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  • United States Files Civil Action to Forfeit Rare Cuneiform Tablet Bearing Portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh

    07/14/2020 7:00:41 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 21 replies
    justice.gov ^ | May 18, 2020 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of New York
    The “Gilgamesh Dream Tablet” Was Sold to Hobby Lobby Using a False Provenance Earlier today, the United States filed a civil complaint to forfeit a rare cuneiform tablet bearing a portion of the epic of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian epic poem considered one the world’s oldest works of literature.  Known as the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, it originated in the area of modern-day Iraq and entered the United States contrary to federal law.  The tablet was later sold by an international auction house (the “Auction House”) to Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (“Hobby Lobby”), a prominent arts-and-crafts retailer based in Oklahoma City,...
  • Armed Conflict Between Venezuela and Colombia Is Now a Real and Terrifying Possibility

    09/14/2019 12:30:21 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/12/2019 | Francisco Toro
    BOGOTA, Colombia — Thinking up ways our all-encompassing crisis could get even worse has become a grimly popular parlor game for Venezuelans. For years, the go-to worst-case scenario was civil war between the political factions in our country. These days, an even scarier prospect has begun to displace that in the pantheon of Venezuelan nightmares: armed conflict with Colombia. The reason? Venezuela’s increasingly tight alliance with the drug-running guerrilla armies waging war on the Colombian state, which has rattled Bogota so hard it’s now seeking a hemispheric response. On Wednesday, Colombia, the United States and nine other countries invoked the...
  • UN Agency: Tanzania Not Sharing Details on Ebola-Like Cases

    09/22/2019 8:40:54 AM PDT · by bgill · 10 replies
    nbc ^ | Sept. 22, 2019 | Cara Anna
    The World Health Organization has issued an unusual statement raising questions about whether Tanzania is covering up possible cases of the deadly Ebola virus, a significant cause for concern during a regional outbreak that has been declared a rare global health emergency. The statement Saturday says Tanzania's government "despite several requests" has not shared its clinical data, the results of its investigations or the possible contacts of a number of patients with Ebola-like symptoms. Tanzania's government, which has said it has no Ebola cases, could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday. The cases would be the first-ever Ebola infections...
  • North Korea leader Kim invited Trump to Pyongyang in new letter: report

    09/15/2019 6:56:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WTVB-FM ^ | September 15, 2019 | Jack Kim, Reuters
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited U.S. President Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources. The letter, the second Trump received from Kim last month amid stalled denuclearization talks between the two countries, pre-dated North Korea's latest launch of short-range projectiles a week ago. In the second letter, which was passed to Trump in the third week of August, Kim spoke of his willingness to meet Trump for another summit, one source reportedly told the Joongang Ilbo newspaper. The White House, the U.S. State Department...
  • Scientists: Chinese Coronavirus Pandemic May Have Started in September

    04/18/2020 12:34:48 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Apr 2020 | GABRIELLE REYES
    In a newly published study, which has not been peer-reviewed, researchers investigating the virus’s origin analyzed global viral samples and concluded that the virus must have first infected humans between September 13 and December 7. “The virus may have mutated into its final ‘human-efficient’ form months ago, but stayed inside a bat or other animal, or even human, for several months without infecting other individuals,” University of Cambridge geneticist Peter Forster, one of the study’s researchers, said. “Then, it started infecting and spreading among humans between September 13 and December 7, generating the network we present in [the journal] Proceedings...
  • New Chinese Assault Carrier Catches Fire

    04/12/2020 9:40:42 AM PDT · by Bruiser 10 · 67 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11 April 20 | H I Sutton
    Black smoke has been seen billowing from China’s first assault carrier in Shanghai. The new Type-075 carrier, which is similar to the U.S. Navy’s America Class assault carriers, is designed to carry helicopters and hovercraft to support amphibious landings. The smoke was reported on Chinese social media platforms earlier today. Images suggest that the fire took hold within the hull of the ship, possibly in the expansive aircraft hanger. Smoke came out of the open aircraft lift near the front of the island superstructure. Smoke also came out of the rear hangar opening. For a time a massive cloud of...
  • Latest Inspector General Report Slams Comey’s FBI For Massive Failures To Document FISA Claims

    04/02/2020 7:00:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 1, 2020 | Margot Cleveland
    The inspector general detailed devastating, systematic FBI failures in executing procedures designed to ensure the accuracy of FISA applications. On March 31, Inspector General Michael Horowitz released an interim report on his audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s compliance with procedures to protect Americans’ civil rights in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act cases. Horowitz’s “Management Advisory Memorandum” detailed devasting and systematic failures by the FBI in executing the procedures designed to ensure the accuracy of the applications submitted under oath to the FISA court.Contrary to the left’s spin, the FBI’s incompetence in handling more (Most? All?) FISA cases is not...
  • Intelligence Community’s Inspector General Is the Link Between FISAgate and Impeachment

    01/10/2020 9:05:47 AM PST · by bitt · 9 replies
    amgreatness.com ^ | 1/9/2020 | Julie Kelly
    As impeachment remains stalled for now, Democrats in the House of Representatives still refuse to release the closed-door testimony of a key witness in the concocted drama: Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community. Atkinson, you may recall, launched the impeachment saga when he determined that the accusations by the “whistleblower” about Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president last summer were so alarming as to deem the complaint a matter of “urgent concern.” (It wasn’t.) Atkinson sent two letters to the House Intelligence Committee demanding immediate attention to the bogus complaint. “I have not been authorized to...
  • Trump names Robert O’Brien as national security adviser

    09/18/2019 6:46:40 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 18, 2019 | Mark Moore
    President Trump announced in a tweet on Wednesday that he will name Robert O’Brien to succeed John Bolton as his national security adviser. “I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor​,” the president said. “I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!​”​ ​The announcement comes a day after Trump released the five finalists on his list and called O’Brien “fantastic.”
  • The Schiff coup: Day one -- These Facts Cannot Be Disputed

    11/14/2019 8:03:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/14/2019 | J. Marsolo
    These facts cannot be disputed: 1. Former Vice President Joe Biden admitted and bragged on TV that he threatened to withhold one billion dollars in American foreign aid to Ukraine if Ukraine did not fire the prosecutor investigating Burisma. Burisma was paying Hunter Biden, son of the Joe Biden, over $50,000 per month as a board member of Burisma. There is no dirt to dig up. Joe Biden admitted to the dirt. 2. The Obama-Biden administration did not supply military aid to Ukraine when Ukraine needed the aid against Russia. This was admitted by the acting ambassador to the Ukraine,...
  • Marine Website 10/3/19 - MARADMINS #550/19

    10/06/2019 4:40:45 AM PDT · by cyn · 22 replies
    internet ^ | 10/6/19 | Cyn
    I wanted you all to see this & get your input. Is this just a normal routine notice being updated to 10/3/19? What is the significance of it, is it anything beyond or out of the ordinary given timing and current events? MANPOWER GUIDANCE FOR ACTIVATION AND DEACTIVATION OF RESERVE COMPONENT MARINES ORDERED TO ACTIVE DUTY ISO DEFENSE SUPPORT OF CIVIL AUTHORITIES To: All CONFIRMED: US MARINEShttps://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/Messages-Display/Article/1979422/manpower-guidance-for-activation-and-deactivation-of-reserve-component-rc-marin?fbclid=IwAR1n-hMYe6OG0-v5tBXo51Df0R1urqghRmv-SLDDSI3JgWXJlg-SIfezZ-0MANPOWER GUIDANCE FOR ACTIVATION AND DEACTIVATION OF RESERVE COMPONENT MARINES ORDERED TO ACTIVE DUTY ISO DEFENSE SUPPORT OF CIVIL AUTHORITIES Date Signed: 10/3/2019 | MARADMINS Number: 550/19R 031419Z OCT 19 MARADMIN 550/19 MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON...
  • Exclusive: U.S. axed CDC expert job in China months before virus outbreak (Hit Piece)

    03/22/2020 8:09:36 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03 22 2020 | Marisa Taylor
    Several months before the coronavirus pandemic began, the Trump administration eliminated a key American public health position in Beijing intended to help detect disease outbreaks in China, Reuters has learned. The American disease expert, a medical epidemiologist embedded in China’s disease control agency, left her post in July, according to four sources with knowledge of the issue. The first cases of the new coronavirus may have emerged as early as November, and as cases exploded, the Trump administration in February chastised China for censoring information about the outbreak and keeping U.S. experts from entering the country to help. “It was...
  • Pandemic could kill up to 80 million people -- and the world isn't ready, experts say

    09/18/2019 1:05:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 108 replies
    KCCI ^ | 09/18/2019
    Between 2011 and 2018, WHO tracked 1,483 epidemics worldwide, including Ebola and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the report said. These epidemics and pandemics devastated many of their host countries -- the West Africa Ebola outbreak resulted in a loss of $53 billion in economic and social cost. These huge economic costs translate to severe real-life consequences -- lost jobs, forced displacement, inaccessible healthcare, and greater mortality. While disease, epidemics, and pandemics have always existed, greater population density and the ability to travel anywhere in the world within 36 hours means disease can spread rapidly through a country and then...
  • An explosion occurred in the Novosibirsk Center for Virology "Vector" [Russia]

    09/16/2019 11:25:03 PM PDT · by AzNASCARfan · 72 replies
    svoboda.org ^ | September 16, 2019 | Unknown
    An explosion occurred at the Vector State Virology Research Center near Novosibirsk . This research center has one of the most comprehensive collections of dangerous viruses in the world. According to Rospotrebnadzor, on the fifth floor of a six-story laboratory building, a gas bottle exploded during repair work, after which a fire broke out on an area of 30 square meters. The fire is eliminated. One worker suffered. With burns of the second and third degree, he was taken to the hospital. In Rospotrebnadzor emphasized that in the room where the explosion occurred, there were no biohazardous substances. At the...
  • Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski Delivers Remarks at the Project Python Press Conference

    03/11/2020 8:10:40 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 5 replies
    justice.gov ^ | 3/11/20 | DOJ
    Washington, DC ~ Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Remarks as Prepared for DeliveryGood afternoon, everyone.  Thank you for joining us.Today, we are announcing the results of Project Python, a multilateral interagency operation targeting the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, also known as CJNG.  This operation was led by the DEA, and on behalf of the Department, I want to thank Acting Administrator Dhillon for his strong leadership in the fight against transnational organized crime. And I want to express my appreciation for the courageous law enforcement professionals of the DEA – the men and women who, day in and day out, put...
  • "Ghost Ship" Washes Up in Ireland

    02/18/2020 3:29:38 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 26 replies
    Marinelink.com ^ | Feb 18,2020 | Eric Haun
    An abandoned cargo ship has landed on the coast of Ireland after spending more than a year drifting alone at sea. The Irish Coast Guard said it responded to the vessel aground near Ballycotton, Cork on Sunday and discovered there was no one was on board. It turns out that the mysterious vessel is the 250-foot Tanzanian-flagged merchant ship Alta, which had been adrift since the U.S. Coast Guard rescued all 10 crew members on board after the vessel lost power while en route from Greece to Haiti in September 2018. At the time of the rescue, the U.S. Coast...
  • EXCLUSIVE: WHILE THE PRESS AND PUBLIC FOCUS ON IRAN, US MILITARY PREPARES FOR WAR WITH RUSSIA

    02/02/2020 9:22:06 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 55 replies
    newsweek ^ | 1/31/20 | ILLIAM M. ARKIN
    During the height of tensions with Iran last year, the United States conducted an unprecedented series of war games. Over five months, from May until the end of September, 93 separate military exercises were held, with forces operating continuously in, above and around 29 countries.
  • Mattis: Obama Failed to Respond to Iran Bomb Plot on U.S. Soil Because of Nuclear Deal

    09/05/2019 4:33:35 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 82 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/05/19
    After the surprise resignation of Secretary of Defense James Mattis last December, Democrats were quick to politicize the news, and have certainly been hoping ever since that Mattis would provide them with new information they could use to attack Donald Trump. He does have a memoir coming out, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, but it looks like it’s Barack Obama and Joe Biden who get the bulk of the criticism. Prior be being Secretary of Defense under Trump, Mattis served as commander of U.S. Central Command under Obama and Biden. Mattis had predicted that Iran would continue to provoke...
  • Ex-U.S. soldier, now a double murder suspect, is a hero in Ukraine

    01/02/2020 1:17:14 AM PST · by NorseViking · 16 replies
    Nbc ^ | December 28, 2019 | Kit Ramgopal
    Craig Lang, who is charged with killing a Florida couple in 2018, has become a cause célčbre in the country where he has fought as a mercenary. In the spring of 2015, former U.S. soldier Craig Lang traveled to Ukraine and joined a paramilitary group fighting the Russians. “I never noticed any fear,” said Mamuka Mamulashvili, who commanded Lang in the Georgian Legion. Four years later, Lang is under house arrest in Ukraine. His situation has nothing to do with his conduct inside the eastern European country. Lang is facing charges in the U.S. for allegedly killing a Florida couple...
  • Israeli Election Pits Trump, Obama Pollsters Against Each Other

    09/16/2019 10:31:27 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Jersualem Post ^ | Sep 16, 2019 | Gil Hoffman
    Tuesday's election will not only be a contest between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz but also between their American pollsters. John McLaughlin stood beside Netanyahu in a video he posted on Friday explaining why Otzma Yehudit would not cross the 3.25% electoral threshold. In explaining why he was so sure, Netanyahu pointed at McLaughlin and said that he was the pollster for US president Donald Trump. Blue and White's American strategist Joel Benenson also made the news this past week, when Netanyahu accused him of being behind a false report in Politico accusing Israel...