Thursday, January 09, 2020

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Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
*by Noah* *Airplane* is one of my favorite silly movies, so when I saw this dark meme homage to the control tower captain played hilariously by Lloyd Bridges, I had to share it. Millions of people, if not billions the world over have asked how Donald Trump got the way he is. What could have caused a human brain to slip so far off the rails that it appears to live half in some alternate dimension. The most commonly accepted supposition is that President Trump, like many world leaders of the past, has syphilis. While that can rationally be considered likely, could his problem have ... more »

Dollar: 500th birthday

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
LHC: ATLAS likelihoods offer theoretical physicists a new way to access the open HEPdata: see CERN, ATLAS Today, we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of the dollar. Well, it was pronounced and spelled "tolar" back in 1520 but the "dollar" is clearly a result of the evolution of that word. And yes, the dollar was born in a Czech town where 3,500 people live right now, Jáchymov. The same town is also the source of uraninite that has allowed Marie Sklodowska to discover radium and therefore radioactivity. In 1898, she along with a French assistant and the first major sex toy ... more »

Govt’s scandalous wasting of millions of litres of water during Australia’s worst drought … speculator’s heaven (60 Minutes Australia)

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 21 hours ago
60 Minutes Australia 1.41M subscribers For Australian farmers battling one of the worst droughts of all time, water is more precious than gold. So imagine being told that government authorities, whose job it is to manage our water, are actually wasting millions and millions of litres of it? Deliberately. Subscribe here: Full Episodes here … Continue reading Govt’s scandalous wasting of millions of litres of water during Australia’s worst drought … speculator’s heaven (60 Minutes Australia) →

Selling our water – 427 million litres at $943 (Māori Television)

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 21 hours ago
From teaomaorinews A South Island iwi hope their freshwater spring will gain environmental protection after a local council granted a water bottling company consent to take 208 million litres a year for $470. Already in the Tasman district, four water bottling companies have consent to take water from the area – at more than 427 … Continue reading Selling our water – 427 million litres at $943 (Māori Television) →

Big Pharma: Dangling Life Over the Dying

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 21 hours ago
*January 9, 2020 *(Gunnar Ulson - NEO) - There are very few who have yet to come to the realization that Western pharmaceutical corporations and the health care systems they have created, control, manipulate and exploit represent not only a particular pinnacle of corruption, but also threaten rather than preserve the health of the many millions who fall within their reach. They not only threaten the West by undermining what should be otherwise healthy and thriving populations, but their tentacles reach deep into Eurasia, South America, Africa and beyond. *At Face Value...* Pharma... more »

U.S. Lawmakers Divided After Being Briefed On The Iran Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Defense News:** Dems, GOP divided after Iran briefing from Trump administration officials* WASHINGTON ― The U.S. and Iran stepped back from the brink of possible war Wednesday, but some lawmakers were left with questions about the administration’s strategy toward Iran and whether or not the U.S. is safer for having killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. After Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed the House and Senate behind closed doors on Wednesday, lawmakers split o... more »

The Battleship Left A Strong Mark On History In These 5 Battles

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * Gone, but not forgotten. *Key Point:* For more than a generation, analysts and the general public perceived these ships to constitute the currency of naval, and to some extent national, power. The age of the steel line-of-battleship really began in the 1880s, with the construction of a series of warships that could carry and independently aim heavy guns external to the hull. In 1905, HMS Dreadnought brought together an array of innovations in shipbuilding, propulsion, and gunnery to create a new kind of warship, one that could dominate all existing ... more »

Will America's F-35 Soon Be Flying In The Indian Air Force?

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Asia* An important purchase. *Key Point:* India had historically relied on the Soviet Union and then Russia to furnish its military hardware, so spurning the Su-57 program in favor of the F-35 risks cooling that relationship. When the *Times of India *revealed that the Indian air force was revising its single-engine fighter competition to encompass twin-engine jet designs, a collective groan likely rang from New Delhi to Washington—and even Stockholm. The competition was meant to acquire a new generation of short-range jets suitable for defending I... more »

The Navy's New Railguns Will Be Able To Move Mountains

TNI Staff at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*TNI Staff* *Security, * Literally. *Key point: *The Navy is working towards testing a full-up railgun. While the U.S. Navy had announced last year that it would take a prototype railgun to sea onboard the expeditionary fast transport USNS *Trenton* (JHSV-5) in 2016, the service may have to scupper those plans. If the Navy does take the railgun out to sea on a fast transport, it will be in 2017 at the earliest. In lieu of testing the prototype rail gun in an at-sea environment, the Navy might instead proceed directly to developing an operational weapon system. “It’s not definit... more »

The Heart Is The Way - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
*The world of magic* *Is a detour from real Love* *The heart is the way* *© **2020 M.N. Hopkins* *Note: I had an insight and wrote this yesterday in the haiku style of poetry after watching a film about Magi. An ego path that usually leads one to self destruction. A temporary fix to one's problems that are just the price we all pay for being human and a diversion that keeps us from touching upon that which is sacred within ourselves and easily assessable through one's human heart which I see as the meeting place of the human and the Divine. * *I published it... more »

Koalas Face Extinction After Bushfires

tonyheller at Real Climate Science - 21 hours ago
19 Aug 1940 – KOALAS FACE EXTINCTION – Trove 08 Dec 1953 – Protection of koalas – Trove

A Look At The Missiles That Iran Fired Into Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Defense One:* *What We Know About the Missiles Iran Fired Into Iraq* To begin with, they’re getting more accurate. Iran has improved the accuracy and maneuverability of its missiles, like the ones fired Tuesday at military installations in Iraq housing U.S. and coalition troops, in part with foreign help. New guidance systems have increased the lethality of Iran’s missiles, including the short-range Fateh that appears to have been used in the attacks. But many unknowns remain. “We don’t have a real good, high-fidelity count of the number of missiles that Iran has,” said Michael ... more »

More on Len v Lewis

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
Lewis Goodall Hmm. So where are we now with the Len McCluskey-Lewis Goodall business? Well, it looks from what both of them are saying (see the post below) that they both got through to Barry Gardiner in Abu Dhabi last night. Len says Barry Gardiner dismissed the story as fake news while Lewis says Barry only dismissed the part about Len McMluskey encouraging him to stand. Lewis now says, however, that Barry is still making his mind up whether to stand and will decide in the next 24 hours - which* isn't *what Lewis was tweeting earlier last night: EXC: I can confirm there is to b... more »

Quote of the Day

vonMesser at 'Nox & Friends - 22 hours ago

France: Man The Barricades!

Eric MARGOLIS at - 22 hours ago
France’s favorite sports are striking and street demonstrations. At heart, most French are revolutionaries and protestors. In France, the answer to every problem seems to be ‘aux barricades!’ (to the barricades!). Demonstrations are typically followed by a hearty lunch. But this time things in the Republique have gone way beyond […]

Gold Coast man charged with sexual assaults decades after alleged crimes

Gemma Sapwell at Just In - 22 hours ago
Queensland man Warren McCorriston is extradited to New South Wales on multiple charges of sexual and indecent assault dating back to the 1970-90s.

'We're Cobargites. We're resilient': GP runs practice out of motorhome after losing surgery in bushfire

Adriane Reardon at Just In - 22 hours ago
A doctor who has been working in Cobargo for decades is continuing to tend to his patients despite his surgery burning down on New Year's Eve.

'Never again': Rainbow Serpent festival deemed too dangerous to be held in summer

Daniel Miles at Just In - 22 hours ago
Organisers vow the popular music festival will continue, but the farmers who host the three-day event say they'll never do it in January again.

Australia's third-largest tourism market has just said its citizens shouldn't come here until the bushfires stop

Jack Snape at Just In - 22 hours ago
The United States is warning its citizens to exercise increased caution when travelling to Australia, placing it on the same level as Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea.

Hopes to reopen Nullarbor highway dashed by renewed fire activity

Lucy Robinson, Jodie Hamilton And Jarrod Lucas at Just In - 22 hours ago
Hundreds of travellers and transport workers are stuck in towns on either side of the Nullarbor Plain as fires burning in WA keep the Eyre Highway shut.

Mobile animal hospital swings into action, treating wildlife after bushfires

Jarrod Whittaker at Just In - 22 hours ago
A mobile wildlife hospital has arrived in East Gippsland to make sure animals injured during the bushfires have the best chance of survival.

Fire crews fight through the night as threat eases from out-of-control bushfire in Perth's suburbs

Just In - 22 hours ago
The warning for a bushfire in Perth's south-eastern suburbs is downgraded after almost 200 firefighters work though the night to try to stop it heading towards more densely populated areas.

Father charged with murdering 'fairytale couple' on New Year's Eve

Emilia Terzon at Just In - 22 hours ago
A 55-year-old man is charged with murder over the shooting of his daughter and son-in-law at their home in Melbourne's west on New Year's Eve.

Aurukun refugees fleeing violence head into Coen township causing shortage of food, shelter

Mark Rigby at Just In - 22 hours ago
The Cape York township of Coen is struggling to cope with an influx of people fleeing the threat of violence in nearby Aurukun, leading to a shortage of food, accommodation and basic necessities.

One of Australia's 'first families of wine' McWilliam's enters administration after 141 years

Michael Janda at Just In - 22 hours ago
One of Australia's 'first families of wine' goes into administration as declining business performance and a changing wine market force family-owned McWilliam's to seek outside assistance.

AFL revives State of Origin match for bushfire relief

Just In - 22 hours ago
Sport's response to the Australian bushfire crisis continues, with the AFL confirming plans for a one-off State of Origin match to raise funds, as well as $2.5 million in donations to bushfire relief.

'Just perfect': Man who lost everything in bushfire snags $1 million lottery win

Brittney Kleyn at Just In - 22 hours ago
A Queensland man whose family was left with "nothing but teacups" after losing their uninsured house to the bushfires has just had a massive turnaround in his luck.

Two lessons from the Iraq War point to the consequences of Trump's shock move

Just In - 22 hours ago
America's war of choice in Iraq was an epic failure. These are the lessons Australia must keep in mind before joining Donald Trump's unpredictable new conflict with Iran, writes Mark Beeson.

Australian troops to remain in Iraq after US-Iran situation 'stabilised', Morrison says

Jack Snape at Just In - 22 hours 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.

Poll: 47 Percent Approve Of President Trump's Strike On Soleimani

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Burning debris seen on a road near Baghdad International Airport, which Iraqi paramilitary groups say were caused by three rockets, on January 3, 2020. Iraqi Security Media Cell via Reuters *The Hill:* *Poll: 47 percent approve of Trump strike on Soleimani* Nearly half of American voters approve of President Trump's decision to order the airstrike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the leader of Iran's elite Quds Force, according to a new Morning Consult poll. The survey, which was released on Wednesday but conducted before Iran responded to the strike by firing rocket... more »

U.N. Investigators Find Yemen's Houthis Did Not Carry Out Saudi Oil Attack In September

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Smoke is seen following a fire at Aramco facility in the eastern city of Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, September 14, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer *Reuters*:* Exclusive: U.N. investigators find Yemen's Houthis did not carry out Saudi oil attack* UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Yemen’s Houthi group did not launch an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities in September, according to a confidential report by U.N. sanctions monitors seen by Reuters on Wednesday, bolstering a U.S. accusation that Iran was responsible. The United States, European powers and Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for the Sept. 14 attack... more »

What Are Iranians Outside Of Iran Saying About The Death Of Soleimani

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Iranian President Rouhani and Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander Qasem Soleimani. Iran Project *Dan Truitt, American Thinker: **Ask an Iranian* I saw my Iranian refugee friend Kaveh in church this morning and asked him what he thought of the killing of Qasem Soleimani. “I’m a little unhappy with it,” he said. “My wife’s unhappy, too. So are our parents in Teheran.” “Why”” “Because he didn’t suffer.” “You’re a Christian, right?” “Right.” “Trust me, brother, he’s suffering,” I said. I’m an ex-pat living next door to the Middle East, and I don’t think most Americans understand... more »

Satellite Photos Confirm Iranian “Warning Slap” Missile Precision

Geopolitics101 at Covert Geopolitics - 22 hours ago
Four decades of dealing with Western imperialist ambitions in the Middle East have taught the Iranians to rely on their own capability to repel future aggression by way of advancing its military capabilities. The short-range ballistic missile strikes into a US military airbase were not only successful, but also show precision, i.e. targeting only the … Continue reading Satellite Photos Confirm Iranian “Warning Slap” Missile Precision →

I Know It’s Not Friday, But… 2 Buck Chuck is Back!!

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 22 hours ago
A musical interlude... and yes, wine was involved... Continue reading →

India's Su-30 Jets Are Now Armed With Nuclear BrahMos Cruise Missiles

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 22 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Asia* What happens when the world’s most capable fourth generation fighter is armed with a uniquely destructive cruise missile? *Key Point:* The Brahmos-armed Su-30s is only one of the ways that India is strengthening its strategic deterrent. India’s nuclear command has begun receiving fighter jets armed with the country’s most advanced, supersonic cruise missile. According to media reports, India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) has begun receiving 42 Su-30MKI air dominance fighters modified to carry air-launched BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. This... more »

America's E-6 Aircraft Are Unarmed, But They Are The Air Force's Most Deadly Weapon

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 22 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Americas* And could kill millions. *Key Point:* Nuclear command and control is one of the most important tasks for the U.S. military. In a military that operates Raptor stealth fighters, A-10 tank busters, B-52 bombers and Harrier jump jets, the U.S. Navy’s placid-looking E-6 Mercury, based on the 707 airliner, seems particularly inoffensive. But don’t be deceived by appearances. Though the Mercury doesn’t carry any weapons of its own, it may be in a sense the deadliest aircraft operated by the Pentagon, as its job is to command the launch of land-b... more »

Russia's Loves Its Cold War Tu-22M3 Bomber As Much As Its Enemies Hate It

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 22 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Europe* And it's getting upgraded. *Key Point:* The bomber's true role has always been a mystery to the outside world. Recently, the Tu-22M3 bomber has been the face of the Russian air force all over the world. Between dropping bombs over Syria to patrolling airspace over Japan, the Tu-22M3 has also been receiving a series of upgrades. These upgrades allow for greater bombing accuracy with conventional weapons, as well as the capability to fire new Air-Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCM). One of these upgrades may change how the Tu-22M3 is controlled under t... more »

The Secret Is Out : Check Out The Planned American Invasion of Japan

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 22 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *History, Asia* [image:] How it would have happened. *Key point:* Thankfully an invasion was not necessary, because it would have been bloody. One of the most controversial decisions in history was President Harry Truman's decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Some argue that Truman was haunted by estimates that Operation Downfall -- the proposed invasion of Japan in 1945 -- would cost a million American casualties. Others say that Japan wa... more »

This Iranian Refugee Now Commands A U.S. Aircraft Carrier

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Capt. Kavon Hakimzadeh in his office aboard the USS Harry S. Truman at Norfolk Naval Station in August. Credit...Sarah Holm/The Virginian-Pilot *New York Times:* *He Fled Iran as a Child. Now He’s Commanding a U.S. Aircraft Carrier.* The aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman could play a role in any military conflict with Iran. Leading its crew is Capt. Kavon Hakimzadeh, who fled Iran during the revolution. As a child, Kavon Hakimzadeh fled the Islamic Revolution in Iran with his family and found refuge in small-town Mississippi. Now, 40 years later, he is back in the Persian Gulf reg... more »

January 9th – 2020 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #1085

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 →

Thursday January 9th – 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 →

Senator James Lankford Calls Senator Mike Lee a Fibber….

sundance at The Last Refuge - 23 hours ago
Earlier today Senator Mike “H1B” Lee called the national security briefing “lame” and “inadequate”, saying the military and intelligence leaders ran from hard questions at the briefing. Well, Senator James Lankford calls those accusations by Senator Lee demonstrably false and … Continue reading →

Influential Iraqi Shi’ite Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Says Crisis Over, Tells Militias To Stand Down

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Reuters *Reuters*: *Iraq's Sadr says crisis over, tells militias to stand down: statement* BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Influential Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Wednesday the crisis Iraq was experiencing is over following de-escalation rhetoric from both Iran and the U.S. and called on militia groups not to carry out attacks. A new strong Iraqi government able to protect the nation’s sovereignty and independence should be formed in the next 15 days and usher in an early election, the populist cleric said in a statement, adding that Iraq... more »

Australian Daily Wind Power Generation Data – Wednesday 8th 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 […]

‘How R U Coping?’ ‘Not Good’: Trump/Iran Standoff Shakes Hollywood

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 23 hours ago
By Gabriel Hays ~ Anyone watching celebrity Twitter last night might have gone to bed wondering which side Hollywood’s finest were on; Iran’s or America’s? As President Trump weathered the retaliatory storm that was fifteen ineffective Iranian missiles launched at a U.S. base in Iraq, the out of touch denizens of La La land acted […]

Australia’s Fires Are Not Climate

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 23 hours ago
By Craig Rucker ~ CFACT recently traveled to Australia where we did some serious policy work. Over the years the bonds of friendship we forged with our Australian friends and colleagues have become unbreakable. This is personal. The massive bush fires plaguing Australia are a nightmare. The toll they have taken on Australia’s people and […]

Gumpish questions

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 23 hours ago
I have written a few posts on asking more why questions, but let me define a few dumb questions, in the spirit of a fictitious chatacter, Forrest, Forrest Gump. It is amazing how these questions don’t leap off the news … Continue reading →

Union challenge to new swine inspections for market hogs might be dismissed

Dan Flynn at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
A federal judge in St. Paul is scheduled, on Jan. 27, to consider the government’s motion to dismiss a last-ditch attempt to stop the modernization of swine inspection procedures. Unions led by the United Food and Commercial Workers sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture Oct. 7, 2019, over the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS)... Continue Reading

USDA’s Salmonella standards for raw ground beef may change in 2020

Ilana Korchia at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
A performance standard is a metric that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service uses to evaluate the potential presence of pathogens on FSIS-regulated products, including meat and poultry. The Salmonella performance standards apply to an establishment’s overall process control, not to individual products. For poultry products, including broiler and turkey carcasses, chicken parts, and not ready-to-eat comminuted... Continue Reading

Hundreds ill in France after eating contaminated raw shellfish

Joe Whitworth at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
More than 650 people have fallen ill in France this past month after eating contaminated raw shellfish. Since the start of December 2019, Santé publique France has received 123 reports of collective food poisoning suspected to be linked to consumption of raw shellfish, mainly oysters. The majority, 87 of the 123 alerts, occurred from Dec.... Continue Reading

Survey finds rise in food safety concern from public in United Kingdom

News Desk at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
Consumers in the United Kingdom are increasingly concerned about food safety, according to a survey recently published. The report, from Lloyd’s Register, was compiled from online research of 1,000 U.K. consumers in August 2019. Almost a third of shoppers — 31 percent — said they are more concerned about the safety of their food compared... Continue Reading

Music When I Was A Kid

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
In terms of music, I was one very lucky teenager. If I liked a musician or a band, I would book them to play my college, Stony Brook. I was chair of the Student Activities Board and much of the music we brought to the school was fairly unknown but on the verge-- like Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, the Who, Jefferson Airplane, the Four Tops (they were already famous), Big Brother, Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, the Blue Oyster Cult (the Soft White Underbelly then), Ravi Shankar, Joni Mitchell, Smokey Robinson, The Band... Bands were so inexpensive to book back then and I had what appeared... more »

Was Majapahit really an empire?

Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan at New Mandala - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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

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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

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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.

Bushfire emergency warnings for Kangaroo Island towns as much of island goes on alert

Daniel Keane at Just In - 1 day ago
South Australia's Country Fire Service issues emergency warnings for two towns on Kangaroo Island, while an area around Kingscote goes on a "watch and act" alert as a change comes through.

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