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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Sunday Sermonette

LL at Virtual Mirage - 19 hours ago
*About Blogging* As those of you who read this blog will understand that Google has made it impossible for me to comment on other blogs, though for now this site remains up. And because Google is Google, moving to Wordpress or GoDaddy still keeps me in the same box, and that is frustrating. If I had a cat blog, it wouldn't be a problem, but content remains critical of the progressive agenda and Google can do what it wants to. There is no First Amendment protection against a hundred billion dollar megalith with a staff of thousands who work to censure content. Those who offered to h... more »

Scientists Reveal a Multidimensional Universe Inside the Brain.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 19 hours ago
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The US Police-State Is Now Undeniable: The Assange Case

Eric Zuesse at The Duran - 19 hours ago
Billionaires’ control over the US Government is so total, that they now are so brazen as to impose their censorship even directly. The post The US Police-State Is Now Undeniable: The Assange Case appeared first on The Duran.

Why the United States Won’t Launch a Ground War Versus Iran

Steve Brown at The Duran - 19 hours ago
While it is too soon to predict how the United States and its allies Israel and Saudi Arabia will react, let’s explore the reasons why any US response will be largely symbolic, even if that involves a token strike versus Iran. The post Why the United States Won’t Launch a Ground War Versus Iran appeared first on The Duran.

Space Exploration and Humanity’s Struggle for Open System Economics

Matthew Ehret at The Duran - 19 hours ago
Today, America has not only lost the capability to place a man on the moon, but cannot even send an astronaut into orbit without hitching a ride on a Russian Soyuz shuttle. The post Space Exploration and Humanity’s Struggle for Open System Economics appeared first on The Duran.

FACT: Russia's New Stealth Submarine Carries 72 Deadly Nuclear Missiles

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Technology, Europe* [image: Reuters] What can America do? *Each of the submarine’s sixteen R-30 Bulava (“Mace”) missiles typically carries six 150-kiloton nuclear warheads designed to split apart to hit separate targets. This means one Borei can rain seventy-two nuclear warheads ten times more destructive than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima on cities and military bases over 5,800 miles away.* On May 22, 2018, the Russian submarine Yuri Dolgoruky slipped beneath the waves of the Arctic White Sea. Hatches along the submerged boat’s spine opened, flooding the cap... more »

These are the Best Air Rifles of 2019

Gun News Daily at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*Gun News Daily* *Security, Americas* [image: https://media.defense.gov/2015/Feb/27/2001022054/-1/-1/0/150226-F-JP000-094.JPG] Best of the best? *Well, the key difference is this: Traditional pellet guns or BB guns are rifles which discharge small, mostly innocuous BB’s or pellets. These guns are the ideal toy to tinker with when plinking in the backyard, but they don’t hold a candle to the far superior air rifle.* Recreational shooting has become a popular activity in recent years, particularly in the United States, and there are more gun options at your fingertips now than ev... more »

Manny 'Pac-man' Pacquiao wins WBA welterweight title fight

Just In - 20 hours ago
After never having lost a boxing fight in his career, American Keith Thurman loses his perfect record, beaten in a WBA world welterweight title fight by boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.

Cafe owner accused of arranging for own business to be burnt down

Just In - 20 hours ago
A man is charged after allegedly arranging to have his failing cafe business in Perth's north-east set on fire and then submitting an insurance claim for the damage.

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
*by Noah* If Wednesday night's batshit insane "Send Her Back" chanting at Trump's North Carolina rally (as he nodded along and stifled a smile) showed us one thing, it's that republicans are now in a (to them) glorious full racist meltdown. They hardly even pretend to hide their racism anymore, and those like the propagandists at FOX "News" who push racism and then claim what they just said or did isn't racist have been encouraging racism for years. It would be hard to believe that anyone is happier about the storm we're in than Rupert Murdoch, unless his name is Trump. Neo Nazi's... more »

“Empathy Deficit” contrived according to Democrats — my arse

Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 21 hours ago
Jim Jordan Shuts Down Dem’s Attempt to Demonize Border Patrol Agents . Jim Jordan tells it like it is! Jordan is telling EXACTLY what is frustrating every American who is worried about the border issues. The pity is — these jackasses in the Democrat party continue to bray and obfuscate. THEY need to stop talking and start walking.. –Uriel–

Bipartisan Sellout of the USA: House Passed Bill to Turn US into Colony of India by Ending Green Card Country Cap, Thus Favoring Green Cards For India; Call US Senate To Oppose Senate Bill 386

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 21 hours ago
Contact your Senator and as many other Senators as you can to Oppose Senate Bill 386: https://www.senate.gov/senators/How_to_correspond_senators.htm https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/386/cosponsors Congressman Raja … Continue reading →

Residential Rental Price in Brazil Closes First Semester With Nominal Increase

Xiu Ying at The Rio Times - 21 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The FipeZap Residential Rental Index closed June 2019 with a nominal variation of +0.36 percent — the seventh consecutive increase. The percentage observed in the month once again exceeded inflation as measured by the IPCA/IBGE (+0.01 percent), pushing up the average price of residential property rental in the last month […] The post Residential Rental Price in Brazil Closes First Semester With Nominal Increase appeared first on The Rio Times.

Argentina Creates South America’s First Center for Complex Cancers

Xiu Ying at The Rio Times - 21 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The new Argentinian Proton Therapy Radiotherapy Center, also called “the bunker”, will be built on the grounds of the Ángel Roffo Oncology Institute, under the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), in the Agronoma neighborhood. The University of Buenos Airesis is a public research university in Buenos Aires. Established in 1821, […] The post Argentina Creates South America’s First Center for Complex Cancers appeared first on The Rio Times.

SSS Terrorist Group Leader Unveils Plan to Kill Bolsonaro, Says Veja

Arkady Petrov at The Rio Times - 21 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On September 1st, last year, no one paid any attention to a message on Facebook threatening then Deputy Jair Bolsonaro. The author wrote that he would test the “bravery” of the then PSL candidate for the Presidency of the Republic when the two would meet and that he “deserved” to be […] The post SSS Terrorist Group Leader Unveils Plan to Kill Bolsonaro, Says Veja appeared first on The Rio Times.

Court Suspends Contracting of Deodoro Racetrack Consortium in Rio de Janeiro

Iolanda Fonseca at The Rio Times - 21 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A federal court in Rio de Janeiro suspended, on Friday afternoon, July 19th, the contracting of the company that won the bid for the construction of the future Formula 1 Deodoro racetrack in Rio de Janeiro. The injuction was petitioned by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, requesting that no work be […] The post Court Suspends Contracting of Deodoro Racetrack Consortium in Rio de Janeiro appeared first on The Rio Times.

Swimmer Ana Marcela Cunha is Relentless in the Gwangju World Championship

Iolanda Fonseca at The Rio Times - 21 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian athlete ends the Gwangju World Championship with two gold medals, an Olympic qualification, the only four-time champion in a competition, the winner of the most medals in the history of the competition and much more. Relentless is the word that best describes swimmer Ana Marcela Cunha, who won the […] The post Swimmer Ana Marcela Cunha is Relentless in the Gwangju World Championship appeared first on The Rio Times.

Federal District Government Authorizes Tax Payment by Card

Iolanda Fonseca at The Rio Times - 21 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Governor Ibaneis Rocha has signed a decree including credit and debit cards among local tax payment methods. The measure is yet another attempt by the Secretariat of Finance, Budget, Planning and Management (SEFP) to increase tax collection. The Federal District Government (GDF) has approximately US$125 million (R$500 million) to collect […] The post Federal District Government Authorizes Tax Payment by Card appeared first on The Rio Times.

Qatar's First Rafale Fighters Have Arrived

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Security, Middle East* [image: By Dylan Agbagni (CC0) from Bordeaux, France - QA217 - Dassault Rafale - Qatar Air Force, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79813252] Here's what comes next. *Noteworthy along with the Rafales, QEAF ordered 24 Eurofighter Typhoons and 36 Boeing F-15QAs.* On Feb. 6, 2019, a ceremony hosted by Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, was held in Merignac facility for the delivery of the first Rafale to the Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF), under the patronage of His Excellency Dr Khalid bi... more »

Want the Best Pellet Gun? Check out the Best 2019 Has to Offer.

Gun News Daily at The National Interest - 21 hours ago
*Gun News Daily* *Security, Americas* [image: By Hustvedt - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3172653] The complete list. *These guns are not toys and while they are often used for fun, they can kill an animal and seriously injure a person if handled incorrectly.* Whether you decide to invest in a rifle style pellet gun or a handheld pistol pellet gun, you’ll want to get the most power possible for the money you are spending. The more velocity a pellet gun offers, the more likely hunters and small game hunters are to take out their targets. ... more »

The Coalition’s biggest hits

Owen Jennings at CCG - 22 hours ago
• Guest post • — by Owen Jennings Member, NZ Climate Science Coalition The ‘transformational’ government of the Labour-Green Coalition … Continue Reading →


Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 22 hours ago
By Carol Sawyer The West Coast of the South Island is generally thought of as being the most heavily 1080-poisoned area of New Zealand. However some of us have been thinking about that lately and have realized that, in fact, Wanaka and the Upper Clutha probably take that title, sadly. You see, we have an … Continue reading WANAKA is the 1080 POISONED CAPITAL OF THE WORLD! →

Ocean SSTs Mixed in June

Hifast at Climate Collections - 22 hours ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: The best context for understanding decadal temperature changes comes from the world’s sea surface temperatures (SST), for several reasons: The ocean covers 71% of the globe and drives average temperatures; SSTs have a constant water content, (unlike air temperatures), so give a better reading of heat content variations; A major…

Lucas Fowler's family 'crushed' by shooting deaths of son and girlfriend in Canada

Angelique Lu And Kathleen Calderwood at Just In - 23 hours ago
Stephen Fowler, speaking while in transit to collect the body of his son, who was found dead with his American girlfriend in British Columbia, says his family is "in a very bad place".

Live: Sea Eagles, Eels close out round 18

Just In - 23 hours ago
Round 18 of the NRL comes to a close with Manly hosting the Eels at Brookvale after the high-flying Storm down the Titans at Robina. Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary.

Whale freed from shark nets off Queensland's Gold Coast

Just In - 23 hours ago
Footage shows a whale struggling to free itself from shark nets off Currumbin, hours before being untangled by rescuers, in the third incident off the Gold Coast in a month.

Live: Will Saints get the interim coach boost against the Bulldogs?

Just In - 23 hours ago
The Saints are up against the Bulldogs to bring round 18 to a close, after the Hawks upset the Cats at the MCG and West Coast beats Melbourne in Alice Springs. Follow live scores, stats and commentary.

Chinese Wall

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 23 hours ago
I’m reading Fomenko’s New Chronology Number 5 and note that the Chinese wall might have been made during the XVII- XVIII AD. Their argument that it was a political boundary seems logical enough but there’s another possibility: that it was … Continue reading →

‘They Only Let You Go When They Torture You to Death’

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 23 hours ago
Plus 2 Podcasts and a 2nd article: Do We Cry with Them? ~ Tony Perkins ~ “It was a kind of test. I know in the Bible it says everything is good for us believers, but I asked, in this what is good? That I am [beaten, tortured]?… They asked for my […]

Video: America Isn’t Great?

PA Pundits - International at PA Pundits – International - 23 hours ago
Freedom Toons brings us “The Debunkers vs. The New York Times” on America. ~ Media Editors ~ View and Read more informative and FACTual (Not FAKE) Videos and Articles at The Patriot Post http://patriotpost.us/

July 21st – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #913

sundance at The Last Refuge - 23 hours ago
In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and … Continue reading →

Sunday July 21st – Open Thread

sundance at The Last Refuge - 23 hours ago
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those … Continue reading →

Quote of the Day

vonMesser at 'Nox & Friends - 23 hours ago

Pig ear treats for dogs continue to make people sick

News Desk at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
The Salmonella outbreak associated with doggy pig ear treats has added 48 more ill people and three additional serotypes in the last two weeks. Twenty-seven (27) states are now reporting a total of 93 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella. Twenty of the victims required hospitalization. None have died. Salmonella serotypes were expanded... Continue Reading

Product contamination blamed for small beef and pork recall

News Desk at Food Safety News - 23 hours ago
US Foods, located in Birmingham, AL, late Saturday (July 20) recalled approximately 712 pounds of raw beef and pork products that may be adulterated due to possible product contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The fresh and frozen raw beef and pork items were produced July 18,... Continue Reading

Brazilian Scientist Sends ‘Mini Brains’ Into Space to Unravel Cell Reaction

Iolanda Fonseca at The Rio Times - 23 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian scientist Alysson Muotri’s team, from the University of California in San Diego (UCSD), will send the “mini brains” he uses in research into space. The small versions of the human organ will be contained in a box. The launching to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled to take […] The post Brazilian Scientist Sends ‘Mini Brains’ Into Space to Unravel Cell Reaction appeared first on The Rio Times.

Check Out the 100-Year Old Gun That Keeps Beating Glock

Gun News Daily at The National Interest - 23 hours ago
*Gun News Daily* *Technology, Americas* [image: By Vitaly V. Kuzmin - http://vitalykuzmin.net/?q=node/474, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29632995] A classic. *The original M1911, originally produced by Colt (one of the original AR-15 makers), has become a portfolio item for a broad range of manufacturers, both American or foreign, and nowadays you can find 1911s manufactured in South America, Asia or Europe.* You’ve seen the 1911 in hundreds of movies, and it’s probably the first gun that comes to mind when you think of a pistol. Before we take a ... more »

Uruguay Leads the Per Capita Income Ranking in Latin America

Iolanda Fonseca at The Rio Times - 1 day ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In July of each year, the World Bank releases new per capita gross income figures for each country, dividing them into categories: high, medium-high, medium-low, and low. For the 2018 assessment, released this month, most countries in the region ranked as having medium-high per capita income. Uruguay and Chile were […] The post Uruguay Leads the Per Capita Income Ranking in Latin America appeared first on The Rio Times.

Neo-Liberals, Neo-Conservatives, Neo-Fascists, Neo-Nazis... There's A Difference?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
My friend Frank-- whose dad was one of the 3 founders of the Moral Majority movement-- left evangelical Christianity many years ago... loudly. Yesterday, je sent me this video from Italy, where he's on vacation. He sure doesn't like fascists! "Be warned, America," he said, "when you elect a Nazi German to represent your country, who then calls other people "foreigners," when *he* is a foreigner-- because it is not an American idea to put children in cages... When you tell people of color to go back where they came from... when we forget that history, we will end up with places li... more »

Rugged Individualism Cannot Save Us. Only Enlightened Collectivism Can.

Caitlin Johnstone at Caitlin Johnstone - 1 day ago
Individualism cannot save humanity from the crises it faces. It’s not the right tool. There is a widespread belief that if we just eliminated all collectivist impulses within our society, we could eliminate all our problems. That the government which causes so much bloodshed and […]

Apollo 11 Brought a Message of Peace to the Moon

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
... but Neil and Buzz almost forgot to leave it behind.

welcome to smart jails

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 1 day ago
7-17-19 *As* part of their curricula the young are taught at schools that believing in God is abnormal; teachers encourage them to report on their religious relatives. https://bitterwinter.org/primary-schools-indoctrinate-children-to-hate-religion/ ………………………………………………………………… 7-18-2019 *Xi’s* China wants to “increase political vigilance and strictly prevent hostile forces from infiltrating, destroying and smearing the Party and the government.” Jails should “intensify ‘de-radicalization’ work; strictly deal with, according to law, criminals who endanger national security, who belo... more »

Pregnant mothers urged to act as flu season leaves hundreds of babies in hospital

Just In - 1 day ago
Figures from Victoria's Health Department show there have been 416 reported cases of flu in children under the age of 12 months so far this year, compared to just 29 last year.

Grid-like suburbs and fewer cul-de-sacs in proposed Queensland neighbourhood plan

Just In - 1 day ago
New residential developments in Queensland would have fewer cul-de-sacs, but more grid-like blocks parks and parks and buses within a five-minute walk, under a proposed State Government planning code hoped to get people moving.

Original Moon landing videos sell for millions as former NASA intern cashes in

Just In - 1 day ago
On the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, three original NASA video tapes showing the entirety of the Moon walk as seen by Mission Control sell at auction for an interstellar price.

Australians wanted to 'crush' Adam Goodes because he was powerful, commentator says

Kate Ashton at Just In - 1 day ago
Sports broadcaster Charlie King calls out Andrew Bolt, Eddie McGuire, and Sam Newman, and lays down a challenge to AFL to prove it has changed, in the wake of a documentary chronicling racism that led to the end of the Australian footballer Adam Goodes's celebrated career.

British airways and Lufthansa's flights temporary suspension : What is the problem in Cairo ?

egyptianchronicler@gmail.com (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 1 day ago
I am suffering from current blogging block but this news and its developments are forcing me to go back and ask one question: What kind of information the British airways got that made the airways giant decide to halt to its flights to Cairo for a whole week? Already it will be a long night for the Egyptian government especially in the foreign ministry, tourism ministry and Civil Aviation ministry in addition to a bunch of National security agencies in the country. Saturday evening, the British airways surprised everyone and declared that it was suspending its flights from London t... more »

My Doubts About the “Men of Reason"

Unknown at The Verma Report - 1 day ago
A “man of reason” is someone who develops his understanding of the world through his perception and not through his projection. But most people who claim to be a man of reason fail on this very account—their belief in reason leads them to project an ersatz world in which they are always right, always moral, full of knowledge, and capable of holding better opinions than everyone else. An analysis of most votaries of reason will reveal that their thinking is warped and so is their projection of themselves. More often than not, the man who claims to be a “man of reason” is an ignorant... more »

Green Germany Risks Running Out Of Power

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? ? Reuters report very real concerns in Germany that power cuts could be looming: ? ? The country, the biggest electricity market in the European Union, is abandoning nuclear power by 2022 due to safety concerns compounded by the Fukushima disaster…

GHCN v3.3 vs v4 – Top Level Entry Point

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
via GHCN v3.3 vs v4 – Top Level Entry Point

NYT Does More Weird Science: Heat Waves

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: Ronald Bailey writes at Reason The New York Times Says Heat Waves Are Getting Worse. The National Climate Assessment Disagrees. Excerpts in italics with my bolds. Americans east of the Rockies are sweltering as daytime temperatures soar toward 100 degrees or more. It is now customary for journalists covering big…

Middle Finger Symphony Theater

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 1 day ago
~ NO TUXEDOS REQUIRED ~ Brought to You by *BLUESJUNKY*: Chair of Music - Middle Finger Symphony Music Director

A Detroit Police Commissioner was arrested as he tried to voice his opposition to facial recognition technology, which is about to be implemented

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 1 day ago
Imagine a day whereby police can randomly, actively, and at lightning speeds search databases for active search warrants using only a camera and facial recognition technology. That day is here. And despite the objections of high-ranking members in policing circles, the very real threat of loss of 4th and 14th amendment rights is upon us. […] The post A Detroit Police Commissioner was arrested as he tried to voice his opposition to facial recognition technology, which is about to be implemented appeared first on Health Nut News.

Fake History

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 1 day ago
I’m researching history as described by A. Fomenko in his various texts, and did a Google Search on J. J. Saliger who compiled the West’s history that Fomenko argues was fake history. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=Joseph+Justus+Scaliger Scaliger ends up being Dutch, Italian or … Continue reading →

See This New U.S. Navy Missile? It Could Change (And Kill) Everything

David Axe at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*David Axe* *Technology, Americas* What can't it do? *The Navy further tweaked the missile's sensor, producing the Block IA version. In a 2016 test, an SM-6 Block IA struck a target on the ocean's surface. Now the SM-6 also is an anti-ship missile.* The U.S. Navy in late January 2019 confirmed the designation of its newest cruise missile, in the process clarifying its long-term plan for arming its growing fleet of warships. The plan heavily leans on one missile, in particular. It's the SM-6, an anti-aircraft weapon that quickly is evolving to perform almost every role the Navy ... more »

Top Gun 2: How the U.S. Military Helped Make This Must See Movie

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dario Leone* *Security, * Get the popcorn. The internet was set ablaze on Jul. 18, 2019 when the first, sierra hotel trailer for Top Gun: Maverick debuted. As reported by Washington Business Journal, we still must wait a year for the finished product to hit the screen, but we know the Pentagon had a lot to do with the production of this long-awaited sequel to 1986 blockbuster “Top Gun.” Shooting began in September 2018, but delays pushed the release date to June 2020. Actually the Pentagon gave Paramount Pictures Corp. extensive access to its facilities and personnel during t... more »

Why Trump Won't Bomb Iran

Lawrence J. Korb at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Lawrence J. Korb* *Security, Middle East* [image: Reuters] The president should look at how Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama responded to similar standoffs with the Middle East country and re-examine his strategy for Tehran. After President Donald Trump decided not to “bomb Iran” in retaliation for shooting down an unmanned Navy drone that was either very close to Iranian air space, many of his conservative critics accused him of acting more like President Barack Obama rather than President Ronald Reagan. According to critics like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), a... more »

A War with Iran Would Wreck the American Energy Market

Connor Sutherland at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Connor Sutherland* *Security, Middle East* [image: Flickr / Sandia Labs] The Trump administration needs to do some serious soul-searching as it relates to how it thinks about energy as a whole. Reading Ilan Goldenberg recently described for *Foreign Affairs *what a war with Iran would look like. His analysis was informative, vivid and harrowing. But while his attention was focused primarily on the Middle Eastern theatre, I was wondering how such a skirmish would play out here in the United States. Specifically, how it would look for Americans at the gas pump. Goldenberg writes... more »

Vice President Mike Pence and NASA Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Apollo Moon Landing…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 day ago
The United States and NASA celebrate 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing. On this incredible anniversary Vice-President Mike Pence and historic astronaut Buzz Aldrin discuss the past (Apollo) and future (Artemis) of space exploration.

Hakuna Potato

Yastreblyansky at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 day ago
Warthog and suricate or meerkat from the photorealist *Lion King* that opened this week. Terrible as the cartoon was, this one has to be far worse. My kids were Disney-aged through the string of animated hits of what I guess were the Katzenberg years, *Little Mermaid* through *Pocahontas*, and I saw them all, some repeatedly, in addition to reading the book versions aloud, and mostly really hated them for various reasons, especially the disloyalty to the sources—they seemed to me to be working to *destroy* the sources, from Hans Christian Andersen to colonial history of Virginia, a... more »

Vatican College Space Holds Bones of Dozens, Expert Says

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
A genetics expert retained by the family of a girl who went missing in 1983 said that a cavernous underground space near a Vatican cemetery holds thousands of bones.

American Crocodiles Thriving Outside Nuclear Plant

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
American crocodiles, once headed toward extinction, are thriving at an unusual spot — the canals surrounding a South Florida nuclear plant.

The Shocking Origins of the Jeffrey Epstein Case

GeoPolitics101 at Covert Geopolitics - 1 day ago
Despite his “sweetheart” deal and having seemingly evaded justice, billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested earlier this month on federal charges for sex trafficking minors. Epstein’s arrest has again brought increased media attention to many of his famous friends, the current president among them. Many questions have since been asked about how much Epstein’s … Continue reading The Shocking Origins of the Jeffrey Epstein Case →

The Daily Brief 2019-07-19

This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, UK, Deir_Ezzor, Syria, Iraq, Salaheddine, IRGC, US, Hama, Idlib, Russia, PKK, Turkey, Hmeimim, ISIS, Mhardeh. Categories covered in this brief: Iran, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, World-News Let us know how you like this brief in the comments below. — The AMN Live Team […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

“A fresh victory for the Donetsk rebels:"

Bob Dinn at balance10 - 1 day ago
-from *Life News* 7-15-2019 *The* wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was still smoldering in the countryside of eastern Ukraine, the remains of the 298 people aboard strewn across several kilometers of rolling fields of wheat and sunflowers, when Russian media began relaying news of a downed plane in the area. “A fresh victory for the Donetsk rebels: another Ukrainian plane was shot down in the city of Torez,” the anchorwoman for the Kremlin-loyal network* LifeNews* told viewers, referring to Russia-backed separatists fighting Kyiv’s forces in the region known as th... more »

Pageant Winner Ousted for Refusing to Try on a Hijab, “Insensitive” Tweets

James Murphy at rss - 1 day ago
[image: pageant-winner-ousted-for-refusing-to-try-on-a-hijab-insensitive-tweets] A legal Chinese immigrant and Trump supporter has been stripped of a beauty pageant crown because of her refusal to try on a hijab in 2018 and for "insensitive" tweets.

July 20: Down and Dirty Time

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/ Does this matter? Probably not. The leading Democrat is Joe Biden whose major advantage is that he doesn't spout extreme views as Trump does - but is really not much different in general policies. The U.S. has a long way to go to reach the 21st century. Or even the twentieth. And the Democrats, for the most part, are no different from the Republicans in kissing up to the rich. American democracy was lost a long, long time ago. And Biden is not going to change that. ___________________________________________________________... more »

Puerto Rico Protests Calling For The Resignation Of Gov. Rosselló Conitnue

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail:* *Thousands of protesters march on the home of the Puerto Rico governor demanding he resign amid corruption probe and vulgar chat messaging scandal - as US presidential candidates weigh in calling for him to step down* * Thousands of Puerto Ricans marched on Rossello's residence Friday * Several lawmakers tweeted that they stand with the protesters and also called for Rossello to resign * The protests have been ongoing since July 13, when Rossello's leaked chat messages were published * Some of the messages were vulgar, misogynistic and homophobic * The messages were... more »

To 1969 and Beyond!

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 1 day ago
So, President Buzz Windrip Lightyear wants to go to the moon, then he doesn't. So, typically, he's set his sights on the planet in the solar system that most closely matches his late life skin tone: Mars. Today also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 manned lunar landing but I'll let better minds than mine pontificate on the historical significance of such. My concern here today is that, with Donald Trump now shambling through the West Wing between rounds of golf pretending to be an actual president, is taking us back to 1969 in more ways than his ambivale... more »

Former NSA Contractor Sentenced To Nine Years In Prison After Pleading Guilty To Stealing Top-Secret Documents Over 20 Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CBS Baltimore*:* Ex-NSA Contractor Harold Martin Sentenced To 9 Years For Stolen Documents* BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Former National Security Agency contractor Harold ‘Hal’ Martin was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty in March to willful retention of national defense information. Martin admitted to stealing top-secret documents over a 20-year period and storing them at his Glen Burnie home- some, in an unlocked storage shed. Prosecutors said that Martin took over 50 terabytes of information, 300 times what Edward Snowden — another NSA contractor from Maryland — lea... more »

Watch Neil Armstrong make man's first steps on the Moon, just as the world did in 1969

Just In - 1 day ago
Experience Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon's surface and the first hours of exploration, using raw archive footage from that historic day 50 years ago.

Big flood, but next to no rain — welcome to the Channel Country

Nathan Morris at Just In - 1 day ago
Floodwaters more than 50 kilometres wide came through Queensland's Channel Country earlier this year, but the extended weather forecast is not promising a return to average rainfalls.

Husband taken into custody as police investigate death of 82yo woman

Andree Withey at Just In - 1 day ago
Police investigate after paramedics find an elderly woman dead in the bedroom of a home south of Brisbane. Her 83-year-old husband is in custody but has been not charged.

Gardner's muted debut still a pivotal moment in difficult history of Indigenous cricketers

Geoff Lemon at Just In - 1 day ago
Through no fault of her own, Ashleigh Gardner's Test debut has been solid but unspectacular. But still, Geoff Lemon writes, her inclusion brings us closer to a day when Indigenous Test cricketers are no longer a rarity.

'Horrific scene' in Sydney's west as woman charged with mother's murder

Just In - 1 day ago
*WARNING: This story contains graphic content that some readers may find upsetting. *A 25-year-old woman is charged with murder after allegedly decapitating her mother during a violent argument, witnessed by a four-year-old relative, at St Clair in Sydney's west overnight.

Anti-Brexit protesters call 'national emergency' as Boris blimp takes to the sky

Just In - 1 day ago
The successor to Theresa May will be announced this week, and no deal Brexiteer Boris Johnson is tipped to become her replacement.

Big test for WestConnex as school holidays end

Harriet Tatham at Just In - 1 day ago
One week after Sydney's WestConnex road project opened to the public, the NSW government is preparing for its biggest test — added traffic congestion on the first day back at school.


War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The new VH-92A (above) is being worked on by the Navy and other experts after one burneed the White House South Lawn during a test run last September *Bloomberg: **Trump’s New Helicopter Has a Flaw: It Scorches the White House Lawn* The presidential helicopter isn’t supposed to leave scorch marks on the White House lawn. So the Navy and Lockheed Martin Corp. are working to fix a “high risk” problem after the new Marine One did just that in a test without the president on board. The first in a $5 billion fleet of new Marine One helicopters is supposed to be ready to go into servic... more »

GHCN v3.3 vs v4 – Top Level Entry Point

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 1 day ago
An aggregator posting that lists all the various parts of the investigation into GHCN v3.3 vs v4 in one easy to locate place. Continue reading →

Steve Bannon, China, and the Committee on the Present Danger 4.0

Activist Post at Activist Post - 1 day ago
By Kurt Nimmo Steve Bannon is making himself useful. According to The New York Times, he has rekindled the paranoiac fire that fed the Cold... more »

Revisiting Democratic Voting Records 6 Months Into The Term

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*There are only 5 freshmen with perfect voting records-- here are 3 of them* In March we decided to take a first look at how the new House members were getting started in the voting department. At the time, 24 freshmen still had 100% perfect scores-- and only 23 had "F" ratings. Today 11 freshmen are still graded "A" and just 5 have perfect scores *and*-- tragically-- there are now 42 with "F"s-- *42*! Thursday, just before they went home, the House voted on HR 582, Bobby Scott's Raise the Wage Act, which would-- if McConnell allowed it to be voted on it the Senate and Trump signed ... more »

Wargames: How Russia Practices Invading Iceland in War Games

Petri Mäkelä at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Petri Mäkelä* *Security, Europe* [image: By This image photographed by Brian Burnell with permission was uploaded to Commons by George Hutchinson.To see his entire portfolio, click here.Permission to upload photographs by Brian Burnell is archived in the OTRS system as shown below each image.Thi] Is NATO ready? *It is very important to test these kind of long distance naval operations in advance as the troops and the vehicles on board, must remain combat worthy all the way to the target. * The Russian Northern Fleet has been very active lately, in addition to the usual landing ... more »

Iran Has Its Own 'Maximum Pressure' Campaign Against Trump

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Middle East* [image: https://media.voltron.voanews.com/Drupal/01live-166/styles/sourced/s3/2019-04/EA312568-9470-49C5-8CAE-9BD99EDC0E99.jpg?itok=AEP-VIJl] Is a war brewing? *For one year, Tehran continued adhering to the JCPOA. However, the destabilizing effects of the new sanctions proved intolerable.* By most accounts, the United States and Iran came within minutes of armed conflict with each other on June 20, 2019. Around 4:30 AM that morning, a U.S. Navy RQ-4N Global Hawk spy drone flying a routine circuit over international airspace in the Per... more »

Secrets: Everything You Wanted to Know About Israel's Nuclear Weapons

Daniel R. DePetris at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Daniel R. DePetris* *Security, Middle East* Welcome to the crash-course. The Iranian nuclear nonproliferation agreement has been the top foreign policy issue throughout Washington for the past two months. Approving or disapproving the deal was the first order of business for the U.S. Congress until the very last day of congressional action under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (September 17). Hours of debate have been conducted on the floors of the House and Senate, both chambers have held roll call votes, and Senate Democrats bonded together to filibuster a motion of d... more »

NYT Does More Weird Science: Heat Waves

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 1 day ago
Ronald Bailey writes at Reason The New York Times Says Heat Waves Are Getting Worse. The National Climate Assessment Disagrees. Excerpts in italics with my bolds. Americans east of the Rockies are sweltering as daytime temperatures soar toward 100 degrees or more. It is now customary for journalists covering big weather events to speculate on […]

Archbishop of Basra: Reopening of the Church of the Virgin Mary 'A Sign of Hope'

Basra, Iraq -- The place of worship "reopened only as a sanctuary" to allow the faithful "to pray to the Virgin Mary". A place "open to all" and to which "everyone will have access" without distinction or prohibition on an ethnic or confessional basis.

Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 200 – 2019

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on sunshine hours: South / North

Dog refuses to leave spot where owner died for over a year

White Wolf at White Wolf - 1 day ago
A devoted dog has refused to leave the scene of where his owner died in a car crash 18 months ago. Locals have tried to coax the dog away from the roadside while others have tried to adopt him, but he always returns to the same spot. Nafpaktia News reported that the dog’s owner was killed by a cement mixer on November 8, 2017 in a Greek town on a remote road. Since that time the dog has stayed at the accident scene. He only moves away to find shade in the hot sun. People in the town have built a little shelter for him and regularly give him food and water. They are likening the ... more »

Wipeout: Now Leftists are Coming for Your Toilet Paper

Selwyn Duke at rss - 1 day ago
[image: wipeout-now-leftists-are-coming-for-your-toilet-paper] Do leftists want to MADA, Make America Dirty Again? A clue is provided by some of the cities they run, dotted as they are with human feces. Now there’s a related clue, too: Some leftists would make toilet paper the next plastic straw (which itself was the next SUV) and start a war on it.

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