Friday, December 20, 2019

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Michael Bloomberg Is Offensive

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 minutes ago
Disgusting and widely loathed Republican billionaire Michael Bloomberg-- currently pretending to be a Democrat in his Trump-like quest to buy the White House-- is running for president for several reasons. Aside from his own self gratification though, stopping Bernie and Elizabeth, is way on the top of his list. But to take on one of the progressives, *mano a mano*, he first has to get beyond the 3-5% range in which he's polling and then he has to become the front-runner in the conservative or neoliberal lane-- currently dominated by Status Quo Joe and Mayo Pete. (As Elizabeth Warr... more »

Real Star Wars: Believe It Or Not, America Wanted Its Very Own 'Death Star'

Steve Weintz at The National Interest - 43 minutes ago
*Steve Weintz* *Security, Solar System* An orbital railgun, to be precise. *Key point: *A generation after the program ostensibly wound down, megawatt lasers and railguns *have* arrived. A long time ago in an era much like ours, the United States poured billions into its “Star Wars” missile defense program. What those billions actually bought is still highly classified, so much so that we know very little about the various exotic space weapons conceived during the late Cold War. One of those concepts—“Have Sting”—would have been the biggest gun in the solar system . . . had it e... more »

Why The Air Force Still Flies U.S. F-15s After Nearly Fifty Years (Even with F-35s in The Air)

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 43 minutes ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * There just aren't enough F-22s to go around. *Key Point:* In a world still dominated by fourth-generation fighters, the F-15 is an aging—but still formidable—fighter. For nearly three decades, the F-15 Eagle fighter was considered the undisputed king of the skies. Until the debut of its replacement, the F-22 Raptor, the F-15 was the U.S. Air Force’s frontline air superiority fighter. Even today, a modernized Eagle is still considered a formidable opponent, and manufacturer Boeing has proposed updated versions that could keep the airframe flying for t... more »

Look Out America: Russia's Hypersonic Avangard Nuclear Missile Is Going Live

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 43 minutes ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * The Avangard is a nuclear-armed glider that travels at hypersonic (faster than Mach 5) speed. *Key point: *The U.S. withdrawal from the INF agreement has spurred fears that Washington and Moscow will revive the costly and dangerous Cold War nuclear arms race. Russia’s Avangard hypersonic boost-glide missile is about to operational. “This missile system is set to go on combat alert in December 2019,” Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced. A defense industry source said “that the first two UR-100N UTTKh intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) outf... more »

RIP, Iran: Could the End of the Iranian Regime Finally Be Near?

Mohammed Ayoob at The National Interest - 43 minutes ago
*Mohammed Ayoob* *Politics, Middle East* [image: Reuters] Anything could happen. *Key point:* Tehran is facing more pressure and the Iranian people are angry. The events of the last few weeks in Iran indicate that the country may be in for a repetition of the events of 1978 that led to the toppling of the Shah. Anti-government protests in Iran have reached a boiling point with the streets of several of Iran’s cities and towns reverberating with slogans demanding the overthrow of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. One can hear echoes of the “Death to the Shah” slogans of 1978... more »

Italy's Battleships Were Such A Threat That Hitler Sent Bombers To Destroy Them

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 43 minutes ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, Europe* He couldn't afford to let them fall into Allied hands. *Key point: *Despite their drawbacks, *Roma* and its sisters were useful ships. Italy’s Regia Marina was one of the busiest navies of the interwar period. Four old battleships were rebuilt so completely that they barely resembled their original configuration. This helped Italy achieve what was really, by the late 1930s, significant ship-to-ship superiority over the French Navy. The reconstruction of these ships helped generate ideas as to what their new battleships should look like. The new... more »

These Are History's Top 5 Naval Battles And Battleships Of All Time

TNI Staff at The National Interest - 43 minutes ago
*TNI Staff* *Security, * Check them out. *Key point: *Naval warfare is as old as time itself. Fighting on the water for trade routes, territory or plain power and glory is as old a concept as there is when it comes to war. Naval powers have also used various types of vessels to punish their enemies, from old wooden ships to the steel monsters of the battleship era of years past to aircraft carriers to the smaller but still dangerous cruisers and destroyers of today. But if we were to survey history, what were the biggest, most important naval battles in all of history? And, i... more »

Does Smith & Wesson's M&P9 Outclass Glock's 26 Gen 4 Pistol?

Gun News Daily at The National Interest - 43 minutes ago
*Gun News Daily* *Technology, Americas* [image: Reuters] Here's how they stack up. *Key Point:* S&W is giving Glock a run for their money. A couple days ago my father-in-law and I met with one of his old friends at his personal shooting range. He showed us his collection — among which is a Chinese-made AK-47 clone (the brand is called Norinco), a Rock Island Armory 1911-style pistol chambered in .22 TCM, a Glock 26 Gen4 and an obscure semi-auto pistol that looked so beaten up I didn’t bother checking it out. What caught my attention was his newest acquisition: a subcompact S&W M... more »

President Trump Tweet Signals Ongoing Hostage Negotiations…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 44 minutes ago
An interesting tweet from President Trump today with a clearly coded message to North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un. Within the message President Trump notes an ongoing dialogue with Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping about Kim’s status. The hostage negotiations happening against … Continue reading →

Whither Impeachment?

Francis Menton at Manhattan Contrarian - 59 minutes ago
* On Wednesday evening, the House voted two Articles of Impeachment against President Trump. The first alleges “abuse of power,” and the second claims “obstruction of Congress.” Neither is a crime. * So we now know the answer to the question posed in the title of my post of November 13, “The Trump Impeachment: What Is The Crime?” The answer is that we’re not even pretending that there is a crime. . . . * What next? If your answer is, on to the trial in the Senate, you are not fully thinking through all the posturings and maneuverings that our politicians are capable of. Just because... more »

Continuing Coup Remains Greatest Strategic Threat

Alicia at LaRouchePAC Feed - 1 hour ago
Continuing Coup Remains Greatest Strategic Threat Video of Continuing Coup Remains Greatest Strategic Threat Not content with ramming through the U.S. House a completely unconstitutional impeachment of President Trump, Nancy Pelosi is continuing, on behalf of the anti-Trumpers, the drive to destabilize the U.S., and use the crisis created by the Obama intelligence team to destroy the nation as a republic. Helga Zepp LaRouche reviewed the fake narratives from Russiagate to Ukrainegate, then used Trump's letter to Pelosi to show that the president is fully aware that this is an atta... more »

Humanity’s Salvation Will Necessarily Look Like A Leap Into The Unknown

Caitlin Johnstone at Caitlin Johnstone - 1 hour ago
If humanity is to turn away from its murderous, omnicidal, ecocidal, oppressive and exploitative trajectory, it will necessarily involve a sharp, drastic deviation from all its previous patterning. You would think that this would go without saying; obviously a drastic change in behavior will look […]

Musical interlude

Unknown at Accidental Deliberations - 1 hour ago
Joywave - Obsession

Around half of historic $600m Bell Group settlement eaten up in legal fees

Jacob Kagi at Just In - 2 hours ago
About $600 million will pour into the Western Australian Government's coffers as one of Australia's longest-running legal stoushes, the Bell Group litigation, reaches settlement, but it cost $300 million in legal fees to get there.

US woman deliberately hits teen with car in racial attack

Just In - 2 hours ago
A woman in the US is charged with attempted murder after she told police that she intentionally steered her car onto a footpath and ran over a 14-year-old girl because she believed the teenager was Mexican.

Zerafa lodges protest after loss to Horn

Just In - 2 hours ago
Michael Zerafa's camp decides to lodge a protest following his controversial boxing loss to Jeff Horn in Brisbane.

Notre Dame to miss first midnight Christmas mass in 230 years

Just In - 2 hours ago
It has been a place of worship for over 800 years, but for the first time since the French Revolution, Parisians will be missing out on a midnight Christmas mass at the capital's famed Notre Dame Cathedral.

Gippsland bushfire creates its own weather as it quadruples in size

Just In - 2 hours ago
Victorian firefighters say a bushfire threatening homes and lives near Ensay in far east Gippsland created its own weather system as it rapidly expanded overnight.

Boeing capsule launches to wrong orbit, causing major setback

Just In - 2 hours ago
Boeing's new Starliner capsule ends up in the wrong orbit after lifting off on its first test flight, in a blow to the company's effort to launch astronauts for NASA next year.

Fire inside Brisbane CBD bar 'suspicious', investigators say

Just In - 2 hours ago
Police investigate a suspicious fire inside the Mr Percival's bar at Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane's CBD after flames and smoke were seen through a window.

Falling tree branch crushes back of car, killing passenger

Just In - 2 hours ago
A falling tree branch crushes the back of a car on Kings Way in South Melbourne, killing one of the back-seat passengers and putting another in hospital.

How Nazi Germany's Attempt to Seize Moscow Failed

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* [image: Reuters] The Soviets fought back hard. *Key point:* Never invade Russia and never fail before the winter. The war map gave Adolf Hitler every reason to be confident. Operation Barbarossa, Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union begun on June 22, 1941, had succeeded spectacularly on nearly every front. One Soviet army after another had been smashed as Germany’s Ostheer, its army in the East, plunged deep into the industrial heart of Josef Stalin’s vast Eurasian state. By September, Hitler’s legions were within sight of Leningrad, ... more »

Lisa Page Email Shows Direct Evidence of Investigative Leaking and Bias IG Horowitz Said He Could Not Find…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 3 hours ago
Within the small group conducting the 2016 FBI investigation of the Trump campaign, the Steele Dossier was called “Crown Material“. A name relating to Christopher Steele’s British intelligence position. [James Comey testimony to congress] The “Crown Material” has become more … Continue reading →

Professor Feldman, Democrat Witness, Trump Isn’t Impeached Until Articles Are Sent to Senate

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Fox Business Senate Majority Leader slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for delaying the Senate impeachment trial. end

More Than 9,300 Stores Closed Across US in 2019: Report

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
More Than 9,300 Stores Closed Across US in 2019: Report by JACK PHILLIPS, A report found that more than 9,300 stores have closed or are closing across the United States in 2019, including locations operated by Payless, Gymboree, Fred’s, Walgreens, Family Dollar, and many more. – According to a report (pdf) by Coresight Research, which released …

Rickards: World on Knife Edge of Debt Crisis

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Rickards: World on Knife Edge of Debt Crisis by James Rickards, Herbert Stein, a prominent economist and adviser to presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, once remarked, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” The fact that his remark is obvious makes it no less profound. Simple denial or wishful thinking tends …

Why Western Media Ignore OPCW Scandal

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Why Western Media Ignore OPCW Scandal by Tyler Durden, The credibility of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is on the line after a series of devastating leaks from whistleblowers has shown that the UN body distorted an alleged CW incident in Syria in 2018. The distortion by the OPCW of the incident …

Putin: Trump Impeachment Charges Made Up, US Senate Republican Majority’ll Not Impeach Him

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Russia Insight Russian President Vladimir Putin holds his annual news conference, attended by Russian and foreign media, at the World Trade Centre in Moscow. Vladimir Putin has criticized the impeachment of Donald Trump, dismissing the charges as “absolutely made up” and saying he expected the US president to survive the US Senate vote. In remarks …

Boeing’s 737 Max Cancellations Approach 150K

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
CNBC Television CNBC’s Phil LeBeau reports on Boeing’s bad week. With CNBC’s Brian Sullivan and the Fast Money traders, Tim Seymour, Carter Worth, Steve Grasso and Guy Adami. end

Repo Madness Is Also Being Used to Paper Over Massive Forward Dollar Swap Losses Globally?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
WallStForMainSt Not only is the Fed buying around 90% of new US Treasuries being issued (according to Daniel Amerman’s new article) but the Fed is also apparently bailing out the global dollar shortage and bad derivatives bets in the forward dollar swaps market? #RepoMadness #DollarShortage – The Fed’s official balance sheet is now up $41.561 …

Gas Blackmail: US to Sanction EU Companies for Nord Stream 2 Work

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
RT #US senators have resorted to #bullying tactics threatening a Swiss company with sanctions that could cripple its business, if it doesn’t stop working on the construction of the #NordStream2 pipeline. end

EU Withdrawal Bill Passed, Paving Way for January 31 Brexit

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
RT UK MPs have voted to pass PM Boris Johnson’s amended EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB), which sets the stage for an almost-certain Brexit on January 31 — and prevents any extension of the transition period beyond December 2020. A previous version of the bill said that the post-Brexit transition period could be prolonged by …

Presidential Debates are as Dull as 1950s TV Game Shows.

Michael J. Socolow at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Michael J. Socolow* *Politics, Americas* [image: Reuters] The whole production is tidy, predictable, nonthreatening and occasionally entertaining. That’s precisely why the two dominant political parties, and their candidates, still insist on the format. Televised political debates continue to disappoint viewers and critics. Sometimes they even frustrate the participants themselves. That’s because, since their inception, nobody has been able to come up with a model that rival candidates would accept, and that would be useful and informative for the viewing public. The only debate... more »

Why the Allies Used 1000 Bombers to Eliminate Nazi Germany's Berlin

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* [image: Reuters] A huge fleet. *Key point:* The Allies wanted to harm German industrial capacity and morale. He was widely regarded as America’s best pilot, he was already a recipient of the Medal of Honor, he was commander of the Eighth Air Force caught up in 1,000-plane bombing missions deep into the Third Reich, and he was mad as hell. Lieutenant General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle was also a gentleman who rarely used harsh language, but when they gave him the battle order for a mission to be flown on February 3, 1945—a mission to B... more »

Trump's Big Tax Cut: A Waste of Time or a Big Economic Growth Driver?

Rachel del Guidice at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Rachel del Guidice* *Politics, Americas* [image: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump smile during the family photo session with invited guests at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/Pool] And have all Americans benefited? The American economy has had a strong year. How much of this can we attribute to the federal tax reform passed in 2017? Ahead of this Sunday’s second anniversary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, The Daily Signal is featuring several interviews about the law and its impact. We begin with *Joseph Sempre... more »

The Gatling Gun Might Be The Scariest Ever Designed (And Deadliest)

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, North America* She revolutionized 19th century warfare. *Key Point:* Dr. Richard Gatling traveled the word hocking his new weapon, which was put to deadly effect. Richard Gatling was born in Hertford County, NC, on December 12, 1818. His father was a prosperous farmer and inventor, and the son was destined to inherit the “invention bug.” After three of his sisters died at a young age from disease, Richard Gatling decided to study medicine, and graduated from the Ohio Medical College in Cincinnati in 1850. He moved to Indianapolis the same year... more »

How the Glock 43 Gun Is Superior for Concealed Carry

Gun News Daily at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Gun News Daily* *Security, Americas* [image:] Let's take a look. *Key Point:* Could this be the ultimate self-defense gun? Both the Glock 26 and the Glock 43 are very popular small pistols, especially among those who like to carry their handgun concealed. On paper, the differences between these guns appear to be very slight, but in the real world even these slight differences can have a big impact. The debate as to which of these pistols is better has raged for as long as they’ve both been available. The Glock 26, released in 1994, revolution... more »

Faster and Faster Still: The 5 Best Fighter Jets Ever

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * [image:] Do your picks match ours? *Key Point:* There are several points an aircraft should meet to be dubbed one of the greatest of all time. What are the five greatest fighter aircraft of all time? Like the same question asked of tanks, cars, or rock and roll guitarists, the answer invariably depends on parameters. For example, there are few sets of consistent parameters that would include both the T-34 and the King Tiger amo... more »

The Navy Has A New Stealth Destroyer, But It Is No True Battleship (At Least Not Yet)

James Holmes at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*James Holmes* *Security, * The shoe just doesn’t fit. *Key point: *The DDG-1000 isn’t a stealth battleship. But it should be. And—suitably armed—it could be. Over the years it’s become commonplace for writers to sex up their descriptions of guided-missile destroyer (DDG) *Zumwalt*, the U.S. Navy’s newest surface combatant. Commentators of such leanings depict the ultra-high-tech DDG-1000 as a battleship. Better yet, it’s a “stealth battleship”—a fit subject for sci-fi! Not so. And getting the nomenclature right matters: calling a man-of-war a battleship conjures up images in t... more »

National Security Highlights from the Fourth Democratic Primary Debate

vKannan at Lawfare - 4 hours ago
On Thursday, PBS Newshour and Politico hosted the sixth debate of the 2020 Democratic primary campaign, moderated by Judy Woodruff, Amna Nawaz, Yamiche Alcindor, and Tim Alberta. We’ve combed through the transcript from the debate to present the national security-related exchanges. These excerpts are organized both thematically and chronologically. A complete transcript is available through the Washington Post here. *Impeachment* WOODRUFF: To the candidates -- last night, at this hour, the House of Representatives voted for only the third time in American history to impeach a pre... more »

"The Fed’s Gifts to Wall Street"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Fed’s Gifts to Wall Street"* by David Stockman "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." – President Dwight D. Eisenhower, “First Inaugural Address” (January 20, 1953) "This is probably the last real trading day before Christmas; things are going to be very slow next week. But, as of midday, it looks like all the major equity indices are going to close well in the green today, at or near all-time highs too. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, indeed. This rally – to put a bow on a 25%-plus year for “the stock market” – makes it easy to... more »

How Badly Will Their Votes Against Impeaching Trump Cost Swing District Republicans?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Fore! by Nancy Ohanian* Michael Scherer, writing for the *Washington Post* Wednesday, reported that "When the dust clears, the result is most likely to look more like a draw than a victory, say political strategists from both sides." He quoted Democratic pollster Geoff Garin: "I am confident that not a single Democrat anywhere in the country next year will lose their seat because they voted for impeachment." And he quoted Republican pollster Glen Bolger: "I am not convinced that anybody is in significant danger but the small number that represent the other team’s area, and there ar... more »

Muslim Cop Charged with Sex Crimes Against Children in English Grooming Gang Scandal

James Murphy at rss - 4 hours ago
[image: muslim-cop-charged-with-sex-crimes-against-children-in-english-grooming-gang-scandal] A Muslim police officer in West Yorkshire has been charged with being a part of a grooming-gang that sexually exploited 13-16-year-old girls from 2006 until 2009. As part of the Protective Services Operation, Amjad Ditta may have abused his position in order to gain access to the children.

"Déjà vu All Over Again?"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Déjà vu All Over Again?"* By Nomi Prins "Back in 1907, the world’s leading financier gathered his colleagues around a table in his library. His name was J.P. Morgan. In that plush room filled with the smoke of expensive cigars, New York City’s most important bankers were worried. There had been a run on the money of a few lesser banks. As a result, the financial system, along with the city, was in a state of panic. Morgan got word to President Theodore Roosevelt, who sent his Treasury secretary to calm their nerves. This he did, with a government bailout fund of $25 million that ... more »

Help me understand on this cold December night

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 4 hours ago
I hope everyone had a great week and will enjoy a stress free weekend. Using a questioning theme, help me understand… – how JUULs and the like can be portayed as safe by their makers when an excessive amount of … Continue reading →

A Leprosy-Free World Is Possible

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 20 (IPS) - From Dec 11-12 the plight of people with Leprosy took centre stage during the National Conference on Zero Leprosy Initiative 2030 and at the historic and the first-ever the Conference of Organizations of persons affected by Leprosy- in partnership with the Nippon Foundation. Read the full story, “A Leprosy-Free World Is Possible”, on →

President Trump Speech and Signing of 2020 NDAA Initiating Spaceforce – 7:30pm ET Livestream…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 4 hours ago
Tonight President Trump will deliver remarks at Joint Base Andrews and sign the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. Included in the bill are twelve weeks of paid parental leave, initiation funds for the United States Space Force … Continue reading →

Gardasil Vaccine Censorship Continues as Published Research Documenting Fertility Rates is Withdrawn

AdminM at Health Impact News - 4 hours ago
In June 2018, the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A published my article “A lowered probability of pregnancy in females in the USA aged 25-29 who received a human papillomavirus vaccine injection”. Data revealed that 60% of women who had not received the HPV vaccine had been pregnant at least once, while only 35% of HPV vaccine recipients had ever conceived. The article detailed the statistical analysis as well as offered possible biological mechanisms for the results. Three researchers peer-reviewed the article. When the article first appeared, the editors ... more »

Texas Pathologist Criticizes Child Abuse Pediatricians – Wants Law Put in Place to Protect Parents

AdminM at Health Impact News - 4 hours ago
NBC News along with the Houston Chronicle is continuing their series in exposing medical kidnapping. Mike Hixenbaugh and Keri Blakinger recently published an article featuring Dr. Michael Laposata, chief of pathology at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, who has a history of helping parents wrongly convicted of child abuse by Child Abuse Pediatricians. Dr. Laposata, along with other Texas doctors and Texas lawmakers, want to see the law changed so that courts do not rely solely on the opinion of a single "Child Abuse" doctor as an expert. They want to require that cou... more »

Trump’s Transformation of the Courts Barrels Onward

AP News at - 4 hours ago
Senators confirmed 13 of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, bringing to 102 the number of federal judges approved this year — more than twice the annual average over the past three decades.

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Blogging has been light for the past few days. Visitors, presentations, getting ready for Christmas .... it all came together at the same time. But blogging will return to normal this Sunday. We are all going to stay put for the holidays, which means that I am going to have a lot of free time for the next two weeks.

Dozens of ex-French soldiers joined jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – Dozens of former French soldiers, sometimes from elite units, have joined jihadist groups in the Middle East since 2012, the Centre for the Analysis of Terrorism reported this week. According to the report, the Centre identified some 30 former French soldiers that have joined terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

The Daily Brief 2019-12-19

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hama, Idlib, Syria, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi, Russia, Gaza, Israel, Palestine, US, Libya, Tripoli, Trump. Categories covered in this brief: Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Gulf, Middleeast, Palestine, North-Africa, Turkey, World-News Let us know how you like this brief in the comments below. — The […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkish troops allegedly fighting in GNA’s ranks in Libya: LNA

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
Turkish snipers and storm groups are fighting in the ranks of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital of Tripoli, a military source in the rival Libyan National Army (LNA) said. “We saw Turkish soldiers fighting on the ground in the direction of Khallet al-Furjan in Tripoli among the GNA armed militias. We […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Jihadists suffer heavy losses as Syrian troops keep advancing in southeast Idlib

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is rolling through the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this evening after launching a big attack at two axes. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army has captured the town of Al-Rafah after a short battle with the jihadist […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Climate Crisis, No! Energy Poverty.

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 5 hours ago
Energy and Poverty are obviously tied together. “Access to cleaner and affordable energy options is essential for improving the livelihoods of the poor in developing countries. The link between energy and poverty is demonstrated by the fact that the poor in developing countries constitute the bulk of an estimated 2.7 billion people relying on traditional […]

Pure Global Cannabis ‘temporarily’ lays off staff to conserve cash

Matt Lamers at Marijuana Business Daily - 5 hours ago
Canadian license holder Pure Global Cannabis has become the latest marijuana firm to shed part of its workforce to conserve cash amid the challenging capital market conditions facing the industry. “This is about cost containment,” CEO Mel Panchal said in an interview. “It’s just prudent fiscal measures to ensure that we’re not burning unnecessary cash. […] Pure Global Cannabis ‘temporarily’ lays off staff to conserve cash is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Lupaka amenaza a Perú con arbitraje ante bloqueo de manifestantes indígenas - 5 hours ago
20-Dec-2019 En una nota de prensa difundida por la minera canadiense Lupaka, ésta anuncia que ha presentado Notificación de Intención de Presentar una Reclamación de Arbitraje, de conformidad con el Acuerdo de Libre Comercio de 2009 entre Canadá y Perú el 12 de diciembre, ante el Ministro de Economía y Finanzas peruano.

Struggling Arsenal, listing in midtable, rolls the dice and appoints former player Arteta as manager

Just In - 5 hours ago
Arsenal hires Mikel Arteta as manager, hoping its former midfielder can turn around the fortunes of the ailing London club after spending more than three years learning the coaching ropes as assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Cruise ships collide while trying to dock in Mexican port

Just In - 5 hours ago
Six passengers suffer minor injuries after the Carnival Glory and Carnival Legend collide while trying to dock in the Mexican Caribbean resort of Cozumel.

Former security guard behind shooting at headquarters of Russian intelligence agency

Just In - 5 hours ago
Russian investigators say the man who opened fire on the headquarters of the FSB intelligence and security service in Moscow was Yevgeny Manyurov, a 39-year-old former security guard.

RUDY GIULIANI ON UKRAINE: Documents PROVE Hunter Biden, Burisma Corruption and Money Laundering

Hadenoughalready at 'Nox & Friends - 5 hours ago
Dec 20, 2019 ~Interesting! This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg…HEA


David Henderson at Econlib - 5 hours ago
“I have long contended that NAFTA was perhaps the worst trade deal ever made,” said President Trump at an October 1, 2018 White House ceremony where he touted its proposed replacement, the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). A little over 14 months later, we are close to having the USMCA replace the North American […] The post NAFTA 0.0 appeared first on Econlib.

Money Is Leaving China At A Record Rate

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
China is expected to issue a digital version of its yuan currency. Photo: AFP / Fred Dufour *CNN:* *Money has been leaving China at a record rate. Beijing is battling to stem the tide* Hong Kong (CNN Business)Beijing is stepping up the battle to stop money flowing out of China as the country contends with economic woes and trade war tensions that have eased but show no sign of ending altogether. Money was leaving the country at a record clip earlier this year through unauthorized channels, according to analysts. That's bad news for China, which needs to keep financial reserves hig... more »

Assyrian Churches in Turkey Damaged By Kurdish Group Undergo Restoration

( DHA)Four churches in the southeastern city of Diyarbakır will be returned to their former glory by the end of next year, authorities say, as their renovation following attacks by the terrorist group PKK continues.

The Epilepsy Demon

The Assyrian epilepsy demon can be spotted at the bottom of the image, horns and face to the left and legs to the right.When Assyriologist Troels Pank Arbøll of the University of Copenhagen was studying the tablet at the Vorderasiatisches Museum in Berlin four years ago, he accidentally discovered a partially damaged drawing on its reverse.

Middle Finger Symphony Theater

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 5 hours ago
~ NO TUXEDOS REQUIRED ~ Brought To You By *BLUESJUNKY*: Chair of Music - Middle Finger Symphony Music Director

Is Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman Related to Jeffrey Epstein?

Bethania Palma at - 5 hours ago
Feldman's Wikipedia page was under attack the day he testified in Congress about the impeachment of the U.S. president.

Twitter Fights Interference, Deletes 5,929 Saudi Accounts

AP News at - 5 hours ago
Twitter has identified and removed nearly 6,000 accounts that it said were part of a coordinated effort by Saudi government agencies and individuals to advance the country’s geopolitical interests.

This German Naval Radar Terrorized the Allies During World War I (Not a Battleship)

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* The German cruiser Emden compiled an impressive record as a raider in the opening months of World War I before meeting an untimely end. World War I was only a few days old when the German light cruiser SMS *Emden*, patrolling off the Korean Peninsula, spotted its first target. Shortly after 4 am on August 4, 1914, lookouts spotted what they believed to be the Russian cruiser Askold. The Emden’s crew readied for action. The Russian vessel fled before it, prompting *Emden*’s crew to fire a series of warning shots. The vessel slowed after ... more »

In the 21st Century, the U.S. Navy Will Eliminate Submarines With Drones

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, Europe* [image:] The Chinese and Russians better watch out. *Key point: *This is how submarine hunting will look in the age of technology. Should an enemy submarine surface well beyond undersea or surface drone detection range and send intelligence to attack platforms - US Navy platforms could be vulnerable in some instances. Fortified by targeting data from well beyond the horizon, enemy subs, planes and ships might, in this case, be well-positioned for a coordinated strike. Howe... more »

Why HK VP9 Review Is Such an Amazing Gun

Gun News Daily at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Gun News Daily* *Technology, Europe* [image: Reuters] A good gun. If there’s anything you need to know about the company Heckler & Koch, it’s that they are pretty much synonymous with quality firearms that are in service with military, law enforcement units, and civilians all over the world. And if you know anything about Heckler & Koch, then you should have heard about the HK VP9 9mm pistol, which was first released to the general market in 2014. Today, the HK VP9 competes with other handguns such as the CZ P10C, Glock 19, and the Walther PPQ. So yes, it is ‘just another stri... more »

Musical Interlude: Logos, “Cheminement”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Logos, “Cheminement”

"A Look to the Heavens"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“This colorful cosmic skyscape features a peculiar system of galaxies cataloged as Arp 227 some 100 million light-years distant. Swimming within the boundaries of the constellation Pisces, Arp 227 consists of the two galaxies prominent on the left; the curious shell galaxy NGC 474 and its blue, spiral-armed neighbor NGC 470. *Click image for larger size.* The faint, wide arcs or shells of NGC 474 could have been formed by a gravitational encounter with neighbor NGC 470. Alternately the shells could be caused by a merger with a smaller galaxy producing an effect analogous to ripples... more »

"What We All Have In Common..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"The Earth is what we all have in common." - Wendell Berry

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