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BuzzFeed 'reports' Trump "personally instructed" Cohen to lie to Congress about Moscow project - UDATE: Buzzfeed story completely discredited

BuzzFeed 'reports' Trump "personally instructed" Cohen to lie to Congress about Moscow project - UDATE: Buzzfeed story completely discredited

President Trump instructed his former longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to congress about negotiations to construct a Moscow Trump Tower, according to BuzzFeed, citing two federal law enforcement officials who leaked the information. Trump also supported a plan hatched by Cohen to visit Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign in order to personally meet Vladimir Putin to see if it would help get the project off the ground. "Make it happen," Trump allegedly told Cohen. And even as Trump told the public he had no business deals with Russia, the sources said Trump and his children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., received regular, detailed updates about the real estate development from Cohen, whom they put in charge of the project. - BuzzFeed

Severe sandstorm in Egypt leaves at least five people dead

Severe sandstorm in Egypt leaves at least five people dead

At least five people were killed in Egypt by a severe sandstorm that struck several parts of the country on Wednesday. According to local media reports, one person was killed and two others injured when a building partially collapsed in the northeastern Port Said province. Another four people reportedly lost their lives when a bus overturned in the northern Kafr al-Sheikh province. The Egyptian authorities have suspended activity at four of the country's seaports due to inclement weather, while several roads in capital Cairo have been shut until further notice. Egypt's official meteorological agency has predicted "several days" of heavy winds, which, it warned, may disrupt maritime navigation in the Mediterranean and Red Sea.

Pipeline explosion kills 21, burns 70+ in central Mexico

Pipeline explosion kills 21, burns 70+ in central Mexico

A pipeline explosion north of Mexico City has killed at least 21 and injured more than 70 people who had been gathered around the ruptured Pemex line collecting free fuel. Another blast came minutes later near San Juan del Rio. The pipeline had been spewing fuel for several hours near Pemex's Tula refinery, and hundreds of people had reportedly gathered round with plastic containers and even vehicles to grab whatever fuel they could carry - rendering the eventual explosion that much more deadly. Videos posted on social media, apparently from the scene, show flames shooting dozens of meters upwards as people scurry around screaming. Pemex said in a statement that the fire was because of illegal siphoning at the Tuxpan-Tula pipeline in Tlahuelilpan. The site has been secured by the Mexican Army, according to Hidalgo state Governor Omar Fayad. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has made cracking down on fuel thieves a priority, stating that the siphoning cost the government over...

Macron's 'revolution' is failing: The French are fed up

Macron's 'revolution' is failing: The French are fed up

Jean-Baptiste Moreau, a farmer who splits his time between parliament and his cow sheds, thought he would be part of the solution to France's political problems when he was elected. The 41-year-old won a seat in parliament in June 2017 in what some commentators termed a "velvet revolution" led by President Emmanuel Macron, which saw grumpy voters turf out a whole generation of MPs from the country's main political parties. Macron's victorious centrist movement filled half its parliamentary seats with people who had never held political office before, including Moreau, who posted a picture on Twitter of himself delivering a calf on Christmas Day. But less than two years after the biggest turnover in political personnel in 60 years, France has faced another anti-elite revolt led by "yellow vest" protesters commanding widespread public support.

Fox News ramps up another round of Russophobia with 'photos of new Iskander base' near Ukrainian border

Fox News ramps up another round of Russophobia with 'photos of new Iskander base' near Ukrainian border

But research into the photos and cross-checking of news reports reveals only the standard anti-Russian narrative that has gone on for years. Fox News obtained satellite photos that claim that Russia has recently installed new Iskander missile batteries, one of them "near" to the Ukrainian border. However, what the Fox article does not say is left for the reader to discover: that in regards to Ukraine, these missiles are probably not that significant, unless the missiles are much longer range than reported: The intelligence report provided to Fox by Imagesat International showed the new deployment in Krasnodar, 270 miles from the Ukrainian border. In the images is visible what appears to be an Iskander compound, with a few bunkers and another compound of hangars. There is a second new installation that was discovered by satellite photos, but this one is much farther to the east, in the region relatively near to Ulan-Ude, a city relatively close to the Mongolian border.

Moscow sanity will prevail: Why a Russia-Ukraine war is highly unlikely

Moscow sanity will prevail: Why a Russia-Ukraine war is highly unlikely

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine will not escalate beyond minor skirmishes in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Lately, there has been an increasing number of voices suggesting the possibility of a large-scale armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Russian and Ukrainian media alike have published stories expressing this very idea. With that in mind, let us look at the likelihood of an actual war breaking out between Moscow and Kiev under present circumstances. When assessing the probability of a conflict between the two countries, both Russian and Ukrainian military officials and analysts usually start by breaking down the balance of forces, the capabilities of both sides, the proficiency of their respective troops, and the tactical and technical characteristics of their weapons. What they tend to overlook, however, is military-political aspects, as well as strategic and tactical components. Not to mention, some of the assessments and predictions are alarmist in nature,...

Earth may be in the middle of a giant asteroid spike

Earth may be in the middle of a giant asteroid spike

Like a motorcycle windshield splattering bugs on the highway, Earth's atmosphere is constantly deflecting tiny bits of extraterrestrial rock, dust and other space garbage that get in the way of our planet's 67,000-mph (107,000 km/h) joyride. Occasionally, that debris breaks through - as it did 66 million years ago, when an asteroid the size of Manhattan crashed into the Gulf of Mexico and killed the dinosaurs. That impact was singularly catastrophic. But, according to a new study published today (Jan. 17) in the journal Science, that smashup was also just one episode in an ongoing spike of gargantuan asteroid impacts bombarding our neck of the solar system. After studying 1 billion years of asteroid craters on the Earth and moon, the study's authors found that the rate of huge asteroid impacts on Earth has nearly tripled in the past 290 million years - and nobody's sure why. "It's perhaps fair to say it was a date with destiny for the dinosaurs," study co-author Thomas Gernon,...

Nancy denied! President Trump seizes Pelosi's aircraft, cancels 'foreign trip' over shutdown

Nancy denied! President Trump seizes Pelosi's aircraft, cancels 'foreign trip' over shutdown

President Trump abruptly "postponed" Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned foreign trip Thursday; saying he was "sorry to inform" the left-wing leader that her overseas excursion would be "rescheduled" over the government shutdown. "President Trump on Thursday appeared to deny military aircraft to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a foreign trip just minutes before the congressional delegation was set to depart, in a stunning response to her call to delay the State of the Union address amid the government shutdown," writes Fox News. "Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over. In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate," Trump wrote in a letter to Pelosi. "I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in...

SOTT FOCUS: War Whores Scramble to Say Syria Attack Means U.S. Troops Must Remain

SOTT FOCUS: War Whores Scramble to Say Syria Attack Means U.S. Troops Must Remain

A suicide bombing in Manbij, Syria has reportedly killed 19 people including four Americans, two of whom were US soldiers and two of whom worked with the US military. ISIS, which has an extensive history of falsely claiming responsibility for attacks it had nothing to do with, has claimed responsibility for the attack. Despite the fact that ISIS would claim responsibility for a housewife stepping on a Lego block, and despite the complete absence of evidence that it had anything to do with the deadly explosion, all the usual cheerleaders of endless war are pointing to the Manbij suicide bombing and shrieking "See?? Trump said ISIS is defeated and it's not!" "ISIS is still a very real threat here," CNN international corespondent Clarissa Ward told Jake Tapper from northern Syria. "And the real concern that we are hearing over and over again on the ground, Jake, is that when US troops withdraw, a power vacuum is created, and that only gives them more strength." Virulent Syria war...

BEST OF THE WEB: What is Liminality? Understanding social hysteria in the West

BEST OF THE WEB: What is Liminality? Understanding social hysteria in the West

Radical changes of identity, happening suddenly and in very brief intervals of time, have proved more deadly and destructive of human values than wars fought with hardware weapons. -Marshall McLuhan, Laws of Media: The New Science Probably most people reading this-especially if they spend a lot of time on the Internet-are aware of the growing phenomenon of "social justice warriors" with hair-trigger mouths and clicking mice, fiercely practicing intolerance in the name of tolerance. Earlier this year, in the small (pop: 6000) Canadian town where I live, a group called Culture Guard were scheduled to speak at the local Royal Canadian Legion. The subject was a nationwide, multi-leveled educational program called SOGI (Sexual Orientation Gender Identification), ostensibly directed towards encouraging "tolerance." Culture Guard is a conservative organization whose mission is to uphold citizen-driven democracy and community values and expose what they call the "tyranny of politically...

Dozens report seeing meteor fireball over northern New England

Dozens report seeing meteor fireball over northern New England

A meteor almost surely traveled across the sky over northern New England early Wednesday night, substantiated by numerous reports in the area. At least two dozen people from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts submitted fireball reports though the American Meteor Society's website. Reports were submitted from 5:20 p.m. to 6:04 p.m., indicating the flash happened at about 5:15 p.m. Most people said it lasted for 3.5 seconds. Here's a map of the reports filed on AMS:

WHO says vaccine hesitancy ranks with Ebola and HIV as global threats

WHO says vaccine hesitancy ranks with Ebola and HIV as global threats

The anti-vaccination trend has landed next to HIV and Ebola as a key global threat, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Experts say "vaccine hesitancy" risks reversing progress in fighting preventable diseases. Although various diseases that can be prevented by vaccines, such as diphtheria and meningitis, were on WHO's health threat lists before, in 2019 the organization included "vaccine hesitancy." Among other top 10 threats are HIV/AIDS, the global influenza pandemic, along with the spread of the deadly Ebola virus and Dengue fever, as well as air pollution, lack of primary care and noncommunicable diseases like diabetes. Vaccination remains one of the most "cost-effective" ways to avoid infection, WHO stated, and refusing it directly threatens to cancel out the progress made in fighting preventable diseases. The WHO listed "complacency" and "lack of confidence" among the key reasons why people reject vaccines. Anti-vaxxers usually say they fear the side effects,...

Trump/Pelosi Battle Royale - "A boundary worth fighting for..."

Trump/Pelosi Battle Royale - "A boundary worth fighting for..."

The effrontery of Ms. Pelosi, Speaker of the House, in cancelling Mr. Trump's State of the Union address in the chamber she controls is perhaps the worst insult to institutional protocol since the spring day in 1856 when Congressman Preston Brooks (D-SC) skulked into the senate chamber and smashed Senator Charles Sumner (R-Mass) about the head within an inch of his life with a gold-headed walking stick. Brooks's attack was launched after Sen. Sumner gave his "Bleeding Kansas" speech, arguing that the territory be let into the union as a "free" state, and denouncing "the harlot slavery," whom he imputed was Rep. Brooks's dearest consort. Many of us - except perhaps students immersed in intersectional gender studies - know how that worked out: a little dust-up in the meadows and cornfields known as the Civil War. We're about at that level of animosity today in the two federal houses of legislature, though it is very hard to imagine how Civil War Two might play out on the ground....

President Trump's shutdown trap?

President Trump's shutdown trap?

Has President Trump suckered Democrats and the Deep State into a trap that will enable a radical downsizing of the federal bureaucracy? In only five more days of the already "longest government shutdown in history" (25 days and counting, as of today), a heretofore obscure threshold will be reached, enabling permanent layoffs of bureaucrats furloughed 30 days or more. Don't believe me that federal bureaucrats can be laid off? Well, in bureaucratese, a layoff is called a RIF - a Reduction in Force - and of course, it comes with a slew of civil service protections. But, if the guidelines are followed, bureaucrats can be laid off - as in no more job. It is all explained by Michael Roberts here (updated after the beginning of the partial shutdown): A reduction in force is a thoughtful and systematic elimination of positions. For all practical purposes, a government RIF is the same thing as a layoff. ... Organizations must stick to predetermined criteria when sorting out what happens to...

From a senior Trump official: 'I hope a long shutdown smokes out the resistance'

From a senior Trump official: 'I hope a long shutdown smokes out the resistance'

The Daily Caller is taking the rare step of publishing this anonymous op-ed at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose career would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here. As one of the senior officials working without a paycheck, a few words of advice for the president's next move at shuttered government agencies: lock the doors, sell the furniture, and cut them down. Federal employees are starting to feel the strain of the shutdown. I am one of them. But for the sake of our nation, I hope it lasts a very long time, till the government is changed and can never return to its previous form. The lapse in appropriations is more than a battle over a wall. It is an opportunity to strip wasteful government agencies for good. On an...

The 'private governments' that subjugate American workers

The 'private governments' that subjugate American workers

Corporate dictatorships - which strip employees of fundamental constitutional rights, including free speech, and which increasingly rely on temp or contract employees who receive no benefits and have no job security - rule the lives of perhaps 80 percent of working Americans. These corporations, with little or no oversight, surveil and monitor their workforces. They conduct random drug testing, impose punishing quotas and targets, routinely engage in wage theft, injure workers and then refuse to make compensation, and ignore reports of sexual harassment, assault and rape. They use managerial harassment, psychological manipulation - including the pseudo-science of positive psychology - and intimidation to ensure obedience. They fire workers for expressing leftist political opinions on social media or at public events during their off-hours. They terminate those who file complaints or publicly voice criticism about working conditions. They thwart attempts to organize unions,...

Benghazi, the scandal 'far bigger than Watergate' still haunts Clinton, analyst says

Benghazi, the scandal 'far bigger than Watergate' still haunts Clinton, analyst says

The recent ruling by US District Judge Royce C. Lamberth may become a breakthrough in the 5-year long Clinton email scandal, Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel told Sputnik, asking how it happened that the Obama administration, the CIA and FBI had apparently overlooked "one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency". "The 'Benghazi' scandal likely involves national security offenses, money-laundering, campaign-finance crimes, charity fraud, and public corruption", says Wall Street analyst and investigative journalist Charles Ortel, commenting on a US federal judge ordering former Obama officials to answer the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch's (JW) questions on Hillary Clinton's private email issue and the Benghazi scandal. On 15 January, US District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled that former national security adviser Susan Rice, former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, fmr. secretary of state Clinton's former senior advisor and deputy chief of staff...

Structure: walls or roads

Structure: walls or roads

History is told by Walls and Roads which have marked significant turning points in the relation between peoples and states. We will discuss the story behind two walls and one road and the circumstances which surround them and their consequences. The Berlin Wall In the aftermath of World War II, Europe was divided between East and West. On one side the Soviet Union (SU) and its Communist allies and on the other the United States and its Capitalist partners. The Soviets faced a formidable task in rebuilding their sector having lost tens of millions of soldiers and civilians and facing great scarcities of resources without aid from the wealthy West. North America sought to roll-back the post war agreements and proceeded to subvert the East by promising higher living standards, greater cultural and personal freedom. The East resorted to greater control and sacrifice in order to reconstruct their economies. The unequal contest between East and West in terms of personal consumption was...

FM Zarif's #10YearChallenge tweet to Bolton: 'Same bull. Same bully'

FM Zarif's #10YearChallenge tweet to Bolton: 'Same bull. Same bully'

Javad Zarif has again shown his knack for roasting US officials on Twitter, this time mocking National Security Advisor John Bolton for 10 years of calls to attack Iran. While Bolton remains stubbornly attached to leveling clichéd digs about Iran's "malign" and "murderous" "mullahs," Zarif highlighted his opponents "delusional" aversion to change with a #10YearChallenge tweet. The challenge is the latest unavoidable internet craze sweeping social media, asking users to compare a photo of themselves with one from ten years ago. While usually serving to emphasize how things have changed, the two articles screencapped in the Tweet suggest that Bolton's desire to inflict large scale violence on Iran is one thing we can always count on. The comparison is in keeping with Zarif's tweet last week which called Bolton's "pure obsession" with Iran "the behavior of [a] persistently failing psychotic stalker." Despite Bolton's recent claim that the Trump administration is "not pursuing a policy...

Not working: Failure of 'maximum pressure' in Iran

Not working: Failure of 'maximum pressure' in Iran

Laura Rozen reports that even the Trump administration knows that its Iran policy is failing: The Donald Trump administration conducted a preliminary internal assessment of its Iran "maximum pressure" policy this month and determined that it is not working, according to a new report. The Trump administration's "maximum pressure" policy isn't working because it seeks extraordinary Iranian concessions in exchange for little or nothing, and the administration has already proven to Iran that it can't be trusted to honor existing agreements. Trump and Pompeo have paired extremely ambitious demands with reduced leverage and almost no international support. In practice, the administration's campaign is very far from bringing "maximum pressure" to bear. The administration's policy would better be described as one of "pie in the sky."

The USA doesn't even make top 20 on Global Democracy Index

The USA doesn't even make top 20 on Global Democracy Index

A new index released this week offers a sobering look at how democracy is faring in the United States. According to the 2018 edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index, the U.S. doesn't even make the list of top 20 - its demonstrably "flawed democracy" notching it the 25th spot. The ranking is based on 60 indicators spanning five interrelated categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Each category gets a 0-10 score, with the final score being the average of those five. Topping out the index are Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, and Denmark. They are each declared "full democracies," as their scores, all above 9.22, were easily above the 8.2 threshold. With a final score of 7.96, the United States, in contrast, earned the "flawed democracy" label. The country's highest score was 8.22, which it earned back in 2006 and again in 2008. North America still holds the...

35 times the FBI "Deviated from standard practice" or committed crimes in effort to exonerate Hilary and Indict Trump

35 times the FBI "Deviated from standard practice" or committed crimes in effort to exonerate Hilary and Indict Trump

The FBI leadership under the Obama Administration took many actions that deviated from standard practice [i.e. were corrupt and criminal] in their efforts to exonerate Hillary from her crimes and then spy and frame candidate and then President Trump. Today current members of the FBI are embarrassed to even turn on their TV's as a result. Time magazine of all places reported recently about the many efforts the FBI took related to Hillary exoneration and then the Trump framing. These corrupt and criminal actions have taken a desperate toll on the current members of the FBI - In normal times, the televisions are humming at the FBI's 56 field offices nationwide, piping in the latest news as agents work their investigations. But these days, some agents say, the TVs are often off to avoid the crush of bad stories about the FBI itself. The bureau, which is used to making headlines for nabbing crooks, has been grabbing the spotlight for unwanted reasons: fired leaders, texts between lovers...

Ted Cruz: Pelosi terrified of Trump speaking directly to Americans during State of the Union

Ted Cruz: Pelosi terrified of Trump speaking directly to Americans during State of the Union

Sen. Ted Cruz said the reason House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to delay the State of the Union is simple: She fears President Trump speaking directly to the American people during the government shutdown. The Texas Republican told BlazeTV's "Capitol Hill Brief" this week that public statements by Democrats on the State of the Union are rhetorical smoke and mirrors. The California Democrat claimed security concerns prompted her to request a delay in his Jan. 29 speech to the nation. She later shifted her position to a matter of principle, given that Secret Service agents would be required to work the event and then receive back pay at a later date.

Named after ancient Egyptian god of evil, darkness and destruction, Apophis asteroid could strike Earth in 2068, warn Russian scientists

Named after ancient Egyptian god of evil, darkness and destruction, Apophis asteroid could strike Earth in 2068, warn Russian scientists

The ominously-named Apophis asteroid could have hundreds of opportunities to hit the Earth over the course of the next century, Russian scientists have warned. Named after the Ancient Egyptian god of evil, darkness and destruction, Apophis 99942 is expected to come within 37,600km (23,363 miles) of the Earth, just a tenth of the distance between our planet and the moon, in 2029. Researchers from the Department of Celestial Mechanics at St. Petersburg State University have warned that the 370-meter-wide near-Earth orbit space rock could smash into the planet at a speed of 7.43km per second sometime in 2068. However, to be on track for such a strike, it would somehow have to thread the cosmic needle of passing through a two-meter wide area of space during its 2029 close-Earth flyby. "The [asteroid's] approach causes a significant scattering of possible trajectories, among them trajectories indicating convergence in 2051," the report says. "Further orbital resonance reentries contain...

'They just released the Kraken' - Scott Adams predicts this State of the Union speech will feature Trump's showmanship skills

'They just released the Kraken' - Scott Adams predicts this State of the Union speech will feature Trump's showmanship skills

'Dilbert' creator Scott Adams said Americans can thank House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if President Trump delivers one of the most entertaining State of the Union speeches of all time - at a venue of his choosing. The writer behind "Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter" says Mr. Trump is creatively unshackled by Mrs. Pelosi's attempts to snub him a Jan. 29 venue in the House. Mr. Adams, who was one of the first social commenters to predict the billionaire's elector success, put it succinctly Thursday: "They just released the Kraken." Likened to an amalgamation between unstoppable sea monster and master showman, Mr. Trump will be able to craft the event in a way that accentuates his skills in Mr. Adams' view.

Immigration group files racketeering lawsuit to force Southern Poverty Law Center to revoke 'hate' label

Immigration group files racketeering lawsuit to force Southern Poverty Law Center to revoke 'hate' label

One of the most prominent groups advocating for stricter immigration went to court Wednesday to demand a judge order the Southern Poverty Law Center to stop labeling it a "hate group," accusing the self-described watchdog of running an illegal racket to silence political opponents. The Center for Immigration Studies says the SPLC's accusations that it is racist and anti-immigrant are wrong and have cost the nonprofit support and financial backing by scaring people away from doing business with the center. The center brought its challenge to U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by filing a civil complaint under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act against SPLC President Richard Cohen and Heidi Beirich, who runs the group's Hatewatch blog. Mark Krikorian, the Center for Immigration Studies executive director, says his organization doesn't meet the SPLC's definition of a hate group and the Alabama-based watchdog knows it but persists anyway - which...

Storms bring 4 feet of snow in 48 hours to Sierra Nevada resorts

Storms bring 4 feet of snow in 48 hours to Sierra Nevada resorts

Snowpack up to 103 percent of normal after slow winter start A wave of steady storms this week, capped off Wednesday night by a powerful atmospheric river event that caused the National Weather Service to issue a rare blizzard warning, brought more than four feet of snow to some Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts. The huge snowfall boosted the statewide Sierra snowpack to 103 percent of normal on Thursday, up from just 69 percent on Jan. 1. It also comes ahead of one of the biggest California ski weekends of the year, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday weekend.

Newly-elected Minnesota Congresswoman draws accusations of 'unbelievable' bigotry and anti-Semitism

Newly-elected Minnesota Congresswoman draws accusations of 'unbelievable' bigotry and anti-Semitism

Newly-elected Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar found herself in the spotlight, not for passing legislation, but for defending herself against accusations of homophobia, bigotry, and anti-Semitism from all sides. Omar's victory in November was a milestone for identity politics. But even as the first Somali-American and one of two Muslim women elected to Congress last year, accusations of intolerance have dogged her first days in office. In a tweet posted Tuesday, Omar shared a video of Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) denouncing then-candidate Trump in 2015. Now, with Graham a reliable supporter of Trump in the Senate, Omar suggested "They got to him, he is compromised!"

JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon gets raise to $31 million after bank has record year

JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon gets raise to $31 million after bank has record year

JPMorgan Chase raked in a record profit last year, and chief executive Jamie Dimon is getting a pay hike. The company's board of directors approved a $31 million pay package for 2018 that includes cash and stock awards, according to a public filing. That's 5% more than the banker received last year. JPMorgan is one of the first banks to disclose approved executive compensation for last year. In 2017, Dimon was among the highest paid CEOs in corporate America with a $29.5 million pay package. Dimon's compensation includes a base salary of $1.5 million and a $29.5 million bonus, which includes $5 million in cash and $24.5 million in stock awards.

Will Trump and Soleimani trade Iraq for Syria?

Will Trump and Soleimani trade Iraq for Syria?

Trump will pull out US forces in 30 days.... Trump won't withdraw now... Trump will pull out from Syria in four months...The US forces began withdrawing military equipment but not the personnel... Trump will maintain a 20 mile buffer zone in Syria... All these contradictory announcements have come from the White House in the last month or so, indicating some combination of the current occupant of the White House's lack of experience in foreign policy, or lack of control of his own administration. Nobody in the Middle East believes Trump. Only President Erdogan confirmed the serious intention of the US to withdraw from Syria but was knocked down by Trump's threat to "cripple the Turkish economy if Turkey attacks the Kurds". But soon after Trump's threat to Erdogan, he again changed his mind and suddenly announced a new plan for a buffer zone "to protect the Kurds", Turkey's worse enemies in the Levant. Trump is signaling a high degree of confusion about his intention to stay or...

DOJ to question Ecuadorian Embassy staff following Guardian's fake news Manafort / Assange psy-op

DOJ to question Ecuadorian Embassy staff following Guardian's fake news Manafort / Assange psy-op

The US Department of Justice is to question six staff from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London following the Guardian's controversial article alleging Paul Manafort visited Julian Assange, according to WikiLeaks. The DOJ issued formal requests on January 7 to "interrogate six former diplomats & staff at Ecuador's London embassy following Guardian's fabricated story of Assange-Manafort meetings," the whistleblowing organization tweeted Thursday. The interviews scheduled by Ecuador's Attorney General's office are to take place on Friday in Quito, Ecuador.

Snow covers Amman as winter storm sweeps across Jordan

Snow covers Amman as winter storm sweeps across Jordan

Authorities evacuated, between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, 131 snowbound people, after a deep, fast-moving polar front brought heavy snow to the northern and central parts of the Kingdom, according to authorities. Snow started falling over the mountainous areas of the northern region on Wednesday afternoon, and by evening, the central parts, including the capital, also received heavy snow that quickly blocked streets in areas located 900 metres above sea level. By Thursday noon, all of the country's roads were open to traffic, according to the Public Security Department. Ras Munif in Ajloun Governorate, 76 kilometres northwest of Amman, recorded the highest snow accumulation at 15cm, according to Raed Rafid Al Khattab, head of the weather forecast section at the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD).

California mountain blizzard may bring up to 100 inches of snow

California mountain blizzard may bring up to 100 inches of snow

A large storm is coming ashore on the California coast and it's bringing flooding rains and heavy mountain snow. Above 5,000 feet, the snow is being measured in feet. Multiple feet. Blizzard and Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for those areas expected to receive 80-100" of snow from the time the snow started yesterday through Thursday evening. That's more than 8 feet of snow in just a days of days. To put that in perspective, that is more snow than Roanoke has seen in 5 years.

Motorist pulls Prince Philip from his wrecked car near Sandringham Estate

Motorist pulls Prince Philip from his wrecked car near Sandringham Estate

The Duke of Edinburgh is recovering following a horrific car crash that saw his car overturn. Prince Philip was left "shocked and shaken" but unhurt following the collision on the A149 near Sandringham, Norfolk, yesterday afternoon. Motorist Roy Warne witnesses the crash and has told how he helped the 97-year-old get out of his wrecked Land Rover through the sunroof. He said the Range Rover collided with another vehicle before rolling all the way over and coming to a rest on its side. Mr Warne, 75, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I was driving home and I saw a car - a black Range Rover - come out from a side road and it rolled and ended up on the other side of the road and there was a huge collision with another car.

Russia's Paradise Lost: How National Geographic saw Crimea, before the coup

Russia's Paradise Lost: How National Geographic saw Crimea, before the coup

Crimea, 2011, "Russia's Paradise Lost" The National Geographic Magazine featured Crimea in its April, 2011 issue. The article can be seen here, though to read the whole thing, you have to enter your email address and agree to get promotions from the magazine. The headline on the first page of text: "The Past is never past in Sevastopol." On that first page, we find a 70-year-old grandmother saying "Sevastopol is a Russian city, and we will never put up with the fact that Ukraine is in charge."

Insane in the Ukraine: Kiev parliament passes law on 'robbing church property'

Insane in the Ukraine: Kiev parliament passes law on 'robbing church property'

Ukrainian lawmakers have passed a law on church property changing hands after last-minute changes to its most controversial parts, such as the arbitrary seizure of churches which has been made a bit more difficult. The legislation, passed by the Ukrainian parliament on Thursday, was filed in 2016 and was widely perceived to be part of Kiev's campaign to curb the influence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the self-governing branch of the Russian Orthodox Church. The controversial bill dubbed 'robbing church property' sought to amend Ukraine's law on religious freedoms by establishing a procedure, under which a religious community could formally change its allegiance. It said 'self-identified' members, or a community, could hold a gathering and vote to switch from one religious organization to another by a simple majority. This would result, among other things, in the property belonging to the community, like a church building, changing hands.

Avalanche in India kills 5, another 5 missing

Avalanche in India kills 5, another 5 missing

At least five people died while five others are trapped after an avalanche hit Khardunga La in Ladakh on Friday, 18 January. According to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by an avalanche at 7 am. Rescue operations are currently underway with the police, army and the SDRF trying to rescue the trapped people. However, it has not yet been established whether the persons in the truck were civilians or security force personnel.

US Christians protect Christians in the Middle East while ignoring persecution in the West

US Christians protect Christians in the Middle East while ignoring persecution in the West

ISIS represents the single most prominent national or pseudo national entity that makes the persecution of Christians a central part of its activity. The would-be Islamic Caliphate is widely understood to be on its last legs, having been destroyed or driven out of most of the Syrian territory and Iraq, which it had gained in surprisingly swift conquests during the administration of US President Barack Obama. However, ISIS is not the only persecutor of followers of Jesus Christ. In fact, Christianity is by far the most widely persecuted religion on earth, with the last 100 years seeing more martyrdoms than in the entire history of Christianity before. In this video, released by Fox Entertainment, Dede Laugesen discusses the activity of Christians in the US moving to help those abroad. The video is well worth watching, but with additional considerations. Persecution of Christians has many forces, and although this piece largely concerns itself with causing the physical death of...

French police and protestors clash ahead of Macron visit to Souillac

French police and protestors clash ahead of Macron visit to Souillac

French demonstrators scuffled with armed police as they await Emmanuel Macron's visit to Souillac. The town in southwest France has been locked down in anticipation of the presidential visit. Videos circulating on social media shows protesters gathering in front of police who prevent them from passing. On Boulevard Louis Jean Malvy, demonstrators are seen attempting to shove their way past the line of police, while singing and chanting can be heard as people call for Macron's resignation.

New study claims global warming is causing colder winters and more snow in Europe

New study claims global warming is causing colder winters and more snow in Europe

From the "with models, we can make anything believable" department. New paper argues for a stronger influence of Arctic sea-ice loss on recent Eurasian cooling, thus causing colder winters and more snow in Europe due to climate change. A reconciled estimate of the influence of Arctic sea-ice loss on recent Eurasian cooling https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0379-3 (paywalled) Abstract Northern midlatitudes, over central Eurasia in particular, have experienced frequent severe winters in recent decades1,2,3. A remote influence of Arctic sea-ice loss has been suggested4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14; however, the importance of this connection remains controversial because of discrepancies among modelling and between modelling and observational studies15,16,17. Here, using a hybrid analysis of observations and multi-model large ensembles from seven atmospheric general circulation models, we examine the cause of these differences. While all models capture the observed structure of...

Man wielding large knife - mistaken as sword by witness - arrested in Dartford, UK

Man wielding large knife - mistaken as sword by witness - arrested in Dartford, UK

A man has been arrested after brandishing a large knife at Dartford railway station this afternoon (January 18). Armed police descended on the platforms shortly before 12.45pm after reports that a man had been "seen with a sword". He was detained on suspicion of being in possession of an offensive weapon. Police say the incident is not currently believed to be terror related.

Russian national stabs woman in Norway - terror-related, say authorities

Russian national stabs woman in Norway - terror-related, say authorities

A Russian national has been arrested by Norway police, who suspect him to be the perpetrator of a knife attack which happened in Oslo on Thursday. The crime is being investigated as "terror-related" by the authorities. According to Norwegian media, the Tuesday attack happened in a store and left a woman in critical condition, after a man in his 20s stabbed her. The suspected perpetrator was arrested later and reportedly had a knife, which the police believe to have been used in the attack. Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of Norway's PST police security service, told journalists that the suspect confessed to the crime and stated during questioning that his intention was to kill several random people. His accounts confirm that it was an act of terrorism, she said.

Deep State sends reminder to Trump that ISIS still exists

Deep State sends reminder to Trump that ISIS still exists

Military commanders warned President Donald Trump on December 26 during his surprise visit to Iraq that -- despite his claims to the contrary -- ISIS was not entirely defeated in Syria. People familiar with the President's reaction said the conversation was eye-opening for a leader who days earlier claimed the terror group was defeated "badly" in the country.The warning comes into new light with the news that a suicide blast in northern Syria killed four Americans as Trump presses forward with a withdrawal of US forces from the country. The terror group has claimed responsibility for the massacre in Manbij, a northern city that American-backed forces had worked to clear of Islamic State fighters. That did not stop Vice President Mike Pence, who was briefed on the attack earlier in the day, from declaring ISIS "defeated" during morning remarks.

Czech man sets himself on fire at Prague square, 50 years after student died in anti-Soviet protest

Czech man sets himself on fire at Prague square, 50 years after student died in anti-Soviet protest

A man has been rushed to intensive care and is being treated for burns after setting himself on fire in central Prague, almost 50 years to the day since a student committed suicide by doing the same in an anti-Soviet protest. According to Prague police, the man poured fuel on himself before igniting it, shortly after 3pm. Passersby on the busy square panicked and extinguished the flames, and the man was taken to hospital with burn wounds. He has been placed into an artificial coma, and has burns on 30 percent of his body, according to an emergency services spokesperson. He is believed to be a Czech man in his 50s.

2018 testimony from Ohr shows key Justice Department officials, Mueller deputy, knew about Steele dossier early on

2018 testimony from Ohr shows key Justice Department officials, Mueller deputy, knew about Steele dossier early on

Testimony last year before a House task force investigating the Trump-Russia affair confirmed that top Justice Department officials knew about the Trump dossier earlier than first thought, and that among those who knew was Andrew Weissmann, who went on to become the top deputy of special counsel Robert Mueller. Bruce Ohr, the fourth-ranking official in the Justice Department, told the House task force that he met with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier, at a Washington hotel on July 30, 2016. At that point, Steele, recruited for the job by Glenn Simpson of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, had completed a few installments of the dossier, including the salacious and never-verified sex allegation featuring Donald Trump and prostitutes in a Moscow hotel. Ohr testified that shortly after meeting with Steele, "I wanted to provide the information he had given me to the FBI." Ohr said he got in touch with Andrew McCabe, who was at the time the...

FLASHBACK: Carl Sagan said 'reincarnation deserves serious study': Years later the results of those studies are in

FLASHBACK: Carl Sagan said 'reincarnation deserves serious study': Years later the results of those studies are in

Carl Sagan, the well-known American astronomer, astrobiologist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, and author passed away in 1996. He was very skeptical of non-mainstream work, and was the same when it came to many topics within the realm of parapsychology. Almost 20 years later, we now have substantial evidence to confirm that various phenomena within the realm of parapsychology are indeed real. Some of these include telepathy, psychokinesis, distant healing, ESP, and many others, including reincarnation. Sagan did not brush off the scientific study of these phenomena, in fact, he felt that some of them deserve "serious study." "There are claims in the parapsychology field which, in my opinion, deserve serious study," with [one] being "that young children sometimes report details of a previous life, which upon checking turn out to be accurate and which they could not have known about in any other way than reincarnation." (source) (1) He also mentions two others. One is that, by thought...

'Someone will make money by stoking fears' - Ron Paul on new US missile doctrine

'Someone will make money by stoking fears' - Ron Paul on new US missile doctrine

The new US missile defense strategy is a boondoggle for the military-industrial complex, which will drive the US into more debt and can bring misery upon multiple nations by fueling an arms race, ex-US Congressman Ron Paul said. Plans to weaponize space with a new layer of sensors unveiled by Trump as part of his administration's Missile Defense Review is an unnecessary and hard-to-implement project that is sure to enrich the military-industrial lobby, Paul told RT. "The biggest issue here is someone is going to make a lot of money on it. It reminds me of Star Wars. They've never really developed it, but people got excited about it," Paul said, drawing parallels between President Donald Trump's new endeavor and former President Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative program. Addressing the Pentagon on Thursday, Trump said that the goal of deploying ground-based interceptors to Alaska and sensors in space is to stop missile launches by hostile powers over their own territory.

SOTT FOCUS: The Health & Wellness Show: The Power of Prayer

SOTT FOCUS: The Health & Wellness Show: The Power of Prayer

For many the power of prayer can heal emotional, spiritual and physical pain and illness. Therapeutic applications like intersessory prayer, laying on of hands, meditation and mindfulness are just a few of the practices that constitute 'prayer'. What, exactly, is a prayer anyway? How do those who 'feel it's power' know it works? Researchers in the field of 'Neuro theology' argue that evidence supports a direct 'health bonus' for religious and spiritual people. What does the medical literature say about the healing potential of prayer? There have been over 1,600 published articles looking into the topic of prayer and healing. Join us on the Heath and Wellness show as we discuss the power of prayer. And stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic will be pet therapy. Running Time: 01:07:49 Download: OGG, MP3 Listen live, chat, and call in to future shows on the SOTT Radio Network!

Time to set the record straight: Even low levels of glyphosate are unsafe

Time to set the record straight: Even low levels of glyphosate are unsafe

Proponents of GMOs and Glyphosate-based herbicides and staunch believers in the EPA have long argued that low levels of glyphosate exposure are safe for humans. Even our own EPA tells us that Americans can consume 17 times more glyphosate in our drinking water than European residents. The EWG asserts that 160 ppb of glyphosate found in breakfast cereal is safe for a child to consume due to their own safety assessments, and yet renowned scientists and health advocates have long stated that no level is safe. Confusion amongst consumers and the media is rampant. Glyphosate is the declared active chemical ingredient in Roundup and Ranger Pro, which are both manufactured by Monsanto, the original manufacturer of Agent Orange and DDT. There are 750 brands of glyphosate-based herbicides. Glyphosate based herbicides are the most widely used in the world and residues of glyphosate have been found in tap water, children's urine, breast milk, chips, snacks, beer, wine, cereals, eggs, oatmeal,...

Labour councilor Maya Evans to RT: British elite reap benefits of Saudi-led war on Yemen

Labour councilor Maya Evans to RT: British elite reap benefits of Saudi-led war on Yemen

UK councils and the military sector are profiting from the war in Yemen and the ongoing Saudi-led campaign in the impoverished state, Labour councilor Maya Evans told RT. Evans even went on hunger strike in protest. Speaking to Afshin Rattansi on Going Underground, she said that, while the two week hunger strike may seem "severe," the situation in Yemen has reached a state of "dire emergency." Due to the Saudi-led military campaign - ongoing since 2015 to reinstate ousted leader Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi - some "14 million are in a state of famine, five million at risk from cholera, and 2.2 million have malnutrition." The councillor and anti-war activist says she felt compelled to resist as both a citizen and elected representative of the UK, which has been arming the Saudi Kingdom despite the bloody war. Within the first year of the bombardment, the UK provided £3.3 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, 30 times more than they had before the conflict broke out.