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IDF kills wheelchair-bound Palestinian with no legs during Gaza protest

IDF kills wheelchair-bound Palestinian with no legs during Gaza protest

A disabled Palestinian man missing both legs is among those killed by Israeli security forces that opened fire on demonstrators in the West Bank and along the border with Gaza, Gaza's health ministry said. Abu Thurayeh, 29, was shot dead east of Gaza City, according to Gaza's health ministry as cited by the Times of Israel. He is one of four Palestinians who were killed during a protest over the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. Abu had lost his legs in an Israeli attack on Al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. "He was injured in 2008 by an Israeli helicopter that targeted him after he brought down the Israeli flag and raised the Palestinian flag along the border," his brother Samir said. "It did not stop him from demonstrating for Jerusalem. He went alone every day to the border."

Freak hail & thunderstorms batter UAE

Freak hail & thunderstorms batter UAE

Rain, thunderstorms and hail have showered parts of the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, a freak change of weather for the typically hot and dry Gulf nation. Hailstorms covered the sand in a white blanket, and both residents and tourists had to cancel their desert outings and wait out the severe weather at home.

New evidence emerges further implicating three suspects arrested in connection with Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

New evidence emerges further implicating three suspects arrested in connection with Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

The police have built a "rock solid" case against three hardened Maltese criminals - brothers George Degiorgio (Ic-Ciniz) and Alfred Degiorgio (Il-Fulu) and Vincent Muscat (Il-Kohhu)- who will be charged with the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia tonight. Sources close to the investigation told Lovin Malta that police are in possession of triangulation data which shows one of the three men was outside Caruana Galizia's house in Bidnija on the afternoon of 16th October. As the journalist approached the car, the man phoned up his accomplice, who then rang up a phone which triggered to a bomb that had been placed inside the journalist's car. The men used brand new mobile phones to carry out the assassination. Police have reportedly found the phones used to carry out the murder at the bottom of the sea by the Marsa coast, close to where the suspects themselves were arrested last night.

Commie-karma in action: Facebook bans feminists for "men are scum" posts, the Left is eating its own

Commie-karma in action: Facebook bans feminists for "men are scum" posts, the Left is eating its own

If you're not up to date with the politically correct lingo, you should know that the concept of protected classes was created by leftists and it's pretty much similar with the notion of identity politics. Basically, a protected class, whether we're talking about minorities (blacks, Hispanics, "people of color") or women/transgenders/gays/lesbians/whatever sexual so-called oppressed minority by the "patriarchy" (it all relates to Marx's class war with a twist, now it's a gender/sex/ethnicity war but the scope is the same, divide and conquer) has immunity/protection from "hate crime laws" which are destroying conservative movements on the Internet (Facebook, YouTube are cracking down on conservative users/groups/channels like there's no tomorrow). Now we just got word that world's first and most famous "protected group", i.e. feminists, got shafted by Facebook. It seems like Mark the Zucc decided to take away the "hate speech" protection from feminists as they're not shielded anymore from derisive comments targeted at their archenemy: men. Today's story is about a group of "feminist" (in reality man-haters) comedians that got suspended (read Zucced) from Facebook for posting brilliant arguments on their social media accounts, the likes of "men are scum" and similar new-age feminist palaver.

Murder-suicide?: Canadian billionaire couple die in suspicious way, bodies found 'hanging side by side next to pool'

Murder-suicide?: Canadian billionaire couple die in suspicious way, bodies found 'hanging side by side next to pool'

The owner of the Canadian pharmaceutical giant Apotex, Barry Sherman, and his wife were found dead at their home under suspicious circumstances. Reports say their bodies were "hanging side by side" next to their pool. The bodies of Bernard Sherman, 75, also known as Barry, and his wife, Honey, 70, were found around Friday noon in their mansion in the North York district of Toronto by the police, who arrived in answer to a 911 call. Police did not say who made the call, while the National Post reported that the bodies were initially discovered by a real estate agent, who came to the couple's luxury mansion, which is currently up for sale. The paper also said that the bodies were "found hanging side by side next to their indoor pool," something that other Canadian outlets later repeated, citing police sources. Local media also said police were looking into whether it was a murder-suicide.

Americans like Melania: 54% approval rating, up 17 points since January

Americans like Melania: 54% approval rating, up 17 points since January

A majority of Americans have favorable views of first lady Melania Trump 11 months after President Trump took office, according to a new Gallup poll. Fifty-four percent of Americans polled said they viewed the first lady favorably, up 17 points from January when only 37 percent of Americans viewed her favorably. By comparison, President Trump is viewed unfavorably by a majority of Americans in the poll. Fifty-six percent view the president unfavorably, while 41 percent view him favorably. While the first lady's popularity has climbed by double digits in the poll, the president's has stayed relatively the same from his 40 percent to 55 percent favorable-unfavorable rating from January. The first lady got a later start in Washington than her husband. While the president took office in January, the first lady didn't move into the White House until June, after her son finished the school year.

Hunting warlocks: Why?

Hunting warlocks: Why?

A lot of you have sent me a link to Claire Berlinski's powerful essay denouncing what she calls "The Warlock Hunt". It really is as good as you say. Berlinski starts by recounting some of the accusations women have made against men for sexual harassment in recent weeks. Then:

"Insiders" try to discredit Trump, tell WaPo that briefings sometimes bury intel on Russia to avoid upsetting him

"Insiders" try to discredit Trump, tell WaPo that briefings sometimes bury intel on Russia to avoid upsetting him

According to current and former US officials, President Donald Trump's daily briefing is designed to avoid making him angry, and often avoids the latest intelligence on Russia's interference in the 2016 US election, The Washington Post reported Thursday. "If you talk about Russia, meddling, interference - that takes the PDB off the rails," one former senior U.S. intelligence official said, using an acronym for the president's daily briefing. Some US officials did not confirm to The Post whether Trump was receiving the latest intelligence on Russia, but several current and former members of the administration's staff said Trump's briefing sometimes buries the information about Russian meddling to make it easier for the president to handle, but at times is not even presented to him verbally. Although a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Brian Hale, told The Post that the briefing is "written by senior-level, career intelligence officers," and that it "always provides objective intelligence - including on Russia - to the president and his staff," officials said that this intelligence is sometimes only included in the written briefing and is not communicated to the president orally.

Hiker captures incredible footage from inside erupting Mount Agung, Indonesia

Hiker captures incredible footage from inside erupting Mount Agung, Indonesia

A hiker has captured incredible footage by risking life and limb to film inside an erupting volcano. Bali resident Ikomang Giri scaled the active volcano Mount Agung on Wednesday in order to record from its peak. The video, later uploaded to Facebook, shows thick clouds of ash streaming from the volcano during an eruption. The film has since gone viral on the social network, being viewed almost 900,000 times.

What is extremist content? Author criticizes YouTube's hiring of 10,000 people to monitor violent videos

What is extremist content? Author criticizes YouTube's hiring of 10,000 people to monitor violent videos

YouTube's decision to hire 10,000 staff to monitor violent extremism on its video sharing platform is not the way to go, Dr. Gilbert Ramsay, author and lecturer in International Relations at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), told Sputnik. Digital and social media platforms have been accused of facilitating and promoting radicalization propaganda after it emerged extremist videos on YouTube could be viewed alongside paid for banner adverts. The company was forced to publicly apologize after a number of high profile companies withdrew their advertising contracts with the Internet giant.

Welsh MP banned from Wales Assembly after saying mania for minority rights risks imploding society (VIDEO)

Welsh MP banned from Wales Assembly after saying mania for minority rights risks imploding society (VIDEO)

Elected UKIP politician Gareth Bennett was last week barred from appearing and speaking in the Welsh Assembly for an entire year after the Assembly speaker ruled his comments on minorities, particularly with respect to the transgender movement, "offensive". During a debate on 'The Equality and Human Rights Commission Annual Review 2016-17' in the Welsh Assembly last Tuesday, 12 December, Bennett warned that at the rate society was going, it could "implode" if there was too much "deviation from the norm":

Waiting around while truth puts on its shoes

Waiting around while truth puts on its shoes

The media's reign of error! Covering the Trump presidency has not always been the media's finest hour, but even grading on that curve, the month of December has brought astonishing screwups. Professor and venerable political observer Walter Russell Mead tweeted on December 8, "I remember Watergate pretty well, and I don't remember anything like this level of journalistic carelessness back then. The constant stream of 'bombshells' that turn into duds is doing much more to damage the media than anything Trump could manage." On December 1, ABC News correspondent Brian Ross went on air and made a remarkable claim. For months, the media have been furiously trying to prove collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Ross reported that former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had just pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, was prepared to testify that President Trump had instructed him to contact Russian officials before the 2016 election, while Trump was still a candidate. If true, it would have been a game-changer. But Ross's claim was inaccurate. Flynn's documented attempts to contact the Russians came after Trump was president-elect, allegedly trying to lay diplomatic groundwork for the new administration. Ross was suspended by ABC for four weeks without pay for the error.

Iraq, Syria...are we to destroy Iran next?

Iraq, Syria...are we to destroy Iran next?

Neoconservatives won't stop until their plans to remake the Middle East are realized. Years ago there was a plan, A Clean Break: Project for the New American Century (PNAC), to wreck the Oslo peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians and to re-mold the Middle East. It first involved destroying Iraq or in the discredited words of Paul Wolfowitz, "The road to peace in the Middle East goes through Baghdad." Destroying Syria was to be next. And then Iran. In 2006, columnist Taki Theodoracopulos warned in The American Conservative of the "Clean Break" plan "to aggressively remake the strategic environments of Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. As they say in boxing circles, three down, two to go." Core promoters of the PNAC plan signed an open letter to then President Clinton calling for the removal of Saddam Hussein. They were Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, R. James Woolsey, Elliot Abrams, Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Zoellick and John Bolton, all solid members of the Neoconservative project. In a short one minute video former NATO commander General Wesley Clark criticizes the plan as hatched to remake the Middle East. Equally, it is important to remember that the chaos in Iraq (and Syria) was not unforeseen by those who promoted the American invasion. I reported in TAC in 2010 of neoconservative David Wurmser (subsequently Vice President Cheney's principal advisor) forecasting "if Saddam Hussein were driven from power, Iraq would be 'ripped apart by the politics of warlords, tribes, clans, sects, and key families,' and out of the 'coming chaos in Iraq and most probably in Syria,' the United States and her principal allies, namely Israel and Jordan, could redraw the region's map." See American Prospect, "The Apprentice".

Mattis doubts N. Korea's ICBM is, so far, a 'capable threat'

Mattis doubts N. Korea's ICBM is, so far, a 'capable threat'

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that he did not believe North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) posed a serious threat to the US, but analysis is ongoing. "It has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now ... we're still doing the forensics analysis," Mattis said Friday, according to Reuters. North Korea claimed its latest launch on November 28 was a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong 15, which can hit all the US mainland. The two countries have exchanges threats as the US military and its regional allies have simulated the destruction of the country. Last week the US and South Korea conducted a massive and unprecedented five-day joint air force exercise over the Korean Peninsula. Earlier Friday, President Donald Trump told reporters he would like help from Russia to deal with North Korea.

It's not only Russian outlets being censored in the 'free web'

It's not only Russian outlets being censored in the 'free web'

Despite RT conceding to US demands to register as foreign agents, Google has announced its intention to "de-rank" their articles, in a bid to reduce the exposure and reach of content published on both sites. Russia's foreign ministry subsequently warned such a move would constitute censorship. At this point, it's unclear if other US search engines are also considering similar measures. Given Google's market monopoly - some sources suggest the tech giant accounts for over 90 percent of all search engine traffic - the restriction of Sputnik and RT content in its search results is undoubtedly a major blow to net neutrality. As free and unimpaired access to information is a cornerstone of democracy, and since the internet is contemporarily the largest, most-readily available hub of information, it's unsurprising Google's announcement has been dubbed an attack on democracy, and triggered an outcry. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised concerns over the economic implications of weakening net neutrality, while vowing to defend it.

Turkey, in full US defiance, continues Putin courtship

Turkey, in full US defiance, continues Putin courtship

On Monday, US National Security Advisor HR McMaster added to tensions in the Middle East when he condemned Turkey and Qatar as prime sponsors of extremist Islamist ideology. He tore into the Turkish leadership, saying the country's growing problems with the West are largely due to the rise of the Justice and Development Party in Ankara. A few days ago, McMaster had described China and Russia as "revisionist powers" encroaching on US allies and undermining the international order, and castigated Iran and North Korea as outlaw regimes that "support terror and are seeking weapons of mass destruction." McMaster now rounds on Turkey and Qatar for mentoring a radical Islamist ideology that "is obviously a grave threat to all civilized people." The stunning part is that Turkey is a NATO ally, while the US Central Command is headquartered in Qatar.

Coldest summer for 100 years in Queensland, Australia

Coldest summer for 100 years in Queensland, Australia

While sweat and Queensland summer go hand-in-hard, people in the state's west are reaching for cardigans as overnight December temperatures break record lows. From Birdsville to the Gulf of Carpentaria, temperatures dropped to 11 degrees Celsius below average - a phenomenon forecasters describe as "very unusual". "I've been forecasting for a few decades now and I can't really remember anything quite this spectacular as far as dry and cool at this time of year," said Bureau of Meteorology forecaster David Bernard. "It's the sort of thing we often see in winter which usually leads to really cold winter nights, but we don't often see it in December."

Russia won't support 'strangulation' of N. Korea, US should step up start talks

Russia won't support 'strangulation' of N. Korea, US should step up start talks

The mounting pressure on North Korea over its rocket and nuclear programs is reaching a point at which there is a risk of strangling the country, Russia's deputy Foreign Minister has said, warning that Russia does not support such a tactic. Pyongyang labors under harsh economic sanctions, imposed for its continued defiance of the UN Security Council, which banned North Korea from developing nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles. The level of pressure, however, is approaching a 'red line', after which an "economic strangulation of DPRK" would start, Russian Deputy FM Igor Morgulov said. "Russia will not be part of this," he told Interfax news agency. "We consider this counterproductive, since economic pressure alone will not lead to the outcome we seek, the resolution of the nuclear problem in the Korean Peninsula. Also, there is a humanitarian dimension, since sanctions hurt ordinary people in the first place, which we have to take into account."

CBO calculates legalization of 2M 'dreamers' would cost $26B

CBO calculates legalization of 2M 'dreamers' would cost $26B

Legalizing 2 million illegal immigrant "Dreamers" would cost the government $25.9 billion over the next decade, as those now-legal people would claim more tax, education and other benefits they haven't been able to get before, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday. The CBO also said newly legalized Dreamers would sponsor 80,000 more immigrants to enter the country as part of "chain migration." Immigrant-rights activists have argued that legalizing Dreamers would be a financial boon to the country, but the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation suggested otherwise, saying that while they would pay somewhat higher taxes in to the government, they would take far more out of it. The findings could be a blow to activists who have demanded the bill be included in any year-end spending deal. Congress already struggles to find offsets for other spending, and digging a hole more than $25 billion deeper could be difficult.

Dislike: Facebook defends itself against accusations that it's ripping society apart

Dislike: Facebook defends itself against accusations that it's ripping society apart

The social media giant has been facing significant criticism from its former senior executives, who keep attacking the network's effects on society. In a rare move, Facebook issued a public response to accusations leveled by its former executive Chamath Palihapitiya, who claimed that the company's conduct is "ripping society apart." Speaking at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palihapitiya previously stated that "the short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that [Facebook] has created are destroying how society works." The company's statement argued that it takes its "role very seriously" and is "working hard to improve" its services, pointing to the fact that its business model has significantly changed since 2011, when Palihapitiya resigned. "When Chamath was at Facebook, we were focused on building new social media experiences and growing Facebook around the world," the statement read.

Russia, not America, is building a compassionate civilization and as a nation has retained her humanity

Russia, not America, is building a compassionate civilization and as a nation has retained her humanity

In a speech on 3 May 2017 to the employees of the U.S. Department of State, Sec. of State Rex Tillerson made a statement that might surprise observers of the U.S.'s military actions abroad since the 1960s: Now, I think it's important to also remember that guiding all of our foreign policy actions are our fundamental values: our values around freedom, human dignity, the way people are treated. Those are our values.(1) Tillerson's words were no doubt well-intentioned, but in uttering them he ignored the troubled socio-political history of the country whose government he represents. The question arises: Are the above-mentioned values reserved only for Anglo-Saxon white-skinned people, and not for the people of color in the Middle East, Asia, and other predominantly non-white parts of the world? Starting from the post-World War II period, when that cataclysm produced a world order favoring the United States, this superpower's values were increasingly subsumed by its political interests. It is a sad fact that even before the 1950s most of the U.S.'s history manifests a will to subjugate peoples whose traditions or very existence stood in the way of American expansion. The tragedies of the Native American tribes, Cuba, and Puerto Rico provide examples of this mindset. Closer to the present time, the U.S.'s military interventions in El Salvador, Guatemala, Vietnam, and Honduras continue a foreign policy gone awry. So much for the practicing of the values "around freedom, human dignity, the way people are treated."

Pushing cells to self-destruct combats deadly fibrosis

Pushing cells to self-destruct combats deadly fibrosis

Each year, millions of people suffer life-threatening scarring in their lungs, heart, and other organs. Doctors have few tools to combat this fibrosis, other than an organ transplant. Now, new research offers clues for how to selectively destroy the cells known as myofibroblasts that drive the condition. In mice, this appeared to halt or even reverse fibrosis's damaging effects. The research is preliminary, but it gets to the root of an often intractable condition, says John Varga, a rheumatologist at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, who was not involved in the work. "This idea of selectively killing [myofibroblasts] is extremely appealing."

Study conducted finds minimum wage hike will axe 400k jobs in California

Study conducted finds minimum wage hike will axe 400k jobs in California

A study conducted by the Employment Policies Institute states that a hike to a $15/hr minimum wage will cost California 400,000 private sector jobs. Workers in two industries in particular are purportedly the most vulnerable. On January 1, California's minimum wage will increase to $11 per hour, up from the current level of $10.50 per hour for businesses with 26 employees or more. After 2018, the Golden State will increase the minimum wage by $1 every year until 2022, when it will reach $15 per hour.

With nearly 83 inches, Redfield is New York's snowiest place with winter yet to officially start

With nearly 83 inches, Redfield is New York's snowiest place with winter yet to officially start

Winter has yet to officially start, but snow is already piling up in some parts of upstate New York. According to the National Weather Service, the areas with the most snow are in Oswego and Lewis counties — which get clobbered each year with snow drifting across the eastern edge of Lake Ontario. And it's the usual places: the tiny town of Redfield in Oswego County is leading the state with 82.6 inches of snow as of Friday. So at this rate, Redfield is on pace for its second straight national recognition: Last year it won the USA Today Network's first annual Golden Snowdrift Award after getting 350.5 inches of snow -- which equals more than 29 feet.

Whistleblowers testify to House Intel Committee: NSA foreign surveillance is being scammed to spy on Americans by anyone with access, including FBI

Whistleblowers testify to House Intel Committee: NSA foreign surveillance is being scammed to spy on Americans by anyone with access, including FBI

"The program can be misused by anyone with access to it," said an Intelligence official, with knowledge of the program. A controversial NSA surveillance program used to monitor foreigners was also being used by the FBI as 'backdoor' to gain warrantless access to American communications, according to numerous former U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials with knowledge of the program. The whistleblowers, who recently disclosed the program's process to Congressional oversight committees, say concern over the warrantless surveillance mounted when it was disclosed earlier this year that Obama officials had accessed and unmasked communications of members of President Trump's 2016 campaign, allegedly without clear justification. The process, known as 'reverse targeting,' occurs when intelligence and law enforcement officials use a foreign person as a legal pretense for their intended target, an American citizen, the officials stated. The program, as it exists, failed to prevent terror attacks and in many cases made incorrect connections between a foreign target and an innocent American, they stated.

'Project Patagonia' - Is Israel building a base to save its elite in case of defeat in Palestine?

'Project Patagonia' - Is Israel building a base to save its elite in case of defeat in Palestine?

The Argentinian authorities are wondering about the massive purchase of land in Patagonia by a British billionaire, and the « holidays » that tens of thousands of Israëli soldiers are enjoying on his property. In the 19th century, the British government were undecided as to where they should settle Israël - either in what is now Uganda, in Argentina or in Palestine. In fact, Argentina was at that time controlled by the United Kingdom and, on the initiative of French baron Maurice de Hirsch, had become a land of refuge for Jews who were fleeing the pogroms in central Europe. In the 20th century, after the military coup d'Etat against democratically elected President General Juan Perón, a current of antisemitism developed within the armed forces. A brochure was distributed accusing the new State of Israël of preparing an invasion of Patagonia, the « Andinia Plan ». It has become apparent today that even though the Argentinian extreme right had exaggerated the facts in the 1970's, there was indeed a project for implantation (and not invasion) in Patagonia.

Family finds spy camera hidden in their cruise ship stateroom

Family finds spy camera hidden in their cruise ship stateroom

It's the kind of thing you hear about happening in hotel rooms, changing rooms and, most recently, Airbnb rentals: Guests placing cameras inside rooms to secretly record guests for what often are nefarious reasons. Video voyeurism has now gone to sea - on a cruise ship. One Florida family claims it found a video camera hidden in its stateroom aboard a three-night Carnival Cruise Line voyage from Mobile, Alabama to Mexico. The Pensacola couple and their 10-year-old son were searching for dusty areas in their cabin, No. 160 on the Carnival Fantasy, after the father suffered an allergy attack on the second night of their voyage. In the process, they uncovered a small camera hidden in the cables behind their stateroom TV, the father said. The lens was poking out, pointing at the bed.

Deadly Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-Tak) dumps over 1000 mm of rain on Philippines

Deadly Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-Tak) dumps over 1000 mm of rain on Philippines

Tropical Storm Urduja will continue to unleash life-threatening flooding rain and mudslides as it crosses the Philippines into Monday. Urduja, known globally as Kai-tak, will fail to strengthen into a typhoon. However, lives and property remain in peril as the tropical storm is unleashing a catastrophic amount of rainfall. More than 1067 mm (42 inches) of rain has inundated Guiuan on the island of Samar in the Eastern Visayas since midweek. In 24 hours alone, 780 mm (nearly 31 inches) poured down. To the north, Borongan City Airport has recorded 813 mm (32 inches) since Urduja began lashing the Philippines. There are unconfirmed reports of 3 deaths due to Urduja, including a child, according to GMA News Online. As of Dec. 16, The Philippine National Disaster Risk Reducation and Management Council (NDRRMC) reports that a total of 4,327 families have been evacuated from portions of Samar Island. In total, 8,832 families are being served at evacuation centers.

Scheme to pay off Trump accusers emerges, one woman was offered $750,000

Scheme to pay off Trump accusers emerges, one woman was offered $750,000

California woman's rights Attorney Lisa Bloom operated behind a scheme to compensate Trump accusers and potential accusers using money from donors and tabloid media outlets during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, in an effort which intensified as the election neared, report John Solomon and Alison Spann of The Hill. Lisa Bloom's efforts included offering to sell alleged victims' stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser's mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill. -The Hill The various accounts of Bloom's scheme were detailed in documents, emails and text messages reviewed by The Hill, and come on the heels of Bill O'Reilly's claim that there is a secret tape of a women who was offered $200,000 to file sexual harassment charges against Trump. It is unknown whether or not O'Reilly's claim is related to Bloom's activities.

Russian MoD says US instructors use al-Hasakah camp to train former ISIS members for fighting Syrian army

Russian MoD says US instructors use al-Hasakah camp to train former ISIS members for fighting Syrian army

The US-led coalition uses the al-Hasakah refugee camp as a base for training former members of ISIS, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and other groups, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said on December 16. US-trained terrorists join new units of the group called "the New Syrian Army" to be sent to southern Syria for fighting against the Syrian Arab Army, according to the statement.

Kansas woman accused of sexual harassment quits US House race, blames Democrats "zero tolerance" policy

Kansas woman accused of sexual harassment quits US House race, blames Democrats "zero tolerance" policy

A Kansas woman who quit a run for Congress blames her own party's "zero tolerance" policy on sexual harassment. The Democrat was named in a 2005 lawsuit claiming she retaliated against a subordinate who rejected her advances. Despite denying sexual harassment allegations, Andrea Ramsey announced on Facebook she would drop out of the race for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District on Friday morning. "In its rush to claim the high ground in our roiling national conversation about harassment, the Democratic Party has implemented a zero tolerance standard," Ramsey, 56, wrote. She added that her campaign lost all support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). At the heart of the matter is a 2005 lawsuit filed against LabOne, in which a former male employee named Ramsey, an executive vice president of human resources at the time, accused her of sexually pursuing him on a business trip and ultimately firing him over his lack of interest in her. According to the Kansas City Star, citing multiple sources, LabOne settled with the man, Gary Funkhouser, in 2006.

Feminists want women to be liberated from men, marriage and children

Feminists want women to be liberated from men, marriage and children

Merriam-Webster has just announced its "word of the year" for 2017. Drum roll, please...it's feminism! The word peaked as an online search after various events occurred this past year, beginning with the Women's March in January, then again when the film Wonder Woman was released, and now it has spiked yet again as a result of the #MeToo movement, which Time magazine has recognized as its "Person of the Year."

Is this a joke? Trump judicial nominee has glaring lack of legal knowledge

Is this a joke? Trump judicial nominee has glaring lack of legal knowledge

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, a panel of five Trump nominees for lifetime appointments to federal judgeships were interviewed simultaneously about their qualifications. A video, posted Thursday by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), showed that the process did not go well for one of them. Matthew S. Petersen, Trump's pick to be a United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, was the only one who raised his hand when Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) asked if any of the five had "never tried a case to verdict in a courtroom." He then confessed that he also never participated a jury, criminal, or civil trial, in a state or federal court, had taken less than 10 depositions, and had never argued a motion in state or federal court.

Nasrallah on Trump's Jerusalem move: 'This is the beginning of the end for Israel' (VIDEO)

Nasrallah on Trump's Jerusalem move: 'This is the beginning of the end for Israel' (VIDEO)

The following is the last part of a speech by Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on December 11, 2017, at a mass protest in Beirut to denouncing US President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Nasrallah's videos are now banned on YouTube thanks to Google's global mass-censorship campaign of anything that doesn't conform to the Official World View. Thankfully, for now, there's still Vimeo... Below is a transcript, provided by sayed7asan.blogspot.com Transcript [...] (Against the decision of Trump), the least (degree of faith) here would be that the Palestinian Authority, the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (who will meet) in Istanbul in two days decree the end of the peace process. The Arab peace initiative should no longer be on the table. They have to tell the Americans: "It's over. There is nothing left on the table. If you cancel this decision, we will come back to discuss around the table." Even at the political and tactical levels, it is a strong, influential and effective logic, though of course we do not believe for a moment in (the efficiency or the legitimacy of) the way of negotiations.

Austrian chancellor Kurz joins eastern and central European countries rejecting mandatory refugee quotas

Austrian chancellor Kurz joins eastern and central European countries rejecting mandatory refugee quotas

Austria's incoming right-wing chancellor Sebastian Kurz joined eastern and central European countries on Friday in backing EU President Donald Tusk's rejection of mandatory refugee quotas. Tusk called the troubled scheme "ineffective" and "highly divisive", in a letter to EU leaders before a summit in Brussels that entered its second day Friday. Eastern European states like Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, which have refused to take part, agree with Tusk but other including Germany and Greece do not. "Tusk is right when he says that mandatory migrant quotas in the EU haven't worked," said Kurz, 31, who is expected to replace centre-left Chancellor Christian Kern next week.

Erdogan warns Muslims may lose Mecca if they fail to hold on to Jerusalem

Erdogan warns Muslims may lose Mecca if they fail to hold on to Jerusalem

Muslims may lose Mecca and other holy sites if the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital isn't reversed, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned "If we lose Jerusalem then we won't be able to protect Medina. If we lose Medina - we will lose Mecca and Kaaba," Erdogan said in a speech at an award ceremony in Istanbul. Erdogan has been one of the most vocal critics of President Trump's controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Turkish president has slammed other nations for their "weak" response to the US move. Comment: Turkey slams 'weak' response of some Arab countries to Trump's Jerusalem move On Saturday, Erdogan urged the UN Security Council to annul Trump's decision. If the UNSC fails to act on the issue, Turkey will do everything necessary within legal frameworks to fight the US recognition, he promised.

Drug-pricing blame game: Under threat of regulation, profiteers blame each other for high drug prices

Drug-pricing blame game: Under threat of regulation, profiteers blame each other for high drug prices

Insurance companies receive steep rebates from pharmaceutical companies that are pushing up the price of prescription drugs. However, insurers are not passing the savings down to their customers in the form of lower premiums and out-of-pocket costs. At least, that's what the drug manufacturing industry claims. If you ask the insurance industry, it's drug manufacturers that are to blame for the sky-high drug prices that have enraged the public - and forced insurers to raise premiums and deductibles in recent years.

If ISIS lost, Russia says US-led coalition should leave Syria

If ISIS lost, Russia says US-led coalition should leave Syria

The United States no longer has reason to be in Syria and the US public is being misinformed by its military, claimed Russia's Ministry of Defense in a press conference. "It turns out that the Pentagon is deliberately deceiving the international and US public, including the supreme commander-in-chief, or there are no more grounds and even formal pretexts for the US troops' presence in Syria," Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Friday, a state news agency reported. Moscow maintained that recent US statements by President Donald Trump of having "won" in Syria and Iraq means the United States and its 70-nation coalition to defeat ISIS should leave Syria. "We've won in Syria, we've won in Iraq, but they spread to other areas and we're getting them as fast as they spread," Trump said Tuesday during a ceremony to sign defense policy legislation.

Proof that mental illness is hereditary: An entire Arizona family is transgender

Proof that mental illness is hereditary: An entire Arizona family is transgender

Two dogs were roughhousing in a sunny backyard in Queen Creek, as sounds from a nearby little league game floated by. On the patio, a man in jeans and a button-down shirt was helping his son pump up his bike tires. It was one of those totally ordinary family moments. But for Daniel Harrott, who lived most of his life as a woman, just everyday existence as a man is alchemy. "It feels like you're getting to live for the first time," he said. "And my children are getting to be who they've always wanted to be." Eleven-year-old Mason - he's the one with the bike - is living as a boy, after being assigned female at birth. And then there's Joshua, 13, whose brown hair falls around her shoulders as she sits in her wheel chair.

Forget Russiagate, the REAL scandal is Israelgate.

Forget Russiagate, the REAL scandal is Israelgate.

Almost exactly a year ago, just as the "Russia hacked the election!" delirium was taking shape, I pooh-poohed the idea that "Russiagate" (as it has come to be known) would persist for very long. Once the Trump administration started plowing ahead with its agenda, I argued, the Dems would toss Hillary aside and move on with politics as usual. Russiagate fading away as Democrats come to terms with the 2016 election? Really, James? Now I've made some inaccurate predictions before (OK, a lot of inaccurate predictions), but that one takes the cake in terms of how wrong I ended up being. If you want a demonstration of this point, just type "russia collusion" or "russia interference" into your search engine of choice and feast on the millions and millions of nothingburgers that have been produced this past year chasing this non-story. It would almost be comical how stupid these stories were if it wasn't for the fact that they have real world consequences. Remember when the evil Russkies hacked the Vermont electrical grid?! Of course you do. But do you remember when the MSM presstitutes immediately amended their fear porn story to admit that the grid had not, in fact, been hacked at all? Of course you don't, because the headlines are reported breathlessly and the "corrections" are issued quietly. And do you remember when the dastardly Russians hacked into the voting systems of 39 states before the 2016 presidential election? Yeah, that didn't actually happen, either. And remember when the Russians went international and took their well-known operation to control people's minds through Facebook ads across the pond to England, where they successfully pulled off "Operation Brexit?" Well the results are in, and the latest headlines tell of the startling breadth and scope of this mass mind-control experiment: "Facebook says Russian-linked accounts spent just 97 cents on ads over Brexit." And remember when ABC's Brian Ross reported that candidate Trump directed Flynn to make contact with Moscow? Well one stock market crash later the suspended Brian Ross would like you to know that he meant president-elect Trump. (Meh, close enough!) And remember when CNN dropped its bombshell story about how Wikileaks, those known Russian collaborators (*citation needed), were caught sharing their leaks in advance with Team Trump last year (BOOM!)? Well, guess what? More fake news.

Meet the 'Armani of Armor': America's growing bulletproof clothing industry

Meet the 'Armani of Armor': America's growing bulletproof clothing industry

In the early 1990s, Colombia was locked in a brutal drug war, led by Pablo Escobar, that saw homicide rates in Medellin surge over 8x in a matter of just a few years... ...and it was that surging violence that first prompted Miguel Caballero to start his line of bulletproof clothing some 25 years ago.

Are fitness classes the new consumerist church?

Are fitness classes the new consumerist church?

Gyms provide ritual and community, serving as a sort of religion. They also promote values American culture already worships-capitalism and overwork. You pay a regular tithe to support the community. In public, you wear symbols that identify you as one of the faithful. When you gather with other adherents, it's often in small, close rooms. Breathing gets heavy; bodies sweat. If anyone speaks, it is to moan, or occasionally to shout in triumph.

"Second-rate Mafia bullies": Sir Peter Jackson says Weinstein's smear campaigns led him to blacklist actresses

"Second-rate Mafia bullies": Sir Peter Jackson says Weinstein's smear campaigns led him to blacklist actresses

Sir Peter Jackson has described the Weinstein brothers as "second-rate Mafia bullies" and accused them of orchestrating a smear campaign that led him to blacklist actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino. Jackson, speaking to Stuff for the first time since multiple sexual assault allegations emerged against the disgraced Harvey Weinstein, said he had "no direct experience or knowledge of the sexual allegations" against the Hollywood powerbroker, but had earlier made a conscious decision to never work with him again. Weinstein and Jackson crossed paths in the late 1990s when Jackson was pitching his early plans for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films to the Weinstein-led studio Miramax.

Jon Rappoport: Big Pharma's control over the news

Jon Rappoport: Big Pharma's control over the news

Over the last 11 months, pharmaceutical companies have spent a stunning $3.2 billion on TV ads for drugs. That much money buys you influence. It buys you control. If a major network suddenly decided to set its hounds loose and investigate the overall devastating effects of medical drugs on the public, there would be hell to pay at the network. Drug companies wouldn't stand for it.

Haley fails to make case about Yemeni missiles: Ignores Saudi War crimes

Haley fails to make case about Yemeni missiles: Ignores Saudi War crimes

Yesterday the U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley went to the Defense Intelligence Agency for a little show. She claimed to expose Iran as an illegal source of weapons used by Yemeni forces in their fight against Saudi aggressors. It reminded of the times when Vice President Dick Cheney visited the CIA to tell its analysts what they were supposed to write about "Saddam's weapons of mass destruction". Haley covered the advice she was giving to the DIA at a press conference. Her props were alleged missile parts recovered somewhere at some unknown time. She claimed that these were provided by the Saudis and the UAE and showed debris of missiles fired from Yemen. Haley further claimed that Iran had delivered such missiles to Yemen in breach of UN resolution 2231 that restricts such transfers. There are several possible explanations of where the Houthi and their then allied Yemeni army might have acquired such missiles. But even if one accepts that Iran delivered these, it is unknown when such deliveries might have taken place. It could have happened years before the UN resolution restricted such deliveries. Haley's show proved nothing with regards to any breach.

Presidential hopeful wants Finland out of EU's 'unjust politics' and to tighten immigration rules

Presidential hopeful wants Finland out of EU's 'unjust politics' and to tighten immigration rules

Finland will leave the European Union and position itself as the Switzerland of the north to protect its independence if Laura Huhtasaari, the presidential candidate of the eurosceptic Finns Party has her way. She also told Reuters in an interview she wants to tighten immigration rules. Huhtasaari -- dubbed "Finland's Marine Le Pen" after France's National Front leader -- is a long-shot. But she believes she has a real chance in the January election as her party has taken a fresh start following its removal from the coalition government in June. "The rise in Europe of parties that are critical towards the EU and immigration is due to bad, unjust politics," she said. "The role for Finland in the euro zone is the role of a loser and payer...

Starving the country into submission: Saudi-led coalition is deliberately targeting Yemeni food supplies

Starving the country into submission: Saudi-led coalition is deliberately targeting Yemeni food supplies

At 11.30pm, 10 nautical miles off Yemen's western Red Sea coast, seven fishermen were near the end of the four hours it had taken to haul their nets bulging with the day's catch into their fibreglass boat. Suddenly, away from the illumination of the vessel's large spotlight, one of the men spotted a black silhouette coming towards them. Moments later a helicopter began circling overhead. The fishermen were well within the 30 nautical mile boundary they had been warned not to cross by leaflets airdropped on land by the Saudi-led coalition. But, without warning, gunfire erupted from the helicopter. Osam Mouafa grabbed his friend, Abdullah, dragging him into a corner, curling himself into a protective ball as bullets flew through the boat. Shot in both knees, with a third bullet having grazed his thigh, Osam began to feel water rising around him. "The boat became like a sieve," he said, sitting next to the wooden stick he now needs to walk.

More meddling in other countries: 'Cyber warriors' to join US infantry overseas

More meddling in other countries: 'Cyber warriors' to join US infantry overseas

The US Army is preparing to embed "cyber warriors" within regular infantry units, Pentagon officials said. Claiming that the US has been shackled by laws, military officials vowed to enhance their offensive cyber-warfare capabilities. Under the new protocol, the army's cyber soldiers will serve six-month rotations while integrated in infantry units. But unlike their rifle-toting comrades, the keyboard warriors will seek control over the battlefield by "non-kinetic" means. "Not everything is attack and destroy. How can I influence by non-kinetic means? How can I reach up and create confusion and gain control?" Colonel Robert Ryan, who commands a Hawaii-based combat team, said on Wednesday. The cyber warriors will tailor operations according to their commanders' needs, but a standard operation would likely involve dragnet information gathering and intercepting enemy transmissions, according to Colonel William Hartman of the army's Cyber Command.

The unique link between breathing and the brain

The unique link between breathing and the brain

Breathing is traditionally thought of as an automatic process driven by the brainstem-the part of the brain controlling such life-sustaining functions as heartbeat and sleeping patterns. But new and unique research, involving recordings made directly from within the brains of humans undergoing neurosurgery, shows that breathing can also change your brain. Simply put, changes in breathing-for example, breathing at different paces or paying careful attention to the breaths-were shown to engage different parts of the brain.

Everyday products in the home that can be hazardous to your health

Everyday products in the home that can be hazardous to your health

Do you ever walk through someone's home and take note of items that could potentially be hazardous to their health? I know I do! I don't mean to judge, but I can't help but notice when people have fluoride-filled toothpaste sitting on their bathroom counters or chemical-ridden cleaners hiding in their cabinets. But, what if some of these items are sitting in your own home? Most people have toxic products linked to cancer in every corner of their homes, often without even realizing it. It's not like the labels of these products all have a huge warning sign that reads, "I can cause cancer!" Nevertheless, whether people knowingly purchase these cancer-causing products or not, we need to educate one another on their potential harmful effects.