Wednesday, January 08, 2020

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Student Loans, Meet Greece: Extend and Pretend Bond Maturities

Yves Smith at naked capitalism - 21 hours ago
Shed a crocodile tear for investors in student loans: they are sometimes discomfited by short-lived downgrades when loan maturities are pushed out.

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
*by Noah* Happy New Year from Tint and Squint! What better way to celebrate the first full week of the New Year! I bet this would get Mike Pence running for "Mother" or an all day session with his Home Gay Conversion Unit. Miss Moscow Mitch? He might just keel over. Lindsey Graham? Can he grovel and drool any more than he already has? Oh, please, I can't wait to see! What's that they say about married couples starting to look a bit like each other after a while?

Why I Don’t Trust Trump, Pompeo on Iran

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 21 hours ago
Why I Don’t Trust Trump, Pompeo on Iran by US President Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told us the US had to assassinate Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani last week because he was planning “imminent attacks” on US citizens. I don’t believe them. – Why not? Because Trump and the neocons …

‘US Attempts to Start War in Middle East are MADNESS!’ Iraqi Commander Killed in US Strike on Soleimani Once Told RT

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 21 hours ago
‘US Attempts to Start War in Middle East are MADNESS!’ Iraqi Commander Killed in US Strike on Soleimani Once Told RT by Iraq and Iran have a mutual interest in each other’s security, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis told RT in 2017. The Iraqi militia leader was among those killed in a US drone strike in …

Netanyahu: Israel Should Not Be Dragged into US-Iran Conflict

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 21 hours ago
Is NUTenyahu losing his nerves and backing down? Is he coming to the realization that he and a major portion of Zionist ‘666’ Israel, the Satanic counterfeit, will not exist in Albert Pike’s Satanic WW3? It is always easy to be brave war monger when you do not have to face the bullets. But when …

Why Is Iran Flying A Blood Red Flag Over A Famous Mosque That Is Directly Associated With The Mahdi?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 21 hours ago
Why Is Iran Flying A Blood Red Flag Over A Famous Mosque That Is Directly Associated With The Mahdi? by Michael Snyder, For the first time ever, a blood red flag is being flown over the famous Jamkaran Mosque in the Iranian “holy city” of Qom. If you have not see it yet, you …

2020: Pop Goes The Deep State … & The Dollar — Wayne Jett

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 21 hours ago
SGTreport Wayne Jett, the Chief economist at Classical Capital joins me to discuss the latest, which includes the demise of the Dollar which Wayne believes may occur in 2020. end

Iran Warns ‘Great Satan’ America that Any New Attack Will Result in ‘Painful and Crushing’ Response, Including Against Israel

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 21 hours ago
Iran Warns ‘Great Satan’ America that Any New Attack Will Result in ‘Painful and Crushing’ Response, Including Against Israel by If the US and its allies launch any more attacks on Iran, they will incur “more painful and crushing responses,” the Islamic Revolutionary Guards of Iran warned, noting that ‘Zionist regime’ of Israel will …

Greg Hunter, "Past Point of No Return " - John Rubino

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"Past Point of No Return" - John Rubino* By Greg Hunter’s "Financial writer and book author John Rubino sees the world careening toward a debt reset at an increasing pace. Rubino explains, “The coming monetary reset and what that means for gold and what that means for the rest of the global financial system, you don’t need a war to bring that about because we are making enough financial mistakes that will get us there in no time flat now without geopolitical turmoil. If you add a big war in the Middle East into the equation, then anything can happen. A scenario rig... more »

Iran mulls 13 mystery ‘revenge scenarios’ against US over Soleimani’s assassination

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
Iran has a baker’s dozen potential “revenge scenarios” that it is considering against the US, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s powerful Supreme National Security Council, said Tuesday. “The Americans should know that until now, 13 revenge scenarios have been discussed in the Council and even if there is a consensus on the weakest scenario, carrying […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

The Daily Brief 2020-01-06

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
This is a summary of 17 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Tripoli, US, Syria, Trump, Soleimani, Sirte, Idlib, ISIS, Tehran, IRGC, Israel, Saudi, Yemen. Categories covered in this brief: Iraq, Iran, North-Africa, Syria, Turkey, Middleeast, Yemen Let us know how you like this brief in the comments below. — The AMN […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Tunisia will not allow Turkey to use its territory to intervene in Libya

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – Tunisian presidential spokesperson Rachida Nayfer confirmed on Tuesday that her country “categorically” refuses the use of its territory in the Libyan Conflict. In a statement with the Tunisian radio station, Nayfer said that “Tunisia categorically rejects any foreign interference in Libya, including the Turkish intervention, which is Tunisia’s position from […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Trump had ‘legal, appropriate’ basis to assassinate Qassem Soleimani: Pompeo

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a State Department briefing on Tuesday that American President Donald Trump had the “entirely legal, appropriate basis” to assassinate the leader of the Quds Force Major-General Qassem Soleimani. Pompeo said that Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

When Dad Passed Away - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
*When Dad passed away* *Memories of the past come* *The love of a son* *© ** 2020 M.N. Hopkins* *Note: Dad passed away to the other side on January 7, 2020 at 6 pm surrounded by his wife and sons and my cousin and her husband. When you are 97 years old their are not many left who have any kind of relationship to you. He went peacefully which is a good death in my eyes. RIP dear father of mine. *

How Yugoslavia Was Pushed To WWII (I)

Vladislav B. SOTIROVIĆ at - 21 hours ago
The Kingdom of Yugoslavia, under the official name the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes in 1918‒1929, was formed on December 1st, 1918 as a state for the South Slavs (except Bulgarians). It was composed of parts of the former Austria-Hungary (Carniola, Croatia, Slavonia, Srem, Bačka, Baranja, West Banat, Dalmatia, […]

Col. Kemp denounces the BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
From his piece in the Daily Telegraph, here's Col. Richard Kemp: At one point I expected the BBC to play martial music in the days immediately after Soleimani’s death, so sombre was their coverage of his funeral. Their correspondent in Beirut on Monday came across more like a spokesman for Tehran. He's referring to Quentin Sommerville.

Of course

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
According to commissioning notes seen by *The Times*, BBC bosses are trying to make Radio 3 more accessible. New guidance says that presenters shouldn't use "presumptuous phrases" like "of course", "we all know that", "we all presume that" and "and so forth". Moreover: Ideally, presenters should not be experts. “They should feel like they are sharing their experience, offering their enthusiasms and recommendations but not lecturing,” the brief states. A Radio 3 spokeswoman says: “We’re always looking for different ways to welcome as many people as possible to the high-quality arts... more »

Iran Could Give Britain's Navy A Run For Its Money

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 22 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * A tough fight. *Key point:* So is Britain or Iran stronger? It depends on the circumstances. “A comparison of the UK and Iran’s military strength shows Britain falling behind when it comes to manpower, land and naval strength and petroleum resources,” the newspaper proclaimed after Iran seized a British tanker in the Persian Gulf, in retaliation for Britain seizing an Iranian tanker at Gibraltar. The Daily Express article was based on, which features both statistics on the armed forces of 137 nations, and ranks those nations usin... more »

Now You Too Can Build Your Own Glock Or AR-15 At Home

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 22 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * Details within. *Key point: *One exception to the receiver-as-firearm rule is that a receiver that is 80 percent complete or less is not subject to regulation; in other words, it is not legally a firearm. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the agency that regulates gun ownership in the United States, recognizes that individuals have a historical right to make their own firearms. While this may have been common in the eighteenth century, it is only recently becoming popular again due to the high tolerances of modern machinery and t... more »

Gluten Is Bad: For These Americans, Bread Has Become A Silent Killer

Lauren Green at The National Interest - 22 hours ago
*Lauren Green* *Health, Americas* Gluten attacks. *Key point: *If someone does not have celiac disease but suffers from symptoms of gluten sensitivity, an elimination trial of gluten is often helpful for reducing migraine frequency or severity. Migraine is the third most prevalent illness in the world and causes suffering for tens of millions of people. In fact, nearly 1 in 4 U.S. household includes someone with migraines. Migraine is not just a headache but also includes a collection of associated symptoms that can be debilitating. These include nausea, vomiting, light sensiti... more »

The Bomber You Never Heard Of: Meet the B-50 Bomber

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 22 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *History, Americas* History misses this plane--and for good reasons. *Key point: *When the Korean War broke out in the 1950s, only the older B-29s were called into perform non-nuclear strikes. Quiz time! Which secret American military project during World War II proved even more expensive than the $2 billion Manhattan Project which developed U.S. atomic bombs? That would be the $3 billion B-29 Superfortress—the huge four-engine bomber designed to fly across huge distances and drop those atomic bombs. The silver-skinned B-29’s four huge turbo-supercharged R-33... more »

Sorry China, But The J-20 Can't Beat America's F-22 Or F-35 Stealth Fighters

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 22 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, * For the time being, Chinese jets are not on the same level as their American counterparts. *Key Point:* An engine that can handle these functions is essential for fifth-generation aircraft. China’s first fifth-generation aircraft is having a major issue. As Dave Majumdar previously covered, China recently declared that its J-20 fighter jet had attained initial operational capability. “China's latest J-20 stealth fighter has been commissioned into the air force's combat service,” China’s Defense Ministry said on February 9. Chinese analysts touted the... more »

How taxpayers are pumping millions into the motel business to provide emergency housing

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 22 hours ago
Originally posted on Point of Order: Blogger Lindsay Mitchell has used the Official Information Act to flush out data on emergency housing from the Ministry for Social Development. The results have been posted under the heading Motel charges premium for emergency housing. At long last MSD has updated OIA requests, Mitchell writes. Responses up to…

GNS Tell Porkies & White Island dead turn out to be VIP's

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 22 hours ago
Originally posted on BEN'S WORLD: WHY IS GEO NET LYING IT ASS OFF WHO WAS ON WHITE ISLAND??? 1. Look at the Geonet (the government agency run out of PM office, funded in part by mining and oil interests) report for quake activity on the 4th and 5th January 2019.Now go look at…

Iranian Official: All on Board Ukrainian Plane Killed

AP News at - 22 hours ago
A Ukrainian airplane carrying at least 170 people crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport, killing all onboard, state TV reported.

Iran attacks against USA and Iraq bases happening now

Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 22 hours ago
Fox News’ Trey Yingst (on the ground in Baghdad) says reports can confirm that dozens of missiles have been fired from Iranian territory towards an Iraqi base that typically houses American forces. . . Military Times: The Pentagon says Iran has fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops at al-Asad and Irbil. The Pentagon said it was working on a battle damage assessment. There have been no reported U.S. casualties, according to two U.S. sources with direct knowledge of actions on the ground. “At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran laun... more »

Quote of the Day

vonMesser at 'Nox & Friends - 22 hours ago

Letter From The Editor: Counting Cows

Dan Flynn at Food Safety News - 22 hours ago
Opinion Tax season isn’t so far off, so it’s only a little early to get out my yellowed Canon 10-key calculator with tape. I usually only roll it out for taxes, but Bill Bullard sent my head spinning about beef imports. Bullard, whom I truly want to meet in person someday, managed recently to make... Continue Reading

Australian Salmonella outbreak grows; bush fires threaten food safety

Joe Whitworth at Food Safety News - 22 hours ago
Nearly 90 people are part of a Salmonella outbreak across Australia after eating a particular brand of frozen microwave meals. A total of 84 people in New South Wales (NSW), Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) reported eating Core Powerfoods products before becoming sick. The number of people ill in... Continue Reading

Six Seattle area food establishments remain closed from 2019

Dan Flynn at Food Safety News - 22 hours ago
Six food oerations shut down in 2019 in the Seattle area by Public Health remain closed in 2020. The six include two grocery stores, a restaurant, a mobile food truck, an unapproved food stand, and an unlicensed vendor operating out of a personal car. Seattle-King County Public health has already closed one restaurant in 2020.... Continue Reading

Awas, perjanjian dagang bisa menjadi bumerang - 22 hours ago
08-Jan-2020 Sebelum membuat perjanjian dagang baru dengan sejumlah negara, ada baiknya pemerintah Indonesia mengevaluasi kembali seluruh perjanjian dagang yang sudah ada.

Japan pledges support for Thailand joining Pacific trade pact - 22 hours ago
08-Jan-2020 Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi promised on Tuesday to help Thailand join a trans-Pacific free trade agreement at an early date.

Sell more to China - 22 hours ago
08-Jan-2020 The China Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA-II) has immediately abolished tariffs for Pakistan on 313 products, while a total of 75% of the tariff lines will be liberalised over the next decade.

Japan trade deal failed to benefit PHL machinery - 22 hours ago
08-Jan-2020 The Japan Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) negatively impacted machinery and mechanical exports even as it benefited Philippine exports overall, according to a study from the Philippine Institute of Development Studies.

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched. We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression. — Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 8, 2020 After Tehran's airstrikes in Iraq, Iran's foreign minister says, "We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression." Meantime, President Trump tweets: "All is well!" and "So far, so good" regarding casualties. more »

Fukushima: boars, pheasants, monkeys...

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
The Fukushima-ruining earthquake took place 8.9 years ago (TRF about Fukushima) and whole irrational nations that live tens of thousands of kilometers away have abused that event as an excuse to abandon the nuclear energy entirely. Nations such as the so-called Germans will pretend that there are no nuclei sitting in the heart of each atom, no seeds where the characteristic energy changes are one million times higher than the energy associated with the atomic orbitals i.e. the state of the electrons. Given the fact that Germans suck this much in nuclear energy, you must forgive Wern... more »

January 8th – 2020 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #1084

sundance at The Last Refuge - 23 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 →

Wednesday January 8th – Open Thread

sundance at The Last Refuge - 23 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 →

On Same Night Iran Fires Missiles – Ukraine Passenger Flight Leaving Tehran Airport Crashes Killing 170….

sundance at The Last Refuge - 23 hours ago
Horrific coincidence that might not entirely be a coincidence. A Ukraine 737 Airliner, Flight 752 from Tehran to Ukraine, is lost shortly after take-off. The incident takes place only hours after Iran fires ballistic missiles into Iraq targeting U.S. bases. … Continue reading →

Who is in Charge Here?

David Super at Balkinization - 23 hours ago
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announcedtoday that he has sufficient votes to begin the impeachment trial of President Trump without agreeing to Democrats’ demands that he promise that the House may call witnesses. This has caused considerable confusion about just how much power he really has to control the process, assuming he has at least fifty-one senators ready to support him. As I have explainedpreviouslyhere and elsewhere, media reports and the apparent understandings of some Members of Congress attribute to him much more power over the impeachment proces... more »

June wants diversity to bust out all over

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 23 hours ago
"Britain is changing. It’s about time the media did too" Read @junesarpong's blog post as the first Director of Creative Diversity at the BBC, at @HuffPost >> — BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) January 7, 2020 Here's Jon Holbrook of *Spiked*'s reaction: June Sarpong a “dark skinned black woman” (her words) who is the BBC’s Director of Creative Diversity wants to promote ideas & people on the basis of diversity, not merit. She’ll hasten the BBC’s demise (eg Dr Who), whilst being cheered on by woke Guardianistas.

Thousands of volunteers 'caught in red tape' backlog trying to rejoin firefighting efforts

Matthew Doran at Just In - 23 hours ago
The New South Wales Volunteer Fire Fighters Association claims 7,000 volunteers are trying to rejoin the firefighting effort but are being stopped by "bureaucracy and red tape".

What Iran's missile strikes mean for 300 Australians in Iraq

Jack Snape at Just In - 23 hours ago
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds will meet with Cabinet colleagues on Thursday morning to decide the fate of Australian troops stationed in Iraq.

Queensland fire chief rejects criticism over hazard reduction shortfall

Jemima Burt at Just In - 23 hours ago
Queensland's fire commissioner Greg Leach backs his agency's work on hazard reduction despite figures showing a shortfall in planned burns, reinforcing similar comments from fire chiefs in NSW and Victoria.

Kangaroo Island town evacuated amid fire danger, PM visits island

Just In - 23 hours ago
South Australia's CFS evacuates the Kangaroo Island town of Vivonne Bay ahead of deteriorating weather, while Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits the island and says he is in "no doubt" of the devastation.

'These stories will go down in history': How bushfire bonded stranded locals

Sarah Moss at Just In - 23 hours ago
When the South Coast fires cut off the only road in and out of the town for almost a week and cut off power and phonelines, these strangers became friends and resources were shared, cultivating a bond among the community.

Firefighter doing 'incredibly critical work' confirmed as third person killed in Victorian fires

Just In - 23 hours ago
A car crash on Friday that killed a 43-year-old man who was working for Forest Fire Management Victoria was caused by bushfires, authorities confirm. It takes the state's death toll from the disaster to three.

Cyclone warnings issued for the Northern Territory as tropical low intensifies

Chelsea Heaney at Just In - 23 hours ago
The Top End is being warned it will soon bear the brunt of another cyclone, as a tropical low intensifies and heads towards several remote communities.

'You feel like a coward': Family left with nothing but a wedding dress and the boots on their feet

Peter Somerville at Just In - 23 hours ago
A Victorian family who agonised over whether to stay and defend their East Gippsland property have no doubt they made the right choice after seeing the devastating results of the fire.

Iran has retaliated against the US. Here's what you need to know

Peter Marsh at Just In - 23 hours ago
If you've not been following the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, let's get you up to speed. Here are five really simple answers to questions you've probably go about the situation.

Dozens of Iranians and Canadians among 176 killed in Boeing crash

Just In - 23 hours ago
All those aboard the Boeing 737-800 aircraft are dead after the plane crashed due to technical problems following take-off from Tehran's main international airport, Iran's state television says.

Darwin man charged with lighting several 'suspicious' bushfires during the dry season

Matt Garrick at Just In - 23 hours ago
A 27-year-old man has been charged with over a dozen counts of lighting bushfires during the dry season in the Northern Territory's Top End.

Anti-Scott Morrison protest to go ahead despite police plea to postpone

Yara Murray-Atfield at Just In - 23 hours ago
The organisers of a climate protest planned for Melbourne's CBD on Friday say the event will go ahead, despite police asking them to reconsider the "resource drain" on a day when fire activity is expected to flare across Victoria.

Australian Daily Wind Power Generation Data – Tuesday 7th January 2020

TonyfromOz at PA Pundits – International - 23 hours ago
By Anton Lang ~ This Post details the daily wind power generation data for the AEMO coverage area in Australia. For the background information, refer to the Introductory Post at this link. Each image is shown here at a smaller size to fit on the page alongside the data for that day. If you click […]

As Impeachment Fight Resumes, NY Times Praises ‘Heroic Icon’ Pelosi, Cries Sexism

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 23 hours ago
By Clay Waters ~ Alisha Haridasani Gupta, who writes the New York Times’ feminist newsletter “In Her Words,” made Page Two of Tuesday’s edition with “Powering the Democratic Party.” She interviewed Times’ reporter Lisa Lerer about Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The piece is a truncated version of a month-old Q&A from Gupta’s newsletter (excerpts from original […]

Reform USAID Energy Aid Policies Now!

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 23 hours ago
By Paul Driessen and David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Apparently unable to grasp the cruel irony, USAID Commissioner Mark Green boasts that “electricity enables access to refrigeration to store fish, milk and vaccines. Electricity brightens the night and helps schoolchildren study. Electricity allows businesses to stay open later and makes communities safer.” Abundant, reliable, affordable electricity […]

Foreign Correspondent-- What’s Really Going On With The U.S. And Iran?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*U.S. troops in Kurdistan. Photo by Reese Erlich* *-by Reese Erlich* On Jan. 2 a U.S. drone fired a missile on a car caravan leaving the Baghdad airport, killing Iranian Major General Qassem Suleimani and leaders of Iraqi militia groups. The Trump administration claims the attack eliminated terrorists planning attacks on U.S. forces. But many Iraqis and Iranians consider it an act of war. Who is Suleimani and what impact will his assassination have on the region? 48 Hills talked with Erlich, who has reported from Iran and Iraq for 20 years. *48 Hills:* *Who was Qassem Suleimani and... more »

Open Thread

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Time for a new open thread. Thanks for your comments.

How dare they?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Man at work Though blaming climate change for the wildfires in Australia, the BBC has nevertheless dispatched Clive Myrie to cover the story, despite already having two correspondents in the country (Shaimaa Khalil and Phil Mercer). I'm guessing Clive travelled there by plane rather than paddling by canoe. *Update*: I see I'm not the only one who spotted this: *Kathy Gyngell*: Clive Myrie reporting from Australia on BBC News at 10 tonight. Why has he been flown all the way there - bear in mind the major carbon footprint - when there’s a bureau on the ground?

Has been criticised

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
As per yesterday's *"It seemed very white"* post , last night's BBC *News at Ten* continued racialising the BAFTAs: The nominations have been announced for this year's BAFTA awards, which celebrate the best in British and international TV and film. They have not been without controversy as the nominees list has been criticised for not being sufficiently diverse. All of the nominees in the acting categories are white and no female directors were nominated for the seventh year in a row. Last year, BAFTA introduced new rules saying films would not be nominated for Best British film or... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Reporting on the return to the UK of the woman convicted of lying about being gang-raped in Cyprus, last night's BBC One *News at Ten *made reference to the men she accused of raping her. Four times they were referred to as "Israeli men", and once as "Israeli tourists". The BBC can be precise, when it suits them.

"It is a fact"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Look behind you, John! Last night's BBC *News at Ten* featured the BBC's deputy political editor John Pienaar focusing on two things: firstly, "the uncomfortable truth" that British ministers now have little power to influence events or American presidents and, secondly, that Boris should have 'led the line' on the US-Iran 'crisis'. Here's his editorial in full: Quite, Fiona. *The uncomfortable truth is that chorusing the case for restraint is about the extent of British ministers' power to influence events in this crisis*, whether it's the Defence Secretary in the House a short wh... more »

The madman theory

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
A man with a tan The BBC's permatanned North America correspondent Nick Bryant, talking on last night's BBC *News at Ten* of "the most unpredictable president ever to occupy the White House", concluded his latest editorial for the BBC by saying: It sometimes feels like Donald Trump is pursuing a modern day version of what Richard Nixon called 'the madmen theory', creating a sense amongst American adversaries that he would be prepared to take the most extreme military options, casting aside the notion of proportionality. He has also repeatedly stated he doesn't want to embroil his ... more »

Breaking News: Ukraine Passenger Airline Has Crashed Outside Of Tehran. Was It Shot Down?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail:* *Ukranian Airlines Boeing 737 with 170 aboard crashes shortly after take-off from airport in Tehran 'due to technical problems' just hours after missiles were fired at US bases* * A Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 170 people has crashed near Tehran * The airliner, said to be a Boeing 737, went down near Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport, according to local media * Fars News Agency reported the plane suffered technical problems then went down minutes after take-off in Tehran * Video appeared to show the first footage of a Ukrainian flight no. PS 752 plane f... more »

Iran Media: Tehran Will Unleash Hezbollah To Attack Israel And Dubai If US Responds To Iran Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivers a speech. (Photo credit: REUTERS) *Jerusalem Post:* *Report: Hezbollah will attack Israel if US responds to Iran attack* "We in no way consider the Zionist regime (of Israel) to be separate from the criminal US regime in these crimes." Hezbollah will attack Israel if the United States responds to missile attacks carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Tuesday night, according to the Iranian Tasnim news agency. "We in no way consider the Zionist regime (of Israel) to be separate from the criminal US regime in... more »

Think Your Job Is Rough? Try Disabling a Nuclear Bomb

Steve Weintz at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Steve Weintz* *Security, * [image:] Somebody's got to do it. *Key Point:* Dr. John C. Clark disabled two nuclear weapons in his lifetime. In the spring of 1952, the U.S. government tested tactical nuclear weapons at the Nevadoa Proving Ground as part of Operation Tumbler-Snapper. It was the third nuke test series in 18 months at the Nevada site in an era of breakneck atomic development. At 4:00 in the morning on May 13, one of the Tumbler-Snapper bombs — code name “Fox” — was scheduled to go off. But the mome... more »


Hardnox at 'Nox & Friends - 1 day ago
I repost this without comment. Matt echos my thinking, albeit better articulated, than my article from yesterday. It was written by Matt Bracken at American Partisan. ~ Hardnox —oo— The more I ponder the mass demonstration being promoted by the Virginia Citizens Defense League for the annual Lobby Day at the Richmond Capitol, the more it looks like a disaster in the making. I wish it were otherwise, but I see many times more downside risk than possible upside benefit. Even if Virginia Senate Bill 16 is passed, banning nearly all semi-automatic firearms, the new law will be challenge... more »

Who Are The Happiest People In Iran?

Terry at 'Nox & Friends - 1 day ago
A: Funeral Home Owners. Is it just me, or does Soleimani’s casket ( shown at :46 sec) look like a taped up FedEx cardboard box ? I understand each mourner, including democratic members of US congress, received their very own souvenir piece of the beloved general, hermetically sealed inside of a goat testicle. This funeral killed more than the actual Airstrike! There is no need for further US attacks. These stone-age barbarians will kill each other off. Just like the traitorous democrats. ~Terry

Our contemporary Reichstag fire?

Sandy Levinson at Balkinization - 1 day ago
We are promised a speech from the White House tomorrow at which our ignorant, pathologically lying, and narcissistic President will try to reassure the country that there was in fact some genuine defense for the assassination of Gen. Suliemani and whatever further escalation will meet the Iranian attack on US forces in Iraq. The real question is why anyone in the entire country should take seriously anything said by Trump (or by such enablers as the West Point honor-oath betraying Secretary of State), including accepting any further orders that he gives as Commander in Chief furthe... more »

Not enough is being done on the affordable housing front, say advocates

Jennifer Henderson at Halifax Examiner - 1 day ago
Last August, the federal government signed a 10-year-deal with the province of Nova Scotia to cost-share a $400-million-dollar contribution towards affordable housing. The timing couldn’t be better for people trying to find a place to live in Metro Halifax. Not only is the population growing but the vacancy rate is at a historic low — […]

Georgie Fagan used to organize with white supremacists. Now he condemns them.

El Jones at Halifax Examiner - 1 day ago
The friendship I can’t remember exactly when I met Georgie Fagan, but for some time we organized together for prisoners. Georgie had been in and out of prison for most of his life, and has years of experience in the prison system. At Prisoner Justice Day a few years ago, he spoke movingly about his […]

Gold And Oil Prices Soar. Stocks Tumble.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
REUTERS/Li Sanxian *Reuters:* *Stocks tumble, gold and crude soar after Iran strike on U.S. forces* SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Asian shares and U.S. treasury yields tumbled on Wednesday, while the yen, gold and oil shot higher after Iran fired rockets at Iraqi airbases hosting U.S. military forces, stoking fears of a wider conflict in the Middle East. Iran’s missile attacks on the Ain Al-Asad air base and another in Erbil, Iraq, early Wednesday came hours after the funeral of an Iranian commander whose killing in a U.S. drone strike has intensified tensions in the region. MSCI’s broad... more »

Herald silencing climate sceptics

Richard Treadgold at CCG - 1 day ago
The Herald printed these letters on Saturday. Here is the letter (now slightly altered) I sent them that day, still … Continue Reading →

America's New Aircraft Carriers Are Vulnerable To Russia And China

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * But "obsolete" ships can still be useful. *Key Point:* Aircraft carriers' main job is not to penetrate A2/AD systems, and "obsolete" ships are still useful for decades. The United States has decided to spend many billions of dollars on the CVN-78 (“Ford”) class of aircraft carriers to replace the venerable Nimitz class. The latter has served the U.S. Navy since 1975, with the last ship (USS George H. W. Bush) entering service in 2009. The Fords could be in service, in one configuration or another, until the end of the 21st century. Just as the U.S.... more »

That Time Nazis and Americans Fought On the Same Side

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *History, * They did in this one, strange World War II battle. *Key point:* Crazy things happen in the confusion of war. In 1943, Heinrich Himmler, leader of the SS and an all-around monster, decided it would be a good idea to take the top members of France’s political and cultural elite and imprison them in a medieval castle in Austria. That sentence alone should tell you that the Nazis’ predilection for acts of Hollywood villainy was deep-seated and incurable. But real events soon became stranger than fiction. A small American recon platoon managed to libera... more »

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