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Could high vaccination rates be the reason Mississippi has the worst health in the nation?

Could high vaccination rates be the reason Mississippi has the worst health in the nation?

In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offit - one of the vaccine industry's most strident ambassadors - puzzles over a seeming contradiction. How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has "the worst overall health in the nation," have used standout "efficiency" to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners? Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his article's true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippi's high vaccination rates are due to the state's 1979 decision to make the government - rather than parents - the primary vaccine decision-maker for children. Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Court's 1979 elimination of that state's religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Court's position, stating, "If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicine...the state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent." Offit - though a parent himself - tells readers that the state-determined "duty" to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights. In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

Nasrallah: 'Israel will be more easier to defeat than ISIS'

Nasrallah: 'Israel will be more easier to defeat than ISIS'

The following is the second part of an interview aired on Al Mayadeen television, relevant to the headline, in which Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah explinas the strategic folly of Trumps position on Israel, and how any escalation on the part of the Zionist occupational entity will result in a defeat swifter than that suffered by ISIS. Journalist: At the end of the first part of our interview, we concluded on two points. In the first point, you said that the events in Iran will have no consequences and are over, and in the second point we evoked, the most dangerous, is that Trump and Israel are pushing the region towards a big war, and in case this war would be triggered, the Resistance Axis is preparing and has to be prepared. And I ask Your Eminence, are you really worried and concerned that this war happens? Because I understand from your comments that the war is (a real) possibility, they will perhaps trigger it, and that you (are certain to) be victorious in this war. Hassan Nasrallah: Listen, regarding the possibility of war, it is real. As for the degree of probability, we cannot rule it out, not even for a moment. Because with such a mentality, such an administration... And whatever they say, it's not just Trump, but the Vice-President, the whole of this administration, their vision... You see how some approached the cause of Al-Quds. He approached it with a religious point of view! These things are related to... If you read the statements of the Americans and even the Israelis, you see he wants an Armageddon, he prepares a (real) Armageddon and heads towards it with force. We know their mentality.

Largest ponzi scheme in China's history uncovered: 200 million investors may have lost everything

Largest ponzi scheme in China's history uncovered: 200 million investors may have lost everything

China has had its share of ponzi-like investment scheme blow ups in the past, most recently last April as we described in "Investors Rage After 3 Billion Yuan Vanish From China's Largest Private Bank" and previously in "Chinese Investors Find Out They Got Fleeced By A $7 Billion Ponzi Scheme." But nothing quite like this, and no, it does not involve cryptocurrencies. According to the Asia Times, at the height of its business operations, online investment company, Qbao.com, had around 200 million registered users. With its "get rich quick" promises and tantalizing tales of up 80% returns, the company had a cult-like following with investors known as Baofen or fans of Qbao, not to mention potential clients clamoring to sign up for the financial firm's products, leading to as many as 2 million new users every day in late 2017. Even the full name of the company, Qianbao, had the veneer of success, as it translates into "money treasure." Unfortunately for up to 200 millions ordinary Chinese, dreams of overnight riches became a nightmare when the founder of the site, Zhang Xiaolei, was placed in police custody after turning himself in just before the start of the new year.

Killer viruses from outer space might be more common than we think

Killer viruses from outer space might be more common than we think

Could an alien virus arrive from outer space and wipe out the human race? It may sound like the plot of a B-movie, but an international group of scientists is now formally exploring the possibility for the very first time. In a study published in the journal Astrobiology next month, the group sets out its belief that while NASA continues to focus its search for extraterrestrial life on the hunt for other alien microorganisms, space viruses remain critically under-researched. The team, led by biologist Kenneth Stedman of Portland State University, is calling for scientists to develop strategies to detect these viruses - and to see if they can spread to humans from outer space.

Lock her up! Newly released Killary emails reveal knowledge of security problems

Lock her up! Newly released Killary emails reveal knowledge of security problems

Judicial Watch, an educational foundation promoting transparency, accountability and integrity in government, shared new details on the scandalized emails of the former US secretary of state. The State Department turned over the new emails to Judicial Watch as part of the group's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, with the subsequent release of 78 pages of those emails. According to reports, three of the emails contained classified information, and others revealed that Hillary Clinton was aware of the system's vulnerabilities related to her private email server. US District Court Judge James Boasberg ordered the State Department to complete processing of the remaining 72,000 recovered by the FBI during its investigation into Clinton's private email server. Hillary Clinton tried to hide her emails & knowingly violated laws protecting classified information. Judicial Watch has thus far uncovered 694 emails that Hillary Clinton failed to turn over to the State Dept as required. When will DOJ act? Learn more: https://t.co/NjZS8vxGAX pic.twitter.com/tY7Fq205dm - Judicial Watch 🔎 (@JudicialWatch) 19 января 2018 г.

Five months worth of Peter Strzok text messages go missing - FBI cites mystery "glitch"

Five months worth of Peter Strzok text messages go missing - FBI cites mystery "glitch"

Additional text messages sent and received by disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok have been handed over Congress, reports the Associated Press. In yet another twist to the Peter Strzok saga, the FBI failed to hand over a block of the agent's text messages because they have gone missing.

Republicans line up to view classified FISA abuse memo, while Democrats stick their heads in the sand

Republicans line up to view classified FISA abuse memo, while Democrats stick their heads in the sand

More than 130 congressional members have viewed the classified four-page memo detailing what senior government officials describe as "disturbing and explosive" surveillance abuse by employees of the FBI and Department of Justice under the Obama administration against President Trump and members of his campaign. But almost all of them were Republicans. Since the document was released Thursday to House members "only Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have seen it," a congressional source with knowledge of the memo said.

'I want to feel close to Russians': US ambassador takes the plunge in icy water to mark Epiphany (VIDEO)

'I want to feel close to Russians': US ambassador takes the plunge in icy water to mark Epiphany (VIDEO)

Frigid temperatures didn't stop the US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman from taking part in the Orthodox Epiphany bathing ritual, who bravely immersed in ice-cold waters of Istra River. Sporting a bathrobe and traditional Russian footwear, valenki, the US diplomat gathered his strength in front of reporters before taking a dip in freezing waters at the New Jerusalem Monastery outside Moscow. A team accompanying Hunstman cheered him on, as the ambassador performed a traditional triple plunge underwater in a ritual believed to wash sins away.

Propaganda alert: "Russian bots" helping Americans expose their own corrupt government

Propaganda alert: "Russian bots" helping Americans expose their own corrupt government

Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations have begun promoting the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo. It's a reference to a document written by Rep. Devin Nunes that purports to show abuse by the Obama administration of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The frequency with which the accounts have been promoting the hashtag has spiked by 233,000% over the past 48 hours, according to an analysis. The most-shared URL has been a link to WikiLeaks' "submit" page. Republican lawmakers are pushing for the House Intelligence Committee to release a memo written by the panel's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, that outlines purported surveillance against then President-elect Donald Trump by former President Barack Obama's administration during the transition period. And Russia-linked Twitter bots have jumped on the bandwagon.

Russia collusion probe is FBI 'corruption' at its worst - Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton

Russia collusion probe is FBI 'corruption' at its worst - Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton

Tom Fitton, the president of conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, on Saturday called the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, "corruption at its worst." Speaking at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition's 6th Anniversary Convention, Fitton said the "unelected bureaucracy" in the Justice Department and the FBI - in some cases, political appointees of the Obama administration, were "breaking the rules to bring down a duly-elected president," and violating laws "beyond what Richard Nixon ever contemplated." "Nothing in recent American history compares to what we think we know," he said.

Up close and personal view: Construction begins on world's largest underwater restaurant (PHOTOS)

Up close and personal view: Construction begins on world's largest underwater restaurant (PHOTOS)

Construction has commenced on what is set to be the world's largest, and Europe's first, underwater restaurant. The extraordinary project will transform a concrete container into an up close and personal view of subsea life Expected to open in March 2019, the aptly-named Under will sit on the southernmost tip of Norway in the Lindesnes region. Founder of the project Gaute Ubostad describes the venture as a "mixture of madness and reason." Construction for the submerged dining experience is taking place on a barge and once complete, the structure will be lowered into the sea and attached the foundations on the seabed via steel rods. The entire structure will weigh between 1,500 and 2,000 ton when finished - or the equivalent of 1,500 cars, according to those involved. The underwater restaurant, designed by the architectural firm Snohetta, will look like a thick, rectangular pipe made out of rough concrete. Part of it will sit on the shore while the remainder lies submerged six meters below sea level, resting on the seabed.

Kurds choose the losing side once more: US strategy fails as Turks attack Afrin, Syria

Kurds choose the losing side once more: US strategy fails as Turks attack Afrin, Syria

After negotiations between Russia/Syria and the Kurds of Afrin had failed, the Russian side made a deal with Turkey. Now Turkey attacks Afrin while everyone else looks aside. The main impetus for this development was the announcement of a U.S. occupation in north-east Syria with the help of the Kurdish YPG/PKK. The occupation strategy is already failing. The Kurds made the false choice. They will be the losers of this game. We had wrongly predicted that Turkish threats against the Kurdish held north-west area of Afrin were empty: The threat is not serious:...Afrin is under formal protection of Russian and Syrian forces.The real danger to Turkey is not Afrin but the much larger Kurdish protectorate the U.S. publicly announced in north-east Syria.The Turkish threats and its artillery noise have led to counter noise from Syria and more silent advice from Russia. The Syrian government wants to show that it is the protector of all Syrian citizens be they ethnic Arabs or Kurds. Russia is proud of its role as the grown up who is calming down all sides. Turkey is now attacking the Afrin canton in full force. With help from one George Orwell the operation was dubbed "Olive Branch"

Several ski resorts in the Alps cut off AGAIN as heavy snowfall closes rail and road links

Several ski resorts in the Alps cut off AGAIN as heavy snowfall closes rail and road links

A number of ski resorts in the Alps are currently in accessible as heavy snow either makes mountain roads and rail lines impassable or local authorities close them due to the avalanche danger. The latest heavy snow, which may deposit a metre of snow at some resorts over the next three days, is the latest in a series of heavy snowfalls over the past month Zermatt announced yesterday evening that it was closing its rail access from neighbouring Tasch due to the avalanche danger at 10pm and this morning said access remained closed for the time being with no end point yet known. Last night they advised arriving skiers to look for accommodation in Swiss cities rather than making the journey up to Zermatt.

Press Secretary Peskov on marathon press conferences: 'Of course Putin gets nervous, he is human'

Press Secretary Peskov on marathon press conferences: 'Of course Putin gets nervous, he is human'

Vladimir Putin's long-serving press secretary Dmitry Peskov has revealed the Russian president "gets more nervous than anyone" before his marathon live Q&A sessions, and said the president's trademark responses are "improvised." Peskov was asked about the traditional end-of-year press conference, in which Putin spends hours fielding questions from domestic and international journalists on a dizzying array of global and localized issues, and acknowledged that "few sleep well the night before." "The person who gets more nervous than anyone, I feel, is Putin himself," said Peskov, who moderated the 3 hour 40 minute session in December, as in previous years. Peskov said he used to "live in fear of the president being put on the spot." "There are no difficult questions for Putin," Peskov told Rossiya 1 channel. "Maybe I find them uncomfortable, but he easily deals with everything that he is asked about."

Impasse: Abbas dismisses US in peace process; Netanyahu won't accept substitute

Impasse: Abbas dismisses US in peace process; Netanyahu won't accept substitute

Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital on December 6 drove a stake through the heart of the two-state peace process, which envisions East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state along 1967 borders. Following Trump's declaration, Abbas, the chief Palestinian negotiator in previous talks, repeatedly dismissed the US as a trusted mediator in the peace process. Israel, unsurprisingly, continues to place its trust in the White House. "If Abbas doesn't want the US, then he doesn't want peace," Netanyahu told journalists on his return from India Friday. "There is no substitute for the United States." Comment: The manipulative twist and conflation of Abbas' statement. The only reason Israel needs the U.S. is because every other country knows Israel is an apartheid shit-hole. The Israel bribe-and-blackmail lobby may work in the U.S., but with the other big world powers? Not so much. Palestinians continue to reject the American role in the peace process because the new American course of action has so far only led to deadly violence across the Palestinian occupied territory, Abbas said. "We will not trust the American administration which is no longer suitable for the role of mediator of the peace process. We will adhere to peace, but peace shall not be at any cost, and we will seek all options but not terrorism and violence," Abbas in Cairo Wednesday. "The announcement by US President [Donald] Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would not give Israel any legitimacy in it," Abbas continued, as quoted by WAFA news. "America chose to violate international law and defy the will of the Arab and Islamic peoples and the world to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli occupation."

Study of children's book baddies show strong gender bias

Study of children's book baddies show strong gender bias

Everyone's heard the tale of wicked witches hailing from the West but, a new study proves the gender bias doesn't stop there, as males are twice as likely to be given leading roles and portrayed as monsters in children's books. Analysis of the 100 most popular children's picture books in the UK last year found rampant casual sexism in children's reading material. Villains were eight times more likely to feature as male, lead characters are 50 percent more likely to be men, and as such are 50 percent more likely to have speaking parts. The study, carried out by The Observer and market research company Nielsen, found female characters are absent from about a fifth of the best selling kids books of the year - and when they do appear, it's typically as creatures like birds, cats and insects. Males, meanwhile, are often cast as dragons, bears and tigers.

Moscow to respond to orchestrated Western media attacks 'aimed at stripping Russia of a strong leader'

Moscow to respond to orchestrated Western media attacks 'aimed at stripping Russia of a strong leader'

The Kremlin spokesperson said that media attacks on the Russian election are politically motivated and some Western countries do not want Russia to have a "strong leader." Moscow is ready to respond to all possible allegations by Western media over the legitimacy of the 2018 Russian presidential election, Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has said.

Students go to court over political correctness

Students go to court over political correctness

The growing political correctness and intolerance at Canadian universities will be challenged in a Toronto courtroom, this Wednesday, January 24. Kevin Arriola and Alexandra Godlewski are taking the Ryerson Students' Union to court for having refused to allow the Men's Issues Awareness Society (MIAS) to be a campus club. Founded in 2015, MIAS seeks to raise awareness of the fact that men experience higher rates of suicide, homelessness, workplace injuries, and failure in school. A large portion of this student club's members are women, including its current president, Sarah Hafizi.

Bright meteor fireball over the US Midwest seen as far south as Alabama

Bright meteor fireball over the US Midwest seen as far south as Alabama

Did you see it? A fireball lit up the sky over Tennessee and North Alabama Thursday evening, January 18th. Dr. Bill Cooke from NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office tells us it was actually high above Missouri and still bright enough to be seen as far away as Florence, Alabama and Franklin County, Tennessee.

Israel's hidden propaganda war, hidden impacts

Israel's hidden propaganda war, hidden impacts

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu was in a triumphant mood last week. His coalition has managed to pass a few controversial laws and his government was about approve its record high budget for 2019: 400 billion Shekel ($117bn). "Israel finds itself in an unprecedented phase of political might, economic might and military might and it changes the country beyond recognition," he said in a speech at an economic conference in Jerusalem on Thursday. As with every politician, there was a certain amount of bragging in Netanyahu's words. Yet it cannot be denied that Israel looks good in numbers. Its economy grew three percent in 2017, its exports passed the $100bn mark for the first time and the exports of Israeli high-tech companies have more than doubled to a record of $23bn. Israel's GDP per capita has passed the $40,000 bar, higher than France. Only 10 years ago it stood at $25,000 per capita. Yet early in the same week in which Netanyahu delivered his jubilant speech, his government announced new measures again the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement: it prohibited activists from several allegedly pro-BDS organisations from entering Israel. If Israel's economy is going so well, what has it to fear from a boycott movement which does not seem to have had any real effect so far?

Clinton ally Tom Steyer criticizes lawmakers for failure to impeach Trump, 'cringe-worthy' video

Clinton ally Tom Steyer criticizes lawmakers for failure to impeach Trump, 'cringe-worthy' video

It appears Billionaire Clintonite Tom Steyer is surprised that the nationwide ad campaign he bankrolled to urge members of Congress to impeach President Trump hasn't yielded results by now. Steyer went off on both Republicans and Democrats Friday after a House vote on articles of impeachment garnered a paltry 66 votes. "This vote is not a reflection of whether or not Trump has passed the threshold for impeachment, which he did months ago," Steyer said Friday in a press statement after the vote. "It is a failure by members of Congress to do what's right to keep the American people safe." Steyer, a billionaire former hedge fund manager from liberal California, launched his 'Need to Impeach' movement in October of 2017. While more than four million people have signed his petition, Democrats aren't particularly happy with the initiative. Democratic leaders believe pushing for impeachment could hurt their party's chances in the midterms later this year. Steyer underscored his campaign by sending copies of Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury to every lawmaker.

First day of government shutdown ends locked in a standoff

First day of government shutdown ends locked in a standoff

President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were locked in a standoff with Democrats on Saturday over the U.S. government shutdown, with Republicans saying they would not negotiate on immigration until the government is reopened. Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight with no agreement in Congress, meaning the second year of Trump's presidency began without a fully functioning government. Democrats stuck to demands that any short-term spending legislation must include protections for young undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers." Republicans in turn said they would not negotiate on immigration until Democrats gave them the votes needed to reopen the government. U.S. government workers were told to stay home or, in some cases, work without pay until new funding is approved in the first federal government shutdown since a 16-day funding lapse in October 2013. The Republican-controlled Senate and House of Representatives held rare weekend sessions on Saturday, facing a political crisis that could affect November congressional elections. By about 7 p.m. both chambers resigned themselves to failure and agreed to resume work on Sunday. Both Republicans and Democrats had dug in during the day, each side blaming the other.

US weapons to loyal groups in Syria triggered Turkey's military operation against Kurds

US weapons to loyal groups in Syria triggered Turkey's military operation against Kurds

The Russian Army Command in Syria is undertaking security measures for personnel present in Afrin, after the launch of the Turkish military operation against Kurdish forces. The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the Pentagon's arms supplies to US-backed groups in Syria triggered Turkey's military operation in Afrin and undermined the peace process. The Ministry added that the US has undermined the process of political settlement of the Syrian crisis and impeded the Geneva peace talks. "Uncontrolled deliveries of modern weapons, including reportedly the deliveries of the man-portable air defense systems, by the Pentagon to the pro-US forces in northern Syria, have contributed to the rapid escalation of tensions in the region and resulted in the launch of a special operation by the Turkish troops." Russian Embassy in Turkey confirmed to Sputnik that the Turkish Foreign Ministry had summoned the Russian ambassador to inform him about the beginning of the military operation in Afrin. "We can confirm the fact of summoning. We have received information from the Turkish foreign service for passing it on to the Russian authorities," the embassy's spokeswoman Irina Kasimova said.

Moscow: Investigate chemical attacks in Syria instead of blaming Damascus with US' distortion

Moscow: Investigate chemical attacks in Syria instead of blaming Damascus with US' distortion

Russia has called for an investigation of all chemical incidents in Syria, as the US has ignored all evidence of terrorist involvement while portraying the allegations against Damascus, based on shady sources, as the truth. "All the ongoing attempts by the US to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical warfare agents in combat against the so-called "opposition" are based solely on social media rumours, testimonies of the militants, and have never been backed by facts," Russia's Defense Ministry said. The statement was in response to recent comments by high-ranking US officials who once again accused Damascus of using chemical weapons, with Moscow covering it up despite the "facts" of chemical weapons deployment. The US, however, "shows no interest and often simply 'ignores' the objective facts" of terrorists using chemical weapons against "the army and civilian population," the ministry stated. All "evidence" of the alleged use of chemical agents, meanwhile, is taken at face value, despite the numerous flaws and shady sources. "This fully applies to the US-approved results of the so-called "remote investigation" of the events in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun, conclusions of which, are based on data from social networks, contradictory "evidence" from questionable sources, and violating the basic laws of physics," Russia's Defence Ministry added.

Pence and Mattis assure troops war will go on despite government shutdown

Pence and Mattis assure troops war will go on despite government shutdown

Vice President Mike Pence has encouraged US troops to focus on their missions as the federal government shut shop after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget. The soldiers won't be paid, though, until lawmakers sort it out. "We'll get this thing figured out in Washington," Pence said early Saturday as he greeted US servicemen during a refuelling stop at Shannon Airport in Ireland shortly after the government shut down. "Stay focused on your mission," Pence told the soldiers. "We have soldiers that are headed down range to Kuwait for six months in a critical theater to serve the country, and yet because of Democrats in the Senate, they have anxiety about their pay," the US Vice President charged, blaming Senate Democrats for disrupting the government's work. While the shutdown affects many federal agencies, programs that are deemed necessary to protect life or property will keep functioning, including those related to national security - which means the multitude of overseas missions American forces are engaged in.

Paris metro drivers alarmed some stations not safe, refuse to stop

Paris metro drivers alarmed some stations not safe, refuse to stop

Drivers working for the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP), Paris's publicly-owned transport company, say that several stations to the north of Paris have become rife with drug use and criminality and present a danger to passengers, French broadcaster BFMTV reports. According to the RATP union UNSA, there are drug addicts and dealers seen daily on lines 4 and 12 at stations like Marcadet Poissonnier and Porte de la Chapelle with the later station also being a well-known place for migrants to camp out. The union also says that the safety of the RATP employees is impacted in troubled areas as the number of violent incidents toward the employees has increased dramatically in recent months. The RATP has also commented on the conditions saying that they are working with local police to try and clean up some of the more troubled stations, but UNSA and the Federation of Transport and Public Service Users, an advocacy group for transit users, say the measures are not enough.

If you are craving carbs, blame your brain says Japan study

If you are craving carbs, blame your brain says Japan study

Under pressure and gobbling pizza or chocolate? It may not be your fault, according to Japanese researchers who have isolated the neurons that drive a craving for carbs. The team at Japan's National Institute for Physiological Sciences found that activating neurons known to respond to social stress increased the appetite in mice for carbohydrates. Rodents with the neurons activated ate high-carbohydrate food at a rate of three times the mice under normal conditions. They also roughly halved their intake of high-fat food, the study found. The research is the first to demonstrate the way that the brain plays a role in the preference for carbohydrates or fats, said Yasuhiko Minokoshi, a scientist at the institute, who led the study. The teams said the study could help find a way to shift people away from gorging on sugary treats or unhealthy junk food. Humans generally select what to eat based on taste, as well as the nutritional state of the body, but the exact mechanism involved in the selection has remained largely a mystery.

New crime scene photos from Vegas shooting raise more questions

New crime scene photos from Vegas shooting raise more questions

Dozens of new photos were just released from the Vegas shooting investigation which provide a chilling look inside the room and vehicle of Stephen Paddock. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department finally released a substantial amount of information this week in the form of 28 crime scene photographs. The photos show the alleged shooter's room, vehicle, security setup, and even the infamous note. While these photos give us more insight into the shooting, they also leave us with many more questions.

Markets are a sham admits the MSM

Markets are a sham admits the MSM

Sometimes the truest of hard truths are to be found smack dab in the middle of the fakest of fake news. You just have to read between the lines. Take a recent story that bubbled up amid all the hype about the all-time record highs in the "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?" manipulated stock markets. You might have seen it. It was reported all over the usual MSM dinosaur fake news financial press outlets. Here's the headline that the mother ship of the banksters' fake news press, the Financial Times, ran with: And here's the NY Times formulation: And, perhaps most telling of all, this hot take from perennial market pimp CNBC: The global market "punch bowls?" That sounds like a Corbett Report headline, not something from CNBC. So what's going on here?

Leakers will be fired, sued and possibly jailed: Snapchat issues directive to staff via internal memo

Leakers will be fired, sued and possibly jailed: Snapchat issues directive to staff via internal memo

Snapchat employees have been reportedly threatened with jail time in a stark internal memo, warning them of the consequences of leaking confidential information. Ironically, the memo cautioning employees on leaking was leaked to tech site Cheddar and sent one day before the Daily Beast published a story based on an analysis of five months of Snap's confidential metrics data.

Democrats infuriated by the audacity of Chelsea Manning's senate campaign

Democrats infuriated by the audacity of Chelsea Manning's senate campaign

Chelsea Manning is running because status quo Democratic politics is far from good enough in challenging the forces that have been bolstered by Trump Chelsea Manning announced she will campaign for the Senate against Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin in the upcoming primary. A segment of the Democratic establishment reacted feverishly. The former rapid response director for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Zac Petkanas, declared, "Chelsea Manning could have leaked the info anywhere. She went to an arm of Russian intelligence bent [on] supplanting liberal democracy worldwide with right-wing authoritarianism." "She - and all unapologetic Russian assets (witting and unwitting) - don't belong in the Senate," Petkanas added.

Senate candidate Chelsea Manning drops in to NYC pro-Trump party

Senate candidate Chelsea Manning drops in to NYC pro-Trump party

Chelsea Manning has made a shock appearance at an event celebrating the first anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration, organized by the alt-right movement's biggest media personalities. The 'Night for Freedom', which was billed as a celebration of "life, culture, music and mindset," was hosted by conservative commentator Mike Cernovich in New York. Cernovich's fellow conservatives James O'Keefe and Gavin McInnes were also penned to address the gala event. Manning, who last week announced her candidacy for the Maryland Senate seat, was reportedly seen socializing at the party but is said to have left before the end of the speeches. Later, she tweeted a picture of herself at the event, saying that she'd "crashed the fascist/white supremacist hate brigade party." Responding to criticism from supporters over her attendance at the Manhattan nightclub, the former whistleblower wrote: "Learned in prison that the best way to confront your enemies is face-to-face in their space."

UK teen got hands on US intelligence in Afghanistan, Iran while posing as CIA Chief

UK teen got hands on US intelligence in Afghanistan, Iran while posing as CIA Chief

Talk about sloppy US intelligence: A British 15-year-old managed to access top secret US intelligence on Afghanistan and Iran by posing as former CIA chief John Brennan. Kane Gamble, now 18, was able to gain access to US plans of intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending he was former CIA chief John Brennan, all while Gamble was just 15.

Trump proposes "Nuclear Option" while shutdown negotiations continue

Trump proposes "Nuclear Option" while shutdown negotiations continue

Update: That didn't take long: Bloomberg is reporting that, according to an aide to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Republicans are opposing invoking the nuclear option, something President Trump urged them to do in a tweet this morning. Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that House Republicans would support a bill that would kick the can to Feb. 8 if the Senate can pass it. While Republicans have picked up a few Democratic votes, they don't have nearly enough to overcome a filibuster, something that requires 60 votes. * * * The first full day of the January 2018 government shutdown saw a spate of hurried but ultimately fruitless negotiations, and already the White House - which has been accused of exacerbating the problem by constantly shifting its negotiating position - has had enough: In a tweet this morning, President Donald Trump said Republicans should consider invoking "the nuclear option" to eliminate the possibility of an opposition fillibuster - allowing Republicans to pass a long-term spending bill with a simple majority (there are 51 Republican senators).

Russia, Canada, Northern European countries identified as prime targets for Earth-bound meteorites

Russia, Canada, Northern European countries identified as prime targets for Earth-bound meteorites

Russia, Canada, and Northern European countries are the primary targets for asteroids and meteorites falling to Earth, Columbian scientists have found. But don't get packing just yet, because nowhere is really safe. Scientists Jorge Zuluaga and Mario Sucerquia from the University of Antioquia in Medellin (Colombia), analyzed the probability of a space rock falling in different regions of the Earth using a process called "Gravitational Ray Tracing" (GRT). The fact that the Tunguska and Chelyabinsk meteorites, over a century apart in time, were only separated by 2,300 kilometers (some 1,400 miles), led the Colombian physicists to conclude that some regions of our planet are more prone to this danger than others.

SOTT FOCUS: Behind the Headlines: Turkey Launches Military Operation Against Syrian Kurdish 'Rebels'

SOTT FOCUS: Behind the Headlines: Turkey Launches Military Operation Against Syrian Kurdish 'Rebels'

Turkey's General Staff today declared the launch of 'Operation Olive Branch', with up to 72 Turkish F-16 jets and multiple heavy artillery units targeting Syrian-Kurdish forces in the northwestern enclave of Afrin. Turkish media claims that Ankara had informed Damascus about the offensive "in writing," but Damascus says it received no such warning and has demanded that Turkish forces cease fire. The Russian government, meanwhile, has blamed the Americans for this dangerous escalation, citing "the Pentagon's uncontrolled deliveries of modern weaponry to pro-US militants in the north of Syria, which contributed to the rapid escalation of tensions and prompted the Turkish special operation." Indeed, this event is most likely a response to last week's announcement by the US that it was regrouping some 30,000 Syrian-Kurdish forces into a 'border force', a move that has apparently forced Turkey's hand. To find out why, and where this could lead to next, join us this Sunday on Behind the Headlines, from 12-2pm EST / 5-7pm UTC / 6-8pm CET. Running Time: 01:30:00 Download: OGG, MP3 Listen live, chat, and call in to future shows on the SOTT Radio Network!

President Trump personally jumps into pro-life causes as the first US president ever to appear at a pro-life rally

President Trump personally jumps into pro-life causes as the first US president ever to appear at a pro-life rally

"Love saves lives." - This is the slogan for the 2018 March for Life in Washington D.C. This statement is simple and utterly profound. When spoken by the President of the United States it is even more profound, and to top it all off, when spoken by the first US President ever to make a public appearance at a pro-life rally - THE pro-life rally, the 2018 March for Life. President Donald Trump took to the podium to speak to America and to the world about the sanctity of life. Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the 'right to life.' This is compelling, as are the data that the alignment of the American population are increasingly also pro-life. Only 12% of Americans polled support abortion on demand at any time. Trump detailed in his speech some very specific moves he has made and intends to make as President, actions that truly show him 100 percent pro-life. Comment: What do Americans really think about abortion? 76% favor substantial restrictions

'They're holding the government hostage': White House phone line blames Democrats over shutdown, immigration debate (AUDIO)

'They're holding the government hostage': White House phone line blames Democrats over shutdown, immigration debate (AUDIO)

The recorded greeting for the White House comment line is telling callers that Democrats are holding the US government hostage over the immigration debate. After dialling the number, an automated message declares that the call cannot be answered "because congressional Democrats are holding government funding - including funding for our troops and other national security priorities - hostage to an unrelated immigration debate." The recording then concludes, saying: "Due to this obstruction, the government is shut down."

Watch out! Twitter warns RT contributors about 'Russian bots'

Watch out! Twitter warns RT contributors about 'Russian bots'

Twitter has sent warning letters to hundreds of thousands of subscribers that their accounts have been spotted retweeting or liking "Russian propaganda." RT contributors were among the recipients, and they are not amused. On Friday, Twitter began notifying some 677,775 users who liked or retweeted messages from the newly suspended 'Russian bot' accounts that they have fallen victim to Russian propaganda. Frequent guests on RT were among the first to receive such warnings. Among them, Joe Lauria, independent journalist, author and former Wall Street Journal correspondent, journalist Rania Khalek, and political comedian Tim Young. Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute was also singled out by the San Francisco based company. "We are emailing you because we have reason to believe that you either followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked content from these accounts during the election period," Twitter said. "We are sharing this information so that you can learn more about these accounts and the nature of the Russian propaganda effort." "Twitter's criteria identifying these accounts is extremely questionable. If you care about free speech, this should alarm you," Khalek said, retweeting Twitter's notification.

Racist assistant police chief caught teaching police candidates to 'kill black people'

Racist assistant police chief caught teaching police candidates to 'kill black people'

An assistant police chief who was being investigated for ties to pedophilia, resigned after private Facebook messages were made public that outed him as a racist. The assistant police chief in Prospect, Kentucky, who was already under investigation for ties to pedophilia, is now without a job after it was revealed that he was sending racist, violent, and sexual private messages to police recruits on Facebook. Todd Shaw was "a bit of a character," according to Prospect Mayor John Evans, who appeared visibly upset that his town's reputation has been hurt by Shaw's alleged actions. The private Facebook messages came to light during a criminal investigation alleging Shaw aided LMPD officer Kenneth Betts who was being investigated for allegedly raping a teenage boy enrolled in the Louisville Metro Police Department's Explorer program.

Reinforced ignorance about Putin's Christian faith proves how disconnected American press is from reality

Reinforced ignorance about Putin's Christian faith proves how disconnected American press is from reality

As reported on RussiaFeed.com In Russia, President Vladimir Putin marked the celebration of Theophany (sometimes called "Epiphany" in the West) in the usual way - by immersing himself in freezing cold water in Lake Seliger at a monastery near Tver, some 200 miles north of Moscow. January 19th marks the Orthodox Christian celebration of the feast known as "Holy Theophany." This feast commemorates the Baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. In Russia, Greece and other Orthodox Christian countries, there is a tradition that all the waters of the world are distinctly blessed, made holy, and so many people celebrate this by jumping into bodies of water - rivers, lakes, the ocean; no matter how cold. Picture of cross-shaped holes in thick lake ice, and bare-skinned Russian men and swimsuit-clad women are a yearly distribution because of this feast. Fox News received and ran the video of President Putin doing this.

Mysterious boom shakes homes in northern Illinois

Mysterious boom shakes homes in northern Illinois

Was it a sonic boom? A UFO crash? A meteorite? The source of a loud boom that shook houses in the Yorkville area Saturday afternoon is a mystery to law enforcement and other experts. Sgt. Dave Lawson of the Kendall County Sheriff's Office said police were notified of the boom at 4:35 p.m. Saturday. "This is a giant mystery," Lawson said. "I don't know of an easier way to say it. We had units out pretty much immediately in the area and we were unable to figure it out. We actually had off-duty deputies at home that heard it and felt it." Lawson said the KenCom dispatch system received reports about the boom from as far as Plano and even one report from Minooka.

100 Europeans who joined ISIS to be tried in Iraq 'most of them likely to receive a death sentence'

100 Europeans who joined ISIS to be tried in Iraq 'most of them likely to receive a death sentence'

An Iraqi criminal court has ruled that a German woman of Moroccan descent should incur the death penalty for joining Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), according to the court's spokesman. The case marks the first time a foreign woman has been sentenced to death in Iraq for joining the group, as Reuters reports. The woman, whose name hasn't been disclosed, was guilty of "offering logistic support and helping the terrorist group to carry out criminal acts," as well as "taking part in attacks against security forces," the Supreme Judicial Council's spokesman, Abdul-Sattar Bayrkda, said, according to AP.

Syrian Army encircles large group of Al-Nusra Front in Idlib and liberates airport

Syrian Army encircles large group of Al-Nusra Front in Idlib and liberates airport

The Syrian Army and militia have encircled a large grouping within Al-Nusra Front in eastern Idlib and have liberated the Abu Duhur airport from jihadists, Russia's Defense Ministry reported on Sunday. "Assault troops of the Syrian government forces under the command of General Hassan Suhel, while advancing along the road connecting Hama and Aleppo, have joined the militia units near Herbet al Ghajar and Rasm al Harmal," the ministry said. "They have therefore completed the encirclement of a large grouping within the terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra [Al-Nusra Front] in the eastern part of the Idlib Province." Additionally, during the assault the Syrian Army managed to drive out militants from the Abu Duhur airport, which had been under the terrorists' control since September 2015, the ministry said.

What's behind the rise of the 'Intellectual Dark Web?'

What's behind the rise of the 'Intellectual Dark Web?'

Recently, public intellectuals are moving away from university settings to the 'Intellectual Dark Web' to spread their ideas. What is driving this shift? Public discourse in recent years is increasingly characterised by polarisation and an emotionally divided political landscape. The Right in the Western world struggles to grapple with rampant populism that degrades the political process with nativist sentiment whilst a concurrent fractured identity discourse sees the Left increasingly searching for traitors over converts. Where in the current fraught climate is a space for free dialogue held in good faith? Is the burgeoning 'Intellectual Dark Web' the new forum for intellectual debate that is sorely needed? For several public intellectuals and pundits, as part of a new digital network of podcasts and talk shows, the 'safe space' for dialogue is not in the universities or mainstream news media outlets but online. Coined by Eric Weinstein, economist and director of Thiel Capital, the term Intellectual Dark Web refers to this emergent space. A veritable Mos Eisley cantina of disaffected leftists, conservatives and liberals are found here conducting their own political discourse. Creating their own podcasts and crowd-funding with supporters through tools like Patreon, these thinkers are subject to no authority but themselves. Figures of all political and ideological persuasions are found on these podcasts. One of the more well-known podcast hosts, Joe Rogan, comes from the world of MMA, self-described as 'The bridge between the meatheads and potheads.' You certainly would not guess that Rogan and his podcast, 'The Joe Rogan Experience' was pulling in excess of 5 million YouTube views on his most popular content and regularly exceeding a million views. This is not to mention the tens of millions of downloads his podcasts receive monthly on platforms such as iTunes. Symptomatic of shifts from traditional media gatekeepers to independent platforms shows like Rogan's signify a rejection of the trend toward sound-byte analysis. His discussions with guests, ranging typically from 2-4 hours in length, is common to many of the major content producers in this area.

Why has Germany been without a government for 4 months?

Why has Germany been without a government for 4 months?

After four months of political horse trading, Germany appears to be close to forming a new government, but with things humming along, it begs the question: Does the EU's most powerful player actually need someone in charge? Following last week's preliminary deal agreement, the Social Democratic Party will vote Sunday as to whether it should pursue coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats. If it does, it will signal the end of the country's 119 day spell without a government. If the SPD vote against the talks, it will almost certainly trigger fresh elections that could cut short Merkel's 12 year reign as Germany's leader.

SOTT FOCUS: Five Feminist Lies We Take For Granted

SOTT FOCUS: Five Feminist Lies We Take For Granted

"Sexuality is to feminism what work is to Marxism... the molding, direction, and expression of sexuality organizes society into two sexes: women and men. This division underlies the totality of social relations." Catherine MacKinnon, Toward a feminist theory of the state Some years ago I began an unexpected journey down the feminist rabbit-hole. It was in 2014 when my Grandma asked me about the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest and I found myself unable to explain who the winner was: Conchita Wurst, a man who dresses like a woman and wears make-up, but sports a beard. In hindsight, I realize this journey was a painful process, probably because it touched something deep in me. The data I discovered were in conflict with my protective instinct, something that is deeply wired in males. While females are hardwired to nurture and care, men are wired to provide and protect. So when a man is exposed to victimized women (as depicted by the feminist narrative), it triggers his core instinct and social duty to protect. In addition, the instinctual hijack and deep cultural values tend to inhibit any proper intellectual functioning. The above might be one of the reasons why the victimhood of women is so central to the feminist ideology. It might also be one of the reasons why so many men blindly embrace feminist narratives.

North Korean delegation arrives in the South to inspect Olympic art performance venues

North Korean delegation arrives in the South to inspect Olympic art performance venues

A N. Korean delegation has travelled to the South to inspect Olympic venues. Pyongyang had earlier indicated the visit would be canceled, raising alarm over the fate of the budding rapprochement in the run-up to the Games. Accompanying the inspection team is young female artist Hyon Song-wol, who now heads the North's Samjiyon Orchestra. She's known for her part in the Moranbong Band, an all-female music group whose members are allegedly selected by Kim Jong-un personally. The superstar is rumored to be an ex-girlfriend of the supreme leader himself. She now leads her country's efforts to make the so-called 'Peace Olympics' a reality.

Flu season exposes the IV saline solution shortage as just the tip of the iceberg

Flu season exposes the IV saline solution shortage as just the tip of the iceberg

Flu season in the U.S. typically peaks in February, but this year's outbreak is already one of the worst on record. As of Jan. 6, 20 children have died from the flu, and overall mortality caused by the flu is already double that of last year's. One reason the flu is so severe this season is that the dominant strain is H3N2, which has an impressive ability to mutate and is particularly aggressive against Americans over 50. Making the threat worse is the fact that most of the IV saline bags used in common medical treatments and procedures - including severe cases of the flu - are made in Puerto Rico, which is still reeling from Hurricane Maria. Hospitals in some areas around the country that are operating at or above capacity because of the flu are quickly running low on saline, resorting to time-consuming and potentially dangerous treatments of patients. The IV saline shortage is unlikely to cause a life-threatening breakdown of medical treatments. But the shortage does expose a dangerous flaw in the medical supply chains that everyone relies on to counter disease outbreaks or bioterrorism. Many different types of important medical equipment and medicines either come from abroad or rely on a single producer.

US regulators, banking and tech managers launch digital currency backed by oil reserves

US regulators, banking and tech managers launch digital currency backed by oil reserves

The first legally compliant digital currency based on a physical asset, OilCoin, was announced last month. Each token will reportedly represent the value of one barrel of oil. A team of banking and technology managers, and US regulatory commissioners who launched the digital currency claim it would provide users with a safe haven from cryptocurrency volatility. RT talked to Alexandre Kateb, president of Competence Finance SAS, to understand if the new digital currency could one day become a real safe haven like gold. "OilCoin will try to replicate the movement of oil prices, very much like a financial instrument called an oil future," said Kateb, who explained that this contrasted with bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the value of which is determined by supply and demand for the tokens in circulation, and the cost of issuing new tokens.