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Jan 19 11:25

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pregnant with first child.

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday she was pregnant with her first child, and planned to take a short break after the birth in June.

Jan 19 11:25

After Seeing FISA Docs, Congressman Gaetz Calls For IMMEDIATE Firing Of Rod Rosenstein, Bruce Ohr

I found the 45-second clip of Gaetz making the statement about Rosenstein. Great stuff.

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Jan 19 11:24

Would you care if this were your second baby.

Babies are wonderful things, but you can't take them too seriously. My mother-in-law helped to teach me that. When our son was just shy of five months old, we went on a big family vacation to the Cook Islands. I was still breastfeeding which made it difficult to get any time to myself, but I ducked out for an hour one afternoon to float in blissful solitude in the lagoon. When I returned, my partner told me as a casual aside that his mother had given the baby a small bite - a crumb really - of a sugary biscuit. I felt tempted to make A Fuss about it, but before storming down the stairs to crisply request that dietary decisions not be made without my consultation, I instead asked myself the following question: would you care about this if it were a second baby?

Jan 19 11:23

The beauty trends the Golden Globes will inspire this year.

In case you've been hiding away in a man cave, afraid of a witch hunt, you might have noticed the Golden Globe Awards were televised on Monday. Given that the red carpet was dominated by the Time's Up movement –– including the black dress code –– it might seem trivial to examine hairstyles. But hairstyles are as much a visual and symbolic signifier as clothes, and deserve proper attention, because the way these ladies wore their hair will influence hairstyle trends for the forthcoming year.

Jan 19 11:20

More Than 30 Russian Athletes Withdraw From Competition When Drug Testers Arrive.

More than 30 Russian athletes participating in Siberian Indoor Championships last weekend abruptly withdrew from competition when drug testers arrived at the event.

Jan 19 11:20

The world's largest Cigarette Butt

A 30-foot-tall (9-meter-tall) cigarette butt was dropped in the middle of Trafalgar Square, London, on April this year, by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign run by the charity ENCAMS, in protest against cigarette butt littering. The problem has skyrocketed since July 2007, when Britain's ban on smoking in public places was put in place. Cigarette litter dirties 78 percent of streets in the United Kingdom.

Jan 19 11:20

Florida Police Officers Caught Disconnecting Man's Surveillance Cameras

An Indian River County man feels his privacy was violated after he captured Vero Beach police disconnecting a surveillance camera outside his front door.
Police were investigating a crime the man says he had nothing to do with.

Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey stands by his officers' actions.

Jan 19 11:19

The Amazing Rice Paddy Art of Japan

Since 1993, the farmers of the Japanese village of Inakadate has been creating art on rice paddy fields. By intermixing purple and yellow-leafed rice with local green-leafed variety, imaginative farmers in rural Japan create large scale rice paddy artworks in their fields. Each year these farmers plant rice of different variety to create new artworks and they last all through the growing season until the time of harvest.

Jan 19 11:14

Passenger turned away from two flights after wearing 10 layers of clothing to avoid luggage fee

A man travelling from Iceland to London was turned away from a British Airways flight after he wore eight pairs of pants and 10 shirts to avoid paying for excess luggage.

Jan 19 11:14

The Coverage Of Trump’s Big Dumb Body Is Fat With Stupidity

Because everything is now impossibly stupid, MSNBC and a host of other websites and news outlets spent a decent amount of time this week covering the height and weight of President Donald Trump.

Jan 19 11:14

California is letting over a million people convicted of weed charges to get clean slate.

Jan. 1 was a big day for California: In addition to legalizing recreational marijuana, the state fully adopted one of the most sweeping criminal justice reforms in recent years.

Jan 19 11:13

Trump Dished Out Fake News Awards. Twitter Dished Them Right Back At Him.

President Donald Trump’s “fake news” awards didn’t get off to a great start on Wednesday when they crashed the GOP’s servers.
And it didn’t get much better from there.

Jan 19 11:12

McKayla Maroney's awful nightmare of abuse laid bare in court in front of Larry Nassar

McKayla Maroney's awful nightmare of abuse laid bare in court in front of Larry Nassar

Jan 19 10:56

Trump Administration Bars Haitians From U.S. Visas For Low-Skilled Work

Haitians will no longer be eligible for U.S. visas given to low-skilled workers, the Trump administration said on Wednesday, bringing an end to a small-scale effort to employ Haitians in the United States after a catastrophic 2010 earthquake.

Jan 19 10:55

10 Things The Middle Class Can’t Afford Anymore

Middle class benefits are being revoked in the name of affordability. Because of several factors including stagnant wages, rising costs, and politics, being a member of the American middle class is quickly losing what little prestige it has remaining.

Jan 19 10:51

'It'd be cheaper to move France closer to England!' Boris is ridiculed for his Channel Bridge vision - but engineers insist it COULD be done and point to rejected 80s plans for spectacular project

Boris Johnson understood to have offered idea of a second Channel crossing - at more than 20 miles in length
He is understood to have put forward the idea to France's PM in meetings at Sandhurst Military Academy
Despite criticism, Boris was today backed by a designer who said it would be possible to construct a crossing
Indeed, officials previously considered a similar proposal for a bridge - at a cost of up to £14bn in today's money - before the tunnel was built in the 1980s

Jan 19 10:50

Boy who is a medical miracle: Born with his brain OUTSIDE his head, doctors did not bother with intensive care as he was not expected to live an hour - but he has just celebrated his 10th birthday!

Jamie Daniel was not taken to intensive care as doctors thought he had no hope
The youngster pulled through and had surgery to remove the outer brain
Jamie suffers from cerebal palsy, learning disabilities and double incontinence
He is a 'happy, sociable boy', who has been with his girlfriend since reception

Jan 19 10:34

"I thought, I'm going to get a helicopter no matter what." : Aussie man hires a chopper in frantic search to find Missing son - And Finds Him.

Australian man Tony Lethbridge couldn't sleep. It was early Monday morning and his 17-year-old son Samuel was missing.
It had been almost 24 hours since anyone had heard from him.
It was out of character and his family feared the worst.
Emergency services attempting to free Samuel Lethbridge from his vehicle.

Jan 19 10:33

North Korea to send about 230 cheerleaders to Olympics for its 2 competing athletes.

North Korea has agreed to participate in the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in the first breakthrough of talks with South Korea that began on Tuesday at the three-storey Peace House, on the South Korean side of the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone (DMZ).

Jan 19 10:27

Anderson Cooper Tells Conan Haiti Is 'Among The Richest Countries I've Ever Been To'

CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday gave Conan O’Brien a glowing review of Haiti before the talk show host’s trip there. In a chat on “Conan,” Cooper declared the Caribbean nation “among the richest countries I’ve ever been to.”

Jan 19 10:26

Aunt of 13 siblings allegedly held captive tried 'for years' to get in touch with the family

The aunt of 13 siblings allegedly abused and held captive by their parents in a Southern California home says her family tried "for years" to get in touch with her sister but "she just shut us out of her life."

Jan 19 10:08

USA Gymnastics abandons Karolyi Ranch amid sex-abuse scandal

Scandal-rocked USA Gymnastics announced Thursday it will no longer train gymnasts at the famed Karolyi Ranch in Texas, where powerhouse Olympic teams were built and where some athletes say they were molested by the team doctor, Larry Nassar.
The move comes a few days after Simone Biles, the star of the 2016 games, revealed that she was abused by Nassar and said she could not bear the thought of training again at the facility near Huntsville."It breaks my heart even more to think that as I work toward my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused," Biles wrote on her social media accounts.

Jan 19 10:05

Researchers take step towards a better flu vaccine

Researchers think they’ve taken a solid step towards making a better flu vaccine by fiddling around with the genetics of influenza viruses.
Current flu vaccines are not very good, experts agree.

Jan 19 10:01

#MeToo frenzy deprives men of ‘indispensable freedom’ to hit on women – Catherine Deneuve

A hundred prominent French women, including actress Catherine Deneuve, have denounced the #MeToo campaign, saying it patronizes women and summarily punishes men for minor misdeeds, which only plays into the hands of “puritans.”

In an open letter published in the newspaper Le Monde, the women acknowledged that while the campaign helped expose many cases of “sexual violence that women are subject to, particularly in their professional lives,” it had now gone too far.

“Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone’s knee or try to steal a kiss,” reads the letter. “Instead of helping women this frenzy to send these ‘pigs’ to the abattoir actually helps the enemies of sexual liberty – religious extremists and the worst sort of reactionaries.”

Jan 19 10:00

4th rape trial collapses as Oxford student cleared of charges before trial

A two-year rape case against an Oxford University student has been dropped just days before his trial, after a “new set of eyes” re-examined the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) case against him.
Oliver Mears, 19, from Horley, Surrey, was on track to become a successful scientist before being arrested on suspicion of raping and indecently assaulting a woman at a party in July 2015.

His trial had been set down to start on Monday, but the CPS asked the judge to record a not guilty verdict after the evidence was reviewed, the Times reports. After Mears spent two years in limbo, the prosecution said it would not be submitting any evidence.

“This has been hanging over Oliver for two years and he has been under enormous stress for 10 percent of his life. It was a very poor and slow investigation by the police and there has been very late disclosure,” a source, who asked not to be identified, told the newspaper.

Jan 19 09:53

James O'Keefe on Hannity - January 15, 2018

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Jan 19 09:49

Major storm hits northern Europe with hurricane-force winds, at least 10 killed

A powerful windstorm swept over northern Europe on January 18, 2018, killing at least 10 people. Officials in the Netherlands reported winds up to 120 km/h (74 mph) and gusts to 140 km/h (87 mph) at the height of the storm while Germany saw winds up to 203 km/h (126 mph). According to the German Weather Service (DWD), this was the worst storm to strike Germany since 2007.?

Jan 19 09:49

Deadly gales halt trains and flights across north-west Europe

Violent gales have battered north-west Europe, killing at least nine people, toppling trees and trucks, bringing down power lines, grounding aircraft and halting road and rail traffic across the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Jan 19 09:44

Perris parents face life in prison for starving, torturing children, say prosecutors

At first, the Turpin children were tied up with rope at their family home. But as they tried to get free, they were hogtied. Living in filth, they were only allowed to shower once a year. They were starved to the point of stunted growth, and their parents taunted them with food, buying apple pies and leaving them on the counter uneaten.

Jan 19 09:44

Vancouver Aquarium will no longer keep whales and dolphins in captivity

The Vancouver Aquarium is giving up its fight to keep whales and dolphins in captivity, saying the heated public debate on the issue is hindering its conservation work.

Jan 19 09:31

FDA: All Homeopathic Drugs Illegal

But not all will be pulled from the market, yet. Action Alert! The policy comes in the form of a guidance document, which lays out the FDA’s current position on the regulation of homeopathic drugs.

Jan 19 09:29

Edward Snowden calls for public release of FISA abuses memo and Trump veto of key surveillance tool

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said the bill to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act would never have passed through both chambers of Congress if a memo Republicans claim has revelations about U.S. government surveillance abuses was released prior to the vote.

As such, Snowden called on President Trump to veto the legislation giving six more years of life to the key counterterrorism surveillance tool.

"Officials confirm there's a secret report showing abuses of spy law Congress voted to reauthorize this week. If this memo had been known prior to the vote, FISA reauth [sic] would have failed," Snowden tweeted early Friday. "These abuses must be made public, and @realDonaldTrump should send the bill back with a veto."

Jan 19 09:20

Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine - a universal blood test for cancer.
A team at Johns Hopkins University has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of the disease.

Jan 19 08:59

California AG: Employers who Cooperate With Federal Immigration Raids Will be Prosecuted

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D-CA) said during a press conference Thursday that employers in California who cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in their rumored upcoming immigration raids would be prosecuted if they cooperate in a manner that violates California law.

Jan 19 08:58

Sushi lover pulled a 5-foot tapeworm from intestine, Fresno doc says

A Fresno man with a daily sushi habit had a 5.5-foot tapeworm lodged in his intestines. He pulled it out himself, wrapped it around a cardboard toilet paper tube and carried the creature into Fresno's Community Regional Medical Center.Kenny Bahn was the lucky doc on shift at the time. He recounted his experience on a recent episode of the podcast "This Won't Hurt A Bit."

Jan 19 08:46

China's pink, oversized women-only car parks slammed as sexist

The controversial parking spaces at the Jiande and Tonglu service stations in the Zhejiang province are reportedly 3.2-metres wide — or one-and-a-half times the size of "normal" parking spaces.

Jan 19 08:46

Scientists edge closer to creating a blood test that can detect multiple types of cancers, seeing success rates of around 70% in cancerous individuals

Researchers say they have taken a step toward developing a blood test that would detect eight common cancers, possibly even before symptoms appear.

Jan 19 08:40

“You Are Now Entering the American Sector” (Will Syria Be Partitioned?)

Do not take your eyes off the ball, remember that all this delicate pussyfooting is about power.

Russia avoided the Syrian quagmire despite dire predictions. Putin minimised his footprint, his war is almost over, ISIL has been defeated. Trump could also exclaim “Mission is completed!” – and fly home.

But, it seems he is eager to rush in where angels fear to tread. Trump does not mind doing for the Israeli Prime Minister what his predecessors, whether Democrats or Republicans, refused, namely, fighting Israel’s war by indefinitely extending the hostile and illegal occupation of Syria.

Jan 19 08:30

Why Is Putin “Allowing” Israel to Bomb Syria? The Saker

The truth is that “the Russians are *not* coming”. The key for Putin is to do what needs to be done to advance Russian interests but without triggering an internal or external political crisis.

Trying to reason with the Israelis or get them to listen to the UN has been tried by many countries for decades and if there is one thing which is beyond doubt is that the Israelis don’t give a damn about what anybody has to say. So talking to them is just a waste of oxygen. What about threatening them? Actually, I think that this could work, but at what risk and price?

Jan 19 08:11

Warm Blooded Plants.

Between late February and May, in woodlands and wetlands throughout eastern Canada and the northeast United States, you’ll find a low growing, foul-smelling plant called skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus). The skunk cabbage is one of the first plants to emerge in the spring when the winter snow is yet to melt. As the plant pokes its head out of the snow and starts flowering, it forms a small pool of water around it, created by snow melt. The heat needed to melt the snow is derived not from the sun but generated by the plant itself. Skunk cabbage is one of the few species in the Plant Kingdom, belonging to ancient lineages of flowering plants, that has the rare ability to generate heat — a phenomenon known as thermogenesis.

Jan 19 07:51

Syria threatens to 'destroy' Turkish warplanes

Syria threatened on Thursday to "destroy" any Turkish warplanes that fly into its territory as Ankara prepares to launch a cross-border military operation to wipe out Kurdish fighters it calls "terrorists".

Turkish officials have repeatedly vowed to attack the Syrian-Kurd militia known as the YPG at any moment in the Afrin region in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey.

The move comes after the United States announced this week it would train the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to be part of a 30,000-strong "border force" - a statement US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday was "misportrayed".

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And to that, we have the following update on a very tense situation, vis a vis Turkey and Syria, from just several hours ago:

Russia moving military "observies into Syria's Afrin

How quickly Russian assets can move from "Observer" to "Participant" status remains to be seen. But I think we can count on one thing for sure: Russia will do just whatever Al Assad asks then to do.

IF Turkey attacks US forces in Syria, this will be an ugly scene of NATO member firing on fellow NATO member.

IF Russian and the US mlitary turn this conflict into a shooting war between themselves, we are looking, potentially, at the start of World War III.

Jan 19 07:49

Montreal man fools police with fake car made of snow

Simon Laprise had a plan, some snow and a couple hours to spare.
The result? A delightful picture of a lone police officer, staring skeptically at a car parked in a snow removal zone, ticket book in hand. Little did the officer know, however, that it was all a trick.

Jan 19 07:37

Kiev’s actions with regard to Donbass look like preparation for new war — Foreign Ministry

Ukraine’s passing the law on the reintegration of Donbass can be seen as preparations for a new war, says a commentary of the Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

"Since being approved under the first reading (on October 6, 2017), the document, although having undergone certain corrections, has preserved its main orientation - to legislatively confirm Kiev’s policy towards the settlement of the ‘problem of Donbass’ through the use of force," the ministry said.

"In particular, it announced reformatting of the so-called anti-terrorist operation into a military one and delegation of control over it to the military to whom all the rest law enforcement officers will be subordinated," it said.

Ukraine’s parliament passes law on Donbass reintegration
"In essence, Poroshenko gets unrestricted, almost dictatorial powers for suppressing dissidence and discontent. This cannot be called otherwise than preparations for a new war," it stressed.

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And on top of THAT, we have the following articles, which do not augur well for peace in the region:

Trump Administrtion Approves lethal weapons sales to Ukraine

This deal is valued at +/- $41.5 million dollars. Precisely when the weapons will arrive has not yet been revealed.

And then, we have this little gem:

Ukrainian Parliament Passes a Bill to Wrest "Occupied Territories from Russia"

Good luck with THAT!!

There is just one little tiny, teensy logic flaw here, specifically when it comes to Crimea; Russia never, ever annexed Crimea.

And please remember how President Barak Obama characterized the putsch:

Washington was behind the Ukraine Coup; Obama admits it brokered a deal in support of regime change The article goes on to state:

"US President Barack Obama’s recent interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakiria reveals the United States’ involvement in the Ukrainian crisis from its outset and that the country worked directly with Ukrainian right-wing fascist groups, experts told Sputnik.

On Sunday, in his interview with CNN, Obama admitted that the United States “had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.”

“Obama’s statement is reiterating something that the world public opinion already knew — the US was involved in the coup of [ex-Ukrainian President] Viktor Yanukovych from the start. History shows us that the US has overthrown numerous governments in Latin America, Asia and Africa and replaced them with leaders that ruled with a fascist ideology that proved useful for Washington’s geopolitical interests,” independent researcher and writer Timothy Alexander Guzman told Sputnik.

After the US sponsored Putch in Ukraine in 2014, which threw the duly elected Yanukovich under the proverbial bus, and "installed" Poroshenko (the candy guy, remember?!?) in Kiev, with an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg, the Crimeans understood that there was no more a legitimate, national Ukrainian government.

So what did they do?!? They held two free, and fair, referundums, the first being to ask their citizens if they wanted to stay in Ukraine, or join the Russian Federation. Overwhelmingly, Crimea's citizens wanted to join the Russian Federation. After that, the Russian Federation, agreed, and Crimea became a part of the Russian Federation.

But because of wanting to keep the optics negative on "Bad Russia, it annexed Crimea!" the US, and Ukrainian governments refuse to call it "an act of peaceful self-determination", which it was, and which is enshrined in the UN Charter, to which Ukraine and the US are both (allegedly) signatories.

But two things are powerfully clear here; the US government lies consistently, and regime changes other countries to suit its geopolitical agenda, and even with the US weapons, the Ukrainian military are going to be utterly no match for what the Russians will give their soldiers, potentially fighting in Eastern Ukraine.

Jan 19 07:11

A Bombshell House Intelligence report exposing extensive FISA abuse could lead to the removal of senior government officials

A review of a classified document outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday and the revelations could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, several sources with knowledge of the document stated. These sources say the report is “explosive,” stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates.

The House Intelligence Committee passed the motion along party lines Thursday to make the classified report alleging extensive ‘FISA Abuse’ related to the controversial dossier available to all House members. The report contains information regarding the dossier that alleges President Trump and members of his team colluded with the Russians in the 2016 presidential election. Some members of the House viewed the document in a secure room Thursday.

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Sounds great, but I will believe this when I actually see it!!

Jan 19 07:05

Wealthy exodus to escape new tax rules worries California Democrats

The Republican-backed federal tax bill flipped the tables on a never-ending question for California politicians: Will high taxes lead the state’s wealthiest residents to flee the Golden State for the comparable tax havens of Florida, Nevada and Texas?

Republicans reliably raise that alarm when Democrats advocate for tax increases, like the 2012 and 2016 ballot initiatives that levied a new income tax on very high-earning residents.

But now, with the federal tax bill cutting off deductions that benefited well-off Californians, the state’s Democrats suddenly are singing the GOP song about a potential millionaire exodus.

“People with higher incomes pay a lot more money, and some of them may be tempted to leave,” Gov. Jerry Brown said when he unveiled his 2018-19 budget proposal last week. “This was an assault by the Republicans in Congress against California.”

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Governor Brown, that last statement was pure bull-biscuits, sir, and you know it!!

In this country, every individual has the right to "vote with their feet", as a lot of well-to-do Californians have already done. When a state's tax burden becomes too high (as California's already is), and there is really nothing to show for the money spent, like a consistently dysfunctional educational system; health care which cannot deliver; a massive gap between wages and corporate profits; and the voluntary saddling of the state's infrastructure with illegal immigrants whose presence has bled the State of California dry, through entitlements, etc., you have.... a non-functional, failed US State.

And Governor Brown, this is precisely where California stands right now. In fact, if you have chosen NOT to read it, I highly commend the following article in the LA Times: Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America?

The hard and true reality is this; for quite some time, legislation made on the State level, has brought California to its knees, in terms of stopping it from being the kind of growth engine one wants to see, and should see, here.

And California, its citizens and businesses, are paying the price for many amazingly lousy legislative decisions made by people who do not have a clue how business works, and how they profit, because they have always had various jobs with the State before they run for public office.

So to those tax/infrastructure/fed up better-to-do Californians who are really ready to vote with their feet, let me encourage you to do so; the State of California has brought this upon itself, and if it cannot fix it, you have every right to leave for states with better, more sensible tax structures than does California.

Jan 19 06:39

OLIVER STONE'S "UKRAINE ON FIRE" DOCUMENTARY RELEASED IN THE WEST

Investigative journalist Robert Parry reveals how US-funded political NGOs and media companies have emerged since the 1980s, replacing the CIA in promoting America’s geopolitical agenda abroad.

As Russia-Insider details, Ukraine on Fire provides a historical perspective for the deep divisions in the region which led to the 2004 Orange Revolution, the 2014 uprisings, and the violent overthrow of democratically-elected Yanukovych. Covered by Western media as a 'popular revolution', it was in fact a coup d'état scripted and staged by ultra-nationalist groups and the US State Department.

Executive producer Oliver Stone gained unprecedented access to the inside story through his on-camera interviews with former President Viktor Yanukovych and Minister of Internal Affairs Vitaliy Zakharchenko, who explain how the US Ambassador and factions in Washington actively plotted for regime change.

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"Free world", MY ASTROLABE!!

Jan 19 06:04

House of Horrors mom SMILES in court as it's revealed the starved siblings were forced to stay awake all night in squalid home - and heroic daughter, 17, who raised the alarm planned her escape for TWO YEARS

David and Louise Turpin appeared in court on Thursday and denied all 75 charges against them
They are alleged to have made their children stay awake until 4am or 5am every night then they slept all day
They 'tied them to their beds with chains and shackles for months at a time and none ever saw a dentist'
The children were 'forced to watch them eat pies but were seldom fed themselves and showered once a year'
The 'only thing they were allowed to do' was keep journals, hundreds of which were recovered on Sunday
The hospital caring for the siblings launched a fund for them on Thursday for strangers to donate to
The siblings' escape plan had been in the works for two years before they were rescued earlier this week
If convicted of all, they face a minimum of 94 years in jail each but prosecutors are seeking life sentences

Jan 19 05:48

A baby humpback whale,a starry night in the desert among winning photos in top international contest a flame-haired Norwegian and a starry night

Judges picked out 11 stunning images from among 30,000 entrants submitted for the Hasselblad awards.Winners include image of bride in flowing wedding dress with her groom and an elderly couple holding hands.Photographers will pick up their awards at a ceremony in Cologne, Germany this September.

Jan 19 04:17

Bitcoin Is A 'Project Of US Intelligence

'Dollar 2.0': Bitcoin is a 'Project of US Intelligence,' Kaspersky Lab Co-Founder Claims

Natalya Kaspersky claimed that Bitcoin was designed to provide financing for US and British intelligence activities around the world. The expert called the cryptocurrency "dollar 2.0."

The Bitcoin cryptocurrency was developed by "American intelligence agencies," Natalya Kaspersky, CEO of the InfoWatch group of companies and specialist in cyber security systems, said during her presentation at ITMO University in St. Petersburg.

Kaspersky was giving a speech on information wars and digital sovereignty. Photos of her presentation entitled "Modern technologies – the basis for information and cyber-wars," have been published on social media.

"Bitcoin is a project of American intelligence agencies, which was designed to provide quick funding for US, British and Canadian intelligence activities in different countries. [The technology] is 'privatized,' just like the Internet, GPS and TOR. In fact, it is dollar 2.0. Its rate is controlled by the owners of exchanges," one of the slides read

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Jan 19 01:08

'Women Seeking Women', Now At #150, Is Longest All-Girl Series

VALENCIA, Calif.—Call it a major milestone in adult entertainment: Girlfriends Films has released the 150th volume of Women Seeking Women, which makes it the longest-running top-selling all-girl series in the history of the adult industry. Filled with over three hours of girl-on-girl hardcore lesbian footage, the movie is the latest entry in the most awarded series in the history of adult film, and is now available on DVD at the Girlfriends Films website and in stores nationwide.

Jan 19 01:06

China Uses Facial Recognition to Fence In Villagers in Far West

New system alerts authorities when targets leave ‘safe areas’
Western region of Xinjiang serves as surveillance laboratory

Jan 18 20:29

House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Setting Up Shutdown Battle in Senate

WASHINGTON — The House approved on Thursday night a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open past Friday, but Senate Democrats — angered by President Trump’s vulgar aspersions and a lack of progress on a broader budget and immigration deal — appeared ready to block the measure.

Jan 18 20:28

AETNA AGREES TO PAY $17 MILLION IN PRIVACY SETTLEMENT

Health insurer Aetna settled to pay $17 million in reparations after a major mailing mishap revealed the HIV status of thousands of patients.
According to court documents, the display windows of large mailing envelopes revealed confidential medical information. The mailings were sent to approximately 12,000 customers in at least 23 states.

Jan 18 20:08

‘It might get ugly:’ Bay Area cities brace for ICE sweeps

Swarming federal agents who are conducting raids and arrests will lead to people getting killed.This part of Cali's reaction appears to be a Seditious Conspiracy which may snowball into an Insurrection.

Fear is growing in immigrant communities that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is getting ready to launch massive raids across California — a threat that activists and politicians say is retaliation against the Golden State’s bold “sanctuary” policies.

ICE director Thomas Homan recently told Fox News that the agency will significantly increase enforcement across the state and warned California to “hold on tight.” And a report by the San Francisco Chronicle this week said ICE is planning raids targeting Northern California cities, with the goal of arresting more than 1,500 immigrants.

Jan 18 20:07

Chrissy Chambers: Revenge porn almost killed me

"There's not an area of my life it hasn't touched," says Chrissy Chambers, reflecting on the secret sex tape her ex-boyfriend posted online.

Jan 18 20:07

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.

Jan 18 20:06

CIA rendition flights from rustic North Carolina called to account by citizens

A Gulfstream jet from a quiet airport south-east of Raleigh flew captives to be tortured around the world. The government failed to act but local people have refused to let the issue die
Ayear after he was released from captivity in Guantánamo, Binyam Mohamed received a letter from Christina Cowger, an agricultural researcher from North Carolina. Enclosed was a petition of apology signed by nearly 800 visitors to the North Carolina State Fair.It was “a small gesture”, Cowger acknowledged, but her 2010 letter came with a commitment.

Jan 18 19:19

USA Gymnastics won't seek fine if McKayla Maroney speaks about sexual abuse

USA Gymnastics says it will not seek payment or retribution from McKayla Maroney if the three-time Olympic gold-medal winner decides to speak publicly against Larry Nassar.

Jan 18 19:18

Amazon won't say if it hands your Echo data to the government - The retail, cloud, and device giant stands as the least transparent of transparent tech companies.

Three years ago, the retail giant became the last major tech company to reveal how many subpoenas, search warrants, and court orders it received for customer data in a half-year period. While every other tech giant had regularly published its government request figures for years, spurred on by accusations of participation in government surveillance, Amazon had been largely forgotten.

Jan 18 18:48

Manhattan DA raids Newsweek headquarters

About two dozen investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office raided the offices of Newsweek and its parent company, IBT Media, on Thursday.

Jan 18 18:35

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadimas, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”

Jan 18 18:12

Researchers recreate the DNA of a man who died nearly 200 years ago from his living descendants rather than his physical remains — something that has never been done before.

Recreating a person’s DNA usually involves some sort of remains, like tissues, to use as a framework. However, a team of scientists have been able to recreate the genome of a man who died in 1827 without leaving any physical evidence by studying samples of those from his family line, reported New Scientist.

Jan 18 18:11

Man clears his name 40 years later after googling corrupt police officer who framed him

A man found guilty of stealing mailbags in London in the 1970s has had his name cleared, 43 years later.
Businessman Stephen Simmons, 62, from Dorking, Surrey, was 19 when he was convicted of the theft of the mailbags from Clapham Goods Yard in South London in 1976.

Jan 18 17:33

What Does Veteran Holidays and Martin Luther King Day Have in Common?

These are those certain days when there is a media photo op for the career politicians to get votes or pander to a voter block. There will be speeches and parades. There will be ceremonies where people give honor and dedication to those who made an impact on American history

Jan 18 16:44

Nine Florida State Fraternity Members Charged In Hazing Death Of Pledge Who Had A SHOCKING .447 BAC…

Such a senseless death. Anything above .4 is usually deadly.

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Jan 18 16:02

Are 250 Recently Closed Sam’s Clubs Buildings Being Converted Into FEMA Type Detention Facilities?

Something very big is getting ready to happen against the deep state. It is going to be ugly with civil unrest if mass arrest start. So these closings of Sam’s Clubs could be the reason for setting up prisoner processing facilities in the case of riots and an insurrection knowing if Hillary is arrested. You can count on George Soros to start wreaking havoc in the major US cities.

Jan 18 15:48

Tucker Carlson Lists Top 16 Hate Crime Hoaxes…

Interesting list. The lesson here is obvious - don't believe a snowflake...

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Jan 18 15:11

Engineering Faster Planes in WWII: Kelly Johnson, the P-38 and the P-80

Clarence "Kelly" Johnson (BSE AeroE ’32, MSE ’33) was a bold an innovative aircraft designer. One of his earlier planes, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, echoes that description well. It's unique twin-boom and central nacelle (for the cockpit) design gave it great stability and maneuverability at higher speeds than other planes offered... Until it entered a steep dive. Then things went south, fast.

Jan 18 15:09

Head Skunk

The name of the super-secret project was Suntan. It was to be the ultimate reconnaissance airplane, flying so high and so fast—it was to cruise above 100,000 feet at Mach 2—that detection would be unlikely and interception impossible. But it also would have been a giant winged thermos bottle, with a fuel tank full of liquid hydrogen at –400 degrees Fahrenheit and its outer skin baking at 350 degrees or more. A proposed hydrogen liquefaction plant dedicated to producing fuel for several of the airplanes would have sucked up 10 percent of the natural gas supply of Los Angeles in two years. Flying the highly unstable and explosive liquid to the airplanes’ bases would have required a fleet of heavy transports. An accident with one of the transports would have made the Hindenburg disaster look like a campfire.

Jan 18 15:06

American Sh*thole

Pesident Donald Trump’s reported comments maligning the people of African nations were a foreseeable outburst from a man addicted to the cable news culture that consistently portrays the continent in a negative light. They were also, ironically, an indictment of his own leadership style.

What the president doesn’t grasp is that if some African nations have been reduced to “shithole countries,” it’s precisely because they’ve been run by leaders like Trump. Indeed, underdevelopment in sub-Saharan Africa — and the institutional disorders that propel migrants toward countries like the United States — can be traced directly to leaders who behave as he does.

Trump provides ample evidence that executive rot is borderless. In his first year in power, he attacked members of the federal judiciary, purged career civil servants perceived to be disloyal, and appointed unqualified members of his family and social circle to key strategic roles. USA Today detailed how dozens of lobbyists and executives with federal contracts pay large sums to play golf at Trump’s private clubs, often when he is there. He has terrorized media and political opponents. He has used his pardon power to undermine constitutional rights. His Cabinet spent months piggishly using their official positions to travel like a moneyed executive class — from which, incidentally, many came.

These moves are familiar to anyone living in the aforementioned “shitholes.” Trump wastes taxpayer money like the best of African dictatorial leadership.>>>>

(*A Variation Of The Theme; TRUMP WAS RIGHT! even though he's denied saying it !)

Jan 18 14:24

PHOTO | Hello This Is Vice-President Mike Pence, I’m Sorry The President Is Busy Right Now…

I can't spoil the punch line...

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Jan 18 13:38

CNN’s WORST NIGHTMARE | Youngstown Democrat Voters Who Are THRILLED With Trump’s First Year...

Best thing I've seen all week. CNN's Martin Savage head explodes.

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Jan 18 13:20

Contextualising sexual harassment

Lawrence Davidson examines the psychological, biological and cultural contexts of sexual harassment and argues that it is time to take on men’s primitive instincts and thoughtfully develop better, non-doctrinaire cultural ways to manage them. >>

Jan 18 13:02

Hawaii man suffers massive heart attack after false missile alert

A man suffered a massive heart attack minutes after the false missile alert in Hawaii.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that Sean Shields, 51, started violently throwing up while at the beach on Oahu.

The newspaper says he then called his 10-year-old daughter and adult son to say goodbye. Then he drove himself and with his girlfriend to a health center where she says he collapsed in the waiting room.

Jan 18 12:45

Louie Gohmert Tells The Truth About Dreamers You Won’t Hear Anywhere Else…

Gohmert is on fire...

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Jan 18 12:31

The world's only ALBINO orangutan prepares to move to her own 'forest island' where she will be safe from hunters Everything's gonna be all white

The world's only known albino orangutan is moving to a man-made 'forest island' home.

The five-year-old female orangutan can't be safely returned to the wild because of health issues related to her albinism, which make her more vulnerable to hunters.

Jan 18 12:29

TOM FITTON | Hillary Clinton Was Hiding EVERYTHING (All Her Deleted Emails) On Her Private Server

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton asks a very important question...

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Jan 18 12:23

U.K. Appoints a Minister for Loneliness.

Tracey Crouch, currently minister for sport and civil society in the UK government, will take on the additional role created in memory of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered by a right-wing fanatic in June, 2016.

Jan 18 12:07

EXCLUSIVE Norwegian Dreamliner sets transatlantic speed record: Plane hurtles from New York to London in just 5 hours and 13 minutes thanks to tailwinds that push it to 776mph

Norwegian flight was the fastest ever transatlantic crossing for a subsonic jet
It reached a top speed of 776mph after being helped by a tailwind of 202mph
Monday's flight from JFK to London Gatwick took just five hours, 13 minutes
Fastest ever transatlantic passenger flight was by Concorde in February 1996

Jan 18 12:03

Florida police officers caught disconnecting man's surveillance cameras

An Indian River County man feels his privacy was violated after he captured Vero Beach police disconnecting a surveillance camera outside his front door.

Jan 18 11:56

U.S. government to shield health workers under 'religious freedom'

The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the “conscience and religious freedom” of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump.

Jan 18 11:42

HILARIOUS | Diamond And Silk Destroy ‘Shithole’ Media

Brand new. Just uploaded. This is pretty damn brilliant...

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Jan 18 11:13

US plans open-ended military presence in Syria

The US will maintain an open-ended military presence in Syria to ensure the enduring defeat of the jihadist group Islamic State, counter Iranian influence, and help end the civil war.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said President Donald Trump did not want to "make the same mistakes" that were made in 2011, when US forces left Iraq.
The US has about 2,000 troops in Syria.

Jan 18 11:12

Last Year Was One of Three Hottest Ever Recorded, WMO Says

The average global temperature was 1.1 degrees Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit) above the baseline level before the Industrial Revolution, the World Meteorological Organization said Thursday in a statement. The record-high was in 2016, with 2017 and 2015 equal second.

Jan 18 11:11

The 95mph storm the Met Office 'MISSED': Weathermen are blasted for saying damaging gales were not severe enough to be named... because they happened at NIGHT

Wintry conditions hit parts of Britain this morning sparking fears of travel disruption to rail, road and air travel
The Met Office issued warnings issued for snow and ice across much of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales
Conditions set to get worse today with storm-force winds gusting at around 95mph tearing across UK

Jan 18 10:43

Sioux City police arrest two minors for destroying half million bees

The minors, who were not identified by police, have been charged with three felonies -- criminal mischief in the first degree, agricultural animal facilities offenses and burglary in the third degree, as well as an aggravated misdemeanor, possession of burglars tools.

Jan 18 10:43

City Hall has ‘blood on its hands’ in swatting death, attorney tells council

Wichita city government bears a large share of the blame for the death of an innocent man gunned down by police in a “swatting” hoax last month, a prominent civil rights attorney and congressional candidate told City Council members Tuesday.

Jan 18 10:36

H-1B: Immigrants make up nearly three-quarters of Silicon Valley tech workforce, report says

With the debate over immigration to the U.S. as fiery as ever, a new analysis suggests that Silicon Valley would be lost without foreign-born technology workers.

Jan 18 10:35

How The Republican Tax Plan Will Directly Affect You

Even though an overwhelming number of Americans opposed the tax reform bill, the Republican-controlled House and Congress passed sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code. Many of those changes will directly affect you and your families for the next decade. Here are the key things that will help or haunt your tax season.

Jan 18 10:34

Melania Trump’s Daily Eating Habits And Her Favorite Indulgence, Revealed

Melania Trump lives a stressful life in the spotlight. As time goes on, we learn more secrets about her marriage to Donald Trump, as well as the behind-the-scenes scoops regarding other aspects of her personal life.

Jan 18 10:34

Man clears his name 40 years later after googling corrupt police officer who framed him

Stephen Simmons served 8 months behind bars when he was 19, but always maintained his innocence

Jan 18 10:29

ROGER STONE | Why Is Mueller Trying To Subpoena Bannon?

Very interesting analysis from Roger Stone...

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Jan 18 10:22

Before the British Empire and the Atlantic slave trade, Africans lived freely in Tudor England.

Juan Gelofe, an enslaved 40-year-old Wolof man fromWestAfrica, had a conversation with an English sailor,William Collins, in a Mexican silver mine in 1572. Juanremarked that England ‘must be a good country as there were no slaves there’. Collins confirmed: ‘It was true, that there they were all freemen.’ Spanish officials sang the same tune: in 1586 Pedro de Arana wrote to the Spanish House of Trade from Havana, commenting that in Francis Drake’s country ‘negro labourers’ were free.

Jan 18 10:22

Approval of U.S. Leadership Under Trump Tumbles Globally in Poll

(*allow me to say it for "The Base";
NICE! )

Jan 18 10:21

The first royal divorce scandal in European history pioneered a new kind of crisis.

The king is Lothar II, great-grandson of Charlemagne; the two women Theutberga and Waldrada; the pope Nicholas I. This was not just a royal divorce scandal – this was the first royal divorce scandal in European history, which raged from 858 to 869. But, unlike his better-known counterpart, Henry VIII, Lothar II could not find a way out and died still married to his despised queen. The king and his advisers were, unwittingly, pioneering a new kind of political crisis.

Jan 18 10:15

Are You A Teacher? You Can Live Like Royalty In These States

Teachers are criminally underappreciated. That’s subjective, but anyone that has ever spent the day teaching fourth-graders will believe it as fact. In the United States, strong teachers unions have left many well-compensated with excellent benefits, including pensions. But it’s not so great everywhere, and as a result there are states that have a major need for teachers. Hawaii is a good example, which has a major teacher shortage but also ranks dead last in pay.

Jan 18 10:14

Pictured: SAS hero, 64, of 1980 Iranian Embassy siege who has been left penniless and 'forced to live in a B&B paid for by his former regiment after his council failed to find him a home'

Bob Curry, 64, was forced to ask for help from the SAS after becoming penniless.

He'd approached Hertfordshire Council but it failed to provide accommodation.

Regiment is currently paying for the vet to stay in a local B&B for several months.

Soldier was among those to take part in daring raid for Iranian embassy in 1980.

Jan 18 10:14

Targeted for nonviolent resistance: Israel seeks imprisonment of Palestinian activist Munther Amira

The Israeli military court at Ofer, which has over a 99% conviction rate, ruled on Tuesday to extend the detention of Palestinian activist Munther Amira until next Sunday pending further interrogation.

Amira, 47, the head of the Coordinator of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) in the occupied West Bank, is well known and highly respected across the Palestinian territory and his home, the Aida refugee camp, for his nonviolent activism against the Israeli occupation.

Amira was arrested by Israeli forces on December 27 during a routine protest in front of Israel’s illegal separation wall in northern Bethlehem city, in the southern occupied West Bank.

Amira, along with dozens of Palestinians, were demonstrating against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the arrest of 16-year-old activist Ahed al-Tamimi, who had been detained one week prior.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These people most probably will be jailed for life, for "daring" to participate in non-violent demonstrations.

But then, what is to be expected from a virulently anti-Palestinian, miserably apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy, with nuclear weapons?!?!?

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