Friday, December 27, 2019

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Thoughts on the Horowitz Report, Part II: What the Inspector General Did Not Find

bwittes at Lawfare - 6 hours ago
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz (Source: Flickr/OversightandReform) Normally, when an inspector general finds significant irregularities and improprieties in one arena and none in some other arenas, we focus on the areas in which he or she finds wrongdoing. After all, we expect things to be normal. So when an investigation finds that things are normal, no action or remediation is required, and it’s a bit ostrich-like to spend time making much of such findings before turning to serious problems that do require fixing. Then again, normally, the president o... more »

Navy SEALs Call Edward Gallagher ‘Evil’ in Leaked Videos

AP News at - 6 hours ago
Gallagher's war crimes case gained national attention after President Donald Trump intervened on his behalf, despite strong objections from Pentagon leaders.

We’re on a Stayed-cation

Snopes Staff at - 6 hours ago
The latest in the legal battle that has threatened Snopes for more than two years.

12 Killed, Dozens Hurt After Jetliner Crashes in Kazakhstan

AP News at - 6 hours ago
The Bek Air jet hit a concrete wall and a two-story building soon after departing from Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city.

Is This an Authentic Photograph of President Trump?

Dan MacGuill at - 6 hours ago
A photograph of Trump, posted online by a Republican congressman, prompted much speculation about the president's skincare regimen.

Is This Soccer Goalkeeper ‘Lost in the Fog’?

Dan Evon at - 6 hours ago
"Sam Bartram stuck doggedly to his post, eyes cagily guarding his goal."

Jimmy John’s restaurants in Iowa linked to another E. coli outbreak tied to sprouts

News Desk at Food Safety News - 6 hours ago
Sprouts Unlimited has initiated a recall of clover sprouts because of possible E. coli O103 contamination. The clover sprouts were distributed to Hy Vee Food stores, Fareway Food Stores and used by Jimmy John’s restaurants in Iowa. “Sprouts Unlimited Inc. became aware of the potential contamination after receiving information from the Iowa Department of Inspections and... Continue Reading

Zapatista Women: 'Fight for your lives' Second International Meeting of Women who Fight

Unknown at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
Words of the Zapatista women at the inauguration of the Second International Meeting of Women who Fight This computer translation will be updated Zapatista women told other women to fight for their lives, in whatever way they fight, because women are increasingly being brutally murdered and being disappeared. As more than 3,200 women registered from 49 countries, Zapatistas opened the

Wikileaks Still Holding Powerful to Account as Founder Julian Assange “Slowly Dies” in Prison

Alan Macleod at MintPress News - 6 hours ago
Assange is kept in being kept in solitary confinement 23 hours per day, often sedated, in Britain's notorious Belmarsh Prison. The post Wikileaks Still Holding Powerful to Account as Founder Julian Assange “Slowly Dies” in Prison appeared first on MintPress News.

America's SR-71 Spy Plane Was Incredibly Fast, But It Had Some Issues

Robert Beckhusen at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Robert Beckhusen* *Technology, Americas* One problem: It's very hard to fly. *Key point: *More than a half-century later, the SR-71 is a museum piece. But secret aircraft projects, and strange sightings over the western United States, have not stopped. There are few secret projects like U.S. Air Force black projects, and that was certainly the case for the famed SR-71 Blackbird. The SR-71 was no ordinary aircraft but a big, beautiful and state-of-the-art spy plane designed in the 1950s and early 1960s to fly quickly at high altitudes over the Soviet Union, filling in for the U-... more »

Who Wins When America's F-14 Tomcat Fights Russia's MiG-25?

War Is Boring at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*War Is Boring* *Security, Middle East* Any guesses? *Key point: *As far as is known, this was the last ever clash between F-14 Tomcats and MiG-25 Foxbats. ​The Iraqi air force received its first Foxbats – 12 MiG-25P interceptors, 12 MiG-25R reconnaissance aircraft and six MiG-25PU conversion trainers – in 1980. However, the Soviets delivered variants that fell below the technical standards demanded by the Iraqis, so Baghdad refused to accept the aircraft. Moscow eventually agreed to upgrade the MiGs as requested and train their crews. The Iraqi Foxbats flew their first sortie... more »

This F/A-18C Hornet Pilot Landed On A Navy Aircraft Carrier, But He Wasn't American

Robert Beckhusen at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Robert Beckhusen* *Security, * On March 17, 2017 in the Atlantic, a fighter jet landed onto the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. The only difference this time was that the pilot was Finnish, not American. *Key Point:* Finland gets some amazing training time. On March 17, 2017 in the Atlantic, a fighter jet landed onto the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. The only difference this time was that the pilot was Finnish, not American. Capt. Juha “Stallion” Jarvinen’s landing was the first landing on an aircraft carrier by a Finnish air force pilot... more »

VA: Ideas About How To Recruit and Retain Teachers

Peter Greene at CURMUDGUCATION - 6 hours ago
As squawking about the teacher "shortage" many states have developed methods to either take advantage of the situation ("Now we can finally break the teachers union and public education by letting any warm body stand in front of a classroom because, hey, there's a shortage") or try to figure out a way to actually solve the problem. In Virginia, a coalition appears to be taking a shot at the latter approach. The Virginia Public Education Coalition is a group of a dozen Virginia organizations encompassing public school professional groups, school boards, principals, superintendents an... more »

"Economic Market Snapshot PM 12/27/19"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*Updated frequently as available.* ◆ PM 12/27/19: “Very High Probability Of A January Stock Market Drop" Gregory Mannarino YouTube Channel Website: - ◆ *MarketWatch Market Summary, Live Updates* - *CNN Market Data:* - *CNN Fear And Greed Index:* - ◆ *Buffett Indicator: Where Are We with Market Valuations?* "As of 12/27/19 (updates daily): The Stock Market is Significantly Overvalued. Based on historical ratio of total market cap ove... more »

(VIDEO) Moment US and Syrian Troops Come Face to Face, SAA Tells US to Leave

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 7 hours ago
*21WIRE + AMN* | “You are occupiers, and you will leave Syria either today or tomorrow.”

Warren’s Brother “Furious” Over Referring to Their Father as a “Janitor”

James Murphy at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: warren-s-brother-furious-over-referring-to-their-father-as-a-janitor] Elizabeth Warren has angered her brother David Herring by referring to their father as a "janitor." Herring calls the claim "false."

Review of “For a New Liberalism”

Laurence M. Vance at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: review-of-for-a-new-liberalism] “Liberalism” used to emphasize the right of an individual to determine what pursuits he would follow and goals he would achieve. This author would like a return to that meaning.

The All-out Media Attack on Matt Shea

TNA Video at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: bill-jasper-the-all-out-media-attack-on-matt-shea] VIDEO - William F. Jasper, Senior Editor for The New American magazine interviews Rep. Matt Shea about the vicious media smear labeling him as a "domestic terrorist," based on the recent "investigation" report commissioned by the far-left, Democrat-controlled Washington State House of Representatives.

AOC Calls U.S. “Fascist” Country at Rally for Candidate Who’d Prosecute People Innocent of Crimes

Selwyn Duke at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: aoc-calls-u-s-fascist-country-at-rally-for-candidate-who-d-prosecute-people-innocent-of-crimes] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called the United States a “fascist” country at a recent event — a rally for a man, socialist senator Bernie Sanders, who vows to prosecute citizens who’ve committed no crime. The irony was lost on many, notably Ocasio-Cortez herself, who also advocates government control over most every facet of Americans’ lives.

Dirty Spooks Concerned About Barr and Durham…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 7 hours ago
Natasha Bertrand is the stenographer for Fusion-GPS smear activities with a reputation for egregious lying and narrative engineering. As a result it doesn’t come as a surprise to see Bertrand writing a collaborative article in Politico taking swipes on behalf … Continue reading →

Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked With Rescuing Navy SEALS

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Photo:* The insignia of the 103rd Pararescue Squadron. Nathaniel Welch *The Esquire*: *The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS* *They are the military’s “guardian angels.” They are trained paramedics, paratroopers, and combat divers. This is the story of one such soldier, and the mission of a lifetime.* “RAMP DOOR!” The jumpmaster screams the command over the roaring engine, and the back hatch of the HC-130 aircraft yawns open into night. A cold wind enters the cabin. It brushes past the seven soldiers seated in rows, sending stray p... more »

Rushin’ To Destruction, 2019 In Review Part 9-- Quotes From The Front

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*-by Noah* *1. Sarah Huckabee Sanders: * President Trump has a different leadership style and the results speak for themselves. While he spends much of his average day in scheduled meetings, events, and calls, there is time to allow for a more creative environment that has helped make him the most productive president in history. Sarah, you are to be commended for being able to pack such a staggering amount of bullshit into such a brief statement. I note that, just a few days before, you claimed, with a straight face, that Trump was chosen by God. Charlie Manson’s girls said the... more »

Newseum Hailed Free Press, But Got Beaten by Free Museums

AP News at - 8 hours ago
The museum’s focus evolved over the years, showcasing not just journalism and historic events, but all manner of free speech and civil rights issues.

Court Upholds Creation of National Monument in Atlantic

AP News at - 8 hours ago
The appeals panel brushed aside arguments that federal law governing monuments applies only to land, not oceans.

NYC Ups Policing in Jewish Areas After Spate of Attacks

AP News at - 8 hours ago
Around the city, police have gotten at least six reports this week of attacks possibly propelled by anti-Jewish bias.

CRTC Fines Company Behind Orcus Malware

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
* I find this report, curious. It leaves me with more questions about what was going on? Who were the targets? Why three years passed from complaint to this minuscule CRTC fine? Despite the RCMP, FBI and Australian Law Enforcement being involved. * *Link* *"Canada's broadcasting agency has fined a company with 115,000 Canadian dollars (roughly 87,000 US dollars) for selling malware.* The fine was imposed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on *Orcus Technologies, a company that sold a remote access trojan (RAT) named Orcus. * According to an ... more »

OPCW-DOUMA – Release Part 4

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 8 hours ago
Today WikiLeaks releases more internal documents from the OPCW regarding the investigation into the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018.

The Guardian Admits Spreading Fake News about Russia Smuggling Assange Out of Ecuador Embassy

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 8 hours ago
The Duran The Duran Quick Take: Episode 414. The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss The Narvaez decision via The Scott Trust, which exposes the UK’s Guardian pushing fake news claiming Julian Assange was going to be smuggled out of the Ecuador Embassy by Russian diplomats – The Scott Trust decision exposing The …

Breaking: Bibi for the Win in Israel. What Next?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 8 hours ago
RT America Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof talks to John Huddy about Benjamin Netanyahu’s sweeping win in the Likud leadership election. Given that Bibi’s in “survival mode,” what type of action is he likely to take now? Could this lead to a possible war with Iran? end

Secret Docs Reveal Decades of Lies from Obama, Bush in Afghanistan

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 8 hours ago
The Hill Krystal and Saagar dive into the new revelations from the Washington Post on the establishment’s lies in Afghanistan. end

How Climate Talk Got Crazy

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 8 hours ago
Dr. Arnd Bernaerts in a recent article provides the historical context necessary to get our bearings straight despite today’s overheated, bizarre media-drenched tirades. As he explains, climate has always been particular and personal, not global or objective. And that has led us into our current impasse, unable to talk productively about weather and climate. It […]

Comanche skipper's son takes dad's place for traditional Sydney to Hobart dunking

Kate Higgins And Katri Uibu at Just In - 8 hours ago
Comanche's crew is celebrating its third line honours victory in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, but the skipper of fourth-place getter Scallywag is gutted.

From Baaka to Barty, it was a year of ups and downs in Indigenous affairs

Just In - 8 hours ago
From historic parliamentary appointments and progress on constitutional recognition, to a suicide crisis and alarming rates of child removal, it's been a year of contrasting headlines for Indigenous issues.

A thunder box, cold water, and canvas walls: Tour a Mount Isa tent house

Kelly Butterworth at Just In - 8 hours ago
Before the world of air conditioning or even ceiling fans, Bob and Maureen Copeland lived in one of Mount Isa's tent houses.

I spent a decade trudging through hype about 'the future'. Here's what I learned

Antony Funnell at Just In - 8 hours ago
Since Barack Obama was inaugurated 10 years ago, I've been exploring the ideas and technologies that will shape "the future". I've learned a lot. For starters, we should be careful what we wish for.

Sweet potato among measures keeping wildlife fed post-bushfires

Kerrin Thomas at Just In - 8 hours ago
Native animals left without food and water because of drought and bushfires are receiving a helping hand from humans.

Artist seeks bungee jump master, goat farmer and zookeeper for 'aura' portraits

Just In - 8 hours ago
Kate Mitchell is photographing people from 1,023 Australian professions for a major new artwork that is a love-letter to life beyond work.

'Closing the gap' with pow wow

Teresa Tan at Just In - 8 hours ago
A collective of young dancers is reclaiming culture and healing trauma — one move at a time.

From New York to Paris and Berlin, the world is hooked on 'Aussie coffee'. This is why

Joey Watson at Just In - 8 hours ago
From New York to Paris and Berlin, Australian-style coffee is taking hold. But how did a colonial outpost with tea-drinking British roots come to produce the best coffee in the world?

Coral around the world is dying, except one reef where it's flourishing

Eric Tlozek at Just In - 8 hours ago
While rising sea temperatures are bleaching coral around the globe, the reef in the Gulf of Aqaba is bountiful, colourful and healthy. Scientists want to know why, and how it could help other populations.

As it happened: Celebrations as Comanche claims Sydney to Hobart victory

Katri Uibu And Kate Higgins at Just In - 8 hours ago
After a slow journey up the River Derwent, Comanche claims its third line honours victory in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad dissects her difficult year — including that controversial property investment

Josh Robertson at Just In - 8 hours ago
From questions about her integrity to being stripped of a major project, it has been nothing short of a difficult political year for Jackie Trad, but at a time when climate is at the front of people's minds she has pushed the button on a carbon farming scheme.

Julia was told she might have a brain tumour — but the MRI scan was her real fear

Alison Branley at Just In - 8 hours ago
For people with serious illnesses who need an MRI, the scan can sometimes be the most traumatic procedure of all.

Two Olympic champions were missing from the Sydney Games, and 20 years on it still hurts

Tracey Holmes at Just In - 8 hours ago
Next week, when 2019 becomes 2020, and the 20th anniversary celebrations for the Sydney Olympics are rolled out, neither Glynis Nunn nor Michelle Ford will have much to cheer about, writes Tracey Holmes.

Further Proof: U.S., UK, & France Committed War-Crime on 14 April 2018

Eric Zuesse at The Duran - 8 hours ago
Eric Zuesse U.S., UK, and French ‘news’-media hide the fact, but it is now incontestably a fact, that they committed an international war-crime on 14 April 2018. The OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) does everything they can to hide this fact. Therefore, starting with the latest, and then proceeding with the earliest […] More The post Further Proof: U.S., UK, & France Committed War-Crime on 14 April 2018 appeared first on The Duran.

Musical Interlude: 2002, “River of Stars”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
2002, “River of Stars”

"A Look to the Heavens"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
“What's happening to this spiral galaxy? Just a few hundred million years ago, NGC 2936, the upper of the two large galaxies shown, was likely a normal spiral galaxy- spinning, creating stars- and minding its own business. But then it got too close to the massive elliptical galaxy NGC 2937 below and took a dive. Dubbed the Porpoise Galaxy for its iconic shape, NGC 2936 is not only being deflected but also being distorted by the close gravitational interaction. A burst of young blue stars forms the nose of the porpoise toward the left of the upper galaxy, while the center of the spir... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Uses of Enchantment”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
* “The Uses of Enchantment”* by Chet Raymo “There was a time when every wood, every tree, was thought to be inhabited by spirits called dryads, every pool and stream by naiads. Even not so long ago, our road here in Ireland was called "the fairies' road." The world, we say, was enchanted- every stone and plant infused with an animate spirit. Science put paid to all that, chased the spirits from their woods and pools, drove the fairies from their hills. Disenchanted the landscape. Well, maybe not. It depends on how you define enchantment. Remember those spider webs I wrote about th... more »

“21 Everyday Phrases That Come Straight From Shakespeare's Plays”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“21 Everyday Phrases That Come Straight From Shakespeare's Plays”* by Elena Holodny “William Shakespeare wrote a lot of great plays, but he also coined and popularized a lot of words and phrases that we still use to this day. We put together a list of our 21 favorites. Check them out: *1. "Puking"* "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms..." How Shakespeare uses it: "Puking" was first re... more »

The Poet: Jane Hirshfield, “The Task”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“The Task”* "It is a simple garment, this slipped-on world. We wake into it daily- open eyes, braid hair- a robe unfurled in rose-silk flowering, then laid bare. And yes, it is a simple enough task we've taken on, though also vast: from dusk to dawn, from dawn to dusk, to praise, and not be blinded by the praising. To lie like a cat in hot sun, fur fully blazing, and dream the mouse; and to keep too the mouse's patient, waking watch within the deep rooms of the house, where the leaf-flocked sunlight never reaches, but the earth still blooms.” - Jane Hirshfield

Pro-Coup Venezuelan Soldiers Who Fled to the US Now Locked Up in ICE Detention Center

Alan Macleod at MintPress News - 8 hours ago
In an ironic twist worthy of an Alanis Morissette song, participants in U.S.-backed coup are now in an ICE detention camp. The post Pro-Coup Venezuelan Soldiers Who Fled to the US Now Locked Up in ICE Detention Center appeared first on MintPress News.

Police Wasted £1.5 Million on Electric Cars That Can’t Chase Criminals

Hifast at Climate Collections - 8 hours ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? I don’t whether to laugh or cry! Police forces in the United Kingdom have squandered over a million pounds on electric cars that are incapable of chasing criminals or performing emergency services because the eco-friendly vehicles are too slow and take…

Two more degrees by 2100!

Hifast at Climate Collections - 8 hours ago
Originally posted on Climate Etc.: by Vaughan Pratt An alternative perspective on 3 degrees C? This post was originally intended as a short comment questioning certain aspects of the methodology in JC’s post of December 23, “3 degrees C?”. But every methodology is bound to have shortcomings, raising the possibility that Judith’s methodology might nevertheless…

Provisional US Tornado Stats–Another Year Without An EF-5

Hifast at Climate Collections - 8 hours ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? ? ? Climate scientists love to blame every bad weather event on global warming. Yet we never hear them cite climate change for the relative absence of bad weather! One such example are tornadoes in the US, where we now…

What I’ve Been Reading Over the Holidays

Bryan Caplan at Econlib - 8 hours ago
1. Ayn Rand’s We the Living. This is only my second reading of Rand’s first novel, about the tragic life of a young individualist women trapped in the Soviet hell-state. Especially given the prominent role of Jews in the early Bolshevik Party, modern fans of political externalities arguments would probably fear the arrival of a Soviet […] The post What I’ve Been Reading Over the Holidays appeared first on Econlib.

Electricity strikers in France light up poor homes this Christmas.. Cut power and gas to bosses and police

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 8 hours ago
Originally posted on The Free: translation by The Free original en español abajo by Salvador Soler shared with thanks. There is no “Christmas truce” for the workers of the Electricity Company of France (EDF) who are on strike. Workers are reconnecting service to poor families and lowering the price of tariffs to popular sectors,…

The Impacts Of Climate Fraud Are Becoming More Visible

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 8 hours ago
Originally posted on Iowa Climate Science Education: Most glacial shrinkage in Austria occurred before 1950. This is a natural process The National Geographic Archive | November 1976 | page 1 via Real Climate Science December 27, 2019 at 01:12PM

Congress Silently Killed Cannabis Reform—Despite Support As Americans Distracted by Impeachment

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 8 hours ago
Originally posted on The Searchlight: Posted on December 26, 2019 Natural Health News By Matt Agorist In case you have been under a rock, Donald Trump is getting impeached. He is not getting impeached for invading countries on false pretenses, engineering coups to overthrow democratically elected governments in foreign countries, sending weapons to the largest…

China's Air Force Is Completely Enormous (But Can it Beat America?

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Asia* Although it is catching up. *Key point: *China has a lot of old jets to replace. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force of China and its sister branch, the PLA Naval Air Force, operate a huge fleet of around 1,700 combat aircraft—defined here as fighters, bombers and attack planes. This force is exceeded only by the 3,400 active combat aircraft of the U.S. military. Moreover, China operates a lot of different aircraft *types* that are not well known in the West. However, most Chinese military aircraft are inspired by or copied from Russian or... more »

Back in 2005, the U.S. Navy Tried To Sink One Of Its Very Own Aircraft Carriers

David Axe at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * Easier said than done. *Key point*: And they call these warships obsolete? A Chinese admiral and pundit told a trade-show audience that Beijing could resolve China's territorial disputes by sinking two U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and killing thousands of American sailors. Rear Adm. Lou Yuan's threat isn't an empty one. The Chinese military has deployed an array of weaponry that it acquired specifically to target American flattops. But a U.S. Navy test in 2005 proved that even if you hit them, carriers are really hard to sink. Lou made his provocative ... more »

U.S. Sanctions Against Russia Are Being Ignored In Europe

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
© Mikhail Metzel/TASS *Zero Hedge:* *US Sanctions Backfire: Russia's Gazprom & Ukraine Make Landmark Deal* Sanctions-happy Washington continues to aid in a slow rapprochement between Russia and Ukraine. Ironically enough, at moment the US is demanding Nord Stream 2 contractors to lay down their tools and wind-down operations "immediately" or face further sanctions, there's been an unprecedented breakthrough in the standoff between Russian state energy giant Gazprom and Kiev: Naftogaz confirms receipt of $2.9 bn outstanding compensation from Gazprom — Naftogaz of Ukraine (@Naftogaz... more »

AEP’s Carbon Tax Fantasy

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 8 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Ambrose is away with the fairies again! In deference to Christmas optimism, here is a beautifully simple answer to global climate change, backed by 27 Nobel economists and the United States policy firmament from Keynesian Left to Monetarist Right. It is guided by market principles. It reduces the role … … Continue reading →

What I Wasn’t Told About Climate Change With Luca Rossi – Video

Robert at Ice Age Now - 8 hours ago
There is no scientific consensus – And science is never settled. “I wasn’t told about the countless failed climate predictions about climate disaster in the past,” says Luca. “In 2006, in the film An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore said that humanity had only ten years left before global warming would reach the point of no ... Read moreWhat I Wasn’t Told About Climate Change With Luca Rossi – Video The post What I Wasn’t Told About Climate Change With Luca Rossi – Video appeared first on Ice Age Now.

The Impacts Of Climate Fraud Are Becoming More Visible

tonyheller at Real Climate Science - 9 hours ago
Most glacial shrinkage in Austria occurred before 1950. This is a natural process The National Geographic Archive | November 1976 | page 1

Emergency Siren Accidentally Blasted At U.S. Base Near The North Korean Border Thursday Night

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
The distance between Camp Casey, South Korea and the DMZ *Washington Post:* *A U.S. base near North Korea accidentally blared an emergency siren - instead of taps* A U.S. Army base in South Korea accidentally blasted an emergency siren Thursday night instead of the somber notes of taps, officials said, igniting brief panic on the base amid North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's threats of an unwelcome "Christmas gift." Taps, the melancholy bugler's song played at military funerals, was supposed to be sounded on Camp Casey's announcement system at 10 p.m., as is custom at Army installat... more »

Never before seen battle footage from Syrian Army offensive in southeast Idlib

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
.BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The ANNA News Agency released a new, in-depth video of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) operation in southeastern Idlib. In the 35-minute-long video, the Syrian Arab Army and Russian Armed Forces can be seen targeting the jihadist rebels in southeast Idlib, while also advancing at several axes in the governorate. Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkey is fully ready to deploy troops to Libya: DM

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
The Turkish Armed Forces are ready to be deployed to Libya if necessary, media reported on Friday, citing National Defence Ministry Spokeswoman Nadide Sebnem Aktop. The Turkish military is able to conduct operations in and outside Turkey, as required, the Anadolu news agency reported, citing the spokeswoman. In late November, Turkey and the UN-recognised Libyan […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Haftar-led Libyan Army captures road leading Tripoli Airport

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army’s Military Media Division announced on Friday that their forces have taken control of the airport road in Tripoli. According to the report, the Libyan National Army managed to take control of the road after a fierce battle with the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Moment US and Syrian troops come face to face in northeast Syria: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – A new video that was released on Friday showed U.S. military personnel and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops coming face-to-face in northeastern Syria. The video shows a Syrian soldier (some pages said he was an officer), as he faces an American patrol in the eastern Euphrates. The Syrian Army soldier […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Wikileaks reveals new OPCW Douma leaks

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – Wikileaks has released their fourth set of leaks from the OPCW’s Douma investigation, revealing new details about the alleged deletion of important information regarding the fact-finding mission. “One of the documents is an e-mail exchange dated 27 and 28 February between members of the fact finding mission (FFM) deployed to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian new hypersonic missile system enters military service

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
The first Strategic Missile Forces regiment to be armed with the nuclear-capable Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle has entered combat duty, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has confirmed. “I would like to congratulate every one of us and especially the Strategic Missile Forces. Today, at 10:00 am, the Avangard strategic missile has been put on combat […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

New map of Syrian Army offensive in southeast Idlib

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) offensive in southeastern Idlib has lasted a week now and their troops have captured dozens of towns and villages that were previously under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allies. Led by the 5th Corps and 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian, Syrian air forces grounded due to weather conditions

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces have not carried many airstrikes over the last 24 hours in northwestern Syria, a field source in the Hama Governorate told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the poor weather conditions in northwestern Syria have resulted in the grounding of the Russian and Syrian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Armenia boosts air force with new Russian-made Su-30 jets

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
The first pair of Russian-made Su-30SM multirole fighters purchased by Armenia at the beginning of 2019 landed at an aerodrome in Southern Caucasus republic, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced on his Facebook page on Friday. “Our most important acquisition this year,” Pashinyan noted, demonstrating the delivered aircraft to his subscribers. The Armenian authorities announced […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iraqi forces raid ISIS cells in Al-Anbar

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – Colonel Salah al-Issawi, the Iraqi military commander in the Amiriyah al-Samoud District of the Anbar Governorate, announced Friday that the Iraqi security forces raided the desert areas near Lake Razazah in search of wanted persons. Al-Issawi told Al-Sumaria News that the security forces launched a campaign to raid the desert […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian Ambassador says US harmed Lebanon’s economy despite claiming solidarity with protesters

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Russian Ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasbekin, stated on Thursday that Washington’s plans to exert pressure on Hezbollah through sanctions and interfering in the protests did not give them the expected effect. “During the campaign to pressure Iran and its ally Hezbollah, the United States recently increased influence over the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Militant forces fire US-made missile at Syrian Army T-62 tank: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – A video of a US TOW anti-tank missile being fired at a Syrian armed forces T-62 tank has emerged on social media; the decades-old military hardware was left virtually unscathed. The video’s caption says that the tank was attacked by militants. Judging by the video, the guided missile hit the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

This Is What Would Happen If The Russian President Should Pass Away Unexpectedly

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Russian President Putin and the Security Council. © Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin *Alexander Morozov, Moscow Times*: *If Putin Were to Leave Tomorrow* *What would the first 90 days after a hypothetical death of the head of state look like?* In recent years, there have been quite a few academic studies of power transition scenarios in long-lasting personalist regimes. More than 200 post-1945 dictatorships have been analysed. The objective is to examine the role of various institutions in the transition of power. The consequences are compared: what is the nature of transition when the ... more »

Is ‘Little Rocket Man’ Winning?

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: is-little-rocket-man-winning] What is Kim's game? What does Kim want?

One Trillion Dollars Repatriated So Far, Reports Commerce Department

Bob Adelmann at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: one-trillion-dollars-repatriated-so-far-reports-commerce-department] According to the U.S. Department of Commerce American companies have repatriated more than a trillion dollars of their overseas profits since Trump’s “tax holiday” was announced in 2017.

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/27/2019

Lambert Strether at naked capitalism - 9 hours ago
Today's Water Cooler: Open thread.

Did Feds Handcuff an ‘Irrational’ Nancy Pelosi and Raid Her Office?

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

Emerald pulls plug on affiliate’s federal cannabis license to decrease risk

Matt Lamers at Marijuana Business Daily - 9 hours ago
British Columbia-based Emerald Health Therapeutics has requested that Health Canada not continue with a cannabis processing licence for one of its subsidiaries as part of a strategy to decrease unnecessary regulatory risk. Federal cannabis licenses were highly-valued commodities in recent years, but their value has waned as the number of permits has swelled to nearly […] Emerald pulls plug on affiliate’s federal cannabis license to decrease risk is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Russian President Putin Admits That He Sleeps Only Four To Five Hours

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Тимченко: Надо все-таки уделять время тренировкам Путин: Не высыпался в последнюю неделю, мало спал - 4-5 часов — Дмитрий Смирнов (@dimsmirnov175) December 26, 2019 *Sputnik:* *'Not Enough': Putin Sheds Light on How Many Hours a Day He has Slept Recently* The Russian president, who is a well-known ice hockey fan, took part in a match with the Night Hockey League on Red Square this Wednesday, where he revealed some personal details about his daily routine of late. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he managed to sleep for only four to five hours ... more »

Outlook 2020: Will Bulls Forge Ahead?

Leo Kolivakis at Pension Pulse - 10 hours ago
Jed Graham of Investor's Business Daily reports on the stock market forecast for 2020 stating clears skies from the Fed, China trade deal but 2020 election clouds loom: The stock market forecast for 2020 looks bright to start the new year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite hit record high after record high in late 2019. The stock market rally kicked into higher gear as the Fed switched to cutting rates and a China trade war truce took hold. *Stock market bulls are betting that business investment, corporate earnings and emerging market economies will n... more »

Syrian Advisor to President Assad Warns of Operations Against US to Regain Syrian Oil

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 10 hours ago
This week, Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, a top political and media adviser to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, issued a warning of sorts to the United States – that Washington’s illegal three year occupation of various parts of northeastern Syria could be coming to an end. She warned that Damascus will not accept Washington’s open-ended military deployment inside her country’s borders, and the ongoing theft of Syria’s natural resources.

COLDTYPE Issue 196 December 2019 – is now online

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 10 hours ago
27 December 2019 — Coldtype Download and read all issues of ColdType – free of charge at —————- LABOUR CRASHES: Well, that’s that, then. Boris Johnson won the UK election by a landslide and Brexit is a done deal. Time to turn our attention to other matters? Perhaps not! In our 16-page General Election Special, ColdType contributors … Continue reading COLDTYPE Issue 196 December 2019 – is now online

Social Media and Social Control: How Silicon Valley Serves the US State Department

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 10 hours ago
Facebook isn’t the only Silicon Valley firm with partisan oversight of what we see: the bipartisan billionaire class and their security state have partnered with tech firms since the dawn of the internet to control the parameters of users’ thinking.

A news chronology of France in 2019: The year of Yellow Vest rebellion

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 10 hours ago
This is part of a series of dispatches by correspondent Ramin Mazaheri

Interview: The Mount Sinai Scandal Shows Everything Wrong with US Healthcare

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 10 hours ago
A recently released report on horrifying conditions in one of New York City’s major hospitals revealed the way that profit-driven understaffing and overcrowding lead to patient death and deplorable conditions for healthcare workers. The Mount Sinai Hospital scandal is just one example of the dismal quality of care under capitalism.

Bolivia 24-27 December 2019

barovsky at The New Dark Age - 10 hours ago
27 December 2019 — The New Dark Age There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back Persecution of Evo’s Main Ministers in Bolivia Bolivia’s Dictator Seeks to Annihilate Opposition From Exile Bolivia’s Free Territory of Chapare Has Ousted the Coup Regime and Braces … Continue reading Bolivia 24-27 December 2019

A nifty, low-cost camper van conversion

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 10 hours ago
I've long wanted a travel trailer or small camper, something Miss D. and I can use for weekend getaways, or even for a week or longer. However, it's been financially impossible for us, and looks like it'll be that way for some time. Nevertheless, I keep my eyes open for good ideas in that area. I was struck by this article about a low-cost conversion of a 2017 Ram cargo van. It's filled with interesting touches and useful ideas, as well as lots of photographs. Here's an excerpt. When we bought her, our immediate thought was to hire professionals to build it for us knowing how ... more »

$40 Trillion in Damage And Millions Dead: The Horror of a Second Korean War

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, Asia* Why there is no military solution to the North Korea challenge. The summit between President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un in June 2018 seemed to open hope for a general de-escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Eighteen months later, those hopes appear to have come to naught. While the direst predictions of analysts regarding North Korea’s Christmas “surprise” amounted to nothing, the relationship between Pyongyang and Washington remains as stressed as at any time since the beginning of the negotiations process. When neg... more »

Is the Trump-South Korea Cost Sharing Spat Over?

Daniel R. DePetris at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Daniel R. DePetris* *Security, Asia* Ultimately, the strength of any alliance isn’t about how much the junior partner pays, but how capable both partners are. In the future, the Trump administration would be wise to devote more time encouraging South Korea to boost its capability and take an ever-larger share of responsibility for its own defense and less time milking Seoul for cash. Washington and Seoul have a deal. Or more to the point, whatever deal that is signed won't include the spending windfall the Trump administration was hoping for. The cost-sharing negotiations betwe... more »

Russia Deploys 'Avangard' Hypersonic-Missile System

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Russia deploys first hypersonic missiles* *Avangard capable of carrying 2-megaton nuclear weapon at 27 times the speed of sound* Russia has deployed its first hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles, with Vladimir Putin boasting that it puts his country in a class of its own. The president described the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle, which can fly at 27 times the speed of sound, as a technological breakthrough comparable to the 1957 Soviet launch of the first satellite. Putin has said Russia’s new generation of nuclear weapons can hit almost any point in the worl... more »

War and the Rogue Presidency, With Ivan Eland

Daniel McAdams at 10 hours ago
The Executive Branch of government is out of control in the US. The president - whether Republican or Democrat - runs roughshod over Congress, taking the country to war without authorization and ruling by decree through Executive Orders. Who's to blame? According to presidential scholar Ivan Eland, Congress is most responsible. Tune in to the Liberty Report:

Rachel Maddow Called Out By WaPo Columnist For Shamelessly Peddling Fake News

Tyler Durden at 10 hours ago
[image: undefined] Conspiracy theorist and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has been called out by Washington Post columnist Erik Wemple for breathlessly peddling the Steele Dossier - becoming a "clearinghouse" for the largely debunked opposition research funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC in 2016 (and fed to the MSM six weeks before the 2016 US election by the former British spy who wrote it). Wemple has been writing about the media's coverage of the Steele dossier since it was significantly undercut earlier this month by Michael Horowitz, the DOJ Inspector General. Thursd... more »

Impeachment Is a Distraction: Heavily Scripted Vote Demonstrates That Democracy Really Is Dead

Philip Giraldi at 10 hours ago
[image: undefined] Watching the impeachment “vote” was hard work. With only a few exceptions, each Congressman rose for roughly 90 seconds and provided a prearranged, almost completely scripted-along-party-lines explanation of how he or she was casting one’s ballot. After four grueling hours of hearing self-serving lies like “no one is above the law,” I was hoping that one of them would either fall off the podium and fracture a leg or actually go mad and break out into a song and dance routine. The entire performance was the strongest possible argument for term limits that is possib... more »

Senior OPCW official ordered deletion of ‘all traces’ of dissenting report on ‘Douma chemical attack’ – WikiLeaks’ new leak

RT at 10 hours ago
[image: undefined] The leadership of the chemical weapons watchdog took efforts to remove the paper trail of a dissenting report from Douma, Syria which pointed to a possible false flag operation there, leaked documents indicate. In an internal email published by the transparency website WikiLeaks on Friday, a senior official from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) ordered that the document be removed from the organization’s Documents Registry Archive and to “remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever.” Email from the Chief of Cabinet ... more »

China, Russia, Iran Begin Joint Naval Drills In The Gulf of Oman And The Indian Ocean

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Russia, China and Iran begin unprecedented joint naval exercise in the Middle East amid fears they will take on the US and Western powers* * The nations began joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman * Waters around Iran have become a focus for international tensions * Iranian flotilla admiral said the message was 'peace, friendship and security' Iran, China and Russia began joint naval drills on Friday in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman, in what Moscow said was an unprecedented exercise in naval cooperation and training. Waters around Iran have be... more »

The CIA on Romania’s situation ’82-90

Serban V.C. Enache at The Duran - 10 hours ago
Partially declassified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency on the events of December 1989 in Romania and subsequent developments in January 1990 reveal that the group who killed Ceausescu and took over the state, the FSN [The National Salvation Front], could no longer hide its lack of credibility and internal dissensions. In the CIA document, […] More The post The CIA on Romania’s situation ’82-90 appeared first on The Duran.

Where’s the special laws to protect white men?

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 10 hours ago
Women today get the majority of college degrees in America. It doesn’t matter what kind — associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral — women beat men in all the categories. And that article was 5 years ago. It's even more unbalanced today. For over a decade in many cities and age groups, they far out-earn their male counterparts. Yet the media and academe continue to ignore the fact that the gender gap favors women, not men, and it's growing. I retired almost 20 years ago, and during searches for higher level jobs, if male and female candidates were pretty much equal, you could... more »

OPCW Official Ordered Deletion of ‘All Traces’ of Dissenting Report on Syria Chemical Attack—WikiLeaks

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: chemical, syria]Senior OPCW official ordered deletion of ‘all traces’ of dissenting report on ‘Douma chemical attack’, according to a new WikiLeaks’ leak.

How Exercise Affects Disease Prevention and Prognosis

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 10 hours ago
Analysis by Joseph Mercola. D.O., Ph.D. Story at-a-glance – Exercise proved to be a more powerful indicator of ability to function following a stroke than body fat (as measured by BMI) Less-active participants who suffered a stroke were 18 percent less likely to be able to perform basic self-care, such as bathing and eating, following […] The post How Exercise Affects Disease Prevention and Prognosis appeared first on Health Nut News.

Syrian Assyrians on Front Line Have Sad Christmas, Again

Sarkoun Selio, a 50-year-old Assyrian Christian Syrian and one of the few Assyrians still living there, walks in the ruins of the Assyrian Church of the Virgin Mary, which was destroyed by Islamic State (IS) group fighters, in the village of Tal Nasri south of the town of Tal Tamr in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province, Nov.

Kahlil Gibran, "A Poet's Voice XV, Part Four"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"A Poet's Voice XV, Part Four" by Kahlil Gibran "You are my brother, but why are you quarreling with me? Why do you invade my country and try to subjugate me for the sake of pleasing those who are seeking glory and authority? Why do you leave your wife and children and follow Death to the distant land for the sake of those who buy glory with your blood, and high honor with your mother's tears? Is it an honor for a man to kill his brother man? If you deem it an honor, let it be an act of worship, and erect a temple to Cain who slew his brother Abel. Is self-preservation the first ... more »

"You Never Know..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"There are only things that could have turned out different. You don't have any should or woulds in your life, see? You only have things that could have gone a different way. You never know what truly would have happened if you had done your shoulds and woulds. Your life might have turned out worse, isn't that possible?" - Ned Vizzin

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