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  • 'A slow-motion catastrophe': on the road in Venezuela, 20 years after Chávez's rise

    12/06/2018 1:23:19 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 6, 2018 | Tom Phillips
    On 6 December 1998, Hugo Chávez proclaimed a new dawn of social justice and people power. “Venezuela’s resurrection is under way and nothing and nobody can stop it,” the leftwing populist told a sea of euphoric supporters after his landslide election victory. Two decades on, those dreams are in tatters. The comandante is dead and his revolution in intensive care as economic, political and social chaos engulf what was once one of Latin America’s most prosperous societies. Almost 10% of Venezuela’s 31 million-strong population have fled overseas; of those who remain, nearly 90% live in poverty. To understand Venezuela’s collapse,...
  • France deploying 89,000 cops, security ahead suspected COUP attempt Saturday

    12/06/2018 1:19:44 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 54 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 12/6/18 | USA Features
    Revolution: A French newspaper is reporting that the so-called “yellow jacket” demonstrators who have staged violent protests in Paris and around the country in opposition to the government’s imposition of massive fuel taxes related to climate accords could be preparing for a coup attempt on Saturday. As such, French authorities plan to deploy 8,000 police in Paris alone with another 80,000-plus riot police and gendarmes around the country, various reports have said. French intelligence services have reported to the Elysee Palace, the official residence of President Emannuel Macron, following “calls to kill” and “carry arms to attack” government officials, parliamentarians...
  • Every American firm doing business in China now vulnerable after Huawei arrest (trunc)

    12/06/2018 1:18:28 PM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 29 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/06/2018 | Michelle Fox
    There's a good chance the Chinese will retaliate for the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou by targeting American businesses in China, former assistant U.S. trade representative Jeff Moon told CNBC on Thursday. Meng was arrested on Saturday in Canada and is facing extradition to the United States reportedly for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.
  • John Dingell: to fix Congress, abolish the Senate

    12/06/2018 1:16:25 PM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    VOX ^ | December 4, 2018 | Dylan Matthews
    John Dingell knows a thing or two about how Congress works. First elected to the US House of Representatives at age 29 in a 1955 special election, Dingell left office in January 2015, nearly 60 years later. The last president he served with, Barack Obama, was born six years after Dingell entered office. His tenure was the longest in the history of the House or Senate, outlasting stalwarts like Strom Thurmond and Ted Kennedy by more than a decade. So his call to abolish the Senate, announced in an Atlantic excerpt from his new memoir, is pretty notable. He pairs...
  • Afghanistan’s “Little Messi” forced to abandon home after death threats

    12/06/2018 1:11:14 PM PST · by neverevergiveup · 17 replies
    barcablaugranes ^ | Dec 6, 2018, 3:26pm EST | Luis Mazariegos
    Murtaza Ahmadi went viral in 2016 after pictures of him emerged wearing a makeshift Lionel Messi shirt fashioned out of a plastic bag. The Afghan boy’s humble tribute to his Barcelona idol touched the hearts of many, including, it seems, Messi himself. Murtaza would receive a package from the player via UNICEF, which included a real signed shirt, and he later even met his hero in a friendly played in Qatar. But those moments of joy have been replaced by dark times. The seven-year-old has been forced to flee his home after receiving death threats. His family say his fame...
  • Trump Plans Major Rollback of Sage Grouse Protections to Spur Oil Exploration

    12/06/2018 1:01:49 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 6, 2018 | Coral Davenport
    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday published documents detailing its plan to roll back Obama-era protections for the vast habitat of the greater sage grouse, a chickenlike bird that roams across nearly 11 million acres in 10 oil-rich Western states. The earlier proposal to protect the bird, whose waning numbers have brought it close to endangerment, was put forth under the Interior Department in 2015 and set out to ban or sharply reduce oil and gas drilling in 10.7 million acres of its habitat. The Trump plan, by contrast, would limit the grouse’s protected habitat to just 1.8 million...
  • Trump’s Energy Regulator Pick Wins Confirmation By Razor-Thin Margin

    12/06/2018 12:59:31 PM PST · by Jaysin · 13 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | 12-6-2018 | Jason Hopkins
    President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission survived his confirmation vote Thursday, returning a GOP majority to the powerful federal agency. Bernard McNamee — Trump’s pick to become a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) — won confirmation by a 50-49 vote. The razor-thin margin fell along party lines, with Democrats sharply opposed to his nomination. The vote brings an end to what became a contentious candidacy for McNamee. Democrats on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee initially took umbrage with his past work in the Department of Energy, where he led an unsuccessful effort...
  • Satellite map reveals that animal waste pollution is much worse than thought as it [tr]

    12/06/2018 12:59:11 PM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 6, 2018 | Peter Lloyd
    A map of animal waste hotspots created from data captured from space has revealed the world's worst areas for ammonia pollution. Satellite images have provided previously-unseen information about the atmospheric chemical, which is released when animals defecate and urinate. The naturally-occurring gas can be toxic for people, livestock and crops when high quantities mix with other compounds. This can result in lung disease and even death, but its colourless appearance previously made it difficult to track and regulate emission levels. Now, researchers at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium, have done exactly that by identifying the world's top 242...
  • Fiat Chrysler plans to open new assembly factory in Detroit to build SUVs: Sources

    12/06/2018 12:54:02 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 18 replies
    cnbc ^ | December 6, 2018 | Robert Ferris | Phil LeBeau
    Fiat Chrysler plans to open a new assembly factory in Detroit to build sport utility vehicles, people familiar with the matter told CNBC. The move comes as all of Detroit's Big Three automakers abandon sedan lines in favor of more popular and profitable SUVs and cross-over vehicles. The industry is also under pressure from President Donald Trump to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
  • US Becomes Net Oil Exporter for First Time in 75 Years

    12/06/2018 12:48:44 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | December 6, 2018 2:30 PM, EST | Matthew Busch
    America turned into a net oil exporter the week of Nov. 26, breaking 75 years of continued dependence on foreign oil and marking a pivotal — even if likely brief — moment toward what President Donald Trump has branded as “energy independence.” The shift to net exports is the dramatic result of an unprecedented boom in American oil production, with thousands of wells pumping from the Permian region of Texas and New Mexico to the Bakken in North Dakota to the Marcellus in Pennsylvania. U.S. crude shipments reached a record 3.2 million barrels the week of Nov. 26, government data...
  • France - Clash Between Yellow Jackets vs. Police Show Medieval Violence Level

    12/06/2018 12:46:58 PM PST · by gaijin · 37 replies
    Twitter ^ | Dec 6th, 2018 | Twitter
    30 second daytime video shows high level of street violence: Constant shower of rocks, use of trucheons, gate barricades are thrown --a high level of energy. If you see the clip, you could say this looks vaguely revolutionary. I also heard a ZeroHedge claim that 90,000 troops will be deployed across France.
  • Local hunter kills possible record-breaking buck

    12/06/2018 12:46:02 PM PST · by Paul R. · 40 replies
    WSILTV.com ^ | 11/25/2018 | Emily Manley
    WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. -- A hunter in Williamson County could be in the running for one of the largest bucks ever shot in America. (snip) ...conservation officers told him they think the buck is 7 to 9 years old, weighs around 265 pounds alive, and could have as many as 51 scoreable points.
  • Making President Trump’s Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers

    12/06/2018 12:43:29 PM PST · by FewsOrange · 59 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Dec. 6, 2018 | Miriam Jordan
    During more than five years as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Victorina Morales has made Donald J. Trump’s bed, cleaned his toilet and dusted his crystal golf trophies. When he visited as president, she was directed to wear a pin in the shape of the American flag adorned with a Secret Service logo. Because of the “outstanding” support she has provided during Mr. Trump’s visits, Ms. Morales in July was given a certificate from the White House Communications Agency inscribed with her name. Quite an achievement for an undocumented immigrant housekeeper. Ms. Morales’s journey...
  • Liberalz R Nutz is new

    12/06/2018 12:42:13 PM PST · by Beckwith · 3 replies
    Liberalz R Nutz ^ | 12/6/2108 | Parker Shannon
    Haven't been around for a while, am just bringing up a new site. LiberalzRNutz.com Whaddaythink? And just a reminder, The Obama File is now being hosted by the Library of Congress, so it's pretty much there for posterity. https://tinyurl.com/y9yxbvwf
  • Classy Bush Funeral Reminds Us of Just How Awful the McCain Family Is

    12/06/2018 12:38:56 PM PST · by LavaDog · 26 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/06/2018 | John Nolte
    Whatever you might think of the Bush dynasty’s legacy, no one can ever accuse the family of not showing class and decency. And their sterling example of this, while saying goodbye to their beloved patriarch, has also served as an important reminder of just how awful the McCain family is.
  • Baboons Survive for Half a Year after Heart Transplants from Pigs

    12/06/2018 12:37:41 PM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    www.scientificamerican.com ^ | December 5, 2018 | By Angus Chen
    Baboons can stand in for humans during cross-species transplantation studies. Now, for the first time, researchers have kept baboons alive and healthy for up to six months on transplanted pig hearts. Credit: Paul A. Sounders ========================================================================= In four adjacent enclosures transplantation researcher Bruno Reichart kept four happy baboons. “They can hop around, eat, drink and they are enjoying life,” he says. “They watch TV—their favorite is the cartoon with the chipmunk.” Most importantly, he says, they were healthy and normal—which is astonishing, given the fact that the hearts beating life in their chests were anything but normal for a baboon....
  • How Much Blood Would Leftists Be Willing To Shed To Disarm Patriotic Americans?

    12/06/2018 12:23:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 135 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2018 | Kurt Schlichter
    My question for Congressjerk Eric Swalwell is pretty simple: “How many Americans would you murder to achieve your goal of disarming us?”It’s a fair question. Swalwell is the MSNBC stalwart who recently wrote an op-ed advocating that the government confiscate the guns that make people like him wet themselves and imprison those of us who decline to surrender them. Millions of Americans own these basic tools of freedom, which the ignorant call “assault weapons,” and these loyal citizens keep and bear them to protect themselves, their families, their communities and their Constitution. But Rep. Swalwell would make these citizens felons, though...
  • Eiffel Tower, Louvre among Paris tourism sites to close on Saturday

    12/06/2018 12:18:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 6, 2018 | by Staff
    PARIS - French authorities will close dozens of museums, tourism sites and shops on Saturday, including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre, fearing a recurrence of last week’s violence in Paris, officials said on Thursday. “We cannot take the risk when we know the threat,” Culture Minister Franck Riester told RTL radio, adding that far-right and far-left agitators were planning to hijack rallies by “yellow vest” protesters in Paris. He said the Louvre museum, Orsay museum, the two operas, and the Grand Palais were among the sites that would be closed a week after rioters looted and defaced the Arc de...
  • 2 more Death Row inmates die; San Quentin officials probe possible contraband drugs

    12/06/2018 12:13:21 PM PST · by KingofZion · 41 replies
    sfgate ^ | December 5, 2018 | Megan Cassidy
    <p>San Quentin prison officials called an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss a possible connection between contraband lethal drugs and the unexplained deaths of two Death Row inmates on Monday and Tuesday, according to an internal prison document obtained by The Chronicle.</p>
  • Collusion? Trump Calls Putin’s Bluff On INF Treaty

    12/06/2018 12:09:55 PM PST · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-06-18 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Well, here we go again with President Trump giving more evidence of collusion with the Russians by announcing withdrawal from the INF Treaty that I noted in August 2015 President Obama’s “flexibility” was allowing Vladimir Putin to violate with impunity: Russian officials on Wednesday warned of "retaliation" to the U.S. decision to walk out of a key arms treaty U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a NATO meeting Tuesday that Washington will suspend its obligations under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days, citing Russian "cheating."… The U.S. has shared intelligence evidence with its NATO allies...