the 2020 Oscars will go without a host

Emily Sakzewski at Just In - 57 minutes ago
TV executives announce this year's Oscars will not have a traditional host, just days after comedian Ricky Gervais delivered a scathing critique of Hollywood hypocrisy at the Golden Globes.

'Megxit': UK tabloids react to Prince Harry and Meghan's decision to step back from Royal duties

Just In - 57 minutes ago
The British tabloid press focuses on speculation Prince Harry and Meghan did not consult the rest of the Royal family before announcing their decision to step back from official duties, describing Prince Charles and Prince William as "incandescent with rage".

Man trapped by arms in meat slicer at Lockyer Valley workplace

Just In - 57 minutes ago
A man in his 60s suffers serious injuries after being trapped by his arms in a meat slicer at a business west of Brisbane.

Fashion retailer Bardot to shut 58 shops, 530 staff to lose jobs

Stephanie Chalmers at Just In - 57 minutes ago
Womenswear chain Bardot is shutting the majority of its stores across the country, with just 14 bricks and mortar locations to remain open in New South Wales and Victoria.

This historic building may become victim to the gold boom and fall into an open-cut mine

Cecile O'Connor at Just In - 57 minutes ago
There are fears for a grand heritage-listed building erected during Western Australia's first gold rush that now sits precariously above a working mine pit.

Newlyweds and students among Canadian plane crash victims in Iran

Just In - 57 minutes ago
Academics, students and a couple that travelled to Iran to get married, are among the 63 Canadians killed when a Ukrainian passenger jet crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran.

'We're stepping up': Billionaire Andrew Forrest pledges $70m for bushfire relief and recovery

Just In - 57 minutes ago
The Fortescue Metals Group founder announces he will spend $70 million on a bushfire recovery package for fire-affected communities which includes deploying a volunteer army of more than 1,200 people.

Army tells residents to leave Kangaroo Island town as bushfire intensifies

Daniel Keane at Just In - 57 minutes ago
Residents have been evacuated from parts of Kangaroo Island by the Australian Defence Force as the threat posed by the major bushfire burning for more than a week intensifies.

Mitch McConnell Invites Nancy Pelosi to Sit on a Pinecone: “There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure”…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 hour ago
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered some bad news to Speaker Pelosi from the floor of the upper-chamber: …”There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure. We will not cede our authority to try this impeachment. The … Continue reading →

On The Conflict Between Philosophy And Reason

Unknown at The Verma Report - 1 hour ago
Good philosophy is not an expression of reason. The great philosophers of the past have often flouted the rules of philosophical method and acted against reason. Many aspects of a man’s mind play a role in the development of good philosophy, these include faith, history, prejudices related to cultural, racial, religious, and political issues—and also reason. Reason is a success in science and mathematics, but in philosophy too much reliance on reason can sow seeds of dogmatism, skepticism, and discord, and lead to an inferior quality of work. By using reason, it is not possible to f... more »

"To The Idiots That Think This Is Over, It Ain’t!"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"To The Idiots That Think This Is Over, It Ain’t!"* by The Saker "Looks like Round 1 is over. Let’s begin with a small recap of events: • Iran fired a relatively small number of short range missiles at one, possibly two, US bases. • The IRGC indicated that if Iran is attacked, then so will Israel. • Trump tweeted “so far, so good”. • The US reported no casualties. In plain English this means that the strike was intended to be both highly visible AND symbolic (Iran has MANY more missiles, including longer ranged ones, which, if Iran wanted to, could strike every single US base in the... more »

CNN Settles $275M Lawsuit with Covington Student Nick Sandmann

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Fox News Sandmann to file lawsuits against ‘as many as 13’ others in viral video controversy; reaction on ‘The Five.’ #TheFive #FoxNews end

Trump Addresses the Nation After Iran Attacks US Military Facilities in Iraq

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Fox News Live Now: Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard reportedly launched the attack in revenge for Trump ordering an airstrike that killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. #FoxNewsLive #FoxNews end

Iran Strike: Reality Show (And All Were In On It!)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
RT America Are those who profit from the endless US wars in the Middle East subjecting Americans to an elaborate charade to enrich themselves? Do they care at all whether Washington completes its purported “mission” in such interventions? Former West Point Instructor and retired officer Maj. Danny Sjursen joins Rick Sanchez to weigh in. end

Is US Attempting to Play an Israeli Strategy Out Against Iran?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Is US Attempting to Play an Israeli Strategy Out Against Iran? by Robert Inlakesh, With the recent response coming from the IRGC to the US’s illegal assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, it is becoming more clear that the Trump administration may be playing at one of two possible objectives. – The first possible strategy …

US Creating Havoc in Middle East to Disrupt China-Russia-Iran Alliance: Scholar

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
US Creating Havoc in Middle East to Disrupt China-Russia-Iran Alliance: Scholar by The United States is creating havoc in the Middle East in order to disrupt the increasingly close alliance between China, Russia, and Iran and curtail China’s growing influence, according Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international …

Entire Afghanistan War A Fraud, Rich People Scrubbing History

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Redacted Tonight You can now watch the first 10 mins of Lee Camp’s new comedy special for FREE. Just go to and click play. ~ We’re being suppressed by major social media platforms. The best way to keep track of our content is to join our email list by texting “REDACTED” to 444-999. end

Silver, Gold & Cryptos to WIN the Global Monetary Battle!! (Bix Weir)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
RoadtoRoota It’s been a long battle but the FACT that REAL ASSETS will replace the Fiat Derivative Debt system is becoming more and more clear. If you don’t HOLD it you don’t OWN it! end

Russia Ramps Up Diplomacy to Provide Off Ramp Options to Iran & USA

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
The Duran PLEASE NOTE: We recorded this video hours before the Iranian missile strikes The Duran Quick Take: Episode 426. The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Russian diplomacy being set into action in order to de-escalate the march towards war between the United States and Iran. end

WTF: What The Fed?! – Mike Maloney, Chris Martenson, Grant Williams, Charles Hugh Smith, A. Taggart

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
ChrisMartensondotcom Watch the full event free at… “The plain truth is… we are in the middle of QE4 right now” – Grant Williams during WTF: What the Fed. The Federal Reserve looks to be pumping a healthy patient of full of drugs… Something is not adding up. And Mike Maloney agrees… He recently recorded …

About Trump: Violent Erratic Buffoon Or Art of War Kung Fu Master

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Whether you like him or hate him, you have to admit the Trumpster puts on quite a good show in WWE. He is hilarious. – About Trump: Violent Erratic Buffoon Or Art of War Kung Fu Master by Sylvain LAFOREST, The timing is right for everyone to understand what Donald Trump is doing, and …

Iranian Strike Was ‘Proportionate’ Self-Defense, No Need for Escalation Or War – FM Zarif

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
The whole series of events have many inconsistencies and appears staged. For the attacks on the 2 American bases in Iraq, it appears they had early warning. Of course, American signal intelligence is good enough to spy, pick up the intended targets before missile launches. So, it may not be a Iraq/Iran leak. Trump made …

Cancer Treated with Animal Deworming Medication: Fenbendazole

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Veterinary Secrets Joe Tippens was only given three months to live. But doctors later enrolled him in a clinical trial they hoped could give him more time. Tippens said he received a tip from a veterinarian who suggested he try a dog dewormer drug called fenbendazole, which was believed to display cancer-fighting properties, according to …

Gold & Silver Prices on WAR LOCKDOWN!! (Bix Weir)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
RoadtoRoota It’s amazing to watch the Gold and Silver price manipulators take down prices at the very moment they should be skyrocketing due to global instability. So much for Free Markets…just more proof that the game is 100% rigged – 100% of the time! end

Keiser Report: Stock Markets Party Like It’s 1999 (E1485)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
RT Continuing with their look back on 2019 and their look forward to 2020, Max and Stacy look at the year end charts from 2019 as the NASDAQ (up nearly 40%) parties like it’s 1999 when the index closed up 85%. Could 2020 achieve even higher returns? The massive end of year rally in the …

David Icke: Kate Middleton Royal Bloodlines, Nephilim Satanic Bloodlines, Paedophilia And Child Sacrifice

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Shaun Attwood Watch full podcast here:… David Icke’s channel: Watch my 1st 3-hour podcast with David Icke here:… end

Greece – Snow Over One Meter Deep Traps Families for 10 Days!

Robert at Ice Age Now - 2 hours ago
Parts of Greece buried under 4 meters of snow (more than 13 feet). ____________ Vilia, Greece – 8 Jan 2020 – For more than ten entire days two families were trapped in the village of Agios Nektarios in Vilia due to snow exceeding one meter in places. “We are trapped since last Sunday,” said a ... Read more Greece – Snow Over One Meter Deep Traps Families for 10 Days! The post Greece – Snow Over One Meter Deep Traps Families for 10 Days! appeared first on Ice Age Now.

New Chair of Theater at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Aims to Increase Opportunities for Women in the Industry

Sarah Wood at Diverse - 2 hours ago
Patsy Collins Bandes was named chair of theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She now has plans to make diversity a central part of her work.

How Can STEM Fellowships Evaluate Applicants More Equitably?

Sara Weissman at Diverse - 2 hours ago
How can STEM fellowships make their evaluation processes more equitable. Dr. Joyce Yen, director of the University of Washington’s ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change, has some ideas.

USMCA Outcome – GM and Ford Shock Over 1,500 Temp Auto Workers with Full-Time Promotions…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 2 hours ago
One of the key sectors gaining benefit from the USMCA trade agreement is the auto sector. Rules on steel and aluminum smelting/origination, and rules on part origination from North America are key aspects to the trade agreement that shifts focus … Continue reading →

Iraqis Want De-escalation and Dialogue, Chaldean Archbishop Says

Chaldean Archbishop Yousif Mirkis of Kirkuk, Iraq, speaks to reporters in Paris, Jan. 17, 2017. ( L. Bryant/VOA)(VOA) -- Iraqis are fearful about the continued use of their territory as a battleground, especially between the U.

Archbishop Warda: US-Iran Tensions Threaten Iraq's Assyrians

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq. ( CNS/Tyler Orsburn)After Iran attacked an air base in Erbil early Wednesday, the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil said the current tensions between Iran and the U.

Nazi German Panzers Never Wanted To Fight The U.S. Army's Tank-Destroyers

Robert Beckhusen at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Robert Beckhusen* *Security, * America's answer to Germany's World War II armor successes. *Key point: *Tank-destroyers also taught the Army not to over-specialize. There was no need for multiple classes of tanks that were strong in one respect and weak in another. During the 1940s, the U.S. Army developed a special weapon to counter the tanks of the German Wehrmacht. Most of these vehicles had the hull of a Sherman tank and a turret with a long-barrel cannon. But don’t dare call them *tanks*. These were tank-*destroyers*. After the war, the U.S. Army concluded tank destroyers ... more »

(Orange is the New) Black Adder(all)

nonnie9999 at HYSTERICAL RAISINS - 2 hours ago
From INDEPENDENT: Donald Trump appeared to stumble and slur his way through a scripted address, including failing to say the word “tolerated”, in his response to Iran‘s attacks on two US bases in Iraq. He told Iran that its “campaign of terror, murder, … Continue reading →

Trump asks NATO allies for help with Iran after years of bashing the alliance

Klaus W. Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor; Adjunct Professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 3 hours ago
President Trump's speech about Iran wasn't just aimed at that country or the US. He also targeted NATO allies, urging members of the alliance to step up and help US efforts in the Middle East.

Did Iran Stumble Upon America's New Secret Stealth Plane?

David Axe at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Middle East* [image:] Or was it aliens? *Key point:* Iran found some unknown object flying at Mach ten. Iran is the only other country besides the United States to operate arguably history’s most powerful interceptor aircraft, the F-14 Tomcat. And the Islamic republic has worked the twin-engine, swing-wing fighters *hard*. The F-14s played a major role in Iran’s war with Iraq from 1980 to 1988. Iranian Tomcat pilots were the only ones to successfully employ the F-14’s long-range, heavyweight AIM... more »

Here's How Iran Would Fight An All Out War

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Middle East* [image:] Their strategy is lots and lots of missiles. *Key Point:* Missiles are the way Iran gets the most bang for its buck. Like the rest of the Iranian Armed Forces, the Iranian Air Force was crippled by postrevolution purges. Although numerically and technologically superior to the Iraqi Air Force, Iran was unable to achieve air superiority and unable to accurately strike targets deep within Iraq. In response, Iran purchased a number of Soviet R-17 (“Scud B”) short-r... more »

Report: America's Adversaries Are Catching Up To The U.S. Army

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Americas* How good are U.S. Army weapons compared to their overseas counterparts? *Key Point:* America excels in many areas, other nations excel in a few, but no one really seems to have a huge advantage. How good are U.S. Army weapons compared to their overseas counterparts? Quite good in many areas, but foreign weapons have some capabilities that American weapons don't, according to a new study. The study, prepared by think-tank RAND Corp. on behalf of the U.S. Army, examined major ground combat systems. Note that it is mostly based on open-source dat... more »

"Erich Fromm’s 6 Rules of Listening"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Erich Fromm’s 6 Rules of Listening"* by Maria Popova “An experience makes its appearance only when it is being said,” wrote Hannah Arendt in reflecting on how language confers reality upon existence. “And unless it is said it is, so to speak, non-existent.” But if an experience is spoken yet unheard, half of its reality is severed and a certain essential harmony is breached. The great physicist David Bohm knew this: “If we are to live in harmony with ourselves and with nature,” he wrote in his excellent and timely treatise on the paradox of communication, “we need to be able to c... more »

Is Russia Better at Electronic and Ground Warfare Than America?

David Axe at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*David Axe* *Technology, Europe* [image:] Let's hope not. *Key point:* Moscow has gotten good at jamming advanced American systems. The U.S. military is spending more and more on electronic-warfare systems, all in a desperate bid to keep pace with China and Russia’s own investments in jammers. But the roughly $10 billion that the Pentagon plans to spend on electronic warfare every year over the next five years isn’t helping as much as it should, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments explained in a Novemb... more »

Will Trump Use the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber to Strike Iran?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * [image:] It'd get the job done. *Key Point*: The B-2 Spirit is the most precise bomber in the U.S. arsenal. The B-2 Spirit is one of three strategic heavy bombers in U.S. Air Force service. Originally conceived to infiltrate the Soviet air-defense network and attack targets with nuclear weapons, over the decades its mission has grown to include conventional precision attack. The B-2 is the most advanced bomber in U.S. service, and the only one of three types that still carries nuclear... more »

Even the Russians Think The U.S. Navy Would Defeat the Chinese

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * [image:] Konstantin Sivkov, a member of the Russian Academy of Rocket and Artillery Sciences, says superior U.S. reconaissance would give it the defining advantage. *Key Point:* Sivkov's scenario relies on a lot of built-in assumptions, but it's still useful in designing strategy. If U.S. and Chinese aircraft carriers were to clash, the U.S. Navy would win. And who makes that prediction? A Russian military expert. Konstantin Sivkov, a member of the Russian Academy of Rocket and ... more »

Firefighter Almost Dies From Poking at Popcorn Stuck in his Teeth

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 3 hours ago
Wow! We couldn’t believe this story. A UK firefighter almost died from picking popcorn out of his teeth. If you want to know what happened, check out the rest of his story here. Source: New York Post The post Firefighter Almost Dies From Poking at Popcorn Stuck in his Teeth appeared first on Health Nut News.

Prince Harry and Meghan are stepping back. Here's what you *really* need to know

Lucia Stein at Just In - 3 hours ago
If you're confused about the decision by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex to step back from their senior Royal duties, stick with us. We answer seven of your burning questions.

Tropical low unlikely to hit Darwin as cyclone

Lauren Roberts at Just In - 3 hours ago
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts a tropical low will no longer be at cyclone strength when it reaches Darwin this weekend.

'Are you sure it's for us?': Shock response after Kylie Jenner donates $200,000 to Queensland firies

Kym Agius at Just In - 3 hours ago
Not knowing who Kylie Jenner was, Queensland's Rural Fire Brigades Association boss was shocked to receive a call from her publicist giving a hefty donation to the volunteer organisation, as part of a total of $1 million nationwide.

Harry and Meghan's move pushes Royals into uncharted waters

Samantha Hawley at Just In - 3 hours ago
At Christmas, the Queen spoke of a "bumpy" 2019. Now 2020 has kicked off with her grandson pulling back from Royal duties.

We'd be lost without GPS — literally. Here are five things you probably don't know about it

Sarah Scopelianos at Just In - 3 hours ago
GPS is everywhere — on your phone, in your car, even on your wrist. But it hasn't always been as ubiquitous as it is today.

BBL becomes Big Bowl League with two hat-tricks in a day

Just In - 3 hours ago
Who says the Big Bash is all about the batsmen? Haris Rauf and Rashid Khan take hat-tricks, hours apart, for the Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers.

From fish kills to bad drinking water: What might the bushfires do to our waterways?

Jo Khan at Just In - 3 hours ago
When it rains after bushfires, the consequences are complex — and experts are worried about our rivers, freshwater fish and drinking water catchments.

Measles outbreak kills 6,000 people in Congo

Just In - 3 hours ago
The World Health Organisation calls for more funding to stop what it has described as "the world's worst measles epidemic" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Anger as more than $100,000 raised to help fight WA fires spent on public art instead

Rhiannon Shine at Just In - 3 hours ago
The West Australian Government defends using more than $100,000 raised from the state's taxpayer-funded Emergency Services Levy to install public art at new fire stations.

Body found in landing gear of Air France plane

Just In - 3 hours ago
An investigation is underway after the body of a stowaway, reported to be a child, was found on an Air France flight from Cote d'Ivoire to Paris.

Is 2020 the year Tasmania's 'forest peace' comes to an end?

Ellen Coulter at Just In - 3 hours ago
After relative peace in Tasmania's forests since 2012, the state could be set for more conflict in 2020 as two contentious forestry issues come to a head. But is the conflict genuine, or manufactured?

"For Good Reasons..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Our laws make law impossible; our liberties destroy all freedom; our property is organized robbery; our morality an impudent hypocrisy; our wisdom is administered by inexperienced or mal-experienced dupes; our power wielded by cowards and weaklings; and our honor false in all its points. I am an enemy of the existing order for good reasons." - George Bernard Shaw

"Jedi Mind Trick: The Disturbing, Destabilizing Abnormal Is Now Normal"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Jedi Mind Trick: * *The Disturbing, Destabilizing Abnormal Is Now Normal"* by Charles Hugh Smith "Forgive me for wondering if the populace of America hasn't fallen for a Jedi mind trick: Disturbing, destabilizing abnormalities are now accepted as normal life in America: *1.* Sprawling tent camps of homeless sprout like flowers of poverty in U.S. cities, leaving mountains of trash that speak volumes about systemic failure, destitution and overwhelmed city services. *2.* The Federal Reserve's vaunted "Wealth Effect" that was supposed to be a tide that raised all boats at least a bi... more »

A Connecticut Flunky in John McCain’s Shorts

nonnie9999 at HYSTERICAL RAISINS - 3 hours ago
(CNN) — Democrats accused fellow lawmaker Sen. Joe Lieberman of misleading the Republican National Convention when he addressed them in a speech Tuesday night. A senior Barack Obama campaign adviser said Lieberman flat-out lied when he told delegates that Obama never successfully reached across party lines. “Joe Lieberman ought to be ashamed of himself for […]

How To Write About Lindsey Graham While Ignoring What Living In The Closet Does To A Person

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Brian Stelter used his column, Reliable Sources, to report that "Once upon a time, Lindsey Graham was a Republican senator who was not afraid to exit the Fox-verse and appear on other networks. But, in recent months, Graham has been appearing almost exclusively on Fox. In fact, he’s become a regular fixture on the president’s favored network. Since September 1, 2019, Graham has appeared at least 36 times on either Fox News or Fox Biz. He has appeared twice on CBS News in that time frame. We couldn’t locate any other interviews he has sat down for on other networks." J... more »

The Gardasil HPV Vaccine Changed My Life Forever!

AdminM at Health Impact News - 4 hours ago
Ashley from San Jose, California was recently interviewed by Polly Tommey on the VAXXED II tour bus. Ashley was quite emotional when she saw all of the signatures on the bus, and Polly tells her that seeing the VAXXED bus and sitting in it is an emotional experience for most people. Ashley received the Gardasil vaccine when she was 20 years old, and immediately suffered pain. Soon afterwards, her monthly periods stopped. She also experienced some paralysis on the right side of her body. She tried to get help from medical doctors, but she was only recommended to get psychiatric help... more »

Measles Vaccine Failure: The Glaring Problem Officials Are Ignoring

AdminM at Health Impact News - 4 hours ago
It is far from uncommon for vaccines—including the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and MMR-plus-varicella (MMRV) vaccines used in the United States—to fail to live up to their textbook promises. As of 2019, in fact, leading vaccine scientists admitted that “the ability of the current measles vaccine to sustain long-term protective immunity and adequate herd immunity in settings with no wild type virus exposure” is “still a subject of debate.” Right at the starting gate, anywhere from 2% to 12% of children who receive their first measles-containing vaccine exhibit “primary vaccine failu... more »

China seeks aircraft-mounted laser weapon: report

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
On Saturday, the PLAAF said it was looking for bidders for developing systems that would support an airborne, offensive laser weapon. While the details are scant, the titles of the two bids published on give something of a hint at the PLA’s ideas: “procurement plan for airborne laser attack pod” and “price inquiry on […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Hezbollah moved military equipment towards Israeli border: IRGC

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the media wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran, cited by Sputnik Arabic, said that Lebanon’s Hezbollah has moved its military equipment towards the Lebanese border with Israel. This alleged news comes a day after Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, citing sources, said that “the Lebanese […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

The Daily Brief 2020-01-07

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Libya, Tunisia, Iran, Pompeo, Soleimani, Yemen, Iraq, Aleppo, Syria, NATO, Assad, Putin, Egypt, Turkey, Taiji, US, Idlib, Russia, Deir_Ezzor, Sirte, Hamas, Palestine. Categories covered in this brief: North-Africa, Turkey, Iran, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Palestine Let us know how you like this brief in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkey officially deploys 35 soldiers to Libya: Erdogan

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday that Turkey has sent 35 soldiers to Libya in support of the Al-Wefaq government, but they will not participate in the battles. In response to questions about the form of the Turkish military deployment in Libya, Erdogan was quoted by the Turkish […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Trump imposes ‘powerful sanctions’ against Iran in retaliation for missile strikes

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
Washington is introducing new additional economic sanctions against Tehran, US President Donald Trump said Wednesday addressing the nation at the White House after Iran launched missile attacks on January 8 targeting two military facilities in Iraq used by the United States. “As we continue to evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression, the United States […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

No US-Iran war, reason prevails

Bienvenido Oplas Jr at Government and Taxes - 4 hours ago
Sorry pessimists. After ending the 1+ decades of Soleimani murders last January 3, oil prices didn't reach $90 or higher; stocks didn't collapse; no casualty on both US and Iran troops, no "WW3" alarmism. Iran missiles were just fireworks in the night not intended to kill any US soldier and hence, was not meant to escalate. Rationality has prevailed on both sides. Two good reports here: *1. Asia markets bounce back after US-Iran tensions appear to ease* PUBLISHED WED, JAN 8 20206:41 PM EST Saheli Roy Choudhury more »

"In War, Revenge Will Always Lead to Destruction"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"In War, Revenge Will Always Lead to Destruction"* By Bill Bonner "Nemesis, the goddess of retribution and vengeance, the punisher of pride and hubris, waits impatiently for her meeting with us." - Chalmers Johnson BALTIMORE, MARYLAND –"Iran seems to have taken the bait. It couldn’t resist having its revenge on the avenger. But what’s this…? Is that giggling noise coming from the graveyard…? Today we return to our study of the two disastrous, society-destroying mistakes of the 21st century. (Catch up on the first here and the second here.) We remind Dear Readers that what is at sta... more »

Iran Wants to Build a New 7000 Ton Destroyer

David Axe at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Middle East* [image:] But can Tehran pull it off? *Key point:* Tehran likes to talk a big game, but it is unclear if it can build such a new warship. The Iranian navy announced it would build a new kind of warship -- a destroyer displacing as much as 7,000 tons of water, potentially placing it roughly in the same class as major American and European surface combatants. Be skeptical. Iran for decades has failed significantly to expand its surface fleet. The lack of resources that so... more »

Ex-CIA Officer Questions Reason for Killing Iranian General

AP News at - 4 hours ago
President Donald Trump's rationale for ordering the killing of a top Iranian general is reminiscent of the use of U.S. intelligence in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, New Mexico congressional candidate and former CIA operative Valerie Plame said.

DIPOLE Down Under

Jamie Spry at Climatism - 4 hours ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: Vijay Jayaraj explains how weather is created around the Indian Ocean in this article Record Heat and Cold Expose Climate Alarmists’ Bias. Excerpts in italics with my bolds and images. Australia was literally on fire in December. Record heat made headlines in global media. So did the extreme rainfall in…

"Economic Market Snapshot PM 1/8/20"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*PM 1/8/20, Updated frequently as available.* ◆ Gregory Mannarino, PM 1/8/20: "*Alert: Good On POTUS! Market Updates**"* - ◆ *MarketWatch Market Summary, Live Updates* - *CNN Market Data:* - *CNN Fear And Greed Index:* - ◆ *Buffett Indicator: Where Are We with Market Valuations?* "As of 1/8/20 (updates daily): The Stock Market is Significantly Overvalued. Based on historical ratio of total market cap over GDP (currently at 152.9%... more »

Did CNN Settle the Covington High Lawsuit for $275 Million?

Bethania Palma at - 4 hours ago
The details of a settlement reached between student Nick Sandmann and CNN have not been made public.

Christians Are Slowly Returning to Iraq, Says Syriac Patriarch

( Aid to the Church in Need)Reporting on his December 2019 fact-finding mission to northern Iraq, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan said that Qaraqosh, the largest Christian town on the Nineveh Plains, is "slowly returning" to what it was before the invasion of ISIS in the summer of 2014, which triggered a mass exodus of the region

Iran's Christian Minority: Officially Sanctioned But in Reality Persecuted

Recent tensions between Iran and the United States have drawn the attention of Catholic leaders, who hope the two nations will avoid an escalation. The Islamic Republic of Iran is a theocratic republic.

Turtles Vs. Trump

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 5 hours ago
Apologies for the image; I couldn’t find one with turtles wearing lawyers suits. Again it is ambulance chasers with legal training targeting deep pockets, as explained in USA Today article Trump administration sued for failing to protect green sea turtles from climate change. Excerpts on this latest example of climate derangement syndrome are in italics […]

Iran didn’t want to kill US troops with its strike, it wanted to make point to Trump about its missile tech & resolve. It did that.

Scott Ritter at Peace and Prosperity - 5 hours ago
[image: undefined] Iran’s anticipated retaliation for the US assassination of Qassem Suleimani sent a clear signal to Donald Trump that while the current round of violence may be over, Iran stands ready to respond to any future US provocation. *Tehran warned Iraq to spare US soldiers* On Tuesday night, the Iranian nation buried the body of Qassem Soleimani, the charismatic senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) officer assassinated by the US this past week. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, that task completed, Soleimani’s IRGC comrades, acting on the orders of Ira... more »

U.S. Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff: 'Iran Launched Ballistic Missiles Intending To Kill'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Satellite images show damage to hangars and buildings in what appears to be a series of precision missile strikes launched by Iran. Planet Labs Inc./Middlebury Institute *Military Times:* *Milley says Iran launched ballistic missiles intending to kill* The Pentagon’s top military adviser believes that when Iran launched missiles at two Iraqi coalition bases on Tuesday night, they were looking for casualties. Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Wednesday at the Pentagon that it’s his assessment Iran missed its intended targets at the Al As... more »

Meet 'Skyborg': The Drone Wingman the Air Force Wants for the F-35

David Axe at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*David Axe* *Technology, Americas* [image:] Why does it sound like of combination of "Skynet" and the "Borg"? *Key point: *AI will help pilots in combat, but such advanced technology comes with risks. The U.S. Air Force has selected its Skyborg wingman drone program to be one of its first “vanguard” technology programs. The designation means the flying branch intends to channel more resources toward the program and speed up its development. The other two vanguard designees are the Golden Horde swarming muni... more »

Why China's Lack of Experience Could Doom It in a War

David Axe at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Asia* [image:] What might happen? *Key point:* Having good technology is one thing, but gaining battlefield-earned experience is another. The Chinese military has almost no combat experience, analyst Timothy Heath wrote for the California think-tank RAND. But that inexperience might not matter very much, Heath explained. “Today, China's military has an increasingly impressive high-tech arsenal, but its ability to use these weapons and equipment remains unclear. There are rea... more »

Iran Refuses to Hand Over Black Box From Fatal Boeing Crash Near Tehran – Nose of SAM Missile Discovered Near Crash Site…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 5 hours ago
In the aftermath of Ukraine Airlines Flight 752 exploding and crashing just north of Tehran airport, the Iranian government is refusing to turn-over the black box flight data recorders recovered from the crash site. Combined with the timing and location, … Continue reading →

Report: Your State Is Likely DESTROYING Your Money

Selwyn Duke at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: report-your-state-is-likely-destroying-your-money] Your current dollars are worth less than four cents relative to their value in 1913, the year the privately owned Federal Reserve took over the banking system. What’s more, a recent report illustrates how states exacerbate the problem by “destroying” more tangible wealth: gold and silver.

Time Magazine Advises Parents on How to Talk to Their Kids About Soleimani's Death

Raven Clabough at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: time-magazine-advises-parents-on-how-to-talk-to-their-kids-about-soleimani-s-death] *Time* magazine has decided the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani has “fueled anxiety” amongst children, prompting the publication to offer up instructions for parents to navigate that “difficult topic” with their kids.

CNN Settles $275 Million Defamation Lawsuit Brought by Covington Student

Bob Adelmann at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: cnn-settles-275-million-defamation-lawsuit-brought-by-covington-student] CNN has settled out of court in the lawsuit brought by Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann.

Rockets Strike Baghdad's Green Zone Including One That Came Within 100 Yards Of The U.S. Embassy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*CNN*:* Two rockets land in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone* Two rockets landed inside the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, home of the US Embassy in Iraq, on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Iraqi military. The Iraqi joint military command told CNN in Baghdad that "two Katyusha rockets landed inside the Green Zone in Baghdad. No reports of casualties." The incident took place just after midnight local time. The CNN team in Baghdad heard sirens from inside the Green Zone and two explosions. It was not immediately clear who had fired the rockets or where they w... more »

Iraq's President And The Speaker Of The Parliament Have Denounced Iran's Missile Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Al Jazeera: **Iraqis denounce Iran missiles as 'violation of sovereignty'* Iraqis say Iran's targeting of US bases on Iraqi soil is an 'assault' and call on parties to move battlefield elsewhere. Iran's missile attack on Iraqi military bases hosting US troops has raised questions over Iraq's sovereignty and reflected Tehran's deep-rooted influence over Baghdad. Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at two Iraqi military bases early on Wednesday morning. The US Pentagon confirmed that the missiles hit the Ain al-Assad airbase in Anbar Province and a facility near Erbil's airport i... more »

DeVos and Department May Face Increased Fine

Peter Greene at CURMUDGUCATION - 5 hours ago
Back in October, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her department were fined $100,000 for contempt of court regarding their non-compliance with a court order to stop collecting loans from students bilked by a chain of fraudulent for-profit colleges. Turns out that price tag could get a little steeper. In October, the department said that, oopsies, they had continued to collect from about 16,000 students and parents. The "oopsy" was a little hard to believe, given that DeVosd has been abundantly clear that she does not believe that defrauded students should have their loans forgi... more »

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