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Stranded baby dolphin dies in Spain surrounded by tourists taking selfies

Stranded baby dolphin dies in Spain surrounded by tourists taking selfies

A baby dolphin stranded on a Spanish beach has died after being handled and photographed by tourists. Curious beachgoers approached the female calf when it became beached in Mojacar, Almeria. Equinac, a non-profit organisation, who help rescue stranded marine turtles and wildlife in the region, said the dolphin would have been "terrified" and criticised those who handled the animal. "Humans are the most irrational animal there is. Many people are unable to feel empathy for a living being which is frightened, starving hungry, without its mother," they posted on Facebook [translated]. "In their selfishness, all they want to do is photograph it and touch it, even if the animals is suffering from stress." "The photographs showed children touching the animal, unintentionally covering its blowhole."

BEST OF THE WEB: Hyper-activists target Confederate monuments across U.S. as Baltimore calls for them to be torn down - UPDATE

BEST OF THE WEB: Hyper-activists target Confederate monuments across U.S. as Baltimore calls for them to be torn down - UPDATE

Monuments to Confederate generals and to those who fought for the South during the American Civil War have been targeted by protesters in a number of US cities, following the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. A protester in Richmond, Virginia climbed on a statue of Confederate General J.E.B Stuart and placed a black flag on the monument, cheered on by other demonstrators. "Tear the racist statues down," the crowd yelled as the masked man ascended the memorial.

America's internal ideological conflict comes from a lack of national confidence

America's internal ideological conflict comes from a lack of national confidence

Nations at peace with themselves tear down statues and fight over history far less than nations suffering an internal or external crisis. One of the strange knock-on effects of the recent events in Charlottesville in the American state of Virginia is that the American liberal-left has decided to pause from re-inventing the Cold War with the Soviet Union and has instead resurrected the American Civil War. One could easily say that such things are symptomatic of a left that refuses to examine its own policies which have not only failed at the ballot box but have deeply divided America along sectarian lines. For over a year, Russia was the enemy of the self-identified patriotic liberal left. It was Russians who were meddling in US elections, it was Russians who deprived Hillary Clinton of her 'anointed' election victory and everywhere in the world, it was Russians who were the proverbial bad guys whether they were fighting terrorism in Syria or building internal bridges across the Kerch Strait. Now though, there is a new enemy which in terms of time is an old enemy: that enemy is fellow Americans. Just as modern Russia is not the Soviet Union neither technically nor ideologically, the states which once comprised the Confederate States of America are in the United States and have been since 1865. Nor are all of the so-called and at times self-defined alt-right from the American deep south, they are from every state in the US.

NY governor Cuomo pushes to make violent protest a 'hate crime'

NY governor Cuomo pushes to make violent protest a 'hate crime'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants the state to prosecute violent protests against "protected classes" as a hate crime, suggesting higher criminal penalties. His so-called "Charlottesville Provisions" are a response to the violence in Virginia. Cuomo has proposed to amend the state's hate crime laws to include rioting or incitement to riot against protected groups, according to the governor's office. New York law protects groups and individuals on the basis of race, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Official data reveals 1 in 5 unemployed people in the UK are migrants

Official data reveals 1 in 5 unemployed people in the UK are migrants

One in five jobless people in the UK are migrants, representing a 5.3 percent overall unemployment rate among non-British natives, according to official figures. The majority of those unemployed are from outside the European Union. A total of 317,000 migrants are unemployed in the UK, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on Wednesday. Of those, 98,000 are from within the European Union and 219,000 were born outside the bloc.

Home invasion victim faces assault charges after defending his home against robbers

Home invasion victim faces assault charges after defending his home against robbers

A 26-year-old victim of a home invasion is now facing the prospect of an assault charge after he successfully defended his home against two burglars who had broken in. After arresting the two robbers, police then set their sights on the home owner because he hit one of them in the head with a shovel. According to the police, they were called by the home owner around 5:20 am Sunday morning when he heard a noise in his garage and went to check it out. After hanging up with 9-1-1, the man picked up a shovel to defend himself against the home invaders. When he confronted the burglars, he hit one of them in the head with the shovel and they both ran off. Both of the suspected 19-year-old burglars were later arrested. According to police, after they received the 9-1-1 call for the home invasion and were interviewing the burglary victim, the suspected burglar then called to report his injury.

Eyes wide shut: How US, UK-made toxic agents ended up in terrorists hands

Eyes wide shut: How US, UK-made toxic agents ended up in terrorists hands

The discovery of toxic agents manufactured by US and UK companies in the territories liberated from terrorists has once again revealed the hypocrisy of the US-led coalition, Ammar Waqqaf, a Middle East expert told Radio Sputnik, adding that it is not the first time jihadists have been spotted using poisonous substances in Syria. The Syrian Foreign Ministry revealed Wednesday that the US and Great Britain could have been involved in supplying CS and CN toxic agents to extremists in Syria. As it turns out, the chemical substances found in jihadists' storehouses in Aleppo and eastern suburbs of Damascus were manufactured by British and American companies. "The chemical munitions were produced by the Federal Laboratories company in the US. The toxic agents were produced by Cherming Defense UK and NonLethal Technologies (US)," Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told a press conference in Damascus.

SOTT FOCUS: Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Rally Diverts Attention From 'Deep State' Agenda

SOTT FOCUS: Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Rally Diverts Attention From 'Deep State' Agenda

Let's get something clear in our minds about the 'Unite the Right' rally at Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. It was organized by fringe elements, people who are actually racist and explicitly embrace fascism. You can see that in the fact that they drew only a few hundred people to their cause, and that - in scenes resembling Victoria Nuland's 'liberated' Ukraine - they wore Nazi-style helmets, displayed Nazi-style symbols, and conducted a torch-lit parade while chanting "Jews will not replace us." Even militia members in attendance distanced themselves from "those lunatics." The cause they were leaping to the defense of is something else though; I'll return to that. While it might be refreshing to see Western MSM unequivocally condemn their antics - a task made easy by one of the Hitler-fanboys going on a murderous rampage - their vociferous denunciations only expose their rank hypocrisy in apologizing for the similarly neo-Nazi antics that have been on vivid display in Ukraine since 2014. Like everyone else in officialdom, the MSM only cries 'Nazi!' when it's politically expedient to do so. It's oh-so-convenient that the fallout over the Charlottesville events serves to divide the right and generally undermine the popular conservative backlash against the predominantly liberal establishment and its ultra-liberal minions in academia and other fields, which push its own brands of extremist ideological nonsense like 'identity politics' - nonsense that is actively undermining the fabric of society, dividing the population along numerous lines, and opening the door for god-knows-what horrors to come.

Scottish Parliament hit by ongoing 'brute force' cyber attack

Scottish Parliament hit by ongoing 'brute force' cyber attack

The Scottish Parliament is being subjected to a sustained "brute force" cyber attack, according to officials. There's no evidence the attack has breached the parliament's defenses, officials added in a statement. The attack involves hackers attempting to systematically crack politician's passwords, STV News reports. In an email the Scottish Parliament Chief Executive Sir Paul Grice told MSPs that the systems remain under threat. "At this point there is no evidence to suggest that the attack has breached our defenses and our IT systems continue to be fully operational," he said, but warned: "Users should be aware, however, that this attack remains ongoing." Grice added that it's "not uncommon for brute-force attacks to be sustained over a period of days."

Georgia judge suspended for comparing removal of Confederate monuments to 'ISIS destroying history'

Georgia judge suspended for comparing removal of Confederate monuments to 'ISIS destroying history'

A judge in Gwinnett County, Georgia has been suspended for comparing those taking down Confederate monuments to the terrorist group Islamic State. There has been a nationwide push across the US to remove Confederate symbols from public squares. "The nut cases tearing down monuments are equivalent to ISIS destroying history," Judge Jim Hinkle wrote on Facebook Tuesday, the same day protesters in Durham, North Carolina toppled a statue honoring Confederate soldiers. On Saturday, Hinkle had written that protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia were "snowflakes" with "no concept of history," as they came to counter a rally of white nationalists who gathered to oppose the planned relocation of a statue to Confederate General Robert E. Lee. "In Charlottesville everyone is upset over Robert E. Lee statue," Hinkle's post said. "It looks like all of the snowflakes have no concept of history. It is what it is. Get over it and move on. Leave history alone - those who ignore history are deemed (sic) to repeat the mistake of the past."

Far-right British National Party says Britain should brace itself for Charlottesville-style clashes

Far-right British National Party says Britain should brace itself for Charlottesville-style clashes

Violent clashes between white supremacists and anti-fascist groups like those seen in Charlottesville, Virginia, are bound to break out in the UK, according to the far-right British National Party (BNP). A young woman was killed and 19 protesters injured last week when a car was plowed into anti-fascist protesters opposing Saturday's 'Unite the Right' demonstration. A state of emergency was imposed as rival group of protesters clashed in the streets. US President Donald Trump has been criticized for focusing on the violence committed by both sides rather than condemning outright the far-right, neo-Nazi, and white supremacist elements involved. Speaking to RT, Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Britain's far-right BNP, seemed to echo the president's analysis. He claimed that similar events are likely to occur in the UK because far-right groups are being deprived of their right to freedom of speech by "violent" left-wingers.

Trump's brinksmanship towards North Korea - and the real reasons behind it

Trump's brinksmanship towards North Korea - and the real reasons behind it

Trump is pursuing several ulterior motives in sparking a new crisis with North Korea. There are many explanations floating around which seek to answer the question of why Trump has all of the sudden decided to prioritize North Korea. The conventional view has to do with a combination of Pyongyang's repeated missile tests in violation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions and the related need to "justify" the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) deployment right on Russia and China's doorstep. These points are certainly valid and serve as the most obvious reasons behind Trump's actions, but there's more to it than people might initially think. Trump doesn't just need to "justify" THAAD's Northeast Asian deployment in the eyes of Russia, China and the international community at large, but most importantly he needs to convince his new South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In that this move is in his country's best interests.

Lavrov says Venezuela crisis must be resolved 'without outside pressure'

Lavrov says Venezuela crisis must be resolved 'without outside pressure'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that the crisis in Venezuela should be resolved peacefully and without external intervention. Lavrov said on August 16 that Venezuela must "overcome differences that exist in that country exclusively in a peaceful manner, via national dialogue, without any outside pressure -- without speaking of the unacceptable threats of military interference in the country's internal affairs." He was speaking following talks with Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni Mamani in Moscow. Lavrov's comments came after U.S. President Donald Trump said on August 11 that he was looking at all options on the South American country "including a possible military option," prompting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to order the armed forces to hold exercises.

Looking for an excuse to attack? Israeli media reports Iran building weapons factories in Syria and Lebanon

Looking for an excuse to attack? Israeli media reports Iran building weapons factories in Syria and Lebanon

Israeli media are reporting that Iran is building a factory in northwest Syria to manufacture long-range rockets. The reports feature satellite images showing a site under construction in northwest Syria near the Mediterranean coastal town of Baniyas that purportedly could be used to produce and store the weapons. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned recently that Iran is augmenting its presence in Syria as the six-year civil war there has turned more favorably toward Tehran's ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "Our policy is clear: We vehemently oppose the military buildup by Iran and its proxies, primarily Hizballah, in Syria and we will do whatever it takes to protect Israel's security," Netanyahu said in a speech last week.

UK aircraft carriers named after Royal Family because they're a huge waste of money

UK aircraft carriers named after Royal Family because they're a huge waste of money

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Royal Navy's two new aircraft carriers have been named after the Queen and the Prince of Wales because, much like them, they are an enormous waste of money. The cost of the aircraft carriers was originally thought to be in the region of £5.2bn, which is an amount the nation can definitely spare in the current economic climate, but the firms building the new aircraft carriers say the cost has risen by at least £1bn and possibly almost £2bn. A MoD spokesperson revealed, "It seemed a fitting tribute that two people who have contributed very little to the country at the taxpayer's expense should have the honour of having their names put to what amounts to 120,000 tonnes of metal contributing very little to the country at the taxpayer's expense.

Polluted river turns stray dogs blue in India

Polluted river turns stray dogs blue in India

Untreated industrial waste being released into the Kasadi river may be turning stray dogs near Navi Mumbai's Taloja industrial area blue. Reason: Strays often wade into the river for food, therefore the waste may be dyeing their fur a bright shade of blue. A water quality test at Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation found the waste treatment was inadequate. The levels of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) - the concentration of oxygen required to sustain aquatic life - was 80 milligram a litre (mg/L). Levels of chloride, which is toxic, harms vegetation, aquatic life and wildlife, were also high. The area has nearly a 1,000 pharmaceutical, food and engineering factories.

Saboteurs trained by CIA to be sent to Crimea and Donbass

Saboteurs trained by CIA to be sent to Crimea and Donbass

Saboteurs are being trained in Ukraine by CIA instructors to be sent to the Crimea and the Donbass Republics. There's a real 'pipeline' of talent at work - one group is sent after the next group. The process can stop only after the change of the Ukrainian Nazi ruling regime - ex-Verkhovna Rada deputy Oleg Tsarev told "PolitNavigator". "As long as this power exists in Ukraine, it will pose a threat to Russia, to Russian citizens and will in every possible way provoke a war. If they are afraid to go to open military actions, they will do terrorist acts. And, proceeding from the fact that the entire branch of work with Russia, the Crimea, the People's Republic of Lugansk and the People's Republic of Donetsk is supervised by the guys who work directly for the CIA, it will be so. The mechanism is running, and they will send in group after group.

Ten spacecraft hit by massive solar flare, says ESA

Ten spacecraft hit by massive solar flare, says ESA

The European Space Agency revealed that 10 satellites and probes were rocked by a massive solar flare as it swept through the solar system. The space weather event, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), was observed by three satellites operating outside the path of the flare, namely ESA's Proba-2, the ESA-NASA joint project SOHO and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, in October 2014. The ESA's Olivier Witasse had been leading the space agency's Mars Express, a project examining the effect of the comet Siding Spring on the atmosphere of the Red Planet. During the research, the team detected signs of the CME on Mars and, in the subsequent investigation, accessed data collected by the 10 spacecraft in its path. "CME speeds with distance from the sun is not well understood, in particular in the outer Solar System,"said Witasse. "Thanks to the precise timings of numerous in situ measurements, we can better understand the process."

Assam floods: Death toll increases to 39 in third wave; over 3,345,000 affected

Assam floods: Death toll increases to 39 in third wave; over 3,345,000 affected

The flood situation in Assam continued to deteriorate with 11 more lives lost on Wednesday. Around 33.45 *lakh people in 24 districts of the state remained affected due to the flood. With the deaths reported on Wednesday, the toll in the third wave of floods has gone up to 39 in the north-eastern state. The floods have claimed 123 lives so far this year in Assam, including eight in Guwahati. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal left for Delhi on Wednesday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprise him of the preliminary damage caused by the third wave of floods. According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), three persons died in Bongaigaon, two each in Dhubri, Nalbari, and Morigaon in flood-related incidents.

Authoritarianism's unlikeliest ally: The vociferous rise of the violent left

Authoritarianism's unlikeliest ally: The vociferous rise of the violent left

Antifa's activists say they're battling burgeoning authoritarianism on the American right. Are they fueling it instead? Since 1907, Portland, Oregon, has hosted an annual Rose Festival. Since 2007, the festival had included a parade down 82nd Avenue. Since 2013, the Republican Party of Multnomah County, which includes Portland, had taken part. This April, all of that changed. In the days leading up to the planned parade, a group called the Direct Action Alliance declared, "Fascists plan to march through the streets," and warned, "Nazis will not march through Portland unopposed." The alliance said it didn't object to the Multnomah GOP itself, but to "fascists" who planned to infiltrate its ranks. Yet it also denounced marchers with "Trump flags" and "red maga hats" who could "normalize support for an orange man who bragged about sexually harassing women and who is waging a war of hate, racism and prejudice." A second group, Oregon Students Empowered, created a Facebook page called "Shut down fascism! No nazis in Portland!" Next, the parade's organizers received an anonymous email warning that if "Trump supporters" and others who promote "hateful rhetoric" marched, "we will have two hundred or more people rush into the parade ... and drag and push those people out." When Portland police said they lacked the resources to provide adequate security, the organizers canceled the parade. It was a sign of things to come.

Trump shuts down two corporate advisory bodies after 11 CEOs resign

Trump shuts down two corporate advisory bodies after 11 CEOs resign

US President Donald Trump announced he is terminating the Manufacturing Council and the Strategy & Policy Forum after several CEOs resigned, citing Trump's comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia at the weekend. President Trump made the announcement on his Twitter account on Wednesday. The decision follows the resignation of 11 CEOs, including AFL-CIO president Richard Trumpka, Under Armour's Kevin Plank, and Intel's Brian Krzanich. The flurry of resignations began Monday after Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier announced he had quit the council, stating: "America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy."

Democrats join the insane call to remove Confederate statues

Democrats join the insane call to remove Confederate statues

The left is continuing their push to erase all Confederate monuments. Just like ISIS, liberals are running from town to town, tearing down our Confederate statues, in the name of progressiveness and political correctness. It's one of the most disgusting and disturbing things I have witnessed from the left. Confederate statues today... What will it be tomorrow? Books, movies, classic music? Where does the left-wing purge of all "offensive" culture end?

Pence asks Latin American countries to 'break all ties with N. Korea'

Pence asks Latin American countries to 'break all ties with N. Korea'

US Vice President Mike Pence has asked Chile, Peru, Mexico and Brazil to break diplomatic and other ties with North Korea, as part of a campaign to pressure Pyongyang into giving up missiles and nuclear weapons. "It's imperative that the regime in Pyongyang understand that all options are on the table," Pence said on Wednesday in Santiago, in a joint press conference with Chilean president Michelle Bachelet. "Our hope is that Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Peru will join us in breaking all ties with North Korea," he said. Latin American countries severing diplomatic ties with North Korea will "facilitate a peaceful outcome" and show Pyongyang that "there is a cost" for defying the will of the international community, Pence said.

Cop will serve 3 years for shooting cooperative man during traffic stop

Cop will serve 3 years for shooting cooperative man during traffic stop

Levar Edward Jones was shot by a state trooper in early September of 2014. Now, nearly three years after the cowardly and deadly actions by this trooper, he is finally being held accountable, and Jones is seeing the justice he deserves. On Tuesday, former South Carolina State Trooper, Sean Groubert was sentenced to 12 years in prison. However, while that may seem substantial, 5 of them were suspended for time served, and Groubert will only spend 3 years behind bars for nearly killing an innocent man who was doing everything he was supposed to do during a traffic stop. The incident, which the Free Thought Project reported upon initially after it took place on September 4, 2014, began when trooper Sean Groubert pulled Jones over for allegedly not wearing a seat belt. Dash cam from the trooper's cruiser recorded the interaction.

Two sides of the same coin: Alt-right white supremacists and Antifa thugs deserve each other

Two sides of the same coin: Alt-right white supremacists and Antifa thugs deserve each other

I have already made known my feelings about the white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville. Their idiocy is overshadowed only by their moral depravity. The one thing they lack more than jobs and girlfriends is a semi-coherent understanding of history. How many of these neo-Nazi punks even realize that Hitler would have marched them to the gas chambers right alongside the black and Jewish Americans they despise? How many of them had grandfathers and great grandfathers who stormed the beaches to defeat the very movement they now wish to resurrect? Part of me hopes their grandfathers are dead so they don't have to witness what's become of their families. Part of me hopes they're alive so they can take their canes and swat these brats across the head. I don't condone violence, unless it's a WWII vet delivering a grandfatherly whooping to his vile, ungrateful Nazi grandson. It would be very difficult to go too far in criticizing the sorts of "men" who rallied this weekend. I am forced to put the word "men" in quotes because they are only men in the most literal sense. In any other sense, they are cowardly, pathetic little boys desperate for attention. I am not interested in hearing, as I have heard from some people, that these imbeciles were "driven" to this point because of all the racism and hatred on the Left. There is racism and hatred on the Left - a lot of it, and we'll get to that in a second - but that does not even begin to excuse them.

The FBI won't charge its paid informants who participated in Charlottesville violence

The FBI won't charge its paid informants who participated in Charlottesville violence

FBI insiders said it is unlikely leaders of the radical groups that clashed in demonstrations turned deadly in Charlottesville, VA will face prosecution. Why? FBI said they have already identified several federal informants who participated in the mob-like riots over the weekend in Virginia. The FBI is also now working those sources to piece together the events from Charlottesville, sources said. But FBI agents have deemed the newly-minted investigation dicey, having to navigate separate agreements with embedded intelligence assets while trying to pinpoint responsibility for the violence. Late Saturday, the Justice Department announced the federal probe. The investigation, spearheaded by the Richmond, VA FBI field office, was launched after an Ohio man drove his car through a crowd of demonstrators killing one woman and injuring dozens. The FBI has Intel assets implanted in several white supremacy sects, as well as the radical ANTIFA group, according to federal law enforcement sources who spoke to True Pundit.

White nationalists planning rally in Lexington, Kentucky to oppose removal of two Confederate statues

White nationalists planning rally in Lexington, Kentucky to oppose removal of two Confederate statues

White nationalists are planning a rally in Lexington to oppose the planned removal of two Confederate statues from the lawn of the former Fayette County Courthouse, and they're considering a lawsuit aimed at blocking the move, a leader in the movement said Tuesday. Matthew Heimbach, chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party, said his group and others allied under the umbrella of the Nationalist Front are discussing plans for the rally. Heimbach said people in the Lexington area asked his group get involved. The group has members in Kentucky and plans to try to recruit more, he said. No date has been chosen, but the goal is to have the event "sooner rather than later," Heimbach said.

China blasts "wanton" criticism from hypocritical US over religious freedoms

China blasts "wanton" criticism from hypocritical US over religious freedoms

China has blasted "wanton" criticism from the US over religious freedom, saying that Washington confuses the facts and is itself far from perfect. The statement comes following a US State Department report on religious freedom worldwide. On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson commented on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report released by the State Department. While Tillerson did not speak about China in particular, the document itself lists China among "countries of particular concern." The report accuses China of abuses of religious freedom, citing reports on alleged discrimination against Uighur Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists and religious minorities. The report was criticized as baseless by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Wednesday. "The so-called US report ignores the facts, confuses right and wrong and makes wanton criticism of China's religious freedom situation," she told reporters.

Russia and US will square off over new sanctions

Russia and US will square off over new sanctions

There is little Russia can do economically in retaliation to the U.S. sanctions, but Moscow can act against American interests geopolitically. Kremlin will likely respond to new U.S. sanctions that were recently imposed on Russia by asymmetric means. From the Russian point of view, the new sanctions--which are codified by law--are essentially permanent, thus Moscow has little incentive to comply with American demands. Indeed, previous congressionally mandated sanctions, such as the Jackson-Vanik amendment of 1974, remained on the books long after their intended effects had come to pass. In fact, the Jackson-Vanik amendment remained in place long after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union until 2012 when it was replaced by the Magnitsky Act sanctions. There is little Russia can do economically in retaliation to U.S. sanctions, but Moscow can act against American interests geopolitically. Moreover, if the United States starts to supply arms to Ukraine or launches a cyber attack against Russian infrastructure, Moscow, too, has means to make Washington's life much more difficult.

FLASHBACK: Obama's SEAL Team 6 top secret mission coverup

FLASHBACK: Obama's SEAL Team 6 top secret mission coverup

On August 6, 2011, a military helicopter- Extortion 17- carrying thirty-eight men (including twenty-five of the elite SEAL Team 6, five National Guard and Army Reserve, and eight Afghan commandos) was shot down over Taliban-controlled territory in eastern Afghanistan. They had been on a top secret mission to take out a high-value target. It was the worst loss of life in a single day since the war in Afghanistan began. Per a 1250-page military report, it was simply the result of a "lucky shot" by Taliban soldiers perched on top of a building. Per families of those killed and military experts at a press conference held on May 9, 2013, this is a lie among a host of other lies. After the families attended a several hour military briefing about this "lucky shot," describing what happened and why their sons died, they smelled a rat and started digging around. Billy and Karen Vaughn, parents of Navy SEAL Aaron C. Vaughn, started poking around at the "official" story and found not a rat, but a stinking swamp, a coverup that went all the way to the top. When the Vaughns began trying to drain the swamp, they received what the Obama administration is famous for: the shakedown. None other than one of the highest ranking officers in the nation-Admiral William McRaven, commander at U.S. Special Operations Command-paid the Vaughns a little visit, in essence telling them to keep their mouths shut.

Missing Alabama woman reunited with family after surviving 28 days in the forest

Missing Alabama woman reunited with family after surviving 28 days in the forest

A woman who survived a month in the wilderness by eating berries and mushrooms has been reunited with her family in what authorities are calling a "miracle." Lisa Theris was lost in the Alabama wilderness for 28 days and lost 50lb (22kg) during her ordeal. Her family said she is weak and emaciated, Fox10 reports. A large search party was organized to find the 25 year old, but failed to locate her in the thousands of acres of forest. "She said she was drinking water out of a brook and eating berries and mushrooms." Sheriff Raymond Rodgers said. Theris had no bag, shoes or phone and became disoriented trying to find her way out of the forest. She was spotted by a motorist on Highway 82 on Saturday. After being treated at an emergency room, she was reunited with her family. "A motorist from Florida was driving 82 east of Midway and saw something moving in the bushes. She went back and there was the young lady in the wooded area," Rogers said. "She called us and told us she had located the missing person."

Lavrov on Venezuelan crisis: Military intervention unacceptable

Lavrov on Venezuelan crisis: Military intervention unacceptable

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized the idea of any intervention, including military, in the Venezuela crisis, saying that the situation in the country must be resolved through peaceful means. "We are united in the need to overcome the existing disagreements in the country by peaceful means through a nationwide dialogue as soon as possible, without any external pressure, not to mention the unacceptability of the threats of military intervention in the internal affairs of this country," Lavrov stated. The minister added that most Latin American states also condemn the possibility of such actions. The statement came after a meeting of Lavrov with his Bolivian counterpart Fernando Huanacuni Mamani on Wednesday. On Friday, US President Donald Trump mentioned the possibility of a "military option" to resolve the crisis. "Venezuela is a mess. It is very dangerous mess and a very sad situation," the US leader said, as cited by AFP. "The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary," Trump said.

Syrians are returning home: "Western-backed terrorists brought nothing but weariness, poverty, death and loneliness"

Syrians are returning home: "Western-backed terrorists brought nothing but weariness, poverty, death and loneliness"

My latest trip to Syria was spent in Aleppo and Damascus. During my time in East Aleppo I was struck by the hive of activity, pockets of industry, rebuilding the stricken neighborhoods, stone by stone. Despite lack of electricity and water, in each street and alleyway, the sound of welders and the beat of hammers, rang out. The sparks from a trio of welders spilled onto the pavement where we sat and drank coffee with residents, returning to their communities that had been so fractured by the almost 5 year occupation of these districts of East Aleppo, by Nusra Front-led extremist brigades.

Meteor fireball streaks over Southern California

Meteor fireball streaks over Southern California

AMS Event 2579 2017 - Meteor streaks over California. Video from South East facing Nest Cam, August 5, 2017 10:01PM 31 seconds

Double dipping: Four companies that own the treatments for the diseases their products cause

Double dipping: Four companies that own the treatments for the diseases their products cause

Listed below are four lethal connections between Big Pharma and some of our most popular consumer products, of which all consumers deserve to be made aware. Nestlé and Prometheus Therapeutics & Diagnostics Nestlé is the world's largest food & beverage corporation, owning more than 2,000 brands in 191 countries. The vast majority of Nestlé's profits come from dairy-centric products. Some of their most popular brands include Gerber Baby, Nesquik Chocolate Milk, Toll House, Kit Kat, Crunch Bar, Hot Pockets, DiGiorno, Lean Cuisine, and Dreyer's Ice Cream. Nestlé also owns the pharmaceutical company Prometheus Therapeutics and Diagnostics, whose message to doctors is: "Prometheus is your partner in helping patients with chronic digestive disorders live active, healthy lives."

Police record huge increse in dangerous dog offences in Kent, UK; from 16 in 2011 to 745 in 2016

Police record huge increse in dangerous dog offences in Kent, UK; from 16 in 2011 to 745 in 2016

There has been a huge rise in the number of dog attacks in Kent, with action taken against almost 750 owners last year alone. Figures given to KentOnline following a Freedom of Information request reveal 745 offences were recorded of an owner or person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury in 2016 - a massive 46-fold increase in five years. Two more offences were logged involving a person owning or being in charge of a dangerous dog that injured an assistance dog last year - one less than in 2015. In contrast the total number of offences involving dangerous dogs logged in 2010 stood at 19, dropped to 16 in 2011, rose to 97 in 2012, jumped to 321 in 2013, reached 455 in 2014 and then 597 in 2015. The statistics come as the owner of a dog who attacked nine-year-old Reggi Jarvis faces sentencing this week. The youngster was bit by a Japanese Akita. His mum Lecretia Barnes said: "The impact on our family was massive.

Natural remedies for dry eyes

Natural remedies for dry eyes

Although many accept declining eye sight as a part of natural aging, it is really more of a side effect of our modern lifestyle. Aging does not automatically equate to failing vision, cataracts or dry eyes, provided you've properly nourished your eyes through the years. Unfortunately, statistics demonstrate that many Americans are suffering the effects of years of poor lifestyle choices. In people over age 40:1 24.4 million people have cataracts 2.7 million have glaucoma 4.2 million suffer impaired vision 4.88 million suffer dry eye The risk of developing dry eye increases with age and women appear to suffer with the condition more than men.2 You may have experienced some of the symptoms of dry eye after having been outside in windy conditions or a long day wearing contact lenses. These symptoms may include a scratchy sensation over your eye, or feeling as if there is something in your eye. It may feel as if your eye lids are heavy, be more difficult to blink or you may experience blurred vision. The medical term for dry eye is keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Left untreated, the condition may lead to serious damage to your eyes. In the past, dry eye was treated by adding moisture, such as normal saline. Today, there is a better understanding of the complexity of some of the substances in your tears and how they function in your eye.3

Speculative bubble: Are cryptocurrencies overhyped and dangerous?

Speculative bubble: Are cryptocurrencies overhyped and dangerous?

With the main stream media caught up in bitcoin hype as the cryptocurrency smashes another all-time high this week, few stories cover the possible dangers of the phenomenon. Anonymity is not always right In the most recent incident last week, hackers demanded a ransom of at least $6 million in bitcoin from HBO to stop leaking spoilers and episodes from the new season of Game of Thrones. Bitcoin transactions are ideal for criminals because they are hard to track. While some may not sympathize with a TV channel with a multibillion dollar market cap, the same blackmail technique could be used against any of us, and there is little likelihood the criminals would be caught. The defenders of anonymous payments say any currency can be used for illegal means.

Could changing the Constitution be the only way to fix Washington?

Could changing the Constitution be the only way to fix Washington?

Next month delegations of state lawmakers will travel to Phoenix, Arizona, to attend what organizers say will be the first formal convention of states since the Civil War. They'll gather at the capitol, inside the turquoise-carpeted House chamber, and draw up rules for a hoped-for future meeting: a convention to draft an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. No "amendment convention" has taken place since the Constitution was written over 200 years ago. But the idea is gaining steam now, stoked by groups on the left and right that say amendments drafted and ratified by states are the last, best hope for fixing the nation's broken political system and dysfunctional - some even say tyrannical - federal government.

What hippocratic oath? Florida pediatricians refuse to see unvaccinated children

What hippocratic oath? Florida pediatricians refuse to see unvaccinated children

Some Florida parents got a bit of a surprise when they were kicked out of pediatric firms for having unvaccinated children. Even though the decision to not vaccinate is growing among those who read the vaccine inserts and familiarize themselves with the potential side effects, doctors want all children forcibly injected because they make more money if their patients vaccinate. It's not a secret that the vaccine manufacturers dumped big money into California lawmakers pockets just before mandating all children get all the recommended vaccines. But safety and health come second to a pocket full of money. "We want everyone vaccinated and caught up with the CDC schedule by age of 2," said Dr. Thomas Connolly, a pediatrician with the Carithers Pediatric Group. Connolly said he strongly encourages all of his patients to get vaccinated. "It's nothing personal against you as a person, I respect your decision that is your decision, but my medical decision and my background and my belief is I want the child vaccinated to maximize their defense," Connolly said. In other words, he wants to make sure you pump your child with known toxins so he can continue to make money.

Discovery: Three ancient tombs in Egypt

Discovery: Three ancient tombs in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered three tombs that date back around 2,000 years in southern Egypt. They were found in burial grounds in the Al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area in Minya province, south of Cairo. The tombs contained a collection of different sarcophagi, or stone coffins, as well as clay fragments. Egypt's antiquities ministry said the discovery "suggests that the area was a great cemetery for a long span of time". One of the tombs, which was reached through a shaft carved in rock, contained four sarcophagi that had been sculpted to depict a human face. In another, excavators found six burial holes, including one for the burial of a small child. Clay fragments found at the site date the tombs between the 27th Dynasty, founded in 525BC, and the Greco-Roman era, which lasted between 332BC and the 4th Century. Ali al-Bakry, head of the mission, said one of the tombs contained bones believed to be the remains of "men, women and children of different ages". "These tombs were part of a large cemetery for a large city and not a military garrison as some suggest," he said. In a statement, the antiquities ministry said that "works are under way in order to reveal more secrets". This work follows previous excavation at the site, which began in 2015.

Millions of animals dead as floods, algae blooms and disease takes it toll around the globe

Millions of animals dead as floods, algae blooms and disease takes it toll around the globe

10th August 2017 - 90 TONS of fish have died in fish farms in Vung Tau, Vietnam. Nearly 90 metric tons of farm-raised fish in the southern province of Ba Ria- Vung Tau have been killed once again, leaving local residents with the heavy burden of loss and debt. 9th August 2017 - Hundreds dead Shearwater birds found washed up on Long Island beaches in New York, America. Hundreds of great shearwaters have turned up dead on beaches on Long Island and southern New England this summer, and no one seems to know why. In addition to the birds on Block Island, birders and biologists have reported dead shearwaters on Rhode Island beaches in Tiverton and Charlestown.

Argentina's plague of goblins

Argentina's plague of goblins

I found this collection of stories on a Spanish language website while following up a lead from the Fairy Investigation Society. It was written in 2003 by a Sr Fabio Picasso, and was a Spanish version of an article in French (presumably by the same author) called Les petits êtres d'Argentine [The little beings of Argentina] originally published in La Gazette Fortéenne [The Fortean Gazette] volume II, Oeil du Sphinx, París, 2003. [,,,] [W]elcome to a series of strange encounters. I have translated duende as "goblin", but it is a catchall term for goblins, elves, etc. - even ghosts. I draw no conclusions about the nature of the phenomena described, except to say that, whereas a single witness may be discounted, it is a lot harder for multiple witnesses. SMALL ENTITIES REPORTED IN ARGENTINA It all started with an observation of high strangeness in the province of Salta. I say strangeness because even within the atypical nature of these episodes, this one exhibited particular rarity. The site where the event took place is called El Duraznito [the little peach], a site located between the entrance of a farm and an abandoned house at a distance of 1000 meters from a rock formation known as La Cueva de los Negros [the blacks' cave] where UFO events have been reported.

Science reports: Lightning is zapping fewer Americans, not more

Science reports: Lightning is zapping fewer Americans, not more

Lightning - once one of nature's biggest killers -is claiming far fewer lives in the United States, mostly because we've learned to get out of the way. In the 1940s, when there were fewer people, lightning killed more than 300 people annually. So far this year, 13 people have died after being struck, on pace for a record low of 17 deaths. Taking the growing population into account, the lightning death rate has shrunk more than forty-fold since record-keeping began in 1940. People seem to be capturing the phenomenon more on camera than before, making it seem like something new and sizzling is going on in the air. Separate videos last month of a Florida lifeguard and an airport worker being hit by lightning went viral. Both survived. Lightning strikes have not changed - they hit about the same amount as they used to, said Pennsylvania State University meteorology professor Paul Markowski. A big difference: Fewer of us are outside during bad weather. If we're not huddled indoors, we're often in cars. Vehicles with metal roofs - not convertibles - are safe from lightning, experts say. "As a society we spend less time outside," said Harold Brooks, a scientist at the National Weather Service's National Severe Storms Laboratory. "Especially farmers. There aren't just many farmers around." Decades ago, farmers would be in fields and were the tallest object, making them most likely to get hit, said National Weather Service lightning safety specialist John Jensenius Jr.

China urges US and N. Korea to 'hit the brakes' and find peaceful resolution to crisis

China urges US and N. Korea to 'hit the brakes' and find peaceful resolution to crisis

The US and North Korea must "hit the brakes" and find a peaceful resolution to their ongoing crisis, China's foreign minister said. It comes amid a war of words and mutual strike threats between Washington and Pyongyang. The remarks by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi were made during a Tuesday phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. "The most important task for the US and North Korea is to 'hit the brakes' on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent an 'August crisis,'" Wang said during the conversation, according to a statement published on the Chinese Foreign Ministry's website. He told Lavrov that China and Russia should work together to contain tensions and to not allow anyone to "stir up an incident on their doorstep."

Israeli police raid of Jerusalem hospital caught on film - Wounded Palestinian dead with doctors and nurses assaulted

Israeli police raid of Jerusalem hospital caught on film - Wounded Palestinian dead with doctors and nurses assaulted

An Israeli police raid on Al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem last month left one critically wounded Palestinian dead, an investigation by Israeli NGO B'Tselem concluded, adding that the raid endangered the lives of other patients. Muhammad Abu Ghanam, 20, was rushed to the hospital on July 21 after being critically shot by Israeli security forces during the 'Day of Rage' demonstrations in East Jerusalem. Abu Ghanam, who was studying at Bir Zeit University, was about to be taken into the operating room when Israeli police officers forced their way into the hospital to arrest him. B'Tselem says the police overpowered the hospital guards and dozens of Palestinian youths who tried to prevent them from going inside the building.

Trump revokes environmental regulations to speed up approval for infrastructure projects

Trump revokes environmental regulations to speed up approval for infrastructure projects

President Donald Trump has unveiled new plans to speed up approval processes for highways and other infrastructure projects, by revoking an environmental regulation aimed at protecting against the effects of climate change. Addressing a news conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan Tuesday, Trump elaborated on an executive order he signed earlier in the day, which he said would "dramatically reform the nation's badly broken infrastructure permitting process." Trump claimed the executive order would establish "discipline and accountability in the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects," as well as reduce the time it takes federal agencies to approve highways, tunnels, bridges and many other major infrastructure projects. The president began by unraveling what he called a "long, beautiful chart," which he said depicted all the steps involved in getting a single highway project approved. Then, he took out a much smaller flow chart to show what the process would look like under his new policy.

Crazy warhawk Nikki Haley warns Iran not to 'hold the world hostage' by using nuclear deal as bargaining chip

Crazy warhawk Nikki Haley warns Iran not to 'hold the world hostage' by using nuclear deal as bargaining chip

Tehran should not be allowed to use the nuclear deal as a bargaining tool and "hold the world hostage," the US ambassador to UN has said after Iran's president Hassan Rouhani warned that Tehran could backtrack on the 2015 agreement "within hours" should new sanctions be imposed. "Iran cannot be allowed to use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage. The nuclear deal must not become too big to fail," Nikki Haley said in response to Rouhani's remarks. On Tuesday, Rouhani told a session of parliament, broadcast live on state television, that if Washington goes back to its practice of imposing unilateral sanctions, then "Iran would certainly return in a short time - not a week or a month but within hours - to conditions more advanced than before the start of negotiations." In early August, US President Donald Trump signed into law a bill, which introduces sanctions on Iran, along with North Korea and Russia. Tehran considers it a violation of the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement.

Twelve year old 'child genius' has IQ of 162, believed to be higher than Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein

Twelve year old 'child genius' has IQ of 162, believed to be higher than Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein

A 12-year-old boy from North London has been found to have an IQ of 162 - higher than the estimated scores of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. Rahul, from Barnet, is a contestant on Channel 4's Child Genius and shocked viewers during Monday's show by answering every single question correctly. The self-declared "genius" correctly memorised the scientific name for the apricot tree (prunus armeniaca) and knew that phoenix dactylifera refers to the date palm. During a spelling test, he was able to spell words including accouchement, hyponatraemia and garrulous.

Trump: Kim Jong-un 'very wise' not to follow through on threat to attack Guam

Trump: Kim Jong-un 'very wise' not to follow through on threat to attack Guam

North Korea's decision not to follow through on a threat to strike the island of Guam is "very wise," according to US President Donald Trump, who said such an attack would have been "catastrophic." "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!" Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. Relations between the two nations deteriorated drastically in recent weeks, culminating in North Korean leader Kim Jong-un claiming he was preparing plans to fire missiles at the US island territory in Micronesia. North Korea has now, it appears, halted these plans, with its state media reporting that the government is open to defusing the tension in order to "prevent dangerous military conflict on the Korean Peninsula."