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300,000 cows drown after Australia sees a year’s worth of rain in a week

Hundreds of thousands of cows are believed to have died in floods in northern Australia after the state of Queensland was hit by record rainfall. A torrential downpour that lashed the coastal city of Townsville on Saturday and Sunday swept inland and flooded grazing land across the region this week. The floodwaters are estimated to have killed up to 300,000 cattle worth up to $300m Australian dollars (£164m) to the country’s farming industry, according to Australian Associated Press. “It’s devastated the country … there’s stock dead everywhere. Not just cattle, it’s sheep, kangaroos, wild pigs, they’ve all died and suffered…

Huge earthquake in Bolivia reveals vast underground mountain range BIGGER than anything on Earth’s surface

Classic sci-fi writer Jules Verne once imagined a whole subterranean landscape deep inside the planet, complete with lost prehistoric species and plant life. The book was aptly titled Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Now, a new research is revealing features in the underworld resembling structures on the surface. Far from a bubbling hot mess, there are mountains deep below rivalling anything up here… Yes, there’s a chance that these mountains are bigger than anything on the surface of the Earth… So taller than the Everest! Geophysicists from Princeton University in the US and the Chinese Academy of Sciences used the echoes of…

The Bank of Canada is warning people to stop drawing Spock on their money

Canadians are paying a strange sort of tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy — they’re drawing his most famous character, Spock from “Star Trek,” over a 19th-century politician on their banknotes. Nimoy died, and he got a variety of tributes, not least from US President Barack Obama. But few are weirder than the drawings of Spock on Canadian banknotes. It has become known as “Spocking.” It looks as if the fad goes back further. Apparently, Canadians have been turning Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the country’s first French-speaking prime minister, into a Vulcan for years. But the Bank of Canada is unimpressed.…

Hungary offers lifetime tax exemption for mothers of four children

Hungary’s government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children, the country’s prime minister has said. The measures announced by Viktor Orban during his “state of the nation” speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and reverse Hungary’s population decline. The benefits include a lifetime personal income-tax exemption for women who give birth and raise at least four children. A subsidy of 2.5 million forints (€6,821) toward the purchase of a seven-seat vehicle for families with three or more children; and a low-interest loan of 10 million forints (€27,286) for women under age…

America’s Next Phony War: Will Iran Be Trump’s Iraq?

The president was upset. Watching TV in his White House residence, his usual morning routine, Donald Trump saw his intelligence chiefs kick the legs out from under yet another of his pet campaigns: Iran. Trump and two of his top national security officials had been suggesting for two years that the Islamic republic was still in pursuit of a nuclear weapon and posed a mortal threat to its neighbors and the West. But now, Dan Coats, his national intelligence director, was ­in a Capitol Hill hearing room saying that wasn’t true: Iran was living up to the letter of the…

China ushers world into cashless payment era

Leading without even noticing, Chinese people living in Tang Dynasty roughly a thousand years ago were among the first in the world to use banknotes. A millennium later, the country has once again taken the lead in a global transaction trend, but this time, China may become the first country to phase out cash. China’s increasing global economic status and favorable policies have led to the fast development of an almost-cashless society. According to Statistics from the Payment and Clearing Association of China, from 2013 to 2016, the number of transactions made through non-banking mobile apps increased from 3.777 billion…

Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test

Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week. The reason for the experiment is to gather insight and provide feedback and modifications to a proposed law introduced in the Russian Parliament in December 2018. A first draft of the law mandated that Russian internet providers should ensure the independence of the Russian internet space (Runet) in the case of foreign aggression to disconnect the country from the rest of the internet. In addition, Russian telecom firms would also have…

OBLIVIOUS: Customers continue to line up at drive-thru as Winnipeg A&W burns to the ground

Winnipeg fire crews battled a blaze at an A&W restaurant on Main Street that left the burger chain restaurant completely destroyed on Sunday. Tony Sawicz was in the area when he noticed smoke billowing out the roof of the restaurant. He told Global News he dialed 911 just after 5 p.m. when he saw the flames, and in almost minutes he saw crews arrive on scene. Fire crews were forced to fight the flames from outside of the restaurant, as crews deemed it dangerous due to high heat and heavy smoke. Sawicz said many people were oblivious to the situation,…

Maduro’s Demise Imminent? The Same Was Said Of Syria’s Assad

  A new Bloomberg report begins by noting, “As with Assad eight years ago, it’s hard to find an analyst or Western official predicting Maduro’s long-term survival.” Given that the professional class of “analysts” tends to get just about everything wrong, it seems safe to bet on Maduro lasting much longer than anyone is currently predicting. Pundits and politicians seeking regime change also have a penchant for wishfully exaggerating the degree to which popular unrest and external pressures actually erode and crack the regime, and still very loyal military. Like with Syria before, the headlines on Venezuela are moving much…

What the Press Hides From You About Venezuela

This news-report is being submitted to all U.S. and allied news-media, and is being published by all honest ones, in order to inform you of crucial facts that the others — the dishonest ones, who hide such crucial facts — are hiding about Venezuela. These are facts that have received coverage only in one single British newspaper: the Independent, which published a summary account of them on January 26th. That newspaper’s account will be excerpted here at the end, but first will be highlights from its topic, the official report to the U.N. General Assembly in August of last year,…

Catholic archbishop in Brazil bans priests from being alone with children

A Brazilian Catholic archbishop has banned priests in his district from being alone with children. Manoel Delson, archbishop of the northeastern state of Paraiba, signed the decree on Wednesday following a court order forcing the archdiocese to pay almost £2.5m in compensation over the sexual exploitation of minors. Mr Delson’s decree prohibits priests from being in the company of children and vulnerable adults unaccompanied by their parents or guardians. It also states they are not allowed to offer parish accommodation to minors, while “spiritual care” must be done in confessionals or locations that “ensure safety and visibility”, according to Brazilian newspaper…

Yellow vest protester’s tried to storm the French National Assembly…

A French yellow vest protester’s hand was ripped apart Saturday during violent clashes in Paris as demonstrators tried to storm the French National Assembly in a 13th consecutive week of unrest. Police said the injured protester lost four fingers as police swooped in to stop protesters from breaching the parliament’s exterior. Police could not confirm French media reports that the hand of the demonstrator, who is now being treated in the hospital, was blown up by a grenade used to disperse unruly crowds. As scuffles broke out in front of the National Assembly and French police responded with tear gas,…

Saudi Arabia creates app to track female family members

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have created an application that allows male guardians to track their female family members and prevent them from traveling due to a recent rise in the number of women fleeing the oil-rich and ultra-conservative kingdom. The app, called Absher meaning “Good Tidings” in Arabic, allows men to obtain or revoke their authorization with a few clicks. Through Absher, men can perform several tasks, such as paying parking fines, renewing driving license, and granting travel permissions to their female “dependents,” such as wives, daughters and sisters. It is equipped to give a comprehensive readout of each journey…

Venezuelan authorities say a U.S.-owned air freight company delivered a crate of assault weapons to be used in “terrorist actions” against the embattled government of Maduro

Venezuelan authorities say a U.S.-owned air freight company delivered a crate of assault weapons earlier this week to the international airport in Valencia to be used in “terrorist actions” against the embattled government of Nicolás Maduro. An air freight company, 21 Air LLC, based in Greensboro, N.C., operates the Boeing 767 aircraft that the Venezuelans allege was used in the arms transfer. The flight originated in Miami on Feb 3. The Boeing 767 has made dozens of flights between Miami International Airport and destinations in Colombia and Venezuela since Jan. 11, a flight tracking service shows, often returning to Miami…

American anarchist ‘John Galton’ shot dead in Acapulco

An American anarchist who went by the name John Galton was shot dead at his home in the Mexican resort of Acapulco, sending shivers through a tightknit anti-establishment community of expatriates that organizes events in the violence-torn retreat with seminars on topics such as how to make money via cryptocurrencies. A woman describing herself as John’s partner, Lily, said via social media that she saw the gunmen go straight for John and his friend Jason Henza, 43. Henza made it to a private hospital with bullet wounds in an armpit, leg and hand. The hospital said he checked out that…

‘We are very close’: Tens of thousands in Venezuela demand Maduro’s exit

Tens of thousands of Venezuelan protesters streamed on to the streets of the capital on Saturday for what they described as the final push to force Nicolás Maduro from power. “I believe [the end] is coming very soon – this week,” said Barbara Angarita, 49, as she and thousands of other demonstrators poured down the Avenida Principal de las Mercedes in Caracas. “We must have a free country, free for all Venezuelans and for our descendants.” The feeling that the end was nigh for Maduro – who took power following Hugo Chávez’s 2013 death and has led his country into…

John Bolton says Venezuela’s Maduro could end up in a ‘beach area like Guantanamo’

The Trump administration has ratcheted up the pressure on the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in recent weeks, recognizing an opposition lawmaker as the country’s leader until new elections can be held and imposing more sanctions on the state oil company whose revenue has kept the country afloat. Those diplomatic and financial maneuvers have been matched by rhetorical gamesmanship, led in large part by the US national security adviser, John Bolton, a foreign-policy hawk who has advocated regime change in other countries in the past. Bolton’s recent comments have urged Maduro and those around him to leave power, hinting…

Italy Starts Handing Out Free Money (nothing is ever free in life)

Italy’s Five Star Movement has risen to global prominence more for the colorful oddness of its founder, the comedian Beppe Grillo, than for the seriousness of its populist policies. But one of its proposals has attracted genuine interest from across the world: The idea of a “citizens’ income.” This concept (a less radical version of the “universal basic income” scheme tried out by Finland) could in theory appeal to both the left and the right; the former because it might reduce inequality, and the latter because it could simplify social security. After a long gestation, Five Star is rolling out its plan in…

Man who died in Mexico was returned to his wife ‘without brain, stomach and heart.’ His widow is now petitioning authorities to return her husband’s organs

The body of a Korean man who died in Mexico of “natural causes” has been flown home with missing organs, prompting his widow to speak out. The 35-year-old (known only as Mr Kim) leaves behind two children and a wife, who claims there was nothing natural about her husband’s cause of death. Related story: Thai soldier autopsy raises questions about missing organs Related story: Inquiry to look at new penalties to end illegal organ trade Related story: Mum gives birth to dying baby so she could donate daughter’s organs After Mr Kim’s body was flown back to his family in…

Quebec: 75% don’t comply with gun registry

The urban-rural split over Quebec’s long gun registry is becoming more apparent, with a growing number of small municipalities passing resolutions that either denounce the registry or call outright for its abolition. Just days after the Jan. 29 deadline to register, about 75 per cent of long guns estimated to be in the province have not been registered. And the Presse Canadienne confirmed on Wednesday that at least 15 municipalities have adopted resolution against the registry. Philip Tétrault, mayor of Warden, a town of 400 inhabitants about 100 kilometres east of Montreal, said that the registry is pointless and will…

Bangkok citizens cough up BLOOD as city is blanketed in thick smog

Bangkok has been hit by a thick smog so bad that residents have been coughing and sneezing up blood. The city’s pollution problem has got to such a state that even pets are suffering from illnesses caused by the smog. A thick cloud of toxic smog made up of dangerous PM2.5 particles has become lodged in people’s lungs and blanketed the Thai capital for the last fortnight. Experts have warned that the long term cost of the pollution caused by vehicles, construction projects, burning crops and street food BBQs could run into tens of millions of dollars. But as pictures posted…

Intel to invest $10B on new Israeli headquarters

Investment means up to 1,000 new jobs as technology giant chooses to put new plant in Kiryat Gat instead of Ireland or Singapore; Israel to contribute some 10% of cost over 15 years. The US technology company Intel Corporation has announced it is making a $10-billion investment in a new plant in Israel, that will create around 1,000 jobs over the next few years. Intel Vice President Daniel Benatar and Intel Israel CEO Yaniv Garty informed Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Economic Minister Eli Cohen on Monday that the company’s management decided to make the huge investment in Israel instead…

Sea Of White: “Hundreds Of Thousands” Of Fish Dead In Australia

“Hundreds of thousands” of fish have died in drought-stricken Australia in the last few days and more mass deaths are likely to occur, the authorities warned on Tuesday. Locals around the Darling River were confronted with a sea of white, as dead fish carpeted the waters near the southeastern Outback town of Menindee. Just weeks after up to a million were killed — with scientists pointing to low water and oxygen levels as well as possibly toxic algae — another mass death occurred in the key food growing region. Inspectors from the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries have…

$840M in gold bars prepared for loading onto Russian jet at Venezuelan airport: report

About 20 tons of gold from Venezuela’s central bank was ready to be hauled away Tuesday on a Russian airline’s Boeing 777 that landed in Caracas a day earlier, a Venezuelan lawmaker wrote on Twitter. The destination of the $840 million in gold bars was unknown, but a source told Bloomberg News that it represented about 20 percent of the country’s holding of the metal. The gold was set aside for loading, the report said. The news outlet, which first reported on the tweet, identified the lawmaker as Jose Guerra. The lawmaker did not provide evidence for his claim but is identified in the…

The Trump administration warned of “serious consequences” after Venezuela’s government moved to freeze the bank accounts of self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido

The Trump administration warned of “serious consequences” after Venezuela’s government moved to freeze the bank accounts of self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido on Tuesday, while state-run oil company PDVSA sought to sidestep U.S. sanctions. The sweeping sanctions on PDVSA, announced on Monday and aimed at curbing crude exports to the United States and driving President Nicolas Maduro from power, were the strongest measures yet against the 56-year-old former union leader who has overseen economic collapse and an exodus of millions of Venezuelans in recent years. The measures triggered higher global oil prices, angry responses from China and Russia and the…

The world’s most corrupt countries revealed: Somalia is named as the worst, with Denmark considered the fairest… while experts warn the US is ‘one to watch’

Somalia is the most corrupt country in the world, Denmark the least, while America’s falling score is a ‘red flag’, according to a global corruption watchdog. Transparency International highlighted Hungary and the United States in their Corruption Perceptions Index for 2018, with America being knocked from the top 20 ‘cleanest’ list. Trump’s America lost four points and dropped out of the top 20 least corrupt nations for the first time since 2011, while Hungary’s politics has taken on more autocratic overtones, according to the researchers. ‘A four point drop in the CPI score is a red flag and comes at…

John Bolton Comes Clean: Ultimate Goal In Venezuela Is To Take Their Oil

The only good quality about John Bolton is he gets right to the point. According to this Crooks and Liars report Bolton made it abundantly clear that Venezuela is his b****, and plans to take over their oil production.  This guys wishes he could be Dick Cheney. Once he gets his way with Iran he might get that title. It’s 2003 all over again, right down to the mustachioed John Bolton, who freely admitted to Fox Business host Trish Regan on Thursday night that the ultimate goal of United States activity in Venezuela is to take over their oil production…

Argentina – Is the IMF Intervention Helped by HAARP?

HAARP – the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program – was initiated as an ionospheric research program, established in 1993 in Gakona, Alaska and operated by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. It was and is funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Its alleged purpose “was to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance. HAARP is a high-power, high-frequency transmitter used for study of the ionosphere.”  That is the official version. HAARP was supposed to…

Martial law plans looked at in case of no-deal Brexit

Preparations are being looked at for the possible imposition of martial law after a no-deal Brexit, it has emerged. The move has been described by sources as the civil service “prepping” for all possibilities. The revelation came as further Government splits emerged over whether Britain should quit the EU without an agreement as Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood broke ranks and insisted a no deal scenario must be ruled out. The PM has said that there will be disruption in the event of no deal, but as a responsible Government we are taking the appropriate steps to minimise this disruption and…

The Latest: Venezuelan military attache breaks with Maduro

The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 8:05 p.m. A man identifying himself as Venezuela’s military attache in Washington has broken with Nicolas Maduro and says he now will report to an opposition leader trying to wrest control of the government. In a video published Saturday, Col. Jose Luis Silva called on other members of the military to join him in defecting from Maduro’s government, saying they need to avoid “attacking” protesters whose only aim is to feed themselves. “The armed forces have a fundamental role to play in the restoration of democracy,” Silva said in…

A pessimistic population means ‘Yellow Vest’ protests could become more mainstream, new survey warns

France has seen repeated street and violent protests over the last two months – a scenario that could become more mainstream worldwide, the Edelman Trust Barometer Report warned Sunday. There is a growing feeling of distrust in governments and the media among the general population, according to the Edelman report. It states that there has been a 3 percent increase between 2018 and 2019 in the level of distrust towards the government and the media. Overall, the general feeling of distrust has hit a record high this year from 2017. There is also a clear difference between mass population and…

Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro

Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of U.S.-backed opposition protests, according to two people close to them. A third source close to the Russian contractors also told Reuters there was a contingent of them in Venezuela, but could not say when they arrived or what their role was. Russia, which has backed Maduro’s socialist government to the tune of billions of dollars, this week promised to stand by him after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president with…

Maduro Denied Attempt to Pull $1.2 Billion in Gold from England

Nicolas Maduro’s embattled Venezuelan regime, desperate to hold onto the dwindling cash pile it has abroad, was stymied in its bid to pull $1.2 billion worth of gold out of the Bank of England, according to people familiar with the matter. The Bank of England’s decision to deny Maduro officials’ withdrawal request comes after top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, lobbied their U.K. counterparts to help cut off the regime from its overseas assets, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified. The U.K. followed the U.S.…

Iran to Launch ‘Massive’ War Drills

Iranian military leaders announced on Thursday that the Islamic Republic would be launching a “massive” set of war drills later this week that will include the regime’s Army’s Ground Force and some 12,000 “combat and mobile forces,” according to Iran’s state-controlled media. “The massive Eqtedar 97 war games of the Army’s Ground Force will be staged for two days in an extensive area of Isfahan region on Friday,” Iranian General Kiomars Heidari, commander of its ground force, said on Thursday. The military leader disclosed that “different home-made weapons will be tested in the drills and various types of military equipment,…