The sun has been eerily quiet for 264 days in a row – just 96 hours short of setting a new record…

Read more on this subject: Weather News – Links – History
News Story Source: https://www.dailymail.co, By JOE PINKSTONE
The sun is unusually quiet and docile, with no sunspots seen on its surface in 264 days — just four days short of setting a new record. 

In 2008, no sunspots were observed for a total of 268 days and if the current period exceeds this it will become one of the deepest lulls of the modern era. 

The sun typically follows an 11 year cycle of activity, and scientists have recently confirmed we are in the midst of a ‘solar minimum’.

Solar minimums mark a period of reduced activity on the sun and sunspots and solar flares are less frequent. 

At solar minimum, the sun’s otherwise violent surface takes on a calmer and almost idyllic appearance but this faux calm can lead to magnetic storms which interfere with satellites, affect air travel and can even knock out power grids. 

At the cycle’s peak, solar maximum, the sun is continually peppered with spots, some as big as the planet Jupiter.   

As the sun reached
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Kunstler Exposes “The Sickness Of Mind” That Has Infected America’s Thinking Class

Read more on this subject: Propaganda
News Story Source: https://www.zerohedge.com, by James Howard Kunstle
Hillary Clinton sure got her money’s worth with the Fusion GPS deal: it induced a three-year psychotic break in the body politic, destroyed the legitimacy of federal law enforcement, turned a once-proud, free, and rational press into an infernal engine of bad faith, and is finally leading her Democratic Party to an ignominious suicide. And the damage is far from complete. It’s even possible that Mrs. Clinton will return to personally escort the party over the cliff when, as is rumored lately, she jumps into the primary contest and snatches the gonfalon of leadership from the ailing old man of the sclerotic status quo, Uncle Joe Biden.

The citizens of this foundering polity have been subjected to a stunning doubleheader of political spectacle clear through the week.

On Monday, the Horowitz Report was briefly celebrated by the Left for claiming “no bias” and a “reasonable predicate” for the RussiaGate mess – until auditors actually got to read the 400-
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Individual Responsibility in the Drug War

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News Story Source: https://www.fff.org, by Jacob G. Hornberger
Instead, they inevitably say, “Judge us by our good intentions rather than by the actual consequences of our program.”

Consider robberies, burglaries, thefts, and muggings. It is impossible to know how many of them are drug-war related but there is no doubt that many of them are. Yet, one never sees drug-war proponents apologizing or showing any remorse for the mayhem their program produces among victims of drug-war violence.

When drugs are made illegal, their prices inevitably go up. It’s just a basic law of supply and demand. Making something illegal artificially limits the supply of it. Less supply means artificially higher prices. The more the government cracks down with strict enforcement, the higher the prices go.

Drug addicts and drug users who can no longer afford the drugs now have a choice. They can give up the drugs or they can do things to get the money to pay the artificially inflated prices for them. Giving up an addiction or even just the usage of
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The U.S. Government Lied About the Afghanistan War

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News Story Source: https://www.lewrockwell.com, By Ted Rall
18 years and tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars too late, it’s nice to see the media finally shame these scumbags and their government handlers. But they ought to save a big portion of the blame for themselves.

“In ten years or so, we’ll leak the truth,” the Dead Kennedys sang. “But by then it’s only so much paper.”

But it might just score you a Pulitzer Prize.

Award bait and bragging rights are no doubt the principal goals of The Washington Post’s self-congratulatory data dump, “The Afghanistan Papers.” As the headline implies, the 2000 pages that a court ordered the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction to release to Jeff Bezos’ newspaper paints a Robert McNamara-esque portrait of not-so-best-or-bright Bush and Obama Administration bozos privately admitting what they knew all along—that the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was always an unwinnable, c
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Central Banks Alarming Moves Towards Social Engineering

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News Story Source: https://www.zerohedge.com, by Bruce Wilds
Signs have begun to appear on the horizon that in the future they will attempt to expand their power by increasing their role in social engineering. This is a term that refers to efforts to influence particular attitudes and social behaviors on a large scale. Its goal is to produce or change certain desired social characteristics in a population. In the past, this has been more the role of governments with the consent of the people often through laws and tax policies.

In America, the Fed was initially given the mandate to create a stable monetary environment. Since that time it has been expanded into what is now known collectively as the “dual mandate.” Now its two goals also include achieving maximum sustainable employment in conjunction with price stability. The Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which sets U.S. monetary policy, has translated these mandates in rather broad terms.

In the last few weeks, Christine Lagarde, the
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CNN Producer Accused Of Rewarding Female Employees For Sexual Favors…

Read more on this subject: MEDIA (MainStreamMedia – aka MSM)News Story Source: https://www.zerohedge.com, by Tyler DurdenAn October exposa by Project Veritas has esulted in the resignation of CNN producer Steve Brusk, who was accuse… Continue reading

The Global Institutional Architecture Is Collapsing ?

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News Story Source: arclein
Tomorrow and Wednesday will also see the 2019 NATO summit, again in London, where the world’s largest military alliance will get together and try to decide what it is for and if it still has a purpose. Trump continues to put pressure on all members to spend the pledged 2% of GDP to keep it a fighting force vs. Russia, and perhaps China(?): relatively few do or show they even want to (e.g., Germany). He’s is also going to bring up Huawei and 5G to discuss. President Macron of France has called NATO

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Asset Forfeiture and the Destruction of American Liberty

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News Story Source: arclein
The centuries-old judicial principle of due process of law was destroyed when Congress enacted what are called asset-forfeiture laws, which are part of the decades-long federal effort to win the war on drugs, which is arguably the most failed, deadly, destructive, and racially bigoted government program in our nation’s history.

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Genetic Engineering In China Is Exploding

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News Story Source: arclein
It’s a biotechnology arms race happening against the backdrop of a disruptive trade war with the U.S., a rapidly aging population, and diminishing resources to feed China’s 1.4 billion people. Soaring pork prices prompted the State Council, China’s cabinet, in September to call for the greater use of science and technology, among other measures, to boost production of the country’s staple meat.

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