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The British public has been terrorised

The British public has been terrorised

Polls and surveys over the past couple of weeks reveal the same troubling reality: British people have been terrorised. Not by the actual threat of Covid-19, but by what they perceive to be the threat of Covid-19. Ipsos Mori, for instance, reported that 68 per cent of Brits were 'very concerned' about the threat coronavirus poses to their health, compared to 28 per cent who were just 'fairly concerned'. Perhaps more disturbingly, a separate survey found that, on average, the British public believes seven per cent of the UK population has died from coronavirus, which would amount to a death toll of nearly five million — as opposed to the real figure of 50,000-plus. It also found that Brits were the most fearful out of other surveyed nations about the threat of a second wave of infections, with 76 per cent 'expecting one in the next year or so'. There may be lies, damned lies and polls, but these figures tally with the national experience over the past couple of months, from parents'...

Tornado hits north China's Inner Mongolia injuring 33

Tornado hits north China's Inner Mongolia injuring 33

A tornado hit Baotou City in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, injuring 33 people on August 9. A local farmer at the tourist site of Tian'e Lake recorded the whole process with his phone. Rescue operations are underway as around 100 yurts, the traditional round-shaped dwelling in the area, were damaged. Three people were critically injured but are in stable condition, according to local authorities.

Powerful derecho storm wreaks havoc across US Midwest leaving 1.1 million without power

Powerful derecho storm wreaks havoc across US Midwest leaving 1.1 million without power

A rare storm packing 100 mph winds has left more than 1.1 million Americans without power across the Midwest as it caused widespread destruction with blown over trees, flipped vehicles, property damage and several severe weather warnings as it turned toward embattled Chicago. The derecho, a widespread weather system with a long line of storms packing high winds, descended upon the Central U.S. on Monday with wind speeds comparable to a major hurricane as it spent several hours tearing through parts of Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The storm likely caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado, said Patrick Marsh, science support chief at the National Weather Service´s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. It´s not quite a hurricane. It has no eye and its winds come across in a line. But the damage it is likely to spread over such a large area is more like an inland hurricane than a quick more powerful tornado, Marsh said. He compared it to a devastating Super Derecho...

States have authority to fine or jail people who refuse coronavirus vaccine, attorney says

States have authority to fine or jail people who refuse coronavirus vaccine, attorney says

As drugmakers race to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus, several legal questions are emerging: could the government require people to get it? Could people who refuse to roll up their sleeves get banned from stores or lose their jobs? The short answer is yes, according to Dov Fox, a law professor and the director of the Center for Health Law Policy and Bioethics at the University of San Diego. "States can compel vaccinations in more or less intrusive ways," he said in an interview. "They can limit access to schools or services or jobs if people don't get vaccinated. They could force them to pay a fine or even lock them up in jail." Fox noted authorities in the United States have never attempted to jail people for refusing to vaccinate, but other countries like France have adopted the aggressive tactic. The legal precedent dates back to 1905. In a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Jacobson v. Massachusetts, the court ruled Massachusetts had the authority to fine people who...

YouTube shuts down a Russian "Fox"

YouTube shuts down a Russian "Fox"

It has been worrying to read about Off-Guardian's recent difficulties with it's Facebook news feed, where posts have been blocked and denied propagation. Another very similar situation has been brought to my attention that reinforces the view that the US deep state is behind the steering wheel at Google, Facebook, YouTube and likely every other western social media platform as well. Tsargrad TV is a Russian channel owned by Konstantin Malofeev, one of Putin's biggest supporters amongst Russia's wealthiest entrepreneurs. A renowned Fox News producer Jack Hanick shared Fox's production prowess with Tsargrad and the channel quickly became something of an Internet phenomenon, as has AJ+, Al Jazeera's YouTube channel. Like AJ+ it was following a YouTube-centric (rather than a conventional TV) model. Besides becoming known for the best production values amongst Russian broadcasters, it unashamedly supports Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and the Donetsk People's Republic. The Google...

Most US voters don't think Biden will be able to finish his full four-year term if elected president - poll

Most US voters don't think Biden will be able to finish his full four-year term if elected president - poll

Most US voters, including nearly half of Democrats, don't expect Joe Biden to serve his full four-year term if elected president in November, saying his vice president will have to take the helm at some point, a new poll reveals. Fifty-nine percent of all likely voters and, somewhat surprisingly, 49 percent of Democrats, say the 77-year-old Biden probably isn't up to running the country for four years, according to the Rasmussen Reports poll released on Monday. Comment: If there's any Democratic voter that feels that way, they should absolutely not vote for him. Less surprising, 73 percent percent of Republicans and 57 percent of independents agreed that it's likely Biden's running mate would become president sometime during his term.

Belarus on the brink? Unloved in Moscow, a pariah again in the West & facing protests at home, Lukashenko is running out of road

Belarus on the brink? Unloved in Moscow, a pariah again in the West & facing protests at home, Lukashenko is running out of road

Alexander Lukashenko will likely ride out the gathering storm across Belarus. However, he cannot remain the president forever. Which means Russia needs to work out a realistic long term strategy toward its closest ally. There is little that Russia's leaders like less than political instability. The 2016 Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation uses the word 'stability' no fewer than 24 times, and the term has appeared regularly in the speeches of Russia's President Vladimir Putin throughout the 21 years he has been either president or prime minister. Given a choice between revolution and the status quo, the preference of most Russians runs firmly in favor of the latter. This may explain Putin's response to Sunday's presidential election in Belarus. According to official figures (which many disbelieve), incumbent President Lukashenko won nearly 80 percent of the vote. Following the announcement of this result, violent protests broke out in cities across Belarus, with...

Americans give up citizenship in record-smashing numbers as expats find 'pandemic & political climate too much to bear' - report

Americans give up citizenship in record-smashing numbers as expats find 'pandemic & political climate too much to bear' - report

Americans are ditching their US citizenship in droves thanks to an unbearable political atmosphere and the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, new research shows, indicating that both residents and expats are cutting ties in record numbers. More than 5,800 Americans renounced their citizenship in the first half of 2020, according to a report by Bambridge Accountants New York, a firm that specializes in US expat tax compliance, a dramatic 1,210-percent spike compared to the last six months of 2019. "There has been a huge turnaround during coronavirus of US expats renouncing [citizenship], where the figures have been in steep decline since 2017," said Alistair Bambridge, a partner at the New York-based accounting firm, pointing to a contentious political landscape, the coronavirus pandemic and onerous tax regulations.

Humans have been making poison arrows for over 70,000 years

Humans have been making poison arrows for over 70,000 years

From slaying centaurs to biblical mentions, poison-tipped arrows are a staple of cultural stories in the west. But they've also proved highly effective in reality, so much so that indigenous peoples around the world are still making use of them today, to successfully feed themselves and their families. The Kalahari San of southern Africa hunt with small bone- or iron-tipped arrows that may look quite dainty, but when coated with poison, they also prove quite lethal. The hunter-gatherers daub their weapons with larvae entrails of a beetle called Diamphidia nigroonata. The larvae contain a diamphotoxin poison that is capable of bringing down an adult giraffe. Some of the earliest solid evidence of poison use is traces of the highly toxic compound ricin on 24,000-year-old wooden applicators, found in South Africa's Border cave. However, archaeologists have long suspected this hunting technique is much older, and new evidence now suggests humans have been shooting poison arrows through...

France's sugar beet harvest ravaged by insects, government lifts ban on pesticide blamed for harming bees

France's sugar beet harvest ravaged by insects, government lifts ban on pesticide blamed for harming bees

The French government will propose lifting a ban on certain pesticides blamed for harming bees to protect sugar beet crops that have been ravaged by insects this year, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday. The government plans to support a legislative amendment in parliament later this year to exempt sugar beet for up to three years from a general ban on neonicotinoids, the ministry said in a statement following a meeting with sugar industry representatives. Sugar beet growers blame the ban on the neonicotinoid group of crop chemicals for insect attacks that could decimate yields this year and say this further threatens the French sugar sector after a price slump in recent years already led to factory closures.

Italian MPs received coronavirus relief payments meant for self-employed

Italian MPs received coronavirus relief payments meant for self-employed

The Italian government is seeking to discover the identities of five deputies who are alleged to have received a relief payment intended to support the self-employed during the coronavirus lockdown. A report in the newspaper La Repubblica on Sunday also revealed that 2,000 regional and local politicians applied to receive the bonus, which ranged between €600 (£540) and €1,000, from INPS, Italy's social security and pensions agency. The revelation has provoked outrage in Italy, with leaders of all parties calling for the identities of the parliamentarians, who are protected by a privacy law, to be made public and for them to resign. It is suspected that three of the parliamentarians are with the far-right League party, one is with the Five Star Movement (M5S), ruling nationally alongside the Democratic party, and one is a member of Italia Viva, the party set up last year by the former prime minister Matteo Renzi.

Two meteorites found in Madura, US, in just two weeks

Two meteorites found in Madura, US, in just two weeks

Both falls were captured by The Desert Fireball Network (DFN) team which uses cameras across Australia to observe shooting stars and predict where meteorites land. The team, who usually search from March to October, was postponed due to COVID-19, but as restrictions lifted it observed another meteorite fall just south of the Eyre Highway near Madura. Astronomer Dr Hadrien Devillepoix and planetary geologist Dr Anthony Lagain originally went on a reconnaissance mission to assess the latest fall site near Madura, taking drone imagery of the area.

'Largest impact structure' in solar system discovered on Jupiter's moon Ganymede

'Largest impact structure' in solar system discovered on Jupiter's moon Ganymede

Researchers from Kobe University and the National Institute of Technology, Oshima College have conducted a detailed reanalysis of image data from Voyager 1, 2 and Galileo spacecraft in order to investigate the orientation and distribution of the ancient tectonic troughs found on Jupiter's moon Ganymede. They discovered that these troughs are concentrically distributed across almost the entire surface of the satellite. This global distribution indicates that these troughs may be actually part of one giant crater covering Ganymede. Based on the results of a computer simulation conducted using the "PC Cluster" computers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), it is speculated that this giant crater could have resulted from the impact of an asteroid with a radius of 150km. If so, the structure is the largest impact structure identified in the solar system so far.

White NYT reporter tells black people they didn't vote for Hillary in sufficient numbers because Russia duped them

White NYT reporter tells black people they didn't vote for Hillary in sufficient numbers because Russia duped them

It only took almost four years, but New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth has finally gotten to the bottom of why black Americans didn't get excited about Hillary Clinton's 2016 candidacy for president: Russian trolls. "We don't talk about this enough, and it has been lost in the 2016 election hot takes," Perlroth said Sunday on Twitter. "While 2016 saw record turnout, it also saw record decline in black voter turnout - the biggest decline in 20 years. Blacks were the number one demographic Russian trolls targeted on social media." So, it wasn't that some black voters possibly genuinely disliked Clinton or disagreed with her policies. There can only be one explanation for the decision of many to stay home, and it's the same answer that Clinton herself and other Democrats often turn to when explaining undesirable outcomes that might otherwise be attributed to their own shortcomings: It's Russia, obviously.

BEST OF THE WEB: What we can learn from the Swedish paradox

BEST OF THE WEB: What we can learn from the Swedish paradox

I am writing this from the water's edge on one of the 24,000 islands of the Stockholm archipelago. It's a lovely summers day, boats are coming in and out of the little harbour and the restaurant is doing a busy trade. Across the sound, the rocks slope straight into the sea and are dotted with summer houses. The homes are not divided by fences, but sit at a respectful distance from each other, never in a row but each positioned in a particular spot of the owner's choosing; there's a harmony of style which still leaves room for individuation — some houses are yellow, some red, some slightly more modern, some slightly more traditional, but each adorned with a well-kept garden, a boat-house and pier, and of course a Swedish flag. It's a vision of the Good Life, Swedish-style. Since its lockdown-free response to Covid-19, Sweden has suddenly found itself the pin-up nation for libertarians worldwide, who see in its more laissez-faire response a defence of individual freedom and...

BEST OF THE WEB: Blacks go on the rampage in Chicago, looting hundreds of stores to 'avenge' gangster who shot at police

BEST OF THE WEB: Blacks go on the rampage in Chicago, looting hundreds of stores to 'avenge' gangster who shot at police

Many rioters and looters took to the streets of Chicago early Monday, according to multiple reports, breaking into upscale stores after a man was reportedly hit during a shootout with Chicago police. The police remain on the scene Monday morning after rioters smashed windows and burned vehicles, according to Newsweek. Many on social media captured imagery of the mayhem as violence again exploded in Chicago following an incident with police and an assailant. Reporter Ian Miles Cheong shared video of the apparent looting.

BEST OF THE WEB FLASHBACK: Why an Israeli newspaper wanted to 'flatten' a city of millions - Beirut

BEST OF THE WEB FLASHBACK: Why an Israeli newspaper wanted to 'flatten' a city of millions - Beirut

Earlier this month Haaretz, Israel's influential liberal daily, published a blood-curdling article. It openly argued for war crimes on a massive scale against the civilian population of a neighbouring Arab state. "Should Israel Flatten Beirut to Destroy Hezbollah's Missiles?" the article's headline mused. It was written by Amitai Etzioni, a professor of international relations at George Washington University. He was also a member of the Palmach, a unit in one pre-state Zionist terrorist group, a forerunner of the Israeli military. He participated in the Nakba (or Catastrophe), Israel's 1948 ethnic cleansing of some 750,000 Palestinians. After criticism by the journalist Belén Fernández, Etzioni later got Haaretz to edit the online version of the story, so that it now has a slightly less aggressive headline (but not before copies of the original were made). But the substance of the article is still the same: this esteemed professor advocates the use of a weapon that "flattens all...

BEST OF THE WEB: Alexandr Lukashenko, a president with scruples

BEST OF THE WEB: Alexandr Lukashenko, a president with scruples

One day at the beginning of April this year I had an awakening. It dawned on me that Russia had been leaned upon to change its policy regarding COVID-19. By that time the virus had spread through the UK like wildfire and was reaching its peak whereas in Russia there had been few infections and very few deaths. It disturbed me that Russia Today (RT), a favoured TV channel, had changed course. It had always been a safe harbour in which to dock alternative viewpoints and seek solace from the lies and dogma of our own major news broadcasters. With the exception of events of 9/11 Russia Today seemed to offer a refreshing and often incisively critical insight into world affairs, throwing new light on the Skripal affair and the alleged chemical attacks in Syria, among other worthy reporting. When the viral spread of SARS-COV-2 hit the west, forcing lockdowns and facial masks, RT was praising Russia's efforts in controlling the spread and keeping deaths to a minimum. By all measures it...

China slaps sanctions on 11 US lawmakers, citizens, in retaliation against the Trump administration

China slaps sanctions on 11 US lawmakers, citizens, in retaliation against the Trump administration

China is imposing new sanctions on 11 U.S. citizens, including a handful of lawmakers, in retaliation for the action the U.S. took against Hong Kong officials last week. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian announced the new sanctions on Monday during a daily press briefing, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new sanctions will hit five GOP lawmakers who are considered hawks on China and have been critical of Beijing's actions in Hong Kong: Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. Also included in the list of sanctioned Americans are Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth, National Endowment for Democracy President Carl Gershman, and Freedom House President Michael Abramowitz. "In response to the erroneous actions of the U.S., China has decided to impose sanctions today on those individuals who behaved badly on Hong Kong-related issues," Lijian said at the...

Loud home-shaking boom in Saranac Lake, New York attributed to sonic boom

Loud home-shaking boom in Saranac Lake, New York attributed to sonic boom

State Police say a sonic boom may have caused the explosive sound that rattled homes and businesses in the Adirondack Mountains Thursday morning. The mysterious blast was heard at about 10:10 a.m. in the Saranac Lake area. Troopers in Ray Brook said they were still trying to determine what caused the blast but said it appeared to be a sonic boom. "It's sounding like there were jets flying over the area," Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said. Fleishman said members of the State Police aviation operation heard the blast and said it sounded like a sonic boom caused when a jet travels faster than the speed of sound. But so far, no regional air base was claiming responsibility.

New Iran envoy Elliott Abrams raises the risk that Israel will provoke Trump into conflict with Tehran

New Iran envoy Elliott Abrams raises the risk that Israel will provoke Trump into conflict with Tehran

The danger that Benjamin Netanyahu will provoke Donald Trump into attacking Iran is not over. In fact, the risk of conflict just increased — because the new U.S. special envoy for Iran is none other than Elliott Abrams, the defender of mass murder in the1980s in Central America who is also fanatically pro-Israel. But you won't learn about this risk in today's New York Times. It appears that Times reporters David Sanger and Michael Crowley are secretly moonlighting for Brian Hook, the outgoing U.S. Iran diplomat. Their article only mentions Abrams once, and goes on to whitewash Hook's career and give a distorted view of U.S. policy toward Iran. Let's turn to Eric Alterman for a recent, thorough look at Elliott Abrams and his criminal dishonesty about U.S.-sponsored crimes in Central America in the 1980s. Alterman provides facts to substantiate his view that Abrams was a "cheerleader for murderous dictators, and the new Iran envoy's career was literally built on the defense of mass...

Las Vegas: over 223K mail-in ballots bounced as 'undeliverable' in recent primary election, from one county

Las Vegas: over 223K mail-in ballots bounced as 'undeliverable' in recent primary election, from one county

More than 223,000 mail-in ballots sent to registered voters in Clark County, Nevada, were bounced as "undeliverable" in the state's June primary election, newly released data reveals. According to data collected by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) from the Clark County Election Department, a total of 223,469 mail-in ballots sent to registered voters for the June 9 primary election ended up bouncing as "undeliverable" — 17 percent of the total 1,325,934 mail-in ballots that were sent out in the county. "These numbers show how vote by mail fails," PILF President J. Christian Adams said in a statement, adding: "New proponents of mail balloting don't often understand how it actually works. States like Oregon and Washington spent many years building their mail voting systems and are notably aggressive with voter list maintenance efforts. Pride in their own systems does not somehow transfer across state lines. Nevada, New York, and others are not and will not be ready for...

Police face off with protesters after Lukashenko wins another term as president of Belarus

Police face off with protesters after Lukashenko wins another term as president of Belarus

Police in Belarus have cracked down on opposition protesters after an official exit poll put President Alexander Lukashenko on course to win a sixth term. The exit poll for state television on Sunday gave Lukashenko 79.7 percent of Sunday's vote, with his main challenger, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, coming second with 6.8 percent. A political newcomer, Tikhanovskaya mounted an historic challenge to Lukashenko and drew big crowds in campaign rallies around the country. Preliminary results are not expected until Monday. Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, had pledged to crush any protests but thousands of protesters took to the streets of the capital, Minsk, shortly after the exit poll was broadcast. The opposition had said it expected the results to be rigged. Late on Sunday, the atmosphere in the city was tense as riot police faced off with opposition protesters, beating some with truncheons and using flash-bang grenades to try to disperse them. Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen,...

Severe storms bring tennis ball-size hail, damaging winds, torrential rain to Minneapolis - Saint Paul

Severe storms bring tennis ball-size hail, damaging winds, torrential rain to Minneapolis - Saint Paul

Round after round of severe storms brought large hail, damaging winds and torrential rain to the Twin Cities metro area late Sunday into early Monday. The storms also sparked nearly continuous lightning and thunder for much of the night across the metro area. Winds gusted to 61 mph at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. As of 9:10 a.m., Xcel Energy reported more than 10,000 homes and businesses without power in the wake of the storms, mostly in the south and west metro. The Bloomington Fire Department reported early Monday that "fire crews have been responding to numerous incidents since the storms started last evening. Many trees and limbs blocking roads throughout the city." There were widespread reports of hailstones the size of golf balls or larger. The National Weather Service received a report of tennis-ball-size hail in Loretto in western Hennepin County. Prolonged hailstorm in Victoria with quarter to golf ball-sized hail! #mnwx pic.twitter.com/ImoqiphEg1 — MPR...

Tens of thousands of Quebecois stage mass march against plandemic tyranny

Tens of thousands of Quebecois stage mass march against plandemic tyranny

On August 8th, tens of thousands of citizens in Montreal took the streets to protest the draconian and unscientific push towards tyranny under the pretext of public health. Legacy news outlets controlled by the globalist deep state either failed to cover this event, or gave it a passing mention, despite it being a tremendous outpouring. Such manifestations, given that they have not been promoted or financed by corporatist oligarchs and their fake news media outlets, are a good indicator that tremendously more are, or have now, woken up. Thousands of demonstrators marched through downtown Montreal last Saturday to protest against the Quebec government's mandatory mask regulations. The protesters — the vast majority of whom did not wear masks — carried signs and wore t-shirts indicating a variety of motivations and ideologies in opposition to face coverings. Some demanded freedom, some were critical of the Coalition Avenir Québec government, Premier François Legault or public health...

Is the OPEC+ alliance beginning to crumble?

Is the OPEC+ alliance beginning to crumble?

It's been a wild and bumpy ride for OPEC+ this year. The consortium, consisting of the traditional members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries plus oil and gas superpower Russia, was largely responsible for the huge collapse in oil prices toward the end of April. After a huge drop in oil demand corresponding with the devastating spread of the novel coronavirus around the world, an OPEC+ strategy meeting turned into a spat between Russia and Saudi Arabia which then turned into an all-out oil price war and massive global oil glut. The oil storage shortage created by this glut would go on to push the West Texas Intermediate crude benchmark into previously-unthinkable negative territory, closing out the day on April 30th at nearly $40 below zero per barrel. OPEC+ has since reconciled and once again banded together to address the oil market crisis, making myriad pledges and severe production cuts to bolster crude oil prices. But many of the countries that made those...

Agreement on Taliban prisoner release brings Afghan peace talks a step closer

Agreement on Taliban prisoner release brings Afghan peace talks a step closer

The Afghan government and the Taliban are on the verge of starting peace talks aimed at ending almost two decades of war in Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani said that he will approve the release of 400 Taliban militants. Ghani announced his intention to sign a decree to release the militants on August 9, shortly after the move was recommended by 3,400 prominent Afghans at a three-day Loya Jirga in Kabul. Afghan government sources have suggested that Ghani is likely to sign the release order on August 10. The decision came more than five months after Washington and the Taliban made the release of prisoners by both sides a condition for the talks between the militant group and Kabul. The talks will start in Doha, Qatar, after the completion of the prisoner release, expected in the next few days, the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Twitter. Khalilzad welcomed Ghani's decision and the declaration of the Loya Jirga, a traditional meeting of Afghan...

Zero self-awareness: Stelter claims left-wing media not dedicated to 'tearing down Trump'

Zero self-awareness: Stelter claims left-wing media not dedicated to 'tearing down Trump'

CNN chief medial reporter Brian Stelter beclowned himself yet again during Sunday's no-so Reliable Sources. Between raging at right-wing media and talk radio for questioning Joe Biden's mental lucidity, and claiming left-wing hacks like himself weren't dedicated to "tearing down" President Trump, Stelter was out to prove that he was willing to lie with impunity. And at one point, a guest floated the idea of weaponizing the Federal Communication Commission to target and presumably shut down right-wing talk radio. Gaslighting his viewers from the get-go, Stelter hoped they wouldn't remember how he was among the first in the liberal media to demand the press start questioning Trump's mental health, as he railed against right-wing media for now questioning Biden's. Suggesting his opponents lived in "a totally alternative universe," he warned CNN's gullible, lefty viewers: "What you are about to hear them say is mind-boggling. Look, whether you like Biden or not, this stuff is offensive...

SOTT FOCUS: The Cambridge Four: Spies Who Hijacked America

SOTT FOCUS: The Cambridge Four: Spies Who Hijacked America

As a doctoral candidate at Cambridge working under "FBI Informant" Stefan Halper, I had a front-row seat for Russiagate Global scandals now labeled Russiagate, Spygate, and what President Trump calls "Obamagate" shook the political world, but hit me closer to home. I'm the reason the so-called FBI "spy" at the center of Spygate, Stefan Halper, met Carter Page, the alleged "Russian Asset" in Russiagate's Crossfire Hurricane investigation. On May 19, 2018, this realization blindsided me in London as I was about to fly out for my wedding. The New York Times, NBC News and other sources had outed my PhD supervisor, Stefan Halper, as a spy known to the UK's MI6 intelligence service as "The Walrus." It didn't seem real. Could a former professor I once trusted as a mentor have betrayed his word, profession, and country to start these disasters? I had moved to England to pursue an academic career and leave DC's politics behind, only to have my PhD supervisor throw me back into the most...

First electrically injected laser developed by researchers

First electrically injected laser developed by researchers

Materials science researchers, led by electrical engineering professor Shui-Qing "Fisher" Yu, have demonstrated the first electrically injected laser made with germanium tin. Used as a semiconducting material for circuits on electronic devices, the diode laser could improve micro-processing speed and efficiency at much lower costs. In tests, the laser operated in pulsed conditions up to 100 kelvins, or 279 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. "Our results are a major advance for group-IV-based lasers," Yu said. "They could serve as the promising route for laser integration on silicon and a major step toward significantly improving circuits for electronics devices."

'Save Pear from Apple': Small app developer battles IT giant to keep its fruit logo

'Save Pear from Apple': Small app developer battles IT giant to keep its fruit logo

The developers of a meal planning app, which has a pear as its logo, say Apple has taken them to court over it, but the five-man team is reluctant to give in to the corporation. The people behind Prepear software have launched a petition on Change.org, asking Apple to drop its lawsuit which calls on them to change their pear-shaped logo. The Cupertino-based corporation claims that Prepear's emblem, which it described as "a minimalistic fruit style with a proper-angled leaf," confuses buyers into thinking that the app is affiliated with Apple.The logo "quickly calls to thoughts Apple's popular Apple Symbol and produces a very similar commercial effect," it stated. However, the Prepear team said that they have "clearly done nothing wrong," insisting that their logo is completely different from the famous 'bitten apple.'

Iran shutters newspaper after expert questions virus numbers

Iran shutters newspaper after expert questions virus numbers

Iran shut down a newspaper on Monday after it published remarks by an expert who said the official figures on coronavirus cases and deaths in the country account for only 5% of the real toll, allegations rejected by the Health Ministry. Mohammad Reza Sadi, the editor-in-chief of Jahane Sanat, told the official IRNA news agency that authorities closed his newspaper, which began publishing in 2004 and was mainly focused on business news. On Sunday, the daily quoted Mohammad Reza Mahboobfar, an epidemiologist the paper said had worked on the government's anti-coronavirus campaign, as saying the true number of cases and deaths in Iran could be 20 times the number reported by the Health Ministry. He also said the virus was detected in Iran a month earlier than Feb. 19, when authorities announced the first confirmed case. He said they held up the announcement until after the commemorations of the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and parliamentary elections earlier that month....

NASA warns of upcoming close shave with asteroid as doomsday preacher predicts 'apocalyptic fireball'

NASA warns of upcoming close shave with asteroid as doomsday preacher predicts 'apocalyptic fireball'

Two asteroids are set to dart past Earth in the coming days, while NASA has warned about an impending close shave with an airplane-sized space rock. A doomsday preacher has also issued a dire warning about the upcoming encounter. Greatly enhanced detection techniques have allowed astronomers to witness an ever-increasing number of asteroid flybys in recent years. The latest installment will see two space rocks skim past Earth this week. Both of the rocks were only spotted in recent days, a reminder of the threat that undetected asteroids potentially pose to our planet. Thankfully, both of the rocks will pass at a safe distance of more than 1.5 million kilometers (932,056 miles). However, on September 1 we're set for a far closer encounter, when a 28-meter space rock, officially known as 2011 ES4, will skim past Earth at only one third of the distance between our planet and the moon.

'I am a product of a child molester; do I deserve to be loved?' RT speaks to victims of horrific Berlin pedophile abuse scandal

'I am a product of a child molester; do I deserve to be loved?' RT speaks to victims of horrific Berlin pedophile abuse scandal

When a famed sex educator convinced Berlin authorities to house young orphans with known pedophiles, the bizarre scheme led to shocking abuses. Two of his victims spoke to RT in a revealing new documentary. Dr. Helmut Kentler was a star amid the loosening of sexual morals that started in the 60s. A psychologist and sex educator, he lived as an openly gay man and would even by today's standards be seen as a progressive. He set up his Pedagogical Center in Berlin to spread his ideas, and this center would eventually be tasked by the city's senate with placing vulnerable children into care. Kentler, in a shocking move that was supported by Berlin's left-wing senate of the early 1970s, decided to house these boys with known pedophiles, well aware that these predators would have sex with them. That didn't bother Kentler, who argues as recently as 1999 that pedophilia "can have a very positive effect on a boy's personality development." In a parliamentary hearing in 1981, he claimed that...

Why shouldn't Moscow 'denigrate' doddery Biden and the xenophobic 'anti-Russia' establishment? In fact America should do so too!

Why shouldn't Moscow 'denigrate' doddery Biden and the xenophobic 'anti-Russia' establishment? In fact America should do so too!

The US Intelligence Community (IC) issued a report that says Russia is not a fan of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and the anti-Russia 'establishment.' If true, what is so unbelievable about the Kremlin's stance? The statement released on Friday says, in part, that Russia is employing "a range of measures to ... denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia 'establishment.'" It went on to say that this approach is consistent with Moscow's criticism of Joe Biden when he was Barack Obama's vice president "for his role in ... policies on Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia." Perhaps the best response to such an accusation would be to ask: Does the Democratic Party really need the Kremlin's help in denigrating their top nominee for the presidential ticket when Joe Biden has been more than capable of denigrating himself? In fact, the day before the IC statement was released it was difficult to deny that the...

Trump denies suggesting adding his face to Mount Rushmore, but calls it 'a good idea'

Trump denies suggesting adding his face to Mount Rushmore, but calls it 'a good idea'

President Trump claimed that a recent New York Times report that he had inquired about having his face added to Mount Rushmore was "Fake News," although he was not exactly opposed to the idea. The Times reported on Saturday that in 2019, a White House aide asked South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's office about how a president could get added to the famed mountain sculpture. CNN later picked up the Times' report, adding a reference to a 2018 Oval Office meeting where, Noem said, Trump asked her about it directly. "This is Fake News by the failing @nytimes & bad ratings @CNN," Trump tweeted Sunday evening. "Never suggested it although, based on all of the many things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me!" Noem claimed, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, that she had encouraged Trump to visit South Dakota, mentioning Mount Rushmore, to which Trump replied that it was his "dream" to have his face on...

Lebanese PM calls for early elections, blames corruption for Beirut blast, massive protests - UPDATES

Lebanese PM calls for early elections, blames corruption for Beirut blast, massive protests - UPDATES

Prime Minister Hassan Diab was appointed to his post in January 2020, succeeding Saad Hariri. Diab's short time in office has been racked with instability from events mostly out of his control, starting with the coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying economic crisis, and culminating in the August 4 explosion in the port of Beirut. Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has called for new parliamentary elections, saying they are the only way to take the country out of its current crisis. "We cannot get out of this structural crisis without holding early parliamentary elections," the independent Sunni politician said Saturday in a televised address. Diab clarified that he would be ready to continue carrying out his duties for the next two months until all of Lebanon's political parties can agree on how to proceed. Commenting on the ongoing probe into the August 4 explosion in Beirut, which has claimed the lives of over 150 people, injured over 5,000 and displaced as many as 300,000...

'Mad Maxine' sure Biden will pick Black woman as VP (as if he's actually doing the choosing)

'Mad Maxine' sure Biden will pick Black woman as VP (as if he's actually doing the choosing)

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) said in a new interview that she is confident presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will pick a Black woman to be his running mate. "We know that we're going to have a Black woman who is going to be the vice president," Waters told Essence in an interview. "Let me guarantee you this, based on everything that I know and understand, and the help that he has already gotten from the Black community with what [Rep.] Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) has done, Jim Clyburn, when he hears about this he's gonna laugh, he can't go home without a Black woman being VP."

Helium structures in Sun's atmosphere found by NASA's sounding rocket

Helium structures in Sun's atmosphere found by NASA's sounding rocket

Helium is the second most abundant element in the universe after hydrogen. But scientists aren't sure just how much there actually is in the Sun's atmosphere, where it is hard to measure. Knowing the amount of helium in the solar atmosphere is important to understanding the origin and acceleration of the solar wind - the constant stream of charged particles from the Sun. In 2009, NASA launched a sounding rocket investigation to measure helium in the extended solar atmosphere - the first time we've gathered a full global map. The results, recently published in Nature Astronomy, are helping us better understand our space environment. Previously, when measuring ratios of helium to hydrogen in the solar wind as it reaches Earth, observations have found much lower ratios than expected. Scientists suspected the missing helium might have been left behind in the Sun's outermost atmospheric layer - the corona - or perhaps in a deeper layer. Discovering how this happens is key to...

Sudan rains and floods claim 20 more lives

Sudan rains and floods claim 20 more lives

At least 20 people were killed and 13 others wounded Sunday in torrential rains and flooding, the latest victims of days of flooding in Sudan, the civil defense said. Heavy rains typically hit Sudan between June and October each year, and this week the country has been badly battered by the downpour. "20 people have died and 13 have been injured while 345 houses were destroyed or badly damaged" across the country Sunday, the civil defense said.

Signs and Portents: A two-headed viper spotted near Mumbai, India

Signs and Portents: A two-headed viper spotted near Mumbai, India

The wildlife rescuers at Kalyan's Gandhare road area on Mumbai's outskirts rescued a two headed Russel viper snake last Thursday, and the visuals of dangerous reptile are viral ever since. The snake reportedly measures 11 cm with both its heads out there with approximately 2 cm dimensions. Found mostly in and around country's both Eastern and Western Ghats, the Russell's Viper snake is one of the most venomous snake species found in India, and reportedly also causes one of the most incidents of snake bites. The snake was rescued by Mumbai-based War Rescue Foundation, after the wildlife conservation group received a call from a Kalyan resident Dimple Shah, following which two rescuers managed to to rescue the snake from the spot, Mumbai Live reported.

Gunmen kill six French tourists, their driver and guide in Niger

Gunmen kill six French tourists, their driver and guide in Niger

Gunmen on motorcycles killed six French tourists and a Nigerien tour guide and driver in Niger on Sunday, AFP reported, citing a local governor. The attackers struck in the West African country's Kouré area, the agency quoted the governor of Tillaberi, Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella, as saying. The French foreign ministry said "checks are underway" into the reports of the attack. There was no immediate comment from the government in Niger.

Trinidad and Tobago - Floods and landslides after 4.7 inches of rain in 9 hours

Trinidad and Tobago - Floods and landslides after 4.7 inches of rain in 9 hours

At least 2 homes were destroyed after heavy rainfall caused flash flooding and landslides in Trinidad on 08 August, 2020. Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said 120.6 mm of rain fell in Caura in 9 hours early on 08 August. North Oropouche recorded 93.2mm, La Reunion (Piarco) 81.1mm and Moka 68.4mm during the same period. The Service also warned on 08 August that "River levels are currently near threshold values in some parts, especially along the Caroni River basin and flooding is ongoing in certain regions as well."

AG Bill Barr says 'socialist' BLM protesters have created 'urban guerrilla warfare' because of their desire for a left-wing 'utopia'

AG Bill Barr says 'socialist' BLM protesters have created 'urban guerrilla warfare' because of their desire for a left-wing 'utopia'

Attorney General William Barr claimed that Black Lives Matter protesters have inundated US cities with a new form of 'urban guerrilla warfare' because of a 'lust for power' and desire for a 'progressive utopia.' Tensions between Republicans and Democrats ratcheted up significantly in recent months as the United States, still overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases, was hit with a swath of protests ahead of the November presidential election. Politicians on both sides of the aisles have hurled blame on each other for the civil unrest from dissatisfied Americans disillusioned by law enforcement and the federal government.

Widespread looting reported in Chicago after police-involved shooting

Widespread looting reported in Chicago after police-involved shooting

Video emerged online purporting to show widespread looting and police clashes in Chicago early Monday in response to a police-involved shooting Sunday that wounded a suspect in his late teens or early 20s. Fox 32 Chicago reported that the shooting occurred Sunday afternoon in the city's Englewood neighborhood. A crowd emerged that faced off against the police and eventually began hurling things at the officers. Police told the Chicago Tribune that someone spread the unfounded rumor that it was a child who was hit. A police officer told the station that an officer sustained a shoulder injury in the confrontation and one of the police cars had its windows broken. The tension carried on into the night.

Why is the BBC promoting identity politics?

Why is the BBC promoting identity politics?

It is supposed to bring us together. But it has embraced a divisive agenda. While the identity-obsessed left peddles its white-privilege theories, white working-class boys languish at the bottom of the academic pile. The evidence is clear, available for all to see on Gov.uk — white working-class boys are the most consistently disadvantaged social group in our country, after gypsies, and nobody in the mainstream media is willing to fight their corner. For the BBC to be further perpetuating the critical race theory myth of 'white privilege' adds insult to injury. To suggest 'privilege' is primarily based on skin colour is overly simplistic and, frankly, somewhat racist. That's precisely what the BBC commissioned John Amaechi to say on its educational outlet, BBC Bitesize, last week. Worse, when called out by Andrew Neil on Twitter, John Amaechi acted as if his words were not his opinions after all, but indisputable facts.

New 'breakthrough' Alzheimer's drug fast-tracked by US watchdog

New 'breakthrough' Alzheimer's drug fast-tracked by US watchdog

The first drug that could halt Alzheimer's is to be fast-tracked for approval, in what experts say could be the biggest breakthrough yet in the fight against the disease. Charities said the decision by US watchdogs to give the treatment a "priority review" could mean it would be prescribed within six months, giving hope to sufferers everywhere. Trials have found that patients given aducanumab showed improvements in their language skills and ability to keep track of time and place, and a slower loss of memory.

More Americans are relinquishing their US citizenship than ever before

More Americans are relinquishing their US citizenship than ever before

Amid the growing number of concerns in the United States, a new trend has surfaced in the country. According to a new research published on August 9, a record number of people are now giving up US citizenship. In the first half of 2020, over 5,800 gave up their citizenship of the US, as compared to the 2,072 Americans who gave it up in all of 2019, as per data from Bambridge Accountants.

The evilness of America's ruling class

The evilness of America's ruling class

The landmark Gilens & Page study in 2014, which was the first study anywhere to examine the data to determine scientifically whether or not a given Government is a democracy or instead a dictatorship, studied the U.S. data, and found conclusively that it's a dictatorship. The U.S. is controlled by its six or seven hundred billionaires (the study identified America's ruling class as only "economic elites and organized groups representing business interests", but the people who own the controlling interest in over 90% of that and hire their lobbyists and fund the careers of the winning politicians are simply America's billionaires, the U.S. oligarchy or "aristocracy"). After that landmark 2014 study, other reports came forth, all adding further confirmation to its findings. What is the result of billionaires-rule? America has a higher percentage of its people in prison than any other nation on Earth, and none of America's prisoners are billionaires nor spouse or child of any,...

How did three Marxist-inspired women who began BLM dupe the entire country?

How did three Marxist-inspired women who began BLM dupe the entire country?

As riots and protests have continued to unfold around the country following the custodial death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement has taken center stage. Yet as their popularity grows, I've continued to wonder; How did three Marxist-inspired women who began the BLM movement dupe the entire country? BLM has become many things to different people. Spirited debates occur between police officers within the same ranks as well as family members and social networks involving cops and the community. Nevertheless, one thing is relatively certain, if you take a public position contrary to the movement, you'll likely be branded a racist. While pockets of injustice should always be addressed and remedied, have you also wondered how a movement created by radicals spreading disinformation and outright lies have duped an entire country? Moreover, how did it become an enormously powerful entity with political clout that is able to clobber anyone who dares to speak truth regarding...