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Lack of oxygen and algae blooms identified as cause of mass mortality event of starfish

Lack of oxygen and algae blooms identified as cause of mass mortality event of starfish

In 2013, the lives of millions of sea stars were mysteriously extinguished. Limbs that were once strong, probing arms searching for sustenance, shrivelled and tore themselves away from the rest of their bodies and melted into a sickly goo. "There were arms everywhere," ecologist Drew Harvell told The Atlantic's Ed Yong last year. "It looked like a blast zone." The dismal remains of these animals, who are usually capable of regenerating their own limbs, were strewn along the entire West Coast of North America, in one of the largest mass wildlife mortality events ever recorded. Over 20 species of sea stars were perishing. In some areas, sunflower star (Pycnopodia helianthoides) populations dropped by an average of around 90 percent in weeks, a loss that saw this once common and abundant species vanish from most of its range in just a few years.

Why The Times does not want readers to see true life in China

Why The Times does not want readers to see true life in China

The Times on January 9 devoted a full page of its print edition to an article titled "British Youtubers funded by China," written by Ben Ellery and Tom Knowles, two reporters of that media outlet. It said "the Chinese government is funding British YouTube stars," including Lee Barrett and his son Oli Barrett, "to produce pro-China propaganda videos." It mentioned "an investigation by the Times can reveal," but did not say what kinds of "investigation." The Barretts said their opinions are merely based on their own experience. Their videos are about topics like, "Do NOT judge China if you have NEVER BEEN," "Why China has the best train network in the world," or "China is the most diverse country in the WORLD." From the perspective of a native Chinese, their rhetoric is objective and just an introduction about their life and personal view on China, nothing too fancy.

Tropical Cyclone Eloise: At least 9 dead as storm sweeps Africa's east coast

Tropical Cyclone Eloise: At least 9 dead as storm sweeps Africa's east coast

At least nine people died on Saturday after Tropical Cyclone Eloise hit Mozambique in Africa's southeast, bringing rain and powerful winds of around 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour. The victims died in the worst-hit port city of Beira, most of them killed by falling trees, authorities said. Cars were submerged in water, walls of some low lying buildings collapsed and swathes of land were flooded in the city, posts on social media showed. The districts of Buzi and Nhamatanda were affected by severe flooding. Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi is set to travel to the area.

Go work or go broke: BBC spends £1million fighting OWN staff in 'flagrant misuse of licence payer money'

Go work or go broke: BBC spends £1million fighting OWN staff in 'flagrant misuse of licence payer money'

Since July 2017, the corporation hired external solicitors to spend 2,688 hours on equal pay and race discrimination employment tribunals claims. The BBC was billed £1,121,652 in fees for both solicitors and barristers. This figure does not cover costs of ongoing tribunal claims and the information was revealed in a letter from the BBC to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee. Julian Knight, MP and chair of the DCMS Committee, said: "It is unbelievable that the BBC has spent more than £1million of licence fee payers' money fighting claims brought by its own staff about equal pay and race discrimination.

Top scientists play down fears mutant Covid strain 30% more deadly & SAGE warning handed to Boris was only 'possibility'

Top scientists play down fears mutant Covid strain 30% more deadly & SAGE warning handed to Boris was only 'possibility'

Top scientists today said it is not "clear" if the mutant Covid strain is 30-90 per cent more deadly after a warning from Boris Johnson last night. After the PM spoke to the nation it has been revealed evidence handed to him on deaths rising was "only 50 per cent certain", with more fatalities just a "possibility". Today Public Health England's medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle said more work was needed to determine whether it is accurate there is a higher mortality rate.

'Blue jet' lightning detected from International Space Station

'Blue jet' lightning detected from International Space Station

Intense flashes lasted only 10 milliseconds, observers say A blue jet - a bolt of lightning that shoots upwards from thunderstorm clouds - has been spotted from the International Space Station. The phenomenon was spotted by the European Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) near the island of Naru in the Pacific Ocean. In an article published in the science journal Nature, astronomers describe seeing five intense blue flashes, each lasting about 10 milliseconds. Four of the flashes were accompanied by a small pulse of ultraviolet light, which appear as rapidly expanding ring. They are formed by the interaction of electrons, radio waves and the atmosphere and are known as elves (Emissions of Light and Very Low Frequency Perturbations due to Electromagnetic Pulse Sources).

Amazon demands in-person union vote after arguing mail-in ballots 'raise risk of fraud'

Amazon demands in-person union vote after arguing mail-in ballots 'raise risk of fraud'

In a Thursday filing with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Seattle-based online retail giant formally requested that a group of Alabama warehouse trying to form a union be required to vote in person, rather than by mail, according to Bloomberg. The company also requested a postponement of the vote so the NLRB can reconsider its earlier ruling which gives workers the next two months to vote by mail. A group of workers at Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse filed paperwork in November for an election to decide whether to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, a rare step for workers at a company whose U.S. workforce isn't unionized. The NLRB, which oversees union votes, earlier this month said the vote would be conducted by mail, citing standards set up during the pandemic to keep workers and staffers safe. -Bloomberg Amazon objected to the NLRB's decision - saying they had 'unfairly dismissed the company's argument' that its facility is...

Democrats urge tech giants to change algorithms that facilitate spread of extremist content

Democrats urge tech giants to change algorithms that facilitate spread of extremist content

House Democrats sent a letter to top social media platforms on Thursday urging the them to make permanent changes to algorithms that facilitate the spread of extremist and "conspiratorial" content. The letter from the lawmakers comes roughly two weeks after a mob stormed the Capitol in a deadly riot. Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) led dozens of their colleagues in letters addressed to the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube urging various changes across the platforms to mitigate the spread of extremist and conspiratorial content.

Lawyer for 'Q Guy with the Horns and the Fur' claims his client finally realizes he's been 'duped' by Trump

Lawyer for 'Q Guy with the Horns and the Fur' claims his client finally realizes he's been 'duped' by Trump

Al Watkins, the St. Louis attorney for so-called "QAnon Shaman" Jacob Chansley, 33, is at least partially blaming former President Donald Trump for a deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Speaking of his client, Watkins told St. Louis television station KSDK on Thursday that Chansley "regrets very, very much having not just been duped by the president, but by being in a position where he allowed that duping to put him in a position to make decisions he should not have made." He referred to Chansley as "the guy with the horns and the fur, the meditation and organic food."

Spectator's new 'Wokeyleaks' lets whistleblowers anonymously call out social justice indoctrination

Spectator's new 'Wokeyleaks' lets whistleblowers anonymously call out social justice indoctrination

"Anyone in a position of power should be criticised and laughed at and that includes people with large social media followings that rile up big, angry online mobs," They/Them writes. The Spectator launched an anonymous tip line where people can expose social justice indoctrination in the workplace. Wokeyleaks, as it's called, "will also function as a confidential news leak organization for any other sources who wish to divulge classified information (and hilarious anecdotes) about woke culture without fear of getting canceled." The person behind this is themselves anonymous, and will go simply by the pronouns "They/Them." They write that their "disillusionment with the Social Justice 'left' was less a road to Damascus moment and more death by a thousand cucks."

FLASHBACK: Bill Gates sails into the future on an $860M hydrogen-powered superyacht

FLASHBACK: Bill Gates sails into the future on an $860M hydrogen-powered superyacht

For an environmentally conscious billionaire, what better way to combine luxury with your green credentials? Bill Gates has commissioned the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht - believed to cost $860 million, giving him bragging rights over other ultra-rich seafarers. The Sunday Telegraph can reveal the retired 64-year-old is behind the construction of the cutting-edge cruiser by Dutch superyacht specialist Feadship.

Alexei Navalny & Russia baiting: Biden brings back business as usual

Alexei Navalny & Russia baiting: Biden brings back business as usual

Joe Biden enters the White House with an entourage of faces very familiar to OffGuardian, and many of those readers who have been with us since the beginning. Glassy-eyed Jen Psaki is once again taking the White House press briefings. Victoria "Fuck the EU" Nuland is going to be secretary of state, and Samantha Power is hoisted back onto a platform from which she can berate the rest of the world for not following America's "moral example" by bombing Syria back to the stone age. It was the machinations of these people - along with Biden as VP, John Kerry as Secretary of State and of course Barack Obama leading the charge - that lead to the coup in Ukraine, the war in Donbass and - indirectly - the creation of this website. For it was our comments on the Guardian telling this truth that got everyone here banned, multiple times. So, for us, pointing out cold-war style propaganda is like slipping back into a comfy pair of shoes.

China debuts train prototype that can hit speeds of 620 kilometers per hour

China debuts train prototype that can hit speeds of 620 kilometers per hour

China has revealed a prototype for a new high-speed Maglev train that is capable of reaching speeds of 620 kilometers (385 miles) per hour. The train runs on high-temperature superconducting (HTS) power that makes it look as if the train is floating along the magnetized tracks. The sleek 21-meter-long (69 feet) prototype was unveiled to media in the city of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, on January 13. In addition, university researchers constructed 165 meters (541 feet) of track to demonstrate how the train would look and feel in transit, according to state-run Xinhua News. Professor He Chuan (vice president of Southwest Jiaotong University, which worked on the prototype) told reporters that the train could be "operational" within 3-10 years. He added: "Sichuan has rich rare earth resources, which is very beneficial to our construction of permanent magnet tracks, thus promoting the faster development of experiments."

According to this professor, 'Science, statistics, and technology are all inherently racist'

According to this professor, 'Science, statistics, and technology are all inherently racist'

University of Rhode Island and Director of Graduate Studies Erik Loomis recently claimed "science, statistics and technology" are racist. "Science, statistics, and technology are all inherently racist because they are developed by racists who live in a racist society, whether they identify as racists or not," Loomis tweeted in reference to a New York Times article. "This is why I have so much contempt for those, including many liberals, who 'just want the data.' The data is racist!" he continued. Loomis has come under scrutiny several times in the past for tweets and blog posts. He most recently made news for his blog post "Why was Michael Reinoehl Killed?" a reference to ANTIFA supporter Michael Reinoehl who was killed by police after killing Trump supporter Aaron "Jay" Danielson during an earlier clash.

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Objective reality for changes across the planet

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Objective reality for changes across the planet

Pods for the homeless in Germany as the E.U gives go ahead to eat worms processed in a factory and calls to change global food production methods. Icy dunescapes in the Sahara Desert.

M7.0 earthquake recorded near Chilean Antarctic base, nationwide tsunami alert 'accidentally' issued

M7.0 earthquake recorded near Chilean Antarctic base, nationwide tsunami alert 'accidentally' issued

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake and several aftershocks have rattled Chile, triggering panic as authorities issued a nationwide tsunami alert while only seeking to evacuate the country's largest research station in Antarctica. The strongest of over half a dozen jolts struck South Shetland Islands 216 kilometers northeast of Chile's O'Higgins scientific base at 8:36pm, while another 5.8 quake shook the Chile-Argentina border region close to the capital, Santiago around 30 minutes later. While the warning was only meant for the coastal regions of Antarctica, people all across Chile received messages urging them to abandon coastal areas due to a tsunami threat, triggering much confusion.

Twenty reasons mandatory face masks are unsafe, ineffective and immoral

Twenty reasons mandatory face masks are unsafe, ineffective and immoral

Nine Potential and Proven Dangers to Muzzling Yourself 1. Cavities: New York dentists are reporting that half their patients are suffering decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath from wearing masks. "We're seeing inflammation in people's gums that have been healthy forever, and cavities in people who have never had them before," Dr. Rob Ramondi told FOX News. 2. Facial Deformities: Masking children triggers mouth breathing which as been shown to cause "long, narrow faces, narrow mouths, high palatal vaults, dental malocclusion, gummy smiles, and many other unattractive facial features," according to the Journal of General Dentistry. 3. Acne Vulgaris: Moisture and germs collecting in the mask cause "facial skin lesions, irritant dermatitis... or worsening acne" (according to Public Health Ontario) which stresses the immune system, can lead to permanent scarring and has been linked to depression and suicidal thoughts (according to the Journal of Dermatologic...

Study: Generational trauma can change brain circuitry of an unborn baby

Study: Generational trauma can change brain circuitry of an unborn baby

Scientists have found that mothers who have suffered childhood trauma can pass this memory down to an unborn baby - scans showed altered brain circuitry in young children The experience of generational trauma is often found in descendants of genocide survivors, or families which suffered from extreme poverty. It can be found in people that don't on paper appear to have suffered. Generational trauma is shadowy, often unknown to people who suffer it. The experience of trauma exists everywhere, in people who have faced things that pushed their minds to switch to survival mode. "It can be silent, covert, and undefined, surfacing through nuances and inadvertently taught or implied throughout someone's life from an early age onward," licensed clinical psychologist and parenting evaluator Melanie English, PhD, explained to Health.

We ignore Big Tech censorship at our peril

We ignore Big Tech censorship at our peril

The glee of seeing Trump banned has blinded left-wingers to the threat posed by Silicon Valley The greatest trick of authoritarians is to convince their subjects to rejoice in their own subjugation. Over the past week we have seen self-proclaimed 'leftists' cheering on multi-billion dollar corporations as they ratchet up their policies on censorship and their determination to control the parameters of acceptable thought and speech. The strength of feeling against Donald Trump - entirely understandable, of course - has meant that his permanent ban from all major social-media platforms is being treated as a victory for progressive values. The instinctive sense of satisfaction that comes from seeing one's enemy silenced has blinded many to the broader picture. These are the imbeciles that stare at the finger as the wise man points at the moon.

Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies offers prize money to find out if there is life after death

Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies offers prize money to find out if there is life after death

Mystery Wire — Is there credible evidence to support the existence of an afterlife? A Las Vegas businessman says he will spend a million dollars to find out. Las Vegas space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, known for his funding of UFO research projects, has launched a new project. Today, the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies (BICS) announced a global essay contest. BICS is seeking input from scientists, religious scholars, consciousness researchers, and anyone else who can provide evidence of an afterlife. As an incentive, BICS will award $500,000 for the top essay, $300,000 for the second best, and $150,000 for third place. "The Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies, was formed to try to conduct research and facilitate research into the possibility of the survival of human consciousness beyond bodily death, Bigelow told Mystery Wire in an exclusive interview, "and, if that is true, then to explore what is the other side all about?"

Meteor fireball lights up Northern Hungarian skies

Meteor fireball lights up Northern Hungarian skies

Thanks to a lucky camera position, the following video captures a fireball flashing over Sokorópátka. According to HVG, an unexpected meteor crossed the sky in Sokorópátka, Győr-Moson-Sopron County this week. One of the users of Időkép, Károly Boráros, sent a video to the portal, as his camera was looking right in the direction of the fireball. A commenter on YouTube wrote that the meteor could also be seen from eastern Poland. He noticed it at 2 AM as he looked out the window at the landscape, but because of the sudden brightness he didn't know how to identify the phenomenon.

BEST OF THE WEB: Planning the first battle in Biden's America: MAGA vs. The GOP

BEST OF THE WEB: Planning the first battle in Biden's America: MAGA vs. The GOP

Multiple preexisting socio-political fault lines are rapidly rising to the surface in Biden's America, but among the few examples of friction that might actually be to the country's ultimate benefit will arguably be the one between the Trump-inspired "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) movement and the Republicans (the "Grand Old Party", GOP), as the former has the chance to politically smash the latter by simultaneously founding a third party in parallel with putting immense pressure upon their counterpart's leadership from within in an attempt to take wrest control of the party if successful. MAGA's Split From The GOP Biden's America is rapidly bringing multiple preexisting socio-political fault lines to the surface, but this might actually be to the country's ultimate benefit if the friction between the Trump-inspired "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) movement and the Republicans (the "Grand Old Party", GOP) becomes the first battle defining this new era. MAGA has the chance to...

A lack of expertise, funds, and inaction undermined the CDC's handling of the coronavirus

A lack of expertise, funds, and inaction undermined the CDC's handling of the coronavirus

In early February, 57 people arrived at a Nebraska military base, among the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak. U.S. health officials knew very little then about the mysterious new virus, and the quarantined group offered an early opportunity to size up the threat. The federal government sought help from a team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, including Dr. James Lawler, an experienced infectious disease specialist. Lawler told Reuters he immediately asked the world-renowned U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for permission to test the quarantined group, deeming it crucial to know whether people without symptoms were infected and could spread the deadly pathogen. Agency officials worried that detained people couldn't give proper consent because they might feel coerced into testing. "CDC does not approve this study," an official at the quarantine site wrote to Lawler in a Feb. 8 email obtained by...

Facebook bans UK Socialist Workers Party as dozens of activists removed from platform

Facebook bans UK Socialist Workers Party as dozens of activists removed from platform

A socialist group has been left furious after its official account was banned on Facebook and dozens of activists were removed without giving "a reason". Facebook Messenger: Users across UK report issues with app The social media giant recently announced it was cracking down on accounts that violated its policies against posting content relating to conspiracy theories and militarised social movements. Between August 2020 and January 12, 2021, Facebook has removed more than 78,000 profiles on both Facebook and Instagram. Former US President Donald Trump was also indefinitely suspended on Facebook and Instagram a day after the Capitol riots that left five dead and resulted in his second impeachment earlier this month. The new rules have meant Facebook has also disabled the accounts of more than 45 left-wing activists and 15 Facebook pages in Britain.

Confessions of a deprogrammed Trump supporter

Confessions of a deprogrammed Trump supporter

As many people are aware, CNN recently aired a wonderful interview by former Moonie-turned-cult-deprogrammer Steve Hassan giving advice to Americans wishing to deprogram their MAGA-hat wearing loved ones, now that the age of Trump is coming to an end. I was fortunate enough to have read Hassan's book and had the loving scrub-brush of truth wash my brain of all of its formerly pro-Trump sympathies and can honestly say that I am most certainly better off for having left those old delusions in the past. For one thing, I used to enjoy my right to free speech... but thanks to the terrible events of January 6, 2021 that left 3 people dead, horned Q supporters doing photo ops for media, pro-Trump rioters let into the capitol building by guards, and busloads of conspicuous violent figures whom some say were "provocateurs" (whatever that means), I have come to realize that I was all wrong.

Gates receives Covid-19 vaccine two days after Biden sworn in, despite questioning if FDA can be trusted under Trump

Gates receives Covid-19 vaccine two days after Biden sworn in, despite questioning if FDA can be trusted under Trump

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has received his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine after putting millions into development and distribution, but most used the moment to bring up numerous conspiracy theories that center on the man. "I feel great," Gates announced to the world on Friday, adding a picture of himself getting a Covid-19 vaccine. "Thank you to all of the scientists, trial participants, regulators, and frontline healthcare workers who got us to this point," he added. At 65, Gates is eligible to receive the vaccine under Washington state's tier one distribution plan.

White House launches 'comprehensive threat assessment' on domestic extremism

White House launches 'comprehensive threat assessment' on domestic extremism

President Joe Biden has asked the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to conduct a "comprehensive threat assessment" of domestic extremism following the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol by a violent mob that left five people dead. White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Friday that Biden decided to ask for the review, which will be coordinated with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, because "clearly more needs to be done" to address the rising threat posed by violent extremists across the country. "The January 6th assault on the capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored what we have long known: The rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat," Psaki said. "The Biden administration will confront this threat with the necessary resources and resolve." The pro-Trump rioters who breached the Capitol earlier this month included members of the far-right, self-described "Western chauvinist"...

Russia has a spectacular soft power chance to appeal to American conservatives

Russia has a spectacular soft power chance to appeal to American conservatives

The Russian government's official fears that some members of the Trump-inspired "Make America Great Again" movement might become "political prisoners" in Biden's America presents a spectacular soft power chance for the Kremlin to appeal to a broad swath of conservatives if it facilitates their future emigration to Russia and subsequently provides the necessary support to aid their assimilation and integration into society. Speaker of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin dropped a bombshell last week when he declared during the opening of the lower house of parliament's spring session that some members of the Trump-inspired "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) movement might become "political prisoners" in Biden's America. His exact words were as follows: "Those who participated in unauthorized political actions everywhere were anointed by Washington as fighters for freedom and democracy. When the same thing happened in the United States itself, they labelled these people as...

Biden's 1M shots-a-day COVID-19 'goal' was already reached by Trump

Biden's 1M shots-a-day COVID-19 'goal' was already reached by Trump

President Biden's "wartime effort" goal to vaccinate 100 million people against COVID-19 in 100 days relies on a daily average that was repeatedly bested under former President Donald Trump. Biden's first full day in office on Thursday saw 1.3 million Americans inoculated against the deadly coronavirus, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News. But the same figures show that 1.3 million shots were administered on Jan. 11 and that 1.1 million were given both Jan. 14 and 16. Vaccinations also hit a record-high, 1.6 million on Wednesday, when Biden was sworn into office, according to the data. Since his inauguration Wednesday, the new commander in chief and his top spokesperson have repeatedly been pressed by reporters on whether he's setting his immunization target too low. Comment: Biden's promise: Biden also announced his White House would ensure that there would be "100 million shots into the arms of the American people in the first 100 days" in what he called the "most...

AOC: I didn't attend Biden's inauguration in part because I don't 'feel safe' around Republicans

AOC: I didn't attend Biden's inauguration in part because I don't 'feel safe' around Republicans

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said during an interview on Thursday night that part of the reason that she did not attend President Joe Biden's inauguration was because she does not feel safe around Republicans. "You knew that people would ask why you weren't there," CNN host Chris Cuomo said. "This was a good cause, from your perspective, of dealing with your constituency. But this was supposed to be a show of force, and unity, and you weren't there. Explain it." "How many are 'We?'" Cuomo pressed. "I think a very considerable amount," Ocasio-Cortez answered. "A lot of members do not feel safe. In fact, just today-" "You really think that colleagues of yours in Congress, may do you dirty?" Cuomo asked.

Rights advocates alarmed by US spy agency's purchase of warrantless phone location data

Rights advocates alarmed by US spy agency's purchase of warrantless phone location data

Digital rights advocates reacted with alarm to a report published Friday detailing how Defense Intelligence Agency analysts in recent years bought databases of U.S. smartphone location data without first obtaining warrants. "I think we've really reached the point where you have so much data floating around that governments can essentially buy their way around the Fourth Amendment." — Sen. Ron Wyden The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is part of the Department of Defense and is tasked with informing military and civilian policymakers about the activities and intentions of foreign governments and nonstate actors. The new revelation, first reported by the New York Times, initially came in the form of DIA responses to questions from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) regarding the agency's warrantless purchase of commercial location data generated by phones both inside and outside of the United States. Wyden asked the DIA to clarify its interpretation of Carpenter v. United States, a 2018 U.S....

The Lone Star State stands up to Biden's unlawful executive orders and gives the most 'Texas' response ever

The Lone Star State stands up to Biden's unlawful executive orders and gives the most 'Texas' response ever

The Lone Star State is not afraid of standing alone against federal government overreach. Texas is showing once again it is not the state to be pushed around. Amidst a flurry of 17 executive orders and actions on newly sworn-in President Biden's first day in office, was one that directed federal agencies not to enforce certain provisions of U.S. immigration law. Texas put the Biden administration on blast. The state's Attorney General released a statement that made its position clear: Yesterday you ordered a blanket halt on nearly all deportations of illegal aliens. This complete abdication of the Department of Homeland Security's ("DHS") obligation to enforce federal immigration law is unlawful and will seriously and irreparably harm the State of Texas and its citizens. The statement makes it clear that Biden's refusal to enforce the law as required will result in injury to Texas: Border states like Texas pay a particularly high price when the federal government fails to...

Ireland's police are teaming up with Israel's torture ministry. Why?

Ireland's police are teaming up with Israel's torture ministry. Why?

Ireland's police forces have given unconvincing explanations about why they are cooperating with an Israeli ministry implicated in torture and war crimes. The European Union has allocated approximately $8.5 million to a research project ostensibly aimed at using new speech and facial recognition technologies to help identify criminal networks. Named Roxanne, the project includes Israel's ministry for "public security" and a number of law enforcement bodies. The involvement of Ireland's two police forces in the project has angered campaigners and politicians from across the island. They have pointed out that the Israeli ministry oversees prisons where Palestinians are routinely abused and a police force active in settlements which violate international law.

RIP Larry King: A man from an era of more civil, respectful and insightful journalism. Farewell and thank you

RIP Larry King: A man from an era of more civil, respectful and insightful journalism. Farewell and thank you

RT is paying tribute to talk show legend Larry King, whose distinguished career served us a reminder of simpler times when questioning entrenched beliefs and listening to those you don't agree with was considered a virtue. The entire field of broadcast media is shaped to its core by the gold standard that he established, and the debt owed him by all practitioners of his craft can never be repaid in full. Larry attained national prominence as host of The Larry King Show, taking calls from listeners across the country and giving every last caller a fair hearing; he challenged them, he consoled them, and by making the space everyone's perspective, he enlightened his whole audience.

Why is the Labour Party so enthusiastic about lockdowns when they are so destructive to our poorest communities?

Why is the Labour Party so enthusiastic about lockdowns when they are so destructive to our poorest communities?

Rather than questioning Tory lockdowns, Sir Keir Starmer's party, and the wider British left, have only ever called for them to be harder, faster and longer despite the havoc they wreak on those they claim to represent. Whenever Home Secretary Priti Patel is wheeled out to lead the daily government briefing we know we have done something wrong and something rotten is about to be rolled out. So from this week, thanks to our collective bad behaviour, £800 fines will be issued to those attending house parties of 15 or more people. This is the latest punishment the government has added to its stick and stick approach to enforcing the lockdown. All this at a time when the working class are having literally the worst times of our lives. There is no 'good lockdown' for working class people who are more likely to be redundant or on furlough, living in cramped, crowded conditions, and whose children are struggling and falling behind at school. Another threat to frighten people with is not...

Trump plays cards close to his chest when asked about future plans

Trump plays cards close to his chest when asked about future plans

Former President Donald Trump gave nothing away about his plans for life after the White House as he dined with friends at his golf club on Friday. "We'll do something, but not just yet," he told the Washington Examiner as he sat at his regular table in the Grill Room of the Trump International Golf Club. An aide to the former chief executive then swooped in and swiftly, but politely, ended the interaction. Those marked his first words to a journalist since he left the White House on Wednesday and flew to Florida. Minutes earlier, House Democratic leaders announced that they intended to send an article of impeachment to the Senate on Monday that would charge the former president with inciting an insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6, threatening Trump's hopes of running for president again. Friday marked the second consecutive day that his motorcade drove the short distance from his private club Mar-a-Lago to his golf course.

Schizoid nation: French doctors say not to talk on subway - because Covid

Schizoid nation: French doctors say not to talk on subway - because Covid

Passengers on public transport systems should avoid talking to one another or on the phone in order to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus, the French National Academy of Medecine said. "The mandatory wearing of masks on public transport, where social distancing is not possible, should by accompanied by one very simple precaution: avoid talking and making phone calls," the academy said in a statement. Academy member Patrick Berche said on BFM TV on Saturday that if there were only three people in a subway car there was no problem, but if you were only two centimetres away from the next person it made sense not to converse or talk on the phone. "It is not an obligation, it is a recommendation," he said. The academy is not an official advisory body. It can respond to government questions but also issues recommendations, which sometimes go against official policy.

'Catastrophically wrong': German court declares regional lockdown UNCONSTITUTIONAL in 'politically explosive' decision

'Catastrophically wrong': German court declares regional lockdown UNCONSTITUTIONAL in 'politically explosive' decision

A German district court has declared a strict lockdown imposed by the government of the central state of Thuringia last spring unconstitutional, as it acquitted a person accused of violating it. A trivial case about a man violating strict German lockdown rules by celebrating a birthday with his friends has ended up in a decision the German media described as "politically explosive." A district court in the city of Weimar did not just acquit the defendant but also stated that the authorities themselves breached Germany's basic law. Thuringia's spring lockdown was a "catastrophically wrong political decision with dramatic consequences for almost all areas of people's lives," the court said, justifying its decision. It particularly condemned a restriction limiting private gatherings to the members of one household and one person outside of it.

Shallow M4.4 earthquake hits Granada, Spain

Shallow M4.4 earthquake hits Granada, Spain

(Translated from Spanish): An earthquake of intensity 4.4 on the Richter scale shook the city of Granada and its metropolitan area at 12:15 pm on Saturday. The earthquake has caused a slight injury and many damages in homes, supermarkets, schools and some heritage elements in the city of Santa Fe, 12 kilometers from the capital, where the earthquake has had its epicenter. According to the National Geographic Institute (IGN), the earthquake occurred five kilometers deep. Read more (article in Spanish): https://elpais.com/espana/2021-01-23/...

The Biden Covid miracles begin! 4 Dem govs take off their masks, show Covid lockdowns are a political game

The Biden Covid miracles begin! 4 Dem govs take off their masks, show Covid lockdowns are a political game

All the children locked up at home, instead of at school or playing with their friends. All the small businesses shuttered and American dreams destroyed. All the economic opportunity wasted and plans put on hold. All a political game? Four Democratic governors are doing nothing to allay those growing suspicions with what appears to be the political timing of recent easing of their respective states' unlawful coronavirus lockdown restrictions. 1.Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been one of the most ferocious and vindictive advocates of the lockdowns. The easing of indoor dining regulations in Michigan begins on February 1st, as reported by Fox: After months of closures, indoor dining will resume in Michigan restaurants and bars, beginning Feb. 1. The Michigan health department's next epidemic order allows the sale and consumption of concessions at restaurants, casinos, movie theaters, and stadiums. It also maintains non-residential gatherings...

The state of our currencies by Catherine Austin Fitts

The state of our currencies by Catherine Austin Fitts

With the global technocrats taking the world through the "Going Direct" Reset into the abyss of the End of Currency and the ultimate transhuman slave state, things could not be more dire. But, as Catherine Austin Fitts of Solari.com tells us, there are options on the table for taking things in a completely different direction and unlocking the incredible abundance of the planet. The choice is our, but for how long? Don't miss this important, solutions-focused discussion on The State of Our Currencies.

Just like the good old days: Joe Biden invades Syria with convoy of US troops and choppers on first full day as president

Just like the good old days: Joe Biden invades Syria with convoy of US troops and choppers on first full day as president

Within 24 hours of his swearing-in ceremony, Joe Biden invaded Syria with a convoy of US troops and choppers carrying 200 more soldiers.

The saviour falters: Biden admits he 'cannot change the trajectory of the pandemic' after claiming 'a plan to get covid under control'

The saviour falters: Biden admits he 'cannot change the trajectory of the pandemic' after claiming 'a plan to get covid under control'

78-year-old Joe Biden on Friday mumbled through another presser from the White House. In October Biden attacked Trump for his handling of the China virus. Biden bragged about "having a plan" to combat the China Coronavirus. "We're eight months into this pandemic, and Donald Trump still doesn't have a plan to get this virus under control - I do," Biden said in an October tweet.

'It's all coming!' Northern California landslide caught on camera

'It's all coming!' Northern California landslide caught on camera

Caltrans crews captured on video a landslide that partially closed a highway in Northern California's Siskiyou County on Tuesday. In the video shared on on social media, rocks tumble down a slope along Highway 96, four miles west of Happy Camp, and then trees begin to slide down. There's a loud rumbling, and a worker is heard yelling, "It's all coming!" The post calls the slide, which completely covered the section of roadway, "jaw dropping." This landslide happened near one that happened in the past couple of weeks.

Locust swarms invade southern Saudi Arabia

Locust swarms invade southern Saudi Arabia

Locust swarms invade southern Saudi Arabia, (Jizan).

The Washington Post tried to memory-hole Kamala Harris' bad joke about inmates begging for food and water

The Washington Post tried to memory-hole Kamala Harris' bad joke about inmates begging for food and water

UPDATE: As of 1:15 p.m. on January 22, The Washington Post has updated its website and URLs to restore the original version of the Kamala Harris profile detailed in Reason's post, below. "We should have kept both versions of the story on the Post's site (the original and updated one), rather than redirecting to the updated version," Kris Coratti, the Post's vice president for communications, told Reason in a statement on Friday. "We have now done that, and you will see the link to the original at the top of the updated version." Reason has updated the headline of this story to reflect those changes. The rest of the story remains unaltered. When The Washington Post published a 2019 campaign trail feature about then-presidential hopeful Kamala Harris' close relationship with her sister, it opened with a memorable anecdote in which Harris bizarrely compared the rigors of the campaign trail to...life behind bars. And then proceeded to laugh — at the idea of an inmate begging for a sip...

One of Biden's first acts is to ensure White House website asks for correct pronouns

One of Biden's first acts is to ensure White House website asks for correct pronouns

One of the Biden's administration's first acts after the inauguration earlier today was to change the White House website to ensure it asked people for their correct pronouns.

Unbelievable supercell storm hit Lleida in Spain with winds of 150 km/h

Unbelievable supercell storm hit Lleida in Spain with winds of 150 km/h

Storm front caused by the storm Hortense as it passes through Tàrrega (Lleida). The front has left strong gusts of wind of more than 190 km / h, hail and snow in the mountains It has crossed a good part of the NE peninsula and the Balearic Islands.

'Plumelets': Dynamic filamentary structures in solar corona and their impact on space weather investigated by NASA

'Plumelets': Dynamic filamentary structures in solar corona and their impact on space weather investigated by NASA

Scientists have combined NASA data and cutting-edge image processing to gain new insight into the solar structures that create the Sun's flow of high-speed solar wind, detailed in new research published today in The Astrophysical Journal. This first look at relatively small features, dubbed "plumelets," could help scientists understand how and why disturbances form in the solar wind. The Sun's magnetic influence stretches billions of miles, far past the orbit of Pluto and the planets, defined by a driving force: the solar wind. This constant outflow of solar material carries the Sun's magnetic field out into space, where it shapes the environments around Earth, other worlds, and in the reaches of deep space. Changes in the solar wind can create space weather effects that influence not only the planets, but also human and robotic explorers throughout the solar system — and this work suggests that relatively small, previously-unexplored features close to the Sun's surface could play...

Freak storm causes damage across the island of Majorca, Spain

Freak storm causes damage across the island of Majorca, Spain

High winds and rains battered the island this morning as storm "Hortensia" hit Mallorca At the Parc Bit technology park eyewitnesses spoke of cars being damaged by falling trees and debris. The high winds and bad weather also caused traffic havoc across the island and disrupted the demonstration over bar and restaurant closures. In central Palma palm trees in the Paseo Marítimo and Plaza de la Reina were damaged by the high winds.