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Macron pulls back on France's pension reforms, unions vow to continue, majority say he's 'poorly managing' the crisis

Macron pulls back on France's pension reforms, unions vow to continue, majority say he's 'poorly managing' the crisis

But unions argue the changes will force people to work longer for less. A majority of French people think the showdown between President Emmanuel Macron and unions over pensions has been mishandled by the government, a poll published on Wednesday found. The poll, conducted by Elabe for the news channel BFMTV, showed that 67 percent of French people think the pension reform has been "poorly managed" by the Macron government, compared with 32 percent who think the opposite. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they were "opposed" to the reform in its current form, while 43 percent said they backed the planned changes. The poll also put public support for the strike action against the reform at 53 percent, compared with 46 percent against.

All the single ladies

All the single ladies

"Oh, he's kind of cute." My friend at Yale, swiping through Tinder, leaned over and showed me his profile. "Wait, no." She moved her finger leftward. "Why not? He seems alright," I reply. He goes to a local, less highly-regarded university, she explained. In other words, not Yale. Swipe Right for a Master's Degree The dating market for women is getting tougher. In part, this is because fewer men are attending universities. Why would male enrollment in higher education matter for women? Because women, on average, prefer educated men. One source of evidence comes from women's personal responses to dating profiles posted by men. Researchers analyzed 120 personal dating ads posted by men on the West Coast and in the Midwest. They found that two of the strongest variables that predicted how many responses a man received from women were years of education and income. Similar results have been found in Poland. Researchers analyzed how many women responded to dating ads posted by 551 men....

3 men killed in London stabbing frenzy - Knife crime doubled since 2014

3 men killed in London stabbing frenzy - Knife crime doubled since 2014

Residents of a north-east London street where three men were stabbed and bled to death have described the horrific aftermath of the attack. Two men, aged 29 and 39, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday after the trio were pronounced dead at the scene on Sunday night in Seven Kings, Ilford. Det Ch Supt Stephen Clayman, commander of the Metropolitan police's east area basic command unit, initially said he believed the people involved were Sikhs. But a statement released later on Monday revealed that officers believed some of the men to be from the Hindu community as well. Officers stressed they did not think the incident was "gang or race-related". Det Ch Insp Paul Considine said: "We now believe all those involved were known to each other and from the Sikh and Hindu community, however we are still in the process of identifying the men and working to inform their next of kin."

Who wants to play the status game?

Who wants to play the status game?

When you first meet someone, you "feel each other out" to see where your lives might connect — where are you from, what do you do, what music/art/books do you like, etc. You are looking for common ground on the basis of which your conversation might proceed. Call this the Basic Game; I'd like to contrast it with two more advanced games that can be played in its stead, or alongside it. In the Importance Game, participants jockey for position. This usually works by way of casual references to wealth, talent, accomplishment or connections, but there are many variants. I can, for instance, play this game by pretending to eschew it: "Let's get straight down to business" can telegraph my being much too important to waste time with such games; or your being so unimportant as to render the game otiose. The other game is the Leveling Game, and it uses empathy to equalize the players. So I might performatively share feelings of stress, inadequacy or weakness; or express discontent with the...

Leaked pictures show torture of Palestine prisoner in Israel prison

Leaked pictures show torture of Palestine prisoner in Israel prison

A number of pictures leaked to mass media show the grave effects of the severe torture of Palestinian prisoner, Walid Hanatsha, inside an Israeli prison, Shehab News Agency reported on Friday. The pictures demonstrated the effects of torture on different parts of the prisoner's body, including his neck, thighs and legs. Bayan Hanatsha, the prisoner's wife, revealed that her husband was subjected to three rounds of torture - the first lasting for 12 days - during which he was interrogated for 23 hours a day. According to Hanatsha's lawyer, the Israeli occupation inflicted five methods of torture during the interrogations. Hanatsha was hung by his hands while they were tied behind his back, and was blindfolded. He remained hung until he fell unconscious.

Russia slams US for giving wrong idea about Iran's right to enrich uranium

Russia slams US for giving wrong idea about Iran's right to enrich uranium

Moscow accuses Washington of misinforming the international community about Iran's right to enrich uranium, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Last Friday, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook told journalists about an alleged UN resolution passed in 2006 or 2007 prohibiting Tehran from uranium enrichment. "We consider it necessary to respond to the US special representative for Iran Hook about the existence of some kind of 'UN standard' prohibiting the Islamic Republic of Iran from enriching uranium. Unfortunately, such mythmaking has long been a par of the course in the US approach toward nuclear non-proliferation ... In this case, we have, essentially, an accusation against the UN Security Council of making decisions contradicting the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)", the ministry said in a statement. It also recalled that the aforementioned treaty allows the signatories to develop nuclear energy for non-military purposes. "In other...

Here's why Iran (and the western media) is not being honest about Ukraine flight 752

Here's why Iran (and the western media) is not being honest about Ukraine flight 752

Most believe the reason behind Iran's shooting down of flight 752 from Tehran to Kiev has been cleared up. The narrative that it was an unfortunate accident (mainly) by a single individual: Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Hajizadeh is being widely accepted. The message was further broadcast by Major General Hossein Salami, chief of that same IRGC. However, there's still plenty of questions which are left unanswered which, according to me, return part of the veil which most believe to have been uncovered. The Flight's Delay Although flight delays happen all the time and are nothing to fret about in and by themselves, given the outcome of 752 we should ask the question why the delay was there. According to Reuters' quoting of the president and CEO of the airline, Mr. Yevhenii Dykhne, the flight was delayed because "it was too heavily loaded". Aviation experts know that any which flight does not only hold the passenger's luggage but also parcels, mails, diplomatic packages...

Pakistan to import wheat to overcome shortage crisis

Pakistan to import wheat to overcome shortage crisis

Government accuses Sindh government of failing to prevent hoarding; Opposition blames center for exporting crop Pakistan's Economic Coordination Committee on Monday approved a proposal to import 300,000 tons of wheat to overcome a nationwide shortage that had dramatically raised prices of the food staple and threatened the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led regime's claims of a 'prosperous and stable' 2020. The first shipment of the imported wheat would reach Pakistan around Feb. 15, said authorities, with the federal government asking the Punjab government and the Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO) to release excess stocks in the interim to overcome the shortage, especially in Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces. The wheat imports are set to continue until March 31, when the next crop of wheat would be harvested. The ECC has also approved a Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC) waiver of Rs. 400 per bag to ensure supply of cheap fertilizer to farmers...

Telling it like it is: Drag Queen destroys Drag Queen Story Hour and woke culture

Telling it like it is: Drag Queen destroys Drag Queen Story Hour and woke culture

Drag Queen Kitty Demure has taken to Twitter to speak out against the sexualization of children by woke people co-opting drag culture and rebranding it as an educational tool. "I have absolutely no idea why you would want [drag queens] to influence your child. Would you want a stripper or porn star to influence your child?"

Eating red meat 'vital' for health, expert says

Eating red meat 'vital' for health, expert says

A decline in nutrition levels in plants and fish means it is more important than ever for the public to eat red meat for health reasons. This is according to Professor Alice Stanton, who is a cardiovascular pharmacology expert at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She is set to tell delegates at tomorrow's Oxford Farming Conference about the essential nutrients found in red meat.

NBC News' Ben Collins slammed for calling gun-rights rally 'white nationalist rally in Virginia'

NBC News' Ben Collins slammed for calling gun-rights rally 'white nationalist rally in Virginia'

Ahead of Monday's gun-rights rally in Virginia, NBC News reporter Ben Collins labeled the event a "white nationalist" gathering Sunday, even as he warned against spreading "made-up stuff" on Twitter -- prompting scores of critics to point out the apparent irony, and to condemn his network for sanctioning Collins' checkered reporting on the so-called "dystopia beat." "Reporters covering tomorrow's white nationalist rally in Virginia, I'm absolutely begging you: Verify information before you send it out tomorrow, even if it's a very sensational rumor you heard from a cop," Collins wrote in his since-deleted tweet. "Don't become a hero in neo-Nazi propaganda circles with made-up stuff." Defending his post from a torrent of criticism, Collins initially argued that federal law enforcement had arrested six suspected Neo-Nazis in advance of the rally in states including Georgia, Maryland and Delaware, with some of the suspects apparently intending to travel to the Richmond rally.

The Old Playbook: BBC passes the MI6's Skripal pack of lies to Bellingcat and then reports their claims as truth to the world

The Old Playbook: BBC passes the MI6's Skripal pack of lies to Bellingcat and then reports their claims as truth to the world

@bears_with In September of 2018, BBC reporter Mark Urban (lead image, left) ended his book The Skripal Files with a report of the favour MI6 had arranged, so that he could visit Sergei Skripal's house in Salisbury, and report that a souvenir of British country life which MI6 agent Pablo Miller had presented to Skripal after his recruitment as a double agent, was still on a shelf in the living-room. For a double agent, that was a bad slip - not Skripal's, Urban's. Urban's book is the only one published to date on the attack against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4, 2018.

The trial of former Catalan police chief Trapero risks further inflaming tensions over independence

The trial of former Catalan police chief Trapero risks further inflaming tensions over independence

I'm far from convinced that jailing the former Catalan chief of police, Josep Lluis Trapero, would be a sensible way to calm down political tensions between Catalonia and the rest of Spain. Spain's judiciary is, of course, independent - but the decisions by prosecutors leading up to this point seem to miss the reality of the situation. Catalonia's independence movement tried in many ways to force the issue onto the political agenda. They won election after election; they won the 2014 'self-determination' referendum, and they tried to hold an independence referendum in 2017. The Spanish government ruled that illegal, confiscating some of the ballot boxes. The Catalan Parliament symbolically declared independence, then immediately 'suspended' that declaration. It was a political stunt, not an attempted coup. Top Catalan politicians are already languishing in jail over their role in the 'illegal' 2017 referendum. Years later, in 2020, the prosecutions are still continuing. This week,...

Shootings at Missouri and Texas clubs result in 4 dead, dozens injured

Shootings at Missouri and Texas clubs result in 4 dead, dozens injured

A witness told 41 Action News that several fights preceded a deadly shooting outside a Kansas City, Missouri, nightclub on Sunday night. Two people died and at least 15 others were injured in the shooting that happened outside 9ine Ultra Lounge around 11:30 p.m. Lilly Brooks told 41 Action News she was in the parking lot waiting to go inside when she saw a skirmish. Brooks said a security guard fired warning shots to try to stop the fighting. Brooks said she left the club at that point and did not witness the gunfire that erupted later. Brooks described 9ine Ultra as a popular club that usually doesn't see many problems. She said she felt it was awful that a day of celebration in Kansas City ended with the mass shooting.

Incoming! NASA warns of TWO huge cosmic flybys in a single day following a busy period of NEO approaches to earth

Incoming! NASA warns of TWO huge cosmic flybys in a single day following a busy period of NEO approaches to earth

The new year brings with it new asteroid threats, with NASA warning of two close cosmic flybys in a single day following a busy festive period of Near Earth Object (NEO) approaches to our planet. The first NEO to buzz the Earth today is identified as 2020 AQ1 - and was only first spotted on January 11. Happily, the 755ft-diameter space rock screamed safely by us at roughly 2:54am EST, passing a mere 0.026 AU from Earth - 2.5 million miles from the planet's core - at a speed of 61,500 miles per hour. The asteroid will head out into the Milky Way, but it is expected to make another loop around and come back this way on August 23, 2104. Were an object of that size and velocity to hit the Earth, it could level an entire city in seconds.

Ancient wonders: Five little-known archaeological sites in the UK

Ancient wonders: Five little-known archaeological sites in the UK

The name means "stone with a hole" in Cornish and the site is probably about 4,000 years old, dating from the bronze age. There are more stones hidden under the turf. What's clear is that you're in an ancient landscape - there's a neolithic enclosure on the hillside, bronze-age barrow burials and the Boskednan Nine Maidens stone circle nearby. Some 400 metres to the north of the Mên-an-Tol is the Mên Scryfa, probably a bronze-age standing stone that was reused some time between 450-650AD as a grave marker. It's inscribed with RIALOBRANI CVNOVALI FILI in Roman lettering, meaning "Rialobranus, son of Cunovalus". Rialobran, or Ryalvran, is a native Cornish name, and may mean "royal raven". These stones have borne witness to so much: the introduction of metallurgy, the arrival and departure of the Romans, the rise and fall of local leaders. But the legends that really stick are the ones that mark the drama of normal lives - crawl through the Holed Stone and your longing for a baby will...

India successfully test-fires 3500 km strike range K-4 underwater Ballistic Missile

India successfully test-fires 3500 km strike range K-4 underwater Ballistic Missile

India has succesfully tested k-4 ballistic missiles. It's one of the two underwater missiles that were being developed by DRDO.India has successfully fired 3500 kilometer strike range nuclear capable submarine launched K-4 ballistic missile off coast in Andhra Pradesh. The missile under development by DRDO will be equipped on indigenous INS Arihant class nuclear powered submarines of Navy.

Can Nature create new genes from scratch?

Can Nature create new genes from scratch?

Evolutionary theory must account for millions of new, functional genes by chance. Here are some ideas proposed recently for overcoming the huge probability barrier. In a news feature in Nature, Adam Levy writes about "How evolution builds genes from scratch." Already he is personifying evolution as a builder. Alarms should go off, but he continues. "Scientists long assumed that new genes appear when evolution tinkers with old ones." Is he prepping his readers for a falsification of the Tinkering hypothesis? His next sentence tantalizes, "It turns out that natural selection is much more creative." So now, evolution (and its effective synonym, natural selection) is a creative builder. This demands careful investigation.

Welcome back, swamp monsters: Bush-era warmonger David Wurmser covertly pushing Trump to start a war with Iran

Welcome back, swamp monsters: Bush-era warmonger David Wurmser covertly pushing Trump to start a war with Iran

Despite Trump's pledge to 'drain the swamp' and reduce the US military's global footprint, a chief architect of the 2003 Iraq War has the ear of the White House on Iran. What could possibly go wrong? As Donald Trump's first term dwindles, it appears his new campaign slogan will be "if you can't beat the swamp, join it." That much seems evident not only from the Trump administration's courting of diehard hawks - gung-ho guys like Elliott Abrams and Mike Pompeo - but by the recent news that David Wurmser was offering counsel to John Bolton, former National Security Advisor to the White House. It should be briefly recalled that Wurmser - who has worked for a number of think tanks, including the influential American Enterprise Institute - contributed heavily to the report that argued Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction. That claim was eventually proven to be false, but not before a whole lot of damage was done. The outcome of the disastrous 2003...

Appeal to the Israeli-Italian lobby? Matteo Salvini will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital if elected prime minister

Appeal to the Israeli-Italian lobby? Matteo Salvini will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital if elected prime minister

His statement comes a day after Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez promised to move the country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, if Israel in turn opens an embassy in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa. In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, former Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said he would recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital if he becomes prime minister. "Yes, absolutely", Salvini said, answering a reporter's question. On 6 December 2017, US President Donald Trump reversed decades of foreign policy and announced that Washington would recognise the ancient city as the capital of Israel and move its embassy to Jerusalem. The US move was heavily criticised worldwide. The fierce debate over Jerusalem's status was reignited as President Trump said that the whole city belongs to Israel, while other countries maintain that the city must be divided between the Israelis and Palestinians. Following Trump's decision, Guatemala announced...

Berlin peace talks on Libya: Can international community help finish what Russia, Turkey started? -UPDATES

Berlin peace talks on Libya: Can international community help finish what Russia, Turkey started? -UPDATES

Talks in Berlin between warring Libyan factions could finally deliver a lasting ceasefire after a decade of chaos ushered in by NATO regime change there. Could the mediation efforts, kick-started by Moscow and Ankara, bear fruit? All eyes in Europe and beyond are set on Berlin, as PM Fayez al-Sarraj of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA) arrive on Sunday for peace talks hosted by Germany and attended by representatives from 11 countries, including Russia's Vladimir Putin.

2011 Libya: Neither Russia nor Turkey stopped NATO, now they speak loudest trying to end 9 years of chaos

2011 Libya: Neither Russia nor Turkey stopped NATO, now they speak loudest trying to end 9 years of chaos

Moscow and Ankara are not responsible for starting the conflict which has ravaged Libya, but they may have a decisive role in ending it, as they lead international diplomatic efforts at the Berlin peace conference. The two countries opposed the US-led NATO intervention to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi nine years ago but, despite Turkey being a NATO member and Russia being on the UN Security Council, neither exercised their veto prerogatives. Both states went on to bitterly regret sitting out, as the increasingly violent and morally muddy Arab Spring swept through the Middle East, dragging both into proxy conflicts. But being untainted by the calamity of Western intervention serves the two powers well as they attempt to mediate the many-sided Libyan civil war.

There's more to flight 752 tragedy than first appearances reveal

There's more to flight 752 tragedy than first appearances reveal

On 3 January 2020 a drone, believed to be operated by the United States, fired a missile upon a convoy of cars departing Baghdad airport, killing at least nine persons. Amongst the victims was Major General Qassem Solemani, a high ranking Iranian general who at the time of his murder was engaged in what is accurately described as a peace mission. He was carrying documents from the government of Saudi Arabia that are understood to have been peace proposals, including a possible cessation of Saudi military actions in the region. The content of the documents has not been disclosed in detail, and in the flurry of events following Solemani's assassination, they have tended to disappear from the news cycle. If they were in fact proposals governing a possible ceasefire agreement, then there would be ample motivation for their disappearance. It has been further suggested that the Saudi initiative was with the knowledge of and tacit consent of the Americans. If this is true, and again there...

Syria: ISIS re-emerging with help from US

Syria: ISIS re-emerging with help from US

The main fear of the United States of America in the region is the connection between Iran and Syria through Iraq. It'll create a strong economic and civilized bloc that would threaten the satellite protectorates existing to serve the US's hegemonic policies in exchange for the protection it offers them. The US hegemonic policies are definitely not in the interest of the US people, rather the junta in control of the US through the politician puppets. Months after losing territory it controlled and the killing of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS terrorists are carrying out sporadic attacks targeting Syrian army convoys in an attempt to disrupt his movement. The following report by the Lebanese-based Al Mayadeen news channel elaborates:

Governor of Puerto Rico fires emergency services director, aid is found sitting in a warehouse

Governor of Puerto Rico fires emergency services director, aid is found sitting in a warehouse

Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the island's emergency management director on Saturday, after a video showing aid sitting unused in a warehouse went viral on social media. Some of the aid has allegedly been sitting in the warehouse since Hurricane Maria struck in 2017. "There are thousands of people who have made sacrifices to help those in the south, and it is unforgivable that resources were kept in the warehouse." Garced said in a statement that she has ordered Secretary of State Elmer Roman to conduct: "a thorough investigation into the mishandling of emergency aid in a warehouse in Ponce. I have given 48 hours for this investigation. The investigation is to include this warehouse and any others which may exist. In the same vein, I have decided to relieve Carlos Acevedo of his duties as the commissioner of the National Emergency Management and Disaster Relief Agency." Vázquez said she would nominate the current Puerto Rican National Guard chief Major General...

New facility to produce oxygen from Moon dust at unprecedented scale

New facility to produce oxygen from Moon dust at unprecedented scale

Although the Moon has no atmosphere, it has loads of oxygen, all mixed up with the dust on the lunar surface in the form of oxides. Last year, scientists published a paper on how to extract it from a Moon dust (regolith) simulant; now, the first prototype oxygen plant is going to be attempting that extraction on a larger scale. If it works, it could provide humans with important resources that will aid future Moon missions, and maybe even enable long-term Moon bases and colonies. Chemist Beth Lomax from the University of Glasgow in Scotland: "Having our own facility allows us to focus on oxygen production, measuring it with a mass spectrometer as it is extracted from the regolith simulant, Being able to acquire oxygen from resources found on the Moon would obviously be hugely useful for future lunar settlers, both for breathing and in the local production of rocket fuel."

Gremlin: Pentagon contractor shows off maiden flight of a new 'swarm' drone

Gremlin: Pentagon contractor shows off maiden flight of a new 'swarm' drone

Swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles overwhelming enemies' defenses with sheer numbers might soon be part of the US combat strategy. Footage of the first flight of one such drone has just been showcased by a Pentagon contractor. A video published on YouTube by an applied science and IT company, Dynetics, shows a drone, which looks roughly like a large air-to-surface missile, being drop-launched from under the wing of a US transport Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft. The drone designated X-61A then releases small wings and ignites its rocket engine, setting off for an autonomous flight. Media reports suggested that the UAV stayed in air for an hour and a half while the video shows it performing some simple maneuvers during its first test flight, which took place in November 2019.

Snow blankets Spain's east coast, waves smash stores along Costa Blanca as storm shuts Alicante airport

Snow blankets Spain's east coast, waves smash stores along Costa Blanca as storm shuts Alicante airport

Spain's Costa Blanca and Valencian coastline have been pummelled by a vicious storm this morning, shutting Alicante airport, flooding homes and blanketing areas with at least a foot of snow. Flights to London, Newcastle, Bristol, Edinburgh and other major cities were cancelled as the airport shut for the day, forcing holidaymakers to either travel to a different airport or sit tight until the dangerous weather moved on. Towering waves have been pictured slamming into the coastline while, in Denia, seawater was filmed gushing through the streets of the city. Snow drifts have also built up inland as a seven-hour shower in Villena, Valencia, left the city's 35,000 inhabitants cut off after up to three inch piles of the white stuff blocked roads. A red alert was issued for Storm Gloria yesterday, before it smashed into the region, warning it would bring heavy rain, snow, up to 75mph winds and waves that could reach eight feet in height. It is expected to move towards the north-west of...

Human body temperature has declined steadily over the past 160 years

Human body temperature has declined steadily over the past 160 years

It's a number everybody knows by heart — our bodies are supposed to be an average 37°C. But that number may be outdated, according to a new analysis of body temperature records going back to 1860. The study suggests the body temperature of the average U.S. man has dropped by 0.6°C since the Civil War, KQED reports. (A similar drop was found in women.) Other studies had already established these newer, lower baselines, blaming faulty thermometers for the discrepancy.

January is in full swing in the eastern half of the United States, new storm set to slam West Coast

January is in full swing in the eastern half of the United States, new storm set to slam West Coast

January is in full swing in the eastern half of the United States where temperatures and wind chills are below zero in the Northern Plains and New England. The arctic air spills all the way into the Mid-South where the wind chill is in the teens in Atlanta and Memphis this morning. By tonight into Tuesday morning, the coldest air moves into central Florida where wind chill alerts have been issued and there are wind chills in the 30's in Orlando. After this cold blast in the East our attention turns to a new cross-country storm to move from West to East this week with snow, ice and rain.

Newfoundland 24-hr time lapse video of blizzard

Newfoundland 24-hr time lapse video of blizzard

Only 30 seconds long, but what a story it tells. Time lapse, 24 hrs, Snow. Blizzard St. John's, Nest Camera, Newfoundland. January 18, 2020 Thanks to Don Wikening for this video.

Watch as thousands of economic migrants pour into Mexico on their way to the Land of the Free

Watch as thousands of economic migrants pour into Mexico on their way to the Land of the Free

Hundreds of men, women and children crossed from Guatemala into Mexico through a river on Monday as a migrant caravan continues its journey onwards toward the US border, only to be met by a wall of soldiers on the other side. Comment: Hundreds? Looks like thousands to us. Live footage from the scene showed migrants wading right into the shallow waters of the Suchiate river after Mexican National Guards had blocked their path into Guatemala via a nearby bridge over the weekend. Initially, people crossed into Mexico, walking right passed Mexican soldiers as they watched on, but the military soon blocked off the route and appeared to prevent further passage using riot shields. Some of the migrants hurled rocks at the soldiers and tried to flee past them.

Ingest and forget type medical devices coming soon

Ingest and forget type medical devices coming soon

Medical devices can be inserted into the human gastrointestinal tract to treat, diagnose or monitor a range of disorders. The problem is you usually have to get them out again, which involves endoscopic surgery. US engineers may have a neat alternative, however. A team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology says it has come up with a way to make devices break down inside the body when exposed to light from an ingestible LED - and has tested it successfully in pigs. The secret, they report in a paper in the journal Science Advances, is a light-sensitive hydrogel developed in their labs. It includes a chemical bond that is broken when exposed to a wavelength of light between 405 and 365 nanometres (blue to ultraviolet). In recent years, MIT researchers have developed a number of ingestible devices, while also trialling different ways to control their breakdown, including methods based on changes in pH or temperature, or exposure to certain chemicals.

L. Lin Wood, libel attorney for Nicholas Sandmann and Richard Jewell, gives out a warning to the media

L. Lin Wood, libel attorney for Nicholas Sandmann and Richard Jewell, gives out a warning to the media

The other day, as my friend and Tribune colleague Kristen McQueary and I were filling in as hosts on the national broadcast of The Dan Proft Show, we took a call. The caller's name is L. Lin Wood. He's a famous libel lawyer from Atlanta who's been called "The Lawyer for the Damned." Wood had read my weekend column about two innocent Americans wrongly shamed by the media mob — Nicholas Sandmann and the late Richard Jewell — and wanted to talk. Wood represented Jewell. And now he's one of the lawyers for Sandmann.

Giant hail, 'apocalyptic' dust storms batter bushfire-weary Australia

Giant hail, 'apocalyptic' dust storms batter bushfire-weary Australia

"Apocalyptic" dust storms swept across drought-stricken areas of Australia over the weekend, with thunder and giant hail battering the east coast, as extreme weather patterns collided in the bushfire-fatigued country. The southern city of Melbourne was lashed by huge hailstones late Sunday and fire-ravaged parts of Victoria state overnight received heavy rainfall, prompting new extreme weather alerts. Australia has since October been overwhelmed by an unprecedented bushfire season made worse by climate change. Comment: Paul Joseph Watson: The Truth About the Australian Bushfires Swathes of the country have burned, hundreds of millions of animals have died, more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed and at least 29 lives have been lost. Dramatic images captured over the weekend from western New South Wales show a massive wall of dust rolling through outback towns. Locals reported being cast into darkness in the middle of the day.

Authorities brace for massive gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia

Authorities brace for massive gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia

Law enforcement officials will be on high alert Monday as activists from around the country are expected to descend on Richmond, Virginia, to rally against the state's progressive gun control proposals. Gun rights groups such as the Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of America are planning a protest on the state's Lobby Day. Lawmakers in Virginia have proposed a ban on assault rifles and a "red flag" law, which would give officials the power to confiscate weapons from an individual who poses a threat, among other gun control measures. Law enforcement officials and Gov. Ralph Northam warned that this planned show of force has put Virginians in danger. On Sunday, people sported signifiers for gun rights on the bumper stickers and clothing as they quietly filled into downtown Richmond ahead of the rally. There were no overt signs of white supremacists or counter-protesters. On Monday, police will not be separating counter-protesters within the fenced area in Capitol...

Leshem: A designer villa with a panoramic view of the Zionist occupation

Leshem: A designer villa with a panoramic view of the Zionist occupation

Today, when one goes through the front door of Idris Abdullah's house, one is confronted by an iron fence, its closely fitted bars topped with snarls of barbed wire, part of the fence that surrounds the nearby settlement of Leshem, in the central West Bank. Until a few years ago, what greeted one instead on departing the house was an olive grove. On the hilltop beyond the fence, a new neighborhood of villa-style homes is under construction, being built by workers from Hebron. A truck from the Shomrat Hazorea furniture company is already unloading merchandise in the yard of one of the new dwellings, and next door some trendy garden furniture has already been set up. When the Palestinian construction workers finish building these designer homes, the iron gate in the fence will be shut, and farmer Aamar Abdullah, who is one of the owners of this land, who is accompanying us as we drive around, will no longer have access to the remnants of his olive grove. Meanwhile, sewage from...

At least 75 inmates flee from Paraguay prison; many from Brazil gang

At least 75 inmates flee from Paraguay prison; many from Brazil gang

At least 75 inmates, many of them members of a notorious Brazilian gang, escaped from a Paraguayan prison in a border town on Sunday, according to authorities who said they immediately fired the prison's director. Officials said they discovered a tunnel and found cells filled with as many as 200 bags of earth. "It's not possible that nobody saw anything in all this time," Justice Minister Cecilia Pérez told the Telefuturo station. "This isn't the work of one day or one night." Interior Minister Euclides Acevedo said in a statement that the tunnel itself may have been a ruse to cover complicity by prison officials and that many of the inmates may have been allowed to walk out of the prison's main gate.

Pentagon makes ludicrous claim that US invasion made Iraq 'more secure and prosperous'

Pentagon makes ludicrous claim that US invasion made Iraq 'more secure and prosperous'

The United States Department of Defense claims that its military presence makes Iraq more "secure and prosperous", despite calls by Iraqi lawmakers for the removal of all foreign troops from the country and growing tensions with Iran. "At this time, there are no plans by the US military to withdraw from Iraq," Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jonathan Rath Hoffman told reporters at a press briefing, RT reported. "And I think it's been obvious... that the consensus in Iraq seems to be that the United States forces there are a force for good," he added. The official also stated that "the US presence in the country is beneficial to Iraq" and that it "will continue to lead to increased security and prosperity for the Iraqi people". Despite Hoffman's confidence, his words seem to be at odds with the Iraqi Parliament, which on January 5 passed a non-binding resolution asking caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to cancel the request for "military assistance" from the US-led...

Not to become the world's garbage dump: Malaysia sends back thousands of tons of trash

Not to become the world's garbage dump: Malaysia sends back thousands of tons of trash

Malaysia has returned 150 shipping containers loaded with plastic waste, with the country's environment minister saying it won't become the "garbage dump of the world." Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin announced the return of the containers, which had been imported illegally, on Monday. The containers held more than 3,700 tons of plastic waste, and originated from 13 countries. Forty-three came from France, 42 from the UK, 17 from the US, and 11 from Canada. The cost of returning the containers was paid by the exporting countries and shipping lines, Yeo said, declaring "we don't want to pay a single cent." "People dump the rubbish into your country, we are not supposed to pay them to send it back," she added.

Iran: Ukrainian Airlines PS752 black boxes will be sent to Kiev - UPDATE

Iran: Ukrainian Airlines PS752 black boxes will be sent to Kiev - UPDATE

Comment: Of all the places to send that data... No chance they'll ever get to revise their position on the downing of that plane now. Sending it to Ukraine is like sending it directly to the Mossad, CIA and MI6. Iran has confirmed it will send the black-box flight recorders recovered from a Ukrainian passenger jet that was shot down over Tehran on January 8 to Kyiv. Hassan Rezaifer, head of the accident investigations unit of Iran's civil aviation authority, told the Tasnim news agency on January 18 that it had not been possible to read the black boxes in Iran. He said French, American, and Canadian experts will work with the equipment after it arrives in Kyiv. "If this effort is unsuccessful, then the black box will be sent to France," Rezaifer said. On January 15, Oleksandr Ruvin of the Kyiv Research Institute of Forensic Studies said the international team would begin studying the black boxes on January 20.

Martin Luther King's critique of scientific racism, scientific materialism - still powerful today

Martin Luther King's critique of scientific racism, scientific materialism - still powerful today

On this Martin Luther King Day weekend, I will be visiting Athens, Texas (a town south of Dallas) for a free public screening of my documentary Human Zoos, which explores the sordid legacy of scientific racism and eugenics in America. I'd like to think that the event will be a fitting activity for MLK Day weekend, because King was a powerful opponent of both scientific racism and scientific materialism. Dr. King accepted the animal ancestry of humans as taught by Darwinian evolution, but he was sharply critical of the misuse of science to promote racial discrimination, and he also spoke forcefully against the idea that humans are the products of a blind material process. Many of King's thoughts on science are interspersed throughout a short book titled Strength to Love, a collection of sermons King originally published in 1963. I've been reading the book on my trip to Texas, and much of its wisdom is just as pertinent today as when the book was first published.

Oxfam report: Richest 1% now own more than TWICE as much wealth as 6.9 billion people

Oxfam report: Richest 1% now own more than TWICE as much wealth as 6.9 billion people

A super-rich one percent of the world's population has accumulated twice as much wealth as the remaining 90 percent, global charity Oxfam said in a newly-released report. The gap between the obscenely rich and the rest of humanity has reached grotesque proportions, according to the annual report by Oxfam, published on Monday on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The new report, 'Time to Care', which focuses on the largely unpaid care work many women and girls take upon themselves, says that the world's top 22 richest men now have more wealth than all the women in Africa.

BEST OF THE WEB: Western 'political correctness' cannot make all people 'equal'

BEST OF THE WEB: Western 'political correctness' cannot make all people 'equal'

In the West, there is a new wave of political correctness at work: it is all about one's sexual orientation; who has sex with whom, and how. Suddenly, the mass media in London, Paris and New York is greatly concerned about who has the right to change his or her sex, and who does not want to belong to any 'traditional' gender bracket. Thinking about 'it', writing about it, doing it, is considered "progressive"; cutting edge. Entire novels are being commissioned and then subsidized, as far away as in the Asia Pacific. Western organizations and NGOs (so-called "non-government organizations", but financed by Western régimes), are thriving on the matter. These days it is not just LGBT that are in the spotlight, glorified and propagandized; there are all sorts of new types of combinations that many people never even heard about, or imagined could exist.

Seven hikers missing in avalanche after heavy snowfall in Nepal

Seven hikers missing in avalanche after heavy snowfall in Nepal

Special Nepalese army and government rescue personnel are searching for four South Korean trekkers and their three Nepali guides missing since since an avalanche swept across popular mountain trekking route . The avalanche hit part of the Mount Annapurna trekking route on Friday after heavy snowfall earlier in the week. All other trekkers who were in the area have been safely rescued and flown to safer areas, Department of Tourism official Mira Acharya said. South Korea's foreign ministry said the missing trekkers are two women in their 30s and 50s and two men in their 50s and are teachers who were staying in Nepal for volunteer work.

Avalanche at Lake Tahoe ski resort kills one

Avalanche at Lake Tahoe ski resort kills one

An avalanche in Northern California killed one skier and seriously injured another Friday, following heavy snow fall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, authorities said. The disaster unfolded at 10:16 a.m. at the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort's Subway ski run near Lake Tahoe, officials said. "We have one confirmed fatality, and we have another victim with serious injuries," Placer County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Powers said. Following an hours-long search by deputies, skiers with the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue and dogs specially trained for avalanche searches, first responders ended their operation about 1 p.m. "After a thorough search, SAR volunteers and avalanche dogs confirmed no further victims," the sheriff's department said.

SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health #41 - GMO Stevia - Ruining the Sweetener We Don't Really Need

SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health #41 - GMO Stevia - Ruining the Sweetener We Don't Really Need

A recent article on Mercola.com decries the sad fact that much of the stevia on the market at this point is genetically modified. Anyone who cares a modicum about their health (and presumably stevia users would fall in this category) is likely outraged that this natural sweetener has been degraded in such a way. This highlighted the subject of alternative sweeteners for us here at Objective:Health, causing us to look a little deeper. Are alternative sweeteners really all they're cracked up to be? Is stevia, even in its whole plant form, completely innocuous and safe? Are large quantities of isolates normally found in small quantities in nature OK to be bingeing on? Join us for our newest deep dive into sweeteners. Do we even need stevia? And check us out on Brighteon! For other health-related news and more, you can find us on: ♥Twitter: https://twitter.com/objecthealth ♥Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objecthealth/ ♥Brighteon: https://www.brighteon.com/channel/objectivehealth...

Snowmobiler dies after buried 6 feet by avalanche in Farmington Canyon, Utah

Snowmobiler dies after buried 6 feet by avalanche in Farmington Canyon, Utah

An 18-year-old died after being caught and buried in an avalanche in Farmington Canyon on Saturday afternoon. The male was with his father riding snowmobiles in the Farmington Lakes area when the avalanche was unintentionally triggered, according to sheriff's officials and the Utah Avalanche Center. His father called 911, sheriff's officials said. Statement from his father can be found HERE. The Davis County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team found him buried in at least six feet of snow with an avalanche transceiver and probe and with his airbag deployed. Because there is "no transition from the steep slope above to the flat area of the lake," snow and debris piled up "very deeply," according to the avalanche center's website.

Two police officers killed, multiple homes set on fire in Hawaiian capital shooting

Two police officers killed, multiple homes set on fire in Hawaiian capital shooting

Two police officers have been shot dead in the Diamond Head area of Honolulu, Hawaii, and the suspect remains at large. A huge fire has also broken out in the neighborhood. The officers were responding to a report of assault when they were confronted by a man wielding a firearm, according to local news outlets. The suspect then opened fire and struck both officers. The FBI said it is also responding to the incident.

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands

Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 6.2 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2020-01-20 06:51:29 Depth (Hypocenter) : 94 km