"The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they are realities, and are often even more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are." -- Niccoló Machiavelli, "The Discourses." 1517.
The US has state-of-the-art developments in the sphere of nuclear weapons in service, Head of the State Duma Defense Committee Andrey Kartapolov said during a plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO PA) on Monday.
"Despite the ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the United States is the only country in the world that still has not completed getting rid of them. And, by the way, it has the newest technologies in service in this sphere," the legislator pointed out.
He noted that the implementation of Washington’s military-biological programs posed a glaring threat to security. According to the lawmaker, the US conducts research in this sphere along three tracks: monitoring, collecting strains and studying zoonotic pathogens.
Webmaster addition: Yep, WW3 will be biological rather than nuclear!
Should we be concerned by all of the volcanic activity that we are witnessing all over the planet right now? According to Volcano Discovery, 27 different volcanoes are erupting at this moment and many others are showing signs of waking up. Of course, this comes at a time when we are also seeing lots of unusual earthquakes around the globe.
Relaxing euthanasia laws in Canada so children can be offered assisted dying would tell sick young people their lives are ‘not worth living’, a campaigner has warned.
Lawmakers in Canada are currently considering whether medical assistance in dying (MAID) should be open to 'mature minors' who meet certain criteria.
Mike Schouten, an activist whose son Markus died of cancer earlier this year, said the highly-controversial policy would send the message to patients like his son that caregivers are ‘giving up’ on them.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took a shot at former President Donald Trump during a press conference Tuesday, saying anyone who thinks the Constitution could be suspended would have trouble executing the office of president.
Despite the trillions of dollars Congress has spent on the U.S. military in the past decade, American military bases are crumbling to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars in deferred maintenance.
After Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley picked a fight with the Republican Party with an unusual, week-of-election-day personal contribution to Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger, the group has come directly in the GOP’s crosshairs. Presumptive House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Majority Leader Steve Scalise are refusing to meet with the Chamber, with the former calling on it to replace its leadership
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) held a private event Thursday with a panelist that pushed to abolish the agency, along with others against immigration detention that strongly criticized immigration enforcement during the meeting, according to an internal document and a source with knowledge of what occurred in the meeting who spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Ex-FBI lawyer James Baker, who Elon Musk fired from Twitter Tuesday, had the “biggest motive” to “suppress” the report on Hunter Biden’s laptop during the 2020 election, a New York Post reporter told Tucker Carlson.
KBJ is suggesting It's a Wonderful Life can be used as some sort of white supremacy allegory. Even as a hypothetical, it is beyond outlandish and something only someone steeped in critical race theory would come up with.
The head of a security firm hired to protect a Philadelphia gas station amid a surge in violent crime gave a warning to criminals during a Tuesday evening Fox News appearance, saying he will “use force” and “take action” if necessary.
When LaTunja Caster started working at the Olin Corp. chemical plant outside of McIntosh, Alabama, she had no idea that asbestos was used in the production process. But when she became a union safety representative around 2007, she started to pay attention. In certain parts of the plant, “you would see it all the time,” she said. “You definitely breathed it in.”
Six other people who worked in the plant, some with experiences as recent as this year, echoed her recollections about exposure to the potent mineral that has long been known to cause deadly cancers like mesothelioma and a chronic lung condition called asbestosis that can make it difficult to breathe.
Though designated asbestos workers were given protective gear and had special training, electricians, millwrights and general maintenance staff got no comparable protection even though they, too, were exposed, they told ProPublica. The same was true of some contract workers.
Following Tuesday’s decision, Oregonians will no longer be able to purchase ammunition magazines carrying 10 or more rounds. This new law will go into effect starting on Thursday.
In order for someone to be granted a permit allowing them to acquire a firearm, they must successfully complete a safety course and pass a background investigation. The legislation eliminates the so-called Charleston Loophole. It is a loophole in federal law that permits the transfer of weapons to an individual after three days, even if a background check is incomplete. Transfers will not be allowed in Oregon after Thursday until the background investigation is finished.
U.S. District Judge Karin Immergut did not completely overturn the permit-to-purchase requirement as gun rights activists had hoped. She also denied a temporary restraining order which would have blocked a separate provision requiring a permit to purchase a firearm. However, the State will postpone the permit requirement for 30-days to give state agencies time to fully implement the new registration system.
Justice Samuel Alito joked about Black Santa, children in Klan robes and dating websites as the Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case weighing a web designer's bid to avoid working on same-sex weddings because she is a conservative evangelical Christian.
Web designer Lorie Smith of Colorado opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds and is seeking an exemption from a state law that outlaws discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in public accommodations.
Smith sued the state in 2016, arguing that she has a free speech right under the Constitution’s First Amendment to reject requests by same-sex couples because it conflicts with her own views.
During arguments Monday, which included a series of tough hypothetical questions directed at both sides, Alito asked whether a Black Santa at the mall is obligated to take a picture with a child dressed up in a Ku Klux Klan outfit even if he doesn’t want to.
California made news last week when Governor Gavin Newsom’s reparations committee called for giving descendants of slaves (meaning all black people in their view) $223,000 each due to “housing discrimination.” Now some Democrats in New York want to follow California’s example.
According to a report from Fox News, a claim made by Washington Post columnist Karen Attiah says Tiffany Cross, the MSNBC host of "The Cross Connection," was fired because of racism.
The Washington Post reported Cross was named in 2020 as the host of the Saturday morning show. Cross had been the bureau chief for BET Networks in D.C. and an associate producer at CNN. The show earned high ratings as a weekend political outlet.
Fox News notes Attiah stated in a Friday column that firing Cross was "a reminder that the rug could be pulled out from under [black journalists] at any time."
Cross did not hold back from making inflammatory comments. On her Saturday morning broadcast, she often made incendiary remarks against Trump supporters starting the second American "civil war," a derogatory comment about the state of Florida, and the acquittal and name-calling of Kyle Rittenhouse. She did include black Senator Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, in her negative comments.
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada is planning to increase its number of warships in the Taiwan Strait as a message to China that the waters are not its national property.
“We will continue to enforce the international rules-based order when it comes to the Taiwan Strait. And that’s why also we had a frigate going through the Taiwan Strait this summer, along with the Americans, [and] we’re looking to have more frigates going through it,” Joly told the Financial Times.
“We need to make sure that the question of the Taiwan Strait is clear and that it remains an international strait.”
The Taiwan Strait is a stretch of international waters less than 200 kilometres wide separating Taiwan from mainland China. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin had said at a regular news briefing in Beijing on June 13: “There is no such thing as international waters in international maritime law. … Relevant countries claim that the Taiwan Strait is in international waters with the aim to manipulate the Taiwan question and threaten China’s sovereignty.”