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SHOCK DISCOVERY: Scientists find place on earth where GRAVITY hardly exists

Gravity - Express

THE mystery surrounding a strange place on earth where gravity barely exists has finally been solved by a crack team of scientists. Express Patrick Christys For more than 40 years experts were baffled by an “anti-gravity zone” surrounding the Hudson Bay are in Canada, with some conspiracy theorists even claiming the spot might be a portal into another dimension. Scientists conducting a global gravity… SHOCK DISCOVERY: Scientists find… Read More »

Barack Obama vows retaliation against Russia for meddling in US elections

Obama - Daily Nation

President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States will retaliate against Russian hacking aimed at interfering in the US election. Daily Nation “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action,” Obama told NPR radio. “And we will, at a time and place of… Barack Obama vows retaliation against… Read More »

Should the United States Wage War for Friends?

War - The National Interest

I was honored to participate in the Soho Forum’s successful debate earlier this week in New York City concerning the question of whether, “The United States should be prepared to use force in defense of friendly nations even when not subject to the direct threat of force.” The National Interest Christopher A. Preble Arguing in the affirmative was the esteemed constitutional scholar Richard Epstein. I argued that the nation’s interest, not friendship, should guide the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, ... Read More »

Mattis’s First Order Of Business In Central Command: Fire Mike Flynn

Flynn - The Daily Caller

Future Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis removed former Army Lt. Gen. and future National Security Advisor Mike Flynn from his intelligence role in Afghanistan, according to Army documents obtained by the Washington Post. The Daily Caller Russ Read Mattis removed Flynn from his position in 2010 after Flynn was investigated by Central Command (CENTCOM) for sharing classified information with Pakistani officials. Mattis took over as head of… Mattis’s First Order Of Business In… Read More »

Donald Trump Should Know: This Is What Climate Change Costs Us

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Last week, Donald J. Trump’s transition team sent a startling questionnaire to the Department of Energy. The New York Times By MICHAEL GREENSTONE and CASS R. SUNSTEIN Among other things, the questionnaire asked for the names of all employees and contractors who attended meetings of the… Donald Trump Should… Read More »

Justin Trudeau: ‘Globalisation isn’t working for ordinary people’

Trudeau - The Guardian

Exclusive: the Canadian prime minister tells the Guardian why, in a world where populism, divisiveness and fear are on the rise, he’s taking the opposite approach The Guardian Ashifa Kassam and Laurence Mathieu-Léger Ordinary people around the world have been failed by globalisation, Justin Trudeau has told the Guardian, as he sought to explain a turbulent year marked by the election of Donald Trump, the Brexit vote and the rise of… Justin Trudeau: ‘Globalisation isn’t… Read More »

Yahoo says information from over 1 billion users has been stolen

Yahoo - abc

Yahoo says it believes hackers stole data from more than one billion user accounts in August 2013, in what is thought to be the largest data breach at an email provider. ABC The California company was also home to what is now most likely the second largest hack in history, one that exposed 500 million Yahoo accounts. The company disclosed that… Yahoo says information from over… Read More »

The American dream lives!

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Any chance America’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 2016 will somehow end well? AEI James Pethokoukis No way. This is the annus horribilis when… The American dream… Read More »

California governor: ‘If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite’

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California Gov. Jerry Brown gave a fiery speech on climate-change policy on Wednesday, during which he said, “If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite,” according to The Los Angeles Times. Business Insider Rafi Letzter Brown was speaking at the 2016 meeting of the… California governor: ‘If… Read More »

Atlantic wave biggest ever recorded by buoy

Wave - BBC

The highest-ever wave detected by a buoy has been recorded in the North Atlantic ocean. BBC News The 19-metre (62.3ft) wave happened between Iceland and the United Kingdom, off the Outer Hebrides, the World Meteorological Organization said. It was created in the aftermath of a… Atlantic wave biggest ever… Read More »

Sign-ups for 2017 Affordable Care Act health plans run slightly ahead of last year

Healthcare - TWP

The number of Americans signing up for 2017 health plans through is running slightly ahead of a year ago, even as President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican Congress prepare to dismantle the law that provides the coverage. The Washington Post Amy Goldstein Customers new to the Affordable Care Act marketplaces account for just 25 percent of the enrollment so far, however, compared with almost 40 percent at about the same time last year, according to figures released… Sign-ups for ... Read More »

Advice for Trump: Don’t let China displace US in Asia-Pacific

Asia Times

The two things that leaders in the Asia-Pacific region wish to hear and see from President-elect Donald J. Trump are an assurance that the United States will continue to provide and underwrite security in the Asia-Pacific and that it will remain a benign hegemon, opening its economy to friends and allies. Asia Times Shivshankar Menon Without this confidence, Asian leaders could turn to other expedients, and to China, for the prosperity and security they seek. The greatest strategic challenge confronting… ... Read More »

How Russian hackers hijacked the US election

Hackers - Irish times

Long read: The inside story of cyber attacks and leaks that officials believe tipped the election scales The Irish Times Eric Lipton, David E Sanger and Scott Shane When special agent Adrian Hawkins of the FBI called the Democratic National Committee in September 2015 to pass along some troubling news about its computer network, he was transferred, naturally, to the help desk. His message was brief, if… How Russian hackers hijacked the… Read More »

Vladimir Putin tops Forbes 2016 list of most influential people

Forbes - The Guardian

Donald Trump is in second place on annual list at end of year in which both men were frequently in headlines around the world The Guardian Nadia Khomami Vladimir Putin has beaten Donald Trump to top Forbes magazine’s annual list of the world’s most powerful people, taking the number one spot for the third consecutive year. The selection of the Russian… Vladimir Putin tops Forbes 2016 list of… Read More »

Healthcare workers call trauma from road collisions a ‘preventable disease’

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Health workers, researchers and Toronto city staff are now recognizing road safety as a public health problem. The Star By MEGAN DOLSKI, Staff Reporter A lot has changed for Mary Forrest since her husband and daughter dropped her off at a… Healthcare workers call… Read More »

Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump

Science - The Washington Post

Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers in hopes of safeguarding it from any political interference. The Washington Post Brady Dennis The efforts include a “guerrilla archiving” event in Toronto, where experts will copy irreplaceable public data, meetings at the University of Pennsylvania focused on how to download as much federal data as possible in the… Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate… Read More »