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Only the US and the EU? Which country with a sane mind would enter a trade deal with the UK if they know there's a good chance the UK will later try to wiggle out of the deal, not fulfil its commitments or try to circumvent the agreement?

Brexit: UK reneging on Northern Ireland pledges risks trade deals with US and EU

#Brexit #UK #EU #NorthernIreland #WithdrawalAgreement #trade #politics #tradedeal #US
 
We pay £350M to the EU every week, ~~let's fund the NHS instead~~ let's pay it to US drug companies instead!

Trump will insist NHS pays more for drugs in trade deal, says ambassador

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #US #drugs #Trump #BorisJohnson #trade #tradedeal #tradetalks
 
"UK must give in to all US demands to have any chance of a trade deal" There, fixed that for you. A UK desperate to get any trade deal at all will not be in a position to make demands to a much much much more powerful US. It's as simple as that.

Boris Johnson warns Trump US must compromise to get UK trade deal - BBC News

#Brexit #UK #EU #US #USA #politics #trade #deal #tradedeal #power
 
Now that's what I call freedom.....
https://twitter.com/m_clem/status/1164481312654278661?s=19
#US #USA #schools #guns #gunculture #shooting #architecture

Twitter: Michael Clemens on Twitter (Michael Clemens)

 
 

Skeptic » Reading Room » The Pentagon’s UFOs How a Multimedia Entertainment Company created a UFO news story


Finally! Someone is talking some sense regarding the latest "thrilling" news of UFOs and the government's involvement with them.

#UFO #Skeptic #US Gov #USAirForce
The Pentagon’s UFOs
How a Multimedia Entertainment Company created a UFO news story

Skeptic: The Pentagon’s UFOs: How a Multimedia Entertainment Company created a UFO news story

 

That Time the U.S. Air Force Proposed Using Rockets to Stop the Earth's Rotation - The Daily Grail


Here's something I'll bet you didn't know. I recently read about this in a book by Daniel Ellsberg.

Code Name: Project Retro


It's insanely funny. They operative word here is "insane".

#Cold War #USSR #US #Daniel Ellsberg #slow the earth #nuclear war
That Time the U.S. Air Force Proposed Using Rockets to Stop the Earth’s Rotation
 

That Time the U.S. Air Force Proposed Using Rockets to Stop the Earth's Rotation - The Daily Grail


Here's something I'll bet you didn't know. I recently read about this in a book by Daniel Ellsberg.

Code Name: Project Retro


It's insanely funny. They operative word here is "insane".

#Cold War #USSR #US #Daniel Ellsberg #slow the earth #nuclear war
That Time the U.S. Air Force Proposed Using Rockets to Stop the Earth’s Rotation
 
The promises of the Brexiteers in regards to trade deals vs the harsh, very harsh, reality:
More striking is the US attempt to restrict Britain’s ability to sign a deal with a non-market economy such as China. So much for taking back control. If the UK were to sign up to these demands, we’d simply be trading one set of restraints on our sovereignty – restraints agreed by us and 27 other nations in Brussels – for another, dictated by Donald Trump in Washington.
But then I've got a sneaking suspicion that a lot of the "dark money" which was flowing (or flooding?) into the Leave campaign also came from interested circles in the US (in addition to some Russian sources).

We now know the great prize of Brexit: becoming Trump’s prey | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian
#Brexit #UK #EU #US #politics #trade #tradedeal #darkmoney
 



A top #Kurdish official has called on #Europe not to abandon #Syrian #Kurds once the battle against the #IslamicState group is over and to help set up an international force to protect them from #Turkey.

European powers “have a political and moral responsibility” to the Kurds, Aldar Khalil told AFP in a interview in Paris, warning that the Kurds would seek the protection of Syrian President Bashar al-#Assad if failed by Europe and the #US.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces ( #SDF) have been leading the fight against the Islamic State group in #Syria for the past four years, backed up by air strikes from a US-led coalition.

With IS’s self-declared #caliphate now in ruins, the Kurds fear being left at the mercy of Turkey after the US declares mission accomplished in the final battle currently underway for the #jihadists’ last Syrian holdout.

Turkey, which has been battling a Kurdish insurgency on its own soil since 1984, views the Kurdish fighters that dominate the SDF as terrorists and has threatened to invade areas under Kurdish control in northeast Syria.

Khalil, who played a key role in establishing Syria’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region in 2013, appealed to Europe for protection.

“If they (Europe) don’t meet their commitments they are effectively abandoning us,” Khalil said late on Sunday, calling on France particularly to work at the United Nations for the creation of a buffer zone along the Turkish border.

“France can table a proposal to the Security Council on our protection, suggesting an international force between us and the Turks – of which it would be part – or to protect our airspace,” he said.

‘Hasty decision’

The senior political representative said that it could be modelled on the UN peacekeeping force deployed along #Lebanon’s border with #Israel.

But European powers have already rebuffed US proposals for an observer force that would stay on in northeast Syria, fearing they will have to bear the burden once the US pulls out.

“They’re trying to manage the consequences of a hasty decision and making us carry the responsibility,” a #French government source said last week.

US President Donald #Trump caused shock among America’s Western and Kurdish allies in December by announcing plans to withdraw US troops from Syria even before the end of the fight against IS.

The withdrawal would leave the Kurds, who control nearly 30 percent of Syria, including the cities of Qamishli, Hasaka and Raqqa, exposed to a long-threatened attack by Turkey.

The Kurds fear a repeat of the #Turkish offensive that drove Kurdish fighters and civilians out of the northwestern Syrian city of #Afrin last year.

They have also warned the West that the foreign jihadists currently languishing in Kurdish jails could escape and urged their countries of origin to take them back.

Fly regime flag

On Monday, EU foreign ministers will meet in Brussels to discuss the issue, which has taken on greater urgency as the battle for IS’s last redoubt ramps up.

The #jihadists are trapped in less than half a square kilometre in eastern Syria near the #Iraqi border.

Khalil said that the Kurds would seek protection from Assad unless their Western allies stepped up – and he spelt out the terms of a possible deal.

“We will be obliged to agree a deal with the (Syrian) regime so that it deploys its troops along the border and protects us,” Khalil explained.

He said that the Kurds would insist on maintaining #autonomy and demand that the border troops be from Kurdish areas.

“They would come under the orders of the Syrian army, but be our units,” he said, adding that foreign fighters would be kept under Kurdish guard and not handed over to Assad’s forces.

In return, the Kurds would offer to give Assad, who is anxious to win restore sovereignty over the biggest area beyond government control, a cut of the Kurdish region’s oil revenues.

“We can also agree to raise the regime’s flag,” Khalil added.

But Western observers expect Assad, whose forces control about 60 percent of Syria, to take advantage of the Kurds’ vulnerability and drive a hard bargain.

On Sunday, Assad warned them that the US would not protect them against Turkey.

“No one will protect you except your state,” he said.
http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/18022019

#kurdistan #rojava #islamisticclericalfascism #clericalfascists #daesh #erdogan #akp #islamism #jihadism #afrin #pyd #ypg #ypj #syriandemocraticforces
 



A top #Kurdish official has called on #Europe not to abandon #Syrian #Kurds once the battle against the #IslamicState group is over and to help set up an international force to protect them from #Turkey.

European powers “have a political and moral responsibility” to the Kurds, Aldar Khalil told AFP in a interview in Paris, warning that the Kurds would seek the protection of Syrian President Bashar al-#Assad if failed by Europe and the #US.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces ( #SDF) have been leading the fight against the Islamic State group in #Syria for the past four years, backed up by air strikes from a US-led coalition.

With IS’s self-declared #caliphate now in ruins, the Kurds fear being left at the mercy of Turkey after the US declares mission accomplished in the final battle currently underway for the #jihadists’ last Syrian holdout.

Turkey, which has been battling a Kurdish insurgency on its own soil since 1984, views the Kurdish fighters that dominate the SDF as terrorists and has threatened to invade areas under Kurdish control in northeast Syria.

Khalil, who played a key role in establishing Syria’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region in 2013, appealed to Europe for protection.

“If they (Europe) don’t meet their commitments they are effectively abandoning us,” Khalil said late on Sunday, calling on France particularly to work at the United Nations for the creation of a buffer zone along the Turkish border.

“France can table a proposal to the Security Council on our protection, suggesting an international force between us and the Turks – of which it would be part – or to protect our airspace,” he said.

‘Hasty decision’

The senior political representative said that it could be modelled on the UN peacekeeping force deployed along #Lebanon’s border with #Israel.

But European powers have already rebuffed US proposals for an observer force that would stay on in northeast Syria, fearing they will have to bear the burden once the US pulls out.

“They’re trying to manage the consequences of a hasty decision and making us carry the responsibility,” a #French government source said last week.

US President Donald #Trump caused shock among America’s Western and Kurdish allies in December by announcing plans to withdraw US troops from Syria even before the end of the fight against IS.

The withdrawal would leave the Kurds, who control nearly 30 percent of Syria, including the cities of Qamishli, Hasaka and Raqqa, exposed to a long-threatened attack by Turkey.

The Kurds fear a repeat of the #Turkish offensive that drove Kurdish fighters and civilians out of the northwestern Syrian city of #Afrin last year.

They have also warned the West that the foreign jihadists currently languishing in Kurdish jails could escape and urged their countries of origin to take them back.

Fly regime flag

On Monday, EU foreign ministers will meet in Brussels to discuss the issue, which has taken on greater urgency as the battle for IS’s last redoubt ramps up.

The #jihadists are trapped in less than half a square kilometre in eastern Syria near the #Iraqi border.

Khalil said that the Kurds would seek protection from Assad unless their Western allies stepped up – and he spelt out the terms of a possible deal.

“We will be obliged to agree a deal with the (Syrian) regime so that it deploys its troops along the border and protects us,” Khalil explained.

He said that the Kurds would insist on maintaining #autonomy and demand that the border troops be from Kurdish areas.

“They would come under the orders of the Syrian army, but be our units,” he said, adding that foreign fighters would be kept under Kurdish guard and not handed over to Assad’s forces.

In return, the Kurds would offer to give Assad, who is anxious to win restore sovereignty over the biggest area beyond government control, a cut of the Kurdish region’s oil revenues.

“We can also agree to raise the regime’s flag,” Khalil added.

But Western observers expect Assad, whose forces control about 60 percent of Syria, to take advantage of the Kurds’ vulnerability and drive a hard bargain.

On Sunday, Assad warned them that the US would not protect them against Turkey.

“No one will protect you except your state,” he said.
http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/18022019

#kurdistan #rojava #islamisticclericalfascism #clericalfascists #daesh #erdogan #akp #islamism #jihadism #afrin #pyd #ypg #ypj #syriandemocraticforces
 

How To Get #Vaccinated Without Your #Parent's Permission


A #vaccination can save your #life. Simple as. But a number of young #people are being denied the opportunity of being immunized because of their parent’s hostility towards vaccinations. While the " #anti- vax movement" remains totally discredited by #science, there has been a hugely damaging resurgence of these ideas in the age of #socialmedia.

Just recently, a #Twitter thread highlighted how #teens in the US are now searching for legal advice on #Reddit because they want to be #immunized against #deadly diseases, but their parents won't provide them with their consent.

Like any #medical treatment, receiving a #vaccine should only be undertaken if the #patient has a full understanding of the #procedure. Many #teenagers around the #world feel like they are #mature and informed enough to make this decision but are not legally considered an #adult yet, so the issue of #consent to medical procedures becomes tricky.

If you are under the age of 18 in the #US, #UK, #Canada, or #Australia (our four largest viewership areas), but you're unable to receive your parent or guardian's consent for a vaccination, here’s everything you need to know.
 
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