Monday, October 28, 2019

28 October - Blogs I'm Following - 2 of 5

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A Visual Guide To The Raid That Killed Isis Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Visual guide to the raid that killed Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi* Baghdadi died in a US raid on a compound near the village of Barisha in north-west Syria The US began to receive intelligence on the whereabouts of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi about a month ago, according to Donald Trump. Intelligence officials were able to scope out his exact location – near the village of Barisha in north-west Syria – two weeks ago, and Trump was made aware of the planned raid at the end of last week. Moments after a team including the US president gathered in the White House situ... more »

"Since only situations which have been created by human will can be called just or unjust, the particulars of a spontaneous order cannot be just or unjust: if it is not the intended or foreseen result of somebody’s action … this cannot be called just or unjust." #QotD

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*"If we apply the terms [just or unjust] to a state of affairs, they have meaning only in so far as we hold someone responsible for bringing it about or allowing it to come about ... "Since only situations which have been created by human will can be called just or unjust, the particulars of a spontaneous order cannot be just or unjust: if it is not the intended or foreseen result of somebody’s action … this cannot be called just or unjust."* ~ F.A. Hayek, from his book *The Mirage of Social Justice**.* Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish i... more »

“Name Redacted” – President Trump Tweets Picture of Hero From Baghdadi Raid…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 6 hours ago
Moments ago President Trump honored a very handsome hero from the raid on the ISIS compound of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi with a picture: The heroes name is redacted, but he sure is handsome. A key member of the Special Forces … Continue reading →

AG Bill Barr Defends John Durham Investigation, Praises FBI Director Chris Wray “Outstanding Support”…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 6 hours ago
Earlier today Bill Barr gave an interview to Fox News on the sidelines of a law enforcement event in Chicago. The U.S. Attorney General discussed the ongoing investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham, and gave high praise to FBI Director … Continue reading →

ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi Reported Dead – for at Least the 7th Time in 12 Years

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*S.M. Gibson* - Oddly, this is not the first instance in which al-Baghdadi was reportedly killed over the years.

Amazon Rainforest Could Reach “Irreversible Tipping Point” in Only Two Years

WTStaff at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Elias Marat* - By 2021, the rainforest could cease to produce its own rain and simply degrade into dry savannah and grasslands.

Over 1 Million People Take to the Streets in Chile to Protest Billionaire President

WTStaff at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Eoin Higgins* - "Chile is not the same as it was yesterday."

Chaldean Patriarch Visits Youth Hurt in Baghdad Protests

Baghdad -- Chaldean patriarch, Card Louis Raphael Sako, visited a hospital in Baghdad this morning to meet some of the hundreds of people wounded in anti-government protests.

Assyrian Confederation of Europe Elects New Leader

Marta Youeel Eshoo.The Assyrian Confederation of Europe has elected Marta Youeel Eshoo as the new head of the organisation. The election marks the beginning of a new three year mandate and the second since the establishment of the confederation.

Why Xi Jinping Can't Sell China's 'One Nation' Strategy

Denny Roy at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Denny Roy* *Security, Asia* [image: Reuters] The Xi Jinping era has been disastrous for Chinese society, for China’s foreign relations with much of the world, and particularly for cross-Strait relations. China’s ability to outspend Taiwan in the competition for diplomatic allies should not be mistaken for clever statecraft. The Xi Jinping era has been disastrous for Chinese society, for China’s foreign relations with much of the world, and particularly for cross-Strait relations. Despite the incomparable importance of the Taiwan issue in Chinese politics, the man lauded by Peop... more »

What Happens After India and Pakistan Clash Over Kashmir?

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Syed Ali Zia Jaffery* *Security, Eurasia* [image: Reuters] A Military Confrontation over Kashmir will be deadlier than the Pulwama-Balakot Crisis. Tensions between nuclear-armed archrivals India and Pakistan are increasing after the former ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. Ties are further vitiating as reports of torture and brutality in what Pakistan describes as an “Indian Occupied Kashmir” are being reported by international media outlets. Pakistan’s response to India’s Kashmir gambit has been a diplomatic one with Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan ... more »

Is Russia Headed for Trouble In Syria?

Dimitri Alexander Simes at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Dimitri Alexander Simes* *Security, Eurasia* [image: Reuters] As it expands its role, Moscow may discover that Syria is anything but a cakewalk. In a rare show of unity, major Western media outlets and Russian state-media came together to proclaim the agreement reached earlier this week by Russian president Vladimir Putin and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Syria as a major triumph for Russia. But is it? Many in Moscow are offering a far more cautious appraisal of the deal, emphasizing that while Russia succeeded in averting a confrontation with Turkey over Syria, man... more »

Double Trouble: What If Russia and China Built Joint-Aircraft Carriers?

David Axe at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Eurasia* [image: By GG001213 - Own work, CC0,] A real problem or a joke? *Key point:* Russia and China could work together to pool their resources and expertise, but they are also still wary of each other. China could partner with Russia in order to develop nuclear-powered icebreakers. While the vessels would be useful in their own right, the main benefit could be to help Beijing refine reactor technology for use in a future nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, *according to* the Hong Kong *South China... more »

Not Good: The Royal Navy Is so Small It Can't Patrol the Entire Persian Gulf

David Axe at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Europe* [image:] Not enough ships to do a good job of it. *Key point:* Years of budget cuts have hurt London's ability to credibly project force abroad. The Royal Navy plans briefly to double its number of warships in the Persian Gulf following an attempted attack by Iranian forces on a British oil tanker on July 20, 2019. But the temporary increase in British warships in the region, from one to two, underscores just how few ships the Royal Navy can deploy even in an emergency. Iran... more »

Does a Video Show an Armed Robot Turning on Humans?

Bethania Palma at - 6 hours ago
The dystopian video alarmed some on social media in fall 2019.

CDPQ Strengthens Ties With Piramal Enterprises

Leo Kolivakis at Pension Pulse - 6 hours ago
Late last week, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) announced an investment in Piramal Enterprises Limited (Piramal Enterprises), a leading Indian financial and industrial group active in financial services, pharmaceutical development and manufacturing, and healthcare information management. CDPQ will acquire US$250 million in convertible debentures from Piramal Enterprises: “We are delighted to deepen our partnership with Piramal Enterprises, a company whose value creation approach aligns well with CDPQ’s long-term objectives and perspective as a global institutional... more »

House Democrats Plan 1st Formal Vote on Impeachment Inquiry

AP News at - 6 hours ago
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the step is being taken “to eliminate any doubt” about the process.

Did WaPo Headline Call IS Leader al-Baghdadi an ‘Austere Religious Scholar’?

Dan Evon at - 6 hours ago
The Washington Post was criticized for an online obituary headline about al-Baghdadi.

“Woke” Squad Decrying Sex Bias in Dead-Animal Studies

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 6 hours ago
I hereby proclaim, by no other authority but my own, that 'Wokeness' will be from this day forward officially deemed and refered to as a mental illness. I present the latest evidence for your consideration: According to researchers at the Natural History Museum in London, the world’s top natural history museums in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., London, and Paris, are misogynistic because their animal exhibits contain more males than females. They found a slight bias towards males in birds (40% females) and mammals (48% females),” according to a *research report*. The report ... more »

Gotham City Digest

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 6 hours ago
(Fuckin' A, get to work, ladies.) ------------------------------ Yeah, LET'S talk about corruption and nepotism, Donnie Oranges. ------------------------------ "Mr. Cornstein is open about his closeness to Mr. Orban. He tells how, on the flight back to Budapest after the White House meeting, the two men — exhausted from a long day — stripped to their underwear and napped and chatted on couches in the back of Mr. Orban’s plane." How this wasn't the lede in this *NY Times* article is a mystery to me. ------------------------------ All paid for by a podcast that has... more »

The Death Of Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- News Updates October 28, 2019

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Nowhere left to run: how the US finally caught up with Isis leader Baghdadi * *The hunt for the Islamic State leader had lasted years until Iraqi officials got a break last month* Cornered in a dead-end tunnel, with a robot creeping towards him, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had nowhere left to run. Dogs barked in the darkness, a US soldier called out … and then came the thundering explosion that killed the world’s most wanted man – together with three terrified children he was using as human shields. The US military finally caught up with the Islamic State leader in a re... more »

Deep State Destroyed Syria, Not Trump

TNA Video at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: alex-newman-deep-state-destroyed-syria-not-trump-behind-the-deep-state] VIDEO - In this episode of Behind The Deep State, host Alex Newman exposes how and why the Deep State destroyed Syria. You will learn how the Obama administration and other Deep State powers teamed up with Al Qaeda and other jihadists there, eventually unleashing the Islamic State or ISIS. Then, under the guise of fighting the Islamist threat the Deep State created, the Deep State started arming and training communist terrorist groups seeking to enslave Kurdish people. The audacity of criticizing Trump ... more »

Communist Fellow Traveler, Rep. Barbara Lee, Calls for UN to Monitor 2020 Election

Warren Mass at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: communist-fellow-traveler-rep-barbara-lee-calls-for-un-to-monitor-2020-election] Far-leftist Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) recently said that she is making a “personal” plea that the United States recruit foreign election monitors from the UN.

CBP: Border Wall Going Up

R. Cort Kirkwood at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: cbp-border-wall-going-up] Owing partly to new border walls, illegal immigration is going down, and so is crime on the American side of the border with Mexico, officials with Customs and Border Protection say.

Monday Maxims

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 6 hours ago
Our philosopher friend Hugh spawned this post citing a maxim. While unattributed, it bears repeating: those who are the least tolerant require more tolerance from others. So, on this Monday in late October, let me mention a few maxims. Where … Continue reading →

Vladimir Bukovsky RIP

David Henderson at Econlib - 7 hours ago
Tom G. Palmer, at Cato @ Liberty, has written a moving tribute to Vladimir Bukovsky, who died yesterday at age 76. I had always wondered why the Soviet government didn’t outright murder him. I think I understand a little better after reading Tom’s tribute. While I respect Bukovsky for all the reasons that Tom […] The post Vladimir Bukovsky RIP appeared first on Econlib.

How Open Borders Measures Up

Bryan Caplan at Econlib - 7 hours ago
Ten years ago, I published “Seven Guidelines for Writing Worthy Non-Fiction.” Since my new Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration (co-authored with Zach Weinersmith) releases tomorrow, I decided to re-read my guidelines and do some soul-searching. Here are my guidelines – and my self-evaluation. 1. Pick an important topic. Immigration restrictions deprive billions of their […] The post How Open Borders Measures Up appeared first on Econlib.

BREXIT in 2 Days And Counting, 2 Months And Cringing, 2 Years And Crying, or???

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 7 hours ago
BREXIT in 2 more days, or 2 more months, or 2 more years, or... Nothing like waiting to the last minute... Continue reading →

EU Agrees Brexit Extension To 31 January. Boris Johnson Fails To Get Enough Votes To Trigger An Early Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Labour bottles election AGAIN: Boris Johnson's latest bid to force ballot is blocked as he fails to win two-thirds support from MPs - but vows to try again TOMORROW amid signs SNP and Lib Dems could back new law* * EU said this morning it has agreed to push Brexit date back to January 31, 2020 * Delay came as MPs prepared to vote on PM's bid to hold pre-Christmas election * Boris Johnson said Jeremy Corbyn has 'run out of excuses' for blocking election * Mr Corbyn ordered his Labour MPs to abstain on motion to stage a snap poll * PM failed to win support in crunch ... more »

100+year cold records broken in Australia

Robert at Ice Age Now - 7 hours ago
Parts of southern Australia see their lowest back-to-back minimums this late in the year in more than a century. Monday morning was the coldest morning this late in the year in more than 25 years in Kingscote (0C), more than 15 years at Robe (0.8C) and 14 years at Stenhouse Bay (8.3C). Further east, Victoria’s ... Read more100+year cold records broken in Australia The post 100+year cold records broken in Australia appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Temperatures 10 to 40 degrees below average

Robert at Ice Age Now - 7 hours ago
Flirting with or breaking all-time record lows. Low temperatures much of this week will plunge 10 to 40 degrees below late October averages from Billings, Montaa to Salt Lake City to Denver to Amarillo, TX. Lows could hover above and below zero Fahrenheit (- 18C) in parts of the Rockies Wednesday and Thursday morning, while ... Read moreTemperatures 10 to 40 degrees below average The post Temperatures 10 to 40 degrees below average appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Global Protests Round-Up, Proposed Causes: Global Slump, Income Inequality, Social Media (and More)

Lambert Strether at naked capitalism - 7 hours ago
Today's global protests are an enormous story, bigger than Occupy. Here are some of the frames that journalists are using to cover them.

Tributes flow following death of baby falcon on top of Melbourne skyscraper

Kristian Silva at Just In - 7 hours ago
One of three peregrine falcon chicks that hatched, in front of thousands of online fans, has died in a nest perched high on a Melbourne skyscraper, marking the third year in a row the nest has suffered such a loss.

Russian attack helicopters buried at Darwin waste dump, Defence confirms

Jano Gibson And Jano Gibson at Just In - 7 hours ago
It's an unlikely setting for the final chapter of an international diplomatic scandal, but Darwin's waste dump holds an extraordinary secret beneath the surface.

Why this dying man keeps his coffin in his loungeroom

Jacqui Street at Just In - 7 hours ago
Bertrand Cadart says facing death makes him feel positive, which is why he keeps his Ferrari-red coffin in his loungeroom.

Knickers the giant steer throws pulling power behind worthiest of causes

Anthony Pancia at Just In - 7 hours ago
One year on, 2018's most unlikely internet sensation, Knickers the giant steer, has put his big hoof forward for a good cause, raising more than $14,000 in the process.

'They brush past you and grab you': This is the harassment retail workers face

Alison Branley at Just In - 7 hours ago
Cassie Marra's first taste of the work was also her introduction to workplace sexual harassment and the retail union says it is time employers protected some of the country's most vulnerable workers.

Backpacker was in the middle of the road with his pants down before fatal stabbing, court told

Melanie Vujkovic at Just In - 7 hours ago
A man accused of murdering a German backpacker in a road rage argument in Brisbane in 2017 told Queensland police he "felt nothing" when he stabbed the tourist multiple times with a fishing knife, a court hears.

Clean, green and rich: Wealthy donors bankrolling politicians who support climate action

Stephen Long at Just In - 7 hours ago
When the AEC releases its latest political donation figures this week, it will show sizeable contributions from a little-known group called Climate 200, backed by prominent businessmen Simon Holmes a Court and Mike Cannon-Brookes.

Whale-watching company faces investigation over reports it operated vessel without a licence

Johanna Marie at Just In - 7 hours ago
Tourists are warned to check the credentials of whale-watching companies as the Maritime Safety Authority investigates reports a boat operated without a licence.

The south Asian generation changing Australian cricket

David Mark at Just In - 7 hours ago
Yuvraj Sharma and Tanveer Sangha are balancing study and cricket with the support of their parents, and they are part of a new wave of players who may soon be shaking up Australian cricket at the top level.

Edwin and his wife swapped corporate jobs for bus driving — and they love it

Alan Weedon at Just In - 7 hours ago
There's a lot of pressure on new migrants to get into prestigious jobs when they move overseas — but what happens when the work does not meet expectations and the traveller is more than happy?

Samira was raped by her ex-partner, so she wrote a show about the incident to help her heal

Helen Frost at Just In - 7 hours ago
It has been six years since Samira Elagoz was raped by her ex-boyfriend. So she decided to own the narrative and write a performance about what had happened to her.

Unsealed mine shafts and cyanide-laced sandhills: The legacy of a town's gold rush

Donal Sheil at Just In - 7 hours ago
Cave-ins, bottomless pits filled with car bodies and cyanide-laced sandhills are just some of the remnants left behind from Parkes' long gold-rush history.

Barossa Valley rare bird species fading away as environment fragments

Gary-Jon Lysaght at Just In - 7 hours ago
The Barossa Valley is recognised for its wine and tourism, but some bird species are beginning to disappear because of habitat fragmentation and noisy miners.

NSW Now: Firefighters battle factory blaze, buses restored in Hills district

Just In - 7 hours ago
*MORNING BRIEFING: *More than 90 fire fighters work to stop a factory blaze from spreading in Sydney's inner city, while 700 weekly buses are being added to the Hills District.

'It has been heartbreaking': NDIS wearing down parents and carers, inquiry hears

Erin Cooper at Just In - 7 hours ago
Harry Copeland has a condition experienced by only a handful of other people globally and his parents used to have NDIS help. But then the family fell through the cracks.

'It's heartbreaking. It's fearful': Erin Brockovich announces largest class action in Australian history

Anna Kelsey-Sugg at Just In - 7 hours ago
Up to 40,000 people are suing the Federal Government over PFAS chemical contamination, arguing their property values have plummeted. It's the largest class action in Australian history — and it's backed by Erin Brockovich.

British MPs vote against early election after EU approves latest Brexit delay

Just In - 7 hours ago
The British Government loses a vote in the House of Commons to hold a general election on December 12, attracting just 299 of the required 434 votes.

'Once-in-a-generation' concept designs for $5.3bn Western Sydney Airport terminal unveiled

Jonathan Hair at Just In - 7 hours ago
Artist's impressions reveal an indoor garden and towering ceilings but residents living near the multi-billion-dollar project may have to wait years before finding out the exact location of flight paths.

For the sake of motorists, it's time to take a look at private schools

Just In - 7 hours ago
In weighing up the pros and cons of private schooling, and in calculating their economic costs versus benefits, we've all missed something rather important, write Matthew Burke and Yiping Yan.

Three reasons Islamic State will survive the death of its leader

Philip Williams at Just In - 7 hours ago
With its caliphate obliterated, tens of thousands of fighters corralled in desert camps and no leader, is this the end of Islamic State? asks Philip Williams.

Diversity Champion

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
Dr. Katrice Albert pushing inclusive excellence agenda among NCAA member institutions.

Bring Your Authentic Self to Work

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
As the first Black female professor in the Communication Department at my university, I consider myself to be a blessed imposter. I’ve been fortunate in my career. I’ve taught a variety of communications courses, incorporated social justice into the curriculum, created professional formation programs for students, and established the Dream. Plan. Do.™ departmental scholarship for students of color. I’ve played the “game” well enough to accomplish these tasks. What game? The game of code-switching and being inauthentic.

Blogging a few quick thoughts from @MichaelEDyson

Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig at Cloaking Inequity - 7 hours ago
I am in Phoenix Arizona today for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) presidents’ conference which is themed this year “Stewards of Place Reimagined.” ]I was honored to be invited by my new mentor Millie Garcia, AASCU president, to experience the professional learning that the presidents of our nation’s state colleges and universities receive. I look forward

Did LeBron James Tell NBA ‘Dump the Anthem or I’ll Quit’?

Snopes Staff at - 7 hours ago
A routine review of content labeled satire.

Caliph closure: ‘He died like a dog’

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 7 hours ago
Trump’s victory-lap movie version buries the embarrassing story of deploying tanks to ‘protect’ Syrian oilfields

Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 300 – 2019

Hifast at Climate Collections - 7 hours ago
Originally posted on sunshine hours: South / North


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 7 hours ago
A terrible story: Former Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, who had been ill for years due to a tick-borne illness that caused brain inflammation, died Monday at 66. Hagan, a moderate Democrat who represented North Carolina, beat powerful incumbent Republican Elizabeth Dole to win her seat in 2008, before losing to Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., in 2014.... Hagan was hospitalized in 2016 with encephalitis, or swelling of the brain. A family spokeswoman described the cause as a virus that's spread by ticks from animals to humans, citing a doctor who had been treating her. Test results indicated ... more »

Spanish Flu Pandemic Mass Graves 100 Years Ago Led To Our Zombie Fixation Today

The Conversation at Science 2.0 blogs - 7 hours ago
Zombies have lurched to the center of Halloween culture, with costumes proliferating as fast as the monsters themselves. This year, you can dress as a zombie prom queen, a zombie doctor – even a zombie rabbit or banana. The rise of the living dead, though, has a surprising link to another recurring October visitor: the influenza virus. read more

Unlike Movies, In Evolution The Best Screamers Often Survived

The Conversation at Science 2.0 blogs - 7 hours ago
Of all the sounds humans produce, nothing captures our attention quite like a good scream. They’re a regular feature of horror films, whether it’s Marion Crane’s infamous shower scream in “Psycho” or Chrissie Watkins’ blood-curdling scream at the beginning of “Jaws.” read more

Parents Say Their Immuno Compromised Son was Forced to Get Flu Shot. It Nearly Took His Life.

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 7 hours ago
Our heart goes out to Nathan and his parents. Please read below regarding their GoFundMe page, which we share here. As many of you know our 5 yr old, Nathan, was diagnosed with Leukemia on February 12th 2019. We spent over three months out of state for his treatment. He is in the continuation phase […] The post Parents Say Their Immuno Compromised Son was Forced to Get Flu Shot. It Nearly Took His Life. appeared first on Health Nut News.

I am no longer a Republican

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 8 hours ago
I just came back from city hall, where I switched my voter registration from Republican to unenrolled (aka independent). Two reasons: First, the Republican Party has largely become the Party of Trump. Too many Republicans in Congress are willing, in the interest of protecting their jobs, to overlook Trump's misdeeds (just as too many Democrats were for Clinton during his impeachment). I have no interest in associating myself with that behavior. Maybe someday, the party will return to having honorable leaders like Bush, McCain, and Romney. Until then, count me out. Second, in Massach... more »

China can become the world's leading soft power by creating a new media, analysis by Zerohedge shows private banksters behind US propaganda machine

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 8 hours ago
*Globalist insider Zerohedge has posted a report on how the Globalists turned USA's relatively free media into a propaganda machine at the same time as they got control of the country's banking system in 1913, enabling them to transfer the entire wealth of the country into their pockets using money printed as debt and interest.* ** *Key figures in China's international media like Hu Xijin still seems to be promoting the myth that the West has a free media and a real democracy, parrotting the Globalist propaga... more »

Are There Any Districts With Democratic Incumbents Where Trump Will Have Coattails?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
There are 22 congressional districts that Trump won in 2016 that turned around and elected a non-incumbent Democrat two years later. None of the 7 California freshmen are included: *•* CA-10- Josh Harder (F)-- Hillary beat Trump 48.5% to 45.5% *•* CA-21- TJ Cox (F)-- Hillary beat Trump 55.2% to 39.7% *•* CA-25- Katie Hill (F)-- Hillary beat Trump 50.3% to 43.6% [see below] *•* CA-39- Gil Cisneros (F)-- Hillary beat Trump 51.5% to 42.9% *•* CA-45- Katie Porter (F)-- Hillary beat Trump 49.8% to 44.4% *•* CA-48- Harley Rouda (F)-- Hillary beat Trump 47.9% to 46.2% *•* CA-49- Mike Levin (... more »

Rock and a Hard Place

reitanotsuka at Asian Straight Shooter - 8 hours ago
The Capital is full of gorgeous carriages and gowns, But you are… Continue reading “Rock and a Hard Place”… The post Rock and a Hard Place appeared first on Asian Straight Shooter.

Zombie Flu: How the 1919 Influenza Pandemic Fueled the Rise of the Living Dead

David Mikkelson at - 8 hours ago
Did mass graves in the influenza pandemic help give rise to the living dead?

Was IS Leader al-Baghdadi Released from US Prison in Obama Era?

Dan Evon at - 8 hours ago
IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was once held at a U.S. detention facility.

"Three Things You Didn’t Know About The Crash Of 1929" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Three Things You Didn’t Know About The Crash Of 1929"* by Simon Black "October 28, 1929 – 90 years ago today – is known as ‘Black Monday’ in financial circles. The US stock market had peaked the previous month, on September 3, 1929, with the Dow Jones stock index reaching a record high of 381. But throughout September and October, nervous investors began pulling their money out of the market. And over a three day period in late October (including Black Monday), the market lost more than 30% of its value. Ninety years later, I thought it would be prudent to look at three key insi... more »

100 Years Flying: Meet the Air Force's Plans for the B-52J

David Axe at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Americas* [image:] An impressive upgrade. *Key point:* The Pentagon wants to keep its B-52s operational for the foreseeable future. The U.S. Air Force could get a new version of the iconic B-52 bomber. The “B-52J” designation might supersede the current “B-52H” moniker that the flying branch has applied to the eight-engine bombers since they entered service in the early 1960s. *Air Force* magazine reporter John Tirpak *has the story*. “The Air Force is likely to redesignate the B-52H as t... more »

These Are the 5 Best Gun Manufacturers on the Planet

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Americas* [image: By Mikehelms - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,] The finest. *Key point: *These companies have been around for a while and know what they are doing when it comes to firearms. America’s prolific firearms industry means that choosing the top five manufacturers is no easy task. While boutique handgun builders may produce some very fine pieces, quantity has a quality all its own, and several companies ship hundreds of thousands of handguns a year. Like the auto industry, some of the best han... more »

President Trump Delivers Impromptu Remarks From Joint Base Andrews – Video and Transcript…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 8 hours ago
President Trump delivers remarks to the traveling press pool from Joint Base Andrews. [Video and Transcript Below] . [Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: So, we had a great weekend for our country. We captured a man that should’ve been caught a … Continue reading →

National Security Adviser: Will O’Brien be an Improvement Over Bolton?

John F. McManus at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: national-security-adviser-will-o-brien-be-an-improvement-over-bolton] Any U.S. national security adviser holds a very important post. He advises the president about such key matters as using America’s military, supporting or rejecting appointments dealing with foreign policy, backing or steering clear of foreign leaders, and more.

Tacoma to Tax Gun Stores, Pawn Shops Out of Existence

Bob Adelmann at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: tacoma-to-tax-gun-stores-pawnshops-out-of-existence] The process of "coercive gradualism" is being initiated in Tacoma, Washington, whereby taxes are added to products to get rid of them — in this case, guns.

Rand Paul Attacks American Socialists AOC, Bernie Sanders, Others — in New Book

Steve Byas at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: rand-paul-attacks-american-socialists-aoc-bernie-sanders-others-in-new-book] Rand Paul's new book demonstrates that socialism is bad, whatever name it goes by.

Ahab and Jezebel. Who’s the better comparison?

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 8 hours ago
Hillary Clinton at the Cummings memorial on Friday compared our president and FLOTUS to Jezebel and Ahab, another power couple of the ancient Jewish scriptures. They've been used in the past to describe Bill and Hillary Clinton--perhaps she was aware of that book. "Throughout his 2017 best-seller “The Paradigm: The Ancient Blueprint That Holds the Mystery of Our Times,” Jonathan Cahn explains how ancient paradigms have predicted political outcomes like Donald Trump’s presidential victory and Hillary Clinton’s defeat years before they happened. Clinton said, "Like the prophet, ou... more »

Albatross Dying Out Because Of Climate Change–Latest Attenborough Fake News

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 9 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Robin Guenier/Me Grim Nasty It looks like David Attenborough has been making it up as he goes along again: On Sunday evening, the legendary BBC presenter took viewers to the southernmost continent for the first episode of “Seven Wolds, One Planet.” Now 93, Sir David emphasised the shocking effects […]


Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 9 hours ago

Massachusetts marijuana firm settles Boise Cascade logo dispute

Bart Schaneman at Marijuana Business Daily - 9 hours ago
New England Treatment Access (NETA), a Massachusetts medical and recreational marijuana company, settled a lawsuit with Boise Cascade, an Idaho lumber business, over a logo trademark dispute. A spokesman for NETA, which owns two cannabis retail stores, said in a statement that the dispute with Boise Cascade “has been resolved amicably,” reported. The terms of the […] Massachusetts marijuana firm settles Boise Cascade logo dispute is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Michigan adult-use cannabis market likely won’t launch until spring

Jeff Smith at Marijuana Business Daily - 9 hours ago
Michigan regulators will start taking recreational marijuana business applications on Nov. 1, but sales aren’t expected to begin until March or April at the earliest. There are a number of factors delaying the launch, according to the Detroit Free Press, including: The state is concerned about a medical cannabis shortage and hasn’t yet decided if […] Michigan adult-use cannabis market likely won’t launch until spring is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Applying the CLOUD Act to the U.S.-U.K. Bilateral Data Access Agreement

nswire at Lawfare - 9 hours ago
Flags Flying, Plymouth Harbour, Devon (Source: Christine Matthews) On Oct. 3, the United States and the United Kingdom signed the first-ever executive agreement under the CLOUD Act, a 2018 law that authorizes the U.S. to enter into information-sharing agreements with other countries for the purpose of aiding criminal investigations. The text of the executive agreement, titled the U.S.-U.K. Bilateral Data Access Agreement, is located here. Congress will now have 90 days to consider the agreement, which will come into effect at the end of that period unless Congress enacts a resolut... more »

World News Briefs -- October 28, 2019

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Al Jazeera: **World reacts to death of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi* *Al-Baghdadi reportedly killed himself after running into a tunnel during a US military operation in northwest Syria.* Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a US military raid in northwest Syria, President Donald Trump confirmed. During a press conference on Sunday, Trump said al-Baghdadi had been "under surveillance for a couple of weeks". According to the US president, the ISIL chief died after running into a tunnel in the village of Barisha where he... more »

“Major Revelation” from OPCW whistleblower: Jonathan Steele speaking to the BBC

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 9 hours ago
The following is a transcription of an interview given by Jonathan Steele (former Senior Middle East Correspondent for the Guardian) to Paul Henley, on the BBC World Service programme, Weekend, on 27 October 2019


Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 9 hours ago
*The EU has given the UK an extension until January 31st, it has emerged.* ** *My thinking is there should be a second referendum, not a snap election just before the new no deal Brexit disaster cliff date.* *Also, MPs should vote to make revoking Article 50 the default position in the event of a no deal Brexit and so remove the option of leaving without a deal once and for all.* * more »

Lincoln University to be Honored With Historical Marker on Campus

Sarah Wood at Diverse - 9 hours ago
Lincoln University is set to receive a historical marker on campus Nov. 14 presented by the Toni Morrison Society’s Bench by the Road Project. As part of the ceremony, the school will be awarded with the organization’s 26th bench placement, becoming the second historically Black university in the nation to earn this honor. The Bench […]

Longest Serving Black Congressman Dies at Age 90

Sara Weissman at Diverse - 9 hours ago
Former U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. – a Michigan Democrat and the longest-serving Black congressman – died on Sunday at the age 90. Conyers served in Congress from 1964 to 2017. A founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971, he also successfully pushed to make Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a […]

Gonzaga Professor Receives Two Research Fellowships

Sarah Wood at Diverse - 9 hours ago
Dr. Laurie Arnold, associate professor and director of Native American Studies at Gonzaga University, was named an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) 2019 Fellow. Her research project will focus on the comparison of influential Native American female writers including Sarah Winnemucca, Christine Quintasket and Gertrude Bonnin to investigate cultural activism. There were 81 ACLS […]

University of Texas Opens Center for Black Male Students

Sara Weissman at Diverse - 9 hours ago
University of Texas has announced its new Heman Sweatt Center for Black Males, named after the school’s first Black law student. Previously known as the African American Male Research Initiative, the center is a part of the school’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. The center offers programs like Black Male Orientation, hosts weekly power […]

No, Malia Obama Wasn’t Busted for Selling Priceless White House Trinkets

Snopes Staff at - 9 hours ago
A routine review of content labeled satire.

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/28/2019

Lambert Strether at naked capitalism - 9 hours ago
Today's Water Cooler: Biden, Sanders, Warren, impeachment and the so-called "deep state," William Gibson and RussiaGate, voting machines, trade, national activity, inventories, manufacturing, AirBnB, Tesla, Apple, PG&E, fracking and earthquakes, Amílcar Lopes de costa Cabral, Bob Dylan, the fabulous Sixties

Is a former Hong Kong bishop a part of Steve Bannon's propaganda op ?

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 9 hours ago
*A Globalist neo fascist Catholic set led by Steve Bannon and billionaires like Gloria Thun und Taxis includes Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, a former Bishop of Hong Kong, who sat on the board of Bannon's monastery academy for neo fascist political operatives.* ** *China should send a new team of investigative journalists to Hong Kong to research the role of the Catholic church there in the ongoing protests as well as the funding of the protestors and their links to Globalist NGOs.* *Are any of the key figures linked to Steve Bannon? * *As far... more »

Robert Evans, Iconic Producer of ‘Chinatown,’ Dies at 89

AP News at - 9 hours ago
During Evans’ tenure running Paramount, he resurrected the studio with films including “Rosemary’s Baby,” ″Serpico” and “The Godfather,” parts one and two.

Connecting trade and climate chaos - 10 hours ago
28-Oct-2019 We must call for an end to the deregulatory ‘free trade' and tax policies that make practices like re-importation and redundant trade profitable.

Carlos Slim y Telefónica llevan a Colombia a un arbitraje por 1,200 millones de euros - 10 hours ago
28-Oct-2019 Telefónica ha formalizado su demanda en el Ciadi, al igual que ya había hecho América Móvil. Entre ambas compañías reclaman más de 1,200 millones de euros al país.

La Asamblea Nacional ratifica el TLC Corea del Sur-Reino Unido - 10 hours ago
28-Oct-2019 La Asamblea Nacional de Corea del Sur ha ratificado el tratado de libre comercio entre Corea del Sur y el Reino Unido, a fin de prepararse para la salida de este último de la Unión Europea.

Iran-EAEU PTA comes into effect Sunday - 10 hours ago
28-Oct-2019 This agreement includes 862 products, with 360 related to Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and 502 to Iran.

Comienza el acuerdo de libre comercio entre la Unión Euroasiática e Irán en medio de las sanciones de EE.UU. - 10 hours ago
28-Oct-2019 Irán ha destacado la importancia de este acuerdo de libre comercio firmado en mayo de 2018, especialmente para impulsar sus exportaciones no petroleras en la actual época de sanciones.

EUA y China se encuentran "cerca de concluir" secciones de acuerdo comercial - 10 hours ago
28-Oct-2019 Estados Unidos y China se encuentran cerca de concluir la "primera fase" del acuerdo.

Trade in services in the AfCFTA - 10 hours ago
28-Oct-2019 Member states are currently engaged in negotiations on issues that are essential for trade in services under the AfCFTA to begin.

Arbitration tribunal delays award in ₹10,247-cr Cairn retro tax case to mid-2020 - 10 hours ago
28-Oct-2019 The tax department had sought ₹10,247 crore in taxes on alleged capital gains made by the company in the internal reorganisation

Reclaman 293 mdd en caso Oceanografía - 10 hours ago
28-Oct-2019 Las acciones del Gobierno de Enrique Peña Nieto contra Oceanografía podrían costarle alrededor de 300 millones de dólares a la actual Administración.

Eurasian Union, Serbia sign free-trade agreement - 10 hours ago
28-Oct-2019 The trade agreement not only fully harmonizes the terms of trade of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia with Serbia, but also creates a similar regime for Armenian and Kyrgyz goods.

EU Member States agree on a plurilateral treaty to terminate bilateral investment treaties - 10 hours ago
28-Oct-2019 EU Member States committed to terminate their intra-EU bilateral investment treaties in a coordinated manner by means of a plurilateral treaty.

Morocco, UK sign post-Brexit association agreement - 10 hours ago
28-Oct-2019 Morocco and the UK have signed an “Association Agreement” to ensure that the two countries maintain their relationships unscathed when the UK leaves the EU.

Neo fascist far right makes big win in Germany as Globalists use1930s game plan

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 10 hours ago
*Globalist Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer has come under attack after her party, the CDU, suffered another massive defeat in Thuringia. It is the CDU's fourth major election loss since AKK won a rigged election to become the new CDU party leader. * ** *The CDU defeat has increased pressure for Friedrich Merz to become the CDU leader. He appears to be interested in trying to stop an economic and financial meltdown in Germany, and therefore, a promising partner for China. * *But AK... more »

California and New York Having Problems Delivering Energy

IER at IER - 10 hours ago
Repeatedly this month in California, Pacific Gas & Electric has cut off electricity to more than a million subscribers due… The post California and New York Having Problems Delivering Energy appeared first on IER.

Crowds boo Donald Trump, Globalist media propaganda bubble burst by reality

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 10 hours ago
*Donald Trump was booed at the World Series game in Washington DC today. Incredible scene! * *And a sign of just how loathed Trump is in the real world and undercutting the Globalist mainstream and alternative media propaganda showing him at rallies with steady support.* *Crowds shouted "Lock him up" when Trump appeared on the flatscreen.* *When the camera panned to troops, the crowds cheers immediately turned to boos as soon as the troops shouted POTUS.* *Huge political opportunity for China to reach out to the disenfranchised, disaffected masses suffering under a NWO Globalist t... more »

Humanity’s birthplace found in southern Africa

Suzannah Lyons at Just In - 10 hours ago
The earliest ancestors of anatomically modern humans likely emerged in southern Africa, new Australian-led research suggests.

Man found dangling from 80m-tall chimney dies before he can be rescued

Just In - 10 hours ago
A man discovered trapped upside-down at the top of an historic chimney has died before he could be reached in an elaborate rescue mission involving a drone, helicopters and a cherrypicker, British police say.


Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 10 hours ago
*I found an elderly woman sleeping on a bench in the centre of town, on the Frourio, the hill with ancient ruins and cafes this evening, at 7 pm local time.* *She covered herself with one blanket on a chilly night. When I gave her a little bit of money, she thanked me in Greek, suggesting she is Greek.* *This is the first time I have ever seen an elderly woman sleeping on a bench in Larisa and a sign things are getting very bad for some people.* *I have seen more and more men sleeping rough in the morning on the Frourio.* *This is a disgrace to the corrupt left wing politicians of... more »

Visiting the blown bridge that links the LPR & Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
*Olga Kobceva (4th on right) led our small group yesterday on a tour of the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge that was blow up by the Ukrainian Army soon after the US sponsored coup in 2014. She is a member of the Peoples Council of Lugansk. She works with POW transfers and an investigation into missing people. She is a member of the Minsk agreement group.* We were taken from our hotel in Lugansk (the Donbass) early yesterday on a cold and foggy morning to the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge that connects the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) and Ukraine. The center part of the bridge was blow... more »

Who is going to win the World Series?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019Anthropology all the way down:* "Math is hard," Talking Barbie famously said. According to major anthropologists, so is working with statistics! Consider what happened when a substantial number of human beings recently tried to do that. As of last Wednesday night, the Washington Nationals had won the first two games of the World Series, *and they'd done so as the visiting team!* The Nats had won the two games *in Houston!* Every sports pundit from here to Sochi got busy repeating a script: Very few teams who accomplished that feat have ever gone on to los... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 28,2 019

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Boys wave towards a convoy of U.S. vehicles withdrawing from northern Syria, in Erbil, Iraq October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari ** *US Troops Staying Behind In Syria Could Face Threats From Assad Regime* U.S. troops tasked with guarding oil wells in Syria from Islamic State group terrorists could also face threats from President Bashar al-Assad's regime, which has long sought to retake the Al Omar oil fields in Deir al-Zour province. The announcement that U.S. troops would protect the oil fields came from Defense Secretary Mark Esper at a contentious Friday meetin... more »

The Justice Department Should Share More Information on the Durham Investigation

rlitt at Lawfare - 10 hours ago
Attorney General William Barr delivers remarks at the 2019 Attorney General's Awards. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray sit to his right. (Justice Department) The New York Times and other media outlets, citing anonymous sources, recently reported that the Department of Justice inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation has “shifted” from an administrative review to a criminal investigation. The leakers—identified only as “people familiar with the matter”—were notably imprecise; they did not, apparently, say what is be... more »

Oh, my itchy trigger finger . . .

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 10 hours ago
Yesterday Miss D. and I went to the Guardians of Freedom Air Show at Sheppard Air Force Base near Wichita Falls. It was a lot of fun, with a surprisingly good range of aircraft for a training base, including the F-22 and F-35 fifth-generation combat aircraft. There was a decent-size crowd, too. While we were walking from the parking lot to the entrance to the display area, our attention was caught by a silver dart-like aircraft zooming low over the runway, quite close to us. I don't know what I looked like to my wife, but I could feel the tension right away as I recognized it. I ... more »

Lebanese Protesters Sing ‘Baby Shark’ to Toddler, Hilarity Ensues

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 10 hours ago
Isn’t it amazing that people can come together by the thousands, or hundreds of thousands, in other countries to protest their government, but it sure seems like most people here in America are ok with drinking the fluoride and the Kool-Aid. And what a cute little baby. The post Lebanese Protesters Sing ‘Baby Shark’ to Toddler, Hilarity Ensues appeared first on Health Nut News.

Iowa Woman Dies after Explosion at Gender Reveal Party

AP News at - 10 hours ago
An Iowa woman has died after an explosion at a gender reveal party created debris that hit her.

2 Women Who Flashed Breasts at World Series Banned by MLB

AP News at - 10 hours ago
Major League Baseball says the ban from big league stadiums is indefinite.

Did President Trump Get Booed at the 2019 World Series?

Bethania Palma at - 10 hours ago
The U.S. president appeared somewhat surprised by the crowd's reaction.

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