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Antarctic stations restrict alcohol in bid to keep women safe

27 July 2021 at 19:02
Australian Antarctic stations will cut alcohol limits by almost half in a bid to keep women safe. The Australian newspaper reported this morning no more than ten standard drinks per week will be allowed from next summer’s expedition season. Homebrewing will also be banned, with Australian Antarctic Division Director Kim Ellis saying women have to feel safe in Antarctica and alcohol does not help with this.

Obama-Era Drone Program Whistleblower Given Stiff Prison Sentence Under Biden DOJ

27 July 2021 at 19:00
Obama-Era Drone Program Whistleblower Given Stiff Prison Sentence Under Biden DOJ

A former Air Force intelligence analyst turned whistleblower who leaked America's drone secrets to the press was sentenced to 45 months behind bars in an Alexandria, VA federal court on Tuesday.

33-year old Daniel Hale is now widely understood to beΒ the leaker of classified info toΒ InterceptΒ journalist Jeremy Scahill, who wrote a series of reports on the Obama administration's secretive drone program and the mounting civilian casualties - as well as the flimsy and dubious legal justifications offered based on 'war on terror' rationale.Β 

Daniel Hale at a demonstration against drone warfare, via Roots Action

"I came to believe that the policy of drone assassination was being used to mislead the public," Hale wrote in an eleven page letter to the court.Β 

He described that even within his first days of being deployed to Afghanistan, he personally witnessed civilians being taken out by US drones in what amounts to 'guilt by association' policies. A major turning point which set Hale on the path to becoming a whistleblower was described in the letter to the court, recounted in Business Insider as follows:

It was back in 2012, and Hale found himself watching a car being driven by a suspected bomb-maker from Jalalabad head toward Pakistan. Hale's superiors were "alarmed" and feared that the suspect was trying to escape across the border, prompting the car to be targeted with a drone strike.Β 

"It was a windy and clouded afternoon when one of the suspects had been discovered heading east at a high rate of speed," Hale wrote. "A drone strike was our only chance and already it began lining up to take the shot."

But the payload missed the target, and the car "continued on ahead after narrowly avoiding destruction" before stopping. A man emerged and looked shocked he was still alive. To Hale's surprise, a woman also stepped out and rushed to the trunk.

It turns out the couple's two young children had been traveling in the back of the car, and the mother was trying desperately to get to them from behind the damaged car. The 3-year old and 5-year old were later found the next day in a dumpster.Β 

Daniel Hale's letter in his sentencing proceedings, on the trauma of war and how his conscience compelled him to inform the American people https://t.co/SaTpizr2vu pic.twitter.com/2pItkYKKJc

β€” Courage Foundation (@couragefound) July 22, 2021

The tragic account continues:Β 

"The eldest was found dead due to unspecified wounds caused by shrapnel that pierced her body. Her younger sister was alive but severely dehydrated," Hale said, going on to describe his distress over his commanding officer being more disgusted with the children being left in the dumpster than with the fact they had "errantly fired on a man and his family, having killed one of his daughters."

In issuing the sentence the Bush-appointed judge appeared to sympathize with Hale's motivations for the leaks, but still said "You’re not facing prison for speaking out about the drone program injuring and killing innocent persons... You could have been a whistleblower and garnered all this attention without leaking any of these documents, frankly."

Federal prosecutors had actually been pushing for a sentence of over nine years. It demonstrates that the Biden administration is going after leakers of classified information just as fiercely as prior administrations.Β 

One key line in the Business Insider report strongly suggests Biden is set to continue ramping up his war on both whistleblowers and the press: "The hefty sentence the Biden Justice Department sought for Hale signals that, while the new administration’s appointees are eager to make peace with journalists and news outlets, prosecutors will continue to throw the book at the men and women who leak information to the media."

Tyler Durden Tue, 07/27/2021 - 22:00

Rio and BHP shareholders should enjoy the cash deluge while it lasts

Rio and BHP will shower their shareholders with cash, again, this year. But there are clouds appearing as a more threatening future moves rapidly towards the mining giants.

Greater Sydney’s latest COVID restrictions: what you need to know

Year 12 can go back from August 16 and construction can resume in some areas. Meanwhile, people in three more LGAs can’t leave for work unless exempted and a β€œsingles bubble” has been introduced.

Return to play can be managed for athletes with genetic heart diseases, study suggests

27 July 2021 at 18:55
Receiving the diagnosis of a genetic heart disease such as long QT syndrome, which can cause sudden cardiac death, has long been a game-ender for young athletes. But a 20-year study at Mayo Clinic following such athletes who were allowed to return to play suggests that the risks can be managed through a shared decision-making process.

Return to play can be managed for athletes with genetic heart diseases, study suggests

US Marines assault airfield on Exercise Talisman Sabre

27 July 2021 at 18:53
US Marines assault airfield on Exercise Talisman Sabre RussGibbs Wed, 2021-07-28 11:53

Townsville, Queensland - just as the last rays of light had retreated from the dry riverbed, a low rumble began to echo across the darkened landscape.

The rumble grew to a roar as three U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys, an American multi-mission tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical and short takeoff and landing capabilities, descended out of the dark sky and onto a landing zone several kilometers west of their primary objective.

The Osprey’s massive rotating propellers tilted skyways as they slowed to a hover before descending onto the dusty terrain below.

Under the full moon, the green, disk-like glow of the rotor lights were further illuminated by the sparks of static electricity and sand whipped up by the spinning blades.

Then, as quickly as the Ospreys appeared, they were gone.Β 

In place of the Ospreys were 150 U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D). Heavily-armed, loaded with equipment and prepared to launch a ground assault on their primary objective - a critical airfield west of the quiet beach town of Bowen, Queensland.

U.S. Marines, Australian Army, Royal Marine Commandos and elements of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force participated in a combined joint amphibious landing and air assault from July 23-24 in Bowen, Queensland, Australia, as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 (TS21). Β 

β€œAir assault is a big part of our mission as Marines,” said U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. John Philip Raper, a rifleman with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. β€œWe inserted by helo five klicks west and practiced assaulting an airfield with the Australian Defence Force.”

The overnight assault on Bowen airfield was an important part of TS21, the ninth iteration of the largest training exercise between Australian and U.S. military forces. It is a key training opportunity that supports the advancement of a free and open Indo-Pacific by strengthening relationships, building trust and interoperability among ally and partner nation militaries.

β€œI love working with the Australians. Their tactics are very similar to ours and we work great together,” said Raper. β€œWe had a chance to try each other’s weapons and swap kit, and it’s been great to learn from each other.”

The Marine rotational force out of Darwin is a portion of the larger U.S. force participating in this year’s Talisman Sabre. U.S. forces from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force are all taking part this year.

β€œTalisman Sabre supports the U.S. National Defense Strategy, enhancing the U.S. military’s ability to protect the homeland and support Indo-Pacific allies and partners across the full spectrum of potential security concerns,” said U.S. Army Col. Jerry Hall, the TS21 deputy exercise director.

β€œRealistic exercises like Talisman Sabre provide effective and intense training to ensure our forces are capable, interoperable and combat-ready.”

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Titmus wins second gold as Chalmers qualifies for 100m freestyle final

Two days after winning her maiden Olympic gold medal, Ariarne Titmus has once again prevailed over US legend Katie Ledecky, this time in the 200m freestyle.

Research provides insights into how the hippocampus contributes to memory storage in the cortex

27 July 2021 at 18:50
A new MIT study of how a mammalian brain remembers what it sees shows that while individual images are stored in the visual cortex, the ability to recognize a sequence of sights critically depends on guidance from the hippocampus, a deeper structure strongly associated with memory but shrouded in mystery about exactly how.

Research provides insights into how the hippocampus contributes to memory storage in the cortex

The ancient practice that’s perfect for modern gardens

Espalier - the age-old art of flattening apple and citrus plants against a stone wall - is finding new favour. Here’s how to choose the right plant for your space.

Why the vaccinated should have more privileges

It might feel unfair, but vaccine passports are a good idea – even if you can’t get one.

Australia win double rowing gold on sensational morning in Tokyo

Rosie Popa, Lucy Stephan, Annabelle McIntyre and Jessica Morrison stormed to gold in the women’s coxless fours before Alex Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alex Hill made it a double.

Moderate drinking may be linked with decreased risk of heart attack and death in adults with CVD

27 July 2021 at 18:43
Drinking up to 105 grams of alcohol per week - equivalent to 13 UK units of alcohol, less than six pints of medium-strength beer or just over a bottle of wine - may be associated with a decreased risk of heart attack, stroke, angina or death among those with cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Moderate drinking may be linked with decreased risk of heart attack and death in adults with CVD

Tokyo Olympics: Great Britain rowers win silver in men's quadruple sculls

27 July 2021 at 18:42
Britain's rowers win their first Olympic medal in the men's quadruple sculls as Harry Leask, Angus Groom, Tom Barras and Jack Beaumont claim silver at Tokyo 2020.

Dune and Princess Diana biopic to debut at a starry Venice Film Festival

The festival, scheduled to run September 1-11, will also see the presentation of new films by Pedro Almodovar, Ridley Scott and Jane Campion.

Gov. Newsom Panics, Pulls Kids From Summer Camp After Maskless Photo Of Son Surfaces

27 July 2021 at 18:40
Gov. Newsom Panics, Pulls Kids From Summer Camp After Maskless Photo Of Son Surfaces

California Governor Gavin Newsom pulled his children from a summer camp after photos surfaced of his son attending without a mask while indoors - in clear violation of Newsom's own guidance.

And while the camp explicitly tells parents "Masks will not be enforced," Newsom - who's facing a recall - is playing it off like he had no idea.

"The Newsoms were concerned to see unvaccinated children unmasked indoors at a camp their children began attending yesterday. Their kids will no longer be attending the camp," said communications director, Erin Mellon, in a statement to Fox News.

Newsom has confirmed. His response is complete BS!

- State mandates everyone mask at β€œyouth settings”
- His kid is 10, ineligible for vax.
- Camp basically advertises online they’re maskless (which is great!)
- Camp said masking left up to families
- Finds out from media?

7/ pic.twitter.com/iHrDwk9MWZ

β€” Reopen California Schools (@ReopenCASchools) July 27, 2021

Oh but wait...

A parent sent the following literature from the camp to Reopen California Schools (@ReopenCASchools) - a group which recently filed a lawsuit against Newsom over masking requirements in classrooms.

A waiver form for kids to participate in camp sporting activities reads: "Masks will not be enforced. Please know that your child is more than welcome to wear a mask during camp."

This email was just sent by a parent attending the same camp. There is absolutely no way Newsom didn’t know.

β€œMasks will not be enforced. Please know that your child is more than welcome to wear a mask during camp”

Good for them! I now know why Newsom picked this camp.

9/ pic.twitter.com/63aUZVw2PW

β€” Reopen California Schools (@ReopenCASchools) July 27, 2021

Newsom's current guidance for children aged 2-11 is that masks should be worn during "camps for youth, youth sports and other youth activities, including theater and music performances and band. Updated CDC guidance is forthcoming for youth settings."

California officials announced July 9 that students and teachers returning to the classroom this year will also be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.Β 

"We’re going to start with a requirement K through 12 that the year begins with masks,"Β California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said at the time. "At the outset of the new year, students should be able to walk into school without worrying about whether they will feel different or singled out for being vaccinated or unvaccinated β€” treating all kids the same will support a calm and supportive school environment." -Fox News

More:Β 

This is laughable. Of course Newsom knew.

But say he didn’t. Why did they still attend when they arrived and saw no one in masks? Regarding French Laundry, he said he should have turned around and left. They didn’t.

He wants for his kids what we want for ours - normalcy. https://t.co/ydfv1HbLs6

β€” Reopen California Schools (@ReopenCASchools) July 28, 2021

The incident is reminiscent of the French Laundry episode - in which Newsom apologized after he was caught dining with lobbyists and top brass from the California Medical Association last year against his own lockdown mandate.

Tyler Durden Tue, 07/27/2021 - 21:40

NSW records 177 cases of COVID-19 and another death as lockdown extended

New restrictions include limiting shopping to a 10-kilometre radius from a person’s place of residence if the item is available locally.

Why Governments Will Have To Consider The Costs Of Long COVID When Easing Pandemic Restrictions

27 July 2021 at 18:37
With governments worldwide under pressure to ease pandemic restrictions as vaccination rates rise and impatience with border restrictions grows, new threats become clearer.

Australia’s medicines sector fights against vaccine IP waiver plan

Medicines Australia is the latest pharma group to warn against a proposal to relax intellectual property rights for vaccines, saying it will not improve equitable access to doses.

Amount of testing matters more than the sensitivity of COVID-19 tests

27 July 2021 at 18:34
A computational analysis of COVID-19 tests suggests that, in order to minimize the number of infections in a population, the amount of testing matters more than the sensitivity of the tests that are used. Philip Cherian and Gautam Menon of Ashoka University in Sonipat, India, and Sandeep Krishna of the National Centre for Biological Sciences TIFR, Bangalore, India, present their findings in the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology.

Amount of testing matters more than the sensitivity of COVID-19 tests

Think Like A Virus To Understand Why The Pandemic Isn’t Over Yet – And What The US Needs To Do To Help OtherΒ Countries

27 July 2021 at 18:31
To stop the spread of COVID-19 across the globe, it’s important to understand the evolutionary imperative that viruses have to spread their genetic material.

Naked City podcast: Abe Saffron and Sydney’s corrupt cops

Abe Saffron was a blackmailer, extortionist and arsonist, all with the help of the heads of New South Wales police.

New case linked to Brisbane backpackers as cargo ship crew test positive

Queensland has reported one new community case of COVID-19 who had been staying at a hostel after leaving hotel quarantine, with 19 cargo ship crew members also testing positive.

Democratic Donor Ed Buck Found Guilty in Meth Overdose Deaths of 2 Men

27 July 2021 at 18:28
Ed Buck, a California political donor to the Democratic Party, was found guilty by a federal grand jury on charges that included providing methamphetamine, resulting in the overdose deaths of two men. The high profile 66-year-old was on trial in Los Angeles on Tuesday and was found guilty of allΒ nine felony counts, including two counts of distribution of controlled substances that resulted in death. Each of the two countsΒ carries a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. The two deaths involved Gemmel Moore, who died at the age of 26 in Buck's West Hollywood apartment in July 2017, and Timothy Dean, who was 55 years old when he was found dead by overdose in the same apartment in January 2019. A third man overdosed at the apartment in September 2019 and nearly died, but he managed to escape and called the authorities, resulting in Buck's arrest. Buck hasΒ donated $53,000 to ...

Ed Buck appears in Los Angeles Superior Court in Calif. on Sept. 19, 2019. (Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo)

Buckley has temporarily departed the AFL scene, but for Demons he isn’t forgotten

Nathan Buckley had a farewell to remember when the Magpies disposed of Melbourne at the SCG, and it could be argued the Demons have not been the same since.

Study reveals disparities in heart failure diagnosis within clinical practices

27 July 2021 at 18:21
Many heart failure diagnoses may be missed in a primary care setting. Women, Black adults and individuals with lower net worth are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with heart failure in an acute care setting such as the emergency room or during a hospitalization, even if they reported symptoms of heart failure during a routine, outpatient health care appointment during the previous six months, according to new research published today in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal.

Study reveals disparities in heart failure diagnosis within clinical practices

Spot the classic movie in this steamy adventure romp

This blithely uninhibited yarn combines plots from a host of other adventure movies.

Powell vs. Greenspan: Who's Right? "Hands-Off" Or "Hands-On" Policy To Confront Cyclical Inflation

27 July 2021 at 18:20
Powell vs. Greenspan: Who's Right? "Hands-Off" Or "Hands-On" Policy To Confront Cyclical Inflation

Submitted by Joseph Carson, former chief economist at Alliance Bernstein

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell in 2021 faces a similar challenge that former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan faced in 1994. Fast growth as the economy re-opened triggered substantial cyclical inflation pressures, somewhat similar to 1994 when headwinds from tight credit and balance sheets strains faded. Yet, Powell's policy response to the inflation challenges has been markedly different than Greenspan's.

Powell has employed a "hands-off" approach, maintaining the overly accommodative monetary policy stance, thinking the inflation surge will prove to be temporary. The inflation results for all of 2021 are not in, but consumer price inflation in the first six months (3.6%) exceeded what occurred in the twelve months of 1994 (2.6%).

In 1994, Greenspan used a "hands-on" approach, quickly and rapidly tightening monetary policy, arguing that letting the pipeline inflation pressures go unchecked was too risky. In 1994, pipeline inflation pressures measured by the producer price index of core intermediate materials rose 5.2%. In the first six months of 2021, those prices have increased 14.7%, nearly three times faster.

Greenspan's preemptive policy was successful as pipeline pressures never percolated to the consumer level. The headline and core CPI ended 1994, advancing 2.6%, some 20 to 50 basis points below the inflation rates of 1993.

Powell acknowledges that the uptick in 2021 inflation rates has been far more significant than the Fed expected. Yet, Powell takes comfort in that longer-term market inflation expectations remain well-anchored, and the drop in long bond yields shows little market fear of sustained inflation.

But people's spending behavior shows that inflation expectations are on the rise. A 10% increase in used car and truck prices in early 2021 did not deter buyers as prices rose an additional 20% in Q2. Nor has a record climb in house prices stopped people from buying. Aren't these examples of a rise in inflation expectations?

The recent bond market rally is puzzling. But it is worth noting that in 1994 a surprising drop in ten-year bond yields (over 50 basis points) occurred in the middle of the Fed's tightening cycle. Back then, analysts and investors viewed a significant increase in business inventories as a sign that demand was peaking and the Fed tightening cycle would soon be over. That proved to be a big mistake.

Greenspan said the inventory build is intentional as sharp increases in order backlogs forced firms to buildup stock levels to protect future production schedules. Following that assessment of the inventory situation and growth outlook, Greenspan delivered an additional boost of 175 basis points in the federal funds rate over the next six months, sending 10-year bond yields surging higher by over 100 basis points. The 1994 bond market reversal shows that not all bond market rallies are an accurate predictor of the future.

At the press conference following the April 27-28 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, Powell stated that "the economy is a long way from our goals," and it's not time to begin discussing the process of even talking about tapering asset purchases. Three months later, press reports say that the Powell-led Fed is accelerating the tapering discussions at the July 27-28 FOMC meeting. If Powell can reverse course on asset purchases in three months, he could flip on interest rate policy quickly as well.

A "hands-off" policy is a short-term friend to finance until it isn't, whereas a "hands-on" is a long-term friend as it attempts to limit the scale of the inflation cycle. Greenspan's "hands-on" policy worked, and early results indicate Powell's "hands-off" isn't. How long will it take before investors realize Powell will eventually need to follow Greenspan's plan?

Tyler Durden Tue, 07/27/2021 - 21:20

EPIC: Newsmax Host Greg Kelly Offers 5 Questions for Ashli Babbitt’s Heartless Killer Lt. Mike Byrd (VIDEO)

27 July 2021 at 18:19

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The first hearing of Nancy Pelosi’s highly dishonest Jan. 6 commission took place today on Capitol Hill.

The witnesses and anti-Trump lawmakers did not disappoint with their fake tears and outright lies.

On Tuesday night Newsmax host Greg Kelly took directed his attention and Lt. Mike Byrd who gunned down Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt in cold blood.

ALthough, Greg Kelly did not mention Byrd by name, he did offer a list of questions for the cold-blooded killer:

1.) Ashli Babbitt was unarmed. Did you know that? If you didn’t know that what made you think she was armed?

2.) Did you verbally order her to stop? Did you use any customary words such as β€œFreeze”, β€˜halt”, β€œgo back”, or β€œstop”?

3.) Police guidelines and law dictates that deadly force not be used unless there is an imminent risk of death to the officer or someone else. What deadly threat did you perceive? Please explain especially as she was unarmed and not within reach of a Capitol Hill police officer or a member of Congress.

4.) Do you have any awareness of the presence of the BLM activist John Sullivan who was recording your shooting of Ashli Babbitt?

5.) What were your personal political views of President Trump, Trump supporters? If negative as has been suggested could that have had any bearing on your decision to shoot?

Via Greg Kelly Tonight:

The post EPIC: Newsmax Host Greg Kelly Offers 5 Questions for Ashli Babbitt’s Heartless Killer Lt. Mike Byrd (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

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