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December 14, 2017

Dec 14 08:02

US torture continues at Guantanamo Bay, warns UN expert

The US has continued to torture detainees held at the controversial detention center in Cuba, said the UN's expert on torture. He warned that enacting a policy of torture is among "the most serious international crimes."

Dec 14 08:00

‘Snowflake students’ get University to apologize for calling snow white

University College London was forced to apologize after a “dreaming of a white campus” tweet was deemed racist by “snowflake students.” The tweet had been intended to let students know the campus was still open as some parts of Britain remained covered by 13 inches of snow.

The tweet said: “Dreaming of a white campus? Our campuses will be open and operating fully today, Monday 11 December, so please make your way in as planned. (We can’t guarantee snow but we’ll try!) #snowday #londonsnow.”

One twitter user replied: “You know who else dreamt of a white campus? Hitler, that’s who. Disgusting.” Kumail Jaffer, a PPE student at Warwick University urged UCL to “retract and apologize.” He added that if anyone does not understand why the comment is offensive, they should “look into the history of the oppression of the PoC [People of Color]," according to the Telegraph.

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Dec 14 08:00

N. Korea: Trump taking dangerous step to nuclear war by seeking naval blockade

US President Donald Trump is taking an "extremely dangerous" and "big step" towards nuclear war by seeking a naval blockade, North Korea has stated, according to the official KCNA news agency.

Pyonyang also said it will take "merciless self-defensive" measures against any blockade, as it would consider such a move an "act of war.">>>

Dec 14 07:59

Wi-Fi at Starbucks hijacked computers to mine cryptocurrencies

Coffee giant Starbucks has confirmed that the free Wi-Fi in at least one of its Argentina stores has been infecting its customers’ electronic devices with a malicious code to mine cryptocurrencies.

The issue was initially reported early in December by an executive of a New York-based technology company, who noticed that while he got coffee in a Starbucks store in Buenos Aires, his laptop received a malicious crypto-currency mining code.



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Dec 14 07:58

The gas that came in from the cold: Britain turns to sanctioned Russian energy to avoid big freeze

With gas supplies crippled amid a freezing winter by the shutdown of a major pipeline, the UK has apparently turned to a Russian project targeted by US sanctions, with reports indicating that a deal was struck for a shipment of gas by the end of December.

Some 170,000 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carried by the Christophe de Margerie ice-class tanker, the first vessel of the Novatek-operated Yamal project in the Arctic, has been bought by a British energy company. It is now heading to the Isle of Grain terminal in the UK, the Telegraph reported.

One of the largest Russian natural gas producers, Novatek, revealed Monday that the cargo was sold to Petronas LNG UK Limited (PLUK), the UK branch of Malaysia's Petronas.

Dec 14 07:57

Gorbachev WAS promised NATO would not expand east – declassified docs

In 1990, Western politicians repeatedly assured Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO wouldn’t expand east of Germany’s borders, but broke that promise less than a decade later, say insider archives from both sides of negotiations following the dismantling of the Berlin Wall.

Researchers from the respected George Washington University-based National Security Archive, which specializes in obtaining key declassified information from the government, have put together 30 crucial documents that clearly show several top Western officials vowing to Gorbachev in unison that NATO would not expand eastward. Some of these have been publicly available for several years, others have been revealed as a result of Freedom of Information requests for the study.

Dec 14 07:50

Hidden Figures: Despite Falling Unemployment in the UK, Poverty High and Rising

Official British government figures reveal a drop in the number of people out of work but the cost of living is not matched by earnings. This price gap exposes the reality for many people for whom poverty is a reality and political rhetoric is just cheap talk.



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Dec 14 07:50

Top Nuclear Official Agrees With Senator Who Says Obama Admin "Misled" On Uranium One Deal

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Kristine Svinicki responded to questions raised by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) regarding a key aspect of the Uranium One deal, agreeing that the Obama Administration had not "fully depicted" the complexity of the transaction which ultimately gave the Kremlin control over 20% of US uranium.

“I would note that, as your letter makes clear, the responses you have received have not fully depicted the complexity of this issue” -Kristine Svinicki, NRC Chair
Svinicki's response fell short of agreeing with Barrasso that he had been 'misled' over the deal to export yellowcake uranium from the Senator's home state of Wyoming out of the country.

Dec 14 07:49

Germany Owes Greece €185 Billion In WWII Reparations, Say German Researchers

Does Germany owe Greeks billions of euros in World War II reparations for the damages and the enforced loan during the occupation of the country by the Nazis? So far, Berlin has vehemently rejected any Greek claims.

Dec 14 07:48

REMAINERS WIN BREXIT BLOCKING VOTE

The government has been defeated on what remainers refer to as a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal – but what is really a naked attempt to subvert the referendum result.

Dec 14 07:48

‘A good day for democracy!’ Guy Verhofstadt GOADS Brexiteers after Commons vote defeat

Mrs May tasted defeat with the EU Withdrawal Bill for the first time this evening after 11 Tories rebelled against her position.

It means her plans for a swift and smooth Brexit have been dealt a huge blow with MPs now assured of a “meaningful vote”.

And last night Mr Verhofstaft stuck the boot in with a mocking tweet at the Government’s expense.



Dec 14 07:47

Donald Trump state visit to go ahead in new year despite far right Twitter row

DONALD Trump will visit the UK in the new year despite a row with Theresa May over his far-right retweets, the US Ambassador has said.

Dec 14 07:46

Gamma-ray telescopes reveal a high-energy trap in our galaxy's center

A combined analysis of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Way contains a "trap" that concentrates some of the highest-energy cosmic rays, among the fastest particles in the galaxy.

"Our results suggest that most of the cosmic rays populating the innermost region of our galaxy, and especially the most energetic ones, are produced in active regions beyond the galactic center and later slowed there through interactions with gas clouds," said lead author Daniele Gaggero at the University of Amsterdam. "Those interactions produce much of the gamma-ray emission observed by Fermi and H.E.S.S."

Dec 14 07:43

Roy Moore refuses to concede Alabama election

Roy Moore continues to refuse to concede the Alabama special election, saying in a new video that his campaign is waiting for ballots to be certified.

"In this race, we have not received the final count? to include ?military and provisional ballots," Moore said. "This has been a very close race and we are awaiting certification by the secretary of state."

Dec 14 07:41

Key Takeaways From Putin's Press Conference

From Trump to Presidential Race: Key Takeaways From Putin's Press Conference

This Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his signature annual press conference, where he faced a myriad of questions that touched on a wide range of issues, from foreign policy highlights to certain domestic issues.

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Dec 14 07:40

Three Turkish parties issue joint declaration on Jerusalem

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) on Dec. 13 called on the international community to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

“We call on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC] and all other countries to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestine, which is currently under occupation and whose borders were defined in 1967,” said the political parties in a joint declaration.

The parties recalled that parliament had issued a joint declaration on Dec. 6 against the U.S. move recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital.

The AKP, the CHP and the MHP account for the overwhelming majority of seats in the Turkish parliament.

Dec 14 07:39

US vice president delays Middle East trip after Palestinians rebuff him

Palestinians cancelled plans to meet with Mike Pence days after President Trump vowed to move the US embassy to Jerusalem



Dec 14 07:36

'Moore's Alabama Senate Defeat Could Be Political Death of Trump'

Political science professor Jeanne Zaino told Sputnik why Roy Moore's stunning defeat in the solidly Republican state of Alabama is a political disaster for the president .

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Dec 14 07:23

Brandon Smith Warns 'The Virtual Economy' Is The End Of Freedom

There is one simple rule to follow when understanding the tragic history of economies: Never put blind faith in a system built on an establishment-created foundation.

Dec 14 07:22

Yes, The Neocons Are Back

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Which brings us to the latest shuffle in the Donald Trump cabinet and what it is likely to mean down the road. Multiple sources are predicting Tillerson out and Mike Pompeo in at State Department with Pompeo replaced at CIA by Senator Tom Cotton. The White House is denying the story, calling it “fake news,” but it is clear that Trump is uncomfortable with the current arrangement and Tillerson will be gone sooner or later
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>>>Pompeo would like to turn the United States into an unleashed wrecking ball directed against the enemies of the American Way and he appears intent on starting that process in the Middle East.

And Pompeo will be replaced as CIA Director by Tom Cotton. The less said about Tom the better, but I will attempt to summarize in 8 words here: Tom is completely owned by the Israel Lobby.>>>

Dec 14 07:08

Fisk: Trump Says Recognising Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel Will Bring Peace – it Will do Quite the Opposite

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Goodbye Palestine. Goodbye the two-state solution. Goodbye the Palestinians. For this new Israeli “capital” is not for them. Trump did not even use the word “Palestine”. He talked about “Israel and the Palestinians” – in other words, of a state and of those who do not deserve – and can no longer aspire to – a state. No wonder I received a call in Beirut last night from a Palestinian woman who had just listened to the Trump destruction of the “peace process”. “Remember Kingdom of Heaven?” she asked me, referring to Ridley Scott’s great movie of the 1187 fall of Jerusalem. “Well it’s now the Kingdom of Hell.”

It’s not the Kingdom of Hell, of course. The Palestinians have been living in a kind of hell for a 100 years>>>

Dec 14 07:00

Advocating for Israel Pays Well: Salaries of Nonprofit Heads

Heads of nonprofits that support Israel receive compensation in the hundreds of thousands of dollars up to, in a few cases, over a million dollars.

Politicians reaping money from the Israel lobby (e.g. Tom Cotton received close to a million dollars from the Emergency Committee for Israel; Haim Saban and his wife donated $11.5 million to pro-Clinton super PACs, along with large sums to the Clinton Foundation) are not the only ones to benefit from supporting Israel.

Executive directors of nonprofits that support Israel receive compensation in the hundreds of thousands of dollars up to almost $2 million.

The Forward recently compiled a list of their earnings.>>>

Dec 14 06:47

US to Sanction Iran Because of Worsening Conditions in Yemen

With thousands dead in a Saudi air war against Yemen, and potentially millions facing starvation because of the Saudi-led naval blockade against Yemen, the House Foreign Affairs Committee is looking to act: against Iran.

(*the logic escapes the paragraph , so let's read it again , shall we ?)

With thousands dead in a Saudi air war against Yemen, and potentially millions facing starvation because of the Saudi-led naval blockade against Yemen, the House Foreign Affairs Committee is looking to act: against Iran.

(*That's what I thought Saudi Arabia did it / punishment goes to Iran !
STILL; the logic escapes the paragraph )

Dec 14 06:28

Jerusalem Decision Rubber-Stamps 70 Years of Israeli Violations

For Arabs and Muslims worldwide, Jerusalem has become a powerful symbol representing a century of betrayal by the West

President Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was irresponsible and dangerous for more reasons than I can count. Let me outline just a few of the principle concerns.

While we have all grown weary of hearing the overused mantra “this is the end of the peace process,” Trump’s decision may, in fact, be the nail in the coffin for any negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the first place, there is no peace process. It has been replaced, instead, by a breath-holding exercise with Israelis and Palestinians waiting for Trump aides to cook up “the deal of the century.” It is presumed that when “the deal” is presented negotiations will begin.

The unilateral American recognition of Jerusalem not only prejudges one of the conflicts most sensitive issues, it does so in Israel’s favor.>>>



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Dec 14 06:25

The Deep State’s Christmas Present to America: Surveillance That Never Ends

Just in time for Christmas, the Deep State wants to give America the gift that keeps on giving: never-ending mass surveillance.

Dec 14 06:24

Bank Of England Warns Of "Economic Collapse" If UK Keeps Borrowing Money

The Bank of England is putting the United Kingdom on alert.  Should the UK keep borrowing money, as Corbyn's Labor Party has advocated, there will be a “Venezuela-style” economic collapse that will devastate normal citizens.

Dec 14 06:18

Trump Signs Into Law US Government Ban on Kaspersky Lab Software

President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence. From a report:

The ban, included as part of a broader defense policy spending bill that Trump signed, reinforces a directive issued by the Trump administration in September that civilian agencies remove Kaspersky Lab software within 90 days. The law applies to both civilian and military networks. "The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning. This law is long overdue," said Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen>>>

Dec 14 06:07

Nikki Haley Vows to Present 'Irrefutable Evidence' Iran 'Deliberately Violated International Obligations'

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The announcement will come as the U.N. presents a report today on the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231. That's the resolution that endorsed the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and calls on Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles for eight years as well.

It remains to be seen whether the Trump administration will seek to punish Iran for the alleged "violations," but Haley's announcement comes a month before the Jan. 13 deadline by when President Donald Trump must again certify whether or not Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal, which was negotiated under the Obama administration, and also decide whether to extend a waiver on sanctions.

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Dec 14 05:11

Do You Know What Is In The Tax Bill That Congress Is About To Pass?

A conference committee has been merging the tax bills that were passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, and even though we could still see some minor changes, it looks like the major parameters of the final bill have now been agreed upon. 

Dec 14 05:00

Medical marijuana has NO public health risks and should not be withheld from patients, WHO declares after months of deliberation .

The WHO has declared medical marijuana is beneficial for cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other diseases
The organization found the drug is not addictive and holds no public health risks

The World Health Organization has declared that CBD - the relaxant property of cannabis used in medical marijuana - should not be a scheduled drug.

December 13, 2017

Dec 13 22:48

How you can use hairspray and Red Bull to stop your Christmas tree from losing its needles

There are a few neat tricks to help keep your Christmas tree fresh and last longer



Dec 13 20:37

Transgender man becomes first to give birth while living as BOTH sexes and declares baby will be 'gender neutral'



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Dec 13 20:20

'Fake news' is Norwegian new word of the year

The Language Council of Norway has pronounced ‘fake news’ (falske nyheter) as the new Norwegian word of the year.

The expression beat other neologisms including ‘Swedish conditions’ (svenske tilstander), 'October child' (oktoberbarn) and ‘purple voter’ (lillavelger) to the award, writes news agency NTB.

“The word is not completely new, but its use has exploded over the last year,” language researcher Ole Våge, a senior advisor to the council, told NTB.

“It is a word that has set the agenda and was given a lot of attention during the 2016 US election, and that attention has continued,” language researcher Bente Karlsnes told broadcaster NRK.

Dec 13 19:02

NZ-led study reveals how white dwarfs 'binge-eat'

A New Zealand astrophysicist has helped shed light on the "binge-eating" habits of exhausted stars.

Stars like the sun become white dwarfs after they have exhausted their nuclear fuel.

White dwarfs are dense objects roughly the same size as Earth but with as much mass as the sun.

They grow by sucking in mass from the outer layers of their companion stars.

Most white dwarfs have long been considered "non-magnetic".

When white dwarfs grow at very low rates, they gain mass in distinct and sudden bursts where they "binge eat" for a short period of time, said the University of Canterbury's Dr Simone Scaringi.

By examining several years of data from the Kepler space-based observatory, a team of international researchers found a non-magnetic white dwarf behaving as if it had a strong magnetic field.

Dec 13 18:57

Spies slammed by watchdog for 'unlawful' access of database which includes most Kiwis

The senior lawyer charged with oversight of our spies has issued a damning report into "unlawful" access of data about "large proportion of New Zealanders" by the NZ Security Intelligence Service.

Inspector General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) Cheryl Gwyn has also detailed a difficult relationship with the NZ Security Intelligence Service, accusing it of a "lack of precision and forthrightness".

In a report released today, Gwyn has spelled out her belief that the NZSIS unlawfully access Customs' data for 17 years.

She details how the service had access to a Customs' computer terminal, which allowed agents to do a massive trawl of information that "detailed the movement of 11 million passengers each year".

She said the resulting database would include "data relating to a large proportion of New Zealanders".



Dec 13 17:18

'Pay Us': Black Women Request Payment For Helping Doug Jones Win Alabama Election

"Black women" became one of the top trending topics on Twitter throughout the night on Tuesday and into the morning after exit polls showed 97% of black women voted for Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate special election.

Nearly all the most popular tweets had one thing in common: demands for payment.

Dec 13 16:51

All 50 states have seen snow two weeks ahead of Christmas

Dec 13 16:50

Solar Power Towers Are 'Vaporizing' Birds

Rewire reports that during the test, operators fired up a third of the 110-megawatt facility’s mirrors, concentrating sunlight on a spot 1,200 feet off the ground. Over a six-hour period, biologists counted 130 "streamers," or trails of smoke and water left behind as birds ignited and plummeted to their deaths. Rewire’s anonymous source said that at least one of the birds "turned white hot and vaporized completely."

Dec 13 16:30

Media humiliated

Trust in the mainstream media is at an all-time low. But no one should be surprised and the media has itself to blame. This sad state of affairs is a self-inflicted wound and actually a conscious business model. The media no longer has an interest in reporting news – media today propagates ideology.

Dec 13 16:20

CARTOON | OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

Nicely done...

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Dec 13 15:58

Babies born to moms who lived near fracking wells faced host of health risks, study suggests

After combing through a decade’s worth of Pennsylvania birth records, researchers have found that pregnant women living within two-thirds of a mile of a hydraulic fracturing well were 25% more likely to give birth to a worryingly small infant than were women who lived at least 10 miles outside that zone during pregnancy.

Over these babies’ lifetimes, their low birth weights raise the likelihood they will suffer poorer health and lower achievement, including reduced earnings and educational attainment.

Dec 13 15:47

Tim Pool EXPOSES fake news Dave Weigel for making shit up and then stealth editing fake news stories, sometimes months later! Literally rewriting old news like the main character in 1984.

Dave Weigel tweeted out am misleading photo of a Trump rally and was forced to apologize after being corrected. Shortly after Donald Trump called him out directly and Dave apologized again.

Dec 13 15:18

BREAKING BOOM! | Bill O’Reilly Tells Glenn Beck 'Anti-Trump Attorney Offered $200K To Woman To File False Sex Charges Against President'...

And here's the best part, there's an undercover tape of the lawyer making the offer. This story is going to blow wide open soon according to O'Reilly.

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Dec 13 14:43

VIDEO | Louis Gohmert Questions Rosenstein, Comey Pummeled

Here's footage from Gohmert questioning Rosenstein.

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Dec 13 14:39

John Paul Jones: American hero or Scottish scoundrel?

“The greatest miscreant under the canopy of heaven; the more dangerous indeed because he is a villain of abilities”



Dec 13 13:50

JUST IN: Voter FRAUD Evidence Found, Loss Questioned As Border States, Felons & Ballots Involved

It is troubling to even think that the electoral systems of the United States could be compromised through fraudulent voters, biased ballot counters, or even corrupt officials ruling in the eleventh hour that the state could destroy their ballots as the integrity of the voting system is what keeps the peace between the people and the government.

If our elections can no longer be safe from fraud or bias, then the entire concept of the Republic is null and void. If all the bad guys have to do is bus people in, intimidate local voters, and just make up stories about their opponents that never get proven true then there is likely no chance that a non-corrupt person could make it into the office to achieve something good.



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Dec 13 13:34

VIDEO | Trey Gowdy Questions Rosenstein…

Here's Gowdy questioning Rosenstein just a few minutes ago on Peter Strzok's newly revealed, and highly inflammatory, text messages.

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Dec 13 13:14

Danielle Park – Time to Take Some Crypto Profits



Carambola
Dec 13 13:05

Catherine Herridge | Inside The Trump Dossier Handoff: McCain’s Go-Between Speaks Publicly For First Time

McCain's dirty hands all over this thing.

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Dec 13 12:59

The True Story Of The Secret Christmas Miracle!

The point of this story isn't that miracles don't happen. Because whatever the cause, one did happen to the town of Loudon, New Hampshire in that winter so many years ago. It brought joy and excitement to all who partook of it, and it didn't explain itself and it asked for nothing in return. It was, as are all true miracles, indifferent to those around it, even as it changed their lives. Magic, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder!

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