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Thomas Paine

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Monday, August 12, 2019

12 August - Blogs I'm Following - 3 of 4

10 pm MDT

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei Wins Guatemalan Presidency In A Landslide

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*BBC:** Conservative Alejandro Giammattei wins Guatemalan presidency* Conservative candidate and ex-prison chief Alejandro Giammattei has been elected president of Guatemala. Preliminary results show he took 59% of the vote, while his centre-left opponent Sandra Torres won 41%. Ex-first lady Ms Torres, who won the first round in June, was running for the third time, while Mr Giammattei was making his fourth attempt. Shortly before being elected, Mr Giammattei said he wanted to change a controversial US migration deal. He has been elected for a single four-year term, replacing out... more »

The young folks see the need to act now

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 13 hours ago
“I am growing up in a world whose life systems are unraveling” Jamie Margolin The young Mr. Margolin is an attendee at the second annual International Congress of Youth in San Juan, Puerto Rico. People like him and Greta Thunberg … Continue reading →

Conspiracy, Death And Jeffrey Epstein

Binoy KAMPMARK at OrientalReview.org - 13 hours ago
Within minutes of news about his death in a Manhattan jail cell Saturday morning, theories spread with pestilential vigour. Who did it? MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was not giving anyone time to wonder. “A guy who had information that would have destroyed rich and powerful men’s lives end up dead in his jail cell. How predictably … Russian.”

Labour calls for a review into driven grouse shooting

Ethan Shone at The Overtake [beta] - 13 hours ago
[image: Labour calls for a review into driven grouse shooting] Critics of driven grouse shooting say that it is causing unnecessary harm to wildlife and the environment Read full article →

The moorland monitors and the murky world of wildlife trapping

Robyn Vinter at The Overtake [beta] - 13 hours ago
[image: The moorland monitors and the murky world of wildlife trapping] We spent an eye-opening morning seeing what was caught in gamekeepers traps Read full article →

Dusting attack against Litecoin

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
Crypto-cultists know next to nothing about the technicalities of these payment systems On Saturday, Binance, a cryptocurrency exchange, has warned that a massive dusting attack against the Litecoin, the fifth largest cryptocurrency by capitalization, was probably underway. What is it? A dusting attack is a method to discover the identity of the holders of various wallets – or to have a chance to do so, assuming that the owner of the wallet does something "not completely careful". I don't even say "a method used by a malicious party" because I am not sure what is the axiomatic framew... more »

7 Unanswered Questions About Jeffrey Epstein’s Death That The Mainstream Media Needs To Be Talking About

Activist Post at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By Michael Snyder Did Jeffrey Epstein commit suicide or was he murdered? This is a question that is being debated by millions of Americans right... more »

A Syria Safe Zone Will Create More Problems Than It Solves

Gonul Tol, Joseph Votel at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Gonul Tol, Joseph Votel* *Security, Middle East* [image: Reuters] The United States and Turkey have agreed on a way forward that may marginalize Kurdish forces. After months of stalemate, Turkey and the United States have agreed to establish a joint operations center to coordinate efforts to carve out a safe zone stretching more than 250 miles along Syria’s northeastern border with Turkey. Much of the region is controlled by the Syrian Kurdish militia that Turkey considers to be a terrorist organization, but which played a key role in the U.S.-led fight against ISIS. In the last... more »

Frontal Assault on Our Standard of Living: Multi-billionaires Are Financing 'Climate Protectors'!

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 13 hours ago
[image: A scene from the XR (Extinction Rebellion) protest, "Blood of our Children," March 9, 2019, Downing Street, London, UK. During this protest, protesters threw hundreds of gallons of fake blood into the middle of Downing Street. [Photo: Miriam Hauertmann]] Helga Zepp LaRouche By Helga Zepp-LaRouche [Written for the German weekly *Neue Solidarität*, #33, dated Aug. 15, 2019.] The news is out: According to the latest IPCC report, the state of the Earth is catastrophic, but we still have a chance. All we have to do is listen to the 16-year-old climate figurehead Greta Thunberg o... more »

MENTAL STATES: Is Donald J. Trump a sociopath?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019Inquiring minds don't want to know: * Last Friday might, on the PBS NewsHour, David Brooks broke an embargo. Brooks was participating in the program's regular Friday night "Brooks and Shields" pundit segment, with Capehart posing as Shields. At one point, moderator Anna Nawaz asked about Donald J. Trump's visit to El Paso, which had occurred two days before. Nawaz fashioned a somewhat open-ended, somewhat fuzzy question. In his reply, Brooks sinned against a long-standing press corps rule: NAWAZ (8/9/19): *David, how do you look at this,* really? He's such ... more »

10 Quotes From Big Names Across The Political Spectrum That Are Suspicious About The Cause Of Epstein’s Death

Activist Post at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By Michael Snyder Was there a conspiracy to kill Jeffrey Epstein? Over the past 24 hours, the mainstream media has been full of stories about... more »

Hitler Needed Horses to Conquer Europe (And More World War II Facts You Don't Know)

James Holland at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*James Holland* *Security, * Here's why. *Germany, on the other hand, was very under-mechanized but had a vast army, which meant it was dependent on horse-power and foot-slogging infantrymen. As a result of so many German men at the front, their factories were manned by slaves and POWs, who were underfed and treated abominably, and whose production capacity was affected as a result.* The Second World War remains an enduringly fascinating subject, but despite the large number of films, documentaries, books and even comics on the subject, our understanding of this catastrophic co... more »

Boat Captain to F/A-18 Pilot: “Buzz Us Like Tom Cruise Did On Top Gun”

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Security, * Did the honor the request? Matt Wirt, a U.S. Coast Guard Charter Captain from Wilmington got a surprise fly-by guest on Aug. 29, 2018 after an unusual transmission came over the radio. As reported by Task & Purpose in fact U.S. warship was asking for a radio check, and then asked the 28-foot charter boat named “Killing Time” if it would like a flyby. The boat was positioned 8 miles north of the Frying Pan Tower lighthouse, and about 40 miles off the coast of Wilmington, Wirt said in an interview with The News & Observer. “I could hear a U.S. warship... more »

Russia's Su-35 Fighter: Can It Kill American F-15s, F-22s and Even F-35s?

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * We take a look. *The Su-35 has twelve to fourteen weapons hardpoints, giving it an excellent loadout compared to the eight hardpoints on the F-15C and F-22, or the four internally stowed missiles on the F-35.* The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E is the top Russian air-superiority fighter in service today, and represents the pinnacle of fourth-generation jet fighter design. It will remain so until Russia succeeds in bringing its fifth-generation PAK-FA stealth fighter into production. Distinguished by its unrivaled maneuverability, most of the Su-35’s ele... more »

See This Busted Harrier Jump Jet? It Might Just Fly Again. Here's How.

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Security, * We have the story. On Aug. 7, 2019 two former Royal Navy Sea Harrier fighter jets were registered in British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) record book, gaining their civil registrations. According to Scramble Magazine, both jump jets are believed to be found, and future based, at St. Athan Airport (former RAF St. Athan) although the aircraft are owned by FLY HARRIER LTD, Stratford-Upon-Avon (UK). The following former Royal Navy School of Flight Deck Operations (RN SFDO Culdrose) Harriers are involved: ZH803 (c/n NB08), a Sea Harrier F/A2, registrati... more »

FACT: There Are 400 Million Privately Owned Guns in the U.S.

Amy Swearer at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Amy Swearer* *Security, * The current national conversation on firearms is loud and convoluted, with advocates on all sides wishing to create simple and easy solutions for a complex problem. But gun-related violence does not lend itself to “talking point” answers. My colleague John Malcolm and I joined 243 other Americans featured on the cover of Time magazine last year for a project dedicated to exploring the various views of gun ownership in the United States. It was an insightful and well-designed project, one to which I was proud to contribute. At times, however, this past... more »

An Illegal Immigrant Shot His Son Dead over a Pack of Cigarettes

Rachel del Guidice at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Rachel del Guidice* *Security, * “It’s devastating,” Steve Ronnebeck, who lives in Phoenix, says in an interview about the loss of his son Grant, who was killed at age 21 by an illegal immigrant over a pack of cigarettes. An Arizona man whose son was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant says he doesn’t want another parent to experience the loss he still feels nearly five years later. “It’s devastating,” Steve Ronnebeck, who lives in Phoenix, says in an interview about the loss of his son Grant, who was killed at age 21 by an illegal immigrant over a pack of cigarettes. On J... more »

Global Times Shows Dramatic Video Of Chinese Army Preparing For Hong Kong Invasion

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 13 hours ago
Global Times Shows Dramatic Video Of Chinese Army Preparing For Hong Kong Invasion by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ Things in China are going from bad to worse, when as reported earlier, the Hong Kong airport authority advised all passengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible in an unprecedented disruption after thousands …

Everyone’s A Conspiracy Theorist, Whether They Know It Or Not

Activist Post at Activist Post - 14 hours ago
By Caitlin Johnstone Plutocratic propaganda outlet MSNBC has just run a spin segment on the breaking news that the medical examiner’s determination of the cause... more »

“Insect Apocalypse:” US Farmland 48 Times More Toxic To Insects Than 25 Years Ago

WTStaff at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Tyler Durden* - A new study shows how "insect apocalypse" is unfolding across America's farmland since neonicotinoid pesticides were introduced several decades ago.

U.S. Congress Now Favors The Creation Of 'Space Force'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying a U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center mission launched Thursday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Walter Scriptunas II/Courtesy United Launch Alliance *NPR:* *With Congressional Blessing, Space Force Is Closer To Launch* It started as a joke. Early last year, President Trump riffed on an idea he called "Space Force" before a crowd of Marines in San Diego. It drew laughs, but the moment was a breakthrough for a plan that had languished for nearly 20 years. "I said maybe we need a new force, we'll call it the Space Force," Trump said at ... more »

Does the truth still matter?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus at Princeton and NYU, says that while Robert Mueller has closed up shop, dangerous U.S. fear-mongering about Russia remains. Cohen's latest book is "War with Russia: From Putin and Ukraine To Trump and Russiagate." Cohen is interviewed by outstanding journalist Aaron Maté.

Swedish Minister Attacks Polish MEP Who Claimed People Fleeing Sweden

Ragnar at 'Nox & Friends - 14 hours ago
From Breitbart: A Polish Member of the European Parliament was criticized by the Swedish Justice Minister for telling the truth. Gee imagine that, sounds like here…. Excerpts: Polish MEP Beata Mazurek, a member of the conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS), criticised Sweden’s migration policy, saying: “Assassinations, increased crime, rape, fear, and sharia zones. These are the consequences of multiculturalism and open doors for immigrants. Swedes are fleeing their country to find peace and normality in Poland.” AND The row comes after former Swedish resident Denis Lisov fled the... more »

Kant on Pure Intuitions and Pure Categories of Understanding

Unknown at The Verma Report - 14 hours ago
Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant accepts David Hume’s view that all knowledge arises from experience, but he goes on to note that it is wrong to say that because our knowledge arises from experience, it is grounded in experience. In his theory of causal concepts, Hume posits that we know that X is the cause of Y when from our experience we see that X and Y are together. In Kant’s philosophy, the cognitive holdings that are not the result of experience, or are non-empirical, are referred to as “pure.” In his *A Critique of Pure Reason*, Kant conducts a critical examination of the forms o... more »

Bloomberg: It Was A Small Nuclear Reactor Explosion That Killed Five Russian Military Scientists Last Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
This undated file photo provided September 19, 2017, by Russian Defense Ministry official website shows a Russian Iskander-K missile launched during a military exercise at a training ground at the Luzhsky Range, near St. Petersburg, Russia (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service) *The Hill*: Russia: Small nuclear reactor involved in explosion that killed five scientists A small nuclear reactor was involved in the failed missile test last week that ended in an explosion killing five scientists, Bloomberg News reported Monday. The institute they worked for is developing small-scale ... more »

Intentions don't bring results

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 14 hours ago
"Conservatives have been saying for years that our inner cities are laboratories where the far-left experiments with policies based on feelings rather than facts. These big-government experiments have ended in failure, harming the very people the far left says it wants to help." Kay Coles James And I might add, the leftists have been so successful at getting government funding and donations for their "think tanks" and 501-c3 and c4s, they are working their same magic in our upper income suburbs, vacation spots, and churches. Except they don't use the ploy of wanting to help us--b... more »

Lakeside 2019, a great Sunday

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 14 hours ago
A lovely church service on the lakefront, with breakfast at the Patio Restaurant. Two friends, Mary Shesky and Carol Anderson, from our Church joined us in the afternoon, and Bob was able to participate in the kids sailing program. Two other friends, the Kullbergs, from church had their grandchildren with them, and they requested "Captain Bob" for their 20 minute ride. In the late afternoon we enjoyed a terrific music group at the Gazebo, a group called "Moment's Notice," who began performing while they were in the Air Force at Wright Patterson (Dayton). In the evening we enjoyed... more »

Vitamin B-12 Deficiency Accelerates Cognitive Aging

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*Again I ask, the UN pushing vegetarianism/vegan ... in whose interest?* *UN Report: Eat Less Meat to Reduce Carbon = Reduced Life & Life Quality* * Yah, the UN is at it again. Pushing a dumbing down, docility, control agenda through their usual cooked science.* *Vitamin B-12 Deficiency Accelerates Cognitive Aging * *Difficulties with memory and thinking skills* can be signs of vitamin B12 deficiency, research finds. Finding it *hard to recall memories or to concentrate* have both been linked to a deficiency in this vital vitamin. *The reason may be that vitamin B12 deficiency can ... more »

Thread: Donald's Vacation

Yastreblyansky at No More Mister Nice Blog - 14 hours ago
Screen capture from the original Dutch Big Brother, 2001. The "long planned fix up of WH" is the same excuse you used last year. https://t.co/gcXRmBzDE2 You're on vacation. Don't lie about it. — Yastreblyansky (@Yastreblyansky) August 11, 2019 "By accident" lol. Donald's vacation has him more glued to the TV than ever, watching things for which 8 hours a day aren't enough time. Interesting how much nostalgia he shows for his own days as a TV star. He felt truly powerful in those days, dominating the camera. Now he's an impotent buffoon. https://t.co/AsRoR7qRW3 — Yastreblyansky (@Y... more »

The Cosmic Joke Behind Human Genetics

WTStaff at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Bruce Lipton* - What does 'control' our biology, if not genes?

Walls are closing in on Deep State Maltese Professor Joseph Mifsud (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 14 hours ago
The Duran Quick Take: Episode 275. The post Walls are closing in on Deep State Maltese Professor Joseph Mifsud (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Countering Tough-on-Crime Populism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 14 hours ago
"I want criminals to feel terror" Priti Patel proudly boasted in the interview about her priorities as Home Secretary last week. And over the last couple of days, Boris Johnson announced £85m extra for the Crown Prosecution Service to aid its prosecution of violent offences, a review of sentencing for crimes of that ilk, 10,000 new prison places, and the expansion of stop-and-search powers to all police forces. This comes after pinching Labour's policy to recruit 20,000 extra coppers following years of decline. Okay, so why are we going here? Well, it's all about preparedness for a... more »

Campinas University Develops Cheap, Biodegradable Formula to Fight Dengue Mosquito

Iolanda Fonseca at The Rio Times - 14 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Researchers from the Faculty of Food Engineering (FEA) of the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) have developed a biodegradable particle, made from corn starch and thyme essential oil, able to kill the larvae of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Thyme oil is a lethal larvicide agent for the insect, a carrier […] The post Campinas University Develops Cheap, Biodegradable Formula to Fight Dengue Mosquito appeared first on The Rio Times.

“It’s very amazing”

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Q.I. Quite interesting. (I thought so, anyway) Here’s a young Saudi guy called Mohammed Saud, who visited Israel and was surprised to find he liked it a lot. He explains why this joyous experience was so unexpected: “I saw many newspaper on the media that show a different image - that there is no coexistence; that the people can’t live together, that there is a war. It’s not right at all. It’s very amazing.” Interestingly (I thought so) the video-maker chose to illustrate the media “that show a different image” with just two images: 1.) Yolande Knell BBC 2.) Ben Brown BBC

Creeping Annexation of the West Bank and the Death of the Two-State Solution

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 14 hours ago
Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights group has assembled an interesting database that shows how the situation in the West Bank is evolving from a state of occupation to a state of annexation, an evolution that gets very little coverage in the Western and, in particular, the American press. This is particularly pertinent given the Trump Administration's recent recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights which was seized from Syria during the 1967 war and annexed by the Israeli government in 1981 and controlled by the Israeli military. It is important to note that intern... more »

The Larger Forces At Work

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
If we seek to know what is going on in Trump World, Paul Chadwick writes, we have to step outside the news cycle and carefully choose our sources. One of those reliable sources is the blog *Lawfare*: I want to highlight one of the big slow wheels to which attention was presciently drawn a few days before the 2016 presidential election. Noting that Trump had a 33% chance of winning, the US-based blog Lawfare, which consistently manages to tap the rich thinking and experience of experts in varied specialist fields, pointed to the “large literature on the process of radicalisation an... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Australia: Drag queens teach preschool children about 'inclusion and diversity' at local libraries - as critics slam the 'storytelling' sessions as 'inappropriate'* *I find drag queens disgusting. They are just men mocking women and I like real women very much. Drag queens are offensive. Are conservatives allowed to be offended? It seems not* Drag queens are reading story books to pre-school children in public libraries to promote 'diversity and inclusion' among the new generation. The controversial storytelling events - which have previously been met with strong opposition in... more »

What if the House Held Impeachment Proceedings and Nobody Noticed?

dpriess at Lawfare - 15 hours ago
A protestor waves a sign reading "#impeach" at a 2017 rally in Washington, D.C. opposing President Trump. (Flickr/Elvert Barnes, CC BY-SA 2.0) Is the country in the midst of an impeachment process or not? The answer should be simple. But congressional Democrats have muddled through subpoenas and hearings and press conferences for more than three months since Robert Mueller delivered his report, without adding much clarity. On Aug. 8, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler tried to change that. Responding to CNN’s Erin Burnett, he declared forcefully that his committee’s c... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*No Evidence Heatwaves More Common From ‘Climate Change’* A story came to my attention recently that merited comment. It appeared in London’s The Telegraph and was headlined, “Give heatwaves names so people take them more seriously, say experts, as Britain braces for hottest day.” The story’s leaping-off point was a press release from the London School of Economics (LSE), which noted: “A failure by the media to convey the severity of the health risks from heatwaves, which are becoming more frequent due to climate change, could undermine efforts to save lives this week as temperat... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 15 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin New Michael Moore-Backed Doc Tackles Alternative Energy Inside Kashmir: Cut Off From the World Protesters close down New York West Side Highway to demand closing of USA Concentration Camps for Asylum-Seeking Hispanic Immigrants. DENVER’S CITY COUNCIL, LED BY DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, STUNS FOR-PROFIT PRISON OPERATORS BY NUKING CONTRACTSJeffrey Epstein died by apparent suicide in jail. Here's how the prison system makes that possible. AG Barr "Appalled" By Epstein's "Suicide", Orders Inspector General Probe Into Mysterious Death Tiny-Home Craze Spreads To Amazon, You C... more »

Making money off of politics isn't new – it was business as usual in the Gilded Age

Jeff Broxmeyer, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Toledo at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 15 hours ago
President Trump has been assailed for making money from his Washington hotel that's frequented by those who want to curry favor with him. Turns out, getting rich off politics is an old tradition.

Why the 2020 census matters for rural Americans

John J. Green, Professor of Sociology, University of Mississippi at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 15 hours ago
People living in rural and small town America have much at stake in the 2020 census. But census participation tends to be lower in rural areas.

Conservative “Achievements” On The Environment

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood A reader has sent me this latest Conservative Party brochure, bragging off their “achievements” on reducing emissions: Perhaps a more honest assessment might have mentioned the following points: This year Conservative climate policies will cost the country £12.2bn in subsidies for all of this green energy. The £52bn […]

Ansarallah forces score massive advance in northern Yemen: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces scored a massive advance in northern Yemen this past week, seizing a large number of sites from the Saudi-backed Yemeni troops. The operation, which began early last week, was conducted in the Jawf Governorate and targeted the contested Astur axis. According to the official media wing of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian choppers strike jihadist forces as Syrian troops advance in northeast Latakia

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has played a crucial role in the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) ongoing offensive in northeastern Latakia, as both their attack choppers and fighter jets hammer the jihadist defenses. On Monday morning, the Russian Air Force resumed their attacks on the jihadist defenses at Kabani, paving the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Pakistan mobilizes forces along border with India

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
The Pakistani military has begun moving military equipment to the country’s Skardu Air Base near the Union Territory of Ladakh on the Indian-Pakistani border, the news agency ANI reported citing Indian government sources. According to the sources, the military gear transported to the base could support equipment for aircraft operations. The sources believe that the next […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iraq denies Pentagon report about 14,000 ISIS fighters along Syrian border

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Iraq has denied a Pentagon report that alleged approximately 14,000 Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighters were present along the Iraqi-Syrian border. “The figure announced by the Pentagon is extremely exaggerated,” the spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, said in a press statement, as quoted by Iraqi News. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

New Iranian air defense system is superior to the S-300: report

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – In the next two weeks, the Iranian military will introduce their upgraded version of their Bavar-373 air defense system. According to the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro, this upgraded air defense system will not only replace the Russian-supplied S-300, but also surpass the latter. “According to the data presented, the Iranian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source


Jamie Spry at Climatism - 15 hours ago
APOLOGIES for the lack of content over the last few months. Been undergoing a major transition from life in the jungle (Indonesia), to life back in Melbourne, Australia. ANYWAY, on a wintery night here back in Melbourne, it’s perhaps time to give the mic back over to the greatest of all levellers, Mother Nature. WATCH… […]

Fijian court denies bail for husband charged with murder of Australian wife

Just In - 15 hours ago
A 39-year-old man charged with the murder of his Australian wife Jennifer Anne Downes is denied bail after facing court for the first time in Fiji today.

With Status Quo Joe There's Always Another Screw Up Around The Bend

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
*Status Quo Joe by Nancy Ohanian* Matt Stieb's *New York* Magazine story about Biden gaffe-ing his way across Iowa, was filed and published yesterday before the biggest Biden embarrassment of the day. The Status Quo Joe handlers have let him off his leash for the weekend in Iowa. They probably wish they hadn't. "Despite his strong polling lead in Iowa and on the national level," wrote Stieb, "some local party figures expressed concern this weekend about Biden’s onstage performance and the notion of his electability. (As the candidate characterized himself in December: 'I am a gaffe ... more »

Ukraine Protests Russian President Putin's Visit To Crimea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*BBC: **Vladimir Putin riles Ukraine with Crimea bikers' festival trip* Ukraine has protested to Russia after a leather-clad President Vladimir Putin visited the annexed Crimean peninsula to attend a bikers' festival. Its foreign ministry described Saturday's visit as a "blatant violation of Ukraine's sovereignty". Ukraine said attempts by Moscow and its media to present such visits as routine were "pathetic". Crimea was annexed from the Ukraine in 2014, triggering a wave of ultra-patriotism in Russia. *Read more *.... *More News On Russian President Putin's Visit To Crimea* Pu... more »

Weirdly cute, but is it practical?

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 16 hours ago
A photograph over at Daily Timewaster led me to investigate this strange-looking knife. It's the Daktyl model from CRKT. I understand it's not the first side-opening knife CRKT has produced. I couldn't help but wonder why. I mean, apart from the cuteness factor, why not use a traditional knife body, one that protects the blade against other debris in one's pocket? I can see a receipt, or something like that, slipping between the outer wire frame and the edge of the blade, and getting cut when you pull one or the other out of your pocket. However, the reviews on Amazon are s... more »

Tweets for Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Near-complete results of Guatemala's presidential election (run-off vote) https://t.co/dbJBp7sTY0 pic.twitter.com/3ei9kJiikZ — AFP news agency (@AFP) August 12, 2019 Argentine leader Mauricio Macri routed in primary vote https://t.co/rfJ4zus44B — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 12, 2019 Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong shut down one of the world's busiest airports. https://t.co/ZEZhqNFyE1 — The Associated Press (@AP) August 12, 2019 ⚠️ In a rare leak #China has been found recently releasing satellite images of US assets positioned in the middle east, further using in... more »

What medical cannabis firms might learn from Harvest’s compliance conundrums

Jeff Smith at Marijuana Business Daily - 16 hours ago
Harvest Health & Recreation is in high-stakes clashes with medical marijuana regulators in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and the disputes could potentially offer other MMJ firms cautionary lessons around the necessity to maintain extremely pristine regulatory compliance in state-legal markets. At stake for Harvest are more than a dozen dispensary, processing and cultivation licenses in the […] What medical cannabis firms might learn from Harvest’s compliance conundrums is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

How Vietnam Nearly Shot Down America's SR-71 Spy Plane (Fastest on Earth)

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Security, * Almost... On May 15, 1972, Majs Tom Pugh and Ronnie Rice were airborne in SR-71 61-7978 (known as the “Rapid Rabbit” because of the Playboy logo she sported on both rudders throughout most of her career) on Tom’s 236th Blackbird sortie. They were flying a routine Giant Scale mission (as operational sorties flown out of Det 1 were called), scheduled to be a double looper up through the Gulf of Tonkin for a front door entry. Just short of Haiphong, Tom’s concern over a strange cyclical hum in the interphone system was relieved when the generator bus tie ... more »

The Army Will Soon Have a New Way to Win the Wars of the Future

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * Simple but effective. (Washington, D.C.) When dismounted U.S. Army infantry are attacking fortified enemy positions, taking hostile fire and moving quickly to find the best points for continued assault -- “battery life” can determine mission success or failure and even -- life or death. Units of forward positioned Army soldiers may not have quick access to battery recharging and may therefore depend entirely upon the functionality of their batteries - needed to power night vision, radios, small soldier-worn sensors, portable laptops for drone control ... more »

Russia Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback Is About to Get Even Deadlier

Mark Episkopos at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Mark Episkopos* *Security, * Here's how. The Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback, Russia’s staple strike aircraft, is slated to undergo its first major modernization update since the fighter’s introduction in 2014. A Russian defense industry source has told Russian news outlet *Interfaks *that “the [Russian] Defense Ministry and Sukhoi have signed a contract for development work on a modernized version of the Su-34. The company has already begun drawing blueprints for designing a modernized version of the plane.” The timeframe and scope of the modernization contract remains unclear, as do... more »

RIP F-22 and F-35? Is China on Verge of Developing 'Super' Stealth Fighters?

David Axe at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * Chinese scientists claim they have developed a new kind of material for making aircraft less detectable by radar. But the development probably is not the breakthrough that some observers claim it is. *Metamaterials have been a popular research subject for more than a decade, Financial Times reported in 2018. “Metamaterials first captured the public imagination in 2006, when John Pendry of Imperial College published two papers showing how to create a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak using the specially engineered materials.”* Chinese scientists claim... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
A marine from China receives medical assistance during the International Army Games 2019 at the Khmelevka firing ground on the Baltic Sea coast in Kaliningrad region, Russia August 8, 2019. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar *WNU Editor: *The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... *Nations flex military might at International Army Games* (Reuters).

"The Internal War in the Deep State Claims Its High Profile Casualty: Jeffrey Epstein"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"The Internal War in the Deep State Claims * *Its High Profile Casualty: Jeffrey Epstein"* by Charles Hugh Smith "I've been writing about the fracturing Deep State for the past five years: "Is the Deep State Fracturing into Disunity?" (March 14, 2014) "Is the Deep State at War - With Itself?" (December 14, 2016) "Epstein and the Explosive Crisis of the Deep State" (July 15, 2019) The conflict has now reached the hot-war stage where bodies are turning up, explained away by the usual laughable covers: "suicide," "accident" and "heart attack." That Jeffrey Epstein's death in a secure ce... more »

International Manifesto Calls for Lula’s Release, Citing Due Process Violations

Xiu Ying at The Rio Times - 16 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The harsh manifesto signed by 17 of the most respected jurists in the world could not be any more clear-- "The institutional coup in Brazil, which began with the unjustified impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff and culminated in the imprisonment without evidence of former President Lula, with the sole […] The post International Manifesto Calls for Lula’s Release, Citing Due Process Violations appeared first on The Rio Times.

Government Investments in São Paulo State Have Dropped Under Governor João Doria

Arkady Petrov at The Rio Times - 16 hours ago
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - Investments by the São Paulo government decreased 26 percent in the first six months of João Doria's administration and hit their lowest since 2012. Despite the campaign's pledge to intensify the privatization of the transportation sector to invest further in education, health, and safety, 84 percent of the R$2.72 billion (US$ […] The post Government Investments in São Paulo State Have Dropped Under Governor João Doria appeared first on The Rio Times.

Aluminum paper foiled by slew of errors

Adam Marcus at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
The authors of a 2019 paper on the properties of an aluminum alloy have retracted the work because, well, it was pretty much wrong. The article, “Effect of ultrasonic temperature and output power on microstructure and mechanical properties of as-cast 6063 aluminum alloy,” appeared in the March issue of the Journal of Alloys and Compounds, … Continue reading Aluminum paper foiled by slew of errors

Explosion in Special Education Changes Landscape of Schools

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 16 hours ago
By Anne Dachel Ever since Simpsonwood (the secret meeting of CDC, FDA, British Health Ministry, federal scientists and pharma people in June 2000 where they discussed the link between mercury-containing vaccines and the explosion in neurological problems in kids) the... more »

Receipt for Sex Slave Books Found in Epstein’s Trash Authenticated by Now Dead Palm Beach Police Detective

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 16 hours ago
The former detective died last year at age 50 years old. This was during the year that the Miami Herald … Continue reading →

Decorated Former Palm Beach Detective Who Led Epstein Investigation Dead At 50

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 16 hours ago
Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : From the Palm Beach Daily News: http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com: “Decorated former Palm Beach detective who led Epstein investigation…

Fijian court denies bail for husband charged with murder of Australian wife

Just In - 16 hours ago
A 39-year-old man charged with the murder of his Australian wife Jennifer Anne Downes is denied bail after facing court for the first time in Fiji today.

'Monumental backflip': New Don Dale site to be built opposite adult prison

Jacqueline Breen And Steve Vivian at Just In - 16 hours ago
Defying the youth detention Royal Commission, the NT Government announces it will build its new youth justice facility next to an adult prison.

'Leave as soon as possible': Hong Kong airport cancels flights as protests continue

Just In - 16 hours ago
Hong Kong airport suspends check-in for all remaining flights on Monday due to a pro-democracy protest in the terminal.

'I went from one benzo to two benzos to three': Australia's hidden drug problem

Madeleine Morris at Just In - 16 hours ago
Fashion designer Aurelio Costarella started taking benzos as prescribed by his GP — the occasional one to help him sleep during stressful periods. But when his anxiety spiralled into daily panic attacks five years ago, his psychiatrist prescribed him stronger doses and his life fell apart.

Fashion label Versace apologises to China after identifying Hong Kong and Macau as countries

Just In - 16 hours ago
Versace stops selling a T-shirt featuring a list of "city-country" pairs, including "Hong Kong-Hong Kong" and "Macau-Macau" after being criticised in China for wrongly identifying the former colonies as countries.

Sewage spills into Hobart's river after power failure

Emily Baker at Just In - 16 hours ago
Six million litres of untreated sewage and stormwater spills into Hobart's main waterway but authorities seek to reassure the public that it is a "very large and deep" part of the river.

Mining magnate Sally Zou claims her own company owes her $35 million

Meagan Dillon at Just In - 16 hours ago
Chinese businesswoman Sally Zou has placed her insolvent company, AusGold Mining, into voluntary administration — and is claiming it owes her $35 million.

Links 8/12/19

Jerri-Lynn Scofield at naked capitalism - 17 hours ago

Another real climate crisis, August 9, 1934

drinkingwateradvisor at The Drinking Water Advisor - 17 hours ago
“On this date 85 years ago, temperatures in the Chicago area were well over 100 degrees, there was a worldwide drought and farmers were unable to survive the heat, drought and insect plagues.” click here

Wealthy greens making dirty money

Peter Murphy at CFACT - 17 hours ago
environmental groups would support such people?Tom Steyer and Mavis Taintor are national and local examples of the entitled culture that lives a contradiction as long as they virtue signal by proposing to fight climate change. The post Wealthy greens making dirty money appeared first on CFACT.

Misterios sobre el asfalto: OVNIS y automóviles

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 17 hours ago
*Misterios sobre el asfalto: OVNIS y automóviles* *por Scott Corrales* Una noche del mes de abril de 2018, Jeff Wallace, vecino del estado de Nueva Jersey (EE.UU.) había salido en su vehículo a recoger a su hija de su trabajo en una tienda de ultramarinos. Wallace, de cuarenta y tres años, no pensaba ni de lejos en platillos voladores y marcianos en aquel momento. Pero el fenómeno ovni gusta presentarse ante los incrédulos y los distraídos: el padre de familia miró hacia arriba, presenciando en alquel momento una formación de tres luces en forma de triángulo, desplazándose lentame... more »

Bretton Woods Institutions: Enforcers, Not Saviours?

Jerri-Lynn Scofield at naked capitalism - 18 hours ago
The two Bretton Woods institutions the have huge credibility deficits due to the policy conditionalities and advice they have dispensed to developing countries in recent decades.

Brexit Breakup

Yves Smith at naked capitalism - 18 hours ago
More consternation about Johnson's possible Brexit moves.

Studio Cancels (for now) Release Of Elite Liberals Hunting Trump Supporters Movie

ZeroHedge at Need To Know - 18 hours ago
A critic from OANN noted, "The people who want you to give up the right to bear arms are the same people making movies about killing Trump supporters for sport." Universal's decision followed President Trump's tweets accusing Hollywood of trying to inflame the public into violence and then blaming others.

72 Democrat and Republican Congressmen Party in Israel on All-Expense Trip Paid by Israeli Lobbying Organization, AIPAC

JNS at Need To Know - 18 hours ago
Rep. McCarthy received almost unanimously negative comments when he tweeted about showing unity and support for Israel. The gist of the angry Tweets was that the politicians should have stayed home and shown their unity and support for America.

China Accuses US of Inciting Protests in Hong Kong and Doxxes a US State Department Official

ZeroHedge at Need To Know - 18 hours ago
China's state media accused Julie Eadeh of being a subversion expert and a covert CIA agent who was sowing dissent and creating unrest. The Chinese government then leaked the American diplomat's private information, pictures, and even names of her children.

Pelosi and Fellow Democrats Are Campaigning in Central America — Promising Economic Opportunity and Security for the People

Gateway Pundit at Need To Know - 18 hours ago
Nancy Pelosi and a delegation of Democrat lawmakers are currently in Central America visiting what they think will be future voters in America. Pelosi promised the people of Guatemala economic opportunity and security.

Welcome Home Colonel Roy Knight

Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 18 hours ago
… he returns home after 52 years as MIA in Laos . . Son of American Vietnam vet remembers father decades after death Global News Aug 8, 2019 The son of an American Vietnam veteran whose remains were returned home decades after his death spoke earlier this week about his father and his return home. . . Funeral held for Vietnam War fighter pilot after son brought his remains home to Texas Fox 4 News Dallas/Ft Worth August 10, 2019 COOL, Texas – Family and friends buried a North Texas soldier on Saturday, more than half a century after his … Continue reading →

Crypto Terminals Offer Venezuelans a Bridge to Economic Prosperity

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
Recall that Bitcoin serves as gold and does the job conveniently. Better yet, the consumer can dip in and out as needed and can obviously dodge all government currency maneuvers. Thus we are now seeing the first real experiment in citizen currency removed from the government. I think that it is going to work out well enough that it will become an element of the general economy. However, governments do make massive transfer payments and most of that will never conveniently transfer to alternates as price security is usually necessary. *Crypto Terminals Offer Venezuelans a Br... more »

The World Population Is Topping Off

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
The projected growth for Africa is absurd and assumes present birth rates are even slightly sustainable when they are not. It will actually roll over during the next two decades as bith rate drop fall to the levels brought on be modernity. Full global modernity will be achieved by 2050. Countering all this will be a steady decline in death rates and the application of age reversing technology which will allow a sustainable birth rate to be established globally. This will be well under way by 2050 as well. Way more important though is that the protocols used for ending povert... more »

Aussie Landlords Hit With Biggest Drop In Rent In 15 Years

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
Sometimes we need to be reminded that markets can go down and that this can be deep and sharp after a long run up of pricing. Plenty of real estate markets are long in the tooth and will need ultimately be repriced and restructured. The problem for money is that it continues to be about the only place that can deliver a thirty year slow price climb using borrowed money. Many folks have gotten rich. Alternative investments do not really exist. This can be very unfortunate and politicians are beyond fixing it all.. *Aussie Landlords Hit With Biggest Drop In Rent In 15 Years * ... more »

This is How You Do “Common Core” Subtraction

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
*[image: oyLmkZA]* This is well worthwhile but few recall that the teaching of arithmetic was rote and used time honored recipes actually disconnected with the underlying mathematics or the natural methods used by the mind to solve the problem at hand. If you are good at numbers, guess what? you develop your own protocols that do not waste your time. You even get good at it. You only use the school book system when you are tackling large numbers and the risk of losing your place is real. What this suggest is that common core problems are derived from the break between the p... more »

'This Is Amazing': An F-35 Pilot Told Us This About Flying a Stealth Fighter

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Security, * Sorry, F-15 fans. *While the F-35As eliminate the advanced ground threats, F-22s are dominating air threats and the pair are clearing the way for fourth-generation assets to operate.* After eight days “at war” the F-35A Lightning II is proving to be an invaluable asset during Red Flag 17-01, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) premier air combat exercise held at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada. *(This first appeared in 2017.)* The F-35A is a fifth-generation, multi-role stealth fighter designed to gather, fuse, and distribute more information than any othe... more »

Israeli F-35s over Iran? Don't Be Shocked, But It's Possible. Here's Why.

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Security, * According to the newspaper’s investigation, “the IAF F-35 “Adir” planes penetrated Iran’s airspace, circled high above Tehran, Karajrak, Isfahan, Shiraz and Bandar Abbas – and photographed Iran’s air defense system.” *Israel is the first country outside the U.S. to acquire the F-35 fifth-generation fighter, of which it could take up to 75.* Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) commander Brigadier General Farzad Ismaili, who had been in office since 2010, has been fired by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after he kept secret that Israe... more »

Macri Bashed in Primary While Opposition Speaks of “A New Argentina”

Iolanda Fonseca at The Rio Times - 18 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Argentina's current President Mauricio Macri acknowledged the defeat in the open primary elections for the presidential race held on Sunday, August 11th. With 95.75 percent of polling stations tallied early Monday, opponent Alberto Fernández garnered 47.57 percent of the votes, while Macri received 32.17 percent. Roberto Lavagna finished third with […] The post Macri Bashed in Primary While Opposition Speaks of “A New Argentina” appeared first on The Rio Times.

Street Theft in Rio de Janeiro Increases by up to 79 Percent over Last Year

C.H. Gardiner at The Rio Times - 18 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to data from Rio’s Institute of Public Security (ISP), 15 of the state’s 39 districts suffered an increase in street thefts since the start of the years. The most heavily affected areas are the Copacabana and Leme regions, with a 79 percent increase compared with the same period last […] The post Street Theft in Rio de Janeiro Increases by up to 79 Percent over Last Year appeared first on The Rio Times.

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