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Surgical Strikes 3.0? Pakistan, Indian exchange of fire kills at least seven at border

Surgical Strikes 3.0? Pakistan, Indian exchange of fire kills at least seven at border

At least four civilians and three soldiers are said to have died during cross-border skirmishes between Pakistani and Indian troops late on October 19, reportedly making it one of the deadliest days since New Delhi revoked the special status of Indian-administered Kashmir in August. The conflicting reports from each side suggested the death toll could still rise from the late-night incident. Pakistani Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor, in a tweet on October 20, blamed "unprovoked" shelling from the Indian side of the de facto Line of Control that he claimed was "deliberately targeting civilians." Three civilians and one soldier in Pakistan-administered Kashmir died as a result, he said, and two Pakistani soldiers and five civilians were injured.

588 security violations found in Clinton email probe, and only 38 people cited - but no one's covering for Hillary

588 security violations found in Clinton email probe, and only 38 people cited - but no one's covering for Hillary

The investigation covered 33,000 emails. The department said it found , but it could not assign fault in 497 cases. The U.S. State Department concluded its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email usage and determined nearly 40 people committed violations, the Associated Press reported Friday. The department determined that those 38 people were "culpable" in 91 cases of sending classified information in messages that ended up in Clinton's personal email. The 38 are current and former State Department officials but were not identified in the report that was sent to Congress this week. The investigation covered 33,000 emails that Clinton turned over for review after her use of the private email account became public. The department said it found a total of 588 violations involving information then or now deemed to be classified, but could not assign fault in 497 cases.

People power! Lebanese continue protests, demand government fix economy

People power! Lebanese continue protests, demand government fix economy

Demonstrators are protesting for the fourth day against dire economic conditions in the heavily indebted country. Tens of thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Lebanon's streets on Sunday for a fourth day of anti-government protests that have led to the resignation of a Christian party from the government. Demonstrators, who have been on the streets since Thursday, have pledged to continue marching despite the resignations late on Saturday of four government members from the key political party, Lebanese Forces. Labour Minister Camille Abousleiman, one of the four to quit the government, told Al Jazeera shortly after the decision that they had "lost faith in the government's ability to effect change and address the problem".

Hundreds of thousands turn out to support Matteo Salvini's 'Unite the Right' rally in Rome

Hundreds of thousands turn out to support Matteo Salvini's 'Unite the Right' rally in Rome

Italy's former deputy prime minster called for an alliance of the centre-right and the far-right to defeat the government in Rome Italy's far-right figurehead Matteo Salvini addressed a crowd of some 100,000 people Rome as he called on the country's political right to rally around him. Comment: There's nothing 'far-right' about this guy. In an interview with French magazine Le Point about yesterday's enormous rally (which was on a scale every other party in Italy can only dream of), Salvini said: "Fascism, like communism, is a dead idea. These are phenomena to be studied, but neither of them will return. I believe that the left, right, fascist, and communist labels are outdated. I call myself Italian, neither right nor left. For me, 'populist' is a compliment, it means being close to the people." Mr Salvini, who pressed the self-destruct button on the country's previous populist government in August, appeared on stage at the so-called Italian pride rally with former prime minister...

Energy Sec. Rick Perry announces plans to resign; House Dems subpoena him regarding Ukraine

Energy Sec. Rick Perry announces plans to resign; House Dems subpoena him regarding Ukraine

Energy Secretary Rick Perry notified President Trump on Thursday that he intends to leave his job soon, two administration sources familiar with the matter said. Perry was traveling with the president to Texas when he shared the news aboard Air Force One. Speaking to reporters later Thursday, Trump called Perry "outstanding" and announced, "We already have his replacement." But, Trump said Perry would stay on until the end of the year. "It's his time. Two years is a long time," Trump said. "We have the man ... we're going to be putting in Rick's place." Fox News is told Perry had planned to resign at the end of the year. However, the former Texas governor had come under scrutiny over the role he played in the president's dealings with Ukraine, which are currently the subject of an impeachment inquiry -- raising questions as to whether the probe factored into his announcement Thursday. House Democrats subpoenaed Perry earlier in the day as part of their investigation.

Information from Mifsud Blackberrys may answer key Russiagate questions

Information from Mifsud Blackberrys may answer key Russiagate questions

John Durham, the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut tasked with investigating the origins of the FBI's probe into the Trump campaign, has obtained two cell phones belonging to Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud. Mifsud, who disappeared from public view shortly after his name was outed in the media in 2017, played a key role in events that led the FBI to investigate the Trump campaign. The news of the cell phones was first made known in an Oct. 15, 2019, filing by Sidney Powell, the attorney for Trump's former national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. In the motion, she requested that the U.S. Government be ordered to "produce evidence that has only recently come into its possession." The evidence being requested were two Blackberry phones — including all data and metadata — that had been "used by Mr. Joseph Mifsud."

Schiff flip-flops on whistleblower testimony as reports of 'coordination' surface

Schiff flip-flops on whistleblower testimony as reports of 'coordination' surface

House Democrats' top impeachment inquisitor abruptly changed from repeatedly insisting on the testimony of a whistleblower against President Donald Trump to working to prevent it. The change occurred as soon as it was revealed the complainant had secretly worked with Rep. Adam Schiff's Democratic staff prior to filing his formal complaint on Aug. 12. At first, Schiff insisted an anti-Trump bureaucrat sharing allegations against the president must share his story with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. But after news broke that Schiff's staff had secretly worked with the whistleblower prior to the complaint being lodged, discussions that the whistleblower failed to mention when specifically asked about them as part of the official whistleblower process, Schiff moved to prevent the testimony. The move appears designed to prevent Republican lawmakers from asking the individual under oath about his discussions with House Democrats, media, and others involved in the...

Not going home: US troops leaving Syria to head for Iraq

Not going home: US troops leaving Syria to head for Iraq

The US secretary of defence has shared with journalists that the US troops, who, as Donald Trump argued the other day, should finally come home, are not actually doing so. According to Defence Secretary Mark Esper, the current plan presupposes that US troops leaving Syria will head for western Iraq and the military will persist in its anti-Daesh* operations to make sure there is no resurgence of terrorism in the area. Speaking to reporters while on a flight to the Middle East, the defence chief mentioned he had talked to his Iraqi counterpart about the plan to redirect over 700 of the 1,000 US troops, from Syria to Iraq, adding that the data was fluid and the details would be worked out in due time. Per Esper, the troops leaving for Iraq will largely have two missions:

Puigdemont testifies before Belgian authorities over arrest warrant; Spain seeks his extradition

Puigdemont testifies before Belgian authorities over arrest warrant; Spain seeks his extradition

Carles Puigdemont, the former Catalan president sought by Spanish courts over his role in the region's failed independence bid, has been released on bail after testifying before judicial authorities in Belgium in response to the reactivation of an international arrest warrant against him this week. News of his court appearance came as Catalonia prepared for a general strike and a huge demonstration in Barcelona after a fourth night of violent protests triggered by the jailing of nine pro-independence leaders by the Spanish supreme court on Monday. Puigdemont, who led the region between January 2016 and October 2017, fled to Belgium to avoid arrest after being sacked by the Spanish government for staging an illegal referendum and making a unilateral declaration of independence two years ago. In a statement, Puigdemont's office said: "[Carles] Puigdemont, accompanied by his lawyers, has appeared voluntarily before the Belgian authorities in response to the European arrest warrant...

Skripal Saga: Update on the inquest into the death of Dawn Sturgess

Skripal Saga: Update on the inquest into the death of Dawn Sturgess

Comment: Fair play to Rob Slane for slugging it out with updates on the British govt's absolute cock-up of an investigation into 'the Skirpal Saga'. In my last post on the Salisbury and Amesbury "Novichok" cases, I said that it was my intention to move on from writing on the subject, unless any significant developments arose. That is still my intention, but as something has arisen that I believe is quite significant, I am returning to it in this piece. Friday 18th October was scheduled to be the date of the Pre-Inquest Review (PIR) into the death of Dawn Sturgess, but it has been adjourned. Inquest adjournments are of course not uncommon, and according to the guidelines set out by the Crown Prosecution Service: "Inquests will, in most cases, remain adjourned whilst criminal proceedings are being considered." However, not only is this now the fourth adjournment (the others being 18th July 2018, 16th January 2019, and 15th April 2019), but — as far as I have been able to establish —...

White guilt writ large: Norwegian man 'feels guilty' that Somali migrant who raped him was deported

White guilt writ large: Norwegian man 'feels guilty' that Somali migrant who raped him was deported

A Norwegian man who was raped by a Somali migrant has said that he feels 'guilty' because the foreign sexual predator was deported back to his home country. The rape victim, Karsten Nordal Hauken, who identifies as an anti-racist and feminist was sexually assaulted five years ago. Although the attack resulted in him sinking into depression and substance abuse, Hauken said that he felt guilty about his sexual abuser being deported back to Somalia after serving a jail sentence in Norway, the Independent reports. In a piece written for the Norwegian broadcaster NRK, Hauken outlines his experience of the sexual assault and how it affected his life. During the piece, Hauken recounts how he felt when he heard that his attacker would be deported from the country. He describes how he was "a bit taken by surprise".

Clinton: NASA ended her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, but it didn't exist then (too bad!)

Clinton: NASA ended her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, but it didn't exist then (too bad!)

Twitter users have launched dozens of snarky memes into digital orbit after Hillary Clinton recounted how NASA had crushed her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut. Marking the first all-woman spacewalk, Clinton illustrated just how far gender equality has come in the last 60 years. "When I was a little girl, I wrote to NASA and told them I dreamed of being an astronaut. They wrote back and said they weren't taking girls," the former presidential candidate tweeted, because apparently everything has to be about her. She then expressed hope that a "new generation of little girls" will be able to reach for the stars. Social media users immediately began to pick apart the rather far-fetched tale.

Hong Kong: Protesters hurl petro bombs at police station as city is rampaged with violence, chaos and destruction

Hong Kong: Protesters hurl petro bombs at police station as city is rampaged with violence, chaos and destruction

Masked activists threw Molotov cocktails at a police station during the latest anti-government demonstration in Hong Kong. Riot cops used tear gas to try to restore order to the city's besieged streets. Footage released by Ruptly shows several protesters hurling petrol bombs over the fence around the Tsim Sha Sui police station, resulting in several small blazes around the compound. Police were quick to put out the fire, and deployed tear gas and water cannons in an attempt to disperse the mob.

St. Petersburg: Subway bombing suspect recants confession; claims it was procured by torture and blackmail

St. Petersburg: Subway bombing suspect recants confession; claims it was procured by torture and blackmail

A suspect on trial over a deadly 2017 subway blast in Russia's second-largest city, St. Petersburg, has recanted his confession claiming it was made under torture and threats of blackmail. Abror Azimov, a Kyrgyz citizen who is charged with organizing the attack that killed 15 people and injured 67 others, said at the high-profile trial on October 17 that Federal Security Service (FSB) officers beat him and threatened to plant a fire extinguisher filled with explosives in his father's house to make him a suspect as well. "I had to incriminate myself because I was blackmailed," Azimov told the court. The 11 defendants in the case -- all natives of Central Asian former Soviet republics -- have pleaded not guilty, with some, including Azimov's brother Akram, claiming they were tortured while in custody both before and after they went on trial in early April.

Amazon: 'Go back to work' heard over deaths on warehouse floor

Amazon: 'Go back to work' heard over deaths on warehouse floor

In September, Billy Foister, a 48-year-old Amazon warehouse worker, died after a heart attack at work. According to his brother, an Amazon human resources representative informed him at the hospital that Billy had lain on the floor for 20 minutes before receiving treatment from Amazon's internal safety responders. Edward Foister said: "How can you not see a 6ft 3in man laying on the ground and not help him within 20 minutes? A couple of days before, he put the wrong product in the wrong bin and within two minutes management saw it on camera and came down to talk to him about it." Amazon said it had responded to Foister's collapse "within minutes". An Amazon worker on the same shift told the Guardian: "Bill was on the floor for quite some time and nobody knew that time until cameras were reviewed, but in 20 minutes a worker in a nearby department saw him lying on the floor and then began radio callouts for 911. It really is unbelievable how Bill was laying there for 20 minutes and...

Santiago, Chile: Military curfew declared, president agrees to reverse transport fare hike

Santiago, Chile: Military curfew declared, president agrees to reverse transport fare hike

The general in charge of security in Santiago has declared a curfew in the capital and its suburbs, after president Sebastian Pinera tried to deescalate flaming tensions, promising to scrap the controversial metro ride price hike. "We invite all people to return to their homes to evaluate the measures the government has announced and look after their families and their homes," General Javier Iturriaga del Campo said, announcing a mandatory curfew between 10pm and 7am on Saturday night.

Denmark hits a record of 648 cars being torched this year

Denmark hits a record of 648 cars being torched this year

Car fires are a big problem in Denmark, just as in Sweden, France and a few other European countries. Since 2015 Denmark have made statistics over car fires in the country and 2019 will break a record. So far this year, there are 648 cars that have been burned in what is believed to be fires created by persons. The car fires have taken place particularly in immigrant-rich ghettos in the capital Copenhagen and the city Århus. But Police Inspector Brian Belling at the Copenhagen Police says there is no reason to say that there is a connection between the car fires and the people who live in those areas that are called "loaded areas".

A Trans woman is denied a porn role for having a penis and UK police are investigating it as a 'hate crime'

A Trans woman is denied a porn role for having a penis and UK police are investigating it as a 'hate crime'

Cops are investigating a "hate crime" after a transgender woman was turned down for a porn role "because she has a penis". Ria Cooper, 25, who became Britain's youngest trans person when she transitioned 10 years ago, says an anonymous photographer messaged her saying he wanted them to have sex on camera and sell the resulting porno. But when he found out Ria still has male reproductive organs he immediately retracted the offer. In messages exchanged over WhatsApp, the photographer claimed he couldn't work with her because "she has a c***".

The Trump administration is winning the war against bureaucratic bullies

The Trump administration is winning the war against bureaucratic bullies

For years, unelected bureaucrats have been allowed largely unchecked power over the daily lives of Americans. This president is trying to change that. All Andy Johnson wanted to do was build a pond. Andy, a welder, and his wife, Katie, have four girls and a small farm in Wyoming, and they needed a place for their horses and cattle to drink and graze. Working with state engineers, Andy and Katie spent hours, as well as most of their savings, constructing the pond, filling it with filtered water, providing a habitat for trout, ducks, herons, moose and bald eagles.

Migrant arrivals in Europe surged in 2019 with 456,000 new applications

Migrant arrivals in Europe surged in 2019 with 456,000 new applications

With 2019 three quarters of the way through, fears of a second migrant crisis continue to grow as the number of migrant arrivals in Europe surpass the numbers seen in 2018. According to a report by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), the amount of migrants who've sought asylum in Europe in 2019 has already surpassed last year's figure by 10 percent, Die Welt reports. In its asylum trends report, EASO states: "So far in 2019 more applications have been lodged compared to last year: between January and August 2019 more than 456,000 applications have been lodged in the EU+, up by 10% compared the same period in 2018."

Football coach disarms suicidal student who brought a gun to school

Football coach disarms suicidal student who brought a gun to school

In May of this year, 18-year-old Angel Granados-Diaz brought a loaded gun to his Oregon high school. At the time, the story didn't make national headlines because, unlike the stories of this nature that do, Granados-Diaz didn't shoot anyone. But now, due to a public records request by KOIN 6 in Portland, the incident is making headlines for the very reason it did not back in May. Surveillance video obtained on Friday by KOIN 6 shows the exact moment when the Parkrose High School student was disarmed by football coach and security guard Keanon Lowe.

Plan B: UK govt launches Yellowhammer op as ministers prepare for potential no-deal Brexit

Plan B: UK govt launches Yellowhammer op as ministers prepare for potential no-deal Brexit

Ministers are insisting that the UK will leave the European Union by the current Brexit deadline of October 31, despite the government being forced by parliament to ask the bloc for an extension. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter requesting an extension after his Brexit strategy suffered a setback with a defeat in the House of Commons on Saturday. European Council President Donald Tusk confirmed that he had received the letter and will start consulting EU leaders about "how to react." Despite this, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and his fellow cabinet minister Michael Gove insisted on Sunday that the UK will leave the bloc by October 31. Johnson's request was accompanied by a second letter, signed by the Prime Minister, saying he believed a delay would be a mistake. Gove told Sky News that the government still had "the means and ability" to leave on October 31. Gove, who is in charge of no-deal planning, said that "the prime minister's determination is...

Fighting global warming for fifty years

Fighting global warming for fifty years

Climate scientists are unable to report the past accurately, and they are also unable to predict the future. In this video, I take a look at that what their actual purpose is - propaganda.

Bangladesh: Four dead, 50 injured after police open fire on protesters peeved over 'blasphemous' Facebook post

Bangladesh: Four dead, 50 injured after police open fire on protesters peeved over 'blasphemous' Facebook post

Comment: Well, that escalated quickly... At least four people were killed and 50 others injured as Bangladesh police on Sunday opened fire on hundreds of Muslims protesting against an alleged blasphemous Facebook post by a Hindu man. The violence erupted in the morning after hundreds of Muslims gathered in southwestern Bhola district, 116 kilometers from Dhaka, for a protest rally under the banner of Muslim Tawhidi Janata', demanding action against the Hindu man for his social media comments against Prophet Mohammed. The Hindu man, who is in police's protective custody, has denied making the comment, saying his Facebook account had been hacked. Following a complaint by him, police detained three people for allegedly hacking his Facebook account. According to reports, village elders were holding a meeting with local authorities on Sunday to try to defuse the tensions that began on Friday after the Facebook post went viral. But the protesters started attacking security officials,...

Second freak tornado to touch down in France this week

Second freak tornado to touch down in France this week

A violent storm circulated over the Hérault this Sunday, accompanied by heavy rainfall and strong electrical activity. A tornado was also filmed by several Internet users. A tornado was filmed near Aspiran, Paulhan or Pézenas. The videos have been relayed on social networks. In addition, four departments were placed on rain-flood orange alert by Météo France this Sunday morning: Ardèche, Haute-Loire, Loire and Rhône. According to our colleagues from France Bleu, four municipalities have been completely plunged into darkness due to wind and rain in the Gard department, which is on yellow alert.

At least 8 killed after landslide hits 3 vehicles in Uttarakhand, India

At least 8 killed after landslide hits 3 vehicles in Uttarakhand, India

At least eight people were killed after three vehicles, including two motorcycles and a car, were hit by a landslide in Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag district while they were coming back from Kedarnath, officials said on Sunday. Officials said a rescue operation was launched after the accident happened late on Saturday evening. Three injured were rushed to a nearby hospital where they succumbed during the night and the bodies of five others were recovered on Sunday morning, they added. "The incident happened on Saturday late evening near Chandi Ka Dhar area of the district. In the initial Investigations, it was found that the deceased, whose identities are yet to be ascertained, were returning from the Kedarnath shrine," Rudraprayag's district magistrate Mangesh Gildiyal said. Gildiyal said they were not sure how many people were travelling in these vehicles as the bodies of the victims were found scattered along with the vehicles.

Jerusalem spooked by Moscow's growing influence in the Middle East

Jerusalem spooked by Moscow's growing influence in the Middle East

US President Donald Trump's newly announced withdrawal of nearly all US troops from northern Syria has cemented Russia's status as the predominant global military power actively engaged in the Middle East. This week, Russian troops arrived at military bases in northern Syria that the American army had hastily left just days earlier, in what can be regarded as both a literal and figurative handover of regional hegemony. Many officials in Jerusalem are deeply worried about being abandoned by their superpower ally, as the American decision to gradually disengage from this part of the world — which started under former US president Barack Obama — threatens to embolden Israel's enemies: Iran and its allies and proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and elsewhere. Comment: It's incorrect to say that a slave can "abandon" its master. Better to tell the truth: a slave escapes its master's clutches. What does Russia's takeover really mean for Israel? Some analysts are deeply concerned, fretting...

Turkey will view protection of Kurdish units by Damascus as declaration of war

Turkey will view protection of Kurdish units by Damascus as declaration of war

The possible protection of the Kurdish units, operating in northern Syria, by Damascus will be regarded by Ankara as a declaration of war on Turkey, Yasin Aktay, an adviser of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, said on Saturday. On October 9, Turkey began the Operation Peace Spring, stating it aimed to rid its southern border of the Kurdish militia, which it views as terrorists. Soon after that Damascus sent troops to the north to protect the Kurdish units. "If the Syrian regime [government troops] wants to enter Manbij, Ayn al-Arab [Kobani] and Qamishli to provide protection for the Kurdish People's Protection Units [YPG], that will be viewed by Turkey as the declaration of war and it [Damascus] will face a relevant response," Aktay said. However, if the Syrian government provides Turkey with guarantees that the Kurdish units will not operate in the border area, Ankara may change its position on the Syrian government troops' advance to the northern part of the country, according to...

Hillary Clinton asked to leave Costco after repeatedly accusing sample lady of being a Russian asset

Hillary Clinton asked to leave Costco after repeatedly accusing sample lady of being a Russian asset

According to sources at a DC-area Costco, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked to leave Costco again after repeatedly accusing a lady handing out food samples of being a Russian asset. It wasn't clear how Clinton had ended up in the Costco, as she usually has her servants' servants go to the market for her. Some suggested she wanted to disguise herself and go be among her subjects to see how the other 99% lives. Whatever the case, the sample lady had apparently offered the failed presidential candidate a small paper cup of orange juice and told her the packs were on sale for $9.49 when the incident occurred. "Orange... orange like Trump!" Clinton screamed suddenly, frightening the poor food demonstration worker. "You're in league with him, aren't you!?" The failed presidential candidate lunged across the cart and attempted to pull off her face mask, certain the lady was actually Vladimir Putin in a skin suit.

Whoops, sorry! Hong Kong protesters leave apologetic graffiti after vandalizing 'wrong' bank

Whoops, sorry! Hong Kong protesters leave apologetic graffiti after vandalizing 'wrong' bank

Protesters in Hong Kong have been targeting Chinese banks in an attempt to send a message to Beijing - but the tactic has led to a slight mishap after a Hong Kong-based bank had its windows smashed. Don't worry, they said sorry. Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, throwing petrol bombs and smashing up shops and metro stations. Chinese banks were also singled out for vandalism - but correctly identifying these targets has proven to be difficult.

LGBT mob takes aim at Chik-Fil-A leading to closure of UK's first and only restaurant

LGBT mob takes aim at Chik-Fil-A leading to closure of UK's first and only restaurant

Gay rights campaigners in Reading, England, are celebrating after a protest campaign seemingly led to the closure of the UK's first and only Chick-Fil-A restaurant, all over its American founder's supposed anti-LGBT views. Just days after the restaurant started dishing out chicken sandwiches and waffle fries from The Oracle shopping center in Reading, management of the center announced on Saturday that Chick-Fil-A's six-month lease at the mall would not be extended, saying that expelling the chain was "the right thing to do." The restaurant had been picketed by protesters, not for its fattening fast food, but for its American owners' supposed anti-LGBT views. Gay rights group Reading Pride had led a protest campaign against Chick-Fil-A and were joined by local Labour Party councillors in calling for an end to "bigotry and hatred on your high street."

Dershowitz bid to dismiss Epstein accuser's defamation suit slapped down

Dershowitz bid to dismiss Epstein accuser's defamation suit slapped down

A judge has denied Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz's attempt to block a defamation lawsuit filed by one of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers, who claims she was forced into a sexual relationship with the prominent attorney, officials said. "I will no longer be silenced. I will no longer be shamed," said Virginia Roberts Giuffre in a statement following the Wednesday appearance in Manhattan federal court. "I will see Alan Dershowitz in a court of law. But I am dismayed by the Court's decision, in this case, to deprive me of my counsel." Dershowitz's attorney told FOX Business his client is "pleased" with Preska's decision.

Mayhem in Barcelona: 'Half a million' pro-independence supporters protest harsh prison sentences of Catalonia separatist leaders

Mayhem in Barcelona: 'Half a million' pro-independence supporters protest harsh prison sentences of Catalonia separatist leaders

A huge crowd with Catalan flags has paralyzed central Barcelona as people from all across the region protested the harsh prison sentences for pro-independence leaders by the Spanish court and called for parting ways with Madrid. The police estimated that at least 525,000 turned up in the center of Barcelona, local media cited law enforcement. "Independence," "The streets will be ours" and "Freedom to political prisoners" were among the chants heard at the massive gathering. Comment: It was more like a million people. The rally continued more or less peacefully for a few hours, but was eventually marred by more serious violence as some of the protesters started building barricades and setting garbage containers on fire.

War whore Pompeo soothes hysterical Israel: 'Iranian threat' gives 'fundamental right, even obligation' to bomb whomever it wants

War whore Pompeo soothes hysterical Israel: 'Iranian threat' gives 'fundamental right, even obligation' to bomb whomever it wants

Israel should not be constrained by international borders or laws if it feels under threat, and can always rely on US support, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said following his meeting with the Israeli PM and the chief of Mossad. The US administration has always been "very clear" that it gives Israel a free rein in hunting down any purported sprouts of 'Iranian threat' in the region, using national security as an ultimate excuse, Pompeo said in an interview with Jerusalem Post.

Employees are most productive when bosses are kind and compassionate

Employees are most productive when bosses are kind and compassionate

Feel like your employees aren't giving it their all in the office? A daily dose of genuine kindness and compassion may do the trick. A recent study by researchers at Binghamton University finds that simply being nice to employees and taking interest in them personally and professionally almost always leads to better productivity and improved job performance overall. "Being benevolent is important because it can change the perception your followers have of you," explains researcher Chou-Yu Tsai, assistant professor at Binghamton University's School of Management, in a university release. "If you feel that your leader or boss actually cares about you, you may feel more serious about the work you do for them." Tsai and his team of international researchers tried to determine how the presence and lack of generally benevolent attitudes and behaviors by superiors affect the performance and productivity of their subordinates at work. The authors surveyed about 1,000 members of the...

7 Ways to prevent or even reverse heart disease with nutrition

7 Ways to prevent or even reverse heart disease with nutrition

Considering that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the developed world, anything that can prevent or reduce cardiac mortality, or slow or even reverse the cardiovascular disease process, should be of great interest to health professionals and the general public alike. Sadly, millions are still unaware of the extensive body of biomedical literature that exists supporting the use of natural compounds for preventing and even reversing heart disease, which we have indexed on GreenMedInfo.com. Instead, they spend billions of healthcare dollars annually on highly toxic cholesterol-lowering pharmaceuticals such as statin drugs which have known cardiotoxicity, among 300 other proven side effects, simply because their doctors told them to do so. Bad advice is the rule and not the exception here. For instance, after decades of recommending a so-called 'low dose' aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke, the weight of evidence now points to it being a cause of significantly more...

US Army to test 'mystery materials' owned by Blink-182 frontman's UFO group at government facilities - report

US Army to test 'mystery materials' owned by Blink-182 frontman's UFO group at government facilities - report

New information on the deal between To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSA) and the US Army shows that the army wants to verify the UFO research group's claims about unexplained alloys and "technology innovations." The eye-catching partnership between the group, owned by former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge, and the army made headlines in recent days as many wondered what form the collaboration would take. The group has claimed to be in possession of a range of mysterious metal alloys that are said to be beyond current engineering technology. Now documents, relating to the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), released by the War Zone website, reportedly show that the army wants to attempt to verify TTSA's claims. "To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science is a company with material and technology innovations that offer capability advancements for army ground vehicles," the documents reportedly read.

Indian PM Modi warns Pakistan he's serious about using 100% of Indian river water

Indian PM Modi warns Pakistan he's serious about using 100% of Indian river water

Indian PM Narendra Modi has warned Pakistan he means what he said about not wasting a single drop of 'Indian water', after Islamabad stated that any attempt to divert rivers would be viewed as an 'act of aggression.' "Once I decide to do something, I always accomplish that," the PM told an election rally on Friday, slamming the opposition party for allowing a portion of India's river water to leave the country. The water over which Haryana's farmers have the right will not flow to Pakistan now. However, Pakistani Foreign Minister Muhammad Faisal had accused India of not just planning to utilize its water share to the max, but plotting to actually divert the rivers, and framed the PM's words as "another glaring example of the fact that the present government of India is bent upon making India an irresponsible and aggressive state that has no regard for human rights or international obligations." He stated that Pakistan has "exclusive rights" over three western rivers under the Indus...

BEST OF THE WEB: Why are Establishment Elites so Obsessively Anti-meat?

BEST OF THE WEB: Why are Establishment Elites so Obsessively Anti-meat?

I don't know how many people have noticed this, but in the past three months it has been impossible for a person to throw a beef burger patty in any direction on the compass without hitting a news article on the "destructive effects" of the meat industry in terms of "climate change". There's also been endless mainstream articles on the supposedly vast health benefits of a vegetarian or vegan diet. This narrative has culminated in a tidal wave of stories about vegetable-based meat companies like Beyond Meat and their rise to stock market stardom. The word on the street is, meat based diets are going the way of the Dodo, and soon, by environmental necessity, we will ALL be vegetarians. For at least the past ten years the United Nations has been aggressively promoting the concept of a meat free world, based on claims that accelerated land use and greenhouse gas emissions are killing the Earth. In the west, militant leftists with dreams of a socialist Utopia have adopted a kind of...

Yellow-browed warbler from Asia seen for the first time ever in Canada

Yellow-browed warbler from Asia seen for the first time ever in Canada

Birding enthusiasts were aflutter in Saanich's Panama Flats Saturday morning hoping to catch a glimpse of a rare warbler never before seen in Canada. Upwards of 50 people flocked to the park with binoculars around their necks and telephoto lenses at the ready for a shot of the yellow-browed warbler. Some came from the Lower Mainland, Washington State and even California, though none travelled quite as far as the bird, which is a migrant from Asia. The migratory warbler typically spends its winters in the tropical climates of South Asia and Southeast Asia, and sometimes in Western Europe.

Menstrual cycles are for everyone? 'Always' removes female symbol from sanitary pads following trans activists' complaints

Menstrual cycles are for everyone? 'Always' removes female symbol from sanitary pads following trans activists' complaints

Women's products maker Always is at the center of a fresh feminist v transgender skirmish, after caving in to trans activists' outrage and removing the 'discriminatory' Venus symbol from its packaging. The company will drop the universally recognized symbol from December, following an onslaught of tweets insisting that women aren't the only ones who menstruate. The decision may have appeased a handful of PC keyboard activists, but it has apparently enraged the bulk of the company's customer base - women, that is.

Lebanon cancels tax hike proposals following MASSIVE protests throughout the country

Lebanon cancels tax hike proposals following MASSIVE protests throughout the country

At least 52 members of Lebanon's security forces have been injured during anti-government protests in Beirut, while 70 people have been detained, the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF) said. Since Thursday, Beirut and other cities have been gripped by protests with the demonstrators demanding that the government resign and action be taken to cope with the worsening economic situation in the country. The protesters blocked off major highways. In central Beirut, the rallies turned violent as the demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails on the police, while the security forces resorted to using stun grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas. Early on Friday, the ISF's General Directorate announced that 40 security personnel were injured in the clashes. "The number of those injured among the Internal Security Forces personnel has reached 52, while 70 people were detained while they were carrying out acts of vandalism, arson and robbery in Beirut," the forces wrote on Twitter late on...

South Korean students protesting US military presence in country detained after scaling wall of envoy's residence

South Korean students protesting US military presence in country detained after scaling wall of envoy's residence

Nineteen South Korean students were detained after scaling the wall of the US envoy's residence in Seoul, in protest of American presence in their country. The students were taken into a local station for questioning on Friday after illegally entering ambassador Harry Harris' home, police said. The group, which identifies itself as a coalition of progressive university students, posted photos on its Facebook account in which several members climbed over the wall of the house of ambassador Harry Harris using ladders.

'Russians will have a fight on their hands!': Alaska governor vows to thwart 'independence referendum & annexation' in prank call

'Russians will have a fight on their hands!': Alaska governor vows to thwart 'independence referendum & annexation' in prank call

Governor Mike Dunleavy said he was aware of Moscow's plan to stage an independence referendum to reclaim Alaska, and promised to arrange a gold nugget for the visiting Ukrainian leader, in a phone call with Russian pranksters. The governor seemed honored to receive such a 'high-profile' call from none other than Ukrainian prime minister and the country's ambassador to the US. Unsurprisingly, the key topic of the conversation was the omnipresent 'Russian threat.' The two pranksters informed Dunleavy of a sinister plan, masterminded by the Kremlin, to reclaim Alaska. They explained that Moscow believes it had only temporary rented Alaska to the US back in 1876, and now - especially since the state has a maritime border with Russia, while being separated from the rest of the American territory by Canada - wants its land back.

Talented slime mold with no brain and '720 sexes' unveiled at Paris zoo

Talented slime mold with no brain and '720 sexes' unveiled at Paris zoo

It's official: Humans are canceled. If we're not intent on slowly destroying the planet, then we're getting busy being downright nasty to each other online. But in a world increasingly devoid of human role models, there are some unlikely sources of inspiration out there. Enter The Blob — a yellowish chunk of slime mold set to make its debut at the Paris Zoological Park on Saturday. With nearly 720 sexes, and the ability to heal itself in two minutes if cut in half, The Blob (or La Blob, as it's called in France) is surprisingly accomplished for such a simple organism. And despite having no mouth, eyes, or brain, slime mold can remember things and solve simple problems. Impressive, considering that some humans reach political office without mastering most of these tasks.

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupts on October 18

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupts on October 18

A breathtaking view of Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano with steam coming from its crater was taken from an airplane, Friday, October 18. Popocatepetl is 5,426 meters tall, and is the second highest mountain in Mexico, and the fifth highest in North America. Source: Reuters

EF-1 tornado, waterspout hits near Shelton, Washington

EF-1 tornado, waterspout hits near Shelton, Washington

The National Weather Service confirmed Saturday night an EF-1 tornado hit near Shelton on Friday night with winds between 90 and 100 miles per hour. The twister started on land near Shelton traveling more than a half mile before moving over Pickering Passage and becoming a waterspout. It dissipated shortly after moving over the water. The Weather Service completed a survey of the area on Saturday before release its findings. The tornado cut a path about 90 yards wide and was on the ground for approximately five minutes.

Our skin keeps time independent of the brain

Our skin keeps time independent of the brain

Squids, octopuses, cuttlefish, amphibians, and chameleon lizards are among the animals that can change the color of their skin in a blink of an eye. They have photoreceptors in their skin that operate independently of their brains. The photoreceptors are part of a family of proteins known as opsins. Mammals have opsins, too. They are the most abundant proteins in the retina. These light-sensing photopigments are responsible for color vision (cone opsins) and vision in dim light (rhodopsin). While previous studies have suggested that mammals might express opsin proteins outside the eye, there was little information on what functions they might influence. A study published Oct. 10 in Current Biology has now found that a type of opsin known as neuropsin is expressed in the hair follicles of mice and synchronize the skin's circadian clock to the light-dark cycle, independent of the eyes or brain.

Tropical Storm Nestor leaves path of destruction in Florida

Tropical Storm Nestor leaves path of destruction in Florida

Tropical Storm Nestor spawned a string of tornadoes that damaged homes, uprooted trees and overturned vehicles as it moved inland over the Florida Panhandle from the Gulf of Mexico, late on Friday and early on Saturday, officials said. A tornado touched down near Seminole, Fla., about 15 miles west of St. Petersburg, around 9:20 p.m. on Friday, the National Weather Service said. A mobile home park was damaged and no injuries were reported, it said. Another tornado, with winds up to 120 m.p.h., touched down in Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, around 11:30 p.m. on Friday and crossed into neighboring Polk County, where it damaged at least 50 homes and businesses, the Weather Service said. For about 45 minutes, the tornado tore through the county, Paul Womble, the director of Polk County Emergency Management, said on Saturday. "We were lucky and very blessed to not have any injuries," he said. The tornado overturned an 18-wheel vehicle onto a sport utility vehicle. The...

Makers of controversial Trump 'shooting' video, TheGeekzTeam, answer critics with MORE memes

Makers of controversial Trump 'shooting' video, TheGeekzTeam, answer critics with MORE memes

After an over-the-top doctored movie clip showing the likeness of President Trump massacring his political and media opponents triggered fits of fury, its creators have responded - with an even more ridiculously edited meme. The outrage from mainstream media pundits and political commentators was palpable when a meme video went viral last week. It featured US President Donald Trump's face cartoonishly copy-pasted into a mass fight scene from the film Kingsman with everyone else's faces replaced with those of his political opponents and the logos of anti-Trump media. The scene where the obviously fake 'Trump' murders everyone else using every means at his disposal takes place inside the 'Church of Fake News'. The clip was made back in 2018, but caught the world's eye after it was shown as part of a "meme exhibit" at a conference of Trump supporters in Florida.