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Great white shark attacks boat off Esperance, Western Australia; third such incident in a week

Great white shark attacks boat off Esperance, Western Australia; third such incident in a week

Anxious Esperance residents have pleaded for government help after a third attack on a boat by an aggressive great white shark this week. The incident occurred near notorious attack site Kelp Beds Beach. More untagged and aggressive great white sharks have been encountered by people in the past two weeks than the two sharks detected by Fisheries' new $100,000 VR4 receivers, installed on Esperance beaches in June. Fishermen Jacob Oversby, 25, and Luke Christian, 25, were fishing in Wylie Bay last weekend when their 6m boat was attacked by a 3.5m great white shark, the same aggressive shark they had seen two days earlier. After taking just 10 seconds of video of the attack, the fishermen fled. Margaret River surfer and animal behaviourist Neil Innes said the video showed the shark giving a warning slap of its tail, before trying to "kill" the motor.

Dr. Chris Exley: Aluminum toxicity expert

Dr. Chris Exley: Aluminum toxicity expert

Below is a great lecture given by Dr. Chris Exley, who is one of the worlds' leading experts in the subject of aluminum toxicity, and, as he points out in his lecture (2nd video below), which was spoken at a vaccine safety conference, aluminum has absolutely no place in Earth's biota. Sure, a portion of the Earth's crust is made from it, but it does a great job of keeping it (aluminum) completely separate from living things, it cannot penetrate up to where life thrives, until we started using it. Aluminum has no place in the exterior world, biochemically speaking. Since this lecture was given, multiple studies have surfaced showing that aluminum, from vaccines in particular, does not come into the same methods of excretion as it does when we ingest it from other sources. Injectable aluminum is different because it's used as an adjuvant, which means "helper" and without it the vaccines are pretty much useless. Injectable aluminum is meant to stick around, and eventually it finds its way to the brain.

Health problems confirmed with Corexit oil dispersant chemical

Health problems confirmed with Corexit oil dispersant chemical

Back on April 20, 2010, a major environmental catastrophe occurred in the Gulf of Mexico when the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded and 4.9 million barrels of crude spilled into the Gulf waters creating a problem that was not 'fixed' until July 10, 2010 when the rig finally was able to be capped. One of the approved emergency methods to control the oil spill was the use of Corexit™, a chemical dispersant sprayed from aircraft. According to a report about the health issues related to that chemical "Respiratory, Dermal, and Eye Irritation Symptoms Associated with Corexit™ EC9527A/EC9500A following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Findings from the GuLF STUDY," we learn in the Introduction, As part of the oil spill response and cleanup (OSRC), approximately 1.8 million gallons (6.8 million liters) of oil dispersant was applied both to the sea surface [1.07 million gallons (4.05 million liters)] and directly into the stream of oil leaving the wellhead 5,000 feet (1.5 km) underwater [0.77 million gallons (2.9 million liters)] (United States Coast Guard 2011).

American collusion with ISIS: Russian satellite evidence shows US forces assisting terrorists in Syria

American collusion with ISIS: Russian satellite evidence shows US forces assisting terrorists in Syria

The Russian Ministry of Defense has released aerial images which they say show US Army special forces equipment north of the town of Deir er-Zor, where ISIS militants are deployed. US Army special units provide free passage for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) through the battle formations of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists, the ministry said in a statement. "Facing no resistance of the ISIS militants, the SDF units are advancing along the left shore of the Euphrates towards Deir ez-Zor," the statement reads. "Despite that the US strongholds being located in the ISIS areas, no screening patrol has been organized at them," the Russian Ministry of Defense said.

British woman is mauled to death by stray dogs after going missing near Maroneia, Greece

British woman is mauled to death by stray dogs after going missing near Maroneia, Greece

A British woman was mauled to death by stray dogs after going missing in Greece. Authorities found the 64-year-old tourist with marks suggesting she had been savaged by animals in the northern region of Rodopi today. She had been missing since Thursday after returning from a visit to the Mesimvria archaeological site near Petrota Beach by foot. The woman, who had been staying at a guest house in the nearby town of Maroneia, phoned her family in Britain to say she had been attacked by stray dogs. They then called local authorities who launched a search, according to ERT Television. The woman was last seen by swimmers at 4.30pm. Her body was found by police and firefighters at 10.45am local time.

Lightning strikes kill at least 11 in 3 districts of Bangladesh in a day

Lightning strikes kill at least 11 in 3 districts of Bangladesh in a day

At least 11 people were killed in lightning strikes in three districts of the country on Saturday. In Dinajpur, eight were killed as lightning struck them in separate areas of the district in the morning. Of them four were killed at Bochaganj upazila. The deceased are Bonita, 35, Kushal, 16, Sukradi, 30, and Meser Ali, 32. Bochaganj police station Officer-in-Charge Arzu Mohammad said the four were killed while they were working in the field. On the other hand, three were killed in Birol upazila as lightning struck them while they were working in the field during the rain. The deceased could not be identified yet, said Abdul Majid, officer-in-charge of Birol police station. Another unidentified man was killed in Chirirbandar upazila as lightning struck him in the morning.

Record-high health insurance premiums hit New Mexico

Record-high health insurance premiums hit New Mexico

Health insurers in New Mexico are increasing premiums at the highest rate seen in the four-year history of the state's exchanges, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Insurers will increase premiums next year from a range of 36 to 41 percent for midlevel insurance plans. For all plans, premiums are expected to rise a range of 17 to 49 percent. Sixty percent of consumers in New Mexico will qualify for subsidies to lower the cost of the increasing premium. "I feel sorry for the other 40 percent though," said John Franchini, the state's insurance superintendent. "Forty percent have to pay the full brunt of the rate increases." Franchini says that instability of the exchanges is the main reason insurers want premium rate increases. By raising premiums, insurers can be more confident about participating in Obamacare if the extra cash can insulate them from major financial losses.

A foot of snow falls on Mount Bachelor, Oregon; skiing season starts early

A foot of snow falls on Mount Bachelor, Oregon; skiing season starts early

After a foot of snow this week, Mt. Bachelor has become the first place in North America to offer skiing and snowboard this early in the season. Officials set up a terrain park in the base area, where snowboarders and skiers used rails to slide around on the snow. They're offering free access to the terrain park, as well as free "snow-seeing" chairlift rides for foot passengers only. "The storm gave us an opportunity to try something new and unique," said Drew Jackson, Mt. Bachelor's director of sales and marketing. "There was too much snow to open our bike trails this weekend, so we thought we'd put something together with what we had to work with - which was about a foot of snow."

Autistic behaviors seen as reasonable suspicion for arrest: Cop who assaulted autistic boy cleared of wrongdoing

Autistic behaviors seen as reasonable suspicion for arrest: Cop who assaulted autistic boy cleared of wrongdoing

Following a national outcry surrounding the violent takedown of an autistic boy by Officer David Grossman, the Buckeye Police Department is in damage control mode. In a press conference, BPD spokesperson Tamela Skaggs addressed reporters in an effort to explain to the public why Grossman confronted Connor Leibel, a 14-year-old autistic boy. Skaggs described Grossman as a "drug recognition expert" with the department's patrol division. As The Free Thought Project has reported, officers can attend a weekend training seminar where they learn how to escalate traffic stops under suspicion of drug use and charge more motorists with "driving under the influence of drugs," even though many who are charged had no drugs in their system at all. Reporters immediately questioned how a so-called "drug recognition expert" could not immediately recognize that Leibel was first, a juvenile, and second, a person with special needs-instead of someone who was high on drugs as Grossman admitted he believed Leibel to be. Skaggs said she could not begin to speculate or "get into his [Grossman's] mind," but said Leibel's behavior was suspicious enough to make contact with him, apprehend him when he pulled away, and detain him. However, Skaggs stopped short of saying Grossman took Leibel violently to the ground. Instead, she said the two both fell to the ground together. Leibel's family maintains their son was injured in the process - having the photos to prove it - and they are demanding an apology from Grossman, for the officer to undergo community service within the Autism community, and additional training for the entire department.

9 inches of snow hits the mountains of Colorado

9 inches of snow hits the mountains of Colorado

It will be a chilly and wet weekend around metro Denver. High temperatures won't make it out of the the 50s on Sunday and Monday. Colorado will have cloudy skies, fog, breezy winds, and rainfall in the lower elevations with snow in the mountains through Monday. Rainfall totals for Denver and the Front Range will be anywhere from .25″ to .75″... great news for our current drought. A rain/snow mix possible in the Foothills on Sunday-Monday. Mountains: Snow will come in two batches during the weekend ... one on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Grand Mesa near Grand Junctions had 9″ of snow on the ground at the higher elevations by late Saturday afternoon.

Wildfire on Gran Canaria burns over 2000 hectares

Wildfire on Gran Canaria burns over 2000 hectares

More than 300 firefighters have been battling the infernos overnight on the Spanish island in the Canaries, which is popular with British tourists. As of 8am this morning, officials said the fire was "neither controlled or stabilised" with at least 800 people being ordered to leave their homes. Footage taken from the region shows one firefighter surrounded by flames as he desperately tries to dampen them with hoses. The blaze has already ravaged 2,000 hectares, having been fanned by strong wind and the dry conditions.

2nd Indian 'godman' guru arrested for rape

2nd Indian 'godman' guru arrested for rape

Indian police have arrested a well-known spiritual guru for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman. Falahari Maharaja was imprisoned for 15 days while authorities complete their investigation. The woman, a law student, said the guru sexually assaulted her on August 7 when she went to give him 3,000 rupees she had earned while working with an attorney in New Delhi. "Her family told her to give it to the Baba. When she went to meet him, he told her to wait and then raped and threatened her. The parents came to us after the woman told them everything and we registered a case," said police officer Archana Jha, as cited by NDTV.

Is the NFL dying? 49ers game played in front of a nearly empty stadium

Is the NFL dying? 49ers game played in front of a nearly empty stadium

The San Francisco 49ers Thursday night game against the Los Angeles Rams kicked off in front of a nearly empty stadium. Los Angeles Times reporter Lindsey Thiry tweeted a photo at the time of kickoff, which showed thousands of open seats. In fact, most sections in the photo have more empty seats than fans.

Miss Turkey dethroned after tasteless tweet over 2016 coup attempt

Miss Turkey dethroned after tasteless tweet over 2016 coup attempt

Organizers have stripped Miss Turkey 2017 of her crown over a social media posting that was deemed insulting to the memory of the 250 people killed while opposing last year's failed military coup. Miss Turkey organizers said the 18-year-old Itir Esen was dethroned on Friday, a day after she won the contest and the right to represent Turkey at the Miss World contest in China. The organizers said in an emailed statement that her title was revoked because of a tweet in July that they described as "unacceptable." Runner-up Asli Sumen will now represent Turkey in China. Media reports said Esen, a model and university student, caused a storm on social media after she posted a remark on Twitter as the country held memorials for the victims on the first anniversary of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

Intense hailstorm leaves hail accumulation of 50cm in Teruel, Spain

Intense hailstorm leaves hail accumulation of 50cm in Teruel, Spain

A major hailstorm hit the city of Teruel in the Aragon region of eastern Spain on Friday, September 22, 2017 leaving hail accumulation of 50cm in places. The hailstorm began at about 21:00 (CET) and was extremely intense for about 15 minutes, followed by another 15 minutes of heavy rain according to El Pais. Within a few hours the temperature had dropped from 24 °C to just 8 °C. Four people were treated for hypothermia when a driver became trapped under a bridge during flash flooding. Firefighters had to rescue drivers on the San Julián rambla and other streets, where many cars were stuck in the ice. Snowplows were dispatched to some areas to clear the thick layer of hail.

The crazy imbalance of Russia-gate: Ignoring Israel's actual power to influence US elections

The crazy imbalance of Russia-gate: Ignoring Israel's actual power to influence US elections

If the U.S. government and mainstream media are really concerned about foreign influence in American politics, they might look at Israel and other nations with much more clout than Russia The core absurdity of the Russia-gate frenzy is its complete lack of proportionality. Indeed, the hysteria is reminiscent of Sen. Joe McCarthy warning that "one communist in the faculty of one university is one communist too many" or Donald Trump's highlighting a few "bad hombres" raping white American women. It's not that there were no Americans who espoused communist views at universities and elsewhere or that there are no "bad hombre" rapists; it's that these rare exceptions were used to generate a dangerous overreaction in service of a propagandistic agenda. Historically, we have seen this technique used often when demagogues seize on an isolated event and exploit it emotionally to mislead populations to war.

Zuckerberg's Facebook fake news problem isn't going away

Zuckerberg's Facebook fake news problem isn't going away

Facebook has 2 billion users, record profits, vast influence, and big problems in Washington. Technically speaking, Mark Zuckerberg has been on paternity leave. In late August his wife, Priscilla Chan, gave birth to their second child, a girl. But though Zuckerberg, the chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., stayed away from the office for a month after the delivery, he has been utterly unable to avoid what's become a second full-time job: managing an escalating series of political crises. In early September, Facebook disclosed that it sold $100,000 in political ads during the 2016 election to buyers who it later learned were connected to the Russian government. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Mark Warner of Virginia, the most senior Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, have said they're considering holding a hearing, in which case Zuckerberg could be asked to testify. Meanwhile, special counsel Robert Mueller has made Facebook a focus of his investigation into collusion between the Russian government and Donald Trump's campaign. A company official says it's "in regular contact with members and staff on the Hill" and has "had numerous meetings over the course of many months" with Warner. On Sept. 21, Zuckerberg said the company would turn over the ads to Congress and would do more to limit interference in elections in the future. Facebook acknowledges that it has already turned over records to Mueller, which suggests, first, that the special counsel had a search warrant and, second, that Mueller believes something criminal happened on Zuckerberg's platform.

Apocalypse not: The world didn't end on September 23, 2017, but threats to humanity do exist

Apocalypse not: The world didn't end on September 23, 2017, but threats to humanity do exist

From volcanic eruptions to solar storms or nuclear war, there are plenty of ways our species could meet a grisly end There have been several "mass extinctions" throughout history which almost wiped out life on earth. Scientists fear humanity could be destroyed during one of these devastating events - and one conspiracy theorist even believes this could happen on SATURDAY. Now, there's no reason to be afraid of a wild piece of online gossip which suggests a mysterious planet called Nibiru will whack into us this weekend. Comment: See: Batten down the hatches: More nonsensical Nibiru-Planet X-Death Planet "news" coming our way! But there are plenty of more realistic threats to the future of our species.

NASA's asteroid chasing spacecraft "Osiris-Rex" swings by earth en route to space rock

NASA's asteroid chasing spacecraft "Osiris-Rex" swings by earth en route to space rock

NASA's asteroid-chasing spacecraft swung by Earth on Friday on its way to a space rock. Launched a year ago, Osiris-Rex passed within 10,711 miles (17,237 kilometers) of the home planet early Friday afternoon - above Antarctica. It used Earth's gravity as a slingshot to put it on a path toward the asteroid Bennu. Osiris-Rex should reach the small, roundish asteroid next year and, in 2020, collect some of its gravel for return to Earth. If all goes well, scientists should get the samples in 2023. Friday's flyby was a quick hello: The spacecraft zoomed by at about 19,000 mph (31,000 kph). NASA took precautions to ensure Osiris-Rex - about the size of an SUV - did not slam into any satellites.

Confirmation bias: People ignore facts that contradict their false beliefs

Confirmation bias: People ignore facts that contradict their false beliefs

The more people there are who ignore facts that contradict their beliefs, the likelier a dictatorship will emerge within a given country. Here is how aristocracies, throughout the Ages, have controlled the masses, by taking advantage of this widespread tendency people have, to ignore contrary facts: What social scientists call "confirmation bias" and have repeatedly found to be rampant,* is causing the public to be easily manipulated, and has thus destroyed democracy by replacing news-reporting, by propaganda - 'news' that's false - in a culture where lies which pump the agendas of the powerful (including lies pumped by the billionaire owners of top 'news'media and of the media they own) are almost never punished (and are often not even denied to be true). Thus, lies by those powerful liars almost always succeed at enslaving the minds of the millions, to believe what the top economic-and-power class want those millions of people to believe - no matter how false it might happen actually to be.

Climate science and their money making scam

Climate science and their money making scam

Forty years ago, the front page of the Chicago Tribune featured astrologer Jeanne Dixon, and a warning that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet was going to collapse and drown us all. That was during the global cooling scare. It was one of the coldest winters on record in the US. It snowed in Miami, and they blamed the Polar Vortex and California drought on global cooling.

North Korea assures missiles to US are inevitable after Trump's insults

North Korea assures missiles to US are inevitable after Trump's insults

The bad-mouthing by the US president only makes a North Korean strike on the US "inevitable," while the sanctions would not move Pyongyang's resolve to develop nuclear and missile weaponry "by an inch," according to the North Korean Foreign Minister. The insults dished out by US President Donald Trump against North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, make "our rocket's visit to the entire US mainland inevitable," North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told the UN General Assembly on Saturday. The leaders of the two countries have been exchanging fiery speech lately, with Donald Trump calling the North Korean leader "rocket man" and a "madman," while Kim Jong-un branded Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard." The North Korean Foreign Minister has joined his country's leader in the name-calling, branding the US president a "mentally deranged person full of megalomania" in possession of a "nuclear button."

Bernie Sanders: Saudi Arabia is a state-sponsor of terror & 'not a US ally'

Bernie Sanders: Saudi Arabia is a state-sponsor of terror & 'not a US ally'

Saudi Arabia is "not an ally of the United States," according to Bernie Sanders, the independent senator and former Democratic presidential hopeful. Sanders broke with the bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill in an exclusive interview with The Intercept. The United States has long considered Saudi Arabia to be a loyal friend, supporter, and partner in the so-called war on terror. Sanders issued a scathing denunciation of the Gulf kingdom, which has recently embarked on a new round of domestic repression.

Ukraine now formally in a state of default

Ukraine now formally in a state of default

Originally at DNR News Eurobonds of Ukraine, which were successfully posted on Monday by the president of the country Petro Poroshenko, "are interesting only to speculators, as the country is in fact in a state of default" - said Konstantin Vyshkovsky, director of the department of debt policy of the Russian Federation Ministry of Finance. "Ukraine is formally in a state of default, such instruments are of interest only for investors pursuing sufficiently speculative strategies." - said Vyshkovsky on the air of the channel "Russia 1". Ukraine has successfully completed the placement of Eurobonds for 3 billion dollars, as stated by the President of the country Petro Poroshenko on the eve of his visit to New York.

Loneliness: Nine in 10 in the UK now fear being alone 'more than ever,' group seeks solutions

Loneliness: Nine in 10 in the UK now fear being alone 'more than ever,' group seeks solutions

Nine in 10 people believe loneliness in old age is 'more likely than ever', warns a report which reveals the grim reality of the isolation faced by Britain's pensioners. And the cost to the NHS of dealing with the health problems caused or exacerbated by long periods of time spent alone is almost £7.2bn a year - and set to soar as increasing numbers of elderly people are left isolated. The taxpayer faces a bill of £6,000 on average for each of the 1.2m chronically lonely pensioners who find themselves going to their GP simply to have someone to talk to or are taken to A&E because health conditions have worsened. Prescriptions and other health-related costs also add substantially to the financial pressure on the public purse, found research by the London School of Economics.

Shift to commercial goals? Trump touts 'delusional gold rush' in 'graveyard of empires'

Shift to commercial goals? Trump touts 'delusional gold rush' in 'graveyard of empires'

The people of Afghanistan are not going to profit from US mining rare-earth minerals there: it is always going to be the elite in that country and the foreign corporations, said journalist and foreign policy strategist Michael Hughes. President Trump met with Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani in New York on Thursday to discuss joint efforts to mine the country's mineral resources. According to the US government, Afghanistan has a trillion dollars' worth of untapped rare-earth minerals, including those used in the production of electronics. That is about the same amount the US has spent in the country since the 2001 invasion. Last month, President Trump outlined his new strategy for Afghanistan with thousands of extra troops and no deadline for a withdrawal, also saying Washington needs to think about its economic interests. RT spoke to the political analysts who believe the US strategy in Afghanistan is shifting towards commercial goals. "The only thing I think of is that Trump may be 'pushing it' out of perception so that it looks like there is a good reason to stay," journalist and foreign policy strategist Michael Hughes told RT.

The US grand imperialist strategy in one map

The US grand imperialist strategy in one map

Mikhail Leontiev devoted his column on the first Russian television channel to Thomas Barnett's theory. What appeared to be an intellectual lucubration in 2001 is currently being realized. Everyone must now rethink their vision of the wars of the past sixteen years. Transcript: However, hello! Trump delivered a speech at the UN General Assembly. As Saltykov-Shchedrin [1] pointed out once: "Kind folk awaited bloodshed and massacres from him, instead, he ate a doughnut." "Strong sovereign nations allow citizens to flourish in the fullness of life provided for by God. We in America do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone. And we want ours to be so brilliant as to serve to the rest as an example, "said US President Donald Trump. Hooray! He is giving a slack. In the past he would have aspired to impose a resplendent image to follow! But now he has given up all the aspiring. At the same time, note, to erase from the face of the Earth and to overthrow is still in fashion. Trump threatens to destroy North Korea, Iran, overthrow the regime in Venezuela ... But to try to impose an image nowadays is a big no-no.

How flying seriously messes with your mind and body

How flying seriously messes with your mind and body

Travelling by plane has become an everyday activity - but our bodies and brains are still affected by it. With the tiny screen bouncing around in front of us, tinny sound quality and frequent interruptions, watching a movie during a flight is hardly an immersive experience. Yet, frequent fliers may have found themselves - or at least witnessed others - welling up at the most innocuous of films while on a long airline journey. Even lighthearted comedies such as Bee Movie, Bridesmaids and The Simpsons can trigger the water works in passengers who would normally remain dry-eyed if watching these on the ground. Physicist and television presenter Brian Cox and musician Ed Sheeran have both admitted they can get a bit over-emotional when watching movies on aircraft. A new survey by Gatwick Airport in London found 15% of men and 6% of women said they were more likely to cry when watching a film on a flight than they would if seeing it at home.

Letter to Jeff Sessions signed by every single Republican member of the HJC

Letter to Jeff Sessions signed by every single Republican member of the HJC

The easiest way to spot a whiney liberal is this - He'll demand special privileges, and then complain when those privileges are granted to everyone. He'll want a safe space. But if you demand a safe space from his angry rants, he'll claim you're restricting his freedom of speech. He'll want freedom of conscience. But if you demand the same for yourself and Christianity, he'll throw a fit. So it's fitting, I suppose, that Democrats are now throwing a fit...after Republicans used their same underhanded tactics against them. Because Republicans, like Democrats, are now calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the 2016 elections. Except this time, they're investigating Clinton, Comey, and Lynch.

Hurricane Maria's forecast path edges closer to North Carolina's Outer Banks

Hurricane Maria's forecast path edges closer to North Carolina's Outer Banks

Still a Category 3 storm on Saturday, Hurricane Maria was rolling northward away from the Bahamas on a path that could affect parts of the U.S. East Coast next week. Maria pummeled the Turks and Caicos Islands early Friday, its western eyewall passing over the capital city of Cockburn Town. For the first time in several days, Maria poses no immediate threat to land. At 11 am EDT Saturday, Maria was located about 320 miles east of Nassau, The Bahamas, moving north-northwest at 8 mph. Maria's top sustained winds had dropped to 115 mph, putting it at the low end of the Category 3 range. Maria was not a classically symmetric hurricane on Friday night, but its appearance on satellite had become dramatically stronger by midday Saturday. Very strong thunderstorms (convection) were wrapping around Maria's ragged, 35-mile-wide eye. As is typically the case for hurricanes moving poleward, Maria's wind field has been gradually expanding. Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 60 miles from Maria's center, with tropical-storm-force winds extending out some 200 miles to the northeast of the center. Maria has been successfully fending off moderately strong wind shear of around 15 knots, with the help of its well-established structure as well as very warm sea surface temperatures (SSTs) of 29-30°C (84-86°F).

Military-Industrial Complex reaps billions as NATO hypes fake 'Russian menace'

Military-Industrial Complex reaps billions as NATO hypes fake 'Russian menace'

The military of the Russian Federation is organized in four districts - west, central, east and south. Each year one of the districts will stage a division size maneuver. 10,000 to 15,000 soldiers leave their quarters to move against imaginary adversaries. Their training is complemented by various military and civilian staffs exercises. The active part of the medium-size maneuver takes about a week and includes some live firing. This year, like in 2009 and 2013, the turn was on the western military district to run its quadrennial exercise. It included, as is usual in the western district, units from and within Russia's ally Belarus. The name of this regular training event is simply "West", Zapad in Russian. Zapad-2017 was publicly announced and foreign military observers were invited to watch it.

Clapper: His non-denial denials revisited

Clapper: His non-denial denials revisited

The former intelligence chief never actually refuted Obama administration spying on Trump. It would be peculiar if, as he now claims, James Clapper did not know about the Obama administration's monitoring of Paul Manafort. At the time, which appears to have been the autumn of 2016, Clapper was Obama's national intelligence director. The (dubious) raison d'être of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) - a post-9/11 layering of yet more bureaucracy atop bureaucratic sprawl - was to ensure efficient information flow through the "community" of U.S. intelligence agencies. That said, it is a gross exaggeration to contend, as some are doing, that new revelations about the surveillance of Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign, show that Clapper lied in a March 2017 interview by NBC's Chuck Todd. Instead, what we now know proves what I warned at the time of the interview: It was a mistake to construe Clapper's answers to Todd as a blanket denial of Obama spying on the Trump campaign. Carefully parsed, Clapper's comments left open the possibility - which some of us regarded as a high probability - that Manafort and other Trump associates had been under Obama-administration surveillance.

China detects 'natural' N. Korea earthquake - fears of nuclear test unfounded

China detects 'natural' N. Korea earthquake - fears of nuclear test unfounded

A magnitude 3.4 earthquake, at a depth of 0 kilometers, was recorded near the Kilju area of North Korea Saturday. Although initial reports suggested it may have been the result of a nuclear test, it seems likely the quake was naturally occurring. The quake occurred at approximately 08:30 GMT (16:29 local time) Saturday, CENC reported. Kilju is home to the Punggyeri nuclear site, where North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test was conducted on September 3. There were conflicting reports as to the strength of the quake, with South Korea's weather agency reporting that it measured 3.0 on the Richter Scale, as cited by the country's Yonhap news agency.

Israeli warplanes strike ammunition facility near Damascus International Airport

Israeli warplanes strike ammunition facility near Damascus International Airport

Israeli planes have reportedly fired two missiles which hit near Damascus, targeting an ammunition facility belonging to Lebanon's Hezbollah, according to a Lebanese TV station citing "informed" sources and various social media reports on pro-Syrian webpages. Israeli forces are reported to have carried out attacks from outside the Syrian border early on Friday, according to the Lebanese Al Mayadeen. It said the strike led to a fire, with no casualties or disruptions at Damascus International Airport reported.

Massive backlash begins over bombshell decision to strip Uber of London business license

Massive backlash begins over bombshell decision to strip Uber of London business license

40,000 drivers out of work as 400,000 sign protest petition A massive backlash has started after Uber was today stripped of its licence to operate in London with hundreds of thousands of passengers signing a petition to keep the app running. Transport for London (TfL) sensationally announced the firm would be barred from working in the city from next month due to its failure to report crimes carried out by its drivers. The Silicon Valley firm - which boasts more than 5 billion passengers in over 630 cities worldwide - fears the decision by regulators in London may now encourage authorities in other countries to launch their own crackdowns. Passengers are outraged by the bombshell announcement, which they say will leave them unable to afford late-night lifts home and will put thousands of drivers out of work. Ahead of a planned appeal, which will see the dispute dragged into court, at least 400,000 Londoners have signed a petition calling for the decision to be reversed. But critics of Uber insist it has failed to properly vet its drivers and is an example of the so-called 'gig economy' that gives workers no employment rights.

Chuck Hagel, James Fanell, and the new strategy to target China via Australia

Chuck Hagel, James Fanell, and the new strategy to target China via Australia

The dismissal of an unwilling Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense in 2014 was, I think, a watershed in the fortunes of the China hawks, both in the Pentagon and at Pacific Command. Perhaps because it is bad form to explore the possibility that Hagel was purged for insufficient enthusiasm for a pro-active China confrontation agenda, nobody went there. But I did. Natch. In 2015, I buried my analysis in a tediously long piece that was meant to give an overview of the evolution of US China policy, and provide a corrective to the "Chinese aggression" meme that China hawks like to lean on. The narrative of escalating Chinese aggression is central to the China hawks' thesis that we need an escalating response. Rather interestingly, today a lot of this narrative is coming out of Australia. Google "Chinese influence Australia" and you'll get an idea of the barrage of local and global coverage keying on the skillfully shaped message that Chinese influence--though it is not illegal--must be feared. I've recently come to the conclusion that spate of panic stricken reports emerging from Australia concerning the China menace in economics, politics, and academics are a belated and improvised substitute for what was supposed to be the real deal: a pivot from Obama namby-pambyism to steely Clinton resolve to confront China in 2016.

Bali issues travel warning as Mount Agung volcano threatens to erupt

Bali issues travel warning as Mount Agung volcano threatens to erupt

Holiday plans are in limbo for thousands of Australians after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a new travel warning for Bali because of fears of a volcano eruption on the popular tourist island. Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano to the highest classification, meaning an eruption could be imminent. On Saturday, the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics said there had been five small eruptions detected coming from the mountain, and an ash column as high as 1000 metres had been observed. There had been a "tremendous increase" in volcano activity. They said locals and tourists should be 12 kilometres away from the crater in some areas.

Supernatural possession: Demons on trial

Supernatural possession: Demons on trial

The Devil made me do it. This has long been the plea of those who have been caught doing something wicked that is uncharacteristic of their usual behavior. Most of the time, we take it only as a figure of speech to brush off an aberrant deviation from the norm. However, sometimes the meaning can become all too literal. In 1981, a brutal murder occurred in a tranquil town on the East Coast of the United States; a vicious crime that the perpetrator claimed was not carried out by his own hand, but rather that of demons that had taken him over. It was a defense that would carry over into an actual court of law to become the nation's first case of a court defense seeking to blame a crime on demonic possession, and would trigger a media blitz of this spectacular tale of menacing supernatural evil on trial. The whole strange tale begins in the quite, affluent, and peaceful neighborhood of Brookfield, Connecticut, where an unassuming family, the Glatzels, had arrived in order to clean and put in order a rental property they had recently acquired in this scenic town of 13,000. Shortly after they arrived, a series of bizarre events began to unfurl that would mark the beginning of the madness that was about to spiral out of control. One day, about a month after they had arrived, Mrs. Judy Glatzel reported that her youngest son, 11 year-old David, had suddenly and inexplicably fallen down rather forcefully onto the bed as if he had been shoved. When questioned about the occurrence later, David told his mother that he had in fact been pushed by what he described as an old man with "burnt-looking skin," who had pointed a finger at him and growled the word "Beware" before throwing him onto the bed. For more of this article, go here.

Traveler warning: Meth-laced soda in Mexico

Traveler warning: Meth-laced soda in Mexico

Health professionals in Arizona are warning those traveling to Mexico to be aware of possible contaminated 7Up beverages in the Mexicali area. The contaminated soft drinks caused seven people to become ill and has killed one person, according to the Attorney General of Justice of the State of Baja California. Mexicali is located about 240 miles from Phoenix and 124 miles from San Diego, just south of the California border and Interstate 8. According to a Banner Health news release, medical toxicologists and physicians are on alert after reports surfaced that methamphetamine was found in 7Up drinks originating in Mexicali. Baja California's Health Department officials said health authorities have removed the products from shelves. Chris Barnes, spokesman for Dr Pepper Snapple Group, reassured that no 7Up products in the United States have been contaminated. The company distributes 7Up in the United States. "None of the 7Up products sold in the U.S. are affected by the issue being reported in Mexico," said Barnes. "Dr Pepper Snapple owns and licenses the 7Up brand only in the U.S. and its territories. We do not market, sell or distribute the brand internationally."

Federal government tells 21 states they were targeted by hackers before 2016 election - doesn't give any details

Federal government tells 21 states they were targeted by hackers before 2016 election - doesn't give any details

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election. The notification came roughly a year after U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials first said states were targeted by hacking efforts possibly connected to Russia. The states that told The Associated Press they had been targeted included some key political battlegrounds, such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. The AP contacted every state election office to determine which ones had been informed that their election systems had been targeted. The others confirming were Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Being targeted does not mean that sensitive voter data was manipulated or results were changed. A hacker targeting a system without getting inside is similar to a burglar circling a house checking for unlocked doors and windows.

Tom Fitton claims Mueller is setting up his own 'justice department'

Tom Fitton claims Mueller is setting up his own 'justice department'

Mueller's team of lawyers is so big and powerful now, that Fitton described it as the Special Counsel's 'own Justice Department'. This is all thanks to AG Jeff Sessions recusing himself. In response to a Daily Beast article titled Bob Mueller Brings on 'Tough' Guy Stephen Kelly to Handle Capitol Hill, Fitton said, "Bob Mueller setting up his own Justice Department. Shut it down." The Daily Beast article says Mueller has now brought on a liaison to Capitol Hill: Having hired a host of seasoned federal prosecutors for his probe of the president's associates, Bob Mueller has now brought on a liaison to Capitol Hill. Stephen Kelly, formerly the longtime congressional affairs chief for the FBI, has joined the probe, according to several sources familiar with his new role. "Stephen Kelly is exactly who I would hire if I wanted to share as little information with Congress as possible," said a Hill staffer who has interacted with Kelly in his new role as Mueller's congressional liaison. Robert Mueller also just hired his SEVENTEENTH liberal hack lawyer to investigate Trump. The latest hack is an Obama/Hillary donor. Fitton is right. Mueller has essentially set up his own Justice Department; he's the one doing all the investigating while Trump's Justice Department sits idly by doing absolutely NOTHING.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says US flew nuclear-capable B-1B bombers just off coast of North Korea

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says US flew nuclear-capable B-1B bombers just off coast of North Korea

The US has flown nuclear-capable B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by F-15 fighters off North Korea's coast venturing the "farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone," separating the two Koreas, in the 21st century, the Pentagon's spokesperson said. "This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea's coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take (North Korea's) reckless behavior," said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White. The DMZ is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula near the 38th Parallel, separating North Korea from South Korea. It was created in 1953, following the armistice which ended the Korean War. "This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat. North Korea's weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international community. We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the US homeland and our allies," the spokeswoman added.

Hundreds of homeless have seemingly vanished in Salt Lake City following "police operation"

Hundreds of homeless have seemingly vanished in Salt Lake City following "police operation"

The streets around Salt Lake City's downtown emergency shelter have long been home to hundreds of homeless people. In recent weeks, though, nearly all seem to have vanished following a police operation. Local residents are mystified as to where they've gone. The Salt Lake City police chief, Mike Brown, said he had visited parks and the Jordan river, which threads its way to the Great Salt Lake and has homeless camps dotted along its banks, but he hadn't seen an influx from downtown. Sgt Brandon Shearer has been up in a police helicopter looking for camps and seemed equally perplexed when asked where the people had gone. "I don't know," he said. "That's a good question." Advocates, for their part, fear a humanitarian crisis is brewing. The unfolding drama is all the more remarkable considering that several years ago, national media reports published claims by Utah that it had "won the war" on homelessness there, at least when it came to housing those who had been outside the longest. Jon Stewart ran a laudatory piece titled "The homeless homed". But the picture wasn't quite that simple.

ISIS film themselves in panic as Syrian army blows them "to smithereens"

ISIS film themselves in panic as Syrian army blows them "to smithereens"

Terrorists are filmed in blind panic as they are hunted down in the desert as their so-called caliphate crumbles into sand THIS is the moment a group of ISIS jihadis are blown to smithereens after being hunted down by a Syrian government tank. Footage filmed on a head-cam inside an armoured car shows the moment the death cult troops spot a tank. One of the jihadis can be heard screaming: "Tank on the right side. The tank..the tank..the tank is over there, over there, over there." The machine can't be seen in the clip but a bright flash is visible which could suggest that its barrel is firing rounds. The jihadi can then be heard crying out: "Anti-tanks oh anti-tanks..follow us." Another asks where the tank is. And the jihadi replies: "Over there, the tank will bomb us." The armoured car then tries to out-drive the tank before stopping. Someone can be heard saying: "No-one gets off...stop...stop." Then there are pleas for the anti-tank units to protect them.

Ukrainian armed forces purposefully target doctors and civilians in Donbass

Ukrainian armed forces purposefully target doctors and civilians in Donbass

AFU shelled car of ambulance in the night from 17 to 18 September that arrived to the Petrovskiy district that was shelled and a civil man got wounded. When we arrived, we were told that the mortar shelled landed.

Vanuatu prepares to evacuate 5000 as Ambae volcanic eruption intensifies

Vanuatu prepares to evacuate 5000 as Ambae volcanic eruption intensifies

Authorities in Vanuatu were preparing to evacuate as many as 5000 people on Saturday, as a volcanic eruption on Ambae island continued to intensify. The country's Geohazards Department on Saturday raised its alert from level three to four, what it classified as a "moderate eruption state." The volcano is one of the most active in the world, but its activity has steadily increased in the past couple of weeks, said Esline Garaeviti, the manager of the Geohazards Department. On Saturday, that increased further, with the volcano belching ash across much of the 400sqkm island. "In the early hours, around 3-4am, we noticed that the activity started to increase, followed by another eruptive phase," said Ms Garaeviti. "So the ash plume from Ambae is still there now. The ash fall is expected all around the island." "The increased level of activity means increased area of risk," she said. "There's more risk exposed to people on the island, that's why. It's a moderate state of activity." Ms Garaeviti stressed that the state of the eruption was only moderate, but there was every chance it could increase. However, authorities on the island, which sits between Santo and Pentecost about halfway up the archipelago, were swinging into action on Saturday. Shadrack Welegtabit, the director of the Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office, said his officials weren't taking chances, and were preparing to start evacuating half of the island's 10,000 people from one side to the other.

Syrians lament cost of US bombing: 'Raqqa was a beautiful city, now it's completely destroyed'

Syrians lament cost of US bombing: 'Raqqa was a beautiful city, now it's completely destroyed'

US-led coalition airstrikes on Raqqa, an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, have claimed many civilian lives and forced tens of thousands to flee. RT's Ruptly agency spoke to the displaced locals who described how the city was leveled in front of their eyes. The ancient city of Raqqa, which has recently become known as the de-facto capital of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists in Syria, is currently under siege by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led militia backed by the US-led coalition. The besieged city has come under heavy air bombardment while civilians have been trapped in IS-occupied neighborhoods, unable to escape. The SDF on Wednesday said that "80 percent" of Raqqa has been retaken from IS and that the operation has moved into the final phase. At the same time, some SDF forces were seen being transferred away from the battlefield to the northern areas of the Deir ez-Zor province, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The dislocation comes as the Syrian armed forces backed by Russian Air Force have been pushing out IS terrorists after liftking the siege of the city of Deir ez-Zor. People in the Al-Mabrookeh refugee camp told Ruptly of the terrors they faced being caught in the middle of the fighting between IS terrorists and the US-backed SDF. "The coalition launched heavy airstrikes over the residential areas and the nearby towns in the western and northern sectors, especially northward, where they targeted ISIS headquarters, and also locations where civilians were killed," Ahmad Ibrahim told Ruptly. "Schools, where students were studying, have been targeted as well. There was nothing there, and they have just been hit and destroyed,"he said.

Yet another study done that links autism with aluminum found in most vaccines

Yet another study done that links autism with aluminum found in most vaccines

A peer-reviewed study conducted by scientists at the University of British Columbia, has established a link between a popular aluminum vaccine and autism. It is no question that the subject of vaccines is profoundly controversial. On both sides of the argument exists truth and lies that can hinder the ability of some to make rational decisions. While we have everyone from attorneys to biologists, to political scientists who write for the Free Thought Project, none of us are doctors, so we do not make recommendations about what you and your family should do in regards to vaccination. That being said, when we see critical information about vaccines that fails to be covered in the mainstream media, we will cover it every time. This is one of those times.

Is California next? Concerns increase as a series of killer quakes hit the Pacific 'Ring of Fire'

Is California next? Concerns increase as a series of killer quakes hit the Pacific 'Ring of Fire'

In the span of just 24 hours, a series of powerful earthquakes rocked several locations along the Pacific one by one this week, all in a seismic region known as the 'Ring of Fire' - and, others in its path, including California, are now wondering if they could be next. Roughly 90 percent of the world's earthquakes occur in this belt, which loops from New Zealand to Chile, passing through the coasts of Asia and the Americas on the way. Now, after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by temblors off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning, experts admit the Pacific is experiencing 'unusual' seismic activity, leaving the West Coast on edge. After a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by temblors off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning, others along the Ring of Fire - including California - are wondering if they could be next. But, experts say offshore quakes happen in the region all the time, and go unnoticed But, this doesn't necessarily mean California or other areas of the West Coast will be affected by the events.

Rare oarfish washes up in Oak Bay, British Columbia

Rare oarfish washes up in Oak Bay, British Columbia

A strange sea creature that washed up on Oak Bay's Rattenbury Beach late Thursday morning has been identified as a very rare king-of-the-salmon, according to a local biologist. The unique name of the king-of-the-salmon originates from Makah First Nation legend, in which the fish (Trachiptreus altivelis) was believed to be the "king" that would lead salmon back to their rivers to spawn, noted Jackie Hildering, a biologist and marine educator, who goes by the handle of The Marine Detective on her blog. The strange-looking fish, at more than two metres long, was found deceased beside the water by a man who was walking on the beach with his dog.