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Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif: One or several governments are behind Iranian tanker attackIran's Foreign Minister Zarif: One or several governments are behind Iranian tanker attack
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has stated in an interview with the ICANA News agency that although the investigation into the Red Sea attack on the Sabiti oil tanker is still ongoing, it's already clear that one or several governments conducted it. He elaborated by indicating that the attack was a "complex operation", which could only have been conducted by a state actor. Zarif further said that it's too early to point the finger at any country since the investigation is not yet complete and all the facts about the incidents have not been reviewed. The Sabiti oil tanker was hit with two blasts in the Red Sea just 100 kilometres away from the Saudi port of Jeddah on 9 October, reportedly damaging its tanks and leading to an oil spill. The National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), the owner of the vessel, stated that the blasts were "probably caused by missile strikes", but denied earlier media reports that they came from Saudi territory.
On psychopathy and powerOn psychopathy and power
Due to a very painful and disturbing revelation in my personal life I have had the unfortunate occasion to spend the last several days thinking a lot about psychopaths and what makes them tick. I don't want to get into the hairy details at this time, but I would like to share some of the more general thoughts that have been coming up here on the matter. It is interesting that psychopathy should have reached a dark tentacle into my life in the way that it did, given that the three years I've been at this gig have been spent writing more and more about the way our world is run by calculating manipulators who are devoid of empathy. I often say that we have found ourselves ruled by psychopaths because we have a system wherein (A) those who are willing to do anything to anyone are rewarded with immense wealth, and (B) immense wealth translates directly to immense political power. Add in the fact that studies have shown that wealth itself kills off empathy and compassion, and you've got...
'Death to our enemies!' Ukraine's ultra-nationalists and neo-Nazi's march in Kiev against President's roadmap to peace'Death to our enemies!' Ukraine's ultra-nationalists and neo-Nazi's march in Kiev against President's roadmap to peace
Ukrainian nationalists marched in Kiev to mark the anniversary of a Nazi-collaborating WWII militia. Many used the occasion to protest the so-called Steinmeier Formula - arguably Ukraine's best chance for peace. Ukraine's capital saw multiple marches attended by all kinds of nationalists on Monday, when the nation commemorated the foundation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) - a guerilla group that fought against the Red Army during World War II in collaboration with the Nazis. This time, though, it was not just about glorification of Ukraine's dubious past, as far-right groups projected their war fantasies onto the nation's troubled present. The largest rally, under the slogan "Defend the Ukrainian land!" was organized by the All-Ukrainian Union 'Svoboda' (Freedom) - an ultranationalist party formerly known as the Social-National Party of Ukraine. Members of far-right groups such as the Right Sector and the Organization of the Ukrainian Nationalists also joined the rally....
Media uproar as video depicting Trump massacring news outlets shown at conservative eventMedia uproar as video depicting Trump massacring news outlets shown at conservative event
US media is up in arms after reports that a video depicting Donald Trump massacring 'fake news' agencies and his political rivals was shown at an event held at one of his resorts. The video in question is a remake of a scene from the 2014 dark comedy 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' where Trump's head is superimposed on the main character, played by Colin Firth. It was aired at an event held by the conservative group American Priority at the Trump National Doral Miami last week. The video was first posted online in 2018. The fake Trump is shown shooting, stabbing, and killing Democrats like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, in addition to blasting multiple avatars representing various Trump-critical news organizations such as CNN and MSNBC and even one fake George Soros.
"Dither and delay": Brexit talks continue in Brussels ahead of crunch summit"Dither and delay": Brexit talks continue in Brussels ahead of crunch summit
Efforts to reach a Brexit deal before Thursday's summit of European leaders are continuing in Brussels. Negotiators from both sides are trying to bridge what senior EU official Michel Barnier called "big gaps". EU ambassadors were told on Sunday the UK would make concessions on its customs plan for Northern Ireland. Speaking in the House of Commons, Boris Johnson said the government was preparing to leave on 31 October and it was time to "get Brexit done".
BEST OF THE WEB: Two female Islamist terrorists sentenced to 25+ years for Notre Dame 'bombing' attempt in 2016BEST OF THE WEB: Two female Islamist terrorists sentenced to 25+ years for Notre Dame 'bombing' attempt in 2016
Two French members of an all-female Islamic terror group linked to ISIS have been sentenced to over 25 years in prison each for their failed attempt to blow up Notre Dame cathedral with a car packed full of gas cylinders. Inès Madani and Ornella Gilligmann received 30 and 25 years in prison, respectively, on Monday after a French court found them guilty of the September 4, 2016 plot to blow up Notre Dame which prosecutors claimed would have killed at least 60 people if it had been successful. Comment: Madani is a Muslim name, but Gilligmann is almost certainly Jewish.
What really happened when the 'dino-killer' asteroid struckWhat really happened when the 'dino-killer' asteroid struck
Where armies of trees once stretched skywards, seemingly escaping from the thickets of ferns and shrubs that clawed at their roots, only scorched trunks remain. Instead of the incessant hum of insect chatter blotting out the sound of ponderous giant dinosaurs, only the occasional flurry of wind pierces the silence. Darkness rules: the rich blues and greens, and occasional yellows and reds that danced in the Sun's rays have all been wiped out. This is Earth after a six-mile-wide asteroid smashed into it 66 million years ago. "In the course of minutes to hours it went from this lush, vibrant world to just absolute silence and nothing," says Daniel Durda, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado. "Especially in the thousands of square miles around the impact site, the slate was just wiped clean."
BEST OF THE WEB: Catalan uproar over jail sentences for independence leaders could seal Spain's fate - Alex SalmondBEST OF THE WEB: Catalan uproar over jail sentences for independence leaders could seal Spain's fate - Alex Salmond
The sentences were "antidemocratic, oppressive and totally counterproductive" for the Spanish government, because "now [the pro-independence politicians] will achieve martyrdom," Salmond explained. This is the day that these Spanish judges actually sealed the fate of the Spanish state. I don't see the Catalan crisis ending now anywhere except in Catalan independence. The Catalans were found guilty of sedition, but not rebellion, the most serious of the charges they faced over the 2017 declaration of independence. The secession attempt followed a referendum, banned by the Madrid government, that saw 90 percent of Catalans vote for independence despite a heavy-handed crackdown on those 42 percent who turned out to polls. Comment: As we can see from that result, it was not a clear mandate from Catalonians in favor of secession from Spain. But that doesn't excuse the Spanish state's heavy-handed approach to brutalizing first the referendum proceedings two years ago, and now protesters...
Fear of a white Joker: When did the left stop caring about crime's root causes?Fear of a white Joker: When did the left stop caring about crime's root causes?
Todd Phillip's Joker is one of the most culturally significant films in recent memory. It has been praised and attacked with a fervency that is rarely inspired by the mainstream fruits of Hollywood. Indeed, it is difficult to think of a modern blockbuster that has generated such attention and concern. Virtually every major media outlet has published some extended commentary on the work, whether it be a film review of the standard format (which are now rare) or an impassioned op-ed delineating how the film is either the cause or consequence of some terrible social phenomenon. Inevitably, the word "Trump" appears early and often. The film tells the origin story of the Joker, a prominent supervillain in the Batman fictional universe. It traces the tale of a failed comedian named Arthur Fleck who, afflicted by bullying and mental instability, turns to a life of crime and sadism. To progressive members of the literati, the phenomenon of interest is the omnipresent sociopathy of the...
Record cold in Transbaikal Territory, RussiaRecord cold in Transbaikal Territory, Russia
Several settlements report record cold. On the night of October 12, in most settlements of the Trans-Baikal Territory, the temperature dropped below a 10-degree mark. In the village of Nerchinsky Zavod, located southeast of the regional center of Chita, the temperature dropped to -14.2°C, the previous record, -12.9°C, was noted in 1903.
'No lights, no heat. Nothing. Period': Unprecedented snowstorm forces state of emergency in Manitoba, Canada'No lights, no heat. Nothing. Period': Unprecedented snowstorm forces state of emergency in Manitoba, Canada
As an early season snow and windstorm hammered Manitoba over the weekend, Marlene Beardy's pregnant granddaughter found herself stranded in Lake St. Martin, three hours north of Winnipeg, without heat or power and days away from giving birth. "There was no heat, nothing at all. No lights, no heat. Nothing. Period," said Beardy, an evacuee from the northern Manitoba community, who was waiting to check into a hotel in Winnipeg on Monday. Beardy is preparing to spend the next two weeks in a Winnipeg hotel with her granddaughter — who made it safely to Winnipeg after initial challenges evacuating — and newborn great-grandson, who was born in Winnipeg at 7:38 a.m. on Monday. Thousands of people have been evacuated from northern First Nations communities in Mantioba as Manitoba Hydro works to rebuild vast stretches of the power grid in the province, warning it could take four days to restore full power to Winnipeg and 10 days to restore power to hard hit parts of the province outside the...
America is in a permanent coup!America is in a permanent coup!
I've lived through a few coups. They're insane, random, and terrifying, like watching sports, except your political future depends on the score. The kickoff begins when a key official decides to buck the executive. From that moment, government becomes a high-speed head-counting exercise. Who's got the power plant, the airport, the police in the capital? How many department chiefs are answering their phones? Who's writing tonight's newscast? When the KGB in 1991 tried to reassume control of the crumbling Soviet Union by placing Mikhail Gorbachev under arrest and attempting to seize Moscow, logistics ruled. Boris Yeltsin's crew drove to the Russian White House in ordinary cars, beating KGB coup plotters who were trying to reach the seat of Russian government in armored vehicles. A key moment came when one of Yeltsin's men, Alexander Rutskoi - who two years later would himself lead a coup against Yeltsin - prevailed upon a Major in a tank unit to defy KGB orders and turn on the...
Is a fundamental force of nature out of whack? Physicists search universe for evidenceIs a fundamental force of nature out of whack? Physicists search universe for evidence
Just four numbers underpin the laws of physics. That's why scientists have for decades looked for any discrepancies in these so-called fundamental constants. Finding such a variation would rock the very foundations of modern science. Not to mention, it would guarantee at least one lucky researcher a free trip to Stockholm, a shiny new gold medal and a million bucks. Recently, a pair of astronomers turned to one of the oldest stars in the universe to test the constancy of one of the superstars of the four fundamental forces of nature — gravity. They looked back in time over the past few billion years for any inconsistencies. Not to give away the full story, but no Nobel Prizes will be awarded just yet. The G-man We take Newton's gravitational constant (denoted simply by "G") for granted, probably because gravity is pretty predictable. We call it Newton's gravitational constant because Newton was the first person to really need it to help describe his famous laws of motion. Using his...
The trouble with Mike Pence: Imagining a Christian Zionist neoconservative presidencyThe trouble with Mike Pence: Imagining a Christian Zionist neoconservative presidency
Be warned, the Vice President's foreign policy positions invoke a messianism not seen since the Bush Administration. As Congress lurches towards impeachment, complete with Cabinet-level subpoenas, the specter of a Mike Pence presidency looms larger. But let's face it: Whether it's in 2024 or sooner, President Pence in the Oval Office would be a dream come true for establishment Republicans and war hawk neocons alike. Trump-style "America First" nationalism would be dead on arrival, in its place the zombified corpse of globalism. During the run up to the 2016 election, the media criticized Trump's choice of Pence as hypocritical. Trump had famously broke with Republican orthodoxy when he called the Iraq war "a disaster." He never missed an opportunity to deride Hillary Clinton for her support of the 2003 invasion. But Trump didn't seem to mind that his choice for vice president had also voted for the war. Huh? That's because Trump sees the presidency as a one-man band, and he...
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu: It is the West that is responsible for waging hybrid wars, not usRussian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu: It is the West that is responsible for waging hybrid wars, not us
Russian Defence Minister General Sergei Shoigu in a September 22, 2019 Interview: We long failed to understand the essential nature of what was going on around us. If the West had continued to behave as it began behaving in Gorbachev's time - if it had kept all its promises, not moved NATO ever closer to our borders, not expanded its influence in our near abroad, not gotten involved in the internal affairs of our country - then it seems to me that the West would ultimately have succeeded in everything. They would have succeeded in attaining the objective they had set themselves — the objective of destroying and enslaving our country, as the West did to the former Soviet republics. The process of recovering our common sense began in 1999. From that moment we have fought for all we are worth through difficulty and hardship to reach a situation whereby today the world has, nevertheless, ceased to be a unipolar world. And the West, naturally enough, is not at all happy about this, it...
It's another great Nobel Prize year for intelligent designIt's another great Nobel Prize year for intelligent design
And a bad year for a 19th-century creation myth. After more than a century of shut-outs at the Nobel Prizes, it's understandable that Darwinists are a bit dejected. It's embarrassing that the "greatest idea anyone ever had" and the "theory that explains all of biology" can't in a century garner even one of science's most distinguished awards. Instead, it must make do with wordplay, as we saw with last year's Prize in Chemistry for "directed evolution." (See Ann Gauger's post, "It's Not 'Evolution' — A Nobel Prize for Engineering Enzymes.") It's understandable why Darwinian scientists spend so much time in court silencing scientists and teachers who question their theory. In the arena of world-class science, Darwinism is a joke, and it wouldn't last a day unless challenges to it were silenced by force.
Britain's first children's gender identity clinic - run by Tavistock Institute and NHS - hired lawyers to 'silence' book critical of gender-bender agendaBritain's first children's gender identity clinic - run by Tavistock Institute and NHS - hired lawyers to 'silence' book critical of gender-bender agenda
Britain's first children's gender identity clinic hired lawyers to try to force the publishers of a book criticising its practices to let it see the contents before publication, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. A law firm instructed by the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) wrote to the editors of 'Inventing Transgender Children and Young People', which warns that the rocketing number of youngsters now seeking to change sex is becoming a scandal. Lawyers representing Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which runs the clinic, claimed many of those who had contributed to the book will have been employed by the gender service and may have broken NHS confidentiality rules. Comment: Some believe that the Tavistock Institute (of which the above organization is an outgrowth) is actually a deep state think-tank responsible for anti-democratic mass propaganda to implement globalists' social engineering in the UK. They said the Tavistock feared the book may contain comments 'defamatory'...
Texas cop who killed woman through window of her own home has resigned & may face criminal chargesTexas cop who killed woman through window of her own home has resigned & may face criminal charges
A Texas police officer who shot and killed a black woman through a window of her own home while she was playing video games with her nephew has resigned and may face criminal charges, the Fort Worth interim police chief has said. Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was killed after a neighbor had called a non-emergency police line for a welfare check because they noticed that her front door was open in the middle of the night. Upon arriving, one of the responding officers shouted commands before opening fire through a window after "perceiving a threat." In a statement, police said the officer had seen a person standing inside the residence and fired one shot at the 'suspect' before going inside to give the woman emergency medical care. Jefferson died in her bedroom with her eight-year-old nephew in the house.
Nationalism doesn't mean isolationism: Why Bertrand Russell is wrongNationalism doesn't mean isolationism: Why Bertrand Russell is wrong
For many years, the west has experienced an unfortunate drought of genuinely nationalist leaders. Where the concept of national sovereignty had once been considered a sacred component of a political leader's mandate, decades of technocratic governance from above, monetarism and consumerism from below and asymmetric wars abroad has caused the word itself to be dragged through the mud of insanity. Somehow, over the years since WWII, the word "nationalism" increasingly became associated with "authoritarianism", "fascism" and "isolationism". If one were to be respected in polite society, to be associated with "nationalism" was political death for any sophisticated statesman. This tendency became a cartoonish joke when a poster-boy for neo-liberalism by the name of Justin Trudeau celebrated his election victory in 2015 by proclaiming that he was the leader of "the world's first post-national state". Of course, Justin was then responding to the "authoritarian nationalists" apparently...
'Equation of power changed': Top Iranian official says Middle East is 'safer place' without US'Equation of power changed': Top Iranian official says Middle East is 'safer place' without US
Following the start of the Turkish military operation in northern Syria, the US announced that it would pull out some of its troops from the area, with President Donald Trump criticising the efforts of previous administrations that dragged Washington into wars in the Middle East. Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani has stated that the Middle East would be "a safer place without the US", stating that Washington should withdraw its troops from the region entirely and not just from Syria. He argued that even US officials have acknowledged that getting involved in the region's wars was a mistake, apparently referring to US President Donald Trump's recent criticism of past US administrations' Middle East policies. Commenting on the recent statement by the POTUS, Shamkhani alleged that his administration has realised that "the equation of power and politics in the Middle East has changed" and that the US can no longer claim the leading position in the...
The scandal of the Nobel Peace Prize: Should Trump win 2019's?The scandal of the Nobel Peace Prize: Should Trump win 2019's?
Simply by pulling forces out of Syria, the work to end the North Korean crisis, the efforts to end the Kashmir crisis, president Donald Trump is a far more worthy Nobel Peace Prize winner than US war president, Barack Obama ever was. He received the Nobel in the midst of escalating the war in Afghanistan, days after taking office. #Donald Trump for Nobel 2019. Comment: Trump certainly is more worthy than Obama and he's doing his best but whether he's solely responsible for the above claims is reaching. It was a shocking scandal and a strong signal that the Norwegian Nobel Committee is politically rigged. Obama had done nothing to fulfill the Alfred Nobel requirements in order to get the Peace Prize award. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has become notorious the past years for almost solely giving the prize to the Liberal US media favorites, disregarding the will of Alfred Nobel, writes Hanne Nabintu Herland, regular columnist at World Net Daily, one of America's largest Conservative...
Pictish stone with carved beasts, 'unlike anything found before'?Pictish stone with carved beasts, 'unlike anything found before'?
A 1,200-year-old standing stone discovered in the Highlands has carvings never before seen on a Pictish stone, archaeologists have said. The stone was found lying in the ground and covered by vegetation at an early Christian church site near Dingwall. Archaeologists have now revealed the side of the stone that was down in the earth and hidden from view was decorated with "two massive beasts". Just over a metre of the original two metre-tall (6ft) stone survives.
Local Elections: Orban loses Budapest as Hungary's opposition breaks his winning streakLocal Elections: Orban loses Budapest as Hungary's opposition breaks his winning streak
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's party lost control of Budapest and four of the country's biggest cities, in a major rebuke to his rule after a video of one of his allies at an orgy handed a last-minute gift to a galvanized opposition. The unexpectedly strong showing in local elections across Hungary gave opposition parties, which united behind joint candidates for the first time, momentum to build on their alliance against the self-styled opponent of liberal democracy. Gergely Karacsony, a former district mayor in Budapest, claimed the most important victory on Sunday. "This election was about how the power of the people is always stronger than the men of power," Karacsony said after Istvan Tarlos, the two-term Orban-backed mayor of Budapest, conceded defeat to him.
Kurds face stark options after US pullbackKurds face stark options after US pullback
In the annals of bombastic Trump tweets, this one is simply astonishing: here we have a President of the United States, on the record, unmasking the whole $8-trillion intervention in the Middle East as an endless war based on a "false premise." No wonder the Pentagon is not amused. Trump's tweet bisects the surreal geopolitical spectacle of Turkey attacking a 120-kilometer-long stretch of Syrian territory east of the Euphrates to essentially expel Syrian Kurds. Even after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cleared with Trump the terms of the Orwellian-named "Operation Peace Spring," Ankara may now face the risk of US economic sanctions. The predominant Western narrative credits the Syrian Democratic Forces, mostly Kurdish, for fighting and defeating Islamic State, also known as Daesh. The SDF is essentially a collection of mercenaries working for the Pentagon against Damascus. But many Syrian citizens argue that ISIS was in fact defeated by the Syrian Arab Army, Russian aerial...
Notorious pedophile who abused up to 200 children stabbed to death in prisonNotorious pedophile who abused up to 200 children stabbed to death in prison
A notorious British pedophile who was serving 22 concurrent life sentences for abusing 22 children in Malaysia — and up to 200 during an eight-year spree — was stabbed to death in a prison in England, according to reports. Richard Huckle, 33, was found dead Sunday inside his cell at the high-security Full Sutton Prison in North Yorkshire after being attacked with a makeshift knife, according to the BBC. "Humberside Police are working closely with the Prison Service to investigate the death of an inmate and at this time we are treating the death as suspicious," police said in a statement. "It would be inappropriate to comment further while a police investigation is ongoing."
Pepe Escobar: Behind Hong Kong's black terrorPepe Escobar: Behind Hong Kong's black terror
"If we burn, you burn with us." "Self-destruct together." (Lam chao.) The new slogans of Hong Kong's black bloc - a mob on a rampage connected to the black shirt protestors - made their first appearance on a rainy Sunday afternoon, scrawled on walls in Kowloon. Decoding the slogans is essential to understand the mindless street violence that was unleashed even before the anti-mask law passed by the government of the Special Administrative Region (SAR) went into effect at midnight on Friday, October 4. By the way, the anti-mask law is the sort of measure that was authorized by the 1922 British colonial Emergency Regulations Ordnance, which granted the city government the authority to "make any regulations whatsoever which he [or she] may consider desirable in the public interest" in case of "emergency or public danger".
Ice Age Farmer Report: ALERT - Fall Blizzard Risks 10-20% US Acres?Ice Age Farmer Report: ALERT - Fall Blizzard Risks 10-20% US Acres?
The early fall blizzard punctuates what has been the worst growing season in American history. Record late plantings imply crops are too immature to make it through this early winter, as the growing seasons shrink on both sides. Up to 10-20% of the US Corn crop is at risk by some estimates, as the USDA numbers/narrative diverge further from reality, tensions are rising, and efforts to hide the truth are escalating. Things are going to get worse before they get better. Prepare. Sources
It's a record-snowy start for the Northern Rockies and Plains and winter is still over 2 months awayIt's a record-snowy start for the Northern Rockies and Plains and winter is still over 2 months away
Just three weeks into autumn, a pair of unusually strong early season snowstorms delivered the the snowiest start to the season on record to parts of the northern Rockies and Northern Plains. By season, we mean that time of year between the first snow of fall and last snow of spring. And so far, it's been a busy start. A late September snowstorm buried parts of the far northern Rockies in up to 4 feet of snow. Last week's storm, named Winter Storm Aubrey by The Weather Channel, dumped up to 30 inches of snow and brought blizzard conditions to parts of North Dakota.
COUNTDOWN: DOJ's IG report drops this Friday as Horowitz rolls truth grenades into deep state bunkersCOUNTDOWN: DOJ's IG report drops this Friday as Horowitz rolls truth grenades into deep state bunkers
The DOJ's IG report detailing the deep state's FISA abuse will be released this Friday, October 18, according to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo (see video below). The report has been assembled by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who has focused on abuses of power, FISA court fraud and possible criminal conduct by deep state operatives like James Comey and Andrew McCabe. We've previously described this pending report as "rolling truth grenades into deep state bunkers." According to Bartiromo, the report is, "as thick as a telephone book." The imminent release of the IG report may help explain the rapid acceleration of panic among Democrats and the deep state media as the truth bombs about corruption, collusion and fraud are about to be ignited.
BEST OF THE WEB: Spain sentences Catalonia independence leaders to 13 years imprisonment for sedition - Protests erupt in Barcelona - UPDATE: Airport occupiedBEST OF THE WEB: Spain sentences Catalonia independence leaders to 13 years imprisonment for sedition - Protests erupt in Barcelona - UPDATE: Airport occupied
Former Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras has been sentenced to 13 years in prison by Spain's Supreme Court for his role in the attempted secession by authorities in Barcelona in 2017. Junqueras was among nine separatist leaders who were sentenced to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition for their part in the region's failed 2017 independence bid which captured headlines around the world. A further three defendants were found guilty of disobedience but were not handed prison sentences for their participation in both the banned referendum and short-lived independence declaration. All defendants were acquitted of the most serious charge of rebellion.
Swarms of locusts descend in Pakistan, eat up standing cropsSwarms of locusts descend in Pakistan, eat up standing crops
Swarms of locusts coming from India in Cholistan have played havoc with standing crops in the region, ARY News reported on Saturday. The swarms of locusts have damaged cotton crop in several villages of Sadiqabad adjoining to Cholistan. Several swarms of locusts, a species of grasshoppers, eat up plants, grass and shrubs and deprived villages from greenery in the area after their descend in the region. Local farmers were trying to push them out of the area on self help basis with traditional means including beating metal cans. Assistant Commissioner Sadiqabad has said that the government has launched a spray campaign to address the menace.
Preparing for the inevitable solar stormPreparing for the inevitable solar storm
Let's consider the following scenario - the Earth is at risk for a disruptive event. This event has, conservatively, about a 0.2% chance of happening on any given year. But that is the most conservative estimate, at the high end it could be more like 12% over the next decade. Either way the chance of this type of event happening in the 21st century is quite high, and no matter what it is inevitable. The result will likely be taking out power grids, possibly world wide in a worst-case scenario. Reasonable recovery will take about a year, with full recovery taking about a decade. Just imagine what would happen if we lost our power grid for a year. No digital banking, no internet, no household power. The most conservative estimate of how much such an event would cost is $2 trillion dollars, but experts are increasingly leaning toward $20 trillion as being a closer estimate (and this figure will only go up in the future). So here's my question - what do you think we should spend now to...
The disease that kills by stealing sleep - fatal familial insomniaThe disease that kills by stealing sleep - fatal familial insomnia
A brief bout of insomnia can be maddening. You know what it feels like. We all do. Lying awake chasing feverish thoughts from our minds while the slow tick of passing minutes compounds sleep-stealing anxiety. For most of us, these episodes are a brief interruption to our sleep schedules. Others experience more persistent insomnia, but at a level that's often manageable. But for a very rare group of people with a frightening disease called fatal familial insomnia (FFI), the sleep loss can be deadly. When Sleep Deprivation Kills Medical reports of the disease first surfaced in the 1980s, after an Italian man named Silvano presented himself to neurologists with a dire prediction: He was going to die soon, and he knew how it would happen. It was no hyperbole — Silvano's two sisters had recently died from a strange disease that robbed them of their ability to sleep. He had just experienced the same symptoms that kicked off his siblings' spirals into fatal insomnia. The hallmark of FFI...
Hear those alarm bells going off? Ukraine scandal leads to the Clinton FoundationHear those alarm bells going off? Ukraine scandal leads to the Clinton Foundation
Trump is not getting thrown out of office. Not with his remarkable record of economic success for the average American worker. Not going to happen. 63 million Trump voters will insure that never happens. We have your back, Mr. President. President Trump has the highest approval rating among Republicans in history. 95%. No one is impeaching this president. Now, let's discuss why this is happening... Trump touched the third rail of Democrat/Deep State/DC Swamp politics. He asked Ukraine's President to investigate massive Democrat corruption and theft of taxpayer money. Suddenly alarm bells went off at the DNC. I believe Trump is about to expose the biggest scandal in US political history. Trump is about to put powerful people in prison. Trump is about to destroy the Democrat Party and expose the Deep State. So, it was all hands-on-deck. President Trump had to be framed and destroyed. Enter Joe Biden. Few in the Democrat Party wanted an old white guy as the nominee anyway. Especially...
Bacteria collaborate to survive contradicting DarwinismBacteria collaborate to survive contradicting Darwinism
New microbial research at the University of Copenhagen suggests that 'survival of the friendliest' outweighs 'survival of the fittest' for groups of bacteria. Bacteria make space for one another and sacrifice properties if it benefits the bacterial community as a whole. The discovery is a major step towards understanding complex bacteria interactions and the development of new treatment models for a wide range of human diseases and new green technologies. New microbial research at the Department of Biology reveals that bacteria would rather unite against external threats, such as antibiotics, rather than fight against each other. The report has just been published in the scientific publication ISME Journal. For a number of years the researchers have studied how combinations of bacteria behave together when in a confined area. After investigating many thousands of combinations it has become clear that bacteria cooperate to survive and that these results contradict what Darwin said...
Netanyahu's heir? Israeli spy chief Yossi CohenNetanyahu's heir? Israeli spy chief Yossi Cohen
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival, but it is clear also to him that at some point, there will be a post-Netanyahu era. He has already broken Ben-Gurion's record of 13 years at premiership, but he doesn't want a shift to happen too fast. When he recently called for snap Likud primaries in order to secure his standing, he panicked when his rival Gideon Sa'ar tweeted "I'm ready". Netanyahu went chickenshit, reversed the decision within an hour and said it wasn't primaries, only a confirmation of his leadership. Netanyahu wants heirs that are loyal to him, and that he has suggested, at the time he finds suitable. Enter Yossi Cohen, chief of the Israeli Mossad: "If there is someone whom we eliminate without hesitation, it's Hamas people abroad," said Cohen in an interview this week for the ultra-orthodox newspaper Family (Mishpacha in Hebrew), where he boasted of the spy and assassination agency's achievements under his leadership since 2016. Cohen...
Putin's charm offensive in Saudi Arabia. Is it pragmatism or is Russia friends with the entire Middle East?Putin's charm offensive in Saudi Arabia. Is it pragmatism or is Russia friends with the entire Middle East?
Russia defends Iran, backs Bashar Assad in Syria and criticizes Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. Vladimir Putin's upcoming visit to Riyadh would seem a risky balancing act - but is instead a pragmatic move rooted in mutual interest. Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia on Monday, his second visit to the country after his 2007 trip. Just days earlier, Riyadh ignored his proposal (though apparently made in jest) to buy Russian air defense systems, and even more recently, approved the United States' deployment of about 3,000 troops on its territory, including fighter squadrons, an air expeditionary wing and air-defense personnel. The signs are clear that Riyadh remains firmly in the orbit of Washington's influence, at least when it comes to security and defense. But Moscow doesn't seem to hold it against Riyadh - in fact, relations with the Saudis have never been better. Putin has been seen chatting cordially with Saudi Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at international meetings, and has spoken...
Iran releases new photos showing damage done to oil tanker SabitiIran releases new photos showing damage done to oil tanker Sabiti
The tanker, belonging to the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), was hit by two missiles around 100 kilometres from the Saudi city of Jeddah on 9 October as it was sailing through the Red Sea. Tehran has vowed to investigate the incident and give an "appropriate response" once the attacker is determined. West Asia News Agency has published new photos of Iranian oil tanker the Sabiti revealing the damage that it sustained to its hull during a recent attack in the Red Sea. The images show two large holes in its hull a bit above the water line on the right broadside of the vessel. Another set of photos shows the vessel's crew on deck, which seems to have been unharmed in the attack. According to the timestamps, the pictures were taken on 13 October - four days after the incident.
Saudi FM denies its involvement in attack on Iranian tankerSaudi FM denies its involvement in attack on Iranian tanker
The initial reports of an Iranian tanker being struck by two missiles claimed that they came from Saudi Arabia. However, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) that owns the vessel later dismissed those claims. Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, answering journalists' questions on 13 October, dismissed the allegation that Riyadh could have attacked the Iranian oil tanker Sabiti in response to attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities in September, attributed by the US and Saudi Arabia to Iran. Al-Jubeir said that while Riyadh had indeed blamed Iran since it believes the drones were made in the Islamic Republic, it will not respond in kind. The minister added that the investigation into the Saudi Aramco attacks is still ongoing and the drone launch site has not been determined yet.
Khamenei to Iran's Guards: Develop advanced, modern weaponsKhamenei to Iran's Guards: Develop advanced, modern weapons
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards on Sunday to develop more advanced and modern weapons, amid increasingly tense disputes with the United States and Gulf Arab states. Tensions in the Gulf have risen to new highs since May 2018, when the Trump administration withdrew from a 2015 international nuclear accord with Tehran that put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of sanctions. As U.S. sanctions have been reimposed, there have been a series of attacks in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf that Washington and its allies have blamed on Iran, which denies responsibility. "The Guards should have advanced and modern weapons ... Your weapons should be modern and updated. It should be developed at home. You need to develop and produce your weapons," Khamenei said in a speech at Imam Hossein Military University in Tehran. "Today the Guards have a powerful presence inside and outside Iran ... America's hostile approach has increased the...
PM Khan visits Iran: Rouhani welcomes Pakistani peace gesturePM Khan visits Iran: Rouhani welcomes Pakistani peace gesture
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran during his one-day official trip, with both leaders emphasising the need for peace in the region. "I told Prime Minster Imran we welcome any gesture by Pakistan for peace in the region and appreciate his visit to our country," said Rouhani at a joint press conference with the premier. Rouhani said that the two leaders had discussed, among other things, the war in Yemen and the sanctions by the United States on Iran. "Regional issues have to be resolved through regional means and dialogue. We also emphasised that any goodwill gesture will be responded with a goodwill gesture and good words," said the Iranian president. "We also discussed how the nuclear deal could be restored," added Rouhani. Rouhani also warned that Iran would respond to any threats, saying it was a "big mistake" to think it wouldn't do so, according to the Associated Press. Prime Minister Imran thanked Rouhani for speaking up for...
The difference between Sanders and Warren? Bernie says 'she is a capitalist'The difference between Sanders and Warren? Bernie says 'she is a capitalist'
2020 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders used Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's support for capitalism as a way to draw a distinction between the two candidates. Sanders, 78, and Warren, 70, are the two front-runners coming from a more progressive ideological standpoint. Sanders' recent heart attack has potentially left Warren an opportunity to win over some of his supporters. Sanders said on Sunday's edition of ABC's This Week: "There are differences between Elizabeth and myself. Elizabeth I think, as you know, has said that she is a capitalist through her bones. I'm not. I am I believe the only candidate who's going to say to the ruling class of this country — the corporate elite — enough, enough with your greed and with your corruption. We need real change in this country... "I mean, Elizabeth considers herself, if I got the quote correctly, to be a capitalist to her bones. I don't. And the reason I am not is because I will not tolerate for one second the kind of greed and...
California: Lights are out, the plan all alongCalifornia: Lights are out, the plan all along
The power is out in Northern California. More than 1 million Californians are now without electricity, one of modern life's essentials that is frequently taken for granted. The blackout was done on purpose — to prevent sparks from powerlines that could ignite deadly wildfires. Before planned blackouts are through in two or three days, as many as 3 million Californians may go without power. On the surface, the blackout and its causes are simple to understand. But the deeper causes are complicated, span decades of public policy, and dozens of overlapping unintended — and intended — consequences of decisions, both related and unrelated. The wind in Northern California is blowing in from dry Nevada, as it often does this time of year. It's called the "Diablo wind." In Southern California, the comparable current blowing in from the Mojave Desert is known as the "Santa Ana winds." In both cases, as the wind rises above California's mountain spine, then descends, it compresses and heats...
Hong Kong: Metro station smashed with metal bars and hammers by masked protesters defying emergency orderHong Kong: Metro station smashed with metal bars and hammers by masked protesters defying emergency order
A mob of masked demonstrators vandalized a metro station in Hong Kong, as the city scrambles to restore order. Police deployed tear gas in an attempt to disperse the violent protesters. Dramatic video published by Ruptly shows activists using metal bars and hammers to smash up ticket machines, turnstiles and other infrastructure inside the Sha Tin Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station on Sunday. Nearly all of the vandals wore masks, in defiance of an October 4 emergency order that bans all face coverings during public assemblies. Bystanders can be seen hurrying out of the station as the mob descends upon the public transport hub. After the mob's attempts at destroying the station's interior, police are seen advancing on the protesters, firing tear gas in hopes of quelling the riot. One clip shows the protesters spraying fire extinguishers and water hoses in the station.
NASA finally launches delayed ICON mission to study the ionosphereNASA finally launches delayed ICON mission to study the ionosphere
NASA is talking a lot about long-term missions like new trips to the moon and the possibility of human voyages to Mars, but its latest mission is a bit closer to home. The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft is finally in orbit after years of delays. This probe orbits lower than many satellites because it's analyzing the ionosphere, a part of the atmosphere that is both fascinating and tough to study. The ICON program kicked off in 2013 along with the Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission. While GOLD launched in early 2018, the ICON program has been much more challenging than expected. That's not the fault of the spacecraft itself but rather its launch vehicle. Northrop Grumman's Pegasus XL rocket launches from an aircraft and has been active since the 1990s. However, the rockets slated to carry ICON seemed to have systems failures each time NASA tried to schedule a launch. NASA finally had good luck with the Pegasus XL late on Thursday,...
Breastfeeding benefits mom, baby and the environment: Formula's environmental impactBreastfeeding benefits mom, baby and the environment: Formula's environmental impact
Breastfeeding is not only good for mothers and their babies, but it also protects the environment according to an editorial in the British Medical Journal. "It benefits all of society," Natalie Shenker, Ph.D., a research fellow at Imperial College, who was involved with the study, told ABC News. "Breastfeeding does not require the energy needed to make and use formula. It doesn't create waste or air pollution," said Dr. Laura Teisch, a pediatrician from Las Vegas. Formula produces significant waste during its production, distribution and use. "As with all products, infant formula has an environmental footprint," says Andrea Riepe, a representative for Reckitt Benckiser Group which has infant formula Enfamil in its product portfolio. The company works to minimize the waste associated with Enfamil, she added. It's known that breastfeeding protects both women and children. However, recent studies have highlighted that breastfeeding is also good for the Earth. Supporting mothers to...
Skripal update: English coroner runs out of legal camo, evidence, for postponing Dawn Sturgess death inquest - attempts lying to pressSkripal update: English coroner runs out of legal camo, evidence, for postponing Dawn Sturgess death inquest - attempts lying to press
The British Government's narrative that a Kremlin-ordered assassination plot against a former GRU agent, Sergei Skripal, in March of 2018 also caused the death of a woman, Dawn Sturgess, three months later, has collapsed for lack of evidence admissible in court. After nineteen months of investigations by hundreds of police, military personnel, forensic scientists, and secret service agents, including Skripal himself and his daughter Yulia, the Metropolitan Police have been unable to present their case for the cause of death of Dawn Sturgess to the Wiltshire and Swindon County senior coroner, David Ridley (lead image). Ridley's court is located at 26 Endless Street, Salisbury, the town in which Skripal was allegedly attacked on March 4, 2018. Sturgess fell ill on June 30 at her companion's home in Amesbury, nine miles from Salisbury. She died on July 8. Because Ridley cannot rule on the cause of death according to the requirements of British law, the Government has decided to...
Are the US and Turkey cooperating to 'carve up' Syria?Are the US and Turkey cooperating to 'carve up' Syria?
Comment: This is one theory. There are others... While US President Donald Trump continues spouting claims of bringing troops home from Syria and exchanges threats of sanctions with Turkey, the mainstream narrative is neglecting to acknowledge the two nations' history of carving up Syria and the dozen US bases actively blocking Damascus from its own resources. Friday marked the third day of Turkey's Operation Peace Spring along the Syrian border, and despite Washington's decision to shift some 50 soldiers out of the way, US Special Forces near Aleppo's Kobani still ended up on the receiving end of the offensive. Though a Friday evening Pentagon release noted that no Americans were injured by Turkish artillery fire, the Trump administration and the Turkish Foreign Ministry are still trading threats on an economic front.
BEST OF THE WEB: Busted! ABC News caught using old gun range footage to push fake news about Turkish 'slaughter' of Syrian KurdsBEST OF THE WEB: Busted! ABC News caught using old gun range footage to push fake news about Turkish 'slaughter' of Syrian Kurds
ABC News was just busted using two year old gun range footage while reporting on Turkey 'slaughtering' the Kurds in the wake of a US withdrawal from the region. This video right here appearing to show Turkey's military bombing Kurd civilians in a Syrian border town. The Kurds, who fought alongside the US against ISIS now horrific reports of atrocities committed by Turkish-backed fighters on those very allies" -ABC News
Russian shaman aims to capture really big evil spirits (and a record) as she crafts dreamcatcher the size of Soviet blockRussian shaman aims to capture really big evil spirits (and a record) as she crafts dreamcatcher the size of Soviet block
Russia's Lake Seliger has probably become much safer from evil spirits after a 13-meter-wide dreamcatcher appeared on its shores. The massive shaman-made talisman is slated for the Guinness Book of Records. Bibigul Mamaeva, an ethnic Kazakh shaman who boasts of being a "direct descendent" of Genghis Khan, has been working tirelessly for almost a week to create the enormous amulet on the shores of the lake, located some 380 km northwest of Moscow. In a bid to break the record, Mamaeva has created a dreamcatcher 12.63 meters in diameter, using brushwood for the hoop and strained yarn, decorated with beads and feathers, placed on the inside. For comparison, a typical 5-story Soviet block of flats of the Khrushchev era is 14-15 meters high on average. "I want the world to really start changing. There are a lot of angry people now. It's an attempt for the people to come together for good."