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'The world's gonna end in 12 years if we don't address climate change', says young rising cult leader

'The world's gonna end in 12 years if we don't address climate change', says young rising cult leader

The youngest woman ever elected to Congress again made headlines and sparked conservative criticism when she said Monday that she and other young Americans fear "the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change." interview with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates at the MLK Now event in New York City celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr." data-reactid="17">Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., made the remark during an interview with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates at the MLK Now event in New York City celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Ocasio-Cortez called the fight to mitigate the effects of climate change her generation's "World War II."

Syrian refugee, 16, suing FB for not taking action against Tommy Robinson's false claims saying the boy attacked English girls

Syrian refugee, 16, suing FB for not taking action against Tommy Robinson's false claims saying the boy attacked English girls

The Syrian refugee who was allegedly 'waterboarded' by a school bully is taking legal action against Facebook over claims he attacked English girls. Lawyers acting for 16-year-old Jamal are preparing to sue the internet giant for allowing English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson to peddle false accusations about him on its site. In a highly unusual case, Facebook stands accused of allowing Robinson to make a series of poisonous rants about Jamal because the far-Right activist's popularity makes the company money. The boy's legal team says the social media company was 'fully aware of the reckless and pernicious nature' of Robinson's videos and has 'profited from defamation'.

No kidding: University study shows three quarters of people dissatisfied with 'undemocratic', 'self-interested' & 'divided' political parties

No kidding: University study shows three quarters of people dissatisfied with 'undemocratic', 'self-interested' & 'divided' political parties

Research by the University of Sheffield has revealed more than three quarters of people are dissatisfied with political parties and has identified the seven main qualities people want to see in parties today. Gathering data through a survey administered by YouGov and three public workshops, research led by Dr Kate Dommett and Dr Luke Temple asked people about their attitudes towards parties, including how people believe parties are behaving now and how they would like to see parties work. The top words used to describe political parties by workshop participants included 'unrepresentative', 'undemocratic', 'self-interested' and 'divided'. Seventy-seven per cent of those surveyed said they were fairly or very dissatisfied with parties.

The 'toxic masculinity' meme has poisoned society

The 'toxic masculinity' meme has poisoned society

Over the weekend, a disturbing video of a group of boys from a Catholic School in Covington, Kentucky catapulted Twitter into one of its regular nervous breakdowns. The video appeared to show the boys surrounding and taunting a lone, elderly Native American man as he chanted and played a drum in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The Indian was a veteran; his demeanor was stoic and dignified. The boys were loud and rowdy, the kind adults routinely cross the street to avoid. They were also-with one or two exceptions-white. A few were wearing MAGA hats. They had just come from the annual anti-abortion March for Life. In other words, the video could have been scripted by a gender-studies professor from Middlebury, staged by the director of Gillette's viral ad on toxic masculinity, and given an official seal of approval from the American Psychological Association, the august organization whose recently published guidelines elaborating on the evils of "traditional codes of masculinity" made...

Vulture journalist who wished death on Covington students and their parents gets fired

Vulture journalist who wished death on Covington students and their parents gets fired

Digital company INE Entertainment has fired a journalist who publicly wished for the death of several Covington Catholic High School students and their parents in a pair of tweets over the weekend. Aside from his job as a post-production supervisor at INE, Erik Abriss is a contributor to New York Media's pop culture site Vulture. "We were surprised and upset to see the inflammatory and offensive rhetoric used on Erik Abriss' Twitter account this weekend. He worked with the company in our post-production department and never as a writer," the company said in a statement to TheWrap on Monday. "While we appreciated his work, it is clear that he is no longer aligned with our company's core values of respect and tolerance. Therefore, as of January 21, 2019, we have severed ties with Abriss." Passions ran high on social media Saturday after video emerged of several students from Covington, many of whom were wearing "Make America Great Again" hats, surrounding a Native American elder who...

BEST OF THE WEB: Modern Phoenix Program: Inside the CIA's Afghan terror unit

BEST OF THE WEB: Modern Phoenix Program: Inside the CIA's Afghan terror unit

Razo Khan woke up suddenly to the sight of assault rifles pointed at his face, and demands that he get out of bed and onto the floor. Within minutes, the armed raiders had separated the men from the women and children. Then the shooting started. As Mr. Khan was driven away for questioning, he watched his home go up in flames. Within were the bodies of two of his brothers and of his sister-in-law Khanzari, who was shot three times in the head. Villagers who rushed to the home found the burned body of her 3-year-old daughter, Marina, in a corner of a torched bedroom. The men who raided the family's home that March night, in the district of Nader Shah Kot, were members of an Afghan strike force trained and overseen by the Central Intelligence Agency in a parallel mission to the United States military's, but with looser rules of engagement. Ostensibly, the force was searching for militants. But Mr. Khan and his family had done nothing to put themselves in the cross hairs of the...

Southeastern Louisiana University ban offensive jokes, posters and cartoons

Southeastern Louisiana University ban offensive jokes, posters and cartoons

The "discrimination and harassment policy" of Southeastern Louisiana University lists "offensive jokes," "posters," "cartoons," and "drawings" as "prohibited conduct" that can be considered "harassment." "This conduct need not have intent to harm; if severe enough, it does not have to consist of repeated incidents; and it need not be directed against a specific individual/group of Individuals," the school's policy states. As The College Fix notes, the university has received a "Red Light" rating from the pro-free-speech group Foundation for Individual Rights in Education - a rating reserved for schools that have "at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech." FIRE's senior program officer Laura Beltz told The Fix that, although she did not know of any students who had recently been disciplined under the policy, that doesn't mean that the existence of such a restrictive policy was harmless. "It's important to remember that, even when not...

Lebanon needs air defense system to repel repeated violations of sovereignty by rogue state Israel

Lebanon needs air defense system to repel repeated violations of sovereignty by rogue state Israel

Israeli jets carried out several waves of attacks, launching a total of 45 missiles first in daylight on Sunday and then again for 55 minutes after midnight. The Israeli attack on multiple Syrian targets coincided with the one day Arab Economic and Social Development Summit which began on Sunday in Beirut. Israel is known for its hidden and double messages - it was no coincidence that its violation of the Lebanese airspace and bombing of Syria came during the Arab Summit. The weakness of the Lebanese political system, hostage to Arab and international moods and threats, prevents the country from having its own air defence system to protect and preserve its sovereignty: it also makes it harder for Israel to bomb Syria. Sources on the ground claim that "Syria has responded by firing five precision missiles against several Israeli military targets but only one was intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome. This may explain the first of its kind Israeli intensive attack against random multiple...

Fake news media doubles down on losing hand, accuses Covington students of racism during old sporting event

Fake news media doubles down on losing hand, accuses Covington students of racism during old sporting event

Instead of apologizing for terrorizing the students of Covington Catholic High School, the mainstream media is now digging up old school photos from before the children even went there to some-how prove that the kids might be racist. Four years ago, the school had continued a tradition where they had "white out," "black out," and "blue out" sporting events. The media has ignored the other colors and focused on photos they found of a "black out" game. Beginning last year, the school banned face paint for the games. Additionally, this has nothing to do with the children or the families - it was the school.

Skripal first responder revealed as Chief Army Nurse; dossier connection blamed on Russia

Skripal first responder revealed as Chief Army Nurse; dossier connection blamed on Russia

The case of poisoned double-agent Sergei Skripal just got weirder after it was revealed that the first responder to the scene was the Chief Nursing Officer for the British Army after her daughter spotted Skripal and his daughter collapsed on a bench at the Maltings shopping center in Salisbury on March 5 of last year. According to Spire FM, 16-year-old Abigail McCourt spotted the poisoned Russians while "out celebrating her brother's birthday," and then quickly alerted her mother - Alison McCourt. The two McCourts gave first aid to the Skripals until paramedics arrived. Colonel McCourt - who was decorated for her efforts to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone, proposed her daughter as a candidate for the Lifesaver Award at Spire FM's Local Hero Awards. "As a qualified nurse it was a fairly routine situation for me but my daughter was amazing. Her prompt actions, spotting them in difficulty, and the way she assisted me to put Yulia Skripal in the recovery position had a significant impact...

Meteorite strikes moon during yesterdays eclipse

Meteorite strikes moon during yesterdays eclipse

Observers of yesterday's lunar eclipse were blessed with the first known sighting of a meteorite impact during such an event. The so-called "super wolf blood moon" was eagerly watched by millions of people around the world, mostly via live streaming video. During the eclipse, some people noticed a tiny flash, a brief yellow-white speck, popping up on the lunar surface during the online broadcasts. One Reddit user raised the possibility that this was a meteorite impact and others scoured eclipse footage for evidence of the event. A flash is visible in at least three different videos. Jose Maria Madiedo at the University of Huelva in Spain has confirmed that the impact is genuine. For years, he and his colleagues have been hoping to observe a meteorite impact on the moon during a lunar eclipse, but the brightness of these events can make that very difficult - lunar meteorite impacts have been filmed before, but not during an eclipse.

Fund the wall, with porn taxes - Arizona state lawmaker

Fund the wall, with porn taxes - Arizona state lawmaker

An Arizona state lawmaker has proposed an unorthodox way to fund President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and end the partial government shutdown: tax porn. House Bill 2444, introduced this week by Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, would-- among other things-- require electronic devices bought or sold in Arizona to include porn blockers. Would-be porn viewers who want to bypass the block will have to submit a request to the person or company that distributed the electronic device, provide proof of their legal age, and fork over a $20 deactivation fee to the Arizona Commerce Authority. Deactivating the blocker without paying the fee will be considered a crime under the bill. The deactivation fees will then go towards the newly-created John McCain Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Fund to finance multiple initiatives through grants, including funding Trump's proposed border wall that has the U.S. government at an impasse.

IDF terrorist announces PM candidacy, touting number of Palestinians he murdered and bombed into 'stone age' during war on Gaza

IDF terrorist announces PM candidacy, touting number of Palestinians he murdered and bombed into 'stone age' during war on Gaza

Israeli history is filled with terrorists who became Prime Minister. While pre-state Jewish terror leaders of the Irgun and Stern Gang, Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir, are often noted as the obvious examples, master-ethnic-cleanser David Ben-Gurion should also be remembered as such, and there are those who have created their own terrorist legacy in state-terror, such as Ariel Sharon. Now comes another candidate: Benjamin ('Benny') Gantz. Gantz, former Israeli army Chief of Staff (2011-2015), is challenging Benjamin Netanyahu for the Prime Minister post in the upcoming April elections, and doing it from the supposed 'left'. Gantz commanded two of Israel's large-scale onslaughts on Gaza after Hamas was elected in 2006: the 2012 "Operation Pillar of Defense" ("Pillar of Cloud" in Hebrew), and the biggest and most murderous onslaught to date, the 2014 "Operation Protective Edge" ("Mighty Cliff" in Hebrew), which according to the UN killed 2,251 Palestinians, including 1,462...

The death of Russiagate? Mueller team tied to Mifsud's network, a tangled web

The death of Russiagate? Mueller team tied to Mifsud's network, a tangled web

In April last year, Disobedient Media broke coverage of the British involvement in the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, asking why All Russiagate Roads Lead To London, via the quasi-scholar Joseph Mifsud and others. The issue was also raised by WikiLeaks's Julian Assange, just days before the Ecuadorian government silenced him last March. Assange's Twitter thread cited research by Chris Blackburn, who spoke with Disobedient Media on multiple occasions covering Joseph Mifsud's ties to British intelligence figures and organizations, as well as his links to Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign, the FBI, CIA and the private cyber-security firm Crowdstrike. We return, now, to this issue and specifically the research of Chris Blackburn, to place the final nail in the coffin of the Trump-Russia collusion charade. Blackburn's insights are incredible not only because they return us to the earliest reporting on the role of British intelligence figures in manufacturing the Trump-Russia...

As May pressured to rule out 'no deal', 'dozens of ministers could resign'

As May pressured to rule out 'no deal', 'dozens of ministers could resign'

The prime minister faces threats of mass resignations, disastrous worst-case scenarios and demands for further votes. Pressure on Theresa May to rule out a "no-deal" Brexit is stacking up after MPs derided her plan B. Sky News has learned that cross-Channel freight trade could collapse by between 75% and 87% for six months if the UK fails to agree a divorce deal with the EU by 29 March, when the country leaves the bloc. The estimate, by the UK Border Force, is part of an assumption for no-deal contingency plans and is based on predictions of tough customs checks by the French. The disclosure, in a document leaked to Sky News, comes as: :: The pro-Remain cabinet minister Amber Rudd is said to have warned Number 10 that dozens of ministers could resign if Tory MPs are banned from voting to stop a no-deal Brexit; :: Labour has tabled a Commons amendment to the government's EU withdrawal deal, which it claims prevents the chaos of no deal and includes the option of a second referendum;...

'Russian collusion': The only 'colluders' have been proven to be the accusers

'Russian collusion': The only 'colluders' have been proven to be the accusers

IN BRIEF The Facts: As more evidence comes out, it is looking like the only ones 'colluding' in the 'Russian Collusion' affair are those U. S. government officials who have been trying to make the case against Donald Trump. Reflect On: Is there anyone out there that still believes claims that Donald Trump somehow 'colluded' with Russia, given that no evidence to that effect has come out after all this time? What do John Brennan (ex-CIA), James Clapper (ex-DNI), James Comey (ex-FBI), Andrew McCabe (ex-FBI), Peter Strzok (ex-FBI), Lisa Page (ex-FBI), Rod Rosenstein (DOJ), Bruce Ohr (ex-DOJ), Hillary Clinton (ex-DOS) and a whole host of lesser-known players have in common? They've all been revealed as co-conspirators ("colluders") in an attempt first to prevent and then to terminate the Trump presidency by whatever means possible. Their strategy was to accuse the Trump campaign of "collusion" with Russia, not based on any credible evidence, but on the basis of the idea that this would...

Temperature extremes: Russia down to nearly -60 °C, Australia scorching at nearly 50 °C on January 18, 2019

Temperature extremes: Russia down to nearly -60 °C, Australia scorching at nearly 50 °C on January 18, 2019

Parts of Russia again plunged towards -60 °C last night, while parts of Australia are in the middle of the summer and a strong heat wave, with temperatures approaching 50 °C. Yesterday, the difference between the two areas was over 100 °C! Temperatures plunged down to -57.5 °C in Delyankir (Oykmyakonski District, Sakha Republic) in far eastern Russia last night. This part of Russia is the one of the coldest places on Earth and the coldest inhabited area - the (fairly) nearby Oymyakon holds the official lowest recorded temperature in the northern hemisphere: -67.7 °C on February 6, 1933.

When democracy fails to deliver, is revolution inevitable?

When democracy fails to deliver, is revolution inevitable?

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible ... make violent revolution inevitable," said John F. Kennedy. In 2016, the U.S. and Britain were both witness to peaceful revolutions. The British voted 52-48 to sever ties to the European Union, restore their full sovereignty, declare independence and go their own way in the world. Trade and immigration policy would henceforth be decided by a parliament elected by the people, not by bureaucrats in Brussels. "Brexit" it was called. And British defiance stunned global elites. Two and a half years later, Britain is still inside the EU, and no one seems to know when or whether the divorce will take place - a victory of London and European elites over the expressed will of the British people. Appalled by the Brexit vote, these elites played a waiting game, broadcasting warnings of what could happen, to panic the British public into reconsidering and reversing its democratic decision. Losing candidates and losing parties accept defeat and...

Iran to remain in Syria as long as asked to, says security official

Iran to remain in Syria as long as asked to, says security official

The comments by the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council came the same day that Israel carried out a series of strikes on alleged Iranian targets in Syria. In an extensive interview published by the Mehr news agency, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said that Tehran would continue providing assistance to Syria as long as Damascus needs its help in fighting terror. He said: "We reject interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and of course we do not allow anyone to interfere in our internal affairs. So, at the request of the governments of Iraq and Syria, we went to these countries and fought Daesh and Nusra Front [Jabhat Fatah al-Sham]." The senior official noted that instead of "exporting terrorism to Syria", Western nations should let the Syrian people decide their future. Shamkhani's wide-ranging interview was published the same day that Israel announced it had conducted a second air raid against alleged...

Iranian airline banned from German airport for its support to Syria

Iranian airline banned from German airport for its support to Syria

The Iranian airline, Mahan Air, has been banned from operating out of Germany's airports according to Foreign Ministry Spokesperson c, speaking from a press conference in Berlin, on Monday. "It is in the foreign-policy interests of Germany not to allow any air traffic from companies that support the war in Syria and contribute to the oppression of people in war zones," stated Burger. Government spokesperson Steffen Seibert dismissed the idea that the decision had been made due to US pressure stating that "it is simply the case that it cannot be ruled out that this airline could transport cargo to Germany that also negatively impact our security concerns." Seibert added that these concerns were particularly valid given the government's "knowledge of terrorist activities from the Iranian side and Iranian agencies in Europe in the past." The Tehran based airline, which offered flights between its homebase and the German cities of Munich and Dusseldorf, has already been blacklisted by...

Mystery orbits in solar system outermost reaches, not caused by 'Planet Nine'

Mystery orbits in solar system outermost reaches, not caused by 'Planet Nine'

The strange orbits of some objects in the farthest reaches of our solar system, hypothesised by some astronomers to be shaped by an unknown ninth planet, can instead be explained by the combined gravitational force of small objects orbiting the Sun beyond Neptune, say researchers. The alternative explanation to the so-called 'Planet Nine' hypothesis, put forward by researchers at the University of Cambridge and the American University of Beirut, proposes a disc made up of small icy bodies with a combined mass as much as ten times that of Earth. When combined with a simplified model of the solar system, the gravitational forces of the hypothesised disc can account for the unusual orbital architecture exhibited by some objects at the outer reaches of the solar system. While the new theory is not the first to propose that the gravitational forces of a massive disc made of small objects could avoid the need for a ninth planet, it is the first such theory which is able to explain the...

Discovery South Africa: Fossils reveal the 'missing link' in human evolution

Discovery South Africa: Fossils reveal the 'missing link' in human evolution

A 9-year-old boy who tripped over a rock in South Africa led researchers to discover a "missing link" in human evolution, according to a new study. The fossils of Australopithecus sediba were found in 2008 after Matthew Berger stopped to examine the rock he tripped over while following his dog near what is now the Malapa Fossil Site in South Africa. The subsequent discovery of the 2-million-year-old adult female and juvenile male remains in the "Cradle of Humankind" set off contentious debate in the scientific community. New research confirms the species is closely related to the Homo genus and fills a key gap in humankind's history between early humans and our more apelike predecessors. Scientists writing in the journal PaleoAnthropology found that the species is the bridge between the 3-million-year-old "Lucy" or Australopithecus afarensis and the "handy man" Homo habilis, which used tools between 1.5 and 2.1 million years ago. The study, which describes the new species' anatomy...

Derry: Security alerts lifted as police claim all three were 'hoaxes'

Derry: Security alerts lifted as police claim all three were 'hoaxes'

A 50-YEAR-old man remained in police custody overnight, while four others were released "unconditionally" by the PSNI in connection with the car bomb that exploded in Derry city on Saturday evening. It came after a number of security alerts in the city yesterday. Although a number of hijackings took place, police declared late last night that the alerts were "hoaxes". As part of its investigation into the explosion which the PSNI says was carried out by a group called "the New IRA", two 21-year-olds, a 42-year-old and a 34-year old were all arrested in the past few days. They've since been released without charge. There were no injuries in the car bomb on Saturday night, and the attack has been roundly condemned in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain. The PSNI responded to three security incidents in Derry yesterday that involved two vehicle hijackings and another incident where a van was reported abandoned outside a girls' secondary school.

Twitter suspends account that ignited Covington 'MAGA kids' controversy

Twitter suspends account that ignited Covington 'MAGA kids' controversy

Twitter suspended an account on Monday afternoon that helped spread a controversial encounter between a Native American elder and a group of high school students wearing Make America Great Again hats. The account claimed to belong to a California schoolteacher. Its profile photo was not of a schoolteacher, but of a blogger based in Brazil, CNN Business found. Twitter suspended the account soon after CNN Business asked about it. The account, with the username @2020fight, was set up in December 2016 and appeared to be the tweets of a woman named Talia living in California. "Teacher & Advocate. Fighting for 2020," its Twitter bio read. Since the beginning of this year, the account had tweeted on average 130 times a day and had more than 40,000 followers. Late on Friday, the account posted a minute-long video showing the now-iconic confrontation between a Native American elder and the high school students, with the caption, "This MAGA loser gleefully bothering a Native American...

The 'dream team' for the cold and flu season

The 'dream team' for the cold and flu season

As we are in the midst of the annual cold and flu season, I want to share the basic plan I use to support my patients during this time. It includes three supplements I use for people of all ages when they feel an acute illness coming on. First, it is important to remember that even though it is common to blame all acute illnesses on microbes, fundamentally, viruses and bacteria are scavengers in nature. Bacteria digest debris in nature, and viruses are intracellular parasites that "infect" cells that demonstrate some type of weakness. In other words, the infectious nature of acute illness is only one side of the story; the other side is the "terrain," or the condition of the person who gets sick. The three supplements I predominantly use for most acute illnesses address both sides of this equation.

Tucker Carlson eviscerates famous liberals who urged doxing, assault and murder of Covington MAGA kids

Tucker Carlson eviscerates famous liberals who urged doxing, assault and murder of Covington MAGA kids

Tucker Carlson excoriated famous liberals and a few anti-Trump GOP who called for the harassment, assault and murder of a group of Kentucky high school students who were falsely accused of bigotry against a Native American man, Nathan Phillips, at a pro-life demonstration on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Based on an out-of-context "staredown" between student Nick Sandmann and Phillips, high-profile liberals across Twitter went on a blitzkrieg of fake news over the weekend - falsely claiming that the Covington High School group harassed Phillips while chanting "build the wall" - which never happened.

Moscow exchange chief suggests replacing US dollar with Russian gold

Moscow exchange chief suggests replacing US dollar with Russian gold

Russian gold could become the perfect alternative to conservative investments in the greenback, the CEO of Russia's key trading floor, Moscow Exchange (MOEX), believes. "Let's offer an alternative to the US dollar in the form of Russian gold, which we produce... investment gold," CEO Alexander Afanasiev suggested, speaking in the Lower House of Russia's parliament on Monday. He added that some "super-conservative investors" purchase dollars and keep them "under the pillow," which is not very safe, he believes. The MOEX chief also noted that Russians have increased their investment activity and act "surprisingly rational."

Russia cuts foreign debt to decade low while boosting national reserves

Russia cuts foreign debt to decade low while boosting national reserves

Russia's external debt has fallen by $64.4 billion or 12.4 percent from the beginning of last year, amounting to $453.7 billion as of January 1, 2019 - the lowest level since April 2009, according to Central Bank of Russia data. All institutional sectors dropped their debts last year, the Central Bank of Russia announced on Monday, adding that other sectors contributed "the most to the country's external debt contraction," reducing their indebtedness by $32.3 billion. The foreign debt has been dropping since mid-2014, when it reached its peak of around $733 billion in the wake US and EU sanctions. Since then, Russia managed to reduce debt by nearly $280 billion to reach the ten year minimum. In the fourth quarter of 2018 alone, the external debt was reportedly reduced by more than $16 billion or some 3.5 percent.

Severe snow falls in the Austrian Alps

Severe snow falls in the Austrian Alps

Austria is snowed under — to the delight of skiers and the horror of homeowners. Even older Austrians are amazed by the amount of snow that's fallen in a matter of days. Soldiers, firefighters and volunteers are helping in the most affected areas. Austria is used to dealing with large amounts of snow, but this year the country has received far more than usual. Meter-high piles cover the rooftops and rising temperatures are leading to rising fears that roofs could collapse. In the village of Altaussee in Styria, residents whose homes lay below the Loser Mountain were evacuated due to the risk of an avalanche.

World's richest gather in Davos to tackle global poverty, but key leaders are missing

World's richest gather in Davos to tackle global poverty, but key leaders are missing

World political and business elites are gathering in Davos, Switzerland, for an annual forum on how to tackle global problems, like the increasing wealth gap between rich and poor. Several key leaders will be missing though. This year the leader of the US, the UK and France will not be attending the World Economic Forum due to domestic troubles. Donald Trump is busy with his government shutdown. Theresa May is bogged down by Brexit negotiations complete with defiant MPs and unyielding EU officials. Emmanuel Macron has crowds of yellow vest-wearing protesters, outraged at his austerity reforms. Arguably the biggest political name on the guest list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Breaking the silence: Trump blasts media for pouncing on Covington 'MAGA boys'

Breaking the silence: Trump blasts media for pouncing on Covington 'MAGA boys'

US President Donald Trump has finally commented on the controversy over a standoff between Catholic students and a Native American activist, which turned out to be not what the liberal media rushed to report. The president, who was earlier criticized by people in the conservative camp for staying silent on arguably the biggest political story of the last weekend in America, voiced his support for a group of youths, who had been branded racists and spoiled rich kids last week. The group was "treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false" and "smeared by media," Trump tweeted. Later on Monday morning, Trump called the debacle a symbol "of Fake News and how evil it can be," adding that the boys "have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good - maybe even to bring people together."

US-North Korean intelligence services maintained secret talks since 2009

US-North Korean intelligence services maintained secret talks since 2009

The US and North Korean intelligence officers have been engaged in secret talks and held a number of meetings since 2009, paving the way for a historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un last year, The Wall Street Journal newspaper reported, citing US officials. The "goon channel" was initially established by Washington to discuss the release of US citizens held in North Korea, but soon has started to touch upon plans for Pyongyang's denuclearization as well as the preparation for the leaders' summit, officials from the current and former US administration under US President Barack Obama told the newspaper.

Brussels fines Mastercard €570m for breaking competition rules

Brussels fines Mastercard €570m for breaking competition rules

Brussels has fined Mastercard €570.6m for limiting banks' ability to shop around between member states to offer lower fees, thereby restricting competition between banks and raising the cost of card payments for both retailers and customers. Mastercard levies a so-called interchange fee on transactions between the cardholder's bank and the retailer's bank. Historically the rates varied considerably between member states but in December 2015 the EU passed a regulation capping the cost and levelling the playing field within the bloc. "By preventing merchants from shopping around for better conditions offered by banks in other member states, Mastercard's rules artificially raised the costs of card payments, harming consumers and retailers in the EU," Margrethe Vestager, the bloc's competition commissioner, said on Tuesday.

Police in Poland arrest man trying to ram through gates of Presidential Palace

Police in Poland arrest man trying to ram through gates of Presidential Palace

Police in Warsaw, Poland, have arrested a man after he tried to ram his car through the gates of the Presidential Palace. The 36-year-old driver knocked down a policeman who tried to stop him, before plowing his car into a barrier before the gate, the Polish Press Agency reported. A police spokesman said that the man will be tested for drug and alcohol consumption, and did not "react to anything" when police arrested him. The man's motives remain unknown. The driver most likely lost control of his vehicle after the police officer initially tried to stop him, Polish news site Rzeczpospolita reported. Situated in Warsaw's historic center, the 200-year-old presidential palace is the place of work and residence for Andrzej Duda, the Polish president. Duda was not in the building at the time of the crash, as he departed for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Monday. "The palace is safe and well guarded," Duda said through his press secretary. "Officers are doing their...

Moscow slams EU's 'arbitrary' chemical-weapons sanctions, threatens to retaliate

Moscow slams EU's 'arbitrary' chemical-weapons sanctions, threatens to retaliate

Russia has threatened to respond to "freshly invented" punitive measures imposed by the EU over the Skripal poisoning. Moscow says it's an arbitrary punishment that disrespects established non-proliferation norms. The accusations that gave rise to the sanctions "don't stand up to criticism," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "We reserve the right to retaliatory measures in response to this unfriendly act." On Monday, Brussels used its new powers against four Russian nationals over the March 2018 poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK. Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov (named in the sanctions ruling as Russian intelligence agents Alexander Mishkin and Anatoliy Chepiga) were subjected to a European asset freeze and a travel ban, along with Igor Kostyukov, the head of Russia's main intelligence directorate (the GRU), and his deputy, Vladimir Alekseyev.

WADA upholds reinstatement of Russian Anti-Doping Agency

WADA upholds reinstatement of Russian Anti-Doping Agency

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee has voted to uphold a reinstatement of the Russian anti-doping body, despite pressure from international organizations which demanded a suspension. "Today, the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) decided to continue applying the conditions outlined in its 20 September 2018 decision that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) must fulfill to maintain compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), after endorsing a recommendation of WADA's independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) during an ExCo meeting held by conference call," says WADA's statement.

Huawei calls for swift resolution of Sabrina Meng Wanzhou case after reports US will go ahead with extradition request

Huawei calls for swift resolution of Sabrina Meng Wanzhou case after reports US will go ahead with extradition request

Huawei Technologies has called for a quick resolution of the case involving its chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou in Canada, despite reports that Washington will soon go ahead with its extradition request for her to face trial in the US. Huawei chairman Liang Hua made the comments to reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday. Liang was appointed acting chief financial officer of Huawei last month after Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 over alleged violations of US sanctions against Iran. She was later released on bail and is due to face court on February 6. "We operate our business globally, and in every country we fully comply with local laws and regulations," Liang said, adding the company welcomed requests to see the tech giant's product development business as well as other units.

UK Royal Air Force to reduce presence in Syria, Iraq - report

UK Royal Air Force to reduce presence in Syria, Iraq - report

Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) is planning to withdraw eight Tornado GR4s used in operations in Syrian and Iraqi skies, the Daily Mail reported. Six Typhoon jets and up to 10 MQ-9 Reaper drones will remain stationed in the Middle East region. Initially, the RAF was planning to replace the ageing Tornados with newer jets in March 2019, but according to the Daily Mail, citing an anonymous source in the British defence forces, the withdrawal of the US from Syria has made them change their minds. Additionally, the remaining Typhoons are scheduled for an upgrade allowing them to deploy bunker buster Storm Shadow and Brimstone air-to-ground missiles.

Moonwalking with Theresa May: Unboxing Brexit 'Plan C'

Moonwalking with Theresa May: Unboxing Brexit 'Plan C'

As Britain's zombie prime minister left the chamber of the House of Commons on Monday a blood-red full Wolf-Moon filled the sky. For the first time in 187 years, Venus was aligned with Mars with Saturn in the ascendency. No-one can know the significance of that but everyone was clear that Theresa May's Plan B looked remarkably like her Plan A which had the previous week been shot down in flames fiercer than any meteor. Unless she knows something about an EU climb-down as yet unrevealed to the rest of us, she set Britain firmly into orbit heading for a No Deal WTO Brexit in just a few weeks' time. To seek to resurrect her failed deal with the tweaks she announced on Monday seems like a Messianic idea, a triumph of faith over facts. But it has driven the majority "Remain Camp" in British politics into a terrible bind. If Mrs. May's Plan B works, we leave the EU on her terms or something like them, or, alternatively, we just leave the EU. These are the two poles which now have any...

Macron: Leaders must embrace reforms, lack of them led to Louis XVI execution

Macron: Leaders must embrace reforms, lack of them led to Louis XVI execution

King Louis XVI's refusal to embrace reforms led to his downfall, Emmanuel Macron told corporate executives gathered at Versailles. The meeting was held in part to alleviate investors' fears after 10 weeks of Yellow Vest protests. An estimated 150 executives, including Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, JPMorgan Chase CEO James Dimon, and Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey, met with the French president at the decadent palace outside of Paris. "A lot of people thought that it was not a good date to gather here," Macron told his guests, referring to the execution of French King Louis XVI, who was guillotined on January 21, exactly 226 years ago on Monday. "But when you look at French history, if at the end they ended up like that, it's because a lot of leaders decided not to reform."

American arrested for spying in Russia was in possession of 'state secrets' according to his lawyer

American arrested for spying in Russia was in possession of 'state secrets' according to his lawyer

Paul Whelan, the ex-US Marine suspected of espionage in Russia, had documents containing state secrets at the time of his arrest in Moscow, his lawyer said. Whelan may not have been aware he had sensitive information, he added. "I can confirm that at the time of his detention, Whelan had some documents containing state secrets, but I cannot go into details," Vladimir Zherebenkov, who represents Whelan, told reports on Tuesday. Zherebenkov, however, suggested that his client may have been unaware that he was in possession of the secrets. "How he got it, what he was supposed to do with it, and whether Whelan knew that he had secret information is unknown," he said. The former US Marine was seeking information on Russia of an "open" and "cultural" kind, the lawyer said, suggesting that his efforts were inspired only by his keen interest in Russian heritage.

NY Times editorial on vaccines is a pseudoscientific mess!

NY Times editorial on vaccines is a pseudoscientific mess!

(Note: My wife vetoed my initial headline: Failing New York Times Op-Ed Full of Fake Vaccine News. She claims that my sense of humor does not translate to all.) The lead New York Times (NYT) editorial today is titled, "Know The Enemy." According to the NYT, the "enemy" is anyone who questions the safety and efficacy of any vaccine. I guess that makes me the enemy. I thought I was a board-certified physician trying to read and decipher the research on vaccines to help guide my patients on how to make their best health care decisions. The NYT states, "Leading global health threats typically are caused by the plagues and perils of low-income countries - but vaccine hesitancy is as American as can be." Both parts of that sentence are correct. In the early 20th Century, infection was the number one killer of Americans and it killed a high percentage of our youth. However, by the 1950's infection rates for nearly every childhood vaccine - preventable illness (as well as other infectious...

Thousands of birds found dead in Western Australia's 'most important' inland wetland

Thousands of birds found dead in Western Australia's 'most important' inland wetland

Thousands of birds have been found dead at one of Western Australia's most important inland wetlands. A Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development veterinarian arrived at Lake Gregory in the East Kimberley earlier this month to take sample, and found a number of wild birds in "poor conditions with low body weights". On a department inspection, it was found several thousand birds had died at the wetland, but the cause of death remains a mystery. Lake Gregory is a permanent freshwater lake located between the Great Sandy Desert and the Tanami Desert and was previously described by the department as the most important inland wetland in Australia.

The corporate media continues to expose itself as a propaganda machine with every new horses**t narrative

The corporate media continues to expose itself as a propaganda machine with every new horses**t narrative

So the corporate media have gone and done it again. As they have, repeatedly, for the last two and half years, they shook the earth with a "bombshell" story proving beyond any reasonable doubt that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the presidency from Hillary Clinton, or at least committed an impeachable felony in connection with something to do with the Russians, or Ukrainians, or other Slavic persons ... which story turned out to be inaccurate, or not entirely accurate, or a bunch of horseshit. This time it was BuzzFeed's Jason Leopold, "a reporter with a checkered past" (i.e., a history of inventing his sources) who broke the "bombshell" Russiagate story that turned out to be a bunch of horseshit. Leopold, and his colleague Anthony Cormier, reported that Trump had directed his attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about plans to construct a Trump Tower in Moscow, thus suborning perjury and obstructing justice. Their sources for this "bombshell" story were...

Writing prof sez giving good grades based on quality school work is racist

Writing prof sez giving good grades based on quality school work is racist

American University in Washington, D.C. is hosting an event on Feb. 1 on "antiracist" grading with a professor who serves as director of a writing center which argues that American grammar is a "racist," "unjust language structure." The seminar, titled, "Grading Ain't Just Grading: Rethinking Writing Assessment Ecologies Towards Antiracist Ends," will be led by University of Washington-Tacoma professor Asao Inoue, who previously published an essay titled, "A Grade-less Writing Course that Focuses on Labor and Assessing," in which he argues in favor of "dispens[ing] almost completely with judgments of quality when producing course grades." "This is my ideal writing course, and allows me to cultivate a more critical, democratic community. It shares responsibility and negotiates most of the work in the course with students, as well as the terms by which that work is done."

CIA-backed Afghan militants accused of executing 6 men in Zurmat

CIA-backed Afghan militants accused of executing 6 men in Zurmat

There has been a fresh attack on civilians by armed men whom the victims' family and the Paktia provincial governor's spokesman have said were from the Khost Protection Force, an irregular militia supported by the CIA. A survivor of the attack carried out in Surkai village in Zurmat district, in Paktia province, described to AAN how five men in his family, including three university students, and a neighbour, were summarily executed and how he was questioned by an American in uniform accompanying the Afghan gunmen. The Paktia governor's spokesman has also confirmed that 'foreign troops' were involved in the operation (and the US military spokesman has said the US military was not involved). As AAN Co-Director, Kate Clark, reports, the incident raises yet again the unaccountability of such forces and the impunity with which they act. It also raises the question of motive - this particular family was a bulwark against Haqqani influence in Zurmat.

Notre Dame moves to cover up 'demeaning' Christopher Columbus mural

Notre Dame moves to cover up 'demeaning' Christopher Columbus mural

The president of the University of Notre Dame sent an email to all students Sunday night, informing them of the school's decision to cover up an on-campus mural of Christopher Columbus. President John Jenkins wrote "as we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day...at Notre Dame, I write to let you know of a recent decision," in an email obtained by Campus Reform. "The murals by Luigi Gregori that adorn the ceremonial entrance to Notre Dame's Main Building depict the life and exploration of Christopher Columbus." Jenkins continued by saying that the mural, which dates back to 1882-1884, was originally intended as a response to the school's mostly Catholic immigrant population. Columbus, it is believed, was also Catholic.

Shocking video footage confirms Covington students were being viciously harassed by rabid Black Hebrew Israelites

Shocking video footage confirms Covington students were being viciously harassed by rabid Black Hebrew Israelites

The Covington Catholic High School students have maintained that they were doing school chants to drown out the hateful bullying they were getting from adult protesters. A shocking new video confirms their account fully. When asked by Gateway Pundit if she wanted to comment on the video, one of the mother's of a 14-year-old child who was present said that she was "too busy crying." The heartbroken mom cried as she reacted to the video, horrified that no adults stepped in to protect the children from the racist hate being spewed at them. The men were cursing the boys out, calling them "dirty ass crackers," "racist bastards," and worse.

Beyond BuzzFeed: The top 10 ridiculous 'fake news' stories on Trump & Russia

Beyond BuzzFeed: The top 10 ridiculous 'fake news' stories on Trump & Russia

Buzzfeed was once notorious for traffic-generating "listicles", but has since become an impressive outlet for deep investigative journalism under editor-in-chief Ben Smith. That outlet was prominently in the news this week thanks to its "bombshell" story about President Trump and Michael Cohen: a story that, like so many others of its kind, blew up in its face, this time when the typically mute Robert Mueller's office took the extremely rare step to label its key claims "inaccurate." But in homage to BuzzFeed's past viral glory, following are the top ten worst media failures in two-plus-years of Trump/Russia reporting. They are listed in reverse order, as measured by the magnitude of the embarrassment, the hysteria they generated on social media and cable news, the level of journalistic recklessness that produced them, and the amount of damage and danger they caused. This list was extremely difficult to compile in part because news outlets (particularly CNN and MSNBC) often delete...

Pakistani PM vows 'swift action' after video of counter-terrorism team killing parents in front of children goes viral

Pakistani PM vows 'swift action' after video of counter-terrorism team killing parents in front of children goes viral

Prime Minister Imran Khan says as soon as the JIT report comes, a swift action will be taken against those responsible for the Sahiwal incident. Officials of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) killed grocery store owner Mohammad Khalil, his wife Nabila, their daughter Areeba and a family friend, Zeeshan Javed, after stopping their vehicle late on Saturday near Sahiwal city in Punjab province. Police claimed Javed was a wanted terrorist and initially accused him of using the others as human shields. Later, the CTD team took the bodies, children and other valuables from the vehicle. However, the team, later on, dropped the children at a filling station.