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Flake news: More October snow on Mauna Kea, HawaiiFlake news: More October snow on Mauna Kea, Hawaii
More snow coated the summit of Mauna Kea overnight, as the Flash Flood Watch that has been in effect for Hawaiʻi Island for most of the weekend is no longer in effect. "The road to the summit of Maunakea is closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at 9200 ft. due to high humidity, fog, wet and icy road conditions," a ranger message stated this morning. "Today, the trough aloft will continue to move slowly eastward, with a drier airmass continuing to filter across Maui County and the Big Island during the day," the National Weather Service said. "This should put an end to the threat for flash flooding or thunderstorms, and we have cancelled the Flash Flood Watch. A few heavier showers may still be possible on the Big Island, especially in the afternoon, but thunderstorms appear unlikely as the airmass dries out and stabilizes during the day."
Dissident Saudi prince: 'King Salman ordered Khashoggi's death and Mohammed bin Salman carried it out'Dissident Saudi prince: 'King Salman ordered Khashoggi's death and Mohammed bin Salman carried it out'
Dissident Saudi Prince Khalid bin Farhan Al-Saud has demanded King Salman bin Abdulaziz to abdicate the throne in favour of his brother Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi; an incident that has provoked international outrage. Prince Khalid bin Farhan, who lives currently in Germany, said: "King Salman's royal line should not be imposed as a fourth kingship. Your brothers were kings, and you also became one. It is not Saudi Arabia's absolute fate that one of your grandchildren becomes the ruler, and then the rest of your offspring monopolises the thrown afterwards. Among the Saudi Royalty, there are highly cultivated, and humane princes with a good educational level and they are popular outside and even inside the ruling family." During an interview with the German DW TV, The Saudi prince also stated: "Your brother Ahmed bin Abdulaziz is highly ethical, and you are aware of this, not only you but the whole royal family and the Saudi...
World's oldest fossils aren't actually fossils, new research suggestsWorld's oldest fossils aren't actually fossils, new research suggests
Two years ago, researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia shook the science world by claiming to have discovered 3.7 billion-year-old fossils in a rock formation in Greenland, a finding that pushed back the origin of life on Earth by 200 million years. New research is now casting doubt on this discovery, with scientists saying the rock structures are of non-biological origin. In the original 2016 study, geologist Allen Nutman and colleagues identified cone-like structures, ranging between 1 and 4 centimeters in length, in 3.7-billion-year-old rock found in the Isua formation in southwest Greenland. These structures, the researchers said, were evidence of stromatolites-sedimentary formations created by the layered growth of microbial organisms in shallow waters. At the time, it was considered the oldest evidence of life on Earth, demonstrating the rapidity with which life emerged after the formation of our planet some 4 billion years ago. The finding carried profound...
FLASHBACK: Dr. Russell Blaylock warns: Don't get the flu shot - it promotes Alzheimer'sFLASHBACK: Dr. Russell Blaylock warns: Don't get the flu shot - it promotes Alzheimer's
The government is ratcheting up its efforts to convince Americans to get flu shots. "You can't walk into a pharmacy without seeing lines, and the government is now telling preachers to tell their congregations to get flu shots," says Dr. Russell Blaylock, renowned neurosurgeon and editor of the Blaylock Wellness Report. "I've never seen anything like it. The incidence of flu across the United States is extremely low - there are virtually no outbreaks - and not a single child has died. Yet, the flu vaccine is being pushed as if it's the greatest health advance ever discovered. "The vaccine is completely worthless, and the government knows it," says Dr. Blaylock. "There are three reasons the government tells the elderly why they should get flu shots: secondary pneumonia, hospitalization, and death. Yet a study by the Cochrane group studied hundreds of thousands of people and found it offered zero protection for those three things in the general community. It offered people in nursing...
A credibility crisis in food scienceA credibility crisis in food science
The fall of a prominent behavioral scientist tells of a system where research is judged not on merit, but on the attention it gets. Your life has almost certainly been affected by Brian Wansink. Wansink is a professor at Cornell University-for nine more months, before he is to retire, as he described it to me Sunday evening, "sooner and under different circumstances than I expected." Others describe it as disgrace, an abrupt fall from a position of great prestige that casts a shadow on a highly consequential but already widely distrusted area of science: how food affects our health.
Political Chaos: Australia government suffers Wentworth by-election defeat and lose majorityPolitical Chaos: Australia government suffers Wentworth by-election defeat and lose majority
Australia's governing coalition has lost its one-seat parliamentary majority after a by-election in Sydney. Kerryn Phelps, a local doctor and popular independent candidate, comfortably won the Wentworth seat. "This win tonight should signal a return of decency, integrity and humanity to the Australian government," she told supporters. Australia has had six prime ministers in eight years, and now faces further uncertainty.
Climate change likely killer of "specialized" Australian marsupial lionClimate change likely killer of "specialized" Australian marsupial lion
The extinction of one of Australia's top predators, Thylacoleo carnifex - aka the marsupial lion - was likely a result of changing weather patterns and loss of habitat rather than human impacts, new research has found. Palaeontologists from UNSW Sydney, University of Queensland and Vanderbilt University (Tennessee) addressed the question about the demise of the marsupial lion by looking into the powerful carnivore's chemistry. By studying the chemical signature preserved within fossil teeth, the team was able to determine that the marsupial lion hunted primarily in forests, rather than open habitats. This is supported by features of the skeleton that indicate it was an ambush hunter, relying on catching its prey unaware rather than running them down across an open landscape.
Mudslide triggered by heavy rains kills 9 in Colombia, 5 still missingMudslide triggered by heavy rains kills 9 in Colombia, 5 still missing
At least nine people were killed and five more were missing after heavy rains triggered a mudslide in northern Colombia on Sunday, the fire department said. The early morning rains caused a mudslide that buried several homes in a poor neighbourhood, most of them made of wood, in the port city of Barrancabermeja, reports Xinhua news agency. "We recovered nine bodies... Five of them were minors and four adults," Fire Department Chief Alexander Diaz said. "Fortunately, three children managed to get out when the mudslide hit and are alive."
Khashoggi Fallout: Business titans fight shy of Saudi's trillion-dollar charm offensiveKhashoggi Fallout: Business titans fight shy of Saudi's trillion-dollar charm offensive
Riyadh is investing widely to wean itself off oil: but the dark allegations about the fate of dissident Jamal Khashoggi put its ambitious economic plan in perilWhen Mohammed bin Salman was touring the UK and US earlier this year, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia - and its de facto ruler - could have relied almost exclusively on businesses backed by the kingdom's money. Landing in London, "MBS" might have dispensed with his chauffeur-driven car, travelling into the capital by Uber, while his aides finalised his itinerary on smartphones powered with chips designed by Cambridge-based ARM Holdings. After glad-handing bank chiefs in the City, any investment plans they discussed could have been further developed using cloud office app Slack.
MIT professor accuses Bellingcat's Higgins of enabling war criminals to walk free in SyriaMIT professor accuses Bellingcat's Higgins of enabling war criminals to walk free in Syria
A debate between Bellingcat's Eliot Higgins and MIT Professor Theodore Postol on the alleged chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria in April 2017 got heated as the two accused each other of covering up war crimes. The opponents met on the grounds of the Center for Investigative Journalism's Conspiracy conference in London on Saturday, engaging in a bitter war of words. Not that anyone expected the meeting to be peaceful, given how Higgins earlier refused to meet the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and former scientific adviser for the Pentagon, simply calling him "an idiot."
India will retaliate with 'double the force' against any attack on its sovereignty - PM ModiIndia will retaliate with 'double the force' against any attack on its sovereignty - PM Modi
India will respond against aggressors who challenge its sovereignty with "double the force," Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stated, noting that his government is not shy of taking "bold" steps to defend the country's interests. "The strength of our Army has always been for self-protection, and it will remain so in the future too," the Prime Minister said during his speech at Police Commemoration Day, stressing that "the best technology is being made available to the Indian Army." Noting that while his government is committed to taking "big and bold" decisions, India has "never been greedy" to take someone else's land, Modi stressed. But "whosoever poses a threat to Indian sovereignty will be answered with double the force," the PM declared.
Dogs accompanied people from Near East to Europe 9,000 years ago DNA studies revealDogs accompanied people from Near East to Europe 9,000 years ago DNA studies reveal
A team of researchers from across Europe and Israel has found evidence of dogs traveling with people from the Near East to Europe during the Neolithic. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the group describes their genetic study of dogs living in ancient Europe and the Near East and what they found. Prior research has shown that dogs were living in both the Near East and Europe prior to the Neolithic. They were, in fact, the only domesticated species already present in Europe when the Near Easterners arrived. Now, the researchers in this new effort have found evidence of dogs traveling with people as they moved from the Near East to Europe and subsequently mated with the dogs already living there. To learn more about the history of dog domestication, the researchers studied 100 mitochondrial sequences obtained from ancient dog remains found in both the Near East and Europe. They used the genetic information they found to trace the lineage of dogs from the Upper...
Tulsi Gabbard weighing 2020 presidential bidTulsi Gabbard weighing 2020 presidential bid
Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is considering running for president in 2020, a source with direct knowledge of her deliberations told POLITICO. Rania Batrice, an adviser to the progressive congresswoman and deputy campaign manager on Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, has been putting out feelers for digital and speechwriting staff for Gabbard. One person approached about the positions say that 2020 wasn't mentioned explicitly, but it was heavily implied. Batrice denied that the staffers are being hired for a presidential campaign. She did not dispute, however, that Gabbard is considering joining what's expected to be a crowded field of Democratic presidential contenders.
Washington's latest cold war maneuver: Pulling out of the INFWashington's latest cold war maneuver: Pulling out of the INF
The Trump administration has decided to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), the most comprehensive disarmament treaty ever negotiated between Washington and Moscow. National Security Adviser John Bolton, a long-time opponent of arms control, reportedly will inform Russian President Vladimir Putin this week that the United States will do so. The Trump administration will also be briefing our key European allies on the decision, which will complicate relations with Germany and France who favor maintaining the treaty. This is the latest in a series of U.S. steps over the past 20 years that have put the Russians on the defensive, and led Russian President Vladimir Putin to be more assertive in protecting Moscow's interests in East Europe. The INF treaty actually eliminated an entire class of intermediate-range missiles from the U.S. and Soviet arsenals in 1987. The Pentagon opposed the treaty, and Secretary of Defense Weinberger and his deputy for arms...
Somali deportee removed from plane by cheering do-gooders was convicted gang-rapistSomali deportee removed from plane by cheering do-gooders was convicted gang-rapist
Disturbing details have emerged about a Somali migrant whose deportation to Turkey was prevented by disruptive do-gooders at Heathrow Airport. A similar case with a pitied deportee was reported in Sweden nearly three months ago. Civic-minded passengers who had boarded an Istanbul-bound Turkish Airlines flight at Heathrow Airport were able to block the deportation of a Somali man. In doing so, they prevented the extradition of a foreign criminal who was convicted in the gang rape of a young girl. The British tabloid Daily Mail revealed on Sunday that Yaqub Ahmed, a 29-year-old Somali national, preyed on a 16-year-old girl together with three cohorts after she became separated from her friends during a night out in London in August 2007.
Rethinking evolution: Researchers find evidence of rapid genome adaptation of Burmese pythonsRethinking evolution: Researchers find evidence of rapid genome adaptation of Burmese pythons
Florida has become a haven for invasive species in the United States, but perhaps the most well-known of the state's alien residents is the Burmese python. These giant snakes, native to Southeast Asia, have become well-established over the past few decades and even flourish in their new environment. "In Burmese pythons, we observed the rapid establishment and expansion of an invasive population in Florida, which is quite ecologically distinct from Southeast Asia and likely imposes significant ecological selection on the invasive Burmese python population," said Todd Castoe, biology professor at The University of Texas at Arlington and director of the Castoe Lab. "This situation had all of the hallmarks of a system where rapid adaptation could occur, so we were excited to test for this possibility using cutting-edge genomic approaches."
US Central Command: 'It's fine to kill civilians in Syria if they are in ISIS-held areas - as long as we're the ones doing it.'US Central Command: 'It's fine to kill civilians in Syria if they are in ISIS-held areas - as long as we're the ones doing it.'
The US Central Command (CENTCOM) says that it's fine to kill civilians in Syria while these civilians are trapped in the ISIS-held area. On October 21, Commander of CENTCOM Army Gen. Joseph Votel commented on a series of airstrikes on the mosque in the village of al-Susah in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, which took place last week and reportedly resulted in the killing of at least 46 civilians. According to AP, he said that he's very satisfied by the actions of the US-led coalition. "The determination that was made by the leadership on the ground that this was this mosque was not being used as a mosque," Votel told reporters traveling with him in Qatar, according to AP. "These aren't hastily made decisions." Additionally, the US-led coalition said that the targeted building was not used as a mosque. The coalition even claimed monitoring of the building "made us aware" of when only ISIS members were present. But this version does not explain dozens of killed civilians...
NATO wargames wreak havoc on Norway's railwaysNATO wargames wreak havoc on Norway's railways
A railroad connecting Oslo and Trondheim was obstructed by some unspecified NATO cargo, which blocked the passage of passenger trains and forced travelers to seek alternative routes. The upcoming NATO military maneuvers in Norway have apparently already taken their toll on the country's infrastructure; railway traffic between the country's capital and its third-largest city was disrupted due to some military cargo blocking the way. According to a Sputnik correspondent, passenger train service "from Trondheim to Oslo via Hamar" ended up being suspended due to NATO cargo carriages blocking the railway, with passengers being forced to take a bus to bypass this hurdle.
A look at Facebook's new "war room" confirms surveillance by corporation is the new AmericaA look at Facebook's new "war room" confirms surveillance by corporation is the new America
Facebook on Wednesday briefed journalists on its latest attempt to stop fake news during the election season, offering an exclusive tour of a windowless conference room at its California headquarters, packed with millennials monitoring Facebook user behavior trends around the clock, said The Verge. This is Facebook's first ever "war room," designed to bring leaders from 20 teams, representing 20,000 global employees working on safety and security, in one room to lead a crusade against conservatives misinformation on the platform as political campaigning shifts into hyperdrive in the final weeks leading up to November's US midterm elections. The team includes threat intelligence, data science engineering, research, legal, operations, policy, communications, and representatives from Facebook and Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Instagram. "We know when it comes to an election, every moment counts," said Samidh Chakrabarti, head of civic engagement at Facebook, who oversees operations in...
'No need to panic': Mad cow disease found on farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland'No need to panic': Mad cow disease found on farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland
More cows will need to be destroyed after a new case of BSE, commonly known as mad cow disease, was detected on a farm in Scotland. Scotland's chief veterinary officer has insisted there is "no need to panic" after the disease was identified at the unnamed farm in Aberdeenshire. A quarantine area has been put in place around the farm while inspectors work to establish the source of the fatal disease, known in full as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy. Medical experts have stressed that the case poses no harm to human health. Any farmers with concerns have been advised to seek immediate veterinary advice.
Hundreds of buildings across UK at risk of collapseHundreds of buildings across UK at risk of collapse
More than 41,000 apartments throughout Great Britain are located in residential high-rises which have structural defects that could lead to a catastrophe "bigger than Grenfell," a deadly fire which claimed 72 lives in London last year. An estimated 100,000 people in the UK live in high-rise apartment buildings (known in the UK as tower blocks) that have a common structural flaw, which could lead to their collapse, the Independent reported on Sunday. These residential buildings were built using the Large Panel System (LPS) method during the 1960s and 1970s; the construction method led to cracks which are sometimes wide enough for residents to be able to slide their hands between the walls. Such cracks could precipitate the collapse of entire buildings in the event of a fire or gas explosion, such as the one that led to the partial collapse of the 22-story Ronan Point tower block in 1968. Documents obtained by the Independent show at least 575 tower blocks, including two in London,...
Strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake strikes near Vancouver Island, CanadaStrong and shallow M6.7 earthquake strikes near Vancouver Island, Canada
A powerful earthquake has struck off the coast of Canada, the US Geological Survey said. Initial indications suggest it was a magnitude 6.7 quake that struck 117 miles off the coast of Port Hardy, a town on the north east end of Vancouver Island. It is believed that the quake struck at a depth of 21 miles. There are currently no immediate reports of casualties or damage following the quake and no tsunami warning has been issued.
McConnell and wife berated in packed restaurant; Diners side with MitchMcConnell and wife berated in packed restaurant; Diners side with Mitch
A group of protesters confronted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife on Friday night at a Louisville, KY restaurant - however the crowd wasn't having it. A woman who recorded the incident said that the protester "slammed his fists on McConnell's table and threw food out of the restaurant after accusing McConnell of killing people with his views," according to Fox News. Video obtained by TMZ shows at least one diner berating McConnell on issues such as Social Security at a restaurant in Louisville. The video starts with him yelling at McConnell and arguing with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao -- to whom McConnell is married. The outlet reported that four men first confronted McConnell. "Oh yeh, why don't you get out of here? Why don't you leave our entire country," the protester tells the couple. As Chao argues with the protester, McConnell appears unperturbed and sips on a drink. But other diners begin yelling at the protester, telling him to "leave him alone"...
Right rising in Canada? Meet would-be 'Toronto's next mayor' Faith GoldyRight rising in Canada? Meet would-be 'Toronto's next mayor' Faith Goldy
She promised to "Make Canada Safe Again!" and stop Toronto turning into "a sharia safe space," and in return Faith Goldy has been censured by rivals, blacklisted by major media outlets and dismissed in court. Is she a big deal? Her stunt on Friday is emblematic of the 29-year-old's role in the campaign - the plucky outsider unafraid to speak her mind, yet struggling to be heard. As the overwhelming favorite for Monday's election, the center-right incumbent John Tory, read out a routine transport announcement to a gaggle of reporters and loyalists on the street, Goldy stood to the side shouting questions about the spike in the murder rate in Canada's metropolis. As the official ignored her, and "Tory! Tory!" chants rose to drown her out, she persisted, calling the candidate "a weak man who won't fight his battles" and a "bad mayor." Yet what must have seemed a clever guerilla pr stunt in the planning received no coverage at all in leading local media.
More terrorist infighting: Huge explosion reported at Tahrir Al-Sham base in central IdlibMore terrorist infighting: Huge explosion reported at Tahrir Al-Sham base in central Idlib
A bomb-laden vehicle went off in the Central part of Idlib city in Northwestern Syria controlled by Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front), leaving tens of people and terrorists dead or wounded on Sunday. The bomb-laden vehicle broke out in al-Qosour neighborhood in Central Idlib that is under Tahrir al-Sham's control and destroyed several buildings. Al-Qosour is home to houses and base of Turkistani and other Asian terrorists, a militant-affiliated source disclosed, adding that Tahrir al-Sham and Uzbek and Turkistani terrorists laid siege on the neighborhood and kept gunmen on alert.
5,000 now heading north, mystery men hand out cash as migrant "attack caravan" regroups at Guatemala-Mexico border5,000 now heading north, mystery men hand out cash as migrant "attack caravan" regroups at Guatemala-Mexico border
A Central American migrant caravan which was temporarily delayed by the Mexican government has regrouped, resuming their advance towards the US border on Sunday, according to AP. The number of migrants swelled overnight to approximately 5,000 as the mile-long caravan set out toward the Mexican town of Tapachula. Several hundred asylum seekers have reportedly applied for refugee status in Mexico, while an estimated 1,500 remain on the Guatemalan side of the Suchiate River in the hopes of entering Mexico legally.
Japan is awash in plastic trash thanks to China's waste import banJapan is awash in plastic trash thanks to China's waste import ban
As populations rise, plastic trash piles up following the 2017 Chinese import ban. Following China's historic 2017 ban on the import of plastic waste, new data from Japan's Environment Ministry shows that local governments in the nation are foundering in garbage that they do not know what to do with. In results released Thursday, some 25 percent of 102 local Japanese governments responding to an Environment Ministry questionnaire acknowledged that the amount of plastic waste stockpiled in regional scrap companies rose sharply between January and July, as municipalities reported waste dumps reaching and even exceeding the legal limit, according to Japan Times. According to industry estimates, Tokyo sends some 1.5 million tons of plastic waste abroad annually. Until the imposition of the 2017 Beijing plastic ban, some 50 percent of that garbage was sent to China, up until then the world's largest importer of plastic trash.
Trump slams Saudi 'lies' over Khasoggi as Erdogan promises to release details TuesdayTrump slams Saudi 'lies' over Khasoggi as Erdogan promises to release details Tuesday
U.S. President Trump criticized Saudi Arabia's explanation for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that "obviously there's been deception, and there's been lies." Trump's comments on October 21 came as Britain, Germany, and France issued a joint statement condemning the Khashoggi's killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, saying there is an "urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened." On the same day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would make public on October 23 the "naked truth" about the killing of the dissident, who was last seen entering the consulate on October 2. Riyadh's explanation that Khashoggi was killed involuntarily in a "fistfight" was met with international skepticism. Saudi Arabia said 18 Saudis were arrested and several top intelligence officials were fired. In an interview with The Washington Post published on October 21, Trump said "their stories are all over the place," in his strongest comments to date.
SOTT FOCUS: "Putin's Puppet" Advances Nuclear Missile Escalations Against PutinSOTT FOCUS: "Putin's Puppet" Advances Nuclear Missile Escalations Against Putin
Yesterday the news broke that Swamp Monster-In-Chief John Bolton has been pushing President Trump to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the 1988 arms control agreement between the US and the Soviet Union eliminating all missiles of a specified range from the arsenals of the two nuclear superpowers. Today, Trump has announced that he will be doing exactly as Bolton instructed. This would be the second missile treaty between the US and Russia that America has withdrawn from since it abandoned the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002. John Bolton, an actual psychopath who Trump hired as his National Security Advisor in April, ran point on that move as well back when he was part of the increasingly indistinguishable Bush administration.
American Psychological Association wants back into Guantanamo - and the Pentagon's good gracesAmerican Psychological Association wants back into Guantanamo - and the Pentagon's good graces
A trip to the convention of the APA revealed a profession enamored with its own power, and an attempt to get back into Guantanamo after a scandal with the CIA and Pentagon A convention of professional specialists is always revelatory - if not always intellectually edifying. This is especially true of academic disciplines in the Liberal Arts. It is a species of social institution that bears its American birthmark. Now spread throughout the developed world, it was born in the United States and evolved into its present form in the post-war decades. Those were years of earnest endeavor, an optimistic belief in collective uplift, and abundance of just about everything. The distinguishing features inherited from that era are still evident, however, qualified by rampant self-promotion, commercialization and sheer size. For American intellectuals remain preoccupied with practical problem-solving energized by the can-do spirit and an undying faith in the betterment of humankind - even as...
Murderous intentions: Israel announces new 'zero tolerance' policy against Gaza protestersMurderous intentions: Israel announces new 'zero tolerance' policy against Gaza protesters
Ahead of Great March of Return protests slated to continue at the fenced border of the Gaza Strip on Friday, Amnesty International condemned Israel's reported "zero tolerance" policy toward such demonstrations, warning it likely will lead to more bloodshed after more than six months of confrontations during which Israeli forces have killed more than 150 Palestinians and injured thousands more. "Given Israeli forces' horrific track record of using deadly force against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, as well as journalists, medics, and others, the announcement of a 'zero tolerance' policy is deeply alarming," declared Saleh Higazi, deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International. Noting that "Israel has repeatedly used lethal force unnecessarily and excessively against unarmed protesters in shameless violation of international law," Higazi emphasized that "there are serious fears that this policy will further sanction the use of deadly force against...
Jacksonville: Six people shot in possible gang-related shooting, suspect still at largeJacksonville: Six people shot in possible gang-related shooting, suspect still at large
Six people have been shot at a laundromat near the Jacksonville Jaguars football stadium in Jacksonville, Florida, police have confirmed. The suspect is on the run. One man was shot in the head and a woman was shot in the hip, one witness said, according to News 4 Jax. The victims were all adults, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office tweeted, adding that three are in critical condition. "As I was securing the church, some members were coming inside and they said they heard maybe 10 to 12 shots," a local church staff member told First Coast News, adding that the area where the shooting occurred "needs a lot of help."
'Open-border propaganda on steroids': New UN document declares that migration is a human right'Open-border propaganda on steroids': New UN document declares that migration is a human right
German AfD MP Markus Frohnmaier says he is most disconcerted by the latest developments. Piled up on his desk, is a mountain of papers with the headers showing the logo of the United Nations. "Every MP of Europe, every MEP and even every mayor should be forced to read this", says 27-year-old Frohnmaier, one of the youngest deputies in the Bundestag. In September 2017, he was elected to parliament on the list of the Eurosceptic party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). "If there had not been the AfD in the German parliament, no other political force would dare to criticise this monstrous document." The document in question, is the draft text for the so-called Global Compact for Migration for UN member states. It is more or less a globalist project where all signatory states declare their will to abolish the current different categories of migrants in order to declare migration a blanket "human right".
Syrian minister says OPCW has been granted access to research centers as requestedSyrian minister says OPCW has been granted access to research centers as requested
Syria's government has approved an inspection by the joint panel of UN experts and a chemical weapons watchdog to two research centers, the deputy foreign minister told Sputnik. "We have approved all visits requested by the OPCW, including this one. It is an official inspection that pursues a specific goal. We will by no means hinder the OPCW and will let it get acquainted with our achievements - which is our commitment to obligations," Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said.
Full scale-emergency as flash floods rip through villages in south Spain - 15 inches of rain 24 hoursFull scale-emergency as flash floods rip through villages in south Spain - 15 inches of rain 24 hours
Red alerts for torrential rain in parts of Andalucia have been extended again - through until 6pm tonight (Sunday) as the province of Malaga experiences some of the worst weather seen in living memory. Many roads are blocked by flooding and rockfalls - particularly in the province of Malaga. The Serrania de Ronda has particularly badly hit with the tiny village of Jimera de Libar been particularly badly hit as the river levels suddenly rose - leaving two-storey properties almost totally submerged and cars washed away.
First real response to Khashoggi dismemberment: Germany suspends arms sales to Saudi ArabiaFirst real response to Khashoggi dismemberment: Germany suspends arms sales to Saudi Arabia
The sale of arms to Saudi Arabia by Germany cannot take place under the current circumstances, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced, referencing the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Merkel's statement comes just hours after Germany, the UK, and France issued a joint statement in which they said there is an "urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened" to the Washington Post journalist, adding that "hypotheses" proposed in the Saudi investigation must be backed up with facts.
SOTT FOCUS: Please Remember Not to Vote!SOTT FOCUS: Please Remember Not to Vote!
So, it's three weeks before the US midterm elections, and it looks like we have got ourselves a horse race! That's right, folks, once again, it's time to start playing with those forecast maps on Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight, and obsessively following the fluctuating poll numbers of congressional candidates you have never heard of competing in districts you couldn't locate if someone held a gun to your head. You need to start doing this immediately, if not sooner, as the stakes in these midterms could not be higher. Nothing less than the continued existence of "American democracy" hangs in the balance, so the ruling classes need every last one of us to get out there and vote for somebody! The fact that it only marginally matters who that somebody that you vote for is should not dissuade you from voting for somebody. Voting for somebody is your civic duty, and is no less important than rooting for a sports team, or maintaining a personal favorite color, or celebrity, or...
Could there be any sort of peaceful future for Afghanistan?Could there be any sort of peaceful future for Afghanistan?
In early October, the world commemorated the 17th anniversary of the American invasion of Afghanistan. As it's been pointed out by the Hill, it's been a tragic failure from the get-go, but for reasons few people understand. Those countries that sent their troops in the early 2000s to Afghanistan to destroy hotbeds of terrorism, exile the Taliban and ensure a lasting peace are now forced to recognize that the security situation is deteriorating rapidly in this Central Asian state. While the better part of Afghan territories are formally controlled by the government, certain key junctions are under constant attack by the Taliban. To make matters worse, all of the sins that have been plaguing this country for decades still persist to this very day. Among them is chaotic mismanagement, as the country is governed by two leaders playing against each other, namely Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani and the sitting prime minister Abdullah Abdullah. Further still, there's the growing...
Honduras and Soros behind migrant caravans?Honduras and Soros behind migrant caravans?
Just in time for the midterms, another "spontaneous" migration from Central America began with a bevy of allegedly oppressed and downtrodden Hondurans leading the way. Pressured by a threat from President Trump to cut aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador if the caravan is not stopped, some moves by these governments have been made. Yet evidence exists that these migrations are not spontaneous, with both of the governments in question encouraging them as a political and economic safety valve and a source of foreign currency, financed in part by foreign leftists with connections to George Soros. As Fox News's Laura Ingraham noticed in a tweet, this is not a walk in a national park, but an expensive and arduous journey: Who is funding the migrant "caravan"? Each migrant's passage can cost as much as $7K each. Per capita income Honduras is $2.3 K. It is doubtful that such sums came from the kiddies' college funds. Evidence of Soros funding of an earlier "spontaneous" migration...
Trump says he'll pull US out of 'unacceptable' nuclear arms deal with RussiaTrump says he'll pull US out of 'unacceptable' nuclear arms deal with Russia
The US will pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia, AP reports President Donald Trump saying. He cited Russia's alleged treaty violations, while at the same time vowing to "develop the weapons." "We are going to terminate the agreement and then we are going to develop the weapons" unless Russia and China agree to a new deal, Trump said on Saturday. Although Trump claims that Russia has violated the deal, he provided no evidence of that claim during his Saturday announcement. Trump made the announcement following a campaign stop in Elko, Nevada, just one day after the Guardian reported that National Security Adviser John Bolton was pushing the president to leave the treaty. Russia has repeatedly said it will keep strictly observing the INF treaty as long as the US does. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in October 2017 that any withdrawal from Washington would see an "immediate and mirror-like" response from Moscow.
DM Shoigu: Russian AF destroyed 122,000 Syrian terrorist targets; militants threaten Asia Pacific regionDM Shoigu: Russian AF destroyed 122,000 Syrian terrorist targets; militants threaten Asia Pacific region
The Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out over 40,000 missions, including over 21,000 sorties during the night time, in the course of their operation in Syria, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the fifth ASEAN and Dialogue Partners Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM-Plus) in Singapore. "In the course of the military actions, over 122,000 terror targets have been eliminated. The main part of the militants has been killed. In Syria, we have received the vast fighting experience which we are ready to share," Shoigu pointed out. Peaceful life was being restored in Syria, the defense minister added, noting that over 2,500 settlements across the country have joined the reconciliation process due to the work of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria. The key focus of the Middle Eastern country's authorities was on solving humanitarian issues and returning refugees to their homes, the minister noted. Shoigu also said that the return of militants to the Asia Pacific region...
'Information inadequate'! EU takes issue with Riyadh's Khashoggi death tale; Berlin may freeze arms sale'Information inadequate'! EU takes issue with Riyadh's Khashoggi death tale; Berlin may freeze arms sale
Not satisfied with the Saudi story on how journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in Turkey, EU leaders are demanding an in-depth probe, with Germany's foreign minister saying that Berlin shouldn't sell arms to Riyadh until it's finished. Germany, France, and the EU all said they want more from Saudi Arabia on Saturday, demanding a full investigation and "accountability" over Khashoggi's death. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Paris "condemns this murder in the strongest terms." He noted that while Riyadh's Friday night admission of the journalist's death is the "first step toward the establishment of truth," many questions still remain. "The information available about events in the Istanbul consulate is inadequate," said a joint statement of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. They expect transparency and more answers from Riyadh about the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death, widely painted in media reports as a gruesome murder. Maas...
Syrians in Israeli-controlled Golan Heights hold a protest against Tel-AvivSyrians in Israeli-controlled Golan Heights hold a protest against Tel-Aviv
The protests were preceded by a demonstration against the Israeli occupation, organized by the area's Druze community, who waved Syrian flags and held portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad while standing on the border with Syria. The Syrian population of the Golan Heights has gathered in the town of Majdal Shams to protest against Israeli policies in the occupied territories, Syria's SANA news agency reported. The protesters waved Syrian flags and burnt election ballots that had been distributed by local Israeli authorities. Political activist and former prisoner Bashar al-Maqt, quoted by PressTV, slammed the elections that were organized by Tel Aviv as legally void and called on international organizations to pressure Israel to abandon its policies in the Golan Heights. Bashar al-Maqt further vowed to spread the protests to other Syrian communities in the Golan Heights.
Female Syrian military journalist comments on captivity: Rebels 'threatened to dismember us'Female Syrian military journalist comments on captivity: Rebels 'threatened to dismember us'
Syria's first military correspondent has shed light on what it was like to be held captive by the Free Syrian Army rebels, revealing the "horror, humiliation, beatings and rape attempts" in an interview with Sputnik. "I am the first Syrian journalist who happened to wear body armor and a helmet; I was arrested and taken prisoner. To top it off, I am one of the first Syrian journalists wounded in the discharge of my professional duties," Yara Saleh told Sputnik. The thirty-two-year-old anchorwoman from state television channel Al-Ekhbariya arrived in the military zone 8 months after the start of the conflict that broke out in March 2011 and accompanied the government's forces for two and a half years. Yara, when answering the question of why she had chosen a profession that was so unusual for a woman of her background, said that at first she and her deceased colleague and friend Yara Abbas did not think too much about what being a war correspondent meant. As journalists, they were...
Thousands gather in London for 'biggest' anti-Brexit rally seeking a 'final say'Thousands gather in London for 'biggest' anti-Brexit rally seeking a 'final say'
Thousands of protesters are descending on Westminster for what organizers claim is the "biggest, loudest and most important" anti-Brexit demo since the vote. They insist Brexit is taking the UK to a "future nobody voted for." The participants, mainly young activists, of the so-called "March For the Future" gathered at Park Lane in the British capital at noon. They will march to Parliament Square, where they will hear speeches in support of a people's vote. "The Brexit elite can't sort out this mess - only you can: Demand a people's vote." This is the ambitious message conveyed by the People's Vote campaign group on its website. It insists that Brexit negotiations are taking British people towards "a future that nobody voted for." A petition calling for people to be given a final say on a Brexit deal has already gained almost a million signatures.
White Helmet members, foreign experts killed in huge chemical workshop blast in northwestern SyriaWhite Helmet members, foreign experts killed in huge chemical workshop blast in northwestern Syria
A sum of 11 members of the pro-militants White Helmets Organization and non-Syrians experts were killed after a huge explosion at the terrorists' chemical workshop in Idlib province near the border with Turkey, a Russian media outlet reported on Saturday. The Arabic-language website of Russia's state news agency, Sputnik, quoted well-informed sources as disclosing that a huge blast broke out at a workshop of the terrorists used for making chemicals in the small town of Tarmanin in Northern Idlib near the border with Turkey.
Ukraine secretly turning Mariupol industrial area into a military baseUkraine secretly turning Mariupol industrial area into a military base
The Armed Forces of Ukraine deployed weapons on the territory of the civil and industrial infrastructure of Mariupol. The official representative of the operational command of the DPR, Eduard Basurin, at a briefing, said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine (Armed Forces of Ukraine) secretly deployed weapons and ammunition in the territory of the civil and industrial infrastructure of Mariupol. "According to the DPR intelligence information, in the city of Mariupol, on the territory of the Ilyich Metallurgical Plant, 20 units of T-80 tanks, 50 armored personnel carriers, 20 mortars, 14 Gvozdika self-propelled self-propelled guns and 8 D- 30 ", - said Eduard Basurin. According to the representative of the DPR, the most suspicious and alarming fact is that this information is not reflected in any way in the official reports of the OSCE mission.
Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Earth's crop yields are now affected by the sunAdapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Earth's crop yields are now affected by the sun
Canadian crops destroyed by all-time record snow and cold across Alberta, Canada in October. All-time means the old records were broken by 5X as daily & monthly totals were crushed in both September and October 2018. The Eddy Grand Solar Minimum continues to intensify along with decreases in global grain yields. Sources
National disaster declared in Trinidad after catastrophic floodingNational disaster declared in Trinidad after catastrophic flooding
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has declared that the flooding nightmare that has left thousands marooned is a "national disaster." There has been a catastrophic level of flooding across many communities in Trinidad beginning Friday night. Families are being evacuated from homes in east and central Trinidad as flood waters continue to rise following two days of persistent rainfall. Just before 10am yesterday, the Prime Minister via his Facebook page stated that it is going to cost a lot of money to bring relief. He also condemned acts of looting during the disaster. He posted: "This is a national disaster, the flooding is quite widespread and quite severe and it is going to cost a lot of money to bring relief to people who have been affected. Notwithstanding whatever shortages we are experiencing we will have to find the resources to help.
Saudis now playing dumb - don't know how Khashoggi was killed, where his body isSaudis now playing dumb - don't know how Khashoggi was killed, where his body is
Riyadh doesn't know how Khashoggi was killed or where his body is, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News, just one day after his country claimed the journalist was killed in a "fistfight" inside the consulate in Istanbul. Jubeir once again stressed that the crown prince was "not aware" of Khashoggi's killing, which he dubbed a "tremendous mistake." He added that his country is working on determining what exactly happened and where Khashoggi's body is. He said the Saudi probe was initially prompted by conflicting reports of whether the journalist left the consulate in Istanbul. Jubeir also said that Riyadh wants to hold anyone responsible for Khashoggi's death to account. It comes just one day after Saudi Arabia stated that Khashoggi had died in a "fistfight" in the consulate, with authorities announcing the detention of 18 suspects in the case.