Daily Archives: January 1, 2020

2020-01-01: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-01). Not the bees! Pentagon wants to use swarms of AI-powered drones for 'rescue' missions. rt.com The Pentagon is combing the AI developer community to try to build a self-starting swarm of AI-enabled drones capable of recognizing and tracking a target — ostensibly for search and rescue, but potentially for search and destroy. | The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) issued a request (RFI) late in December seeking the latest and greatest in AI and drone swarm tech — and looking for clever ideas on how to combine th…

No Nukes Action (2020-01-01). Stop The 2020 Olympics In Japan, End Nuclear Power & Nuclear Weapons. indybay.org San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/near California | San Francisco…

RT (2019-12-31). North Korea won't stop nuclear expansion in face of US threat — but American attitude adjustment can work wonders, Kim says. rt.com North Korea will continue building up its nuclear deterrent to counter US aggression, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said — but the degree to which it expands its weapons program will depend on the US' attitude. | Accusing Washington of insincerity regarding discussions about the partial lifting of sanctions, Kim held up America's "gangster-like demands" as the reason no agreement had yet been reached between the two countries. | The more the US stalls for time, Kim said, the more it will find itself "helpless in the face of North Korean power." Pyongyang has a "new strategic weapon" up its sleeve,…

Ilana Novick (2019-12-31). Alex Jones' Victims Find a Measure of Justice. truthdig.com Radio show host Alex Jones has made a career out of peddling conspiracy theories. On Infowars, the right-wing digital media outlet Jones founded, he's claimed that Muslims cheered the Sept. 11 attacks; that the government has " weather weapons" responsible for floods and tornadoes; and that th…

Prof. Tim Anderson (2019-12-31). Syria, Washington and the Kurds. "The Rojava Dream is Dead" globalresearch.ca With the defeat of ISIS and Nusra, the exposure of the 'White Helmets' and the various Chemical Weapons stunts, and with the collapse of 'Rojava', Washington is fast running out of options in Syria. Syria is winning, but the big …

WSWS (2019-12-31). The impeachment crisis and US war plans against Russia. wsws.org The ferocity with which the entire US national security apparatus responded to a temporary delay in sending anti-tank missiles and radar to Ukraine raises the question: Is there a timetable for using these weapons in combat against Russia?

G. Dunkel (2019-12-30). U.S. imperialism uses dollars to rule world economy. workers.org The whole structure of the world's financial system — where every day, trillions of dollars, euros and yuan zip from bank to bank, from individuals to companies, to and from all sorts of institutions — still reflects the domination of the U.S. dollar. Graph shows increase in total remittances to . . . | Continue reading U.S. imperialism uses dollars to rule world economy at Workers.org

RT (2019-12-29). Texas church shooting: Gunman neutralized by parishioners after killing 1 & gravely injuring another in White Settlement. rt.com A gunman killed one and injured another person during a service at a church in White Settlement, Texas, before a parishioner shot him dead. | In a graphic livestreamed video from the service, the gunman – wearing a black hood – approaches the communion server before pulling out what appears to be a shotgun. He manages to shoot two worshippers at point-black range as the panicked crowd dives for cover among the wooden pews. Before the gunman can squeeze off a third shot, an armed "heroic parishioner" as police later call him shoots the perpetrator. Multiple other bystanders pull weapons and encircle the man.

Ryan Cristián (2019-12-27). Israel Bombs Gaza For Xmas, Israel Threatens To Attack All Helping Iran & Saudis Bomb Yemen Market. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/26/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

news.un (2019-12-27). Accelerating towards a fairer future. news.un.org Cutting child mortality by a third in Brazil, reaching carbon neutrality in Finland and redirecting trillions of dollars of investment to funds that promote sustainability: these are some examples of initiatives from governments, civil society and the private sector, designed to speed up the UN's goal of achieving a fairer society for all.

Staff (2019-12-24). Headlines for December 24, 2019. democracynow.org House Could Bring Additional Articles of Impeachment Against Trump, Boeing Fires CEO Dennis Muilenburg over 737 MAX Jet Controversy, NYT: Pentagon May Withdraw U.S. Troops from West Africa, Syria: Up to 100,000 Civilians Forced to Flee Intensification of Fighting in Idlib, Asian Leaders Urge U.S. & North Korea to Move Toward Peace, Report: Canadian Police Were Prepared to Use Lethal Force Against Indigenous Land Defenders, Trump Met with Accused War Criminal Eddie Gallagher, Nigerian Man Dies in ICE Custody in Maryland, Colorado Governor Pardons Woman Who Took Sanctuary to Fight Her Deportation, Former Black Pant…

Yves Engler (2019-12-24). Canadian Government and Monopoly Media Disinformation in Support of Terrorism. dissidentvoice.org The Canadian media gets a failing grade when it comes to its coverage of chemical weapons in Syria. Among the basic principles of reporting, as taught in every journalism school, are: Constantly strive for the truth; Give voice to all sides of a story; When new information comes to light about a story you reported, …

Lawrence Wittner (2019-12-22). Americans Are Ready for a Different Approach to Nuclear Weapons. zcomm.org Although today's public protests against nuclear weapons can't compare to the major antinuclear upheavals of past decades, there are clear indications that most Americans reject the Trump administration's nuclear weapons policies. Since entering office in 2017, the Trump administration has withdrawn the United States from the nuclear agreement with Iran, scrapped the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Read more…

The Canary (2019-12-20). Civil liberties group warns rise in Taser use due to 'social control rather than personal protection'. thecanary.co The use of Taser stun guns by police forces in England and Wales reached a record high last year, new figures show. | The weapons were fired on 2,500 occasions between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, which is thought to be the highest number recorded. | Tasers — which deliver a high-voltage electric shock — were deployed in 23,000 incidents in the 12 months to the end of March, according to the Home Office. But police monitoring group Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) warned that it suspects tasers are used "unlawfully, as a…

Ryan Cristián (2019-12-17). US Regime Change In Mexico, US Bombs Afghan Hospital, Saudis Get Involved In Syria & More OPCW Leaks. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/16/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Jon Rainwater (2019-11-07). Take Action — Some actual, SANE legislation. peaceaction.org Trump has plans to spend nearly $2 TRILLION over the next 30 years on unneeded and unnecessary nuclear weapons and delivery systems. This makes no sense. This is insane. That's nearly $100 million wasted every day for thirty years on weapons we are supposed to be getting rid of. To put that amount in perspective, …

2020-01-01: Social Media Postees

Please be social by posting these 'POSTEES' on social media!

Happy New Year, Riyadh!
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-01
'Tis the season for giving. Accordingly, the US has given the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a gift in the form of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which President Donald Trump signed into law on December 21. The NDAA is not only a gift to the Saudis. The $738 billion in new defense spending the NDAA authorizes means a very Merry Christmas for the Pentagon and for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and the like.
counterpunch.org/2020/01/01/happy-new-year-riyadh/

Not the bees! Pentagon wants to use swarms of AI-powered drones for 'rescue' missions
rt.com | 2020-01-01
The Pentagon is combing the AI developer community to try to build a self-starting swarm of AI-enabled drones capable of recognizing and tracking a target — ostensibly for search and rescue, but potentially for search and destroy. | The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) issued a request (RFI) late in December seeking the latest and greatest in AI and drone swarm tech — and looking for clever ideas on how to combine th…
rt.com/usa/477239-pentagon-ai-drone-swarms-bees/

Stop The 2020 Olympics In Japan, End Nuclear Power & Nuclear Weapons
No Nukes Action | indybay.org | 2020-01-01
San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/near California | San Francisco…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/12/31/18829368.php

North Korea won't stop nuclear expansion in face of US threat — but American attitude adjustment can work wonders, Kim says
rt.com | 2019-12-31
North Korea will continue building up its nuclear deterrent to counter US aggression, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said — but the degree to which it expands its weapons program will depend on the US' attitude. | Accusing Washington of insincerity regarding discussions about the partial lifting of sanctions, Kim held up America's "gangster-like demands" as the reason no agreement had yet been reached between the two countries. | The more the US stalls for time, Kim said, the more it will find itself "helpless in the face of North Korean power." Pyongyang has a "new strategic weapon" up its sleeve,…
rt.com/news/477238-nuclear-deterrent-north-korea/

The impeachment crisis and US war plans against Russia
wsws.org | 2019-12-31
The ferocity with which the entire US national security apparatus responded to a temporary delay in sending anti-tank missiles and radar to Ukraine raises the question: Is there a timetable for using these weapons in combat against Russia?
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/31/pers-d31.html

Syria, Washington and the Kurds. "The Rojava Dream is Dead"
Prof. Tim Anderson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-31
With the defeat of ISIS and Nusra, the exposure of the 'White Helmets' and the various Chemical Weapons stunts, and with the collapse of 'Rojava', Washington is fast running out of options in Syria. Syria is winning, but the big …
globalresearch.ca/syria-washington-kurds/5699215

Alex Jones' Victims Find a Measure of Justice
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-12-31
Radio show host Alex Jones has made a career out of peddling conspiracy theories. On Infowars, the right-wing digital media outlet Jones founded, he's claimed that Muslims cheered the Sept. 11 attacks; that the government has " weather weapons" responsible for floods and tornadoes; and that th…
truthdig.com/articles/alex-jones-victims-find-a-measure-of-justice/

U.S. imperialism uses dollars to rule world economy
G. Dunkel | workers.org | 2019-12-30
The whole structure of the world's financial system — where every day, trillions of dollars, euros and yuan zip from bank to bank, from individuals to companies, to and from all sorts of institutions — still reflects the domination of the U.S. dollar. Graph shows increase in total remittances to . . . | Continue reading U.S. imperialism uses dollars to rule world economy at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/12/45199/

Texas church shooting: Gunman neutralized by parishioners after killing 1 & gravely injuring another in White Settlement
rt.com | 2019-12-29
A gunman killed one and injured another person during a service at a church in White Settlement, Texas, before a parishioner shot him dead. | In a graphic livestreamed video from the service, the gunman – wearing a black hood – approaches the communion server before pulling out what appears to be a shotgun. He manages to shoot two worshippers at point-black range as the panicked crowd dives for cover among the wooden pews. Before the gunman can squeeze off a third shot, an armed "heroic parishioner" as police later call him shoots the perpetrator. Multiple other bystanders pull weapons and encircle the man.
rt.com/viral/477068-people-shot-church-white-settlement-texas/

Israel Bombs Gaza For Xmas, Israel Threatens To Attack All Helping Iran & Saudis Bomb Yemen Market
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-12-27
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/26/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/israel-bombs-gaza-for-xmas-israel-threatens-attack-all-helping-iran-saudis-bomb-yemen-market/

Accelerating towards a fairer future
news.un.org | 2019-12-27
Cutting child mortality by a third in Brazil, reaching carbon neutrality in Finland and redirecting trillions of dollars of investment to funds that promote sustainability: these are some examples of initiatives from governments, civil society and the private sector, designed to speed up the UN's goal of achieving a fairer society for all.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/12/1054411

Headlines for December 24, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-12-24
House Could Bring Additional Articles of Impeachment Against Trump, Boeing Fires CEO Dennis Muilenburg over 737 MAX Jet Controversy, NYT: Pentagon May Withdraw U.S. Troops from West Africa, Syria: Up to 100,000 Civilians Forced to Flee Intensification of Fighting in Idlib, Asian Leaders Urge U.S. & North Korea to Move Toward Peace, Report: Canadian Police Were Prepared to Use Lethal Force Against Indigenous Land Defenders, Trump Met with Accused War Criminal Eddie Gallagher, Nigerian Man Dies in ICE Custody in Maryland, Colorado Governor Pardons Woman Who Took Sanctuary to Fight Her Deportation, Former Black Pant…
www.democracynow.org/2019/12/24/headlines

Canadian Government and Monopoly Media Disinformation in Support of Terrorism
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-24
The Canadian media gets a failing grade when it comes to its coverage of chemical weapons in Syria. Among the basic principles of reporting, as taught in every journalism school, are: Constantly strive for the truth; Give voice to all sides of a story; When new information comes to light about a story you reported, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/12/canadian-government-and-monopoly-media-disinformation-in-support-of-terrorism/

Americans Are Ready for a Different Approach to Nuclear Weapons
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-12-22
Although today's public protests against nuclear weapons can't compare to the major antinuclear upheavals of past decades, there are clear indications that most Americans reject the Trump administration's nuclear weapons policies. Since entering office in 2017, the Trump administration has withdrawn the United States from the nuclear agreement with Iran, scrapped the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Read…
zcomm.org/zblogs/americans-are-ready-for-a-different-approach-to-nuclear-weapons/

Civil liberties group warns rise in Taser use due to 'social control rather than personal protection'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-12-20
The use of Taser stun guns by police forces in England and Wales reached a record high last year, new figures show. | The weapons were fired on 2,500 occasions between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, which is thought to be the highest number recorded. | Tasers — which deliver a high-voltage electric shock — were deployed in 23,000 incidents in the 12 months to the end of March, according to the Home Office. But police monitoring group Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) warned that it suspects tasers are used "unlawfully, as a…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/12/20/civil-liberties-group-warns-rise-in-taser-use-due-to-social-control-rather-than-personal-protection/

US Regime Change In Mexico, US Bombs Afghan Hospital, Saudis Get Involved In Syria & More OPCW Leaks
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-12-17
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/16/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/us-regime-change-in-mexico-us-bombs-afghan-hospital-saudis-get-involved-in-syria-more-opcw-leaks/

Trident is the Crime
Kathy Kelly | zcomm.org | 2019-12-02
The U.S. nuclear weapon arsenal creates anguish, fear and futility worldwide. Yet "holy ground" exists as activists work toward abolition of nuclear weapons…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/trident-is-the-crime/