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Friday, 20 April

00:03

Marx 200 a new book (Michael Roberts ) Tlaxcala

19/04/2018 - My new book is ready.  Called Marx 200 a review of Marxs economics 200 years after his birth, it is published by Lulu and is now available on Lulus site. With the 200th anniversary ...

00:01

Theresa Mays Change of Heart on Syria Strikes: Nothing to Explain It Except a Family Chat MintPress News

LONDON Once described as U.K. Prime Minister Theresa Mays secret weapon, her husband Philip May may have been behind Mays decision to use weapons against Syria last Saturday as part of a joint U.S., U.K. and French effort to target the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons. The evidence for that chemical weapons attack was decidedly flimsy largely based on video and testimony of a group funded by the U.S. and U.K. governments that supports efforts to overthrow the Syrian government  and May was initially unwilling to commit the U.K. to participate in last weeks strikes until more evidence emerged.

Last Monday, after U.S. President Donald Trump had warned that he would make a decision on striking Syria within 48 hours, May reportedly told Trump that she would not join the strikes unless more evidence of Syrias culpability emerged. By Wednesday, however, her tune had changed, as May told reporters that day that all the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible, and well be working with our closest allies to consider how we can ensure that those responsible are held to account. Yet no new evidence showing Syrias guilt in the attacks emerged between Monday and Wednesday, nor has such evidence been released by the British, U.S. or French governments.

Indeed, declassified intelligence reports show that these governments based their assertion that Syrias government had conducted a chemical weapons attack on videos and images that were open source and published on social media; testimony of ...

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Thursday, 19 April

23:55

Heineken beer, corruption, abuse, genocide in Africa Dear Kitty. Some blog

Olivier van Beemen's book on Heineken

Translated from Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad today:

Mass murderers drinking beer: Heineken brews turbid drinks in Africa

During the genocide in Rwanda the local Heineken brewery kept brewing cheerfully, and murderous soldiers day after day enjoyed the beer bottles, which are extra large in Africa. It is just one of numerous revelations from the book Beer for Africa about Heinekens African business by journalist Olivier van Beemen.

by David Bremmer

After Heineken in Africa in 2015, investigative journalist Olivier van Beemen (38) received so many new tips that there is now a sequel, which will also be published in English and French translation this autumn. ,,My first book was incomplete considering what I know today. The new book contains twice as much information, but is half the size.

What is special is that Heineken, which has its annual shareholders meeting today, is fully cooperating this time. Even CEO Jean-Franois van Boxmeer, in the 1990s general director in Congo, gave an interview. It is trendy for companies to open their doors and be transparent, explains Van Beemen.

Heineken probably regrets that, because Van Beemens second book, Bier voor Afrika, is much more explosive than the first. Chapter after chapter he opens a cesspool of corruption, sex and relationships with dubious murderous regimes. In this way he debunks the reputation as an ethical business that Heineken is so keen to propagate.

How does a correspondent for France get involved in Heinekens African business?

,,I was for the Financieele Dagblad daily in Francophone Tunisia when dictator Ben Ali fell and...

23:48

There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria MintPress News

Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syrias alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma.

Now, the Syrian regimes brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But theres a lot about this thats simply fishy.

Only days before the strikes, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis admitted that the U.S. was still assessing whether chemical weapons were used. Veteran journalist Robert Fisk has since spoken to local doctors there who cast doubt on the claims.

Theres been no independent international investigation. In fact, the U.S. started bombing the day before international investigators were slated to arrive in Douma.

President Trump, of all people, insists there was a humanitarian imperative to skip the fact-finding. This is about humanity, he said. But if we look at his response to other regional catastrophes, that doesnt even begin to add up.

For one thing, NPR reports, Trumps all-out war on refugees, especially Muslim ones, has meant that just 11  eleven  Syrian refugees have been admitted to the U.S. this year. We fired about 10 times that many missiles the night of the 14th alone.

Ten missiles for every refugee doesnt strike me as terribly humanitarian. Especially when, as...

23:46

UK and Canada urged to eradicate Commonwealth energy poverty RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

As leaders wrap up the Commonwealth meeting in London this week, a development group calls on UK and Canada to eradicate energy poverty in member states.

23:39

US Nuclear Submarine That Struck Syria Last Week Not Welcome Back To Naples, Italy After the Shift

(ANTIMEDIA)  The U.S. nuclear submarine that helped U.S., U.K., and French forces commit an act of war against Syria last week is no longer welcome near the waters of Italys largest seaports, Newsweek reports.
Citing Italian newspaper La RepubblicaNewsweek reported that Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris wrote last week to Rear Admiral Arturo Faraone, head of the citys port...

23:37

Palantir Using War on Terror Tools to Track American Citizens cryptogon.com

Via: Bloomberg: The LAPD uses Palantirs Gotham product for Operation Laser, a program to identify and deter people likely to commit crimes. Information from rap sheets, parole reports, police interviews, and other sources is fed into the system to generate a list of people the department defines as chronic offenders, says Craig Uchida, whose consulting []

23:29

Founder of One of the Largest Childrens Charities in the World, Arrested for Pedophilia Operation Disclosure

Pedogate Bust: Founder of One of the Largest Childrens Charities in the World, Arrested for Pedophilia

04/16/2018

Source: Stillness in the Storm



(John Vibes) A United Nations adviser and the founder of Street Kids International was arrested on suspicion of pedophilia after he was caught with two young children during a police raid.

by John Vibes, April 16th, 2018

Last week, Peter John Dalglish, United Nations adviser and founder of the Street Kids International charity, was arrested on suspicion of pedophilia, at a home that he was staying at in Nepal. During the arrest, two young children, ages 12 and 14, were rescued from the home.

It is important to note that there have been conflicting reports about the children that he was found with, with some sources saying that two boys were found in his home, and other sources suggesting that it was two girls.

The most up-to-date information seems to be on the Wikipedia page for Dalglish, which suggests that there were two girls found in his home and that the allegations involving the two boys are part of a separate investigation. If this is the case, Dalglish will be facing additional charges.

Dalglish, 60, is a citizen of Canada who travels the world working with children. Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police (CIB) told Global News that Dalglish is being investigated for child sexual exploitation abuse.

DIG Pushkar Karki, director of the CIB, told...

23:09

Trump: Talks Under Way for Release of American Prisoners in North Korea Operation Disclosure

Trump says talks under way for release of Americans held in North Korea

APRIL 18, 2018 / 6:41 PM

Source: Reuters

PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that negotiations were under way for the release of three Americans held as prisoners in North Korea.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump said: We are likewise fighting very diligently to get the three American citizens back. I think theres a good chance of doing it. Were having very good dialogue.

A senior administration official said CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who visited Pyongyang secretly in recent weeks, brought up the case of the three prisoners in his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and the United States was hopeful for their release.

Trump also said he hoped a planned meeting with Kim to discuss denuclearization would be successful but that he would walk out if it was not.

If we dont think its going to be successful ... we wont have it, Trump said, adding: If the meeting, when Im there is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting.

Trump, who was hosting Abe and his wife at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, said a campaign of maximum pressure on North Korea would continue until Pyongyang agreed to give up its nuclear weapons.

Theres a bright path available to North Korea when it achieves denuclearization in a complete and verifiable and irreversible way. It will be a great day for them. It will be a great day for the world, he said.

23:08

Trump: Bright Path for Irreversible North Korea Denuclearization Operation Disclosure

Trump: 'Bright path' possible for North Korea with 'irreversible' denuclearization

April 18, 2018 06:39 PM

Source: Washington Examiner | By Gabby Morrongiello



President Trump speaks during a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club on Wednesday in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

PALM BEACH, Fla. President Trump promised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday that a "bright path" lies ahead for his country if he commits to "verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Speaking to reporters here at Mar-a-Lago, Trump said he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed his upcoming summit with Kim at length during their two-day summit and intend to work together in the coming weeks to ensure both countries' security interests are met during talks with Pyongyang.

"As I've said before, there's a bright path available to North Korea when it achieves denuclearization in a completely verifiable and irreversible way," Trump said during a joint press conference with Abe on the second day of their bilateral summit.

Turning directly to Abe, the president said, "I want to thank the prime minister for his insight and support over the past year ... You're a lot closer [to North Korea] than we are, but we'll work on this together."

Abe said he was "deeply encouraged" by his talks with Trump ahead of the U.S. leader's historic meeting with Kim, emphasizing the president's commitment to demand that Japanese abductees be released during their talks.

"If...

23:04

Creative Action: April Ascension Energies Operation Disclosure

April Ascension Energies Creative Action

Mar 29, 2018

Source: Jamye Price




MARCH REVIEW

March energy was focused on compassion. As you nurture yourself into a strong flow, you have a wellspring of Love to flow into the world. Compassion is a catalyst that nurtures change. The Ascension process is about a deeper flow of Love that shifts the trajectory of evolution into a more cohesive collective through empowered individuals connecting.

Areon is fond of calling humanity a connected collective so we foster a stronger understanding of our connected nature. This is what helps us begin to focus on the vast engine of creation that is the subtle realm.

We begin with a mental understanding, but we evolve through the courage of emotional flow.

We communicate with the subtle realm via our subtle bridge our thoughts and emotions. We then communicate with the physical realm with action (or inaction).

Compassion is a powerful subtle communication to observe in yourself. You may have felt more excitement and joy available in March. Perhaps you noticed issues of judgment coming up for clearing in March. Or both. With release comes activation and vice versa.



The release of judgment or fear of judgment creates an ease within. From that inner freedom, all creation comes from inspiration rather than obligation or desperation. All those -ations are the subtle energy within your actions. C what I did there? ;o)

APRIL ENERGIE...

22:59

Jon Rappoport: Huge Drug (Pharma) Money Changes Hands in High-Level Financial Deals Operation Disclosure

Huge drug (pharma) money changes hands in high-level financial deals---why?

By Jon Rappoport

These are notes on money-musical-chairs among drug companies. Big-time money.

Clues as to why there is such a tidal wave of cash:

One: Consolidation, of course. Fewer giant companies, who have greater control over the market, are too big to fail, and have more lobbying power with governments.

Two: The companies are making deals left and right to temporarily give stockholders and prospective investors the impression that "something good" is happening, while concealing the fact that numerous new drugs in the testing pipeline are failing to produce beneficial results, and are unsafe. Sleight of hand.

Three: The companies are making very favorable loan deals with banks, enabling them to buy out other drug firms. Before the loan repayments are completed, the companies will have sold themselves (and the debt) to bigger fish.

Four: A drug company knows its development of a new drug is fraudulent, and is riddled with illegal practices, such as lack of informed consent in recruiting volunteers for clinical trials. So it sells the research unit for that drug to another company, making it their problem.

Here are $$ details. Follow the astonishing money trails.

From: https://www.fiercepharma.com/m-a/sanofi-advent-international-nearing-eu2b-deal-for-european-generics-business-report:

"Other bidders may have dropped out of an auction for Sanofi's European generics unit, but that doesn't mean it hasn't found a buyer. The drugmaker is nearing an agreement and could announce a sale in the next several days, Bloomberg reports.

"Sanofi's board could meet as soon as Monday to vote on a deal worth about 2 billion ($2.48 billion), according to the news service's sources. Of course, the sources note that the deal isn't final and that it could ultim...

22:58

Global Debt is Now an Insane $164 Trillion, but Who Exactly Do We Owe? Waking Times

Isaac Davis, Staff Writer
Waking Times

If youve ever wondered why the world seems hopelessly fraught with endless conflict, ruled corrupt states, and bent on developing a never-ending supply of advanced weaponry, youd need to understand the nature of our debt based economy.

The IMF has just reported that total global debt is now at a staggering $164 trillion, which amounts to 225% of total global GDP. Every person on this planet could turn over everything they produce for the next two plus years and wed still be in debt.

The number is now so astronomically high that its impossible to pay off, and so there really is no point to even trying. In fact, governments are not at all concerned with paying off the debt because they know the number has lost its meaning in the face of such cartoonish proportions.

Even Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve knows this, essentially admitting that the economy is structured in such a way that the only way to survive is to keep adding debt.

The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default. ~Alan Greenspan

But who do we owe, and whos doing all the borrowing?

In an article on this by Bloomberg, Andrew Mayeda lays the blame for such high numbers on an increase in private sector debt along with the fallout of the economic crisis of 2008.

Surging private-sector debt, particularly in China, is driving the build-up. China has accounted for almost three-quarters of the increase in private debt since the global financial cr...

22:57

Why Cant the American People See the Hellstorm Heading Right for them? Operation Disclosure

Seriously, Why Cant The American People See The Hellstorm Heading Right For Them?

24 March 2018

Source: What Does It Mean


Hello Folks,

Its sure been a surreal month since we last talked, to say the least! But of all of the kaleidoscoping events occurring, the most bizarre has got to be the four top Republican and Democratic party leaders, US Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, and US House leaders Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi, suddenly dropping all animosity between themselves, going into a back room to secretly create an over 2,000 page Omnibus spending bill costing US taxpayers over $1.2 trillion, then forcing all of their party members (both Republican and Democratic) to vote for its passage without anyone having read it!

In viewing this spectacle, the only thing that came to my mind was the 1962 Warner Brothers Merrie Melodies cartoon A Sheep in the Deepthat depicts the never ending saga of Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdogbut when the punch clock whistle blows, and Sam puts his mortal enemy Ralph back on the cliff and lets go of him, the two of them head off for lunch enjoying their sandwiches, with Sam then sharing his coffee with Ralph as they take a smoke breakthus exposing their conflict for the masquerade it really is.




Senate Republican Party Leader Mitch McConnell (as Ralph Wolf) and Senate Democratic Party Leader Chuck Schumer (as Sam Sheepdog) relax after creating Omnibus bill

As nothing is ever as it seems, though, a close examination of this gargantuan Omnibus [meaning comprising several items] spending bill shows its true title should have been The Great Trump Defense Bill Of 2018as nearly two-thirds of its spending goes to the Pentagon and constitutes the biggest b...

22:46

The Aid Industry Labors Under Neocolonial Structures MintPress News

The aid industry might be having its #MeToo moment, but sexual exploitation is just a symptom of a more fundamental issue: the neo-colonial structures through which most aid is delivered in disaster and conflict areas. If this is not addressed, no amount of independent investigating committees and hotlines will solve the problem. I have been an aid worker for more than 25 years. Ive mostly worked through structures that, while espousing the rhetoric of empowerment of the beneficiaries and listening to their voices, marginalise, excludes and disempowers those it wants to help.

The aid effort after the 2010 Haiti earthquake provides a good example of just how those structures work: I spent six months in the first half of 2010 setting up and running a mental-health programme while working for a big international NGO. I lived in shared accommodation in a beautiful villa with a swimming pool and lush garden while my Haitian colleagues still lived in tents.

My situation made me intensely aware of the close similarity between the humanitarian enterprise in which we were all engaged and its imperial roots. In Empire of Humanity (2011), Michael Barnett, a historian of humanitarian affairs, criticises my generation of humanitarian actors for failing to see two important and related aspects of our work. Firstly, that we have turned compassion into a status symbol that feeds suffering, and indeed requires it to continually exist, so that humanitarian actors can feel good about themselves. Secondly, we have failed to recognise the degree to which an increasingly professionalised, centralised and bureaucratised humanitarian order is disempowering those it claims to assist, and replicating the paternalistic habits of our imperial forebears: all those missionaries bent on ending slavery and enlightening the natives, while relying on the colonial state to protect them.

I see all my humanitarian friends throwing up their hands in horror. So many of us come from rebellious, anti-political backgrounds, and regard humanitarianism as one step on the way to achieving those supposedly universal and apolitical values of justice, equality, a life free from want and oppression. There is nothing imperial about that project. Except

Down at the airport in Port-au-Prince in 2010, the UN ran an organized city of containers with ventilation and power. This was an industrial landscape, the central hub for an army of well-meaning and well-paid foreign workers whose industry was the exercise of compassion and a more just world order. Meanwhile, the Haitians lived in tent shanty towns outside our gates, cooked our meals, cleaned our homes, drove our transport and provided security.

I worked with extraordinary Haitian professionals doctors, nurses and psychologists every day, but it was my Western colleague or I who went to the main coordination meetings. Apart from nominal Haitian government ministers, very few Haitians were t...

22:46

Full steam ahead! Russian Navy gets new nuclear sub, warships, and Kalibr cruise missiles Signs of the Times

The Russian Navy has expanded its strategic capabilities by commissioning a nuclear submarine, three new warships, two helicopters and a number of home-made Kalibr cruise missiles. "The Navy took delivery of the repaired Project 667BDRM strategic underwater missile cruiser Tula, three warships and support vessels of the auxiliary fleet, two helicopters and 46 Kalibr tactical cruise missiles," Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Wednesday. First commissioned in late 1980s, Tula is a Delta IV class submarine capable of carrying 16 massive Sineva intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). With a range of over 11,000 kilometers (around 7,000 miles), the missile can deliver four nuclear warheads to its targets after being launched from Tula. The Russian Navy has also accepted logistics support ship Elbrus built in Murmansk in northwest Russia and was looking forward to the delivery of another batch of seaborne Kalibr cruise missile, Borisov said.

22:44

Restored Republic via a GCR as of April 19, 2018 Operation Disclosure

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of April 19 2018

Compiled 12:01 am EDT 18 April 2018 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, Twenty Two Faces, www.22faces.com, Byingtons Before Its News articles on Cabal/Vatican child abuse: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

Source: Dinar Chronicles

The following is a synopsis of un-vetted information found on the internet. It would be up to the reader to make their own conclusions about what was actually happening.

A. April 18 2018 3:01 pm EST: Operation Disclosure GCR/RV Intel Alert for April 18, 2018 https://operationdisclosure.blogspot.com/

(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on rumors from several sources which may or may not be truthful or accurate.)

1. The Alliance has the Cabal surrounded and know their every move. Some rogue Cabal elements remained and were being offered a surrender. If not, it's death. Most chose the latter.

2. All events were falling into place as planned.

3. Zimbabwe was immensely rich in gold and rare earth elements - that was backing the country's currency under the new Quantum financial system.

4. GESARA would be enacted once the collapse of the global economy was visible.

5. The enactment of GESARA would result in activation of the new Quantum financial system. Upon the activation of the new financial system, all currencies would be reset based on each country's assets and agriculture.

...

22:39

We Asked: Geopolitics and the Left (Part I: Russia & the West) Lefteast

The latest wave of confrontation between Russia and the Westfrom the Skripal affair and the following diplomat expulsions and sanctions on Russia to the gassing of Douma residents most likely perpetrated by the Assad regime and the resulting US-UK-French bombing raids on Syriararely left the front pages of mainstream media. LeftEast has until now resisted the topic: it is not quite our fight. Not to sound nostalgic, but if the original Cold War, for all the devastation of its proxy wars and the dictatorships it bred, created conditions that sometimes favored the processes of decolonization, the victory of the Civil Rights movement in the United States, and the rise of the welfare state in the West, this New one has been an unadulterated race to the bottom that can only impoverish the public sphere and hurt ordinary people. But the level of media hysteria and ruling-elite bellicosity, both in Russia and Western countries, has reached such proportions that our silence has become increasingly untenable. It also raises the broader question of the lefts relationship to geopoliticsa topic we will explore next week. To put our finger on the pulse of leftist thinking about the tensions between Russia and the West,  we asked four comrades. Here are their responses:

 

Ilya Budraitskis, a Russian publicist and historian

Today, when the threat of open military clash between US and Russian forces in Syria has become real, it is important to clarify the anti-militarist position of the international left. It seems, that much of the Western left continues to reproduce the old Cold-war patterns, with the imperialist camp on one side, and a kind of  progressive or at least peaceful on the other. Of course, the military strength of NATO, or even US, and Russia is incomparable, but Putins Russia remains an imperialist fo...

22:35

Chinese E-Commerce Giant Alibaba Sets Plans for Thailand Truthdig RSS

BANGKOK The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has agreed to step up investments in Thailand as competition between online retailers heats up in fast-growing Southeast Asia.

The founder of the online shopping giant, Jack Ma, met with Thailands prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, on Thursday and later signed several agreements, including one to help set up a smart digital hub in a showcase project called the Eastern Economic Corridor, to facilitate trade between Thailand, China, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Both Ma and Prayuth sought to allay concerns that Alibabas growing involvement might increase Chinese influence without benefiting Thailand. Across the region, such concerns have deepened as Beijing expands investments in a slew of projects that help expand transportation and supply chain networks linked to China.

Are we going to occupy Thailand, are we going to take away the jobs? Ma said at a news conference. We are not interested in that. We are interested in and focusing on enabling entrepreneurs and partners in Thailand.

Prayuth told reporters that the amount of investment involved would be determined later. Earlier, Thai media reported that Alibaba plans to invest 11 billion Thai baht ($350 million) in the Eastern Economic Corridor.

Reports said the hub, due to be completed next year, would also serve as a research and development center for Alibaba.

Prayuth, who as army commander led a 2014 coup, said he asked Ma to help Thailand to boost exports of rice, palm oil and rubber and to help the countrys low-income and farm workers.

Ma told the Thai leader that Alibaba could help develop logistics systems to speed up delivery of farm products, he said.

Therefore, this is beneficial to Thailand. Dont think of this as being disadvantageous for Thailand, Prayuth said.

The government said Alibaba also plans to help train Thai entrepreneurs and small businesses in e-commerce and to set up an online tourism platform.

Alibaba and Amazon both have been expanding in Southeast Asia, an increasingly affluent region of more than 600 million people. E-commerce still accounts for less than 3 percent of retail sales in the region but is growing quickly.

Last month, Alibaba announced it was investing another $2 billion in regional online retailer Lazada Group, doubling its stake in the company that it gained control of in 2016.

___

Associated Press writer Kaweewit Kaewjinda contributed.

...

22:32

Trump claims he'll 'walk out' on Kim Jong-un if talks aren't successful Signs of the Times

Donald Trump has vowed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "in the coming weeks," but has warned that he'll walk away from the talks if they're not "fruitful." Although the US president has stated that a meeting between the two leaders to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will be a "tremendous thing for North Korea and a tremendous thing for the world," he stressed on Wednesday that the plan to sit across from Kim could still end before it begins. "If I think that it's a meeting that is not going to be fruitful, we're not going to go," Trump said during a news conference at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, while standing alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

22:25

'Nobody's tougher on Russia!' Trump refuses new sanctions after 'precision strikes' in Syria Signs of the Times

Nobody has ever been tougher on Moscow than Donald Trump, the US President has proclaimed, promising even more sanctions if necessary and highlighting an alleged recent "severe" clash between the US and "Russian troops" in Syria. Trump's urge to reassure the US media of his "toughness" forced him back to the podium at the end of the joint conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida on Wednesday. "There has been nobody tougher on Russia than President Donald Trump," the US leader said. "With the media, no matter what I did, it is never tough enough, because that is their narrative. But Russia will tell you there has been nobody tougher than Donald Trump ... We will do sanctions as soon as they very much deserve it..." Trump added.

22:24

The White Helmets Tried To Recruit Roger Waters With Saudi Money MintPress News

During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets as a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists. Warning that the groups unverified claims about chemical weapons attacks across insurgent-held territory were aimed at triggering Western military intervention, Waters cautioned his audience, If we were to listen to the propaganda of the White Helmets and others, we would encourage our governments to start dropping bombs on people in Syria. This would be a mistake of monumental proportions for us as human beings.

In fact, Waters had first hand experience with the powerful pro-war PR operation behind the White Helmets. Back in October 2016, a public relations firm representing the White Helmets called The Syria Campaign attempted to recruit Waters by inviting him to a lavish dinner organized by a Saudi-British billionaire, Hani Farsi. The rock legend and renowned activist was told that by signing on to the organizations mission, he could help elevate the voices of Syrias peaceful heroes

Just days before his recent concert in Barcelona, Waters was lobbied again to support the White Helmets, this time by an eccentric French photojournalist affiliated with what he described as a very powerfull [sic] syrian network. The activist demanded to join Waters on stage and deliver a message for the children of syria.

Waters did not respond to either request.

These emailed solicitations from White Helmets representatives and activists were provided by Waters to the Grayzone Project, and are published in full at the bottom of this article. The documents demonstrate how the organizations well-funded public relations apparatus has targeted celebrities as the key to the hearts and minds of the broader Western public.

Unlike many other A-listers, however, Waters took time to research the White Helmets and investigate its ulterior agenda. 

I was quite suspicious after I was invited to that [White Helmets] dinner, Waters told the Grayzone Project. And now my worst suspicions have been confirmed.

 

The Syria Campaigns initial approach

The October 2016 dinner invite was delivered to Waters by a representative for the Corniche Group, an international holding company belonging to the family of the London-based Saudi billionaire Hani Farsi. Farsi was seeking Waters presence at a fundraising dinner he had organized on behalf of The Syria Campaign....

22:24

Russia's envoy to OPCW exposes 'eight London lies' in Skripal case Signs of the Times

The UK's narrative in the Skripal case is a "story woven with lies," with London continuously trying to "deceive" the international community, Russia's OPCW envoy said, highlighting eight examples of such misinformation. "We've tried to show that everything our British colleagues produce is a story woven with lies," Russia's permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Aleksandr Shulgin told reporters on Wednesday, following the organization's meeting on the Skripal case. "And, unlike the British, who aren't used to taking responsibility for their words and unfounded accusations, we showed specific facts why we believe our British partners, to put it mildly, are 'deceiving' everyone." The official provided eight examples of UK-pushed misinformation, surrounding the March 4 events, when the former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in the town of Salisbury

22:18

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM APRIL 19 2018 Giza Death Star

Today is the twenty-third anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing... Joseph reminisces about some still-lingering unanswered questions.
The Civil War Is At Home

The post NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM APRIL 19 2018 appeared first on Giza Death Star.

22:17

"Alas..." Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

Alas, regardless of their doom, the little victims play!
 No sense have they of ills to come, nor care beyond today.
- Thomas Gray

22:14

#ForwardWithLebanon: Lebanon and the EU Blog Baladi

Since 2011, it feels like most of the work being done by the international community in Lebanon, has been geared towards refugees. While the refugee crisis has required a lot of support from the rest of the world, Lebanese communities havent been left out to dry.

One example of longstanding partnerships with Lebanese communities across the country, is with the European Union. For years, the EU has helped out in diverse projects that have helped lift up vulnerable Lebanese. Even after the refugee crisis, many of the EUs projects focus on the Lebanese host communities as well.

In the next two weeks, we will be sharing several videos that highlights the EUs work in Lebanon, and today we start with a story from Akkar, a part of Lebanon very dear to me.

Stay tuned for more stories like Khaldiehs soon!

21:45

John McAfee Making Sense Public Intelligence Blog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSqeyKeQsjE

Phi Beta Iota:  John McAfee is not just a technology wizard, he is also a philosopher. His comments in history on using blockchain to create a world in which lies are eradicated and truth is a common currency are epic. His comments of replacing all the elements of #GoogleGestapo are also epic.

21:36

What Is It With Pigeons? La Paz Group

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Photographs courtesy Rorhof / Stadtarchiv Kronberg

Thank youAndrea DenHoed. We did not know how much we should appreciate them:

The Turn-of-the-Century Pigeons That Photographed Earth from Above

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21:21

Google Is Always Listening: Live Test Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

Google Is Always Listening: Live Test
"Does Google and Facebook listen in and record conversations and audio even when they're not open? I perform a live test on Google to discover whether Google listens to my microphone even when my browser is turned off to target it's advertisements better.

21:09

Documents show 'concerning level of coordination' between FBI, DOJ in Clinton email probe, says Rep. Meadows Signs of the Times

The head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus has asked the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to take a closer look at emails and texts between demoted FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that previously had been given to Congress. In a letter to Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., claimed recently uncovered documents "suggest a concerning level of coordination between the Department of Justice and the FBI throughout crucial moments of the investigation into [Hillary] Clinton's private email server." Meadows' claim contradicts repeated statements by former FBI Director James Comey, who has said the bureau and the DOJ did not coordinate on his July 2016 statement recommending Clinton not be charged for keeping classified information on her personal email server.

21:08

Because Israel: George Washington University BDS vote cancelled due to safety concerns following threatening flyers Signs of the Times

On the eve of a divestment vote by George Washington University's (GWU) student senate, multiple students witnessed two men who they say clearly did not attend the university, posting spurious flyers around campus, all with the clear aim of undermining the credibility of the divestment resolution SR-S18-21 or "The Protection of Palestinian Human Rights Act". Divest This Time, the student group responsible for the resolution, and supporters like Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) were subjected to the attacks, as were Student Association Senators (SA). Flyers read "SJP Anti-semitic Cowards! Make BDS Vote Public", "JVP: Fake News Fake Jews" and "Be Proud Antisemites! Don't Vote BDS in Secret". The vote was indeed cancelled due to safety concerns. In an initial statement, the SA explained the cancellation noting their duty to "prioritize the safety of the student body and members of the Student Association."

21:04

A comparison of the iGaming industry in UK, US and CA Hang The Bankers

Comparing the different iGaming industries found in the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the Canadian iGaming sectors may at first appear to be simple act of comparing like against like, apples with apples if you were, however what it actually is, is a matter of comparing apples with oranges. The differences in

20:52

Disgusting Conflict of Interest: Theresa Mays Husbands Investment Firm Made a Financial Killing from the Bombing of Syria The Crazz Files

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It is common knowledge that Theresa Mays husband Philip essentially acts as the unofficial advisor to the Prime Minister a fact proven by the former Conservative MP for Chichester, Andrew Tyrie, who said during a Newsnight profile of the PMs husband that Philip is clearly acting as, informally, an advisor to Theresa. Read More

20:50

America: The Next Venezuela Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

America: The Next Venezuela
by Bill Bonner

"Your flight has been cancelled. Those were not the words we were hoping to hear when we got to Dulles International Airport last night. But Air France is on strike. So we quickly changed plansand travelled to Paris on United. That wasnt the end of itbecause the French train crews are on strike, too. Cest la France!

Ever resourceful, our US based assistant found a d...

20:49

Pew Research: Being Muslim in America (Video) Signs of the Times

This video offers a look inside the beliefs and attitudes of Muslims in America; it features data from Pew Research Center's 2017 survey, as well as the personal stories of Muslims from across the United States. For more information, read the survey report: "U.S. Muslims Concerned About Their Place in Society, but Continue to Believe in the American Dream."

20:48

Americans waste 150,000 tons of food per day Signs of the Times

Americans waste nearly 150,000 tons of food per day, amounting to about one pound (422 grams) per person, and fruits and vegetables are mostly what gets tossed, said a study Wednesday. The amount of land used annually to grow food that ends up in the garbage in the United States is 30 million acres, or seven percent of total US cropland. Some 4.2 trillion gallons of irrigation water gets wasted, too, said the report in the journal PLOS ONE. Fruits and vegetables made up 39 percent of total food waste, followed by dairy (17 percent), meat (14 percent) and grains (12 percent). Items least likely to be thrown out included salty snacks, table oils, egg dishes, candy and soft drinks.

20:48

Jewish protesters block Senator Cardin's office over his silence on Gaza killings, five arrested Signs of the Times

Five Democratic members of Congress published a statement calling on Israel 'to exercise utmost restraint in the use of deadly force' in Gaza Washington - A group of around 30 demonstrators from the left-wing Jewish group "If Not Now" gathered Monday in front of the office of Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) to protest Israel's use of deadly force against thousands of Palestinian demonstrators on the Israel-Gaza border in recent weeks. The demonstrators called on Cardin, one of the most senior Democratic Senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to denounce Israel's response, specifically its use of live ammunition to keep Palestinian protesters away from the border fence between Israel and Gaza. The protesters blocked the entrance to Cardin's office and asked: "How many more lives need to be lost until you will speak up about the violence in Gaza?" Cardin is slated to speak before the annual J Street conference in Washington later on Monday afternoon.

20:47

Bitcoin: Bridging the political divide Hang The Bankers

When it comes to politics, the world seems to be getting more and more polarized. Looking at the USA as an example, you can see that in pretty much any national election, the USA now has clear blue and red states, in a manner that would have been simply unimaginable even just back in 1984

20:45

An Empire Built on Fear at Home and Abroad. War Fever is Everywhere The Crazz Files

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Introduction

Political leaders and the mass media deluge the public with a constant stream of frightening incidents caused by the enemy-of-the-week:  nerve gas killing dozens of little babies in Syria, Russian-directed poison assassination attempts in England and terror incidents throughout Europe, requiring an increase in domestic police state surveillance and spying.  Read More

20:37

On This Earth Day, Demand Freedom for Siwatu-Salama Ra Truthdig RSS

Siwatu-Salama Ra is no stranger to standing her ground. It was because she did, though, that the 26-year-old pregnant mother may have to give birth while imprisoned. Siwatu, an environmental and racial-justice activist, was unjustly prosecuted and imprisoned, and, now in the third trimester of a high-risk pregnancy, is serving a mandatory two-year sentence. She, her family, her lawyers, her Detroit community and a global network of activists who know her as a crusading organizer are doing all they can to ensure that she is released to have her child safely, with her family by her side. The time between Earth Day and Mothers Day will be critical.

This tragic story started on a Sunday evening in July in Detroit at Siwatus family home, where her mother, sister, brother and nieces resided, Victoria Burton-Harris, Siwatus attorney, said on the Democracy Now! news hour.

In a video released by the FreeSiwatu.org website, Siwatu recounted the incident that led to her imprisonment, speaking about the woman who had dropped her child off at their house:

She started yelling at me, screaming at me, cursing at me. In the midst of this, Im asking this woman to leave, just go, and she wouldnt. So the next thing that she did was ram her car into my car. Plus, my baby was in the car, playing. That shocked fear in me, and I jumped and got my baby out of the car. Shes literally going back and forth with this car, putting it in reverse and fixing herself to come at us again and go after my mom. My mother, who was also standing very close to me, wasnt able to run.

Her mother, Rhonda Anderson, added: Shes using her car as a weapon. When I could not move, thats when I was the most frightened. She was so close to hitting me that I can feel the car on my clothes.

Siwatu continued: Thats when I made the decision to reach for my firearm, that was unloaded, with no bullets. I was afraid. And I told her, You have to leave now.'

Siwatu was licensed to carry a concealed firearm. The assailant quickly snapped photos of her holding the gun, then fled to a police station, where she filed a report. Siwatu filed a police complaint as well, several hours later. Unbelievably, the police contend that whoever in a conflict files the police report first is considered, automatically, the victim. The second person is automatically considered the aggressor.

Following that bizarre logic, the police never followed up on Siwatus complaint. Rather, several weeks later, a SWAT team descended on her home and arrested her.

The jury trial went twice as long as the judge predicted. As the jury began deliberating, a massive snowstorm was heading to Detroit, adding pressure on jurors to render a verdict quickly. Critically, the jury was never told that the charges carried a mandatory minimum...

20:36

Moscow & Vienna have 'mature, trust-based partnership' with Austrian FM set to visit Signs of the Times

A phone conversation between Russia's Vladimir Putin and Austria's Sebastian Kurz this week highlighted Vienna's neutral, constructive approach towards Russia. The call came on the eve of FM Karin Kneissl's first visit to Moscow. During their conversation, the Austrian Chancellor and Russian President agreed that the US-led missile strikes on Syria had "aggravated" the situation in that country, and discussed ongoing humanitarian and deconfliction efforts. Writing on Twitter after the call, Kurz said that Russia was a "superpower" and "important player" in finding a peaceful resolution on the conflict. He added that Vienna would always be open to dialogue and negotiations. His comments come on the day before Austria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karin Kneissl, is expected in Moscow for a two-day working visit at the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Kurz himself visited Moscow in February - his first trip to a non-EU country after he assumed office.

20:33

FLASHBACK: Professor gives student ultimatum - Deny God, or drop my class! Signs of the Times

It shouldn't matter if you are an atheist, Christian, or follow any religion, you should have the Right, and freedom, to exercise your beliefs without fear of punishment or reprisal! These days we allow freedom of Choice, and Rights for just about everything in our society, however this girl had her Rights severely violated! What happened to this student was the equivalent of dictatorship in the classroom, and it's wrong on so many levels! Grace Lewis, was taking a class offered by Polk State college, in Florida. The very smart student usually had a 3.9 GPA. She was punished with 4 straight zero grades, because of her belief in God. Her professor used his position of power over his student, and tried to force her to adopt his world views. When she tried to stand up for herself he retaliated, by punishing her with undeserved failing grades. It appears she wasn't the only victim of this bullying either.

20:29

India's rape crisis: Muslims flee village where 8-year-old Muslim girl was raped and murdered Signs of the Times

Rasana (India) (AFP) - There are no Muslims left in the village of Rasana, which has become a symbol of India's rape crisis after the brutal murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl blamed on Hindu men. Police say the girl was raped and killed as part of an attempt by some of the village's majority Hindus to evict Bakarwal Muslim nomads, who graze their cattle in the hills in the summer months. It seems to have worked: the girl's family have headed for the Kashmir hills under police protection. Other Muslim families in the community of around 100 people all left after the rape in January. At the empty home of the dead girl's family, five armed police kept guard half asleep in chairs outside. Police say the child was drugged, held captive in a Hindu temple for five days, and repeatedly raped before being beaten to death.

20:28

OPCW mission delayed again after UN team came under "small arms fire" in Douma Signs of the Times

The UN vehicles carrying the OPCW inspectors is seen in The OPCW fact-finding mission to Douma has been delayed from entering the town after a UN security team came under "small arms fire." Contrary to a US claim, the watchdog made no mention of delays caused by Russia or Syria. A group from the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) tasked with surveying Douma visited two locations in the Eastern Ghouta town on April 17 before deciding to withdraw, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement on Wednesday. At the first site, the reconnaissance team was met by a "large crowd," and "the advice provided by the UNDSS was that the team should withdraw," a statement released by the OPCW said. At the second site, the team "came under small arms fire and an explosive was detonated." One Syrian security officer was injured in a resulting firefight, according to a statement by the Russian military. It is not clear who was behind the ambush. After the incident, the security team decided to return to Damascus.

20:18

Russia and Iran drop dollar trade by extending oil-for-goods agreement - Iran may enter EEU within months Signs of the Times

The first delivery of Iranian crude oil to Russia under the oil-for-goods program has been completed and the sides aim to extend the deal for five years, according to Russian Energy Ministry Aleksandr Novak. "The agreement is effective; it has been extended for the year, but in general, we think it should be extended for five years," he said. The oil-for-goods deal was initially reached in 2014 when Iran was under Western sanctions over its nuclear program. Last year, Moscow and Tehran ratified the agreement, under which Russia would initially buy 100,000 barrels a day from Iran and sell the country $45 billion worth of goods.

20:15

Nikki Haley's Deputy Ambassador, Jon Lerner, led 'Never Trump' movement, launched Zuckerberg's open borders group Signs of the Times

United Nations (U.N.) Deputy Ambassador Jon Lerner has deep ties to not only his longtime colleague and boss, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, but also Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the failed "Never Trump" movement, and the pro-mass immigration billionaire GOP mega-donors the Koch brothers. Lerner, 49, withdrew from consideration to become Vice President Mike Pence's national security adviser after news broke that President Trump was reportedly livid that a key member of the Never Trump movement would be joining his White House. Still, Lerner has squeezed his way into the administration he avidly fought against despite having no foreign policy experience, with a source telling the New York Times that the consultant will informally advise the White House on national security.

20:09

Watch your mouth: Uganda's president wants to ban oral sex because "mouth is for eating" Signs of the Times

"The mouth is for eating, not for sex. We know the address of sex," says President Museveni. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has issued what he calls a "public warning" against oral sex. The president claims the practice has been pushed on Ugandans by "outsiders," and argues that the mouth is solely for eating. "Let me take this opportunity to warn our people publicly about the wrong practices indulged in and promoted by some of the outsiders," he told the press during an address.

19:47

FLASHBACK: US poisons its own troops with nerve gas in Iraq Signs of the Times

During and immediately after the first Gulf War, more than 200,000 of 700,000 U.S. troops sent to Iraq and Kuwait in January 1991 were exposed to nerve gas and other chemical agents. Though aware of this, the Department of Defense and CIA launched a campaign of lies and concocted a cover-up that continues today. A quarter of a century later, the troops nearest the explosions are dying of brain cancer at two to three times the rate of those who were farther away. Others have lung cancer or debilitating chronic diseases, and pain. More complications lie ahead. According to Dr. Linda Chao, a neurologist at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco, "Because part of their brains, the hippocampus, has shrunk, they're at greater risk for Alzheimer's and other degenerative diseases." At first, the DOD was adamant: No troops were exposed. "No information...indicates that chemical or biological weapons were used in the Persian Gulf," wrote Secretary of Defense William Perry and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs John Shalikashvili in a 1994 memo to 20,000 Desert Storm veterans. Strictly speaking, they were right: No weapons were used. The nerve agent sarin was in the fallout from the U.S. bombing or detonating of Iraq's weapons sites. Perry and Shalikashvili knew.

19:39

U.S. Says Its Maintaining Pressure on North Korea Truthdig RSS

WASHINGTON The Latest on the United States and North Korea (all times local):

8:05 a.m.

A U.S. ambassador says his country is maintaining a maximum pressure campaign to convince North Korea to denuclearize even as Washington prepares a summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Robert Wood, the top U.S. envoy to the U.N.-hosted Conference on Disarmament, says the U.S. believes the ongoing pressure campaign has had an important impact in the Norths decision to return to the table.

At a news conference Thursday ahead of a meeting next week on nuclear nonproliferation, Wood said the U.S. welcomed Pyongyangs willingness to talk about denuclearization. He called the summit planned for late May or early June a momentous time.

Asked by a reporter, Wood said he has received absolutely no instructions about possibly easing the pressure on Pyongyang so as not to scuttle the summit.

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12:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump says a meeting with North Koreas Kim Jong Un is not a sure thing.

He says he could still pull out of a meeting if he feels its not going to be fruitful.

Trump says a summit with Kim could take place by early June, although the venue has yet to be decided.

It would be the first such leadership summit between the two nations after six decades of hostility following the Korean War.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim secretly met more than two weeks ago.

...

19:37

Robots can build Ikea furniture, which is both cool and creepy Fast Company

Throw away your Allen wrenches and delete the TaskRabbit app, because the only person who will be building your Ikea furniture in the future isnt a person at all. A team from Singapores Nanyang Technological University has programmed a robot that put together most of Ikeas $25 solid-pine Stefan chair on its own. (And, really,

Throw away your Allen wrenches and delete the TaskRabbit app, because the only person who will be building your Ikea furniture in the future isnt a person at all. A team from Singapores Nanyang Technological University has programmed a robot that put together most of Ikeas $25 solid-pine Stefan chair on its own. (And, really, who among us hasnt gotten through building most of a piece of Ikea furniture and given up?). The researchers explained their work in a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Robotics.

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19:30

Samantha Bee Uses Hannitys Own Tactics To Prove Hes A Serial Killer Fast Company

What does Sean Hannitys outing as a Michael Cohen client reveal? It reveals a lot if you parse the facts the way Hannity does when investigating Trumps enemies.

What: A convincing case that either Sean Hannity is a serial killer or that the way Hannity makes his own controversial cases should convince no one.

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19:15

The Privacy-First Social Network: A Great Idea That Never Works Fast Company

These efforts have tried to compete with Facebook and Twitter on ideological grounds. None have succeeded, but some are still alive and kicking.

Riding a wave of negative sentiment against Big Tech, a new social network is here to set things right. Finally, you can share your photos, feelings, birthday wishes, and weekend plans without worrying about where all that data is going or what its being used for. This new service will safeguard your data, respect your privacy, and wont even use advertising to make money.

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19:03

Long-Lived Civilization May Be a Pipe-Dream Truthdig RSS

Humanitys cherished hope that we are building a long-lived civilisation may be nothing more than a pipe-dream. Human endeavour, two scientists argue, may carry within it the seeds of its own destruction.

The two astrophysicists have turned one of the great questions in science into a way of examining the down-to-earth consequences of global warming, the pollution of the oceans with indestructible polymers, and the wholesale destruction of species in the last 300 years.

They put an innocent question: if there had been an advanced technological and industrial civilisation on Earth several hundred million years ago, how could anyone know? What marks would have been left by a race of intelligent reptiles with motorised transport, housing estates, international trade and an arms race?

In what they call the Silurian hypothesis a reference not to the geological period long before the first creatures crawled from the sea onto the empty continents, but to a 1970 episode of the British television serial Dr Who  they turn to the only testbed available to contemporary Earthlings: the evidence of the Anthropocene, the geologists name for a new era that could be considered to have commenced with the Industrial Revolution.

If some alien or distant-future civilisation set out to study the Earths geological record, what signs would humans have left in the strata?

And almost immediately, their study confronts a paradox. The longer human civilisation lasts, the larger the signal one would expect in the record. However, the longer a civilisation lasts, the more sustainable its practices would need to have become in order to survive, they write in the International Journal of Astrobiology.

But the more sustainable a society, the smaller the footprint its agriculture, manufacture or energy generation would have made, and the smaller the signal in the geological record.

So the researchers, Adam Frank from the University of Rochester, New Yorkand Gavin Schmidt, director of the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies, set out to calculate the future signature of long-vanished human society.

Signs of change

They conclude that the burning of fossil fuels has already changed the carbon cycle in a way that would be recognisable in records of carbon isotopes. Global warming a consequence of that fossil fuel combustion ...

19:00

Heres why Uber is designing its own flying-taxi batteries Fast Company

Uber wants to go beyond picking you up in a car to become a mobility company. That means anything you want to move, by any means, is fair game for its ambitions. The most sci-fi aspect of that is the Uber Elevate program to deploy electric air taxi service by 2023and eventually make those flying

Uber wants to go beyond picking you up in a car to become a mobility company. That means anything you want to move, by any means, is fair game for its ambitions. The most sci-fi aspect of that is the Uber Elevate program to deploy electric air taxi service by 2023and eventually make those flying vehicles autonomous.

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19:00

Alexa Blueprints allow you to create simple Skills without coding Fast Company

You dont need to be a coder anymore to write some Skills for Amazons Echo and other Alexa devices. A new feature called Alexa Blueprints provides more than 20 templates for writing out your own voice commands and responses. For instance, the Flash Cards template lets you fill out questions and answers for studying, while

You dont need to be a coder anymore to write some Skills for Amazons Echo and other Alexa devices. A new feature called Alexa Blueprints provides more than 20 templates for writing out your own voice commands and responses.

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19:00

3 Icebreakers To Build Empathy Among Strangers Within 10 Minutes Fast Company

The head of First Rounds Knowledge program shares how to skip the boring small talk and get to the stuff that matters faster.

Anita Hossain, who leads the Knowledge program at First Round, is a fan of quick social and psychological icebreakersthe kind that help people understand themselves and each other fast. Over the past two years shes led over 130 events for startup professionals to learn from each other at a deeper level. Hossains goal is to make in-person experiencesfrom large summits to more intimate gatheringstransformative no matter what.

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19:00

GASSED SPIES, BOMBED SYRIA, AND A FEW PROBLEMS Giza Death Star

As you can imagine, the talk of the week is still the "West's" bombing of Syria, over the most threadbare of pretexts. Since the

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19:00

Meet The Battery Guru Who Will Help Keep Ubers Sky Taxis Flying Fast Company

Having gotten Teslas to a 300-mile range, Celina Mikolajczak now must push Ubers electric air taxis to 60 miles of flight and 15-minute recharges.

Celina Mikolajczak, Ubers new head of energy storage systems, embodies the same attributes she desires in her products: cool and calm, but packing a lot of power. After over a decade studying what can go wrong with batteriesshe literally wrote the book on the topicshe was hired in 2012 by Tesla to make sure none of those problems plagued its power packs. Mikolajczak oversaw the companys entire battery development efforts, helping the automaker ensure that its flagship cars achieve 300 miles per charge.

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19:00

TIDBIT: RTS TAKE ON THE SYRIA BOMBINGS: AND LEW ROCKWELL ON ... Giza Death Star

And here's RT's take on the whole Skripal-Syria mess:
Caught in a lie, US & allies bomb Syria the night before international inspectors arrive

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18:15

These Numbers Prove Atlanta Monster Is A True Crime Monster Hit Fast Company

Plus, plenty of exclusive podcast listening stats, for you statistic nerds out there.

A killer was stalking the streets of Atlanta. He was snatching young boys off the streets and depositing their bodies in empty lots and quiet places in the city. From 1979 to 1981, at least 28 children, almost all black boys from poor neighborhoods, went missing or were found dead, many from asphyxiation.

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18:00

Heres how Kelloggs made a record out of breakfast cereal Fast Company

Los Angeles band PRETTYMUCH thinks vinyl is so over. Thats why they teamed up with Kelloggs to release their song Hello on breakfast cereal. Thats right: Simon Cowells teen-dream boy band just released a record made out of Chocolate Frosted Flakes. The album is not only playable but edible, too, so whether you love or hate

Los Angeles band PRETTYMUCH thinks vinyl is so over. Thats why they teamed up with Kelloggs to release their song Hello on breakfast cereal. Thats right: Simon Cowells teen-dream boy band just released a record made out of Chocolate Frosted Flakes. The album is not only playable but edible, too, so whether you love or hate the song, you can have a snack while mulling it over.

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18:00

Two Creativity-Boosting Hacks To Wipe Out Bad Business Writing Fast Company

And no, neither are writing exercises.

You probably wouldnt expect furniture designers to be great writers, but whenever Ive leafed through the archive here at Herman Millerpaging past witty 1940s ads and internal memos alikeits hard not to think, God, they mustve been having a grand time! Which is essentially the core of perhaps the best piece of work-related advice Ive ever received: If its no fun to write, its no fun to read.

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17:35

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

"Criminal Referral Issued For Comey, Clinton, Lynch And McCabe; Rosenstein Recusal Demanded" Eleven GOP members of Congress led by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) have written a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Attorney John Huber, and FBI Director Christopher Wray - asking them to investigate former FBI Director James Comey, Hillary Clinton and others - including FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, for a laundry list of potential crimes surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election."
Full article here: - https://www.zerohedge.com/
You'll be seeing much more of this as the rats scurry around in terror, blaming each
other, trying to escape, making plea deals, throwing each other under the bus...
You too, Hillary, and you Obama. Don't leave the country any time soon...

17:27

Ive been sharing my bedroom with two people for three weeks Comfort is for Wimps

Ive had a couple of backpacking Aussie guests staying with me for the last few weeks. Theyre itchy-ass feet are doing a year-long stay-cay in the UK. And because theyre pretty much family I offered them a place to crash while they drifted through the city of ridiculous accommodation prices that is London. In fact,...

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17:11

Lack of BDL Housing Loans (Isken) is a Serious Problem Blog Baladi

It is still not clear how the total amount for housing loan subsidies for 2018 has been completely used up in just one month but as a result of that, banks are no longer accepting house loan applications leaving a large group of Lebanese in disarray, not knowing what to do next.

In simpler terms, there are plenty of people who signed agreements with real estate developers whereas they pay them monthly installments up until the developer hands them the necessary papers to apply for BDLs subsidized housing loan and therefore finalize the purchase of the house. I did that myself and applied to the BDL housing loan as soon as I had the necessary papers and got my apartment.

However, and since the quota was completely used up for 2018 in just 1 month, neither customers are able to apply for loans to buy apartments nor developers can sell their apartments except for cash or non-subsidized loans with high interests. Whats even worse is that those who are already paying installments will have to keep doing that without any guarantee of getting the necessary loan amount any time soon, and need to revisit their legal agreements to make sure they dont get screwed over.

There are still no news on increasing the ceiling for 2018 beyond the previously allocated $500 million but there are hundreds of applications on hold and thousands of people waiting to apply. I heard yesterday a video claiming that the reason the quota was reached was that the government miscalculated the wages scale by 1 billion dollars (WTF) and that it might take a couple of years for the subsidized loans to return but Im not sure how reliable his info is.

17:00

Phantasmic Phoenicia Terra Forming Terra




I always wondered about Phoenicia simply because the closer you looked the further away it got.  What does not exist is a land based city or even a people calling themselves Phoenicians ever.

What does exist is a global community of sea men who resided wherever they were comfortable and who easily escaped when they were not.  There was always another port down the coast happy to see them.  Thus even Levantine seamen means little.

It also speaks to the Genesis of the Atlanteans who at least had a city that was lost.

What does ring home is that such folk were ungovernable but could be hired.  Piracy was likely handled internally as operated at Port Royale.  That it did coalesce to produce a serious force appears rarely but famously as the Sea Peoples in and around the time of the dissolution of the Atlantean world through subsidence.

After that event we had a well established sea traffic in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic which remained independent and without a land home although the mines in Cornwall, Wales, and Georgia surely provided most of the manpower.

Phantasmic Phoenicia 

The British, Irish and Lebanese have all claimed descent from the ancient Phoenicians. But ancient Phoenicia never existed


Women of Phoenicia 1879, by Robert Fowler. Image by Public Catalogue Foundation. Supplied by National Museums Liverpool

Josephine Quinn is an associate professor in ancient history at Worcester College, University of Oxford. Her latest book is In Search of the Phoenicians (2017).

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Modern nationalism created history as we know it today: what we learn in school, what we study at university, what we read at home is all shaped by the forms and norms of our nation-states. Modern nationalism took history from the province of the wealthy gentleman amateur, as nationalisms focus on literacy and organised education professionalised and democratised the past. And in return, history is called upon to justify nationalism itself, as well as the existence of particular nation-states;...

17:00

Meet The Atlantic Records Matchmaker Who Brokered That Cardi B Amazon Ad Fast Company

As EVP of brand partnerships, Camille Hackney is the person behind ad mashups like Cardi B and Amazon.

When it comes to advertising, brands have traditionally needed musicians more than musicians have needed brands. But as the popularity of streaming continues to drive down album sales, more artists are seeking out lucrative campaigns and licensing deals.

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17:00

What is good science? Terra Forming Terra






When your understanding of physics establishes that empirical infinity is a large number and that the inverse is a small number establishing the scaling system of the universe, it soon becomes impossible to securely observe what must be the foundation details.

It has been possible to image a neutron sort of. Yet that neutron could by constructed from 600 dark matter elements or so. Each dark matter element is additionally constructed from likely 1200 additional components. All while dropping the implied scale by a 1000 and then a million.

So far there is no plausible way to use our clumsy hardware see any of this and we may never be able to. 

Good science starts with learning to collect observations such as they are to establish a phenomena. It continues through learning to study observers and to find many of them. From that it is possible to enhance your potential conjecture to something you can trust to test.

If it becomes impossible to collect data, then you must contrive blank sheet conjectures that you then learn to bound and test. This is what we really have with quantum theory and it has been a fruitful approach to the physical problem of seeing the physical at the scales involved. My Cloud cosmology is orthogonal to the quantum approach and thus allows me to start with creation itself and self assemble the universe to the point in which our observations become resolved.

Both are good science as they attack the observations in two separate directions of inquiry.  Bad science takes to form of manipulating data to produce desired conclusions or outright ignoring the phenomena and bad mouthing it.....

17:00

lucid dreaming playbook MILD Terra Forming Terra


<em>Young Woman Sleeping </em> by Jean-Baptiste Santerre, Museu Nacional dArt de Catalunya. <em>Courtesy Wikipedia</em>

Suddenly we have a viable trigger protocol. From this follows creditable therapies as well. In fact all this could now lead to a serious revolution is mental health care as it allows for a planned program of useful dreams.

I would set my alarm to ring at the five hour mark or at least two hours before you normally wake up.  Then you can do the mantra as you are slipping back to sleep for the last two hours.

 All good and practical as well.  Sweet dreams
 
 
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The lucid dreaming playbook: how to take charge of your dreams 

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Overpriced Instant Pot Seals Provide An Amazon Economics Lesson Fast Company

Amazon listings are a stew of the companys own offerings and third-party itemsan approach that often works well but has its perils.

The yogurt tasted like mushroom risotto. That wasnt my intention. But in making sure future batches turned out sweet rather than savory, I wound up tumbling down a rabbit hole of the unintended consequences of e-commerce, potential goods of various origins, and Amazon Marketplaces pricing engine before I managed to set it right.

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Too much Prostate testing is dangerous Terra Forming Terra




Ouch.  What makes this awful is the clear prospect of a false diagnosis simply because the treatment protocols are themselves killers.
What does remain is that urinary problems are an age related risk for men and well worth addressing with something other than a cancer diagnosis that licenses chop and dice.
Our science is getting better as well and postponement may be a viable choice as well.  It is certainly the case for those over eighty..
Too much testing is dangerous: Prostate cancer screening does NOT save lives, puts men at risk according to groundbreaking study

Friday, March 30, 2018 by: Lance D Johnson


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British rivers of love against Enoch Powells racist rivers of blood Dear Kitty. Some blog

British anti-racist demonstration

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Activism: Trade unionists and anti-racists to hold rivers of love rally where Enoch Powell made his racist speech

THE Birmingham meeting room where racist Tory MP Enoch Powell made his infamous rivers of blood speech 50 years ago will be taken over on Friday by trade unionists and anti-racists for a rivers of love rally.

On April 20 1968 the Wolverhampton South West MP raged against immigration, predicting violent and bloody confrontations in Britain on racial lines.

The speech, to his local Conservative association, was widely publicised and polarised opinions, with both protests against his poisonous rhetoric and demonstrations of support.

His views were too much even for the Conservative leadership, which sacked Mr Powell from the shadow cabinet. He became a back-bench rebel and later moved to the Ulster Unionist Party, becoming UUP MP for South Down in 1974. He died in 1998.

The room at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel will be filled tomorrow with anti-racist and anti-fascist campaigners, trade unionists and politicians for the rivers of love rally.

Among the invitation-only guests will be the MP who now represents the Wolverhampton South West constituency, black Labour MP Eleanor Smith.

Midlands TUC political and campaigns officer Rob Johnston told the Morning Star: Fifty years on and it is clear Enoch Powell lost. His vision of a divi...

16:46

Heavy rain causes major New York City subway station flooding Signs of the Times

Normally the labyrinthine New York City subway system can be counted on for shelter from the rain at the very least. For many commuters, however, heavy rain sent water flooding into the subway system itself to start the week -- and in full torrents rather than just the occasional drip here and there "As happens during heavy storms like today's, water is entering some stations from the street. We're sending emergency maintenance teams and customer service staff to locations where they're needed," subway administrators tweeted Monday morning. Monday's rain is part of a system that has brought snow, freezing rain and heavy rain across much of the Northeast and Midwest. New York City was under a flash flood warning until the early afternoon, followed by a flood advisory. The subway flooding became so severe that trains on some routes bypassed some stations for a time Monday. Below is a sample of what subway riders had to endure for their morning commute.

16:36

Sorcha Faal: CIA Director Pompeo Oversees Capture of UN Pedophile Operation Disclosure

April 18, 2018

CIA Director Pompeo Oversees Capture Of UN Pedophile Who Leaked Video Of Hillary Clinton Killing Child

By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

Source: What Does It Mean

An absolutely stunning new Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today reveals that during the past fortnight, CIA Director Mike Pompeo was personally dispatched by President Donald Trump to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to hold a secret meeting with the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-unbut with Pompeos duel-mission to this Asian nation, also, seeing him personally oversee the capture of top United Nations adviser Peter John Dalglishwho, in desperation just prior to his being apprehended, released to the dark web what is described as a snuff film showing Hillary Clinton and her top aid Huma Abedin torturing and murdering a child. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]



According to this report, this past Sunday (15 April), the SVR contacted their CIA counterparts to provide them with satellite tracking and signals intelligence information showing that both CIA Director Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jung-un had traveled to Nepal during this past fortnightto which the Americans responded to by stating that as Nepal had longstanding good relations with the United States, and, equally, longstanding good relations with North Korea too, its international neutr...

16:23

(Video) Q Crumbs: Why is there a "Flat Earth" Infographic on the Meme Drop? Operation Disclosure



Published on Apr 15, 2018

The infoGraphic is HERE:

FOLDER : CBTS Memes 1 A-L

FILE NAME: Flat Earth - no gravity - bees levitate.jpg

(Link to MEME DROP Below)

WHY indeed?

I'm NOT a "Flat Earther..."
but these days my mind is open to just about anything, especially if it's coming from a trusted source, which I consider Q to be.

The Info-Graphic said to #Research #FlatEarth.

So that is what I did.

I know they are lying about a lot of things, even the Bible. I look at the world as SOLID and ROUND...

BUT

I know I've been lied to.

This video is merely to FIND OUT WHAT the flat earth-ers are (and have always) been SAYING...

and what Q means by this Infographic.

I am 100% convinced that Q is real...this meme drop is massive and is well-coordinated.

If we have been lied to about something as basic as the solar system and the actual nature of the earth...

then I want to know about it.

Has that been proven to me? NO...but I like to think I'm open-minded enough to RESEARCH it.

PS: (Sorry about the "audio edit blooper")
...

16:21

Facebook will exclude 1.5 billion users from new data privacy protections Fast Company

Next month the European Unions General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, which will give European Facebook usersand any users of Facebook who are subject to Facebooks terms of services in Irelandmuch more control over what data Facebook can access and store about them. Right now, all European Facebook users and Facebook users in

Next month the European Unions General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, which will give European Facebook usersand any users of Facebook who are subject to Facebooks terms of services in Irelandmuch more control over what data Facebook can access and store about them. Right now, all European Facebook users and Facebook users in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America are governed by the TOS with the companys international headquarters in Ireland. That means 1.5 billion users of Facebook who live outside Europe would nonetheless be protected by the GDPR.

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16:21

Judicial Watch to Clobber the Deep State in Unprecedented Panel Operation Disclosure

Judicial Watch to Clobber the Deep State in Unprecedented Panel Update April 24th

APRIL 18, 2018

Source: Starship Earth: The Big Picture



I was thrilled to see this in my mailbox yesterday. I doubt any group has been busier or more focused than the team at Judicial Watch so this is definitely something to look forward to. ~ BP



JUDICIAL WATCHBECAUSE NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW

On April 24 at 12:00 noon, Judicial Watch will live stream the most important and revealing expose of the Deep State ever presented to the American people.

Carter L. Clews, Director of Communications

I cannot overstate the importance of the upcoming Deep State Update panel.

Judicial Watch will be streaming it live at High Noon on Tuesday April 24.

And do not want you to miss it!

JW has been at the forefront in exposing the relentless and very often illegal efforts of Comey, Mueller, Strzok, and McCabe to destroy Donald Trump.

And now, we are bringing together a team of unparalleled experts to reveal the truth

And expose the lies.

Here are experts you will be hea...

16:14

Fisk Puts to Test the Free-Press Myth in Douma Dissident Voice

Heres how a free press, one owned by a handful of corporations, uses its freedom. It simply tells you what it is good for its business interests, or more generally for the political and business environment it operates in. Its not interested in truth or airing all sides, or even necessarily basic facts.

The only restraint preventing the corporate media from outright lying to promote its material interests is the fear of being found out, of readers starting to suspect that they are not being told the whole truth.

If that sounds like conspiratorial nonsense to you, consider this single example (there are lots more if you trawl through my past blog posts). Lets take the matter of veteran Middle East reporter Robert Fisk arriving in Douma this week, the first western correspondent to get there. Fisk is like some relic from a bygone era, when journalists really sought to arrive at the truth, often at great personal danger, not simply win followers on Twitter.

Until his arrival, all the information we were receiving about Douma in the west originated not with on-the-ground reporters, but with jihadist groups or those living under their Islamist reign of terror. That was true of the Youtube videos, the accounts from western reporters based far off in other countries, the human rights organisations, the World Health Organisation, and so on. The fog of war in this case was truly impenetrable.

So Fisks arrival was a significant event. He was clearly aware of the journalistic burden on his shoulders. Those still in Douma, after the jihadists fled, we can assume, are mostly supporters of the Syrian government. Even if they are not, they may be fearful of retaliation from the Syrian army if they speak out against it.

So Fisk, a very experienced reporter who has won many awards, was careful in the way he handled the story. Unlike many reporters, he is prepared to add context to his reports, such as the manner or tone of the person he talked to clues to help him and us decode what they might really be thinking or meaning, rather than just what they are saying.

But the content of what he reported was incendiary. Just a few days after the US, UK and France had bombed Syria, in violation of all principles of international law, on the grounds that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons in Douma, Fisk interviewed a doctor at the clinic where the victims were treated. The doctor said no chemical attack occurred. The video footage from last week was genuine, the doctor added, but it showed civilians who had inhaled dust after a Syrian bombing attack, not gas.

Fisks account is clearly honest about what he was told. And the doctors account clearly is plausible it could fit what the video shows. So, whether right or wrong, it is a vital piece of the jigsaw as we, ordinary citizens, decide whether our gov...

16:13

Their Plight Is Ignored, Some Male Victims of Sex Abuse Say Truthdig RSS

For some male victims of sexual assault and abuse, #MeToo can feel more like #WhatAboutMe?

They admire the women speaking out about traumatic experiences as assault and harassment victims, while wondering whether men with similar scars will ever receive a comparable level of public empathy and understanding.

Because the movement happened to get its start with women only, in a way it furthers my loneliness as a past victim, said Chris Brown, a University of Minnesota music professor. He was among several men who in December accused renowned conductor James Levine of abusing them as teens several decades ago, leading to Levines recent firing by the Metropolitan Opera Company.

Men are historically considered the bad guys, suggested Brown, referring to public attitudes. If some men abuse women, then we all are abusers ourselves so therefore when it comes to our being abused, we deserve it.

Browns sense of distance from the #MeToo movement is shared by other abused men some of whom have been using a #MenToo hashtag on Twitter.

Were never necessarily welcome to the parade, said Andrew Schmutzer, a professor of biblical studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago who has written about being abused as a teen.

As a male survivor youre always an adjunct, he said. Youre never the leading subject of a conversation.

Schmutzer is among a group of survivors and therapists forming the leadership of MaleSurvivor, which since its incorporation in 1995 has sought to provide support and resources to men who suffered sexual abuse as children or adults. It says its website has been visited by hundreds of thousands of men worldwide.

The psychologists and therapists who work with MaleSurvivor endorse the findings of multiple studies concluding that about one in six men in the U.S. experienced childhood sexual abuse, compared with one in four women. Many adult men also suffer sexual abuse: Rape in prison is frequent, and the latest Pentagon survey found that 6,300 men in the military said they were victims of sexual assault or other unwanted sexual contact in 2016.

Despite such data, experts say many men, because of social stigma and feelings of shame, are reluctant to speak up about the abuse they experienced or to seek professional help.

Joan Cook, a psychiatry professor at Yale School of Medicine, has been treating sexually abused men for more than 20 years.

Many of them still espouse this John Wayne mentality, she said. If something bad happens to you, just wall it off and dont acknowledge it to yourself or others.

Some of her patients fear theyll be perceived as weak if they go public about their abuse, she said, while others worry people will view them as more likely to be abusers themselves because of what they suffered as children.

According to MaleSurvivor, a significant portion of abuse perpetrators report having been victimized by abus...

16:12

Malaria meetings garner support, shed new light on spread RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Two malaria conferencesin UK and Senegalhave brought pledges of nearly $4bn to curb the disease and research factors such as conflict zones and contaminated blood supplies.

16:06

..And Then There Were None - Film, Literature and the New World Order After the Shift

 

SHOW NOTES: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=21893 Take us to your leader! is the science fiction clichebut what if theres no leader to be taken to, and no one to do the leading? In this edition of the Film, Literature and the New World Order series, James examines the philosophy of Eric Frank Russells 1951 story And Then There Were None and unlocks the secret of the most dangerous weapon.

16:05

Chinese consumers will spend more time on their smartphones than watching TV this year Fast Company

Its the first time smartphone use will have overtaken television viewing in the most populous country on the planet, reports CNBC. Thats according to a study by research firm eMarketer, which found Chinese consumers will spend two hours and 39 minutes a day on their smartphone in 2018, and only two hours and 32 minutes

Its the first time smartphone use will have overtaken television viewing in the most populous country on the planet, reports CNBC. Thats according to a study by research firm eMarketer, which found Chinese consumers will spend two hours and 39 minutes a day on their smartphone in 2018, and only two hours and 32 minutes watching TV. The drive behind the shift to smartphones from television is due to the prominence of digital video in the country. As Shelleen Shum, forecasting director at eMarketer, noted:

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16:00

The Teacher Strikes Show That Workers Are Really, Finally, Fed Up Fast Company

By walking out of their classrooms, U.S. teachers are part of a global uprising against low wages for the benefit of increasing corporate profits.

First there was West Virginia, where teachers in all 55 counties went on strike for nine days. Now, theres Oklahoma, where thousands have walked out. And Kentucky. There are rumblings of a teacher strike in Arizona.

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15:58

The Sleep of Civilization Dissident Voice

Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
Proverbs 19:4

James Mad Dog Mattis spoke this week, at a pentagon press briefing, saying, among other things, that it was a time for all civilized nations to unite. The use of this trope civilized echoes colonial sensibility. It is part of general shifting of meaning in the rhetoric of Empire over the last, say, 80 years.

Never mind that the occasion of this speech, as seems increasingly the norm, was based on mostly propaganda. No evidence for a chemical attack was actually provided. Just as the evidence in the Skripal (attempted) murder (sic) is conspicuously lacking.

This is a time when war criminals (unprosecuted, of course) can simply count on the utter amnesia of both the public and the quisling western press.

So lets go back and check a few boxes on Mattis. This is the man who oversaw the war crimes of Fallujah and then helped cover them up. One can read about it here

So how is it that Mattis can so confidently count on the silence and complicity of the corporate press? Mattis is no doubt sociopathic. He is a lizard eyed lisping sadist and yet he is fawned over and described as the the most revered Marine in a generation by the same prostrate press. The adoration of the military in western media is at an all time high. And entertainment today is laden with the most jingoistic and nativist rhetoric imaginable. Hollywood today produces fiction that is uniform in its opinions and values. Watch this season of Designated Survivor. I know that is asking a lot, but do it anyway. Kiefer Sutherland is one of those actors who in middle age has begun to take on the tight lipped appearance of an aggrieved or constipated Quaker. The show is so stunningly reactionary that one finds some difficulty in arriving at the right words. But it is not an anomaly. Half of network prime time drama is military-based in theme. And today Hollywood staff writers can count on CIA or Pentagon advisors taking an active part in the creation of scripts. The blurring of fiction and Imperial fiction, as it were. There are ongoing themes in this Sutherland show about Russian interference in US democracy and most recently a story built around a tiny Asian nation with an insane dictatorial leader who wants nuclear weapons. The depictions of the Asian characters is only slightly less cartoon like than Charlie Chan. And always there are the requisite evil Muslim terrorist.

But back to the disturbing figure of Jim Mattis. His...

15:58

(Video) Earth Covered in White "Cocoon" Seen from ISS Operation Disclosure



Published on Apr 17, 2018

April 17, 2018: Strange observation from the ISS as earth appeared to be shrouded in a thick "cocoon" during a fly over. / Los Angeles is coating the city streets in a thick 'cocoon' substance to reduce heat.

15:56

(Video) Status of the Event After 2 Weeks Operation Disclosure



Published on Apr 16, 2018

The past 2 weeks (since April 1st) has been an INCREDIBLE JOURNEY- - which IS the EVENT unfolding. Get the details here - - along with Mid East update - - & Lightworker Training

15:55

(Video) Q Anon: Latest Posts -- Response Coming Operation Disclosure



Published on Apr 18, 2018

Q AN0N: Latest New Posts - "RESP0NSE C0MING."

15:54

Bright meteor fireball observed over Spain Signs of the Times

YouTube user 'Meteors' reported a bright meteor over Spain on April 16, 2018. It may have been produced by a fragment from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 100.000 km/h. The event begun at an altitude of about 100 km and ended at a height of around 55 km. It was recorded in the framework of the SMART Project (University of Huelva) from the meteor-observing stations located at the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto (Almera), La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo) and Sevilla.

15:53

(Video) 5thAveAnon: Are you Ready to See Wonderland, Right Under your Feet? Operation Disclosure



Published on Apr 18, 2018

Under your feet in major cities under the united states lies networks upon networks of tunnels, rooms, rails, and technology that has been leaked for us with schematics and pictures.

15:50

(Video) Comey Learns he's Under Investigation on Air Operation Disclosure

Check this out! Comey finds out while doing the show "The View" that himself, Killary, and others are now under criminal investigation, priceless!



Published on Apr 18, 2018

James Comey gets some bad news.

Read the full letter Congress sent to Jeff Sessions, Chris Wray, & John Huber. They refer James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Lynch, McCabe, DOJ/FBI officials for breaking law.

15:49

(Video) Hell Just Broke Loose on the Deep State Operation Disclosure

An interesting twist of events to say the least. As slow as this is happening, it's definitely happening. I actually can see a light at the end of the tunnel! I can't help but wonder how many of us will be able to survive this transitory state of change, I hope and pray that we all make it to the finish line, of all this chaos that is currently going on. It's really a spiritual warfare, Between Good and Evil! May God be With Us.



Published on Apr 18, 2018

HELL JUST BROKE LOOSE ON DEEPSTATE AS ENTIRE HOUSE OF CARD IS ABOUT TO BE BROUGH

15:26

EPA Faces Lawsuit For Withholding Records Related To Pesticide Rule Change Activist Post

By Derrick Broze The Environmental Protection Agency is facing a lawsuit for failing to release records related to its decision to remove two rules aimed...

15:08

Unleash the Dogs of War Armstrong Economics

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong, regarding your recent post about War, does this topic also relate to some hidden agenda about decreasing the world population?
Thank you as always for your insight!

Yours, JL

ANSWER: There does not appear to be such a coordinated agenda. This is a few agencies who fear they are becoming redundant like NATO and need to create a situation to justify their existence.  Furthermore, it also involves intelligence and military agencies in a few countries that need to also show their importance. There is no grand scheme to create World War III. This is unfolding as a series of events that are being justified for separate distinct reasons.

Trump needs to appear hardline against Putin to demonstrate that he is NOT beholding to Putin for rigging the elect6ion as Hillary has told the world. Trump is misguided on Trade, as every other politician has been since World War II. That has awakened the sleeping giant of China, whose debt to GDP exceeded 250% going into the end of 2017 compared to 103.7% for the USA going into the end of 2017. It was stupid to attack China for an international trade deficit before anyone took the chance to actually investigate the numbers,

15:07

Germany Creates Criminal Law That Applies to Small Business Armstrong Economics

QUESTION: The coalition agreement in Germany provided for criminal sanctions against companies of any size. Naturally, the large companies can withstand such an attack. Small business cannot. Do you see this as another push over the cliff for Europe since Germany is the pillar of the EU economy?

Thank you from Berlin

HS

ANSWER: Unfortunately, this new provision was demanded by the SPD. It allows for major suits through the back door which will destroy small business and expose them to financial risks that may make it just impossible to do business. Major companies like VW can weather the storm of a criminal action. This allows even for antitrust proceedings in price agreements. People will be able to allege and off you go on with years of investigation that may lead even nowhere. Even the closure of a production plant that violates environmental guidelines will be actionable. The list goes on and on. While the administrative offense law can impose fines. here we are looking at actually criminal prosecutions. When criminal actions become profitable to the accusor, tyranny flourishes.

This is one more step at the exact wrong moment that will only further restrain economic growth when it becomes too risky for small business.

15:03

SPD to Impose Marxism on Germany Armstrong Economics

The SPD in Germany is a left-wing socialist party that still believes in exploiting the rich in true Marxist fashion. Now that the SPD gained power in a coalition with Merkel, the German economy is in perfect alignment with our Economic Confidence Model pointjng down into 2020. The SPD leadership has made it very clear that they will raise taxes on the rich out of fairness as they see it for everyone should have the same net income at the end of the day. They call this fairer financing of state tasks and a correction of social inequalities.

The SPD will now push its tax policy ahead to the detriment of Germany and Europe as a whole. Despite all the historical evidence that raising taxes reduces jobs and economic benefits for the people, they just cannot escape the idea that someone has more than they do and to hell with the studies. They will also go after not just high incomes, but are looking at asset taxes and of course their most hated practice of all leaving something for your children. They intend to raise inheritance taxes to fund state tasks which is really a code word for state pensions.

So far, the SPD has not publicly stated which citizens are the rich. This has always been a huge problem. Even in the USA, the definition of the rich started at $5 million and has moved down to $250,000, and then it has moved down to a household income of $250,000. The easy way to raise taxes is to constantly redefine who are the rich by lowering that definition and then apply it to household income. The day most...

15:01

House of Lords Tries to Overturn BREXIT Armstrong Economics

The upper house in Britain has overruled the people trying to keep the UK in the EU which would destroy the British economy. The upper House of Parliament backed calls to remain in the EU customs union after Brexit. The House of Lords voted 348 to 225 to amend the governments EU Withdrawal Bill in a real insane move. This will now return to the House of Commons where the defeat is likely to spur renewed opposition to the whole BREXIT issue.

The amendment would now require the government to report to Parliament by October 31st on exactly what steps it has taken to remain in the customs union.  This vote clearly shows that the House of Lords is seriously out of touch with economic reality. London is the financial center and it is THE market that dwarfs all of Europe combined. The entire posturing of Brussels to try to take trading the Euro away from Britain is based upon the fear that they can not control the Euro. They have outlawed shorting government bonds and they would like that power over the currency as well.

 

By tinkering with the Free Trade portion, they are disrupting the entire process and laying the seeds to overturn BREXIT entirely. Thank God Maggie is not here to witness these machinations. She was devastated when her cabinet stabbed her in the back to try to take the pound into the Euro. Had it not been for the attack on the pound which forced it to leave the ERM, Britain wou...

15:01

At Lincoln Center, Hyper-Individualized Plays For Fans With Autism Fast Company

The New York City arts organization has launched a festival of autism-friendly programming, including small-batch theater.

About four years ago, Russell Granet, an arts executive at New Yorks Lincoln Center, had an eye-opening conversation with a parent that ended up changing the direction of Lincoln Centers programming. The parent lamented that she could no longer take her family to the world-class performing arts center because the shows there were too overwhelming for her child, who is on the autism spectrum. Its just not a place for us, Granet recalls the parent saying.

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14:46

"For Thousands of Years, Humans Slept in Two Shifts. Should We Do It Again? Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

"For Thousands of Years, Humans Slept in Two Shifts.
 Should We Do It Again?
by Robby Berman

She was wide awake and it was nearly two in the morning. When asked if everything was alright, she said, Yes. Asked why she couldnt get to sleep she said, I dont know. Neuroscientist Russell Foster of Oxford might suggest she was exhibiting a throwback to the bi-modal sleep pattern." Research suggests we used to sleep in two segments with a period of wakefulness in-between.

...

14:20

New laws would allow children to be artificially created from the genes of dead humans The Crazz Files

New laws would allow children to be artificially created from the genes of dead humans posthumous conception creates living from the dead

READ MORE AT NATURAL NEWS

One of the hottest topics being debated in bioethics right now is the concept of conceiving a child using the sperm or egg of a dead person. Read More

14:20

April 29ths Full Pink Moon: Make Every Moment Count and Collect All of This Positive Energy Awareness Act

For those who may not know, the full moon of April is referred to as a pink moon or full pink moon. This moon is much different than the rest and is energetically charged in a unique manner.

The full pink moon will be visible here in the US on the night of the 29th. It will be occurring just days after the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower enhancing the energies surrounding it. During this full pink moon, things are going to come together cosmically. It will be a good time to really wake up spiritually. As these energies get closer you will feel the need to get moving and really dig deeper within.

This full pink moon is all about positivity and moving forward. You will finally be able to get work done you never thought you would be able to finish. You are going to be acting at a much faster pace than normal but productivity and efficiency will not suffer. Everything you stand for and all that makes you who you are will come into perspective one way or another.

If you have been battling anything internally expect it to finally resolve during this full moon or in the days proceeding it. While this moon will not be pink in color it will bring light pink energies. Most full moons are good at getting our emotions going but this one will be quite different.

This will still be an opportunity for you to heal but not in the same ways you have during full moons before. Write out where you want to go from here and what you wish to achieve during the full pink moon, use it to get things done. The energies it is bringing out way will be felt for weeks to come and will work wonders in our lives.

As I mentioned above this full pink moon is all about positivity and so you should not be giving power to anything negative. Let go of the past and anything holding you back, this full pink moon is going to catapult you towards something you are not expecting. For more information on what this full pink moon might hold for you check out the video below.

14:06

This Toxic Metal Linked to Cancer and Brain Damage is Being Added to Your Food and Cosmetics Awareness Act

Sure, there are tons of different things in our food and the products we use on our faces but most of us dont stop to think twice about what those things are and the risks that could come with them. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself whether the things you were eating or the cosmetics you were using could potentially be causing cancer or something else of the sort?

Well, you should be asking yourself this and you should be looking at the ingredients list of everything you buy. Today we are going to go over something that is found in a lot of things and can cause a lot of terrible issues. This being something known as titanium dioxide (nanoparticles in particular). This is something produced in millions of tons each year and is used to add whiteness/brightness to products or prevent discoloration altogether.

It is used in sunscreens, toothpaste, paper, food, paint pigment, and so forth. Evidence suggests that nanoparticles of this could with ease produce toxic effects on your brain. An analysis of exposure to this in regards to foods actually found that children are the ones being exposed the most. They are actually two to four times more likely to be exposed than adults as in regards to foods titanium dioxide can be found in candies, sweets, and chewing gum.

This research coming from scientists at Arizona State University. They also noted that food sources account for the vast majority of titanium nanoparticles released into wastewater treatment plants. These particles most of the time pass right through the filters and straight into lakes, rivers, and oceans. In case you are not aware the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) actually even classifies titanium dioxide as a Group 2B carcinogen. This meaning it is possibly carcinogenic to people.

It is also important to be aware that the US FDA allows manufacturers to use up to 1 percent of this without having to put it on the label. Dunkin brands actually removed titanium dioxide from their powdered sugar donuts back in 2015 as a move towards safer products. This being due to pressure put on them by the advocacy group As You Sow.

Another study from 2012 that was titled Effects of fetal exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticle on brain development- brain region information found that it does, in fact, affect the brains of offspring during the perinatal period. While this was a mere mice study it puts a lot of questions into the world and whether we should be using this so openly as we are.

As the use of these nanoparticles increases so do the risks associated with their use. To learn more about this please fee...

14:06

Federal Emergency Plan D / Presidential Emergency Action Documents (PEADs) The Black Vault

Background

Federal Emergency Plan D-Minus was a plan developed by the United States in the 1950s to guide the federal government in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophic nuclear attack.  Plan D-Minus was part of the National Plan for Emergency Preparedness, which also included Mobilization Plan C (providing direction for federal planning in the three weeks prior to a global nuclear war).

Federal Emergency Plan D-Minus was designed for activation in the aftermath of either an anticipated or surprise attack of a devastating nature. It envisioned a scenario based on what was described as a major attack against the mainland United States involving the near-simultaneous, or closely sequential, detonation of several hundred nuclear warheads.

Plan D-Minus assumed a nuclear attack against the continental United States resulting in 48 million immediate fatalities and a significant number of non-fatal casualties. Primary government command and control facilities, such as the White House and the Pentagon, would be destroyed and emergency relocation facilities would be rendered minimally operable as a result of physical damage and the effects of radiation sickness on staff. At the same time, nothing but critical communications would survive and even those would be crippled due to action by enemy saboteurs. Industrial and agricultural production would be severely disrupted, society would fragment into local gangs, and the financial system would completely collapse.

Immediately following an attack under D-Minus conditions, the National Security Councils Office of Emergency Planning would initiate and then decentralize its primary post-attack programs, including anti-hoarding and resource conservation measures, to those state and local governments that remained functioning. Meanwhile, emergency federal departments responsible for the most critical aspects of recovery would be formed and staffed from the Executive Reserve, a 1,700-person group of public sector employees who had previously received specialized management training. Heads of emergency departments were private sector subject-matter specialists who had been chosen in advance. A series of pre-drafted executive orders would be immediately signed by the President of the United States authorizing extraordinary measures, inc...

14:04

"A Look to the Heavens" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

Following an ancient galaxy-galaxy collision 200 million light-years from Earth, debris from a gas-rich galaxy, NGC 5291, was flung far into intergalactic space. NGC 5291 and the likely interloper, also known as the "Seashell" galaxy, are captured near the center of this spectacular scene. The sharp, ground-based telescopic image looks toward the galaxy cluster Abell 3574 in the southern constellation Centaurus. 
Click image for larger size.
Stretched along the 100,000 light-year long tidal tails, are clumps resembling dwarf galaxies, but lacking old stars, apparently dominated by young stars and active star forming regions. Found to be unusually rich in elements heavier than hydrogen and helium, the dwarf galaxies were likely born in intergalactic space, recycling the enriched debris from NGC 5291 itself.

14:03

"Be Not Afraid Of Life..." Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

"These then are my last words to you: 
Be not afraid of life. 
Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact." 
- William James

14:01

Benjamin Fulford Report: "Revolution May Start" -- April 16, 2018 Operation Disclosure

Weekly Geo-political News and Analysis

Revolution may start in France as crazy Zionists try yet again to start WW3

By Benjamin FulfordWhite Dragon Society
2018-04-16



The insane religious-fanatic Zionists who have been trying for years to start Armageddon have failed yet again in their latest attempt, this time in Syria. They now face serious repercussions, possibly starting with a revolution in France.

Before we get into the details, lets remember what it is were dealing with here. It is difficult for sane, reality-based people to understand that the Western political and financial establishment has been hijacked by religious fanatics who are trying to carry out their interpretation of Biblical prophecy with the murder of 90% of humanity and the enslavement of the survivors. Nonetheless, overwhelming evidence shows this is exactly what is going on.

We will not lay out, yet again, all the evidence here; we will just look at what U.S. President Donald Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner has been up to. The Kushner family bought a building on 666 Fifth Avenue in New York at way above market prices.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/06/nyregion/kushners-vornado-666-fifth-avenue.html

And yes, despite a major attempt to scrub this information from non-conspiracy websites, we can confirm that Lucent Technologies was based there and was developing an implantable RFID chip. Here is an article from a science magazine about what these chips are intended for:

https://www.popsci.com/my-boring-cyborg-implant...

14:00

The White Helmets Tried To Recruit Roger Waters With Saudi Money BlackListed News

During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets as a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists. Warning that the groups unverified claims about chemical weapons attacks across insurgent-held territory were aimed at triggering Western military intervention, Waters cautioned his audience, If we were to listen to the propaganda of the White Helmets and others, we would encourage our governments to start dropping bombs on people in Syria. This would be a mistake of monumental proportions for us as human beings.

New York attorney general wants power to bypass Trump pardons BlackListed News

New York's attorney general on Wednesday asked Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to give him and other local prosecutors power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Iran switches from dollar to euro BlackListed News

Irans feud with the US is set to get worse after Tehran announced yesterday that it will start reporting foreign currency amounts in euros rather than US dollars, as part of the countrys effort to reduce its reliance on the American currency due to political tension with Washington.

HR McMaster's Father Died Under "Suspicious" Circumstances, Police Say BlackListed News

It has been a rough month for retired general and former Trump National Security Advisor HR McMaster. A few weeks after he announced he would be leaving the West Wing - the culmination of months of tension between him and the Trump administration - McMaster's father passed away last week at a retirement community in Philadelphia, according to the New York Post. Now, McMaster's father's death is being investigated by local authorities as "suspicious" after allegations surfaced that the elder McMaster didn't receive the proper care.

Mentally Ill Woman Wearing a Wig and Carrying a Loaded Gun, a Passport, and $100,000 in Cash Arrested After Driving to CIA Headquarters BlackListed News

A woman who drove into the CIA headquarters compound in McLean, Virginia, with a loaded gun, a passport and $100,000 in cash while wearing a wig is being held without bond.

Following Questionable Election, Honduran Government Debuts New Censorship Law BlackListed News

The masterplan for censorship: follow up a highly-questionable election with a "cybersecurity" law granting the government power to shut down critics and dissenting views. That's what's happening in Honduras, following the reinstallation of Juan Orlando Hernandez as president following an election "filled with irregularities."

Poll Shows Americans Support the Invasion of Syria BlackListed News

And What Americans Misunderstand About that War

Honeybees Are Struggling to Get Enough Good Bacteria BlackListed News

A study published in Ecology and Evolution Monday shows that the big changes humans make to the land can have important consequences for some tiny microorganisms honeybees rely on to stay healthy.

Syria - Who Is Stalling The OPCW Investigation In Douma? BlackListed News

Why has the fact finding mission (FFM)of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) not visited Douma? The OPCW inspectors are held up by the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) which has a say about any movement of UN aligned organizations in areas that might be dangerous. The UNDSS is led by an Australian police / intelligence officer. The holdup seems to be intended.

California to deploy 400 National Guard troops, including some to US-Mexico border BlackListed News

California will send up to 400 National Guard troops to several places, including the US-Mexico border after Gov. Jerry Brown made an announcement Wednesday saying guard members will combat criminal gangs, human traffickers, and illegal firearm and drug smugglers.

New York attorney general wants power to bypass Trump pardons BlackListed News

In a letter, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman urged Cuomo and legislative leaders to close a loophole in New Yorks double jeopardy law shielding recipients of presidential pardons from state prosecution.

13:57

"Free Download: Kahlil Gibran, "The Madman"; "The Seven Selves" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

 
"The Seven Selves"
by Kahlil Gibran

"In the silent hour of the night, as I lay half asleep, my seven selves sat together and thus conversed in whispers:

First Self: Here, in this madman, I have dwelt all these years, with naught to do but renew his pain by day and recreate his sorrow by night. I can bear my fate no longer, and now I must rebel.

Second Self: Yours is a better lot than mine, brother, for it is given me to be this madman's joyous self. I laugh his laughter and sing his happy hours, and with thrice winged feet I dance his brighter thoughts. It is I that would rebel against my weary existence.

Third Self: And what of me, the love-ridden self, the flaming brand of wild passion and fantastic desires? It is I the love-sick self who would rebel against this madman.

Fourth Self:
 I, amongst you all, am the most miserable, for naught was given me but the odious hatred and destructive loathing. It is I, the tempest-like self, the one born in the black caves of Hell, who would protest against serving this madman.

Fifth Self:
 Nay, it is I, the thinking self, the fanciful self, the self of hunger and thirst, the one doomed to wander without rest in search of unknown things and things not yet created; it is I, not you, who would rebel.

Sixth Self: And I, the working self, the pitiful labourer, who, with patient hands, and longing eyes, fashion the days into images a...

13:54

9 Common Behaviors Seen In Adults Who Experienced Trauma At A Young Age Awareness Act

It is estimated that approximately 35 million children in the United States have experienced one or more types of trauma at some point in their childhood, a statistic that reveals just how frighteningly prevalent childhood trauma is in todays society. While you may not be aware of it, you have likely met someone at some point in your life that was still carrying the baggage of their own personal trauma, even if you were unaware. In many cases, this baggage isnt something that is openly discussed or presented to others, but rather something they are ashamed of or embarrassed by, keeping it hidden from those around them.

For those that have suffered from some form of childhood trauma, the nightmare often isnt over just because the moment of trauma ends. Instead, these experiences often linger, affecting those who have survived trauma even as adults. The way in which this manifests differs from when they were children, but these long-term effects can still have a significant impact on their lives.

Source: file404 | Shutterstock

Here are 9 behaviors often seen in adults who experienced childhood trauma:

#1 Constant Tension

The mind of someone who has experienced trauma as a child is often trapped in a state of fight or flight. Even when their life is going well, and they can see that they are far away from the initial situation, they still find themselves living in fear that they will make a mistake or an incorrect choice in life and it will bring them right back to that experience all over again. This creates a state of constant tension, always on edge with every action and decision that they make.

#2 Fear and Phobias

Trauma at a young age has been found to create deep seeded fears and phobias among some victims, even if they are unaware that this has occurred. These may seem ridiculous to others, however, if they were to truly know your story than...

13:50

Mentally Ill Woman Wearing a Wig and Carrying a Loaded Gun, a Passport, and $100,000 in Cash Arrested After Driving to CIA Headquarters cryptogon.com

Via: WTOP: A woman who drove into the CIA headquarters compound in McLean, Virginia, with a loaded gun, a passport and $100,000 in cash while wearing a wig is being held without bond. Charging documents said Beth Huth drove her white Kia Soul onto CIA property in Langley last Friday afternoon past signs restricting access []

13:50

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

 "The Summer Day"

"Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?"

-  Mary Oliver

13:48

The Daily "Near You?" Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

 Walnut Creek, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

13:43

"Winter Is Coming", Part 3 Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

"Winter Is Coming", Part 3
by Jim Quinn

The very survival of the nation will feel at stake. Sometime before the year 2025, America will pass through a great gate in history, commensurate with the American Revolution, Civil War, and twin emergencies of the Great Depression and World War II. 
Strauss & Howe, "The Fourth Turning" 

In Part One of this article...

13:37

ZAP's Mid-Week Report -- April 18, 2018 Operation Disclosure

"The Office of Poofness"

MIDWEEK BY ZAP from "The Office of Poofness" 4-18-18

Zap Says


HI ALL

DO WE HAVE OUR DIPLOMAS YET? AFTER ALL, WE DID FAITHFULLY ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF WAITING WITH THAT AS A MAJOR. AND WE DID MINORS IN PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE TOO WITH A 4.0 AVERAGE. I CHECKED MY MAIL BUT NO PAPERWORK YET, SO PROBABLY TOMORROW IT WILL COME.

THERE IS LITTLE TO SAY AT THE MOMENT AS ALL IS IN PROGRESS AND WE ARE ALL JUST SITTING HERE WAITING FOR THE RESULTS. THE BANKERS AND LAWYERS ARE BUSY BEAVERS GETTING THINGS DONE, AND I AM SURE THEY ARE DOING A GOOD JOB OF IT AND ALL IS BEING DONE CORRECTLY.

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY TRANSACTIONS THAT I KNOW ABOUT WHERE SOME MIS-STEP OCCURRED OR SOME COMPLIANCE ISSUE WAS NOT ADDRESSED PROPERLY AND THAT EVENTUALLY KILLED THE DEAL AND DESTROYED LIVES. ONE LITTLE THING CAN CRASH MONTHS OF WORK IS WHAT I HAVE SEEN ALL TO OFTEN SO I AM VERY GRATEFUL THESE GUYS ARE DOING THINGS RIGHT.

OTHER SISTER ORGANIZATIONS WE HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH HAVE ALSO REPORTED THE SAME TODAY FROM THEIR SIDE, SO I HAVE GOOD CONFIDENCE WE HAVE BROKEN THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE AND WILL BE GETTING TO THE WORK AHEAD NOW.

THIS IS THE VERY GOOD NEWS THAT I SHARE WITH YOU THIS WEEK. OUR EFFORTS HAVE BEEN REWARDED AND ALL OF US ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BUSY AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE. I JUST HOPE THE FUNDS MAKE IT INTO OUR ACCOUNTS BEFORE THE WEEKEND. IF ALL GOES RIGHT THEY WILL.

BESIDES THIS TERRIBLY MUNDANE NEWS IT ALSO APPEARS THAT THE LAZY RV IS ALSO ABOUT TO CRACK OPEN AND GET STARTED FOR ALL THE SMALLER GROUPS. THE LARGER ONES ARE A DIFFERENT STORY. MANY OF THEM HAVE ALREADY BEEN PAID BUT FUNDS ON HOLD FOR THE MOMENT UNTIL THAT RELEASE IS EFFECTED.

SO THESE BITS OF NEWS ARE WHAT WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR, AND WE SHALL GET OFFICE SPACE NOW TO START THE FORMAL PROCESS.

OUR GREAT THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT WITHOUT WHICH WE WOULD BE HARD PRESSED TO ACCOMPLISH THIS PART OF THE TASK. PLEASE KNOW WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS QUITE YET, BUT WE ARE OUT OF THE DEEP JUNGLE.

GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU SA...

13:34

20 Signs Youre an Alpha Female and Stand Out From Everyone Else Awareness Act

When you think alpha woman what is the first thing that comes to mind? A strong, beautiful, powerful woman? The truth is, not all alpha women are that noticeable in the beginning.

Are you an alpha woman? Look for the signs below.

20 Ways Alpha Females Stand Out From Everyone Else

1. She is well balanced.

She is not one of those women who struggle to maintain a balance between their work and personal lives. She knows how important this is and does not lose sight of it. She is very well put together.

2. She can read people and situations.

She knows when something is going to benefit her and can also identify when someone has harmful intentions. She knows to walk away from something that is about to take a turn for the worse and saves herself a whole lot of stress.

3. She does not try to compete with other women.

She knows who she is and is not easily made insecure by others. She knows what other people expect of her and does not allow herself to get swept up in it all. She is comfortable in her own skin and does not look to other women for verification of this.

4. She takes constructive criticism well.

She is not afraid to hear the truth, no matter how hard it is to hear. No matter how much she achieves she knows there will always be room for improvement and will continue to improve. She has no problem accepting criticism and solves the issue directly from the source.

5. She tells it like it is.

People are drawn to her because they know she will always tell the truth. She doesnt waste time telling others what she thinks they want to hear. She does not sugarcoat anything no matter the situation.

6. Her actions seem to be effortless.

She makes hard work look easy. She appears to have everything all put together and inspires others to do so as well. She remains on point whether those around her are falling apart or not.

7. She has a natural confidence.

This is something most women lack. She has a well-earned confidence that follows her no matter where she goes. She knows she has the ability to get things done properly and attracts positivity wherever she steps. She is able to remain confident without becoming cocky.

8. She carries herself well.

You can tell by the way she steps that she is important and knows her self-worth. She knows exactly what to say and when to say it; it is almost like she is a mind reader. You cannot help but let her read your mind, she is just someone you feel like you can trust from the beginning.

9. She does not tear others down.

She is not fake but would much rather build others up than tear them down. Yes, she will say what she needs to say but she does not ever go about thin...

13:28

"Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda..." Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

 "It is what it is, and it was what it was. 
Dont fret the could-haves because if it should-have, it would-have."
- Unknown

13:23

Our Strange Attraction To Self-Destructive Behaviors, Choices, & Incentives Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

Our Strange Attraction To Self-Destructive Behaviors, 
Choices, & Incentives
by Charles Hugh Smith

"The gravitational pull of self-destructive behaviors, choices and incentives is scale-invariant, meaning that we can discern the strange attraction to self-destruction in the entire scale of human experience, from individuals to families to groups to entire societies.

The proliferation of self-destructive behaviors, choices and incentives in our socio-economic system is profoundly troubling. Exhibit 1 is the opioid epidemic (charts below, click image for larger size). How did we reach this level of individual and social self-destruction?

There are culprits aplenty: a "healthcare" (sickcare) system that incentivizes maximizing profits by whatever means are available (for example, claiming addictive medications aren't addictive); a system that encourages the consumption of costly prescriptive medications without regard to their interactions; a system that establishes a "standard of care" that relies on prescr...

13:08

Bird of the Day: Ladder-backed Woodpecker La Paz Group

Ladder-backed Woodpecker by Seth Inman - La Paz Group

female Baja California Sur, Mexico

12:56

New York attorney general wants power to bypass Trump pardons CLG News

New York attorney general wants power to bypass Trump pardons | 18 April 2018 | New York's attorney general on Wednesday asked [corporate-owned] Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to give him and other local prosecutors power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump. In a letter, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman urged Cuomo and legislative leaders to close a loophole in New York's double jeopardy law shielding recipients of presidential pardons from state prosecution. A change could make it more difficult for Trump aides and others who might be pardoned to escape criminal prosecution, even if special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election were curbed or shut down.

12:50

Five Eyes demand action on Russia hacking World News Echonetdaily

British prime minister Theresa May. Photo EPA/Will Oliver

LONDON AAP

Russias cyber warfare attacks on the United Kingdom and its links to chemical weapons have prompted four countries in the Five Eyes security alliance to demand action.

The prime ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK met in London to discuss cyber security, and Russias attacks in particular.

The cooperation between our nations allowed us to trace Februarys NotPetya hack to Russia, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in the meeting on Wednesday local time.

Russia is using cyber as part of a wider effort to attack and undermine the international system.

Its interference over the past year has included attacks on the public sector, media, telecommunications and energy sectors.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said illegal conduct from Russia cannot be tolerated.

Whether it is a chemical attack in Syria, the use of a nerve agent on British soil, or the expanding cyber attacks across the internet these must be resisted, they must be protected, they must be identified, Mr Turnbull told the meeting.

Mrs May said Russia is using disinformation campaigns to distort the truth of what happened in chemical weapons attacks in Salisbury and in Syria.

I have been clear to Russia that we know what it is doing. And we should be in no doubt that such cyber warfare is one of the great challenges of our time, she said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the four nations, who along with the United States make up the Five Eyes security alliance, stood in solidarity with the UK.

...

12:40

How can famines be ended? RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Mass starvation is making a comeback as a weapon of war. To tackle this evil we must stop talking about food and over-population, and engage with the politics, argues Alex de Waal

12:34

Thousands in US will not pay up on tax day because it funds war Signs of the Times

A group of activists, who are openly refusing to pay their taxes to the IRS, are instead donating the money to humanitarian programs. As the United States military and its allies continue to escalate conflicts in Syria and throughout the Middle East, an anti-war group is carrying out nationwide protests on Tax Day to oppose war funding. The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC), made a statement last week calling for an end to war and proposing a massive movement of tax resistance. The organization has coordinated Tax Day protests since 1983 and their message is more important now than it has ever been. According to the group's website: "The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee supports individuals who refuse to pay for war, and promotes war tax resistance in the context of a broad range of nonviolent strategies for social change. Through the redirection of our tax dollars, war tax resisters contribute directly to the struggle for peace and justice for all. NWTRCC is a coalition of local, regional, and national groups and individuals from across the United States. For everyone interested in or actively refusing to pay taxes for war, NWTRCC offers information, referral, support, resources, publicity, campaign sponsorship, and connection to an international network of conscientious objectors to war taxes."

12:34

Six-fold rise in renewables needed to meet climate change target RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

A six-fold increase in renewable energy adoption is required for global warming to stay below two degrees, according to a long-term energy review.

12:30

China and India lead rise in global antibiotic consumption RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Antibiotic consumption soared 65 per cent from 2000 to 2015, driven by higher consumption in low- and middle-income countries, particularly India and China.

12:28

California to deploy 400 National Guard troops, including some to US-Mexico border CLG News

California to deploy 400 National Guard troops, including some to US-Mexico border | 18 April 2018 | California will send up to 400 National Guard troops to several places, including the US-Mexico border after Gov. Jerry Brown made an announcement Wednesday saying guard members will combat criminal gangs, human traffickers, and illegal firearm and drug smugglers. The announcement comes as President Trump has been accusing Brown of trying to back out of sending the National Guard troops to the border. Brown says the guard will not enforce immigration laws or participate in the construction of any new border barrier.

12:15

FAA to order inspections on engine fan blades like one involved in fatal failure CLG News

FAA to order inspections on engine fan blades like one involved in fatal failure | 18 April 2018 | Federal airline regulators say they will order inspections on engine fan blades like the one involved in fatal failure that killed a woman in a plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The Federal Aviation Administration said late Wednesday that it will issue a directive in the next two weeks to require inspections of certain CFM56-7B engines. That's the type of engine that suffered a failure on a Southwest Airlines plane on Tuesday.

12:10

Pittsburgh police are preparing for riots if Trump fires Mueller CLG News

Pittsburgh police are preparing for riots if Trump fires Mueller | 18 April 2018 | The Pittsburgh police department has reportedly alerted its officers and detectives of potential protests if President Donald Trump fires the special counsel Robert Mueller, and is preparing for riots if he does. Pittsburgh police sent an email on Wednesday telling officers and detectives that the department has "received information of a potential large protest in the Central Business District" that would be a response to Trump firing Mueller, according to WTAE-TV, the ABC station in Pittsburgh. The police department also warned that the protests could happen in as little as 24 hours after the potential termination. The police have been told to be in uniform and have riot gear ready beginning on Thursday until further notice.

11:44

Russian Navy warship heading for combat near Syria sails towards English Channel blogfactory

RUSSIAN Navy frigate deployed to take part in military operations near Syria has been pictured cruising through the Baltic Sea towards the UK.

The Yaroslav Murdy, an Neustrashimy-class frigate equipped with anti-ship missiles, is about to pass Britain alongside the Lena, an Uder-class oil tanker.

Vladimir Putin has sent the vessels to the Mediterranean, where they will participate in combat training tasks, including anti-aircraft and anti-submarine drills, the Russian Navy has said.

Russia has a large naval presence in the Mediterranean in order to support Syrian President bashar al-Assad in the almost decade-long civil war.

The Yaroslav Murdy and the Lena are expected to pass through the English Channel and the Strait of Dover after leaving a seaport in Baltiysk, Kaliningrad.

Pictures posted by Russian Navy monitors on Wednesday show both vessels sailing westbound past the Storeblts Bridge off the coast of Denmark.

11:16

Treaty to Formally End Korean War Is Being Discussed, South Confirms CLG News

Treaty to Formally End Korean War Is Being Discussed, South Confirms | 18 April 2018 | South Korea confirmed on Wednesday that it had been in talks with American and North Korean officials about negotiating a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War after more than 60 years, as the United States and its ally try to establish a basis for persuading the North to give up its nuclear weapons. Chung Eui-yong, the national security adviser to President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, said he had discussed the matter with John R. Bolton, his newly appointed American counterpart, in Washington last week, as they prepared for the planned talks between each of their countries' presidents and Kim Jong-un, North Korea's leader. South Korean officials said they had also been in talks with the North about a possible treaty.

11:06

GOP chairman poised to subpoena DOJ for Comey memos CLG News

GOP chairman poised to subpoena DOJ for Comey memos | 18 April 2018 | The head of the House Judiciary Committee is expected to subpoena the Department of Justice (DOJ) as soon as this week to obtain copies of the Comey memos, The Hill has learned. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is expected to issue the order in an effort to pressure the agency into granting access so lawmakers can review the seven memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote last year documenting his interactions with President Trump, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The chairman on Wednesday notified the ranking Democrat, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), that a subpoena is forthcoming. Under Judiciary committee rules, the chairman must consult the ranking member two business days "before issuing any subpoena" -- suggesting that the move is imminent.

10:58

Congress Sends Criminal Referral To Sessions, Wray and Prosecutor Huber Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

Congress Sends Criminal Referral To Sessions, Wray and Prosecutor Huber
by sundance

"Led by Representative Ron DeSantis, Congress has sent a criminal referral letter (full pdf below) to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Federal Prosecutor John Huber.

The identified targets of the referral include: former FBI Director James Comey; former Asst. FBI Director Andrew McCabe; former Attorney General Loretta Lynch; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; current FBI Agent Peter Strzok; and current DOJ Attorney Lisa Page (former Special Counsel to Andrew McCabe).

The identified reasoning for each of the referrals is outlined in the letter below. However, the risk to James Comey is not simply contained within the letter, but also contained within the non-discussed fact that FBI chief-legal-counsel James Baker is a cooperating witness for IG Horowitz and Huber.

One of the lesser discussed aspects to the ongoing investigative overview is how a few key people, with direct and s...

10:50

Israel celebrates Pyrrhic Victory as it turns 70 Dissident Voice

It appears Israelis have every reason to be in festive mood this week as they celebrate the 70th anniversary of their states founding.

This Independence Day, which Israel marks according to the Hebrew calendar, on April 19, the regional, security and diplomatic environment looks to be the most favourable Israel has faced in its short history.

The Palestinians have been crushed, and Israel faces no international pressure to concede a two-state solution. The Arab states are in disarray, with growing signs that Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf states may be ready to normalise relations.

The Trump administration is little more than a cheerleader for Israel, and has pre-empted Palestinian ambitions for statehood by moving its embassy to Jerusalem next month.

And Israel has one of the few economies that is thriving despite the global recession sparked by the financial meltdown a decade ago.

Nonetheless, analysts warn, the picture over the coming decades may prove to be far less rosey than it appears now. The relatively free hand Israel currently enjoys comes with new costs and dangers, they argue.

This is more like a pyrrhic victory, Amal Jamal, a politics professor at Tel Aviv University, told Al Jazeera.

Israel has won this round of the battle, but at a price it probably cant afford in the coming rounds.

The end of the Jewish state

That sentiment is shared in unlikely places. Last month Israels popular Yedioth Aharonoth daily published the assessments of six former heads of Israels spy agency Mossad, headlined: The country is in grave condition.

One, Dani Yatom, went so far as to predict the end of the Jewish state. Another, Nahum Admoni, warned that the rift within the Israeli Jewish public was greater than at any other time in Israels history.

Michal Warschawski, an Israeli analyst and founder of the Alternative Information Centre, argued that Israel was suffering from classic hubris.

Israel is strong, rich and has powerful allies. That explains its extreme arrogance at the moment, he told Al Jazeera.

We are now in a strange situation in which the security apparatus has more insight into Israels problems than the politicians.

An indication of Israels troubles ahead are the popular, unarmed protests that have exploded on to the Palestinian political scene along Gazas perimeter fence.

For decades Israels internal security has been carefully built on an intricate system of containing, isolating and repressing Palestinians with walls, checkpoints and blockades.

But the Gaza protests suggest to some observers that Israels complex fortifications could quickly turn into a house of cards if unarmed resistance by Palestinians grows or spreads.

Israeli military commanders have repeatedly warned that they have no strategy for countering a mass popular revolt. The use of snipers to ter...

10:47

Keep Saying No to Dirty Energy Projects Truthdig RSS

No one is doing their job to protect the people of Pennsylvania. Were out here on our own. Elise Gerhart sounds stressed and tired but resolute. She and her family have been battling the Mariner East 2 pipeline for more than two years through both legal and direct action. In 2016, the pipeline resistance camp known as Camp White Pine began deploying tree-sits in trees marked for clearing. Going up against Sunoco and their subsidiary, Energy Transfer Partners, the same company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline has been intensely taxing, in all senses of that word. Surveillance drones and helicopters, private security thugs, legal threats and action, character assassination, death threats and mysterious visitors to the Gerharts home have become the norm.

When Elise says theyre out there on their own, its true both literally and figuratively. The Gerharts and the people going to camp to support are fighting more than just a pipeline. Theyre fighting apathy, censorship, corruption and collusion as well. Without much media coverage and without any real help from officials and the legal system, the fight for people and planet is too often a lonely one. Its also very often remote away from the hustle and bustle of a city that could provide more visibility and pushback.

The area of Pennsylvania where Gerharts property and Camp White Pine sit is rural and deceptively picturesque. Home to the Marcellus Shale and the fracking boom it catalyzed, Pennsylvania is also home to rolling hills, streams, farms and fields dotted with little schoolyards and modest homes. When you look closely though, youll see the scars of the oil and gas industry. The rolling hills bear shaved ridges and yellow markers warning of pipelines underneath the surface. Hundreds of families with wells on their property get water delivered to their homes because their well water is varying shades of brown and foul-smelling. And those are only the families that could afford it. The others abandoned their homes. Stories of crops dying as soon as they were planted, sludge seeping into backyards and illnesses ranging from rashes to cancer are far too common. Whats also horrifyingly common is Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protections laissez-faire response. A 2017 report by Public Herald shows that of the drinking water complaints filed by PA residents, the DEP considers 94% to be wholly unrelated to the oil and gas industries. In other words, the DEP claims that the water of thousands of PA residents living close to fracking operations is being poisoned bygremlins? The DEP apparently sees no need to either answer that question or reign in the fracking industry thats always at the scene of the crime. The report reviewed more than 1,000 water compl...

10:39

Americas Dystopian Future Dissident Voice

Imagine a privatized America where rugged individualism reigns supreme within a vast network of corporate America, Inc., similar to 19th century wild west lifestyle, no social security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no public law enforcement as individuals stand their own ground. Read all about it in Scott Ericksons The History of the Decline and Fall of Americas Dystopian Future, (Azaria Press, 2018).

Ericksons newly released semi-fictional satire of American history and subsequent decline into deepening pits of despair is a sure-fire treasure trove of Americana, at its best. Its a page-turner par excellence, rich in accurate textured American history and jam-packed with imagery of a dystopian future that is simply unavoidable based upon Americas character and development over the past two centuries. The dye was cast long before onset of dystopian existence.

The History of the Decline and Fall of America highlights and exposes inherent limitations of democratic capitalism whilst explaining in full living color a future American dystopia that is fully expected based upon Americas beginnings from the time of Captain John Smith at historic Jamestown (1607). The history lesson therein is superb, not missing a beat of what shaped America up to the final tipping point of neoliberal dogma and beyond into a deep dark world order.

That process of failure, the root causes, is what intrigues. For example, Americans were not only inventing a country but inventing what it meant to be an American.  Indeed, America came into being as a brand new experiment in capitalistic democracy. Within that quest for a new way forward, inclusive of equality and fraternity amongst equals, Erickson discovers and reveals unique American traits that belie that mission, leading to a neoliberal/privatization hellhole that goes horribly wrong.

That fascinating pathway is explained via enchanting quips, for example, de Tocquevilles remarkably astute comment: I know of no country, indeed, where the love of money has taken a stronger hold on the affections of men. This one isolated statement from the 1830s tells a tale of American character molded by artificiality of wealth creation simply for the sake of possessing it. Americas pursuit of happiness was the pursuit of affluence and...

10:22

Venezuela Arrests Two Chevron Executives in Ongoing Anti-Corruption Probe New on Venezuelanalysis.com

The Public Prosecutions anti-graft initiative widens its scope to include private sector oil industry employees.

Venezuela Arrests Two Chevron Executives in Ongoing Anti-Corruption Probe New on Venezuelanalysis.com

The Public Prosecutions anti-graft initiative widens its scope to include private sector oil industry employees.

10:20

87th Holistic Practitioner Found Dead, and Authorities Refuse To Announce Whether It Was A Homicide or Suicide WorldTruth.Tv

The mysterious string of holistic doctor deaths continues. The burnt remains of holistic Dr. Norman Valdes Cotten Jr. were found by police in a vehicle in Pontiac MI, on Monday. Cottens wife advised the authorities that he was not acting like himself the morning before his death. He left the home in a panic and []

10:09

Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea CLG News

Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea | 17 April 2018 | Two deep-sea expeditions have revealed a giant group of octopuses and their eggs in a place where they shouldn't be able to survive. "When I first saw the photos, I thought, 'They shouldn't be there! Not that deep and not that many of them!'" says Janet Voight, a zoologist at the Field Museum in Chicago and co-author of a paper on the octopuses published this month in the journal Deep Sea Research Part I. Nearly two miles deep in the Pacific Ocean and 100 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, scientists on two oceanographic cruises used subsea vehicles to explore the Dorado Outcrop, a rocky patch of seafloor formed of cooled and hardened lava from an underwater volcano. Geochemists explored the outcrop in a submersible, hoping to collect samples of the warm fluids that emerge from cracks in the rocks. They didn't count on finding dozens of octopuses huddled around those openings.

10:00

27 Incredibly Useful Things You Didnt Know Chrome Could Do Fast Company

Give your internet experience a jolt of fresh energy with these easily overlooked features, options, and shortcuts for Googles browser.

These days, a browser is more than just a basic navigator for the web. Its effectively a second desktopa gateway to countless apps, sites, and services. And optimizing that environment can go a long way in increasing your efficiency.

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09:59

British OPCW has admitted that international chemical weapons inspectors were unable to confirm the origin of the nerve agent used in the Salisbury ex-spy poisoning. blogfactory

UKs representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Peter Wilson, said identifying the nerve agent is an essential part of the investigation, and that the OPCW has identified neither its origin nor the laboratory where it was produced.

But of course, while the identification of the nerve agent used is an essential piece of technical evidence in our investigation, neither DSTLs analysis, nor the OPCWs report, identifies the country or laboratory of origin of the agent used in this attack, he said.

The British government claims a Soviet-era nerve agent that has become known as Novichok was used against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia and accused Russia of producing and deploying it.

However, the claims of Russian involvement have not been backed up by either Britains own scientists at the Porton Down laboratories or the OPCW, both of which say its not their job to apportion blame or identify the origin, but only the type of substance involved.

 

Wilson was speaking at a meeting of the OPCW in The Hague, which was called by Britain. The UK delegation reportedly said it would soon give some long-awaited answers posed by Moscow concerning the Skripal case.

The Russian embassy in London submitted a list of 14 questions on March 31. These asked why Moscow had been denied consular access to the Skripals, both Russian citizens. Moscow also asked the British Foreign Office why it had not been informed which antidote had been used to treat the Skripals, and how such a medicine had been made available to local doctors. It also inquired how the UK arrived at the conclusion that the agent used in the attack could only be of Russian origin.

In the latest statement to the OPCW, the UK says its accusations against Russia were based partly on credible open-source reporting and intelligence. So far, none of that material has been made public. The police investigation into the events in Salisbury is also still ongoing, but the government did not wait for Scotland Yards conclusions before insisting that it was highly likely that Russia was to blame for targeting the Skripals.

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09:42

Donald Trump scrubs the TPP again World News Echonetdaily

US president Donald Trump. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

LOS ANGELES AAP

US President Donald Trump has again turned his back on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after just days ago raising the prospect he might consider rejoining the massive free trade agreement with Australia, Japan and nine other allied nations.

Mr Trump, at the end of a two-day visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, told reporters he was now actively pursuing a bilateral deal with Japan.

The US is committed to free, fair and reciprocal very important word trade and we are committed to pursuing a bilateral trading relationship that benefits both of our great countries, Mr Trump told Wednesdays press conference.

Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Brunei, Peru, Vietnam, Chile, Malaysia and Mexico moved ahead on the TPP without the US and in March had a formal signing ceremony for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), also known as TPP11.

Mr Trump also told reporters on Wednesday he was looking forward to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in coming weeks in the hope of ridding the rogue nation of its nuclear weapons.

Hopefully that meeting will be a great success, Mr Trump said.

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09:41

Cool and Calm Southwest Pilot a Pioneer in Her Field Truthdig RSS

BOERNE, TexasThe Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in a harrowing emergency landing after a passenger was partially blown out of the jets damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in a career where she has been one of the few women at the controls.

Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, was the captain and piloting the Dallas-bound Flight 1380 when it made an emergency landing Tuesday in Philadelphia, according to her husband, Dean Shults.

One of the engines on the Boeing 737 exploded while the plane was traveling 500 mph (800 kph) at 30,000 feet (9144 m) with 149 people on board. Shrapnel hit the plane and passengers said they had to rescue a woman who was being blown out of a damaged window. The woman later died of blunt force trauma to her head, neck and torso.

Shults calmly relayed details about the crisis to air traffic controllers, and passengers commended her handling of the situation.

Friends at Shults church in Boerne, Texas, about 30 miles northwest of San Antonio, said Wednesday they were not surprised after listening to the recording and reading media reports about her actions.

Everybody is talking about Tammie Jo and how cool and calm she was in a crisis, and thats just Tammie Jo, Rachel Russo said. Thats how shes wired.

Shults was commissioned into the Navy in 1985 and reached the rank of lieutenant commander, said Commander Ron Flanders, the spokesman for Naval Air Forces in San Diego.

Women aviators were excluded from combat missions until the month after Shults got off active duty in March 1993, but Flanders said Shults flew during Operation Desert Storm trainings as an aggressor enemy pilot.

While we at that time had an exclusion, she was in fact helping male pilots hone their skills, Flanders said.

Veteran Navy combat aviator Linda Maloney said that she and Shults were among a small group of women who worked to see the combat exclusion rule repealed.

Obviously it was frustrating, said Maloney, who became among the first women to join a combat military flying squadron and was deployed to the Arabian Gulf. We go through the same training that the guys do, and our hope was the Navy would allow us to fly in combat at some point.

Shults was featured in Maloneys book Military Fly Moms along with the stories and photos of 69 other women U.S. military veterans.

Russo and Staci Thompson, who has known Shults for about 20 years and was nanny to her two children when they were small, said she loved her military career but has alluded to frustrations and challenges that came with it.

They also said she embraced those experiences to make her stronger and guide her into a role as a mentor to young female pilots or girls thinking about a...

09:23

Farm group opposes CAFOs, foreign-owned farmland RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

18 Apr 2018 | News TribuneSupporters of family farming who oppose the rise of big-business agricultural practices in Missouri gathered to lobby legislators against concentrated animal feeding operations and foreign ownership of Missouri farmland

09:23

Audio: Impacts of agriculture on Brazil's Cerrado region RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

18 Apr 2018 | MongabayMongabay journalists report on the impacts of the rapid expansion of agribusiness on the region's environment and people.

09:23

Infographic: Economic land concession sugarcane plantation and sugar industry, Oddar Meanchey Province, Cambodia RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

21 Sep 2017 | The Mekong ButterflyAround 2006, Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation., Ltd. One of major sugarcane and sugar companies in Thailand began to expand their production base to neighboring countries. This infograhpic solely looks at the case of sugarcane plantation investment in Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia.

09:21

Meeting 6pm Tonight: Independent and Peaceful Australia Network - War on Syria contingency meeting 19 April (We) can do better

Invitation to a meeting to coordinate contingency plans for an emergency rally in the event of war breaking out or bombing resuming in Syria/Middle East or on the Korean Peninsula.

Thursday 19 April
6pm
Level 4
Trades Hall
(Please note that we have changed to a larger room)

The global situation is unpredictable and inflammable.

The peace movement needs to come together to make contingency plans in advance to mobilise mass protests and rallies in the event of war breaking out.

A contingency plan and a broad coalition is needed to mobilise a wide range of people, organisations and contacts at a very short notice.

A co-ordinating group will be set up.

If you want to find out more or be a contact for your organisation or community but unable to come this Thursday, please reply to this email or phone 0417456001.

Shirley Winton
IPAN-Victoria
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

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09:06

Syrian Boy in White Helmets Fake Chemical Attack Video Reveals Truth CLG News

Syrian Boy in White Helmets Fake Chemical Attack Video Reveals Truth | 18 April 2018 | The White Helmets, a Western-backed NGO known for its ties with terrorist groups, had released a video showing alleged victims of the false flag chemical attack in Douma. The US and its allies used the video as a pre-text to conduct a missile strike on Syria. Russia 24 TV channel has released an exclusive interview on April 18 with a boy, who participated in filming a fake video, as evidence of the false flag chemical attack in Douma by the White Helmets. In the interview, Hassan Diab says that he and his mother heard loud voices on the street, urging everyone to rush to the hospitals. When Hassan entered the hospital, unknown people grabbed him, poured water on him and then put him with other patients.

09:02

Ex-Playboy Model Free Now to Talk About Affair With Trump Truthdig RSS

LOS ANGELESA former Playboy model who said she had a 10-month affair with now-President Donald Trump settled her lawsuit Wednesday with a supermarket tabloid over an agreement that prohibited her from discussing the relationship publicly.

Karen McDougals settlement with the company that owns the National Enquirer restores to me the rights to my life story and frees me from this contract that I was misled into signing nearly two years ago, she said in a statement Wednesday.

In August 2016, the tabloids parent company, American Media Inc., paid McDougal $150,000 for the rights to her story about the alleged relationship, but the story never ran.

Last month, McDougal filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles asking to invalidate the contract. The suit alleged Trumps attorney, Michael Cohen, was secretly involved in her discussions with AMI executives.

Federal agents raided Cohens office and residence last week seeking any information on payments made in 2016 to McDougal and porn actress Stormy Daniels, according to people familiar with the investigation but not authorized to discuss it publicly. Daniels has said she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. The search warrants also sought bank records, records on Cohens dealings in the taxi industry and his communications with the Trump campaign, the people said.

Under the settlement agreement, McDougal can keep the $150,000 she was paid and AMI has the rights to up to $75,000 for any future profits from her story about the relationship. The company also retains the rights to photographs of McDougal that it already has, the settlement said.

AMI had argued McDougal had been allowed to speak about her relationship since 2016 and the contract gave the company discretion over whether to publish the story.

In an interview with CNN that aired last month, McDougal said Trump tried to pay her after their first sexual tryst at a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2006. McDougal said she continued the relationship with Trump for about 10 months and broke it off in April 2007 because she felt guilty.

The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with McDougal. Trump married his current wife, Melania Trump, in 2005, and their son, Barron, was born in 2006.

My goal from the beginning was to restore my rights and not to achieve any financial gain, and this settlement does exactly that, McDougal said. I am relieved to be able to tell the truth about my story when asked, and I look forward to being able to return to my private life and focus on what matters to me.

09:02

Overcoming migration myths: #ODIdeas with Louise Arbour RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Louise Arbour, the UN Special Representative for International Migration, reflects on the need to challenge negative perceptions of migration.

Meeting the global challenge of adaptation by addressing transboundary climate risk RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Under the current UNFCCC frameworks and Paris Agreement, adaptation is mainly seen as a national level issue. However, it is a global issue.

09:02

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: Dont delete Facebook, but reform it Fast Company

A day after Brittany Kaiser testified before the British Parliament, where the former Cambridge Analytica director indicated that the firms harvesting of user data actually affected more than 87 million Facebook users, she appeared in New York on Wednesday to tout her new role as a champion of data privacy. Kaiser, who left her role

A day after Brittany Kaiser testified before the British Parliament, where the former Cambridge Analytica director indicated that the firms harvesting of user data actually affected more than 87 million Facebook users, she appeared in New York on Wednesday to tout her new role as a champion of data privacy. Kaiser, who left her role as director of program development at Cambridge Analytica just three months ago, is advising a new project, IOVO (for Internet of Value Omniledger), which is a blockchain-based platform created to give back the personal ownership and control over ones data, including enabling people to sell that data for money.

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09:01

The Truth About Victimhood Can Heal You! Wake Up World

April 19th, 2018 By Nanice Ellis Contributing writer for Wake Up World No doubt, humanity has experienced a vicious cycle of victimhood throughout recorded history, and although many of us have been victims of abuse, crime, or disempowerment, the dynamics that perpetuate victimhood remain hidden. Therefore, before we can end the cycle of abuse and heal emotional []

08:46

Republican Official Credits Voter ID Law for Trump Wisconsin Victory Truthdig RSS

Democrats and elected officials have long argued that a Wisconsin voter identification law allowed Donald Trump to win the state in 2016 by keeping thousands of voters from the polls. A top Republican official has now asserted the same.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, who defended the voter identification law in court, told conservative radio host Vicki McKenna Thursday, We battled to get voter ID on the ballot for the November 16 election. How many of your listeners really honestly are sure that Sen. [Ron] Johnson was going to win reelection or President Trump was going to win Wisconsin if we didnt have voter ID to keep Wisconsins elections clean and honest and have integrity?

Mother Jones reports:

The law, which went into effect in 2016, required specific forms of government-issued photo identification to vote. In a cover story last year, Mother Jones reported that the law kept tens of thousands of eligible voters from the polls and likely tipped the state to Trump. A federal court found in 2014 that 9 percent of registered voters in Wisconsin did not possess the identification necessary to vote. In a University of Wisconsin study published in September 2017, 1 in 10 registered voters in Milwaukee County and Madisons Dane County who did not cast a ballot in 2016 cited the voter ID law as a reason why. That meant that up to 23,000 voters in the two heavily Democratic countiesand as many as 45,000 voters statewidedidnt vote because of the voter ID law. Trump won the state by 22,000 votes.

African Americans, who favored Hillary Clinton over Trump by an 88-to-8 margin, were three times as likely as whites to say they were deterred from voting by the law.

Voter turnout indeed fell most dramatically in Milwaukees black neighborhoods, which were expected to vote for Clinton. Nearly 41,000 fewer people in Milwaukee voted in 2016 than in 2012. Rolling Stone reports that while Wisconsin ranked second in the nation in voter participation in 2008 and 2012, the state saw a 3.3 percent drop in voter turnout in 2016the largest decrease of any state other than Mississippi. About half of the decrease occurred in Milwaukee.

Neil Albrecht, executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, told Mother Jones, It is very probable that between the photo ID law and the changes to voter registration, enough people were prevented from voting to have changed the outcome of the presidential election in Wisconsin.

Republicans asserted that the voter ID laws were necessary to prevent...

08:46

Why It Is Time to Retire Cognitive Dissonance Accusations disinformation

In recent years the concept of cognitive dissonance has been weaponized by those who choose to socially interact with bad faith and a sense of self-righteous superiority. Those who would wield the... The post Why It Is Time to Retire Cognitive Dissonance Accusations appeared first on disinformation.

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08:32

Western media presstitutes cover for Trump, May and Macron's war crime in Syria Signs of the Times

With astounding double-think, the US and Britain accuse Russia of "tampering" with the alleged chemical-weapon attack site in Syria's Douma - just days after the US, UK and France barraged the county with over 100 missiles. If anyone is guilty of tampering with the alleged crime scene, it is the NATO trio who rushed to bomb Syria just as inspectors belonging to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria - invited there by the Syrian and Russian governments. The frenzied Western media campaign to find Syria and Russia guilty of a war crime involving alleged chemical weapons is further highlighted by the reporting this week by award-winning British journalist Robert Fisk.

08:27

Yaser Murtaja Was Killed by Israel While Reporting From Gaza. His Death Is One of Many. RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

The last moments of Yaser Murtaja's life were caught on camera, and the footage shows the 30 year old doing what he had dedicated his life to: journalism that chronicles reality in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip. In a video clip posted by the Quds News Network, a Palestinian media outlet, Murtaja is shown using a video camera to capture a chaotic scene of Palestinian protesters, smoke from tires burning and people screaming.  The next scene shows Murtaja, wearing a jacket with the [...]

08:22

Syria: Mass grave with over 150 ISIL victims uncovered in rural Raqqa Signs of the Times

The Syrian Army troops uncovered a mass grave in Raqqa countryside on Wednesday with over 150 bodies believed to be executed by the ISIL terrorists. The army discovered the mass grave in the town of al-Wawai in Western Raqqa. The mass grave contained over 150 bodies of army soldiers and civilians that were executed by the ISIL when the region was under the terrorist group's control. Earlier today another mass grave was found in Damascus province, where the army discovered a mass grave of 30 victims of Jeish al-Islam, South of al-Jala Garden in Douma. In the meantime, the army men found a large workshop of Jeish al-Islam in Douma that was used for making mortar shells.

08:17

SOTT FOCUS: F.UK.US Airstrikes in Syria an 'Own Goal' for US - Joe Quinn on PressTV Signs of the Times

Sott.net senior editor Joe Quinn spoke with PressTV in the immediate aftermath of the F.UK.US. airstrikes against Syria late last week. Describing Israel as the "quiet elephant in the room," Quinn noted that despite US influence over events in Syria being largely trumped by Russia in recent years, the tripartite alliance of France, the UK and US are continuing military operations at the behest of Israel, which is hysterical about encroaching Iranian influence across the Middle East, and what that entails for Israeli regional hegemony. But it's a losing game, he stressed. All four countries - along with their regional allies - are losing their historical positions in the Middle East, and are desperately trying to do something to stop that from happening. At the same time, however, they are apparently not so desperate that they will risk a 'hot war' with Russia. In the process of 'projecting their strength', they have exposed how weak they have become militarily, but their avalanche of lies in the media about how 'successful' the event was for them indicates that they remain dominant in the information war.

08:08

Jackie believed that Lyndon B. Johnson had John F. Kennedy assassinated Signs of the Times

In the sensational tapes recorded by the First Lady months after the President's death, broadcast by ABC, Kennedy revealed her belief that Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons orchestrated the murder of her husband by gunman Lee Harvey Oswald. Kennedy, who later became Jackie Onassis, claimed that the Dallas murder was part of a larger conspiracy to allow Johnson to become American President in his own right. Johnson, who served as a member of Congress, completed Kennedy's term after the assassination and went on to be elected president. Leading historian Arthur Schlesinger Jnr recorded the tapes with Jackie Kennedy within months of her husband's death. They have been stored in a sealed vault at the Kennedy Library in Boston after orders from Mrs. Kennedy that they would remain secret for 50 years after her death.

08:02

Fukushima Cleanup to Include Dropping Over 770,000 Tons of Radioactive Waste Into the Pacific Ocean Awareness Act

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake followed by a 5-meter tsunami caused the power supplying and cooling of 3 Fukushima Daiichi reactors to fail, leading to one of the worst nuclear disasters this century.

As the temperatures within the reactors began to rise beyond containable levels they caused massive explosions which damaged the barriers that were designed to contain the nuclear material safely. Ultimately, nuclear power authorities authorized the use of seawater to flood the reactors, cooling them down and containing the problem while rendering the plant permanently inoperable.

While the disaster occurred 7 years ago, clean up efforts at the plant are still ongoing. In total, the radioactive waste at the plant contaminated a total of 770,000 tons of water used to cool the reactors, water which clean up crews are now tasked with disposing of.

The total cost of clean up has increased significantly from initial estimates, now estimated at approximately $188 billion. For now, we dont expect the costs to increase further, but new developments and unforeseen factors mean there is a chance they could go higher. Stated Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) Minister Hiroshige Seko. Decommissioning technological innovation and a speedier clean up could help reduce costs and it is important that we put effort into that.

Source: abc News

 

While the efforts to clean up the area and make it once again habitable are certainly a positive for the area, recent plans relating to the cleanup efforts have caused outrage and protest among locals, especially those working in the f...

08:01

Northern Ireland Rape Trial Highlights Rough Deal for Victims The Fifth Column

 

(HRW) An unlikely source took a stance on respect for women: professional rugby. Two Northern Ireland players had their contracts revoked following their widely publicized rape prosecution.

Both players, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, were acquitted of rape of a woman in 2016 when she was 19, but the trial revealed several players text messages bragging about what they considered sexual conquests, while referring to the woman in degrading, nauseating terms. On Saturday, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and Ulster Rugby let the players go for failure to uphold core values of the game, including respect and integrity.

These sports bodies have taken an important and sadly uncommon step in doling out consequences for unacceptable behaviour, even if it was spurred by financial concerns.

But in the Belfast courtroom, the woman herself seemed to be on trial. She was subjected to eight days of cross-examination by four lawyers. They critiqued everything from her grammar to the fact she didnt scream for help. She reportedly had to withstand jurors inspecting her underwear. And though a curtain shielded her from the accused, inside was a video camera broadcasting her face to the courtroom, which was open to the public. One reporter called it rape trial tourism as visitors came for the spectacle. Is it any wonder the victims identity sexual assault victims are guaranteed anonymity in the media   was revealed on social media?

For my work with Human Rights Watch, I document rape and other horrific rights abuses daily. Yet...

08:00

Nationwide manhunt underway for cold-blooded murderess who 'may kill again' Signs of the Times

A nationwide manhunt is underway for a fugitive grandma who is accused of murdering two people in Minnesota and Florida - with cops fearing she may kill again. "She smiles and looks like anyone's mother or grandmother," Undersheriff Carmine Marceno, of Lee County, Fla., told NBC News. "And yet, she's calculated." Lois Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., may look sweet and innocent, but authorities say she's a "stone-cold killer" - wanted for the shooting deaths of her husband, David, and a random stranger named Pamela Hutchinson.

07:57

Bay of Pigs: The CIA's unlearned lesson in failed regime change operations Signs of the Times

The looming end of the Castro era in Cuba coincides this week with the 57th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion - a failed attack by the CIA that greatly catalyzed the Castro approach to resisting American encroachment. On Thursday, Raul Castro, the 86-year-old brother of the late Fidel, will step down as the president of Cuba. For the first time in almost 60 years, the island will not be led by a Castro, although the man who is widely assumed to take the post next, First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, has vowed to stay on the path of Fidel's revolution. Two days prior to this, however, the island marks the day when, in 1961, Fidel and his forces beat back an assault which, it was then hoped in Washington, could unseat the leader and nip Cuba's communist dream in the bud. The Bay of Pigs invasion (or the invasion of Playa Giron, as it is known in Cuba) was a staple of American regime-change tactics. Orchestrated, prepared, planned, bankrolled, and combat-supported by the CIA, it was fronted by defectors from Castro's Cuban revolution who had earlier fled to the US. Warplanes were painted in Cuban Air Force colors, ships were procured from a Cuban-owned company, and political asylum was granted to combatants - all for the sake of "plausible deniability." It was hoped that a small force of returning exiles would sound a wake-up call for Cubans to rise up and topple Castro.

07:53

Zimbabwe government fires striking nurses RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

The Zimbabwe government fired all striking nurses after they refused to return to work, even though the employer acceded to their demands.

07:49

Journalist found stabbed and killed in Liberia RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

New York, April 18, 2018--Liberian authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing of Tyron Brown, a video editor and camera operator with Super Communications, a privately owned outlet that runs Super FM and Super Television, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

07:49

Blog: Brazil's 'Let her do her job' campaign demands respect for female sports reporters RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

On March 25, not long before two of the biggest soccer matches of the season were about to kick off in Rio de Janeiro and So Paulo, a previously unknown group posted a video online that was of relevance to everyone involved in the game. The group had no...

07:43

How Much Longer Can the U.S. Remain a Superpower? Truthdig RSS

Having already violated every tenet of international law in its proxy jihadist war against Syria, including the seizure of one-third of the country, the United States invoked a Non-Law, a Law That Never Was, to justify its missile strikes against fictitious chemical warfare facilities. Syrian President Assad kills his own people, said Trump, leader of the nation whose police kill more of its own people than any country except (fellow white settler state) Brazil, and whose prisons entomb one-quarter of all the worlds inmates. (One out of every eight prisoners on the planet is an African-American.)

On the Saturday morning after the bombs fell in Damascus and Homs, Omalii Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, held a press conference in St. Louis to denounce Washingtons aggression. If you can use that justification, said Yeshitela, that, somehow, the Syrian state is attacking its own people and, therefore, the U.S. can rain missiles, along with France and England, on Syria, then what would prevent Russia from attacking the United States because of all the people that the United States is killing in our communities, all of the starvation that is imposed on our communities, the fact that more than a million Africans are lumped up in prison?

In his post-strike statement, President Trump called chemical weapons uniquely dangerousas if such uniqueness provided legal justification for Washingtons act of war. But the United States has been poisoning its own Black people for generations. They talk about chemical warfare, but books have even been written about how crack cocaine was introduced into the community through the CIAthe same CIA thats involved in murdering people in Syria and other places around the world, said Yeshitela.

The United States began in smallpox-infected blankets and mountains of Native American scalps-for-bounty, and remains true to its genocidal imperatives. We live in a country today where people are living in concentration camps that are euphemistically referred to as Indian reservations. What is it that would keep another country from attacking the United States based on that? asked Yeshitela.

Imperial Shriek

The fading empire refuses to accept the humiliation of defeat of its jihadist proxies, the head-cutters Washington and Saudi Arabia have nurtured as a foreign terror legion since deploying them against a leftist government in Afghanistan and its Soviet ally almost 40 years ago.

The billions in cash and arms that flowed into jihadist structures in Syria and Iraq since 2011 equipped and financed an al-Qaida army (al Nusra) mighty enough to absorb and dominate a menagerie of other murd...

07:39

Bacon envy: Israeli Rabbi proclaims that lab-grown pork meat is Kosher Signs of the Times

Abstinence from eating pork is a pinnacle of Jewish religious dietary laws, which also prohibit the consumption of meat and dairy together Pork meat would be kosher if it were "grown" in a lab, Israeli Modern Orthodox Rabbi Yuval Cherlow told Calcalist on Sunday. Mr. Cherlow addressed the issue at a panel on kosher food and genetic modification on Thursday at Bar-Ilan University near Tel Aviv. According to Mr. Cherlow, existing kosher laws could not be applied to lab-grown meat, since, well, it was never alive. Jewish religious law prohibits consumption of pork, shellfish, and the eating of meat and dairy products together. Kosher laws also dictates the manner in which animals should be slaughtered and the way meat is processed. Technological advancements in the field of genetic modification and synthesized foods are pressing religious leaders to reevaluate, and at times, redefine these long-standing traditions.

07:38

Leftist indoctrination: High school history book suggests Trump is mentally ill and his supporters are racists Signs of the Times

An updated edition of a high school history textbook promotes an anti-Trump narrative and is laced with innuendos that his supporters and white people in general are racists. Alex On-Air, a talk show host with WNOW-FM radio in Indianapolis, Indiana, posted several examples from the textbook on Twitter, and the story was also reported by The American Mirror. What does this reflect? "In case you didn't think there was an effort going on in public schools to indoctrinate kids with an anti-conservative agenda, a friend of mine took pictures and highlighted parts of this AP US History book," the WNOW radio host wrote on Twitter.

07:33

What ALA's most recent State of the Air Report reveals about oil and gas air pollution in the Western U.S. RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

The American Lung Association released its annual State of the Air Report today, revealing what many communities have known for quite some time: air pollution from oil and gas operations is a growing concern. Air pollution has often been a challenge for highly-populated areas of the United States, but it is an issue rural communities []

07:29

Pardons No Substitute for Reform in Myanmar RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Expand Police officers guard in front of Insein prison while prisoners walk out, who are part of the over 8,000 inmates released to mark Myanmar's new year amnesty announced by Myanmar's President Win Myint, in Yangon, Myanmar on April 17, 2018.   2018 Reuters / Anna Wang The Myanmar government has ordered the release of three dozen political [...]

07:29

China seeking support from European countries to build 'firewall' in trade war with US Signs of the Times

Beijing's international trade representatives have held multiple meetings with their counterparts in leading European economies as China seeks support in its trade brawl with the US, according to Reuters. US President Donald Trump is threatening $150 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports. Beijing officials met ambassadors from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy last Thursday and Friday to propose a firewall against Trump's protectionism, the news agency reports, citing various sources. "The message was that we have to stand together against US protectionism in favor of free trade," a European diplomat told Reuters. "China is showing confidence, but internally they appear quite concerned. They have apparently underestimated Trump's resolve on trade," the diplomat said, adding that Beijing is nervous that many of China's trading partners could side with the US. Besides imposing tariffs on Chinese goods, the Trump administration has also levied European countries with tariffs on steel and aluminum exports to America. Brussels has said that it will seek compensation from Washington through the World Trade Organization. The US trade deficit with China stood at $375 billion in 2017. A lot of the imported goods are from American manufacturers, who send raw materials to China due to cheap labor. When the goods are shipped back to the US, they are considered imports in the trade balance.

07:24

The Globalists: Communist Russia and China were Created for World Enslavement Operation Disclosure

The Globalists

For world enslavement, the Globalists created communist Russia and China


Source: The Final Wakeup Call

The necessity for meaningful change

The self-professed globalist El-ites or whatever synonym name is preferred by this cabal of people, personifies the forces behind the screens that shape the political, economic and cultural impositions on the world stage.

They are the Illuminati, the self-styled globalists that apply their credos; Divide and Conquer, Order out of Chaos and The End justifies the Means.

They do believe themselves to be more enlightened, entitled by heritage, and therefore, more worthy than others to rule the world. Through their ownership of the multinational corporations they control governments and even food, water, and pharmaceuticals, accumulating immense profits. In the process, they poison and weaken entire populations in their pursuit of the depopulation of our Planet.

They have successfully kept their tyrannical agenda hidden from the majority of the public, mostly due to the fact that they control nearly all the mass media. They are obscenely wealthy through stealing from us, while they buy, rent, blackmail threaten and murder anyone standing in their way. Their power structure is so extensive, which is why they can conceal their far-reaching plans to control the whole world.



Globalists are Luciferians. They support human trafficking, especially in children. They control our politicians with sordid details involving the abuse and molestation of children. Many people think this is a conspiracy theory, because people still cannot comprehend what is really is going on to keep puppet politicians in control by means of blackmail. Most, if not all these elected people in Parliament and in the Senate, have control files that solely do the bidding of the globalists. They essentially own the show....

07:21

WATCH: Pink Floyd Frontman Stops Concert To Explain False Flag Chemical Attack in Syria The Daily Sheeple

During a solo concert this week in Barcelona, Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters took a moment to address the audience about the recent bombing of Syria. Waters said he was approached by someone before the concert who wanted to get onstage and speak on behalf of the White Helmets about the alleged chemical attacks in Douma.

Instead of bringing the anonymous man onstage, Waters addressed the crowd on the issue himself, saying that he believes the White Helmets are a propaganda organization on a mission to justify western intervention in the region. Waters said he believes that the person who wanted to make a statement was well-intentioned, but misled, and then offered his opinion to the audience.

The White Helmets is a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terroristsWaters said. Thats my belief. We have opposing beliefs. If we were to listen to the propaganda of the White Helmets and others, we would be encouraged to encourage our governments to start dropping bombs on people in Syria. This would be a mistake of monumental proportions for us as human beings.

What we should do is go and persuade our governments not to go and drop bombs on people. And certainly not until we have done all the research that is necessary so that we would have a clear idea of what is really going on. Because we live in the world where propaganda seems to be more important than the reality of what is really going on, he added.

The White Helmets have been known to work with terrorists to achieve regime change in Syria. The white helmets were also caught staging videos of atrocities in an attempt to bait western powers into war and were later forced to apologize.

The group also came under fire last June when video surfaced that showed members assisting in disposing of the dead bodies of Syrian soldiers. The US-backed aid workers were seen celebrating their kill whilst holding the heads of the dead.

As it stands, the White Helmets are heavily funded by the U.S. and the UK, as well as many other international entities. That may be the reason they always worked in rebel-held areas of the greater Syrian conflict. The WH serve as a de facto propaganda wing of the West to sway public opinion into supporting regime change in Syria.

As proof, one only has to look to the story of Omran Daqneesh, a Syrian boy reportedly pulled...

07:21

Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico: Like the First Day of Maria Truthdig RSS

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line.

Officials said it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power to more than 1.4 million customers as outrage grew across the island about the state of Puerto Ricos Electric Power Authority. It is the second major outage in less than a week, with the previous one affecting some 840,000 customers.

This is too much, said Luis Oscar Rivera, a 42-year-old computer technician who just got normal power back at his house less than two months ago. Its like the first day of Maria all over again.

Several large power outages have hit Puerto Rico in recent months, but Wednesday was the first time since the Category 4 storm struck on Sept. 20 that the U.S. territory has experienced a full island-wide blackout. It snarled traffic across the island, interrupted classes and work and forced dozens of businesses to temporarily close, including the islands largest mall and popular tourist attractions like a 16th-century fort in the historic part of Puerto Ricos capital.

Backup generators roared to life at the islands largest public hospital and at its main international airport, where officials reported no cancellations or delays. Meanwhile, the power company said its own customer service center was out of service and asked people to go online or use the phone.

Officials said restoring power to hospitals, airports, banking centers and water pumping systems was their priority. Following that would be businesses and then homes.

Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of the capital of San Juan, said the outage would not interrupt the last of a two-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins, which is being played on the island. She said all emergency systems at Hiram Bithorn stadium are functioning and that tower lights and additional security will be placed at the stadiums parking lot.

Justo Gonzalez, the power companys executive sub-director, told reporters that a private contractor removing a collapsed tower during unrelated power restoration efforts near the south coast hit the transmission line on Wednesday with an excavator.

We are working in areas that are quite crowded with high voltage lines, he said.

It is the second such incident in less than a week. On Thursday, a tree fell on a power line as the same private contractor cleared land in central Puerto Rico, leading to a widespread power outage. A backup line that was supposed to prevent that outage failed.

Fredyson Martinez, vice president of a union that represents power company workers in Puerto Rico, told The Associated Press that he was concerned about the two back-to-back...

07:12

Shark evolution video Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

A timeline Of SHARK EVOLUTION (prehistoric till present day)

12 April 2018

Sharks are 450 million years old and have been on this planet longer than almost any other animal. They have lived through every major mass extinction event and have survived long past many of their competitors. With over 3,000 species spanning nearly half a billion years, sharks are one of the most evolutionarily successful animals to ever live. Tracking their evolutionary history, we can learn about these amazing species and how they came to their modern forms.

Most of the sharks on the planet have developed in the Cenozoic era, except for the truly ancient sharks from the Cretaceous period. The newest shark species to enter the water is the Hammerhead Shark. Hammerhead Shark evolution only dates back about 20 million years. Currently there are around 440 species of shark swimming in our oceans, however every year scientists are finding more unique species.

Time line of shark evolution

1. 514 million years ago : Metaspriginna was the oldest known fish-a sector of all jawed vertebrates.
2. 370 million years ago : Cladoselache was the earliest and most well-known shark. Its jaw was fused to its head.
3. 330 million years ago : Falcaus had a dorsal spine and large eyes w.r.t to its tiny body.
4. 320 million years ago : Stetacanthus had tooth-like skin preventing injury
5. 290 million years ago : Helicoprio...

07:07

(Video) The Best Sighting of the Mysterious Light Orb UFO's Operation Disclosure



Published on Apr 17, 2018

In the earliest and most clear video of the mysterious light balls UFO orbs shows a group of friends brave to get very close to these mysterious balls and photographed close by using mobile phones and digital cameras

07:06

The Road to 2025 (Part 2) Russia and China Have Had Enough Liberty Blitzkrieg

Part 1 of this series focused on how the U.S. empire no longer provides any real benefit to the average American citizen. Rather, the spoils of overseas wars, the domestic surveillance state and an overall corrupt economy are being systematically funneled to a smaller and smaller group of generally unsavory characters. The public's starting to recognize this reality, which is why we saw major populist movements emerge on both the traditional right and left of the political spectrum in 2016.

As millions of Americans emerge from their long slumber, much of the world's been aware of this reality for a long time. They don't see the U.S. as a magnanimous humanitarian empire, that's a fairytale more suited for children's books and the mass media. In fact, it seems clear that the billions of humans who live in various sovereign nations around the world would certainly prefer to be in control of their own destinies as opposed to mere vassal states of the U.S., they simply haven't possessed the military or economic power to stand up and chart their own course. But things are changing.

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07:06

Syrian Army discovers mass grave in Douma Signs of the Times

The Syrian Army troops found a mass grave while carrying out mop-up operation in the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta on Wednesday that contains the bodies of tens of people believed to have been executed by the terrorists of Jeish al-Islam. The army discovered the mass grave of Jeish al-Islam's victims South of al-Jala Garden in Douma, where 30 bodies had been buried. In the meantime, the army men found a large workshop of Jeish al-Islam in Douma that was used for making mortar shells. Syria's state-run news network reported on Tuesday that the army men found a series of documents in the house of Jeish al-Islam's commander in Eastern Ghouta that proved the terrorist group was working on making chemical weapons.

07:04

From the mouths of babes: Syrian boy caught in White Helmets FAKE chemical attack video reveals truth Signs of the Times

Earlier the White Helmets, a Western-backed NGO known for its ties with terrorist groups, released a video showing alleged victims of the false-flag chemical attack in Douma. The US and its allies used the video as a pre-text to conduct a missile strike on Syria. The Russia 24 TV channel released an exclusive interview on April 18 with a boy, who participated in filming a fake video, as evidence of the false-flag chemical attack in Douma by the White Helmets. In the interview, Hassan Diab says that he and his mother heard loud voices on the street, urging everyone to rush to the hospitals. When Hassan entered the hospital, unknown people grabbed him, poured water on him and then put him with other patients.

07:00

Seven Months Post Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico Hit With Island Wide Blackouts The Daily Sheeple

Seven months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, those on the island are struggling with blackouts once again. This latest power outage follows a series of outages in the months since Maria.

Just last week, half of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authoritys (PREPA) customers lost power when a tree fell across a major power line. And in November 2017, San Juan and several other cities lost power at least twice due to a failure.  Theres no word on what caused this latest outage, with PREPA hoping to have power restored in the next 24 to 36 hours. According to CNN, PREPA is focusing primary efforts on getting power back to hospital and water services as well as banks and the city of San Juan.

According to Mashable, one spotlight event will go on as scheduled, though. The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins are in San Juan for a two-game series and Wednesdays night game will go forward as planned thanks to generators to power the lights at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

The islands infrastructure and power grid were already fragile before Maria struck in late September 2017. The storms lashing of the island with sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour tossed the entire island into the dark and strained already tight resourc...

06:53

(Video) Aleister Crowley, the Wickedest Man in the World Operation Disclosure



Published on Mar 18, 2017

This is an introduction to Aleister Crowley, the Beast 666, in five minutes. Of course, we're only skimming the surface of Crowley's life and work.

06:50

(Video) The True Story of the USS Liberty Operation Disclosure



Published on Apr 17, 2018

Please share this important educational video on the USS Liberty. This is true history that is confirmed by scholars and historians. In 1967, the Zionist regime in Israel attacked a US navy vessel and tried to kill all of the sailors on board. The purpose was to frame Egypt for the attack and draw the United States into a war against Israel's enemy. It was a very similar plan to what Israel is doing to provoke the USA into a war with Iran today.

06:48

Rand Paul Says Syrian Chemical Attack Was False Flag Video Your News Wire

Republican Senator Rand Paul says he has seen no evidence that could justify claims that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad  carried out the alleged chemical attack in the town of Douma. He added that the incident [...]

06:47

Criminal Referral Issued For Comey, Clinton, Lynch And McCabe; Rosenstein Recusal Demanded After the Shift

Eleven GOP members of Congress led by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) have written a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Attorney John Huber, and FBI Director Christopher Wray - asking them to investigate former FBI Director James Comey, Hillary Clinton and others - including FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, for a laundry list of potential crimes surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Recall that Sessions paired special prosecutor John Huber with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz - falling short of a second Special Counsel, but empowering Horowitz to fully investigate allegations of FBI FISA abuse with subpoena power and other methods he was formerly unable to utilize.

 

The GOP letter's primary focus appears to be James Comey, while the charges for all include obstruction, perjury, corruption, unauthorized removal of classified documents, contributions and donations by foreign nationals and other allegations.
The letter also demands that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "be...

06:43

'Huge mistake': Hundreds protest outside Downing Street over British attack on Syria Signs of the Times

Anti-war campaigners gathered outside Downing Street to condemn Prime Minister Theresa May's "huge mistake" in authorizing airstrikes against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad without parliamentary consent. Several hundred protesters holding 'Don't bomb Syria' banners and chanting "Theresa May hear us say, airstrikes no way", came out in protest at Saturday's intervention, which Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn branded "legally questionable." Emma Dent Coad, Labour MP for Kensington, was among the protesters slamming Britain's airstrikes as she told RT: "I think she made a huge mistake, we should have discussed this in Parliament but more than anything we should have waited for the results from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the UN security council's agreement if it was forthcoming."

06:42

British peace demonstrators speak Dear Kitty. Some blog

Some of the protesters at the anti-war on Syria eally in Parliament Square in London

From the World Socialist Web Site in Britain:

Protesters in Britain speak out against air strikes in Syria

By our reporters

18 April 2018

On Monday evening, Socialist Equality Party members distributed hundreds of copies of the statement US-British-French missile strikes on Syria heighten danger of a catastrophic war to workers and young people at anti-war protests around the UK. At Londons Parliament Square, demonstrators rallied against the bombing of Syria by the United States, Britain and France.

Labour MPs spoke including Emma Dent Coad, Richard Burgon, Chris Williamson, and Lloyd Russell-Moyle

Russell-Moyle said, The struggle continues, and now with an anti-war Labour leader, we, united together, can lead this charge.

Williamson said, Lets get behind Jeremy Corbyns call for a War Powers Act, to prevent a prime minister from ever again taking us to war without a vote in Parliament.

Corbyn put forward the proposed Act in parliament Tuesday, but Labours pro-war MPs backed Prime Minister Theresa Mays ordering Britain to participa...

06:34

Former United Nations Climate Expert Calls For Global Rules on Geoengineering Activist Post

By Derrick Broze In a recent speech a former United Nations climate expert warns that climate engineering should halt until global rules are established. On...

06:29

SOTT FOCUS: A Look Inside The White Helmets Headquarters in Aleppo Signs of the Times

Join Bolivian actress Carla Ortiz as she takes a tour of the headquarters of the propaganda group White Helmets, the group that has been behind the staging of chemical attacks in Syria. Despite claiming to be a humanitarian group, as you can see in this walk through, they clearly have close ties with terrorist groups such as ISIS, Al Nusra and other so-called 'rebel' groups and were essentially supporting them in Syria. Although most of the evidence was burned, on site are items such as gas masks, ambulances and medical supplies furnished by NATO member countries. The details of the most recent attack in Syria came from White helmets videos and reports, all of which were unverified by any official body and which the mainstream news and leaders of France, UK, US nevertheless used as the basis for their missile attack on Syria on April 13, 2018.

06:23

STARBUCK ARREST! White Rapper ALMOST Arrested! OUTRAGE Video Jay's Analysis

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This is the free half, while subscribers to JaysAnalaysis get access to the full lectures, talks, interviews and archives by subscribing at the PayPal links at JaysAnalysis.com. Today we move to the next section of Genesis, chapters 3-6 to examine the typology, symbolism and overall philosophy of revelation, contrasted with the philosophy of naturalism, materialism, paganism and Gnosticism.

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06:06

Palestinian security forces arrest journalist in the West Bank RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Beirut, April 18, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the arrest of Hazem Naser, a Palestinian cameraperson and video editor for An-Najah Broadcasting Channel (NBC)....

06:06

Challenging Capitalism through Workers Control Dissident Voice

Workers assembly at Officine Zero, a former night train repair facility, in Rome (Photo: Officine Zero)

A common feature in every crisis situation, from the upheavals of the early 20th century to the neo-liberal re-structurings of the late 20th century, is the emergence of workers control workers organising to take over their workplaces in order to defend their jobs and their communities. We interviewed Dario Azzellini* to talk about this issue in depth: the emergence of new values and social relations not just in the recuperated workplaces but also in the communities, the need to re-orient production, the overcoming of the separation between political, economic and social spheres, and the role of workers control in the larger struggle against capitalism.

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Ricardo Vaz: Why is workers control an important issue?

Dario Azzellino: It is an important issue because if we look at what is socialism, what Karl Marx described, the living example for him is the Paris Commune. It is the people taking matters into their own hands, and the state as such disappears because power is no longer delegated.

But I would say that workers control is one first step on a path to socialism, in the sense that control over production and workplace should not be only on behalf of the workers but also of the communities, the self-organised people in general. And even that is still not the last step, because as Marx says, the commune is the finally discovered political form, so it is still a political form. Socialism, or communism, is about going beyond politics, achieving the self-organisation of life.

So these are all intermediary steps, and even the commune would not be the final form, but we cannot even imagine the final form, because we are trapped in the imagination of what we know and what has been done. What has to be developed is probably beyond our imagination now.

RV: Nevertheless it is important also in the immediate context

DA: Yes, because if workers take charge of their workplaces and decide on production, the labour processes, the values, everything changes. We have seen that in worker-controlled places. Security and health questions become central, and they are far from it in capitalist workplaces. For example, many worker-controlled workplaces start working with organic, or less toxic, production, because they are exposed to it.

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06:02

Israeli intel: The strikes on Syria were not effective chem weapons deterrence Signs of the Times

The joint US, British and French assault on Syria last week was an abject failure in terms of wiping out Syria's chemical weapons capabilities, Israeli intelligence officials said Tuesday. One intel analyst reportedly said for good measure that US President Donald Trump's pronouncement of "mission accomplished" simply "has no basis." "If President Trump had ordered the strike only to show that the US responded to [Syrian President Bashar] Assad's use of chemical weapons, then that goal has been achieved," an Israeli defense official told Israel's YNet News on Tuesday. "But if there was another objective - such as paralyzing the ability to launch chemical weapons or deterring Assad from using it again - it's doubtful any of these objectives have been met," the defense official emphasized. Following missile strikes on targets in Syria, which were triggered by a so-called "chemical attack" in the town of Douma a week prior that an American journalist yesterday reported he could find "no evidence" for, Trump exclaimed the following day on Twitter, "could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!"

06:02

Moscow slams West's media 'disinformation campaign' that OPCW experts are being denied entry to Douma Signs of the Times

Western media are waging an "unscrupulous disinformation campaign" by claiming Moscow and Damascus are "blocking" OPCW inspectors from accessing the site of an alleged chemical attack in Douma, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "It was Russia that supported the request of the Syrian government to the Director General of the Technical Secretariat of the [Organization for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons] to send ... experts to Douma," the ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova said, dismissing the media allegations. "We will not indulge the authors of these fake reports," Zakharova added, explaining that the Russian side "does its part of the work in a very responsible, professional and reliable manner." She stressed that it is Russia and Syria that bear the responsibility for the security of the OPCW experts. Those who still want to accuse the Syrian and Russian authorities of neglecting their duties, by "blocking" the experts from accessing the site of the alleged chemical attack, apparently are willing to risk the OPCW investigators' lives to promote their "dirty fake news," Zakharova said. It was after the strikes launched by the US, the UK and France against Syria, when the most radical militant groups renewed active hostilities against the Syrian Army in the Douma region.

06:02

Environmentalists and Nuclear Power? It's Complicated RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

This week: Environmentalists and nuclear power make odd bedfellows, the world's shipping sector charts a course, and a handy guide helps you reduce your own carbon footprint.

06:01

'A little bit short of highest level': Trump said he spoke with Kim Jong-un almost 'directly' Signs of the Times

President Donald Trump says US-North Korean talks are being held at an "extremely" high level, one level short of the "highest," and locations are now being considered for his historic meeting with the North Korean leader. Five locations are currently being considered for the upcoming US-North Korean leadership summit, Donald Trump told reporters at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, where the US president welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. When asked by reporters if he'd spoken with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un personally, Donald Trump responded with a "yes" - before retracting his statement and clarifying that "let's leave it a little bit short of the highest level." White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also rushed to clarify Trump's statement, explaining that "the president said the administration has had talks at the highest levels and added that they were not with him directly." Negotiations for the US administration are reportedly being led by the former CIA Director and nominee for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who, according to several sources, has already met with Kim.

06:00

Pompeo met secretly with Kim Jong-un Signs of the Times

CIA director and secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang last week for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. President Donald Trump confirmed the meeting Wednesday morning in a tweet. "Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!" read the tweet from the US president. Pompeo's meeting with Kim came at a busy time for the prospective secretary of state. Pompeo faced a grilling from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last Thursday. After being pressed for five hours on his diplomatic credentials, helping orchestrate a meeting between US and North Korean diplomats would be a major coup for the as yet untested diplomat, who still carries a reputation in Washington as a "war hawk." News of the meeting comes after Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida yesterday. During the meeting, the president alluded to direct talks with the North Korean government at "extremely high levels." The meeting between Pompeo and Kim represents the highest level American contact with the North since 2000, when Jo Myong-rok, a senior military figure, traveled to Washington for a meeting with President Bill Clinton. Secretary of State Madeline Albright visited Pyongyang shortly afterwards.

CIA chief Pompeo met Kim Jong-un ahead of historic Trump talks Signs of the Times

CIA director and secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang last week for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. President Donald Trump confirmed the meeting Wednesday morning in a tweet. "Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!" read the tweet from the US president. Pompeo's meeting with Kim came at a busy time for the prospective secretary of state. Pompeo faced a grilling from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last Thursday. After being pressed for five hours on his diplomatic credentials, helping orchestrate a meeting between US and North Korean diplomats would be a major coup for the as yet untested diplomat, who still carries a reputation in Washington as a "war hawk." News of the meeting comes after Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida yesterday. During the meeting, the president alluded to direct talks with the North Korean government at "extremely high levels." The meeting between Pompeo and Kim represents the highest level American contact with the North since 2000, when Jo Myong-rok, a senior military figure, traveled to Washington for a meeting with President Bill Clinton. Secretary of State Madeline Albright visited Pyongyang shortly afterwards.

06:00

Senators launch a resolution limiting presidential war powers after Trump's Syria strikes Signs of the Times

Days after Donald Trump launched a bombing campaign in Syria, Republican and Democrat senators have introduced a resolution which would rein in presidential war powers. The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) resolution from Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Bob Corker (R-TN) would repeal broad authorizations from Congress which were approved in 2001 and 2002 for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They would be replaced with new approval to go after specific "non-state terrorist groups." Specifically, the resolution would authorize "all necessary and appropriate force" against Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and associated forces. It would not, however, authorize action against a nation state. The resolution would require the president to report to Congress within 48 hours after deciding to start any new military action. Congress would then have 60 days to review the situation and remove the authority to use force if it didn't agree.

05:59

'Couldn't wait around' is how the US defends premature Syria strike ahead of OPCW probe Signs of the Times

The US, UK and France could not "wait around" for an independent probe into the alleged chemical attack in Douma, and decided to bomb Syria based on reports and intelligence that cannot be revealed, the US State Department said. Asked why the three countries launched a strike on Syria last Friday, the night before a team of investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was due to visit the alleged attack site, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US and its allies couldn't wait for the results of the investigation. "It can take quite a bit of time for the OPCW to gather its information and compile the report," Nauert told reporters on Tuesday. "Should the US and our allies wait around for [Syrian President Bashar] Assad to use more chemical substances on his people? Should we wait for that formal investigation that can take months and months?" she continued, claiming that there have been nine chemical attacks since the start of 2018. "We have our own intelligence" about what happened, Nauert added, arguing that the three countries have "excellent intelligence gathering" and did not take the decision to attack lightly. "We have information that leads us to believe that both chlorine and sarin were used in the attack," Nauert said, repeating the assertion made by the Trump administration on Friday. However, she declined to answer any specifics about the source of this information, claiming that doing so could endanger US sources on the ground.

05:58

Saudi Arabia wants to construct a moat around Qatar Signs of the Times

Saudi Arabia wants to cut off Qatar - literally. The Middle Eastern kingdom is considering building a 60-kilometer-long moat around Qatar, which would virtually isolate the country. Saudi state-linked news outlets reported this week that digging the so-called Salwa Marine Canal project would cost $750 million and aims to generate economic activity and tourism in the area. Other reports, from Saudi's Al-Riyadh newspaper, suggest the kingdom would construct a military base on one part of the border, while the other portion would be used as a dumping ground for nuclear waste. The project is still awaiting official approval, according to the reports. The construction plans come nine months after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the UAE imposed a blockade on Qatar - cutting off trade and transport routes - in response to Qatar's ties with Iran and alleged terrorism financing. Food imports were blocked, air travel barred, and Qatari diplomats were expelled from the quartet of countries. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, met in Washington this week to discuss de-escalating the tensions in the region and fighting ISIS.

05:57

Supreme Court strikes down Trump felon deportation law Signs of the Times

The US Supreme Court has struck out part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants convicted of crimes. Justice Neil Gorsuch, appointed by Trump in 2017, cast the deciding vote. In a 5-4 decision on Tuesday, the court found that the law, which mandated deportations for immigrants convicted of a "violent felony," was vague and unenforceable and therefore unconstitutional. The decision was made in the case of James Dimaya, a Filipino immigrant living in the US since 1992. Dimaya was found guilty of two charges of burglary in California in 2007 and 2009, and the US government pressed for his removal from the country, arguing that his crimes were sufficiently violent to trigger deportation. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco had previously struck down the deportation provision, when it heard the case in 2015.

05:49

Video: Cop Who Was Fired for Not Writing Enough Tickets Finally Speaks Out The Daily Sheeple

A police officer in Alpharetta, Georgia, claims he was fired for not issuing enough traffic tickets to motorists in the area.

Officer Daniel Capps was on the force for nine years and was ultimately terminated because he declined to issue a traffic ticket to a driver after he bumped into another car. According to a department memo directed at officers, if there is an accident with any damage that needs to be fixed with more than a little wax and elbow grease, you need to write the citation  even if there are no injuries and the damage is minor.

As long as officers are called to the scene of a car accident, this rule is supposed to apply. But Capps decided to let the motorist who caused the minor incident off with a warning.

Someones already needing to pay the insurance. Its a hassle. Theres no need to have a ticket on top of that, he told local outlet CBS 46, adding that he doesnt believe its a police officers job to make peoples lives miserable.

According to Charles Westover, who rear-ended the driver in front of him at a slow speed, To have a blanket policy that applies to all kinds of incidents doesnt make a lot of sense to me.

He said that when Capps arrived at the scene, he was extremely courteous, very professional, acknowledging it was a minor fender bender and there was no need to issue a ticket.

According to Capps police report, no one was injured, and only the bumpers of the cars were damaged. The person whose car was hit did not object to Capps decision not to write a citation.

I was pretty appalled, I am appalled. That doesnt seem right to put that kind of mark on this gentlemans life, Westover said.

CBS 46 attempted to obtain comment from Police Chief John Robison, but he did not reply. Capps, who says he issued a lot of warnings as an officer, expanded on his views, suggesting the policy is the work of a single city supervisor:

05:47

1-day-old osprey baby gets fed Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from Georgia in the USA says about itself:

1-day-old Osprey Chick Gets Fed In Savannah April 16, 2018

The female Osprey tears small bits of fish to feed to her 1-day-old chick on the Savannah Osprey cam.

05:39

Paul Craig Roberts: Truth is no longer important to a complicit media willing to parrot imperialist lies Signs of the Times

I wonder how many people, not just Americans but those in other countries, have come to the conclusion that the United States today is a less free and less aware society than the societies in the dystopian novels of the 20th century or in movies such as The Matrix and V for Vendetta. Just as people in the dystopian novels had no idea of their real situation, few Americans do either. What are we to make of the extraordinary war crimes committed by the United States in the 21st century that have destroyed in whole or part seven countries, resulting in millions of dead, maimed, orphaned, and displaced peoples? Consider, for example, the latest Washington war crime, the illegal attack on Syria. Instead of protesting this illegality, the American media egged it on, cheering impending death and destruction. During the entirety of the 21st century, Israel, Washington's only ally-as contrasted with the European, Canadian, Australian, and Japanese vassal states of Washington's empire-has continued with Washington's support, protection, and encouragement the genocide of the Palestinian people. Essentially, all that is left of Palestine is a ghetto concentration camp known as Gaza which is routinely bombed by Israel using weapons and money supplied by Washington. When a bombing of Gaza is announced, God's Chosen People take their lawn chairs and picnics up on a hill overlooking Gaza and applaud as the Israeli military murders women and children. This is America's only ally.

05:15

Astronomical Cost of War: Average US Taxpayer Sent $3,456 to Pentagon Last Year and Just $39 to the EPA The Daily Sheeple

Editors Note: The fact that the government always seems to have enough money for war on the taxpayers dime while the quality of education continues to decline and healthcare costs continue to skyrocket is a legitimate concern, no matter what one thinks about taxation. As long as we are forced to pay taxes, shouldnt that money be used to benefit society rather than to line the pockets of war profiteers?

As Americans rushed to pay their taxes on Tuesday before the official deadline, peace groups reminded the public of the uncomfortable fact that an astronomical amount of the money sent to the IRS each year goes not to funding education or a single-payer healthcare system the U.S. supposedly cant afford, but straight into the bloated coffers of the Pentagon.

Congress appropriates more for U.S. military spending than the next eight countries combined, but year after year refuses to adequately invest in access to quality education and healthcare for millions of Americans, infrastructure spending, and alternative energy,  Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action, said in a statement late Monday.

As a result, arms industry executives make out like bandits while programs that provide essential services for most Americans remain drastically underfunded, as do development and diplomacy programs that help end wars and prevent them in the first place, Martin added.

Highlighting Americas uniquely exorbitant military spending in a blog post on Tuesday, Lindsay Koshgarian of National Priorities noted that it is particularly important to keep in mind who funds U.S.-led endless wars overseas following President Donald Trumps illegal attack on Syriaan attack that added ne...

05:15

Stanford Professor Says Dungeons & Dragons Perpetuates White Male Privilege The Daily Sheeple

There is virtually nothing left that isnt racist. Now a Stanford professor has decided to claim that the role-playing game called Dungeons and Dragons perpetuates a white male privilege.

Missing the fact that the creator of Dungeons and Dragons often left his daughter play the game with him to test it out, Standford University Professor Antero Garcia argues in an academic journal article that the popular game perpetuates systems of privilege in both race and gender.

According to Breitbart, Garcia argues that Dungeons and Dragons encourages a distrust of the other. Its a weird focus for a Stanford scholar, especially since Garcia concedes that race in Dungeons & Dragons is not much like race in the real world. In the game, the characters are divided by their species. Some characters are elves, some are dwarves, and some are halflings, according to Garcia.

The articles abstract states:

This article takes a cultural-historical approach to analyzing how systems shape the assumptions, identities, and experiences of their users. Focusing on how the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons is built on a system of play that has grown and shifted over the course of 40 years, this study emphasizes the central role that systems play in mediating the experiences of participants. By focusing on depictions of gender, race, and power in Dungeons & Dragonsas a singular cultural practicethis study highlights how researchers must attend to cultural production both around and within systems.

But thats not all. Garcias 16-page article focuses on the representation of women in the game. According to Garicas own research, by 2014, more than half of the games depicted characters are female. But according to the same article, Garcias ultimate wish is to see Dungeons & Dragons move beyond its problematic past into a more diverse and inclusive future.

So there you have it. Even though half the characters are female, and include elves, and dwarves, and halflings and the like, Dungeons and Dragons is not inclusive enough, and therefore, perpetuates white m...

05:14

There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

We fired 105 missiles on April 14. That's 10 times the number of Syrian refugees we've taken all year.

05:12

Israel Apparently Just Launched Missiles At Syria, According to Various Reports Awareness Act

Syria has accused Israel of launching air raids on military positions near the capital Damascus, saying the attack showed its support for terrorist organizations operating in the area.

The raids early on Wednesday targeted military forces in Jamraya, 10km northwest of Damascus, the Syrian military said in a statement carried by state news agency SANA.

This morning Israeli warplanes fired several missiles from Lebanese airspace on one of our military positions in the Damascus countryside, it said. Our air defense systems blocked them and destroyed most of them.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war through a network of activists on the ground, said 14 died, including Iranians and also three Syrian officers.

Syrias air defense system blocked some of the missiles, but others hit ammunition depots near Jamraya, said SOHR chief Rami Abdel Rahman.

Syrias foreign ministry accused Israel of supporting armed groups that have shelled Damascus for days with rockets and mortar rounds.

The government of the Syrian Arab Republic reiterates its warning to Israel on the serious repercussions of its attacks on Syria, its continued support for armed terrorist organizations, and its continued occupation of the Arab territories, the ministry said.

Israeli officials say this situation started because of Iran. Iran is dragging the region into an adventure in which it doesnt know how it will end, Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, Israels chief military spokesperson, said in a statement. Whoever is responsible for this incident is the one who will pay the price.

But Israel faults Syria too. The Syrians are playing with fire that they are allowing the Iranians to attack Israel from their soil, Conricus told the Washington Post. The IDF is ready and capable to inflict a heavy price on anyone that attacks us. Israel now says it has the drone and claims it is Iranian.

What makes this situation even scarier: Israel says it is fully prepared for further action...

05:08

Puerto Rico, no electricity seven months after Hurricane Maria Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 18 April 2018 video is called Puerto Rico is on a blackout as we speak. We are in an island wide mayor blackout.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Puerto Rico, with 3 million inhabitants, without electricity

Today, 18:20

Due to a major power outage in Puerto Rico, more than three million people are without electricity. Due to a still unknown cause, the power on the entire island has fallen out. It is expected that it will take 24 to 36 hours until the problem is resolved.

Last week, 800,000 people did not have electricity either after a branch fell on a wire.

Since the island was hit by hurricane Maria seven months ago, the electricity grid is unstable. Also then the power failed on the entire island. Since then, around 40,000 people are still not connected to the electricity grid.

Little compassion

The nearly 3.5 million Puerto Ricans are citizens of the United States, but the island is not an American state and its inhabitants are not allowed to participate in the presidential and congressional elections.

President Trump showed little compassion after the devastating hurricane....

05:08

Scientists Warn That Soy Actually Accelerates Breast Cancer Instead of Preventing It Awareness Act

The safety of soy products has been a topic of conversation and debate over the years, with the opinions of the scientific community varying greatly, and changing with each new finding. While there was once a concern that soy would cause hormonal issues for everyone who consumed it, with many experts warning all Americans to reduce all consumption of soy and soy-based foods, this concern has since been alleviated with the discovery of the difference between phytoestrogens, as found in soy, and the estrogen in our body.

Studies have discovered that phytoestrogens have been associated with a number of health benefits including, and not limited to, a lowered risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and the symptoms experienced throughout menopause. As Americans put more focus on eating healthy, the consumption of soy products has continued to rise. In fact, the number of Americans who reported eating and drinking soy products in 2016 was up almost 13% from 2010 and predicted to continue to rise. For this reason, the pressure has been on scientists and researchers to better understand the potential impacts on the human body.

There is one particular area in which it has been difficult to get a solid answer, and that has been the impact of soy products and phytoestrogen on breast cancer. There is a lot of contradictory information currently being passed around, making it incredibly difficult for breast cancer survivors and those who are at a high risk to know how to proceed.

Source: Yahoo

On one hand, a number of studies support the fact that soy products can significantly lower the risk of breast cancer recurrence. One study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, called the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study, focused on 5042 breast cancer survivors in China aged 20 to 75. Evaluating the potential connection between soy consumption and the recurrence rate among breast cancer survivors, the team discovered that those who were consuming soy pr...

04:51

Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57, to Be Cubas Next President Truthdig RSS

HAVANACuba on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba, the centerpiece of an effort to ensure that the countrys single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it.

The virtually certain unanimous approval of the National Assembly will install someone from outside the Castro family in the countrys highest government office for the first time in nearly six decades.

The 86-year-old Castro will remain head of the Communist Party, designated by the constitution as the superior guiding force of society and the state. As a result, Castro is almost certain to remain the most powerful person in Cuba for the time being. His departure from the presidency is nonetheless a symbolically charged moment for a country accustomed to 60 years of absolute rule first by revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and, for the last decade, his younger brother.

Nominated as new first vice president was Salvador Valdes Mesa, a 72-year-old Afro-Cuban former union official who has held a long series of high posts in the Cuban government. The governments official Candidacy Commission also nominated another five vice presidents of the Council of State, Cubas highest government body. Only one of the five, 85-year-old Ramiro Valdez, was among the revolutionaries who fought with the Castros in the eastern Sierra Maestra mountains.

Facing biological reality, Raul Castro is working to ensure a smooth transition from him and his small group of former guerrillas to a new generation that can maintain the governments grip on power in the face of economic stagnation, an aging population and waning revolutionary fervor among Cuban youth attuned more to global consumer culture than the anti-capitalist, nationalist messaging of the state-run media.

That media went into overdrive Wednesday with a single message: Cubas system is continuing in the face of change. Commentators on state television and online offered lengthy explanations of why Cubas single-party politics and socialist economy are superior to multi-party democracy and free markets, and assured Cubans that no fundamental changes were occurring, despite some new faces at the top.

It falls on our generation to give continuity to the revolutionary process, said assembly member Jorge Luis Torres, a municipal councilman from central Artemisa province who appeared to be in his 40s. Were a generation born after the revolution, whose responsibility is driving the destiny of the nation.

Most Cubans know their first vice president as an unremarkable speaker who initially assumed a public profile so low it was virtually nonexistent. Until March, Diaz-Canel had said nothing to the Cuban people about the type of president he would be. The white-haired, generally unsmiling...

04:51

Marine Le Pen: Macron violated international law, fell into Washington's trap by participating in Syrian airstrikes Signs of the Times

The narrative around the US-led strikes on Syria over an alleged chemical attack should raise questions, France's Marine Le Pen said, adding that President Macron violated international law and fell into Washington's "trap." "We've heard many stories like that, which the Americans have been telling us for many years, starting with Colin Powell with his tiny vial, who claimed there were weapons of mass destruction, which became the rationale for the Iraq war," the National Front leader told BFMTV on Wednesday. Unlike Emmanuel Macron, his predecessor Jacques Chirac did not fall for the US "trap" and opposed the Iraqi war. "Everyone today admits that this war was based on a lie," Le Pen said. "Hence, I question every piece of information transmitted from the United States."

04:44

BBC presenter declares that there is indeed an info war against Russia after ex-navy chief questions the Syrian evidence blogfactory

During a live interview, a BBC news presenter declared were in an information war with Russia after a former Royal Navy chief questioned the extraordinary claims surrounding an alleged chemical attack in Syria.

Former Navy Admiral Lord Wests questioning of the mainstream narrative surrounding the alleged chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma led the BBCs Annita McVeigh to suggest that truthfully stating his position and posing questions risked muddying the waters in an ongoing information war with Russia.

Lord West had described how in his view the claim that Bashar Assad ordered the attack doesnt ring true, asking what benefit is there for his military? He went on to say we know that in the past some of the Islamic groups have used chemicals, and of course there would be huge benefit in them labelling an attack as coming from Assad.

West went on to question the evidence provided by groups like the White Helmets and the World Health Organization, both of which he described as not neutral.

The former First Sea Lord then described how in the past he had been put under pressure to support politically motivated narratives: I had huge pressure put on me politically to try and say that our bombing campaign in Bosnia was achieving all sorts of things which it wasnt. I was put under huge pressure, so I know the things that can happen.

At that point the BBCs McVeigh appeared to question whether he should actually be expressing his opinion truthfully, asking: Given that were in an information war with Russia on so many fronts, do you think perhaps its inadvisable to be stating this so publicly given your position and profile, isnt there a danger that youre muddying the waters?

West replied: I think the answer is, if theres a real concern, lets face it, if [Assad] hasnt done it then that is extremely bad news. If Assad hasnt carried out the attack, I think its just worth making that clear. I think our governments policy towards Assad has not been clever since 2013.

Conclusion -USA, Britain and France are infiltrated by high level zionist who are held in place by Rothschilds &am...

04:44

Fossil baleen whale discovery in New Zealand Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

36.4M-Year-Old Fossilized Skeleton May Be Oldest Baleen Whale Relative

12 May 2017

Whale fossil found in Peru is the oldest-known baleen whale relative ever discovered, according to research published May 11 in Current Biology.

From the University of Otago in New Zealand:

New genus and species of extinct baleen whale identified

April 18, 2018

University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealands ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million years ago and found in the Hakataramea Valley.

The new genus and species of extinct baleen whale is based on a skull and associated bones unearthed from the Kokoamu Greensand, a noted fossil-bearing rock unit in the South Canterbury and Waitaki district from the Oligocene period, which extends from about 33.9 million to 23 million years ago. At this time, New Zealand was an archipelago surrounded by shallow, richly productive seas.

Former PhD student in the University of Otagos Department of Geology, Cheng-Hsiu Tsai and his supervisor, Professor Ewan Fordyce, have named the new genus Toipahautea waitaki, which translates in Mori as a baleen-origin whale from the Waitaki region.

Professor Fordyce says the discovery is significant in...

04:42

Pre-human civilizations existed suggest new study Signs of the Times

Reptilian menaces called Silurians evolved on Earth before humankind - at least in the Doctor Who rendition of the universe. But science fiction aside, how would we know if some advanced civilization existed on our home planet millions of years before brainy humans showed up? This is a serious question, and serious scientists are speculating about what traces these potential predecessors might have left behind. And they're calling this possibility the Silurian hypothesis. When it comes to the hunt for advanced extraterrestrial civilizations that might exist across the cosmos, one must reckon with the knowledge that the universe is about 13.8 billion years old. In contrast, complex life has existed on Earth's surface for only about 400 million years, and humans have only developed industrial civilizations in the last 300 years. This raises the possibility that industrial civilizations might have been around long before human ones ever existed - not just around other stars, but even on Earth itself. "Now, I don't believe an industrial civilization existed on Earth before our own - I don't think there was a dinosaur civilization or a giant tree sloth civilization," said study co-author Adam Frank, an astrophysicist at the University of Rochester in New York. "But the question of what one would look like if it did [exist] is important. How do you know there hasn't been one? The whole point of science is to ask a question and see where it leads. That's the essence of what makes science so exciting."

04:31

John Bolton Pushing For Arab Military Force In Syria Your News Wire

Trumps new national security adviser John Bolton is spearheading a push to establish a coalition of Arab military forces in Syria to pave the way for a US withdrawal According to reports, the White House [...]

04:30

12 Ways to Love the Way You Look, Without Changing A Thing Awareness Act

When you are busy; whether it is with your kids, caring for an aging parent, investing in friendships, or diving into a job you love, it can be especially hard to feel attractive. When you dont have the energy or time to focus on how you look, or when you end up neglecting the things that make you feel the most attractive, its even easier to feel ugly and dump on your appearance.

But there are some easy ways to feel better about how you look, even when you cant do a whole lot to change your features or your figure.

Dont compare yourself to others.

Or, at least, dont compare yourself with people whose bodies are unrealistic goals for most of humanity. If your standard of attractiveness is too high, youll always be discouraged. Since most of us will compare ourselves whether we want to or not, try to compare yourself to other normal people in your culture, and who are about your age. This will make you feel so much more attractive than when you compare yourself to unachievable ideals.

Discover what you love about yourself.

Even if you dont love the way you look and feel chronically underappreciated, there are things about yourself that you like. Make a list of these, and refer to it until you can remember these things by heart. When you know what you like about yourself, you will feel more confident about yourself in all areas, including how you look.

Smile more.

Smiling makes you feel happier. And, when you feel happier, you are likely to feel good about yourself and your life, including how you look. While smiling may also influence how other people see you, this is just for you. Smile to feel better about everything in your life, including your appearance.

Remember what your body can do.

When you feel unattractive, its easy to focus on all of the things that are wrong with your body. When you think about what your body can do, the gifts it gives you, you will feel more attractive simply because you will feel better about your body, and its hard to think well of something and be down on it at the same time.

Wear sexy clothes no one can see.

In most contexts, you wont want to wear especially sexy clothes on the outside. However, wearing that silky something just because you want to do it can make you feel so much more attractive, not to mention confident. If sexiness isnt your thing, you can wear...

04:25

Floating Drydocks at Sea - A Growing Problem? Cruise Law News

AIDAperlaPassengers aboard the Norwegian Sun are still complaining about the massive renovation projects that ruined their two week cruise from Miami through the Panama Canal to Los Angeles several weeks ago. 

We wrote about the problem almost three weeks ago in an article titled NCL's Panama Canal Fiasco Cruise. The Miami Herald just reported on the continued fallout from the large scale project yesterday in They booked a two-week Norwegian cruise. Instead, they got a 'nightmare at sea.'  

For a cruise where customers paid for what should have been a relaxing and care-free vacation at sea, NCL scheduled the sanding and application of noxious smelling chemicals and compounds throughout the open decks of the ship. Ship employees and contractors involved in the work were wearing respirators due to the dust but the passengers were left to inhale dust generated by the work. 

The project obviously should have taken place in a dry-dock. The heavy construction caused NCL to shut down numerous bars, deck spaces and restaurants. The work also risked the health and personal AIDAperlasafety of the guests. Photos from the Facebook page, Panama Canal Sun, show paint particles and metal shards covering the decks. Doors leading to muster stations on the ship were blocked which seems dangerous, especially considering the buckets of flammable chemicals stored all over the decks. Many passengers complained of burning, itching and runny eyes and difficulty breathing due to the strong fumes and/or particles.

But cruise industry supporters told the Miami Herald that a cruise ship undergoing construction projects outside of a dry dock is not uncommon (although the level of construction on the Norwegian Sun was quite unusual).

Over the years we have been contacted by dozens of cruise passengers who have complained that grinding of exterior decks, painting of portions of the ship exteriors and other noisy and smelly projects ruined their vacations. Take a moment and read our article HAL's Upgraded Cabin From Hell. Watch the video here

I have always been amazed that a travel/vacation company of any type would subject their customers to such an inconvenience, much less a h...

04:18

US cities sees protest against tripartite aggression on Syria Signs of the Times

Anti-war on Syria protests broke out in Washington and Los Angeles cities on Sunday. The demonstrators gathered in front of the White House and chanted slogans condemning the tripartite US-British-French aggression which was launched on Syria Saturday. Another protest was set up in downtown Los Angeles, demanding the US and its allies to refrain from launching further attacks and to not interfere in the Middle East's affairs.

04:18

Crocodiles in the Washington swamp of collusion Signs of the Times

Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Brennan, Lynch, Andrew Weissmann, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, Harry Reid, Samantha Power, Clinton attorney Jeannie Rhee . . . If collusion is the twin of conspiracy, then there are lots of colluders running around Washington. Robert Mueller was tasked to find evidence of Trump and Russia collusion that might have warped the 2016 campaign and thrown the election to Trump. After a year, his investigation has found no concrete evidence of collusion. So it has often turned to other purported Trump misadventures. Ironically, collusion of all sorts - illegal, barely legal, and simply unethical - has been the sea that Washington fish always swim in.

04:17

Undercover Author Discovers Amazon Workers Resort to Peeing in Plastic Bottles to Avoid Discipline Awareness Act

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, may be the worlds richest person, with a net worth of about $112 billion. But workers in his warehouses are so desperate to keep their jobs that they dont even take time to use a restroom, but pee in bottles instead.

The UK Times Union reports that author James Bloodworth went undercover at an Amazon warehouse in Staffordshire, UK, for a book on low wages in Britain. He found that the warehouses fulfillment workers, who run around Amazons cavernous warehouses gathering products for delivery, had a toilet bottle system in place because the bathrooms were too few and too far away to get to quickly. Bloodworth told The Sun:

For those of us who worked on the top floor, the closest toilets were down four flights of stairs. People just peed in bottles because they lived in fear of being disciplined over idle time and losing their jobs just because they needed the loo.

Bloodworths contention is consistent with a separate survey of 241 Amazon warehouse employees in England, which was released April 16, 2018.  Almost three-quarters of UK fulfillment-center staff members were afraid of using the toilet because of time concerns.

The survey anonymously quoted one person as saying targets had increased dramatically and I do not drink water because I do not have time to go to the toilet. Another said: The target grows every year. I do not have two more legs yet to make the 100% to pick, where you actually need to run and go to the toilet just during the break. Packing 120 products per hour are terribly heavy. You have to pack two products per minute. You do not have time to drink water because you go to the toilet after every evening sends messages to the scanner with the target and tells you to hurry.

Some workers who reported feeling sick, even through pregnancy, said they were penalized for missing work or taking breaks. One employee said she was ill while pregnant and was given a warning. Another said: I turned up for my shift even though I felt like shit, managed 2 hours then I just could not do anymore. Told my supervisor and was signed off sick, I had a gastric bug (sickness and diarrhea, very bad) saw my doc. Got a sick note with an explanation, but still got a strike.

Amazon is known to track how fast its warehouse workers can pick and package items from its shelves, imposing strictly timed breaks and targets. It issues warning points for those who dont meet its goals or who take ex...

04:16

CIA Director Pompeo Secretly Met with Kim Jong-un Last Week Operation Disclosure

CIA Director Pompeo "Secretly" Met With Kim Jong Un Over Easter Weekend

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:33

Source: Zero Hedge | By Tyler Durden

Update: There was some confusion earlier this evening over whether President Trump had met directly with Kim Jong Un. The White House clarified he hadnt, but it turns out that at least one member of his administration has.

The Washington Post reports that it was in fact CIA Director Mike Pompeo that made a top-secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend as an envoy for President Trump to meet with that country's leader, Kim Jong Un, according to two people with direct knowledge of the trip.



The clandestine mission, which has not previously been reported, came soon after Pompeo was nominated to be secretary of state.

"I'm optimistic that the United States government can set the conditions for that appropriately so that the president and the North Korean leader can have that conversation will set us down the course of achieving a diplomatic outcome that America so desperately America and the world so desperately need," Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week during his confirmation hearing.

This report comes just hours after multiple Democrats publicly came out to oppose Pompeos nomination for Secretary of State.

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As we detailed earlier, during a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following their meeting at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort on Tuesday, President T...

04:15

Reality Is A Creation of Our Conscious Mind, According to Quantum Physics Awareness Act

Understand yourself and you will understand the whole world. Socrates

The vast richness of existence is something we owe entirely to our ability to perceive it. The experience of living as an entity with elevated, conscious processing is not something to be taken for granted.

It is with this in mind that we regard consciousness with reverence and awe, for a better understanding of our mind and its engagement with reality lends itself great power to how we live our lives. Existing spiritual beliefs, coupled with modern scientific research requires we approach the topic of consciousness with breadth, for consciousness is quantum, it is unified and it is powerful.

Consciousness, as an experience, is a more abstract and subjective one and is thus open to interpretation and change. Consciousness also has different levels of accessibility, depending on the observer. Modern theoretical physicist Michio Kaku defines consciousness as existing on three levels: spatial, understanding towards others and futuristic. He states, consciousness is the process of creating multiple feedback loops to create a model of yourself in space with regards to others in time, in order to obtain certain goals.

So first, consciousness on a spatial level must give the observer a feeling of where they exist in a certain place. For humans that might mean our balance, sight, sound, hearing and other faculties that give us sensory information of where we exist.

The second level of consciousness means taking that information and using it to understand our surroundings and other beings. This exists for humans, animals, and plants. For example, a plant has understanding towards others because it can take in information about its surroundings and adapt accordingly, like knowing what direction the sun is to turn its leaves closer for optimal photosynthesis. Likewise, animals can use the sensory information they gain from their surroundings to know if they are being preyed on and react accordingly. Humans are no different.

Lastly, the third and highest level of consciousness means utilizing the sensory information we gain and imagining, or pondering how things will change for us as time goes on. In other words, using conscious cognition to reach of point of introspection with the help of a highly developed pre-frontal cortex. Herein, consciousness is an integration of sensory information, memories, and emotions, as well as electrochemical signals being sent to and from the brain. Higher order...

04:13

The Greatest Spiritual Event Of Our Time According To Rudolph Steiner TruthTheory

By Paul Levy, Waking Times

A spiritual event of the highest order, Steiner felt that...

04:13

Amazon has sold Prime memberships to 100 million of us Fast Company

Analysts have suspected that about half of U.S. households pay for Amazon Prime membership. They were in the ballpark but the total number of Prime members has reached 100 million, CEO Jeff Bezos said in Amazons annual investor newsletter, released today. The 13-year-old service has grown rapidly in the past few years, but Amazon has been

Analysts have suspected that about half of U.S. households pay for Amazon Prime membership. They were in the ballpark but the total number of Prime members has reached 100 million, CEO Jeff Bezos said in Amazons annual investor newsletter, released today.

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04:11

Marine Le Pen Questions Narrative Around Syrian Strikes Your News Wire

National front leader Marine Le Pen has cast doubt on the credibility of claims made by French authorities in relation to the missile strikes on Syria Le Pen said that the narrative around the US-led [...]

04:10

Hey! Yo! Ohio, Your Elected Officials Passed A Bill So Telecom Companies May Now Install More Small Cell Towers in Residential Yards and Everywhere Else. Activist Post

By B.N. Frank Dear Ohioans, last week, comedian, Bill Maher made a crack about cell phones. You are tolerating things right now that will make...

04:10

Russia reportedly to stop making their jumbo jets available to NATO by year end Signs of the Times

Moscow has yet to comment on media reports about the alleged move that's been described by a French magazine as a countermeasure to Western sanctions imposed on Russia. Russia's air cargo hauler Volga-Dnepr will stop making its Antonov An-124 Ruslan planes available to NATO before the year is out, the French weekly business magazine Challenges reported, citing its own sources. According to the publication, the decision to pull the plug on the planes' delivery was Russia's response to new sanctions imposed on it by Washington.

04:08

Is The US Using Lies To Justify Bombing Syria? TruthTheory

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

The mainstream media and government have lied in the past to justify war. This is evident in the stories about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which did not exist and humanitarian intervention in Libya, which led to chaos on Libyan soil.

Now the US and allies have launched a missile strike on Syria. The justification is that President Assad has been using chemical weapons on civilians. This has been questioned by many and is the topic of this Reality Check with Ben Swann.

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04:06

(Video) SGTReport -- The World Must Know #PureEvil #HellOnEarth Operation Disclosure



Published on Apr 16, 2018

Since 2011, more than 18,000 Syrian human beings have had their organs harvested. Men, women and children. And the mainstream media has been silent. No one is doing anything to stop it. Because it's business: Human trafficking, Satanic ritual abuse, organ harvesting. #PureEvil.

"So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known." Matthew 10:26

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04:05

Sessions Being Called by GOP to Prosecute Clinton and DOJ Officials Operation Disclosure

House GOPers Call On Sessions To Prosecute Clinton, DOJ Officials

April 18, 2018 11:29 am

Source: Talking Points Memo | By Tierney Sneed



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Eleven House Republicans sent a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, urging him to prosecute Hillary Clinton and more than a half-dozen current or former Justice Department officials, including former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The letter complains that the investigations into Clinton and President Trumps campaign have been marked by dissimilar degrees of zealousness.

Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately, the House Republicans said.

The letter which also went to FBI Director Christopher Wray and U.S. Attorney John Huber, whom Sessions named to oversee the investigation into GOP-fueled anti-DOJ allegations comes after the FBI raided Michael Cohen, President Trumps personal lawyer, last week.

It goes on to cherry-pick certain details reported about the ongoing Russia probe, as well as other speculation and disputed accusations, to allege that crimes may have been committed by Clinton and certain DOJ officials.

They accuse Comey of leaking classified information for Trump-related memos he handed over to a law professor friend, who in turn leaked them to the New York Times, among other allegations. Lynch is accused in the letter of potentially obstructing an agency investigation, with the Republicans pointing to extremely flimsy reporting on the so-called Uranium One deal.
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04:04

A Poor Man Asked The Buddha Why Am I So Poor? This Was His Answer TruthTheory

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

A story has been circulating the internet accredited to the Buddha in which a poor man asks why he is in his situation. The allegorical story was answered in the typical Buddhist way and unfolded as follows.

A poor man asked Buddha Why am I so poor ?

Buddha reply : You are not giving enough

Poor Man : But I have nothing to give

Buddha : You have at least 5 things to give

Your Face: You can smile. Be joyful, cheerful and happy

Your Mouth: You can speak words of kindness, encourage people, and give comfort

Your Heart : You can open your heart to others, be sincere, truthful and kind

Your Eyes : You can look to others with kindness and compassion

You Body: You can use your own labor to help others.

See. You are not poor at all. Poverty lives in our heart

Sometimes it feels as if the situation we find ourselves in is the obstacle, but often the true obstacle is the one...

04:02

(Video) Marina Jacobi: A.I, the Heart & Archon Structure Plus a Channeled Message for Waves of Light Operation Disclosure



Published on Apr 18, 2018

A blurb for the video:

Today I am joined by Marina Jacobi who is quickly becoming a way shower into 5D Earth through Energy Philanthropy. She is also a keynote speaker at our upcoming event in January 2019 - Waves of Light: A Conscious Conference at Sea. We discuss artificial intelligence, the difference between living from the heart structure (5D) versus the archon structure (3D), and how integrating energy philanthropy into your business and personal life prepares you for shifting into New Earth.

We also talk about what to expect at the Waves of Light conference aboard the Brilliance of the Seas cruise ship...AND we get a channeled message regarding the dna coding and activation for all those attending! If you haven't already, reserve your ticket before May 13th to guarantee the low price and your spot on the cruise. We look forward to spending 5 consciously empowering days with you all!

Join us January 17-21, 2019 for an unbelievable conscious conference cruise: Waves of Light! The time we've been waiting for is here and as the waves of light continue to penetrate this planet and our collective consciousness, we must come together - empowered.

Our mission is to anchor this love consciousness into the collective and assist all in discovering their individual power to positively shift the Earth's timeline.

Join us for an unforgettable experience aboard the Brilliance of the Seas cruise as you find more of your Frequency Family and we light this world up together.

04:00

Great Barrier Reef: 30% of coral died in 'catastrophic' 2016 heatwave RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Report chronicles mass mortality', the extent and severity of which has shocked scientists Sign up to receive the top stories every morningScientists have chronicled the mass mortality of corals on the Great Barrier Reef, in a new report that says 30% of the reef's corals died in a catastrophic nine-month marine heatwave.The study, published in Nature and led by Prof Terry Hughes, the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, examined the link between [...]

04:00

Jon Rappoport: Beyond the Study of Psychology for the 21st Century Operation Disclosure

Psychology for the 21st century

Beyond the study of psychology


By Jon Rappoport

These are notes I made in preparation for my second collection, Exit From The Matrix:

"Psychology is essentially a reflection of the culture: it focuses on the family unit and what can happen to fracture it. It focuses on society and how an individual can adapt to it. It focuses on re-establishing norms of behavior. It focuses on a person's past as the key to his problems. It stumbles and stutters and retreats when it comes up against the individual's creative impulse. This impulse travels far beyond family, society, and the past."

"Let us consider what are called 'contents' of the mind. Many efforts have been made to describe various items: persistent thoughts and images; so-called archetypes; symbols; memories; and so on. These and other items can be viewed as 'helpers' in solving problems. They can be viewed as 'influences'. They can be viewed as irrelevant debris. They can be analyzed from different perspectives. But one thing is clear. For the creative individual, they are all fuel for the fire. They can be reworked, recombined, and, above all, transformed in the invention of some new reality. Therefore, there is nothing final or ultimate about these 'contents'. Unless a person is merely a passive spectator who has no creative urge at all."

"When consciousness is directed to find something in particular, it will. This is not a cause for celebration, any more than a dog finding a bone in a garden is shocking. Directed consciousness gives answers that depend on prior assumptions. Consciousness will find the kind of content it is looking for. But these answers ultimate prove unsatisfying. They exist in a bubble that has been laid out beforehand. Imagination, however, is a completely different story."

"Imagination has the capacity to be spontaneous. Science can't touch or analyze spontaneity. At bottom, mind control, whether imposed externally or self-induced, exists to prevent spontaneous action."

"On the surface, it may appear that society does not reward spontaneity because it doesn't acknowledge it. But every great work contains inexplicable leaps, when the inventor vaults beyond anything that was done and cataloged before. He spontaneously lights on something that never existed. He brings it into being...

04:00

City of Berkeley Passes Ordinance Taking on Surveillance State Activist Post

By Michael Maharrey The city of Berkeley, Calif., has passed a local ordinance that sets the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy...

03:58

Starbucks to temporarily close all 8,000 US cafes for racial bias training Signs of the Times

The world's biggest coffee company Starbucks has announced that it will close all of its company-owned cafes in the United States for one afternoon on May 29 to educate employees about racial bias. The announcement comes as the company tries to cool tensions following an incident in its Philadelphia store, in which two black men were arrested. Starbucks said the training for its 175,000 employees will be developed with guidance from experts including former attorney general Eric Holder. It will also provide training materials for non-company workers at roughly 6,000 licensed Starbucks cafes that will remain open in locations such as grocery stores and airports.

03:58

Holy Spirituality within Pine Cone: Satanic Mortal Evil Creation Matrix Operation Disclosure

Be Truthful to Yourself

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Either you is devoted to survival in our Satanic Mortal Evil Creation Karmic physical habit divisive-gender role-reversal cellular-separation lifetimes dissonance, or you aint. So, lets see if you are into fixing others, as your mirrors, so you, never have to face your own evil-devotion to personal False Flag distractions?

Do you lay low and, never self-disclose from originating your own vulnerability, but when you do speak any of your truth its, only to use as a pout-whining shame-rage revelation to Blackmail-censure another, to stop them from triggering your mirror-double anger/fear/pain/shame of evil-separation in Satanic dramas?

Do you count this Mortal Matrix censuring survival tactic in your dissonant mind-control mind as a vulnerable self-disclosure, when after all you did this crocodile hit-and-run for, was to stop communication, and get Stockholm Syndrome hubristic Blackmail control Power-over another emotional hostage, where you got to replace anothers mind with your own Child-Sage sacrifice-motive to destroy innocence.

Are you this sleeper cell shame has an angry face bitter curmudgeon red-neck feminist self-destruction Union member Snake, or is you devoted to survival in our Satanic Mortal Evil Creation Karmic/physical habit divisive-gender role-reversal cellular-separation lifetimes dissonance, because not only are these two, both the same Satanic motive revelation, but neither can be a ONENESS Spirit Conscience of Immortal Love energy Flux-flow freeing energy forgiveness fountain in Delight Bonding Communion Karma-free, gender-free, and on-a-mission reaction-free inspiration toward Coherent Spirit, replete, timeless, inviolate, and invisible behavior, as a forgiveness enlightening prayer, said mirror-double twice.

Do you live backwards to avoid your Karmic pain in the rear view mirror, as if reaction Blackmail is your only game-on-game False Flag continual undead distraction-evil motive, or are you a Light Source from within an authentic human to shine light on pain in trust, all pain will become relieved in the authe...

03:54

SAVE STONEHENGE FROM A303 TUNNEL - DEADLINE 23rd APRIL After the Shift

 

SAVE STONEHENGE!!!! Stop the tunnel and damage to the landscape and our heritage - Sign here: http://stonehengealliance.org.uk/our-... and write to 'Highways England' directly: http://stonehengealliance.org.uk/a303.... The deadline is 23rd April. In this video Hugh Newman goes to a public consultation in Salisbury on April 14th and meets Arthur Pendragon, a druid, and also a campaigner to stop the tunnel.

03:52

Wont Pass, Wont Work, Likely to Make Things Worse: Ron Paul on New Presidential War Powers Bill The Daily Sheeple

US Senate lawmakers are considering a bill that would somewhat restrict the presidents powers to go to war. Ron Paul, a former congressman and interventionism critic, says he is highly skeptical of the initiative.

The bipartisan resolution was introduced by leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senators Bob Corker and Tim Kaine, in the wake of President Donald Trumps decision to attack targets in Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical-weapons attack. The legislation aims to repeal the broad authorizations Congress approved in 2001 and 2002 for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, replacing them with a more restrictive authority.

Dr Ron Paul, a libertarian politician and advocate of ending Americas interventionist foreign policies, told RT that the resolution is not a solution to the actual problem, which is that US lawmakers have abdicated their constitutional right to control Americas war making.

[The US lawmakers] have been very negligent for a long time. Ever since World War II, weve gone to war so many times and weve never done it properly. But I dont think the resolution they have proposed is an answer to it, because it more or less is defining things slightly differently, but it would not slow up the effort to go to war.

It does say that the president would have an authority to go to war against radical violent groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS and maybe Taliban, but not a country. But I think it is very difficult to tell [things apart]. In countries where the Taliban is can you always separate it from the government? What if somebody came up and said: [Syrian President Bashar] Assad is a radical? This open-ended stuff is why we are in such a mess, he stated.

The US Constitution puts the authority to declare war in the hands of Congress. Americas founding fathers perceived war as a calamity for the people and thought that direct representatives of the people are most qualified to make decision on whether the country should enter conflict.

But over the past decades, the US executive branch has been circumventing the proper war authorization process, culminating in the post-9/11 situation, when the president was basically authorized to conduct unrestricted wars as long as he could argue that it was done to hold people responsible for the 2001 terrorist attacks accountable.

This record makes Paul highly skeptical about the latest piece of legislation, he said, even if he appreciated the debate in relation to the problem. When they pass such resolutions, most of the time things get worse. Thats what happened with the [post-Vietnam] War Powers Resolution of 1973. I dont think it will pass. If it does, it wouldnt accomplish a whole lo...

03:50

Coverup in process? Russia suspects 'disinfection' in Salisbury an attempt to destroy evidence in Skripal poisoning case Signs of the Times

Russian embassy in London, UK, expressed its suspicion that the so-called disinfection in Salisbury could be attempt to destroy evidence in Skripal poisoning case. The Russian Embassy in London suspects that the so-called "disinfection" in Salisbury is in fact an operation to destroy British evidence in the Skripal poisoning case, an embassy official told Sputnik on Tuesday. The UK government stated earlier that cleanup work was underway in Salisbury to decontaminate a total of nine potentially affected sites. The communications officer at the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) reported that the Salisbury police station site, ambulance stations at Amesbury and Salisbury and the Maltings Park would be reopened in 2 months.

03:47

US Navy faces allegations of stealing ship plans and software from vendors Signs of the Times

A pair of legal battles has entangled the United States Navy with allegations of intellectual property theft. The US Navy is facing significant legal scrutiny after it allegedly installed software on hundreds of thousands of computers through its vendor for the software, Germany-based Bitmanagement, says the service was only allowed to download 100 copies according to their agreement. Bitmanagement stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the July 2016 lawsuit. The company has now requested that federal court in the United States provide a summary judgement on the matter in the protracted legal dispute, Torrent Freak reported March 16.

03:43

A jog through theWorst-Case Scenario blogfactory

We were evaluating a business to invest in, we ask ourselves one question Whats the worst-case scenario?

If were about to buy an apartment complex for $20 million, whats the worst possible thing that could happen?

Well we could see another massive market crash like we did in 2008, which could potentially drop the value of the property by 50%. Are we prepared to survive that? Yes? Okay, great Then were good to go.

The same goes for preparing for a disaster If you prepare for the worst-case scenario, then anything else that happens should be taken care of by default.

So what is it?

Well assuming its a full-out nuclear war, the worst-case scenario is surviving the blast and waking up to a world without power.

And this worst-case scenario can actually take place much easier than you think

In fact, it would only take one single bomb from a rogue nation or terrorist group to take out the entire US.

You see, most people dont realize that the biggest impact from a nuclear weapon does not come from the blast itself, or the radioactive fallout, but from the electromagnetic pulse wave (EMP), the detonation creates.

Basically, an EMP overloads the circuits of electronic devices which includes the electric power grid, modern cars and trucks, cell phones, computers, generators, etc, destroying them in the process.

As you can see here, a single nuclear missile detonated at high altitude would produce an EMP wave large enough to cover the entire continental United States

So heres my question for you

Do you know what will happen when this takes place? Have you ever rationally thought about it?

Well if you havent, Ill walk you through it

Should a nuclear missile detonate over the US, everything in the country that uses electricity would cease to function.

So lets take a moment to imagine what your life would be like if the country suddenly lost all power

And lets not sensationalize this. Lets just be logical and realistic

Its a Tuesday afternoon in May.

Youre 25 miles from your home at work.

The kids are at school.

And all of the sudden, everything goes out

The lights Your computer Everything just goes silent. Suddenly outside your window you hear the squeal of screeching tires, the sound of dozens of cars crashing together, and screams from people who are panicking to get out of their way.

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03:40

Could Goldman Sachs report be exposing Pharmas real end game of drug dependency vs. curing disease? Health Nut News

World Mercury Project (WMP) Note: This important article exposes how Goldman-Sachs looks at the business model of cure vs. no cure for diseases. The report asks the question: Is curing patients a sustainable business model? WMP is working to change this model. By the World Mercury Project Team Together, the U.S. government and American families are spending billions on medications, therapy, insurance,

03:37

The return of Roseanne and how working class women would like snooty feminists to butt out of their lives Signs of the Times

Roseanne Barr is back. After 20 years, she's back on the screen with her loud mouth, her blue-collar humour, the same couch, same sister, husband and kids. They're older, and Donald Trump is in the White House, but not much else has changed. And Roseanne's television resurrection couldn't have come at a better time. Plenty are keen to hear more from the woman who mercilessly mocked the snooty sisterhood in her first iteration as "America's bourgeois nightmare". Speaking to John Lahr for his profile of her in The New Yorker in July 1995, Barr aimed both barrels at Hollywood women such as Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon and Jodie Foster, saying they were "talented but f..kin' deluded".

03:37

Alabama governor defends Confederate monuments, says call for removal 'Politically correct nonsense' Signs of the Times

Alabama's Republican Governor Kay Ivey released a campaign ad Tuesday, defending a bill she signed last year to protect her state's Confederate monuments. Ivey called demands to remove the monuments "politically correct nonsense." "Up in Washington they always know better...politically correct nonsense I say," runs the ad. "When special interests wanted to tear down our historical monuments, I said no!" Last May, Ivey signed the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, legislation that blocked local governments from removing monuments or renaming public schools that have existed for more than 40 years.

03:37

OPCW head: UN security team shot at in Syria's Douma delaying arrival of chemical weapons inspectors Signs of the Times

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu has told a meeting at the OPCW headquarters in The Hague that the UN security team was forced to retreat, delaying the arrival of chemical weapons inspectors due to visit the site. The UN team had reportedly arrived in the town to see if it was safe enough to start investigating an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government. When they were shot at, they decided to withdraw from the city, according to Uzumcu. Earlier, Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Ja'afari stated the UN security team had traveled to the Syrian town of Douma on April 17 ahead of a planned visit by the international chemical weapons experts on April 18 to look into the suspected chemical weapons attack.

03:34

The Hotwire #27: April 18, 2018 : Legal victory for the Tarnac 9calls for May Day actionsVive la ZAD! CrimethInc.

Listen here. Its been a week of battle at La ZAD, and we share a day-to-day play-by-play of the resistance to the governments eviction operation. Elsewhere in France, the Tarnac Nines legal victory shows that with a little luck and courage, we can beat the state. Direct action gets the goods for a university occupation against a racist student body president at Texas State University in San Marcos, we finally have an address where you can write Cedar, who is in jail on charges of conspiracy over the anti-gentrification prole stroll in Hamilton, Ontario, and we close the episode by sharing calls for May Day actions in Los Angeles, Eugene, Portland, Olympia, and Seattle.

03:33

Outrageous Levels Of Lead Discovered in Chicagos Water, Report Says Awareness Act

Because of all that is going on in Flint, Michigan, people in Chicago have been testing their water via free lead-testing kits that were distributed by the thousands. That being said, the results that were brought in have been damning.

A Chicago Tribune analysis of the results of these tests showed that lead was found in water drawn from about seventy percent of the almost three thousand homes that were tested over the course of the past two years. Basically, tap water in about one of every ten homes had lead above 5 parts per billion, which is over the maximum allowed in bottled water by the US FDA. The amount of toxic metal found in these samples was quite alarming.

While Mayor Rahm Emanuel has put out a plan to replace 880 miles of the citys water mains, it leaves the people responsible to replace lead service lines that connect the mains to their actual taps. You see, up until 1987 Chicago required that all service lines to single-family homes and small apartment building be made of lead pipe. Yet, they are the ones who now have to pay to have them replaced?

Not to mention, these lead pipes can and most likely will shake loose the protective coating on the pipes that are meant to keep the lead from seeping into tap water causing more of an issue. In current times, the water in Chicago exceeds standards set by the EPA for clean and safe drinking water.

According to Chicago Tribune residents have been adviced as follows:

City and EPA officials advise that residents can protect themselves by flushing household plumbing for three to five minutes when water hasnt been used for several hours. But in one of five Chicago homes tested since January 2016, the Tribune analysis found, samples contained high levels of lead after water had been running for three minutes.

Even after water had been running for five minutes, 9 percent of the homes tested had lead levels above the FDAs bottled water standard.

Prompted by concerns raised by the water crisis in Flint, Mich., and an EPA study of Chicago homes published in 2013, the city water department began distributing lead-testing kits to residents on request. The kits included three sample bottles: one for water drawn after household taps have not been used for at least six hours, another for a sample collected after three minutes and the third after five minutes.

Block-level results are posted on a city-sponsored website that hadnt been updated in more than six months before the Tribune began asking questions about the testing kits.

As yo...

03:30

Low-Carbon Investment Is Moving Too Slowly to Rein in Warming, U.N. Warns RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Growing recognition of climate change's economic threat has not stymied fossil fuel investments -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

03:29

Gimlets latest podcast stars Kristen Wiig as a virtual assistant Fast Company

As Siri, Alexa, and Cortana slowly integrate themselves into every aspect of our modern lives, it was only a matter of time until one of those virtual assistants scored a starring role in their own podcast. Gimlets latest series, Sandra, stars Kristen Wiig as Sandra, yet another female AI, created by Orbital Teledynamics to be the

As Siri, Alexa, and Cortana slowly integrate themselves into every aspect of our modern lives, it was only a matter of time until one of those virtual assistants scored a starring role in their own podcast.

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03:29

What Happens to Our Bodies When We Eat Oatmeal Everyday, According to Science Awareness Act

Sure, most of us dont eat oatmeal every day or even a few times a week for that matter, but maybe we should be. You can do all kinds of things to mix it up and it could be considered a universal breakfast for us all.

Right off the bat eating oatmeal will provide you with a good bit of your whole grains for the day. It is also rich in things like fiber and protein all the while being quite low in calories. When we eat oatmeal daily, we benefit in many ways, for instance, our skin health may improve and even our heart health.

To begin, when we eat oats for breakfast we are ensuring that we feel fuller longer and thus for most, reducing our daily calorie intake and promoting proper weight control. Sure, carbs are usually downed, but to be honest, when done correctly you can still lose weight while eating carbs. Who doesnt love a gluten-free delicious snack or meal?

Did you know that if you eat oatmeal every day you are also getting almost all of your recommended intake of manganese all at once? Well, you are and you are also getting plenty of vitamins and antioxidants that will benefit you in the long run. Eating oatmeal will also help you to maintain lower blood sugar levels over a longer period of time which will in the end also help your body regulate insulin use.

Now, depending on what kind of oats you like best, you may be getting more benefits than others. For instance, if you are going for steel-cut oats instead of rolled eats you are getting a much less processed product and more nutritionally full meal. Steel-cut oats also digest slower than rolled and thus making you even more full for an even longer amount of time.

Oatmeal, when sourced properly and eating daily, can work wonders for you. As someone who already loves oatmeal, this is just another reason to continue enjoying it. What do you think about all of this? Do you eat oatmeal or will you be adding it to your diet?

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03:29

Southwest Pilot Was As Cool As A Cucumber During Engine Failure (Audio) The Daily Sheeple

The Southwest pilot who had to land her plane after an engine failure was shockingly cool, calm, and collected as she placed various calls to air traffic control.

LISTEN:

One of the planes engines exploded and detached in midair, with some of the engine parts smashing open a window. A passenger was partially sucked out of the open window and later died from severe head trauma, and other passengers were injured.

However, the pilot in charge of the plane, Tammie Jo Shults, sounded like she was totally in control as she planned her emergency landing.

Shults was formerly a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy.

Southwest 1380, were single engine, Shults said over the radio. We have part of the aircraft missing, so were going to need to slow down a bit.

Weve got injured passengers, she said.

No, its not on fire, but part of its missing, Shults said when asked if the plane was on fire. They said theres a hole, and uh, someone went out.

Passengers later praised Shults nerves of steel and said she helped keep them calm throughout the ordeal.

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03:28

Facebook may be banned if it does not comply with Russian data storage law Signs of the Times

Facebook has until the end of 2018 to comply with Russia's data storage law, or be banned like messenger service Telegram or professional networking website LinkedIn. The law requires all social networks to move data on Russian users to Russia. Facebook is also obliged to remove all prohibited information, according to the head of Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor, Aleksandr Zharov. "If none of [the steps are taken by Facebook] or some of this is not fulfilled, or the Russian state is not informed of the intention to do so, then obviously there will be a question of blocking," Zharov told Izvestia daily. The professional network website LinkedIn has already been banned in Russia for refusing to comply. The popular messenger Telegram was blocked in Russia after refusing to provide Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) with keys to decrypt its messages.

03:28

The Secret of the Great American Fracking Bubble RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

In 2008, Aubrey McClendon was the highest paid Fortune 500 CEO in America, a title he earned taking home $112 million for running Chesapeake Energy. Later dubbed The Shale King, he was at the forefront of the oil and gas industry's next boom, made possible by advances in fracking, which broke open fossil fuels from shale formations around the U.S. What was McClendon's secret? Instead of running a company that aimed to sell oil and gas, he was essentially flipping real [...]

03:26

The Trait That Makes You Socially Awkward, According to Your Zodiac Sign Awareness Act

When we consider someone as socially awkward, this phrase is often associated with the more extreme situations in which one suffers from social anxiety disorder, making it difficult to interact with other people comfortably. The truth is that, while we may not always want to admit it, each of us is socially awkward in some way.

It could be that you often say the wrong thing at the wrong time, or maybe you become so lost in your own head, caught up in your daydreams, that you forget about the reality around you causing you to zone out during conversations with others.

Accepting this fact starts with acknowledging that not one of us is, in fact, perfect. I know, that might be incredibly hard to hear, especially if youve been holding onto a healthier than necessary ego. Even the coolest and most popular people among us have their own bad habits and quirks. Whether you are heading on a first date, heading to a big party or grabbing a coffee with friends, there will come a time that you will do or say something (or fail to do or say something) that leaves you shaking your head.

Source: Independent

The Socially Awkward Thing You Are Most Guilty of According to Your Zodiac Sign:

Aries (March 21 April 19)

Youre known for acting before you speak, and this can sometimes put you in awkward situations, especially when it pertains to what youre saying. When coupled with your temper, youre a bit of a ticking time bomb. Try to take a couple seconds to consider what youre going to say before you say it, youll thank yourself for it later when you dont sound like a complete asshole.

Taurus (April 20 May 20)

Youre not exactly thrilled by larger social gatherings, preferring to keep your social time to small groups and one on one. When you dont want to deal with people, you use your phone as a security blanket scrolling through your favorite social media accounts and texting friends so that no one will talk to you.

Gemini (May 21 June 20)

Youre torn between two dif...

03:22

Judge rules to unseal 11 cases related to Starr's Clinton investigation, could be possible source of strategies for Mueller investigation Signs of the Times

Eleven court cases associated with independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation into President Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky will largely be made public, a federal judge decided Monday in response to a request from CNN. The opinion in DC federal court outlines how judges may step in to disclose grand jury matters, especially after enough time has passed and when the public has an interest in them. Though Chief Judge Beryl Howell's opinion Monday deals with secret legal proceedings from 20 years ago, it could offer a road map for making court records in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation public eventually. "The district court is notably absent from this list of the persons bound by" rules governing grand jury secrecy, Howell wrote. Howell also oversees proceedings related to the grand jury assembled by Mueller.

03:22

What is now obvious: US Deep State doesn't want to see an end to war in Syria Signs of the Times

The Islamic State (IS) has been defeated in Syria root and square, but the war hasn't ended yet and it might not end as long as the American war machine continues to pound both directly and in-directly. While the American war machine's involvement in the war and its stubborn refusal to leave makes it clear that the war was never simply a part of the agenda to defeat terrorism and that it had-and continues to-more to do with regional geo-politics, the recent most events related to this crisis have once again proved that geo-politics and the imperatives of containing both Russia and Iran remain the primary push factors, keeping the US perennially locked into Syria, and allowing the war machine, which is allied with the Western mainstream corporate media and has allies in the White House, to continue to project Assad as 'devil' and Russia a sponsor and protector of 'evil.' As of today, the entire western world is apparently shaking with the 'horrors' of chemical attacks by Syria's Assad on its own people. But, as is often said, this western madness over the manufactured attack has a certain method. Most importantly, the attack reflects the way the US war machine is orchestrating the 'horrors of war' to keep the US war-economy afloat and the region dipped in conflict.

03:21

Join the 7th Annual Food Revolution Summit- FREE Health Nut News

You all know me: I love good, healthy, whole foods. LOVE. So I was absolutely thrilled when the team at the Food Revolution Summit asked me to invite you all to join 300,000+ other healthy food lovers for this totally FREE online event, beginning April 28th and going thru May 6th. When you sign up, youll get the latest cutting-edge insights

03:11

The Middle Eastern wars - Whose wars Signs of the Times

Israel continues to wag the dog for Middle Eastern wars In March 2003, Pat Buchanan wrote a groundbreaking article entitled "Whose War?" in opposition to the Bush Administration fueled growing hysteria over Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction which was producing demands for an armed intervention to disarm him. Buchanan rightly identified a number of prominent Jewish officials and journalists closely tied to the Israel Lobby as the principal driving force behind the rush to go to war. Buchanan is still a powerful voice arguing against the war fever in its 2018 manifestation, which is all too similar to the hysteria prevailing in 2003. But if he were writing his article today, even though those demanding war are pretty much the same people with the same names including Podhoretz, Krauthammer, Kristol, Kagan, Brooks and Boot, he would have to broaden his purview to ask "Whose Wars?" as it is no longer a simple case of going after one third-world autocrat and overthrowing him, we are now instead being urged to attack Syria, Iran and even nuclear superpower Russia due to Moscow's support of Damascus and its friendship with Tehran. Lest there be any confusion, the same country keeps surfacing as a central player in the lead-up to America's regime-change wars, which now have included an illegal attack on Syria, the second such intervention in the past year. That nation is Israel.

03:11

Court Reins In Crime of Violence Deportations Truthdig RSS

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a provision in a law subjecting immigrants to deportation for crimes of violence is unconstitutionally vague, thanks to the swing vote of President Trumps high court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch. The ruling goes against the presidents effort to deport immigrants who commit crimes in the United States, and it takes issue with the criterion of having committed a crime of violence as grounds for deportation.

What does that mean? Gorsuch asked of the term crime of violence. Just take the crime at issue in this case, California burglary, which applies to everyone from armed home intruders to door-to-door salesmen peddling shady products. How, on that vast spectrum, is anyone supposed to locate the ordinary case and say whether it includes a substantial risk of physical force? The truth is, no one knows.

The laws silence leaves judges to their intuitions and the people to their fate. In my judgment, the Constitution demands more, he added.

Politico continues:

The law does add a bit more definition to the standard, covering crimes that include actual violence, attempted violence or a threat of violence, but goes on to sweep in crimes that involve a substantial risk [of using] physical force against the person or property of another. That last portion requiring an assessment of how likely a crime is to involve violence is too vague to be enforced, the high court ruled Tuesday.

The majority opinion, written by Justice Elena Kagan, reads:, The void-for-vagueness doctrine, as we have called it, guarantees that ordinary people have fair notice of the conduct a statute proscribes. And the doctrine guards against arbitrary or discriminatory law enforcement by insisting that a statute provide standards to govern the actions of police officers, prosecutors, juries and judges.

The four dissenters released two separate opinions totaling more than 47 pages. Justice Clarence Thomas warned that the courts decision could lead to the invalidation of scores of similarly worded state and federal statutes.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote: Todays holding invalidates a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act on which the government relies to ensure that dangerous criminal aliens are removed from the United States,  Chief Justice John Roberts wrote.

Department of Homeland Security press secretary Tyler Houlton said the ruling significantly undermines DHSs efforts to remove aliens convicted of certain violent crimes, including sexual assault, kidnapping, and burglary.

The ruling follows a similar one made in 2015, in which the court struck down a provision targeting armed violence on the grounds...

03:09

Bloomberg: Drug made from cannabis plant gets backing from FDA Health Nut News

U.K. company GW Pharmaceuticals Plc has created the first drug derived from the marijuana plant that might soon be approved in the U.S. Created with plants bred to have high cannabidiol, or CBD, content, the medication is a purified chemical made into a strawberry-flavored oral solution. GW Pharma hopes to market the medication under the name Epidiolex. The

03:05

Cynthia Nixoner, Governor Cuomogives parolees the right to vote Fast Company

New York governor Andrew Cuomo plans to restore voting rights to parolees in the state through an executive order. Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday during the annual convention for the National Action Network, the civil rights organization founded by Al Sharpton. Today Im issuing an executive order giving parolees the right to vote. It is unconscionable

New York governor Andrew Cuomo plans to restore voting rights to parolees in the state through an executive order. Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday during the annual convention for the National Action Network, the civil rights organization founded by Al Sharpton.

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03:04

Rand Paul to CNN's Wolf Blitzer: 'You wonder really what logic would there be for Assad to be using chemical weapons' (VIDEO) Signs of the Times

Wolf Blitzer can't believe his ears ... he does his best to argue the other side, saying well, France and UK joined the bombing, so it must true, ... you aren't suggesting everyone was wrong or something? - are you suggesting the president had bad intelligence? - but Paul isn't buying. This is great TV:

03:04

Rohingya camps run out of time as Bangladesh storm season arrives RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Despite weeks of preparations, officials and residents are bracing for the likelihood that winds and rain will cut off aid access and destroy shelters

03:00

Great Barrier Reef at unprecedented' risk of collapse after major bleaching event RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

The record-breaking marine heatwave in 2016 across the Great Barrier Reef has left much of... The post Great Barrier Reef at unprecedented' risk of collapse after major bleaching event appeared first on Carbon Brief.

02:58

Dutch museum buys third Van Gogh Dear Kitty. Some blog

Van Gogh's Still life with bottles and seashell

Dutch NOS TV reports today that this 1884 painting by Vincent van Gogh, Still life with bottles and seashell, was bought by the Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch city.

Until recently, that museum was not particularly conspicuous or rich. However, in 2016 they organized the big Hieronymus Bosch exhibition which attracted much attention.

Also in 2016, they bought their first Van Gogh ever: the watercolour The garden of the parsonage in Nuenen.

Van Gogh's watercolour bought by museum

That 1885 watercolour cost a million euro. The museum had never before bought an art work more expensive than 200,000 euro.

Van Gogh, The water mill at Kollen

In 2017, they bought The water mill at Kollen, made by Van Gogh in 1884, for three million euro.

The most recent buying of the Still life with bottles and seashell cost 2,5 million euro.

Much money as that is, it is still comparatively cheap for Van Gogh works. These three Van Goghs are from the beginning of the painters career...

02:57

Severe flooding and mudslides hit the Caribbean island of Martinique - up to 9 inches of rain in 6 hours Signs of the Times

Heavy rain, lightning strikes and hail struck the Caribbean island of Martinique, causing landslides and major flooding. The severe weather hit on on Monday 16 April, 2018. The communes of Le Franois, Rivire-Pilote, Le Lamentin and Le Robert were the worst affected. Meteo France issued orange level warnings for the island. In just a 6 hour period, 175 mm of rain fell in Saint-Joseph, 160 mm in Le Robert and 250 mm in Le Franois, with 125 mm of that falling in just 1 hour, according to Meteo France.

02:52

After 70 Years of Repression, Gazans Great Return March is Modern Exodus MintPress News

GAZA (Analysis) As the U.S., U.K. and France bomb Syria, claiming to support its people but in reality adding misery to a country that has had more than its fair share of violence, the humanitarian disaster in Gaza is almost completely ignored by the international community. This is because the perpetrator of this seven-decade-long disaster is Apartheid Israel.  

For three consecutive weeks, Palestinians have been gathering along the fence that separates  the Gaza Strip from the rest of Palestine, as part of the ongoing Great March of Return protests. Israeli snipers and soldiers have killed at least 34 and injured at least 1500 Palestinians since March 30, when the wave of protests against Israels occupation began.

The Great Return March is a courageous declaration by the people of Gaza that they intend to return to their homes and their land. Equally important, they remind a world that has tried to forget them that they are here and that they demand what is rightfully theirs from a colonial power that is funded and armed by Western democracies hypocritically decrying humanitarianism in countries they seek to overthrow. Though Palestinians do this at a great cost, they will not be intimidated or held back by the racism, the violence and the lies that are perpetrated by Israel and the mainstream media.

While the murder of unarmed protesters by occupying forces is disturbing, recent events in Gaza are just the latest attack against the nearly 2 million Palestinians living in the Strip. The decades-long blockade imposed by Israel has turned Gaza into the worlds largest ghetto and open-air prison, creating one of the most dire humanitarian crises in the world.


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The Gaza Strip is...

02:48

United Nations Bombshell: No Proof Syrian Chemical Attack Happened Your News Wire

The United Nations say they cannot prove that the alleged chemical attack in Syria actually took place, following an initial investigation. Were not in a position at this point to independently verify the allegations [about [...]

02:44

George Soros Voids Hungarian Election Result Is Not Legitimate Your News Wire

Billionaire globalist George Soros has declared the results of the Hungarian election null and void because he does not like the outcome.  The recent parliamentary election in Hungary yielded a victory for Prime Minister Viktor Orbns [...]

02:41

Lithuanian Judge Jailed For Exposing International VIP Pedophile Ring Your News Wire

A former judge and MP has been arrested in Chicago after exposing an international network of elite pedophiles in Lithuania.  47-year-old Neringa Venckiene thought she could seek refuge in the United States after she bravely blew the [...]

02:39

The True History of Pandoras Box, And What It Actually Contained Awareness Act

We all have heard of Pandoras box, right? However, have you ever heard the true history behind the myth, or what the box contained? If not, keep reading.

Pandoras box is an ancient myth. There are many different versions of the story and some are much different than the rest. In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on Earth. You see, according to the Greeks, before humans roamed the Earth, there were immortals including the Gods and the Titans.

Pandora was created by the gods and gifted to the Titan Epimetheus. Zeus, God of the sky and ruler of the Olympian Gods intended for Pandora and the gift of her in general to be a punishment of some kind. Each God and Goddess gave Pandora a gift, some of those being things like beauty, charm, curiosity and so forth. Before leaving the presence of the Gods, Pandora was given a container.

This container was originally thought to be a jar or vase of some kind that was sealed, but as of the 16th century, it has been referred to as a box or chest. This box was sealed shut and she did not know what was inside. When Zeus gave her to Epimetheus he also gave the key to the chest to him as well and instructed Epimetheus to never allow Pandora to have the key and for Pandora to never open the box.

Once she had opened the box nothing good was inside, on the contrary, all things terrible were hidden there locked away. Things like pain, hunger, poverty, war, death, greed, and so forth were all inside of this beautiful box. According to some, the only good thing within the box was hope and that hope is what keeps everyone going.

In current times we use the term Pandoras box to refer to things that are best left untouched. Pandoras box is a great story that really does hold a lot of meaning but is a bit sexist in some ways. This is a metaphor to mean that sometimes we are not often aware of the troubles we may be getting ourselves into.

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02:38

Guardian: Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles Health Nut News

An accidental discovery is showing promise in our fight against the plastic that is taking over and polluting our world. In 2016, a bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic was discovered at a dump in Japan and scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug. The international

02:36

Bolivia Declares Total independence From World Bank And IMF Your News Wire

Bolivia has declared total independence from the World Bank and IMF, due to their detrimental impact on the nation. Bolivias President Evo Morales says his government will no longer allow globalist money lending organizations to [...]

02:34

11 Strange Behaviors That Indicate You Are Spiritually Awakened Awareness Act

Matters of the spirit can be difficult for us to understand simply because they are so much bigger than anything we can see or directly experience here on Earth. When we first start our spiritual journey, we are like an empty vessel, eagerly seeking something, anything, to fill it.

With each step towards true spiritual awakening we are provided with new knowledge and understanding of the world, unique insights into who we are and why we are here, and a renewed sense of purpose.

This journey of spiritual awakening is a long one, and for this reason, it is not uncommon to overlook the fact that we have reached new heights and milestones along the way. As these are matters of the spirit, they are generally not obvious or in our faces. Instead, we must learn to watch for the subtle, overlooked changes and shifts in our lives.

Source: Power of Positivity

Watch for These 11 Often Overlooked Behaviors That Reveal That You Are Spiritually Awake:

#1 You Enjoy Your Alone Time

Its not that you dont care to socialize with the rest of the world, but you are aware of the value of time alone with your own thoughts. You embrace the silence that comes when everyone else is gone, whether its home alone curled up on the couch, or taking a long walk outdoors surrounded by nothing by nature. While others are afraid to be alone, you welcome it.

#2 You Believe Everything Has Deeper Meaning

Nothing is as simple as what you see on the surface. You are well acquainted with the greater meaning of the universe, and for that reason, youre always looking for the hidden messages, signs and symbols that are all around you. While others may simply see a clock, you see the number flashing on the display, pulling on your knowledge of numerology to understand exactly what that number is trying to reveal to you at that moment.

#3 You Arent Afraid to Go Against the Mainstream

You have a unique understanding and confidence,...

02:33

Theresa Mays Husband Profits Millions From Syria Strikes Your News Wire

Theresa Mays husband Philip May personally profited millions of dollars following UK air strikes in Syria last week.  It is common knowledge that Philip May acts as an unofficial advisor to the Prime Minister, which [...]

02:32

8 Reasons Deep Women Are Often Misunderstood Awareness Act

While many women are happy to go through this life, moving from one moment of joy to the next without overthinking the situation or what brought them there, this isnt true for all of us. There is one group of women that do exactly the opposite.

Rather than bouncing through life without a care in the world, they overthink and overanalyze every moment of every day. These women are deep thinkers, engaging their mind and their intellect into their daily routine.

Often seen as shy, introverted, and even socially awkward, these women are misunderstood time and time again. Breaking free from the expectations of the world around them, these women stand strong in their views of the world, refusing to give into to social pressure. They possess many layers. With each aspect of their lives that you tear way, another is waiting underneath making them difficult to understand.

Source: Curious Mind Magazine

8 Reasons Why Deep Women Are Often Misunderstood:

#1 They Are Incredibly Passionate

Deep women love life and all that it has to offer. They dont just experience the world around them day to day, they seek out new experiences at every turn. When they commit to doing something, they dont just dip their toe in the water. Instead, they jump in with both feet throwing their heart and soul into everything that they do.

#2 They are Non-Judgmental

Recognizing that we are all different, and it is our unique personalities, strengths and weaknesses that truly make up the complex web that we live in. For this reason, they not only accept our differences, they embrace them. They maintain an open mind and heart, refusing to pass judgment on others, realizing that they, too, have their differences.

#3 They Have an Incredible Attention to Detail

Deep women analyze and think through every situation that they encounter, considering every possible outcome. They never act spontaneously, noticing every last detail around them, including those that others often overloo...

02:27

Obama Judge Rules Companies Can Be Sued For Not Hiring Illegal Aliens Your News Wire

American employers are not allowed to discriminate against illegal aliens, an Obama-era judge has ruled.  American companies that refuse to hire somebody because they dont possess a green card or have US citizenship could be [...]

02:25

Stormy Daniels Harasser Turn Out To Be Ex-Husband Your News Wire

The sketch released by Stormy Daniels that she claims is her alleged harasser is actually an image of her ex-husband. During a 60 Minutes interview, Daniels claimed that a mystery man approached her in a [...]

02:22

UK admits OPCW didn't confirm source of Novichok while OPCW denies presence of BZ in Skripal samples Signs of the Times

The British delegation to the OPCW has admitted that international chemical weapons inspectors did not confirm the origin of the nerve agent used in the Salisbury ex-spy poisoning. The UK's representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Peter Wilson, said identifying the nerve agent is an "essential part of the investigation," and that the OPCW has identified neither its origin nor the laboratory where it was produced. "But of course, while the identification of the nerve agent used is an essential piece of technical evidence in our investigation, neither DSTL's analysis, nor the OPCW's report, identifies the country or laboratory of origin of the agent used in this attack," he said. The British government claims a Soviet-era nerve agent that has become known as Novichok was used against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia and accused Russia of producing and deploying it. However, the claims of Russian involvement have not been backed up by either Britain's own scientists at the Porton Down laboratories or the OPCW, both of which say it's not their job to apportion blame or identify the origin, but only the type of substance involved. Wilson was speaking at a meeting of the OPCW in The Hague, which was called by Britain. The UK delegation reportedly said it would soon give some long-awaited answers posed by Moscow concerning the Skripal case.

02:20

Shredded galaxy is disintegrating before our eyes after smash-up RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

After a collision with its neighbouring galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud may lose its ability to give birth to new stars, causing it to grow dim

02:19

Trump admin to ease arms sales policies - more product available, less worry about what buyers will do with them Signs of the Times

President Donald Trump will roll out a new weapons sales policy which will make it easier for America's allies to buy weapons from the country's biggest arms manufacturers, a new report says. The administration is expected to provide a set of guidelines which will "speed up the approval of arms exports" to certain allies, Reuters has reported. Those allies are thought to include NATO member states, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, as well as Japan and South Korea. The initiative will also call for members of Trump's White House cabinet to act as "closers" to seal major arms deals, sources said. Top government officials will also be sent to promote American weapons at international air shows and arms expos.

02:18

Who Will Protect Elections From U.S. Oligarchs? Truthdig RSS

I recently heard on cable news that special counsel Robert Mueller wanted to interview some Russian oligarchs about their supposed influence on the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Liberal talking heads at such organizations as MSNBC and CNN keep warning that nothing has been done yet to protect the integrity of our voting process against Russian interference as the 2018 midterm elections loom ever closer on the nations horizon.

What about the American oligarchs, I wondered, people like businessman Richard Uihlein, who regularly distort U.S. elections at every levellocal, state and federal? Who will protect our democracy from the plutocratic wealth primary power of the American oligarchy?

If you are like most U.S. citizens, youve never heard of Richard Uihlein. An heir to the Milwaukee-based Schlitz beer fortune, Uihlein is the billionaire CEO of Uline Inc., a private, family-owned Wisconsin company that sells shipping and packaging materials to the tune of $2 billion in annual revenue. He lives in a mansion in Lake Forest, a hyper-opulent preserve north of Chicago.

Hes also way into right-wing politics. As one can learn from a quick trip to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) website, Uihlein invested $24 millionthats right, $24 millionin the 2016 elections. His political contributions went to Republican candidates and Republican-affiliated and conservative (that is, radically regressive and reactionary groups such as the Club for Growth. A longtime supporter of right-wing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Uihlein is a major sponsor of hard-right Republican candidatesat both the state and federal levelsand organizations across the nation.

So far, Uihlein is the top political contributor in the 2018 federal U.S. election cycle, at $21 million. In 2016, however, he was just the nations ninth biggest political investor. Above him on the plutocratic wealth primary scale stood the San Francisco hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer ($91 million, all to Democratic candidates and Democratic Party-affiliated liberal outside groups); Las Vegas billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson ($83 million to Republicans and the right); Florida billionaire financier Donald Sussman ($42 million to Democrats and liberal groups); Chicago multimillionaire media...

02:17

A 1991 Book Predicted the Connection Between Mass Shootings and Public Demand for Gun Control Activist Post

By Isaac Davis The American public is being triggered to fear scary black assault rifles, and in the wake of school shootings and mass shootings,...

02:16

Syrian Conflict Is A Distraction From A Secret War Activist Post

By Brandon Smith Back in March 2010 I published an article titled Will Globalists Trigger Yet Another World War? under the pen name Giordano Bruno...

02:16

MS-13 Gang Sacrificing Underage American Girls In Satanic Rituals Your News Wire

MS-13, the notorious street gang dubbed the worlds most feared is allegedly sacrificing underage American girls in Satanic rituals, according to US police. More than a dozen members of the LA-based, Salvadoran gang Mara Salvatrucha, [...]

02:15

Car falls into large sinkhole in central North Carolina Signs of the Times

A car became trapped after a sink hole opened up on a Southern Pines road Sunday night. Authorities said crews arrived at West Wisconsin Avenue and Southeast Service Road just before 8 p.m. and found a car that had fallen several feet into a large sinkhole. According to officials, water had undermined a large pipe running underneath the road and caused the roadway to sink as the car attempted to drive across it. Two occupants in the car were not injured, authorities said.

02:15

Google and Kajeet Install WiFi on School Buses When No Safe Level of WiFi Has Been Scientifically Determined for Kids and Tech Inventors Send Their Kids to Low-Tech Schools. Activist Post

By B.N. Frank Last week, Bill Maher talked about how every generation could be called the What Were You Thinking? generation. Carrying cell phones in...

02:15

Birds of mountains and rivers in China Dear Kitty. Some blog

Crows, 2 April 2018

As I blogged before, on 2 April 2018 we were in a nature reserve, over 4,000 meter high, in Sichuan, China. As we went down gradually later that day, these two birds sat on a fence: a carrion crow on the left, and a collared crow on the right. Seconds later, the carrion crow drove its collared colleague away. Without any obvious reason, as there was space enough on the fence.

...

02:15

Twenty more Skripal questions: Spies, Novichock, BZ and BS Signs of the Times

While the world's attention has been largely focused on Syria for the past couple of weeks, we must not forget the Skripal case. The reason for this is that the two events appear to be inextricably linked, either because they show that the Russian and Syrian Governments are willing and able to use chemical weapons for their own ends, or because they show that the Governments of the United States, United Kingdom and France in particular are willing to use false accusations for their own ends. Russia and Syria have been in the dock and apparently found guilty, but as ever the burden of proof lies with those making the accusations to show the certain evidence they have to back up their claims. However, the only thing that can be said with absolute certainty, regardless of which of these versions is correct, is that those who have made the accusations have not shown anything like the evidence needed to substantiate their claims. Indeed, the biggest connection between the two events is not the "Who Dunnit" aspect, but rather the fact that guilt has been assigned and reprisals taken prior to the results of the investigations, and therefore before facts could be established with any certainty. Legally, morally and logically this is obvious nonsense, and it is a testament to the decline of educational standards in the West, and the triumph of emotional arguments over ones which appeal to facts and logic, that there are many who appear simply unable to grasp these very basic concepts. Regarding the Skripal case, there are a mountain of unanswered questions and a multitude of inconsistencies. Yet it is not even this which makes the case so odd. Rather, it is the fact that whenever a question is answered - for example, the medical condition of the Skripals - it merely seems to throw up even more questions, inconsistencies and oddities.

02:14

BBC presenter slams former UK Navy chief questioning 'extraordinary' claims of Syria chem attack because 'we're in an information war' Signs of the Times

During a live interview, a BBC news presenter declared "we're in an information war with Russia" after a former Royal Navy chief questioned the "extraordinary" claims surrounding an alleged chemical attack in Syria. Former Navy Admiral Lord West's questioning of the mainstream narrative surrounding the alleged chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma led the BBC's Annita McVeigh to suggest that truthfully stating his position and posing questions risked "muddying the waters" in an ongoing "information war with Russia." Lord West had described how in his view the claim that Bashar Assad ordered the attack "doesn't ring true," asking "what benefit is there for his military?" He went on to say "we know that in the past some of the Islamic groups have used chemicals, and of course there would be huge benefit in them labelling an attack as coming from Assad."

02:09

Foreign Policy and Mixed Signals Duck of Minerva

Earlier this week, a particularly volatile fissure within the Trump Administration opened up. Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, announced on Sunday that the Administration would be imposing fresh sanctions on Russia. However, the Administration quickly denied that this was true, statingin factthat her statement was based on momentary confusion. Haley struck back saying that she does not get confused. This is not the first issue of unclear signals (see my previous post about this here), but it holds significance for how we approach  signaling in foreign policy.

In the first place, the US does not have a Secretary of State, and many top State Department posts have not been filled. This is not just a problem for the internal organization of the American foreign policy establishment. It also damages US credibility and sends strong (even if unintended) signals about our resolve. For example, Haleys future statements to the UN have a high probability of being seen as incredible, while at the same time the international community will likely interpret this signaling as a sign of equivocation over harsher foreign policy toward Russia. Without a strong State Department to run point on the coordination of foreign policy, these mistakes will continue to happen.

Additionally, not to put Americas founding mythologies on a pedestal, but this is precisely the reason why a State Department was formed (for an account of this see here). Thomas Jefferson had originally imagined the President as having sole control over issues of foreign affairs, but even in the sparse foreign policy environment of the early United States, Madison proposed the formation of a Department of Foreign Affairs to manage diplomacy directlywith the knowledge that no president could manage these issues alone. In a world of increasing complexity, a strong State Department is more important than ever.

In the second place, we are living in a world in which it is vital for the United States to behave multilaterally, and to have the support of allies. As the post-1945 world order seems to be collapsing around us, Americas status as a moral leader is in question. This is the time for a clear and unified foreign policy stancenot a stance that confirms the worst fears of our allies.

More than these mixed signals, however, is an additional layer of gender politics involved here. Painting Haley as a confused woman is part-and-parcel of what Carol Cohn recently...

02:05

Four Palestinians killed in Gaza Strip explosion Signs of the Times

An explosion in the southern Gaza Strip killed four Palestinians on Saturday, the local health ministry said. Medics at the scene in the Rafah area said it was caused by an Israeli tank shell. But an Israeli military spokesman said the army was not involved. "We have no knowledge of any Israeli strike in the area," he said. Local residents at the hospital morgue identified the four dead men as members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group. Islamic Jihad did not immediately confirm the men were members.

02:02

Google's ad technology mirroring of Facebook model exposes it to privacy backlash Signs of the Times

No one at Google envied Mark Zuckerberg last week as he was being grilled by Congress. But for years, they certainly coveted the personal data that made Facebook Inc. a formidable digital ad player. And the strategies they set to compete have now placed Google squarely in the cross hairs of a privacy backlash against the world's largest social-media company. The House and Senate questioned Zuckerberg for about 10 hours after revelations that data on millions of Facebook users got into the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm that worked on President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. The hearings centered on the digital information and machinery Facebook built up to serve targeted ads. No company has a bigger business doing that -- except Google. When the grilling ended, Democrats and some Republicans called for broad privacy regulation, putting Google on the hot seat next to Zuckerberg. "Google, in every respect, collects more data. Google, in every respect, has a much bigger advertising business," said David Chavern, president of News Media Alliance, a publisher trade group. Rather than "a Facebook privacy law," he expects regulation to target the entire industry.

02:00

This Campaign Says Marriage Equality Doesnt End The Gay Rights Fight Fast Company

The new Beyond I Do campaign from the Ad Council wants to remind you that its still legal to discriminate against LGBTQ people around the country.

As one billboard message puts it: Everyone has the right to marry. Not everyone has basic rights. Then theres this one: Imagine being denied healthcare because of who you are.

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01:52

Carrageenan: The toxic extract lurking in your organic food Signs of the Times

Carrageenan, a food additive extracted from red seaweed, is commonly added as a thickening agent to processed foods, particularly dairy products, certain deli meats and other prepared foods. Since it comes from seaweed, many people assume carrageenan is natural - perhaps even healthy - and along with conventional foods this additive is often found in "natural" and organic products. The problem is that carrageenan is not nutritious, nor is it natural or certified organic. It's a processed additive extracted from seaweed using alkali, and research suggests it's highly inflammatory, triggering an immune reaction that may cause inflammation in your gastrointestinal system and related problems.1 As such, organic watchdog groups such as The Cornucopia Institute have called for it to be removed from the U.S. list of approved organic ingredients. In December 2016, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) expert advisory board, voted to do just that. After hearing evidence on the potential health risks and the availability of alternative ingredients, NOSB voted to remove carrageenan from the organic ingredients list. Unfortunately, the vote is technically only a recommendation, and while the USDA has historically almost always sided with their expert panel, in April 2018 they did just the opposite.

01:46

Russian prosecutor says Berezovsky was controlled by and acted with UK intel - paid with life when he decided to return home Signs of the Times

Fugitive Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky worked closely with British intelligence, and paid with his life when he decided to return to Russia, the Russian prosecutor general has said. The allegation came from Yury Chaika on Wednesday during a report to a joint bicameral session of the Russian parliament. He reiterated a claim previously suggested by some officials in his department, that Berezovsky's death in Britain in March 2013 was the result of foul play. Addressing lawmakers, Chaika claimed that Berezovsky was part of a conspiracy involving the British government to kill his confidante Aleksandr Litvinenko with radioactive polonium, which London used to accuse Russia of murder.

01:45

How Apple Will Use AR To Reinvent The Human-Computer Interface Fast Company

Taking a careful look at how the company has reinvented the UI down through its history provides strong clues as to how it will do so again with AR glasses.

As a technology industry analyst, I have had the privilege of covering Apple since 1981. During this period of time, I have watched Apple introduce new products and change leadership many times. Ive delved deep into its product roadmaps and strategies. In the process I have learned a great deal about Apples culture and how its people think about advancing personal computing.

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01:44

Poor Comey: ABC interview falls flat for members of the press Signs of the Times

Former FBI Director James Comey's highly anticipated weekend TV interview fell flat for key members of the press. The one-hour interview, which aired Sunday on ABC ahead of the publication of Comey's book "A Higher Loyalty," received extensive coverage in the national press for Comey's sharp rebukes of President Trump, but there were almost no revelations in his answers, and some critics said Comey came across as self-serving. "I didn't like that interview," CNN political analyst David Gregory said Monday morning. "I don't think Jim Comey came off well at all. I think yet again he is obsessed with his standing, his media standing, his kind of political standing." New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said Comey's book "does not appear to contain a ton of news in terms of revelations," and she described the ABC interview as "much lower grade burn than I thought it would be, certainly, and than I think [Trump's] advisers thought it would be." Washington Post politics blogger Aaron Blake said Comey "presented himself as too imperfect a figure - one overly concerned with appearances, politics and ego..." He added that there were times Comey seemed "vindictive and even petty" and that "if he was looking to prosecute the case against Trump in the court of public opinion, he has chosen a strange way in which to do it."

01:43

Over 20 dead and 33,000 displaced as flooding continues in Kenya Signs of the Times

Further flooding in Kenya has left over 33,000 people displaced. Local authorities say that more than 20 people have died over the past 10 days. Several counties have been affected, with Kisumu, Samburu, Turkana and Tana River among the worst hit. Floods have cut major road networks, causing major transport issues. Homes and crops have been destroyed and power supply severely damaged. In many areas local officials have urged communities to vacate their homes near rivers and flood-risk areas and move to higher ground. Kenya Red Cross were called on to rescue around 50 people from flooded areas in Tana River County.

01:42

Gmail should be banned, please stop using it Health Nut News

By Dr. Mercola Google and Facebook are two of the largest and clearest monopolies in the world, and between them, the harvesting of your personal information goes far beyond what most people realize was even possible. I have recently removed Google Search from this website and replaced with a search engine without the privacy concerns,

01:41

Teaching America a Lesson Truthdig RSS

Teachers in red-state America are hard at work teaching us all a lesson. The American mythos has always rested on a belief that this country was born out of a kind of immaculate conception, that the New World came into being and has forever after been preserved as a land without the class hierarchies and conflicts that so disfigured Europe.

The strikes, rallies, and walkouts of public school teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, soon perhaps Arizona, and elsewhere are a stunning reminder that class has always mattered far more in our public and private lives than our origin story would allow. Insurgent teachers are instructing us all about a tale of denial for which weve paid a heavy price.

Professionals or Proletarians?

Are teachers professionals, proletarians, or both? One symptom of our pathological denial of class realities is that we are accustomed to thinking of teachers as middle class. Certainly, their professional bona fides should entitle them to that social station. After all, middle class is the part of the social geography that we imagine as the aspirational homing grounds for good citizens of every sort, a place so all-embracing that it effaces signs of rank, order, and power. The middle class is that class so universal that its really no class at all.

School teachers, however, have always been working-class stiffs. For a long time, they were also mainly women who would have instantly recognized the insecurities, struggles to get by, and low public esteem that plague todays embattled teachers.

The women educators of yesteryear may have thought of their work as a profession or a calling, subject to its own code of ethics and standards of excellence, as well as an intellectual pursuit and social service. But whatever they thought about themselves, they had no ability to convince public authorities to pay attention to such aspirations (and they didnt). As womens work, school teaching done by school marms occupied an inherently low position in a putatively class-free America.

What finally lent weight to the incipient professional ideals of public school teachers was, ironically, their unionization; that is, their self-identification as a constituent part of the working class. The struggle to create teacher unions was one of the less heralded breakthroughs of the 1960s and early 1970s. A risky undertaking, involving much self-sacrifice and militancy, it was met with belligerent resistance by political elites everywhere. When victory finally came, it led to considerable improvements in the material conditions of a chronically underpaid part of the labor force. Perhaps no less important, for the first time it institutionalized the long-h...

01:34

Dirty money? Dirty politics? Both: The UK's hypocrisy over 'Russian oligarchs' Signs of the Times

According to Russia's Prosecutor General, 61 criminals who stole up to $10 billion in Russia are enjoying life in the UK. Britain claims to be concerned about 'dirty money,' but has rejected requests from Moscow for extradition. It was the financial heist of the century. The looting of Soviet Russia's wealth by a group of well-connected oligarchs in the 1990s enriched a tiny few, but impoverished vast swathes of the country's population. The foundations for this massive, reverse-Robin-Hood redistribution of wealth were laid with Gorbachev's 'restructuring' economic reforms of the late 80s. However, the process reached its peak under Boris Yeltsin. State assets were handed out like confetti to members of Yeltsin's inner circle. By 1996 the Russian people, who had seen their living standards plummet following the end of communism, had had enough. Yeltsin's popularity was down to single-figure ratings - with the Communists riding high in the polls. So the President's oligarch friends - and their Western allies - worked together to make sure the election went the 'right' way.

01:31

FLASHBACK: US supplied white phosphorus to Saudi Arabia in its war against Yemen Signs of the Times

Saudi Arabia appears to be using U.S.-supplied white phosphorus munitions in its war in Yemen, based on images and videos posted to social media, raising concerns among human rights groups that the highly incendiary material could be used against civilians. Under U.S. regulations, white phosphorus sold to other countries is to be used only for signaling to other troops and creating smoke screens. When the munition explodes, it releases white phosphorus that automatically ignites in the air and creates a thick white smoke. When used against soldiers or civilians, it can maim and kill by burning to the bone. It is unclear exactly how the Saudis are using the munitions, but the government has already received widespread condemnation for its indiscriminate bombing in civilian areas since its campaign against rebel forces in Yemen began in 2015. U.S. officials confirmed that the American government has supplied the Saudis white phosphorus in the past but declined to say how much had been transferred or when. After reviewing a social media image taken from the battlefield that showed a white phosphorus mortar shell, a U.S. official said it appeared to be American in origin but could not trace it to a particular sale because some of the markings were obscured.

01:17

Founder of One of The Largest Childrens Charities In The World, Arrested For Pedophilia WorldTruth.Tv

Last week, Peter John Dalglish, United Nations adviser and founder of the Street Kids International charity, was arrested on suspicion of pedophilia, at a home that he was staying at in Nepal. During the arrest, two young children, ages 12 and 14, were rescued from the home. It is important to note that there have []

01:15

Western media are beginning to challenge "chemical attack" narrative after visiting Douma Signs of the Times

After speaking with eyewitnesses on the ground in Syria, even mainstream media are beginning to cast doubt on the West's narrative of an alleged gas attack in Douma, as medics tell French, German and UK media it never happened. Agence France-Presse (AFP), the world's third largest news agency, and the Independent, a British online newspaper, have each published stories that question whether chlorine or any other chemical was used against Syrians in Eastern Ghouta on April 7. In a French language video report, AFP spoke with Marwan Jaber, a medical student who witnessed the aftermath of the alleged attack.

01:13

Bitter Lessons 25 Years After Waco, Texas, Siege The Daily Sheeple

Twenty-five years ago today, FBI tanks smashed into the ramshackle home of the Branch Davidians outside Waco, Texas. After the FBI collapsed much of the building atop the residents, a fire erupted and 76 corpses were dug out of the rubble. Unfortunately, the American political system and media have never faced the lessons from that tragic 1993 day.

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01:12

'Ready to slaughter people': Russian school attacker was inspired by Columbine shootings Signs of the Times

The teenager who attacked a school teacher and his classmates in a city in Russia's Urals was reportedly inspired by the Columbine High School massacre. The teen was planning to slaughter his schoolmates and then commit suicide. The 17-year-old boy, identified by the local media as Artyom, was armed with a knife and attempted to set fire to the school after attacking several people inside a classroom in the city of Sterlitamak, in the Republic of Bashkortostan. The teenager entered a computer science class and attacked a female student and a teacher with a knife, according to Russia's Investigative Committee. He then poured out a flammable substance, set it on fire, and tried to commit suicide. Swastika selfies As more information on the attack emerged online, several local outlets reported that an armband with Nazi-style insignia was found in the class where the teen carried out the attack. Then photos purportedly showing Artyom posing with a swastika armband began circulating in the Russian media.

01:07

Backlash: Ultra right-wing Israeli nationalists rage & burn Palestinian flag outside joint Memorial Day service Signs of the Times

Far-right Israelis have tried to prevent thousands of Jews and Arabs from jointly attending an alternative memorial service in honor of fallen victims on both sides of the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Around 8,000 Palestinians and Israelis assembled at Tel Aviv's HaYarkon Park on Tuesday evening to take part in a joint alternative Memorial Day vigil to honor the fallen family members on both sides of the decades-long feud. The peace activists also slammed Avigdor Lieberman's decision to ban some 110 Palestinians from attending the ceremony. Despite the Defense Minister's push to expel Palestinians, the Supreme Court ordered Lieberman to grant entry permits to 90 West Bank residents, although the order came too late for some to attend the ceremony.

01:03

Suicide pod makes its debut at Amsterdam funeral show Signs of the Times

A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at a press of a button went on display at Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday. Called the "Sarco", short for sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on a stand that contains a nitrogen canister. "The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel a bit dizzy but will then rapidly lose consciousness and die," said Nitschke, who has been dubbed "Dr Death" for his work to legalise euthanasia. The "Sarco" is a device "to provide people with a death when they wish to die," Nitschke told AFP.

01:00

Horror as leopard severely mauls tourist dragging him from camper van by his head in Namibia Signs of the Times

A german tourist has been left with horrific injuries after being mauled by a leopard which savaged his head in Namibia. Hardy Specker, 61, and partner Petra Windmeisser, 60, had pulled over to sleep in the Kuiseb Canyon in Namibia when a scratching noise woke them up. Mr Specker got up to shut the window at around 1am, but the beast jumped up and gripped his head in his claws and jaws. Ms Windmeisser engaged in a tug of war with the leopard trying to drag her husband back in through the window by his legs. She told The Namibian he was screaming as the leopard's claws tore out bits of his skin.

01:00

Those Studies Telling You Alcohol is Good for You? Those Studies are Crap. disinformation

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01:00

EATING THE FANTASTIC disinformation

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00:55

Pink Floyd Frontman Stops Concert To Explain False Flag Chemical Attack In Syria WorldTruth.Tv

During a solo concert this week in Barcelona, Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters took a moment to address the audience about the recent bombing of Syria. Waters said he was approached by someone before the concert who wanted to get onstage and speak on behalf of the White Helmets about the alleged chemical attacks in []

00:54

Education, not income, a better predictor of life expectancy Signs of the Times

Rising income and the subsequent improved standards of living have long been thought to be the most important factors contributing to a long and healthy life. However, new research from Wolfgang Lutz and Endale Kebede, from IIASA and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) has shown that instead, the level of education a person has is a much better predictor of life expectancy. In 1975, Samuel Preston developed the Preston Curve, which plotted the GDP per person on the horizontal axis against life expectancy on the vertical axis. The curve shows a clear but flattening upward trend in life expectancy with increasing GDP. The curves also shift upwards over time which has been explained by better healthcare. In 1985, John Caldwell and Pat Caldwell suggested instead that lowered mortality resulted from better female education. In their new paper, Lutz and Kebede used global data from 174 countries from 1970-2015 to test the two hypotheses. Whether income or education is more important for improving health and life expectancy is an important question for policymakers deciding where to direct funding.

00:54

Tucker Carlson on the Syria false flag: 'No chemical attack even happened' Signs of the Times

This is a major and massive embarrassment for POTUS Trump. Tucker Carlson interviews Peter Ford, a retired British diplomat who was ambassador to Bahrain from 1999-2003 and to Syria. Ford references recent facts as reported by The Duran, detailing how western journalists on the ground in Douma, Syria have seen zero indication of any type of chemical attack taking place. See here and here.

00:52

UFO or space reflection? Orb-like object spotted near NASA's International Space Station Signs of the Times

A video captured by NASA's International Space Station (ISS) live camera on Friday reveals what appears to be a 900-foot triangular UFO in the background. The object lurking behind the ISS first pops up as three twinkling lights in a triangular shape, disgorging into an orb-like object before slowly fading into darkness. The video was shared on popular YouTube conspiracy channel The Hidden Underbelly 2.0 on April 13. "This UFO appeared on live cam and spit out an orb that quickly came closer to the space station. As the orb left the main ship, it was visible. However, its systems seem to become activated after it left, because it soon cloaked," the YouTube description states.

00:50

Shark attack confirmed at Hua Hin beach in Thailand Signs of the Times

Thai authorities were on Wednesday (April 18) keeping a close watch on popular Hua Hin Beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan after it was confirmed that a Norwegian tourist was attacked by a shark there on Sunday. Officials had initially tried to pass off the man's severe leg injury as being a gash from sharp rocks, but Jatuporn Buruphat, deputy director general of the Marine and Coastal Resources Department, acknowledged at a press conference at Bangkok Hua Hin Hospital on Wednesday morning that the wound was caused by a shark, most likely a bull shark. The story changed after the abbot of Wat Tham Khao Tao released video showing four sharks swimming off the beach near his temple. The abbot warned that if no action was taken, someone could be killed.

00:43

Once Upon A Time Long Ago Truth Was Important The Daily Sheeple

I wonder how many people, not just Americans but those in other countries, have come to the conclusion that the United States today is a less free and less aware society than the societies in the dystopian novels of the 20th century or in movies such as The Matrix and V for Vendetta. Just as people in the dystopian novels had no idea of their real situation, few Americans do either.

What are we to make of the extraordinary war crimes committed by the United States in the 21st century that have destroyed in whole or part seven countries, resulting in millions of dead, maimed, orphaned, and displaced peoples? Consider, for example, the latest Washington war crime, the illegal attack on Syria. Instead of protesting this illegality, the American media egged it on, cheering impending death and destruction.

During the entirety of the 21st century, Israel, Washingtons only allyas contrasted with the European, Canadian, Australian, and Japanese vassal states of Washingtons empirehas continued with Washingtons support, protection, and encouragement the genocide of the Palestinian people. Essentially, all that is left of Palestine is a ghetto concentration camp known as Gaza which is routinely bombed by Israel using weapons and money supplied by Washington. When a bombing of Gaza is announced, Gods Chosen People take their lawn chairs and picnics up on a hill overlooking Gaza and applaud as the Israeli military murders women and children. This is Americas only ally.

The crimes committed by the US and Israel are horrific, but meet with little opposition. In contrast, an alleged attack in which 70 Syrians are alleged to have died sets in motion the wheels of war. It makes no sense whatsoever. Israel routinely bombs Syrian targets, killing Syrians, and the US arms and supports the rebels that the Obama regime sent to overthrow Assad, resulting in large numbers of dead Syrians. Why all of a sudden do 70 Syrians matter to Washington?

According to the Washington authorities, or to the presstitutes reports of their statements, two or three alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities were destroyed by Washingtons missile attack. Think about this for a minute. If Washington bombed or sent missiles into chemical weapons facilities, a vast cloud of lethal gas would have been released. The civilian casualties would be many times higher than the claimed 70 victims of Assads alleged and unsubstantiated chemical attack used as the pretext for the Trump regimes war crime against Syria. The...

00:40

Senator McCain in stable condition following surgery to treat intestinal infection Signs of the Times

US Senator John McCain, who is battling brain cancer, was in stable condition Monday after undergoing surgery to treat an infection, an aide said, adding that Senate colleagues have made frequent visits to see him. "On Sunday, Senator McCain was admitted to Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, and underwent surgery to treat an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis," spokeswoman Julie Tarallo said. McCain, 81, was diagnosed last year with an aggressive type of cancer, glioblastoma, after a brain tumor was discovered by doctors. It has led to a reduced role in Congress for the veteran lawmaker, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 and currently chairs the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee.

00:40

How I Peered Inside The Propaganda Machine Of Cambridge Analytica Fast Company

After sharing her findings with Parliament, one researcher describes her own effort to understand the scandal-plagued firm.

Emma L Briant is a senior lecturer in journalism, University of Essex. She is the author of Propaganda and Counterterrorism: Strategies for Global Change.

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00:29

Dead long-finned pilot whale found on shore of South Iceland Signs of the Times

The carcass of a dead long-finned pilot whale was discovered on Monday morning on the rocky shore near Stokkseyri village in South Iceland. The whale has been dead for several days, and is believed to have been lying on the beach for a while. The carcass was discovered by a local man, lafur Auunsson, who was walking along the shore when he spotted the whale. The whale is ca 6 m (20 ft) long. The fate of the carcass has not been decided. Stokkseyri and nearby Eyrarbakki are beautiful fishing villages, home to a couple of interesting museums, including the Eyrarbakki heritage museum, a beautiful small museum which provides a picture of life in the region throughout the centuries.

00:29

What is Happening to the Non-Intervention Norm? Duck of Minerva

This is a guest post by Betcy Jose, Assistant Professor at University of Colorado-Denver and author of Norm Contestation: Insights into Non-Conformity with Armed Conflict Norms. Follow her on Twitter.

After the recent strikes in Syria, Germanys Angela Merkel stated the intervention was, necessary and appropriate, to ensure the effectiveness of the international ban of chemical weapons use and to warn the Syrian regime of further violations.   UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres remarked,  A lack of accountability emboldens those who would use such weapons by providing them with the reassurance of impunity.   However, some members of the international community felt differently about the strikes.  Russia sponsored a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution condemning the strikes as a violation of the non-intervention norm which was rejected.

Did the missile strikes violate the non-intervention norm?   Article 2(4) of the UN Charter essentially permits two exceptions to the non-intervention norm, considered norms in their own right: violations occurring with UNSC approval and for self-defense.  None of the participating states made a self-defense argument. Neither did the intervention receive UNSC authorization. Thus, one could conclude that the intervention was inconsistent with the non-intervention norm and its exceptions.  So what then are we to make of statements like Merkels or the rejection of the above UNSC resolution?

Norms scholars would tell us that acceptance of norm violations or silence to them suggests weakening norms.  And if the violation engenders approval, it may also set the stage for new norm emergence. Support for the strikes suggests shifts in intersubjective agreement, shared and accepted understandings of the approp...

00:27

Freedom is Winning in the Encryption Arms Race The Fifth Column

(Garrison) At tax time in the US, as Gaurav Sangwani  of Indias Financial Express reports, many American cryptocurrency users werent interested in discussing that aspect of their lives with the Internal Revenue Service. In an early April TeamBlind survey of 2,600 people who earned money from crypto, 46% said they wouldnt be reporting those earnings to Uncle Sam. Meanwhile, per Investopedias Nathan Reiff, fewer than 100 of Credit Karma Taxs 250,000 most recent filers  had reported cryptocurrency transactions as of April 13.

Thats bad news for the IRS, but great news for America. People whose ancestors fought a revolution nearly 250 years ago on the slogan no taxation without representation are finally acquiring the weapons to fight a new revolution on a new slogan: No taxation without CONSENT.

Taxation as we know it is really nothing more than the typical mob protection racket: Nice livelihood you got there be a shame if anything happened to it. And since the birth of employer withholding during World War Two, the mobsters have mostly had it easy. They rake what they want right off the top of your paycheck and encourage you to think of any partial refund as a gift.

The racket has always had two weak points, though.

One is that its dependent on a model of employment centralized workplace, lots of employees, one employer thats increasingly giving way to a gig economy in which more and more people are becoming de facto self-employers.

The other is that its dependent on an easy access to personal information that once favored the mobsters but that has likewise been breaking down since the dawn of widely available Internet access.

Since the late 1980s, Americans have been engaged in an arms race with the federal government: Our strong encryption versus their attempts to compromise that encryption. Win some, lose some, but cryptocurrency is potentially our sides decisive super-weapon.

If you thought the perpetual whining from law enforcement about encryption was about fighting terrorism, think again. Its mostly about the money. Like other mobsters, politicians and their accomplices hate the idea of their rackets coming to an end.

Government will get much smaller and much less powerful once it has to ask nicely for a share of the wealth you produce, and justify the request, instead of just taking what it wants. That day draws closer as the percentage of people using cryptocurrency and declining to tell Uncle Sam about it grows.

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00:25

Trump Touts Good Relationship With North Korea Truthdig RSS

WASHINGTONPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and said a good relationship was formed heading into the adversaries anticipated summit.

Mike Pompeos highly unusual talks took place last week, Trump tweeted, and went smoothly, with details about the presidential meeting within the next few months being worked out now.

Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea! Trump wrote while at his Florida estate, where he was hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump had disclosed on Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea were holding direct talks at extremely high levels in preparation for a possible summit. He said five locations were under consideration for the meeting, which could take place by early June.

Confirmation of Pompeos trip later came from two officials, who were not authorized to discuss the meeting publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Washington Post, which first reported the development, said it took place over Easter weekend just over two weeks ago, shortly after Pompeo was nominated to become secretary of state.

Kims offer for a summit was initially conveyed to Trump by South Korea last month, and the president shocked many by accepting it. U.S. officials indicated over the past two weeks that North Koreas government had communicated directly with Washington that it was ready to discuss its nuclear weapons program.

It would be the first-ever summit between the U.S. and North Korea during more than six decades of hostility since the Korean War. North Koreas nuclear weapons and its capability to deliver them by ballistic missile pose a growing threat to the U.S. mainland.

The U.S. and North Korea do not have formal diplomatic relations, complicating the arrangements for contacts between the two governments. It is not unprecedented for U.S. intelligence officials to serve as a conduit for communication with Pyongyang.

In 2014, the then-director of U.S. national intelligence, James Clapper, secretly visited North Korea to bring back two American detainees.

China, North Koreas closest ally, said it welcomes direct contact and talks between the U.S. and North Korea after news emerged of Pompeos meeting with Kim.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing Wednesday that Beijing hopes the two sides will work on a political resolution of tensions on the Korean Peninsula and set up a peace mechanism. The Koreas are technically still in a state of war after fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.

At a Senate hearing last week on his nomination, Pompeo played down expectations for a breakthrough deal on ending North Koreas nu...

00:23

Mattis Wanted Congressional Approval Before Syria Strike, Was Overruled By Trump The Daily Sheeple

Confirming our report from Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis favored a more cautious approach to the Syria situation but was overruled by President Trump as well as other notable neocons interested in an immediate strike including brand new National Security Advisor John Bolton, administration officials told the New York Times.

Mr. Mattis pushed to get congressional authorization, according to people with knowledge of the internal debate. In several White House meetings last week, he underscored the importance of linking military operations to public support  a view Mr. Mattis has long held.

Mr. Trump, the officials said, wanted to be seen as backing up a series of bellicose tweets with action, but was warned that an overly aggressive response risked sparking a wider war with Russia.

Friday nights limited strikes on three targets, which lasted under two minutes, were the compromise. NYT

Bolton and Mattis were said to be duking it out over the Syria strikes on Friday with Mattis and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford reportedly concerned with managing escalation and preventing blowback on US troops, while John Bolton is known for getting very excited at the prospect of a good ole fashioned regime change.

In the end, Mattis prevailed in limiting the Friday night strikes to three targets which would avoid hitting Russian troops stationed at various military facilities throughout Syria. Democratically elected Syrian President Bashar al Assad moved fighter jets to said installations before the US-led strike, which also included the participation of the United Kingdom and France to give it an air of legitimacy.

Administration officials say that Trump wanted to hit Syria hard enough to appear aggressive, but not so hard that it would prompt Russi...

00:22

Lightning bolt kills 6, injures 17 in Negros Occidental, Philippines Signs of the Times

Six people, including 5 children, were killed when lightning struck a truck they had taken shelter in during a downpour in Barangay Manlocajoc in Sipalay City on Wednesday, April 18. Police said 17 others were injured by the lightning strike. Killed were Seminion siblings Charlyn, 12; Rose Ann, 12; Arbiel, 10; and May-An, 9. Also killed were Mery Tejoc, 35; and Mariel Montesino, 12.

00:17

US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria MintPress News

BEIRUT The U.S., the U.K. and France fired over 100 cruise missiles at mostly empty Syrian military storage facilities as well as a research facility on Saturday morning local time. The attacks took place the night before investigators from the OPCW were scheduled to begin investigating the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma. The timing is concerning, as the alleged chemical weapons attack was the pretext for the recent strikes targeting Syria.  

The evidence or lack thereof is eerily similar to that pertaining to the events that eventually led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which was justified using baseless humanitarian accusations that asserted that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Using a similar pretext, these three colonial powers have again joined forces to illegally and unilaterally strike a sovereign nation without any proper investigation or evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the alleged attack in Douma on April 7.

Instead, the court of public opinion is being manipulated through propaganda and the corporate media to convict Syria of a heinous crime based on a single video produced by the British- and USAID-funded White Helmets:

 

Conflicting narratives

Hours before the strikes took place, Russia accused the U.K. of being directly involved in the creation of the dubious video published by the White Helmets. Less than a month prior, ...

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Black Panther to Mark Opening of Saudi Cinemas Truthdig RSS

RIYADH, Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia is to hold a private screening on Wednesday of the Hollywood blockbuster Black Panther to herald the launch of movie theaters in the kingdom that are expected to open to the public as early as next month.

Authorities are planning an invitation-only screening of the movie in a concert hall converted into a cinema complex in the capital, Riyadh. The screening will be followed by a rush to build movie theaters in major cities.

The Saudi government has dubbed Wednesdays event as the showing of the first commercial film in the kingdom after more than 35 years.

This is a landmark moment in the transformation of Saudi Arabia into a more vibrant economy and society, Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Alawwad said in statement ahead of the screening.

Its a stark reversal for a county where public movie screenings were banned in the 1980s during a wave of ultraconservatism that swept Saudi Arabia. Many Saudi clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt and Lebanon as sinful.

Despite decades of ultraconservative dogma, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has sought to ram through a number of major social reforms with support from his father, King Salman.

The crown prince is behind measures such as lifting a ban on women driving that will go into effect this summer, and bringing back concerts and other forms of entertainment to satiate the desires of the countrys majority young population. The social push by the 32-year-old heir to the throne is part of his so-called Vision 2030, a blueprint for the country that aims to boost local spending and create jobs amid sustained lower oil prices.

The Saudi government projects that the opening of movie theatres will contribute more than 90 billion riyals ($24 billion) to the economy and create more than 30,000 jobs by 2030. The kingdom says there will be 300 cinemas with around 2,000 screens built by 2030.

Over the past several years, Saudi Arabia has gradually been loosening restrictions on movie screenings, with local film festivals and screenings in makeshift theaters. For the most part, though, Saudis who wanted to watch a film in a movie theater would have to drive to nearby Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates for weekend trips to the cinema.

In the 1970s, there were informal movie screenings but the experience could be interrupted by the countrys religious police, whose powers have since been curbed.

Saudi writer and dissident Jamal Khashoggi describes the theaters of the 1970s as being like American drive-ins, except much more informal. In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, he wrote that to avoid being arrested at one of these screenings in Medina, a friend of his broke his leg jumping off a wall to escape the religious police.

By the 1980s, movie screenings were larg...

00:01

Why All Diabetics Should Know About Turmeric Wake Up World

April 19th, 2018 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World Many diabetics already know about the benefits of a low-glycemic diet and the need for regular exercise, but why havent they heard about turmeric, one of the worlds most extensively researched anti-diabetic plants? A recent literature review published in the International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, titled Anti-Hyperglycemic Effect []

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23:44

Strange loud bang heard over Wirral, Liverpool, UK Signs of the Times

Dozens of people took to social media to express their shock at hearing a loud bang across Merseyside this morning. The huge boom was heard as far and wide as Bootle and Wirral, with some New Brighton residents saying their homes shook. One woman described how her neighbours had all peered out of their windows and left their houses to check for the source of the noise. She said when she heard and felt the bang, she thought a car had driven into her home.

23:23

Rebag opens its second NYC store as the luxury resale market blows up Fast Company

Theres a big shift happening in the world of luxury fashion. Over the last few years, a wave of startups has used the internet to make it easier for consumers to buy previously owned products. But in a strange twist, many of these online resale platforms are now opening brick-and-mortar stores. Case in point: Today,

Theres a big shift happening in the world of luxury fashion. Over the last few years, a wave of startups has used the internet to make it easier for consumers to buy previously owned products. But in a strange twist, many of these online resale platforms are now opening brick-and-mortar stores. Case in point: Today, Rebag, a four-year-old startup, opens its second permanent retail location on Madison Avenue, after launching its first flagship location in Soho last year. 

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23:11

This womens pilot bill could create more heroes like Tammie Jo Shults Fast Company

When the engine on a Southwest Airlines exploded, Tammie Jo Shults jumped into action. The Navy-trained pilot calmly took the Boeing 737 into a steep descent and made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Shultss bravery and nerves of steel make her a standout pilot, but the simple fact that she is a woman pilot at a

When the engine on a Southwest Airlines exploded, Tammie Jo Shults jumped into action. The Navy-trained pilot calmly took the Boeing 737 into a steep descent and made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Shultss bravery and nerves of steel make her a standout pilot, but the simple fact that she is a woman pilot at a commercial airline also makes her an outlier.

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23:05

Wyoming School District OKs Armed Staff Truthdig RSS

CHEYENNE, Wyo.The Wyoming school district where U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos suggested that teachers might need to be armed to protect children from grizzly bears voted Tuesday on doing just that, though concerns about school shootings worry parents more than the possibility of big bruins on the prowl.

The 4-2 vote by the Park County School District No. 6 board in the town of Cody near Yellowstone National Park came after more than six months of discussion and debate. Under the proposed policy, school employees would need to have at least 24 hours of initial firearms training and annual recertification to carry concealed guns at school.

Unfortunately we have people in our country who want to cause harm to students and at some point you have to respond to that threat. And thats what this board decided to do with the policy they adopted, said Superintendent Ray Schulte.

The policy was up for a final vote after passing two earlier votes 5-2.

Nationwide, some districts are discussing arming teachers not with guns but buckets of rocks (Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania) and tiny baseball bats (Erie, Pennsylvania). But in some rural areas including much of Texas, school officials have been quietly arming teachers for years.

A February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 people but didnt really change minds in northwest Wyoming about whether to arm teachers, parents said.

I think people are really entrenched, said Yancy Bonner, an opponent of arming teachers who said she may remove her fifth-grade daughter from the school district.

In January 2017, DeVos said during her confirmation hearings that elementary school teachers in Wapiti, a small community about a half-hour drive from Cody where DeVos family owns land, might already be armed against grizzlies.

They werent and the remark drew widespread ridicule despite being rooted in a measure of fact. Grizzlies descend from the Absaroka Range into Wapiti and other areas near Cody in search of habitat and food. A tall fence surrounds the Wapiti school grounds to keep bears out.

DeVos comments did not come up during Tuesday nights discussion, according to a reporter for The Cody Enterprise.

It doesnt have anything to do with grizzly bears, Schulte said. It has to do with the Wyoming Legislature.

The Wyoming Legislature, which passes gun-friendly legislation almost every year, passed a bill in 2017 letting school districts decide whether to allow teachers and other employees to carry concealed weapons. Republican Gov. Matt Mead signed the bill into law and schools in the city of Evanston in March become Wyomings first to allow armed teachers.

Tuesdays vote happened in Park County, which has one of the biggest gun museums in the U.S. and plenty of h...

23:00

Digitizing Curbs Would Help AVs (And Humans) Navigate Our Cities Fast Company

In many cities, distinguishing between parking spaces, loading zones, and passenger drop-off sites is headache-inducing (and complicated for AI to understand). This new digital tool that maps curb use in real time will help.

Curbs are perhaps the most underrated part of urban infrastructure. Mostly, you just step over them or walk alongside them. Only rarely do they register, except perhaps when youre trying to navigate a suitcase, a stroller, or a wheelchair over them.

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22:56

Legal abortion in Argentina? A long shot is suddenly within reach (Daniel Politi) Tlaxcala

18/04/2018 - BUENOS AIRES Luca Bulat, a 19-year-old medical student, was dancing on the steps of the congressional palace in Buenos Aires as she looked out on a crowd of abortion rights demonstrators ...

22:56

A 1991 Book Predicted the Connection Between Mass Shootings and Public Demand for Gun Control Waking Times

Isaac Davis, Staff Writer
Waking Times

The American public is being triggered to fear scary black assault rifles, and in the wake of school shootings and mass shootings, many are demanding the revocation of their 2nd Amendment rights. Nearly 30 years ago, though, one of the greatest conspiracy books of all time accurately predicted these exact events, indicating that the public has been programmed, and that the current outrage against firearms is manufactured.

William Bill Cooper died in a shootout with Sheriffs deputies at his home in Arizona after vowing never to be taken alive by the state. He was rabid in his views that the United States was being taken over by hostile internal and global forces. What today many are calling the Deep State.

In his career as a UFOlogist and alternative researcher Cooper developed a number of theories relating to the globalist takeover of the United States, the end of American sovereignty, and the global depopulation agenda carried out with HIV, vaccines and by other means.

He was one of the forefathers of the modern American conspiracy theory movement, and say what you will about individuals like this, but their work is often deeply rooted in research and backed up by substantial evidence, which is why the mainstream works overtime to keep these views away from the general public.

However, so much of the work of conspiracy theorists accurately explains the state of the world today, meaning that to discount them as fringe is a vast disservice to the preservation of liberty. Cooper is well-known for his sprawling book, Behold a Pale Horse, which was first published in 1991, and while the book contains a great deal of information, a short passage in chapter 12, The Secret Government, speaks directly about the gun...

22:47

US 'think tanks' funded by defense companies that lobby for war - and how threats against Syria are good for the stock market Signs of the Times

When US President Donald Trump fired a barrage of Tomahawk missiles at Syrian government targets last week, it was a good day for defense contractors, at least. In the aftermath of the strike, which Trump claimed was in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government, stocks in Tomahawk missile manufacturer Raytheon surged. Raytheon stock has climbed more than 18 percent in 2018 so far. In fact, stocks in defense companies have been climbing in general since Trump entered office promising "historic" increases in military spending. Almost a year ago to the day, Trump delivered another bump to the defense companies after attacking Syrian government positions for the first time - also in response to an alleged chemical attack, evidence for which remains in question.

22:39

I Downloaded a Copy of my Facebook Data Blog Baladi

I recently saw an article on the NYTimes where the author downloaded all the information that Facebook has on him and shared his thoughts on it. I had never noticed that download option to be honest so I thought of giving it a try and seeing what Facebook has on me.

The download link was around 700MB and includes a folder with several subfolders and files. I opened first the images and videos and found a couple that I had totally forgotten about and that Im glad are in a private group then I opened the index file which is a raw data set of all your FB account and there were some shocking findings there.

Under interests, I had Ecovillage, Hot Girls Wanted, Banque du Liban. I have no idea where that Hot Girls Wanted came from and I couldnt even find a section to edit my interests. The pokes, even though irrelevant, only show pokes dating back to 2017 (I was a big poker when that trend started ), and I also found several weird pages I apparently liked at some point and some apps I downloaded, such as Sweepz Sweepstakes (no idea what that is) and Food Fight!.

The other section has unfortunately the largest amount of groups & pages Ive liked and interacted with for some reason, while the apps section had all the apps Ive used on my phones and signed in using Facebook. What I didnt understand though is how all my contacts got to Facebook, noting that I didnt sync any of my phones to my FB account. I am not sure if theres some link between my Google account or one of my phones. On the iPhone, theres no Contacts & calendar option under Facebook and on my Android I am not syncing any contacts to Facebook.

For those interested in downloading all their FB info, go to Settings and click on Download a copy of your Facebook data.

22:34

Erosion May Be a Carbon Source, Study Suggests Truthdig RSS

Researchers have challenged one of the few certainties of earth and climate history: the link between erosion and the drawdown of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

For decades, it has been a given that heavy rainfall on steep mountain slopes is likely to chemically weather the exposed rock and precipitate a chemical reaction that ends with carbonate minerals on the ground and with less of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

So geochemistry and the weather between them help moderate the planets climate.

But geologists and oceanographers who took another and closer look at the process in action in the central mountains of Taiwan, hammered by three or more major typhoons each year say they are not so sure.

They report in the journal Science that the same erosion process could be a source of carbon dioxide, releasing it into the atmosphere far faster that it can be absorbed by the newly exposed rock.

And the agency at work in this unexpected process could be biology: the researchers found evidence that tiny microbes in the mountain soils were consuming sources of organic carbon trapped in the rock, and releasing CO2 into the atmosphere.

On the face of it, the process may not be severe enough to upset the global calculations that add up to what climate scientists call the carbon budget the annual traffic of carbon in the form of greenhouse gases from atmosphere to living things and then into the rocks and oceans  but it is yet another reminder that the climate machinery is still incompletely understood.

This goes against a long-standing hypothesis that more mountains mean more erosion and weathering which means an added reduction of CO2. It turns out its much more complicated than that, said Jordon Hemingway, of Harvard University, who led the study.

The Earths crust, powered by heat from the mantle below, is permanently in a state of levelling and reconstruction: powerful subterranean forces build mountains and the steady attrition of wind and rain immediately begin the process of wearing them down.

Complicated Picture

But mountains are part of the climate machine. There is a theory that the rising of the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau provided the barrier that made the South Asian monsoons possible, and a secondary theory that the increased rainfall on the freshly raised mountain slopes weathered so much rock that the planets levels of atmospheric carbon dio...

22:26

Doing Assad's job: OPCW report says Syria planned to demolish building US missiles destroyed Signs of the Times

A 2017 OPCW report says Syrians were cooperating in the process of demolishing the Barzah facility -- the main target of Trump's attack. Instead Trump fired seventy-six $1.9 million Tomahawks at them (so says Pentagon). The main target of Trump's latest Syria strike, that according to the US no fewer than 76 of the 105 total cruise missiles were fired at - was going to be demolished anyway: "In a report issued just in March of this year, OPCW confirms the Syrian government was cooperating in the process of demolishing the facility."

22:24

Cardi B is rightBernie Sanders Fast Company

Chocolate and peanut butter. Peanut butter and jelly. Scorsese and De Niro. (Or DiCaprio for that matter.) Some things just go so well together, its as though they were always meant to be that way. Add to the above list the blossoming mutual admiration between Bernie Sanders and Cardi B. The venerable Vermont senator and

Chocolate and peanut butter. Peanut butter and jelly. Scorsese and De Niro. (Or DiCaprio for that matter.) Some things just go so well together, its as though they were always meant to be that way.

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22:24

Locked and Loaded: What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria? MintPress News

DAMASCUS, SYRIA Though U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis called the recent strikes targeting Syria a one-time shot, recent evidence suggests that the U.S. will likely strike Syria again in the coming weeks and months. Indeed, after the U.S. along with the U.K. and France chose to attack Syria based on evidence from social media and YouTube purporting to show a chemical weapons attack, U.S. officials warned that the U.S. would not hesitate to attack Syria again if similar evidence suggesting Syrian government use of chemical weapons were to emerge, regardless of how flimsy or controversial such evidence might be.

I spoke to President Trump this morning and he said if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded, stated U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley this past Sunday.

As several analysts have noted, this essentially flings open the door for rebel groups throughout Syria to stage chemical-weapons attacks, knowing that even a single YouTube video will be enough to trigger a military response from the United States that would benefit the rebels bid to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In the wake of the recent strikes, rebel groups chided the U.S. for doing insufficient damage to the Assad-led government, calling the strikes a farce. Surely, the rebels would consider staging a chemical-weapons attack if it would result in a much more significant strike targeting the Syrian military and government.

Such actions on the part of the rebels would not be unprecedented. For instance, recently released information as well as the testimony of Western journalists on t...

22:23

BREAKING: Failed U.S Raid Cover Up Exposed By Survivor Who Lost 11 Family Members We Are Change

In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on a failed U.S raid that was covered up but exposed by this interview, from a person who lost 11 of his family members during it. This is an important story about Africa and the world as it sheds truth that the media wont admit to.

Our travel to Mogadishu, Somalia with Jeff Berwick, the Dollar Vigilante was very eye-opening and only possible because of you, the views, shares and donations, so thank you so much!

You can watch this video on DTube here.

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22:17

Theres unusual surveillance activity around D.C. and senators want answers Fast Company

In a story straight out of Spy vs Spy, unusual cellular activity has been detected around Capitol Hill, and now four U.S. Senators want some answers. A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Homeland Security asking for details about the cellular activity. The surveillance activity is akin to so-called stingrays that are used

In a story straight out of Spy vs Spy, unusual cellular activity has been detected around Capitol Hill, and now four U.S. Senators want some answers.

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22:16

Is there evidence that our meat-sweet diets play a cause-and-effect role in dementia? Health Nut News

In the video below, Dr. Greger discusses what the science says about the role diet plays in our brain health. This quick video is a must for anyone who is aging or dealing with a relative in the beginning stages of dementia or Alzheimers Disease.  RELATED STORY: This vegetable puts the brakes on beta-amyloid and Alzheimers

22:15

Donald Trump: We Are Leaving Syria Public Intelligence Blog

President Donald Trump

Trumps Syria withdrawal plan: Arab occupational force and Arabs will pay for it report

Phi Beta Iota: Robert Steele nailed it on Korea months before crap news media; Syria is next. Then domestic purge and financial reboot, perhaps with a debt jubilee, and finally the end of Zionism in America and  the end of US support for Zionist genocide against Palestine. It will take two terms but the tide has turned.

22:13

13 million displaced Syrians reside in these 11 countries Signs of the Times

America's seven year regime change war on Syria has left nearly 13 million people displaced, and without a home. Unfortunately, US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has signaled that instead of simply disengaging from a disastrous policy in Syria, the United States plans on doubling down, by keeping occupation forces within Syria for the indefinite future.

22:10

Market Talk- April 18, 2018 Armstrong Economics

Wall Streets euphoria spilled-over into Asia with many markets making gains. The one outsider today was the SENSEX which closed marginally lower -0.2%, breaking its recent winning streak. We continue to see the INR trade weaker against the dollar and now is heading for levels not seen since late September 2017. The majority of the day traded in positive territory and was the last hour that saw some profit taking into the close. However, away from India we saw healthy gains for Japan, China, Australia and the KOPSI after news of constructive North/South talks. The Nikkei gained +1.4% following a weaker Yen helping exporters, but to be fair did see a broad based rally. A healthy +0.75% days return for both Shanghai and the Hang Seng following yesterdays RRR rate reduction but also aided by positive sentiment coming from a strong US session.

Europe was a mixed bag today with the DAX barely managing to break into positive ground, whilst the CAC and FTSE increased +0.5% and +1.25% respectively. Economic data helped some whilst hindering others. The Auto sector was a real drag for Germany (lowest in 5yrs), but commodity rallies helped the FTSE. GBP had a poor day after inflation numbers dropped from the 2.7% down to 2.5% and Sterling broke below the 1.42 level resulting in a near 1% fall from yesterdays highs. European numbers actually beat forecasts, but failed to break the previous release. Energy prices were a huge boost today especially when we saw gains in-excess of 3%.

Although futures indications were positive ahead of the opening bell, values took a while to actually see the DOW make ground. The NASDAQ and S+P both were prepared to run but the large industrials were not convinced. Earnings have been releasing better than expected, but the currency increasing is having a marginal tug on equity gains. Confidence is improving as noted by the FEDs Beige book even after the IMFs warning of global growth announced yesterday. The DXY is holding recent gains which is supporting the talk of capital flowing into the US.

Japan 0.03%, US 2s closed 2.43% (+4bp), 10s 2.87 (+4bp), 30s 3.06% (+4bp), Bunds 0.53% (+3bp), France 0.74% (+1bp), Italy 1.71% (-4bp), Greece 3.95% (-2bp), Turkey 12.32% (-35bp), Portugal...

22:00

Mongoose: Why and How Feds Sell Out to Deep State Cabal Public Intelligence Blog

Mongoose

Why do so many Feds sell out to Ruling Cabal?

Phi Beta Iota: Article is very good but mis-titled. Only 10% of the Feds (at the executive level generally) are sell-outs. The 10% that try to clean house get stomped on hard to the point of being fired, bankrupted, and if necessary, suicided. Good news: the tide has turned. Whistle-blowers backed by Trump are ascendant. Also the crypto-billionaires and a tiny handful of traditional billionaires are coming together Trump has been offered private funding for the wall, private funding for a truth channel that displaces #GoogleGestapo, and private funding to mobilize 22 million veterans and bring the 50% that do not vote back into the electoral process where reforms will terminate, among other evils, electronic voting machines that are rigged before the first vote is cast.

22:00

New Grads: Heres How To Discuss Your Classwork In Job Interviews Fast Company

Your history PhD might not seem relevant to your dream marketing internship, but it can be if you know how to frame it.

In college you studied the impact of Soviet monetary policy in the Baltic states during the Cold War and find it absolutely fascinating. Sadly, prospective employers might not find it very relevant.

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22:00

UK Government Overlooks Russian Mobs Use of Novichok for Assassination MintPress News

For weeks, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have insisted that there is no alternative explanation to Russian government responsibility for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last month.

But in fact, the British government is well aware that such an alternative explanation does exist. It is based on the well-documented fact that the Novichok nerve agent synthesized by Soviet scientists in the 1980s had been sold by the scientistwho led the development of the nerve agent to individuals linked to Russian criminal organizations as long ago as 1994 and was used to kill a Russian banker in 1995.

The connection between the Novichok nerve agent and a previous murder linked to the murky Russian criminal underworld would account for the facts of the Salisbury poisoning far better than the official line that it was a Russian government assassination attempt.

The credibility of the May governments attempt to blame it on Russian President Vladimir Putin has suffered because of Yulia Skripals relatively rapid recovery, the apparent improvement of Sergei Skripals condition and a medical specialists statement that the Skripals had exhibited no symptoms of nerve agent poisoning.

 

How a Crime Syndicate Got Nerve Agent

The highly independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta has published a detailed account of how Russian organized crime figures obtained nerve agent in 1994 from Leonid Rink, the head of the former Soviet government laboratory that had synthesized it.

The newspaper gleaned the information about the transaction from Rinks court testimony in the 1995 murder of prominent banker Ivan Kivelidi, the leader of the Russian Entrepreneurs Round Table, an organization engaged in a conflict with a powerful group of directors of state-owned enterprises.


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21:59

The U.S. China Tariff Dispute Is Really About Protecting US Global Corporate Dominance MintPress News

There is a lot of concern over the possibility of a trade war between China and the U.S. In early April, President Trump announced that his administration was considering levying $100 billion of additional tariffs on Chinese exports, after the Chinese government responded to a previously proposed U.S. tariff hike on Chinese goods of $50 billion by announcing its own equivalent tariff hikes on U.S. exports. And the Chinese government has made clear it will again respond in kind if these new tariffs are actually imposed.

So, whats it all about?

To this point, it is worth emphasizing that no new tariffs have in fact been levied, by either the U.S. or Chinese governments. The first round of announced U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods are still subject to a public comment period before becoming effective, and the content of the second round has yet to be formally decided upon. Thus, both countries have time to back away from their threats.

Also significant is the fact that both countries are being careful about the products they are threatening to tax. For example, the Trump administration has carefully avoided talking about placing tariffs on computers or cell phones, two of the biggest U.S. imports from China. The U.S. has also refrained from putting tariffs on clothing, shoes, and furniture, also major imports from China.

It is not hard to guess the reason why: These goods are produced as part of multinational corporate-controlled production and marketing networks that operate under the direction of leading U.S. corporations like Dell, Apple, and Walmart. Taxing these goods would threaten corporate profitability. As a former commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission pointed out: It seems that the U.S. trade representative was very much aware of the global value chains in keeping some of these items off the list.

The Chinese government, for its part, as been equally careful. For example, it put smaller planes on its proposed tariff list while exempting the larger planes made by Boeing.

Although the media largely echoes President Trumps claim that his tariff threats directed at China are all about trying to reduce the large U.S. trade deficit with China in order to save high paying manufacturing jobs and revitalize U.S. manufacturing, the president really has a far narrower aimthat is to protect the monopoly position and profits of dominant U.S. corporations. The shorthand phrase for this is the protection of intellectual property rights. As Trump tweeted in March: The U.S. is acting swiftly on Intellectual Property theft. We cannot allow this to happen as it has for many ye...

21:55

Financial Industry to Rake in $250 Billion From Trumps Corporate Tax Cuts MintPress News

Its no secret that corporations and the very rich were the main beneficiaries of the Trump tax legislation passed late last year. But whats less known is that the financial industry was the single biggest target of the largesse. One private equity fund manager, Stephen Schwarzman, stands to make roughly $100 million from President Trumps failure to close the carried interest loophole alone.

The financial industry gave a lot of money to lawmakers to get their tax bonanza. During the 2015-16 election cycle, Wall Street banks and financial interests spent more than $2 billion to influence decision-making in Washington. That works out to more than $2.7 million a day, and over $3.7 million per member of Congress. The industry has spent nearly twice the amount of any other industry on campaign contributions in the 2017-2018 electoral cycle so far. Private funds also upped the ante: private equity firms and hedge funds spent over $54 million in 2017 to preserve carried interest, their favorite loophole.

Political spending is not the end of the story. The Trump administration also appointed over a dozen former Goldman Sachs executives and finance bros to help make tax and regulatory policy that works for Wall Street, among them Steven Mnuchin, Gary Cohn, Keith Noreika, Joseph Otting, Randal Quarles, and Wilbur Ross.

To no ones surprise, there were a lot of presents for Wall Street in the Trump tax legislation. The finance industry overall was the biggest beneficiary of corporate tax cuts, and is expected to take in $250 billion from the corporate income tax cut alone over next decade, an amount that could fund 300,000 elementary school teachers or 6,000 teachers per state for 10 years.

Private equity funds stand to rake in $19 billion over 10 years from the Trump Tax leaving the carried interest loophole intact. Big real estate developers and real estate investment trusts (REITs) like the Trump Organization and Kushner Companies got a massive giveaway thanks to the pass-through business tax cut. Just this week, we learned that Bank of America paid half a billion dollars less in taxes just in the first quarter of this year.

Ever the polite birthday boys, they sent out thank you notes after the party. The Koch brothers spent millions to pass the corporate tax cuts, and just 13 days after the TCJA passed in December, they sent a $500,000 check to its architect, outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, and a $474,000 check to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

But this rigging of the tax code so the donor class can pocket Americas wealth is not inevitable. Even though Kochs and others are spending billions on ads to sell the tax legisl...

21:53

Drones Will Soon Use Artificial Intelligence to Decide Who to Kill MintPress News

The US Army recently announced that it is developing the first drones that can spot and target vehicles and people using artificial intelligence (AI). This is a big step forward. Whereas current military drones are still controlled by people, this new technology will decide who to kill with almost no human involvement.

Once complete, these drones will represent the ultimate militarisation of AI and trigger vast legal and ethical implications for wider society. There is a chance that warfare will move from fighting to extermination, losing any semblance of humanity in the process. At the same time, it could widen the sphere of warfare so that the companies, engineers and scientists building AI become valid military targets.

Existing lethal military drones like the MQ-9 Reaper are carefully controlled and piloted via satellite. If a pilot drops a bomb or fires a missile, a human sensor operator actively guides it onto the chosen target using a laser.

Ultimately, the crew has the final ethical, legal and operational responsibility for killing designated human targets. As one Reaper operator states: I am very much of the mindset that I would allow an insurgent, however important a target, to get away rather than take a risky shot that might kill civilians.

Even with these drone killings, human emotions, judgements and ethics have always remained at the centre of war. The existence of mental trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among drone operators shows the psychological impact of remote killing.

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21:49

Philip Defranco Screwed By YouTube? Another STRIKE! Cohan Exposed Sean Hannity We Are Change

In this video, we give you the latest breaking news on Phillip Defranco just releasing a video called, Tired Frustrated But Also Excited in which he goes over his frustrations with YouTube. We go over there being another STRIKE by a major U.S ally. We also look at the crazy situation with Michael Cohan recently exposing Sean Hannity as his client, following an FBI raid of his office to look into the Stormy Daniels case.

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21:47

Volkswagen pollution scandal continues Dear Kitty. Some blog

This Euronews video says about itself:

Volkswagen denies Porsche cars involved in emissions scandal

2 November 2015

German car maker Volkswagen has denied cheating air pollution tests with its luxury diesel vehicles as well as its smaller engines.

It follows new accusations by the US government that VW has been economical with the truth. If proven it drags VWs Porsche line into the scandal for the first time.

Now, over two years later, there is more information about what the Volkswagen bosses denial about Porsche is worth.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Massive police raid at Porsche due to diesel scandal

Today, 11:36

Adapted at 12:02

At Porsche in southern Germany, police have done several raids this morning.

Ironically, in quite some countries, police forces buy cars made by Porsche and the rest of the Volkswagen corporation.

Like other automakers, the sports car manufacturer Porsche is said to have...

21:45

Norie Huddle: Curing Patients Is Not a Sustainable Business Model Public Intelligence Blog

Norie Huddle

Goldman Sachs Analyst: Curing Patients Not a Sustainable Medical Business Model

Phi Beta Iota: A healthy society not only kills the existing fraudulent medical-pharmaceutical industry, but definition it also kills the poisonous agricultural and manufacturing industries. Legalizing cannabis oil is the single biggest good President Trump could direct. Creating an Open Source Agency that documents true cost economics of everything would kills off the rest of the Deep States cash flow cows.

21:38

Comey blames Obama & Lynch for 'setting up' FBI during Clinton investigation Signs of the Times

In his new book, former FBI director James Comey blames President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch for "setting up" his bureau amid the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email affair. In the book, Comey writes that President Obama "jeopardized the Department of Justice's credibility," by referring to Clinton's use of a private email server as a "mistake," according to an advance copy obtained by the Washington Examiner. Obama appeared on Fox News in 2016, and said that Clinton may have been careless but did not do anything to intentionally harm national security. "President Obama is a very smart man who understands the law very well," wrote Comey. "To this day, I don't know why he spoke about the case publicly and seemed to absolve her before a final determination was made."

21:37

Zuckerberg's ex-speechwriter: Mark frequently declared 'domination!' & 'companies over countries' during meetings Signs of the Times

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's former speechwriter has claimed he used to declare, "domination!" and "companies over countries" during company meetings. Kate Losse, who worked as Zuckerberg's speechwriter and blog writer between 2009 and 2011, claimed in an article for Vox that the Facebook CEO would "raise his fist with a slight smile and say, 'Domination!' as a way of closing out our weekly Friday all-hands meeting." "The idea of 'domination' seemed as much a half-serious, half-joking fantasy as a hard-set mission," declared Losse, who added that eventually, "the idea of domination started to become plausible."

21:25

Efforts to defeat malaria flatlining as disease resurges in Africa RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

The fight against malaria is stagnating, said health experts ahead of a London meeting convened by the Malaria No More group.

21:18

Boom and bust cycle of deep-sea trawling unsustainable, study finds RSS feed from www.oneworld.org

Deep-sea trawling can be extremely destructive for fish populations, while providing minimal economic benefits, say researchers.

21:00

Twitter users launch mockery competition after Macron claims he is 'equal to Putin' Signs of the Times

Twitter users are trying to outshine each other as they mock French President Emmanuel Macron over his reported remark that he is "an equal" to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. On Sunday, Macron was interviewed on the results of his first year in office by RMC radio host Jean-Jacques Bourdin and Edwy Plenel of the website Mediapart.

21:00

How To Stand Out On Your First Day Of A New Job Fast Company

Of course you should take it seriously, but you dont have to worry about proving yourself on day one.

Starting a new job is a day youll remember, and you want your boss and coworkers to remember you, too. While it sounds counterintuitive, the best way to make a great a first impression is to relax, says Keith Rollag, professor of management at Babson College and author of What to Do When Youre New.

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