• Avoiding spiritual struggles and existential questions is linked with poorer mental health

    Fear of confronting the tensions and conflicts brought on by existential concerns -- the "big questions" of life -- is linked with poorer mental health, including higher levels of depression, anxiety and difficulty regulating emotions, according to a new Case Western Reserve University study."Religious and spiritual struggles -- conflicts with God or religious people, tough questions about faith, morality, and the meaning of life -- these are often taboo topics, and the temptation to push them
  • Trump adviser: Trump not looking to rip up NAFTA

    President-elect Donald Trump is not planning to repeal the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but to rescale it in a manner that renders the agreement fair, Trump transition team's senior adviser Anthony Scaramucci stated on Monday."I don't think we're looking to rip up NAFTA as much as we are looking to right-size it and make it fairer," Scaramucci said as quoted by the Hill. "He's got a great relationship, by the way, with the Mexican president."Scaramucci pointed out nobody on the Tr
  • Iraq was probably a 'strategic mistake' said Gen. James Mattis, Trump's defense pick

    President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of defense called the 2003 invasion of Iraq a "mistake," according to a recording obtained by The Intercept."Ladies and gentlemen," Mattis said, "we will probably look back on the invasion of Iraq as a mistake — as a strategic mistake."Mattis was one of the Iraq campaign's most important ground commanders. He led the 1st Marine Division during the invasion and later oversaw the bloody retaking of Fallujah from insurgents in 2004.
  • Ministry: Calls to stop operation in Aleppo look like attempt to shelter terrorists

    London's and Paris' calls to stop the operation in Eastern Aleppo look like an attempt to shelter and spare terrorists they are 'overseeing' who are suffering defeat, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday."Growing calls from a number of Western capitals to stop the counter-terrorist operation in Eastern Aleppo seem to be a desperate attempt to shelter and save terrorists and extremists they are 'overseeing,' or those who stop at nothing to reach their ill goals, who are now suffering defea
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  • Was 11/8 a new 9/11? Tom Engelhardt jumps on the hysterical anti-Trump bandwagon

    For decades, Washington had a habit of using the Central Intelligence Agency to deep-six governments of the people, by the people, and for the people that weren't to its taste and replacing them with governments of the [take your choice: military junta, shah, autocrat, dictator] across the planet.There was the infamous 1953 CIA- and British-organized coup that toppled the democratic Iranian government of Mohammad Mosadegh and put the Shah (and his secret police, the SAVAK) in power. There was th
  • Circadian rhythms: Disrupting daily routine of gut microbes can be bad news for whole body

    We've known that bacteria live in our intestines as far back as the 1680s, when Leeuwenhoek first looked through his microscope. Yogurt companies use that information in the sales pitch for their product, claiming it can help keep your gut bacteria happy. The bacteria growing on our skin have also been effectively exploited to sell the underarm deodorants without which we can become, ahem, malodorous. Until fairly recently our various microbes were thought of as freeloaders without any meaningfu
  • East Aleppo siege nearing its end, jihadis infighting amid Kerry's call for a deal

    This is the situation in east-Aleppo as of Dec 4, 6PM ET. The enclosed green area, held by al-Qaeda and its allies, will soon be gone.The British Foreign Minister says that the foreseeable Syrian government victory in Aleppo will not be a gain at all. Bollocks. He and his colleagues have obviously given up on the case and now issue face-saving laments. Syria's alliance is winning, U.S. policy is changing and the end of the war is now foreseeable. The British MI-6 propaganda operation "Bana Alabe
  • Whitewashing SOFREP's reports on the truth about US special forces in Syria, Turkey and Jordan and the 'rebels' they train

    For months now, SOFREP has been writing a series of articles about how badly things are going for the Special Forces soldiers assigned to covert and clandestine programs in Syria, Turkey, and Jordan. Some of the frustration that the Green Berets are experiencing is indeed normal, as the unconventional warfare mission is difficult, complicated, and results are seen only over a long time horizon. However, the Green Berets assigned to this mission are outraged for another reason: many of the "moder
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  • Putin ultimatum to Aleppo jihadis: 'Leave or die as terrorists'

    Russia gives ultimatum to US and to Jihadis in Aleppo to withdraw immediately from the city or be attacked as terrorists.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has spelled out clearly the terms Russia is giving to the US and to the Jihadis in eastern Aleppo: they must all leave the city by a fixed date or be treated as terrorists.His words could not be clearer:"Those groups which refuse to leave eastern Aleppo will be treated as terrorists. By refusing to walk out from eastern Aleppo they will i
  • Rocket men: For tech's biggest billionaires, space exploration is the ultimate status symbol

    The explosion could be felt 30 miles away. At 9.07am on 1 September, a SpaceX rocket containing 75,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene ignited into a fireball that could be seen from orbit, billowing black smoke into the gray sky around its Cape Canaveral launch pad.On board was a $200m, 12,000lb communications satellite - part of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org project to deliver broadband access to sub-Saharan Africa.Zuckerberg wrote, with a note of bitterness, o
  • Imperial-era Roman skeletons show signs of malaria in their DNA

    In today's issue of Current Biology, an international group of researchers has published some of the first direct DNA evidence of malaria in Imperial Italy. While the study did not find DNA of Plasmodium falciparum in skeletal remains near Rome, the discovery points to a way forward in our understanding of disease and death in the Roman Empire.The team, led by Stephanie Marciniak of McMaster University, investigated 58 skeletons in total from Isola Sacra (the cemetery associated with Portus Roma
  • Native American Trump advisors suggest removing tribal lands from government control

    Native American advisers to President-elect Donald Trump have proposed that tribal lands be removed from government control. While they say that the move could help impoverished tribes profit from oil and gas, critics have denounced it as "privatization."Two leaders of Trump's Native American Affairs Coalition floated on Monday the idea of giving tribes more control over their land, which Reuters described as "politically explosive." Some 55.7 million acres (225,000 square kilometers) of Native
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  • Kerry whines that more than half US aid 'to entire world' goes to Israel and its gov't ignores us

    John Kerry offered yet another tough-love talk to Israel at the pro-Israel Saban Forum yesterday. The United States gives Israel more than half of the aid that we give "to the entire world," and Israel simply ignores us when we warn it about new settlements.Kerry: Every president, Republican and Democrat, has been opposed to settlements-we issue a warning today when we see a new settlement announced. Nothing happens. It's ignored, a new settlement goes up. New units, new sales. So the issue &mda
  • Russia is 'No. 1 threat' to United States, Trump promises to improve relations with Moscow

    The Secretary of the US Air Force has once again claimed that Russia is the "No. 1 threat" faced by the US, with several defense officials expressing similar opinions. It follows promises by US President-elect Donald Trump to improve relations with Moscow."Russia is the No. 1 threat to the United States. We have a number of threats that we're dealing with, but Russia could be, because of the nuclear aspect, an existential threat to the United States," Air Force Secretary Deborah James told Reute
  • New French contender: PM Manuel Valls announces 2017 presidential bid

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced on Monday that he is running to become the Socialist candidate in the 2017 presidential election in France. "I am a candidate for the presidency of the republic," Valls said at his headquarters in the Parisian suburb of Evry. "I want to give everything for France," he stressed, adding that he "cannot be Prime Minister while being a candidate," he said.The 54-year-old Spanish-born prime minister announced that his government will resign on Tuesday. Val
  • Mistrial in case of South Carolina cop who killed Walter Scott from behind

    Jurors in the case of a white police officer, Michael Slager, who shot and killed African American Walter Scott in the back, could not reach a unanimous verdict, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial.The shooting was caught a bystander's cellphone video and shocked the nation.
  • Google News given 3 months to register as legal entity to keep Russian access

    Foreign news aggregators operating in Russia have until the end of March to register their legal entities in the country. The ruling mainly applies to Google News which must comply or be blocked.According to the Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor, major news sites with traffic exceeding a million visitors per day will be put on a special register in 2017."At the moment, only large and popular aggregators such as Yandex, Google, Mail.ru, and others have such a high level of traffic," R
  • US-UN relations take dive over differing Afghanistan war reports

    The US military in Afghanistan is increasingly trying to control public information about the war, resulting in strained relations with western organisations offering different versions of events to official military accounts, the Guardian has learned. In a recent incident, the most senior US commander in Afghanistan, Gen John W Nicholson, considered banning or restricting the UN's access to a military base in Kabul, according to informed sources in both organisations.The dispute followed a UN r
  • Eastern Aleppo: Bomb disposal units find toxic chemicals, mortars and gas cylinders in schools

    The odd sight of gas cylinders, mortar shells, and the makings of deadly phosphine gas stored in a school classroom met an RT crew in Syria that joined bomb disposal units making recently liberated areas of eastern Aleppo safe for residents to return.The Syrian army has finally gained the upper hand in the majority of Aleppo. Roughly half of the city has now been liberated from the terrorist and rebel groups that had been holding civilians as hostages there. As bomb disposal experts work to clea
  • Joint Chiefs of Staff working on a new, accelerated plan to defeat Daesh

    The US Joint Chiefs of Staff are preparing a new military plan that could speed up the defeat of Daesh, something President-elect Donald Trump promised to do on the campaign trail. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Marine General Joseph Dunford said the plan will be presented to Trump once he's inaugurated.The US, in cooperation with local forces, has "made significant progress" in the fight to destroy Daesh, Dunford said December 3 at the Reagan National Security Forum in California. But "there are
  • Pearl Harbor False Flag 75th Anniversary: Time to Admit the Deception

    Makia Freeman, Contributor
    Waking Times
    The Pearl Harbor false flag operation of December 7th, 1941 which provided the excuse for the US to enter World War 2 is about to be celebrated once again. This Wednesday (December 7th, 2016) will be the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary event. The horrific event was yet another in a long long line of false flag operations that have been carried out by unscrupulous criminals (our misleaders) over the years. Just as with the 9/11 false flag attac
  • Here's why everything you've read about the wars in Syria and Iraq could be wrong

    It is too dangerous for journalists to operate in rebel-held areas of Aleppo and Mosul. But there is a tremendous hunger for news from the Middle East, so the temptation is for the media [to] give credence to information they get second hand.The Iraqi army, backed by US-led airstrikes, is trying to capture east Mosul at the same time as the Syrian army and its Shia paramilitary allies are fighting their way into east Aleppo. An estimated 300 civilians have been killed in Aleppo by government art
  • We’ve Been Sold a Lie – Time to Stop Watching the Show

    Julian Rose, Contributor
    Waking Times
    ‘The show must go on’ as they say in the theatre. And indeed, so it would appear. Only this particular show seems to have no beginning or end. The curtain never comes down; there isn’t even an interval in which to draw breath and stretch one’s legs.
    It’s a 24/7 bonanza, and the cost of a seat is almost certain to put you out-of-pocket. In spite of which, the auditorium is full of expectant faces staring up at the unfolding scen
  • Ukraine the First to Implement the Mark of the Beast? Telecom Giant Etisalat Unveils New Injectable Microchips

    A day is coming when the Mark of the Beast will be fully implemented, and it looks like Ukraine is set to take the first dive. Telecom giant Etisalat, showcased a "new" technology, injectable microchips.
  • After Dakota Access Pipeline victory, veterans may be headed to Flint, Michigan

    US military veterans who backed Native American tribes in protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through the Standing Rock Sioux water source may be headed to Michigan next, where the city of Flint is still dealing with lead in the water.The Army Corps of Engineers announced on Sunday that it would not approve the easement allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to be built under Lake Oahe, the primary water source of the Standing Rock Nation. The decision came after months
  • Australian Border Force warns illegal tobacco trade national security risk, may be fueling terrorism

    Australians may not equate illegal tobacco smuggling with drug trafficking or terrorism fundraising, but senior border security officials are warning it may be fuelling both and posing a national security risk.In an exclusive interview with the ABC's 7.30 program and Fairfax Media, Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Wayne Buchhorn — who has been seconded to Australian Border Force (ABF) — said he had "significant" concerns that some of the proceeds of the booming illici
  • The rules of the Trump game

    Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis, chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to be the new head of the Pentagon, is a model functionary of the Empire of Chaos.His call sign is - what else - "chaos". The Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) even shared his regular accolade; "Saint Mattis of Quantico, Patron Saint of Chaos". The Saint in his pop incarnation comes fully equipped with a grenade and a knife.Mad Dog may indeed be seen by the real world as, well, a mad dog; he was on the front line
  • Blazing meteor fireball sighting over Scotland was probably meteorite

    A sighting of a fireball blazing its way across the sky near Annan has prompted more reportsAn appeal by the UK Meteor Observation Network (UKMON) for sightings at about 5.15 pm last Wednesday prompted an account from someone driving from Eaglesfield to Annan.Adding to the reports, Helen Carruthers said: "I saw a very bright white light for a few seconds as I was walking the dog in Ecclefechan on Wednesday at the time stated, and it travelled from left to right, then just disappeared."Ed Woodman
  • Blazing fireball sighting over Scotland was probably meteorite

    A sighting of a fireball blazing its way across the sky near Annan has prompted more reportsAn appeal by the UK Meteor Observation Network (UKMON) for sightings at about 5.15 pm last Wednesday prompted an account from someone driving from Eaglesfield to Annan.Adding to the reports, Helen Carruthers said: "I saw a very bright white light for a few seconds as I was walking the dog in Ecclefechan on Wednesday at the time stated, and it travelled from left to right, then just disappeared."Ed Woodman
  • Jill Stein raises her funding goal to $9.5mm as Green Party stops PA recount: Last chance to cash in?

    After weeks of debate and theorizing as to why Jill Stein suddenly felt compelled to back Hillary Clinton and force recounts in three states Trump won by low margins, the truth may finally be surfacing.Jill Stein started her recount campaign with a total goal of $2.5 million on November 24th. Stein then increased her fundraising target $7.0 million.Funds started to come in. Emboldened by her "success", Stein decided raise the "goal" to $9.5 million.Stein attributed the cash increase to "higher c
  • Eastern Aleppo militants preparing to surrender to gov't forces

    On Monday Syria's Al-Watan newspaper reported that armed groups occupying eastern Aleppo are in talks with the Syrian army about giving up their weapons and leaving the area, following a series of demoralizing defeats to government forces.Israel Shamir, an expert in Middle Eastern affairs, told Radio Sputnik that reports from news outlets supporting the militants also give credence to the story."Right now in Aleppo there is a kind of situation in which it is very hard to try and predict anything
  • Daesh insurgents' defeat in Sirte marks new chapter for Libya

    Libyan forces have announced that after six months of fierce fighting to vanquish Daesh from the coastal city of Sirte, the city has been liberated."Our forces have total control of Sirte," Reda Issa, a spokesperson for pro-government forces, told AFP.Earlier on Monday the final few dozen Daesh insurgents, left in the Ghiza Bahriya district, surrendered to the Libyan forces, officials said. It is likely that the extirpation of Daesh from the city will throw into stark relief the tensions between
  • 213 killed by elephants in three years in the state of Odisha, India

    As many as 213 persons have been killed in elephant attacks in Odisha in the last three years from 2013 to 2016, said Environment, Forest and Climate Change minister Anil Madhav Dave answering an unstarred question raised by BJD parliamentarian Narendra Kumar Swain on Monday.67 persons in 2013-14, 65 persons in 2014-15 and 81 persons in 20115-16 were killed in jumbo attacks in the state, the information read.While only one person was killed in tiger attacks in Odisha, 101 persons were killed in
  • Mainstream media attacks force 'climate heretic' Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. out of research

    Scientist quits research after attacks by Media, activists & Obama Admin'My research led me to a conclusion that many climate campaigners find unacceptable: There is scant evidence to indicate that hurricanes, floods, tornadoes or drought have become more frequent or intense in the U.S. or globally. In fact we are in an era of good fortune when it comes to extreme weather. This is a topic I've studied and published on as much as anyone over two decades.'Intimidation Works! Dr. Pielke Jr. in
  • Jordanian F-16 fighter jet crashes, pilot killed

    A Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed on Monday during an exercise flight, leaving the pilot dead, local media reported.According to state-run Petra News agency, the aircraft crashed shortly after take off due to technical reasons.The killed pilot was identified as Maj. Ayed Ahmad al-De'ajah, the media outlet said, citing its source.
  • Fundraiser for Trump-Pence assassination uncovered on Dark Web

    A Dark Web website is trying to raise money and gather expert advice with a view to allegedly assassinating President-elect Donald Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence.The site, which CSO reports went live last week, calls for assistance to fund an assassination attempt against Trump, and features an image of the president-elect in crosshairs. The website is located on the Dark Web, and can be accessed only using the Tor browser, which masks IP addresses.
  • ISIS declares 'Bloody Friday' on Trump's inauguration day

    Islamic State is planning a 'Bloody Friday' assault on the same day as Donald Trump is inaugurated as US president, it can be revealed.And the Islamic terror organisation is reported to have recruited a number of new English speaking operatives in recent months in a major bid to communicate messages ahead of the event.US special forces will be on high alert when Mr Trump takes over as 45th President of the United States on Friday, January 20, 2017, in Washington, DC.But security analysts have be
  • It took thousands of years, but we finally have a digital sundial

    From around 1500 BCE, right up to the 14th century, many of our ancestors figured out the time using a sundial - you know, those triangular devices that cast a shadow on a dial below, revealing what hour it was.They might not be as accurate as the clocks we have today, but sundials still work based on the simple premise of the Sun's predictable shift in position as our planet spins. And now a French engineer has finally brought the device into the digital age, creating a 3D-printed sundial that
  • Strange, electric blue clouds have appeared over Antarctica way earlier than expected

    Each year, an eerie mass of bright blue clouds descends over Antarctica, as sunlight is reflected though dense layers of ice crystals to create a brilliant, glowing haze that can be seen from space.But according to new images recorded by NASA, those otherworldly clouds made their annual appearance way earlier than expected this year, and scientists are struggling to explain why we got a two-week head-start on the South Pole's 'night-shining' event.
  • Daesh militants arrest 35 former Iraqi intelligence officers in Kirkuk

    Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) militants captured 35 former members of Iraqi military intelligence service near the city of Hawija in the Kirkuk province of Iraq, media reported on Monday."IS militants arrested this night 35 former intelligence officers of the Iraqi army... to the west of the city of Hawija, and took them to the undisclosed direction," a law enforcement source was quoted as saying by Al Mada Press.The officers were detained for "cooperation with the Iraqi security forces," which
  • SOTT FOCUS: Terror at Work: Terrorists Bombs, Western Military Coordinates Kill Russian Paramedic in Aleppo

    As soon as the headlines broke of militants having shelled a mobile Russian hospital in Aleppo, killing a female paramedic and wounding two doctors, the smell of a deliberate provocation hung heavy in the air.How did the terrorists know where a mobile hospital was? I dare say they wouldn't. They would have to be given the coordinates by we know whom: US, UK or French intelligence.
    This action is similar to the deliberate bombing of Syrian troops in Deir ez-Zor: a war crime designed to stop the l
  • New evidence suggests Parkinson's might start in the gut, not the brain

    A new study adds to a growing body of research that suggests we might have been thinking about Parkinson's disease wrong this whole time.Instead of being isolated to the brain, new evidence in mice suggests that the condition might actually start in the gut. And it could explain some of the strange coincidences seen in the disease, such as why most Parkinson's patients complain of constipation up to a decade before other symptoms arise.Parkinson's disease is most commonly associated with tremors
  • Euro plunges to 20-mth low as Italians reject PM Renzi's policy

    The European common currency plunged on Monday, as Italy voted against constitutional reforms proposed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who is resigning.The 'No' vote won by 60 percent, and the outcome is seen as a rejection of Renzi and his leadership. Ahead of the referendum, Renzi promised that he would step down if his proposed constitutional reforms were not approved.The euro slid to $1.051 against the US dollar during early morning trading before rebounding to $1.0647.Market reaction in Ita
  • Merchant of doubt: Did the DEA nail an international weapons dealer, or hang a CIA asset out to dry?

    In the late evening of December 15, 2014, agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration descended on a hotel in Podgorica, Montenegro, to take into custody a man arrested by local authorities for arms trafficking.Flaviu Georgescu, an American citizen from Romania, had been in the DEA's sights for years. A tall, heavyset man in his mid-40s with close-cropped hair, Flaviu worked as a private security contractor in Bucharest.Over the past several months, Flaviu had been meeting with a Colombia
  • Libyan army seizes control of the country and declares state of emergency

    In an apparent attempt to restore stability in the beleaguered country, Libyan armed forces have declared a state of emergency, temporarily putting all democratic processes on hold.Ali Katrani, head of the Presidential Council at the Government of National Accord, told Sputnik that the state of emergency imposed by the military heralds the beginning of a transition period that will allow Libya to restore its territorial integrity.The military, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, will take charg
  • Ramstein US air base and central relay for drone warfare "is in violation of federal and international law and must be closed"

    Ramstein is illegal under international law and has to be closed - HunkoThe Federal Government has acknowledged that the US military base Ramstein is involved in American drone warfare. Ramstein is key in the monitoring and evaluation of drone strikes. This was put into motion by a request from Andrej Hunko from the Linkspartei. Sputnik has been following up on this.Comment: Berlin finally admits US using Ramstein for 'extra-legal' drone killingsMr Hunko, the Federal Government has admitted for
  • Dem leaders' short-sightedness, ineptitude causes loss of entire generation of congressional leaders

    You might have missed the news this past week that Rep. Xavier Becerra will leave Congress to become California's attorney general. Becerra wasn't the highest-profile member of Congress. But his departure is a piece of a broader exodus of Democratic House members once regarded as the next leaders of the party in Washington.
    For Becerra, the move makes sense. His stock in Washington had fallen somewhat in recent months, and with Rep. Nancy Pelosi's reelection as minority leader last week —
  • Yemeni forces continue advances, capture military base in Southern Saudi Arabia

    The Yemeni army and popular forces continued their advances in the Southern provinces of Saudi Arabia, and took control of a military base in Najran province."The Yemeni forces captured a military base with all its military equipment near the city of Najran," Senior Ansarullah Commander Ali al-Hamzani told FNA on Monday.He said that the Yemeni army and popular forces have intensified their military operations deep inside Saudi Arabia as they are sustaining further losses and casualties.Al-Hamzan
  • Anonymous Collective - Web Warriors Or CIA Psy-Op?

    I believe the CIA, Mossad, FBI, or some other shadowy alphabet government agency could not only be behind the information we've been seeing coming out of wikileaks - but they could also be behind, or encouraging, the internet group "Anonymous" which se ...
  • Snowden: Ex-CIA Director Petraeus, running for Secretary of State, 'shared far more classified info than I ever did'

    Whistleblower Edward Snowden is surprised at the leniency shown to CIA Director General David Petraeus, who is in the running forWhistleblower Edward Snowden is surprised at the leniency shown to CIA Director General David Petraeus, who is in the running for Secretary of State. He "shared information that was far more highly classified than I ever did. He "shared information that was far more highly classified than I ever did," he told Yahoo Global News.By Snowden's account, Petraeus - who share

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