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Venezuela donates free heating oil to 100,000 needy US households

Venezuela donates free heating oil to 100,000 needy US households | Global politics | Scoop.it
For the eighth straight year, Venezuela's state oil company is donating free heating oil to hundreds of thousands of needy Americans.
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US critics claim that Chávez is anti-American. This oversimplifies matters-- while he is an ardent anti-imperialist who raised eyebrows and ire in Washington and on Wall Street by nationalizing the assets of foreign petroleum companies which many Venezuelans asserted were exploiting the country's natural resources, the US remains Venezuela's most important trading partner. And while Chávez is highly critical of US policies and actions around the globe, he is far from alone in his opposition. His distaste for Washington has also no doubt been influenced by the fact that senior officials in the George W. Bush administration were deeply involved in an attempted 2002 coup d'état against his popular regime.
All of this matters little to most of the 1.7 million Americans who have received free fuel from the CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program.

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Puerto Rico Is Going Broke. That Could Be Bad for Your Savings Account.

Puerto Rico Is Going Broke. That Could Be Bad for Your Savings Account. | Global politics | Scoop.it
American savings accounts will likely have some exposure to debt the Puerto Rican government can't pay.
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And Purto Rico is a colony waiting for independence since 1898.

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Tomgram: William Astore, "Hi, I'm Uncle Sam and I'm a War-oholic" | TomDispatch

Tomgram: William Astore, "Hi, I'm Uncle Sam and I'm a War-oholic" | TomDispatch | Global politics | Scoop.it
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Hello,

The article below gives a cogent overview of militarization in the US and some of its very grave implications. But many of the generalizations it presents would also fit Israel quite accurately. In addition, as part of the Middle East and as part of US policy in the Middle East, Israel is directly affected by US militarization. While this war policy, as noted in the editor's comments, has violently broken the middle eastern and north African countries it claimed to rescue, it has taken on another meaning in the case of Israel. It feeds the latter's war habit and keeps it dependent on the US pusher who ensures its steady supply of arms and enabling support.

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 Truth Is A Crime Against The Stat By Paul Craig Roberts

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The “Russian invasion,” like “Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda connections,” like “Assad of Syria’s use of chemical weapons against his own people,” like “Iranian nukes,” never existed but nevertheless became the reality in the Western media. The insouciant Western peoples believe in non-existent occurrencies.

In other words, just to state the obvious noncontroversial fact, the Western “news” media is a propaganda ministry from which no truth emerges.

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Europe’s Attack on Greek Democracy    :   Information Clearing House - ICH By Joseph E. Stiglitz

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Of course, the economics behind the program that the “troika” (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund) foisted on Greece five years ago has been abysmal, resulting in a 25% decline in the country’s GDP. I can think of no depression, ever, that has been so deliberate and had such catastrophic consequences: Greece’s rate of youth unemployment, for example, now exceeds 60%.

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WikiLeaks: US, Saudis Planned to Topple Syria's Assad in 2012

WikiLeaks: US, Saudis Planned to Topple Syria's Assad in 2012 | Global politics | Scoop.it
Whistleblower Julian Assange implicated the United States – along with the Saudi Arabian government – in a plot to overthrow the Syrian government.
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Western governments don't want us to notice their own culpability in failing to weaken Isis

Western governments don't want us to notice their own culpability in failing to weaken Isis | Global politics | Scoop.it
There are seven wars raging in Muslim countries between the borders of Pakistan in the east and Nigeria in the west. In all seven – Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and north-east Nigeria – local versions of Isis are either already powerful or are gaining in influence. Key to its explosive expansion in Iraq and Syria since 2011 is its capability as a fighting machine, which stems from a combination of religious fanaticism, military expertise and extreme violence. In addition, its
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The Rise and Fall of the Human Terrain System » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

The Rise and Fall of the Human Terrain System » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | Global politics | Scoop.it
The Rise and Fall of the Human Terrain System
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Artista latina le canta un rap a Donald Trump por racista (VIDEO)

Artista latina le canta un rap a Donald Trump por racista (VIDEO) | Global politics | Scoop.it
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Ciudad de México, 27 de junio (SinEmbargo/La Opinión).- Erika Vidrio hizo un momentáneo crossover musical para rendir un peculiar homenaje a Donald Trump. Y es que la cantautora de música regional mexicana así lo explica en la letra de la canción que escribió sobre el
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A 100-Year Debate About the Eardrum Comes to an End

A 100-Year Debate About the Eardrum Comes to an End | Global politics | Scoop.it

Evolutionary biologists have long wondered why the eardrum—the membrane that relays sound waves to the inner ear—looks in humans and other mammals remarkably like the one in reptiles and birds. Did the membrane and therefore the ability to hear in these groups evolve from a common ancestor? Or did the auditory systems evolve independently to perform the same function, a phenomenon called convergent evolution? A recent set of experiments performed at the University of Tokyo and the RIKEN Evolutionary Morphology Laboratory in Japan resolves the issue.


When the scientists genetically inhibited lower jaw development in both fetal mice and chickens, the mice formed neither eardrums nor ear canals. In contrast, the birds grew two upper jaws, from which two sets of eardrums and ear canals sprouted. The results, published in Nature Communications, confirm that the middle ear grows out of the lower jaw in mammals but emerges from the upper jaw in birds—all supporting the hypothesis that the similar anatomy evolved independently in mammals and in reptiles and birds. (Scientific American is part of Springer Nature.) Fossils of auditory bones had supported this conclusion as well, but eardrums do not fossilize and so could not be examined directly.


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Russia Sanctions Explained in One Super Short Tweet

Ian Bremmer is a prominent American political scientist one sees on American TV a lot.  He tends to talk a lot of nonsense about Russia (or else he wouln’t be invited on TV much), but here he makes a good point.Sometimes brevity can be the soul of good argument. The World is isolating Russia. As long as the World looks like this. pic.twitter.com/B9fQWFNLdS
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Paul Craig Roberts: "Grecia puede prevenir la III Guerra Mundial"

Paul Craig Roberts: "Grecia puede prevenir la III Guerra Mundial" | Global politics | Scoop.it
"El Gobierno de Grecia es consciente de que las medidas que le imponen los acreedores europeos no son factibles. Las medidas de austeridad provocaron un descenso de la economía del 27% en el país. En realidad, la Troika está hablando de un genocidio" de la población griega, sostuvo Roberts en una entrevista al portal King World News. A estas organizaciones no les interesa encontrar una solución a la crisis griega, sino que esta les sirve para establecer una estructura de poder más centralizada en la que el Banco Central Europeo determinará la política para todos los países de la región, reiteró el economista.

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Athens Is Being Blackmailed

Athens Is Being Blackmailed | Global politics | Scoop.it
Greece’s creditors hope that by unleashing chaos, they can bring the country to its knees ahead of Sunday's referendum. Greeks must not give in.
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The creditors have form. In November 2011, when the elected prime minister of Greece, a moderate social democrat, proposed a referendum on the EU-IMF loan program, eurozone authorities orchestrated his replacement by a more pliable, unelected technocrat. 
Whatever you think of Syriza and their leftist politics, another coup would be an affront to democracy.

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War is a racket: War destroys wealth

War is a racket: War destroys wealth | Global politics | Scoop.it
TV about what's REALLY going on.
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It's time to drive a stake through
the heart of this one once and for
all...

Wars DO NOT "help" the economy and
WW II did not get the US out of
the Depression of the 1930s.

Wars - besides destroying countless
innocent lives - destroy wealth.

Only the war profiteers profit and
they do so at the cost of everyone
else.

The facts in this short video.

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 The Greek Debt Crisis and Crashing Markets   :   Information Clearing House - ICH By Michael Hudson

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A Bad Day For Democracy     :   Information Clearing House - ICH By Yanis Varoufakis

The very idea that a government would consult its people on a problematic proposal put to it by the institutions was treated with incomprehension and often with disdain bordering on contempt. I was even asked: “How do you expect common people to understand such complex issues?”. Indeed, democracy did not have a good day in yesterday’s Eurogroup meeting! But nor did European institutions.
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The very idea that a government would consult its people on a problematic proposal put to it by the institutions was treated with incomprehension and often with disdain bordering on contempt. I was even asked: “How do you expect common people to understand such complex issues?”. Indeed, democracy did not have a good day in yesterday’s Eurogroup meeting! But nor did European institutions.

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Russia Promises "Economic And Military" Aid To Syria As US Refloats Assad "Chemcial Weapons" Trial Balloon | Zero Hedge

Russia Promises "Economic And Military" Aid To Syria As US Refloats Assad "Chemcial Weapons" Trial Balloon | Zero Hedge | Global politics | Scoop.it
The Syrian "chemical weapons" narrative is back and with it is the confirmaton that Russia will not leave the US dictate middle eastern borders unilaterally. Syria's foreign minister said on a visit to Moscow on Monday that top ally Russia had promised to send political, economic and military aid to his country. "I got a promise of aid to Syria - politically, economically and militarily," Walid al-Moualem said at a televised news conference in Moscow after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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The food industry Reading the fine print

The food industry Reading the fine print | Global politics | Scoop.it
Food can heal you - or kill you. Your choice... Resources to help you choose wisely. Videos about food and health, healing with food, the food industry, how to eat a healthier diet, and recipes for health.
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Ever read the ingredients
on your packaged food?

You probably don’t recognize
most of the ingredients.

Here’s a guide to what you’re
really eating.

From our friends at therealfoodchannel.com

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Greece: Uncertainty reigns after referendum gamble

Greece: Uncertainty reigns after referendum gamble | Global politics | Scoop.it
Greece's place in the single currency union now hangs in the balance as a result of a tumultuous weekend.
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Falling into a black hole may convert you into a hologram or you will hit a firewall of doom

Falling into a black hole may convert you into a hologram or you will hit a firewall of doom | Global politics | Scoop.it

In the movie Interstellar, the main character Cooper escapes from a black hole in time to see his daughter Murph in her final days. Some have argued that the movie is so scientific that it should be taught in schools. In reality, many scientists believe that anything sent into a black hole would probably be destroyed. But a new study suggests that this might not be the case after all. The research says that, rather than being devoured, a person falling into a black hole would actually be absorbed into a hologram — without even noticing. The paper challenges a rival theory stating that anybody falling into a black hole hits a “firewall” and is immediately destroyed.


Forty years ago, Stephen Hawking shocked the scientific establishment with his discovery that black holes aren’t really black. Classical physics implies that anything falling through the horizon of a black hole can never escape. But Hawking showed that black holes continually emit radiation once quantum effects are taken into account. Unfortunately, for typical astrophysical black holes, the temperature of this radiation is far lower than that of the cosmic microwave background, meaning detecting them is beyond current technology.


Hawking’s calculations are perplexing. If a black hole continually emits radiation, it will continually lose mass—eventually evaporating. Hawking realised that this implied a paradox: if a black hole can evaporate, the information about it will be lost forever. This means that even if we could measure the radiation from a black hole we could never figure out it was originally formed. This violates an important rule of quantum mechanics that states information cannot be lost or created.


Another way to look at this is that Hawking radiation poses a problem with determinism for black holes. Determinism implies that the state of the universe at any given time is uniquely determined from its state at any other time. This is how we can trace its evolution both astronomically and mathematically though quantum mechanics.


This means that the loss of determinism would have to arise from reconciling quantum mechanics with Einstein’s theory of gravity – a notoriously hard problem and ultimate goal for many physicists. Black hole physics provides a test for any potential quantum gravity theory. Whatever your theory is, it must explain what happens to the information recording a black hole’s history.


It took two decades for scientists to come up with a solution. They suggested that the information stored in a black hole is proportional to its surface area (in two dimensions) rather than its volume (in three dimensions). This could be explained by quantum gravity, where the three dimensions of space could be reconstructed from a two-dimensional world without gravity – much like a hologram. Shortly afterwards, string theory, the most studied theory of quantum gravity, was shown to be holographic in this way.


Using holography we can describe the evaporation of the black hole in the two-dimensional world without gravity, for which the usual rules of quantum mechanics apply. This process is deterministic, with small imperfections in the radiation encoding the history of the black hole. So holography tells us that information is not lost in black holes, but tracking down the flaw in Hawking’s original arguments has been surprisingly hard.


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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi - Wikispooks Happy Birthday Saif #Libya #Zintan #ICC #Tripoli

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi - Wikispooks Happy Birthday Saif #Libya #Zintan #ICC #Tripoli | Global politics | Scoop.it

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The fun they had: New York Times staff mimicked mass killings in leaked photos

The fun they had: New York Times staff mimicked mass killings in leaked photos | Global politics | Scoop.it
Two leaked photographs show top New York Times staff in poses making fun of mass killings shortly after they happened.
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Tunisinos'uh akbar »» Extraordinary bravery from Tunisians during beach massacre

Tunisinos'uh akbar »» Extraordinary bravery from Tunisians during beach massacre | Global politics | Scoop.it
John Yeoman posted a picture taken during the shooting and said the men in the background were not stood watching the gunman - but trying to save people

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Fort Russ: Protests in Kiev: Who ordered them and what are the possible effects?

Fort Russ: Protests in Kiev: Who ordered them and what are the possible effects? | Global politics | Scoop.it
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