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Scientists restore rejects through cross-circulation to a pigScientists restore rejects through cross-circulation to a pig
Damaged human lungs could be made suitable for use in transplants through cross-circulation to a pig, new research suggests. In a paper in the journal Nature Medicine, a team from Vanderbilt and Columbia universities in the US describes trials which showed substantial improvements of cell viability, tissue quality, inflammatory responses and respiratory function using the technique. Transplantation is the only definitive cure for end-stage lung disease, but its use is limited by an insufficient supply of high-quality donor lungs. Only about 20% are considered to be in suitable condition, says Vanderbilt's Matthew Bacchetta, making lungs the least-used solid organ for transplant The current standard of care for donor lungs is ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP), a mechanical support system that can preserve lungs for up to eight hours but has limited means to rehabilitate them. In previous work, Bacchetta, Columbia's Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic and colleagues found that damaged pig lungs...
Macron's slow disintegration of the French RepublicMacron's slow disintegration of the French Republic
For the past three years, a profound protest has been heard throughout France. It has taken on hitherto unknown forms. Claiming to be a republican ideal, it is questioning the way in which political personnel serve the institutions. Faced with it, the President of the Republic monkeys a dialogue that he manipulates at every stage. For Thierry Meyssan, the country's worst enemies are not those who want to divide it into communities, but those who have been elected and have forgotten the meaning of their mandate. The first wave In October 2018, in France, a deaf woman protested from small towns and the countryside. The country's leaders and the media were stunned to discover the existence of a social class they did not know and had never met before: a petty bourgeoisie, which had been excluded from the big cities and relegated to the "French desert", an area where public services are rationed and public transport is non-existent. This protest, which in some places turned into an...
BEST OF THE WEB: The Russiagate Spectacle: Season 2?BEST OF THE WEB: The Russiagate Spectacle: Season 2?
If it's an election year, there must be a Russiagate story. The Clintons and their neoliberal progeny, including the current standard bearer for corporate liberalism, have turned the Democratic Party into a branch office of the Deep State Inc., whose propaganda drones, the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and MSNBC act like hired guns for the Office of War Information. There's nothing new about the mainstream media (MSM) being teammates with the State Department and the CIA. Carl Bernstein published a major investigative report back in 1977 that revealed that the Times and their fellow travelers had been functioning as the overseas eyes and ears of the Agency, what was called "Operation Mockingbird," since 1948. The MSM were practically owned by the CIA. The Times still goes to "The Company" before reporting events abroad. Given that the largest section of Americans still depends on television for news, and TV in turn relies heavily on the New York Times for the international...
RAND Corporation's hope that NATO opposes Russia in the Mediterranean is divorced from realityRAND Corporation's hope that NATO opposes Russia in the Mediterranean is divorced from reality
Russia is conducting "military intimidation" in the Mediterranean according to RAND in a newly published article titled "Russia Is Eyeing the Mediterranean. The U.S. and NATO Must Be Prepared." The authors claim that "As part of its great power exertions Russia seeks more access and freedom of movement in the Mediterranean region, and is bolstering its military footprint to achieve this objective." The authors also urge the U.S. and NATO to meet "this rising challenge" by developing "a more robust southern strategy with a reinforced air and naval presence." RAND is considered the U.S. Air Force's think tank as it was established by General H. H. "Hap" Arnold, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and by aeronautical engineer Theodore von Kármán. The bulk of its funding in its early formation was from the Air Force. Therefore, when reading RAND reports it must be noted that articles are written through the eyes of US unilateralism and unipolarity. The authors argue that "By upgrading its...
Serbia protests: President Vučić caught between coronavirus and color revolutionSerbia protests: President Vučić caught between coronavirus and color revolution
On the evenings of July 7th and 9th, a wave of unrest swept through several Serbian cities - chiefly Belgrade - in opposition to an announcement from Vučić that Belgrade would return to the government mandated coronavirus quarantine lockdowns. Largely the protests were peaceful if energetic, with the vast majority of protesters of all ages and walks of life observing norms and voicing their opposition to the announcement that quarantine would return. Many of those protesting were not anti-Vučić per se, and their issues were not political in the electoral sense, but opposed the return to lockdowns which seem arbitrary and capricious at this point. Vučić Responds Reasonably to Peaceful Protesters In response to the protests, the Serbian government heard and understood the nature of the grievances, and did something quite rational - in a statement aired on live television, Vučić rescinded the return to quarantine order, which was otherwise to go into effect on the weekend of July...
Masks mandatory for England's shoppers, fines for non-complianceMasks mandatory for England's shoppers, fines for non-compliance
Face masks will become mandatory in shops across England, ministers are to announce on Tuesday, following mixed messages, a cabinet split and mounting pressure on Boris Johnson to change public advice. New legislation will not come into force until Friday 24 July, however, raising concerns over the risk of coronavirus spreading over the next 10 days as lockdown is eased. Comment: Masks were voluntary before and after the lockdown however it's only now, after the virus has spread throughout the country, that masks are being enforced. It only makes sense when one realises there's another agenda in play. Enforcement, which will include a fine of up to £100 for non-compliance, will be down to police, though shop staff will be expected to encourage the policy, No 10 said. Comment: Turning people against each other has been a running theme: Global Gestapo: UK police ask public to report on anyone who APPEARS to be breaching lockdown rules with new online tool
The new abnormal: UK pub installs electric fence to enforce social distancingThe new abnormal: UK pub installs electric fence to enforce social distancing
An electric fence has been erected at a pub bar to ensure people keep socially distanced from one another. Staff at The Star Inn in St Just were struggling to keep punters under control following their recent reopening. Rather than continuing their attempts at herding the proverbial cats, they have erected an electric fence, Devon Live reported. Star Inn landlord Johnny McFadden confirmed that the fence was placed there to enforce social distancing.
Tomato plants send electrical signals to each other through fungiTomato plants send electrical signals to each other through fungi
The soil beneath our feet is alive with electrical signals being sent from one plant to another, according to research in which a University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering participated. UAH's Dr. Yuri Shtessel and Dr. Alexander Volkov, a professor of biochemistry at Oakwood University, coauthored a paper that used physical experiments and mathematical modeling to study transmission of electrical signals between tomato plants. Dr. Shtessel's specialty is control engineering. Control algorithms are widely applicable across disciplines, for instance in aerospace vehicle control.
UK farm reports over 70 Covid-19 cases following increased testing, workers asked to self-isolateUK farm reports over 70 Covid-19 cases following increased testing, workers asked to self-isolate
At least 73 people have tested positive for the new coronavirus at a farm in Herefordshire in the UK, according to local media. A S Green and Co, based in Mathon near Malvern, says 73 of its 200 employees have COVID-19 following an outbreak there. Its workers, mainly responsible for picking and packing vegetables, are now asked to isolate in mobile homes on site.
Enormous 'superflare' detected on nearby starEnormous 'superflare' detected on nearby star
The cold, dark chaos of space is filled with mystery. Fortunately, the ways in which we can peer into the mists of the void are increasing, and now include Kyoto University's 3.8 meter Seimei telescope. Using this new instrument -- located on a hilltop in Okayama to the west of Kyoto -- astronomers from Kyoto University's Graduate School of Science and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan have succeeded in detecting 12 stellar flare phenomena on AD Leonis, a red dwarf 16 light years away. In particular, one of these flares was 20 times larger than those emitted by our own sun. "Solar flares are sudden explosions that emanate from the surfaces of stars, including our own sun," explains first author Kosuke Namekata.
LA's first black DA slams BLM for targeting her homeLA's first black DA slams BLM for targeting her home
Says defunding the police would lead to lawlessness Holding homemade signs, a crowd has gathered in downtown L.A. nearly every Wednesday for two and a half years, screaming a familiar chant. "Jackie Lacey must go! Jackie Lacey will go!" Their mission has intensified in the wake of George Floyd's death and resulting nationwide protests. But unlike other Black Lives Matter targets -- including police brutality often at the hands of White officers -- their aim is on Los Angeles County's first Black and female district attorney, a homegrown prosecutor raised in South L.A.
Tornado filmed in San Juan, MexicoTornado filmed in San Juan, Mexico
Tornado spotted in San Juan, Puebla - Mexico, July 9, 2020.
The Erasure of Western HistoryThe Erasure of Western History
Remember when you were told that slippery-slope arguments are fallacious? Such a style of argument became particularly relevant during the last decade, often invoked by the right and ridiculed by the left. A slippery-slope argument was at the core of the 2017 debate over the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, which led to the now infamous 'Unite-the-Right' rally at Charlottesville. The argument made by many on the right was simple: 'The taking down of Robert E. Lee would lead to the taking down of other statues deemed to be racist.' What started as the removal of a few Confederate generals will end with the removal of figures such as Washington and Lincoln. The liberal left largely derided this style of argument, saying at the time that it invoked what they called the slippery-slope fallacy. Just because some statues are coming down over racism, they said, it does not mean statues of other, seemingly more decent men, will come down too. Fast forward three years,...
Soros donates $330M to radical BLM groups, includes movement to 'end policing as we know it'Soros donates $330M to radical BLM groups, includes movement to 'end policing as we know it'
The Soros Foundation announced $220 million donations to BLM and black-led justice organizations building power in black communities across the country. The Open Society Foundations added that the donations will help the movement to "end policing as we know it." This is not the first time Soros has donated to Black Lives Matter. In August 2016 the mysterious "DC Leaks" website posted hacked documents from George Soros's Open Society. The documents included information on operations in Latin America, Eurasia, Asia, the US, Europe and the World Bank. One document revealed Soros paid $650,000 to the Black Lives Matter movement. The Washington Times accused Soros of giving at least $33 million in one year to the far left groups that emboldened black lives matter activists.
60-year-old woman mauled to death by leopard in Nainital, India - 3rd recent fatal attack60-year-old woman mauled to death by leopard in Nainital, India - 3rd recent fatal attack
A 60-year-old woman was mauled to death by a leopard when she went to collect fodder for cattle in Manora forest range of Nainital forest division. Deceased Uma Devi was a resident of Saun village. This is the second leopard attack in a fortnight in the same area, leading to the conviction that the same leopard is behind both attacks. According to Nainital divisional forest officer (DFO) Bijulal (who uses only his first name), forest teams have installed cages and camera traps and are trying to find the leopard. A process has also been initiated to give the woman's family Rs 3 lakh compensation.
Migrants in US syphon $19B untaxed remittances to China, $103B globallyMigrants in US syphon $19B untaxed remittances to China, $103B globally
Migrants in the United States sent about $103 billion in mostly untaxed remittances to six foreign countries last year — including about $19 billion to China. A World Bank report, detailed by the Wall Street Journal, reveals the extent to which foreign nationals living in the U.S. drain mostly untaxed money from the nation's economy to send to relatives overseas. In 2019, migrants sent close to $40 billion to Mexico and nearly $20 billion to China. Only one state in the U.S., Oklahoma, taxes remittances. Last year, the state raked in more than $13 million from its one percent remittance tax. Migrants in the U.S. also sent about $14 billion to India, another $14 billion to the Philippines, $10 billion to Guatemala, and $9 billion to Vietnam — almost all of which is untaxed.
Two-faced Jake Tapper, admonishing Trump for lack of mask, shows 'no need for masks' clip on his own showTwo-faced Jake Tapper, admonishing Trump for lack of mask, shows 'no need for masks' clip on his own show
CNN's Jake Tapper was confronted with coverage from his own show claiming masks were "not needed" during the Covid-19 pandemic, after he tweeted Donald Trump may have saved lives if he'd worn them in public months ago. "Some day someone will do a study on how many lives might have been saved if this happened in February or March," Tapper tweeted, reacting to the president being pictured for the first time wearing a mask. Shaming citizens for refusing to wear masks in public - despite many states and businesses requiring them - has become commonplace on social media, but in "February or March," health officials were claiming they were "not needed" and insisting Americans not go out and buy them.
Lam: Dem's plan for legislative majority to oppose government policy might be illegal according to security lawLam: Dem's plan for legislative majority to oppose government policy might be illegal according to security law
Chief Exec. Carrie Lam has said that a coordinated effort by democrats to win a majority in the legislature in order to oppose government policy may be illegal under the national security law. Lam was asked on Monday for her reaction to the pro-democracy camp's primary election over the weekend, which saw a high turnout of over 600,000 citizens. At a press conference, she warned that people must not "interfere, disrupt [or] cause confusion" in the run-up to the legislative election in November: "If this so-called primary election's purpose is to achieve the ultimately goal of... rejecting to, resisting every policy initiative of the Hong Kong SAR government, then it may fall into the category of subverting the state power, which is now one of the four types offences under the new national security law." Lam added she was only issuing a warning, but there may be a case to answer.
High treason: Ex-journalist Ivan Safronov allegedly passed secrets to NATO state Czech RepublicHigh treason: Ex-journalist Ivan Safronov allegedly passed secrets to NATO state Czech Republic
Ivan Safronov, a former journalist and a current adviser to the head of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, has been charged with treason. He is alleged to have passed secret information to the Czechs at the behest of the US. Safronov, who previously wrote for the well-known Russian newspapers Kommersant and Vedomosti, is believed by investigators from the Federal Security Service to have been working for the Czech Republic, a NATO member state. According to Safronov's lawyer, Ivan Pavlov, he maintains his innocence. He also explained that Safronov will cooperate with the investigation. If found guilty, Safronov could serve up to 20 years in jail.
The revelations of Wikileaks, No. 8 destroys the myth it published nothing on Israel, SyriaThe revelations of Wikileaks, No. 8 destroys the myth it published nothing on Israel, Syria
One myth about WikiLeaks is that it favors U.S. enemies and declines to publish documents against them, while another legend is that WikiLeaks, for obscure reasons, is soft on Israel, reports Patrick Lawrence. As WikiLeaks continued its document releases, and as major news organizations continued to publish fulsome accounts and analyses of these releases, the media's stance toward Julian Assange and his organization began to turn: What had begun as collegial collaboration was transformed into criticism and denigration — this in accordance with the hardening attitudes of the U.S. and allied governments. The key events in this shift were WikiLeaks' publication in October 2010 of "Iraq War Logs," comprised of 392,000 Army field reports, and, a month later, the phased publication of "Cablegate," a collection of 251,287 State Department emails. "Cablegate" was the first major release of U.S. diplomatic traffic in WikiLeaks' "Public Library of U.S. Diplomacy." At writing, this...
Researchers determine a younger age for Earth's moonResearchers determine a younger age for Earth's moon
The moon formed a little later than previously assumed. When a Mars-sized protoplanet was destroyed in a collision with the young Earth, a new body was created from the debris ejected during this collision, which became the moon. Planetary geophysicists at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), led by Maxime Maurice, together with researchers at the University of Münster, have used a new numerical model to reconstruct the time at which the event occurred — 4.425 billion years ago. The previous assumptions about the formation of the moon were based on an age of 4.51 billion years — that, is 85 million years earlier than the new calculations reveal. The scientists have reported their findings in Science Advances.
Veteran activists slam BLM as Democrat weapon that 'profits from the death of black men' and drowns out grassroots voicesVeteran activists slam BLM as Democrat weapon that 'profits from the death of black men' and drowns out grassroots voices
The Black Lives Matter movement has made millions off black Americans' suffering. A St. Louis activist explains how it comes from a long tradition of white liberals coopting grassroots movements to push a Democratic Party agenda. The foundation-funded social justice activism of Black Lives Matter is using black pain to cash in on white liberal guilt, dividing American society in pursuit of a Democratic political agenda, St. Louis activist Nyota Uhura told RT. Uhura founded her website handsupdontshoot.com in August 2014 to counter false narratives coming out of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Having witnessed BLM's rise up close as the nascent organization swooped into Ferguson amid the calls for justice triggered by Brown's killing, methodically coopting the genuine protest energy while ignoring or even obstructing those protesters' demands, Uhura has fought to warn others of what the organization really represents -...
Uncovering the hidden magnetic universeUncovering the hidden magnetic universe
Astronomers are discovering that magnetic fields permeate much of the cosmos. If these fields date back to the Big Bang, they could solve a major cosmological mystery. Anytime astronomers figure out a new way of looking for magnetic fields in ever more remote regions of the cosmos, inexplicably, they find them. These force fields — the same entities that emanate from fridge magnets — surround Earth, the sun and all galaxies. Twenty years ago, astronomers started to detect magnetism permeating entire galaxy clusters, including the space between one galaxy and the next. Invisible field lines swoop through intergalactic space like the grooves of a fingerprint. Last year, astronomers finally managed to examine a far sparser region of space — the expanse between galaxy clusters. There, they discovered the largest magnetic field yet: 10 million light-years of magnetized space spanning the entire length of this "filament" of the cosmic web. A second magnetized filament has already been...
5 killed in lightning strikes in Jharkhand, India5 killed in lightning strikes in Jharkhand, India
Five persons were killed and one injured after being struck by lightning in Jharkhand's Dumka and Giridih districts, officials said. According to Dumka Sub-Divisional Officer Maheshwar Mahato, lightning struck 30-year-old Somlal Besra and 20-year-old Rajiv Hansda when they were having snacks at a roadside eatery at Makrampur in Masalia police station area. Both of them died on the spot, Mr Mahato said. Shop owner Bablu Das (27) was admitted to a health centre with burn injuries, he said. In a separate incident in Dumka, Rafique Ansari, who was in his 30s, died during lightning strikes at Asna village in Shikaripara police station area, the SDO said. In Giridih district, 12-year-old Nitesh Pandit and 35-year-old farmer Ramesh Rai were also fatally struck by lightning during the day, police sources said.
4 dead in northeastern Turkey flash flood4 dead in northeastern Turkey flash flood
At least four people died after heavy rain in northeastern Turkey's Artvin province triggered floods, an official said Monday. Yilmaz Doruk, the provincial governor, told reporters that the flash flood occurred at 7.30 p.m. local time (1630GMT) on Sunday. While inspecting the Yusufeli district, Doruk said the flood hit the construction site of Yusufeli Dam. According to initial findings, he said one of the on-site workers lost his life.
Worst flooding in China for decades leaves 38 million affected, 141 dead or missingWorst flooding in China for decades leaves 38 million affected, 141 dead or missing
More than 140 people are either dead or missing due to severe floods in several Chinese regions that have affected nearly 38 million people, authorities in Beijing said on Sunday. "As of July 12, 37.9 million people have been affected as a result of floods in 27 regions, including the provinces of Jiangxi, Anhui, Hubei, and Hunan. 141 people are either dead or missing, and 2.25 million people have been evacuated," a statement by the country's State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters read. Earlier in the day, the headquarters raised the country's flood response level from level III to level II, the second highest level. Many rivers, including the Yangtze, have swelled following weeks of torrential rain.
Mad Maxine Waters: Trump, supporters, making sure blacks 'do not rise to any level of influence and power'Mad Maxine Waters: Trump, supporters, making sure blacks 'do not rise to any level of influence and power'
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said on Sunday that President Trump and his supporters are all racist and are actively working to keep black people down. Trump and his base "believe that it is their right and their responsibility to ensure that blacks and people of color and others do not rise to any level of influence and power, significant that would cause them not to be in total charge of the country," Waters said on MSNBC's "AM Joy." The California Democrat did not mention the fact that the last U.S. president, Barack Obama, was black, and that he won easily in two elections. Waters also said the U.S. "justice system is broken," adding that for black people, "it has never really been in our favor, and it has basically been responsible for ensuring that we could never ever get beyond this suppression and this oppression that has been forced upon us for so many years." Comment: Maybe she should read the news: Kanye's real success: Trump now supports criminal justice reform, reducing...
48 confirmed Ebola cases in Congo, WHO declares it an 'active outbreak'48 confirmed Ebola cases in Congo, WHO declares it an 'active outbreak'
Ebola is spreading in western Democratic Republic of Congo, with nearly 50 known cases across a large region bordering the Republic of Congo and Central African Republic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. Since authorities announced the outbreak on 1 June, 48 cases have been confirmed in Congo's Equateur province, with a further three probable cases and a total of 20 deaths, WHO's top emergencies expert Mike Ryan said. "This is still a very active outbreak, and I would say it is still a great concern," Ryan told a news briefing.
Russian prosecutors reverse course - press murder charges against sisters accused of killing abusive fatherRussian prosecutors reverse course - press murder charges against sisters accused of killing abusive father
Russian prosecutors have confirmed murder charges against three sisters accused of killing their abusive father in 2018, the sisters' defense team says, reversing their earlier calls for charges to be dropped and dealing a blow to women's rights activists who see the case as a litmus test for Russia's approach to domestic violence. Attorney Aleksei Liptser, a member of the defense team, told RFE/RL on July 13 that the indictment had been finalized and the case would now go to trial. In July 2018, investigators say, Krestina, Angelina, and Maria Khachaturyan -- then 19, 18, and 17 years old, respectively -- killed their father, Mikhail Khachaturyan, at their home in Moscow's outskirts. Materials gathered by investigators included substantial evidence of protracted sexual and physical abuse by Khachaturyan against his daughters.
'Sweet tooth' cells identified in brain'Sweet tooth' cells identified in brain
New research has identified the specific brain cells that control how much sugar you eat and how much you crave sweet tasting food. Most people enjoy a sweet treat every now and then. But an unchecked "sweet tooth" can lead to overconsumption of sugary foods and chronic health issues like obesity and type 2 diabetes. Understanding the biological mechanisms that control sugar intake and preference for sweet taste could have important implications for managing and preventing these health problems. The new study, led by Matthew Potthoff, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience and pharmacology in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and Matthew Gillum, PhD, at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, focuses on actions of a hormone called fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21). This hormone is known to play a role in energy balance, body weight control, and insulin sensitivity. "This is the first study that's really identified where this hormone is acting in the brain and...
Iran-China pact turbocharges the New Silk RoadsIran-China pact turbocharges the New Silk Roads
China will invest $400 billion in Iran energy and infrastructure but nothing in strategic pact allows for a Chinese troop presence or island handover Two of the US's top 'strategic threats' are getting closer and closer within the scope of the New Silk Roads — the leading 21st century project of economic integration across Eurasia. The Deep State will not be amused. Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi blasted as 'lies' a series of rumours about the 'transparent roadmap' inbuilt in the evolving Iran-China strategic partnership. That was complemented by president Rouhani's chief of staff, Mahmoud Vezi, who said that 'a destructive line of propaganda has been initiated and directed from outside Iran against the expansion of Iran's relations with neighbours and especially (with) China and Russia.' Vezi added, 'this roadmap in which a path is defined for expansion of relations between governments and the private sectors is signed and will continue to be signed between many...
The 'woke' philistines taking over Hollywood hate white men much more than they love cinemaThe 'woke' philistines taking over Hollywood hate white men much more than they love cinema
Hollywood's suffocating new wave of identity politics targets white men, and movies and TV will suffer significantly as a result. Hollywood, despite its reputation as a liberal bastion, has long been a hothouse of vicious reactionary sentiments. For example, the anti-communist mania of the late 1940s and '50s was a particularly shameful time in Hollywood's history. It was during this Red Scare that Hollywood studios created a blacklist where any person thought to be a communist or associated with communists, regardless of their ability, was barred from working in the industry. Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee used the threat of the Hollywood blacklist to force many artists to become informers on their colleagues in order to maintain their livelihoods. Not surprisingly, as the Black Lives Matter panic now rages, Hollywood is once again succumbing to the hideous siren's call of dehumanization and discrimination. Except this time the accusation isn't...
WHO ramps up fear-mongering, warns pandemic will get 'worse and worse and worse' unless countries follow Covid precautionsWHO ramps up fear-mongering, warns pandemic will get 'worse and worse and worse' unless countries follow Covid precautions
The new coronavirus pandemic raging around the globe will worsen if countries fail to adhere to strict healthcare precautions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. "Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from the U.N. agency's headquarters in Geneva. "If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go: it is going to get worse and worse and worse." Global infections stand at 13 million, according to a Reuters tally, with more than half a million deaths. Comment: Put those numbers into perspective: they're comparable to a bad flu season. The lockdowns have only made things worse. They were not designed to eradicate the virus or stop the virus (both of which are impossible), or even to stop deaths, just to spread them out over time to avoid overburdening the healthcare system. But the narrative has...
French police arrest most-wanted 'darknet' paedophile suspectFrench police arrest most-wanted 'darknet' paedophile suspect
French prosecutors said Monday that police had arrested a man suspected of operating paedophilia sites on secret "darknet" internet networks providing pornographic videos and pictures to thousands of people worldwide. The 40-year-old arrested near the southwestern city of Bordeaux on July 7 was described by prosecutors as "one of the 10 most-wanted targets" of authorities fighting child sex crimes around the globe. Bordeaux prosecutor Frederique Porterie said the suspect also appeared to have taken "an active role in the production of child pornography pictures and videos." After being taken in for questioning, he was also charged with the incestuous rape of a minor as well as incestuous sexual assault of a 15-year-old, Porterie said. The suspect admitted the charges against him, she added. French police and investigators from its specialised anti-violence agency worked alongside the EU's Europol police agency. The suspect posted the images on the so-called "darknet" of websites...
China announces sanctions against Rubio, Cruz over Uighur MuslimsChina announces sanctions against Rubio, Cruz over Uighur Muslims
China on Monday announced sanctions against a number of U.S. officials, including Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in retaliation for legislation intended to punish senior Chinese officials over Beijing's alleged treatment of minority Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, according to multiple reports. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the sanctions against the U.S. officials, would begin on Monday. The Republican senators -- both prominent critics of China -- were listed by Hua as targets of the "corresponding sanctions". Others include Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China -- which monitors human rights and submits an annual report to President Trump and Congress, according to Reuters. "The U.S. actions seriously interfere in China's internal affairs, seriously violate the basic norms of international relations and seriously damage Sino-U.S. relations," Hua told...
In cell death, a stunning display of Intelligent DesignIn cell death, a stunning display of Intelligent Design
Some counselors try to comfort the grieving by saying that "dying is a part of life," as if that would cheer up someone dealing with the loss of a loved one. Because of our exceptional natures, people have thoughts of the soul, eternity, and love. These far outstrip the physical necessity of disposing of a body that was housing a sentient being a short time ago. Cells only have the physical disposal to contend with, so in the following discussion, one must not draw comparisons too tightly between human death and cell death. To a cell, dying really is a part of life. There's nothing to grieve about! In fact, billions of cells die in the process of embryonic development, as our organs, fingers, and tissues are sculpted. That's a wonderful thing. Nevertheless, tissues face real challenges in all stages of cell death, from deciding what cells need to bow out, to disposing of the "corpses" afterward. The cellular morgue is exquisitely designed for the challenge.
Steve Bannon claims scientists from Wuhan biolab have 'defected', as he warns Brits off partnering with HuaweiSteve Bannon claims scientists from Wuhan biolab have 'defected', as he warns Brits off partnering with Huawei
FBI gathers evidence that coronavirus pandemic was caused by an accidental leak Experts from the Chinese laboratory at the centre of global suspicion over the coronavirus pandemic have 'defected' and are in the hands of Western intelligence, the architect of Donald Trump's presidential victory claimed last night. Comment: Bannon was not 'the architect of Trump's victory'. He helped, maybe, but Trump was on his way to winning the moment he won over Republican grassroots with his promise to build a wall. Steve Bannon, who was Trump's White House chief strategist and retains close links to the administration, told The Mail on Sunday that spies were building a case against Beijing on the basis that the global pandemic had been caused by a leak from the Institute of Virology in Wuhan and that the subsequent cover-up had amounted to 'pre-meditated murder'. Comment: Would those be the same spies working to unseat the US president? In an exclusive interview, Mr Bannon also urged Boris...
Protesters in Russia's Far East demand release of regional governor charged with murdersProtesters in Russia's Far East demand release of regional governor charged with murders
Hundreds of demonstrators have continued to peacefully protest in Russia's Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk, demanding the release of the region's governor Sergei Furgal, who was arrested last week on charges of attempted murder and ordering the killings of two businessmen in 2004-2005. The protesters marched across the city on July 13 demanding Furgal's release. They had planned to hold a big gathering on the central Lenin Square, but local officials started washing the cobblestones and therefore the protesters decided to march across the city. After police asked them not to block the streets for public transportation, the protesters began marching on sidewalks, holding posters saying "We Are For Furgal," "Freedom To Furgal," "We Are The Power Here." Some protesters chanted slogans against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Other people were joining the protesters as they marched, while drivers of vehicles signaled their support. The number of protesters was less than that at...
Delusional ex-convict Russian priest calls for Putin to step down or face "full-blown spiritual war"Delusional ex-convict Russian priest calls for Putin to step down or face "full-blown spiritual war"
A Russian priest who seized control of a convent, denies the existence of Covid-19, and criticized church leadership, has now called for Vladimir Putin to resign and transfer to him the position of Russian President. Shiigumen Sergius, who was recently defrocked in response to his criticism of the Orthodox Church's coronavirus measures, appealed to Putin in a YouTube video published by his personal spokesman Vsevolod Moguchev. Sergius warned the president that he must resign his post and transfer it to him or face starting a "full-blown spiritual war."
Pub installs electric fence at the bar to ensure people keep social distancingPub installs electric fence at the bar to ensure people keep social distancing
The landlord at The Star Inn in St Just installed an electric fence at the bar to keep drunk punters away from each other after staff were unable to maintain social distancing. An electric fence has been erected at a pub bar to ensure people keep socially distanced from one another. Staff at The Star Inn in St Just were struggling to keep punters under control following their recent reopening.
Lavrov: 'NATO aircraft are used to traffic Afghan drugs'Lavrov: 'NATO aircraft are used to traffic Afghan drugs'
Russia insists that reports about the possible use of NATO aircraft to traffic drugs in Afghanistan be probed into, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday. "We keep on receiving reports, including via mass media, that contraband of opiates has been organized from Afghanistan to other countries, including to Europe, with the use of military aircraft of the NATO coalition," he stated during the Primakov Readings international online forum, TASS reported. "We cannot verify these reports 100% but such reports are coming too regularly to be ignored. If military aircraft were used over Afghanistan, they could have been only NATO's aircraft and such flights could have been performed only by the military or special services. Naturally, such information needs to be probed into, first of all in the United States," Lavrov stressed.
The riots will continue: Portland prosecutors drop charges & release BLM, Antifa riotersThe riots will continue: Portland prosecutors drop charges & release BLM, Antifa rioters
Portland prosecutors just dropped the charges against Black Lives Matter and antifa rioters who have turned downtown Portland into a hell-scape after six weeks of rioting. Rioters who are arrested are ticketed and released. There's an old saying from the Bible that has been adapted by management gurus: What gets rewarded gets repeated. Using that logic, Portland has just signed itself up for more riots. KGW TV looked at the arrests and prosecutions of the 400 people caught by the Portland police at the riots. Multnomah County prosecutors dropped the charges against 59 of the protesters. Dozens of protesters arrested during mass demonstrations in downtown Portland have had their criminal charges dropped and cases closed. KGW analysis of police and court records shows the Multnomah County District Attorney's office dropped charges against at least 59 of the roughly 400 protesters arrested since mass demonstrations started in Portland in late May. The 59 freed rioters represent only...
New research finds CBD reduces severe lung inflammation associated with Covid-19New research finds CBD reduces severe lung inflammation associated with Covid-19
Researchers at the University of Nebraska and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute have recently published a peer-reviewed article suggesting that CBD could be included in the treatment regimen for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Researchers say that both THC and CBD appear to reduce the severe lung inflammation associated with the virus. The article was published in this month's issue of Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, the authors concluded that, "Collectively, these findings support the investigation of cannabinoids as a plausible option to be added as an adjunct to Remdesivir or any new antivirals on SARS-CoV2 induced lung inflammation." The authors of the paper pointed to numerous studies that showed the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. THC is known to have anti-inflammatory properties as well, but because some patients would prefer to not have the psychoactive side effects, the researchers chose to focus specifically on CBD. "Unlike THC, CBD has a high margin of safety and is...
Severe hailstorm, flood hits Pachuca, MexicoSevere hailstorm, flood hits Pachuca, Mexico
Mexico - Heavy rain was recorded accompanied by hail south of the metropolitan area of Pachuca and conurbation area of the municipality of Zempoala, Hidaldo, the consequences of tropical storm Cristina.
Severe flood hits Fuenlabrada, SpainSevere flood hits Fuenlabrada, Spain
Rain storm brings flooding in Fuenlabrada, Madrid - Spain on July 9, 2020.
USA Today RIPPED for claiming Trump T-shirt features Nazi symbol, clarifies eagle is 'longtime US symbol too'USA Today RIPPED for claiming Trump T-shirt features Nazi symbol, clarifies eagle is 'longtime US symbol too'
USA Today had egg on its face after running a "fact check" story verifying the theory that a Trump campaign T-shirt depicts a Nazi symbol. After causing outrage, it clarified that the bald eagle is a "longtime US symbol too." "The claim: Trump campaign shirts feature imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol," USA Today tweeted on Saturday. "Our ruling: true."
China expected to report return to positive GDP growth following sharp contractionChina expected to report return to positive GDP growth following sharp contraction
China may report positive economic growth in the second quarter after a sharp contraction in the first quarter, the China Daily reported, citing Chinese economists. China's policies will remain supportive for the rest of the year to help the economy advance steadily out of the Covid-19 pandemic. China is scheduled to release a set of key economic data this week on second-quarter GDP, trade, investment, industrial production and retail sales. While the government has abandoned setting a specific growth target for this year, much attention remains focused on the second-quarter GDP growth rate as it will shed light on the outlook for the world's second-largest economy and Beijing's future policy direction.
New York Post: 'Ghislaine Maxwell is being moved from cell to cell to avoid assassins'New York Post: 'Ghislaine Maxwell is being moved from cell to cell to avoid assassins'
Comment: That's the same New York Post which - together with its sister UK publication, the Daily Mail - has had ALL the scoops on Epstein (and now, apparently, on Maxwell)... Ghislaine Maxwell is being moved from "cell to cell" in her Brooklyn lockup — over fears someone will try to kill the accused Jeffrey Epstein madam before she stands trial, according to a report. The Post already revealed how the 58-year-old British socialite was forced to wear paper clothes and sleep on a bare mattress so she couldn't hang herself with clothes or bed sheets like Epstein. Comment: Right... just like Epstein. Now insiders have told the Mail on Sunday that prison officials are so "terrified someone will try to kill her" that they are constantly moving her around inside the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
Pro-cop demonstrators clash with Black Lives Matter protesters in Bay Ridge, BrooklynPro-cop demonstrators clash with Black Lives Matter protesters in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Pro-cop demonstrators faced off against Black Lives Matter protesters in southern Brooklyn for the second day in a row Sunday evening in a tense clash where protesters torched an American flag and tossed eggs at each other. Scuffles between the two groups broke out in Bay Ridge as NYPD officers were forced to step in and separate about 100 Black Lives Matter protesters and several dozen cop supporters, video posted on social media showed. The pro-NYPD rally launched from Bay Ridge and Fourth Avenues at about 5:30 p.m., with the counter-protest kicking off at around the same time about a mile away on 86th Street and Fourth Avenue.
Video shows two men stabbed in bizarre NYC subway attackVideo shows two men stabbed in bizarre NYC subway attack
Wild video has emerged of a bizarre stabbing on a Queens subway in which two men were attacked by a knife-wielding stranger, police said. The partially caught on video brawl began on the 7 train when the suspect, Patrick Chambers, 46, shouted at two elderly men sitting across from him, "Why aren't you home with your kids?" police said. Chambers then pulled a blade, allegedly slashing and stabbing the men, who are both in their 70s. The mayhem erupted about 7:25 a.m. on July 5 as the train rolled through Sunnyside.