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Amtrak train breaks apart at 125 mph

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Amtrak passenger train #501, derailed near DuPont, WA
Tragedy-prone Amtrak suffered another terrifying setback Tuesday - when a high-speed Acela train broke apart as it raced north toward Penn Station at 125 mph, sources said.

In the third wreck in just one week - and the fourth in two months - several cars of an Acela Express heading from Washington, DC, to the Big Apple decoupled at about 6:30 a.m. and were left held together only by their air hoses.

Sparks flew from dragging cables and the train jerked wildly, but none of the 52 terrified passengers aboard were injured, according to reports.

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France's former Foreign Minister: UK Government prepared war in Syria two years before 2011 protests

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French foreign minister in the 1980s, Roland Dumas.
Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas stated in a 2013 televised program on French media (LCP) that British government officials had told him about preparations for "sending rebels into Syria" two years prior to the start of the 2011 "protests" and conflict.

Dumas makes it clear that it is Assad's anti-Israel stance that has made him a target for Western-backed "regime change". The fact that over 200,000 Syrian civilians have been killed in the process appears to be of little consequence to Western politicians.


NHS cuts and flu crisis push UK hospitals to the brink - Doctors describe 'third world conditions' and 'system fail'

NHS flu crisis
© David Sillitoe for the Guardian
Many hospitals have come under the cosh since Christmas amid very cold weather and higher than usual prevalence of flu.
Growing numbers of hospitals are struggling to cope with the onset of the NHS's winter crisis, with one A&E doctor apologising to patients for the "third world conditions" in his overcrowded unit.

Milton Keynes hospital admitted it was under "extreme and sustained pressure" because of the "very high" number of patients turning up and needing to be treated as medical emergencies.

"We are seeing very high numbers of very sick patients in the emergency department and fewer patients being able to be discharged - many because they also remain in need of acute care. Staff are working under incredible pressure to look after the patients in our care. I cannot overstate that. We are doing our best in extraordinarily difficult circumstances," said the hospital's chief executive, Prof Joe Harrison.

Comment: Consecutive governments, both Labour and Conservative, at the behest of Big Business have been lobbied to drive the NHS into debt so they can then claim that a health service which has operated successfully for over 50 years is now a failure, at which point they'll turn it over to privatisation. And if the country's railways are anything to go by, or if we look at the system in the US, the results will be catastrophic: FERRARI: COMPLETELY INSANE TO GIVE AWAY BILLIONS IN FOREIGN AID WITH NHS IN CRISIS


Mueller removed FBI agent from Russian election meddling probe over 'anti-Trump texts'

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FBI agent Peter Strzok • Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller removed an FBI agent from his investigation into alleged Russian election meddling, people briefed on the matter told US media. The move came after the Justice Department began probing whether the agent had sent anti-Trump text messages.

Mueller, the special counsel examining alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, removed FBI agent Peter Strzok from the investigation over the summer, according to The New York Times. He was reportedly reassigned from the investigation to the FBI's human resources department, a move which is largely seen within the bureau as a demotion.

Three sources told the Times that the catalyst was the discovery of text messages in which Strzok reacted to news events - including presidential debates - in ways that could be deemed critical of Donald Trump. The text message exchange was between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, another member of Mueller's team, according to The Washington Post. Strzok and Page, who were engaged in an extramarital affair at the time, reportedly wrote disparaging comments about Trump and appeared to favor Hillary Clinton, according to sources cited by the Post.

"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the special counsel's office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation," said Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel's office, as quoted by the Times. Page left Mueller's team weeks before news of the text messages broke, Carr added.


Alleged plans to divide Iran, Iraq, Turkey and the ME

Editor-In-Chief İbrahim Karagül
Editor-In-Chief İbrahim Karagül
Yeni Şafak daily and TVNET Editor-In-Chief İbrahim Karagül assessed developments throughout the U.S., Middle East and Europe in an online discussion shared on social media platforms on Thursday.

"The U.S. wants to get its hands on the money in banks in the Gulf," said Karagül during a program with Yeni Şafak's Digital Publications Manager Ersin Çelik that was posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. "The greatest bribery and corruption in the world is in the U.S.," he added.

Foreign threats to Turkey

Karagül also discussed ongoing regional projects that aim to split Turkey and the Middle East. "There is a project to dismantle this region. There are plans to divide Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey and the Middle East. Those who oppose these plans are being targeted," he said.

"Daesh is made to look Islamic, but it operates entirely under the command of Israeli and American intelligence. Saudi Arabia is referring to Israel as an ally. This project is being conducted not on religion but on power balances. The PKK and PYD are external threats. So is FETÖ," Karagül added.

Comment: From an Editor-in-Chief of two news outlets, is this the unreferenced creation of an inflammatory news story, a case of paranoia-sharing to move his audience or an implausible scenario based on bits of truth?


Journalist claims France is in panic, close to an Islamic explosion

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Paris, France
In an opinion piece, Italian journalist Giulio Meotti says France's discussion about Islam and Islamisation shows the country's panic about the subject.

He reacts to the advice French professor Christian de Moliner gave to split up France in two territories: A part with French law for non-Muslims, and a part with Shariah law for Muslims who choose for it.

Meotti says the situation looks like the moment when France was losing the war in Algeria and suggested to split up the country into a part for whites and a part for Muslim Algerians. He adds that the "War over France" is hardly at its beginnings:
"Many murderous Islamist attacks have taken place and large territories are already outside the control of the French secular Republic. Even if the conflict is still in its infancy, the notion of 'partition' or secession is advancing in public opinion", he says.
Professor Molinor's idea to split up the country tells you that Paris is in panic. While president Emmanuel Macron praised Islam in Abu Dhabi, Muslim extremists control French no-go zones, with Jews leaving their historic areas, and magazine "Charlie Hebdo" suffering a new wave of death threats. With ISIS fighters returning to France after their defeat in Syria, France is ready for a future Islamist explosion, Meotti concludes.

Comment: Considerations: the distinction of religion from state, the accusatory implications of 'Islamophobia' and the inherent problems in creating sectarian ghettos.

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India's 9/11: Who was Behind the Mumbai Attacks?

The Taj Mahal Hotel

The Taj Mahal Hotel
The Mumbai terror attacks were part of a carefully planned and coordinated operation involving several teams of experienced and trained gunmen.

The operation has the fingerprints of a paramilitary-intelligence operation. According to a Russian counter terrorist expert, the Mumbai terrorists "used the same tactics that Chechen field militants employed in the Northern Caucasus attacks where entire towns were terrorized, with homes and hospitals seized". (Russia Today, November 27, 2008).

The Mumbai attacks are described as " India's 9/11".

The attacks were carried out simultaneously in several locations, within minutes of each other.

The first target was in the main hall of Mumbai's Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station (CST), where the gunmen fired indiscriminately into the crowd of passengers. The gunmen " then ran out of the station and into neighboring buildings, including Cama Hospital"

Attacks by separate groups of gunmen took place at two of Mumbai's luxury hotels - the Oberoi-Trident and the Taj Mahal Palace, located at the heart of the tourist area, within proximity of the Gateway of India.


Latest study says dogs are color blind

Dog with Frisbee
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Might be a red frisbee; might be a green one. The dog doesn't know.
Here's a tip for the novice pet owner: don't buy your pooch a red ball and then throw it in a green field. Chances are, neither of you will have a lot of fun.

The reason for that, it transpires, is that dogs are colour blind.

A team of researchers at the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bari in Italy made this discovery after conducting a series of tests on dogs to try to determine their visual capacity.

The old saying that dogs see only in black and white was found to be only partially true as far back as 1989, when a study identified two types of cones - cells that detect colour - in dog retinas.

A 1995 analysis of vision studies in dogs, published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1995, concluded that the two types of cones - sensitive to wavelengths around 450 nanometres and one at about 550 nanometres respectively - meant dogs probably had dichromatic vision.

Comet 2

Speeding space rock is first interstellar object to be seen in our solar system

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Scientists believe they've just pinpointed the first interstellar comet or asteroid ever detected to pass through the solar system, speeding by at a phenomenal rate.

The scale of our star's reach is so large that NASA says you could travel more than 13 billion km into deep space and still not escape the influence of the sun. The sheer distance makes the incursion of an alien object - dubbed A/2017 U1 - into the solar system a significant find, as it has traveled an incredible distance to register on the watchful telescopes of Earth.

The object, believed to be a comet or asteroid, was spotted by the University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on October 19.

According to NASA, the 400-meter-diameter object is traveling at an incredible 25.5km per second, and is destined to vanish from the boundaries of our planetary network.


Is the Left in its last spasm?

As far as anybody knows, the November 4th revolution/tantrum/jamboree planned by Antifa and its associate organizations remains on schedule. The "Opposition" - Antifa, the John Brown Clubs, Refuse Fascism, and assorted other scraps have announced that on that date the revolution will begin with a mass nationwide uprising that will continue until the Trump/Pence regime is overcome. Dozens of hundreds of the people's vanguard will hit the streets, squatting at intersections and holding their breaths until the fascists are exorcised and the new epoch of light is fully underway. (Further details can be found here.)

Conservatives, as is all too often the case, have overreacted. Numerous sites, publications, and radio shows have featured rhetoric such as "Antifa Planning Communist Revolution for America on November 4," "Patriots beware! ANTIFA plans armed uprising on November 4!," and "The Leftist Chaos Will Be Coming On November 4th." (Links withheld to protect the guilty.)

But the truth, if anything, is exactly the opposite. What we are experiencing, far from a deadly revolutionary upsurge threatening everything of value, is a historically unique situation where, for the first time on record, a leftist movement is in complete and accelerating collapse within a democratic polity. The upcoming people's revolt is simply another symptom of this.