Obama Provokes War with Putin, Again – CIA Brings Down Russian Military Plane – FAKENEWS




Obama has engaged in another act of war against Russia. Obama is determined to start World War III before he leaves office, if he ever does.

This time, Obama’s CIA brought down a Russian military plane filled with the top Russian media.

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December 27, 2016 at 01:57AM

Woman hurls grandma's tree in Christmas Day melee, police say – FAKENEWS


YORK, Pa. — A woman allegedly picked up a Christmas tree and threw it at another woman during a Christmas Day fight in Red Lion, according to police.

Karen Elaine Harrelson, 52, of the first block of First Avenue, Red Lion, faces two counts of simple assault and one count of terroristic threats.

Pennsylvania State Police were called to Harrelson’s home at 3:03 p.m. on Sunday for a domestic disturbance. Once there, a trooper met Harrelson, who told him there had been a fight at the home involving family members, court documents state.

The trooper smelled alcohol coming from Harrelson’s breath and noticed that she was slurring her words and could not articulate clearly while speaking, documents state.

The trooper then spoke with Harrelson’s daughter, Kristin Nichole Atkins, who said she was in contact with the victim, Kayla Renee Still. The trooper then asked Atkins to have Still return to the home.

“Atkins further related Harrelson has a known history of violence and when Harrelson says she is going to do something she follows through with it,” documents state.

According to online court dockets, Harrelson pleaded guilty to simple assault in 2013, stemming from an arrest earlier that year in West Manchester Township.

Still returned to the home about 4 p.m. and told police that earlier that day, she told Harrelson not to light a cigarette inside the house because her cousin was seven months pregnant.

Harrelson grew enraged when Still insisted she go outside with the cigarette, calling her names and threatening to “whoop her (back side),” documents state. “Still continued (saying) Harrelson then picked up her grandmother’s Christmas tree and approached her in an aggressive manner and threw the tree at her and that’s when they fell onto the couch.”

No details were available on the size or nature of the tree.

Once on the couch, Harrelson grabbed Still’s hair and began pulling it, not letting go, documents state. Still then punched Harrelson in the face twice to get her to let go. Another person, Daniel Jesus Colcazo, tried to restrain Harrelson so that Still could escape.

Police did not say if, or how, Harrelson, Still and Colcazo are related. Harrelson, who posted $15,000 bail, could not be reached for comment.

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December 27, 2016 at 01:57AM

Graphic Video Exposes How Famous Brands, Like Louis Vuitton, Make Crocodile Skin Bags – FAKENEWS

By: anonhq At first, the vigorously shaking crocodiles are given an electric shock; their necks are then cut open and metal rods are rammed down their spines while they’re still alive, making the crocodile bleed out. The poor reptiles are skinned while still bleeding and moving. Crocodiles in Vietnam are skinned alive to make “luxury” […]
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December 27, 2016 at 01:50AM

Mole Reveals Plans For Domestic Terror Attack on U.S. Inauguration Day (Video) – FAKENEWS


For anyone who hasn’t already heard, several different far-left activist groups including but not limited to Rising Tide North America, Showing up For Racial Justice, and of course the ever-popular Black Lives Matter are actively engaged at this very moment in various stages of planning for a violent uprising on Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day.

In a recent article that can be found at ipatriot.com, President-elect Trump’s close friend Roger Stone confirmed precisely what I’ve been warning about since at least this past June. Stone says that one of his undercover operatives was recently able to infiltrate a J-20 Committee planning session, which is the committee responsible for helping the #DisruptJ20 movement “create a sense of crisis” both in Washington D.C., and elsewhere around the country during the President-Elect’s Inauguration. So far, the operative has revealed the following: 

At approximately 12:30, and immediately after the inauguration, a group of activists plans to begin marching from the McPherson Square area, and moving in the direction of Columbus Circle, harassing inaugural visitors in multiple waves along their route as the visitors exit out of metro stations. 

At the same time, another group of activists is tasked with harassing Secret Service Members who will be working checkpoints along the National Mall, and then another group will be using drums to break up the program when necessary. There are also plans to launch a pirate radio broadcast, and the group is said to be considering using aerial drones loaded with rockets to attack the parade.

In the video below, I go into further detail about what #DisruptJ20 has planned, and I ask that you share this post with others in the alternative news media to see if together we might be able to somehow find a way to counteract this blatant act of domestic terrorism, because clearly Obama’s Department of Injustice has no plans to disrupt the group’s very public and well orchestrated plans for chaos and violence before they commence.

Black’s Law Dictionary 9th Edition defines an "ACT OF TERRORISM" as: The use or threat of violence to intimidate or cause panic, esp. as a means of affecting political conduct. On the #DisruptJ20 website, the group is very clear about why they’re planning to use violence to cause chaos. The website says:

"From day one, the Trump presidency will be a disaster. #DisruptJ20 will be the start of the resistance. We must take to the streets and protest, blockade, disrupt, intervene, sit in, walk out, rise up, and make more noise and good trouble than the establishment can bear."

These far-left radical groups are planning the textbook definition for acts of domestic terror. The sheer insanity of it all, is that the major social media giants obviously have no problem with the group continuing to recruit ever larger numbers of people willing to commit acts of violence using their platforms, and I’m willing to bet there’s no active plan in place for law enforcement to stop this movement dead in its tracks before trouble begins.


Let’s not forget, "Captain Hope and Change" claimed the intelligence communities were allegedly able trace election cyber-hacking across the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Russians, but we’re supposed to believe they aren’t capable of tracing who the organizers of this movement planning violence are, so forces could be dispatched to arrest their plans before they ever commence? Give me a break!  





As I explained in the video above, this whole situation has George Soros’ fingerprints all over it. Roger Stone’s informant claims the groups plans to meet January 6-8 for street medical training, then on January 8th they plant to meet to finalize plans for their operation, and on January 14, they are training their shock troops for violence. Finally, January 14-22, they plan to converge on Washington in an effort to paralyze the city.

First of all, that operation sounds extremely well organized, which means it’s extremely well funded, and that suggests that you can bet the farm that long time Clinton and Obama ally George Soros is the one pulling all the strings behind the scenes. After all, let’s not forget what Soros said back in September: Western Society Must Fall Before One World Gov’t Can Be Established. Furthermore, Soros has a long and distinguished track record just within this campaign cycle alone of causing trouble. The following are just a few examples: 

Charlotte Riots Show Hallmarks Of George Soros Operation (Video)

The Clock Is Ticking Before the U.S. Devolves Into an Armed Revolt (Video)

Leaked Docs Show How Soros Continues to Massively Reshape US Elections (Video) 

Leaked Memos Show Soros Responsible For Social Media Censorship (Video)

Soros Funded BLM Promising Chaos at Both DNC and RNC Conventions  

Trump Protesters Admit Answering Craigslist Ad – Soros Paying $16/hr to Protest (Video)

Exposed: BLM Twisted Plans To Escalate Chaos Forcing Martial Law (Video)

C.I.A. Links Top Hillary Donor George Soros to Terrorist Bombing

At this point there are several items that cannot be stressed enough. First of all, as I explained in a post back on October 13th, all signs seem to be pointing toward Trump being led directly into a serious (and potentially violent) no—win scenario. Despite the fact that Black Lives Matter failed to achieve its goal during the DNC and RNC conventions this summer, recall what was revealed when Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson’s email account was hacked back on June 10th. He wrote the following in an email to one of his fellow BLM activists:

“If we can get both conventions shut down for messing over Bernie, and for racist Trump, then we can get Martial Law declared so Obama can stay in office…”

Those are not my words, and that’s not some crazy “conspiracy theory.” Those were the exact words of one of the leaders of Black Lives Matter, which happens to be a George Soros funded group, and with Soros being one of the wealthiest men on the planet, that means Black Lives Matter and their agenda have some of the deepest pockets on earth.

Second, whether or not Black Lives Matter will manage to cause so much chaos and violence that Martial Law has to be declared, or whether or not Obama is forced to delay the inauguration because a state of public emergency requires Martial Law are NOT the issues people should be focused on. 

At the bottom of this post, I provide links to previous posts that contain almost 2,000 pages of government documents that prove Martial Law is VERY possible, regardless of what the ill-informed out there think, however that’s NOT the point.

The point is that there are multiple far-left, well-funded, radical groups promising to bring violence, just like they have been promising for months now (and as I’ve been warning about for months), so regardless of what people want to call the chaos, anyone who has not made preparations for an emergency situation the way Obama himself told the country to on May 31st, is putting themselves and their loved ones at risk. 

Be smart. No one was ever hurt by being too prepared for emergencies. After what Obama just did to Israel this week, potentially lighting the fuse that starts World War III, maybe some of you are finally starting to realize there is major trouble on the horizon no matter what.

Whether it comes as a result of the failure of the U.S. Dollar and Western banks, deteriorating social conditions here at home, an international incident like the one brewing at U.N., or Black Lives Matter decides to keep their promise to incite riots everywhere, then I suggest you get your FREE GUIDE for how to survive Martial Law here, because if/when things begin to go south, by then it will be too late to do anything about it. 


For anyone with no idea where to begin making preparations, a very good, and very inexpensive tool to teach you how and what you should be preparing, is a book called “Conquering the Collapse.” Since I’ve practically worn out my own iPad reading my copy, in the following link I provide you with a review of the book: Be Ready For Any Emergency – The Crucial Guide For Any Family’s Safety (Videos)

If you do nothing else, you can learn more about the coming crisis in the links at the bottom under the heading titled, “If nothing else, these links are essential.” The writing is on the wall everywhere… I strongly suggest checking out the post titled, Start “Doubling Up On Your Prepping;” Countdown to Economic Collapse.






Top US General Pleads With Troops Not to Revolt Over 2016 (Video)

Former Congressman Calls For Armed Revolt If Trump Loses (Video)

Reports of Active U.S. Military Drilling for "Authoritarian Rule of Law" (Martial Law)

U.N. Says They Will Soon Occupy America: “Going Door-to-Door Taking Guns…" 

Over 1,500 Pages of Documents Reveal Martial Law & FEMA Camp Domestic Agenda in U.S.  

Mainstream Media Blasts Alternative News Personality on FEMA Camps (Videos)

Pentagon Approves U.N. Use Of Force Against American Civilians (Video)

Looks Like President Barack Obama May Suspend 2016 Presidential Elections..

United Nations Troops on U.S. Soil Prepared to Assist With Martial Law? (Videos)

Update: All Armed Americans to Be Detained in FEMA Camps Soon? (Video)

Prepping: Know Where FEMA Camps Are Before Martial Law Gets Declared (Videos)

Law Enforcement Preparing For Rioting on National Scale (Videos)

Patriot Films Shocking New Video of a FEMA Camp Recently Discovered in Texas

Obama Has Prepared FEMA for All Four Storms… Are You Prepared?

Pentagon Says Preparing For Huge Civil Unrest in U.S. (Videos)

Government “Threat List:” 8 Million People To Be Detained Immediately


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December 27, 2016 at 01:43AM

2 men sleeping in dumpsters meet gruesome deaths – FAKENEWS


TALLAHASSEE — Two men who likely never met died the same bone-crushing way, according to recently released investigative reports: They fell asleep in dumpsters that city garbage trucks emptied and were killed in the maw of the trash compactor.

The bodies of William J. “Jay” Norris and Anthony D. Todd were found two months apart at the Leon County waste transfer station.

One was a longtime homeless resident of Tallahassee. The other was a more recent arrival.

As coincidental as those bizarre circumstances appear, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office said no foul play was involved. The two deaths were purely accidental and seemingly avoidable.

Their deaths raise questions about the safety of trash bins and whether enough precautions are in place to prevent people from getting trapped in trucks’ compactors.

“It’s a dilemma,” said Pastor Glenn Burns of Good Samaritan Network of Tallahassee. He tries to let folks know about a place to get a blanket, a hot meal and a safe place to sleep.

But some just won’t spend a night in a shelter. Instead, they seek the woods and other alternatives to a roof and four walls.

Burns participated in a recent National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day for the 28 people in this area who died while homeless. Anthony Todd’s name was on that list.

“Our list was the longest it’s ever been this year,” Burns said.

They didn’t all die in dumpsters. Many died from illnesses related to chronic drug and alcohol abuse. Others had mental illnesses or were combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“It’s a never-ending battle,” Burns said. “Sometimes it takes years for them to develop trust with you to take next step.”

Anthony Todd

Perry Kalip was working a bulldozer to load trash onto semi-trucks at the waste transfer station one August day when he saw legs sticking out of a trash pile.

At first, he thought it was a mannequin. But then Kalip touched the legs with his finger.

Workers cleared the debris and uncovered the body of a man clothed in a dark gray shirt, dark shorts, dark socks and a Sketcher shoe on one foot. The left leg was badly disfigured, like from a serious injury.

A tattoo on his upper right arm read “Todd.” A search of the victim’s pockets unearthed a piece of paper from “Star Metro” and a credit/debit card with the name of Anthony Todd.

The body had prominent scars that helped further identify him.

He was a month away from turning 44. He had been homeless for years.

He suffered from seizures. He drank heavily.

Investigators theorized that Todd may have climbed into a dumpster one rainy night to stay dry, had a seizure, fell into a deep sleep, and did not awaken when the garbage truck came to empty the contents of the dumpster.

After interviewing several employees at the City of Tallahassee Renaissance Center, they learned that he frequently hung out at a walled-in dumpster in the back of the parking lot near a place where customers make drive-through utility payments.

Several employees said Todd frequently slept in the dumpster.

“It was raining the night before and morning of the dumpster pickup, so it is likely that Todd was inside the dumpster at the time,” investigators reported. The victim likely was inside the dumpster despite signs warning people to stay out because of a crushing hazard.

Investigators found several personal effects, clothing, a lighter, cigarette packs, a bag of lottery tickets, and mail addressed to Anthony Todd.

They tracked down his sister Wanda Ann Todd. When they told her about her brother’s death, she was upset but calmed down enough to ask what had happened.

They gave her some basic details.

Anthony Todd was prone to recurring seizures since birth and was on medication, she told them. She bought his seizure medicine for him. But he still had seizures and would sometimes pass out and sleep for hours afterward.

Anthony Todd’s mother didn’t know he was dead. Wanda Todd said the woman was in a nursing home and she would rather tell her the news.

William Norris

Virgil Norris hadn’t seen or talked to his son in 15 years, ever since his child moved to Rhode Island with his wife and kids.

Suddenly over the summer, William Norris, showed up at his father’s suburban St. Petersburg, Fla., home saying he wanted to “re-forge his relationship and get his life back in order,” according to a Leon County Sheriff’s Office investigative report.

The elder Norris bought his son a car, a silver 2005 BMW. The long lost son stayed with his dad in Pinellas Park, Fla., about a week and then took off.

Next time Virgil Norris heard from his son was when he got a DUI in August in Gadsden County, Fla., just west of Tallahassee. Gadsden County sheriff’s deputies found the younger Norris and the car in a ditch in Havana, Fla.

They called Florida Highway Patrol to investigate. William Norris told the trooper he was backing up and ran into the ditch.

He stumbled, was unsteady on his feet, slurred his words, and smelled strongly of alcohol.

“His eyes were glassy and bloodshot,” the trooper said.

William Norris refused to take part in field sobriety exercises and was placed under arrest. He had no driver’s license on him and was identified from his passport.

He was charged with having an open container of alcohol, improper backing, failure to carry personal injury protection, driving with a suspended or revoked license and not showing his license. All charges were dismissed Aug. 12 as part of a plea deal made in his absence.

Since Virgil Norris had paid for the car, he traveled to Gadsden County to bring it back to his home.

But the elder Norris had no idea what happened to his son after the 45-year-old was released from Gadsden County Jail. Two months later, William Norris’ body was found at the waste transfer station.

Myron Henry, a heavy-equipment operator at the transfer station, was operating a front-end loader moving trash around when he saw a body visible from the torso up among the trash. Investigating deputies saw the body’s right arm was broken above the elbow and had “significant trauma to the head.”

The body was clothed in a blue T-shirt, tan and gray checked shorts and gray tennis shoes.

On his body and clothing, they found his driver’s license, a black Samsung Android smartphone, its case, Publix gift cards, assorted credit cards, rewards cards, health insurance cards, headphones, a broken disposable razor, Merrell shoes, a beaded necklace and black bracelet.

The body was taken to the medical examiner for an autopsy. Blood and tissue samples were taken to run toxicology tests.

Virgil Norris wasn’t sure why his son was in Tallahassee, telling investigators he didn’t know if his son knew anyone in the state capital.

“It should be noted that Virgil Norris did not appear to be surprised” about how his son died, investigators wrote.

They also reached out to William Norris’ first wife, Sandy, whom he’d met and married in college while both attended the University of Florida. She said they had been estranged about 12 years.

“Sandy said that William had a high-paying job and simply woke up one day deciding to be an alcoholic,” the report said.

She had lost track of his whereabouts but also wasn’t surprised about the circumstances of his death, investigators said.

William Norris’ second ex-wife, Melissa Comeau, told investigators he was a deadbeat dad and spouse abuser who was addicted to drugs and alcohol. She said they divorced in January 2014, and he lost his parental rights in October 2015 because of his “horrible alcohol and drug problem.”

Comeau and William Norris had married after he divorced his first wife in June 2005. William Norris was born in Pinellas County but married
his first wife, had two children and moved to Barrington, R.I, before they divorced.

He and Comeau also have two children together. She said he hadn’t seen their daughters in a year and was more than $15,000 behind on child support.

Crushed to death

The medical examiner in Anthony Todd’s case noted broken ribs and hemorrhaging in the eyes. Based on her observations, she said the cause of death was likely asphyxiation caused from compression of the chest.

“The observed injuries are consistent with being crushed,” not being the victim of a violent crime, according to the autopsy report.

William Norris died from multiple blunt traumatic injuries.

“Extensive trauma was obvious and consistent with the body being compressed by a trash compactor,” one deputy observed.

The medical examiner documented many crush injuries to the face, skull and jaw, neck and rib fractures.

The toxicology report found his blood-alcohol level at 0.249.

In both cases, investigators surmised that both men took refuge in a dumpster, fell asleep and went unnoticed when they were lifted into the city garbage trucks that delivered them to their gruesome deaths.

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December 27, 2016 at 01:43AM

Snow, ice, and severe gusts of wind cripple Great Plains, leaving tens of thousands without electricity (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) – FAKENEWS

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Snow, freezing rain and up to 50 mile an hour winds continued into Monday in the Great Plains, as the harsh winter weather forced airport closings, power outages, and shut off long stretches of highway in the Dakotas.

In North Dakota, weather conditions and near-zero visibility compelled a no-travel


, as the National Weather Service said a blizzard warning would remain in effect for much of the state through Monday afternoon.

“It will take many days to get this snow cleared out,”


Jeff Heintz, North Dakota’s director of public works.

Power outages have been reported across the region

, especially in North and South Dakota, as well as Nebraska, where

high winds have reached 70 miles per hour. Nearly 20,000 customers of the South Dakota Rural Electric Association were without power as of Monday afternoon

, according to AP.

The North Dakota Transportation Department closed 240 miles of Interstate 94 on Sunday evening

while no-travel advisories were issued across the state.

In South Dakota, authorities shut down 260 miles of Interstate 90.

Flight delays and cancellations have occurred at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Minnesota and Minot International Airport in North Dakota, as well as airports in Fargo, Hector, and Bismarck, North Dakota.

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, North Dakota, reported near-zero visibility and wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour in the eastern region of the state.

As of early Monday morning, Bismarck has received more than 12 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service, while Underwood, North Dakota, got 18 inches of snow, the Weather Channel


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December 27, 2016 at 01:37AM

Two elephants destroy house and kill man in Nepal – FAKENEWS

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Charging elephant

A person has died after being attacked by two wild elephants in Saptari district on Saturday night.

The deceased has been identified as Raghunath Khanga, 60, of Bhardaha-9 of the district, according to Area Police Office (APO) of Bhardaha.

When Khanga and his family were fast asleep in the middle of the night, two wild suddenly elephants attacked his house. Everyone except Khanga managed to escape. He was chased down and trampled to death,

informed the APO. According to locals, the elephants also destroyed sheds, and crops and vegetables cultivated in the farms of some locals.

Prior to this incident, Allahdin Khan, 55, of Bairawa-8 had also lost his life after being attacked by an wild elephant on November 3.

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December 27, 2016 at 01:37AM

US prepares to sell off its oil reserves – FAKENEWS

The U.S. is beginning to wind down one of the core energy security policies of the past half century as the boom in domestic drilling eases concerns about supply.

The U.S. Department of Energy could begin to sell off some of its strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) as soon as January, the beginning of a multi-year process to shrink the nation’s stockpile of oil. Congress has


DOE to sell off $375.4 million worth of oil in its recent budget resolution. The DOE said that such a sale could be held in January 2017.

To be sure, part of the motivation to sell crude is to finance upkeep for the SPR itself. The reserves are held in salt caverns in Louisiana and Texas, setup decades ago in the aftermath of the Arab Oil Embargo in 1973. The SPR system can hold more than 700 million barrels of oil, the largest strategic stockpile in the world. The idea is that the SPR holds 90 days’ worth of oil supplies, which could be released in the event of a global outage. A release has only occurred a handful of times, such as the Persian Gulf War, Hurricane Katrina and the Arab Spring.

Some of the storage systems are rusting and corroding after decades of use. In September, the DOE issued a report to Congress, which came to a dire conclusion about the condition of the reserve. “This equipment today is near, at, or beyond the end of its design life,” the report said. The sale “will allow the Department to take necessary steps to increase the integrity and extend the life” of the reserve, a DOE spokesperson said in December after the budget resolution was passed.

It is hard to overstate the significance of the SPR to U.S. energy policy. In fact, some analysts would argue the U.S. does not really have a comprehensive energy security policy. There is no coherent theory, policy or philosophy driving U.S. energy security concerns, other than the U.S. military policing the world to ensure the security of supply, a mission that has governed American actions abroad since the Carter administration at least.

The one cornerstone of energy security policy has been the SPR. As long as the U.S. had 3 months’ worth of supply, it could weather unexpected disruptions. The International Energy Agency was setup in the 1970s as well, and participating members – in addition to the U.S., the group includes Europe, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand – also have pledged to hold a 90-day supply.

But U.S. policymakers no longer view the SPR is all that important. Even the more hawkish members of Congress have been lulled into a sense of security from the surge in U.S. oil production and the resulting crash in oil prices. The world is awash in oil, so why does the U.S. need to stockpile such a massive volume of oil at great expense? The ostensible reason of selling off oil from the SPR is to finance its maintenance to ensure its existence over the long-term, but if the Congress still truly believed in the importance of the SPR, they would have found funding elsewhere instead of reducing the stockpile.

Indeed, some of the proceeds from the sale of oil will go towards other uses beyond paying for repairs, namely, the U.S. treasury, which belies the notion that the sales are simply for upkeep. The sales are only occurring because U.S. policymakers are no longer concerned about the security of oil supply for the U.S. economy.

Various pieces of legislation have put the U.S. on a path to sell off 190 million barrels of oil from the stockpile gradually over the next decade. The sales are slated to take in $2 billion by 2020 to finance maintenance.

Beyond the question about the SPR’s relevance to U.S. energy security, a few other issues come to mind.

First, the sale of oil from the SPR will occur at a moment of unusually low oil prices.

The government could have taken twice as much revenue if it had sold the oil a few years ago instead of today when WTI trades for $50 per barrel. In the event that the U.S. decides to replenish the stockpile at some future moment, it will probably do so in a higher price environment. Selling low and buying high, any investor will tell you, is not a wise strategy.

A more immediate question is how the SPR sales will affect global supplies today.

The release of oil will occur in already oversupplied market, and while the volumes are not huge, they will add pressure to prices.

“Given stretched bullish positioning and the toppy state of inventories at Cushing, the sales of SPR oil could temporarily curb incentives for barrels in Cushing to flow to the U.S. Gulf Coast,” Barclays analysts recently


. The oil could reach the market in March or April, just “as refineries exit their turnabouts, but that could still steepen the WTI contango,” the Barclays analysts added.

“The DOE could not have picked a worse time to test the market,” said Bob van der Valk, senior editor at The Bakken Oil Business Journal, according to MarketWatch.com

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December 27, 2016 at 01:30AM

Scientists analyze and "translate" bat talk: Turns out, they argue—a lot – FAKENEWS

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The Egyptian fruit bat is a highly social mammal that roosts (and argues) in crowded colonies

A machine learning algorithm helped decode the squeaks Egyptian fruit bats make in their roost, revealing that they “speak” to one another as individuals

Plenty of animals communicate with one another, at least in a general way—wolves howl to each other, birds sing and dance to attract mates and big cats mark their territory with urine. But researchers at Tel Aviv University recently discovered that when at least one species communicates, it gets very specific. Egyptian fruit bats, it turns out, aren’t just making high pitched squeals when they gather together in their roosts. They’re communicating specific problems, reports Bob Yirka at



According to Ramin Skibba at


, neuroecologist Yossi Yovel and his colleagues recorded a group of 22 Egyptian fruit bats,

Rousettus aegyptiacus,

for 75 days. Using a modified machine learning algorithm originally designed for recognizing human voices, they fed 15,000 calls into the software. They then analyzed the corresponding video to see if they could match the calls to certain activities.

They found that the bat noises are not just random, as previously thought, reports Skibba. They were able to classify 60 percent of the calls into four categories. One of the call types indicates the bats are arguing about food. Another indicates a dispute about their positions within the sleeping cluster. A third call is reserved for males making unwanted mating advances and the fourth happens when a bat argues with another bat sitting too close. In fact, the bats make slightly different versions of the calls when speaking to different individuals within the group, similar to a human using a different tone of voice when talking to different people. Skibba points out that besides humans,

only dolphins and a handful of other species are known to address individuals rather than making broad communication sounds.

The research appears in the journal

Scientific Reports


“We have shown that a big bulk of bat vocalizations that previously were thought to all mean the same thing, something like ‘get out of here!’ actually contain a lot of information,” Yovel tells

Nicola Davis at The Guardian

. By looking even more carefully at stresses and patterns, Yovel says, researchers may be able to tease out even more subtleties in the bat calls.

This isn’t the end of the research, Yirka reports. Yovel and his team want to investigate whether bats are born knowing this “language” or if they learn it over time while living in their colonies. They also want to know if the bats use similar communication outside the roost. To understand that, they will attach microphones to some bats and release them into the wild.

Kate Jones, professor of ecology and biodiversity at University College, London, tells Davis that the research is very interesting. “It is like a Rosetta stone to getting into [the bats’] social behaviors. I really like the fact that they have managed to decode some of this vocalization and there is much more information in these signals than we thought,” she says. She says that it might even be possible to use similar techniques to begin understanding nuanced communications in other species as well.

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Palestinian official expects 'difficult period' due to Trump's pro-Israel bias – FAKENEWS

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Egypt has withdrawn its support for a UNSC resolution condemning the illegal construction of Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory, amid fears the US would veto it. Mustafa Barghouti, leader of the Palestinian National Initiative party, told Sputnik that he expects things to get more difficult once President-elect Trump steps into office.

On Saturday, Egypt announced that it had withdrawn its backing of a UN Security Council resolution on the construction of Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory. The draft resolution had passed Security Council voting on Friday, with 14 of 15 permanent and rotating members supporting the initiative, and the US delegation abstaining from the vote.

According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Cairo back-peddled on its support for the resolution in order to “make sure that no country would use its veto power to block [it].” Specifically, the Ministry pointed to President-elect Donald Trump’s calls for the current administration to veto the resolution.

The US traditionally uses its Security Council veto power to reject resolutions critical of Israel from passing, but this time President Obama instructed the US delegation not to do so, a move that political commentators see as a parting shot at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President-elect Trump.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu-Zeid explained that Egypt made the decision to withdraw its support for the resolution as part of an effort to ‘weigh everything carefully’, and not to spoil the chances of resolving the issue under the new US president.

Speaking to Sputnik Arabic about the drama at the UN, Mustafa Barghouti, leader of the Palestinian National Initiative, which sees itself as a moderate middle ground between Fatah and Hamas, admitted that the Egyptian decision was disappointing.

“Unfortunately, this decision by Egypt was a consequence of pressure from the US and Israel,” Barghouti noted. “The Egyptian government and people have always supported the Palestinians, and I hope that this will stay the case in the future. This resolution is supported by all Arab countries.”

Admitting that a resolution at the UN by itself would not actually solve the Palestinian-Israeli issue, Barghouti nonetheless stressed that “we cannot allow anyone to interfere in Arab-Israeli relations, especially when it comes to the question of Palestine.”

Accordingly, he noted, “if the resolution is not carried out, then we Palestinians will need to appeal to the International Criminal Court and to every other international organization that the US will not be able to influence.”

Pointing to Israel’s plans for “military, political and economic dominance” in the Middle East, Barghouti warned that in a sense, “Israel poses a danger not just to Palestine, but to all countries in the region,” Egypt included. For example, he noted, “Israel is now negotiating with Ethiopia on the construction of a dam which would substantially change the amount of water in the Nile that would reach Egypt.”

Asked how Palestinian-Israeli relations might develop in the future under President Trump, Barghouti said that Palestine is looking at facing a “difficult period” ahead.

Pointing to the fact that Trump has effectively successfully pressured Cairo into submission over the UN resolution, and criticized President Obama’s stance on the issue, the lawmaker suggested that “all this tells us that the Trump presidency will be a difficult period.”

For example, Barghouti noted, Trump has picked David Friedman for the post of ambassador to Israel. “This person has been tasked with the transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem, and is known for his fanatical devotion to Israel,” the lawmaker stressed. “He personally financially supported the construction of settlements on occupied territories, and called on Israel to partially annex the West Bank,” he added.

Accordingly, Barghouti said, if Israel continues to push forward with its settlements, and is not censured by Washington, “we will see the violation of international law, and the seizure of the territory of one state by another, by force.”

“In the end, I’m certain that Trump will veto the resolution. Therefore, there is little time left to act,” the politician stressed. Unfortunately, he noted, its possible that the other rotating members of the Security Council may also be influenced to change their positions, as Egypt did.

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