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Valentine's Day Arctic Outbreak Brings Coldest Temperatures in Decades - "... So about that global warming thing"

A blast of bitter cold arctic air brought the coldest temperatures in decades to several Northeast cities Valentine’s Day morning. On top of that, wind chills on Sunday dropped into the 40s below zero in portions of Upstate New York and New England, including Saranac Lake, New York, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and Montpelier, Vermont. Share | Comment

Netanyahu Wants Fence Around Israel to Keep Out 'Wild Beasts'

"They tell me: Is this what you want to do, defend the villa? The answer is yes. What, are we going to surround the entire State of Israel with a fence, a barrier? The answer is yes, unequivocally. In the environment in which we live we must defend ourselves from the wild beasts." Share | Comment

Feds Pouring Money Into a Project to Create a Database to Track "Suspicious" Internet Memes

Washington DC – The federal government spent $1 million to create an online database that will collect "suspicious" memes and track "misinformation." The project, which is known as the "Truthy Database" is being funded by The National Science Foundation, but it seems as if the operation has some powerful political motivations. Ironically enough, the project takes its name from a term that was popularized by television personality, Stephen Colbert. Share | Comment

Venezuela Is Out Of Food: Here’s What An Economic Collapse Really Looks Like

Venezuela is out of food.

After several years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the socialist country does not have enough food to feed its population, and the opposition government has declared a “nutritional emergency.” This is just the most recent nail in the beleaguered country’s slow, painful economic collapse. Share | Comment

Russia’s Medvedev: We Are in ‘a New Cold War’

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said his country is in a new cold war with the U.S. and its allies, while NATO’s chief said Russia is using its nuclear arsenal to intimidate Europe. The clash, with echoes of superpower rhetoric during the 20th century, played out at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday even as Russia, Europe and the U.S. say they’re seeking to end Syria’s civil war, resolve the armed standoff in eastern Ukraine and make progress toward lifting European economic sanctions against Russia. Share | Comment

“It’s Not The Zika Virus” — Doctors Expose Monsanto Linked Pesticide As Cause Of Birth Defects

As fear mongering about the Zika epidemic runs rampant, separate organizations of doctors from Brazil and Argentina are directly challenging the notion that the Brazilian Zika virus outbreak is at the root of the recent increase in microcephaly birth defect cases. Share | Comment

Mother of Navy Vet Shot at 30 Times by Police Begs For Justice

“I want the world to know what a mother goes through when your child is stolen and executed for no reason,”
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Road To World War III: Turkey Shells Syria For Second Day As Saudi Warplanes Arrive

On Saturday, the geopolitical world was shocked when Turkey began shelling Aleppo, where the Syrian opposition has its back against the wall in the face of an aggressive advance by Hezbollah and the IRGC backed, of course, by Russian airstrikes. To be sure everyone knew Ankara and Riyadh would have to do something quick if they wanted to preserve the rebellion. Their proxies are being rolled up rapidly by Hassan Nasrallah’s army and Vladimir Putin’s air force juggernaut. But few expected the escalation would come so quickly. Share | Comment

Chinese nuclear fusion scientists achieve temperatures three times hotter than the sun

A nuclear reactor in China has created plasma at a temperature of 50 million Kelvins (49.999 million degrees Celsius or 90 million Fahrenheit) for 102 seconds. The temperature is thought to be three times hotter than the core of the sun or “roughly the same as a mid-sized thermo-nuclear explosion,” according to the South China Morning Post. Share | Comment

FBI Arrests 46 Georgia Deputies For Selling Drugs To Prisoners

The FBI just announced that they have arrested 46 current and former Georgia deputies working as corrections officers for drug trafficking. The arrests followed a two-year federal investigation, according to CNN. John Horn, a United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, announced that the FBI’s raids spanned nine prisons where the drug trafficking was being carried out. Share | Comment

VIDEO: DARPA's fully-loaded quadcopter autonomously navigates an indoor maze at 45 mph

DARPA's FLA program is aimed at creating a demonstrator UAV system that is small enough to be put through a building window by hand, yet can autonomously negotiate the interior at up to 45 mph without help from an operator or GPS waypoints. The agency says the key to this is a new a new class of algorithms that use less processing power and reliance on a human operator, yet can handle rooms, stairs, corridors, and obstacles Share | Comment

Saudi jets to fly missions in Syria from Turkish base

Saudi Arabia is to deploy military jets and personnel to Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base in the south of the country, Ankara said. The base is already used by the US Air Force for their sorties in Syria. The deployment is part of the US-led effort to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. Share | Comment

Supreme Court Justice Scalia Found Dead in Texas

Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa. According to a report, Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body. Share | Comment

Einstein Was Right: The Existence of Gravitational Waves has been Confirmed

Using the recently-upgraded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory [LIGO], a signal was recorded on September 14, 2015, four days before the observatory was to officially begin observations. The source was tracked back to a pair of merging black holes, one 36 times the mass of the Sun, and the other 29 masses, 1.3 billion light years away. In the fraction of a second when the two masses merged, 4.6 percent of their mass -- about the mass of three suns -- was converted directly into energy, briefly outshining the energy released from all of the stars and galaxies of the observable universe by ten times. This energy release created distortions in spacetime, generating gravitational waves that spread outward into the universe.
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Experimental Fusion Reactor Generates First Hydrogen Plasma

A new experimental fusion reactor built by the Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics in Germany received a brief test run on February 3, bringing the promise of clean and sustainable fusion-generated power one step closer to reality. 
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Israel’s Army and Government at Loggerheads Over Cause of Attacks

Those who wish simply to perpetuate Palestinian suffering may triumph over those who would prefer to intensify it. Either way, Palestinians will continue to resist. Share | Comment

Catholic Church Tells Bishops They Are Not Obliged to Disclose Child Sex Abuse: Report

Crux adds that the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors — a major body created by Pope Francis last year to establish "best practices" for the church in its battle against child abuse — was not involved in the training process. Share | Comment

The Canadian Dollar is Now Even Less of a Haven from a US Dollar Collapse Than It Was Before

Canadians were quite smug, back then, with the Canadian dollar trading above par with the US dollar and we wanted to remind them that not only would the Canadian dollar not be a haven from a US dollar collapse, but the loonie would collapse before the US dollar, since nothing is backing it but the US dollar and Canada had no gold (amongst many other reasons). Share | Comment

Trolling Neighbors or Astronauts Will Get You in Big Trouble

Apparently, people still care about voicemail.  We wondered why voicemail still exists despite the fact that most people seem to hate it. Maybe voicemail is just more professional than a text, or maybe we keep it around because it’s cute when moms do it and it’s useful for creating interludes between ‘90s rap songs. Do your part to keep this dinosaur technology alive—leave a voicemail for someone you love this weekend. It is almost Valentine’s Day, after all. Share | Comment

Vietnam is on the Upswing, but Needs to Keep the Momentum

The reason for the pro-Dung public sentiment is not hard to fathom. In a country where the masses have not ceased railing against China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea, leaders who explicitly confront Beijing are likely to win the public heart. When China dragged its oilrig into an area that Vietnam considers part of its exclusive economic zone in May 2014, Dung was outspoken against China’s territorial ambitions. He was also a visible champion of economic reforms and strategic alliances with other regional powers, particularly the US. These moves were apparently aimed at countering China’s economic clout. Share | Comment

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