..Sunni vs Shia: the roots of Islam’s civil war…

How this conflict – played out in the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia – is destabilising the world. As part of a trip to Iran a few years ago, I visited a friend south of Tehran, in Kashan, a city between mountains and desert with many beautiful old buildings and gardens. My friend showed … Continue reading ..Sunni vs Shia: the roots of Islam’s civil war…

…Scientists say mysterious ‘Oumuamua’ object could be an alien spacecraft…

Harvard researchers raise the possibility that it's a probe sent by extraterrestrials. Maybe it's an alien spacecraft. Scientists have been puzzling over Oumuamua ever since the mysterious space object was observed tumbling past the sun in late 2017. Given its high speed and its unusual trajectory, the reddish, stadium-sized whatever-it-is had clearly come from outside … Continue reading …Scientists say mysterious ‘Oumuamua’ object could be an alien spacecraft…

..US ready to hit Russia with cyberattack if it directly interferes with midterm elections…

A stark warning In brief: The US midterm election takes place on Nov 6, and while all eyes are on the results, many people are waiting for any evidence of Russia directly interfering with the vote. If the country is found to have meddled, the Department of Defense is ready to launch a cyberattack against it. … Continue reading ..US ready to hit Russia with cyberattack if it directly interferes with midterm elections…

…“NO ONE IS IN CHARGE”: INSIDE TRUMP’S NEW FOX TAKEOVER…

Lachlan Murdoch, now installed at Fox News, is a caretaker rather than an empire builder. And, so more than ever, Trump remains the network’s main programmer. Shortly before Fox News C.E.O. Roger Ailes was fired, in July 2016, after dozens of women accused him of sexual harassment, he delivered a warning to his boss, Rupert … Continue reading …“NO ONE IS IN CHARGE”: INSIDE TRUMP’S NEW FOX TAKEOVER…

…Apple Has Now Made Its Phones Impossible For Police to Hack ……….

The widely used GreyKey tool is seemingly obsolete after the privacy-protecting iOS 12 update Employees at GreyKey, an app law enforcement agencies use to access iPhones without the owners' permission, have said that the latest version of iOS blocks their app from accessing data. Forbes' Thomas Brewster spoke with sources at GreyKey's parent company GreyShift, … Continue reading …Apple Has Now Made Its Phones Impossible For Police to Hack ……….

..Judge Orders Betsy DeVos To Begin Student Loan Forgiveness…

Gotta love that smile...... A federal judge has ordered  the U.S. Department of Education, led by Betsy DeVos,to implement an Obama-era student loan forgiveness rule. Here's what you need to know. Background: The Lawsuit Attorneys general from 19 states, plus the District of Columbia, sued U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of … Continue reading ..Judge Orders Betsy DeVos To Begin Student Loan Forgiveness…

..President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh…

President Trump: Yesterday, a gunman slaughtered 11 Americans during Shabbat morning services. We mourn with the victims’ families and pray for the wounded. Here in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, we express gratitude for the first responders and for the outpouring of support from our neighbors near and far. We are committed to healing as a community … Continue reading ..President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh…

..Uncovering Collective Happiness…

Optimism is more necessary than ever, and understanding how other cultures approach life’s trials and joys may help us achieve contentment. If you read the paper or look at the news online without becoming depressed about the state of humanity – or make it through your social media feeds before your mood lurches to despair … Continue reading ..Uncovering Collective Happiness…

..Finding Open Water in Greenland’s Icy Seas…

Oceans Melting Greenland Principal Investigator Josh Willis drops a probe during OMG's fall 2018 airborne campaign, then he and flight engineer Glenn Warren watch its descent from the plane windows. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech "Three, two, one ... drop!" Researchers in NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign heard that phrase 239 times this fall. Each time, it triggered … Continue reading ..Finding Open Water in Greenland’s Icy Seas…

..China’s Banking Showdown: WeChat vs. 3 Million Bank Tellers…

In the land of cutting-edge fintech, employees of giant government banks race against obsolescence. PHOTOGRAPHER: EVAN EISEL FOR BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK Around the world, when bankers ask themselves where the next big technological threat to their business model will come from, they imagine a future that looks a lot like China now. The nation is home … Continue reading ..China’s Banking Showdown: WeChat vs. 3 Million Bank Tellers…

..Is Fraud Part of the Trump Organization’s Business Model?…

....of course it is.....w A new investigation shows a pattern in different projects around the country and the world. Donald, Ivanka, and Donald Trump, Jr., promote a Panama real-estate project at an event in New York in 2006. What, exactly, is Donald Trump’s business? The Trump Organization is unusual in that it doesn’t appear to … Continue reading ..Is Fraud Part of the Trump Organization’s Business Model?…

..Overlooked No More: Voltairine de Cleyre, America’s ‘Greatest Woman Anarchist’…

At a time of rampant income inequality, stifling social roles for women and church-mandated morality, de Cleyre rebelled against the accepted order. Voltairine de Cleyre in 1891. She adopted anarchism as a political philosophy, rebelling against the accepted order through writings and lectures. Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by … Continue reading ..Overlooked No More: Voltairine de Cleyre, America’s ‘Greatest Woman Anarchist’…

..Why Bill Gates is worried…

What Gates thinks about global poverty, artificial intelligence, political freedom, clean meat, and humanity’s future. Is the world becoming a better place? Are human beings, on average, becoming healthier, richer, safer? And if they’re not, why not? And how can we do better? Each year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation releases its annual Goalkeepers … Continue reading ..Why Bill Gates is worried…

…with some Cover From Distractions….This Crapola Continues…

The White House appears to be replacing the agency watchdog at the Interior Department who is in the midst of two investigations into Secretary Ryan Zinke, drawing criticism from government oversight groups. In an internal email sent last Friday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced to his staff that after just seven months … Continue reading …with some Cover From Distractions….This Crapola Continues…

..GOP Big Shot Kevin McCarthy’s family benefited from U.S. program for minorities based on disputed ancestry…

William Wages, principal owner of Vortex Construction in Bakersfield, says he is one-eighth Cherokee Indian, which allowed him to win contracts set aside for minorities. Wages is the brother-in-law of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times) A company owned by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s in-laws won more than … Continue reading ..GOP Big Shot Kevin McCarthy’s family benefited from U.S. program for minorities based on disputed ancestry…

..A leading Holocaust historian just seriously compared the US to Nazi Germany…

“If the US has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy, it is Mitch McConnell.” Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Getty Images Usually, comparisons between Donald Trump’s America and Nazi Germany come from cranks and internet trolls. But a new essay in the New York Review of … Continue reading ..A leading Holocaust historian just seriously compared the US to Nazi Germany…

..Deathly Silence…

We need to get embarrassing about climate breakdown We’re getting there, aren’t we? We’re making the transition towards an all-electric future. We can now leave fossil fuels in the ground and thwart climate breakdown. Or so you might imagine if you follow the technology news. So how come oil production, for the first time in … Continue reading ..Deathly Silence…

..The Tyranny of the U.S. Dollar…

The incumbent international currency has been American for decades. Is it time for regime change? There’s a paradox at the heart of global finance. The U.S. share of the world economy has drifted lower for decades, and now President Trump is retreating from the American chief executive’s traditional role as Leader of the Free World. … Continue reading ..The Tyranny of the U.S. Dollar…

…James Comey say the FBI Can Do This…

  CreditCreditAndrew Harrer/Bloomberg The F.B.I. is back in the middle of it. When we were handed the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2015, the bureau’s deputy director said to me, “You know you are totally screwed, right?” He meant that, in a viciously polarized political environment, one side was sure to be furious with the … Continue reading …James Comey say the FBI Can Do This…