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New Mexico sheriff furious over secrecy surrounding FBI's mysterious closure of Sunspot Observatory

Sunspot Solar Observatory
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Sunspot Solar Observatory
Questions remain even after the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico was reopened following its mysterious closure by the FBI, and the local sheriff seems to have not given up on getting answers.

"I think it's chicken sh*t the way the FBI handled it. I have a responsibility to protect my citizens," Otero County Sheriff Benny House told ABC 7 Monday. "I think it's paramount that we know what the threat is so we can provide safety."

The observatory, and the post office on the same property, were mysteriously shut down on September 6, Sputnik News reported. At the time, House said "there was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people around antennas and work crews on towers, but nobody would tell us anything."

The sheriff said the FBI asked his team for help evacuating, but when he was up there, he couldn't perceive any threats. "We hung out for a little while; then we left. No reason for us to be there. Nobody would tell us what we're supposed to be watching out for."

The organization that runs facility - the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) - has been reticent about the situation from the get-go. Spokeswoman Shari Lifson said that it was AURA's decision to evacuate, but that she wasn't even sure when the facility was vacated.

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No Entry

Corbyn-supporting group bans Sun reporters from Liverpool festival

The Sun Hillsborough disaster
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Liverpool FC fans holding up a sign protesting against The Sun newspaper in relation to the Hillsborough disaster
A number of British journalists have hit out at the Corbyn-supporting Momentum group for banning Sun reporters from attending a festival in Liverpool, claiming it's "censorship" and likening the ban to the actions of Donald Trump.

Journalists from a number of mainstream news outlets reacted angrily to news that The World Transformed (TWT), a festival organised by pro-Jeremy Corbyn group Momentum, has announced that they are banning Sun newspaper journos from attending their event in Liverpool.

TWT cite the false claims made by the Murdoch-owned Sun during its reporting of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed, as their reason for what they say is a boycott.


Medicine's financial contamination

medicine corruption
The fall from grace last week of Dr. José Baselga, the former chief scientific officer of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, illuminated a longstanding problem of modern medicine: Potentially corrupting payments by drug and medical device makers to influential people at research hospitals are far more common than either side publicly acknowledges.

Dr. Baselga, a giant in cancer research whose work led to the discovery of the lifesaving drug Herceptin, resigned on Thursday after The New York Times and ProPublica reported that he had repeatedly failed to properly disclose millions in industry payments.

Decades of research and real world examples have shown that such entanglements can distort the practice of medicine in ways big and small. Even little gifts have been found to influence doctors' prescribing habits and their perceptions of a given company's products. Larger payments have been shown to affect the design of clinical trials and the reporting of trial results, among other things. And such financial entanglements have proved devastating to individual patients - and to society at large. The opioid epidemic, to take one recent example, was partly spread by doctors who were persuaded to ignore warning bells and prescribe these drugs liberally by companies that showered them with gifts and consulting fees.

Comment: The issue of corruption in medicine is huge, and the consequences for patients is largely incalculable. Until some steps are taken, like the ones suggested above, the cycle of corruption will continue and patients will continue to suffer, while public confidence in the medical system continues to erode.

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Gunman dead, 4 injured in Pennsylvania court office shooting

Masontown Borough Municipal Center
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Masontown Borough Municipal Center
One person has been killed and four others injured following a shooting at a Pennsylvania court office, according to local authorities.

The shooting occurred at the offices of Magisterial District Judge Daniel Shimshock.

At least four people have been hospitalized and one has been pronounced dead at the scene, a Fayette County Emergency Management spokesperson told media. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the deceased person was the gunman.

Local resident Rosa Goff, who was waiting for a hearing at the court, told the Observer-Reporter that she saw a man chasing a woman toward the municipal building and firing multiple times, before running past her into the building.

"He was shooting at everyone," she said.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Florida School Mass Shooting: Gun Control, Mental Illness and the Criminal Mind


Hackers mine bitcoin & other cryptos using leaked spy tool from US government

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Bitcoin, monero and other popular cryptocurrencies are being mined by fraudsters who use EternalBlue, the US National Security Agency (NSA) hacking tool that was leaked last year, according to a recent report.

The report, published by the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA), says detected cases of illicit cryptocurrency mining have skyrocketed to 459 percent in 2018 compared to last year. The surge is linked to the leak of EternalBlue, a tool to exploit vulnerabilities in outdated Microsoft Windows-based systems, the report says.

EternalBlue was leaked by the Shadow Brokers hacking group in April 2017. The leaked NSA exploit was then used in the notorious WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware attacks. Microsoft accused the US government of "stockpiling" cyber weapons for facilitating attacks.

Comment: See also: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Bitcoin, Gold and the Cashless Society

Heart - Black

Palestinian parents who tried to stop son's attack on Israeli are set to be punished for his crime

hebron village demolition
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Palestinians inspect the damage after Israeli forces demolished a home belonging to the family of a Palestinian assailant in the West Bank village of Yatta, south of Hebron, 4 August 2016.
Israeli forces raided a home belonging to the family of a Palestinian teen after he stabbed and fatally injured a man in a settlement on Sunday afternoon.

Occupation forces mapped the house in Yatta, near the West Bank city of Hebron, overnight Monday in preparation for its demolition. The military published a video of its soldiers doing so:

Since late 2015 Israel has accelerated the demolitions of the family residences of Palestinians alleged to have attacked Israelis, a form of collective punishment Israel never applies to Jewish perpetrators.

Such collective punishment measures violate the Fourth Geneva Convention and other international laws and thus are war crimes.


New Jersey child predator sting operation arrests top SWAT cop, firefighter, and gov't employees among the dozens busted

New Jersey child predators bust
A SWAT leader, firefighter, and public works employee were among 24 child predators arrested in a New Jersey sting operation.

As TFTP reported earlier this month, Howell police Sgt. Richard Conte, the head of Monmouth County's emergency response team, was arrested and charged with attempting to lure a child into a motor vehicle. The veteran cop, in a supervisory position, has since been suspended without pay and the state Attorney General has since released the disturbing details of the case.

Conte was busted earlier this month in a state-wide sting operation setup to catch child predators. This pillar of the community and "protector of the innocent" - whose base salary tops $140,000 - was caught attempting to lure who he thought was a young female child for sex.

Conte, 47, has since been locked up and charged with second-degree attempted luring or enticing of a child and is being held in the Ocean County jail in Toms River.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal gave the details to the public during a press conference. They are nothing short of disgusting.

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Decline of Swedish education is a direct result of 'post-truth' subjectivity

Swedish education
In the last 15-20 years, Sweden has suffered a downturn in several important aspects of the elementary and secondary education system. To begin to illustrate the state of Sweden's schools, we can make a comparison with the heavily criticized American education system. It is a common and understandable belief, in the U.S. and elsewhere, that Swedish schools compare favorably with American schools in terms of educational outcomes. But the weakest American students in 8th grade performed significantly better than the weakest Swedish 8th graders in the TIMSS Mathematics assessment in 2011, one of the international comparative tests that have existed since the 1990s. In the latest cycle of the TIMSS Mathematics assessment, conducted in 2015, the weakest U.S. and Swedish students performed identically, but American students outperformed Swedish students in all other percentiles.

In contrast, Swedish students outperformed their U.S. peers across the entire distribution in 1995. A similar negative development can be observed in Swedish students' performance in the PISA. Swedish 9th graders performed above the international average in the first cycle of PISA in 2000, but then Sweden's results steadily deteriorated in each of the three PISA core areas-reading, mathematics, and science - until a low point was reached in 2012. Another PISA assessment conducted in 2012 revealed shortcomings in creativity, critical thinking, curiosity, and perseverance, and ranked Sweden 20th out of 28 countries. The findings in the TIMSS and PISA assessments suggest that there has been a significant decline in knowledge among Swedish students in recent years.

Black Cat

Masked Antifa protesters fight Greek police on anniversary of left-wing activist's murder (VIDEO)

Clashes in Greece
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FILE PHOTO. Clashes in Greece on September 16, 2017.
Clashes broke out in some Greek cities on Tuesday as masked protesters confronted police on the fifth anniversary of the death of Pavlos Fyssas, who was killed by a member of the right-wing Golden Dawn party.

Fyssas, a left-wing activist and hip-hop singer, was stabbed to death in 2013, sparking public outrage and casting a spotlight on Golden Dawn. Five years on, thousands of fellow members of the Antifa movement gathered in the capital Athens and other Greek cities to commemorate his life.

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$5.7 Million in taxpayer funds for study to justify sterilizing children who are gender confused

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A taxpayer-funded study launched by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is on course to conclude that "affirming" young children with gender dysphoria by providing dangerous puberty blockers and ultimately sterilizing them is both safe and necessary for them to be happy.

The study is "very much under wraps and it's coming into its fifth and final year," said Dr. Quentin Van Meter, an Atlanta pediatric endocrinologist who trained at Johns Hopkins University when "transsexualism" was first studied. He added that the study is:
affirming gender change with family and environmental support in children as young as five years, and using puberty blockers and cross sex hormone treatment in children at the initial onset of puberty which could be as young age 8-9 years, and then following them for only five years.
The study is titled The Impact of Early Medical Treatment in Transgender Youth.

Van Meter maintained those claiming to be transgender have significant underlying mental health issues that activists are desperately trying to bury.