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Justin Trudeau is far more dangerous than Donald TrumpJustin Trudeau is far more dangerous than Donald Trump
Readers of the above statement will likely fall into one of two categories: those who knew this all along, or those who will find the statement absurd. I am putting this argument out there for the latter category and hopefully it will be read with an open mind. If you are the type of person who does not have the ability to question their own beliefs, and prefer the comfort of an echo-chamber, then this piece is probably not for you. I will offer only one caveat on my position: Donald Trump will only turn out to be more dangerous in the short-term if he blunders his way into a nuclear war. Before I begin, I just want to make a couple of things clear. My political leanings would make me either a classical liberal, or perhaps a left-leaning libertarian, depending on the criteria used. I am not a conservative or a Trump supporter, but I have been forced to abandon my support for the Left because of its increasingly alarming and bizarre politics. I care deeply about my country and our...
Behavior modification: Dating apps think your preferences are racist, try to force changesBehavior modification: Dating apps think your preferences are racist, try to force changes
Dating applications can allow users to fall into their own racial biases while searching for a partner, a new study says. But in their study, researchers from schools like Cornell University say the "sexual racism" that plagues apps like Grindr, Tinder and Bumble can be stamped out with a few simple changes. The end goal, the study says, is to promote more diverse pairings on the dating sites. Comment: And why is that, exactly? How is dating preference an issue of any importance whatsoever? Why would it ever be a worthy goal of changing who one is attracted to? Jevan Hutson, lead author of the study, said in a press release from Cornell University that "it's really an unprecedented time for dating and meeting online" - which requires a more thorough look at how we can prevent discrimination on these dating apps.
Skripal and Khashoggi: A tale of two disappearances and US hypocrisySkripal and Khashoggi: A tale of two disappearances and US hypocrisy
Two disappearances, and two very different responses from Western governments, which illustrates their rank hypocrisy. When former Russian spy Sergei Skripal went missing in England earlier this year, there was almost immediate punitive action by the British government and its NATO allies against Moscow. By contrast, Western governments are straining with restraint towards Saudi Arabia over the more shocking and provable case of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The outcry by Western governments and media over the Skripal affair was deafening and resulted in Britain, the US and some 28 other countries expelling dozens of Russian diplomats on the back of unsubstantiated British allegations that the Kremlin tried to assassinate an exiled spy with a deadly nerve agent. The Trump administration has further tightened sanctions citing the Skripal incident. London's case against Moscow has been marked by wild speculation and ropey innuendo. No verifiable evidence of what actually...
Supreme Court hearing case that could end Internet censorship, expand scope of the First AmendmentSupreme Court hearing case that could end Internet censorship, expand scope of the First Amendment
After the recent purge of over 800 independent media outlets on Facebook, the Supreme Court is now hearing a case that could have ramifications for any future attempts at similar purges. The United States Supreme Court has agreed to take a case that could change free speech on the Internet forever. Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, the case that it has agreed to take, will decide if the private operator of a public access network is considered a state actor, CNBC reported. The case could affect how companies like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google and YouTube are governed. If the Court were to issue a far-reaching ruling it could subject such companies to First Amendment lawsuits and force them to allow a much broader scope of free speech from its users. The Court decided to take the case on Friday and it is the first case that was taken after Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the Court. DeeDee Halleck and Jesus Melendez claimed that they were fired from...
Two bright meteor fireballs streak over Argentina and Brazil, sonic boom reportedTwo bright meteor fireballs streak over Argentina and Brazil, sonic boom reported
A bright meteor fireball streaked through the night sky over Argentina on October 15, 2018, illuminating both sky and ground. Sergio Toscano, former director of the Adolfo Kolping Observatory of Posadas, claims the flash that lit the southern sky of Misiones and the north of Corrientes was produced by a meteor, reports Clarin. Toscano said: "I am inclined to think that it was a meteor that when in contact with the Earth's atmosphere became incandescent to the point of exploding and fragmenting." Social networks were populated with comments about a fleeting light that lit up the sky for a few seconds. In the area of Concepción de la Sierra, in Misiones, there was an explosion in the sky and a 'slight earthquake' that was felt in the homes. Gobernador Virasoro, a firefighter who witnessed the incident said, "it was practically daytime," according to Teletrece.
Silicon Valley and the US Pentagon team up to declare that 'Russia is the enemy'Silicon Valley and the US Pentagon team up to declare that 'Russia is the enemy'
American foreign policy is more and more resembling the NFL's and broadcast networks' pre-game football hype before the Super Bowl. For those of you who grimaced while watching former President Barack Obama touchdown dancing and pretending to be a sports hero, the current POTUS is even worse. To make matters worse for humanity, many of my countrymen fall for the whole act. Case in point, hyping America's military might and bravado. When I read the INSIDER headline,"F-22 stealth jets got 587 enemy aircraft to back off in their first 'combat surge' over Syria," I immediately checked the newswires to see if Syria had exploded into World War III. Thank God, I voiced aloud on discovering the Military & Defense section (and the rest of the magazine) are owned by Insider Inc. and our old friend Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world. No, thank your lucky stars, we are not at war with Russia, Iran, and Syria. Yes, Bezos and company consider these nations our "enemies."
Robotic security force on patrol in NYC prompts privacy concerns for someRobotic security force on patrol in NYC prompts privacy concerns for some
The security force of the future is already patrolling several neighborhoods in the Tri-State Area. The robotic protectors can see what you're doing and even talk back to you, but the machines created by a New Yorker have prompted serious privacy concerns, CBS2's Clark Fouraker reported Tuesday. One of the models, named "Rosie," uses the same technology as a self-driving car to patrol the sidewalks at the Lefrak City Apartments in Queens. "This is a crazy combination of artificial intelligence, self-driving autonomous technology, robotics, and analytics in something that's actually useful for society," said Knightscope CEO William Santana Li.
London's 'victim commissioner' slams police for collecting data from alleged rape victimsLondon's 'victim commissioner' slams police for collecting data from alleged rape victims
The gathering of intrusive data from possible rape victims, by police, is unlawful and could prevent them from reporting the crime, London's victims' commissioner has stated. A complainant told RT the process is 'violating.' Claire Waxman, the capital's first victims' commissioner, stated in a letter to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), that victims were being told that their cases would be dropped unless they gave police access to intimate information and personal items, reported the Guardian. Alleged victims routinely signed consent forms that would provide defence lawyers, along with alleged attackers access to intimate details of the complainants lives, details which could then be revealed in court.
The individuals tasked with "stopping election interference" are the ones who are actually rigging itThe individuals tasked with "stopping election interference" are the ones who are actually rigging it
Last week, Mark Zuckerberg made the media rounds to give a rather shady explanation of why Facebook suddenly closed hundreds of incredibly popular pages in what's being called The Alternative Media Purge. Zuckerberg accused the closed pages, many of which had millions of fans, of spreading "political spam." Ironically, many of the pages that were shut down had absolutely nothing to do with politics or elections, unless you include the fact that they recommended skipping the entire circus. None of these pages were accused of being "the Russians," who were the scapegoat of the last surprise presidential election results. A couple of the things that many of the pages did have in common, incidentally, were an anti-war outlook and a police watchdog mentality. But as far as making the election more resistant to interference, the result of the Alternative Media Purge is the diametric opposite. People will now only get one side of the story. The alternative media changed everything during...
Alyssa Milano leads Hollywood Democrats into midterm election battle: 'This is all personal now'Alyssa Milano leads Hollywood Democrats into midterm election battle: 'This is all personal now'
A new article from Variety profiles Hollywood celebrities from Alyssa Milano to Amy Schumer who are spending unprecedented time and effort on electing Democrats this fall. Actress Alyssa Milano feels that the midterms are a "perfect storm" from "electing Trump to #MeToo to this Kavanaugh hearing and Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford coming forward." "This is all personal now. And when we are seeing our rights stripped away, we're scared. Women are scared," Milano told Variety. The 45-year-old actress is also quoted as saying that "enraged" women will help Democrats win the Senate.
School and students faces lawsuit after group of 'mean girls' set out to destroy boy's life with false sexual assault accusationsSchool and students faces lawsuit after group of 'mean girls' set out to destroy boy's life with false sexual assault accusations
Seneca Valley School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is facing a lawsuit from a former male student who was forced out of school-and investigated for sexual assault-due to a series of false accusations made by female students. The girls-dubbed "mean girls" in the lawsuit, a reference to the 2004 Lindsay Lohan film-admitted on tape that they made up the assault story. One said, "I just don't like him" and "[I] would do anything to get him expelled," according to The Toronto Sun. The false allegations were life-derailing for the accused, who is referred to as "T.F." in the lawsuit. On October 3, 2017, one of the girls told other students that T.F. had sexually assaulted her at a pool; a Seneca Valley guidance counselor overheard the accusation, and reported it to Childline, the state's child abuse prevention agency, as required by law. T.F. was swiftly charged with indecent assault and harassment, and received six months of probation as part of a plea deal.
Senior Treasury official arrested after leaking sensitive data to the press related to Mueller investigationSenior Treasury official arrested after leaking sensitive data to the press related to Mueller investigation
The Justice Department has arrested a senior Treasury department official accused of leaking to a reporter confidential financial reports related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian election hacking and President Trump associates. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior adviser at the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), was charged with disclosing suspicious activity reports, known as SARs, to an unidentified reporter beginning in October 2017, authorities said. The substance of those reports - which focused on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his former business partner Rick Gates, the Russian Embassy, alleged Russian spy Maria Butina and the Prevezon Alexander real estate company - was later detailed in roughly 12 articles published by BuzzFeed, according to an 18-page federal complaint.
How ancient Egyptian blue emits near-infrared light and how that could boost energy efficiencyHow ancient Egyptian blue emits near-infrared light and how that could boost energy efficiency
A colour developed by Egyptians thousands of years ago can boost energy efficiency by cooling rooftops and walls, and could also enable solar generation of electricity via windows, scientists say. Egyptian blue, derived from calcium copper silicate, was routinely used on ancient depictions of gods and royalty, according to the study published in the Journal of Applied Physics. Previous studies have shown that when Egyptian blue absorbs visible light, it then emits light in the near-infrared range. Now, a team led by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in the US has confirmed the pigment's fluorescence can be 10 times stronger than previously thought. Measuring the temperature of surfaces coated in Egyptian blue and related compounds while they are exposed to sunlight, researchers found the fluorescent blues can emit nearly 100 per cent as many photons as they absorb. The energy efficiency of the emission process is up to 70 per cent (the infrared...
Hail storm kills 400 kangaroos and 150 goats in New South Wales, AustraliaHail storm kills 400 kangaroos and 150 goats in New South Wales, Australia
A flash storm that ripped through parts of drought ravaged Far West New South Wales has left a trail of death and destruction for two grazier families. Up to 400 kangaroos were found dead on Avondale station near Broken Hill, with the neighbouring property left to clean up over $20,000 worth of dead stock. Tegan Langford said what began as joy and elation over the much-needed rain, later turned into utter disbelief. "It was very eerie down there. It looked like something out of a movie where they say the world is going to end. Everything was just dead."
Tectonic past of Jupiter's moon Ganymede provides clues for life on active EuropaTectonic past of Jupiter's moon Ganymede provides clues for life on active Europa
Ganymede was shaped by pronounced periods of tectonic activity in the past, according to a new paper. It's no longer active and its surface is more-or-less frozen in place now. But this discovery opens the door to better planning for future missions to Jupiter's other frozen moon Europa. Unlike Ganymede, Europa is still tectonically active, and understanding past geological activity on Ganymede helps us understand present-day Europa. Ganymede is one of Jupiter's moons, and it has a sub-surface ocean under a solid layer of frost and ice. The moon shows signs of strike-slip faulting, or strike-slip tectonism. On Earth, this type of tectonic activity created features like the San Andreas fault, a seismically-active region at the boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. Europa is considered a prime target in the search for life in our Solar System because of its sub-surface ocean. Europa is exposed to Jupiter's intense radiation, but the icy sphere surrounding...
Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Atmospheric compression now and rain events Autumn 2018-2019Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Atmospheric compression now and rain events Autumn 2018-2019
Atmospheric Compression snow & rain events have begun to intensify in numbers and intensity in the last month as the Suns magnetic fields move further out of phase, ushering in more more extreme weather. Six months worth of rain in a day events in dozens of locations across the planet and this is now turning into all time record monthly snow totals in the first week of a month. Sources
Thievery: Facebook blacklists news pages of disabled vet - after taking $300K from him for advertisingThievery: Facebook blacklists news pages of disabled vet - after taking $300K from him for advertising
Facebook blacklisted the conservative news page run by disabled Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage with no warning or explanation - after he reportedly spent more than $300,000 on Facebook advertising. On his new website which aims to put an end to social media censorship, Air Force veteran and triple-amputee Brian Kolfage explains who he is and the challenges he's facing stating: "I'm a veteran of The United States Air Force. I was severely wounded in Combat, on 9/11/2004 while serving in Iraq I lost both my legs entirely and my right hand. I'm the most severely wounded US Airman to survive." Kolfage continued: "I'm not a 'conservative.' I'm not a 'liberal.' I'm an American, with deep beliefs in what our country stands for. I proved this by vowing to protect and fighting for America greatest tenant: Free Speech. Many Americans have fought for these political freedoms ... freedom of speech ... and every American has enjoyed those freedoms... UNTIL TODAY. October 11th Facebook shut...
Ongoing US meddling in Macedonia's affairs sees MPs promised bail for swapping voteOngoing US meddling in Macedonia's affairs sees MPs promised bail for swapping vote
The US State Department has urged the opposition in Macedonia to vote in favor of the name change deal despite the failed referendum, while the government in Skopje is threatening those that don't with terrorism prosecutions. In a letter dated Tuesday, assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs Wess Mitchell says that Washington is "disappointed" in the position of the leading opposition party, VMRO-DPMNE. "We urge you to set aside partisan interests to advance our shared strategic interests and secure a brighter future for your citizens among the European family of nations," Mitchell says in the letter, whose authenticity was confirmed by the US embassy in Skopje.
Purge of independent media: A coordinated attack by the MIC?Purge of independent media: A coordinated attack by the MIC?
Victims of Facebook's most recent purge should not forget the connections between the social media giant and the Western Military-Industrial Complex. On Thursday, Facebook announced they were unpublishing, or purging, over 500 pages and 200 accounts who are accused of spreading political spam. Several of these pages and writers were also removed from Twitter on the same day. "Today, we're removing 559 Pages and 251 accounts that have consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior," Facebook stated in a blog post. Facebook states that the people behind this alleged spam "create networks of Pages using fake accounts or multiple accounts with the same names" and "post the same clickbait posts in dozens of Facebook Groups." Essentially, Facebook is accusing these pages of writing articles related to politics and then using the social media platform to.... post the articles in as many places as possible to reach as many people as possible. Hardly...
US may impose sanctions on firms engaged in Syrian reconstructionUS may impose sanctions on firms engaged in Syrian reconstruction
The US administration is designing a new strategy of actions in Syria that would envisage the possibility of imposing sanctions on Russian and Iranian companies engaged in the reconstruction of Syria after the civil war, the NBC News broadcaster reported, citing sources with knowledge of the situation. The strategy would not provide for direct clashes with the forces controlled by the Iranian government, as the US military has a right to attack the Iranian troops only in case of self-defense, the NBC News broadcaster reported on Tuesday. Instead, the strategy reportedly focuses on political and diplomatic efforts toward forcing Iranian armed forces out of Syria, namely, via putting financial pressure on them. Three people with knowledge of the plan told NBC News that the United States was set to hinder Syria's reconstruction by withdrawing its aid from the areas where the Russian and the Iranian forces are present, and also introducing sanctions against the Russian and the Iranian...
G7 foreign ministers: Punish everyone responsible for Khashoggi disappearance!G7 foreign ministers: Punish everyone responsible for Khashoggi disappearance!
G7 member states' foreign ministers are calling for punishing everyone responsible for the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, the joint statement said. "We remain very troubled by the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Those bearing responsibility for his disappearance must be held to account. We encourage Turkish-Saudi collaboration and look forward to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia conducting a thorough, credible, transparent, and prompt investigation, as announced," the statement said on Tuesday. The G7 foreign ministers as well as EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini have also affirmed their commitment to protecting the freedom of expression and free press. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, went missing on October 2. He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he went to receive papers he needed to remarry. Turkey has expressed concerns that Khashoggi could have been murdered inside the building,...
'Guilty until proven innocent'? Trump pads his bets by no rush to judgement in Khashoggi case'Guilty until proven innocent'? Trump pads his bets by no rush to judgement in Khashoggi case
US President Donald Trump is pushing back on accusations that Saudi Arabia killed a journalist inside a consulate in Turkey, calling them a case of holding Riyadh "guilty until proven innocent." "Here we go again with you're guilty until proven innocent," the president told AP in an interview on Tuesday evening, when asked about the widespread condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He compared the outcry against the Saudis to the allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation to the US Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was eventually confirmed after the FBI investigation found no corroborating evidence for the charges.
Dollar's monopoly slides as China and Japan unload US treasuriesDollar's monopoly slides as China and Japan unload US treasuries
China and Japan - the two main holders of the US Treasury securities - have trimmed their ownership of notes and bonds in August, according to the latest figures from the US Treasury Department, released on Tuesday. China's holdings of US sovereign debt dropped to $1.165 trillion in August, from $1.171 trillion in July, marking the third consecutive month of declines as the world's second-largest economy bolsters its national currency amid trade tensions with the US. China remains the biggest foreign holder of US Treasuries, followed by long-time US ally Japan. Tokyo cut its holdings of US securities to $1.029 trillion in August, the lowest since October 2011. In July, Japan's holdings were at $1.035 trillion. According to the latest figures from the country's Ministry of Finance, Japanese investors opted to buy British debt in August, selling US and German bonds. Japan reportedly liquidated a net $5.6 billion worth of debt. Liquidating US Treasuries, one of the world's most...
Putin, Sisi to sign strategic partnership treatyPutin, Sisi to sign strategic partnership treaty
Russian President Vladimir Putin has opened official talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Putin said at the start of the talks that bilateral trade rose by 62 percent last year. The two are set to sign a comprehensive strategic partnership treaty on October 17 that would further boost Russian-Egyptian ties, Putin's foreign-affairs adviser, Yury Ushakov said. Ushakov added that Putin and Sisi were to discuss international issues, focusing on the situations in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and the Palestinian-Israeli settlement. Sisi on October 16 urged Russia to resume direct flights to Egyptian resorts even as the Kremlin urged Egypt to purchase more Russian arms during bilateral talks in Moscow. Russia suspended direct flights to Egypt in November 2015 after a bomb planted by an Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State extremist group brought a Russian passenger plane down over the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.
Lavrov: UK trying to keep EU on the short leash despite BrexitLavrov: UK trying to keep EU on the short leash despite Brexit
While the UK negotiates its divorce from the EU, it's still trying to keep the bloc on a short leash, to influence its policies towards Moscow and on other issues, Sergey Lavrov, Russia's Foreign Minister, has told Euronews. The Foreign Minister called it a paradoxical situation that the UK, "a country that's leaving the EU, is frantically trying to influence the EU's policy towards Russia." After groundlessly blaming Russia of the chemical poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March, "the British persuaded not everybody, but many [countries] to expel our diplomats," Lavrov recalled. As another example, he talked about hair-trigger chemical weapons sanctions that were pushed by UK to be adopted in EU. "And not only Russia, I think, regarding other international issues the British want to keep the EU on a short leash," he added."How does it relate to the interests and dignity of the European Union isn't for me to judge."
Armenia's Prime Minister resigns, early parliamentary elections to followArmenia's Prime Minister resigns, early parliamentary elections to follow
Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has resigned in order to pave the way to early elections or, as he put it, to "complete the revolution," that led him to power after protests this spring. "The goal of my resignation is to complete the revolution, through holding early elections and returning the power to the people," Pashinyan said in a televised address, adding that he and his government would continue to fulfill their duties until the elections, despite his resignation. He also voiced his intention to become the prime minister once again after the elections, if Armenians support his party during the vote. Earlier, Pashinyan told the France 24 TV Channel that he expected the elections to be held in December. Under the Armenian constitution, the parliament has two weeks to choose a new prime minister after the government's resignation. If the legislature fails to do so, it is dissolved automatically and new parliamentary elections are held. All Armenian parliamentary...
Antifa-Occupy 'are the Brownshirts of the Democrats' - Michael SavageAntifa-Occupy 'are the Brownshirts of the Democrats' - Michael Savage
Talk radio icon Michael Savage described Antifa and Occupy groups as the Democrat Party's "brownshirts," offering his remarks in a Tuesday interview with Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow on SiriusXM's Breitbart News Daily. Savage reflected on recent violent events committed by left-wing activists in Portland, OR. "What happened over the weekend in Portland with the Antifa violence - a domestic terrorist organization - so exemplifies the mass hysteria of our times, where people think they're justified in taking over streets and beating people up. But where is it coming from, this hysteria to think that it's okay to beat up the opposition? You don't have to look any further than Hillary Clinton, who says we don't need a civil society until we have power again [or] the deranged Maxine Waters, who should be impeached for what she's doing."
Vassal state Poland claims that paying more for US LNG over cheaper Russian gas 'increases sovereignty'Vassal state Poland claims that paying more for US LNG over cheaper Russian gas 'increases sovereignty'
Poland's state natural gas company has signed a 20-year deal to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US. In order to cut dependence on Russian energy, the country is willing to pay more for gas from America. PGNiG, Poland's gas company, said on Wednesday that the US would provide two million tons of LNG per year, or 2.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas after re-gasification. The deliveries will start from 2022. The country's prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the deal would increase "sovereignty" and the "competitiveness" of Poland's energy sector. PGNiG Deputy CEO Maciej Wozniak added that by the end of 2018 the company will sign at least one new long-term contract to secure LNG gas supplies for Poland. PGNiG claimed that LNG from the US would be almost 30 percent cheaper than Russian natural gas. Official studies say otherwise. For example, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies has published a memo saying that US LNG is more expensive than Russian gas, which is the...
Former Facebook engineer, who railed against rancor of liberal culture, explains why he quitFormer Facebook engineer, who railed against rancor of liberal culture, explains why he quit
A former senior Facebook engineer who wrote a memo earlier this year decrying the social media giant's "political monoculture" told Fox News on Tuesday night that the company has a "vocal minority" intent on implementing "social justice policies across our mission." Brian Amerige, whose last day at Facebook was Friday, told Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight that "you can't have conversations about ... anything that's a tenet of the social justice ideology, effectively, without being attacked personally." He added that the company's recent policy cracking down on so-called hate speech was a particularly sensitive topic. "You can't even have conversations about that policy inside the company without having your character attacked -- and I've experienced this personally -- without being called a sexist or a racist or a transphobe or an Islamophobe," said Amerige.
Sweden declares 'hand grenade amnesty' to curb deadly gang crimesSweden declares 'hand grenade amnesty' to curb deadly gang crimes
Sweden has introduced a temporary amnesty for anyone in possession of hand grenades and other explosives, urging the public to turn in their illegal arsenals before mid-January, with no legal consequences or questions asked. Facing a massive surge in gang-related crimes, in particular involving the use of hand grenades, police in Sweden have introduced a three-month-long amnesty for "explosive goods." From this week until January 11, 2019, anyone in possession of explosives, which have not been used in criminal activity, can turn them over to the authorities without being detained. "Anyone who contacts the police voluntarily during the amnesty will not be charged with illegal handling, and has the right to remain anonymous," the national police said in a statement. While the public is urged to surrender the listed goods, which include hand grenades, gunpowder, igniters, and pyrotechnical items, they are asked to avoid driving to the police station to hand over the items. Out of...
A Saudi AF plane crashes, killing all crew on boardA Saudi AF plane crashes, killing all crew on board
A Saudi Royal Air Force plane crashed during a training mission on Monday in the northwest of the kingdom, killing all of its crew, a Defense Ministry source was quoted as saying on the state news agency SPA on Tuesday. The report did not say how many crew members were on board of the plane, which was a Hawk. Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the crash.
Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Sunspots forecast record cold - Snow has already begunAdapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Sunspots forecast record cold - Snow has already begun
Butterfly sunspot diagram shows that we are back at 1880's levels in terms of solar inactivity, hence our Earth should be showing signs of cooling as this couples with the regular 11 year solar cycle at its minimum. Record cold Denver, record snow Missouri, winter weather advisories in Texas and Mexico in mid October, all the while corporate winter forecasts are now adjusted to record cold when last month they spouted warm winter due to global warming. Sources
While media focuses on missing journalist Khashoggi, Saudi created famine in Yemen ignoredWhile media focuses on missing journalist Khashoggi, Saudi created famine in Yemen ignored
Yemen is on the verge of a devastating famine as it continues to endure Saudi coalition airstrikes. Despite this, most of the criticism levied at the Kingdom is about missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. UN REPORT The UN's World Food Program (WFP) has warned that 12 million people are expected to face the worst famine in 100 years in mere months, as fighting around the vital port of Hodeidah continues. It has called on the Saudi-led coalition - which has been bombing the country since March 2015, with arms supplied by the US and UK - to halt airstrikes on the country which ordinarily imports 90 percent of its food. More than eight million Yemenis are currently severely food insecure. The 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan warned 3 million children and pregnant or nursing women are acutely malnourished, including 400,000 children under the age of five.
Russian submarines equipped with supercavitating torpedo nukes - Invented during the USSR and hasn't been surpassed sinceRussian submarines equipped with supercavitating torpedo nukes - Invented during the USSR and hasn't been surpassed since
This first appeared in January 2016 and is being reposted due to reader interest. Imagine the sudden revelation of a weapon that can suddenly go six times faster than its predecessors. The shock of such a breakthrough system would turn an entire field of warfare on its head, as potential adversaries scrambled to deploy countermeasures to a new weapon they are defenseless against. While a lull in great power competition delayed the impact of this new technology, the so-called "supercavitating torpedo" may be about to take the world by storm. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union placed a heavy reliance on its submarine fleet to negate America's advantage in naval forces. The U.S. Navy was not only tasked to help protect the flow of reinforcements into Europe in the event of World War III, it also threatened the Soviet Union directly and would have hunted down and sunk her ballistic missile submarines. The USSR at first used sheer numbers of diesel electric submarines, then more...
India tackles new outbreak of Zika virus infecting up to 80 peopleIndia tackles new outbreak of Zika virus infecting up to 80 people
Medical teams have been pressed into service to conduct door to door surveys in the affected areas of Rajasthan to detect any person with symptoms. Fines have been imposed on households with larvae breeding wastewater contamination. With detected cases mounting to 80, the provincial and federal governments in India have stepped up their response to the spread of the Zika virus, especially in the northern state of Rajasthan. The federal government's Health Ministry on Tuesday directed the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to monitor Zika cases on a daily basis, while urging the people not to panic. Health Minister J.P. Nadda chaired a meeting of the concerned officials to review the situation.
The top 10 Russophobes of 2018The top 10 Russophobes of 2018
It's that special time of year when RT names the top 10 Russophobes of the last 12 months. The prestigious list is made up of those who RT believes have contributed to and benefited the most from the thriving world of Russophobia. First a note on a few of those who have fallen off the list since 2017. RIP to last year's inaugural winner, John McCain, who passed away earlier this year due to natural causes. The list won't be the same without him. Also failing to make the cut this year are the likes of Louise Mensch and Molly McKew. Last year, their overblown hysterics really stood out from the crowd. However, 12 months on, the rest of the world's Russophobes have caught up. They've had their time. So here are 2018's Top 10 Russophobes:
Mad squirrel disease? Man dies from rare disease after eating fluffy rodent brainsMad squirrel disease? Man dies from rare disease after eating fluffy rodent brains
A new report says a Rochester, NY., hunter may have developed an ultra-rare brain infection after eating the brains of squirrels he killed, according LiveScience. The report was presented at the ID (infectious disease) week conference as an abstract called "Towards Earlier Diagnosis of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs): A Case Series, Including One Associated with Squirrel Brain Consumption." The report identified a 61-year-old male who was diagnosed with the rare brain infection called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease after eating squirrel brains. He arrived at a hospital after suffering thinking problems and an impaired walk, according to the report. He died about five months after being diagnosed with the infection in 2015.
Flight carrying first lady Melania Trump forced to return to Joint Base Andrews due to mechanical issueFlight carrying first lady Melania Trump forced to return to Joint Base Andrews due to mechanical issue
First lady Melania Trump was en route to Philadelphia Wednesday morning when her plane returned to Joint Base Andrews because of a mechanical issue, multiple media outlets are reporting. The plane was 10 minutes into the flight when Secret Service agents suddenly jumped up and ran to the front of the plane. Reports of smoke in the cockpit are filtering through media outlets from reporters who were on board. Wet towels were given to the press corps and other passengers to cover their faces because of the strong burning smell. There are no reports of injuries and the plane landed safely back at Andrews at 9:05 a.m. ET.
Swedes react angrily to feminist play teaching schoolkids about female genitaliaSwedes react angrily to feminist play teaching schoolkids about female genitalia
A feminist theater play with a telltale name "Salon Vagina!" expected to enlighten schoolkids about "the pussy" has caused many angry reactions among ordinary Swedes. The cultural institution Skolscen sydost (School Scene Southeast), which organizes performances in kindergartens, elementary schools and high schools, has presented the feminist play "Salon Vagina!" to be staged in Blekinge County's schools next year, Swedish Radio reported. The performance shows three feminist actresses singing about female genitalia while spreading their legs. An excerpt from the play posted on YouTube shows them chanting "pussy, fanny, muff, beaver, slit" while standing on their heads with legs spread wide open. "I want to call mine a canary bird. It's nothing unusual," one of the actresses says in the show. "Our play is a peppy humor show about female genitals. It feels great to do theater for children in the upper secondary school, something we felt was needed," actress Malin Karlsson told...
Secret service agent blocks reporter's Kushner-Saudi questionsSecret service agent blocks reporter's Kushner-Saudi questions
US secret service agents are expected to take a bullet for those they've sworn to protect. But in a bizarre exchange a bodyguard for White House senior advisor Jared Kushner swooped in to block a reporter's questions. The US president's son-in-law was spared potentially tough questioning on Saudi Arabia when an unidentified special agent pushed in front of Errol Barnett, telling the CBS journalist there is a "time and a place" for such questions. The incident occurred as Kushner was disembarking a plane in New York. According to Barnett he was attempting to ask Kushner about the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. Kushner is believed to have been instrumental in greasing the wheels of a US-Saudi Arabia multimillion dollar arms deal. Meanwhile, Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, is thought to have been killed earlier this month soon after he entered an Istanbul consulate building belonging to his home nation.
Prof offers extra credit to students for attending Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate campaign eventProf offers extra credit to students for attending Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate campaign event
A Georgia professor offered her students extra credit to attend a campaign event that a Democrat gubernatorial candidate hosted on campus with Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Clayton State University criminal justice professor Andrea Allen offered students extra credit to attend an event on Tuesday supporting Democrat Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Although I never offer extra credit, I'm making a one-time exception," Allen told students in the email. "I'm sure you've heard by now that the Abrams campaign along with Senator Warren are visiting campus tomorrow at 10 am in the UC commons. They would like a really big turnout. To help out I'm offering the following opportunity: If you attend, take a selfie of you at the events, and upload a pic to the folder I'm creating in D2L, I'll add 2 bonus points to your final grade.
Israel conducts airstrikes, shuts down checkpoints in retaliation for rocket fire from GazaIsrael conducts airstrikes, shuts down checkpoints in retaliation for rocket fire from Gaza
Six people were reported injured overnight in a rocket attack from Gaza and Israel's retaliatory airstrikes. Israel also shut down border checkpoints and imposed more restrictions on fishing off the Gaza coast in response. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said it conducted airstrikes in Gaza on Wednesday after a rocket attack on the Israeli city of Be'er Sheva. One of the rockets that came from the Palestinian side landed near a house, causing some damage and injuring three people, Israel Radio reported, citing medical officials. The IDF retaliation targeted eight locations in Gaza. According to Palestinian health officials, three people were injured in Rafah by an Israeli airstrike. The IDF claimed that its airstrikes prevented a new rocket attack on Israeli territory. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered the closure of two Gaza border checkpoints and enforce a smaller-than-regular three-nautical-mile limit for Palestinian fishing boats in response to the rocket...
Six Democratic scandals the Big Three networks are hiding from votersSix Democratic scandals the Big Three networks are hiding from voters
As the midterms fast approach, there are a bunch of Democrats who find themselves embroiled in scandals and controversies. But if you only got your news from the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks, you've probably never heard about them. The networks have been doing their best to protect Democratic midterm interests by downplaying or completely ignoring Democrats who have gotten into trouble this campaign season. MRC analysts looked at the network evening, morning and Sunday roundtable shows to see how they covered or didn't cover various 2018 Democratic scandals or gaffes. From Texas Senate Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke lying about his DUI arrest to DNC chair Keith Ellison being accused of domestic violence, the following is a list of Democratic controversies that the nets are keeping their audiences (for the most part) in the dark about:
'Explain this censorship': Facebook removes Guardian writer's video on British colonial crimes'Explain this censorship': Facebook removes Guardian writer's video on British colonial crimes
Guardian columnist George Monbiot is the latest to decry Facebook's increased censorship after a video he made, on the crimes of European colonialism, was taken down by the tech giant. In his tweet, following the removal of the video Monbiot wrote: "Here's our video about the airbrushing of colonial history, that @facebook has gone and airbrushed." The video, produced by Double Down News, shows Monbiot talking to the camera, and is intercut with often gruesome film clips, as he goes through colonial history detailing atrocities committed by Europeans. The journalist tweeted that he had not received an "explanation or a right of appeal." Going on to implore fellow journalists Owen Jones, Medhi Hassan, left-wing publication Novara Media and activist Peter Tatchell to retweet his video.
Feminism's dubious legacy: Almost half of US pregnancies occur outside marriageFeminism's dubious legacy: Almost half of US pregnancies occur outside marriage
An increasing number of births happen outside of marriage, signaling cultural and economic shifts that are here to stay, according to a new report from the United Nations. Forty percent of all births in the U.S. now occur outside of wedlock, up from 10 percent in 1970, according to an annual report released on Wednesday by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the largest international provider of sexual and reproductive health services. That number is even higher in the European Union. The EU likely sees more births out of wedlock because many member countries have welfare systems that support gender-balanced child care, said Michael Hermann, UNFPA's senior adviser on economics and demography, in an interview. Public health care systems, paid paternal leave, early education programs and tax incentives give unwed parents support beyond what a partner can provide. The data show such births in the U.S. and EU are predominantly to unmarried couples living together rather than to...
Head of Spanish drug cartel wanted for 2 years arrested just weeks after taunting police by appearing in music videoHead of Spanish drug cartel wanted for 2 years arrested just weeks after taunting police by appearing in music video
The suspected leader of one of Spain's largest drug cartels has been arrested after turning himself in just weeks after he appeared to taunt police by appearing in a music video. Francisco Tejón is the alleged head of the 'Castañas' cartel, in charge of a €30 million hashish empire between Morocco and Spain via the Strait of Gibraltar. He had been pursued by authorities since July 2016. Tejón, aka "Isco," 39, turned himself in to authorities Wednesday shortly after appearing in a video for the song 'Candela' by Cuban reggaeton artist Clase A at the beginning of October. In the video, Isco appears drinking champagne alongside scantily clad women, driving a Bentley and dancing around a swimming pool. The video was uploaded at the beginning of October but has since been taken down.
Putin discusses free-trade zone with Sisi as Russia's trade with Egypt surges 62%Putin discusses free-trade zone with Sisi as Russia's trade with Egypt surges 62%
Economic ties between Russia and Egypt are developing successfully, according to President Vladimir Putin. He met with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fatah el-Sisi in Sochi on Wednesday. The Russian president noted sharp 62-percent growth in trade turnover between the countries, adding that "in the first six months of this year the volume of trade increased 28 percent." Putin attributed this to diversification of bilateral ties, which include "agriculture, industry, equipment and vehicles." The president also mentioned "a large contract worth €1 billion to supply passenger cars to Egypt together with Hungarian partners."
Driver repeatedly attempts to run down man on Madrid streetDriver repeatedly attempts to run down man on Madrid street
Police in Spain are hunting a dangerous driver after shocking footage captured by a passerby showed how a speeding vehicle was used as a weapon in an attempt to knock down a pedestrian. Filmed in Madrid, the footage shows a gray BMW vehicle chase down a person on a city street. At one point, the vehicle can be seen to swerve repeatedly towards the intended target as they desperately try to avoid being struck by the speeding motorist. The driver of the car eventually gives up on the attack when his target manages to jump over a protective metal barrier. According to local police, the incident unfolded near the Arguelles metro station in the district of Moncloa-Aravaca. The area is known for its outdoor cafe terraces and Madrid Zoo.
School in Russia fined for discrimination after student excluded for her pink hairSchool in Russia fined for discrimination after student excluded for her pink hair
A school in the Russian city of Perm, and its director, have been slapped with fines after a court found their suspension of a student, on the grounds that her hair was dyed pink, amounted to discrimination. The hairstyle saga began last month after Zinaida Agisheva, 15, returned to her gymnasium from her summer vacation sporting a dyed pink hairstyle and a modified twist on her school uniform. Describing her look as "inappropriate," the school administration ruled that she could not attend classes until she rectified her appearance to coincide with the dress code. The suspension sparked outcry across Russia after a post by the girl's mother, a local politician, went viral and sparked an investigation by local prosecutors into whether the case for suspension amounted to discrimination. A court has now ruled in her favor.
Forex analyst predicts dollar to plunge 40% against euroForex analyst predicts dollar to plunge 40% against euro
The US dollar could severely depreciate against the euro by 2024, says forex analyst Ulf Lindahl, chief executive officer of A.G. Bisset Associates. He says the greenback is entering the cycle of losses. Since the 1970s, the US currency has been repeating a 15-year cycle of losses and gains, and the greenback has now entered the phase of declines, Lindahl said. "When investors learn about the 15-year cycle, they are initially skeptical and doubt it exists," the analyst said, as quoted by Bloomberg. If non-US investors don't hedge against the dollar, they could face the"riskiest investment climate in 45 years," Lindahl added. The analyst predicts that the dollar will fall to $2 per euro and 75 yen per dollar by 2024, corresponding to 41 percent and 33 percent losses, respectively. Lindahl notes that the cycle of losses and gains is a usual pattern for economy, investors don't see it when it concerns the dollar.