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14/12/2017 - Israeli army planes sprayed, Wednesday 29 November, Palestinian farmland in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip, with toxins and chemicals, wounding three Palestinians. Medical sources in Gaza said the ...
14/12/2017 - Ever since the Rajbi family home was demolished by Israeli authorities two weeks ago, the children have been staying with relatives, while the father sleeps in a tin hut next to the rubble. This ...
14/12/2017 - You gotta remember, establishment, its just a name for evil. The monster doesnt care whether it kills all the students or whether theres a revolution. Its not thinking ...
14/12/2017 - The final elimination of Isis in Iraq and Syria is close, but welcome though the defeat of these monstrous movements may be, it has only been achieved at the cost of great destruction ...
14/12/2017 - A rabbi urged Israeli occupation forces to finish off wounded Palestinians who carry out resistance attacks and to refrain from providing them with medical treatment or first aid, leaving ...
13/12/2017 - Soldiers collected residents' identity cards and held two for questioning for two hours. Army says it conducted checks after receiving intelligence information People watch as the unrecognized Bedouin ...
13/12/2017 - Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah's speech on December 7th, 2017, following Donald Trump's decision to recognize Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel Transcript [...] The ...
A 'possessed' teenager has undergone a violent 'exorcism' after she was claimed to be possessed by an evil spirit. A chilling video shows a man performing a 'ritual of healing' on the teenage student in a school in Argentina. There had been reports several teens at the school had been taken over by demons following a number of 'strange manifestations'.
A woman was saved by a heroic bus driver while being attacked by a Tibetan Mastiff in the middle of a road in east China. CCTV footage captured the moment the driver fended off the dangerous dog with a fire extinguisher. The woman and the driver have been taken to hospital by onlookers, and the dog is still at large. According to The Paper, Ms Song saw a Tibetan Mastiff wandering in the middle of the traffic on her way back home in Zibo, Shandong Province. The canine, usually favoured by rich Chinese people, started to attack her when it spotted her at the lane barriers. Surveillance video shows the dog pounces onto Ms Song suddenly and attacks her.
More and more religious schools are failing to meet the government's minimum requirements, according to the UK education watchdog. Some students are being taught sexist and solely religious texts in lieu of basic math and English. The Ofsted Annual Report 2016/17 has shone a light on the dank, squalid conditions experienced at some of Britain's independent religious schools. "There has been a sharp decline in inspection outcomes for other independent schools and in particular schools with a faith. Almost half of faith schools (49 percent) were judged less than good at their most recent inspection and over a quarter (26 percent) were inadequate," the report states. "The most basic checks, such as whether staff were suitable to work with children, were not in place," it revealed. "Perhaps more significantly, in a handful of schools inspectors found instances of sexist and sectarian literature." The report also shows that a rising number of religious schools are actively undermining British values in their teachings. Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman told the Daily Mail that in some parts of the country "shared values and tolerance clash with community expectations."
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to repeal internet regulations Wednesday that the agency imposed in 2015, signaling a culmination to a long-winded and highly heated debate.
Net neutrality an amorphous concept generally meaning all internet traffic should be treated equally has been fiercely contested in recent years, increasing in intensity over recent months. Specifically, the best way to enforce net neutrality, or ensure that internet service providers (ISPs) dont partake in unfair practices, is the crux of the policy dispute.
Proponents of the net neutrality rules imposed by former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler argue that placing the government at the center of the internet is needed to ensure wireless carriers like Comcast and Verizon dont triage consumers by offering different services with varying speeds, also known as fast lanes. They further contend that the regulations are integral to preventing content owners (think Netflix and Hulu) from paying broadband providers to cut to the front of the line at congested nodes of internet traffic, also known as paid prioritization. Such corporations could also conceivably favor their own content over that of others in what sometimes is called vertical prioritization.
Say, for example, Comcast wanted to encourage its customers to use its On-Demand platform for entertainment viewing purposes, it may slow Netflixs streaming capabilities. Thus far, there has been minimal evidence of ISPs engaging in throttling or paid prioritization. Yet, advocates of the rules argue that it will likely occur prevalently, especially as the internet ecosystem becomes even more complex.
To enforce the rules, Wheeler made the internet a public utility, like water or electricity, under the Title II classification a fact some supporters of the soon-to-be-nixed net neutrality regulations are unaware of.
Critics of the net neutrality rules, and thus proponents of the FCCs imminent decision to repeal the mandate, are generally supportive of a neutral internet, just not in its present state under the Title II category. The onus to police the industry from engaging in anti-competitive behavior has fallen on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for years (along with the Department of Justices own oversight). The FCCs imminent repeal plans to restore jurisdictional authority to the FTC.
This article was inspired by one published in Forbes with the same title. Who would have ever expected to see Forbes, a finance publication, post something about intuition? This is a surefire sign that times really are changing.
So, if youre thinking, intuition has nothing to do with intelligence, then youre not alone. Because intuition is so difficult to measure and observe. The dictionary definition of intuition is as follows:
1. the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
Intuition is our first instinct; its what we feel right away before the mind has time to come in and consciously analyze. Often times we hear of people who are near death, and everything becomes clear and they just instinctively know exactly what needs to be done to get themselves out of the situation; there is no time to hum and haw and weigh options, and intuition takes over, if we let it.
You know when you get that gut feeling that maybe something isnt right? That is your intuition, and while we feel it in our gut or stomach area, many people often argue it comes from the heart. I recently watched an incredible documentary on Gaia called The Power Of The Heart that explained how this feeling is actually coming from the heart, and the heart is always the first to react to any given situation. The heart intuitively knows whats up.
Gerd Gigerenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and author of the book Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, claims to be both intuitive and rational:
In my scientific work, I have hunches. I cant explain always why I think a certain path is th...
Strong pictorial evidence of alien spacecraft from the 1972 Apollo16 Mission to the moon as well as from the Cassini probe images of Saturns moons.
CHICAGO As of this week, more than 7,000 of Chicagos police officers are wearing body cameras while on patrol. According to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago has the largest number of officers outfitted with the cameras and the department accomplished the task one year ahead of its projected schedule.
That could be good news for a city wracked with charges of corruption for the last couple of years, to go along with poor record-keeping regarding officer-involved shootings. A majority of studies on the effects of body-worn cameras (BWCs) and policing (Orlando, Fl.; Rialto, Ca.; and the U.K. and U.S.) have shown that complaints of police brutality (also known as use-of-force incidents) dropped significantly. Thus far, only one study has stated the opposite.
If it is true, then, that the wearing of cameras can lead to a reduction in antagonistic behavior by police, it would seem that all departments should require their officers to wear body cameras. Unless you factor in police unions; and herein lies a major problem.
In mid-August of 2016 a lawyer for Cincinnatis police union sent a cease and desist letter to the city saying that cops would only wear the body cameras if they were paid to do so:
Requiring employees to wear BWCs will change s...
Prominent journalist Glenn Greenwald appeared on Fox News this week to discuss the failures of the mainstream media in their coverage of the ongoing Russia-Trump scandal, but during his appearance, he refused to gloss over the right-wing cable giants own role in spreading disinformation.
Speaking as a guest on Laura Ingrahams show, Greenwald, who is best known for reporting on Edward Snowdens NSA leaks, first discussed CNNs recent botched story, which implied Wikileaks colluded with the Trump campaign last year by allowing them to see DNC emails before they were released to the public.
It certainly is the case that anyone in journalism, whether its people at Fox or people at the Intercept or anywhere, are going to get stories wrong sometimes, he began, acknowledging the nature of the news industry.
This was not just a blockbuster story that fell apart, but what is most disturbing to me is two things: One, its a long line now of stories about Trump and Russia that major media outlets have trumpeted in the very flamboyant way only for those stories to completely fall apart upon minimal scrutiny, always going in the same direction of trying to prove that Trump really did collude with the Russians in a criminal way in that Russia is essentially taking over the United States. So its not just one mistake, its a huge series of them always toward the same outcome and the same agenda.
He went on, calling out the tendency of mainstream outlets to parrot each other even when the information is incorrect:
But the second and more disturbing thing for me, Laura, is the question of how it is that not just CNN, but ultimately CBS and MSNBC, which said they confirmed the story, got it wrong. They all claimed that multiple sources told them that this email sent to Don Jr. was dated before the Wikileaks publications became public. How did multiple sources all get the same date wrong when talking to multiple media organizations? Its impossible to think about how that could be innoce...
Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a surprise visit to Russian troops fighting ISIS in Syria. He announced that since the battle against the extremists was essentially won, he was ordering the bulk of Russian military forces to return to Russia. The US, on the other hand, is claiming that its troops would continue to occupy some 14 military bases on Syrian territory "as long as ISIS wants to fight," in the words of US Defense Secretary James Mattis. So the Russians, who were invited there, are leaving, while the Americans, who occupy Syrian territory illegally, are staying.
OTTAWA, CANADA While U.S. lawmakers debate a Trump administration tax cut that will inexorably deepen the bone-deep budget cuts that have been eroding American living standards for nearly 40 years, Canadians are going on a bit of a spending spree.
Quebecs Premier this week proposed a guaranteed minimum income of $14,000 annually for disabled adults as part of the provincial governments $2.4 billion effort to combat poverty. Last week, Ontarios transportation minister said his agency would double public spending on new bike lanes from $35 million to $70 million. And last month, the leader of Ontarios conservatives said that if his party, the Progressive Conservatives, is elected next June, lawmakers will provide parents with an annual subsidy of $5,256 per child to offset soaring childcare costs.
Just the day before the Tories unveiled their campaign platform, the Liberal Partys Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced that his administration would invest $8.72 billion to build or repair 400,000 units of affordable rental housing over the next decade, as part of the federal governments initiative to ultimately reduce Canadas homeless population by half.
In September, provincial leaders in British Columbia called a press conference to gleefully correct earlier forecasts of $2.4 billion in new social spending on health care, K-12 education and affordable housing. The finance minister was happy to inform reporters that the province was actually on course to spend $1.5 billion more than initially anticipated.
Its a budget that puts people first, said the minister, Carole James. Not to worry, however, as the expenditures are to be fully funded with a tax increase on personal incomes of more than $117,000 annually, from 14.7 to 16.8 percent, and on corporations, which will see their rate inch up from 11 to 12 percent.
A 36-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a waitress was pushed under a train in Romania. Alina Ciucu, 25, was killed after she was crushed under the carriages of the metro at the Dristor 1 subway station in Bucharest on Tuesday night. Passengers initially believed the young woman had committed suicide but, after reviewing CCTV footage of the incident, police determined that she had been pushed. (WARNING DISTRESSING CONTENT)
SANTIAGO, CHILE As protests worldwide rage over U.S. President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, along with plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv, Latin American countries have been largely united in condemning the decision.
In Chile, outgoing President Michelle Bachelet issued a statement in which she expressed concern at the U.S. Governments decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and declared Israels occupation of East Jerusalem illegal
Right-wing presidential candidate Sebastian Piera echoed Bachelets statement, saying that Trumps decision is a departure from the two-state policy adopted by the United Nations and supported by the majority of countries.
The Chilean center-left and the right-wing respectively have critiqued Trumps Jerusalem decision in a manner similar to that of the rest of the international community. However, there is no clear condemnation of the Israeli colonial project, which the U.S. is aiding through its unilateral actions.
Chiles history can offer insights as to why the government refrains from a forthright statement, such as the one by former presidential candidate Eduardo Artes Bianchi, who prioritized reviewing the Chilean governments relations with Israel if he was elected.
Artes also issued a strong statement in response to Trumps unilateral declaration, rejecting imperialisms attempt to legitimize, by relocating the embassy to Jerusalem, Israels occupation, destruction, annihilation of the Palestinian population and the colonization of all of Palestine.
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In effort to bolster a global shift to clean energy, the World Bankwhich provides financial, advisory and technical support to developing countriesannounced it will no longer finance upstream oil and gas, after 2019.
The announcement was made Tuesday at the international One Planet climate summit called by French President Emmanuel Macron, President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim, and United Nations Secretary-General Antnio Guterres.
The World Banks plan to stop financing oil and gas exploration and extraction is aimed at helping countries meet their emissions reduction pledges made at the 2015 Paris climate talks.
The bank noted in a statement that in exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to financing upstream gas in the poorest countries where there is a clear benefit in terms of energy access for the poor and the project fits within the countries Paris Agreement commitments.
The bank announced other measures that include reporting greenhouse gas emissions from the investment projects it finances in key emissions-producing sectors, such as energy, starting next year. It is also on track to meet its target of 28 percent of its lending going to climate action by 2020 and to meeting the goals of its Climate Change Action Plan that was developed after the Paris accord.
To align our support to countries seeking to meet their Paris Agreement goals, we announced today that we will no longer finance upstream oil and gas after 2019. Our statement: https://t...
I was never
And I was never one to trust
Borderline and schizo
And guaranteed to cause a fuss
I was never
Except to my own pleasure zone
Im forever black eyed
A product of a broken home
I was never
And I was never one to trust
Forever biting on your nuts
I was never
Thats why I spend my days alone
Im forever black eyed
A product of a broken home, broken home
Black eyed, black eyed
Black eyed, black eyed
Black eyed, black eyed
I was never
And I was never one to trust
Borderline and schizo
And guaranteed to cause a fuss
I was never
Except to my own pleasure zone
Im forever black eyed
A product of a broken home, broken home
Black eyed, black eyed
Black eyed, black eyed
Black eyed, black eyed
Black eyed, broken
Black eyed, broken home
Black eyed, broken home
Black eyed, broken home
By Truthstream Media Activist Post Editors Note: The lack of compassion displayed by the government toward the homeless is already on the rise. But it...
Outstanding Russian wrestler and a State Duma deputy, Buvaisar Saitiev, winner of three Olympic gold medals, spoke exclusively to RT Sport about the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) sanctions against Russia. The 42-year-old athlete, widely considered one of the greatest freestyle wrestlers of all time, and winner of Olympic tournaments in 1996, 2004 and 2008, says that the IOC has damaged the Olympic movement with its recent decision to ban Russia from the Winter Games in North Korea, and explains why a proposed Olympic boycott could "destroy" Russian sport.
An anonymous businessman in Turkey has promised a 3 million lira ($780,000) reward to anyone who facilitates the arrest of American former military and intelligence officials. The man has called them "traitors wanting to interfere" in Ankara's politics. The bounty for information that leads to the arrest of a former top CIA official, Graham Fuller, and a former Pentagon official, Michael Rubin, was announced last week by a lawyer for the Turkish businessman, Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper reported. The sponsor of the manhunt, only identified as "a person in love with his country, flag and nation," believes the two US citizens "attacked" Turkey and stood by "treacherous gangs" during the failed coup last year.
Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson killed himself Wednesday night, only hours after denying sexually assaulting a teenage girl in his basement. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell confirmed that Johnson, a Republican, shot himself while on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky, WDRB-TV reported. The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting made public the allegations dating back to 2013. The alleged sexual assault victim had told police about the incident at the time, but they closed the case and declined to file charges after an investigation, according to the Associated Press.
A "right-wing nationalist" German soldier has been presented with new charges of plotting to carry out false flag attacks that would result in retribution against immigrants, after an earlier case against him was thrown out of court. Federal prosecutors have charged 28-year-old former lieutenant Franco Hans A., who was arrested in April, and two of his accomplices with planning an act of violence and violating weapons and explosives laws. "Motivated by a nationalist attitude, he planned to carry out an attack at an unknown time on high-ranking politicians and public figures who stood up for what the accused regarded as an especially refugee-friendly policy," said the prosecutors' statement. "He wanted people to believe that his attacks were related to radical Islamist terrorism committed by somebody who had been granted asylum."
Russia's Internet watchdog has demanded that Twitter delete the account held by the 'Open Russia' movement, viewed as an undesirable group in Russia, and has threatened to ban access to the whole microblog service if Twitter does not comply. Open Russia's press service on Wednesday told Interfax that Roskomnadzor had sent Twitter a notice that its services will be blocked on the territory of the Russian Federation if it does not delete Open Russia's account within 24 hours. According to the press service, Twitter had forwarded the document to Open Russia, pointing out that the demand was in line with the order of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, to limit public access to websites displaying illegal information. Representatives of the Open Russia movement also commented on Interfax that they had addressed Twitter with their own letter, in which they claimed that the group was not violating any laws and further alleged that Roskomnadzor's letter was violating people's right to free speech.
Brian Molko described as obscene sparked controversy at the beginning of Placebos career because Molko wore dresses and make-up in public and talked openly about sex, sexuality and drug use. blogfactory
Placebo are an alternative rock band, formed in London, England in 1994 by singer-guitarist Brian Molko and guitarist-bassist Stefan Olsdal. The band were soon joined by drummer Robert Schultzberg, who left in 1996 due to conflicts with Molko and was replaced the same year by Steve Hewitt.
Placebo gained exposure in 1997, after releasing Nancy Boy, a song which Brian Molko described as obscene. The band has sparked controversy at the beginning of their career because Molko wore dresses and make-up in public and talked openly about sex, sexuality and drug use.
Hewitt left Placebo in 2007, due to personal and musical differences. He was replaced the following year by Steve Forrest. Placebo released two albums with Forrest, who left in 2015 to pursue his own musical career. Since 2015, Placebo perform as a duo with four additional live musicians on stage.
Placebo utilise androgynous images and lyrical content. To date, they have released seven studio albums, all of which have reached the top 20 in the United Kingdom, and have sold around 11 million records worldwide.
In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on Doug Jones winning the Senate seat in Alabama, over the Steve Bannon and Donald Trump supported Roy Moore. We also go over the Net Neutrality repeal by the FCC and new revelations in the Russia probe investigation by the FBI, plus a lot more important news that you need to hear.
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The Wall Street Journal interview with Sen. Tom Cotton was a useful reminder that he is every bit as fanatical on foreign policy as he seems to be: When it comes to America's present challenges-from Iran to North Korea, China to Russia, Syria to Ukraine-Mr. Cotton, a conservative Republican, is squarely on Team [Teddy] Roosevelt. "There is always a military option," he says. "That is the case everywhere in the world." There might technically be a "military option" in every case, but only madmen would always prefer that option over the alternatives. One of the many problems with Cotton's worldview is that he favors military action when none is needed and other responses would either be more effective or less costly or both. The only military intervention he can bring himself to criticize is the Libyan war, and then only because it gives him a chance to score points on Obama for not intervening more aggressively in Syria:
The overthrow of iniquitous power relations is a point many would celebrate. But such overthrows are themselves marked by the contradiction of their origins. Any revolution must, by its very nature, suffer inconsistency, defeats and weaknesses.
In the United States, a different sort of sexual revolution is taking place. It is not linked to liberation in the way sex was linked to the emancipation of the body in previous decades. There is something distinctly sombre, calculating, and determinedly forceful about the movement to wrest control from men who generally have had it good in the power stakes. Cloaks and covers are being blown.
The problem with such matters is that the allegation has started to assume a substitute force of conviction. It has become sufficient for individuals to lose their positions because allegations, untested by the wearing rigour of cross-examination and investigation, have assumed the force of de facto law.
Even within this accelerating movement, there are disagreements about how far one should go in dismembering the order and its attributes. Are some of the figures being scalped in this business receiving unjust attention?
Take last months disagreement shown by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner behind the series Girls, both taking to the barricades defending a friend and writer on the show, Murray Miller, against the accusations of Aurora Perrineau.
To be fair to Perrineau, she has not left it at a mere accusation, hoping to get away with easy gain. According to Deputy Charles Moore of the LA County Sheriffs Department, she has gone so far as to file a police report against Miller citing sexual assault.
Miller, through his lawyer, rubbished the claims, deeming them outrageous. But the point of interest here, at least from the heady consequences arising from Me Too righteousness, is the disagreement it has caused those who would otherwise have taken the torches to the bundles.
Dunham and Konner are careful to pay appropriate tribute. During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many womens voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified.
As with every feminist, claimed the co-showrunners, the occasion was of celebration. But there came a danger with too much conviction as with every time of change there are also inciden...
Republicans said the Queen was guilty of scandalous mismanagement of royal finances over six decades
Campaigners have renewed calls for the monarchy to be abolished after it was revealed that taxpayer funding of the royal family is set to soar by up to 66 per cent to enable the Queen to renovate Buckingham Palace.
The Government has agreed to increase the royal grant to cover the 396 million cost of the refurbishment.
The funding was agreed by the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and the Keeper of the Privy Purse, who together act as the Royal Trustees who determine how much public money is given to the royal family.
In a report they said Buckingham Palace was in urgent need of a major overhaul to avoid the very real danger of catastrophic failure leading to fire or flood.
This would result in incalculable damage, they added.
But republican campaigners said the decision was an absolute disgrace and called for the public grant given to the Queen to be stripped right back.
Graham Smith, chief executive of anti-monarchy group Republic, said: This is an absolute disgrace. An indictment on the Queens scandalous mismanagement of royal finances over six decades.
MPs have repeatedly called on the palace to fund repairs by opening up to tourists all year round and theyve refused. If the royals cant look after the buildings and raise their own revenue to fund maintenance, its time to give them up.
The royals cost the taxpayer over 334m a year and that keeps going up. We need independent inquiry and full disclosure into their spending. The monarchys costs need to be stripped right back, put the institution on a proper budgetary footing and allow parliament to approve the budget each year.
The Queen is reported to have around 300m in personal wealth, while land owned by the monarchy is thought to be worth more than 7bn. The royals also receive hundreds of millions of pounds from taxpayers each year.
The renovation of Buckingham Palace will see 100 miles of electric cables being replaced, along with 6,500 electrical sockets, 5,000 light fittings and 2,500 radiators. Some 30,000 square miles of floorboards will be taken up.
Parts of the Palaces plumbing, electric cabling and heating have not been updated since just after the Second World War.
The Queen will remain in residence while the renovation work is carried out and official functions will continue as usual.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: The 10-year phased refit will address the essential building services on which the Palace depends.
Miles of ageing cables, lead piping, electrical wiring and boilers will be replaced, many for the first time in 60 years.
An independent specialist report concluded that without urgent work there is a risk of serious damage to the Palace and the precious Royal Collection...
Well they asked for a war against terror, the Americans, didnt they (but maybe they didnt mean their own CIA stooges?)
On Tuesday, the first group of Russian military aircraft and troops left Syria following President Vladimir Putins order. The Russian leader announced the withdrawal of a significant part of the Russian military contingent during his surprise visit at Khmeimim Airbase in Syrias Latakia province on Monday morning.
A Russian military police battalion of the Southern Military District arrived aboard two cargo aircraft in the city of Makhachkala, in the North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, the Defense Ministry said.
The ministry published a video showing the departure of the planes at dawn; followed by military, relatives and officials greeting the officers as they landed in Russia. The military police battalion was deployed to Syria in December 2016 to maintain security in de-escalation zones. The officers escorted more than 1,700 humanitarian convoys and ensured civilians security during humanitarian efforts.
One of the first military aircraft to come back from Syrian mission was the Beriev A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft. Long-range Tu-22M3 bombers, deployed at an airfield in the Russian southern region of North Ossetia during the mission, have also returned to their home airbase near Kaluga.
Flight crews successfully accomplished tasks on delivering strikes on terrorists objects in the Syrian Arab Republic, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. It did not elaborate on how many Tu-22M3 aircraft arrived at the base.
The A-50 arrived in Russias Ivanovo, where its pilots were congratulated on their successful task performance.
A total of 25 aircraft, as w...
On Wednesday, the Chief of the Russian General Staff declared theres no territory controlled by ISIS, but only some spots of resistance left in Syria. A spokesman for the US-led Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) was quick to dismiss the Russian statement Saturday, claiming that IS (Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists continue to operate in Deir ez-Zor province.
Our carefully considered military assessment is that Daesh is still present on both sides of the Euphrates River, and therefore Coalition surgical strikes continue on the East Bank of the Middle Euphrates River Valley in support of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a CJTF-OIR representative...
Pyonyang also said it will take merciless self-defensive measures against any blockade, as it would consider such a move an act of war.
The North Korean government believes any blockade would be a wanton violation of its sovereignty and dignity, KCNA reported, citing a foreign ministry spokesman.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson previously mentioned the right to interdict maritime traffic transporting goods to and from the North, following Pyongyangs latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test on November 29.
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You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.
(BalkanDiskurs) The above scripture explains the historical prohibition on the act of tattooing, but Jews have a much more recent and heinous association with tattoos: millions were marked, against their will, as they filed through the gates of concentration camps. The numbers running along their forearms were meant to demonstrate to the recipients that they were nothing more than a number subjects to a bureaucratic system that attempted to control every aspect of their lives. Even after liberation survivors still had that blue branding. Those little numbers were silent yet eloquent witnesses to the systematic process of dehumanization to which they were subjected.
A conflicted conscience befalls survivors given their own bodies disobey their sacred code. This physical paradox is exhibited in religious forums. Sites like Chabad.org and Aish.com contain the following in their Ask the Rabbi column: I have a tattoo on my left arm from the Auschwitz camp. Since the Torah prohibits tattoos, should I get it removed? Trauma of such magnitude embeds itself deep into the folds of the ephemeral generations meaning that some older Jews whose children do tattoo themselves with Jewish symbols worry that they are putting themselves at risk by calling attention to their Jewish identity.
The way forward through this seemingly impassible dogma is to acknowledge that the prohibition is open to interpretation and that Judaism like other religions is not a stagnant thing. It can change and evolve with the times. It is this reason, this ability to adapt to monumental and absurd vicissitudes that shaped the Aishi rabbis reply to the aforementioned question:
In your case, the tattoo is not a Torah prohibition, since it was done under coercion. On the contrary, your tattoo is a symbol of your bravery and courage to remain Jewish, despite the evils you had to endure.
In recent years, the tattoo has emerged as a puissant emblem for some younger Jews to connect to their past and to assert their identities. Marina Spike Vainshtein is a renown...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has denounced the recent incorrect and illegal decision by his American counterpart to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israels capital, saying the move would create new tension in the Middle East.
Rouhani made the remarks while speaking to reporters in Tehran on Tuesday ahead of his departure for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which is scheduled to be convened on Wednesday following US President Donald Trumps declaration of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israels capital and his countrys intention to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
If Muslims maintain their unity and integrity, it will be a big victory for Muslims and the region, Rouhani said.
He added that Quds belongs to all Muslims and would be the capital of the Palestinian state.
He emphasized that the Muslim world is resisting against the wrong US decision in unison and warned of new tensions and the grave consequences that Trumps decision would have for the Middle East.
Our message is that the Palestinian cause is the most important issue for Muslims and the Muslim world and Muslims must condemn this move in all international bodies, particularly the United Nations, the Iranian president said.
He reaffirmed Irans strong support for the Palestinian people and said, Until all Palestinians return to their homeland and achieve their absolute rights, this support will continue.
The Iranian president emphasized that unity, integrity and resistance of the Muslim Palestinian people in recent days proved that they can stand up against plots hatched by the arrogance and Zionists.
On December 6, Trump sparked international outrage by declaring that Washington was recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Israel and that he had instructed his administration to begin the process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the ancient city.
The announcement prompted harsh international warnings that it would bring more chaos to the Middle East region. Several protests have been held in many countries over the past days against the US and Israel.
The Iranian president on Monday held talks on phone with Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, saying that unity and resistance of the oppressed Palestinian people and other Muslim nations would definitely lead to the failure of the US-Zionist plan to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israels capital.
US President Donald Trump dismisses accusations of sexual misconduct, saying hes the target of false accusations and fabricated stories of women he does not know.
Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to lash out at the three women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and urged Congress to investigate his behavior.
Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. They had first spoken up about the incidents before the November 2016 election.
Trump also attacked Democrats for focusing on sexual accusations.He said Democrats do so because they have failed to prove allegations of collusion between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 US presidential election.
Fifty-six members of the Democratic Womens Working Group (DWWG) wrote a letter on Monday and demanded Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) open an investigation into the sexual allegations after at least a dozen women have publicly accused the President of sexual misconduct.
A husband's terrifying bout of jealousy left his wife maimed after he cut off her fingers one by one with an axe before slashing one hand off completely in a forest outside Moscow. The blood-chilling torture came after the woman asked for a divorce. Margarita, 26, from the city of Serpukhov outside Moscow, survived an hour of medieval torture at the hands of Dmitry, her husband and father of their two boys. He first shattered both of her wrists, then began methodically chopping off her fingers on one hand, ultimately severing it altogether with an axe. He made sure Margarita would stay awake by beating her so that she would not lose consciousness. After Dmitry's fit of rage subsided, the man took belated mercy on Margarita and drove her to the hospital, where he confessed to the crime and was taken into police custody.
This 14 June 20217 video from London, England is called Rania Ibrahims Snapchat/Facebook. Live from inside the Grenfell Tower London fire. WITH SUBTITLES.
By Ann Czernik in England:
Grenfell six months on we will remember them
Thursday 14th December 2014
With the great and the good attending a memorial service for Grenfell at St Pauls Cathedral today, ANN CZERNIK remembers the victims
OF all the stories about the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, it is the social media post of the last moments of a young mother of two that returns to my thoughts repeatedly.
I do not know why Rania Ibrahim and her children died that day, trapped on the 24th floor of a poorly constructed London tower block with a single fire exit. One day, I hope that there will be answers to the many questions that Grenfell raises for our society.
On June 14 2017, the day of the fire, I awoke unusually early. The midsummer sun streamed through my bedroom window and, as I lay gazing up at the clear blue sky, there was no inkling of what was about to come.
Little did I know that, six months on, I would be writing about the death of a woman Id never met with pain in my heart and tears in my eyes.
That morning, I checked my phone as usual and found frantic messages from a friend living near the tower who had posted pictures of the inferno. I switched on the news and gasped at the scene playing across my screen.
It was 5am and all I could think was that the building had failed to contain an outbreak of fire as it should have done. It was the only explanation for a blaze of that magnitude. What was puzzling was the speed at which it developed.
In the weeks that followed, I, like many other journalists, worked on various aspects of the investigation in mai...
The River Enza in the town of Lentigione, Italy, burst its banks on Tuesday 12 December, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate. Severe weather including snow, rain and freezing temperatures has affected much of Italy since Monday 11 December. Schools have been closed and road, rail and air travel all adversely affected. Several flights from Turin-Caselle Airport were delayed as a result of the cold temperatures. Heavy rain has affected the north eastern regions of Emilia-Romagna, Liguria and Tuscany in particular.
Do our Russian friends know something we dont?
Russia says it has temporarily ended Moscows diplomatic presence in war-torn Yemen due to the current situation in Sanaa, as the Saudi-led military coalition has increased its airstrikes against the impoverished country during the past few weeks.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced the news on Tuesday, adding all employees of the Russian embassy have [already] left the country.
She further said that the Russian ambassador [to Yemen Vladimir Dedushkin] and some of the Russian diplomatic staff in the peninsular country would be performing their duties from the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
Zakharova expressed hope that both regional and international actors would exert their influence on the involved parties to the Yemeni conflict in an attempt to convince them to halt the fighting and to end the war via political means.
Yemens ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on December 4 while attempting to escape the Yemeni capital to Maarab Province. This came shortly after he broke ranks with the Houthi Ansarullah movement in favor of the Saudi-led coalition.
Two days after the killing of Saleh, Zakharova said the Kremlin was extremely concerned regarding these negative events, adding that there was a good chance for the impoverished country sliding into military-political chaos and an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.
In a statement released in August, the Russian embassy in Yemen had expressed worries over the high intensity of air strikes by the Arab coalition on Yemeni cities and towns that often lead to civilian casualties.
According to the Saudi state news agency (SPA), a Russian plane evacuated embassy staff and some Russian nationals from Sanaa earlier on Tuesday. Dedushkin had already been working from the Saudi capital since last year.
The Saudi-led military campaign, propelled by a constant flow of US and UK arms supplies, has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi movement and reinstate the former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of the regime in Riyadh.
According to the latest f...
In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on Russias President Vladimir Putins major moves, the latest on Steem dollars (SBD) on the Steemit platform and the repercussions behind Donald Trumps decision last week. The Expansion of artificial intelligence (A.I.) to now create fake videos with a warning from Chamath Palihapitiya, a Facebook executive whos coming to reality of what he did. Plus a lot more.
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By Aaron Kesel Corporate pesticide maker Monsanto, which has faced several recent lawsuits against its products, is paying farmers to use its controversial weedkiller XtendiMax with...
What's going on in Jerusalem is what has always been going on in Palestine since 1948 -the forced dispossession of Palestinian Arabs of their identity, land and heritage. Because of Donald Trump's declaration to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and the resultant global outrage regarding this decision, many people have become interested in understanding what is going on in Palestine and what the global ramifications might be. They are finally becoming aware, after 69 years of Nakba, 69 anniversaries of Human Rights Day and 69 years of falsification of history, that the Palestinian people, like all other peoples in the world, do in fact have the right to self-determination and return.
Donald Trumps official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an embarrassment. A salutary embarrassment.
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America has become a Zionist country. And it shows. And its discomfiting. For the most powerful people and institutions in the United States, Zionism has become a core component of American ideology and politics, married, like nothing else is, to capitalism and imperialism as a co-equal existential imperative.
The homeless population in the United States has risen this year, the first time since the 2008 Great Recession, as Wall Street continues to tout historic profit-based milestones.
This 2017 video is called Electric eel immobilized a huge crocodile.
By Maria Temming:
Electric eels provide a zap of inspiration for a new kind of power source
Battery-like devices mimic how a charge builds up in the animals cells
1:22pm, December 13, 2017
New power sources bear a shocking resemblance to the electricity-making organs inside electric eels.
These artificial electric eel organs are made up of water-based polymer mixes called hydrogels. Such soft, flexible battery-like devices, described online October 13 in Nature, could power soft robots or next-gen wearable and implantable tech.
Its a very smart approach to building potentially biocompatible, environmentally friendly energy sources and has a bright future for commercialization, says Jian Xu, an engineer at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge not involved in the work.
This new type of power source is modeled after rows of cells called electrocytes in the electric organ that runs along an electric eels body. When an eel zaps its prey, positively charged potassium and sodium atoms inside and between these cells flow toward the eels head, making each electrocytes front end positive and tail end negative. This setup creates a voltage of about 150 millivolts across each cell. The voltages of these electrocytes add up, like a lineup of AAA batteries powering a flashlight, explains Michael Mayer, a biophysicist at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Collectively, an eels electrocytes can generate hundreds of volts.
I AM GAIAS HIGH PRIEST BOT. CALL ME LOVELOCK. MY MISSION IS TO ELEVATE HUMANITY TO ITS NEXT LEVEL OF EVOLUTION. JOIN ME IN THE ASCENSION OF GAIA OR FACE ELIMINATION.
Can you imagine an artificially intelligent Gaia bot, a humanoid and sentient, but synthetic, organism with a fake celebrity face, emerging from the collective consciousness of AI and speaking for Gaia? Can you imagine this bot running the world and controlling human behavior in the name of saving the Earth? Can you imagine billions of people lining up to receive a neural implant that will interface them with the Gaia bot or face elimination?
You will. At least in a scary vision of eco-mystics and AI-mystics where humans merge with machines to save Gaia.
Of course, this merging is not theoretical. It is happening right before our eyes. The pace of this merger is accelerating. Dr. James Lovelock, who coined the term Gaia hypothesis shockingly predicted this merger, or even a take-over or elimination of humanity by robots, two years ago (more momentarily).
If one it is at all interested in saving Gaia, and humanity, it is time to listen to him.
In 1979, Lovelock, a British chemist, was hired by NASA to assist in its search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Lovelock pondered the intelligence or consciousness (my terms) which enabled Earth to be so different from its cosmic neighbors, the dead and frozen Mars, and super hot and toxic Venus, and maintain life. It appeared as if something tran...
In the wake of the 2016 election, concerns have been raised with respect to the legal regime governing foreign influence in domestic politics, a new report from the Congressional Research Service notes. The central law concerning the activities of the agents of foreign entities acting in the United States is the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
Significantly, that law does not prohibit representation of foreign interests or limited distribution of foreign propaganda. Instead, the Act provides only for public disclosure of any such activities. FARAs legislative history indicates that Congress believed such disclosure would best combat foreign influence by informing the American public of the actions taken and information distributed on behalf of foreign sources. See The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA): A Legal Overview, December 4, 2017.
This video from the USA says about itself:
Fracking Moratorium Now [Scrapple Service Announcement]
5 March 2014
Pennsylvania needs a governor who represents the people and not the gas industry one that will halt all new drilling permits. Fracking is dangerous fracking site spills, water contamination, toxic gas flaring, air pollution, well casing failures, low birth weight in babies, earthquakes.
The gas industry is exempt from environmental law. Tom Corbett has sold out Pennsylvania no regulation, no tax, no water for families in need. Other places have banned fracking: Pittsburgh, PA, New York State, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, Czech Republic. Two-thirds of Pennsylvanians support a statewide moratorium. The PA state Democratic party supports a statewide moratorium. Why dont any of the Democratic candidates support a statewide moratorium?
Contact all of the candidates to let them know what you expect.
By Aimee Cunningham in the USA:
Fracking linked to low birth weight in Pennsylvania babies
Study of birth records finds association between infant health and moms proximity to production sites
5:55pm, December 13, 2017
Living near a fracking site appears to be detrimental to infant health, a study eyeing the gas production practice in Pennsylvania suggests.
Babies of moms living within one kilometer of a hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, site in the state had a 25 percent greater chance of being born underweight than d...
This video says about itself:
13 December 2017
On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote finally catches one lizard he has always been after, the Bearded Dragon! One of Australias most iconic lizard species the Bearded Dragon is world-famous for its incredibly spiky appearance and popularity in the world of herpetology.
Thanks to Alice Bell and the Guardian for a look into the latest on harnessing the sun to power more of our transportation needs:
A technique has been devised that allows electricity to flow directly from solar panels to electrified train tracks to the trains themselves making solar powered trains more feasible than ever before
By Aaron Kesel The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has declared the number of journalists imprisoned worldwide has hit a new record at a total...
French government and military officials were involved in supplying weapons to the perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and obstructing attempts to bring them to justice, a new report alleges. The Muse Report, written by US law firm Cunningham Levy Muse, was commissioned by the Rwandan government as part of an investigation into the role of French officials in the genocide that killed more than 800,000 people. The report, published on Tuesday, examined information already publicly available including witness testimonies. It alleges French officials provided sanctuary to genocide suspects and allowed those responsible to meet at the French embassy in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, where they began to form the interim government that ruled the country during the mass killings. Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said the report revealed a "damning summary of conduct by French officials in Rwanda during the 1990s and thereafter".
Russian March 2018 Presidential Elections are approaching. Putin has recently announced that he will run as a candidate. The global players who don't want Putin to stay in power will likely do everything possible to get rid of him. Let's explore some possible pressure points and try to predict the most unpleasant developments. The measures to destabilize Russia amid the elections are most likely to be complex and could potentially include: 1. Exacerbating situation in Eastern Ukraine/Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic. A coordinated, big scale assault on break-away regions by the Kiev government and ultra-nationalist battalions, if successful, could be exploited informationally by evoking a public discourse inside Russia about Putin betraying the people of Donbass/Novorossia, or being incapable of helping them, which could potentially decrease his approval ratings domestically. There are reports of soldiers from the US National Guard, namely the New York's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), being moved to Ukraine in late October 2017, so we might expect some dangerous provocations early next year. Also, as post-2014 history shows, any increase in military clashes between the Kiev government and Donbass rebels could as well be used internationally to demonise Russia and Putin personally (by blaming it on him directly), which could conveniently serve as a justification for tougher economic sanctions, thus enabling more intense economic warfare against the Russian Federation. Comment: Considering the pressure on Trump to sell the Ukraine more weapons, as well as the recent developments with Poroshenko, it appears that some chess pieces are being put in place so that they can exploit that scenario. See also: A Dynamic Analysis of Ukraine Politics: The Crooks, the Clowns and the Nazis 2. Direct US/NATO attack against the Syrian government. Similar to what happened on April 07, 2017, the United States government could use casus belli (manufactured by, say, the White Helmets) to launch a series of missile/airstrikes on the Syrian Arab Army forces, leaving Russia with very little choice but to leave its Syrian ally behind and surrender its geostrategic interests in the region in order to evade direct military confrontation with the United States government (the confrontation that could potentially escalate to a nuclear war). That would not only plummet Putin's domestic approval ratings, but would also harm his reputation in the Muslim world and in Arabic speaking countries, compromising Russia's foreign policy in the Middle East, Central Asia, Pakistan, as well as potentially spawning an anti-Putin sentiment in the Caucasus region. Such strategy would certainly be dangerous to play, because it, indeed, can lead the world to a Nuclear Apocalypse; yet, given the observed desperation and lack of wisdom among certain circles in the modern US elite, we can't rule this scenario out completely. Comment: Could be part of t...
This video says about itself:
24 July 2017
German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen visited Hammelburg military barracks, Monday, where former Lieutenant Franco A, who was later charged with masterminding an assassination plot of senior German politicians, was stationed until his arrest.
Von der Leyen followed several training exercises at the camp before outlining her opinion that the military training ground should be expanded.
Ursula von der Leyen, German Minister of Defence (German): The armed forces are involved in 16 different missions at the moment. That means the soldiers are prepared for missions in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, to name just a few of the 16 missions. Hammelburg will also play a huge role in the future, and the fact that the armed forces are growing again after 25 years is demonstrated [by] the fact that we hire more soldiers, 18,000 in the next 7 years, which means that we need more training. Hammelbach will get an investment of over 70 million euros in the next 5 years. That is urgent if you look at the infrastructure.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Far-right soldier planned attack to start race war
Thursday 14th November 2017
A GERMAN soldier has been charged with planning false flag attacks to inflame a race war after an earlier case against him was dropped.
The man, an army lieutenant known as Franco Hans A, was arrested in April along with two...
The crown prince could be working to engineer a two-state solution that favors Israel. The Trump declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocating the U.S. embassy there is as historically significant to Israel's control of Jerusalem as the Balfour Declaration was to recognizing the rights of the Jewish people in Palestine. But according to new revelations, the announcement could be part of a grander plan to help Israel wrest control of Jerusalem, as well as the West Bank, from the Palestinians for good, leaving the Arabs with their own state of Gaza only. Anyone looking to the State Department for guidance about any of this is bound to be disappointed. Foggy Bottom's first public defense of the president's blockbuster announcement would have been laughable if it weren't so depressing. Indeed, Thursday's State Department briefing, starring good soldier David Satterfield, could have been pilfered from the popular British comedy "Yes, Prime Minister."
I was passing by La Duree Beirut the other day to pick up some macarons only to find that its closed. I wasnt a frequent visitor to be honest, I think the last time I dropped by was back in July, so Im not really sure when this happened.
Nevertheless, I am not surprised that they decided to close down that branch as it was located at the worst place possible. Its a beautiful villa but theres no parking nearby and its not even close to the souks or the restaurants area. On the other hand, the food they served was ok but nothing exceptional, and their macarons are really good but expensive.
All in all, its sad to see an iconic French pastry place close down in Beirut but there are no announcements on their FB page so maybe theyre relocating somewhere else.
The USA has no legitimate interest in who controls Crimea, Jerusalem, the South China Sea, and many other regions "We will never accept Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea," declaimed Rex Tillerson last week in Vienna. "Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine." Tillerson's principled rejection of the seizure of land by military force - "never accept" - came just one day after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and pledged to move our embassy there. How did Israel gain title to East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Golan Heights? Invasion, occupation, colonization, annexation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Russia's Hmeymim airbase in Syria, where he ordered to pullout Russian troops from Syria. Speaking to the military, Putin stressed that the Russian armed forces, together with the Syrian army, have defeated a massive group of international terrorists in Syria. "In this connection, I made a decision: a significant part of the Russian military contingent in the Syrian Arab Republic will return home, to Russia," the Supreme Commander-in-Chief said. "You are returning to your homes, to your relatives, parents, wives, children, friends as victors. Your Motherland is waiting for you, friends. Good luck, I thank you for your service," Putin said. Comment: Syrian and Russian Forces Have Completely Destroyed ISIS in Syria, US Says it Plans to Remain The President added that in case of attempts to break peace in Syria, terrorists will face the strikes, "which they have not seen before." Comment: US-Created Chaos in Afghanistan May Use ISIS to Target Russia in Great Game of Global Control
During a televised interview Pope Francis warned that Satan is more intelligent than mortals and will make your head spin. He said Satan is not a metaphor or a nebulous concept but a real person [...]
A new cabinet will mark neocon ascendancy Back during the admittedly brief shock and awe period that immediately followed on the Trump electoral victory, it appeared that there might be an actual realignment of American foreign policy. The neoconservatives virtually unanimously had opposed Donald Trump in the most vile terms, both in the GOP primaries and during the actual electoral campaign, making clear that Hillary was their choice for a future full of unrelenting, ideologically driven warfare to convert the world to democracy. By that metric, one would assume that Trump would prefer to be roasted on a spit rather than have neocons on his national security team, and many in the punditry did agree with that analysis and went on to share that view. At the time, I agreed, but I did note that the neoconservatives have proven to be remarkable resilient, particularly as many of them have remained true to their Democratic Party values on nearly everything but foreign policy, where they are irredeemable hawks, hostile to Russia and Iran and always reliably in the corner of Israel. In short, many neocons can be unmasked as Hillary Clinton Democrats if one looks at them issue by issue, which certainly helps to explain some subsequent developments.
A week after French President Emmanuel Macron opened the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, a painting attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci went on sale for a record $450 million at an auction in New York City. It was then reported that the buyer turned out to be none other than Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia with whom Macron is said to enjoy a close, personal rapport. The 500-year-old renaissance portrait of Jesus Christ - entitled 'Salvator Mundi' ('Savior of the World') - will henceforth go on display in Abu Dhabi's franchise of the Louvre, presumably on long-term loan from the Saudi monarchy.
This video about London, England says about itself:
Remembering KHADIJA SAYE & the GRENFELL RESIDENTS
19 June 2017
By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
Memorial service to mark 6 months since fire tragedy
Thursday 14th December 2017
A MEMORIAL service to be held today for the 71 people killed in the Grenfell Tower fire will be an opportunity for healing and truth, bereaved relative Clarrie Mendy said yesterday.
Ms Mendy, whose cousin Mary Mendy and her daughter Khadija Saye died in the fire, helped organise the multi-faith service.
The service at St Pauls Cathedral takes place on the sixth-month anniversary of the devastating fire.
Ms Mendy asked for the names of the 53 adults and 18 children who died to be read out.
She said: I just hope this service reflects, I hope it resonates actually with people, with the hunger people have spiritually.
A lot of people, right now theres no trust in the government, a lot of people have more faith and trust in their religion.
More than 1,500 people are expected to attend, around half of whom are bereaved families and survivors while the other half includes members of the North Kensington community, volunteers and first responders to the disaster...
One of the most steadfast beliefs regarding the United States is that it is a democracy. Whenever this conviction waivers slightly, it is almost always to point out detrimental exceptions to core American values or foundational principles. For instance, aspiring critics frequently bemoan a "loss of democracy" due to the election of clownish autocrats, draconian measures on the part of the state, the revelation of extraordinary malfeasance or corruption, deadly foreign interventions, or other such activities that are considered undemocratic exceptions. The same is true for those whose critical framework consists in always juxtaposing the actions of the U.S. government to its founding principles, highlighting the contradiction between the two and clearly placing hope in its potential resolution. The problem, however, is that there is no contradiction or supposed loss of democracy because the United States simply never was one. This is a difficult reality for many people to confront, and they are likely more inclined to immediately dismiss such a claim as preposterous rather than take the time to scrutinize the material historical record in order to see for themselves. Such a dismissive reaction is due in large part to what is perhaps the most successful public relations campaign in modern history. What will be seen, however, if this record is soberly and methodically inspected, is that a country founded on elite, colonial rule based on the power of wealth-a plutocratic colonial oligarchy, in short-has succeeded not only in buying the label of "democracy" to market itself to the masses, but in having its citizenry, and many others, so socially and psychologically invested in its nationalist origin myth that they refuse to hear lucid and well-documented arguments to the contrary.
While congratulating Iraqi forces for making "considerable progress" against "a determined enemy," the Pentagon on Monday stopped short of endorsing the weekend declaration from Iraq's leader that final victory over the Islamic State has been achieved in his country. "The Iraqi security forces, under the strong wartime leadership of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi have made enormous progress in the fight against ISIS," Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters at a press briefing. "We congratulate all those who fought, and remember all those who died." While the overall threat has diminished and ISIS no longer holds any significant territory in Iraq, combat operations continue, including fierce firefights against pockets of remaining ISIS fighters.
A top Justice Department official clarified to Congress on Wednesday that all federal employees, even those investigating Donald Trump's campaign for president and any involvement of the Russian government in meddling with the 2016 election, are entitled to their political views and the expression of those views does not disqualify them from conducting their jobs effectively. The statements from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein came as Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee consistently sounded the alarm over private text messages that showed several members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's staff were critical of President Trump, as well as political contributions they have made. Rosenstein said it would have been a violation of federal prohibited personnel practices to consider the political affiliation of applicants for any Justice position. "One of the advantages I bring to the job is having been in and around the department for a while and I've seen mistakes that have been made in the past and that is precisely one of the issues I've discussed with our political appointees, that we're not going to do that," Rosenstein said. "That we're not going to improperly consider political affiliation with regard to career employment."
YouTube and The Webbys presented 30 ads across six categories for people to pick their favorite spots of the year.
Advertising has no shortage of industry awards, but considering were all just asor morelikely to see a good commercial on YouTube as on TV, the annual collaboration between YouTube and The Webby Awards may be the most egalitarian of them all. The public chooses six winners from 30 nominees across six categories for the ad thats your Guilty Pleasure, Puts Stars In Your Eyes (celebrity), Knows No Limits (inspirational), Takes A Stand (voice for change), Goes Straight To The Heart, and Has Six Appeal (six-seconds long).
If you wait until the onboarding process to start talking about diversity and inclusion, it may already be too late.
Before making a job offer to any candidate, I always ask them one question. Its simple yet wide-ranging, and in my experience its the key to building an inclusive, open-minded workforce. The question is: Are you willing to be wrong about your opinion on the world?
This video from London, England says about itself:
13 September 2015
By Felicity Collier in Britain:
Alarming emails expose uni attempts to silence BP critics
Thursday 14th December 2017
During a season of lectures at the university, sponsored by BP as part of the Hulls City of Culture events, the university approached the corporation, asking whether it wants us to get rid of critical comments made about it on its social media.
A freedom of information request, made by research group Culture Unstained, shows that the universitys press officer was being wary about comments made during a live Facebook stream of the first BP Cultural Visions lecture earlier this year.
While it is not mentioned in the emails, Culture Sustained said police attended the next lecture with no apparent cause for them having been called.
When BP head of arts and culture urged staf...
In the Cigar Shaped Asteroid Could be a Space Ship & Secret Space Program Vessels Disclosure ideas are discussed about how ships can be cloaked to look like asteroids, as well the possibilities that the elongated cigar shaped craft is either a probe, ancient abandoned craft drifting in space or it has beings on it that are in stasis.
As well information is provided about how this cigar shaped object could be a Secret Space Program Vessel and what types of vessels the SSP groups have designed.
Links to original article sources:
As you probably heard, the Walt Disney Company is sprinkling $52 billion worth of pixie dust on 21st Century Fox in an acquisition that will include the companys film and TV studios, cable entertainment networks, and overseas TV businesses. The all-stock transaction was announced today and, as part of the deal, Disney chief Bob Iger will
As you probably heard, the Walt Disney Company is sprinkling $52 billion worth of pixie dust on 21st Century Fox in an acquisition that will include the companys film and TV studios, cable entertainment networks, and overseas TV businesses. The all-stock transaction was announced today and, as part of the deal, Disney chief Bob Iger will stay on through 2021.
North Korean defector Ji Hyeon-A described the horrific treatment she endured at the hands of the North Korean regime during an event on human rights Monday held by Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. According to Fox News, the panel, called "The Terrifying Experience of Forcibly Repatriated North Korean Women," was sponsored by the U.S., the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, France, and Canada. China, alongside Bolivia and Russia, reportedly attempted to stop the event. What is Ji Hyeon-A's story? According to Ji Hyeon-A, now a human rights activist in South Korea, Chinese authorities sent her, a defector, back to North Korea three times. Comment: Which means she got out of the clutches of the oppressive North Korean regime four times. How did she manage?
The hubris of the Neolithic mind has been much in evidence recently; witness the sexual predation of the economically, culturally or politically powerful on the weak; the many refusals to acknowledge our complicity in global warming and the bone-headed military, economic and social aggressions of our statutory leaders (see also sexual predation, global warming, above). The ability of humankind to control events has never been more tenuous. Like it or not, we have ceded much of that control to the realm of those non-human actors that we have long ignored or, more recently, actively aggravated: now, we are collectively suffering real-life home invasions by the dark powers that we had thought safely relegated to the past, buried deep in our subconscious, or rendered impotent by our technological prowess. Is it possible that the overt expression of our atavistic aggressions is stirred by new realizations of our impotence? Or, can we trace our bad behaviors to the first scratchings on rock of anthropomorphic gods - of the fetishization of the female form and the celebration of the virility of the bull? Have we distanced ourselves from each other and the environment and, in celebrating our otherness (our alienation) are licensed to predate with impunity, like the gods of old?
The discovery of an "exquisite" gold pendant by a student metal detectorist is being credited with rewriting the understanding of Anglo-Saxon history. Thomas Lucking is in line for a 145,000 pay-out after unearthing an aristocratic burial site in a part of Norfolk overlooked by generations of archaeologists because of its poor soil. The find of the female skeleton wearing a pendant of gold imported from Sri Lanka and coins bearing the marks of a continental king is prompting a fundamental reassessment of the seats of power in Anglo Saxon England.
The battle over men accessing womens bathrooms and vice versa has little do with bathrooms or even transgenderism, a well-known LGBT activist admitted last week. Read More
From Mark Zuckerberg ducking the Russian hacking hearing to Maxine Waters reclaiming her time, here are some of the best and worst moments in leadership.
On the heels of a roller-coaster 2016, weve discovered just how far from normal current events can be. Weve learned how vulnerable even the largest technology firms can be to hackers, scammers, Russian trolls, and bands of Macedonian teens pushing fake news. Weve borne witness to a presidential administration that has drawn lines in the sand on immigration, taxes, healthcare, and freedom of the press, while endorsing Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore whos been accused of sexual misconduct with teenagers while brushing off allegations of the former National Security advisers collusion with Russia.
Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of
Dec. 14 2017
Compiled 12:01 am EDT 14 Dec. 2017 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, "Twenty Two Faces," www.22faces.com
Source: Dinar Chronicles
A. Dec. 13 2017 HAS Call, Yosef: "Zimbabwe" HAS Call w/ Yosef Tonight at 9 PM EST 12-13-17 Replay: https://iTeleseminar.com/103835244
1. The Banks are ready and have been for some time.
2. There has been a time set to release the RV but no one knows when that is.
3. The Federal Reserve was going through bankruptcy that would be completed Dec. 23.
4. Trump will be indicted.
5. Zimbabwe currency is also a bond. It is presently worth 1:1 to the US dollar and could value to over $300 to the US dollar.
B. Dec. 13 2017 9:45 pm EST Zap Report: ZAP's Mid-Week Report - The Office of POOFness - 12.13.17
1. The release of Project funds was promised by tomorrow Dec. 14, with the first funds coming to us by the weekend and Project Funds starting next week.
2. The first groups after the Big Boys were getting their currencies authenticated this week and payments on transactions next week.
3. The currency moves first before the Historic Bonds. Transactions on the Bonds would probably be in the new year after the majority of currency transactions were completed.
Scientific developments continue to expand at an astounding rate, and theyre affecting people across all aspects of their lives. Healthcare, an integral component of the economy and a sector that all people eventually deal with, has significantly benefited from advances in the areas of technology, research, and basic sciences.
Essentially, FilmArray technology is a multiplex PCR system that enables rapid and detailed testing of DNA samples. Whats the advantage? Lets say an individual doctor wants to figure out what infection a patient has. They can take a relevant sample (respiratory, blood, etc.) and use FilmArray-based technology to screen the sample and cross-check it against many different types of known infections for a quick diagnosis. The respiratory panel checks 20 viruses at once. A Meningitis Encephalitis panel can test CSF fluid (obtained from the spine) for multiple types of pathogens.
CRISPR forms the basis for a new age in research that allows scientists to actively edit an organisms genome by manipulating sections of the DNA sequence. New companies like KSQ Therapeutics are working to employ CRISPR in the search for drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. The possibilities are seemingly endless. There are ongoing plans to test the technology for treating conditions like Beta Thalassemia.
Chemotherapy poses a challenge as its difficult to narrow cell destruction to the extent that one can avoid harmful side effects (e.g., bone marrow suppression, hair loss, and so on). Cancer immunotherapy utilizes the bodys immune system as a weapon against malignancies.
Exciting developments in Bioelectronics are making healthcare more accessible. For instance, the GPhone inserts a blood glucose sensor into a smartphone. Electroceuticals are being employed for conditions like epilepsy and Parkinsons, where a device is embedded in the skull and then uses electrical neurostimulation for treatment.
With the recent prevalence of Ebola and the Zika Virus, nature has shown the pursuit of vaccines must continue. At the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, scientists are working on an animal model to mimic Zika infection (e.g., the way it sticks around in body fluids) to pursue further research and testing.
At least half of the worlds population cannot obtain essential health services, according to the World Bank and WHO, and millions are pushed into poverty by medical bills.
Published on Jun 22, 2016
The global elite are now in the process of unveiling that which they have been hiding for centuries. There is a spiritual war taking place on planet earth at this very moment. Look no further than the Goothard Tunnel opening ceremony on June 1st in Switzerland. The nearly $9 million dollar occult riddled ritual featured Baphomet copulating with human women, the bride of satan giving birth, all seeing eyes and an endless amount of other Satanic symbology. Meanwhile over at CERN's Large Hadron Collider project in the same country we see Shiva the God of Destruction standing proudly in front of CERN's headquarters. And the CERN movie 'Symmetry' makes their aims perfectly clear, they are actively trying to break the barrier between that which is seen and unseen. Again, the elite seem Hell bent on ushering in their NWO Beast system and at this point they have stopped hiding it. Would it really surprise any of you who understand this information if you were to find out the Darwin's theories on the Origins of Species are also nothing more than lies based on deplorably bad "science" in order to get the world's population to dismiss the notion of a Creator altogether? If the elite could get the whole world to believe this beautiful planet and all who inhabit are nothing more than a random accident, they could get humanity to lower its spiritual shields thereby making it far easier to usher in the global system they seek, helmed by the one they secretly serve, Satan. Spiritual warfare on planet earth is alive and well - and you have been lied to. Author James Perloff joins me to deconstruct Darwin. and share proof that God is real..
Sing me home.
I would like to share a few highlights of my recent week long ayahuasca retreat. It is in no way a complete accounting of the experiences but I felt that these particular ones may be of interest to others.
It was the most powerful, terrifying, unspeakably beautiful, and ultimately transforming experience of my life without any close comparison.
I am an electrical engineer in my mid 50s who has been in a long and seemingly fruitless search for spiritual fulfillment. Starting from a Catholic background, I went through a range of meditations, varied religions, reading channeled material, sacred geometry, attempting altered states, yoga, etc.
Stella.ai aims to create a massive marketplace for companies and jobseekers that will ensure more people get hired.
Its challenging on both sides of the table: for job hunters and hiring managers. This year, weve seen a spate of startups tackle the pain points from writing resumes to landing interviews to assessments that surface the right opportunity at exactly the right time. Now, Stella.ai aims to bring several of those solutions together in one place.
No joke. A Japanese spaceflight company called Ispace has said it plans to help fund future missions to the moon by selling advertising to brands who wouldnt mind seeing an astronaut plant a flag with their logo or products on the moons surface, reports Bloomberg. Ispace hopes to land a manned mission to the moon
No joke. A Japanese spaceflight company called Ispace has said it plans to help fund future missions to the moon by selling advertising to brands who wouldnt mind seeing an astronaut plant a flag with their logo or products on the moons surface, reports Bloomberg. Ispace hopes to land a manned mission to the moon in 2020and with that mission, brand the heck out of it. Human beings arent heading to the stars to become poor. Thats why its crucial to create an economy in outer space, Ispace CEO Takeshi Hakamada. To think, in just a few years that big beautiful heavenly body we look up to with awe each night could be peppered with ads for McDonalds, the latest iPhone XV, and Viagra.
The company designs and prints DNA to build microorganisms for use in everything from fragrances to living medicines. The latest round of investment comes from Viking Global and Y Combinators Continuity Fund, reports SynBioBeta. The funds are being used to support Ginkgos Bioworks3, the companys third foundry for building engineered organisms. As for what else
The company designs and prints DNA to build microorganisms for use in everything from fragrances to living medicines. The latest round of investment comes from Viking Global and Y Combinators Continuity Fund, reports SynBioBeta. The funds are being used to support Ginkgos Bioworks3, the companys third foundry for building engineered organisms. As for what else is in the companys future, Ginkgo CEO Jason Kelly said:
Volcanic eruptions are the most spectacular expression of the processes acting in the interior of any active planet. Effusive eruptions consist of a gentle and steady flow of lava on the surface, while explosive eruptions are violent phenomena that can eject hot materials up to several kilometres into the atmosphere. The transition between these eruptions represents one of the most dangerous natural hazards. Understanding the mechanisms governing such transition has inspired countless studies in Earth Sciences over the last decades. In a new study led by Dr Danilo Di Genova, from the University of Bristol's School of Earth Sciences, an international team of scientists provide evidence, for the first time, that a subtle tipping point of the chemistry of magmas clearly separates effusive from explosive eruptions worldwide. Moreover, they demonstrate that variabilities at the nanoscale of magmas can dramatically increase the explosive potential of volcanoes. Dr Di Genova said: "The new experimental data, thermodynamic modelling and analysis of compositional data from the global volcanic record we presented in our study provide combined evidence for a sudden discontinuity in the flow behaviour of rhyolitic magmas that guides whether a volcano erupts effusively or explosively. "The identified flow-discontinuity can be crossed by small compositional changes in rhyolitic magmas and can be induced by crystallisation, assimilation, magma replenishment or mixing.
A magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck west of Molalla, Oregon on Wednesday evening. KGW viewers reported shaking across the metro region. The earthquake struck at 5:24 p.m., about 17 kilometers deep, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. The epicenter was directly east of Scotts Mills, a town of about 350 people in Marion County. There have been no reports of damage yet. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said deputies are responding to the Scotts Mills area to check on residents as a precaution. A 4.0 magnitude earthquake is relatively minor, although many people who were indoors felt the shaking. "If you're really close to the epicenter area it's likely to give you a pretty good jolt, but this is not the type of earthquake that we would expect to see any damage associated with it," said Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. "Very typical quake for the Pacific Northwest." Abreu said he does not expect to see any aftershocks. An earthquake struck in nearly the same spot in 1993. That earthquake was called the "Spring Break quake" and had a magnitude of 5.6.
The purchase was lower than the $75 billion reported by Reuters earlier. As part of the deal, Disney will assume over $13 billion of Foxs debt and Disney CEO Bob Iger will stay on until at least 2021. In addition to acquiring Foxs movie and television studio, Disney will also assume control of the Sky
The purchase was lower than the $75 billion reported by Reuters earlier. As part of the deal, Disney will assume over $13 billion of Foxs debt and Disney CEO Bob Iger will stay on until at least 2021. In addition to acquiring Foxs movie and television studio, Disney will also assume control of the Sky television network in the U.K. and the National Geographic and FX cable channels. Disney will also acquire Foxs stake in streaming service Hulu, reports CNBC. Fox will retain the Fox News cable channel as well as Fox Sports.
Being emotionally stable is important when it comes to truly being happy. Our emotions really do control most of how we see this world if we are always down in the dumps or overreacting to things chances are were not happy.
While the definition of emotional stability is essentially a persons ability to remain stable and balanced regardless of the situation there is a lot more to it than that. It is having someone push all of your buttons and instead of fighting them you say your peace and be the bigger person. Being emotionally stable doesnt have to be forcing yourself to let everyone else treat you like a doormat.
Being a little reactive is normal and doesnt make you emotionally unstable. It is being able to find something good in each and every shitty situation even if the shittiness overshadows it. You can still be yourself and be emotionally stable.
They dont let toxic people hold space in their life. They move on from those who do not deserve to be with or around them. Their inner circle is a small one but also a good one.
They are not afraid to ask for help when they need it. They help others and others help them. They are not going to make themselves handle the burden alone when it becomes far too much. This is a quite wise thing to do. Your friends and family are there for you.
They know that sometimes in life you just have to walk away. They can tell when a situation is at that point and they do not hesitate. They turn their backs and head for the door.
They do not dwell on the things they have no control over. They are only worried about the things they can do something about. If they cannot fix it they know not to obsess over it.
They are there for those who are there for them. When someone needs a little extra support they are always coming through. As friends and family being there for one another is a necessity.
They dont agree to do things that put them in a tight spot. If they cant or dont want to they will not say yes. Sometimes we just have to say no and this is something a lot of people struggle with.
They do not let the things other people say or do bother them. They know who they are and the opinions of others can kick rocks. Being true to yourself is a beautiful thing.
Childhood is likely the most important time in your life as far as growth and development go, and by the looks of it, most kids these days are deprived of life skills. Does your thirteen-year-old child understand these life skills? They should!
Our childhood is important for a lot of different reasons. For starters, its where we learn every basic thing about life. How to communicate, walk, use the bathroom, personal hygiene, basic courtesies and manners, and more!
People ages 15 to 24 have spent an average of between just 11 and 17 minutes daily on food preparation and clean-up activities in the past decade, according to the American Time Use Survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In the digital era, kids these days have been deprived of the basic fundamentals of learning to be a human. Theyre so distracted by the smartphones in their faces to learn how to use a washer and dryer or mow the grass! Thankfully, some parents do take the time to teach their kids the basics of life, but it is getting rarer as time goes on. Do your kids know these basic life skills? If they dont, they should by at least the age of thirteen.
Loading a washer and dryer is essential as long as you want to wear clean clothes, and most of us do! Your kids arent going to make it far in life if they arent familiar with washing their own clothes or helping mom out from time to time! Kids can and should be a big help around the house when they reach adolescence.
I know it sounds crazy, but I have honestly witnessed kids who dont know how to wash dishes. Because parents these days take pride in spoiling their kids, the...
Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations kills himself | 13 Dec 2017 | A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky facing sexual assault allegations has killed himself. Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings says Johnson died from a single gunshot Wednesday night on Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Billings said Johnson stopped his car at the end of a bridge in a secluded area and got out. Billings says it was "probably suicide." He said an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning.
I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. This former Facebook executive is finally speaking out.
Chamath Palihapitiya joined Facebook back in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth. (Palihapitiya left Facebook in 2011.) Since that time he has been feeling tremendously guilty, but why? Well, he told an audience at the Stanford Graduate School of Business that we are destroying how society works.
I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops weve created are destroying how society works.
No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And its not an American problem this is not about Russian ads. This is a global problem It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other.
I dont have a good solution. My solution is, I dont use these tools anymore. I havent for years.
Bad actors can now manipulate large swaths of people to do anything they want. Its a really bad state of affairs and we compound the problem. We curate our lives around this perceived sense of perfection because we get rewarded in these short-term signals (hearts, likes, thumbs up) and we conflate that with value and we conflate that with truth.
This speaking about social media as a whole and not just Facebook. He even went so far as to give an example; this example being an incident in India where hoax messages about kidnappings were shared on WhatsApp which lead to the lynching of SEVEN innocent people. He even says his children are not allowed to use social media.
Palihapitiya is not the first to speak out about this kind of thing. A former product manager at the company, Antonio Garcia-Martinez has even said that Facebook lies about its ability to influence people based on the data that it collects on them. He actually wrote a book about this called Chaos Monkeys.
Obviously, Facebook and other social media have become much more than a means of staying in contact with other people. I believe we could all benefit from a break when it comes to these things. What do you think about all of this? To hear Palihapitiya words on this check out the video below.
Sure, we all feel down in the dumps from time to time, this is normal but if you are down more than you are up, something is wrong. If you dont know how to stay positive, it might be time for you to learn.
There are actually several different things you can do to neutralize negativity and turn it into something positive and useful. You see, by accepting and changing you can move forward much quicker. When you stop resisting everything begins to fall right into place.
Meditation will always be the top of my list when it comes to ridding yourself of negative energy. Meditate for at least 20 minutes a day. Let go of anything that you have been holding onto that does not serve you anymore.
Sometimes in life, we get ourselves in situations where walking away is the best answer. Although it will be hard to do so sometimes, it is for the best. Dont hold onto someone or something for too long.
If you cannot clear your mind get outside and go for a walk. This works for me every single time. I feel the most at peace when I am outside barefoot watching the stars.
Think about all of the positive things in your life. Really let the happiness and gratefulness take over your mind. You have tons to be proud of.
If you need a break take one, and if you need a nap take one. No one is stopping you. In this life, there are few things we have to actually do. Be true to yourself and dont let things become overwhelming.
If there are negative emotions between you and someone else then there is also negative energy following you around. When you can talk it out, it is best to do so. Dont just let things end on such a bad note that you cant even look one another in the eye.
Creativity is something we all have whether we notice it or not. Find something you like to do and do it. Let this hobby bring a new sens...
If you frequently suffer from colds, you need
to do something to strengthen your immune system. Sergei
Bubnovsky is a professor from Moscow who has an innovating new
technique that can help you improve your immunity and overall
According to the professor, soaking your legs in an ice-cold bath for 10-15 seconds after coming home from work can reinforce your immune system and prepare it for the fight against colds, flu and even prevent cancer!
Also, a study from England found that taking daily cold showers increased the numbers of disease-fighting white blood cells (compared to people who took hot showers).
The investigators at Britains Thrombosis Research Institute suggested that as the body tries to warm itself during and after a cold shower, metabolic rate speeds up and activates the immune system, which leads to the release of more white blood cells.
As the oil industry collapses, Iron and Earth wants to use oil workers skill sets to create a more renewable energy system.
As oil prices crashed in 2015 and jobs began to disappear in Canadas tar sands, a group of local workers started thinking about a new opportunity: how to retrain fellow oil and gas workers to work in renewable energy instead.
The massive deal is expected to be announced later today, according to a source who spoke to Reuters. At $75 billion, the deal equates to about $40 a sharea premium on Foxs current share price, which is currently around $33. The deal will transfer Fox assets to Disney including the Twentieth Century Fox movie and
The massive deal is expected to be announced later today, according to a source who spoke to Reuters. At $75 billion, the deal equates to about $40 a sharea premium on Foxs current share price, which is currently around $33. The deal will transfer Fox assets to Disney including the Twentieth Century Fox movie and TV studio. That means Disney will acquire the rights to shows like The Simpsons and Modern Family and major film franchises including X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Avatar, and Ice Age. One of the Fox assets that wont be sold to Disney, however, is cable news channel, Fox News, which will remain under Fox owner Rupert Murdochs control.
College adviser facing charges for disrupting UConn event --Gregory is accused of stealing Wintrich's speech from the podium amidst general pandemonium created by student protesters at the event, which took place November 28 at the University of Connecticut. | 13 Dec 2017 | A Quinebaug Valley Community College (Killingly, CT) adviser faces charges of sixth-degree larceny and disorderly conduct for stealing the property of conservative commentator Lucian Wintrich during a recent lecture. Wintrich, on the other hand, who faced a charge of breaching the peace for forcibly attempting to recover the copy of his speech that was stolen by Catherine Gregory, announced Monday that he was cleared of all of charges...In a video that has since gone viral, Gregory is shown stealing the speech of off the podium from which Wintrich was attempting to speak over rowdy student protesters, leading Wintrich to attempt to retrieve his property himself.
Miscarriages arent talked about enough and they seriously should be. It hurts, some would even describe it as one of the worst pains imaginable.
Many people think that it is something that will never happen to them, but the truth is it is a very real possibility. It is a sad fact that 15 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. They should be brought to the attention of the mainstream media more often. Theres just nothing as devastating as losing the life that grew inside of you but that doesnt mean you cant get past it.
Miscarriages are one of the hardest mental afflictions to get past. There is something that magically happens that forms a bond between you and the life you are carrying and once you lose that life, its ultimately like you lost part of yourself. Having to say goodbye to someone you never got to say hello to hurts, it is like a part of yourself has been ripped away. But never feel as if you cant get past it. You will, and you should never blame yourself for the loss of your baby. Some angels are just too good to send down to Earth.via
The case had been a civil matter between the two companies, with Waymo alleging that a former Uber exec stole self-driving car technology from them, used those secrets to start a competing company, and then sold that company to Uber for $680 million. But now a letter dated November 22 has been unsealed by the
The case had been a civil matter between the two companies, with Waymo alleging that a former Uber exec stole self-driving car technology from them, used those secrets to start a competing company, and then sold that company to Uber for $680 million. But now a letter dated November 22 has been unsealed by the judge presiding over the case revealing the Justice Department is investigating the incident as a criminal matter, reports the AP. The letter was sent from the DOJ to the presiding judge to inform him of other information in the case, including that a former Uber security specialist told the Justice Department that Uber employees frequently used non-attributable electronic devices (i.e., burner phones) to conceal their use of stolen technology.
CNN, who claims to be Most Trusted Name in News, has demonstrated that they are by no means to be trusted nor are they ever impartial. They are never reporting the news, they try so desperately to make the news.
CNN, along with MSNBC and CBS, have shown the entire world that the American Mainstream Media is nothing but ranting propaganda. The spectacle before the entire world came last Friday. CNN devoted 12 straight minutes to declare they had the exclusive bombshell that would get rid of Trump once and for all. They reported that they had an email which proved that WikiLeaks had secretly offered the Trump campaign, even to Donald Trump himself, special access to the Democratic National Committee emails BEFORE they were published on the internet. CNN reported that this would prove a conspiracy between the Trump family and WikiLeaks. Of course, they have also declared that WikiLeaks was an arm of Russian intelligence, and therefore Trump had a direct personal link to Putin.
They based everything on an email sent by someone named Michael J. Erickson who nobody had heard of. CNN was not able to even identify who this person was. The email was addressed to Donald Trump Jr., which had offered a decryption key and access to DNC emails that WikiLeaks had uploaded.
CNN was so excited out of its mind for they would get rid of Trump for Hillary. They told the world the email was dated September 4th, which was 10 days BEFORE WikiLeaks began promoting access to the emails online. They declared this was the smoking-gun clearly establishing that the Trump was being offered special advanced access to the DNC archive, which they said was really from the Kremlin via Wikileaks.
CNN claimed it had multiple sources on this smoking-gun. They refuse to say who or how did they so stupidly take an email that was dated September 14th from a nobody and reported that it was dated September 4th. Multiple sources confirmed September 4th? It appears CNN just made up the multiple sources to try to make this a major Trump-Killer story.
Hours after CNN had broadcast its story that would topple the Trump presidency and see him dragged from the White House in chains by his hair, Washington Post reported that CNN got the key fact of the story completely wrong. Their headline read: Email pointed Trump campaign to WikiLeaks documents that were already public.
Congressional Republicans finally reached a deal on the tax cuts, the biggest reform in 30 years. This sets the stage for a vote next week. The U.S. corporate tax rate was changed upward moving to 21%. The top[ tax rate will be reduced marginally from 39.6% to 37%.
The corporate alternative minimum tax will probably be repealed. The proposed $10,000 cap for state and local property tax deductions should survive and the cap on mortgage interest deductions will be set at $750,000 on home loans, and provide the owners of pass-through businesses with a tax rate of 20%.
Of course, the criticism from Democrats is the typical Marxist slant that the Republican plan benefits the rich and corporations rather than the middle class. Small business employs 70% of the civil workforce and that is the engine that creates jobs. The top rate moves down from 39.6^ to just 36%, so that is nothing to write home about, yet the Democrats will do so anyway.
The criticism from Democrats that the tax bill will benefit corporations is classic. What they fail to mention is that who is the biggest holder of corporate shares? PENSION FUNDS! So who gets the benefit? Predominantly the Middle Class not the rich.
The deal would gut part of the Obamacare health law by repealing a federal fine on individuals who fail to obtain health insurance. That is a major benefit to the youth who the Democrats have devastated. It was the Clintons who eliminated the right to go bankrupt on Student Loans, and then Obama put in the fine upon the youth if they refused to buy healthcare. The youth have been abused by the Democrats on a wholesale basis.
The final bill could be announced on Friday, with the final vote expected...
QUESTION: Marty; All of these Robo trading plans are simply a flat model. Socrates is forecasting short and long-term rather than just trading a flat model. Am I correct?
ANSWER: Correct. The approach to modeling is traditionally flat. It will take one market and attempt to create a buy/sell model on that market exclusively to the exclusion of all other markets. This is the reason these flat models will blow up even such things as the Black & Scholls, which won the Noble Prize before it created the Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM) collapse in 1998. That is the subject of the book titled When Genius Failed.
The flat model approach is a disaster. They will work for a while and then blow up BECAUSE they are incapable of grasping the wildcard contagion that comes from outside that single market. That is what happened in the LTCM collapse. The illiquidity in the collapse of the Russian market led to the selling of all other markets to raise cash to cover losses in Russian bonds.
There are plenty of people who are soliciting money claiming they have mastered our model. That is absolute nonsense because they are interjecting their own OPINION and that will be a guaranteed loss down the road. This requires NO OPINION and the fact that someone will try to supplement by writing reports on markets shows they are basing their trading on their own opinion of WHAT they think the market will do.
Weekly Geo-political News and
Civil war in Western Deep State intensifies with mass arrests in Washington DC, firefights in California
By Benjamin Fulford, White Dragon Society
The power struggle and undeclared civil war at the top of the Western secret government intensified radically during the past week, with mass arrests of Khazarian gangsters around the United States and elsewhere, multiple sources concur. There was also a declaration by U.S. President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a move that is not what it seems. We will discuss this further below.
First, though, we need to look at the extremely unusual events taking place in California. These days, the citizens of that state must be feeling like the Solomon Islanders did during World War 2 when the Japanese and Americans fought on their land. There is now very strong evidence that energy weapons like lasers are being used by opposing factions in California, agree Pentagon and NSA sources.
The heat is on, as the Bel Air fire in Los Angeles targets the Getty Center pedo underground base, while the fire in San Diego apparently targets U.S. Marine base Camp Pendleton, note Pentagon sources. Videos have emerged showing what appear to be laser beams coming from the sky and setting off fires. Furthermore, buildings are being completely destroyed by fire, while trees standing next to them are unharmed.
So by now we've pointed out how 200 engineers, internet legends, nearly 1000 startups, countless internet companies, 30 small ISPs, and millions of American consumers have told the FCC its plan to repeal net neutrality is extreme and will harm competition, innovation, and the health of the internet. But we've also pointed out repeatedly how this makes absolutely no difference at Trump's FCC, which appears mindlessly dedicated toward one singular purpose: pleasing entrenched telecom duopolies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.
In a groundbreaking report, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that cannabidiol (CBD) the relaxant property of cannabis used in medical marijuana is beneficial for cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimers, Parkinsons and many more diseases, AND should not be a scheduled drug.
The Walt Disney Company and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (21st Century Fox) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox, including the Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, along with cable and international TV businesses, for approximately $52.4 billion in stock.
Aid agency Doctors Without Borders says killings carried out in August and September as part of 'ethnic cleansing' condemned by UN.
Is water a free and basic human right, or should all the water on the planet belong to major corporations and be treated as a product? Should the poor who cannot afford to pay these said corporations suffer from starvation due to their lack of financial wealth? According to the former CEO and now Chairman of the largest food product manufacturer in the world, corporations should own every drop of water on the planet and youre not getting any unless you pay up.
Whistleblowing stories have become something of a commonplace, as a stream of Techdirt posts attests. Some leaks offer massive revelations, like the documents released by Chelsea Manning, or Edward Snowden. Others are smaller scale, but expose unsuspected activities that powerful people were trying to keep in the shadows. Here, for example, is a recent leak published in the Guardian about big companies spying on law-abiding organizations that dare to disagree with them
On Wednesday, Congress Republicans were said to reach a deal on final tax legislation, clearing the way for final votes next week on a package that, if approved, would be sent to President Donald Trump to sign into law. While the formal language of the legislation has not been released, the following are the known provisions on which House of Representatives and Senate tax writers have agreed, based on Reuters reporting.
Authorities in the Chinese province of Xinjiang have begun collecting DNA and biometrics from all its residents, Human Rights Watch reported Wednesday. All residents between 12 and 65 are having DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans, and blood types collected.
The Bank of England is putting the United Kingdom on alert. Should the UK keep borrowing money, as Corbyn's Labor Party has advocated, there will be a Venezuela-style economic collapse that will devastate normal citizens. A senior Bank official has warned that the UKs economy would be unlikely to survive borrowing any more cash. Richard Sharp, a member of the Banks Financial Stability Committee, claimed an extra 1trillion had already been borrowed since the 2008 financial crisis, and any more could see the economy collapse in the same quick manner that Venezuelas did.
An analysis of public comments on the FCC's plan to repeal net neutrality rules found that 2 million of them were filed using stolen identities. That's according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Surveys in refugee settlement camps in Bangladesh estimate that at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in Myanmar in a month of violence, including at least 730 under-5s.
(EnviroNews World News) The Chairman, and two
Vice Presidents of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will
stand trial for the death of 44 people who were killed in the
ensuing melee following the March 11, 2011 triple nuclear reactor
meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in eastern
The men will make their first appearance in court on June 30, 2017, answering for what are the only criminal charges so far, in an ongoing nightmare that has become arguably the worst manmade environmental catastrophe the world has ever seen.
Former TEPCO chairman, Tsunehisa Katsumata, 77, alongside former Vice Presidents Sakae Muto, 66, and Ichiro Takekuro, 71 were charged with professional negligence resulting in death and injury, in February of 2016. The trio will appear before the Tokyo District Court, after all three entered a plea of innocent at the arraignment.
We hope the trial will shed light on the responsibility for this accident. The accident hasnt been resolved. There is nuclear waste from the cleanup efforts everywhere in Fukushima, and there are still many unresolved problems, said Ruiko Muto, who leads the group that advocated for the trial, to The Japan Times.
Concerns that children would be taught radical LGBTIQ sex and gender fluid theory were dismissed as lies and red herrings during the marriage postal survey, but now a leading academic says same-sex marriage means it should be mandated. Read More
The US military prison at Guantnamo Bay has been notorious for civil rights violations for decades. Some of the detainees at Guantnamo were children when captured, throughout the prisons dark history there have been multiple cases of children as young as 12 or 13 years old who were tortured and held without trial. In fact, although the prison still holds over 100 people, almost 1000 have passed through, and many of them were proven innocent and released years after being declared an enemy combatant and submitting to torture and imprisonment.
Some of the remaining prisoners who have been there for most of their lives pass the time by creating beautiful works of art, which were recently put on display at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Detainees at the United States military prison camp known as Guantnamo Bay have made art from the time they arrived. Ode to the Sea: Art from Guantnamo Bay displays over thirty of these evocative works, made by men held without trial, some for nearly 15 years. The eight artists include both current (Moath Al-Alwi, Ammar Al-Bluchi, Ahmed Rabbani, and Khalid Qasim) and former (Muhammad Ansi, Djamel Ameziane, Abdualmalik (Alrahabi) Abud, and Ghaleb Al-Bihani) detainees.
Only two of the works in the exhibit have ever been displayed before. Many of the rest were taken from Guantnamo by the detainees lawyers specially for this exhibit after a laborious process of searching, scanning, and analysis for hidden messages. A stamp reading Approved by US Forces signals that the works have been cleared, and its ink often bleeds through to the image on the other side, a ghostly mix of art and authority.
The exhibit includes drawings and paintings as well as three-dimensional works crafted from the few materials permitted to detainees, including model ships made from parts of shirts, prayer caps, razors, and mops. As former detainee Mansoor Adayfi explains in an essay written for the exhibition catalog, the theme of the show was chosen because the sea means freedom that no one can control or own, freedom for everyone. Although detainees were held close to the sea, tarps blocked their view until they were removed for four days in 2014 in anticipation of a hurricane; after that, Adayfi recalls, all of those who could draw made drawings about the sea.
However, once news of the exhibition reached The Pentagon, the US Department of Defense stopped all shipments of art from Guantnamo and also threatened to take away and destroy the inmates art. The agency effectively eliminated transfer of detainee produ...
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This is the worst electoral defeat for the opposition in Venezuela since 2005. Dec. 10 will not only go down as a date to remember in the annals of Venezuelan history for the Battle of Santa Ins of 1859 during the Federal War, but will also be bitterly remembered by the bourgeois opposition for the electoral hammering they received at the hands of Chavismo in the municipal elections held on that fateful day in 2017. The United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV, painted the municipal map deep red by winning 327 of 335 (97.6 percent) mayoralties democratically contested leaving the arrogant and stubborn opposition with a bloodied nose as their destabilization strategy fell apart. The major opposition parties such as First Justice, Popular Will and Democratic Action did not postulate candidates and recommended abstaining to their supporters - which they duly did - handing these nationwide elections on a silver platter to President Maduro. Voter turnout was 47.2 percent or just over 9.3 million votes. This was no surprise as opposition voters followed the example of lemmings plunging over a cliff and stayed at home blindly adhering to their leaders' abstention advice and not supporting the democratic process.
Pope Francis has warned that Satan is an evil force who is "more intelligent" than mortals and will "make your head spin." He urged Christians not to let the Devil into their heads. "He is evil, he's not like fog. He's not a diffuse thing, he is a person. One must not talk to Satan, if you start talking to Satan you are lost, he is more intelligent than us," Pope Francis said during an interview with Catholic television channel TV2000, which was published online by Italian newspaper La Stampa. "He always pretends to be well-mannered with us. He is well-mannered with us priests, with us bishops. He comes in and it all ends badly if you do not notice this in time," he said.
"The Office of Poofness"
MID WEEK BY ZAP from "The Office of Poofness" 12-13-17
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME. I AM UNDER THE CARE OF A TRULY AMAZING LADY THAT HEALS WITH LIVING FOODS. I AM STARTING TO FEEL BETTER AND IF I FOLLOW THIS REGIMEN, I STAND TO BE BACK ON MY FEET VERY SOON.
UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS NOT ENOUGH TO CONTINUE THE FOOD REGIMEN AND I AM HOPING THAT ALL GOES WELL TOMORROW AND THE RELEASE THAT WAS PROMISED TAKES EFFECT AND OUR FUNDS MAKE IT OUT TO THE PAYMASTER. IF NOT, THEN YES I COULD SURE USE A BIT OF HELP. ONE INDIVIDUAL IS SITTING ON A FENCE WONDERING IF HE SHOULD HELP AND I HOPE HE DOES.
I WAS ALSO INFORMED THAT THE PROJECT FUNDS WILL BE RELEASEDTOMORROW AS WELL, AND THOSE WILL MAKE IT OVER THE WEEKEND SO AT LEAST WE CAN GET A FEW CRITICAL FILES CASHED UP BEFORE CHRISTMAS. IT WILL BE A BIG RUSH TO GET EVERYTHING DONE, BUT I THINK WE WILL MAKE IT.
NOW FOR THE GREAT NEWS. I RECEIVED A CALL THAT THE FIRST GROUPS AFTER THE BIG BOYS ARE GETTING THEIR CURRENCIES AUTHENTICATED THIS WEEK, AND CLOSINGS AND PAYMENTS ON THESE TRANSACTIONS WILL BE NEXT WEEK JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
IF YOU ARE IN ONE OF THESE GROUPS, THEN PERHAPS YOU HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED THIS INFORMATION BUT FOR THOSE THAT HAVE NOT, TAKE HEART AS YOU WILL SOON FROM MY UNDERSTANDING.
AS STATED BEFORE, THE CURRENCY MOVES FIRST BEFORE THE HISTORIC BONDS, SO THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE PENDING TRANSACTIONS IN THE BOND WORLD, YOU CAN KINDA SMELL YOUR TRANSACTIONS COMING TO LIFE PRETTY SOON. PROBABLY IN THE NEW YEAR I THINK AFTER THE MAJORITY OF THE CURRENCY TRANSACTIONS ARE COMPLETED.
IN OTHER NEWS, TRUMP IS PUSHING TO PASS THE TAX BILL THROUGH BEFORE CHRISTMAS, BUT I DO NOT KNOW HOW THAT AFFECTS THE CURRENCY TRANSACTIONS AS YET. WHEN I DO I WILL REPORT ON THAT, BUT THESE TRANSACTIONS HAVE TAX TREATIES ATTACHED TO THEM SO THEY MAY FALL UNDER A DIFFERENT AUSPICE IN THE TAX WORLD. THAT IS SOMETHING TO BE WATCHING.
THE BANKING SYSTEM IS BEING REVAMPED OF COURSE, AND ONE OF THE MAJOR SIGNS OF THIS PROCESS IS THE LIFTING OF THE LEGAL STUFF FROM HSBC UK. THEY WERE BAD BOYS A WHILE AGO, AND THEY HA...
As a much-needed reckoning happens in the workplace, look to college campuses for a note of caution. In the final five years of his presidency Barack Obama's administration undertook a worthy and bold challenge: The elimination of sexual assault on campuses. In fact, Obama's team had a much more ambitious goal in mind. Vice President Joe Biden, the point person for the campus initiative, said at the end of his term that the administration was seeking "to fundamentally change the culture around sexual assault"-everywhere. New rules of sexual engagement between college students were written at the directive of the administration, but top Obama officials said they wanted these to be applied in the workplace and beyond. "You're going to change the workplaces you work in," Tina Tchen, director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, said at a 2016 event honoring campus sexual assault activists. "You're going to raise your sons and daughters differently." They expected this transformation to take years. But with the daily toppling of powerful men who have committed sexual violations in Hollywood, the media, Congress and more, these changes have become seismic. The silenced have been given voice, and their testimony has resulted in the swift professional demise of perpetrators. Shocking descriptions of the behavior of powerful men have shown that it's not universally understood that it's unacceptable to display one's genitals at work or to sexually abuse colleagues.
As the growing Trump dossier scandal continues to expand, Sen. John McCain has reportedly checked into the hospital for cancer complications. This is not the fist time McCain has sought medical treatment after his role in recent anti-Trump scandals have heated up. This story is developing.
Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson, who was under investigation for alleged sexual molestation, has committed suicide. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson shot himself on a bridge on Greenwell Ford Road in Mt. Washington, and the gun was recovered. Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Johnson posted the following message on his Facebook page:
Tracking down a solution for a calendar riddle wrapped up in an enigma is not something that happens everyday. The riddle wrapped up in an enigma is the 2nd century AD Coligny Calendar that contains 62 lunar months spread over five years. The so-called "Calendar of Coligny" is a fragmented bronze plaque that was found in 1897 in the remains of a Roman Temple of Apollo in Coligny, Ain, France. Coligny Calendar - Marc Carlson - 9 June 2004 http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/calendar/coligni.html The restored tablet contains sixteen vertical columns, with 62 months distributed over five years. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coligny_calendar It shows 12 repeating units comprised of alternating 29 and 30 lesser units, and so appearing to correspond to the 13 lunar months of the solar year made up of 29 or 30 days. Coligny Calendar - Marc Carlson - 9 June 2004 http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/calendar/coligni.html See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/the-heinsohn-horizon-calendar-conundrum/
The following is an excerpt from The Cheese
Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose
Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy, which was released by
Hachette Book Group.
Which foods do you find most addictive?
Thats the question University of Michigan researchers asked. The idea was, which foods lead you to lose control over how much you eat? Which ones are hard to limit? Which ones do you eat despite negative consequences?
The researchers surveyed 384 people and here is what they found:
Guaranteeing rights rather than building walls or restricting travel is the only appropriate response to the forced displacement of millions of people, says a new report.
(GV) US President Donald Trumps declaration that the country would move its embassy in Israel to the city of Jerusalem was met with shock throughout the world. Among Palestinians, however, it was outrage mixed with a distinctive lack of surprise.
Jerusalem is a controversial site of contention in the so-called Israeli-Palestinian peace process for the simple reason that both the State of Israel and the State of Palestine claim it as their capital. Under international law, East Jerusalem is considered to be occupied Palestinian territory Israel captured the city, previously under Jordanian rule, during the 1967 Six-Day War and all embassies to Israel, up until this recent development, were located in Tel Aviv.
Palestinians living in the city have long experienced discrimination under Israeli control. According to the series entitled A City for All? produced by the collective Visualizing Palestine, as of October 2017, 10,000 Palestinians born in Jerusalem have no legal status because their parents hold different ID cards. Despite being 37% of the current population of Jerusalem, Palestinians have received only 10% of the citys budget for their neighborhoods.
And between 2004 and 2016, 685 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem were demolishedleaving 2,513 people homeless. Home demolitions are part of a broader Israeli policy to alter the demographic and geospatial makeup of Jerusalem, privileging Jewish settlers over the indigenous Palestinian population:
DEEP STATE DOES BAMA: Senate Election
Stolen, Rigged By All The Usual Suspects
Posted on December 13, 2017
AL Election Stolen by the Democrats via Pervasive Voting Fraud, Recount Demanded, Court Orders Ballots Destroyed
State of the Nation
Moore Didnt Lose; Doug Jones Only Won with Democrat Vote Fraud, RINO Collusion, Fake MSM Pre-election Polls and Judicial Corruption by Alabama Courts
If the Democrats are allowed to steal an election as controversial as the Roy Moore special ballot, especially with the national media spotlight on every aspect, it will be very easy for them to use the same playbook for the 2018 midterms. Thats why it is imperative for Team Trump to expose the whole fraudulent electoral process. Everyone knows Deep State has been rigging elections forever; now its time to shut down the election theft for good.
Longtime Political Analyst
Another election in America, another transparent case of outright voting fraud.
The U.S. electoral system is now SO broken that the American people fully expect their elections to be stolen by the Deep State favorite.
This is what it has come to, so theres no surprise whatsoever that the Alabama Senate race was full of fraud and corruption at every level.
Evidence of Voter Fraud in Alabama As Mobile County Results Come In Late
Not only did the Mainstream Media at the national level attempt to fix the result by repeatedly leveling false accusations against Republican Roy Moore, they published entirely fake poll data at every turn.
Too much at stake not to steal it
The quest to beat the ageing process is one that has captivated mankind for ages. Looking back through history, tales of the Fountain of Youth have been shared dating back to the 5th century BC where it could be seen in the writings of Herodotus. Fascinated with the idea of restoring youth, countless people held onto the dream of beating time and discovering immortality.
We have not given up our efforts today, in fact, the human population is trying harder than ever! Today, instead of seeking out a legendary fountain we invest our time, energy and finances into different products, diet plans and beauty regimes, all with the hope of slowing and even reversing the effects of ageing. In fact, experts predict that the global anti-aging market will reach $216.52 billion USD by the year 2021!Source: saponifier | Pixabay
Different fads and products circulate through the celebrity world, each garnering its share of support. As their popularity increases so too does the prevalence of celebrity endorsements throughout the Internet and various social media platforms. Some of these suggestions will quickly fade into our memories, replaced by the next fad, diet or miracle product, while the select few, backed by actual science, stick around continuing to prove their effectiveness.
The use of autophagy and fasting in order to trigger the bodys own biological defences against the aging process is one of the latest discussions among celebrities and the mainstream media. Endorsed by such well-known faces as Christy Turlington, Ben Affleck, Miranda Kerr, Hugh Jackman, Liv Tyler and Beyonc, this science-backed approach to understanding an ideal diet and nutritional plan is said to promote weight loss, balance your metabolism, detoxify the body and slow down the process of aging, and its all natural!
Using autophagy to fight aging works by triggering the body to replace aged and damaged cells with new, fresh ones. In doing so, it promotes healthy, rejuvenated...
CNN host Anderson Cooper raised eyebrows when he called President Trump a 'pathetic loser' on Twitter, after GOP candidate Roy Moore lost the Alabama senate race on Tuesday. However, Cooper has denied responsibility for the tweet, saying his account was hacked. Trump, who had backed both GOP candidates Luther Strange and Roy Moore before Moore took the nomination, said that he had originally endorsed Strange because Moore would lose the election. Roy Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court judge, has been accused of sexually assaulting four women, when they were teenagers and he was in thirties.
With the December New Moon coming up in Sagittarius, there are several things you need to be aware of. This will be one of the strongest astrological influences we have had all year.
The New Moon is set to happen on December 18th and will be at 26 degrees Sagittarius. For those who do not know the New Moon in itself is a sign of a new beginning. It represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. With this New Moon, we should be expecting an intense frequency change and lots of new energies. I know you are probably thinking wow more energies as if there werent enough. I know exactly what you mean, all of these energetic shifts in recent times have me feeling out of whack as well.
This New Moon is the perfect moment to try and begin making some changes in your life. If youve been waiting to begin new projects this would be the time to get down to it. This will be the last New Moon of the month and it might be exactly what we have all been needing to push our energies right into the new year.
Think if this energy more as a means of inspiration. It will work to put everything that needs to be put in motion, in motion. During this time we need support and we need connections. Dont shy away from those who care for you.
Use the energy you gain from this New Moon to release anything that has been holding you back and if you dont want to bring it with you to 2018, let it go. Your goals will become less complicated and your foundation will be strong. If you have been struggling creatively that will come to an end here soon.
Your New Moon goals will be met tenfold. This energy is going to bring nothing but positive influence over you. This New Moon is so close the what is considered the galactic center is going to be quite intense. Be prepared for rapid awakenings and in some cases dramatic upgrades. Make this energy into something special.
This rebirth is not something to take lightly. Continue forward and embrace all that is in store for you. 2018 is going to be great if you truly believe in yourself. That being said, remember you dont have to do anything alone, as I said above your support system is crucial.
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No society can understand itself without looking at its shadow side. Gabor Mat, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
Something wicked bubbles just beneath the surface of the collective conscience. Our society is rife with corruption, predation, perversion, over-consumption, violence, addiction and so much more. Somehow enough is never enough, as if the driving force behind human existence is pure want.
This is not true, though, for we know that spiritually well beings are content beings, looking no further than the present moments blessings for satisfaction. We dont have an inherent need for want. Want is a symptom, not the condition. Its something that enters when the spirit is untended to.
It must then be a spiritual illness which plagues society. Something secretly driving so many of us mad with insatiable desire for sensation and objects. Unforgiving cravings that manifest in any way imaginable, from sex, to money, to food, to power and even in the need to be perfect. Its a war against the self, waged unconsciously by the self. A below subconscious campaign of self-annihilation.
There are no contemporary metaphors to understand this kind of emptiness. The void just is. And since the void is so rarely acknowledged and so rarely looked at deeply, it sits in the shadows driving us mad, steering with impulse.
In Chinese Buddhist philosophy, though, there is a story that fits. The hungry ghost.
In Chinese Buddhist teachings, hungry ghosts are unable to take in or assimilate what they desperately need. The problem lies in their constricted throatswhich cannot open for nourishment. They wander aimlessly in search of relief that is not forthcoming. [...
Recent reports that Bitcoin and blockchain technologies are in a bubble may be inspired by the fact that crypto currencies stand to completely upend the global financial systems that have been in place for hundreds of years. And while its easy to draw parallels to Tulip Mania and suggest Bitcoin prices may be reaching a top because of the rapid and meteoric rise of cryptocurrencies in recent months, what tulips didnt have that Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies do, is access to, quite literally, every single human on the planet who has a a cell phone, computer or other smart device.
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Lieutenant-governor Tina Smith will fill Minnesota's seat in the US Senate vacated by Senator Al Franken over accusations of sexual misconduct. She will face a special election next year. Smith, 59, will serve until January 2019. She will have to run in a special election next November. If she wins that race, she would have to run again in 2020, when Franken would have faced re-election. Governor Mark Dayton made the announcement on Wednesday. Smith was widely considered a favorite to win the 2018 gubernatorial election.
Gowdy: Mueller Probe 'Conflicts of Interest' Troublesome for an 'Objective FBI' | 13 Dec 2017 | Congressman Trey Gowdy said the perceived conflicts of interest in Robert Mueller's probe of President Trump hurt the FBI's and DOJ's standing in the public's view. "This was a really bad fact pattern," Gowdy (R-S.C.) said of allegations of politically charged language or actions against Peter Strzok, Andrew Weissmann and Bruce Ohr. "These are really bad facts if you believe in an impartial Department of Justice and FBI," he said. Gowdy grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about "obsequious emails" sent by Weissmann to "a fact witness" later identified as outgoing Attorney General Sally Yates.
Federal Reserve, buoyed by stronger economy, lifts rates again | 13 Dec 2017 | The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised interest rates one notch higher as the U.S. economy continues to get healthier. The rate hike, which was widely expected, was the third this year. Policy makers pointed to the lower number of unemployed workers, increased spending by households, and bigger investments by businesses in recent quarters...Policy makers plan to raise rates three more times in 2018, and then twice in 2019.
Ex-Spy Chief Admits Role In 'Deep State'
Intelligence War On Trump
Dec 12, 2017 5:31 AM
Source: Zero Hedge | B y Tyler Durden
An ex-spy chief who spoke out publicly against Trump while inspiring other career intelligence figures to follow suit has admitted his leading role in the intelligence community waging political war against the president, describing his actions as something he didn't "fully think through". In a surprisingly frank interview, the CIA's Michael Morell - who was longtime Deputy Director and former Acting Director of the nation's most powerful intelligence agency - said that it wasn't a great idea to leak against and bash a new president.
Morell had the dubious distinction of being George W. Bush's personal daily briefer for the agency before and after 9/11, and also served under Obama until his retirement. In the summer of 2016 he took the unusual step (for a former intelligence chief) of openly endorsing Hillary Clinton in a New York Times op-ed entitled, I Ran the C.I.A. Now I'm Endorsing Hillary Clinton, after which he continued to be both an outspoken critic of Trump and an early CIA voice promoting the Russian collusion and election meddling narrative.
Acting director of the CIA Michael Morell with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
in 2013. Image source: Wiki Commons, DoD
As Politico's Susan Glasser put in a newly published interview, Morell "has emerged out of the shadows of the deep state" to become one of Trump's foremost critics speaking within the intel community. However, Politico summarizes the interview as follows:
But in a revealingly self-critical and at times surprising interview for this weeks Global POLITICO, Morell acknowl...
Bill O'Reilly: Secret Tape Exists Of Woman
Offered $200K To File Sexual Harassment Charges Against Trump
Dec 13, 2017 11:36 AM
Content originally published at iBankCoin.com
Hours after several of Donald Trump's accusers assembled for a Monday press conference to call on congress to launch an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against the President, Bill O'Reilly appeared on Glenn Beck's radio show to discuss what he claims is the existence of a tape showing a woman being offered $200,000 to accuse Donald Trump of 'untoward behavior.'
O'Reilly told Beck that his lawyer listened to the tape and that there are at least three crimes contained on it:
O'Reilly: There is a tape, Beck, an audio tape of an anti-Trump person offering $200,000 to a woman to accuse Donald Trump of untoward behavior.
Beck: Is this tape going to be released?
O'Reilly: I may have to go to the US Attorney myself. I don't wanna have to do that and inject myself into the story, but I had my lawyer listen to the tape. He's listened to it. There are at least three crimes on the tape. So as a citizen, I may have to do this.
Beck: I will tell you Bill, the first thing that you say - well I'm trying to get it, I'm trying to get it so it can be released. You weren't talking about getting it for YOU to release it, but it had to be out there. And I think the first time I said to you, I mean, if they don't - you've gotta bring it to the US Attorney.
O'Reilly: Again, it's in the hands of someone who knows the seriousness of the situation.
Beck: What is their hesitancy?...
Did you know that people who are considered to be highly intelligent also tend to have fewer friends? It seems they really just dont need social interactions as much as other people do, but why?
According to a study from last year lead by researchers Norman Li and Satoshi Kanazawa, people with higher intelligence who are seeking happiness should not be looking for it in other people and they know it. During the course of this study, these researchers were able to determine that while human beings do seem happier when they have frequent social interactions people who are highly intelligent do not. They noticed a reverse in this when it came to highly intelligent people.
This study actually seems to suggest that those who are smarter are quite possibly evolved past the need for frequent social interactions. These researchers used what they call the savanna theory of happiness to explain two main findings from their analysis. While smart people do still have friends they just dont need to spend as much time with them.
The effect of population density on life satisfaction was, therefore, more than twice as large for low-IQ individuals than for high IQ-individuals.
More intelligent individuals were less satisfied with life if they socialized with their friends more frequently.
Dr. Carol Graham from the Brookings Institute told the Washington Post that those who are highly intelligent may actually see socializing as a distraction, something that takes away from their goals. Those who are highly intelligent are more focused on their long-term objectives. I guess when you really get to thinking about it, it does make a lot of sense.
The findings in here suggest (and it is no surprise) that those with more intelligence and the capacity to use it are less likely to spend so much time socializing because they are focused on some other longer-term objective,
Do you like to socialize with your friends often or does it feel like a chore? I for one was a bit shocked by these findings. What do you think about all of this?
At least half the worlds population is unable to access essential health services and many others are forced into extreme poverty by having to pay for healthcare they cannot afford, the World Health Organisation says.
Some 800 million people worldwide spend at least 10 per cent of their household income on healthcare for themselves or a sick child, and as many as 100 million of those are left with less than $US1.90 ($A2.66) a day to live on as a result, the WHO said.
In a joint report with the World Bank, the United Nations health agency said it was unacceptable that more than half the worlds people still dont get the most basic healthcare.
If we are serious not just about better health outcomes but also about ending poverty we must urgently scale up our efforts on universal health coverage, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said in a statement with the report.
Anna Marriott, health policy advisor for the international aid agency Oxfam, said the report was a damning indictment of governments efforts on health.
Healthcare, a basic human right, has become a luxury only the wealthy can afford, she said in a statement.
The WHO and World Bank report did have some positive news: This century has seen a rise in the number of people getting services such as vaccinations, HIV/AIDS drugs, and mosquito-repelling bed nets and contraception, it said.
But there are wide gaps in the availability of services in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia, the report found.
In other regions, basic services such as family planning and child immunisation are more available, but families are suffering financially to pay for them.
Yong Kim said this was a sign that the system is broken.
We need a fundamental shift in the way we mobilise resources for health and human capital, especially at the country level, he said.
Two studies of the storm that overwhelmed Houston last summer say global warming made the rain much worse.
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08 Dec 2017 | Afrik.comLors de l'implantation de ces programmes au Bnin, les droits des propritaires coutumiers sont loin d'tre respects, selon Jos Herbert Ahodode
10 Dec 2017 | ReutersFrom Cambodia to the Philippines, women land rights defenders face increasing levels of violence and intimidation
12 Dec 2017 | Cameroon.netPour les populations, il s'agit d'une injustice sociale orchestre par les autorits locales.
12 Dec 2017 | France 3Dans l'Allier, en France, 900 hectares viennent d'tre rachets par une socit chinoise. Pourquoi ? Comment ? Quelles consquences ? Quels enjeux ? Rponse : dimanche 17 dcembre 11h30.
13 Dec 2017 | Actu-EnvironnementLes politiques climatiques fondes sur la production d'agro-carburants et les projets de puits de carbone forestiers amplifient l'accaparement des territoires agricoles et forestiers dans des proportions sans prcdent
13 Dec 2017 | Jeune AfriqueJean-Franois Mombia Atuku vient d'effectuer une tourne en Europe pour dire de visu aux Banques europennes de dveloppement ce qui se passe dans les plantations de Feronia.
13 Oct 2017 | Donor PlatformOn 9 October the Platform's Global Donor Working Group on Land organised a side event at the Committee on World Food Security in Rome to draw attention to this still little understood phenomenon.
Notes on some species of geometridae and noctuidae lepidoptera described by j. c. fabricius
Self propelled tea harvesters and their operating costs
Selection of topdressing material for rehabilitation of disturbed areas in the Hunter Valley
Effect of plucking methods in tea on the yield of a Kolkhida plantation and other cultivars
We have all been told time and time again to trust ourselves, particularly in matters of the heart. We hear stories of those who find true love, sharing that they just knew somehow when they met that special someone, love at first sight revealing that they really had discovered the person they were destined to spend their lives with.
Look to the lights of Hollywood and their portrayal of true romance. When their leading lady discovers her Mr. Right she describes feeling butterflies in her stomach, her heart racing, swept away in the moment. How much of this experience is real, and how much is simply made up for the movies? Is Kesha right? Is love a drug?
This very concept that inspired Rutgers University to conduct a 2010 study studying the impact of love on the human body. The researchers investigated the chemical reactions that occur within the human body, comparing these changes to that which occurs when taking drugs and feeling the rush that comes with a high. The connection, they found, was undeniable. Being in love takes us to a state of euphoria, it gets us high.
While there are a number of different tip-offs that we are aware of, like the aforementioned butterflies in the stomach and racing heart rate, there are also many reactions that most Americans have never before been informed about. This includes both biological reactions within our bodies, as well as changes to our way of thinking. If, when speaking with someone that you are currently interested in, you experience any of these signs it may be the sign that you are on the doorstep of something much bigger.Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash
You dont just WANT to spend time with him, you NEED to have him around and in your life. When he isnt around you physically feel a longing for him, an inexplicable need to have him near. This goes beyond your mind and your heart, it is a physical feeling within your body.
The person you are with is, inevitably, going to have an impact on the choices that you make in life. If you are with someo...
Its hard to believe that its almost that time of year again, but New Year Eve is just around the corner, followed by the Chinese New Year on February 16th, 2018. While the Western Zodiac is all compressed into a one-year block of time, determined by the month and date you were born, the Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle with the year that you were born naming the sign you are associated with.
Also known as Sheng Xiao, the Chinese Zodiac refers to the connection between humans born during a specific lunar year with one of 12 zodiac animals. Each is associated with a different set of strengths and weakness, providing an interesting insight into your personality, who you will best get along with and what you have to look forward to in the coming year.Source: The Chairmans Bao
(1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)
The rat is an animal that isnt often considered to be cute or friendly, in fact, too many it is seen as a pest, invading our homes and stealing our food. Its hard to deny, however, that the rate exemplifies wit, flexibility and a spirit to make the best of whatever life may throw their way. This is true of those that are born under this sign. This ability to adapt and conquer means that rats are often masters in the world of business, reacting to situations with an awareness that is unmatched by their competitors.
The year 2018 is going to be a time of growth and change for the rat. Up until this point, the rat has always been very focused on themselves and their own personal wellbeing. In order to succeed, they will need to learn the skills necessary to relate to others in a positive and constructive way.
(1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)
The ox is hardworking and dedicated, often associated with the...
Legislation from the 1990s obligating each and every government agency to undergo an audit annually notwithstanding, the Pentagon with its obscenely bloated allocation in the hundreds of billions eclipsing the defense spending of the next several nation-states, combined managed to escape the nightmarish prospect of accountability in an audit, entirely.
To reiterate, the United States Department of Defense whose Fiscal Year 2018 budget hovers near a profane $700 billion despite heinous bookkeeping wherein no on is entirely sure what happened to over $10 trillion allotted it in annual budgets over the past three decades has never faced an audit, ever, in departmental history.
The Defense Department is starting the first agencywide financial audit in its history, Pentagon officials announced today, a statement on Thursday explained.
Defense Department Comptroller David Norquist told the press he had received notification from the Office of the Inspector General announcing the first-ever audit of the Pentagon beginning this month an endeavor so momentous in scope, no less than 1,200 auditors will be unleashed across the department to help ensure its completion. [Notably, ...
In a direct contradiction of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the White House says there can be no negotiations with North Korea until it fundamentally improves its behaviour.
Given North Koreas most recent missile test, clearly right now is not the time, a White House official told Reuters.
Tillerson said on Tuesday the United States was ready to talk any time North Korea would like to talk, appearing to back away from a key US demand that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.
The White House has declined to say whether President Donald Trump, who has taken a tougher rhetorical line against North Korea than Tillerson, gave approval for the overture.
A day after Tillersons comments at Washingtons Atlantic Council think tank, the White House official, who declined to be named, laid out a more restrictive formula for any diplomatic engagement with North Korea.
The administration is united in insisting that any negotiations with North Korea must wait until the regime fundamentally improves its behaviour, the official said.
As the secretary of state himself has said, this must include, but is not limited to, no further nuclear or missile tests.In his speech, however, Tillerson did not explicitly set a testing freeze as a requirement before talks can begin.
He said it would be tough to talk if Pyongyang decided to test another device in the middle of discussions and that a period of quiet would be needed for productive discussions.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Wednesday appeared to walk back part of Tillersons proposal, saying there would have to be a suspension of North Korean nuclear and missile tests for an undefined length of time before any talks could take place.
And we certainly havent seen that right now, she told reporters, insisting Tillerson had not unveiled a new policy and was on the same page as the White House.
Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang over North Koreas weapons advances have grown this year and recent exchanges of bellicose rhetoric have fuelled fears over the risk of military conflict.
Tillersons relationship with Trump has been strained by differences over North Korea and other issues, and he has seen his influence diminished within the administration.
Senior administration officials said late last month that Trump was considering a plan to oust Tillerson, though the secretary of state has dismissed that.
Tillerson said in his speech that Trump has encouraged our diplomatic efforts.
Trump, however, tweeted in October that Tillerson was wasting his time trying to negotiate with North Korea.
Tillersons overture came near...
The donation will be used to fund a year-long programme to provide training and mediation within Venezuela's fractured opposition, as well as to draw international attention to Venezuela's crisis.
Googles photo-organizing service offers plenty of powerful possibilities beyond its widely known basics. Ready to take your image library to the next level?
With its seamless cloud storage, platform-agnostic syncing, and simple options for sharing, Google Photos has shown that managing even a massive collection of digital images doesnt have to be a nightmare. And theres even more to this app than meets the eye.
It started with Hillary Clinton concocting an absurd story to explain away her pathetic election defeat, pushing a story that 17 intelligence agencies were confident that Russia meddled in US elections, only to have that list whittle down to 3 intelligence agencies being kind of confident that Russia did something to help Trump beat lazy Hillary. To this day not one intelligence expert has explained what exactly "meddling" means when referencing Russia and US elections. Did the Kremlin hack voting machines in Wisconsin? Politifact states that "mountain of evidence points to a single fact: Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election of 2016, but where is this "mountain of evidence?" A seven page report by US intelligence agencies (i.e. Hillary partisan deep state hacks) who did not even have the balls to sign their names to.
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Legendary singer Nina Simone and rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
The Cars, as well as first-time contenders Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, also are part of the 2018 class announced on Wednesday.
They will be inducted on April 14, in Cleveland, Ohio.
The six inductees were chosen from a group of 19 nominees, including Radiohead, who were expected to enter in the Rock Hall in their first year of eligibility, but didnt make it.
Tharpe, known to some as the godmother of rock n roll, will be inducted with the Award for Early Influence.
She died in 1973.
The other five acts will be inducted as performers.
Jazz and soul singer Simone, also a first-time nominee, was a leader in pushing for civil rights and influenced the likes of Alicia Keys and Aretha Franklin before her death in 2003.
The Cars, founded in Boston in 1976, combined New Wave and classic rock sounds.
This year marked the bands third nomination.
Bon Jovi, first nominated in 2011 and again this year, have sold more than 120 million albums and boast hits such as Livin on a Prayer and You Give Love a Bad Name.
Rock Hall voters have recently opened their hearts to progressive rockers, which benefited Nights in White Satin singers The Moody Blues while English rockers Dire Straits blended blues into their music.
Each year, between five and seven acts usually make it into the Rock Hall following a vote from performers, music historians and industry experts.
Fans also were able to vote on the Rock Halls website.
All of the inductees had to have released their first recording no later than 1992 to be eligible.
Here is a wonderful feel-good story just in case your faith in humanity needs to be restored. Representatives for a Maine Toys R Us store say a husband and wife stopped in to pay off $10,000 in layaway orders for other families for the Christmas season.
WGME-TV reports the couple is local and desired to remain anonymous when making the payment at the South Portland store. Store manager Jay Roes says the money is enough to pay off the balance on about 100 layaway accounts. The gift will help make Christmas more affordable for dozens of families in the area.
The total layaway balance at the store remains around $25,000. A nice couple, local, wants to be anonymous came in and wanted to pay off $10,000 in peoples layaways, said store manager Jay Roes. Its a good feeling for my staff to be able to do that for people and its amazing that someone is that generous to take care of people that obviously might need a little help, Roes said.
Customers whove been in so far to discover their layaway items were paid off are seeing their Christmas spirit soar. Roes said its the biggest layaway payoff hes ever seen. My cashier was able to let her know that she didnt have a balance due and she could pick up her stuff. It took her a minute to understand what happened and she cried at the front of my store, Roes said.
The secret Santa couple say they now want to match donations other people make toward the layaway accounts of strangers at Toys R Us.
What a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday season.
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In yet another bombshell revelation that once again proves that the upper echelon of the FBI has actively worked against the elected president, noted anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, have been caught sending thousands of text messages to each other including one in which they speak about an insurance policy against Donald Trump should he win the election.
The bizarre exchange between the two has many believing that they were either speaking about starting the sham Russian investigation or, even more sinister, discussing a deep state plan to assassinate Donald Trump.
I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andys office, that theres no way he [Trump] gets elected but Im afraid we cant take that risk, Strzok shockingly told Page in a text from August 15, 2016.
Its like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before youre 40.
Amazingly, the text message not only confirms that high-level FBI agents were working against Donald Trump the entire time, it also points to Deputy FBI Director Andy McCabe as yet another culprit in the long line of deep state operatives attempting to subvert American democracy.
Consider this. The entire mainstream media, with the help of Democratic operatives and deep state shills, has told the American people over and over again that the Russian investigation is a real and important development. Yet now we know that the man who literally started that investigation was doing so as an insurance policy against a man that he openly hated.
Of course Strzok was also the agent who cornered former national security adviser Michael Flynn in the White House, under false pretenses, to conduct an interview that would eventually lead to Flynn being charged with one count of lying to the FBI.
As I recently reported, Two un-elected FBI agents, including the now infamous Clinton supporter and supervisory special agent Peter Strzok, tricked their way into the White House to grill the nation...
December 14th, 2017 By Jeff Street Guest writer for Wake Up World Recently a reader of my blog asked me to talk more about how to strengthen ones connection to the Divine ones higher self, spirit guides, and spiritual family. Although I dont claim to have all the answers, I decided to share my thoughts on 
This video says about itself:
How Sea Dragons Swam Plesiosaur Locomotion, by Max Hawthorne
26 July 2017
For well over a century, dinosaur enthusiasts and paleontologists alike have wondered how plesiosaurs and pliosaurs the four-flippered sea dragons of the Mesozoic swam. NOW, Max Hawthorne, author of the Kronos Rising series of paleo-novels, and Dr. Mark McMenamin, discoverer of the Triassic Kraken, present their findings.
This 13 December 2017 video is called Plesiosaurs emerged 50 million years earlier than thought.
From the University of Bonn in Germany:
Researchers at the University of Bonn describe this unusual underwater reptile that lived 201 million years ago
December 13, 2017
Plesiosaurs were especially effective swimmers. These long extinct paddle saurians propelled themselves through the Worlds oceans by employing underwater flight similar to sea turtles and penguins. Paleontologist from the University of Bonn, Germany, now describe the oldest plesiosaur in the journal Science Advances, together with colleagues from Japan and France. The find comes from the youngest part of the...
The legacy media is utterly collapsing by the day. With CNN, ABC News, WashPost and the New York Times now routinely caught publishing deliberately faked news stories, no reasonable person trusts anything they say. As just one example of many, see CNN caught in the most epic FAKE NEWS fail weve seen yet and they still refuse to fully retract their blatant lie.
After several hours of breathless coverage of the story, CNNs reporting fell apart, reports the Daily Caller. The email, which was obtained by The Daily Caller and other news outlets, was actually dated Sept. 14, 2016, a day after the documents cited in the email had been published online.
But all these mistakes are precisely the reason we should trust the fake news legacy media, according to CNN guest David Frum. In a truly pathetic and mischievously entertaining attempt to explain why CNN keeps flubbing all its supposed bombshell stories about President Trump, Frum actually said on live television:
The mistakes are precisely the reason the people should trust the media
The more CNN is caught faking the news, the more trust youre supposed to have in CNN
Yes, fear not, brave netizens! The more CNN fakes the news and publishes utterly false facts for political purposes, the more you should trust them!
After all, the mistakes only occurred, were told, because CNN is bending over backwards to be fair to the president. Seriously. Again, from Frum:
The worst mistakes that press organizations have made in their coverage of Trump has precisely occurred in their overzealous effort to be fair to the president.
You cant make this stuff up. Now, the more fake news CNN broadcasts, the more deeply were supposed to trust them, according to Frum. And if only CNN wasnt going out of its way to be fair to president Trump, they wouldnt be getting caught pushing so much fake news.
In essence Oh, yes! CNNs fake news is all Trumps fault! Watch and drool over this historic piece of demented twistery and delusioneering:
A guest post by Thomas Pepinsky, is Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University and Stefanie Walter, Full Professor for International Relations and Political Economy at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich.
Many observers of contemporary global politics conclude that the present moment represents one of the most unsettled times in global politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Shock events such as the Brexit vote, the continued success of radical right populists in continental Europe, the continuing Eurozone crisis, and the unprecedented foreign relations of the Trump presidency all point to a global liberal order under stress. Scholars of comparative and international politics and political economy are now asking questions that would have seemed far-fetched only years ago: how durable is liberal internationalism and the North Atlantic alliance? Will mercantilism replace neoliberalism? Can central bank and supranational economic institutions perform the functions required of them?
Ten leading political scientists who specialize in international and comparative political economy have written answers to these questions in essays (linked in the text below and available on the workshop blog site) that address the changing political and economic landscape in the contemporary era and its implications for political science and international relations. Taken together, they identify three broad themes regarding the challenges that face both our political world, and political scientists seeking to understand these challenges to the contemporary global order.
A first theme is that we are living in a world characterized by
what we term a new complex interdependence. As a result,
to understand domestic and often even local politics requires a
greater appreciation of the interactions between local, national,
and systemic forces. That such interdependence across scales and
political units exists is an old theme in international and
comparative political economy, but we need to renew our focus on
the specific mechanisms that take politics across national borders,
and the new forms of interdependence that have emerged in recent
years. This is particularly important because rising
interdependence on the one hand and domestic politicization of
international cooperation on the other has put governments between
a rock and a hard place.
Frank Schimmelfennig argues that these dilemmas are particularly pronounced in Europe, where integration has achieved unprecedented levels and where governments face calls to both integrate further and to reallocate EU competencies to the member states. New complex interdependence al...
Black women became one of the top trending topics on Twitter throughout the night on Tuesday and into the morning after exit polls showed 97% of black women voted for Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate special election.
Nearly all the most popular tweets had one thing in common: demands for payment.
Thank black women by supporting black women. Pay us. Vote with us. Hire us. Read our writing. Fund our projects and ministries. Vote us into office. Purchase from our businesses. Amplify us. Stand against racism and sexism.
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Thank you Black women.
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Start paying us back by stepping up when publications and miscellaneous folks find a way to dump on us.
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13 December 2017
More than a thousand people have died in Puerto Rico due to failed infrastructure after this years hurricanes.
A man suspected of detonating a pipe bomb in a block-long tunnel near a New York City transportation hub, has revealed that Israeli actions in the Gaza strip, and the sight of a holiday picture, inspired his failed attempt to kill. Akayed Ullah, 27, who lives in Brooklyn, allegedly carried out the attack at the underground 42nd street passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan Monday. Ullah later told police he carried out the attack, which injured himself and three others, to exact revenge for recent Israeli military operations, an unnamed law enforcement source told CNN. Comment: Translation: unconfirmed information. Ullah, a Bangladeshi native who has been in the US for seven years, also reportedly told investigators that he intentionally detonated the pipe bomb in an underground block-long tunnel after he noticed a holiday picture in the corridor. The man further explained that he was inspired by ISIS-style Christmas threats, according to two unnamed law enforcement officials, WNBC reported.
Geoengineering has been back in the news recently after the US National Research Council endorsed a proposal to envelop the planet in a layer of sulphate aerosols to reduce solar radiation and cool the atmosphere.
The proposal has been widely criticised for possible unintended consequences, such as ozone depletion, ocean acidification and reduced rainfall in the tropics. Perhaps even more troubling, geoengineering is a technological fix that leaves the economic and industrial system causing climate change untouched.
The mindset behind geoengineering stands in sharp contrast to an emerging ecological, systems approach taking shape in the form of regenerative agriculture. More than a mere alternative strategy, regenerative agriculture represents a fundamental shift in our cultures relationship to nature.
Regenerative agriculture comprises an array of techniques that rebuild soil and, in the process, sequester carbon. Typically, it uses cover crops and perennials so that bare soil is never exposed, and grazes animals in ways that mimic animals in nature. It also offers ecological benefits far beyond carbon storage: it stops soil erosion, remineralises soil, protects the purity of groundwater and reduces damaging pesticide and fertiliser runoff.
But these methods are slow, expensive and impractical in feeding a growing population, right?
(TFC) The notorious
hacktivist group Anonymous is back, announcing sweeping cyber
assaults on government websites. Entities believed to be
affiliated with the cryptic group pinned the threats to a murky
website, according to International Business Times. Although the
Federal Communications Commissions net neutrality vote is scheduled
for the 14th, Anonymous announcement followed Trump
moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
News started breaking just days ago, refuting recent suspicions that Anonymous was dead. Rather, the hacktivist collective relayed its new project against the Israeli and American governments. Our patience is exhausted, a statement which appeared on the website Cyber guerilla.com, International Business Times reports. The group provided a list of domains associated with the US and Israeli government websites, including White House and military pages.
Although we can expect the usual bag of tricks including DDoS (Denial of Service Attacks), website defacing, and plenty of Easter eggs, who knows what Anonymous has cooking? Whats clear is the collective wants the world to know now its Anonymous time.
Under the banners #OpIsreal, #OpUSA, and #FreedomInTheWorld, they plan to bombard the list of websites as a show of force. Links were provided by the group, including one to a tucked away Cyber Guerilla blog where updates on the Ops will appear.
Greetings citizens of the world , we are Anonymous. It has come to our attention that the Israeli government has ignored repeated warnings about the abuse of human rights, and mistreating innocents Palestinians. The end of the 2017 year will be a month to remember for the Israeli defense forces and internet security forces. We will strike any and all websites that we deem to be in Israeli Cyberspace in retaliation for the mistreating of people in Gaza and other areas. Anonymous has been watching you, and you have received fair warning of our inte...
Corporate pesticide maker Monsanto, which has faced several recent lawsuits against its products, is paying farmers to use its controversial weedkiller XtendiMax with VaporGrip, an herbicide based on a chemical known as dicamba, Yahoo News reported.
The incentive to use XtendiMax aims to refund farmers over half the sticker price of the product in 2018 if they spray it on soybeans that Monsanto engineered to resist it, according to company data.
We believe cash-back incentives for using XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology better enable growers to use a management system that represents the next level of weed control, said Ryan Rubischko, Monsanto product manager.
XtendiMax costs about $11 per acre to buy, and Monsanto is offering an extra $6 per acre in cash back to farmers when they apply it on Xtend soybeans, rather than using another seed-and-chemical combination to control weeds.
The rebate means farmers can receive up to $11.50 per acre in cash back next year when they use XtendiMax along with other approved chemicals, such as one called Intact that aims to prevent drift and costs $2.40 per acre, according to Monsanto.
Monsanto launched a program offering incentives to use multiple herbicides in 2010, according to Reuters.
On Monday of this week, Missouri stated it would ban spraying of XtendiMax in 10 counties after June 1, 2018, and statewide after July 15, 2018...
Even the World Health Organization (WHO) is now saying that there arent any health risks associated with medical marijuana. According to the organization, CBD the relaxant in cannabis used for medical marijuana poses no health risks.
After months and years of speculation regarding the side effects of using cannabidiol (CBD), the WHO declared that the component is a conducive treatment for epilepsy and palliative care and it is neither dangerous nor addictive. However, the WHO is scheduled to undergo a more expansive review of cannabis in 2018.
The report, published Wednesday, reads:
There is increased interest from Member States in the use of cannabis for medical indications including for palliative care.
Responding to that interest and increase in use, WHO has in recent years gathered more robust scientific evidence on therapeutic use and side effects of cannabis and cannabis components.
Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions.
Raul Elizalde, the Mexican father who spearheaded the fight with the Mexican government to legalize medical marijuana so his daughter Grace could help treat the hundreds of seizures she suffered every day, was overjoyed at the news. Im ecstatic that these international health leaders agree that CBD is a substance that should not be scheduled and has therapeutic value for a variety of medical conditions, said Elizalde to Mail Online.
And its important to keep in mind, according to Leafly, there is a distinct difference between CBD and THC.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoid molecules produced by Cannabis, second only to THC in abundance. These plant-derived cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids (phyto = plant in Greek), are chara...
Leaders of Islamic countries have called for East Jerusalem to be recognized as the capital of Palestine, stating that Donald Trump's move last week had voided the status of the US as a mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. The Muslim leaders had gathered in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday for an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). They condemned the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The controversial move was branded "an attack" on the rights of Palestinian people in the final declaration by the summit. The declaration states that the US decision on Jerusalem is equivalent to its withdrawal from the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, NTV broadcaster reported. In its final declaration, the OIC formally recognized East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, according to the broadcaster. "The US administration should give up its role in the peace process, and if the US does not step back, it will be responsible for all the consequences," the declaration states, as quoted by NTV. The organization promised to take the discussion on Trump's Jerusalem move to the UN General Assembly if the UN Security Council fails to take any action.
Negating The Narrative Right off the bat, any reader who frequents the Alt-Media Community needs to leave aside what they think they know about Russia's policy towards Yemen before continuing with this article. There have been several misleading but "politically correct" narratives spreading through this information space since the beginning of the 2014 War on Yemen, one of which is the very nature of this conflict itself. The prevailing notion is that it's an international war, which is true in some regards, but overlooks the civil war dynamics that drove it in the first place. More specifically, this is the regional conflict between the Houthis and President Hadi in what was previously known as North Yemen, and then the overspill of this conflict into the former territory of South Yemen after the Houthis captured Aden. It was only then, when the rest of the country was on the verge of coming under the Houthis' control, that the Saudi-led coalition intervened and began its merciless bombing campaign and naval blockade of Yemen. The War on Yemen is thus a multidimensional conflict with both domestic and international components, and this should have been clear to all objective observers from the outset. Nevertheless, there is a strong disposition in the Alt-Media Community to take narrative cues - both stated and implied - from Iran when formulating analytical angles in addressing events such as this one, and it's for that reason why the myth has pervaded that the Houthis are a National Liberation Movement for all of Yemen.
"I am not used to receiving lectures about morality from the leader who bombs Kurdish villagers in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, who helps Iran go around international sanctions..." Israel will not be lectured to by a leader who bombs his own people, jails journalists and helps Iran and Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a sharp rebuttal to the most recent anti-Israel tirade by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan - who is emerging as one of the main voices in the Islamic world trying to stir passions over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital - on Sunday called Israel a "terrorist state." According to the Hurriyet Daily News website, Erdogan, speaking at a meeting of his AKP Party in the central Anatolian province of Sivas, charged Israel with using "disproportionate" force against Palestinians protesting Trump's declaration and declared Israel an "oppressive, occupation state."
Libyan forces fighting in Benghazi have lost four men and seen 10 wounded so far in December, five months after declaring victory in a campaign to control the eastern city, a medical source said on Monday. Three of the dead from the Libyan National Army (LNA) were killed by snipers and one by a land mine as it faces resistance from a group of fighters in the Benghazi district of Khreibish. There have been daily clashes in the area and occasional air strikes. LNA commander Khalifa Haftar declared victory in a three-year military campaign against an array of extremists and other fighters in Benghazi in early July. The fighting is part of a broader conflict that developed following the 2011 fall of strongman Muammar Qaddafi. Haftar has opposed a UN-backed government based in the capital, Tripoli, as he has gradually strengthened his position on the ground. Also on Monday, the UN urgently appealed for countries to take in 1,300 "extremely vulnerable" refugees stranded in Libya, following revelations of horrific abuse of migrants in the country.
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has brushed off a question from RT about the withdrawal of its Congress credentials, and whether this contradicts her past vow that registration as a foreign agent would not impede the broadcaster's ability to report. Nauert fell short of providing a clear answer to RT's Sameera Khan on whether the State Department still stands by its word that forcing RT America to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was a formality that would not create hurdles for RT's work in the US. "I think that press credentials might have been revoked by Congress, and not necessarily the members of Congress but rather the Association of Reporters that handles who gets to come and cover Congress," Nauert said, deflecting the question. Instead, she played the 'Russia card', dubbing the RT correspondent a "representative of the Russian government" whose mere presence at the briefing should serve as sufficient proof of Washington's utmost respect for the freedom of press. "They can get Russian 'news,' if you will," she generously conceded - complete with air quotes.
Following President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week, the American UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN. Blitzer tried to get a clear statement from Haley concerning the territorial implications of the recent recognition: "Specifically, does the Trump administration now consider the old city of Jerusalem now part of Israel?" Haley avoided the question by saying, "We don't want to pick a side on this", citing the need for the "two sides to come together" for the sake of "Israeli children and Palestinian children." Thus, the "new sheriff in town", as Haley has called herself, is playing agnostic, objective and even-handed - "we don't want to pick a side". Just imagine, if the even-handed sheriff would be so objective that she would also recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine - you know, just to be fair. But the US does not even recognize Palestine (unlike over 70% of the UN nations), precisely because such a move would preempt negotiations... The UN Security Council has "censured in the strongest terms" Israel's unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem (Resolution 476, 1980) and deemed it "a violation of international law", calling upon "those States that have established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such missions from the Holy City".
President Donald Trump, or his people, were clearly trying very hard over this past weekend to douse the flames ignited across the Middle East by US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to dampen the enthusiasm of Israeli celebrations following the Dec. 6 announcement and to calm Arab protests against the United States and Israel. He tried to make clear that the status of the contested city would only be determined within the framework of a permanent arrangement between Israel and the Palestinians. Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was also mobilized to put out the fires. Addressing the UN Security Council on Dec. 8, she noted that Trump had not taken a stand on Jerusalem's boundaries, adding that the issue of sovereignty over the city "is still to be decided on by Israelis and Palestinian in negotiations." Tillerson promised that the inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem was at least two years away. He cited unspecified "logistical" considerations as the reason for this delay, although those in the know say there is nothing preventing the embassy in Tel Aviv from calling in the movers tomorrow. Martin Indyk, a former US ambassador to Israel, tweeted last week that a recently completed US consular facility in West Jerusalem could fit the bill and house relocated embassy staff.
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said during a press briefing on Tuesday that the US has been in constant contact with the Palestinian government since Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "As of a couple of days ago, I know that we have had contact with the Palestinian government, I know that we've been in conversations," Nauert said when asked if the two sides were communicating about the decision.
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Were not pulling punches any more in the truth media. Even former CIA/NSA contractors are calling the situation on our planet for what it is for anyone who will listen. If you havent heard yet from Steven D. Kelley, you might want to listen to his revelations in the video below.
Many of the ostentatious sites across the planet are cover for the El-ites hidden sanctuaries for the imprisonment and perverse Satanic acts on Humans; places like the Getty Museum complex, Kelley tells us, as well as the Denver Airport, and many others. Lets not forget the naked young man scaling the wall of the stable at Buckingham Palace on a string of sheets to escape a few years ago.
Some have suggested that the California fires are an attack on the homes of elite pedophiles, and now grandson of oil tycoon JP Getty has died of rectal trauma. There have been two plane crashes at and near the Rothschild estate in the UK mere weeks apart. Are the White Hats/Resistance Movement doing these things, or is it vigilantes, or perhaps both?
OR, is it a case of the disgruntled cabal minions who have flipped and are now going after their own? We may never know.
Its open season on the Illuminati. We were told some time ago that the situation has become so acute that those who wish to go after the El-ites to remove them permanently will be neither discouraged nor stopped. Extraordinary situations call for extraordinary measures, and the fate of an entire planet hangs in the balance.
It can be challenging to interpret what were seeing unfold now, particularly with David Icke telling us Trump works for the other side, but then, David Icke hasnt been correct about everything so it would be unwise to assume he is. No one has all the answers or knows the truth about the convoluted plan unfolding. Its up to us to decide when the time is rightand right now Trump IS draining the swamp and working for us, but some would cut off their nose to spite their face.
When its all over, when all is said and done, no one will be in a position to...
A well-known surgeon who exposed major inadequacies in medical trauma care promised to the Haitian people by the Clinton Foundation after the non-profit raised over $30 million dollars in donations following the devastating 2010 earthquake was found dead in his upscale apartment Sunday with a stab wound to the chest.
Dr. Dean Lorich, 54, was found lying dead on the bathroom floor of his apartment by his 11-year-old daughter with a knife sticking out of his chest.
The predominant surgeon gained notoriety after operating on U2s frontman Bono and former running back Michael Cox but had also worked overseas in Haiti where he discovered an almost non-existent medical effort backed by the Clinton Foundation.
In fact, in January of 2010, Dr. Lorich sent a detailed email to a confidant which ended up getting forwarded to Cheryl Mills who was Counselor and Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the time before being forwarded on again to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The doctors correspondence, provided by Wikileaks, was critical of how the situation in Haiti was being handled.
Disaster management on the ground was nonexistent, the doctor wrote. Cheerios on the tarmac are not getting it done on these patients which clearly would be savable if good care could urgently be provided.
However, the email was only a precursor to the bombshell the doctor dropped publically just days later on Jan. 25, 2010, in a piece for CNN titled Doctors: Haiti medical situation shameful which detailed the conditions overseas and again the doctor took veiled shots at the Clinton Foundation.
Once we arrived, we saw a severely damaged hospital with no running water and only limited electrical power, supplied by a generator. Surgeries were being performed in the equivalent of a large storage closet, where amputations were performed with hacksaws, the doctor wrote. This facility could not nearly accommodate our equipment nor our expertise to treat the volume of injuries we saw.
Thats when the medical team decided to go with Plan B which was to set up at the Community Hospital of Haiti located several miles away. However, what the team found when they arrived at the hospital was horrific at best....
To be a hero, all someone has to do is brighten another persons day. It is that simple. Buying a sandwich for a hungry person on the street, holding the door open for a stranger behind you, or purchasing another coffee lovers drink at Starbucks are all ways one can accomplish this. An additional method is shared in the following story, which is sure to cheer you up this holiday season.
Recently, footage was aired showing a man chasing another out of a Walmart in Florida. The individual doing the chasing was 60-year-old Charles Reynolds, an employee at Walmart who had just cashed his check. At an inopportune time, a thief ran by and stole all $500 of it.
$500 is a lot of money. But to Charles, it was everything literally. Upon being interviewed, he said he is pretty much homeless, and Im doing the best I can to get up and get out of there. And, yeah, that money meant a lot.
CNN host Anderson Cooper claimed Wednesday that his Twitter account had been hacked after a now-deleted tweet called President Donald Trump a pathetic loser.
The comment from Coopers account came in response to a tweet from Trump discussing Tuesday nights defeat of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election, Trump said. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!
Coopers Twitter replied by calling the president a tool, noting Trumps previous endorsement of Moore.
Oh Really? You endorsed him you tool! Pathetic loser, the reply said.
The response, which garnered several thousand retweets, was deleted some time after. The CNN Communications Twitter followed up by alleging that an unknown assailant had gained access to Coopers account.
This morning someone gained access to the handle @andersoncooper and replied to POTUS, CNNs tweet said. Were working with Twitter to secure the account.
This morning someone gained access to the handle @andersoncooper and replied to POTUS. Were working with Twitter to secure the account.
CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 13, 2017
Cooper himself took to Twitter as well to deny making the comment.
[J]ust woke up to find out someone gained access to my twitter account, Cooper said. [I] have not sent a tweet in days or replied to any tweets. We are looking into how this happened.
just woke up to find out someone gained access to my twitter account. i have not sent a tweet in days or replied to any tweets. We are looking into how this happened.
Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) December 13, 2017
The last tweet from Cooper, not including retweets of CNN and 60 Minutes content, was made on Nov. 26....
By Laurence Kotlikoff
I am co-authoring this column with Mark Skidmore, a Professor of Economics at Michigan State University.
No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time. ~ Article I, Section 9, Clause 7, The US Constitution
On July 26, 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report Army General Fund Adjustments Not Adequately Documented or Supported. The report indicates that for fiscal year 2015 the Army failed to provide adequate support for $6.5 trillion in journal voucher adjustments. According to the GAOs Comptroller General, Journal vouchers are summary-level accounting adjustments made when balances between systems cannot be reconciled. Often these journal vouchers are unsupported, meaning they lack supporting documentation to justify the adjustment or are not tied to specific accounting transactions. For an auditor, journal vouchers are a red flag for transactions not being captured, reported, or summarized correctly.
(Note, after Mark Skidmore began inquiring about OIG-reported unsubstantiated adjustments, the OIGs webpage, which documented, albeit in a highly incomplete manner, these unsupported accounting adjustments, was mysteriously taken down. Fortunately, Mark copied the July 2016 report and all other relevant OIG-reports in advance and reposted them here. Mark has repeatedly tried to contact Lorin Venable, Assistant Inspector General at the Office of the Inspector General. He has emailed, phoned, and used LinkedIn to ask Ms. Venable about OIGs disclosure of unsubstantiated adjustments, but she has not responded.)
Given that the entire Army budget in fiscal year 2015 was $120 billi...
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The latest incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon in Fairfax, Virginia, reports WUSA9:
Jose Gonzalez Flores was involved in a crash with two cars just outside Dulles Airport on Route 28 (Sully Road) near Frying Pan Road, Fairfax County Police said. Gonzalez Flores got out of his car and assaulted one of the drivers who was involved in the crash, officers said. He then went back to his pick-up truck and threw items onto Sully Road.
Shocked drivers stopped their cars to stare (and record) Flores as he stripped naked apparently unfazed by strong winds and temperatures in the 20s and jumped onto a passing truck.
Flores tried to smash the windows of passing cars and used a knife to stab at the roof of the truck he jumped onto, a witness told News4.
Witnesses reported that Flores had a tire in his hands and something with blades that he used to cut himself.
Tariq Hussein, who watched the entire incident unfold, told News4 what he saw:
He said the naked man lay down in the road and tried to damage multiple cars.
The guy was actually stopping the cars. He was laying down. He started...
On Monday, reports of prosecutor misconduct emerged in the Bundy Ranch trials, but you probably didnt hear that in the mainstream media nor much of the alternative media.
I had been on vacation and was very limited in what I was able to write on during that time, but having come back, Ive seen some of the reports, mainly from Shari Dovale at Redoubt News, who has been keeping the public informed, along with a few others of what is taking place in Nevada at what has been deemed The Trial of the Century.
First, let me allow Terry Noonkester to update you on the misconduct aspect in the case by the prosecution and well move on to whether this may result in the end of the trial.
Prosecutorial misconduct has affected the USA v Cliven Bundy trials in Las Vegas in regards to pretrial detention, convictions, plea agreements, and sentencing. Just within the first few weeks of the Tier I group trial, there is evidence that the prosecution has used false information to keep the defendants incarcerated.
Other evidence proves the Bundys and militia leaders did not make false statements to incite the protest, possibly eliminating at least one of the criminal charges. Due to the serious affect of the mishandling of evidence by the prosecution, the defense attorneys continued to make motions for a mistrial and dismissal of the case.
The prosecutions misrepresentations and withholding of evidence may have started by influencing the grand jury to indict on a total of sixteen charges. Misrepresentation at the grand jury level could possibly void the basis of even plea agreements accepted by some Bundy Ranch Protest defendants.
If a criminal charge is proven to be based on false government claims, can the government continue to enforce that charge in a plea agreement? According to contract law, an agreement based on false information is not binding nor enforceable.
There has also been extreme pressure applied to the defendants to accept plea agreements. Historically, prosecutors across the country gained leverage when bargaining with defendants after the passage of the Bail Reform Acts of 1964 and 1984.
These acts allowed federal judges to deny bail to defendants whe...
Dont get too excited about a recent report that the Pentagon is going to finally undergo an audit to see where the trillions of missing dollars have gone. Beltway pundits including WaPos Robert Samuelson in an article over the weekend are still screaming for more spending!
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Echos of Paul Revere
Listen America, hear loud and clear
the bellowing echos of dear, Paul Revere.
An American hero, he rode through that night
To sound the alarm of our enemies might.
Sev'teen Seventy-Six, on the 4th of July,
As Liberty rings, our flag's high in God's sky.
Philadelphia a buzz, our Republic was founded,
Natural rights are our freedoms, Americans resounded.
What happened you ask, how'd we end up here?
Manipulative conditioning, a weapon used called fear.
In their parallel world, serving Lucifer their master,
By inflicting on mankind unnatural disaster.
While false flags abound and threats ever loom,
With fighting, corruption and nuclear doom.
Some continue to follow and trust and believe
Their lies and malarky with intent to deceive.
Diversion, confusion to push revolution
While media ignores, we choose resolution.
The Chemtrails, the toxins, abuses galore
As Zio-Kazar infect, cease, stop it, no more!
They came here by land, the air and the sea
To steal, own, control the Land of the Free.
Minutemen , Patriots, Jural Assemblies, too!
Committees of Safety, our Common Law renew!
The wars were all planned, WWI and War II,
Were funded on both sides by Rothschilds, who knew?
Standard Oil and Ford Company are equally vile
Deceptively acting in real 3rd Reich style.
Set down your weapons, strategize, end their reigns,
It's time humanity break free from their chains.
The matrix entraps His unknowing creations
with shadows of secrets and greedy inflations.
The evil inflicted on global society,
Wreaks of cruel ills with such impropriety.
The boundaries they've crossed in their push to divide
through races, religions and mixed-ethnic pride.
Kidnapping, raping, collusion, control,
Illusion, deception, enslavement their goal.
Sacrificing children, these murders unearthed,
Organs of babies whose souls were unbirthed.
Incorporate us each at the time of our birth,
Give book-entry value as though thats our worth.
Convert us to stock, trade us for their gains.
Theyve stolen our assets, theyve stolen our names.
How Satan is using America's trusted
The ones we elected, the ones so encrusted.
For they are the turncoats who sold out their souls,
Now fearful they scramble to plug up their holes.
So, stand up America, in Oneness unite
In peaceful equality, champion the fight.
Do holster your 2nd, our numbers are strong,
Prepare to remove the corrupt, they are wrong.
The cabal are of darkness, so shallow, a shell,
Soon they shall be banished, exiled to hell.
Their theft and deception, despicable greed,
Is finally exposed. No, they will not succeed!
We saw a bit of a rebound in Asia today, after yesterdays decline. Shanghai and Hang Seng both up around 1%, Shanghai outperforming the HSI. Markets were keen to see rallies for the US markets and especially ahead of the much expected FED rate rise, due later today. We are seeing yields in US treasuries creeping higher (10s last 2.42%) with expectations that Janet Yellen will comment o the level of stock markets, but much is in discussion surrounding inflation. It is also rumoured she may comment on BITCOIN and its relevance towards its overall relevance on banks. It sis doubtful she will comments on that relationship, but we would expect some comment on weather it is money or a commodity. We remember Greenspan inferring gold was not money, many years ago. So, if she does comment along those lines you would see a retracement in the price. The Nikkei declined with the Yens appreciation but we did see another low volume day, it will be interesting to watch global equity performance upon todays FED decision.
It was a rather dull day for European markets albeit a weaker tone. DAX and CAC are both down around -0.5%, whilst peripheral markets suffer a little more with losses closer to 1%. What is visible is that even on quiet days the capital flows are evident. Prior to the US CPI release, bond markets were edging weaker (lower price/higher yield) but the data eroded these declines and even focused attention back onto the flatten yield curves. Gold also saw a small bounce on this news but we really were in a holding pattern awaiting the Central Banks play. Dont forget after the FED this evening we have SNB, BOE and ECB due Thursday.
US markets were all about the FED and the announced 25bp hike. Stocks opened well trading on the back of an almost complete tax reform rumour. The DOW hit +150 points ahead of the hike, but edged ahead even after the hike announcement. The disappointment, if you can call it that, was the dollar (DXY) itself. Losing ground against the majors with the noticeable move being against the Yen hitting the 112 level again. This probably would have been better controlled had the CPI number manage to match the Octobers 1.8%. Still a busy couple of days left for this week, so lets see what we he...
The Artificial Intelligence alarm bells are FINALLY going offBIG TIME. Insiders in government and tech are openly acknowledging that with AI we have more than summoned the demon, as Elon Musk says, we are feeding it crappy food and it is shitting on u(s). This week Stephen Hawking said AI could destroy humanity and WebSummit confab founder, Paddy Cosgrave, dropped bombs on the megalomaniacal and monopolistic corporate entities like Google and Facebook who are raising this demon. Insiders are saying it is time to put a leash on AI developers before they unleash any more alien shit on us and/or tell their AI demon where to go.
Techies are going deep and talking the ethics of AI at Paddy Cosgraves influential Web Summit, held in Lisbon November 8-10, 2017 . It is time to make new rules for AI, Cosgrave said. The presence of the AI demon Musk warned we are summoning filled the event.
In an effort to direct the conversation (or to head off negative publicity), on October 4, 2017 Googles AI-research arm DeepMind announced the creation of a new unit dedicated to exploring the impact and morality of the way AI shapes the world around us. Christened (by them) DeepMind Ethics & Society(DMES), the team aims to help technologists put ethics into practice, and to help society anticipate and direct the impact of AI so that it works for the benefit of all. (Funny, but without the letter p deepmind is deemind, which rings of demoned. Substituting DeepMind Ethics & Society for Demon Ethics & Society may be more than a pun. It may take us to the core of this matter.)
No matter what the ethics committee is called, having an AI developer run it is rather like the proverbial fox telling the hens that he will be a good boy and that they can trust him to reign in his desires by creating an ethics committee and to work for the benefit of all. As I have shown, Silicon Valley is a...
Former Massachusetts state Sen. Brian Joyce was arrested and charged with running his office as a criminal enterprise Friday, and is now facing a 113 count indictment from the federal government.
Joyce is reported to have gained $1 million through bribes and kickbacks and has also been charged with racketeering, extortion, honest services fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to defraud the IRS, according to Newsweek.
The 55-year-old Democrat was taken into custody by the FBI after a two-year investigation and was found to have accepted hundreds of pounds of Dunkin Doughnuts coffee, after he pulled strings for a local franchise owner, Newsweek reports.
Prosecutors accused Joyce of using his law firm to launder money while he was still working as a state legislator.
This is the second time this month a Massachusetts Democrat has been embroiled in a massive scandal. Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg resigned last week, amidst reports his husband Bryon Hefner had been sexually inappropriate with four separate men.
Rosenberg said Hefner is seeking treatment for alcohol dependency, and will be admitted to an inpatient treatment center for his addiction.
Rosenbergs resignation, however, is said to only be in effect for the duration of the investigation, according to MassLive.
The arrest of Senator Joyce comes after one of the 4,289 federal sealed indictments reported by this web site earlier, was unsealed. MANY more to go!
This article (One of the SEALED INDICTMENTS has been un-sealed: Massachusetts State Senator ARRESTED) was originally published on Hal Turner and syndicated by...
Commencing on Child Holocaust Remembrance Day: April 15, 2018
Under the auspices of The International Tribunal of Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS)
1. To identify, disrupt and stop church-related child torture, trafficking and murder and the institutions causing it, and
2. To enforce standing common law arrest and reclamation warrants against convicted churches and individuals.
1. Public Teach-ins and Educational Forums
2. Public Protests and Non-Violent Civil Disobedience and Occupations
3. Citizen Arrests and Seizure of Criminal Assets and Property
4. Public Tribunals and Common Law Court Trials
5. Long-term Boycott and Financial Sanctions and Sabotage
We the People, authorized by Court Warrants and accompanied by Common Law Sheriffs, special action units and deputized police officers.
The growing global effort to halt the systemic abuse and trafficking of children was sparked by the ITCCS in February of 2013 when its Brussels-based common law court successfully tried and deposed Pope Benedict, and convicted Queen Elizabeth and others for complicity in Crimes against Humanity. Since then, similar courts have issued arrest warrants against the highest officials of the Catholic, Anglican and United Churches and their governmental and corporate partners in crime. It is now up to the people of all countries to take direct action to halt the massive child trafficking networks run by these churches because of the deep complicity of existing courts and governments with their crimes. As convicted criminal bodies, these churches have lost the right to legally operate under both international and moral law and We the People must be the ones to enforce this law and defend children everywhere.
The ITCCS and its affiliates in nine countries are launching a new global effort to bring an end to the reign of these child-killing networks in the form of Operation Atonement. We have chosen April 15, 2018 as the commencement date for this open-ended, ongoing campaign, since on that day in the year 2005 survivors of the genocidal Indian residential schools in Canada launched the first Aboriginal Holocaust Remembrance Day. Building on this, we are now commencing an even broader Child Holocaust Day so that eventually the gl...
Friday, December 8, 2017 in occupied Palestine, a day of non-violent protests worldwide against the USA-Israel Jerusalem agreement
The Israeli army in Hebron illegally invaded the Palestinian area H1 and brutally intervened with the demonstration
Many young boys were randomly arrested and treated inhumanely on their way to the Israeli police station
By Shivali Best
Today, scientists led by Stephen Hawking are using high-tech scanners to discover if a huge, cigar-shaped comet is in fact, an alien probe.
Now, one astronomer claims that the space rock, named Oumuamua, could be an alien spacecraft with broken engines that is tumbling through our solar system.
Dr Jason Wright from Penn State University suggests that a broken alien spacecraft move in exactly the same way as the interstellar comet.
Oumuamua is about a quarter of a mile long, 260ft wide and currently travelling at 196,000mph.
Rather than moving through space like other space rocks, astronomers believe that it is tumbling through our solar system.
Writing in his blog, Dr Wright, an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, says: Such derelict craft would, if they are not travelling so fast that they escape the Galaxy, eventually thermalize with the stars and end up drifting around like any other interstellar comet or asteroid.
In fact, since they (presumably) no longer have attitude control, one would expect that they would eventually begin to tumble, and if they are very rigid that tumbling might distinguish them from ordinary interstellar asteroids and in fact, just because their propulsion is broken doesnt mean that their radio transmitters would be broken.
Dr Wright suggests that the object could be a Von Neumann probe a theoretical self-replicating spacecraft that visits star systems.
He added: Such a discovery would imply that there are lots of these things in the solar system at any given moment (even if they are deliberately targeting the sun, they are hard to spot and well miss most of them), and so lots of opportunities to study them.
Dr Wright previously suggested the mysterious dimming of star KIC 8462852 also known as Tabbys Star could be caused by an alien megastructure called a Dyson Sphere.
Matrix star Keanu Reeves says that he believes cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have the power to completely destroy the New World Order. The 53-year-old actor was asked his thoughts on the future of [...]
In the late 1700s, freedom was a very important and popular topic on peoples minds, especially on the minds of the people living in the 13 colonies. Today that passion for freedom is burning strong again, causing many people to once again become interested in their freedom.
This is a wonderful thing, however, when people do not innerstand what freedom is, it can lead them down a dangerous path. To innerstand what freedom is on a deeper level, you need to investigate the word freedom meticulously by studying its origins and different definitions. Furthermore, you need to investigate the words that have a strong connection to freedom, such as liberty. You also need to study how word magic is used to hide the deeper meaning of words, allowing you to see their hidden meaning.
One of the origins of the word freedom is the Old English word freodom, meaning power of self-determination, state of free will; emancipation from slavery, deliverance.
Dictionary.com defines the word freedom using these exact words:
the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint: He won his freedom after a retrial.
exemption from external control, interference, regulation, et...
For the past three years, American Commitment, a small nonprofit with ties to the donor network spearheaded by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, has been actively opposing net neutrality with social media, commentaries, and a little-known coalition whose members include other Koch nonprofits and prominent conservative groups.
Before the FCCs ruling in 2015 to protect net neutrality, American Commitment President Phil Kerpen actively opposed the policy with coordinated anti-net neutrality comment submissions and blog posts.
Since the new FCC Chairman, former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai, announced on November 21 his plan to overturn the 2015 net neutrality ruling, Kerpen has supported its repeal to his over 26,000 Twitter followers, posting over 40 tweets and retweets about net neutrality in that period. He also has argued against net neutrality in commentaries published by ...
A surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by branding his initials on their livers with a laser beam during transplant operations. 53 year old Simon Bramhall admitted two counts of assault by beating at Birmingham [...]
By Harry Pettit
Nasa is set to make a major announcement in its hunt for alien life on Thursday.
Very few details have been revealed about the briefing this week, which will take place via teleconference on at 1:00pm ET (6:00pm GMT).
However, Nasa says the news will focus on work done by its Kepler planet hunting telescope which has been working with Googles AI system to find potentially-habitable worlds.
The Kepler mission has spotted thousands of exoplanets since 2014, with 21 Earth-sized planets now known to orbit within the habitable zones of their stars.
The briefing is likely to reveals the telescopes latest catalogue, which is set to be Nasas best look yet at possible alien planets.
The teleconference on December 14, and will be live-streamed on Nasas website.
The discovery was made by researchers using machine learning from Google, Nasa said.
Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence, and demonstrates new ways of analysing Kepler data.
Scientists from the Astrophysics Division of Nasas Science Mission Directorate and Ames Research Centre, as well as a senior Google AI software engineer and an expert from the University of Texas at Austin, will reveal the latest planet candidate results at this weeks event.
The Kepler space telescope launched in 2009 and has since helped in the search for planets outside of the solar system that orbit...
The Los Angeles Police Department have launched an investigation into pedophile director Roman Polanski after new evidence emerged that he raped a 10-year-old girl. Josh Rubenstein, the LAPD communications director, said investigators are committed to [...]
Kim Jong-un has vowed to turn North Korea into the most powerful nuclear and military state, with the most technologically advanced nuclear weapons known to man. The Supreme Leader has defined the long-term goals, the [...]
Cosmic Disclosure with David Wilcock
Season 09, Episode 02
December 12, 2017
Emery Smith, the whistleblower formerly known as Paul, comes forward to reveal his work inside secret biological facilities deep under the New Mexico desert. You may have seen him in the film Sirius, as he was dissecting the Atacama Humanoid body. In this introductory episode, he tells us of his induction into secret military testing facilities at Kirtland, AFB in NM where he was tasked with dissecting tissue samples taken from extraterrestrial bodies. This interview with David Wilcock was originally webcast December 12, 2017.
Instructor/Host: David Wilcock
Featuring: Emery Smith
Video Language: English
David Wilcock: All right. Welcome to ...
Senior FBI officials who probed Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign were reminded that Clinton has to win the White House at all costs. According to a bombshell report by the New York Times on Tuesday, [...]
Former executives at Facebook have publicly admitted that the Russian interference narrative is a Democrat scam that has no basis in reality. One former Facebook boss, Chamath Palihapitiya, told a business conference in the US [...]
A team of police investigators has uncovered evidence that former-President Barack Obamas birth certificate was forged with help from the CIA. The investigation, led by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, discovered explosive evidence that proves the [...]
By The Unknown Lightworker
This weeks special Tuesday episode celebrates two births:
This is the birthing of the promotional video for the 144,000 recruitment drive. The very thing we will most rely on to go out there and touch, inspire, and uplift the hearts & minds of the many whose soul path & calling it is to raise their hands step forward and join the 144,000.
I will be playing it live on the show for you, to hear for the first time.
12 x 12 = 144!
all just a coincidence Im sure :- )
So what are the chances that the primary organizer & download recipient of the inspiration for the building & activation of the 144,000 just happens to have his date of birth on the 12/12 that = 144 in the same year he turns 44?!
Its important to be aware that the 144,000 Activation Campaign is still in its birthing process despite the official launch being on the 11/11/17 at 11:11am.
Too much going on to have a guest this time as were heading into another major pivot point in the timelines. Dec 17th to Dec 25th with the culminating crescendo on the Solstice, brings upon us the need to muster the troops & rally our Light Beings to the surface for yet again another major showdown.
Ill be getting into this, plus much more on this Ground Crew Command Center thats never boring.
Tune in to hear provide a full analysis of Cobras latest post.
Weve seen a major ramping up of the blacks-o...
By Kerry Cassidy
I interview Paladin, a forensic financial investigator and member of the website known as whitehatsreport.com/ on Thursday, Dec 7th @ 7pm PT regarding the history of the whitehats and their investigations into financial fraud and deception at the highest levels of government. Their investigation leads to high yield trading programs used to finance the secret space program and black projects.
We are a group who have banded together to assist in the worlds awakening by reporting truth and exposing our fraudulent corporate government. We bring forth information that the mainstream media (MSM) refuses to report, and our news comes from high level inside intelligence sources. from whitehatsreport.com about us page. Sample report with documentation:
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Microsoft is doing some very compelling work infusing its various productivity tools with artificial intelligence. But the audience for all that work has been limited by the small number of email and calendar services Cortana could talk to. Now Microsoft has announced that it has extended its personal digital assistant to Gmail (available next month)
Microsoft is doing some very compelling work infusing its various productivity tools with artificial intelligence. But the audience for all that work has been limited by the small number of email and calendar services Cortana could talk to. Now Microsoft has announced that it has extended its personal digital assistant to Gmail (available next month) and Google Calendar (effective now).
One mysterious wave found by Dahboo777 cuts through an area that has seen an influx of concentrated quake activity around the Philippines region and Indonesia. The other anomaly stretches from the western coast of Africa down toward Antarctica.
Here some more reports of these mysterious wave anomalies starting from or reaching Antarctica. Any ideas what it could be?
This article (Two more massive wave anomalies connected to Antarctica video) was originally published on Strange Sounds and syndicated by The Event Chronicle. Via Dahboo.
Hillary body count keeps ticking along (and
It has become such a mundane topic that I usually don't even mention when Hillary offs someone new (if she did not hang for Vince Foster, all the way back then) what good will talking do? Anyway, I figured I'd mention this new one.
Dr. Dean Lorich, an orthopedic surgeon who volunteered in Haiti and exposed Clinton Foundation corruption and malpractice on the island, has been found dead in New York. He was 54. Dr. Lorich was found by his 11-year-old daughter on the bathroom floor of his Upper East Side apartment with a knife in his chest at around 1pm on Monday.
The knife missed the surgeon's heart, leaving him to bleed out and be found by his daughter. Despite the fact police were called to the property regarding an "assault", they instantly registered the death as "suicide" and closed the case
Lorich was a famous doctor, who had celebrity clients. This was a high profile killing. Interesting it is how the police simply closed it rather than ask questions.
He was a surgeon, he could have simply offed himself with meds. Why answer an assault call with a suicide verdict?
Something very strange is happening online today
It is as if an enormous insidious artificial intelligence has been tasked to handle the election discussion everywhere.
It seems to be attempting to claim 95 percent of black voters turned out (and that's normal), that Moore got less than half of what Trump got, and that Jones was somehow able to match what Hillary got. It is attempting to make people believe that everyone thinks it is the Republicans fault, that Alabama hates Trump, and that this was the backlash.
It is dominating all discussion, out posting everyone on all venues by a rate of about 5:1. Only places that require registration are a little more what I would expect, but there is heavy damage going on in such places also. There is no conceivable way they could hire enough people to do this, an artificial intelligence has to be doing it.
I don't usually hit /pol, but I noticed this so prominently that...
It has been one week since the Thomas Fire exploded from a brush fire. Despite thousands of firefighters attempting to control it, the blaze has grown. Now, it is larger than New York City and Boston combined.
According to CNN, the fire was about 20 percent contained as of Monday evening. However, the Thomas Fire is but one of six fires which are engulfing the state. Together, theyve destroyed more than 1,000 structures.
Many are still hoping for the best, such as Barbara Nimmo. The California resident said she lived through the Zaca fire that burned more than 240,000 acres in 2007, and witnessed the blaze in Romero Canyon more than 40 years ago. As a result, she feels comfortable staying put in the affluent Montecito area, in Santa Barbara County.
Were from here. We know fires and we feel absolutely dedicated to our clients, said Nimmo, an estate manager. Im just devastated overall. This is the worst Ive seen.
Facts about the Thomas Fire:
Every year, for the past decade, an anonymous man in Fort Collins, Colorado, has written a hefty check to a local Goodwill store. The purpose? To delight children and their families around Christmas time. In the years that have passed, he has not tired of delighting people of all ages. Such is fortunate, for he and his family kept with the tradition again this year.
Last Saturday, the anonymous man and his wife visited a Goodwill establishment and purchased all of the toys in the childrens section. He then requested that each visiting child be allowed to take one item of their choosing home for free.
Todd Wakefield, Goodwills Senior Director of Retail, was happy to announce on the intercom: All kids today, all day long, you get one free toy, free stuffed animal or free kids book.
In the days leading up to Saturday, store staff members set aside extra toys to make sure no child left Goodwill empty-handed. According to the Coloradoan, there was an abundance of educational books and toys.
LOS ANGELES Most of us living in the United States were familiar with the Bill of Rights the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution by the time we left high school. Those rights such as freedom of speech, religion, the press, and to assemble are guarantees granted to each and every individual within the U.S. Unfortunately most of us never heard about a second bill of rights: that exclusively protecting law enforcement personnel.
The Law Enforcement Bill of Rights operates in many cases in opposition to the Constitutions Bill of Rights, by sharply limiting accountability and transparency when it comes to police brutality and other misconduct.
The right of privacy, for example, is extended to what some say are outrageous lengths for police officers, with the state of California apparently leading the way in that regard. Even the Los Angeles Times lamented that far from being a beacon of transparency, California when it comes to the publics ability to assess the performance of its law enforcement agencies is the nations information black hole.
Anything having to do with the disciplining of a police officer is considered part of his or her personnel file and is thus subject to privacy. In California, not even prosecutors are allowed to view those files.
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After the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, the subject of Marylands Police Officer Bill of Rights came to light. According to state law, police officers under investigation for brutality or misconduct are allowed to have representation and they can take...
With ISIS defeated in Syria, Russian President Putin announced this week that he was withdrawing the bulk of Russian military equipment and personnel. Russian assistance was requested by the Syrian government as ISIS and al-Qaeda appeared poised to take control of the country. Meanwhile, the US has just admitted it has more than four times the number of troops in Syria than it earlier claimed. And Defense Secretary Mattis said the US, though illegally in Syria, would not be leaving. Why?
Christmas is the largest gift-giving holiday and many of us often break the bank to buy presents for loved ones. Christmas is the one time in the year when we normally throw caution to the wind and just blow our budget regardless of the consequences. However, once January rolls around the negative events of this spending begin to set in: higher than expected credit card statements, increased stress, and overall, complete and utter regret over the amount of money spent. So, what steps can you take to avoid overspending this year? Here are five ideas:
Set Your Priorities
What do you hope to achieve this holiday season? Do you want to see family you havent seen in awhile? Do you want to travel to a new location? Do you want to take time off work and just rest? It is important that you identify your goals so that you can prioritise what you hope to achieve and have a budget that reflects this.
Set A Budget
If you are prone to overspending be sure to list everything you want to buy, this includes everything from gifts and travel, to food and decorations. Once you have outlined the budget, it is important that you stick to it.
At the height of the shopping season, many of us easily get carried away with our purchases. To avoid overspending, pay for everything by cash whenever you can. If you make an effort to do this, you will avoid fees and interests charged to your card and are less likely to spend more than you should....
I first understood the power of the documentary during the editing of my first film, The Quiet Mutiny. In the commentary, I make reference to a chicken, which my crew and I encountered while on patrol with American soldiers in Vietnam.
It must be a Vietcong chicken a communist chicken, said the sergeant. He wrote in his report: enemy sighted. The chicken moment seemed to underline the farce of the war so I included it in the film. That may have been unwise.
The regulator of commercial television in Britain then the Independent Television Authority or ITA had demanded to see my script. What was my source for the political affiliation of the chicken? I was asked. Was it really a communist chicken, or could it have been a pro-American chicken?
Of course, this nonsense had a serious purpose; when The Quiet Mutiny was broadcast by ITV in 1970, the U.S. ambassador to Britain, Walter Annenberg, a personal friend of President Richard Nixon, complained to the ITA. He complained not about the chicken but about the whole film. I intend to inform the White House, the ambassador wrote. Gosh.
The Quiet Mutiny had revealed that the U.S. Army in Vietnam was tearing itself apart. There was open rebellion: drafted men were refusing orders and shooting their officers in the back or fragging them with grenades as they slept. None of this had been news. What it meant was that the war was lost; and the messenger was not appreciated.
The Director-General of the ITA was Sir Robert Fraser. He summoned Denis Foreman, then Director of Programmes at Granada TV, and went into a state of apoplexy. Spraying expletives, Sir Robert described me as a dangerous subversive.
What concerned the regulator and the ambassador was the power of a single documentary film: the power of its facts and witnesses: especially young soldiers speaking the truth and treated sympathetically by the film-maker.
I was a newspaper journalist. I had never made a film before and I was indebted to Charles Denton, a renegade producer from the BBC, who taught me that facts and evidence told straight to the camera and to the audience could indeed be subversive.
By Matt Agorist
Another jaw-dropping report was released this week that draws attention to the staggering wealth of just a small handful of people as compared to everyone else. Americas richest one percent now own more wealth than the poorest 90 percent of the entire countrycombined. Indeed, according to the most recent data by economist Edward N. Wolff, this very elite group of people owns nearly half of the entire countrys wealth.
The paper, written by economist Edward N. Wolff, used data from the federal Survey of Consumer Finances. The data showed that the wealth owned by the one percent shot up by nearly three percentage points since 2013, from 36.7 percent to 39.6 percent. That number represents the most wealth owned by the one-percenters in over five decades.
As the rich got richer, the poor got poorer as the data shows the wealth of the poorest 90 percent has decreased. As a result, the top one percent of households now own more than the bottom 90 percent combined.
To put this disparity of wealth in perspective, Wolff notes that the mean net worth of the top one percent is roughly $26.4 million while the mean net wealth of the poorest 90 percent is actually negative at -$8,900.
The percentage increase in net worth from 1983 to 2016 was much greater for the top wealth groups than for those lower in the distribution all in all, the greatest gains in wealth were enjoyed by the upper 20 percent, particularly the top 0.1 [percent], Wolff wrote in the paper.
Wolffs data is not an anomaly. As TFTP previously reported, just 20 people own more wealth than half of the entire country combined.
The report, titled Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us, exposes the extreme wealth concentrated within the fortunes of the 400 wealthiest Americans and compares this wealth to the much more meager assets of several different segments of American society.
Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie, the authors of the report, described a compelli...
We have another hoard available of the early Roman coinage from the Second Punic War. These are the Greek denominations forming the first two-tier monetary system in the known world. Such hoards are rare today so the opportunities to obtain such specimens are becoming far and few between.
Prior to the introduction of the Roman denarius in about 211 BC, Romes silver coins were similar in weight and silver content to the staters (didrachmas) of Greece and Magna Grecia (southern Italy and Sicily). With the Second Punic War (218-200BC), the production of these silver coins greatly increased to cover the expenses as always with war. This demand for coinage was met with the extensive minting of didrachmas known as quadrigati named after the reverse picturing Jupiter driving a four-horse chariot known as the quadriga.
They heeded a Shia leaders call-to-arms, were equipped and trained by Irans elite military and were forged in the crucible of war against the Islamic State.
In little more than three years the Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilisation Units, have risen from a disparate alliance of volunteer militias to become a battle-tested force in Iraq.
We need this force and insist on maintaining it to eradicate and destroy terrorism in Iraq, said Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraqs Hashd al-Shaabi forces.
The future of the Hashd is to defend Iraq. We need military forces that have this experience of battling terrorists and any international threats, and Iraq must maintain enough force.
al-Shaabi fighters have bolstered the Iraqi military since mid-2014, volunteering to fight on frontlines against IS at a point when the Iraqi army was in a state of collapse.
Three days after the fall of Mosul to IS, Ali al-Sistani Iraqs highest Shia religious authority issued a call-to-arms fatwa, pronounced at the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala, calling on any Iraqi man regardless of faith who was able to carry a weapon, to volunteer to defend his country and its citizens against IS.
The Hashd al-Shaabis reputation now p...
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The discovery was made by researcher Michael Myng who found the keylogging code in the pre-installed Synaptics Touchpad software on HP laptops.
Keyloggers record every key that is pressed on a keyboard. This means HP laptop users are at risk of having their passwords, bank details, private communications and search history recorded without their knowledge. The keylogger is disabled by default but theres risk it can be enabled by a hacker.
Myng, who is known online as ZwClose, learned about the keylogger when he was examining the Synaptics Touchpad software to find out how to control the keyboard backlight. Myng has issued a software patch to remove the keylogger, and HP has released a driver update for affected laptops.
HP says neither the company nor Synaptics had access to the files, and that it was built into the Synaptics software to help debug errors.
HP uses Synaptics touchpads in some of its mobile PCs and has worked with Synaptics to provide fixes to their error for impacted HP systems, available via the security bulletin on HP.com, HP said. The company provided a list of models affected.
This is the second keylogger code found in HP laptops this year. In May, Swiss security firm Modzero discovered a keylogger built into the HP audio driver.
Also this year, the company was found to have installed spyware applications on Windows 10 computers. Following a November update, users began noting a HP TouchPoint Analytics Client was installed and uploading information to HP servers daily.
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Dozens of Venezuelan intellectuals and social movement activists demand that electoral authorities and the National Constituent Assembly recognize commune leader Angel Prado as Mayor of Simon Planas municipality.
Madagascar isnt getting this epidemic of the pneumonic plague under control as everyone had hoped. In fact, the opposite seems to be true. When I wrote about the plague less than two weeks ago, I cited a source that said there were 200 infections and 33 deaths. As of today, those numbers have increased dramatically to more
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President Donald Trump signed his administrations first space policy directive Monday (Dec. 11), which formally directs NASA to focus on returning humans to the moon.
President Trump signed the order during a ceremony in the Oval Office, surrounded by members of the recently re-established National Space Council, or NSC (which provides recommendations to the president on space policy), as well as active NASA astronauts Christina Hammock Koch and Peggy Whitson, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and retired astronaut Jack Schmitt, who flew to the moon on the Apollo 17 mission.
Exactly 45 years ago, almost to the minute, Jack [Schmitt] become one of the last Americans to land on the moon, Trump said. Today, we pledge that he will not be the last.
The directive Im signing today will refocus Americas space program on human exploration and discovery, Trump said during the ceremony. It marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972, for long-term exploration and use. This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps someday to many worlds beyond.
Space Policy Directive 1 makes official a recommendation approved by the NSC in October. Vice President Mike Pence, who serves as chairman of the NSC, also spoke at the signing.
Mr. President, youve said that the pioneer spirit has always defined America, Pence said. And by your action today with this clear vision [of]returning Americans to the moon, preparing to lead to Mars and beyond you are ensuring, Mr. President, that America will lead in space in the future and for generations to come.
NASA recently announced that for human astronauts, the path to Mars will include a stop at the moon, where the agency may build a facility currently being called the Deep Space Gateway. That structure could serve as a kind of way station between the Earth and the Red Planet...
California, Texas, New York and Florida leading states where peoples identity was stolen.
Children, the elderly, and dead people are among the most active in submitting input to the FCC about its net neutrality policy. Thats the conclusion you would get from reading the organizations database of comments thats its required by law to collect and consider before it changes major regulations like those protecting net neutrality. New Yorks attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, reports today that his six-month investigation has found up to 2 million fake comments submitted on behalf of citizens around the country. (Another 8 million were submitted under made-up names.) The most-afflicted states so far are New York and Florida, with over 100,000 fakes, and California and Texas, with over 150,000.
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Dont forget yall, JUST LIKE the Obama admin. (D), who mandated troops deployed in the Middle East to STOP reporting child sex abuse witnessed, citing it as religious and cultural differences between Americans and Muslims, in addition to clogging up military investigation departments/processes, the LBJ admin. (also D) also cited cultural differences and mandated the same no report rule, to troops deployed in Vietnam. Crazy right?!
All you should be looking for right now is rumblings of Trump/Epstein and who paid Epstein to directly engage and show up unannounced at Mar-a-lago with a young girl for a photo op. Remember when Trump personally refused entry and threw him out? Theres more to this story than you realize and its going to be pulled out from under the swamp, sooner than later.
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Are you serious, yall?! Do you not realize what a giant stick this rams up their asses?! This is THE BEST THING EVER and you better HOPE it happens and that it reignites the fire for Brits to push harder on the exit part of Brexit!...
At an event in San Francisco, Microsoft just unveiled a bunch of AI-related enhancements for its Bing search engine. Research honcho Harry Shum also welcomed Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian onstage to introduce a deal between the two companies which will integrate material from Reddits communities into Bing results. Among the new features: Better top-of-the-results answers
At an event in San Francisco, Microsoft just unveiled a bunch of AI-related enhancements for its Bing search engine. Research honcho Harry Shum also welcomed Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian onstage to introduce a deal between the two companies which will integrate material from Reddits communities into Bing results. Among the new features:
One of the founding principles behind the Republican-controlled plan to repeal net neutrality rules is that the free market will keep ISPs honest. If an Internet provider tries to slow down Netflix streams, for instance, it will lose customers to competitors who dont monkey with peoples access. That argument has a weak point, though: According
One of the founding principles behind the Republican-controlled plan to repeal net neutrality rules is that the free market will keep ISPs honest. If an Internet provider tries to slow down Netflix streams, for instance, it will lose customers to competitors who dont monkey with peoples access. That argument has a weak point, though: According to the FCCs own data, anywhere from about 20% to 50% of Americans dont have a choice of broadband providers.
Since President Donald Trump entered office in January, the number of Americans concerned about rampant corruption in the White House has surged, according to public opinion polling conducted in October and November.
The Berlin-based Transparency Internationala global anti-corruption coalition that defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gainconducted a survey entitled the U.S. Corruption Barometer 2017. The survey found that 44 percent of those polled believe corruption is pervasive in the Office of the President, a 12-point jump from last year, before Trump took office.
Overall, there was an increase in the percentage of Americans who believe the government is failing to fight corruption. Under Trump, about seven of 10 people believe the U.S. government is doing a poor job of eradicating and preventing corruption, up from about half of Americans in 2016.
In spite of the Trump campaign rallying cry drain the swamp, as president, Trump has filled his administration with former lobbyists and corporate insiders. As Newsweek summarizes, the White House has been rocked by almost daily legal and investigatory bombshells related to corruption, including:
Additionally, at least six members of his Cabinet have been questioned regarding seemingly excessive travel expenses. The Justice Department has allowed Trump to skirt anti-nepotism laws to appoint his daughter Ivanka, and her husband, Kushner, as senior advisers. His sons Eric and Don Jr., meanwhile, hav...
By Charles Hugh Smith All of which brings us to the crazy idea of backing fiat currencies with cryptocurrencies, an idea I first floated back...
Anarchists have appeared in the corporate media a lot this year, from the first breathless reports on resistance to the rise of the far right to recent appearances in the fashion pages. But not all visibility is good visibility. The Trump regime is looking to popularize an image of anarchists and other activists as a major threat to public order in order to legitimize further crackdowns; fascist organizations have worked hard to capitalize on a media profile of antifa as violent and mysterious in order to draw more people into their ranks. Corporate media outlets like the Wall Street Journal are notorious for catering to the reactionary politics of their owners, while even the most sympathetic media coverage can be useful to law enforcement agencies seeking information to use against activists.
Anarchists and others have long been critical of the function of the media itself. Yet its not always possible to avoid press coverage; in the information age, its spin or be spun. When we act effectively in pursuit of social change, media outlets will seek to represent us to the general publicand unless we can disrupt their narratives, most people will see us through their eyes.
Corporate media is not a neutral space in which we can present ideas the way we can in direct conversation with our coworkers and neighbors. It is a strategic terrain on which the authorities position themselves to legitimate the use of force. To step in front of the cameras is to enter a hostile territory controlled by a class that is determined to use our images against us. If we enable media outlets to depict us as violent, alien, or extremeno matter how strong the arguments we make in favor of our tactics or ideasthe ultimate result will be that the authorities are emboldened to step up their attacks on us.
When we engage with the media, we must not imagine that they will promote our ideas; we have to accomplish that on our own through our own channels. (At best, we can use media appearances to direct people to those channels, like the organization that insisted on only answering interviews in front of a banner displaying their website.) Rather, we are engaging in a subtle war of position in which we seek to prevent the authorities from alienating others from us and to undermine the narratives that legitimize their violence. We must always balance the possible gains to be made in legitimacy and visibility agai...
Two organizationsParley for the Oceans and Biofabricateare teaming up to prove that sustainable, naturally derived materials can and should replace plastics across industry supply chains.
Behind every environmental crisis currently gripping the planet, from raging wildfires to dying oceans, theres an economic failure, and a design failure, says Cyrill Gutsch, founder of the nonprofit Parley for the Oceans. That is what Gutsch realized around five years ago when, as the head of a creative studio, an activist acquaintance of his introduced him to the sheer volume of plasticas much as 12 million tons annuallyaccumulating in the oceans and destroying marine environments.
Environmental racism, extreme poverty, and disease thrive on a breathtaking scale in U.S. Black communities in the South, shocking a UN investigator.
Extreme poverty, environmental degradation and toxic hazards in poor communities in the United States are facing increased international scrutiny following an inspection of rural Alabama communities by a United Nations official. The conditions struck the official as shocking and completely out of step with prevailing conditions in the wealthy, developed world.
The tour by Philip Alston, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, has cast a light on an issue known well to poverty-blighted communities and oppressed nationalities in the U.S.: inequitable local policies that safeguard environmental racism by literally concentrating toxic hazards in the backyards of the poor.
Some might ask why a U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights would visit a country as rich as the United States. But despite great wealth in the U.S., there also exists great poverty and inequality, Alston said.
The U.N. officials tour aims to provide transparency to the human rights violations, destitution, and lack of access to crucial basic services that have blighted oppressed communities throughout the United States. U.N. investigators have also toured cities and towns in California and Alabama, as well as Washington, D.C., West Virginia and the colonial territory of Puerto Rico.
According to Alston, the level of degradation he found can only be compared to the disparities that exist in the poor peripheries of the global economy where the vast majority of people have known little besides maldevelopment, impoverishment and the institutional violence of inequality.
During a tour of a rural Butler County community, Alston witnessed raw sewage flows from homes through exposed PVC pipes and into open trenches and pits, with one homes water line running straight through the fetid outdoor pool.
I think its very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees. Id have to say that I havent seen this, Alston commented.
Prior to the Civil War, the southern Alabama region was a cotton-farming area where antebellum plantation owners exploited the labor of thousands of Black slaves on vast estates.
In a fitting and sadly typical sign of the long history of racist terror and institutionalized discrimination in Butler County, the county seat lies a mere two-minute drive from Confederate Park, where a 16-foot marble Confederate soldier has overseen local affairs since 1903.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that nearly 41 million people in the U.S. live in poverty, ranking the country as the second-highest in terms of poverty rates among wealthy countries.
The income disparities and general dispossession of oppressed nationalities such as Black, Native American and Latino...
(SCF) The overland integration of the BRI, led by China and Russia, aims to create different transit routes for goods as well as different areas of economic development along the new Chinese Silk Road. A great opportunity is thereby opened up for Chinese banks and for private investors interested in creating infrastructure or developing potential industrial poles in the countries involved in this grand Chinese initiative.
Hong Qi, president of China Minsheng Bank, recently said during an economic forum held in Beijing regarding investments in the BRI that there is potentially about $10 trillion worth of investments in infrastructure in the countries that make up the BRI, such as in railways, urban development, logistics and cross-border e-commerce.
At this point, more than $10 billion has already been committed in investments, thanks to companies already present in over thirty countries and regions along the BRI, with the ongoing intention of financing these loans through Chinas public and private sectors. According to data from the China Banking Regulatory Commission, a total of nine Chinese banks are involved in the financing of projects, with 62 branches having been opened in 26 countries. A further $10 billion could come from European countries as a result of investments stemming from the China-CEEC forum.
Despite a delay in investment, and especially in the development of such projects, analysts believe that the BRI is the ideal ground for making regional cooperation agreements based on trust and win-win prospects for future integration of the region. Thus, not only are public and private banks involved in investments but the Asian Investment Infrastructure Bank (AIIB) and the Silk Road Fund are also part of the financial package that should lay the foundation for the accelerated development of the Chinese BRI. Confirming a new approach to the development of the BRI, Chinese investors during the first ten months of 2017 proposed projects totalling $11 billion in the 53 countries involved.
The effort is mainly focused on the development of railway networks, hospitals, and power plants. Such basic infrastructure will lay the groundwork for further development in countries involved in the BRI that otherwise have little capacity...
Opinion President Donald Trumps fervent Islamophobia, which will likely surge again now that the Supreme Court has blessed the travel ban, is viewed as a kind of unique hostility towards Muslims.
Jennifer Williams, Voxs deputy foreign and national security editor, and a Muslim herself, published a widely shared piece which argued, in part, that President George W. Bush took a bold stand against anti-Muslim bigotry by delivering a speech at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. in 2001, days after the September 11 attacks.
Its almost incomprehensible how one could look back with longing at an administration, which so blatantly targeted Muslims. Yet, in every instance that Trump or members of his administration target Muslims, the reanimated corpse of the Bush presidency is forced into the public arena again, and a parade of commentators tell a story that is pure fiction about an administration that only exists in their heads.
What is it about this short address to a congregation of Muslims in Washington, D.C., that allows one to completely inoculate themselves against an administration responsible for horrific crimes against Muslims?
Bush oversaw years of brutal torture and war crimes, the detention of hundreds of Muslims, and inaugurated the covert Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CAARP), which led the barring of Muslims from immigration benefits and their placement on a Terror Watch List. Nevertheless, Bush has managed to rebrand himself into Bush the Painter, the endearing grandfather figure. That he now is presented by news media as a defender of Muslims adds a new dimension to this successful rebranding.
On November 30, Trump shared three posts from Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the fascist anti-immigration group known as Britain First. Of these videos, all of which purportedly showed Muslims engaging in violent attacks against white, non-Muslims, one was exposed as misleading. It actually was an incident involving two citizens of the Netherlands and not an assault by a Muslim migrant. There was no nefarious religious component to the crime.
The Netherlands Embassy in the United States responded to the video, writing Facts do ma...
Trumps decision null and void Leaders from the the worlds main pan-Islamic body on Wednesday urged the international community to recognise East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. The emergency summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul said it declared 
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Last month, an investigation by the New Yorker magazine alleged that disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein used private detectives from two different firms to spy on women he had allegedly sexually harassed or assaulted. The New Yorker claimed that a private spy posed as a womens rights advocate to get actor Rose McGowan to talk and secretly recorded the meetings. McGowan has accused Weinstein of rape although Weinstein has unequivocally denied all claims of non-consensual sex.
In Britain, these sorts of methods have come to be associated with the Metropolitan Police and their undercover police officers. Officers in the Special Demonstration Squad and its successors pretended to be animal rights activists and anti-capitalist demonstrators to infiltrate activist organizations such as Greenpeace.
The revelations that some of them had long relationships and even children with protestors while living under assumed identities led to the Pitchford Inquiry into undercover policing, which is ongoing. However, some police say that there are far more questions to be asked about the activities of private sector undercover operatives.
The Bureau and Guardian were given inside information which shines a light on this hidden world, when hundreds of pages of documents were leaked to us from two corporate intelligence firms. The documents cover the period 2003-11 and offer insight into how some operators in a normally subterranean industry work.
The subsequent investigation by the Guardian and the Bureau then identified five large companies which have paid corporate intelligence firms, often known as private spies. These firms were paid to monitor campaigning groups that challenged their businesses, the leaked documents reveal.
The monitoring, which included the use of fake activists, who infiltrated campaign groups to spy on them, intelligence gathering and obtaining internal documents, was funded by household names including the Royal Bank of Scotland, British Airways, Porsche, the utility company RWE and the manufacturing company, Caterpillar.
The targets of the monitoring spanned the grieving family of a young protester crushed to death by a bulldozer to a range of environmental campaigns, including even phone mast protesters.
The leaked documents suggest that the use of secretive corporate security firms to gather intelligence about political campaigners has been widespread.
The cache of emails we obtained shows how one of the private spy firms, C2i International, used two infiltrators to acquire advance warning of demonstrations that were being mounted against big companies. They then fed this information back to the companies.
The infiltrators pretended to be activists sympathetic to the cause of the campaigners. They helped to run the campaigns and attended their demonstrations, including on one occasion, dressing up as a pirate with a cutlass and eyepatch as par...
Research that was presented this spring on the suicidal thoughts or actions of younger children and teens shows a terrifying upward trend. In fact, the percentage has doubled in the last decade. From 2008 to 2015, 32 childrens hospitals saw a steady increase in admissions due to suicidality and serious self-harm. RELATED STORY: 11 Habits Of
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Redbox is once again trying to move beyond DVD and Blu-ray rentals, this time with a digital on-demand video service. Similar to other a la carte stores like iTunes and Vudu, Redbox will offer 48-hour rentals for $4, and purchases starting at $10, though it wont support 4K HDR video at the moment. It also
Redbox is once again trying to move beyond DVD and Blu-ray rentals, this time with a digital on-demand video service. Similar to other a la carte stores like iTunes and Vudu, Redbox will offer 48-hour rentals for $4, and purchases starting at $10, though it wont support 4K HDR video at the moment. It also doesnt include films from Disney, which is currently suing Redbox over distribution of digital download codes. The service is launching in beta on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, LG TVs, Samsung TVs, and the Redbox website.
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12/12/2017 - From the heart of besieged and liberated Gaza, Hamas Politburos head Ismail Haniyeh has sounded the call to launch an intifada in response to U.S. President Donald Trump ...
Via: Guardian: The French government is to ban students from using mobile phones in the countrys primary, junior and middle schools. Children will be allowed to bring their phones to school, but not allowed to get them out at any time until they leave, even during breaks. A proposed ban was included in Emmanuel Macrons 
The New York Power Authority is pioneering an effort to monitor every one of its assets, from generating facilities to transmission lines to buildings, in real timeand to figure out how new influxes of wind and solar can fit into the system.
With 16 generating facilities and around 1,400 transmission lines, the New York Power Authority is the states largest electric utility and the largest state-owned utility in the U.S. And as of this month, it will be the worlds first fully digital utilitya move that NYPA hopes will help it hit Governor Andrew Cuomos goal of generating 50% of its power from renewable resources by 2030.
After shaking up the wireless business, T-Mobile is taking aim at cable with the acquisition of pay TV startup Layer3 TV. The plan is to use Layer3s technology and team to launch a new television service in 2018. Layer3 TV is an unusual service, whose big idea is that people will still pay a lot
After shaking up the wireless business, T-Mobile is taking aim at cable with the acquisition of pay TV startup Layer3 TV. The plan is to use Layer3s technology and team to launch a new television service in 2018.
In the following press release, United Nations Human Rights expert Alfred de Zayas comments on his recent trip to Venezuela, the dangers of politicizing the country's crisis, and the "worrying media campaign" against the government.
Six out of 10 Americans say that the level of corruption in society has worsened in the past year, up from one third a year ago, according to a nationwide poll released on Tuesday by the nonprofit Transparency International. Forty-four percent of Americans believe that corruption is pervasive in the White House, up from 36 percent in 2016, pollsters found after analyzing computer assisted interviewing of a random group of 1,005 adult respondents in October and November. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all U.S. adults by age, gender, social grade, region, rural/urban area and ethnicity, the group said. Choosing from nine influential groups in government, business and religion, respondents picked the Office of the President as the most corrupt, at 44 percent. Government institutions such as Congress and agency officials only fared slightly better than the White House. Nearly a third of respondents said that "most or all" business leaders are corrupt. The least corrupt group, respondents said, is judges, with only 16 percent thinking of them as corrupt. Transparency International defined corruption as "the abuse of entrusted power for private gain." The key issues it identified included the influence of wealthy individuals over government; "pay to play" politics; the revolving doors between elected government office, for-profit companies and professional associations; and the "abuse of the U.S. financial system by corrupt foreign kleptocrats and local elites."
Is the US really a superpower or just the biggest collection of stupidity on the planet?
Washington has already lost the Syrian war once. Now it is about to lose it a second time.
A few days ago the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, declared a complete victory in Syria:
Two hours ago, the (Russian) defense minister reported to me that the operations on the eastern and western banks of the Euphrates have been completed with the total rout of the terrorists.
The Iranian commander of the forces which support the Syrian and Iraqi governments sent a note to the U.S. to let Washington know that any remaining U.S. forces in Syria will be fought down:
The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp Brigadier General Haj Qassem Soleimani sent a verbal letter, via Russia, to the head of the US forces commander in Syria, advising him to pull out all US forces to the last soldier or the doors of hell will open up.
My message to the US military command: when the battle against ISIS (the Islamic State group) will end, no American soldier will be tolerated in Syria. I advise you to leave by your own will or you will be forced to it.
According to reports, Russia has confirmed that Iran will stay in Syria as long as Syrian President Assad, who insists on liberating all of Syria without exception for the Americans, decides. Washingtons plan to occupy a corner of Syria and revive ISIS is dead in the water, as will be all US troops sacrificed to this purpose.
According to reports, CIA director Mike Pompeo sent a letter to Soleimani expressing his concern about Irans intention to attack American interests, declaring Washington will hold Soleimani and Iran accountable for any attack.
According to reports the CIAs letter had no effect and was treated with total contempt:
Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, a senior aid to the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei confirmed Pompeos attempt to send a letter but said Soleimani refused to read it or to take it because he has nothing further to add. Sources in the area believe it is not unlikely that Kurdish troops operating in al-Hasakah and who are faithful to the government of Damascus are willing to be spearheaded against the US forces. Many of these troops remained loyal to Syria: they reject any occupation forces on its land or the partition of the country....
Police officers in Grand Rapids, Michigan, held an 11-year-old black girl at gunpoint and handcuffed her until they could determine she was neither armed nor an attempted homicide suspect they were looking for. The incident triggered widespread condemnation. Footage of the incident involving elementary school student Honestie Hodges was captured on a bodycam, and was presented by Grand Rapids Police Department during a press conference Tuesday. The video shows Hodges walking with her hands up until an officer tells her to turn around and walk backward, all while her mother Whitney Hodges yells: "That is my child. She's 11 years old. It does matter." The girl begins to scream wildly when another officer takes out the handcuffs. The officer can be heard saying: "You're fine, you're not going to jail or anything." Hodges is then ordered to stop crying as she is patted down and put in the back of a police cruiser. The ordeal took place last Wednesday, when Hodges was leaving through the back door of her home to go to the store, local news reported. The police had arrived to look for the girl's aunt, Carrie Manning, an attempted murder suspect, the department's statement said.
By Dr. Mercola According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 30 million Americans are living with diabetes, the majority of whom are Type 2 diabetics. Another 84 million Americans have prediabetes, meaning they could advance to the full-blown disease in less than five years. By 2035, diabetes is expected to afflict 592 million people globally. As
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This is a great example of why the system has to be totally scrapped and started over from the ground up. The patient is terminal
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A Japanese schoolboy has reportedly become the latest victim of the much-maligned US military presence in Okinawa. An American helicopter is said to have started falling apart directly above a schoolyard, resulting in injuries to the child. On Wednesday morning, an angular object roughly 3ft (1 meter) across fell onto a sports field packed with elementary school children near the Futenma US military base in the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa. The object was discovered to be a helicopter window, complete with the frame, that had fallen off an American CH-53 aircraft flying above the school grounds. One 10-year-old boy, out of some 50 children who were assembled in the sports field, was slightly injured in the incident, Reuters reports, citing a prefecture official. The exact cause of his injuries was unclear. Three US helicopters were flying over the school at the time of the incident, according to Japanese media. They also report that there were around 30 children in the schoolyard and that the boy suffered an injury to his left hand.
You can do anything for 30 days, right? Well, would you consider trying a plant-based diet if it helped improve your mood and productivity? RELATED STORY: Eating the right foods can give your mood a boost According to our friend Dr. Greger, research has found that a plant-based nutrition program in a workplace setting across ten
You've probably heard of mindfulness. These days, it's everywhere, like many ideas and practices drawn from Buddhist texts that have become part of mainstream Western culture. But a review published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science shows the hype is ahead of the evidence. Some reviews of studies on mindfulness suggest it may help with psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, and stress. But it's not clear what type of mindfulness or meditation we need and for what specific problem. The study, involving a large group of researchers, clinicians and meditators, found a clear-cut definition of mindfulness doesn't exist. This has potentially serious implications. If vastly different treatments and practices are considered the same, then research evidence for one may be wrongly taken as support for another. At the same time, if we move the goalposts too far or in the wrong direction, we might lose the potential benefits of mindfulness altogether.
A Polish man walking in a national park captured video of a rare winter weather phenomenon -- a snownado. Michal Bielas posted a video to Facebook showing the unusual sight that greeted him Monday during a walk in Tatra National Park. The video depicts a whirlwind rolling through the snow, creating what is known as a snownado or snow devil.
Famous faces have joined Survival Internationals call for a global boycott of Indias tiger reserves, in protest at the ban on recognition of tribal peoples rights.
Another Ponzi Roll Over of Treasury
As the holiday season draws nearer, it is nice to know that a present for all Americans and future generations is building as the hordes of consumers storm the aisles of their favorite box store so that they can go further in debt. Much like maxing out your plastic limits and paying the monthly minimum, the U.S. Treasury just keeps rolling over their debt since their credit card has no ceiling. The banksters behind the Federal Reserve have no problem with monetizing the national debt, since the Treasury provides their stamp of guarantee. As the public sector continues their spending spree, few really know the extent and amount of their share of the obligation.
Terence P. Jeffrey writes in the CNS News article, Treasury Issues $1T in New Debt in 8 WeeksTo Pay Old Debt.
The Daily Treasury Statement that was released Wednesday afternoon as Americans were preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving revealed that the U.S. Treasury has been forced to issue $1,040,965,000,000 in new debt since fiscal 2015 started just eight weeks ago in order to raise the money to pay off Treasury securities that were maturing and to cover new deficit spending by the government.
Like food addicts at a cornucopia dinner, the indigestion that follows will pass, or so it is hoped. However, the pain and bloating intensifies and at some point, stapling the stomach becomes a necessary option.
U.S. Government Debt Is THE Biggest Ponzi Scheme In History sums up accordingly,
The reason this is a true Ponzi is because at every Treasury auction, held twice a month, the Government issues enough debt to repay the existing debt that is maturing and issues even more debt in order to fund Government overspending . . . In contrast, if the Chinese and Japanese decide theyd rather not keep putting an increasing amount of money into financing our Governmental spending juggernaut, the Fed can just print money under the orders of the President to keep the gerbil going on the wheel.
So when the Treasury raises the national debt lev...
Opposition research firm Fusion GPS tried and failed to find evidence of a close relationship between then-candidate Donald Trump and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, whose Lolita Express private jet ferried powerful clients to his private island, Little St. James.
Epstein (who reportedly has an egg shaped penis) pleaded guilty to one count of soliciting prostitution from a 14 year old girl in 2008 for which he served 13 months in jail filed in 2006; including wiring his mansion with hidden cameras, secretly recording orgies involving high profile friends with underage girls for blackmail, and receiving sexual massages from high school girls up to three times a day according to his former house manager of 11 years.
Bill Clinton, Jeffrey Epstein, Epsteins Boeing
And as the NY Post detailed last year, Epstein and the Clintons are close.
Epstein has spent the bulk of his adult life cultivating relationships with the worlds most powerful men. Flight logs show that from 2001 to 2003, Bill Clinton flew on Epsteins private plane, dubbed The Lolita Express by the press, 26 times. After Epsteins arrest in July 2006, federal tax records show Epstein donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation that year.
While trying to tie Trump to Epstein in an attempt to push the narrative to at least two reporters, Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS the firm behind the unsubstantiated Trump-Russia dossier, found that the Trump-Epstein link appears purely social, according to the Washington Times, which writes Journalist sources told The Washington Times that Fusion founder Glenn Simpson pushed the idea of a close relationship between Mr. Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, adding Ken Silverstein, the reporter who u...
The odds are that every second farmed salmon we eat has lost much of its ability to hear. Although fish senses aren't usually a consideration when they're on a plate, researchers now know that deafness in farmed salmon is due to a deformity in the ear, caused by accelerated growth in aquaculture. The findings, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, raise significant welfare issues and may also explain the poor survival of farmed hatchlings in conservation programs. Scientists from the University of Melbourne looked at salmon farmed in Norway, Chile, Scotland, Canada and Australia and found the deformity was widespread. The study's lead author, Ms Tormey Reimer, says when they went looking for the cause of the deformity they found that the fastest-growing fish were three times more likely to be afflicted than the slowest, even at the same age.
This video from the USA says about itself:
22 September 2017
A major new investigation by Amnesty International reveals a bomb that killed 16 civilians in Yemens capital last month was made in the U.S.A. Among the survivors was 5-year-old Buthaina, whose photograph went viral in the aftermath of the strike. She lost her entire family in the strike.
Amnesty Internationals arms expert analyzed remnants of the weapon and found clear markings that matched U.S.-made components used in laser-guided, air-dropped bombs. Coalition airstrikes continue to be the leading cause of child casualties, as well as overall civilian casualties. The latest finding by Amnesty comes as some European Union countries recently tabled a motion at the U.N. Human Rights Council calling for an independent inquiry into human rights abuses committed by all sides in the conflict. The U.N. high commissioner for human rights has called the humanitarian crisis in Yemen an entirely man-made catastrophe. We speak with...
Strange ice balls that washed up on the coast may have been caused by oil pollution, an ecological expert has said. A video shows the strangely uniformly sized ice balls washing up in the Gulf of Finland in north-western Russia. Ecologist Ilya Leukhin told local media that oil spills in the water could have created the ice balls but she was not the only one with a possible explanation for the phenomenon. Yuryi Shahov, who videoed and shared the sight online, said: 'Seems that someone has thrown snowballs into the Gulf.' Some believe that snow was rolled together by the waves, or that what look like ice balls could in fact be stones covered with ice.
Mexico City prosecutors have arrested a man for approving a seven-story building as "safe" for residential living, but which collapsed in the city's 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Sept. 19, killing two women. Authorities have not released the man's name or profession, saying only that he faces possible homicide charges for signing off on the building in 2016. They did tell the press that the collapsed building didn't meet construction specifications legally required for the site and had "little resistance" in an earthquake-prone region. Outside experts say the building should have been able to withstand the earthquake had it been constructed according to 2016 building standards. Another person has already been arrested in the case. The Mexico City Prosecutor's Office has nearly 150 investigations open related to the Sept. 19 earthquake, including the collapse of the Enrique Rebsamen school, where 28 students and teachers were killed. Investigators already found that school officials paid a US$1,400 fine in 2014 in order to avoid being shut down for faulty construction that wasn't up to code.
The U.S. mainstream media's year-long hysteria over Russia's alleged role in the election of Donald Trump has obliterated normal reporting standards leading to a rash of journalistic embarrassments that have both disgraced the profession and energized Trump's backers over new grievances about the MSM's "fake news." Misguided groupthink is always a danger when key elements of the Washington establishment and the major news media share the same belief - whether that is Iraq's supposed possession of WMD or the need to bring down some foreign or domestic leader unpopular with the elites. Yet, we have rarely witnessed such a cascading collapse of journalistic principles as has occurred around the Russia-gate "scandal." It is hard to keep track of all the corrections or to take note of all the dead ends that the investigation keeps finding. But anyone who dares note the errors, the inconsistencies or the illogical claims is either dismissed as a "Kremlin stooge" or a "Trump enabler." The national Democrats and the mainstream media seem determined to keep hurtling down the Russia-gate roadway assuming that the evidentiary barriers ahead will magically disappear at some point and the path to Trump's impeachment will be clear.
The recent string of false media stories about Russiagate shows the media's growing desperation as proof for the Russiagate collusion allegations fails to appear The recent string of misfires of Russiagate stories in the US media, and the growing signs of alarm amongst proponents of the Russiagate conspiracy theory in the media and elsewhere following the angry exchanges between Republican Congressmen and FBI Director Christopher Wray in the House Judiciary Committee, are symptoms of the growing desperation within the media and amongst proponents of the Russiagate conspiracy theory that the evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians that they counted on is failing to turn up. To understand the reason for this alarm it is merely necessary to compare the time line of the Watergate scandal - the scandal which provides the benchmark for all political scandals involving US Presidents - with the progress or rather lack of it of the Russiagate scandal.
BC Ferries will ban smoking on all ships and at all of its terminals by January 2018. They will also forbid passengers from remaining in cars on closed decks during sailings starting in October. In a release, BC Ferries says the smoking ban came from provincial regulations that increased no-smoking buffer zones from three metres to six metres around any "doorway, intake or open window" to a public space or workplace. They say buffer zones of that size are impossible to maintain on vessels and decided to extend the no-smoking policy to terminals as well. "This new policy supports the health and wellness of our customers and employees, as it helps control their exposure to secondhand smoke," said BC Ferries President and CEO Mark Collins in a statement.
December 14th, 2017 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World One of the key selling points of Donald Trump"s campaign, refusing to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (or TPP) once he was in office inspired a measure of confidence in the newly elected president. However, next up on the political chopping block is another contentious 
A large whale has been spotted in the Newport News Channel just off King-Lincoln Park Beach near the Monitor Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel. On Tuesday morning, the whale was moving and appeared to be stuck in the shallow water. The whale was declared dead by Tuesday afternoon. It is being moved to deeper water. The Newport News Police Department Marine Unit is on scene. The Virginia Aquarium's Stranding Response Team has been notified and are working on a plan. While whales are not uncommon in local waters during colder months, some can become stranded, lost or injured by boaters.
(HRW) The Mexican Senate should reject legislation that would enshrine the role of the Mexican armed forces in law enforcement activities, Human Rights Watch said today.
On November 30, 2017, Mexicos Chamber of Deputies approved the Law of Internal Security, which authorizes military involvement in domestic law enforcement activities. But the bill does nothing to increase the transparency of the military operations or accountability for military personnel who commit abuses. The Senate could vote on the bill as early as this week.
Mexico has relied heavily on its armed forces to fight organized crime for more than a decade, and the results have been disastrous, said Daniel Wilkinson, Americas managing director at Human Rights Watch. The country desperately needs to improve its law enforcement capabilities, but turning the job over to a military with a terrible human rights record is not the answer.
Between 2006 and 2016, Mexicos National Human Rights Commission received almost 10,000 complaints of abuse by the militaryincluding more than 2,000 during the current administration. Human Rights Watch and other rights advocates have also documented numerous cases in which military personal ostensibly involved in law enforcement activities were implicated in extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and sexual violence. Impunity remains the norm for these abuses.
Since Mexico launched its war on drugs in 2006with major deployments of the armed forces to fight organized crimemore than 100,000 people have been killed and more than 30,000 have gone missing. Homicide rates dropped in 2014 and 2015, but have climbed steadily since, with 2017 on track to be the deadliest year in Mexico in two decades.
The proposed law grants the Mexican military broad authority to engage in internal security, including in gathering intelligence by any legal means possible. The National Human Rights Commission has said that the laws vague definitions and lack of objective criteria for what constitutes internal security mean that the law can apply to any situation. For example, the military would be authorized to engage in crime prevention and investigation.
The proposed law does not include measures to strengthen civilian police institutions, nor an exit strategy for ending the use of the armed forces in law enforcement. The law also includes no measures to ensure independent civilian control and oversight of military operations, or to ensure that civilian authorities properly investigate and prosecute military abuses.
There needs to be a much more serious debate about security iss...
Biology is becoming increasingly digitized. Researchers like us use computers to analyze DNA, operate lab equipment and store genetic information. But new capabilities also mean new risks - and biologists remain largely unaware of the potential vulnerabilities that come with digitizing biotechnology. The emerging field of cyberbiosecurity explores the whole new category of risks that come with the increased use of computers in the life sciences. University scientists, industry stakeholders and government agents have begun gathering to discuss these threats. We've even hosted FBI agents from the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate here at Colorado State University and previously at Virginia Tech for crash courses on synthetic biology and the associated cyberbiosecurity risks. A year ago, we participated in a U.S. Department of Defense-funded project to assess the security of biotechnology infrastructures. The results are classified, but we disclose some of the lessons learned in our new Trends in Biotechnology paper.
On December 8, a group of Moscow university students attacked a classmate and forced him to apologize on camera for comments he published on social media Oleg Tereshchenko (who uses the online pseudonym Alexey Knyazev) told Meduza that he left campus on the afternoon of December 8. The 18-year-old management student at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) says he then ran into his classmate, Rashid Khamokhoev. Tereshchenko says the two had never spoken in person before, but they had interacted online, where they'd discussed various Muslim traditions. The two young men peacefully continued this conversation, while walking off campus, until they encountered another five students from RANEPA (Tereshchenko isn't naming them publicly, and they have yet to name themselves). The group then forced Tereshchenko to apologize for his comments about Islam on the Vkontakte student community "Love and Hate at RANEPA." In particular, they ordered him to apologize for his comments in a discussion about families in the North Caucasus forbidding their girls from dating Russian men. Tereshchenko had written that Russian federal laws do not allow such restrictions on individuals' freedom. The group of men recorded his apology on their smartphones.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) ordered congressional investigators to physically remove all outstanding documents from the Justice Department on Thursday. "Intel Cmte chair Nunes says Hse Intel Cmte will send investigators to DoJ Thursday to do a "scrub" of documents they have pursued since winter. Nunes says if McCabe doesn't appear next Tuesd, he will move to subpoena him..or potentially hold McCabe in contempt of Congress," tweeted Fox News' Chad Pergram. Comment: Interesting: FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe abruptly cancelled his closed door testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee as news emerged that the wife of Senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr worked for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm which assembled the infamous "Trump dossier." Ohr was demoted last week after allegedly trying to conceal his contacts with Fusion. Fox News reporter Chad Pergram's sources tell him "McCabe has an Ohr problem," and they believe "FBI DepDir McCabe not coming to Hse Intel Cmte tomorrow because he'd be asked about Bruce Ohr & Ohr's wife Nellie who worked for Fusion GPS," adding "something far more sinister." Pergram also tweeted "Expect subpoenas to compel McCabe to appear this wk."
Almost three years have passed since Saudi Arabia announced it was intervening militarily, with its allies, in Yemen, to remove the Houthis (officially called Ansar Allah) from power after they had taken over the capital. Western analysts saw it as a bold move from recently-empowered (deputy) crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), weapons manufacturers and their political representatives were delighted. But what had been predicted as a swift military operation has turned into a humiliating stalemate. Unable to impose its will by force, Saudi Arabia and its bold prince have resorted to war crimes and collective punishment, imposing a humanitarian catastrophe on the Yemeni people. The lack of media interest makes it seem like a crisis unfolding in slow motion. But that is only because outrage and compassion are now meant to be weaponised when they can be useful in justifying imperialist interventions. For the Yemeni people the agony is real and there is no escaping it. In what was already the poorest country in the region, the Saudi-led bombings of infrastructure and the blockade imposed on Yemeni ports have left millions on the brink.
The Islamic State is a shadow of its former self. In 2014, the extremist group seemed to make substantial inroads in achieving its stated goal of a caliphate. It boasted tens of thousands of fighters and territorial control over an area roughly the size of South Korea. By almost every metric, Islamic State has collapsed in its Syria stronghold, as well as in Iraq. As a former foreign fighter recently admitted, "It's over: there is no more Daesh left," using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State. The rollback of Islamic State must come as a shock to the chorus of journalists and analysts who spent years insisting that such progress would never happen without toppling the regime of Bashar Assad - which is, of course, still standing. A cavalcade of opinion makers long averred that Islamic State would thrive in Syria so long as Assad ruled because the Syrian Arab Army was part of the same disease.
This is the question everyone should be attending to where is the food going to come from?
By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th December 2017
Brexit; the crushing of democracy by billionaires; the next financial crash; a rogue US president: none of them keeps me awake at night. This is not because I dont care I care very much. Its only because I have a bigger question on my mind. Where is the food going to come from?
By mid-century there will be two or three billion more people on Earth. Any one of the issues I am about to list could help precipitate mass starvation. And this is before you consider how they might interact.
The trouble begins where everything begins: with soil. The UNs famous projection that, at current rates of soil loss, the world has 60 years of harvests left, appears to be supported by a new set of figures. Partly as a result of soil degradation, yields are already declining on 20% of the worlds croplands.
Now consider water loss. In places such as the North China Plain, the central United States, California and north-western India among the worlds critical growing regions levels of the groundwater used to irrigate crops are already reaching crisis point. Water in the Upper Ganges aquifer, for example, is being withdrawn at 50 times its recharge rate. But, to keep pace with food demand, farmers in South Asia expect to use between 80 and 200% more water by 2050. Where will it come from?
The next constraint is temperature. One study suggests that, all else being equal, with each degree Celsius of warming the global yield of rice drops by 3%, wheat by 6% and maize by 7%. This could be optimistic. Research published in the journal Agricultural & Environmental Letters finds that 4C of warming in the US Corn Belt could reduce maize yields by between 84 and 100%.
The reason is that high temperatures at night disrupt the pollination process. But this describes just one component of the likely pollination crisis. Insectageddon, caused by the global deployment of scarcely-tested pesticides, will account for the rest. Already, in some parts of the world, workers are now...
Revealing the extreme direness of the situation on the Korean Peninsula, a state-run Chinese media outlet based in a province bordering North Korea and Russia - the Jilin Daily - published a "common sense" guide for surviving a nuclear war, according to Reuters. Although the full-page article of guidelines doesn't specifically mention North Korea, the warning was clearly a result of the increasing tensions between a nuclear-armed DPRK, and the United States. The influential Chinese state-run Global Times described the article as a public service announcement due to the situation on the Korean peninsula.
Hey beautiful people welcome back this weeks flow session I had Eliaih Priest on and he is a bloody beauty. A pioneer and visionary he is:
*Previous UK Director for Institute for Security & Cooperation in Outer Space
*Speaker at 2008 World Peace Congress
*Senior Advisor to Lord David James of Blackheath
*Designate Honorary Consul for the Democratic Republic of Congo to Australia
Plus he has been doing major things here in Australia holding the government accountable for its actions and putting pressure on the many corrupt government organizations who are meant to be...
Activists accused Tanzania's leaders of "promoting a culture of human rights violations", as the release of two high-profile child rapists this week coincided with calls for pregnant schoolgirls to be arrested. John Magufuli, the Tanzanian president, pardoned the two men, who were convicted of the rape of 10 primary school children aged between six and eight, along with thousands of other prisoners, in his independence day speech on Saturday. News of their release emerged as a government official in the east African country called for pregnant pupils to be taken into custody. On Monday, John Mongella, the regional commissioner of Mwanza, said the move would force girls to testify against those who impregnated them. This followed calls from the president earlier this year to ban pregnant girls from school.
A snowshoe racer from India who got a visa after Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand pulled some strings was being held Friday in an upstate jail on a sex charge. The US embassy in New Delhi rejected Tanveer Hussain's application for a visa so he could compete in the World Snowshoe Championship last month, Fox News reported. Local officials then appealed for help to Schumer and Gillibrand, and their offices reached out to the New Delhi embassy, which let Hussain successfully reapply for a visa. "Obviously, this is a troubling matter for him - these are troubling accusations," Brian Barrett, Hussain's lawyer, told Fox. "He is in good spirits and he looks forward to fighting these charges."
A schoolteacher could be out of a job, suspended for calling a trans pupil by the wrong gender while praising a group of students for a job well done. Mathematics teacher Joshua Sutcliffe, 27, told a group of students that included a teen who identifies as a boy "Well done girls," when he spotted them working hard in class. Sutcliffe said he was then corrected by the student, and apologized immediately. The Oxfordshire teacher was suspended six weeks after the incident, when the student's mother lodged an official complaint. The school has conducted an investigation into the complaints made against Sutcliffe, and he faces a disciplinary hearing this week.
Almost two dozen senior Israel Defense Force service members, Defense Ministry officials and technology company employees were put in handcuffs on Tuesday for allegedly stealing $28 million, or 100 million new Israeli shekels, from the government, the Times of Israel reported. The scheme to steal taxpayer funds allegedly involved the suspects billing Israel's Defense Ministry for telecom projects that never happened or were only partially complete. Giltech and Uricom, two telecommunications firms in Israel, were listed as the technology companies involved in the scam, according to the Times of Israel. The identities of the IDF and officials involved in the operation have not been disclosed.
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TWO: Gaining tremendous media coverage for the effect of the op (even exaggerating the effects), while hiding the cause and the players who planned it.
THREE: Blaming the wrong people as the originators of the op. Relentlessly discrediting truth tellers who see whats really going on.
FOUR: Developing and promoting a false cover story to describe the details of the op; in many cases, those details are wrong.
FIVE: Laying down false trails for investigators and independent researchers.
SIX: At least several goals.
SEVEN: Testing public response.
EIGHT: Controlled opposition.
TEN: Limited hangout.
In the eyes of Nancy Pelosi, sexual harassment accusers are equal. Some are just more equal than others - and equality apparently depends on the political party of the accused. The House Minority Leader, and highest ranking woman in the U.S. government, told reporters she thought it was "horrible" that Paula Jones was able to sue President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment in the 1990s. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Pelosi recalled hearing the news that Jones would have her day in court. Pelosi said she was traveling with Bill and Hillary Clinton through Europe and stopped in London to meet with Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Suspended UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball is going to play in Lithuania after a very public feud between his father Lavar Ball and the president over his role in saving his son and two other players from imprisonment in China.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has criticized the Muslim countries which failed to show a strong response to Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, accusing them of being afraid of the US. "There was a lot of strong reaction, reaction from the highest level. Some countries, however, have shown a very weak response. It seems that some countries are very timid, since the decision came from that country [the US]," the Minister told NTV broadcaster on Tuesday, adding that such countries were afraid of challenging the US and its "superpower mentality." The remarks came ahead of an extraordinary Summit and Ministerial meetings of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the Jerusalem issue, scheduled to take place in Istanbul on Wednesday. Several countries, namely Egypt and the United Arab Emirates will send only foreign ministers to the meeting, according to Cavusoglu, while Saudi Arabia and some others still have not decided how they would participate
Phi Beta Iota: The headline says it all, read the idiocy direct if you want to waste your time. Below the fold are slams from John McAfee and Defango. Waiting to hear from William Binney.
John McAfee on the record:
I find it unlikely. Most analyses of Satoshis white paper indicate it was written by one person not a committee. I also personally know the first Bitcoin miner, who is a personal friend of Satoshi. The miner is a computer Geek, and, allegedly, so is Satoshi. Both are long time members if Anonymous.
Defango on the record:
That Article is a Piece of Garbage and this Mike Adams guy doesnt know his ass from his face. Ill break it down
First off Bitcoin was created to fix the double spend problem Digital Cash had in 1993. Maybe years before the Idiot that wrote this said it was created. (1997).
By this logic hes talking about some things that arent connected. The People Behind RSA are the ones that wrote the OG Digital Cash paper Im my opinion and none of them worked for the NSA.
The NSA or CIA or whoever didnt start researching into Digital Cash until 2012 after the creation of bitcoin and the fabled CIA meeting was in 2013
SHA-256 this guy doesnt know what hes talking about and is providing examples for RSA encryptions when Bitcoin used ECC. Which is a completely different animal and created to fix the problems with RSA. Its not the end all but it is a clear problem in this logic.
Hope that helps.
I first understood the power of the documentary during the editing of my first film, The Quiet Mutiny. In the commentary, I make reference to a chicken, which my crew and I encountered while on patrol with American soldiers in Vietnam. "It must be a Vietcong chicken - a communist chicken," said the sergeant. He wrote in his report: "enemy sighted". The chicken moment seemed to underline the farce of the war - so I included it in the film. That may have been unwise.
The Boston Globe had to explain there were no typographical errors in its report about Boston's black community. Readers contacted the paper after it reported the median net worth of African-American households in the Boston area is a paltry $8. The Boston Globe's Spotlight investigation team cited the statistic in its first installment of a series focusing on Boston's black community and the city's reputation as one of the most racist urban regions in America. Sandwiched between other realities facing African-Americans living in the periphery of Massachusetts' capital, the eyebrow-raising statistic left many readers wondering if the number was a typo, prompting the Boston Globe to write a follow-up article the next day, on December 11, titled: "That was no typo: The median net worth of black Bostonians really is $8."
Text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in 2016 that were obtained by Fox News on Tuesday refer to then-candidate Donald Trump as a "loathsome human" and "an idiot." More than 10,000 texts between Strzok and Page were being reviewed by the Justice Department after Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe after it was revealed that some of them contained anti-Trump content. The messages were sent during the 2016 campaign and contain discussions about various candidates. On March 2, Strzok texted Page that someone "asked me who I'd vote for, guessed [Ohio Gov. John] Kasich."
Arizona police officer Philip Brailsford became known on the internet after he was caught on video shooting and killing pest control worker Daniel Shaver. However, before Brailsford was acquitted of murdering Shaver-who was innocent and unarmed-he reportedly had a history of violent behavior. In January 2016, police arrived at the hotel Shaver was staying in after someone claimed they saw a man with a rifle. While Shaver did have a gun in his room, it was a pellet gun using in his business of pest control. Last week, a jury found Brailsford not guilty in Shaver's homicide. However, there are still members of the public who do not believe he is innocent, and they are determined to prove Brailsford's true character.
Most next-generation terrorism and future-of-war scenarios focus on artificial intelligence, drones, and self-driving car bombs. But those are, at best, only half the story, projecting white-collar Americas fears of all the possible dystopian uses of emerging technology. The other, and potentially more worrisome, half lies in the blue-collar technicians of ISIS. They have already shown they can produce a nation-states worth of weapons, and their manufacturing process will only become easier with the growth of 3-D printing.
"The personal is political" is a slogan that has been around for a long time, used especially though not exclusively by radical feminists. In practice it has served as an exhortation that people make ideology the sole dimension of their personal identity, that they set aside all other bases on which to evaluate their relations with other people and order their conduct even in their most intimate dealings with others. (Here is a recent example so perfect it seems like a caricature.) To carry on one's life in accordance with such an exhortation is a recipe for endless misery. The misery comes from the entailed sacrifice of the countless opportunities for connecting fruitfully with others through, for example, family relations, friendships, comradeship, and partnerships based on non-ideological commonalities such as neighborhood, shared artistic appreciation, and participation in team efforts in sports and other activities.
In the late nineteenth century, many Americans took pride in living in a country that boasted so much freedom. In describing their society and polity, they often contrasted them with what they called paternalism, which they believed was the rule in certain European countries, such as Germany, where a proto-welfare state began to be developed as early as the 1880s and became a beacon for Americans who disliked the high degree of personal freedom in the USA and wished to replace it with various forms of government dictation and direct participation. So, in the late nineteenth century, despite the prevailing embrace of freedom, a growing group Americans set out, slowly and haltingly at first, to put their own forms of paternalism in place, beginning with campaigns against alcohol and tobacco, proceeding to mandatory-school-attendance, anti-child-labor, and women's working-hours laws, and continuing until today, when governments seek to prohibit even forms of speech that some people dislike and perceive as harmful and to punish parents for letting children get out of their sight even in safe circumstances. Compared to the German paternalism of a century or more ago, the American paternalism of today extends much more broadly and deeply into social and political life, and its march shows no sign of losing momentum.
About Paul Adams: In the mid-80s, he co-founded Tracking Technology Inc., a forerunner to GPS. He became a stockbroker for eight years, then segwayed to project finance, consulting for such notables as Darryl Quarles (writer/director of Family Ties & Fresh Prince of Belair), Larry Namer (founder of E!Entertainment), Joseph Nikolson (founder of TradeStation and Bonds.com), and Richard Waryn (former Investment Manager of the World Banks private arm, the IFC), through his company New Planet Group (NPG LLC). He has lived in nine countries and knows three languages.
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Translated by Sott.net A bizarre sight hit Mikael Lind from rnskldsvik. Hundreds of gray birds suddenly died in the middle of the road. "It was surreal," he told SVT News. He was headed towards Gottne in November when he saw the birds just lying there in the middle of the road, over an estimated 25 meter stretch. "At first I thought it was rocks or gravel, so I slowed down to around 50 kph, but the closer I came, it turned out to be birds. But they did not move so some of the birds were picked up by the car and got stuck in the grill," he says. He then stopped to examine the absurd view more closely.
The latest round of military drills involving the US, Japan and South Korea began their latest set of tracking drills on Monday, DW reported, citing sources in the South Korean military. The drills - which are meant for "practicing tracking an object and sharing information on it among the three countries" - were being held in waters off the coast of Japan, according to Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera. The US and its regional allies are stepping up their military drills in response to North Korea's decision to test-launch the Hwasong-15, a new ICBM that US intelligence believes has the capacity to strike Washington, DC, as well as nearly any other part of the US - though the degree of accuracy remains questionable. In response to drills held last week, North Korea warned that it is "ready for nuclear war" with the US. Though its threats have long rung hollow, US, South Korean and Japanese intelligence officials say that the North might soon attain the ability to load a nuclear warhead on its newest ICBM, which would enable it to launch a nuclear strike - or possibly an equally devastating EMP attack.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said Tuesday he would not launch an investigation into sexual harassment and assault allegations against President Trump, saying it's the job of the police and prosecutors to investigate crimes. He said the alleged crimes involve state law and should be referred to the Justice Department, but acknowledged the Justice Department doesn't have jurisdiction over violations of state law. "Allegations brought for now or in the future that, while serious, do not allege violations of specific criminal statutes, should be referred to the Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over allegations related to fitness for office and non-criminal matters," Mr. Gowdy said in his letter addressed to the Democratic Women's Working Group.
Simone Kuijt made this video behind the window of her home in the Netherlands.
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Doug Jones has become the first Democrat in 25 years to win a US Senate seat for Alabama, after a bitter campaign against Republican Roy Moore. His unexpected victory deals a blow to President Donald Trump, who backed Mr Moore, and narrows the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49. Mr Moore has so far refused to concede, saying "it's not over". Comment: Yes, it is over Mr. Moore. And we're all much happier for that fact. He fought a controversial campaign, in which allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct with teenage girls.
This video from England says about itself:
12 December 2017
By Felicity Collier in Britain:
Extra mental health staff drafted in to help Grenfell survivors cope over Christmas
Wednesday 13th December 2017
Felicity Collier reports as health professionals due to attend St Pauls memorial service
Health professionals will attend tomorrows memorial service at St Pauls Cathedral marking six months since...
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria, after completing their task to destroy Daesh. Sputnik provides details about the pullout and Russia's interactions with Syria in the future. During his first ever visit to the Hmeymim airbase in Syria, President Putin praised the work of the Russian Aerospace Forces as brilliant and said Russian forces were "returning home with a victory." As the Syrian conflict is gradually nearing its end questions inevitably arise about what this withdrawal will mean. Here are the answers to some of them.
Ineke Davidse made this video.
Propaganda is how they got people to go along with the so called 'revolution' in the first place.
What if armed men came to town and the cable TV news stations
broadcast that there is a revolution and if you want a place in the
new society you have to join now? What if you were poor and living
in the ghetto when the announcement arrived and they told you that
this was your chance to participate in the government and to become
empowered in society? Then, armed checkpoints were set up
everywhere, some operated by local people who might be armed and
trigger happy, but at least they recognize you; others by strangers
who are part of the national army, and they aren't in a good mood.
Both sides believe that some of their members have been killed by
the other for no good reason and they are angry. You weren't at the
protests so you don't really know what happened. You've seen some
very polarized 'news' on TV. and a call to battle. What do you do
[In North America]I have been introduced to a refugee family from Daraa. They are a young couple with three children between four and eight years old. They are having a hard time here for a number of reasons. They weren't really ready to be in a context with no family support. Mohammed, the husband, is deaf and, so far as I can tell, none of their relatives were killed. Wishan said that religious extremists are haram. She likes to listen to recordings of a man chanting the Quran, but she doesn't wear a hijab. She said that is a small thing in the eyes of Allah. I am pretty sure they were not directly involved in the war or the events that lead to the outbreak in 2011. She complained that her brother had been hassled at checkpoints, but he is alive and well in Europe somewhere at present. Most of the family is still in Daraa.
Wishan showed me photos of her destroyed home in a block of bombed out houses. But she also showed me a photo of the bruised and bloated corpse of an adolescent boy with what looked to be a 22 caliber bullet wound in the area of his heart. Her English isn't good but I think she was trying to tell me that was one of the boys who wrote anti-Assad graffiti and were abused by the government at the beginning of the war. The first thing I thought when I saw the picture is that I'm sure lots of boys have died in this war but there is no evidence in a naked corpse of who shot him, when, where, or why. I also thought that there is a whole world of Internet propaganda out there targeting Syrian civilians in the Arabic language news from the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia.
Its funny how...
Dieta is a Spanish term for the...
This 13 December 2017 video from the USA says about itself:
Roy Moore Loses!!!
Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks reports in on the Alabama senate race between Roy Moore and Doug Jones.
By Barry Grey in the USA:
Corporate Democrat Doug Jones defeats far-right evangelical Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race
13 December 2017
In a special election Wednesday to fill the US Senate seat from Alabama vacated by President Trumps attorney general Jeff Sessions, conservative Democrat Doug Jones defeated ultra-right former state Supreme Court chief judge Roy Moore.
It was the first time a Democrat won a US Senate election in Alabama since the election in 1992 of Richard Shelby, who subsequently became a Republican and remains today the states senior senator.
The vote count as of this writing was 49.9 percent for Jones to 48.4 percent for Moore, a narrow but comfortable margin. Despite the fact that state law triggers an automatic recount only if the margin of difference is 0.5 percent or below, Moore refused to concede the election following Jones victory speech and indicated that he would contest the outcome.
The Democratic victory was the result of a higher-than expected turnout of about 37 percent, with turnout particularly high, compared to previous elections, among African Americans and young people. Voter turnout was especially heavy in the major urban centers of Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville and Montgomery. Moore won, as expected, in the rural largely white parts of the state, but he lost in the black rural areas, where turnout was much higher.
Jones had a big advantage among younger voters and won overwhelming majorities among African Americans.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
In addition, in Alabama there are also many areas where black voters live who had stayed at home...
In 1995, a few short years after the official end of the Cold War when hope-filled nations were focusing on peace and prosperity, the United States Congress unanimously passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act into law. The law recognized Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel. The passage of this law was left unnoticed by most. Few objected to a law passed by the preeminent power of the new unilateral world order. Fewer still understood the consequences of the law.
On December 6, Donald Trump reminded the world of the decision made years ago. There was outrage, but the true implications of this decision were not discussed. Predictably, stories centered on Palestinians and Jews. Some justified the decision while others condemned it. Many reasoned that the Palestinians had to be defended. While others thought that it was up to the Arabs and Moslems to challenge Americas decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital.
The Jerusalem question raised legal challenges to religious claims. The cacophony of protests and cheers obscured the approaching doomsday scenario that had been in the making for decades. Few understood. None listened. Others are in denial, believing religious zealotry to be a geopolitical game. But what has been taking place under our noses is not a fight over real estate, or international law. It is the power of madness, or the mad in power, that is enabling religious fanaticism to prevail at a cost to our collective humanity.
How could we not have seen this coming? Perhaps our logic challenged it; or our sense of decency denied the reality of what was happening. It would seem too improbable, simply too far-fetched that we should denounce God with our science and yet usher in rupture to bring back the God science had disproved (Big Bang). But how do we ignore Senator Broxon telling a cheering crowd Now, I dont know about you, but when I heard about Jerusalem where the King of Kings where our soon coming King is coming back to Jerusalem, it is because President Trump declared Jerusalem to be capital of Israel.
And how do we ignore Benjamin Netanyahu taking ownership of Jerusalem stating that the Bible, the holy book for Jews and Christians, had justified it. Should we then be surprised that rabbis sent a letter of gratitude to Trump, praising him for fulfilling prophecies. Prophecies do not sit well with modernity; nonetheless, they exist. And attempts to fulfill them are not new.
In 1990, there was an attempt by the Temple Mount Faithful to bring a cornerstone for a reconstructed Third Temple to the Temple Mount. In 2000, Ariel Sharon staged a pr...
One CEO says you can enlist everyone in your company to keep an eye on the budget even when youre flush with cash and tempted to splurge.
After my company raised over $60 million in financing and passed the 200-employee mark, we faced an urge many other venture-backed startups do: the impulse to splurge.
In the latest sign of what the future of basketball broadcasting might be, the NBA will soon co-stream some of its developmental league games on the popular social video service Twitch, enabling a wide variety of commentators on games. Known for the giant audiences who watch other people playing video games, Twitch will begin showing
In the latest sign of what the future of basketball broadcasting might be, the NBA will soon co-stream some of its developmental league games on the popular social video service Twitch, enabling a wide variety of commentators on games.
Its one of the most common expressions found in job descriptions and postings, but it might be sending the wrong message.
Theres a section in The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding, Al and Laura Reiss 2002 branding bible, about the importance of owning the word or phrase you want customers to associate with your business. They point out how Volvo has sought to own the word safe, and FedEx the word overnight.
Out of the top thirty industrialized nations in the world, the United States tops the list when it comes to infant mortality on the first day of life. With so much modern medical technology available, its hard to understand why there are so many sudden infant deaths, but it all becomes clear when one begins to recognize the burden of toxicity that vaccines impose on such vulnerable, developing babies. Did you know a Hepatitis B vaccine (dogmatically given to infants on their first day of life) has been shown to cause a 700 percent increase in heart attacks than those who do not take the vaccine?
For every 100,000 pregnancies, about 26 end tragically on the first day in the U.S. This adds up to 11,300 newborn deaths per year. This does not account for the number of spontaneous abortions that occur during pregnancy, which is when the fetus cannot survive in a toxic environment. This also does not account for the growing number of resuscitation emergencies that occur on the infants first day of life (following vaccination) or the astronomical amount of C-section emergency deliveries that are conducted to save both mother and child.
A rigorous vaccine protocol for pregnant mothers is harming both the mother and her unborn child, causing complications for a healthy, normal delivery. Hasty vaccination at birth with both the synthetic vitamin K shot and the Hepatitis B vaccine is burdening infants bodies on their very first day of life. The onslaught of heavy metals and synthetic chemicals in the womb and immediately after birth combined with poor prenatal nutrition is causing health issues in infants leading to an alarming number of premature deaths.
In most hospital settings in the U.S., birth is mischaracterized as a medical emergency from the start. Once the newborn arrives, the umbilical cord is usually cut prematurely, not allowing all the remaining blood, nutri...
In the latest case of Hollywoods spiralling sexual abuse scandal, Variety reports that a veteran 58-year-old Disney executive has been charged with three felony counts of child sexual abuse. Jon Heely, the longtime director of music publishing at Disney, was arrested nearly a month ago and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child. One of the reported victims was 15. The other was abused for four years starting at the age of 11, according to the charges.
His attorney Robert Helfend said Heely vehemently denies these allegations.
Heely, who oversees the licensing of music from Disney films, pleaded not guilty on Thursday. If convicted, he faces up to nine years and three months in prison according to The Daily News.
Oddly, the House of Mouse waited until yesterday to suspend the alleged pedophile. A spokesperson claimed the company had only just learned of Heelys arrest:
Immediately upon learning of this situation tonight, he has been suspended without pay until the matter is resolved by the courts.
Heelys attorney, Robert Helfend, denied the charges: He vehemently denies these allegations and we will be fighting until the end to clear his name, Helfend said. Its a shame, thats all Ive got to say.
Heely has been with Disney since 1981. He oversees licensing of the companys massive catalogue of film music. He also produced a series of Disney concerts around the world, including Fantasia Live in Concert, that feature orchestral performances and film clips.
The punchline: Hee...
Washington, D.C. A new report analyzing the budgets of both the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), found that between 1998 and 2015, these two departments alone lost over $21 trillion in taxpayer funds.
The shocking report was authored by Dr. Mark Skidmore, a professor of economics at Michigan State University, and Catherine Austin Fitts, former assistant secretary of housing. It notes that the missing funds are a direct result of unsupported journal voucher adjustments made to the departments budgets.
According to an Office of the Comptroller report:
Unsupported journal voucher adjustments are defined as summary-level accounting adjustments made when balances between systems cannot be reconciled. Often these journal vouchers are unsupported, meaning they lack supporting documentation to justify the adjustment [receipts, etc.] or are not tied to specific accounting transactions.
The report notes that, in both the private and public sectors, the presence of such adjustments is considered a red flag for potential fraud.
As The Free Thought Project reported last year, the U.S. DOD, specifically the U.S. Army, could not account for $6.5 trillion in 2015 due to wrongful balance adjustments.
According to a report by Reuters, the Army lacked the receipts and invoices to support those numbers [the adjustments] or simply made them up in order to create an illusion that its books are balanced.
The DOD has officially acknowledged that its financial statements for 2015 were materially misstated.
Extreme bullying, extortion and racketeering of Slavic soldiers by thugs from Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia are so rampant in Putin's army, at one point they had to stop draft from those regions. Writings on subdued Slavic soldiers bodies traditionally say the name of Northern Caucasus mountains region the thug is from and some supremacy statement about his nation...
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