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Signs and symptoms of depression are easily missed in outgoing and highly agreeable people

Signs and symptoms of depression are easily missed in outgoing and highly agreeable people

The signs of depression are hidden in these type of people. It is harder to spot depression in people who are outgoing and fun-loving, research finds. Indeed, people who are extroverted may find it hard to spot the signs of depression in themselves. People who are highly agreeable are also harder to diagnose with depression, the study found.

The momentous Syrian victory in Deir Ezzor

The momentous Syrian victory in Deir Ezzor

The Syrian Arab Army have achieved yet another dramatic victory this time lifting the ISIS siege of the heroic city of Deir Ezzor. For years Deir Ezzor has been surrounded by enemies and under siege first by the FSA and Al Nusra and then by ISIS. They have withstood repeated attacks by the US-NATO air force most infamously last fall when the Americans bombed Deir Ezzor right after agreeing to a ceasefire, a treacherous move that paved the way for a nearly successful ISIS offensive to capture the city. The brave defenders of Deir Ezzor withstood these endless attacks becoming a symbol of the heroic resistance of all of Syria. For years Syrians and their friends around the world have dreamed that one day this siege would be lifted. Our dreams have finally come true and faster then anyone could have imagined. The liberation of Deir Ezzor from ISIS siege is the culmination of months of dramatic SAA victories against ISIS. Now we dream that a final victory may be near in Syria. Once again the SAA and their allies Hezbollah, Russia, and Iran have stunned the world. The empire of Chaos is in a panic. Netanyahu of Israel is hysterical with rage attempting to spoil the victory in Deir Ezzor with yet another of it's illegal and cowardly air strikes on Syria. The whole strategic balance of the world is changing before our eyes. And it is all due to the enormous courage of the Syrian people who have withstood this dirty war launched by seemingly half the world on their country. Syria has resisted the US, Israel, the British, the Saudis, Qatar, Turkey, UAE, Kuwait, France, Germany, and the rest of the GCC/NATO lackeys that make up the the Axis of Chaos. They have resisted armies of fanatical, brutal, killers recruited across the middle east, Africa, Europe, and Central Asia. They have defeated a CIA trained horde of torturers, rapists, slavers, cannibals, and of course killers. Has any country in history battled against the odds Syria has faced? Is the victory in Deir Ezzor the most glorious in human history?

A possible explanation for the Rendlesham UFO incident

A possible explanation for the Rendlesham UFO incident

A UFO researcher in the UK has put forward an intriguing theory to explain the infamous incident in Rendlesham Forest which has come to be known as 'Britain's Roswell.' The now-legendary case, which purportedly spanned three nights in December of 1980, has baffled students of the phenomenon for nearly four decades. Much like many prominent UFO events, the Rendlesham Forest Incident has spawned numerous books, TV specials, and other features detailing the case as well as a myriad of interpersonal conflicts among researchers and witnesses. The subject of considerable debate and investigation, the notorious event has remained unexplained to this day, but a UFO researcher in the UK believes he may have solved the mystery.

Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake quake hits island in Vanuatu archipelago; 4th major quake in 24 hours

Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake quake hits island in Vanuatu archipelago; 4th major quake in 24 hours

The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale has struck off the Vanuatu archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago, the fourth largest island, which has a population of just under 2,000 people. However, its depth of 124.4 miles would have dampened its effect, it said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake did not pose a tsunami threat Situated to the east of Australia, the island chain is in the so called "Ring of Fire", which is prone to earthquakes.

Shallow magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off the east coast of Japan

Shallow magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off the east coast of Japan

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 has been detected off the coast of Japan. The US Geological Survey said that the earthquake struck about 175 miles south east of Kamaishi, and around 200 miles east of Fukushima. It is the third major earthquake to strike around the world in the last 24 hours - following one in Mexico that measured a magnitude of 7.1, while another 6.1 magnitude earthquake stuck New Zealand.

US security services behind Al Nusra offensive in Syria's Idlib - Russian MoD

US security services behind Al Nusra offensive in Syria's Idlib - Russian MoD

The Russian Defense Ministry says that, according to their data, an offensive launched by Al Nusra terrorists and their allies in Syria was orchestrated by the US security services, aiming at derailing the Syrian Army operation near Deir ez-Zor. "According to our intelligence data, the offensive was instigated by the US security services to stop the successful advance of the government forces to the east of the [city of] Deir ez-Zor," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, commenting on the incident.

Zakharova anti-Russian video: "Morgan Freeman has been roped in"

Zakharova anti-Russian video: "Morgan Freeman has been roped in"

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook on Friday said that Morgan Freeman was set up in making a video in which he urged Americans to defend themselves from Russia. "Morgan Freeman has been roped in, just like Colin Powell [he served as US Secretary of State in 2001-2005 - TASS] was," she noted.

Wasserman Schultz ex-IT staffer Awan allegedly uploaded 'terabits of information to Dropbox'

Wasserman Schultz ex-IT staffer Awan allegedly uploaded 'terabits of information to Dropbox'

A new report claims that former Debbie Wasserman Schultz IT staffer Imran Awan allegedly uploaded terabits of information from DNC servers to a private Dropbox account. Circa reports that Imran Awan, the former IT staffer for Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and other Congressional Democrats arrested for possible bank fraud and theft of government property, is now being investigated over possibly selling sensitive information to foreign governments. Circa alleges Awan transferred massive amounts of information, including government documents and emails, to his own private Dropbox account, allowing him to access the information even after he was blocked from DNC networks. A senior House official told Circa that Awan was uploading "terabits of information to Dropbox so he was possibly able to access the information even after he was banned from the network." The House official claimed that they believe a full congressional investigation should be performed on the transfer of the data. "I think this may lead to information as to who really accessed the DNC server," said the official. "Everybody talks about Russia - but look at the access (Awan) had and potentially those emails could have been sold."

Netanyahu's UN General Assembly speech is full of outright lies

Netanyahu's UN General Assembly speech is full of outright lies

The speech was full of downright lies and "alternative facts". Here is the reality. Yesterday, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the United Nations in a speech that served as a kind of appendix to Donald Trump's controversial, bellicose declaration that was delivered hours earlier. Both speeches predictably focused on Iran and both leaders told a great deal of untruths and half-truths about the situation. Here are some of the most glaring untruths, followed by a factual explanation of the situation. 1. Iran is "devouring nations". The full quote from Netanyahu is as follows:

Compare and contrast: Xi Jinping's 2015 UNGA speech (VIDEO, TRANSCRIPT)

Compare and contrast: Xi Jinping's 2015 UNGA speech (VIDEO, TRANSCRIPT)

Xi Jinping, China's president, on Sept. 28 made his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. He made some big announcements on peacekeeping; reminded the world of China's sacrifice in what the Communist Party has taken to calling the "World Anti-Fascist War;" promised that China is a responsible global power and emphasized its belief in the UN; and dropped the obligatory Chinese adage. Below is the entirety of the UN's official translation (pdf) of his address. Read what Xi had to say for himself, keeping in mind that any such speech should be taken with a grain of salt, as the old English adage goes. Comment: ...and contrast it with Trump's bellicose rhetoric at UNGA 2017.

Douglas Valentine: The CIA and 70 years of organized crime

Douglas Valentine: The CIA and 70 years of organized crime

On occasion of the CIA's 70th anniversary, Lars Schall talked with U.S. researcher Douglas Valentine about the Central Intelligence Agency. According to Valentine, the CIA is "the organized crime branch of the U.S. government", doing the dirty business for the rich and powerful. Douglas Valentine is the author of the non-fictional, historical books "The Hotel Tacloban", "The Phoenix Program", "The Strength of the Wolf", "The Strength of the Pack", and "The CIA as Organized Crime". 70 years ago, on September 18, 1947, the National Security Act created the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA. Douglas, you refer to the CIA as "the organized crime branch of the U.S. government." Why so? Everything the CIA does is illegal, which is why the government provides it with an impenetrable cloak of secrecy. While mythographers in the information industry portray America as a bastion of peace and democracy, CIA officers manage criminal organizations around the world. For example, the CIA hired one of America's premier drug trafficker in the 1950s and 1960s, Santo Trafficante, to murder Fidel Castro. In exchange, the CIA allowed Trafficante to import tons of narcotics into America. The CIA sets up proprietary arms, shipping, and banking companies to facilitate the criminal drug trafficking organizations that do its dirty work. Mafia money gets mixed up in offshore banks with CIA money, until the two are indistinguishable. Drug trafficking is just one example.

Oklahoma City cops shoot and kill deaf man, despite warnings from witnesses

Oklahoma City cops shoot and kill deaf man, despite warnings from witnesses

The man shot dead by police in Oklahoma City on Tuesday was deaf, it has emerged. Witnesses say that bystanders told the officers the man could not hear, but they opened fire anyway. Officers were responding to a reported hit-and-run on Tuesday night and sighted a vehicle matching the description they had been given. They confronted a man standing near the car holding a stick, who did not respond to their warnings. One officer shot Magdiel Sanchez, 35, with a Taser while another shot him with his handgun, Police Captain Bo Mathews told reporters. Witnesses were yelling "he can't hear you" before the officers fired, but the officers didn't hear them, Mathews said. Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Climate alarmists admit their computer models of doomsday global warming were wrong

Climate alarmists admit their computer models of doomsday global warming were wrong

Climate alarmists have finally admitted that they've got it wrong on global warming. This is the inescapable conclusion of a landmark paper, published in Nature Geoscience, which finally admits that the computer models have overstated the impact of carbon dioxide on climate and that the planet is warming more slowly than predicted. The paper - titled Emission budgets and pathways consistent with limiting warming to 1.5 °C - concedes that it is now almost impossible that the doomsday predictions made in the last IPCC Assessment Report of 1.5 degrees C warming above pre-industrial levels by 2022 will come true. In order for that to happen, temperatures would have to rise by a massive 0.5 degrees C in five years. Since global mean temperatures rarely rise by even as much as 0.25 degrees C in a decade, that would mean the planet would have to do 20 years' worth of extreme warming in the space of the next five years. This, the scientists admit, is next to impossible. Which means their "carbon budget" - the amount of CO2 they say is needed to increase global warming by a certain degree - is wrong. This in turn means that the computer models they've been using to scare the world with tales of man-made climate doom are wrong too.

'City'-like area constructed by octopuses discovered in Australian bay

'City'-like area constructed by octopuses discovered in Australian bay

The discovery of an underwater city built by octopuses, dubbed Octlantis, has led researchers to conclude the mysterious mollusks aren't the loners we thought they were. Octopuses have long been thought solitary creatures, with mating typically the only meeting between the two sexes. The creatures always go their separate ways afterward. However in Jervis Bay, off the coast of New South Wales, Australia, researchers recently discovered a 'city' built by octopuses on rocky outcrops using piles of old shells.

Did Trump prevent a war between Saudi Arabia and Qatar?

Did Trump prevent a war between Saudi Arabia and Qatar?

In early June Saudi Arabia gave Qatar a 24 hours ultimatum to fulfill 10 conditions or face annihilation. Saudi Arabia's leaders are determined to make Qatar into a subservient satellite of Riyadh, much like the current government in Yemen Institute for Gulf Affairs Founder and Director Professor Ali al-Ahmed told Sputnik News... "I project the invasion of Qatar... I have received reports of Saudi military movements near the Qatari border." "The Saudis: They are preparing." Al-Ahmed warned that a full-scale invasion of Qatar could occur much sooner than anyone anticipated. "Check on the frequency of bombings in Yemen... A key sign will be if there is a cessation or major reduction in the number of Saudi air strikes being conducted against the rebel forces in Yemen. That would indicate the Saudis are massing their forces for a sudden move against Qatar instead." Al-Ahmed further claimed that Trump had signed off on a Saudi invasion of Qatar..."I have it on good authority that Trump has already told the Saudis he would have no objection." Yesterday Bloomberg reported that not only had Trump not signed off on a Saudi invasion of Qatar, but that the POTUS prevented such an invasion from taking place.

Woman with flight anxiety & her service dog 'rudely' kicked off Ryanair flight

Woman with flight anxiety & her service dog 'rudely' kicked off Ryanair flight

Ryanair staff have been accused of "a total lack of desire to help" after a woman and her support dog were kicked off a flight - amid mass cancellations for the Irish carrier. Sophia Costabal managed to catch one of the few flights running today, as the budget airline grapples with cancellations, but found herself being escorted off the plane when staff refused to let her service dog fly between Valencia and Ibiza. Service dogs are trained to help people with disabilities. Many are used by people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), major anxiety issues or phobias.

US opens its first permanent military base in Israel

US opens its first permanent military base in Israel

The US Air Force formally cut the ribbon on its first permanent base in Israel at Bislach Air Base Monday in a move Israel Defense Forces Brig. Gen. Zvi Haimovitch called "nothing less than historic." "This is the first time that we have an American flag flying in an IDF base," the general said, who is also head of the Israeli Air Force's Aerial Defense Command. "The base is here to stay," Haimovitch told reporters who were concerned about the activity of dozens of US troops who will live there."It involved a significant allocation of resources, in the understanding that this was right and necessary part of the United States' assets in Israel," he said, according to a Tuesday Haaretz report. The air base is situated in Negev, a desert region in southern Israel, where the IDF operates its School of Air Defense, Haimovitch was quoted as saying by Hamodia, a Haredi Jewish English-language daily.

Declassified report reveals former CIA Director's plan to make reading WikiLeaks a crime

Declassified report reveals former CIA Director's plan to make reading WikiLeaks a crime

A SECRET declassified report by then-CIA Director William Casey, titled, Unauthorized Disclosures to the Media proposed creating legislation that would make possession of classified information a criminal offense. At the time that would make anyone reading a New York Times article with classified information, or WikiLeaks in the modern-era, criminally liable and able to be prosecuted by the state.

Irma's storm water causes massive washout in Apopka, Florida

Irma's storm water causes massive washout in Apopka, Florida

Storm water from Hurricane Irma has caused a massive washout situation in Apopka. It happened behind Apopka Memorial Middle School, eating up a section of the West Orange Trail. It is located north of Votaw Road and south of McCoy Village Court. Residents are urged to stay away from the immediate area.

Susan Rice lied about her role in Obama's unmasking scandal

Susan Rice lied about her role in Obama's unmasking scandal

On March 22, Rep. Devin Nunes made his ham-fisted disclosure that the Obama administration had conducted incidental surveillance collection and unmasking of Trump administration officials. It was a revelation that ignited widespread criticism from nearly every corner of Washington I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored," the House intelligence chairman said at the time. "It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing." Nunes went on to claim that the information was spread across a number of agencies and had "little or no apparent intelligence value." Perhaps Nunes' reasons were partisan. Perhaps his framing was exaggerated. We'll see. But if CNN's reporting is correct, everything Nunes claimed that day was basically true. Which is a lot more than we can say for others.

Explosion at London's Parsons Green station being investigated as terrorist attack [UPDATES]

Explosion at London's Parsons Green station being investigated as terrorist attack [UPDATES]

British authorities have confirmed an explosion at Parsons Green underground station was an act of terrorism and that 22 people have been injured. Armed police rushed to an incident on Friday morning after reports of an explosion on a packed rush-hour commuter train. Police say the device did not fully detonate, according to Sky News.

Hezbollah commander says 10,000 troops facing Israel's Golan frontier

Hezbollah commander says 10,000 troops facing Israel's Golan frontier

Hezbollah is using a "de-escalation" deal brokered by Russia and the US to pour thousands of battle-hardened soldiers into southern Syria and entrench its positions for a possible confrontation with Israel, a commander has told Middle East Eye. The commander, speaking on condition of anonymity, claimed there were 10,000 Hezbollah fighters in areas along the disputed Golan Heights frontier, and that missile bases and tunnel networks were being built. "The de-escalation plan is better for us," he said. "We are working with more freedom, there are no more bombings." "Hezbollah has over 10,000 fighters deployed in southern Syria. Hezbollah is an army of infantry, rockets, tanks, elite forces. We are operating as we do in south Lebanon, but of course in a veiled manner." The US-Russia de-escalation plan introduced ceasefires in July to minimise casualties in several flashpoint regions of Syria's civil war.

Larges sinkhole open in The Villages, Florida in wake of Hurricane Irma

Larges sinkhole open in The Villages, Florida in wake of Hurricane Irma

Two large sinkholes opened up in The Villages in the wake of a brutal pounding from Hurricane Irma. One of the sinkholes opened up off Markridge Loop by Hole #3 of the Jacaranda nine at Cane Garden Country Club. A second sinkhole, estimated to be 30-feet wide and 12-feet deep opened up in the Villages of Santiago.

Russian opposition to Kurdish separatism in Middle East confirmed

Russian opposition to Kurdish separatism in Middle East confirmed

This morning, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked to clarify the Russian position on a referendum for unilateral secession among ethnic Kurds in northern Iraq. Iraq has condemned the move on multiple occasions. Today, Peskov stated the Russian position in the following way, "Russia's position is the one in favour of territorial integrity of regional states". This is confirmation that Russia supports the existing borders of all states in which Kurdish militants seek to carve out new political territory. Such states include Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran. This is fitting with Russia's general commitment to the integrity of states globally as well as an indication of Russia's historically good relations with Turkey and Iran, as well as Russia's continually good relations with Syria and its restored positive ties with Iraq. While Russia has generally had good relations with Kurdish groups over the centuries, Russia is clearly prioritizing its relationship with states over relationships with non-state bodies.

Pervert caught by 'paedophile hunters' trying to meet girl, 14

Pervert caught by 'paedophile hunters' trying to meet girl, 14

A man was filmed holding his hands up as 'paedophile hunters' caught him trying to meet what he thought was a 14-year-old schoolgirl. Ross Wilcox, 30, believed he had been sending explicit messages to an underage girl he met over adult dating site Tagged, and arranged to meet her at a train station. But when he turned up at St James Metro station in Newcastle, he was confronted by members of Dark Justice, an undercover organisation who catch men trying to meet children for sex. The police were called and Wilcox, from Cramlington, in Northumberland, was later charged with attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity. At Newcastle Crown Court this week, Wilcox was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation requirements, sexual harm prevention order and sex offender registration.

Court denies Dylann Roof's request to fire defense lawyers because they are Jewish & Indian

Court denies Dylann Roof's request to fire defense lawyers because they are Jewish & Indian

A federal court denied convicted Charleston shooter Dylann Roof's request to replace his two defense lawyers, who are Jewish and Indian. Roof called the lawyers appealing against his death sentence his "political and biological enemies." Roof, 23, killed nine and wounded three black parishioners at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015. He told police he wanted to start a "race war." He was found guilty in December 2016 and subsequently sentenced to death in a federal hate crimes trial. On Tuesday, the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Columbia, South Carolina issued a one-page ruling dismissing Roof's motion to replace his two defenders. "The court denies the motion for substitution of counsel on appeal," the 11-word ruling said. Roof had submitted a handwritten appeal to the court on Monday, arguing that he could not trust the two attorneys as they were his "political and biological enemies," according to AP.

Dead whale found on beach in Keta, Ghana

Dead whale found on beach in Keta, Ghana

The Tettekope beach in Keta in the Volta Region is the site of a rare scene as a dead whale washed ashore on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. It is unclear what might have led to the death of the whale, but a Chief fisherman in the locality, Seth Kedey, told Cififmonlin.com that the mammal could have been hit by a large vessel. Reports indicate that a Wildlife Officer in the Keta Municipality, Abdul Karim Fuseini, said the whale was about 39 feet long and 16 feet in height. "The residents who were amazed at the sight of the dead whale, employed various means to draw much closer to catch a glimpse of it," reports news portal Citifmonline.com

Enormous dead turtle found washed up on Spanish beach

Enormous dead turtle found washed up on Spanish beach

A giant sea turtle measuring up to two meters (6ft 7in) in length washed up dead on a Spanish beach, Tuesday. The leatherback - the largest of all living turtles - was found in Calella on the Costa del Maresme in the province of Barcelona. Video footage shows an excavator being used to remove the huge creature. This is the second such find within a month on the Catalan coast, according to La Vanguardia. In August fishermen came across a leatherback, also known as a lute turtle, tangled in their nets. Authorities say the species, which can weigh up to 700kg (1,500lb), is rare in Catalonia. Department of Agriculture officials said this particular creature was in an advanced state of decomposition, reports Radio Calella.

Serum Ferritin and GGT: Two important markers of iron and liver toxicity

Serum Ferritin and GGT: Two important markers of iron and liver toxicity

While many health screens and lab tests are overrated or unnecessary, there are a few that are vitally important, such as vitamin D. I recommend checking your vitamin D level at least twice a year. Two other really important tests are serum ferritin (which measures stored iron) and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase or sometimes called gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT; a liver enzyme correlated with iron toxicity, disease risk and all-cause mortality). By monitoring your serum ferritin and GGT levels and taking steps to lower them if they're too high, you can avoid serious health problems. For adults, I strongly recommend getting a serum ferritin test and GGT on an annual basis. When it comes to iron overload, I believe it can be every bit as dangerous to your health as vitamin D deficiency. In this interview, Gerry Koenig,1 former chairman of the Iron Disorders Institute and the Hemochromatosis Foundation, explains the value of these two tests.

The healing potential of different light wavelengths now being studied for treating numerous conditions

The healing potential of different light wavelengths now being studied for treating numerous conditions

In the 30 years since Donna Keller-Ossipov had her first migraine, she's tried everything from pills to Botox to keep the crushing headaches at bay. They've come every few days anyway, forcing her to retreat to a dark room, nauseated and incapacitated. So when Keller-Ossipov learned of a clinical trial testing "green light therapy" for migraine, she didn't hesitate to sign up. Months after the study ended, she still bathes herself in the green glow of a portable LED light 2 hours per day, setting it next to her as she winds down at night. She hasn't had a migraine since spring. "I don't know how it works," says the retired 61-year-old nurse. "But it works." The trial, at the University of Arizona, is among dozens of ongoing studies exploring whether exposing the skin or eyes to specific wavelengths of light can help treat health problems. At Massachusetts General Hospital, researchers are studying whether a red light-emitting helmet can help traumatic brain injury patients recover. At the University of California, San Francisco, scientists are studying whether a similar device can stall mental decline in people with Alzheimer's disease. Dermatology offices and high-end spas routinely use light therapy to ease skin problems. And thanks to the recent availability of low-cost, heat-free (and thus safer) light-emitting diodes (LEDs), there are more do-it-yourself gadgets for treating acne, depression, and pain online.

Fired whistleblower surgeon, 52, who exposed NHS malpractice now works as Uber driver

Fired whistleblower surgeon, 52, who exposed NHS malpractice now works as Uber driver

Peter O'Keefe is perhaps the last person you'd expect to find behind the wheel of an Uber car. For starters, there can't be many taxi drivers who would know what to do if their fare had a heart attack. 'Well, I wouldn't open your chest on the back seat, that's for sure,' he says, steering his black Skoda Octavia safely through the Cardiff traffic. 'But I would very much hope that with my medical skills and knowledge, I might be moderately useful.' For Peter, 52, was a renowned consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at the University Hospital of Wales for more than a decade. Back then, he drove a Mercedes, earned £125,000 a year and wore smart suits or scrubs rather than jeans. He commanded respect and the gratitude of thousands of patients on whom he operated. He developed treatments and techniques, travelled the world to give lectures and trained other surgeons. In 2011, he was recommended for a National Clinical Excellence Award. These days, he still makes the familiar journey to the 1,000-bed Cardiff hospital, but only to deliver agency nurses or outpatients to the place where he used to save lives. But there are few options open for NHS surgeons - no matter how brilliant - who have been dismissed. 'I'm over 50, I have no reference, no licence to practise medicine and I've been sacked for gross misconduct. It's not really the résumé of a champion, is it?' he says drily.

Wisconsin man blows up home to cover-up wife's murder; 8 families displaced

Wisconsin man blows up home to cover-up wife's murder; 8 families displaced

A Madison man shot and killed his wife weeks ago and blew up their Southwest Side house on Wednesday as an attempt to cover up the homicide, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said Sunday. Lee Anne Pirus, 50, was identified by the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office as the body found amid the rubble of a house at 7806 Stratton Way. Koval said she was shot by her husband, 59-year-old Steven Pirus, "weeks, if not months ago." He was arrested late Saturday on tentative charges of first-degree intentional homicide, arson and reckless endangerment, Koval said. "Steven Pirus shot and killed Lee Anne," Koval said at a news conference. "Steven intentionally blew up this house. He's as much as admitted it over the course of several days of conversations." Koval said investigators are looking into the couple's past to determine what the motive might have been.

The Russians are coming! Narcissistic Hillary Clinton compares herself to Paul Revere

The Russians are coming! Narcissistic Hillary Clinton compares herself to Paul Revere

Former failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton compared herself to the historical American patriot Paul Revere, as she continued ranting about the effect that Russia had on the presidential election. "I feel like I'm a bit of a, you know, Paula Revere," she said, adjusting the gender of the famous American patriot. "I'm trying to sound the alarm about this."

Why didn't Florida's power company do more to prepare for Irma?

Why didn't Florida's power company do more to prepare for Irma?

Four days after Irma, millions of Floridians are still stuck without power in the sweltering summer heat. Those outages have now killed eight elderly people trapped in a Hollywood nursing home without air conditioning, due to circumstances that FPL was warned about at least two days before the tragedy. Many of those powerless residents are now asking hard questions of the area's power monopoly, which has spent millions of dollars fighting policies that would have strengthened the grid in the event of a major storm like Irma and, more broadly, stemmed the carbon-fueled climate change likely fueling monster storms. "I am one of the many that has now been without power for more than two days as a result of Hurricane Irma," Elise McKenna, a West Palm Beach resident, told New Times via email. "My confusion came when so many of us lost power during the early hours of the storm that basically avoided us. We've been told time and time again that rate increases were to help prepare us for future storms." McKenna is far from alone. FPL's workers on the ground seem to be doing all they can to fix downed lines and restore power to homes, and they deserve huge credit for working around the clock in awful conditions. But the company's corporate and government-relations wings have serious questions to answer this week after quashing regulations that could have made the energy grid stronger at a slight expense to FPL's billion-dollar bottom line.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln bans smoking on campus

University of Nebraska-Lincoln bans smoking on campus

Smoking, tobacco and vaping products will no longer be allowed on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus beginning Jan. 1, a move prompted by a student-led initiative. A survey conducted by the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska showed wide support for blanket restrictions on UNL property. Nearly 84 percent of students and 88 percent of faculty said they supported a ban. Under the policy, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, marijuana and synthetic smoking products are banned on campus, including parking lots and garages, in campus buildings, and in vehicles "owned, leased, occupied, operated, maintained or otherwise controlled by the University." UNL will allow the use of "nicotine-replacement therapy" products approved by the Food and Drug Administration for smoking cessation.

"We're in control," say St. Louis Police as protests get squelched on fifth day

"We're in control," say St. Louis Police as protests get squelched on fifth day

"We're in control," announced the head of the St. Louis, Missouri Police Department, Lawrence O'Toole, at a press conference Monday after a weekend of unrest in the city over the acquittal of a white cop who shot a black man to death in 2011. "This is our city and we're going to protect it," O'Toole declared. The escalation of the brutal police crackdown in St. Louis came as the demonstrations entered their fifth day Tuesday. In sharp contrast to the largely peaceful character of the protests, police have displayed alarming levels of belligerence and arrogance in their repression of protesters. Groups of police officers in riot gear were heard early Monday morning marching through areas forcibly cleared of demonstrators chanting, "Whose streets? Our streets!" mocking protesters with a slogan commonly used at rallies. The authoritarian declarations of the police chief and his officers came on the heels of the arrest of 123 protesters in a massive roundup on Sunday night. The arrests were carried out using a highly criticized police technique called "kettling," in which police surround and trap protesters so they cannot escape. They are then arrested en masse for alleged refusal to disperse.

'Astounding' increase in dolphin strandings in 2016 observed for Cornwall, UK; 20 times more than in 2015

'Astounding' increase in dolphin strandings in 2016 observed for Cornwall, UK; 20 times more than in 2015

A worrying increase in dolphin deaths has been observed in Cornwall in the last year, a report has revealed. The Cornwall Wildlife Trust's 2016 Marine Strandings Network (MSN) report, which has been released today, shows an 'astounding' 50% increase in cetacean deaths in 2016 compared with 2015. Cetaceans include dolphins, porpoises and whales. The report shows that a total of 205 animals stranded in Cornwall in 2016, compared with only 10 in 2015, which is more than 20 times more from one year to the other. Amongst the 205 recorded, 113 were short-beaked common dolphins and 61 were harbour porpoises.

CNN eats crow: US govt did in fact wiretap former Trump campaign chairman

CNN eats crow: US govt did in fact wiretap former Trump campaign chairman

US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe. The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump. Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive. Special counsel Robert Mueller's team, which is leading the investigation into Russia's involvement in the election, has been provided details of these communications. A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014. It centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine's former ruling party, the sources told CNN.

Dead humpback whale found floating off Anchorage, Alaska

Dead humpback whale found floating off Anchorage, Alaska

With a dead humpback whale floating near the Port of Anchorage, a spokesperson for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday the agency will "let nature take its course." NOAA has received reports about the whale's body every day since Saturday evening, said Julie Speegle, of NOAA's Alaska regional office. "So we are well aware of this dead humpback whale," she said. Speegle said biologists don't know the age of the whale or its cause of death or its exact size, but they do know it was a male.

US Senate blocks repeal of authorizations for wars in Afghanistan, Iraq

US Senate blocks repeal of authorizations for wars in Afghanistan, Iraq

The US Senate voted against a legislation aimed at repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), a resolution which was adopted shortly after September 11, 2001, terror attacks proposed by Republican Senator Rand Paul. The US Senate on Wednesday blocked a measure to repeal authorization for the Bush-era wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Senate voted 61-36 in favor of killing Senator Ron Paul's Amendment #871 to HR 280, which would have repealed the authorization for use of US military force in Iraq and Afghanistan. The measure would have ended the authorizations for use of military force after six months.

US Treasury Secretary threatens more sanctions on China over North Korea

US Treasury Secretary threatens more sanctions on China over North Korea

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned the U.S. may impose additional sanctions on China -- potentially cutting off access to the U.S. financial system -- if it doesn't follow through on a fresh round of United Nations restrictions against North Korea. The UN Security Council added new sanctions against North Korea after leader Kim Jong Un's regime conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. Mnuchin echoed the U.S. envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, in calling the sanctions "historic" even though they didn't include U.S. demands for a full oil embargo and a freeze on Kim's assets. The new measures include limiting North Korea's imports of petroleum products and banning textile exports. "If China doesn't follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the U.S. and international dollar system -- and that's quite meaningful," Mnuchin said during an event at CNBC's Delivering Alpha conference in New York on Tuesday.

MSM begins to admit 'Russiagate' is a hoax

MSM begins to admit 'Russiagate' is a hoax

Almost five months after the US presidential elections, Fox News made a startling and shocking revelation: the Kremlin, Russian intelligence agencies, paid and unpaid Russian Internet trolls and Santa HAD NOT influenced the election process. Earlier a number of prominent members of the US Democratic Party sought to blame Russia for allegedly intervening in the 2016 US Presidential elections via hacking and a targeted misinformation campaign. Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee announced that Moscow managed to swing votes in several key states by manipulating 'fake news.'

Leah Remini to John Travolta and other famous Scientologists: 'Cut the s***'

Leah Remini to John Travolta and other famous Scientologists: 'Cut the s***'

On Tuesday's Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, the focus was on celebrities and what they mean to the Church of Scientology. "Scientologists believe, and they're shown this in their events, that some of the celebrities in Scientology are responsible for big changes on this planet and for mankind," Remini said. "They believe, in a way, that these celebrities are, you know, deities, in some way." Remini did not hold back in delivering her message to stars like John Travolta and Tom Cruise, among others.

Wall Street Journal's psychopathic solution to North Korea: Starve them to death

Wall Street Journal's psychopathic solution to North Korea: Starve them to death

The editors at the Wall Street Journal have settled on a plan for ending the crisis in North Korea. Starve them to death. I'm not kidding. In an article titled "Options for Removing Kim Jong In" the WSJ's editorial board suggests that the US use "all of its tools to topple the North Korean regime" including, of course, vital food imports which keep women and children from facing an agonizing death by starvation. Here's an excerpt from the article: "The North is especially vulnerable to pressure this year because a severe drought from April to June reduced the early grain harvest by 30%. If the main harvest is also affected, Pyongyang may need to import more food while sanctions restrict its ability to earn foreign currency.... While the regime survived a severe famine in the 1990s, today the political consequences of a failed harvest would be severe. .... The army was once the most desirable career path; now soldiers are underpaid and underfed. North Koreans will not simply accept starvation as they did two decades ago. Withholding food aid to bring down a government would normally be unethical, but North Korea is an exceptional case. Past aid proved to be a mistake as it perpetuated one of the most evil regimes in history. The U.N. says some 40% of the population is undernourished, even as the Kims continue to spend huge sums on weapons. Ending the North Korean state as quickly as possible is the most humane course." ("Options for Removing Kim Jong In", Wall Street Journal) "Humane"? The WSJ editors think that depriving people of enough food to stay alive is humane? And look how cheery they sound about the fact that "40% of the population is (already) undernourished", as if they're already halfway towards their goal. Hurrah for the US embargo, still inflicting misery on innocent people some 6 decades after the war! It's sick!

French scientists create bizarre magnetic material

French scientists create bizarre magnetic material

Scientists have discovered a new way to manipulate the magnetic structure of certain materials to form a kind of magnet known as fragmented spin ice. The resulting material possesses some of the weirdest magnetic properties known to science. Researchers are still trying to figure out exactly how these weird magnets behave, and learning to harness them could one day lead to novel applications. The discovery was published last month in the journal Nature Communications. Tiny, frustrated magnets Inside every material there are magnetic and nonmagnetic atoms. While both are essential for determining the material's many properties, the magnetic atoms control the magnetic properties. Acting like individual tiny magnets, the magnetic atoms collectively determine the overall magnetic properties of the material, which depends on the strength and coordinated orientation of each of these tiny atom-sized magnets. This is how we get a fridge magnet that behaves differently from the surface of the fridge. And it's why both differ when compared to the plastic fridge handle. The strength and orientation of the tiny magnets within each of those three items are closely related to a fundamental property of individual nuclei and electrons known as spin. Because of this close relationship, sometimes scientists simply call the tiny magnets "spins." In spin ice the tiny magnets, or spins, are arranged in a very specific way. Unlike most magnetic materials, which take up relatively straightforward formations, such as lining up along a single direction, or just pointing in random directions, the individual spins inside a spin ice material have no simple way to organize themselves. This is usually due to the geometric arrangement of the atoms themselves -- when the atoms are put together in a certain way, the individual spins simply can't find a position that's consistently comfortable, as if they're trying to fit together like a bunch of badly built floor tiles.

Questions regarding the Korea crisis

Questions regarding the Korea crisis

Now is the time for a gallant peace gesture from Washington or for Seoul to quit the war games - twice-yearly events, dating back to 1976, in which US and South Korean military forces deploy thousands of troops to simulate various scenarios for conflict with the North. This summer's games involved 17,500 US troops and 50,000 South Koreans. To North Korea the games simulate invasion. War games with a specific offensive objective violate the UN Charter, that is, international law. The current mutual oppositional defiance between Pyongyang and Washington has evoked alarmist reactions and feverish talk from all parties except China, which has sensibly proposed a dual freeze: The US stops its perennial war games; North Korea stops testing missiles and nuclear weapons. In China this is a moderate position between those sympathetic to North Korea and those who want Beijing to take a hard line as Washington insists. Former US defense secretary William Perry, who once advocated pre-emptive strikes, agrees with a mutual freeze. In an August 1 editorial, The New York Times cited experts who endorse the freeze. So why not?

The militarization of America: How 'the Generals' imposed their definition of international realities

The militarization of America: How 'the Generals' imposed their definition of international realities

Introduction Clearly the US has escalated the pivotal role of the military in the making of foreign and, by extension, domestic policy. The rise of 'the Generals' to strategic positions in the Trump regime is evident, deepening its role as a highly autonomous force determining US strategic policy agendas. In this paper we will discuss the advantages that the military elite accumulate from the war agenda and the reasons why 'the Generals' have been able to impose their definition of international realities. We will discuss the military's ascendancy over Trump's civilian regime as a result of the relentless degradation of his presidency by his political opposition.

Comey's wiretap surveillance: What did Obama know?

Comey's wiretap surveillance: What did Obama know?

The media is less interested in Obama Administration wiretapping than in how Trump described it... This week CNN is reporting more details on the Obama Administration's 2016 surveillance of people connected to the presidential campaign of the party out of power. It seems that once President Obama's appointee to run the FBI, James Comey, had secured authorization for wiretapping, the bureau continued its surveillance into 2017. CNN reports: US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe. The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump. Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive. This means the wiretapping was authorized more than ten months ago and perhaps more than a year ago.

Cobra found with smaller snake stuck in its nostril in Belagavi, India

Cobra found with smaller snake stuck in its nostril in Belagavi, India

A snake rescuer called to remove a cobra from a businessman's property in India made an unusual discovery -- a smaller snake stuck in the serpent's nostril. Anand Chitti, a snake rescuer in the city of Belagavi, said a local businessman summoned him Sept. 11 to some industrial land, where a cobra had been sighted. Chitti filmed the rescue as he dug through a pile of bricks to reach the snake. The cobra, once extracted from its hiding place, was found to have a blind worm snake -- the smallest species of snake in India -- stuck inside its nose. "I have caught 14,000 snakes till now and had never seen anything strange like that," Chitti said.

Russian General Staff reports 850 jihadists killed as Russian warplanes help Syrian Army repel Idlib offensive

Russian General Staff reports 850 jihadists killed as Russian warplanes help Syrian Army repel Idlib offensive

Russian warplanes and Syrian forces have repelled an offensive by jihadists in a de-escalation zone in Idlib governorate in Syria. The forces killed some 850 militants and destroyed 11 tanks and other assets, Russia's General Staff reported. The offensive was launched by the militant group formerly called Al-Nusra Front and its allies on Tuesday morning, a statement from the General Staff said. The jihadists attacked the positions of government forces stationed to the north and northeast of the city of Hama. The positions are part of a designated de-escalation zone, which covers Idlib governorate, the powerbase of a number of anti-government armed groups in Syria, the Russian military said.