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Friday, January 4, 2019

4 January - Blogs I'm Following - 1 of 3

10:00 pm MST

Did a Chinese Lunar Rover Find No Evidence of American Moon Landings?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 7 minutes ago
"These recent discoveries could strangely give credence to conspiracy theorists who have claimed for decades that America had never gone to the moon."

President Trump Called Family of Slain Police Officer Ronil Singh…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 13 minutes ago
The viewing for fallen officer Ronil Singh was held today in California; the funeral is tomorrow. Officer Singh was shot and killed by an illegal alien during a traffic stop on December 26th. Yesterday President Trump called the widow and … Continue reading →

Turkey Wants Massive U.S. Military Support To Aid Turkish Forces To Continue The Fight Against ISIS Militants In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 minutes ago
U.S. troops patrol near Turkish border in Hasakah, Syria, November 4, 2018. REUTERS/Rodi Said/File Photo *Wall Street Journal: **Turkey Seeks Major U.S. Military Support to Adopt Fight in Syria* *Plan for Turkey to take lead in fight against Islamic State could require more U.S. force, not less, officials say* WASHINGTON—Turkey is asking the U.S. to provide substantial military support, including airstrikes, transport and logistics, to allow Turkish forces to assume the main responsibility for fighting Islamic State militants in Syria, senior U.S. officials say. The Turkish reque... more »

China Has Its Own Version Of 'The Mother Of All Bombs'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 26 minutes ago
China's arms industry giant NORINCO for the first time showcased a new type of massive aerial bomb, which it dubbed the Chinese version of the "Mother of All Bombs" due to its huge destruction potential that is claimed to be only second to nuclear weapons. https://t.co/Xwa470K0R5 pic.twitter.com/bWDvmfvcyk — Global Times (@globaltimesnews) January 3, 2019 *Business Insider:* *China is showing off its homemade version of America's 'Mother of All Bombs'* * A Chinese defense industrial giant recently showed off a Chinese version of the US military's GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Bla... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'The Bourne Identity'. The 1988 Classic WithRichard Chamberlain and Jaclyn Smith

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 43 minutes ago
*WNU Editor:* Before Matt Damon modernized the Jason Bourne character, there was this film.

Beware Senator Mitch McConnell…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 58 minutes ago
Sometimes we must call the baby ugly. CTH has followed and mapped how Mitch McConnell operates for over a decade. Here’s the deal as we see it… Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has one major career alliance that has been unbroken … Continue reading →

Irukandji stings rise as jellyfish season hangs around longer in southern Queensland

Lucy Murray at Just In - 1 hour ago
Experts say the 19 people taken to hospital with suspected Irukandji stings in Queensland so far this season is almost double the 10-year average. In the past two weeks alone, eight people have been flown by rescue helicopter from Fraser Island.

Ellen DeGeneres urges Kevin Hart to host Oscars

Just In - 1 hour ago
After stepping down as Academy Awards host over homophobic jokes from his past, the comedian is being urged to take up the gig by one of Hollywood's loudest LGBTQ voices.

Riot police flood St Kilda for far-right rally

Just In - 1 hour ago
Controversial Queensland independent senator Fraser Anning turns up at a far-right rally in Melbourne, which has seen hundreds of police descend onto St Kilda Beach in a bid to prevent violence breaking out.

Specialist teams and tools used to fight blaze in south-west Tasmania

Erin Cooper And Ros Lehman at Just In - 1 hour ago
Sprinklers and fire retardant dropped from the air are being trialled to contain a blaze that Tasmanian authorities believe could burn for weeks.

Drop-kicking, first-down-running Aussie punter Dickson named in NFL All-Pro team

Just In - 1 hour ago
After sending commentators into joyous fits with his drop kicks, Sydney-born punter Michael Dickson caps a stellar rookie year in gridiron with a spot in the NFL All-Pro team.

Scepticism over claims the world's oldest person was being impersonated by her own daughter

Just In - 1 hour ago
Russian researchers claim Jeanne Calment's daughter assumed her mother's identity decades before her reported death at the age of 122 in 1997, but the claim has been dismissed by a French expert.

There's more to a good burnout than you think

Clare Sibthorpe at Just In - 1 hour ago
A day after a simultaneous burnout at Canberra's Summernats broke a world record, car fanatics gear up for a chance to gain a more personal honour — and the Burnout Masters competition involves a surprisingly long list of technicalities.

Breaking: UN Staff Member says 5G Is War on Humanity

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 1 hour ago
(Editor’s note- we were asked by the creators of this story to share the piece and we do so with pride – Erin Elizabeth) The first eight months of WWII with no fighting was called The Phoney War. Using millimetre waves as a fifth-generation or 5G wireless communications technology is a phoney war of another kind. This […] The post Breaking: UN Staff Member says 5G Is War on Humanity appeared first on Health Nut News.

This Is Everything That Is Wrong With Mainstream Feminism

Caitlin Johnstone at Caitlin Johnstone - 1 hour ago
Outlets like MSNBC and Politico have been excitedly running headlines titled “The military-industrial complex is now run by women” and “How women took over the military-industrial complex“. Apparently four of America’s five top defense contractors are now women, whose names I will not bother to learn […]

N. Korea--Iran weaponry cooperation

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 1 hour ago
8-8-2018 -North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Tehran on Tuesday. Atta Kenare / AFP Soo Kim, a former CIA intelligence analyst who specializes in North Korea, said that the Iran visit sent a message to the international community. The North Koreans were taking a “two-pronged” diplomatic approach by continuing denuclearization negotiations with the U.S. while also pursuing diplomacy and “ally-building” with countries such as Iran. “It’s a way to keep us on our toes," Soo Kim added. "They’re playing a game with us, they’r... more »

FDA Approves 6 in 1 Combo Vaccine for Babies

AdminM at Health Impact News - 1 hour ago
On Dec. 21, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new combination hexavalent vaccine (Vaxelis) that includes antigens for six different diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis and invasive haemophilus influenza type B. Combination vaccines have been created by manufacturers to purportedly reduce the number of shots a child must receive to be in compliance with government recommended childhood vaccine schedules and to simplify ordering, transport and storage of vaccines. Drawbacks to the multivalent vaccines include a higher risk o... more »

Class #1: The Creative Powers of the Human Mind Reflect a Principle of the Universe as a Whole

David at LaRouchePAC Feed - 2 hours ago
Classical Renaissance Fusion Economy Classical Education New International Economic Order The Creative Powers of the Human Mind Reflect a Principle of the Universe as a Whole Video of The Creative Powers of the Human Mind Reflect a Principle of the Universe as a Whole *Join us LIVE on Saturday, January 5, at 2pm eastern.* The first class of our new class series will focus on LaRouche’s demonstration that the creative powers of the human mind reflect an underlying, ontological, creative principle in the universe as a whole. In short, the deeply held belief that the entropy of the un... more »

Body found in Adelaide Parklands believed to be missing woman

Just In - 2 hours ago
The body of a woman found near tennis courts by a woman walking her dog is believed to be that of missing 23-year-old Georgia Wallace.

Missing kite surfer found alive on beach at Geraldton

Jacob Kagi at Just In - 2 hours ago
Matthew Wing, 48, had been planning to kite surf towards Coronation Beach, north of Geraldton, but failed to arrive, sparking a search involving boats and aircraft.

Staff member from Trade and Investment Qld sacked over alleged 'sophisticated' fraud

Tim Swanston at Just In - 2 hours ago
'Deeply disappointed' Trade and Investment Queensland chief executive officer Paul Martyn says the alleged serious fraud was an 'isolated incident' after a staff member in the South Korean office of is sacked.

Five teenage girls die in Escape Room fire in Poland

Just In - 2 hours ago
In what Poland's President calls a "crushing tragedy", five 15-year-old girls celebrating a birthday party die after becoming trapped in an Escape Room building which caught fire.

Meningococcal disease claims life of 101-year-old woman in SA

Just In - 2 hours ago
A dozen people who had close contact with the woman from rural South Australia are directed to receive clearance antibiotics after the first case of invasive meningococcal disease of the new year is reported in South Australia.

Couple's ashes handed in to police as lost property

Angel Parsons at Just In - 2 hours ago
A police station in Victoria has put out a call for more information after being handed urns containing the ashes of two people from north Queensland. The urns now reside in police lost property.

Wind change leaves 40 firefighters 'shaken' by near miss that destroys equipment

Loretta Florance at Just In - 2 hours ago
Firefighters in Victoria who lost a truck, trailer and bulldozer in "a very serious situation" yesterday are hoping cooler weather will help efforts to put out a suspicious blaze in Gippsland that threatened homes in extreme heat and difficult fire conditions.

Israel’s ‘Sea Wall’ Complete Along Gaza For Total Air, Sea and Land Blockade

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Why all these extreme actions taken against the Palestinians in Gaza? It is because they are the REAL JEWS of the Bible. The REAL descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel. Modern Ashkenazi Jews (90+% of modern Jewry) are NOT real Jews. They are NOT semitic people. Zionist ‘666’ Israel is NOT the Israel of […]

It Has Begun, The Push Is On, Timing Is Everything

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
X22Report Published on Jan 4, 2019 Job numbers are incredible, remember Trump is using the DS, CB manipulation and playing their game. Trump’s economic advisor says there is no recession headed our way, who else says this, the Fed. Using their playbook to show the economy is doing great and the D’s and the CB will […]

American Oligarchs Collaborating with Israel on Foreign Policy: Writer

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
PressTV Published on Jan 4, 2019 American oligarchs, who are collaborating with a foreign power namely Israel, are pursuing their own foreign policy in defiance of the will of the people of the USA, an American writer and journalist says. E. Michael Jones made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Thursday while commenting […]

The European Union Was a CIA Project: What is to be Done?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
The European Union Was a CIA Project: What is to be Done? by stefano fait, https://medium.com/ Authoritarianism was a defining feature of the European project from the inception. – This, to some extent, accounts for the callous cruelty that European institutions have shown to, for instance, the Greeks; their growing intolerance of any expression of dissenting views; […]

Neocons ‘Taking Over The White House’: WSJ’s Kissel Joins Trump Administration

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Neocons ‘Taking Over The White House’: WSJ’s Kissel Joins Trump Administration by https://sputniknews.com/, 29 Nov 2018 The decision by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to give former Wall Street Journal editorial writer Mary Kissel a senior position at the department, despite her previous clashes with US President Donald Trump, shows that neoconservatives are moving in […]

Hacker Group Releases ‘9/11 Papers’, Says Future Leaks Will ‘Burn Down’ US Deep State

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
9/11 was an inside job planned by the western Illuminati and executed via the CIA and Israeli Mossad. Only mindless sheeple will still continue to believe the official account promoted via the Illuminist, CIA controlled, western MSM. – Hacker Group Releases ‘9/11 Papers’, Says Future Leaks Will ‘Burn Down’ US Deep State by https://www.rt.com/ The Dark […]

Prepare For The Global Debt Bubble Collapse With Gold & Silver

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
There is going to be a Global Financial/Currency Reset. The world will go back to the Gold Standard. Implied is a Global Debt Jubilee via a massive Revaluation (Higher) of the Price of Gold. Gold is the perfect Debt Extinguisher. – Prepare For The Global Debt Bubble Collapse With Gold & Silver by https://www.silverdoctors.com/ Hope for […]

Sky High: The Global Debt Problem

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Boom Bust Published on Jan 2, 2019 Global debt is on the rise; the great Richard Wolff returns as we figure out what it means and if it’s time to start worrying. Markets are still in flux and US President Trump isn’t making things easier; Adam Mesh returns as he and Bart discuss the future market […]

Is John Bolton Preparing to Strike Iran?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
RT America Published on Jan 3, 2019 Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof joins Rick Sanchez to discuss what’s behind Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw more than 2,000 troops from Syria over the objections of military advisers and a bipartisan group of lawmakers. end

REALIST NEWS: H. R. 5404 Gold Backed Dollar Bill to be Passed Soon?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
H.R.5404 – To define the dollar as a fixed weight of gold. by https://www.congress.gov/ Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, – SECTION 1. FINDINGS. Congress finds the following: (1) The United States dollar has lost 30 percent of its purchasing power since 2000, and […]

UK Spends £200,000 of Taxpayer Money to Protect Hate Preacher… After Deporting Him

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
RT Published on Jan 4, 2019 Britain has spent almost 200,000 pounds protecting the welfare of hate preacher Abu Qatada after he was deported to his native Jordan to face terror charges. The sum, revealed by The Times newspaper, has sparked anger among both MPs and the public. end

Can Young Blood Reverse Aging, CEO Says Yes

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
RT America Published on Jan 4, 2019 A medical clinic called Ambrosia says it can reverse the aging process. But the researchers from whom Ambrosia’s Founder drew inspiration says the company is misrepresenting their findings. RT’s Michele Greenstein spoke with Ambrosia Founder & CEO Dr. Jesse Karmazin, who says his patients are seeing effects not only […]

Trump’s Tactics Costing America Global Power And Influence

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
RT America Published on Jan 4, 2019 President Trump’s manner of solving domestic and foreign policy issues are costing America global power and influence. What may seem appealing to his base often meets resistance even from allies. One of the most obvious examples is Trump’s stand on Iran’s nuclear deal, which the White House decided to […]

Mueller Grand Jury Term Extended Another Six Months…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 2 hours ago
In December we began to construct the anticipated timeline, and structure, for the weaponization of House committees toward the larger resistance objective to remove their political opposition, namely President Donald Trump. In the past week some of the Democrat resistance … Continue reading →

The Dark Overlord Has Decrypted Layer 1! A First Look!

Activist Post at Activist Post - 2 hours ago
By Pulse Change Jason Bermas joins us live breaking down the latest Dark Overlord data dump. #DarkOverlord #Truth #BigHack (Activist Post Editor’s Note: Also see... more »

Does New York City Allow Residents to Have ‘Gender-Neutral’ Birth Certificates?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
New York City joins California, Oregon, Washington state, and New Jersey in providing residents a third option.

Shutdown Spares Federal Park Rangers at Site in Trump Hotel

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
The Old Post Office Pavilion Clock Tower remained open during the partial government shutdown.

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Garza García, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Thanks for stopping by!

"The Essential Thing..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." - Pierre de Courbertin

Reading to children

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 3 hours ago
[image: Image may contain: text] Sounds wonderful, but as a mother who read to her children every day, and who took them to the library, and bought them books, I don't believe this. It's good cuddle time, it's enjoyable for parent and child, but not every child enjoys book reading. “The commission spent two years poring through thousands of research projects conducted in the previous quarter century, and in 1985 issued its report, *Becoming a Nation of Readers*. Among its primary findings, two simple declarations rang loud and clear: “The single most important activity for bui... more »

Russian Air Force destroys west Aleppo weapons warehouse to prevent jihadist takeover

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 3 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force carried out a number of airstrikes over west Aleppo, tonight, targeting several sites that were abandoned by the Turkish-backed rebels. According to reports from Aleppo, Russian jets flying out of the Hmeimim Airport in southwest Latakia reportedly targeted an abandoned weapons warehouse that belonged to Harakat […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Syrian Army attacks newly captured areas by HTS in west Aleppo

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 3 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army has launched a powerful attack on the jihadist rebel positions in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. According to a military source in Aleppo city, the Syrian Arab Army launched several surface-to-surface missiles on Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s newly captured areas near the western axis of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russia slams Britain for ducking responsibility for Syrian crisis

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 3 hours ago
The Russian embassy in London on Friday hit back at UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt for calling Moscow a threat to the rules-based international order. “We do not accept the concept of a ‘rules-based international order.’ The international order must be based on international laws – legal norms agreed by all states,” a spokesperson for the embassy said in a […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Al-Zinki’s reign over west Aleppo ends after losing last stronghold

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 3 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 P.M.) – Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki’s reign over the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate has come to a striking end, tonight, after they lost their last stronghold to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. The Turkish-backed group had already begun withdrawing most of their forces in western Aleppo after losing more than 20 towns to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US names new spokesperson for Anti-ISIS Coalition

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 3 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The U.S. administration has named a new spokesperson for the Anti-ISIS Coalition after the previous envoy resigned last year. The U.S. Department of State released a statement on Friday naming James Jeffrey as the new Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. Jeffrey is replacing Brett McGurk as […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Russian Air Force launches first airstrikes this year in Syria

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 3 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has launched their first airstrikes of the year in Syria, targeting a number of towns controlled by the jihadist rebels in west Aleppo. According to a Syrian military source in Aleppo city, the Russian Air Force bombed Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s newly established positions inside the towns […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

The Worst Democraps Who Want To Be President: Terry McAuliffe, Part V

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Reports have it that Trump wants Jim Webb as Defense Secretary. He might even make a good Defense Secretary (or a lousy one; I don't know) but I think the two prima donnas deserve each other. Webb was a dickwad senator and in 2014 he decided to run for president (as a Democrat for some reason I'll never figure out) only to withdraw from the race while whining that he was "unhappy" and "not comfortable" with the policies Democratic grassroots voters seemed to favor. He had garnered virtually *no* support except from the same kind of inside the Beltway assholes who always claimed Bid... more »

"Economic Market Snapshot 1/4/19"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
• Gregory Mannarino, "Post-Market Wrap-up 1/4/19" • *MarketWatch Market Summary* - https://www.marketwatch.com/tools/marketsummary • *CNN Market Data:* - http://money.cnn.com/data/markets/ *CNN Fear And Greed Index:* - http://money.cnn.com/data/fear-and-greed/

Were High-Income Earners in U.S. Taxed at a 70% Rate in 1980?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
The question arose in light of proposal by freshman U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to tax such earners at a 70% rate.

Was Journalist Bre Payton’s Death ‘Beyond Strange’ Due to Her Reporting on the Mueller Probe?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
A D.C. lobbyist asserted without evidence that the young reporter's death was suspicious due to her recent reporting activities.

Are Mobile Phone Users Vulnerable to ‘SIM Swap’ Fraud Through Phone Calls?

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
A social media post about a resurgent scam misstates the problem, but the form of fraud is very real.

Parents Sue Over District’s Policy to Arm Teachers at School

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
The school is believed to be the first school system in Pennsylvania to let teachers carry weapons.

"Today’s 'Huge' Jobs Report Is a Bad Omen"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Today’s 'Huge' Jobs Report Is a Bad Omen"* by Brian Maher "Markets paced the floor this morning... like a man condemned awaiting word on his final appeal. For the December unemployment report was due out at 8:30. A poor jobs report would send stocks spiraling down the greasy pole — again. The market staggered into 2019 off its worst December since the Great Depression. It is also off to its worst start in 19 years. Could it absorb another blow? Economists as a whole forecast 176,000 jobs. What number did the report actually reveal? 312,000 jobs — a “blowout” number — and the lar... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 4, 2019

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Photo: China and the US announced a temporary trade truce following a G20 dinner. (Reuters: Kevin Lamarque) *Tasha Wibawa, ABC News Online*: *China-US in 'fully fledged Cold War' that's set to continue in 2019, analysts warn* Last year saw increased tension between two of the world's largest economies, the United States and China, that looks set to continue throughout 2019. Under the leadership of US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, both countries have increasingly brushed aside global norms, making way for one of the largest 21st-century rivalries. *Read ... more »

December Cooling by Sea, More than by Land

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 5 hours ago
With apologies to Paul Revere, this post is on the lookout for cooler weather with an eye on both the Land and the Sea. UAH has updated their tlt (temperatures in lower troposphere) dataset for December. Previously I have done posts on their reading of ocean air temps as a prelude to updated records from HADSST3. […]

NEC Director Larry Kudlow Discusses Bright Future of MAGAnomics…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 5 hours ago
National Economic Council (NEC) Director Larry Kudlow appears on Fox Business News to discuss the incredible December jobs report, the U.S. economic outlook, current Federal Reserve policy, and the state of China’s economy. Chairman Larry Kudlow notes the disconnect between … Continue reading →

Live: Marsh and Labuschagne fall in quick succession at the SCG

Jon Healy And Dan Colasimone at Just In - 5 hours ago
India is well on top of the fourth and final Test at the SCG as wickets begin to fall for Australia in the face of the tourists' enormous first-innings total. Follow all the action in our live blog.

Teen refused bail over fatal stabbing at Scientology centre

Just In - 5 hours ago
The 16-year-old boy, who was removed from the Chatswood centre over an earlier domestic altercation, is denied bail after allegedly stabbing a 24-year-old Taiwanese national on the driveway of the centre in Sydney's north.

'I'll tell him to check his emails': Paine answers journo's phone during press conference

Just In - 5 hours ago
With his team battered and broken against India, Australia captain Tim Paine manages to maintain a skerrick of humour as he cheekily answers a journalist's mobile phone during an otherwise sobering SCG press conference.

Firefighters battle conditions 'as difficult as they get' to spare homes from Gippsland blaze

Just In - 5 hours ago
Firefighters in Victoria are hoping cooler weather and some light rain will help efforts to put out blazes that threatened homes in yesterday's extreme heat and difficult fire conditions.

Thousands stung as strong winds push venomous bluebottles ashore

Emma Siossian at Just In - 5 hours ago
Onshore winds are bringing in bluebottles at a number of east coast beaches, with more than 13,000 stings treated in Queensland over the past week alone.

Musical interlude

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 5 hours ago
CHVRCHES - Warning Call

World News Briefs -- January 9, 2019

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Syrian Democratic Forces and U.S. troops are seen during a patrol near Turkish border in Hasakah, Syria Nov. 4, 2018. REUTERS/Rodi Said/File Photo *Reuters*: *U.S. anti-Islamic State meeting turns to damage control after Syria decision* WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A routine U.S.-hosted conference of nations fighting the Islamic State militant group has become a damage control effort following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. The previously scheduled conference, tentatively set for Feb. 7 in Washington, aims... more »

CFACT’s saturation bombing of COP 24

David Wojick at CFACT - 5 hours ago
CFACT's intense coverage of the COP 24 UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland was by far the most extensive of any I have seen and I have seen a lot. (Disclosure: this includes my articles, but there were may others as well.) The sidebar on the French protests against alarmist carbon taxes was especially timely. The post CFACT’s saturation bombing of COP 24 appeared first on CFACT.

Why We Must Get Big Money Out of Politics The most important...

Robert Reich - 5 hours ago
*Why We Must Get Big Money Out of Politics * The most important thing we must do to save our democracy is get big money out of politics. It’s a prerequisite to accomplishing everything else. Today, big money continues to corrupt American politics – creating a vicious cycle that funnels more wealth and power to those at the top and eroding our democracy. In the 2018 midterm elections, wealthy donors and Super-PACs poured millions into the campaigns of the same lawmakers who voted to pass the 2017 tax cuts, which gave them huge windfalls. Consider conservative donors Sheldon and... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 6 hours ago
From Donald Trump's point of view, this makes perfect sense: President Trump on Friday threatened a years-long shutdown of the federal government to get the money he wants for his U.S.-Mexico border wall.... House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the Situation Room meeting with Trump had been contentious. They said they pleaded with him to reopen most of the government, while setting aside the dispute over the wall — but that he refused. “He resisted,” Schumer said. “In fact, he said he’d keep the government closed for a ve... more »

Mexico's state-owned oil company

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 6 hours ago
Will the Mafia take over Mexico or a Mafia/Marxist joint dictatorship or what? Drug cartels have diversified into siphoning off Mexico’s state-owned oil company. Can the new government of Mexico meet the challenge? ............................................................................................................................ 9-6-18 -A woman sells gasoline stolen from pipelines on the black market in Veracruz, Mexico. Photo: Rodrigo Cruz Mexico’s last three presidents were business-friendly centrists who promoted free trade and close military cooperation with the... more »

JX - Restless

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
No time for blogging tonight, but in case you missed it here's a little something about Fat Cat Friday I wrote for elsewhere. Check it out! Also worth a recommendation is this installment of Suite 212 on Oli Mould's intriguing-sounding book, *Against Creativity*. Anyway, we know 2019's going to be something of a year so here's an apposite track to finish off this first week.

President Trump and Vice President Pence Rose Garden Press Briefing on Border Security (Video)…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 6 hours ago
President Trump speaks to the press following his second meeting with congressional leaders at the White House. Joining him at the Rose Garden press conference was Vice President Mike Pence, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and House Republican … Continue reading →

Dems to Push Gun Control on Anniversary of Giffords Shooting

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats plan to introduce a bill to expand background checks for sales and transfers of firearms.

Welcome to the Jungle: New Dems Get Early Political Lesson

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib of Michigan exclaimed at an event that Democrats were going to “impeach the mother------.”

Did ‘Petey the Pelican’ Befriend a Stray Dog?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
A picture of a pelican and a dog lying on a pier together suggests they were serious BFFs.

Did Theodore Roosevelt ‘Punish’ a Mississippi City for Forcing Out a Black Postmaster?

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
The president retaliated when Minnie Cox was pushed out of her position by white residents of Indianola.

GOP Sen. Roberts of Kansas Says He Won’t Seek Re-election

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
The longest-serving member of Congress in Kansas history lamented that bipartisanship is becoming less common.

More from the streets of Asheville

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
* Yemen’s Ministry of Education, based in Sanaa, estimates that the Saudi-led coalition (which includes the U.S.) has destroyed at least 3,000 schools and partially damaged 1,300 others. Yemen once boasted 9,517 primary schools and 2,811 high schools. Today, the inability to pay teachers and staff combined with the systematic destruction of Yemen’s civilian infrastructure may lead to the shutdown of the country’s remaining schools.* My friend Ken Jones again reporting during his two-week fast and vigil on the streets of Asheville trying to expand consciousness and concern abou... more »

Mysterious death of Sydney icon Juanita Nielsen explored in Sydney Festival video artwork

Antonette Collins at Just In - 6 hours ago
A new video artwork shown at this year's Sydney Festival explores the complexities behind one of Sydney's most enduring unsolved mysteries — the 1975 disappearance of journalist and anti-development activist Juanita Nielsen.

Call for lifesavers to patrol rivers after man drowns near Canberra

Elise Pianegonda And Tom Lowrey at Just In - 6 hours ago
The death of a 35-year-old man at Casuarina Sands to Canberra's west this week prompts calls for lifesavers at popular river swimming spots.

Times they are a changin' — or are they? Here's what kids did on holidays in the '60s

Lara Lauth at Just In - 6 hours ago
School holidays are on again and there are the usual problems — it's a trying time for motorists and parents. Or so says reporter Peter Luck in 1967, as he tries to get to the bottom of a pressing question: just what exactly do kids theses days get up to?

The high stakes at Saudi Arabia's camel beauty pageant

Michael Dulaney at Just In - 6 hours ago
A Saudi Arabian camel beauty contest is about more than finding the most beautiful animals, it's about keeping tradition alive.

Quentin Kenihan's last radio recordings to be broadcast

Just In - 6 hours ago
A new series of radio interviews by the entertainer and disability advocate will be broadcast on ABC Radio just months after his death.

Bees, not honey, are the focus for natural beekeepers

Kerrin Thomas at Just In - 6 hours ago
Beekeeping is usually about making honey but there is another way of operating with a different goal in mind.

At least one dead as Tropical Storm Pabuk batters Thailand

Just In - 6 hours ago
Rain, wind and surging seawater buffets coastal villages and world-famous tourist resorts on southern Thailand's east coast, knocking down trees and utility poles and flooding roads.

Veganuary sees record numbers sign up to leave animal products off their plates

Lucy Robinson at Just In - 6 hours ago
One person is signing up to take part in Veganuary every 3.5 seconds, pledging to leave animal products off their plates for 31 days. So what's driving their decision?

Lost luggers and the rough seas facing wooden boatbuilding

Ben Collins at Just In - 6 hours ago
A century ago the biggest pearl-shelling fleet in the world crowded every part of Broome's shoreline, however none of the iconic wooden vessels remain today.

44 years on from the Tasman Bridge disaster, the memory still haunts the state

Phoebe Hosier at Just In - 6 hours ago
It's been decades since the Tasman Bridge disaster, which claimed 12 lives, but the memory of the traumatic event still lingers in the minds of many Tasmanians who say they feel fearful or anxious when crossing the bridge.

Boredom is not the enemy. Here's how to make it work for you

Kylie Andrews at Just In - 6 hours ago
That uncomfortable feeling of being bored affects us all at some point. There's a reason for that — and a danger in ignoring it.

'Cold War confrontation': What to expect in US-China relations this year

Tasha Wibawa at Just In - 6 hours ago
Last year's increased tension between two of the world's largest economies is set to continue in 2019, with experts concerned about "a fully fledged Cold War".

What to do when the air is filled with bushfire smoke and you're worried about your asthma

Tamara Glumac at Just In - 6 hours ago
Extreme levels of air pollution from Tasmania's massive Gell River bushfire could compromise the health of people with heart or lung conditions, experts warn.

Feinstein Backs Biden, Snubs Harris, as Warren Heads for Iowa Pow Wows

R. Cort Kirkwood at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: feinstein-backs-biden-snubs-harris-as-warren-heads-for-iowa-pow-wows] Senator Dianne Feintsein, the 85-year-old San Francisco Democrat, wants another aging white Democrat to be the next president.

Rumours of An American Withdrawal From Afghanistan Appear Exaggerated

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
* Saw this via the economist the other day and thought to myself- Exaggerating the Afghan withdrawal? Say it isn't so! As I read through this news on Afghanistan all the lies and exaggeration about Syria just kept going round and round and through my mind. * *I also thought about something Putin said regarding the lie of the US withdrawal from Syria.* *Quoted * *Putin: "I don't know what US withdrawal from Syria means, Americans have been in Afghanistan for 17 years and every year they say they're withdrawing."* *As was the situation in Iraq. To Syria and now Afghanistan. As Putin... more »

Ontario releases rules for next week’s marijuana store lottery

Matt Lamers at Marijuana Business Daily - 6 hours ago
Ontario released its rules for prospective entrepreneurs who want a chance to win a license in next week’s cannabis retail lottery. The province announced it was switching to a lottery system in mid-December due to “severe supply shortages across the country.” The lottery – to be carried out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario […] Ontario releases rules for next week’s marijuana store lottery is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

First medical marijuana dispensary in Ohio could open in next few weeks

Jeff Smith at Marijuana Business Daily - 6 hours ago
Medical cannabis is expected to go on sale in Ohio later this month, perhaps as soon as the week of Jan. 14, according to an official at the marijuana firm Cresco Labs. Spokesman Jason Erkes said the company is ready to open the state’s first dispensary in Wintersville in eastern Ohio once the initial batches […] First medical marijuana dispensary in Ohio could open in next few weeks is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 4, 2019

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Prepare for war, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the country’s top military brass at a meeting on Friday. Photo: Xinhua *SCMP:* *Chinese President Xi Jinping gives army its first order of 2019: prepare for war* * Armed forces must be ready for a ‘comprehensive military struggle from a new starting point’, leader says * Central Military Commission issues new guidelines to boost morale based on greater empathy and merit-based promotions Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday ordered the People’s Liberation Army to prepare for combat and war as the country faces unprecedented risks ... more »

The Wisdom Of Our Former President

tonyheller at The Deplorable Climate Science Blog - 6 hours ago
You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig. – Barack Obama September 9, 2008

Trump Threatens To Keep Government Closed “For Months Or years”

Zerohedge at The Duran - 7 hours ago
The post Trump Threatens To Keep Government Closed “For Months Or years” appeared first on The Duran.

Turkish battle plan for Syria shaky despite Trump’s promised pullout

Al-Monitor at The Duran - 7 hours ago
The post Turkish battle plan for Syria shaky despite Trump’s promised pullout appeared first on The Duran.

US Congresswoman Haaland To Be “Advocate For Renewable Energy Jobs To Protect Our Land, Air & Water”

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 7 hours ago
US Congresswoman Deb Haaland is one of the two first Native American women to serve in the US Congress. Navajo … Continue reading →

Three Unique Combat Veterans On Their First Day At A New U.S. Congress

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American. Welcome to Congress, @ElectJimBaird & @DanCrenshawTX. pic.twitter.com/NU7YnbAE4u — Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) January 3, 2019 *The Hill:* *3 combat veterans unite on first day of new Congress: '5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American.'* Republican lawmakers who were wounded in combat gathered on the first day of the new Congress for a group photo and to highlight their military service, saying they are “All American.” Rep. Brian Mast (Fla.) shared a photo with freshmen lawmakers Reps. Dan Crenshaw (Texas) and Jim Baird (Ind.) on the day of... more »

"This Could Be Worse Than 1929"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"This Could Be Worse Than 1929"* By Bill Bonner BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – "The stock market may have resumed its selloff sooner than we expected. The Dow fell 660 points yesterday after Apple announced weak sales – mostly in China. Here’s Bloomberg: "The S&P 500 Index tumbled 2.5 percent for the steepest selloff since Christmas Eve, when the gauge fell within a few points of a bear market before embarking on a 6.8 percent rally over the next five sessions. Apple plunged the most since 2013 after citing an unforeseen slowdown in China for its woes. Bloomberg continues: "What’s going on?... more »

Dark Overlord Hackers Threaten to ‘Burn Down the Deep State’ with New 9/11 Document Dump

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 7 hours ago
*21IRE* | The hacking group claims to have information which indicates who may have been involved - and profited, from the incredible and unlikely events of 9/11.

Ecuador’s Moreno Prepared to Sell-Out Assange for IMF Payoff, Now ‘Auditing’ His Asylum, Citizenship

21wire at 21st Century Wire - 7 hours ago
*21WIRE* | The price for delivering the head of Julian Assange? A cool $10 billion.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Briefs Press Pool…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 7 hours ago
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders delivers brief remarks to the press pool discussing the government shutdown. Mrs Sanders notes Democrat leadership Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and Steny Hoyer are playing political games with national security. The border … Continue reading →

STUNNING December Jobs Report: 312,000 Jobs Added, Wage Growth 3.2%, Revisions to Oct/Nov +58,000 More Jobs…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 7 hours ago
Jumpin’ Ju-Ju Bones…. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases the December 2018 jobs report and the numbers are “eye-popping.” ♦In the month of December 312,000 new jobs were added. ♦Real wage growth now 3.2%. ♦Prior October and November jobs … Continue reading →

Court Orders Settlement Discussion Regarding Maryland, HBCU Case

Monica Levitan at Diverse - 7 hours ago
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ordered settlement discussions be had regarding a more than decade-long suit filed by graduates from Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The graduates filed the suit in 2005 claiming that the state of Maryland has underfunded […]

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: US Acting Against Iran Economically, Israel Operating Militarily

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan on January 3, 2019. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO) Times of Israel: *Netanyahu: US acting against Iran economically, Israel operating militarily* *PM says Trump’s ‘courageous’ decision to renew US sanctions on Tehran complements IDF actions in the region* Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday painted a picture of close Israeli-American cooperation in efforts to stymie Iran’s nuclear and regional ambitions, saying US President Donald Trump “is acting against Iran at the economic level and we here in Israel...more »

Blood Pressure Pills Being Recalled due to Link to Cancer

AdminM at Health Impact News - 7 hours ago
Blood pressure medications are among Big Pharma's continual best-selling drugs. They are continually prescribed as people get older, when their blood pressure readings go up naturally, while Big Pharma lowers blood pressure reading standards to create more hypertension cases. Blood pressure drugs are a steady business that's often disrupted with recalls. Since November 2018 through just after the start of the New Year 2019, six blood pressure pharmaceuticals have been recalled, all for containing a carcinogenic compound known as N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) in their active ingredie... more »

Are Turkey's Military Chiefs Reluctant To Launch Military Operations Against Syria's Kurds?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Fehim Tastekin, Al-Monitor:* *Turkish army brass at odds over military operation in Syria* While Turkey was negotiating with the United States to draw a road map for the area east of the Euphrates River and Manbij and also coordinating with Moscow to get Russia's green light for a possible military operation against the Kurdish forces, an unusual development erupted in the Turkish army: Four-star Gen. Ismail Metin Temel, the commander who runs the Iraq and Syria fronts and built a reputation for his leadership skills during the Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in Syri... more »

How the New Congress Can Restore Its Constitutional Role

mTaylor at Lawfare - 7 hours ago
Credit: Matthew Kahn On Jan. 3, Democrats took control of the committee gavels in the House of Representatives, marking a significant shift in the dynamics of the politics of foreign policy—making and possibly the substance of policy as well. While it is tempting to view this change of power merely the next installment of a partisan political saga, the stakes are in fact higher. The new Congress has a Constitutional duty to serve as an appropriate check on the president, consistent with the separation of powers laid out in the United States Constitution, in order to prevent the ab... more »

All The New House Committee Chairs And Ranking Members Have Been Announced

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Which committee chair will get Trump's taxes first?* I'm eager see the rosters of the House committees. With so many retirements and election losses, the Republican changes will be monumental. So far they have announced some very key chairmanship changes-- well, ranking members is what they'll have now, not chairs. They even gave a committee chair to a woman! *•* Administration- Rodney Davis (R-IL), likely to be defeated for reelection in 2020, was appointed by McCarthy to be ranking member after Gregg Harper (MS) decided to retire. The chair will be Zoe Lofgren D-CA) since rankin... more »

Everyone’s a victim, if she feels it (except white males)

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 8 hours ago
https://www.prageru.com/videos/facts-dont-care-about-your-feelings Has someone used the wrong pronoun? Opened a door for you? [image: image]

By Fixing Nature's Gap In Photosynthesis, Crops Could Get An Additional 40% Boost

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 8 hours ago
The United States, and other countries with modern science and technology regulations, have enjoyed terrific boosts in yields, so great that food has become a cheap commodity, which has allowed for alternative processes (organic, shade tree, natural, etc.) to flourish by charging a premium. read more

Scores of militants killed in inter-rebel civil war

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The inter-rebel civil war in northwest Syria is proving incredibly costly for the opposition groups as the death toll between the rival factions continues to increase. According to opposition activists via social media, the death toll has surpassed 100 after another day of intense clashes between the Turkish-backed National Liberation […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US warns Iran against any future space launches

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
The US has warned Iran against pursuing its three announced space rocket launches as they will use “virtually identical” technologies employed in ballistic missiles and violate a UN Security Council resolution. “The US will not stand by and watch the Iranian regime’s destructive policies place international stability and security at risk,” Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian Air Force to receive 4 Tu-95MS strategic bombers

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
Four Tu-95MS will soon join the Russian Air Force, according to Lt Gen Sergey Kobylash, commander of the Long-Range Aviation Command. The planes feature upgraded glass cockpit, digital avionics, as well as electronic warfare equipment. The modernization effort will have a lasting effect on the Tu-95 fleet, extending their life cycle by 45 to 50 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Large convoy of Syrian Army reinforcements head to west Aleppo

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – A large convoy of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers was seen heading to the western part of Aleppo city, today, after reports of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham seizing most of the provincial capital’s western countryside. According to a military source in Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army reinforcements made their way to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army unleashes heavy attack on foreign jihadists near Turkish border

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed a heavy attack on the foreign jihadists in the Al-Ghaab Plain on Friday after the latter fired several artillery shells towards their positions near the Turkish border. According to a military communique from the Latakia province, the Syrian Arab Army fired several surface-to-surface missiles […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Houthi forces rain missiles in southern Saudi Arabia

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Houthi forces unleashed a barrage of missiles towards the southern Saudi Arabia province of Jizan, tonight, after the Arab Coalition heavily bombarded their positions in the Sa’ada Governorate. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their rocket battalion fired eight Zilzal-1 ballistic missiles towards the Saudi […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Inter-rebel civil war not enough to stop Turkish military buildup in northern Syria (photos)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Stopping the ongoing inter-rebel civil war in northwest Syria is not a high priority for the Turkish military as they maintain focus on their upcoming operation in the northern part of the country. The Turkish military reportedly sent more tanks and military vehicles to the northern outskirts of Manbij this […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syriac Christian group calls for no-fly zone to stop ‘Ottoman Turkish’ invasion

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Syriac Military Council (SMC) has issued a statement on Friday calling for a no-fly zone over northern Syria in order to “stop the Ottoman Turkish” invasion. “We appeal to world leaders and to Christians throughout the to support us as Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian Christians living in Syria’s North East region: as […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Thousands rally in support of Kim Jong-un’s New Year speech in Pyongyang (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
Tens of thousands of North Korean citizens, as well as senior regime officials, attended a mass rally in Pyongyang on Friday to demonstrate their support for the goals set out by the country’s leader Kim Jong-un in his New Year address. The event was held in the city’s vast Kim Il-sung Square and featured speeches […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

No timetable for US withdrawal from Syria: State Dept.

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The U.S. military currently has no timeline for the withdrawal of their forces from Syria, a senior State Department official told Reuters on Friday. “We have no timeline for our military forces to withdraw from Syria,” the official said before a visit to the Middle East next week by Secretary […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russia and Israel to increase military cooperation in Syria: Netanyahu

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday to discuss Syria, and said the two leaders agreed to “continue security coordination” there. The Kremlin confirmed that the call happened and that Putin and Netanyahu discussed the situation in Syria in light of the announced pullout of US troops. The emphasis was on fully […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Kurds seeking peace with Damascus regardless of US withdrawal

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Kurds are seeking a political settlement with the Syrian government regardless of the U.S.’ withdrawal from the country, a Kurdish official told the Reuters News Agency on Friday. Speaking to Reuters on Friday, the Kurdish official, Badran Jia Kurd, said that the Syrian Kurds were seeking a peaceful […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Retired US general claims Trump’s Syria withdrawal is bad for Putin

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
Retired US Army colonel, author, and geopolitical analyst Douglas Macgregor has challenged assessments by President Trump’s opponents, including leading House Democrat Nancy Pelosi, that Washington’s decision to pull out of Syria was a “Christmas present” for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Speaking to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Macgregor reasoned that the US withdrawal, hastened by Turkish threats to invade Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria, led the Syrian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US-backed rebels carry out rare missile test in Al-Tanf (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The U.S.-backed rebel forces carried out a rare missile test in the Al-Tanf region of southeastern Homs recently. The U.S.-backed Revolutionary Commandos reportedly conducted this missile test in the Al-Tanf Zone that is located along the Iraqi border. Below is the short video of the rebel group carrying out this […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Environmentalism a tool for global domination, says top Brazilian diplomat

Robert at Ice Age Now - 8 hours ago
“Climate is basically a globalist tactic of instilling fear for more power.” – Ernesto Araújo Brazil’s new foreign minister believes climate change is part of a plot by “cultural Marxists” to stifle western economies and promote the growth of China. In a post entitled “Hijack and pervert,”Ernesto Araújo, the top diplomat of South America’s biggest nation, ... Read moreEnvironmentalism a tool for global domination, says top Brazilian diplomat The post Environmentalism a tool for global domination, says top Brazilian diplomat appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Is This The Islamic State's Last Stand In Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Express:* *ISIS DEFEAT? Undercover footage shows battle to drive terrorist group out of Syria* SHOCKING footage taken from the perspective of an ISIS commander shows the terror group making their “final stand” in Syria as US President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw American troops from the conflict. Footage has emerged of the Islamic’s State potential last stand in Syria, as they battle Kurdish militia and Arab tribes. Donald Trump recently defended his decision to withdraw American troops from the conflict, describing Syria as just “sand and death”. The video, recovered fr... more »

Gordon Chang: Is China Gearing Up To Invade Taiwan?

Gordon G. Chang at Test Feed Using Fields - 8 hours ago
*Gordon G. Chang* *Security, Asia* [image: Reuters] Xi Jinping is appealing to nationalism in the face of mounting challenges back home—and it could spell trouble for Taipei and Washington. Xi Jinping, in his first speech in 2019, told Taiwan it had no choice but to become part of China. “China must be, will be reunified,” is how the Chinese ruler put it on Wednesday, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. Xi did not break rhetorical or theoretical ground when commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan, but he took the occasion to stre... more »

Welcome to War in the 21st Century

James Jay Carafano at Test Feed Using Fields - 8 hours ago
*James Jay Carafano* *Security, Americas* [image: Reuters] It is not unprecedented for America to wind up fighting against foes in unlikely places. Austin Bay, *Cocktails from Hell: Five Complex Wars Shaping the 21st Century* (New York: Bombardier, 2018), 208 pp., $24.00. If you’re looking forward to a good night’s rest, don’t even think about cracking open *Cocktails from Hell,* by military veteran and columnist Austin Bay. If you can get to sleep at all, it’s bound to give you nightmares. Bay’s latest book surveys five possible conflicts that might break out any day now. Spoi... more »

All of the Reasons the Marines Might Hate Their New Sniper Rifle

Task and Purpose at Test Feed Using Fields - 8 hours ago
*Task and Purpose* *Security, * Range, being the biggest issue. *As Marines are increasingly pivoting from the urban warfare of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria to sprawling firefights in mountains and deserts of Afghanistan, they’re looking for a boost in range and lethality.* The Marine Corps is throwing down cash to test-drive the same compact sniper rifle the Army has pursued in recent months. But while its 7.62mm rounds pack the punch required by scout snipers facing increasingly protected enemies downrange, its effective range falls well short of the sniper sy... more »

Following Great Jobs Report, Fed Chair Says He’ll Be “Patient” Before Raising Rates Further

Bob Adelmann at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: following-blowout-jobs-report-fed-chair-says-he-ll-be-patient-before-raising-rates-further] Fed Chair Jerome Powell said that despite a great jobs report, the Federal Reserve would not try to stall the economy to ward off inflation, but his actions speak louder than his words.

"Never delegate understanding." #QotD

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
*"Never delegate understanding."* ~ after designer Charles Eames: one of 14 "Eamesian Parables". Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with link and attribution.

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