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Video shows meteor fireball blazing over KansasVideo shows meteor fireball blazing over Kansas
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received a report about a meteor fireball seen over Kansas on Monday, February 18th 2019 around 12:08 UT. A video has been uploaded to their website.
Russia and China are containing destructive US policy to reshape the world orderRussia and China are containing destructive US policy to reshape the world order
Fortunately the world today is very different from that of 2003, Washington's decrees are less effective in determining the world order. But in spite of this new, more balanced division of power amongst several powers, Washington appears ever more aggressive towards allies and enemies alike, regardless of which US president is in office. China and Russia are leading this historic transition while being careful to avoid direct war with the United States. To succeed in this endeavor, they use a hybrid strategy involving diplomacy, military support to allies, and economic guarantees to countries under Washington's attack. The United States considers the whole planet its playground. Its military and political doctrine is based on the concept of liberal hegemony, as explained by political scientist John Mearsheimer. This imperialistic attitude has, over time, created a coordinated and semi-official front of countries resisting this liberal hegemony. The recent events in Venezuela...
'Anti-semitism': A highly lucrative scam in Washington'Anti-semitism': A highly lucrative scam in Washington
"An anti-Semite used to mean a man who hated Jews. Now it means a man who is hated by Jews."- Joe Sobran In his novel 1984 George Orwell invented the expression "newspeak" to describe the ambiguous or deliberately misleading use of language to make political propaganda and narrow the "thought options" of those who are on the receiving end. In the context of today's political discourse, or what passes for the same, it would be interesting to know what George would think of the saturation use of "anti-Semitism" as something like a tactical discussion stopper, employed to end all dispute while also condemning those accused of the crime as somehow outside the pale, monsters who are consigned forever to derision and obscurity. The Israelis and, to be sure, many diaspora Jews know exactly how the expression has been weaponized. Former Israeli Minister Shulamit Aloni explained how it is done "Anti-Semitic"..."its a trick, we always use it."
Grand Canyon tourists exposed to radiation for years in museum building, now story is in 'cover-up mode'Grand Canyon tourists exposed to radiation for years in museum building, now story is in 'cover-up mode'
For nearly two decades at the Grand Canyon, tourists, employees, and children on tours passed by three paint buckets stored in the National Park's museum collection building, unaware that they were being exposed to radiation. Although federal officials learned last year that the 5-gallon containers were brimming with uranium ore, then removed the radioactive specimens, the park's safety director alleges nothing was done to warn park workers or the public that they might have been exposed to unsafe levels of radiation. In a rogue email sent to all Park Service employees on Feb. 4, Elston "Swede" Stephenson - the safety, health and wellness manager - described the alleged cover-up as "a top management failure" and warned of possible health consequences.
Man physically abused by girlfriend was only days from death until she was apprehendedMan physically abused by girlfriend was only days from death until she was apprehended
A British man has revealed for the first time the horrific extent of injuries he suffered after being stabbed, burnt and violently assaulted by his abusive girlfriend. Alex Skeel, 22, was days from death when police arrived at his home in June 2017. This lead to the arrest of Jordan Worth, the mother of his two children. Worth became the first woman in the UK to be convicted of controlling or coercive behaviour and grievous bodily harm. Skeel has now retold his five-year ordeal in a BBC documentary called 'Abused By My Girlfriend". It examines the cycle of abuse inflicted upon him by Worth and why he felt unable to escape for so long.
ODNI and NSA impede lawmakers review of Obama admin 'unmasking' requestsODNI and NSA impede lawmakers review of Obama admin 'unmasking' requests
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Agency still have not granted access to Republican lawmakers to review hundreds of unmasking requests made on Americans by Senior Obama Administration officials, SaraACarter.com has learned. Despite an order from President Trump more than a year ago, ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes, R-CA, on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said his committee has been stymied in its investigation into the unmasking requests that rocked Washington D.C. when discovered in 2017. The ODNI and NSA were ordered by President Trump to make available the highly classified documents for congressional review. In order to make those classified documents available the ODNI needed to set up a secured repository for lawmakers on the committee to review the documents, added Nunes.
Scientists decode Great White Shark genomeScientists decode Great White Shark genome
Fort Lauderdale/Davie, Fla. - The great white shark is one of the most recognized marine creatures on Earth, generating widespread public fascination and media attention, including spawning one of the most successful movies in Hollywood history. This shark possesses notable characteristics, including its massive size (up to 20 feet and 7,000 pounds) and diving to nearly 4,000 foot depths. Great whites are also a big conservation concern given their relatively low numbers in the world's oceans. In a major scientific step to understand the biology of this iconic apex predator and sharks in general, the entire genome of the white shark has now been decoded in detail. A team led by scientists from Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Research Center and Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Monterey Bay Aquarium, completed the white shark genome and compared it to genomes from a variety of other...
After Israeli anchor calls out brutality of 'occupation', political leaders land hard on herAfter Israeli anchor calls out brutality of 'occupation', political leaders land hard on her
This is a big story in Israel. On Saturday, Channel 13 anchorwoman Oshrat Kotler commented on a case of sadistic Israeli soldier beatings of a Palestinian father and son in occupied territory, saying: They send children to the army, to the territories, and get them back human animals. That's the result of the occupation. The response was immediate. Thousands of expressions of rage streamed in from audiences, and many leaders on the right were condemnatory. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted:
Russian warships shadow US Destroyer Donald Cook in latest Naval close encounterRussian warships shadow US Destroyer Donald Cook in latest Naval close encounter
In the latest indicator of heightened and ratcheting tensions between Moscow and the West, the Russian navy is reportedly shadowing an American warship, the USS Donald Cook, as it transits the Dardanelles Strait on Tuesday. The US ship is en route to its second Black Sea deployment in only under a month, and fourth since the dangerous Kerch Strait incident. A US Navy statement confirmed that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer began transiting the strait on Tuesday on a mission to conduct what it called "maritime security operations" and to "enhance regional maritime stability" with NATO allies and partners in the region. According to Russia's TASS news agency "the Russian Black Sea Fleet's guard ship Pytlivy tracked the US vessel's movements at the time."
SOTT FOCUS: 'Hate-crime' Hoaxes Reflect America's Victimhood Culture SicknessSOTT FOCUS: 'Hate-crime' Hoaxes Reflect America's Victimhood Culture Sickness
There's an obvious answer to the question, "Why would Jussie Smollett do something like that?" On January 29, tabloid news site TMZ broke the shocking story that Jussie Smollett, a gay black entertainer and progressive activist, had been viciously attacked in Chicago. Two racist white men had fractured his rib, poured bleach on him, and tied a noose around his neck. As they were leaving, they shouted the ominous words: "This is MAGA country" - a reference to President Trump's campaign slogan. MSNBC reported the rumor that they were even wearing MAGA hats. Leaks from the Chicago police over the weekend, however, indicate that Smollett likely paid two Nigerian-American brothers he knew to orchestrate the attack. Smollett denied any wrongdoing through a statement released to the media by his lawyers. That the original story broke days just after the Covington narrative fell apart last month didn't stop it from spreading quicker than a wildfire. Within hours of TMZ's report, some of...
Sheela-na-gigs: The naked women adorning Britain's churchesSheela-na-gigs: The naked women adorning Britain's churches
For hundreds of years carvings of naked women have sat provocatively on churches across Britain. But who created them - and why? Look at these, my child-bearing hips Look at these, my ruby red ruby lips... Sheela-na-gig, Sheela-na-gig You exhibitionist The year is 1992 and the singer-songwriter PJ Harvey is performing Sheela-Na-Gig, the most successful single from her critically acclaimed album Dry. But unless you're a fan of late 20th Century indie music, or an expert in Norman church architecture, there's every chance you've not been exposed to the sheela-na-gig - or have walked past one without even realising it. [This article contains some graphic imagery]
Devastating footage of starving 12yo girl weighing just 10 kg captures Yemen war horrorDevastating footage of starving 12yo girl weighing just 10 kg captures Yemen war horror
A haunting video of a severely malnourished 12-year-old girl in Yemen highlights the ongoing devastation of the brutal war that has ravaged the country for four years, as the population continues to teeter on the brink of famine. Fatima Qoba weighs just 10 kilograms (22 pounds) and is suffering from severe malnutrition. She is being treated at a clinic in Hajjah, where her tiny frame is dwarfed by the bed she lies on. The head of the clinic, Makiah al-Aslami, said Fatima is "skin and bones due to the hard life of her family," who are "displaced persons from Al-Sha'ab area who are not provided with shelter, food or medications." The family of eleven children and their father fled their home near the Saudi Arabian border and are now living under a tree.
Smollett case broadcasts elites' frenzied search for racismSmollett case broadcasts elites' frenzied search for racism
The Jussie Smollett case, in which a young black, gay actor has apparently concocted a tale of being attacked by two white men wearing MAGA hats and shouting anti-gay slurs, is just the latest example of how desperately media elites want to confirm their favored narrative about America: that the country is endemically and lethally racist, sexist, and homophobic, and that the election of Donald Trump both proves and reinforces such bigotry. The truth: as instances of actual racism get harder and harder to find, the search to find such bigotry becomes increasingly frenzied and unmoored from reality.
Israel freezes Palestinian tax funds as 'collective punishment'Israel freezes Palestinian tax funds as 'collective punishment'
Israel's freezing of millions of dollars in Palestinian tax revenue will cause the dire situation in Gaza to deteriorate even further, Al Mezan, a human rights group in the territory, warned on Monday. Thousands of civil servants in the coastal enclave, its population of two million plunged into poverty after more than a decade of economic blockade, have already had to contend with salary cuts and late payments due to "discrimination" by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Now Israel is planning to withhold some $138 million in taxes it collects on behalf of the PA as a form of sanctions over stipends to political prisoners. The freezing of tax fund transfers will be a "dangerous contribution to the deterioration of humanitarian and economic conditions," according to Al Mezan. Israel in "sole control" over borders Legislation passed last year allows Israel to deduct payments made to Palestinian prisoners and their families from Palestinian Authority tax revenue, which...
Statue based on iconic V-J Day kissing photo spray-painted with #MeTooStatue based on iconic V-J Day kissing photo spray-painted with #MeToo
A statue inspired by the iconic photograph of a World War II sailor kissing a woman in Times Square, New York City, was vandalized just days after the sailor in the photograph died. The "Unconditional Surrender" statue in Sarasota, Florida, had "#MeToo" emblazoned in red spray paint on the woman's left leg, a photograph released by the Sarasota Police Department shows. Police were called to the scene at around 12:53 a.m. Tuesday but did not find any cans of spray paint in the area, according to a press release. Nothing else in the area was spraypainted or defaced, police said.
Marseille, France: Police kill knife attacker after he wounds 4 peopleMarseille, France: Police kill knife attacker after he wounds 4 people
French police have shot a man dead after four people were wounded in a knife attack in Marseille. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear. The man killed had tried to take out a gun and fire on police before he was hit, a police source told Reuters. He died of his wounds. Police tweets suggested the incident had taken place in Canebiere, the historic high street in Marseille's old quarter.
The real motive behind the FBI plan to investigate Trump as a Russian agentThe real motive behind the FBI plan to investigate Trump as a Russian agent
Coverage of this episode by The New York Times and CNN further stigmatizes any dissent from new Cold War policy toward Russia, writes Gareth Porter. The New York Times and CNN led media coverage last month of discussions among senior FBI officials in May 2017 of a possible national security investigation of President Donald Trump himself, on the premise that he may have acted as an agent of Russia. The episode has potentially profound political fallout, because the Times and CNN stories suggested that Trump may indeed have acted like a Russian agent. The New York Times story on Jan. 11 was headlined, "F.B.I. Opened Inquiry into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia." CNN followed three days later with: "Transcripts detail how FBI debated whether Trump was 'following directions' of Russia." By reporting that Russia may have been able to suborn the president of the United States, these stories have added an even more extreme layer to the dominant national political...
Palestinian man describes invasion of his home by settlers and IDFPalestinian man describes invasion of his home by settlers and IDF
On the night of February 16, ISM activists joined a number of local Protection Unit activists to go on a night patrol of the old city in Al Khalil. During the night patrol, we were brought into the home of of a family who have recently experienced intimidation and aggressive harassment from illegal settlers and the military. Our hosts described to us how settlers, including prominent Hebron settlement spokesperson Noam Arnon invaded the family home by climbing down the stairs from their rooftop, accompanied by the Israeli army. Our host described how, in the presence of the army, Noam Arnon threatened that he would murder the entire family who lived in the house if they did not submit to the demands of the settlers and give up their home.
BEST OF THE WEB: US air freight company caught smuggling weapons into Venezuela is linked to CIA 'black site' renditionsBEST OF THE WEB: US air freight company caught smuggling weapons into Venezuela is linked to CIA 'black site' renditions
This article in McClatchy News about the CIA-connected airline that has been making lots of round trip flights from Miami adds to the article below. They write, "The Boeing 767 has made dozens of flights between Miami International Airport and destinations in Colombia and Venezuela since Jan. 11, a flight tracking service shows, often returning to Miami for only a few hours before flying again to South America." The Boeing 767 has a payload capacity of 42 tons. The discovery of weapons occurred Tuesday, two days after the flight landed briefly in Valencia, Venezuela's third-largest city. Venezuelan authorities found 19 assault weapons, 118 ammunition cartridges, and 90 military-grade radio antennas, among other items. An Ottawa-based analyst reported on the unusual ship and plane movements, Steffan Watkins, drew attention to the frequent flights of the 21 Air cargo plane in a series of tweets Thursday. The airline had been flying all around the United States but in January it began...
Moscow: Warsaw summit exposed US' attempt to create new dividing lines in Middle EastMoscow: Warsaw summit exposed US' attempt to create new dividing lines in Middle East
Earlier, Iran denounced the US-sponsored meeting in the Polish capital as a "circus" and a "failure," accusing Washington of promoting "insecurity, instability, poverty, war and extremism" throughout the region. Last week's anti-Iran conference in Warsaw, Poland served as another illustration of US efforts to create new "dividing lines" in the Middle East, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. "The conference was not conceived and held for the sake of a serious discussion of the problems affecting the Middle East. It's main result was the creation of several working groups discussing a number of global challenges and threats," such as terrorism, non-proliferation, humanitarian issues and refugees, Zakharova said, addressing reporters on Monday. "What is this if not an attempt to launch a 'parallel track' which will engage in the creation of unilateral decisions?" the spokeswoman asked.
Vatican confirms it has a secret set of rules for priests who father childrenVatican confirms it has a secret set of rules for priests who father children
The Vatican has a secret set of rules for priests who break their vow of celibacy and father children, a spokesperson for the Catholic Church confirmed to The New York Times Monday. "I can confirm that these guidelines exist," the Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti wrote to the Times. "It is an internal document." Gisotti said the document "requests" that the father leave priesthood to "assume his responsibilities as a parent by devoting himself exclusively to the child." The Times learned about the guidelines from Vincent Doyle, the son of a priest, who has created a global support group to help other children of priests.
Lavrov: Russia refrains from 'tooth for a tooth' retaliation as Facebook bans Russian-linked mediaLavrov: Russia refrains from 'tooth for a tooth' retaliation as Facebook bans Russian-linked media
Sergey Lavrov says he is opposed to retaliating against foreign media in Russia after the Facebook ban of Russia-linked pages. Moscow should instead focus on upholding the rights of its journalists abroad. The recent suspension of four Maffick Media Facebook pages after a CNN report on their links to RT is "definitely another example of pressure against Russian media and against free speech," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told media after a meeting with his Slovak counterpart and current chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Miroslav Lajcak. Lavrov said he had also brought to Lajcak's attention recent cases of discrimination against Sputnik and RT, including journalists being arbitrarily banned from official events in Spain. When asked whether Moscow would retaliate against foreign media in Russia, however, Lavrov said he is "firmly against" such measures. "The fact that we still have not done so is not only testimony to our restraint,...
Young America's Foundation report: Leftist college courses targeting Trump in course descriptionsYoung America's Foundation report: Leftist college courses targeting Trump in course descriptions
The Young America's Foundation has released their 25th annual Comedy & Tragedy list of leftist courses at colleges across the nation - and many take aim directly at President Donald Trump in their descriptions. The organization reviews and audits course catalogs, textbook requirements, commencement speakers, and "other key metrics that show the true state of higher education in America." The organization wrote of their report: "Many of the courses and descriptions listed in this year's report may seem comical at first glance, but the situation that continues to unfold on America's campuses is hardly a laughing matter. Beyond the inane, identity- and intersectionality-obsessed topics, these classes advance a liberal agenda, malign conservatives and their values, and shut out ideological diversity." At Indiana University, they are offering a course on "Global Anarchy" in which they explore "everything from Antifa in the streets of Trump's America and anarcho-feminist essays to...
Isotopes found in Neanderthal bones suggest they were meat eatersIsotopes found in Neanderthal bones suggest they were meat eaters
An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests at least some Neanderthals were mainly fresh meat eaters. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes testing protein samples discovered in Neanderthal bones and what they found. Ever since scientists discovered the extinct species of human we now know as Neanderthal, our view of them has been changing. Initially, it was believed they were much less intelligent than us, had few if any skills, and in general, were more ape-like than human. And that included their diet-big apes are vegetarian, so it seemed logical to conclude that Neanderthal were, as well. But research over the years has shown them to be far more sophisticated than researchers first realized-they even managed to mate with modern humans. One remaining mystery is why they vanished. In this new effort, the researchers have not found any evidence to solve that mystery, but they have found evidence...
Vegan bridezilla uninvites meat-eating guests from wedding, including motherVegan bridezilla uninvites meat-eating guests from wedding, including mother
A bride-to-be has a lot of people talking about who she is and isn't inviting to her upcoming wedding. Not only does the woman want her guests to eat vegan on her wedding day, she wants them to give up animal products forever. Anyone who refused was promptly uninvited, including her mom and two cousins, who were bridesmaids.
Houston police will end the use of no-knock raids, says chiefHouston police will end the use of no-knock raids, says chief
The Houston Police Department will end its use of controversial no-knock warrants in most situations, Chief Art Acevedo said during a contentious town hall meeting three weeks after a deadly Pecan Park drug raid that left two people dead and five officers injured. Comment: Houston cop lied about drug buy that led to a deadly no-knock raid "The no-knock warrants are going to go away like leaded gasoline in this city," Acevedo told the crowd of activists, reformers and concerned community members gathered at Talento Bilingüe de Houston. After the event - organized by the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice - Acevedo said any situation in which a no-knock raid would be required would have to receive a special exemption from his office. "I'm 99.9 percent sure we won't be using them," he said. "If for some reason there would be a specific case, that would come from my office."
Yale University STEM event assists illegal immigrants in finding jobsYale University STEM event assists illegal immigrants in finding jobs
Yale University held an event Friday to help illegal immigrants get jobs. The event, which was the Ivy League school's third annual Equity in the Job Search symposium, aimed to "help participants recognize" supposed disadvantages faced by women working in STEM and to assist "undocumented individuals" with job searches, according to the event description. The event was geared toward graduate students but all Yale students were welcome to attend. Billed as a forum to provide students the tools to equip them for a job search in the STEM fields, the event's mission is to help others overcome bias. This is done by mixing career advice with "data-driven discussions of gender bias," the description stated. This year's symposium featured a negotiation workshop, designed to showcase disadvantages faced by women during salary negotiations and how implicit bias impacts language used by men and women in job application documents.
Archaeologist finds new evidence of the Romans who escaped Mt. VesuviusArchaeologist finds new evidence of the Romans who escaped Mt. Vesuvius
The plaster casts of Romans killed when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. are internationally famous, but scholars have long known that more people escaped the volcano's destruction of the Bay of Naples than were suffocated by it. New evidence from inscriptions provides clues to where these refugees settled. In a forthcoming open-access article in the journal Analecta Romana, archaeologist and historian Steven Tuck of Miami University explains how his creation of a database of Roman last names led him to match up records from Pompeii and Herculaneum with records from the parts of Italy unaffected by the destructive power of Vesuvius. Tuck's goal in doing this work was not just to identify refugees but also "to draw conclusions about who survived the eruption, where they relocated, why they went to certain communities, and what this pattern tells us about how the ancient Roman world worked socially, economically, and politically." In order to find refugees, Tuck needed to investigate...
Garnets found to be honeycombed with intricate tunnel patterns - researchers speculate they are biologically causedGarnets found to be honeycombed with intricate tunnel patterns - researchers speculate they are biologically caused
Experts discovered strange tunnel-like patterns inside the gem stones - used in rings and necklaces - that they believe may have been created by a form of fungus. Complex systems of microscopic tunnels found inside garnet crystals from Thailand are most likely the result of microorganisms making their homes inside these minerals, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Magnus Ivarsson of the University of Southern Denmark and colleagues. Endolithic organisms are those that live inside a substrate, be it mineral, wood, bone, or some other material. Some microbes move into pre-existing cavities while others dig their own way in, but this behavior is unexpected in highly resistant minerals like garnet.
New map of the Universe reveals 300,000 more galaxiesNew map of the Universe reveals 300,000 more galaxies
The known Universe just got a lot bigger. A new map of the night sky published Tuesday charts hundreds of thousands of previously unknown galaxies discovered using a telescope that can detect light sources optical instruments cannot see. The international team behind the unprecedented space survey said their discovery literally shed new light on some of the Universe's deepest secrets, including the physics of black holes and how clusters of galaxies evolve. "This is a new window on the universe," Cyril Tasse, an astronomer at the Paris Observatory who was involved in the project, told AFP. "When we saw the first images we were like: 'What is this?!' It didn't look anything at all like what we are used to seeing."
John Oliver show billboards hijacked with NPC 'Orange Man Bad' artJohn Oliver show billboards hijacked with NPC 'Orange Man Bad' art
A John Oliver billboard in Los Angeles has been hit with street art turning the image into an NPC 'Orange Man Bad' meme. The latest street art is the second HBO billboard to be targeted by right-wing street artist "The Faction" in less than a month. Earlier this month they targeted a advertising Real Time with Bill Maher. The billboard advertising Last Week Tonight With John Oliver on the corner of La Cienega Boulevard and Pico Boulevard now reads: "The Orange Man Bad Show with John Oliver." It features the comedian peeking over the side as a non-playable character - or NPC.
Record snow causing roofs to collapse in QuebecRecord snow causing roofs to collapse in Quebec
Emily Campbell reports that record snowfall is weighing down fragile structures across the province; experts offer tips to recognize the danger.
Delaware cop under investigation after being filmed repeatedly punching a teen in the head during drug bustDelaware cop under investigation after being filmed repeatedly punching a teen in the head during drug bust
Police in Delaware have launched an internal investigation after footage was posted to social media showing an arresting officer repeatedly punching and elbowing a teenager in the head during a drug bust. New Castle County police officers responded to reports of "on-going drug transactions" and noticed an "odor of marijuana" upon arrival at the scene at roughly 5pm local time Friday evening. The main suspect was asked to dismount from a dirtbike in the driveway of his friend's house and was then being tackled to the ground while doing so, when a "struggle ensued," according to testimony from Jaiden Palmer, the friend who filmed the incident. The as-yet-unidentified cops are already standing over and restraining the teenager when the eyewitness footage begins, while one of the arresting officers can be seen punching him repeatedly in the head, shouting "Stop resisting!" The 16-year-old male suspect was subsequently identified as Roger Darnell Brown and he was found to have "numerous...
2 giant sinkholes open up in central Turkey2 giant sinkholes open up in central Turkey
Two massive sinkholes opened up in a clover field in central Turkey's Konya province, spreading fear among locals living in the area. The first sinkhole opened up in Reşadiye neighborhood on Friday, Anadolu Agency reported, adding that it measured 4 meters in diameter and 20 meters in depth. Teams from Karapınar Municipality put up a wire fence around the sinkhole to prevent accidents. After three days, a 10-meter-deep sinkhole with a 7-meter diameter opened up in the same neighborhood at 3 a.m. local time.
Exotic spiraling electrons discoveredExotic spiraling electrons discovered
Rutgers University's Professor Girsh Blumberg and colleagues have discovered an exotic form of electrons that spin like planets. Named chiral surface excitons, it consists of particles and anti-particles bound together and swirling around each other on the surface of solids. "Chiral refers to entities, like your right and left hands, that match but are asymmetrical and can't be superimposed on their mirror image," said team member Hsiang-Hsi (Sean) Kung, a graduate student at Rutgers University. "Excitons form when intense light shines on solids, kicking negatively charged electrons out of their spots and leaving behind positively charged 'holes'." The electrons and holes resemble rapidly spinning tops. The electrons eventually spiral towards the holes, annihilating each other in less than a trillionth of a second while emitting a kind of light called photoluminescence.
Explosions, two-kilometer ash plumes at Popocatépetl volcano in MexicoExplosions, two-kilometer ash plumes at Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico
The restless Popocatépetl volcano had a very active 24 hours starting yesterday morning, with several explosions and ash plumes that rose as high as two kilometers above the mountain. The National Disaster Prevention Center (Cenapred) said this morning it had identified 20 gas and water vapor exhalations at El Popo, with the first three recorded yesterday at 9:56am. The most recent was recorded this morning at 7:04. Wind sent the ash in a north-northeast direction away from the crater. There were also two recorded episodes of harmonic tremors — a sustained release of seismic and infrasonic energy typically associated with the underground movement of magma — lasting five and 10 hours respectively.
Mount Bromo volcano in West Java erupts, visitors banned from within 1-kilometer radiusMount Bromo volcano in West Java erupts, visitors banned from within 1-kilometer radius
Mount Bromo in East Java erupted on Monday Morning, emitting a 600-meter-high ash column into the air, the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) reported. The PVMBG said the eruption occurred at around 6 a.m., causing tremors with an amplitude of 0.5 to 1 millimeters. The ash moved in a northwesterly direction from the 2,929-kilometer-high mountain.
Meteor fireball explodes above French island of MayotteMeteor fireball explodes above French island of Mayotte
A meteor has exploded above the island Mayotte, sparking concern on the French overseas department, located near Madagascar off the eastern coast of Africa. Initial reports indicated an explosion had taken place somewhere on the island. The local authorities said on Twitter: "Tonight, several testimonies reported a noise that would have occurred in the Mahorais sky. At this stage no explanation could be provided. All states are mobilised to find an explanation of this phenomenon." It later became clear a meteor had entered the Earth's atmosphere above Mayotte. One resident said: "It's gone in the direction of the sea. It was a ball of fire that had a kind of tail and was going very fast. "The fire was very bright on the front. The fireball travelled from Labattoir to head offshore."
Death toll from mine landslide in Turkey reaches 3Death toll from mine landslide in Turkey reaches 3
Rescue teams pull out 2 more workers from debris after Monday's landslide at open-pit mining site near Aegean town of Milas The bodies of two more miners were recovered Tuesday, bringing the death toll to three from a landslide at an open-pit mining site in Aegean Turkey, officials said. Monday's landslide trapped four workers at the feldspar open-pit mining site near the coastal town of Milas in the Mugla province. On Monday the body of one worker was pulled out from under the debris, and one wounded miner was rescued. The injured worker was discharged from hospital on Tuesday.
Two buried alive in landslide caused by heavy rainfall in Madang, Papua New GuineaTwo buried alive in landslide caused by heavy rainfall in Madang, Papua New Guinea
Two people were buried alive in a landslide as heavy rain caused havoc in Madang last week. Raicoast MP Peter Sapia travelled to Ranara in the Naho Rawa local level government to assess the damage with the disaster office team from Madang. Madang disaster office director Rudolf Mongallee said heavy rain in the area caused the landslide which buried the two people alive. It could not be confirmed whether their bodies had been recovered. He said people living along the Finisterer mountain range has been subjected to landslides. He warned the villagers to be careful as water coming down the mountains were causing more soil erosion.
If only 1% of all vaccine injuries are reported, the $4 billion paid out is just the tip of the icebergIf only 1% of all vaccine injuries are reported, the $4 billion paid out is just the tip of the iceberg
In most public health communications about vaccination, officials gloss over vaccine risks, dismissing any possible "side effects" as mild. However, vaccination programs have always resulted in more serious vaccine injuries for some. In the 1970s and early 1980s, for example, the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) vaccine and its whole-cell pertussis component had chalked up so much vaccine damage that a television documentary likened receiving a DPT shot to playing "vaccine roulette." After the DPT debacle began attracting widespread attention, vaccine manufacturers started pressuring Congress for protection from vaccine injury lawsuits. Congress obliged. In 1986, President Reagan signed into existence a radical piece of legislation - the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) - which launched what the Act described as an "alternative remedy to judicial action for specified vaccine-related injuries." A key component of the legislation involved creating the National Vaccine...
BEST OF THE WEB: A Farewell to Arts: Marxism, Semiotics and FeminismBEST OF THE WEB: A Farewell to Arts: Marxism, Semiotics and Feminism
The Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney is a disaster-area, and not of the merely passive kind, like a bombed building, or an area that has been flooded. It is the active kind, like a badly-leaking nuclear reactor, or an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in cattle. Just as a few spots are often improbably spared even in the worst disaster-areas, there are still a few departments in our Faculty of Arts which are passable-to-good. And the disaster I am speaking of has not overtaken the Faculty of Science, or any of the science-based faculties, such as Engineering or Agriculture. This disaster in Arts has all happened in the last twenty years. In 1965 the Faculty as a whole was undistinguished, as it has always been. But it was not, then or earlier, what it is now, an important source of intellectual and moral devastation. Of course the disaster is not confined to Sydney University. Far from that, it is common to the Arts faculties of most Western universities. So far as...
BEST OF THE WEB: Cyber-Gestappo: CNN asked Facebook to censor Russia-backed video company at behest of Atlanticist 'think-tank' German Marshall FundBEST OF THE WEB: Cyber-Gestappo: CNN asked Facebook to censor Russia-backed video company at behest of Atlanticist 'think-tank' German Marshall Fund
Disclosure: Kevin Gosztola co-hosts the Unauthorized Disclosure podcast with Rania Khalek, who is a contributor for Maffick Media's Soapbox. Unauthorized Disclosure is entirely listener-funded. Shadowproof is member-supported and funded by reader donations. CNN went in search for a story about a Russian-funded digital media project that produces viral videos aimed at undermining American democracy. When CNN journalists could not find what they were looking for, they effectively manufactured the news by giving Facebook a pretext for removing the project's pages used to share videos. Now, the cable news network had their story. Four CNN journalists worked on the report, "Russia is backing a viral video company aimed at American millennials." It appeared online late in the day on February 15 and broke the news that Maffick Media had their Facebook pages for three video channels suspended. Maffick also produces In The Now, which Facebook took down as well. Facebook never required pages...
Study saying massive insect loss due to global warming based on compromised dataStudy saying massive insect loss due to global warming based on compromised data
If you believe the Guardian and the BBC, the world is on the brink of Insectapocalypse: A mass extinction of creepy crawlies that threatens the "collapse of nature." But if I were you, I'd take these claims with a big pinch of salt, especially if they include the words "climate change." That is because the most dramatic, oft-quoted study that links insect loss with climate change turns out to be flawed to the point of uselessness. It is so bad that the Global Warming Policy Foundation has sent a formal complaint to its publishers calling for its withdrawal. The study by Brad Lister and Andres Garcia was published last year by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). Titled Climate-driven declines in arthropod abundance restructure a rainforest food web, it appeared to tell a very worrying story about a precipitous decline in the number of insects in Puerto Rico's Luquillo rainforest.
Is Turkey in league with the CIA in its condemnation of Chinese 'repression' of Uighur population?Is Turkey in league with the CIA in its condemnation of Chinese 'repression' of Uighur population?
While Turkey has fostered economic links with China in order to solve its economic crisis, it has also publicly denounced the repression of the Uyghurs, basing its accusations on false information. Beijing sent a very cold reply. Everything is happening, now that Daesh has disappeared from Iraq and Syria, as if Ankara was once again running secret operations on behalf of the CIA, this time in Xinjiang. For the last few weeks, the Turkish Press has been talking about the fate of the Uyghurs, the Turkish-speaking Muslim population of China. The political parties of the opposition, including the Kemalists, have been outdoing one another to condemn the Han repression of this minority and its religion. This effervescence follows: The report by the Jamestown Foundation on the « 73 Chinese detention centres »; The Radio Free Asia campaign, which broadcast a number of interviews with ex-prisoners of the Chinese camps, and went so far as to pretend that China had outlawed the Coran...
Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Grand Solar Minimum is the real national emergencyAdapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Grand Solar Minimum is the real national emergency
New legislation the books to declare climate change a national emergency, all the while ignoring the Grand Solar Minimum. Snow was going to be a thing of the past, record snow at Squaw Valley for 2nd year in a row, Mammoth buried, northern hemisphere snow totals up and a look at Ghost Apples, the future of our global agricultural output.
SOTT FOCUS: The Long, Hard Road Back to Sanity: Escaping the Vegan Cult and the "Why I'm No Longer Vegan" PhenomenonSOTT FOCUS: The Long, Hard Road Back to Sanity: Escaping the Vegan Cult and the "Why I'm No Longer Vegan" Phenomenon
A curious thing is happening of late across the interwebs, a social phenomenon as prolific as the cinnamon challenge - some people seem to be coming to their senses. Specifically I mean some vegans, and by coming to their senses, I mean they're leaving veganism. More and more video confessionals from both prominent and less-prominent vegan pundits are surfacing within the last year with the title, or some variation of, "Why I'm No Longer Vegan". It appears to be a growing trend as hundreds, possibly thousands of vegans, citing unresolvable health issues, return to eating animal products. For the most part, the decisions being made to return to animal foods don't seem like easy ones. The videos are usually long, very humble and often heartbreaking, as these individuals confess their miracle diets don't seem to be providing the glowing health and abundance they're promised to. But it's not just that they're changing their diets. These videos have an apologetic air, confessing to the...
16 states are suing to halt Trump using emergency powers to build border wall16 states are suing to halt Trump using emergency powers to build border wall
A coalition of 16 states, including California and New York, on Monday challenged President Trump in court over his plan to use emergency powers to spend billions of dollars on his border wall. The lawsuit is part of a constitutional confrontation that Mr. Trump set off on Friday when he declared that he would spend billions of dollars more on border barriers than Congress had granted him. The clash raises questions over congressional control of spending, the scope of emergency powers granted to the president, and how far the courts are willing to go to settle such a dispute. The suit, filed in Federal District Court in San Francisco, argues that the president does not have the power to divert funds for constructing a wall along the Mexican border because it is Congress that controls spending. [Read the full lawsuit here.]
NATO's Atlantic Council hijacks Munich conference with authoritarian 'principles' declarationNATO's Atlantic Council hijacks Munich conference with authoritarian 'principles' declaration
Taking over the annual Munich security conference, the Atlantic Council has come out with a declaration of principles that seeks to legitimize the rogue behavior of the West after the Cold War as a 'rules-based' world order. For almost three decades now, Washington and its numerous clients and allies have insisted they were only upholding a "rules-based international order" against those who seek to challenge it, be it "rogue states" such as North Korea and Iran or great powers such as Russia and China. In the process, this self-styled "international community" trampled actual rules and laws to sanction, bomb, invade, occupy and regime-change countries that stood in its way - while claiming to be acting in the interests of the peace, democracy and commerce. Back in 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin stood up at the Munich Security Conference in Germany and denounced this behavior, arguing that the US has "overstepped its national borders in every way," imposing "economic,...
The impossible protein: Research confirm's Doug Axe on the rarity of functional proteinsThe impossible protein: Research confirm's Doug Axe on the rarity of functional proteins
In a previous article I described the evidence that cooption faces insurmountable mathematical challenges in explaining the origins of such complex molecular machines as the bacterial flagellum. Some of my argument relies on the evidence that novel proteins are exceedingly difficult to evolve. In discussions with critics, several important questions were raised which led me to further research studies addressing the effect of mutations on protein stability. I found that the consistent results of key studies decisively confirm the conclusion of Doug Axe that most natural proteins are too rare to evolve through an undirected search. Accumulating Mutations As I noted earlier, evolutionists argue that each protein comprising a flagellum resulted from the duplication of an existing gene which then continuously mutated until it stumbled upon a new flagellar function. However, research over the past several years has shown this claim to be implausible. Understanding why will require a few...