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Moscow crash-landing: New video shows plane undergo RIDICULOUS bounces on runway

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New video has emerged of a plane making a very bumpy emergency landing before it burst into flames in Moscow, killing 41 people on board.

The CCTV footage from Sheremetyevo airport shows the Aeroflot jet bouncing several times on and off the runway as it tries to land.

Comment: So the approach was normal. But then, right as the landing gear makes contact with the runway, the plane speeds up, lifts, then dives... again, and again. No wonder the rear of the jet burst into flames on the third bounce.


Bill passed in Missouri Senate to ban abortions at 8 weeks

Mike Parson
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Missouri Governor Mike Parson
Missouri's Republican-led Senate has now passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.

Senators approved the legislation 24-10 early Thursday with just hours left before a Friday deadline to pass bills. It needs at least one more vote of approval in the GOP-led House before it can go to Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who voiced support for it on Wednesday.

Parson called on state senators to take action, joining a movement of GOP-dominated state legislatures emboldened by the possibility that a more conservative Supreme Court could overturn its landmark ruling legalizing the procedure. Their vote came only hours after Alabama's governor signed the most stringent abortion ban in the nation on Wednesday, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases.

The Missouri proposal includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for violating the eight-week cutoff. Women who receive abortions at eight weeks or later into a pregnancy wouldn't be prosecuted.

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Eye 2

Ex-NXIVM cult member testifies Seagram's heiress Clare Bronfman funneled illegal donations to win Clinton's favor

Clare Bronfman
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Clare Bronfman
Seagram's heiress and accused Nxivm benefactor Clare Bronfman tried to buy influence for the alleged sex cult by illegally raising money for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, a former group member testified in court Monday.

Bronfman funneled thousands of dollars into Clinton's campaign coffers - far in excess of legal limits to contributions - to "curry favor" with the powerhouse political family, according to Mark Vicente, a documentary filmmaker and former member of the Nxivm group that is accused of keeping women as sex slaves.

"Clare Bronfman approached other people and said she would like to make a campaign contribution but she couldn't make it above a certain amount," Vicente testified in Brooklyn federal court Monday.

"I wrote a check. She paid me back."

Red Flag

Chris Hedges on America's cultural schizophrenia: 'Media shift to feelings over facts is tearing US apart'

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© Reuters / Carlo Allegri
Over the past several decades, US news media have shifted towards advocacy and emotional appeals, according to a RAND Corporation study. This is sowing discord in American society, award-winning journalist Chris Hedges tells RT.

The study, released by RAND earlier this week, cautiously argues that between 1987 and 2017, news content has shifted from event- and context-based reporting to coverage that is "more subjective, relies more heavily on argumentation and advocacy, and includes more emotional appeals."

While prime-time cable news shows and online journalism lead the way in this shift, it has been noticed in print journalism as well, the government-funded think tank concluded. This is contributing to what RAND termed "Truth Decay," described as a shift away from facts and analysis in public discourse.

"Cable news networks - CNN, MSNBC, Fox - have given up on journalism," Hedges told RT, commenting on the RAND report. "They replaced it with reality-show news programs centered around [US President] Donald Trump and his tweets and the Russiagate. There has been a complete walking away from journalism."


Clean & honest broker lacking colonial baggage: Russia investing in Africa's huge energy potential

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© Reuters / Siphiwe Sibeko
Africa's economic potential is enormous: the continent contains significant mineral and energy deposits, a young and growing population, and an underdeveloped energy sector desperately in need of investment.

Approximately 640 million people, or two-thirds of the entire populace, don't have access to electricity. According to the African Development Bank, energy poverty reduces GDP growth by four percent every year. Russia's energy industry, in comparison, is booming. Its state-run nuclear energy company Rosatom has an order book of 34 reactors in 12 countries worth $300 billion. Recently, Moscow has set its eyes on Africa where most states have either already struck a deal with the Kremlin or are considering one.


Countdown to zero: Russia continues dumping US debt

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© Reuters / Brendan McDermid
Foreign investors have accelerated the reduction of US debt securities, selling $21.7 billion of their holdings in March, according to data released on Wednesday by the US Treasury Department.

Russia, which is no longer a leading creditor of the US, after an unprecedented dumping of the US Treasury bonds in April and May, has slashed its stockpile by almost $800 million in March to $13.716 billion.

Russia has cut nearly 85 percent of its US Treasury holdings from $96.9 billion in January 2018. The drop is even more significant from 2012, when Russia held over $170 billion in US debt bonds.

The largest US creditor China sold $20.45 billion in Treasuries in March, the most since October 2016, following $1.08 billion in purchases the month before.


Found: 977,000 shoes, 373,000 toothbrushes on Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Plastic waste on Cocos Island
© Jennifer Lavers
On the beaches of the tiny Cocos (Keeling) Islands, population 600, marine scientists found 977,000 shoes and 373,000 toothbrushes.

A comprehensive survey of debris on the islands - among the most remote places on Earth, in the Indian Ocean - has found a staggering amount of rubbish washed ashore. This included 414m pieces of plastic, weighing 238 tonnes.

The study, published in the journal Nature, concluded the volume of debris points to the exponential increase of global plastic polluting the world's oceans and "highlights a worrying trend in the production and discharge of single-use products".

The lead author, Jennifer Lavers from the University of Tasmania's Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, said remote islands without large populations were the most effective indicator of the amount of plastic debris floating in the oceans.

"Islands such as these are like canaries in a coal mine and it's increasingly urgent that we act on the warnings they are giving us. Plastic pollution is now ubiquitous in our oceans, and remote islands are an ideal place to get an objective view of the volume of plastic debris now circling the globe," Lavers said.

Stock Down

The burden of Trump's trade war will fall on US businesses & consumers according to analyst

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As the US and China continue to exchange blows in an ongoing trade battle, Professor Richard Wolff talks to RT's Boom Bust about the possible outcomes of the skirmish.

"It is already costing jobs, it is already costing money, it is now costing huge losses in stock markets and the irony of it all is that it's mostly political theater," the analyst said, discussing the impasse caused by the trade war sparked by US President Donald Trump.

"Mr Trump has initiated a massive tax on Americans. Tariff is just a word for a particular kind of tax," Wolff said, stressing that the president is taxing goods and services that come into the US.



Warning issued after multiple dogs found killed, tortured in Franklin County, Vermont

Dogs tortured, killed in Vermot
Police have issued a warning to pet owners in Franklin County after multiple dogs have been found tortured and killed.

Sheldon Animal Control Officer Nicole Michel said she has been called to six incidents since the beginning of May.

"I really have no words for someone who could do something so heartless, so cruel," she said. "Dogs are our family."

According to Michel, some of the animals were found abandoned on the side of the road, suffocated with a plastic bag over their face. Another was found fatally shot and tied to a tree along a popular trail.

Arrow Up

Going 'green' bites even deeper: Airline ticket prices rising as new aviation fuel tax looms

Russian passenger jet
© Maxim Shemetov / Reuters
The European Commission is considering aviation fuel tax that is supposed to reduce carbon emissions by 11 percent and have a "negligible" impact on jobs and the economy. But experts say that it will have far-reaching effects.

According to a leaked EC report, taxing aviation kerosene sold in Europe would cut aviation emissions by 16.4 million metric tons of CO2 a year. It said that applying a tax of €330 per 1,000 liters of kerosene (which is the EU's minimum excise duty rate for the fuel) would result in a ticket price increase of 10 percent and an 11 percent decrease in passenger numbers. It would also lead to an 11 percent fall in carbon emissions.

Comment: The tax works nicely in the direction of AOC's Soros-sponsored Green New Deal, not to mention clamping down on freedom of movement in general.

The 10 most insane requirements of the Far Left's Green New Deal
  • Eliminate air travel. GND calls for building out "highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary." Good luck Hawaii! California's high-speed boondoggle is already in $100 billion dollars of debt, and looks to be one of the state's biggest fiscal disasters ever. Amtrak runs billions of dollars in the red (though, as we'll see, trains will also be phased out). Imagine growing that business model out to every state in America?
US residents will soon require passports to travel domestically
At the time of writing, according to the Department of Homeland Security's website, only 27 US states are compliant with the Real ID Act.

Many are listed as being under review.

The legislation, which was established after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, makes it harder to obtain a driver's license with counterfeit records.

US congress passed the act 10 years ago, but it wasn't enforced until 2013.

By October 2020 the entire country will need to meet the revised standards, or face strict travel limitations.

The US Department of State recommends allowing up to six weeks for passports to be completed and returned, although people can pay for a faster turn-around of 21 days.