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Feb 17 17:16

California Brain Tumor Association Issues Warning On Dangers of 5G

Proponents of the technology don’t seem to acknowledge the growing body of research and growing number of voices warning us of the coming catastrophe of a world blanketed in 5G radiation.

Feb 17 17:03

Tennis ace Martina Navratilova says male-born transgender athletes are 'cheating' as she blasts 'insane' practice of allowing them to compete against biological women

Writing in the Sunday Times today, she said: 'To put my argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organisation, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies. It's insane and it's cheating.'

Feb 17 16:20

It was a HOAX! Jussie Smollett hate crime “attack” was staged, say police… actual police work unmasked flimsy plot to stoke racial hatred across America – UPDATED

Now, it looks like Smollett is about to be charged with a multitude of crimes, starting with the filing of a false police report. His alleged use of the U.S. mail to reportedly send himself a threat letter may also involve federal prosecutors, meaning Smollett could be facing many years behind bars due to both local and federal prosecutions of his alleged crimes.....

GOOD!

Feb 17 16:01

O Cananda : Defending yourself against a home invader is now a criminal offense in Canada, where “progressivism” means CRIMINALS are presumed innocent

According to Canada’s progressive laws, armed home invaders are presumed innocent. Self defense is the criminal act. This sets a horrifying precedent.

Feb 17 13:03

How Long Before We See Trump Derangement Syndrome Used as a Legal Defense?

Your honor, we acknowledge that our client, Jussie Smollett, faked his supposed hate crime but he just couldn't help it because he suffered from extreme Trump Derangement Syndrome.

We respectively request that the civil suit against Nathan Phillips for lying about the Covington Catholic High School students be dropped due to the fact that he was acting under the influence of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Feb 17 13:01

Scott Adams: How to Spot a Hoax, Distinguish Good News From Bad and See the Future

Do US authorities know which Mexican officials are owned by cartels?
How hard would it be to find them? Do we already know?
Can we confiscate corrupt Mexican officials bank accounts?
Larry Elder’s observation about Jussie story
Jussie Smollet story outcome is GOOD news
Most famous example of racial hate…didn’t happen
America is in better shape than we thought
Jussie reporting is a DOUBLE HOAX , he never said MAGA hats
Oops…he did interview and it’s right there…MAGA hats
Changing your opinion is easy when your ego isn't in the way
How to identify a hoax - Whiteboard
Anonymous source
“Hard to believe” story
Other people can’t see it
An ordinary explanation fits the facts
Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect
Physicist noticed news always wrong about physics
Realized he should question accuracy of ALL news
Rule: The news is wrong about 85% of the time

Feb 17 10:58

Socotra Island: The Most Alien-Looking Place on Earth

The landscape of Socotra Island has a view that looks as if it was derived from a sci-fi film but in reality, it has evolved to appear like the 'lost world' island has been secluded from mainland Africa between six and seven million years.

Feb 17 10:55

The Day The U.S. Almost Bombed North Carolina with a Nuclear Weapon

January 23rd came very close to being one of the most terrifying days in American history when a U.S. military plane accidentally dropped two nuclear bombs not far from the country’s capital. The “accident” would have resulted to a loss of hundreds of thousand of lives if it weren’t for a rather spastic safety device.

Feb 17 10:52

Family Unknowingly Played with a World War II Sea Mine That Had Washed Up On The Beach

Kelly Gravell and her family went to the beach and saw what they thought was an old, barnacle encrusted buoy that had washed up on the shore near Burry Port in Wales. Her children were fascinated by the huge metallic object with all the barnacles and seaweed stuck to it. They took pictures with it and played with it. Her kids even hit it with their hands. They then left, unaware that they had put themselves in danger.

Feb 17 10:10

WHAT’S NOT BEING SAID ABOUT THE VENEZUELA OIL WAR

So far much of the discussion over what is driving the bizarre Trump Administration intervention into Venezuela centers around the comments of National Security Adviser John Bolton to claim it’s about oil. In a previous analysis we looked at the prospects of the huge Chavez Basin, formerly the Orinoco Basin, said to hold the world’s largest reserves of oil by some definitions. Now it’s becoming clearer that this de facto war is about far more than control of the heavy oil of the Chavez Basin in Venezuela.

Feb 17 09:55

Australian Ambassador Tony Kevin’s Plan to Free Assange

Tony Kevin, a former Australian ambassador, defends Julian Assange & WikiLeaks & reveals a plan to get him safely from Ecuador’s London embassy back to Australia.

Feb 17 09:29

`Going Away Party` for School Shutting Down Because of Student`s Death Causes Controversy

Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills is facing more criticism three months after a 13-year-old student with autism died after being restrained.
The school has since closed, but now has a GoFundMe page to raise money for a “going away party.”
“It just seems insensitive and in bad taste and very, very hurtful to the people who miss Max and who loved him,” said Karen Hirsch, a friend of the Benson family.

Feb 17 09:16

U.S. military not decided yet on necessity of border wall

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used.
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval.
By declaring a national emergency, Trump can use certain Department of Defense funding to build the wall.

Feb 17 09:15

Man in prison confesses to 90 murders ranging from Los Angeles to Florida, even provides drawings of victims

A 78-year-old man in a Texas prison for murder has confessed to 90 killings all over the country and even provided authorities with portraits of some of his victims, according to the FBI.

Samuel Little confessed to the killings as part of a deal to move prisons. The FBI said it is working with the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, Texas Rangers and state and local law enforcement all over the country to match his confessions with evidence.

Feb 17 09:15

Not 'All Americans' Are 'Proud That We Have More Women In The Workforce Than Ever Before'

In his State of the Union address, President Trump announced, "All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before." It was one of the few times he received a standing ovation from both Democrats and Republicans.

Feb 17 09:14

Rep. Ted Deutch introducing legislation to limit shotgun and rifle sales to those 21 and over (25 Pics)

Note how Rep. Ted Deutch, who represents Broward County, Fla., kicks off his tweet with a great big “if” and goes downhill from there:

Feb 17 08:59

Four False Assumptions About Trump’s Wall Emergency

A full evaluation of the legality of President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency, and to order the building of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, is best deferred until the appearance of a supporting memorandum from the Justice Department.
But even now, four points are clear – and they are at risk of getting lost in the national discussion.
1. It is wrong to say that if Trump can declare a national emergency, he can necessarily order the Defense secretary to build a wall.

Feb 17 08:58

'In this family, nobody fights alone': Officers walk fallen deputy's son to school

Bill Brewer, a 42-year-old deputy for Ohio’s Clermont County, was one of two deputies shot on Feb. 2 at a Pierce Township apartment complex during a 12-hour standoff with a gunman. Brewer died from injuries sustained from a gun shot wound, leaving behind 5-year-old son, Braxton, and wife, Jamie.

Feb 17 08:48

Anti-Semitism Vigilantes Are Feeding The Far-Right

Has anyone else noticed how almost anything you say nowadays – if it’s leftwing – can suddenly be cited as proof of your anti-semitism?

That is, if you haven’t already been denounced as a Kremlin stooge.

Oppose the regular neoconservative regime-change operations, such as the latest one targeting Venezuela, and point to the long record of war crimes committed by one of its current architects, Elliott Abrams, and that apparently is probable evidence that you’re an anti-semite

Feb 17 08:37

Boy, 11, arrested after refusing to recite 'racist' Pledge of Allegiance

An 11-year-old boy was arrested at school following his refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and allegedly threatening his teacher.
On February 4th, the 11-year-old student at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Fla., was asked, along with his classmates, to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, according to Bay News 9. Instead, the boy told his substitute teacher that the American flag is racist against black people.

Feb 17 08:31

Man who strangled mountain lion in self-defense tells his story

Last week, news broke of a then-unidentified man who was forced to defend himself against a mountain lion when it attacked him on a recreational trail in Colorado. He’s spent the time since the attack recovering from his injuries, and he’s now come forward and identified himself as Travis Kauffman.

Feb 17 08:30

Ann Coulter after Trump's order: ‘The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot’

President Donald Trump's announcement Friday that he was declaring a national emergency wasn't received well by all Republicans, none more vocal than Ann Coulter.
The conservative commentator had for weeks been bashing Trump for what she said was him caving to Democrats over his demands for additional funding to construct a wall along the southern border, even calling him the "biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States".

Feb 17 08:28

Police: Two brothers told investigators they were paid by Jussie Smollett to stage attack

Two brothers told Chicago police investigators that they were paid by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly.
The person, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation, said police are attempting to interview Smollett again, so they can question him about the brothers' account.

Feb 17 08:26

Outhouses and Night Soil Men: New York City Before the Invention of Indoor Plumbing and Indoor Toilets

More than a century ago, New Yorkers only had a few choices when it came to their lavatory needs— either to visit an outhouse or make use of a chamber pot.
When indoor toilets were first introduced during the second half of the 19th century, it didn't instantly gain popularity. Initially, a few residents feared that this contemporary invention would bring poisonous gases into their homes that would lead to illness or even death.

Feb 17 08:22

The Arctic Mummification Of John Torrington And The Franklin Expedition

Over 170 years ago, two ships left England never to return again. Now known as Franklin’s lost expedition, many details regarding this tragic journey still remain a mystery.

Feb 17 08:19

What You Didn’t Know About “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”

From 1984 to 1995, we were able to take a glimpse into the lives of the ultra-rich thanks to the television series, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” Hosted by the impeccably-accented Robin Leach, the show capitalized on the attitude of conspicuous consumption that defined the 1980s. Each week, viewers got to see the extravagant homes and witness the luxury life enjoyed by wealthy entertainers, business tycoons and professional athletes. Here’s what you may not remember about the television show that made us all jealous of the one-percenters.

Feb 17 08:19

Munich Security Conference 2019: Who can save the liberal world order?

As Donald Trump leads the US's withdrawal from multilateralism, the Munich Security Conference is dominated by concerns the world is fragmenting. But, to some, insisting on this world order threatens Cold War conditions.

Feb 17 08:08

Dems call for more gun control after Aurora shooting. Then police chief reveals fact that busts the narrative.(4 Pics)

Five people were tragically murdered when a man opened fire inside a manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday.

Feb 17 08:05

Arkansas Mom Shot in Face with Crossbow While Protecting Family, Drives Herself to Hospital

After being shot in the face with a crossbow, a 40-year-old Arkansas mother drove herself to the hospital on Monday with the arrow still lodged in the left side of her face.
Police confirm in a statement Janet Partain arrived at the hospital severely injured but aware and alert.
Speaking to WREG, Capt. Jeff Nichols of the Cross County Sheriff’s Office said

Feb 17 08:02

Fewer Tax Refunds Is Good News for Taxpayers, Treasury Department Says

The U.S. Treasury Department is defending the declining numbers of tax refunds being issued so far this year, saying that taxpayers already saw the benefits of the new tax law in their paychecks.
The number of tax refunds issued so far fell nearly 16 percent to 11.4 million, compared with 13.5 million at the same point in the tax filing season last year, according to Treasury data published on Thursday. The average amount of those refunds dropped to $1,949, compared with $2,135 in 2018.

Feb 17 08:01

Mike Pence Brought Greetings From Trump To Munich And No One Applauded

Vice President Mike Pence appeared to have overestimated his audience’s opinion of the American president on Friday when he spoke during an event at the Munich Security Conference.
The vice president was in Germany as part of a delegation of U.S. lawmakers to the annual conference that dates back to the height of the Cold War.
?I especially want to invite all of you to thank Senator Lindsey Graham for leading this delegation,” Pence said.
A strong round of applause followed.

Feb 17 08:01

Here it is: CNN co-host reminds us of the REAL tragedy if the Jussie Smollett attack was a hoax (32 Pics)

CNN is reporting Saturday night that two sources say Smollett paid two men to stage the attack, and the co-host of CNN’s “New Day Weekend” reminds us of the real tragedy if this all turns out to be a hoax.

Feb 17 07:51

Tulsi Gabbard - The Establishment Is Desperate To Stop Anti-War Candidate - David Icke

Feb 17 07:14

'Cash, chemicals, drugs, and gold': The incredible story of how a 350-pound programming genius became 'the Jeff Bezos of the dark web' by trafficking crystal meth from North Korea and selling missile technology to Iran (2 Pics)

Paul Le Roux’s life story reads like a Hollywood plot: an orphan from Zimbabwe who grew up to become a kingpin on the dark web, raking in hundreds of millions of dollars a year before he was arrested by the feds - only to then turn state’s witness and help bring down other hardcore criminals.

Feb 17 07:14

Twitter Just Removed A Tweet From An Account Linked To Iran’s Supreme Leader, Raising Enforcement Questions

Twitter removed a tweet from an account that reportedly belongs to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Friday for appearing to call for the execution of noted novelist Salman Rushdie.

Feb 17 07:05

Sarah Silverman lets AOC know she’s on board the anti-Amazon train because ‘BILLIONAIRES COST US MONEY’ (5 Pics)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declared victory after Amazon canceled plans to expand in New York, and Sarah Silverman’s fully on board with sticking it to billionaires by telling them to shove their several thousand jobs where the sun don’t shine:

Feb 17 07:04

Not woke! MSNBC’s list of ‘2020 Democrats to Watch’ are all — WHITE MEN (17 Pics)

When people watch MSNBC, they have expectations that their liberal biases are going to be validated. And even though Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Kamala Harris have already officially declared their candidacies for 2020, on Wednesday MSNBC decided to give some attention to “2020 Democrats to Watch.”

Feb 17 05:28

Scott Adams: The Three Pillars of #TDS

A major news story was a fake news hoax…Charlottesville
The 3 Pillars of TDS - Whiteboard
1. Charlottesville Hoax
2. Russian Collusion Hoax
3. “Crazy” President Hoax
A Presidential candidate said something supporting the KKK?
TDS…insane to believe that would ever happen
Obviously nuts, yet intelligent people continue to believe
David Duke recently announced his support for Rep Omar
Does that mean Omar supports the KKK? Obviously not
People CAN like things…for different reasons
How can people believe President Trump is an anti-semite?
Wouldn’t Israel have noticed if that was even possible?
NO Jewish leader in America believes it
The leader of Israel, PM Netanyahu…doesn’t believe it
President Trump’s Jewish family members…don’t believe it
Mike Cernovich and I were both called “far right” in a national story
We became part of the news

Feb 17 02:16

War Bonnets: A Symbol of Honour and Respect for the Native Americans

The war bonnets of American Indians were not just a colorful display of culture and traditions; it was also a symbol of great respect given to a certain individual by his tribe or spiritual tribal leaders. These headdresses were originally worn into tribal skirmishes and large battles, however, with time their significance has been reduced as a ceremonial remembrance, of what once was equivalent to a crown in the Indian culture.

Feb 17 02:11

Iceland's Medieval Turf Houses Merge Beautifully With Nature

Turf has been used for building structures by European and arctic cultures since the Neolithic period.
In Iceland, these green-covered dwellings merge beautifully with the natural landscape. This type of architectural material first appeared with the arrival of British and Norse settlers at the height of Viking Age in Europe around 9th through 11 centuries. Turf became a popular choice because timber was sparse and low to regenerate. Turf, on the other hand, was durable, renewable and widely available.

Feb 17 02:06

Photos of Gypsies Living the Nomadic Life Between the 1960s and 1970s

Between 1962 and 1971, photographer Josef Koudelka travelled throughout Czechoslovakia and beyond to rural Romania, Hungary, France and Spain. His main subject? The Romany Gypsies.

Feb 16 15:08

Fat Chance | Andrew McCabe Tries To Walk Back COUP Attempt

After threats of subpoena, McCabe sings a different tune..

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Feb 16 14:46

It’s time to fight for America and take it back from the corporate tyrants, the lobbyists and the deep state traitors

Life in America has become a gut-wrenching, soul-sucking, misery-drenched, demoralizing existence. -- We have managed to survive crackdowns, clampdowns, shutdowns, showdowns, shootdowns, standdowns, knockdowns, putdowns, breakdowns, lockdowns, takedowns, slowdowns, meltdowns, and never-ending letdowns. -- Take your stand now—using every nonviolent means at your disposal—while you still can. Don’t wait to reflect back on missed opportunities to push back against tyranny. Don’t wait until you’re the last one standing. Time is running out.

Feb 16 14:35

Scott Adams: The Three Pillars of TDS

A major news story was a fake news hoax…Charlottesville
The 3 Pillars of TDS - Whiteboard
1. Charlottesville Hoax
2. Russian Collusion Hoax
3. “Crazy” President Hoax
A Presidential candidate said something supporting the KKK?
TDS…insane to believe that would ever happen
Obviously nuts, yet intelligent people continue to believe
David Duke recently announced his support for Rep Omar
Does that mean Omar supports the KKK? Obviously not
People CAN like things…for different reasons
How can people believe President Trump is an anti-semite?
Wouldn’t Israel have noticed if that was even possible?
NO Jewish leader in America believes it
The leader of Israel, PM Netanyahu…doesn’t believe it
President Trump’s Jewish family members…don’t believe it
Mike Cernovich and I were both called “far right” in a national story
We became part of the news

Feb 16 14:27

Update | Jussie Smollett Hires Criminal Defense Attorney

Some new developments today - Here's the first photo of the Nigerian accomplices...

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Feb 16 11:00

Socialism!

Feb 16 10:47

India's PM Modi warns Pakistan of strong response to Kashmir attack

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Pakistan on Friday to expect a strong response to a suicide attack that killed 44 paramilitary policemen in Kashmir, ratcheting up tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

The car bomb attack on a security convoy on Thursday was the worst in decades of insurgency in the disputed region. India said it had “incontrovertible evidence” of Pakistani involvement, a statement quickly rejected by Islamabad.

“We will give a befitting reply, our neighbour will not be allowed to de-stabilise us,” Modi said in a speech, after meeting security advisers to discuss options.

The attack comes months before national elections in India.

The Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility soon after a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a bus carrying police personnel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Other reports from the region, seem to indicate that New Dehli is seriously thinking about starting an economic war against Pakistan, particularly if such attacks continue (and trust me, they will continue, unless and until, the Kashmiri people finally get their long-deserved referendum, to permanently determine its status).

Here is the following article giving credence to this possibility:

India to remove trade privileges, and insure a complete financial isolation of Pakistan

And other stories about the case, brought together by antiwar.com:

Kashmir suicide bomber radicalised after beating by Indian troops, parents say

Jaishe-e-Mohammad; the Pakistan-based militants at the heart of tension with India

China has a strong defence understanding with Pakistan:

China to boost military cooperation with Pakistan: Report

The US, under President Obama, inked a deal to provide more defense capabilities to India: Joint Statement by President Obama and India's Prime Minister Singh on Defense Relations

If someone is not able to call off this potential war between Pakistan and India (Sergei Lavrov, white courtesy telephone, PLEASE!!) the US and China may well wind up in this mess also, with China backing Pakistan, and the US backing India against China and Pakistan. I would like to hope that some light of reason will dawn on the leadership of both countries, but it is hard to see where this will come from right now. A war between both nuclear-armed countries could create an absolutely horrific - and irreversible - future for both of them.

Feb 16 10:30

Mueller claims to have evidence Roger Stone communicated with WikiLeaks

Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday claimed in a new court filing that prosecutors have evidence that former Trump adviser Roger Stone communicated with WikiLeaks, the organization that released hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign.

Stone -- who was indicted last month on charges of obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering -- denied to Fox News that evidence of such communications exists.

Feb 16 10:26

Senator Warren Calls for End of US Support of War Crimes in Yemen

A starker reality is that the US has aided and abetted a criminal, genocidal war against Yemen, mostly carried out by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and several allies. From the beginning, this war has been a nexus of war crimes that included using cluster bombs on civilian targets, such as weddings, funerals, hospitals, and schools. The US was involved from the start in selecting those and other targets. The US provided intelligence, maintenance, mid-air refueling, and support for a naval blockade (an act of war) that helped starve a country that has always needed to import food to survive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, I know, I frequently link to images of dead, maimed children; their horrible death by malnutrition, and death by (possibly weaponized) cholera.

President Obama was always the clever, shifty one, who managed to state his case so poetically in prose, if coverage of the Yemen war got any press at all in the US, that you never, ever, would have considered him as a war criminal, when in fact, he was.

I will say the same thing about President Trump, who has massively allowed the Saudi Army to buy all kinds of arms and munitions to continue this genocide in Yemen, and is, because of this continuation in Obama's footprints, also a war criminal.

I am encouraged that Senator Warren has called for an end to this nightmare; but we need other voices in Congress to do that same, and initiate a bullet-proof, veto-proof-piece of legislation, which spells out the US pulling out of this mission, militarily, forever.

Feb 16 10:26

Arkansas becomes state #13 to pass the Convention of States resolution

Convention of States Action, the largest Article V grassroots organization in the country, is pleased to announce that today Arkansas became the 13th state to call for an Article V convention to propose constitutional amendments that impose fiscal restraints on Washington, limit its power and jurisdiction, and set term limits for federal officials.

“We are very excited that Arkansas has become the 13th state to pass the Convention of States resolution,” said Mark Meckler, President of Convention of States Action. “This success is the result of incredible grassroots effort in conjunction with great legislative champions. It’s a great way to start the year!”

“Almost seventy percent of the people of Arkansas favor this Article V convention,” said Sen. Gary Stubblefield, referring to a study conducted by the Trafalgar Group. “This isn’t a Democrat issue or a Republican issue. It’s an American issue.”

Feb 16 10:25

Visualizing America's Crime Rate Perception Gap

There’s a persistent belief across America that crime is on the rise.

Since the late 1980s, Gallup has been polling people on their perception of crime in the United States, and, as Visual Capitalist's Nick Routley notes, the majority of respondents consistently indicate that they see crime as becoming more prevalent. As well, a recent poll showed that more than two-thirds of Americans feel that today’s youth are less safe from crime and harm than the previous generation.

Even the highest ranking members of the government have been suggesting that the country is in the throes of a crime wave.

We have a crime problem. […] this is a dangerous permanent trend that places the health and safety of the American people at risk.

- Jeff Sessions, Former Attorney General

Is crime actually more prevalent in society? Today’s graphic, amalgamating crime rate data from the FBI, shows a very different reality.

Feb 16 10:24

Veni, Vidi, Tweeti - An Obituary For The Republic

What dreamers they were! They imagined a kind of global power that would leave even Rome at its Augustan height in the shade. They imagined a world made for one, a planet that could be swallowed by a single great power. No, not just great, but beyond anything ever seen before — one that would build (as its National Security Strategy put it in 2002) a military “beyond challenge.” Let’s be clear on that: no future power, or even bloc of powers, would ever be allowed to challenge it again.

And, in retrospect, can you completely blame them? I mean, it seemed so obvious then that we — the United States of America — were the best and the last. We had, after all, outclassed and outlasted every imperial power since the beginning of time. Even that other menacing superpower of the Cold War era, the Soviet Union, the “Evil Empire” that refused to stand down for almost half a century, had gone up in a puff of smoke.

Feb 16 10:21

Dodo Birds – A Misunderstood Extinction Story

Although they are extinct, dodo birds live on in many of our sayings and phrases. “Dead as a dodo,” “Gone the way of the dodo”, “dumb as a dodo bird,” and “the last of the dodos” are just a few. Most of us know very little about the bird whose name has come to symbolize something that is outdated, ineffective, and useless. In reality, the dodo bird was not the clumsy, bumbling, stupid animal that has been depicted in pop culture, most notably in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The dodo bird was the unfortunate victim of man’s environmental impact and has served as a case study for extinction.

Feb 16 10:19

Duterte sees bombed church, tells army to crush Abu Sayyaf

President Rodrigo Duterte and his top security officials on Monday visited a Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines where suspected Islamic militants set off bombs that killed 20 people and wounded more than 100.

The first blast sent people, some of them wounded, fleeing out the church’s main door. Army troops and police were rushing inside when the second bomb exploded a minute later. The explosions scattered wooden pews inside the main hall, blasted out window glass panels and hurled human remains and debris across a town square fronting the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, witnesses said.

The attack occurred in the Sulu provincial capital on Jolo island, where Abu Sayyaf militants have carried out years of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings and have aligned themselves with the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the attack.

Feb 16 10:19

Five Abu Sayyaf members surrender over Philippine church bombing

A senior Abu Sayyaf operative and four members of the militant group believed to be behind the deadly bombing of a church in the southern Philippines surrendered to authorities over the weekend, the national police chief said on Monday.

Kammah Pae, whom authorities believe to have aided an Indonesian couple in the Jan 27 suicide attack, gave himself up to government troops, Oscar Albayalde said.

"He was forced to surrender," Albayalde told a media briefing. "He probably didn't want to die during the military offensive."

Feb 16 10:17

11 Never-Before-Seen Photos Of The Titanic Taken By Father Frank Browne SJ

These vintage images taken by Father Browne show a rare glimpse of what things were like before the Titanic went down.

Feb 16 10:11

India's PM Modi warns Pakistan of strong response to Kashmir attack

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Pakistan on Friday to expect a strong response to a suicide attack that killed 44 paramilitary policemen in Kashmir, ratcheting up tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

The car bomb attack on a security convoy on Thursday was the worst in decades of insurgency in the disputed region. India said it had “incontrovertible evidence” of Pakistani involvement, a statement quickly rejected by Islamabad.

“We will give a befitting reply, our neighbour will not be allowed to de-stabilise us,” Modi said in a speech, after meeting security advisers to discuss options.

The attack comes months before national elections in India.

The Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility soon after a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a bus carrying police personnel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Other reports from the region, seem to indicate that New Dehli is seriously thinking about starting an economic war against Pakistan, particularly if such attacks continue (and trust me, they will continue, unless and until, the Kashmiri people finally get their long-deserved referendum, to permanently determine its status).

Here is the following article giving credence to this possibility:

India to remove trade privileges, and insure a complete financial isolation of Pakistan

And other stories about the case, brought together by antiwar.com:

Kashmir suicide bomber radicalised after beating by Indian troops, parents say

Jaishe-e-Mohammad; the Pakistan-based militants at the heart of tension with India

China has a strong defence understanding with Pakistan:

China to boost military cooperation with Pakistan: Report

The US, under President Obama, inked a deal to provide more defense capabilities to India: Joint Statement by President Obama and India's Prime Minister Singh on Defense Relations

If someone is not able to call off this potential war between Pakistan and India (Sergei Lavrov, white courtesy telephone, PLEASE!!) the US and China may well wind up in this mess also, with China backing Pakistan, and the US backing India against China and Pakistan. I would like to hope that some light of reason will dawn on the leadership of both countries, but it is hard to see where this will come from right now. A war between both nuclear-armed countries could create an absolutely horrific - and irreversible - future for both of them.

Feb 16 10:10

How Did One Man Build The Coral Castle Alone?

In Florida’s Miami-Dade County, there sits an unusual structure known as the Coral Castle. The building, comprised entirely of blocks of stone weighing several tons each, was built by one man who worked alone, often at night, without using heavy cranes. A group of teenage boys spying on him once reported that he levitated the stones into place. The builder himself, an eccentric Latvian-American named Edward Leedskalnin, even claimed to have used magnets to get the job done. So what is the secret of the Coral Castle’s construction? What is the story behind this odd tourist attraction?

Feb 16 10:02

Who was Gary Martin? Alleged Illinois gunman seemed fine hours before killing co-workers

Before allegedly killing five of his co-workers, Gary Montez Martin went into his local Circle K convenience store for his almost daily purchase of a few cigars. He seemed fine, according to clerks at the store.

“He came in almost every day and bought two or three Black & Mild cigars,” said Ricardo Moreno, 24, a clerk at a Circle K just blocks from Martin’s apartment.

Moreno said Martin was an engaging, happy customer who made a difference in the life of a clerk at the store. The two would chat about life and work and Moreno would kid Martin about his smoking habit.

Hours after leaving the store Friday, Martin went to his place of work and fatally shot his co-workers and six police officers before he was killed by police who had arrived at a factory in Aurora, Illinois, where the shooting took place, officials said.

Feb 16 09:46

Jim Carrey’s latest ‘art’ features Donald Trump’s mother giving birth to the future president

We’ve covered Jim Carrey’s awful “art” before, but he may have finally crossed a line. Behold, Donald Trump’s mother giving birth to the future president (yes, the president was born in 1946 at Jamaica Hospital in Queens):

Feb 16 09:45

Mark Levin calls Ann Coulter the media’s ‘useful idiot’ after her attacks on President Trump

Ann Coulter went on a tear on Friday targeting President Trump for signing the funding bill that only gives him $1.375 billion for 55 miles of fence and then declaring a national emergency to hopefully get more money for additional barriers.

Feb 16 09:45

A Financial System Headed For A Collision With Debt

I had to laugh when Trump’s Cocaine Cowboy – masquerading as the Administration’s flagship “economist” – attributed the plunge in retail sales to a “glitch.” Yes, the “glitch” is that 7 million people are delinquent to seriously delinquent on their auto loan payments. I’d have to hazard a wild guess that these folks aren’t are not spending money on the latest iPhone or a pair of high-end yoga pants.

Feb 16 09:41

Lavrov to discuss global stability issues at Munich Security Conference

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will discuss issues related to maintaining stability and countering threats in different parts of the world with his counterparts and representatives of international organizations during the 55th Munich Security Conference. Lavrov, who leads the Russian delegation, is expected to address participants at the event during the high-level plenary meeting on February 16, TASS reports. The top Russian diplomat could meet with his German, Japanese, Belgian and Pakistani counterparts.

Feb 16 09:37

Venezuelan opposition leader says humanitarian aid center opens in MiamiMore:http://tass.com/world/1045007?_ga=2.257650574.426148364.1550213569-363929275.1477368173

CARACAS, February 16. /TASS/. The fourth center for collecting humanitarian aid for Venezuela is being established in the US city of Miami, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido wrote on his official Twitter account.

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"We announce opening a center for collecting humanitarian aid in Miami, so that Venezuelans all around the world can join the movement for Venezuela," Guaido said.

On February 2 Guaido announced opening three checkpoints for accepting foreign humanitarian aid. The three checkpoints are in Cucuta, on the border with Brazil and on an island in the Caribbean. He did not rule out that another checkpoint may be opened on the territory of Colombia but did not specify the details.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope and pray, that the "aid" represented by these offerings are food, medicines, and clothing; not more guns.

Feb 16 09:31

Hungary Schools Pompeo Over 'Huge Hypocrisy' on Russia: 'We're Sick and Tired

The top Hungarian diplomat's remarks came during his joint press conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who, in particular, warned Hungary not to let Russian President Vladimir Putin "drive wedges between friends" in NATO.

Speaking at a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Budapest on Monday, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto specifically pointed out what he described as Western countries' hypocritical stance toward Moscow.

"As for Russia – and I have told the State Secretary about this – there is enormous hypocrisy and political correctness in the European political arena," Szijjarto said.

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He recalled that neither Hungarian nor central European energy companies are partnering with the Russian corporation Gazprom in the Nord Stream 2 project.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I didn't see any coverage of this story in the US papers, if they were, in fact, reporting on Pompeo's trips to both Budapest and Warsaw, which both appeared to have come off the flipping rails, and combusted, then imploded, then fell into the swamp!

Apparently, his and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu's anti-Iran twitter rant did not win Pompeo any bouquets in Warsaw;

Ahead of Peace meeting in Warsaw, Netanyahu threatens war with Iran. and him prattling on about Hungary's not being a great "Western NATO Partner" against Russia, did not earn him anything positive in Budapest, either.

In the Biblical book of Isaiah, there is a phrase: Isaiah 1:18 King James Version (KJV) Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord".

Right now, to the international community, Mike Pompeo is behaving like some kind of bad-dream, Neocon-leftover clown whose only answer to everything which annoys the US, is, of course, more wars.

His polar opposite, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov is always the responsible, peace-seeking, reason-seeking adult in the room, and conducts himself with intelligence, clarity, and dignity.

Would that the US government had someone like this, carefully negotiating and listening, not blustering, seeking consensus, not further dividing, and asking, politely, for a specific outcome, rather than demanding it.

I am afraid that the only thing which would bring this about, would most probably be, a complete, utter, military loss of this country to several others, who collectively vow that the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika will never be allowed to create a carnage as intense as this war creates.

Feb 16 09:30

Elon Musk-backed AI Company Claims It Made a Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Release

Elon Musk has been clear that he believes artificial intelligence is the “biggest existential threat” to humanity. Musk is one of the primary funders of OpenAI and though he has taken a backseat role at the organization, its researchers appear to share his concerns about opening a Pandora’s box of trouble. This week, OpenAI shared a paper covering their latest work on text generation technology but they’re deviating from their standard practice of releasing the full research to the public out of fear that it could be abused by bad actors.

Feb 16 09:23

Why Are These Professional War Peddlers Still Around?

Pundits like Max Boot and Bill Kristol got everything after 9/11 wrong but are still considered "experts."? -- One thing that every late-stage ruling class has in common is a high tolerance for mediocrity. Standards decline, the edges fray, but nobody in charge seems to notice. They’re happy in their sinecures and getting richer. In a culture like this, there’s no penalty for being wrong. The talentless prosper, rising inexorably toward positions of greater power, and breaking things along the way. It happened to the Ottomans. Max Boot is living proof that it’s happening in America.

Feb 16 09:19

On Jussie Smollett, Misreporting, and the Fine Line Between Healthy Skepticism and MAGA Propaganda (7 Pics)

On Thursday, Jussie Smollett appeared on Good Morning America, noting that while he was “pissed off” at the attackers he claims targeted him with homophobic and racist slurs, he was equally upset at “the attacks” that followed, i.e. the swarm of doubters who didn’t quite think his story added up.

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