The threat to food availability and security from Chinese pig Ebola and fall armyworm will prevent China from aggressively using tariffs as an offensive weapon against the U.S. over the coming year... The structural state of China’s economy is in peril after a decade of reckless credit growth... This particular outbreak of African swine fever has already proven to be the deadliest in world history... In fact, the disease has already spread to Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia North Korea, South Korea and parts of Europe. McCracken estimates that 200 million pigs (roughly half of China’s pig population and 25% of the global pig population) or more will die this year... China is both the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork... Chinese pig Ebola will cause a biblical global shortage of pork for years to come...
The New York Times casually acknowledged that it sends major scoops to the US government before publication, to make sure “national security officials” have “no concerns.”... This confirms what veteran New York Times correspondents like James Risen have said:
The American newspaper of record regularly collaborates with the US government, suppressing reporting that top officials don’t want made public.
Indeed, the Times report on the escalating American cyber attacks against Russia is attributed to “current and former [US] government officials. The neoliberal self-declared “Resistance” jumped on Trump’s reckless accusation of treason... But what was entirely overlooked was the most revealing thing in the New York Times’ statement: The newspaper of record was essentially admitting that it has a symbiotic relationship with the US government.
“Accusing the press of treason is dangerous,” the Times communications team said.
“We described the article to the government before publication.”
The symbiotic relationship between the US corporate media and the government has been known for some time. American intelligence agencies play the press like a musical instrument, using it it to selectively leak information at opportune moments to push US soft power and advance Washington’s interests.
But rarely is this symbiotic relationship so casually and publicly acknowledged...
Bernstein obtained CIA documents that revealed that more than 400 American journalists in the previous 25 years had “secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency.”...
Sheriff Gregory Tony said Edward Eason and Josh Stambaugh were fired Tuesday following an internal affairs investigation into the department's response to the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting. "In essence, it was neglect of duty. We lost 17 people," Tony said during a brief news conference Wednesday. He did not provide more details, but said a report would at some point be released to the public.
No less than 87 percent of respondents said that the Chinese military already possessed the capability to take back the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands from Japan... The numbers were much the same for the South China Sea... Despite the confidence in their country’s military’s capabilities, a slight majority of respondents said they did not want to go to war over disputed islands... The overwhelming belief that the PLA would prevail in a conflict with the United States in the East or South China Seas could make it easier for Chinese leaders to gain support for aggressive policies....
Joint Base Andrews in Maryland recently issued a threat brief regarding "incels": members of an online movement that "adopt an ideology of misogyny, mistrust of women, and violence in response to their failed attempts at romantic relationships," according to Task and Purpose.
The term "incel" is generally defined as: "...members of an online subculture who define themselves as unable to find a romantic or sexual partner despite desiring one, a state they describe as inceldom. Self-identified incels are largely white and are almost exclusively male heterosexuals. The term is a portmanteau of "involuntary celibates"."
Another, simpler definition: men who can't get laid...
The 5-4 opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by the court's other conservatives said partisan election maps drawn by North Carolina Republicans and Maryland Democrats are constitutional despite their one-sided nature... The ruling addresses the way election districts are redrawn once every decade in most states... The Supreme Court's action followed federal court rulings this year in Ohio and Michigan striking down partisan gerrymanders and ordering new maps to be drawn. The justices temporarily blocked those requirements in May, pending their decisions in North Carolina and Maryland.
Angela Merkel will travel to the G20 summit in Japan despite experiencing a second bout of shaking in just over a week at a public event, her spokesperson has said... Merkel could be seen shaking as she met the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at Bellevue Palace in Berlin on Thursday morning. Footage showed Merkel being offered a glass of water, which she declined with a shake of her head.
An Air India flight from Mumbai to Newark was diverted to London’s Stansted Airport on Thursday due to a bomb threat, according to authorities. Typhoon fighter jets were deployed at supersonic speed and escorted the Boeing 777 to its new landing spot. Local residents in Derby reportedly heard a loud bang around 10 a.m., according to CNN... Stansted Airport tweeted later Thursday that it has reopened and is fully operational.
“Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998’s groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.
Ive will be striking out on his own to create his own design firm called FromLove. He isn’t leaving Apple’s orbit entirely, though. In an interview with the Financial Times, Ive said that Apple will be FromLove’s first client...
A coalition of moderate Democrats and Republicans approved crucial border funding legislation late Thursday in the House, sending the $4.6 billion bill to President Trump's desk for his expected signature -- after Speaker Nancy Pelosi backed down from a push to include restrictions on immigration enforcement that could have scuttled the measure...
Before users can view the language in newly flagged tweets, they will need to click on a screen that says, “The Twitter Rules about abusive behavior apply to this Tweet. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain available.”
The company also said it will set up a special team tasked with enforcing the policy, and the notification label would appear only on rare occasions....
An off-duty NYPD cop died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at home on Long Island — the department’s fourth suicide this month, law enforcement sources told The Post. The cop — who sources said worked in the Bronx — died at his Nassau County home, a high-ranking police source confirmed. Additional details were not immediately available.
The court found that while the Commerce Department has a right to reinstate the question, it did not provide an adequate justification for doing so.
.....United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter. Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able the ask whether or not someone is a Citizen. Only in America!
It's a parent's worst nightmare. A 26-year-old Wichita woman attempted to grab two children at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport early Saturday. It was all caught on camera. Surveillance video from the airport's atrium shows Esther Daniels walk over and put her hands on a stroller with a child in it... The officer said Daniels appeared "to be experiencing mental distress." The was taken to a local hospital to be checked out before being transported to the county jail. Daniels is charged with kidnapping and obstructing an officer.
Missionary Renee Bach, who runs a local non-governmental organisation called Serving His Children in eastern Uganda, is being accused of representing herself as a doctor, and treating children in her care. She allegedly took children with malnutrition from local hospitals to "treat" them at her organisation - and some of them died... The two women say that they were led to believe that Renee Bach was a medical doctor and that her home was a medical facility as she was often seen wearing a white coat, a stethoscope and often administered medications to children in her care. They say they learned that Bach had no training at all in medicine after their children died. They also found out that in 2015, the District Health Officer had closed her facility and ordered her to not offer any treatment to any children.
Her non-profits' mission claims to help fight malnutrition in Uganda. Her attorney dismisses the claims as false and said there are racist undertones because she's white. Also the attorney said she was always under the supervision of a medical professional. Who to believe? Strange story.⠀Here's more from her side of the story:
This arrest resulted from a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). Reid Derrick Witcher, 45, was arrested after authorities executed a state search warrant at his Odessa home. According to the filed federal criminal complaint, Witcher said he has been downloading and viewing child pornography for about 10 years, and he possessed about 100,000 images of child pornography contained in electronic media. Agents found a binder inside Witcher’s house that contained about 125 photos of child pornography.
In a world first, Facebook has agreed to hand over the identification data of French users suspected of hate speech on its platform to judges, France’s minister for digital affairs Cedric O said on Tuesday... The decision by the world’s biggest social media network comes after successive meetings between Zuckerberg and Macron, who wants to take a leading role globally on the regulation of hate speech and the spread of false information online.
... when an Antonov An-24 passenger plane made an emergency landing at a regional airport in Russia's republic of Buryatia, in Siberia, on Thursday, the area's emergency situations ministry said. There were 46 people, including four crew, on board the plane, which was en route from the regional capital of Ulan-Ude to Nizhneangarsk... The flight was operated by Russian regional airline Angara, media reported... The Investigative Committee's East Siberian transport investigation department has opened a criminal case into the crash, citing air traffic safety and air transport violations which resulted in deaths by negligence.