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  1. Research by Chinese geologists suggests that the mountain above North Korea's main nuclear test site has likely collapsed, rendering it unsafe for further testing and requiring that it be monitored for any leaking radiation. The findings by the scientists at the University of Science and Technology of China may shed new light on North Korean President Kim Jong Un's announcement that his country was ceasing its testing program ahead of planned summit meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump. The results also support some of the findings of an earlier study by another group of Chinese researchers that was published last month by the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
  2. Russia buys 300,000 ounces of gold in March and nears 2,000t in gold reservesRussia now holds just over 1,861 tonnes, more than officially reported by China at 1,842tBoth Russia and China have the power to destabilise US dollar by dumping dollar-denominated assetsTurkey has removed all gold held in the U.S. opting for Bank of England and BISTurkey follows trend set by both Germany, Netherlands and others to remove gold reserves stored in the United StatesCentral bank decisions regarding gold reserves are examples of countries becoming nervous about the outlook for the dollar under the Trump administration Russia bought another 300,000 troy ounces of gold in March bringing Russia's total gold reserves to 1,861 tonnes or 60.8 million troy ounces as of the start of April, the central bank announced loudly at the weekend. The continuing robust and steady accumulation of gold reserves continues and it was notable how Russian media channels loudly (more loudly than usual it seemed with many outlets covering) pronounced the continuing diversification into gold bullion by the Russian central bank. It suggests that gold is being used as a bulwark to protect Russia from the stealth financial, trade and currency wars which appear to be deepening. Russia is not the only country diversifying into gold and many other countries are doing so as they seek to protect themselves from the coming devaluation of the US dollar and U.S. dollar hegemony. This is evidenced both by gold purchases and also in many strategic decisions regarding the storage of national gold reserves.
  3. A man was killed by helicopter blades when the aircraft flipped over during a dramatic rescue mission. Horrific footage captured the moment the man and another were being rescued after their own helicopter crashed in a remote part of the southwestern Cauca District in Colombia. Both men had been stranded in the hillside for seven days after their craft broke down with technical issues. They had managed to survive for the week before another chopper was sent out to find them and retrieve their crashed helicopter, which had been carrying valuable equipment. The victim was killed on the fifth rescue mission following four successful visits to retrieve equipment.
  4. Russia is more willing to run the risk of nuclear war than the West and NATO must pour more money into developing new capabilities to deter Moscow's nuclear aggression, according to Atlantic Council analysts. In a lengthy discussion on preparing for nuclear war with Russia, analysts from the neocon think tank lobbied for the US and NATO to spend more money on low-yield nuclear weapons and other methods of deterrence in order to dissuade Russia from using a limited nuke strike in order to "de-escalate" a conflict using the scare factor. The panel argued that Russia has adopted a policy of "escalate to de-escalate" which lowers the bar for nuclear weapons use. Under this policy, Russia would respond to a large-scale conventional military attack by employing a limited nuclear response in order to deter further aggression against itself. Matthew Kroenig, the deputy director for strategy at the Atlantic Council's Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, went further by suggesting that Russia is simply "more comfortable using and threatening nuclear weapons" than the West. Comment: It's the US, not Russia, that is the only country to ever use nuclear weapons against another country. So how does an imperial stooge in the form of the Atlantic Council see Russia as more comfortable? It's a weak and flimsy argument, used to demonize Russia and keep the money flowing to the military contractors who created the Atlantic Council.
  5. One unexploded Tomahawk cruise missile and one high accuracy air-launched missile launched by the US and its allies on Syria on April 14 have been brought to Moscow, the chief of the Russian General Staff's main operations directorate Colonel-General Sergey Rudskoy said during a press briefing on April 25. "Some of the missiles failed to reach the designated targets apparently due to technical failures, which created the risk of destroying civilian facilities and causing civilian casualties. Two of them, a cruise missile Tomahawk and a high-accuracy air-launched missile, have been brought to Moscow. You can see the Tomahawk's warhead in this slide," Colonel-General Rudskoy said. The colonel-general added that Russian specialists are studying them. "The results of this work will be used to improve Russian weapon systems," Rudskoy said.
  6. The long-awaited deal to supply Russian S-400 air defense systems to India will likely be signed this year, as the sides only have to agree on the price now, Russia's Military-Technical Cooperation Service (FSMTC) said. "At the moment, all the technical issues are already discussed and agreed upon. It only remains to find common ground regarding the price and conduct the necessary procedures," FSMTC head Dmitry Shugaev told Interfax. "I think that this year will get to the point of signing the relevant contract papers." The $5.5 billion agreement to supply S-400 was reached on the state level between Moscow and New Delhi back in 2016, but a specific contract has not been signed yet. Earlier, FSMTC deputy head Vladimir Drozhzhov assured that "there's no talk of refusing the supplies" by the Indian side.
  7. China has published a report listing the woes of American democracy, including human rights, interventions and discrimination, in response to a scathing paper published by the US State Department. The "Human Rights Record of the United States in 2017" report, released by the Information Office of China's State Council on Tuesday, is a response to the US State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. The US review, issued on April 20, labeled the governments of China, Russia, Iran and North Korea as "morally reprehensible" and "forces of instability" that "violate human rights of those within their borders on a daily basis." Now China is pointing to America's own poor human rights record, both at home and abroad. "Looking back on 2017, those with even the slightest sense of justice can see that the United States' own human rights record is, as usual, notorious for its misdeeds, and continues to worsen," the report states, noting that Washington is in no position to play the role of a self-professed "human rights judge."
  8. It looks like we can add yet another name to the list of journalists that MSNBC has pushed out or fired for refusing to toe the establishment line: Ed Schultz. Schultz, whose new home is at RT, recently gave an interview to the National Review's Jamie Weinstein. During the interview, Schultz, who had been mostly quiet about his firing from MSNBC, let loose on the channel. "There was more oversight and more direction given to me on content at MSNBC than there ever has been here at RT - and I think it's very sad that that story is not getting out," Schultz said. "Many times I was told what to lead with on MSNBC - many times I was told what I was not going to do." Schultz called MSNBC president Phil Griffin a "watchdog" unlike anything he has experienced since leaving the channel. Asked if Griffin personally told him what to say or what angle to take on a story, Schultz said that had "often" been the case. Schultz went on to tell Weinstein a particularly disturbing story about MSNBC's refusal to cover former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders seriously. According to Schultz, five minutes before he was due to cover Sanders' announcement that he would run for president, Griffin called him up and told him not to report on it.
  9. Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been sentenced to life without parole for the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his submarine last year. Prosecutors said that Madsen planned to kill the 30 year old by either suffocation or cutting her throat. Wall disappeared after she visited Madsen onboard his homemade submarine to conduct an interview in August last year. Her dismembered remains were found at sea 11 days later.
  10. So much for an abrupt U.S. pullout from Syria. One month ago President Donald Trump surprised many, including some in his own administration, by announcing, "We'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now." He insisted that the time had come for the U.S. military to shift its focus away from Syria. But on Tuesday, it was clear that something or someone had changed Trump's mind. The president said at a White House news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron at his side that before the U.S. withdraws from Syria, "we want to leave a strong and lasting footprint." This long-term approach, he added, was "a very big part" of his conversation with Macron, who told reporters that he and Trump now agree that the Syria problem involves more than Trump's priority of ridding the country of Islamic State extremists. The two leaders indicated that they see Syria as part of a broader problem of instability in the Middle East, which includes Iran's role in Syria and Iraq. That kind of strategic thinking bears little resemblance to Trump's words in late March when he said it was time to leave Syria to others.
  11. Vladimir Uglev, 71, was struck at a pedestrian crossing near his home, which is close to the Black Sea resort of Anapa. He suffered injuries to his head, arms and legs, after apparently jumping on to the bumper and crashing through the windscreen when trying to avoid getting under the wheels of the vehicle. Uglev was strong enough to talk following the crash after undergoing an MRI for his head injuries. 'I noticed that the car was going fast, not slowing down ahead of the crossing,' he said. 'I started to run and nearly reached the end of the crossing, when the car "got" me.'
  12. Police in California have arrested a man believed to be the notorious "Golden State Killer," who was allegedly responsible for 12 homicides, 45 rapes and 120 home invasions in the 1970s and 1980s. Former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested on two counts of murder by Sacramento police on Wednesday morning, reported NBC News. Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Sheriff Scott Jones announced the arrest at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, revealing a little bit more information about the arrest and investigation.
  13. Washington is not planning to renegotiate the Iran nuclear deal, but simply wants to expand its scope, a top US official has said. Tehran has blasted US efforts to alter the accord, warning that it's "either all or nothing." The uncertain future of the 2015 nuclear deal has made headlines this week, as French President Emmanuel Macron lobbied US President Donald Trump not to abandon the agreement during his visit to Washington. Asked whether the French president's efforts had been successful, Assistant Secretary for International Security Christopher Ford told Reuters: "I hope the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; colloquially known as the 'Iran nuclear deal'] has been saved in the context of the challenge that President Trump set for us, of trying to remain within the deal but in the context of moving forward with our partners on an approach that stands a pretty good chance of turning what was in effect a temporary postponement... into a more enduring answer."
  14. Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders says hostility toward journalists is growing worldwide, often encouraged by political leaders - even in democratic countries. The group's annual global index of media freedom released Wednesday found an overall rise in animosity toward reporters and a drop in freedoms, notably in former Soviet states but also in countries from the U.S. to the Philippines. Comment: Note the failure to mention Israel, the most egregious recent example. Despite being clearly marked, the IDF recently shot six journalists during Gaza protests. Wonder how Reporters Without Borders missed that one. See: IDF shoot 500 protesters, 6 journalists, kill 9 - in one day - MSM actually noticesTo silence the press: Six journalists shot by Israel during Gaza protests The group says many democratically elected leaders "no longer see the media as part of democracy's essential underpinning," singling out U.S. President Donald Trump for his media-bashing. It also notes the recent killings of reporters in EU members Slovakia and Malta.
  15. Migrants hoping to start a new life in New Zealand can now add a new skill to their visa applications. Under a new plan, would-be immigrants can claim points as skilled sex workers and escorts. The skill is regarded as providing social companionship in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) list. In order to meet the criteria of a highly qualified sex worker, would-be migrants will be expected to have ANZSCO skill level 5. The requirements issued by ANZSCO also include compulsory secondary education.
  16. Elated scientists announced Wednesday the completion of a 20-year quest to map the complex enzyme thought to forestall ageing by repairing the tips of chromosomes in plants and animals, including humans. Decoding the architecture of the enzyme, called telomerase, could lead to drugs that slow or block the ageing process, along with new treatments for cancer, they reported in the journal Nature. "It has been a long time coming," lead investigator Kathleen Collins, a molecular biologist at the University of California in Berkley, said in a statement.
  17. Andrew Jaffe probes Carlo Rovelli's study arguing that physics deconstructs our sense of time. The Order of Time Carlo Rovelli Allen Lane (2018) According to theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, time is an illusion: our naive perception of its flow doesn't correspond to physical reality. Indeed, as Rovelli argues in The Order of Time, much more is illusory, including Isaac Newton's picture of a universally ticking clock. Even Albert Einstein's relativistic space-time - an elastic manifold that contorts so that local times differ depending on one's relative speed or proximity to a mass - is just an effective simplification. So what does Rovelli think is really going on? He posits that reality is just a complex network of events onto which we project sequences of past, present and future. The whole Universe obeys the laws of quantum mechanics and thermodynamics, out of which time emerges.
  18. Living in Syria in the sixth-century-old Mar Yakub monastery in the city of Qara, 90 kilometers north of the capital Damascus, Flemish Father Daniël Maes has been a witness to the invasion of western-backed terrorists since the very beginning. To this day, he and his friends continue to help the Syrian people by not only helping them directly, but also by spreading the truth about what is truly going on in the country.
  19. The world spectacularly failed to end again this week when a mysterious death planet did not show up in the sky and spark a biblical apocalypse. But you can be assured that the no-show of Nibiru will not silence the dozens of crackpots and conspiracy theorists who make a living from claiming the apocalypse is nigh. We have discovered that so-called Planet X 'investigators' are earning tens of thousands of pounds a year from the false claim that a mysterious hidden world is about to reappear and wipe out humanity.
  20. All the handshakes, hugs and smooching between Trump and Macron this week made for cringing viewing. Not because two males were being cordial and affectionate. No, the embarrassment stems from the French leader being such a pathetic poodle to the White House bully. The "dandruff moment" was perhaps the most revealing. At one point in the Oval Office, the American president interrupted himself mid-sentence to lean over to his French counterpart and he began grooming his collar, saying he was removing "dandruff". Macron seemed unfazed and continued smiling.
  21. We all know that surgery is often painful, but a new study will have you thinking twice before you fill that pain-pill prescription. As this new science reveals, even a few days of opiates can set you up for a longer, more painful recovery A just-released study has called into question the feasibility of using opioids to manage post-surgical pain. Rats given repeated doses of morphine experienced inflammation and pain for three weeks longer than non-medicated test subjects.
  22. More than 211,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Kenya according to a report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). According to the OCHA report, 72 people have reportedly died and 33 injured in flooding since March 2018. The current wave of flooding began around mid-April. In mid-March the country experienced flooding which left least 15 people dead and hundreds displaced. At the beginning of March at least 7 people died during a period of heavy rain. According to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), the worst affected counties are, Tana River, Garissa, Isiolo, Kisumu, Taita, Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, West Pokot, Samburu and Narok. About 50,000 people have had to leave their homes in Tana River County.
  23. Some people, when they look up at the sky and see a cloud, think "dog" or "fluffy." And some people think "it's a waning cumulus with a feathered edge suggesting a pressure system from the north ending in an updraft, which would probably cause turbulence. Also looks a bit like a dog." Clearly one of those people created these complex, beautiful renderings of weather data. The idea behind this project at ETH Zürich, led by Markus Gross, is that different visualizations of detailed weather data may be highly useful in different fields. He and his colleagues have been working on a huge set of such data and finding ways of accurately representing it with an eye to empowering meteorologists from the TV station to the research lab. "The scientific value of our visualisation lies in the fact that we make something visible that was impossible to see with the existing tools," explained undergraduate researcher Noël Rimensberger in an ETHZ news release. Representing weather "in a relatively simple, comprehensible way" is its own reward, really.
  24. After three Bryde's whales died off Mossel Bay's coast in the past two weeks alone, an investigation is now underway by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF) to figure out why, reports Times LIVE: Bryde's whales are divided into an inshore and an offshore form, and the latest assessment of the species by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) classified the inshore form as "Vulnerable" and the offshore form as "Data Deficient": And the three that washed up along the shores of Mossel Bay were of the inshore form, all dying from suspected entanglement [above]:
  25. It is commonly understood that the dinosaurs disappeared with a bang - wiped out by a great meteorite impact on the Earth 66 million years ago. But their origins have been less understood. In a new study, scientists from MUSE - Museum of Science, Trento, Italy, Universities of Ferrara and Padova, Italy and the University of Bristol show that the key expansion of dinosaurs was also triggered by a crisis - a mass extinction that happened 232 million years ago. In the new paper, published today in Nature Communications, evidence is provided to match the two events - the mass extinction, called the Carnian Pluvial Episode, and the initial diversification of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs had originated much earlier, at the beginning of the Triassic Period, some 245 million years ago, but they remained very rare until the shock events in the Carnian 13 million years later.
  26. Climate patterns are shifting in Europe as Atlantic waters become cooler, and as what happened with European agriculture will occur again and already is. Colder and wetter resulting in vineyard, orchard and grain losses. French vineyard loss map provided by ADAPT 2030. Romania orchard losses and historical wheat pricing in bad harvests circa 1770 Europe.
  27. These are the incredible scenes as a Saudi passenger jet landed ahead of a massive sand storm which had engulfed the furthest end of the runway. According to Saudi aviation bloggers, the jet, which is believed to be an Airbus A320 landed recently at Jazan Airport in the south of the country. The footage, which was shot out of the cockpit, shows the jet being buffeted by wind as it approached the runway. However, the pilot during the approach was unable to see the airport's control tower which was covered in sand. Seconds after the jet touched down the video showed visibility disappear as the pilots slowed down while following the centre line of the runway.
  28. Two teens, one Israeli male and one Palestinian woman, drowned on Wednesday as a sudden storm lashed the region, bringing flash flooding and heavy hail. Both teens were aged seventeen. Palestinian authorities said a female died after being swept away near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, while Israeli police said the male teen died near the town of Yeruham in the desert Negev region. An additional Palestinian teenager was reported missing near the West Bank city of Hebron, where Palestinian and Israeli officials are searching for her. Major flooding has been reported through the streets of all major cities and waters in the commercial hub of Tel Aviv rose to knee height in a matter of minutes, witnesses said.
  29. A new study from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, shines more light on the link between consumption of fish and better long-term neurological health. Parvalbumin, a protein found in great quantities in several different fish species, has been shown to help prevent the formation of certain protein structures closely associated with Parkinson's disease. Fish has long been considered a healthy food, linked to improved long-term cognitive health, but the reasons for this have been unclear. Omega-3 and -6, fatty acids commonly found in fish, are often assumed to be responsible, and are commonly marketed in this fashion. However, the scientific research regarding this topic has drawn mixed conclusions. Now, new research from Chalmers has shown that the protein parvalbumin, which is very common in many fish species, may be contributing to this effect. One of the hallmarks of Parkinson's disease is amyloid formation of a particular human protein, called alpha-synuclein. Alpha-synuclein is even sometimes referred to as the 'Parkinson's protein'.
  30. Hannah Arendt noted that insanity is a prerequisite to imposing totalitarian rule Thank God for Twitter. Were it not for the social media giant's decision to suspend Member of Knesset Bezalel Smotrich's account, his tweet clamoring for Palestinian teen provocatrice Ahed Tamimi to be shot - preferably in the knees - might have gone virtually unnoticed. The total lack of political reaction to an Israeli legislator's call for Israel Defense Forces soldiers to commit what is essentially a war crime was not only shameful: It provided yet another sign - one of many - of the accelerating spread of lunacy in Israel's public domain. For what was the hysterical Israeli reaction to Natalie Portman's decision to boycott the Genesis Prize ceremony if not a manifestation of mass madness? Inside their cocoon, Israelis may view Likud MK Oren Hazan's call to strip Portman of her Israeli citizenship as par for the course. They can dismiss Homeland Security Minister Gilad Erdan's inclusion of a "Star Wars" analogy in his written protest to Portman as harmless if somewhat juvenile humor. And they may be indifferent to Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz's outrageous assertion that Portman's decision "borders on anti-Semitism."
  31. Your head chopper heros are apparently not what Syrians have in mind when they think of democratic revolution. Mehdi Hasan (MH) can hardly be blamed for the ignorance that he displays in his Intercept article, "Dear Bashar al-Assad Apologists: Your Hero Is a War Criminal Even If He Didn't Gas Syrians." He has apparently never been to Syria, doesn't often do research on Syria, and gets his information from proponents of a single point of view, representing a bunch of idealists that want to usher in their idea of a liberal democracy in Syria, without benefit of electoral niceties until their power is already ironclad. What's wrong with this picture? But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start by deconstructing the absurdities and the language in the MH article. Thankfully, MH has spared us the need to deconstruct the absurd accusation that the Syrian armed forces have used chemical weapons. He apparently accepts that they don't need to, that there is no benefit in using them, so why would they? OK, then who did? Cui bono? Easy answer. The motive of the promoters of destruction in Syria is to create a pretext for the US and its partners to bomb, invade and establish a no-fly zone; i.e., to directly take on the Syrian government and its allies. These war criminals include the neoconservative cabal in the US, the Zionist and Israeli proponents of using the US to fight Israel's perceived enemies, and the Saudi and Qatari adventurists backing the Project for a New Salafist Paradise. These are the same players who brought us Iraq I and II, Libya, Afghanistan forever, Somalia and Yemen. What more could we wish for?
  32. Several weeks ago, acerbic conservative writer Kevin Williamson was fired from the job he'd just accepted at The Atlantic, a prestigious mainstream publication. The supposed iniquity for which he was dismissed was a years-old exploration of potential policy consequences related to his views on the criminalization of abortion -- an outcome he supports. The braying jackals who applied heavy pressure on The Atlantic's editor, Jeffrey Goldberg, to kick Williamson to the curb homed in on the columnist's ostensible stance that women who obtain abortions should be hanged. This is a gross distortion, for reasons we'll get to shortly. Some of his critics also circulated a fabricated racist quote, falsely attributing it to Williamson. After a period of silence, Williamson finally weighed in on this contretemps in aWall Street Journal op/ed entitled, "When the Twitter Mob Came For Me." The piece is devastating and unsparing, as is typical of Williamson's work. He begins by clarifying what he meant with his tweets and comments about abortion and capital punishment. Unsurprisingly, the views ascribed to him by dishonest or ignorant partisans was not accurate or fair:
  33. A Florida judge has been reprimanded after scolding a wheelchair-bound defendant who died days later. Judge Merrilee Ehrlich berated Sandra Faye Twiggs in a recorded hearing on April 15. Twiggs was making her first appearance in front of the court for a domestic violence charge. In the video, the court hears that the 59-year-old Twiggs has no prior convictions, and was in court after a domestic dispute with her daughter. As the proceeding continues, Twiggs is seen coughing and struggling, and the judge asks if someone can offer the defendant some water. After the judge asks Twiggs to nod if she needs a glass a water, the woman nods and says that she also needs a breathing treatment. Judge Ehrlich then unleashes, saying "Ma'am, I'm not here to talk to you about your breathing treatment."
  34. The Weather Underground, a clandestine revolutionary organization that advocated violence, was seen by my father and other clergy members who were involved in Vietnam anti-war protests as one of the most self-destructive forces on the left. These members of the clergy, many of whom, including my father, were World War II veterans, had often became ministers because of their experiences in the war. They understood the poison of violence. One of the most prominent leaders of Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam (CALCAV), to which my father belonged, was the Catholic priest Philip Berrigan, who as an Army second lieutenant fought in the Battle of the Bulge. The young radicals of the Vietnam era, including Mark Rudd - who in 1968 as a leader of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) led the occupation of five buildings at Columbia University and later helped form the Weather Underground - did not turn to those on the religious left whose personal experiences with violence might have saved SDS, the Weather Underground and the student anti-war movement from self-immolation. Blinded by hubris and infected with moral purity, the members of the Weather Underground saw themselves as the only real revolutionaries. And they embarked, as have those in today's black bloc and antifa, on a campaign that was counterproductive to the social justice goals they said they advocated.
  35. Trump pulled the trigger, but instead of a "bang!" what the world heard was a demure "click". Considering that we are talking about playing a most dangerous game of potentially nuclear Russian AngloZionist roulette, the "click" is very good news indeed. But, to use the words of Nikki Haley, the US "gun" is still "locked and loaded". There are a number of versions out there about what really happened, but I think that the most likely explanation for that "click" is a combination of two events: The US did go out of its way to avoid even giving the appearance of attacking the Russian or Iranian forces in Syria. With these kinds of rules of engagement, the target list and flight trajectory of the US missiles was easy to predict for the Syrian air defenses. The Syrian air defenses, now integrated with the Russian C4ISR networks and probably upgraded, performed way better than most people had expected.
  36. The source's above statement and reporting by Israel's Channel 10 confirms that al Batsh was also killed by the Mossad. Yesterday, Israel's Mossad assassinated Fadi al Batsh (English language report), a Palestinian Senior Lecturer in the Electrical Engineering Section, British Malaysian Institute, University of Kuala Lumpur (UniKL). He was originally from Gaza and earned his PhD in 2009 at the same institution. His school bio describes research interests: He is the author and co-author of more than 25 publications in an international journals and proceedings in the area of Power Systems and Power Electronics. His research interests include FACTS devices, power converters, power quality, microgrid and renewable energy. Israeli media are calling him an "engineer" which is Israeli security- speak for a weapons maker. In actuality, he was professor at a major Malaysian university.
  37. They also escalate ongoing conflicts - incidents staged to deceive, one party falsely accused of something conducted by someone else. They're a longstanding US tradition since at least the mid-19th century. The mother of all 9/11 false flags launched one imperial war after another, pretexts to rape and destroy nations, no end of what's going on in sight. Most Americans are none the wiser or indifferent about the highest of high crimes committed by their government - Republicans and undemocratic Dems pursuing the same imperial agenda. It recklessly risks eventual nuclear war, the ultimate doomsday scenario. It's possible and perhaps likely. JFK assassination documents declassified in 2016 (released last year) included a three-page memo initially marked "top secret."
  38. Edward Kovari's 18-day ordeal began Sept. 12, 2016, when some guys in a van showed up to take him from a jail in Virginia to Texas, where he was wanted on charges that he had stolen a car. But the trip from Winchester, Virginia, to Houston took more than two weeks in a crowded van where inmates had to urinate in bottles and take turns sleeping on the van's floor, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by Kovari. The private company that contracted with the jail to transport Kovari, 39, kept him shackled in the back of that van for 18 days as it wound through the country picking up inmates in an effort at cost efficiency. The charge on which Kovari was brought to Texas was later dismissed. The company that transferred him, Nashville-based Prisoner Transportation Services, bills itself as the nation's largest prisoner extradition company. It did not respond Tuesday to messages seeking comment. The lawsuit, filed by civil rights lawyers Jia Cobb, Glenn Schlactus and Orly May, alleges Prisoner Transportation Services prioritizes "transporting as many detainees, with as few stops for rest or care, as possible over their obligation to safely transport those in their custody." In Kovari's case, that meant 18 days, most of which he spent in shackles. On only two or three nights did the van actually stop at a jail where prisoners were allowed to get out and spend the night in a bed.
  39. Behind all the cuddles and bisoux for the cameras, what was French boy-president Macron's grande visite to the US of A all about? What the US and France can do to retain Western dominance of the Middle East, of course! Trump is warning Iran not to "restart its nuclear program" while (again) yammering on about the 2015 JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) multinational agreement on Iranian nuclear development being "an insane, terrible deal that should have never been made." Europe's very own 'stable genius' meanwhile spoke out of both sides of his mouth in an attempt to tame Trump's tantrum while not aggravating the Iranians, telling US officials the Iran deal can be "revisited" but should not be torn up. Iranian president Rouhani is meanwhile warning both of them about "grave consequences" if the 2015 deal is torpedoed. What does all this bluff-and-bluster mean? And what is Trump's beef with the JCPOA anyway? Needless to say, it has almost nothing to do with the 'proliferation of nuclear weapons'...
  40. Power moves or le bromance? During a recent visit to the White House, French President Emmanuel Macron was the latest world leader to experience President Trump's awkward power handshakes and oddly-timed affection. Watch how he handles these cringe-worthy moments.
  41. Trumpet-like sounds were heard and recorded by YouTuber 'A Fox' over Queens, New York. He reports that he heard them just before an airplane flew overhead: ...and the plane for a few seconds suddenly sounds as if it's echoing off of something metallic, as well as the trumpet sounds themselves become more metallic and both sound very slightly muffled, only until the plane starts to move away; it's the best way I can describe it. The sounds began when he was idling his car at around 9:00 a.m. and lasted about 5 minutes. 'A Fox' posted another strange sounds video in December of 2017 that lasted about 10 minutes.
  42. The Kets are an indigenous people who live in Siberia and are regarded to be one of the smallest ethnic groups in that region. Their appearance, language and traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle has scientists bewildered by their origins, with some proposing links to the native tribes of North America. There is even a Ket folklore that they came from space. What might be the true origin of these seemingly out of place people?
  43. The horror out of the U.K. concerning sick 23-month-old baby Alfie Evans continues. Earlier on Tuesday, Alfie was effectively sentenced to death yet again by the U.K. court system after a judge denied the the parents' request to travel to Italy to seek further treatment. Now, with the child off of life-support since Monday evening and battling for his life, the baby's parents have been forced to give Alfie mouth-to-mouth while sitting in a hospital. "Evans' parents are giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in a desperate bid to keep him alive after a court ruled he cannot be flown to Italy for treatment," reported The Sun on Tuesday evening. "Tom Evans tonight said he and Alfie's mum Kate are trying to help Alfie's breathing after 'his lips turned blue.'"
  44. Ashkenazi Jews are a Jewish ethnic group who have their earliest ancestors from the indigenous tribes of least on one side of the family tree. A study published in 2013 in Nature Communications has shown their maternal lineage comes from a different, and possibly unexpected, source. The research shows the origins of the matrilineal line for the Ashkenazi Jews comes from Europe. This goes against the common belief that Jewish people first arrived in central Europe after the Byzantine-Sasanian War of 602-628 and only began settling in Germany in the Medieval period. Ashkenazi Jews is the term used today to describe these Jewish people - individuals who built religiously-based communities centuries later in Central and Eastern Europe. One of the things they are recognized for is the use of Yiddish - a High German language written in the Hebrew alphabet and influenced by classical Hebrew and Aramaic.
  45. A backpacking trip in the Rothrock State Forest and day hikes in the Laurel Highlands and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia were among the Penn State Outing Club's 2018 spring-term events. After this weekend, though, the 98-year-old organization has nothing on its calendar, and unless things change, it won't. The Outing Club isn't allowed to go outside anymore. According to an announcement posted by the club on its website last week, the university will not allow the club to organize and run outdoor, student-led trips starting next semester. "This is a result," the announcement said, "of an assessment of risk management by the university that determined that the types of activities in which PSOC engages are above the university's threshold of acceptable risk for recognized student organizations."
  46. Defending the Second Amendment The Second Amendment, at its core, is about freedom for the citizens of the United States of America. It reads: A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the rights of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. However you choose to interpret the intention of the Founding Fathers, the fact remains that they believed that every citizen has a right to choose to be armed or not, and that government could not infringe on that right. The Second Amendment has been argued and upheld in the highest court in the country. It was created for the protection of law-abiding citizens and ensures their right to bear arms. As recently as 2008, the Supreme Court in the landmark case District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 held that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a Militia.
  47. The so-called 'journalists' in the mainstream media seem to be the last people to realize that the US/UK/Israel Syrian gassing hoax is coming apart at the seams. Alternative media has gone unanimously against it, as well as some in the mainstream. And now this bombshell from Russian state television. It really is stupendous. Take a few minutes to watch this or read the transcript below. There cannot be any doubt - the so-called Syria gassing was a fraud, and there is no way the countries who launched missile strikes in response didn't know this. The really interesting question is, what happens now? Does anyone get called to account for almost starting WW3 with a fraudulent false flag?
  48. Lawmakers in Hungary introduced "Stop Soros" legislation in February to "empower the interior minister to ban non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support migration and pose a national security risk." As a result, George Soros' Hungary-based Central European University, will relocate to Vienna, according to a report by Reuters. The move against Soros-affiliated organizations by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is due largely due to his foundation's stance on mass immigration, as well as deep connections to numerous color revolutions, the Arab Spring, and many other political uprisings across the globe. Although "democracy promotion" is the stated mission, in reality, the many Soros-linked organizations largely operate in service of forwarding the Western globalist agenda. Reuters reported that Central European University (CEU) "signed an agreement with the City of Vienna to open a new satellite campus there." The move stems from a law in Hungary that set tougher restrictions on awarding licenses to foreign universities (CEU originated in New York).
  49. A bitter wind whipped down the 10-mile-long Chaco Canyon, kicking up swirls of dust among the thorny greasewood and sagebrush bushes. I ducked behind one of the towering sandstone walls in the three-acre ruin, or Great House, known as Pueblo Bonito, to escape the gusts. I was in the section of the 800-room complex where burials took place. Treasure hunters and archaeologists have uncovered in these ruins and tombs delicate white-and-black painted ceramics, flutes, ceremonial sticks, tiny copper bells, inlaid bone, macaw and parrot skeletons, cylindrical jars with the residue of chocolate that would have been imported from Mexico, shells and intricate turquoise jewelry and sculptures. From this vast, bureaucratic and ceremonial complex, the Anasazi-a Navajo word meaning ancient ones or possibly ancient enemies-dominated the Southwest from about the year 850 until the society collapsed in about 1150. The Chaco ruin, 6,200 feet above sea level, is one of the largest and most spectacular archeological sites in North America. It is an impressive array of 15 interconnected complexes, each of which once had four-to-five-story stone buildings with hundreds of rooms each. Seven-hundred-pound wooden beams, many 16 feet long, were used in the roofs. Huge circular, ceremonial kivas - religious centers dug into the earth, with low masonry benches around the base of the room to accommodate hundreds of worshippers - dot the ruins. It rivals the temples and places built by the Aztecs and the Mayans.
  50. Going Underground has been busy, taking the world's biggest geopolitical concern head-on in its latest episode. Afshin Rattansi chats to Aleppo MP Fares Shehabi about the latest US-led attacks on Syria. The GU crew also spoke to playwright and food bank volunteer Tara Osman, to ask why nearly one and a half million food bank packages were needed last year to keep British people from going hungry - especially when the UK government can afford Storm Shadow missiles at $1 million (£1.4 million) a pop. Plus, we review this week's news with former Liberal Democrat politician Lembit Opik.