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January 19, 2019

Jan 19 10:01

Capitol Hill Aides Hoping A Disaster Will Strike to End Shutdown

Capitol Hill aides are hoping a disaster will strike so Americans will start thinking their largely worthless jobs are actually needed.

Jan 19 10:01

Press TV’s Hashemi unlikely to be released immediately: Son

A court in the United States has confirmed the arrest of US-born Iranian Press TV news presenter Marzieh Hashemi as a material witness in an unspecified investigation.

Ms. Hashemi, 59, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on unspecified charges upon arrival at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri, on Sunday, her family and friends said.

At the request of the US Justice Department, Judge Beryl Alaine Howell, the chief district judge for the District of Columbia, issued a federal court order, approving the partial unsealing of the Press TV journalist’s case, Reuters reported.

According to the document, since her arrest, the journalist has appeared twice before a US district judge in Washington and has been appointed a lawyer.

Jan 19 10:00

20 Syrian civilians killed as new US-led airstrikes target Dayr al-Zawr

Nearly two dozen civilians, mostly women and children, have been killed after the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group carried out a series of aerial assaults in Syria’s troubled eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA on Friday that 20 people were killed when US-led warplanes bombarded residential buildings in al-Baghuz al-Tahtani village.



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Jan 19 10:00

US seeks to pressure Iran through Press TV anchor’s arrest: Analyst

The United States is seeking to put pressure on Iran through the arrest and imprisonment of Marzieh Hashemi, a journalist and anchor working for Iran’s English-language Press TV television news network, says an academic.

“I think they have motives, obviously we can only kind of guess at those, but clearly what is certainly happening is that this is an escalation, an escalation of harassment, an escalation in terms of trying to put pressure on Iran through Ms. Hashemi, through her treatment. They have purposely chosen this situation and escalated it so that it becomes the issue that it has become,” Kenneth Fero, lecturer at Coventry University, told Press TV in an interview on Friday.

“They have opened a new theater really and they are having their players running around and controlling everything. Later on today if it does goes to court we’ll be able to know whether she is being held as a material witness or whether she is actually going to be charged with anything,” he added.

Jan 19 09:59

Forget the Trade War. China Is Already in Crisis

A trade pact, if it happens, may soothe investors, and perhaps even juice economic growth—at least temporarily. But it won’t bring an end to China’s woes. While tariffs are a nuisance, the real problems run deeper, embedded in China’s financial structure.

What goes widely unnoticed is that China is already in crisis. No, it’s not the sort of hold-on-for-dear-life collapse the U.S. had in 2008 or the surprising, ferocious meltdowns the Asian Tiger economies experienced in 1997. Nonetheless, it’s a crisis, complete with gutted banks, bankrupt companies, and state bailouts. Since the Chinese distinguish their model of state capitalism as “socialism with Chinese characteristics,” let’s call this a “financial crisis with Chinese attributes.”

Jan 19 09:59

Pelosi Lied! Shocking Not…..

The Secret Service was never contacted by Nancy Pelosi’s office or other Democratic congressional leadership regarding their ability to protect the president, members of the administration and Congress during the State of the Union, according to a senior law enforcement official at the Department of Homeland Security.

According to the official who spoke to the The Daily Caller, Pelosi made the decision unilaterally without contacting the Secret Service or DHS. “The Secret Service was never contacted by congressional leadership regarding our security plan or the Secret Service’s ability to carry it out,” the senior law enforcement official said.

Jan 19 09:54

CNN GUEST: BUZZFEED ‘GOT THEIR BRAINS KICKED IN’ BY MUELLER’S TEAM

CNN guest and radio host Ben Ferguson said Friday that BuzzFeed News “got their brains kicked in” by the Special Counsel’s office over their disputed report on President Donald Trump.

BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday night that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors that the president had directed him to lie about a potential Trump Tower deal in Moscow during the 2016 election. (RELATED: Mueller’s Office Disputes BuzzFeed’s Report)

Mueller’s office issued a rare statement disputing BuzzFeed’s reporting on Friday:

“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.”



Jan 19 09:53

‘BuzzFeed is toast’: NYT, Ronan Farrow throw more ‘cold water’ on the BuzzFeed scoop

BuzzFeed’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day just got worse as the New York Times is reporting that the prosecutors in the special counsel’s office are saying that Michale Cohen “never implied that the president had pressured him to lie to Congress”:

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Jan 19 09:52

SUGAR INDUSTRY QUIETLY PAID SCIENTISTS TO POINT BLAME AT FAT

n the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to “refute” concerns about sugar’s possible role in heart disease. The SRF then sponsored research by Harvard scientists that did just that. The result was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, with no disclosure of the sugar industry funding.

The sugar-funded project in question was a literature review, examining a variety of studies and experiments. It suggested there were major problems with all the studies that implicated sugar, and concluded that cutting fat out of American diets was the best way to address coronary heart disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Proving that Harvard is not above creative lying, when the money is concerned is ample, but does it so tastefully, completely covered in the clothing of "
pure science", that few people are the wiser, when it comes to the real facts.

Jan 19 09:52

Tourists are rarely jailed for breaking Miami Beach laws. Not so for the homeless.

Amid a growing national movement away from jailing people for low-level crimes — which critics say can trap defendants in a cycle of poverty and incarceration — Miami Beach has taken the opposite approach.

Last January, after learning that the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office was routinely dropping charges for “quality of life” offenses such as drinking in public and entering a park after hours, Miami Beach hired its own prosecutor to target people who violate city laws. The program, which is the only one of its kind in Miami-Dade County, was part of a broader effort to address nuisance crimes.

But despite residents’ complaints about rampant public drunkenness during spring break and other times that draw a lot of tourists, a review of the cases prosecuted by the new program shows that few tourists have been arrested and prosecuted for drinking in public or for other nuisance crimes.

Instead, public records show, the majority of the cases have involved homeless people.

Jan 19 09:51

Army Struggles To Reach Generation Z, Tries Recruiting At Video Game Tournaments 

Army recruiters are having a challenging time convincing Americans born between 1995 and 2005 to sign up and serve. The situation is so dire that Army Recruiting Command has turned to e-Sports video game tournaments.

“It is incredible, the amount of coverage that you get and the amount of the Z Gens that are watching these games,” Gen. Frank Muth, the head of Army Recruiting Command, told NPR.

Sponsoring video game tournaments is an effort to boost recruitment after the Army fell short of its 76,500 recruitment goal by 6,500 people last year.



Jan 19 09:50

Trucking Companies At War Over This New Niche Of E-Commerce Delivery

The battle for new delivery business spurred by the significant rise in large products ordered online is officially on.

And as consumers get more comfortable buying larger items like appliances, grills, treadmills and even furniture online, trucking companies like JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. are knee-deep in the fray to secure the ensuing delivery business that comes with it.

JB Hunt, for instance, announced Wednesday that it has agreed to pay $100 million for a company in New Jersey that specializes in delivering large items to consumers. This is the second such purchase made by JB Hunt in the delivery space in less than two years.

Jan 19 09:50

At least 21 people are killed and 71 injured following a huge explosion at an oil pipeline in Mexico sparked by fuel thieves trying to steal gas, as the president calls in the army to help the victims

A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 21 people and badly burning 71 others.

The leak was caused by fuel thieves illegally tapping the pipeline in a small town in the state of Hidalgo, according to state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.

Video footage showed dozens of residents near the town of Tlahuelilpan gathered to collect spilled fuel in buckets, garbage cans and other vessels.

'There was a report that residents were on the scene trying to obtain fuel,' according to a police report.

Jan 19 09:49

China Invites Islamic Country Envoys to Visit Muslim Internment Camps

China invited representatives from 12 neighboring, mostly Muslim-majority countries to tour some of the internment camps built in Xinjiang province to indoctrinate, torture, and exploit the labor of Chinese Muslims, a report claimed Friday.

A report in the People’s Daily on Friday, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, claimed that the envoys were extremely impressed by the success of the “vocational centers,” as Beijing calls them, in helping incorporate members of the Uighur, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz ethnic minorities into the Chinese economy.

Jan 19 09:49

Bitterly Cold Temperatures, Blizzard Conditions to Hit East Coast

The U.S. East Coast is bracing for freezing cold temperatures and heavy snowfall this weekend, likely bringing challenging travel conditions and power outages to thousands across the regions.

The winter storm is slated to hit large parts of the Northeast Sunday, dropping at least a foot of snow and ice in blizzard-like conditions. Residents of the inland tri-state area and mid-Atlantic will face subzero temperatures.

At least 100 million people across the country are under winter weather watches or warnings.

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Jan 19 09:48

 LOCKED UP: HOW THE MODERN PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX PUTS SO MANY AMERICANS IN JAIL

ou cannot have a discussion on the prison-industrial complex without discussing private prisons. As of 2018, private prisons housed 8.41 percent of incarcerated persons in the United States. While private prisons date back to the colonial days, the modern privatized prisons as we think of them only date back to the 1980s. This was initially due to the explosion of prison population and resulting prison overcrowding that some have tied to the War on Some Drugs.

This spike in incarceration, however, is far more closely tied with the rise of private prisons. Between the years 1925 and 1980, the prison population in the United States remained constant as a proportion of the overall population. In 1983, however, two things happened: First, the first private prisons came into operation. Second, the prison population as a proportion of the overall population began to explode.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Private Prison Industrial Complex, is one of the worst ideas in the world, and many US politicians get money donated from these institutions, rather regularly.

They promise that they can do it more cheaply than do publicly funded prisons, and that may be true; but what happens to that prisoner, before they are released, if they are not released in a coffin, can be a monumental hazard to their physical, and mental health.

Food is substandard; Medical care: lacking in the extreme; and almost zero rehabilitation, which will nearly insure recidivism.

How Private Prisons Increase Recidivism

Study finds private prisons keep inmates longer, without reducing future crime

Private Prison Confinement on Offender: Recidivism Evidence from Minnesota This article goes on to state: "Using multiple measures of recidivism and private prison confinement, 20 Cox regression models were estimated. The results showed that offenders who had been incarcerated in a private prison had a greater hazard of recidivism in all 20 models, and the recidivism risk was significantly greater in 8 of the models. The evidence presented in this study suggests that private prisons are not more effective in reducing recidivism, which may be attributable to fewer visitation and rehabilitative programming opportunities for offenders incarcerated at private facilities."

New Zeaaland Recidivism-forcused: Private Prison Contracts a Model for the States

The US Government, psychologically, has never been able to make up its mind, about punishment, versus rehabilitation, when it comes to its prison population; therefore, it repeatedly fails at both.

Jan 19 09:41

Rock Pi 4: A closer look at the new Raspberry Pi challenger

This is the Rock Pi 4, the latest rival to the Raspberry Pi in the low-cost computing space.

Check out TechRepublic's full review to find out how the Rock Pi 4 measures up to the Raspberry Pi, and why the Rock Pi isn't a necessarily a better choice, despite its superior specs.

This is the 4GB of the Rock Pi 4 Model B, a board whose $75 price tag is more than twice that of the $35 Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

Jan 19 09:36

Twins get some 'mystifying' results when they put 5 DNA ancestry kits to the test

One set of identical twins, two different ancestry profiles.

At least that's the suggestion from one of the world's largest ancestry DNA testing companies.

Last spring, Marketplace host Charlsie Agro and her twin sister, Carly, bought home kits from AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA and Living DNA, and mailed samples of their DNA to each company for analysis.

Despite having virtually identical DNA, the twins did not receive matching results from any of the companies.

Jan 19 09:35

Mueller's office disputes Buzzfeed story on Michael Cohen

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office issued a statement late on Friday taking issue with a report in Buzzfeed that President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen said Trump told him to lie to Congress.

“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller office, said in the statement.



Jan 19 09:34

WATCH: Chris Cuomo Is PISSED After BuzzFeed Flub; “Mueller Didn’t Do The Media Any Favors Tonight”

There is much weeping and gnashing of teeth in the media following the stunning implosion of a BuzzFeed story that was set up to provide the grounds for the upcoming impeachment of President Trump.

In the piece that was written by the already discredited Jason Leopold, it was claimed that the Democrats’ star witness against Trump in his former attorney turned rat Michael Cohen had been ordered to lie to Congress on the Trump Tower Moscow project.

The media picked up the ball and ran with it, hammering the impeachment angle repeatedly as Nancy Pelosi seethed over her foreign junket being canceled but on Friday evening, a rare statement out of chief inquisitor Robert Mueller’s office (likely approved Mueller himself) blew a smoking hole in the BuzzFeed piece and its inaccuracies.

It was as though all of the air was immediately sucked out of the balloon and the flummoxed media didn’t know what hit them.

Jan 19 09:33

Yellow Vests protest in Paris, Act 10

Jan 19 09:29

No Longer Funding The Wall.. Now Building The Wall

WE EXPANDED OUR MISSION! We are no longer just funding the wall, we are now BUILDING the wall.

Eight days before Christmas I started this GoFundMe campaign because I was tired of watching the U.S. government’s inability to secure our southern border. Like most Americans, I see the porous southern border as a national security threat and I refuse to allow our broken political system to leave my family and my country vulnerable to attack.

Jan 19 09:28

Adelson has ‘more influence’ than Pompeo, ‘controlling’ State Dep’t on Israel, says ‘NYT’ columnist Egan

Timothy Egan, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, has a column today defending the tradition of rich people having an outsize role in our politics, because that’s just reality. But he slipped in not one but two cracks at Sheldon Adelson.

An 85-year-old casino magnate, Sheldon Adelson, now has more influence on American foreign policy than even the secretary of state, the Koch [Brothers] tool Mike Pompeo.

But the Kochs pay for politicians in order to enrich themselves and to gut regulations affecting the polluting industries that made them billionaires. Adelson got a similar tax windfall for the millions he put into electing Republicans, with the added benefit of controlling the State Department’s view of Israel.

Jan 19 09:28

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Jan 19 09:28

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BACKS SLOW-MOTION RIGHT-WING COUP IN VENEZUELA

A slow-motion coup by right-wing opposition forces is underway in Venezuela. It has the support of President Donald Trump’s administration, and if successful, President Nicolas Maduro will be undemocratically removed from power though he was re-elected last May
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Juan Guaido of the Popular Will Party in Venezuela was elected to lead the National Assembly, Venezuela’s congress. He said on January 11 that he was ready to replace Maduro.

“The constitution gives me the legitimacy to carry out the charge of the presidency over the country to call actions. But I need backing from the citizens to make it a reality,” Guaido stated.

On January 15, the National Assembly called Maduro’s presidency “illegitimate” and passed a resolution indicating the body no longer believes he has any legal authority.

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Mikey, Mikey, Mikey; we all know what the US government wants; access to those oil reserves, and pronto!!

Venezuela is the clear global leader in oil reserves

So, Mikely, please do not even attempt to behave as though you gave a rat's anus about the people in this country. This Administration would back the second coming of Attila the Hun, as long as it got what it wanted, economically, and with Juan Guaido in power, it believes it will; period, end of discussion, sir.

Jan 19 09:25

Trump plans North Korea nuclear summit with Kim Jong Un for February

President Donald Trump plans to meet face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month for a second nuclear summit, the White House announced Friday.

"The President looks forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at a place to be announced at a later date," according to the White House readout of Trump's meeting with top Kim deputy Kim Yong Chul.

Trump and Kim Yong Chul had planned to discuss "relations between the two countries and continued progress on North Korea’s final, fully verified denuclearization," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement before Friday's meeting.



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Jan 19 09:25

Israeli historian Benny Morris doubles down on his advocacy for ethnic cleansing

Benny Morris, the Israeli historian who has documented Israeli-Palestinian history so meticulously, is again bemoaning that a full ethnic cleansing was not completed in 1948.

In a long interview with Ofer Aderet in Haaretz (published in English today), Morris says:

If the War of Independence had ended with an absolute separation of populations – the Palestinian Arabs on the east side of the Jordan River and the Jews on the west side – the Middle East would be less volatile and both peoples would have suffered less over the past 70 years. They would have been satisfied with a state of their own, not exactly what they wanted, and we would have received the whole Land of Israel.

Jan 19 09:24

Jordan condemns Israel violations near Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Jordanian foreign ministry yesterday condemned Israel’s actions near Al-Buraq (the Western Wall), stressing it is an inalienable part of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israel had reportedly set up steel and wooden structures near Al-Buraq, in contravention of the status quo agreement with Jordan over the administration of Al-Aqsa compound.

Foreign ministry spokesman, Sufian Al-Qudat, said that only the Palestinian Authority (PA) is responsible for dealing with issues related to Al-Aqsa Mosque, as stipulated by international law. Al-Qudat also stressed that Israel, as an occupying power, has to respect this agreement, Jordanian news agency Petra reported.

Al-Qudat also emphasised that Jerusalem’s Awqaf Department (which administers Al-Aqsa) is the only party with the power to carry out maintenance and renovation works in Al-Aqsa Mosque and the surrounding compound, an area which consists of 144 dunams (35 acres) of land.

Jan 19 09:24

Russia ready to host Palestine reconciliation conference

Russia has reiterated its readiness to host a reconciliation conference between rival Palestinian factions.

In a phone call with the Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, Russia’s special envoy to the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov discussed the possibility of holding a comprehensive Palestinian reconciliation meeting in Russian capital Moscow.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Bogdanov had reiterated Russia’s “strong and firm intention to restore Palestinian national unity as soon as possible and find a solution to the Palestinian issue following international law”.

“Bogdanov stressed that Russia is ready to go on establishing intensive contacts with all the leading Palestinian political forces and organise a comprehensive Palestinian meeting in Moscow,” the statement added.

Jan 19 09:23

Palestinian rejects $100m Israel offer to buy his Hebron home

A Palestinian from Hebron has rejected a $100 million Israeli offer to buy his home.

An inhabitant of the West Bank city of Hebron, Abdul Raouf Al-Mohtaseb rejected an Israeli offer worth $100 million for his house and shop, located in the centre of the old neighbourhood of Al-Sahla, Hebron, Arabi 21 reported on Friday.

Al-Mohtaseb has rejected all previous Israeli offers made to him for his house and shop, which overlook Ibrahimi Mosque in the centre of the old city.

“I rejected $100 million,” Al-Mohtaseb said, adding: “I will reject all the money on earth. I will not betray my land or my people. Money is fine, but only when it is clean.”



Jan 19 09:23

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Jan 19 09:22

Israel’s racism and cruelty are beyond civilised norms and laws

Some Israelis insulted Jesus Christ recently in a museum in Haifa, making him into an offensive cartoon and insulting the anniversary of his blessed birth. It was as if they were reminiscing about chasing him across the mountains and valleys of Palestine. Today, they are insulting Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem in an attempt to erase the traces of Prophet Muhammad’s footsteps in Palestine (peace be upon him).

Jan 19 09:21

A village under occupation

For the residents of Issawiyeh, a Palestinian village of some 20,000, surveillance, military raids and building demolitions are a daily reality.

Nestled in the hills of East Jerusalem, the village is plagued by poor infrastructure, residents are constantly harassed by the Israeli Border Police and anyone, including children, run the risk of arbitrary arrest.

The village has seen its lands gradually disappear. Before Israel occupied the area in 1967, the village included some 12,500 dunams (1 dunam = 1,000 square meters) of land.

Since then, and due to a combination of Israeli settlements, illegal under international law, the nearby Hebrew University and, more recently, Israel’s West Bank wall, village land has been reduced to around 9,400 dunams, according to Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, a local council member.

Jan 19 09:21

What a Coincidence! After Syria Attack Will We Have To Stay?

An apparent suicide bombing in Manbij, northern Syria, has taken the life of four US servicemembers and several civilians. ISIS has taken credit for the attack. Neocons cite the attack as proof that we should stay. The rest of us cite the attack as more proof that we should leave. Where will Trump come down? On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:



Jan 19 09:20

White House: Israeli TV Report on Peace Plan Not Accurate

White House officials have issued a statement on Friday rejecting Israeli Channel 13’s report on the Israeli peace deal, declaring the deal to be “inaccurate,” and saying that “very few people on the planet know what is in it.”

Channel 13’s report cited a “senior American official,” and presented a very broad-brush summary of the plan, including giving the Palestinians a state that included the majority of the occupied West Bank, and some of the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem as their capital city.

Though this fairly unspecific report is in keeping with what most plans could be expected to contain, US special envoy Jason Greenblatt not only rejected the idea, but added that any speculation about what the US plan actually is “is not helpful.”

Jan 19 09:20

Bill Barr’s CIA Resume: Cover-Ups, Covert Operations, and Pardons

Trump’s nominee to be attorney general has what Trump might call “deep state” credentials.

Barr came to Langley in 1973. He was a 23 year graduate of Columbia with a masters in Chinese studies His resume shows he toiled at the agency by day and attended George Washington University law school at night. The Watergate scandal was ravaging the agency’s reputation and bringing down president Richard Nixon.

Barr spent four formative years working in the Intelligence directorate and the Office of Legislative Counsel. He even made the acquaintance of CIA director George H.W. Bush. In 1977 Barr moved on to a prestigious clerkship for a federal judge and then a series of jobs in private practice and the Justice Department. In 1991, Bush, who had since been elected president, appointed Barr to be attorney general.

Jan 19 09:19

Will nothing sate John Bolton’s lust for war?

Will the Trump administration embrace the Bolton doctrine? John Bolton, whom Donald Trump appointed in April to replace the stolid H.R. McMaster, has been trying to tailor administration foreign policy to match his hawkish views. Among his initiatives, the Wall Street Journal reported, is to make a move to do what he has long wanted done, which is to wage war against the mullahs in Tehran. The result is a schism in the administration.

Jan 19 09:18

GLOBAL DEBT TOPS 244 TRILLION DOLLARS AS "NEARLY HALF THE WORLD LIVES ON LESS THAN $5.50 A DAY"

The borrower is the servant of the lender, and one of the primary ways that the elite keep the rest of us subjugated is through the $244,000,000,000,000 mountain of global debt that has been accumulated.

Every single day, the benefits of our labor are going to enrich somebody else. A portion of the taxes that are deducted from your paycheck is used to pay interest on government debt. A portion of the profits that your company makes probably goes to servicing some form of business debt. And most Americans are continuously making payments on their mortgages, their auto loans, their credit card balances and their student loan debts. But most people never stop to think about who is becoming exceedingly wealthy on the other end of these transactions. Needless to say, it isn’t the 46 percent of the global population that is living on less than $5.50 a day.



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Jan 19 09:16

PIPELINE ERUPTS IN FIERY EXPLOSION IN MEXICO, KILLING AT LEAST 66

A gas pipeline in the Mexican state of Hidalgo exploded on Friday night, killing at least 21 people in a blast the authorities said was caused by an illegal tap used to steal fuel.

Omar Fayad, the governor of Hidalgo, said on Twitter that more than 70 others were injured in the explosion in Tlahuelilpan, a town about 80 miles north of Mexico City.

The state-run energy company, Pemex, said that the explosion was caused by an illegal fuel tap at the Tuxpan-Tula pipeline.

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Pemex has a long, and sordid, history of covering up safety and health issues with their plants, and their explanation of what happened here, is probably no accident. Take a look at the following, if you do not believe me:

Pipeline Erupts in Fiery Explosion

Safety Issues at Pemex

Pemex. Pemex has a long history of alleged violation of human and labour rights regarding engineers, unrightfully considered to be "trusted workers" who have tried to unionize since 1995 and succeeded, after several repression episodes, in doing so in 2008 and 2009, although at a high human cost.

Mexican Blast Stirs Anger, Criticism

https://www.business-anti-corruption.com/country-profiles/mexico/

You catch my drift; anything that Pemex may have done to create these safety hazards, leading to this explosion, will be just swept under the corporate rug, as simply the cost of business as usual.

Jan 19 09:15

Bruce Ohr Under Oath Implicates Mueller In Steele Dossier

Jan 19 09:12

Tulsi Gabbard and the Great Foreign Policy Realignment

“There’s one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace.” Those were the words of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat of Hawaii, appearing on CNN on January 12, as she threw her hat into the presidential ring.

Gabbard is one of the few Democrats in the 2020 mix who has experience as a combatant in war. Back in 2004, at the peak of fighting in Iraq, she volunteered for duty with the Hawaii National Guard as it was deployed to that country. So for her, as well as for all the other veterans of our recent wars of choice, America’s Middle East policy is more than an object for armchair strategizing.

Thus did Gabbard smile in agreement when CNN host Van Jones summarized her views as “hawk on terror, dove on regime change.” And most Americans would agree: that is, everybody wants an anti-terrorism policy, but few want more foreign wars and regime changes.

Jan 19 09:11

American Anchor for Iran’s PressTV Still Jailed Without Charge

It took a solid week after her detention in St. Louis, but Marzieh Hashemi, an anchor for Iran’s PressTV and an American citizen, has finally gotten into a courtroom, and learned that she is neither being accused of any crimes nor is she facing any charges. That said, they’re not expecting to let her go any time soon.

Hashemi is being held as a witness for a grand jury. Federal law technically allows such detention if a judge is convinced the person might not testify willingly, though legal experts have noted this is a tactic that has faced little legal challenge in the past, and might not stand up to a serious case. Hashemi does not finally have an attorney.

The law that allows for these detentions is meant to be very limited in use, and very temporary, with the detainee supposed to be released immediately after they are deposed. It is unclear, however, when they actually intend to depose Ms. Hashemi, and the early impression is that the detention may take some time.



Jan 19 09:10

30 Palestinians injured in clashes in eastern Gaza: medics

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, on Jan. 18, 2019. At least 30 Palestinians were injured in clashes on Friday between hundreds of protesters and Israeli soldiers stationed at the borderline of eastern Gaza Strip, according to Gaza medics.

Jan 19 09:10

Justin Trudeau’s pack of lies about BDS

I spoke to The Real News about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s renewed attacks and smears against the BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement for Palestinians rights.

During a town hall meeting at Brock University in Ontario this week, one questioner asked Trudeau to retract his previous smears that the BDS movement is anti-Semitic.

Instead, the Liberal Party prime minister doubled down, claiming that the anti-racist BDS movement targets Jews.

Trudeau asserted “that anti-Semitism has also manifested itself not just as targeting of individuals but it is also targeting a new condemnation, or an anti-Semitism against the very state of Israel.”

Trudeau’s refusal to distinguish between Jews and Judaism on the one hand, and Israel and its state ideology Zionism, on the other, is, I told The Real News, itself an anti-Semitic move.

Jan 19 09:04

DC restaurant fined $7k for questioning transgender activist who used women's restroom

Washington, D.C., restaurant Cuba Libre has been hit with a $7,000 fine after questioning a transgender activist who used its women's restroom and a manager tried to insist the patron show identification proving to be female.

Jan 19 09:02

Trump banner held by white fans at HS basketball game angers black coach — so district is investigating

"I coach a predominantly black inner city high school team," Walker wrote in his post. "We go out to a rural area in Jordan, MN, and this is there. Please explain how and why this is appropriate at a high school basketball game?"
Walker, who is black, also is director of his district's Office of Black Male Student Achievement, the paper said.

Jan 19 09:01

Univ. of Georgia teaching assistant says ‘some white people may have to die’ for black communities to be ‘made whole’

In his post, Irami Osei-Frimpong, a philosophy teaching assistant at the university, reportedly said that "some white people may have to die for black communities to be made whole in this struggle to advance freedom."
According to the TA, anyone in disagreement with his sentiments was "ahistorical and dangerously naive."
The comment has since been deleted, according to Campus Reform. The outlet did get a screenshot of the comment.

Jan 19 09:00

UNIVERSITY DEMANDS STUDENT PAY $500 FOR PUBLIC RECORDS ON ITS CHINESE PROPAGANDA INSTITUTE

Crowdfund to ‘show public agencies they can’t make requesters go away’

Under scrutiny from lawmakers of both parties and academic groups, universities have been closing their Chinese government-run centers at a brisk pace.

The University of Kansas has not publicly moved to shutter its Confucius Institute, however, and a KU student wanted to know if administrators had discussed the possibility. He filed a public records request a month ago.

The taxpayer-funded university gave him an answer Thursday: $506.50.

Conner Mitchell set up a crowdfunding page to raise the money demanded by KU to hand over emails from top administrators that include the phrase “Confucius Institute.” He describes himself as a freelance journalist who has previously written for The Kansas City Star, Palm Beach Post and KU’s hometown newspaper, the Lawrence Journal-World.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this institution is taxpayer funded, it should have no problems in meeting his request for only as much as it has to pay in copying, or handling, fees; this is thoroughly outrageous, and makes utterly no sense, except for attempting to squeeze this guy financially, as though he were a tube of toothpaste.

Jan 19 08:59

Sheriffs barred from state legislature session because they were carrying guns. Then common sense kicks in.

"We were allowed to go into the Roundhouse but we weren't allowed to go down onto the floor. We were directed to go to another room and watch what was going on from a TV," Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace told the station. "That has never happened to us before, and that's a direct violation to the constitution of New Mexico. Not only that, the Constitution of the United States, and that's just — as law enforcement officers, as peace officers, we carry weapons. That's just what we do."



Jan 19 08:57

A Virginia senator is turning heads by openly carrying her gun to work: 'It is a deterrent'

Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield) is not taking any chances with her personal security at work, and has begun openly carrying her gun at the Capitol, according to The Washington Post.
Chase, who previously concealed her firearm when she brought it to work, said she's seen too many threats from angry constituents and protesters to worry about what people think of her openly carrying.

Jan 19 08:56

Former Chili's server claims she was denied promotion for not dressing in 'gender appropriate' attire, files complaint with EEOC

Meagan Hunter waited tables at a Chili's in Phoenix for two years. Servers wear standard-issue T-shirts as uniforms, so when she appeared at an interview for a promotion within the company in June, she wore a buttoned-down shirt and slacks, which she says is typical for male managers to wear at Chili's.
Hunter told Yahoo Lifestyle that after the interview, her general manager asked for a word with her outside.



Jan 19 08:56

Man allegedly tries kidnapping 1-year-old from stroller right in front of Mom. But she's having none of it.

A 24-year-old New York mother was out for a walk in Hempstead, Long Island, with her 1-year-old son Tuesday evening when a man jumped in front of the stroller and grabbed the boy, police told WABC-TV.

Jan 19 08:55

TRUMP TO USE FEDERAL FUNDS TO PROP UP US BOMB MAKERS

Welcome to US direct investment in the military-industrial complex.

President Donald Trump has approved direct federal investment in suppliers of American bomb parts and chemicals, part of as much as $250 million in direct investments by the Pentagon, reports The Military Times.

The government funding for those suppliers, under the Defense Production Act, is meant to lift a sub sector of the defense-industrial base that the Pentagon deems weak. It’s also a significant step in broader plans within the administration to remedy fragile markets and foreign dependencies among the military’s suppliers, according to the Times.

“There will be many more of these to come to address gaps and vulnerabilities in the defense-industrial base,” Peter Navarro, director of the White House Office of Trade and Industrial Policy, said. “This is exactly what we should be doing and an example of how the administration is more attentive to the issue.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the obscene profits being made right now, in the military industrial complex, are absolutely NOT enough for them to be able to move forward to modernize the US's weaponry program, so they are, again, whining and suckling at the breasts of We the Taxpayers, to the tune of $250 million.

The question I have to ask, is, please, where is this money coming from?!?

And there is no period of public discussion on this?!?

Jan 19 08:53

USAID to end all Palestinian projects on Jan. 31st

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will end all its projects in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip on January 31st following the US administration’s decision to cut funding to the Palestinians, Dave Harden, former USAID Mission Director and Managing Director of the Georgetown Strategy Group, confirmed on Thursday.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, Harden expressed deep concern over the move to shut down USAID and said that the US administration "demonstrates again a lack of nuance, sophistication, and appreciation for the complexity of the situation.”

He stressed, “Who suffers when USAID leaves schools and water systems unfinished? Palestinians, of course, but also Israelis and Americans. The administration just gave Hamas more running room.”

Jan 19 08:52

The truth about the yellow vests



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Jan 19 08:51

Russia says Putin has allowed German experts to monitor Kerch Strait

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin had agreed to a proposal by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for German experts to monitor the Kerch Strait near Crimea.

Lavrov said Putin had agreed to the request a month ago, but that the Germans had still not arrived.

Jan 19 08:51

Transgender teen reality show to feature 'farewell to penis' party ahead of sex reassignment operation

During the Jan. 15 episode of "I Am Jazz," mom Jeannette says she wants to throw the party and Jazz enthusiastically agrees. Even though it's not really fun, "laughter is the best medicine," Jeannette said during the episode titled, "Caterpillar to Butterfly."
The scene creates an awkward moment for her husband, Greg. He tells his wife he will not eat any of the penis-shaped cake she wants to bake for the party.
No word on whether a "farewell to sanity" party is also planned.

Jan 19 08:51

Navy Dumps Hazardous Substances into Puget Sound: Washington State AG

The U.S. Navy dumped the equivalent of 50 dump truck loads of solid material, including copper and zinc, into Puget Sound and must be stopped before it does so again, according to Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

The Navy provides dock space at Naval Base Kitsap for decommissioned, nonoperational vessels to be dismantled, recycled and disposed of. While cleaning the ship Independence at the yard in January 2017 before shipment to Texas for disposal, the Navy dumped the scraped-off paint into Sinclair Inlet, in violation of state and federal laws, according to a news release issued by Ferguson.

"You would think we would be at the stage where everybody, but especially the federal government, understands you can't just scrape a vessel into Puget Sound. ... It's insane," Ferguson said in an interview Thursday.



Jan 19 08:50

Sinopec Ready To Pour $3 Billion In Iran Oil

China’s largest crude oil refiner, Sinopec, has offered US$3 billion to Iran’s state oil company, NIOC, to jointly expand the development of a major field in Iran, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources in the know.

The sources, who wished to remain unnamed, said the Chinese company considered the offer safe from the sanctions the United States reimposed on Iran last November because the initial deal for the development of the Yadavaran field was inked back in 2007.

The offer, according to the Wall Street Journal, was made last month but it is only now coming to light as media and analysts speculate whether Washington will extend the sanction waivers granted to eight Iranian oil importers will be extended beyond the original deadline.

Jan 19 08:50

OPEC Prepared To Call ‘Extraordinary Meeting’ As Oil Falls

Just a couple of weeks after OPEC and its partners agreed to implement another round of production cuts, the cartel is ready to extend these cuts as international prices continue to fall.

Reuters reports, citing the oil minister of the UAE, that OPEC is prepared to call an extraordinary meeting as it enters “whatever it takes” mode yet again.

Earlier this month OPEC, Russia and nine more producers agreed to reduce their combined oil output by 1.2 million barrels daily, with OPEC’s share at 800,000 bpd. However, the news failed to impress a market worried about global economic growth and consequently crude oil demand.

Jan 19 08:49

Pro-life activist gets punched, blood drips down his face, after telling unhinged man, 'Jesus loves you'

Pro-life activist Ryan Roberts has been demonstrating in front of a Fort Worth, Texas, abortion clinic since June, begging pregnant women not kill their babies.
On Friday, things got violent.
Roberts — who was recording a Facebook Live video on his cellphone, Faithwire reported — began talking to a man in a pickup truck who pulled in the driveway of Whole Woman's Health.

Jan 19 08:49

Rep. Ro Khanna: U.S. Troops Are a “Sitting Target” in Syria; It’s Time to Bring Them Home

In Syria, a suicide bomber struck a restaurant in the northern city of Manbij Wednesday, killing 19 people including four Americans. Two of them were U.S. soldiers. The bombing was claimed by ISIS and came just weeks after President Trump declared victory over the group and ordered U.S. troops to withdraw from Syria, prompting the resignation of Pentagon chief Jim Mattis. Just hours after the attack, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that ISIS has been defeated. Wednesday’s attack drew renewed calls from congressional hawks—both Republicans and Democrats—to reverse Trump’s Syria withdrawal. The U.S. has an estimated 2,000 troops stationed in Syria, even though Congress has never declared war on the country. We speak with Ro Khanna, Democratic congressmember from California. He is a leading critic of U.S. military interventions abroad.



Jan 19 08:48

Lebanon urges Arab League to readmit Syria

Lebanon's foreign minister has called on the Arab League to restore Syria's membership to the 22-member bloc, the latest indicator that Arab countries are preparing to welcome Damascus back into the fold after years of diplomatic isolation.

Speaking at the opening session of an Arab foreign ministers meeting in Beirut, Gebran Bassil said it was an "historic shame" to keep Syria out of a regional economic summit planned for Sunday, adding that Damascus should be back "in our arms".

Jan 19 08:48

On 43rd Friday of Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Wound 119 Civilians, including 30 Children, 5 Women, 5 Paramedics, and 2 Journalists

The Palestinian Center For Human Right (PCHR): On Friday evening, 18 January 2019, Israeli forces wounded 119 Palestinian civilians, including 30 children, 5 women, 5 paramedics, and 2 journalists, in the peaceful demonstrations in the eastern Gaza Strip despite the decreasing intensity of the demonstrations there for the twelfth week consecutively and absence of most means usually used during the demonstrations since the beginning of the Return and Breaking the Siege March 10 months ago.

According to observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers, though the demonstrators were around tens of meters away from the border fence, the Israeli forces who stationed in prone positions and in military jeeps along the fence continued to use excessive force against the demonstrators by opening fire and firing teargas canisters at them.

Jan 19 08:48

Three arrested in Houston after sex-trafficking victim grabs john's cellphone to frantically call for help

The mother contacted police after she received the call from her daughter, who said traffickers were forcing her into prostitution and using violence and intimidation to hold her against her will, KHOU-TV reported.
Three suspects were arrested Tuesday after police found prostitution ads with photos of the victim and conducted a sting operation.

Jan 19 08:47

A Convenient Killing of US Troops in Syria

With unseemly haste, US news media leapt on the killing of four American military personnel in Syria as a way to undermine President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw troops from that country.

The deadly attack in the northern city of Manbij, on the west bank of the Euphrates River, was reported to have been carried out by a suicide bomber. The Islamic State (ISIS) terror group reportedly claimed responsibility, but the group routinely makes such claims which often turn out to be false.

Jan 19 08:47

The US Has Military Forces in Over 160 Countries, but the Pentagon Is Hiding the Exact Numbers

Nick Turse reports in TomDispatch that the US Department of Defense is operating “hundreds of off-the-books bases absent from the official rolls.” The Pentagon lists in its official property portfolio 4,775 sites, including 514 overseas outposts in 45 foreign countries. But Turse points out that this excludes hundreds of known US military bases in numerous nations.

DoD also publicly acknowledges that it has personnel in more than 160 countries on all seven continents. And the annual cost of deploying these US military personnel abroad and operating these foreign bases approaches $150 billion per year, Turse reports.

The US has 95 percent of the world’s total number of foreign military bases. And scholar David Vine tells Turse “the secrecy is mostly to prevent domestic debate about the money, danger, and death involved, as well as to avoid diplomatic tensions and international inquiries.”

Jan 19 08:46

EU countries could snub US-Poland summit over Iran concerns

European Union countries could snub an international conference on the Middle East scheduled to take place in Poland next month over concerns it is part of a US drive to ramp up pressure on Iran.

EU diplomats raised questions about the real agenda of the February 13-14 conference on Friday, saying it was organised at very short notice and noting that Iran did not appear to be invited.

An EU official said the bloc's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, had other commitments and would not attend.

Jan 19 08:45

Bolton, Pompeo behind arrest of Marzieh Hashemi: Analysts

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US National Security Advisor John Bolton are those who have ordered arresting Marzieh Hashemi, a journalist and anchor working for Iran’s English-language Press TV television news network, say commentators.

American-born Hashemi, most famous for anchoring news programs and presenting shows for Press TV, was detained upon arrival at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri, on Sunday, her family and friends said.



Taboola
Jan 19 08:44

Korea Might be Realigning Towards China

Deep history in action?

Vietnam: Rebelling against China since before Christ – turns commie (if with a marked nationalist brand, as Linh Dinh will tell you); hates China anyway, and building defense ties with the US.

Korea: Near always a loyal vassal to China – gets bifurcated thanks largely to China, becomes ferociously anti-commie (ask, for that matter, the Vietnamese – South Korean troops were more motivated, effective, and brutal than American ones during the Vietnam War), hosts 25,000 American troops on its territory, but has long maintained warm ties with China and is now apparently prepared to sidle up closer.

Food for thought*.

Anyhow, this would be a major coup for the Sinosphere.

Jan 19 08:43

Faith-based retirement village denies lesbian couple’s request to move in. Couple sues — and loses.

Married couple Mary Walsh and Beverly Nance applied for housing at a St. Louis-area retirement community in July.
The village, Friendship Village Sunset Hills, which is a "faith-based but nondenominational nonprofit" independent living organization, denied their request.
Walsh said that she was disappointed with the decision and told the New York Times in August that she'd met people from within the community who seemed like they were very friendly.

Jan 19 08:42

Report: Google employees furious over use of the word 'family' during company meeting, call it 'homophobic'

Google employees were angry when an executive at the tech company used the word "family" during a weekly companywide presentation, The Daily Caller reported.
The word was reportedly used during a discussion about the Unicorn product for children. The use of the word led one to call it "offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong," on a company message board.

Jan 19 08:40

Transgender female who freaked out on store clerk for uttering 'sir' has no regrets for tirade

The transgender female who freaked out on a GameStop clerk for uttering "sir" sat down for an on-camera interview — and Tiffany Moore apparently has no regrets for last month's headline-grabbing tirade.
"Yeah, I could have reacted a whole lot better," Moore told KOB-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the incident occurred. "But you know what? I look back at it, and if I could, I wouldn't change a single thing

Jan 19 08:40

The White Man’s Burden

A storm, methinks, is just over the horizon: The genetics of intelligence, perhaps of behavior. Geneticists know that intelligence is largely genetic. They know better than to say so. But research advances rapidly. Laboratories close in on the responsible genes. Things like genomic-sequence correlation proceed apace. Within ten or fifteen years, I will guess, the genetics of IQ will be firmly established. If the results turn out as seems likely…then what? What does a pseudo-democracy do when clearly stratified by intellectual capacity?

Jan 19 08:39

Demographics on the Ground

Shortly after that election I received an email from one of my sons who lives in the Atlanta area now. He had found a web site that shows the ethnic breakdown of Brookfield Elementary School in Chantilly, which he attended as a sixth grader in 1983 when we had just arrived. On a pie chart, which you can find by scrolling down on the Great Schools web site, you can see that the largest ethnic group now attending the school is Hispanic at 40%. Next are Asians at 23%, then Whites at 20% and Blacks at 12%. My son can recall there being only one Hispanic student at the school in the half year he was there. I coached basketball in the very large Chantilly Youth Association for nine years, and I can’t recall a single Hispanic player.

Jan 19 08:38

Merkel’s Bavarian allies get new party head who promises ‘new start’ for political union

Markus Soeder, the Bavarian prime minister, has replaced Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer as the head of the Christian Social Union – a Bavarian political force, which has long been allied with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU). The leadership change follows months of bickering between the allied parties over the German migration policy and other issues.

Jan 19 08:38

Is Russia-Ukraine war possible?

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine will not escalate beyond minor skirmishes in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Lately, there has been an increasing number of voices suggesting the possibility of a large-scale armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Russian and Ukrainian media alike have published stories expressing this very idea. With that in mind, let us look at the likelihood of an actual war breaking out between Moscow and Kiev under present circumstances.

When assessing the probability of a conflict between the two countries, both Russian and Ukrainian military officials and analysts usually start by breaking down the balance of forces, the capabilities of both sides, the proficiency of their respective troops, and the tactical and technical characteristics of their weapons. What they tend to overlook, however, is military-political aspects, as well as strategic and tactical components.

Jan 19 08:37

JPMorgan raises boss Dimon’s pay to a sweet $31 million, topping pre-crisis record

Wall Street banking giant JPMorgan has awarded its chief executive Jamie Dimon $31 million in total compensation for his work in 2018. The pay exceeds his record compensation of $30 million in 2007 before the financial crisis.

It’s a 5.1 percent increase from 2017 as the bank raked in a record profit last year. Dimon’s pay package included $24.5 million of restricted stock tied to performance, an annual base salary of $1.5 million and a $5 million cash bonus, the New York-based bank said in a regulatory filing. It explained that board members have approved Dimon’s compensation based on the bank’s “strong performance in 2018.”

Jan 19 08:36

Macron's 'Pseudo National Debate' Won't Diffuse Yellow Vests Crisis – Journo

French President Emmanuel Macron's willingness to listen to his people and curtail his arrogance raises doubts, French journalist Gilbert Mercier told Sputnik, commenting on the president's national debate initiative. Dubbing the idea a "political theatre", the journalist opined that Macron's only option is to follow General de Gaulle's example.

French President Emmanuel Macron's "grand national debate" is largely a PR stunt, and an attempt to diffuse a wave of protests which is not fading away, says Gilbert Mercier, a French journalist, serving as the editor-in-chief of the News Junkie Post and the author of "The Orwellian Empire".

"If you wish, it is political theatre, to show 'his people' that he is willing to listen," Mercier told Sputnik. "However, the way it has been choreographed, shows that Macron is planning to do most of the talking, or at least direct the debate, listen to other elected officials, but certainly not open the debate directly with any Gilets Jaunes".

Jan 19 08:36

The Long Haul: 'Yellow Vests' Launch 10th Weekend of Protests in France (VIDEO)

France's "yellow vests" are holding another large-scale demonstration in Paris. The event's Facebook site states that the protesters intend to gather in the square near the Hotel National des Invalides, after which they plan to march through the streets of the French capital.

The demonstration, scheduled for Saturday, is titled "Act 10". As many as 80,000 law enforcement officers have been mobilized across France to keep order during the demonstrations which are also taking place in other French cities, the BFMTV broadcaster reported citing the French Interior Ministry.

The "Yellow Vests" rallies (named after the reflective garment French drivers are required to have in their vehicles) started in mid-November.

Jan 19 08:35

EU 'is prepared to delay Brexit until at least July and could be extended even LONGER' to give Theresa May extra time to get deal to quit Europe through Parliament

EU leaders are preparing to delay Brexit until July or possibly longer if Parliament cannot agree a deal, it has been claimed.

Brussels is reportedly expecting the British government to ask for an extension to Article 50, allowing Theresa May more time to get a deal through Parliament.

Mrs May is expected to lose Commons the vote on her withdrawal deal on Tuesday, raising the prospect of a no-deal departure on March 29.

Brexit could be postponed even longer if a general election or second referendum takes place, the Guardian reported.

Jan 19 08:35

DANGER: Trump's Attorney General Pick Wants Red Flag Laws

Jan 19 07:38

Gladys Knight takes fire for agreeing to sing national anthem at upcoming Super Bowl. She issues classiest response possible.

Superstar musician Gladys Knight responded to the backlash she received after accepting an invitation to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII — and her response was 100 percent class.

Jan 19 07:24

SmartRocket team to launch lighted advertising billboards in space by 2025

Advertisements can be found nearly everywhere today. They come in many formats, shapes, and sizes. Some big, some small, some lighted, some not but did you ever imagine that one day ads would be floating in space?

Back in 1996, Pepsi sent an inflatable 4 foot long Pepsi can to the Mir Space Station.

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