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Thursday, 15 November

07:52

God save our regime! Theresa May wins cabinet backing for Brexit deal Signs of the Times

Theresa May said she believed with "my head and my heart" that her Brexit deal was the best one for Britain, after securing the backing of her ministers for it during a five-hour cabinet meeting. In a brief statement outside 10 Downing Street, the prime minister said her cabinet had taken a "collective" decision to press ahead with the deal - which she will then have to bring back to parliament for approval. "This is a decision that was not taken lightly, but I believe it is firmly in the national interest," May said, adding that her colleagues had had a "long, detailed and impassioned" debate. "When you strip away the detail, this deal delivers on the vote of the referendum, takes back control of our money, our laws and our borders and ends free movement," she said. "There will be difficult days ahead, this deal will come under intense scrutiny and that is entirely as it should be and entirely understandable. "Let me end by saying this: what I owe to this country is to make...

07:45

Bolton's threat: The US will squeeze Iran with sanctions 'until the pips squeak' Signs of the Times

US National Security Advisor John Bolton has threatened to "squeeze" Iran's economy "until the pips squeak," just one week after Washington imposed a new round of crippling sanctions billed as the "toughest ever." Speaking ahead of the ASEAN-US summit in Singapore, Bolton said that the Iranian government is already under "real pressure" and that the US would "significantly increase" the enforcement of sanctions. "It is our intention to squeeze them very hard. As the British say: 'Squeeze them until the pips squeak'." Bolton said there was "no doubt" that Iran has already begun looking for ways to evade sanctions, which hit the country's oil, financial, shipping, nuclear and aviation industries. He added that Tehran would be looking for ways around sanctions on the oil and financial markets in particular, noting that the US's objective has been to "get oil exports from Iran down to zero."

07:44

Trump berates May after her call to congratulate him on midterm results Signs of the Times

Donald Trump's turbulent European visit started with an "acrimonious" conversation with British Prime Minister Theresa May, who called to celebrate the Republican wins in the midterm elections, a Washington Post report claims. The conversation, which was never officially reported by either side, came on Friday as Trump was traveling to Paris aboard Air Force One, the newspaper claims citing anonymous sources. Trump, who was allegedly in a foul mood, berated May over Britain not doing enough to support his anti-Iranian agenda, questioned her handling of Brexit negotiations and recounted his grievances about what he sees as unfair trade relations between the US and European nations.

07:43

Turkey reveals Khashoggi 'murder kit' x-ray photos Signs of the Times

Electroshock devices, scalpels and scissors were among the belongings of the Saudi "hitmen," who left Turkey shortly after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, Sabah newspaper reported, showing x-ray pictures of their luggage. The 15-member Saudi team, suspected of Khashoggi's murder, carried the most peculiar items in their luggage, the x-ray photos published on Monday show. Such findings suggest that the murder was actually well pre-planned and not an "accident" of sorts, despite such claims from Riyadh. The bags belonging to the team contained surgical scissors, scalpel-like cutting instruments, several syringes and electroshock devices, which the newspaper describes as "crypto-weapons." Apart from that, one of the bags contained three large stapler guns, which were likely needed to seal plastic bags containing the remains of the journalist. The luggage also included various electronic devices, required to maintain contact between the members of the team. The x-ray pictures...

07:43

Why NATO is wasting money in preparation for a Russian attack on Norway Signs of the Times

During its recent military exercises, NATO troops were supposed to fight a 'hypothetical adversary' that invades Norway. But is the scenario based on military and political reality, or is the threat posed by Russia exaggerated? Trident Juncture took place in the sea off the Norwegian coast and on land from October 25 to November 7. Around 50,000 troops from 31 countries, 250 aircraft, 65 vessels, and over 10,000 vehicles were involved in the large-scale endeavor. According to the scenario, NATO forces were defending Norway from "Murinus" (Latin for 'spider') - a "fictional near-peer adversary on the northeastern flank of the Alliance". In order to liberate the occupied territories, NATO forces had to deploy troops by sea, as well as conducting amphibious landings and airstrikes. NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg claimed that the exercises were not directed against any specific country, but it was "important to show that we are able to support and defend any ally against any...

07:43

Israeli DM Avigdor Lieberman resigns, slams Gaza ceasefire as 'capitulation to terror' Signs of the Times

Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has resigned as a protest against the ceasefire in Gaza, calling the deal a "capitulation to terror." His right-wing party, Yisrael Beiteinu, will also leave the ruling coalition. In a live televised address, Lieberman called yesterday's ceasefire a "surrender to terror" that only achieves "short-term quiet" while damaging Israel's "long-term security." A writer for Haaretz said that the ex-defense minister "looked quite cheerful" as he announced his resignation. Lieberman strongly opposed the Israeli government's decision to agree a truce with Hamas, apparently arguing that Tel Aviv should take "harsh, decisive" actions against Gaza. He said that he could not reconcile his own views with the policies adopted by the Israeli government in Gaza, compelling him to resign. "If I had remained in post, I couldn't have looked in the eyes of our citizens in the south and the family members of the dead IDF soldiers whose bodies are held by Hamas....

07:42

Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes is Funded by Soros News Punch

Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes, who has previously violated state and federal laws by destroying ballots, has received funding from George Soros in the form of legal aid, according to court records. Why would an [...]

The post Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes is Funded by Soros appeared first on News Punch.

07:42

Another resignation: Israeli Immigration Minister resigns soon after Lieberman Signs of the Times

Israeli Minister of Immigration and Absorption Sofa Landver, a member of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, has announced her resignation following the decision of the party leader and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to resign, party press secretary Lyudmila Lagush told Sputnik. According to Lagush, the faction of the party in Knesset supports Lieberman's decision to quit the government and thus leaves the ruling coalition headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and goes into opposition. "Sofa Landver followed the leader of Yisrael Beiteinu in the intention to leave the ministerial post," Lagush said. In accordance with the procedure, the minister's resignation statement must come into force within 48 hours, Lagush added. Landver headed the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption for over nine years and initiated numerous programs and bills aimed at improving the lives of repatriates.

07:41

Ramaphosa's slick trick: Land seizures in South Africa won't violate constitution - once it's changed Signs of the Times

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told the European Parliament on Wednesday that his country's land reform will faithfully adhere to the country's constitution with respect to the rights of all its citizens. The Ramaphosa-led African National Congress (ANC) aims to change the constitution to allow the government to expropriate land from white landowners without compensation. The land is to be distributed to the country's landless black majority. Ramaphosa says the change in law is necessary in order to address racial disparities in ownership persisting more than two decades after the end of apartheid. "This problem of land will be resolved through adherence to the rule of law and adherence to the constitution," Ramaphosa told the European Parliament. The widely debated land reform was proposed by the ANC last December. The draft was aimed at changing Section 25 of the South African Constitution that regards property rights.

07:39

Teen Virgin Auctioned on Facebook By Family in Barbaric Slave Market News Punch

A family auctioned and sold their 17-year-old virgin daughter on Facebook to the highest bidder for 500 cows, three cars and $9,678, as human trafficking experts warn the social media platform is being used as [...]

The post Teen Virgin Auctioned on Facebook By Family in Barbaric Slave Market appeared first on News Punch.

07:34

1.9 meters (over 6 feet) of snow forecast for the Atlas mountains in Morocco Signs of the Times

Overcast weather is expected in the Oriental, Saiss, Rif, and Mediterranean regions. The southeast and Atlas region will experience thunderstorms and rain showers. Snowfall of 1.9 meters is forecast in the high and Middle Atlas. Moderate to strong winds will sweep the eastern and southeastern regions. The reliefs of the Atlas and southeastern slopes will experience icy cold weather. The temperature lows today are between 6 and 11 degrees Celsius in the Oriental, the Atlas and Southeastern slopes; between 11 and 16 degrees Celsius in Saiss, Souss, the Atlantic plains, and the northern and southern provinces; and between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius in the far south.

07:29

Labour MP claims Russian drove speeding car despite man being in Russia Signs of the Times

A Labour MP has been accused of plotting to pin the blame for a speeding offence on a Russian national, even though the man was in Russia at the time, a court has heard. Fiona Onasanya, 35, MP for Peterborough, "persistently and deliberately" lied to the police in an attempt to escape a speeding charge, prosecutors have argued. The incident occurred in July 2017, a week after parliament had broken up for summer recess. The MP's car was clocked doing 41mph in a 30mph zone near a village in Cambridge - a speeding offence Onasanya claimed was not committed by herself.

07:27

SOTT FOCUS: The crucifixion of Julian Assange Signs of the Times

Julian Assange's sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to intercede on behalf of Assange, an Australian citizen, even though the new government in Ecuador, led by Lenn Moreno - who calls Assange an "inherited problem" and an impediment to better relations with Washington - is making the WikiLeaks founder's life in the embassy unbearable. Almost daily, the embassy is imposing harsher conditions for Assange, including...

07:26

Twitter rife with speculation and criticism after reports emerge of Melania clashing with WH staffer and Trump's chief of staff Signs of the Times

Social media users aren't quite sure what to make of the historically unprecedented news that the First Lady was trying to publicly call the shots on White House staffing policy amid reports that John Bolton aide Mira Ricardel would be fired after a spat with Melania Trump. A former Trump aide has told Politico that the unrest which has broken out inside the White House after last week's midterm elections is comparable to an episode of the Maury Povich Show, adding that "the only thing that's missing is a paternity test." First Lady Melania Trump made headlines on Tuesday after a FLOTUS spokesperson cryptically stated that Melania felt that Bolton advisor Mira Ricardel "no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House." Later, two unnamed White House officials told NBC News that Trump chief of staff John Kelly may also be on his way out after clashing with Melania by denying her requests to promote her aides. With the White House itself providing little information on...

07:21

United States police destroy homeless peoples food Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 6 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Kansas City Health Dept Poured Bleach On Food Intended For Homeless!

By Josh Varlin in the USA:

Kansas City health officials, police destroy food meant for homeless

14 November 2018

Health officials in Kansas City, Missouri sparked national outrage when they poured bleach on food meant for homeless and hungry people. The Kansas City Star described Kansas City Health Department (KCHD) raids on food giveaways as [a] coordinated wave, stopping food distribution at several parks in Kansas City on November 4.

KCHD officials monitored social media groups to determine the locations of the food distribution sites. Together with police officers, they confiscated soup, sandwiches and chili dogs, throwing the food out and pouring bleach on some of it.

The food was being distributed by Free Hot Soup Kansas City, a group of people who cook food and host potluck dinners for those in need. They were also preparing to distribute coats, toiletries and first aid supplies.

After video of edible food being thrown out circulated on social media, KCHD was forced to justify its actions.

KCHD officials claimed that the gatherings were food establishments and Free Hot Soup KC was an organization, which required a permit to distribute food. Kansas City Director of Health Rex Archer said the food was destroyed to protect public health and mitigate the risk of food-borne illness.

Despite claims to be looking out for public health, however, KCHD cracked down on Free Hot Soup at the instigation of the North Blue Ridge Neighborhood Association and Missouri Representative Ingrid Burnett, a Democrat.

Su...

07:20

L'enfant terrible Macron taunts Trump on Armistice Day amid talk of empire and building EU army Signs of the Times

French President Macron rebuked the concept of 'nationalism' during Armistice Day celebrations marking the end of WWI. At the same time, his government was pondering the merits of empire and building an all-European army. Donald Trump's trip to France got off to a bumpy start, and the world is still experiencing the turbulence today. Ahead of Trump's arrival in Paris for the celebrations, Macron dropped a bombshell, speaking out on behalf of an all-European military force, which would be totally free of US patronage. "We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America," he told French radio. Although Trump and Macron made nice for the cameras in Paris, the US leader referred to Macron's remarks as "very insulting."

07:16

Left-wing groups organize protests after Oxford announces Steve Bannon will speak there Signs of the Times

The mastermind behind Donald Trump's bid for presidency, Steve Bannon, is to speak at Oxford University. Left wing groups have begun to organize protests, following the announcement of the far-right strategist's talk. Bannon is to speak at the Oxford Union on Friday, November 16. Prominent figures on the left slammed the prestigious union for hosting the "fascist" Bannon. His planned appearance follows the cancellation of a talk by Alice Weidel, the leader of Alternative for Germany (AfD), at the union, which was stopped after planned protests led to security concerns.

07:14

"How It Really Is" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

"Consider a turkey that is fed every day. Every single feeding will firm up the bird's belief that it is the general rule of life to be fed every day by friendly members of the human race 'looking out for its best interests,' as a politician would say. On the afternoon of the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, something unexpected will happen to the turkey. It will incur a revision of belief."
- Nassim Taleb

Especially a revision of that totally idiotic mantra so widely popular:
"Oh, that could never happen here!" Yeah...

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07:05

Vigilante group recruits 550 people to counter rise in violent crime in UK's Birmingham Signs of the Times

In an attempt to counter the sharp rise in violent crime in Birmingham, 550 people have joined a vigilante patrol in the UK's second largest city, having lost trust in the police force. The Facebook group, 'We Stand Determined', was formed by three local people after discovering a friend of theirs had been viciously attacked in his home by hammer-wielding intruders. Organisers Wayne, Tracy and Michael, who have not revealed their full names, are urging all their recent recruits and the wider community to report any dangers and threats they see, day or night, the Metro reports. The group run twice-weekly patrols across the city of Birmingham, and insist, despite the vigilante label, they use non-violent tactics, claiming they want to work in partnership with local police and not against them.

07:01

Greg Hunter, "At Some Point the Whole Thing Blows Up, Elite Terrified of 1930s Depression or Weimar Hyperinflation" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

"At Some Point the Whole Thing Blows Up, 
Elite Terrified of 1930s Depression or Weimar Hyperinflation"
By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com

"Financial writer John Rubino says everywhere you look, debt is exponentially mounting. Nothing demonstrates the imminent bankruptcy problem better than the financial obligations of New York City. Rubino says, They just announced that they have unfunded liabilities for retiree healthcare, just retiree healthcare and not the rest of their pensions, of $100 billion. Thats for a city, not a state or a country, and if you add their unfunded liabilities for their pensions, which is another $50 billion or so, and their official debt, which is $50 billion or so, you get $200 billion that New York City is on the hook for that they have not put money away for. If a private sector company had finances like that, they would be insolvent, and their accountants would force them to say that.You can tell the same story for cities, states and countries around the world swimming in unrepayable debt. So, what will be done when bond defaults and financial failures begin? Will Trump let it go like the failed debt of Puerto Rico or have massive bailouts?

Rubino says, Its possible that Trump will teach that lesson to the system, but I think the numbers are so big now the risk of a 1930s style depression, or a Weimar Germany hyperinflation, is so great these guys are going to be terrified of anything that seems to be destabilizing. The pressure on whoever is in charge of the central bank or federal government is going to be to try to nip crises in the bud before they can really get going when you dont know what is going to happen. For instance, New York City goes bankrupt, and that pulls down Chicago, and then that pulls down California. What does that mean? Nobody knows, and nobody wants to find out.

...

06:59

Above or below? Aussie PM grilled on hot topic of the day: Proper placement of onions in sausage sandwiches Signs of the Times

Australians are fired up as tensions simmer across the country over one of the hottest topics to skewer public opinion: should the onions be placed above or below the sausage in a certain national delicacy? Wildly popular Australian hardware chain Bunnings, known for its charity fundraiser barbecues and its delicious 'snags' (a sausage sandwich), recently told staff to put onions under the sausages amid health and safety concerns over renegade loose onions escaping and causing patrons to slip. The debate has gotten so out of control, it has even entered the international political sphere.

06:57

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: (Moldy crops & delayed harvests) Your food source is quickly diminishing Signs of the Times

Late January winter temperatures grip parts of grain growing areas in Canada and USA along with delayed winter wheat planting, massive rains are delaying harvests in the southern part of the US. Farmers report moldy crops and plantings buried in mud. Record cold extends to southern Mexico with temperatures 25-30F below normal for this time of year. A new Grand Solar Minimum timeline to crop losses. Sources

06:53

Trump supporter waving 'Trump 2020' banner banned from Disney World for life Signs of the Times

A Trump-supporting 'guerilla marketer' has been banned for life from Disney World for holding up a 'Trump 2020' banner on the Splash Mountain log ride, weeks after he was booted out of the park for a similar stunt. Dion Cini, a die-hard Trump supporter, had his lifetime pass to Disney World revoked in September for hanging a massive banner reading "Re-Elect Trump. Keep America Great," over a balcony in the park's Magic Kingdom area. After a discussion with park officials, Cini got his pass back, on the condition that he would leave his flags at home. Park rules forbid political statements, including "the usage of any flag, banner or sign to incite a crowd." The 49-year-old New Yorker broke his promise last week, holding a pro-Trump banner high as he went over the park's Splash Mountain log ride, and displaying another one on a rollercoaster.

06:50

Macron kills waders, bird lovers angry Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from Britain says about itself:

17 August 2016

Godwits are large, elegant waders and relatively common in the right habitats at certain times of year. The two commonly encountered species, Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwit, should be reasonably straightforward to separate, although their eponymous tail markings may not always be the easiest feature to use! Some birds such as juveniles or out of context lone birds can prove more problematic, however, and this workshop will help you to confidently identify both species.

Translated from Dutch NPO radio today:

Conservationists angry with France about shooting of shorebirds

Nature organizations in the Netherlands and Belgium are angry about the decision of the French government to extend the hunting ban on the godwit with only one year, until 2020. This means that from then on it will be possible again to shoot godwits. And to think that a lot of money is spent in the Netherlands and Belgium to protect the birds, says Hendrik Moeremans of Natuurpunt in Belgium to News en Co on NPO Radio 1.

So far, the hunting ban on the black-tailed godwit in France had been extended twice by five years, so it has been forbidden for ten years to hunt the bird. According to Moeremans, strong signals are coming from France that the hunting ban will be lifted from 2020 onwards. There is a very strong hunters lobby there.

This video from Britain says about...

06:48

#ThisIsNotConsent protests erupt in Ireland after lawyer highlights woman's thong in rape trial Signs of the Times

Protests across Ireland were held on Wednesday against what activists say is recurring victim-blaming in rape cases, after a woman's lace thong was controversially cited as evidence against a 17-year-old alleged victim. The Cork trial first grabbed the headlines on November 6 when a 27-year-old was acquitted of raping a 17-year-old. The defense counsel, Elizabeth O'Connell, stirred widespread outcry when she said about the teenage girl: "You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front." It prompted a mass movement on Twitter where people posted pictures of their underpants with the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent.

06:48

"How Will the Feds Get Out of This?" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

"How Will the Feds Get Out of This?"
by Bill Bonner

YOUGHAL, IRELAND "We spent the last two days working on our barn. The gable ends had fallen down probably a half century ago, or more and needed to be replaced. We were eager to get the job done so the scaffold could be removed while we were gone. The days are short. And the work lifting stones and cement up to the peak of the roof is hard. But we finished last night, washed our trowels and buckets, and prepared to go back to the U.S. for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Nonsense, Fraud, and Claptrap: I guess that kind of work keeps you sane, suggested a neighbor, looking up at us from the ground. Sane? I dont know. But its real. Its plumb and level or its not. And you cant lie about it. Just hold a level up against the wall you see right away whats true and not true. What kind of work do you do for a living? our neighbor continued the conversation. Oh I try to understand what is going on in the economy and the financial markets. The trouble is, its almost all nonsense, fraud, and claptrap.

Later, over a neighborly bowl of soup, we explained: To make matters worse, economics strays easily into politics. Because federal fiscal and monetary policies have a big effect on markets and the economy. And then, even though youre just trying to figure out the economics of it, people take sides politically. That is particularly acute now, because people have very strong fee...

06:46

Sea Of Plastic Discovered In The Caribbean Stretches 5 Miles And Is Choking Wildlife TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich,

How often do you use plastic? If you compare to the average consumer, you might answer every day. Yes, items that contain plastic are convenient and cheap. But, the manmade material is wreaking havoc on our planet. Images captured off the Honduran island of Roatan by photographer Caroline Power illuminate this fact.

The photos that follow were taken off an idyllic island that is usually compared to paradise. In the past few years, however, this image has been ruined by a sea of plastic. Once, the waters were clear and icy blue. Now, they are congested and filled with pollution.

Powers and a dive team passed through the floating trash for nearly five miles. In one area, the sea of plastic was merely two miles wide. Some of the items they found include broken footballs, soda bottles, toothbrushes, an abandoned television, and shoes.

In an email, Powers noted that the country of Honduras is not solely to blame for the river of plastic near its shores. She pointed out that the average person in every country, worldwide, lives unsustainable and has learned to throw out goods which might be reused, sold, recycled, or refurbished. Its a mindset that needs to change, and her photographs are helping consumers re-think their habits.

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06:43

Veteran reporter Bob Woodward criticizes CNN White House lawsuit - Better reporting, not a lawsuit, should be focus Signs of the Times

Veteran reporter Bob Woodward criticized CNN's lawsuit against the White House over the revocation of correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials, saying media should focus on "serious reporting" and not lawsuits and smugness. CNN filed the lawsuit on Tuesday, alleging that the Trump administration violated Acosta's First and Fifth Amendment rights when he was banned from entering the White House and had his press pass confiscated. It followed a heated press conference earlier in the day, during which the White House accused Acosta of putting his hands on a female intern who was attempting to remove a microphone from his hand. Speaking at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Florida, Woodward said the remedy to Trump isn't a lawsuit, but "more serious reporting" about his actions, according to NBC reporter Dylan Byers who tweeted the comments.

06:41

NASA says human flights to Mars could take place in 25 years if radiation shielding technology created Signs of the Times

NASA has said that the first human flights to Mars could take place in 25 years, as long as someone comes up with the technology to properly shield astronauts from deadly radiation. With Mars around 140 million miles from Earth, sending humans there poses difficulties far beyond anything faced by the Apollo missions to the moon. With current rocket technology, Mars is a nine month journey, during which astronauts would be at the mercy of solar radiation and muscle decay from prolonged exposure to zero gravity conditions. "The cost of solving those means that under current budgets, or slightly expanded budgets, it's going to take about 25 years to solve those," former astronaut Tom Jones - a veteran of four space shuttle missions - told reporters in Washington DC on Tuesday. Cutting down on travel time is one way the agency hopes to make Mars missions a reality. Jones said that nuclear propulsion systems could negate the physical hardship of the journey.

06:38

Israels Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman Resigns Over Gaza Truce News Punch

The Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has resigned in protest at the ceasefire in Gaza, calling the deal a surrender to terror. His right-wing party Yisrael Beiteinu is also leaving the ruling coalition led by [...]

The post Israels Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman Resigns Over Gaza Truce appeared first on News Punch.

06:37

Nation approves plan to push Tinseltown into Pacific Ocean Signs of the Times

A new law passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump Thursday approves a plan to push Hollywood into the Pacific Ocean, sources in Washington are reporting. The new law calls for federal officials to build or acquire a giant hand saw and make a rough incision along the outside of the central district of Los Angeles, leaving a large enough buffer so as to be sure that none of Hollywood would remain, allowing the scandal-ridden Tinseltown and its occupants to simply drift out to sea. The plan comes amidst a continuous string of sexual scandals and horrific crimes that have come to light, perpetrated by some of the biggest Hollywood stars.

06:32

Long lost depiction of Jesus offers totally different portrayal as curly headed & clean shaven Signs of the Times

An incredible ancient drawing hidden inside a church for 1,800 years is shaking up our views on how Jesus really looked. The historical image is a far cry from the bearded character predominantly portrayed in depictions of Jesus. So faded you could almost miss it, the lines etched on the ruins of a Byzantine church in the Negev desert show a young Jesus with a clean-shaven face, a head of curls and a large nose.

06:31

"Economic Market Snapshot 1/14/18" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

"The Black Swan Just Hit Oil... Next is Stocks"
by Phoenix Capital

"As I warned yesterday, the markets are entering liquidation mode
Earlier this year it was Emerging Markets.
 Yesterday it was Oil.
And very soon it will be US stocks.
If you are not already preparing for this, NOW is the time to do so."
...

06:30

China creates nuke-powered fake sun that burns hotter than the real deal Signs of the Times

Chinese researchers pushing to find a major clean energy source have created an incredible artificial sun that can reach temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius - a heat so intense it makes the real sun seem merely lukewarm. The earth-based solar simulator has reached mind-bending temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius, the research team announced Tuesday. Now, that's hot. For comparison, the real sun's core is about 15 million degrees Celsius. The Institute of Plasma Physics, affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said it has been testing an "artificial sun," known as the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST). The sci-fi-sounding contraption has been designed to replicate the way in which the star at the center of our solar system generates its colossal energy.

06:29

[FeminEasts Podcast] Boryana Rossa on Sofia Queer Forum, Sex and Revolution, and Much More Lefteast

Note: You may sample and skip between different themes in the discussion by hovering over and clicking on the various LeftEast thumbnails on the soundwave to display section labels or comments.

In this first episode of the FeminEasts podcast, recorded in early 2018, we speak with Boryana Rossa about her work, the Sofia Queer Forum 2017 edition Sex & Revolution and broader topics concerning sexual art, politics and sexual liberation in Eastern Europe and beyond. We publish this interview while the next edition of the Queer Forum is taking place in Sofia November 9 December 2, 2018.

Close-up of image from the Come to America and Become Rich! (2017) series,  included in the BORYANA ROSSA. AUGMENTED REALISM retrospective exhibition at Sofia Arsenal-Museum of Contemporary Art. Source: http://www.sofiaarsenal-mca.org

Boryana is a Bulgarian-born, US-based interdisciplinary artist, curator, and academic who works in the fields of electronic arts, film, video, performance and photography. In 2004 together with the Russian artist and film maker Oleg Mavromatti, Rossa establishes UTRAFUTUROan international group of artists engaged with issues of technology, science and their social implications. In 2012 Rossa has finished her PhD on Post Cold -War Gender Performances. Cross-cultural examination of gender representations viewed through Soviet, Russian and Bulgarian film re-enactments, in the Department of Arts, at Rensselaer, Troy, NY. Since 2012 she has been a founding member and co-director with Stanimir Panayotov of Sofia Queer Forum, an event that investigates, with the means of contemporary arts, gender and sexuality. She is currently an Assistant Professor, Art Video and Transmedia Core at the Department of Transmedia, Syracuse University.

[FeminEasts] Queer Podcasting from Around the Blocs, is part of the platform FeminEasts within LeftEast, curated by Alexandra Ghit and Mariya Ivancheva. The aim of this podcast series is to open a decolonial queer...

06:26

Thousands evacuated after floods following days of heavy rain in Argentina Signs of the Times

Days of severe weather, including heavy rain and flash flooding, has left around 3,000 people evacuated in Argentina, most of them from parts of the capital Buenos Aires. The heavy rain began on 09 November, 2018. According to WMO figures, Sauce Viejo city in the province of Santa Fe recorded 196mm of rain in 24 hours to 12 November. Reconquista, also in Santa Fe, recorded 169 mm of rain in 24 hours the following day. Servicio Meteorolgico Nacional (SMN) in Argentina said that this November has already been one of the wettest on record. According to national news agency Tlam, 1,561 people have been evacuated in La Matanza, a district (partido) in Greater Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province. In addition, 100 people were evacuated in Arrecifes, 37 in Quilmes, 10 in Marcos Paz, 80 in Cauelas, 8 in Saladillo, 14 in Trenque Lauquen.

06:12

New Mexico: Another Democrat Wins Congressional Seat After 8,000 Votes Were Found in Warehouse CLG News

New Mexico: Another Democrat Wins Congressional Seat After 8,000 Votes Were Found in Warehouse | 11 Nov 2018 | Republican Yvette Herrell campaigned for the 2nd Congressional District on a Trump-like platform, pro-border wall and speaking about illegal immigration, and appeared alongside Vice President Mike Pence and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. Harrell is refusing to concede, as she claims that an hour after some media outlets called the race and she gave her victory speech, the Secretary of State's office called and said: "They had magically found 4,000 ballots that had not been counted." She said about an hour and a half later, the office called again and said there were an additional 4,000 ballots found.

06:09

Amazon worker dies, boss gets richer Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 3 December 2017 video from England says about itself:

Bolton teenager finds Help me note in Amazon package

Teenager, 13, finds help me note on an invoice inside her Amazon Christmas delivery describing bosses as evil.

A teenager found a Help me note inside her Amazon advent calendar delivery describing staff as evil, her mother has claimed.

April Dorsett, 13, was gifted a 30 make up advent calendar by her parents Kim and Philip who ordered it from Amazon. They had arranged for the note on the invoice to say love from mum and dad but instead it read: Help me please, PMP staff are evil.

PMP is the recruitment agency used by Amazon to fill jobs at its distribution sites. It is part of Cordant.

More about this is here.

By E.P. Milligan in the USA:

Amazon worker dies of heart attack at facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

14 November 2018

On September 30, an Amazon worker died of cardiac arrest at a fulfillment center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The story was not reported until October 30, after whistleblowers contacted WSMV News-4 Nashville. The station published one article on the incident and then dropped the story.

The man, Mike Gellasch, 61, allegedly died because no one could find a working communication device to call for help in time. Because it is against company policy for workers to carry cellphones within the facility, they first had to radio security and instruct them to call 911. An audio recording obtained by a WSMV investigative team revealed that a security guard had put a 911 operator...

06:09

7 Signs That the Nice Person in Your Life Actually Has Hidden Motives Awareness Act

It can be hard to open up and trust in a world thats full of so much negativity and toxic energy. How do you know whether that new person thats come into your life is the real deal, or merely playing you to get their way? While theres no guaranteed way to identify a manipulator, there are some signs you can watch out for.

If someone is going through life with a hidden agenda, they are maintaining a secret that isnt easy for them to keep hidden from the world. Sure, they will do their best understanding that if their secret gets out, they will likely lose any chance of ultimately getting what they want, but they are going to slip up from time to time. These little slip-ups are your chance to see them coming before you fall victim. You simply have to learn what to watch out for!

Here are 7 signs that the nice person you know is actually has hidden motives:

#1 Tunnel Vision

Obsessed with their hidden motives, they cant seem to break free from thinking about or talking about this area of their life for long. For this reason, youll notice that they are always talking about the same thing. They will bring up this topic every time they see you, trying to convince you to see things from their side and work it into every conversation. Giving in just to make them stop isnt going to help, its just feeding into their obsession.

#2 Persuasion is Their Game

When someone brings an idea to you that you arent completely interested in, pay attention to how they react to that news. Sure, most people will be disappointed and may even try to convince you for a short while, but those with hidden motives are relentless. Their goal is to do or say whatever is necessary to persuade you to agree, and they wont give up until they achieve it.

#3 Overly Caring and Protective

Have you ever met someone that instantly appears to be overly interested in you, your life and your perceived well-being? They act as though every action you take could have a direct impact in their life simply due to the fact they care and worry about you so much, constantly talking about whats best for you in every situation. Unless this is someone youve built a genuine relationship with leading up to this point, they are likely using this as a technique to convince you that their way is the best way.

#4 Everything is About Them

It doesnt matter what the topic is, or who brought it up, they somehow make everything about them. Even if you come to them to vent about your own problems in life, they will somehow spin the situation so that they are the victim. The truth is that they arent really listening to you or anyone else speak, they have no interest in what any...

06:07

Psychopath Lieberman quits as 'Jewish ISIS' defense chief - says Israel truce with Hamas is 'capitulation to terror' Signs of the Times

Avigdor Lieberman has resigned as Israel's defense chief, but his inflammatory utterances - ranging from calling for disloyal Arabs to be beheaded, to proposing Egypt be bombed - remain as reminders of his right-wing politics. Lieberman, who created Israel's right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, resigned as defense minister on Wednesday after denouncing the government's recent ceasefire with Hamas as a "capitulation to terror." If you think that sounds a wee bit immoderate, you clearly have not familiarized yourself with Avigdor Lieberman's decades of imprudent utterances. The politician's peculiar brand of secular nationalism has led to repeated accusations of extremism - even fascism.

06:00

If Voting Changed Anything #PropagandaWatch Activist Post

By corbettreport If voting changed anything theyd make it illegal. But why doesnt it change anything? After all, its the elected politicians who steer the...

05:59

This Is What Your Love Life Is Going To Look Like In 2019 Based On Your Zodiac Sign Awareness Act

Its hard to believe that 2019 is nearly upon us, but as we enter into the holiday season, New Years Eve is just around the corner. Whether youre currently in a serious relationship, or single and seeking out that special someone, 2019 is going to be an exciting year where you love life is concerned.

This past year has been quite the rollercoaster full of incredible highs and dramatic lows, combined with the chaos and confusion that marked the summer of retrograde. Moving into 2019, we arent going to face nearly as much chaos, but that doesnt mean there isnt going some interesting energy. From eclipses to planetary retrograde, weve got it all!

Love and romance play an important part in our lives, providing us with the opportunity to make unbreakable connections and even bringing true happiness into our lives. As Dr. Seuss once said, You know youre in love when you cant fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. This coming year is sure to bring us plenty of opportunities for love and connection, but are you ready for it?

Discover what 2019 has in store for your love life, according to your zodiac sign:

Aries (Mar 21 Apr 19)

Youre not lacking experience in the love department; however, this experience appears to be largely rooted in pain and heartbreak. Dont let the fact your love life has fallen short in the past destroy your hope for romance in 2019. You are about to experience a dramatic change, one that will work in your favor. This is going to be a great year for your love life!

Taurus (Apr 20 May 20)

Whether youre single or in a long-term relationship, there is one thing that 2019 is going to promise you: an exciting and adventurous sex life. If youve been holding onto any unexplored fantasies, now is the time to be honest about them. While this may or may not result in a long-term relationship, it will most certainly provide you with the opportunity for some serious self-discovery.

Gemini (May 21 Jun 20)

You have always held onto incredibly high standards when it comes to your love life, which has made it a little challenging to find that special someone. Unfortunately, 2019 isnt going to deliver you that perfect partner. The truth is, there is no one that perfect out there. Instead, however, you are going to be pushed to step outside of your comfort zone, where love will be waiting.

Cancer (Jun 21 Jul 22)

As you enter into 2019, your focus isnt going to be on your love life. Instead, you are going to focus on your own health and well-being. This will leave you happy, healthy and radiating self-confidence. Prepare you...

05:47

11 Signs That The U.S. Economy Is Starting To Slow Down Dramatically Activist Post

By Michael Snyder The pace at which things are changing is shocking the experts.  Just a few months ago, many of the experts were still...

05:40

The Hotwire #45: November 14, 2018 : The empires centrism strikes backAnti-fascism 80 years after Kristallnacht CrimethInc.

Listen here. On the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, liberals and centrists are once more playing right into fascists hands. Our feature this episode is a reading of the recent CrimethInc. op-ed Take Your Pick: Law or Freedom; How Nobody Is above the Law Abets the Rise of Tyranny, about the outrageously liberal demonstrations over Trump firing Jeff Sessions. We also interview an anarchist who was at the protest outside Tucker Carlsons home in Washington D.C. about what really happened there, Twitters banning of anti-fascists, and why its important to take the offensive in the struggle against fascism. Friday, November 9 was the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and we bring you a round up of fascist, anti-fascist, and centrist actions from the weekend. Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com.

05:38

FAA reviewing Boeing's safety analyses as part of investigation into deadly Lion Air crash Signs of the Times

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reviewing Boeing's previous safety analyses and the information it distributed to the agency as part of an investigation into the Lion Air crash that killed all 189 people on board. In a statement late Tuesday, cited by The Wall Street Journal, the FAA said it is reviewing details surrounding the safety data and conclusions distributed to the agency as part of certifying the 737 MAX 8 - the plane involved in the Lion Air crash - and MAX 9 models. The review is part of the wider investigation into the Lion Air crash, which occurred on October 29, just minutes after the Boeing aircraft took off from Jakarta's airport. The WSJ article came after the newspaper also reported that Boeing had failed to warn the airline industry about a potentially dangerous feature in its new flight-control system which is suspected of playing a role in the Lion Air crash. Two pilots unions have also lashed out at Boeing for failing to inform them about the...

05:36

Palestinians claim victory after failed Israeli operations in Gaza Signs of the Times

Palestinians were filmed celebrating after Israeli forces suffered significant blow during their Gaza attack. Palestinian celebrators filled the streets of Gaza, last night, after what has been considered a tremendous win for Palestinian resistance. After an Israeli violation of a newly brokered ceasefire, a new round of hostilities broke between Gaza and Israel. Various nations, including Russia, Turkey and Jordan, spoke out in condemnation of Israel's provocations. Israel had attempted to kidnap a leading member of Hamas's Al-Qassam brigades, but failed. The failure of their covert mission, resulted in the killing of an Israeli commander and the retreat of the special forces team, from Eastern Khan Yunis, where they had infiltrated. Comment: Of course, the Israelis played it up as a success: Israel launches special forces raid into Gaza, kills top Hamas commander - 7 killed in total, including one IDF occupier

05:25

Israeli Defense Ministers Resignation not a Victory for Gaza but a Warning that the Worst is to Come MintPress News

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL A wave of instability now threatens Israels government following the sudden resignation of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday. Lieberman announced that he was resigning in protest of a recently brokered ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, which has governed the Gaza Strip since winning elections in 2007. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will serve as interim Defense Minister until an official replacement is appointed. Netanyahu also currently serves as Israels Foreign Minister and Health Minister.

The still-developing situation will likely result in a rightward shift within the Israeli Knesset or the current ruling coalition, as Netanyahu is set to seek stability following Liebermans resignation by either placating right-wing elements unhappy with the ceasefire or by moving forward with snap elections that would likely see more extremist politicians elected to Israels legislature as a reaction to the ceasefire and Liebermans abrupt resignation.

I have tried to remain a faithful member of the Cabinet and to make heard another view, even at a great electoral and political price, Lieberman said during a Wednesday press conference. However, Lieberman asserted that yesterdays ceasefire with Hamas, brokered by Egypt, cannot be interpreted in any way other than a surrender to terror, adding that the ceasefire will severely harm our security in the long term.

Lieberman also announced that his political party, Yisrael Beytenu, will be withdrawing from Israels ruling coalition which is led by Netanyahus Likud Party in protest of the ceasefire. Residents in southern Israel have also protested the ceasefire, with some Israeli mayors asserting that only large-...

05:15

The Fed Will Continue Tightening Until Everything Breaks Activist Post

By Brandon Smith Around three years ago, in September 2015, I wrote an article titled The Real Reasons Why The Fed Will Hike Interest Ratesin...

05:15

Bird of the Day: Australasian Darter La Paz Group

Australasian Darter - La Paz Group

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

05:14

Ex-CIA officer Bob Baer: Washington has always turned a blind eye to Saudi atrocities like Khashoggi murder Signs of the Times

The White House is far more interested in ensuring Saudi Arabia's stability than punishing it for the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, former CIA officer Bob Baer said. "We've always turned a blind eye to what's going on in Saudi Arabia - right from the very beginning," Baer told CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday. He stressed that the close ties between the nations make Washington reluctant to attack the kingdom not only with regards to the Khashoggi case but also on the issues of human rights abuses and the devastating Saudi-led war in Yemen. Washington is more interested in maintaining Saudi Arabia's stability than searching for the truth and criticizing Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, known as MBS, Bob Baer argued. The kingdom remains among the prime buyers of US-made arms and Washington's strategic ally in the region. "Saudi Arabia is a volcano right now. We don't have players there on our side [other than MBS]," Baer, who is now an author and commentator, said....

04:57

Finnish PM blames Russia for GPS glitches during NATO war games - UPDATE Signs of the Times

Finland's malfunctioning GPS signal was caused by Russia, and not the 50,000 troops, 10,000 combat vehicles and 250 aircraft taking part in massive Scandinavian NATO drills - at least that's what the PM thinks probably happened. Aside from the public pooing, prolific beer-guzzling and frigate-sinking naval mishaps, NATO's Trident Juncture drills - the largest in decades - also suffered from spotty GPS signals. Regrettably, only one of these hiccups could remotely be attributed to Russian deviancy. Right on cue, Finnish Prime Minster Juha Sipila has stated that "it is possible" that Russia was the "disrupting party" (referring to the GPS problems, not the pooping near Norwegian kindergartens). Comment: It's also possible Russia is responsible for literally everything that goes wrong everywhere on the planet. Possible, but not likely. "We will investigate, and then we will respond," he added. "This is not a joke, it threatened the air security of ordinary people." Too impatient to...

04:57

US Sanctions on Iran Depriving Countrys Cancer Patients of Essential Treatment MintPress News

TEHRAN, IRAN The recent imposition of crippling sanctions against Iran by the United States government has made life increasingly difficult for everyday Iranians, as essential supplies are becoming more difficult to come by with each passing day. However, certain vulnerable groups, such as Irans cancer patients, are bearing the brunt of the burden caused by the sanctions, as the cost of the average cancer treatment has now doubled and the supply of crucial medication has dwindled to new, troubling lows.

Since U.S. sanctions were re-imposed on Iran following the U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) better known as the Iran nuclear deal Irans cancer patients have been hit particularly hard, as sanctions have made it harder to buy life-saving medication and essential medical equipment. For instance, Ali Shokri a cancer patient living in Tehran told Ruptly that the cost of his chemotherapy sessions jumped from 10 million Rial ($240) to 20 million Rial ($475) following the imposition of U.S. sanctions.

In addition to the high cost of the treatment, certain essential medications are harder to find and in some cases must be bought from other countries, such as Turkey, at exorbitant rates. This was confirmed by Marjan Shirazi, the wife of a cancer patient living in Tehran, who stated that the drugs her husband needs to stay alive are more expensive and rarer, adding that the U.S.-imposed sanctions are directed on [the Iranian] people.

Sanctions have also blocked the imports of vital medical equipment, as many manufacturers of such equipment are often linked to American citizens or businesses in some way, such as having American board members or using American businesses as part of their chain of production. A recent article published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet detailed how Irans ability to conduct cancer research has also been severely stunted by sanctions, as have the countrys cancer prevention programs.

In...

04:53

Russia unveils reusable nuclear rocket engine for Mars mission: 'Elon Musk is using old tech' Signs of the Times

A leading Russian space research center has posted a video of its nuclear-powered rocket, that will be able to land on Mars after seven months, and can be re-launched into space just 48 hours after landing. "A mission to Mars is possible in the very near future, but that's not an aim in itself. Our engines can be the foundation for a whole range of space missions that currently seem like science fiction," Vladimir Koshlakov, who heads Moscow's Keldysh Research Center told Rossiyskaya Gazeta. The institute, which is famous for developing the Katyusha rocket launched during World War II, has been working on what it says is a "unique" propulsion system since 2009. From past descriptions, it comprises a gas-cooled fission reactor that powers a generator, which in turn feeds a plasma thruster.

04:46

Cuba withdraws More Doctors program from Brazil after criticism from president-elect Jair Bolsonaro Signs of the Times

The decision comes after Brazil's far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro criticized the program and the Cuban government. Cuba's Ministry of Public Health announced Wednesday it is withdrawing from the Mais Medicos (More Doctors) cooperation program with Brazil, which functioned since August 2013 and ensured health coverage for over a hundred million Brazilians who had no prior access to healthcare. Cuban health authorities also announced they had notified the Pan-American Health Organization and its Brazilian counterparts of the decision to end its participation in the program.

04:38

Post-bromance spat: Trump taunts Macron for country's losses to Germany in both World Wars, low approval ratings and wine policy Signs of the Times

President Trump continued his verbal spat with French leader Emmanuel Macron, taunting the French leader for his country's losses to Germany in two world wars, and suggesting that Europe needs the US as a saviour. After returning from Armistice Day commemorations in Paris over the weekend, Trump took to Twitter on Monday to savage the US' European allies for failing to meet their defense spending targets and leaving America to foot much of NATO's bill. On Tuesday, the president vented his frustrations again. "Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia," Trump tweeted. But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two - How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not! In a radio interview a week before the commemorations in Paris, Macron called for the establishment of an EU army that can defend the continent "without relying only on the United States."...

04:37

Food tastes are too subjective to be copyrighted, says EU court Signs of the Times

Not every experience can be copyrighted, at least for now, an EU court has ruled, dismissing a Dutch cheesemaker's suit against a rival it accused of infringing on its signature taste. Dutch cheesemaker Levola Hengelo sued rival Smilde for copyright infringement, alleging the company's leek-and-garlic cheese spread was a rip-off of Levola's own Heksenkaas ("witches' cheese"). Dutch courts, stumped, passed the case on to the EU's Court of Justice. Stating that "the taste of a food product cannot be identified with precision and objectivity," the European court dismissed the suit, pointing out copyright can only be applied to a "work" - an "original intellectual creation" - and an "expression" of that creation. "Unlike, for example, a literary, pictorial, cinematographic or musical work, which is a precise and objective expression, the taste of a food product will be identified essentially on the basis of taste sensations and experiences, which are subjective and variable," the court...

04:36

Giant impact crater found under Greenland ice Signs of the Times

Scientists have discovered a crater beneath Greenland's Hiawatha Glacier that they say could be one of the 25 largest impact structures on Earth. It's a 31-kilometre-wide circular bedrock depression up to a kilometre below the ice and was likely caused by a fractionated iron asteroid about a kilometre wide. Its impact would have had substantial environmental consequences in the Northern Hemisphere and perhaps even more widely, say the researchers, led by led by Kurt Kjr from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The crater is the only one of its size that retains a significant portion of its original surface topography. The researchers are unsure of its exact age, but suggest it is unlikely to predate the Pleistocene inception of the Greenland Ice Sheet, more than two million years ago. Using dating techniques, they inferred that the young ice covering the crater is "well behaved" but that deeper and older ice was debris-rich and heavily disturbed. The findings are reported in a...

04:32

Czech Republic joins list of countries rejecting UN migration accord Signs of the Times

Several other European Union countries have already rejected or are reconsidering the pact. Both Hungary and Austria have said they will not sign the agreement at an upcoming ceremony, in Morocco, in December. Early Wednesday, Czech Republic voted to not to sign the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration accord, according to Reuters. "The Czech Republic has long favored the principle of separating legal and illegal migration," Deputy Prime Minister Richard Brabec stated in a news conference. "That is what the Czech Republic's and other European countries' suggestions aimed for. The final text does not reflect those proposals."

04:31

FBI reports 17% spike in hate crimes with blacks and Jews the most targeted Signs of the Times

The US has seen a 17 percent spike in hate crimes in 2017, with the majority of reported incidents targeting African-Americans and Jews, according to the FBI's annual Hate Crimes Statistics report. The report, released on Tuesday by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, breaks down hate crime information from last year, broken down by location, offenders, bias types, and victims. A total of 7,175 hate crimes were reported to UCR last year, up from 6,121 in 2016. Of those, the vast majority were "single-bias incidents," meaning the perpetrators were motivated by only one factor. Sixty-nine of the cases involved multiple biases. The majority (59.6 percent) of crimes in the "single-bias incident" category were motivated by a person's race, ethnicity, or ancestry. African-Americans were by far the most targeted, with a reported 2,013 attacks against them, compared to 741 "anti-white" attacks. Religion took second place as a motivating factor, accounting for 20.6 percent of...

04:29

How penguins survive, video Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

Penguins Amazing Survival Skills | BBC Earth

14 November 2018

Not only do penguins need to be tough to endure extreme temperatures, they also have a set of unexpected skills that help them ensure their survival against all odds.

04:24

May strong-arms cabinet in emergency meeting, this is the deal - now back me on Brexit Signs of the Times

Theresa May summoned her cabinet to an emergency meeting on Wednesday afternoon to sign off her long awaited final Brexit deal, prompting hard-Brexit Tories to call for senior ministers to stand up and block it. The critical meeting is the culmination of months of negotiations and will see May's senior ministers consider whether they can personally endorse the agreement that the prime minister has been able to reach. Ministers were summoned to No 10 in the early evening and some met individually with May or her chief of staff, Gavin Barwell. They were given the chance to read the key documents, although they were not trusted to take any papers home. Further one-on-one meetings were expected to take place on Wednesday.

04:10

Pence ready for all-out Cold War on China if Beijing refuses to bow to all US demands Signs of the Times

Washington expects Beijing to undertake a dramatic change in all of its policies to accommodate US demands and is prepared for prolonged hostilities if it does not, Vice President Mike Pence reportedly said. The confrontational stance of the Trump administration was described by journalist Josh Rogin in a Washington Post opinion piece. He said Pence outlined it to him during a flight aboard Air Force Two on the VP's Asian trip. The US wants China to offer concessions on a wide range of grievances, from intellectual property protection to territorial claims in the South China Sea.

03:52

Robert Reich: The Time Has Come for Medicare for All Truthdig RSS

In the midterm elections, most Democrats who were elected or reelected to the House supported Medicare for All.

As Trump and Republicans in Congress try to undermine the Affordable Care Act and raise the costs of health care, the American people continue to push back.

Over 70% of Americansand even 52% of Republicansnow support Medicare for All, a single-payer plan that builds on Medicare and would cover everyone at far lower cost than the current system.

Here are the facts:

Medicare for All is the cheapest and best direction for the country. Private for-profit insurers spend a fortune trying to attract healthy people while avoiding sick people, filling out paperwork from hospitals and providers, paying top executives, and rewarding shareholders.

And for-profit insurers are trying to merge like mad, in order to make even more money. This is why private for-profit health insurance is becoming so expensive, and why almost every other advanced nationincluding our neighbor to the northhas adopted a single-payer system at less cost per person and with better health outcomes.

Administering Medicare is only 1.1 percent of its total costs; the rest goes directly into care. Even including Medicare Advantage, which involves private plans, total administrative costs are just 7 percent.

But private insurers spend about 12 percent of total costs on administration. Or put another way, Medicares 2016 administrative costs came to about $156 per person compared to over $594 per person with private insurance.

Medicare saves so much money for three simple reasons:

First, it has economies of scale. The more enrollees, the lower the cost per enrollee. Medicare for All would have even larger economies of scale, presumably lowering the per-person costs further.

Second, Medicare spends almost nothing on marketing and advertising, while for-profit insurers spend a fortune. 

Third, Medicare doesnt have to earn profits.

Most Americans support expanding access to quality, affordable care through Medicare for All. Yet Trump and the Republicans continue to try to gut the Affordable Care Act and take away care from tens of millions.

The American public has a real choice here: expensive health care for the few or quality, affordable health care for the many. Its time for Medicare for All.

...

03:52

Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger & Wemhoff Book Jay Dyer (Half) Live 8PM EST JaysAnalysis.com

Tonight Ill be covering Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball and their Cold War secrets, especially in relation to the first chunk of David Wemhoffs book on the CIAs Doctrinal Warfare Program. This is the free half for public viewing, while full talks can be obtained by subscribing at JaysAnalysis at the purchase membership section. Live at 8PM EST! 

The post Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger & Wemhoff Book Jay Dyer (Half) Live 8PM EST appeared first on JaysAnalysis.com.

03:48

The First Victim of the Economic War Shouldnt be the Truth New on Venezuelanalysis.com

Leftwing analyst Gavazut Bianco asks why Venezuelan authorities are no longer publishing economic, social, and other official data.

03:44

United States Republicans back Saudi war on Yemen Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

Where are my brothers? pleads Yemen school bus attack survivor | Al Jazeera English

10 August 2018

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for an independent investigation into a Saudi-Emirati led coalition airstrike in Yemen that hit a bus full of school children.

In all 50 people were killed.

The bus was attacked near a crowded market in Saada province

One of the children who survived the attack refused to receive medical attention until doctors updated him on the fate of his two younger brothers.

I have two brothers, Hassan and Yehia, who are smaller than me, the boy said. Where are my brothers? I dont want help until I see my brothers.

The coalition says the air raids were aimed at legitimate military targets.

Al Jazeeras Mohammad Adow reports from neighbouring Djibouti.

By Julia Conley in the USA:

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Despite Famine, Khashoggi, and School Bus Massacre, House GOP Moves Swiftly to Keep US Involved in Saudi-Led War on Yemen

Apparently, neither Saudi Arabias...

03:28

New research makes the weak claim that coffee reduces diabetes risk Signs of the Times

You love coffee but are afraid to indulge because of its supposed health risks? Then the latest research on the effects of coffee will reassure you as it claims coffee helps reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Coffee is actually beneficial to your health in its ability to slash the risk of developing what is now deemed the world's most common long-term health condition, according to a report by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC). In what will come as incredible news to those who worship the world's most common psychoactive drink, you don't need to stick to just one cup a day. In order for caffeine to effectively reduce your risk of developing diabetes by 25 percent, you must drink between three and four, the study claims. It doesn't discriminate between men and women. And even if you prefer decaf you're still ok.

03:28

15 Signs Youre In A Healthy, Loving Relationship TruthTheory

By Luminita D. Saviuc via Purpose Fairy

Being in a healthy, loving relationship is something each and every one of us dreams of having at a certain point in our lives, but do we really know what it means to be in this kind of relationship?

15 SIGNS YOURE IN A HEALTHY, LOVING RELATIONSHIP

1. You dont depend on your partner for your happiness.

Whether you are with your partner or away from him/her, you continue to be happy and you continue to enjoy life to the fullest. Your happiness is self-generated and youre not depending on the other person to feel good.

2. You and your partner love, but dont need one another.

You and your partner love, but dont need one another. You dont need the other person to feel loved but rather to share with him/her the love that is already present within you. And thats what makes your relationships so beautiful and so easy to be in.

The purpose of a relationship is not to have another who might complete you, but to have another...

03:27

Three egrets in India Dear Kitty. Some blog

03:24

BEST OF THE WEB: Illusion of democracy? If US elections could change anything they wouldn't be held Signs of the Times

Last week's US midterm elections received saturated media coverage. Why? The reality is that elections in the US don't change much, if anything, because America has a regime and is not a genuine democracy. The US midterms - and you'd have to have been locked in a wardrobe all week to have avoided hearing about them - reminded me of a great song by the 1980s indie-rock band The Smiths. No, not 'This Charming Man', in reference to Donald Trump, but 'What Difference Does it Make?' Remember that one? It should be played on a loop every time America goes to vote. Because every couple of years, whenever 'big' elections come along in the US of A, we are treated to the same spectacle. Ordinarily intelligent people making fools of themselves in the belief that the elections are 'tremendously important'. When will they ever learn that the best thing to do on a US election night is to go to bed early with a nice hot water bottle and a good book. Let's take presidential contests first.

03:24

Why the Saudi-led 'Golden Victory' siege of Yemen's Hodeida is taking so long Signs of the Times

Saudi ground forces are too weak to stand up to the Houthis in Yemen, and their allies and proxies all have their own goals in mind - making the capture of the key port of Hodeida a strategic snarl, experts say. The coalition offensive on Hodeida - a key port and a lifeline for Houthis and civilians alike - is codenamed 'Operation Golden Victory'. Rather telling, considering the vast amounts of money Saudi Arabia bundles into its military. Ironic, too: it would seem that with such massively superior military resources, the coalition should have stamped the Houthi rebels down within days. Instead, the operation has been dragging on for months. It started in mid-June, then was paused until September for peace talks. Those eventually collapsed, and the fighting resumed. Now, coalition-backed ground forces are moving inside the city after a tense 11-day battle at the approaches. There are running battles in the streets and local hospitals are overflowing with civilians and militants...

03:23

Stolen elections in the USA? Dear Kitty. Some blog

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Court battles over ballot counts in Georgia, Florida

14 November 2018

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that local officials in Gwinnett County, Georgia, a heavily populated county outside Atlanta, had violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act in rejecting absentee ballots because of minor technical flaws. In her 17-page ruling, District Judge Leigh Martin May ordered the county to count ballots that had been rejected solely because the voter had omitted or incorrectly marked his or her birth year.

The decision was the second major rebuff to efforts by state and local Republican officials to guarantee victory to Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp over his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams. Another federal judge ordered election officials to preserve and count provisional ballots cast by voters who in many cases were challenged over minor discrepancies between their names as recorded in voter registration lists and on the identification they presented at the polls, such as drivers licenses.

District Judge Amy Totenberg barred the Georgia secretary of state from certifying results on Tuesday, the normal deadline, delaying this action until Friday. In the interim, she ordered the state government to immediately establish and publicize on its website a secure and free-access hotline or website for provisional ballot voters to access to determine whether their provisional ballots were counted and, if not, the reason why.

Brian Kemp held the office of secretary of state, supervising administration of the vote in which he was the Republican candidate for governor, until he resigned after the election, claiming victory, and was replaced by his deputy.

Kemp holds a lead of nearly 60,000 votes over Abrams, but he is only slightly above the 50 percen...

03:19

ACTA 2.0 The EUs New Intellectual Property Law Threatens Fundamental Internet Freedom MintPress News

Internet means freedom. Still. We can (still) freely retrieve content with our search engines. We can (still) freely and without further ado access the sources in a text. This will soon change.

Article 13 of the controversial law says that website operators and Internet providers will be held accountable for the content of their customers and readers. The new law thus obliges them to use the so-called upload filters. The filter obligation leaves it to the software to decide what users are allowed to upload and what not. In plain language it says the provider will control and censor our activities on the net: every uploaded photo, video, every text will be checked.

The question arises: what criteria will apply to this censorship and how and by whom will this filter software be programmed? The EU Commission will certainly soon be proposing detailed guidelines to combat fake news, the spread of terrorism on the Internet, and to combat those who infringe copyrights. All right, but it will also be a tool to suppress the critics of the EU, independent bloggers who want to throw light on the incompetence and insolence of the Brussels technocrats, dissidents (not left-wing liberals). And I bet: the directives will be introduced very quickly and eagerly in all EU countries.

Article 11 deals with the introduction of a kind of tax on links. From now on, when we publish a link on our website, we have to pay the owner (the author or publisher) for it. Technocrats believe that if we refer to a specific source and link it in our text, the source is entitled to a remuneration. Of course, there is not a word of exact amounts in the law, this should only be determined after negotiations with EU member states.

Now, if an editorial staff decides to earn with the new law, then search engines will not show up results containing links to their content. A double-edged sword for editors and publishers, because customers can now turn to the sources that will continue to make their content available free of charge. The law turns the Internet, which we know, upside down. The work of the journalists, the scientists, who have to publish online and quote in their publications in order to be credible and to prove their theses, is made more difficult. The existence of whole net culture with its memes, music remixes, parodies, the media archive of Wikipedia, etc. and the most important thing: freedom of opinion, is threatened.

The new law should secure the future of the press. Freidhelm Greis of Golem.de calculated that the new EU ancillary copyright law actually favors only large publishing houses and editorial offices, not the smaller and more critical ones. The Axel Springer publishing house would receive at present nearly 64 percent of the incomes from the left taxation. This proves who the Brussels technocrats serve. They are gradually depriving us of our freedoms so that big companies can make even higher profits.

One company tha...

03:15

House Leadership Aims to Stop Debate on US Involvement in Yemen War Activist Post

By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM)  On Wednesday, a measure is being advanced at the behest of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) aiming to derail House Continuing Resolution...

03:13

Thanks to Government Inaction, Israel Has Become a Haven for International Scammers and Fraud MintPress News

French and Israeli media report that a group largely made up of Israelis scammed 3,000 French citizens out of approximately $20 million.  Most of the stolen money is in Israel, but Israeli authorities are reportedly failing to cooperate with France in prosecuting the scammers and retrieving the money.

This is the latest of numerous examples of Israeli officials stonewalling international efforts against the perpetrators of massive financial swindles around the world, according to Israeli investigative journalists and others. These scams have brought estimated billions into the Israeli economy, propping up a regime widely condemned for human rights abuses and ethnic cleansing against indigenous Palestinians. Together, the stories paint a picture of a government that seems to be turning a blind eye to and even protecting scammers.

Finance Magnates analysis reports that one of the swindles alone has brought in over a billion dollars and employs 5,000 people. And a new scam, described below, may help what is predicted to be the next major driver of the Israeli economy.

A former IRS expert on international crime notes that fraudulent industries are often major economic drivers, and that can translate into political clout.

Some Israeli journalists have been working to expose the situation in Israeli newspapers, publishing exposs like As Israel turns blind eye to vast binary options fraud, French investigators step in and Are French Jewish criminals using Israel as a get-out-of-jail card? (Short answer: yes.)

 

Victimizing French business owners & churches

The victims of the recent scam against French citizens included churches and the owners of small businesses delicatessens, car repair sho...

03:12

New report says UK government developing 'killer robot' drones though it says it isn't Signs of the Times

The British government has been secretly funding research with a view to developing autonomous 'killer robot' drones, despite making public statements to the contrary, an anti-drone campaign group has claimed. Drone Wars UK claims that the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is funding research for weapons systems which could make life-or-death decisions without any human input. In an unsettling new report, the group highlighted the Taranis drone, developed over a decade by BAE Systems and the UK Ministry of Defence. The Taranis can fly, plot its own routes and locate targets autonomously - and has cost a cool 200 million so far. The year-long study by Drone Wars UK also uncovered multiple similar research and development programs that they say are being funded by the British MoD, despite public denials of any plans to develop the deadly machines.

03:06

Overheating Machines Complicate Floridas Recount Battle Truthdig RSS

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Floridas election recount drama is intensifying as lawyers return to court and tallying machines break down ahead of a Thursday deadline to complete reviews of the senate and governor races.

Much of the trouble centers on the Democratic stronghold of Palm Beach County, where tallying machines have overheated. Thats caused mismatched results with the recount of 174,000 early voting ballots, forcing workers to go back and redo their work with no time to spare.

A mechanic was flown in to fix the problems, but we dont have a lot of assurances, Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher told WPTV Tuesday night. Bucher did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, lawyers for Democrats planned to ask a federal judge on Wednesday to set aside the state law mandating that mailed-in votes be thrown out if the signature on the envelope doesnt match the signature on file with election authorities.

The developments are sure to fuel frustrations among Democrats and Republicans as the recount unfolds more than a week after Election Day. Democrats have urged state officials to do whatever it takes to make sure every vote is counted. But Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have argued without evidence that voter fraud threatens to steal races from the GOP.

The state elections department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, both run by Republican appointees, have said they have seen no evidence of voter fraud. A Broward County judge challenged anyone who has evidence of fraud to file a report.

As it all plays out, the Republican candidates for governor and Senate, Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott, still hold the narrowest of leads over their Democratic counterparts, Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson.

While the counting goes on, there are now four lawsuits pending in a Tallahassee federal court that seek to throw out ballot counting rules or extend the Thursday 5 p.m. deadline for recounts.

Marc Elias, a campaign attorney for Nelson, argued ahead of the looming court battle that we should all be able to agree that the goal here is a legal and accurate count. Republicans have responded by contending that Democrats want to bend or skirt existing election laws to alter the outcome.

We got to keep the heat on these people to make sure they follow the law, said Republican U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney to reporters on a recount update organized by Scotts campaign.

At the Broward County elections center, about 30 workers kept around a dozen counting machines counting ballots on Wednesday morning. The process resembled feeding documents into a photocopier they placed stacks into feeders, which run through about two or three ballots per second. Then workers grab another stack and repeat the process.

Trump on Tuesday called on Democratic Nelson to admit that he lost...

03:02

How the CDC uses fear and manipulated data to hype up demand for flu vaccines Signs of the Times

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that tens of thousands of people die annually from the flu, but what the public isn't told is that these numbers come from controversial models that may greatly overestimate, which happens to align with the CDC's stated aim of using fear marketing to increase demand for flu vaccines. The CDC claims that its recommendation that everyone aged six months and up should get an annual flu shot is firmly grounded in science. The mainstream media reinforce this characterization by misinforming the public about what the science says. A New York Times article from earlier this year, for example, in order to persuade readers to follow the CDC's recommendation, cited scientific literature reviews of the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration to support its characterization of the influenza vaccine as both effective and safe. The Times claimed that the science showed that the vaccine represented "a big payoff in public health" and that...

03:02

Australian woman finds needle in pear just after strawberry scare arrest Signs of the Times

It was just on Sunday when a woman was arrested and charged with contaminating strawberries in Australia's Queensland. But it looks like the fruit saga is far from over as a needle was again spotted... this time in a pear. Clare Bonser, a make up artist with ABC News Breakfast, said she was driving on Tuesday as she casually "chomped on" her pear. For some lucky twist of fate, she happened to look down at the fruit before taking the next bite. That was when she spotted the menace and managed to just narrowly avoid being injured by the spiky item. "At first I just put it on the seat next to me and tried to process what I saw, then realised, 'Oh crumbs'," Bonser said.

02:53

Trump's Iran policy: What's 'normal' about starving innocent civilians? Signs of the Times

It's not often that US Government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a "liberation." The 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a "humanitarian intervention." And so on. So, in a way, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was refreshingly honest last week when, speaking about newly-imposed US sanctions, he told the BBC that the Iranian leadership "has to make a decision that they want their people to eat." It was an honest admission that new US sanctions are designed to starve Iranians unless the Iranian leadership accepts US demands. His statement also reveals the lengths to which the neocons are willing to go to get their "regime change" in Iran. Just like then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said it was "worth it" that half a million Iraqi children died because of our sanctions on that country, Pompeo is letting us know that a few million dead Iranians is also "worth it" if the government in Tehran can be...

02:51

Teaching Kids to Kill at a Far Right Nationalist Summer Camp in Ukraine MintPress News

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) The campers, some clad in combat fatigues, carefully aim their assault rifles. Their instructor offers advice: Dont think of your target as a human being.

So when these boys and girls shoot, they will shoot to kill.

Most are in their teens, but some are as young as 8 years old. They are at a summer camp created by one of Ukraines radical nationalist groups, hidden in a forest in the west of the country, that was visited by The Associated Press. The camp has two purposes: to train children to defend their country from Russians and their sympathizers and to spread nationalist ideology.

We never aim guns at people, instructor Yuri Chornota Cherkashin tells them. But we dont count separatists, little green men, occupiers from Moscow, as people. So we can and should aim at them.

Watch | Children as young as 8 train at Ukrainian nationalist camp

The nationalists have been accused of violence and racism, but they have played a central, volunteer role in Ukraines conflict with Russia and they have maintained links with the government. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Youth and Sports earmarked 4 million hryvnias (about $150,000) to fund some of the youth camps among the dozens built by the nationalists. The purpose, according to the ministry, is national patriotic education.

Ministry spokeswoman Natalia Vernigora said the money is distributed by a panel which looks for signs of xenophobia and discrimination, it doesnt analyze activities of specific groups.

Cherkashin is a veteran of the fight against pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine; he was wounded in combat and later came to lead Sokil, or Falcon, the youth wing of the Svoboda party. It is important, he says, to inculcate the nations youth with nationalist thought, so they can battle Vladimir Putins Russia as well as challenges that could completely destroy European civilization.

Among those challenges: LGBT rights, which lecturers denounce as a sign of Western decadence.

Watch | Instructor at Ukrainian nationalist youth camp lectures children about Western decadence

You need to be aware of all that, said instructor Ruslan Andreiko. All those gender things, all those perversions of modern Bolsheviks who have come to power in Europe and now try to make all those LGBT things like gay pride parades part of the education system.

While some youths dozed off during lectures, others paid attention. Clearly, some...

02:43

Crucifying Julian Assange (Chris Hedges) Tlaxcala

14/11/2018 - Julian Assanges sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last ...

No to Kurz-Netanyahu!Human rights are indivisible: they also apply to the Palestinian people (Various Authors - Versch. Autoren -Muhtelif Yazarlar- - ) Tlaxcala

14/11/2018 - Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is organising a conference in Vienna on 20 and 21 November entitled "Combating anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ...

02:37

Fox News Is Really This Divorced From Reality Truthdig RSS

Once again proving they probably dont realize just how popular such ideas have becomeFox News on Tuesday tried to ridicule and discredit key platform planks that progressive Democrats successfully ran on this election cycle but ended up just reminding people that these ideas actually make a lot of sense.

In a segment titled Freshman Insurrection on Tuesday night, right-wing host Laura Ingraham presented newly-elected House membersnamely Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesotaas a cabal of nutty radicals hell-bent on upending Nancy Pelosis leadership as they advocate for wacky ideas like providing every, single person in the United States access to healthcare and saving the planets natural systems from destruction while providing quality, high-paying jobs to millions of people as the country makes a rapid transition to a renewable energy system.

As the left-leaning group People for Bernie [Sanders] pointed out:

Fox really makes the best pro-progressives graphics, said another as screenshots of Ingrahams segment began to make the rounds on social media. The outlet has been caught doing the same multiple times in the last year (herehere, and here).

As it turns out, an increas...

02:30

This Japanese organic bedding brand wants you to sleep worry-free Fast Company

Using a traditional Japanese indigo dyeing method, Aizomes chemical-free sheets are better for the environment and less irritating to the skin.

Theres been a boom in direct-to-consumer bedding startups, with brands like Brooklinen, Parachute, and Boll & Branch entering the market with high-quality sheets at a fraction of the price of luxury brands.

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02:23

Evacuation fatigue: California authorities fear people will ignore warnings as wildfires become routine Signs of the Times

Authorities fear that residents will increasingly ignore repeated calls to flee as devastating wildfires become routine In 13 months, Meg Brown has evacuated her 3,500-acre family ranch just outside of Oroville three times, as the California wildfires have closed in. After losing animals and historic buildings on Table Mountain Ranch to the 2017 Cherokee fire, she has a plan to respond to such disasters, and how to decide when to stay or go. In recent days, Brown has worked nonstop to secure her animals and livelihood. She and her mother sleep in shifts to ensure the flames of the Camp fire - the deadliest blaze in California state history -don't surprise them in the middle of the night. Brown and her mother left at one point after they could see the glow of the fire creeping toward the property but returned after firefighters were able to push the fire back. That doesn't mean the risk has gone away. High winds have threatened to move the blaze back toward the ranch and the area...

02:18

The Injured Workers Tesla Doesnt Want You to Know About Truthdig RSS

When a worker gets smashed by a car part on Teslas factory floor, medical staff are forbidden from calling 911 without permission.

The electric carmakers contract doctors rarely grant it, instead often insisting that seriously injured workers including one who severed the top of a finger be sent to the emergency room in a Lyft.

Injured employees have been systematically sent back to the production line to work through their pain with no modifications, according to former clinic employees, Tesla factory workers and medical records. Some could barely walk.

The on-site medical clinic serving some 10,000 employees at Tesla Inc.s California assembly plant has failed to properly care for seriously hurt workers, an investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

The clinics practices are unsafe and unethical, five former clinic employees said.

But denying medical care and work restrictions to injured workers is good for one thing: making real injuries disappear.

The goal of the clinic was to keep as many patients off of the books as possible, said Anna Watson, a physician assistant who worked at Teslas medical clinic for three weeks in August.

Watson has nearly 20 years of experience as a medical professional, examining patients, diagnosing ailments and prescribing medications. Shes treated patients at a petroleum refinery, a steel plant, emergency rooms and a trauma center. But she said shes never seen anything like whats happening at Tesla.

The way they were implementing it was very out of control, said Watson, who was fired in August after she raised her concerns. Every company that Ive worked at is motivated to keep things not recordable. But Ive never seen anybody do it at the expense of treating the patient.

Workers with chest pain, breathing problems or extreme headaches have been dismissed as having issues unrelated to their work, without being fully evaluated or having workplace exposures considered, former employees said. The clinic has turned away temp workers who got hurt on Teslas assembly lines, leaving them without on-site care. And medical assistants, who are supposed to have on-site supervision, say they were left on their own at night, unprepared to deal with a stream of night-shift injuries.

If a work injury requires certain medical equipment such as stitches or hard braces then it has to be counted in legally mandated logs. But some employees who needed stitches for a cut instead were given butterfly bandages, said Watson and another former clinic employee. At one point, hard braces were removed from the clinic so they wouldnt be used, according to Watson and a former medical assistant.

As Tesla races to revolutionize the automobile industry and build a more sustainable future, it has left its factory workers in the past, still painfully vulnerable to the dangers of manufacturing.

An...

02:16

Israeli Defense Minister Resigns Over Gaza Cease-Fire Deal Truthdig RSS

JERUSALEM Israels defense minister abruptly resigned Wednesday in protest over a cease-fire reached with Gaza militants, in a move that rocked the Israeli political scene and seemed likely to bring about early elections.

Avigdor Lieberman said the cease-fire amounted to surrender to terrorism after two days of heavy fighting, and that he could no longer serve a government that endorsed it. Lieberman had demanded a far stronger Israeli response to the most intense round of rocket fire against Israel since a 50-day war in 2014, but appeared to have been overruled by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

His resignation delivers a major blow to Netanyahus coalition government and sparked immediate calls for early elections. Lieberman said he hoped that in the coming days a date would be set for a new vote. The opposition parties joined his call.

The government still has a narrow one-seat majority in the Knesset without Liebermans nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu faction, but is unlikely to survive until the next elections, currently set for November 2019.

The party of another Netanyahu rival, Naftali Bennett, has already announced that if he is not appointed defense minister it will also quit the coalition a move that would trigger early elections.

Given Bennetts sometimes rocky relationship with Netanyahu, it is far from certain he will be given the powerful defense post. Yair Lapid, head of the opposition Yesh Atid Party, said the countdown has begun to the end of Netanyahus term in office.

Liebermans resignation will take effect in 48 hours and Netanyahu will take over the defense portfolio on an interim basis. Netanyahu currently also serves as Israels foreign minister.

Netanyahu had come under heavy criticism for agreeing to the cease-fire, especially from his own political base and in rocket-battered towns in southern Israel that are typically strongholds of his ruling Likud Party.

Angry residents took to the street Tuesday chanting Disgrace! at what they saw as the governments capitulation to violence and its inability to provide long-term security. Many have openly vowed to never vote Likud again.

We are third-class citizens here in Sderot and the communities on the border with Gaza, complained David Maimon, a local resident. Its a shame. Instead of helping us and letting us live quietly, they let us suffer.

Recent months have seen sporadic rocket attacks as well as militant infiltration attempts and a wave of incendiary kites that have destroyed Israeli crops.

Netanyahu presented the decision to step back from a full-blown conflict as a unified one made by his Security Cabinet and based on the militarys recommendations. But Lieberman and Bennett later expressed reservations, saying they favored a stronger response.

Netanyahu defended his actions at a memorial ceremony in the Negev desert for Israels first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion...

02:02

With all First World War veterans dead - the 11th of November has become a macabre event glorifying militarism Signs of the Times

Of all the modern wars that have claimed millions of lives, the First World War was the most tragic as its origins were in futility, its outcomes were universally negative and its veterans experienced a perfect storm of modern weaponry combined with comparatively primitive medical care. Thus, those who died often experienced painful deaths while those who lived often lived with deep physical and psychological wounds for the rest of their lives - the likes of which those who are not veterans could scarcely imagine. The new political maps of Europe, western Eurasia and the Arab that were carelessly drawn during and after the First World War were not only the proximate cause of the Second World War but remain the underlying cause of multiple contemporary conflicts including those in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, the Israel-Palestine conflict and even the war in Yemen. As the root causes of all of these conflicts were the artificial divides of the Arab world among the imperialists of Britain...

02:00

CMA Awards 2018: How to watch the red carpet and ceremony without a TV Fast Company

Heres how cord-cutters can watch countrys biggest night.

They call it countrys biggest night, and Im just going to have to take their word for it. The 52nd Annual CMA Awards are happening tonight at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, where country musics biggest and brightest stars will gather to celebrate the genre. For the 11th time, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will cohost the event, which is presented by the Country Music Association. Performances are expected by more than two dozen guests. You can find a full list of nominees here.

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01:55

A Tale of 90 Days Foretold New on Venezuelanalysis.com

Venezuelan journalist and author Jessica dos Santos tells how the hopes brought by the August economic reforms have quickly dissipated.

01:50

This list of the worst fires in California history puts the Camp fire in tragic perspective Fast Company

The Camp Fire is not the largest in California history, but it is the most destructive.

So far, the Camp fire in Northern California has scorched some 135,000 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. While the blaze is only 35% contained, it has already become the deadliest and costliest in state history.

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01:39

Free Download: Viktor Frankl, "Man's Search For Meaning" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

Excerpt: "Man's Search For Meaning"
by Viktor Frankl

"An active life serves the purpose of giving man the opportunity to realize values in creative work, while a passive life of enjoyment affords him the opportunity to obtain fulfillment in experiencing beauty, art, or nature. But there is also purpose in that life which is almost barren of both creation and enjoyment and which admits of but one possibility of high moral behavior: namely, in man's attitude to his existence, an existence restricted by external forces. A creative life and a life of enjoyment are banned to him. But not only creativeness and enjoyment are meaningful. If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death human life cannot be complete.

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01:31

Glamour girl unleashes her toxic femininity on a Porsche Boxster Signs of the Times

One doesn't expect a young woman, wearing a pink coat and high heels, to carry an axe. But the one caught on camera in Kiev not only did but used it to wreck a Porsche Boxster in what appears to be act of revenge. The bizarre scene, which happened in the center of the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday, was filmed by a witness who published it on Facebook. The footage shows the white sports car vandalized in broad daylight with astounded people watching. The perpetrator first used a spray can to write "bastard" on the side of the posh white car and then armed herself with an axe and started chopping its windshield and hood.

01:30

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Joins Climate Protest Against Nancy Pelosi Truthdig RSS

Youth climate activists with the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats were arrested on Capitol Hill Tuesday for staging a sit-in at the Washington, D.C. office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)who is expected to serve as the next speaker of the Houseto demand that congressional Democrats back a Green New Deal.

Long a demand by the climate justice movementand popularized in the latest election cycle by incoming progressive Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Antonio Delgado of New York, Deb Haaland of New Mexico, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesotaa Green New Deal would pair actions to address the global climate crisis with policies to create jobs and a more just economy.

Some of the freshly elected representatives even joined the youth activists fighting for such a deal. Both Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib attended a summit with Sunrise activists on Monday, and whi...

01:29

Alternative Nobel Prize calls for release of jailed Saudi laureates RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

The Right Livelihood Award (widely known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) has called for the release of three of this year's winners - Saudi Arabian rights defenders.

01:20

Stanford students are vowing not to work at Salesforce over its border patrol deal Fast Company

Dozens of students have signed a pledge to not intern or work for Salesforce unless it drops its contract with Customs and Border Protection.

Salesforce and CEO Marc Benioff are winning some love among progressives, especially since going all in ($7 million worth) to support San Franciscos Prop C business tax to fund housing and homeless assistance.

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01:16

HIV and TB treatment 'at risk' as countries lose donor support RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

MSF has called on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to change policy for countries gradually losing donor support.

01:10

Heres what John F. Kennedys Twitterfeed would look like Fast Company

The JFK Library Foundation launches the Words Count campaign to illustrate the power of the former presidents words to a modern audience.

The Presidential Twitterfeed is a modern phenomenon/hellscape, but the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation has launched a new awareness campaign that puts our current presidents habit in historical context.

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01:07

How ZTE Helps Venezuela Create China-Style Social Control cryptogon.com

Via: Reuters: Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is helping Venezuela build a system that monitors citizen behavior through a new identification card. The fatherland card, already used by the government to track voting, worries many in Venezuela and beyond. The card is increasingly linked by the government to subsidized food, health and other social programs []

01:04

Soft Drinks: Americas Other Drinking Problem Wake Up World

November 15th, 2018 By Dr. Edward F. Group Guest writer for Wake Up World I"ve written before about the dangers of soft drink addiction which sounds like it could even be a joke. How many times have you heard someone refer to themselves as a Scokeaholic? The truth is, soda addiction is no laughing matter. The chemicals []

01:00

More than 20,000 French students have pledged to not work for polluting companies Fast Company

American students should sign on to their manifesto.

On September 25, students from five top French schools unveiled a manifesto titled Wake up call on the environment. Citing the recent UN report that warns of an impending climate catastrophe, the manifesto calls for students to capitalize on their collective poweras future employeesto compel French companies to embed sustainability deeply in all their activities.

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01:00

Michelle Obama talks hair and the angry black woman stereotype on final 2 Dope Queens Fast Company

The truth is that people will hear things differently from me.

Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams saved the best for the last episode of 2 Dope Queens. The two hosts sat down with former First Lady Michelle Obama to talk about her new memoir Becoming, her struggle with the Angry Black Female stereotype, her hair journey, and what she meant when she said, When they go low, we go high. Since this is 2 Dope Queens, they didnt just stick to politics; they also requested answers to the question of our time: Would you rather go to a Beyonc concert or have brunch with Oprah? (Since shes Michelle Obama, she probably has done both.)

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00:50

Now Slack is reevaluating its arbitration policy for sexual harassment claims Fast Company

Despite a growing trend to do away with forced arbitration, some prominent big tech companies remain silent on the issue.

Last week, Google did away with forced arbitration in cases of sexual harassmenta direct response to demands put forth by female employees who recently protested the companys handling of sexual misconduct claims. Facebook followed suit a day later, and yesterday, Airbnb and eBay pledged to do so after BuzzFeed News asked them and a number of tech companies if they would scrap forced arbitration.

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00:50

Borrowing by developing countries more than tripled in 2017 RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Borrowing by low and middle-income economies surged to $607bn in 2017 from $181bn the previous year, according to World Bank statistics.

00:47

NATO drills fallout: Norwegian frigate almost entirely underwater after oil tanker collision Signs of the Times

The Norwegian Navy frigate that tried and failed to return home after parading its might in NATO war games is almost completely submerged under water after colliding with an oil tanker. Eight people were injured when the KNM Helge Ingstad and the tanker Sola TS collided last week off Norway's western coast, putting a not-so-great finish on the much touted Trident Juncture 2018 drills - the largest exercise hosted by Norway since the 1980s and the largest that NATO has held in decades. Since then, the frigate has been slowly sinking. Photos from the scene on Monday show a tiny fraction of the warship above water, with the rest of it completely submerged.

00:47

Report From the Battlefields of Hodeida: Yemeni Locals Push Back Amid Saudi Bombs, Mercenaries, Blockade MintPress News

HODEIDA, YEMEN Following twelve days of clashes in Yemens strategic port city of Hodeida, the Yemeni Army, supported by local volunteer fighters as well as Ansar Allah (Houthi), has pushed back a large-scale offensive by Saudi Arabia, its coalition allies and the mercenary fighters it employs. The attack is the latest of multiple failed attempts by the coalition to seize and occupy Hodeida, considered the most important stronghold of Yemens resistance and home of the port responsible for supplying the country with up to 70 percent of its much-needed food imports.

Fierce battles for control of the city are ongoing and have centered on Hodeidas southern and eastern outskirts. Mercenaries supported by heavy coalition airstrikes have managed to capture the Yemen Company for Flour Mills and Silos (YCFMS) and the Ekhwan Thabit Company, located to the southeast of the citys main entrance. The noise of Apache helicopters, artillery and gunfire continue to echo through the citys streets without pause.

In the first days of the attack, the coalition managed to overwhelm local fighters on the southern outskirts of the city, especially in the areas near Hodeida University, the international airport, the strategic Kilo 16 district, and towards Alsaleh`s Buildings. But Houthi fighters, together with local volunteer fighters, have turned the tides in recent days, absorbing the blitzkrieg and restoring many of the aforementioned areas to local control, including the 22 May Hospital.

The coalition has resorted to heavy bombing of the city in order to pave the way for the advance of heavily armored mechanized ground units. The bombing has provided the mercenaries enough cover to reach the residential Saleh Buildings and City Max neighborhoods in eastern Hodeida, but battle-hardened Houthi fighters and their allies usually fare better in street battles and are expected to put up a fierce defense. The close-quarter street fighting which is expected to occur is raising fears over the safety of civilians still trapped in the city.

In their offensive against Hodeida, Gulf countries and their allies have employed the latest in heavy weapons and armaments and have enlisted about 30,000 mercenaries from Yemens southern districts, various African countries, and elsewhere. The mercenaries are supported by...

00:45

ACTA 2.0: The EU's Article 13 threatens the end of freedom on the Internet Signs of the Times

Freedom of expression is a thorn in the side of EU technocrats. The new intellectual property law adopted by the European Parliament in September threatens our fundamental rights.1 Internet means freedom. Still. We can (still) freely retrieve content with our search engines. We can (still) freely and without further ado access the sources in a text. This will soon change. Article 13 of the controversial law says that website operators and Internet providers will be held accountable for the content of their customers and readers. The new law thus obliges them to use the so-called upload filters. The filter obligation leaves it to the software to decide what users are allowed to upload and what not. In plain language it says the provider will control and censor our activities on the net: every uploaded photo, video, every text will be checked. The question arises: what criteria will apply to this censorship and how and by whom will this filter software be programmed?

00:37

Cat study shows vaccinations in tails are best because if they cause cancer tails easy to amputate Health Nut News

(Note from Erin: You all know how much I love cats and miss my Ms.Pye every day. And perhaps for that reason, this story resonated with me. Vaccines are too dangerous for our fur babies and regular babies. They all deserve better than this. Why arent scientists researching safer alternatives to standard vaccines? At some []

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00:36

'Scapegoat framed by US & Mexico': El Chapo's lawyer claims real drug lord walks free & bribes govts Signs of the Times

Drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman had been framed by corrupt US and Mexican officials who let his chief lieutenant remain at large to lead the Sinaloa cartel instead, his defense claimed, at the start of the high-profile trial. Guzman was made a 'scapegoat' by a corrupt Mexican government in an American drug war, so that the true head of the drug empire, Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada, can escape justice, defense attorney for the narcotics baron claimed in his opening statement in Federal District Court in Brooklyn. "[Zambada] has been allowed to operate for the last 55 years because he pays for it," Jeffrey Lichtman told the court in an unexpected start of the hearing. "He bribes the current president of Mexico and for good measure, the previous one as well."

00:35

Has Time Run Out For Julian Assange? Signs Point to Imminent Extradition MintPress News

It appears increasingly likely Wikileaks founder and publisher Julian Assange will wind up in the clutches of the U.S. government.

Its hardly surprising, given that in ten years time, Wikileaks published more classified information than all other media combined. It exposed human rights abuses, government spying, torture, and war crimes on an unprecedented scale.

WikiLeaks put the government, corporations and even the Pentagon, the FBI, the CIA and other intel agencies on notice that they could no longer count on operating in secret.

It created a trove of primary source material that serious journalists and researchers will mine for years to come. Its publications are accessible to readers who prefer primary sources to mostly mediated news.

Wikileaks so infuriates the USAs most violent, corrupt, and criminal institutions that Hillary Clinton half-jokingly suggested drone-bombing Assange. Other U.S. politicians called for his execution by other means.

Californias 28th District Congressman Adam Schiff, who became the chair of the House Intelligence Committee when Democrats reclaimed the House, said he would speak to Assange when he is in U.S. custody, not before.

Schiff is a vociferous and supremely self-righteous leader of the Democratic Partys Resistance, which sullies the name of the underground movement formed in France during World War II to fight Nazi Germanys occupying forces and the collaborationist Vichy government.

The Resistance tolerates only one truth and one loyalty: Russia is the enemy, interfering in Syria, Ukraine and even U.S. elections. Russia elected Trump with Wikileaks help, it says. Russia dares to position missiles on its own borders, it says, to respond to NATOs missiles on the other side. The U.S. must build more missiles, more drones, more nuclear weapons, and every other sort of weapon to defend the European world against Russia and its ally China.

 

Moral and Racial Superiority

Moral and racial superiority entitles the U.S. to occupy the world with military bases, ringing any nation that challenges its hegemony with military aircraft, battleships, assault vehicles, and military surveillance. Moral and racial superiority entitles its spy state agencies to shut down access to information deviating from its narratives and therefore to arrest and extradite Julian Assange.

The Republican Party shares the same supremely intolerant nature as the Democrats, but differentiates itself by insisting that, although Russia is the enemy, Donald Trump did not collude with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election.

The Republicans also want to silence the founder of Wikileaks and find a way to shut the organization down. Trumps former CIA director, and now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, has called Wikileaks a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia and vowed...

00:30

Now you can mine Ethereum from the comfort of your home Fast Company

Coinbase has invested in a new product that lets laypeople mine for cryptocurrency.

Youve probably read a fair amount about cryptocurrency mining but have never thought about doing it. I, for one, would not know where to begin. The process is highly technicaland, for popular coins, it requires spending more on computing energy than what you actually mine. And who even has access to such heavyweight computing hardware?

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Leafy seadragons of South Australia Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

4 November 2018

In an epic expedition down under, the Bird family goes on a search for the most exquisite seahorse in the worldthe Leafy Seadragon! Just south of Adelaide in South Australia is a place where the Leafies can be found! But the water is cold and the wind is blowing!

JONATHAN BIRDS BLUE WORLD is an Emmy Award-winning underwater science/adventure series featuring underwater cinematographer/naturalist Jonathan Bird.

00:15

This free mug-share keeps you from wasting paper cups Fast Company

In Boulder, you can check out a clean stainleess steel mug when you get your coffee, and then return it when youre done.

If you walk into Boxcar Coffee Roasters in Boulder, Colorado and order coffee, you can now use an app to check out a free reusable, insulated, stainless steel mug. The cafe is participating in the beta launch of a new startup, called Vessel Works, that is building a network of shared mugsnot unlike a bikeshare programthat can be checked out at cafes and later returned at kiosks.

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Robert Steele: Will China Own the Southern Hemisphere? Public Intelligence Blog

Robert David STEELE Vivas

Chinas Building Spree In Poor Nations: Does It Really Help The Local Economy?

A useful analysis that includes the negatives; the bottom line is shown in the image below China is on a path to own the Southern Hemisphere including ports, airports, high-speed rail, and highways.

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00:10

Chews on your brain like a termite, yet most overlook the evidence Health Nut News

Cell phones were classified as a Group 2B possible carcinogen in 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization and the global gold standard for the classification of toxins. This classification was based on evidence showing that nonionizing electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation from cell phones can []

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00:10

How village stories make it to the mainstream media RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

First developed by women to report on rural villages in India, Khabar Lahariya is now a national phenomenon.

00:01

EPA Continues to Approve Hundreds of Dangerous PFAS Chemicals MintPress News

WASHINGTON Despite widespread evidence of the long-term danger and devastating consequences, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has continued approving new versions of a family of industrial chemicals known as perfluoroalkyls or PFAS.

Publicly, the EPA has condemned the use of PFAS and supported efforts to curb the public health crisis the chemicals pose, while claiming to prioritize decontamination efforts.

Quietly, however, the EPA has approved 112 new PFAS-related compounds to be imported into or manufactured inside the United States since 2002 even after being made aware of the dire health risks.

 

What is PFAS?

PFAS is a chemical family with a broad range of applications in non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, cosmetics, stain-resistant upholstery, and fire-fighting foam.

These chemicals are notoriously difficult if not impossible to remove with filtration or other methods once theyve entered a water supply. Once it enters the bloodstream of a human or animal, it takes the body four years to rid itself of just half of the PFAS (assuming no more is consumed during this time).

This has triggered a national health crisis that local governments havent done much to combat.

Upon entering the body, PFAS chemicals have a negative effect on reproductive hormones, thyroid hormones, cholesterol levels, fertility, the liver, and the immune system. Researchers also believe ingesting high levels of PFAS chemicals directly contributes to obesity.

 

Another Public Water Crisis

Michigan cant seem to catch a break in terms of water quality.

With the state still reeling from the Flint water crisis, water shutoffs, and lead in the water of Detroit schools, PFAS now threatens more Michiganders access to drinking water. Local authorities have also warned against consuming fish caught in water contaminated by PFAS.

Thirty-one sites in 15 different Michigan communities face the threat of PFAS contamination mostly near military bases. Manufacturer 3M also faces a lawsuit from the stat...

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Chris Milks first AR app is here, and its revolutionary Fast Company

Wonderscope, an app built by Milks immersive storytelling company Within, wants to transform the way that kids interact with technology.

Im sitting on the floor of Fast Companys conference room, watching Little Red Riding Hood face off with a leather-jacket-wearing Big Bad Wolf. The wolf convinces her to tell him where her grandmas house is, and then dashes off into the forest. Instantly, Little Red is horrified.

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Jimmy Boots Rothstein with Sarah Westall: National Security Used to Protect Criminals Public Intelligence Blog

Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: Boots, who is the latest Commissioner to join the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse, is referring to national security warrants that legalize major crimes and lies accross the USA, to include lies by local, state, and federal authority about false flag operations under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security and/or carried out by mind-control victims with Nazi/CIA and perhaps Private Military Contractor oversight.

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Wednesday, 14 November

23:58

Congo opposition unites and then quickly divides RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Congos opposition had a unified presidential candidatefor a few hours.

23:58

How an outsider in Alzheimer's research bucked the prevailing theory (and he's probably right) Signs of the Times

Robert Moir was damned if he did and damned if he didn't. The Massachusetts General Hospital neurobiologist had applied for government funding for his Alzheimer's disease research and received wildly disparate comments from the scientists tapped to assess his proposal's merits. It was an "unorthodox hypothesis" that might "fill flagrant knowledge gaps," wrote one reviewer, but another said the planned work might add little "to what is currently known." A third complained that although Moir wanted to study whether microbes might be involved in causing Alzheimer's, no one had proved that was the case. As if scientists are supposed to study only what's already known, an exasperated Moir thought when he read the reviews two years ago.

23:41

Protest against US Clintonite Democrats Big Oil links Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 14 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Activists and [newly elected Congresswoman] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [of the left wing of the Democratic party] Demand [Democratic party leader] Nancy Pelosi [representing the Clintonite right wing of the party] Take Action on Climate

Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement talks about why hundreds of activists occupied Nancy Pelosis offices demanding a Green New Deal and an end to fossil fuel contributions [to Democratic politicians].

Ms Pelosi is one of the richest people in Congress. She invests some of her money in natural gas, improbably claiming that natural gas isnt fossil fuel.

23:35

If Voting Changed Anything... #PropagandaWatch After the Shift

 

SHOW NOTES: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=29121 If voting changed anything they'd make it illegal.d But why doesn't it change anything? After all, it's the elected politicians who steer the ship of state, isn't it? Isn't it? Join James for today's edition of #PropagandaWatch where he explores the hidden history of WWI and exposes the lie that your vote counts.

23:31

Free speech on campus: War on Christianity or equal-opportunity ideological battleground? Signs of the Times

A pair of recent incidents on US campuses has again highlighted the issue of free speech. Is there really a "war on Christianity" happening on American campuses? In September, Polly Olsen sued Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, claiming staff had violated her free speech rights when they stopped her from handing out religiously-themed Valentines to her fellow students. An observer had complained of "suspicious activity" and Olsen was escorted to the campus security office and told her cards - which contained Christian messages like "Jesus Loves You" - might be considered "offensive," and that she was "soliciting" by distributing them outside the campus' designated "free speech zone."

23:30

Colourful birds in Georgia, USA Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from Georgia in the USA says about itself:

Savannah Osprey Cams Hosts Colorful Characters Nov. 9, 2018

The Savannah Osprey cam is never one to disappoint when it comes to new visitors! Watch this colorful cast of characters stop by the nesting trees perching branch. Can you name these two common eastern feeder birds?

Three camera views are availabletwo PTZ cameras and a fixed cam. Mouse over the playhead and click on the little camera with the arrows inside it, then select the camera youd like to view.

Watch live at www.allaboutbirds.org/savannahospreys.

23:30

Steven Aftergood: Pentagon Secrecy Undermining National Security Public Intelligence Blog

Steven Aftergood

NEXT HASC CHAIR SEES NEED FOR GREATER DOD TRANSPARENCY

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the likely chair of the House Armed Services Committee in the next Congress, told congressional colleagues that enhancing national security transparency is among his top oversight priorities.

Together, we have made strides on national security issues but much more must be done to conduct vigorous oversight of the Trump Administration and the Department of Defense, he wrote in a November 8 letter to House Democrats, declaring his candidacy for HASC chairman.

Specifically, we must look to eliminate inefficiency and waste at the DOD; boost oversight of sensitive military operations and ensure that the military works to avoid civilian casualties; protect our...

23:10

Macrons, Facebooks censorship plan in France Dear Kitty. Some blog

This Associated Press video says about itself:

(1 Feb 2018) A French teacher, whose Facebook account was suspended in 2011 after he posted a photo of a famous 19th century nude painting, is suing the California-based social network for alleged censorship.

After years of legal battle by Facebook to escape a trial in France, a Paris civil court is set to hear the case Thursday. The account was suspended hours after Frederic Durand-Baissas, a 59-year-old Parisian teacher and art lover, posted a photo of Gustave Courbets 1866 painting The Origin of the World, which depicts female genitalia.

Durand-Baissas wants his account reactivated and is asking for 20,000 euros (23,500 US dollars) in damages. He also wants Facebook to explain why his account was closed.

By Alex Lantier in France:

Macron and Facebook announce joint social media censorship plan in France

14 November 2018

On Monday, less than a week after he provoked disgust among working people in France and beyond, by praising Frances Nazi-collaborationist dictator, Philippe Ptain, French President Emmanuel Macron held meetings with Facebook to plan the censoring of social media in France.

At an official Forum for the Governance of...

23:07

The Hidden Toll of American Drones in Yemen Truthdig RSS

ATAQ, Yemen The United States has waged a drone war in Yemen for 16 years, trying to suppress al-Qaidas branch here. But the campaign has had a hidden cost: civilians cut down by the drones missiles.

There is no comprehensive count of civilian deaths because of the difficulty of confirming identities and allegiances of those killed. But in an examination of drone strikes this year alone, The Associated Press found that at least 30 of the dead likely did not belong to al-Qaida.

That is around a third of all those killed in drone strikes so far in 2018. The Pentagon does not release its assessment of the death toll, but an independent database considered one of the most credible in tracking violence in Yemen counted 88 people militants and non-militants killed by drones this year.

The AP count gives a glimpse, even if incomplete, into how often civilians are mistakenly hit by drone strikes, at a time when the Trump administration has dramatically ramped up the use of armed drones. It has carried out 176 strikes during its nearly two years in office, compared to the 154 strikes during the entire eight years of the Obama administration, according to a count by the AP and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

The AP based its count on interviews with witnesses, families, tribal leaders and activists. Most of those killed, 24, were civilians; at least 6 others were fighters in pro-government forces meaning ostensibly on the same side as the U.S. who were hit in strikes away from the front lines while engaged in civilian life.

The drone toll goes almost unnoticed in the regions conflicts. Immensely greater destruction has been wreaked by U.S. allies in the Saudi-led coalitions air campaign against Iranian-backed Shiite rebels known as Houthis. More than 57,000 civilians and combatants have been killed in Yemens civil war, by some estimates, and thousands more may have died of starvation caused by the conflict.

Yet the killing of a single man Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, slain by Saudi operatives in his own countrys consulate has raised more international uproar than any of those deaths in a war waged by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and baked by the U.S.

In comparison, the toll from U.S drones in Yemen runs in the hundreds, including both militants and civilians. Several databases are trying to track the deaths, with varying results. The Bureau for Investigative Journalism counted up to 1,020 killed by strikes from 2009 to 2016, under President Barack Obama, compared to up to 205 killed in 2017 and 2018. Another database, by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, counted 331 killed the past two years.

Counting civilians among those numbers is complicated by the difficulty in determining who belongs to al-Qaida in a country of multiple warring militias. Al-Qaida has joined the battle against the Houthis, and many of its fighters are incorporated into mi...

23:05

Massive snowfall causes deadly traffic pile-up & vehicle explosion in Russia's south Signs of the Times

Terrifying footage was captured when a car exploded during a massive vehicle collision in the Rostov region, where extreme weather conditions caused a major traffic incident on an expressway linking Moscow with southern Russia. One person died and at least two others sustained injuries, after some 15 cars collided on the M-4 Don highway following heavy snowfall on Tuesday. The major road incident caused heavy traffic on the border of the Rostov and Krasnodar Regions.

22:59

A Warning from Canada: Same-Sex Marriage Erodes Fundamental Rights The Crazz Files

READ MORE AT PUBLIC DISCOURSE 

I am one of six adult children of gay parents who recently filed amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court, asking the Court to respect the authority of citizens to keep the original definition of marriage: a union between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, so that children may know and may be raised by their biological parents.

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22:58

Public panicked after California wildfire tears through nuclear waste site Signs of the Times

The Woolsey fire that engulfed over 90,000 acres in California last weekend may have spread toxic and radioactive substances from a Superfund site, according to activists who believe authorities might be downplaying the risks. The fire passed through the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL), a federal Superfund site in the Simi Hills that was the site of the worst nuclear meltdown in US history in 1959. While the California Department of Toxic Substances Control said there was no reason to be concerned of "any risks other than those normally present in a wildfire situation," locals aren't so sure, pointing out that the agency has dragged its feet in cleaning up toxic sites and accusing it of a possible cover-up. Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles president Robert Dodge castigated the DTSC, pointing out that the site - now owned by Boeing - remains radioactive and polluted despite the agency's promise to clean it up eight years ago. "These toxic materials are in SSFL's soil...

22:52

Political Deadlock: Swedish Parliament rejects center-right PM candidate Signs of the Times

Sweden's Riksdag has voted against Ulf Kristersson's candidacy for prime minister, after his center-right allies refused to create a future coalition that would rely on support from the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats. The previously expected result leaves Sweden without a permanent government two months after the election, an unprecedented political stalemate in the country's democratic history. The Sweden Democrats backed Kristersson's Moderates, but he received the support of only 154 deputies, short of the 175 majority needed. The 195 that voted against included the center-left, green and socialist parties, and the Liberal and Center parties, who campaigned together with Kristersson ahead of September's election.

22:51

Mentally unstable, cleaver-wielding migrant walks free in Berlin after 107 arrests Signs of the Times

A migrant from Ghana, notorious for his shoplifting sprees and violent outbursts, was arrested 107 times in Berlin, but none of them stuck. He even walked free after threatening to hack a woman with a meat cleaver. For years, a 59-year-old man known as Bismark B. made a living out of stealing from supermarkets in central Berlin. He would show up "three to four times a week" to steal food, a store employee told local media. Witnesses also said that he often grabbed the most expensive items and kept a journal of the things he stole. Bismark B. racked up 107 arrests, but was released each time because he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

22:50

US troops erect razor fences in San Diego to thwart migrant caravan Signs of the Times

US military and border protection agents have extended razor wire and erected barricades at the point of entry near San Diego, California, as the first groups of migrants arrived at the US-Mexico border. Hundreds of migrants who had split off from the main 'caravan' arrived in Tijuana early Tuesday on nine buses. Numbering just over 350 people, they joined an initial, small group of around 85 people, mostly members of the LGBT community, who'd experienced discrimination within the main crowd and were helped to make it to the Mexican border town even earlier on Sunday.

22:48

Poverty tied to worse heart health among U.S. teens Signs of the Times

Adolescents from low-income families are more likely than their affluent peers to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease like obesity, inactivity, poor nutrition and tobacco use, a U.S. study suggests. Income inequality has long been linked to disparities in heart disease risk among adults. The new study examined nationally representative data collected from 1999 to 2014 on 11,557 youth, ages 12 to 19, and found that household finances might also impact heart health for teens. Low-income adolescents may have a greater risk for heart disease at least partly because they learn health habits from their families, and less affluent adults are more likely to smoke or be obese, said study leader Sandra Jackson of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

22:46

Pilot dead after yet another T-38 supersonic jet crashes at base in Texas Signs of the Times

A US Air Force pilot was killed as a T-38 Talon supersonic training plane crashed at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas on Tuesday night, making it the fifth accident involving the same aircraft model in the last 12 months. The two-seat jet crashed around 7:40pm local time, the base reported. One pilot was killed, while another was hospitalized. The military didn't provide details of the circumstances of the crash. An official probe has been launched. According to the aviation blog The Warzone, this is the fifth time a military T-38 has crashed in the last 12 months.

22:46

Anna Von Reitz -- The Druid's Last Defense | Red Light, Green Light | RFID? Beat them with their Own Stick Operation Disclosure

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Druid's Last Defense



Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz

More than 20,000 Druid priests voluntarily sacrificed themselves and were interred on Bardsey Island to create a plasma seal that is now, after two thousand years, wearing thin.

This was done to preserve the British Isles and the British Royals, come what may.

It was the removal of the living to the Kingdom of the Dead, in order to defend the British Isles from "beyond the grave".

Because we are immortal, there are two sides to the mirror of our reality. Hints of this are in literature, both secular and sacred, all over the world. The most popular and current and easily accessible example is the Lord of the Rings segment about the Army of the Dead, which Aragorn is able to summon from the distant past.

Their blood and bones saturated that tiny Welsh Island, known as Ynys Enlii.

Enlil, the brother and enemy of Enki, the Lord of the Earth, is the Lord of the Sea. And Barsey Island and the horrific sacrifices made there, are his to account for. It is his fading army that is under final siege, and that is good thing for the rest of the world, for the land and the people and the animals, for all that lives and breathes.

For, as difficult as this is to understand for many, Enlil has been the bitter enemy of Mankind, an elitist of the Emerald Covenant, who despises people based upon their humble "polluted" DNA.

Remember the evil Father of Draco in the Harry Potter books? An elitist who kept the poor house elf, Dobby, enslaved --- ?

This is what we are dealing with, and what Bardsey Island's dead...

22:46

11 Signs That The U.S. Economy Is Starting To Slow Down Dramatically The Daily Sheeple

The pace at which things are changing is shocking the experts.  Just a few months ago, many of the experts were still talking about how the U.S. economy was booming, but since then a major shift has taken place.  Most of the headlines have been about the huge stock market declines that we have been witnessing, but things have not been going well for the real economy either.  Home sales are way down, auto sales are plummeting, the retail apocalypse is escalating, the middle class continues to shrink and economic optimism is rapidly evaporating.  We havent seen anything like this since 2008, and many believe that the economic downturn that is now upon us will ultimately be even worse than what we experienced a decade ago.  The following are 11 signs that the U.S. economy is starting to slow down dramatically

#1 When economic activity is rising, demand for oil increases, and oil prices tend to go up.  But when economic activity is slowing down, demand for oil diminishes, and oil prices tend to go down.  That is why what is happening to the price of oil right now is so alarming

US oil prices plummeted 7% to a one-year low of $55.69 a barrel on Tuesday. It was crudes worst day since September 2015.

The losses in the oil world have been staggering as worries deepen about excess supply. Crude is down 12 straight days, the longest losing streak since futures trading began in March 1983.

#2 One new poll has found that...

22:42

Vaccines Induce Bizarre Anti-Social Behaviour in Sheep Health Nut News

by: Celeste McGovern, Ghost Ship Media Just seven injections of vaccines or the aluminum salt added to vaccines caused alarming behavioral changes linked to a fatal nervous system disorder in sheep, a new study from Spanish veterinary researchers shows. Vaccinated lambs and lambs that received injections of aluminum that is used in human vaccines as []

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22:41

Messiah Mahdi Maitreya -- Capitalism, Socialism, Nationalism, Globalism Operation Disclosure

Capitalism, Socialism, Nationalism, Globalism

They are just the title represent ideaology of some 3D human beings.

There are many type of them like stupid uncontrollable, fair, miraculous.

Planet Earth receive limited amount energy from the big Central Sun each day, not unlimited unless you are super beings. It is not abundance at this moment to this 3D human civilization.

Money is a form of energy, human must work and exchange that form of energy for they are not super beings who able draw unlimited amount of energy of the Universe.

On Earth now, human are all fight for the stupid uncontrollable of Capitalism and Socialism.

To make it easy for understand, in the US:

- 1 Group (Republican) want Un-control competition Capitalism + do not care about planet, nature.
- 1 Group (Democrat) want Un-control free for all Socialism + care about planet, nature.

That battle will never end because each of them only have 50% of the correct business + idea model.

The perfect model for Earth at this moment and the next 50 years to come must be Fair Control Capitalism + Care about planet, nature.

What is fair?

Fair must be no cheating in trade, not just between each Nations, but also between Big Business, Medium and Small size of corporation.

Humans and Companies now fear to talk about the negative effect, they only want nice words, they only promoting the good effect of the products but not the bad effect of them. Many companies pay to promote, pay to hide bad news to the media, etc.

How come GMOs foods & 5G Network have bad factors like destroy nature, environment, normal human health, etc. is not on the news, media, television?

Becaus...

22:30

Fox News may be on a Twitter blackout, but this unflattering graphic is still trending Fast Company

With Fox News protesting Twitter, the channels main representation on the platform is this accidentally hilarious graphic.

Fox News is not currently tweeting, but that doesnt mean the channel has no representation on Twitter. Unfortunately for Fox News, it just might not be the representation the Murdochs want.

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I live in Long Island City. Heres why Amazons HQ2 gives me a creeping sense of dread Fast Company

My ringside view of gentrification just got a whole lot scarier.

As a longtime resident of Long Island City, Ive had a ringside view to the gentrification that has been re-creating this part of Queens at an accelerated pace. Eight years ago, this was still a neighborhood of industrial ghosts, its streets lined with taxi depots, small warehouses, strip clubs, and bodegas. Now its transforming into a grid of glass condos, formulaic in their design, and filled with amenities that guarantee the residents will never have to leave them: Why venture outside when the gym and grocery store are available on the first floor, and a shuttle takes you to the nearest subway stop?

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Report: China is enlisting its smartest students to develop high-tech AI weapons Fast Company

Enders Game was not a how-to guide.

The Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) reportedly has a plan to make Enders Game a reality. According to the South China Morning Post, BIT has recruited the best and brightest students (27 boys and four girls, all aged 18 and under) for a highly selective program to develop artificial intelligence weapons systems, like nuclear submarines with self-learning chips and microscopic robots that can crawl into human blood vessels.

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22:29

Restored Republic via a GCR as of Nov. 14, 2018 Operation Disclosure

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Nov. 14, 2018

Compiled 14 Nov. 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, Twenty Two Faces, Byingtons Before Its News articles on a Satanic Cabal CIA & Vatican-sponsored international Pedophile Child Trafficking Ring: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

Source: Dinar Chronicles

The below was a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to do their own research and decide whether or not it was valid. Patience was a Virtue. Having Virtue was a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings had the power to overcome evil and change the world.

Judy Note - What we think we know by early morning Nov. 14:

1. RV: On Mon. Nov. 12 Q said, Something big is about to drop. The day before on Sun. Q had announced that this would be "a week to remember." (The RV/800#s should come out.)

2. RV: According to Bruce on Nov. 14 around noon EST at least 17 countries currency will be asset backed, including the USTN and Iraqi Dinar. On Nov. 12 at 3:21 EST the Chinese Yaun was determined asset backed. The last five days the banks have shown new rates that were not on hold, but on a black screen. That cover came off last night to make the new rates visible. Today Nov. 13 there were several isolated exchanges going on in at least five different states. Out West the groups will be made liquid overnight tonight Nov. 13-14. Tier 5 (the general public) may start their exchanges at the same time as the Internet Tier 4 B gets to start.

3. RV: On Mon. Nov. 12 SWIFT, a system that facilitates cross-border payments between 11,000 financial institutions in more than 200 countries worldwide (to be replaced by the Quantum Financial System), removed several Iranian banks, including the countrys Central Bank, from its services. This Blacklisting of Iran from the international financial messaging system was expected to hasten the dollar...

22:22

CDC investigating burst of possible new cases of polio-like paralysis, as mystery persists Signs of the Times

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating roughly 160 additional reports of children with illnesses similar to the polio-like paralysis that is puzzling health officials, officials said Tuesday. So far this year, officials have confirmed 90 cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a condition in which the gray matter of the spinal cord becomes damaged, leading to muscle weakness and paralysis in one or multiple limbs. It is called AFM for short. Still, the CDC does not yet know what is causing the spike in cases. Scientists are exploring a range of possible explanations, including whether the condition may be caused by an aberrant immune response to an infection, not the infection itself, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of agency's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters.

22:20

More Melbourne terror: Three men found guilty of plotting Christmas Day attacks Signs of the Times

Three Melbourne men have been found guilty of plotting a Christmas terror attack at major city landmarks in a jihad-inspired plan to inflict mass carnage. It can now be revealed Ahmed Mohamed, 26, Abdullah Chaarani, 28, and Hamza Abbas, 23, were on November 2 found guilty of conspiring to plan or prepare for a terrorist act, after a Supreme Court jury deliberated for six days. Comment: It apparently wasn't cut-and-dried. The guilty verdicts, which came at the end of a long trial, followed an earlier guilty plea by the fourth member and ringleader of the would-be terror group, Ibrahim Abbas, 24, Hamza's brother. The verdicts were suppressed from when they were announced, following an application by lawyers for two of the men. Justice Christopher Beale later ruled the verdicts should be reported, however defence lawyers challenged the judge's decision at the Court of Appeal. The reasons behind the suppression cannot be reported.

22:09

Open-access journal editors resign after alleged pressure to publish mediocre papers Signs of the Times

All 10 senior editors of the open-access journal Nutrients resigned last month, alleging that the publisher, the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), pressured them to accept manuscripts of mediocre quality and importance. The conflict is familiar for many commercial open-access publishers: Because authors pay fees per published article (about $1800 in the case of Nutrients), the publisher has an incentive to publish as many as possible. On the other hand, scientists prefer to publish in choosy, reputable journals, and academic journal editors want to maintain this quality. On 15 August, the editor-in-chief of the journal, Jon Buckley, of the University of South Australia in Adelaide, received an email from MDPI announcing his replacement at the end of the year by someone who would "bring different ideas on board." Buckley says this was an excuse to push him aside because of his strict editorial policy. He resigned immediately, and nine other senior editors...

22:05

A Sequel to Our Climate Change Dystopia Truthdig RSS

The mid-term elections are over, and the Democrats have regained the House, but the rest of American political reality remains intact. Meanwhile, the campaigns barely touched on the most important issues of our time: war, climate change, and the fracturing of the international community.

So, lets consider these larger issues from a different angle.

Lets step from the voting booth into a different space altogether: an escape room. This is, however, no ordinary escape room like the ones that have become so popular in cities around the world. Here, the stakes couldnt be higher: life or death. You might want to give it a pass, but you dont have a choice. Theres only one door and you have to go inside

Youve done enough escape rooms to know the drill by now. You are escorted into what seems like an ordinary room. Theres a table and a chair. On the table is a book. As soon as you step across the threshold, the door closes behind you. You hear the lock click into place.

You are now trapped in a room with four strangers. Three of them look as concerned as you are. The fourth is nonchalant.

The instructions this time are a little different. As with other escape rooms, you have a certain amount of time to figure out how to get out. Also, you know that clues to the puzzle are hidden somewhere in the room. Figure them out and youll be able to unlock the door.

But heres the difference: the temperature in this room will go up a degree with every minute that passes. If you and those four strangers cant figure out how to stop it from rising, youll succumb to heat stroke. In other words, if you dont escape in the allotted time period, youll die.

You immediately set to work looking for the clues. Maybe one or two are in the book on the table or maybe a code is carved on the underside of the table. Maybe you need to use the chair to climb up close enough to scrutinize the crown molding near the ceiling. Three of the strangers are doing what youre doing: trying to uncover clues.

The fourth is leaning against the wall, looking relaxed. Its just a joke, he says to no one in particular.

I already feel it getting warmer in here, you respond.

Its just your imagination, he replies. Power of suggestion. Fake news.

The clock is already ticking. It cant be your imagination. Its definitely hotter in the room than when you first entered. Youre sweating. Everyones sweating, even the leaning man. Temperatures naturally fluctuate, he comments. It might be going up now, but it will go down again. Count on it.

Dont listen to him, says the teenager in your group. Hes just a jerk.

Shes right and theres no time to try to persuade him either. The four of you are now uncovering one...

22:01

Afghan-led peace process facilitated by Russia exposes billion dollar failure of US in the region Signs of the Times

On November 9, 2018, Russia hosted the first round of Moscow initiative to resolve the Afghan conundrum, signifying its ever increasing interest in the country that has evolved, over the last 17 years, from a hot-bed of conflict between the US and the Taliban, including Al-Qaeda, to a strategic stalemate between the US and the Taliban, witnessing also the discreet rise of the Islamic State in Khorasan (IS-K) in Afghanistan, threatening the entire Central Asia and Russia with its tendency to reach beyond the land it comes to inhabit. The rising threat of IS-K explains why Russia has become active in initiating a peace process to achieve its settlement, but for the Western officials, Russian initiative is only an attempt on its part to make things 'complicated' for a peace process that must be 'Afghan-led & Afghan owned.' This is not only ironic given that the West, specifically the US, has failed to end the war in the 17 years, but also factually wrong since Moscow initiative...

22:00

How I learned to manage rebel employees (without upsetting everyone else) Fast Company

You wont get great work out of them if you make them follow stringent processes.

Rebel employees can bring a lot of value to an organization. Sure, they hate following rules, but they tend to be creative about finding new ways to optimize productivity and increase revenue. The thing is, rebels challenge organizational norms, values, and policies. They flout convention. And when they get results, they want special treatment.

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22:00

Oh Hello! Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, and Awkwafina get weird for Cadillac Fast Company

A new ad for Cadillac features Nick Kroll and John Mulvaney as Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, plus Awkwafina as a chauffeur named Val the Vlogger.

Any day Nick Kroll and John Mulaney suit up as Gil Faizon and George St. GeeglandOhhh Hello!is a good day. In a new ad for Cadillac, everybodys favorite aging New Yorkers and tuna sandwich aficionados get a ride around the city in the new XT4, chauffeured by Awkwafina, who is playing Val the Vlogger.

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21:56

First Aerial Pictures of the Jal el Dib Bridge Blog Baladi

The Lebanese Contractor Magazine shared earlier today few aerial pictures of the new Jal el Dib bridge. The first part is almost complete while the second is on its way. Whether they will ease traffic once done or not remains to be seen. For me, I was in favor of a bridge but the works made traffic ten times worse than before and they were working in slow-motion the first couple of months.

21:55

Watch out Converse! Allbirds just dropped some high tops Fast Company

These are the first shoes that carry Allbirds new sole, made from sustainably sourced sugar.

Allbirdsthe tech worlds favorite shoe brandis expanding its shoe styles beyond its sneaker, loafer, and skipper silhouettes. Today, it drops a new style called Tree Topper. This new pair will go for $115slightly more expensive than Allbirds other shoes, which all cost $95. In keeping with the rest of the the companys collection, these new shoes are as minimal as possible. The designers stripped out all unnecessary seams and other superfluous elements, focusing on creating clean lines.

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21:53

Franzen, Watching Out For Birds La Paz Group

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Freedom Jonathan Franzen (left), birdwatching with Guardian writer Oliver Milman (right) at Natural Bridges Farm, Santa Cruz, California. Photograph: Talia Herman for the Guardian

Thanks to Oliver Milman writing for the Guardian from Santa Cruz, California with someone whose concerns about the intersection of books and technology, combined with his interest in birds and the art of watching, have led to us featuring him more frequently in these pages than most other people:

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21:53

Kerrygold Class Action says grass-fed cows claims are misleading Health Nut News

This summer, butter maker Kerrygold was hit with a class action lawsuit alleging they had falsely advertised their products as being made by milk from grass-fed cows. According to lead plaintiff Dyami Myers-Taylor, the milk that makes up the expensive butter is made from cows that also eat soy and corn. Myers-Taylor says the false advertising []

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21:46

Bats at Panama bird feeders Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

Bats Visit Panama Feeders in Middle of the Night Nov. 13, 2018

Birds arent the only winged creatures youll find enjoying the offerings at the Panama fruit feeders. Watch here as a group of bats take turns foraging on sweet nectar in the middle of the night!

Watch LIVE 24/7 with highlights and viewing resources at http://allaboutbirds.org/panamafeeders

The Panama Fruit Feeder Cam is a collaboration between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Canopy Family.

21:43

Google Assistant just made morning alarms smarter Fast Company

The Clock app for Android can turn on the lights, tell you the weather, and play music after you wake up.

If you have an Android phone, youll soon be able to hear the weather, traffic, news, and music from Google Assistant when you wake up, as Google is adding Google Assistant Routines to Androids standard clock app. This allows you to automate a series of commands (such as tell me about the weather or turn on the bedroom lights) after dismissing an alarm.

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21:38

Merkel joins Macron in call for European army - There's just the small issue of its NATO treaties Signs of the Times

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a "real, true" European army to be created, just days after French President Emmanuel Macron did the same - and received backlash from Donald Trump for doing so. "We should work on a vision of one day establishing a real European army," Merkel said during an address to MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday. That statement was an apparent nod of support to Macron, who last week said that Europe has to "protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia, and even the United States of America." Europe cannot do so, he said, "unless we decide to have a true European army."

21:24

Facebook censors Sri Lankan left Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 13 September 2018 video from the USA is called Facebook Is Now Censoring Progressives, Its Official.

By Andre Damon:

Washingtons censorship regime goes global

Facebook deletes WSWS post on Sri Lanka

14 November 2018

On Monday, Facebook removed a post on Sri Lanka by the World Socialist Web Sites official Tamil-language Facebook page. The alleged reason was violation of unspecified restrictions in Facebooks community standards, which is no explanation at all.

The Tamil language, spoken by 74 million people, is the language of the ethnic Tamil minority in Sri Lanka and South India, as well as a large global diaspora.

The move is the latest in the crackdown on left-wing, anti-war and socialist organizations by US-based technology monopolies including Google, Facebook and Twitter. As these companies integrate themselves ever more closely into the American state apparatus, they are increasingly weaponized to promote US imperialist aims all over the world. At the center of this drive is the suppression of socialist political viewpoints.

This is not the first time that the World Socialist Web Sites Tamil-language Facebook page has been targeted by Facebook. On two separate occasions, Facebook removed the share option from public meetings promoted by the page.

The World Socialist Web Site has been a central target of internet censorship more broadly, with its search traffic falling by more...

21:20

New at the Apple store: A skincare product Fast Company

LOreals new UV tracking device will be sold through the Apple website and select Apple stores.

Now when youre toodling around the Apple store or website looking for a new iPad and keyboard, you can also pick up a skincare product.

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21:15

PM May calls in MPs as Brexit deal "agreed"...except a 'few outstanding issues' Signs of the Times

Prime Minister Theresa May is to chair a special cabinet meeting, Wednesday, after a draft deal was reportedly agreed between UK and EU negotiators following intensive talks in Brussels. According to an unnamed cabinet source, cited in the BBC, the text has been agreed upon at a technical level. Cabinet ministers are, on Tuesday evening, having one-on-one meetings with the PM as she attempts to win their backing for the deal. Ministers will reportedly be allowed to see the key papers on the deal, but not allowed to take them home.

21:14

Saudi intelligence, Mossad met with Trump admin to plan sabotage and assassinations in Iran Signs of the Times

A new report published in The New York Times has revealed that top Saudi intelligence officials with ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), in meetings with figures close to the Trump administration and Israel intelligence, expressed interest in using private contractors to "sabotage the Iranian economy" and to assassinate top Iranian officials. The plan to use private intelligence operatives to sabotage Iran's economy had been developed by George Nader, an American-Lebanese businessman close to Trump and the United Arab Emirates and a convicted sex offender, and Joel Zamel, an Israeli known for his "deep ties" to Israeli intelligence and security agencies. The plan, at the time of the meeting, did not include the assassination component, though the Saudi officials present sought to probe whether such acts could be included in the campaign. The Times noted that both Nader and Zamel "saw their Iran plan both as a lucrative source of income and as a way to cripple a...

21:11

List of 390 drugs that can affect blood glucose levels Signs of the Times

What drugs affect glucose levels? Many can, including steroids, anxiety and depression medications, statins, beta-blockers, some acne & asthma medications. Knowing the drugs that can affect blood glucose levels is essential in properly caring for your diabetes patients. Some medicines raise blood sugar in patients while others might lower their levels. However, not all drugs affect patients the same way. 390 Drugs that can Affect Blood Glucose Levels is also available as a downloadable PDF: 390 Drugs that Can Affect Blood Glucose Levels (pdf)

21:08

Remembering My Day With Stan Lee Truthdig RSS

I write to honor a titan who has passed on, who once did me a great kindness when I was a mere college student. Meeting him was the thrill of a lifetime.

A saying is attributed to Ali ibn Abi Talib, the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad in the Path of Eloquence that You assert that you are a paltry thing, but within you is enfolded a universe.

Of no one was that more true than Stan Lee, who died Monday, aged 95. Lees incredible imagination literally spawned universes, not to mention a galaxy of memorable charactersPeter Parker/Spider-Man, the orphan who attempted to redeem an act of callousness that led to the murder of his own uncle, the blind Matt Murdoch who overcame his challenge with other senses, the repulsive but resigned Ben Grimm (the Thing of the Fantastic Four), who bridged the age of the old horror comics of the 1950s and the new era of costumed heroes that Lee kicked off in the psychedelic 60s.

Lee was born Stanley Lieber in 1922 in Manhattan to Romanian parents of Jewish faith. He served in the Signal Corps during WW II, having already gotten a start as a comic book writer. (His first story was about Captain America, then fighting the Nazis.) I think the best evocation of that era of the comic book in the 1940s is Michael Chabons wonderful novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

He had dreamed of being a novelist and reserved the name Stanley Lieber for serious writing, using Stan Lee as a pen name. But the comic book writing took over his life and it was Stan Lee who ultimately became the story teller who thrilled millions of fans.

Like many people who were teenagers in the 1960s, I became a big fan of Lees comic books. I started collecting comics (no easy task for an army brat always on the move). Lees writing excited my imagination and expanded my vocabulary and my horizons. His evident humanity and the high ethical values and tolerance he promoted made an impact on me. I started writing fan letters in the 1960s and was over the moon when some got published. One of the writers Lee hired, Roy Thomas, who had briefly been an English teacher in St. Louis, was so incredibly kind as to correspond with me. Maybe I read too much into his notes, but I felt he was encouraging me to try writing.

I went off to Northwestern University in 1971. I listened to the student radio station there, WNUR, and discovered that there was a Saturday morning show reviewing the comics that came out that week. One of the anchors was Wally Podrazik. I became a regular listener. Occasionally, I disagreed with a review, and I remember writing a letter to the hosts suggesting indelicately that they had misunderstood a plot line. They were very gracious, since they not only bothered to reply to my impertinent missive, but actually invited me to join the show and to do some reviews of my own. And so...

21:02

Bread-crust bubbles: Scientists discover new type of volcanic ash Signs of the Times

Bread-crust bubble Bred krst bb()l n. Tiny, gas-filled beads of volcanic ash with a scaly surface. Scientists have identified a new type of volcanic ash that erupted from a volcano in central Oregon roughly 7 million years ago. The particles are similar to larger bread-crust bombs, which form as gases trapped inside globs of lava expand, cracking the bombs' tough exterior. Bread-crust bubbles, each no more than a millimeter wide, have a distinctly crackled surface that can reveal secrets about how volcanoes erupt, researchers reported November 4 at the Geological Society of America annual meeting in Indianapolis. The researchers had been sifting through other types of volcanic ash in the lab when they spotted the strange ash formations. Viewing the bits of ash through a scanning electron microscope revealed their crusty texture, indicating the gas bubbles expanded rapidly on their way up to Earth's surface, but did not pop. Analysis of the texture also indicated the bubbles'...

21:00

LION AIR FLIGHT 610: A BOEING ANNOUNCEMENT AND SOME FINANCIAL ... Giza Death Star

Now, if you're like me and suspect something mighty fishy about that Indonesian airliner crash of Lion flight 610, with so many members of []

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21:00

Here are some dread-inducing statistics on open plan offices Fast Company

People feel spied upon, distracted, and depressed by their workspaces, reports a survey that will surprise no one.

Do people really care about working in offices with social events and perks like cold brew taps and ping-pong tables? Or do people simply want a quiet, comfortable place to do their work in peace before heading home to their actual lives? According to an online survey of American office workers conducted by the public opinion survey company YouGov, itssurprise!the latter.

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21:00

Wait, is this a date? Horror stories from female investors working with a male founder Fast Company

For some female investors, meeting with male founders can mean weathering unwanted advances or pointed questions about their role and experience. 

When people talk about the sometimes knotty relationship between entrepreneurs and VCs, they usually point to female founders and male investors. But being a female VC presents challenges on both endsfrom their male investor peers and the pool of (largely) male entrepreneurs they may work with.

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20:45

Northern hawk-owl and photographers Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is about a northern hawk-owl photographed by photographers in Sweden.

20:31

Smart cities - dumb people. 5G's corporate holy grail Signs of the Times

There's a lot of hype about 5G, the fifth-generation wireless technology that is being rolled out in various "5G test beds" in major cities including Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, New York, and Los Angeles. But it's hard to see why we should be excited. Proponents talk about the facilitation of driverless vehicles and car-to-car "talk," better Virtual Reality equipment, and, of course, "The Internet of Things" (IoT) - the holy grail of Big Tech that is just vague enough to sound sort of promising. But when it comes to specifics, there seems to be a lot of hot air in the IoT bag. For example, in March 2018, Canada's Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, while pumping $400 million into 5G test beds, reportedly "gushed" about IoT applications, including "refrigerators that monitor food levels and automatically order fresh groceries." Then there is the 5G proponent who enthused to CBC News (March 19, 2018) about "augmented reality headsets" being replaced by "a pair of normal looking...

20:30

California wildfire survivors speak Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 13 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

California Wildfires Continue, Survivors Describe Deadly Conditions | TODAY

The fast-moving wildfires in California outside Los Angeles and up north near the town of Paradise have now claimed the lives of at least 44 people. President Trump declared a disaster in the state, while 70,000 homes still remain in the infernos path of destruction. NBC national correspondent Miguel Almaguer reports for TODAY.

By Evan Blake and Ben McGrath in California:

As death toll rises to 48

Evacuees in California wildfire share their stories

14 November 2018

The confirmed death toll from the Camp Fire in Northern California soared to 48 Tuesday night as officials continued a systematic examination of the destroyed city of Paradise. Hundreds of people remain missing and it is believed the death toll will continue to rise.

The wildfire broke out last Thursday morning and within hours had burned down the entire city of 26,000 people. No wireless emergency alert was issued and thousands of panicked residents clogged the roads trying to escape. An untold number of them did not make it.

Some of the donations for fire survivors in Chico

Reporters for the World Socialist Web Site traveled to the area on Monday and spoke with evacuees at shelters in the nearby cities of Orland and Chico. It became clear that a tragedy of horrifying dimensions unfolded Thursday, with those affected permanently scarred by their experiences. Most of those we spoke with predict the death toll will surge, with one stating, They should probably add a zero to their current total.

The total number of those killed may never be known. There are currently over 200 missing person reports from the fire, but those without close friends or family may never be reported. The destruction is so extensive that emergency responders will have a hard time finding all the victims. The Butte County Sheriff told reporters that in some cases the fire burned so intensely that the temperatures woul...

20:01

CNN: Women who are early risers have lower risk of breast cancer, says new study Health Nut News

A new and yet to be published study has found that women who are naturally early risers were found to have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who were night owls. In the study, one in 100 women who considered themselves to be a morning person developed breast cancer, compared with two []

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20:00

Dresden 1945 An appalling War Crime The Crazz Files

READ MORE AT THE FALSIFICATION OF HISTORY 

On the night of 12/13th February 1945, over 1000 allied bombers attacked a non-military, civilian target in Germany, the town of Dresden.  Read More

20:00

9 CEOs share their favorite productivity hacks Fast Company

CEOs work an average of 62 hours a week and attend 37 meetings. Getting the most out of their hours is critical.

We all have the same number of hours in a week, but for some of us the demands on our time are greater. This is true with CEOs. A study published in Harvard Business Review found that each week CEOs work an average of 62.5 hours and attend 37 meetings. Getting the most out of their hours is critical.

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20:00

Legos latest set targets stressed adults Fast Company

The Danish company is breaking its traditional mold with the new Lego Forma line, a set designed to empower your creativity and mental wellbeing.

Lego is one of the most popular brands in the world, known and loved by children and nostalgic adults alike. But few grown-ups buy Lego for themselves. The Danish company wants to change that with a new type of construction toy that is half Lego, half coloring book. Its name is Lego Forma, and its designed to de-stress adults and get their creative juices flowing.

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19:30

These ambitious headphones are Dolbys first consumer product ever Fast Company

One of the most familiar names in audio-visual entertainment finally has a gadget of its ownin one of the most crowded categories of them all.

The fact that this new pair of wireless headphones are emblazoned with the Dolby logo does not, at first blush, seem like a big whoop. After all, countless products have incorporated Dolby technologies and promoted that usage, making its name a sort of shorthand for a premium audioand, more recently, visualexperience.

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19:15

He told Bozoma Saint John to work for Uber. Of course, I hung up on him. Fast Company

Marketing whiz Saint John and serial entrepreneur Adam Platzner talk about the sometimes bluntly honest advice they give each other.

When we recently asked Adam Platzner, an investor, serial entrepreneur, and cofounder of personalized news app ZIG Media, to name his business icon, he immediately responded: Boz is not only an icon, shes a dear friend. Her story is epic.

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19:08

There are 90 million more people on Earth than previously thought (We) can do better

There have been many news headlines about an article in the Lancet, "Population and fertility by age and sex for 195 countries and territories, 19502017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017."

The news reports on this paper are hyperbolic - quite unwarranted. Why have they picked up on this article, which contributes less than others to the Lancet's special issue on "global burden of disease"? Just an excuse to trot out the 'birth dearth' scaremongering stories, I guess.

The paper itself presents no more than a methodological tweek on how global population data are collated. It's relation to "global burden of disease" is just to ask "how do we calculate the denominator?"
The only real news (which I gleaned from a table, not commented on in the paper) is that Global Population in 2017 was probably even bigger than UN's last estimate, by maybe 90 million! [1] Yet all that gets reported is concern about too few births!

So why not a headline like "There are 90 million more people on Earth than previously thought"?

No, they have to pick up on the entirely un-newsworthy fact that nearly half the world's countries have 'below replacement' birth rates. The problem is, many of the others are far more above replacement than the low-fertility countries are below it.

Even then they misreport it.

Science Daily

Science Daily says, "Ninety-one nations are not producing enough children to maintain their current populations." This is almost certainly incorrect. If you've got a relatively young age profile, then at replacement rate fertility you're still producing many more babies than needed to maintain the current population. The population will grow by momentum (filling up the age cohorts) before levelling off. So this is a factually incorrect statement.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181108205327.htm

BBC

BBC headline is, "Remarkable' decline in fertility rates".
What the data in that paper makes clear is that the uncertainty around global fertility rate means that we can't say for sure whether fertility has declined at all over the past decade. Why do they keep referring to the decline of 40 years ago, and pretend it's 'remarkable', without showing the slightest concern for that decline stalling more recently?
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19:00

The first female product manager at Google built a nonprofit to combat the sexism in tech Fast Company

Women make up only 26% of the tech workforce, and in product management that number drops to 5%. So Nancy Wang cofounded a nonprofit to help women change the ratio.

Nancy Wang remembers sitting down with in a vendor meeting. There were 12 middle-aged men of a very similar demographic and me. Ten minutes after the meeting was supposed to start, she spoke up to ask what the holdup was. It is because your boss isnt here, she recalls one of the men saying.

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19:00

The depressingly big business of pollution masks Fast Company

One air filter mask company says that it has received 10 times its normal orders from the Bay Area in the last week.

The Camp fire in Northern California is already the deadliest fire in California history, with 42 dead and 200 missing, and its only 30% contained. The fires smoke, combined with the Woolsey fire in southern California, has caused dangerous air conditions across much of the state.

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19:00

Q anon attacks second only to POTUS!! Terra Forming Terra

 

 This is actually unbelievable but the mainstream news has mounted a huge attack on Q.  Not bad for a 'conspiracy theory'.   This attention will actually  reinforce the reach of Q.  They are clearly becoming desperate as the removal of Sessions has opened up the floodgates of something called due process.  There are already over 60,000 sealed indictments. We are been told to expect something big, but that may be misdirection.   The big story now developing is the exposure of DEM electoral corruption.  There it is better to  first run a long drum beat of leaked testimony and whistle blowers to focus attention.  This controversy will rile the waters and lead to action going into the new house in January.   Testimony may even lead to some of those Dems been blocked from taking their seats pending an investigation or even a special election.   I am not really expecting this but do understand that the monkeys were all surveilled. this time around at least in targeted elections.  There is nothing worse for a criminal.
As you perhaps know, we are tracking Q.  This resource is clearly Mil Intel and difficult to track unless you already have the mindset from extensive prior exposure.  Mil Intel and the Trump Administration is engaged in a flat out GLOBAL WAR with the DEEP STATE in order to RESTORE the REPUBLIC.  The majority is happening behind the curtain but the noise is getting terrific.  This is mythic but there is a long worked out plan been implemented. This election was a set up to trap the DEMS in election fraud and to out them before January.  So it is front and center.  Takedowns on those 60,000 sealed indictments may not go public until February.  As in what is the rush when you are clearly winning . 
 Q !!mG7VJxZNCI No.467...

19:00

The Man McMaster Couldn't Fire Terra Forming Terra

This man's name arose recently from Q.  He surely looks like a Mil Intell operative and part of the team handling planing and implementation of the PLAN.

We also have Senate control and a shift to senate oversight for the DOJ and the FBI.  We also have Q noting that  Gowdy, Goodlatte, and Sessions are all free agents and also central to the PLAN. 

Please do not forget Gen Flynn who is surely in charge of the PLAN. 

Do you feel the Noose tightening?


Now read this.


The Man McMaster Couldn't Fire

19:00

Australian goat industry: High demand pushes prices up in 2017 Terra Forming Terra



19:00

Microdosers of LSD and magic mushrooms are wiser and more creative Terra Forming Terra



 

 We have several natural substances which are clearly mind altering.  Micro dosing has been indicated as a useful clinical methodology to assist the brain to make beneficial changes.

Recall that the brain evolves slowly to stimulus such as education.  Even memory evolves inside the brain.  Thus the case for micro dosing is compelling as we can monitor those changes far better that way.

A PTSD  patient has pretty specific issues that are readily observed and identified.  Applying  small doses of CBD and mapping those changes is a far better strategy than simply going for it.  You will arrive at the same destination, but the brain will have the time to make all the internal alterations. 

The same applies for LSD and THC and even alcohol.

A significant take home here is that this all needs to become mainstream to support mind development generally even with the clearly healthy and successful.


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18:58

EDZ No More? Blog Baladi

Yesterday, the parliament decided against extending the old concession EDZ had been given and instead endorsed a two-year operation contract. For those of you who dont know, EDZ was established in 1927 and is the only company in Lebanon that has a license to produce and distribute electricity, it is currently providing 24/7 electricity to over 250,000 inhabitants. Its authority stretches beyond Zahle to include 15 other municipalities. Collection is almost 100% and bills are 30-40% lower than previous ones (with EDL and generators).

The real problem for EDL was that EDZ was being managed privately and that the old concession was as from the Ottoman age (renewed during the French Mandate). Also, EDZ and some parties were arguing against the pricing set by EDZ claiming that Zahle residents were being overcharged.

What Will Happen Now?

Lebanese Caretaker Energy Ministry has promised that 24/7 electricity coverage in Zahle would continue at a lower cost for the residents (starting January), and that there was no other plan in place had the contract expired.

Moreover, EDZs administration and employees would all remain the same, but it all comes back to what the man behind EDZ Assaad Nakad wishes to do at this point.

Personally speaking, it does make sense to stop such archaic concessions and bring back EDZ under EDLs wing, but I am not sure its a wise move given how chaotic the electricity situation is in this country. Were looking at two more years with EDZ then who knows what will happen? And who can guarantee the service will remain the same with a new Energy Minister or even with the current one? or if Nakad decides to step down? or if any issues arise with EDZ that EDL cannot fix?

It doesnt come as a surprise to see the majority of Zahle MPs opposing this decision, so lets really hope it will not mess this 24/7 electricity dream Zahle residents have been enjoying for three years now.

18:58

Netflix is testing a mobile-only subscription for around $4 a month Fast Company

The new test tier comes a week after Netflixs CEO said the company would try new strategies.

But the bad news is it appears its only being tested in Malaysia and a few other countries that arent the U.S. for now, reports TechCrunch. The mobile-only subscription costs RM17 per month (about four bucks). That compares to the companys next-cheapest subscription tier in Malaysia, the Basic one, which costs RM33 (or about $8) a month.

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18:56

Facebook is no longer selling connected TV ads Fast Company

One of the companys new ad ambitions is sunsetting.

Facebook, in its ever-expanding attempt to take over the entire digital ad world, had been offering publishers on its Audience Network platform the ability to sell ads on their connected TV apps. That, according to Digiday, is no longer happening. The company has decided to halt its OTT television ad offerings.

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18:50

Autonomic nervous system directly controls stem cell proliferation, study shows Signs of the Times

Somatic stem cells are microscopic workhorses, constantly regenerating cells throughout the body: skin and the lining of the intestine, for example. And to University of Illinois neuroscientists, they represent untapped potential. "If we could find a way to target and control stem cell proliferation in the body, there could be potential medical benefits, including turning off the proliferation of cancer stem cells or inducing proliferation of somatic stem cells where we want to grow tissue," says Elizabeth Davis, doctoral researcher in the Neuroscience Program at U of I and lead author of a study that demonstrates, for the first time, that stem cell proliferation is directly controlled by the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls all of our unconscious functions: breathing, blood flow, digestion, and so forth. Its two major networks of nerve fibers run from the brain through the entire body, with neurons reaching into nearly every organ. These neurons release chemicals...

18:48

United We Fall, Divided We Stand Operation Disclosure

United We Fall, Divided We Stand

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 19:05

Source: Zero Hedge | By Tyler Durden

Authored by Robert Gore at Straight Line Logic blog,

Unity is not all its cracked up to be...



Everything I said is contained in a single wordcollectivism. And isnt that the god of our century? To act together. To thinktogether. To feeltogether. To unite, to agree, to obey. To obey, to serve, to sacrifice. Divide and conquerfirst. But thenunite and rule. Weve discovered that one at last. Remember the Roman Emperor who said he wished humanity had a single neck so he could cut it? People have laughed at him for centuries. But well have the last laugh. Weve accomplished what he couldnt accomplish. Weve taught men to unite. This makes one neck ready for one leash. We found the magic word. Collectivism.

Ellsworth Toohey to Peter Keating, The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand, 1943

Countless commentators have decried disunity. They fret about our divided nation, warn of impending civil war, and implore us to come together to avert it. Unitys desirability is taken as given, but what if the longed-for unity is that of passengers on a jet plunging into the ocean? A reappraisal of disunity is in order.

Unity was doomed with the passage of the 16th, or Income Tax, Amendment. Its hard to feel any goodwill towards a government that forcibly relieves you of what youve produced, benefitting itself and those to whom it redistributes. The income tax divides the country into makers and takers, a division that cannot be bridged.

...

18:44

(Video) David Wilcock -- Antarctic Atlantis: The Most Defining Moment in Human History Operation Disclosure



Published on Nov 9, 2018

Classied government programs have identified stupendous new ruins in Antarctica, built by a group of giants with elongated skulls now called the Pre-Adamites.

ln this stunning talk we will trace the half-million- year history of the Pre-Adamites, see pictures of their ruins in our solar system, and learn how they crashed to Earth as the Fallen Angels.

This group took control of the world and is still pulling the strings of our nancial system, hiding out in the open in places like the Vatican. They use our co-creative powers against us and are hiding the truth about Ascension an imminent, spontaneous evolution of humanity. Dont miss this talk, jammed with highly-classied intel from our most trusted sources!

18:40

Jim Stone Describes Democrats' Game Plan to Corrupt Voting Results Operation Disclosure

Jim Stone describes the Dems' game plan to corrupt the final voting results so they can impeach both Trump and Kavanaugh

Here's the game plan:
1. Steal the senate.
2. Get Matthew Whitaker removed.
3. Get Rosenstein in, and have him block any action by Trump to look into the voter fraud.
4. Stall everything until Dems get the house, and finish stealing the senate.
5. Once the Dems get the house and a rigged Senate, impeach both Trump and Kavanaugh.

It looks like they are going to be able to accomplish this through fraud alone, because the system is subverted and paralyzed. It won't matter what Trump wants Rosenstein to do if Rosenstein is placed by the deep state and refuses to do anything. The Dems also definitely, without question, stole the house. They stole the entire damn thing. And Obama made good and sure everything was so corrupted and subverted that absolutely nothing could be done to stop the takeover. If they do force Rosenstein in, which is technically impossible absent massive violations of the law being enforced by corrupt judges, I hate to say it, we're toast, starting TODAY.

Aaah yes, the Democrat in Arizona won the senate race, when the Republican governor won the race by 15 percent. YEP.

Hillary is only running for president again because the last election proved the infrastructure is in place well enough for her to steal it.

Jim Stone, Freelance Journalist
http://82.221.129.208/.xz2.html

18:36

Naked dinner is Londons newest food experience Comfort is for Wimps

If youre a good egg and follow my stories on Insta, you may have been lucky enough to experience the jitters with me as I journeyed to dinner the other night. Id had about twenty hours sleep the week before and was feeling relatively delicate considering it was a Friday night when people are usually...

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18:33

Three unusually early snows make Kansas City weather history Signs of the Times

If you think winter weather has come early to the Kansas City area this year, you're not wrong. The first snow came on Oct. 14, when Kansas City had its earliest measurable snowfall in more than a century - .2 of an inch at Kansas City International Airport. That broke a 120-year-old record. The last time it snowed this early in Kansas City was on Oct. 17, 1898, when 3.3 inches of snow fell, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. The average first measurable snowfall date for Kansas City is Nov. 28. The metro's second snow, 1.3 inches at KCI, came on Thursday. And on Monday, Kansas City had its third winter storm, which dropped 1 to 3 inches of snow across much of the metropolitan area. KCI reported .5 of an inch of snow. This is only the third year in the city's 131 years of recorded weather history where it has seen three measurable snow events by Nov. 12. The other two years were in 1898 and 1992, according to the Weather Service.

18:18

California Count Gives Democrats Another U.S. House Seat Truthdig RSS

LOS ANGELES First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham Tuesday in Californias farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California.

Harder, 32, a venture capitalist, had anchored his campaign to Denhams vote against the Affordable Care Act, while arguing that he would push for universal health care in Congress. He also argued that Denham and other Washington Republicans ignored poverty and health care in the agricultural 10th District in Californias Central Valley.

Washington is broken because our leaders have put party over country. I pledge that I will always put this community before anything in Washington, Harder said in a statement.

As ballot-counting continued, Democrats gained ground in two undecided House races in Orange County, California, raising the possibility of a Democratic sweep of four closely contested congressional races in the one-time Republican stronghold.

In the 45th District in Orange County, Democrat Katie Porter jumped into a 261-vote lead over Republican Rep. Mimi Walters, after trailing the incumbent since Election Day.

And in the 39th District, anchored in Orange County, Democrat Gil Cisneros tightened the gap with Republican Young Kim.

Earlier, Democrats claimed the seats of Republican Reps. Dana Rohrabacher in the countys 48th District and retiring Darrell Issa in the 49th District, which cuts through the southern end of the county.

With votes continuing to be counted, Harders edge has grown after Denham grabbed a slim lead on Election Day. After the latest update, Harder had a 4,919-vote lead out of about 185,000 votes counted, a margin too large for the congressman to overcome with remaining votes.

Denhams campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The 51-year-old Denham had depicted Harder as a liberal, Silicon Valley insider whose values were more closely aligned with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi than a district known for producing cherries and almonds. An ad he posted on Twitter labeled Harder extreme.

The contest was one of a string of showcase battles in California in Republican districts that were targeted by Democrats after Hillary Clinton carried them in the 2016 presidential election.

For state Republicans, Denhams defeat marked another setback in a state where the party has been drifting toward irrelevance for years. Democrats hold every statewide office, a supermajority in both chambers of the Legislature and a 3.7-million advantage in voter registrations.

With Harders win, Democrats will hold at least a 43-10 edge in California U.S. House seats.

Denham had proved a durable politician in a district 80 miles (129 kilometers) east of San Francisco with a Democratic registration edge. The former legislator first elected to the House...

18:06

Anna Von Reitz -- Clarifications About Kim's Problem, Oil, and Money Systems Operation Disclosure

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Clarifications About Kim's Problem, Oil, and Money Systems



Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz

Yesterday, in my Reply to Kim Goguen aka "Kim Possible" I noted my frustration with the whole topic of money and moving it around by saying that, "It's like telling me that people can't move widgets from Point A to Point B because Standard Oil still owns all the pipelines in Texas."

Apparently, that flew over many people's heads and caused confusion ---- what was I talking about?

J.D. Rockefeller made his fortune --- not on oil, but on oil pipelines. That is, he didn't get rich on oil, the product, whether crude or finished commodity. What he made his money on was a monopoly of pipeline infrastructure. This was the basis of "Standard Oil". By controlling the pipeline infrastructure old J.D. could move or block the flow of oil and by controlling monopoly interest, he could grant favors to whomever he chose in terms of access to getting oil to refineries and to markets --- both. He could also charge as little or as much as he liked for the pipeline service he provided.

Thus, by controlling the pipelines he could make or break any oil company and even manipulate the prices of crude oil and finished products.

What finally caused the "busting up" of Standard Oil was that they went too far in their monopoly interest activities and their coercive control of the commodity transport and therefore, the commodity supplies.

What I meant by my comment was--- we have the same problem now, with the banks. This is exactly what Kim was describing as her problem --- owning the commodity (oil) and not being able to move it reliably (through the pipeline) because those controlling the transport system (Standard Oil) were blocking and shunting and causing problems.

...

18:00

Can we design neighborhoods to survive wildfires? Fast Company

As fires become more frequent and more powerful, is there a way to create resiliency that minimizes the damage?

In the wake of the Camp Fire in Californiathe deadliest in the states history, with at least 42 people killed, more than 200 missing, and thousands of homes destroyed in the tiny town of Paradisesome residents say that they want to return and rebuild. Thousands of miles away, in a massive wind tunnel in South Carolina, researchers are testing what makes houses more likely to burnand how towns like Paradise can prepare now to reduce the chance of another tragedy in a world where fires are increasing in frequency and intensity.

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18:00

Airbnb takes on Boston in its latest legal tussle over short-term rental laws Fast Company

Boston just joined the growing list of cities sued by Airbnb.

Boston just became the latest city to be sued by Airbnb over legislation that forces the home-sharing platform to remove illegal listings or face fines.

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18:00

The best HR is invisible Fast Company

More and more companies are discovering the strategic benefits of a less centralized human resources function.

There was a time not long ago when getting HR involved generally meant diffusing an employee relations issue. Twentieth-century HR was all about control, enforcing compliance around hiring, training, development, performance, talent management, culture, holiday parties, facilities, and more. The HR function was generally reactive rather than strategic.

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18:00

The second life of Airstream Fast Company

The trailer company is riding a five-year high aided by younger customers and new design. But Airstreams future will be a lot more complicated.

In the age of iPhones, Slack notifications, and burritos delivered to our door, we all long for adventure. Call it unplugging, or #vanlife. But as it turns out, escaping the grind of the 9 to 5 is big business unto itself.

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17:44

(Video) You Don't Really Want to Know the Truth about this Operation Disclosure



Published on Nov 12, 2018

Last year the fires in CA were record setting, but that was last year. The latest fires in CA set new records for destruction.

But there are some questions about these disastrous fires that few people are even asking...

17:42

This Shows the Huge Difference Between Obama's DHS and Trump's DHS Operation Disclosure

This Shows The HUGE Difference Between Barack Obama's DHS, Which Targeted Survivalists As Potential Terrorists, And President Trump's DHS, Which Is Urging Americans To BECOME Preppers!

- November Declared National Critical Infrastructure Security And Resilience Month

By Stefan Stanford - All News Pipeline - Live Free Or Die

While not a single story turned up about this recent announcement by President Donald Trump within the mainstream media and only a few within the independent media, President Trump has declared the month of November to be the 'National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month'.

As Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen mentions in her recent statement about this pronouncement, "there are 16 critical infrastructure sectors that provide the essential services that support and underpin American society" and without them, the ability of Americans to access secure and "safe food, reliable electricity, transportation, clean water, and instant communications" would come to a sudden and complete end.

While Nielsen also commended President Trump for recognizing the very real threat to America should suddenly and without warning, the 16 critical infrastructure sectors be somehow taken down, the Department of Homeland Security's website page on critical infrastructure security warns that the biggest threats to those sectors will come if somehow the electrical power grid is taken down.

Whether via a massive cyber attack, a 'Carrington-event-style' solar flare from the sun or via an EMP should war break out with a nuclear-armed country or a global terrorist group becomes capable of carrying out such an attack, it's great to see President Trump's DHS focusing upon the very real existential threat that will be delivered to America should the grid go down long term, rather than...

17:38

Ford, Walmart, and Postmates will begin testing autonomous-driving deliveries Fast Company

Ford is interested in seeing how self-driving vehicles could impact the goods delivery market.

The partnership was announced by Fords Autonomous Vehicles director, Brian Wolf, in a Medium post. In the post, Wolf said Ford is interested in seeing how self-driving vehicles could impact the goods delivery market. Thats why its teamed up with Walmart and Postmates to run a trial in Miami-Dade County in Florida, Wolf says:

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17:25

Reader: I was Wrong... Operation Disclosure

Submitted to Operation Disclosure | By Thinker2

I was wrong

Or, was I?

You can't go up against current system unless all people do it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufUjPc8e-p0



I write about the Law, the Ultimate Narrative, not because the Legal System is working, but because it is not working.

https://operationdisclosure.blogspot.com/2018/10/reader-trinity-ultimate-narrative-and.html

(I dont know why, but these three articles got merged into one URL. Please scroll down to The Ultimate Narrative.)

The Legal System has been corrupted. Im describing how the Law was intended to work, how it could work if We the People were informed as to the proper function and application of Law.

We have been deceived, we are deceived; we are deceiving each other. Thinker2

We need to learn and then teach the Law (Common Law), not to be confused with Code, Acts, or Statutes (Colorable Law).

The Law requires honor, integrity, truth, love, peace, justice to function properly.

The Cabal, Deep State, members of the BAR (British Accreditation Registry) make Colorable Law (Fiction) out of thin air. The same way they make US Dollars. Its counterfeit, fiat, pretend money and pretend law. It is written for the benefit of hypocrites.

As the video above explains all people must go up against the Adm...

17:17

Facebooks fundraising tools have raised over $1 billion Fast Company

Facebook launched its fundraising tools after it was inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral in 2014.

Facebook Fundraisers and Donate Buttons have helped raise the massive sum in just three years since the tools rolled out, Facebook announced in a blog post. In that time frame, Facebook says 20 million people have either donated to or started a fundraiser on Facebook and that as of today there are more than 1 million nonprofits in 19 countries that can accept donations through Facebook.

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17:15

Rinus Verhagen -- Fascists, the Architects of Nationalism Operation Disclosure

Submitted to Operation Disclosure | By Rinus Verhagen



Whoever sows the wind, will reap the storm.

The false accusation against the people of Europe by the unelected EC, EU fascists.

Europe's biggest enemy is the EU together with the ECB.

The population has experienced how their own governments have betrayed them by the Kalergi plan, to make Europe a 3rd world country.

The unelected EC, EU adders blame the thinking European people for being Nationalistic if they do not agree with their plan to transform Europe into a communist federation.

Nationalism in this case is the product of a forced agenda for the normal citizen of Europe.

It is the preservation of one's own culture and way of life, the deliberate disturbance of national security makes the population speak out against this white genocide agenda.

They are national politicians like Merkel, Macron, Rutte, along with the EU rats Tusk, Juncker, Timmermans, Mogherini, Sargentini, Muscovites who have laid the foundations for the awakening of Europe and its original people who now feel deceived.

The Zionist Left fascist agenda with the support of the MSM will then frame to call these people justice, and since these people stand up for their own survival it is called Extreme Right.

While the normal population takes care of its own right to exist, a deliberate divide and shake tactic is applied, because a population that is united cannot convince the Left Fascists.

The fear of the unelected communists from the EC, EU, is so great, that they crawl like frightened weasels on Trump and Putin to as...

17:03

Infowars admits its store contained card-skimming malware Fast Company

Attention conspiracy theorist consumers.

All you people out there buying up the macho supplements that conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Alex Jones hawks may have unintentionally imperiled your data. A Dutch security researcher found malware on the Infowars store website that was able to record user payment records, according to ZDNet.

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17:00

This relief agency will stay running during disasters because of its new Tesla microgrid Fast Company

Direct Relief needs a reliable power supply to keep medicine refrigerated, even during fires or earthquakes. Now its ditching its polluting diesel generator for solar panels and batteries.

In a massive warehouse near the airport in Santa Barbara, California, workers from the nonprofit Direct Relief are packing a new round of medical supplies and masks to send to victims in the states current wildfires. But the warehousein a city that sits in an isolated spot on the coast, with a single pair of power lines connecting it to the grid through remote areasis itself vulnerable to disaster.

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16:56

(Video) Dark Journalist -- Templar's and MK Ultra Mind Control Operation Disclosure



Streamed live on Nov 10, 2018

DARK JOURNALIST X-SERIES XXXV: MIND CONTROL & THE KNIGHT'S TEMPLARS X SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10TH, 2018 @6PM ET!

X STEGANOGRAPHY REVEALED!

Dark Journalist Daniel Liszt presents the groundbreaking X-SERIES that follows the X Steganography through the History of Political and Covert Esoteric Groups coordinating in a Stealth Program the Secret Work of the Mystery Schools X-Technology and Apotheum Reality Distortion.

16:08

NASA Now Says They See a Cooling Trend Not Warming Armstrong Economics

We see a cooling trend, Martin Mlynczak of NASAs Langley Research Center said in late September. High above Earths surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold.
. Ron Turner a Senior Science Advisor to NASAs Innovative Advanced Concepts program, said at the time that this solar cycle was among the weakest on record, noting that in the 23 solar cycles since recording began in 1755, there were very few solar maxima weaker than that recorded in 2014.
As a consequence, scientists are predicting one of the coldest periods ever recorded for our upper atmosphere and that means cooler temperatures down here, too.
Were not there quite yet, Mlynczak said about the anticipated record low thermosphere temperatures, but it could happen in a matter of months.

16:05

You Cannot Understand Global Warming without understanding the Second Law of Thermodynamics Armstrong Economics

COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong; I came across this guy Richard Lindzen and it struck me he was asking people the same question about the Second Law of Thermodynamics. He concluded that very few people who appear to be scientists or educated can even answer the question but still profound to be experts on Global Warming. It is impossible to argue for Global Warming if you cannot even describe what is the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

Thank you for opening our minds.

HW

REPLY: Yes you are absolutely correct. I assume you are referring to a comment I have made at WEC events about a major public corporation directed its Chief Financial Officer to meet with me after he lost probably 10% of the companys funds on currency. I met with the CFO and of course, it was hostile at first. He had to acknowledge our track record but he rebutted that every single forecast for 20 years could have been coincidence or luck. When I saw it was really going nowhere but I sensed he was not a smart-ass of stupid, I asked him what was his background. He hesitated and lowered his voice to reply he went to school and had a degree in nuclear physics. I said great Lets now look at the markets from the perspective of the Second Law of Thermodynamics!

It may have taken him all of 15 seconds for his mouth to drop and out came the words OMG, there has to be a cycle! I said absolutely!

This is the entire problem with the Global Warming crowd. They have bogus data only back to the second half of the 1800s and they have ZERO comprehension of the dynamics of the system. Then you have people like Al Gore preaching on a subject in which he has never even taken a course in school yet knows everything there is to know. Welcome to the new world order where these people have determined the best way to save the planet is to eliminate humans. They are working hard on trying to figure out how to accomplish that without standing trial for genocide. Just in case they do not understand what that word means the definit...

16:01

The Rise of Nationalism Armstrong Economics

Part of the War Cycle we have been warning about since it turned upward in 2014, is not merely international tensions between nation-states.  This particular uptick is the convergence of two cycle (1) the international tension, and (2) the civil unrest. I previous warned that because the civil unrest would turn up, this should be the most dominant trend. This is always why Trump won the election in 2016. People are really turning against immigration because the economy has been turning down.

Armstrong Economics 2017 Cycles of War Report

We published detailed reports on this cycle with all the backup so it is not resting on just my personal opinion. Doing such research always means we CANNOT begin with an assumption and just allow the evidence to form the conclusion. Anything else is not really worth much. Some people will just simply say they do not believe in cycles. That is fine. We always need someone to trade against. Plus, the cycle is driven by people who say things precisely that. This is why it is also hopeless to try to prevent such events our curse is really to just what the cycle and others that make it function and history to repeat.

Austria 26%
Bulgaria 9%
Czech Republic 11%
Denmark 21%
Finland 18%
France 13%
Germany 12.6%
Greeve 7%
Hungary 19%
Italy 17.4%
Netherlands 13%
Slovakia 8%
Sweden 17.6%
Switzerland 29%

 

Above is a list of Nationalist Parties and the percentage of the vote they have in Europe (see BBC). This is the trend and we should expect it to now pick up speed after 2018 going into particular 2020. Even in the United States, there is a rise of nationalism that the left keep calling racist but it is a natural trend when people...

16:00

Listen to Season 1 of Secrets of the Most Productive People Fast Company

Find every episode of Fast Companys productivity podcast here.

Trailer

Join Fast Company editors Kate Davis and Anisa Purbasari Horton as they try to figure out how to get it all done. In this biweekly podcast, they sort out fact from fiction on things like multitasking, sleep, and email, and get expert advice on how to work smarter instead of harder.

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16:00

Palm Beach County's Voting Machines Overheat, Forcing Another Recount Of 175,000 Votess BlackListed News

The vote counting situation in Florida's Palm Beach County is going from bad to worse. As Democratic attorneys push to allow Florida counties "as much time as they need" to finish a machine recount that threatens to switch the outcomes for the state's gubernatorial and senate races from the Republican to the Democratic column (a recount is also being held for the state's Agricultural Commissioner position), ballot counting machines in problem-plagued Palm Beach have broken down, forcing the county to restart its recount of 175,000 ballots, according to the Miami Herald.

School shootings have fueled a $2.7 billion school safety industry BlackListed News

The expo had finally begun, and now hundreds of school administrators streamed into a sprawling, chandeliered ballroom where entrepreneurs awaited, each eager to explain why their product, above all others, was the one worth buying.

The British Army is carrying out a massive test of military robots and drones BlackListed News

The British Army is testing out over 70 new technologies, including unmanned vehicles and surveillance drones, in a four-week experiment on one of its biggest training grounds.

California wildfire rips through nuclear waste site, fueling airborne toxin risk concerns BlackListed News

The Woolsey fire that engulfed over 90,000 acres in California last weekend may have spread toxic and radioactive substances from a Superfund site, according to activists who believe authorities might be downplaying the risks. The fire passed through the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL), a federal Superfund site in the Simi Hills that was the site of the worst nuclear meltdown in US history in 1959. While the California Department of Toxic Substances Control said there was no reason to be concerned of "any risks other than those normally present in a wildfire situation," locals aren't so sure, pointing out that the agency has dragged its feet in cleaning up toxic sites and accusing it of a possible cover-up.

How ZTE Helps Venezuela Create China-Style Social Control BlackListed News

Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is helping Venezuela build a system that monitors citizen behavior through a new identification card. The fatherland card, already used by the government to track voting, worries many in Venezuela and beyond.

Political Crisis In Israel: Defense Minister Resigns, Slams Netanyahu For "Surrendering to Hamas" BlackListed News

"If Lieberman resigns, Netanyahu will dissolve the Knesset"  reportsenior Israeli government sources following a formal announcement by Lieberman confirming he has quit his post as defense minister.  Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman resigned his post after a dramatic escalation in Gaza since Sunday's controversial Israeli special forces assassination raid on a top Hamas commander, sparking a political crisis in Israel. He made a formal announcement of his exit Wednesday during a televised news conference.

Land seizures in South Africa wont violate Constitution... once its changed Ramaphosa BlackListed News

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told the European Parliament on Wednesday that his countrys land reform will faithfully adhere to the countrys constitution with respect to the rights of all its citizens. The Ramaphosa-led African National Congress (ANC) aims to change the constitution to allow the government to expropriate land from white landowners without compensation. The land is to be distributed to the countrys landless black majority. Ramaphosa says the change in law is necessary in order to address racial disparities in ownership persisting more than two decades after the end of apartheid.

Serial swatter off to jail for "at least 20 years" BlackListed News

Tyler Barriss, a serial hoaxer whose SWATting calls to 911 we've covered before, is off to jail. He'll serve at least 20 years, according to his plea deal, but won't be sentenced until January.

Russia jammed GPS during major NATO military exercise with US troops BlackListed News

The Russian military jammed GPS signals during a major NATO military exercise in Norway that involved thousands of US and NATO troops, the alliance said Wednesday, citing the Norwegian government. The NATO exercise, Trident Juncture, concluded Sunday and involved some 50,000 personnel. It was labeled the alliance's largest exercise since the Cold War. Non-NATO members Finland and Sweden also participated in the exercise.

Leader of Frances angry police found dead amid troubling pattern of officer suicides BlackListed News

A policewoman who led a group that raised awareness about violence against French officers has been found dead, amid a wave of suicides in the countrys law enforcement community.

15 Arrests In Georgia: Democrat State Senator Arrested At Capitol In Vote-Count Fiasco BlackListed News

Atlanta Democrat state senator Nikema Williams of District 39 was arrested Tuesday, the day before another expected court ruling on absentee ballots.

Supersonic Bizjets May Attract Pentagon Interest BlackListed News

If supersonic passenger jets return to the skies, the U.S.military might find a few reasons to lease or even buy a few.   More than 15 years after the last flight of the Concorde the passenger jet that flew at just over Mach 2  NASA and two private companies, Aerion Supersonic and Boom Supersonics, are leading independent teams vying to accelerate passengers past the speed of sound by the mid-2020s.

Pilot killed as US T-38 supersonic military jet trainer crashes at base in Texas BlackListed News

A US Air Force pilot was killed as a T-38 Talon supersonic training plane crashed at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas on Tuesday night, making it the fifth accident involving the same aircraft model in the last 12 months.

CIA considered potential truth serum to force terror suspects to talk BlackListed News

Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was "possibly worth a try." But in the end, the CIA decided not to ask government lawyers to approve its use.

15:26

'Post 9/11 US veterans don't have the illusion of righteousness about the wars they fought' Signs of the Times

This generation of US veterans is facing the invalidity of the wars they fought, having been treated like puppets of the government in the execution of the unjust military action, Iraq war combat veteran Adam Kokesh told RT. A new study has found that American soldiers who were part of the 'War on Terror' are struggling to make ends meet. They are facing greater hardship than veterans of previous generations. "Post 9/11 veterans have become the first and only generation of veterans to struggle with housing affordability compared to civilians of like ages and demographics," according to the study.

15:16

Acting U.S. Attorney General to consult with ethics officials about involvement in Russia probe Signs of the Times

Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will consult with ethics officials about whether his past criticism of a special investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election requires him to recuse himself, the Justice Department said. Whitaker "is fully committed to following all appropriate processes and procedures at the Department of Justice, including consulting with senior ethics officials on his oversight responsibilities and matters that may warrant recusal," department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said late on November 12. President Donald Trump named Whitaker acting attorney general last week after ousting Jeff Sessions, who Trump had criticized repeatedly for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, which Trump has labeled a "witch hunt."

15:12

"The Richard Feynman Four-step Learning Method" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

"The Richard Feynman Four-step Learning Method"
by Cultural Offering

"1. Pick a topic you want to understand and start studying it. Write down everything you know about the topic on a notebook page, and add to that page every time you learn something new about it.

2. Pretend to teach your topic to a classroom. Make sure youre able to explain the topic in simple terms.

3. Go back to the books when you get stuck. The gaps in your knowledge should be obvious. Revisit problem areas until you can explain the topic fully.

4. Simplify and use analogies. Repeat the process while simplifying your language and connecting facts with analogies to help strengthen your understanding.

And can we please bring back blackboards?"

15:08

Mysterious booming music pulsates across the Delaware River keeping residents awake Signs of the Times

A repetitive, full bass has been pulsing through homes across the Delaware River on the Atlantic coast of the US since the summer, agonizing New Jersey residents living in the towns of Carneys Point, Penns Grove and Pennsville. Although it had been heard multiple times throughout the summer, there has been a spate of music during the past couple of weeks, NJ.com reported at the end of last month. "It was like a sickening, pulsing heartbeat. We turned up our television but could not overpower the throb," Monica Morris Lind, who lives off the Delaware River, told the media outlet.

15:00

European NGO Teaches Migrants How to Lie to Gain Asylum Humans Are Free

As bent on the destruction of our republic as the American Left is, they are only outdone by the European Left as Western civilization on balance continues to commit slow, steady suicide

As reported by The Gateway Pundit, documentarians Lauren Southern and Caolan Robertson have just released new recordings that should shock every Westerner concerned about the future of their country.

Taking a page from James OKeefes Project Veritas in the U.S., the undercover recordings appear to reveal the director of a major non-governmental organization (NGO) in Europe telling Southern and Robertson how she coaches migrants to lie and claim they are persecuted Christians when interdicted by border security authorities.

Ariel Ricker, who serves as the executive director of Advocates Abroad, admitted that the Eurocentric asylum process was simply theater, as TGPs Cassandra Fairbanks reports.


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14:58

Saudi-led coalition agrees to UN evacuation of injured Houthis in Yemen Signs of the Times

The Saudi-led coalition, supporting the Yemeni internationally-recognized government in the civil conflict with the Houthis, has agreed to allow the UN to evacuate up to 50 injured rebels to neighbouring Oman after the visit of UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the UK Foreign Office said. "The Saudi-led Coalition have agreed to the evacuation of wounded Houthis from Yemen, one of the key stumbling blocks to the UN Geneva talks in September. Subject to final reassurances, Coalition forces will now permit the UN to oversee a Houthi medical evacuation, including up to 50 wounded fighters, to Oman, ahead of another proposed round of peace talks in Sweden later this month," the office said in a statement published on its official website.

14:55

Gaza Burns Hotter Than Hollywood But There's Nobody To Put The Fires Out Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

 Gaza Burns Hotter Than Hollywood 
But There's Nobody To Put The Fires Out
by George Galloway

"The world is fixated by the forest fires in Hollywood burning down stars' mansions. With supreme irony some of them belong to those who helped raise millions of dollars for the Israeli Army which is now burning the hovels of Gaza. The Hollywood warriors have insurance of course, and other homes too, sometimes many of them. The hovel-dwellers of Gaza have neither. The brave firefighters of California are well-equipped and have the wind of hope of millions of well-wishers at their backs. There are no firefighters in Gaza.

The hovels of Gaza are unfortunately well-known to me, since long before Hamas even existed. In fact I saw Hamas be born, and Israel was the midwife. I was a comrade of Yasser Arafat then the Chairman of the secular PLO, an Arab nationalist, whose executive committee consisted of Arab nationalists and Moscow-aligned leftists like the PFLP led by the late Dr George Habash.

Israel feared this then zeitgeist in the Arab world so they turned, as the British had earlier in seeking to undermine Egypt's President Nasser, to the Islamists. The Muslim Brotherhood, a client of the British in Egypt had brothers in Gaza of course. Those brothers became Hamas with the full cooperation of Israel. I saw with my own eyes the open development of Islamism in Gaza, a catspaw against Arafat and the PLO. While the gaols (and the graveyards) were full of PLO men, the roads were choc-a-block with Islamist society vehicles. Communities were served by Islamic schools, hospital...

14:52

Northern California fire death toll rises to 48 CLG News

Northern California fire death toll rises to 48 | 13 Nov 018 | The Camp Fire has claimed 48 lives and 8,800 structures in Northern California, officials said Tuesday. The blaze, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state's history, kept growing Tuesday, though firefighters got some reprieve as winds died down. Still, though swirling winds and limited visibility at times remained challenging, Cal Fire operations section chief Joshua Bischof said the day was a successful one...Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory L. Honea told reporters that six people have been arrested for looting and other crimes.

14:48

Tommy Robinson barred from entry into US to attend conservative event on Islam Signs of the Times

Robinson, founder of the English Defence League (EDL), who is currently on bail after being charged with contempt of court, will have to wait "a while" for a US visa to be granted, according to neoconservative Daniel Pipes - the president of Middle East Forum (MEF), a conservative think-tank. According to the Press Association, Robinson has labelled reports he has been denied a visa as "fake news." In 2013 Robinson - real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon - was jailed for 10 months for entering the US using someone else's passport. The far-right activist turned self-styled journalist, has a myriad of other convictions to his name, including drug offenses, a number of assaults, leading a football riot and mortgage fraud.

14:30

Most Mass Shooters Have These 2 Things In Common But Nobody Wants To Talk About Awareness Act

Sure, we all hear about mass shootings when they happen but just a couple months later no one wants to talk about them. We refuse to take into consideration the things that might drive them and ignore the signs allowing it to happen time and time again.

Chances are youve heard lots of people talk about mental illness, gun laws, crisis actors and so forth in regards but what do all of these mass shooters really have in common? Sure, they were able to obtain weapons easily and they were not right in their minds but it goes much deeper than that.

Here in the US we are conditioned to be patriotic, which in most cases isnt a bad thing but have you ever noticed how many of those who were mass shooters wanted to be in the military or were in the military? Just about all of them fit into this box. I believe this is because here in the US we glorify violence as the answer to most things. We pretend it is a way to show strength but realistically speaking it is the opposite.

While not all soldiers are inclined to do things like this, many from a young age think violence is okay. Another quite interesting thing they also have in common is that they are just about all men. Chances are youve never stopped to think about that one.

We even build more on this violence as we tear one another apart hoping to change things by obsessing over the wrong directions. When you really look at things from an outside perspective they begin to show quite clearly where these issues lie. Eric Frein came from a military family and was rejected by the Marines, Chris Dorner was a marine, Micah Javier Johnson was a member of the Army Reserves and so forth. The list goes on and on, Nikolas Cruz himself was even wearing his JROTC shirt when he slaughtered all of those children.

The military in itself is a very violent institute. Yes, we do need the military and those who have served have done a great duty to us all but we should not be as open to violence as we are in this day and age because of such. We are quick to assume that going into other countries and slaughtering the bad guys is the answer even when we hurt innocent in the process. We see so much violence in the media and on television, in general, these days that its influence is unavoidable.

I recently came across an article written on the website the Fifth Column News and it got me thinking about all of this big time. It was written by Justin King a...

14:23

Nikola Teslas Groundbreaking Technology Has Been Revived Awareness Act

Nikola Tesla was a man with far more inventions than most. He came up with some of the most fascinating things and yet most are not around today.

It seems in recent times some of his methods have been revived as a strange tower in Texas has its own wireless energy tower. Teslas wireless energy tower was something he intended to use in order to broadcast free wireless energy around the globe. Of course, that was not what the powers in charge wanted and his plans were halted before things could get to where they needed to be.

This tower in Texas went a whole year before finally being explained to the public and is quite fascinating in more ways than youd think. It is owned by the company Viziv and has been confirmed as a remake of Teslas tower of power. It might look a bit crazy but it could do a lot for us all in the future.

Michael Taylor spokesman for Viziv told KXXV (a local news source) as follows in regards to what this towers presence in the town:

Were focusing early-on, on continuous signaling, things like regional GPS, radio navigation and broadcasting signaling.

We have no desire to disrupt their lives in any way (the locals). We want to improve their lives and improve the world around us,

According to Taylor, the locals could see some of the benefits this tower has to offer within ten years. While we dont know a lot about it or what goes into making it work you can see it quite clearly. To learn more about this interesting new tower of power please feel free to check out the video below.

Who knows, maybe more will pop up as time passes. This tower could be the start of something quite new and quite unexpected by most. What do you think about all of this?

(Image Via: Truthstream Media)

13:47

New York taxpayers to pay $48,000 per Amazon HQ job CLG News

New York taxpayers to pay $48,000 per Amazon HQ job | 12 Nov 2018 | New York state is kicking in more than $1.5 billion in taxpayer-funded incentives for getting half of Amazon's second headquarters located in a section of Queens. The Seattle-based company made its long-awaited announcement Tuesday, saying Long Island City and Alexandria, Virginia, will each get 25,000 jobs...According to Amazon, the cost per job for New York taxpayers is $48,000, compared to $22,000 for Virginia and $13,000 for Tennessee.

13:29

Hundreds Of Birds Found Dead In The Netherlands What Caused This? Awareness Act

In the Huijgenspark in the Hague hundreds of starlings have died. Their bodies were literally falling from trees by the dozens and no one seems to know why.

According to MSN, the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority is having quite a few of these birds examined at the laboratory of Wageningen Bioveterinary Research. Even as the dead birds are being cleaned up their bodies still litter the area in large numbers. Several parts are blocked off and dogs are not allowed to visit in case this is some kind of disease that they do not need to be exposed to.

Many are speculating as to what might have provoked such a mass die off and nothing is set in stone just yet. These birds appear quite healthy and seem fine until they literally kill over. Robert Barker of the Party for the Animals referred to the location as looking like a crime scene and told MSN that whether they were poisoned or not something has to of been behind this and that it must be investigated.

This die-off happened just a few weeks ago and still not much has been released in regards. Several news sources seem to think that perhaps it had something to do with a 5G test that was being done in the area. Principia Scientific even went so far as to say perhaps the 5G microwaves were interfering with the hearts of these birds and caused them all to experience sudden heart failure.

Throughout the past year, sudden and unexpected die-offs have occurred for many species and birds were some of the most common. On November 4th dozens of dead birds were found along a lake in India and back in October hundreds of birds dropped dead out of nowhere in Poland. This kind of thing is not isolated in the least bit.

What do you think might be behind this? I for one hope the reason comes to light soon. Things like this bring forth so many questions and we all need answers. If you dont mind reading subtitles feel free to check out the video below for more information.

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13:19

Our Soulmates Are Actually Mirrors to Our Soul Awareness Act

While you might think of your soulmate as someone who would complete you, that is not quite what a soulmate is. Soulmates are not pieces of our puzzles, they are more-so mirrors to our souls.

When you meet your soulmate, you are not meeting a piece of you, you are meeting yourself in a different light. Neither of you are incomplete and thus you do not complete one another. Being with your soulmate does not make you whole as you are not lacking.

Far too often we assume finding our soulmate will end our suffering and make all of our pain go away. That is not the case and never will be the case. We all have to deal with those things on our own, and being in a relationship with your mirror will not fix you. The sooner you face this the sooner you will be able to truly appreciate the soulmate connection in its truest form.

We are strongly connected with our soulmate on a level most others will not be able to comprehend. When you find your soulmate you find someone who is going to play a huge roll in your development as a person but also someone who needs you to play a roll in his or her development as well. While soulmates are mirrors they are also teachers. They show us exactly what we need to work on and stand by our sides while we do it.

If you are not in the right head space when you meet your soulmate you will run. While a lot of people think the twin flame is a mirror to the soul, that just depends on how you look at it. The true mirror is not that of the twin as the twin is much more than a mirror. The twin is a literal manifestation of your soul that was brought forth in the same lifetime as you, this sets them apart from soulmates in a huge way.

While all of this might come across as confusing if you have met your soulmate you know exactly what I am talking about. Everything changes but not in the ways youd expect for them too. Soulmates are like a light that shines to point you in the right direction they show you what you need to see whether it is something you want to see or not. This is why so much work must be put in before you find them.

There is so much more to it than you might assume. Soulmates are intense and are not what the tv screen makes them out to be.

 

13:16

Study Reveals Which Acts of Kindness Will Make You Happiest Awareness Act

Weve all heard, likely starting at a young age, that one of the secrets to happiness in this life is to do good for those around us. Experts say that there is actually truth to that statement. However, are all acts of kindness created equal?

How does happiness work to benefit us in life? As English author G.K. Chesterton once said, Happiness is a mystery like religion, and should never be rationalized. Its an experience that is unique for each and every person. Therefore, defining the experience is incredibly challenging. However, there are some basic scientific explanations for what happens the chemical reactions that occur within our brains when we experience joy or happiness.

Emotions like stress and happiness are each associated with a number of neurochemicals within the brain. These chemicals work to transfer data and trigger the activation of specific areas of the brain.  For example, the neurochemical dopamine is responsible for your feelings of joy from achieving a goal, triggering the reward center of the brain, while oxytocin is known as the bonding hormone triggering feelings of love and intimacy. Each experience in our lives will, in turn, trigger these chemicals in a unique way.

Therefore, it stands to reason that different experiences in our lives can trigger these chemicals in different ways. While two different situations may both bring you happiness, the way that these chemicals react can lead to different reactions or responses.

In an effort to understand the way that different types of kindness can impact our happiness, a team of researchers decided to study which forms of kindness will have the greatest benefits. They worked with a study group of 683 adults selected from over two dozen countries. Each participant was asked to complete at least one act of kindness every day for a week. However, the team was divided into 4 different groups and gave each group slightly more specific instructions in this task. The groups were as follows:

Group One Direct their kindness towards the people they are close to like friends and family

Group Two Direct their kindness towards acquaintances and other people they dont know as well

Group Three Engage in self-kindness, practicing self-care in their own lives

Group Four Rather than engaging in acts of kindness themselves, they were asked to focus their attention on identifying the acts of kindness carried out by others

They then collected information about the impact of each of these forms of...

13:15

Trump States He That He Will Likely End the Federal Ban On Marijuana Awareness Act

There has been a lot of talk about marijuana, and its future in todays society. With a growing number of states legalizing marijuana both for recreational and medicinal use, as well as the recent vote just to the north in Canada to legalize on a federal level, the pressure is on to reconsider the current federal ban.

But where does President Trump stand on the issue?

The concept of federal legalization really started to make the headlines in June, when the STATES Act, a bipartisan bill was introduced by Senators Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren. The bill would effectively provide an exemption for all legal state-licensed cannabis businesses from the Controlled Substances Act. This would mean that they could sell and distribute marijuana without fear of federal persecution.

When asked about his stance in regard to the bill, Trump was quoted saying, I support Sen. Gardner. I know exactly what hes doing. Were looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.

Sure, its not a solid commitment, however, given his current position in the country one would expect that the necessary fact-checking, digging and research be done before a firm stance is announced. However, the fact that this is on the table and being actively considered is an important step forward for marijuana supporters across the country.

If you are in the marijuana business you cant get a bank loan or set up a bank account because of concern over the conflict between state and federal law, stated Sen. Gardner during a news conference to unveil the bill. We need to fix this. It is time we take this industry out of the shadows, bring these dollars out of the shadows.

The inability to obtain adequate financial support is one of the biggest barriers for those looking to get into the industry in the states where marijuana has been legalized. This, in turn, has prevented the industry from growing at the rate that supporters believe it is capable of achieving. Former Justice Department attorney John Vardaman explained, The very people you want involved in this market are the ones who have been most reluctant to get involved because of the banking issue. If you address that, you would have enormous beneficial effects for the industry.

Earlier this month Michigan became the 10th state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes...

13:15

14 Signs That You Are Experiencing Spiritual Death (And Rebirth) Awareness Act

When we hear the term death, our minds are often immediately taken to a negative place with thoughts of physical death. This carries an even greater negative connotation for those who dont believe in any form of afterlife. However, what if I told you that the process of spiritual death is a very different, yet very positive time of transition in our lives?

The process of spiritual death and rebirth is one that is recognized in a number of cultures and religions around the world, including Buddhism. This doesnt mean we physically die, instead, as the Buddhists describe it, What dies are all our illusion and delusions about who we are and how things really are. Its the process of shedding ones ego and current sense of self in exchange for a greater, more spiritually awakened self.

Not being familiar with this term doesnt mean you havent experienced a similar transition in your life, or that you arent going through this process right now. In fact, many people do with no knowledge of what exactly is happening, explaining away the signs and symptoms with other causes.

Are you currently experiencing the process of spiritual death and rebirth? Watch for these 14 signs:

#1 Feeling Drained and/or Exhausted

This isnt just a physical exhaustion that can be solved by a good nights sleep. Those who are experiencing the process of spiritual death and rebirth will feel exhausted in all areas of their lives physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion. This can manifest in unexplained aches and pains, headaches, muscle weakness, or flu-like symptoms.

#2 Trapped in Your Life

You feel as though you are trapped in your life, going through the same motions day to day without the expectation that anything new will be waiting on the other side. This is much like a hamster, getting on its wheel, running for as long as its little legs will carry it, only to get off in the exact same place where it started. Spiritual death and rebirth will open your eyes to the fact that this is considered normal in our society, and youre going to long for something more.

#3 Feeling Like Something is Missing

From the outside looking in it may look like you live the perfect life a loving family, great home, successful career, and all the material belongings that a person could ask for. Yet, despite all this you find yourself feeling like something is missing in your life, something important. This is an important step in the shift towards the rebirth of your soul, as you are longing for that spiritual connection, an understanding of your true self.

#4 Numbness or Apathy

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13:12

Convenient Demonologies: Stopping Migrant Caravans Dissident Voice

President Donald J. Trump has been engaged with berating human caravans, a spectacle that might have been odd in another era.  At first instance, it all seems fundamentally anachronistic, a sort of history in reverse.  It was, after all, the caravan packed with invasive pioneers that gave the United States its distinct frontier identity, moving with relentless, exterminating purpose in ultimately closing it.

On October 19, some 7,000 Central American migrants, mostly from Honduras and Guatemala, made an attempt to cross the bridge between Guatemala and Mexico. Una necesidad nos obliga, came the justification of a 20-year old man to the Washington Post.  The ultimate destination for most: the United States.

Such a necessity does not merely apply to states in social and political decay.  Honduras has historically been an eviscerated client state, its politics those of a marionette of Washingtons interests.  In similar fashion, Guatemala continues to bleed before the preying involvement of Washington in its history.  The US-owned United Fruit Company craved gangsters for capitalism, and the Central Intelligence Agency obliged in protecting its assets, assisting the overthrow of the Arbenz administration in 1954.

The Mexican authorities made various attempts to repel the human stream with violent though modest success.  With the November mid-term elections looming, this small group became electoral dynamite for Trump.  It gave him a chance to militarise matters, announcing the deployment of 5,200 troops to the US-Mexico border.  (Some 5,600 have currently taken their positions.)

The language of General Terrence John OShaughnessy, in describing the proposed plan, resembled a description of an armed operation against an elevated enemy. Our concept of operations is to flow in our military assets with a priority to build up southern Texas, and then Arizona, and then California.

In the words of the previous US president, Barack Obama, Theyre telling us the single most grave threat to America is a bunch of poor, impoverished, broke, hungry refugees a thousand miles away.  Film director Spike Lee, presenting his latest effort, BlacKkKlansman, at the Los Cabos International Film Festival in Mexico, was even more unvarnished.  Agent Orange was on the campaign trail for his fellow gangsters and stirring his base by saying the migrant caravan was his invasion.

If there is something that tickles and engages the populist sentiment, Trump...

13:00

George Soros Letter Reveals Globalist Plan to Destroy the First World with Global Migrant Invasions Humans Are Free

As the Left continues to lose the battle for America's soul, its greatest champions are going full-out in an attempt to turn the tide any way they can even if it means destroying the country.

One of the vilest among them is billionaire George Soros, a Hungarian-born U.S. citizen who now seeks to demolish the country that gave him his riches along with its allies.

As reported by Breitbart London, Soros publicly confirmed that, yes, he seeks to essentially wipe out all European borders following an accusation made last week by the prime mister of his birth country, Viktor Orban (who, unlike Soros, actually has to deal with the tens of thousands of second- and third-world migrants streaming into his country and other European nations while Soros lives free of such inconveniences in his $10 million mansion / castle outside of New York City).

[For years now], Orban has accused Soros of deliberately encouraging the migrant crisis now engulfing the continent.


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12:41

Behind the Trump 'trade war' lies a military industrial agenda Signs of the Times

In geopolitics events are rarely what they seem to be. This is especially true when we look more closely at the otherwise bizarre "war" launched this spring under the guise of trade war, supposedly redressing America's huge annual balance of trade deficits, the most extreme being that with China. The true driver behind Washington's otherwise inexplicable tariff war attacks on especially China make sense when we view them through the prism of a new Administration report on the defense industrial base of the United States. In early October a US Government inter-agency Task Force, headed by the Department of Defense (DoD) released the unclassified part of a year-long study on the domestic industrial base required to provide vital components and raw materials for the US military. Titled "Report Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States," the Interagency Task Force document was commissioned a year ago in a...

12:25

Canadas Arms Lobby supports Sale of Light Armoured Vehicles to Saudi Arabia Dissident Voice

Will they cancel the contract or wont they? In order to understand Ottawas decision-making process regarding General Dynamics massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia one must look closely at industry lobbyists.

While the Trudeau government is under substantial public pressure to rescind the $15 billion Light Armoured Vehicle sale, to do so would challenge the company and the broader corporate lobby.

Last week a senior analyst with the GD-financed Canadian Global Affairs Institute boldly defended the LAV sale. There has been no behaviour by the Saudis to warrant cancelling this contract, said David Perry to the London Free Press. Perry must have missed the Kingdoms violence in Yemen, repression in eastern Saudi Arabia and consulate murder in Istanbul.

Two weeks ago Perry told another interviewer that any move to reverse the LAV sale would have dire consequences. There would be geopolitical implications. There would be a huge number of economic implications, both immediately and in the wider economy cancelling this, I think, would be a big step because as far as I understand the way that we look at arms exports, it would effectively mean that weve changed the rules of the game.

Amidst an earlier wave of criticism towards GDs LAV sale, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute published a paper titled Canada and Saudi Arabia: A Deeply Flawed but Necessary Partnership that defended the $15-billion deal. At the time of its 2016 publication at least four of the institutes fellows wrote columns justifying the sale, including an opinion piece by Perry published in the Globe and Mail Report on Business that was headlined Without foreign sales, Canadas defence industry would not survive.

Probably Canadas most prominent foreign policy think tank, Canadian Global Affairs Institute is a recipient of GDs generous donations. Both GD Land Systems and GD Mission Systems are listed among its supporters in recent annual reports, but the exact sum theyve given the institute isnt public.

The Conference of Defence Associations Institute also openly supports GDs LAV sale. Representatives of the Ottawa-based lobby/think tank have written...

12:23

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12:11

Israeli military preparing for possible large-scale invasion of Gaza Strip Signs of the Times

The current round of escalation started on November 11 when a covert unit of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) opened fire at a patrol of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military wing, in the town of Khan Yunis inside the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) supported the retreating IDF unit by airstrikes. At least 7 Palestinians, including Nur Barake, a deputy commander of an elite unit of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, and a lieutenant colonel of the IDF were killed in the clashes. Another IDF service member was injured.

11:55

Russians dress up as 'bus' to cross Vladivostok bridge... and get BUSted Signs of the Times

The two-kilometer Zolotoy Bridge in Russia's Vladivostok is off limits for pedestrian crossings but a creative team of four people devised a daring plan to fool the system by posing as one big 'human bus.' The tall bridge, arching over Zolotoy Rog Bay, was opened for traffic in 2012. Three years later, it was officially closed for pedestrians for safety reasons - the existing walkways were deemed too narrow under transport and anti-terrorism regulations. Before that, the bridge had also seen three suicides and one suicide attempt.

11:55

Noam Chomsky echoes prominent Israeli intellectual - warns of growing 'Judeo-Nazi tendencies' in Israel Signs of the Times

Prominent Jewish intellectual Noam Chomsky has raised concerns over what he believes is the rise of "Judeo-Nazi tendencies" in Israel. Speaking to i24NEWS last week, the renowned political dissident, linguist and scholar repeated warnings given by Yeshayahu Leibowitz, an Israeli public intellectual, biochemist and polymath, concerning the dehumanising effect of Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine on the victims and the oppressors. Chomsky commented on remarks by Leibowitz who was nominated for the Israel Prize saying that "Leibowitz warned that if the occupation continues, Israeli Jews are going to turn into what he called, Judeo-Nazis". Chomsky recognised the description was a "strong term" and that most people wouldn't be able to get away with describing Israel in this manner but explained that Leibowitz's status meant that he was able to speak about Israel without incurring fury. Leibowitz who passed away in 1994 in Jerusalem, cautioned that the state of Israel and Zionism...

11:43

Palestinians critical of Hollywood stars donating $60 million to support Israeli army terror Signs of the Times

Pharrell Williams and Gerard Butler among stars condemned by Palestinians, who say money furthers the occupation As Hollywood stars celebrated at a fundraiser for the Israeli army last week in Los Angeles, halfway across the world Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip were waking up for another Friday of protest and bloodshed. The gala on 1 November, organised by Friends of the Israeli Defence Forces and attended by actors such as Ashton Kutcher, Gerard Butler and Andy Garcia, was praised by Israel and its supporters for raising a record $60 million and bringing together more than 1,200 people. A memorandum of understanding signed between Israel and Barack Obama's US administration in 2016 included a record $38bn deal to provide Israel with military assistance over a ten-year period, the largest such pledge in American history. In the occupied Palestinian territory and on social media, the star-studded event was met with anger and condemnation.

11:39

Listen up Al Gore: Inuit says Polar bear numbers in Canadian Arctic so great they pose a threat to communities Signs of the Times

Report bitterly contested by scientists who say threat comes from climate change, which has pushed bears closer to humans - not because the population is growing Too many polar bears are roaming the Canadian Arctic, and the growing population is posing an increasing threat to Inuit communities, according to a controversial new government report which has been bitterly contested by environmental scientists. The draft report was prepared by the Nunavut government, and consists of submissions from Inuit community groups across Canada's northernmost territory. Public consultations are set to start on Tuesday before the government unveils the final report later in the year.

11:37

Amazon Echo Home Recordings At Center Of Murder Trial As Judge Orders Data Release Activist Post

By Nicholas West A new type of court case has been slowly but steadily emerging within the American legal system: alleged crimes being detected from...

11:25

Preah Vihear villagers summoned to court for detaining' bulldozer RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

12 Nov 2018 | Phnom Penh Posttwo NGO staff and 10 Kuoy indigenous villagers were summoned to court following land dispute in Preah Vihear, Cambodia with two Chinese companies that were clearing the land in dispute with the villagers back in December 2014. Some 300 villagers stopped about six bulldozers operated by the companies.

11:25

Des villageois veulent faire plier une multinationale RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

12 Nov 2018 | Africa N1En RDC, neuf communauts villageoises ont dpos plainte contre la socit canadienne Feronia auprs de la Banque de dveloppement allemande. Ils dnoncent le vol illgal de leurs terres. On en parle avec Jean-Franois Mombia Atuku, reprsentant de RIAO-RDC.

11:25

The global farmland grab by pension funds needs to stop RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

13 Nov 2018 | GRAINMoney from pension funds has fuelled the financial sector's massive move into farmland investing over the past decade. The number of pension funds involved in farmland investment and the amount of money they are deploying into it is increasing, under the radar.

11:25

L'accaparement des terres perptr par les fonds de pension dans le monde doit cesser RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

13 Nov 2018 | GRAINDepuis une dizaine d'annes, l'argent des fonds de pension alimente un norme investissement dans les terres agricoles. Le nombre de fonds de pension investissant dans les terres agricoles et les sommes d'argent dployes cette fin sont en augmentation, mais tout se fait discrtement.

11:25

Sierra Leone ruling against palm oil company will empower communities - campaigners RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

13 Nov 2018 | ReutersThe decision marks the first time in Sierra Leone's history that a community has been able to win back land leased to a foreign company

11:24

Swazi sugar corporation accused of illegal evictions RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

02 Nov 2018 | Farmers WeeklyThe Swaziland Justice Forum has accused the Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation of being complicit in the illegal eviction of sugar cane farmers and their families from what should have been by now their freehold land.

11:17

Realities and Challenges of Recuperated Workplaces in Argentina Dissident Voice

Workers demonstrate in defense of Cermica Zanon and other recuperated ceramics factories, in 2003 (Photo: Indymedia Argentina)

In this interview we talk to Andrs Ruggeri, anthropologist and researcher who directs the Facultad Abierta programme (Open School) of the University of Buenos Aires, dedicated to researching and supporting workplaces recuperated by their workers. Ruggeri tells us about the history of this movement, the challenges it faces, the relations with recent governments in Argentina, and much more.

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Ricardo Vaz:  Can you tell us a bit about this programme, Facultad Abierta?

Andres Ruggeri:  Facultad Abierta (Open School) is something that in Latin America is usually known as a University Extension, understood as the university function that is dedicated to the community. Usually these have to do with cultural aspects, courses, workshops, and this issue has also been commodified recently.

We started the programme in 2002. In the School of Philosophy and Literature of the University of Buenos Aires we set up a tiny extension unit to work with social movements, popular movements, that were flourishing at the time, among them the recuperated workplaces. We quickly turned to the subject of worker self-management, or workers control, on one hand doing research, and on the other taking part in the processes, trying to support the organizations that emerged.

RV: So it is not just a matter of doing research and documenting. What is, so to say, the contribution in the opposite direction? What do recuperated workplaces look for from Facultad Abierta?

AR: We never come with an attitude of telling the workers that this is what needs to be done, rather we look to work on a joint analysis of the issues, that will help with self-management. There are many aspects to it. One of them is actual participation: spreading information, supporting the occupations, collaboration in specific tasks, as well as articulating with other professionals. For example, we work with engineers, lawyers, accountants, people fro...

11:12

Red Flag Gun Laws: Yet Another Government Weapon for Compliance and Control Activist Post

By John W. Whitehead Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.George Santayana We never learn. In the right (or wrong) hands,...

11:05

What will it take to get to net zero? RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Sam Fankhauser of the LSE Grantham Research Institute believes net zero will require global political will, private sector ingenuity and a huge surge of investment

10:54

Trump considers a cabinet reshuffle, eyes new DHS secretary & chief of staff - reports Signs of the Times

US President Donald Trump is again preparing to shake up his administration, eyeing removal of the Homeland Security secretary and the Chief of Staff, US media reports, citing anonymous sources within the White House. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen might lose her job as soon as this week, according to the Wall Street Journal. Trump has cancelled a planned trip with Nielsen to visit troops at the US-Mexico border, telling his aides that he wanted her out as soon as possible, five former and current White House officials told the newspaper. Nielsen has reportedly been disgruntled with her job, as Trump has berated her during Cabinet meetings and branded her a "Bushie" months ago, as she used to serve under President George W. Bush. However, she is supposedly reluctant to leave the post before reaching the one-year mark.

10:49

Teams 'look for skulls' in ashes of California's deadliest wildfire - Thomson Reuters Foundation RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Teams 'look for skulls' in ashes of California's deadliest wildfireThomson Reuters FoundationPARADISE, Calif., Nov 13 (Reuters) - White-clad forensic teams with cadaver dogs fanned out across a ghostly landscape strewn with ash and charred debris searching on Tuesday for more human remains left from a blaze that killed at least 42 people in ...and more 

10:31

Acting Attorney Generals Appointment Challenged in Court Truthdig RSS

WASHINGTONMaryland is challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general, arguing that President Donald Trump sidestepped the Constitution and the Justice Departments own succession plan by elevating Whitaker to the top job.

The Tuesday filing sets up a court challenge between a state and the federal government over the legitimacy of the countrys chief law enforcement officer and foreshadows the likelihood of additional cases that present the same issues.

It comes as Democrats call on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the special counsels Russia investigation because of critical comments he has made about it in the past and amid concerns over his views on the scope of judicial authority.

In their filing, lawyers in the office of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh argue that the job should have gone to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein instead of to Whitaker.

They cite a statute governing the line of succession at the Justice Department that says that in the case of a vacancy in the attorney general position, the deputy attorney general may exercise all the duties of that office. If neither is available for the job, according to that statute, then the associate attorney general is supposed to be elevated.

Besides that, the lawyers say, the Constitution requires the duties of the attorney general who, as a presidential appointee, is known under the law as a principal officer to be carried out only by someone confirmed by the Senate for the underlying position.

The state argues that Congress always intended for an attorney general to be confirmed by the Senate given the national security and criminal justice powers inherent in the position, including the authority to control an investigation into the president. Without an established chain of command, according to the filing, presidents could select and then remove a series of attorneys general until they got their way.

Absent the Attorney General Succession Act, the President could fire the Attorney General (or demand his resignation), then appoint a hand-picked junior Senate-confirmed officer from an entirely different agency, or a carefully selected senior employee who he was confident would terminate or otherwise severely limit the investigation, the filing states.

A Justice Department spokeswoman had no immediate comment, though the department was expected to release later this week an opinion from its Office of Legal Counsel defending the legitimacy of Whitakers appointment.

Whitaker was appointed last year as chief of staff to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He became acting attorney general on Nov. 7 when Sessions was forced out.

The Maryland filing was made Tuesday in a legal dispute with the Trump administration over the Affordable Care Act. That lawsuit names Sessions as an indiv...

10:30

Here are the most infuriating details of Amazons HQ2 deals Fast Company

The sheer size of the handouts ($2.4 billion in tax incentives) already outraged critics on both the left and right, but some of the details about helipads and tax increases were particularly galling.

When the biggest retailer in the world announces the location of its massively-anticipated new headquarters, the news is bound to cause tremors. And so it was this morning with Amazons decision to set up massive new operations in New York City and in Crystal City, Virginia, as well as a slightly smaller office in Nashville, Tennessee.

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10:26

BEST OF THE WEB: Directed Mass Migration: NGO caught red-handed coaching migrants in Greece how to trick EU border agents Signs of the Times

A group that helped over 15,000 refugees and migrants to get into Europe has been caught on tape admitting to systematically training asylum seekers to exploit screening interviews by feigning trauma and persecution. Ariel Ricker, the executive director of Advocates Abroad, a major non-profit NGO which provides legal aid to migrants, has been caught on tape openly discussing how she teaches refugees to lie to border agents. The video was released by Canadian right-wing activist, author and internet personality, Lauren Southern, and will be a part of her new documentary film project 'Borderless,' which takes on the European migration crisis. On its website, Advocates Abroad claims to have helped as many as 15,000 migrants cross the Greek border, and 2,500 more outside of Greece. The organization is massive, taking volunteers from major universities, and was even featured in a documentary film by the International Bar Association.

10:20

Palestinian Militants declare ceasefire with Israel amid Gaza escalation Signs of the Times

The hostilities on the Israeli-Gaza border resumed after the Palestinian militants launched rocket attacks at Israel in revenge for seven militants killed during an Israeli special forces operation at the weekend. Gaza militant groups have announced an Egypt-backed ceasefire with Israel amid the escalation of hostilities. "Egypt's efforts led to the cessation of fire between the resistance factions and the Zionist enemy. The Palestinian movements will adhere to it, provided that the enemy does the same," according to the joint statement by movements led by the Hamas movement ruling the Gaza Strip.

Gaza defense forces declare ceasefire with Israel amid intense escalation of airstrikes Signs of the Times

The hostilities on the Israeli-Gaza border resumed after the Palestinian militants launched rocket attacks at Israel in revenge for seven militants killed during an Israeli special forces operation at the weekend. Gaza militant groups have announced an Egypt-backed ceasefire with Israel amid the escalation of hostilities. "Egypt's efforts led to the cessation of fire between the resistance factions and the Zionist enemy. The Palestinian movements will adhere to it, provided that the enemy does the same," according to the joint statement by movements led by the Hamas movement ruling the Gaza Strip.

10:19

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Do You Remember?" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

"Do You Remember?"

 "Do you remember still the falling stars
that like swift horses through the heavens raced
and suddenly leaped across the hurdles
of our wishes - do you recall?
And we did make so many! 
For there were countless numbers of stars: 
each time we looked above we were
astounded by the swiftness of their daring play,
while in our hearts we felt safe and secure
watching these brilliant bodies disintegrate,
knowing somehow we had survived their fall."

- Rainer Maria Rilke

10:18

Musical Interlude: 2002, "An Ocean Apart" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

This video features sailing ships and dolphins as well as sun drenched shores. The music is from the CD/DVD "Deep Still Blue" by the band 2002. The title of the song is "An Ocean Apart". The software used is Apple's "Motion".
Long playlist by 2002:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqq5ELgfnYU

10:09

"Human Existence: Our Story in One Minute"; "Man" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

Could you tell the story of human existence in a minute? This thrilling video culls together multiple teasing snippets in an attempt to do just that. And sets it to music. Briefly depicted, from start to finish, is an artistic animation of the Big Bang, a trip across the early universe, the formation of the Earth and Moon, the emergence of multi-celled life and plants, the rise of reptiles and dinosaurs, a devastating meteor strike, the rise of mammals and humans, and finally the rise of modern civilization. The minute movie ends with a flyover of the modern skyscraper and a human standing atop a snow covered mountain. The above video is the latest from theSymphony of Science project.

And of course our glorious ascendance to mastery of the world...
Steve Cutts, "Man"

10:07

Rare jellyfish not really rare Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 2015 video shows Rhizostoma luteum jellyfish in Schnbrunn zoo in Austria; where for the first time, this species was bred in captivity.

From FECYT Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology:

Rare jellyfish not so rare

November 13, 2018

When the Rhizostoma luteum jellyfish was discovered at the beginning of the 19th century in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar, only nine specimens were identified. For years, it was so inconspicuous that later, in the 20th century, it failed to turn up for six decades. A team of scientists, with the help of a citizen initiative, has now confirmed that it is not really as difficult to find as previously believed.

In 1827 the French naturalists Jean Ren Constant Quoy and Joseph Paul Gaimard, while aboard the Astrolabe on a trip around the world, discovered a new jellyfish species in the Strait of Gibraltar. Describing the Rhizostoma luteum (formerly called the Orythialutea) was made possible thanks to the analysis of nine specimens. This was the first and last time it was seen.

During the following decades, this jellyfish went unnoticed and there were no scientific records of it over the last 60 years. It was not until 2013 when a team of scientists, led by Laura Prieto of the Institute of Marine Sciences of Andalusia (CSIC), confirmed the presence of this species in Mediterranean waters by means of a phylogenetic analysis.

We believe that every time it was seen, it was mistakenly identified with such other jellyfish as the Rhizostoma pulmo, the Rhizostoma octopus and the Catostylus tagi, as Prieto, the co-author of another study that corroborates that this jellyfish is actually more abundant than what was thought, has pointed out.

The new work, part of the future doctoral thesis by Karen Kienberger and recently published in the Marine Biodiversity journal, has made several historical and recent records of the Rhizostoma luteum since 1998, thanks to the observations of scientists and a citizen initiative.

The results confirm more than 150 observations in the last 17 years, which shows that it is not such a rare species after all, the authors emphasize...

10:03

Half of Australia's emissions increase linked to WA's Gorgon LNG plant RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Carbon emissions from nation's largest LNG development were meant to be captured. More than two years on, the storage still hasn't started Half of the increase in Australia's annual carbon dioxide emissions can be linked to a single issue: the failure to bury greenhouse gases underground at the country's largest liquefied natural gas development.Chevron's Gorgon LNG development in the Pilbara is considered a landmark development in carbon capture and storage, a long-promised technology to [...]

09:59

What were Ocasio-Cortez and 150 young activists doing in Nancy Pelosi's office? RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Protestors held an hour-long sit-in in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office in D.C. on Tuesday. Their goal? an economy-wide plan to tackle climate change.

09:58

Amazons Billion-Dollar Shakedown of Americas Cities Truthdig RSS

If one required reminding of the Democratic Partys complete capitulation to corporate interests, to say nothing of the countrys as a whole, he or she need only have listened to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasios address on Tuesday. One of the biggest companies on earth next to the biggest public housing development in the United States, he told reporters during a joint press conference with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The synergy is going to be extraordinary.

The company in question is Amazon, which confirmed earlier that morning that Long Island City, Queens, will become the site of its second headquarters (a third headquarters will be located in northern Virginia). The announcement ends a 13-month pageant that saw 238 cities and their elected officials prostrate themselves to CEO Jeff Bezos, only for the multibillionaire to move his company into two of the wealthiest metropolises in the country (New York and Washington, D.C.) and likely displace countless working people. And for this privilege, the state of New York will reward Amazon with more than $1.5 billion in incentives, while the city provides property-tax abatements for the next 25 yearsthis as it faces public transportation and affordable-housing crises. Amazon, meanwhile, stands to save upward of $1 billion over the next decade.

As Derek Thompson argues in The Atlantic, moves like these are not merely outrageous. They should be outlawed.

Every year, American cities and states spend up to $90 billion in tax breaks and cash grants to urge companies to move among states, he writes. Thats more than the federal government spends on housing, education, or infrastructure. And since cities and states cant print money or run steep deficits, these deals take scarce resources from everything local governments would otherwise pay for, such as schools, roads, police, and...

09:55

Para Cambiar Todo en formatos PDF y web CrimethInc.

El fracaso de la izquierda y los triunfos de la derecha son suficientes para mantenernos luchando contra ambos. Presentamos nuestra introduccin al anarquismo, Para Cambiar Todo, en varios formatos y varias lenguas, una de ellas viviendo bajo la bota de El Estado Espaol, y otra en el hemisferio occidental colonizado por el mismo Estado Espaol. Por favor imprmanlos y distribyanlos donde quiera que estn. Aquellos en los Estados Unidos, todava pueden ordenar nuestra versin impresa de Para Cambiar Todo de CrimethInc., pero apresrense que se agotan.

Las versiones de la web estn aqu y aqu.

PDF por Espaa

PDF por Amrica Latina.

The failures of the left and the successes of the right are enough to keep us fighting against both. Were presenting our introduction to anarchism, Para Cambiar Todo, in several formats and two dialectsone for those living under the thumb of El Estado Espaol and one for those in the portions of the Western Hemisphere that were colonized by El Estado Espaol. Please print these out and distribute them wherever you are. Those in the United States can still order our printing of Para Cambiar Todo from CrimethInc. Far East, but hurryits almost out of print.

09:38

5 Zodiac Signs That Secretly Envy Scorpios Awareness Act

The Scorpio is easily the most desired out of all of the signs in the zodiac. People born of this sign are able to sway the hearts of just about anyone.

A lot of signs are secretly jealous of Scorpios for a number of reasons. Below I am going to go over the 5 signs that are most jealous of them and why. While you might not realize it, if youre a Scorpio you have a lot more going for you than you think.

Pisces

Pisces are not able to focus in the ways that Scorpios are Scorpios are able to really put their all in one task but the Pisces is far too creative and sporadic to really settle down to one thing. The Pisces is jealous of the Scorpio because the Scorpio is able to really find balance. Pisces are fearful and overtrusting but Scorpios are guarded and strong-willed.

Gemini

Geminis are usually the life of the party and come with a lot of conflicted traits. This is nothing like the Scorpio and really makes the Gemini quite envious. The Gemini is someone that is always being talked about in a negative light but the Scorpio is fawned over. They are very envious of the Scorpios ability to get others to open up. While the Gemini loves to talk people are often quite guarded when speaking to them.

Libra

Libras tend to be quite jealous of Scorpios because Scorpios embrace their emotional side without allow the emotions of others to rule their lives. The Libra would love to be able to control people in the ways that Scorpios can. While it might not sound like much the Scorpio has a lot of what the Libra lacks.

Capricorn

Capricorns are much more cautious than Scorpios. Scorpios are able to dive right in and get things done, this is something that the Capricorn wishes he or she could do. Capricorns are usually quite jealous of Scorpios because Scorpios dont have to be so cautious and disciplined, so they can take what they want without much issue.

Cancer

Cancers are extremely loving but often fall short when it comes to the Scorpio. People tend to choose the Scorpio over the Cancer and it drives them crazy. They want what the Scorpio has in the world of love and feel like the Scorpio doesnt appreciate any of what is given to them.

Scorpios have it made when it comes to a lot of things. They come out on top in a lot of ways. While you might not think much of it, they are capable of a lot. Have you ever been with a Scorpio?

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09:34

Australian addresses London Grenfell disaster survivors Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 13 Juni 2018 video from London, England says about itself:

One year on from the fire which killed 72 people, Going Underground goes back to Grenfell Tower. Host Afshin Rattansi talks to victims, protest organizers and those who tried to battle the blaze.

From the World Socialist Web Site in London, England:

Australian Socialist Equality Party National Secretary James Cogan addresses Grenfell Fire Forum

By our reporter

13 November 2018

On Saturday, James Cogan, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Australia, spoke at the Grenfell Fire Forum about the international implications of the fire. He argued that the same conditions that led to the deaths of 72 people in Londons Grenfell tower on the night of June 14 and the early morning of June 15, 2017, exist all over the world.

The event, sponsored by the Socialist Equality Party (UK), was attended by local residents, including campaigners against social cleansing in London.

Cogan brought condolences from the Australian SEP to all those who lost loved ones and friends in the Grenfell Fire, as well as political support for the forum and its campaign to ensure that the lessons of what the SEP in the UK rightly characterised as social murder are learned and politically acted upon by the working class internationally.

The horrific event that took place on the night of June 14-15, 2017, both shocked and resonated with tens of millions of people around the world, Cogan said.

I have heard it said many times that such a catastrophe should not have happened in the centre of one of the wealthiest cities on earth. An...

09:32

CNN Sues Trump Over Barring of White House Reporter Truthdig RSS

NEW YORKCNN took its access battle against the Trump administration to court on Tuesday, demanding the reinstatement of correspondent Jim Acostas White House credentials because their revocation violates the right of freedom of the press.

Besides seeking an injunction to let Acosta return immediately, CNN is launching a case that will test the ability of government officials anywhere to freeze out a reporter who displeases them.

The White House, never shy about picking a fight with CNN, says bring it on.

This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit, said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

The administration stripped Acosta of his pass following President Donald Trumps contentious news conference last week, during which Acosta refused to give up a microphone when the president said he didnt want to hear anything more from him.

Sanders initially explained the decision by accusing Acosta of making improper physical contact with the intern seeking to grab the microphone. But that rationale disappeared after witnesses backed Acostas account that he was just trying to keep the mic, and Sanders distributed a doctored video that made it appear Acosta was more aggressive than he actually was.

Trump called Acosta a rude, terrible person, and Sanders on Tuesday accused Acosta of being unprofessional by trying to dominate the questioning at the news conference.

For its part, CNN believes the White House is trying to silence a reporter.

Trump has made CNN and its reporters a particular target of his denunciation of fake news and characterization of the media as an enemy of the people. CNN CEO Jeff Zucker, in a letter to White House chief of staff John Kelly, called Trumps attitude toward CNN a pattern of targeted harassment.

Mr. Acostas press credentials must be restored so that all members of the press know they will remain free to ask tough questions, challenge government officials and report the business of the nation to the American people, said Theodore Olson, former U.S. solicitor general and one of CNNs lawyers on the case.

The White House Correspondents Association backed the lawsuit, filed in Washington, D.C., district court.

The president of the United States should not be in the business of arbitrarily picking the men and women who cover him, said Olivier Knox, president of the correspondents group.

CNN would seem to be on strong legal ground, said Katie Fallow, senior staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute. During the Nixon administration in the 1970s, the Secret Service tried to deny credentials to a reporter from the Nation magazine because he had been involved in physical altercations, but was overruled by the D.C. circuit court, she sai...

09:31

Market Talk- November 13, 2018 Armstrong Economics

Although the Asian markets opened weaker, that proved to be the days low and all recovered from then on. That said, the Nikkei, New Zealand, KOPSI and ASX all finished lower with Japan actually losing 2%. In late trading we are seeing a small recovery for the Nikkei futures but with that the Yen is well into the 114s. The Hang Seng spent all day climbing back to unchanged, whilst Shanghai and the SENSEX both managed a near 1% return for the day. Opinions are divided as to reasoning for all this stock market turbulence, but should be noted that when derivative volume and model volume play algos outweigh cash markets, turbulence is bound to increase yet not alter the long term trend. Currency markets are large enough to handle this kind of interference and so tend not to create the fear of volatility.

Europe was a buzz with talk of deals between US and China and also talk that the UK may very well be agreeing terms with the EU as early as this week! Obviously, a huge amount of speculation on the later from agreed text to signature soon, but that was the reason given by many for the excuse why Sterling rallied 1.5%. Oil has been another major discussion topic today following its $4 fall resulting in a 6% decline. The price has fallen 25% over the past month with talk that many were wrong-footed by Irans production numbers. Stocks were making a recovery early in European trading but it wasnt until the US opened that that rally built momentum. Early US futures had expected another weak opening for cash but fortunately that was not to be. Most core indices closed on their days highs up around 1%.

Following yesterdays decline, the mood at the opening was probably best described as hesitant at best. Fortunately, Apple stock saw some recovery and that helped the whole sector to rally. Early losses were rejected and the market was abuzz with positivity surrounding the talk that US and China were talking trade again. However, this mood was soon reversed and in light volume we traded back down to close the day off 100 points in the DOW. The NASDAQ only just managed to hold onto gains which does appear positive for the Asian session.

Japan 0.10%, US 2s closed 2.88% (-1bp), US 10s closed 3.14% (-1bp), US 30s 3...

09:26

Canadian Legal Systems Complicity in Genocide Dissident Voice

[T]he US government no less than the government of Canada is required to obtain the consent of the Indian nations before assuming jurisdiction to invade, occupy and govern the yet unceded Indian national territories.

Bruce Clark, Ongoing Genocide caused by Judicial Suppression of the Existing Aboriginal Rights (2018), p 25-26

I have only been physically inside a courtroom once, and that was to support a falsely accused colleague. It struck me that a typical western courtroom is set up not to exude justice but to intimidate, not just the accused but all people present, with the power of the State. The judge is invariably seated centrally on a dais, able to observe all that transpires below in the courtroom. When the judge enters, all present are required to stand, and none may be seated until permission is granted by his honor. When the proceedings are displeasing to her honor, she may strike a gavel on the dais to summon order in the courtroom.

Witness the power of the State: the power to mete out punishment for persons found guilty of something the State has determined to be illegal. It is a power that may be, and has been, wielded in what would be construed to be a thoroughly criminal manner in a moral universe. After all, gift giving and dancing were once deemed illegal by the Canadian State, and thus the tradition of First Nation Potlatches were banned until a sense of sanity and seeming propriety prevailed.

Such legal chicanery is not surprising to those who subscribe to Emery Dahlbergs admonition that power corrupts.1 When law is unjust or when the punishment for wrongdoing is unjust, then the State has abused its power. The States power to prescribe justice can, moreover, be argued to represent State violence in that the threat of punishment is used by the State to coerce behavioral compliance with the societal norms as dictated by the State.

To any informed person, Canada is undeniably a nation state erected on pre-existing nation states. The founding of Canada was unquestionably rooted in the genocide of the Original Peoples of the territory....

09:24

'Separatists are not people': Ukrainian children taught to shoot and kill at far-right 'summer camp' Signs of the Times

The Ukrainian far-right party 'Svoboda' is training children as young as eight to use firearms and shoot to kill, getting them ready to fight elusive "Russian aggression," and stand up to the "perversions" of the West. The "Temper of will" summer camp - which looks more like a full-fledged boot camp - is located in a forest close to the Dniester river in the western Ukrainian region of Ternopol. The camp is run by the Sokil (Falcon) organization - a militant youth offshoot of the "national-socialist" Ukrainian party Svoboda (Freedom).

09:22

SOTT FOCUS: Gaza Burns Hotter Than Hollywood But There's Nobody to Put The Fires Out Signs of the Times

The world is fixated by the forest fires in Hollywood burning down stars' mansions. With supreme irony some of them belong to those who helped raise millions of dollars for the Israeli Army which is now burning the hovels of Gaza. The Hollywood warriors have insurance of course, and other homes too, sometimes many of them. The hovel-dwellers of Gaza have neither. The brave firefighters of California are well-equipped and have the wind of hope of millions of well-wishers at their backs. There are no firefighters in Gaza.

09:18

Doctor Removes Womans Kidneys By Accident After Mistaking It For a Cancerous Tumor Awareness Act

While we dont often hear about things like this happen, the fear of it is always in the back of our minds, especially when going under for any kind of procedure. In this womans case, the thing we fear the most actually happened and her story will chill you to your bones.

According to Fox, a 51-year-old woman named Maureen Pacheco checked into Wellington Regional Medical Center back in 2016 to have the bones in her lower back fused after a car accident. That being said, during her operation Dr. Ramon Vazquez noticed her kidney which he believed was a tumor at the time. Because of his assuming it was a tumor he declared it was an emergency situation and removed it. No one ever asked Pacheco or any of her relatives whether removing the tumor was alright or not and of course, she ended up suing.

Now, as if this whole story wasnt messed up enough, apparently Vazquez was not supposed to be the one even performing her surgery. He was merely supposed to cut her open so that the surgeons could come in and do the operation. Because of all of this Vazquez who has served as chairman of surgery at Palm Beach Medical Center could end up losing his medical license over this and many believe that he should.

Could you imagine waking up from a back surgery to be told you had a kidney removed without it being necessary? Now, according to Daily Mail, this legal battle has recently been settled but did last around two years. That being said, Pacheco still has to continue her life at risk for chronic kidney disease and renal failure with just one kidney.

Daily Mail reported as follows on the topic:

Pachecos primary surgeons who were supposed to fuse the bones in her lower back, Dr. John Britt and Dr. Jeffrey Kugler, settled for $250,000 each, according to records from the states Office of Insurance Regulation.

Dr. Vazquezs attorney, Mark Mittlemark, wrote in an email to the Palm Beach Post that the doctor settled for a nominal amount.

The Health Department says that Dr. Vazquez did not have malpractice insurance, unlike the other two surgeons.

According to 2018 Florida Statutes, the maximum amount of he would be required to pay is $250,000.

This whole situation is quite scary in itself and it should be noted that Vazquez didnt even order a biopsy before removing the organ. What do you think about all of this?

I...

09:08

Homeland Security Chief May Be on Trumps Chopping Block Truthdig RSS

WASHINGTONPresident Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shakeup as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen expected to be among the next to go, perhaps as soon as this week.

Trump has soured on Nielsen and White House chief of staff John Kelly, in part over frustration that his administration is not doing more to address what he has called a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to two people with knowledge of the issue. But the scope of the contemplated changes is far broader, as Trump gears up for a wave of Democratic oversight requests and to devote more effort to his own re-election campaign.

According to people familiar with the situation, Trump is discussing replacing Kelly with Vice President Mike Pences chief of staff, Nick Ayers. Kelly, a retired Marine general, has been credited with bringing order and process to a chaotic West Wing, but he has fallen out of favor with the president as well as presidential daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Ayers, a seasoned campaign operative, would restore a political-mindset to the role, but he faces stiff opposition from some corners of the West Wing, with some aides lobbying Trump directly against the move.

Others changes are afoot, as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are being discussed for replacement. And in an extraordinary move Tuesday, first lady Melania Trumps office called publicly for the firing of Trumps deputy national security adviser, Mira Ricardel.

For all of the talk of churn, Trump often expresses frustration with aides and then does not take action. Talk of Kellys exit has percolated for months and he remains in place.

Nielsen had hoped to complete one year in the job and leave in December, but it appeared unlikely she would last that long, said two sources. Both people who had knowledge of the debate spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Curbing illegal immigration is Trumps signature issue and one he returns to as a way to rally his most loyal supporters.

But anyone who takes over at Homeland Security is likely to run up against the same problems that Nielsen faced. The administration has already tried to clamp down at the border but those efforts have been largely thwarted or watered down due to legal challenges.

Trump also told allies that he never fully trusted Nielsen, whom he associated with President George W. Bush, a longtime foe. And he told those close to him that he felt, at times, that her loyalty was more toward her longtime mentor Kelly than to the president.

Zinke, who faces several ethics investigations, said in interview with The Associated Press on Monday that he has spoken in recent days with Trump, Pence and Kelly about probes into his leadership and th...

09:08

Connection is the Opposite of Addiction Awareness Act

It is estimated that over 20 million Americans were living with addiction in 2011 alone,  it is clear that this is a widespread problem in need of our attention. However, as big as the problem is, its largely misunderstood. This has inspired many experts to devote their time and energy to the search for answers.

There are many theories regarding the cause of addiction, most of which are heavily rooted in the study of psychology. While some will simply dismiss the struggle as a sign of personal weakness, our understanding has continued to grow and develop. Today, most experts accept the theory that addiction is a brain disease similar to depression and anxiety. In fact, these conditions may actually be intertwined, meaning that someone living with depression may be more inclined to turn to addiction, while addiction can, in turn, worsen depression.

Much like the debate of the chicken versus the egg, however, to leave our understanding there will fail to ever actually identify a root cause. Instead, it traps us in a circular pattern of thinking. However, addiction specialist Dr. Gabor Mate introduced a different idea, taking the search for answers one step further stating that the core of these struggles can be traced back to emotional loss and trauma.

In a viral Ted Talk, Johann Harri, author of Chasing the Scream, introduced a different take on this same concept. He stated, The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection. This may not appear to be the same idea at first glance but consider for a second when someone is going through an emotional trauma, such as a traumatic home life as a child, they are often facing isolation from the rest of the world. Therefore, they are lacking the connection that we, as a species, are wired to crave.

When we look at the basic needs and requirements for the human population, one that is often overlooked is the need for social connection. This not only is necessary for our emotional well-being, bringing us joy and happiness, but research shows that it is also necessary for brain development starting as mere babies, continuing through childhood and into our adult lives.

During the talk, Harri broke it down for his audience, stating that because youve been able to afford the approximately gazillion pounds that it costs to get into a TED Talk, Im guessing you guys could afford to be drinking vodka...

09:00

The Vote Counting Will Continue in Georgia Truthdig RSS

Two just-issued federal court rulings will mean potentially thousands of additional votes will be counted in Georgias hotly contested elections, possibly affecting the outcomes of races ranging from the high-profile governors race to seats for state legislature.

Late Monday, a U.S. District Court ordered the state to count provisional ballots that were previously rejectedbecause the voters names werent in precinct pollbooks due to shoddy state record keepingand to extend the vote counting period through this Friday afternoon. On Tuesday, another federal district court judge ordered the state to count absentee ballots that had been rejected because voters didnt fill in their date of birth when signing their mail-in ballot envelopes.

The rulings from last night and this morning were wins for Georgians fundamental rightthe right to cast a ballot, said Lauren Groh-Wargo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams campaign manager.

As of midday Tuesday, it was not clear if the state would appeal the two federal court orders. On Monday, Georgias new Secretary of State, Robyn Crittenden, issued new instructions to counties on processing provisional and absentee ballots, but they do not include the courts latest directives.

Vote Counting Extended and Expanded

The 56-page ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg issued late on Monday means that vote counting by Georgias 159 counties would not end Tuesday, when county election boards were slated to report totals to the state.

The Court grants modest relief, the District Court said, in response to a lawsuit filed by Common Cause Georgia against Brian Kemp, Georgias Republican gubernatorial candidate, who last week resigned as Secretary of State after saying he wondespite thousands of pending uncounted votes.

The ruling doesnt discuss the 2018 governors race, where Abrams and the Democratic Party filed another federal suit Sunday, seeking Georgias new Secretary of State to extend vote-counting through Wednesday (the order pushed that deadline to this Fridaybeyond what Abrams sought).

The governors race is a battle of vote count attrition. As of Sunday, Abrams needed 19,000 more votes to trigger a recount, and 21,000 votes to trigger a December runoff, Groh-Wargo said. (Groh-Wargo estimated there were 26,000 uncounted ballots: from po...

08:57

'We see a cooling trend' says NASA scientist Signs of the Times

The sun is headed towards its solar minimum, a time of far less energy output. That could mean cold winters are on their way, according to officials from NASA, the US space agency. "We see a cooling trend," Martin Mlynczak of NASA's Langley Research Center said in late September. "High above Earth's surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold." NASA's SABER [Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry] instrument aboard the TIMED [Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics] satellite has been tracking the upper parts of the Earth's atmosphere - those most affected by the sun's rays - since 2001 and is detecting signs that solar output is nearing a low-point. "The thermosphere always cools off during Solar Minimum. It's one of the most important ways the solar cycle affects our planet," Mlynczak, who is the associate principal investigator for...

08:46

The 'hard problem' of consciousness - Could consciousness all come down to the way things vibrate? Signs of the Times

Why is my awareness here, while yours is over there? Why is the universe split in two for each of us, into a subject and an infinity of objects? How is each of us our own center of experience, receiving information about the rest of the world out there? Why are some things conscious and others apparently not? Is a rat conscious? A gnat? A bacterium? These questions are all aspects of the ancient "mind-body problem," which asks, essentially: What is the relationship between mind and matter? It's resisted a generally satisfying conclusion for thousands of years. The mind-body problem enjoyed a major rebranding over the last two decades. Now it's generally known as the "hard problem" of consciousness, after philosopher David Chalmers coined this term in a now classic paper and further explored it in his 1996 book, The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory. Chalmers thought the mind-body problem should be called "hard" in comparison to what, with tongue in cheek, he called...

08:44

Why Everything You Learned About Viruses Is WRONG Wake Up World

November 14th, 2018 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World Groundbreaking research indicates that most of what we believed about the purportedly deadly" properties of viruses like influenza is based on nothing more than institutionalized superstition and myth. Germ theory is an immensely powerful force on this planet, affecting everyday interactions from a handshake, all the way []

08:41

How to process climate grief over the California wildfires RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Feeling like this is expected, at least some of the time.

08:38

Breaking: Filipino Senator Investigating the FDA and DOH Mistreatment of Holistic Dr Farrah Health Nut News

(Note from Erin: I spoke to Dr. Farrah today when she contacted us to let us know what was happening. She is a dear friend and Im so sorry, and angry, for everything that is happening to her and her practice.) RELATED STORY: World famous holistic doctor suddenly shuts clinic after death threats to her []

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08:38

United Nations Agenda 21, Smart Meters & Reduced Population Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich Whats going on in California?  Why is California burning?  TV stations are reporting about the weather anomalies people now realize have...

08:36

Which animals hibernate? Video Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 9 November 2018 video says about itself:

Which Animals Hibernate?

When it comes to hibernating, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians are fair game for this long rest.

08:30

AZs Dem Senator Fought To Protect Men Who Had Sex With Children News Punch

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, Arizonas newly elected first female Senator, fought to protect criminals who had sex with child prostitutes and later took tens of thousands of dollars from the founders of an alleged sex trafficking website. [...]

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08:29

"Out-sheeping The Sheep..." Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

We laugh at sheep because sheep just follow the one in front. We humans have out-sheeped the sheep, because at least the sheep need a sheep dog to keep them in line. Humans keep each other in line. And they do it by ridiculing or condemning anyone who commits the crime, and thats what its become, of being different.
- David Icke

08:28

The Power of Prayer Doctors Stunned as Brain Tumor Vanishes Without Surgery News Punch

Doctors in California are mystified after finding a patients suspected malignant brain tumor disappeared without surgical intervention, after the patient, who describes himself as a man of faith, asked for help from his community and [...]

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08:26

The Daily "Near You?" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

North Vernon, Indiana, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

08:25

Bali Tourists Are Unknowingly Eating Dog Meat New Investigation News Punch

Dogs in Bali are being taken off the streets and killed to be sold to tourists disguised as chicken in meals, according to a new investigation that reveals the shocking scale of the illegal dog [...]

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08:25

Chet Raymo, "Six Things" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

"Six Things"
by Chet Raymo

"My mother was part of the last generation of Americans who were welded into a national cohesiveness by the classroom memorization of poems by English language poets - Longfellow, Whittier, Riley, Lowell, Field, and all the rest. All her life, lines of verse were on her lips...

"All at once, and nothing first, 
 Just as bubbles do when they burst." 
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The One Hoss Shay"

"Each morning sees some task begin, 
Each evening sees it close;
 Something attempted, something done,
 Has earned a night's repose."

08:23

Record Cold Temperatures This Winter, Warns NASA Scientist News Punch

A NASA scientist has warned that the most savage freeze in modern history is about to grip the Earth in an icy embrace, as the sun is enters one of the deepest Solar Minima of [...]

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08:23

Warmer winters linked to higher crime rates, study finds RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Trend in US regions where once-brutal winters are now mild raises new concerns over climate changeWarmer winters are linked to increased crime rates in parts of the United States, a new study has found.Researchers found that violent crime is almost always more prevalent when temperatures are warmer in the winter months. The trend was especially strong when winters were mild in regions that usually have fierce winters, like the north-east and midwest. Related: 'It's a ghost page': EPA [...]

08:22

Multiple Pilots Report Encounter With UFO Flying at Astronomical Speed News Punch

Multiple sightings by commercial airline pilots of an unidentified object flying at astronomical speed before disappearing off the coast of Ireland has sparked an investigation by the Irish Aviation Authority. The UFO was first spotted [...]

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08:20

America to the rescue! US-led coalition transports Daesh terrorists from Syria's Hasakah out of harm's way Signs of the Times

According to SANA's earlier reports, over 60 civilians were killed or injured in an airstrike carried out by the US-led coalition on the town of al-Sha'afa in eastern Deir ez-Zor. The US-led coalition evacuated the other day a number of Daesh* terrorists by helicopter from the province of Hasakah to some unknown location, SANA reported. "On November 10, the helicopters of the international coalition led by the US evacuated supposedly three militants out of As-Suwayda village in the north-eastern part of Hasakah province and headed in an unknown direction," the agency cited its sources as saying. The coalition hasn't yet commented on the reports. Head of the political division of the Syrian army, Gen. Hassan Akhmad Hassan earlier stated in an interview with Sputnik that the US and its allies support terrorists in Syria instead of fighting them, rather supervising them and issuing assignments. To prove the point, the general brought up reports of Daesh chiefs having been evacuated on...

08:17

France: Leader of 'angry police' kills herself amid troubling spate of police suicides Signs of the Times

A policewoman who led a group that raised awareness about violence against French officers has been found dead, amid a wave of suicides in the country's law enforcement community. Maggy Biskupski, 36, was discovered dead in her home outside Paris, having apparently shot herself with her service weapon. She was the founder and leader of France's Angry Police Movement, or MPC, which she created after two officers were badly injured by a Molotov cocktail attack in 2016. The incident sparked demonstrations by France's police force, with protesters denouncing the rise of anti-police sentiment and demanding more resources to improve public safety. The outspoken officer had been under investigation for speaking to the media about attacks against the police without permission from her superiors.

Leader of French police officers' movement found dead amid troubling spate of police 'suicides' Signs of the Times

A policewoman who led a group that raised awareness about violence against French officers has been found dead, amid a wave of suicides in the country's law enforcement community. Maggy Biskupski, 36, was discovered dead in her home outside Paris, having apparently shot herself with her service weapon. She was the founder and leader of France's Angry Police Movement, or MPC, which she created after two officers were badly injured by a Molotov cocktail attack in 2016. The incident sparked demonstrations by France's police force, with protesters denouncing the rise of anti-police sentiment and demanding more resources to improve public safety. The outspoken officer had been under investigation for speaking to the media about attacks against the police without permission from her superiors.

08:13

"Rock the Vote" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

"Rock the Vote"
by Jim Kunstler

"It warmed my heart to read in The Wall Street Journal that Hillary Clinton is preparing to re-enter the Washington DC swamp from her deluxe exile in the woods of Chappaqua, New York, and make another run for the White House - though its hard to calculate how many porters in sandals and loincloths will be required to lug all her baggage around the campaign trail. Will hubbie hit the hustings with her? That would be rich. I can just imagine the pussy-hatted legions shrieking #MeToo at every stop. Surely there is no better way to put the Democratic Party out of its misery.

The post-election melodramas in Georgia and Florida grind on, despite the various rules and laws about deadlines for certifying ballots and accounting for their origin. What is a ballot after all but a mere scrap of paper, easily reproducible, and interchangeable. Sometimes, they make strange journeys out of election headquarters in trucks and SUVs, seeking fun and excitement, and they have been known to mysteriously turn up by the hundredweight in broom closets where they retreat to caucus. Only one thing is certain: the ballot fiasco is a billable hours bonanza for DC lawyers arriving on the scene to sort things out - which they may not manage anyway.

If the vote count somehow remains in favor of the provisional winners - Republicans Rick Scott, Ron DeSantis (Fla), and Brian Kemp (Ga) - you can be sure well be in a frenzy of sore loserdom that will make the Medieval ergot outbreaks of yore look like episodes of Peewees Playhouse. If the provisional votes get overturned, the attorneys billable hours will quickly exceed the national debt, and well find ourselves in a new era where the free...

08:10

Commonwealth Bank of Australia becomes first Australian company to join global business push for renewable electricity RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Australia's largest bank commits to sourcing 100% renewable electricity globally by 2030 and becomes the first company nationwide to join RE100;   Signs power purchase agreement to source 65% of its national electricity needs from renewables by early next year. Sydney, Australia: Renewable energy is good for the environment and good for the economy that's the message from Australia's largest bank today as [...]

08:07

Big anti-Trump demonstration in Paris, France Dear Kitty. Some blog

Anti-Trump demonstrators in Paris

From the World Socialist Web Site in France:

Thousands protest Trumps visit to Paris for centenary of World War I armistice

By our reporters

13 November 2018

As Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and 70 other heads of state met in Paris on Sunday, thousands of people demonstrated on Republic Square to show their opposition to the US president and to imperialist wars being waged today. WSWS reporters interviewed the protesters, who also spoke out against Macrons recent call to honor the military career of Frances Nazi-collaborationist dictator, Philippe Ptain.

One protester, Simon, criticized the hypocrisy of political leaders praising peace in Paris while waging war from Afghanistan and Syria to Mali, and the silence on the role of the October 1917 revolution in Russia and the revolutionary uprisings of the German workers in ending the war.

He said, We are greeting a few kilometers from here the worlds five biggest arms dealers, who are spouting phrases about peace and hiding the fact that what ended World War I was the German revolution. It was the workers and working people of Germany who carried out a revolution. It was not ended via a military victory. And then they were made to pay for it afterwards, with the punitive Versailles peace treaty. So it is important for us to show, about the people who are waging war across the world but who claim to pr...

08:04

George W. Bush Awarded Liberty Medal Amid Protests From US Veterans News Punch

War criminal and former US President George W Bush and his wife Laura were awarded the prestigious Liberty Medal this week at the National Constitution Center. The award believe it or not, is to honor people [...]

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08:02

New Israel-Palestine Conflict Start Of Biblical War, Rabbi Warns News Punch

The escalating conflict between Israel and Palestine could be the start of the great biblical war, Rabbi Pinchas Winston has warned.   Following a failed Israeli special forces raid inside Gaza on Sunday evening, Hamas responded [...]

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07:59

French Police Officer Suicided After Exposing Violent Migrants News Punch

A policewoman who spoke out about violence committed by migrants against French police officers has been found dead, amid a mysterious wave of suicides across the country. Maggy Biskupski, 36, was discovered dead in her [...]

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07:56

Tweeters respond to Wisconsin school group picture where teens give 'Nazi salute' Signs of the Times

A Wisconsin high school has found itself at the center of controversy - and a police investigation - after a group of students were photographed making Nazi salutes and far-right hand gestures at their prom. The photo of some 50 young men from the Baraboo High School performing the stiff-armed 'Sieg Heil' greeting quickly went viral online. The photo was taken during the students' junior prom, but resurfaced last weekend when it was posted to Twitter with the caption: "We even got the black kid to throw it up."

07:54

London crossbow attack leaves pregnant mom of 5 dead, doctors save baby Signs of the Times

An 8-month pregnant mum was shot and killed with a crossbow, Monday night. Sana Muhammad died of her wounds though doctors managed to save her baby, by emergency cesarean section, who has been named Ibrahim. The 35-year-old, mother of five, was shot early on Monday morning as she did the washing up in her Ilford, east London, home. Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 50, was arrested and charged with murder. He is to appear at Barkingside magistrates' court on Tuesday morning. Muhammad was rushed to hospital but died three hours later. The crossbow bolt reportedly missed the unborn baby by several centimeters. After being delivered the baby was transferred to a critical care unit, where he remains.

07:54

Aluminum Is Poisoning Our Brains And Causing Alzheimers, Professor Warns News Punch

Aluminum found in medicines, cosmetics, and food are poisoning our brains and causing widespread Alzheimers disease, a British professor has warned.  The toxic metal builds up in the brain, eventually causing Aluminum contamination a factor [...]

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07:51

Eight Celebs that Helped Raise $60M for the IDF Right Before It Launched an Attack on Gaza MintPress News

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA Just two weeks before Israel pounded Gaza with bombs last night, over 1,200 celebrities came together to raise a record-breaking $60 million to support the Israeli Defense Forces and Israels occupation of Palestine at a gala called Friends of Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF).

The Israeli jets bombing the Gaza Strip targeted the Al-Aqsa TV headquarters and killed at least five Palestinians.

At least 214 Palestinians have been killed and over 18,000 wounded since beginning the Great Return March on the 30th of March this year, coinciding with the Trump administrations decision to move Washingtons embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy Palestinian city of Jerusalem Al-Quds.

Despite their support for seemingly progressive politics at home, these celebrities apparently see no contradiction in supporting the U.S.-backed Israeli occupation of Palestine and blockade of Gaza the worlds largest open-air prison, which Israel has bombed to rubble.

Ninety percent of Gazas main water supply is unfit for consumption (including agricultural use) due to contamination from sewage. Meanwhile, children must pass through military checkpoints and risk death to attend school each day.

Here are some of the most prominent celebrities who attended the gala last weekend to support the Israeli occupation and its ongoing assault on the Palestinian people.

Ashton Kutcher | A superstar who rose to fame from the hit TV series That 70s Show and now peddles cameras, Ashton Kutcher proudly attended Novembers Friends of the IDF event.

07:48

Texas Votes On Banning Hillary Clinton From School Curriculum News Punch

Schools across Texas could soon be barred from teaching children about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the classroom. The State Board of Education will take a preliminary vote on Tuesday on whether or [...]

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07:47

Medina, Ohio hospital on lockdown as police respond to reports of an active shooter Signs of the Times

An Ohio hospital has been put on lockdown following a report of an active shooter. Police are searching each floor of the building for the potential suspect. Authorities were deployed to The Cleveland Clinic - Medina Hospital in Medina, Ohio, after receiving reports that a woman was in possession of a firearm and threatening people. Despite some reports which said there was an active shooter situation underway, police told locals news outlet ABC 5 that no shots have been fired. The Cleveland Clinic tweeted that people are advised against traveling to the Medina campus, adding that both the hospital and the nearby office building are on lockdown.

07:46

Unexpected Iran waivers have Saudi's scrambling to stop oil price slide Signs of the Times

Saudi Arabia is moving quickly to halt the slide in oil prices, telegraphing a production cut intended to erase some of the re-emerging supply surplus. Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday that the kingdom would slash oil exports by 500,000 bpd in December, a move that would go a long way to reversing the 1 million-barrel-per-day increase in output agreed to by OPEC+ in June. It was only a few weeks ago that al-Falih was trying to reassure the market that Saudi Arabia had enough spare capacity in the event of an outage; now he is rushing to try to stop the slide in prices but paring back production. The production cut would come just after crude oil officially entered bear market territory, falling 20 percent from its October peak.

07:43

DK & Lucis Trust After the Shift

https://www.lucistrust.org/de/arcane_school/introduction/the_tibetan_master_work1

Please, keep in mind that any and all hierarchy is archontic in its nature.

07:37

Corporations and kleptocrats rip off taxpayers by parking billions offshore, say economist Signs of the Times

Tax havens are used as an instrument to increase the profitability of US multinationals at the expense of the public, according to investigative economist and lawyer James Henry. He told RT that there's a tiny group of the world's elite professionals, banks, law firms, and accounting firms that make a nice living from the global tax haven industry. Multinational companies, and their shareholders to some extent, have benefitted from the fact that they were able to park US profits offshore and avoid paying US corporate income tax. "The rest of us who have to pay for the taxes that corporations are not paying, are seeing the race to the bottom, we're seeing many countries around the world slashing corporate taxes and putting more of the costs of the government on ordinary taxpayers," said Henry, a senior advisor at the Tax Justice Network. He explained that America's wealthy kleptocrats, tax-dodgers, and particularly multinational companies have been massively parking money offshore....

07:33

IBM Uses NYPD Camera Footage To Search For People By Hair Color, Facial Hair, and Skin Tone All Without Consent Or A Warrant WorldTruth.Tv

Quietly and with little fanfare, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) has been spying on New Yorkers using an advanced network of cameras that are capable of identifying people based on their unique physical features. And we now know that the NYPD procured this highly-advanced, post-9/11 anti-terrorism technology in all of its Big Brother glory from []

07:27

Ever the globalist stooge, Macron trash talks 'America first' Signs of the Times

In a rebuke that bordered on a national insult Sunday, Emmanuel Macron sniped at Donald Trump's calling himself a nationalist. "Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism; nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism," Macron said. As for Trump's policy of "America first," Macron trashed such atavistic thinking in this new age: "By saying we put ourselves first and the others don't matter, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great and what is essential: its moral values." Though he is being hailed as Europe's new anti-Trump leader who will stand up for transnationalism and globalism, Macron revealed his ignorance of America. Trump's ideas are not ideological but rooted in our country's history.

07:25

Saudi Intelligence Met with Trump Admin and Mossad To Discuss Iran Sabotage and Assassinations MintPress News

WASHINGTON A new report published in The New York Times has revealed that top Saudi intelligence officials with ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), in meetings with figures close to the Trump administration and Israel intelligence, expressed interest in using private contractors to sabotage the Iranian economy and to assassinate top Iranian officials.

The plan to use private intelligence operatives to sabotage Irans economy had been developed by George Nader, an American-Lebanese businessman close to Trump and the United Arab Emirates and a convicted sex offender, and Joel Zamel, an Israeli known for his deep ties to Israeli intelligence and security agencies. The plan, at the time of the meeting, did not include the assassination component, though the Saudi officials present sought to probe whether such acts could be included in the campaign.

The Times noted that both Nader and Zamel saw their Iran plan both as a lucrative source of income and as a way to cripple a country that they and the Saudis considered a profound threat. The plan was said to involve operations like revealing hidden global assets of the Quds Force; creating fake social media accounts in Farsi to foment unrest in Iran; financing Iranian opposition groups; and publicizing accusations, real or fictitious, against senior Iranian officials to turn them against one another. The two met with Saudi officials in early January 2017 in order to secure funding for the plan, which they estimated would cost around $2 billion.

Both Nader and Zamel are now witnesses in the investigation led by Robert Mueller into Trump campaign practices and alleged collusion. It is unclear how Nader and Zamel who are connected to the United Arab Emirates and Israel, respectively fit into Muellers inquiry, which has been publicized as focusing largely on alleged collusion with the Russian government.

Nader and Zamel had enlisted Erik Prince the former head of the private military company Blackwater (no...

07:22

Blog: Angela Quintal recounts CPJ's ordeal in Tanzania RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Johannesburg, November 13, 2018--"We drove down a dirt road and entered the premises of what appeared to be a safe house, through a large gate. Several men in plain clothes stood in the front yard. At least one appeared to be armed with a rifle. Their animosity was palpable......

07:15

Hydrochloric acid vapor leak forces locals to shut doors and windows in Frankfurt am Main Signs of the Times

Locals in Frankfurt am Main were briefly told to keep doors and windows closed after a hydrochloric acid vapor leak in the industrial area. The warning was soon lifted as no hazardous chemicals were detected in the environment. The incident took place in Griesheim Industrial Park on Tuesday morning, according to firefighters. "Doors and windows in the area of Griesheim and [nearby] Nied are to be kept closed," the warning said. Locals were advised to switch off air-conditioning units and ventilation. Traffic was also halted due to the incident. The fire department asked people to turn on their radios, and released a map showing the affected area on Twitter. Warning sirens were triggered in both locations as a precaution.

07:15

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Solar researchers try to warn about global food shortages Signs of the Times

Professor Valentina Zharkova presented at the Global Warming Policy Forum, and this is what happens when someone familiar with Grand Solar Minimums and the effects on society tries to warn about global food insecurity within a decade. Giraffes in snow, atmospheric compression events and uber extremes are a wisp of what is in store through the next decade........ Sources

07:13

Is United States Breaking International Law? Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich MSNBC news media panel members were stunned speechless by a talking head professor from Columbia University, Jeffrey Sacks, spilling the beans...

07:08

Facebook Let Smartphone Companies Access Your Private Data Truthdig RSS

In April, the world learned that Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-allied data firm, gained access to data from 50 million Facebook users without their permission. It did so, as Kurt Wagner explains in Recode, through a targeted advertising program that sells advertisers access to your News Feed, and uses that data to show you specific ads it thinks youre likely to enjoy or click on. Such data-sharing, The New York Times reports, wasnt limited to advertisers and Cambridge Analytica, but extended to the makers of smartphones, which many people use to access Facebook.

The Times reports that lawmakers learned that Facebook failed to closely monitor device makers after granting them access to the personal data of hundreds of millions of people, according to a previously unreported disclosure to Congress last month. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., provided the Times with a letter from Facebook explaining the nature of the deals.

By 2013, Facebook developed partnerships with seven companies, including BlackBerry, to provide what it called &nbsp;the Facebook experience, custom-built software, typically, that gave those manufacturers customers access to Facebook on their phones. The partnerships fell under a Federal Trade Commission consent decree that required a government-appointed monitor to provide oversight.

The letter from Facebook was written in response to Wydens questions during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in September. That hearing, the Times reports, was held just weeks after The Times reported that Facebook had struck data-sharing deals with dozens of phone and tablet manufacturers, including Microsoft, BlackBerry and Amazon.

As Wyden told the Times, Facebook claimed that its data-sharing partnerships with smartphone manufacturers were on the up and up. But Facebooks own, handpicked auditors said the company wasnt monitoring what smartphone manufacturers did with Americans personal information, or making sure these manufacturers were following Facebooks own poli...

07:07

Russia's Rosatom to construct 7th power unit at Chinese nuclear power plant Signs of the Times

The construction of a new power unit at the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in China will begin in 2021, according to Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom. It's the biggest joint NPP project between the two nations. "Together with the Chinese partners, we have already built four power units at this site and thus have paved the way for further projects," said Vladimir Savushkin from Rosatom's engineering division Atomstroyexport (ASE). Savushkin told Strana Rosatom newspaper that "cooperation continues, now on the basis of Russia's newest 3+ generation technologies," adding that the deadlines are tight and "in 2021 we are to begin construction works at Tianwan-7."

07:01

Theresa May berates Moscow like a 'recalcitrant child', distracts from her own major political problems Signs of the Times

The UK is ready to build a "different relationship" with Russia following the diplomatic rift over the Skripal poisoning - but only if Moscow confesses all its alleged sins and plays by London's rules, PM Theresa May has hinted. The UK Prime Minister focused a large part of her annual speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in London on fighting the perceived Russian threat, which she claims has proven to be "ever more real" recently. Despite the belligerent stance towards Moscow, May said that London seeks a "different relationship" with the Kremlin - if only it "desists from these attacks that undermine international treaties and international security." "We hope that the Russian state chooses to take this path. If it does, we will respond in kind," May stated on Monday.

06:58

Birds at feeders in New York winter Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from New York state in the USA says about itself:

Morning Visitors Frequent Snow-Covered Feeders Nov. 13, 2018

Hairy Woodpeckers, Mourning Doves, and a Black-capped Chickadee round out the visitors in this snowy morning clip from the Cornell Lab FeederWatch cam. Who is feasting outside your window this morning?

Watch LIVE at http://AllAboutBirds.org/CornellFeeders for news, updates, and more information about the pond and its surroundings.

06:50

Welcome to the Ultimate Escape Room RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

It's hard not to feel that all of humanity deserves a Darwin award when you see the effects of recent superstorms, the vanishing of polar ice, and the heedless drilling for oil and gas everywhere.

06:47

One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four How About GMO Potatoes No More Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich Whats the main selling point of the GMO potato? Its flesh stays white and doesnt oxidize when cut. It doesnt turn green,...

06:47

Western puppet Aleksey Navalny prevented from leaving Russia over 'surprise' debt Signs of the Times

Aleksey Navalny has been stopped from traveling to Strasbourg to attend a hearing at the European Court for Human Rights. He was told he was unable to leave Russia due to a debt which he says he didn't know existed. Navalny, one of Russian opposition figures most recognized in the West, intended to travel to Strasburg on Tuesday to personally hear a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The ECHR is expected to voice its decision on one of Navalny's complaints against Russia. Instead, he was stopped at a Moscow airport and told he could not leave the country. The politician said he was surprised because he didn't know why he would be barred from travelling and posted a picture of himself waiting for clarification.

06:23

No Trump/Russia collusion evidence, Woodward says Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 13 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Woodward: No Evidence Of Trump Russia Collusion

Bob Woodward, in an interview regarding his latest book, Fear, admits to not finding any evidence of Trump/Russia collusion. Here is his perspective.

Meanwhile, there is plenty of evidence of Trumps homophobia and transphobia; of his shredding of the nuclear missile treaty; of  his shredding of the Iran deal; of his shredding of the Paris climate agreement; of Trumps biggest military budget of all time; of his tax cuts for billionaires including himself; of his attack on Dreamer young immigrants; of his threats to shoot women and children; of his re-starting of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline; etc.

Evidence which the newly elected Democrat majority in the United States House of Representatives might use to wage opposition to Trump from the left; if they would want to do so.

Rather than being a symptom of Russia or some other foreign country, Trump...

06:17

SOTT FOCUS: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs Signs of the Times

At the risk of sounding repetitive, October this year was, yet again, a month of major and destructive amounts of precipitation across the globe. At this point, the intensity and frequency of rainfall (often including hail) in so many places is getting a little worrying. From Asia to the Americas to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, towns, cities and villages in all these areas experienced massive downpours in just a few hours that destroyed property and took lives. Winter also arrived early this month in many places, with the European Alps, the Canadian and US Rockies (including further south in Arizona), China, South Korea, Pakistan and India all receiving unusually large amounts of the white stuff. As usual, there were meteorites/fireballs aplenty and, of course, the increasingly common sinkholes made their appearance, in one instance killing two people. For residents of Florida, October was marked by the arrival of Hurricane Michael with 155mph (250kmph) winds while Cyclone...

06:06

Bank of Israel awarded damages from convicted counterfeiters for... copyright infringement Signs of the Times

Two people already convicted for their roles in a counterfeit ring in Israel have been ordered by a court to also pay damages to Bank of Israel... because printing your own 200-shekel notes apparently violates copyright. The two unappreciated artists, Roi Bar-Eitan and Jacob Mursiano, were busted last year along with five other people involved in a counterfeiting ring in the city of Ashkelon, according to Israeli media. They were successfully prosecuted and convicted for faking IDs, driver's licenses, bank checks, and bank notes.

06:00

Ice Age American elephants Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

15 June 2017

The proboscideans are a group of animals that contains the elephant and mastodont families. Many of us will be well-aware of these groups, but what of some of the lesser-known proboscideans? One such family are the gomphotheres and in this episode were introduced to them by Dr Dimila Moth, of the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

By Alexandra Witze in the USA, 12:30pm, November 13, 2018:

How mammoths competed with other animals and lost

Human hunters helped wipe out mammoths, mastodons and gomphotheres

The Gray Fossil Site, a sinkhole in northeastern Tennessee, is full of prehistoric treasures. Between 7 million and 4.5 million years ago, rhinoceroses, saber-toothed cats and other creatures, even red pandas, perished here by the edge of a pond. But that bounty of fossils pales next to the sites biggest find: a mastodons skeleton, nearly 5 million years old, preserved in exquisite detail all the way down to its ankle bones. It is just fantastic, says Chris Widga, a paleontologist at East Tennessee State University in nearby Johnson City.

The ancient elephant relative became known as Ernie because it was enormous, calculated soon after its 2015 discovery to have weighed 16 tons in life. The name came from musician Tennessee Ernie Ford, known for the coal-mining song Sixteen Tons. Since then the researchers have revised the mastodons weight down to 10.5 tons, says Widga, but the name stuck.

Ernie is still the biggest mastodon ever found in North America. He would have dwarfed todays large African eleph...

05:48

Skripal poisoning mystery: Where was Detective Sergeant Nicholas Bailey poisoned? Signs of the Times

I wrote back here that the Achilles Heel of the door handle theory is Detective Sergeant Nicholas Bailey. When his name was first mentioned publicly, on 8th March, it was widely reported that he had been one of the first responders at the bench in The Maltings. However, this was thrown into confusion the following day by none other than Lord Ian Blair, former Chief Constable of the Metropolitan Police, who stated the following on Radio 4's Today Programme: "There are some indications that the police officer who was injured had been to the house, whereas there was a doctor who looked after the patients in the open, who hasn't been affected at all. So there maybe some clues floating around in here.'" As I pointed out in that piece, the phrase "some indications" was somewhat disingenuous, as The Metropolitan Police would have known by that time exactly where Mr Bailey had been. And in any case, there was no particular reason for Lord Blair to reveal this information. The point I went...

05:47

A Short Introduction to Transition RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Transition is a movement that has been growing since 2005. It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face by starting local. By coming together, they are able to crowd-source solutions. They seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities. Continue reading A Short Introduction to Transition

05:47

"12 Examples That Show That America Is Far More Messed Up Than When You Were A Kid" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

"12 Examples That Show That America Is 
Far More Messed Up Than When You Were A Kid"
by Michael Snyder

"What in the world has happened to our country? Most of us have very fond memories from when we were younger, and it is true that often our memories of the good old days can leave out the bad parts. None of us are perfect individually, and America has certainly never been without major problems as a nation. But have we ever witnessed the level of social decay that we are seeing around the country today?  We are like a divorced, bloated, drug-addicted middle age man that has seen his life completely fall apart, and it would be nice to believe that we have hit rock bottom, but the truth is that we just keep on sinking even lower. The following are 12 examples that show that America is far more messed up than when you were a kid

#1 When I was young, fast food was something that people would get as a treat every once in a while.  Today, more than a third of the country has made it a lifestyle: "Americans love affair with fast food continues, with one in every three adults chowing down on the fare on any given day. Thats the finding from a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When asked by researchers, 37 percent of adults said theyd eaten fast food at least once over the past 24 hours. There was one surprise: Bucking the notion that poorer Americans favor fast food the most, the report found that intake actually rose with income." No wonder obesity rates are at an all-time high and so many of us are deve...

05:32

Trudeau confirms Canadian intel listened to Khashoggi murder tapes Signs of the Times

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that Turkey has shared audio tapes with Canada related to the murder of Saudi opposition journalist Jamal Khashoggi, thus becoming a first foreign leader to confirm the existence of the recordings. Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the recordings were shared with France, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States, among others. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that he was not aware whether Turkey had actually shared the information and accused the Turkish leader of "playing political games." "Canada's intelligence agencies have been working very closely on this issue with Turkish intelligence and Canada has been fully briefed on what Turkey had to share," Trudeau said at a press conference in Paris on Monday. The Canadian prime minister confirmed that the intelligence had heard the tapes, but added that he "has not" heard the tapes himself. "I had a conversation with Erdogan a...

05:30

Mad About Your High Utility Bills and Smart Meters? Group Analyzes Campaign Contributions By Utility PACs and Executives. Hello Govnor! Activist Post

By B.N. Frank Activist Post has previously highlighted analysis provided before in re political contributions made by Telecom companies.  This recent article from the Energy...

05:27

Biggest sex differences study ever confirms men more interested in systems, women more interested in people Signs of the Times

Scientists are set to stir up debates around sex and gender after publishing a study which found differences in the brain between the sexes; men prefer 'systems' while women are more interested in people and emotions. Conducting the largest ever study of sex differences, interviewing some 650,000 people, Cambridge scientists said their study confirmed that, on a population level, men will be more interested by systems, while women will have higher degrees of emotional intelligence - the so-called empathizing-systemizing theory of sex differences. Secondly, the scientists found that the brains of autistic people were more 'masculine' compared to what is typical for their sex, confirming, they argue, the extreme male brain theory. The study comes at a time of heated debate around sex and gender norms, and the confirmation of the theories - described by some as 'neuro-sexism' - has risked controversy. Scientists at the prestigious university, led by renowned clinical psychologist...

05:27

Now dance to the new Gaza samba with the BolZionaros (Pepe Escobar ) Tlaxcala

13/11/2018 - Im up and down the Karakoram highway in Gilgit-Baltistan, juggling between the Great Game the original, pitting imperial Britain and Russia and the New Great Game pitting the Exceptionalists ...

05:26

Numerous Western Fiat "Governments" Pushing For New Wave of Internet Totalitarianism Qntra

The Australia's Department of Home Affairs published a statement, since deleted annoucing an agreement during a 5Eyes meeting to pursue measures "prevent illegal and illicit content from ever being uploaded"...

05:24

The American Dance of Life: A Handful of Unrelated but Connected Notes on the U.S. and War Dissident Voice

Diego Riveras painting at the beginning of this article is called Gloriosa victoria (Glorious Victory) and was done by him in 1954 as a protest against the U.S. overthrow of Guatemalas democratically elected government that same year. At the paintings center, U.S. Sec. of State John Foster Dulles shakes hands with the new (Washington-approved) president of Guatemala while behind them other U.S. officials hand out money to Guatemalan soldiers.

But the important thing is this. If youre a vet like he was, when you die the government suddenly appears out of nowhere to describe your death as the passing-on of an American hero, all past crimes absolved. The VA may have scorned your claim that your cancer resulted from your tour of duty at Area 9 of the Nevada Atomic Test Site, or it may have turned a blind eye to the symptoms you suffered after your exposure to napalm in Vietnam, or it may have been aggravated by your claim that you returned from Afghanistan with PTSD, but once youre dead everythings forgotten and the White House bellows

This mans a hero!

You see, thats how it happens. They bury you as a hero to hide the fact that when alive they treated you like shit.

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One event from almost thirty years ago left an indelible impression on me. It illustrated for me how society as a whole, including every institution and product and entertainment thats part of it, increasingly becomes a mass-delivery device for saturating us with the propaganda necessary for keeping us synced to whats psychologically required of us in order for the nations economic elites to retain power and grow wealthier. Just think of how often we buy a tee-shirt emblazoned with the name of the company which manufactured it. This shows how the U.S. economic (and cultural) system has conditioned us to do what would have been considered impossible years ago: to fork up our hard-earned cash for the privilege of advertising a manufacturers product with no cost to t...

05:23

The Christian Vacation Camp Where Kids Are Taught by Notorious Climate Science Deniers RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Read time: 4 minsEach morning at Camp Constitution's summer camp, the kids and parents go off to classes while staff members do a room inspection. What we look for is not just cleanliness, but a patriotic and Godly theme, says camp director Hal Shurtleff in a video of the 2016 camp. We are looking for creativity are they learning what we are teaching them? And what are they being taught? Conspiracy theories about the United Nations (UN) and how climate change is a [...]

05:22

Stop war on Gaza, demonstrations in Israel Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is called Demonstration in Tel Aviv, Israel against the situation in Gaza. May 2018.

From the peace movement in Israel:

Emergency demonstrations throughout Israel: Stop the war! Move towards peace!

Press Release Nov. 13, 2018

Hebrew original forwarded by Standing Together media@standing-together.org, translation Adam Keller

Today at 20:00 Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem

The Standing Together movement, along with various peace groups, will demonstrate today (Tuesday, Nov. 13) throughout the country, demanding a complete change of direction. Instead of war and fear and bloodshed we should lift the siege of Gaza, end the occupation, and actively pursue a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace.

The pain of suffering casualties, the fear of another night without sleep and the question why?` are now the lot of very many people. We want we must change this reality. This conflict has gone on far too long. Again and again it flares up. Again we hear arrogant statements about It is time to teach them a lesson which do not and should not give anyone a feeling of confidence.

We must take a new path. Residents of Southern Israel and residents of Gaza, Israelis and Palestinians only peace can guarantee security to all of us. Only peace will ensure quiet nights this is the only way. Let`s end for spreading hatred and sowing fear, let`s end this pain. Today, especially today, let us demand what should have taken place long ago, the only thing that can ensure life: lifting of the siege, ending the occupation and achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace. We deserve a happy ending to this sad and difficult story. `
The demonstrations will take place at:

Haifa UNESCO Square in the German Colony, at the foot of the Baha`i Gardens

Jerusalem Paris Square

Tel Aviv The corner of Rothschild Boulevard and Allenby Street

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For further details and coordination of interviews:

Hila +972-(0)54-2457680 or Doron +972-(0)54-4673320

Izzeldin Abuelaishs three daughters were killed in Gaza but he still clings to hope for the Middle East:...

05:19

Rabbi tells Israel to prepare for Biblical end-of-days war 'at any time' Signs of the Times

Rabbi Pinchas Winston, an acclaimed author and doomsayer, has warned that renewed clashes in the Gaza Strip or ongoing tensions between Israel and Iran over Syria may trigger the next major conflict, which, in turn, may see biblical end-times prophecy come true. Rabbi Pinchas Winston, whose works over the past two decades have dealt extensively with "The End of Days", has suggested that the IDF should be ready for a biblical war that may arrive "at any moment without any warning". He made a reference to a prophecy of the War of Gog and Magog from the Hebrew Bible, which precipitates the Messianic Redemption. According to the Jewish interpretation, Gog and Magog may be individuals, peoples or lands, and are viewed as Israel's enemies who will be defeated by the Messiah. "Any student of history knows that hindsight is 20-20 but in the moment, you never know what can set off a war. The First World War was set off by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. The 2014 War in Gaza was set...

05:14

An ad agency made Alexa apologize to all the losing Amazon HQ2 cities Fast Company

Amazon may not have picked these locales for its second headquarters, but at least now they get weirdly specific apologies from Alexa.

When Amazon announced that it would be splitting its long-awaited HQ2 between Long Island City in Queens, New York, and Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, it left 17 other finalistswho werent within throwing distance of Manhattan and Washington, D.C.joining the chorus that perhaps the race to win HQ2 was less of a contest than originally advertised.

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05:10

With this new roadmap, Ohio can lay the groundwork for billions of investment dollars and thousands of new jobs RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Earlier this year, I wrote about a report that shows Ohio could net more than 20,000 jobs and $25 billion in investment dollars through energy innovation. And now we have the roadmap with nine common-sense, concrete action steps to get Ohio from here to there. Building on a vision The new roadmap report, []

05:06

Birds survived dinosaurs, other birds extinct with them Dear Kitty. Some blog

A reconstruction of Mirarce eatoni perched on the horns of the ceratopsian dinosaur Utahceratops gettyi. Image credit: Brian Engh, dontmesswithdinosaurs.com

From the University of California Berkeley in the USA:

Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions

Most complete North American enantiornithine fossil was aerodynamic equal of modern birds

November 13, 2018

Summary: Todays birds descend from a small number of bird species living before the dinosaur extinction. Some of the birds that went extinct, the enantiornithines, were actually more common than and out-competed modern bird ancestors. Analysis of a newly described fossil, the most complete known from the Americas, demonstrates, too, that the enantiornithines were as agile and strong in flight as the ancestors of modern birds. Why, then, did enantiornithines die out and modern birds flourish?

During the late Cretaceous period, more than 65 million years ago, birds belonging to hundreds of different species flitted around the dinosaurs and through the forests as abundantly as they flit about our woods and fields today.

But after the cataclysm that wiped out most of the dinosaurs, only one group of birds remained: the ancestors of the birds we see today. Why did only one family survive the mass extinction?

A newly described fossil from one of those extinct bird groups, cousins of todays birds, deepens that mystery.

The 75-million-year-old fossil, from a bird about the size of a turkey vulture, is the most complete skeleton discovered in North America of what are called enantiornithines (pronounced en-an-tea-or-neth-eens), or opposite birds. Discovered in the Grand Staircase-Escalante area of Utah in 1992 by University of California, Berkeley, paleontologist Howard Hutchison, the fossil lay relatively untouched in University of California Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley until doctoral student Jessie Atterholt learned about it in 2009 and asked to study it.

Atterholt and Hutchison collaborated with Jingmai OConner, the leading expert on...

05:04

National Facial Recognition Database to Use Loyalty Rewards to Identify American Shoppers Activist Post

By MassPrivateI For years, I have been warning people about facial recognition in retail stores, but this story might convince you to avoid retail stores...

04:49

"The National Debt Is Coming Due, Just Like We Told You" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

"The National Debt Is Coming Due, Just Like We Told You"
by Nick Gillespie

"By 2020, interest on the debt will cost more than Medicaid. By 2025, it will cost more than defense spending. And thats just the start. What happens when you borrow the equivalent of your annual income and those low, low teaser rates start to increase? Congratulations, America, youre about to find out.

The Wall Street Journal reports some non-shocking, non-surprising news: "In 2017, interest costs on federal debt of $263 billion accounted for 6.6% of all government spending and 1.4% of gross domestic product, well below averages of the previous 50 years. The Congressional Budget Office estimates interest spending will rise to $915 billion by 2028, or 13% of all outlays and 3.1% of gross domestic product.

It will spend more on interest than it spends on Medicaid in 2020; more in 2023 than it spends on national defense; and more in 2025 than it spends on all nondefense discretionary programs combined, from funding for national parks to scientific research, to health care and education, to the court system and infrastructure, according to the CBO."

A quick recap of our dismal national finances: The U.S. economy generates about $21 trillion in annual activity. Debt owed to the public comes to about $15.5 trillion, but when you add intra-governmental debt (which you should, because it represents...

04:48

Want to Build a Delaware Beach House? Expect Regular Floodwaters in 30 Years RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

By Maddy Lauria (the News Journal) and John Upton (Climate Central) This story was produced and published in partnership with the News Journal, a newspaper in Delaware. Southern Delaware Realtor Lee Ann Wilkinson has been helping people achieve their dreams of owning a beach house for more than 30 years. But owning beachfront property in a low-lying and storm-prone state like Delaware comes with flood [...]

04:45

Serbian Church 'doesn't recognize' Ukrainian church leaders' attempt to split from Russian Orthodox Church Signs of the Times

The Serbian Orthodox Church says it will not recognize a decision by the leadership of Orthodox Christianity to rehabilitate the leaders of two Ukrainian Orthodox churches breaking away from Moscow. The Serbian church's Holy Assembly of Bishops "does not recognize" Patriarch Filaret and Metropolitan Makariy or "their followers," a statement said on November 12. Ukraine has three Orthodox churches: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate led by Patriarch Filaret; and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Metropolitan Makariy. The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople last month agreed to recognize the autocephaly, or independence, of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Comment: Something that is not in Constantinople's power to do, at least not traditionally. That requires unanimity among the churches. As the Saker recently wrote when describing the situation: Second, crucial decisions, decisions which...

04:39

Following recent spike in lobbying, Amazon makes move to DC metro area OpenSecrets News

CEO and founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos speaks at a September event in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Amazon has had a close relationship with Washington, D.C. for some time now, but soon enough the two will be neighbors.

The company announced Tuesday that one of its two new headquarters will be located in Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, an area that Amazon is attempting to rebrand as National Landing.

Amazon will have a location across the river from the nations capital, where it has steadily increased its lobbying and campaign contributions over the last decade.

Amazon ramped up its lobbying spending in 2015 $9.4 million compared to $4.9 million the year prior and never looked back. The company has spent $10.6 million on lobbyists so far this year and more than $44 million in the last four years.

The move brings Amazons second headquarters to a national defense-heavy area. Several defense contractors including industry giant Lockheed Martin and Pentagon offices are located in the Arlington neighborhood.

Though its known for its two-day free shipping, Amazon is heavily involved in national security-related lobbying. After winning a ...

04:34

Ten Days in Palestine: A Close-Up View of the Fatuity of the Two-State Solution MintPress News

JERUSALEM, PALESTINE In his speech at the party conference, U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Lets give real support to end the oppression of the Palestinian people, a statement no other Western politician would dare to make. However, the latter part of Corbyns statement suggests that Britain must move to a genuine two-state solution of the Israel-Palestine conflict. While Corbyns record shows clearly that he cares about the plight of the Palestinian people and wishes to end their oppression, the two parts of this statement stand in contradiction to one another.

 

Ten days in Palestine

Being on the tail end of a ten-day trip to Palestine, and accompanying a few friends from the U.K., it is clear to me that ten days in Palestine is all one needs in order to experience the collapse of the prevailing political thinking regarding Palestine. All one needs is a commitment to travel throughout the country and to listen to people who actively oppose the oppression of the Palestinians and are prepared to expose it.

A visit to Palestine needs to begin with a simple lesson in geography, followed by another short lesson in history. Palestine stretches from Al-Jalil in the north to the Naqab desert in the south and from the Jordan River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. During a period of 12 months between the end of 1947 and the end of 1948, the country was plagued by a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing during which close to 600 towns and villages were destroyed and their population close to one million people forced into exile. For a detailed explanation of each destroyed town or village, an authorized guide from Zochrot an organization dedicated to keeping the memory of the Palestinian Naqba, or catastrophe, alive can accompany anyone to see the remains and hear the stories of these communities that are scattered throughout the country.

Driving throughout the country one will see Israeli towns side by side, or across the road from one another and, without even entering these towns, anyone paying attention will see enormous differences between them.

...

04:29

Video shows IDF bus burst into flames after being hit by Gaza missile Signs of the Times

A video has surfaced online showing an Israeli military bus being hit with an anti-tank missile near the Gaza border. The attack happened during a rapid escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas. The video, published Monday, begins with a long white bus parked behind the trees. Reportedly dozens of soldiers had just disembarked. Several figures can be seen standing behind the two white SUVs nearby. The bus starts moving, and, once it gets out in the open, it is suddenly hit with what the IDF described as a guided anti-tank missile.

04:25

More heatwaves, fewer babies? Climate change may zap male fertility, scientists find - Reuters RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

More heatwaves, fewer babies? Climate change may zap male fertility, scientists findReutersLONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Would-be fathers have long been advised to wear boxer shorts and avoid hot tubs, to avoid too much heat damaging their reproductive chances. Now it turns out the same effect - but caused by stronger heatwaves ...

04:23

Heavy weather: Earth to be battered by 'dark matter hurricane' for next million years Signs of the Times

As California burns, the Gulf Coast rebuilds and Indonesia is still reeling from a tsunami, what else could possibly go wrong? Well, apparently a 'hurricane' of dark matter travelling at 500 kilometers per second (310 mps). Scientists studying the nature of gravity and the movement of stars and planets discovered that the space between galaxies contains something else that we can't yet account for. Enter: Dark matter, an invisible and as-yet undetectable phenomenon believed to make up the bulk of matter across the universe. While we have never directly detected dark matter, and we're not entirely sure what it is, we know 'something' must be there. Think of it like wind in the sails of a ship: we can see its impact on the world right in front of us, but it might be difficult to point it out directly.

04:10

American autoworkers against Trumps xenophobia Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 13 November 2018 video says about itself:

Migrant Caravans Continue Their Trek North

Several thousand Central American migrants marked a month on the road as they ride toward the U.S. border.

By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter in the USA:

Someone is getting paid millions to provoke racism and hatred

US autoworkers oppose anti-immigrant campaign

13 November 2018

Over the weekend, reporters for the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke to Detroit area autoworkers about the fascistic campaign against asylum seekers being fomented by President Trump, a provocation that has been aided and abetted by the Democratic Party, which was deliberately silent on this issue during the midterm elections.

The president ranted against Central American immigrants who are traveling to the US to escape rampant violence in the region long ravaged by American imperialism, calling workers and their families seeking a better life invaders. The president has also sent thousands of US troops to the border area and said they should shoot migrants, including children, if they throw stones at the soldiers.

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter insists that...

04:05

04:04

Time to step away from the keyboard: Stanford prof McFaul scoffs at idea of checking sources before tweeting Signs of the Times

Ex-envoy to Russia Michael McFaul has shrugged off criticism he received after being duped by a well-known parody account, arguing that checking sources on Twitter is often too time consuming. Sage words from a Stanford professor? McFaul, along with Obama-era UN ambassador Samantha Power, pounced on an anti-Trump tweet posted by a parody account that poses as North Korea's "official news feed." To his credit, McFaul deleted the offending tweet. But the celebrated Stanford scholar went one step further, issuing an extremely articulate and compelling defense for his oversight: Who even has time to check sources on Twitter?

04:02

Depressed and anxious Londoners medicating themselves to sleep blogfactory

Depressed and anxious Londoners say they are medicating themselves to sleep and almost two in five (37%) say they have had to see their doctor about the problem.

Almost two thirds (64%) of Londoners say they have used medication or alcohol to get to sleep.

Twelve per cent of those surveyed said they had taken antidepressants and fifteen per cent said they had taken anxiety medication just to get to sleep, according to a survey for Gravity Blankets by Atomik Research.

A further seven per cent say they have taken narcotics such as codeine, morphine or other opiate painkillers to get to sleep while fourteen per cent have taken sleeping tablets.

Four out of five (81%) adults in London say their worries keep them up at night, tossing and turning over their health, family and money.

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Almost two fifths (37%) of Londoners surveyed said they had been to the doctor about their sleep problems.

The research showed that anxiety and depression play a major part in Londoners inability to get some shut-eye.

Over half (51%) of Londoners surveyed said they suffered from anxiety and 26% said they had suffered from depression.

Two in five (41%) described themselves as TATT or Tired All The Time.

Over a third (36%) of Londoners say they struggle to get to sleep at least three nights a week, with some of the biggest factors being unable to switch off, restlessness and thinking over to-do lists.

...

04:00

The fight to stop Amazons huge new New York office starts now Fast Company

Amazon announced its second headquarters, and New York City politicians and locals began to mobilize against itand the $1.5 billion in tax cuts it will receive.

Amazons months of bread crumbing the reveal of its second headquarters came to an end on November 13: The mega-company officially named Long Island City, Queens, and Arlington, Virginia, as the joint recipients of HQ2. Theres a lot to unpack in this conversation. After the long bidding war that had cities like Newark groveling before Amazon with billion-dollar tax-break offers and mayors offering to rename their jurisdictions after the tech giant, the most powerful company in the U.S. announced it will be headed to two of the most powerful cities in the U.S.: New York and Washington, D.C. (Its also setting up a much smaller operations outpost in Nashville.)

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Its Spreading: Now the British Media Is Pushing Microchipping In The UK Activist Post

By Adam Palmer Its no coincidence that a veritable public relations advertisement concealed as an article in the Daily Mail regarding the microchipping of thousands...

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