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Meteor fireball lights up San Francisco Bay Area, leaves glowing 'dragon' trail

San Francisco Bay Area meteor
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A mysterious light appeared in the early evening sky over the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday.
A mysterious light with a twisting, smoking tail appeared in the early evening sky over the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday, but local astronomers had a scientific explanation.

It was a meteor, according to the University of California's Lick Observatory near San Jose.

"A bright meteor was visible in the skies over the Bay Area shortly after sunset this evening, leaving a bright trail that was visible for many minutes in the western sky," the observatory wrote on Facebook.

Initial reports of the meteor sighting came in around 5:30 p.m., the Bay Area's FOX 2 reported.

Twitter exploded with photos and comments about the glowing phenomenon.

"@NASA white blaze in sky what is dis? Maybe a plane?" user Jose Armando Solis tweeted.

Jeremy Thomas said the light "flashed bright green for a few seconds as it fell and appeared to split up," previously adding that "something fell out of the sky."

Comment: Most interesting. Here's video footage:



Note that the news presenter described the glowing trail it left behind as a 'noctilucent cloud'. She's right, kind of. This kind of trail is itself a relatively novel phenomenon. Both rocket trails from outgoing take-offs and meteor trails from incoming space debris leave such glowing trails down on a regular basis now.

That's why meteor/comet fragment trails are so easily (and happily) conflated with rocket launches, and why we have such a hard time telling them apart...

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Black Cat

Christopher Steele told court that Trump-Russia dossier was created so Clinton could challenge 2016 election results

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© Jewel Samad/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Hillary Clinton concedes 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump
The British ex-spy who authored the infamous dossier alleging collusion between Donald Trump and the Kremlin said one of his goals was to give Hillary Clinton legal basis to challenge the 2016 election results.

Christopher Steele's salacious 17-page report was commissioned by Fusion GPS, a firm connected to Clinton's campaign.

"Based on that advice, parties such as the Democratic National Committee and HFACC Inc. (also known as 'Hillary for America') could consider steps they would be legally entitled to take to challenge the validity of the outcome of that election," Steele wrote in recently unsealed declaration that was published by the Washington Times.

Comment: May Mr. Gubarev prevail in court.


Hardhat

Yellow Vest anti-government protest movement launched in Ireland - Calls for 'revolution'

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Several hundred people have attended a protest in the centre of Dublin in solidarity with the French yellow vest demonstrations.

The protesters in Dublin wore yellow vests and some had hard hats, while others tied scarves over their faces. The chanting was mainly anti-Government in nature.

Those who gathered outside the Custom House overlooking the River Liffey before marching to Leinster House included pro-Palestinian organisations and socialist republicans.


Bizarro Earth

Coup d'état brewing? 10 French Generals publish letter calling out President Macron on 'treasonous' UN mass migration pact

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Has the United Nations played its 'trump' hand in the finalization of their geopolitical card game for "global citizenship"?

Here's what went on regarding the U.N. global migration pact December 10-11, 2018:

"Governments urged to put first ever UN global migration pact in motion, post-Marrakech." That marked the occasion of the 70th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Apparently, it's a pact that takes away national sovereignty from every country - 164 in all - that signed it!

Yes, everyone has human rights, but no person has the right to take away from another person their rights, dignity, sovereignty, while seeking to impose foreign mores and new cultures upon either a country or an individual, as is being done in former sovereign European countries, in my opinion.

Comment: At what point do the Generals of France join the Gilets Jaunes when they realize that their letter makes not a bit difference to their puppet President?


Gingerbread

It's actually happening: German court mandates that 'diverse' be added as a 'gender' to national birth register

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The German parliament was forced by the courts to make "diverse" an option on the birth register. Critics are split on whether the law goes too far, or not far enough.

Germans will soon be able to choose a third gender on the register of births, with "diverse" set to become an option.

Up until now, people had to choose between "male" and "female" when giving their gender, or leave the option blank.

But following a vote in the German parliament late on Thursday intersex people - people whose sexual anatomy does not fit the typical definitions of male and female - will be allowed to change their entry to "diverse."

Comment: Wow, this is actually happening.

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Sweden's own Jordan B. Peterson: Professor refuses to comply with medical school demanding 'correct' gender terminology
Are gender feminists and transgender activists ignoring science?


Megaphone

'Macron resign!' Yellow Vest protests enter 5th week - 33,000 people throughout France brave aggressive security forces

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© AFP
A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration in Paris
Paris looks 'less yellow' this Saturday as only several hundred people descended on the avenue amid a heavy police presence. This time a week ago the number of protesters was much higher and rallies resulted in heavy clashes.

At least 92 people have been detained and 53 taken into police custody in Paris, police said. By this time last Saturday the number of detentions had already reached 500.


As in previous weeks the Yellow Vests have started spreading across other French regions. In the city of Nimes in southern France demonstrators set barricades alight on a toll road.

Comment: More from RT's ongoing coverage of the protests:
Bare-breasted, silver-painted 'Mariannes' confront police in Paris

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© Reuters / Benoit Tessier
The bare-breasted women joined a "yellow vest" protest in Paris on Saturday
The yellow colors of the raging French protests are mixing with red and silver as several half-naked women posing as Marianne - a French national symbol - have faced off with police in the heart of Paris.

Half-naked women in blood-red hoodies covered in silver paint evoked the French revolutionary icon on Champs-Elysees avenue on Saturday. Their appearance was in stark contrast to the black and blue uniforms of gendarmes and police officers, and the yellow vests of hundreds of protesters around them.

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© Reuters / Benoit Tessier
Marianne, the Goddess of Liberty, is a national symbol of the French Republic which stands opposed to the monarchy and champions freedom and democracy. She is depicted as an embodiment of liberty leading the people over the barricades in the iconic Eugene Delacroix's painting.


RT France reporter struck in face covering Yellow Vest protest

An RT France reporter has been hit in the face during Yellow Vest protests in Paris. She has been taken to a nearby hospital.

Nadège Abderrazak was hit near Place de l'Opéra in the French capital, resulting in a bloody cut on her face and a swollen mouth.

RT's editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan tweeted a photo of Abderrazak after the incident, confirming that the reporter has been taken to hospital.

"Our correspondent was injured in the face during the rally in Paris. She went to the hospital," wrote Simonyan.


About a dozen RT reporters have been injured by the police in Paris since the protests began: RT France reporter shot in the face during police crackdown on Yellow Vest protesters in Paris

While the protests in France seem to have scaled down this week, presumably in response to the (not so) coincidental attack in Strasbourg, there are no signs that they will be coming to a close anytime soon. The meager last-minute concessions offered by Macron drew scorn from the French and, meanwhile, similar movements appear to be spreading throughout Europe, and in some countries even further afield: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Révolution Jaune? France Revolts Against Macron


Quenelle - Golden

'Gilets Jaunes' movement spreading: Pro-Brexit protesters block London bridges, bring traffic to standstill

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© Twitter/p4rus
Pro-Leave demonstrators donning yellow vests took over Tower Bridge (pictured) today as they demanded Britain's exit from the EU
Pro-Brexit activists, wearing yellow vests similar to those worn in recent protests in France, have blocked London's Westminster Bridge, briefly bringing traffic to a standstill.

Passersby tweeted content from the bridge, showing several dozen protesters sitting in front of traffic, chanting: 'Brexit now' and singing 'Rule Britannia'. Several protesters were seen waving the Union Jack flag, while others were wearing clothing with pro-Donald Trump insignia.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police said they are aware of the protests, adding that no arrests have been made.

Comment: They started on Westminster Bridge, then blocked two more over the whole day. They're also gearing up for more protests tomorrow:

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Never underestimate the power of the right symbol.


Binoculars

British Security Service Infiltration, the Integrity Initiative and the Institute for Statecraft

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The British state can maintain its spies' cover stories for centuries. Look up Eldred Pottinger, who for 180 years appears in scores of British history books - right up to and including William Dalrymple's Return of the King - as a British officer who chanced to be passing Herat on holiday when it came under siege from a partly Russian-officered Persian army, and helped to organise the defences. In researching Sikunder Burnes, I discovered and published from the British Library incontrovertible and detailed documentary evidence that Pottinger's entire journey was under the direct instructions of, and reporting to, British spymaster Alexander Burnes. The first historian to publish the untrue "holiday" cover story, Sir John Kaye, knew both Burnes and Pottinger and undoubtedly knew he was publishing lying propaganda. Every other British historian of the First Afghan War (except me and latterly Farrukh Husain) has just followed Kaye's official propaganda.

Some things don't change. I was irresistibly reminded of Eldred Pottinger just passing Herat on holiday, when I learnt how highly improbable left wing firebrand Simon Bracey-Lane just happened to be on holiday in the United States with available cash to fund himself, when he stumbled into the Bernie Sanders campaign.
Recent university graduate Simon Bracey-Lane took it even further. Originally from Wimbledon in London, he was inspired to rejoin the Labour party in September when Corbyn was elected leader. But by that point, he was already in the US on holiday. So he joined the Sanders campaign, and never left.

"I had two weeks left and some money left, so I thought, Fuck it, I'll make some calls for Bernie Sanders," he explains. "I just sort of knew Des Moines was the place, so I just turned up at their HQ, started making phone calls, and then became a fully fledged field organiser."
It is, to say the least, very interesting indeed that just a year later the left wing, "Corbyn and Sanders supporting" Bracey-Lane is hosting a very right wing event, "Cold War Then and Now", for the shadowy neo-con Institute for Statecraft, at which an entirely unbalanced panel of British military, NATO and Ukrainian nationalists extolled the virtues of re-arming against Russia.

Oil Well

Cornell professor: Vast biosphere exists deep under Earth's crust (and it's where oil comes from)

abiotic oil book
© Copernicus Books
The Deep Hot Biosphere, by Thomas Gold
The ideas come crowding in: Deep within the Earth's crust is a vast ecosystem of primitive bacteria nurtured by a reservoir of hydrocarbons of unimaginable size, much of it untapped. Even more: The microbes predate all of the planet's other life forms, existing even before photosynthesis became the preferred life-giving form.

In a new book, The Deep Hot Biosphere (Copernicus/Springer-Verlag, $27), Cornell professor emeritus of astronomy Thomas Gold argues that subterranean bugs are us -- or at least they started the whole evolutionary process, and that there's no looming energy shortage because oil reserves are far greater than predicted.

In the hands of anyone other than Gold, the reaction to all this might be a skeptical raised eyebrow. But Gold, as ever the Cornellian gadfly, makes his argument with erudition and conviction. Founder and director of Cornell's Center for Radiophysics and Space Research for two decades, Gold is hardly a stranger to sticking his neck out. He has been proven right in such diverse realms as a theory of hearing, the interpretation of pulsars and a theory of the Earth's axis of rotation.

But Gold's most controversial idea, as physicist Freeman Dyson notes in the book's forward, is that of the nonbiological origin of natural gas and oil, which he first proposed more than 20 years ago. These hydrocarbons, Gold postulated, come from deep reservoirs and are composed of the material from which the Earth condensed. The idea that hydrocarbons coalesced from organic material is, he says, quite wrong. The biological molecules found in oil, he avers, show only that the oil is contaminated by microbes, not that it was produced by them.

Comment: Dr. Gold's and others' research have been proposing this idea for decades. But it doesn't suit the elites to allow it into the mainstream. Power is maintained by creating the collective delusion that enables the 'hoarding of essential resources'. This article was published in 1999. The redoubtable Col. Fletcher Prouty was saying the same thing in the mid-90s.




Hardhat

The indiscreet charm of the Gilets Jaunes

Yellow vests
So it appears the privatization of France isn't going quite as smoothly as planned. As I assume you are aware, for over a month now, the gilets jaunes (or "yellow vests"), a multiplicitous, leaderless, extremely pissed off, confederation of working class persons, have been conducting a series of lively protests in cities and towns throughout the country to express their displeasure with Emmanuel Macron and his efforts to transform their society into an American-style neo-feudal dystopia. Highways have been blocked, toll booths commandeered, luxury automobiles set on fire, and shopping on the Champs-Élysées disrupted. What began as a suburban tax revolt has morphed into a bona fide working class uprising.

It took a while for "the Golden Boy of Europe" to fully appreciate what was happening. In the tradition of his predecessor, Louis XVI, Macron initially responded to the gilets jaunes by inviting a delegation of Le Monde reporters to laud his renovation of the Elysée Palace, making the occasional condescending comment, and otherwise completely ignoring them. That was back in late November. Last Saturday, he locked down central Paris, mobilized a literal army of riot cops, "preventatively arrested" hundreds of citizens, including suspected "extremist students," and sent in the armored military vehicles.

The English-language corporate media, after doing their best not to cover these protests (and, instead, to keep the American and British publics focused on imaginary Russians), have been forced to now begin the delicate process of delegitimizing the gilets jaunes without infuriating the the entire population of France and inciting the British and American proletariats to go out and start setting cars on fire. They got off to a bit of an awkward start.

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