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Deutsch Bank is exposed to 49 trillion dollars in derivatives - and is melting down right in front of our eyes

Deutsch Bank is exposed to 49 trillion dollars in derivatives - and is melting down right in front of our eyes

Could it be possible that we are on the verge of the next "Lehman Brothers moment"? Deutsche Bank is the most important bank in all of Europe, it has 49 trillion dollars in exposure to derivatives, and most of the largest "too big to fail banks" in the United States have very deep financial connections to the bank. In other words, the global financial system simply cannot afford for Deutsche Bank to fail, and right now it is literally melting down right in front of our eyes. For years I have been warning that this day would come, and even though it has been hit by scandal after scandal, somehow Deutsche Bank was able to survive until now. But after what we have witnessed in recent days, many now believe that the end is near for Deutsche Bank. On July 7th, they really shook up investors all over the globe when they laid off 18,000 employees and announced that they would be completely exiting their global equities trading business... It takes a lot to rattle Wall Street. But Deutsche...

Our ruling elites have no idea how much we want to see them all in prison jumpsuits

Our ruling elites have no idea how much we want to see them all in prison jumpsuits

Even the most distracted, fragmented tribe of the peasantry eventually notices that they're not in the top 1%, or the top 0.1%. Let's posit that America will confront a Great Crisis in the next decade. This is the presumption of The Fourth Turning, a 4-generational cycle of 80 years that correlates rather neatly with the Great Crises of the past: 1781 (Revolutionary War, constitutional crisis); 1861 (Civil War) and 1941 (World War II, global war). What will be the next Great Crisis? Some anticipate another great-power war, others foresee another civil war, still others reckon a military coup is likely, and some view a collapse of the economy and U.S. dollar as inevitable. While anything's possible, I propose a novel crisis unlike any in the past, a Moral Crisis in which the people challenge the power of the nation's corrupt Ruling Elites: not just elected officials, but the technocrats of the Deep State, the vested interests pillaging the nation, the New Overlords of Big Tech, the...

Ghislaine Maxwell suddenly torpedoes her oceanic non-profit in wake of scandal surrounding close associate Jeffrey Epstein

Ghislaine Maxwell suddenly torpedoes her oceanic non-profit in wake of scandal surrounding close associate Jeffrey Epstein

Embattled socialite Ghislaine Maxwell seemingly sank her own oceanic conservancy group less than a week after her longtime associate Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on sex trafficking charges. Maxwell has been accused of acting as the convicted sexual predator's accomplice, recruiting underage girls and abusing them alongside Epstein — allegations that she publicly denied in 2015. The British native is the youngest child of late media mogul Robert Maxwell, who died in 1991 while cruising on the "Lady Ghislaine," a yacht named for his daughter. For years, she was also vocal in the press about her passion for oceanic conservancy. Now her venture, the TerraMar Project, appears to have been swept off by the tide of scrutiny and criticism that sprung up in the wake of Epstein's arrest. The nonprofit's stated intent, according to tax documents published on ProPublica and reviewed by Business Insider, was "to create a global ocean community to give a voice to the least protected, most...

What was it all for? US vets have finally turned on America's endless wars

What was it all for? US vets have finally turned on America's endless wars

It is undoubtedly my favorite part of every wedding. That awkward, but strangely forthright moment when the preacher asks the crowd for any objections to the couple's marriage. No one ever objects, of course, but it's still a raw, if tense, moment. I just love it. I suppose we had that ubiquitous ritual in mind back in 2007 when Keith - a close buddy and fellow officer - and I crafted our own plan of objection. The setting was Baghdad, Iraq, at the start of the "surge" and the climax of the bloody civil war the U.S. invasion had unleashed. Just twenty three years old and only eighteen months out of the academy, my clique of officers had already decided the war was a mess, shouldn't have been fought, and couldn't be won. Me and Keith, though, were undoubtedly the most radical. We both just hated how our squadron's colonel would hijack the memorial ceremonies held for dead troopers - including three of my own - and use the occasion of his inescapable speech to encourage we mourners...

Panic attacks and anxiety episodes may be linked to vitamin deficiencies

Panic attacks and anxiety episodes may be linked to vitamin deficiencies

With approximately 40 million adults across the United States experiencing anxiety each year, scientists and researchers have dedicated their careers to trying to better understand this condition. Despite this work, we are still somewhat unclear on what actually causes this condition to occur. Characterized by feelings of nervousness and restlessness, increased heart rate, hyperventilation, sweating, trembling, difficulty concentrating and uncontrolled worry, it has the ability to impact every area of one's life. There are many theories regarding the root cause of the condition, including genetics, brain chemistry, environmental factors or other medical factors and/or disease, however, nothing has been proven definitively. Instead, the scientific community continues to explore these leads further in the hope of an answer. One small study out of Japan may provide an important insight into the connection between nutritional deficiencies and mental health, revealing that low levels of...

Nice try, wrong missile: US botches propaganda video accusing Russia of INF violation

Nice try, wrong missile: US botches propaganda video accusing Russia of INF violation

The US mission to NATO sought to blame Russia for the expiration of an arms control treaty by posting a Twitter cartoon claiming Moscow had developed a forbidden missile - but didn't help its own argument by showing the wrong one. In a surprisingly poor-quality video, narrated by a female AI voice, the US accused Russia of developing a missile that was banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and said there was still time for Moscow to "come back into full and verifiable compliance" before the deal expires on August 2. Not only is this not true, but the missile system shown in the cartoon was the perfectly legal and completely different Iskander-M.

AOC and 'The Squad' targeted in Facebook post, police officer allegedly suggests she should be shot

AOC and 'The Squad' targeted in Facebook post, police officer allegedly suggests she should be shot

A police chief in Louisiana is promising to take action against one of his officers who reportedly posted on Facebook that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a "vile idiot" who "needs a round" but the chief said he didn't view the post as a threat. "This vile idiot needs a round," officer Charlie Rispoli allegedly wrote on Facebook Thursday. "And I don't mean the kind she used to serve." Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., worked as a bartender before she got elected. A screenshot of the comments was obtained by nola.com, which reports on the greater New Orleans area. The website said the reported post and the officer's Facebook page have been taken down.

Ivanka Trump gets dog-piled by liberals for gifting her daughter a white pooch

Ivanka Trump gets dog-piled by liberals for gifting her daughter a white pooch

President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka has faced the wrath of the eternally woke for gifting her eight-year-old daughter a white dog. Enraged liberals immediately saw Nazi symbolism in the cutesy image. In a photo posted to Twitter on Sunday, Ivanka welcomed the first four-legged addition to the Trump clan: a snow-white pooch named Winter. "Meet Winter, Arabella's birthday dream come true and the newest member of the Kushner family!" Trump gushed on Twitter, after gifting the dog to her daughter Arabella as a birthday present. Some commenters speculated on the dog's breed, suggesting Winter was part Pomeranian and part Husky. Others -seeing things through the rainbow-tinted goggles of wokeness- saw bare-faced white supremacy.

SOTT FOCUS: New MH17 Doc Reveals Evidence Tampering, Dutch Cover-up of Forged Recordings, Hidden Ukrainian Radar Records

SOTT FOCUS: New MH17 Doc Reveals Evidence Tampering, Dutch Cover-up of Forged Recordings, Hidden Ukrainian Radar Records

A new documentary film by Max van der Werff, the leading independent investigator of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 disaster, has revealed breakthrough evidence of tampering and forging of prosecution materials; suppression of Ukrainian Air Force radar tapes; and lying by the Dutch, Ukrainian, US and Australian governments. An attempt by agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to take possession of the black boxes of the downed aircraft is also revealed by a Malaysian National Security Council official for the first time. The sources of the breakthrough are Malaysian — Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohamad Mahathir; Colonel Mohamad Sakri, the officer in charge of the MH17 investigation for the Prime Minister's Department and Malaysia's National Security Council following the crash on July 17, 2014; and a forensic analysis by Malaysia's OG IT Forensic Services of Ukrainian Secret Service (SBU) telephone tapes which Dutch prosecutors have announced as genuine. The 298...

Students say Obama immigration quote racist...when they think it's from Trump

Students say Obama immigration quote racist...when they think it's from Trump

President Donald Trump announced that he would use ICE to track down and deport illegal aliens who have been convicted of a crime. The move prompted outrage from many on the Left who accused the practice of being anti-immigrant and unprecedented. Proponents of the move pointed out this week that President Barack Obama gave his support to the same policy when he was in office and bragged of deportations of criminals having increased 80 percent during his tenure.

Cow hugging: More people are turning to a variety of animals for mental health

Cow hugging: More people are turning to a variety of animals for mental health

The best therapists for silly human problems don't say a word. Even without a psychology degree, Bella's natural talents made her an excellent therapist: She is calm and accommodating of a range of personalities, with the patience to listen to endless problems without so much as a judgmental moo. From a lush, secluded pasture on the Mountain Horse Farm, a 33-acre bed-and-breakfast in the Finger Lakes region of New York, 3-year-old Bella and 2-year-old Bonnie are the highlander-angus crossbred cows that provide animal-based therapy. Cow cuddling, as the practice is called, invites interaction with the farm animals via brushing, petting or heartfelt chats with the bovines. The experience is similar to equine therapy, with one game-changing difference: Horses tend to stand, but cows spontaneously lie down in the grass while chewing their cud, allowing humans to get even more up close and personal by joining on the ground and offering a warm embrace. As more people are turning to a...

Meditation: Wisdom in the silence

Meditation: Wisdom in the silence

We all need a little peace, stillness, and balance to get us through life. Sadly, this doesn't jive with the social mold we're supposed to fit into. We're supposed to be good workers who value productivity above all else. This makes us incessantly tired, stressed, and anxious as we try to get through each day. We have no time for rest, but deep down, most of us want nothing more than to stop and relax. We'd be happy to take a break even for just a day. Most of us can't, but we can all retreat into a calm inner space - one in which our thoughts, fears, and stresses fade away - whenever we want. Meditation can be our vacation from everything in life that drains us. We can't pin it down to any specific practice; there are so many forms that it's best to find one that works for you. Whether traditional or new and radical, a meditation practice will leave you feeling like life doesn't have to be so harsh.

From vaccines to statins: Dr. David Brownstein replies to fake news in JAMA Cardiology

From vaccines to statins: Dr. David Brownstein replies to fake news in JAMA Cardiology

An article (jamacardiology_navar_2019_vp_190009) in the June, 2019 edition of JAMA Cardiology was titled, "Fear-Based Medical Misinformation and Disease Prevention: From Vaccines to Statins. In this article,[i] the author states "fake medical news" as the reason that patients are exhibiting hesitancy about utilizing statins and vaccines. The author correctly points out that in 1963, before the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was licensed, there were 3-4 million people who contracted measles each year. The immunization campaign which utilizes the MMR vaccine has decreased the incidence of measles. The author blames vaccine refusers for fueling outbreaks of measles. Yes, the recent outbreak in measles has been primarily in the unvaccinated population. However, mandating that every child receive the MMR does not guarantee a measles-free population. China continues to have measles outbreaks even though Chinese children are the most vaccinated in the world--over 99% of Chinese...

Motor neurone disease researchers find link to microbes in gut

Motor neurone disease researchers find link to microbes in gut

Scientists have found tantalising clues that the devastating condition motor neurone disease may be linked to changes in microbes that live in the gut. Studies in mice revealed that animals bred to develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of the disease that affected the cosmologist Stephen Hawking, improved and lived longer when they were given an organism called Akkermansia muciniphila. Among other substances, the microbe secretes a molecule called nicotinamide which may slow the course of motor neurone disease by improving the function of muscle-controlling neurons in the brain.

Japan's neighbors will closely observe PM Abe's policy after election

Japan's neighbors will closely observe PM Abe's policy after election

Japan's major neighbors are closely watching how the result of Sunday's upper house election will affect the regional situation, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is still believed to stick to what they regard as hawkish policies. South Korea, whose ties with Japan have sharply deteriorated over wartime labor disputes and other issues, expects that Abe may shift his hardline stance against Seoul if his Liberal Democratic Party wins the election with the support of conservative voters. But some South Korean pundits say Tokyo is unlikely to work to improve relations with Seoul even after the election, as Abe is not inclined to get along with President Moon Jae in, who has pursued leftwing liberal policies centering on social equality and egalitarianism. China, meanwhile, has been eager to boost ties with Tokyo amid trade and security spats with the United States, but it is vigilant about the possibility that Abe will push ahead with amending Japan's pacifist Constitution if his LDP scores...

'Anti-Trump' CNN presstitute defends Trump persecuting Assange

'Anti-Trump' CNN presstitute defends Trump persecuting Assange

In the endless brain fart cyclone that is the Trump era, CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta has made a name for himself posing as a martyr of the free press. While US mass media have made a theatrical WWE performance of Trump's occasional mean words toward Acosta under the banner of defending press freedoms, it has been pathetically sympathetic to this administration's attempt to actually prosecute an actual journalist, Julian Assange, under the Espionage Act. It is about time, then, that someone highlighted the irony and hypocrisy of this ridiculous melodrama by confronting Acosta on these contradictions directly. Thanks to independent video journalist Matt Orfalea, we now have footage of one such necessary confrontation taking place.

Iran busts 17 spies linked to CIA; some will receive the death penalty

Iran busts 17 spies linked to CIA; some will receive the death penalty

Iranian secret services uncovered a 17-member spy ring working against the country, according to state-affiliated media. Some of the agents have been given capital punishment. All the suspects in question were arrested by Iran's Ministry of Intelligence, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported. They were working as private contractors "in the economic, nuclear, infrastructural, military and cyber areas... where they collected classified information," the report said. Some of the suspected agents were allegedly recruited by CIA officers while applying for US visas. Others were approached on the sidelines of scientific events in European, African, and Asian countries. Tehran did not say when the spy ring was exposed, but announced the arrests were made throughout the last Iranian calendar year, which ended in March 2019. It is reported that the suspects were equipped with top-notch communication gear which they used to hand over intelligence to their American handlers. It...

Bank of America warns: 'Enjoy it while it lasts'

Bank of America warns: 'Enjoy it while it lasts'

Last August, several of Bank of America's more skeptical analysts including Michael Hartnett and chief economist Ethan Harris wrote a piece on the law of large numbers, arguing that an ever-expanding list of uncertainties would likely undercut the markets going into year-end. At the time, the main concerns were the trade war, a hawkish Fed, Brexit, Quitaly and Iran oil sanctions. And now, Bank of America once again warns that this fall, a similar set of concerns could come to a head and halt the current rally in global equity markets. As always, the trade war is at the top of the list. While BofA's economists are hopeful for a partial de-escalation between the US and China in the next few months, they are are becoming increasingly concerned that the current tariffs are permanent. With the US and China facing off across a demilitarized zone, a number of other battle fronts could emerge. The deadline for avoiding auto tariffs is mid-November. Additionally, there is a steady drift...

Who's a Kremlin agent? Boris Johnson for talking to a 'Russian oligarch' who hates Putin

Who's a Kremlin agent? Boris Johnson for talking to a 'Russian oligarch' who hates Putin

In 2019, merely being on first-name terms with a Russian makes a Western politician a pawn of Vladimir Putin, even if the Russian in question fled the country 15 years ago, and has an outstanding Moscow police warrant against him. Catherine Belton, a former Financial Times correspondent in Moscow, has produced a truly exhausting 3,500-word investigation in search of a crime for Reuters. The subject of the special report is the relationship between UK's likely next prime minister, Boris Johnson, and an exiled executive for long-defunct Russian oil giant Yukos, Alexander Temerko, though it is almost impossible to understand what the actual point of the piece is, beyond its insinuation that "MPs are increasingly wary of possible Russian influence over British politics." Russian diminutives as evidence of conspiracy We learn that "Temerko rose to prominence in the Russia arms industry in the 1990s, in the wild days that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union," though rather than the...

US military complains Venezuelan jet 'aggressively shadowed' its spy plane...and then blames Russia

US military complains Venezuelan jet 'aggressively shadowed' its spy plane...and then blames Russia

A Venezuelan Su-30 fighter "aggressively shadowed" an American spy plane over the Caribbean Sea, the US military said, claiming the jet was at an "unsafe distance" and blaming Russia for its "irresponsible" support for Caracas. Footage of the Russian-made Su-30 aircraft approaching a US EP-3 reconnaissance plane was released by the Southern Command on Sunday. The US military said the incident took place over the Caribbean Sea on July 19, but did not indicate how close the EP-3 was to the Venezuelan border, stating that the planes were in international airspace.

Ukraine snap election: Zelensky's new party gains parliamentary faction

Ukraine snap election: Zelensky's new party gains parliamentary faction

The newly formed party of Volodymyr Zelensky gained the majority of votes in Ukraine's parliament elections, while ultra-nationalist parties failed to pass threshold. The president still has to find coalition partners. Zelensky is a professional comedian who entered politics last year to successfully defeat his predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, in April in a crushing landslide victory with over 70 percent of the vote. His ability to enact his policies, however, has been undermined by a lack of representation in the parliament, where allies of Poroshenko have held a ruling majority and defeated Zelensky's numerous attempts to sack senior officials loyal to the previous president. His response was to call a snap election in his inauguration speech in May. Sunday's vote proved a reasonable success for the new head of state. His party, called 'Servant of the People' after a TV show in which he played a fictional Ukrainian president, scored almost 44 percent of the vote, according to the...

Bristol: Extinction Rebellion protester tearful over man unable to reach dying father due to protest-blocked M32

Bristol: Extinction Rebellion protester tearful over man unable to reach dying father due to protest-blocked M32

A tearful Extinction Rebellion activist has apologised to a man who was denied the chance to see his father one last time before he died because of a climate protest that left him stuck in traffic. The grieving man revealed how he had rushed to his father's bedside at Bristol Royal Infirmary after doctors told him he did not have long, but he could not get there in time because protesters were blocking the M32 into the city. He rang his local radio station to tell his story yesterday afternoon, sparking fury among listeners who branded the demonstrations selfish. After hearing the BBC Radio Bristol clip, Extinction protester Zoe Jones said she was 'incredibly sorry' but still believed she was 'doing the right thing'.

French medics are outraged: Nurse denied citizenship for working 'too much'

French medics are outraged: Nurse denied citizenship for working 'too much'

France turned down a citizenship application from an immigrant nurse because she was working too many hours. The news angered fellow medical professionals who have to work overtime due to severe staff shortages in hospitals. "We need to work more" to catch up with France's more industrious EU neighbors, President Emmanuel Macron recently stated. A nurse who spends 59 hours at three jobs per week seems like just what the country needs, but it turned out the immigration services don't share the president's views. They rejected the woman's citizenship application over a "violation of working regulations in France"where 48 hours per week is the maximum allowed. The nurse said she is going to appeal the decision and is fully backed by her colleagues, who shared their frustration online.

Macy's caves to anti-humor outrage police over funny portion plates

Macy's caves to anti-humor outrage police over funny portion plates

Macy's has removed a line of portion control dinner plates from their stores after a social justice warrior whined about them on Twitter. Ironically, Alie Ward, the SJW who lost her mind over the plates, claims to be a comedian. She is also a science correspondent for Innovation Nation on CBS. The plates in question are from the brand Pourtions which makes dinnerware and drink glasses to help control how much you eat. The smallest circle on these particular plates reads "skinny jeans," while the middle circle reads "favorite jeans," and the largest says "mom jeans." Ward claimed that the plates can "hurt people."

Monsoon death toll tops 650 with 10 million affected as rains unleash flood fury in South Asia

Monsoon death toll tops 650 with 10 million affected as rains unleash flood fury in South Asia

Severe floods and lightning have claimed the lives of more than 650 people across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, officials said Monday as the annual monsoon took its toll on the rainfed region. More than 10 million people in the South Asian countries have been affected by the deluge, which has also forced tens of thousands to flee their homes. In India, heavy rains since the start of July have killed at least 467 people with many districts in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam states cut off because of flooding. In Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, lightning strikes killed 37 people in separate incidents, a disaster management official told AFP. The latest fatalities took the northern state's toll to 228 dead.

SOTT FOCUS: Every Woman Has a Right to Have Her Scrotum Waxed

SOTT FOCUS: Every Woman Has a Right to Have Her Scrotum Waxed

Refusing to wax a woman's balls is transphobia at its most blatant... and yet here we are, in 2019, still disrespecting trans women's rights by denying them a smooth nutsack. I'm referring of course to the recent publicity surrounding Jessica Yaniv, a stunning and brave trans woman who has filed complaints against more than a dozen female waxers with the Human Rights Council in British Columbia. And what is the justification these women have attempted to make in order to disguise their obvious bigotry? Well, among other flimsy excuses, 'religious grounds' (the majority of these women are immigrants) and the bizarre claim from one of them that her husband feared for her safety due to the fact that she works from home and has small children to take care of. What on earth does a woman have to fear from a 200+ lbs trans woman who is simply asking to come round to her home and have the hairs removed from her testicle satchel?

'Wrong victims' of Syria war left voiceless by mainstream media, condemn West for their suffering

'Wrong victims' of Syria war left voiceless by mainstream media, condemn West for their suffering

Now that the Syrian Arab Army and allies have swept much of Syria clean of the terrorist groups introduced into the country by the US interventionist alliance, the civilian trauma is surfacing and is being processed. In 2005, playwright Harold Pinter's Nobel Prize acceptance speech sent shock waves around the ruling establishment. During the speech, Pinter described the US strategy of "low intensity" conflict: "Low intensity conflict means that thousands of people die but slower than if you dropped a bomb on them in one fell swoop. It means that you infect the heart of the country, that you establish a malignant growth and watch the gangrene bloom." The West established the malignant growth in Syria and the wider region, the terrorist groups are a cancer that the Syrian Arab Army and the people of Syria have been battling to contain and cauterize before it spreads to the rest of the world. The gangrene can be perceived as the trauma, the effects of this externally-fomented conflict...

'Jihad Squad' meme posted on Illinois GOP FB page angers Democrats

'Jihad Squad' meme posted on Illinois GOP FB page angers Democrats

A Republican group has distanced itself from an altered movie poster that appeared on its Facebook page, depicting four progressive congresswomen as 'The Jihad Squad'. The post sparked outrage among local Democrats. The now deleted post appeared on the Illinois Republican County Chairman's Association Facebook page on Friday evening. The image is a doctored poster from the 2013 film 'Gangster Squad', with the faces of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) photoshopped onto the protagonists. "Jihad Squad," the poster reads, with the tagline: "Political Jihad is their game. If you don't agree with their socialist ideology, you're racist."

Mindfulness meditation training may help people unlearn fearful responses

Mindfulness meditation training may help people unlearn fearful responses

Mindfulness meditation programs have shown promise for the treatment of anxiety. Now, new research may help explain why. According to a study published in Biological Psychiatry, mindfulness meditation appears to help extinguish fearful associations. "Mindfulness interventions have been shown to reduce stress and improve emotion regulation skills in numerous studies, however the neural mechanisms are still largely unknown," said study author Gunes Sevinc, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. "One of the proposed mechanisms is based on the idea that mindfulness meditation provides a context similar to exposure therapy. During exposure therapy, individuals are exposed to otherwise avoided stimuli in a safe environment and gradually learn that these stimuli are no longer threatening."

Political pawns? Wives of French police officers demand govt action amid suicide epidemic

Political pawns? Wives of French police officers demand govt action amid suicide epidemic

Rising street violence coupled with government inaction has created intolerable conditions for France's police force, according to wives of officers who spoke with Ruptly. Their concerns come amid a spike in police suicides. Weekly Yellow Vest demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron's austerity measures have strained France's police force, which was already experiencing fatigue due to personnel and funding shortages. So far this year, 37 cases of suicide have been reported among French police, compared with 35 cases in all of 2018. For the spouses of serving officers, the mounting stress has become unbearable.

MSNBC panelist slammed for saying Bernie Sanders 'makes my skin crawl', is anti-woman

MSNBC panelist slammed for saying Bernie Sanders 'makes my skin crawl', is anti-woman

Former assistant US attorney Mimi Rocah claimed that Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders "makes [her] skin crawl" and suggested he's not a "pro-woman candidate" while appearing on MSNBC. Rocah was part of a panel previewing the upcoming second round of Democratic debates on MSNBC's Up with David Gura. During a discussion about a likely face-off between Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Rocah made her rather caustic comments. "[A]s a woman, probably considered a somewhat moderate Democrat, I... Bernie Sanders makes my skin crawl. And I can't even identify for you what exactly it is. But I see him as sort of a not pro-woman candidate," Rocah said, adding that she hopes the juxtaposition of Sanders and Warren appearing against each other in the debates will win more voters over to her side.

Pompeo: UK must look after its own ships in the Gulf

Pompeo: UK must look after its own ships in the Gulf

The UK must be responsible for the safety of its own ships in the Gulf, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has said. His remarks reflect unresolved tensions between Britain and the US over Donald Trump's plans for a US-led military convoy to protect international shipping operating off the Iranian coast. Speaking on Fox News, Pompeo said: "The responsibility in the first instance falls to the United Kingdom to take care of their ships. The US has a responsibility to do its part." British ministers discussed the issue at a Cobra emergency meeting that largely focused on how to respond to the Iranian capture on Friday of the British-flagged Stena Impero. The ship, crewed largely by Indian nationals, is being held in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. All crew members are in good health and still onboard, the Iran embassy in India said on Monday.

Chinese investment in the US plummeted 88% since Trump took office

Chinese investment in the US plummeted 88% since Trump took office

Growing distrust between the United States and China has slowed the once steady flow of Chinese cash into America, with Chinese investment plummeting by nearly 90% since President Donald Trump took office. The falloff, which is being felt broadly across the economy, stems from tougher regulatory scrutiny in the United States and a less hospitable climate towards Chinese investment, as well as Beijing's tightened limits on foreign spending. It is affecting a range of industries, including Silicon Valley startups, the Manhattan real estate market and state governments that spent years wooing Chinese investment, underscoring how the world's two largest economies are beginning to decouple after years of increasing integration.

Tory MP Charlie Elphicke charged with sexual assault

Tory MP Charlie Elphicke charged with sexual assault

The Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has been charged with three counts of sexual assault relating to two women, prosecutors have said. The MP for Dover and Deal is alleged to have committed the first offence in 2007 against one complainant and two further offences against a second complaint in 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. He will appear at Westminster magistrates court on 6 September. Elphicke, 49, was suspended from the Conservative party in November 2017 after allegations made against him were referred to the police.

AOC draws heat by calling for '9/11-style commission' on family separations

AOC draws heat by calling for '9/11-style commission' on family separations

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens/Bronx) called for a "9/11-style commission" to look into the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families at the US border. Speaking Saturday at a town hall in Queens, she said the US has a "lifelong commitment" to migrant children who have been separated under the policy, which the administration said it discontinued after coming under heavy criticism. It "will take a 9/11-style commission," the liberal darling said. "We need a commission on child separation." Her mention of 9/11 to criticize a Trump policy drew a quick rebuke from the Republican National Committee.

Police seize explosives at storehouse used by pro-independence group Hong Kong National Front

Police seize explosives at storehouse used by pro-independence group Hong Kong National Front

One person was arrested after Hong Kong police discovered a stash of explosives and weapons, stored along with banners and clothes bearing the emblem of the Hong Kong National Front (HKNF) party, in a raid on Friday night. Police said Saturday a bomb disposal unit was called to a warehouse belonging to the pro-independence group to carry out a controlled detonation of the highly unstable substance tri-acetone tri-peroxide (TATP). A total of two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of TATP was discovered by the police, in addition to 10 incendiary devices, acidic substances, and sharp tools that could be used as weapons, the Hong Kong Free Press reported.

Hell freezes over? New York Times wants closer relationship with Russia, congratulates Trump

Hell freezes over? New York Times wants closer relationship with Russia, congratulates Trump

The New York Times' editorial board, fresh from peddling anti-Russia conspiracies for two years, has made a remarkable about-turn. Now the paper wants closer relations with the Kremlin, all to thwart China's ambitions. 'Russiagate' has maintained an iron grip on American political discourse for two years now, even after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report cleared President Donald Trump of conspiring with the Kremlin to steal the 2016 US election. In the media, the public has been treated to nightly conspiracy theories and bizarre connect-the-dots articles claiming to prove collusion; and lawmakers have crafted ever more draconian sanctions bills against Russia and have slotted opposition to Russia into their campaign messages. Meanwhile, Moscow and Beijing have looked to each other, holding joint military exercises and upping their trade volume to more than $100 billion in 2018. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently announced plans to build a new, 2,000km-long highway...

Israeli security company reportedly has tool that spies on Apple, Google and Facebook cloud data

Israeli security company reportedly has tool that spies on Apple, Google and Facebook cloud data

An Israeli cybersecurity company has developed spyware that can scrape data from the servers of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft products, according to The Financial Times. The report says NSO Group's proprietary smartphone malware, Pegasus, harvests not only data stored on a device, but also any information stored in the cloud, including a user's location data, archived messages and photos. NSO Group, who previously installed malware in Facebook's WhatsApp, denied that it markets software capable of capturing data in the cloud. It's unclear if it has developed the tools internally.

Pakistani soldier killed by 'unprovoked' cross-border fire from India - Islamabad

Pakistani soldier killed by 'unprovoked' cross-border fire from India - Islamabad

The Pakistani Army accused India of shelling its outposts along the Line of Control (LoC) and said one of its soldiers died during the exchange of fire. New Delhi says its forces retaliated after Pakistani troops attacked first. According to Islamabad, Indian troops struck its positions with rockets and mortar fire at several locations in the northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir on Saturday. The Pakistani Army said it responded to "unprovoked ceasefire violation" and retaliated, hitting Indian outposts and "causing casualties." One Pakistani soldier was killed and four locals were injured, including two young girls, the army said. New Delhi claimed that Pakistan opened fire first, shelling the Mendhar area on the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir and targeting Indian outposts with mortars and small arms. Indian troops then retaliated to suppress the fire coming from the Pakistani side, the army's spokesperson said. India did not report...

Detective says Jeff Epstein lost sexual interest in girls once they 'lost their braces'

Detective says Jeff Epstein lost sexual interest in girls once they 'lost their braces'

Jeffrey Epstein lost all sexual interest in his alleged victims as soon as they "lost their braces and their pubescent look," according to a former cop who's been investigating the convicted pedophile for more than a decade. But Epstein still found a way for the "too old" teens to help satisfy his perverted appetite — by finding "younger girls" who were more his type, ex-detective Michael Fisten told CNN. "Once these girls lost their braces and their pubescent look and started becoming 16-years old or 17-years old, they were too old for him, so then he started using them as recruiters to bring the younger girls," he said. Fisten began investigating the multimillionaire financier in 2009 for lawyer Brad Edwards, who represents several women who claim Epstein abused them when they were underage. "I started going out and interviewing witnesses that became victims," Fisten told CNN. "One after another, three girls turned into four girls, turned into five, six, seven and so on...I...

Iraqi parliament to reopen investigation into 2007 Blackwater shooting in Baghdad

Iraqi parliament to reopen investigation into 2007 Blackwater shooting in Baghdad

The Iraqi parliament intends to reopen the investigation into the 2007 Nisour Square massacre, in which employees of US security firm Blackwater, now Academi, killed 17 people and injured 20 more in Baghdad, Adnan Assadi, a member of the security and defence committee of the legislature, told Sputnik. "Now is a proper time to start an investigation and persecute those involved. The security and defence committee will start investigating the case, invite the relevant organizations and hold talks with the government since this requires a parliamentary decision or a bill. We will take up the issue in order to protect the Iraqis," Assadi said. He also stressed that the investigation would begin after parliament returned from its summer recess. As for why the Iraqi government never conducted another probe into the Nisour Square tragedy, Assadi speculated this was because fighting the Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia) in the country was the main priority. On September 16,...

Latest study shows trigger warnings might actually make things worse

Latest study shows trigger warnings might actually make things worse

"Trigger warnings just don't help," Payton Jones, a clinical psychology doctoral student at Harvard, tweeted alongside a preprint of his new paper. He further explained that the paper actually suggests that trigger warnings might even be harmful. When I saw the tweet, my gut reaction was that Jones was wrong. I have been for trigger warnings even before the Year of the Trigger Warning, which according to Slate, was 2013. Opponents of trigger warnings tend to argue that they are an unnecessary concession that only serves to further coddle already sheltered college students. I figure they might be a good way to help people with mental injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder stay safer as they move around the world, the same way that a person with a broken leg uses crutches. But after considering Jones' paper, and chatting with him, I've been convinced that we'd do better to save the minimal effort it takes to affix trigger warnings to college reading assignments or put up...

Interview with British Army major general's son draws criticism of BBC bias over UK-Iran tanker crisis

Interview with British Army major general's son draws criticism of BBC bias over UK-Iran tanker crisis

The BBC has been slammed for interviewing the son of a British major general as an 'independent' source on the UK-Iran tanker crisis, bringing into question the impartiality of the state broadcaster. Mark Curtis, historian and columnist at the Middle East Eye, has taken to social media to hit out at the BBC's choice of 'neutral' expert, to highlight the apparent conflict of interests. Curtis tweeted: "BBC doing a great job on Iran. Here's the son of a serving UK Major General (UK's Standing Force Commander) being interviewed as an independent source on TV..."

Israel begins illegal demolition of residential buildings in the West Bank

Israel begins illegal demolition of residential buildings in the West Bank

Israel has started demolishing 13 residential buildings in East Jerusalem's Wadi Hummus for being too close to the separation barrier, even though the area falls under the Palestinian Authority's administration. Israel Defense Force soldiers were seen placing explosives in a building set for demolition after they arrived before dawn. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said 700 police and 200 soldiers were involved in the operation. They evacuated a family from one of the buildings and removed activists protesting the demolition. Construction vehicles smashed up a number of buildings.

4 Chicago police officers fired over alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald 2014 shooting

4 Chicago police officers fired over alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald 2014 shooting

Four Chicago police officers have been fired over their alleged cover-up of the 2014 murder of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, by former officer Jason Van Dyke. The Chicago Police Board voted on Thursday to discharge Sgt. Stephen Franko and officers Janet Modragon, Daphne Sebastian and Ricardo Viramontes. They have the right to appeal the decision, which went into effect immediately.

Kids with ADHD are being denied help by 'radical postmodernists'

Kids with ADHD are being denied help by 'radical postmodernists'

'Radical Postmodernists' reject the concept of there being facts or truth, they tell us science is about a "power discourse", each person's "lived experience" is more relevant than scientific knowledge. writes Dr John J Marshall. Tom, aged 13, has barely made it to the end of the school term. He has been hyperactive all his life, impulsive, poorly organised, forgetful, easily distracted, and struggling to pay attention to his work in school. He fidgets continuously, wanders out of the classroom and teachers have to follow him to make sure he is safe. His problems wear down his teachers and peers who increasingly reject him. He's seen as having "behaviour difficulties", but Tom has ADHD: a neurodevelopmental condition. School exclusion is a significant risk for Tom and in turn is associated with devastating lifelong impacts affecting learning, mental health, risk for imprisonment and shorter life expectancy. There is an exclusion-to-prison pipeline. The Scottish Government gathers...

It must be the Russians! Anonymous MI6 sources hold Russia responsible for Iran seizing British ship

It must be the Russians! Anonymous MI6 sources hold Russia responsible for Iran seizing British ship

For anyone wondering how an international incident happened that didn't have a link to Russia, no need to worry because those ubiquitous 'MI6 sources' are back to accuse Moscow of involvement in tensions between Britain and Iran. Iran seized a British oil tanker in the Gulf over the weekend, saying it was "violating international maritime rules," although it's more likely because Britain seized an Iranian tanker earlier this month. July has been a big month of tenuous Russia-blaming already, with Britain's foreign secretary suggesting Moscow could be behind an email leak from the UK ambassador in Washington, and US Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris accusing Russian bots of creating "heat" around the knee-bending superbowl protest of Colin Kapaernik. So, now the Russia accusations are heading to the high seas and Britain's once-proud tabloid newspaper the Sunday Mirror has been on to its MI6 sources (anonymous of course) who claim that the Steno Impero tanker may have been "steered...

Why the United States will not launch a ground war against Iran - Pt. 2

Why the United States will not launch a ground war against Iran - Pt. 2

Comment: For the first part of this analyisis, see: Why the United States will not attack Iran While it is too soon to predict how the United States and its allies Israel and Saudi Arabia will react, let's explore the reasons why any US response will be largely symbolic, even if that involves a token strike versus Iran. In recent weeks we have seen numerous probing attempts and provocations in and around the Strait of Hormuz — whether false flags or actual events — intended to raise the profile of the US's unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA, and renewed US sanctions versus Iran. Iran is pushing the issue with the United States, and is apparently offering a sacrificial pawn on the board (or perhaps knight!) by seizing two British oil tankers alleged to be operating illegally in the Strait of Hormuz. While it is too soon to predict how the United States and its allies Israel and Saudi Arabia (both sworn enemies of Iran) will react, let's explore the reasons why any US reactionary...

Stuff no one asked for: P&G launching 'smart diapers' with help from Google

Stuff no one asked for: P&G launching 'smart diapers' with help from Google

Procter & Gamble Co. worked with a subsidiary of Google to develop a baby monitoring system that alerts parents via a smartphone app if a Pampers diaper needs changing. The app also will enable parents to keep an eye on a baby via a Logitech video camera installed in a nursery, according to the Cincinnati-based maker of consumer goods (NYSE: PG). The high-definition, wide-angle monitor includes night vision and two-way audio. It also tracks room temperature and humidity.

Dead blue whale found floating in Marbella, Spain

Dead blue whale found floating in Marbella, Spain

The animal has been taken to experts at CREMA Aula del Mar de Malaga, where scientists will analyse the carcass A whale has been found dead in the waters of Marbella. The body of the huge mammal was discovered at around 10am on Friday.