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Hillary Clinton wants to be CEO of FacebookHillary Clinton wants to be CEO of Facebook
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg better watch out, as Hillary Clinton said she would like to be the company's CEO because of its power as a media outlet. Clinton was speaking at Harvard University, where she was awarded the Radcliffe Medal on Friday. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey asked Clinton if she could be CEO of any company, what would she choose.
Philip Giraldi: Among the PersiansPhilip Giraldi: Among the Persians
Iranians want to be friends with Americans but Israel hates the idea I have just spent a week in Mashad and Tehran Iran, speaking at an international conference on the future of Jerusalem as well as other related issues while also meeting with a broad range of Iranians, including journalists, students and government officials. The conference was organized by a non-government organization called New Horizon. It was the sixth such conference, intended to bring together speakers from a number of countries to discuss issues involving Middle Eastern security and identity issues. To be sure, Iran, threatened as it is from all sides, has certain aspects of a security state. And as what is essentially a partial democracy run along religious lines, it has very clear limits on what constitutes acceptable behavior. But I think the representatives of the thirty or so countries who attended the congress would agree that there was no attempt made to limit free speech or guide discussions. The only attempt to censor the conference and its content has been, I would note, the blocking of sponsor New Horizon's website on Google and presumably elsewhere in the Zionist/U.S. dominated social media and information-searching world. Indeed, the only coordinated activity that might have been noted at the conference itself was the loud hissing noise that accompanied any mention of the name John Bolton.
Justice? Child rapist avoids prison, pot dealer gets five yearsJustice? Child rapist avoids prison, pot dealer gets five years
A wealthy California businessman found out that he will escape jail this week for the rape of a five-year-old girl. What's more, the 79-year-old convicted rapist will not have to register as a sex offender. Consequently, a father in Pennsylvania was sentenced to years behind bars for selling a plant that helps people. Lyle Burgess, the rapist from California received a sweet deal from prosecutors this week after pleading no contest to felony statutory rape of a girl who is now 7-years-old. According to the family's attorney, the victim was only five when she was raped by Burgess after he invited the little girl and her family out to his Calaveras County cabin back in 2016. According to investigators, the girl's father had known Burgess for decades. Sadly, going after family and friends is a common tactic of many child molesters. "They trusted this man, he was a family friend, and he took advantage of them," Meleyco said.
Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Canada heavy snow and blizzard conditions, southern hemisphere cools, Grand Solar MinimumAdapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Canada heavy snow and blizzard conditions, southern hemisphere cools, Grand Solar Minimum
Blizzard conditions sweep Newfoundland , Canada with a foot plus of snow in the last week of may. Airports are delaying flights, roads are closed, and its is considered rare and strange even by Canadians living in the Maritimes. Southern continents are also all showing below normal temperatures for the month of May. The entire Southern hemisphere is cooling one season ahead of the N. Hemisphere. Grand solar minimum timeline. Sources
The tables have turned: Trump attorney Jay Sekulow: 'We've found thousands of docs showing pay-to-play between Hillary's State Department and Clinton Foundation'The tables have turned: Trump attorney Jay Sekulow: 'We've found thousands of docs showing pay-to-play between Hillary's State Department and Clinton Foundation'
An attorney for Trump, Jay Sekulow announced Wednesday the American Center for Law and Justice uncovered thousands of documents showing Clinton Foundation pay-to-play with Hillary's State Department through a FOIA lawsuit. We have uncovered a 'favor factory' the ACLJ reported on Wednesday. There was no firewall between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation as Hillary previously claimed to the public. Via the ACLJ: As part of our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Deep State Department, we have been informed that the State Department has located - and will be forced to turn over to the ACLJ - literally thousands of documents to and about the Clinton Foundation, its subsidiaries, and its senior operatives during the duration of Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State. The sheer volume alone - some 30,000 emails - debunks the specious assertion that there was any kind of firewall whatsoever between Clinton's State Department and the Clinton Foundation. These documents, only now being uncovered through our FOIA request and subsequent litigation, show extensive communications exchanged between Clinton or her senior staff at State Department and Doug Band - a senior aid at the Clinton Foundation and creator of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). In recent court filings, the State Department has revealed that more than 8,700 documents exist in Cheryl Mills' and/or Huma Abedin's files which contain the single search term, "Doug Band." It is possible, and indeed likely, that each document consists of several pages placing the number closer to 18,000 pages or more. The ACLJ has also learned through our litigation that another 22,000 documents exist in Cheryl Mills' and Huma Abedin's files (not including attachments) mentioning or referring to the Clinton Foundation or a related term referencing the foundation.
Putin on the future of his presidency: 'Two terms in a row. That's it'Putin on the future of his presidency: 'Two terms in a row. That's it'
When Vladimir Putin was asked if he's planning to run for office again in 2024, he said he always follows the country's Constitution that says only two terms in a row are possible. "I always strictly followed and will follow the Constitution of Russia. The Constitution clearly states - no more than two terms in a row," Putin said during a meeting with media heads as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday. "Now is my second term. As you remember, I've been president twice previously and then abandoned the position of president because the constitution didn't allow getting elected for the third time. That's it. And I intend to follow this rule in the future," the 65-year-old explained. Putin has been re-elected as president of Russia this March, winning his second consecutive and fourth overall term as the head of state. He previously occupied the position between 2000 and 2008, but stepped down in accordance with Constitution to run for office again in 2012.
Happy GDPR day! US news sites blocked, Facebook sued as EU privacy rules come into forceHappy GDPR day! US news sites blocked, Facebook sued as EU privacy rules come into force
Blocked from viewing US news outlets, overwhelmed by emails, Europeans shared memes and cheered. Facebook and Google, though, may have little to cheer about, now that they're sued for "forced consent" over new privacy rules. The new set of strict regulations, also known as the General Data Protection Regulation (or briefly GDPR), was passed in April 2016 and came into effect on Friday to safeguard and protect EU residents from having their information collected and possibly misused. Coming into force at the time as high-profile privacy scandals rocked companies such as Google and Facebook, GDPR states that all companies operating in the EU must get a consent to collect personal data, or else they will face massive fines. If companies fail to comply with the rules, they can expect to be fined up to €20 million or four percent of their annual turnover - whichever is greater.
3 women hospitalized after hit-and-run in downtown Portland, Oregon3 women hospitalized after hit-and-run in downtown Portland, Oregon
Three women were hospitalized Friday morning following an apparent hit-and-run at Southwest Sixth Avenue and Montgomery Street in downtown Portland, according to witnesses at the scene. One woman is in critical condition at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, a spokesperson said. Another is in serious condition and the third is in fair condition. Police say there may be a fourth victim who left the scene. The incident occurred at the Portland State University Urban Center, a hub that houses university departments, eateries and is the location of a MAX station and several bus stops. Police said the women were walking along the east sidewalk of Sixth Avenue when they were struck.
Paris police arrest two garbagemen planning stinky Macron protestParis police arrest two garbagemen planning stinky Macron protest
Two refuse collectors were arrested Friday morning in central Paris after stealing a garbage truck with plans to empty the load at the headquarters of President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move (LREM) party. Officers intercepted the truck, taken from a depot in the northern 18th Arrondissement of the city, not far from the party offices in central Paris, a police source told AFP. At least a dozen officers with guns drawn surrounded the truck, warning bystanders back as they secured the area before apprehending the men and calling in an explosives-removal team.
Finian Cunningham: Enter the dragon: China's crucial role in winning peace in SyriaFinian Cunningham: Enter the dragon: China's crucial role in winning peace in Syria
China is stepping up its involvement in Syria, not with its military, but with cash - and lots of it. For Beijing, war-torn Syria is a golden opportunity for reconstruction business. For Damascus, prosperity means peace. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem have shown through their cordial discussions that Beijing and Damascus are on the same page when it comes to envisaging the rebuilding of Syria through partnership. Chinese President Xi Jinping also recently backed the Russian-brokered peace talks held in Sochi and Astana. When Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an urgent shift to diplomatic efforts to stabilize Syria and the Middle East region, Beijing appears to have answered that call with ambitious reconstruction plans. Firms from China are reportedly queuing up to win contracts for rebuilding entire towns and villages, roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and communication networks devastated by nearly seven years of war.
Why women aren't more like men: Science's reality check on the social construct theory of genderWhy women aren't more like men: Science's reality check on the social construct theory of gender
A fascinating paper about sex differences in the human brain was published last week in the scientific journal Cerebral Cortex. It's the largest single-sample study of structural and functional sex differences in the human brain ever undertaken, involving over 5,000 participants (2,466 male and 2,750 female). The study has been attracting attention for more than a year (see this preview in Science, for instance), but only now has it been published in a peer-reviewed journal. For those who believe that gender is a social construct, and there are no differences between men and women's brains, this paper is something of a reality check. The team of researchers from Edinburgh University, led by Stuart Ritchie, author of Intelligence: All That Matters, found that men's brains are generally larger in volume and surface area, while women's brains, on average, have thicker cortices. 'The differences were substantial: in some cases, such as total brain volume, more than a standard deviation,' they write. This is not a new finding - it has been known for some time that the total volume of men's brains is, in general, larger than that of women's, even when adjusted for men's larger average body size - but all the studies before now have involved much smaller sample sizes. Does this paper have any implications when it comes to men and women's intellectual abilities? The answer is yes, but they're not clear cut. On the one hand, feminists won't like this confirmation that men, on average, have bigger brains than women because there's a well-established connection between total brain volume and IQ. That was the conclusion of the authors of a 2015 meta-analysis that looked at 88 studies involving 148 mixed sex samples comparing magnetic resonance images of people's brains with their cognitive test scores. They found that the association between brain volume and cognitive ability was positive in children and adults, applied across a range of different IQ domains (full-scale, performance and verbal IQ) and was true of both men and women. According to another study led by Richard Haier, author of The Neuroscience of Intelligence, total brain volume accounts for about 16 per cent of the variance in IQ.
5 Proven Ways To Boost Testosterone Naturally5 Proven Ways To Boost Testosterone Naturally
As men reach their mid-forties their testosterone levels begin to decline, with approximately 1% to 2% decrease in measurable blood levels annually, and then dropping off precipitously after age 60 into full blown "andro-pause." This ever-increasing decline can have a wide range of adverse effects, both physically and psychologically, ranging from muscle loss to insulin resistance, low libido to depression. Today, an increasing number of aging men are opting for testosterone replacement therapy, some with dramatic results. But this approach, while often positive in the short term, can have some serious drawbacks in the long term, especially if the underlying and modifiable factors causing the deficiency are not addressed at their root. First, testosterone replacement therapy often involves administering levels far higher than a normal physiologic dose, which increases the risks of serious side effects, including certain cancers. Second, when testosterone is replaced, a negative endocrine feedback loop is activated sending a signal to the gonads to reduce its production further, ultimately feeding the original deficiency and even leading to testicular atrophy. Third, when testosterone levels are suddenly increased through exogenous sources, there is often a concomitant increase in testosterone metabolites such as dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estradiol, both which can lead to some particularly undesirable downstream effects, which include male pattern hair loss and excessive prostate growth.
Did Putin disappoint his most ardent supporters by re-appointing Medvedev?Did Putin disappoint his most ardent supporters by re-appointing Medvedev?
Quick summary: Putin re-appointed Medvedev, appointed Alexei Kudrin as Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of Russia and Vitalii Mutko as Deputy Prime Minister in charge of construction, he then hosted Bibi Netanyahu in the Kremlin while the latter bombed Syria right before, during and after Netanyahu's visit. Finally, there is the disgraceful zig-zag about the S-300 for Syria: first, yes we will do it, then, no we won't. All these events can, and should, be carefully analyzed and explained, but I don't think that it makes sense to deny that most people feel a sense of disappointment over it all (except, of course, the bright geniuses who will claim that they knew all along that Putin was "fake", but this is precisely the "Hollywood-thinking" types on whom any real analysis would be lost in the first place). I would argue that even those who think that this is no big deal and that nothing terrible happened will not, if they are honest, deny that Putin must have known, without any doubt, that his decisions would be unpopular with the Russian public and that, very uncharacteristically for him, he deliberately chose to ignore his only public opinion and favor other considerations. That is something very new and, I think, something important.
Is consciousness needed for emotions?Is consciousness needed for emotions?
A young woman, let's call her Jane, survives a car accident. Her injuries are so severe that she is diagnosed as being "in a vegetative state," or what medics call unresponsive wakefulness syndrome. Yet scans show that her brain responds to the sound of someone else's voice. So is Jane conscious or unconscious? The answer is that consciousness and the unconscious might be much more similar than we think. Recent developments in cognitive science provides empirical evidence that the unconscious brain is able to perform almost all the activities that we (wrongly) think are exclusive to conscious beings. This means that unconscious beings are not only cognitively active, but might also experience emotions-both positive and negative. The very idea that consciousness is not a requirement for feeling emotions opens up a minefield of questions for how best to treat unconscious people, like Jane, who despite their unconscious state might still feel pleasure and pain. Clearly, we need to examine the ethical implications of this new picture of human consciousness and what it means for our identity as humans.
Comey's 'righteous FBI leadership': Whistle-blower agent reveals corruption of FBI brassComey's 'righteous FBI leadership': Whistle-blower agent reveals corruption of FBI brass
James Comey just got his world rocked by a current FBI Agent. True Pundit has written about FBI Agent Omar Montoya, a decorated agent who sued the FBI for a series of wrongful workplace discrimination-related offenses. Montoya took to Twitter to respond to a Comey Tweet from Wednesday. And it was not pretty. It could be considered the shot heard around the FBI world, as a current FBI agent stood up and hammered his former FBI boss. Perhaps other agents will follow Montoya's lead. Comment: Apparently there are quite a few who are hoping for a chance to do just that: Sources say rank-and-file FBI agents want to be subpoened by Congress so they can reveal Bureau's dirt Montoya has stones, no doubt. That's why he joined the FBI. More on that later. Here is the exchange.
Harvey Weinstein charged with felony rape and criminal sex; posts $10million bailHarvey Weinstein charged with felony rape and criminal sex; posts $10million bail
Disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein was charged in Manhattan Friday with felony rape and criminal sex act connected to cases involving two separate women, capping a months-long saga that saw dozens come forward with accusations that spanned four decades and three continents. Weinstein voluntarily surrendered at the First Precinct, then was led to a police SUV 90 minutes later handcuffed and smiling. He appeared in court stonefaced a short time thereafter, wearing the same black blazer and light blue sweater, as a prosecutor accused him of using his "position, money and power to lure adult women" into situations where he allegedly committed forcible sex attacks. Neither prosecutors nor police identified the two women at the center of the Weinstein complaint, but several sources familiar with the investigation told News 4 the rape charges stem from a complaint from a woman previously not named publicly. Sources told News 4 the criminal sex act charge stems from public allegations made by actress Lucia Evans.
Syrian army starts attacking Turkish military convoy as it illegally enters northern LatakiaSyrian army starts attacking Turkish military convoy as it illegally enters northern Latakia
A large Turkish military convoy was seen entering the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate this afternoon, which is a violation of the Astana agreement. According to a military report from Latakia, the Turkish military entered the Jabal Al-Akrad region to establish a new observation post. Turkey is not permitted to enter the Latakia Governorate and they had recently agreed to not enter the province during the Astana Peace Conference.
Yulia Skripal looks so well everything Britain said about poisoning has reason for doubt - PutinYulia Skripal looks so well everything Britain said about poisoning has reason for doubt - Putin
The fact neither of those poisoned in Salisbury died and one seems to have recovered well after what Britain called an exposure to a Russian military-grade chemical weapon, casts doubts on London's stance, says Vladimir Putin. The Russian president made the remarks during a session with journalists from leading world media outlets on Friday, replying to a question by Clive Marshall, the head of UK's Press Association Group. Putin reiterated that despite Britain's initial claim that Russia used a military-grade chemical weapon dubbed Novichok to attack former double agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter, the actual effect of the toxin seems far from lethal. "I am no expert in military-grade chemical weapons, but as far as I understand if one is deployed the victims are killed on the spot and practically instantaneously. Thank God nothing like that happened,"he said.
Russia and Syrian army call on militants in southern Syria to surrender ahead of offensiveRussia and Syrian army call on militants in southern Syria to surrender ahead of offensive
Earlier this week, a spokesman for the Syrian Army General Command announced the complete liberation of Damascus after Daesh* terrorists were ousted from their remaining strongholds in Syria's capital. Government forces are set to turn their attention to southern Syria, where Islamist militants maintain a large presence in the Deraa Governorate. Helicopters dropped leaflets over parts of northwest Deraa today, calling on militants to lay down their arms and reconcile with the Syrian government, or, alternatively, continue to "gamble their lives" and face "inevitable death," according to circulating reports by pro-opposition military monitors. "Your life and your children's future is more important than your stubbornness. Dear combatant, for whom are you gambling your life? You have two choices: either your inevitable death or surrendering. The Syrian Army is advancing. Make up your mind before it is too late," a leaflet dropped over southern Syria on Friday reads.
The Sanctuary plan: Exploited and abandoned, the Palestinians are truly the betrayedThe Sanctuary plan: Exploited and abandoned, the Palestinians are truly the betrayed
Writing in the New York Times less than a week after 61 Palestinians had been shot dead by Israeli soldiers, and nearly 3,000 were wounded, the political editor of the Jewish Journal, Shmuel Rosner, had this to say in an opinion piece entitled "Israel Needs to Protect Its Borders: By Whatever Means Necessary": "Of course, the death of humans is never a happy occasion. Still, I feel no need to engage in ingénue mourning. Guarding the border was more important than avoiding killing, and guarding the border is what Israel did successfully." It was a hard, cold line of defence, one that was presented over and over again by the Israeli government and its supporters; the killings were justified by the need to secure the border and protect Israelis whose lives were threatened. That carefully orchestrated response, together with two stark facts, suggests emphatically that Israel wanted the bloodshed and intended it as a frank and brutal message to the Palestinians. The facts are simple: the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) had alternatives to the use of live rounds: much heavier use of tear gas and the use of stun grenades, water cannon, even birdshot. Most, if not all of these, have been used to control protests in places like Bahrain, a fact to which I can attest having covered that Gulf country's unhappy history for more than a decade.
Scientists create half human - half chicken embryo in the labScientists create half human - half chicken embryo in the lab
Until now, scientists have been unable to answer how certain cells in a developing embryo decide to become muscles or limbs, while others become bones and nerves. But now researchers led by Dr Ali Brivanlou, from Rockefeller University in New York, have achieved the unimaginable in a shock experiment. By grafting petri dish-grown human cells onto the embryo of a chicken the scientists were for the first time ever able to observe how cells organise themselves. The study was published this week in the science journal Nature where the scientists unveiled the inner machinations of so-called 'organiser cells'.
Saving for a rainy day: High reserves & low debt make Russian economy strong in hard times - IMFSaving for a rainy day: High reserves & low debt make Russian economy strong in hard times - IMF
The International Monetary Fund has revised its outlook for the Russian economy, and there is some good news for Moscow, IMF Chief Christine Lagarde said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). "Russia has put in place an admirable macroeconomic framework-saving for a rainy day, letting the exchange rate float, introducing inflation targeting, and shoring up the banking system," she said. "As a result, it was able to weather tough times well, and today it has virtually no fiscal deficit, a solid current account balance, and very little debt."
'Armed conflict': Use of live fire against Palestinian protesters justified by Israel's Supreme Court'Armed conflict': Use of live fire against Palestinian protesters justified by Israel's Supreme Court
Israel's Supreme Court has upheld the military's use of live ammunition against protesters in Gaza, ruling that lethal force is justified because the protesters are part of an "armed conflict" between Israel and Hamas. The court's panel of three justices unanimously rejected a petition by Israeli and Palestinian rights groups to prohibit the Israeli Army from using snipers and live ammunition to quell protests in Gaza. In a 41-page ruling published by the justice ministry Thursday night, Chief Justice Esther Hayut sided with the government position that the Gaza protesters were not in fact peaceful civilian demonstrators, but rather part of an "armed conflict" between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic political and paramilitary group that currently holds power in Gaza. Israel considers Hamas a terrorist organization.
New Zealand rugby player banned for kung fu-style kick to opponent's headNew Zealand rugby player banned for kung fu-style kick to opponent's head
A rugby player has been banned for six weeks after fly-kicking an opponent in the face during a game in Australia last weekend. Tevita Nabura, of New Zealand club Otago Highlanders, kicked Cam Clark of Australian team New South Wales Waratahs in the face while collecting a high ball in the teams' Super Rugby encounter. Highlanders winger Nabura, 25, was handed a 12-week ban for the incident by the league's Foul Play Committee on Friday, although the sentence was halved for the player's "remorse, his inexperience and his guilty plea at the first available opportunity." The brutal high-kick came in the 19th minute of the Highlanders' game against their Australian rivals at Sydney's Allianz Stadium. The Fijian-born winger was dismissed by the referee for the incident, and his team went on to suffer a 41-12 defeat to their Australian rivals.
Morgan Freeman gets his #MeToo moment, but some see Russian shadowMorgan Freeman gets his #MeToo moment, but some see Russian shadow
He voiced God in blockbusters, won an Oscar for best supporting actor, and became the public face of a campaign to demonize Russia. Now, Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman has been accused of inappropriate behavior towards women. Four women who have worked on movie sets with Freeman over the past decade have accused the actor of "repeatedly behaving in ways that made women feel uncomfortable at work," according to a CNN article published Thursday. Two more said that Freeman "subjected them to unwanted touching" while another three said he had "made public comments about women's clothing or bodies." "I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected - that was never my intent," Freeman, 80, said in a statement after the CNN article was published.
On again...maybe: Trump summit with Kim Jon-un may take place on June 12On again...maybe: Trump summit with Kim Jon-un may take place on June 12
Less than 24 hours after canceling the much-anticipated summit with Kim Jong-un and getting back to who has more "massive" nukes talk, Donald Trump took a U-turn and tweeted about peace and prosperity for North Korea. Trump was apparently touched by the new statement from North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan, who said that Pyongyang was "still willing to resolve issues with the United States" and expressed hope that the nuclear summit could still be rescheduled. "Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea," Trump tweeted. "We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!" He later said that they are back talking to North Koreans, and the summit may even take place on June 12.
The real problems with the BBC's new Manchester bombing documentaryThe real problems with the BBC's new Manchester bombing documentary
The BBC aired a documentary about the Manchester Arena attack this week entitled 'The Night of the Bomb.' It retells the emotional story through the eyes of survivors, police, and emergency responders, with added insight from other experts. The piece has been strongly criticised by Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins on grounds that it used "explicit" content and implied that officers and their staff were held back from entering the arena. However, upon review, there wasn't any imagery that hasn't already been shown to the public before and very little of it could be considered gory. Furthermore, the claim that responders had been held back was levied at the ambulance and fire services, not the police - who were first on the scene and immediately entered and secured the foyer. There are several reasons to be critical of the documentary or angered by the issues it raises, but Hopkins seems to be barking up the wrong tree. CCTV Clarification For the first time, an official has gone on record confirming that CCTV from within the foyer where the bombing occurred exists and was used to help identify alleged bomber Salman Abedi. This was not shown during the broadcast.
Politicians may bluster but profits trump all: Russia-Germany business ties remain solid despite sanctionsPoliticians may bluster but profits trump all: Russia-Germany business ties remain solid despite sanctions
German firms continue investing in the Russian economy despite facing barriers from economic sanctions against Russia, the head of the German business lobby told RT at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). "The foundations of German and Russian economic relations are solid even in the time of sanctions and low oil and gas prices. Last year, we saw high German private investment in the Russian economy of €1.6 billion," the chairman of the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce Matthias Schepp said.
Indiana middle school on lockdown, teacher & teen injured from gunfireIndiana middle school on lockdown, teacher & teen injured from gunfire
An Indiana middle school went into lockdown on Friday after a student opened fire, injuring a teacher and a fellow pupil. Noblesville Police Department has confirmed that a teacher and child suffered gunshot wounds during an active shooter situation at West Middle School, near Morse Reservoir. The duo were taken to Noblesville Methodist Hospital, where their condition is unknown. In a post on Twitter Indiana Police officer John Perrine said the suspect has since been taken into custody and the families of the victims have been notified. "All students are being taken to the Noblesville High School, parents are asked to pick up there," Perrine tweeted. The person in police custody is a male student currently enrolled at the middle school.
Demented US foreign policy pushes Germany into mutually beneficial deals with China and RussiaDemented US foreign policy pushes Germany into mutually beneficial deals with China and Russia
Germany has had enough of American foreign policy. Angela Merkel's visits to Russia and China are a testament to that. On May 10, 2018, German Chancellor Angela Merkel openly said that Europe can no longer count on the United States to protect it, hinting that the European continent would begin to "take destiny into its own hands." The comments were, of course, a direct reference to US President Donald Trump's ludicrous but anticipated decision to completely nuke the Iranian nuclear accord, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "It is no longer such that the United States simply protects us, but Europe must take its destiny in its own hands. That's the task of the future," Merkel reportedly said during a speech honoring French President Emmanuel Macron.
Targets of mysterious Wikipedia editor Philip Cross report intriguing patterns with Times columnist Oliver KammTargets of mysterious Wikipedia editor Philip Cross report intriguing patterns with Times columnist Oliver Kamm
Wikipedia editor Philip Cross is still waging war against the left. Some of those targeted by his vexatious edits have reported patterns between him and Times columnist Oliver Kamm. Active on Wikipedia since 2004, a figure known as Philip Cross has been editing entries tirelessly for nearly 15 years. Recently, trouble has been brewing online, with Cross accused of paying special attention to a cluster of Wikipedia accounts, editing them or deleting chunks of information. Pundits like George Galloway, academic Tim Hayward, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and even the former political editor of The Guardian, Michael White, have fallen in the 'cross'-hairs. Ex-UK ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray has also been targeted. "Six times I have personally had hostile edits to my Wikipedia page by 'Philip Cross' made in precise conjunction with attacks on me by Kamm, either on Twitter, in a Times editorial or in Prospect magazine," Murray writes.
Crypto-canid or wolfdog? Mysterious wolf-like animal killed in MontanaCrypto-canid or wolfdog? Mysterious wolf-like animal killed in Montana
Was it a wolf, some type of hybrid, or a creature that hasn't been seen in Montana since the Ice Age? On May 16 a lone wolf-like animal was shot and killed on a ranch outside Denton. With long grayish fur, a large head and an extended snout, the animal shared many of the same characteristics as a wolf; but its ears were too large, it's legs and body too short, its fur uncharacteristic of that common to a wolf. So far, the exact species is a mystery So what was it? At this point, no one is 100 percent sure. "We have no idea what this was until we get a DNA report back," said Bruce Auchly, information manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. "It was near a rancher's place, it was shot, and our game wardens went to investigate. The whole animal was sent to our lab in Bozeman. That's the last I ever heard of it." Social media from around the Lewistown area was buzzing last week; with many people chiming in on what they believed the creature to be.
Hit & gun: Firearm thrown onto motorway lodged into speeding carHit & gun: Firearm thrown onto motorway lodged into speeding car
Washington state police have revealed a curious firearm recovery case in which a gun hastily disposed of on a highway became lodged in a passing car. The incident occurred along Interstate 5, a busy highway which extends north from Washington to the US border with Canada.
Mussels with oxycodone in their system found in Washington's Puget SoundMussels with oxycodone in their system found in Washington's Puget Sound
As the US continues to grapple with a widespread opioid epidemic, alarming research from Seattle indicates that the local population is consuming so much oxycodone that it's seeping into the local water supply. Scientists at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have found trace amounts of oxycodone in the Puget Sound using a study involving mussels. The shellfish are filter feeders who gain nourishment from their surroundings, while simultaneously absorbing whatever contaminants are also in the water - making them an ideal barometer for environmental scientists to test water pollution in a given area. "What we eat and what we excrete goes into the Puget Sound," Jennifer Lanksbury, a biologist at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, told CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO. "It's telling me there's a lot of people taking oxycodone in the Puget Sound area."
Sources say Assange's presence in Ecuadorian embassy in jeopardy - could leave "any day now"Sources say Assange's presence in Ecuadorian embassy in jeopardy - could leave "any day now"
Julian Assange's nearly six-year refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London is in danger, opening the WikiLeaks founder to arrest by British authorities and potential extradition to the US, multiple sources with knowledge tell CNN. While Assange has in the past claimed his position in the embassy was under threat, sources say his current situation is "unusually bad" and that he could leave the embassy "any day now," either because he will be forced out or made to feel so restricted that he might choose to leave on his own. His position there is "in jeopardy," one source familiar with the matter said. Assange's exit from the embassy could open a new phase for US investigators eager to find out what he knows. CNN reported in April 2017 that the US has prepared charges to seek the arrest of Assange, who US intelligence agencies believe Russia used as an intermediary to distribute hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign during the 2016 presidential election. Assange and his lawyers say he has been detained without charge for 2,720 days -- 53 of those "gagged" and isolated from visitors and outside communications -- and that there is "not a shred of evidence that Assange has done anything but publish material just as the establishment media do every day," according to a tweet by his lawyers on May 19.
Scientists think they've found a million-year-old ice core lurking under AntarcticaScientists think they've found a million-year-old ice core lurking under Antarctica
The history of Earth isn't written in ink, but in ancient ice - buried under places so unforgivingly frozen, they're usually mistaken for wastelands. And if you extract deep, concealed cores of ice from within these extreme latitudes, you can learn almost anything: about metal workers vanquished by the Black Death, or the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, or even our planet's leaking oxygen supply. Now, scientists say they have likely found an ice core that's unlike any of these frozen history lessons. Until now, the oldest continuous core that we knew about is one that stretches back in time some 800,000 years from the present day in an unbroken flow of ice and trapped chemicals, which tell us things about the environmental and atmospheric conditions when the ice formed.
Vladimir Putin warns of systemic financial crisis the world 'has not yet seen'Vladimir Putin warns of systemic financial crisis the world 'has not yet seen'
The global economy is facing a threat of a spiraling protectionist measures that can lead to a devastating crisis, Vladimir Putin warned. Nations must find a way to prevent this and establish rules on how the economy should work. The Russian president spoke out against the growing trend of using unilateral restrictions to achieve economic advantage, as he addressed guests of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday. "The system of multilateral cooperation, which took years to build, is no longer allowed to evolve. It is being broken in a very crude way. Breaking the rules is becoming the new rule," he said.
Hybrid mutant-chicken-people: 'Human' cells mixed with chicken embryos in bizarre scientific experimentHybrid mutant-chicken-people: 'Human' cells mixed with chicken embryos in bizarre scientific experiment
US scientists have mixed artificial human cells with the embryos of a chicken in a bizarre experiment that grew bone and nerve structures. The study into the early forms of human development was carried out by a research team at the Rockefeller University in New York, and made use of embryos from avian test animals and artificial cells designed to replicate human tissue. Published in the journal Nature, the stem cell research delves into the complex evolution of important human organs like the brain, lungs, liver, as well as bone structure. By understanding the growth of such structures, the defined pathways of certain cells, its hoped scientists can reverse engineer diseases which impact them. For the study, researchers grafted clusters of human cells onto genuine chicken embryos and found that the mix developed a spinal structure as well as early stages of nerve tissue. It's the first time scientists have achieved such a feat. While it's unlikely that hybrid mutant-chicken-people will now be grown in labs, the study does highlight an interesting reaction of DNA from two entirely different species.
Putin: Trump canceled nuclear summit in spite of Kim 'doing everything he promised'; Russian dignitaries commentPutin: Trump canceled nuclear summit in spite of Kim 'doing everything he promised'; Russian dignitaries comment
Vladimir Putin expressed regret that Donald Trump cancelled his summit with Kim Jong-un despite Pyongyang doing everything it was asked for, and expressing hope that the US-North Korea nuclear talks will take place eventually. "Here, in Russia, we took this news with regret because we were very much anticipating a significant step to be taken to de-escalate the situation on the Korean Peninsula that would become the beginning of the process of denuclearization of the entire Korean Peninsula," Putin said after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in St. Petersburg on Thursday. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "has done everything he previously promised; he even blew up the tunnels and mines at the [Punggye-ri nuclear] test site - and after that, we learned of the cancellation of the meeting by the US," he said. "We hope that dialogue will be resumed... and this meeting will take place," the Russian leader added, saying that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula will never be achieved without Trump and Kim sitting together. Putin also promised that Moscow and other international players "will be jointly working to bring the stances of the US and North Korea closer together."
US aims to bully the world into attacking IranUS aims to bully the world into attacking Iran
America's conduct towards Iran demonstrates just how much of a bully the US government is, that anything short of bending 100 percent to America's agenda will eventually result in punishment and war. Newly appointed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, known as an anti-Iran hawk, began the week by giving a frightening speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation, threatening Iran with the "strongest sanctions in history"' if it doesn't capitulate to US demands. The 12 "basic requirements" Pompeo laid out, which verge on the absurd, went far beyond requiring Iran to refrain from developing nuclear weapons, which it was already doing. Among the conditions were that Iran withdraws its forces and support from groups across the Middle East that the US doesn't like, including in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen. That is never going to happen. Unlike the US, Iran is a part of the Middle East. It has every right to engage with its neighbors, certainly more of a right than the US, a country that is on the other side of the world yet constantly meddles in Middle Eastern affairs to secure its interests.
Sorry USA, there's no sign of Russia's isolation at SPIEF 2018 eventSorry USA, there's no sign of Russia's isolation at SPIEF 2018 event
The opening day of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2018), Russia's annual marquee business event, has seen global leaders in business and politics join a host of multinationals keen to strike deals. French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, as well as US Ambassador Jon Huntsman are among those attending. SPIEF 2018 has become a key business platform, where Russian corporations and investors across the world can sign new contracts and agree on potential joint projects in Russia and abroad. Russian President Vladimir Putin met President Macron, who led the biggest delegation of French businesses intent on doing business in Russia despite EU and US sanctions against the country. According to the French embassy in Russia, French businesses will sign up to 20 contracts and cooperation agreements by the end of the forum. This year, President of Movement of Enterprises of France (MEDEF) Pierre Gattaz and Chairman of MEDEF International Frederic Sanchez are reportedly heading the biggest foreign delegation at SPIEF with a total of 170 representatives from 60 companies.
Conditions for Europe in order to guarantee Iran remains in the nuclear dealConditions for Europe in order to guarantee Iran remains in the nuclear deal
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, yesterday set out a list of conditions for European powers if they want a guarantee that Iran would remain within the nuclear deal. Among the list of conditions, Khamenei demanded that European banks "safeguard trade with the Islamic Republic," saying that Tehran does "not want to start a fight with these three countries," making a reference to Britain, France and Germany. The guarantee to increase the purchase of Iranian oil was also demanded, as "in case Americans can damage our oil sales...Europeans should make up for that and buy Iranian oil." Khamenei also alleged that the European powers had remained silent as the US "repeatedly violated" the nuclear deal, and demanded that the way for Europe to "make up for that silence" would be to "stand up against the US sanctions". Another demand is that European powers must promise that they would not attempt to seek new negotiations on Iran's ballistic missile programme and other regional activities within the Middle East.
Russia thoroughly rejects Dutch and Aussie accusations it's responsible for MH17 downingRussia thoroughly rejects Dutch and Aussie accusations it's responsible for MH17 downing
Moscow has rejected any involvement in the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine after the Netherlands and Australia declared Russia "responsible" for the deployment of a BUK missile system that downed the jet in 2014. Moscow neither accepts nor trusts the results of an international investigation into the MH17 crash as it was not allowed to take part in it, according to the Russian president's spokesman Dmitry Peskov. "Of course, without being able to be a full participant, Russia does not know to what extent the results of this work can be trusted," he said. Peskov echoed the position of the Russian president Vladimir Putin who earlier said that, although Ukraine was included in the probe, Russia was barred from participating in establishing the truth. Comment: Denying Russian participation seems to be a strong pattern with Western countries and their accusations. Asked if he can confirm that Russia vehemently denies any involvement in the MH17 downing, Peskov replied "absolutely."
St. Petersburg: France signs contracts for €1bn direct investment to RussiaSt. Petersburg: France signs contracts for €1bn direct investment to Russia
Russia and France have signed six contracts for direct investment into Russia worth about €1 billion as part of the ongoing business forum in St Petersburg and the coinciding visit of the French president. The billion-euro ($1.17 billion) sum of the deal was reported on Tuesday by Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund. The six contracts were signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), which is being held in the former Russian capital on Tuesday and Friday. For comparison, the entire foreign direct investment into Russia in 2017 amounted to $27.9 billion. French Total acquires 10 percent of Russian Arctic gas project for $2.55bn French oil and gas giant Total has signed a $25.5 billion agreement with Russia's Novatek on joining the Arctic Liquefied Natural Gas-2 project. Total will acquire a 10 percent stake in the enterprise, with the possibility of increasing it to 15 percent, Leonid Mikhelson, the CEO of Novatek, said, as cited by RIA-Novosti.
Israel will attack Syria again, and Syria will respond, again: How Israel created its own nightmare in Syria, and there's nothing they can do about itIsrael will attack Syria again, and Syria will respond, again: How Israel created its own nightmare in Syria, and there's nothing they can do about it
Syrian forces are preparing to liberate areas in southern Syria after having completely liberated the capital Damascus from al-Qaeda and from ISIS in Yarmouk, Hajar al-Aswad and its surroundings, as the countryside of Homs and Hama has become totally free. The Syrian army and its allies are also preparing to eliminate ISIS south of Deir al-Zour as the last pocket of this organization in the areas under Syrian control. However, the Syrian southern city Daraa is assessing its position regarding Israel, whose greatest fear is the liberation of the south and a later demand by the central government of Syria for the return of the Israeli occupied Golan heights. The seven years of war imposed on Syria helped to form local groups of trained and experienced fighters who are now part of the "axis of the Resistance", the most highly feared by Israel. This will prompt Tel Aviv officials - not willing to give back the occupied territory to Syria - to embark on a new military adventure to "feel the pulse" and test the reaction of the "axis of resistance". This is inevitable - especially after Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah himself announced new rules of engagement (ROE) laid down after the recent Israeli attack on Syrian army positions. Sayyed Nasrallah's personal announcement of the new ROE is worth consideration: it is he who has stated the number, type and quantity (55) of rockets and missiles launched on the occupied Golan heights and the Israeli targets launched against them. This has meaningful connotations because it uses a language understood by Israel, which has experienced Hezbollah for 36 years of conflict on different fronts and styles of response. As usual, Sayyed Nasrallah does not take shortcuts and does not push Israel out of control in his first response steps: he warns first, means what he says, and hits after warning.
Republicans challenge Twitter, Facebook on anti-conservative biasRepublicans challenge Twitter, Facebook on anti-conservative bias
The GOP and Trump 2020 campaign have called on social media giants to prove that their platforms are not biased against conservatives. Facebook and Twitter have been accused of suppressing right-wing users. "We are alarmed by numerous allegations that Facebook has blocked content from conservative journalists and groups, and Twitter has hidden such content from conservative users' followers," says the letter sent Thursday by the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale, addressed personally to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. We won't tolerate bias toward conservatives or @realDonaldTrump supporters. We're standing up for you and demanding answers. @GOPChairwoman and I have sent the following letter to @facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and @Twitter's @jack Dorsey. #StopTheBiaspic.twitter.com/Poz0Dne9i7 - Brad Parscale (@parscale) May 24, 2018 Both social media platforms have announced a crackdown on "fake news" and "Russian bots" in recent months, under mounting pressure from Congress and the media seeking an explanation for Hillary Clinton's defeat in the 2016 presidential election.
Rehabilitating lactate: a cure not a poisonRehabilitating lactate: a cure not a poison
George Brooks has been trying to reshape thinking about lactate-in the lab, the clinic and on the training field-for more than 40 years, and finally, it seems, people are listening. Lactate, it's becoming clear, is not a poison, it's the antidote. In a recent article in the journal Cell Metabolism, Brooks, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, reviews the history of the misunderstanding of lactate-often called lactic acid-a small molecule that plays a big role in metabolism. Typically labeled a "waste" product produced by muscles because lactate rises to high levels in the blood during extreme exercise, athletic trainers and competitive athletes think of lactate as the cause of muscle fatigue, reduced performance and pain. Starting in the 1970s, however, Brooks, his students, postdoctoral fellows and staff were the first to show that lactate wasn't waste. It was a fuel produced by muscle cells all the time and often the preferred source of energy in the body: The brain and heart both run more efficiently and more strongly when fueled by lactate than by glucose, another fuel that circulates through the blood.
Is depression linked to accelerated cognitive aging?Is depression linked to accelerated cognitive aging?
Depression is associated with an acceleration of the rate at which the brain ages, research by psychologists at the University of Sussex suggests. It has previously been reported that people with depression or anxiety have an increased risk of dementia in later life, but this is the first study that provides comprehensive evidence for the effect of depression on decline in overall cognitive function (also referred to as cognitive state), in a general population. The researchers conducted a robust systematic review and meta-analysis of 34 longitudinal studies, with the focus on the link between depression or anxiety and decline in cognitive function over time. Evidence from more than 71,000 participants was combined and reviewed. Including people who presented with symptoms of depression as well as those that were diagnosed as clinically depressed, the study looked at the rate of decline of overall cognitive state - encompassing memory loss, executive function (such as decision making) and information processing speed - in older adults.
Journalist Tommy Robinson arrested in for 'breach of the peace' after chasing down accused child abusersJournalist Tommy Robinson arrested in for 'breach of the peace' after chasing down accused child abusers
EDL leader-turned independent journalist Tommy Robinson has been arrested in Leeds after confronting defendants outside a courthouse as they entered to face trial over sexual abuse allegations. Robinson and his team were producing a live video for social media as several of 29 defendants accused of child sex abuse and neglect entered the courthouse. In a video posted to social media, Robinson - a self-modeled defender of free speech - can be seen arrested by a team of police officers. He is put in the back of a police van, with officers telling him that he was being arrested for "incitement" and"breach of the peace." RT spoke to Robinson's producer, Caolan Robertson, about the confrontation outside of Leeds Crown Court and Robinson's subsequent arrest.
Denmark: Archaeologists discovered mangled remains of slaughtered barbarian tribeDenmark: Archaeologists discovered mangled remains of slaughtered barbarian tribe
Some 2,000 years ago, a ragtag troop of about 400 Germanic tribesmen marched into battle against a mysterious adversary in Denmark, and they were slaughtered to the last man. Or at least that's the story their bones tell. Exhumed from Alken Enge - a peat bog in Denmark's Illerup River Valley - between 2009 and 2014, nearly 2,100 bones belonging to the dead fighters have given archaeologists a rare window into the post-battle rituals of Europe's so-called "barbarian" tribes during the height of the Roman Empire. In a new study published online May 21 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark dug into the bloody details. "The ferocity of the Germanic tribes and peoples and their extremely violent and ritualized behavior in the aftermath of warfare became a trope in the Roman accounts of their barbaric northern neighbors," the authors wrote in the new study. Despite these historical accounts, little evidence of these practices has ever been discovered in archaeological finds - until now.