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  1. Donald Trump was "aware of and had approved of" Congressman Dana Rohrabacher's offer to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the court holding his extradition hearing was told Friday. The existence of the offer was confirmed by barrister Jennifer Robinson, who was present at the 2017 meeting in the Ecuadorian Embassy during Rohrabacher's visit. Congressman Rohrabacher's presidentially-approved offer to pardon Julian Assange in exchange for information on the source of the 2016 leak of the Democratic National Committee's emails offered no guarantees, would have ruined Assange's reputation as a journalist, and wouldn't have benefited Trump politically either, says Earl Rasmussen, executive vice president of the Washington-based Eurasia Centre think tank. "Yes, the Congressman did meet with Julian Assange and yes he did propose a potential resolution. However, there was no official position from the United States, no assurances provided by the State Department, the Justice...
  2. A 4.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Southern California, with tremors felt from Los Angeles down to San Diego. The quake hit 10 miles west of L.A. at 11.39 pm local time on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey. It occurred at a depth of nearly 11 miles, and lasted for 30 seconds. It was reported to be one of the biggest earthquakes to hit the L.A. area in years. There have been no reports of injuries or damage to property, but authorities warned locals to prepare for aftershocks. The Los Angeles Fire Department posted a tweet shortly after the quake, which read: 'If Inside When Shaking Starts: DROP, COVER, HOLD ON! Protect Your Head & Neck While Taking Cover Under Sturdy Furniture or Near a Sturdy Interior Wall, Away From Windows and Doorways Until Shaking Stops.
  3. A British study published in Psychological Medicine suggests that the endorsement of conspiracy beliefs about COVID-19 may be more widespread than expected. Furthermore, this lack of trust in public health information could be impeding the country's efforts to slow the spread of the virus. When navigating a public health emergency like the coronavirus pandemic, collective action by everyday citizens is crucial. Conspiracy claims about the virus that continue to circulate may have an impact on citizens' interpretation and acceptance of public health guidelines. Study author Daniel Freeman and his team suggest that the very conditions created by the pandemic form an ideal ground for the emergence of conspiracy theories. "Uncertainty about the future is widespread," the authors express. "Expectations about everyday life have changed rapidly and dramatically . . . Normal routines and plans have been thwarted." The ongoing pandemic not only threatens people's physical health but poses a...
  4. The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Friday evening sparked some very solemn responses from people of all political stripes. While generally most would prefer to use the time immediately following the death of a public figure to remember their legacy, the political implications of RBG's death left people on the Right and the Left to speculate about what will happen with the vacant seat left now on the highest court in the nation. In fact, RBG's death sparked a huge surge in donations on ActBlue. But some on the Left started promising violence, not just political action.
  5. In a new report issued Wednesday, health experts are now recommending regularly logging off your social media accounts, and then backing over your electronic devices with a van or other large vehicle. "We've found that mental wellness is greatly increased when people take a few minutes each day to log off of Facebook and Twitter, take a stroll out to the driveway, and just crush all of their electronic devices forever," one study intern told reporters. "Then stare pensively at the beautiful weather and enjoy your newfound freedom from the toxicity that permeates the internet." The study showed that people who log off of Twitter to escape the latest political or social drama and then permanently destroy their smartphones are "far more likely" to lead positive, fulfilling lives than those who stay logged into the service. Likewise, the research showed that avoiding a drawn-out Facebook debate is best done by logging out, taking a few deep breaths, and then crushing your laptop with...
  6. When the US announced it would be reducing the number of its troops stationed in Germany many hoped in vain it would be the beginning of an overall reduction of US forces in Europe and a deescalation of tensions between the US, NATO and the Russian Federation. Many others, however, easily predicted these forces would simply be moved elsewhere in Europe and most likely eastward even closer to Russia's borders and, as a result, increasing tensions. AP reported in its article, "Pompeo inks deal for US troop move from Germany to Poland," that: Some 4,500 US troops are currently based in Poland, but about 1,000 more are to be added, under a bilateral decision announced last year. Last month, in line with President Donald Trump's demand to reduce troop numbers in Germany, the Pentagon announced that some 12,000 troops would be withdrawn from Germany with about 5,600 moving to other countries in Europe, including Poland. The article would add, in an attempt to explain the presence of US...
  7. Pasadena, CA — An unusual stellar explosion is shining new light on the origins of a specific subgroup of Type Ia supernovae. Called LSQ14fmg, the exploding star exhibits certain characteristics that are unlike any other supernova. For example, its brightness increases at an extremely slow rate compared to other Type Ia supernovae. Despite this, it is also one of the brightest explosions in its class. "Type Ia supernovae are violent, fantastically bright explosions of a white dwarf — the remnant of a star that has exhausted its nuclear fuel — which is part of a binary system with another star," said Carnegie astronomer Mark Phillips, an expert in these phenomena. While the precise details of the explosion are still unknown, it is believed to be triggered when the white dwarf approaches a critical mass. However, some Type Ia supernovae, such as LSQ14fmg, are mysteriously able to exceed this mass before exploding. Astronomers call them "super-Chandrasekhar" supernovae after the...
  8. Now that US President Donald Trump has declared the 1619 Project 'toxic,' its lead author tried to accuse "the right" of making up her main point. One writer who had defended her all along refused to accept the gaslighting. "One thing in which the right has been tremendously successful is getting media to frame stories in their language and through their lens," Nikole Hannah-Jones tweeted on Friday, adding that the 1619 Project "does not argue that 1619 is our true founding." Conor Friedersdorf of the Atlantic called her claim "staggering," given what he himself had written about Hannah-Jones's Pulitzer Prize-winning work.
  9. The US pullout from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty was a threat to Russia's security and risked "zeroing" its nuclear arsenals, prompting Moscow to design unparalleled hypersonic projectiles, President Vladimir Putin said. Moscow, which claims primacy in the worldwide race to develop the ultra-fast weapons systems, faced an urgency to maintain strategic parity with its near-peer opponent Washington, the Russian president recalled on Saturday. "The US withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty [ABM Treaty] in 2002 forced Russia to start developing hypersonic weapons," Putin said while speaking over a video link to Gerbert Yefremov, a renowned engineer who played a lead role in designing an array of sensitive missile systems for the Russian military.
  10. A Black Lives Matter activist in Washington has gone into social media hiding after her efforts to dox a CVS drugstore manager for calling the police on two suspected shoplifters didn't go over as swimmingly as she planned. The chain of events began when the woman, Charity Sade, started recording police who were questioning two black men outside a CVS store. At one point, an officer warns one of the suspects not to interrupt him while he's talking to the other man, saying "His freedom is dependent on your actions." Sade then interjects, asking the officer for his name and badge number. She then films another video of herself confronting the CVS manager inside the store for calling the police. The manager explains that it's company policy to contact the police when a shoplifter exits the store without paying for merchandise. He added that he chose not to press charges against the men, but asked the police to inform them that they could no longer shop at his store.
  11. US covid-19 deaths have risen, peaked and fallen very differently from those of large Western European countries. What is causing this difference and what can we learn from it? Why is the US different? In the larger countries of Western Europe the scale of death tolls has varied significantly, but the shape of the mortality curve has not. In most of Western Europe, covid-19 deaths have risen and fallen around a single peak in a familiar bell-shaped curve. As shown in the above image, covid-19 mortality curves for Europe are very similar to the curve predicted by the so-called 'SIR Model'. SIR, developed by Scottish scientists Kermack and McKendrick in the 1920s and 1930s, is a mathematical model used to predict the path of a number of different infectious diseases.[1] Notice how the curve rises slightly more steeply than it declines in both the SIR model and the covid data. The similarity between this decades-old mathematical model and 2020 covid mortality curves is striking. This...
  12. A Hong Kong priest says he is ready to fly to Taiwan to discuss the surrender of a fugitive murder suspect whose case helped trigger last year's extradition bill crisis and mass protests. Chan Tong-kai is accused of murdering his girlfriend Amber Poon during their holiday on the island in 2018, when he was aged 19, before flying back to Hong Kong. Because Taiwan and Hong Kong have no extradition treaty Chan could not be returned to the country and could only be tried in Hong Kong for money-laundering over money and valuables he took from his girlfriend. He has been free since his release on October 23 last year after serving 18 months in jail. Chief Executive Carrie Lam cited Chan's case when pushing last year to pass a controversial extradition bill, which would also have allowed extradition to mainland China. Mass protests against the bill turned into a city-wide pro-democracy campaign and convulsed Hong Kong for months. The priest, Reverend Peter Koon, has said he will head to...
  13. The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into Princeton University after its president acknowledged that systemic racism is "embedded" in the university's structures. The department informed Princeton of the investigation in a letter Wednesday, citing Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber's open letter earlier this month discussing the school's efforts to address systemic racism. Officials said the university "repeatedly represented and warranted to" the department that it was complying with nondiscrimination mandates under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but asserted that Eisgruber in his letter had admitted the university is "racist." The Department of Education expressed concern that the university has received tens of millions of dollars in federal funds despite the potential lack of compliance. "Based on its admitted racism, the U.S. Department of Education ('Department') is concerned Princeton's nondiscrimination and equal...
  14. We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic. New England Journal of Medicine, 2020; 382:363 These days everyone imagines himself or herself to be a scientist. Scolds, who labor under the delusion that reading the New York Times is equivalent to holding a doctorate, unceasingly inflict on us finger-wagging lectures about how we need to "listen to the science" when it comes to masks. Apparently "masks work" because "The Science™" says so. Newsflash: these media figures and...
  15. With much of Europe struggling to contain a second wave of coronavirus infections, a Danish professor has claimed that the pandemic "may be finished" in Sweden, thanks to herd immunity. Sweden recorded 224 cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, a number roughly on par with daily new infections for the last two months. No patients died. However, the situation throughout much of Europe is different. 300,000 new cases were recorded across the continent last week, with the World Health Organization calling the spike in infections a "wake-up call." Even Sweden's neighbor, Denmark, saw an average of 61 cases per million people throughout the week, compared to Sweden's relatively modest 23. Kim Sneppen, a professor of biocomplexity at Copenhagen's Niels Bohr Institute, believes that the Swedes are finally developing 'herd immunity' to the deadly virus.
  16. With few people dying, or even being hospitalised, from Covid-19, why are the UK's governments seemingly so desperate to slap ever more restrictions on our most basic liberties? On Monday, the 'rule of six' came into effect in the UK. With slight variations across the four nations, it meant that no more than six people can now meet socially, indoors or outdoors. Ministers are deadly serious about it, too, suggesting we snitch on our neighbours if they break the rules. Worse was to come, however, with more local lockdowns. From Friday, in areas of the northeast of England covering nearly two million people, it will be illegal to meet anyone outside your own household or 'support bubble', with exceptions including work and education. It will be possible to meet others at a pub or restaurant, but this is being strongly discouraged. Other parts of the UK are already under similar measures, including Birmingham and Bolton, with around 11 million people facing lockdown measures currently...
  17. An experimental new vaccine developed jointly with the US government claims to be able to change human DNA and could be deployed as early as next year through a DARPA-funded, injectable biochip. The most significant scientific discovery since gravity has been hiding in plain sight for nearly a decade and its destructive potential to humanity is so enormous that the biggest war machine on the planet immediately deployed its vast resources to possess and control it, financing its research and development through agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and HHS' BARDA. The revolutionary breakthrough came to a Canadian scientist named Derek Rossi in 2010 purely by accident. The now-retired Harvard professor claimed in an interview with the National Post that he found a way to "reprogram" the molecules that carry the genetic instructions for cell development in the human body, not to mention all biological lifeforms.
  18. President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he was creating the "1776 Commission" to promote patriotism in U.S. education as part of the administration's efforts to combat the far Left's agenda of trying to re-write American history. "Trump, speaking at the White House Conference on American History, hosted at the National Archives Museum, said: "Our mission is to defend the legacy of America's founding, the virtue of America's heroes, and the nobility of the American character. We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms, and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country. We want our sons and daughters to know that they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world." Trump's speech comes after the administration announced two weeks ago that it was cancelling all federal funding that was going toward promoting critical race theory.
  19. In August, Attorney General William Barr refused to commit to withholding any report by DOJ watchdog John Durham before the November election - causing Congressional Democrats to froth at the mouth over an "October surprise" meant to hurt Joe Biden. Durham was appointed by Barr to investigate the Russia investigators - including members of the Obama-Biden administration, the FBI and the DOJ. Now, days after a top prosecutor on the Durham team resigned - reportedly over what she thought was "pressure from Barr to produce results before the November election," the Democratic chairs of four House committees have demanded an "emergency investigation" into Durham's probe, according to the Daily Caller. Democrats Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) in a letter to DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz, wrote: "We write to ask that you open an emergency investigation into whether U.S. Attorney General William Barr, U.S. Attorney John...
  20. Israel's new ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday that plans to annex parts of the West Bank were still on the table, despite officials from the United States and United Arab Emirates indicating the move has been called off for the foreseeable future as part of the normalization deals Jerusalem signed this week with the UAE and Bahrain. Gilad Erdan, a former top member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party who is also set to take over as ambassador to the US, said that he had spoken to the premier about the matter. "The annexation is not off the table. It can be discussed again after the US elections," Erdan told Army Radio, referring to the November 3 vote in which US President Donald Trump faces Democrat Joe Biden. "The annexation hasn't been canceled, but it is off the Americans' priority list," he added. "We knew this can't happen without cooperation from the Trump administration." Netanyahu had for months promised to annex large parts of the West Bank...
  21. The Pentagon has sent a number of armored vehicles, radar systems and additional troops to Syria in a show of force, bolstering the US military presence in the country following a run-in with Russian forces last month. The deployments, accompanied by increased air patrols over eastern Syria, were announced by US Central Command on Friday. CENTCOM spokesman Captain Bill Urban said in a statement: "The United States has deployed Sentinel radar, increased the frequency of US fighter patrols over US forces, and deployed Bradley Fighting Vehicles to augment US forces in the Eastern Syria Security Area (ESSA) to "ensure the safety and security of coalition forces. "These actions are a clear demonstration of U.S. resolve to defend Coalition forces in the ESSA, and to ensure that they are able to continue their Defeat-ISIS mission without interference."
  22. A Michigan court ruled that voters there have until the day before Election Day to postmark their mail-in ballots and ordered that they be counted as long as they arrive within 14 days of the Nov. 3 general election, a decision that could delay the call of the presidential contest. The Friday ruling from the Michigan Court of Claims was lauded by Democratic groups that have urged states to loosen restrictions on mail-in balloting and take extra steps to ensure that votes cast through the mail are counted. More voters than usual plan to vote by mail because of concerns that pulling the lever in person might expose them to the coronavirus, a development that could delay the results of the election for days or even weeks. "We have won yet another important victory for voters in the state of Michigan," Guy Cecil, chairman of the liberal group Priorities USA, said in a statement. Priorities USA, which funded the lawsuit that led to the ruling, is the designated outside group for...
  23. At least 4 people died in flash flooding and landslides after heavy monsoon rainfall in Myanmar. According to local media reports heavy rainfall early on 16 September caused flooding and landslides in Mandalay Region. At least four people died in Mogok Township (also known as Moekok) in Pyin Oo Lwin district, after a creek broke its banks triggering landslides in the surrounding hillsides. Around 24 houses were damaged or destroyed and 56 people were evacuated.
  24. Humans (and other animals) need sleep as much as they need water and oxygen, and considering we spend about a third of our lives doing it, it clearly serves an important function. But, despite many theories, much of sleep's purpose remains elusive. Leading theories - and debates - focus on its role in brain repair and reorganisation. Taking a unique, multi-disciplinary approach, a new study, published in the journal Science Advances, suggests it does both - it just depends on age. In children around two and a half years old, the study found, synaptic growth and reorganisation, which underpins learning and memory formation, seems to be sleep's main purpose. After that age, sleep becomes dominated by repair and cleaning, or maintenance - and the transition is not a gradual process, according to senior author Van Savage from Santa Fe Institute, US. "One most surprising part of this finding is that this switch is very sharp and abrupt," he says, likening it to the transition that...
  25. In a freak incident, a couple was electrocuted after being struck by lightning while returning to Paradgaon village on a bike from Bramhapuri on Friday evening. The victims have been identified as Pintu Raut, 30, and his wife Gunjan, 26. The duo had gone to Bramhapuri for some work and was returning when lightning struck them near Bhagwati Rice Mill in Udapur village. The duo was thrown from the bike after the impact and died on the spot. Pintu's body was found near the bike by the roadside, while his Gunjan's body was lying on road. The police have registered a case and are investigating.
  26. A leading activist for racial equality in Indianapolis, Indiana apologized for misleading people about her race for years in order to grow in prominence. Satchuel Cole has been highly a visible racial justice activist in Indianapolis, has worked with the local Black Lives Matter chapter and was even the spokesperson for the family of Aaron Bailey who was killed by police during a June 2017 traffic stop, according to The Indy Star. Her apology, which she posted Wednesday on Facebook, came after Black Indy LIVE published an article detailing Cole's family history. "I have taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white," Cole said in her social media post. "I have used Blackness when it was not mine to use."
  27. The chief medical correspondent for CNN, who questioned the value of wearing masks in March, is being blasted for claiming that a "source" told him Donald Trump could have "saved 80 to 90 percent" of Covid-19 victims in the US. Discussing a recent report that a plan for the US Postal Service to send five masks to every American earlier in the year was scrapped, Sanjay Gupta threw out comments on CNN on Friday blasting the White House's coronavirus response, crediting them all to a mysterious "source." Gupta, a neurosurgeon, claims his source told him that the White House knew Covid-19 could be spread "asymptomatically," but chose not to promote this information and continues to "ignore basic health measures." "This is what my source said: Every step along the way, this guidance that could have saved, you know, 80-90 percent of the people who have died could have been saved if this guidance had been abided by. Every step of the way, that guidance has been buried, and then minimized,...
  28. "They're nature's hilarious accidents." On April 1, 1994, Paul Butcher, then the director of Colorado Springs parks department, received a chilling phone call from a frantic staff member. She told him that Balanced Rock — a 290-million-year-old red sandstone boulder naturally perched on a sloped ledge in Garden of the Gods Park — had fallen. Butcher panicked, his thoughts roiling with how disappointed and outraged both locals and visitors would be with the loss of the beloved, iconic landmark. He imagined the 700-ton boulder rolling downhill, with nothing to stop its tumble onto the nearby U.S. Highway 24, like a monstrously dense tumbleweed. Then he remembered the calendar, and realized it was a prank. "I never laughed," Butcher, who is now retired, told Out There Colorado. "It's not a great joke." In a way, the mere existence of Balanced Rock also seems like a prank, either geological or cosmic. The enormous boulder looks like it had been photoshopped onto the landscape, or...
  29. Police have arrested 16 anti-lockdown protesters and fined 21 others during "chaotic" scenes in Melbourne's south-east in which demonstrators were chased by police on horseback. About 50 to 100 demonstrators began protesting at the State Library but moved to Elsternwick Park where they were pursued by police. Photographers from Australian Associated Press who were at the scene said the protest was "chaotic". There was "a lot of running and not much protesting", one photographer said. One arrested man said he was within five kilometres of his house, had "done nothing wrong" and police would have to "answer to the Lord Jesus Christ". Some protesters ended up marching along Elwood Beach in a loose formation before they were again dispersed by police, resulting in several arrests on Ormond Esplanade.
  30. Florida Campus Correspondent Ophelie Jacobson spoke to students about President Trump's recently released agenda for his second term, building off the administration's first-term accomplishments. Campus Reform asked students about some of the initiatives listed on the agenda, without telling them they were part of Trump's agenda. Instead, students were told the agenda was Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's. The students seemed to like the ideas listed, which included stopping endless wars and bringing our troops home, wiping out global terrorists who threaten to harm Americans and dismantling human trafficking networks.
  31. Stephen F. Cohen, the leading American Russia expert of his generation and a celebrated historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, who became a vocal critic of Washington's "new Cold War" with Moscow, has died at the age of 81. Cohen succumbed to lung cancer at his home in Manhattan, on Friday, according to his wife Katrina vanden Heuvel, who is also the part-owner and publisher of The Nation magazine, where he worked as a contributing editor. A native of Kentucky, he was a prolific and prominent scholar in his field, serving as a professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University. As a frequent visitor to Russia, Cohen became well-connected among leading Soviet dissidents, politicians and thinkers in the 1980s, even befriending Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev.
  32. US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, which means the US election is going to revolve around abortion and other civil rights for the foreseeable future. Which won't change much, since this presidential race hasn't really been about anything since the end of the Democratic primaries. The opportunistic galvanization process has already begun before Ginsburg's body is even cold, with liberal influencers calling on Democrats to rally to a November win for "the notorious RBG," and Trump supporters dropping their faux anti-establishment schtick and metamorphosing into a bunch of mini-Mitch McConnells. Leftists are being shrieked at by mainstream Dems that they need to fall in line and support Biden or they're personally responsible for every civil right that is taken away by Ginsburg's replacement. I'm not here to tell Americans how to vote in November. I'd just like to quickly point out, once again, that an establishment which threatens to remove your civil rights if...
  33. Exiled Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has urged the "international community" to intervene in her country, claiming the actions of the Minsk authorities are in contradiction of "all international norms." The Lithuania-based opposition figurehead spoke at the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council, via a short recorded video message. "The situation in Belarus demands immediate international attention," she said. "Peaceful protesters are being illegally detained, beaten, and raped. Some of the protesters have been found dead."
  34. Joe Rogan's partnership with Spotify has already led to attacks from media outlets, political pundits, and even employees of the streaming company itself, proving that 'mainstream' success is not for independent thinkers. A recent report from Vice gave an insight into the struggles of employees at Spotify since Rogan's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, began its reportedly $100 million licensing deal with the company. Sources told the outlet there have been 10 internal meetings at Spotify already, with numerous employees complaining Rogan's views make them feel alienated and uncomfortable. Workers have objected to several episodes of the comedian's podcast, including July's interview with Abigail Shrier, author of the book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters.
  35. Storm Ianos made landfall in Greece on Friday and entirely washed away a beach on the island of Kefalonia. Videos posted by locals on social media showed massive destruction. The Mediterranean hurricane ('Medicane') hit Kefalonia on Friday. Footage posted to Twitter shows the once-beautiful Jerusalem Beach being entirely washed away by the catastrophic flooding.
  36. In the first such operation of its kind in 20 years, the British Navy were joined by American, Danish and Norwegian forces to supposedly demonstrate freedom of navigation against "Russian attempts" to control the Barents Sea in the Arctic, the British Ministry of Defense said in a statement. "The ships undertook training with each other to further develop their Navies' interoperability while asserting our nations' commitment to upholding peace in the region," the British Ministry of Defense added. This is a rather curious claim to make, not only because the Arctic is already one of the most peaceful regions in the world, but Britain, unlike Russia, the US, Denmark (Greenland) and Norway, is not an Arctic country. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Britain intends to "re-engage more" in the Barents Sea in the future. This suggests that London is not motivated by "upholding peace," but in pressurizing Russia and securing its own influence in the Arctic via not only NATO, but also the...
  37. Less than two months before the presidential election, FBI Director Chris Wray told lawmakers Thursday that Russia remains "very active" in its effort to disrupt the vote, primarily by denigrating Democratic nominee Joe Biden. "The intelligence community's consensus is that Russia continues to try to influence our election," Wray told the House Homeland Security Committee, adding that the Kremlin's effort has focused on sowing discord and disparaging the candidacy of the former vice president. Comment: UNbelievable! That Wray would double down on the "Russian interference" nonsense after the dismal failure that was the Mueller report - and everything that's come out since - really shows what team Wray is working for. The guy is a despicable Deep State shill of the first order. Wray's assessment tracked an earlier analysis published in August by the National Counter-Intelligence and Security Center, which called out pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach for spreading...
  38. A video shows a humpback whale that died at sea and ended up in a Jersey Shore inlet being towed to shore Thursday. A necropsy of the 30-foot mammal was scheduled to begin on the beach at Seaside Road in Brigantine, Friday morning, according to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. The whale may have been entangled at some point and was tracked Wednesday to under the Brigantine Bridge, according to the organization's founder and director, Robert Schoelkopf.
  39. Landslide occurred in Yanbian County, Sichuan - China, September 14, 2020.
  40. Flooding has affected around 50,000 people in the city of Kankan and the surrounding Kankan region in eastern Guinea since early September 2020. According to media reports heavy rainfall began on 03 September. Guinea Red Cross report that 26 out of the 27 districts of the urban municipality and the 12 sub-prefectures of Kankan experienced heavy rainfall causing major damage to people and their property. Around 50,000 people from 10,000 households have been affected, with 657 houses damaged or destroyed and 1,363 people displaced. Local media reported 1 person missing.
  41. A senior cybersecurity adviser to Joe Biden's presidential campaign spent years affiliating with a hacking organization and boasted on a personal blog about breaking into her neighbor's computers. Jackie Singh, who joined the Biden campaign in July as a senior cyber incident responder and threat analyst, was an affiliate of the hacking organization the Gay N----- Association of America, once headed by white nationalist Andrew Auernheimer. Logs obtained by the Washington Examiner from various Internet Relay Chat rooms, a messaging platform dating back to the 1980s that is popular with hackers, show Singh to be a contributor to a toxic culture of overt racism. In August, Singh wrote on Twitter that her role with the Biden campaign focused on "working tirelessly to ensure the digital safety of this campaign."
  42. A proposal allowing police to preemptively lock up those they believe "might" violate coronavirus lockdown measures has gone before the Victoria state parliament, with many fearing it opens the door to unprecedented abuses. If passed, the law would allow police to indefinitely detain any Victoria resident who either tests positive for Covid-19 or is a close contact of someone who has, as long as the officer believes they are "likely to refuse or fail to comply" with quarantine regulations. The state's parliament began hearings on Thursday but has not issued a public decision as of Friday. Even more ominously, the law would allow the state's departmental secretary to appoint any public servant they consider "appropriate" to also exercise the new pre-crime detention powers, based solely on the secretary's personal judgment.
  43. Musician Van Morrison, best known for songs like "Brown Eyed Girl," "Domino" and "Wild Night," and for seminal albums "Moondance" and "Astral Weeks," is set to release three songs protesting the U.K. lockdown. First up is "Born to Be Free," out Sept. 25, followed by "As I Walked Out" on Oct. 9, and "No More Lockdown" on Oct. 23. Morrison's lyrics are straightforward. In "Born to Be Free," he sings: "The new normal, is not normal/It's no kind of normal at all/Everyone seems to have amnesia/Don't need the government cramping my style/Give them an inch, they take a mile."
  44. A liberal initiative led by a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by a group linked to the Chinese Communist Party, it has been revealed. Alicia Garza, 39, is the principal of Black Futures Lab, an advocacy group she created two years ago that works 'with black people to transform their communities', according to their website. The New York Post reports, however, that the group is receiving funding from the San Francisco-based Chinese Progressive Association with ties to the People's Republic of China.
  45. August 28, 2020, the Children's Health Defense, led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., launched a European branch of the organization. In a press conference1 announcing the new branch, Kennedy discussed how governments are using fear to control and manipulate the population. Acting as quasi-government agencies, public health organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization are pushing vaccines using the same fear tactics, while simultaneously removing the regulatory oversight that used to ensure vaccines are properly safety-tested. Corruption in the political system, however, has destroyed the trust these agencies need to get people to willingly take these fast-tracked vaccines, and this despite the fact that the media keep regurgitating the prescribed propaganda. Kennedy also highlights how people like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates are helping to promote this global vaccination agenda.
  46. The Department of Commerce said Friday that it would start banning U.S. transactions with TikTok and WeChat beginning on Sunday. The Commerce Department said it will implement the ban of the China-owned social media apps under authority provided by President Trump's August 2020 executive order and will do so to safeguard Americans' national security. "Today's actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party," Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement. "At the president's direction, we have taken significant action to combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations."
  47. It was a gorgeous August weekend in New York City, and Andy — a college senior at New York University (NYU) — decided to attend a rooftop social gathering with his roommates. The party was consistent with New York City's Phase 4 COVID-19 guidelines, which allow events of up to 50 people. Many attendees went mask-less, but Andy says he didn't stand in close proximity to anyone other than his roommates — who are also students — and they left after a short while. But unbeknownst to Andy — whose name has been changed for this article to protect his privacy — someone at the party posted a video of the event on social media. Andy never saw this video, but he knows that he was visible in it. The video was reported to NYU administrators via the university's COVID-19 compliance system. On Sunday, August 23 — a day after the party — NYU Director of Student Conduct Craig Jolley sent an email to Andy accusing him of "threatening the health and safety of the NYU Community." By 5:00 p.m. on...
  48. We are now expected to believe that Kremlin assassins used a new, even more powerful, Novichok poison on Alexey Navalny, and his aides brought a water bottle laced with it to Germany, but nobody suffered any side effects. At this point, Western reporters covering the story are either completely high on the Kool-Aid or they are going to intense lengths to suppress their skepticism, because so much of the narrative simply doesn't add up. The opposition figure's condition when he was first hospitalized, in Siberia, was clearly very grave. He was placed into an induced coma and attached to a ventilator. The situation was so serious that his wife and associates demanded he be moved abroad, to Germany, for treatment. A request Russian authorities acquiesced to the following evening, after a tense day when the doctors treating him in Omsk stated that they felt he was too unwell to travel, and his associates alleged they were stalling. Since Navalny's arrival in Berlin, things have become...
  49. A magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred Friday evening on the central Mid-Atlantic Ridge between the west Coast of Africa and South America at 6:43 PM EDT. The epicenter is over 4,000 miles away from the state of Florida and poses no tsunami threat to the U.S. mainland.
  50. Imagine that you had the resources and influence sufficient to create a global pandemic, what would you need to do? How would you get started? And how best to turn it to your advantage and boost your profits? We have the answers right here. A simple 12 step plan. *** 1. Find some vague criteria for what constitutes the symptoms that you want people to look for. Anything subjective that a lot of people can identify with is ideal. Let us take memory problems and/or confusion + a few common ones from the Covid list. Tiredness, aches and pains are common and subjective enough. (For covid19 the symptoms are: fever, dry cough, tiredness. Less common symptoms: aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhoea, loss of taste or smell, a rash, or discolouration of fingers or toes) It would be a good idea to take something that is very common in old people so that we can use death from old age as proof of the lethality of the new virus. *** 2. Then we would need something biological to test. Any RNA...