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Video: German intel service spied on foreign media incl BBC, Reuters for years – reports

Video: German intel service spied on foreign media incl BBC, Reuters for years – reports

Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has snooped on western news media outlets and international news agencies for years, German Der Spiegel … Via Youtube

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‘Expect post-Brexit hostility,’ Trump adviser Bannon warns EU – reports

‘Expect post-Brexit hostility,’ Trump adviser Bannon warns EU – reports

US President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has warned the EU it can expect “hostility” after Britain leaves the bloc. Read more Bannon issued the warning to Germany’s ambassador to Washington, Peter Wittig, during recent talks, sources told Reuters. Trump’s senior aide is said to have told Wittig the administration hopes to conduct future […]

Source: ‘Expect post-Brexit hostility,’ Trump adviser Bannon warns EU – reports
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UK Labour Party by-election defeat prompts new moves against Corbyn

UK Labour Party by-election defeat prompts new moves against Corbyn

  UK Labour Party by-election defeat prompts new moves against Corbyn By Robert Stevens 25 February 2017 The British Labour Party’s loss to the ruling Conservatives in Thursday’s by-election for the Copeland constituency has been seized upon by Labour’s right wing to renew its campaign for the removal of the nominal “left” Jeremy Corbyn as […]

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Ultra-bright star in the Crab Nebula, breaks all the rules

Ultra-bright star in the Crab Nebula, breaks all the rules

Well, bang go those theories. Astrophysicists have identified a neutron star that overturns not one but three well supported hypotheses.

The star, known as NGC 5907 ULX, is emitting far more x-rays than any other ever observed.

So huge is the output that it has been classified as an "ultraluminous x-ray source" (ULX). It is by no means the first ULX to be recorded in nearby galaxies, but all the others are confidently predicted to be generated by black holes - this is the first one that uses star-power.

So there goes the first theory.

But there are still more baffling elements to the discovery, made by a team led by Gianluca Israel from the National Institute of Astrophysics in Rome, Italy, and reported in Science.

Source: Ultra-bright star in the Crab Nebula, breaks all the rules
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Rachel Maddow: Corporate shill for the oligarchs

Rachel Maddow: Corporate shill for the oligarchs

I was surprised to see an old photo going around late last week in the Green Party circles I'm in showing Jill Stein dining with, among others, Vladimir Putin. Green Party folks are sensitive creatures, so my momma bear hackles got raised right away because they were so distressed in their search for an explanation for why their lady was seen fraternizing with the corporate media's current official supervillain. I had already seen the photo because it had previously been used to smear Jill Stein during the lead-up to the general election in the days when McCarthyist red-baiting was still a shocking new thing that stuck out like a sore thumb, before it hit the ubiquitous perpetual shriek that it's at today. Not everyone's a progressive news junkie though, so for many this photo was a startling revelation.

I figured someone must have brought it back into mainstream circulation, and I figured who that person probably was. There's no public figure who's been such a virulently Russophobic nutcase and so relentlessly aggressive in their attacks upon third parties as one Rachel Anne Maddow.

Source: Rachel Maddow: Corporate shill for the oligarchs
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The remittances propping up Lesotho's economy

The remittances propping up Lesotho's economy

Remittances sent home by migrant workers account for 30% of the economy in Lesotho.

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Courtship rituals

Courtship rituals

How the men of Chad's Wodaabe culture go about finding their brides at a desert festival where the stress is on make-up and clothes.

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Innovation, Ikea style

Innovation, Ikea style

Ikea's humble bookcase epitomises a relentless pursuit of lower costs and acceptable functionality.

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How Do You Spend Your Weekend?

How Do You Spend Your Weekend?

As co-founder of Hotwire.com and CEO of Zillow for the last seven years, 39-year-old Spencer Rascoff fits most people’s definition of success. As a father of three young children, Spencer is a busy guy at home and at work. What’s the one thing that Spencer refuses to do on the weekend? Work—at least, in the […]

Source: How Do You Spend Your Weekend?
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Video: Yes we can? Petition launched for Obama 2017 French presidential campaign

Video: Yes we can? Petition launched for Obama 2017 French presidential campaign

There’s less than two months to go now till the French presidential elections and the list of candidates has already been drawn up. However, it seems, not … Via Youtube

Source: Video: Yes we can? Petition launched for Obama 2017 French presidential campaign
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United front? Bannon & Priebus talk ‘economic nationalism,’ Trump deregulation, and more at CPAC

United front? Bannon & Priebus talk ‘economic nationalism,’ Trump deregulation, and more at CPAC

Rumors of divisions within the White House were either dispelled or proven depending on who was watching, when President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon and chief of staff Reince Priebus took the stage at CPAC. Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also addressed the event. On Thursday at the 2017 Conservative […]

Source: United front? Bannon & Priebus talk ‘economic nationalism,’ Trump deregulation, and more at CPAC
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Colombia: Baby boom in Colombia's Farc rebel army

Colombia: Baby boom in Colombia's Farc rebel army

Since the ceasefire between the Colombia government and the Farc rebels came into force in December many Farc women fighters have put down their guns and started families instead.

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