- Are you freaking kidding me? Thirteen-term Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Beltway barnacle permanently affixed to USS Government, is now the fresh-faced "rock star" of the Democratic Party."Auntie Maxine" is stoking the resistance, inspiring millenials, combating hate, crusading against corruption and invoking the counterinsurgent cry to "stay woke!"I do not have enough guffaws to give.This new spokesmodel for civility and clean government has stoked division and exploited taxpayers for
- New human rights laws are required to protect sensitive information in a person's mind from 'unauthorised collection, storage, use or even deletion'
"Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind," wrote the playwright John Milton in 1634.But, nearly 400 years later, technological advances in machines that can read our thoughts mean the privacy of our brain is under threat.Now two biomedical ethicists are calling for the creation of new human rights laws to ensure people are protected, including "
- Richard Nixon, in his effort to silence black people and antiwar activists, brought the War on Drugs into full force in 1973. He then signed Reorganization Plan No. 2, which established the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Over the course of five decades, this senseless war has waged on. At a cost of over $1 trillion — ruining and ending countless lives in the process — America's drug war has created a drug problem that is worse now than ever before.Comment: See: Nixon official
Saudi butchers sentence man to beheading for not believing in God - no Tomahawks from Trump any time soonHafr Al Batin, Saudi Arabia — Ahmad Al Shamri is a young man in his early 20's with his entire life ahead of him. However, he will not get to live that life because questioning religion in his country is punishable by death. Al Shamri lives in Saudi Arabia.In April of 2014, Ahmad was arrested on charges of atheism and blasphemy. He was convicted by a local court and sentenced to death in February 2015. This week, his appeal to keep his life for having different religious beliefs than the s
- A medium performing a ritual dance in Thailand has reportedly died after accidentally stabbing himself in the heart in front of shocked onlookers.Theprit Palee died on Monday in the village of Ban Pa Sak while carrying out a folk dance involving a metal sword, reports Sanook.
- The popular 90’s PBS children’s show host of “Bill Nye the Science Guy”, now intends on “saving” the world with his new Netflix series called “Bill Nye Saves The World”. Just how does the popular scientist plan on doing that? By mocking Christianity with vulgar depictions of sexual acts and discussing the different flavors of sexuality. PARENTS BEWARE!
Cernovich: McMaster, Powell, Cohn controlling foreign policy, forcing Trump to deal with Saudi terroristsBowing to pressure from the H.R. McMaster, Dina Powell, Gary Cohn coalition, President Donald Trump's first overseas trip is scheduled to be in Saudi Arabia, multiple sources confirmed after Steve Holland of Reuters first reported rumors of the trip. This decision has split Trump's base, which views the Saudis as the largest state sponsor of Islamic terrorism.During the visit Trump will discuss a proposed arms package for the Saudis, which would include a massive missile defense system as well a
- Whether we should fear future “robotic overlords,” job-killing technologies born out of artificial intelligence and automation, will really depend on who is building them and what they’re building them for, according to AI developer Tom Gruber.
- Residents in an Orange County neighborhood said a sinkhole opened up near their homes.The hole forced crews to shut down a road in the Orchard Hill subdivision on Cypress Hill Road, not far from State Road 429.Residents said the hole was filled with dirt and it's not blocked by barricades."It's pretty scary. We don't want it to spread," said Heather Kelly.Kelly and her family live feet away from what the county calls an active sinkhole. "It's a lot wider now than it was in the first place," said
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- "Policing is broken... It has evolved as a paramilitary, bureaucratic, organizational arrangement that distances police officers from the communities they've been sworn to protect and serve. When we have shooting after shooting after shooting that most people would define as at least questionable, it's time to look, not just at a few bad apples, but the barrel. And I'm convinced that it is the barrel that is rotted."— Norm Stamper, former Seattle police chiefPlease.Somebody give Attorney G
- It's getting pretty crazy, the warring around of Washington since the Trump Project took office January 20. The question is whether there is a true strategy behind the dramatic escalation of Trump Administration military aggression around the world. There definitely is in my view, and it's not good for world peace, not good for the United States and the rest of the world.First, just a week into office, the new President authorized a Navy Seal illegal attack in Yemen's civil war in which one Seal
- Less than 24 hours after the publication of the results of the first round of the presidential election in France, irregularities are being reported on both sides. In some places, there is fear of a rigged election.In the aftermath of the first round of the French presidential election, irregularities were seen in broad daylight. On Monday, many media reported an unusual incident. In effect, thousands of voters were removed from the lists without their knowledge. The events took place in Strasbo
Hollande: Ministers must do all possible to ensure Le Pen defeat; Le Pen prefers support of the peopleFrench President Francois Hollande has told his ministers to do everything possible to ensure the defeat of right-wing presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in the decisive second round of elections on May 7. The outgoing socialist president appears to be backing centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the race."Hollande has asked ministers to fully commit themselves in the election campaign to ensure that Marine Le Pen has the lowest possible result," French presidential spokes
Odd how the US has killed 70K ISIS fighters - twice as many as it says exists...and other amazing statisticsIn June 2014, around the time ISIS was making headlines across the world, the Wall Street Journal reported that the terror group had 4,000 fighters in Iraq. In September 2014, the CIA released an estimate claiming ISIS had between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters combined in both Iraq and Syria, including 15,000 who were foreign fighters. Almost half were foreign fighters? That's some organic uprising taking place in Syria.One month before the CIA's estimate, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (S
- The Trump administration is ramping up its anti-Iranian policy. This is evidenced by recent statements from President Trump himself, and those from other high-ranking US officials. What are the 'sins' Washington is accusing Tehran of committing? Just how far will the White House be able to go? How will Tehran react? Sputnik Persian investigates.Last week, US President Donald Trump accused Iran of failing to comply with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, adding that this would receive a response from th
- Support for Scottish independence has plummeted to 40 percent among Scottish voters, according to a new poll, further undermining First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's plans for another referendum. According to a survey published on Tuesday by Kantar Scottish Opinion Monitor, support for another independence vote is "weakening," as up to 60 percent support [for] remaining part of the UK.Sturgeon recently won the Scottish Parliament's blessing to seek a second independence referendum, to be held at so
- US President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, said on Tuesday that media misinterpreted comments about her involvement in the government's decision to launch airstrikes on Syrian airfield in Homs."That would be a flawed interpretation," Trump stated in Berlin, Germany referring to a New York Times publication on how the decision was made.On April 11, the president's son Eric Trump revealed that his sister Ivanka, who has recently agreed to take an unpaid job as a White House ad
- The White House is considering a draft executive order to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, a senior Trump administration official said on Wednesday.It was unclear whether the order would be enacted by President Donald Trump, who has vowed to pull out from NAFTA - a U.S., Mexico and Canada trade pact - if he cannot win better terms for America.But the action under consideration could signal heightened prospects that one of the world's biggest trading blocs
- Tax officials have raided the grounds of two of English football's biggest clubs as part of a fraud investigation. Several arrests were made.HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) officers raided the stadiums of Newcastle United in the northeast of England and West Ham United in London.The raids are part of an investigation into alleged income tax and National Insurance fraud amounting to £5 million (about US$6.5 million), the BBC reports.HMRC said in a statement that it had sent out mor
- Go to this link to see pics. of up to 26.2 feet of snow on the ground in Japan. This is near Mt. Gassan, which at 6,509 feet above sea level is not a terribly high mountain. Very cold air coming off Siberia can produce incredible ocean-effect snow there. And check out these pictures of gigantic snowcover in N. Japan. I think the pics. at this second link are from 2012. Looks like the sun is fairly high in the sky in these pics.8.2% of the U.S. has a snow cover - mostly out West, but also in nort
- A new report has found that the number of unauthorized Mexican immigrants residing in the US has been steadily decreasing over the past 10 years, and they no longer make up the majority of illegal immigrants. The Pew Research Center released a report Tuesday that estimates the population of unauthorized immigrants living in the US to have decreased from its peak of 12.2 million during the recession in 2007 to 11.3 million in 2016.For the first time, the population of unauthorized immigrants livi
- President Donald Trump's much vaunted Mexican border wall could be built using the fortune of a notorious drug kingpin, according to Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who has proposed the 'El Chapo Act'.Cruz, a one time political rival to Trump, has backed the president's desire to build a 1,000 mile-long (1600km) barrier between the US and Mexico.Cruz has now gone a step further by proposing the so-called 'El Chapo Act', or the Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order, which would use any of the
- Most of the media were quick to hail a 'New French Revolution' following the results of the first round of voting in France's 2017 Presidential election. Well, at a quick glance, the claim appears to have some substance.After all, it's the first time since the founding of the Fifth Republic in 1958 that France's two main parties haven't made it through to the final round. Instead, we've got a run off between Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year old novice who hardly anyone had heard of a year ago, and who
- It’s the app that takes your picture and transforms it into multiple versions of yourself. You’ve probably witnessed the magic on a friend’s Facebook post, the 2×2 grid with their picture, an older version of them, a younger of them, and another re-imagining of them as the opposite sex.
- The higher elevations of Northwest Montana can expect another round of winter-like weather this week, adding to a mountain snowpack that remains well above average for this time of year.As of Tuesday, the snowpack in the Flathead River basin was at 120 percent of normal. The Kootenai River basin boasts snow totals 113 percent of average, while the Upper Clark Fork basin is at 108 percent."We still have a lot of snow in the high elevations," said Ray Nickless, a hydrologist with the Weather Servi
- Intelligence community insiders are getting restless for a whistleblower to step forward.Wars and rumors of wars have been dominating news cycles of late. No one should be surprised that there is a "former intelligence officer" subculture that is particularly noticeable in the Washington, DC, area. We stay in touch, communicate regularly, have lunches to discuss the "old days," and sometimes organize to raise objections to some of the foreign follies pursued by the U.S. government. Though we oft
- Police estimate that 700,000 people showed up to the National Day of Prayer event organized by Angus Buchan in South Africa.
- It snowed last Thursday (April 20) in Colorado.It's not unusual for folks in the Centennial State to witness snow in April if the snowflakes are outside. But on this occasion, they appeared inside a university classroom, which, it turns out, is not unusual either.Having been invited by the local chapter of the student organization, Turning Point USA, I arrived on the campus of the University of Colorado-Denver to deliver a lecture on "Lessons from Ancient Rome." The subject was 2,500-year-old hi
- Emotional eating -- eating when you feel sad or upset or in response to another negative mood -- is not uncommon in children and adolescents, but why youth eat emotionally has been unclear. Now a new longitudinal study from Norway has found that school-age children whose parents fed them more to soothe their negative feelings were more likely to eat emotionally later on. The reverse was also found to be the case, with parents of children who were more easily soothed by food being more likely to
- The United States may need to strengthen its missile defenses, particularly in Hawaii, given the advancing threat from North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs, the top U.S. commander in the Pacific told Congress on Wednesday.
French election reality: Macron booed and jeered in his hometown, where crowd chants 'Président Marine!'Chaotic scenes broke out during a visit by French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron to striking factory workers in his hometown of Amiens.Macron was greeted Wednesday with jeers, boos and chants in favour of his far-right rival Marine Le Pen as he made a chaotic visit to the factory in northern France, after what Bloomberg said was "an ambush" by his nationalist rival Marine Le Pen forced him into a confrontation with some of her hardcore supporters.
- Ancient humans settled in North America around 130,000 years ago, suggests a controversial study — pushing the date back more than 100,000 years earlier than most scientists accept. The jaw-dropping claim, made in Nature1, is based on broken rocks and mastodon bones found in California that a team of researchers say point to human activity.Their contention, if correct, would force a dramatic rethink of when and how the Americas were first settled — and who by. Most scientists subscri
Quelle surprise: French 'proof' of Assad's chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun turns out to be total BSFor over a week now France has claimed it has irrefutable evidence that Syrian military used gas against civilians earlier this month and would present it shortly.It has now done so. It says it has determined that sarin used in the 2017 Khan Sheikhoun attack came from the same stock used in an earlier 2013 attack.This is it. This is the extent of its super-duper evidence.Because Paris "knows" the Syrian army used sarin in 2013, which Syria denies and was never proven, France now "knows" Syria al
- Doctors could soon determine if you are at risk of dying young using an MRI scan.The scans could also be used to spot those who are at risk of poor health, new research has found.A team of neuroscientists in London have trained computers to test the 'brain age' of patients based on the volume of their brain tissue.The new test measures the overall loss of grey and white matter-a hallmark of the brain's ageing process.Grey matter is a major part of the body's central nervous system, which helps s
- A vast majority of Fukushima voluntary evacuees are not planning to move back to their homes out of fear of radiation despite the government declaring living conditions in the prefecture to be "good", a new government survey has discovered.Some 78.2 percent of "voluntary" evacuees households have no intention of returning to their previous places of residence and plan to "continue living" in the area they had evacuated to, results of a Fukushima Prefectural Government survey released on April 24
- According to Donald Trump, Donald Trump loves and respects women more than anybody in the world. That's why he and daughter Ivanka have put forth a plan for affordable child care, an essential building block in the foundation of gender equality at home and in the workplace.But Trump's child-care proposal, which Ivanka is currently trying to sell to Congress, would function more as a handout to wealthy families than as necessary support for families already struggling to afford child-care service
SWAT mistakes prayer group for gun thieves, raid wrong home, detain 14yo girl in bathroom, and send old lady to hospitalGuns Loaded? Check... Extra Ammunition? Check... Bullet-proof protective vests? Check... Right home address? Uh oh! In yet another SWAT Team flub, a home has been raided, and its occupants beaten. However, once again, the police went to the wrong address.The Carroll County Sheriff's Office in Gaithersburg admits they got it all wrong when they burst into Israel Orellana's home in Montgomery County. Orellana has the same name as the man police were searching for in a gun theft case. But still, in
- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov revealed what thoughts help him retain mental equilibrium during rigorous negotiations."I keep thinking about Spartak Moscow," he told Esquire.ru when asked what he does when partners "do not hear" him.Spartak Moscow is a prominent Russian football club which has celebrated its 95th anniversary. Sergei Lavrov is a die-hard football fan.
- Over a third of Europeans would be happy to abandon cash and rely on electronic payments if they could, according to a study by ING bank released on Wednesday.The survey of almost 15,000 respondents showed that over half used less cash over the last year, with 78 percent wanting to use less cash in the next 12 month.
- Mike Pompeo, in his first speech as director of the CIA, chose to declare war on free speech rather than on the United States' actual adversaries. He went after WikiLeaks, where I serve as editor, as a "non-state hostile intelligence service." In Pompeo's worldview, telling the truth about the administration can be a crime — as Attorney General Jeff Sessions quickly underscored when he described my arrest as a "priority." News organizations reported that federal prosecutors are weighing wh
- It snowed Tuesday night in the northern Côte-d'Or! Snowflakes begun falling around 19:30 in the Saulieu area, leaving a light white coat covering the landscape as shown by photographs taken shortly before 20:30.The snowfall could continue for a few hours since Météo France forecast some flakes for parts of the department (Etalante, Vitteaux, Saulieu, Arnay-le-Duc) early on Wednesday.See lots of photos
- If implemented, the new legislation might help eradicate the bride abduction "tradition" which still exists in some regions of Russia.On Wednesday, the parliament of Russia's Republic of Ingushetia submitted a draft bill to the State Duma, suggesting a three-year imprisonment penalty for kidnapping women and forcing them into marriage.Russia's Criminal Code includes an article regarding human abduction, which carries a prison sentence of up to fifteen years, depending the consequences and if it
Hypocrisy at its finest: Israel accuses Assad while admitting to stockpiling (and using) its own chemical weaponsWhile Israel has been quick to condemn Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons, the apartheid country has consistently refused to ratify the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, despite having the largest stockpile of WMDs in the Middle EastDuring a visit to Israel, Secretary of Defense James Mattis declared at a press conference that the United States is confident that the Syrian government continues to hold stockpiles of chemical weapons, telling reporters on Friday: "I
- Ministers have been told to admit the true extent of fraud in the foreign aid budget after MPs published a damning report questioning the credibility of official figures. The Commons Public Accounts Committee claimed the "remarkably low" official figures are not "credible given the risks they face overseas."Figures reveal that Britain gave £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) to the world's 20 most corrupt nations in 2015. Official statistics claim, however, that just 3 pence in every £100 ($
- According to the news agency "Tass", another batch of Bulgarian arms to Syria was delivered April 4, 2017 from the port of Burgas (Bulgaria) to the port of "Jeddah" (Saudi Arabia) on the vessel "Marianne Danica", en route under the flag of Denmark.It is known that over the last month, the Bulgarian ship has made two trips to Saudi Arabia and returned to Bulgaria for the next "batch". Saudi Arabia can not realistically be the recipient of the weapons, as the country's army is equipped with exclus
- This is not as far-fetched as you may think. In fact, if history is any guide it is inevitable. Not only inevitable, the process may have already begun.California's Squaw Valley ski resort, just west of Lake Tahoe, has been buried beneath more than 58 feet of snowfall this season. That's enough snow to completely cover a five-story building. With such copious amounts of snow, Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth announced last week that some ski trails may stay open all summer and into next season.In oth
Russian military expert Viktor Baranets: The arrival of US military instructors in Donbass, indicates Washington's 'direct interference' in the Ukrainian conflictIn an interview with Sputnik, Russian military expert Viktor Baranets described the arrival of US military instructors in Donbass as direct White House interference in the Ukrainian conflict.Earlier, the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) reported the arrival of American military instructors in the conflict zone in Donbass."The arrival of military instructors from the United States in the area of the so-called anti-terrorist operation [in Donbass] has been tr
- Humpback whales are renown for their loud, haunting songs, but new research has discovered the huge marine mammals are able to "whisper" as well.Scientists found that baby humpbacks avoid the attention of predators while communicating with their mothers by using intimate grunts and squeaks.The quiet noises enable the young to keep track of their parents during long and precarious migrations without being overheard by killer whales and sexually aggressive male humpbacks looking for an opportunity
Study finds higher sodium intake is associated with lower blood pressure, contradicting decades of medical adviceIn another blow against decades of accepted medical wisdom, one of the most prestigious, long-running studies reports that lowering sodium intake doesn't reduce blood pressure.The study also implies that most Americans are consuming a perfectly healthy amount of salt, the main source of sodium. But those who are salt-sensitive, about 20 to 25 percent of the population, still need to restrict salt intake.Consuming fewer than 2,500 milligrams of sodium daily is actually associated with higher bloo
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