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Nov 19 15:41

'The entire world is worried': US-China tensions at global summit spark fears

"The entire world is worried."

That was Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's grim statement at the end of a summit of world leaders yesterday.

The two-day APEC gathering, which took place over the weekend on the Pacific island, was marred by tensions between the US and China.

For the first time in the summit's 26-year history, regional leaders failed to issue a formal joint statement, with Mr O'Neill saying "the two big giants in the room" had been unable to agree.

And all the while, Australia and New Zealand sit in an awkward position.

US AND CHINA SHARE COMPETING VISIONS

The bickering between the US and China was largely over trade differences, which for months have been building alongside a multi-billion dollar trade war.

Nov 19 15:40

Kremlin critic, facing new charge, sounds alarm on Interpol

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors announced new criminal charges against U.S.-born Kremlin foe Bill Browder on Monday, days before a Russian police officer could become president of Interpol in a move that some Moscow critics fear might politicize the law enforcement agency.

Browder and other opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin have complained that Russia has tried to use Interpol against them. If a Russian is elected as its new president, it could encourage Moscow to intensify attempts to hunt down its critics abroad.

The new charges leveled against Browder accuse him of forming a criminal group to embezzle funds in Russia. They also alleged that he could be behind the death of his employee, Sergei Magnitsky, in a Russian prison.



Nov 19 14:33

Netanyahu’s ceasefire is meant to keep Gaza imprisoned

Jonathan Cook says by bolstering Hamas, Netanyahu hopes to ensure Palestine remains disunited, divided territorially and ideologically, and in no position to exert pressure on Israel via Europe or the UN to begin peace talks or concede Palestinian statehood.>>

Nov 19 14:24

Netanyahu’s ceasefire is meant to keep Gaza imprisoned

Jonathan Cook says by bolstering Hamas, Netanyahu hopes to ensure Palestine remains disunited, divided territorially and ideologically, and in no position to exert pressure on Israel via Europe or the UN to begin peace talks or concede Palestinian statehood.>>



Nov 19 14:16

Iraq For Sale (2006) - A film that was banned during a Congressional hearing and exposed corruption during the the war in Iraq

including examples like charging $100 for one bag of soldier's laundry

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Nov 19 14:11

Staggering Number of Missing in Camp Fire Raises Startling Question: Could Wildfire Really Have Killed 1,000 People?



Nov 19 13:59

Afghanistan Takes Center Stage in the New Great Game. All-Asian solution. No Western invaders welcome

...What matters most for China is Afghanistan becoming part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). That’s exactly what Chinese envoy Yao Jing told the opening session of the 4th Trilateral Dialogue in Islamabad earlier this week between China, Pakistan and Afghanistan. “Kabul can act as a bridge to help expand connectivity between East, South and Central Asian regions,” Jing said. Pakistani Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said: “The Greater South Asia has emerged as a geo-economic concept, driven by economy and energy, roads and railways and ports and pipelines, and Pakistan is the hub of this connectivity due to CPEC.” For Beijing, CPEC can only deliver its enormous potential if Pakistan and India relations are normalized. And that road goes right through Afghanistan. China has been aiming for an opening for years. Chinese intel operatives have met the Taliban everywhere from Xinjiang to Karachi and from Peshawar to Doha. The China card is immensely alluring.



Nov 19 13:58

SNOW FLAKES : University lecturers told DON’T USE CAPS as it frightens students

UNIVERSITY lecturers have been told not to use words in capital letters when setting assignments because it might frighten students into failure.

Nov 19 13:52

Brooklyn Rapper 6ix9ine Among Four Arrested on on racketeering and firearms charges

GOT to see this beauty

6ix9ine has publicly identified himself as a member of a violent New York gang, 9 Trey Bloods.

Nov 19 13:44

Why Does America Have 13 Million Households That Don’t Have Enough Food To Eat?

Have you ever had a day when your children were crying due to hunger but the cupboards were completely bare and your bank account was empty? If you haven’t, you should consider yourself to be extremely blessed, because this is what real life feels like for millions upon millions of Americans in 2018. As you will see below, a third of all Americans cannot even afford “the basics” each month, and 13 million households are officially considered to be “food insecure”. In other words, they don’t have enough to eat. Many parents out there choose to skip a meal (or two) each day just so that their kids can have full stomachs. But sometimes the money runs out completely, and that is when it gets really tough.

Nov 19 13:13

FLASHBACK 2007 - Endangered Species Act Cleared Way for Calif. Fires

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) has had unintended consequences that have proved a nightmare for many Americans who have had their properties seized, faced exorbitant fines, and in some cases given jail time, all in the name of protecting rodents and reptiles, principally.

We need only look to the wildfires raging in California at the present time as an example.

No doubt some of the homes still going up in flames are lost as a result of protection for an endangered species.

ESA regulations prevented homeowners from clearing highly flammable brush from around their homes in San Bernadino and San Diego counties. The very brush that brought the flames that destroyed their homes was the protected habitat of an endangered species, the kangaroo rat.

A well-intended action at the time, ostensibly to preserve and protect America's symbol of liberty, the bald eagle, it passed both Houses of Congress with overwhelming votes.

Nov 19 13:07

‘Slap on the wrist’: Drug dealer who raped dying schoolgirl gets less than 3yrs in jail

A prison sentence of 34 months given to 20-year-old drug dealer was the legal maximum, despite his admitting to overdosing and raping an 18-year-old schoolgirl, as well as allowing her to die and trying to dispose of her body.

Snohomish County Judge Linda Krese was “surprised” and “outraged” by the deficiency in Washington’s state law which only allowed her to sentence Brian Varela to 34 months in prison – the maximum judgment for an individual with no prior criminal record.



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Nov 19 12:53

The End Of The Tax Cut Boost

Nov 19 12:53

NYT series about Moscow’s plot to ‘tear West apart’ is a jewel of psychological projection (VIDEO)

Russia has been scheming for decades to splinter the West with civilization-shattering fake news, claims a shocking three-part film series published by the New York Times. The series was filed under “op-ed” for a reason, however. Russia’s alleged “meddling” in the 2016 presidential election is the “culmination of Moscow’s decades-long campaign to tear the West apart,” according to the scary graphics-filled, spooky music-stuffed video series. The three-part report – safely labelled opinion/editorial – insists that America’s internal political squabbles can be traced back to a “virus” conceived by “KGB spies” in the 1980s. Who knew that the Soviets had Twitter? READ MORE: No proof of Russian meddling in 2018 midterms? Not YET, says Daily Beast in conspiracy-laden report. “Americans are using Russia’s playbook against one another without the faintest clue,” the NYT series warns.

Nov 19 12:45

NATO’s Greatest Enemy is Itself: NATO is a Cancer, Not a Shield

Accidents happen. For Norway at the conclusion of NATO’s Trident Juncture 2018 military exercises, such an accident occurred with its Lockheed Martin Aegis-equipped frigate, HNoMS Helge Ingstad. After a collision with an oil tanker, the frigate’s captain ordered the ship aground to prevent a total loss. The quick thinking may have saved the lives of Norwegian sailors and made salvaging operations easier. Thankfully no lives were lost and only eight injuries are being reported by the Western media. The NATO exercises the Helge Ingstad was participating in simulated an invasion of Norway. As the Council on Foreign Relations made clear in their article, “NATO’s Trident Juncture Exercises: What to Know,” the imaginary invaders were obvious stand-ins for Russia. The CFR piece would claim: "The aggressor in the simulation is fictitious, but the setting and the scale of the exercises point clearly in one direction.

Nov 19 12:42

On the Geo-politics of “European Army”

French president Macron’s call for the creation of a “European Army” and the implicit end of NATO alliance reflects the changing global order, the credit for which must, in the first place, go to the US president Trump, who, through his series of actions, has unwittingly done enough damage to the alliance to force the EU to wean away from the so-called western alliance and project itself as an independent player in the international arena. On the one hand, the concept of a “European army” affirms the growing distance between the US and its allies in Europe, and on the other, it also emphasises how Europe, despite Brexit, intends to stay as one bloc in the international arena and how the creation of a “European army” will only reinforce their existence as a regional bloc. To quote Macron, “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America.



Nov 19 12:39

Execution of Inter-Korean Summit Agreement in Military Sphere

On 23 October, South Korean President Moon Jae-in ratified the inter-Korean summit agreement in the military sphere aimed at implementing the Pyongyang and Panmunjom Declarations. The documents were ratified without an approval from the National Assembly, since it, in the view of the presidential administration, is required when agreements contain clauses related to large expenditures or the need for legislative measures, and the Pyongyang Declaration has no terms of this nature. South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party (DP) said they were forced to act, because the National Assembly is yet to ratify the Panmunjom Declaration, adopted at the first inter-Korean Summit of this year. However, the opposition expressed criticism of the President’s actions, as he had ratified documents without first seeking approval from the National Assembly.

Nov 19 12:13

Maxine Waters’ Career May Be Finished — New Scandal Revealed

A new complaint has been filed against Waters and it and the new unfolding scandal surrounding the complaint has the potential to finish off her career. The complaint involves an obscure fundraising tactic that has raked in thousands of dollars from state politicians in exchange for being listed on her slate mailers. This go-around, it involves supporters of a former Los Angeles mayor defeated in the June gubernatorial primary.

A conservative watchdog group named the National Legal and Policy Center is the one who filed the complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Waters, her campaign and a pro-charter school group called Families and Teachers for Antonio Villaraigosa — which backed the former Democratic mayor of Los Angeles.

This is very serious and could in the end not only end Waters’ career… it could also entail jail time. She has the best attorneys money can buy and it looks like she may need them.



Nov 19 12:12

Netanyahu says calling Israeli snap polls now would be 'irresponsible'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday calling snap elections now would be "irresponsible" as he vowed to push on despite a coalition crisis.

Speaking in an impassioned televised address to the nation, Netanyahu also said he would retain the defence ministry portfolio at least for now and work to convince his coalition partners to remain in the government.

"To go to elections now would be irresponsible," Netanyahu said. "The security of the country is above political considerations."

Nov 19 12:12

Putin re-opening Soviet-era military bases on CUBA as Trump ramps up nuke threat

Concern has been raised among the West that the plans are Russian retaliation after the US announced it was pulling out of the bilateral Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

According to The Jamestown Foundation – a Washington DC-based institute for research and analysis, founded in 1984 as a platform to support Soviet defectors – the re-opening of the base would "duplicate rather than significantly add to Russian abilities to monitor US activities in the Caribbean".

Nov 19 12:11

U.N. Report Confirms ISIS Given "Breathing Space" In US-Occupied Areas Of Syria

A recent report from the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Monitoring Team has found that many of the places in Syria where the terror group Daesh (ISIS) continues to operate, recuperate and extract oil for profit are in areas of the country occupied by the United States.

According to the report’s executive summary:

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), having been defeated militarily in Iraq and most of the Syrian Arab Republic during 2017, rallied in early 2018 [owing to] a loss of momentum by forces fighting it in the east of the Syrian Arab Republic, which prolonged access by ISIL to resources and gave it breathing space to prepare for the next phase of its evolution into a global covert network.”

Nov 19 12:09

Democratic senators SUE to have Trump's appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general declared unconstitutional by a judge

Three Democratic senators have filed a lawsuit challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.

The complaint was filed Monday by Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

It argues that the appointment of Whitaker violates the Constitution because he has not been confirmed by the Senate.

The complaint asks a judge to declare the appointment unconstitutional and to prevent him from serving as head of the Justice Department.

Whitaker was chief of staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and was elevated to the top job after Sessions was ousted by President Donald Trump on Nov. 7.



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Nov 19 12:06

After Botched Recount, Nelson Concedes To Scott In Controversial Florida Race, Giving GOP 52 Senate Seats

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) conceded a hotly contested Senate race to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Sunday - nearly two weeks after the midterm election and following two contentious recounts, Scott said in a statement.

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Nov 19 12:05

David's Chapter 11: America's Largest Bridal Chain Files For Bankruptcy

Following a missed debt payment in October on $270 million in unsecured notes, America's largest bridal-chain, David's Bridal, has begun a pre-packaged financial restructuring by initiating a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

The company will remain in operation during the restructuring which will cut outstanding debt by more than $400 million out of its overall debt load of $760 million, according to Bloomberg.

The court-supervised process is expected to be completed by early January, while sufficient liquidity remains to meet current business obligations and to maintain business as usual.

Nov 19 12:05

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Liberal Scorned: The Media Turns On Facebook And Google

Here's the ugly truth: Facebook and Google are profit-maximizing quasi-monopolies who will do anything to protect their monopolies.

Of the many remarkable trend changes of the past year, few are more striking than the fawning embrace of Facebook et al. by Big Media turning to an enraged sense of betrayal. Facebook and Google--by their own self-definitions, shining beacons of liberalism and goodness (we're not evil, we're fantabulous!)-- were viewed by the famously liberal Big Media as allies in the fight against Trump, illiberalism, populism, deglobalization, etc.

Now, to their horror, Big Media has discovered that not only did their Big Tech sweethearts betray their affection and trust, they're just another bunch of predatory profit-maximizing monopolies who will stab anyone and everyone in the back who gets in their way to higher profits and more power.



Nov 19 12:04

Senate Democrats Sue To Remove Whitaker As Acting AG

Not content to sit back and let the State of Maryland do all the heavy lifting (and reap all of the credit should it succeed) three of the most publicity hungry Democrats in the Upper Chamber are reportedly filing a federal lawsuit to challenge Acting AG Matthew Whitaker's appointment, arguing that President Trump's decision to elevate Whitaker over Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein using a controversial federal succession law was unconstitutional.

Nov 19 12:02

Life in fear: Report says 1 in 3 US drone-strike deaths in Yemen are civilians, including children

Bombings by the Saudi-led coalition may have devastated Yemen, but the country faces another deadly threat in the sky – US drones. A third of those killed by them in 2018 were civilians, including children, according to a report.

"We live in fear. Drones don't leave the sky," said one farmer, describing the day that two of his relatives were killed in a US drone strike. His is one of several testimonies recorded in a new report by Associated Press documenting the rising civilian death toll caused by the US drone war against Al-Qaeda's Yemeni franchise.

Nov 19 12:01

Iran Navy will continue to defend interests in high seas: Commander

A senior Iranian commander says the country's naval fleet will continue its presence in the high seas to protect Iran's national interests.

"So long as the presence of the Iranian Army's fleets is necessary to secure Iran's interests, the dispatch of the fleets to the high seas will continue," Iranian Army's Deputy Commander for Operations Rear Admiral Mahmoud Moussavi told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Sunday.

He added that Iran has a strong Navy, which should consistently maintain its presence in the high seas; otherwise, others would take advantage of its absence.

Mousavi also noted that Iran's Navy plans to dispatch its fleets to the Atlantic Ocean when required as it did in the past.



Nov 19 12:00

US warns of 'consequences' as Palestine joins international bodies

The United States has threatened "consequences" as Palestinians step up efforts for statehood demanding accession to almost a dozen international bodies and conventions.

The threat came after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed the documents on Thursday to join the Universal Postal Union, a UN agency that coordinates international postage, and 10 international protocols and conventions.

The move infuriated the US, Israel's staunch ally, with a State Department official claiming that the Palestinian efforts to join international institutions were “premature” and “counterproductive.”

"We are currently reviewing possible consequences of the Palestinians’ recent actions," the official said in a statement published by the Times of Israel on Sunday.

Nov 19 12:00

Russia eyeing settlements with Iran in national currencies

Russia says it may launch settlements with Iran in national currencies in order to continue bilateral cooperation despite the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The announcement was made by Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak who said Moscow was moving ahead with the plan because it did not recognize the US sanctions against Iran.

"We do not recognize [the US sanctions against Iran], which were introduced unilaterally without the approval of the United Nations Security Council. We will continue seeking mechanisms for cooperation, and one of them is the settlements for supplied goods in national currencies," Novak was quoted as saying by Russia’s TASS news agency.

Nov 19 11:52

Saudi king urges action against Iran, backs Yemen peace

Saudi Arabia's King Salman urged the international community on Monday to halt Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, and reiterated the kingdom's support for U.N. efforts to end the war in Yemen.

The king's annual remarks to the Shura Council, a top governmental advisory body, were his first public comments since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country's consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, which sparked a global outcry.

King Salman, who did not mention the Khashoggi affair, condemned the actions of Iran, its arch-rival for influence in the region, including in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Nov 19 11:51

‘I was assaulted by a mob’: Journo shares videos of Antifa attacking the #HimToo rally in Portland

Journalist and photographer Andy Ngo reports that he and others was assaulted by Antifa protesters at this weekend’s #HimToo rally in Portland, Ore. while Portland Police just sat by and did nothing.



Nov 19 11:50

Graham: Saudi crown prince is ‘irrational’ and ‘unhinged’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in an interview on Sunday called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "irrational" and "unhinged," saying he has weakened the ties between Washington and Riyadh.

"I think he's done a lot of damage to the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia," Graham told NBC's "Meet the Press." "And I have no intention of working with him ever again."

Graham said he was certain that Crown Prince Mohammed ordered the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist and U.S. resident.

"I'm going to do whatever I can to place blame where I believe it lies," the senator added. "I'm gonna put it at the feet of the crown prince, who has been a destructive force in the Mideast."

Nov 19 11:50

US mulling ‘consequences’ after Palestinians join international bodies

Palestinian efforts to join international bodies are “premature” and “counterproductive,” a US State Department official said over the weekend, after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas moved to join a UN agency and several international conventions.

On Thursday, Abbas signed documents to join the Universal Postal Union, a UN agency that coordinates international postage, and 10 international protocols and conventions.

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Nov 19 11:49

Veterans Fighting For Benefits After Exposure to Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan

Army National Guard Major Michael Ray started every morning with a run around his military bases while serving as a physician’s assistant in Afghanistan and Iraq. The jogs took Ray, a Sheboygan resident, near the smoke billowing from large pits used by the military to burn trash.

Ray said at the time he and most other service members didn’t think much about the burn pits, which included everything from plastic to scrap metal to ammunition, set ablaze with jet fuel.

Now retired, the 61-year-old Ray said he feels more like an 85-year-old. He said he developed a bad cough that lasted close to a year after returning from Iraq. Ray said he eventually paid for a lung biopsy in December 2017, which revealed he has an incurable lung disease called constrictive bronchiolitis.

Nov 19 11:48

US Airstrikes Kill at Least 40, Mostly Civilians, in Eastern Syria

Continuing weeks of near-daily civilian death tolls from the US air war in Eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that Saturday’s US attacks killed 40 more people, overwhelmingly civilians. The victims were described as mostly women and children.

Nov 19 11:48

Dollar In Crisis Mode: China Just Dumped A LOAD Of US Treasuries AGAIN

China has just dumped its biggest load of United States treasuries in 8 months. China’s share of US Treasuries holdings had the highest decline since January back in September, as the ongoing and ever-increasing trade tensions with Washington forced the world’s biggest economy to take measures to stabilize its national currency.

And in order to stabilize their own currency, the Chinese will take shots at the U.S. dollar. Although the country is still the biggest foreign holder of the U.S. foreign debt, China has slashed it’s share by nearly $14 billion, with the country’s holdings falling to $1.15 trillion from nearly $1.17 trillion in August, according to the latest data from the Treasury Department. The fall marks the fourth straight month of declines, according to a report by RT. China is followed Japan’s lead, as their share of U.S. Treasuries fell to $1.03 trillion, the lowest since October of 2011.



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Nov 19 11:47

WW3 Alert: North Korea Will Be Keeping Their Nukes, Despite Promises To Denuclearize

North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-Un, has decided to keep the nation’s nuclear weapons, despite promises to the Trump administration that he would begin denuclearization. It appears that a nuclear war threat is still lingering and could be the topic of discussion when president Donald Trump meets Kim early next year.

According to The Daily Sta UK, sources inside the Communist state have reportedly revealed its leader Kim Jong-un has no plans to surrender his nuclear weapons despite talks of denuclearization with Trump. Jiro Ishimaru of AsiaPress International, revealed insiders have said Kim has been assuring his citizens he won’t allow North Korea to be vulnerable. “Even after Kim met with [U.S. President Donald] Trump, progress on a peace treaty has been slow,” said Jiro. “So Kim must feel the need to assure people domestically that he has no intention to let go of nuclear weapons.”

Nov 19 11:46

Government Agency Warning: Space Storms Could Cause Mass BLACKOUTS

It’s not like solar storms of this magnitude have never occurred either. According to Fox News, In 1859 a giant solar flare doubled the sun’s brightness for a few minutes, followed by a surge in magnetism that caused powerful electrical currents in telegraph wires across Europe igniting widespread fires. Another such solar event in 1989 struck Quebec in Canada and burned out power cables led to a blackout. Researchers fear another such event would burn out high-voltage cables and substations across the United Kingdom.

Nov 19 11:43

ADL Anti-Defamation League Origins



Nov 19 11:31

US State Dept Paid $25 Mil Bribe to Patriarch of Constantinople to Foment Religious Chaos in Ukraine

Bartholomew has a shady past - he is also implicated in embezzling $10 million from a project to rebuild an Orthodox church near ground zero in Manhattan, destroyed on 9/11... Bartholomew is close to the Clintons... Was $25 million in American tax dollars allocated for a payoff to stir up religious turmoil and violence in Ukraine? Did Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (unsuccessfully) attempt to divert most of it into his own pocket? Last month the worldwide Orthodox Christian communion was plunged into crisis by the decision of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Constantinople to recognize as legitimate schismatic pseudo-bishops anathematized by the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is an autonomous part of the Russian Orthodox Church. In so doing not only has Patriarch Bartholomew besmirched the global witness of Orthodoxy’s two-millennia old Apostolic faith, he has set the stage for religious strife in Ukraine and fratricidal violence – which has already begun...

Nov 19 11:27

Slavic Science: Russia Uses These Crazy Antique Jet Engine-Equipped Trucks to Blast Away Chemical Agents

Russia’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Troops, also known collectively by the acronym RKhB, are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their formation in 2018 and the country’s Ministry of Defense has recently released a video montage of these units in action to mark the occasion. Among the more unusual systems on display is a truck with a jet engine mounted in the back, called the TMS-65U, which crews can use to clean vehicles coated in chemical agents or create massive smokescreens to hide friendly movements on the battlefield... “TMS” in this case stands for “teplovoi mashinii spetzialnoi,” which literally translates as “special heat engine.” There’s probably no better way to describe the system, which consists of a Ural-375 6x6 4.5-ton truck with a modified Klimov VK-1 turbojet engine – first used in the MiG-15 fighter jet in 1947 – mounted inside a turret on the rear of the vehicle.



Nov 19 11:19

Pro-Saudi Forces Kill Yemen Protesters Demanding End to Occupation

Pro-Saudi Yemeni soldiers have attacked and killed at least three protesters in eastern Yemen, responding to public protests demanding an end to the Saudi occupation with live fire.

Locals reported that there were dozens of protesters present when the troops started firing. Three have been killed, and four others wounded, according to their reports.

The attacks appear to have been the governor’s doing, as he had announced on Tuesday that “anyone threatening stability would be dealt with firmly.” It has subsequently been reported that he ordered security forces to open fire on any protesters.

Nov 19 11:18

Israel Coalition Falters as Netanyahu Takes Top Positions

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s current far-right coalition seems to be destined to fall very soon. His goal now is no longer saving the coalition without Avigdor Lieberman, but rather to last another six weeks, and try to get elections set for late March or early April. Netanyahu now is not only prime minister and head of Likud party, he also is the acting foreign and defense minister, meaning he holds the top three positions within the Israeli government.

The coalition will be collapsing chiefly because of anger over the brief Gaza clash, and the quick ceasefire declared, with hawkish members objecting to a quick ceasefire when they wanted a longer, more decisive war.

Another major issue now is the distribution of power within the coalition. With Lieberman’s resignation, Netanyahu has declined to give Naftali Bennett the defense portfolio, and will be keeping it for himself.

Nov 19 11:18

US Announces Sanctions Supporting Saudi Narrative on Khashoggi

Facing pressure to act against the Saudis over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but also clearly not wanting to imperil US-Saudi ties, the Trump Administration has announced sanctions on 17 Saudis over the killing Thursday.

The sanctions were exactly the sort that Saudi Arabia would doubtless counsel as a way to keep everything in line with the oft-changing Saudi narratives, and their consistent theme that the crown prince was wholly blameless.

So naturally, the US didn’t sanction the prince. Indeed, all 17 people they did sanction were people that the Saudis had already singled out as being targets of their own token investigation. The US used almost that entire Saudi investigation list, except for military generals, as their own list of sanctions targets.



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Nov 19 11:17

US Household Debt Hits Record $13.5 Trillion As Delinquencies Hit 6 Year High

Total household debt hit a new record high, rising by $219 billion (1.6%) to $13.512 trillion in Q3 of 2018, according to the NY Fed's latest household debt report, the biggest jump since 2016. It was also the 17th consecutive quarter with an increase in household debt, and the total is now $837 billion higher than the previous peak of $12.68 trillion, from the third quarter of 2008. Overall household debt is now 21.2% above the post-financial-crisis trough reached during the second quarter of 2013.

Mortgage balances—the largest component of household debt—rose by $141 billion during the third quarter, to $9.14 trillion. Credit card debt rose by $15 billion to $844 billion; auto loan debt increased by $27 billion in the quarter to $1.265 trillion and student loan debt hit a record high of $1.442 trillion, an increase of $37 billion in Q3.

Nov 19 11:17

Is CIA Leak of Bin Salman’s Guilt in Khashoggi Murder Aimed at Kushner, or Trump Himself?

The CIA has leaked against Jared Kushner and Trump that Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), the Saudi crown prince, ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

President Trump had asked the CIA to do an assessment of the murder. Apparently, from the leak to the US press, part of the evidence came from National Security Agency wiretaps of the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC. They caught Khalid Bin Salman, the crown prince’s brother and Saudi ambassador to the US, telling Khashoggi that it would be fine for him to pick up the paperwork needed for his marriage to his Turkish fiancee from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Either Prince Khalid was in on the plot to murder Khashoggi, or he was duped by his brother to lull the dissident journalist into a false sense of security. He called Khashoggi on instructions from his brother, MBS.

Nov 19 11:17

Deutsche Bank: The Derivatives Death Star Now Ensnared in Dankse Bank Money Laundering Scandal



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Nov 19 11:16

Release of Top Secret CIA Document Reveals Deeper Medical Complicity in Torture Program

With the release of a previously top secret document – made public thanks to a legal victory by the ACLU – disclosing the role of the Office of Medical Services (OMS) in the CIA’s torture program, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) reminds health professionals that torture, in all its forms, is one of the most serious human rights violations and is absolutely prohibited under U.S. and international law, and that any collusion in its implementation – from planning through monitoring – is a gross violation of professional ethics.

Nov 19 11:16

The Snowiest Decade

Nov 19 11:15

Russian space agency shows interest in US lunar orbiter project

Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos is interested in the US project to create an international lunar orbiter but the Russian side has its wishes and proposals on it, Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday. "We view with interest the project of our US colleagues to create the international manned Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway and we, of course, will have our own proposals and wishes. We are already discussing the technical aspect of the creation of the manned station on the Moon in the foreseeable future," Rogozin said at a conference devoted to the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station. The plans to create a lunar orbital station were unveiled in the spring of 2016. TASS reported at the time, citing the documents of Russia’s Energia Rocket and Space Corporation, that preliminary work was underway with the US Boeing Company on the issues of creating the near-Moon infrastructure in support of the national space agencies’ future plans.

Nov 19 11:15

Chilling Report Shows 88% of Missing Sex Trafficked Kids Come from US Foster Care

America has a dark secret that no one wants to admit. Talk of this secret will get you labelled as a conspiracy theorist, fake news, and outlets who report on it will have their organic reach throttled by social media and Google alike.

Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many in the mainstream media and the government refuse to see this very real epidemic of child sex trafficking in the United States. What’s more, according to the government’s own data, the vast majority of a portion of these trafficked kids are coming from the country’s own foster care system.

Children are being needlessly ripped from homes at such an alarming rate that hundreds of parents in one state have gone so far as to create a counter-kidnapping organization to stop it.

Nov 19 11:14

Will our smart devices become a massive surveillance network?

The rise of the digital era has brought with it many wondrous changes to our daily lives, not least of which the fact that we now carry digital assistants with us everywhere we go in the form of smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers. The rapid proliferation of everyday digital devices and the rise of new smart devices, which are more capable than ever before, carries with it worrying connotations about surveillance just as equally as it does positive ones of progress.

Will our smart devices become a massive surveillance network? You need not look to the future with dystopian fears when it comes to your smart devices – governments are already using them to spy on you today.

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Nov 19 11:13

One Dead, Over 200 Injured As 280,000 People Protest Rising French Fuel Prices

Is this why French President Emmanuel Macron wants to build a new European army?

As the youngest French leader since Napoleon watches his popularity sink ever-closer to single-digit territory, the French people, who are increasingly fed up with the endless stream of gaffes, scandals and poor policy choices are rapidly getting fed up. In the latest expression of public outrage to rock the republic, one person has died and more than 200 people were injured during protests that involved some 282,000 people flooding the streets throughout France according to the French interior ministry to protest Macron's controversial decision to hike fuel taxes.

Nov 19 11:13

US shuts down busiest border crossing between Mexico, California

in anticipation of the arrival of thousands of migrants

Nov 19 11:13

CSTO opposes providing OPCW with right to attribute responsibility for chemical attacks

It is unacceptable to grant the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) the right to attribute responsibility for chemical weapons attacks, permanent representatives of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) said a joint statement adopted on the sidelines of the 23rd Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention on Monday. "We consider the United Nations Security Council to be the only body eligible to attribute responsibility for chemical weapons offences," the statement reads. "We would like to emphasize that it is unacceptable to turn the OPCW - a purely technical organization - into an agency whose mandate overlaps with that of the UN Security Council," the CSTO envoys added. The statement also said that abandoning the principle of consensus decisions would jeopardize the OPCW’s unity.

Nov 19 11:12

DARPA, Army Select These Three Companies For Hypersonic Missile Propulsion 

A joint program by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA)/ US Army Operational Fires (OpFires) has picked a total of three defense companies to develop and demonstrate a novel ground-launched system enabling hypersonic boost-glide weapons to penetrate the world's most advanced air defenses and quickly and accurately engage critical time-sensitive enemy targets.

Aerojet Rocketdyne, Exquadrum, and Sierra Nevada Corporation have each received contracts to immediately start work on design and development for the next generation of propulsion systems that will power America's hypersonic weapons, DARPA announced on Friday.

Nov 19 11:12

Trump signs bill that creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

US President Donald Trump signed today a bill into law, approving the creation of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

The bill, known as the CISA Act, reorganizes and rebrands the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), a program inside the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as CISA, a standalone federal agency in charge of overseeing civilian and federal cybersecurity programs.

The NPPD, which was first established in 2007, has already been handling almost all of the DHS' cyber-related issues and projects.

Nov 19 11:09

Brazil’s New President Openly Threatens Genocide of Indigenous Amazonians

Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, campaigned on a plan to sell off major portions of the Amazon rainforest to agribusiness, mining. and hydro-power.

“Minorities have to adapt to the majority, or simply disappear,” he said on the campaign trail, adding that under his administration, “not one square centimeter” of Brazil will be reserved for the country’s indigenous peoples.

Thirteen percent of the land in Brazil is protected indigenous territory in the Amazon rainforest, where most of the world’s last uncontacted tribes take refuge. Bolsonaro has said he wants to put all of that land on the auction block.

Nov 19 11:09

Russia to put Browder on international wanted list

US-born British financier William Browder, the founder of Hermitage Capital Management, will be placed on an international wanted list and his property will be confiscated under new criminal charges of setting up a criminal network, Adviser to Russia’s Prosecutor-General’s Office Nikolai Atmonyev said on Monday. "Browder will be put on an international wanted list with the aim of detaining and extraditing him," Atmonyev said, noting that his assets would be frozen, including those formally owned by his authorized representatives and the firms controlled by him. "A whole network of companies and credit institutions has been uncovered in Cyprus, Latvia and Switzerland, which were used to funnel money and cash large sums valued at amounts ranging from tens to hundreds of millions of dollars," he noted. Browder has been twice sentenced in Russia in absentia.

Nov 19 11:05

Magnitsky might have been poisoned with substance created for sabotage

Investigation is considering the possibility lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was poisoned with a chemical agent created for sabotage, Russian Prosecutor General’s Office spokesman Mikhail Alexandrov told a news briefing on Monday. "There is evidence indicating that the deaths (of Magnitsky and William Browder’s other partners - TASS) were violent ones. One of the lines of inquiry is he was poisoned with chemical agents used for sabotage. These substances contain an aluminum compound. They caused acute liver failure that looked like death by natural causes," Alexandrov said.

Nov 19 11:04

America's big box stores sucked up corporate welfare and killed Main Street -- now they're ducking property tax

For a generation, big box stores have swept across America, using predatory pricing and other dirty tricks to kill the independent retail sector; they used their corporate lobbying muscle to tempt cities and towns into handing out massive corporate welfare checks to lure them to town, and now, with the help of hustling contingency lawyers, they are promulgating a property-tax scam called "the dark store theory" that is cutting their taxes in half or more, with further reductions every year, and no end in sight.

The "dark store theory" holds that property taxes on thriving, super-profitable big box stores should not be based on how much the property sold for, plus the capital investment, minus depreciation -- instead, these stores should be valued based on the selling price of nearby failed big-box stores that have been sold at knock-down prices.

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