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Fans see betrayal as Chick-fil-A bends the knee to LGBT pressure

Fans see betrayal as Chick-fil-A bends the knee to LGBT pressure

Being a fast-food company in 2019 America seems to be more about politics than fried chicken. Chick-fil-A's decision to cave to liberal demands has angered its Christian customer fan base, while earning it no points with critics. The Atlanta, Georgia-based company has been known as much for its fried chicken sandwiches as for its public embrace of Christian values - which led to boycotts and hostility from LGBTQ groups and social justice activists, but translated into growth and profits driven by loyal fans of both the food and the message. "You too, Chick-fil-A?" was their collective response on Monday, when the company announced it will stop donating to the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. "Shame, shame on you," wrote American Conservative's Rod Dreher. "You had no reason to capitulate. But you did."

US Congress demands answers from ABC News for 'Epstein coverup': WHO killed the story and WHY

US Congress demands answers from ABC News for 'Epstein coverup': WHO killed the story and WHY

In the wake of an explosive revelation that ABC News allegedly knew the extent of Jeffrey Epstein's crimes years ago but chose not to report them, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has demanded answers from the network's execs. In his letter to ABC News president James Goldston, McCarthy demanded the names of those involved in the decision not to run the story, as well as their motives. In a video clip leaked earlier this month, ABC News anchor Amy Robach is caught on a "hot mic" speaking to colleagues about the alleged cover-up. "I've had this interview with Virginia Roberts... we would not put it on the air," Robach says about the woman who now, three years later, publicly accuses Epstein of using her as a sex slave, and pimping her out to his powerful friends, including Britain's Prince Andrew.

US Military's impunity: Pentagon maintains 'great faith' in justice after Trump pardons soldiers accused of war crimes

US Military's impunity: Pentagon maintains 'great faith' in justice after Trump pardons soldiers accused of war crimes

American soldiers are well trained to never commit war crimes, the Pentagon insists. When they sometimes do, the military always holds them accountable... and then the US president is free to pardon them to boost morale. "I have great faith in the military justice system," US Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters, carefully avoiding any direct mention of Trump's controversial decision to pardon two soldiers charged for war crimes in Afghanistan, and reinstate the rank of a Navy Seal demoted over similar war crime accusations. "If they don't, then the United States military will take action... to make sure that they are held accountable," Esper claimed. The US fiercely defends American soldiers' immunity from any international or local law, and, on Friday, Trump demonstrated that even the Pentagon's rather lenient internal probes and court-martials aren't much to worry about.

Western media's whitewash of Bolivia's far-right coup

Western media's whitewash of Bolivia's far-right coup

Bolivia has a new US-backed puppet leader, and the Western media can hardly conceal their adulation. Jeanine Áñez declared herself "interim president" in a near-empty Senate chamber on November 12, proceeding to don the presidential sash with the assistance of uniformed soldiers. Despite a lack of quorum rendering the move nakedly unconstitutional, Áñez was immediately recognized by the Trump administration and 10 Downing Street. Tuesday's scene seemed like a parody of January's events in Venezuela, in which a virtually unknown lawmaker, invoking highly dubious constitutional arguments, proclaimed himself "interim president" to the delight of Washington. For all the supposed threat Trump represents and the enthusiasm sparked by his possible impeachment, Western media continue to march lockstep behind his administration's coups in Latin America.

Hong Kong riot police disperse protesters after days of standoff near Polytechnic University

Hong Kong riot police disperse protesters after days of standoff near Polytechnic University

Riot police began dispersing protesters in Hong Kong after several days of a standoff near the Polytechnic University. Hundreds of protesters have erected barricades outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and encamped inside. Police have been trying to get the protesters to leave the building, their previous attempts to storm the campus led to fierce clashes. Large crowds of protesters, meanwhile, have gathered on nearby roadways, shouting "Save PolyU!"

Prince Andrew: I couldn't have been interviewed by BBC Newsnight because I was at a Burger King in Swansea

Prince Andrew: I couldn't have been interviewed by BBC Newsnight because I was at a Burger King in Swansea

The Duke of York claims he couldn't possibly have been in Buckingham Palace being interviewed for Newsnight because he was in South Wales at the time chowing down on a Football Special. Allegations that Prince Andrew gave a 'car crash' interview to the BBC's Emily Maitlis have been dealt with head-on by the Duke of York. "I distinctly remember not being there at the time," he explained. "I was actually in an extremely strange place when the alleged interview took place - Wales. To be precise, the Swansea Burger King.

Georgian riot police clear anti-govt rally blocking parliament in Tbilisi

Georgian riot police clear anti-govt rally blocking parliament in Tbilisi

Riot police in Tbilisi have used water cannons on protesters who were blocking the entrance to parliament and arrested several people demanding early elections. The violence broke as hundreds of demonstrators were gathered for a fourth day on November 18 to protest parliament's rejection of constitutional amendments on the transition to a proportional electoral system when riot police moved in. Live broadcasts from the scene showed demonstrators huddled in large groups as they were sprayed with water.

New Zealand hunter gets death threats for Instagram pics and videos with dead, dying animals

New Zealand hunter gets death threats for Instagram pics and videos with dead, dying animals

Not everyone is a fan of this mom's lifestyle. A mother of three from New Zealand claims she has faced death threats for sharing pictures of her hunting trips, which often show her carrying an animal's carcass following a hunt. However, the woman, 29, says she and her family eat the animals they hunt because they're opposed to eating meat from a factory farm. Lucy Rose Jaine first started hunting when she met her partner, The Sun reports. Since then, she's fallen in love with the outdoors. She and her family go hunting about five to eight times per month. They mainly hunt wild pigs, but they'll also hunt deer, goats, wallabies and other animals. She uses the animals that she kills to feed her family, explaining that she prefers not to rely on factory-farmed meat. "I like that we can teach our children how to hunt their own food," she told The Sun.

FLASHBACK: Jonestown Massacre: How San Francisco's Democrats made Jim Jones, and then made his memory vanish

FLASHBACK: Jonestown Massacre: How San Francisco's Democrats made Jim Jones, and then made his memory vanish

Do you remember that time the entire Democratic Party in California behaved like cultists, enraptured by Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones? If you lived through the bizarre suicides of 918 people in Guyana on Nov. 18, 1978, it's hard not to remember where you were when you heard the news. It would be like forgetting about the Challenger explosion or Sept. 11. But collective amnesia over just who aided and abetted Jim Jones is much easier to explain. The same influence used on Jones's behalf during his life helped after his death to erase the causes and candidates he supported. "Such greatness I have found in Jim Jones's Peoples Temple," Harvey Milk gushed. Yes, that Harvey Milk. Willie Brown, later speaker of the California assembly and mayor of San Francisco, compared Jim Jones to Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. Dianne Feinstein joined the rest of the San Francisco board of supervisors in honoring Jones "in recognition of his guidance and inspiration" in furthering...

Top NSC aide puts Sondland at front lines of Ukraine campaign, who bragged about 'speaking' for Trump

Top NSC aide puts Sondland at front lines of Ukraine campaign, who bragged about 'speaking' for Trump

A senior White House official told House impeachment investigators last month that President Trump's hand-picked ambassador to Europe had pushed — on behalf of Trump himself — for Ukraine's president to launch two investigations that could help Trump politically. Tim Morrison, a top aide at the National Security Council (NSC) who was expected to depart the White House after his testimony, said Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the E.U., had huddled with a top Ukrainian representative on Sept. 1, when he relayed the message that the release of U.S. military aid to the besieged country hinged on Kyiv opening the investigations Trump sought. "What he communicated was that he believed ... what could help them move the aid was if the prosecutor general would go to the mic and announce that he was opening the Burisma investigation," Morrison testified privately on Oct. 31, according to the transcript released Saturday by Democrats leading the impeachment investigation.

Spanish election result: Socialist and Unidas Podemos parties strike deal to form radical left coalition government

Spanish election result: Socialist and Unidas Podemos parties strike deal to form radical left coalition government

Caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and the leader of left-wing Unidas Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, have signed a preliminary agreement to form a coalition government after Sunday's inconclusive repeat general election in Spain. Despite months of negotiations between the parties to strike a governing deal following the April poll, the two leaders have done this deal less than 48 hours after Sunday's vote. At just before 2.30pm, Sánchez and Iglesias appeared before the press to sign their agreement, before they both made statements. "As I said on election night after hearing the results, what was a historical opportunity in April has become a historical necessity," said the Unidas Podemos leader, who will be deputy prime minister should the deal come to fruition. "I'm pleased to announce today, together with Pedro Sánchez, that we have reached a preliminary agreement to create a progressive coalition government that combines the experience of the PSOE with the courage of Unidas...

Is low-grade inflammation making you mentally sluggish?

Is low-grade inflammation making you mentally sluggish?

New research finds a link between mild inflammation and cognitive sluggishness Certain types of cognitive sluggishness, mental fatigue, and "brain fog" may be linked to systemic inflammation, according to a new study. These findings were published in the November issue of NeuroImage. As a control, each participant performed the same neuro-cognitive assessments on a different day after receiving a placebo injection of water that did not trigger acute low-grade inflammation. Inflammation levels were measured by assessing interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels in blood samples taken on each day of brain processing and EEG testing. As mentioned, the results showed that acute low-grade inflammation appears to affect brain activity related to staying alert. "Mild inflammation selectively increased alerting-related alpha suppression; a greater inflammatory response was correlated with more alpha suppression," the authors write.

6,800 year old "roundel" discovered in Poland

6,800 year old "roundel" discovered in Poland

A huge ancient ritual site dating back over 6,800 years has been discovered in Poland. It is believed to have been used by neolithic people for between 200 and 250 years, with new features added every few dozen years, archaeologists have said. The circular structure is 360 feet in diameter, which is over three times the size of the inner Sarsen Circle at Stonehenge and roughly the same size as the monument's outer ditch. The structure, which has been called a "roundel" because of its circular shape, was first spotted in 2017. Since then archaeologists have been working at the site to understand its significance. In an article on PAP, a website run by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education Website, researchers have announced radiocarbon dating indicates the site was built before 4,800 B.C.

Democrats want to hide origins of Ukraine investigation from the public just like they want to hide origins of Russia investigation

Democrats want to hide origins of Ukraine investigation from the public just like they want to hide origins of Russia investigation

Why are House Democrats stonewalling questions about the identity of the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower? Start by taking them at their word. Perhaps they really are concerned about the whistleblower's personal safety. They also know that, beyond a limited prohibition applying to the inspector general of the intelligence community, no law bars anyone, in politics, media, or anywhere else, from revealing the whistleblower's identity. So they worry. But there is more to the story. Should the whistleblower have connections to prominent Democrats, exposure of his identity could be embarrassing to the party. And perhaps most of all, reading through the impeachment investigation depositions that have been released so far, it's clear that cutting off questions that could possibly relate to the whistleblower has also allowed Democrats to shut off any look at how the Trump-Ukraine investigation started. Who was involved? What actions did they take? Why did some government employees think...

Yonavovitch dismissal not a big deal: Obama fired ALL George W. Bush-appointed ambassadors

Yonavovitch dismissal not a big deal: Obama fired ALL George W. Bush-appointed ambassadors

Former United States ambassador Marie Yovanovitch testified Friday about her dismay upon being fired by President Donald Trump, but it's actually quite common for presidents to do so after taking office. The State Department issued a December 2008 notice to Bush-appointed ambassadors to submit their resignations, effective when President Barack Obama took office in 2009, according to the Washington Post.

Heavy snow in Alps causes avalanches and travel disruptions

Heavy snow in Alps causes avalanches and travel disruptions

Schools and roads were closed on Monday in parts of Austria as heavy snow and rain cause disruption across the Alpine region. Two women were rescued by firefighters after their houses were destroyed in a mudslide. Schools and roads were closed on Monday in parts of Austria as heavy snow and rain cause disruption. Two women had to be rescued by firefighters after their houses were destroyed in a mudslide in a town near Salzburg, Austrian news agency APA reported. One of them was rescued almost immediately, another only after several hours. Both were hospitalized. Over thirty people were evacuated from their homes in the region of Styria amid concerns over landslides, while the residents of 15 buildings in Carinthia were evacuated as the nearby Gurk river threatened to burst its banks. Heavy winds and winter conditions reported from Hintertux glacier, Austria. Video was taken by Rafał Raczyński - posted with permission pic.twitter.com/PRMfzQAitP — severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU)...

Cooling atmosphere: Moon halo captured over Austin, Texas

Cooling atmosphere: Moon halo captured over Austin, Texas

On Saturday evening, KXAN viewer Nick Rober captured this image. If you look closely, there is a very faint ring around the moon. What is it? The ring is referred to as a '22-degree halo' and appears as a light circle around the sun or moon. Why the name? The circle has a radius of ~22°. What causes it? Thin, high clouds called 'cirrus clouds' are made up of millions of tiny ice crystals thousands of feet in the atmosphere. Light reflecting off the moon or shining from the sun is refracted, which then creates a visible ring surrounding the sun/moon. In-Depth: Refraction of light is defined as the bending or splitting of light through a medium. In this case, the light is being bent by the ice crystals in the air that make up the cloud.

Open Society emails kept alleged whistleblower Ciaramella updated on Soros's Ukraine activities

Open Society emails kept alleged whistleblower Ciaramella updated on Soros's Ukraine activities

Eric Ciaramella, whom Real Clear Investigations suggests is the likely so-called whistleblower, received emails about Ukraine policy from a top director at George Soros's Open Society Foundations. The emails informed Ciaramella and a handful of other Obama administration foreign policy officials about Soros's whereabouts, the contents of Soros's private meetings about Ukraine and a future meeting the billionaire activist was holding with the prime minister of Ukraine. A primary recipient of the Open Society emails along with Ciaramella was then-Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who played a central role in the anti-Trump dossier affair. Nuland, with whom Ciaramella worked closely, received updates on Ukraine issues from dossier author Christopher Steele in addition to her direct role in facilitating the dossier within the Obama administration. The emails spotlight Soros's access to national security officials under the Obama administration on the...

FLASHBACK: The firing of Viktor Shokin: Ex-Ukraine prosecutor told to back off probe of Biden-linked firm

FLASHBACK: The firing of Viktor Shokin: Ex-Ukraine prosecutor told to back off probe of Biden-linked firm

The fired prosecutor at the center of the Ukraine controversy said during a private interview with President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani earlier this year that he was told to back off an investigation involving a natural gas firm that was linked to Joe Biden's son, according to details of that interview that were handed over to Congress by the State Department's inspector general Wednesday. Fox News obtained a copy of Giuliani's notes from his January 2019 interview with fired Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin in which he claimed that his "investigations stopped out of fear of the United States." The notes from the interview stated: "Mr. Shokin attempted to continue the investigations but on or around June or July of 2015, the U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt told him that the investigation has to be handled with white gloves, which according to Mr. Shokin, that implied do nothing." The notes also claimed Shokin was told Biden had held up U.S. aid to Ukraine over the...

Jim Jordan: Schiff hiding 4 transcripts to prevent inconvenient questioning of impeachment witnesses

Jim Jordan: Schiff hiding 4 transcripts to prevent inconvenient questioning of impeachment witnesses

GOP hero Rep. Jim Jordan (OH) blasted Adam Schiff Friday following the impeachment show trial starring disgruntled fired ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. Schiff has been selectively leaking, and releasing transcripts and portions of transcripts from depositions taken in his secret bunker — Schiff does this to control the narrative and to damage Trump as much as he possibly can. Schiff has yet to release FOUR transcripts from officials whose testimonies destroyed Schiff's Trump impeachment train. The reason for this is so Republican lawmakers cannot use the damaging information in the transcripts to question the impeachment witnesses in Schiff's public show trials. Watch:

Netanyahu: 'Burn it all down' is his response to Blue & White's possible coalition with Palestinians

Netanyahu: 'Burn it all down' is his response to Blue & White's possible coalition with Palestinians

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attacked publicly the possibility of a minority government of his rival Blue-White that would be dependent on the Joint List of Palestinians parties, crying (Hebrew) that the Blue White leadership "has lost its mind, stop this madness." Netanyahu said this in a video on his Facebook page. There is to be an emergency rally against the inclusion of Palestinian parties tonight in Israel. Prior to the video, the PM held a conversation with several of his eunuc... err, ministers, bemoaning the possibility of such a minority government. According to several reports, pounced upon by the opposition, Netanyahu called upon his followers to "burn it all down" should a minority government with the Joint List actually be created. Netanyahu, who is widely considered to be a notorious liar whose word means nothing, denied making such a call.

Soros group 'asks' Fox News to ban guest claiming billionaire controls the US State Department

Soros group 'asks' Fox News to ban guest claiming billionaire controls the US State Department

The president of a philanthropic network founded by liberal megadonor George Soros asked Fox News on Thursday to ban a guest who spread a 'conspiracy theory' about the billionaire. Patrick Gaspard, president of the Open Society Foundations, published a letter addressed to the chief executive officer of Fox News Media objecting to comments made the previous evening on one of its networks by former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova. Appearing on Lou Dobbs Tonight on the Fox Business Network, Mr. diGenova alleged that Mr. Soros "controls a very large part of the career foreign service of the United States State Department" and "controls the activities of FBI agents overseas who work for NGOs." Mr. Gaspard wrote in a letter to Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott: "This is beyond rhetorical ugliness, beyond fiction, beyond ludicrous," "It's patently untrue; it is not even possible. This is McCarthyite. "I request an on-air retraction, and request that you bar Mr. diGenova as a guest on your...

India test fires Agni-2 ballistic missile off Odisha Coast

India test fires Agni-2 ballistic missile off Odisha Coast

India has successfully carried out night-time test-firing of the 2,000 km range Agni-2 ballistic missile off the Odisha coast, according to government sources. The test of Agni-2 was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command and was deemed as successful after the missile destroyed dummy target with pin-point accuracy. Earlier last month, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had carried out successful firing of BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles from a mobile platform at Trak Island in Andaman Nicobar islands. The drill to check the IAF's capability to hit targets with "pin-point" accuracy close to 300 KM was conducted on October 23, the official sources said. The missile engaged the designated mock targets close to 300 KM away. The 2.5-tonne surface-to-surface missile has a range of around 300 km. BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russian joint venture, produces the missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms.

Microsoft probes Israeli company re: application of facial recognition technology on Palestinians

Microsoft probes Israeli company re: application of facial recognition technology on Palestinians

US technology company Microsoft says it is investigating whether the use of facial recognition technology developed by an Israeli startup it funded "complies with its ethics principles," following reports that Israel uses the company's facial recognition technology for surveillance on Palestinians. Microsoft, which is based near Seattle, Washington, said in a statement Friday that former US Attorney General Eric Holder would lead a team from law firm Covington & Burling to conduct the probe. Holder, the top US legal and law endorsement official under former President Barack Obama, was hired by Uber Technologies in 2017 to review claims of sexual harassment. M12, the venture fund of Microsoft, participated in a $74 million investment in June on AnyVision, an Israeli startup based outside Tel Aviv. AnyVision has come under scrutiny following reports by NBC News and Israeli media that its technology is used to surveil Palestinians who live in the occupied territories. AnyVision...

Populism: It isn't for sale anymore

Populism: It isn't for sale anymore

There's something happening that the unelected oligarchs I like to call The Davos Crowd hate more than anything else. They can't seem to buy people off anymore. When we look around the world today at the plethora of popular/populist uprisings both peaceful and unruly we see the same thread running through them at their core. The people simply don't believe that the system works for them anymore. Whatever the catalyst was that got them off their couches and into the streets was the proverbial last straw. And they can't be bought. We're coming up on the one year anniversary of the Gilet Jaunes protests in France. The original €0.25 tax on diesel fuel died a long time ago. President Macron of France thought he could just throw the unruly peasants some scraps, not take their final piece of bread from their tables and that would placate people bereft of not only their future but, more importantly, their dignity. We're three and a half years from the Brexit vote and Nigel Farage is still...

Dozens of villages remain cutoff by several feet of snow in Kashmir

Dozens of villages remain cutoff by several feet of snow in Kashmir

Dozens of far-flung and remote villages near the Line of Control (LoC), including border towns of Keran and Karnah, remained cut off from the rest of Kashmir valley for the third successive day on Sunday due to slippery road conditions and accumulation of snow. Meanwhile, the Kupwara-Machil and Gurez-Bandipora roads in north Kashmir remained closed since November 6 owing to the same reason. "The Kupwara-Keran and Kupwara-Karnah roads remained closed for the third day on Sunday due to accumulation of about one foot snow," an official of Police Control Room (PCR), Kupwara, said over the phone. He said the upper reaches in the district received fresh snowfall while rain lashed plains, including Kupwara town during the past 24 hours. "Traffic will resume only after improvement in the weather and clearance of snow on these roads," he said, adding that the snow clearance operation will take a couple of days.

Russia's Gazprom offers Ukraine a gas contract extension for one year, conditions apply

Russia's Gazprom offers Ukraine a gas contract extension for one year, conditions apply

Russian energy major Gazprom wants to extend the existing agreement, which expires next year, or sign a new deal for one year on gas transit through Ukraine with the country's national oil and gas firm Naftogaz. After considering the forecast for European consumers' gas demand for 2020, Gazprom sent its official proposal to Naftogaz, the Russian company told media on Monday. However, Gazprom stressed that legal issues must be settled with Ukraine before extending or signing a deal. One of the necessary conditions of the agreement is mutual withdrawal of all claims filed with the international arbitrage, as well as ceasing all court proceedings. Gazprom also demands the Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine push back its decision to slap the Russian company with a fine over alleged economic competition breach and wants Naftogaz to call off its request for the European Commission to launch a probe against it. Gazprom is also waiting for a response from Naftogaz on direct gas purchases...

Avalanche kills at least 6 in Ladakh, India

Avalanche kills at least 6 in Ladakh, India

At least four army personnel and two civilians have been killed after being buried under the snow following an avalanche at the Siachen Glacier on Monday. The initial reports said that at least eight army jawans were buried under the snow as the avalanche hit the army post at Siachen glacier in Ladakh. The avalanche hit the Army position in the northern glacier at around 3:30 pm on Monday. The Army troops immediately launched the rescue and recovery operations. All eight personnel were pulled out of the avalanche debris. "Seven individuals who were critically injured, accompanied by medical teams, providing critical care were evacuated by helicopters to the nearest Military Hospital, where all lifesaving resuscitative measures were instituted," an official statement by the army said.

Hog Heaven: Feral hogs find and destroy $22K worth of cocaine hidden in the woods

Hog Heaven: Feral hogs find and destroy $22K worth of cocaine hidden in the woods

A stash of cocaine worth $22,000 hidden in an Italian forest by a gang of suspected drug dealers was reportedly destroyed by wild boars. Police dismantled the smuggling operation in Tuscany after placing a wiretap on members of the gang, which consisted of three Albanians and an Italian, The Local reported. While listening on a call, officials overheard a person complaining about the damage caused by the hogs. Four suspects were arrested on drug charges after the bust, which left two members in jail and two under house arrest, Italian newspaper Il Tirreno reported. The gang came to the attention of police during an investigation into the killing of a 21-year-old Albanian in May last year. The scheme allegedly funneled drugs from a supply channel in Perugia to various provinces, including Siena and Arezzo. The drug stash was hidden in a forest area in the Valdichiana valley.

Late snow closes roads in November in Southland, New Zealand

Late snow closes roads in November in Southland, New Zealand

Snow falling at Okaka Lodge high on the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track makes for scenic viewing ... except it's meant to be spring. And, it appears the unpredictable weather is set to stay around for a little longer yet. It had been snowing high up on the track in Tuatapere on Monday and the Milford Rd in Fiordland was closed from 5pm on Sunday due to forecasted snow but had reopened at 11.20am on Monday.

BioEssays editor: "'Junk' DNA... full of information!" Including genome-sized "genomic code"

BioEssays editor: "'Junk' DNA... full of information!" Including genome-sized "genomic code"

How many times have we heard it claimed that the vast majority of the human genome is "junk" and therefore could not have been designed? Even in the face of overwhelming evidence from the ENCODE project and numerous other studies showing that most of our genome has biochemical function, most evolutionists still maintain that our genomes are largely junk. But a few brave scientists, including some rare evolutionists, have been willing to buck that trend. In a new article at Advanced Science News — "That 'Junk' DNA... Is Full of Information!" — Andrew Moore, the Editor-in-Chief of the respected biology journal BioEssays, comments on a new BioEssays paper. The paper finds that our DNA contains overlapping layered "'dual-function' pieces of information," including a "genomic code" that spans virtually the entire genome in order to "defin[e] the shape and compaction of DNA into the highly-condensed form known as 'chromatin.'" More about that paper in just a moment. It was written by...

Body 'encased' in concrete found in basement of Colorado home, man arrested, sheriff says

Body 'encased' in concrete found in basement of Colorado home, man arrested, sheriff says

Authorities in Colorado investigating a possible killing at an apartment in a Denver neighborhood made a grisly discovery on Friday when they located the body of an adult male encased in concrete in the basement, according to officials. The Adams County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that detectives had obtained a search warrant for an apartment on York Street in unincorporated Adams County after receiving information from the Arvada Police Department regarding a possible shooting that took place at the location on Nov. 8. A SWAT team served the search warrant at the apartment on Thursday afternoon and arrested 38-year-old Russell Montoya Jr. inside. "A search of the residence and multiple interviews have confirmed that a shooting and homicide occurred inside the apartment," the sheriff's office said.

Western Hudson Bay freeze-up earlier than average for 1980s for 3rd year in a row

Western Hudson Bay freeze-up earlier than average for 1980s for 3rd year in a row

After five good sea ice seasons in a row for WH polar bears, this repeat of an early freeze-up means a sixth good ice season is now possible for 2019-2020. This is the third year in a row that freeze-up of Western Hudson Bay (WH) ice has come earlier than the average of 16 November documented in the 1980s. Reports by folks on the ground near Churchill confirm polar bears are starting to move onto the sea ice that's developing along the shore after almost 5 months on land. Thanks to Laurel for this link.

US and Iran in Iraq: Protesters demand government reforms, 'or else'

US and Iran in Iraq: Protesters demand government reforms, 'or else'

During the last decade, whenever an Iraqi government was about to be formed or the election of a Speaker, a President and a Prime Minister is underway, US and Iranian envoys become very active, with the goal of influencing the elections and the formation of political coalitions and bringing "friendly" candidates to power. Iran is demonised by the US administration and mainstream media for its success in bringing to power leaders friendly to itself in Iraq. Iran also has robust ideological support among the security forces, but the mass media in the west seem entirely opposed to Iran. The US-Iran battle has heated up since the 25th of October, when protestors invaded the streets of different provinces, making legitimate demands for amendments to the constitution, serious political reforms, the improvement of basic life support needs and an end to the long-standing corruption. Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Sistani has said clearly that these justified demands should not become...

Three people dead in Walmart shooting in Duncan, Oklahoma

Three people dead in Walmart shooting in Duncan, Oklahoma

The Duncan Police Department is beginning the investigation into what happened at the Duncan Walmart on Monday morning. Police were initially dispatched just before 10 a.m. Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford tells us that three people were killed outside the store near a vehicle. One of the people killed is the shooter. Ford says the gun used was a handgun. All of Duncan Public Schools were placed on lock down but have since been given the all clear by police and have been taken off lock down.

Nearly 110,000 DACA applicants have an arrest record: USCIS

Nearly 110,000 DACA applicants have an arrest record: USCIS

Nearly 110,000 "Dreamers" approved under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have an arrest record, according to a new report released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The report, released on Saturday, found that of the nearly 889,000 illegal child immigrants who had applied for the DACA program, 12 percent had arrest records. Of that figure, 85 percent (67,861) were arrested before their most recent DACA approval and 15,903 were arrested after their most recent approval. More than 35 percent (24,898) have been arrested more than once, while 218 had been arrested on more than 10 separate occasions. Of these individuals, the report said that 54 have a DACA case status of "approved" as of October this year. Offenses committed by these individuals according to their U.S. arrest records including assault, battery, rape, murder, and driving under the influence. The largest number of DACA applicants were arrested on...

BREAKING: Epstein Island sold to wealthy Middle Eastern businessman Haadid Nahkil Muhssef

BREAKING: Epstein Island sold to wealthy Middle Eastern businessman Haadid Nahkil Muhssef

A wealthy Middle Eastern businessman Haadid Nahkil Muhssef has purchased Jeffrey Epstein's pedophile island for $56 million. The purchase comes months after the controversial financier committed suicide while on suicide watch in a New York jail. Not much is known about Muhssef except that he has many ties to the same people that Jeffrey Epstein did. It is reported that Bill Clinton took the first flight on Muhssef's plane to the island after purchase. Clinton promised that nothing illicit is going on there, even if it had in the past. "This is a completely new ownership, so there's nothing like the all that kinky gratuitous sex with underage blonde girls like Lindsay or . . . Mackenzie or Leighanne. None of that," Clinton said. Locals say Epstein was flying in underage girls long after his conviction for sex crimes — and authorities did nothing to stop him. "It was like he was flaunting it," says an employee at the airstrip on St. Thomas. "But it was said that he always tipped...

US vs Wikileaks: Espionage and the First Amendment

US vs Wikileaks: Espionage and the First Amendment

If the United States seeks to put on trial WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, what are the implications for freedom of speech, for protection of government secrets and for news organizations on the Internet? Msnbc.com has convened a panel of legal specialists to explore questions raised by a prosecution. As one of the panelists put it, "The WikiLeaks events tee up the question of defining 'media' in the new, Internet era like no previous case." The Justice Department has said it is exploring possible charges against WikiLeaks and Assange in the release of diplomatic messages. Attorney General Eric Holder said charges may be brought under a World War I-era law, the Espionage Act of 1917 (text here), or other laws.

Six dead so far in Iranian fuel price protests

Six dead so far in Iranian fuel price protests

Tensions remain high in Iran three days after a sharp hike in fuel prices sparked deadly protests in dozens of towns and cities across the country. The situation on the streets was unclear on November 18, however, largely due to an Internet outage imposed by authorities that has stemmed the flow of videos and communications shared on social media. Officials said six people had been killed in clashes -- including three protesters, two members of Iran's security forces, and one security guard -- but reports suggest the death toll could be much higher. Iran's government on November 18 insisted that its decision to ration fuel and increase the price was the right one. "The president [Hassan Rohani] has shown courage with the rationing of fuel and made the right economic decision, even if many disagree," said government spokesman Ali Rabiei on November 18, while warning that violence and vandalism would not be tolerated. The AFP news agency quoted Rabiei as saying the situation was...

China sees 3rd plague case after man, 55, eats wild rabbit

China sees 3rd plague case after man, 55, eats wild rabbit

A 55-year-old man in China has become the country's third case of plague in recent weeks. Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of northern China, confirmed a case of bubonic plague on Sunday, according to Reuters. The man, who was not identified, became ill after eating wild rabbit meat on Nov. 5, according to the outlet. He is isolated and being treated at a hospital in Ulanqab. At least 28 other people who had close contact with the man are also isolated and "under observation," per Reuters, which noted they do not appear to be showing any symptoms of the disease at this time. Plague is a serious bacterial infection that's separated into three main types: bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic. Plague is usually contracted after being bitten by a rodent flea carrying the Yersinia pestis bacterium or by handling an infected animal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disease can be fatal if not promptly treated.

Analyzing the results of Marie Yovanovitch's testimony

Analyzing the results of Marie Yovanovitch's testimony

She did not move the needle on impeachment, but the main event has always been 2020. There were fireworks aplenty, but the most important development during former U.S. ambassador Marie Yovanovitch's testimony at Friday's House impeachment hearing was an undetonated bomb. Or was it just a dud? Ambassador Yovanovitch came across as a compelling witness: heroic in serving the United States in the world's badlands, dedicated to the cause of advancing American policy under administrations of both parties, and suddenly ousted by President Trump — not just in the absence of a sensible explanation, but as the victim of a whispering campaign that maligned her character and undermined her reputation for nonpartisan service.

Bloomberg gets blasted for apology & U-turn on NYC's 'stop & frisk' policy - ahead of his presidential nomination bid

Bloomberg gets blasted for apology & U-turn on NYC's 'stop & frisk' policy - ahead of his presidential nomination bid

What better time than an election campaign start to repent sins? Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg probably thought so as he apologized at a black church for the controversial 'stop and frisk' policy, but few were buying it. A billionaire media mogul and a former New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg has suddenly backtracked on his longstanding support for the controversial 'stop and frisk' police policy he adamantly backed during his time as mayor. The questionable practice involving police briefly detaining, questioning and sometimes searching random people on the streets for weapons or other illegal possessions was particularly robust during the times when Bloomberg was mayor. Between 2003 and 2013, over 100,000 stops were made each year on average, with that number peaking in 2011 up to more than 685,000. The program was criticized over racial profiling as it predominantly targeted African Americans and Hispanic Americans while many of those stopped were later found to be...

Retired Indian general disgusts audience with calls for mass rape of Muslim women in Kashmir

Retired Indian general disgusts audience with calls for mass rape of Muslim women in Kashmir

A former Indian Army major general has 'gone dark' after his angry call during a TV debate for "death for death, rape for rape" in Kashmir caused a public outcry among civilians and the military. A political talk show on the TV9 Bharatvarsh channel was about the exodus of non-Muslim families from Kashmir Valley. Since the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee, when they were targeted by a Muslim insurgency in a campaign of ethnic cleansing that involved kidnappings, assassinations, rapes, and other crimes. The on-camera debate descended into a shouting match, and at one point S P Sinha, the retired major general screamed his vision of retaliation: "Death for death, rape for rape," the Print reported. The plan sounded like one from an age when women were considered to be a man's property under talionic justice, but would obviously be a war crime if there was a politician crazy enough to implement it today.

4 killed, 6 wounded in mass shooting at Fresno, California football party

4 killed, 6 wounded in mass shooting at Fresno, California football party

Four people were killed and six others wounded in a shooting Sunday night in California. Fresno Police Lieutenant Bill Dooley said a suspect or suspects sneaked into a football viewing party in a backyard and opened fire, according to CBS Fresno affiliate KGPE-TV. There were about 35 people at the party, he said. Fresno Police Deputy Chief Michael Reid told the station 10 people were hit, three died on the spot and another at the hospital where the rest of the victims were taken. The other six were said to have suffered non-life-threatening wounds. "Thank God that no kids were hurt," Reid said. Police said the victims were Asian males between the ages 25 and 35.

Seattle police captain busted in prostitution sting after offering $40 to undercover cop: reports

Seattle police captain busted in prostitution sting after offering $40 to undercover cop: reports

A police captain in Seattle was among the five men arrested this week in a prostitution sting, reports say. Capt. Randal Woolery, a member of the Seattle Police Department for 31 years, was placed on administrative leave following his arrest Wednesday in north Seattle, KING-TV reported. The station reported not being able to reach Woolery for comment. An email Saturday seeking comment from Fox News wasn't immediately returned.

Moscow releases Ukrainian Navy boats seized during 'violation' of Russian territorial waters near Crimea in 2018

Moscow releases Ukrainian Navy boats seized during 'violation' of Russian territorial waters near Crimea in 2018

Three Ukrainian military boats seized by the Russian border guards during an attempt to illegally pass through the Kerch Strait last year have been returned to Kiev, Moscow has announced. Russia's Foreign Ministry said the ships were evidence in the criminal probe into the 2018 incident and agreed to hand them back to Ukraine because "all the necessary investigative activities" related to the vessels were completed. Russia intends to prevent any future provocations near its border in a robust manner, including with a goal of ensuring the safety of maritime travel. The Ukrainian Navy confirmed receiving the boats and said they would soon be transported to the port city of Odessa. Notably, the crews were released in September during a breakthrough Russian-Ukrainian prisoner swap.

Soros-linked voting machines cause concern over rigging of future presidential election

Soros-linked voting machines cause concern over rigging of future presidential election

A U.K. based company that has provided voting machines for 16 states, including important battleground states like Florida and Arizona, has direct ties with billionaire leftist and Clinton crusader George Soros. With recent WikiLeaks emails showing that Hillary Clinton received foreign policy directives and coordinated on domestic policy with Soros, along with receiving tens of millions of dollars in presidential campaign support from the billionaire, concerns are growing that these shadowy players may pull the strings behind the curtains of the upcoming presidential election. As Lifezette reports, the fact that the man in control of voting machines in 16 states is tied directly to the man who has given millions of dollars to the Clinton campaign and various progressive and globalist causes will surely leave a bad taste in the mouth of many a voter. The balloting equipment tied to Soros is coming from the U.K. based Smartmatic company, whose chairman Mark Malloch-Brown is a former...

Military Emergencies Unit called out as heavy snowfall isolates villages in northern Spain

Military Emergencies Unit called out as heavy snowfall isolates villages in northern Spain

Villages isolated in the province of León as power cuts affect residents in rural areas The cold front which swept across the Iberian Peninsula over the weekend brought severe disruption to road traffic in the north of Spain, leaving villages on higher ground isolated as snow drifted to depths of well over a metre in rural areas. So serious were the conditions that 110 members of the Military Emergencies Unit were dispatched to Villablino and other towns and villages in the Laciana valley in the north-west of the province of León to help clear roads and streets, making use of snow ploughs and various other items of heavy-duty machinery. They began the operation with a total of 43 vehicles on Saturday morning after heavy snowfalls during Thursday and Friday, when red alert warnings were issued by the State meteorological agency Aemet, and also delivered generators to ensure that electricity was available for residents unable to leave their homes.

New quantum experiment may prove that objective reality does not exist

New quantum experiment may prove that objective reality does not exist

Scientists in Edinburgh have been using quantum computers to measure the behaviour of photons while being observed in order to determine if reality changes its behaviour depending on if it is being observed or not. A new paper published in Science Advances in September claims that reality may in fact be subjective. According to the theory in the study, particles can simultaneously exist at several places or states, known as superposition. This is only the case, however, when they are not observed.

Record November snowfall in Switzerland affects ski stations and roads - almost 28 inches recorded

Record November snowfall in Switzerland affects ski stations and roads - almost 28 inches recorded

Heavy snow over the weekend was recorded in the southern and eastern parts of the country. The record for November has been broken and ski stations at Saas Fee and Saas Grund are cut off. According to the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, the southern ridges of the Alps have received "a great deal of snowfall" over the last three days with as much as 30cm recorded in some parts of the country. A record monthly snowfall of 71cm for November was registered in Santa Maria in canton Graubünden in eastern Switzerland. The previous record for November snow was 69cm, set also in Santa Maria, in 1959.