Venezuela: Maduro hits back at ‘gringo plot to overthrow revolution’


Address comes after EU countries and US throw weight behind challenger Juan Guaidó

Nicolás Maduro has hit back at the “cowardly” and “disastrous” decision of a succession of European countries to recognise his rival, Juan Guaidó, as interim president, as Venezuela enters what many observers believe could be a critical week in its fast-escalating political crisis.

Addressing a military rally in the northern state of Aragua, Maduro said he was the target of a “gringo” plot to overthrow the Bolivarian revolution he had inherited from his political mentor, Hugo Chávez, after his death in 2013.

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Stop the new deportation flights to Jamaica. They shouldn’t be happening | Zita Holbourne

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The government has learned nothing from the Windrush scandal, and must cancel Wednesday’s flight

Given the justified outrage there was when the Windrush scandal was exposed, many Britons may be surprised to know that the government is planning a secret flight to forcibly remove more than 50 people to Jamaica on Wednesday. The last flight took place in 2016. Then, more than 50 people were each shackled and cuffed to two security guards throughout the entire journey. Although for years I and other campaigners have been campaigning against such deportations and other aspects of the government’s hostile environment, it was the reporting on cases that became known as the Windrush scandal that finally drew attention to the gross injustices faced by many of that generation.

In light of the scandal, a planned charter flight to Jamaica last spring was cancelled. Charter flights to Jamaica (but not other countries) were suspended. Until now.

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Trump set a low bar for other deluded billionaires flirting with a 2020 run | Jill Abramson


Howard Schultz is the latest self-deluded billionaire with no experience in government contemplating a presidential bid

Donald Trump has set a low bar for other billionaires who are contemplating a run for the White House.

Why not me, they ponder? Trump had no experience in government before he won the 2016 Republican nomination. He was just a popular TV reality star who branded his name on every piece of real estate he built. He wasn’t even that successful in business, going bankrupt more than once. He’s a lazy-bones, too, rarely hitting the Oval Office until 11.30am, according to Axios, which obtained his daily schedules. His approval ratings may never again cross 40%. If President Trump runs again, he certainly looks beatable.

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North-east England will pay the price for decades of dishonesty about Nissan | David Conn


Thatcher’s ministers knew EU membership was vital in attracting the Japanese carmaker. No one told the public

The sprawling site near Sunderland of the giant Japanese car manufacturer Nissan is a fine-tuned product of Britain’s participation in the European Union. The company’s decision to pull the making of its proposed new X-Trail model out of that plant is a disastrous consequence of the failure to explain this to the British people.

The virtual absence of public explanation about the benefits of EU membership was exploited in the 2016 referendum by the leave campaign, and enabled its proponents to dismiss well-informed warnings, then and now, as scaremongering. Even on Sunday, when Nissan itself explained that Brexit uncertainty was a factor in its decision to build the new SUV in Japan, airtime was still given to Brexit campaigners denying this. Prominent among them, predictably, was Jacob Rees-Mogg, a backbench Conservative MP with no discernible car industry expertise or experience, whose Somerset constituency could hardly be further away from the north-east.

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Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture Weighs In On MERS-CoV In Camels

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Our MERS-centric Monday continues with yet another announcement from an Omani Ministry following the update this morning that 5 people have been infected in Oman, and two have died. 

This time it is from the twitter account of the Oman Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), which appears to reassure that local camel herds have been tested for MERS-CoV and are negative for the virus.

The translatable text from the tweet reads:

The ministry confirms the absence of the cattle and camels in the Sultanate of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Corona) virus

A (translated) media report (below) – while slightly syntax challenged – appears to reassure that camels in and around where these human cases were detected have been tested, and are negative for the virus.

Agriculture confirms the absence of cattle and camels in the Sultanate of the Corona virus

February 4, 2019

Monitoring – Oman affairs:

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in a statement published today on its account in the blogging site “Twitter” that it followed what is being circulated through social media about the presence of human infections with the virus of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (Corona), adding that the Ministry – earlier – immediately received The preliminary information of the infected cases in coordination with specialists in the Ministry of Health, and also conducted the sampling and taking the necessary samples and follow the herds of cattle and camels in the country of citizens suspected of infection, noting that the results of laboratory tests showed the absence of these animals from the virus.

The ministry offered sincere condolences and condolences to the families of the two deceased, may Allah be pleased with them.

The Ministry also confirmed in its statement that the herds of livestock in the Sultanate are free from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus to date, as well as the continued efforts of specialists in the investigation, surveys, sampling and laboratory analysis.

The ministry urged animal breeders, especially camels, to abide by all necessary precautions when dealing with different animals.

It is worth noting that six years ago, when camels were first implicated in the carriage and transmission of the MERS virus (see Lancet: Camels Found With Antibodies To MERS-CoV-Like Virus) that antibodies to the MERS coronavirus were detected in all 50 of the dromedary camel samples gathered (from multiple locations) in Oman.

Camels, however, only shed the virus (and test positive by PCR) for a few weeks, making the detection of an active infection problematic (see EID Journal: Replication & Shedding Of MERS-CoV In Inoculated Camels).

In 2017, in MERS-CoV In Camels: The Gift That Keeps On Giving, we saw a study that demonstrated that camels can be reinfected by the MERS virus, despite having substantial antibody titers.

Even so, camels will test negative for the virus for all but a few weeks of their life.

So the statement that `herds of livestock in the Sultanate are free from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus’ has to be taken both in context and with a grain of salt.


Border Security?

True this

In Saner Thought

Okay cut the crap!

The term is a slogan!  A slogan to get the bobble headed morons to take notice….it means little.

We Americans have been bombarded with this bullsh*t for a year now. Time for the d/bags to define just what is the official terminology.

To some it is machine guns in high towers…..or minefields…..of drone missions…..or listening post….my point is NO politician has actually defined what it is other than a wall…..and no one is quiet sure what this person mean by “border security”?

First of all….is there some sort of true definition for border security?

THe Border Patrol definition……

CBP’s top priority is to keep terrorists and their weapons from entering the U.S. while welcoming all legitimate travelers and commerce. CBP officers and agents enforce all applicable U.S. laws, including against illegal immigration, narcotics smuggling and illegal importation. CBP deploys highly trained law enforcement personnel who apprehend…

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We Need An Anti-War Movement

Lots of old time Democrats are still afraid of being accused by GOP of being weak on supporting military – so they are suckers of supporting war. GOP support of military equals welfare for companies that build military equipment and now corporations who profit from contracted service to the military. We don’t need no war against Venezuela to give aid to oil companies drooling to gain control over world’s largest proven oil reserves.

In Saner Thought

A new Congress and the chance to do the right things……but will the Dems change anything?  It has been pointed out that they, the Dems, support our many occupations, more so than the GOP…..

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll has found that there is much more support for ongoing military occupations among Democrats surveyed than Republicans.

To the question “As you may know, President Trump ordered an immediate withdrawal of more than 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria. Based on what you know, do you support or oppose President Trump’s decision?”, 29 percent of Democrats responded either “Somewhat support” or “Strongly support”, while 50 percent responded either “Somewhat oppose” or “Strongly oppose”. Republicans asked the same question responded with 73 percent either somewhat or strongly supporting and only 17 percent either somewhat or strongly opposing.

A new year and a chance to change things as far as our war footing…

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ACLU Lawyer Responds to Trump Administration Child Welfare Comment Warning: WTF content ahead! Trump Administration Argument suitable for Nazi Camp Commander!

“The administration is acting as if these are children who are adopted, whose parents gave them up for adoption decades ago and now all of a sudden bringing a parent into their life would destabilize their life,” Lee Gelernt, Deputy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants Rights Project and its lead attorney on the case, told Jezebel. “We’re talking about children who were forcibly taken from their parents in the last year and the administration is trying to claim that it’s for the child’s own good not to reunite with their parents. That makes no sense and can’t be justified from a child welfare standpoint.”

Source: ACLU Lawyer Responds to Trump Administration Child Welfare Comment