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  • Justine Damond: Minneapolis police officer to plead not guilty to murder

    04/26/2018 4:16:21 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg
    The Guardian ^ | 4/26/18 | Christopher Knaus
    he Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering Australian woman Justine Damond will plead not guilty and fight the charges at trial, court documents suggest. Mohamed Noor, 32, will seek to argue self-defence and reasonable force, according to court documents seen by the Guardian. The documents were filed by Noor’s lawyer, Thomas Plunkett, on Wednesday in Minneapolis, and contain no other detail about his defence. Noor is facing charges of of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the death of Damond.
  • Pity The Poor Government Worker, Says The NY Times

    04/26/2018 3:47:04 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/26/2018 | John Merline
    The "Newspaper of Record" ran a big story this week that valiantly tried to show how state and local government workers have it so very tough these days. The 2,240-word front-page story in The New York Times begins by lamenting that, while government jobs used to provide "a comfortable nook in the middle class," those days are gone. "The ranks of state and local employees have languished even as the populations they serve have grown," the article says. "The 19.5 million workers who remain are finding themselves financially downgraded." The article goes on to quote Neil Reichenberg, executive director of...
  • Michael Brown’s Mother, Lezley McSpadden, Announces Run For Ferguson City Council

    04/26/2018 3:46:42 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 8 replies
    Huffpost ^ | 4/26/18 | Alanna Vagianos
    The mother of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer in 2014, is considering running for City Council in her home city of Ferguson, Missouri. “What I’m contemplating is running for City Council of Ferguson,” Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, said during a panel on police brutality at Harvard University on Monday. McSpadden’s announcement was met with a roar of applause from the crowd and a “Run, Lezley! Run!” chant, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  • Here's One Global Warming Study Nobody Wants You To See

    04/26/2018 3:41:14 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/25/2018 | IBD Editorial Board
    Settled Science: A new study published in a peer-reviewed journal finds that climate models exaggerate the global warming from CO2 emissions by as much as 45%. If these findings hold true, it's huge news. No wonder the mainstream press is ignoring it. In the study, authors Nic Lewis and Judith Curry looked at actual temperature records and compared them with climate change computer models. What they found is that the planet has shown itself to be far less sensitive to increases in CO2 than the climate models say. As a result, they say, the planet will warm less than the...
  • Editorial: Anti-Trump bias on display

    04/26/2018 3:33:18 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 2 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 04-26-2018 | Herald Staff
    By now we know that the national­ media and certainly the establishment press in Washington, D.C., are largely biased against President Trump. What has changed in the last two years is their utter inability to execute their slanted coverage with any degree of subtlety. Indeed, so hasty and passionate are they in their zeal to denigrate the president that they routinely neglect to construct any ruse of objectivity. For instance, yesterday, when French President Emmanuel Macron addressed a joint meeting of Congress, CNN bailed out of live coverage. Not only was the Macron trip to Washington the first official state...
  • Hamas Engineer 'Negotiated Arms Deals With North Korea, Assassinated by Mossad' in Malaysia

    04/26/2018 3:13:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 26.04.2018
    Hamas Engineer 'Negotiated Arms Deals With North Korea, Assassinated by Mossad' in Malaysia Report in The New York Times cites intelligence officials saying Batsh was killed as part of Mossad attempt to stop Hamas operations overseas, reveals ties to North Korea Haaretz | 26.04.2018 09:19 Updated: 12:26 PM Fadi al-Batsh, the Hamas engineer gunned down in Malaysia last week, was reportedly involved in talks with North Korea on arms intended for Gaza, The New York Times reported Thursday. To really understand the Middle East - subscribe to Haaretz According to the report, Batsh was killed as part of an alleged operation by...
  • Germany: Muslim Migrant Children Bully And Beat Up Non-Muslim Boy For Eating Pork

    04/26/2018 2:36:50 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 7 replies
    Geller Report ^ | April 25, 2018 | Pamela Geller
    This is the poison fruit of Merkel’s suicidal immigration policies. She will go down in history as the worst German Chancellor since Adolf Hitler. Native Germans increasingly are living in fear in their own countries. Muslim migrants, including these schoolchildren, clearly believe that they can act with absolute impunity and the German authorities will do nothing. Like authorities in Britain when they were for years confronted with the activities of Muslim rape gangs, the German authorities are likely most afraid of appearing to be “racist” and “islamophobic.” And so incidents like this one will multiply. “Migrants bully and beat up...
  • UN warns Idlib could be next Syrian disaster zone in 'marathon of pain'

    04/26/2018 2:32:11 AM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 25 April 2018 | Patrick Wintour
    ..Idlib is the last major territory still in rebel hands. It is partly held by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadi group that Russia and the Syrian government regard as a legitimate target in an area where civilians and fighters continue to pour in as part of evacuation deals in other parts of the country. Jan Egeland, the head of the UN’s humanitarian task force for Syria, said: “All my energies currently and in the coming weeks are dedicated to averting a fresh humanitarian disaster.” He described Idlib as “one giant area of displacement”. “More than half of the population in...
  • Migrant 'caravan' at U.S.-Mexico border prepares for mass crossing

    04/26/2018 2:15:35 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 Apr 18 | Delphine Schrank
    Hundreds of Central American migrants from a caravan that crossed Mexico reunited in Tijuana on Wednesday and planned to cross the border together this weekend in defiance of threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to repel them. The timing of the migrants arrival could compromise a flurry of talks this week to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which Trump has repeatedly threatened to scrap if Mexico does not crack down on the flow of Central Americans through its territory. Busloads of migrants began arriving on Tuesday at a shelter that was a five minute-walk from the border...
  • The Working Families Party Has an Anti-Semitism Problem - Greenfield

    04/26/2018 12:37:48 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 4 replies
    FrontPage ^ | April 25, 2018 | Greenfield
    The Working Families Party Has an Anti-Semitism Problem From Marx to Jewish weather control. April 25, 2018 Daniel Greenfield Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism. When D.C. Councilmember Trayon White came under fire for blaming Jews for controlling the weather, dumping a Holocaust Museum tour and donating to an anti-Semitic Nation of Islam event, the loudest voice in his defense came once again from the Working Families Party. The WFP is a spinoff of ACORN. Rafael Shimunov, the WFP’s Creative Director, claimed...
  • 'Adversaries' jamming Air Force gunships in Syria, Special Ops general says

    04/25/2018 11:21:05 PM PDT · by familyop · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 25, 2018 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Russian mercenaries...attacked an outpost manned by American commandos and U.S.-backed fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), comprising Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters...Today, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is the U.S. military's best ally in the fight against ISIS in Syria, helping to take back 90 percent of territory formerly held by ISIS. It consists of well over 50,000 Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters.
  • Epic – First Lady Melania Trump Selected “Clinton China Service”, Previously Stolen by Bill and

    04/25/2018 10:32:40 PM PDT · by bitt · 19 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 4/25/2018 | SUNDANCE
    This is far too epic-worthy not to achieve a bit more attention. Twitter handle IWillRedPillYou did a little digging on the more nuanced aspects from last night’s State Dinner, held by President Trump and Melania Trump to honor French President Macron and Brigitte Macron, and discovered a hilarious detail: “Get this: The China (dinette set) Trump Ordered Used Tuesday Night for the Macron Dinner? Same China Bill and Hillary Clinton STOLE from the White House and Were Forced to Return (Dead Serious – Trump = Master Troll)” [Tweet Link]
  • We May Hit Russian Systems in Syria, Israel Says After Threats of 'Catastrophic Consequences'

    04/25/2018 9:47:41 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies
    haaretz.com ^ | April 25, 2018 | Haaretz and Reuters
    Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that Israel may strike the Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft defense systems in Syria if they are used against Israel. "One thing should be clear - if someone fires on our planes, we will destroy them," Lieberman said in an interview with the Israeli website Ynet. "What's important to us is that the weapons defense systems that the Russians transfer to Syria are not used against us. If they are used against us, we will act against them."
  • U.S. attorney general tiptoes around Russia probe at hearing

    04/25/2018 9:22:47 PM PDT · by bitt · 24 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 4/25/2018 | sarah n. lynch
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Questions about President Donald Trump and the investigation into whether his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russia overshadowed a Senate hearing on Wednesday with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been a frequent target of Trump’s wrath. Sessions was the sole witness at the hearing on the Justice Department’s proposed 2019 budget, where Democrats repeatedly drew the spotlight to the Russia probe. In ways that could keep Trump’s fury in check, Sessions delicately navigated questions on recusals, pardons and even the possible firing of high-ranking officials. Sessions would not say if he had recused himself, or...
  • If You Want To Stop Liberal Bullying, Start By Telling Them To Buzz Off

    04/25/2018 9:17:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2018 | Kurt Schlichter
    Well, not “buzz.” But you get the point. We are experiencing an epidemic of liberals trying to push us around. And, since life is really just high school, except with older and stupider people, schoolyard rules apply. So when someone tries to bully, you smack him. Hard. Right in the Pelosi. That's what we need to do the liberals when they form their creepy little social media lynch mobs. This nonsense about cowering and apologizing and begging for forgiveness from these petty tyrants needs to stop. Besides being undignified and shameful, submission just encourages them. Take whoever Shania Twain...
  • Test missile launched from Southern California coast

    04/25/2018 9:03:20 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 6 replies
    Bakersfield.com ^ | 4/25/2018 | staff
    <p>VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile in the latest test on the Southern California coast.</p> <p>The unarmed Minuteman 3 missile was launched Wednesday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base.</p>
  • The Latest: Syrians who 'staged' attack to visit OPCW

    04/25/2018 9:01:45 PM PDT · by WisconsinRep · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 25, 2018 | AP
    Russian diplomats are planning to bring a group of Syrians to the international chemical weapons watchdog who the Russians claim were filmed in "staged videos" of an alleged chemical attack on the town of Douma earlier this month. Russian Embassy spokesman Mikhail Sobolev said Wednesday that about 15 Syrians will attend a meeting at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Thursday to brief member states. The OPCW, which has sent a team of inspectors to Syria to investigate the alleged attack, had no immediate comment. The event is part of an ongoing clash of narratives between the...
  • Galaxy pile-up set to radically change notions about the early universe

    04/25/2018 8:56:42 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 24 replies
    In effect, astronomers have been able to look back in time to when the universe was about a tenth its current age and have recorded the formation of a galactic protocluster, a precursor to the type of enormous galaxy clusters that are the largest-known objects in today's universe. Designated as SPT2349-56, the protocluster has a mass about 10 trillion times greater than our sun and according to conventional wisdom should not have existed until much later in the universe's formation. It was observed from the Atacama telescope array in Chile. Astrophysicist Scott Chapman of Dalhousie University in Canada said: "We...
  • Insight: Indian helicopter dreams produce nightmares

    04/25/2018 8:56:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | 25th April 2018 | Gordon Arthur
    The Indian military’s seemingly endless pursuit of new helicopters is a sorry tale of woe for both the armed forces and for foreign OEMs wanting to cash in on this large market. Attempting to make sense of where current requirements are at, Shephard spoke to a number of helicopter companies at DefExpo 2018 earlier this month and was told of five major requirements. First is the Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) project, where 111 aircraft to be built under the ‘Make in India’ policy are needed for the Indian Navy (IN). The NUH is a 4.5-5t intermediate-class helicopter, and an RfI...
  • China tests stealth ‘invisibility cloaks’ on regular fighter jets

    04/25/2018 8:51:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Tuesday, 24 April, 2018 | Stephen Chen
    China is testing an “invisibility cloak” on non-stealth military jets to help them evade radar detection, according to scientists involved in the project. If successful, the technology could quickly boost the combat strength of the jets, the researchers say. But others say the technology was difficult to mass produce, limited to a small range of radar bandwidths and would need to be combined with other devices to be truly effective. The technology involves the use of a “metamaterial”, a fabricated layer comprising microscopic structures similar to integrated circuits. The metamaterial can alter the way radio waves bounce off its surface...