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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Friday, February 22, 2019

22 February - Blogs I'm Following - 1 of 3

10 pm MST

NBC: Youtube pulls ads from vaccine hesitancy videos/channels after pressure mounts, say goodbye to freedom

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 19 minutes ago
YouTube said on Friday it was removing ads from running on some anti-vaccine videos, claiming that the videos violated its policies against “harmful or dangerous” acts. The videos had been brought to YouTube’s attention by BuzzFeed News, which reported that some ads had slipped through the platform’s automated system meant to enforce YouTube’s content rules. BuzzFeed said […] The post NBC: Youtube pulls ads from vaccine hesitancy videos/channels after pressure mounts, say goodbye to freedom appeared first on Health Nut News.

Chicago’s Vast Camera Network Helped Smollett Investigation

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 47 minutes ago
Police tapped into Chicago's vast network of surveillance cameras — and even some homeowners' doorbell cameras — to track down two brothers who later claimed they were paid by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him.

First female speaker at Vatican abuse summit says bishops should kneel before victims

Just In - 1 hour ago
The first woman to speak at a Vatican conference on the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church has called for bishops to deal with the crisis by taking responsibility and kneeling before victims and their families.

Anyone Buying This Venezuela Bullshit Is A Complete Fucking Moron

Caitlin Johnstone at Caitlin Johnstone - 1 hour ago
#VenezuelaAidLive is trending on Twitter in the USA as I write this, forced to the forefront of public consciousness and into everyone’s eyeballs by a concert staged by billionaire plutocrat Richard Branson. Branson’s Virgin Group controls hundreds of companies and brings in some $21 billion […]

Musical interlude

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 1 hour ago
PVRIS - Smoke

UPDATE: UC Berkeley Police Identify Suspect in Attack on College Conservative…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 hour ago
Good news. The UC Berkeley Police have identified the suspect (pictured below) who was caught on camera attacking a young college conservative. According to the press release: UC Berkeley – Responding quickly to information provided by members of the UC … Continue reading →

Transcript: President Trump Meets With U.S-China Trade Negotiation Teams in Oval Office…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 hour ago
Today in presidential history is a day when the import of consequence doesn’t surface until historians apply hindsight. However, those who carry the longest-lens are enjoying these moments in history…. We make with our support of Trump such a sound … Continue reading →

Brilliant Agitprop: Peshwa Warrior Trump…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 hour ago
The selected facial impressions are buckets of awesome.

First female speaker at Vatican abuse summit says bishops should kneel before victims

Just In - 1 hour ago
The first woman to speak at a Vatican conference on the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church has called for bishops to deal with the crisis by taking responsibility and kneeling before victims and their families.

Jiu-jitsu 'jedi' overcomes 'horrific' pain to set world record

Just In - 1 hour ago
Self-described "jedi" Damian Todd, who set himself the task of carrying out Brazilian jiu-jitsu against almost 200 challengers in 24 hours, overcomes a suspected cracked sternum to complete the epic feat.

'Heart of gold': Tributes pour in for cattle station worker found dead near NT-WA border

Matt Garrick And Rebecca Nadge at Just In - 1 hour ago
Police recover the body of 29-year-old expectant father Bradley Keeley from bushland close to where his car was found broken-down and abandoned a day earlier.

'Shocked' Gold Coast hospital staff treat colleague fighting for life with mystery head injury

Rachel Riga at Just In - 1 hour ago
After being found lying in the driveway of her Arundel home with injuries that have confounded police, Lisa Davey is on life support in the same intensive care unit where she worked.

Super Bowl-winning billionaire facing soliciting charges after massage parlour sting

Just In - 1 hour ago
Florida Police say the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots is among hundreds of people caught up in a sting aimed at curbing sex trafficking in the state's massage parlours.

California couple who kept their 13 children captive plead guilty to child abuse

Just In - 1 hour ago
The abuse came to light when one of the captives, an emaciated 17-year-old girl, escaped through the window of her parents' house and called authorities.

A Wall of Blackouts

Viv at The Carbon Sense Coalition - 1 hour ago
by Jerry Ellis and Sir Rod Carnegie 20 February 2019 The Chairman of the Saltbush Club, Mr Jerry Ellis, today warned that Australia needs more reliable baseload power. “With the population and the economy growing, but with electricity availability and reliability in decline, we are racing headlong into a brick wall of blackouts. “Recession and […]

the crystal ascending back to the mist; to place not one hand but both hands in the hands of the Guru

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 1 hour ago
* My* blessed ones, I AM in the heart of the world even as I hold the world in my hands. One may guide the totality of a sphere, yet the individual parts may continue on the merry road of destiny. Freewill within the confines of karmic law appears to mankind as a shrinking box closing in around them. By prior exercise of freewill limitation upon limitation is built in to what once was a magnanimous gift of the Infinite whereby infinity as a conscious reality could be bestowed upon the manifest creation. Expand, O concentric spheres--crystal sphe... more »

One Way Not To Die: Russia's Thermobaric Launchers Are Truly Terrifying

Robert Beckhusen, War Is Boring at Test Feed Using Fields - 2 hours ago
*Robert Beckhusen, War Is Boring* *Security, * And they have a dangerous reputation. Lumbering with oversized, boxy turrets, TOS-1A Buratino thermobaric rocket launchers rolled out at the Shikhany training ground in southeast Russia in late October 2017. An array of tubes mounted on a T-72 tank chassis, the 45.3-ton Buratino is hardly a new weapon but one that has become increasingly popular internationally for its firepower. Namely, two dozen 220-millimeter rockets — between 381 and 478 pounds depending on the version — equipped with either incendiary or thermobaric warheads. T... more »

Meet the Super SAW Machine Gun (And Why the U.S. Military Loves It)

Task and Purpose, Jared Keller at Test Feed Using Fields - 2 hours ago
*Task and Purpose, Jared Keller* *Security, * [image: By U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane - https://www.flickr.com/photos/usairforce/6022315397/in/photostream/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16041293] And why it just won't go away. *Here's what we know.* U.S. Special Operations Command plans on continuing to equip operators with FN America’s Mk 46 spec-ops designed M249 Squad Automatic Weapon variant and the beefed-up Mk 48 “super SAW,” doubling down on the two lightweight machine guns adopted nearly 15 years ago amid a major overhaul of the ... more »

Haunting ‘Roma’ Scene Shines a Rare Spotlight on Stillbirths

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
Of all the little moments of joy and strife that fill the top-nominated Oscar film "Roma," the most gut-wrenching takes place in a Mexico City hospital room, where a doctor coolly tells a frightened young woman, "Your baby was born dead."

Taking the Lead in Fight Against Climate Change

PARIS, Feb 22 (IPS) - As the grandchild of Jamaican citizens who moved to Great Britain, Monique Taffe says she inherited a tradition of recycling and learned not to be part of the "throwaway culture", as some environmentalists have labelled consumerist societies. Read the full story, “Taking the Lead in Fight Against Climate Change”, on globalissues.org →

The Unwanted People of Myanmar: A Tropical Srebrenica in the Land of the Golden Pagodas

GENEVA, Feb 22 (IPS) - Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global DialogueThe massacre of Srebrenica will enter human history as one of our darkest chapters. From 11 to 22 July 1995, Bosnian Serb military forces massacred approximately 8,000 Muslim Bosniaks. It became the largest massacre committed on European soil since the end of the Second World War. In November last year, the Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic was convicted of war crimes and of genocide. This constituted relief for the victims of the Srebrenic... more »

Local School Is a Model for Energy and Water in Rapa Nui

HANGA ROA, Chile, Feb 22 (IPS) - A school in the capital of Easter Island (Rapa Nui, in the local indigenous tongue) gives an example of clean management with the use of solar energy, rainwater recovery and an organic vegetable garden, as well as rooms and spaces built with waste materials. Read the full story, “Local School Is a Model for Energy and Water in Rapa Nui”, on globalissues.org →

A Modest Proposal for Prosecutors Who Lie

David Henderson at Econlib - 3 hours ago
The title is a little simplified because this post is not just about prosecutors who lie. It’s also about those who hide exculpatory evidence and get witnesses to lie. The proposal is this: Any prosecutor who does this should be charged with a crime and the penalty should be equal to the penalty that […] The post A Modest Proposal for Prosecutors Who Lie appeared first on Econlib .

Outback NT town rallies to feed stray dogs left in wake of riot

Alexia Attwood at Just In - 3 hours ago
Hundreds of bags of dog food are delivered to the outback community of Ali Curung to feed starving animals left behind after a violent riot prompted many people to flee the area.

'Their devastation is our joy': Channel Country graziers celebrate one-in-40-year 'dry flood'

Steven Schubert And Ben Deacon at Just In - 3 hours ago
Light planes, helicopters and even jet skis are being used to push cattle to higher ground as floodwater that killed as many as 500,000 animals in Queensland's north and central-west moves south, and graziers are welcoming it with open arms.

Good Samaritans rescue a dog from freezing river — and then realise it's a wolf

Just In - 3 hours ago
A group of good Samaritans rescue a helpless pooch trapped in the icy waters of Estonia's Parnu river — only to discover the dog is actually a wolf.

'Higher risk' music festivals could be forced to leave NSW, Opposition says

Angelique Lu at Just In - 3 hours ago
The NSW Government is warned more music festivals could leave the state, after 14 events are named under new licensing regulations brought in to prevent drug-related deaths and illness.

'We should be able to choose': Australian firefighter dies in Swiss euthanasia clinic

Just In - 3 hours ago
Suffering from a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, Troy Thornton wanted to die at home but was forced to travel overseas because he could not get two doctors to certify that he would definitely die within 12 months.

Jussie Smollet's character cut from Empire after 'staged hate crime'

Just In - 3 hours ago
The character played by Jussie Smollett in the hip-hop drama series Empire will be cut from the final two episodes of the season after the actor was charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

Ex-Cyclone Oma draws pro-surfers to big waves but wannabes warned it's not worth the risk

Just In - 3 hours ago
Tropical Cyclone Oma has weakened to a sub-tropical low but is still whipping up damaging winds and dangerous surf, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman treated with high dignity in China, India, and Pakistan

Lee Jay at Modern Tokyo Times - 3 hours ago
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman treated with high dignity in China, India, and Pakistan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the most promising monarch to have taken over important reigns in Saudi Arabia. This is based on his modernist tendencies and his desire to transform this kingdom and […]

Facebook, Robot Vacuum Cleaner and Pro-Surveillance Politician Voted Worst Privacy Intruders in Czech Republic

Activist Post at Activist Post - 3 hours ago
By Filip Stojanovski What do two Czech state entities, one Silicon Valley giant and one vacuum cleaner have in common? They were all winners in... more »

Blizzard Warning for Southwest Kansas

Robert at Ice Age Now - 3 hours ago
Power outages possible Feb 22 2019 – BLIZZARD WARNING FROM 6 AM SATURDAY TO MIDNIGHT SATURDAY Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches expected. Local amounts as high as 10 inches. Winds gusting to 65 mph. Travel will become difficult to impossible. Expect visibility near zero. The wet snow and strong winds may cause tree ... Read moreBlizzard Warning for Southwest Kansas The post Blizzard Warning for Southwest Kansas appeared first on Ice Age Now .

President Trump Nominates Ambassador Kelly Knight Craft as U.N. Ambassador…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 3 hours ago
President Trump has nominated current U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Kelly Knight Craft, to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations replacing Nikki Haley. Washington – […] Craft is set to succeed Nikki Haley, pending Senate confirmation, and is Trump’s … Continue reading →

Five Stories The Media is Ignoring While Jussie Smollett’s Hoax Distracts the Nation

Activist Post at Activist Post - 3 hours ago
By Matt Agorist Last month, Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon on the Fox show Empire, said two people approached him at about 2 a.m.... more »

Heroes And Villains-- Inside The California State Legislature

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
I don't follow the California state legislature as closely as I should. My excuse is that I'm too busy watching Congress and don't have the time. Luckily, here in California we have the Courage Campaign doing to job for us. This week they released their latest assessment of how the individual members of the state legislature are doing. When they sent it out yesterday, they noted that "Throughout their time in office, legislators are faced with so many issues that directly affect the well-being of all California communities: from criminal justice to workplace safety to the environ... more »

Changes to Darwin’s Climate History are Not Logical

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 4 hours ago
Changes to Darwin’s Climate History are Not Logical By Jennifer Marohasy February 23, 2019 THE hubris of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology is on full display with its most recent remodelling of the historic temperature record for Darwin. The Bureau has further dramatically increased the rate of global warming at Darwin by further artificially lowering historic temperatures. This begins by shortening the historical temperature record so that it begins just after the very hot years of the Federation drought. Then by changing the daily values: that is changing the observed measured... more »

Fed Tightening And Crumbling Fundamentals Expose The Recovery Lie

Activist Post at Activist Post - 4 hours ago
By Brandon Smith It is hard to say exactly when it started – in 2008 in the midst of the credit crisis, in the early... more »

Algeria protests : Friday 22 February 2019 was a big day in Algeria

egyptianchronicler@gmail.com (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 4 hours ago
In a big surprise to the world, Algerians organized huge protests across the country since early Friday against the candidacy of President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika for the presidency for the fifth time. Since early hours of Friday morning even before the prayers, reports came through the social media in Algeria that people began to mobilize in protests against their old president who officially declared their presidency candidacy from a couple of weeks ago. Here are some videos and photos from those huge rallies and protests. From the capital Algiers From Algiers "@Oraniase" The rall... more »

Trump Picks Ambassador to Canada for UN Post

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Trump's first pick to replace Haley, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew over the weekend.

Smile: Some Airliners Have Cameras on Seat-Back Screens

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
American Airlines and Singapore Airlines both said that they have never activated the cameras and have no plans to use them.

Attorney: R. Kelly Will Turn Himself in Tonight

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
R. Kelly's attorney says the singer is "shell-shocked" by the aggravated sexual abuse indictment against him and plans to turn himself in to authorities Friday night

Is This Beto O’Rourke with the Words ‘Feminist’ and ‘Vegan’ Painted on His Body?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Photographs from a Pride parades have not uncommonly been re-purposed for political reasons.

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Travelling tonight to Toronto. A long time friend of the family passed away this week, and I am attending his funeral tomorrow. Blogging will be sporadic. Regular blogging will return Sunday morning.

Tonight's Movie Is 'Napoleon'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago

"In This World..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"In this world we make good as evil and evil as good. We are a people in danger of succumbing to our excesses. When you try to live in holiness, when you try to stop sinning, you become braver. You become more courageous, you become a man of your word, a true knight. You become a man of a conviction that you are not willing to sell out. Set yourself apart from this corrupt generation. Freedom exists not to do what you like, but to do what you ought." - Jim Caviezel

geologic plates of Earth mapped; etc.

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 4 hours ago
https://logiclogiclogic.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/another-big-failure-in-climate-science-underwater-volcanoes/ -back 80 million years The Pacific Antarctic Ridge may be the least-studied of the underwater volcanic mountains that crisscross the globe. Blue square indicates suspected vents. Credit: Modified image from Chris German and Karen Von Damm https://phys.org/news/2010-03-scientists-apparent-hydrothermal-vents-antarctica.html#jCp .......... https://earthhow.com/antarctic-plate/ https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/65246/the-arctic-plate

Musical Interlude: Logos, "Cheminement"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
LOGOS, "Cheminement" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOuXP8aVWHU&t=182s

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“While hunting for comets in the skies above 18th century France, astronomer Charles Messier diligently kept a list of the things he encountered that were definitely not comets. This is number 27 on his now famous not-a-comet list. In fact, 21st century astronomers would identify it as a planetary nebula, but it's not a planet either, even though it may appear round and planet-like in a small telescope. Messier 27 (M27) is an excellent example of a gaseous emission nebula created as a sun-like star runs out of nuclear fuel in its core. The nebula forms as the star's outer layers are... more »

"If You Can't Sleep..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep." - Dale Carnegie ○ Like blogging, maybe... lol

"Just What Suits Our Purpose..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma- but we make out of them just what suits our purposes." - Alfred Adler

"Economic Market Snapshot 2/22/19"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
• *Gregory Mannarino, "Post Market Wrap-up 2/22/19*: MAKE BANKS GREAT AGAIN. As The Middle Class Becomes Extinct." - https://www.traderschoice.net/ • *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/

FDA Boss to States: Eliminate Vaccine Exemptions, or Else

Alex Newman at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: fda-boss-to-states-eliminate-vaccine-exemptions-or-else] Unable to convince Americans to fully trust vaccines with endless marketing propaganda and even government mandates, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) boss Scott Gottlieb is threatening to use federal force. Indeed, in bizarre comments made to national media, the senior health bureaucrat threatened that growing nationwide resistance to vaccination mandates may “force the hand of the federal government.” In short, Gottlieb wants to force states to vaccinate children at gunpoint, even if it goes against the religion or ... more »

Why proposals to sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia raise red flags

Chen Kane, Director, Middle East Nonproliferation Program, Middlebury at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 5 hours ago
Exporting nuclear technology is lucrative, but without strict safeguards, buyers could divert it into bomb programs. Why is Saudi Arabia shopping for nuclear power, and should the US provide it?

Tribunal del arbitraje de un grupo de 27 inversores contra México en Ciadi

bilaterals.org - 5 hours ago
22-Feb-2019 La demanda de arbitraje de inversiones de un grupo de 27 inversores contra Mexico, notificada en abril de 2018 y presentada ante el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones (Ciadi) en junio, ya tiene tribunal.

"Step Right Up and Choose Your Black Swan…"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Step Right Up and Choose Your Black Swan…"* by David Stockman "Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances: It was somebody’s name, or he happened to be there at the time, or, it was so then, and another day it would have been otherwise. Strong men believe in cause and effect." – Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Conduct of Life" (1860)* "So, the Philly Fed manufacturing index for February was hideous – indeed, the worst print since May 2016. At -4.1, it was down from 17.0 in January and missed a consensus forecast of 14.0. Results of the Federal Reserve of Philadelphia’s month... more »

DOJ: No Mueller Report Next Week – Meanwhile Schiff and Nadler Demand Report Details….

sundance at The Last Refuge - 5 hours ago
The most likely sequencing of the Democrat scheme has always looked to be: (1) Michael Cohen testimony; then (2) The Mueller report. Cohen is scheduled to testify to Elijah Cummings House oversight committee Wednesday February 27th (10:00am) next week. Today, … Continue reading →

Tropical Cyclone Oma intensifies as it turns from Queensland coast

Just In - 5 hours ago
Oma re-intensifies into a category two system but remains off the coast, causing wild surf, damaging winds and abnormally high tides.

The community that is taking drought relief into its own hands

Samantha Jonscher at Just In - 5 hours ago
Concerned by the impact of drought on its community, Cowell's local council in South Australia has hired its own drought relief coordinator.

Chaplains to be banned from Canberra public schools

Elise Scott at Just In - 5 hours ago
Canberra's chaplain community slams what it says is the "ludicrous" decision to ban all chaplains from ACT public schools, which goes even further than federal policy to allow a choice of religious or secular workers.

What is Australia's longest-running war? The answer might surprise you

Philip Williams at Just In - 5 hours ago
Despite most of the fighting ending with the signing of an armistice back in July 1953, Australia is still officially at war with North Korea — and few people are aware of our continuing obligations, writes Philip Williams.

Middle Finger Symphony Theater

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 5 hours ago
** No Tuxedos Required ** Brought To You By *BLUESJUNKY*: Chair Of Music - Middle Finger Symphony Music Director

New Senate Bill Would Allow Health Savings Account Funds to be Used for Natural Health Products and Services

AdminM at Health Impact News - 5 hours ago
For years now, ANH-USA has supported the Health Savings Act. The current bill, S. 12, is sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and allows Health Savings Account (HSA) funds to go toward dietary supplements without having to get a doctor’s prescription; the same would apply to Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). The bill does this by expanding the term “medical care” to include vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathic remedies, and other natural health products, and would allow spending up to $1,000 each year. Importantly, the bill also includes health coaches and nutrition services as ... more »

Study: Diet Sodas Linked to High Risk of Strokes and Heart Disease in Older Women

AdminM at Health Impact News - 5 hours ago
While zero calorie sodas are promoted to help keep your weight down and be a healthier alternative to sugary soft drinks, you might be surprised to know there have been several studies indicating the weight loss health advantages of diet soda are false. Also, the adverse health effects are usually not publicized. The soda industry puts a lot of money into mainstream media (MSM) advertising. It’s enough to keep MSM from criticizing that industry. However, there have been several studies indicating many disease probabilities from artificially sweetened beverages. Two of the most rece... more »

Looking forward to World Congress in Thailand

Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig at Cloaking Inequity - 5 hours ago
Learned this week that I was selected as a delegate for the 2019 Education International 8th World Congress that will take place July 19-26, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. I will represent my scholarly research at forums, workgroups, and caucuses and focus on how educators “play a critical role in ensuring improvement in the status and image of the teaching profession.” I

Richard Branson Joins Venezuelan Regime Change Effort

Kurt Nimmo at 5 hours ago
[image: undefined] As I write this, there is a false flag underway on the border of Venezuela and Brazil. It looks like two people were killed and a dozen wounded after Venezuelan troops opened fire on locals. The confrontation is part of an effort to deliver “aid” to the crisis-wracked nation (thanks in large part to US sanctions). Of course, the Maduro government doesn’t trust USAID, a US government funded agency that specializes in “democratic” color revolution and undermining elections around the world under the banner of “humanitarianism.” WHEELS UP 🛫: Another plane trans... more »

US military to leave 400 troops inside Syria, will maintain control of Al-Tanf

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The U.S. military will leave approximately 400 troops inside Syria, a senior administration official told Reuters on Friday. Previously, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the complete withdrawal of all troops in December after he declared that the Islamic State had been defeated in Syria. He was later persuaded by advisers […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Turkish warplanes spotted over western Idlib

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – Turkish warplanes have been spotted over the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate this evening, a source in nearby Latakia told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the Turkish warplanes were primarily concentrated on the Jisr Al-Shughour District, which is currently controlled by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Tanzim Hurras Al-Deen. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

How Far Can 5G Millimeter Waves Travel: 10 Kilometers Or 6.2 Miles

Activist Post at Activist Post - 6 hours ago
By Catherine J. Frompovich Back in the summer of 2016, several New York University students took it upon themselves to investigate just how far 5G... more »

Hate speech must be spotlighted and condemned

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 6 hours ago
Our blogging friend Jill has written two excellent, but very troubling posts about the existence and danger of hate speech (see links below). Our leaders are too silent on calling out this extreme bigotry and hate. But, more rational heads … Continue reading →

'We have many questions': Opal Tower residents face long wait for building repairs

Nick Sas at Just In - 6 hours ago
The owners corporation behind the Opal Tower says it has "many questions" to be answered before it approves repair work for the damaged building, meaning residents could be in temporary accommodation for months.

Don't believe the critics, booze and the Bard are a powerful cocktail

Matt Eaton at Just In - 6 hours ago
If the members of Shitfaced Shakespeare have proved anything in a decade of performance, it's that copious amounts of alcohol add raucous amusement to the Bard's brilliance. Now they're heading to Brisbane for some heavy drinking.

Truck driver's bird's-eye view of the Nullarbor

Jarrod Lucas at Just In - 6 hours ago
Have you ever seen the Great Australian Bight from the air? A truck driver with a passion for drone photography showcases some of Australia's most remote landscapes as he makes his weekly Nullarbor crossing.

Melbourne Rebels take a stand in tackling homophobia in sport

Catherine Murphy And Luke Pentony at Just In - 6 hours ago
Super Rugby's Melbourne Rebels join forces with Monash University to help eliminate homophobic behaviour in sport, with a study finding offensive language is rife in junior rugby union.

The Premier has made a pledge to create 150,000 jobs, but what about his last big jobs promise?

Jacob Kagi at Just In - 6 hours ago
Mark McGowan is yet to deliver on his pre-election plan to create 50,000 new jobs, but that hasn't stopped him setting a series of even more ambitious targets, including 150,000 promised new jobs within five years, writes Jacob Kagi.

Why actor Jack Thompson allowed Australian Story to film his dialysis treatment

Kristy O'Brien at Just In - 6 hours ago
Journalist Kristy O'Brien shares what happened behind the scenes while filming Jack Thompson at work and receiving life-saving medical treatment in remote Arnhem Land.

Details of unconventional lifestyle emerge in artist's murder trial

Elizabeth Byrne at Just In - 6 hours ago
The unconventional lifestyle led by Archibald Prize finalist Melissa Beowulf and her family are revealed in the ACT Supreme Court, where she is on trial for the murder of her mother in law in 2015.

Company fined $300k after window washers plummet 12 storeys down Sydney skyscraper

Nick Sas at Just In - 6 hours ago
A court finds the Sydney company failed to properly inspect a skyscraper's window-cleaning platform that plummeted 12 storeys to the ground after crucial bolts sheared.

The struggle for women in STEMM to have babies but also get to the top

Kathleen Calderwood at Just In - 6 hours ago
Holding a baby in one hand while finishing a paper with the other or being criticised for returning to work too early — these are common occurrences for new mothers in science and medicine. But the juggle continues, and so does the push for equality.

Banning single-use plastics could soon be law, but it's nothing new to these Canberra businesses

Kate Midena And Niki Burnside at Just In - 6 hours ago
The ACT Government wants to ban single-use plastics, but many Canberra businesses are already making it work.

Adelaide 500 build on track to deliver noisiest festival of Mad March

Malcolm Sutton at Just In - 6 hours ago
For 17 weeks of the year a veritable construction site rises and falls in Adelaide's Parklands and transforms the city's east into a carnival for petrol heads.

Supermax 2.0: Why Australia's strictest prison is about to change

Kate Cowling at Just In - 6 hours ago
A new wing inside Goulburn's Supermax prison will give some prisoners slightly more chance to socialise, in the hope they may be rehabilitated.

Cable car opponents sign on for 'direct action' protest training

Ellen Coulter And Alexandra Humphries at Just In - 6 hours ago
Experienced forest protestors are running training sessions for people who want to stop Hobart's kunanyi/Mount Wellington cable car, but they are not likely to be chaining themselves to machinery.

More details of transport fix in Hobart City Deal but bulk of funding known

Rhiana Whitson at Just In - 6 hours ago
The Federal Government will today pledge $486 million to the Hobart City Deal's $730 million "congestion busting package," the balance of which will be funded by the State Government.

Are you brave enough to try garlic beer?

Lucy MacDonald at Just In - 6 hours ago
A tiny Tasmanian town with a penchant for garlic has become a hotspot for unconventional culinary creations.

R Kelly charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse

Just In - 6 hours ago
Prosecutors in Chicago charge Grammy-winning singer R Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse following allegations aired in a television documentary.

Video: President Trump Meets With U.S-China Trade Negotiation Teams in Oval Office…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 6 hours ago
This is the best video to adequately review the full nuance and scale of consequence within the oval office meeting between the Chinese trade delegation and the U.S. team. As previously noted, President Trump delivered brutally honest remarks about expectations … Continue reading →

HOLY CATS !! Epic Open Press Oval Office Meeting Between President Trump and Vice Premier Liu…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 6 hours ago
Jumping Ju-Ju Bones…. I’ll get a video and transcript downloaded soon, but boy howdy… Thirty years of President Trump -vs- China trade just roared to the surface in the Oval Office. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, … Continue reading →

Gotham City Digest: Make America White Again edition

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 6 hours ago
That awkward moment when you call a national emergency that you didn't have to declare to try to steal money for a vanity wall and find out it's already been spent. ------------------------------ Let the de-Trumpification of America begin... ------------------------------ Oh, this is getting more interesting by the minute. Robert Kraft, a billionaire worth $6.6 billion and owns a Super Bowl-winning team isn't even the biggest name in this prostitution sting out of Jupiter, according to ESPN. The Patriots haters are gonna be short-stroking this until the Rapture. F... more »

Robert Mueller Won't Submit Report To Attorney General Next Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
NEW: Senior US Justice Dept. official: Reports that the US attorney general will receive the report from Special Counsel Mueller by the end of next week are incorrect. — NBC News (@NBCNews) February 22, 2019 *CNBC:* *Robert Mueller won't submit report to attorney general next week, DOJ official tells NBC News* * Special counsel Robert Mueller will not deliver a report to the attorney general next week, as was previously reported by multiple outlets, a senior Department of Justice official told NBC News on Friday. * Attorney General William Barr was preparing to announce the comple... more »

Was an RNC Office That Held Clinton Evidence ‘Burned to the Ground’?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
At long last, Stepford, Connecticut, may be known for something besides 'The Stepford Wives.'

Did Paul George’s Jersey Number Change After He Executed a 360 Dunk?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
A viral video showcased NBA star Paul George's athletic -- and apparently magical uniform-changing -- abilities.

Citizen Scientist Finds Ancient White Dwarf Star With Puzzling Rings

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 7 hours ago
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/citizen-scientist-finds-ancient-white-dwarf-star-encircled-by-puzzling-rings/ Advertisements

New neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 7 hours ago
https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/neuroscience-4-rituals-happy?utm_campaign=keywee_cpc_intl&kwp_0=904271&kwp_4=3675054&kwp_1=1537703

Fernandina Giant Tortoise:Last Seen In 1906, #Galapagos Giant Tortoise Thought ‘Extinct’ Found After 100 Years

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 7 hours ago
https://m.indiatimes.com/news/world/last-seen-in-1906-galapagos-giant-tortoise-thought-extinct-found-after-100-years-362586.html

#Hemp Could Free Us From Oil, Prevent #Deforestation, Cure #Cancer and It’s Environmentally Friendly – So Why Is It Illegal?

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 7 hours ago
https://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/05/14/hemp-could-free-us-from-oil-prevent-deforestation-cure-cancer-and-its-environmentally-friendly-so-why-is-it-illegal/?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com

Avoid microwaving children’s plastic food containers, AAP warns

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 7 hours ago
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/allthemoms/news/2018/08/03/dont-microwave-childrens-plastic-food-containers-doctors-say/896952002/

What happens when we stop looking at careers through the lens of age?

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 7 hours ago
https://blog.dropbox.com/topics/work-culture/what-happens-when-we-stop-looking-at-careers-through-the-lens-of?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ts-cps&utm_content=lens-of-age

Forget #Netflix. Going to the cinema alone is life’s greatest guilty pleasure.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 7 hours ago
https://www.cnet.com/news/forget-netflix-going-to-the-cinema-alone-is-life-greatest-secret-guilty-pleasure/?ftag=COS-05-10aaa0h&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c6fa17e4b73850001e289a2&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

In Colliding #Galaxies, a #Pipsqueak Shines Bright

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 7 hours ago
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7338

Israel’s Beresheet #Moon mission gets under way

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 7 hours ago
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47313486

Japanese spacecraft to attempt landing on distant #asteroid.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 7 hours ago
https://m.phys.org/news/2019-02-japanese-spacecraft-distant-asteroid.html

Ohio State’s Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston Named President of Norfolk State University

Monica Levitan at Diverse - 7 hours ago
Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, senior vice president for student life at Ohio State University, has been named the next president at Norfolk State University, a historically Black college and university located in Virginia. During her tenure at OSU, Adams-Gaston furthered the institution’s approach to the comprehensive student experience, co-curricular plan and involvement opportunities, such as the […]

Grambling State University: Where Students Are CELEBRATED, Not Tolerated

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
About 5 years ago, researchers studying Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) concluded that enrollment among Black students at these institutions was on the decline. In fact, a report released by the Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) at the University of Pennsylvania revealed that since the 1980s, the number of Black students enrolling at HBCUs had steadily decreased while the population of non-Black students gradually increased.

Bennett Loses Appeal for Accreditation, Files Suit

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has affirmed the agency’s December decision to terminate the accreditation of Bennett College, a historically Black College in Greensboro, N.C.

The Yellow Fever Vaccine: more questions than answers

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 7 hours ago
By the Children’s Health Defense Team In January 2019, news outlets reported the death of a leading cancer researcher in the UK, who suffered total organ failure not long after receiving a yellow fever (YF) vaccine. Both the UK and the U.S. recommend YF vaccination for anyone nine months of age or older who is […] The post The Yellow Fever Vaccine: more questions than answers appeared first on Health Nut News.

CBS: Man arrested in undercover human trafficking investigation is an LDS bishop in Utah

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 7 hours ago
(Photo: Utah County Sheriff’s Office) This week, detectives in Lehi, Utah arrested David N. Moss, 51, a former Lieutenant with the St. George Police Department (where he supervised the vice squad) and current bishop of a congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lehi, Utah, as part of an undercover operation targeting […] The post CBS: Man arrested in undercover human trafficking investigation is an LDS bishop in Utah appeared first on Health Nut News.

Outlawed since 1938, could it fix inflammation?

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 7 hours ago
Hemp has been outlawed in the U.S. since 1938. Thankfully, the latest Farm Bill signed into law at the end of 2018 makes it legal. In this interview, board-certified clinical nutritionist and expert on phytocannabinoids, Carl Germano, discusses the exciting implications of this change. RELATED STORY: NBC: President signs Farm Bill, legalizing hemp/CBD (which is […] The post Outlawed since 1938, could it fix inflammation? appeared first on Health Nut News.

Trump Speech On African History Month – Not What Dems Want To See.

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 7 hours ago
I think trump will get a whole lot more Black Votes in the next election. This speech shows why. Blacks answered "What have you got to lose?" with "Nothing", and now they are "Winning!". This will not be forgotten at the poles. Continue reading →

Feminists Screaming About “Transgenderism” — Even Though They Birthed It

Selwyn Duke at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: feminists-screaming-about-transgenderism-even-though-they-birthed-it] Say, “Be careful what you wish for” or call it the law of unintended consequences. For decades feminists screamed “I am woman, hear me roar” — now it’s “Hear me squeal — a man just walked through our door!”

Judge Dismisses Climate Lawsuit That Portrayed Children as Victims

James Murphy at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: judge-dismisses-climate-lawsuit-that-used-children-as-human-shields] Leftist climate groups are continuing to use children to run interference for their socialist agenda, which they hope to forward through environmental and other lawsuits.

High Noon in Venezuela

Bob Adelmann at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: high-noon-in-venezuela] One woman is dead and a dozen others wounded in an early skirmish at the Venezuelan border as the United States seeks to deliver food aid to that country.

Saudi Arabia and American Nuclear Technology - Another Tale of Unintended Consequences

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 7 hours ago
This press release recently appeared on the website for the Committee on Oversight and Reform: Here is the letter from the Committee that was sent to the White House regarding the matter: It turns out that a number of anonymous whistleblowers came forward to warn the Committee about the apparent rush by some members of the White House staff to transfer highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia which may have been in violation of the Atomic Energy Act. Here is the cover page of the Interim Staff Report for the Committee: In the Executive Summary, we find these paragra... more »

Going shopping in Caracas

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
The corporate media claimed Venezuela has no basic food or supplies, so The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal investigated—at a giant supermarket in Caracas.

Trump, Xi Summit Being Discussed For Late March At Mar-a-Lago

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
© REUTERS/ Carlos Barria *CNBC:* *Trump, Xi summit being discussed for late March as China commits to buying $1.2 trillion in US goods* * The United States and China are discussing a late March meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to sources. * CNBC sources also confirmed that China has committed to buying up to $1.2 trillion in U.S. goods. * The two sides remain far apart on certain issues including the forced transfer of technology and intellectual property. The United States and China are discussing a late March meeting between Pres... more »

Congress Should Limit the Emergency Powers of All Presidents

jblackman at Lawfare - 7 hours ago
President Donald Trump announces a national emergency from the White House Rose Garden (Source: Flickr/Joyce N. Boghosian) President Trump claims that the law allows him to spend billions of dollars on a wall that Congress refused to fund. House Democrats, along with Republican Rep. Justin Amash, have introduced a joint resolution that would rescind the emergency proclamation. That proposal is an important start, but Congress should do more. Instead of merely blocking Trump’s efforts, Congress should proactively limit the emergency powers of *all *presidents. Republicans and Democ... more »

‘Inundated’ CA credit union suspends new applications from cannabis firms

John Schroyer at Marijuana Business Daily - 7 hours ago
A small credit union in Sonoma County, California, is hitting pause on processing applications for marijuana companies because it’s trying to deal with a backlog of cannabis businesses clamoring for financial services. Since word spread in the marijuana industry that North Bay Credit Union has been working with MJ companies for the past year, the […] ‘Inundated’ CA credit union suspends new applications from cannabis firms is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Ontario’s lousy adult-use cannabis sales decline again; Canada sees modest growth

Matt Lamers at Marijuana Business Daily - 7 hours ago
Ontario was the only province in Canada to see lower month-over-month sales of adult-use cannabis in December, according to the latest Statistics Canada data – the latest sign that the provincial government continues to struggle to get a handle on the new industry. Sales in Ontario dropped to just 8.7 million Canadian dollars ($6.6 million) […] Ontario’s lousy adult-use cannabis sales decline again; Canada sees modest growth is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Green Thumb acquires marijuana products brand Beboe

Nick Thomas at Marijuana Business Daily - 7 hours ago
Green Thumb Industries of Chicago has closed its acquisition of Los Angeles-based For Success Holding Co., owners of the Beboe marijuana products brand. The value of the deal, described as “nonmaterial” by Green Thumb, was not disclosed. For Success and Beboe were co-founded by fashion industry executive Clement Kwan and tattoo artist Scott Campbell. Green […] Green Thumb acquires marijuana products brand Beboe is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Major Canadian pension fund loads up on cannabis stocks

Matt Lamers at Marijuana Business Daily - 7 hours ago
One of Canada’s biggest pension managers increased its stake in Canopy Growth and took positions in three more Canadian cannabis companies recently, giving a vote of confidence to long-term value for investors in the booming industry. The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP) – with 153 billion Canadian dollars ($130 billion) of net assets – disclosed it […] Major Canadian pension fund loads up on cannabis stocks is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

National import!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 7 hours ago
*FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019No fish today:* We're off on a mission of national import. We'll have no fish today.

The Trump-Kim Summit Show Will Yield Positive Results—for Vietnam

Viet Phuong Nguyen, Khang Vu at Test Feed Using Fields - 7 hours ago
*Viet Phuong Nguyen, Khang Vu* *North Korea, East Asia* Vietnam will play host to a critical meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, and it will benefit from their peace efforts regardless of the outcome. Several days ago, the South Korean Yonhap News reported that Vietnam would be hosting the second Trump-Kim summit on February 27 and 28. Reuters also reported that Kim Jong-un would visit Hanoi after the Lunar New Year in early February, and that American and North Korean officials have met in Hanoi to discuss planning for the summit earlier January. Pending the outcome o... more »

Trump Targets Californians For Reprisals-- Californians Will Defeat More Republicans In 2020, Including Him

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Active Shooter by Nancy Ohanian* Going into 2018, there were 14 Republicans in California's delegation to Congress, including 4 in Orange County alone. When the new Congress was sworn in, there were no longer any Republicans representing Orange County and the Republicans in the statewide delegation had been halved. Gone were Jeff Denham, David Valadao, Steve Knight, Ed Royce, Mimi Walters, Dana Rohrabacher and Darrell Issa, all of whom had been targeted by Ted Lieu, then DCCC vice chair for the West Coast. Worse yet, the small margins by which many of the others had managed to hold... more »

One Hundred Wooden Crosses: The Station Nightclub Fire

Kathy Copeland Padden at The Ghion Journal - 8 hours ago
The evening of February 20, 2003 was crisp, clear and cold in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Winters in New England tend to be long and monotonous, and what better way to stave off cabin fever than by checking out a band at a local club? The 80’s band Great White was in town playing at The Station, a small, no-frills, don’t-wear shoes-you-care-about club that held about 300 people. Quite a step down from the heady… The post One Hundred Wooden Crosses: The Station Nightclub Fire appeared first on The Ghion Journal.

The end of an era: Private saleyards overtake public with new high-tech facilities

Tim Lee at Just In - 8 hours ago
Rural councils are moving away from owning and running livestock exchanges, opening the door for private investors to develop multi-million dollar facilities.

In the company of an inland taipan, the world's most venomous snake

Angela Smallacombe And Patrick Martin at Just In - 8 hours ago
Scouring desolate country for the world's most venomous snake, two ecologists had all but given up their search until they saw something on the side of the road.

How prosecutors will argue an awkward teen became the Claremont serial killer

Charlotte Hamlyn at Just In - 8 hours ago
Lawyers have finally outlined their case against accused serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards, setting the stage for a murder trial that is set to be the longest, most complex, most expensive and most watched in Western Australia's history.

Marlon Brando's private island is now a living lab breeding mozzies — on purpose

Carl Smith at Just In - 8 hours ago
If you want to get rid of mosquitoes, breeding more of them might seem weird. But this scientist, working on a remote tropical island once owned by actor Marlon Brando, has hit on a mosquito sterilisation technique that he hopes will eventually eradicate dengue, Zika and more.

Soy, almond, cow's, none? What milk should we be drinking for the planet?

Nick Kilvert at Just In - 8 hours ago
More of us are considering switching to dairy alternatives like soy or almond milk, for health or ethical reasons. But environmentally, the alternatives aren't perfect either. Before you go for an almond-milk latte, here's what to weigh up.

Angry Bambi: Tourists teasing deer for Instagram selfies attacked in record numbers in Japan

Robert Burton-Bradley at Just In - 8 hours ago
Hordes of tourists are ruining one of Japan's most famous tourist attractions and are increasingly getting injured as they harass wild deer for selfies, warn Japanese authorities.

The 'magical, otherworldly' solution to sustainable clean drinking water

Just In - 8 hours ago
One town's ground-breaking new technology is harvesting sun and air to create water.

'You will lose your plane': How a petty criminal swindled $500,000

Bridget Judd at Just In - 8 hours ago
It's the larger-than-life tale of one of Australia's greatest crime capers: a bomb is planted onboard a Qantas flight from Sydney to Hong Kong — and if it travels below 20,000 feet, it will explode.

Maheshwori didn't realise she was being sold. Then an 'angel' stepped in

Zoe Osborne at Just In - 8 hours ago
Maheshwori was excited to start her new life in India, chaperoned by an old family friend. But at the border, she learnt this man wasn't who he seemed.

The sharks are circling — and it's asylum seeker policy in the 'chum bucket'

Laura Tingle at Just In - 8 hours ago
For all the blood and guts hurled in Parliament this week, the question of how much real change has occurred in our treatment of asylum seekers is very murky, writes Laura Tingle.

The internet's favourite author may have never existed. One fan fell down a rabbit hole to find him

Michael Dulaney at Just In - 8 hours ago
Todd Noy was said to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a towering figure in the online fan-fiction community. His books were delivered around the world. But he may have never existed.

Woman shot dead in Venezuela border standoff over humanitarian aid

Just In - 8 hours ago
At least one person is killed and several others wounded when Venezuelan troops open fire near the Brazilian border, the first bloodshed linked to Opposition efforts to bring aid into the country against the wishes of embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

Why pools are rectangular, and other fascinating things you didn't know about swimming

Anna Kelsey-Sugg at Just In - 8 hours ago
Scratch the surface of the history of swimming and you might find more than you bargained for — like why your local pool is shaped like a rectangle (hint: it's linked to Napoleon).

Flying fox decline signals dire warning for Tropics in the grip of climate change

Brendan Mounter at Just In - 8 hours ago
The list of threatened species has been updated this week, with a decline in tropical species declared the 'canary in the coalmine'.

Black market for medicinal cannabis booms despite spike in legal prescriptions

Meghna Bali at Just In - 8 hours ago
A father says the day he watched his infant daughter suffer a violent two-and-a-half-hour seizure was when he decided breaking the law was a small price to pay for her life.

Armin van Buuren feat. Bonnie McKee - Lonely For You

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
Not dead and have plenty more to say. Will be back tomorrow.

This F-15 Had To Fire Its Missile Load Worth Millions Into The Ocean Before Emergency Landing (Update)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Warzone/The Drive*: *Oregon F-15 Fired Millions Worth Of Missiles Into The Sea Before Emergency Landing* Launching advanced air-to-air missiles off a troubled jet as a precautionary measure isn't that common of a practice. Yesterday, we reported on an emergency arrested landing made by an Oregon Air National Guard F-15C from the 142nd Fighter Wing. The jet had been in the air for some time before it made its way back to its home base at Portland International Airport and landed via catching the emergency cable with its tail hook on runway 28L. Now, The War Zone has learned that ... more »

R Kelly Charged with 10 Counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
Over the years, R. Kelly has consistently denied any sexual misconduct.

Trump Sets Up Abortion Obstacles, Barring Clinic Referrals

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
The administration plan would also prohibit family planning clinics from being housed in the same location as abortion providers.

On Sea Ice Thickness

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 8 hours ago
At the recent post Arctic Ice Surpasses 2018 Maximum, I was asked about measures of sea ice thickness and estimates of volume, combining extents (or concentrations) with thickness. My response: Agencies like DMI produce model-driven estimates of Arctic sea ice thickness. I limit my analysis to extents because they are observation-driven. DMI says this: “The […]

Anguished mother dog cries out for help for her wounded puppy

White Wolf at White Wolf - 8 hours ago
A mother dog was crying out for help after her puppy was badly wounded and lying in the street. Fortunately, Animal Aid Unlimited, India was contacted and came to help the distressed family. When they arrived, they observed that when her baby cried, she cried too. Her pup appeared to have been mauled and was wailing in agony. Animal Aid Unlimited shared: “She didn’t stop trying desperately to communicate as we gently lifted her puppy who had two deep wounds and placed him in the ambulance. We couldn’t bring her along because she had 4 other babies to watch over.” They tried to co... more »

Sudan Protests : It is a long night in Khartoum !!

egyptianchronicler@gmail.com (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 8 hours ago
Originally I was planning to write a post about the huge protests rocked Algerian streets against Abdel Aziz Bouteflika's candidacy but things have developed too quickly in Khartoum unexpectedly. In a few minutes or hours, Omar El-Bashir will address the Sudan people and the world announcing huge decisions. According to news reports and Sudanese officials, those decisions will include his decisions to step down as the head of the ruling National Congress Part and that he will not run in the coming presidential elections to be held later this year. This is huge. Those decisions if are ... more »

China Introduces Disturbingly Real Female AI News Anchor

Activist Post at Activist Post - 8 hours ago
By Tyler Durden Three months after China unveiled its first disturbingly realistic AI male anchor, state-run news agency, Xinhua, unveiled “the world’s first female AI news anchor” to... more »

"The Pension Crisis is Starting to Explode"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"The Pension Crisis is Starting to Explode"* by Martin Armstrong "At the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, working 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, yields an annual income of only $15,080. This is below the annual poverty line. It also reflects something that most people are unaware of - in Illinois, there are more than 19,000 retired teachers who get OVER $100,000 per year in their pension. According to the latest data, nearly 1.5 in ten federal employees are eligible to retire RIGHT NOW, and in five years the number will hit three in 10 or about 30%. The Housi... more »

Defacto Leader of the World Gives Annual Address to Russian Assembly

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 8 hours ago
*Putin Speaking before the Russian* *National Assembly, February 20, 2019* ...Colleagues, Russia has been and will always be a sovereign and independent state. Either Russia will be like that or Russia will no longer exist. We have to be clear about it. This is non-negotiable. Russia can only exist as a state if it's sovereign. Other countries* [like the vassal Canada]* can, but Russia will never be like that...." The above link is a short clip of the portion of Putin's speech specifically dealing with Russian military defense. In response to the US dropping out of strategic arm... more »

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