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Chris Rock lays it out: 'We need bullies'

Chris Rock lays it out: 'We need bullies'

And be faithful in your marriage, and reject pornography. Who said it: G. K. Chesterton, John Wayne, or Jordan Peterson? "We need bullies. Pressure makes diamonds. Not hugs. Hug a piece of coal and see what you get. You get a dirty shirt." Buzzer sound. The answer is none of the above. Chris Rock said it, on his new Netflix special Tamborine. Rock isn't a political conservative, and I doubt he's ever voted Republican in his life. But in his one-hour standup routine he articulates a vision in which the harsh facts of existence are to be welcomed rather than bubble-wrapped, sexual morality is the core of a successful marriage, and men acknowledge their special burden to toil for others. Take out the "mother*****r"s, of which there are many, and you could almost be listening to an unusually sharp-witted pastor. Near the outset, Rock recalls attending a high-school orientation session for one of his daughters that promoted the kind of touchy-feely wish-based thinking that infects education these days. Noting that the kids were told, "You can be anything you want to be," he thought, "Why are you lying to these children? Maybe four of then can be anything they want to be. But the other 2,000 better learn how to weld." He imagines a more truth-based approach to pedagogy: "You can be anything you're good at, as long as they're hiring. And even then it helps to know somebody."

Steven Pinker on identity politics: 'An enemy of reason and Enlightenment values'

Steven Pinker on identity politics: 'An enemy of reason and Enlightenment values'

A conversation with the renowned psychologist on reason, identity politics, and humanism. Plus, what does he think Trump should read? Adam Rubenstein: If "reason" is to be "the currency of our discourse," what's the future of identity politics? Is identity politics based in reason? Your new book touches on the issue, but cursorily. Could you provide more of an explanation of identity politics, where it comes from, where it's going, and how we should think about it? Steven Pinker: Identity politics is the syndrome in which people's beliefs and interests are assumed to be determined by their membership in groups, particularly their sex, race, sexual orientation, and disability status. Its signature is the tic of preceding a statement with "As a," as if that bore on the cogency of what was to follow. Identity politics originated with the fact that members of certain groups really were disadvantaged by their group membership, which forged them into a coalition with common interests: Jews really did have a reason to form the Anti-Defamation League.

Arrogance: Former CIA chief Woolsey says US meddles in election of other countries 'for their own good' (Video)

Arrogance: Former CIA chief Woolsey says US meddles in election of other countries 'for their own good' (Video)

The hubris is amazing. Former CIA chief James Woolsey was on Fox News to discuss how those devilish Russians meddled in America's democracy by posting messages on Twitter and Facebook, forgetting about all the CIA coups, false flags, and election meddlings he oversaw when running the CIA. The hypocrisy was so thick that when Laura Ingraham asked Woolsey if the US ever meddled in elections, the response (and laughter from both of them) was telling...

NLRB rejects Damore's claim because memo 'constituted sexual harassment'

NLRB rejects Damore's claim because memo 'constituted sexual harassment'

Former Google engineer James Damore has attempted to take civil and legal action against his former employer after being fired in August, but on Thursday, a federal memo revealed that one of Damore's filings has been unequivocally denied. The National Labor Relations Board published its memo this week, which was issued in January after Damore filed a charge against his former employer on August 8. In spite of Damore withdrawing his NLRB filing in September, the board proceeded to examine and issue its own ruling: Google "discharged [Damore] only for [his] unprotected conduct while it explicitly affirmed [his] right to engage in protected conduct." The NLRB emphasized that any charge filed by Damore on the matter should be "dismissed." In explaining the board's reasoning, NLRB member Jayme Sophir points to two specific parts of the controversial memo circulated by Damore in August: Damore's claim that women are "more prone to 'neuroticism,' resulting in women experiencing higher anxiety and exhibiting lower tolerance for stress" and that "men demonstrate greater variance in IQ than women."

'The Doorman' and the Deep State: Only one of these runs the show

'The Doorman' and the Deep State: Only one of these runs the show

Picture this: A tribal leader from a distant country visits the US. He's brought to a large apartment building in New York City. When he gets out of the car, he looks up at the great building and is quite impressed. A uniformed doorman exits the foyer and comes out on the sidewalk. The tribesman sees the gold braiding and brass buttons of his coat and immediately decides that this is a very important person. Again he looks up at the building and says to the doorman, "This is a very great home you have. You must be very important indeed." Of course, if we were present, we might chuckle at the tribesman's naiveté. The owners of such a great building would never greet people at the entrance. They leave such trivial tasks to hired servants, whilst they run the real business without ever needing any direct contact with visitors as they enter the building. And, in addition, doormen come and go - they are, after all, disposable. The owners - those who control what happens in the building - retain their positions over the long term... and may remain anonymous, if they so choose. We find this simple concept easy enough to understand, and yet we chronically have difficulty in understanding that, in most countries, the president, or prime minister, is not by any means the man who makes the big decisions in the running of the country. We assume that, because we were allowed to vote for our leader, he must actually be our leader. But, as Mark Twain has at times been credited as saying, "If voting made any difference, they wouldn't let us do it."

China's OBOR threatens US in Latin America

China's OBOR threatens US in Latin America

Beijing's decision to extend its ambitious multitrillion-dollar trade initiative to Latin America creates "security vulnerabilities" for the United States, said the chief of the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Kurt Tidd. Talking at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting, he said China has already pledged $500 billion in trade funds with various Latin American countries and $250 billion in direct investment over the next decade. "Increased economic cooperation - such as the extension of the 'One Belt, One Road' initiative to Latin America, one of the nodes to support China's vision of a competing global economic initiative - and the continued provision of financing and loans that appear to have 'no strings attached' provide ample opportunity for China to expand its influence over key regional partners and promote unfair business and labor practices." Tidd added that "Increased reach to key global access points like Panama create commercial and security vulnerabilities for the United States, as do Chinese telecommunications and space ventures with dual-use potential, which could facilitate intelligence collection, compromise communication networks, and ultimately constrain our ability to work with our partners." According to the SOUTHCOM commander, China is intensifying its role as a US rival in Latin America. "The larger strategic challenge posed by China in this region is not yet a military one. It is an economic one, and a new approach may be required to compete effectively against China's coordinated efforts in the Americas. Some of the most critical elements needed in this effort are not ones that [SOUTHCOM] can bring to bear," he said.

New day, new judge, General Flynn should withdraw his guilty plea

New day, new judge, General Flynn should withdraw his guilty plea

Extraordinary manipulation by powerful people led to the creation of Robert Mueller's continuing investigation and prosecution of General Michael Flynn. Notably, the recent postponement of General Flynn's sentencing provides an opportunity for more evidence to be revealed that will provide massive ammunition for a motion to withdraw Flynn's guilty plea and dismiss the charges against him. It was Judge Rudolph Contreras who accepted General Flynn's guilty plea, but he suddenly was recused from the case. The likely reason is that Judge Contreras served on the special court that allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to surveil the Trump campaign based on the dubious FISA application. Judge Contreras may have approved one of those four warrants. The judge assigned to Flynn's case now is Emmet G. Sullivan. Judge Sullivan immediately issued what is called a "Brady" order requiring Mueller to provide Flynn all information that is favorable to the defense whether with respect to guilt or punishment. Just today, Mueller's team filed an agreed motion to provide discovery to General Flynn under a protective order so that it can be reviewed by counsel but not disclosed otherwise. This development is huge. Prosecutors almost never provide this kind of information to a defendant before he enters a plea - much less after he has done so. This is one of myriad problems in our justice system. As Judge Jed Rakoff wrote several years ago, people who are innocent enter guilty pleas every day. They simply can no longer withstand the unimaginable stress of a criminal investigation. They and their families suffer sheer exhaustion in every form - financial, physical, mental, and emotional. Add in a little prosecutorial duress - like the threat of indicting your son - and, presto, there's a guilty plea.

US Pacific Command Admiral prepared for war with China, hopes it won't happen

US Pacific Command Admiral prepared for war with China, hopes it won't happen

The next US ambassador to Australia and the current Pacific Command (PACOM) Admiral Harry Harris addressed Congress with a hardline proposal to deter China's growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region. In his speech, Harris commended regional non-NATO ally Australia for its role as a hub for PACOM's military prowess in the Pacific Ocean. "Australia is one of the keys to a rules-based international order," he asserted, signaling that the country would play an increasing part in America's new doctrine. "China's ongoing military buildup, advancement, and modernization are core elements of their strategy to supplant the U.S. as the security partner of choice for countries in the Indo-Pacific, but China also holds clear global ambitions," Harris continued. "At the end of the day the ability to wage war is important or you become a paper tiger. [We will] cooperate where we can, but remain ready to confront where we must," he remarked. "I'm hopeful that it won't come to a conflict with China, but we must all be prepared for that if it should come to that." However, Harris' rhetoric may not be so well-received, as Canberra's interests remain intrinsically linked to the Chinese.

Two fireballs streak through southern Spain's skies in one night (VIDEO)

Two fireballs streak through southern Spain's skies in one night (VIDEO)

Two bright fireballs were recorded streaking through the night sky over Andalusia, southern Spain late February 16 and early February 17, 2018. The first one flew over Córdoba province at 20:52 UTC on February 16 at a speed of about 43 000 km/h (26 700 mph). It was registered with the detectors of the SMART Project that operate at Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Hita (Toledo) and Sevilla. Preliminary analysis carried out by Professor María Madiedo of Universidad of Huelva, the principal investigator of SMART Project, the fireball was produced as a consequence of an abrupt entry into our atmosphere of a rock detached from an asteroid.

The 'imagined' Russia threat a useful pretext for US' European dominance via NATO

The 'imagined' Russia threat a useful pretext for US' European dominance via NATO

Citing a perceived Russian threat, the US is trying to get a foothold in Europe by means of NATO, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The alliance continues to expand, devouring even Moscow's historical allies in the Balkans. As Russophobic rhetoric in the West never seems to abate, the presence of foreign troops on Russia's borders is growing. "Only an inflamed imagination" could come up with the idea that Moscow is about to attack the Baltic or Poland, the Russian top diplomat said in an interview with Euronews. "Guided by this fake logic, a very real deployment of heavy artillery and additional large contingents takes place on the NATO-Russia border," Lavrov said, referring to Baltic states, Poland, and Romania with its missile defense site. With American, Canadian, British and German brigades already dispatched to Russia's doorstep, "there are talks of significantly increasing their presence." "With an imagined Russian threat," Washington is ensuring its dominance in Europe through NATO.

UN peacekeeper deployment in Ukraine could ease Russian sanctions says German FM

UN peacekeeper deployment in Ukraine could ease Russian sanctions says German FM

The gradual lifting of sanctions against Russia may start if the Moscow-backed plan to deploy UN peacekeepers in the conflict area of eastern Ukraine is implemented, interim German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said. "We must achieve a ceasefire in Ukraine," Gabriel said at a meeting, also attended by his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on the sidelines of a Security Conference in Munich on Saturday. "I consider the Russian president's idea about the 'blue helmets' (UN peacekeepers) to be correct. If this is done, we shall begin gradually lifting the sanctions," the minister said, as cited by Tass. According to Gabriel, deploying a UN force was "one of the few realistic options" to end the violence, which has caused around 10,000 deaths since spring 2014, when Kiev deployed troops in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions over their refusal to accept a violent coup in the Ukrainian capital. The German FM pointed out that there were fundamental differences over the peacekeeping plan, but added that "we need progress urgently because the world is becoming more dangerous." Late last year, Vladimir Putin said that Moscow would have no objections to bringing Donbas in eastern Ukraine under the control of UN peacekeepers if Kiev begins direct talks with the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.

Reports that 'scores of Russians' were killed in Syria is FAKE NEWS

Reports that 'scores of Russians' were killed in Syria is FAKE NEWS

Russia denies reports of 'scores' or 'hundreds' of Russians killed in US air raid east of Euphrates Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman of Russia's Foreign Ministry, has vigorously denied widespread Western media reports of 'scores' or even 'hundreds' of deaths of Russian mercenaries supposedly killed in the recent US air strike in Syria against pro-Syrian government tribal fighters east of the Euphrates river. These reports have appeared in Bloomberg, The New York Times, and The Guardian. They have been followed up by a further report by Agence France-Presse and in The Guardian, sourced to the pro-Jihadi British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, that another fifteen Russian mercenaries were recently killed as a result of an explosion at their base in Syria's Deir Ezzor province. Comment: SOHR is a shell propaganda outlet for Western consumption. Zakharova's denial does not touch on the explosion at the base, but does respond in detail to the claims of 'scores' or even 'hundreds' of deaths of Russian mercenaries as a result of the earlier US air strike: Reports about the death of dozens and even hundreds of Russian nationals are a classic example of disinformation. There were not 400, 200, 100 or even ten (who died), according to preliminary information, in a clash the cause of which is being investigated. Five people, who allegedly were Russian citizens, may have been killed. Several people suffered wounds but it requires verification, particularly as to whether all of them are Russian nationals.

Turkey blasts Kurds with toxic gas, 6 civilians injured

Turkey blasts Kurds with toxic gas, 6 civilians injured

Turkish forces engaged in Operation Olive Branch against Kurdish militias in the northwest of Syria have used gas, Syrian state media SANA reports. At least six civilians have been hospitalized. "Six people have been admitted with symptoms of suffocation as a result of the use of projectiles with poisonous gas by the Turkish regime in the town of Aranda," SANA quotes the hospital's director, Joan Mohammed. Medics are working to determine the type of gas used, Mohammed said. Local journalist Mohammed Hassan tweeted pictures of patients, who were purported to be victims of the attack, wearing breathing masks. The hospital director said four of the victims were stable and two were in critical condition. YPG spokesman Birusk Hasaka confirmed to Reuters that Kurds came under what appears to be a chemical attack during Turkey's offensive on a village, saying that the symptoms of the six people affected are consistent with exposure to a gas poisoning.

Russian men's hockey team conquers US 4-0 in Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Russian men's hockey team conquers US 4-0 in Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

The Russian men's hockey team, which is competing under a neutral flag at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, delivered a crushing 4-0 defeat to Team USA. The Olympic Athletes from Russia took the lead in the middle of the opening period at the Gangneung Hockey Centre, with Nikolay Prokhorkin beating US goalie Ryan Zapolski. Prokhorkin then struck again to make it 2-0 for the Red Machine early in the second 20 minutes. Former NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk dashed any American hopes for a comeback, netting his team's third goal in the last second of the period. And it was Kovalchuk who settled the final 4-0 score less than 30 seconds into the third period. The win allowed the Russian team to climb to first place in Group B of the tournament, and guarantees a spot in the playoffs. Oleg Znarok's men have 6 points with one game remaining in the group stages, while Slovenia, the US, and Slovakia are all tied with 4 points.

Avalanche kills two Alpine Rescue members in Italy

Avalanche kills two Alpine Rescue members in Italy

Two members of the Alpine Rescue Corps died and a third survived after an avalanche struck in the Alps on Friday afternoon, the Corps said. The three men had been on an excursion on the 2,177-meter Grignetta peak in the northern Lombardy region, whose capital is Milan. Televised news footage showed rescuers, dogs and helicopters at work to try to find the three missing men. It took hours to dig the two bodies out of the snow once they were located, Sky TG24 private broadcaster reported. The survivor returned downhill on his own, according to news reports.

Analyzing Mueller's Russian indictments: No hint of Russian govt involvement, Trump cleared of collusion

Analyzing Mueller's Russian indictments: No hint of Russian govt involvement, Trump cleared of collusion

A recurring pattern of the Russiagate investigation is that whenever pressure increases on the FBI and on Special Counsel Mueller an indictment appears. This happened in October when following the FBI's admission that the Trump Dossier - the keystone in the "evidence" of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia - could not be verified and the Wall Street Journal called for Special Counsel Mueller to resign, indictments against Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos appeared. It happened again in December when growing demands from Congress - from Senator Lindsey Graham in particular - for another Special Counsel to be appointed were followed by the indictment of Michael Flynn. It has now happened again. Hot on the heels of the publication of the GOP memorandum, which catalogued a succession of breaches of due process by the Justice Department and the FBI in seeking surveillance warrants against Carter Page, we have a new indictment, this time against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities. In every case the indictment is received with rapture by the Russiagate conspiracy theorists. In every case the indictment appears to be intended to give the impression that progress in the Russiagate investigation is being made, presumably so as to justify keeping Special Counsel Mueller in his job. In every case it turns out that the indictment is a damp squib, taking the whole Russiagate conspiracy theory no further forward.

Man dies following attack by bear in Odisha, India

Man dies following attack by bear in Odisha, India

Resentment is brewing among local residents after a man was mauled to death by a bear at Borsing village under Kabisuryanagar of Ganjam district. The deceased identified as Debraj was attacked by the wild animal when he was going to take bath in the village pond today. Following the incident, Debraj was rushed to Aska hospital and later shifted to MKCG hospital after his condition deteriorated. However, he later succumbed to the injuries while undergoing treatment at the hospital. Locals allege that there has been a rise in bear attacks as two persons were also injured in similar incidents at Paikajamuna village three days back.

'Worst case scenario': Kikai volcano set to erupt and could kill 100 million people

'Worst case scenario': Kikai volcano set to erupt and could kill 100 million people

A magma reservoir potentially hidden behind an underwater volcanic crater could have civilization-ending results if it ever erupts, according to Japanese scientists. Experts from the Kobe University Ocean Bottom Exploration Center (KOBEC) have confirmed that a giant caldera or large crater exists in the Japanese Archipelago. The crater, measuring 32 cubic kilometers, is said to be the largest of its kind and the result of an explosive underwater eruption 7,300 years ago, according to their latest study. Sitting between the Pacific and Philippine Sea Oceanic plates, Japan is a hotbed for seismic activity, which is why scientists are keen on updating methods of predicting natural disasters. The KOBEC team has been carrying out detailed surveys of the area and published their findings in Scientific Reports.

Dossier reveals UN employees were responsible for 60,000 rapes over the last decade and has 3,300 pedophiles working for them

Dossier reveals UN employees were responsible for 60,000 rapes over the last decade and has 3,300 pedophiles working for them

An outright frightening dossier released by a former senior United Nations official reveals that United Nations employees have carried out over 60,000 rapes in just the last decade. What's more, the dosser estimates that the organization currently employs at least 3,300 pedophiles. In just ten years, under the guise of rendering aid, the United Nations has literally been raping and pillaging countries across the world. The problem has gotten so out of hand that it prompted the former UN insider, Andrew Macleod, to blow the whistle and hand over the evidence to Britain's Department for International Development (DFID) Secretary Priti Patel. According to the exclusive report by the Sun, the dossier reveals that on top of the 3,300 pedophiles working for the organization, thousands more "predatory" sex abusers specifically target aid charity jobs to get close to vulnerable women and children. According to Macleod, anyone who's attempted to blow the whistle on the horrifyingly rampant abuse is silence and fired. Sharing his dossier with The Sun, Prof MacLeod last night warned that the spiralling abuse scandal was on the same scale as the Catholic Church's.

Israeli journalist poses as Syrian refugee, travels to Germany, 'joins' Islamists to prove a point

Israeli journalist poses as Syrian refugee, travels to Germany, 'joins' Islamists to prove a point

Prominent Israeli journalist Zvi Jecheskeli, who went undercover as a devout Muslim, has revealed how easy it may be for Islamists to pass through Germany's borders and become a "Syrian refugee." Jecheskeli spent several years risking his life to film a documentary on the role and influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the streets of Germany, France, Britain and Turkey. While the organization is legal in some countries and has affiliated political parties, it's outlawed as a terrorist group in others, including Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Infiltrating the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood is a challenge indeed, as the group is "known for its distrust" of outsiders, whom they would "never" allow a glimpse into their plans, Jecheskeli told Die Welt. His five-part series, entitled "False Identity," recently began airing on Israeli Channel 10. The Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, kept close taps on Jecheskeli and wired him with secret cameras and microphones in order to rescue him in case of emergency.

Rare winter tornado tears a path of destruction through Uniontown, Pennsylvania (PHOTOS)

Rare winter tornado tears a path of destruction through Uniontown, Pennsylvania (PHOTOS)

A rare February tornado with wind gusts up to 105 mph tore a path of destruction through part of Uniontown Thursday night, ripping roofs from homes and businesses, toppling trees and leaving debris strewn in the streets. Based on the tornado's path of damage and the circular path of the debris field, National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist Fred McMullen determined it was an F1 tornado and not straight-line winds, said Lee Hendricks, a weather service meteorologist. "It looked bad last night. But then, when the sun came up this morning, it was like 'wow,'" said Uniontown Fire Chief Buck Griffith. It was the first time since 1950 that a tornado struck in the Pittsburgh region in February, and it is unusual that the tornado struck in an urban area, Hendricks said.

Red Cross president to RT: Libyan crisis festers, but media has moved on

Red Cross president to RT: Libyan crisis festers, but media has moved on

Although Libya has fallen out of headlines and been replaced by conflicts in Syria and Yemen, it is still plagued by fighting and a humanitarian crisis, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told RT. "Fighting is continuing," ICRC president Peter Maurer said. "Libya is one of the countries with the largest percentage of displaced populations and therefore the humanitarian needs are important - particularly in health services, water, and economic support for displaced populations." Although news coverage of the situation in Libya has dwindled in favor of conflicts in other countries throughout the region, Maurer stressed the importance of keeping Libya in the media, as locals and migrants are facing an "appalling" situation in the country.

Ex-US defense secretary Perry says Russia 'no threat,' NATO expansion 'dilutes effectiveness' of bloc

Ex-US defense secretary Perry says Russia 'no threat,' NATO expansion 'dilutes effectiveness' of bloc

NATO's rapid expansion has not necessarily strengthened the alliance and the US should rethink its hostility towards Russia, former US Secretary of Defense William Perry said on RT's SophieCo program. Perry, who has previously stated that NATO's eastward expansion during his tenure as defense secretary was a mistake and largely responsible for the current confrontation between Moscow and Washington, told RT's Sophie Shevardnadze that he was sceptical that incorporating Macedonia or Montenegro into NATO would benefit the "defensive" alliance. "You can argue that you dilute the effectiveness of the organization if you get too many countries in it. So I think we're probably either in the end or very nearly to the end of the expansion," Perry said. He added that he was almost certain that NATO has abandoned any ideas of expanding to Ukraine. Urging Washington and Moscow to "stop seeing the worst" in each other, Perry told Shevardnadze that he "doesn't see Russia as posing a threat to the US and threatening a war with the US."

UPDATES: Former student Nicolas de Jesus Cruz blamed for Florida school shooting

UPDATES: Former student Nicolas de Jesus Cruz blamed for Florida school shooting

An American nightmare unfolded Wednesday afternoon at a North Broward high school after a former student came onto campus and opened fire, killing 17. Details are beginning to emerge amid a flurry of police activity at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where students puzzled at the sound of a fire alarm going off just before dismissal were launched into a panic when gunfire punctuated the din. As teachers and students fled hallways and hid under desks, a former student who teachers and parents say was known to be dangerous came onto campus and unloaded, leaving a trail of bodies and stunned confusion in his wake. Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, 19, has been taken into police custody. The Broward Sheriff's Office is reporting 17 dead, and is still working to clear all the buildings at the massive school, home to about 3,200 students. They have yet to name a motive for the shooting, which they say doesn't immediately appear to have been prompted by any confrontation.

ICE grants reprieve to father of young son battling leukemia - allowed to stay in US for one year

ICE grants reprieve to father of young son battling leukemia - allowed to stay in US for one year

An illegal immigrant has been granted a one-year stay of deportation as his 5-year-old son battles leukemia. Immigration and Customs Enforcement granted Jesus Armando Berrones-Balderas, who lives in Arizona with his pregnant wife and five children, a one-year stay on a humanitarian basis. His lawyer, Garrett Wilkes, told CNN that Berrones checked in with ICE every six months until he was told he would be deported in January. He then sought refuge in a Phoenix church to avoid being deported.

Teenager in Western Australia gets his jaw broken by kangaroo he was attempting to hunt

Teenager in Western Australia gets his jaw broken by kangaroo he was attempting to hunt

A hunter who had a kangaroo in his gun's crosshairs had his jaw broken when the animal launched a pre-emptive strike. Joshua Hayden, 19, was out with his brother looking for wild animals to shoot in Western Australia when the attack happened, according to Australia's ABC News. The pair initially spotted three kangaroos, but one disappeared and the teenager put his head out of the window of the moving car to target the other two. The animal that had vanished then reappeared, charged at the car and attacked, reports said. "It actually collided with the side of the car and smashed the front window," Mr Hayden told ABC. "Then it bounced back onto me and headbutted me straight in the jaw."

'Hate fatigue': CNN's viewership drops 30%

'Hate fatigue': CNN's viewership drops 30%

Massive layoffs, a cancerous fake news crisis, and the humiliating (and expensive) implosion of its digital platform, appear to be the least of CNN's problems. Because on top of all that, when compared to last year, the far-left cable channel has lost -30 percent of its primetime viewers and -23 percent of its total day viewers. The viewership problems for the anti-Trump outlet are breathtaking, especially when compared to its competition. Throughout the week of February 5, CNN could only scrape together an average 674,000 total day viewers. During the all-important primetime hours, CNN averaged only 888,000 viewers. Those numbers not only put CNN in last place behind MSNBC and Fox News, it puts the 24/7 Trump-hating channel in last place by a country mile. In total day, the openly left-wing MSNBC averaged 972,000 viewers (compared to CNN's paltry 674,000). Fox News, however, nearly beat both CNN and MSNBC combined with 1.529 million average viewers. During primetime, MSNBC smoked CNN by nearly a million viewers - 1.747 million (compared to CNN's 888,000). Fox beat both MSNBC and CNN combined with a whopping 2.605 million.

DOJ official Bruce Ohr failed to disclose wife's Fusion GPS payments to ethics officials

DOJ official Bruce Ohr failed to disclose wife's Fusion GPS payments to ethics officials

Bruce Ohr, the Department of Justice official who brought opposition research on President Donald Trump to the FBI, did not disclose that Fusion GPS, which performed that research at the Democratic National Committee's behest, was paying his wife, and did not obtain a conflict of interest waiver from his superiors at the Justice Department, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show. The omission may explain why Ohr was demoted from his post as associate deputy attorney general after the relationship between Fusion GPS and his wife emerged and Fusion founder Glenn Simpson acknowledged meeting with Ohr. Willfully falsifying government ethics forms can carry a penalty of jail time, if convicted. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) hired Fusion GPS to gather and disseminate damning info about Trump, and they in turn paid Nellie Ohr, a former CIA employee with expertise in Russia, for an unknown role related to the "dossier." Bruce Ohr then brought the information to the FBI, kicking off a probe and a media firestorm.

BEST OF THE WEB: Joe Rogan and Jimmy Dore discuss Syrian chem attack false flags, Seth Rich's murder, pure evil Hillary Clinton

BEST OF THE WEB: Joe Rogan and Jimmy Dore discuss Syrian chem attack false flags, Seth Rich's murder, pure evil Hillary Clinton

Joe Rogan and Jimmy Dore talk about the shady history of Hilary Clinton, and how Set Rich's murder may very well be attributed to Hillary and the DNC. From the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast... Rogan and Dore discuss Obama's corruption and how Hillary Clinton was not the lesser of two evils, just pure evil. Jimmy Dore later explains how the gas attacks in Syria were a complete, BS false flag.

Review: Solzhenitsyn on the history of Jews in Russia

Review: Solzhenitsyn on the history of Jews in Russia

The translation of Solzhenitsyn's book appears to have been done without permission from his family, and this might be why this lengthy and detailed review is no longer available on the page of the book on Amazon.com, where it originally appeared. The book might disappear altogether from Amazon, so if you want to get your Kindle copy, act now. Otherwise you can find it on many sources on the internet. The translator, Columbus Falco, describes the censorship of this book when it appeared in 2002: "Published in the original Russian in 2002, the book was received with a firestorm of rage and denunciation from the literary and media world, from the Jews, and from almost the entire intelligentsia of the established order in the West... Immense efforts have been made by the Russian authorities and also by the Western liberal democratic power structure to ignore 200 YEARS TOGETHER, to suppress it as much as possible, and above all to prevent and interdict the book's translation into foreign languages, most especially into English, which has become essentially the worldwide language of our epoch... The Russian authorities have to this date refused to allow any official English translation of the book to be published". (p. 2). Comment: It would be nice to have some verification of this assertion. Do the Russian authorities control translation rights, or does the Solzhenitsyn estate? The estate did allow translation excerpts to be published in The Solzhenitsyn Reader. It could just be that no reputable publisher has expressed any interest in publishing a translation, for obvious reasons of political correctness.

SOTT FOCUS: Disastrous Winter Olympics For the USA, May Lose South Korea to Peace

SOTT FOCUS: Disastrous Winter Olympics For the USA, May Lose South Korea to Peace

I must confess some measure of schadenfreude at the sight of beady-eyed US Vice-president Mike Pence squirming through his 'protocol headache' at the opening ceremony of the winter Olympics in South Korea last week. There he was, the distinguished emissary of South Korea's 'protector', a representative of the Exceptional Nation, eclipsed by the surprise inclusion of a representative of 'the enemy'. And at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, no less! Who politicizes sporting and cultural events like that? It's outrageous! The irony, no doubt, was completely lost on the Americans. After provoking Russia into responding to a military attack launched by that nutcase Saakashvili during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, then trying their level best to scare people away from participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, then pressuring international sporting bodies to ban Russian athletes from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, then doing likewise to cast Russians as untermensch at the current winter games, there's some poetic justice in seeing the US deep state's manipulation of the cultural sphere bite it in the rear.

Five major revelations about the Florida school shooting that are ignored by the mainstream media

Five major revelations about the Florida school shooting that are ignored by the mainstream media

One of the deadliest school shootings in American history took place this week in Parkland, Florida and the suspected gunman has since confessed to this most heinous act. As details unfold, however, the mainstream media is failing to ask the hard questions which need to be answered. While the media frantically attempts to use Nikolas Cruz to push their political agenda, bombshell revelations are being ignored, perhaps deliberately. While corporate media continues to use this incident to ram divide down society's throat and push for gun confiscation, those of us in the alternative media world are asking questions that matter. The Free Thought Project has compiled a list of five major details about the shooting that took place Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that the media is conveniently choosing to ignore.

Attempted emergency landing kills 13 in Mexican helicopter crash, minister & governor aboard survive

Attempted emergency landing kills 13 in Mexican helicopter crash, minister & governor aboard survive

A helicopter carrying the Mexican interior minister and the governor of the earthquake-stricken state of Oaxaca has crashed. Both officials survived, but more than a dozen people were killed. The military helicopter carrying Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete Prida and Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Mura crashed while attempting an emergency landing in the disaster-affected province, the minister told TV network Televisa. Later, the Mexican Prosecutor General's Office said that as many as 13 people died in the crash.

Master manipulator Soros calls for EU to 'protect society' from social media

Master manipulator Soros calls for EU to 'protect society' from social media

Billionaire globalist George Soros has called for the European Union to regulate Facebook and Google because he believes people are being "manipulated". Nothing to do with pro-Brexit and Eurosceptic movements across the world utilising social media to reach a wide audience, of course! In an article published on the Guardian website, Soros refers to the companies as a "public menace" which regulators need "to protect society against them". Soros also says Facebook "interferes with the functioning of democracy and the integrity of elections" because he claims people "can be easily manipulated". "This danger does not loom only in the future; it played an important role in the 2016 US presidential election," he writes.

Transgender Congressional candidate arrested for selling a stolen ring

Transgender Congressional candidate arrested for selling a stolen ring

A congressional candidate from Wisconsin was busted by the NYPD in her home state when she tried to sell a ring she ripped off from a Manhattan jewelry store, police said Wednesday. Juliet Germanotta - who in campaign literature vowed to keep the state "fiscally responsible by questioning expenses " - had ordered a $4,800, 18-karat yellow gold Zambian emerald and diamond ring from Mikaelians Jewelry on West 47th Street in Midtown on Sept. 19. But Germanotta, 36, who describes herself as a "proud transgender woman," claimed the ring she received was not to her liking, and requested her money back from the store. Instead of sending the real ring back, she sent the store a $10 replica - and sold the original, cops said.

Archeologists using laser scans discover ancient 'lost' city built by the Purépecha in western Mexico

Archeologists using laser scans discover ancient 'lost' city built by the Purépecha in western Mexico

Groundbreaking lidar scanning reveals the true scale of Angamuco, built by the Purépecha from about 900AD Archaeology might evoke thoughts of intrepid explorers and painstaking digging, but in fact researchers say it is a high-tech laser mapping technique that is rewriting the textbooks at an unprecedented rate. The approach, known as light detection and ranging scanning (lidar) involves directing a rapid succession of laser pulses at the ground from an aircraft. The time and wavelength of the pulses reflected by the surface are combined with GPS and other data to produce a precise, three-dimensional map of the landscape. Crucially, the technique probes beneath foliage - useful for areas where vegetation is dense. Earlier this month researchers revealed it had been used to discover an ancient Mayan city within the dense jungles of Guatemala, while it has also helped archaeologists to map the city of Caracol - another Mayan metropolis. Now, researchers have used the technique to reveal the full extent of an ancient city in western Mexico, about a half an hour's drive from Morelia, built by rivals to the Aztecs.

Drunk American tourist assaults two officers outside of Buckingham Palace

Drunk American tourist assaults two officers outside of Buckingham Palace

An American tourist assaulted two armed police officers outside Buckingham Palace after asking them if they knew any jokes, a court has heard. Ryan Robinson, 36, of Hawaii, punched Ben Collins in the face at least four times and tried to grab his Taser electrical weapon on Wednesday evening. When Simon Leckie tried to intervene, shouting "armed police, stand still" and pointing his weapon at Robinson, he knocked him to the ground. He then pulled the two officers to their feet in "an extraordinary display of strength", said the prosecutor, Henry Fitch, before punching Collins again. Robinson was heavily intoxicated and it required the help of several other officers before he could be restrained and arrested, Westminster magistrates court heard.

Culture-clash: Nigerian immigrants in Italy under scrutiny for attempted dog-roasting, murder and sex-trafficking

Culture-clash: Nigerian immigrants in Italy under scrutiny for attempted dog-roasting, murder and sex-trafficking

Animal rights activists are up in arms over attempts to barbecue a dog at an immigrant welcome center in southern Italy, with migrants insisting the practice is normal where they come from. Members of the Carabinieri, an Italian military police force, intervened immediately after receiving a call from an employee of the center who had witnessed the scene of a 29-year-old Nigerian man intent on roasting a dog at the center in Vibo Valentia, in the Italian region of Calabria. The man had succeeded in skinning and chopping up the canine and was in the process of grilling it for himself and some friends when he was stopped by law enforcement officers. The young woman who called the police also volunteers at a pro-animal organization in the area. Explaining to police that such a practice is "normal where we come from," the migrant insisted that he didn't kill the dog but had found it dead by the side of the road and had decided to grill it. He also pleaded ignorance of Italian laws forbidding eating cats and dogs.

Lavrov on Mueller indictment: 'Until there are facts, it's all just blather'

Lavrov on Mueller indictment: 'Until there are facts, it's all just blather'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has again dismissed claims of Russian meddling in the US election, saying that until facts are presented by Washington, they are nothing but "blather." Speaking at the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday, he said that "Until we see facts, everything else will be just blather." When asked to comment on the indictment of Russian nationals and companies in the US over alleged meddling in the 2016 US election, the foreign minister answered: "You know, I have no reaction at all because one can publish anything he wants. We see how accusations, statements, statements are multiplying." On Friday, a US federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three entities accused of interfering in the 2016 election and political processes. According to the indictment, those people were "supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump... and disparaging Hillary Clinton" as they staged political rallies and bought political advertising, while posing as grassroots entities.

Man who accused former Seattle Mayor of sexual abuse found dead of apparent drug overdose

Man who accused former Seattle Mayor of sexual abuse found dead of apparent drug overdose

Delvonn Heckard had been in recovery for addiction to cocaine and other illicit drugs when he sued Ed Murray, alleging the former Seattle mayor had repeatedly paid him for sex in the late 1980s when he was a teenager. Delvonn Heckard, the Kent man whose sexual abuse lawsuit against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray last year prompted other allegations to come to light - eventually leading to Murray's resignation - was found dead early Friday of an apparent drug overdose in an Auburn motel. "In my opinion, a hero died today," attorney Lincoln Beauregard said Friday morning. The King County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Heckard's death on Friday afternoon, noting the official cause and manner of his death are pending.

Magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes south Wales, tremor felt from Cornwall to Liverpool

Magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes south Wales, tremor felt from Cornwall to Liverpool

A massive earthquake has struck Wales with tremors felt from Cornwall to Liverpool. The 4.2 magnitude quake occurred near Swansea, south Wales, around 2.30pm at a depth of six miles. Residents across the UK - from Bristol to Cornwall - have reported tremors in its aftermath.

Mother faces life in prison for the torture and death of her 8-year-old son

Mother faces life in prison for the torture and death of her 8-year-old son

The mother of an 8-year-old California boy who was routinely beaten, starved and tortured until he died has pleaded guilty to a murder charge. City News Service reported Thursday that, under the terms of a plea agreement, Pearl Fernandez is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2013 death of Gabriel Fernandez. The 34-year-old Fernandez pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and admitted a special-circumstance allegation of murder involving torture. Sentencing is set for June 7. Fernandez's boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, was convicted last year of the same charge. Jurors recommended the death penalty for when he is sentenced on March 8. During Aguirre's trial, according to Fox 11, prosecutors told jurors that Gabriel was beaten, shot with a BB gun, forced to eat cat feces and sleep while gagged and bound inside a small cabinet. Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami called Aguirre an "evil" man who "liked torturing" the boy, according to Fox 11, and did so methodically for months before the child's death.

Justice Clarence Thomas speaks out against the culture of victimhood

Justice Clarence Thomas speaks out against the culture of victimhood

Justice Clarence Thomas decried the contemporary culture of victimhood during remarks Thursday, telling an audience at the Library of Congress that constant aggrievement would exhaust the country. Ever a touchstone for controversy on racial issues, the justice related a story from a recent trip to Kansas, where a black college student told him she was primarily interested in school work, and less interested in the political tumult gripping college campuses. "At some point we're going to be fatigued with everybody being a victim," he said. Thomas has struck similar chords throughout his public life. He appeared on Laura Ingraham's Fox News program in November 2017, and suggested contemporary activists could benefit from the example of his grandparents, who exhibited quiet fortitude during the heady days of white supremacy. He made his Thursday remark in the context of a broader discussion about his childhood. Thomas was born in Georgia's coastal lowlands among impoverished Gullah-speakers, and spent his childhood working his grandfather's farm. He likened his upbringing to Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel "The Help" as most of the women in his life, including his mother, were domestics in white households.

Expert claims human speech will be replaced by thought communications via computer by the year 2050

Expert claims human speech will be replaced by thought communications via computer by the year 2050

HUMAN speech will become a thing of the past by the year 2050, by which time we will communicate by thought via a computer-generated collective consciousness, it has been claimed Marko Karjnovic unveiled his ideas at The Museum of the Future as part of the World Government Summit in Dubai. The Hybrid Intelligence Biometric Avatar (HIBA), will understand the feelings of people connected to it, take on their personas, exchange information with them and even become part of the fabric of their brains. Mr Karjnovic, who has produced the exhibit, explained: "It is very similar to the work of Elon Musk - it is an open source platform for humanity. "HIBA will have the ability to connect the minds of the most clever of us, combining those minds with everything it can find out practically and put it all together in hybrid intelligence."

Researchers reverse Alzheimer's in mice by targeting a key enzyme

Researchers reverse Alzheimer's in mice by targeting a key enzyme

Alzheimer's has been reversed in mice for the first time, raising the hopes of a drug to combat the disease. Decreasing the levels of a key enzyme - called BACE1 - reduced the levels of amyloid plaques, which are linked to Alzheimer's. The mice's brains were eventually completely free of these tangles and their cognition improved. This is the first time scientists have been able to clear the brain of these protein tangles. It is possible a drug could be developed to help target this enzyme.

Russia could be Lebanon's alternative to the devil and the deep blue sea

Russia could be Lebanon's alternative to the devil and the deep blue sea

Lebanon, as so often in the past, is facing mortal danger. Saudi Arabia is putting great pressure on the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, a powerful but controversial figure who holds dual nationality - Saudi and Lebanese. Riyadh expects Lebanon to play by its own rules, sidelining Hezbollah, ending Iranian influence in the country, and promoting Saudi business and political interests... or else. It is clear that foreign aid from the Gulf is increasingly conditional. Tension with Israel is also mounting. A military conflict could erupt at any moment, with devastating consequences. Between 1978 and 2006, Israel attacked its northern neighbor on five occasions. The last time Israel invaded Lebanon, during the so-called Lebanon War in 2006, at least 1,300 Lebanese people were killed and 1 million displaced. The Israeli air force is lately, unceremoniously, violating Lebanese air space, flying over its territory on the way to Syria, where it is bombing selected targets, grossly violating various international laws.

Number of cetaceans washing up on Irish coasts at record levels with 263 strandings in 2017

Number of cetaceans washing up on Irish coasts at record levels with 263 strandings in 2017

The number of dolphins and whales washing up on Irish coasts reached record levels last year, according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) In all 263 cetacean strandings were reported around the country, which was 44 more than the previous highest level of 219 in 2013. Dr Simon Berrow, chief science officer of the IWDG, said that the increase in strandings in recent years has been "unprecedented". He told Cork's Cry104FM: "At least 12 species were report, with the common dolphin being by far the most common, with harbour porpoises a distant second." He added that deep diving offshore species washed up rarely, with sperm whales becoming stranded on three occasions.

Cow escapes slaughter by smashing through metal fence, breaking man's arm, then swimming to safety on island

Cow escapes slaughter by smashing through metal fence, breaking man's arm, then swimming to safety on island

A cow has been living alone on an island, attacking anyone who comes near, after staging a miraculous escape on its way to a slaughterhouse. The animal made its bid for safety last month after it refused to get into a lorry taking it to be killed for meat. Instead it rammed a metal fence before making a dash for the nearby Lake Nysa, south Poland. After the cow's owner, known only as Mr Lukasz, attempted to get it back to the farm, the cow broke one of his worker's arms, according to Polish news show Wiadomosci.

Can Israel digest Putin's grand bargain?

Can Israel digest Putin's grand bargain?

"Israel is climbing up a high horse," Alex Fishman (the veteran Israeli Defence Correspondent) wrote in the Hebrew daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, last month, "and is approaching with giant steps a 'war of choice': Without mincing words, it's an initiated war in Lebanon." In Fishman's article, he notes: "Classical deterrence is when you threaten an enemy not to harm you in your territory, but here, Israel demands that the enemy refrain from doing something in its own territory, otherwise Israel will harm it. From a historical perspective and from the perspective of international legitimacy, the chances of this threat being accepted as valid, leading to the cessation of enemy activities in its own territory, are slim." Ben Caspit also wrote about a fair prospect of a "war of choice," whilst a Haaretz editorial - explains Professor Idan Landau in an Israeli news blog - noted: "The Israeli government therefore owes Israeli citizens a precise, pertinent and persuasive explanation as to why a missile factory in Lebanon has changed the strategic balance to the extent that it requires going to war. It must present assessments to the Israeli public as to the expected number of casualties, damage to civilian infrastructure and the economic cost of going to war, as compared with the danger that construction of the missile factory constitutes." We live dangerous times in the Middle East today - both in the immediate present, and in the mid-term, too.

French wine study shows humans can taste fungicides and glyphosate-based herbicides

French wine study shows humans can taste fungicides and glyphosate-based herbicides

The results of the first ever study on the ability of humans to recognize the taste of pesticides in wine have been published in the Food and Nutrition Journal. Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini and the chef Jérôme Douzelet's study involved 195 blind tests carried out by professionals from the wine and culinary industry. Firstly, 16 pairs of organic and non-organic wines were produced in 7 French regions. The same varieties of grapes were grown both organically and conventionally on the same soils (in neighboring vineyards), in the same climate and in the same year.