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December 4, 2019

Dec 04 15:23

Superfast Charging High-Capacity Potassium Batteries Based on Organic Polymers

Skoltech researchers in collaboration with scientists from the Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS and the Ural Federal University have shown that high-capacity high-power batteries can be made from organic materials without using lithium or other rare elements. In addition, they demonstrated the impressive stability of cathode materials and record high energy density in fast charge/discharge potassium-based batteries. The results of their studies were published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, and Chemical Communications.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This work merits an industrial-strength WOW!!!!

Dec 04 15:17

Hillary Clinton: Joe Biden ‘Can Win the Electoral College’

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told SiriusXM talk radio host Howard Stern on Wednesday that former Vice President Joe Biden could defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.

Whoever can win, that’s all I care about,” she replied. “So that’s tricky.”

When asked if she believed that Biden could actually win the Democrat nomination, Clinton said it was too soon to tell.

“I think it’s too soon to tell because nobody has voted or caucused because right now, according to the polls, Biden is going to get the nomination,” she said. “But that’s a long way off, and then, he can win the Electoral College because, remember, it’s not the popular vote, as I learned.”

When Stern asked Clinton if Democrats needed a “middle-of-the-road” candidate to beat Trump, instead of a more leftist candidate like Sen. Bernie Sanders, she said it was important for Democrats in the general election to appeal to more voters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

She's annoyed at the 24/7 news cycle, which started trotting out her messes, before the 2016 elections, and now has both Father and Son do the Hypocrisy Two Step, with dad having to defend himself from the Ukraine debacle; his son, having to defend himself against both that, and the reality that he has had a child out of wedlock, as the baby's DNA confirmed.

Dec 04 15:11

Hunter Biden will now have to hand over FIVE YEARS of financial records - including his time at Ukrainian oil company - and his baby mama has to disclose her stripper tips at DC club where the two met

Hunter Biden will have to turn over five years of financial records in his paternity battle against his baby mama Lunden Roberts, DailyMail.com can disclose.

The son of former VP Joe Biden will have to tell an Arkansas judge exactly how much he made by controversially sitting on the board of a Ukrainian oil company.

Roberts will also have to disclose her financial records, including how much she made in tips as a stripper at the Mpire Club in D.C. where the two met
Originally Judge Don McSpadden presiding over the court in Batesville, Arkansas, had only asked for three years' records.

On Tuesday, McSpadden sent out a blunt letter to attorneys in the case — including the one that Biden fired minutes before a hearing on Monday
He gave both Biden, 49, and Roberts, 28, just 10 days to come up with their financial details.

Roberts is demanding Biden pay child support for their 16-month-old child and at least $11k in her attorney fees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fertilizer is must about to hit the air conditioning system for both Bidens, and in a very relatively short amount of time.

Dec 04 15:08

GOP member urges Graham to subpoena Schiff, Biden phone records

A House Republican is pressing Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to subpoena the call records of top Democrats and a whistleblower lawyer, signaling a new GOP line of defense amid the impeachment inquiry examining President Trump’s ties to Ukraine.

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), one of Trump’s House allies, asked Graham in a letter Wednesday to subpoena AT&T for the call records of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, as well as the attorney for Ukraine whistleblower, Mark Zaid.

“Chairman, I urge you to utilize your subpoena power as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and obtain call records for the following individuals: Rep. Adam Schiff, The whistleblower’s lawyer Mark Zaid, Former Vice President Joe Biden, and Hunter Biden,” Banks wrote to Graham.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... may just get interesting!! :-)



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Dec 04 15:06

Trump administration considers 14,000 more troops for Middle East – WSJ

Providing additional information on the fresh tussle between the United States (US) and Iran, after the US navy spotted missile parts linked to Iran, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) came out with the story that says the Trump administration is looking to deploy around 14,000 more troops in the Middle East. The news relies on anonymous US officials.

Key quotes
The Trump administration is considering a significant expansion of the U.S. military footprint in the Middle East, including dozens of more ships, other military hardware and as many as 14,000 additional troops to counter Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Where is President Trump actually going to place these troops?!?

Israel? Saudi Arabia? Bahrain? Iraq? Syria?!?

And would someone please tell me just what the hell Iran has done recently, other than develop a financial system which can allow European countries to do do business with them, other than SWIFT?!?

Or.... Is Bibi Netanyahu just having an officially horrible week, and he has "ordered" one of his BFFs (President Trump) to start something militarily, to "take the pressure off of him", during these corruption trials?!?

This is all speculation, until we can see what the timing of the deployment will be, and how many US military will be dispatched to where President Trump and the Pentagon think they should be, and I would imagine we will probably know later this month.

And we have an ominous, darkly threatening headline from zerohedge, with the following title: US Officials Tout Fresh Intelligence; there is an imminent Attack Threat Against US Troops

The article goes on to state: "As is typical when vague claims of a new 'Iran threat' is on the horizon there's absolutely nothing in terms of specifics or evidence, just anonymous officials and fear inducing headlines (also via the same intel bureaucrats which gave us the Iraq war)".

Dec 04 14:57

OVER 200 ARRESTED IN 13 COUNTRIES IN EUROPOL CRACKDOWN ON MONEY LAUNDERING

More than 200 people have been arrested in 13 countries as part of a global crackdown on money laundering, the European police authority Europol said on Wednesday.

The swoop by law enforcement authorities in European countries, as well as Australia and the United States took place between September and November, AFP reports. The operations resulted “in the identification of 3,833 money mules alongside 386 money mule recruiters, of which 228 were arrested,” Europol said.

More than 650 banks, 17 bank associations and other financial institutions helped to report 7,520 fraudulent money mule transactions, preventing a total loss of €12.9 million ($14.3 million), according to the statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One certainly has to wander; how much laundered money did these banks not report, and why?!?

I have a sense those who were arrested, was really the lower-rung people, and those elite among them were not included in the loop and subsequent arrest, because Europol wanted this to look like they were actually "doing something" to stop these practices, when this is only a tip of the hidden money iceberg in international transactions.

Dec 04 14:06

Establishment media now openly pushing tech giants to censor all independent media


Dec 04 14:01

George Zimmerman sues family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teen he shot and killed

George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watch volunteer acquitted of homicide charges in the 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Central Florida, is suing Martin’s family, prosecutors and others involved in the case he claims rested on false evidence, according to a copy of the suit sent to the media Wednesday.

Zimmerman is represented by Larry Klayman, a high-profile legal crusader tied to conservative causes and the founder of Judicial Watch before splitting with the activist group.


Dec 04 13:45

Crunchtime: When Events Outrun Plan B


Dec 04 13:22

Israeli Minister of Defense to Impose Sanctions on Palestinian ‘Militants’ Abroad

Israeli Minister of Defense, Naftali Bennett, on Tuesday, issued a written order imposing international economic sanctions on Palestinian militants abroad, The Palestinian News and Info Agency reported.


Dec 04 13:21

Al Jazeera Investigative Report Exposes Israeli Spy Mission

A new investigative report by Al Jazeera revealed, on Sunday, that an international humanitarian aid agency helped the Israeli army in a failed spy mission in the Gaza strip, Quds News Network reported

Humedica International Aid is a non-governmental organization based in Germany, providing humanitarian and medical aid for Palestinians in Gaza. The organization backed a failed Israeli spy operation in 2018, hiding Israeli military equipment together with medical aid, in warehouses, Al Jazeera’s “What is Hidden is Worse” revealed.

Dec 04 13:20

Netanyahu, Trump Discuss ‘Opportunity’ to Seize Jordan Valley

“I spoke yesterday with President Trump, a very important conversation for Israel’s security,” Netanyahu said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed Monday that he talked with United States President Donald Trump about the possible annexation of the Jordan Valley, suggesting that Washington was open to the move.

“Historic opportunities” must be seized Netanyahu said and called on rival Blue and White leader Benny Gantz to work together and form a government of national unity that would put the bid forward and at the same time avoid a possible third general election.

Dec 04 11:16

The American Empire and its Media

Largely unbeknownst to the general public, executives and top journalists of almost all major US news outlets have long been members of the influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Established in 1921 as a private, bipartisan organization to “awaken America to its worldwide responsibilities”, the CFR and its close to 5000 elite members for decades have shaped US foreign policy and public discourse about it. As a well-known Council member famously explained, they transformed the American republic into a global empire, albeit a “bene­volent” one.

Dec 04 10:29

Cheney Rips Democrats, Failed To Make Their Case Even Though They Stacked The Deck

After the House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines to accept the Democrat written impeachment report Rep. Liz Cheney ripped Democrats for failing to make their case even though they stacked the deck against the President.

Dec 04 10:29

McCarthy Rips Pelosi, Failed Every Standard She Set For Impeachment

After the House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines to accept the Democrat written impeachment report House Minority Leader Kevin McCarty ripped Speaker Nancy Pelosi for failing every standard she had set for impeachment.

Dec 04 10:27

Will DB be the “fall guy” for the Global Financial Meltdown, or will it be something else? We don’t know WHO or WHAT will take the blame but we KNOW it’s close!



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Dec 04 10:23

Lawmakers to consider drawing up Trump impeachment articles

Washington (AFP) - US lawmakers will start debating whether to draw up articles of impeachment against Donald Trump on Wednesday, based on a report detailing "overwhelming evidence" the US president committed misconduct in office and obstruction.

The House Intelligence Committee report published Tuesday accused Trump of subverting national security as he pressured Ukraine for dirt on a Democratic election rival.

Immediately dismissed by the White House as the product of a "one-sided sham process," the document forms the basis for the House Judiciary Committee to draw up formal charges, or articles of impeachment, in the coming weeks.

Dec 04 10:22

Why Are Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Joining the Hong Kong Protests?

Leaders of far-right Ukrainian groups that rose to prominence in the 2014 coup d’etat they helped orchestrate, including the Azov Battalion and Right Sektor, have recently traveled to Hong Kong to participate in the anti-Beijing protests there. It’s unclear why the groups, sporting the apparel of a far-right hooligan group called “Honor” or “Gonor,” have gone to Hong Kong, but the fact that both the 2014 Ukrainian coup and the present protests in Hong Kong have enjoyed extensive support from the CIA-spawned National Endowment for Democracy may give a clue.

Dec 04 10:21

COME SPY WITH ME Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were spies who used underage sex to blackmail politicians, ‘ex-handler’ claims

GHISLAINE Maxwell and her paedophile lover Jeffrey Epstein were both Israeli spies who took pictures of powerful men having sex with underage girls to blackmail them, their alleged Mossad handler has sensationally claimed.

The pair allegedly ran a "honey-trap" operation where they would provide young girls to politicians in order to squeeze them for information for the Israelis.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were Mossad spies according to explosive new claimsCredit: Getty - Contributor
The unsubstantiated claims have been made by Ari Ben-Menashe who claims he is a former Israeli spy.

Ben-Menashe claims that he was the “handler” of Ghislaine's dad Robert Maxwell, who was also a spy, and that it was the former newspaper baron who introduced Epstein and his daughter to the Israeli intelligence agency.

Dec 04 10:20

Erdo?an Opened a Pandora’s Box in Libya That Will Be Difficult to Close

Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean are rapidly rising after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an met with a Libyan official of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), based in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, in Ankara last week. They agreed on their own Economic Exclusive Zone that penetrates into Greek and Cypriot waters, in violation of the United Nations Convention Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) that favors Cypriot and Greek claims, a major reason why Turkey is only one of 15 UN members, out of 193, that has not signed it. Although Turkey claims it is acting within international law to enter the oil and gas-rich Greek and Cypriot waters, it never references which international law. This leads to the simple question of why Turkey has not signed UNCLOS if international law supposedly favors their claim?


Dec 04 10:18

Google stocks rise and add $13 BILLION to the company's valuation after Larry Page and Sergey Brin relinquished their control of Alphabet to Sundar Pichai amid mounting scandals and antitrust investigations

tock in Google's parent company Alphabet is rising after co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced that they are stepping down from their management roles.

Page and Brin, both 46, announced in a blog post on Tuesday that they will be stepping down as Alphabet CEO and President respectively, amid mounting legal troubles for Google in both Europe and the US.

Dec 04 10:17

Will Drones Push The Middle East Past The Point Of No Return?

Unmanned aerial systems (UASs) or drones, both armed and unarmed, have altered how states and insurgents conduct warfare in the Middle East. The widespread proliferation of these weapons, combined with the range of capabilities they confer and their potential to alter the logic of escalation between states, may cause significant inter-state conflict to occur.

Dec 04 10:16

Turkey Declares Ownership On Half Of Eastern Mediterranean Waters

A Turkish diplomat has revealed a map which delineates waters in the Mediterranean claimed by Turkey, amid an ongoing months-long standoff with Cyprus and Greece over Turkish oil and gas exploration and drilling inside Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

"After signing deals with its own puppet state in occupied northern Cyprus and with the pseudo-government in Libya's Tripoli, Turkey declares that it owns half of the eastern Mediterranean," Aron Lund, an analyst at The Century Foundation, observes of the newly published map.


Dec 04 10:16

Perfect Storm: Trump Admin To Cut 750,000 From Food Stamps Ahead Of Recession

In a bid to end the massive welfare state, the Trump administration is expected to announce new measures Wednesday that would end food stamp benefits for nearly 750,000 low-income folks. The new rules will make it difficult for "states to gain waivers from a requirement that beneficiaries work or participate in a vocational training program," according to Bloomberg sources.

Republicans have long attempted to abolish the welfare state, claiming that the redistribution of wealth for poor people keeps them in a state of perpetual poverty. They also claim the welfare state is a system of command and control and has been used by Democrats for decades as a political weapon against conservatives, hence why most inner cities vote Democrat.

House Republicans tried to cut parts of the federal food assistance program last year, but it was quickly rejected in the Senate.

Dec 04 10:15

Angry Trump Cancels Press Confedence, Leaves NATO Summit Early After Video Of World Leaders Laughing At Him

The leak by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation of a clip showing Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson caught on a hot mic appearing to ridicule President Trump at the NATO 70 year anniversary summit, appears to have made an already tense diplomatic situation, downright unbearable.

Shortly after Trump told reporters that Trudeau was "two-faced" in response to questions about the hot mic video, which reportedly was also a reference to the Canadian PM's "blackface" history, Trump tweeted that he won’t hold a scheduled news conference to conclude the NATO summit, noting that he’s spoken repeatedly to reporters at meetings with world leaders that past two days, and would leave the NATO summit early, heading to Washington at the end of the day's meetings.

Dec 04 10:11

Pedophile Mueller Witness Charged With Steering Illegal Campaign Contributions To Hillary Clinton

A convicted pedophile who became a key witness in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation has been indicted on charges of illegally funneling campaign funds to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign using straw donors, according to Politico.

Lobbyist George Nader, who was arrested this June at JFK airport for sex-trafficking a 14-year-old boy, has lobbied on both sides of the aisle for Middle Eastern associates - acting as an informal conduit to the Trump campaign, while embarking on a scheme to gain influence in Clinton's inner circle when everyone thought she was a sure-winner in the last election.

While the DOJ did not reveal which 2016 candidate Nadler funneled funds to, Politico reports that "campaign finance records make clear that the candidate was Clinton."

Dec 04 10:11

IS RUSSIA OVERTAKING THE US IN THE REALM OF STRATEGIC BOMBERS?

In March 2018, Russia announced that it would completely overhaul its entire Tu-160 long-range strategic bomber fleet by 2030. According to Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov, the entire fleet of Tu-160 bombers will be replaced with the newer Tu-160M2 version, in addition to heavy upgrades of all operational aircraft. All on-board radio-electronic equipment and engines will be replaced.

Serial production of the Tu-160M2 will begin in 2023 and the plan is for it to remain a state of the art warplane for the next 40 years. The Russian Aerospace Forces intend to purchase no less than 50 such aircraft.


Dec 04 10:10

The Transformation of Religion and the Control Over Society

“Religion is still useful among the herd – that it helps their orderly conduct as nothing else could. The crude human animal is in-eradicably superstitious, and there is every biological reason why they should be.
Take away his Christian god and saints, and he will worship something else…”
~ H.P. Lovecraft

Dec 04 10:05

THE HOWS AND WHYS OF GERMAN SUPPORT OF ISRAELI APARTHEID

How does Chancellor Merkel intend to explain it during her first visit to Auschwitz on December 6, 2019, that she and her government – given the historical responsibility for the Holocaust and 74 years after the liberation of Auschwitz from the National Socialist concentration and extermination camp by the soldiers of the Red Army – miss any respect when it comes to the permanent break of international law in the “Jewish state”. Does not it respect the respect for international law, as a compelling doctrine from German history, to finally take back the raison d’etat for the security of the “Jewish state”? How can a German government ignore the constant violations of international law simply because they are committed by a Jewish regime, descendants of the victims of the Holocaust? The clear rules, which international law has, Merkel can not simply sweep her “Christian Zionism” under the table.

Dec 04 10:00

Meet The Biggest Losers Of The US Shale Bust


Dec 04 09:47

“I Think He’s a Maniac – He Grew Up with a Complex for Lots of Reasons that Are Obvious” – Trump Shreds “Deranged” and “Sick Person” Adam Schiff

President Trump held a press conference today at the NATO Summit with Candadian leader Justin Trudeau.
During the presser the US President was asked about Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff.

Dec 04 09:47

Real Explanation For Kamala Harris's Decision To Quit The 2020 Race, In One Cartoon

By now most readers know that former top-tier candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris dropped out of the 2020 race for the Democratic Party nomination for President today.

Dec 04 09:46

Nunes Punches Back Over "False Hit Piece," Sues CNN For $435 Million In Damages

Rep. Devin Nunes punched back against CNN for a November 22 “demonstrably false hit piece” that claimed the California congressman traveled to Vienna to dig up dirt on former Vice-President Joe Biden in 2018, the Washington Times is reporting.

Dec 04 09:35

The Sun: Ghislaine Maxwell And Jeffrey Epstein Were 'Israeli Spies' Who Blackmailed Politicians, 'Ex-Handler' Claims

This is the first time Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell's connections to the Mossad have been highlighted by the controlled media.

Dec 04 09:34

Tucker: Vulture Capitalists Like Paul Singer Have Looted Our Country And Destroyed Rural America

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night released one of the most important segments ever aired on television exposing predatory GOP megadonor Paul Singer for helping loot our country and destroy our middle class.

Dec 04 09:20

Epstein Accuser Hits Out Against Prince Andrew, Dershowitz In Wake Of Potential New Evidence

A woman who claims she was forced to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein and several associates has appealed to Britons for support, after Prince Andrew vehemently denied having inappropriate contact with her.

Dec 04 09:20

House Intel Democrats Releases Trump Impeachment Report

After months of public and private testimony, the House Intelligence Committee chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has released their impeachment report accusing President Trump of misconduct by withholding military aid to Ukraine unless various demands were met.



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Dec 04 09:19

China Vows Response After US House Votes To Sanction Chinese Officials Over Uighur Abuse

China wasted no time to issue a harshly worded response to the passage of the Uighur bill, and in a statement published moments ago by the Chinese foreign ministry, said that whereas "the US plan to use the Xinjiang-related issue to sow Chinese ethnic relations, undermine Xinjiang's prosperity and stability, and curb China's development", this is "absolutely impossible" and Beijing urges the US to "immediately correct its mistakes, prevent the aforementioned Xinjiang-related bill from becoming law, and stop using the Xinjiang-related issue to interfere in China's internal affairs."

The statement ends ominously, saying that "China will respond further according to the development of the situation."

In other words, even more words, and no actions, suggesting that at this point, Xi may have capitulated and is scared of actually doing something instead of just speaking.

Dec 04 09:19

Adam Schiff Goes After the President in Impeachment Report

The Democratic majority of the House Intelligence Committee has released its report from the impeachment inquiry — and it is no surprise it is not flattering to the president.

The ideological and partisan stamp of Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif). is evident throughout the tome.

At over 300 pages long, the compendium of hearsay and biased statements is what the Democrats will present to the Dem-stacked House Judiciary Committee as the basis for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

The report claims, “President Trump’s scheme subverted U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security in favor of two politically motivated investigations that would help his presidential reelection campaign … The president engaged in this course of conduct for the benefit of his own presidential re-election, to harm the election prospects of a political rival, and to influence our nation’s upcoming presidential election to his advantage.”

Dec 04 09:18

7 maps predicting how much snow could still fall in Mass. through Tuesday

The winter storm dumping snow, sleet, and rain across Massachusetts isn’t over yet.

“We are in the middle of a prolonged winter storm,” the National Weather Service said Monday morning.

The storm, which began Sunday, is forecast to continue to bring additional snowfall to the region through Tuesday morning. Most of Massachusetts is under either a Winter Storm Warning or Winter Weather Advisory through 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Dec 04 09:17

Professors testify that Trump’s conduct is grounds for removal

A 41-member panel with a history of partisan brawls is hearing from four constitutional experts on the historical underpinnings of impeachment in what could be a chaotic proceeding.


Dec 04 09:16

Fukushima nuclear debris removal to begin in 2021

The Japanese government said Monday the process of removing melted fuel from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, considered the most difficult part of cleaning up the crisis-hit facility, will start in 2021.

Dec 04 09:14

The Other World Bank Scandal: A New Study Documents How Corporate Collusion Hurts the Bank’s Credibility—and Harms Sustainable Development

While the World Bank scrambles to contain the Doing Business rankings firestorm, a new paper by Rabia Malik and Randall Stone traces a more insidious source of partiality in how the Bank does development work.

World Bank chief economist Paul Romer prompted widespread dismay when he admitted last week that the Bank’s Doing Business rankings may have been manipulated to make Chile’s economic environment look worse under the sitting socialist president Michelle Bachelet. The scandal now threatens not just Romer’s position at the Bank but also that Bretton Woods institution’s overall sheen as one of the better-behaved organs of international governance.

Dec 04 09:13

L.A.'s Head Of Homelessness Resigns After 33% Increase in People Sleeping On Streets

Los Angeles’ head of homelessness is resigning after presiding over a 33% increase in homelessness over the course of just five years.

Peter Lynn, head of the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority, announced that he would leave at the end of the year, with the LAHSA having splashed out a total of more than $780 million to no avail.

The city’s homeless population jumped a further 12% from 2018 to 2019 but despite Lynn’s total failure, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti claimed he did an excellent job and oversaw “historic action.”

One wonders how badly Lynn would have had to perform for officials to consider his tenure a failure.

Dec 04 09:12

WTO Faces Cliff-Edge Crisis Next Week as Mediator Eyes Departure

The World Trade Organization’s appeals panel will cease to function starting Dec. 11 when one of its three remaining members plans to step down, according to people familiar with the situation.

Thomas Graham, the chairman of the WTO’s powerful appellate body, told officials this month that he won’t agree to consider disputes after Dec. 11 when his term ends, said the people who asked not to be identified discussing internal deliberations. Traditionally, panel members whose terms have expired can continue to hear pending disputes.

This will effectively paralyze the most important function of the Geneva-based trade organization -- which upholds, modifies or reverses WTO rulings -- at a time when multilateral relationships have come under assault from protectionist currents.



Taboola
Dec 04 09:11

All bets are off on Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel

Jordanian army units have carried out military exercises during the past few days simulating the response to an Israeli invasion. They took place in the presence of King Abdullah II and the Prime Minister amid wide official interest, which suggests that the general mood in the Kingdom is to prepare for different scenarios, including those which are much worse than the “deal of the century” given what has been leaked about it so far.

In recent months, it has become clear that there is a deep crisis between Jordan and Israel. This was evident by Jordan’s refusal to renew the lease for Israel to use Baqoura and Ghumar, and instead insist on restoring its own sovereignty over the two areas. The King then visited them wearing his military uniform, viewing them as liberated. The most recent evidence of this is putting on trial an Israeli citizen who entered Jordan illegally, making him the first Israeli to be tried in the history of the Jordanian judiciary.

Dec 04 09:10

Jordanian military training reflects rising tensions with Israel

Military training exercise conducted by the Jordanian Armed Forces on Monday, named “Swords of Karama,” received wide attention from Israel. The training was held near the Western border region.

The training that King Abdullah II and senior Jordanian officials attended was named after the “Battle of Karama” that took place in 1968 and ended with Jordan’s victory against the occupation army. The King of Jordan has described relations with Israel as “going through its worst stage ever,” while expressing outrage at Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu since the latter announced his intention to annex the Jordan Valley and the northern basin of the Dead Sea to Israel.

The training involved carrying out a defensive battle of artillery, fighter jets and helicopters, aiming to destroy enemy premises and bridges that could be used as crossing points, in addition to holding archery exercises using various weapons.

Dec 04 09:10

The Key?

After weeks of rallying on low volume on virtually no 2 way price discovery and relentless volatility compression the inevitable has happened: $VIX has busted out of its latest compression phase for another big spike very similar to what we saw this summer.

Dec 04 08:56

US Ivy League school advised to divest from firms facilitating Israeli occupation

An advisory committee set up to monitor and recommend the investment policies of Brown University in Rhode Island has voted to divest from companies participating in the continued subjugation of Palestinians.

The successful passing of the resolution by the university’s Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Policies (ACCRIP) on Monday paves the way for activists to pressure the university to withdraw support for companies "facilitating the [Israeli] occupation and its human rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza".

In a statement released by Brown Divest, a coalition of undergraduate students that has been at the forefront of the call to divest from companies operating in the occupied territories, the group said they were "elated that the university committee responsible for divestment has finally joined the calls for divestment from human rights violations in Palestine".

Dec 04 08:37

VIDEO: Speaker at a Christian University tells students to hide illegal aliens in churches because 'ICE will not raid a church'

A guest speaker at Andrews University, a Seventh-day Adventist school in Michigan, urged students to harbor illegal aliens in their churches because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not usually raid churches, Campus Reform reported.

Dec 04 08:36

Developing: ICIG Atkinson Refuses to Answer GOP Senator’s Formal Request on ‘Whistleblower’ Ciaramella’s Far Left Bias

Senator Tom Cotton sent a letter on October 9th to Michael Atkinson, Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, after his dishonest testimony before the Senate Select Committee on September 26th.
MichaelAtkinson withheld information on the partisan CIA “whistleblower” when he testified before the US senators.

Dec 04 08:34

France Steeling for Massive General Strike

Dec 04 08:26

KONE TO PUT FACIAL RECOGNITION AND ALEXA LISTENING DEVICES IN ELEVATORS

The good old days of elevator music being a minor distraction is about change.

VentureBeat reports that "elevators of the future will have virtual windows, voice-activated controls, music-streaming, and more."

KONE's DX Class, elevators will give security and the buildings owners, unparalleled access to view what is happening inside their elevators.

"Yesterday’s announcement concerned new elevators designed from the get-go with connectivity built in, allowing building owners to remotely control, activate, and deactivate specific services from a central dashboard. The setup includes a dynamic display, acoustics, and lighting that can be used to tailor the ambiance and interior."
KONE's "Monitoring Solutions" page also reveals that security and law enforcement can identify elevator riders in real-time.They even went so far as to trademark their real-time elevator spying program. It's called KONE E-Link:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The next time I walk into a building in which I know these devices have been installed, I believe I will take the stairs, thank you very much.

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